There’s always a mid aged evil lady. Cue eye roll.
*This episode only had 21 minutes.
Gong Ming safely returns to 16 B.C. only to find an arrest warrant out for him. Ying Yue tells him to leave for 2015, but he insists that he must first save Empress Xu. So he goes to meet with the Emperor in attempt to clear his name and right the wrongs.
At the court, the Wang family brings up the jade pendant and Gong Ming gives it up. Even though things don’t look good for Gong Ming, he continues to protect Empress Xu and emphasizes that the pendant has nothing to do with her. The Emperor is still unsure of the Wang Family’s words and the Dowager Empress shows up to push the Emperor to test Gong Ming. Argh, this woman is so annoying and stupid.
Gong Ming is brought to prison to await his test. The Dowager Empress wants Gong Ming to be shot with an arrow in front of the Emperor. If Gong Ming vanishes, then he is proven guilty, but if he dies, then he is innocent… but dead. So basically she wins either way.
Ying Yue comes to visit Gong Ming and brings the pendant with her. It appears that Gong Ming gave her the real pendant earlier and offered up the fake one. Ying Yue urges him to take the real pendant and return to 2015, but he refuses. She asks if he has told Xiang Xiang what he is about to and he confesses he has not, which he regrets.
It is the day of the test. Gong Ming makes a deal with the Emperor that if he dies Empress Xu will be cleared her name. The Emperor states that if he lives, then both he and Empress Xu will be subject to punishment. Meanwhile in 2015, Xiang Xiang drops her prop on set and suddenly feels terribly ill.
Back in 16 B.C., just before the guards are about to shoot, Gong Ming makes one last request to have Wang Mang do the honors instead. The Emperor asks why and Gong Ming explains that he wants to die at the hand of his one true friend.
Wang Mang shoots and Gong Ming is pierced through the heart. The Emperor calls for the doctor to heal Gong Ming immediately. In 2015, Xiang Xiang faints after reading Gong Ming’s fate.
Now, Hold on a Minute:
- Empress Xu’s sister tries to convince her to also dump everything onto Gong Ming, but she resists because she doesn’t feel it is right to punish someone who has been loyal to her. You go girl!