Faith (2012) Episode 10 Recap
Sep 21 12 06:18 PM |
The enemy now has the upper hand, and Eun Soo is trapped once again. Her medical skills and her knowledge of history mean that she holds the life of people in her hands, people who can change the course of history. And now she is being forced to choose who to save…
Eun Soo gapes to see her name in the mysterious notebook – and yet she has no memory of it at all. Tears drip down from her eyes as she begs Gi Cheol to tell her that this is all a crazy dream. He gets up, insisting that she read out what’s written. She reads the numbers and figures they must be coordinates – maybe the location of Heaven’s door for her to go back?
That’s done it. Gi Cheol snatches the notebook away so that she won’t have the means to leave him, even as she smashes pots at him to get it back. He tells her they will discuss this further when she calms down, practically hopping in glee that he’s got such leverage on her.
He leaves, and his good mood vanishes when he sees Choi Young. Furiously, he asks what on earth he did – he went to heaven and just followed the king’s order? Nothing else? He fumes at the wasted opportunity. Not to be outdone, Choi replies that it’s a good thing Gi Cheol didn’t go – Heaven might have found itself robbed blind. LOL.
Choi returns to his men, pacing nervously, as his men watch even more nervously. Finally he appoints young Deok Man to guard Eun Soo. Deok Man promises to lay down his life, which earns him a solid whack from his general: “I told you not to risk your life like this! Do you walk around with nine lives in your pocket?” He adds that if something happens, don’t fight – just grab Eun Soo and get out of there.
Eun Soo ends up in her room, watching Doek Man’s inept efforts to remain unnoticed. She makes her way out as a new patient is brought in, a teenage boy suffering from severe stomach pain. Jang Bin is told that this is Yi Seong Gye, a councillor’s son.
[HISTORICAL NOTE: (warning – mild spoilers!)
All of these people are actual historical figures as Eun Soo knows them. Under Gongmin, both Choi Young and Yi Seong Gye became great generals, serving him for decades. Eventually, during the reign of Gongmin’s son U, both of them stood in opposite political camps.
Long story short, Yi Seong Gye instigated a coup d’etat, threw down the old Goryeo dynasty, executed Choi Young, and became the first king of the Joseon dynasty. ]
Eun Soo goes there to see him, and diagnoses him with appendicitis. She calls for her tools, but then remembers that they’re at Gi Cheol’s house. She half-demands/half-persuades Deok Man to take her there, while he moans that his general is going to kill him for this.
She tries to hide her nervousness and fear in the Gi antechamber, although it’s not much good. Gi Cheol enters, assuming she’s here about the diary, but she tells him no, she wants her tools back. He asks if she’s not going to make a deal for it, and she has an answer ready: once the surgery is done, they can both together decipher the notebook, travel to heaven, and maybe even go into “the Land of Heaven” together. Bait, taken.
Choi Young brings a list of people to Gongmin, talented people who could come to his side, the list extracted from Suribang, of course. Gongmin asks why he can’t have Suribang itself, and Choi flashes back to Manbo Ahjusshi and his sister, who call him “the king’s dog.”
Both were disgusted at Choi returning to serve the king, when they clearly recall what happened to his old leader at the hands of the drunken lecherous king – just like a dog who comes back to an owner who mistreats him. Choi replies that this is a different king now, which sets them off further.
Gongmin now marks the names of the people they will start with.
Eun Soo does her appendicitis operation on Yi Seong Gye and it all goes well, although her flashlight glasses run out of battery charge.
Choi, meanwhile, gives the scroll of names to Dae Man to give to Choong Seok, and learns that Eun Soo has been to Gi Cheol’s house and back. He goes right to her to give her a good lecture, but she cuts him off, telling him that she was doing fine and that she can handle this on her own.
Her tone softening, she apologizes for failing him about the boy king, and also for stabbing him earlier. She explains that she has something on Gi Cheol now – he thinks she knows the future, and she can manipulate that and lie to him if she wants to.
He tries to explain that Gi Cheol is not so easy as that, but she cuts him off again, saying her final goodbye: “I’m going to find my way back to my own world. I don’t know if I’ll see you again. So thank you. I’m sorry. And try not to fight, and get hurt. And do eat sometimes.” She leaves at that…and we see that Cheon Eum Ja is hidden outside the building, using super-hearing to hear everything she says. Oh no.
Choi senses his presence and runs outside, but Eum Ja manages to escape over the rooftops. He returns, telling Doek Man to keep an extra-sharp eye on Eun Soo.
Choong Seok gets the scroll from Dae Man, but Traitor Girl right then pretends to stumble into Choong Seok’s arms…and swipes the scroll. So Gi Cheol gets the scroll along with the news the Eun Soo is planning to lie to him. Oh crap. Naturally, he’s furious, and he orders watches placed on the people in the list and on Eun Soo.
Choi and his aunt have a conversation, with him still worried about Eun Soo. Lady Choi characterizes Eun Soo as Gi Cheol’s toy – and a toy is “something that when you’re tired of you throw away, you rip, you break.” He teases his aunt about exaggerating, but she tells the story of Geum Soek, a famous and talented painter who was Gi Cheol’s favorite ‘toy’ once upon a time.
Until the day Gi Cheol asked for his portrait and Geum Seok painted a snake; and then Gi Cheol had people chop off the artist’s hands and take out his eyes, leaving him begging to die, but no one would even kill him for fear of Gi Cheol.
Soberly, Choi asks what could keep Eun Soo safe; she’s not the type to play along and please Gi Cheol. He wonders if they should run away, but Aunt points out that he’s started too many things to run away from.
In the meantime, Wudalchi warriors capture Suribang peddlers in the market. Anticipating the backlash, Choi sits in an inn with Dae Man, who refuses a drink – apparently, whenever he takes a drink, the man next to him dies. Interesting…what power does he have?
Manbo and his sister show up, demanding to know what is going on and Choi’s king commanded him to capture their men. Choi replies, “Ask him yourself”, as the king steps up and removes his black cloak.
Next thing you know, both of them are on their knees, Manbo hissing questions to his sister on how to address kings.
In the meantime, Eun Soo talks to Jang Bin, wondering what she should tell Gi Cheol about ‘Heaven’ to keep him interested. The history of Korea? Science – electricity, running water, sewage? Working toilets, maybe – “And I really need those.” lol. She explains what she’d told Choi before: that she thinks that it’s not Heaven she comes from, but the future. And listening to all this, once again, is Eum Ja.
Deok Man comes up to startle Eum Ja, but the white haired man just walks off.
Back with the king, the two Suribang try to weasel out of a commitment, but Choi remarks to the king that with dangerous folk like these, he has only two choices – recruit them or kill them. Eep. Manbo swears, then shuts up as Gongmin leans forward. The king addresses him, asking which path should he take: the easy one (killing them), or the slower one? It’s up to him. And here Hwasooin lurks above the rooftops, watching the whole thing. Aargh.
The next morning, Eun Soo checks on Queen’s neck wound, with the king nearby pretending he isn’t concerned. Outside, Traitor Girl sneaks Eum Ja in, just as Choi questions his guards and gets told (via Suribang) that Eum Ja has super-hearing is on watch over Eun Soo.
Eun Soo right now gets praised over healing Yi Seong Gye, and since this is the first time she has heard the name of the patient, she gapes, because she knows who he is. She stammers in shock, “He…later…Clan Yi…Joseon Dynasty” but then has the sense to clap a hand over her mouth. She asks Jang Bin what would’ve happened if she hadn’t operated on him – he would’ve died. So her actions are actually righting history, making sure that it’s following the course she knows. So without her, history wouldn’t have happened…so she was always meant to be there?
Just then, Choi Young drags her out, and immediately she starts shouting – she can’t mess with history! Today she operated, not because she really felt it but to check out Gi Cheol’s reaction, and “do you know who he is?” Oh no. Please don’t tell him!
Choi tells her to be quiet but she goes on, “Today I saved the man who will kill you!” Choi grows still, but thankfully he senses Eum Ja, while she goes on about the stress of the knowledge. Choi chases, but loses the white-haired man in the end.
Gi Cheol learns that Eun Soo is for real, which has him happy again. He settles down to plan, as Hwasooin cleans Eum Ja’s bloodied sensitive ears. She asks what he wants; for Gi Cheol it’s power, for her it’s men…but she doesn’t know about Eum Ja. Hm.
Eun Soo goes to the patient, who cheerfully confirms his name: Yi Seong Gye of the Clan Yi. She goes to her room, only to find Hwasooin threatening a gagged Doek. Um, the girl is mute. Eun Soo has no choice but to ‘go on a walk’ with her.
The king is in his council room with Choi when Gi Cheol enters, looking far too happy for anyone’s good. He announces that the king is collecting people around himself, which is a good thing…and displays the scroll. Everyone goes still.
Gi Cheol pretends jealousy that he isn’t the king’s only favorite: “I don’t like those people on the list. I cannot let them live.” Choi places his sword at Gi Cheol’s neck, asking the king’s permission to kill him. But Gi Cheol also has a trump card…Eun Soo.
Right now she watches as Yi Seong Gye is wheeled away in a caged cart, and Hwasooin makes it clear – follow them or the boy dies.
King Gongmin commands Choi to lower his sword, and asks what Gi Cheol wants him to do. “Nothing. I want Your Majesty to do nothing.” Gongmin asks angrily if he is to become a puppet, then, and Gi Cheol replies, “Only one who is loved by your people. So do nothing, and they will live.”
Now Eun Soo’s made to follow Hwasooin and Eum Ja as they go from house to house, killing the men on the list one by one and stuffing paper in the dead men’s mouths. On the paper is written, “If you know the fault, fix it.” In the throne room, Gi Cheol lists this out with glee, and Gongmin grows furious with helplessness.
Choi tells the king to make some time, and goes out with his men. Eun Soo is by this time retching and heaving, as the small party pauses. Satisfied that the point is across, Hwasooin comes over to deliver the real ultimatum: their next target…will be the one Eun Soo chooses. Queen Noguk, Jang Bin, or Choi Young.