Just as I was afraid, the show dragged on and ended up focusing on other side characters that had nothing to do with the main cast. However, what caught my attention recently was Pan Bo Xi’s presence.
Pan Bo Xi portrayed Athena Lee’s ex-boyfriend, Kenji. He entered in episode 200 so I guess that was their way to celebrate. Finally, the team focused on Athena again. Or more like I felt it had dragged on with the side story arches for so long. Athena is actually four years older than Bo Xi in real life but she said it would be no problem with making the chemistry convincing. I totally agree. They looked so cute together.
Aside from that as the latest of interest for me, Jun Ya actually joined the drama in episode 160. He once again took on the role of a doctor yet this time the role leaned on the dislike side briefly after earning some praises from the viewers. (Click here for details.)
Oh yeah, even Angus Xie had joined the drama awhile back and it seemed like they were phasing out other main cast from the start, like Jason and Eric.
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*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.
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The search for Xi Le continued. Zi Wen directed them to the club that Ji Huo Ying usually go to and gave Ye Chen Bai Ming Li’s membership card so they could get in. He didn’t want to go with them, stating he didn’t want to get caught in the mess with Ji Huo Ying, so Ye Chen and Ping An went in on their own for the search. A very fierce confrontation took place over the phone as Ye Chen and Ping An were able to acquire Ji Huo Ying’s cell phone number from Zi Wen. However, upon spotting Ji Huo Ying, Ping An didn’t outright beat him up for daring to lure Xi Le into such a place. She did scold him, but it turned into a situation with “the jealous wife trying to break up a lovey-dovey get together”, LOL! She did grab Xi Le but steered her aside toward Ye Chen (for safety), saying how she didn’t blame her since her husband was too crafty. The situation got even more hilarious as Ji Huo Ying’s friends seemed to believe Ping An’s convincing act. Ye Chen and Xi Le were also laughing as they watched nearby. Xi Le seemed to have sober up already or at least beginning to snap out of her drunken state to enjoy Ping An’s show. What convinced Ji Huo Ying’s friends that the story was true was how Ping An had told of Ji Huo Ying’s past words with saying she was like the ‘pearl’ he had given her, etc. (Yeah, the same show he had often put on to impress girls and his usual sweet talk.) It escalated to the point that Ji Huo Ying’s friends have to interfere, grabbing Ji Huo Ying out and preventing him from hurting the pair of ‘mother and baby’ (lol), saying that the baby was innocent. They wanted to pool together some money to aid Ping An yet she turned them down, stating she only wanted her baby to have a father (lol). The others made Ji Huo Ying sing and cheer the baby up (lol).
Outside, Ping An finally revealed her trick by pulling the sweater she had stuffed into her stomach out and put it on while asking Xi Le why she had to go with that “big per…” but stopped herself and changed the words since she had spotted Ye Chen’s unease. (Yes, the name was reserved for him with the ‘big pervert’ title, lol.) As Xi Le started to explain herself, she spotted Zi Wen standing by the car waiting for them. She immediately walked over to him. Ping An attempted to call her yet Ye Chen stopped her, telling her to let Xi Le be. And that was when another confrontation between Xi Le and Zi Wen ensued. He was still sticking with the whole “not good enough for her” and how he should let go when they weren’t so deeply in yet. So he left after some more words as she cried on, telling him she knew he wasn’t those type of people, etc. All the while, Ye Chen and Ping An watched nearby–with Ping An’s face more than worried for her good sister. Yet the sad scene didn’t last too long, because Xi Le was saying how she was somewhat envious of Ye Chen and Ping An, lol. Ye Chen took that moment to put an arm around Ping An to show how loving they were–to which Ping An hit him (LOL). He didn’t mind. It was so funny teasing her.
When they came home all wet from the rain earlier, they were scolded at by Bai Ming Li. However, as Bai Ming Li sent Xi Le upstairs to shower and all, she told Ping An to stay. Fearing something might happen, Xi Le halted along the way to listen in. It was then that Bai Ming Li said she wanted Ping An to be in charge of the new project. Though Xi Le was happy for Ping An yet Ping An herself was very troubled by it. Sure, she would love to have some power. However, it wasn’t that simple. She had to think up of each step carefully, not wanting to make a single mistake. So when she wandered around with Ye Chen the next day, she was racking her brain trying to see how she could take care of the details. Ye Chen made a joke, but that had also made her realized something else. So they got started.
Then came the time when Ping An’s righteous acts didn’t get repay yet almost earned her a slap in the face. It was a big misunderstanding since she thought she was rescuing one of the innocent victims out of Ji Huo Ying’s grasps again. Yet she didn’t realize it was Ji Huo Ying’s sister and he was just using that trick to cheer his sister up. (Or just plain show off.) Ji Huo Ying’s sister, Ji Li Sha had just returned so Ji Huo Ying picked her up and delivered her to the company–just like he’d promised their father. Then came the encounter and Ji Li Sha wanted to slap Ping An after some disagreements. Luckily, Ye Chen was there and was able to grab Ji Li Sha’s hand in time. They quickly cleared the situation up, but not totally and left the scene. Ping An was forced to apologize before she could leave. But she wasn’t too pitiful, she knew it was her mistake so she just apologized and then left, NOT getting bullied any more than she had to endure.
Well-groomed by his father, Ji Huo Ying went out of his way to cause havoc toward everyone again. Well, it was mostly Bai Ming Li’s own doings and he just took it to his advantage. Because he was the one who told the other employees of the “terms” Bai Ming Li told Zi Wen to add to the contract. So Ping An went to confront Bai Ming Li in her office. She was told to go understand the situation before jumping in. Ping An knew she was rash to just jump in but then she asked why Bai Ming Li had to betray their trust in her, etc. After Ping An left, she went outside to bang her head against some wall (literally) and mope. Ye Chen found her there after having a private talk with Bai Ming Li. She wasn’t that mad at Bai Ming Li as she had been in the past. She told Ye Chen it was because she seemed to understand more how busy Bai Ming Li was every day with work and having to take care of the littlest matters. What Ping An was wary of was how to talk to the other employees about the situation. Ye Chen reminded her about the latest project so she said she could go inform them about it, etc. Ye Chen joked that how could Ping An fend without him around, which earned him a sharp look from her.
Much, much later, Ping An and Xi Le were tired out from trying out different outfits at this one shop. It was instructed by Bai Ming Li that the girls dress nicely for the upcoming event so that Bai Ming Li’s reputation wouldn’t be affected. Ping An was sooo tired that she leaned on the ledge of the counter, trying to rest her head. Yet upon hearing that Bai Ming Li had arrived to check on them, she immediately sprung up to greet the boss. (It was indeed cute.) The cuter part was how she almost fainted when Bai Ming Li said they could have the outfits custom-made if they couldn’t decide AND the priceless part was seeing how Bai Ming Li almost smiled but she was able to repress herself.
So the days went by and Xi Le–like how she promised Ping An–continued to pursue Zi Wen yet she had used the method of silently preparing foods or drinks for him with a note but didn’t appear to distract him. While that was going on, Ping An and Ye Chen were moving forward with the kitchen staff with preparing for the upcoming event. And Xi Le was finally able to meet Ji Li Sha. In fact, she was on her way to try on her dress for the upcoming banquet. Yet Ji Li Sha just had to bring out her princess attitude to force one of the salespersons to oblige to her commands, stating she wanted to duplicate the dress that Xi Le have–after failing to get the dress. Xi Le had clarified that she could step down with other outfits, but not this one because her mother had personally chosen it for her. She even bravely dared Ji Li Sha to wear the exact outfit at the upcoming banquet. (Surprising yet it was good to see how Xi Le could stand up for herself at times.)
Away from the dramas, Xi Le was troubled once again by how she had to learn to mingle with the high-class society. It was indeed too much pressure. Considering how she already found it so hard to deal with the Ji siblings. She was pondering if it was possible that she could just simply be Bai Ming Li’s daughter without the other complicated things attached. While she tried to think of a way to resolve those matters, she wanted to look for Ping An. But as she was about to descend the stairs, she spotted Ping An and Zi Wen talking to each other. They were just discussing some items Ping An still had to take care of. She was seeking his opinion over something. He, out of habit, joked with her so naturally, that had caused Xi Le to ponder. This time though, she was just pondering about the pressure of her being Bai Ming Li’s daughter that had caused Zi Wen to not feel comfortable in front of her anymore.
Later on, in Zi Wen’s office, Ping An was forced to write an official report for Zi Wen so he could report about the situation to Bai Ming Li as well. She was, of course, carrying on a long face at the same time as writing–or trying to write. Like she said before, she wasn’t familiar with those reports so telling her to think and write like that was indeed torture. Yet Zi Wen was more than happy to help her with providing different files and manuals. As Zi Wen was pondering how strange it was that Bai Ming Li was punishing Ping An yet was giving her these assignments and he thought it made more sense that Xi Le do it. His thought was interrupted by Ping An using a tie clip as a placeholder for some documents. (Yes, it was the tie clip that she wanted to give to Zi Wen but couldn’t because she found out on his birthday that Xi Le like him as well.) He thought that she had picked it up from somewhere and joked about it. She quickly clarified that she had used a lot of saved up money to buy it but it was just that she wasn’t able to give it out. He clipped it on his tie and said why don’t she give it to him since it fitted with his tie. She nodded her head, thinking that since it was supposed to be his anyway. (But didn’t she forget that she had encouraged Xi Le not to give up? Or was she just thinking of giving him it but just won’t tell him? It was too hard to blame her.) Their little side talk was interrupted by Ye Chen walking into the office. He wanted to break up the little talk (and more so because he had spotted the tie clip on Zi wen’s tie). (Yes, he’d known about the tie clip since she dropped it that one time and he’d retrieved it for her.) When Ye Chen said that he’d waited so long for her, Ping An returned with saying how she still had a lot to write. Zi Wen jumped in and said it was all right, he was supposed to monitor her progress anyway so he would take her home later. Of course, Ye Chen objected and they were in a battle, each grabbing one hand of Ping An’s and putting her in a dilemma. (Who knew a normal ugly duckling like her was so popular, right? Well, at least according to her she wasn’t the least bit a decent girl for someone to look at.) Yet Ye Chen won in the end, reminding Ping An that she still had to attend to tomorrow’s banquet matter and it was already so late. It was then that she turned to thank Zi Wen and told him that she would seek him out later to help with the paperwork matter. Ye Chen hauled her out of there as she was still trying to talk to Zi Wen. (It was so funny!)
Outside, a confrontation took place as Ye Chen was asking Ping An about the tie clip. She said Zi Went wanted it (aka it wasn’t her who initiated it). She then made up more excuses for it to be reasonable (lol) that he’d been helping her with stuff and all. Then she turned to him, finally realizing she had no reason to explain to Ye Chen, and stated that it wasn’t his business. He handed her handbag to her and unlocked the car. She then realized she forgot some paperwork. He didn’t let her go, but told her to get in the car and lock it, because he would go fetch the paperwork for her.
Back inside, Zi Wen was just putting the folders away. Yet when he heard some knocking on his door, he thought Ping An had returned to get her paperwork. Yet it was the thug who he hired to stab him that one time, Hei Zai. That dude had run out of money and wanted some more money for a trip. Zi Wen had no choice but to tell him to meet up at a certain location to discuss further. That wasn’t one of the most interesting developments of the plot. Because the part where Ye Chen returned in time to see Hei Zai walking out was. Hei Zai had used the stairs and Ye Chen had used the elevators so they didn’t meet up. Yet it had given Ye Chen the chance of seeing the dude’s face better and knowing that he wasn’t mistaking. What he was most puzzled about was if Hei Zai had come to look for Zi Wen or Ji Huo Ying.
The day finally arrived. Ping An was seen busy like a bee yet she sure exuded the typical boss aura since she was able to control the situation with her directions to various employees. Though she was a bit shocked that Zi Wen was the one who picked up Xi Le’s outfit but she soon thanked him before delivering it to Xi Le. She didn’t forget to tell Xi Le that Zi Wen was wearing the same color as Xi Le, lol. Before Ping An could look at her dress though, she was called away for business again. So she went.
Outside, it seemed like everything was in tip-top shape. The Ji siblings arrived together and told Zi Wen that they were there to help. (SURE!) As Ji Huo Ying asked if Xi Le had arrived yet, Xi Le answered from the top of a staircase that she was. Indeed, she looked like a princess in the dress. Ji Huo Ying said he had a present for her as Zi Wen extended a hand to help her step down the last few steps. So that was when Xi Le exchanged a look with Zi Wen. Though they soon recovered and Ji Li Sha offered her help with putting the necklace on for Xi Le. What happened next was another round of intensity as Ji Li Sha spotted Ping An walking by with Xiao San and Xiao Si, giving them more directions. She tried to talk down to Ping An and picked on Ping An even more. Obviously, she wasn’t over the other matter yet. Ping An tried to explain as much as she could while keeping cool since it was Xi Le’s big day after all. However, Ji Li Sha went WAY overboard when she said that those chosen foods were really suitable for those who came from the orphanage–which caused a reaction from both Ping An and Xi Le–though Xi Le had shaken her head, signaling for Ping An not to fight back. And even if Ji Li Sha apologized to Xi Le for her comment yet she wasn’t the least bit sorry. (Her face said it all that she meant all the words she said–possibly even more.) The scene soon changed its moods when some of the guests arrived and Zi Wen took it into his hands to introduce Xi Le to them thus breaking up the side catfight for the time being. Ping An was relieved and happy for Xi Le yet she turned off her smile upon seeing Ji Li Sha. But she wasn’t about to start another fight, she just walked off after giving Ji Li Sha a glare. While all that was happening though, Ye Chen was standing by the side and hoping silently that Ping An was truly a hardworking director (of the kitchen staff) and not Bai Ming Li’s daughter.
Just as things were going back to normal and Ji Li Sha might not have an opportunity to attack Xi Le, for the time being, things proved differently that she was indeed a cunning person. She pretended to step over to give Xi Le a toast yet had ended up spilling red wine all over Xi Le’s dress. Though she apologized for her clumsiness, it was way too obvious of her motives. (Well, she did silently say that if she couldn’t have it, no one could–in regard to the dress–before stepping over. SO yeah. It wasn’t an accident.) Ping An, like a good sister, rushed over and helped Xi Le to her room. She, of course, offered Xi Le her dress–since she stated that Xi Le was the “leading lady” today so she shouldn’t be robbed of a fancy dress. So she left the scene after saying if anyone was picking on Xi Le, Xi Le must tell her.
After Bai Ming Li had already appeared and introduced her daughter, clarifying her background and her life before meeting the 2nd husband, the party continued. Bai Ming Li had a face-off with Ji Shi Cheng yet broke it off early since she wasn’t feeling well and wanted to go upstairs to take some more meds, but she had to change her plan because she didn’t want Ji Shi Cheng to find out. Somewhere else, another incident took place when Ji Li Sha strike again. This time, she pushed Xi Le into the pool.
*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.
Ping An’s admittance in not liking Xi Le’s mother wasn’t the crucial point that she wanted to make. She finally confided in Xi Le that she always wanted to wait for her father to come to the orphanage to pick her up hence always causing troubles or appearing not as well-behaved on purpose so other families wouldn’t adopt her. Though growing up, she had come to realize that her father probably wouldn’t come back for her yet she still felt weird whenever having to rely on others. Because of that mutual feeling, Xi Le didn’t want to force Ping An into any situation, such as moving in with her. However, it turned out that Xi Le wanted to move back there with Ping An. (HUH?) That was a major guilt trip for Ping An–whether intentional on Xi Le’s part or not, because Ping An was forced to remember the incident where Xi Le told the possible family that wanted to adopt her that she had some kind of sickness hence them changing their mind in the end. Ping An didn’t want to cause Xi Le to lose another chance, especially how this time it was her real family, not just some adopted family. So what now? She decided to put down her self-pride and run after Xi Le to tell Xi Le that she would come with Xi Le. That was also when Ye Chen arrived at the scene to question them about the move. (He was actually ordered by Bai Ming Li to go help the girls with the move.)
Meanwhile, at the company, Bai Ming Li had assigned Ji Huo Ying to a job that he would love so dearly with its comfortable atmosphere and many duties that would allow him to work as comfortably. He was more than happy, thanking his new boss for the opportunity. However, that was when Ji Shi Cheng jumped in to object. He didn’t want his son to be assigned to that department. It was too far away from his motive. Yet he couldn’t do anything when his son didn’t even understand. So what else could he do but leave in a huff?
As interesting as it got, but it was predictable if one had paid attention to past signs, Ye Chen came into Bai Ming Li’s office to hand her his resignation letter. They ended up talking outside at some corner of the roof–and away from possible eavesdroppers. Ye Chen said he didn’t want to work for a boss who didn’t trust him. Ye Chen, not wanting to beat around the bushes anymore, outright confronted Bai Ming Li by asking her with the whole Ping An and Xi Le situation. He actually wanted to know why she accepted Xi Le as her daughter yet it was obvious her daughter was Ping An. (A very intense confrontation followed and the two of them got quite emotional, but it really showed both’s acting abilities.) Indeed, Bai Ming Li didn’t want to risk Ping An’s life hence allowing Xi Le to become her daughter, and that was when Ye Chen couldn’t take it anymore with how she could sacrifice such an innocent person like Xi Le. Perhaps the only reason why Ye Chen chose to stay and try to resurrect the situation was because he learned how Bai Ming Li couldn’t live past half a year because of a tumor in her brain. And perhaps that was also why Bai Ming Li was so into searching for her daughter after so many years. (Like how they often say with people looking back on their life when they realized they hadn’t had much time and wanted to undo some damages from the past–or at least resolve some inner conflicts.)
Back at Ping An’s workplace, she was still working despite her injured hand. That had resulted in a conflict with one of the customers because she accidentally spilled stuff on that person. Even when she apologized and wanted to help that person clean up, that person still scolded at her like no tomorrow, rattling out some really overboard requests. Ye Chen walked by around then and interfered, rescuing her by claiming that he was the manager. That sure surprised Ping An with the rescue. Then later when she was washing dishes in the kitchen, he was staring at her and thinking how it was so hard for her to finally found her mother yet after all these years growing up and being her strong self, etc. She soon asked him if the weather was nice today, lol. He pretended not to stare as she continued to wonder why he was doing good deeds. He responded with not wanting her wound to get worse, causing him to have to look after her again. He even added in with how it was normal to help his girlfriend, lol. She told him that Xi Le wasn’t there so he didn’t have to act, lol. He then returned to his monstrous self (according to her) and said that she had to pay him back by inviting him to dinner. She agreed but said since she had some food around, lol. As they were lost in their own thoughts, Ye Chen disclosed his real reason for staying. It was because he wanted to be by Ping An’s side when she finally learned of the truth.
Another shocking detail of Zi Wen’s past was soon disclosed later when Zi Wen got a fever and was forced to revisit some past memories. It was possibly the most shocking detail thus far. Because of how Zi Wen had vouched for revenge toward Bai Ming Li for causing his parents’ deaths and turning his life upside down, he actually tried to carry out that plan years ago. Somehow, he had managed to cut the brake of Bai Ming Li’s car thus probably causing some accident–as he hid nearby to witness the scene. Yet what he couldn’t believe was how Wei Zhen had jumped out in front of the car when it drove by. (The ‘cutting brake’ part could only be guessed but it seemed that way because of how the car wasn’t able to stop or slow down.) Because of this incident, that had also scarred him even more. That incident, of course, happened years ago when Ye Chen was still in prison and Zi Wen was trying to find his way to avenge his parents’ deaths–in any way he could. Even if it was an accident and how he couldn’t have guessed in millions of years that Wei Zhen would be nearby or jumping out in front of the car like that, how would he face Ye Chen now? No wonder he was in fear of meeting Ye Chen again but hadn’t really projected that in front of Ye Chen.
So when Xi Le called Ping An up, saying that she had to accompany Zi Wen and wait until he wakes up again, Ping An was walking around talking to herself again. She was wondering how she would fend without Xi Le at home. After all, facing Bai Ming Li alone was too strange. Luckily, she bumped into Ye Chen (literally) and was reminded of their dinner date. She, of course, was trying to save money so she ended up thinking of cooking a meal at home instead of going out to eat (and waste money). So there they were. She was turning the kitchen into a war zone as he watched nearby, ready to jump in to rescue the situation at any time. It was indeed quite hilarious to watch. The funniest scene must be the part where she activated the smoke detectors and caused the sprinklers to go on hence him having to bring an umbrella over to shield her. (LOL!) So what then? They were forced to eat noodles. He pointed out that Bai Ming Li was the most unfortunate party since Ping An’s first day of moving in had caused her kitchen to turn into a mess. He didn’t stop there, even saying how she should’ve learned a thing or two after all these years working at the restaurant. And that had earned him a chance of her snatching his noodles bowl away, lol. Yet she soon gave it back and asked him about his necklace–or more like the pendant on it. She commented it was strange, and that was when he mentioned it was from his sister and disclosed a bit about her death, etc. That finally caused her to shush it for a while, knowing she shouldn’t tread into that territory. In fact, she didn’t want to say anything more when she learned that he’d been in prison in the past. Instead, she picked a safer topic, pondering why Bai Ming Li didn’t come to eat yet.
The reason why Bai Ming Li didn’t come to the dinner table wasn’t because she was upset over Ping An’s latest mishap. She had fallen down and lucky for them that they were around to bring her to the hospital. On the way there, Bai Ming Li woke up briefly and grabbed onto Ping An’s hand while Ping An called her, trying to get her to wake up. She kept calling out “My daughter”, which caused Ping An to remember about Xi Le and told her that she would call Xi Le. When they finally arrived, Bai Ming Li was rushed to the ER and they were forced to wait outside. While waiting, Ji Huo Ying came over to check on them, even became overly happy to know Xi Le was his auntie’s daughter. He tried to inquire further and act all friendly–like his usual moves with pretty girls. Yet Ping An, remembering what Bai Ming Li said about Ji Huo Ying and her warnings to them, ignored Ji Huo Ying and continued to talk to Xi Le. The doctor soon came out to tell them that everything was all right–and gave a simple reason for Bai Ming Li’s situation. He told them to return home and let Bai Ming Li rest before coming back. They obliged. However, Xi Le was still staying in Zi Wen’s room and would come back later to check in on her ‘mom’ and told Ye Chen to send Ping An home. Ji Huo Ying was the only left, feeling like he’d lost his charm.
On the way home, Ping An confessed to Ye Chen that she was really scared earlier. She elaborated that even if she and Bai Ming Li weren’t that close since they just interacted more closely with recent (than just those heated arguments at the beginning), and even if she knew Bai Ming Li was Xi Le’s mother but she was still scared. She wondered what would happen if Bai Ming Li was really gone. Then she was thinking of her own situation and wondered if her mother was out there somewhere. Ye Chen wanted to place a hand on her shoulder (for support or comfort, whichever it was or could be both), but he withdrew his hand at the last minute.
The day that Bai Ming Li returned to the company was also the day Zi Wen returned. Yet what was in place for them was Ji Shi Cheng’s latest traps. He wasn’t just warning his son not to let him down and must maintain a hardworking attitude to prove himself. He also encouraged his son to pursue Xi Le. It was a low tactic to get back at Bai Ming Li yet it was all he could grasp at the moment when he was trying to figure out his next step.
As for Zi Wen, he was happy with his progress in successfully winning Xi Le’s heart. The only thing he needed to do was work harder so Bai Ming Li would acknowledge him. Well, it wasn’t hard to win Xi Le’s heart because she already liked him and he knew that so he just used it to his advantage. At this point, it seemed like he was one step closer to his revenge plot. Just needed to be a little more patient and not blow his cover. Yet that wasn’t it. He decided to change his tactic. It was even more effective than just clinging onto Xi Le like that, he had to play the card “I’m not good enough for you because of our different backgrounds” to win her over even more.
While Xi Le was lost in thoughts and was seen grievous over Zi Wen’s sudden break up with her, she was lured away by Ji Huo Ying. He had persuaded her to attend some event, stating that the ones present were people whom her mother was familiar with. Luckily for her, Ping An had spotted the two together and it would help her later on as she’d fallen into a trap. Yes, the strange scene had caused Ping An to be unrest and forced Ping An to seek Ye Chen for help when she couldn’t reach Xi Le on her cell phone (after her many attempts to call Xi Le that was). Ping An indeed had remembered Bai Ming Li’s warnings of Ji Huo Ying and was wondering why such an obedient person like Xi Le didn’t listen to her mother. And before she could get Ye Chen to help her, she ran into Zi Wen. He wondered if she was trying to hide from him since she didn’t visit him at all when he was in the hospital. (He had once again rescued her from her supervisor’s scolding before asking about her the matter. It seemed like he still cared for her a lot. Well, he’d always cared about her, but he needed to place the revenge plot on top of the list for the moment.) She soon asked him for a break to go find Xi Le before working on the plan he just assigned to her. He thought that Xi Le was troubled by his situation (which was half true) but didn’t know of her going with Ji Huo Ying. (Ping An didn’t want Zi Wen to misunderstand Xi Le or affect his and Xi Le’s relationship so she didn’t tell him what happened.) It wasn’t until she ran home to check that she finally thought of calling Ye Chen.
Ye Chen was actually visiting his sister at her grave so wasn’t around at the moment. What was even more interesting was seeing an officer, Sergeant Xu, showing up at his sister’s grave after he told his sister about meeting a girl who was similar to her (i.e. loud and all). They had a somewhat hostile conversation, considering how Sergeant Xu was implying Ye Chen being up to no good again, because of how he was now following Bai Ming Li. Ye Chen said that he needed the little job to get by. Yet Sergeant Xu rattled off his new boss’ long list of suspected crimes, etc. Sergeant Xu couldn’t believe that Bai Ming Li wanted Ye Chen to be her driver. Ye Chen said it was that simple, nothing more. Sergeant Xu finally left Ye Chen alone after giving Ye Chen his business card, telling Ye Chen to call him if Ye Chen discovered anything suspicious. Ye Chen asked his sister why he couldn’t just leave the complicated place. However, that was when Ping An called him. When he returned, she rushed out and hopped into the car, telling him to go. When he asked what happened, she told him about Xi Le yet he turned her request down. It was because she had called Ji Huo Ying “Da Se Lang” and he supposedly was used to be called that. (Yes, he wanted that name to be reserved for him only.) She indeed was laughing at him for being jealous over such a strange matter. As they were finally on their way, Ping An didn’t realize that Xi Le had already broken out of her trance and realized she shouldn’t be mingling with Ji Huo Ying and his friends, knowing her mother would be very upset. She tried to call Ping An back, but Ping An had rushed out earlier, totally forgetting her cell phone. Their search for Ji Huo Ying landed them back at the company, more specifically Zi Wen’s office. But before Ping An and Ye Chen entered, Zi Wen had set up a trap for Ji Shi Cheng, wanting to use the old man as a pawn for his latest trap.
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.
I don’t know what took me forever to watch this but now that I watched it, I finally know what was the hype about it. Though it was probably for different reasons than mine (or at least not totally like mine). Maybe I was just scared of the ‘over-hype’ factor that was building around this drama. But I thought the balance was enough that there was ‘no hype’ and/or ‘over-rated’ feeling over it. The complex of the plot was nicely built-in with the right touches yet there was no ‘drag’ feeling of it. It was fast YET it was not going up and down like a roller-coaster either. Yes, there were intense moments yet you know it was inevitable, considering the characters involved. But there was a great balance with other formulas thrown in.
Rainie Yang as Qi Yue. A very mature role for her. Well, as mature as can be since she was still seen at times as being super silly. BUT I think it was understandable. The reason why I say that was because her character lacked of dating experiences but her life experiences, such as that of her family and her mother have been plenty. She knew that the world outside her and knew what was important in life, friendship, and much more. I think it was acceptable and forgivable that she made mistakes at times, such as the time that she had hurt Yuan Yi (though I did feel that part a tad annoying to endure) but it passed eventually and she tried to redeem herself as quick, knowing what she’d done. She immediately patched things up and kept her goals clear, NOT dragging the relationships with two guys out. She wasn’t wishy-washy, she knew to sort her feelings out right away. She knew she needed to patch things right away and not let it drag any further. She was innocent (or more like inexperienced) but she was not an idiot. And I think I took people’s words too obediently about Rainie at times and had not given her enough credit. Because this one convinced me that Rainie does know how to act and that she did quite well even. I seriously felt all the emotions she went through and was laughing or crying along with her as the plot moved on. The feeling of overly-excited with her crush on Yuan Yi was really well done. It really brought back memories and made it real to the dot. It seemed exaggerated or overdone or you wouldn’t think possible, but honestly, what was your first crush like? It felt like you never want to keep calm or settle down at all. It was like being in the clouds yet you never want to stop daydreaming, feeling really jumpy, etc. There were other parts as well which Rainie did well with. I think this was her second most serious role to date. I think her most serious role must be the one from Strange Tales of Liao Zhai because it was really hectic and tragic the whole time.
Mike He as Jiang Meng. I was thinking along the line of ‘typical cold-blooded dude who actually had a kind heart but liked to hide it’ formula when I was watching him and how others around him were saying, “He’s not like that at all.” BUT it changed my point of view as I watched even more. It was not like that at all. While others claimed him to be good, BUT he did not feel that way nor was he putting up a front. He was really feeling like he wanted to be bad or he was bad. He did as he pleased and did what he felt like. His actions were beyond tolerance and his cruel pranks at times made people despise him, BUT he wasn’t fake at all. He wasn’t carrying on with his contradicting views. He did what he believed in–whether right or wrong. His actions were bizarre, but he had a different way of doing things. In fact, he was rather harsh on himself–as we were able to see when the plot unfolded. And am I the only one who found it extremely funny that he was holding his hair up in that ‘cool’ look with the clips? It was really funny to see that but cute. I have to add that I find possessive characters annoying since it made the girl seem like an ‘item’ more than a human being, but it made it really funny and cute in his case since he was so caring toward her to the point that he couldn’t lose her. It could be a fatal formula but it was equally funny and childish in a way how he treated other rivals, being outright mean and straightforward. I think the most touching scene must be the part where he finally met up with his mother after so many years and tried to confront his past demons. He was so shaken up and what the words he delivered were very convincing, so cold yet it proved how much he had hurt from what happened in the past. Another equally touching scene regarding family members was Ah Meng finally letting his father hug him. I so felt for the old man. They did not lose each other, but it was like the decision that had separated them.
Mike and Raine as a couple. I finally know what all the fuss was about over this pairing. I think Mike’s Rainie’s best match by far. I don’t mean that the others aren’t deserving SO please don’t take it the wrong way. What I mean is that they have more chemistry than the others she worked with thus far. (Though Chun didn’t count since the drama didn’t air yet at the time of this review so he should be given a fair chance before judgments are dealt his way.) Their relationship was really addicting to watch on many levels because they matched wit per wit, which was rare for a Taiwanese drama since it was often portrayed that the girl needed rescuing and the guy pulled a lot more weight, etc. YET this one, they had to do the equal pulling. So what if he was stronger in strength? It paved on that picture right in front of us so it was hard to miss. But it was because of her bravery and the ability to fight back at times that made them matched really well. She was not a weakling and she knew how to defend herself. She just chose not to at times. What he lacked or was not able to see himself, she helped him see it and vice versa. They both did things for one another–as a couple should be–going through struggles together. At other times, they were equally cute. It was so funny to see her so small and gullible while he was so tall and arrogant. Not to mention how she was the older one in this case though she was so short and all. His possessiveness of her was a bit scary at times but it was almost touching to watch how he would never let others harm her. The whole rant with “You’re mine” thing would’ve been annoying if he said it otherwise, but it was too funny in this case. I guess what was really nice about their relationship was the mixture of mature and immature moments. They had sweet moments as well as touching scenes. Their caring for each other was not just said through words (obviously since it has been proven numerous times what they would go through for one another) but also their attentive to details like how they could detect what was wrong with one another with just a gesture or an expression.
Kingone Wang as Sang Yuan Yi. Okay, I was thinking along the line of typical good guy and the one who lost in the end BUT it was not like that at all. I liked it that they had placed in a part allowing him to say, “Don’t put all assumptions on me”, regarding what Qi Yue said about his behaviors. (Not in those exact words but it was about the same message.) No one should assume that he was the typical good guy. He was just a normal person who would get mad when others wronged him OR would feel down when he was hurt. I thought it was very important that they got this across since it made him normal AND not just him singing the tune, “I’m the good guy that got dumped because the girl didn’t appreciate me.” It wasn’t about that at all. Maybe what I was trying to say all along was he wasn’t playing the ‘pitiful’ card for viewers to feel for him and go hate the ‘main girl’ for not choosing him. He was very real, very honest, and he didn’t exude the ‘fake good guy’ exterior at all. What was more was that he did what he felt he should do, not hoping that he would get something back by doing those deeds, like the part where he kept clarifying things about Jiang Meng’s behaviors to Qi Yue. He knew that he felt terrible not knowing how it would affect how she would think of Jiang Meng after learning of the truth, but he still did it because he thought it was right, NOT because he wanted to score points with Qi Yue. And it was extremely funny to see his humorous side, especially the dream that he had with picking up Qing Zi for their date and all. (LOL) There were also various scenes where he was joking with Jiang Meng or Li Xiang or others. It was extremely amusing to watch. The balance of his character was really nice, not just the typical good guy and not just one dimensional like many other characters in other dramas.
The Jiang Meng-Qi Yue-Yuan Yi triangle. I never thought I would like a triangle so much. Maybe because it was so short-lived. I meant it wasn’t dragging to the last episode to make everything overly-dramatic. It started as quickly and in so much confusion YET it ended as quickly, allowing all parties to move on–or to heal. I liked the idea of that more since it would make Qi Yue less annoying. She was confused all right since she thought she liked Yuan Yi but feelings told her otherwise when she was confronted by Yuan Yi. After that, she mended the situation (as mentioned above in the character description) immediately, letting go of Yuan Yi. The guys? They surely stated their intentions to one another and was not fake about it, not pretending to be friends OR playing dirty tricks. At least I thought so. Sure, Jiang Meng wanted to sabotage Yuan Yi and Qi Yue but he stated that in plain sight. No one was clueless about that matter. Everyone knew what they wanted. Or at least the guys more than Qi Yue. But the triangle quickly dissolved and allowed them to be all friends, continuing on with their lives, NOT dragging it out to the point of unbearable (like I mentioned above already).
The rivalry turned into a friendship between Jiang Meng (Mike) and Yuan Yi (Kingone). I know it sort of overlap with the previous topic but I feel the need to put it in for both guys. So I was saying how they were very clear on their goals and got their priorities straight when Jiang Meng declared war on Yuan Yi. Yet I actually had the feeling they weren’t fake with the whole being super nice to each other. Yes, they knew that each had some good in him BUT did not overdo that factor with trying to be nice. It would make the formula typical. Maybe it was less cheesy that they did not say some things. It was like understanding was more important, etc. I especially liked how Jiang Meng did not apologize for snatching Qi Yue away. It was how he was and why should he be sorry for loving someone? It was like he let Yuan Yi beat him up so Yuan Yi would get the frustration out, but he did not regret in being with Qi Yue. I don’t know if it was implying, but it made me believe that both guys did not treat Qi Yue like an ‘object’ like some dramas led on with keep being ‘nice’ about it and how letting go or giving in OR deciding for her. They let her choose. Sure, other dramas do those too with letting the girl/guy choose, BUT I don’t know. It was just different and less overly-dramatic and less cheesy in this case. It was like they both fight for the girl BUT they don’t regret fighting since they gave their best shot. I also find it funny that they seemed to be implying a different relationship between each other at various points, lol. Like how Jiang Meng nicknamed Yuan Yi as ‘Ah Yi’ (LOL) and they got into these random rants at times. A personal favorite must be the part where Jiang Meng accidentally (or possibly intentionally) threw the basketball into Yuan Yi’s cake AND Yuan Yi jumped right up to lash out at Jiang Meng for ruining his cake. Jiang Meng thought it was Qi Yue’s cake for Yuan Yi (since she did mention making extras) BUT it was actually Qing Zi’s cake for Yuan Yi. Jiang Meng was apologetic for it BUT it was funny how the guys were going at each other. Another example why I say they know one another’s good points, BUT did not get cheesy about it OR overly friendly. They just acted normal and looked out for each other when the time needed. That was enough. I had the feeling like they were more actions than all talks. Oh yeah, what made me like it, even more, was the shared screen time between them. I meant usually though they say ‘two male leads’, you still have the feeling the second guy was robbed, BUT I liked how they got to be cool in their own way too. NOT just one guy stealing all the attention, like how they covered for each other at the game. Their childish stab at each other throughout the drama made it even more entertaining since it maintained some sort of consistency yet not too cheesy with them getting along too much or too little.
Tsai Pei Lin as Qing Zi. I wasn’t sure that she liked Yuan Yi or not until later but I thought what was admirable was her putting her friends before him. I meant like how she would help Qi Yue with all she got. Then knowing that Qi Yue hurt him, she would scold Qi Yue but NOT because of him but for both of them. Then it was time to give herself a chance. It was not fake. She did all she could to help her friend. It was only right to herself that she at least try–even if she was turned down. If she was to be all righteous and NOT care for her own happiness later on, then that would be fake. Though I was kind of annoyed with how she believed that one girl and acted up toward Yuan Yi, I sort of forgive her for it since she could not get past her past demons to trust herself or others in relationship.
Kingone and Pei Lin as a couple. I liked how this couple has a different story and had about enough screen time as well. They were so cute together and I could feel it was as genuine as Jiang Meng and Qi Yue. They tried to get along at first–as if to give each other a chance. Yet it developed into something much more and they had their sweet moments as well. Like the scene where they were running under the rain with only his jacket as the shield from the rain. Also, their little bet about the ‘red umbrella’. Their awkward interaction at their first date and how they get it sorted out. The misunderstanding and/or confusion with mix messages drove their relationship to another level. Yes, Qing Zi made a poor choice and threw the ultimatum on Yuan Yi, but it allowed us to see that he honestly wanted to treasure her and care for her. He was not sorry for not giving her enough attention (or how the plot wasn’t making him feel guilty over it) but instead was disappointed that she didn’t trust him enough. She wanted attention and care, but so did he. He was not a hero OR wanting to be a hero, but he only wanted to impress her with his capabilities–like he stated (and that was basketball). Sometimes it was not about giving in to one or another, but understanding and supporting one another with his or her beliefs were more important. He already did his part, but what about her? Like I said, this relationship was really different and they both had to explore different things about one another and accepting each other for who he/she really was. The fact that it was not the end of the world that one or the other made mistakes. Yuan Yi needed to get out what he really thought for her to understand him, but he didn’t think any less of her because of it. He only needed to straighten matters out. What was more, it wasn’t about who deserved whom more OR who didn’t deserve whom. It was about the commitment they both made and/or willing to go through with one another. Moving on (lol), it was extremely funny to see him trying to ‘take the initiative’ and failing when they were going on the movie date. Yuan Yi and Qing Zi had other really cute scenes also, like when they were helping Si Shen worked his way back into Ya Li’s heart again. They were so cute with trying to compose the letter together, etc. I was getting worried near the end that they would not get more scenes together aside from with their group of friends but glad there was something more–even if they had to encounter another obstacle. But seeing them on a date, wearing couples’ outfits among other things, was really cute. The swords dual between Yuan Yi and Qing Zi’s father must be one of the most critical scenes since it turned their promises of words into actions. It proved that Yaun Yi was serious about his feelings for Qing Zi. It also proved that they had reached another level of understanding and dedication toward each other because of how they were a team in persuading and/or convincing Qing Zi’s father of how serious they were.
The brotherly bond between Jiang Meng (Mike) and Yuan Chang Rang (Figaro). Their conflicts were hard to distinguish. Their past was somewhat typical with the attention thing within a family, like how Jiang Meng did not get enough attention from their mother or how Chang Rang always wanted attention and/or acknowledgment from his brother. It was hard to mend everything but when they finally did, it was not fake at all. It made sense since they were family after all. There were fears (inevitably) and not being able to face it. But once faced, it was easier than they thought. It did not matter who was the one who’d done more damage, etc. I liked the little closure scene they had with Jiang Meng teaching Chang Rang how to defend himself. Yes, he was there to cheer Chang Rang on, but Chang Rang had to learn how to take care of himself too. Relying on Jiang Meng’s reputation would not last long, which was very true of how Jiang Meng put it. Though it was wrong to spread the message through violence, in a way, it was like implying that Chang Rang needed to step out of Jiang Meng’s shadow before he could take care of himself, becoming a stronger person, etc.
The fatherly bond between Jiang Meng (Mike)/ Yuan Chang Rang (Figaro) and Jiang You Hui (He Du Lin). It was so funny and unimaginable. Jiang Meng–supposedly fierce and rebellious–had to look after his father since his father was so out of it. Yes, his father was trying to make up for past wrongs and wanted to pay more attention to Jiang Meng hence the relaxed attitude. But it was still funny that Jiang Meng needed to keep his father in line at times, scolding him or telling him to tone it down. Then there was also the whole thing with You Hui always hugging and kissing them and smothering them in love that was almost embarrassing. It was too much to take. Even Chang Rang had to tell him to tone it down at the game, lol. But it was still too funny.
The fact that the children were more matured than the parents. Well, at least it seemed that way as a front. I meant it was true in both cases regarding Jiang Meng and Qi Yue. The parents were overly enthusiastic about everything and sometimes even more childish. It was really funny to see the children being the ones needing to look out for their parents at times. Though of course, the parents were capable of settling important matters as well. But still hilarious to see. A not so funny example was that of Ah Meng and Ah Rang’s mother. Yes, she suffered and finally managed to rise in the society, allowing herself to be capable of providing more than enough for her sons yet I felt she was so immature with the ‘blame’ game that made it hard to swallow. Like Ah Meng said, she was making Ah Rang worry. I had a feeling like Ah Meng was doing that more for Ah Rang’s sake than her sake for some reason. No idea. That was just my interpretation though I know Ah Meng also needed some sense of closure.
Ivy Fan as Xin Li Xiang. Though she was fierce and harsh on others, I thought she had some good in her still to actually tell Jiang Meng about the incident regarding how Yang Ping almost harmed Qi Yue. Also, like Qi Yue said, she just didn’t know how to express her love or loving herself enough. It was really brave of her to admit her wrongs and sort of made peace with Qi Yue. Though she was declaring a new approach and a new attempt with pursuing Jiang Meng, her starting over was a notable point. Also, her righteous was known at various times also. The fact that the whole ‘fierce’ attitude and attacks toward Qi Yue had lessened or how it passed quickly made her character more real and less fake (than again other dramas seemed to let on for dramatic purposes). Perhaps it was her determination that was most admirable and it was the drive that allowed her to continue on. She had a purpose and she was never off course. Though she might used the wrong method, her target was always the same. Aside from being in the blind for so long, she was considered the wisest. It was possibly due to the fact that she had more experience than the others combined. How she thought that Qing Zi was the wisest among the girls but she was wrong and then how she was advising and/or warning Qi Yue of the possible danger in Qi Yue and Jiang Meng’s relationship and the underlying problem that they could not see (i.e Mei Di). Indeed she was right, losing to a person so kind and gentle that you cannot condemn was the worst. And though she disagreed with those ‘softy’ type, she didn’t let Mei Di get bullied by the gang of girls at school either. Very admirable.
Masuyama Yuki and Ivy Fan as a couple. Though they were using the wrong tactics to express their love at the beginning, they were equally hilarious to watch after they learned to love themselves properly and expressed it in a more positive way toward the people they cared for. It was funny how Li Xiang was saying she was still pursuing Jiang Meng but her jealousy and watching over Yang Ping at times were funny. Like the part where they were on the bus going on the trip for the basketball club, Li Xiang was hitting Yang Ping’s head when he commented about Mei Di being cute. It got even funnier and cuter in a sense when they were doing different activities at their preplanned site. Yang Ping was so clueless at times that it was too cute, making Li Xiang so pissed off at his idiotic nature YET she was not able to tell him either–had to keep her cool reputation (lol). But then she had to take the initiative on the bus when they were on the way back and it was so cute!
Wu Zhong Tian and Janel Tsai as a couple. I thought their relationship was on the bittersweet side. It was like she was waiting for him but she also stated her purpose, not being fake about it at all. It wasn’t like she will always wait for him. She had waited long enough and until the day he met Qi Yue again. She wanted to give them both a deadline so that they could all move on and also to answer to herself. And I thought that the whole thing with the puzzle of how to win Ya Li’s heart again was really creative. This was another sign that proved the relationships in here were unique in their own way and the plot worked out well with making the relationships different. It was quite touching reading the letter he wrote to her yet it was not too cruel to say that it was not what she wanted. She had waited this long but a letter was not enough to prove it. Yes, those were definitely sincere words, but not enough to convince. I felt she had a right to seek other types of proofs. And not to mention, it was not leaning on the materialistic side either but it was more of an action and a gesture to prove that he had remembered what she said, and how much it meant to her. And the meet up at the restaurant was equally touching and sweet since he had repeated her words from the past (aka remembering what she said).
Every couple had their own story. Usually, they did too in dramas BUT the cute scenes OR super sweet and/or touching scenes were often reserved for the main couple. But in here, I found it that not one couple was robbed. There was the touching story between Yuan Yi and Qing Zi as well as Yu Ping and Li Xiang. There were also cute scenes of them and more. Even the parents had their own stories.
The cast and their spread-out appearances. Honestly, I didn’t realize how nice they’d done it. They did not merge in all the scenes with everyone appearing and introducing them or trying to stir things up relentlessly just for kicks. It was just how things were. Like how people pop in and out of one another’s life. A nice cast indeed and no one tried too hard. They had a great variety to make everything work.
The friendship that the characters in here shared. Like how their stories and appearances were spread out and different, I also like how their friendship developed throughout. Whether it was with the major characters or with the supporting characters. A good example would be how Yuan Yi, Qing Zi, Li Xiang, and Yang Ping conspired to help Tian Si Shen and Chuang Ya Li. Definitely showed how well they’d gotten along and how their views had changed of one another. And it was great to see they took it seriously to make it work and not just talks or childish rants. It was also amazing how they each thought of something to solve the puzzles or tried to chip in their ideas to make it work. Also very funny that Yuan Yi became so smart with helping others yet he was clueless in his own relationship. Though some ideas were bizarre, it was worth a few laughs and touching moment.
No dragged out obstacles. I found it even better and possibly more realistic that the supposed rivals of both Jiang Meng and Qi Yue were not just one or two person(s). They encountered a variety of people–either from the past or the future–that became a test of their relationship BUT it was not dragged out. There were doubts or misunderstandings at times but it was cleared away. Perhaps it was because of the lack of wishy-washy formula that made it more enduring at times. Also, they did not make one person out to be the ‘evil person’ for the hype of the drama. It was how life was. You encounter people who liked the same person as you but it did not mean that other person was evil. They just wanted to fight for their happiness or wanting a chance before giving up.
The Pace. I was seriously amazed by the pace of the story. Because other dramas would have subplots but then solved everything like within the last episodes. But this one acknowledged one conflict after another, not letting it drag too much. It was like how it was implying that through knowing Jiang Meng, Qi Yue eventually found out different things about him and coming to accept the person that he was and/or helping him with it. It didn’t drag long, except for the main theme that they were trying to get over the worst demon–the public’s views of their relationship–both ways. I thought it was essential that their seeking of acceptance from the public was the only thing that was around from the beginning to the end. This sort of tied up with the above point but I thought I want to mention it separately to emphasize the rest of the couple’s obstacles also.
The soundtrack. Like many Taiwanese dramas, the soundtrack is always addicting and plays an essential part toward the plot. I’m more convinced than ever that Rainie does have the ability to convince us of her voice. Yes, she’s not extremely awesome with her vocal range, but she does have the ability to apply enough emotions into the songs that tugged at our hearts. (Or at least I thought so.) Other tracks were worth noting also, playing its own part in the drama along the way.
Amanda Meng as Yuan Mei Jin (aka Jiang Meng and Chang Rang’s mother). Though I understand where she was coming from, somehow I couldn’t sympathize with her. It was like she did not fight hard enough for Ah Meng in the past. It was like she thought she could go back for him but those years were the most essential and it could never be brought back. If she had fought harder for him, she might not regret it so much or Jiang Meng wouldn’t be so full of hatred toward her. She should not be blamed for caring for Ah Rang more since Ah Rang was always the weaker of the two–health-wise. Yet I felt she was too fake in a way. I think the Jiang family’s principles, especially the grandma, had broken her like Ah Meng had said. But I don’t know. I was not convinced of her suffering too much.
The ending. Seriously? Come on now. That was a bit corny. Though I admit it was funny and then the signature con job by the devil himself aka Ah Meng, BUT that was lame with trying to make it a bit funny. It dissolved all the touching scenes previously. Though the gang could be funny too, that was too much on the side of being corny. That thing with the videotape and the NG scenes were lame. Yes, that was funny seeing they had to re-shoot but incorporating it into the drama itself? Okay.