Lu Zhen’s my baby now and I’m literally having a strong compulsion to recap the drama as much as I can. The first ten episodes have basically set up the characters in the palace, the love story, and various sundries that need to be taken care of in the world of this drama. I tend to look at the next ten episodes as where the drama got it right. Alonsi!
Lu Zhen walks out of her pavillion to find all the maids, and Dan Niang explains that they want to know if they are to be punished for allowing the Dowager Concubine to be poisoned. Lu Zhen tells them that this is a new start and that no one will be punished.
A Lady Officials arrives and tells her to gather all the maids in one place. Lu Zhen complies and Dan Niang wonders aloud it it’s because they’re going to new places of work. She smiles happily and hopes that she gets to work in the kitchens.
Gao Zhan and Yuan Lu are walking on the streets and Gao Zhan tells Yuan Lu to find Lu Zhen a job that was both easy and restful, Yuan Lu cracks up evily and says that he’s going to put Dan Niang in the Kitchens, that way she can only have a little bit of everything and it’ll drive her crazy.
That night Lu Zhen gathers all the girls and they all await for the Female Official, who comes and gives them the edict – saying that the royal Concubine is very pleased and they are given royal wine and two liang of Gold.
Gao Zhan is dress for bed when Uncle Zhong, his guard comes in and tells him that the Palace of Isolation was on fire.
Dan Niang escapes and Gao Zhan catches her and asks where Lu Zhen is. Dan Niang screams that she’s still inside and Gao Zhan leaps into the burning building.
Uncle Zhong screames Prince! after Gao Zhan and Dan Niang realizes that Gao Zhan was the Crown Prince, or Chang Guang Wang.
Gao Zhan finds Lu Zhen who is in the midst of fainting from the smoke. He sees a beam about to fall and leaps on her to protect her, sheilding her from the falling beam and getting crushed by it in the process. He lifts her up and carries her outside.
The Emperor is outside and tells everyone that they must get Gao Zhan out now! He sees Gao Zhan carry Lu Zhen out. Gao Zhan quickly hands Lu Zhen to other maids, and then, having been badly injured, sinks to the ground.
He grasps the Emperor’s hand and says loudly, “You Majesty, I knew you were in the Palace of Isolation and so in haste I came to your rescue, thinking you had been in the building” Gao Zhan stares into the Emperor’s eyes, willing him to understand the second meaning behind his words.
The emperor looks bewildered for a second and suddenly gets what Gao Zhan is trying to say. He nods imperceptibly and goes along with Gao Zhan’s lie. He orders his eunuch to let all the palaces know that if anyone spoke about this fire, then under his order, they will be put to death. Gao Zhan, relieved at this turn of events, falls into a faint.
The next day, the Royal Concubine rushes to Gao Zhan’s residence, only to run into the Dowager Empress.
The Dowager Empress’s hate is practically palpable as she tells the Royal Concubine to never call her Mother In Law, since the Royal Concubine is not an empress she does not have the right. Royal Concubine Xiao retorts that the Dowager Empress didn’t become an Empress until after Gao Zhan’s mother did, she, the Royal Concubine will try to emulate the Dowager Empress (and become an Empress herself)
The Emperor comes out of Gao Zhan’s palace and Royal Concubine Xiao rushes to his side, asking how Gao Zhan was. The Dowager interjects and says that the Royal Concubine is out of line, here he was, her husband and she was asking after another man. The Emperor tiredly reasons with his mother and tells her that Royal Concubine Xiao has been friends with both Gao Zhan and the Emperor for so long that it’s only natural that she asks after him.
Yuan Lu comes out and tells the ladies that Gao Zhan is getting medicine salved on his wounds, he can’t see the ladies and will come thank them personally one day. He also asks the Emperor to come back to the room. The Dowager and Royal Concubine glower and smile respectively before parting ways. Royal Concubine asks Wang Shang Yi if they can trace the false edict given to the maids back to the Dowager and Wang Shang Yi assures they can. Meanwhile, Lou Qing Qiang is assuring the Dowager that even if the Royal Concubine upends the entire forbidden city they will not find any evidence against them.
Meanwhile, Gao Zhan is getting dressed (that was so close to the perfect sentence, if only we could an an “un” to dressed).
And the Emperor asks what kind of Goddess or Deity was Lu Zhen that made Gao Zhan mindlessly hop into a burning building to rescue her. Gao Zhan smiles and says that she was the girl that rescued him when had had been out of the palace a few weeks ago.
The Emperor smiles knowingly and tells him that it was just like the stories in the plays. The beauty rescues the hero and then the hero rescues the beauty. If Gao Zhan likes her, should he as Emperor decree that Lu Zhen be his concubine? Gao Zhan makes a grab for the Emperor and injures his back.
Gao Zhan tells the Emperor absolutely not. The emperor, alarmed at Gao Zhan’s reaction said that it was only a joke. Gao Zhan tells the emperor that Lu Zhen doesn’t know he’s the Crown Prince, and he wants to keep it that way.
The emperor asks if this is because Gao Zhan is scared Lu zhen is the type of girl who’s only after power and fame? Gao Zhan shakes his head and says he knows she’s not like that. But he is afraid that she will killed by the forces in the palace. The Emperor agrees to not tell her who he is or that he rescued her.
Lu Zhen wakes up and asks Dan Niang who rescued her. Dan Niang lies and tells her that it was some of the Emperor’s men, who had shielded from the falling roof beam and got her out. Lu Zhen wonders aloud why the man who rescued her felt so familiar.
Lu Zhen asks if “he” had come to visit. Dan Niang says that he hasn’t, there’s been so many people that “he” would not dare come. They go out into the garden and Lu Zhen finds that the Dowager Concubine’s prized Gui Hua tree. She tells Dan Niang to go, she’ll be fine.
Dan Niang walks away only to meet Yuan Lu. Yuan Lu’s heart has been pounding because Dan Niang was a terrible liar. Dan Niang retorts that she never lies and only liars like him would be good at it.
Meanwhile, Lu Zhen goes to take care of the Gui Hua tree. She sees that the soil has white chunks of rock that looks like the ceramic powder she uses and also finds a pack in the dirt left to her by the Dowager Concubine.
In it, the Dowager Concubine tells Lu Zhen that enclosed is a ring that Lu Zhen must give to the Crown Prince Chang Guang Wang, that way he can avenger her death.
Gao Zhan talks to Uncle Zhong and asks how Lu Zhen is. He tells Gao Zhan that Lu Zhen is very sad and eats very little. Gao Zhan is worried and tells Uncle Zhong to ask the emperor to give Lu Zhen a few days out of the palace to clear her head.
Lu Zhen is copying pages for Du Si Yi, as she had promised she would do. Dan Niang brings in a large metal pot for her trash and Lu Zhen recognizes the markings of the pot.
She takes the pot to the Jewelry department and tells the maid in charge that she believes, based on her experience traveling with her father, that the pot was very valuable because it was from the previous dynasty. The maid scoffs at her and send Lu Zhen out.
Lu Zhen and Dan Niang literally ran into A Bi, who is now a 2nd level palace maid. A Bi pushes Lu Zhen over and Lu Zhen deciding that she doesn’t want any trouble, apologizes to A Bi. However, A Bi tells them that they can’t leave.
They have to kneel for two hours as an apology for injuring her. Dan Niang tells A Bi to stop being so high and mighty, they’ve apologized. A Bi smirks and Dan Niang tells her that she needs to show more respect to the Head Maid of the palace of isolation – Lu Zhen.
A Bi doesn’t believe her and Dan Niang pulls out Lu Zhen’s badge. Dan Niang makes A Bi bow 3 times to Lu Zhen, and A Bi is pissed off and jealous. She tells Lu Zhen to wait, She is going to make Lu Zhen pay.
Lu Zhen decides to take the pot to the Metal and Objects department of the palace, run by Eunuchs. The head eunuch, Zhu realizes that this was the pot that the old emperors used to sacrifice to the heavens. He praises Lu Zhen and tells her that she’s got a good eye and to come by often.
Lu Zhen goes back to the Palace of Isolation to find the Emperor’s Eunuch waiting for her. He tells her that because of her devotion, she will be give 4 liang gold and a day off. Lu Zhen is elated.
That night a misterious figure goes and gives a bracelet to a guard. They take her to a room and it turns out that A Bi is meeting with her father. He asks if she’s met the Emperor and she says no, the Royal Concubine guards him too well. A Bi’s father tells her to hurry it up – they’ve spent so much money on her.
On Lu Zhen’s day off, she goes to the temple to pray for her dad. She asks the monk to recite a prayer for her father.
When she leaves the temple, a guard notices her and asks the same monk if she’s like the girl on his wanted poster. He shows the monk the poster and the monk confirms. The guard chases after Lu Zhen.
Thoughts: Okay. Over all I liked this episode because it proves that Gao Zhan loves Lu Zhen deeper than even he knew he did. It takes balls in jump into a flaming building, and Gao Zhan proves that he’s got’ em. I think that at this point, Gao Zhan is right to keep his identity hidden. With the two poisonous snakes like Dowager and Royal Concubine at war, Lu Zhen is safer in the dark.