Faith (2012) Episode 11 Recap
Sep 24 12 06:34 PM |
Choi Young is losing his will to live, and this will leave all those people he protects – the king, Eun Soo, and many others – with no source of support. Eun Soo herself has made up her mind to run away from being caught between two enemies…unless both can convince the other to stay and fight together…
Gongmin fumes as Gi Cheol elaborates on the situation with deadly examples – either the king give up his intention of winning his people’s loyalty…or those people die.
And Eun Soo is given a similar choice, to choose who to kill: the queen, Jang Bin, or Choi Young.
Choi Young, meanwhile, races out with Suribang and rescues the young Yi Seong Gye. The boy isn’t sure of where Eun Soo was taken, but manages to point the general direction, and Dae Man gets on the trail.
Hwasooin coolly explains to Eun Soo that Gi Cheol uses this technique to collect his people, by isolating them first. Eun Soo catches on and asks if Gi Cheol was the one to give poison to king Choong Jeong, and Hwasooin affirms this.
Angry, Eun Soo declares that she has no intention of naming names. Hwasooin threatens to kill Yi Seong Gye, but Eun Soo just dares them to do it, and states, “You can’t kill me. As for other people, kill them or not, I don’t care.” Obviously not the result Hwasooin was expecting, and Eun Soo walks off, right past Eum Ja’s drawn sword.
But Eum Ja hears Wudalchi approaching, and tests her supposed attitude toward other people by playing his flute, directing the danger outward to everyone, and as expected, Eun Soo halts. Suddenly an arrow makes him stop quickly, and Wudalchi surround them. Choi Young comes up to help Eun Soo, gently wiping blood from her ear, although she responds by knocking his hand away abruptly.
Hwasooin smiles as she gets it – Eun Soo’s person is Choi Young, the man who will run to get her no matter what. Choi does allow her and Eum Ja to leave.
At the palace, Gi Cheol elaborates his theory to the king – that the king’s mistake is wanting to be a good king. People don’t want to love their ruler, he says, and they will blame him no matter what he does. The best way is to deprive them; not a lot, just enough to make them fear him without revolting against him.
Choi comes to deliver the report that five people from the list are dead, which only makes Gi Cheol smugger.
Gongmin is furious at the lives lost, but he doesn’t back down and declares that he will hold a gathering of advisors in the middle of the month. Gi Cheol is also invited. Gi Cheol gets the message – that Gongmin is not going to stop collecting people to his side.
Gi Cheol snarls as his ice energy start to power up, his hand raised; Choi grabs his hand, summoning his own
lightning. Ice and fire battle, and Choi is the one to weaken first, although he does fling off Gi Cheol’s hand.
The man agrees reluctantly to attend the gathering, then storms off. Choi and Gongmin go to check on the safety of the queen, Gongmin clutching her hand in relief. He declares that from now on she will occupy his quarters for added safety. Noguk doesn’t seem to mind this arrangement.
Choi, in the meantime, is left with a dark bruise from his energy fight with Gi Cheol. He goes to visit Yi Seong Gye, responding cheerily to the boy’s infectious energy and hero-worship, and ends up giving him fighting tips. Eun Soo finds them there, and she and Choi have an awkward conversation.
Choi asks if this is really the boy who will kill him in the future; by the looks of it, Choi is by far the better warrior. He informs her that he wants to get permission to escort her to the portal, but she hedges around this, saying the portal may not be open anyway and he’s busy. Choi reminds her that it grows unsafe the more people know about her, but her real concern is that she’s an added burden to him; when she asks if he would’ve fought to get her out of Gi Cheol’s house, he affirms it. “And who would win?” Choi admits that he would; and at her prompting, also confirms that losing would be dying. Knowing the full picture, Eun Soo only says that she’ll think about it. Choi calls after her, wondering why she doesn’t smile the way she used to.
Hwasooin asks Gi Cheol what he wants to do with Choi; Gi Cheol is of the opinion that once the king is his, Choi will follow. To that end, he plans to attend the gathering and kill all the people present there. He wants to hire a skilled and secret group of assassins to do this deed and then replace Gongmin, after teaching him a lesson first. He is just as cavalier about Eun Soo, saying that she depends on Choi and the king for protection, and once this is all over she will come crawling to him of her own accord.
The king is currently also conferring on the gathering, and they’re in a time crunch to collect all his people by midmonth. Jo In Shil is in favor of using Eun Soo and her reputation as the Heavenly Doctor to attract people, and the king favors this idea. Choi refuses to consider it, warning the king that this is what Gi Cheol does – place people in danger and kill them for his own benefit. Gongmin is offended at being compared to Gi Cheol, but in the end lays down the challenge: Choi will find those supporters for him, and if he does, he’ll allow him to take Eun Soo to the portal. Yikes. Is Choi the only one around here who does the work?
Eun Soo in the meantime has been brooding over Choi’s comment about her not smiling, and resolves to be more cheerful from now on. She sits down with Jang Bin, telling him about her plan to go back to the portal by herself. She wonders how much money she’ll need, thinking to get expenses out of Noguk, lol.
Jang Bin finds that she hasn’t cleared this with Wudalchi, of course. He wonders why she feels frightened to stay in the safety of the palace, but Eun Soo says that she is more frightened of herself and what she might do to change history.
Gi Cheol assembles and pays his assassins, particularly a veiled woman.
Choi is off gathering people for the assembly and number #1 is a great renowned scholar. They only meet his student, though, who is less than impressed with Wudalchi. Choi thumps the message into him – that the teacher, if he dares, should meet the leader of Wudalchi.
Jang Bin finds Eun Soo’s room empty. She’s made a break for it in the most inept male disguise ever. She goes only a short way before finding Choi leaning against a tree. lol. She makes an abrupt turn, but he grabs her backpack and holds on despite her wiggling and kicking. Deok Man confesses to Choi that they knew all about it, but ‘she put so much effort into running away that they felt bad.’
They end up walking together, with Choi scolding Eun Soo for such a pathetic escape plan. Eun Soo stops him and surprisingyly declares that she will forgive the kidnapping and forget his promise to get her home. He thinks it’s out of guilt and worry, but Eun Soo doesn’t answer and just handshakes a goodbye.
Instead of shaking her hand, though, Choi grabs it and turns her right around toward Gaegyoung (the capital). It washis promise, therefore he gets to say whether it’s kept or not. Eun Soo’s voice gets thick with emotion as she protests that she can’t watch people being hurt because of her anymore. Particularly Choi – and she doesn’t want to cry because of him anymore. “You just have to let the promise go. End it. It’s easy.”
Choi has no answer, and he watches her go onward to her journey. But right behind them is Gi Cheol’s veiled assassin, keeping a close eye on Eun Soo.
The scholar in the end does summon Choi to a secret gathering of other scholars. They want to know about the king before committing loyalty to him; for a long time they had struggled, but the previous king was worthless, and now they can only work hard to get by and have had to let go of their ideals.
Noguk has also heard of the scholar, as Lady Choi explains about the meeting to her and the king. He was powerful enough to almost singlehandedly block the absorption of Goryeo into Yuan. It looks difficult to get him reconciled to royalty again.
Choi has no answers to the questions they pose him: whether he is merciful, whether he would sacrifice his life for his country. The thing is, Gongmin is so new and untested that he has not had any chance to do anything, and the scholars don’t sound enthusiastic about rallying behind him.
Finally, Choi answers the scholar’s question of why he serves the king: “He is the first king I chose to serve.” When asked why Gongmin specifically, Choi admits that he is weak and fearful, indecisive and impulsive – but he knows shame. That is why he decided to protect the king, to shield him before he lost that shame.
The scholars seem convinced, but the head scholar has one request – they will attend the gathering of Choi can promise to protect them. Wow, another one to protect? Choi seems to feel that burden.
Eun Soo continues traveling with Doek Man trailing behind, but she envisions him as Choi Young as they stop to eat. Neither notices the assassin still tracking them.
Choi goes back to report to the king, that the scholars will come and that Eun Soo has left. He adds, curiously, advice about keeping the head scholar Lee Je Hyun close with him to advise him through his reign. He tells Gongmin to keep the queen close, to keep Wudalchi close also to protect them. It sounds very final, like he’s giving his goodbyes.
Choi gets the news from Aunty that the assassins are filtering in to the city – looks like Gi Cheol is still set on his kill-everyone plan. Aunt is worried about Choi’s ability to keep everyone safe, and he says quietly that neither Mae Hee (his dead lover) nor ‘that person’ could believe in him to protect them either. He tells his aunt that he can’t remember Mae Hee’s face anymore; “So before I forget her, I’ll have to meet her.”
Lady Choi looks worried, as he adds that he’s thinking about what to do. His meeting with Gongmin is on his mind, the one where Gongmin asked to be taught how to fight.
Lady Choi discusses this with the queen, sighing that Choi Young really looked as though his mind was made up; even his room is packed up. She wonders if someone, or ‘that person’, could persuade him out of his death wish. Noguk orders her to ride and fetch Eun Soo. Traitor Girl spies on them, listening to the whole conversation.
Lady Choi manages to catch Eun Soo after a mad ride. She wants her to get some sense into her nephew, explaining about Mae Hee, her suicide, and the depression that Choi Young sank into after her death. But she has also felt now a new urge in him to start living and doing things again – maybe because of Eun Soo. She asks Eun Soo if she ever refused Choi’s help, or told him she didn’t need him anymore…because then Choi would see no reason to go on living. Eun Soo realizes her mistake in their earlier encounter, and the effect it could have on Choi.
Choi himself is in a somber mood that night as he orders Dae Man to leave him (which he refuses to do). He seems to be arranging a trap, and muses to himself that it seems (unlikely as it is ) that he’s afraid. He leaves, telling Dae Man to stay.
Traitor Girl goes to Gi Cheol to deliver the message that Choi Young is headed this way, intending to die. Eun Soo gallops back toward the capital, remembering what Choi had told her – he would fight Gi Cheol if he had to, and die doing it.