Juliet and Antonio find Tybalt waiting for them in the sewers, but Juliet is still concerned about all the people she left behind, so Tybalt questions if she wants to go back and die with them. Juliet eventually does go with him, though Antonio chooses to turn back. Tybalt then takes Juliet to a special district where nobles go for pleasure and arranges a room for her to stay in. The next day, Montague gets angry over a report about how Juliet still hasn’t been found. During the parliamentary session afterwards, he gives a speech about defeating the greedy Capulet who monopolized Neo Verona’s wealth and how Juliet is the leader. In contrast to his father, Romeo then makes an impassioned speech to the parliament asking for forgiveness for Juliet’s crimes. Montague immediately puts this up for vote, and as expected, no one sides with Romeo, meaning that his proposal is unanimously rejected.
Tybalt returns to Juliet’s room later in the day to find that she hasn’t eaten or changed clothes, so he tells her that some of her friends were captured. When Juliet questions him about why he saved only her, Tybalt reveals that Francisco asked him to. Taking a hard line when Juliet starts blaming herself, Tybalt asks if she was not prepared for there to be sacrifices in trying to defeat Montague. Tybalt is still planning on defeating Montague in his own way and, feeling that Juliet is a hindrance, he tells her that there’s nothing she can do right now. All alone, Juliet leaves her room and wanders around the streets thinking about what Tybalt said and about how she’s to blame for what happened to everyone. When it starts raining, Juliet almost gets run over by a carriage and falls into a puddle of water. This splash in turn gets a rich woman’s dress wet, and that woman slaps Juliet in retribution. Even when Juliet spots a cat and tries to welcome it into the safety of her cloak, it growls at her and runs away.
With the weight of everything on her mind, Juliet collapses on the street, but by chance, she does so in front of the convent right as Portia is coming out. Portia realizes who Juliet is by her sword and decides to help her, though Juliet quietly says that it would have been better if she had died during that time 14 years ago. Secretly watching them from afar, Tybalt wonders if this is fate. Once inside the convent, Portia puts Juliet in bed and waits for her to wake up again before confirming that this girl is indeed Juliet. Being found out surprises Juliet, but she calms down because Portia says that this place is safe. Portia then introduces herself as Romeo’s mother, and this causes Juliet to start crying, so Portia holds her and comments on this cruel fate. Revealing that Montague was her husband, Portia thinks that what he did was unforgivable, and she feels that she has to apologize to Juliet. Later that night, after hearing Juliet call out Romeo’s name in her sleep, Portia decides to send for him.
When Romeo arrives, Portia shows Romeo that Juliet is under her care, and she explains to him how Montague killed Capulet, his family, and his followers in order to become Duke. On that night, a still bloody Montague had told Portia to be happy because she had become the Duke’s wife. Portia had been unable to endure being the wife of a Duke who had killed innocent people, but she now tells Romeo that he can’t change the fact that he’s Montague’s son. She then allows him to see Juliet who has already awoken. Romeo kneels by Juliet’s bed, clearly frustrated with himself, so Juliet tells him that it’s not his fault. He then repeatedly apologizes to her and ends up staying by her bedside until morning when he wakes up to find her gone. To his relief, she’s just standing outside on the balcony enjoying the breeze. After Romeo heads down the stairs to the garden below the balcony, Juliet suddenly asks him why he is Romeo. Since they are the daughter of Capulet and the son of Montague, why did they meet and fall in love with one another?
Hearing this, Romeo asks if she regrets it, and Juliet answers that she does not. However, she feels that although they are standing so close now, there is still a wall between them that is higher than any mountain. Romeo responds by leaping up on top of a bush in front of the balcony and declaring that he’ll climb over any such wall. As long as she is there, whether it be a raging tempest or a forest of darkness or a raging fire, he’ll dive in. For her, he’ll throw away the name Montague and just be Romeo, without the need for any other names. All of this takes Juliet’s breath away, and she takes Romeo’s outstretched hand. When Portia comes by later, she finds both of them gone.
I got goosebumps watching that last scene because it was so beautiful (with white being a color of purity), and Romeo’s lines were accompanied by such great music – there are so many songs that I want to hear on the soundtrack for this series. Ok, so maybe those lines were a little cheesy, but I loved them all the same, especially since Romeo seems to be showing a lot more backbone now. This was very much the equivalent of the balcony scene for R X J, especially with the whole name thing and the climbing over walls (refer to this page for text of Shakespeare’s original work if you want to do some comparison).
I also liked the scene where Portia comforts and hugs Juliet because in a way it felt like Juliet was finally getting some of the motherly love she never got to have. And since Portia did so much for Juliet in such a short amount of time – saving her and reuniting her with Romeo – I find it fitting that Tybalt calls their meeting fate. Anyway, it looks like next episode will feature a lot of time together for the lovely couple, which probably means that their separation again also can’t be too far off.