We rejoin our two eponymous lovebirds as they are caught in a rather compromising situation.
You know things are serious, because Romeo’s gone full bishounen!
Fortunately, Romeo’s dragonsteed freaks out from the storm and saves our young heroes from drowning in each other’s eyes. Romeo quickly leaves the cottage, flustered, leaving a confused Juliet behind.
So Romeo now knows that Juliet disguises herself as a boy, but he still hasn’t caught on to the fact that said boy is the Red Whirlwind. Juliet meets him outside, now fully dressed again and looking like a kicked puppy. He wants to know why she dresses that way, and she asks him to let it be.
Conrad has only now been informed that Juliet is nowhere to be found, and is currently berating Antonio for it. Um, was the ten-year old appointed Juliet’s babysitter? Why is it his fault she snuck out? Where were all of you guys?
The others are worried because they can’t go looking freely for her – martial law has been declared in the city until the Red Whirlwind is found, and they’re afraid she’s been captured. Still, Conrad reiterates that they’ll do everything in their power to protect her.
Romeo has dropped of Odin at the iris patch. Before Juliet can run off, he asks if they’ll see each other again. She says yes, and it’s… kind of heartbreaking? Because it’s obvious he means “can we go on another date?” and she means “Well I’m a wanted criminal who’s going to start a rebellion to overthrow your family, so I’ll probably pop up on your radar eventually.” He has hope, and she doesn’t.
We find out that not only is martial law declared, but food is now strictly rationed until the Red Whirlwind is found. Now the bounty isn’t just for money, but for extra food rations as well. People are being rounded up and arrested willy-nilly, and the citizens of Neo Verona are becoming increasingly desperate. Conrad repeats that Juliet must not be made aware of these developpements at any cost. Well, I’m sure that won’t bite us in the ass later.
Odin is trying to sneak back into the theatre without being noticed, but once again his stealth skills have nothing on William’s ability of plot prediction. He accuses Odin of hiding a secret lover, then encourages him to let the relationship run its course no matter what, rather than put an end to it.
Everyone puts on a smiling face when Juliet finally joins the others in their lodgings and pretend that nothing is wrong. Juliet, bolstered by William’s words, wants to make Romeo a present: a new shirt to replace the one that fell in the fire when he saved her. Cordelia suggests an embroidered handkerchief instead, noting that Juliet doesn’t know how to sew at all. She doesn’t know that Romeo is a Montague yet, just that he’s nobility – if she did, I doubt she’d be encouraging this relationship in any way.
Back at the palace, Romeo is finally putting two and two together and realizing all the similarities between Juliet, Odin, and the Red Whirlwind, but just as I’m about to praise him for finally using his brains, he decides it’s too absurd to be true. Duuuuude, you got it right! You got it right! Why are we going back to clueless?
Especially since his reasoning is that Juliet is too sweet a girl to have secrets. Um, dude, she pretends to be a boy at least part of the time. That looks suspiciously like having a secret to me.
More unrest in the city, more of Doctor Lancelot looking on gravely. Currio is sharpening his sword, probably in preparation for whatever new horrors Montague will unleash on the city, and Juliet is adorably trying to embroider an iris onto a handkerchief. She’s… not exactly good at it, but Cordelia is at least proud that she’s trying.
You have made Mama Cordelia happy.
All the people accused of being the Red Whirlwind have been assembled in a single wooden cage in the square. Friar Lawrence isn’t an unwilling spy after all, as he seems positively slimy as he discusses their fate with the captain of the city guards: they are all to be excecuted unless the Red Whirlwind turns himself in by nightfall. If he does, they have set up a trap in the square to kill him on sight; if he does not, then he has left dozens of innocents to die in his place and the people of Neo Verona will turn away from him. That’s actually not a bad plan… if the Red Whirlwind doesn’t show up. I can’t see a city continue to support a hero that lets its people die to save his own skin. But if he’s killed trying to save these men, then he’ll become a martyr and is likely to inspire more revolts. Still, it’s not the worst plan, just not the best one.
Romeo is apparently just now finding out that martial law has been declared, but Benvolio physically stops him from immediately rushing into the city. He points out that if Romeo intervenes now, not only will it not stop his father from trying to have the Red Whirlwind killed, but that his father is likely to have Romeo’s head for treason as well.
Doctor Lancelot confronts Friar Lawrence about his spying for the city guard. While the Friar argues that he’s only doing what needs to be done for the good of the city, it’s obvious he’s mostly in it for himself. Doctor Lancelot lets him go, disgusted.
If you enter a dark building and see the glare of the angry megane’s glasses, RUN.
The good doctor still thinks there’s something that can be done, however, so when he notices Currio in the square he asks him to let him speak to “the man who tends to the irises.” This man, as you may have guessed, is Conrad. He confirms, (in poetic metaphor, of course,) that Juliet is the Red Whirlwind, as well as the heir to House Capulet. Why he trusts the doctor I’m not sure, but he does mention he’d been planning on telling him the truth for some time. Doctor Lancelot leaves the meeting, seemingly with greater resolve.
Well, shit. He’s going to sacrifice himself, isn’t he.
Even the characters think so, because Doctor Lancelot’s visit is the straw that broke poor Antonio’s silence: he finally tells Juliet everything what’s been happening in the city for the past few days, and confesses his fears that the doctor will do something stupid. She confronts Conrad about it, but he simply brushes her off. Cue the sneaking out scene!
Doctor Lancelot is quietly contemplating his sleeping children, and suggesting to his wife that they move to the country to get away from all this unrest. She agrees that it would be a good idea, and he tells her to go to sleep; maybe she’ll awaken to a better world tomorrow.
Wow, way not to be ominous dude.
Odin and Antonio are rushing towards the square when Cordelia tries to stop them. She’s too late though, because Odin’s already seen the pyre the guards are setting up for the prisonners. He rushes forward to try and do something, anything, but Currio and Francisco stop him. There’s nothing to be done, they say. We’re outnumbered, they say. This is a trap, they say. Sacrifices need to be made.
When Juliet protests that she needs to at least try to save them, Currio backhands her. Not cool, dude. Not cool.
He calls Juliet a spoiled child because she spent the last day shut up in her room dreaming about love, and ignoring the situation. Except, didn’t you guys agree that the situation needed to be hidden from her at all costs? Didn’t you try to stop her every time she wanted to leave the theatre? Oh, and also, guess what: SHE’S STILL THE RED WHIRLWIND. One day off doesn’t erase all the work she’s done to help the people of the city. Work which, until three seconds ago, you disapproved off. So no, you don’t get to call her spoiled and hit her because you deliberately withheld information from her and stopped her from intervening.
You’re making my baby cry. Stop it.
Francisco at least seems more reasonable, as he points out that many have already died to protect Juliet, and that all their sacrifices will have been for nothing if she dies here. Yet Juliet can’t ignore the cries of the men in the square and their families, begging the guards not to light the pyre.
Now it’s Doctor Lancelot who appears out of nowhere (seriously, everyone in this scene appears completely out of nowhere, as if they knew this is where Juliet was going to be all along. Maybe they passed a copy of the script to each other between scenes.) He tells Juliet that he’s glad she’s the future of Neo Verona, then says that there’s no need for her to risk her life tonight. She seems to realize what he means only a second before he dashes off, and is unable to stop him.
Before the crowd, a cloaked figure leaps onto the pyre, and the episode ends.
It seems Doctor Lancelot’s Red Whirlwind cosplay has finally been put to good use.
Hark! ‘Tis the Plot:
- I’m assuming that with the death of “the Red Whirlwind”, this will be the end of the vigilante subplot. I’m sad to see it go, honestly. It was fun.
- I wonder if Benvolio will ever see the need for things to change before Romeo inherits the throne. While he’s correct that Romeo will have more power once he’s ruling Prince in his own right, and patience sometimes is a virtue, people are dying right now because of Montague’s decisions. Since it’s mentionned his father keeps butting heads with Montague, I suspect things won’t end well for his family and he’ll be forced to act one way or the other.
- The city guards are called the Carabinieri, and since this name is immesurably cooler than “city guards”, that’s what I’ll call them from now on.
- The political plot is leagues more interesting than the romance plot at this point, yet I have a sneaking suspicion they’ll double down on the romance and leave the politics behind soon. Not least because the Red Whirlwind is now going to die.
- The animation on that swirling cape near the end was. amazing. yes, give me more.