With this stranger protecting her, Juliet gets up and moves back as the man quickly disposes of three knights. The stranger then allows the main assassin to flee on the condition that he tell Montague that Vittorio and his family are dead. Once the battle is over, he comments on how Juliet has grown up and seems to know her full name. The stranger finally reveals that his own name is Tybalt right before he flies off on his mount. The next day, Romeo is thinking about how he wasn’t able to do anything in both Juliet and Benvolio’s cases when Cielo flies him to the iris field with the adjoining graveyard. As he investigates the graves, Romeo notices that one structure in particular that has gotten its identifying name chipped out of the stone. He decides to visit his mother Portia to ask about it, but she reminds him first that today is the flower festival where you give flowers to the person you like. When he tells her about the gravesite that he found with no name, he explains that there’s only one family whose name would not be allowed on a grave. He got to know a girl visiting that grave who was like a pure white iris, and so he now wants to know from his mother the name of the only daughter of the previous Duke. Since Romeo is so passionate about it, Portia reveals everything to him.
Meanwhile, Juliet, Francisco, and Curio bring Vittorio and his family to a hidden safe house, and Francisco reveals that they want to restore the Capulet family. Because of what Vittorio had overheard Tybalt say, Juliet reveals her true self from under her wig. From this, Benvolio and his father realize that the tyrant Montague was oppressing the people to satisfy his own greed. Conrad and Antonio then make a visit, and it seems that Conrad and Vittorio are old acquaintances. Francisco told Vittorio everything because of that, and he thinks Vittorio could be very useful as an ally. Though the flower festival soon starts outside, Juliet’s group helps Vittorio’s family clean up their new home, though it seems that Benvolio is unacquainted with brooms. They eventually return to the theater, but Juliet (still dressed as Odin) quickly gets dragged out again by Emilia who wants an escort for the festival. Emilia in turn dumps Juliet for the first guy she sees, leaving Juliet all alone. At that time, Romeo gets paid a visit from Hermione who wants to watch with him tonight the special fireworks that are being launched in commemoration of their engagement. She interprets Romeo not having any other plans as a sign that he’ll come, and as she leaves him for now, she mentions how she thinks he likes roses. With his mind on what flower he really likes, Romeo heads out to the festival and finds a vendor selling irises.
Juliet is leaning against the railing of a bridge staring at her own iris when she accidentally drops it. By chance, it falls on Romeo and he sees the person above him. Juliet immediately runs away, so Romeo gives chase through the festival crowds. She manages to lose him by cutting through the middle of a parade and then taking a side alleyway, leaving Romeo to only call out her name in vain. It’s dark by the time Juliet stops running and falls to her knees, but somehow Romeo finds her again. When she tries to run away this time, Romeo catches her arm and pulls her close, causing her wig to fall off in the process. Although Juliet resists, Romeo hugs and kisses her as the fireworks start exploding in the sky above. By now, Romeo has completely forgotten about Hermione, who is waiting for him with a table full of roses. After their lips part, Romeo gives Juliet back the iris flower that she dropped, and the two watch the fireworks together.
I knew it! There was only so much that could happen this episode given the preview from last week showing Juliet closing her eyes in that way, and indeed that happened during the kiss scene. I thought they did a fantastic job with it, particularly with all the fireworks going off, though a lot of the credit will also have to go to Lena Park’s English version of You Raise Me Up that was playing in full force during those final minutes. Her voice is so beautiful, and I really can’t wait until the single is released June 20th – this English version will be the second track. On the topic of the fireworks, I find it a bit ironic that they were in commemoration of Romeo and Hermione’s engagement, yet he and Juliet were the ones enjoying it together. I don’t feel bad for Hermione though, and I half expect her to go psycho eventually.
As for Tybalt, he sure knows how to make a grand entrance and exit. I expect we’ll be seeing a lot more of him and his sword skills in the near future, particularly since he’s shown again in the preview for next week. And now that Romeo and Juliet have kissed, I’m left wondering how long it will be (if ever) until they take the next step in their relationship…or if it’s about time for them to have to fight each other.