The second episode of Princess Jieyou might have been devoid of action but at the heart of it is the bickering interactions between two people with sizzling chemistry. I realize belatedly that Yuan Hong and Zhang Xinyi are a real life couple, adding to the cuteness overload.
Jieyou demands to know Wong Gui’s identity given that the first time she saw him, he was killing people and the second time, he was almost killed. Jieyou shares that she is an orphan and Wong Gui admits that he hails from Wusun albeit under the guise of a merchant. She goes to sleep like it’s nothing until he reminds her that she is still on his bed.
Days pass and they discover that Wong Gui is a complete drunk who is more of a freeloader than anything else. Refusing to be taken advantage of any longer, Jieyou and the circus members trick an incoherent Wong Gui into signing his life away such that he wakes up relegated to circus property.
Jieyou volunteers almost too excitedly to be his teacher, unleashing her sadistic streak in the most ingenious of punishments.
I’m not really sure why Wong Gui, the hero, would stoop to thievery but he falls for the bait and a disappointed troupe readies to send him to jail. On their way, Wong Gui observes a desert storm approaching and his expertise comes in handy in bringing everyone to safety.
The circus members begin to panic when Jieyou fails to return from her search for water. Wong Gui eventually catches up to a Jieyou on the brink of death and he proves his abilities as he allows an old horse to lead the way, knowing that an experienced military horse would remember the places with water.
Jieyou is positively impressed, releasing him from his chains and Wong Gui bids her farewell. In what I consider the shortest separation ever, Wong Gui is instantaneously captured by the Xiong Nu barbarians and they take his dagger.
Hopelessly outnumbered, Wong Gui has no choice but to accompany them to the water source, ultimately returning to Jieyou. He earns a well-deserved bitch slap from her because, well, he technically led the baddies straight to her.