Momo Love: Episode 9

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

After the Chen brothers had a little nonsense fight to ease the mood off, they sent Yu Yi to the park to confide with Tao Hua. Tao Hua finally admitted to Yu Yi of her speedy decision of marrying Zhi Qiang. Yu Yi was once again made to not tell the others yet he really wanted to. Then Tao Hua received some text messages from her brother with their well-wishing and last words of hoping that she had made the right decision and that it was for her happiness. It was indeed another touching moment of their siblings’ bonding.

Apparently, Yu Yi had rescued Tao Hua’s treasure box from the bottom of the lake and brought it to Shi Lang’s house. He tried to explain and how Tao Hua was very sad regarding the matter as well. Shi Lang made a comeback by pointing out that he was not feeling so good himself either. Yu Yi understood so he did not say any more except to turn the treasure box over to Shi Lang. Shi Lang opened the box and saw its contents, realizing how important he was to Tao Hua. However, he was not able to change the situation anyway.

Shi Lang’s father witnessed the whole scene and realized how much his son was going through. They had a heartfelt talk and it was also revealed how Shi Lang’s mother left. Shi Lang’s father also gave him some advice, hinting subtly at the current situation. Still, it said a lot about their father and son relationship–unlike some previous random comedic moments from earlier episodes.

The big day finally came. However, only Qi and Yu Yi accompanied Tao Hua since Cheng and the others claimed they were in no shape to come. The reason? They could not guarantee they would be able to control their temper if they were present.

Qi was not able to stand it anymore since it was already an unsaid thing that none of the Chen clan was happy about the whole matter. He once again confronted Tao Hua, knowing she was lying since he was her brother, after all, right? How could he not spot her lying? Yu Yi jumped in to tell Qi, at last, telling Tao Hua that he (Yu Yi) was also her brother so it was only right that he cared as much as the others.

Learning the truth behind Tao Hua’s agreement to the wedding, Qi rushed into the main hall to call off the arrangements and walked off after his speech about the importance of family and happiness. It was really Qi’s moment all right since he really proved his brotherly love toward Tao Hua but also the others as well and he was proud of it.

Zhi Qiang was as surprised as the others about Qi’s outburst (well except for his father who planned the whole thing so it was obvious the old man knew) but was glad Qi called it off. After all, he would rather use his own capabilities to win over a girl than this tactic.

While that was going on, Shi Lang was thinking over some last minute thoughts before leaving with Hui Qi. However, Hui Qi sensed his current mood and did not want to force him into going with her at last. It was only ten more minutes before they had to board the train. It was up to him really to come or not.

As Shi Lang was thinking things over, Yu Yi finally spoke up about Shi Lang and Hui Qi’s plan. He earned some scolding from Qi but they did not have much time to argue over. Qi grabbed Tao Hua and ran out the door as Yu Yi was retrieving Tao Hua’s wedding dress. On the road, they were experiencing bad luck since they kept running into red lights. However, they did not give up since they were the Chen clan after all. It seemed like Tao Hua was always the one doing the chasing. But it was appropriate this time since she was the one who severed the tie this time around–though it was not her fault totally.

They arrived at the train station at last. Qi used his speed to get them to the correct area but was too late because the train had taken off. Devastated, Tao Hua broke down. (Not really but it seemed hopeless.) They continued to stay at the station since it was too late and mourned over the lost chance.

Qi was back to himself again after restoring his breath with some water. He immediately told Tao Hua that they would buy some train tickets so they could follow Shi Lang. Yu Yi volunteered readily to do the task. Qi also walked away to take care of the necessities as Tao Hua continued to sit at the chair.

A miracle of all miracles happened and unknown to others, but Shi Lang appeared right behind Tao Hua as she was still lost in thoughts. The funniest thing was that Shi Lang was tapping on her shoulder from behind. How cute was that? Was Shi Lang learning to loosen up despite the situation? Or he already knew that he had won? Awww…

And things went back to normal as if it had never happened. Yu Yi was still on standby to watch over Tao Hua but at a safe distance this time around. Even Mr. Tough Guy Chen He was preparing a specialty for Shi Lang. Things were getting even better.

Maybe Hui Qi was not as bad as she seemed after all. Perhaps it was all those times spent with Shi Lang when they were little that she did not want to let go of. Childhood memories were best, weren’t they? After all, she did make clear that she wanted to pursue her happiness. It wasn’t the best ways, but she tried. Seeing her smiled when Yu Yi sang for her made her seemed like any normal girl once again. Maybe this would be a start for them also. (JL has a nice voice indeed!)

Then the Chen household was back to normal again as they resumed their duties around the house. Not to mention goofing off. The atmosphere had gone up a few notches with everyone in high spirits for various reasons. Everyone was present during meal time–unlike other occasions where they did not care to come to the table. Even Yu Yi was included when Chef He rang his bell and called for attention. What more could they ask for, right?

Well…maybe even more good news since Qi was seen on TV once again. It seemed like his luck turned for the better–not like what they had dreaded. Everyone was drowned in happiness with so much good news around them, but what about Yu Yi? He had to go back to his old days of being their slave since he was sent out to dispose of trash once again. But fate was not too cruel to him because he managed to run into Hui Qi and had a chat–though not a really nice one since she was back to her old mean self again. (It couldn’t be helped.) But she was not the meanest because Mr. Director was the one who tossed his trash bag right smack into Yu Yi! Director Winnie, how could you? (Still funny to see him portray another role in here.)

Another day and another date. Tao Hua was getting ready to look her best, but Yu Yi was not any help. Yu Yi, you need to concentrate! You’re not helping. But that was really funny how he said that she was just going over to Shi Lang for dinner, not like she was going on “One Million Stars”–good one all right.

As for Shi Lang’s side, Shi Lang was still clueless of what to wear when he dropped all things in hand because he saw his father walking in all dressed up. That was a bit over all right. They might as well be going to his wedding.

Errr…stop being a Drama King, Shi Ba Ba! But that was a really good one too. How could Shi Lang, right? Had to straighten Shi Lang out with his priorities there.

Okay, he was getting overly friendly. But still, that was really cute. Shi Lang and Tao Hua were matching! Wow!

I thought Xiao Xue was already warming up to Tao Hua. Why was she ignoring Tao Hua? Was it because of Cheng’s mishaps then? Still nice to see her back into the scenes since I rather see her fierce attitude than Hui Qi’s schemes.

Lucky Shi Ba Ba came to the rescue with his overly friendliness again. He was just so lovable with his attempts to disarm all of Xiao Xue’s attacks.

Xiao Mi was with them once again as they were riding on the bus. She was chatting on and on regarding matters. Probably affected by their good moods. Xiao Mi excitedly declared to them that she would succeed in pursuing He. Somehow, the topic of Hui Qi came up and Tao Hua told them about how she got along fine with Hui Qi at the beginning and expressed that she wanted to mend their problems. Hui Qi was after all Shi Lang’s childhood friend so it made sense to make peace with her, right?

Before Tao Hua was able to make her move, Yu Yi already made his. He was once again trying to pursue Hui Qi. But this time, it was more like helping her out of concern and not really wanting to move in on her so fast just like that. But he just made a mistake, just like how Zhuan did once upon a time in regard to Tao Hua. How could he mention those words? People who go through those times do not want to be reminded of it.

When all else seemed to fit right back into its place, Zhi Qiang was seen lurking around once again. It seemed like trouble would also stir up some more like last time. One cannot be too happy about the current state. What was Zhi Qiang up to then? But was he just bluffing? Or he was just going insane? Even his imagination was quite bizarre.

What was Tao Hua up to this time? Oh…she was just trying to sharpen up her culinary skills after that embarrassing moment at Shi Lang’s house last time. Though Shi Ba Ba and Shi Lang didn’t mind, it was still something to think about. Before she was able to get her brothers to sample ’em, Yu Yi walked in. And before she was able to persuade him to be her lab rat, Cheng and Zhuan already tasted it. Their reaction was positive! Did Tao Hua have a knack for it then? Or was she just lucky? Nah…that was not the point! Tao Hua was trying to carry out her plan! What culinary skills? She needed to figure out more important matters!

So Cheng, Zhuan, and He were forced to help Qi with some activities while Yu Yi was relief of it since he had to maintain his duty of watching over Tao Hua. That created an opportunity for them since they sneaked off to go on a trip of their own. As they were settling in, Yu Yi went outside for some fresh air and discovered a lurker. However, Shi Lang dispelled of his suspicion and called him back in. It looked like Zhi Qiang! So he was following them? Was that what he meant by ‘protecting Tao Hua’? Crazy dude! Just because he has those thoughts did not mean Shi Lang was like that.

As fate would have it, the consequence was brought upon them when they were out for a walk along the train tracks. Well, at least for Yu Yi since it was their crazy brothers spotting them. Yu Yi was really psychic! He was able to summon them just by thinking of them! (Although Yu Yi Ge didn’t sound so bad! LOL! Love He for that!)

Exactly, why were they there again? Weren’t they supposed to help Qi with his tasks? Zhuan tongue-tied moment. Gotta love that! Eh…Xiao Mi was also there? It was getting interesting by the minute. In fact, by the second.

It kept getting more and more interesting…so Cheng and Xiao Xue were meeting! Yu Yi was always the one discovering interesting things. Perhaps they should capture that incidental moment and use it for the future to their advantage!

Zhuan had a better idea than just capturing that moment. He decided to sabotage them! Love Zhuan! It was their once in a lifetime chance! Of course, they had to tease Cheng all the way! Not to mention the ice queen!

So everyone was coming out with their secrets! Poor Zhuan though! But he looked awesome with the glasses! How could Xiao Xue shot him down like that?

Their happiness as one big family was ruined by strange occurrences though. It seemed like someone wanted to fool around with them. Or more specifically, Tao Hua. She was the only person who was able to see the so-called “ghost” while Yu Yi was the only one who was aware of someone spying on them from afar. Yu Yi finally convinced Zhuan and He to go check it out. It was the only way to get rid of the suspicion. And their investigation wasn’t in vain since they managed to uncover the hand behind those strange occurrences. But was he the only one or were there any accomplices?

Went up by .02 points but not much of a help since it was only .69 for this episode.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

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Momo Love: Episode 4

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

What was with these men and their bribes? Food and the usual? What else, right? I’m beginning to think that they’re not that talented liked it was led on from the beginning since they kept using the same tactics to cheer Tao Hua up. And Qi, that was the ‘DO NOT Disturb’ sign that you just ignored and barged in.

So their princess was upset once again, showing her long face. Look at them being so clueless! I wonder if I should pity them for having no idea or feel amused by it. Oh…handing over messages. They’ve been given the silent treatment. Good luck with breaking the ice!

And she’s not a kid anymore! Bribing her with food and movies? Great…same old tactic. Not working. More messages! The same ones actually. Good to know that they were able to read though. Or that would be a big problem! A bit, Qi? More like WAY overboard. Tao Hua had the right to be mad after all. They’ve gone back on their words!

Didn’t realize that Yu Yi likes to watch those dramatic soaps. Was he able to watch all those? Or was he just picking it up randomly while talking? And Tao Hua inherited the evilness from her maniac brothers? She knew how to bully Yu Yi as well?

So the conspiracy between Tao Hua and Yu Yi failed but luckily they arrived on time to save their princess once again. But then, Tao Hua was very brave to face off with the ice queen. Must give Tao Hua kudos also for defending her brothers although they’ve been in the wrong for bullying Shi Lang previously.

The ice queen was trying to discredit the guys but somehow helped Tao Hua unknowingly since Shi Lang heard Tao Hua’s confession! This is what I call ‘wanting to harm someone yet help them instead’. However, that was cut short since it wasn’t the right time after all. A sad moment. (And I was getting excited because what was shown in the previews in the last episode.)

Awww….so that was just part of someone’s imagination! That was soooo teasing us with the previews! No wonder! But that would’ve made more sense since it was not in Shi Lang’s nature to be so quick and rash. (But that was funny how Shi Lang was answering to the questions on TV.)

Back to headquarter once again, the guys were still figuring out matters. What? That was their conclusion? If Shi Lang did not like Tao Hua, then he was gay? Okay…nice going, guys. Better think up of another one.

We were finally brought back to reality since Qi was seen back to work at the TV station doing his job. Though a tad disturbed, at least we know now that he needed to go to work and it wasn’t like he own the station. And also how Tao Hua was seen as being late so it still meant that she needed to get to classes. Thank you, Director, for a reality check. But then again, that was just another way of leading into another conspiracy cooked up by the four maniacs! Clever move.

Not to mention, The Addams Family music playing in the background was random but crucial for their little scheme. And they were back again with more ‘blame game’ since they needed to divert Tao Hua’s attention away from themselves. The suspense is killing me by now since they usually aren’t this secretive. At least they’ve talked about it in their headquarter already. But this time, it was a lot of sign languages and nothing more. They were definitely up to something since the high five after Tao Hua left them said a lot.

Yu Yi gave in again since he was not able to turn Tao Hua down. What was that with him mumbling about “What is love?”, lol. Old phrase but still funny to hear it. Yes, Yu Yi agreed to help Tao Hua once again but it was only to deliver something to Shi Lang and not used himself as diversion like last time. It should be safe, right? It was also a great opportunity to have a guy talk between them and get it out of the way once and for all. Or was it?

Clever trick, Tao Hua. I thought it was only a replacement with the mp3 but it was a message. That was cute. On the other hand, was that really love? Honestly, Shi Lang just ate pepper and didn’t even realize it! Ahhhh… (Was that really pepper? How in the world did Jiro do it? Well, if he was able to endure spicy stuff, it would be easy but still. To keep such passive expression.)

Love the double screen since it allowed us to see their actions/reactions at the same time. Another neat trick brought into this. That was really funny how they weren’t able to get through or someone called the wrong number. So much for it.

And it seemed like Shi Lang got affected by the Chen clan’s vivid imagination as well. Or was he just suffering from severe illusion disorders? Snap out of it and call her already! Tao Hua was suffering from the same disorder though so she might not pick up if he did call. (She might have thought that was just another part of her imagination at work.) These two are killing me with their slow rate. Can’t blame them but still…

Shi Lang, still confused about his feelings, decided to seek help from his father. What did his father do in such circumstances? It was a major issue, right? So what was useful in a time like that than to tell old time stories with the silent film mood and some more classic hits to accompany the scene? Great to see more father and son bonding between Shi Lang and his father.

At least that talk helped. They were finally moving forward at last with a conspiracy of their own–with Yu Yi as their messenger. And Qi seemed to catch on already but of course, he can’t be fierce about it, right? They just managed to get Tao Hua to talk to them and eat with them again. Can’t risk it. It seemed though that Shi Lang was becoming even more lively with this whole scheme.

Nice comeback, Yu Yi. They were always weird, lol. That was really good actually. I must admit those four were always up to something, not just recently. But what was going on? Come on now! Everyone was up to something yet this time around, the four crazy guys’ motive was not clear. They were acting suspicious. Too suspicious even for them. Stalking? Was that it? Was that why they did not care to investigate any further? Yup, always like that. Nothing new.

So while they were out stalking Shi Lang and Tao Hua, the ice queen was doing the same thing.

Yet it was so cute seeing Shi Lang and Tao Hua sneaking around like that! Awww…finally some scenes worth watching. (Not that it wasn’t before but seeing them carrying out their conspiracy, at last, was very funny.)

After another run-in with the ice queen and the Chen brothers, we were brought back to Shi Lang and Tao Hua flying–literally. That was cool. Didn’t expect such scene since thought it would be them sneaking off to some place and have some ice cream or hang around somewhere to catch a movie or something.

More sweet scenes between them afterward. Like each one of them equally. Also, “Little Star” was playing in the background again. Nice moment. It was indeed an unforgettable day.

Must compliment those crazy people for having the patience to wait for Shi Lang and Tao Hua all day. And that ice queen was one crazy person all right! Even crazier than the four maniacs combined.

That push was definitely not Qi’s fault since she was attacking him. Eek! Poor Cheng! (Or not?) What was that? Umm…yes, Cheng was right. She was the one on top! What was she talking about? Who was taking advantage of whom there?

So after a last face off, they separated and headed home. They were outraged. They had the right to be since she insulted all of them.

But why was Cheng quiet all of a sudden? He even separated himself from the rest of them. Don’t tell me he has fallen for the enemy! How could he? Yup, Qi was always the fast one to catch on first.

While they were battling it out among themselves, Tao Hua had another plot going on. Yup, Shi Lang was shocked all right but it was for the best, right? So funny! And the ice queen fell for that one too! I guess no one would turn down some praises, right? How lame was that? Beautiful flowers for a beautiful girl? Hahahhahaha…honestly….who came up with that one? So old… (But it actually worked on the ice queen so that was something.) Errr…or was the pick up line for Cheng the lamest? They honestly deserved to be deceived though! They totally fell for it! (Cheng managed to boost his ego also! She really had taste? What was that? Stop bragging, man!)

Finally, it was the moment where Tao Hua could strike and pull Cheng to her side as well. Too bad He’s sharp eyes caught them. Luckily Tao Hua managed to dive from the questions. Besides, Cheng was backing her up so it might work this time around? (After all, he already fell into the pit! Can’t think clear anymore of other matters! He had no idea!)

Cheng’s brain was at work again since he managed to save himself from being attacked by the other three. He just disarmed their dagger looks by attacking their weaknesses whereas he was the expert, right? It was great to have some talent to back it up with. He was so convincing. Though it was not a guarantee he would be able to deceive them.

And yes, why was he sneaking around like a thief? It was almost funny seeing them on the same side while the other three were probably having their eyes on them at that exact moment. And so they met.

As its two competitors continue to battle it out to gain first place, its rating continued to drop (to 1.10)–despite promotional efforts. People are definitely losing interest. But I thought it was somewhat to a point where viewers were waiting for aka the whole interaction with Shi Lang and Tao Hua. Definitely some cute scenes there. Not to mention their attempt to match make too! That was so random but got to give them credit for it.

*All images were captured by DTLCT