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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 let 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 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–like 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.

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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?

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The New World: Episode 4

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

As it were, they were still following the latest lead with Mr. Shen yet was interrupted by Miao Miao and her using of connections. Yet after her initial urging for the others to investigate and find the truth for themselves of both father and son’s innocence in the involvement with Zhang Guo Tang, she went into a narrative, reflective mode instead of letting them move forward faster.

Luckily, soon, it seemed that Zi Yan and Dong Han were out and about again, carrying out another mission. Their job this time was none other than retrieving the files regarding Zi Hong’s background. They were able to find the files in the Records Room. Dong Han confirmed that Zi Hong’s original name was indeed Lai Song Ting (賴松廷), one of the kids who survived the accident of 20 years ago. After saying a word of appreciation for the two’s effort, Chief Zheng got off the phone and told Miao Miao she was right with her conjectures.

Back in the Interrogation Room, Zi Hong finally revealed more details and through his narration, told Chen Jie (and the others who were standing outside to observe) why and how he’d to protect his father. He said they could arrest him and imprisoned him for all they wanted, but don’t touch his father. He also went on to say that what he’d owed the Shen family, he couldn’t repay in this lifetime. What he regretted, even more, was not being able to call Mrs. Shen “Mom” before she passed away. Yet he also warned the others that one day he would turn this place upside down after he got out. Extreme? No, it was justified. What was WAY over was how Miao Miao kept giving them orders. It was like she was the only one in this world knowing of righteousness so it was in her right to tell them how to execute anything relating to justice.

Anyway, it seemed like someone loved to jump the gun and jumped to conclusions, so the next part actually revealed why Chief Zheng had arrested Mr. Shen. It wasn’t because they were so incapable of not seeing that Mr. Shen was innocent of all conspiracies. (Or most of it.) Dong Han had realized that Chief Zheng didn’t want to release Mr. Shen. It wasn’t because he was still doubtful. Because Ah Gang had verified some details with that one guy who was supposedly Zhang Guo Tang’s henchman in regard to why Mr. Shen went to see him. Mr. Shen wanted that guy to pass on the words of not bothering his boss anymore. What Chief Zheng’s initial plan (before someone used their connections to force them all to take other actions) was to force Jiang Jian Ming to appear. Considering how Jiang Jian Ming kept dodging them and not willing to cooperate but kept telling them to go on to find leads. Yet even after the explanation, Miao Miao still went on in her way with yelling them out, saying cops shouldn’t be that way and that she can’t accept it that Chief Zheng wasn’t releasing the pair of father and son yet. She sounded like she was their boss. (Seriously? If it was any other case, would she care that much? Just because it was involving her friend, she reacted stronger. Did she poke her nose in all of the other cases around town too and exclaim justice? If she did, then I’m sorry for generalizing. I tried to hold back for the last 3 episodes but it was just getting WAY out of hand now.) So Zi Yan had to interfere and explain to her how their chief didn’t have any other way either, and it was indeed hard on him too. Chen Jie even jumped in to vouch that they would release the two after acquiring the information they needed from Jiang Jian Ming. But that didn’t satisfy Miao Miao either, considering how she was already on a roll with being able to control them for so long. Mostly the chief was just heeding to her grandpa’s reputation, seriously. Even her grandpa’s interference wasn’t able to stop her either. (Well, if he was able to stop her way, they wouldn’t be there in the first place.) Now she was giving them the last chance before she would unleash her wrath. (Oooh, getting scary, right? Puh…lease…) And when in the world did she respect them? After all that yelling and she dared to talk about respect? Really? She said she had given them enough respect? Really? When was that?

So after Miao Miao stormed out of there, leaving behind her grandpa to apologize to the others – and even causing Chief Zheng to apologize in return, Chen Jie had to drive her grandpa home. Midway, they found each other and he even encouraged her on. (Seriously? Now I understand why she was able to keep doing those meddling into others’ businesses.) Yet he said that Chief Zheng wasn’t wrong either, because they just had different points of views, and method of execution. (Okay, that sounded a little better, but still.) Her grandpa said he was proud of her, seeing how much she cared for others. (Sorry, only if they were her friends, considering how she hadn’t meddled into every single case in this world.) He also reminded her there were other kids in this world that needed help, not just her friends. (Thank you, I needed that.) Her grandpa also told her to be careful, and not go mess with Zheng Guo Tang’s henchmen. After all that was said and done, Chen Jie still had to drive the old man home. (Seriously? No wonder they couldn’t go solve more cases, they were busy being chauffeur and slaves for some people.)

So the waiting game began since Jiang Jian Ming was still overseas taking care of businesses. Miao Miao was back to her devastating self and was trying to occupy her time at the newspaper place. As for Zi Yan, she was seen guarding the precious princess (or they would all be scolded again). Zi Hong was seen in his cell reading his newspaper. Probably the article Miao Miao published. It was also seen in the background that Zhang Guo Tang had already returned. Yes, the man that everyone had been waiting for. At least one of the major characters.

Then finally the person they’d all been waiting for returned. He actually returned the next day after hearing it, and didn’t even return home yet but had headed right to the police headquarter to see Chief Zheng and the others. Seriously, they were a bunch of stuck ups, all right. It was all right that Jiang Jian Ming was making it hard for Chief Zheng and didn’t even respect him enough to give him some ‘face’ YET expected him to do the same? Wow. Of course, it just made Jiang Jian Ming even more suspicious. Anyway, the little interview went on, Jiang Jian Ming rejected when Chief Zheng offered the presence of a lawyer. So he went on and told them of his background or how he’d crossed path with Zhang Guo Tang. He told them Zhang Guo Tang called him up and demanded money on the second day that the latter returned. On the other hand, while Chen Jie was questioning Jiang Jian Ming, Dong Han was really staring Jiang Jian Ming down. It wasn’t just typical staring to detect lying either. It was like he had a gripe or two with the old man. So when he left, Dong Han contradicted Chen Jie and said that Jiang Jian Ming was still hiding something. It wasn’t like it didn’t make sense. It seemed too good to be true that Zhang Guo Tang was just the crazy one and Jiang Jian Ming was just an innocent victim. (Really?)

The scene in the trailer finally came forth. It was the part where Zhang Guo Tang was talking to someone on the phone. Also one of the much-debated topics of the moment, which was who was the one talking to Zhang Guo Tang aka the person who called him and told him to return to this place? He also said that the other person would be seeking justice while he was after money. Aside from that, Zhang Guo Tang was asking how it had been a while that the other person hadn’t contacted him.

Back at the Shen resident, another confrontation ensued between Mr. Shen and Zi Hong. Mr. Shen wanted Zi Hong to promise him to never do what he did earlier again. He didn’t want Zi Hong to get imprisoned again. He wouldn’t know how to face Zi Hong’s mother. Yet Zi Hong didn’t promise him. Zi Hong said he knew his father was protecting him, not Jiang Jian Ming like he told Zhang Guo Tang’s henchman. After some more words of disagreements, mostly because Zi Hong didn’t want to drop the whole matter, not when he was so close with finding out the truth as to what happened 20 years ago, Zi Hong said he was moving out. He said that he would still come back to visit Mr. Shen. Mr. Shen knew it was to protect him, not wanting Zhang Guo Tang to cause trouble for him if Zi Hong were to go and seek out Zhang Guo Tang. Mr. Shen, after much-failed attempts, resorted to using a stick to disciple Zi Hong. He didn’t want to do it, he just wanted Zi Hong to not go and get himself hurt. The next words that came from Zi Hong were really touching though. He finally revealed what he was thinking all these years and how he had appreciated Mr. Shen and his wife had done for him but knowing it was too late to call Mrs. Shen “Mom”. All that they’d done for him, it seemed like he didn’t deserve it. However, he still wanted to seek out Zhang Guo Tang, but he promised Mr. Shen that he would take good care of himself. He wasn’t sure if he could do it, but he would try. What he wanted Mr. Shen to promise him was to take good care of himself.

When he stepped outside, he found Miao Miao there. She had been listening to their conversation and didn’t want to interfere. She almost didn’t want to talk to him either, not sure what to say, so she fled. Yet she turned around again. She apologized for not being able to help him when he and his father was arrested the previous day. However, she launched right into asking him about him being Qing Ting. She told him she discovered his identity already when she went with Jia Yuan to look for him. She went on and on with how she had asked Xuan Xuan regarding the song. She was sure trying to make light of the situation while he was just staying silent. (I’m not picking on her here. I know she was just trying to reconnect with her childhood friend.) Was Zi Hong trying to debate whether he should reveal himself? Well, it was already too obvious. Yet was he weighing the situation to see if he should acknowledge her? Considering how he had to go and confront Zhang Guo Tang later. She finally told Zi Hong to speak up, not letting her worry anymore. He indeed did, but he asked her to pretend that she hadn’t seen or heard what happened earlier. He also told her that it was the first time his father beat him like that, so she shouldn’t misunderstand. She asked him why he got hit like that, and he reminded her that he just asked her to forget about the incident. She apologized and soon asked about his mother. It turned intense again when she asked him if he could take her to see his mother one of these days. He said it was better that they kept their distance. She knew he wanted to go and seek revenge on Zhang Guo Tang. She asked him if he went, what about his mother? He tried to aggravate her by saying her investigations were just for some paper and was causing people even more trouble than she thought. Yet she was determined to continue with her investigation. Zi Hong asked if she was a cop, lol. He was definitely aggravating her on purpose, trying to chase her away with his words, not wanting her to be in danger. He went on and told her not to keep being so dramatic and saying all those nonsense about ‘brothers and sisters’, telling her to stop meddling into his matter, and that there was no longer any “Qing Ting”. She wanted to ask him one last thing, which was regarding the wooden tags on the tree. She pondered if it was he who placed those wooden tags on there. He said he didn’t know what she was talking about. She apologized and left at last. He pretended that he didn’t care, but he turned to look at her when she was walking away.

That night, Mr. Shen and Zi Hong went to Jiang Jian Ming’s house to apologize for their behaviors that had caused complications for Jiang Jian Ming. However, Jiang Jian Ming didn’t blame the two. Although, he told the two not to repeat it again. He told Mr. Shen that Zhang Guo Tang wouldn’t be listening to Mr. Shen or stop just because. Moreover, he told Zi Hong not to be so rash anymore, even if he was worried about his father. Jiang Jian Ming soon disclosed that Zi Hong should thank Miao Miao because Miao Miao was the one who had tried to persuade Chief Zheng all the while yet wasn’t able to get through Chief Zheng. He told Zi Hong that Miao Miao finally sought out his granddaughter hence his daughter finally calling him to tell him regarding the matter. It was also through that call that he realized what was going on so he returned faster than expected. So Zi Hong regretted his decision? Would he seek out Miao Miao now that he found out the truth? Or would he continue to be cruel so he could protect her from harm?

Indeed Zi Hong went to seek out Miao Miao at the newspaper place after the meeting with Jiang Jiang Ming. He tried to open the door but couldn’t. He walked to the other side to see the wooden tags Miao Miao was talking about on her computer screen through the glass door. He ended up going to his car and calling her on the phone. Yet she didn’t care to answer. She had every right to be upset, considering what she’d gone through to help him and had been given the cold shoulders. But she got up in the end. It was too late though, Zi Hong already left.

The next day, while Ah Gang was out with another officer to keep a lookout at the shop where one of Zhang Guo Tang’s henchmen was, the others were at the secret headquarter in a meeting. Xiao He was able to track Zhang Guo Tang’s phone number through the call he made on March 31st to Jiang Jian Ming. The area was the same as the place where Zi Yan had discovered those two kidnappers that one time. But because he had used a fake name to sign up, Xiao He wasn’t able to track any further. Once again, they ran into a dead end so Chen Jie’s disappointed sigh was justified. Zi Yan was pondering how Zhang Guo Tang’s actions were always faster than them. While they were discussing all that though, they had no idea that Zhang Guo Tang had already made contact with the person at the shop, through another one of his henchmen. Zhang Guo Tang set the meetup place at a supermarket. Nice? Ah Gang was able to follow that one guy to the spot.

Meanwhile, the others had left the control room and went back to the main area to discuss the case further. Chen Jie was saying how it would make sense that Zhang Guo Tang would contact Jiang Jian Ming the second or third time to ask him if he wanted to send out the money or not. Dong Han said that proved that Jiang Jian Ming didn’t receive just one call from Zhang Guo Tang. Zi Yan said that unless he had already given Zhang Guo Tang the money. Chen Jie then said regardless, he still lied. Xiao He was wondering why Jiang Jian Ming was lying. Dong Han jumped in again to say that he must be hiding something from them, something big like how Zhang Guo Tang had already had a hold on him about it. (Blackmail?)

So back at the supermarket, Zhang Guo Tang was having a soapy meet up with his buddy. (Yeah, right.) He was just reminiscing about the old days. He understood that the other guy had already left and had started anew with a simple life. He said he wanted to do a last thing for them, wanting to fulfill one of their old dreams. So after some side talk, the other guy went ahead and informed Zhang Guo Tang of what was going on, and how the cops were investigating him. He told the other guy not to worry since he was also investigating them. He disclosed that someone within the group was on his side. Already obvious from previous words exchanged on the phone, but now it narrowed down to the special team. After the exchange, Zhang Guo Tang left and Ah Gang tried hard not to get discovered.

Dong Han briefed them a bit about the situation with Jiang Jian Ming and Zhang Guo Tang years back. He suggested that they revisit the case regarding the accident of 20 years ago to understand more about the situation. He wanted to go in a different direction, considering how they were in a tight spot at the moment–with no lead and all. Chen Jie rejected the idea and said their boss wanted to keep things secret for now. He also said that they should be tracking down Zhang Guo Tang. Dong Han said he could investigate on his own time then. Yet Chen Jie told Dong Han that he already disregarded it. He went all out with saying that he could send Dong Han out to do other missions or he could let Dong Han swap with Ah Gang or let him go with Ah Gang to monitor the store. Then he said that Yong Mei needed someone to escort her later, and he initially wanted to let Zi Yan go with her but he could send Dong Han out as well. Yes, someone was definitely exuding his leader attitude. In a way, they should focus and be a team, I agree. But on the other hand, I couldn’t shake it that he was seriously suspicious. Or he needed to prove he was their leader? No idea. But he ended up dragging Xiao He in too. Then he said he wanted Dong Han to understand the situation and the target was Zhang Guo Tang, but Dong Han pointed out that his target was also Zhang Guo Tang. Chen Jie had to pull the “This is an order” card yet Dong Han said what if his order was wrong. (LOL!) Chen Jie got so mad that he got up from his seat and did a face-off with Dong Han. What now?

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The New World: Episode 2

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

The answer is no, she Zi Yan didn’t catch them. One of the thugs called up a guy named Tom to pick them both up. Although Zi Yan did call Xiao He to track the location, it was all in vain. Tom had arrived in time to aid his conspirators hence causing Zi Yan no choice but to stop. What would the others say now?

Chief Zheng was seen walking with Zi Yan and Chen Jie to the resident of the thugs. It appeared that a team had been called in to work on sweeping the scene to find possible evidence as well as interviewing the landlady and other possible witnesses. A man by the name of Scott Chen had registered at the resident, but no other information was known of their identities. Those thugs were really careful and had already gotten rid of possible evidence. According to Dong Han’s report, those thugs seemed to know what they were doing and could possibly know of the police’s operations. There wasn’t much to go on so the others head back to their secret headquarter.

Back in the control room, Zi Yan showed them how she had managed to retrieve some information while Xiao He was sleeping thus wanting to gamble regarding her previous journey. Zhao Ji Gang was impressed by Zi Yan’s abilities and even praised her before leaving the room. Chen Jie followed by apologizing to her for not believing her previously. However, he reminded her that she shouldn’t run off like that again, referencing regulations and whatnot. She said she understood. By this time, Xiao He seemed to have lost his ground, considering how his talent was scorching on the computers to find the correct solution. His face said it all, he was seriously offended, because both Ah Gang and Chen Jie had taken Zi Yan’s side. Although Zi Yan did apologize earlier (regarding how she’d sneaked onto his computers to check some information), he was still looking quite grim. So after Zi Yan left as well, Chen Jie had to be the one trying to get Xiao He to talk again. Xiao He’s only request at that point was for Chen Jie to tell Zi Yan to never touch his computers without permission again – to which Chen Jie hit his shoulder and left the room with a smile as well. Dong Han was also smiling. It seemed like the team was coming together at last.

Then Zi Yan and Dong Han had a talk in the break room. She thanked him for standing up for her with the guys earlier. However, she stated that she didn’t really care how they viewed her. She also went on to tell him not to do that in the future since she was capable of standing up for herself. He said he wasn’t, he only wanted to remind them and himself of the reason why they were chosen. She turned to him with a sweet smile, stating that regardless of the reason, she still wanted to thank him. After that, she walked out of the room with her cup in hand. He smiled before continuing with his chip munching task. Was this their beginning?

Elsewhere, Miao Miao and Yong Mei were discussing the happenings of these past days and the background of Zhang Guo Tang and Yong Mei’s grandfather’s disputes. Miao Miao finally understood some of the things she encountered previously. Yong Mei also took that time to convince Miao Miao not to investigate into the matter anymore, considering how the police were already on the case. Yong Mei further reasoned that since her family wasn’t allowed to do much for their own safety, Miao Miao would also be in danger if she muddled into the situation. However, Miao Miao wasn’t able to let go. She admitted it was curiosity at first. Yet, later on, she realized that the incident of years ago didn’t seem like an accident at all. She wanted to find out what happened to her friends and if Zhang Guo Tang was really responsible for it or if there were any other parties involved. Unable to persuade her otherwise, Yong Mei made Miao Miao promise to be careful.

Meanwhile, Zi Hong was seen walking out of his house and watching his father as the old man tried to remove some dust from his suit. Flashbacks finally confirmed that Zi Hong was indeed adopted by Shen You Fu and his wife (Huang Zi Yue) after the accident. Zi Hong didn’t care to acknowledge the couple as his new parents nor did he care to take on his new name. Yet Mrs. Shen wasn’t giving up, stating he was a kid after all and that he needed more time to accept them. They still took him to see his mother at the hospital from time to time. Days went by, he indeed was used to being part of their family. Although he wasn’t calling them “Mom” and “Dad” yet. It wasn’t until one rainy day Mrs. Shen slipped and fell that had drastically changed his new life again. He ended up comforting his father after Mrs. Shen passed away, even finally calling him “Daddy”. That indeed awakened the old man from his trance. That had given the old man some hope to go on. And they’d been father and son since then.

One of the men whom the others were talking about, an important figure, supposedly Zhang Guo Tang’s target finally appeared. Yes, he was Yong Mei’s maternal grandfather, Jiang Jian Ming (Yang Lie). He appeared to honor an employee, which was Zi Hong. Zi Hong sure made his father proud. Apparently, Shen You Fu was Jiang Jian Ming’s special assistant. Chairman Jiang only had praises for his assistant. Miao Miao was also seen at that event, taking pictures. She finally realized that Zi Hong was Mr. Shen’s son and he seemed to be hiding something. Considering how the interview halted abruptly the other night.

The next day at work, the others congratulated Zi Hong on his award. Jia Yuan even voiced out that Zi Hong should treat them all to a meal. After all the excitement subsided though, Zi Hong and Jia Yuan finally had a serious talk again. Jia Yuan confronted Zi Hong about beating that one guy up previously, stating that dude had a lot of friends so Zi Hong shouldn’t mess with them. Then she moved on to talked about her father’s situation and the debts he had incurred. She said that what she was doing, it was her own choice–and that no one was forcing her. She also disclosed that her only wish now was for her little brother to enter college. He, of course, didn’t look down on her. He stated that she was an awesome sister.

Zi Hong had no idea another confrontation was waiting for him around the corner. He only wanted to have lunch in peace. Yet Miao Miao wanted to uncover the truth. She stated how his father had lie about knowing Zhang Guo Tang. Zi Hong warned Miao Miao not to incriminate his father. She said she wouldn’t–unless the other party was really guilty. She continued on with how she’d lost three best friends and how their families had been torn apart by that so-called accident. She would get to the bottom of the situation regardless.

Back at the special headquarter, the team was discussing the latest developments and the information they were able to retrieve so far. Their meeting was interrupted by Xiao He rushing in to inform them that he’d found the vehicle that the thugs had used to escape. (It was the same vehicle that Zi Yan had called in previously, telling Xiao He to help her with identifying the car.) However, the bad news was the signal was already lost. They must have destroyed the car’s GPS already. All wasn’t lost since Dong Han had launched into an analysis that got everyone’s attention. He had revealed more information regarding one of the thugs he ran into that one time when he rescued Yong Mei. He said that guy had uttered a few words in Cantonese. Still, Zhang Guo Tang’s henchmen were still an unknown number. It was something they had to work at in deciphering and take caution.

That night at the Shen resident, Zi Hong told his father what Miao Miao had told him. Mr. Shen said he just didn’t want to talk about that incident anymore hence lying about not knowing Zhang Guo Tang. Mr. Shen then asked why Zi Hong didn’t tell Miao Miao that he was Qing Ting (蜻蜓 – dragonfly)? Zi Hong said that was ages ago, but Mr. Shen reminded Zi Hong how close Zi Hong was to the others. Mr. Shen went further by saying that Zi Hong still couldn’t let go of the incident that happened years ago, still trying to find the Zhang Guo Tang and the others to take revenge. He told Zi Hong to let all the hatred go or it would consume his life.

The next day, Miao Miao was tossed into a major obstacle when she spotted Zi Hong waiting for her in front of the newspaper place. Before this encounter, she had begged Yong Mei to talk to Chairman Jiang hence realizing that she’d gone in the wrong direction. Chairman Jiang had vouched for Mr. Shen and reassured Miao Miao and Yong Mei that there wasn’t anything wrong with Mr. Shen. So Miao Miao was dreading the minute that she had to apologize for being so fierce with Zi Hong during the previous confrontation. When she saw him at her workplace, she was more than reluctant to talk to him. Trying to turn on her charming smile to disarm his hostility, she didn’t care if it would work or not. She edged her way out of the situation. Actually, Zi Hong didn’t want to pick on her either. Their conversation soon steered toward seriousness after the initial awkwardness. She shared with him over tea of her childhood and her close friends. He listened intently and realized how much she’d enjoyed staying at his place when she was little, treating his mother like hers, considering how she didn’t have a mother and her father often worked late at that time. Her story spanned further into the future–after she left the old town and many years onward. He jumped in to say that he’d seen her collage and her articles about past memories. He soon asked her if the artistic/creative position was still available. He wanted to introduce someone to her for that position. He took her to a classroom where some kids were getting ready to sing. Miao Miao soon discovered that one of the kids looked exactly like Qing Ting, but it was impossible. Considering how Qing Ting would already be grown up by now. Soon, Miao Miao learned that the Qing Ting lookalike was Jia Yuan’s little brother, Li Xuan Fan, nicknamed Xuan Xuan. Zi Hong disclosed Jia Yuan’s goal of wanting to support her brother and hoping to earn enough to put away for his college education. Miao Miao didn’t know where that was leading but she listened on. It wasn’t long before Zi Hong asked her a favor, wanting her to give Jia Yuan a chance. Miao Miao said she had already agreed to help. Zi Hong soon clarified that she wasn’t helping since Jia Yuan didn’t want pity, but a chance to prove her capabilities. It seemed like Miao Miao was seeing Zi Hong in a different light, even if she jokingly taunted him while getting out of the car later on.

So while the other two were talking, Jia Yuan finally convinced her brother to head home after some side teasing. Jia Yuan checked the mail before heading upstairs to their resident. She found a strange envelope among the mails. Her brother asked her if it was from the same person. She studied the envelope and mumbled something about it was the same each month, only giving money yet didn’t leave any names or addresses. Her brother wondered if it was from their father. Yet Jia Yuan disagreed. She said it must be from Santa Claus, lol. That had sparked some laughter from the kid. And so they headed upstairs. That wasn’t the only mystery, because Miao Miao was seen pulling an all-nighter of her own, trying to figure out the connection between Qing Ting and Xuan Xuan–and why they looked alike.

The next day arrived with a mixture of good and bad news. The good news was that Chairman Jiang gained another powerful title. The bad news was, someone was out to get him. Fortunately for him, he survived. His assistant was the one who was shot. The result? Jiang Ming Yue (Mrs. Luo) launched into a scolding marathon, yelling at the entire special team for their incompetent. She stressed that she rather hire some outside bodyguards than seek their help any longer. Well, she was indeed her father’s daughter after all since after she was done (sort of), Chairman Jiang spoke up to remind Chief Zheng of his duties, which was to seek out Zhang Guo Tang’s whereabouts. Chief Zheng understood. He said that their other responsibility was to protect the Jiang/Luo families. Yet Mrs. Luo jumped in again, yelling out that she didn’t need them. However, her father soon interfered, telling her not to joke about it. Chief Zheng promised to be on high alert from now on and protect them all. The head commissioner spoke up at last, stating that they should trust Chief Zheng and his special team, not making it difficult for them. He then stepped toward Chief Zheng and said that their safety were in the team’s hands. Chairman Jiang told them that they shouldn’t act scared and should operate normally, not letting Zhang Guo Tang get the satisfaction of affecting their livelihood. (He was mostly advising his family at this point, not necessarily giving orders to the special team.) He soon left after that. Chief Zheng then reported to Mrs. Luo that from now on, Dong Han and Zi Yan were in charge of protecting Yong Mei. Mrs. Luo ignored him and left with her daughter. The head commissioner turned to Chief Zheng and apologized on his wife’s behalf, saying that his wife was just worried. Chief Zheng understood too well.

So after the head commissioner left as well, Chief Zheng told the others it was a major embarrassment to them regarding the latest incident. That meant they shouldn’t make that same mistake ever again. And while they were getting scolded, Xiao He and Ah Gang were outside at the parking lot, installing some gadgets into Chairman Jiang’s car. After they left, Mr. Shen called Zi Hong up, wanting to reassure Zi Hong that everything was fine. Yet Zi Hong was confused, considering how he was stuck in the factory the whole time, not even having a clue regarding the incident that just occurred. Yet what caught his attention was the news regarding Zhang Guo Tang. Zhang Guo Tang was indeed back. The day Zi Hong was waiting had finally arrived. What would his next move be? He called Miao Miao and requested a meeting that night. He would be bringing Jia Yuan over to meet her. He said that he would be busy the upcoming days so it was the only time. Miao Miao jokingly teased him yet agreed in the end. She was looking forward to it. Yet Zi Hong’s expression showed definite intensity, because of the situation he was now in.

*All images were captured by DTLCT