Bu Bu Jing Xin: Episode 11
Ruo Xi gets taught horseback riding by the Monglian princess. But she loses control of the horse when she drops the reigns. 8th bro quickly catches up to her on horseback and rescues Ruo Xi. With Ruo Xi in his arms, 8th rides back to the camp. Ruo Xi tells herself to let her savor this moment just this once. She stays close to 8th, and 8th smiles broadly as he concludes that he’s in her heart after all.
Will…not..fall for 8th’s huge grin……..
I love Ruo Xi & the Mongolian princess’ friendship. 14th visits the camp in disguise to find 8th even though he’s been ordered not to by the Emperor. He has Ruo Xi find a way for him and 8th to meet. Crown Prince seizes this opportunity to get rid of 8th and 14th silently. He calls an all out search of the surrounding area, claiming that there are thieves somewhere.
8th takes an arrow for 14th. 14th quickly draws his sword and blocks all the other arrows. Omg, I need some martial art scenes NOW. They quickly escape and hide with the help of Ruo Xi and the Mongolian princess.
Crown Prince is pissed, and orders his men to search the entire camp. The Mongolian princess (I seriously forgot her name T_T) hides 14th in her tent. Crown Prince enters to search the tent, and the princess pretends to think he’s the thief (since they’re in the dark, she can’t tell who he is) She beats him up real good, and acts surprised when she finds out it’s the Crown Prince. rofl, I love this scene. She is so smart!!
This is the episode in which I tell Ruo Xi and 8th to just get married already. Ruo Xi tends to 8th’s wound, and is very conscious of how close she is to him. She gets up to leave, but 8th grabs her hand and tells her to stay. Ruo Xi tries to leave, but 8th says that his wound will reopen if she keeps on pulling on his hand. He pulls her in for A HUG. OMG. I expect them to kiss, but they don’t.
Bu Bu Jing Xin: Ep 12-13
In episodes 12 & 13, 8th and Ruo Xi happily act like little lovebirds. They walk hand in hand out in the forest. They stargaze together. They ride together. It’s weird seeing them together after all these episodes of Ruo Xi rejecting 8th.
What’s so sad is that their happiness is short-lived.
Ruo Xi & 8th sit together in the forest. 8th tries to kiss Ruo Xi, but she has a flashback of 4th’s forced kiss, and pushes him away.
“Ruo Xi, do you know throughout all these years, how much I’ve missed you? I wish for you to willingly, happily marry me. I don’t want Ruo Lan’s incident to happen again. But your heart is always so difficult to understand…Don’t look at me like that. Why do you always use that gaze to look at me? (BECAUSE SHE KNOWS WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN TO YOU!)”
“I don’t want to lose you. I want you to always be well.”
“You won’t lose me. I’ll always guard you by your side.”
8th kisses Ruo Xi, and they both fall to the ground. And happily continue to kiss. 8th literally has a plant for a pillow. On the forest floor. Erm….
This is basically the moment where everything falls apart in 8th/Ruo Xi’s little happy fairy tale. Ruo Xi and 8th go for a walk in the forest. Ruo Xi takes the opportunity to breach the subject of the throne. She agrees to marry him, only if he gives up the throne for her. 8th stops right at that moment, and the change on his face is SCARY.
“I don’t think this has anything to do with the two of us.”Well, you’re gonna be together, I think this is kinda a serious issue. 8th attempts to say “I think you’re tired” and avoid the subject. Ruo Xi pursues the issue and talks about all the things they can do together in the different seasons of the year. What’s sad is that she probably knows she’s just dreaming, and that it’ll never happen.
8th thinks that Ruo Xi has been approaching him the entire time, solely to make him give up the throne.
“…every single word you said to me, was it all for today?”And then Ruo Xi does the most heartbreaking thing ever–she grabs 8ths hand and puts it on her heart while breaking down in tears..
“My feelings for you are true.”
“You know it. You are inside here. You know it!!!”OMG and the dramatic musics makes the scene all the more saddening. Knowing the ending has changed my perspective a bit. I empathize more with Ruo Xi, because like me knowing the ending, she also knows what the future holds. She knows about all the angst surrounding the fight for the throne, which is why she doesn’t want 8th to aim for the throne.
“Ruo Xi…why…Why can’t one decide his own destiny?…In my own heart, I thought the same way.”
Buuuut I feel pretty bad for 8th, who, by this time, is completely confused by Ruo Xi. He’s spent his whole life building up his power, all for the throne, and he can’t just give that up, with Ruo Xi going “I got my own reasons, 8th, just abandon the throne!!”
On the other hand, I think Ruo Xi hasn’t fully devoted her love to 8th, because she’s holding back so much. Sure she doesn’t want 8th to get hurt, but she also ought to have the desire to support him in all he does.
Back at the palace, Ruo Xi runs into 8th. She continues to distance herself from him, and treats him coldly. She mentions that she heard 8th’s son has been harassing Ruo Lan. She wants 8th to make sure this isn’t happening. 8th dismisses it as a rumor, not the truth.
“What’s happened to us? Weren’t we fine on the grasslands? Why can’t you be like you were then?”8th promises Ruo Xi to look into the matter, and asks her to reconsider marrying him. He says he’s confused (oh, aren’t we all) and doesn’t understand what she’s not telling him.
“On the grasslands, there were only you and I. There wasn’t the throne, nor your wives, and your son.”
8th makes good on his promise, and visits Ruo Lan. He clears up the misunderstanding about the death of Ruo Lan’s true love. Well, it’s about time!
“…I began to know your heart is following him to the ground. Though I have won around the world, I can’t expect to win over him.”Ruo Lan begins to sob. Even though she tries to regain her composure in front of 8th, she continues to cry throughout his little monologue. I felt SO BAD for Ruo Lan during this scene!!! Even though Ruo Lan is always polite and composed in front of 8th, we all know that she’s not fooling anyone. We all know she despises 8th and is as unhappy as heck.
Bu Bu Jing Xin: Ep 14-16
Shippy 4th/Ruo Xi moment: One of the servants lets a doggy run loose. The doggy goes over to 4th, and all the princes and maids freak out. Omg, 4th + fluffy little dog. Best thing ever. Ruo Xi quickly gets back the dog, and 4th just does his little smirk. LOVE!!!!
14th confronts Ruo Xi and asks what happened ever since the expedition. He points out that ever since then, Ruo Xi & 8th haven’t been the same. Ruo Xi ignores his question and excuses herself.
8th’s wives discuss Ruo Xi’s possible marriage to 8th. The other wife (I forgot her name..) tells Ruo Lan that she knows that 8th will be happy if he marries Ruo Xi. She’s willing to do anything to support 8th and make him happy.
“A man’s fate is a woman’s destiny.”The two wives seem to reconcile with each other, as Ruo Lan clears up the misunderstanding that she’s taunting the other wife. Ruo Lan discusses the marriage with Ruo Xi, telling her that 8th is good to all his wives. She gives Ruo Xi the choice to accept/reject the marriage offer.
I love all these snow scenes. So beautiful!!!!
TIME FOR THE FATED MEETING IN THE SNOW!!!! THIS IS SO SAD.
Ruo Xi and 8th bro meet by a lake in the snow. I need to say that I LOVE RUO XI’S CAPE. Ruo Xi asks 8th bro one question: yes or no? In other words…give up the throne or not? Marry her or not? 8th looks at her with conflicted eyes…
“Why must you force me? Why do you demand that I choose between two things that I have simultaneously?OMG. 8TH IS SO TORN!!!!!!! He ends up staying silent, so Ruo Xi infers that “no” is his answer. She warns him to watch out for 4th bro and other political figures.
“From now on, you and I shall have nothing to do with each other.”AND RUO XI LEAVES HIM STANDING THERE IN THE SNOW. OMG.
“I am a person afraid of death. Not worth holding onto.”
I feel pretty bad for 8th bro now. He’s been lead on by Ruo Xi SO BAD, and now she’s just rejected him TO HIS FACE. Because he won’t give up the throne. I think Ruo Xi knows that 8th won’t give up the throne, but just wants him to prove his love for her. After all, she knows how history will play out, and she knows 8th can’t give up his dream. In the end, I think her motives for having him give up the throne are selfish, simply for her own assurance that he loves her.
Ruo Xi runs away in tears. She slips on the snow and twists her ankle. 13th and 4th come across her and help her up. 13th goes to find some servants to carry her back to the palace, while 4th waits with Ruo Xi. Ruo Xi holds onto 4th’s arm (AHHHHHHH!!) and silently cries as it snows.
“Stop crying. If you really want to torture yourself, it’s best to shut yourself in your room and do it. Once you go outside, not only will you be disturbed by someone, but you won’t be able to do it to the full extent.”Apparently 4th’s attempt at comforting Ruo Xi completely fails. She pushes him away and falls again. She starts throwing snowballs at 4th, who simply deflects them with his cape like it’s no big deal. LOVE 4TH. Ruo Xi continues to chuck snowballs at 4th as she gets carried away on a stretcher. I love these two.
“You still feel pain? Then let my actions let you feel other people’s pain. The pain of knowing and losing love hurts more than not knowing love at all. If you knew it would end like this, then why did you agree in the first place? Who are you playing with?”I’m sorry, but I’m actually applauding 14th for trying to talk some sense into Ruo Xi. Yes, her decision is agonizing and hard for her too but, omg. Poor 8th. Left in the dust! By his loved one! But, 14th starts to get a bit violent, as he grabs Ruo Xi’s arm and taunts her.
13th and 4th to the rescue!!! YAY! 14th backs off, and 13th and 4th have a buddy-buddy talk with Ruo Xi. 13th offers to listen to Ruo Xi’s troubles, but she declines. Ruo Xi tells 13th about Min Min’s feelings for him. He says that he has no feelings for her. 4th simply tells Ruo Xi to let her ankle heal completely.
OMG I LOVE 4TH AND RUO XI. He doesn’t say much to her, but he obviously cares for her in a different way than 13th/8th. He respects her space and doesn’t press her to tell him what’s on her mind.
^Um…I just put that because of how pretty it is. ._. Love how it shows the architecture.
Back at another expedition, we have a circle of glances, as Min Min looks at 13th, 13th looks at Ruo Xi, Ruo Xi looks at 4th, 4th looks at Ruo Xi, and 8th looks at Ruo Xi looking at 4th. Very intense.
Ruo Xi breaks the news to Min Min that 13th doesn’t have any feelings for her. Min Min wonders what part of her he doesn’t like. And to add to the drama, Min Min finds out that 14th is actually a prince, not Ruo Xi’s secret lover. Min Min is angry at Ruo Xi for lying to her and using her to hide 14th. She threatens to tell the emperor the truth, and rides off in a fit of anger. 14th tells Ruo Xi to put all the blame on him if the emperor finds out, since he’s a prince. I admit it. 14th was really cool in that scene.
13th and 14th catch up with Min Min and ask her not to tell the emperor. Min Min agrees not to tell him only if Ruo Xi wins in a horseback riding race. Ruo Xi accepts Min Min’s challenge and wins.
Min Min quickly agrees to forgive Ruo Xi. She only wanted to annoy Ruo Xi a bit to get back at her for lying. Ruo Xi cutely hides behind 13th’s back, saying that she’ll just hide behind this dependable hero. Ahahaha.
14th and Ruo Xi ask 13th not to tell the emperor about 14th sneaking into the camp. 13th agrees because of his friendship with Ruo Xi. Ruo Xi does the peace sign, and 13th does the peace sign back. 14th looks at them like, “What the heck?” 14th has yet to join the Progressive Thinkers In The Qing Dynasty Club.
Ruo Xi prepares a special performance for Min Min. Min Min does a graceful dance that’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! All the princes gawk at her. 4th cutely imagines Ruo Xi in the place of Min Min, dancing only for him. For once, 4th doesn’t get a fake scene. YES!!!! This one is so pretty!!!
Everyone is impressed by Min Min’s performance (and at Ruo Xi for directing it). Min Min finally gets to hear 13th play the flute. She cries as she hears his flute playing. Aww. I love Min Min’s outfit/hairstyle, especially with the red ribbons.
4th is basically the only one that speaks the truth to Ruo Xi. No matter how much she avoids her marriage and vows to become a nun, the truth is that she’ll get married eventually. She needs to evaluate her options wisely if she doesn’t want to end up in an unhappy marriage. Which….4th should’ve told her BEFORE she rejected 8th. ANYWAY, I like that 4th is blunt and straightforward with Ruo Xi.
“The palace is the worst place to dream. I advise you to wake up and think of your next step. When the matter finally comes, you won’t be able to do anything.
“Is not marrying really not a possibility? I will not hurt anyone by not marrying. Why do I still have to marry?”
“Is it you don’t understand what I’m saying, or that you don’t want to understand?”
4th is investigating the corrupt use of funds that were supposed to help the citizens. He finds out that 9th bro is part of the fiasco, and consults 8th about how to handle this situation. Eventually, the emperor calls of the investigation, so the matter blows over for now. 13th asks Ruo Xi what she thinks should be done. Ruo Xi says that even 9th bro should be punished for his wrongdoings, so that corruption won’t prosper in the future.
I looooove this scene!!!!!!
13th suddenly says that he’s gotta go. He leaves 4th and Ruo Xi alone. AHAHA they totally planned this. 4th hands a present to Ruo Xi, saying “It’s nothing.” I LOVE 4TH. Ruo Xi tries to refuse the gift, so 4th calls out “14th bro!”. Ruo Xi quickly grabs the gift and turns around to see if 14th is there. He’s not–4th bro tricked her! And then he walks away really quickly, telling Ruo Xi not to follow him in case 14th sees. LOL. So Ruo Xi is stuck holding the gift.
Bu Bu Jing Xin: Ep 17
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.”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.
(lyrics) “Don’t sigh about what’s happening and the ray of hope that we can’t see.”
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?