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King Rouge: Episode 11 recap

Earlier in the previous episode (Episode 10), Dumb Wolf told Lei-er that their gang has a rule – any of their captives who is able to overcome their gang in 3 challenges is allowed to leave their lair. Episode 10 ended with the beginning of the showdown between Lei-er and the bandits, while Episode 11 begins with the continuation of that showdown.
UPDATE: I updated this post on May 5, 2013 12:36 p.m. to include the explanations for those scenes which I did not understand. Explanations contributed by Tonyee. Thank you!
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The showdown between Lei-er and the bandits continues. Lei-er is able to beat all the bandits in all the challenges. Although in the last challenge – the drinking challenge – Dumb Wolf helps Lei-er win by making sure that she drinks water and not wine.
Wu Kui is waiting for his father and the escorts. Ding Bang and his men arrive at Xinyi, Wu Kui asks his father what happened, but Ding Bang does not reply and just goes inside the residence. Wu Kui turns to Da Cheng for answers. Da Cheng says they found nothing, but there are a few deep valleys they haven’t searched yet. However, it’s already dark….
Wu Kui goes inside the house. Ding Bang says they have to continue the search no matter how late it is since one day has already passed.
Aunt Gui says she prepared dinner, Ding Bang replies they have no time for it, better just get them some food they can bring on the road. Wu Kui offers to join the search. Ding Bang refuses, saying that to have a newbie on the search would only slow them down. Better be safe and stay at Xinyi.

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Moya arrives at the Xiao residence. At first, Aunt Gui thinks Moya came to ask about the progress of the search, and says gruffly that the 3-day deadline is not up yet.
Moya says she’s not worried about the search since she knows well that with the reputation of Xinyi they will be able to locate the missing goods. However, Moya is worried about the people at Xinyi since they must have gone all in for the search, and that includes those staying behind like Aunt Gui and Wu Kui. Wu Kui smiles when he hears that.
Moya explains that she brought some snacks and herbs to keep up everyone’s health and energy. Aunt Gui’s attitude changes instantly on seeing the precious gifts, and goes out to get some tea for Moya.

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One of the snacks Moya brought is the same snack she shared with Wu Kui while they were travelling on which he choked on. Wu Kui eats the same snack and chokes again. Moya worriedly thumps his back. Wu Kui is just pretending to choke. Moya punches Wu Kui in the chest for making her worry. Wu Kui grabs her wrists and they have an awkward but sweet moment. 
Moya says she thought Wu Kui must be worried sick these days, and thus told the chef to add some calming herbs in the snacks. Moya adds that the contents of her luggage are not worth much, but the contents were left to her by her late mother. Wu Kui says that’s why Moya was so worried on the day of the encounter with the bandits. Wu Kui berates Moya for not telling him sooner. He says that if he had known that the contents of the luggage were so important to her, he would have found them at all cost. Moya says she believes him. (Moya is really good at manipulating people.)

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Back at the bandits’ lair, Lei-er is preparing Moya’s luggage for her trip back to Xinyi. Dumb Wolf goes to her and offers to help her, but she refuses his help. Dumb Wolf tells her that Moya’s luggage contain opium, and shows her a sample.

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At Xinyi, Aunt Gui goes to Wu Kui’s room to bring him tea. Aunt Gui discovers that Wu Kui’s bed has not been slept in at all. Ding Bang and Da Cheng arrive and she informs them of her discovery. Aunt Gui says she should have known since Wu Kui had not said a word since after Moya’s visit yesterday. Ding Bang guesses that Wu Kui must have gone to the mountain himself.

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Wu Kui has indeed gone looking for the bandits by himself. Wu Kui and Lei-er almost meet up in the mountains. But it is Ding Bang who catches up with Wu Kui in the mountains. 
Wu Kui tells his father that he is just too worried since the 3-day deadline is already up. Ding Bang says he knows but there’s nothing they can do. Ding Bang tells Wu Kui that they should go back first.

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Butler Yang is at the Xinyi office; he says the 3-day deadline is up, the goods have not been found, and now even Ding Bang and Wu Kui are missing. Da Cheng says they have gone to the mountains to continue the search and will be back soon. Yang says they have probably fled because they failed their task.

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Chuzi and his men are back at the Xinyi office, belittling Xinyi once again. Aunt Gui reminds Chuzi that if not for Ding Bang he wouldn’t have become the leader of the police force. She reprimands Chuzi for being ungrateful. Chuzi asks Yang about the missing goods, Yang replies that he is at Xinyi to see how the Xiaos are going to explain why they have not recovered the Princess’ goods yet.

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In the middle of their argument Ding Bang and Wu Kui arrive. Yang applauds them for not trying to flee, but presses them to account for their failure. Ding Bang replies that since they could not keep their promise they would lower the Xinyi flag, the implication of which is that Xinyi Escort Agency is closing down.
Da Cheng and the other escorts try to convince Ding Bang not to do so, but Ding Bang does not listen to them. In his internal monologue, Ding Bang says “this flag has flown proudly in all corners of the country for the past hundred years, but today it has to be brought down and buried in the mud shamefully. It was through generations of fighting, blood and tears that we have the Xinyi Escort as it is now, must it end today in my hand?”
Ding Bang begins to untie the rope.

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Wu Kui stops his father, saying that it’s all his fault. Wu Kui says that he will shoulder the responsibility himself. He would go to the Prince’s residence and clear his sins by his blood (meaning he will commit suicide.) The men stop Wu Kui, Ding Bang says Wu Kui is thinking foolishly.
The goods are goods of Xinyi, not Wu Kui’s personally. It’s the responsibility of every man at Xinyi to keep the goods. If the goods are there, the men are there; if the goods are gone, then the men are gone too (meaning dead.) This is the Xinyi (the promise, trust, loyalty) that they have treasured very much. People can die, so why can’t an escort end?
Chuzi says they are just acting to get the townspeople’s sympathy. Ding Bang says he’s not the kind to play such tricks. Ding Bang goes back to the flagpole to lower the flag. Just then Lei-er arrives with Moya’s luggage, thus saving the day.

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Ding Bang, Wu Kui and Lei-er bring Moya’s luggage to the Prince’s residence. Moya’s father praises Xinyi for being able to retrieve their treasures. However, Concubine continues to belittle Xinyi, but Prince tells her to shut her mouth.

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Moya arrives, and with a big smile on her face she asks Lei-er what happened to her at the bandits’ lair. Lei-er proudly regales them of her adventures. She ends her tale with how she recovered everything, including the opium. Lei-er is unaware that opium is something illegal.  From the way Moya and her father exchange glances it is apparent that they know very well what the contents of the luggage are, but they pretend to be shocked at Lei-er’s statement like everyone else in the room.
Ding Bang asks Lei-er to repeat her statement, which she did. Concubine reprimands Lei-er, telling her to watch what she is saying. However, Lei-er is firm. Concubine says then it must be a trick to tarnish the reputation of the Prince. Lei-er says she doesn’t understand what she means. She opens the trunk to show her that she’s telling the truth.
The Prince pretends to be angry, saying that someone actually dared to hide opium in the Princess’s luggage. He vows to investigate this, and he would not let anyone use her daughter for such illegal acts. He told the Xiaos to leave. However, Ding Bang does not believe the Prince’s words.

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King Rouge Ep 11-27Back at Xinyi, Ding Bang tells Wu Kui that if not for the bandits  Xinyi would have become an accomplice in the Prince’s smuggling scheme. Wu Kui says that it might not be related to the Prince. Ding Bang says only someone from inside the Prince’s household could have planted the opium in the Princess’s luggage. Wu Kui insists that Moya has nothing to do with the opium because she is a kind and well-educated girl. Wu Kui speculates that someone must have used her as a front. At that point, they were called to the feast.

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At the feast, Ding Bang says that originally he was just giving Lei-er a chance, but who knew she would actually end up saving Xinyi? Ding Bang promotes Lei-er to be a regular escort.
Other escorts are saying that Lei-er only got lucky and got promoted too quickly. Another escort replies by asking if they have ever escaped unscathed from a bandit’s lair with all the goods. Da Cheng chips in, saying that Lei-er is the first person he feels thankful for and respectful of ever since he joined Xinyi (this is Da Cheng’s way of showing everyone his approval and protection of Lei-er.)
Lei-er drinks the wine and wonders why the wine at Xinyi is so much stronger than the wine at the bandits’ lair.

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Moya and her father are discussing their problem with the opium. Prince says that they should have been more careful and that they cannot keep the opium. Prince is acting to protect Moya’s reputation. They decide to go along with the story of someone planting the opium in Moya’s luggage and find a scapegoat. Moya is worried that people won’t believe them. Prince says that this scapegoat must not be provided by themselves, but must be discovered by someone else. They decide that Xinyi should be the one to make the discovery.

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Wu Kui takes Lei-er home as she is too drunk to go home by herself. Lei-er drunkenly tells Grandma about her promotion, and about how she won the 3 challenges at the bandits’ lair. Grandma doesn’t believe a word Lei-er said.

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Concubine visits Chuzi at the police station. Concubine is angry that the Prince and Moya are smuggling opium behind her back, and wonders how much money they had made. Concubine tells Chuzi to tell the townspeople about the opium, and put the blame on Xinyi, saying that Xinyi was using the Prince to smuggle opium.
Since Chuzi is the police, he has the mandate to investigate the matter. Then the Prince would have to bribe Chuzi and Concubine to stop the investigation. From then on they will be included in the opium smuggling loop. And once they get into that inside circle, then Moya and Chuzi could become a pair.

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The next day, at Xinyi, Lei-er asks Wu Kui to teach her martial arts. Wu Kui is quite preoccupied so he lets slip that he knows only 3 moves. Wu Kui realizes his slip, so he backtracks and tells Lei-er his martial arts is too difficult for her. He tells her to start from the basic and shows her some basic moves.
Wu Kui asks Lei-er how she escaped from the bandits’ lair since she did not know any martial arts. Lei-er says that she had already told him about the 3 challenges, Wu Kui says that it sounds like Dumb Wolf was helping her.
Lei-er protests immediately, saying that she has no relationship whatsoever with the bandits and she’s clean. Wu Kui says, he believes her. Wu Kui says that this was a really strange mission, with opium and all that. Lei-er says she would not have talked about the opium if she had known that it was such serious matter and feels guilty for making Moya look suspicious. Wu Kui vehemently vows not to let Moya come to any harm.

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THOUGHTS
One thing I noticed is that it seems Lei-er didn’t reveal to her bosses, especially to Wu Kui, that the servant at the guest house is actually Dumb Wolf, the leader of the Wolf bandits. But, I could be wrong in thinking that since I did not understand most of the conversations that transpired in this episode.
But if Lei-er indeed did not tell that bit of information to her superiors, then I wonder why she didn’t. Was she warned off by the bandits from doing so? Or did Lei-er deliberately hide that information for fear that if it is found that she is the source of the leak, then she will lose her job or be punished somehow?
Well, it seems Lei-er did not inform her superiors that she is the reason why the bandits knew of the new route that Xinyi will take from the guest house to the temple and that the servant at the guest house is actually the leader of the Wolf gang. I do not know if she deliberately hid these information to avoid punishment or if she just forgot all about it.
If she just forgot, then I think it is such a lame reason for the writer to use. Lei-er was so mad at Dumb Wolf when she realized she has been tricked into revealing Xinyi secrets, so how can she forget so soon?
But if she deliberately hid the information, then I am pissed at her. She was rewarded with a promotion when it was her big mouth that caused Wu Kui’s first mission to fail.
Yes, the failed mission was a blessing in disguise because it led to the discovery of the opium smuggling. However, I still wish the writer had made Lei-er tell the truth to her bosses, especially to Wu Kui. Right now, because of Lei-er’s failure to disclose her part in the failed mission and the servant’s real identity, I see Lei-er as either a total simpleton (if she forgot about her mistakes) or a bit dishonest (if she deliberately hid the information.)
END OF EPISODE 11
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4 thoughts on “King Rouge: Episode 11 recap

  1. At Xinyi
    Da Cheng said they found nothing, but there’s a few deep valleys they haven’t search yet. However it’s already dark… Ding Bang said they have to continue the search however late it is, since already one day’s passed.

    Aunt Gui said she prepared dinner, Ding Bang said they have no time for it, better just get them some food they can bring on the road. Wu Kui offered to join in the search, Ding Bang refused, saying that to have a newbie on the search would only slow them down. Better be safe and stay at Xinyi.

    Moya’s visit
    Aunt Gui at first though Moya was here to asked about the progress of the search, and said gruffly that the 3 day deadline is not up yet. Maya said she’s not worried about the search, since she knows well that with the reputation of Xinyi, they must be able to locate the missing goods. However she’s worried about the people at Xinyi, since they must have gone all in for the search , and that includes those staying behind like Aunt Gui and Wu Kui. That’s why she brought some snack and herbs to keep up everyone’s health and energy. Aunt Gui’s attitude changed instantly on seeing the precious gift, and went out to grab tea for Moya.

    After Wu Kui’s fake choke
    Moya said she thought Wu Kui must be worried sick these days, and thus told the chef to add some calming herbs in the snacks. Moya said the luggage did not worth much, but they have things left by her late mother. Wu Kui said so that’s why you were so worried on that day, and berated her for not telling him sooner. He said that if he had known that the luggage were so important, he would have found them at all costs. Moya said she believed him.

    The opium – don’t think that’s an intentional disguise, just a wrapping?

    At Xinyi
    Aunt Gui discovered that Wu Kui’s bed was not slept in at all, and tell Ding Bang about that. Aunt Gui said she should have known, since Wu Kui had not said a word since after Moya’s visit yesterday. Ding Bang correctly guess that Wu Kui must have gone to the mountain himself.

    On the hills
    Wu Kui said he was just too worried, since 3 days is already up. Ding Bang said he knows but there’s nothing they can do, let’s go back first.

    At Xinyi
    Butler Yang said 3 days is up, the goods are not found, and now even Ding Bang and Wu Kui had gone missing. Da Cheng said they have gone into the mountains for the search, and will be back soon. Yang said they have probably flee because they failed their task.

    Chuzi was at his usual tactic of belittling Xinyi. Aunt Gui reminded him that it’s only because of Ding Bang that he got his position, reprimanding him for bein ungrateful. Chuzi ask Yang about the missing goods, to which Yang said he’s here to see how the Xiaos going to explain that.

    Seeing that the Xiaos come back, Yang applauded them for not trying to flee, but press them to account for their failure. Ding Bang said since they couldn’t keep their promise, they would lower the Xinyi flag, which implies closing the escort. Da Cheng and the others tried to convince him otherwise without success. In his internal monologue, Ding Bang said this flag had flied proudly at all corners of the country for the past hundred years, but today it has to be brought down, and buried in the mud shamefully. It was through generations of fighting, blood and tears, that they have the Xinyi escort as it is now, must it end today in my hand?

    Wu Kui stopped him, saying that it’s all his fault, and said he shoulder the responsibility himself. He would go to the Prince’s residence and clear his sins by his blood. The men stopped him, Ding Bang said he was foolish to think that. The goods are goods of Xinyi, not his personally. It’s the responsibility of every man at Xinyi to keep the goods, if the goods are there, the men are there, if the goods are gone, the men are gone (dead). This is the Xinyi (the promise, trust, loyalty) that they so treasured. People can die, so why can’t an escort end?

    Choose said they were just acting, to get the town folks sympathy. Ding Bang said he’s not the kind to play such trick, and went to lower the flag. Just then Leier arrive saving the day.

    At the Prince
    Moya said Leier about what happened at the bandits. Leier proudly told her about the encounter, ending with how she recovered everything, including the opium. (She does not know it’s something illegal). Everyone was shocked at that. Ding Bang asked her to repeat, which she did. Concubine reprimands her, telling her to watch what she is saying. Leier is firm. Concubine said then it must be a trick, to tarnish the reputation of the Prince. Leier said she doesn’t understand what she means, and open the trunk to show her that she’s telling the truth.

    The Prince pretended to be angry, saying that someone actually dare to hide opium in the Princess’s luggage. He vowed to investigate this, and he would not let anyone use her daughter for such illegal act. He told the Xiao to leave. Ding Bang was not tricked.

    At Xinyi
    Ding Bang said if not for the bandit, Xinyi would become an accomplice in the Prince’s smuggling scheme. Wu Kui said that it might not be related to the Prince. Ding Bang said only someone from the inside could have planted that in the Princess’s luggage. Wu Kui insisted that it must have nothing to do with Moya, since she is a kind and well educated girl. Someone must have used her as a front. At that point the man call them to the feast.

    At the feast
    Ding Bang said originally he was just giving Leier a chance, but who knows she actually end up saving Xinyi. She was promote to be a regular escort. Others are saying that she got lucky and got promote too quickly. Another respond saying that have you ever escape unscathed from a bandit’s lair with all the goods? Da Cheng chips in, saying that Leier is the first ever person he feel thankful for and respect to every since he entered Xinyi (so sort of showing everyone his approval and protection of her). Leier was thinking the the wine at Xinyi was so much stronger than at the bandit.

    Prince and Princess
    They were discussing about the opium. Prince said that they should have been more careful. Prince said that they cannot keep the opium. But he is already acting to protect her reputation. They should go along with the story of someone planting the opium in her luggage, and find a scapegoat. Moya are worried that people won’t believe them. Prince said that this scapegoat must not be provided by themselves, but must be discovered by someone else. They hit on Xinyi.

    At Grandma
    Leier told Grandma about her promotion, and about how she won the 3 challenges at the bandit. Grandma didn’t believe a word she said.

    Chuzi
    Concubine was angry that the Prince and Princess were smuggling opium behind her back, and wonder how much money they had made. Concubine tell Chuzi to tell the townfolks about the opium, and put the blame on Xinyi, saying that Xinyi was using the Prince to smuggle opium. Since Chuzi is the police, he has the mandate to investigate the matter. Then the Prince would have to bribe him and the concubine to stop the investigation. Then from then on they will be include in the opium smuggling loop. And once they get into that inside circle, then Moya and Chuzi would become a pair… (they really are too imaginative).

    At Xinyi
    Leier asked Wu Kui to teach her martial arts. Wu Kui said that he only knows 3 moves, then realize his slip. He correct himself, saying that his martial arts is too difficult for her, and tell her to start from the basic. He further asked how she escape from the bandits’ lair since she did not know any martial arts. Leier said that she had already told him about the 3 challenges, but then Wu Kui said that it sounds like Dumb wolf was helping her. Leier protest immediately, saying that she has no relationship whatsoever with the bandits and she’s clean. Wu Kui said of course he believed her. He go on to said that this was a really strange mission, with opium and all that. Leier said she would not have talked about that if she know it was such serious matter, and feel guilty for making Moya look suspicious. Wu Kui vowed not to let Moya come to any harm.

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    About Dumbwolf being the servant

    Yes it seems Leier has kept that information to herself. There’s not much explanation about her motive though. Perhaps it just slips her mind?

  2. I do feel that Leier is being portrayed as too much of a happy simpleton so far. I’d rather her be aware and guilty of the mistake she had made, but too embarrassed to admit it. Doesn’t make her honest, but it would give her some depth and it’s an reaction people can relate to. Wu Kui isn’t the most honest about his martial arts skill either, but it doesn’t make him less likeable (ok perhaps I’m a bit biased here…). Yet Leier happily accepting all praises coming her way, without any awareness of her own fault, and acting clueless of all those troubles and intricacies out there in the real world, is bordering on annoying.

    • We are both biased when it comes to Wu Kui 😀

      Well, the thing with Wu Kui’s dishonesty is that, at least, viewers are made aware that he feels guilty about his lying.

      I agree with all your points about Lei-er. If she is deliberately being dishonest, then how can she not feel guilty about her part in the fiasco? She has caused so much harm to Wu Kui and Ding Bang when these 2 men have been very good to her, esp. Wu Kui. Yes, she did eventually save the day, but that does not negate her mistakes. How I wish the writer had made Lei-er acknowledge her mistakes either to herself or to Wu Kui or even to Grandma, that would have made her less annoying and more relatable.

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