The Legend of Zhen Huan: Eps 64-66
Picking up where I left off in my last post, Zhen Huan successfully disproves her alleged affair with Dr. Wen. I also thought it was smart how she uses the situation to her advantage by gaining control of the harem, discrediting the empress, and taking out Qi Pin. Sadly enough, it is exactly the empress’ attempt to bring down Zhen Huan that ends up setting her own demise into motion. Even though Zhen Huan settles this whole scandal, the repercussions of it will last through the drama.
Of course Qi Pin is absolutely doomed because she tried to slander Zhen Huan. (now she is Promise Qi but I will call her Qi Pin still) Honestly at first I was all “ha sucks for you” because I thought she was a really annoying and foolish character. But then her tragic ending changed my perspective on her character..even though she is immature and foolish she truly cares for her family’s wellbeing. The emperor spares Qi Pin’s life but shows no mercy to her family. Qi Pin’s final scene is when she begs the emperor to spare her family, but then gets beaten to death by the emperor’s guards. Note that this is right outside of the emperor’s study, and he and Zhen Huan just turn their head the other way. That scene really made me realize that it is no small matter for a concubine to fall out of favor, even for an annoying character like Qi Pin. I felt really bad for her especially when Eunuch Su SPIT while watching her die. Plus the empress comments “that’s what happens to useless people in the harem” when she sees Qi Pin’s body being taken away. So Qi Pin died alone with no dignity or honor whatsoever. What a tragic ending. 🙁
“I have never regretted all that I had done. The years I spent in this palace, until I have met you, it was all meaningless. Meeting you was the happiest day of my life and I can finally rest.. I am so tired.. but I am happy that I can lie on your shoulder like this, finally… and rest…”
^Credit to Point2Entertainment for translation
So why do I HATE LING RONG’S GUTS? SHE FREAKING CAUSES MEI ZHUANG’S DEATH!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As I was saying, bad things keep on happening one after another after Zhen Huan’s scandal. First Dr. Wen feels so bad over this whole situation that he CASTRATES HIMSELF. THEN Ling Rong purposely sends her maid to inform Mei Zhuang about Zhen Huan’s situation so that Mei Zhuang went to see what was going on. And it just so happens that right when Mei Zhuang walks in, she hears that Dr. Wen castrated himself. She is shocked by the news (because she loves Dr. Wen!) and goes into labor…and dies.
Mei Zhuang’s final scene is really sad but also very touching. The scene mainly focuses on Dr. Wen and Mei Zhuang because it is the last time for the two lovers to be together. I think Mei Zhuang died happy because she was with the two people that she loved the most, the two people that cared about her and made her life worthwhile. Surprisingly there is no long conversation with Zhen Huan. I was kinda hoping that Mei Zhuang would give Zhen Huan some meaningful last words that would help her have the will to live on without her. But I think there was no long emotional conversation between these two because they had this implicit understanding that Mei Zhuang needed to talk candidly with Dr. Wen in her final moment. Also it had to do with Sun Li’s great portrayal of Zhen Huan. Zhen Huan is just silently listening to Dr. Wen & Mei Zhuang’s conversation, as though she is not even processing Mei Zhuang’s death yet. The look of realization when she hears that Mei Zhuang’s baby is Dr. Wen is great. And finally when Mei Zhuang passes away, Zhen Huan begins to sob unbearably as she walks away. 🙁
Before Mei Zhuang’s death, Zhen Huan SLAPS Ling Rong and warns her that if anything happens to Mei Zhuang she will be nasty. So, after Mei Zhuang’s death? It is revenge-mode for Zhen Huan. It is kinda awesome seeing Zhen Huan going on the offensive, making jabs at Ling Rong without batting an eyelash. I think it’s because it’s Ling Rong that I am fine with Zhen Huan getting even with her. I just do not understand Ling Rong’s mindset…like after Mei Zhuang dies, Ling Rong sadly drinks while telling Mei Zhuang not to blame her because it was Zhen Huan who caused all of this. UM…WHAT? Also I don’t get why she even bothers to put up a friendly act with Zhen Huan because Zhen Huan’s not buying it anymore. T_T
^Huan Bi looks so pretty!
After Mei Zhuang’s death, Qi Pin’s death, Dr. Wen’s depression, and Ling Rong’s problem, things go into relatively happy happy mode again. Huan Bi manages to get married to 17th!!!!!! Even though I feel bad for Zhen Huan having to see her best friend being married off to 17th, I have to say………..HUAN BI, YOU GO GIRL! It is high time she gets her chance at happiness!
So 17th ‘accidentally’ drops his little satchel which just so happens to hold Zhen Huan’s paper cut-out. It is uncertain whether it really was an accident or whether Huan Bi made it happen. I think Huan Bi sorta did plan it out but it is also 17th who accidentally drops the satchel on his own. Anyways Huan Bi takes advantage of the situation by claiming that the cut-out is of her, not of Zhen Huan. This saves Zhen Huan and 17th from yet another alleged affair, while also allowing Huan Bi to confess her love for 17th. Hitting two birds with one stone, eh?
And yet AGAIN 17th messes it up!!!!!!!!!!!! He tells the emperor that he can’t marry Huan Bi because he has someone else in his heart who is his one true wife. AHHHHHH WHAT IS HE THINKING!?!? I get that he wants to be loyal to Zhen Huan but he is only making him sound even MORE suspicious. After Huan Bi tells her story, everyone is all “gee that sounds reasonable” but then 17th goes, “no I can’t marry her I love someone else”. I do not see how he doesn’t understand that he is making himself sound even more suspicious since he is discrediting Huan Bi’s whole story. T_T Maybe it is because he is sorta impulsive by nature in the first place. Anyways 17th fails and gets married off to Huan Bi. Sorry but I thought it served him right. >_>
As for the other happy-happy, Zhen Huan’s little sister Yu Rao gets married off to the emperor’s younger bro. I was not that interested in this story arc because I had no emotional investment in it and I failed to see the purpose of Yu Rao’s character. It almost felt like her story arc was just a filler story to kill time. Other than that, the only purpose I can think of for Yu Rao is to show that the emperor actually has a heart!!! *GASP* Even though he was creeping on Yu Rao he at least had the willingness to let his younger bro be happy with her instead.
On a side note, since when did Ning Gui Ren become so close with Zhen Huan? At this point she doesn’t know that Zhen Huan is the mother of 17th’s kids yet, so that can’t be it. Maybe Ning Gui Ren has accepted Zhen Huan’s relationship with 17th? Either that, or she is united with Zhen Huan because they are both unhappy in the harem and they love 17th. There is a great moment when she and Zhen Huan sadly watch Huan Bi going away to get married. You can just see in their eyes how much they wish they could be Huan Bi. :'(
These episodes were not very fun because of all the drama that followed after Zhen Huan’s scandal. But even though I felt like the two marriages of Huan Bi & Yu Rao were a bit draggy, they also showed how Zhen Huan can help other people be happy. Zhen Huan did not want 17th to marry another woman, but she truly wished for Huan Bi to be happy and gracefully stepped aside. She also looked out for Yu Rao to make sure that at she would not end up like her.