In [Beyond the Realm of Conscience] episode 7, the story continues to heat up! We start to see another side of Tavia.. a side which was probably always hidden deeply within her.
Mandy Cho, a concubine candidate for the Emperor seeks help from Michelle and Susanna. She hopes they can make her stand out amongst the other girls by creating a remarkable outfit and jewellery. However, they reveal many other girls have also done the same thing (and have paid a lot more money). Mandy is extremely saddened but is persistent. She has been in the Palace for 8 years and has never had the opportunity to even lay eyes on the Emperor. If she doesn’t grab his attention now, she will wither away and grow old with no sense of worthiness. Seeing Mandy’s very pitiful background, the two agree to see what they can do for her.
For this project, Tavia and Charmaine were put in charge of creating the pieces for Mandy. June, Susanna’s assistant; becomes jealous over her choice of Tavia.
One night, Tavia discovers June sneakily in her room replacing her make-up! Tavia walks in on her and June is absolutely terrified by her discovery. June intended to replace the make-up with one that would infect Tavia’s face, making her ugly. She admits she wasn’t thinking properly, fueled by her jealousy of Tavia who she saw as a threat. She begs Tavia not to tell Susanna and promises she will never bully her again. Tavia tells her she will forgive her if she wiped some of the infected make-up on her own finger. June is relieved and upon printing her finger on it, promptly leaves the room.
The next morning however, Tavia’s face is all red and infected! She immediately dobs June in for intentionally harming her! June is absolutely horrified by Tavia’s backstabbing, but no one believed her claim. Her own finger was infected; evidence she was handling with the make-up. Susanna is extremely angry and sends June out of the Palace Proceedings. As June is seen leaving with a backpack, an extremely amused Tavia approaches her. The two confront and Tavia happily expresses out how pitiful her current state is. The truth is unveiled between them through exchange of bitter dialogue. Just when Tavia leaves, she discovers Charmaine standing there, who heard the entire conversation! :O
Charmaine takes Tavia by the well where their Mother’s ashes laid.
Charmaine: “So what June said is the truth.”
Tavia: “I only did that to protect myself”.
Charmaine: “We’re all part of the Palace Proceeding, we should be good friends. Mother always told us to bring out the goodness inside of us.”
Tavia: “She’s the one who wanted to harm me first. She’s been our senior for all this time, when has she ever been nice to us? Since I was young, she was always picking on me, time and time again she tries to set me up. This time her scheme failed and backfired, she brought it upon herself!”
Charmaine: “Everyone is working together, learning together- so why can’t we all just get along?”
Tavia: “The Palace is so complex. Originally if no one bothers me, I won’t bother them. But if people are plotting against me, I’m not even allowed to defend myself? I’ve been holding it in, but she just keeps pushing further and further. Everyone has a limit- leaving her here is like leaving a wolf by your side. If I want to survive, what can I do?! If I don’t fight back, June will just eventually kill me. With a senior like that, we would never have good days. I’d rather change to a new one”.
Charmaine: “So if she is gone, do you want to take over her position?”
Tavia: “I have faith, if I get her position, I will definitely do better than her. I will look after everyone.”
Charmaine: “Fine, no matter what I say you’ll think you’re right. There’s no point further arguing.”
What do you guys think of this scene? Who do you agree with more? Charmaine or Tavia?
I personally feel a bit frustrated by Charmaine being so naive. Sure, what Tavia did was not a good thing, but why can’t Charmaine see where she’s coming from? A bit of empathy instead of persistently brushing it aside would be nice I think…
Meanwhile, Tavia and Charmaine present to Mandy the finished hair pin and robe. She is absolutely thrilled by how beautiful they were and claims she’s never been able to wear something so pretty. Unfortunately, Tracy shortly enters and snatches both the hair pin and outfit for herself! What an absolute bitch! After degrading Mandy with nasty words, she gives Charmaine and Tavia money for Susanna and Michelle, ordering them not to work for anyone. She unnecessarily pulls Mandy’s own hair pin from her head and throws it to the ground… How jealous and bitter can these people get?? Very.
Later that night, Charmaine sneakily helps Mandy create a new hair pin. Tavia knew Charmaine would be doing that, and comes in to help her. The two start off a bit awkward but Tavia tries hard to make it up to her. Tavia reiterates she will only be nasty to evil people and will do everything for those kind-hearted, like Charmaine. Even if she hated the rest of the world, Charmaine will always be her closest friend. The two seem to be in good terms with each other again 🙂
Charmaine successfully creates a master piece, with her clever use of glow-in-the-dark powder, making it extremely eye-catching. Upon presenting it to Mandy that night, Edwin (the Emperor) instantly notices it on Mandy’s head! He becomes completely mesmerized by Mandy and takes her in as his concubine!
Tracy of course, is extremely pissed off that Mandy is now the Emperor’s favourite. She causes a scene and demands Charmaine’s hand is chopped off. This is brought to Hor Wai’s attention and consequently brought to Susan. Instead of punishing Charmaine, Susan is extremely impressed by her skill and talent. She promotes Charmaine into June’s previous position, into the Jewellery department!
Tavia is devastated! What will happen now? Not a good sign..not a good one at all.