Okay, the reason why I was even watching this was because I was channel surfing on TV, intending to look for something different but stumbled upon this one. But I kept watching even after claiming that I only want to see the opening theme parts. Then James Wen Sheng Hao came onto the screen with Sonia that I sort of continue watching, thinking it wouldn’t matter to watch a bit more. But I became addicted to it–something I haven’t felt for a while–regardless of how I spread out my intervals of watching and telling myself to be patient. This one was different because it just kept me wanting more and more. Perhaps, it was because it didn’t have the whole ‘overrated’ feeling or the ‘hype’ often seen in other SETTV related dramas. Everything was so down to earth. There were serious elements in here, touching to the point of being worth a few tears. There were also the subtle comedic and lighthearted moments that accompanied the plot. Everything for once was so natural and down to earth. Maybe because I prefer this type of setting and plot more than the whole ‘richness’ or ‘royalty’ idea reeking in SETTV’s dramas.
I have to admit that I’m watching in the middle or at least it seems so since I do not understand how it began but it’s here. It’s the part where Sonia and James are joking about something and then he wears the ring for her, but only halfway. They are so cute and sweet–without trying. (Though I have seen different promotion events for P.S. Man yet I have a feeling I won’t enjoy the other as much since I’m hooked on James and Sonia’s chemistry.) Then the scene moves on to Amber talking to Leroy and finally making peace with him (I’m guessing after so long). Then comes James and Sonia’s wedding (after some more talk here and there). Though I only watched a few minutes of P.S. Man and was tired of seeing the ‘glamour’ element (so I put it aside), but I could see that Sonia is more comfortable in this drama versus P.S. Man. It’s like she’s more natural and not too ‘trying’ or so it seems. Again, it’s probably the whole ‘no hype’ feel that makes me enjoy it. The pace is just right, not too slow and not too fast either. You can feel the emotions without the exaggerated developments.
I was really blown away by several performances during the whole time watching though I did not expect much. I think this is one of the underrated dramas. First, I’m not familiar with Amber because I had skipped the whole Invincible Shan Bao Mei (mostly because I felt they were robbed and that some other overrated drama had used them to end their story). However, I was impressed with Amber in here. She did really well and I was convinced she’s a mature young lady (or it seems at that point), not blaming the other guy anymore, holding onto her child and relying on the baby’s strength (or so it seems). Her life revolves around her baby and nothing else matter (i.e. not holding grudges or living in the past anymore). She exudes a strong personality though she was crying while she was saying those things. But she let me believe that she’s strong and trying to be strong for everyone around her (especially her baby) and even herself.
Next in line are James and Sonia since their chemistry is so addicting to watch. Cute yet not overdone. Again, Sonia’s more natural and comfortable in here. I could feel that she’s drenched with happiness when she’s with James. They’re in a world of their own when they’re together. They do not care what others say about them. She could be crazy (or do crazy things) when she’s with him, and it’s perfectly all right. James’ charming and natural in every sense. He’s never too trying (or so it seems).
The supporting actors/actresses should not be forgotten either. I recognize some of the veteran stars and remember them from other dramas. They contribute a realistic touch to the story, worrisome parents and even to the point of overly worried. Yet it seems so natural. So like a regular family–though some of their behaviors said otherwise. (Though we could relate because we have a family member like one or another.)
The scenery is something else that makes it work. It’s so breathtaking in many sense. The whole nature surrounding them and paving a picture of a simplistic life is just so promising. The whole outdoor scenes and the freedom leaking all over the atmosphere.
Based on the above impression, I’m more than convinced that I would hunt down this drama in the future to watch it properly. (And I must say that SETTV should try out for these more than the other types since it’s overkilled with the exaggerated/ prince charming themes. But maybe because the audience enjoys the other type more so they have no choice but to create more of those types.)
Also, the music is sooo good and addicting. Or perhaps of how Peter sings it. Ring Hsu should also be credited since she’s the one singing the ending theme with Peter.
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.
So Hui Qi was moving in near them. Across the street actually. What was going on? Did she need to stalk Tao Hua like that? Or was that just another coincidence of all coincidences? It did not matter since Yu Yi was in Heaven. He did not even care about his freedom or his scary brothers anymore.
And another incidental moment occurred. Shi Lang with another girl? Last time that happened, Tao Hua went to the temple and almost became a nun. Was history about to repeat itself? It was just a big misunderstanding last time. But it seemed more than that this time.
What was amusing about the whole matter was, only Yu Yi was happy about Hui Qi’s presence while the others were either oblivious or somewhat disturbed. Cheng seemed to catch on to Tao Hua’s mood faster this time around. Was that just a friendly handshake or a start of an investigation?
After hearing the news of Hui Qi being already attached to Shi Lang, the Chen clan went home. All were present for a secret meeting, excluding Yu Yi and Tao Hua. Those two were heavily affected by the news anyway. While Cheng was threatening Shi Lang, the others continued to eat. Can’t go to war with hungry soldiers, right? Gotta build their strengths up–again.
When Cheng finally took time to eat, Qi spoke up saying how good it was. What?! How dare Qi? Was he crazy to say that it was good that Shi Lang had deceived their precious sister? Then Qi clarified himself and spared himself from the other three’s threatening glares. Now I believe they’re crazy. Honestly, they were still able to celebrate? Twisted minds all right.
As Tao Hua was pondering about Hui Qi’s words in bed, Yu Yi was also suffering from a heartache. He was only able to suffer through the black and white movie he was watching. (I wonder how many times they have to re-take it since it’s just too funny and dramatic at the same time with Yu Yi and the tissues.) That was just too much with Yu Yi’s imagination though. You still have me? LOL!
And that was lame! How could Hui Qi do that? But I guess she was capable, considering how cunning she was before. She seemed like a psycho though. How could Shi Lang fall for it? However, that was a chance for some clarifications also.
Tao Hua showed off her athletic side to the crowd as Zhi Qiang passed on some praises for her. Hui Qi thought she was all that but failed miserably. Serves her right for being ungrateful of Yu Yi and Tao Hua’s help. Yeah, she was celebrating about gaining the upper hand but so what?
That was so funny! How did Shi Lang become so cunning? He tricked Hui Qi! She found her way into Judo anyway. But no matter how she tried, she would fail.
More jealousy scenes from Shi Lang though. It was very subtle but was noticeable since every time Zhi Qiang was near Tao Hua or talked to her, Shi Lang was staring at them! Zhi Qiang might be the force to finally let Shi Lang know about his feelings toward Tao Hua.
Back at home, the others were once again picking on Yu Yi for not being able to protect Tao Hua. However, Yu Yi was not in any better shape himself. Poor Yu Yi. Smart move from Tao Hua! Making a dive out of there in time. Why were they pulling the “parents” card on her? Lucky she escaped quickly.
Still trying to think of a way to get Tao Hua to forget about Shi Lang. These guys were getting quite hopeless since they can’t seem to come up with a better plan. They were happy too early last time, thinking that Shi Lang was already attached. They had to go back and rely on themselves once again.
And how could they? OMG! I don’t want to hate them BUT honestly, conspiring with outsiders to make Tao Hua suffer like that? Arrrggg… That was frustrating all right. And that was definitely an “Et tu, Brutus?” moment. If only Tao Hua knew about it.
The cat fights continued the next day with both girls trying to outdo each other in the culinary area. Shi Lang looked quite happy seeing Tao Hua’s preparation. (How cute!) One could tell right away that his expression changed to an uncomfortable one as soon as Hui Qi was trying to impress him once again.
Wow! How romantic! Zhi Qiang prepared a surprise for Tao Hua. If only that Hui Qi wasn’t around and smiling like some psycho, the scene wouldn’t be ruined. Honestly… It was already bad enough that she was around Shi Lang all the time. Now she had to ruin it for Zhi Qiang as well.
Yay for Tao Hua for being brave enough to turn him down also. Though I like Zhi Qiang, but I wouldn’t want Hui Qi to have the satisfaction of it all.
Finally, a face-off between the guys since it had been the cat fights all the while. Could get boring in two shakes. And kudos to Zhi Qiang for shoving Shi Lang a bit more. I know Shi Lang was afraid of the four crazy brothers and was not sure about his feelings yet. But he needed some major pushing all right. Maybe this will do it.
Zhi Qiang was really too much! Luckily Tao Hua hid in time. For the first time, I have to say thanks to the script-writers for NOT making the main girl all wishy-washy or being so nice about it that makes the other party misunderstand. Tao Hua was really clear on what she wanted and she did not show mercy or pity toward those who she was not interested in. Also, she was not a doormat to back down in regard to Hui Qi either. Zhi Qiang was more likable than Hui Qi but I would rather Tao Hua put a distance from him so it would not be her fault in the future if there were misunderstandings.
Luck was really on Tao Hua’s side since she spotted Shi Lang outside when she was hiding from Zhi Qiang! How funny! Was he hiding from Hui Qi also? But then again, Hui Qi loved to exaggerate so her words were never to be trusted. So Hui Qi miscalculated! Huh! Nice!
What was that? Was Shi Lang making his move already? Aww….yay, this was getting exciting. Perhaps Hui Qi’s sabotage attempts and Zhi Qiang’s persistent moves had driven Shi Lang and Tao Hua together after all. How ironic was that?
Zhi Qiang and Hui Qi had no idea that Shi Lang and Tao Hua had a date to look forward to. They still smiled, eh? But Calvin’s smile is so cute that it was hard to hate! Still, he was in for a major disappointment. Meanwhile, Yu Yi jumped in to sabotage Zhi Qiang’s moves again. Why was Zhi Qiang telling Yu Yi to move? Yu Yi was her older brother after all. Did he not know how to score points with the older brother?
The day finally came when Zhi Qiang became the victim of the four crazy brothers. But contrary to Yu Yi’s prediction, they were actually in tune with Zhi Qiang and only wanting to get rid of Shi Lang. Were they that crazy? Yes, Zhi Qiang was charming but was Shi Lang that bad? He might be a bit slow but he was super cute too. I guess we can’t reason with these crazy guys.
What? Zhi Qiang was changing his tactics? Those brothers were too much! How could they conspire with Zhi Qiang also? But that was a shocker with Zhi Qiang though! Poor Yu Yi got taken advantage of! Rui Sha appeared once again as Yu Yi’s dream girl to comfort him! So funny! Too bad he was not able to erase the image from his mind.
Awww..how cute was that? Shi Lang was so protective of Tao Hua! A nice change! Since Tao Hua had always been protected by her brothers and not others.
Yup, Zhi Qiang changed his tactics! Acting all sincere and pretending to be kind and caring toward his elders. (Thanks to the information provided by those Brutus brothers.) If you look carefully though, Zhi Qiang was looking at Yu Yi instead of Tao Hua.
What tactic was this? Um…dramatic soul. Or Drama King. Either way, Tao Hua wasn’t falling for it. Too bad, Brutus brothers! (And fake rain! How funny!)
And then Qi was struggling with his conscience as he realized how Tao Hua actually had a surprise for his birthday. What was that? Shi Lang was actually out with Tao Hua to buy him a birthday present?
Ratings finally dropped below 1.00 to .91. I guess it’s understandable since Hui Qi was super annoying but honestly, the others were still entertaining to watch.
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.
The match making process continued as Shi Lang and Tao Hua tried to do more of pushing and tugging to bring Cheng and Xiao Xue together. Cheng and Xiao Xue gave Tao Hua and Shi Lang dagger looks and questioned their motives? That was just hilarious. Come on now. Why were they still denying it? Guess they have to maintain their cool front. Jia you, Shi Lang and Tao Hua! Almost there!
Why was Yu Yi spying on them? Yu Yi, shame on you! Spying was supposed to be those other four crazy brothers’ specialty, not yours. Stop being paranoid! Still couldn’t believe that Yu Yi was stalking them though. What was that outburst with the photographer? She was just doing her job! And kind of funny seeing him almost getting caught with someone else in the picture.
The funniest part must be those two taking pictures but looking like they wanted to murder the other party on the spot. Still cute!
Finally the confrontation. It would come out sooner or later anyway. What flower? What wine? Exactly. Cheng caught on faster than that, knowing his sister. However, Xiao Xue probably did not care enough to bother investigating. And we were able to see Tao Hua trying to work her charms and dispel of Cheng’s suspicion. (She learned well from her brothers after all! The familiar pattern was there from just watching her brothers trying to work off their charms earlier.) Shi Lang was also trying to work his charm trying to dissolve some hostility also. He was a great teammate for Tao Hua all right.
Failing to persuade Xiao Xue, Shi Lang backed off for the time being while Cheng used the cows as an attack toward Xiao Xue. How childish are you to play such games, Cheng? Er….spoke too soon again. Since Xiao Xue was not that mature either, considering how she used the hippos as a counter-attack toward Cheng. They were a match all right.
So much for Yu Yi’s spying scheme since the others already found out! They installed a tracking app in his cell phone? Nice…Poor Yu Yi has no freedom.
More interrogation from Cheng and Xiao Xue. Shi Lang and Tao Hua must be careful. Looks like they’ve switched tactics since asking their sibling/cousin was not as effective. Asking the other party might be better. What better way than to do it in the restroom, right? (NOT) Ekk! Tao Hua can’t lie! Shi Lang is better at this! Or was Xiao Xue more cunning and/or threatening than Cheng? Hold on now, how did the Cheng and Xiao Xue talk turn into a Shi Lang and Tao Hua talk? Great…leave it up to Cheng to do it. But can’t blame him for being fierce since he was just worrying for his precious sister. But then Cheng was not as fierce as Xiao Xue after all. She was as crazy as all four brothers combined or maybe worse.
Leaving Cheng and Xiao Xue to another face-off, Shi Lang and Tao Hua sneaked off to have some fun of their own! How sweet! But they have to pray that the others did not find them too early. But Cheng seemed more lenient of the situation since he managed to pull Xiao Xue back so Shi Lang and Tao Hua would have more time together. Gotta love Cheng for that.
How did the double date turn into bazillions of others going together? How funny that Qi was threatening Yu Yi to tell of the others’ location while Zhuan and He appeared with their drinks too.
After everything was exposed, aside from Yu Yi, probably the others who were most happy about it were Qi, Zhuan, and He, right? Considering how their expressions were that of amusement and/or enjoyment. Were they that petty to be mad at Cheng and Tao Hua for not including them during the day trip? Or were they just glad that Xiao Xue was not going to be a part of their family?
While the four crazy Chen brothers were scheming up another plan, it was getting quite repetitive–with the exception that they were at the bar this time around and not in their headquarter. Perhaps they needed a change of atmosphere so they could clear up their minds? We’ll see if things will work for them this time around. These guys were getting more and more about all talks than actions. What happened to their cool attitudes? Have they lost it already? (But it was surprisingly funny that Yu Yi was surrounded by the girls instead of the four brothers.)
Xiao Xue’s little talk with Shi Lang was more worth mentioning though since it showed the bond between them. Like she admitted to Cheng earlier at the park, she had always looked after him so it was not her fault that she had built up a strong exterior. In a way, it was like Cheng said that she was not only Shi Lang’s cousin, but was also his mother, sister, teacher, and senior/classmate. She was a protector in one package. So it was nice to see that she and Shi Lang had a serious talk instead of the usual getting mad at him or scolding others unreasonably–or what it seemed to be–from various encounters. (And I just had to type the previous lines before seeing the actual part of where Xiao Xue was thinking back to what Cheng said! LOL! Nice! Will this become a breakthrough moment that she might reconsider giving Shi Lang and Tao Hua a chance to be together?)
That was a funny run-in with Tao Hua and her teacher. (The previews once again deceived us into thinking otherwise.) Nice to see a little bonding between Tao Hua and Cheng though. Sometimes seeing them all together with the others was a bit too overwhelming. Possibly they were starting with the individual character developments instead? Seeing Tao Hua and Yu Yi together most of the time was inevitable since the other four wanted Yu Yi to protect her but seeing her with Cheng was cool since it made way for Cheng’s story as himself instead of just the crazy brother.
What was that? How cute! They were finally getting together! At least a chance! (And cute of Shi Lang, sitting at the side like that and eating the sandwich while witnessing the other two’s scene.) Yup, Shi Lang was right. Xiao Xue should smile more since she looked beautiful like that. Cheng, of course, was better while he smiled and worked off his charm than act like the crazy brother character.
There he was! Qi was talking about Tao Hua on TV again! He practically snatched every chance he could to talk about her. While that was going on, Tao Hua was stressed out again, pulling Zhuan to her rescue. (It was Zhuan’s fault for bragging about his capabilities. But he didn’t forget to take his plate of foods with him!)
Yu Yi spoke up again! He never learned. But was that too exaggerated with sealing off all escape routes? So that was it! They were going back on their words. I knew it was too good to be true with them promising to let Yu Yi go. Confiscating his wallet and severing his ties to everything he needed to live comfortably? Overboard!
While Yu Yi’s suffering his unfortunate fate, Shi Lang and Tao Hua were going through better times now since it seemed that Shi Lang’s obstacle has been solved. Never seemed Shi Lang so lively, so full of energy before! Must be really glad to get acceptance from Xiao Xue.
Back at home, He was up to no good again since he was sneaking up on Tao Hua while she was looking over some cute pictures. He should become a spy instead of his current specialties in sports. Tao Hua was too busy daydreaming to care about his sneaky actions though. Poor Little Raindrop! Tao Hua was too picture crazy to care! Or was she just Shi Lang crazy?
After regaining his freedom, Yu Yi had another encounter with a female–who was not his sister or the ice queen Xiao Xue. This time around, it was not him who needed help, but her. Desperately trying to get her attention so he could return a certain item to her, he suddenly became dumbfounded by her presence instead.
Woohoo! More Charlie Chaplin daydreaming moments! No more silent films but confessions in various languages! How funny! Priceless stuff here. Can’t seem to get enough of it. Longer scenes of it this time around–unlike last time. Perhaps it was meant to be and not wishful thinking on his part like last time? (Since this girl, Gong Hui Qi, was smiling back at him too. Or was she just being friendly?) No wait, might still be wishful thinking since she found him too weird with his strange behaviors and how he was unwilling to part with her possession.
Still, she was not as turned off by his behaviors since she was still around when he woke up from that traumatic experience. Yu Yi, you need to get yourself together! Stop scaring that poor girl. She only wanted to thank you, Yu Yi. Nothing more! Stop thinking too much!
And then again, Yu Yi and this Gong Hui Qi might not be as bad of a match since she was not so normal herself! (Though we all know she was just helping Tao Hua to relax.) Ekk… I was afraid that Tao Hua would lose her card but it was the picture. However, it might affect her for the worse! Don’t be so superstitious! It’s only a picture! (Okay, it was a lucky picture but so what? Concentrate!) Eh….so it was a small world after all! She was also after Shi Lang? How could Shi Lang give her a picture too?!
Cool, so it wasn’t just one new character appearing but two. Possibly another weirdo? (Yay! Calvin finally came into the scene!) And yes, Tao Hua, that was the guy’s restroom! Wrong place! And you, liar, you! How could you?! You’re stepping on it and lying through your teeth! (Can’t blame him since it was super awkward! But still…this would drive the misunderstanding between Tao Hua and Hui Qi up another notch.)
More crazy brothers protective scenes? Another hilarious scene though. Five minutes? All right… Did they have to take turns staring Shi Lang down as they were making their way inside? And I thought Cheng was more supportive after having already started with Xiao Xue. Or was he just giving Shi Lang a supportive clap on the shoulder? (The background music was funny though–both humorous and threatening at the same time.)
And that was more than five minutes. No wonder the others were giving Shi Lang the long face. But Tao Hua got them back by giving them her famous glare. It was so cute to see them trying to muster up an innocent smile. Honestly, she wasn’t going to fall for that! Still cute. (Actually, if anyone was timing it, it was under 5 minutes, only 3 minutes even–guess the brothers were operating by their own clock.)
Back to the same old routine of trying to lure Tao Hua out for food. But all of that time, it was very funny to see He so hot-tempered but he was responsible for their daily meals? What a combination all right. Considering how cooking required a lot of patience and precision.
Hahahahaha, they forgot Yu Yi again! It wasn’t surprising but still! How could they? Qi had to make a head count before anyone realized that Yu Yi was missing?
A rare occasion where all of them were gathered at the same spot. Not to mention they included Yu Yi. What were they waiting for? The results of the entrance exam of course! It was also another rare occasion where they were proud of Yu Yi! I guess because it affected their Chen clan’s reputation after all. Have to keep that intact!
Tao Hua passed already, why were they so gloomy? And who in the world would drink beer out of wine glasses? Leave it up to those weirdos. (There was actually a wine bottle but too many beer cans around to see it until Zhuan picked it up from behind him.) Oh…almost forgot. Of course…Shi Lang will be with her during the upcoming years. They really had to worry.
Yu Yi’s dream shattered once again as the brothers took on the next step to tear up his future plans. Yes, a very familiar scene. But still…when will these guys get it? So much for sand and surf, Yu Yi. The nightmare continued just like any other day. They decided not to resort to violence after all? Back to using their persuasion method? Okay, it was still Yu Yi’s life.
What was that, Zhuan? Old? You gotta be kidding me, right? Yu Yi didn’t buy it either. And Zhuan, He has always worn a beard! What are you talking about?
I actually have to side with Yu Yi this time since it was getting way out of hand. Not that it wasn’t before. How could they force him to go down this path? It was his future after all. How can they hold him back like that? What was next on their schedule to persuade Yu Yi? Money, cars, and girls? Great. Lucky he resisted it in time or he would regret it later with the temporary pleasure.
I guess the pitiful look won over all of those materialistic stuff. Why were they making Yu Yi feel guilty when they should be feeling guilty themselves for restricting Yu Yi’s life?
And I guess all those things did not amount to anything either but a certain girl. So much for freedom, Yu Yi. You just sacrificed your freedom for someone who might or might not be worth it. You can wave (or maybe kiss) all those freedom speeches goodbye too.
The rating dropped down to a new low of 1.04 for this episode. However, impatient people are missing out big time!
*All images were captured by DTLCT
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