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Mei Ren Long Tang: Episode 14 – United Hearts

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

The final episode! Yeah, so happy I made it! It wasn’t that terrible or more like the previews were more misleading. Yet I felt this had been one interesting drama with full of somewhat cliche formulas yet had rose above the typical with introducing some other twists. So anyway, more recounts.

As it were with Ren Mei tearfully trying to rouse Long Tai up while the others stood nearby. The heart monitor soon beeped to alert them so they all turned to take a look before Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie ran to call the doctors back. Though Long Tai was back on the radar, but the doctor had said that he was in a coma now so they should prepare for the worst. As everyone was back into the morbid land, Long Shou Cheng was mumbling about how Heaven was trying to punish him. He said if so, then punish him instead of his son. That was also when Ah Xiang couldn’t take it anymore and rushed over to grab Tian He’s sleeve, saying that it was Tian He’s fault. Though she had been in a messed since Long Tai’s situation, Ren Mei was still able to break up the fight, trying to stop Ah Xiang from harming Tian He. She reasoned that Long Tai had saved him so Long Tai wouldn’t want to see him hurt, etc. Ah Xiang said that Tian He didn’t seem to care yet Ren Mei said the one suffering most at this point was Tian He. After she was done with settling the matter, she returned to Long Shou Cheng’s side, telling him that Long Tai will definitely wake up.

After assuring Long Shou Cheng, Ren Mei returned to Long Tai’s side, trying to talk to him. She said she knew that he probably was very tired hence not wanting to open his eyes and that it was okay since he should rest away. She went on by saying that they will be there to accompany him. But he has to promise her he would wake up after he was already well rested. Upon hearing those words, everyone was moved to tears. Ren Mei wasn’t done, she made him pinky swear. Then she told him she would come to see him everyday. As interesting as it got, Doctor Jin finally showed up.

Back on the Ren Hu front, he was on the phone talking to his agent again. Yet upon seeing Grandma Zhao, he placed on his halo and pretended that he wasn’t meddling into the so-called ‘buying stocks’ anymore. She was actually investigating about the large sum of money disappearing.

At the hospital, Doctor Jin went outside with Long Shou Cheng to talk. He accidentally let it slip with how the twins were able to survive when they were inside their mother’s womb hence Long Tai would survive this time as well. The part about him assuring Long Shou Cheng wasn’t key though as important, but the part about some incident occurring in the past that had almost caused the twins’ life was news to Long Shou Cheng. Doctor Jin disclosed that he had promised Grandma Long not to say it out but now he thought there was no point in keeping secrets. Doctor Jin actually addressed Tian He when he began with his explanation. He told Tian He that he initially thought Tian He’s sickness was due to his suppressed anger toward his father and their strained relationship, but it wasn’t so. He knew now it was because of Tian He’s abandonment issues with his mother leaving him.

What Doctor Jin disclosed next was quite scary. Apparently during the time when Long Tai and Tian He’s mother was pregnant with the twins, the doctor discovered a very scary matter. He actually was there to bring some medications for Grandma Long but had accidentally overheard her giving commands to someone to go and run over her daughter-in-law. Luckily, Mei Zhi Zi was able to dodge in time, considering how she was paying attention and was careful with where she was going. That brush with death had frightened her (obviously), but when she got home, Grandma Long was more than upset with her–seeing that she was still alive. Because of the twins’ safety, Mei Zhi Zi was willing to kneel and beg Grandma Long. In the end, Grandma Long obliged yet forced Mei Zhi Zi to make a very serious vow that she would never return to Long Tang again. When Mei Zhi Zi finally gave birth to the twins, Long Tai was so weak that if he couldn’t drink his mother’s milk, he wouldn’t survive so that was when Mei Zhi Zi decided to take him with her upon leaving. Doctor Jin was the one who took them to the airport. Afterward, Grandma Long found out of the matter and sent out people to search for them, wanting to snatch Long Tai back. Yet Doctor Jin begged Grandma Long to let them go, and when she finally agreed, she told him to never mention about that incident to Tian He. After the recounts, Long Shou Cheng blurted out that he never knew about that. Doctor Jin continued on by telling Tian He that the previous generation’s conflict shouldn’t cause the current generation to suffer yet it had happened. He even told Tian He if his mother didn’t have to face those obstacles, she wouldn’t let go of him. And that was when Tian He realized he had spotted his mother’s well wishing card for him in Japan. (Because he’d never learned of his mother’s name before. Whether it was because of his grandma hiding it from him or because of the misunderstandings that he didn’t care to know.) And the reason for Doctor Jin saying all these at the moment wasn’t to condemn Grandma Long just because she had already passed away and couldn’t defend herself, but it was because he honestly wanted to help Tian He let go of his hatred, and start over. It was then that Tian He broke down completely, crying for his mother.

That night, Tian He sneaked out of his room and went outside to watch the moon. Or more like he was looking up toward Heaven, yelling out why his grandma had lied to him. He even asked how long did the grandma plan for him to hate his mother. Since he was already rolling with questions, he pondered why she loved him so much yet had sown such hatred within him, causing him to hurt Long Tai like that. He finally acknowledged Long Tai as his brother. After that little frustration vent, Tian He returned to see Ren Mei fast asleep by Long Tai’s bedside. Thinking a bit, he left the room again, shutting the door behind him.

Ren Mei woke up the next morning, telling Long Tai about her strange dream. She said that he finally awakened and was able to joke around with her. She soon broke down again, telling him not to mess with her anymore, telling him to wake up. She was interrupted by her phone ringing and she had to go outside to pick it up. After talking with Lao Zhang and assuring him she was all right, they hung up. Yet she immediately spotted Tian He standing nearby. He was still standing there since last night.

Ren Mei stepped over to ask him why he hadn’t gone home yet. He responded by saying that he’d caused his brother to land in such situation so how could he leave. Ren Mei, not offended by Tian He’s typical word choices, smiled and said that if Long Tai knew that Tian He already acknowledged him, he would be very happy. Some silence passed between them before Tian He stood upright again and took a step forward, uttering out his words of gratitude toward Ren Mei. She was confused and asked him what for–to which he said it was for how she had spoken up for him in front of everyone yesterday. He went on to thank her for not hating him when Long Tai was hurt. Ren Mei pointed out that because Tian He was Long Tai’s only brother. She knew Long Tai wouldn’t want them to hate Tian He. He then told her to return home first since she hadn’t been home since yesterday. And he assured her he would be there to look after Long Tai. He also told Ren Mei that she should resurrect her health and be there when Long Tai wake up, telling her to not give up.

More time passed. The others returned to the hospital to find Tian He talking to Long Tai, trying to rouse him up. Tian He was saying how he had many questions to ask Long Tai about their mother, and if Long Tai wanted to know about his story with “Lao Tou”, he have to be prepared. (LOL! He also called his old man “Lao Tou”? Or was it because he had heard Long Tai call their old man that previously?) Since he already started, he even poured out his heart to Long Tai–with how if he could start over, he wouldn’t waste time sparring with their father, and that he would be a filial child. He continued by saying that since little, he was really envious of others having siblings yet he didn’t. Now that he finally have a brother, he begged Long Tai to wake up so he could be a good older brother. That was when Long Shou Cheng shut the door, letting the twins be.

As Tian He was on a break and went to fetch some water, he discovered via news that Ren Hu had acquired Long Tang. By his side was the head of the town, even saying a few words of greeting and invited them to join in (i.e. supporting the businesses). Tian He knew his initial suspicion of the head of the town was correct. While he was still thinking of the matter, Ah Xiang and Ah Lun spoke up to mock him upon seeing him. He stopped them from leaving, saying that he knew they were still upset yet he told them he wanted to get Long Tang back so were they interested in helping him.

So that led to this scene. Ah Xiang and Ah Lun pretended to resort to their old “jobs” and cornered the head of the town to extract some information. The head of the town thought that they were robbers so he willingly retrieved his money to hand it up in exchange for his safety. Yet Ah Xiang and Ah Lun said that they didn’t need money, only wanted his life. They mentioned how “the boss” had said he (the head of the town) was no longer needed so they were told to off him. It was indeed a clever plan from Tian He. It was useless to tell him to say it out. Rather, just say it like that to rattle him and then he would provide more useful information. It was when the head of the town provided Ren Hu’s identity as the person behind it all that Tian He stepped out from somewhere. The head of town then yelled for Tian He’s help, but Ah Xiang and Ah Lun had stepped back and pulled their handkerchiefs down to reveal their faces. The head of town was still able to scold at them for scaring him and messing with him like that. Tian He finally spoke up to recap his suspicion. It was until then that the other person shut up.

Back at the hospital, Tian He told Ren Mei about her brother’s misdeeds. She, of course, couldn’t believe that her brother was that despicable. He might be petty to others and cruel to her but never despicable–or so it seemed. Yet Tian He soon persuaded her to go find some evidences. When she was around searching in her brother’s office, she found the map that her brother had previously drawn out as a new project to renovate Long Tang, and even changing its name. Just when she was studying the map further, her brother’s cell phone rang. She was about to pick up the phone to check who was calling yet realized her brother was coming back. She soon hid behind the curtains in time to eavesdrop on her brother’s conversation with someone. It was his agent and Ren Mei had heard it all. After Ren Hu left, Ren Mei returned to search for evidences. She found a business card, but it was enough info for Tian He to do research on.

Tian He had another trap in place. He wanted Ren Mei to go pose as a rich possible client so Ren Hu’s agent would approach her. (Um, she was already rich but she wasn’t that showy with her attires previously.) What Tian He wanted to do next was set a trap for Ren Hu via the stocks, not tatter-telling to Grandma Zhao of Ren Hu’s misdeeds. Yet that was what he told Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu, not what he told Ren Mei. At least not yet.

So the day finally came when Ren Hu went ballistic after watching the news and realizing what had happened with the stocks. And what he learned next cranked his attitude up tenfold. Grandma Zhao scolded him for lying to her about not playing in the stocks anymore. She also said lucky Ren Mei brought Tian He over to tell her about it. Yup, that was when Ren Hu went insane, asking Ren Mei why she was helping outsiders and if she still acknowledged him as her brother. Ren Mei said because he was her brother, she had to interfere before it was too late. Yet Ren Hu told her to bug off hence him receiving a slap from Grandma Zhao. Even Ren Mei was shocked of the situation. Grandma Zhao said that Ren Hu had disappointed her. He, still couldn’t believe what was going on, asked her why she blamed him since everything he did was for the Zhao family. He even told her that he finally take back their “Long Tang”. Yet Grandma Zhao, seeming to be confused, asked him why he would do that since their businesses didn’t have any relations. He didn’t get it either, so he reminded her of what she told him when he was little (aka the conversation about how Long Tang’s location was actually theirs). OMG, he wasn’t the only one stumped! (I was too! Honestly, seriously, really?) What Grandma Zhao said that year was just random blurts since she was mad at the Long family. That was when Grandma Zhao realized the impact of her words and it was her fault that Ren Hu had become like so.

It was also around then that Tian He appeared and told Grandma Zhao not to blame herself too much. He then turned to Ren Hu, saying if Ren Hu wanted to find someone to vent, just take it out on him. He soon explained of how he’d asked Ren Mei to take him to see Grandma Zhao, considering how he knew Ren Hu wouldn’t listen to him. After recounting of the events, Tian He told Ren Hu as long as Ren Hu returned Long Tang to them, they would take care of Xiao Xiang’s money later. Ren Hu scolded Tian He, telling Tian He he didn’t have the right to teach him what to do. Tian He told Ren Hu it was okay that Ren Hu didn’t want to listen to him, but he said their past grudges might as well end there. Ren Hu, feeling amused, said that he wasn’t falling for Tian He’s traps anymore. Yet Grandma Zhao soon interfered, saying that Tian He had saved their family this time so it was only right that Ren Hu returned Long Tang to the Long family. (What she meant was since Tian He informed her of what happened, she already called to stop Ren Hu’s stocks hence the lost he assumed he lost wasn’t so.) The disaster had been avoided, but what about Ren Hu now?

Tian He returned to their current habitat with a serious expression, causing nervousness all around as Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie asked for the result. He took his precious time to muster up an answer. Yet in the end he told them they could all return home now. Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu were more than happy. They jumped up and down, and even ended up hugging each other. Upon realizing what was happening, they soon separated and had a stare down. But they soon recovered and went to pack. As for Tian He, his old man was finally uttering out concerns for him, saying it had been hard for him. He was really being acknowledged and be a person who his old man could be proud of.

As for Long Tai, he was still unconscious. Ren Mei came to visit him and told him of the latest developments, especially how the others were able to return to Long Tang already. It was also around then that Tian He entered to check on Long Tai. After asking about Long Tai’s progress, Tian He rattled out an apology to Ren Mei.

Confused, Ren Mei asked him why. He finally reached into his pocket and retrieved Ren Mei’s necklace. He clarified that the person that night meeting up with her wasn’t Long Tai but him. Upon learning of the the truth version, Ren Mei chided him for having gone WAY overboard. He told her he never knew what love was since little, and that he had no right to like her. Yet he was able to see that Long Tai really loved her, and that the most torturous thing of having assumed Tian He’s identity was how he had fallen for Ren Mei but wasn’t able to say it out. Tian He repeated of his apology toward Ren Mei before telling her to give the necklace to Long Tai.

Having retrieved the necklace from Tian He already, Ren Mei returned to Long Tai’s side, asking him to wake up. She wanted to hear it from him that he liked her. Indeed, Long Tai was actually fighting between staying and leaving at the moment. He finally remembered what his mother’s wish was (for him to find his own happiness) and returned to them. Tian He discovered it first with Long Tai’s hand moving, because Ren Mei was already hysterical, having her head on his shoulder. It wasn’t until Tian He called out his name that Ren Mei realized what was going on and straightened up to check on him. She told him it was good that he awakened already, and said she would go call the doctor. He said there was no need. She took his mask off so that he could talk better. He apologized for making her worry yet she said it was all right since he was already back. Long Tai was somewhat surprised that Tian He was welcoming him back but he was more than glad.

So later when Tian He returned to the hospital, he dropped off Long Tai’s food before leaving. Yet Long Tai called him back, asking why Tian He didn’t call him. Tian He said he didn’t want to disrupt Long Tai. But Long Tai wasn’t able to sleep anyway. So they ended up sneaking out to watch the stars and talked about their mother. Afterward, they ended up wishing upon the star (lol). Considering how Long Tai said that was what their mother would do after seeing a shooting star so both brothers did just that before returning to Long Tai’s room to chat some more–with Tian He camping there. Along the way, Long Tai even sang the song their mother used to sing for Tian He. (Mike got to do some singing in Japanese. Or was that him? Can’t tell really since I’ve never heard him sing before.)

The day that Tian He wheeled Long Tai back to Long Tang was also the day that Xiao Xiang returned. Only Ah Xiang spoke up to ask where she’d gone to since they were all searching for her. She apologized for being a coward and ran like that, but she was really confused when it occurred hence wanting to hide. Long Shou Cheng spoke up to say that no one blamed her since it was already over, telling her to open her shop again and make a new start. Though Long Shou Cheng said “no one blamed her” but Lao Tu’s glare was already too obvious.

Then they were able to sit down and get a good taste of Long Tai’s delicacies again. Well, this time it was the special dish that his mother taught him before she passed away. Even Tian He praised Long Tai’s skill after taste-testing it. Yet he wasn’t all about praises either, pointing out that the fish was a tad too old. Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu said that leave it up to Tian He to find faults. They were joking of course. Tian He wasn’t offended. He said if he didn’t do that, how could there be improvements? Considering how Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu were always praising Long Tai. (What he said was true. They would have to impress the guests, not just those within the household.) Tian He continued by saying he was in charge of management from now on and the kitchen would be Long Tai’s responsibility. Yet Long Tai’s expression changed. Long Shou Cheng asked if Long Tai didn’t want to stay and still planned to return to Japan. While everyone was waiting for his response, Long Tai’s cell phone rang. It was Wen Zi’s father, asking Long Tai when he was returning. It was hard for Long Tai to turn the man down since he did take care of him and his mother in the past all these years. Long Shou Cheng was disappointed that Long Tai couldn’t stay. Long Tai told him that he was sure Tian He would do fine with managing the place, and said that it wasn’t like he wasn’t coming back. He only wanted to help Wen Zi’s father with the fish market.

OMG, how could it be like that? Apparently, Long Tai received a call from Grandma Zhao, telling him about something. He soon went out to search for Ren Mei. She was more than happy to see him. He stopped beating around the bushes (for once) and told her that he couldn’t stay since he have to return to Japan to help Wen Zi’s father. She asked him what would she do if he was gone. He told her to go to the U.S. (The phone call from Grandma Zhao had disclosed of Ren Mei’s opportunity to go to the U.S. for ballet dancing.) (And the reason for my outcry was because how similar it was with some themes about the main leads separating near the end and then promising to return later to meet up again, etc.) Back to the story again, Long Tai was saying how Ren Mei shouldn’t let go of her dream just because of him.

So as Long Tai was making his way back into town and witnessing things turning back to normal all around, he spotted Ren Hu walking up to him. Long Tai thanked him for returning Long Tang to them. Ren Hu said that he wasn’t done with the competition between him and Tian He yet. However, Long Tai wasn’t upset. He just laughed it off and wished them luck. After that little side snipe, Long Tai revealed that Wen Zi was actually in love with Ren Hu yet she couldn’t accept it that he was doing all those things to hurt Long Tang hence leaving. Ren Hu, upon hearing those words, was beyond happy. He thought that it was just his one-sided wishing all along. Ren Hu then told Long Tai to pass the words onto Wen Zi that she hadn’t loved the wrong person. (Was that signaling that he was going to turn a new leaf now?) Yup, he said he won’t let her down.

Then they were finally able to witness the tree blossoming! Yay! Long Tai was silently telling his mother of their current situation again, saying that he finally fulfilled her wish. Every one of their family was present and united once again. It was also a good time for Lao Tu to snap a picture to record the event.

That night as Long Tai was packing, Tian He entered to ask him what time he had to be at the airport tomorrow. Long Tai reminded Tian He he didn’t want anyone to send him off–or he would end up crying at the airport. He even said that it wasn’t like he wasn’t coming back. Then he took his necklace off, stating that it was the Long family’s remnant so it belonged to Tian He. (On the necklace was also a ring, Long Tai probably meant the ring being the remnant.) Tian He stated that Long Tang was theirs so Long Tai should keep it. Yet Long Tai said that Tian He should keep it safe and wait for his return. It was then that they shared a brotherly hug before Tian He took the necklace for safe-keeping.

At the Zhao resident, Ren Mei was seen in her room packing also, getting ready for the upcoming trip. She was ruptured out of her thoughts because someone knocked on her door. It was her brother coming in to give her some spending money. Ren Mei, surprised, pushed the packet back to him, stating she didn’t need it. Yet he insisted, stating that she should be prepared when she was living away from home. He even promised to send her more if it wasn’t enough. She realized how sincere her brother was so she finally took it, thanking him. He went on to tell her to be careful since she was by herself for the upcoming trip. She nodded. Ren Hu then turned to leave, but he soon spoke up again. He confessed to Ren Mei that he was the one who had caused their parents’ deaths. (What? They squeezed this in at the last minute? Like seriously?) Anyway, Ren Hu said that after that spat with their father, he decided to go up in the mountains to investigate the location of Long Tang and its landscape. Coincidentally, Ren Mei said she wanted to go pick some flowers so he went with that. So that day he claimed that it was Ren Mei’s fault with wanting to go pick flowers but it was his fault because he wanted to go check out the place, and their father was actually looking for him hence encountering the accident. He didn’t know how to face his guilt all these years hence blaming it on Ren Mei. After the recounts, he apologized to Ren Mei again for having caused her grief all these years. It was also then that Grandma Zhao entered the room, having heard the story already. She blamed herself for all the incidents that had occurred in the past leading up to all the tragedies of the present as well. Anyway, she was saying how she had thought it was because Ren Mei and Ren Hu’s father was picking their mother up from the ballet dancing place that he ended up in the accident hence hating ballet even more and didn’t allow Ren Mei to pursue that dream. Upon realizing it was because of her that the siblings lost their parents, Grandma Zhao apologized to them both. Yet Ren Mei hugged her, telling her not to say it anymore. She said if her parents were to know, they wouldn’t want them to be like that, so she suggested they start over anew. Ren Hu soon stepped over to hug the other two as well.

As Ren Hu sent his sister off to the airport, they were stopped by sets of motorcycles. It was none other than the people from Long Tang. They wanted to say goodbye to Ren Mei. Lao Tu gave Ren Mei a letter from Long Tai before the others disclosing about Long Tai’s departure already. When she was at the airport, she quickly opened Long Tai’s letter.

And it seemed like Ren Hu was really turning a new leaf, promising a new start. Because he was able to work hard yet wasn’t competing so fiercely with Long Tang anymore. He was also willing to help Lao Zhang with transporting guests’ luggage and all. Grandma Zhao was more reassured at that point, showing her proud expression. Her true proud expression, that was.

As for Tian He, he was also quite hardworking. He wrote to Long Tai from time to time, asking when Long Tai would be returning since the place felt empty without Long Tai. He also informed Long Tai of the various happenings around Long Tang. Tian He finally revealed of his wish that night he made when they witnessed the shooting star. He had wished that Long Tai and Ren Mei would always be immersed in happiness.

What about Long Tai? He was back in Japan and eased right into the fish market’s environment just like before. What was interesting was how someone had brought over a magazine for him to see. It was a book with ballet dancing coverage of some sort. And of course Ren Mei was seen inside. Perhaps that was why the little girl brought the magazine over for him to see? Then he was seen at a tree, hanging up a blessing for Ren Mei. As he stood back after hanging the paper up, his sharp ears were able to pick up on a certain someone approaching. He turned to see…

Who else but Ren Mei? He asked her why she was there, considering how a year hadn’t passed yet. She said the performance ended early, and she wanted to see him so she came. He wondered if he was dreaming. She told him that she wasn’t going to return home. Shocked, he asked her why. She said that previously he’d helped her complete her ballet dancing dream, now her current dream was to always stay by his side. After saying that, she tossed something toward him. It was her necklace with the pair of ballet shoes.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

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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

Mei Ren Long Tang: Episode 11 – Original Point

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

Interestingly enough, the episode started with everyone gathered around the dinner table to enjoy Long Tai’s latest delicacies, not following up with how Long Tian He had returned already.

While they were enjoying Long Tai’s dishes, they were also talking about how Xiao Xiang’s business was taking off on a good start. Lao Tu pointed out that it had to do with their distribution of flyers. Xiao Xiang didn’t forget to thank everyone for their efforts. She even sent Lao Tu some extra “gift”, which caused him to feel quite embarrassed. Not only that but Ah Pan Jie was also happy that Ah Lun and Ah Xiang were so hardworking of recent. That wasn’t the biggest moment because they soon realized (through Long Shou Cheng’s disclosure) that Long Tai had used this meal as a chance to cheer Ren Mei on. Touched, Ren Mei didn’t know what to say. Yet Long Tai dissolved the moment by telling everyone to try the foods and give him some feedback. The funniest thing was seeing how the others were placing all the drumsticks on Ren Mei’s rice bowl, causing it to be overflowed with drumsticks. Luckily, Long Tai told the others to take it off, considering how much there were. So they resumed the meal in a merriment mood.

On the day of Ren Mei’s ballet competition event, various parties were seen around the auditorium. As Long Shou Cheng glimpsed the place, he questioned Lao Tu about Long Tai/Tian He and Ah Pan Jie’s whereabouts. Lao Tu had said that Tian He would be arriving later since he had to go somewhere, while Ah Pan Jie had to tend to the soup pot before she could leave. Upon spotting Grandma Zhao, Long Shou Cheng was a bit worried but didn’t make his move. What was even more surprising was seeing Wen Zi arriving at the event, considering how she exuded enough hostility toward Ren Mei for Ren Mei to stay away from her. (Even if Ren Mei wanted to seek her out, Ren Mei was too busy of recent regarding practice to tend to the matter.)

Yet what was even more blood-boiling was how Wen Zi had arrived at backstage to tell Ren Mei that she wasn’t giving up just yet. Wen Zi went on further by saying that she was just going away for a while to let Long Tai know that he couldn’t go on without her. That wasn’t the worst bit of the encounter because when Ren Mei tried to explain to Wen Zi, Wen Zi shoved her. Even if Wen Zi didn’t know about Ren Mei’s leg injury previously, shoving Ren Mei like that was already going WAY over. And what was she trying to do? It was before Ren Mei’s performance, saying those things would cause her to lose concentration. So what will come of Ren Mei’s performance really? It wasn’t just about shining on the stage, but it was a chance for Ren Mei to prove to her grandma that she could do it.

As for Long Tai, he was seen at a jewelery shop. He was there to pick up his order. Yes, he had sent the picture he snapped of Ren Mei’s necklace in to make a duplicate. Or at least try to create the other shoe to complete the pair. That was the reason for the delay in going to the venue of Ren Mei’s performance.

And the previous scene of Tian He returning wasn’t the ending of the other episode. It was seriously deceiving us with going ahead and throwing in that particular scene. (Yet if observed more carefully by flipping back to the previous episode, the outfits didn’t match so it made sense it wasn’t linked to the previous episode’s event.) The scene actually occurred after Long Tai left the jewelry store and was on his way to the competition event. So his comment with the day being a good day was seriously ironic.

The disaster began with Ah Pan Jie on the way out of the door and was ready to go to the venue. She spotted Tian He walking in with his luggage. Confused, she asked him why he was coming back to the house for and was even carrying those luggage. He replied with a sharp tone, stating that it was his house so why couldn’t he return? She said that no one was around–to which he was more than confused as to why. She soon helped him carry the luggage inside and told him about where everyone was, cheering Ren Mei on, etc. Seriously, he looked more than confused than pissed off at this point. (Yet Mike’s acting was seriously good since he was able to create the vibe with Tian He’s cold exterior and Long tai’s sunshine feeling. Well, he should be more than pro with the ‘mean’ persona already, considering some of his past roles, but it was a change with his sunshine personality.) So after Ah Pan Jie placed the luggage to one side, she shoved Tian He outside, lol. He was so confused, asking “What?” It was hilarious yet his nasty side would come out soon after he learned of what happened, right?

Back to the competition, it wasn’t Ren Mei’s turn yet but it was going quite smooth with some of the other performances. Backstage, Ren Mei was experiencing nerves. She took a peek outside and realized that Long Tai/Tian He wasn’t there yet. Meanwhile, Long Tai was still on his way there, hoping to make it in time for her performance. So he was in race with Ah Pan Jie and Tian He at this point. Yet would it make sense that Long Tai would arrive first? Since he did get a head start at that one stop light–with Tian He heading home and he went straight to the venue. Anyway, on top of the nervousness, Ren Mei realized that her grandma was even present.

Ren Mei’s performance finally came yet Long Tai was still nowhere to be seen. She tried to encourage herself on and the performance went nicely for the most part. Even her instructor was seen proud of her moves. It wasn’t until somewhere in the middle that she lost her balance. (Yes, that leg injury had caused it. AND Wen Zi’s shove had made it even worse at this point.) It was at that point that almost everyone gasped. Even Grandma Zhao was seen quite worried. Her instructor was holding his breath. At the most crucial moment, she remembered of Long Tai’s cheer for her and continued right on, weaving some of the similar moves into the mistake to patch it up, making her instructor looking proud again. Even the others were seen quite impressed of her as well.

After all the performances, the result was finally announced. Grandma Zhao seemed indifference and got up to leave. Ren Mei seemed depressed–as usual. It wasn’t until her name was also announced that Long Shou Cheng and Lao Tu almost jumped. It was indeed a happy moment for them all. It took seconds later for Ren Mei to react with this news. Yet what made her day even more was how Ah Pan Jie and Tian He stepped in at that time. (Um…I still didn’t get why Long Tai didn’t come sooner. If they were stuck in traffic, then it would make sense, AND that would mean Ah Pan Jie’s route was less busy so they arrive before Long Tai.)

As Ah Pan Jie received the news from Lao Tu (it was hard not to since he was practically yelling at that point), she joined right in cheering Ren Mei on as Ren Mei stepped over to hug Tian He. That was also when he stopped being so confused and pushed Ren Mei out, even blurting out some sharp words. Both Ren Mei and Ah Pan Jie were shocked of Tian He’s reaction, so different from the Tian He they were living with these past  few months. Yet Long Shou Cheng was able to detect right away that it was the real Tian He returning.

That was also when Long Tai stepped in. Long Tai, not realizing what was happening, walked toward them anyway as Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie’s mouth hung wide open with shock. It didn’t sink in for Long Tai yet because he was still taking out the necklace and was ready to give it to Ren Mei. He finally realized something was up until he saw everyone staring. With Ren Mei’s glare, Tian He also realized something was up and turned around to see his lookalike. That was also when Long Tai’s sunshine smile turned off, and confusion were thrown around by some people in the room. Lao Tu soon realized from Tian He’s question that he was the real Tian He. Yet the others were indeed still confused. Well, except for Long Shou Cheng, who was still staying quiet, that was.

So the face off began. At least it was Tian He who stepped over to confront his lookalike. Long Shou Cheng finally spoke up as Long Tai struggled to explain himself, stating Long Tai’s relation to Tian He. After saying that, Long Shou Cheng stepped toward them and told them to accompany him home. Long Tai’s expression showed that he was having mixed emotions toward his twin brother at that point. Yet it was too clear that Tian He was already hating this so-called ‘twin brother’. As words traveled around town, Ren Hu was more than interested of the ‘Long Tian He lookalike’ news than his sister’s good news, like it was any more surprising that he didn’t care for his sister. Of the parties still digesting the news, only Wen Zi was seen celebrating inside.

Though Xiao Xiang was absent for the performance and had to tend to her shop, but after hearing Ah Xiang and Ah Lun’s words about the twin brothers, she immediately abandoned the shop and ran back to the Long resident to check. She had stated that they had helped her in the past so she couldn’t just stand around and wait for news to travel. She had to go and check for herself. She had previously stated that it made sense with the twins incident, considering how Long Tian He had always been known to be cold and all, etc.

And now that they were home, it was only right that questions were thrown around. The answer for Tian He’s first question with hiding the ‘twins’ thing from him was because Grandma Long didn’t allow for Long Shou Cheng to say it. Then Tian He said that his grandma had passed away all these years so there were numerous opportunities for his old man to say it out. (EXACTLY!) And then Long Shou Cheng said that it was because Tian He’s health condition so he didn’t want to aggravate Tian He anymore, and he wanted to find Tian He’s mother and brother before telling. Um…okay. While the old man was talking, Tian He was seen giving his brother dagger looks. It wasn’t until Tian He said that “that woman” (referring to his mother in that term instead of ‘mom’ or something similar) had fled with some man not long after giving birth to him. (No wonder Tian He’s so bitter all these years, thanks a lot, Grandma Long! She’s actually ten times worse comparing to Grandma Zhao. Grandma Zhao’s all about ‘tough love gone wrong’ but Grandma Long’s just outright slandering others’ reputation to make herself look good.) YUP, it was Grandma Long who had affected Tian He’s views on life and his evilness all these years. (Honestly, Tian He was like Ren Hu in a way, but Grandma Zhao didn’t mean it with hurting Ren Mei at times.) Tian He then accused his old man of putting the blame on the grandma just because the grandma had already passed away. (Okay, that was honestly a sticky situation BUT this time, it was indeed true that it was the dead person’s doing.) Not being able to take it anymore with Tian He’s usage of “that woman” for calling their mother, Long Tai finally jumped in to yell at Tian He. Yet Tian He wasn’t scared (far from it), he yelled right back.

Outside, Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were eavesdropping on the conversation while Lao Tu was trying to get Ah Pan Jie to quiet down–or they would be busted. Even Ren Mei was seen nearby, trying to check on the situation. Ah Pan Jie was scolding Lao Tu for saying that she was spouting nonsense when she talked about the twins incident previously yet it was true. All the while the two battle it out, Ren Mei was forced to remember all the times that she had encountered both, and realized she had confessed to the wrong person.

Back inside, they were still at it. Long Shou Cheng was explaining how it was because Grandma Long didn’t like his mother hence talking about her in that way. Yet Tian He stated that he believed his grandma wouldn’t hate someone without a good reason, even chanting his grandma’s mantra with how it didn’t matter with who gave birth to him, etc. OY! Very frustrating indeed but in a way, it was hard to blame him with all the years he’d been poisoned by nonsense. Long Tai jumped in again–after some quiet passed between Long Shou Cheng and Tian He–reminding Tian He how intelligent he was with his school achievements yet he didn’t know how to investigate for himself or distinguish between right and wrong yet just listened others’ words, etc. Tian He told Long Tai that he didn’t know what had happened to him (Tian He) all these years so he (Long Tai) DID NOT have any rights to say those things. So after rattling out some more nasty words, Tian He left the scene, yelling at Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie to get out of his way.

As he walked past them, he encountered Xiao Xiang, Ah Xiang, and Ah Lun on their way in. Another battle of words ensued as he scolded at them for calling him “Tian He Ge”, etc. Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie soon came over to try and break the argument up. Xiao Xiang was already on a roll though and was about to say something else yet Ah Pan Jie mumbled a “Please” under her breath to get Xiao Xiang to stop. Ah Pan Jie tried to explain of the new arrivals’ identities yet that didn’t calm Tian He down–far from it. He told Ah Pan Jie to tell “those people” to be more polite to him in the future. After he left, Ah Xiang claimed that he wanted to punch Tian He, considering how he couldn’t believe the bad attitude Tian He was far worse than rumors had it. When Xiao Xiang asked him why he didn’t punch Tian He and he replied with saying he didn’t dare to. (Hey, after all, Long Shou Cheng did agree to let him and Ah Lun stay to have a new start, so of course he couldn’t just punch out Tian He like that–regardless of how hateful Tian He was.) And while that was going on, Ah Pan Jie was seen with a disappointed face, mumbling about how she thought Tian He had changed yet it wasn’t so after all. Lao Tu, though looking as disappointed, told Ah Pan Jie that it was only right to let Long Tai have his identity back or it wouldn’t be fair to him. After all that was cleared away, Xiao Xiang asked about Ren Mei, and it seemed like Ren Mei had disappeared already. Xiao Xiang soon went to Ren Mei’s room to comfort her yet Ren Mei didn’t care to speak up or open the door for Xiao Xiang.

As Tian He returned to his room, he found out that Long Tai’s possession had taken over his habitat so he once again tossed stuffs around like the old days–when he wanted his way. And even yelled for Ah Pan Jie to come and clean up. The devil was indeed back in their lives.

Back in Long Shou Cheng’s study, he clarified with Long Tai regarding Grandma Long and how things had become of the ‘false’ stories of the twins’ mother. Long Shou Cheng also told Long Tai to be patient and it would take awhile for Tian He to accept it. Yet Long Tai turned Long Shou Cheng down, stating that he only promised to stay until Tian He return because he knew his mom would want it. Now that Tian He was back, he should leave. Long Shou Cheng asked Long Tai if he still wanted to return to Japan. Long Tai said that since he wasn’t so welcomed here anyway, he might as well return to Japan. He went on to say that at least Japan has the memories of him and his mother all these years, and the family that he grew up with. Long Shou Cheng wanted Long Tai to think it over carefully, because he really wanted Long Tai to stay. He finally admitted that he was an irresponsible father and had been a failure in being a father all these years. Yet Long Shou Cheng went on to say if Long Tai–after thinking really carefully–still wanted to leave, he would respect Long Tai’s decision.

The others finally were able to see Long Tai at last–after having waited so long. Unlike his usually hot-headed self, Lao Tu was quite understanding of Long Tai’s hardships all these times, trying to pose as Tian He. Ah Xiang and Ah Lun were as understanding. Or perhaps, they were already through the worst with interacting with Tian He earlier so of course the apology from Long Tai was tenfold more sincere now that they heard it from him. Ah Lun was still stuck with the “Tian He Ge” yet he said “Tian Hao Ge” was weird so Long Tai jumped in to clarify that he didn’t like the name either. He told them to call him “Long Tai” instead, since it was the name that his mother called him. Soon, Ah Pan Jie was seen walking by, stating that she had to help Tian He clean up–and that she was so slow hence him tossing stuffs all around. Yet Lao Tu stopped her, trying to make Long Tai feel better. But Long Tai soon interfered, stating it was all right. He understood how Tian He was feeling with someone else invading his personal space, and said if it was his situation, he would be as upset. Ah Pan Jie then promised to set up another room for Long Tai, and she even took time to add in how one person was yelling out orders to her versus another apologizing for making her do extra work–hence Lao Tu dragging her out of there before she could say anything else about the twins.

Long Tai finally got a chance to go to Ren Mei’s room and check on her. Xiao Xiang was still standing in front of Ren Mei’s room. Upon hearing his voice, Ren Mei got up and came over to the door, but she didn’t open it yet. She was just curious. Though Xiao Xiang had reminded Long Tai of Ren Mei ‘treating Long Tai like Tian He’ the whole time (aka the mistaken identity like everyone) and it was normal that Ren Mei was going through a ‘confused’ phase (again like everyone else), but she also cheered Long Tai on. After Xiao Xiang left, Long Tai was about to knock on Ren Mei’s door–to which she seemed to want him to–yet he hesitated and let his doubts took over. Indeed, Ren Mei wanted him to explain to her why he had deceived her. (ARrrrrrgggg, it was tenfold more frustrating that he just left like that. Yeah, I got it with the confidence thing at this point and also to let Ren Mei calm down a bit more, but seriously, how long are they going to drag this out?) And Ren Mei had every right to be mad at this point, not getting an answer at all, thinking that she had been conned.

That night, as everyone was restless all around, a surprise turn moved the plot forward slightly. Ren Mei, not being able to take it anymore, went to Long Tai’s room to confront him. She said she was able to understand and sympathize with the Long family’s situation and their past grudges toward one another. Yet what she wanted to know was why he didn’t clarify or say anything when she confessed to him in the cave when they were up in the mountains. Inside, he said because he liked her. Yet in reality, he replied it with not wanting her to be disappointed. She misunderstood the comment as wanting to play with her feelings. He finally got up from his place and said that he didn’t want to either and it was really torturing to pose as Tian He, etc. She mistook that comment even further, thinking that it had been hard for him to pose as Tian He and pretend to like her, etc. (Seriously, can’t blame her for misunderstanding because his words seemed to imply so instead of what he wanted to say. Those words were indeed too vague.) He immediately clarified it wasn’t so but she told him he longer have to suffer posing as Tian He so he was free of her, slamming the door in his face.

The next morning, round 2 commenced for the twins. Tian He had given Long Tai an intimidating look before turning to leave yet Long Tai said he wanted to talk to Tian He. He told Tian He how their lives (Long Tai and his mother’s that was) were all these years. He even mentioned how their mother often prepared 2 portions at dinner time. He didn’t understand why before but now he understood. Tian He didn’t care for the words and thought Long Tai was trying to brag about how much their mother loved Long Tai. Yet Long Tai clarified that he wasn’t. He was just saying that their mother had been thinking of Tian He all these years. Yet Tian He continued to call their mother “that woman” and also triggered Long Tai’s moods. Tian He went on to say that “that woman” was Long Tai’s mother, not his. The conversation went back to how Tian He was saying that aside from his grandma, he doesn’t believe there would be anyone who treats him well. Long Tai said that Tian He was quite pitiful, not caring if that would upset Tian He even more. Tian He reacted by saying like Long Tai had never done wrong before. That was when Lao Tu walked by and said it was good that they were both present. (Really?) According to Lao Tu, Wen Zi was there to look for Long Tai.

Outside, Ah Pan Jie was tending to Wen Zi and was asking if Wen Zi was returning to Japan hence looking for Long Tai to say goodbye. That had surprised Wen Zi, considering how she was so happy and celebrating that it was finally the day when Long Tai ‘return to her side’ as it were. So her answer to Ah Pan Jie with how she was going to return to Japan with Long Tai, which sparked a major outcry from Ah Pan Jie. In fact, that had caused Ren Mei to look worried as well, even if she was still upset over Long Tai’s vague response and had cried most of the night last night. Upon seeing Long Tai, Wen Zi–of course–walked right over and embraced him, claiming how happy it was that the day finally come. Ren Mei finally understood Wen Zi’s words about warning Ren Mei to distance herself from Long Tai, misunderstanding that those two were a couple. Long Tai finally reacted, pushing Wen Zi out slightly yet he responded that he would return to Japan with Wen Zi. That was when Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie jumped in to interrupt, wanting to talk it over among themselves before resuming. (LOL!) That was when Ren Mei dodged out of the way.

So Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie moved to a corner of the room to talk it over. Lao Tu was asking what to do now and Ah Pan Jie responded with “Of course we have to prevent Long Tai from leaving.” So they were saying since Long Tai came, not only was their boss’ mood turning good but also their business SO they couldn’t allow Long Tai to leave. However, they were forced to stop again, because they couldn’t find a reason to keep Long Tai there. Yet Lao Tu soon thought of something. It was indeed clever because even Ah Pan Jie looked confident enough. (What was it? Just have to watch to see.) It was indeed quite clever with how Lao Tu eased into it. LOL! And then they even steered it to the fact that Wen Zi’s passport was already lost so how could she return right away. She needed time to get a new one, lol. NICE! Then Ah Pan Jie didn’t want to let Wen Zi stay there since she stated that Wen Zi would continue to pester Long Tai to return to Japan. Yet Lao Tu jumped in to patch it up by saying that Wen Zi would be a distraction hence Long Tai not being able to concentrate properly to help them with the new dishes. Even Long Tai agreed, saying that it was a bit chaotic around there with Long Tian He returning so after he took care of stuffs there, he would go to the Zhao family’s hot spring resort to look for her.

Then the head of the town came to inform them that Ren Hu was outside, wanting to seek justice. So they were forced to go out and face Ren Hu and see what else he was up to. (Didn’t Grandma Zhao say she was going to take care of it? Great, like it was news that he would go behind her back and do stuffs.) Anyway, Long Tai said all it was because of him so whatever it was that Ren Hu wanted, it was between them. Before Ren Hu was able to say anything, Wen Zi jumped out, saying she won’t let him make trouble for Long Tai. Things moved toward another interesting point as Ren Hu pondered why Wen Zi was there already (since it was still so early), because that was when Tian He stepped out. He quickly delivered a taunting remark about how he was wondering who could be disrupting the peace at this time of the morning (totally aiming it at Ren Hu). As Ren Hu inspected the twins, he also took the time to ‘pretend to seek justice for his sister’. Ren Mei had indeed stepped out since she had overheard earlier about her brother coming over. Ren Mei said that they (the Long family) didn’t mean to deceive them on purpose–to which Ren Hu snapped back at her, questioning her about taking the Long family’s side. It was then that Tian He delivered another one of his attacks, saying that the Zhao family should be thankful that they (the Long family) were willing to let such useless person stay (i.e. Ren Mei). That was when Long Tai yelled at Tian He for talking about Ren Mei in that way, and Tian He said Long Tai didn’t have any right to stop him for saying it. Long Tai was about to say how much Ren Mei cares for Tian He yet Ren Mei yelled out to stop him.

It was then that Long Shou Cheng finally stepped out to admit wrong. He asked Ren Hu what Ren Hu wanted at that point. And as Ren Hu was about to deliver his orders, Grandma Zhao arrived at the scene–to much of Ren Hu’s surprise. She reminded him what she told him last night. After chiding Ren Hu in a low whisper, she turned to Long Shou Cheng. He, of course, repeated of his wrongdoings and said he didn’t know how to explain to everyone of their family’s situation after realizing the person appearing during that dragon dance competition was actually Long Tai hence causing trouble for everyone. He even apologized to Ren Mei. Grandma Zhao accepted the apology and said she didn’t want to pursue the matter anymore. Ren Hu, of course, jumped in to object. Yet Grandma Zhao stated that Ren Hu indeed got beaten by one of the members of the Long family. Not to mention how good the Long family had treated Ren Mei after she arrived and had helped her change all the while staying there. Therefore, she said that they didn’t need to compensate or do anything else to make it up. After hearing those words, not only were the members of the Long family happy, but the townspeople were also cheering Grandma Zhao on for her understanding nature. Only Ren Hu was seen still very much upset upon seeing Tian He leaving the scene with a taunting smile. Grandma Zhao’s only request was to let Ren Mei go home. And Ren Mei only wanted a little time to pack. Grandma Zhao agreed and said she would send Lao Zhang (their driver) over to pick Ren Mei up.

As Ren Mei packed and was thinking of the event earlier, Long Tai entered. He looked quite heavyhearted watching her. She didn’t realize he was there until she turned around. Yet she chose to ignore him. That didn’t work because some of the items she was carrying got dropped. Those were her ballet shoes and some roll of paper. They both rushed to pick up her ballet shoes, causing their hands to come into contact. She withdrew her hand first after some silent staring between them, and he got the message, letting go so she could pick up her items and leave.

Along the hallway, Ren Mei bumped into Tian He. He, like his usual self, uttered some mean words, saying it was good that she was leaving so it was less troublesome around there. He then went on to say that he didn’t even recognize her at first and wouldn’t even dream of it, considering how he thought she would be fat all her life. He didn’t realize she could become this current person. Ren Mei didn’t just take it in this time, unlike her past self, but had responded with saying he was the same as in the past, always saying mean things to hurt others. Yet he said he didn’t want to say nice words to people he don’t care for. (Wow, when in the world did he say nice things to people? That day seemed so foreign to everyone present.) Ren Mei then said that Tian He didn’t need to say nice things to her since that wouldn’t be the Tian He she knew since little. Then she left. He turned around to look at her. Yet what was he thinking at that point? Like he would suddenly change his thinking, but why was he staring after her for? Thinking she was still dumb as always? Or surprised that she was able to defend herself now?

Outside, Ren Mei was saying goodbye to the others, and thanking them for taking care of her since the day she arrived. Ah Pan Jie looked quite depressed seeing Ren Mei leave. Even Xiao Xiang was saying how they were worried for Ren Mei going home and being bullied by her grandma and brother again. Ren Mei said that she wasn’t like before and she will try to communicate with her grandma and brother more; and that it was her actual home so she had to return. Long Shou Cheng soon stepped up to apologize to Ren Mei for deceiving her the whole time. She didn’t mind, saying that these past months have been some happy times for her. Lao Tu spoke up then, saying that even if he didn’t like her brother yet he treated her like family so he told her to return from time to time to visit them – to which she nodded. When it was Ah Pan Jie’s turn to say something, she wasn’t able to. She was too busy crying. Things didn’t improve with the crying even after Ren Mei stated that Ah Pan Jie was like her mother and hugged her. While that was going on, Ah Xiang told Ren Mei if anyone would dare to bully Ren Mei in the future, she should tell him so he could beat them up. Ah Lun and Xiao Xiang each told her to continue pursuing her dream and become an excellent dancer. It was indeed a touching goodbye scene. The party didn’t break up until Lao Zhang reminded her that Grandma Zhao was waiting for her.

As the others were saying goodbye to Ren Mei outside, Long Tai was still sitting at the exact spot that Ren Mei left him. He was thinking of how he only wanted to protect her yet had caused her to hate him in the end. Yet he soon realized what he should’ve done. So he sprang up and chased after her car. Calling out the nickname he once gave her, it seemed useless. But she had heard him and turned around at last.

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Mei Ren Long Tang: Episode 10 – Pursuing Dream

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

Though Ren Mei had remembered that little bit of conversation between her and Wen Zi last night yet she was still too groggy and unstable to think of it. She was still quite disorientated as she walked out of her room. Long Tai was seen standing outside and she ended up bumping into him–literally. And perhaps that little bump had awakened her since she immediately asked him if he and Wen Zi came to her room last night. His answer? Of course he denied it. Yet she insisted that she remembered it and Wen Zi was acting weird, saying that he wasn’t Long Tian He. He blamed it on her having a weird dream, lol.

But before they could go on further, Ah Pan Jie came yelling about Wen Zi. Wen Zi wanted to leave all of a sudden (according to Ah Pan Jie). Ren Mei wondered if she’d said something last night in her drunken state that had offended Wen Zi. Yet Ah Pan Jie reassured her that she didn’t say anything, and Ah Pan Jie turned to blame herself for her culinary skills that had caused Wen Zi to be unsatisfied with it.

While they were still figuring out the reason why with Wen Zi’s abrupt departure, Ren Hu was seen approaching her somewhere around town. It was definitely his chance to move in on her. He asked her why she was standing there, crying alone. However, she said that she wasn’t crying. He made some joke, but wasn’t met with kind words. Instead, she said she was so unlucky, always running into him wherever she went. He went with his original answer, that they were fated. Yet he also stated that the place wasn’t big anyway so they would run into one another anyway. She quickly returned to the topic of him using those underhanded methods to get what he wanted, knowing the place wasn’t that big–and words would travel. Yet he dismissed those so-called ‘rumors’ again, and asked her where she was going, considering how she didn’t have her passports. That was his mistake since Wen Zi asked him how would he know. (YUP, good one.) He was sure cunning though, not losing a beat, stating that they did bump into each other that one time in front of the police station. He then moved onto wanting her to give the Zhao family’s resort another chance, and that they won’t let her down. While she was thinking it over, Long Tai was seen riding on his motorcycle, looking for her. Though Long Tai was worried of Ren Hu’s intention at first. But after having followed her to the Zhao family’s resort and seeing she was treated nicely as one of the guests, he was reassured and realized perhaps it was better for her to wander around outside, calming herself down instead of staying at the Long resident.

Ren Hu was really working his ‘charm’ (or so he thought he had). He took Wen Zi to her new room with a nice view and told her to stay as long as she wanted. She reminded him that she didn’t have money at the time, but she would contact her father to send money over for her. He told her not to worry about it. That got her puzzled all right. She stated that they weren’t familiar with one another so she had no idea why he was treating her so nice. He rattled out some excuse about her being a foreign guest, etc. Then when he was outside alone in the hallway, he said that there was no girl in this world that he couldn’t pursue. (Oh really? Now surely they’re a good match, considering how she said Long was hers and this dude here is treating girls like some prey that was to be hunted.)

On a more positive note, Xiao Xiang was able to go ahead with the renovation of her shop. Ah Xiang and Ah Lun were helping her out so it was all right. Yet setting up the shop wasn’t the main point. The most important matter was to take care of the food. Xiao Xiang was positive she could do it, and the others were more than happy to help out.

As Ren Mei was helping with taste-testing Xiao Xiang’s foods, Xiao Xiang encouraged Ren Mei to pursue her own dreams. Which led back to ballet. The reason why Xiao Xiang insisted Ren Mei pursue that dream was because of how she kept walking in on Ren Mei practicing ballet from time to time. As Ren Mei kept blurting out the ‘impossible’ success of her ballet dream, Xiao Xiang reminded Ren Mei of her own experience; and how others might be laughing at her, thinking that it would be impossible for her to succeed in running her mother’s shop yet she was really making it happen with her current progress and she wasn’t giving up anytime soon. That sure got Ren Mei thinking seriously.

So after a visit to the ballet school that her mother took her to many times previously, it was set that she was starting over with her new determination. She promised not to give up so one of the instructors there was willing to give her a chance. At least give her a chance to prove to him that she hadn’t forgotten all about ballet dancing. Having just made some brief movements, but she was already told to stop. Feeling unnerved, she turned to the instructor to wait for her judgment. Yet he told her he was glad that she finally came back, because he had been waiting for her return. (Yes, he’d seen her potential since little and wished she had pursued it yet she had to leave years ago.)

As Ren Mei’s working hard for her dream, the others were also proceeding with helping Xiao Xiang’s business. However, it was unfruitful because of how Ah Lun and Ah Xiang weren’t that good with luring in customers. As Lao Tu interfered to let some of the others past, Ah Xiang blurted out it wasn’t his fault that he looked like that (aka the fierce, gang-like look). Indeed, it wasn’t his fault. Yet Lao Tu had an idea to help matters. What?

Tada! Yes, putting them in cute bear costumes sure helped matters a tad more. Even Ah Pan Jie was laughing and saying how they were much cuter, not scaring kids away anymore. Yet they objected, one stating how hot it was in that costume and the other thought it was really embarrassing. It wasn’t until Lao Tu pulled the whole “Ah Pan Jie had worked so hard and endured so much pain to raise Ah Lun so how could he robbed her of this little happiness” that Ah Lun put his bear head back on so that his mother wouldn’t cry anymore. Even Ah Xiang was trying to get her to stop crying by obliging to put his panda head back on as well. They were indeed trying very hard to turn a new leaf. And Lao Tu’s idea was really helping business as well, considering how the amount of people stopping by and taking a flyer was increasing–comparing to earlier.

While the others were busy, where was Ren Mei? Well, Long Tai was asking Xiao Xiang about it. Xiao Xiang said Ren Mei was out doing what she liked. Vague answer but somehow Long Tai found her near a shopping center. She, of course, told him what had happened and how her instructor had welcomed her return. So she invited him to accompany her on that shopping trip. (Nice? Guys and shopping. Like really? Oh well.) OY, they were fighting over which outfit was better for her. She ended getting her choice. But he silently didn’t mind, considering how his goal was to make her smile. (From his thoughts, he was ready to leave after the one month deadline.)

The sign was getting even more obvious that Long Tai was really preparing to leave when he was riding around town, thinking about the days of being “Long Tian He”. When he came home, the same heavy mood stayed with him. What could he leave behind to show that he once existed at the place then? If he could–that was.

Then it seemed like Long Tai was too soft-hearted. He couldn’t stay mad at his old man for too long. Even if his old man had mistaken him for Lao Tu, he still stepped forward to help his old man tending to his back. Though the old man soon realized it wasn’t Lao Tu, he didn’t say anything either, allowing Long Tai to finish the task and leave. Long Shou Cheng was wondering if Long Tai had forgiven him already.

As Ren Mei continued to make tremendous progress on her ballet dancing, Long Tai proceeded with his next plan, wanting to help design a new menu for the Long’s hot spring resort. Ah Pan Jie was surprised yet Long Tai reminded her that business wasn’t so good at the place. Although Long Tai’s intention was for the good and Lao Tu finally agreed that they couldn’t be defeated like that, needing new ideas to resurrect their business, but that had also caused another disagreement. Well, it was more like Lao Tu picking on Ah Pan Jie’s culinary skills. Not allowing the argument to turn into an even bigger matter, Long Tai interfered and reassured them that they didn’t have to worry, he would take care of it. However, they needed to find out the old recipes that had attracted customers previously. That was when Ah Pan Jie ended up speaking of the forbidden words, i.e. mentioning about the ‘lady boss’ (aka Long Tai’s mother). Lao Tu reminded her that Long Shou Cheng’s mother wasn’t around anymore so it was all right to say it out. Though Long Tai finally learned from where his mother acquired her culinary skills yet they couldn’t get a hold of the recipes. All three seemed defeated yet Long Shou Cheng soon showed up and told them that he had it. Great or what? Long Shou Cheng continued with saying that he would hand the book over to Long Tai, considering how Long Tai really cared for Long Tang (龍湯). (Duh, was that news? Long Tai had cared for Long Tang a lot these past months with thinking up of different plans. It was just that Long Shou Cheng kept turning him down or was against it.) Humorously, Lao Tu yelled out to the Heaven in how awesome the Heavenly god was as the others went to get ready and as Long Shou Cheng go retrieve the recipes book. Yes, he was more than happy, considering how Long Tian He (he knew) didn’t care for Long Tang before and now it was such a miracle to see Tian He so caring toward Long Tang, even trying to find ways to save it.

As Long Tai studied the recipes book and attempted one of the dishes, Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie stood nearby, feeling proud of their young master. They were even more impressed that Tian He became so fluent in Japanese during his brief stay in Japan (in regard to his health treatment). Yet what shocked them both wasn’t Long Tai’s culinary skills or his fluent in Japanese, but it was when Ah Pan Jie offered Long Tai medicine (vitamins) and he took it – even saying thank you. (What caused their reaction was because of how Tian He really hated medicines previously, even going to the extent of shoving it out of his way and getting quite worked up.) Now? It was hard to blame Ah Pan Jie for her opening her mouth so wide in shock. Lao Tu recovered faster when they were out of sight, stating that he knew nothing would happen since Tian He had changed after having recovered already.

That led to the next point. Ah Pan Jie was really smart. She said it seemed like that person wasn’t Tian He. She once again brought up the rumor floating around with how the lady boss had given birth to a pair of twins. Lao Tu quickly jumped in to dispel the rumor. Yet Ah Pan Jie said that he heard it too, not that she was the one making it up. Lao Tu stuck with his original belief, not allowing that rumor to spread – or wanting to believe when their boss didn’t outright say it. So they agreed to drop it. Yet Ah Pan Jie said that she rather liked the current Tian He, very lovable. Lao Tu had to agree. It was hard not to.

The confrontation between Grandma Zhao and Ren Mei was inevitable. Grandma Zhao had overheard her assistant and Lao Zhang (her driver) talked about Ren Mei going back to ballet dancing once again. Grandma Zhao had to personally see it to believe. (Though she had somewhat softened upon realizing how she couldn’t beat it out of Ren Mei, but her words were still harsh when she was face to face with her grand-daughter.) It was also during the interrogation that Long Tai stepped in. Yet he didn’t step forward to interfere. He listened nearby, trying to see what else would develop. Though being questioned like previously with the harsh tone, but Ren Mei was much braver than before, responding that she wasn’t afraid of others laughing at her. Her response had made Long Tai proud as well, knowing she could finally stand up for her own dream. Grandma Zhao, seeing Ren Mei so determined, told Ren Mei to prove to her that she could do it. It wasn’t until after Grandma Zhao left that Ren Mei dared to breakdown. Yet Grandma Zhao wasn’t feeling any better after saying those harsh words to her grand-daughter. She actually apologized silently, saying that she only wanted to crank Ren Mei’s determination up and to work harder toward her goal. As for Ren Mei, Long Tai finally stepped over to comfort her, telling her that one day her grandma will get it.

Instead of heading home, Long Tai took Ren Mei to somewhere else. He wanted to cheer her up by yelling out words of encouragements for her. She, indeed, was feeling much better having his support. While they continued to cheer her on, Long Tai was once again thinking to himself, pondering if she would hate him after realizing that he wasn’t Tian He yet he hoped to protect her from shedding anymore tears in the future. He also hoped that in the end, if he really had to leave, she would become even more stronger when facing obstacles.

While Ren Mei was focusing on ballet dancing, Long Tai on resurrecting the Long family’s business, Wen Zi was getting impatient with her wait. She thought that Long Tai would be chasing her down already–or at least call to ask for her well-being. Yet it seemed like she was the one calling to check in on him. Ah Pan Jie actually picked it up and had let it slip after she didn’t speak up–that Long Tai was out picking Ren Mei up and had just walked in. To much of Wen Zi’s disappointment, it seemed like they were getting on just fine without her. So she went to the hot spring to cool down. Tough luck because she ended up encountering an even more awkward moment with Ren Hu. He honestly didn’t do it on purpose this time, considering how he overheard her screams and thought she was in danger. He didn’t realize it until it was too late. And he was shooed out of there after being called a pervert.

As for Ren Mei, she was given an opportunity at last to prove to herself–and possibly even more to her grandma of her capabilities. Yet that also led to her over-exerting herself and hurting herself in the process. Long Tai stepped in to interfere and took her home once again–after a long day of practicing. (Apparently, Long Tai not only brought food for her but had attached notes of encouragement on each item–yet he refused to admit he took a lot of time in doing the task.)

Although Ren Mei had said that she could walk on her own, but Long Tai ended up carrying her on his back. A scene too familiar yet last time was when they were stuck in the woods trying to run for shelter from the rain. This time, a more comforting walk and enjoying the night air. Well, there was also some typical bickering taking place. But it wouldn’t be them if they didn’t argue over some senseless matter. (They were indeed so cute!)

That night, at home, Long Tai was sneaking around and stalking Ren Mei. What in the world was he up to? Um, he was trying to snatch the necklace from her, the one with one ballet shoe on it. He probably wanted to fulfill her wish with having two shoes on there. So what else to do but sneak in and try to get it from her so he could proceed with the next step, right? It was indeed a dangerous mission. (LOL!) Before he could sneak in and get the necklace though, he was stopped by someone.

Busted! Wahhhh, what to do now? Um, was he trying to get rid of the only witness? Not really, was just trying to get Ah Pan Jie to quiet down. Even Ah Pan Jie wanted to believe him, but it was so hard. It was super suspicious that he was sneaking around and trying to get in when Ren Mei was taking a shower in the other room. Long Tai didn’t have anymore time to explain. He had to leave before Rei Mei found out. So after telling Ah Pan Jie not to tell Ren Mei about it, he left. But that wasn’t the funniest part. The funniest part was how Ren Mei asked if Ah Pan Jie was talking to someone earlier, and Ah Pan Jie responded that she didn’t see Tian He. (What?! That was practically confessing.) That got even more confusing since Ah Pan Jie kept mumbling on and on about how unbelievable it was. Then she told Ren Mei to lock the door before going to sleep that night before leaving the scene. Um…okay… (YUP, Ah Pan Jie definitely misunderstood that Long Tai was a pervert.)

It seemed like Ren Mei didn’t listen to Ah Pan Jie’s advice, because Long Tai was able to get into Ren Mei’s room without a problem later that night. He had to be so cautious that night and he came up with a better plan. There was no snatching involved this time, but he just needed to use his phone to take a picture of the shoe on the necklace. If anyone caught him, they wouldn’t believe his intention was harmless–the way he was sneaking around. And somehow, he ended up taking pictures of her sleeping. YUP, definitely not making it good for his case.

And it seemed like Ren Hu’s feelings might be reproached after all. Or was Wen Zi just admiring his musical talent and not him? Perhaps, Ren Hu’s most truthful moments were when he played his music? Because it seemed like he didn’t realize Wen Zi was there (and wasn’t trying to impress her when he started playing–like I had thought). But who knows? He was so crafty at times with his plans that it was hard to tell. Yet this night was indeed an improvement, considering their past encounters. He was willing to kneel and showed his sincerity in his apology to her. She was more than shocked and told him to get up. Afterward, he got the chance to tell her that he liked her. Some awkwardness passed, but she soon recovered and told him that she didn’t like him. He didn’t mind, because he said that one day she will.

The next day, Wen Zi was out and about again. She was pondering why Ren Hu liked her since she was so mean to him. And while she was at it, she blamed Long Tai for causing her insomnia hence taking a walk and eventually got confessed to. (Really? She was the one who heard the music and got curious hence stepping out of her room.) Then she was reassured by Ah Pan Jie that Long Tai had been busy days and nights working hard to improve the menu at the hot spring resort, not out and about with Ren Mei. She was glad that was the reason for Long Tai not calling her. Yet she was so disappointed again upon hearing Ah Pan Jie say that Long Tai and Ren Mei were getting along quite well. It was really suicide on her part to ask about the two since Ah Pan Jie went on and on, not even realizing that Wen Zi had left already.

Further down the road, Wen Zi encountered Long Tai. She pretended not to see him and looked down so he could just pass her already. Yet he stopped in front of her and asked her why she was pretending not to see him. She responded by calling him “Long Tian He.” Their conversation was leading nowhere since she was still mad at him and kept cornering him about matters. He, like before, told her not to mess around anymore and to return to Japan. Not knowing what else to say, Long Tai told Wen Zi to take good care of herself because he couldn’t do that at the moment. He left after that, and stopped at a red light when he was already out by the main roads.

He had no idea who was in the Taxi next to him as he waited for the light to turn green again. YUP, Long Tian He had returned. That was also the end of the episode. (Yes, keeping the suspense going for the time being.)

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Mei Ren Long Tang: Episode 9 – Confession

*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 rushed out of the hot spring resort in search for Ren Mei, fearing that she might be on her way to do something silly. On his way out of Ren Mei’s room, he was stopped by Ah Pan Jie asking about Ren Mei’s current condition. However, he just blurted out some vague answers, claiming he had to go find Ren Mei. Ah Pan Jie was forced to figure it out on her own. It wasn’t until she read the letter that Long Tai shoved into her hands that she realized the seriousness of the situation. It was also around then that she yelled out for her boss, informing him about a major crisis.

Though Long Tai declared that he was out to search for Ren Mei yet the whole household was not far behind on the task. And I don’t mind this time that they backtracked a bit to recount of Ren Mei’s letter and let her voice be the narration while the others were searching for her. It indeed added to the hectic atmosphere as anxiety build for everyone, pondering where Ren Mei could be heading toward. The ones not searching for Ren Mei were Long Shou Cheng and Xiao Xiang. Xiao Xiang was trying to call Ren Mei on her cell phone while Long Shou Cheng was on standby to wait for words from the others. After half a night of unfruitful searching, the others were getting even more wary. Long Tai wasn’t about to give up though. It wasn’t until daybreak that he returned home as the others were seen resting and waiting for news. He probably thought that the others must at least have some news so he rushed home to check. Yet upon learning that the others didn’t have any luck either, he vouched to go search again.

Wen Zi stopped him as he was getting ready. She told him to go rest, considering how he hadn’t slept all night. (She hadn’t slept all night either–according to Lao Tu’s words earlier.) Long Tai’s response was that he wasn’t tired. (What else? He was worried nuts so he didn’t care.) Wen Zi reminded Long Tai that Ren Mei wasn’t a kid so she would be all right. Yet Long Tai asked Wen Zi how would she know that Ren Mei would be all right. So what else did Wen Zi do but ask back how would he know she would encounter some trouble, etc. OY, yup, jealous episodes unleashing. She was too smart not to recognize how much Long Tai cares for Ren Mei. YUP, Wen Zi confronted him with the whole Ren Mei “isn’t just a friend” to him, etc. Long Tai didn’t want to answer her yet she blocked his path and forced him to respond. (Nice?) Yet I guess everyone will have to thank Wen Zi because she had forced Long Tai to face his own feelings. He had told Wen Zi to get out of the way since he already lost his mother, he didn’t want to lose Ren Mei as well. Wen Zi kept asking, and Long Tai begged her to step aside so he could go search for Ren Mei. Though he hadn’t really answered, but it was too clear already. Seeing Long Tai’s determination, Wen Zi had no choice but to do as she was told, letting him leave at last.

Inside, the others were breaking down one by one. Lao Tu was his usual hot-headed self, bursting out words of frustration while Ah Pan Jie cried over Ren Mei’s possible doom. The others tried to calm Ah Pan Jie down but it seemed unsuccessful. It wasn’t until Long Shou Cheng spoke up, saying that he would go over to the Zhao resident to see if Ren Mei had gone home. Ah Pan Jie voiced out her injustice of how Ren Mei was being treated at the Zhao family that she might as well not go home. Yet Long Shou Cheng reassured her that he would calmly talk to them, etc.

Long Shou Cheng’s trip to the Zhao family seemed smooth at first. At least he hadn’t gotten kicked out, etc. Grandma Zhao was shocked that Ren Mei had gone missing. However, when Long Shou Cheng tried to explain of the situation, Ren Hu jumped in to stop him, putting all the blame on his sister for being dramatic, etc. (Seriously, I just want to slap Ren Hu at this point.) Even Long Shou Cheng seemed more caring toward Ren Mei. In fact, the whole Long family cared more for Ren Mei than all of the Zhao family combined. (It didn’t matter if the grandma was doing the ‘tough love’ bit, it hadn’t worked yet had caused Ren Mei’s confidence to sink lower and lower over the years.) And just when Grandma Zhao wanted Long Shou Cheng to finish what he was saying before Ren Hu interrupted (about twice already), Long Shou Cheng was faced with the fact  that Grandma Zhao might not be able to take it. (Ren Hu just had to remind Long Shou Cheng of his grandma’s high blood pressure situation, etc.) So what now? (Honestly, just plain say it already!) He just have to go with it didn’t matter what the reason was, he would find Ren Mei, even saying that he had told Lao Tu to inform the cops of the situation. (Seriously? He was going to take the fall for it? Now Grandma Zhao had more reasons to scold him.)

Okay, so Ren Hu was successful in shutting Long Shou Cheng up–one way or another. Yet it wasn’t so with the assistant. She was mumbling about how it was strange that people from the Long family came over last night and now they were coming over again. That was what got Grandma Zhao’s attention and she inquired further into the matter. It seemed slim that anyone was connecting the dots, considering how the other lady didn’t know much of the details anyway. Then a confrontation was set forth. So the assistant did know a lot more. Ooooh, so no wonder words got leaked. The cell phone Ren Hu had with him while talking to Long Tai the previous night was the driver’s cell phone, not his. He kept his in his office–as seen from last night.

And my faith in Grandma Zhao somewhat restored. At least after she said Ren Hu shouldn’t hurt his sister, and the fact that if he’d done wrong she (Grandma Zhao) would scold him. The fact that she didn’t want to use underhand tactics to operate her business was admirable enough already. Then Grandma Zhao realized how cold-blooded Ren Hu had turned out. (She was thinking to herself outside in the hallway after warning Ren Hu to never pick on Ren Mei again.)

After having some lead from the head of the town, Long Tai went to the woods in search for Ren Mei. According to the former, Ren Mei might have gone to her parents’ place. So it was really worrisome and NOT at all random that Long Tai spotted the ropes hanging from high above by one of the trees. It made sense she wanted to go there to talk to her parents before ending her life. Though it seemed random, but viewers who might not know (or had forgotten some previous details) would treat it as random. Then there was also Ren Mei’s belongings laying nearby as well. Who could blame Long Tai for thinking of the worst?

Having running around and around in circles, Long Tai resorted in yelling out and telling Ren Mei not to do anything stupid to hurt herself or he wouldn’t forgive her for it. Not getting an answer, he opted to bargain with Heaven, asking the Heaven to return Ren Mei to him, saying that he couldn’t lose anyone else in his life. Whether that had helped or Ren Mei might have heard him previously already, she soon appeared from behind him and called out his name. (Or at least she had called “Long Tian He”.) He turned around, surprised, not knowing what to say yet just stared at her while she asked him why he was there. She even dared to ask him which important person did he lose? (Well, it was hard to blame her since he kept insisting on hating her or was just caring for her because of some responsibility so how would she know? And he had said he was dating Wen Zi as well.) Soon, she showed him some flowers that she had picked. The flower was called Angel flower, her mother’s favorite. Long Tai still didn’t say anything. Yet he finally pulled her into a kiss–to much of her bewilderment.

Afterwards, they were both standing in front of Ren Mei’s parents’ graves. Ren Mei confessed to her parents that it was her first time coming after all these years. She kept making excuses not to come, and therefore had created even more tension with others, causing them to think that she was not filial. Yet the real reason why she didn’t want to come was because she wanted to lie to herself that if she didn’t see their graves, she could still believe that they were still alive. The moment was indeed both heartbreaking and touching. (Da Yuan’s acting at this point’s really good. It really tugs at the heart. If anyone had gone through this type of lose, they could so sympathize with Ren Mei’s character at the moment and understand why she wanted to deceive herself like that. Da Yuan really brought out that feeling with her acting. NOT at all bland. Her face and eyes were full of the appropriate emotions.) Long Tai soon stepped forward to comfort Ren Mei and reassured her that her parents were always living in her heart.

Back at the Zhao resident, it seemed like Grandma Zhao was going crazy trying to dial and couldn’t get through. She wished she had treated Ren Mei better in the past. Yet she soon said she wasn’t going to give up on the search, even insisting on going out. Her assistant asked if she would want Ren Hu to go with her yet she was more upset upon hearing Ren Hu’s name, claiming that she could go on her own. So it was set.

Meanwhile, Long Tai and Ren Mei were making their way back. Or so it seemed. As they were walking, Ren Mei was happy inside that Long Tai had confessed to her. Yet her smile soon turned upside down. She was thinking of Wen Zi and what would come of it. As she was phasing out, Long Tai turned around to tell her to hurry if they wanted to get back before dark. They ended up lost because Ren Mei was so sure that her direction was right. (Nice?) So they made their way back to the one that Long Tai had pointed out before. Again, like last time when they made their way home–or tried to, rain hit. So they were forced to find shelter before continuing on. Ren Mei tripped over a tree and had to be carried. Lucky for them, they found a cave to hide for the time being. The funniest thing happened when Long Tai was trying set some fire going so they could warm up. He used a traditional method with rubbing two rocks together to get some sparks. However, he didn’t realize there was a lighter inside his pants pocket all along. Well, the reason how he came into contact with that lighter in the first place was because he caught Xiao Xiang smoking inside the hot spring one day so he confiscated it from her and had put it in his pocket. Another brush of luck since his rocks didn’t work.

Anyhow, Grandma Zhao was in a brink of some kind of breakdown when she overheard the head of the town yelling about something. She came to check it out and he said that he was trying to make an announcement over the microphone so the townspeople could come and help in finding Ren Mei. Though Grandma Zhao was desperate, but she also managed to fix the microphone and made her own announcement with making a plea for others to help her find Ren Mei. A touching speech indeed. It proved that she really cared for Ren Mei, even letting go of her own self-pride for the moment and only think of Ren Mei’s well-being.

Back in the cave, it seemed to stop raining–or something. Yet they were all nice and warm again. Long Tai even took the time to check on Ren Mei’s leg. He almost blew his cover yet patched things up in time. They soon moved onto the situation with their misunderstanding. She still thought that he was just pitying her yet he clarified that he liked her. He didn’t mean to blurt it out so fast yet how could he take it back? Besides, why would he take it back at this point? After some awkwardness passed between them, Ren Mei asked what would happen to Wen Zi, considering their current situation. (She had no idea.) He took that time to clarify that there wasn’t anything between him and Wen Zi. She, of course, realized that she had misunderstood. (Major time, lol.) As Long Tai was saying how he treated Wen Zi like both his best friend and younger sister, Ren Mei realized that the way he spoke of Wen Zi was like they grew up together. (YES, she wasn’t so clueless after all. In fact, she wasn’t dumb, just lack confidence on different levels due to her grandma and brother’s behaviors toward her all these years.) But Ren Mei soon abandoned the analysis and focused completely on Long Tai’s words since he said he didn’t know what love was until he met her. However, what Long Tai discovered was Ren Mei’s secret admiration of his brother since young, even donating blood to his brother when his brother was sick that one time in high school. (The recounts of how Long Shou Cheng was willing to kneel in front of Grandma Zhao to beg for the donation also was quite touching.) How could Long Tai be happy when he realized the reason why she was so tolerant of him and even feel happy when she got bullied by him? Since it wasn’t because of his identity but because she thought (like everyone else) that he was Long Tian He. She confessed she was able to see Tian He’s pain hence treating others like that. (Ummmm….) The more Ren Mei talked, the more Long Tai realized how stupid he was, considering how he was currently posing as Long Tian He. So when he confessed his love to Ren Mei, he was Long Tian He AND not Long Tai. Beating himself wasn’t going to help now, right?

The finally made it home at long last–while the townspeople were gathered at the Long hot spring resort to divide up tasks and think of other ways to find Ren Mei. Upon knowing that Ren Mei was all right, the others were more than happy. However, Grandma Zhao was giving her a stare down. While Ren Mei apologized, her expression was also turning worrisome, knowing from her grandma’s look that it wasn’t going to be good. Far from it. Yet Grandma Zhao still stayed silent while the head of the town recounted the events of Grandma Zhao’s search for Ren Mei and her speech. After hearing those words, Ren Mei stepped over and apologized to her grandma. How did Grandma Zhao react? From her expression, it was too obvious yet I still wanted to be hopeful. But it was indeed inevitable. She gave Ren Mei a slap–to much of everyone’s surprise. After a brief lecture, Grandma Zhao departed with her employees following closely. Then Xiao Xiang walked over to comfort Ren Mei. Contrary to her usual negative outlook on matters, Ren Mei was actually happy that Grandma Zhao was worried for her. (Considering how she had always thought her grandma didn’t care for her.)

That night at the Long resident, they celebrated for Ren Mei’s well-being and safe return. Ah Pan Jie was scolding her son (Ah Lun) for eating like a ‘starving ghost’, lol. Yet Ah Lun resorted with saying that they’d been searching all day hence they should be able to restore their health by eating more. The atmosphere indeed was harmonious, even Long Tai and Ren Mei were seen more than happy at the moment. They weren’t at war anymore and even sat next to each other. Ah Pan Jie pointed out that Long Tai/Tian He searched harder than them so he should eat more. Ren Mei quickly apologized again for causing them to worry. Yet Long Shou Cheng said it was all right, but told Ren Mei to talk to them in the future, not go off alone like that. Xiao Xiang then spoke up, stating that she didn’t realize the people in the area were that nice and caring toward one another (hinting at how everyone dropped what they were doing to help search for Ren Mei). Lao Tu soon stepped out to say that of course they were a good bunch of people who had big hearts. The spar between Lao Tu and Xiao Xiang soon subsided, because they were focusing on celebrating that night, not argue. After everyone had settled down already, Long Shou Cheng realized that Wen Zi wasn’t around and asked the others. (Yes, strangely–but not so strangely–Wen Zi wasn’t around for the celebration.) Though Ah Pan Jie was saying that Wen Zi had said she didn’t want to eat, Wen Zi stepped into the room to much of their surprise. Xiao Xiang got up at that time and let Wen Zi have her spot as Ah Pan Jie rushed to get additional utensils and whatnot. Wen Zi, of course, didn’t seem that all happy like she tried to show.

A showdown quickly commenced–with Wen Zi stating that she wanted to celebrate for Ren Mei’s safe return–yet she ended up drinking away. Even if she stated that it was for Ren Mei, the others could see how intense things were. As the others interfered with Wen Zi’s drinking and Wen Zi’s attempt to lure Ren Mei in, Wen Zi stated that she was just celebrating for Ren Mei. Long Tai, knowing what was going on, tried to stop Ren Mei yet Ren Mei decided to stand up for herself and take it. (Though she was wondering if Wen Zi had known of her get together with Long Tian He already.) So the so-called celebration event ended up being a disaster with everyone watching and not being able to stop it. It wasn’t until Ren Mei was finally so drunk that she developed multi-visions that Long Tai interfered, trying to help her stand up straight. Wen Zi, not drunk at all–or maybe not that drunk yet, decided to fake drunk too so Long Tai could catch her. As Long Tai yelled for Ah Pan Jie’s help, Xiao Xiang was smiling, knowing too well what was going on. To much of Wen Zi’s disappointment, Long Tai told Ah Pan Jie to tend to Wen Zi while he took Ren Mei to her room.

After putting Ren Mei to bed (and hearing her declare how much she liked Long Tian He), Long Tai went over to Wen Zi’s room to check on her. Wen Zi jumped up from where she was sitting and hugged Long Tai, begging him not to like Ren Mei, etc. Long Tai assured her that there was nothing going on between him and Ren Mei because Ren Mei had someone that she liked. Wen Zi, more than happy to hear that, wanted Long Tai to be with her, etc. Yet Long Tai turned her down as well, stating that it was impossible between them. She was upset all over again, declaring that she didn’t want to see him anymore, asking him to leave.

That wasn’t the last bit of drama of the night. Because Wen Zi soon went to Ren Mei’s room to confront her. Ren Mei, still very much drunk, told Wen Zi that she didn’t want to drink anymore. Wen Zi asked Ren Mei if she liked Long Tian He. Ren Mei quickly apologized for what she did, stating that she knew Wen Zi also like him. However, Wen Zi clarified that she didn’t like Long Tian He. When Ren Mei asked Wen Zi who she like, Wen Zi said that she didn’t blame Ren Mei for the mistaken identity, but told Ren Mei to stay away from him. Ren Mei, more than confused at this point, asked Wen Zi what she was talking about. Wen Zi disclosed that the person Ren Mei was currently interacting with wasn’t Long Tian He but someone else. That was when Ren Mei sat up and questioned Wen Zi more about the confusing situation. Wen Zi said that when Long Tian He return, Ren Mei would know. She was about to disclose further of the siblings’ identity yet Long Tai stepped in to stop her. Their argument continued in the hallway. He reminded her that she had promised him not to say it out. Yet she told him it was a matter of time that Ren Mei know so she might as well end it now. The fact that Long Shou Cheng overheard their argument made things tenfold more sticky.

But that had allowed him to ease into wanting to restore his own identity. Long Shou Cheng, as it were, still stood firm on his past words, wanting Long Tai to continue on. He stated that Ren Mei was already so drunk and wouldn’t remember what she was told the next day. He even told Long Tai to keep it in and play along for one more month until Tian He return. Long Tai, having had enough, confronted his old man once again. He didn’t want to be Long Tian He’s shadow anymore, and that he was also a human being. This confrontation was as emotional as their first encounter. Yet it seemed like Long Shou Cheng never changed, always wanting to cast Long Tai aside and only cared for Tian He. He said he didn’t mean it in that way, but he had disregarded Long Tai’s feelings all these times. (And one would think that he had changed through all these months staying with Long Tai and perhaps wanting Long Tai to stay with them as well. Even if he was thinking it, but honestly, what was he trying to do by saying that Long Tai wanted to return to Japan anyway. Honestly?) It took awhile for Long Shou Cheng to speak up again. And it had probably also caused Long Tai to make up his mind. When Long Shou Cheng offered to make up for Long Tai with all these years not being able to take care of him, Long Tai said that he was already grown up and that his mother was already gone so it was already too late. (It didn’t matter that the old man looked pitiful. He already made his choice to protect Tian He.) Even if he pleaded to Long Tai to give him a chance to prove it, it was indeed too late. (If only he hadn’t insisted so strongly for Long Tai to stay patient for Tian He’s return. Because honestly, when Long Tai wanted to step out of Tian He’s shadow and declare his existence to everyone, his old man turned him down. So I honestly do not blame Long Tai for not taking that offer.)

Back in his room (or more like Tian He’s room), his anger was far from being extinguished. It had re-ignited upon seeing Tian He’s pictures all over the room. He walked over and grabbed one of the pictures to confront it. It seemed like Long Tai was the same as Tian He, trying to confront his inner demon. The only difference was that Long Tai’s anger would eventually subside, because he had his mother as guidance and would always be the kind Long Tai, unlike Tian He who had always fought his own battle and withdrew from others all these years. (Yet Mike’s acting is honestly so good here. The confrontation with his old man and then with his supposedly twin brother.)

The night was indeed far from over. Aside from Long Shou Cheng’s little walk in the garden and trying to talk to his wife, there was also the confrontation between Xiao Xiang and Wen Zi. Xiao Xiang told Wen Zi not to act in that way and gave Wen Zi some advice. Yet Wen Zi said she didn’t want to talk and slam the door in Xiao Xiang’s face. Nice?

So the next day, Wen Zi was out walking and ranting about how “Long Tai was hers.” (Honestly, now he was an object? I used to like her as well, but now less. NOT because she was being mean to Ren Mei, but because she was objectifying Long Tai like her toy, stating that he was hers, etc. I don’t like it when the guys do it to the girls SO it would be the same with girls doing that to guys as well SO not picking on just her.)  Anyway, Wen Zi also felt like what Xiao Xiang said was true so she wanted to leave so that Long Tai would turn around and acknowledge her, etc. Yet she had no money at this point. What else but to finally call her father up for help? Yet instead of asking for financial assistant or the like, she ended up assuring her father that everything was good before hanging up. (OY, changing her mind or growing a conscience since she realized how much her old man was worrying over her well-being?)

Back at the Long resident, Ren Mei finally woke up. She, of course, was feeling like hell after all of that drinking the previous night. Yet Long Shou Cheng was wrong. Ren Mei remembered about the conversation she had with Wen Zi last night regarding Long Tai/Long Tian He. What now? Dismiss it like another weird dream or investigate further?

*All images were captured by DTLCT

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