This was a great episode, but I don’t have a whole lot to say about it, so this will be very short.
It seems we’re getting a lot of ballroom dance scenes in various series as the late, which is fun to see how each of them all go about it. At first the dance between Arnold and Rishe looked it’d just be a simple one, but nahhhhhhh, it became the battle for the lead! It was so much fun to watch, especially with the way Arnold responded to Rishe’s challenge. He really kept her on her toes alright, and that freaking finisher! Brilliant! Definitely my favourite scene of the episode! THE FREAKING CHEMISTRY MAN! It was clear he was having a lot of fun, hehehe.
During the dance though, Rishe had noticed something off about Arnold that she picked up in her past life when she fought him as well. Turns out he has a terrible scar, of a horrific wound that runs along the top of his shoulder all the way to his neck that still affects him to this day. He wouldn’t tell her why or how he suffered such injury in the first place, but man… It’s bound to be a harrowing tale when he does…
Also side note: Damn Arnold, really putting Rische first with the way he freaking finished that spicy-tampered drink that she insisted on finishing so it wouldn’t go to waste!
In other news, Rishe has finally selected her personal maids, and in nature of her forgiving personality, she’s one to give people second chances and try to get a better understanding of them before inflicting any major judgments. That was the case for Maria, who at first impression looked like a maid taking advantage of her position to pick on the new maids, but instead she was merely repeating the way she had been treated when she first arrived. It was nice to see her turn a new leaf however, now being responsible as an educator for the maids to teach them how to read and write.
It looks like we’re starting to finally to get into the political games of things, with Rische finally meeting Theodore, Arnold’s younger brother, the politics of Arnold’s proposed policies of benefiting the people, and the partnership with Aria Trading Company not set in stone.
Starting with Aria Trading Company, things did not go as Rische had hoped. As seen in her previous lifetimes, deviations to her actions creates a toss-up of whether she would be able to reforge the relationships she has had in the past. In this case, Kaine doesn’t see her as a good client, she has nothing to truly offer them. Instead he thinks rather than a client, he sees potential of her being a business partner— but that didn’t mean he was going to agree to work with her without any conditions or results. So now she has one week to think of a business that would be successful in the capital.
As result of that we did get to see Arnold get himself involved to some extent. He seems to also seem cautious of other things going on (particularly with his brother at the moment), such as going as far as telling her that from now on, he’ll now accompany Rische whenever she goes into town. Whatever it is, he doesn’t feel comfortable with just leaving her to the guards, despite the fact he knows she’s probably capable of protecting herself so as long as she has a weapon on her, which, I imagine she does. He had also expressed concern about whether she had gotten hurt or not, which further highlights how he is being particularly attentive. But I really like we’re getting the chance to see this side of Arnold. In her past life, Rische only knew Arnold as a man who started the war that killed her in one way or another in every life she has lived so far, and then previously by the very man himself. And now she’s seeing all sort of different sides of him, and I have to say he’s acting very much like a husband already haha. Their conversations are really pleasant to watch, and I particularly liked the scene when she had decided abruptly to cook for him, only to remember she’s actually a terrible cook, or so she claims. Arnold would beg to differ as he actually enjoyed the soup she had cooked for them. It was cozy just to see them having a super casual meal together, without all the extravagance.
As for the politics of things, there was a funny moment that made me laugh when Rische gave Arnold fist pump of encouragement when he was dealing with a noble that was protesting his proposed policy. The funniest part was that Arnold not responding to her right away, because it looked as though he didn’t quite get it. Instead the second time she did, it seems it finally clicked to him what she was trying to convey, that earned her a smile and he broke down the reasons why his suggested policy would be beneficial to the noble. His explanation ended up persuading the noble that it would be good, but I do wonder whether the previous statement that was made about his father would not be happy about it would still hold despite the benefits it would offer, which I believe, might have been the first we actually heard Arnold’s father actually being brought up in conversation?
Speaking of family, there’s Arnold’s little brother Theodore who we did get a glimpse of eavesdropping on them in the previous episode. Theodore is sure suspicious as hell right now, but that’s mostly in his personality giving off the “Hey watch out for this guy!” flags with the way he is not discreet about how he’s not pleased with the fact Rische is satisfied with his brother. It looked as though he was hoping to get her on his side with the way he claimed that he wanted to “save her”. Sure dude, whatever you say. The letter in her room was predictable as heck because at this point, we all know that Arnold would just meet her in the room to talk, so there’s no real reason to be going to the chapel for a secret conversation in the first place. But Rische being Rische, despite Arnold’s warning to steer clear of his little brother, she’s willing to stick her nose into anything that might give her more leads to preventing the war from happening in the first place. All we know right now is that the brothers relationship is very complicated and is filled with tension to the point not even Rische’s retainers could tell her what’s going on. It was simply not their place to say, but they’ve been given orders and know very well to keep Rische away from Theodore.
Either way, Theodore is not one to be trusted right now– at least not until they clear the air and prove that he isn’t plotting on backstabbing Arnold in order to become the heir to the throne.