Bu Bu Jing Xin: Ep 26
This is one massive episode. Definitely a must watch. So much happened in this episode that it’s hard to stomach it all. I will warn you that from here on out, BBJX doesn’t get any happier. In fact, it gets sadder and sadder until you wonder if this is a tragedy. If you can’t stand tragedies, I’d advise you to just watch this episode and then stop. This episode is excellent and amazingly intense, but the rest really takes a plunge into the deep end.
Ruo Xi, 4th, and 14th get to eat together after being separated for 10 years. Ruo Xi thinks to herself that although they’ve been separated for so long, their reunion isn’t as happy as she thought it would be. 13th is very reserved and formal with 4th, always addressing him as “Emperor” and following the rules of etiquette.
“I wish for everyone else to respect me, even fear me, but I don’t want him to be like that. I’m always his 4th brother, not the Emperor to him.
Ruo Xi tries to reassure 4th by saying that 13th has to adjust to all the changes he’s gone through after being released from house arrest. He’ll eventually get used to it and warm up. Ruo Xi and 4th clasp hands.
“You two are the most important people to me.”
A doctor examines Ruo Xi. He determines that Ruo Xi’s illness is long-term due to stress. (Like a previous doctor diagnosed before) The doctor says that if Ruo Xi follows the prescription, the most he can guarantee her is 10 years. Poor 4th looks conflicted, while Ruo Xi calmly accepts the doctor’s prediction. (She’s probably already been anticipating this.)
After the doctor leaves, 4th back-hugs Ruo Xi and says he’s sorry. Ruo Xi calmly turns to face him..
“Don’t push all misfortunes onto yourself. Everything is fine now, but after 10 years, I don’t know if I want more time.”
Lu Wu and 13th!!! We don’t have enough of this love story!!! 13th tells Lu Wu that he must take care of all court matters himself, because other court officials can’t be trusted.
Lu Wu says that she doesn’t deserve to be treated this well by 13th.
“What ‘don’t deserve’? The most worthy event of my life is to have you by my side.”
13th says that he wants Lu Wu to become his Ce’Fujin. Lu Wu backs away and declines. She doesn’t want any titles–being with 13th is enough.
“These past ten years, if not for you, I would not be able to pass through. Now, I don’t want you to suffer from anything.”
4th and Ruo Xi live their dream life as a couple. Ruo Xi reads while 4th does some work. 4th has this huge grin on his face. AHHHHHH.
They must have a happy ending they must have a happy ending they must..darn it, I already know the ending. Ruo Xi makes sure that 4th goes to bed instead of staying up late. 4th asks to sleep by Ruo Xi’s side because he has insomnia. Only when he’s with Ruo Xi can he truly sleep soundly. Awwww. Ruo Xi gives 4th a peck on the lips before going to sleep.
In the morning, 4th hugs Ruo Xi and tells her that he’s afraid their meeting was just a dream. Ruo Xi gives him a kiss on the cheek and asks him if a dream has that. 4th: “Do you really want to know?” AHAHAHA. OH, 4TH!
The Empress Dowager interrogates Eunuch Li about what really happened on the day of the Emperor’s death. Eunuch Li is clearly uncomfortably trying to maintain that 4th is the heir. He’s in a tough spot because he can’t tell the Empress the truth…it’s too big of a risk. As if on cue, 4th shows up and takes away Eunuch Li.
I had my breath held the entire time while watching this scene with Eunuch Li:
4th says that he wants to thank Eunuch Li for serving the former Emperor. Eunuch Li bows and says he doesn’t dare to accept. 4th: “Serve the wine.” OMG EUNUCH LI KNOWS WHAT’S COMING. AUGH AUGH AUGH. AND….EUNUCH WANG IS SERVING THE ‘WINE’. AHHHHHH.
Poor Eunuch Wang trembles as he walks forward, bringing the tray with the ‘wine’. HE KNOWSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! He gets on his knees and offers the wine to Eunuch Li. *cue intense music*
Eunuch Li raises his head and looks right at Eunuch Wang. AHHHHHHHH AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
Time for the most dramatic hat removal EVER. Eunuch Li looks at 4th, and then raises his hands toward his hat. He calmly takes off his hat, glancing over at it as he lowers it. OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
“I think your Majesty for your kind favor, to let me have the chance to continue to serve the previous emperor.”
Eunuch Li places his hat on the ground, and takes the ‘wine’ glass with both hands. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. He drinks it all in one gulp and slowly puts down the cup. Eunuch Wang closes his eyes. 4th is watching the whole time.
The poison works quickly, and Eunuch Li collapses to the ground, instantly dead. 4th finally unclenches his fist, and he tears up. If I were Eunuch Wang, I’d probably start bawling right then and there. EUNUCH LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AUGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeah, in case you didn’t pick up on that…it wasn’t wine. It was poison. 4th had Eunuch Li killed in order to remove any question about his legitimacy. Eunuch Li’s death is more dramatic than the former Emperor’s. I’m not even kidding. Omg. )’:
So why are these hat-removals so dramatic? In 13th’s case, he’s giving up his reputation and his freedom. Crown Prince gave up his right to the throne. And Eunuch Li GAVE UP HIS LIFE. AHHHHH. It was so sad when Eunuch Li looked at his hat while he took it off. It’s like the symbol of his loyalty to the former Emperor and his life’s hard work.
More hints of 4th’s harsh ways are revealed when Ruo Xi and Yu Tan see a servant being severely beaten. Yu Tan informs Ruo Xi about her worries. Ruo Xi assures Yu Tan that she’ll take care of her.
Time for fake CG scene of 4th riding a fake horse in the night! I don’t get why they couldn’t just film 4th riding a horse at night…….the fake scene kinda ruined the coolness. Oh, and we get to see a fake crow!
Yup, 14th is back!!!! The first thing 14th does is go to the Emperor’s altar. All the royal officials and princes are at the altar. 10th, 9th, and 8th all look glad to see 14th back. Interestingly enough, it also shows 13th’s reaction. 4th arrives after 14th bows before the altar. 14th tears up…
“Imperial Father, I’ve arrived late. I couldn’t be with you at your passing. I am not filial.”
14th bows with his head to the ground and then gets up. *cue SUPER INTENSE MUSIC. You don’t even know how intense it is without the amazing OST.*
He turns to look at 4th with indignant, grieving eyes, and then walks slowly toward him. He stops and intensely glares at 4th, without greeting him as emperor. The tension is immense. OMGGGG 14TH’S STAREEEE. A servant goes, “How dare you not greet the Emperor?” only to be promptly side-kicked by 14th. The servant literally flies 10 feet just from 14th’s kick. This is so epic, omg. 13th looks at 14th leaving. Is it just me or does he look kinda sad?
4th calmly orders 14th’s general title to be removed. 8th’s group looks shocked. I feel pretty bad for 14th now. 4th may get the throne, but 14th gets amazingly epic scenes.
We’re just going from one intense scene to another! 13th tells 4th/Ruo Xi that Lu Wu left a note and disappeared. 13th desperately searches for Lu Wu.
We see Lu Wu at a pier by a lake. She has a flashback…
Lu Wu is ridiculed by 13th’s other wives. One of the wives suggests that Lu Wu let someone else raise her daughter (Cheng Huan) instead. Otherwise, people will look down on Cheng Huan for having a mother of low status. For the final punch, the wife snidely says that Lu Wu has shamed 13th. Lu Wu takes this all silently, and she sobs after the wife leaves.
Lu Wu takes Cheng Huan out to see some wildflowers. She and Cheng Huan bow to her deceased grandparents. Lu Wu apologizes out loud to them for not being a filial daughter. She tells Cheng Huan to bow to her grandparents in the future. OMG NOOOOOOOOOO. SHE’S GETTING READY TO LEAVE HER!!!!!
(By the way, this scene is SO BEAUTIFULLY DONE. OMG.)
R.I.P. Eunuch Li. :'( What really got me about Eunuch Li’s death is that he did nothing wrong. He didn’t go against 4th, he didn’t tell anyone what really happened, he didn’t do anything! But 4th finished him off anyway as a precaution. :'( Eunuch Li was a faithful servant to the former Emperor even ’til the very end. I think it is rather telling that he thanks 4th for letting him serve the former Emperor one last time. AKA: He’s taking his secret to the grave, and is dying to follow the former Emperor’s wishes, rather than following 4th. This is where we get that moral dilemma–is 4th justified in his actions? Do the ends justify the means? Is this absolutely necessary for him to stay on the throne and consolidate his power? I mean, he could’ve just exiled Eunuch Li or something. This is the dilemma that both the viewers and Ruo Xi have to face.
As for the scene that impacted me the most, I’m divided between Eunuch Li’s scene and 14th’s scene. Both were so powerful. O_O I had my breath held during both scenes. SO INTENSE. AUGH AUGH AUGH. But I have to say that Eunuch Li’s scene is probably the most riveting.