Continuing where he left off, Conrad explains that after Juliet’s father died, everyone related to those who served the Capulet family was killed. The people who managed to survive vowed to protect Juliet, and they also pledged that when she took over as the head of the family at the age of 16, they would gather again and attack Montague. He then presents her the Capulet sword that’s been passed down from generation to generation. Holding the sword and seeing her reflection in the metal, Juliet suddenly gets a flashback of when she saw her parents get killed. She faints soon after, and although she ends up being fine, she can’t help but think of her Capulet identity. Juliet questions why she forgot about the night her parents were killed, and fortunately Cordelia is there to comfort her. When Juliet wakes up late the next day, Cordelia notes that her fever has gone down. Cordelia then asks if Juliet is going to see the person she mentioned when she asked about the irises. She offers to go to the person’s home and tell them that Juliet can’t come, but Juliet isn’t very forward about who the person is. When she finally admits that she met this person at the Rose Ball and that he’s the same one she and Cordelia had been saved by, Cordelia realizes that Juliet is talking about a noble. Worrying about Juliet’s safety and hidden Capulet identity, Cordelia opposes this relationship and tries to make Juliet promise not to meet him anymore.
Romeo meanwhile keeps the promise and waits for Juliet, but she never shows up. He returns home to his father and several guests, but gets slapped for being late. Just moments earlier, Montague had been comparing the common people to grapes. He believes that he is free to hunt and crush them because the Montagues control the grape fields. Afterwards, Montague tells Mercutio to inform him if there’s something worrisome about Romeo. Montague then heads to a dark candlelit passage at the end of which is a door adorned with the crests of both the Capulet and Montague families. On the other side of the door is a large, glowing tree. Facing it, Montague uses the name Escalus and says that as long as they have the blessing of this tree, there are no limits on their prosperity. The following day, Romeo flies over the iris field again and finds no one there. What he doesn’t know is that Juliet is at home at that very moment wanting to see him. Since he isn’t able to see Juliet either, Romeo instead pays a visit to his mother Portia at the convent where she lives. She’s happy to see him, but she’s concerned if he’ll be okay for having slipped out of the castle. Romeo, however, reveals that there is no one at the castle who greets him with a smile. To that, Portia apologizes for leaving the castle when he was young, and she feels that Romeo went through more pain than she did because of it. He responds by presenting his mother with a bouquet of irises, and his mother promises to pray for his happiness.
Back in town, Lancelot is handing out food to the common people courtesy of the Red Whirlwind, but he is soon attacked by the city guards. They take him away for being in cahoots with the Red Whirlwind, and when Antonio learns of what happened, he rushes home to tell Juliet. The city guards end up torturing Lancelot for information about the Red Whirlwind’s identity, and when he refuses to say anything, they get ready to kill him. Right as they are giving him one last chance to tell them where the Red Whirlwind is, the person in question comes crashing through the glass ceiling. She beats up the three guards and escapes with Lancelot, but they get cornered on the rooftop of the tower he was being held in. When Lancelot tells her to escape on her own because she is the city’s hope, Juliet refuses. The confrontation between the Red Whirlwind and the guards gets interrupted when Romeo happens to fly over the tower and sees what’s going on. Although Juliet immediately recognizes Romeo, all he knows is that the Red Whirlwind is a wanted man. However, Romeo suddenly detects the scent of irises. After a brief pause, Romeo asks for a sword and engages in battle with the Red Whirlwind. To Juliet’s surprise, while their swords are locked together, Romeo whispers to her that there is a waterway beneath the tower. He proposes that they pretend to struggle and fall off the tower, and then almost immediately goes through with the plan, so Juliet grabs Lancelot before she falls. All three soon find themselves in the water, and it allows them to get away from the guards and back to safety. When Lancelot expresses his disbelief that the son of Montague would save the Red Whirlwind, Juliet finally learns who Romeo really is. Soon after Romeo leaves them, she falls to her knees in shock.
I could just see Juliet’s heart breaking when she learned who Romeo was at the end of the episode. I had actually been expecting Romeo to really fight Juliet as an enemy since he doesn’t know who she is, but I guess that smell of irises and maybe their prior meeting was enough for Romeo to help out instead. Plus, given Romeo’s somewhat strained relationship with his father, I’d think that if and when he finds out about who Juliet is, he’s more likely to side with her than Montague. Speaking of which though, Montague is in the middle of a little mystery with that large tree behind the door that was adorned with both Montague and Capulet family crests. Some of you may remember that Prince Escalus was in the original Shakespeare play, though it’s unclear what direction GONZO is taking that aspect.
The preview for next week has me a little bothered by the fact that Juliet appears to be using her Odin/Red Whirlwind identity for Romeo (instead of her normal self), but we’ll have to see what happens.