The New World: The Ending

How was it for me? I felt like I wasted the last fifteen weeks for nothing. I’m not saying that it’s bad. But I’m saying that there are several factors that have ruined it. The ending is always the most important part to convince us so I think it has to be really, really strong. It’s hard to do and it can’t all be perfect to everyone’s satisfaction, but it has to at least make sense. In some areas, it did make sense. But in others, I just felt so infuriated that it was like all was wasted.

First off, they have a great team with the special team. Why not focus more on it?

Instead, we were forced to watch Zi Hong and Miao Miao’s constant banter and their on and off relationship. Okay, I got it that they were the main couple, but it was too overused with their fights and then later they were so inactive in the final moments of the series that they could be easily forgotten if they weren’t needed to persuade Dong Han and Zi Yan to let go. Their moments were mostly episode fillers so we could wait for more developments of the main plot to unveil itself.

What was the most infuriating thing about the ending? Yang Yong Zhao got away. Seriously? He was the mastermind of the Returning Home Project, and I swear, I always thought that the mastermind was the guiltiest one. Even if Dong Han and Zi Yan carried out the later parts of the plan, they were misled by him to hate and to continue on. How could he get the free ticket out just because he was Chief Zheng’s senior and because he was Miao Miao’s grandfather? I don’t care how old he was, he was still guilty. If the others were going down, he had to go down as well. To think that Miao Miao was soooo into finding her childhood friends and in trying to protect people closer to her, I felt it strange that she accepted that Zi Yan went to prison and her grandfather didn’t. Not to mention how she fought so much with the police just because Zi Hong was in confinement twice in the past yet didn’t do anything for Zi Yan? Okay, so I got it that priorities with her and some others in here were seriously messed up. But what about Chen Jie? Chen Jie letting it go as well was somewhat unbelievable for me. Seriously? I know Chen Jie had calmed down since his last aggression with targeting Dong Han the first few episodes while trying to figure out who the mole was. Yet I don’t think that he would be the type to let it go so easily and telling Ah Gang and Xiao He so lightly that their boss told them to forget about it. He put his own brother in prison! How could he let a little connection get in the way? Just because Yang Yong Zhao was their advisor and was one of the most respectable cops in the good old days? To think that Chief Zheng was so strongly vouching to seek out the truth and do what was right, he sure took the cowardly path and brushed things under the rugs once again, like some people in here. I was really disappointed in him.

Yong Mei’s sole existence was for others to protect her. Then it changed to how she got a bigger role in the turn of events because she was carrying Dong Han’s baby. That meant she was the one responsible for breaking the whole hatred cycle between all parties, at last, uniting some families together. Aside from that, I swear I couldn’t even sympathize with her or anything. I’m not trying to pick on her, but the plot had led me to think so. The point that her pregnancy didn’t make sense made it less convincing too. I got why the writers wanted it to go that way since I already stated above with how it brought the families together. But it didn’t make sense. Dong Han was avoiding her like the plague previously. If it was the hospital scene, it was too unconvincing. I don’t even think he was well enough to do anything. (Sorry, but the writers led us there–like Percy had pointed out to me, so I don’t feel bad for going “there.”) If it was after they got out of the hospital, then I would understand. I think there were some scenes that got cut, but it was in one of the BTS regarding Dong Han and Yong Mei’s scenes. That might have explained it. Yet what was the point of making Yong Mei involved with Dong Han aside from just making peace with the other side? Even if Dong Han was revenge-driven and had gone insane with his tactic, and went into a killing spree, but we–as the audience–couldn’t help but feel really bad for him since he lost his whole family after all. Making him betray Zi Yan was the worst.

Who did Dong Han love–Zi Yan or Yong Mei? Many had asked this question on The New World Facebook page. Pan Bo Xi had posted a picture of Dong Han and Zi Yan as the final moments of the drama were airing. When he was asked, he had said whichever picture he posted, that was the answer. (Go here.) During the flashback of their face-off scene, Dong Han had told Zi Yan that their relationship had never changed. That was the obvious answer. Even if he had cared enough for Yong Mei, but with his words, it was mostly because of the baby (and possibly guilt from using her).

What was the point of surrounding the events on Zhang Guo Tang since the beginning and making a mountain out of it all? I swear it was another wasted route. Well, they wanted to create suspense and lead us astray, but after we found out it was only an accident, it seemed like Zhang Guo Tang’s existence was just there to fill time. Yet I felt if he was the final bad guy, it would have cranked up the hype even more. Because seriously? Although lots of things had happened after Zhang Guo Tang died, it seemed to be recycled and anti-climatic, to say the least. Like how Zi Hong already found out that Zhang Guo Tang said it being an accident. Yet they rehashed that again AND he (Zi Hong) didn’t just say it out to the others and try to convince from there? Yeah, Dong Han and Yang Yong Zhao were going wacko already so there was no talking to them. But I felt the last bits–even with the plot finally revealing Zi Yan as Xiao Cao, the details rehashed again. It was like, hello, we already know that. Could someone show some more proofs instead of crying out the innocent card and saying it was an accident? Yeah, I understand it was an accident because things didn’t turn out the way they thought it would so that was why it was called an accident. I got it. But I hated that they kept crying out their innocence when it was obvious nothing would come out good with the location along with the weather condition of that day. They wouldn’t know for sure if it would rain. But the curve and all? Just a little maneuver and an accident could occur. I don’t care how much they regretted it. And it didn’t matter if Project Jing Hai wasn’t what the others thought it to be. It was just a bunch of excuses to shrug off responsibilities. If they had said: “We tried, but we messed up”, it was easier to swallow. Instead, it was about “We’re innocent, we didn’t know that would happen” type of thing. The other reason for making Zhang Guo Tang the main villain works better? I seriously think he was the other person, aside from Dong Han, who actually helped move the plot forward. Or we would all be in a limbo of forever going through Zi Hong and Miao Miao’s banter and makeup scenes.

Jia Yuan’s death was really for nothing. Seriously? This was the other reason why I hated the ending. Or more like how Yang Yong Zhao got away with it. Although Jia Yuan sacrificed herself because she didn’t want to be used as a pawn for Zhang Guo Tang to put pressure on Zi Hong, it all had to do with Yang Yong Zhao’s grand plan. He was the one who called Zhang Guo Tang and got Zhang Guo Tang to come back. He couldn’t predict Zhang Guo Tang’s moves or didn’t care. He only wanted to execute his plan, so when it went haywire and Zhang Guo Tang was on the loose, running his own agenda, other people got hurt. One of the most innocent people in this matter was Jia Yuan. Her luck was seriously terrible. Her father incurred so much debt that she had to deal with it and even had to resort to being a call girl to pay off the debts, which she had borrowed from Hua Jie’s place to pay off the other ones first before getting rid of this one. She had to protect her brother so that was the only way for her, or at least she thought of it as that way. She didn’t paint herself as the victim or the pitiful one yet was pitied by others, including the audience. She said many times, especially to Zi Hong and later to Jiang Jian Ming, that she wanted to solve her problems her own way. She didn’t cling to anyone for help–or didn’t want to if it wasn’t necessary. She was also very brave, having endured so much already and having to protect her brother (as said before). In the end, what happened? Although it was her choice to sacrifice, I felt like her final moments were just a little crying from some parties and then that was it. She was forgotten away, it seemed like no one cared to seek justice for her anymore. They had other things to do, so they just wanted to brush her off. I’m not saying once a close one dies, we have to always be morbid. We still have to move on with our lives, but I felt Jia Yuan’s death was like it just happened and forgotten so quickly. Things happening made it hard to just focus on mourning for her, but I had a feeling like even Zi Hong no longer cared. That suck. Her brother didn’t know so it wouldn’t count. But I would expect more than five to ten minutes of crying.

Was it Zi Hong’s mother’s fault that the accident of twenty years ago happened? Well, I’m not trying to blame the poor old woman here, but Zi Hong said it himself in episode 15 that it could be an accident or not, because of how he and his mother might be the target of the “warning.” It might as well be so, but those other two families were seriously unlucky. Moral of the story: Stay away from married men! I don’t care how talented they are or like how it seemed that their married life didn’t look too happy or whatever else. They chose it. Don’t justify their actions or yours if you wanted to step toward that path. (And this was the other reason why I hated that Dong Han’s story sort of sounded like Jiang Jian Ming’s too. Not married but it made it similar to the triangle and all. I don’t care if Yong Mei threw herself in front of him, he could say “no” or stop her. So yeah, I’m not going to blame her only just because of my biases, I’m blaming his lack of self-control too.)

Who were the true heroes? Many might think I’m crazy by now. I did not put them in just because they’re my favorite couple. However, I think that if they hadn’t done what they did–minus Dong Han going on a crazy killing spree, no one would know. Everything regarding the accident and the other matters kept getting brushed under the rug. If they hadn’t created some commotion, the others would just plain continue to carry on with their lives, thinking they did right. Even if two wrong doesn’t make a right or whatever it is often splashed around, in this case, they got through. Even if it was because Yong Mei’s connection that forced her father to take some actions, it was still something. Then talking about them, it brought up another sense of frustration upon me again, because of how Yang Yong Zhao had involved both Dong Han and Zi Yan into the plot but never included Zi Hong or Miao Miao. Well, not until recently, but that had failed. Of course, it was already obvious that he wanted to keep Miao Miao out of it–as he had said before. Yet it meant that he was all right with using Dong Han and Zi Yan as tools to forgo his plans. His pitiful talks indicated that he cared for them, but to me, it seemed so fake. And obviously, Miao Miao was his granddaughter, so how could she be involved, right?

If the series is cut back to eight episodes, I think it would be a lot better and more enduring, even with the current ending–more or less. Just cut out some unnecessary bantering and some rehashed of information. I didn’t need fifteen episodes to tell me it was all because of some stupid misunderstanding. Lives were lost, people were hurt. How could the ones who were victims end up paying for it while the others who had–even if unintentionally–caused the pain lived so freely? (It didn’t count that Mrs. Jiang finally confessed, it was too late.) I didn’t even know why there were some details that were added if the Jiang weren’t that guilty about the whole matter, like how they paid Zhang Guo Tang off and didn’t tell Chief Zheng or the other police officers about it. Well, Zhang Guo Tang was crazy, but the constant hiding stuff from the others made it harder for them to move forward with their investigation or knowing what to expect.

And lastly, I don’t know why I need to justify myself anymore. But I guess I will have to do it or I’ll be facing a lot of wraths (even if invisible). I will say that I pick on characters in here throughout my review/summaries, but it’s seriously directed at the characters and plot, NOT the actors and actresses themselves. I think they’re a wonderful team. Watching BTS has made the audience understand more about them, but had also made me like them even more. Angela Lee’s actually really cute off-screen, it’s just that she has the weepy, weakling character throughout. Then there’s Rabbit Yang and Zheng Ting Hu’s hilarious rehearsals behind the scenes. The rest of the cast was equally funny, especially Zhao Jie (Chen Jie, lol), who was seen up to no good at times when they were practicing or just waiting for a scene change. Jean Lee was quite pro, slipping in and out of characters so fast that it had amazed some of the people working with her. Pan Bo Xi and Dou Hua Mei, no need to say more, but they were really funny–and cute.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

The New World: Episode 15

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

So after Chen Jie disclosed of Dong Han and Zi Yan’s relationship–or so he had guessed from all their interactions in the past, Yong Mei kept a closer eye on Zi Yan after Chen Jie delivered the tray of juices and cookies for her.

While that was going on, Zi Hong and Miao Miao returned to the forest to check it out, like they had talked about the previous day. They found out that the wooden tags were all gone, including Xiao Cao’s. It didn’t get dropped on the ground or anything like that. At least there wasn’t a trace of it. As Miao Miao was pondering about it, Zi Hong was forced to remember back to the poem that Grandpa Yang had recited in his letter to Miao Miao, and then also the poem that Xiao Cao had sent to Dong Han as a note previously. When Miao Miao asked, Zi Hong presented a possible case, stating that the person who came back to get the rest of the wooden tags wasn’t Xi Shuai but Xiao Cao.

On the other hand, Yang Yong Zhao finally made his move. Wearing an over-sized coat helped. Because he was able to conceal explosives inside the coat and managed to plant it on one of the locations. Then Xiao He finally managed to track down Dong Han’s mother. Or more like some other police officers had tracked her down and she said she’d been visiting friends these past few days. However, when Xiao He tracked her cell phone signals, it showed that she was at another location. The strangest thing was how she was at Yang Yong Zhao’s place.

Then it was back to Zi Hong and Miao Miao. Miao Miao was wondering why her grandpa’s letter and Xiao Cao’s note were from the same poet. Zi Hong pointed out that Dong Han and Grandpa Yang’s goals didn’t just include setting off an explosion to send a message. Miao Miao knew Zi Hong meant Jiang Jian Ming was the target yet she pointed out that the security was high at this point so it would be impossible for anyone to go near the place, even if it was Dong Han. Zi Hong said what if there was someone else at the Luo resident that was part of the plan. Miao Miao asked, “It’s her?” Who was she thinking about?

While they were waiting for new development (or whatever it was), Chief Zheng was thinking about what they’d learned so far with Yang Yong Zhao. He couldn’t believe it that Yang Yong Zhao had anything with this madness–or if he could figure it out. Yet he had some suspicions. It was too much of a coincidence. So belong long, he told Ah Gang to go find Yang Yong Zhao before calling Xiao He up. As that was going on, Dong Han was seen somewhere setting up a laptop. Was he getting ready for the final move?

Yong Mei finally approached Zi Yan to talk instead of spying on her from afar. Or more like, Zi Yan had spotted her minutes ago so she couldn’t hide anymore. Yong Mei’s first words to Zi Yan were asking Zi Yan why Zi Yan didn’t tell her that Zi Yan also liked Dong Han. Yong Mei actually apologized for not knowing, because she only focused on herself. Zi Yan asked Yong Mei why she was talking about that at such a time. Yong Mei recounted what Chen Jie told her, regarding how he wanted to drink Zi Yan and Dong Han’s ‘happy wine.’ Since Zi Yan didn’t say anything, Yong Mei continued on by asking if Dong Han also liked Zi Yan. Zi Yan didn’t say anything either so Yong Mei asked if Zi Yan could tell her. Zi Yan told her not to ask. Yong Mei insisted, saying she wanted to know. Yong Mei said perhaps Zi Yan had misunderstood. Zi Yan asked Yong Mei what she meant. Yong Mei said maybe Dong Han didn’t like Zi Yan yet Zi Yan had misunderstood. Zi Yan told Yong Mei not to say those hurtful words. Yong Mei yelled out that Zi Yan was hurting her by not telling her. (Really?) Then Yong Mei apologized, saying that she was the one who hurt Zi Yan. She said she initially thought that she could start over with Dong Han since she was carrying his baby. She never meant to hurt anyone, but just wanted to love someone. Yong Mei persisted again, asking why Zi Yan didn’t tell her earlier. Zi Yan finally spoke up, saying it was because she couldn’t say it out. When Yong Mei asked why, Zi Yan repeated her previous statement, telling Yong Mei not to ask because it was a secret. She said that there were things that could never be explained yet there were also things that could be explained within the next second. Yet she said Yong Mei could be reassured because Dong Han liked her. When Yong Mei asked Zi Yan how she had known, Zi Yan only stepped forward a little and leaned in, whispering, “Secret.” Then she left.

The turn of events finally happened. Zi Yan was told to rest while Chen Jie already had Xiao Ling there to help him. After nodding and smiling, Zi Yan quickly knocked both Chen Jie and Xiao Ling out. Before that though, Zi Hong and Miao Miao already put together that Zi Yan was Xiao Cao. Chief Zheng was talking to Xiao He as well with pulling Zi Yan’s file and her original identity. The question now is, could they stop her? After knocking both parties out, Zi Yan told Chen Jie not to go upstairs or he would incur bad luck. Chen Jie asked why it was her. As Zi Yan was heading upstairs, the flashback of Dong Han and her told the truth of what actually happened during their face-off. After Dong Han asked her, “So?”, she actually lowered her weapon and tossed him something. It was the wooden tag he carved with the symbol of a 4-clover leaf. She clarified that Teacher Yang didn’t just seek him out for the Returning Home Project, but had also sought her out. Dong Han asked her why Yang Yong Zhao didn’t tell him. She said she just found out about his identity the previous day. Dong Han then said that Teacher Yang had told him that there was someone else that was posing near Jiang Jian Ming. Zi Yan said it was her. When Zi Yan told him about their childhood and how he’d made pinwheels for them, his was yellow and hers was green, he finally lowered his gun. That was also when she walked over to him and hugged him–and he hugged her back. After a while, she pulled away and told him that there wasn’t much time left. Yet she had to ask one last thing, which was if he liked Yong Mei. She told him not to lie to her, and that she knew about Yong Mei’s pregnancy already. He said that previously, he thought he didn’t like Yong Mei at all yet after learning of her pregnancy he didn’t know anymore. When she asked about them, he said it hadn’t changed so she didn’t need to ask. Then he turned away, asking where Ah Zhi was. (Ah Zhi was the officer accompanying her that morning.) She looked at him a while before saying that he didn’t need to look anymore since she was going to send him off. She quickly drew her gun and shot herself in the arm. So she shot herself, not Dong Han. (If anyone watched episode 14’s BTS though, they would know.) Upon hearing the gunshot, Dong Han was beyond shocked, rushing over to her, asking what she was doing, trying to put pressure on her wound to stop the bleeding. She told him to leave yet he didn’t, he was still mad worried. She had to yell at him before he got up reluctantly to leave. But he turned one last time to look at her before finally leaving at last.

Back to the present, things were definitely moving fast now. Zi Yan was entering Jiang Jian Ming and his wife’s room. That was why she told Chen Jie not to go upstairs earlier. She told them of her original name before pointing a gun at them. They were soon tied up while Chen Jie and the others tried to do some damage control downstairs. Zi Yan used her cell phone to set up and it was connected to Dong Han. She told the other two in the room that they were being recorded and it was live. She advised them to tell the truth and she wouldn’t hurt them. She pointed the gun on them again, wanting them to follow Dong Han’s previous requests. Jiang Jian Ming asked if Zi Yan was nuts. (Seriously?) So elsewhere, Chief Zheng was calling Zi Hong and asking for his and Miao Miao’s help regarding Zi Yan. After much pressure from Zi Yan, Mrs. Jiang finally spoke up, admitting that she was the one who called Zhang Guo Tang yet she said she didn’t mean to hurt them. (Again, really?) It was like what Zhang Guo Tang said, Mrs. Jiang wanted to give some pressures toward the three families who didn’t want to move yet it turned into a disaster with the accident and all. Zi Yan didn’t believe it, considering the deaths and casualties. Zi Yan was indeed going crazy now, not far behind from Dong Han’s, forcing Mrs. Jiang to admit of hers and her husband’s doings. Jiang Jian Ming spoke up again, trying to get to Zi Yan, saying that he didn’t know about the matter until afterward and how his wife had regretted her actions since then hence moving to the U.S. until now because she couldn’t forgive herself. Jiang Jian Ming told Zi Yan to pull the trigger if she still didn’t believe his words because he already said all that needed to be said. Zi Yan couldn’t do it after much hesitation, breaking down completely. Outside, Miao Miao finally brushed off her tears and decided to enter. Chen Jie had given his ‘okay’, so Zi Hong knocked, trying to connect to Zi Yan by calling her “Xiao Cao”. They were able to enter the room. Miao Miao walked over to Zi Yan and they hugged. Zi Yan confessed that she really missed them both, always wanting to call their names when they met up in the present time yet she couldn’t. After much rambling, Zi Yan finally pulled away and told the others that Jiang Jian Ming and his wife admitted their doings already. Miao Miao stopped her and told her not to continue on that path anymore. Zi Hong spoke up to clarify the matter, saying that it was unbelievable yet he had already asked Zhang Guo Tang and his answer was the same. (Can we please find some other more credible sources on this?) That got Zi Yan riled up again, saying how could it be just an accident. Zi Hong said it was all right since he would prove it to her. He approached Mrs. Jiang at that time, asking her if she knew who he was. Mrs. Jiang diverted her eyes away from Zi Hong when he asked if there was some other reason aside from calling Zhang Guo Tang to scare the families who didn’t want to move. It wasn’t just because she was currently in fear of them, but because she was hiding something. Zi Hong said it out anyway, asking her if she meant for Zhang Guo Tang to send a message to his mother. Zi Hong said that he couldn’t forgive her yet he knew his mother had already forgiven her. Zi Yan jumped in then, asking Zi Hong what he meant. He then explained about the music box. Zi Hong’s conclusion was that that ‘accident’ could just be an accident or not because the target could just be him and his mother.

While that was going on, Chief Zheng finally found Yang Yong Zhao and had a talk with him. Chief Zheng had directed for the others to leave already. Chief Zheng said he wanted to do some betting with Yang Yong Zhao. Yang Yong Zhao asked why Chief Zheng was picking such a time to play around. Chief Zheng said that he believed Yang Yong Zhao wouldn’t let the plan carry through, i.e. the upcoming explosion. Yang Yong Zhao had to drop the front since Chief Zheng already put two and two together. Chief Zheng said that when he put together the special team, Dong Han and Zi Yan were recommended by Yang Yong Zhao. He had believed Yang Yong Zhao so much that he didn’t think otherwise. Chief Zheng reminded Yang Yong Zhao of his previous philosophy about not hurting others if one didn’t have to. He told Yang Yong Zhao to give up. Chief Zheng said that Zi Yan had already let go and that Zi Hong and Miao Miao were accompanying her. Chief Zheng also said that he could tell Chen Jie to let them go. Then the three of them could go look for Dong Han. Chief Zheng pointed out Yang Yong Zhao had wasted 20 years to set up this plan yet had caused many tragedies, because of the truth that he wanted. Chief Zheng went on to say perhaps the real monster wasn’t Jiang Jian Ming but was someone else. Project Jing Hai wasn’t what they thought it was nor was the so-called “truth” they were seeking. Yang Yong Zhao was still upset, obviously. He thought it through already but couldn’t accept it. Chief Zheng won since Yang Yong Zhao couldn’t carry through. He told Chief Zheng to arrest him at last. Yet Chief Zheng smiled, saying that he didn’t carry handcuffs. He also pointed out that if Yang Yong Zhao didn’t say anything, no one would know anyway. (What? So he gets the free ticket out?) Soon, Zi Yan called Yang Yong Zhao, telling him that she’d failed since the other two didn’t admit their doings. Yang Yong Zhao told her not to worry about it since it was more important that she found a way out. He told her that he also failed, that he’d let her and Dong Han down since he wasn’t able to carry through. Zi Yan told him that she and Dong Han knew already, and that the Returning Home Project had already started, and that she and Dong Han wanted to go find the truth home. Upon hearing that, Yang Yong Zhao was shocked, real shock this time. He asked her what she meant yet she said she wasn’t going to say before hanging up. Sensing the change in the wind, Chief Zheng asked Yang Yong Zhao what was going on after he hung up.

On the other hand, Zi Yan turned on her serious expression again after hanging up. She said that Zi Hong and Miao Miao were right yet she and Dong Han couldn’t let go. So she went to the door and told Chen Jie to disperse all police officers out of sight or she would kill the Jiang couple. Chen Jie shouted that she was also a cop yet she said she wished it was so, but she wasn’t anymore. Chen Jie had no choice but to do as told, telling all officers to clear out. Before entering his car, Chen Jie had turned to look at Zi Yan – who was upstairs monitoring their actions. When she was sure everyone had cleared out, she went back into the room, asking to borrow Zi Hong and Miao Miao’s car. Miao Miao wanted to know what Zi Yan meant earlier when she said “truth home” yet Zi Yan told her not to ask before turning to Zi Hong for the car key. She thanked Zi Hong before telling them to call Chen Jie after her departure and tell Chen Jie not to follow or Jiang Jian Ming would be in danger. Mrs. Jiang begged Zi Yan not to hurt Jiang Jian Ming. Zi Yan said that if she wanted to hurt anyone, Mrs. Jiang wouldn’t have a chance to beg her. Then she ordered Jiang Jian Ming to get up. She turned to Zi Hong and Miao Miao again, saying it was hard to talk each time they met since she didn’t have any time so she could only say a few words. Then she left with Jiang Jian Ming. After Zi Yan hauled Jiang Jiang Ming away, Zi Hong hesitated for quite a time before untying Mrs. Jiang. After a while, Mrs. Jiang said she wanted to apologize to Zi Hong for twenty years already.

Meanwhile, Zi Yan finally stopped along the way and hauled Jiang Jian Ming out. He kept insisting on the whole ‘innocent’ card. Jiang Jian Ming asked Zi Yan if she wanted to kill him. He only admitted his fault where Zi Hong and his mother were concerned. Zi Yan let Jiang Jian Ming go. Yet it wasn’t really letting him go. (He had better start walking, lol.) And back at the Luo resident, Zi Hong and Miao Miao were still trying to decipher Zi Yan’s words.

Zi Yan and Dong Han finally met up again. While they were walking toward one another, flashbacks showed what happened years ago when Yang Yong Zhao first approached them and wanted to recruit them for the plan. There was another part of the conversation between Zi Yan and Dong Han during their face-off scene that wasn’t revealed yet. It was about how Yang Yong Zhao kept their identities secret from one another to protect them. Then back to the present scene, they finally hugged. Zi Yan said that she wanted to go look for him three years ago yet Teacher Yang told her to send that note to him. Dong Han said he understood. And then elsewhere, Chen Jie was driving Zi Hong and Miao Miao at this point, still trying to figure out the puzzle. Chen Jie wanted to know if there was a way to persuade Dong Han and Zi Yan.

So the crucial moment had arrived. Zi Yan and Dong Han were both ready. They finally activated the bomb, which was somewhere below the bridge. Yes, that was their plan. It was no longer Yang Yong Zhao’s fight, considering how he had backed out on them. Zi Hong, Miao Miao, and Chen Jie also arrived on time. Before heading off with Miao Miao, Zi Hong told Chen Jie to stay away. Upon seeing Zi Hong and Miao Miao, Dong Han yelled out, warning them not to come any closer. However, typical them, they didn’t listen. When they were much closer, Zi Hong took another step to be where Zi Yan and Dong Han were and placed his hand on theirs before turning to Miao Miao. She walked over and did the same. She also declared that they were finally reunited. Zi Hong asked Zi Yan and Dong Han if they missed their old town. He said he wasn’t going to persuade the two otherwise since he knew it would be useless anyway. He said if they wanted to go home, they would all go together. It was like how when they were little, standing in a circle but holding the music box. Dong Han couldn’t take it anymore so he tossed the remote toward the water. Zi Hong was happy that he had let go so they hurdled together for a group hug.

Dong Han was seen standing far away from them minutes later. Zi Hong was asking Chen Jie if it was possible to let them go. Chen Jie couldn’t believe what he was hearing. On the other side, Miao Miao was saying how Zi Yan told her that Zi Yan had a lot to tell her, so she admitted she was the same. She wanted Zi Yan to move in with them later. It seemed like it was set. However, what was troublesome was how Dong Han had wandered off on his own. He didn’t seem to be fine like how Zi Yan seemed to give up on the idea of the plan already. He went to deactivate the bomb.

When he returned, the others were still standing there waiting for him. He took a look at them before speaking. After some ominous words, he called out his three childhood friends, saying he loved them before running off. Yup, he wasn’t giving up as easily. He had strapped some explosives to himself. So now the other four were chasing him, trying to get him to stop. He finally stopped at a clearing, having left them behind a long distance already. He turned to take one last look at them, even smiling, before heading toward the trees. Yup, he committed suicide with the explosives. Miao Miao had Zi Hong to grab her back, but what about Zi Yan? Chen Jie was as shocked as the rest of them, so he hadn’t recovered yet. Zi Yan was able to take several more steps toward the sight, which was still sending smokes up the atmosphere, before breaking down completely. Zi Yan finally blurted out that she was able to see the crescent moon within daylight that Dong Han had mentioned before.

Another tragic scene was when Dong Han’s mother received the last message from him. He said that when she received the message, she would also receive a present. It’s his last Christmas present to her. He thanked her for giving him such a family. What he owed her, he had no way of repaying. So what he wanted was for her not to shed tears because of him.

Yong Mei finally broke the news to her family about her pregnancy, and who the father of her child was. She had also decided to keep the baby. She would one day tell the baby who his/her father was. She wanted the others to think carefully about the situation. She wanted to seek some justice for Dong Han. Head Commissioner Luo said that he owed Dong Han that ‘justice’, so he would take care of it. That seemed to satisfy Yong Mei.

So then people moved on with their lives. Zi Hong was seen back at school, teaching the kids singing and getting them involved in some competition. Yet the point wasn’t about winning or losing but about the music. Zi Hong, Miao Miao, and Yong Mei were seen at the forest hanging paper cranes. Then Chief Zheng was seen talking to Yang Yong Zhao and Miao Miao, and that Yang Yong Zhao wanted to confess his crime. Chief Zheng wanted to forget it and even told Chen Jie and the other two to forget the matter. Mrs. Jiang finally confessed to her doings twenty years ago, even if that was an accident, but she was the one who gave instructions to threaten the others anyway. As for Zi Yan, she was seen in the interrogation room with Chief Zheng with the other three remaining members of the special team standing outside watching. No other details were disclosed about her. At least not yet. Then surprise of all surprises, but possibly not that much, Zi Hong moved back in with Shen You Fu. Miao Miao was seen inside preparing dinner for them all. Even Xuan Xuan was there. Another incident was how Zi Hong managed to go meet up with Jiang Jian Ming. Jiang Jian Ming finally told Zi Hong the truth–with how he didn’t plan on Zi Hong’s existence, but he was very happy to have Zi Hong as a son. Even though Jiang Jian Ming admitted his guilt in not being able to take care of both mother and son, but Zi Hong clarified Jiang Jian Ming only owed his mother, not him since he was his mother’s son, not Jiang Jian Ming’s. Yup, he still hadn’t accepted Jiang Jian Ming.

Then it was revealed where Zi Yan was. She was in prison. Yong Mei came to see her and asked about her well-being. (Really? What kind of question was that?) Zi Yan nodded her head, indicating she was fine. Yong Mei came to brag about how Dong Han had curved a wooden tag with a rose on it for her. So she said that Zi Yan was right that Dong Han liked her and cared for her. Zi Yan only nodded. Yong Mei then told Zi Yan about her decision in keeping the baby. She then asked Zi Yan if Zi Yan wanted to be a mother. She wanted to share the baby. Zi Yan agreed, even shedding some tears.

Then the townspeople of years ago were gathered around those trees like they once promised–after so many things had happened. Yong Mei also took that chance to tell Dong Han’s mother that she was pregnant with Dong Han’s child. Ms. Liu was more than happy, of course. She then looked toward Yong Mei’s mother, who was standing at a distance from them and smiled. It was like they were making peace at last.

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The New World: Episode 14

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

As it were, Dong Han was on his way to execute his final plan–in his desperate situation. Yong Mei asked him about time and he said he had a little more time with this meeting. She was happy, of course. She ended up leading him into another room. He seemed anxious yet tried to keep his composure. Then her next action shocked him. She had prepared a birthday cake for him. She urged him to make a wish and blow out the candle yet he was numbed for a little before making a wish. He didn’t blow it out but had used his hand to extinguish it. She was surprised yet didn’t get technical about it, and proceeded to cut the cake instead. He watched her actions and was wagering things inside (or so it seemed) before asking her if she wanted to go out. She said she wanted to yet her mother still didn’t let her, still fearing Zhang Guo Tang and his gang and all. He reassured her by saying with him present, her mother would have nothing to worry about. That didn’t get her excited about a possible trip, but she told him she didn’t want to go out today. When he asked why, she told him it was because there was something more important than going out at that time. He asked her what that was while reaching for his gun, knowing he had to resort to other means with getting her out of there. She said that they were starting over once again, hinting at his previous statement to her about never having a start over, etc. (What?!?!) Her next words got to him all right. (It got to me too! I think the audience would be in for a major heart attack.) Anyway, what she said was she was pregnant with his child. (Again, what?!?! When did that happen?) That also caused Dong Han to let go of his gun. He was indeed shocked. He asked if she was joking around with him. She said she wasn’t. She begged him to say a word or two after a brief moment of silence. He finally got up to leave. She took a different approach, reminding him about how he wanted to go out earlier and maybe they could. He said he have stuff to do so he had to go. She stopped him, asking him if he would come back. He said no. She asked even if she’d given birth to the child. He said no again. After some more rounds of questions and disappointment, she said it was all right he didn’t want to be involved anymore, she only wanted him to tell her what he’d wished earlier. He hesitated before answering, saying that he only wanted her to be safe. After he left, he drove to someplace before crying it out.

Meanwhile, at the secret headquarter, Zi Yan was outside looking at the clouds again. Chen Jie was looking for her and tried to comfort her. Surprisingly, he was calmer than in the past. They somewhat confided in one another, but more Chen Jie than Zi Yan. Chen Jie said that he was wrong regarding Dong Han. Zi Yan said that since the beginning, he wasn’t wrong because he had suspected Dong Han for being the mole. Chen Jie said at first he thought so but then had treated Dong Han like a good fellow cop, even a good brother but it turned out otherwise. He knew it was hard for him to accept it, but he also knew that it was even more terrible for Zi Yan. Chen Jie also offered to lend an ear whenever Zi Yan needed to talk. Zi Yan said that she was fine, Dong Han wasn’t able to hurt her. She said she would definitely catch him. Then she left. Chen Jie took a look at the sky once more before going inside as well.

Then they had the meeting. Xiao He briefed them with how Dong Han had tried to manipulate them from the beginning within the special team. The most unlucky person was obviously Ah Gang. However, Xiao He said that according to Ah Gang, Zhang Guo Tang was willing to leave with Dong Han so it was a mystery as to why Dong Han still wanted to kill him. Xiao He then told them about Dong Han’s real identity. When it was disclosed that Dong Han was one of the kids in the accident of 1992, Zi Yan had looked surprised. At that time, Xiao He was also saying that because of Dong Han’s identity, the reason for killing Zhang Guo Tang would be explained–aka with Dong Han thinking that Zhang Guo Tang was the one responsible for it all. At that time, Chen Jie had spoken up to ask their boss about his knowledge of all their background and doing a background check before selecting them, etc. Chief Zheng said that he did check them out, but there were certain exceptions. Zi Yan was still seen distracted while Chief Zheng asked Xiao He about contacting Dong Han’s mother. Xiao He said that she didn’t pick up when he called but he would continue to try. Chief Zheng then said how things were getting more and more complicated. He pointed out that Dong Han and Zi Hong should know each other and all. Their initial conjecture with there being a third party in this matter, aside from Zi Hong, there was also Dong Han. Then he pondered how many more were involved in this matter. Then Ah Gang came in–still on the phone. He hung up after saying that he would report it. Ah Gang finally approached their boss and said that Dong Han previously went to the Luo resident. Dong Han initially wanted to take Yong Mei with him yet he left alone. Chief Zheng told the others to send out a notice for Dong Han and also told Zi Yan to go talk to Yong Mei since she was closer to Yong Mei and could find out more information. Zi Yan was still distracted yet uttered a word of confirmation about her assignment. Chief Zheng continued by saying that Chen Jie and Ah Gang would follow him, etc. After Chief Zheng left, Ah Gang noticed that Xiao He was distracted so he asked Xiao He about it. Xiao He finally voiced his opinion, saying how it was unbelievable that Dong Han could be bought over (i.e. hinting at one of Chief Zheng’s theories). Ah Gang said he didn’t believe it either. Xiao He reminded Ah Gang that Ah Gang almost got killed. Ah Gang said that if Dong Han wanted to kill him, he wouldn’t be standing there–and even pointed out that it seemed like Dong Han was reluctant. When Xiao He asked Chen Jie, Chen Jie responded by saying that Dong Han didn’t even care for his life, it was unbelievable that he would do it for money. Then Xiao He asked Zi Yan, but she was still distracted. Then she just got up and left. Chen Jie spoke up for her, saying that whatever they didn’t believe, Zi Yan’s feelings would double that. He stated that it was because Zi Yan liked Dong Han even more than them.

Yong Mei’s first words to Zi Yan were asking Zi Yan if Zi Yan came to apologize. (Really?) Zi Yan said it wasn’t. Yong Mei wanted to know what happened since Zi Yan said stuff hadn’t ended yet. Zi Yan told Yong Mei that Zhang Guo Tang died already, and it was Dong Han who killed him. Yong Mei couldn’t believe it. Zi Yan said they couldn’t believe it at first, but a notice had been sent out for Dong Han. That was when Yong Mei fell apart. (Sort of.) Zi Yan than proceeded with her questions about Dong Han seeking Yong Mei out earlier. Yong Mei denied that Dong Han had told her anything. Yong Mei told Zi Yan how she had prepared a cake for Dong Han and how Dong Han’s wish was for her to be safe. Yong Mei asked if Dong Han came to her place after killing Zhang Guo Tang. Zi Yan confirmed. Then Yong Mei went on and on about stuff. What got Zi Yan’s attention the most was Yong Mei disclosing that she was pregnant with Dong Han’s child. Yong Mei said that she previously thought Dong Han was very cruel in saying how he didn’t want to meet again, etc yet now she understood. Zi Yan said perhaps it was so. Yong Mei was ranting on and on about how she didn’t believe that Dong Han was a bad person. Zi Yan couldn’t take it anymore so she got up and told Yong Mei to take care and that she was leaving. Yong Mei asked where Zi Yan was going and if Zi Yan was going to kill Dong Han. Zi Yan said that if Dong Han wanted to kill her, she would. Yong Mei begged Zi Yan not to kill Dong Han since she didn’t want her child without a father. Zi Yan hesitated for a bit before nodding, saying that she promised. Zi Yan finally broke down when she was outside alone. It was indeed very, very, very heartbreaking for her. And then elsewhere that night, Dong Han was seen camping in the woods (or so it seemed) and carving on another wooden piece.

The meeting between Zi Hong and Miao Miao and Jiang Jian Ming finally came about. Jiang Jian Ming said that Zi Hong probably knew already. Zi Hong returned it by saying what did the other party meant. Jiang Jian Ming said that Zi Hong was his son. Zi Hong was still in doubt. Jiang Jian Ming launched into recounting how he met Zi Hong’s mother and how they got together (even with the huge age gap and how Jiang Jian Ming was already married at that time). Upon learning that Zi Hong’s mother was pregnant, he wanted the lady to have an abortion yet she said no. She said he didn’t want the kid yet she did, and that she would take care of the kid so he didn’t need to worry about it. She also suggested that they break up. Then she left the following day. She had kept her promise of not using the kid against him. After those stories, they were back to the main point. Zi Hong asked the old man if he didn’t want him at all. Jiang Jian Ming said he didn’t want Zi Hong from the start. Since it was already cleared, Zi Hong wanted to talk business instead. He wanted money yet the amount he demanded was too much. Zi Hong got riled up, saying how he didn’t care for money. (He was just testing Jiang Jian Ming.) Jiang Jian Ming reminded Zi Hong that Zi Hong asked for money before too. The argument got to the point that Zi Hong almost punched Jiang Jian Ming out, but Miao Miao interfered and pulled Zi Hong back. They finally separated and put a safe distance between one another. Zi Hong was still upset though, yelling out that Jiang Jian Ming couldn’t measure up to his mother. Jiang Jian Ming agreed. Zi Hong then asked about the car accident and Jiang Jian Ming denied. Zi Hong moved on to asking about Project Jing Hai. Jiang Jian Ming once again denied his involvement. Zi Hong said that he was lying, so Jiang Jian Ming said it was up to Zi Hong whether he wanted to believe it or not. Jiang Jian Ming went on to say that Shen You Fu already told Zi Hong that the accident was indeed an accident, and he reasoned that he wouldn’t hurt the person he loved or his son. Zi Hong said he wasn’t Jiang Jian Ming’s son. He moved on to say how he was representing the people of the old town to come and talk to Jiang Jian Ming. Jiang Jian Ming asked Zi Hong what he meant. Zi Hong said they had one common goal, which was to find out the truth so Jiang Jian Ming and his wife should publicly issue an apology. Jiang Jiang Ming, of course, turned down the request and said he didn’t do anything wrong. Zi Hong said if he didn’t apologize, there would be other consequences, including many other innocent people being hurt. Jiang Jian Ming said he didn’t care how many people threaten him, he wouldn’t do it as told, even if it was Zi Hong. He then disclosed that Zi Hong’s name was chosen by him (aka what Zi Hong said about him being cold-blooded and all, regardless, Zi Hong was still his son). Then he left. Zi Hong spoke up after a moment of silence, saying he was all right yet he had failed. He told Miao Miao to be prepared since, after today, they would be enemies of everyone, even her grandfather. After some more mushy moments between them, they finally called up Grandpa Yang to report back about their failure to negotiate. Grandpa Yang responded by saying that they had to go forth with their final plan then. Grandpa Yang also said that Chief Zheng had called the previous day telling him about Zi Hong, etc. After that, he declared that from that day on, Zi Hong and Miao Miao were severed from Project Returning Home. (Wow, nice! Only protecting his flesh and blood and the chick’s boyfriend, not caring for others.) Miao Miao cranked up her attitude once again and ranted stuff. But then she broke down again, asking how could she survive without her grandpa, etc. Grandpa Yang actually laughed and said that he loved Miao Miao’s scolding the most. She told him not to joke around anymore. He told her and Zi Hong to take care before hanging up. Miao Miao tried calling him on the house phone yet he didn’t pick up either. Ms. Liu finally spoke up and told Grandpa Yang if he wanted to leave, he could since she could finish their plan alone. He turned her offer down, saying that he had to do it. And then it was back to Miao Miao and Zi Hong. Miao Miao wanted to go home and check yet Zi Hong pulled her back. It wasn’t because he wanted to stop her, but it was because he wanted to go with her. When they arrived, no one was there. There was only a letter left behind for them. The majority were somewhat of a summary and his feelings, but one of the major parts was how he promised Miao Miao that innocent people wouldn’t be hurt and that he only wanted to leave behind an impact.

While they were on their way to somewhere though, Grandpa Yang received a call from Dong Han. Dong Han asked if Jiang Jian Ming had agreed to their terms. Grandpa Yang said it wasn’t successful. Dong Han then said that so they had no choice but to proceed with the next part of the plan. Grandpa Yang confirmed yet told Dong Han that it wasn’t his business anymore. (Really? A little late for that, he’d already gone crazy.) Dong Han said he couldn’t stay out of it, and that the person who should be out of the plan should be his mother, not him. Ms. Liu disagreed. Dong Han reasoned that he already killed three people so he was in deep hence she should be the one staying out of it. She didn’t want to. Dong Han said it was too late since he already executed that plan and had already sent Grandpa Yang an e-mail so they should be clear of the details when they open it. Dong Han went on to say that he would be responsible for the rest of the plan while letting Grandpa Yang exit safely out of it. Grandpa Yang, of course, didn’t agree. It didn’t matter, Dong Han was hanging up. After he hung up, he was looking at the power station nearby.

Back at the secret headquarter, they were discussing how they weren’t able to reach Dong Han’s mother. Soon though, Xiao He rushed in to tell them about Dong Han’s e-mail. He soon turned on the monitor to show them a clip. Dong Han first clarified that he was the one who killed those three people, not Zi Hong. He told the others that they could stop looking for Zi Hong now. He then proceeded to tell them about what happened years ago, and how people were hurt during those times of the land redevelopment and much more before moving on to the accident of 1992. While the others were focusing on the clip, Zi Yan was seen distracted and almost in tears. Dong Han finally got to the point, saying how no one was doing anything regarding the situation yet he was. He said he was the only one plotting everything right from the start and that no one else was involved. He named his terms. The first one was that Jiang Jian Ming would publicly admit that he had told Zhang Guo Tang and the two to cause the accident of 1992. The second one was that Mrs. Jiang had to tell them what Project Jing Hai was. The third part was for Jiang Jian Ming to publicly apologize for what happened. If not, he would blow up a certain place. He gave them a 24-hour deadline. After that segment, Grandpa Yang told Xiao Zhao (one of his helpers) to drive him to the head councilman’s place and then take Ms. Liu home. She protested yet he said that at the current state, the less involved, the better. And when it was back to the secret headquarter, Xiao He said that he wasn’t able to track the location of where the e-mail had been sent from. Chief Zheng told Zi Yan and Chen Jie to go look for Dong Han. Ah Gang was able to retrieve some evidence such as the hoodies wore during the crimes that they’d seen in the clips, so Chief Zheng told him to go have it checked out while he went to meet up with Head Councilman Luo and Chairman Jiang. Both were still keeping their lips tight, despite the deadline looming ahead. The other two were ganging up on Chief Zheng, wondering why Chief Zheng believed Dong Han’s words. Chief Zheng said he didn’t, but now it involved too many people and if it were true, he couldn’t risk it. Head Councilman Luo said he would take responsibility for it. Chief Zheng asked him if he was still willing to take responsibility when it involved all of those innocent people. He confirmed. Chief Zheng said all right but he pointed out that the first person having to take responsibility for it would be him. (Yup, always.) Chief Zheng then said that if the worst were to come, he would resign yet he said before the resignation, he would have to use all his energy to find out what Project Jing Hai was. So since no one made a move or take any actions, Dong Han contacted them again and gave them some coordinates. It was a nearby power station. Chief Zheng called Chen Jie up and told him to go to the place and check it out. So Chen Jie and Zi Yan were rushing around the area to find Dong Han yet was unsuccessful. It was too late. They were able to see the power station but it was still a distance from them. The explosion caused blackouts for a portion of the city. Like Chief Zheng declared, Dong Han was serious about his words. Dong Han sent them another clip, saying that that was just a little warning so if the deadline came around, they better do as he said. When Chief Zheng asked Yang Yong Zhao for advice and wanted him to somehow get to Dong Han since he was Dong Han’s teacher, after all, Yang Yong Zhao said that they should investigate into Project Jing Hai more. He claimed it was because how the others were being too secretive, meaning they had something to hide. One of the officers said that it would be somewhat troublesome with what Yang Yong Zhao wanted them to do. Yang Yong Zhao stated that it would be even more troublesome if the explosion were to occur. After the brief meeting, Chief Zheng went over to Grandpa Yang, saying that Zi Hong and Miao Miao were in the clear now so they would be fine. Grandpa Yang only uttered words of gratitude toward Chief Zheng.

While Zi Hong and Miao Miao were elsewhere eating that night, they heard the news with Dong Han’s situation and how he had admitted to all crimes, plus the current plan. Yong Mei and her family were also watching the news at their place so she was more than shocked by what was going on, asking if it was true. Her mother, after turning the TV off, said, of course, it wasn’t true. So it was back to Zi Hong and Miao Miao. Miao Miao said that since Dong Han admitted to all crimes and clarified that it was only him, he would be alone now. Zi Hong reminded Miao Miao what she said previously, not leaving anyone behind, even her grandpa. He went on to say that since they weren’t being chased anymore, they could go to the police. Miao Miao asked if he thought her grandpa was there. He confirmed and even said that now her grandpa’s plan had been taken over by Dong Han.

So the ‘high and mighty’ family finally sat down to discuss the matter regarding Project Jing Hai. Well, according to Head Commissioner Luo, his wife did not know. And of course, Yong Mei didn’t know yet she was spying on them. Whatever it was they were going to say, it wasn’t disclosed to the viewers.

Chief Zheng and Yang Yong Zhao were talking. Chief Zheng showed Yang Yong Zhao the wooden piece. He said that he was half surprised and half saddened after seeing it. He couldn’t believe that such a talented person like Dong Han would head toward such a road. What was frustrating was how they couldn’t find out what Project Jing Hai was. After a while, Chief Zheng received a call from Zi Hong so he was more than glad. Then Chen Jie went to fetch them and brought them back to the secret headquarter. They were making an exception with letting the two enter. Miao Miao took the chance of a brief pause to ask about her grandpa. Chen Jie said that he just left not long ago. She then asked if her grandpa knew she was coming. Chen Jie said that he knew. Then they were in the meeting area. Chief Zheng introduced some others to them before telling them they were talking about Project Jing Hai. Miao Miao asked if her grandpa knew of the meeting. Chief Zheng said he knew. Then Chief Zheng told the others to take a seat since the meeting was about to start. Soon, Zi Yan was seen passing around some files for the meeting. She had paused to smile at Miao Miao–to which Miao Miao returned the gesture. When Miao Miao attempted to call her grandpa again, he didn’t pick up.

The meeting commenced at last. Apparently, they managed to get a judge’s order to unseal the files of Project Jing Hai hence having more information on it. The thing was while they were discussing it, it shifted it to the Luo resident where Head Councilman Luo was explaining to his wife about Project Jing Hai as well. Then the scene was brought back to the secret headquarter but had focused on Zi Hong and Miao Miao walking outside. Miao Miao was still worried about her grandpa. Zi Hong suggested that they made a trip back to the forest tomorrow. He had a plan.

Zi Yan and Dong Han’s face-off scene finally happened. She saw him so she drew her weapon and he had heard her so he had turned around in time to point a gun at her as well. She spoke up first, saying how he’d tricked the others, including her. He returned it by saying, “So?” Then the scene zoomed to the other officer and he heard a shot. Then Dong Han’s car was seen fleeing the scene. The officer quickly called in to report before rushing toward the direction of the shot earlier. When he arrived at Zi Yan’s side, it was seen that she was kneeling on the ground, covering one hand. She was bleeding. It was too obvious that Dong Han had shot her. They were really tightening the security after the incident, so Dong Han was seen fleeing on foot. Zooming forward, the police were seen at another location. Then Ah Gang reported to Chief Zheng that Zi Yan’s wound wasn’t extreme so she only needed several stitches. Chief Zheng asked if she was still moving around. Ah Gang said that even Chen Jie couldn’t stop her. When asked about Dong Han, Ah Gang said they were still looking for him. Chief Zheng then turned to Yang Yong Zhao, asking if it was possible that Dong Han would go find Jiang Jian Ming. Yang Yong Zhao said it was possible. Chief Zheng then told Ah Gang to tell Chen Jie and Zi Yan to go to the Luo resident, considering how Zi Yan was especially close to their family and all. After Ah Gang left, they began discussing Dong Han’s plan and a possible way to solve this matter.

At the Luo resident, Chen Jie stopped Zi Yan when they got out of the car, asking her if she was really all right. She reassured him that she was fine before heading inside. Mrs. Luo was waiting for her so she introduced Zi Yan to her mother. Yong Mei was there as well with her grandmother. After the introduction, Mrs. Luo told her mother that the police had sent Zi Yan there to protect them. After her grandmother and mother left, Yong Mei quickly pestered Zi Yan for information regarding Dong Han. Zi Yan shrugged her hand off. It was then that Yong Mei asked her about her hand. Zi Yan said that it was just a little wound and that she was all right. After some hesitation, she told Yong Mei that he saw Dong Han earlier that day. Yong Mei asked if Dong Han was all right. Zi Yan nodded and said it seemed so. Then Yong Mei finally realized it, so she asked if Zi Yan’s wound was because of Dong Han. Zi Yan nodded again and said that they should talk about that later. However, Yong Mei went on and asked if it was because of how she asked Zi Yan not to hurt Dong Han hence Zi Yan ended up getting hurt. Zi Yan said it wasn’t so, and that Yong Mei shouldn’t think too much. Zi Yan finally excused herself.

Later, Yong Mei was preparing juices and cookies in the kitchen when Chen Jie entered. He said that her mother wanted him to help her. She thanked him before asking him about Zi Yan’s wound. He said it wasn’t too bad. She then asked if it was Dong Han who shot Zi Yan. Chen Jie confirmed. As Yong Mei was placing the juices and cookies into a trade, Chen Jie proceeded with putting the remaining of the juice back into the fridge. While doing that, Chen Jie said that it was indeed unbelievable how things turned out, because Dong Han was indeed a very good colleague. Chen Jie even went on to say that he thought he was going to get to drink their ‘happy wine’ (喜酒). Upon hearing “their”, Yong Mei asked what Chen Jie meant. Chen Jie asked back if Yong Mei didn’t know. Yong Mei asked Chen Jie to clarify. Chen Jie said that they were always in charge of protecting Yong Mei, so how could Yong Mei not know. It was then that Yong Mei realized Chen Jie was talking about Dong Han and Zi Yan.

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The New World: Episode 13

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

As it were, the chase began after Xiao He informed Chen Jie and Ah Gang of Zi Hong’s whereabouts. The strangest thing was they soon lost track of Zi Hong. It was because Zi Hong had dodged into a parking lot complex to avoid them. So he didn’t get caught after all. Unlike what it seemed to imply with the intensity of the previous episode’s exit point.

Zi Hong finally met up with Miao Miao and his father. When Miao Miao asked about Zhang Guo Tang, Zi Hong told her that he’d sent Zhang Guo Tang off to the police already. After the initial question though, he didn’t seem to be so chatty or would ask of his father’s well-being like he would usually focus on like in the past. Instead of delaying the matter any longer, Zi Hong went straight to the point, stating what Zhang Guo Tang had said previously to him (aka Shen You Fu’s involvement with the accident 20 years ago). He begged the man to speak up, to just give him one response. Mr. Shen admitted his part in the tragic incident. (So it made sense he seemed more than riled up when Zi Hong said he wanted to seek out Zhang Guo Tang and find an answer. Well, it made a lot of sense that he was worried for Zi Hong’s safety, but it also explained why the old man seemed so panicky.) It was like how Zhang Guo Tang had said, it was just a warning to them so they would move yet a little threat had turned into the worst. (Jeez, dressing up creepy and standing in the middle of the street on a rainy day, and at such a tricky area too, what do they expect? So they did try to undo the damage and save the others but what did they expect to happen? The obvious rainy day, the slippery roads, would the vehicles stop safely in that condition?) Anyway, after the accident, they lied to the police, saying that they heard the news of the accident hence rushing over to help. They were indeed scared and didn’t know it would turn out that way yet the truth was they were all involved right from the beginning. They ended up being written as heroes, trying to save the families instead of murderers. After he was done telling his tale, Mr. Shen said he didn’t deserve to be called “Dad” by Zi Hong, because he was a conspirator. That was the reason why he took Zi Hong in because he wanted to make up for his past wrongdoings. However, Zi Hong knew it wasn’t all fake with Mr. Shen and Mrs. Shen taking him in. He knew because they treated him so well. Then he asked if what Zhang Guo Tang said was true, regarding how they didn’t mean to kill anyone. Mr. Shen confirmed that it was indeed an accident. Even if that was true, Zi Hong still couldn’t believe that an accident had killed 5 people and disabled his mother like that. It indeed was hard to accept. It wasn’t until Miao Miao reached a hand over to comfort Zi Hong that he finally pulled himself together. He then asked if Jiang Jian Ming was the one who had issued the orders. Mr. Shen denied it. Zi Hong said that Zhang Guo Tang said they received a call from Mrs. Jiang. Mr. Shen said that was true, but Jiang Jian Ming didn’t know about the matter until afterward. He really wanted Zi Hong to believe him yet Zi Hong said he was still hiding some things. Zi Hong said that there was some other reason as to why Mr. Shen had adopted Zi Hong, and it wasn’t just to make up for his wrongdoings. Mr. Shen asked what Zi Hong had found out. Zi Hong got up before saying that Zhang Guo Tang couldn’t harm anyone anymore so Mr. Shen could go home by himself since he couldn’t send him off. Zi Hong also told Mr. Shen to send words along to Jiang Jian Ming that he will go see Jiang Jian Ming soon. Then he grabbed Miao Miao’s hand and pulled her along.

So they finally got a chance to interrogate Zhang Guo Tang. Zhang Guo Tang indeed was tough, not cracking at all and was still relaxed like he was on some vacation. He ignored Chief Zheng’s words and seemed not to care. After Chief Zheng was done, Zhang Guo Tang finally spoke up and said that he would be free soon, whether they believed him or not. He continued taunting them by saying that his friend wasn’t just one person like Liu Yue Ying. He then turned to Zi Yan and Dong Han, asking them to say a word or two so he could recognize them. He was definitely having fun with taunting them. What got even more amusing was how he said that the voice was very familiar, turning back to Chief Zheng. Chief Zheng said to keep his attitude up when he stand in front of the judge because he would definitely get the death sentence that he wanted. Zhang Guo Tang said he only wanted freedom.

Back outside, Dong Han said that they should transfer Zhang Guo Tang to the secret headquarter so it would be safer. Chief Zheng agreed and told Dong Han and Zi Yan to keep guard for the night. Chief Zheng said that he would be more at ease with the two being there. After Chief Zheng left, Zi Yan said she initially wanted to go buy the gift but can’t anymore. Dong Han asked her what she meant with the ‘gift’. She had to remind him about his birthday being the next day. He then realized it and said he had forgotten about it. She hit him before saying that he was such a workaholic that he had forgotten his own birthday. She scanned the surrounding area before lacing her hand with his, saying that they should go. Dong Han told her to go first since he wanted to call his mother first. She said she would wait for him yet he turned her down, saying that he would meet her there after the call. She agreed and headed off. And Dong Han indeed called his mother. Yet it wasn’t what Zi Yan would imagine about the conversation. Ms. Liu said that she heard the news regarding Zhang Guo Tang’s arrest and asked if he ratted out Dong Han already. Dong Han said no, but Zhang Guo Tang had implied that they would save him soon or he would rat them out thus sabotaging their plans. Ms. Liu asked about their next move. Dong Han said he would take care of it. Ms. Liu, worried, asked if Dong Han really wanted to risk his career and release Zhang Guo Tang. Dong Han reassured her that nothing would happen. She attempted to convince him otherwise yet he said he had to go. Not long after, he received some more text messages from Yong Mei. She mentioned about Zhang Guo Tang’s arrest but was also saddened that the mission would be over leading to his departure. She asked if they could meet one more time. Dong Han indeed took full advantage of the situation, finally responding back to her, saying that he would meet up with her tomorrow. Yong Mei, indeed, was very happy, not knowing what she was walking into.

Meanwhile elsewhere, Miao Miao was questioning Zi Hong about what happened earlier. When she asked him about the incident of 20 years ago really being an accident, he shook his head. She then asked him what he had found out. A brief silence between them before he spoke up. He said that since little, he had thought of Zhang Guo Tang and the other two as murderers because he had remembered clearly what had happened. When he’d grown up, he often thought back of what happened. The images of Zhang Guo Tang and the other two were blocking their path, Xiao Cao’s father was the one who swerved in fear that he would hit the three. Every time he thought of that part, he didn’t dare to think anymore. He couldn’t believe it was just an accident, just like how he’d said previously when they were still with Mr. Shen. If it was an accident, who would he seek justice with? He also pondered how Dong Han would react if he knew the truth. He said that during the accident, Dong Han was asleep so he only learned of the details from Zi Hong afterward. Zi Hong also said that if Dong Han knew it was just an accident, Dong Han would definitely go crazy. Then Ms. Liu called, asking to meet up the next day.

When Zi Hong and Miao Miao went to meet up with Ms. Liu the next morning, she asked them if they wanted to join their Project Returning Home. Then she told them that she wanted them to meet some old friends. They were all from their town ages back. Ms. Liu soon elaborated that they were all living evidence of Project Jing Hai. Zi Hong asked her what she meant. What shocked Zi Hong and Miao Miao the most was seeing Grandpa Yang showing up. Yes, a major surprise indeed. He explained how he found out about Project Jing Hai or more like the lack of knowledge and how he got conned–along with the others. Miao Miao’s father’s death wasn’t that simple, i.e. the man died because of poison. Grandpa Yang got forgiven by his son before the latter died. However, he told Grandpa Yang to gather the townspeople together and ask for forgiveness. Since then, he’d been trying to seek justice for them. Yes, the leader behind Project Returning Home was Grandpa Yang. So he was the person who sought out Zhang Guo Tang and got him to come back. (Getting confusing again but makes sense, lol.) When Zi Hong asked why, Grandpa Yang said it all started with the song “The New World.” He then reminisced about fifty years ago. It had to do with the young head of the town, who often brought along a gramophone and introduced the song “The New World” to them. Of course, the townspeople didn’t understand those types of music or heard of the musician Antonín Leopold Dvořák (the song is actually called “From the New World”). Anyway, that was also around the same time that the land redevelopment project came about, and that young man had tried to persuade them to cooperate with the project. At first, the townspeople were really against him yet he used the song “The New World” to get on their good side. That young man was Jiang Jian Ming. After many heartbreaking recounts, Grandpa Yang finally mentioned the details regarding the accident of twenty years ago. He said he returned on the second day of the accident, but it was still raining so most of the traces of the accidents had been washed away. Therefore, he wasn’t able to investigate anything. Ms. Liu interfered when Grandpa Yang blamed himself. She said he was able to investigate the whereabouts of the three kids, allowing the others to adopt them so he had done all he could. That was when Zi Hong and Miao Miao reacted. Grandpa Yang clarified how he and Ms. Liu had found Zi Hong’s mother and were heartbroken with how the lady had turned out. When he saw the music box on her lap, he remembered back to the song Jiang Jian Ming had given them, a big lie. He was unwilling to let the others off so easily after how people were hurt. He finally initiated the plan when the head councilman was about to accept his new rank. He also contacted Zhang Guo Tang. His initial plan was to let Zhang Guo Tang go after Jiang Jian Ming and exposed Jiang Jian Ming. Yet what was unexpected was how Zhang Guo Tang didn’t keep his words with how they didn’t plan to hurt anyone. That was when things went haywire. So Jiang Jian Ming’s assistant’s death was all Zhang Guo Tang’s doing and the beginning of the torn between the two sides, i.e. Grandpa Yang was upset over the move hence Zhang Guo Tang going after Miao Miao. Zi Hong finally reacted and said that they were acting like a bunch of terrorists and that they shouldn’t seek out Zhang Guo Tang, causing so many problems. Zi Hong pointed out that Zhang Guo Tang obviously understood that Grandpa Yang and the others were just using him to go against Jiang Jian Ming. Grandpa Yang didn’t care, he wanted to seek justice for all the others. Ms. Liu also jumped in to back Grandpa Yang up. Zi Hong once again repeated what he had said to Dong Han initially, about how innocent would be hurt, etc. Grandpa Yang reminded Zi Hong to think about his mother. Zi Hong didn’t care for Grandpa Yang’s justifications. Grandpa Yang then disclosed a secret that he accidentally found out and didn’t mean to keep it from Zi Hong. Yet now, he had to say it out, which had to do with the music box Zi Hong’s mother treasured so much since ages back. Grandpa Yang had seen it somewhere before and claimed it was identical. The person who had it made said that there were only two of those music boxes. Grandpa Yang wanted to pause for effect, asking Zi Hong if he could say it out. Grandpa Yang realized Zi Hong must have known so he asked about it. Zi Hong said he wasn’t sure, but he could only guess. Ms. Liu jumped in to ask how long had he known. It had been 10 years already. Grandpa Yang said if Zi Hong didn’t want him to say it out, he wouldn’t. Zi Hong blurted out, at last, not wanting to delay any longer. It was Jiang Jian Ming. (So if Jiang Jian Ming’s Zi Hong’s biological father, then Zi Hong’s Yong Mei’s uncle? Nice, lol. Or not.) So their last resort was having Zi Hong go and confront Jiang Jian Ming of the matter. (Wow, tragic.) Zi Hong, after much hesitation, finally accepted to join them. He was their last ‘peaceful’ plan with forcing Jiang Jian Ming to admit his part in all the tragedies since ages ago, not just what happened twenty years ago. Zi Hong wanted to use that chance to delay the madness and their other bizarre plans. Miao Miao, of course, was on the same side as Zi Hong, not wanting them to continue on like that. Grandpa Yang went ballistic saying that what he wanted to do, no one could stop, even if it was Miao Miao. Yet soon, the others departed, leaving Zi Hong and Miao Miao behind.

Mr. Shen finally got the chance to report to his boss about what happened. He said that Zi Hong knew already. Chairman Jiang asked Mr. Shen if Zi Hong hated him. Mr. Shen replied that he didn’t know. Chairman Jiang then asked if Zi Hong hated Mr. Shen. He didn’t know either but he said Zi Hong didn’t call him “Dad” anymore. Chairman Jiang said that Zi Hong had gone overboard, and continued on with how Zi Hong could hate him but shouldn’t hate Mr. Shen.

Then it was back to Zi Hong and Miao Miao again. Miao Miao was saying how she finally learned of her father’s real death cause. She understood why her grandpa was so upset, and even conjured up such a plan. After some more pondering about Grandpa Yang and her situation, they moved on to discuss Zi Hong and Jiang Jian Ming. Miao Miao pondered if Zi Hong wanted to know about the other reason that Mr. Shen adopted Zi Hong was because of Jiang Jian Ming wanting him to. Zi Hong admitted it. He then recounted one of the times he followed Miao Miao during high school. That was the time that he had told Miao Miao before. The time he almost followed her to her home yet didn’t want to enter. He gave up and went to visit his mother yet didn’t want to come in. He then turned back out to the old path to exit the place. Yet he spotted his mother being wheeled by someone. That person looked familiar from behind and when that person turned around, he realized it was Jiang Jian Ming. Jiang Jian Ming probably thought it was safe to visit that day. Zi Hong didn’t know what Jiang Jian Ming was saying to his mother but also saw the man cried. He guessed that Jiang Jian Ming was his father. Then Zi Hong talked about his conflicting feelings at times with Jiang Jian Ming.

So they finally escorted Zhang Guo Tang to the secret headquarter. Before getting out of the van, Dong Han had used his phone. It was kind of hard to tell which one though. Yet Xiao He’s call to Chen Jie after they got out of the van confirmed that it was the secret cell phone Dong Han used on several occasions already. Chen Jie reassured Xiao He that Zhang Guo Tang was already handcuffed and secured already so it wasn’t his cell phone or anything like that. Xiao He wanted Chen Jie to come and check it out. Chen Jie told Dong Han and Ah Gang to be careful as he told Zi Yan to follow him. When they entered the control room, Xiao He quickly pointed out the signal of an unknown cell phone appearing on the radar. Zi Yan spoke up to say what if it wasn’t Zhang Guo Tang’s. Back outside, Dong Han and Ah Gang were dragging Zhang Guo Tang in. Zhang Guo Tang asked to go to the restroom. Ah Gang turned him down, telling him to wait. Zhang Guo Tang continued with taunting them. Ah Gang didn’t want to play games with him. As he turned to taunt Dong Han, Xiao He was saying how if it wasn’t Zhang Guo Tang, it could be Dong Han or Ah Gang. Chen Jie said it couldn’t be Dong Han. Xiao He was pondering about Ah Gang. Zi Yan said they should be careful and alert the other two regarding some suspicious activities. Chen Jie agreed, telling Zi Yan to call Dong Han and he would call Ah Gang. So while Ah Gang was pushing Zhang Guo Tang along, Dong Han fell back and turned off his secret cell phone. He then tackled Ah Gang, apologizing to him and took his gun before freeing Zhang Guo Tang. Zhang Guo Tang said he recognized Dong Han’s voice. Dong Han told him that they didn’t have much time so he shouldn’t spout nonsense. Inside the control room, Xiao He couldn’t scan the signals from the secret cell phone anymore. That was when Chen Jie told Zi Yan to go and check it out.

Dong Han led Zhang Guo Tang outside yet it wasn’t to release him. He tossed Zhang Guo Tang a wooden tag, telling him to read the names on the tag. Those were his family members. So while Dong Han was confronting Zhang Guo Tang, Chen Jie and Zi Yan finally found Ah Gang on the floor. They rushed over to him and asked about what happened. Ah Gang blurted out “Dong Han”. Zi Yan asked him what happened to Dong Han. Ah Gang said that Dong Han was the mole. That sure shocked the other two. However, what was more shocking was what Dong Han did next outside. After Dong Han told Zhang Guo Tang about the three people who were killed twenty years ago, Dong Han said they were waiting for him. Dong Han retrieved his gun and shot Zhang Guo Tang. It wasn’t too surprising, considering his past actions. It was still shocking in the sense that it was Zhang Guo Tang, and it was right there. Zhang Guo Tang definitely didn’t see that coming. The other three heard the shot, but only Chen Jie and Zi Yan rushed outside to check. Dong Han, of course, fled. He was indeed cautious and natural. He walked out of there like nothing happened. He only had to dodge Chen Jie and Zi Yan, after all, considering how he was still a cop to the other officers so they only rushed by him to check things out when they heard the gunshot.  When Chen Jie and Zi Yan were by Zhang Guo Tang’s body, Chen Jie was beyond himself. He blurted out, “How could it be Dong Han?” He had every right to be furious, considering how he’d been so deceived. Yet he was still their leader and quickly called Xiao He up. Then he rushed out of there, making up for the lost time–with Zi Yan in toll. As for Dong Han, he tossed his badge and phones (yes, both the official one and the secret one) and got in his car to escape. And what was so grand about it was that he deceived the guards along the path too, saluting to them as he drove past. Then there was Chen Jie and Zi Yan, rushing outside–with Chen Jie yelling out Dong Han’s name with much rage.

Meanwhile, Grandpa Yang and Ms. Liu finally made it back to their place. Ms. Liu was convincing Grandpa Yang not to be upset, saying that Miao Miao was also right with her thoughts. She also reminded Grandpa Yang that he initially didn’t want Miao Miao too involved. Before long, Grandpa Yang’s cell phone rang. It was Dong Han calling in. Dong Han had called Grandpa Yang “Teacher.” (So he had another backup phone. Okay, that made sense. He had to be prepared, considering how he was in a dangerous spot.) Dong Han first reassured Grandpa Yang that it was safe since he was using a different phone to call. Then he asked to speak to his mother. Grandpa Yang placed him on speaker. Dong Han told his mother that the cops will come to look for her soon. She asked why, and he had to confess that he just killed Zhang Guo Tang. He said that Zhang Guo Tang was out of control already so Zhang Guo Tang would rat them out regardless. Dong Han then told his mother to tell the cops that she didn’t know anything if they were to ask. He also told them that Project Returning Home must be carried out to the end and that he could take the blame/face the punishment if it were to come to that. He said his next step was to take along Yong Mei as a hostage. Grandpa Yang told him not to go too far. He said that it was too slow, and then he confessed to the other two murders. He said it would even out with his family members. Grandpa Yang told him he and Zhang Guo Tang were the same now, both were equally insane. Dong Han said that he couldn’t let his teacher take the fall for it, because he knew Grandpa Yang would have to take care of Zhang Guo Tang sooner or later, considering how Zhang Guo Tang was a threat to their side too (possibly exposing them and preventing them from carrying out the plans). He continued by saying how he didn’t have a choice anymore but to proceed with the next step. Grandpa Yang pointed out that Yong Mei was innocent. Grandpa Yang said that Zi Hong and Miao Miao already agreed to join and would go confront Jiang Jian Ming. Dong Han said that with Yong Mei, they have a higher rate of success. He also didn’t want to wait anymore. Ms. Liu was beyond tears now, begging Dong Han not to do it. Yet Dong Han said he couldn’t wait anymore, and hung up after a few more words. Grandpa Yang finally realized what he had done with dragging in the third generation. He said if he had carried out the plan himself, this wouldn’t happen. He then turned to Ms. Liu and apologized to her.

Dong Han proceeded as planned. He got to the Luo resident and flashed out his smile to the officers on duty and breezed past the entrance in no time. As he entered the place, he called out Yong Mei’s name several times. It wasn’t long before Yong Mei stepped out to greet him with her usual bright smile. What now?

*All images were captured by DTLCT

The New World: Episode 12

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

So the conversation resumed with how Yong Mei was still sore over her missed chance of talking to Dong Han with whatever it was that she claimed was so important. Then Yong Mei decided to extract information from Zi Yan. Zi Yan responded that she didn’t know what was going on either, but it was possibly because of work pressures. (Yeah, people actually have things to do aside from catering to rich princess’ commands.) Anyway, Zi Yan had to go into explaining how it had to do with their duties and how dangerous it was, not knowing if they had a tomorrow. Zi Yan asked for Yong Mei’s understanding.

That night, Zi Yan tried to talk to Dong Han about it. Yet Dong Han reasoned that it was Yong Mei who forced him into taking such drastic measures. Zi Yan pointed out that even if Dong Han did such, Yong Mei wouldn’t give up either. Dong Han asked Zi Yan if she was also forcing him to take action. It indeed was hard, considering Zi Yan’s standing. Zi Yan then said that seeing how sad Yong Mei was, it had made her sad as well. Then things got quiet. Dong Han seemed so distant and somewhat scary. Zi Yan spoke up again, saying how he was making her worry. He finally spoke up and said that he feared that one day she couldn’t stand it anymore and would hate him. He walked over to her to take her hands into his before saying that if that day indeed came, he hoped that she could say goodbye to him without any hesitation.

Apparently the person whom Dong Han wanted Zi Hong to meet up with was his mother. At least his current mother. Ms. Liu was actually one of their neighbors since ages ago too and known their parents quite well. Ms. Liu said that she was really happy to see them all reunited again. Then she launched into telling them a story, which she said would be right to tell them at that point. It happened fifty years ago when she was only six years old. Basically, their livelihoods were quite good with everyone helping one another within the fields and were like a family working together during harvest seasons. It wasn’t just like that, but overall, it paved a nice picture. Yet thirty years later (which meant it was twenty years ago), things changed. That was also the time of the land redevelopment incident occurred and how everyone was forced to move. Like it was said many times before, there were only three families who didn’t sign the papers. However, Qing Ting’s mother reassured them and suggested that they gathered around and planted the trees–and that one day they would return to see their effort flourishing. That day was June 23rd (aka the day they gathered to plant the trees). No one knew what the future would bring them. What they didn’t expect were the accidents that had caused five deaths and four injuries that occurred several days later. Some of them had agreed to take the kids as a gesture to their old fellow neighbors. At that time, Ms. Liu’s husband was still alive and they didn’t have any kids and their financial situation was stable so they took in Xi Shuai. Xiao Cao was also adopted by another family yet she didn’t want to be disturbed anymore. So that was when Ms. Liu paused and told the others not to go seek out Xiao Cao either. Ms. Liu resumed her story with how not being able to locate Qing Ting until later and heard that he’d been adopted by Shen You Fu. Then there was his mother, so they decided to take turns in visiting her and taking care of her. So whenever Zi Hong came, they knew. At least Ms. Liu saw them together. Ms. Liu blamed herself for what happened, because if they hadn’t moved and had forged together perhaps it wouldn’t turn out like that with how Qing Ting’s mother became that way, and how Xi Shuai’s parents and younger brother had died, and also Xiao Cao’s parents. Then Dong Han had to step forward to comfort her, saying it wasn’t like that. She pulled herself together and said she wouldn’t mention it anymore. It was now about finding out what really happened twenty years ago (aka the real reason behind it all). Miao Miao jumped in to ask if it was the accident. Ms. Liu said it wasn’t just that, but also Project Jing Hai. That got Zi Hong’s interest. Ms. Liu confessed that she only heard about it ten years after she left the town and didn’t know much about it as she would like to. However, she was sure that it had to do with Jiang Jian Ming. (So it made sense now that Dong Han was glaring at him with much hatred that one time when he came to put pressure on them.) Ms. Liu said it was just them now, but it was about time that they seek justice for the others. (It also made sense how Dong Han kept his goal clear after all these years.) Ms. Liu continued by saying that they have a plan to force Jiang Jian Ming into speaking up and revealing the truth behind it all. (Why are they saying all these to Miao Miao? She was going to rat them out with her best pal.) Dong Han quickly revealed their next step, which caused Miao Miao to be shocked by it (obviously). Their plan was called “Returning Home” (回家). Miao Miao asked if they were joking with that part of the plan. Zi Hong was still thinking. Ms. Liu said she hoped that they would join in with the plan, but she also told them to think it over. She then excused herself, saying that the person who drove her there was waiting for her.

Dong Han then took them to the forest–where the trees were–and told them how his mother had taken him there from time to time. Then he had placed the wooden tags on the trees when he returned to accept the mission, and how he was really happy to read Miao Miao’s article. At first, when he heard about Zi Hong’s identity being Qing Ting, he didn’t know what to make of it. It wasn’t until they confirmed Zi Hong’s identity through the sealed files that he dared to believe. That was also when he knew Zi Hong still remembered their childhood, and when he went to check out Zi Hong’s workplace, he was really touched to learn about the music cards. Because that was part of their childhood. He also realized that Zi Hong was like him, still wanting to avenge for their families. He wanted the other two to join them in their plan. Miao Miao said she wanted to join their plan too, but with how they wanted to cause some kind of explosion, it seemed too extreme. Yes, that was their plan. And then Zi Hong spoke up to say that many people would be hurt and be out of jobs, etc. Miao Miao also spoke up to agree with Zi Hong, saying how it would cause the ruptures in so many lives. Dong Han asked if they were no longer Qing Ting and Miao Miao, but were using their identities as Teacher Zi Hong and Reporter Yang speaking up now. Miao Miao asked Dong Han what would the others do then. Dong Han said if Jiang Jian Ming were to come out to admit and apologize for what happened then they wouldn’t take that step. Miao Miao asked if Dong Han was sure if it was really Jiang Jian Ming. (Of course, she had to speak up for her best pal’s families.) Miao Miao said those things needed evidence to be sure. Dong Han said if they agreed to join in on the plan, then his mother would show them the evidence. Zi Hong said it didn’t matter if there were evidence, the plan would affect too many people, and that they shouldn’t resort to such measures. Dong Han, even more upset by now, asked if Zi Hong had already forgotten what happened years ago. Zi Hong said he didn’t forget. The struggle continued between not wanting to drag other innocent people in versus how some people didn’t lose all family members went on for a bit more before Dong Han lost it and slammed Zi Hong into a tree. Yup, Dong Han totally lost it. He asked Zi Hong if Zi Hong really could get Jiang Jian Ming to admit his wrongdoings because it seemed like Zi Hong hadn’t kept his promise regarding how the three of them wouldn’t separate and how Zi Hong would take them to Miao Miao. He then reminded Zi Hong how he said he didn’t care that Xiao Cao was gone, but it wasn’t so. He really hated Zi Hong for breaking the promise that time when he woke up in the car and Xiao Cao was gone. After that lash out, Zi Hong couldn’t say anything but words of apologies. Dong Han finally let go of Zi Hong and turned away. After composing himself, he told Zi Hong not to apologize. He said him hating Zi Hong was just like hating himself because what he promised Xiao Cao, he couldn’t do it either. But what they could do now is make someone else apologize. He wanted to ask them one last time if they wanted to join or not. Miao Miao said it was possible, but they shouldn’t cause the explosion. It was now Zi Hong’s turn. Zi Hong said that he was like Dong Han in the past, hating and wanting to make someone pay. But then he thought it through already. Zi Hong said that his mother wouldn’t want to be the reason that he kills or harm others. Dong Han mentioned seeking justice, restoring what was lost, i.e their homes, etc. Zi Hong said those weren’t lost, and there were other ways to seek justice. It was Miao Miao who reminded him of it. Dong Han asked them one last time if that was their answer. Dong then asked if Zi Hong was able to not kill Zhang Guo Tang after finding him and would hand him over to the police. Zi Hong said he would after he could find the answers he needed. Dong Han nodded, saying that they didn’t need to join forces. Zi Hong asked why not. Dong Han said it was because the roads that they were traveling on weren’t the same one. Zi Hong asked if Dong Han wanted to kill “him”. The “him” in question wasn’t too clear, but Dong Han didn’t answer at first so Zi Hong persisted. Dong Han said that those were Zi Hong’s words, not his. Miao Miao interfered again, but it wasn’t to lecture Dong Han, not yet. She asked him if he killed the others hence reassuring her previously that Zi Hong didn’t do it. Yup, it was Dong Han. He followed Zi Hong and thought Zi Hong had the same plan as him when visiting one of Zhang Guo Tang’s henchmen yet Zi Hong left after leaving the music card so he knew it wasn’t the same. Dong Han said that plan was too slow with trying to lure Zhang Guo Tang out, he can’t wait. What he regretted the most was causing Zi Hong to be dragged in as the prime suspect. Zi Hong didn’t blame Dong Han, but he said those two were still innocents. Dong Han asked back if his family was as innocent. Zi Hong brought up what Chief Zheng said previously about a third party, which was Dong Han’s side, NOT Zi Hong like Chief Zheng had suspected. Dong Han said it was all right if Zi Hong used the word “our” instead of “your” side since he still wanted the other two to join. Zi Hong said he didn’t want the whole an eye for an eye type of thing. Miao Miao asked if Ms. Liu knew about the killings. Dong Han said if the other two didn’t say, she wouldn’t know. Dong Han then took out a cell phone and handed it to Zi Hong, saying if Zi Hong dial the number on there, he would reach Ms. Liu and Zi Hong could tell her that they agreed to join. Zi Hong said he hadn’t agreed. Dong Han turned around and smiled (which is creepy for the situation. What he said next confirmed my suspicion). He said that he saw Zi Hong burned the evidence that day so he already filmed a clip of it, and had intended to use it as a joke later when they reunited before destroying the clip. However, at this point, he could use it as evidence against Zi Hong. Miao Miao scrunched up then, calling Dong Han as “Liu Dong Han” instead of Xi Shuai like before, asking if he really wanted to do that. Dong Han said that it was up to that point, he had no choice but to do so. And he didn’t want Zhang Guo Tang to land into their hands. Miao Miao said she could call Chief Zheng up and tell him about the whole thing. Dong Han said she would risk his arrest. He knew the other two wouldn’t do that to him. Miao Miao jumped back to calling him “Xi Shuai” yet he said not to waste any more time. (Finally!) He gave them the ultimatum, either join or risk Zi Hong’s arrest. Zi Hong said the more Dong Han pressure him, the more he wouldn’t join. Dong Han apologized one last time, saying that he really didn’t want to do it. But regardless of what happened, they were still his family. Miao Miao cried out that if they were really family, it wouldn’t turn out like that. (I thought we were moving forward? Why the roundabout again?) Dong Han said that after it was all done, he would clarify everything and accept the punishment, whatever that might be. Of course, that would also mean clearing Zi Hong’s reputation. Then he left.

So it seemed like Zi Hong chose not to join hence the consequences. The special team – minus Dong Han – was listening to the news while figuring out the person who filmed the clip. Xiao He said he couldn’t figure it out, but had received the e-mail. Elsewhere, Zi Hong was asking Miao Miao if she wanted to return home or follow him to find Zhang Guo Tang. She chose the second choice so they were on their way. After the news segment, Chen Jie asked if Chief Zheng wanted to bring Zi Hong in. Chief Zheng asked if Dong Han was with Zi Hong, and gave the orders to bring Zi Hong in. As Dong Han witnessed Zi Hong and Miao Miao driving away in Zi Hong’s car, he received the call from Chen Jie. Dong Han lied and said that the other two had misled him and had fled already. Chen Jie told Dong Han to get on it, and Dong Han said he got it. Back at the headquarter, Chief Zheng told Xiao He to track their cell phones while he went to call Yang Yong Zhao. As the others were going on their way, Zi Yan was still standing around thinking. Had she caught onto something? Even if she hadn’t figured out that far out conspiracy, could she possibly figure out what Dong Han was doing? Like possibly acting suspiciously during their previous get together?

Miao Miao finally received the call from her grandpa. They stopped somewhere so Miao Miao could take the call. Her grandpa was wondering if she wanted to return home. She said she knew Zi Hong was innocent so she wanted to go with him. Grandpa Yang pointed out it wasn’t as easy as she put it. The judge wouldn’t see it her way and she would be dragged in as well. She said the more she had to accompany Zi Hong. She reassured him she would be all right. How could he not worry? He wanted to talk to Zi Hong, so Miao Miao had no choice but to hand the phone over to Zi Hong. Grandpa Yang said that Chief Zheng believed Zi Hong was innocent yet things were getting complicated so he couldn’t do anything else but to proceed according to his duties. Zi Hong said he understood. Grandpa Yang told Zi Hong that it wasn’t too late to turn back. Zi Hong said he wasn’t going to turn back, and that he didn’t do anything wrong. Grandpa Yang said that fleeing would be difficult. Zi Hong said he knew. Grandpa Yang knew he couldn’t change their decisions, but told Zi Hong to use his life to protect Miao Miao. Zi Hong promised.

Zi Yan decided to interrogate Tom again. She was prepared this time. She had a recorded clip of Tom’s mom sending her regards to Tom. Tom’s mom wanted him to return home. She said she was still capable of earning money and his sister was going to work soon, so he didn’t need to get into sticky situations to get money. Tom said that the cops were so despicable with using his family against him. Zi Yan told him to listen to another clip. That next clip, his mom told him to let Zhang Guo Tang deal with the punishments, and that they didn’t need to worry about him anymore since he already got captured. She also said that the cops had promised to decrease Tom’s sentence if he were to cooperate. Surprised, Tom wanted to listen to the clip again. Zi Yan asked which part, and then she asked Tom if he didn’t know. She quickly told him how they already arrested Zhang Guo Tang earlier that day–along with some of the other henchmen.

Meanwhile, Zhang Guo Tang was somewhere eating noodles and watching the latest news segment. It was the one they’d been talking about, regarding Zi Hong destroying evidence. He soon turned off the TV and picked up his phone. It was one of his henchmen calling in to report the latest at Zi Hong’s house. Shen You Fu had returned home already. Zhang Guo Tang told them to make the move. They said that there were also two cops standing guard. Zhang Guo Tang said the more they should take action. So they did. The two gangsters went in and knocked out the two cops on guard before getting to Shen You Fu.

Zi Yan finally succeeded in convincing Tom to cooperate. Chief Zheng was proud of her. Yet he had to tell her of the bad news with Shen You Fu being kidnapped already. He said it was probably Zhang Guo Tang’s doing. He also told Zi Yan to tell Dong Han to pick her up and join them at the location. So Zi Yan suited up after getting off the phone. As she was on the way out, she tried to call Miao Miao but was unsuccessful. She told Dong Han about it when she got into the car. Dong Han seemed disturbed and reflected his bad moods when Zi Yan asked him about it. Yet they had a mission to carry out, can’t talk long. Then elsewhere, Zi Hong wanted to drop Miao Miao off. It was because he wanted Miao Miao to wait for his father and they could go together, if not, then Miao Miao should leave first. He said that if he confronted Zhang Guo Tang, he needed to do it alone. It would be harder with Miao Miao around. Miao Miao said they had guns yet Zi Hong reasoned that they wouldn’t use it since that was like signaling to the cops. Miao Miao finally got out after threatening Zi Hong to keep his promise.

Then came the confrontation. Or more like Zhang Guo Tang’s own interrogation. He, of course, wanted to ask Shen You Fu of Zi Hong’s whereabouts. He wanted to avenge his brothers’ deaths. Yet Zhang Guo Tang didn’t need to wait long. Zi Hong was on his way. (Okay, wait, how did Zi Hong know they were there? Or did Zhang Guo Tang sent out some sort of signal? Because he apparently was really unsuccessful in locating Zhang Guo Tang before hence dragging the situation until now. Or was it because of Miao Miao and all the debates that he couldn’t really get a move on the search until now?) While one of his men went outside to check on the situation, Zhang Guo Tang was saying how he and Shen You Fu used to be “dogs” for Jiang Jian Ming. But the difference between them now was he, Zhang Guo Tang, no longer was. Before he could take any action toward Shen You Fu, he heard more noises outside. He had to go and check it out for himself. When he came out, Zi Hong was in a deadlock with Paul. Zhang Guo Tang told Paul to finish Zi Hong yet at the last minute, Zi Hong managed to turn the situation around and tossed the knife toward Zhang Guo Tang, injuring his hand so he had to drop the gun. (That was seriously fake, lol. Cool in a way, but fake.) The struggle between Zi Hong and Paul continued until the cops arrived. Yet they were too late. They only discovered Paul and another dude tied up outside. No one else was there. Indeed, Zi Hong had already tied Zhang Guo Tang up and was on his way to somewhere. Zhang Guo Tang asked him why killed the other two men and if Zi Hong wanted to do the same to him. Zi Hong said he didn’t kill those guys, and that it would be too easy to kill Zhang Guo Tang off. Then back at the scene, Chief Zheng told them to send out a notice to find Zi Hong.

Then the dramatic confrontation out by the seaside. Zhang Guo Tang said that he already told them time after time that what happened 20 years ago was an accident. He also recounted that he and the other two guys (the same ones who got killed by Dong Han already) had also gone toward the hillside to check it out too, but it was too late for some people. Zi Hong, obviously, didn’t believe him. Zhang Guo Tang was done. He didn’t want to play with Zi Hong anymore. He told Zi Hong to kill him already and get it over with. Zi Hong proceeded with tying his hands and legs together and said that it was getting dark soon (i.e. high tides) so they could find out if Zhang Guo Tang was in fear or not by then. Zi Hong then went to sit safely elsewhere to wait. That was when Zhang Guo Tang started yelling for Zi Hong and demanded he return. Zi Hong didn’t return until Zhang Guo Tang finally yelled out that he would confess. Zhang Guo Tang stuck with his answer about it being an accident. Zi Hong kicked him back to drink some more water and asked him the leader behind it all (aka the person giving them the commands). Zhang Guo Tang yelled out that it was Jiang Jian Ming. Jiang Jian Ming wanted them to teach the ones who didn’t want to move a lesson yet it wasn’t to kill, it was just some warnings. So the accident was really an accident. Zi Hong didn’t want to hear more of Zhang Guo Tang’s nonsense reasons so he said he would go for a bowl of noodles before returning. Zhang Guo Tang, in his desperate attempt, yelled out if Zi Hong didn’t believe, then go ask Jiang Jian Ming for himself. What Zi Hong didn’t expect was how Zhang Guo Tang told Zi Hong to go ask his father too. That stopped Zi Hong from going so Zhang Guo Tang continued on. He said that was why Shen You Fu wanted to adopt Zi Hong because that incident was really an accident so he felt bad and wanted to make it up for Zi Hong. Zhang Guo Tang said that the three of them were outsiders so how could they know Zi Hong and the other two families. Shen You Fu was in charge of keeping watch and informing them when the three families arrive. That was when they took action and then caused the accident. Zhang Guo Tang said there were four people in charge of doing that mission, and the fourth person was Shen You Fu. Zi Hong was so riled up by Zhang Guo Tang’s words that he went back to kick him. (Wow, who was talking about not hurting others before when he was lecturing Dong Han?)

Back at the headquarter, the others were able to locate Miao Miao and Shen You Fu but no Zi Hong. Chief Zheng guessed that Zi Hong must have gone a different way with Zhang Guo Tang. He told them to send out more people to look for those two. Dong Han was nowhere to be seen either. Zi Yan said he was in the restroom, but who knows? Dong Han was indeed in the restroom, but he was checking to make sure no one was there. Before he could do anything though, he received a message from Yong Mei. She wanted to meet up the next day. He pocketed his phone again before taking the lid off of one of the toilets. He emptied the water before taking out a plastic bag – with a phone inside. (Clever. Old trick but still clever.)

So Zi Hong was still threatening Zhang Guo Tang and getting him to talk. He wanted to know what Zhang Guo Tang had that caused him to gain an upper hand with Jiang Jian Ming hence returning. Zhang Guo Tang soon blurted out “Project Jing Hai”. Zi Hong asked him about it. He said he also wanted to know. Zi Hong then asked if it had anything to do with Jiang Jian Ming. Like some of them suspected, the party in charge of the project was Jiang Jian Ming’s wife’s family. The whole fiasco of years ago had to do with Jiang Jian Ming along with his wife’s family, the Yan. It also had to do with Head Councilman Luo – or so Zhang Guo Tang said. Zi Hong said maybe he was innocent. Zhang Guo Tang said the money was already handed over. Zi Hong asked when, and the response was April 22nd. Zi Hong said if he already achieved his goal, why was he still around hurting people? He said it wasn’t so simple, and that he couldn’t return home, etc. He wanted Jiang Jian Ming to tell Head Councilman Luo to give him a guaranteed letter, and the contents would be giving him special privileges if the man were to advance toward his next rank. Zi Hong said it would be impossible for the other party to agree. Zhang Guo Tang confirmed that the other party didn’t agree hence he couldn’t end his mission. Zi Hong said it was ending now. Before he could say anything else, his phone rang. It was the phone Dong Han gave him earlier. Zhang Guo Tang then spoke up to say that he could give Zi Hong money. Zi Hong said not killing Zhang Guo Tang was already a special privilege so Zhang Guo Tang shouldn’t negotiate with him. As Zhang Guo Tang was still trying to persuade Zi Hong, Dong Han was getting impatient with attempting to make contact since Zi Hong still didn’t pick up. Zi Hong dropped Zhang Guo Tang off at the police station before leaving. Then he decided to pick up Dong Han’s call at last. Dong Han told him not to give Zhang Guo Tang up to the police because that was part of their plan with calling Zhang Guo Tang to come back (i.e. pressuring Jiang Jian Ming). But it was too late. One of the police officers had already gone out to fetch Zhang Guo Tang. (I knew it! I was right! It was Dong Han! Even if Chen Jie had to apologize to him!) OMG, really? Zi Hong went back and it was too late so he had to go again. He dared to blame it on Dong Han for not saying it out? Dong Han said that he tried to call many times already but Zi Hong didn’t pick up. Then Dong Han said that it didn’t matter anymore since he would find another way. Zi Hong pondered why they had to bring Zhang Guo Tang back. Dong Han said that he didn’t have time to explain. Zi Hong warned him not to go too far or he couldn’t return. Dong Han told Zi Hong he better worry for himself since Chen Jie was out looking for him. Dong Han told Zi Hong to flee.

Dong Han finally met up with Zi Yan and Xiao He in the control room. Zi Yan updated Dong Han on Zhang Guo Tang’s status. Xiao He was commenting on how cool it was to see Zhang Guo Tang being wrapped up like that and tossed out at the police station. Dong Han asked about Zi Hong’s whereabouts. Xiao He said that he was trying to locate Zi Hong. Zi Yan told Dong Han that they should go first. Dong Han made some comments about the signals before leaving. As Chen Jie and Ah Gang were trying to decide on their next location, Xiao He was finally able to locate Zi Hong so they were on their way.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

The New World: Episode 11

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

It seemed like a victory for Zi Hong’s side since Miao Miao and Mr. Shen ended up preparing a meal that night while Zi Hong watched nearby. Yet after dinner, Miao Miao took Zi Hong on a walk and said the ones who helped him weren’t just Chairman Jiang or Head Councilman Luo, but there was also Jia Yuan. Miao Miao told Zi Hong what Jia Yuan had done despite revealing all of the most controversial stuff in front of all those people. After saying all those, Miao Miao wanted Zi Hong to go see Jia Yuan the following day and reveal about his real relations to Jia Yuan so Jia You wouldn’t end up falling too deep.

Meanwhile elsewhere, Chairman Jiang was questioning Jia Yuan about the money that Zi Hong borrowed from him earlier. Jia Yuan realized that the check was from Chairman Jiang. Chairman Jiang then asked why Jia Yuan didn’t accept it. Jia Yuan said it was her father’s debt so she couldn’t let someone else pay it off for her. Chairman Jiang offered to pay the debt off for her. She was indeed surprised, asking him why. Chairman Jiang said because she was his granddaughter’s coworker and also Zi Hong’s friend. He went on to say that she indeed helped Zi Hong a lot earlier that day. She said it was just her dumb move and the cops didn’t believe her anyway. Yet Chairman Jiang said that it was because she liked Zi Hong. She asked him to not talk about that matter because her brother was waiting for her. Chairman Jiang wanted her to allow him to help her, so he would be sending her the check the following day. She once again thanked him for his good intention before turning down his offer. He asked her why. She paused briefly before saying that she didn’t want to owe others too much. She thanked him once again, even thanking the rest of his family, for treating her and her brother so well. She stated that she didn’t want any checks. She wanted to solve her own matters. Then she left.

The confrontation with Hua Jie was inevitable. Jia Yuan had to send Xuan Xuan to the neighbors before talking to Hua Jie. Jia Yuan indeed got a good scolding from it. Jia Yuan apologized yet Hua Jie said it wasn’t enough. Hua Jie wanted to know what type of person Zi Hong was and Jia Yuan’s relation to him hence her lying fiasco. It wasn’t enough for Hua Jie to cool down. It wasn’t until Jia Yuan asked about the ‘client’ that Hua Jie talked about previously and wondered if the offer was still open. Hua Jie told Jia Yuan not to cause any more trouble before leaving with one of her henchmen.

Before long, Hua Jie was seen meeting up with Zhang Guo Tang. She was reporting to him about Zi Hong and Jia Yuan. A coincidence or some preplanned thing? Well, it could just be a coincidence since Zhang Guo Tang didn’t know of Zi Hong’s existence until now. Or did it?  Anyway, through their conversation, it seemed like Zhang Guo Tang and Hua Jie knew each other quite well, so it wasn’t just some loose connection that he managed to find of recent. Then their conversation moved toward Zi Hong. Hua Jie was asking if Zhang Guo Tang really wanted to kill Zi Hong. Zhang Guo Tang said that seeking out Zi Hong would be dumb, but if he forced Zi Hong to go looking for him, it would be smarter. Hua Jie asked him what he meant. He said he wanted to use ‘Joy’ as the bait. Hua Jie seemed really worried and told Zhang Guo Tang not to hurt someone as kind and as pitiful as Jia Yuan. It seemed like she really cared for Jia Yuan or was she just worried about the debts not being paid off? But Zhang Guo Tang was asking if Hua Jie didn’t trust him. He said Jia Yuan wouldn’t be hurt. Because of Hua Jie’s persistence, it had roused Zhang Guo Tang up. He yelled out how two of his good brothers were dead already and it was only right that he avenged them. Those two had ended up going to prison for him and he didn’t get the chance to pay them back for it yet they were dead already. He owed it up to them.

Zi Yan and Dong Han were having a little night meeting. She was asking him if he’d believed Zi Hong. He did. She asked him why, but he didn’t answer. Not exactly. He pointed out that she also believed him. She admitted it. He wanted to listen to her reasoning. She said she just believed so, lol. Then they were mocking each other, lol. She was teasing him, saying how he looked a lot cuter when he smiled so he should smile more. Their little romantic get together was soon interrupted by Yong Mei’s text to Zi Yan, asking where Dong Han was. Yong Mei then asked if Zi Yan was busy. The upcoming messages said it was all right if Zi Yan was busy because Zi Yan could just message her when Zi Yan wasn’t as busy. Yong Mei disclosed that she met a really cute kid earlier that day, and wanted to tell them about it, etc. Dong Han wasn’t the least bit amused by the situation. In fact, he seemed upset. Zi Yan, on the other hand, was a bit amused by it since she read the messages. But it wasn’t like she was oblivious to Dong Han’s moods. She nudged him and asked if he was upset. He said it was nothing before getting up to leave. She called him back, saying if he wasn’t going to respond to Yong Mei, she would. He said it was up to her before heading off. She smiled.

Zi Hong finally sought out Jia Yuan to talk. She started first, saying that she’d already heard all the thanks so she didn’t need to hear it from him too. Soon, they found a spot to sit down. Jia Yuan told Zi Hong that she was going to go with the Japanese guy for half a year. He had agreed to let Xuan Xuan come along as well so after that half a year, she was free to start anew again. Zi Hong finally spoke up, telling her that she was his sister. She said she knew, but he said she didn’t know. He soon launched into explaining to her of their relation. Jia Yuan’s father initially came to the foster home and sought out Zi Hong, wanting to adopt him. The man thought that Zi Hong’s mother still had some money left, but after learning that there wasn’t much, he left. Jia Yuan had to admit that sounded like what her father would do. Zi Hong said because of the man, he found out about Jia Yuan and Xuan Xuan. Zi Hong then gave Jia Yuan a photo of his mother and him when he was younger. He asked her who that was. She said it was Xuan Xuan. Zi Hong corrected her by saying that was him, and the lady in the picture was his mother. He disclosed more to her about his childhood nickname, etc. She couldn’t believe it. He said his reaction when he first saw Xuan Xuan was the same as hers. He said if they weren’t blood relations, Xuan Xuan wouldn’t look so much like him. She asked him why he didn’t tell her sooner. He hesitated a bit before saying he didn’t dare to. She asked why. He said it was because he wanted to seek out Zhang Guo Tang. If Zhang Guo Tang knew her link to him, she would definitely be in danger. She said so it was all to protect her. He said he thought so yet he realized that he was wrong because he had caused greater pain toward her. Jia Yuan asked him if he was just joking with her at the moment. He said he wasn’t messing around. She finally understood why he cared so much for her all along. She returned the wallet to him before getting up to leave. She stopped and mumbled about how it was just caring for her (because of their relation) and not because of liking her, and that she understood why she couldn’t like him. She finally broke down and tearfully confessed of her initial sin. She said she thought if one day Zi Hong and Miao Miao broke up, she could still wait until Zi Hong healed and started over, so she could accompany him. Yet now even that little hope (even if it was wrong to think so) had turned into nothing. Jia Yuan finally turned around to face Zi Hong again, saying that their father had left a long time ago already, but if Xuan Xuan knew that he still had a brother who was his favorite teacher, he would be very happy. But what about her? She chided him for being cruel before leaving at last. (Because she rather he came up with a more unbelievable lie than telling her this truth.) Zi Hong soon called her up (almost like that one time when she called him up to talk). He said that he was dumb, not knowing what to say, but he asked her not to go to Japan with that one dude. She said there was no other way. He said he was worried for hers and Xuan Xuan’s safety, considering how she went to the police station so Zhang Guo Tang must have known. She said it was all right because Hua Jie had a lot of people so they could protect her. She said Zhang Guo Tang wouldn’t chase her down in Japan, and that he should be the one taking caution. He said he would be fine. He said he would be waiting for her and Xuan Xuan’s return. He also told her not to wait for her father’s return anymore, that she and Xuan Xuan still have him and Miao Miao as family. She made sure that Miao Miao was all right with that before saying that she would think it over. Then they hung up.

When Zi Hong returned home, he found Dong Han waiting for him. He was wondering if Dong Han was there to protect him or spy on him. Dong Han said both, so Zi Hong teased him for being too honest, having no future. Joking aside, Dong Han said he heard Miao Miao say Zi Hong was looking for him. Zi Hong invited him inside before having the talk. Dong Han confessed that he actually wanted to seek out Zi Hong a long time already. He wanted Zi Hong to listen to a song. He played the clip from “The New World” (新世界). After a while, it finally clicked in for Zi Hong, considering how it wasn’t one of the clips that they’d acquired from the cards or anything. Zi Hong finally blurted out “Xi Shuai.” Dong Han said that he knew Zi Hong still remembered the song because he still remembered. Zi Hong ended up hugging Dong Han. Indeed, it was a touching reunion for them. It had been 20 years already. It wasn’t like how it was with Miao Miao, and how he tracked her down ages back already. Zi Hong finally let go of Dong Han and asked about Dong Han’s well being all these years. Dong Han said he was fine. Zi Hong said he’d been looking for them all these years but couldn’t find them. Dong Han admitted that he’d been looking for them too. Zi Hong asked Dong Han about Xiao Cao. Dong Han disclosed that she wasn’t with him, but he tried to track her down. He only heard that she was quite well off, but wasn’t able to track down her current name or her whereabouts. He also heard that she didn’t want to be disturbed. He didn’t know what that meant, but he soon took out a note that Xiao Cao had sent along through someone to him. Those words came from a poem or some kind of idiom. Another phrase followed it, which indicated that she didn’t want to be reminded of the past. After some choked up feelings, Zi Hong told Dong Han what happened when he realized his mother didn’t recognize him. He reassured himself that he still had Xi Shuai and Xiao Cao yet when he returned to the foster home, they were already gone. He apologized for not keeping his promise. Dong Han told him it wasn’t his responsibility, because he said he also promised Xiao Cao yet he wasn’t able to carry out that promise either. Then they were back to deciphering Xiao Cao’s message. Zi Hong wondered if she hated them, because of the broken promise. Dong Han said he didn’t know, and that he didn’t care what she thought. He said they were still very little then and couldn’t control much of anything, even their names. Yet now they were all grown up, so it didn’t matter if Xiao Cao didn’t want to be part of them, there were still the three of them.

So it was only right that Zi Hong took Dong Han to see Miao Miao. Of course, Miao Miao didn’t know what was going on when Zi Hong told her he wanted her to see an old friend. But then Dong Han took out the pinwheel that Miao Miao recognized it. Dong Han soon told her about the first day he arrived and how he spotted her, etc. It was then that Miao Miao dared to hope and believe that the person standing in front of her was one of her childhood friends. She then asked him about the wooden tags. He admitted that he was the one hanging the wooden tags on the trees. She finally hugged him, blurting out that she really missed him, missed all of them. So after that emotional reunion, Miao Miao settled down to play with her pinwheel while the guys watched. After that, she turned to chide both guys for being petty, not even disclosing their whereabouts or even gave her a clue. Dong Han apologized to her yet she said she was happy to know he was Xi Shuai. Miao Miao was just pondering why Dong Han had to keep the secret. Before Dong Han could answer, his phone vibrated. The call was from Yong Mei. He excused himself yet Zi Hong stopped him, saying that he also wanted to know regarding Miao Miao’s question. Dong Han said that even the special team didn’t know about his true identity, asking them to keep it a secret for him. He then turned to Zi Hong with a serious look, saying that what Zi Hong wanted, he also wanted. Yup, Zhang Guo Tang. It wasn’t just Zhang Guo Tang though, because Dong Han stated that Zhang Guo Tang was just a little pawn. There had to be someone behind him, giving the commands. So that was Dong Han’s target. Yet Dong Han told Zi Hong to be even more careful because he said he had a gun and Zi Hong didn’t. It was also because Zi Hong had become bait, and he wasn’t. He once again told Zi Hong to be careful before leaving. Miao Miao got up from her seat after Dong Han left and told Zi Hong of her suspicions, saying how Dong Han had initially told her to not worry since Zi Hong was innocent. Miao Miao was pondering how Dong Han could be so sure. Zi Hong was really thinking it over.

Dong Han finally went to see Yong Mei. She asked why he didn’t pick up or return her text messages. He told her that if she had anything to say, she should say it quickly since he only had a minute. Yet she said that Chen Jie said otherwise, but he cut her off before she could go on any further. After a little staring, she asked him what was wrong. He said that it was all right that she didn’t understand the first time around since he could just tell her the second time and also the last time. He said that he was a very dangerous person, dangerous to the point that she couldn’t even imagine. He continued by saying that there was no relationship or no any type of new beginning for them regardless, whether at the present or the future. He told her not to contact him anymore, whether it was through calling or messaging him. Most importantly, she shouldn’t use his superiors to pressure him into showing up like today. Then he left.

Then the unpredictable came. Or more like it was inevitable, considering what happened previously. Zhang Guo Tang and his henchman finally sought Jia Yuan out. After Zhang Guo Tang introduced himself, Jia Yuan pretended to not knowing him by making light conversation. She asked if they had somehow met before. He said they hadn’t. She then asked if he was Hua Jie’s friend. He said they were old friends. He then assured her that they wouldn’t hurt her. Elsewhere, Zi Hong and Miao Miao were talking. Zi Hong mentioned his conversation with Jia Yuan. Miao Miao was so happy–if Jia Yuan were to agree with them. Then Zi Hong looked across the streets, where Chen Jie and Ah Gang were spying in their car. Then back in the other car, Jia Yuan finally mustered up the courage to ask Zhang Guo Tang where they were going. He said that when they arrived, she would know. She, of course, couldn’t wait. She made up an excuse with needing to use the restroom, asking if he could stop at the next gas station. They did stop at a gas station, but Zhang Guo Tang had given her a warning. He told her that Hua Jie really liked her so she shouldn’t call the cops or try to run. She said she knew. He wasn’t so trusting–and told her to leave her cell phone behind. And it wasn’t like he became trusting then because he had let one of the henchmen followed her inside. Then they were back after a few minutes. She actually thanked them and apologized for the inconvenience. On the way, she asked Zhang Guo Tang if he wanted to go after Zi Hong. No one answered, not even Paul (the guy who was in charge of watching her). Her expression told them that she didn’t care. Or if they took the time to glance. Because what she did next was more shocking than any one of them could imagine. She had opened the car door abruptly and tossed herself out. Paul yelled for the driver to stop the car, but they were too late. When they got out, some other drivers on the road had stopped and tended to Jia Yuan. She was severely injured by the looks of it. Paul wanted to take a shot, but Zhang Guo Tang stopped him, telling him to go. The drivers had started calling for help. They needed to leave immediately. So while Zi Hong and Miao Miao were questioning a shop-owner, Xiao He called Chen Jie and told him to tell Zi Hong regarding Jia Yuan’s matter. Chen Jie had no choice but to expose himself and rushed to tell Zi Hong and Miao Miao of the news.

They all met up at the hospital. Dong Han was actually there before, talking to the doctor about the situation. When the others arrived, he had to tell them of the news. They definitely had to do an operation for Jia Yuan, and Zi Hong and Miao Miao were just in time. Jia Yuan was awake and actually got to talk to them. Jia Yuan said that she just had a dream of her father returning and that Xuan Xuan was really happy. Then she said if she didn’t make it, don’t let Xuan Xuan know. She said to only let Xuan Xuan know of Zi Hong’s identity. Zi Hong told her that she would be fine and that Xuan Xuan would be waiting for her return.

Meanwhile, the others were discussing the case. Chief Zheng was asking if it was Zhang Guo Tang. Zi Yan said it wasn’t confirmed since the people who found Jia Yuan couldn’t be sure, considering the distance. Soon, Chief Zheng received a call. The others waited until he was done before asking. Chief Zheng hesitated before saying that the call was from Dong Han. The operation ended already, but Jia Yuan didn’t make it. Tragic indeed. Chief Zheng blamed himself for his inability to seek out Zhang Guo Tang thus causing more people to be hurt. The others could only watch in silence as Chief Zheng walked away.

Then Dong Han had to break the tragic news to Zi Hong and Miao Miao at the hospital. After that, Dong Han handed Zi Hong a bag containing a cell phone. Dong Han asked if the others wanted to open it to see if Jia Yuan had left anything behind. Zi Hong said it could wait since they needed to pick Xuan Xuan up from school. And Jia Yuan indeed left them a message on her cell phone. (The tricky thing was how she handed over the cell phone cover earlier so it might look like there was something in there but there actually wasn’t.) She left a video clip that she had filmed while she was in the restroom. They watched the clip while waiting in front of Xuan Xuan’s classroom. Xuan Xuan was still inside singing with the others so they were safe. Jia Yuan, in the clip, told them that she agreed with their arrangement of being a family so they couldn’t take it back. Yet she had said that if she didn’t make it, she told them not to tell Xuan Xuan. She wanted them to take the grass necklace and give it to Xuan Xuan, saying that she had traveled to a faraway place already. After a few more words and the mentioning of her helping them this time so they were even with how they would help her with watching over Xuan Xuan, she signed off. They took Xuan Xuan to Yong Mei’s house, but only temporarily since Zi Hong said after they were done taking care of stuff, they would come and pick Xuan Xuan up. Yong Mei promised to look after Xuan Xuan, but told Zi Hong not to let Miao Miao worry, telling him to let go of his revenge plan. He didn’t say anything but just left.

When Zi Hong came out, Dong Han was sitting in the car waiting for him. Dong Han told Zi Hong not to worry since Chief Zheng had already sent someone to Zi Hong’s house to protect his father. When Dong Han asked Zi hong of his upcoming plans, Zi Hong responded with taking care of the necessary steps for Jia Yuan and Xuan Xuan, etc. Dong Han said that Zi Hong knew he wasn’t asking about that. Zi Hong asked Dong Han which identity was Dong Han using to ask him, Xi Shuai or Liu Dong Han. Dong Han replied as both. Zi Hong told him not to ask since he didn’t want to put Dong Han into a hard spot. Zi Hong was about to walk away but Dong Han told him that someone wanted to see him. Zi Hong turned around to ask who, but Dong Han said that Zi Hong would know tomorrow when he saw that person. He said it was very important before waving Zi Hong off. After Zi Hong left, Zi Yan arrived. She got out of the car and spotted him, so she sent him a smile. He returned the smile before rolling his window up and driving away.

Inside, they were talking about Dong Han while somewhat watching Xuan Xuan nearby, playing with one of the maids. Yong Mei was obviously upset that Dong Han didn’t come in. Miao Miao tried to comfort Yong Mei, saying that she tried to get Dong Han to come in yet he didn’t. Yong Mei said that she was going to tell him something important yet he didn’t give her a chance. That got Zi Yan worried. What was she supposed to do?

*All images were captured by DTLCT

The New World: Episode 10

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

Unlike what happened last time, Zi Hong told his father to stop it. He tried to calmly talk to the police officers this time, not just attacking and defending his father like previously. Or was it because he was doing suspicious activities so he was just trying to ease things a bit? Chen Jie had to flash out the warrant once again to show that they had legitimate reasons to come. But as Ah Gang was telling Mr. Shen to lower his stick, they were once again in some hectic bantering. Zi Hong finally yelled for both to stop. After some more staring and hesitation from both parties, Zi Hong raised his hands up and surrendered. Mr. Shen was in a frenzy again, telling Zi Hong that he didn’t do anything wrong so he shouldn’t follow the police officers. However, Zi Hong reasoned that because he was innocent, he would return home soon. Then he turned to others, asking if they were going to arrest him–or wait for him to regret (aka fighting back). So Chen Jie signaled the others to move in. After the arrest, they searched the house, especially Zi Hong’s room. Chen Jie reported back saying that Zi Hong didn’t resist arrest or anything. Zi Yan and Dong Han were still seen deep in thoughts–with Dong Han worrying tenfold more. Chen Jie said that it didn’t seem right. While they were sorting out the matter and how Xiao He was reporting back to their boss about the successful arrest, Dong Han left the room. Zi Yan had been eyeing him suspiciously so once he left, she followed, knowing something was definitely up. On the other hand, Mr. Shen called Miao Miao up after Zi Hong bid him goodbye and reassured him he was going to be all right. Miao Miao asked if Zi Hong had been hurt, which Mr. Shen reassured her that Zi Hong hadn’t. She said she was going to contact Yong Mei. However, when she got off the phone with Mr. Shen, he asked for her grandpa’s help. Then back on Zi Yan and Dong Han’s front, Zi Yan was rushing after Dong Han, asking him stuffs. Like how he was unusually concerned for Zi Hong. He said nothing but his pace was increasing even more.

Yet they finally met up at Yong Mei’s place with Chairman Jiang also present. Yes, Mr. Shen had also come. It was like how Miao Miao had promised Mr. Shen on the phone, meeting up with the pair of grandpa and granddaughter to discuss the matter and help Zi Hong’s case. Miao Miao launched into blaming herself for what happened. If it wasn’t for her, Zi Hong would have left already and wouldn’t be stuck here and get caught, etc. As Yong Mei comforted her, Mr. Shen spoke up to tell her not to say those words. He said he had to thank her for convincing Zi Hong to return home. Now it was up to Chairman Jiang to help. (Seriously? I feel like throwing up already. Not in my mouth, of course since I never get that phrase since it would be too gross to throw up in your mouth. These people. Always yelling at others yet can’t see anything wrong with using connections to push down on the cops to get what they wanted. Well, I got it they were worried for their families, friends, etc. But what made it sickening and ironic was how they always told the cops to investigate, etc but when it didn’t come out like how they wanted, they used different means to twist things toward their benefits.) Yong Mei tried to use her chiding to get her grandpa to budge. He reasoned that Yong Mei and her mother shouldn’t be involved yet he could. And it seemed too funny that Yong Mei didn’t like it that others were leaning on her and trying to get to her father by kissing up to her. YET when she wanted some stuff to go her way, she didn’t hesitate to use her father’s connections. So how could she be upset when others do that? Anyway, after some more exchanges, Chairman Jiang promised that he would sort it out, telling Mr. Shen and Miao Miao not to be worried.

Meanwhile, at the police station, Head Commissioner Luo had arrived and told Chief Zheng he wasn’t there to cause some pressures for them but was just checking in. So they proceeded to the interrogation room, stopping outside along with the others to watch and listen in while Chen Jie interrogated Zi Hong. Zi Hong said he was just passing by when asked why he was around the area during the time of the crime. What really got Zi Hong was when Chen Jie whipped out the fragments of the burned music cards that Zi Hong had destroyed previously. The search team had managed to retrieve those items. And then Head Councilman Luo went back to the Luo resident to report to the others. Miao Miao asked if she and Mr. Shen could see Zi Hong. Head Councilman Luo said that because of the seriousness of the situation, no one could see Zi Hong. Even Yang Yong Zhao knew it was too serious. Head Councilman Luo also said that he didn’t want to put Chief Zheng in a hard spot so he didn’t insist. It seemed hopeless with them. (Why are they acting all pitiful? The cops were just trying to do their jobs here.)

That night, Yong Mei texted Dong Han, asking for help. (Seriously?) She said that Miao Miao just left her place, and she was still worried for Miao Miao. She went on to say that Miao Miao was her only friend–and that helping Miao Miao was like helping her. She continued by saying if it was because she wasn’t anything to him hence him not wanting to help. Then she played the pitiful ploy by saying how it seemed so hopeless that he didn’t even say a word to her. She told him not to be like that. She said she wanted to know where he was and what he was thinking.

Then the scene zoomed to Jia Yuan. She was drying her hair and was barely paying attention to the news at first. Yet what caught her attention was the one regarding Zi Hong. She soon opened a drawer and retrieved the cards she’d received many times before. So the next day, she dropped her brother off and had asked him to go straight to a friend’s house that day. She wasn’t going to pick him up so he had every right to ask. She told him not to ask, and even chided him when he asked why she was dressing so pretty that day.

The predictable occurred. Jia Yuan went to the police station to give her statements. Chief Zheng and Yang Yong Zhao asked Miao Miao to come in and identify Jia Yuan and her relation to Zi Hong. Miao Miao asked what was up yet her grandpa told her to listen first. So inside the interrogation room, Chen Jie finally began. The basic questions came out first, of course. Then came the important ones, especially the one about Jia Yuan saying that she was with Zi Hong during those two times the crimes were committed. She confirmed that those two days she was with him. Chen Jie said how it was such coincidences. Jia Yuan said it wasn’t just those two days. She implied that they’d been carrying on a certain relationship. Chen Jie had to go back outside to verify Jia Yuan’s statement so she was told to wait. Zi Yan said that Jia Yuan got along quite well with her coworkers. When Chen Jie asked about Jia Yuan’s relation with Zi Hong, Dong Han said that they were good friends, not dating or anything like that. Chen Jie said that if they’d gone to the motel like how Jia Yuan had said, no one could really confirm – at least not their coworkers. Ah Gang soon entered and told the others that the person named Ah Hu that Jia Yuan mentioned earlier had confirmed that Zi Hong and Jia Yuan were indeed together those two times. Chief Zheng said if it was too easy, but Ah Gang said it didn’t seem like so. They managed to get the logbook from Ah Hu and checked. Ah Gang explained that J + K in the logs were shorthanded versions of Jia Yuan and Zi Hong, because the others wanted to keep a secret so they didn’t use their real names. Zi Yan said that Ah Gang was a cop, why would the others cooperate, considering how he said they were trying to keep it all a secret? Ah Gang said he told Ah Hu to tell him or he could ask Hua Jie. Chen Jie didn’t get it. Chief Zheng jumped in to explain that part because the others weren’t locals so they didn’t know who Hua Jie was and her nature of ‘business’. It took a while for the others to get it, considering how some of the others weren’t locals. Ah Gang finally said it out that J was for Jia Yuan’s name in the biz, known as Joy. Jia Yuan was a call girl under Hua Jie.

So back in the interrogation room. This time, Chief Zheng joined Chen Jie to question Jia Yuan. She asked if they had already confirmed the details. Chief Zheng said that he couldn’t believe it that Zi Hong wouldn’t say anything. Jia Yuan said that things like these, how could he? Chief Zheng said that Zi Hong was facing a possible death sentence so he had to say it to save himself. Yet Jia Yuan disagreed, and asked if Chief Zheng was accused of a crime like that, would he dare say it when his wife could possibly be standing on the other side to listen? Chen Jie told Jia Yuan to be careful with her words yet Chief Zheng stopped Chen Jie. Jia Yuan then retrieved a lip gloss from her bag before getting up to apply it using the mirror as a guide. Then she asked if Miao Miao was on the other side. She said it was all right that Miao Miao wanted to fire her for it because she was no longer suitable for that type of job anyway. Then she went back to her seat, saying that Miao Miao was Zi Hong’s real girlfriend. So of course, if Zi Hong knew Miao Miao was standing on the other side to watch, he wouldn’t admit that he had anything to do with a call girl – even if it would cause his life. Chief Zheng soon asked if Zi Hong had paid Jia Yuan. Jia Yuan said he did but she didn’t want his money. She said because she liked him yet he didn’t like her. She apologized to Miao Miao again. Chief Zheng changed tactics, he said he heard she had a brother and really cared for him, what would happen if the kid knew about what was going on? It indeed was effective with rousing Jia Yuan up. He said that he wouldn’t take actions (like releasing to the news about her or possibly letting her brother listen to the recorded segment of what they just said), but if Jia Yuan didn’t cooperate, he would go to such extremes. Jia Yuan said she wasn’t lying. Chief Zheng got up around then, telling Chen Jie to go find Jia Yuan’s brother. Jia Yuan got up also, pleading with Chief Zheng to not drag her brother in. Chief Zheng said who was he supposed to plead then. He launched into saying that each day everyone was pleading to him, citizens begged him to seek justice for them, his superiors wanted to ask for favors, etc. Everyone had their wants and needs. He said that she was selling her body and he was selling his soul, and that was the only difference between them. (Indeed, I love this part, even if poor Jia Yuan had to endure it because seriously, it zoomed to the others outside. Everyone was putting him in a hard spot yet never considered his feelings or duties.) Chief Zheng repeated his words with not wanting to give Jia Yuan a hard time initially, but she was putting him in a hard spot too. He gave Jia Yuan a ten-minutes deadline to think things over and tell the truth before he had to resort to extreme measures. Back outside, Chairman Jiang wanted to leave to talk to Chief Zheng. Yang Yong Zhao turned to ask Miao Miao if she was all right. She said she was fine and told them to leave first. They did. Miao Miao called Jia Yuan up and Jia Yuan apologized again yet Miao Miao said she and Zi Hong had to thank Jia Yuan, and that Jia Yuan didn’t need to explain. She told Jia Yuan to go up to the mirror, she tried to do the hand on the mirror thing and told Jia Yuan that she would take care of the Xuan Xuan matter, telling Jia Yuan to trust her.

And it seemed like what Chief Zheng said didn’t matter anyway and that he was wasting his breath. Since someone was still pressuring him to release Zi Hong. Chief Zheng said that the girl (Jia Yuan) was obviously lying. Chairman Jiang said that there were indeed lies and truths yet there were also lying for the good. So he said it was easier to live with by closing one eye and opening one eye. (Really? I swear if I was Chief Zheng, I would’ve quit already and let them do what the hell ever. It’s not a 5-star hotel, why should he cater to their requests? Yet if he didn’t, his job would be at a threat.) Chief Zheng said it wasn’t some small cases but it was a matter of some lives being lost.

Miao Miao sought out Zi Yan and Dong Han for help. She said that Zi Hong indeed made those cards yet he meant to send a message to Zhang Guo Tang. Miao Miao went on to say how she’d gone with Zi Hong to seek out Zhang Guo Tang at times as well. After some more convincing, Zi Yan said that she would call and check up on that. While Zi Yan was on the phone with Xiao He, telling him to verify some stuff, Dong Han asked if Miao Miao and Zi Hong were really dating. Miao Miao asked him if she wasn’t supposed to. He actually laughed and said that he thought they should be together already. Miao Miao said she only wanted this matter to be over with and behind them. Dong Han reassured Miao Miao and said that Zi Hong would be fine since he was innocent. Miao Miao asked him how could he be so sure. He said he believed so, and told Miao Miao not to worry. Soon, Miao Miao received a call from Mr. Shen, saying he found a receipt for a shop on a certain day. It seemed hopeful. She told him to wait for her, and that she would come right away. After getting off the phone, she asked Dong Han to accompany her somewhere. And then back inside, Chairman Jiang told Chief Zheng to release Zi Hong. Chief Zheng turned to Head Councilman Luo to ask if that was his order. Head Councilman Luo said he wasn’t going to give Chief Zheng any pressure. Chief Zheng had to ask once more if it wasn’t an order and that he could turn the request down. Having Head Councilman Luo’s words, Chief Zheng declared that he rejected the request, which had turned Chairman Jiang’s smile upside down. Then it was back outside again, Xiao He was saying it was so hard to track since it had been a while yet Zi Yan flattered Xiao He by saying that there were many obstacles in this world, but she didn’t believe it could stop Xiao He. And that had worked, both ways actually. Xiao He was happy to hear her compliment, but he had also managed to retrieve some valuable information. Back inside, Chairman Jiang was saying how Chief Zheng wasn’t giving him any face. Chief Zheng went on with saying how was it so simple that Chairman Jiang was saving Zi Hong because Zi Hong was Mr. Shen’s son or was it because Zi Hong was acting on Chairman Jiang’s orders. That not only riled up Chairman Jiang but also Head Councilman Luo. Chief Zheng said that Head Councilman Luo was his superior, but there were also others above them, which he had to answer. Head Councilman Luo asked if Chief Zheng was trying to pressure him. Chief Zheng said it wasn’t so. But he said because how Chairman Jiang was the head councilman’s father in law so they couldn’t investigate or ask all the necessary questions thus dragging it out already. He only needed answers to exhaust out all leads. Chief Zheng soon excused himself, saying that Jia Yuan was waiting for him. He didn’t care if the head councilman was calling him this time, or how upset the latter was. Then it was back to Zi Yan and Xiao He. Xiao He found out the clip where Zi Hong was during one of the crimes. It proved that he was too far away–and that he was wearing a different color hoodie. Zi Yan was so happy–and told Xiao He to send her a picture.

After Dong Han and Miao Miao went to a convenience store to find the video clip the day of the crime, the second one, they received a call from Xiao He. Dong Han and Zi Yan were also connected so they were on standby. But just before that though, Chief Zheng had returned to the interrogation room with Chen Jie and Ah Gang to ask Jia Yuan of her decision. She said she was telling truth so she didn’t need to say anything more. Chief Zheng told Chen Jie to go find her brother. So back to the other four on the phone, they shared the news of having found the clips already. Zi Yan said they should congratulate Xiao He first since he found some clips first. Miao Miao immediately thanked Xiao He. Yet Zi Yan said she was still suspicious of something. Dong Han asked her what. Zi Yan said that Zi Hong was very smart, so why didn’t he say it out with how he could be tracked. Dong Han turned to ask Miao Miao. She didn’t know either and said they should ask Zi Hong about it. Dong Han then said now it was a discussion about their internal stuff so Miao Miao thanked the others once more before hanging up. She was about to leave yet Dong Han called her back. She wasn’t leaving, not really. She was waiting for some news.

So their trip was unfruitful–because the mighty highnesses came in to sweep Xuan Xuan away, even throwing out the head commissioner’s name to give Chen Jie and Ah Gang some pressures. They had no choice but to call back to their boss. (Hey, I don’t agree that the police dragged the poor kid in either, BUT I hated that somehow those other snobs kept bringing in connections. No wonder Chen Jie hated those types of stuff.) Chen Jie told Chief Zheng that he suspected it was Miao Miao who had informed Mrs. Luo and Yong Mei hence the turnout. And after they were done with sweeping Xuan Xuan away, Yong Mei called Miao Miao up to report on her successful trip. So after the whole joking and whatnot, Miao Miao finally called Jia Yuan after hanging up with Yong Mei. Then it was the special team on the phone together. Chief Zheng said that even if it was so, Zi Hong could have changed his clothes and could have found a way to go to that one store to commit the crime and the time of death could vary, etc. There were still too many possibilities that couldn’t wipe out all of the suspicions. Dong Han said he understood but they could use that to their advantage. Chief Zheng asked what Dong Han meant. Dong Han explained that the news was already out, therefore, Zhang Guo Tang must have seen it already. Chief Zheng said, of course, there were only some exceptions that hadn’t been released to the public yet. Dong Han said if they released Zi Hong, what would happen. Chief Zheng said Zhang Guo Tang would hunt Zi Hong down. Dong Han said that was why they needed to use that to their advantage. Chief Zheng asked if Dong Han wanted to use Zi Hong as a bait to lure Zhang Guo Tang out. Xiao He jumped in to say that it would be too dangerous for Zi Hong. Dong Han confirmed but said it was the only way. Zi Yan said they could send a team out to protect Zi Hong yet could at the same time trap Zhang Guo Tang. After much thinking, Chief Zheng said that the stake was too high yet, on the other hand, the game of tug had been too long with Zhang Guo Tang in the dark and them in the light. He finally said the magic word.

Chief Zheng returned to the interrogation room again to release Jia Yuan. She smiled this time, asking him why he wasn’t smiling anymore. He told her that she was really lucky, having a lot of people helping her. Yet he told her that those things weren’t everlasting, suggesting her to leave Hua Jie. She asked him why was he meddling into her business. He reminded her that he already said they were alike, except that she was selling her body while he sold his soul. They were both mocked/looked down by others yet he said he didn’t have a choice while she still had. She should leave Hua Jie while she could, especially if she didn’t want her brother to find out about it. It was the only way she could save the last of her self-pride. She asked him why he was telling her that. He told her that when he was little, he was luckier than her brother, having a mother who took care of him, and also a sister who had sacrificed a lot for him. After telling her once again to think it over, he buttoned up his jacket and bowed to her, apologizing for his actions. Then he told her that Zi Hong was fine now so she could leave as well. He apologized one last time before leaving himself. So Jia Yuan left but was stopped outside by the head commissioner. He told her that her brother was at his house.

Zi Hong was finally released. Zi Yan told him to check his possessions before signing. After that, he was told that Chief Zheng was waiting for him. Chief Zheng said that a lot of people wanted to help Zi Hong, but that wasn’t the reason why he’d released Zi Hong. He said they did find two pictures that had proved Zi Hong’s innocence yet that wasn’t the reason for Zi Hong’s release either. He wanted Zi Hong’s help in luring out Zhang Guo Tang. Zi Hong responded that he wasn’t interested. Chief Zheng asked what Zi Hong was interested in. Chief Zheng asked him what his interests were, listing some items before stating revenge. Chief Zheng continued by saying how they’d suspected there was a third party in this matter, which was Zi Hong. He asked if Zi Hong wanted revenge for what happened 20 years ago or because of what happened to his mother. He asked how Zi Hong wanted to do that, an eye for an eye, blood for blood, etc. Chief Zheng said that Zi Hong had used his capabilities at the wrong spot, so Zi Hong returned with saying how he thought Chief Zheng was smart so he didn’t have to use his intelligence at the wrong spot either. Zi Yan told Zi Hong to watch his attitude, but Chief Zheng raised his hand up to stop Zi Yan. Zi Hong asked what would happen if he said no. Zi Yan said Chief Zheng already said it, it wasn’t a threat but it was a request. Zi Hong said it didn’t sound any different. Zi Yan repeated her suspicion from earlier, saying how it was strange that Zi Hong didn’t tell them about tracking his whereabouts. She pondered if he wanted Zhang Guo Tang to think the same so he didn’t clarify and didn’t fight back when he was arrested. Zi Hong smirked and said that Zi Yan was thinking too much. Zi Yan said perhaps she was thinking too much yet their goals were the same as luring Zhang Guo Tang out, therefore, they should join forces. Zi Hong asked if he could leave yet since his dad was waiting for him, etc. Chief Zheng said that if Zi Hong walked out, he would be dead meat. He said that they let him walked out so they were already treating him as bait to lure Zhang Guo Tang out. After he left, Chief Zheng mumbled stuff about Zi Hong being smart and seeing through their tactic. He asked Yang Yong Zhao for advice. Yang Yong Zhao said that Zi Hong had wanted it to be that way. Yet he was worried for his granddaughter. Chief Zheng told him not to worry, and turned to Zi Yan, telling her to keep an eye on Zi Hong from now on. So when Zi Hong left the station, he saw Dong Han and Miao Miao waiting for him. Miao Miao ran up to hug him after the initial teasing and taunting from both sides. Dong Han, of course, looked happy to see both had reunited. Another reunion took place elsewhere at that time, but at the Luo resident. Quite touching in its own way, because Jia Yuan was indeed glad her brother hadn’t found out who she really was, at least what she’d been through. Will she think seriously of Chief Zheng’s words or would she continue down the same path?

*All images were captured by DTLCT

The New World: Episode 9

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

So they proceeded with the plan. Or it seemed like there were no objections after Xiao He asked the question about them setting the trap. Ah Gang and Chen Jie were seen browsing the neighborhoods and trying to find new leads. They got out of the car and were on their way to take a look at this one location when Xiao He called Chen Jie, telling him there were new leads regarding Zhang Guo Tang’s whereabouts. Xiao He sent Chen Jie a picture before going over some details. After hearing all the crucial details, Chen Jie told Xiao He not to tell anyone. Xiao He asked him why not, but he told Xiao He not to ask at that time. After getting off the phone with Xiao He, he told Ah Gang that he was leaving. Ah Gang asked him what he was up to yet he told Ah Gang not to ask. He got in the car and left Ah Gang behind. Then it finally showed that Xiao He was in the control room with Zi Yan. The picture he said he managed to pull up of Zhang Guo Tang’s whereabouts and sent to Chen Jie was indeed created by him using merging techniques. That was the bait for Chen Jie. But poor Ah Gang had to tag Chen Jie on foot. He called Zi Yan to tell her of the situation. Zi Yan told him what happened and that Chen Jie indeed didn’t tell the others of the so-called discovery. She left the building to go to the location of the trap. She ensured that Ah Gang remembered of their agreed meeting place before getting ready herself. She picked up Ah Gang before both raced to the location to wait for Chen Jie.

So what did Chen Jie had to say when they finally confronted him? He actually shot down a mannequin they planted at the spot before seeing Zi Yan. Ah Gang came out to help Zi Yan after Zi Yan told Chen Jie to drop his weapon. Chen Jie, still protesting, told Zi Yan she had mistaken. Before Ah Gang could secure the location though, some gunmen stepped out. That was when things turned complicated again. Chen Jie yelled for the others not to shoot since they were all on the same side. Then he turned to scold at Zi Yan again. He asked Zi Yan if he was the mole, who was the other person. Zi Yan responded back by saying how she wouldn’t know. Chen Jie went ballistic and told the others to drop their weapons. Zi Yan told him to drop his first. After all the staring, Chen Jie finally signaled for the gunmen to lower their weapons before doing so himself. They also noticed some sounds from somewhere so Chen Jie spoke into his headset to call it off. Zi Yan asked who the other gunmen were but Chen Jie didn’t respond. He soon went over to check on the person who just got shot. Zi Yan and Ah Gang finally lowered their weapons and followed. Chen Jie told them it was a mannequin. He said so they were the ones who set it up. Then he told them to follow him if they wanted to know everything.

Well, they did find out stuff from their boss. But they also got a good scolding for interfering. It was Yang Yong Zhao’s plan. They were keeping secrets on purpose. After the scolding, Chief Zheng told Chen Jie to tell them what happened. Chen Jie said after Xiao He informed him of the information, he informed their boss and then went with another special team to the location to set up. Well, before that, he had stalked someone they suspected within another department to be leaking out some information. She indeed informed their boss as well before rushing somewhere. When Chen Jie got there with the special team, he separated with them to search for Liu Yu Ying (the suspect). So it was she who shot the mannequin, not Chen Jie. (It was too fast so I didn’t notice the difference.) After Chen Jie recounted the whole story, he said that the other two almost blew their operation. Ah Gang mumbled that he didn’t know. Chen Jie went on to recount that some members of the other special team had managed to capture Liu Yu Ying. Chief Zheng asked since the mole was already captured, did the other two have anything else to say. Zi Yan mumbled no. Chief Zheng said that he would find a time to teach the other two a lesson. Before leaving, he reminded them that they owed Chen Jie an apology. Chen Jie left after seeing the other two not really saying anything. Chief Zheng and Chen Jie were watching outside the interrogation room while Yang Yong Zhao was in there questioning Liu Yu Ying. She was in tears and kept saying how she didn’t know stuff regarding Zhang Guo Tang’s whereabouts or motives. She only admitted to doing all the spying because of money. She also said she didn’t realize Zhang Guo Tang wanted to harm Miao Miao and asked Yang Yong Zhao to send words of apologies to Miao Miao. Chen Jie asked Chief Zheng if she was telling the truth. Chief Zheng said she might be.

When Chen Jie came back out to the main area, the others were waiting for him. Chen Jie said that he knew he owed them an apology. He shouldn’t have suspected Dong Han, and it wasn’t too late to make up for it since it was fortunate that Dong Han was still alive. He went on to say that it was always the same, he was considered a weirdo in other people’s eyes wherever he went. He said he wasn’t like everyone, acting like brothers, because he had his own perspective. He’d also seen a lot with how regardless of people, they all wanted money. So it didn’t make a difference if that person was a cop or not. (It was indeed true with Liu Yu Ying.) It didn’t matter if it was his own brother. He didn’t care if the others scolded him or hated him. After saying that, he left. Yet Zi Yan extended her hand out to stop him, saying her apologies at last. Even Xiao He joined in. Ah Gang saluted Chen Jie and said he wouldn’t dare to do such things again in the future. Chen Jie asked him if there was going to be a ‘next time’. (LOL!) Then he left. It was also around that time that Zi Yan remembered back to her conversation with Chief Zheng earlier. He told her of Chen Jie’s background, and how Chen Jie’s brother had accepted some money regarding some other case. Chen Jie was the one who captured his brother so he couldn’t even return home anymore, considering how his family had blamed him for it, regardless of matters. That was the reason why Chief Zheng trusted Chen Jie so much.

On the other hand, Miao Miao called a meeting with Zi Hong. She wanted to help him with the investigation, not wanting him to brush her aside. She managed to convince her grandfather not to have the police officers follow her. So they were on the road and discussing the matter. They were unfruitful on some matters but they also had fun spending some time together. After all, it was a time they didn’t need to be watched by the others so closely. And yes, Miao Miao already learned of the other lady’s betrayal from her grandpa. Yet she was still encouraged to treat the other party like an important person, like a close person to them. (No wonder Chen Jie got banned for life and was put to death by his family for such arrest. It was like those thoughts that made it okay to commit some crimes and still be accepted. Well, I got where they were coming from, but that made it so hard to be doing the right things.)

So the day finally came when Head Commissioner Luo and his family came to show their gratitude to Dong Han and his mother. Head Commissioner Luo apologized that they didn’t come earlier, but they wanted to make sure he was in a well enough condition to be able to hear them thank him. He turned to his wife and waited for her to speak up. She finally showed signs of humanity and thanked Dong Han for what he did. She said she was also representing her husband and her father in saying those words of gratitude to him. She also wanted to apologize to him, and that was just herself saying it. She said when Zi Yan came to their house that one time, saying that they would use their lives to protect Yong Mei, she didn’t believe them. Yet now she believed. She also asked him to understand her situation–with worrying for her daughter’s safety as well as her father’s safety. She asked him to forgive her. Dong Han finally spoke up and said that she didn’t need to apologize because he didn’t mind at all. Then they left. Actually, only Head Commissioner Luo and his wife left. Yong Mei wanted to stay behind to chat with Dong Han so Zi Yan was asked to stay behind and wait for her. And Zi Yan was about to open the door, at least her hand was on the handle, but she didn’t in the end. Yong Mei wanted to apologize to Dong Han for what happened previously. He said it wasn’t anyone’s fault, because it was his job. He said what she said the other day, he wanted to say no. She said they could always start at ground zero. So she pulled the curtain back to give them some privacy. He told her that he was a very dangerous person, and he would leave after the current mission was done. The scene zoomed to Zi Yan standing outside waiting after some more words were exchanged.

Miao Miao and Zi Hong were discussing the song “The New World” and Miao Miao was pondering why Zi Hong’s mother had chosen that song. Zi Hong suspected it had to do with his father. He never knew who his father was, and had grown up with many hardships and criticisms from others. He also wanted to find out who his father was at one point but didn’t in the end. He said regardless, his only father was Shen You Fu. Miao Miao pondered the significance of the music box. Zi Hong said it was probably a gift from that person. She moved on to ponder about the number of secrets that Zi Hong still kept from her. He said he would tell her one day. She wanted to set some scores with him, mostly about past relationships, etc.

Dong Han finally returned to the headquarter and found Chen Jie sitting on the steps waiting for him. He wanted to ignore Chen Jie but Chen Jie got up and approached him. He asked if Dong Han knew about the capture of the mole already. Dong Han said he heard. Chen Jie said he wanted to apologize for his previous actions. Dong Han didn’t respond so Chen Jie asked if that meant Dong Han didn’t accept his apology. After some hard staring, Dong Han extended his hand to Chen Jie. Chen Jie hesitated a bit before clapping it to Dong Han’s, smiling. It was like they were finally on the same team. Then elsewhere as Ah Gang was on surveillance of that one shop, the shop-owner received a card. Then he was killed within seconds later. Ah Gang and the other officer realized too late when a hooded man was seen leaving the shop in a hurry. Then to make things even worse, they lost the killer among the crowd.

A meeting was called after the crime scene investigation commenced. It was the same technique with the killing method and the card left behind at the scene. So this could be said as linking to the other killing incident. The difference was the three words “Zhang Guo Tang” placed on the card. After Chen Jie presented the details, Chief Zheng got up to present his views. He said since the beginning, there were two sides–theirs and Zhang Guo Tang–going against one another. Then a third group came into the picture. He suspected that it was Chairman Jiang yet Chairman Jiang had denied. If that person wasn’t from Charmain Jiang, who was it? Xiao He said that the technological aspects had been destroyed and the killer was very cautious in not getting caught on the cameras so it could be said that the other person was someone who was very knowledgeable in technology. So they were back to thinking of possibilities again. However, Dong Han was suspiciously in deep thoughts. Chief Zheng encouraged them to find another way to figure this out and said that the card was their only piece of evidence that could lead them to something else. Ah Gang wanted to be the one searching for more information yet Xiao He pointed out it might be better to go out and ask citizens than just searching aimlessly. Zi Yan agreed yet Dong Han said what if it would cause the killer to go into hiding. Zi Yan said it was a worthwhile gamble. After her reasoning, Chief Zheng asked Chen Jie and Chen Jie agreed. So they proceeded with that plan.

After the meeting, Dong Han chased after Zi Yan and tried to strike up a conversation with her. He asked her what was up and she said nothing. He said it seemed like she wasn’t too happy. She said it wasn’t so, because she was just seeing it as a situation, not aiming at anyone with the earlier discussion. She told him not to think too much of the matter. He said if that was what she wanted, then all right. She couldn’t stand it anymore and turned around to call him back. She told him that Yong Mei told her about their relationship already. He asked what did Yong Mei tell her. She said Yong Mei had said that it didn’t matter if Dong Han had turned her (Yong Mei) down, she (Yong Mei) won’t give up. He asked her if that had upset her. She said it wasn’t so. It was more like she’d never encountered such a situation before so she didn’t know if she could stand it. He said whenever she feels like she couldn’t stand it anymore, then she could yell out to stop it. She said it seemed like he didn’t care. He said it wasn’t important that he cared or not, it was up to her. She considered for a bit before agreeing. She walked toward him and ended up holding his hand. She said she only feared that she couldn’t keep away from him, and feared that he would end up liking Yong Mei and would accept Yong Mei’s confession. He said he wouldn’t accept it. Yet Zi Yan said that Yong Mei was not only the head commissioner daughter but was also very beautiful and had personality qualities such as…but Dong Han interrupted her and said it was all the same. He wouldn’t accept. Zi Yan finally smiled, asking him really. Then she said he shouldn’t blame her for thinking it, and said one of the memorable quotes in one of the trailers. She also said that she feared that Yong Mei’s parents would find out about it and the unlucky person would be him. He said he hoped that it wouldn’t happen either, but it didn’t matter if it would come to that. He just hoped that the mission would end soon and if the mission ended, that matter would end as well. Zi Yan questioned him again if he really didn’t feel touched or more like the least bit affected by it. He said that the person whom he really liked and cared for was her. Her smile was even brighter than before, and she hugged him. (Aww…lol.)

After the news release of the music card with Chief Zheng presenting some details and telling citizens to come forward if they knew of anything, Zi Hong was seen in his workshop, getting rid of the evidence. Previously, Miao Miao had also seen that same news clip while Zi Hong had heard of it at his workplace. While he was getting rid of all the news clips and pictures on the bulletin board, he received a call from Miao Miao. But he had to face his father first. Mr. Shen asked if Zi Hong was worried the police would investigate him hence the whole getting rid of all the suspicious items. Zi Hong nodded. He wanted to push forward with his plans, etc. He wanted to go find Zhang Guo Tang and questioned him about what happened 20 years ago. Mr. Shen said he knew, and that Zi Hong didn’t have to worry about his mother. Zi Hong could only utter words of gratitude. So afterward, Zi Hong went out to burn the evidence. He received another call. Two guesses. And back in the control center, Xiao He finally got a lead.

Zi Hong couldn’t avoid Miao Miao anymore so he went to the newspaper place to look for her. She asked him if he knew how long she’d looked for him. He said he knew. She talked about the news release from earlier that day. She asked if he did it. He said that he created the cards, but he didn’t kill that guy. He said if she didn’t believe him, he could leave. She grabbed onto him and said that she believed him. Yet she told him not to say stuff about leaving anymore, and she didn’t want to hear it. He promised. She asked him to tell her what was going on. He finally explained to her about the card and why he was making ’em, etc. He said that he wanted to send Zhang Guo Tang’s henchmen cards to lure Zhang Guo Tang out. Yet it seemed like he was always a step late. He told her that the reason why he didn’t pick up the phone all day long was because he was trying to get rid of the evidence. He said that from now on, he wasn’t just going against Zhang Guo Tang, but also the police. He said there were a lot of things he’d owed people, he couldn’t repay in this lifetime. He said he didn’t want to drag Miao Miao in either. Miao Miao told him not to say those words anymore, and stop trying to push her away once again. He said that the situation was getting too complicated and he would become the prime suspect so she should understand. She said she could get her grandfather to help, considering his position and that Chief Zheng usually listened to him. Zi Hong said it wasn’t that simple. Even if her grandfather agreed to help, what would the others say? They would be saying stuff like he was helping or making an exception because of his granddaughter, etc. She still stuck with the conclusion that he was trying to push her away. He said he didn’t want to leave her but considering the situation, they should separate for a while. He told her not to be like that anymore. She didn’t want to. He said perhaps it wouldn’t happen. It was just a precaution. She said since she declared that they were tied together, she had already made up her mind not to leave his side. She stated that even if they couldn’t drag her grandfather in, but Yong Mei could help her. He said no one could help the situation at this point. She said it didn’t matter, she would find a way. They were tied together, so she didn’t care what happened, she would be there for him no matter what. He finally agreed.

Xiao He finally presented his findings to the others. He managed to capture the face of the hooded man in one of the camera clips. It was indeed showing Zi Hong. (Possibly when he was on his way to deliver the card.) After Xiao He was finished, Dong Han was wondering if it was just a coincidence. Ah Gang said that once could be called coincidence, but twice? Dong Han said if he knew how to destroy the cameras after committing the crime, why didn’t he destroy it before. Xiao He, hesitated for a bit, before saying that Dong Han should ask Zi Hong and not him. (Yes, getting offended again, lol.) Chen Jie then asked Zi Yan for her input. Zi Yan had phased out so Chen Jie had to call her again before she responded. She said that considering how Zi Hong was injured when he tried to defend Miao Miao previously, it was hard to believe he was capable of committing such crimes. Chen Jie said that Zi Hong had gone through major military training in the past so it was possible. He said he was going to tell their boss to try and get a warrant. He told Zi Yan and Dong Han to stay behind while he and Ah Gang went. Xiao He was told to track down Zi Hong. After they left, Zi Yan was seen staring at Dong Han while Dong Han was panicking inside. So Chen Jie and Ah Gang were on their way with some other police officers. He issued some directions before asking Xiao He if Zi Hong was still at his house. Xiao He confirmed and said that Mr. Shen was also there. Zi Yan and Dong Han still looked quite troubled.

The moment of confrontation finally came. It was yet another hectic encounter. Chen Jie whipped out the warrant and asked Zi Hong to come out and cooperate with them. Mr. Shen said Zi Hong wasn’t there. Chen Jie asked that Mr. Shen wouldn’t put him in a difficult spot. Mr. Shen repeated that Zi Hong wasn’t there. Chen Jie put away his warrant and attempted to barge in. Mr. Shen said it was his house and they had no right. Ah Gang requested that Mr. Shen step aside since they had a warrant. After much struggle, Ah Gang said he was going to count to three before Mr. Shen would be arrested too, but he only got to two, because Mr. Shen finished the count for him. Before they could do anything though, Zi Hong finally stepped out.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

The New World: Episode 8

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

After Dong Han crashed, Ah Gang rushed over to yell for someone to call 911 yet Dong Han objected. He mumbled in fragments about telling Zi Yan to call his mother. While Ah Gang tried to salvage the situation, Yong Mei could only cry on, asking Zi Yan what Dong Han was saying. That was also when Ah Gang cranked it up a notch by knocking on the car door, yelling for the driver to help. Then there was the whole thing with the girls telling Dong Han not to close his eyes or sleep (i.e. they were losing him to death).

All of those hectic situations had to phase out for Jia Yuan and Miao Miao’s scene though. Jia Yuan, upon leaving the newspaper place, had to make a very tough decision. She, of course, had overheard the most important parts of the previous conversation between Miao Miao and Yong Mei. So after much bitterness of the situation, Jia Yuan returned to the newspaper place to tell Miao Miao about what Zi Hong told her regarding his crush. Miao Miao thought at first that she had lost to one of her fellow classmates. However, Jia Yuan said that that person was Miao Miao. It was also then that Miao Miao looked serious again, realizing Zi Hong had crushed over her for two years in high school. Or at least had followed her during those times. Jia Yuan went on to say that she didn’t know why Zi Hong didn’t tell Miao Miao about it, but she knew it wasn’t just some past memories he was after. So from that, it could be said that it had been about 8 or 9 years already. Miao Miao corrected Jia Yuan by saying that it had been 10 years already. Miao Miao was now in tears and not knowing what else to say aside from how she’d never known. Yet Jia Yuan pointed out that she knew now, so it wasn’t too late. Then Jia Yuan left. Only when she was finally alone again that she dared to cry. It indeed was a tough decision for her. Then she tried to pull herself together again.

Meanwhile, at the hospital, Chief Zheng was on the phone with Head Commissioner Luo as the others were waiting for news regarding Dong Han’s operation. Yong Mei was blaming herself for having gone out on that day, causing Dong Han to land in such a situation. However, Zi Yan told her not to say it anymore. Zi Yan was as worried for Dong Han, or possibly even more worried yet she was trying to keep calm for Yong Mei’s sake. She had glimpsed at her hand with some of Dong Han’s blood remnants still in her nails. After Chief Zheng got off the phone, she told Yong Mei that her father wanted her home immediately. Yong Mei wanted to stay because she wanted to know the result of Dong Han’s operation. Chief Zheng said that he didn’t have to explain yet Yong Mei should understand the situation quite well with how Zhang Guo Tang had already unleashed his wrath. Chief Zheng thought it was best that she listened to his and her father’s plan. It was for her own good. Yong Mei still wanted to stay a little more. Chief Zheng promised to let Zi Yan call her to tell her the results afterward. Aside from that, he didn’t want to risk her safety even more as of now. Yong Mei insisted on staying. Chief Zheng had to use a higher tone to talk to Yong Mei, telling her how dangerous it was at this point. He said that Zhang Guo Tang was not only dangerous but he didn’t care who got hurt, considering how he wanted to go forth with his plan at such a crowded place as that gathering. Zhang Guo Tang wouldn’t care if it was the hospital or somewhere else even more crowded. Chief Zheng continued by saying how Yong Mei was lucky that she didn’t get hurt, but Dong Han wasn’t that lucky. He said that his duties weren’t just about protecting her and her family but also to ensure that his colleagues get off work safely. He pleaded to her not to put him in a hard spot. Zi Yan finally interfered and told Yong Mei to go home first since she was there already. Yong Mei made Zi Yan promise to call her because she would be waiting for Zi Yan’s call. Zi Yan managed a smile and nodded. After Yong Mei finally left with Xiao Zhuang (another police officer), Chief Zheng took out a piece of paper and asked Zi Yan to do the honor of calling Dong Han’s mother. Yet Zi Yan said she didn’t need it since she already knew the number. Zi Yan waited until she was outside and had composed herself before calling Dong Han’s mother up to tell her of the news.

On the Zi Hong front, Miao Miao came to his house to look for him yet he wasn’t there. She called Mr. Shen and he told her Zi Hong moved out already. Mr. Shen called Zi Hong after Zi Hong had already tried to take care of his wound himself. Mr. Shen told Zi Hong that Zi Hong could go home anytime he wanted and that he was always welcomed. Considering how Zi Hong didn’t want to listen to him, he wouldn’t force Zi Hong to do stuff his way anymore but only wanted Zi Hong to know that he would be looking after Zi Hong’s mother. He told Zi Hong to be careful and do whatever he wanted to do. Zi Hong soon went to see his mother at the senior center yet found out that Miao Miao was there as well so he backed out of there, trying to avoid her. At that time, Miao Miao was talking to Zi Hong’s mother. She ended up pondering how Zi Hong had survived these past 20 years. And at that moment, Zi Hong was seen visiting the forest. Miao Miao admitted to Zi Hong’s mother that she always wanted to call her “Mom” because she lost her mother when she was still so little so she didn’t even remember her own mother. Soon, she left and realized Zi Hong might be there because of the wooden horse in front so she returned. Yet she didn’t see them in the room. She rushed to find the pair of mother and son. Before long, she found them at the spot where Zi Hong often took her out to talk to her and get some fresh air. Miao Miao was indeed envious of Zi Hong’s mother since she’d never seen him so happy before.

So Zi Yan returned to the secret headquarter along with the others after comforting Dong Han’s mother in the hospital. Chen Jie had requested to be removed from the special team. Zi Yan jumped in to say that it was easy for him to leave yet who was to be responsible for what happened. Chen Jie told her that they could do whatever they wanted with him. Zi Yan mockingly told him what did he mean by that. It seemed like he said it so easily. Yet she reminded him that today they had to face the enemy but Chen Jie dared to point his gun at his own team. Before long, Chief Zheng jumped in to stop Zi Yan–and told Chen Jie to present his case. Chen Jie said that he couldn’t explain his suspicion of Dong Han, not exactly. Yet Chen Jie said he always discovered Dong Han leaving in the middle of the night to who knows where and when confronted, Dong Han would always say that he was investigating Zhang Guo Tang’s whereabouts. Chief Zheng asked if Chen Jie was still suspicious of Dong Han at the moment. Chen Jie said he wasn’t so sure now. Chief Zheng asked if Chen Jie could trust Dong Han at that point. He responded possible. Chief Zheng then asked if Chen Jie was able to apologize to Dong Han if Dong Han returned safely. Chen Jie once again said that it was possible. Chief Zheng got up then and returned Chen Jie’s badge to him, telling him to prepare for the interrogation with that one suspect and that they would be able to seek out Zhang Guo Tang that day. After Chen Jie left, Zi Yan spoke up again. Chief Zheng told her not to say anymore since there were still many things he couldn’t disclose yet. Zi Yan said if they were to wait anymore, it might be too late. She stressed once again that it couldn’t be Dong Han, especially what happened earlier that day. Chief Zheng asked Zi Yan if she suspected Chen Jie. Zi Yan said that she couldn’t think of anyone else aside from Chen Jie, because Yong Mei had changed her schedule so unless it was some person within their team, others couldn’t possibly know. Chief Zheng asked why she had to suspect Chen Jie. She said that she saw him using a different cell phone to talk to someone. Chief Zheng said he was the one who gave Chen Jie the cell phone. Zi Yan said Chen Jie could have used the phone to call someone else. Chief Zheng asked if Zi Yan meant Zhang Guo Tang, and she admitted it. He said he hoped Zi Yan knew what she was saying. After that, he told her not to say any more of that nonsense, because it was more important that they go take care of the interrogation. So after Chief Zheng left, Zi Yan was pondering why Chief Zheng kept protecting Chen Jie. Ah Gang said that he also hated what Chen Jie did earlier that day, however, he didn’t agree with Zi Yan’s suspicion regarding Chen Jie. Zi Yan, disappointed, said she won’t mention it again then. Yet she stated that evidence would prove it all, asking for Ah Gang’s help in investigating Chen Jie. She said if afterward, she was wrong, she would personally apologize to Chen Jie. She also wanted Xiao He’s help. Ah Gang agreed.

Zi Hong couldn’t dodge Miao Miao. Not this time. She was already waiting for him when he came out of the senior center. She teased him at first yet later mocked herself for not knowing that someone was secretly in love with her for 10 years but she didn’t know. She said that Jia Yuan had disclosed it to her already. After going on and on, she told him that he didn’t need to tell her about dividing time between their mother. Yes, she’d taken his mother in as her own. She scolded him for his selfishness, causing her not being able to see their mother for 10 years already. She won’t let him do that again. He wanted to apologize to her. She didn’t want him to say those words anymore. She needed a hug. So he tried to brush her tears away and pulled her into a hug.

So the interrogation commenced. The suspect didn’t say anything, so Chen Jie was just wasting his breath. Outside, the other three were having a discussion among themselves. Zi Yan was saying how it was like one of those suicide assassins (死士). (Sorry, this part I had to get a bit creative since I was sort of stumped with how to translate it accurately although I know what it means, lol.) Anyway, those were from the ancient time, mostly coming from a poor background, they had to use their own life to provide for their family. In a way, the people who took them in or hired them already taken care of their funeral arrangements and whatnot so they didn’t need to worry about anything else. Ah Gang was surprised by the comparison yet later had to agree. Chief Zheng got a call from Xiao He, and Xiao He indeed managed to find out the suspect’s real identity. He had already sent the information to their cell phones. So back inside, Chen Jie was getting quite impatient, telling the suspect to say something. And indeed the other party spoke up, but instead of cooperating, he told Chen Jie to hit him if he dared. Chen Jie said he couldn’t hit him yet upon his release, there would be many people out there waiting for him.

So after they calmed down, Zi Hong and Miao Miao went back to their serious talk. She wondered why he never approached her, and wondered if it had to do with her grandfather. He said it really wasn’t like that. He didn’t know why. But he told her that during that one time chasing her, he ended up stopping side by side with her on the bicycle, hoping that she would notice him. She chided him for not calling out to her. He said he couldn’t. Actually, one time on a somewhat windy day, he chased her down, almost to her house, wanting to tell her that he was Qing Ting. He also wanted to bring her to see his mother. Yet he stopped in front of her house because he didn’t know if she had remembered him. During one of those hopeless moments, he wanted to go see his mother, seeking some comfort from her. Yet he didn’t, because he didn’t want her to see him like that, even if she didn’t recognize him anymore. Then there were times that he felt very alone because he had pondered about how the others had forgotten him, just like his mother. Yet after having gone to college and eventually serving his military duties, he finally was able to see more clearly. He felt that it was all right that they had forgotten him because he could still remember them. Then when he entered the workforce at the tech company, he always read the local newspaper, especially articles from the writer Miao Miao, because he knew it was her. He also returned to the forest a lot. Then when he saw the article about their childhood and seeing their picture, he got a shock out of it, because he didn’t realize that she remembered. That he didn’t need to worry or be afraid anymore because he had her. He then turned around and asked if Miao Miao understood and that she was the true thief in the matter, not him; implying that she’d affected his life more than she knew. Then they were back at it again, with her giving him a hard time and all. He was too cheap, so the final decision was having a meal at her house–with her doing the cooking. She said that her grandfather wasn’t around so it was all right and that he had to eat whatever she prepared.

So Miao Miao whipped some food for them both with some leftovers. Then she asked him why he’d moved out, and if it had to do with Zhang Guo Tang. He didn’t answer. She took a look at his wound and said that it was also hers. After some mushy talk, she said that she wanted it to be like how they were little, being tied together. She wanted to be tied to him just like that. He asked if she was serious because she would be enduring some hardship with him. She pointed out it was probably more than a little. She then took out the two wooden tags from the trees in the forest that she’d retrieved. She said it must be Xi Shuai’s intention. She said by taking it, it would allow Xi Shuai to know that they were back and they knew that he had returned already. While Miao Miao was hooking strings onto the wooden tags and turning them into necklaces, the scene zoomed to Dong Han still unconscious with doctors and nurses constantly checking-up on him–with the haunting music in the background. Then after Miao Miao was done with lacing the necklaces, she and Zi Hong helped each other put it on. She said that it wasn’t just them being together now, Xi Shuai and Xiao Cao would be together with them too.

Back at the hospital, Mama Liu was still there, looking at Dong Han through the window as the doctors and nurses were still tending to him. Zi Yan soon came up to her, asking her why she hadn’t gone to the hotel to rest yet. She said she didn’t want to, she wanted to watch over Dong Han. She then asked Zi Yan why Zi Yan still returned since it was so late already. She asked if Zi Yan also wanted to watch over Dong Han, and Zi Yan nodded. Through their conversation, it was revealed that Dong Han had mentioned Zi Yan with his mother, complimenting her on being a good colleague. Zi Yan was glad to hear that from Dong Han, and returned the compliment by saying that he was indeed a very courageous and determined person. Mama Liu said that Zi Yan also possesses those traits. One of the doctors soon stepped out to inform them that Dong Han’s situation had improved. They were allowed to go in and see him. Well, at least Mama Liu went in to see him while Zi Yan watched through the window.

So the next day Zi Yan went to Yong Mei’s house to meet up with her and talk it over regarding Dong Han’s matter. Yong Mei said that she couldn’t sleep last night. It was because she was worried about Dong Han and the other reason was that she was blaming herself for the incident. Zi Yan told her not to think of it anymore since it had already passed. Yong Mei went on to confide in Zi Yan that she liked Dong Han, not fearing that Zi Yan would laugh at her or tell her mother. She also wanted Zi Yan to help her. (Seriously?) Anyway, she said she couldn’t go to the newspaper place the upcoming days because of obvious reasons, heightened security and all. Yet she wasn’t worried since Miao Miao could take care of it. However, she wanted to go to the hospital to see Dong Han, after he was more stable that was. She wanted Zi Yan to help her regarding her mother’s side. (Seriously?) After much hesitation, Zi Yan finally agreed. And Yong Mei was more than happy so she didn’t see or couldn’t detect the uneasiness on Zi Yan’s face.

So another meeting with Head Commissioner Luo and his wife. Yet this time, because of Yang Yong Zhao speaking up, the wife finally shut up and even seemed to be more polite with him. Yang Yong Zhao was able to bring upfront what others had been trying to get through the Luo and the Jiang families. Chief Zheng had promised to work hard to find out about the mole. But Yang Yong Zhao brought up the topic of importance, which was it was soooo hard to investigate with them not knowing of Zhang Guo Tang’s motives. Head Commissioner Luo asked if it was because of his father in law. Yang Yong Zhao said he didn’t mean that. Head Commissioner Luo said that he was very grateful of what they’d done to protect him and his family, especially what happened to one of the police officers, but regarding his father in law, he couldn’t help. He continued by saying that they already asked his father in law, and he’d already answered all their questions. He even reminded them that Zhang Guo Tang was crazy, so they wouldn’t know of his motive either. Yang Yong Zhao went on to ask if the recent case really didn’t have anything to do with Chairman Jiang, and Head Commissioner Luo confirmed. Yang Yong Zhao wanted to talk to Chairman Jiang again yet the head commissioner said he already talked to Chairman Jiang so there wasn’t anything to discuss anymore. So Yang Yong Zhao spoke up to let them know of the possible consequences, outlining the facts so far, mostly relating to Zhang Guo Tang and his henchmen, and the recently arrested suspect. (Nice, I like his style.) Anyway, on the way back, Chief Zheng wanted to ask Yang Yong Zhao what Chairman Jiang’s secrets were. Yang Yong Zhao didn’t really say, but just ended up passing along some cryptic message.

So back in the control center, Xiao He finally couldn’t take it anymore and confronted Chen Jie. Apparently, Chen Jie had asked him to investigate the others as well, so Xiao He snapped at him by saying how they were all in the hospital already and Chen Jie still wanted him to investigate them. Xiao He said based on what Dong Han did today and ended up in the hospital had already proven that he wasn’t the mole. He wanted Chen Jie to tell him why Chen Jie still suspected Dong Han. Chen Jie said he would say it out after he had all the information. Xiao He responded by saying that he wasn’t going to help Chen Jie investigate anymore. Not until their boss said so. And Xiao He went all out saying that he didn’t care if they fired him either. He indeed had enough. Chen Jie said that he wasn’t like them. It got to the point that he told Xiao He to perform his duties, not playing ‘brothers’ or whatever game it was.

After he left, Xiao He went to meet up with Ah Gang and Zi Yan. Xiao He had recounted his conversation with Chen Jie earlier. Ah Gang couldn’t believe Chen Jie was like that. Well, he knew Chen Jie was stubborn regarding his principle, but he didn’t realize that Chen Jie had said that he would apologize to Dong Han in front of Chief Zheng earlier, but now he went behind their backs to investigate Dong Han again. Zi Yan said she wasn’t the least bit surprised by his actions. Xiao He said that was quite upsetting, it was hard to not say anything. However, he said that didn’t make Chen Jie the mole. He didn’t want to be like Chen Jie, kept suspecting one another again because they were a team. Zi Yan said she understood, but she pointed out if there was indeed a mole within them, it was better to investigate it once and for all.

So they returned to the control center. Xiao He explained to them regarding the system tracking all calls and e-mails, etc. Ah Gang said that the reason Chen Jie suspected Dong Han was how Dong Han had used a public phone to call home because it couldn’t be tracked. Xiao He confirmed. Zi Yan then said that since she and Chen Jie were the first ones to know about Yong Mei’s new schedule, they were the most suspicious. So whoever left first was the most suspicious since that person could use that chance to inform Zhang Guo Tang. Ah Gang said it was impossible since Zi Yan and Dong Han left together. Xiao He was asking about Chen Jie’s whereabouts. Ah Gang said that he was out on a spy mission so Chen Jie had to go fetch him. Xiao He asked if Chen Jie was alone, and Ah Gang confirmed. Xiao He finally understood why Zi Yan and Ah Gang wanted his help in investigating Chen Jie. Ah Gang said they shouldn’t let their boss know at the moment. Xiao He was still hesitant. Yet he asked what the other two had in mind. Zi Yan answered that they were going to use some bait to spring a trap.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

The New World: The Secret Headquarter

So the mystery is out! The secret headquarter is actually located at the Tainan National University of the Arts (國立臺南藝術大學).

Specifically, their filming was mostly at the College of Sound and Image Arts (音像藝術學院).

Also, Dong Han and Zi Yan’s “isolated” meeting place was also filmed there.

*All images were from The New World’s Official Facebook Page.