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Mei Ren Long Tang: Episode 12 – Robbing

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

As it were, Long Tai was chasing after Ren Mei’s car, attempting to patch things up between the two of them. Yet the last scene of the episode was also deceiving. Because even if Ren Mei had heard him and turned around, the bend in the road had caused their misunderstanding to enhance. Long Tai couldn’t chase any longer and stopped before the car took the turn hence not allowing Ren Mei to see him. (GOD, indeed a very torturous scene.)

Unlike their past encounters, Grandma Zhao was actually seen quite anxious while waiting for Ren Mei’s return. And indeed, the tension that often existed when they were crossing path seemed to have dissolved. Though Ren Mei still looked uncertain yet Grandma Zhao was seen less strict. In fact, her face expression had softened. Ren Mei finally spoke up to say that she was back–to which Grandma Zhao responded with a “Good” instead of her sharp words from before.

That night at the dinner table, Ren Mei was able to witness of Grandma Zhao’s partial toward Ren Hu once again, thinking things hadn’t changed at all. However, she soon realized how wrong she was when her grandma told the assistant that the soup pot she just brought in wasn’t for Ren Hu but for Ren Mei. Yes, that had shocked not only Ren Hu but also Ren Mei, who was staring at the table top at that point. The assistant was more than happy to see that Ren Mei was being treated so nicely–like she should be. Yet Ren Hu was the only one being unhappy and thinking that his grandma had changed. Grandma Zhao went even further, encouraging Ren Mei with her words. Though she didn’t say exactly in a ‘mushy’ style like the others (LOL), but she told Ren Mei it was better that she drank that particular soup to help her maintain her energy for ballet dancing rather than eat the oily stuffs (that would make her fat again, not being able to pursue her dream).

So after Ren Hu failed in causing trouble for the Long family by using the whole “seeking justice for Ren Mei” shield, he turned to another alternative. Yes, the one with wanting Xiao Xiang to return the money–despite the fact that her business just took off. Xiao Xiang was more than shocked that the other person wanted the money back so soon. Yet, of course, the head of the town only said he received a call and was told to pass the word on, etc.

So they were forced to go back to the Long family for a meeting. Long Tai thought up of a new method to help their business drive in even more customers with different options and thus could help their financial matter even more. Though somehow along the way, Ah Xiang and Ah Lun had misspoke, causing their almost fight. Yet Lao Tu said that their plan was also in place, and soon Long Tang’s business would also pick up. While they were chatting away so excitedly, Tian He appeared at the door. Long Tai, wanting to ease tensions between all parties, asked if Tian He wanted to join their discussion. Tian He, of course, responded that he wasn’t the least bit interest in their discussion. That had caused some reaction from Ah Lun and Ah Xiang, thinking that it was weird he didn’t care for his family business and all. Long Tai soon asked Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie if Tian He had always been that cold, withdrawn. Yet Lao Tu disclosed that Tian He changed his attitude since Long Shou Cheng slapped him that one time. (Ooooh, so the plot thickens.)

The incident occurred one day when Tian He returned home all upset. Long Shou Cheng was asking for his well-being, wondering if he’d gotten into fights with classmates again, wanting to check if he was hurt. Tian He shrugged him off and said his classmates were laughing at him. Tian He went on to chide his father for marrying a such a ‘woman’ and stated that he hated her. Long Shou Cheng went mad and slapped him. (Apparently, Grandma Long had told Tian He that his mother was one of those girls who worked in bars/nightclubs. SO yeah, it wasn’t good for the mother’s case, far from it.)

Later that day, Long Tai was seen at the tree talking to his mother again. He told her she wouldn’t believe how much Tian He hated her, and how terrible the relationship was between Tian He and the father. (Long Tai still calls his old man “Lao Tou” (老頭), lol.) Though he knew what was going on, but he said he couldn’t just meddle into their business like that. He also told his mother of his personal problem and he wasn’t able to resolve it either.

That night, Long Tai went to check on Ren Mei’s practice session again. She was practicing like usual until she spotted Long Tai. She didn’t care if he was Long Tai or Long Tian He, she made the same request as in the past, telling him not to seek her out anymore–regardless of situation. As she turned to leave, Long Tai blurted out that he was there just to give her something. It was indeed the shoe that he had wanted to give her that day–until all the craziness took place. She thought he was using that as compensation for the pain he’d caused her hence throwing it away after saying she didn’t need it. After she turned to leave, he ran like mad in that direction to try and search for it. Yet it wasn’t until the zoom in that we (as the audience) see that she hadn’t tossed it at all. It was still in her hand. It was also around that time that she turned around to see him searching for the shoe. Though not understanding his reason for still treating her so well–after the whole Long Tian He facade had been exposed, she still couldn’t toss away the shoe. As for Long Tai, he wasn’t able to find the shoe (of course) and had thought that had signaled their ending.

That night, Ren Hu was also seen drinking and crying over something. Apparently, it wasn’t just about his hatred for Long Tai or the rest of the Long family anymore. It was deeper than that. He reminisced back to the time that his grandma had told him about how the Long family had used some underhanded technique to snatch “Long Tang” away from their family. Then he remembered the time his father scolded him for saying those words and insisted that his grandma was kidding about the matter. What was strange was how Ren Hu and Ren Mei’s father didn’t blame the Long family. So, what was with the conflict? Anyway, that was also the time that Ren Hu’s father slapped him. Perhaps, seeing Ren Mei being treated so kindly by Grandma Zhao had triggered all sorts of emotions inside him, making him feel like he was cornered. Since little, his grandma cared for him a lot–and now she seemed to side with Ren Mei more, making him feel like he was neglected–just like how his father had treated him. (Or what it seemed to suggest in the flashback.) Then Ren Hu was forced to think of the car accident that had killed his parents once again. It showed that he was really suffering too, but was that a good excuse to blame it on his sister? (I had suspected a long time ago that it was his way to grieve with his parents’ death but it was like too frustrating to see him pick on Ren Mei time after time.) What got even more interesting was when he pulled Wen Zi into his embrace and blurted out how he’d been suffering all these years, and he knew it was his fault. (What?) Oh, he was saying how if it he didn’t take Ren Mei to the mountains then his parents wouldn’t end up in that accident.

The next morning, Long Tai went to seek Tian He, wanting to teach him how to cook so he could help aid Long Tang’s business in the future. Yet Tian He, with his usual attitude, turned Long Tai down and slammed the door in Long Tai’s face. Long Tai wanted to knock again but his old man stopped him, saying that Long Tai didn’t have to force Tian He and if Tian He didn’t want to learn, he would. So they proceeded to the kitchen with Long Tai teaching his old man the recipes. Though he claimed it was none of his business, Tian He soon showed up in the kitchen to check up on them. Watching a little, he decided to leave. It wasn’t until he heard his old man cried out that he returned to watch. Apparently, Long Shou Cheng had cut his hand in an attempt to chop some of the items. Tian He spied on them some more until Ah Pan Jie claimed that she would go get some meds for Long Shou Cheng’s hand–with Lao Tu following. Tian He was standing nearby, still eavesdropping on Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu’s words. (Was he feeling jealous or regretting in his earlier decision in not joining in? It seemed like he was reconsidering things, but who know?) Though the feeling from Tian He was definitely jealousy, because his thoughts had disclosed just that after Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu left the scene. He was thinking how his father had never looked at him that way before (i.e. the look Long Shou Cheng gave Long Tai when Long Tai was tending to his hand).

As Tian He was out taking a walk and seething of some sort, he encountered Ren Hu. They exchanged the usual taunting. Then Ren Hu made a promise to make Tian He’s life even more miserable.

That night, Long Shou Cheng was cheered on by Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu with his success in creating all those dishes. Yet to backtrack a little, if it wasn’t for Long Tai, things would have gone from bad to worse. Long Shou Cheng finally admitted that he wasn’t made out to be a chef. Long Tai soon assured him that no one was good on the first try so he should practice more. Long Tai went on to say if his old man didn’t try harder, how could they fend when he return to Japan. That was when Ah Pan Jie jumped in to ask if Long Tai really have to leave, stating that they couldn’t go on without him. Long Tai told her not to say those words, and if Tian He were to hear those words, he would be really sad.

Strangely as it were, Ren Mei was out and about yet encountered rain again. The strange part was actually spotting Tian He sitting nearby. She didn’t want to approach him, even wanting to turn and leave. Yet it rain even harder. He made a jab at her by saying she was really stupid, not knowing how to hide from the rain. Soon, she was indeed forced to run toward the shelter to hide. It was also then that Tian He was forced to move aside. Instead of crying or taking it in like before, Ren Mei returned the attack. Yet she annoyed him by deciphering that he cared for her hence scolding her like that. Even Tian He was surprised of her reaction, thinking that he wasn’t mean enough with his words. It was really funny actually, considering how she kept reversing his words with the positive meaning instead. They finally parted ways when she went on the public bus. However, I kept thinking what if she thought he was Long Tai? (Yet it didn’t seem so, considering how she was still mad at Long Tai at this point, she wouldn’t be joking around with him like that.)

When Tian He arrived home, he was able to witness the others chatting happily and having tea. He was envious of them, especially feeling left out. (Like he was willing to admit that but he looked that way.) Indeed, in his room, he was seething over the fact that it didn’t change with or without him. It seemed like they were having a lot more fun without him, etc.

Meanwhile in the kitchen, Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu were tending to Tian He’s dinner. They were preparing the dishes that he liked. Long Tai soon stepped in to interfere, not wanting them to spoil Tian He like that. Long Tai stated that it was all right to do it when he was sick yet now Tian He was already well again. Ah Pan Jie told Long Tai to bear it for a while, considering how Tian He was still recovering. Long Tai said that it wasn’t good for Tian He in the long run, and stated his attitude was more an emotional problem than of the physical health matter. And since Long Tai was on a roll, he didn’t care to say it all out, wondering what in the world does Tian He want. It was around then that Tian He stepped in and heard it all. He returned the favor by asking what Long Tai wanted.

So another confrontation was inevitable. Tian He was accusing Long Tai of trying to replace him. Long Tai repeated that after he was done with helping them learning the recipes, then he would leave. Yet Tian He’s expression said it all, he didn’t believe Long Tai. Tian He went right ahead and told Long Tai not to use that as an excuse anymore and that if Long Tai wanted to leave, just leave. Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu soon interfered, wanting to stop Tian He. But before they could say anything else, Long Tai said he didn’t need Tian He to kick him out, he would leave tomorrow morning.

So what else could Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie do except to run to their boss and tell him of the matter? Lao Tu was saying how the twins were brothers yet couldn’t get along. Then both he and Ah Pan Jie were wondering how they could make Long Tai stay. Long Shou Cheng said that he already said all that he could. He didn’t know what else to do or say that would convince Long Tai to stay. So they were back to looking morbid. It wasn’t until Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie both yelled out they had an idea that hope stirred again. What was the plan then?

Old plan, pretending to be sick. That got Long Tai worried all right. Yet how long could they keep this one up? Long Tai was a tad suspicious, saying how he was fine at dinner time, etc. Yet Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were saying that their boss didn’t want Long Tai to worry hence not saying anything–and told them not to say it out either. It was a riot actually! It worked brilliantly at first. It wasn’t until Ah Pan Jie handed him a tissue of some sort so he “could cough blood into it” that they got busted. She handed him the wrong one. Or had applied the wrong substance–since it was mustard and NOT ketchup! LOL! (I so didn’t see that one coming BUT it was indeed a comic relief after such hectic scenes.) Yet Lao Tu patched it up by saying that it was lucky their boss didn’t cough up blood this time, just phlegm. (LOL! Good save!) That wasn’t all, because Long Tai soon suggest that they should get his old man to the doctor to have a look. (Nice, Long Tai wasn’t the dumb type, how could he not think of ‘doctor’ right away, lol.) Once again, the other two said that their family doctor was Doctor Jin and he was currently in Japan so couldn’t check, but Doctor Jin had previously said that this was all due to stress/pressures. So what now? Ah Pan Jie said that they shouldn’t give Long Shou Cheng anymore pressure. Lao Tu jumped in to agree with Ah Pan Jie. And the two had somehow weaved the whole conversation with wanting Long Tai to stay for now and help them manage Long Tang. (OY, clever one.) They also told him to not take Tian He’s words to heart since what Tian He was saying wasn’t true and that Tian He didn’t mean it. Ah Pan Jie even said that Long Tai was the younger brother so he should try to bear with Tian He for now. It wasn’t after Long Tai left to prepare some soup for Long Shou Cheng that Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu high-fived each other. (LOL! Cute indeed!)

Later when Ah Pan Jie was bringing out the soup for Long Shou Cheng, she almost bumped into Tian He. She quickly begged him to make some sounds when he walk because she almost bumped into him and that could had hurt him with the hot soup. He spotted the soup and seemed to be pondering about it. Ah Pan Jie clarified it was for the boss, stating that he wasn’t feeling well. When Tian He asked, Ah Pan Jie responded with how the boss’ health hadn’t been well for a while now. Yet she soon remembered that Tian He’s health wasn’t good in the past either so how could he have time to worry about his old man’s health. Just when she was explaining about how they finally convinced Long Tai to stay behind and help for the time being, the phone rang. She kept calling for Lao Tu to pick it up yet it seemed like he wasn’t around. That was when Tian He told Ah Pan Jie to go pick it up and he would deliver the soup. Ah Pan Jie, surprised, but mumbled that Tian He indeed cared very much for his father–after Tian He left. What was more hurtful for Tian He was when he was about to knock, Long Shou Cheng had asked if it was Long Tai. With that discouragement, Tian He placed the tray on the floor and made his leave instead of coming in. Long Shou Cheng didn’t understand why Long Tai didn’t come in but ended up realizing that it might have been Tian He. Yet he retreated his thoughts and said that it was impossible it was Tian He. Later when Ah Pan Jie was bringing out the soup for Long Shou Cheng, she almost bumped into Tian He. She quickly begged him to make some sounds when he walk because she almost bumped into him and that could had hurt him with the hot soup. He spotted the soup and seemed to be pondering about it. Ah Pan Jie clarified it was for the boss, stating that he wasn’t feeling well. When Tian He asked, Ah Pan Jie responded with how the boss’ health hadn’t been well for a while now. Yet she soon remembered that Tian He’s health wasn’t good in the past either so how could he have time to worry about his old man’s health. Just when she was explaining about how they finally convinced Long Tai to stay behind and help for the time being, the phone rang. She kept calling for Lao Tu to pick it up yet it seemed like he wasn’t around. That was when Tian He told Ah Pan Jie to go pick it up and he would deliver the soup. Ah Pan Jie, surprised, but mumbled that Tian He indeed cared very much for his father–after Tian He left. What was more hurtful for Tian He was when he was about to knock, Long Shou Cheng had asked if it was Long Tai. With that discouragement, Tian He placed the tray on the floor and made his leave instead of coming in. Long Shou Cheng didn’t understand why Long Tai didn’t come in but ended up realizing that it might have been Tian He. Yet he retracted his thoughts and said that it was impossible it was Tian He.

That night Tian He had a strange dream. He was standing in front of the hot spring, thinking that since his returned no one cared about him anymore so there was no point in staying so he left. Yet someone suddenly called for him, asking him why he didn’t enter. He turned around to see his mother smiling at him and greeting him. Upon seeing her, he wasn’t able to say anything but just stared. The look on his face said it all. His tears finally fell and he questioned her where had she gone to and why she didn’t take him along. She responded by saying that she didn’t leave far since she still existed in his heart. She then call him “Silly Child” and told him not to cry anymore. That was when he hugged her and called her “Mom” instead of “that woman” like he had regarded her many times in reality. And in reality, he was indeed crying.

The next morning Long Tai was seen going to Ren Mei’s ballet dancing place again. He was there to spy on her yet she wasn’t there, and was pondering why. She had spotted him earlier while she was on her way there hence changing direction. Yet she had bumped into Ah Xiang and Ah Lun hence learning of Long Shou Cheng’s health condition. She quickly rushed to Long Tang to check on him. But had stopped short at the door because she realized she didn’t want to bump into Long Tai. Ironically, he was on his way back and they soon were forced to face each other. Luckily for them, Ah Pan Jie arrived home from the market and invited Ren Mei in.

It was also then that Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu were forced to put on some makeup for Long Shou Cheng. (It was hilarious! Really!) Because their boss looked too good to be “sick” so they had to resort to that method. It was indeed helpful because Ren Mei was convinced of Long Shou Cheng’s sickness, even stating his lack of ‘color’. It was also then that Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu gave themselves a mental pat on the back. Soon, they invited Ren Mei to stay for lunch. Even if Ren Mei wanted to turn them down, it was hard to, because of how Long Shou Cheng had insisted.

So Long Tai and Ren Mei’s meeting was inevitable. They finally were forced to face one another again. Yet after the staring and a mental conversation with his mother, Long Tai wasn’t able to speak up and confess of his true feelings for Ren Mei. He was too late. He lost his chance because Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu’s conversation had ruined the mood and had distracted them from the actual conversation. Even if Ren Mei was steering the conversation back on course, it was too late. Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu soon stepped out to ask Long Tai to go and prepare lunch.

Interestingly, Ren Mei seemed to have more luck in talking to Tian He of recent than Long Tai. Because while she was thinking about what Long Tai was about to tell her earlier, Tian He walked by and saw her hence stepping in to engage in a conversation. Well, it was more like another showdown than an actual conversation. Yet Ren Mei was seriously getting good at it, succeeding in annoying him more than he realized. (And the mystery with Ren Mei being able to distinguish between the twins or not was also resolved. She indeed was able to since she stated that although they looked alike but their preferences in attires were different.)

Their banter was cut short with Ah Pan Jie walking in and telling Ren Mei to get ready for lunch. Upon seeing Tian He, Ah Pan Jie informed him that she would deliver lunch to his room soon. However, Tian He surprised them both by saying he would join them for lunch. No one could blame Ah Pan Jie for pondering if the sun had risen on the west or some other phenomenal event had taken place. It was indeed quite strange.

And as Tian He was making comments about the dishes, Ah Pan Jie explained the reason why it seemed so plain was that Long Tai had especially prepared it that way. Lao Tu soon stepped into the room and said that Long Tai especially made those dishes for Ren Mei because it would be good for her training instead of eating those oily stuffs. As the explanation was taking place, Ren Mei realized that Long Tai still remembered that she loved drumsticks the most.

When everyone had settled down at the table, Tian He discovered something was going on between Long Tai and Ren Mei. Yet Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie seemed indifference to it. They were just happy that it was Long Tai and Tian He’s first time eating at the same table. Ah Pan Jie took that time to placed some drumsticks into Ren Mei and Tian He’s rice bowls. It was around then that Tian He decided to test out his suspicion. He immediately placed the drumstick in his rice bowl on Ren Mei’s, which sparked some reactions from everyone. And while Tian He was playing the game of “placing food onto Ren Mei’s rice bowl”, Long Tai was staring him down, Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were exchanging looks, and Ren Mei only knew how to say “Thank you” each time. Ah Pan Jie, Lao Tu, and Ren Mei were indeed shocked of Tian He’s behaviors. They had no idea he was just trying to test Long Tai. Tian He was in fact quite happy with this new discovery–with Long Tai liking Ren Mei. Then Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu were holding a psychic conversation of their own, pondering what Tian He was up to. As for Long Tai, he couldn’t take it anymore hence declaring that he was full and left. Ren Mei gave the same excuse and left as well. She wasn’t going home. She went to the kitchen to wash dishes. Tian He was indeed smiling even more with his discovery.

Act 2 of the play moved itself to the kitchen. Because while Ren Mei was cleaning up, Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu was saying how she was the guest and can’t be doing it. Yet Ren Mei didn’t mind. Long Tai soon walked in with a big box. Ah Pan Jie told him to place it somewhere before telling him to take Ren Mei outside to discuss with Ren Mei about their latest plan, considering how it was awhile since they talked. Before anything like that happened though, Tian He walked in. What was even more surprising to Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu was how Tian He said that he wanted to help Ren Mei wash dishes. (WHAT?!) Not being able to witness it anymore, Long Tai left–even if Ren Mei had turned to look at him at one point. (Despite some frustration, it was so funny seeing how Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were taking turns to close each other’s mouth for the other person, LOL!)

New development. As Ren Mei was spotted outside Long Tang, still lingering around, she thought back to the conversation with Tian He after everyone had left. He was asking her to be his girlfriend. She was indeed really, really shocked. Yet he said if she thought it was too fast, they could just be friends first. (A familiar scene or what? It was like how Tian He had played Ren Hu in the past with confessing to the girl Ren Hu was interested in just to spite Ren Hu.) Yet that wasn’t the most important thing at this point. The most important thing was how Ren Mei was questioning herself of her own reaction when Tian He asked her those questions yet she wasn’t the least bit happy. After all, didn’t she say that she like him? She was indeed quite upset with herself. So she headed home scolding Long Tai for not clarifying things with her.

So Tian He finally have something to be happy about. At least he had something to taunt Long Tai with, not feeling so sorry for himself of being abandoned anymore. Suddenly, Long Tai was seriously too weak. Sure, he cared for Ren Mei, but why was he taking all of these in and even begged Tian He not to hurt Ren Mei? Tian He finally confronted Long Tai with saying that Long Tai like Ren Mei. Long Tai still denied it. (And why in the world did Long Tai tell Tian He that Ren Mei like him since little? Darn it!) Before Tian He left, he told Long Tai not to worry because he would treat Ren Mei well. (Really?)

Then came the time when Ren Hu once again confessed to Wen Zi and wanted to convince her to stay. What she ended up discovering was how he had her passport all along. He wanted to explain that he didn’t do it on purpose and only wanted her to stay hence not returning it to her just yet. But she didn’t care for it. She left after scolding him some more for being a liar and she didn’t want to see him again.

As for Tian He, he succeeded in getting Ren Mei to ride on his motorcycle with him as Long Tai witnessed them together–with Tian He’s taunting smile directed at him. (The motorcycle Long Tai often used was actually Tian He’s yet the taunting had meant for Long Tai that he–Tian He–had won.)

*All images were captured by DTLCT

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Mei Ren Long Tang: Episode 4 – Persistence

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

Long Tai returned home already from the way it was shown. Though he was still recovering from the last fit, someone was already knocking on his door so early in the morning. It was none other than our cute protagonist bringing food for him. Not only that but she acted so caring that led him to ponder about matters. She was just making up for her past ‘mischief’, lol.

And they were back at it again, lol. She didn’t realize she had placed the chair at a a careless angle so he had to balance it out. She had no idea so he resorted to his mean words again. It was so funny and cute at the same time that he was trying so hard to hang on until she left before scolding her.

OMG, I couldn’t stop laughing for five straight minutes. Okay, that was exaggerating BUT that was so funny that we found out Ren Mei’s scared of rats and thinking that Long Tai will come to the rescue (aka hero saving beauty scene) YET he was also scared of rats. (And then I got carried away with thinking if it would be a twins thing.)

The comedy had to subside to make way for the little explanation behind Ren Mei and Ren Hu’s parents’ deaths. It explained a lot more into why Ren Hu hated his sister so much thus far. (It still didn’t make it right for him to blame her though, but it shed some light onto his attitude toward her.) Also, possibly why Ren Mei’s self-esteem was dropping so much and eventually having the only outlet of indulging herself with food.

So Long Tai accidentally got locked in the storage room because the wind blew the door shut, locking it in the process. As Ah Pan Jie was reporting of her unsuccessful process of finding Tian He, she then went into pondering about Tian He’s strange behavior and how he wasn’t himself since he returned from Japan. Even Lao Tu was having a say, causing their boss to get all panicky. (Nice?) But then Ah Pan Jie’s ghost theory reassured Long Shou Cheng once again, lol. Those were indeed wild theories.

Long Tai was finally freed after Ren Mei came to the rescue! Well, she didn’t know since she was just transferring supplies to the room. Funny that they had to bicker again. At least he was kind of snarky with his response to her.

I spoke too soon about freedom since they have to waste time and lost the chance of escaping, lol. He was too late so couldn’t stop the door from swinging shut once more. (Thanks to the wind.) He had no choice but to help her rearrange the items, lol. While she tried her luck on the door–that was. Or just sit there and wait for the next person to come by. IF only when.

Still locked in. Ren Mei apparently gave up on trying to breakdown the door. And didn’t bother to yell anymore. Not after how Long Tai had scolded her for being noisy. (Long Tai to Ren Mei: “Since when did you exude such confidence? You’re not even the slightest bit small.” OUCH! But yeah…) She didn’t mean it literally! Anyway, awww…her self-esteem. But it was hard to blame after all that had happened to her. AND that was so off! She forgot she brought her cell phone with her. Too bad no signal, lol. Well, he have to try OR they’ll be locked in for a loooonnnngggg time.

And exaggerating much? I thought Lao Tu isn’t afraid of ghosts! OR he was claiming it was nonsense! But they misunderstood big time! (After they came to realize there was no ghost present.)

After recovering from one of his most traumatizing moments of his life (and possibly most embarrassing too), Long Tai overheard Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie’s conversation hence knowing about the hot spring’s financial situation. They definitely have to cut back and save money.

Which led to Lao Tu going to the spring to catch some fishes and ended up running into some bullies. They were unfruitful with extracting money from him. Yet Long Tai soon taught them a lesson after Lao Tu was out of sight. Of course he had to sneak fight or he would be found out of his identity, considering how it was already a push that Tian He was able to exert so much energy since his return (and supposedly just recovering right now). It would be too suspicious if he was such a good fighter too. After the fight, he went back to the spring and caught some fishes himself. (It was almost too easy, considering his previous occupation.)

Long Tai brought home his catch of the day yet he wasn’t able to brag about it because he had to protect his identity once again. His excuse was saying how someone had given it to him. But then the conversation scurried its way toward the income situation and how it had nothing to do with Ren Mei’s appetite–though both Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie might as well be talking about her, lol. Well, they ended up exposing one another but yeah…

Having to temporarily forget their current financial problems, they had to attend one of the Zhao family’s events. Mostly because the town’s head had personally invited them. Wouldn’t want to outright disregard him. Not to mention Ren Mei sort of persuaded them to help support her family’s event. Zhao Ren Hu’s bluff didn’t come out well since the guest he invited to attend the event had been in a car accident so the man was at the hospital at the moment. It was interesting how things turned out. I have a guess who the guest is, but won’t say it until later. Surely, Ren Hu would’ve been prepared than that? He should waited until the man was there to even announce or arrange such a gathering.

DARN, misunderstanding. I take back the bit of sympathy I have for Grandma Zhao. She didn’t let Ren Mei explain, just went with her assumptions. Okay, so Ren Mei have that dream of becoming a dancer, that was true. But she was assuming the whole situation away for this case, thinking the reason Ren Mei wasn’t around at the event was because of her daydream.

And Ren Hu so brought this one on himself. So he couldn’t blame others for mocking him. And it just have to be up to Long Tai to save the day. Perhaps, he was feeling bad for the Zhao family or because of Ren Mei that he helped them. Yet, of course, Ren Hu won’t thank him for it. Far from it. He probably thought Long Tai was just trying to show off and up him one.

And they celebrated at home. Or more like Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were trying to worship Long Tai at the moment. YUP, they were thinking how their place would improve with more business pouring in after Long Tai’s extraordinary performance at the event.

Seriously? After you practically begged him to stay, you’re going to protect your reputation and try to drive him away again? OMG, I was so deceived. I thought the father was so regretful of the past that he was trying hard to convince Long Tai to stay, etc. YET he has other hidden agenda, wanting Long Tai to act as Tian He while Tian He was away. And wanting Long Tai to leave afterward? Nice, disposing of him after usage. (AND I finally discovered why Mike’s voice is kind of weird when he’s Long Tai because it was supposedly that way. Because as Tian He, his voice perceived a different feeling. A nice touch.)

Dinner came as one hectic meal. Long Tai’s outburst and departure was already a mystery to Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie. Though they had opted for Long Tai being tired from the day’s events. Yet what about Ren Mei? They had no idea. Looking at Long Shou Cheng made me even more frustrated and couldn’t even sympathize with his logic at all. So he’s going to have to work really hard to earn Long Tai’s trust or care in the future.

The most reassuring part about the whole thing was Ren Mei got her answer as to whether her mother’s friend had remembered her. She received a letter from the lady and really wanted to meet up. Yet what troubled Ren Mei at that moment was her current state and how she was going to face the auntie she really wanted to meet up with again, knowing the chance was going to even more rare in the future if she didn’t take it now.

So after the talk with Long Shou Cheng, Ren Mei was determined to go forward with her diet plan. She was indeed determined all right because she had written all the mantra and posted ’em up around her room.

After all that fuss, they were still able to sit down and eat together? I meant the others could, but had Long Tai calmed down and not care anymore? I guess he have to eat and all. But poor Ren Mei had to stick to her mantra. It was funny how Long Tai thought she was staring at him and not the food, lol. OR he looked like it, lol. BUT that was kind of messed up though, Long Tai took Ren Mei’s drumsticks after she left? Well, he wouldn’t want to waste food but it was still kind of sad.

The next day, Ren Mei’s exercise was short-lived though she was still serious about losing weight. She worked so hard that Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were so worried, especially when she hadn’t eaten at all for a day now. Because she was so determined, they couldn’t stop her from overworking herself.

The result? Yup, it wasn’t about eating or not. She needs a better program than just starving herself like that. She had fainted after overworking herself thus Long Tai had to get help. He collapsed, just like that one time. Yet I was wondering why he didn’t run for help aka calling it in first before trying to carry her himself. (OY…)

And another misunderstanding as Ren Mei wasn’t able to explain. Honestly, when would Grandma Zhao stop jumping into people’s mouth? That was the end of the episode so have to wait and see.

Rating went up slightly for this episode but still a shame that it couldn’t go up faster. Still enjoyable and at the right pace.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

Mei Ren Long Tang: Episode 3 – Probing

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

This episode opens with a cryptic song in the night while everyone was supposed to be sleeping. The song awaken Long Tai and he stepped out to investigate.

Interestingly, it was his mother. (So is it all a dream or what?) YUP, it was a dream. But it showed how much Long Tai misses his mother. And her wise advices.

After that premonition dream, Long Tai decided to bury his mother’s ashes by the tree. However, according his words, he only buried half of her ashes by the tree and the other half would follow him back to Japan. Though somehow his old man was able to convince him otherwise. Well, at least some of the old man’s words reminded him of what his mother said previously regarding his father and brother. At least he was curious about his brother to stay after all.

It was revealed from one of the townspeople that the Long family and the Zhao family had a history which dated back to their ancestors so it wasn’t just some recent feud between the two. At least some people were sympathizing with Ren Mei in this whole situation.

As the servants were helping Long Shou Cheng get ready to greet the Zhao family (who were supposedly sending Ren Mei over), Long Shou Cheng was stating that Ren Mei was such a nice and kind girl that they should treat her well while she was there to ‘fulfill her duties for the bet’, the servants immediately objected. Even almost strangling their master, nice? (LOL) Seriously, I kept pondering the roles between master and servants with their fierce reaction to the matter. It was almost like Long Shou Cheng was scared of them, lol.

Finally agreeing to appear all grim and powerful in front of their “enemy”, they opened the door and stepped out as a united force. Yet as Ren Mei got out and made her way toward her new ‘habitat’, her grandma actually wanted to grab a hold of her hand. To stop her? Suddenly, I’m not so harsh toward the grandma anymore. But I was mad at her brother for his cunning ways. She was his sister after all, why do such cruel things to her? (The impression of an older brother always protecting his younger siblings had really etched its way into my mind after witnessing real life circumstances and even in the dramas that I found it hard to believe. Not impossible, but it was so sad to see such scenes. Each family have their own stories and problems, but this was just so heart-breaking for Ren Mei. More details will probably unfold to explain Ren Hu’s reasons for hating his sister – or not, but for now, the production team is doing a very good job of making me hate Ren Hu.)

Conflict ensued within the group of three – master and servants – again as they returned to their resident and was deciding the next step. This time though, they were communicating through their eyes and silent gestures as Ren Mei waited for her fate. The poor girl was looking at the ground the whole time, not daring to face them. Though appearing quite fierce when she was convincing her boss to stay tough with Ren Mei to show the Zhao family what they were really made of, Ah Pan Jie soon warmed up to Ren Mei’s sweet smile and her sincere greeting along with their boss. The only one still managing to keep up the fierce front was Lao Tu, whom took it into his own hands to set Ren Mei straight. OR more like he turned everyone’s smiles upside-down, lol. OMG, he was taking over the boss’ role major time with ordering Ah Pan Jie around and assigning tasks, lol. His boss should take some notes from him.

And as Long Tai was telling his mother how he didn’t want to stay, he overheard Ah Pan Jie telling Ren Mei their ‘rules’ (LOL) hence the collision (literally) once again. It was funny and a bit strange that she should be surprised he was there. I meant if she had mistaken him for Tian He previously, then it made sense he was there.

As Ren Hu was busy ranting bitterly about how Long Tian He didn’t even care to acknowledge his existence, we found out why Grandma Zhao hated Ren Mei’s mother so much and ballet in general. The car accident was supposedly Ren Mei’s mother’s fault in Grandma Zhao’s version. (So we have another piece of the puzzle, but not quite because each person have his or her own perspective. SO the true version–or fuller version–would be out later.)

Long Tai finally found out through Lao Tu what the full version of the story was regarding his bet with Long Ren Hu earlier. YUP, he jumped in while they were in the middle of the competition, so of course he needed the full version of the story to understand the situation better. Yet it was so funny that Lao Tu was saying it was Long Tai’s fault that Ren Mei had to stay there and be the ‘slave’. YET of course he had retaliated and said it was only right to show the Zhao family about their capabilities, lol.

As Ren Mei was still pondering about her fate for the upcoming days staying there, Long Tai rushed in and ordered her to leave immediately. Even after Long Tai told her it was none of her business and how he was the one involved with the bet so he could have a say in it, Ren Mei still decided to stand her ground about staying in place of her brother. What else could Long Tai do except storm out in a typical dramatic exit style? (YUP, slamming the door and all.)

Meal time so Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were putting in every single piece of food they could find on the table for Long Tai, still under the impression that he was Tian He and needed his nutrition, lol. What was funnier was how Long Tai was thinking the way they were feeding Tian He, it was impossible that he didn’t have high blood pressure or stroke already, lol. But Long Shou Cheng soon moved the topic of conversation to Ren Mei – to which they learned Ren Mei was ordered to eat by herself in the kitchen because she wasn’t supposed to eat with ‘the master’, lol. OY, what were they?

While Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were bragging about their ‘torture’ method of letting Ren Mei eat only a bit of food, etc, Ren Mei was feeling like she was practically in Heaven! YUP, Grandma Zhao only allowed her to eat vegetables after she got fat, etc SO now having meat at meal time was like living in Heaven to her. It was too good to be true. OMG, it was so exaggerated but so funny at the same time with fireworks in the background. Ren Mei was so cute. I guess if Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie knew what types of life Ren Mei was leading before, they wouldn’t be so proud of their ‘torture’ technique.

It got even cuter as Long Tai was ranting on and on about how they were a senseless bunch, fighting over stuffs. AND how Rou Bao Mei (肉包妹) was even dumber to agree to stay at this place, etc. OY, so he was really worried for her. His mother pointed it out, lol. (Well, it might as well be him talking to himself but it was cuter with having the image of his mother pointing it out to him. In a way, it might be his own version of how he was still able to talk to his mother like old times, seeking wise words from her.) So after the talk with “his mother”, he finally agreed to stay. (Or it might as well be him trying to convince himself to stay since deep down, he was really curious of this place anyway.)

First day and Ren Mei was already hard at work, proving to others that she could do it, not going to let her grandma down. Or the Zhao family for that matter. Super woman indeed! And what caught Long Tai’s eyes wasn’t just her hardworking attitude but how she tended so carefully to the tree his mother really loved. AND he finally admitted that she was cute, lol. Yup, he was sneaking up on her when she fell asleep by the porch. (But that was before he realized she have a ‘sinus’ problem, lol.) He did some of her work for her, but that also discredited her previous efforts, which was a shame. I guess they needed some misunderstanding to push the plot forward but poor Ren Mei. AND I spoke too soon again since it was really great to see that the little mix-up got sorted out just a few seconds later at meal time.

OMG, Long Tai was so fierce. Yet he was just trying to get her to leave so she wouldn’t have to do ‘slave’ work anymore. It was cute that he refused to acknowledge his ‘caring’ for her part, lol. But then Long Tai recruited Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie on his team to make Ren Mei’s life even more miserable, nice? Yeah, he was definitely trying to drive her out of the house here since talking to her ‘nicely’ didn’t work. Ah Pan Jie was caving though since she thought it was too much, but Lao Tu was getting his way so of course he agreed.

It was so funny watching Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie sneaking around, spying on Ren Mei. They were indeed pondering why Ren Mei looked so happy working like that. AND why she was so fast with her moves. But the priceless moment must be saved for when Lao Tu stuck his hand in one of the edges of the sink and ended up hurting himself! LOL! I kept using the word ‘cute’ but couludn’t help it. Long Tai was so staring at Ren Mei AND he still dared to say, “Who’s treating her like family? Who wants to eat with her?” LOL! Still in denial mode, but so cute, lol.

Dinner time. It’s almost like familiy dinner, eh? LOL! But Long Tai need to work on his listening skills, lol. Ren Mei said Lao Tu was her ‘elder’ so it was only right that he was strict and fierce toward her. Was he trying to be her ‘elder’? LOL!

But anyway, moving on, Ren Mei got everyone beyond shocked when she admitted that she hadn’t eaten that one dish for like 10 years now. Awww, everyone was feeling bad for Ren Mei now. Hard to blame them with all the questions because regardless of how they saw Grandma Zhao favoring Ren Hu, after all they were one family so how could she be denied of all the delicacies, right? (Of course Grandma Zhao have her own reasons but to the Long family, it seemed really off.) Honestly though, Ren Mei’s obesity problem arose from her emotional and psychological issues, NOT totally because of what she ate. She did sneak eat noodles and stuffs that one time (and possibly some others). But I think that wasn’t the root of it all.

Just as Ren Mei was celebrating over the fact that everyone was treating her so well at the Long resident, she received a text message from her brother, stating that he wanted to meet her at the back of the house. She was sure deceived because he wasn’t even asking for her well-being. He was just there to extract some information regarding Long Tai after overhearing the employees discussed about the irrational way of how Tian He could recover so fast. That was so messed up! I thought he wouldn’t stoop so low YET Ren Hu was capable of manipulating his sister into helping him by luring her in with her ‘ballet’ dream.

Too funny, ghost stories! The light just have to flicker and go crazy at that time while Ren Mei was trying to spy on Long Tai. But oh well, more time for Ah Pan Jie to tell ghost stories and our princess fainted, lol. (Ren Mei had to ask, but did the answer have to be that scary? LOL….) Lucky Ah Pan Jie steered things around, trying to reassure Ren Mei that no ghosts exist, etc. And I thought it was only Ren Mei who was afraid of ghost. Even Long Tai was a scaredy-cat when it came to ‘ghosts’, lol. The ghost theory was soon dismissed when Long Tai realized it was Ren Mei all along at breakfast.

So cute with seeing Ren Mei on the steamed bun. But it was driving Long Tai crazy, lol. Seriously, he was confusing them, lol. Since he just dismissed himself with the excuse that he wasn’t hungry and didn’t have an appetite for it.

Ooooh, the time finally arrive to test if Long Tai was really Tian He or not. I guess because Ren Mei was half curious and half motivated because of her brother’s promise hence wanting to go forward with it. She wasn’t all into it though since she did try to stop him and was somewhat freaking out. Not to mention worried. And even dreamed up of a possibility for the outcome. Then she was struggling so bad that she ended up stopping him–without a reason. Of course that riled him up since he did offer her half seconds ago. I thought the contents would all spill out or the bowl would topple over with their fighting yet it didn’t.

The result? He fainted and landed himself in the hospital. (YUP, the same thing happened to his brother happened to him.) And I thought he was just teasing her with faking the fainting spell after hearing her ask about his well-being. Poor Ah Pan Jie getting scolded by Lao Tu this time–and it wasn’t her. Ren Mei did reflect on it though so it wasn’t all for nothing. (I do understand that her brother had used trickery to get her to help but I just hope it wouldn’t get so far that she ended up doing other irreversible damages.) BUT what in the world was Ren Hu doing? Really trying to kill Long Tai? (Or he was just mad and wanted to prove something?)

The episode ended with Grandma Zhao promising Ren Hu he will have his own ‘stage’ while Ren Hu silently vouched to let Tian He see what he was made of. Creepy or just plain annoying? We’ll see.

Anyway, another great episode. The pace is still great and full of excitement too.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

Mei Ren Long Tang: Episode 2 – Replenishing

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

This episode continues with the dragon dance face-off between Long Shou Cheng and Zhao Ren Hu as Long Tai pursue the thief thus ending up in the same area of the competition taking place.

Within such a crowd, it was already a lost cause with the thief so Long Tai focused on the action onstage. Reenforcing his righteous actions from the fish market seen in the previous episode, he interfered upon seeing how Zhao Ren Hu had used such a low tactic to win over Long Shou Cheng. After the initial thank you that was uttered from Long Shou Cheng’s mouth as Long Tai helped him up from the ground, Long Shou Cheng shockingly stared into Long Tai’s eyes and soon realized it was Tian Hao returning. Though his servants had misheard him (just like previously when he hadn’t really agreed on the battle but was forced to compete) and ended up blurted out that it was Tian He returning from Japan.

Still in the midst of sorting out his thoughts, Long Tai was soon forced to make the decision of representing his ‘father’ to compete against Zhao Ren Hu or not. He silently came to the conclusion that they must be mistaken him for his brother. After some heated arguments between the two sides of the Zhao and Long family, the battle between Long Tai and Zhao Ren Hu began with many spectators ready to see the show as always. After all, what do they have to lose except some time out of their day to see this particular battle, right? To be straight about certain things, Long Tai didn’t care to meddle into the battle in the first place since he had shrugged it off and said it was none of his business anyway. Yet Zhao Ren Hu had to insult his mother SO that had really pushed his buttons. So it wasn’t like Long Tai was such a busybody, always meddling into others’ business, etc.

The result? Too obvious. Yet I find it really funny that the grandma was saying how the Long family was bullying them when she apparently had harassed the Long family previously before the battle with her harsh words. What I found more admirable coming from Long Tai was how he refused to let Zhao Ren Hu off so easily, demanding that Zhao Ren Hu knelt down and apologized to his mother. He wasn’t someone who liked to insult others or embarrass others so cruelly, but anything concerning his mother, it had to be that way. The poor women deserved every ounce of respect–whether alive or dead.

Before anyone could react with all the hostility in the air, someone within the crowd had discovered the fire blazing at the Zhao family’s place. Since things were urgent, it was understandable that Long Tai let the situation be for that moment. And I don’t know whether to think differently of the grandma for the time being because she first thought of Ren Mei upon realizing that her place was on fire–instead of blurting out about some ‘loss’ like some cold-blooded person out there usually would. So should her character be reconsider at this point? I could understand how she could be harsh on Ren Mei because she wanted what was best for the girl, but her techniques were just too wrong for Ren Mei. Yet her previous cruel words were still inexcusable, causing Ren Mei a lot of emotional pain and torture, thinking she was inferior to others.

As the Zhao family rushed off to tend to their family matters, a storm was also brewing within the Long family as the confrontation between Long Tai and Long Shou Cheng took place. A powerful one indeed, leaving Long Shou Cheng speechless in the end. It wasn’t like he wasn’t able to defend himself. He tried. But after learning that his wife had already passed away, it was a really, really hard blow. What else could he do aside from letting Long Tai leave?

So the little flashback with Zhao Ren Hu fuming at home did explain his reason for losing it. He was reminded of Tian He’s words to him about the ‘kneeling’ part when they were still in school. (I love the script-writers for this part because it makes both twins so similar though there were some differences because of how they grew up, etc. Real life twins are quite similar too, sometimes even scaring others with their routines, etc. At least the ones I know or was told of by some people.)

The most reassuring thing about our cute female lead’s story was how her parents really loved her when they were still around. It sure made me feel a little better about the whole situation because at least she have them to think about when she was down. It would be indeed too sad if her parents hadn’t loved her and would favor her brother over her as well. (A little pause here, Jacky fans, you’re NOT mistaken, that’s him in the flashbacks with the young Ren Mei as both were smiling happily and watching the mother performed her ballet moves. Then another scene of them eating together as a family of four.)

Opposite from Ren Hu’s reminiscing full of hatred, Ren Mei’s reminiscing moments were that of her parents and when she was still a happy little girl with both parents caring for her. Then it explained to us viewers how Ren Mei had used food in place of other things in her life, like how grandma had taken away her love for ballet dancing and wanting to take after her mother. (Here’s a typical plot device: grandma hates Mom’s gut so Ren Mei had to take the torture. SAD! And where have we heard this one before? Oh yeah, Long Tai’s grandma doesn’t like his mother either. NICE? Probably for different reasons OR none at all since ‘hate’ is just too tricky to figure out anyway.)

So fate intervened allowing our main leads to meet once again. This time, both were chasing after the thief. (YES, Ren Mei ran away from home and just had to use the opportunity at such a place to count her money that the thief snatched it from her as he ran by.) That was so mean though with Long Tai using Ren Mei as leverage to catch the thief. AND even threw her ballet shoes like that. He was desperate but still.

Poor Ren Mei, already having to fled her house. Now she was scared half to death by Long Tai’s warnings of the nightfall and how there would be ‘bad people, wolves, and ghosts’ out and about. (The third one being the most fearful I guess, though there wouldn’t be any proofs of it.) But have no fear, our main guy wouldn’t be that mean with not helping out the main girl after that little scheme of scaring her out of her wits. He had handed her some money before leaving. Though that wasn’t the last of their wacky encounters (far from it) because they ended up at that same abandoned house and even had a spout. Long Tai was seriously a prankster, lol, trying to scare her again.

Their disagreement continued the next day after they’d awaken from Ren Mei’s doing of knocking them both out the previous night. (It’s a long story but it happened, lol.) To add to the madness, the thief they were both looking for even dared to show his face and scolded them for being loud at such an early hour. He realized too late because they soon turned around and another chase ensued.

Wanting to payback for yesterday’s kick, Ren Mei landed herself into the enemy’s hands instead. Again, no worries, it was just briefly because the thief was soon bitten by Ren Mei and ended up being caught by the police afterward. Though Long Tai had to chase after the garbage truck to retrieve his precious dictionary again. Ren Mei wanted to help but was shrugged off by Long Tai. Though the funniest thing was after he found it, he wanted to explain to her why it was so important to him yet she wasn’t around anymore. (And Ren Mei’s daydreaming moments were quite hilarious. She sure have a wide imagination.)

Ren Mei’s runaway from home scheme was short lived because she was forced to come home and check on her grandma. Grandma had fallen ill and it was up to Ren Hu to take care of the family business for the moment. Yet as Ren Mei wanted to enter, she heard some bitter words from grandma hence getting discouraged. However, her brother had other agendas, wanting her to take the fall for it so he manipulated his way into making Ren Mei accepting the deal of coming to the Long family for ‘work’ to fulfill the previous terms at the dragon dance battle. And it seemed like grandma wasn’t so cold-blooded after all, considering how she was quite worried when Ren Mei went missing (though pretended she didn’t want to care at all) and then how she was really concerned with Ren Mei wanting to go to the Long family in place of her brother and grandma.

As Long Tai was still struggling with what to do regarding the golden dragon and wanting to shrug it off since it wasn’t his problem anyway. Yet he was guided by the dictionary opening to a certain page and spotted a certain phrase. (It means to return to one’s roots, if anyone’s wondering.) So was this a message from his mother? (Because this was her book to him after all.) Considering how according to the truck driver’s words that the golden dragon was an ancestral item, Long Tai took it back to the Long family’s place but had placed it on the ground of the entrance instead of entering. Though he soon had to change his mind and actually took it inside and placed it on the proper mantel. The result? He lingered when he overheard his father’s words to his mother while he was standing outside. Another mistaken in identity from the servants and he was forced to go to ‘his’ room. (His attempted escape that night was thwarted by none other than his own thoughts. He had reconsidered the servants’ words regarding his father hence wanting to stay behind after all.)

Another episode and I’m still hooked. OMG, in fact, I’m going crazy trying to figure out what was going on. I don’t mean ‘not understanding’ the plot, but there are just too many pieces of the puzzles still untouched. How will all of these play out in the next episode? Can’t believe ratings go down a bit for this one. But it’s all right, still time to fight on!

*All images were captured by DTLCT

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