Romeo is shocked that the girl lying under him is Juliet, but Cielo’s neighing snaps him out of it, and he runs back outside embarrassed. While he’s gone, Juliet gets back into her Odin clothes and offers Romeo her cloak because his clothes had gotten burned. Romeo starts to ask her about her appearance, but Juliet doesn’t want him asking her that. Back home, everyone is getting worried about where Juliet is, particularly because martial law has been imposed over the city in order to capture the Red Whirlwind. Once the rain stops, Romeo drops Juliet off the field of irises, and she apologizes for burning his shirt. When she starts to leave, he expresses his wish to see her again, and Juliet agrees. Meanwhile, Cordelia learns from the townspeople that food is being rationed from today on since they’re under martial law until the Red Whirlwind is caught. To make matters worse, the city guards publicly announce that food will be given to those who offer information on the Red Whirlwind.
As night falls, Conrad instructs Cordelia and Antonio not to tell Juliet about what’s going on in the city. Arriving back at the theater, Juliet still has her secret being exposed on her mind, and she gets seen by William coming in. When he asks her about her date, she tries to deny it, but he claims to be able to hear her throbbing heart. William doesn’t press her for details and instead says that the once the gears of love start to turn, no one can stop it. When Juliet goes back upstairs, Conrad doesn’t yell at her too much. As Cordelia is helping her back into her girl clothes, Juliet admits to that she wants to knit a shirt for that person. Cordelia thinks that a shirt is too hard and suggests a handkerchief with a name embroidered on it instead. Back at his own room, Romeo continues to wonder about why Juliet was dressed as a guy. He’s reminded of the Red Whirlwind and the smell of irises, but he thinks that it can’t be her since she’s so pretty.
Juliet spends most of the next day in her room studying an iris and trying to embroider its likeness onto a handkerchief. In town, a man is accused of being the Red Whirlwind and another is rewarded with food for the information. Lancelot sees this scene unfold in front of him, but he doesn’t blame the accuser. Rather, he feels the Montagues are responsible. The accused are gathered in a wood structure in the middle of town that’s heavily guarded, and Lancelot happens to see the local priest plotting with Cerimon, the leader of the guards. Unaware of what’s going on, Romeo notices something strange with the city as he patrols the skies. With him is Benvolio who tells Romeo about the martial law that was imposed to capture the Red Whirlwind. Romeo wants to go down into the city, but Benvolio stops him and reminds him that the Red Whirlwind is the rebel opposing his father. Benvolio doesn’t feel that this is the right way of doing things, but he also doesn’t think that he or Romeo should oppose Montague. He suggests that Romeo endure it for now until he can create something new.
Later that day, the priest returns to his church where Lancelot is waiting. Lancelot is ready to assault the priest and accuses him of betraying everyone, but the priest just laughs and says that it can’t be helped. They don’t have the power to oppose the Duke, so they have no choice except to serve the ruler – there’s no other way for them to live. A frustrated Lancelot leaves the church and returns to the wooden structure where he notices Francisco and Curio have come. He gets them to arrange a meeting with the person who protected and raised the Iris. Conrad meets with him and questions why he knows that the Iris hadn’t withered. Lancelot had just believed in it and asks if the Red Whirlwind is the remaining survivor of the Iris, so Conrad admits that they’ve been defending her for 14 years. After Conrad thanks him, Lancelot parts ways with them and asks Curio to tell the Red Whirlwind to take care.
Juliet’s just finished her embroidering when Antonio knocks on her door and informs her about Conrad’s meeting with Lancelot. When Conrad returns and won’t tell her about what’s going on, Juliet dresses up as Odin and goes out with Antonio. Worried about her, Cordelia runs after her. Juliet arrives at the center of town just as the guards are pouring oil under the wooden structure, and Antonio finally reveals that these people are being held because they’ve been mistaken as the Red Whirlwind. Juliet rushes to go help them, however Curio and Francisco suddenly appear and ask her to endure it because they’re too outnumbered to win. Refusing to let that stop her, Juliet tries to run past them, but Curio smacks her down. Curio coldly says that Juliet doesn’t notice what’s going on in the city while she’s infatuated with a noble’s son – is she going to help now just because she feels like it? That’s not the princess that they protected. Taking a softer tone, Francisco explains how they’ve all been protecting her.
Despite all this, Juliet can’t stand hearing the cries for help from the crowd and the condemned men. She starts to run away, but Lancelot appears. He tells her that this is not the place for her to risk her life, and Juliet realizes what he plans to do when he says it’s for the future of Neo Verona. However, it is too late for her to stop him. Lancelot dons a Red Whirlwind costume and jumps onto the wooden cage in front of all the waiting guards.
I really liked the scene where Curio smacked Juliet, and it wasn’t just because they animated her body dramatically spinning a little as she fell to the ground. He put in perspective her love for Romeo and showed that he’s not above hitting her and confronting her with the truth. It kind of felt like a good-cop/bad-cop routine with him and Francisco. I can just imagine what will happen when they find out Romeo’s identity. Speaking of Romeo, nothing did end up happening between him and Juliet, so their pure love continues. I find it very cute to watch.
Somehow, I don’t think Lancelot’s chances of survival are really good. I’ve been expecting him to be killed off for a while now, so him pretending to be the Red Whirlwind just adds to his likability before he dies. I guess Juliet or someone could still come to save him or he could turn the crowd against their oppressors. The preview for next week does show Curio and Francisco apparently fighting guards, but I still don’t think Lancelot’s prospects are very good since he has to show the Red Whirlwind dying somehow for martial law to be called off and things be returned to normal.
As a side note, why is it that the religious figures are always evil?