(“Hey Riders, wanna start Avatar?”
“Um, so the heroine got reincarnated as a baby but her mother’s not happy she’s deaf–because for some reason the mother was pretending to have a baby to get the mother in law off her back so the husband had to smuggle the baby in. But she wasn’t happy the baby was a girl, or that she was deaf, so she’s about to try and smother the heroine. So I’m gonna have to watch just a few minutes of episode 25.”
“……go for it.”)
Fortunately, Qing Yao arrives in a poof of light, and tells the mother that good karma is much better than bad….right? Also fortunately, Dad really likes his baby, so…name time!
She’s going to be Mo. Because Mo is better than less. Aheh, aheh, aheh.
Meanwhile, back at the black hole: Rebel has sussed out that, yeah, she’s still alive. And thus must be captured.
Meanwhile, back at home: Old Lady Lin is interrogating the parental units. Grandma is NOT HAPPY that her grandbaby is NOT PERFECT IN EVERY WAY, histrionic sobbing, WHY ARE YOU SUCH DISAPPOINTMENTS UNTO ME….oh shit, she wants him to take a second wife, lol. Poor Mom Lady.
Meanwhile, back at the south pole, Qing Yao is reporting in that Ling Xi is deaf. No one is happy with this, but Yun Feng points out the silver lining…aka, sticks his foot in his mouth: life will be much harder for the kid! Jiu Chen wants to go help, but Si Ming warns him that that will be a bad idea. Jiu Chen rather haughtily replies that he knows his limits and is willing to bet that this wasn’t part of Ling Xi’s actual fate.
Lol, Qing Yao and Yun Feng get into a squabble. LOL Si Ming has to keep out of it to the best of his ability.
Meanwhile, the orc ninja people are…oh. They found her. OK, thankfully Jiu Chen and company are already also on the way. So Jiu Chen arrives, but he gets distracted by the memory of Ling Xi and–what else–food. Aaaaaand man’s gotta admit, street food’s pretty tasty…
So Rebel and Orc get chased off, and he also blocks their ability to trace her. Somewhere else, they exchange insults. Fight? YEAH FIGHT! Dude, kill them, please, this time? WOOF, WOAH, Jiu Chen slices a GIANT EFFING HOLE IN THE MOUNTAIN. And, lol, some old guy pops out to ask him to stop fighting, he surrenders, it was sufficient to destroy his cave….
AND, LOOOOOOOOL HE NAMEDROPS “SOUTH POLAR MANSION” is where he’ll go to recouperate.
Back at the home, Jiu Chen goes to directly check on Ling Xi/Lin Mo. Dude, do not hang around your girlfriend when she is a baby, it’s creepy. D’awww, he wishes her peace and happiness like he did when she was a real adult who had conned a kiss out of him.
AND LOL THE OLD GUY WENT THROUGH WITH COMPLAINING ABOUT JIU CHEN TO THE EMPEROR OF HEAVEN. Thunder god, naturally, has to throw his two cents in, since there’s a chance Jiu Chen can get in trouble in the process.
So the Emperor agrees to go seek justice for the old random immortal…wait WHAT THE HELL he didn’t even manage to kill Rebel with all that? Anyhow, the emperor orders him to a) keep up the military endeavors, b) apologize to the old guy.
Thunder meanwhile: thinks the situation is rather weird.
(“Riders, whatcha doing?”
“The hero just went down and cured the heroine of being deaf, which he wasn’t supposed to because it’s going to help her suffer more and she can go reincarnate quicker but I think he’s going to get away with it because she wasn’t supposed to be deaf in the first place. Oh, and then he was fighting and blew a hole in the mountain and this random guy in a cave came out to complain, but he hasn’t actually killed any of the enemies YET. It’s very annoying.”
“…I had no context for any of that, but OK.”)
The guys discuss. Rebel is still on the loose, and the Phoenix kingdom is at risk. Yun Feng thinks that they’ll be OK since Advisor is there (hm, uh oh). Yun Feng himself is mostly concerned with the fact that Jiu Chen BLEW A FREAKING HOLE IN A FREAKING MOUNTAIN, is he genuinely losing control of his powers? And how long can he wait to switch his heart back out–until Ling Xi gets back? Yun Feng warns his friend that if the day comes, he will make the switch himself and won’t let anyone stop him.
Outside….there’s Yuan Tong. Yuan Tong is at the punishment platform. She’s been whipped, looks like, and in bad shape. And she’s still blaming Qing Yao and Ling Xi. Yuan Tong, I don’t have very much sympathy for you to begin with, and you are not helping matters. Jiu Chen spells out for her exactly how dumb she is and how much rope he’s already given her. And how she’s hanged herself on it, damn. Cold, and also COMPLETELY JUSTIFIED, because she is COMPLETELY unrepentant and also continues to blame Ling Xi.
OK, girl. Shut up and have some dignity. Stop blubbering and stop feeling sorry for yourself, and especially, stop blaming other people for your mistakes.
Jiu Chen slaps back again: Even if it wasn’t Ling Xi–it still never would have been you. Damn.
Turns out, Yuan Tong isn’t going to be executed. But she is going to be stuck in Demon Tower, guarding it along with Blue Guy for the rest of her life. She has the same expression at hearing this as she did when Jiu Chen stripped her of her rank and position, earlier. Poor, dumbass, stupid Yuan Tong! Die horribly (and redeem yourself.)
Meanwhile! In the Phoenix Realm: Advisor is still in his cage, remembering the past. He was just a kid and being tortured in a cage like that before…so was that Phoenix Queen’s father who was torturing him?–he’s forcing the kid to “admit” that his father was a demon collaborator and a rebel. You know, it’s not fair to do that to a kid, and it’s also not fair to blame the kid for buckling under the pressure. It just really isn’t.
Another flashback: Evil Phoenix King was killing other kids in front of the young Advisor, forced him to write out a confession/accusation, revealed it in front of the entire tribe (making them start calling their own kid names, damn people show some dignity), and then killed them all. WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THIS GUY? He might be the evillest person I’ve seen so far.
And at this point, Phoenix Princess arrives, having noticed that her crush is in prison. She barges in to see her mom…well, this is going to be an interesting conversation. Except not. Phoenix Queen is definitely about to abandon this daughter now that she has learned she has another one. Poor lil’ Princess Psycho…!
Back at the cage: someone has come to inquire how Advisor is doing. Advisor wonders: is everyone worried about how he’s doing–or what he’s going to do? Lol, Advisor says that even he believes he’s guilty after hearing the list of charges…and then segues smoothly into pointing out that he’s been the power behind the throne for 50,000 years and is the real reason that they are powerful, wealthy, and respected.
The other guy: points out that he’s been…I’m not sure. Overstepping the bounds? Basically, he was doing the queen’s job and forgetting that it was her job and her position. Also, it was disrespectful of him to do her job for her. WELL THE FACT THAT HE WAS HAVING TO DO IT MEANS SHE WASN’T GETTING IT DONE, wasn’t good at it, and didn’t want to do it. It doesn’t matter one bit whether or not she’s royal blood or not, HE WAS DOING THE GODDAMNED JOB AND DOING IT WELL. Screw you, you sanctimonious bastard.
Advisor freely admits, he does have a motive–he wants vengeance. And Phoenix Queen denied it to him. Fair! But. He also points out that he’s been COMPLETELY LOYAL AND OBEDIENT this whole time, even landing in prison–and he has never wronged the Queen or the people. I believe him, you know. And he ends by thanking Random Person for coming to visit and asking him not to come back to this troubled place again.
Random Person says: Sir, I’ll do my best for you. See, this is how you act when you’re an antihero who is clawing their way toward being a real hero; a statesman who commands loyalty and respect. Man, I like this guy.
Advisor says: The Queen has disbanded and arrested all my people. My people happened to be running the government and military, and she, let me repeat, HAS NO CLUE OF HOW TO RULE. AND WE HAVE ENEMIES WHO WON’T WAIT AROUND WHILE SHE FIGURES IT OUT.
Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. Do you know what this person says to that?
He says, “if that’s the case, then, well, whoops, looks like we’re all just fated to die, then.” What. The. Hell. What the hell kind of attitude is that, I MEAN SERIOUSLY! That…that…DAMN. I’m speechless.
So is Advisor. He: rightly feels that his real crime is letting people like Random Guy take over (BUUUUUURN). But, meanwhile: go tell the Queen to focus on the military and yell for help from Heaven when they need it. Random Guy nods and salutes.
Back on Earth, Lin Mo is a young girl who is playing with the other children, though there is another kid (the younger sister by the second wife?) who is frowning and spoiled. Well…end episode. Dangit why can’t I binge this all the way through?!