Bu Bu Jing Xin: Ep 17

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Omg.  Episode 17 is such a great episode.  Finally, the bomb is dropped!  Crown Prince wants to get married to Ruo Xi!  Ruo Xi can no longer avoid the subject of marriage!  I screencapped so much during this episode that my hand is tired.  T_T

9th bro is pissed off at 8th over the whole corruption ideal.  He goes drinking, and is prompted by the other guys to have some fun with Wu Lu (13th’s courtesan friend).  They try to force Wu Lu to stay and drink with them, only to be interrupted by 14th.  14th angrily escorts Wu Lu out of the room.  Wu Lu doesn’t put the blame on 9th, only asking 14th not to tell 13th about this.  She says that she’s scared that 13th’s reputation would be scarred by hanging out with her.  14th says that 13th wouldn’t care about his reputation anyway.

By the way, I love Wu Lu’s hair ornaments.  They’re so pretty!!!!  I also like her hairstyle better than the ones they wear in the palace.

13th hears about what 9th did to Wu Lu.  10th, 14th, Ruo Xi, and 9th are hanging out when 13th comes storming in.  He’s about to beat up 9th, but 14th and Ruo Xi hold him back.  10th holds 9th back and quickly takes him away.  ANGRY 13TH!  AHHH! I LOVE THE DRAMA!

13th, 14th, and Ruo Xi have tea together.  14th advises 13th not to let this matter blow out of proportion.  Ruo Xi is furious at 9th for doing such a thing to Wu Lu.  14th scolds her for being so rash in talking against a prince.  13th, ever the cool one, says to tell 9th that if he does anything to Wu Lu or any other girls, he’ll kill him no matter what. 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the friendship between 13th, 14th, and Ruo Xi!!!  13th stalks off, leaving 14th with Ruo Xi.  14th rants to Ruo Xi about how he’s in a fix because of defending Wu Lu.  And then he says AGAIN that Ruo Xi should just marry 8th, because he won’t oppress her. 

Yu Tan tells Ruo Xi that Crown Prince has asked the Emperor to grant him a marriage to Ruo Xi.  14th, who’s with them at the time, immediately storms out and finds 8th to do damage control.  Ruo Xi is depressed by her possible fate, and confides in Yu Tan. 

(Ruo Xi’s thought) “I know everybody’s ending, but I don’t know my ending.” 

(talking to Yu Tan) “4th, 14th, and 8th prince.  All of them reminded me before…but I didn’t realize that someone hankered after me.  Now it’s too late to regret.”

And time for 4th/Ruo Xi!  Ruo Xi comes down with a fever.  4th comes in the room as Ruo Xi wakes up.  She weakly asks for some water.  4th quickly gives her some water, and then Ruo Xi turns to see that it’s 4th prince! 4th says that she still might have a chance since the emperor hasn’t answered Crown Prince’s request yet.  He helps Ruo Xi lay back down.  AWWW.  I love how careful he is with her. 

Right then, the song “Three Inches of Heaven” starts playing.  The lyrics are SO PERFECT in this scene!!!  And this is my favorite BBJX OST song, so this makes the scene even better!

(lyrics) “I stopped here and dare not move on.”

4th turns to leave, but then Ruo Xi grabs his arm, and looks at him imploringly. 

(lyrics) “So that the tragedy cannot continue.  The following night, you wrote our parting.”

“You..I told you about it a few years back but you didn’t listen to my advice.  Now it finally happened, what’s the point in holding me now?”

Ruo Xi lets go of his hand, but then 4th grabs her wrist and envelops her hands with his.  (AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH)

(lyrics)  “We walked too fast on this path.  We hang on to an unrealistic desire.  We can’t wait to return and admire.  Mulan fragrance cannot hide the sorrows.”

4th tucks Ruo Xi in bed, and kneels down beside her. 

“Now I can’t give you any promise because I don’t know if I can do it…But don’t worry.  I won’t leave you, not caring.”

(lyrics) “Don’t sigh about what’s happening and the ray of hope that we can’t see.”

4th turns to leave AGAIN, and then Ruo Xi grabs his hand.  AHHHHHH.  She starts to sob silently, and 4th wipes away her tears and holds her hand.  He gives her this look of “It’s gonna be ok” and leaves.  Please excuse me while I go rewatch this scene for the 10th time.  I’m not even kidding.

14th comes to visit Ruo Xi.  He tells her she needs to delay the marriage request for 10 days.  Ruo Xi thanks him, and 14th (echoing 4th) says that he already told her to choose her own husband.  Now it’s too late!  Like we all said, 14th, like we all said.  And then for his recurring line, “It’s much better for you to marry 8th prince right?”  T_T  Ruo Xi thanks 14th as he leaves, and he simply raises his hand goodbye. 

Um, am I the only one that likes 14th more now?  As in, before I didn’t really like him that much in the beginning, but now he’s likable? And he even has his cool moments, like this scene just now?

“She got into this problem, but so many people are helping her.”  -words of wisdom from 14th

Omg, I love 8th and his other wife, Ming Hui.  Ming Hui is stealing the show by far from Ruo Lan.  Ming Hui will always support 8th in whatever he does, and can’t bear to see him unhappy.  Perhaps she didn’t love him at the beginning of their arranged marriage, (this hasn’t been clarified) but she’s put that behind her.  She’s devoted her all to him, and recognizes that their marriage is a partnership, not just an inconvenience. 

Ming Hui:  “As long as you can stop worrying about it, I’ll do my best to help you despite the difficulty.  It’s painful for me to see you like this.  maybe, this is what a married couple is all about.  We shall suffer together.  I never regretted my decision to get married to you.”

8th:  “No one can ever replace your position.”

Ruo Xi is determined to stay sick.  Outside, she dumps her medicine and gets ready to pour freezing cold water all over herself.  Yu Tan tries to stop her, but Ruo Xi tells her this is what she must do to delay her marriage.  Yu Tan is conflicted, but let’s go of her hand.  Ruo Xi dumps water on her head multiple times, as Yu Tan painfully watches.  OMG.  This is actually one of the saddest scenes so far.  The music is so sad :'( 

Back in court, a corruption case is reopened.  Ruo Xi realizes that this is 8th’s way of targeting Crown Prince, and thus delaying the marriage request.  Crown Prince is linked to the corruption. The main point of this scene is that 4th and 8th have a VERY intense stare off.  8th can be pretty scary sometimes.

Ruo Xi opens 4th’s present.  It’s a magnolia shaped hair pin.  She wears it with a smile.  (She’s gonna fall for him, I know it.)  Ruo Xi bumps into 4th, and she quickly takes off the hairpin.  4th asks why she took it off, and Ruo Xi makes up an excuse.  And then she asks her to marry him.  WHAT?

Other thoughts
Well, Ruo Xi is obviously pretty desperate to get out of her marriage with Crown Prince.  Crown Prince is really crafty and is only using her for political purposes.  Again, all the princes get to band together to save Ruo Xi!  By the ending, you know that Ruo Xi is only asking 4th prince to marry her to get out of her Crown Prince predicament. I find it interesting that she asks 4th, not 14th or 8th.  Is it because she knows of 4th’s affections for her?  Or is it because she can’t bear to face 8th again?  Or is it because she’s warming up to 4th? 

I was surprised by the Crown Prince wanting to marry Ruo Xi.  I’m sorry, but Ruo Xi had a marriage proposal coming to her.  Basically EVERYONE told her, “CHOOSE YOUR OWN MARRIAGE NOW, or you’ll be stuck with a decree by the emperor!”  And she didn’t!  And this is what she ends up with!  And she knows it’s because she ignored everyone’s advice, and basically went on and on toward her inevitable marriage proposal.  Which is why I can’t really feel entirely sympathetic for her, because 1) I know she’s not gonna marry Crown Prince.  2)  She brought this upon herself.  But then again, who wouldn’t be devastated when CROWN PRINCE is targeting them. 

Normally I don’t like the whole fight over the throne, but in BBJX, it’s actually quite riveting, especially with 4th and 8th.  This episode also focused on the great friendship between Ruo Xi and Yu Tan.  It added a nice touch to the story.  I think this is actually one of my favorite episodes.

Ruo Xi’s friendship with 14th is a complex one…I mean, he’s kinda got a grudge against her for hurting 8th, and always calls her out on it, but somehow he’s still her caring friend.  When he heard about the marriage proposal, he immediately found 8th to figure out a way to save Ruo Xi.  14th may be bitter for what Ruo Xi has done to 8th, but he ends up being her friend anyway.  They have a different chemistry than Ruo Xi’s friendships with the other princes.  It just feels so much more candid and direct (in a different way than 4th).  14th has no problem with directly confronting Ruo Xi.

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I'm heisui, an Asian drama blogger and the creator of My Drama Tea. I love stories and writing, so I watch dramas and blog. I especially have a penchant for Japanese and Chinese dramas, and those hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered. Oh, and I'm Legend of Zhen Huan-obsessed!
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  • I think RX wanting to marry 4th held two meanings. First, she felt that being with 4th who will be the future Emperor Yongzheng will give her more security and stability. Second, she can’t help but warm up to him (I mean, who wouldn’t??), and I believe, she’s starting to fall for him. Hard.

    🙂

    • Yeah, I think the main reason is that she wants to get out of marriage with Crown Prince, and because 4th is gonna be emperor. But I think her reasons will eventually change more to love, because she’s already warming up to him…like when she wears the magnolia hair pin!!!

  • Hi Heisui, nice to meet you^^ thank you for recapping this awesome drama. I haven’t watch any episodes yet but everyday i came to your blog. I know….I’m totally weak at spoiler :p
    I hope I can read the novel in english too but it’s hard to find any. i enjoyed every screencaps, those pictures are gorgeous^^ Cant’t wait to watch BBJX 🙂

  • at first i thought 14th was too harsh to ruoxi. but the more i watch, the more i like him! and bbjx is very exciting because both nicky wu and kevin cheng are great actors!!! although i personally prefer 8th but there are times when i like 4th a lot too 😀

  • ahhhhh i love all of them too!! btw, you might have a typo in your last paragraph:
    “he’s kinda got a grudge against her for hurting 4th, and always calls her out on it, but somehow he’s still her caring friend”
    do you mean 8th instead of 4th??
    =)

  • When 14th raises his hand after Rou Xi thanked him, I interpreted it as a sign as if to say that she doesn’t need to thank him. Not like the common polite gesture of, “There’s no need to thank me.” But more like, there really is no need for her to be courteous to him… Um… I don’t think I am explaining it properly!! Anyhow, I think that’s more common in the ancient days than a wave of goodbye? Do people in those days actually wave goodbye? Or do they bow/ nod head more?

  • I used to be a fan of the 4th but when I reached this part whereby 14th treats her the way he does and the way he looks at her…I think he is slowly falling for her and 14th prince is so cooool and nice!!! 😀

  • I dont know why, i’ve watch the series like so many time yet i still come back for somemore rv or recap for the same series, i become addicted to this series already, it really fun to know others opinion as well, thanx a lot for t recap n gives us the media to express our thought on the series, CLAPx10 big thanx!

  • I know I’m a bit late to the part (lol this was a 2011 drama) but my ships are ruoxi and:
    1. 4th prince
    2. 14th prince
    3. 13th prince <– though this is unlikely given i think he likes the lan wu person

    Thank you for the recap! I know the pics (and analysis) must have taken a long time.

    • It’s never too late for BBJX! 😉

      Hm I don’t think I shipped Ruo Xi with 13th since they were platonic. But if I had to choose out of all the princes, 13th would be at the top of the list along with 14th HEHEH.

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