Here is the next installment of the “King Rouge” recap! Sorry for the delay in publishing this installment. I have been busy with translating Jo Hyun Jae‘s interviews from KWave and Korean TV Drama magazines, then I got sick. But, everything’s back to normal now. So, on we go with this recap. I have more things in this episode which I didn’t understand than the things I understood. So I hope our friends who have been helping me have not given up on me yet, and will show up again to give me a helping hand. Text in red are the parts which I didn’t understand.
For those waiting for the “Love Letter” reviews by Mi Rae, we have to temporarily put the review on hold. Mi Rae suffered a mild brain stroke. She is fine now, but still recuperating.
Editor: I updated this post on May 3, 2015 2:28 p.m. to include explanations by Tonyee for those scenes which I didn’t understand. Thank you very much! The explanations appear right after the red text.
Wu Kui saves Moya from the bandits and the 2 of them ride away on Wu Kui’s horse. However, Moya insists on returning to the scene of the fight. She doesn’t let on to Wu Kui, but she is actually more concerned about her cargo. In the end, Wu Kui relents.
In another area, the bandits finally capture the palanquin Lei-er is riding. Lei-er tries to talk her way out of the situation, doing her best imitation of a lady. However, the bandits knock her off and bring her to their lair. When she wakes up she is already tied up and locked up in the bandits’ lair.
Wu Kui and Moya have finally reached the fight scene but everything and everyone are gone. Moya is dismayed at the disastrous turn of events.
I don’t understand everything that happened in the following scene, all just my speculation. Men from Xinyi Escort return to the fight scene. They inform Wu Kui that Lei-er and the cargo have all been taken by the bandits.
Moya: Where are my stuff?
Xinyi escort: Lei-er and the cargo were all captured.
Wu Kui: Lei-er was captured?!
Wu Kui wants to follow the bandits and save Lei-er, but Moya pretends to faint, so Wu Kui has no choice but to take care of her and bring her back home. Wu Kui instructs his men to continue looking for Lei-er.
Moya (accusingly): Aren’t you the famous Xinyi Escort? My father and I believed in you, that’s why we asked you to be our escort. Now everything is gone. How are you going to account for this?
Wu Kui: It is our fault for being careless. Now the luggage are lost and Lei-er is captured. Rest assured we will find a way to get them back. Tell me, what’s in the luggage? It will be easier for us to trace the goods if we know what’s in there.
Moya (pretends to faint): I have not recovered from my illness yet… I have to go home now! Now!
Wu kui: Yes that’s the safest course of action. However Lei-er’s been captured, I need to go look for her asap.
Moya: You’re right… but if I encounter something bad on my way, what should I do? (Moya faints, Wu Kui catches her.)
Wu kui (to his men): Please go and find Lei-er, I’ll escort the Princess home.
Editor: Moya doesn’t want Wu Kui to know what is inside her trunks that is why she pretends to faint when Wu Kui asks her about its contents.
In another part of the forest, Dumb Wolf has finally realized that he has lost track of Wu Kui. He shouts in frustration. I think he is more interested in capturing Wu Kui than robbing Wu Kui’s client, that is why he feels so frustrated when he lost track of Wu Kui.
Wu Kui arrives at the Xiao residence, he looks for his father. Ding Bang is not home but Aunt Gui is so happy to see that Wu Kui is unharmed and made it safely back home.
It seems news of Wu Kui’s disastrous encounter with the bandits has already reached Ding Bang. Wu Kui’s father has gone to the Prince’s residence to talk to Moya’s father.
It is already late afternoon but there is still no word about Lei-er. Wu Kui worries about her.
Back in the bandits’ lair, Dumb Wolf talks to Feng Lang about his frustration at failing to capture Wu Kui, but Feng Lang consoles him that at least they captured the Princess. However, when they went to the cage where they are keeping their captive Dumb Wolf sees that it is Lei-er disguised as a lady whom they captured and not Moya. Lei-er sees Dumb Wolf; she calls him by another name which I can’t understand.
Back in the bandits’ lair, Hua Lang and Lei-er face off until Hua Lang faints. In another part of the lair, Dumb Wolf talks to Feng Lang about his frustration at not being able to fight with Wu Kui. Feng Lang consoles him that at least they have the “Princess”. However, one of their men arrive to report that the “Princess” has beaten Hua Lang into unconciousness, Dumb Wolf and Feng Lang are surprised to hear this, so they go to where the “Princess” is locked-up to see what happened.
However, when they reach the lock-up, Dumb Wolf realizes that it was Lei-er whom they captured, and not the real princess. On seeing Dumb Wolf Lei-er calls out his nickname (the unlucky one), asking if he had been captured by the bandits as well. Lei-er asks the bandits why they have to capture “the unlucky one”, she explains that he is just a servant at the guesthouse. She tells Dumb Wolf not to be afraid.
Dumb Wolf and Feng Lang talk again. Feng Lang is obviously mad at being duped once again. But I can’t understand everything they talked about.
Feng Lang is angry at being tricked by Xinyi, while Dumb Wolf tells him to let Lei-er go. Feng Lang refuses, saying that it will only make Xinyi more confident if they release her. Feng Lang say it’s good that they captured someone from Xinyi anyway, and should kill her to let Xinyi know that the Wolf Gang is not someone to mess around with.
Back in town, Ding Bang is kneeling in front of Moya’s father, apologizing for what happened. As expected, Moya’s father is very angry at what happened. He heaps invectives on Ding Bang, who has no choice but just to listen quietly to the tirade. Moya’s father berates Ding Bang for losing all the goods and for getting his daughter sick.
I don’t understand everything that everyone said in this scene, just pure assumptions on my part. Wu Kui arrives and sees his father kneeling in front of Moya’s father. Wu Kui tries to apologize and explain what happened but Moya’s father is too angry to listen to him. Wu Kui gets down on his knees. Moya arrives and tries to defend Wu Kui and Ding Bang, but Concubine just belittles the Xiaos some more. Moya whispers something to her father. Moya’s father seems to change his mind, Wu Kui and Ding Bang make some promises to Moya’s father before they leave.
Wu Kui arrives and tells Moya’s father that the goods were lost on his watch, so he will be responsible for getting them back. The Prince gets angrier on hearing this, incredulous that Xinyi dared to let an inexperienced youth to protect his goods.Wu Kui says that his father wanted to lead this mission himself, but Wu Kui saw that his father was unwell, and so asked to do it on behalf of his father.Wu Kui kneels in front of Moya’s father and asks for forgiveness.
Moya comes out and says that it’s only thanks to Xinyi that she was able to return home safely. She asks her parents not to begrudge Xinyi on this. However, in a whisper, Moya tells her father that since they cannot let people know what is in her luggage and things would only end badly for them if they keep pressuring Xinyi, so it is better act graciously towards Xinyi and make them feel thankful instead. Her father replies that he understands and the two continue to act good cop bad cop. Moya says that the most important thing in this mission is her safety, and since she’s safe, they should let things be. The Xiao father and son promise to get the goods back within 3 days.
Moya asks to talk to Wu Kui alone, so Ding Bang left by himself, while Wu Kui and Moya walk in the garden. Again, I don’t understand anything said in this scene. Assumptions: Wu Kui thanks Moya for defending him and for giving him another chance. I think Wu Kui asks Moya if she is not angry with him. She says no, which makes Wu Kui happy. I do not know what else they talked about.
Moya asks to talk to Wu Kui alone, so Ding Bang leaves by himself, while Wu Kui and Moya take walk in the garden. Wu Kui thanks Moya for helping out. Moya admonishes him for being too polite.Wu Kui is stunned and asks if Moya is no longer angry with him. Moya says she regrets the harsh words she used in the heat of the moment. That is why she asked him to stay behind, so that she can apologize to him. Wu Kui insists that it’s him who was in the wrong and should be the one to apologize.
Moya asks if Wu Kui regrets taking on this mission since it went so horribly wrong. Wu Kui replies that as long as he is with Moya, he will not regret walking the same road a thousand times again. He wishes that time could stop forever at the moment when they were on the road together. Moya says that the trip has special meaning for both of them, and her only wish now is that he can find the missing goods and wrap up the incident on a good note. Wu Kui promises to do all he can. Moya asks about Lei-er, she tells Wu Kui to let her know once he has news of Lei-er. Wu Kui looks worried and vows to get Lei-er back.
Ding Bang discusses their strategies for tracking down the bandits with Wu Kui, Da Cheng and the other escorts. I didn’t understand everything but I think Ding Bang tells Wu Kui that he stays home while the rest of them go out and look for the bandits’ lair.
The Xinyi men discuss where the bandits might be hiding. The men will separate into teams to look for the bandits, reporting back to Xinyi once they find clues. The men are instructed not to fight on their own. Ding Bang assigns Wu Kui to be their coordinator so he has to stay at the Xinyi office.
Back in the bandits’ lair, Dumb Wolf tries to help Lei-er to escape.
Back at the Xinyi office, Wu Kui has fallen asleep waiting for word from his father and their men. He has nightmares wherein he is visited by Lei-er’s ghost. Wu Kui really has a wild imagination, 😀 but I think this is to let viewers know that he is very worried about Lei-er.
Lei-er and Dumb Wolf’s escape is foiled by Feng Lang and Hua Lang. Lei-er tries to protect Dumb Wolf against the 2 bandits, Dumb Wolf gestures to the 2 bandits to keep quiet about his real identity, but they ignore him. The 2 bandits reveal to Lei-er that Dumb Wolf is the leader of their gang.
Lei-er is returned behind bars. She is so angry with Dumb Wolf because she finally realizes that Dumb Wolf tricked her into leaking Xinyi’s plan back at the guesthouse, so Lei-er gives Dumb Wolf a severe scolding and even mocks him for his stammer.
Dumb Wolf tells Lei-er that their gang has a rule that if any of their captives overcome their 3 challenges, the captive will be released.
Chuzi and his men go to the XinYi office, it seems they did so at the instigation of Concubine. Wu Kui faces them. I think Chuzi’s men try to humiliate the Xiaos by telling the townsfolk that the bandits defeated the Xinyi escorts while the police force was able to rout them in an earlier encounter.
Chuzi and his men go to the XinYi office, it seems Chuzi is acting at the instigation of Concubine. Chuzi and his men tell the townspeople that Xinyi lost the goods owned by the Prince. Chuzi says that the police could help Xinyi in getting back the Prince’s goods since they are the men who won against the Wolf Gang in an earlier encounter.
I don’t understand what Wu Kui said in reply, but it seems the townsfolk believe him more than Chuzi because the people clap their hands at Wu Kui’s words.
Wu Kui thanks Chuzi for his offer, but asserts that Xinyi will resolve the matter in 3 days. Wu Kui tells the townspeople that Xinyi always fulfills the promises they make, keeping true to their company’s name. (Xinyi means “being faithful and loyal” and “true to their promises”). The townspeople believe Wu Kui and they applaud him.
Whatever Wu Kui said to the townsfolk, Aunt Gui approves of it later when aunt and nephew talk inside the house. I think Wu Kui said that he will go visit Lei-er’s grandmother because she might be worried sick about Lei-er.
Aunt Gui is grateful that Wu Kui has grown up and praises him for his speech. Wu Kui says that Lei-er’s Grandma probably doesn’t know what has happened yet, so he wants to go to Lei-er’s house so he could tell Grandma what happened to Lei-er.
Aunt Gui says it’s probably not a good thing to tell Lei-er’s Grandma what happened to Lei-er since they are not sure if Lei-er is still alive. However, Wu Kui says he will feel guilty if he withholds the news from Lei-er’s Grandma.
Aunt Gui hands over a money bag to Wu Kui, this is Lei-er’s pay that Aunt Gui asked Wu Kui to give to Lei-er’s grandma. But when Wu Kui counted the money it seems that Aunt Gui still made deductions on it. 😀 Wu Kui asks Aunt Gui to give Lei-er’s pay in full, but Aunt Gui could only add a little. I think because the company is having money problems as well. Again, I don’t understand what was said between the 2.
Aunt Gui gives Wu Kui some money for bereavement to be given to Lei-er’s Grandma. Wu Kui thinks the money is too little, so he begs her for more. Aunt Gui relents and gives him additional money.
Wu Kui visits Lei-er’s grandma. Grandma is in bed, sick. I think Grandma has no idea yet that Lei-er has been captured by bandits.
But at Grandma’s house, upon seeing that she is sick, Wu Kui couldn’t find the heart to tell Grandma of the bad news. Instead, he tells Grandma that Lei-er performed very well, that’s why Lei-er got the bonus money. Wu kui sees for the first time Lei-er’s poor living condition and feels sad for her. Grandma also tells Wu Kui that Lei-er lost her parents on the day she was born.
Back at the bandits’ lair the bandits try to intimidate Lei-er, but she remains defiant and un-intimidated. The challenge begins.
END OF EPISODE 10