In episode 24 of [Beyond the Realm of Conscience], Michelle and Tavia continue to annoy the heck out of me (Michelle more-so than Tavia)! Their purely bitchy behavior, illogical and senseless minds drive me crazy XD!! Does everyone agree that Michelle is possibly the most irritatingly ‘stupid’ and illogical in the drama? [quote] I felt like slapping her silly for her childish behavior and her so-called ‘justification’. None of her self-pitying scenes touch me, and I just wish she can go die somewhere >_< *takes a deep breath* I shall now go onto the episode synopsis..
Susanna nervously stands by the pond at night, praying her son is alive and safe somewhere. Michelle had previously said if there is no moon on the night of the 15th (which is unlikely), she will tell her of her son’s whereabouts. Just as Michelle is laughing in Susanna’s face under the full moon, a dark cloud roams through the night sky, sheltering the moonlight. Despite this miracle, Michelle doesn’t keep her promise and continues to toy with her. “If I’m in a good mood, maybe I’ll tell you” Oh shame on you Michelle…
Michelle doesn’t keep her promise
At the House of Proceedings Council, when reviewing ideas for an upcoming event, as predicted, Michelle continues to bully Susanna. This time however, Susanna is prepared and stands up for herself and her ideas. She challenges Michelle’s poor judgment by showing her how well-thought out and meaningful her concept is; along with the solid research she has done to back her up. Michelle continues to argue, throwing whatever lame excuse she can to have her way. In order to reach a compromise, Susanna suggests Mary to make the final verdict. However, Mary has already approved of her idea before this meeting even began so Michelle is left speechless! haha! Yay, go Susanna :D!
When the two are alone, Michelle starts whining like a 5 year old for talking back at her, making her lose face in front of everyone. Well duh, does she really think she’s going to sit there and let you run all over her because you told her to? Get real! Susanna is tired of Michelle’s games, and will no longer care about learning the truth from her because she won’t say anything anyway. HAH! Sucked in. That’s what happens when you’re a liar and don’t keep your words. When Michelle brings up Ram’s death again, Susanna reiterates that she can go ahead and report it if she has any evidence. If she can bring Michelle up, she has the potential to pull her back down too. AWESOME! I really admire Susanna’s strong character and values. This scene made me feel very happy for her. Finally to fight back!
Susanna will no longer be pushed around by Michelle
This is followed by a scene where annoying Michelle is pitying herself. She realises she doesn’t have anything left to really use against Susanna now that she doesn’t care. She is sad she still hasn’t found any evidence pointing at Susanna for being the murderer- I’m so sick of her! Isn’t this saying something? If she can’t find evidence then stop the stupid assumptions. She doesn’t use her head and is always going with her (wrong) gut instincts. Does anyone still feel sorry for her?
While Vin is performing magic tricks for the palace maids in the garden, Susanna overhears him explaining how he was left by the river as a baby and that Ram had saved him! Her heart sank, eyes started to become teary.. she finally found her son! Charmaine notices Susanna’s rather pale, concerned expression and ask if everything was okay. Seeing how Charmaine is the only one person she could trust, she tells her about the secret. To confirm Vin really is her son, the two decide to test which zodiac he is to determine if their ages matched up. The two easily succeed and are overwhelmed with joy. Unfortunately, when asked about his background, he expresses resentment and hatred towards his mother for abandoning him. He believes she is cold-hearted for leaving him to die, and hopes to never see her. What a stab in the heart 🙁 I feel awful and sad for Susanna… and what do you know? Michelle is nearby and sees everything. Why does this keep happening?
Susanna finds out Vin is her son
Michelle starts being a stupid attention-seeking kid again, revealing Vin is indeed her child (when Susanna already knew). She starts tormenting Susanna by saying Vin only sees and loves her as his mother, rubbing the fact that he hates her. Come on, tell her something she doesn’t know already. Is this talk even necessary? Susanna is again under her control, when she threatens to tell Vin the ugly truth about his parents (not being married when he was conceived), making him an socially-unaccepted child. We hear the same line again “I will if you keep me happy”… Everything Michelle does is selfish and pointless. I wonder if this is just another excuse Michelle made up to keep Susanna under her control? She does genuinely seem to love and care for Vin; would she really tell him the truth and break his heart, just to get back at Susanna?
Meanwhile, Tavia also started copying Buddhist sūtre, following Selena to impress Mary and Moses. Selena on the other hand paints a picture of the Goddess of Mercy, who co-incidentally happens to have Charmaine’s face. Everyone agrees that it is much fitting since Charmaine is like a living goddess and shower her with compliments. Tavia gets agitated with all the praises but joins in complimenting Charmaine, associating herself with her. (Does anyone think this is a bit too much praising? *shivers*)
Under Mary’s order, Charmaine created 2 items, a pearl necklace for Tavia and a hair piece for Selena. The name of the hair piece resonates the idea of having a child. Since Charmaine takes the persona of a goddess, it was as if a goddess was blessing Selena with a child. Moses personally places the hair piece onto her hair, making Tavia extremely jealous.
Tavia deliberately makes Selena fall onto the ground
Tavia is obviously very pissed and when walking in the garden, she deliberately pulls her necklace apart, making Selena slip on the pearls and fall to the ground. She hopes this will badly injure her so she cannot possibly have babies in the future. Huh? How does falling like that do permanent damage? XD Charmaine of course suspects it wasn’t an accident, due to the way the thread was forced apart. When Charmaine brings this up to Tavia, she becomes cranky that Charmaine is always suspecting her out of all people. The argument gets no where and Mary soon arrives to see Selena.
Upon check-up with the doctor, it turns out Selena’s injures weren’t too serious and instead, a new discovery was made- she is actually pregnant! Selena is absolutely thrilled and Mary seems to give credit to Charmaine for her blessing. Need I say Tavia was extremely..um… take a look at the picture below:
Selena is pregnant and Tavia tries to gain attention
In order to take Moses’s attention away from Selena, Tavia pretends to be ill from missing her unborn too much. However, to her surprise, Mary comes in to see her instead of Moses. When she notices the jewelery/items that were initially left for her unborn lying on the bed, she tells her to pack it away since it’s not good luck having it around now that Selena is pregnant. lol, I actually thought this was very amusing! Is Tavia running out of ideas? She seems to think that by using her baby’s death as an excuse, she can win Moses’s heart again. I’m sure by now even the audience has gotten over it- the baby’s death is a thing of the past. Everyone has moved on and accepted it to be an unfortunate incident. Yi Kei, who was responsible for it (or so they thought) is already dead. What more does she expect? Her thinking is a bit too naive here. Let’s see if she can come up with any better ideas. On a side note, if Moses’s attention to one concubine (Selena) is enough to make her go crazy, what happens when he takes more in the future? XD Surely she doesn’t think her beauty and charm can keep him forever?
What do you think of Episode 24? Does Michelle annoy you here as much as it did for me? What about Tavia? Do you think her plans are getting weaker? How do you feel about the characters referring Charmaine as a goddess? Drop a comment and let us know!
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