The New World: The Ending

How was it for me? I felt like I wasted the last fifteen weeks for nothing. I’m not saying that it’s bad. But I’m saying that there are several factors that have ruined it. The ending is always the most important part to convince us so I think it has to be really, really strong. It’s hard to do and it can’t all be perfect to everyone’s satisfaction, but it has to at least make sense. In some areas, it did make sense. But in others, I just felt so infuriated that it was like all was wasted.

First off, they have a great team with the special team. Why not focus more on it?

Instead, we were forced to watch Zi Hong and Miao Miao’s constant banter and their on and off relationship. Okay, I got it that they were the main couple, but it was too overused with their fights and then later they were so inactive in the final moments of the series that they could be easily forgotten if they weren’t needed to persuade Dong Han and Zi Yan to let go. Their moments were mostly episode fillers so we could wait for more developments of the main plot to unveil itself.

What was the most infuriating thing about the ending? Yang Yong Zhao got away. Seriously? He was the mastermind of the Returning Home Project, and I swear, I always thought that the mastermind was the guiltiest one. Even if Dong Han and Zi Yan carried out the later parts of the plan, they were misled by him to hate and to continue on. How could he get the free ticket out just because he was Chief Zheng’s senior and because he was Miao Miao’s grandfather? I don’t care how old he was, he was still guilty. If the others were going down, he had to go down as well. To think that Miao Miao was soooo into finding her childhood friends and in trying to protect people closer to her, I felt it strange that she accepted that Zi Yan went to prison and her grandfather didn’t. Not to mention how she fought so much with the police just because Zi Hong was in confinement twice in the past yet didn’t do anything for Zi Yan? Okay, so I got it that priorities with her and some others in here were seriously messed up. But what about Chen Jie? Chen Jie letting it go as well was somewhat unbelievable for me. Seriously? I know Chen Jie had calmed down since his last aggression with targeting Dong Han the first few episodes while trying to figure out who the mole was. Yet I don’t think that he would be the type to let it go so easily and telling Ah Gang and Xiao He so lightly that their boss told them to forget about it. He put his own brother in prison! How could he let a little connection get in the way? Just because Yang Yong Zhao was their advisor and was one of the most respectable cops in the good old days? To think that Chief Zheng was so strongly vouching to seek out the truth and do what was right, he sure took the cowardly path and brushed things under the rugs once again, like some people in here. I was really disappointed in him.

Yong Mei’s sole existence was for others to protect her. Then it changed to how she got a bigger role in the turn of events because she was carrying Dong Han’s baby. That meant she was the one responsible for breaking the whole hatred cycle between all parties, at last, uniting some families together. Aside from that, I swear I couldn’t even sympathize with her or anything. I’m not trying to pick on her, but the plot had let me to think so. The point that her pregnancy didn’t make sense made it less convincing too. I got why the writers wanted it to go that way since I already stated above with how it brought the families together. But it didn’t make sense. Dong Han was avoiding her like the plague previously. If it was the hospital scene, it was too unconvincing. I don’t even think he was well enough to do anything. (Sorry, but the writers led us there–like Percy had pointed out to me, so I don’t feel bad for going ‘there.’) If it was after they got out of the hospital, then I would understand. I think there were some scenes that got cut, but it was in one of the BTS regarding Dong Han and Yong Mei’s scenes. That might have explained it. Yet what was the point of making Yong Mei involved with Dong Han aside from just making peace with the other side? Even if Dong Han was revenge-driven and had gone insane with his tactic, and went into a killing spree, but we–as the audience–couldn’t help but feel really bad for him since he lost his whole family after all. Making him betray Zi Yan was the worst.

Who did Dong Han love–Zi Yan or Yong Mei? Many had asked this question on The New World Facebook page. Pan Bo Xi had posted a picture of Dong Han and Zi Yan as the final moments of the drama were airing. When he was asked, he had said whichever picture he posted, that was the answer. (Go here.) During the flashback of their face-off scene, Dong Han had told Zi Yan that their relationship had never changed. That was the obvious answer. Even if he had cared enough for Yong Mei, but with his words, it was mostly because of the baby (and possibly guilt from using her).

What was the point of surrounding the events on Zhang Guo Tang since the beginning and making a mountain out of it all? I swear it was another wasted route. Well, they wanted to create suspense and lead us astray, but after we found out it was only an accident, it seemed like Zhang Guo Tang’s existence was just there to fill time. Yet I felt if he was the final bad guy, it would have cranked up the hype even more. Because seriously? Although lots of things had happened after Zhang Guo Tang died, it seemed to be recycled and anti-climatic, to say the least. Like how Zi Hong already found out that Zhang Guo Tang said it being an accident. Yet they rehashed that again AND he (Zi Hong) didn’t just say it out to the others and try to convince from there? Yeah, Dong Han and Yang Yong Zhao were going wacko already so there was no talking to them. But I felt the last bits–even with the plot finally revealing Zi Yan as Xiao Cao, the details rehashed again. It was like, hello, we already know that. Could someone show some more proofs instead of crying out the innocent card and saying it was an accident? Yeah, I understand it was an accident because things didn’t turn out the way they thought it would so that was why it was called an accident. I got it. But I hated that they kept crying out their innocence when it was obvious nothing would come out good with the location along with the weather condition of that day. They wouldn’t know for sure if it would rain. But the curve and all? Just a little maneuver and an accident could occur. I don’t care how much they regretted it. And it didn’t matter if Project Jing Hai wasn’t what the others thought it to be. It was just a bunch of excuses to shrug off responsibilities. If they had said: “We tried, but we messed up”, it was easier to swallow. Instead, it was about “We’re innocent, we didn’t know that would happen” type of thing. The other reason for making Zhang Guo Tang the main villain works better? I seriously think he was the other person, aside from Dong Han, who actually helped move the plot forward. Or we would all be in a limbo of forever going through Zi Hong and Miao Miao’s banter and makeup scenes.

Jia Yuan’s death was really for nothing. Seriously? This was the other reason why I hated the ending. Or more like how Yang Yong Zhao got away with it. Although Jia Yuan sacrificed herself because she didn’t want to be used as a pawn for Zhang Guo Tang to put pressure on Zi Hong, it all had to do with Yang Yong Zhao’s grand plan. He was the one who called Zhang Guo Tang and got Zhang Guo Tang to come back. He couldn’t predict Zhang Guo Tang’s moves or didn’t care. He only wanted to execute his plan, so when it went haywire and Zhang Guo Tang was on the loose, running his own agenda, other people got hurt. One of the most innocent people in this matter was Jia Yuan. Her luck was seriously terrible. Her father incurred so much debt that she had to deal with it and even had to resort to being a call girl to pay off the debts, which she had borrowed from Hua Jie’s place to pay off the other ones first before getting rid of this one. She had to protect her brother so that was the only way for her, or at least she thought of it as that way. She didn’t paint herself as the victim or the pitiful one yet was pitied by others, including the audience. She said many times, especially to Zi Hong and later to Jiang Jian Ming, that she wanted to solve her problems her own way. She didn’t cling to anyone for help–or didn’t want to if it wasn’t necessary. She was also very brave, having endured so much already and having to protect her brother (as said before). In the end, what happened? Although it was her choice to sacrifice, I felt like her final moments were just a little crying from some parties and then that was it. She was forgotten away, it seemed like no one cared to seek justice for her anymore. They had other things to do, so they just wanted to brush her off. I’m not saying once a close one dies, we have to always be morbid. We still have to move on with our lives, but I felt Jia Yuan’s death was like it just happened and forgotten so quickly. Things happening made it hard to just focus on mourning for her, but I had a feeling like even Zi Hong no longer cared. That suck. Her brother didn’t know so it wouldn’t count. But I would expect more than five to ten minutes of crying.

Was it Zi Hong’s mother’s fault that the accident of twenty years ago happened? Well, I’m not trying to blame the poor old woman here, but Zi Hong said it himself in episode 15 that it could be an accident or not, because of how he and his mother might be the target of the ‘warning.’ It might as well be so, but those other two families were seriously unlucky. Moral of the story: stay away from married men! I don’t care how talented they are or like how it seemed that their married life didn’t look too happy or whatever else. They chose it. Don’t justify their actions or yours if you wanted to step toward that path. (And this was the other reason why I hated that Dong Han’s story sort of sounded like Jiang Jian Ming’s too. Not married but it made it similar to the triangle and all. I don’t care if Yong Mei threw herself in front of him, he could say ‘no’ or stop her. So yeah, I’m not going to blame her only just because of my biases, I’m blaming his lack of control too.)

Who were the true heroes? Many might think I’m crazy by now. I did not put them in just because they’re my favorite couple. However, I think that if they hadn’t done what they did–minus Dong Han going on a crazy killing spree, no one would know. Everything regarding the accident and the other matters kept getting brushed under the rug. If they hadn’t created some commotion, the others would just plain continue to carry on with their lives, thinking they did right. Even if two wrong doesn’t make a right or whatever it is often splashed around, in this case, they got through. Even if it was because Yong Mei’s connection that forced her father to take some actions, it was still something. Then talking about them, it brought up another sense of frustration upon me again, because of how Yang Yong Zhao had involved both Dong Han and Zi Yan into the plot but never included Zi Hong or Miao Miao. Well, not until recently, but that had failed. Of course, it was already obvious that he wanted to keep Miao Miao out of it–like he had said before. Yet it meant that he was all right with using Dong Han and Zi Yan as tools to forgo his plans. His pitiful talks indicated that he cared for them, but to me, it seemed so fake. And obviously, Miao Miao was his granddaughter, so how could she be involved, right?

If the series is cut back to eight episodes, I think it would be a lot better and more enduring, even with the current ending–more or less. Just cut out some unnecessary bantering and some rehashed of information. I didn’t need fifteen episodes to tell me it was all because of some stupid misunderstanding. Lives were lost, people were hurt. How could the ones who were victims end up paying for it while the others who had–even if unintentionally–caused the pain lived so freely? (It didn’t count that Mrs. Jiang finally confessed, it was too late.) I didn’t even know why there were some details that were added if the Jiang weren’t that guilty about the whole matter, like how they paid Zhang Guo Tang off and didn’t tell Chief Zheng or the other police officers about it. Well, Zhang Guo Tang was crazy, but the constant hiding stuff from the others made it harder for them to move forward with their investigation or knowing what to expect.

And lastly, I don’t know why I need to justify myself anymore. But I guess I will have to do it or I’ll be facing a lot of wraths (even if invisible). I will say that I pick on characters in here throughout my review/summaries, but it’s seriously directed at the characters and plot, NOT the actors and actresses themselves. I think they’re a wonderful team. Watching BTS has made the audience understand more about them, but had also made me like them even more. Angela Lee’s actually really cute off-screen, it’s just that she has the weepy, weakling character throughout. Then there’s Rabbit Yang and Zheng Ting Hu’s hilarious rehearsals behind the scenes. The rest of the cast was equally funny, especially Zhao Jie (Chen Jie, lol), who was seen up to no good at times when they were practicing or just waiting for a scene change. Jean Lee was quite pro, slipping in and out of characters so fast that it had amazed some of the people working with her. Pan Bo Xi and Dou Hua Mei, no need to say more, but they were really funny–and cute.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

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The New World: Episode 15

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

So after Chen Jie disclosed of Dong Han and Zi Yan’s relationship–or so he had guessed from all their interactions in the past, Yong Mei kept a closer eye on Zi Yan after Chen Jie delivered the tray of juices and cookies for her.

While that was going on, Zi Hong and Miao Miao returned to the forest to check it out, like they had talked about the previous day. They found out that the wooden tags were all gone, including Xiao Cao’s. It didn’t get dropped on the ground or anything like that. At least there wasn’t a trace of it. As Miao Miao was pondering about it, Zi Hong was forced to remember back to the poem that Grandpa Yang had recited in his letter to Miao Miao, and then also the poem that Xiao Cao had sent to Dong Han as a note previously. When Miao Miao asked, Zi Hong presented a possible case, stating that the person who came back to get the rest of the wooden tags wasn’t Xi Shuai but Xiao Cao.

On the other hand, Yang Yong Zhao finally made his move. Wearing an over-sized coat helped. Because he was able to conceal explosives inside the coat and managed to plant it on one of the locations. Then Xiao He finally managed to track down Dong Han’s mother. Or more like some other police officers had tracked her down and she said she’d been visiting friends these past few days. However, when Xiao He tracked her cell phone signals, it showed that she was at another location. The strangest thing was how she was at Yang Yong Zhao’s place.

Then it was back to Zi Hong and Miao Miao. Miao Miao was wondering why her grandpa’s letter and Xiao Cao’s note were from the same poet. Zi Hong pointed out that Dong Han and Grandpa Yang’s goals didn’t just include setting off an explosion to send a message. Miao Miao knew Zi Hong meant Jiang Jian Ming was the target yet she pointed out that the security was high at this point so it would be impossible for anyone to go near the place, even if it was Dong Han. Zi Hong said what if there was someone else at the Luo resident that was part of the plan. Miao Miao asked, “It’s her?” Who was she thinking about?

While they were waiting for new development (or whatever it was), Chief Zheng was thinking about what they’d learned so far with Yang Yong Zhao. He couldn’t believe it that Yang Yong Zhao had anything with this madness–or if he could figure it out. Yet he had some suspicions. It was too much of a coincidence. So belong long, he told Ah Gang to go find Yang Yong Zhao before calling Xiao He up. As that was going on, Dong Han was seen somewhere setting up a laptop. Was he getting ready for the final move?

Yong Mei finally approached Zi Yan to talk instead of spying on her from afar. Or more like, Zi Yan had spotted her minutes ago so she couldn’t hide anymore. Yong Mei’s first words to Zi Yan were asking Zi Yan why Zi Yan didn’t tell her that Zi Yan also liked Dong Han. Yong Mei actually apologized for not knowing, because she only focused on herself. Zi Yan asked Yong Mei why she was talking about that at such a time. Yong Mei recounted what Chen Jie told her, regarding how he wanted to drink Zi Yan and Dong Han’s ‘happy wine.’ Since Zi Yan didn’t say anything, Yong Mei continued on by asking if Dong Han also liked Zi Yan. Zi Yan didn’t say anything either so Yong Mei asked if Zi Yan could tell her. Zi Yan told her not to ask. Yong Mei insisted, saying she wanted to know. Yong Mei said perhaps Zi Yan had misunderstood. Zi Yan asked Yong Mei what she meant. Yong Mei said maybe Dong Han didn’t like Zi Yan yet Zi Yan had misunderstood. Zi Yan told Yong Mei not to say those hurtful words. Yong Mei yelled out that Zi Yan was hurting her by not telling her. (Really?) Then Yong Mei apologized, saying that she was the one who hurt Zi Yan. She said she initially thought that she could start over with Dong Han since she was carrying his baby. She never meant to hurt anyone, but just wanted to love someone. Yong Mei persisted again, asking why Zi Yan didn’t tell her earlier. Zi Yan finally spoke up, saying it was because she couldn’t say it out. When Yong Mei asked why, Zi Yan repeated her previous statement, telling Yong Mei not to ask because it was a secret. She said that there were things that could never be explained yet there were also things that could be explained within the next second. Yet she said Yong Mei could be reassured because Dong Han liked her. When Yong Mei asked Zi Yan how she had known, Zi Yan only stepped forward a little and leaned in, whispering, “Secret.” Then she left.

The turn of events finally happened. Zi Yan was told to rest while Chen Jie already had Xiao Ling there to help him. After nodding and smiling, Zi Yan quickly knocked both Chen Jie and Xiao Ling out. Before that though, Zi Hong and Miao Miao already put together that Zi Yan was Xiao Cao. Chief Zheng was talking to Xiao He as well with pulling Zi Yan’s file and her original identity. The question now is, could they stop her? After knocking both parties out, Zi Yan told Chen Jie not to go upstairs or he would incur bad luck. Chen Jie asked why it was her. As Zi Yan was heading upstairs, the flashback of Dong Han and her told the truth of what actually happened during their face-off. After Dong Han asked her, “So?”, she actually lowered her weapon and tossed him something. It was the wooden tag he carved with the symbol of a 4-clover leaf. She clarified that Teacher Yang didn’t just seek him out for the Returning Home Project, but had also sought her out. Dong Han asked her why Yang Yong Zhao didn’t tell him. She said she just found out about his identity the previous day. Dong Han then said that Teacher Yang had told him that there was someone else that was posing near Jiang Jian Ming. Zi Yan said it was her. When Zi Yan told him about their childhood and how he’d made pinwheels for them, his was yellow and hers was green, he finally lowered his gun. That was also when she walked over to him and hugged him–and he hugged her back. After a while, she pulled away and told him that there wasn’t much time left. Yet she had to ask one last thing, which was if he liked Yong Mei. She told him not to lie to her, and that she knew about Yong Mei’s pregnancy already. He said that previously, he thought he didn’t like Yong Mei at all yet after learning of her pregnancy he didn’t know anymore. When she asked about them, he said it hadn’t changed so she didn’t need to ask. Then he turned away, asking where Ah Zhi was. (Ah Zhi was the officer accompanying her that morning.) She looked at him a while before saying that he didn’t need to look anymore since she was going to send him off. She quickly drew her gun and shot herself in the arm. So she shot herself, not Dong Han. (If anyone watched episode 14’s BTS though, they would know.) Upon hearing the gunshot, Dong Han was beyond shocked, rushing over to her, asking what she was doing, trying to put pressure on her wound to stop the bleeding. She told him to leave yet he didn’t, he was still mad worried. She had to yell at him before he got up reluctantly to leave. But he turned one last time to look at her before finally leaving at last.

Back to the present, things were definitely moving fast now. Zi Yan was entering Jiang Jian Ming and his wife’s room. That was why she told Chen Jie not to go upstairs earlier. She told them of her original name before pointing a gun at them. They were soon tied up while Chen Jie and the others tried to do some damage control downstairs. Zi Yan used her cell phone to set up and it was connected to Dong Han. She told the other two in the room that they were being recorded and it was live. She advised them to tell the truth and she wouldn’t hurt them. She pointed the gun on them again, wanting them to follow Dong Han’s previous requests. Jiang Jian Ming asked if Zi Yan was nuts. (Seriously?) So elsewhere, Chief Zheng was calling Zi Hong and asking for his and Miao Miao’s help regarding Zi Yan. After much pressure from Zi Yan, Mrs. Jiang finally spoke up, admitting that she was the one who called Zhang Guo Tang yet she said she didn’t mean to hurt them. (Again, really?) It was like what Zhang Guo Tang said, Mrs. Jiang wanted to give some pressures toward the three families who didn’t want to move yet it turned into a disaster with the accident and all. Zi Yan didn’t believe it, considering the deaths and casualties. Zi Yan was indeed going crazy now, not far behind from Dong Han’s, forcing Mrs. Jiang to admit of hers and her husband’s doings. Jiang Jian Ming spoke up again, trying to get to Zi Yan, saying that he didn’t know about the matter until afterward and how his wife had regretted her actions since then hence moving to the U.S. until now because she couldn’t forgive herself. Jiang Jian Ming told Zi Yan to pull the trigger if she still didn’t believe his words because he already said all that needed to be said. Zi Yan couldn’t do it after much hesitation, breaking down completely. Outside, Miao Miao finally brushed off her tears and decided to enter. Chen Jie had given his ‘okay’, so Zi Hong knocked, trying to connect to Zi Yan by calling her “Xiao Cao”. They were able to enter the room. Miao Miao walked over to Zi Yan and they hugged. Zi Yan confessed that she really missed them both, always wanting to call their names when they met up in the present time yet she couldn’t. After much rambling, Zi Yan finally pulled away and told the others that Jiang Jian Ming and his wife admitted their doings already. Miao Miao stopped her and told her not to continue on that path anymore. Zi Hong spoke up to clarify the matter, saying that it was unbelievable yet he had already asked Zhang Guo Tang and his answer was the same. (Can we please find some other more credible sources on this?) That got Zi Yan riled up again, saying how could it be just an accident. Zi Hong said it was all right since he would prove it to her. He approached Mrs. Jiang at that time, asking her if she knew who he was. Mrs. Jiang diverted her eyes away from Zi Hong when he asked if there was some other reason aside from calling Zhang Guo Tang to scare the families who didn’t want to move. It wasn’t just because she was currently in fear of them, but because she was hiding something. Zi Hong said it out anyway, asking her if she meant for Zhang Guo Tang to send a message to his mother. Zi Hong said that he couldn’t forgive her yet he knew his mother had already forgiven her. Zi Yan jumped in then, asking Zi Hong what he meant. He then explained about the music box. Zi Hong’s conclusion was that that ‘accident’ could just be an accident or not because the target could just be him and his mother.

While that was going on, Chief Zheng finally found Yang Yong Zhao and had a talk with him. Chief Zheng had directed for the others to leave already. Chief Zheng said he wanted to do some betting with Yang Yong Zhao. Yang Yong Zhao asked why Chief Zheng was picking such a time to play around. Chief Zheng said that he believed Yang Yong Zhao wouldn’t let the plan carry through, i.e. the upcoming explosion. Yang Yong Zhao had to drop the front since Chief Zheng already put two and two together. Chief Zheng said that when he put together the special team, Dong Han and Zi Yan were recommended by Yang Yong Zhao. He had believed Yang Yong Zhao so much that he didn’t think otherwise. Chief Zheng reminded Yang Yong Zhao of his previous philosophy about not hurting others if one didn’t have to. He told Yang Yong Zhao to give up. Chief Zheng said that Zi Yan had already let go and that Zi Hong and Miao Miao were accompanying her. Chief Zheng also said that he could tell Chen Jie to let them go. Then the three of them could go look for Dong Han. Chief Zheng pointed out Yang Yong Zhao had wasted 20 years to set up this plan yet had caused many tragedies, because of the truth that he wanted. Chief Zheng went on to say perhaps the real monster wasn’t Jiang Jian Ming but was someone else. Project Jing Hai wasn’t what they thought it was nor was the so-called “truth” they were seeking. Yang Yong Zhao was still upset, obviously. He thought it through already but couldn’t accept it. Chief Zheng won since Yang Yong Zhao couldn’t carry through. He told Chief Zheng to arrest him at last. Yet Chief Zheng smiled, saying that he didn’t carry handcuffs. He also pointed out that if Yang Yong Zhao didn’t say anything, no one would know anyway. (What? So he gets the free ticket out?) Soon, Zi Yan called Yang Yong Zhao, telling him that she’d failed since the other two didn’t admit their doings. Yang Yong Zhao told her not to worry about it since it was more important that she found a way out. He told her that he also failed, that he’d let her and Dong Han down since he wasn’t able to carry through. Zi Yan told him that she and Dong Han knew already, and that the Returning Home Project had already started, and that she and Dong Han wanted to go find the truth home. Upon hearing that, Yang Yong Zhao was shocked, real shock this time. He asked her what she meant yet she said she wasn’t going to say before hanging up. Sensing the change in the wind, Chief Zheng asked Yang Yong Zhao what was going on after he hung up.

On the other hand, Zi Yan turned on her serious expression again after hanging up. She said that Zi Hong and Miao Miao were right yet she and Dong Han couldn’t let go. So she went to the door and told Chen Jie to disperse all police officers out of sight or she would kill the Jiang couple. Chen Jie shouted that she was also a cop yet she said she wished it was so, but she wasn’t anymore. Chen Jie had no choice but to do as told, telling all officers to clear out. Before entering his car, Chen Jie had turned to look at Zi Yan – who was upstairs monitoring their actions. When she was sure everyone had cleared out, she went back into the room, asking to borrow Zi Hong and Miao Miao’s car. Miao Miao wanted to know what Zi Yan meant earlier when she said “truth home” yet Zi Yan told her not to ask before turning to Zi Hong for the car key. She thanked Zi Hong before telling them to call Chen Jie after her departure and tell Chen Jie not to follow or Jiang Jian Ming would be in danger. Mrs. Jiang begged Zi Yan not to hurt Jiang Jian Ming. Zi Yan said that if she wanted to hurt anyone, Mrs. Jiang wouldn’t have a chance to beg her. Then she ordered Jiang Jian Ming to get up. She turned to Zi Hong and Miao Miao again, saying it was hard to talk each time they met since she didn’t have any time so she could only say a few words. Then she left with Jiang Jian Ming. After Zi Yan hauled Jiang Jiang Ming away, Zi Hong hesitated for quite a time before untying Mrs. Jiang. After a while, Mrs. Jiang said she wanted to apologize to Zi Hong for twenty years already.

Meanwhile, Zi Yan finally stopped along the way and hauled Jiang Jian Ming out. He kept insisting on the whole ‘innocent’ card. Jiang Jian Ming asked Zi Yan if she wanted to kill him. He only admitted his fault where Zi Hong and his mother were concerned. Zi Yan let Jiang Jian Ming go. Yet it wasn’t really letting him go. (He had better start walking, lol.) And back at the Luo resident, Zi Hong and Miao Miao were still trying to decipher Zi Yan’s words.

Zi Yan and Dong Han finally met up again. While they were walking toward one another, flashbacks showed what happened years ago when Yang Yong Zhao first approached them and wanted to recruit them for the plan. There was another part of the conversation between Zi Yan and Dong Han during their face-off scene that wasn’t revealed yet. It was about how Yang Yong Zhao kept their identities secret from one another to protect them. Then back to the present scene, they finally hugged. Zi Yan said that she wanted to go look for him three years ago yet Teacher Yang told her to send that note to him. Dong Han said he understood. And then elsewhere, Chen Jie was driving Zi Hong and Miao Miao at this point, still trying to figure out the puzzle. Chen Jie wanted to know if there was a way to persuade Dong Han and Zi Yan.

So the crucial moment had arrived. Zi Yan and Dong Han were both ready. They finally activated the bomb, which was somewhere below the bridge. Yes, that was their plan. It was no longer Yang Yong Zhao’s fight, considering how he had backed out on them. Zi Hong, Miao Miao, and Chen Jie also arrived on time. Before heading off with Miao Miao, Zi Hong told Chen Jie to stay away. Upon seeing Zi Hong and Miao Miao, Dong Han yelled out, warning them not to come any closer. However, typical them, they didn’t listen. When they were much closer, Zi Hong took another step to be where Zi Yan and Dong Han were and placed his hand on theirs before turning to Miao Miao. She walked over and did the same. She also declared that they were finally reunited. Zi Hong asked Zi Yan and Dong Han if they missed their old town. He said he wasn’t going to persuade the two otherwise since he knew it would be useless anyway. He said if they wanted to go home, they would all go together. It was like how when they were little, standing in a circle but holding the music box. Dong Han couldn’t take it anymore so he tossed the remote toward the water. Zi Hong was happy that he had let go so they hurdled together for a group hug.

Dong Han was seen standing far away from them minutes later. Zi Hong was asking Chen Jie if it was possible to let them go. Chen Jie couldn’t believe what he was hearing. On the other side, Miao Miao was saying how Zi Yan told her that Zi Yan had a lot to tell her, so she admitted she was the same. She wanted Zi Yan to move in with them later. It seemed like it was set. However, what was troublesome was how Dong Han had wandered off on his own. He didn’t seem to be fine like how Zi Yan seemed to give up on the idea of the plan already. He went to deactivate the bomb.

When he returned, the others were still standing there waiting for him. He took a look at them before speaking. After some ominous words, he called out his three childhood friends, saying he loved them before running off. Yup, he wasn’t giving up as easily. He had strapped some explosives to himself. So now the other four were chasing him, trying to get him to stop. He finally stopped at a clearing, having left them behind a long distance already. He turned to take one last look at them, even smiling, before heading toward the trees. Yup, he committed suicide with the explosives. Miao Miao had Zi Hong to grab her back, but what about Zi Yan? Chen Jie was as shocked as the rest of them, so he hadn’t recovered yet. Zi Yan was able to take several more steps toward the sight, which was still sending smokes up the atmosphere, before breaking down completely. Zi Yan finally blurted out that she was able to see the crescent moon within daylight that Dong Han had mentioned before.

Another tragic scene was when Dong Han’s mother received the last message from him. He said that when she received the message, she would also receive a present. It’s his last Christmas present to her. He thanked her for giving him such a family. What he owed her, he had no way of repaying. So what he wanted was for her not to shed tears because of him.

Yong Mei finally broke the news to her family about her pregnancy, and who the father of her child was. She had also decided to keep the baby. She would one day tell the baby who his/her father was. She wanted the others to think carefully about the situation. She wanted to seek some justice for Dong Han. Head Commissioner Luo said that he owed Dong Han that ‘justice’, so he would take care of it. That seemed to satisfy Yong Mei.

So then people moved on with their lives. Zi Hong was seen back at school, teaching the kids singing and getting them involved in some competition. Yet the point wasn’t about winning or losing but about the music. Zi Hong, Miao Miao, and Yong Mei were seen at the forest hanging paper cranes. Then Chief Zheng was seen talking to Yang Yong Zhao and Miao Miao, and that Yang Yong Zhao wanted to confess his crime. Chief Zheng wanted to forget it and even told Chen Jie and the other two to forget the matter. Mrs. Jiang finally confessed to her doings twenty years ago, even if that was an accident, but she was the one who gave instructions to threaten the others anyway. As for Zi Yan, she was seen in the interrogation room with Chief Zheng with the other three remaining members of the special team standing outside watching. No other details were disclosed about her. At least not yet. Then surprise of all surprises, but possibly not that much, Zi Hong moved back in with Shen You Fu. Miao Miao was seen inside preparing dinner for them all. Even Xuan Xuan was there. Another incident was how Zi Hong managed to go meet up with Jiang Jian Ming. Jiang Jian Ming finally told Zi Hong the truth–with how he didn’t plan on Zi Hong’s existence, but he was very happy to have Zi Hong as a son. Even though Jiang Jian Ming admitted his guilt in not being able to take care of both mother and son, but Zi Hong clarified Jiang Jian Ming only owed his mother, not him since he was his mother’s son, not Jiang Jian Ming’s. Yup, he still hadn’t accepted Jiang Jian Ming.

Then it was revealed where Zi Yan was. She was in prison. Yong Mei came to see her and asked about her well-being. (Really? What kind of question was that?) Zi Yan nodded her head, indicating she was fine. Yong Mei came to brag about how Dong Han had curved a wooden tag with a rose on it for her. So she said that Zi Yan was right that Dong Han liked her and cared for her. Zi Yan only nodded. Yong Mei then told Zi Yan about her decision in keeping the baby. She then asked Zi Yan if Zi Yan wanted to be a mother. She wanted to share the baby. Zi Yan agreed, even shedding some tears.

Then the townspeople of years ago were gathered around those trees like they once promised–after so many things had happened. Yong Mei also took that chance to tell Dong Han’s mother that she was pregnant with Dong Han’s child. Ms. Liu was more than happy, of course. She then looked toward Yong Mei’s mother, who was standing at a distance from them and smiled. It was like they were making peace at last.

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The New World: Episode 14

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

As it were, Dong Han was on his way to execute his final plan–in his desperate situation. Yong Mei asked him about time and he said he had a little more time with this meeting. She was happy, of course. She ended up leading him into another room. He seemed anxious yet tried to keep his composure. Then her next action shocked him. She had prepared a birthday cake for him. She urged him to make a wish and blow out the candle yet he was numbed for a little before making a wish. He didn’t blow it out but had used his hand to extinguish it. She was surprised yet didn’t get technical about it, and proceeded to cut the cake instead. He watched her actions and was wagering things inside (or so it seemed) before asking her if she wanted to go out. She said she wanted to yet her mother still didn’t let her, still fearing Zhang Guo Tang and his gang and all. He reassured her by saying with him present, her mother would have nothing to worry about. That didn’t get her excited about a possible trip, but she told him she didn’t want to go out today. When he asked why, she told him it was because there was something more important than going out at that time. He asked her what that was while reaching for his gun, knowing he had to resort to other means with getting her out of there. She said that they were starting over once again, hinting at his previous statement to her about never having a start over, etc. (What?!?!) Her next words got to him all right. (It got to me too! I think the audience would be in for a major heart attack.) Anyway, what she said was she was pregnant with his child. (Again, what?!?! When did that happen?) That also caused Dong Han to let go of his gun. He was indeed shocked. He asked if she was joking around with him. She said she wasn’t. She begged him to say a word or two after a brief moment of silence. He finally got up to leave. She took a different approach, reminding him about how he wanted to go out earlier and maybe they could. He said he have stuff to do so he had to go. She stopped him, asking him if he would come back. He said no. She asked even if she’d given birth to the child. He said no again. After some more rounds of questions and disappointment, she said it was all right he didn’t want to be involved anymore, she only wanted him to tell her what he’d wished earlier. He hesitated before answering, saying that he only wanted her to be safe. After he left, he drove to someplace before crying it out.

Meanwhile, at the secret headquarter, Zi Yan was outside looking at the clouds again. Chen Jie was looking for her and tried to comfort her. Surprisingly, he was calmer than in the past. They somewhat confided in one another, but more Chen Jie than Zi Yan. Chen Jie said that he was wrong regarding Dong Han. Zi Yan said that since the beginning, he wasn’t wrong because he had suspected Dong Han for being the mole. Chen Jie said at first he thought so but then had treated Dong Han like a good fellow cop, even a good brother but it turned out otherwise. He knew it was hard for him to accept it, but he also knew that it was even more terrible for Zi Yan. Chen Jie also offered to lend an ear whenever Zi Yan needed to talk. Zi Yan said that she was fine, Dong Han wasn’t able to hurt her. She said she would definitely catch him. Then she left. Chen Jie took a look at the sky once more before going inside as well.

Then they had the meeting. Xiao He briefed them with how Dong Han had tried to manipulate them from the beginning within the special team. The most unlucky person was obviously Ah Gang. However, Xiao He said that according to Ah Gang, Zhang Guo Tang was willing to leave with Dong Han so it was a mystery as to why Dong Han still wanted to kill him. Xiao He then told them about Dong Han’s real identity. When it was disclosed that Dong Han was one of the kids in the accident of 1992, Zi Yan had looked surprised. At that time, Xiao He was also saying that because of Dong Han’s identity, the reason for killing Zhang Guo Tang would be explained–aka with Dong Han thinking that Zhang Guo Tang was the one responsible for it all. At that time, Chen Jie had spoken up to ask their boss about his knowledge of all their background and doing a background check before selecting them, etc. Chief Zheng said that he did check them out, but there were certain exceptions. Zi Yan was still seen distracted while Chief Zheng asked Xiao He about contacting Dong Han’s mother. Xiao He said that she didn’t pick up when he called but he would continue to try. Chief Zheng then said how things were getting more and more complicated. He pointed out that Dong Han and Zi Hong should know each other and all. Their initial conjecture with there being a third party in this matter, aside from Zi Hong, there was also Dong Han. Then he pondered how many more were involved in this matter. Then Ah Gang came in–still on the phone. He hung up after saying that he would report it. Ah Gang finally approached their boss and said that Dong Han previously went to the Luo resident. Dong Han initially wanted to take Yong Mei with him yet he left alone. Chief Zheng told the others to send out a notice for Dong Han and also told Zi Yan to go talk to Yong Mei since she was closer to Yong Mei and could find out more information. Zi Yan was still distracted yet uttered a word of confirmation about her assignment. Chief Zheng continued by saying that Chen Jie and Ah Gang would follow him, etc. After Chief Zheng left, Ah Gang noticed that Xiao He was distracted so he asked Xiao He about it. Xiao He finally voiced his opinion, saying how it was unbelievable that Dong Han could be bought over (i.e. hinting at one of Chief Zheng’s theories). Ah Gang said he didn’t believe it either. Xiao He reminded Ah Gang that Ah Gang almost got killed. Ah Gang said that if Dong Han wanted to kill him, he wouldn’t be standing there–and even pointed out that it seemed like Dong Han was reluctant. When Xiao He asked Chen Jie, Chen Jie responded by saying that Dong Han didn’t even care for his life, it was unbelievable that he would do it for money. Then Xiao He asked Zi Yan, but she was still distracted. Then she just got up and left. Chen Jie spoke up for her, saying that whatever they didn’t believe, Zi Yan’s feelings would double that. He stated that it was because Zi Yan liked Dong Han even more than them.

Yong Mei’s first words to Zi Yan were asking Zi Yan if Zi Yan came to apologize. (Really?) Zi Yan said it wasn’t. Yong Mei wanted to know what happened since Zi Yan said stuff hadn’t ended yet. Zi Yan told Yong Mei that Zhang Guo Tang died already, and it was Dong Han who killed him. Yong Mei couldn’t believe it. Zi Yan said they couldn’t believe it at first, but a notice had been sent out for Dong Han. That was when Yong Mei fell apart. (Sort of.) Zi Yan than proceeded with her questions about Dong Han seeking Yong Mei out earlier. Yong Mei denied that Dong Han had told her anything. Yong Mei told Zi Yan how she had prepared a cake for Dong Han and how Dong Han’s wish was for her to be safe. Yong Mei asked if Dong Han came to her place after killing Zhang Guo Tang. Zi Yan confirmed. Then Yong Mei went on and on about stuff. What got Zi Yan’s attention the most was Yong Mei disclosing that she was pregnant with Dong Han’s child. Yong Mei said that she previously thought Dong Han was very cruel in saying how he didn’t want to meet again, etc yet now she understood. Zi Yan said perhaps it was so. Yong Mei was ranting on and on about how she didn’t believe that Dong Han was a bad person. Zi Yan couldn’t take it anymore so she got up and told Yong Mei to take care and that she was leaving. Yong Mei asked where Zi Yan was going and if Zi Yan was going to kill Dong Han. Zi Yan said that if Dong Han wanted to kill her, she would. Yong Mei begged Zi Yan not to kill Dong Han since she didn’t want her child without a father. Zi Yan hesitated for a bit before nodding, saying that she promised. Zi Yan finally broke down when she was outside alone. It was indeed very, very, very heartbreaking for her. And then elsewhere that night, Dong Han was seen camping in the woods (or so it seemed) and carving on another wooden piece.

The meeting between Zi Hong and Miao Miao and Jiang Jian Ming finally came about. Jiang Jian Ming said that Zi Hong probably knew already. Zi Hong returned it by saying what did the other party meant. Jiang Jian Ming said that Zi Hong was his son. Zi Hong was still in doubt. Jiang Jian Ming launched into recounting how he met Zi Hong’s mother and how they got together (even with the huge age gap and how Jiang Jian Ming was already married at that time). Upon learning that Zi Hong’s mother was pregnant, he wanted the lady to have an abortion yet she said no. She said he didn’t want the kid yet she did, and that she would take care of the kid so he didn’t need to worry about it. She also suggested that they break up. Then she left the following day. She had kept her promise of not using the kid against him. After those stories, they were back to the main point. Zi Hong asked the old man if he didn’t want him at all. Jiang Jian Ming said he didn’t want Zi Hong from the start. Since it was already cleared, Zi Hong wanted to talk business instead. He wanted money yet the amount he demanded was too much. Zi Hong got riled up, saying how he didn’t care for money. (He was just testing Jiang Jian Ming.) Jiang Jian Ming reminded Zi Hong that Zi Hong asked for money before too. The argument got to the point that Zi Hong almost punched Jiang Jian Ming out, but Miao Miao interfered and pulled Zi Hong back. They finally separated and put a safe distance between one another. Zi Hong was still upset though, yelling out that Jiang Jian Ming couldn’t measure up to his mother. Jiang Jian Ming agreed. Zi Hong then asked about the car accident and Jiang Jian Ming denied. Zi Hong moved on to asking about Project Jing Hai. Jiang Jian Ming once again denied his involvement. Zi Hong said that he was lying, so Jiang Jian Ming said it was up to Zi Hong whether he wanted to believe it or not. Jiang Jian Ming went on to say that Shen You Fu already told Zi Hong that the accident was indeed an accident, and he reasoned that he wouldn’t hurt the person he loved or his son. Zi Hong said he wasn’t Jiang Jian Ming’s son. He moved on to say how he was representing the people of the old town to come and talk to Jiang Jian Ming. Jiang Jian Ming asked Zi Hong what he meant. Zi Hong said they had one common goal, which was to find out the truth so Jiang Jian Ming and his wife should publicly issue an apology. Jiang Jiang Ming, of course, turned down the request and said he didn’t do anything wrong. Zi Hong said if he didn’t apologize, there would be other consequences, including many other innocent people being hurt. Jiang Jian Ming said he didn’t care how many people threaten him, he wouldn’t do it as told, even if it was Zi Hong. He then disclosed that Zi Hong’s name was chosen by him (aka what Zi Hong said about him being cold-blooded and all, regardless, Zi Hong was still his son). Then he left. Zi Hong spoke up after a moment of silence, saying he was all right yet he had failed. He told Miao Miao to be prepared since, after today, they would be enemies of everyone, even her grandfather. After some more mushy moments between them, they finally called up Grandpa Yang to report back about their failure to negotiate. Grandpa Yang responded by saying that they had to go forth with their final plan then. Grandpa Yang also said that Chief Zheng had called the previous day telling him about Zi Hong, etc. After that, he declared that from that day on, Zi Hong and Miao Miao were severed from Project Returning Home. (Wow, nice! Only protecting his flesh and blood and the chick’s boyfriend, not caring for others.) Miao Miao cranked up her attitude once again and ranted stuff. But then she broke down again, asking how could she survive without her grandpa, etc. Grandpa Yang actually laughed and said that he loved Miao Miao’s scolding the most. She told him not to joke around anymore. He told her and Zi Hong to take care before hanging up. Miao Miao tried calling him on the house phone yet he didn’t pick up either. Ms. Liu finally spoke up and told Grandpa Yang if he wanted to leave, he could since she could finish their plan alone. He turned her offer down, saying that he had to do it. And then it was back to Miao Miao and Zi Hong. Miao Miao wanted to go home and check yet Zi Hong pulled her back. It wasn’t because he wanted to stop her, but it was because he wanted to go with her. When they arrived, no one was there. There was only a letter left behind for them. The majority were somewhat of a summary and his feelings, but one of the major parts was how he promised Miao Miao that innocent people wouldn’t be hurt and that he only wanted to leave behind an impact.

While they were on their way to somewhere though, Grandpa Yang received a call from Dong Han. Dong Han asked if Jiang Jian Ming had agreed to their terms. Grandpa Yang said it wasn’t successful. Dong Han then said that so they had no choice but to proceed with the next part of the plan. Grandpa Yang confirmed yet told Dong Han that it wasn’t his business anymore. (Really? A little late for that, he’d already gone crazy.) Dong Han said he couldn’t stay out of it, and that the person who should be out of the plan should be his mother, not him. Ms. Liu disagreed. Dong Han reasoned that he already killed three people so he was in deep hence she should be the one staying out of it. She didn’t want to. Dong Han said it was too late since he already executed that plan and had already sent Grandpa Yang an e-mail so they should be clear of the details when they open it. Dong Han went on to say that he would be responsible for the rest of the plan while letting Grandpa Yang exit safely out of it. Grandpa Yang, of course, didn’t agree. It didn’t matter, Dong Han was hanging up. After he hung up, he was looking at the power station nearby.

Back at the secret headquarter, they were discussing how they weren’t able to reach Dong Han’s mother. Soon though, Xiao He rushed in to tell them about Dong Han’s e-mail. He soon turned on the monitor to show them a clip. Dong Han first clarified that he was the one who killed those three people, not Zi Hong. He told the others that they could stop looking for Zi Hong now. He then proceeded to tell them about what happened years ago, and how people were hurt during those times of the land redevelopment and much more before moving on to the accident of 1992. While the others were focusing on the clip, Zi Yan was seen distracted and almost in tears. Dong Han finally got to the point, saying how no one was doing anything regarding the situation yet he was. He said he was the only one plotting everything right from the start and that no one else was involved. He named his terms. The first one was that Jiang Jian Ming would publicly admit that he had told Zhang Guo Tang and the two to cause the accident of 1992. The second one was that Mrs. Jiang had to tell them what Project Jing Hai was. The third part was for Jiang Jian Ming to publicly apologize for what happened. If not, he would blow up a certain place. He gave them a 24-hour deadline. After that segment, Grandpa Yang told Xiao Zhao (one of his helpers) to drive him to the head councilman’s place and then take Ms. Liu home. She protested yet he said that at the current state, the less involved, the better. And when it was back to the secret headquarter, Xiao He said that he wasn’t able to track the location of where the e-mail had been sent from. Chief Zheng told Zi Yan and Chen Jie to go look for Dong Han. Ah Gang was able to retrieve some evidence such as the hoodies wore during the crimes that they’d seen in the clips, so Chief Zheng told him to go have it checked out while he went to meet up with Head Councilman Luo and Chairman Jiang. Both were still keeping their lips tight, despite the deadline looming ahead. The other two were ganging up on Chief Zheng, wondering why Chief Zheng believed Dong Han’s words. Chief Zheng said he didn’t, but now it involved too many people and if it were true, he couldn’t risk it. Head Councilman Luo said he would take responsibility for it. Chief Zheng asked him if he was still willing to take responsibility when it involved all of those innocent people. He confirmed. Chief Zheng said all right but he pointed out that the first person having to take responsibility for it would be him. (Yup, always.) Chief Zheng then said that if the worst were to come, he would resign yet he said before the resignation, he would have to use all his energy to find out what Project Jing Hai was. So since no one made a move or take any actions, Dong Han contacted them again and gave them some coordinates. It was a nearby power station. Chief Zheng called Chen Jie up and told him to go to the place and check it out. So Chen Jie and Zi Yan were rushing around the area to find Dong Han yet was unsuccessful. It was too late. They were able to see the power station but it was still a distance from them. The explosion caused blackouts for a portion of the city. Like Chief Zheng declared, Dong Han was serious about his words. Dong Han sent them another clip, saying that that was just a little warning so if the deadline came around, they better do as he said. When Chief Zheng asked Yang Yong Zhao for advice and wanted him to somehow get to Dong Han since he was Dong Han’s teacher, after all, Yang Yong Zhao said that they should investigate into Project Jing Hai more. He claimed it was because how the others were being too secretive, meaning they had something to hide. One of the officers said that it would be somewhat troublesome with what Yang Yong Zhao wanted them to do. Yang Yong Zhao stated that it would be even more troublesome if the explosion were to occur. After the brief meeting, Chief Zheng went over to Grandpa Yang, saying that Zi Hong and Miao Miao were in the clear now so they would be fine. Grandpa Yang only uttered words of gratitude toward Chief Zheng.

While Zi Hong and Miao Miao were elsewhere eating that night, they heard the news with Dong Han’s situation and how he had admitted to all crimes, plus the current plan. Yong Mei and her family were also watching the news at their place so she was more than shocked by what was going on, asking if it was true. Her mother, after turning the TV off, said, of course, it wasn’t true. So it was back to Zi Hong and Miao Miao. Miao Miao said that since Dong Han admitted to all crimes and clarified that it was only him, he would be alone now. Zi Hong reminded Miao Miao what she said previously, not leaving anyone behind, even her grandpa. He went on to say that since they weren’t being chased anymore, they could go to the police. Miao Miao asked if he thought her grandpa was there. He confirmed and even said that now her grandpa’s plan had been taken over by Dong Han.

So the ‘high and mighty’ family finally sat down to discuss the matter regarding Project Jing Hai. Well, according to Head Commissioner Luo, his wife did not know. And of course, Yong Mei didn’t know yet she was spying on them. Whatever it was they were going to say, it wasn’t disclosed to the viewers.

Chief Zheng and Yang Yong Zhao were talking. Chief Zheng showed Yang Yong Zhao the wooden piece. He said that he was half surprised and half saddened after seeing it. He couldn’t believe that such a talented person like Dong Han would head toward such a road. What was frustrating was how they couldn’t find out what Project Jing Hai was. After a while, Chief Zheng received a call from Zi Hong so he was more than glad. Then Chen Jie went to fetch them and brought them back to the secret headquarter. They were making an exception with letting the two enter. Miao Miao took the chance of a brief pause to ask about her grandpa. Chen Jie said that he just left not long ago. She then asked if her grandpa knew she was coming. Chen Jie said that he knew. Then they were in the meeting area. Chief Zheng introduced some others to them before telling them they were talking about Project Jing Hai. Miao Miao asked if her grandpa knew of the meeting. Chief Zheng said he knew. Then Chief Zheng told the others to take a seat since the meeting was about to start. Soon, Zi Yan was seen passing around some files for the meeting. She had paused to smile at Miao Miao–to which Miao Miao returned the gesture. When Miao Miao attempted to call her grandpa again, he didn’t pick up.

The meeting commenced at last. Apparently, they managed to get a judge’s order to unseal the files of Project Jing Hai hence having more information on it. The thing was while they were discussing it, it shifted it to the Luo resident where Head Councilman Luo was explaining to his wife about Project Jing Hai as well. Then the scene was brought back to the secret headquarter but had focused on Zi Hong and Miao Miao walking outside. Miao Miao was still worried about her grandpa. Zi Hong suggested that they made a trip back to the forest tomorrow. He had a plan.

Zi Yan and Dong Han’s face-off scene finally happened. She saw him so she drew her weapon and he had heard her so he had turned around in time to point a gun at her as well. She spoke up first, saying how he’d tricked the others, including her. He returned it by saying, “So?” Then the scene zoomed to the other officer and he heard a shot. Then Dong Han’s car was seen fleeing the scene. The officer quickly called in to report before rushing toward the direction of the shot earlier. When he arrived at Zi Yan’s side, it was seen that she was kneeling on the ground, covering one hand. She was bleeding. It was too obvious that Dong Han had shot her. They were really tightening the security after the incident, so Dong Han was seen fleeing on foot. Zooming forward, the police were seen at another location. Then Ah Gang reported to Chief Zheng that Zi Yan’s wound wasn’t extreme so she only needed several stitches. Chief Zheng asked if she was still moving around. Ah Gang said that even Chen Jie couldn’t stop her. When asked about Dong Han, Ah Gang said they were still looking for him. Chief Zheng then turned to Yang Yong Zhao, asking if it was possible that Dong Han would go find Jiang Jian Ming. Yang Yong Zhao said it was possible. Chief Zheng then told Ah Gang to tell Chen Jie and Zi Yan to go to the Luo resident, considering how Zi Yan was especially close to their family and all. After Ah Gang left, they began discussing Dong Han’s plan and a possible way to solve this matter.

At the Luo resident, Chen Jie stopped Zi Yan when they got out of the car, asking her if she was really all right. She reassured him that she was fine before heading inside. Mrs. Luo was waiting for her so she introduced Zi Yan to her mother. Yong Mei was there as well with her grandmother. After the introduction, Mrs. Luo told her mother that the police had sent Zi Yan there to protect them. After her grandmother and mother left, Yong Mei quickly pestered Zi Yan for information regarding Dong Han. Zi Yan shrugged her hand off. It was then that Yong Mei asked her about her hand. Zi Yan said that it was just a little wound and that she was all right. After some hesitation, she told Yong Mei that he saw Dong Han earlier that day. Yong Mei asked if Dong Han was all right. Zi Yan nodded and said it seemed so. Then Yong Mei finally realized it, so she asked if Zi Yan’s wound was because of Dong Han. Zi Yan nodded again and said that they should talk about that later. However, Yong Mei went on and asked if it was because of how she asked Zi Yan not to hurt Dong Han hence Zi Yan ended up getting hurt. Zi Yan said it wasn’t so, and that Yong Mei shouldn’t think too much. Zi Yan finally excused herself.

Later, Yong Mei was preparing juices and cookies in the kitchen when Chen Jie entered. He said that her mother wanted him to help her. She thanked him before asking him about Zi Yan’s wound. He said it wasn’t too bad. She then asked if it was Dong Han who shot Zi Yan. Chen Jie confirmed. As Yong Mei was placing the juices and cookies into a trade, Chen Jie proceeded with putting the remaining of the juice back into the fridge. While doing that, Chen Jie said that it was indeed unbelievable how things turned out, because Dong Han was indeed a very good colleague. Chen Jie even went on to say that he thought he was going to get to drink their ‘happy wine’ (喜酒). Upon hearing “their”, Yong Mei asked what Chen Jie meant. Chen Jie asked back if Yong Mei didn’t know. Yong Mei asked Chen Jie to clarify. Chen Jie said that they were always in charge of protecting Yong Mei, so how could Yong Mei not know. It was then that Yong Mei realized Chen Jie was talking about Dong Han and Zi Yan.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

The New World: Episode 10

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

Unlike what happened last time, Zi Hong told his father to stop it. He tried to calmly talk to the police officers this time, not just attacking and defending his father like previously. Or was it because he was doing suspicious activities so he was just trying to ease things a bit? Chen Jie had to flash out the warrant once again to show that they had legitimate reasons to come. But as Ah Gang was telling Mr. Shen to lower his stick, they were once again in some hectic bantering. Zi Hong finally yelled for both to stop. After some more staring and hesitation from both parties, Zi Hong raised his hands up and surrendered. Mr. Shen was in a frenzy again, telling Zi Hong that he didn’t do anything wrong so he shouldn’t follow the police officers. However, Zi Hong reasoned that because he was innocent, he would return home soon. Then he turned to others, asking if they were going to arrest him–or wait for him to regret (aka fighting back). So Chen Jie signaled the others to move in. After the arrest, they searched the house, especially Zi Hong’s room. Chen Jie reported back saying that Zi Hong didn’t resist arrest or anything. Zi Yan and Dong Han were still seen deep in thoughts–with Dong Han worrying tenfold more. Chen Jie said that it didn’t seem right. While they were sorting out the matter and how Xiao He was reporting back to their boss about the successful arrest, Dong Han left the room. Zi Yan had been eyeing him suspiciously so once he left, she followed, knowing something was definitely up. On the other hand, Mr. Shen called Miao Miao up after Zi Hong bid him goodbye and reassured him he was going to be all right. Miao Miao asked if Zi Hong had been hurt, which Mr. Shen reassured her that Zi Hong hadn’t. She said she was going to contact Yong Mei. However, when she got off the phone with Mr. Shen, he asked for her grandpa’s help. Then back on Zi Yan and Dong Han’s front, Zi Yan was rushing after Dong Han, asking him stuffs. Like how he was unusually concerned for Zi Hong. He said nothing but his pace was increasing even more.

Yet they finally met up at Yong Mei’s place with Chairman Jiang also present. Yes, Mr. Shen had also come. It was like how Miao Miao had promised Mr. Shen on the phone, meeting up with the pair of grandpa and granddaughter to discuss the matter and help Zi Hong’s case. Miao Miao launched into blaming herself for what happened. If it wasn’t for her, Zi Hong would have left already and wouldn’t be stuck here and get caught, etc. As Yong Mei comforted her, Mr. Shen spoke up to tell her not to say those words. He said he had to thank her for convincing Zi Hong to return home. Now it was up to Chairman Jiang to help. (Seriously? I feel like throwing up already. Not in my mouth, of course since I never get that phrase since it would be too gross to throw up in your mouth. These people. Always yelling at others yet can’t see anything wrong with using connections to push down on the cops to get what they wanted. Well, I got it they were worried for their families, friends, etc. But what made it sickening and ironic was how they always told the cops to investigate, etc but when it didn’t come out like how they wanted, they used different means to twist things toward their benefits.) Yong Mei tried to use her chiding to get her grandpa to budge. He reasoned that Yong Mei and her mother shouldn’t be involved yet he could. And it seemed too funny that Yong Mei didn’t like it that others were leaning on her and trying to get to her father by kissing up to her. YET when she wanted some stuff to go her way, she didn’t hesitate to use her father’s connections. So how could she be upset when others do that? Anyway, after some more exchanges, Chairman Jiang promised that he would sort it out, telling Mr. Shen and Miao Miao not to be worried.

Meanwhile, at the police station, Head Commissioner Luo had arrived and told Chief Zheng he wasn’t there to cause some pressures for them but was just checking in. So they proceeded to the interrogation room, stopping outside along with the others to watch and listen in while Chen Jie interrogated Zi Hong. Zi Hong said he was just passing by when asked why he was around the area during the time of the crime. What really got Zi Hong was when Chen Jie whipped out the fragments of the burned music cards that Zi Hong had destroyed previously. The search team had managed to retrieve those items. And then Head Councilman Luo went back to the Luo resident to report to the others. Miao Miao asked if she and Mr. Shen could see Zi Hong. Head Councilman Luo said that because of the seriousness of the situation, no one could see Zi Hong. Even Yang Yong Zhao knew it was too serious. Head Councilman Luo also said that he didn’t want to put Chief Zheng in a hard spot so he didn’t insist. It seemed hopeless with them. (Why are they acting all pitiful? The cops were just trying to do their jobs here.)

That night, Yong Mei texted Dong Han, asking for help. (Seriously?) She said that Miao Miao just left her place, and she was still worried for Miao Miao. She went on to say that Miao Miao was her only friend–and that helping Miao Miao was like helping her. She continued by saying if it was because she wasn’t anything to him hence him not wanting to help. Then she played the pitiful ploy by saying how it seemed so hopeless that he didn’t even say a word to her. She told him not to be like that. She said she wanted to know where he was and what he was thinking.

Then the scene zoomed to Jia Yuan. She was drying her hair and was barely paying attention to the news at first. Yet what caught her attention was the one regarding Zi Hong. She soon opened a drawer and retrieved the cards she’d received many times before. So the next day, she dropped her brother off and had asked him to go straight to a friend’s house that day. She wasn’t going to pick him up so he had every right to ask. She told him not to ask, and even chided him when he asked why she was dressing so pretty that day.

The predictable occurred. Jia Yuan went to the police station to give her statements. Chief Zheng and Yang Yong Zhao asked Miao Miao to come in and identify Jia Yuan and her relation to Zi Hong. Miao Miao asked what was up yet her grandpa told her to listen first. So inside the interrogation room, Chen Jie finally began. The basic questions came out first, of course. Then came the important ones, especially the one about Jia Yuan saying that she was with Zi Hong during those two times the crimes were committed. She confirmed that those two days she was with him. Chen Jie said how it was such coincidences. Jia Yuan said it wasn’t just those two days. She implied that they’d been carrying on a certain relationship. Chen Jie had to go back outside to verify Jia Yuan’s statement so she was told to wait. Zi Yan said that Jia Yuan got along quite well with her coworkers. When Chen Jie asked about Jia Yuan’s relation with Zi Hong, Dong Han said that they were good friends, not dating or anything like that. Chen Jie said that if they’d gone to the motel like how Jia Yuan had said, no one could really confirm – at least not their coworkers. Ah Gang soon entered and told the others that the person named Ah Hu that Jia Yuan mentioned earlier had confirmed that Zi Hong and Jia Yuan were indeed together those two times. Chief Zheng said if it was too easy, but Ah Gang said it didn’t seem like so. They managed to get the logbook from Ah Hu and checked. Ah Gang explained that J + K in the logs were shorthanded versions of Jia Yuan and Zi Hong, because the others wanted to keep a secret so they didn’t use their real names. Zi Yan said that Ah Gang was a cop, why would the others cooperate, considering how he said they were trying to keep it all a secret? Ah Gang said he told Ah Hu to tell him or he could ask Hua Jie. Chen Jie didn’t get it. Chief Zheng jumped in to explain that part because the others weren’t locals so they didn’t know who Hua Jie was and her nature of ‘business’. It took a while for the others to get it, considering how some of the others weren’t locals. Ah Gang finally said it out that J was for Jia Yuan’s name in the biz, known as Joy. Jia Yuan was a call girl under Hua Jie.

So back in the interrogation room. This time, Chief Zheng joined Chen Jie to question Jia Yuan. She asked if they had already confirmed the details. Chief Zheng said that he couldn’t believe it that Zi Hong wouldn’t say anything. Jia Yuan said that things like these, how could he? Chief Zheng said that Zi Hong was facing a possible death sentence so he had to say it to save himself. Yet Jia Yuan disagreed, and asked if Chief Zheng was accused of a crime like that, would he dare say it when his wife could possibly be standing on the other side to listen? Chen Jie told Jia Yuan to be careful with her words yet Chief Zheng stopped Chen Jie. Jia Yuan then retrieved a lip gloss from her bag before getting up to apply it using the mirror as a guide. Then she asked if Miao Miao was on the other side. She said it was all right that Miao Miao wanted to fire her for it because she was no longer suitable for that type of job anyway. Then she went back to her seat, saying that Miao Miao was Zi Hong’s real girlfriend. So of course, if Zi Hong knew Miao Miao was standing on the other side to watch, he wouldn’t admit that he had anything to do with a call girl – even if it would cause his life. Chief Zheng soon asked if Zi Hong had paid Jia Yuan. Jia Yuan said he did but she didn’t want his money. She said because she liked him yet he didn’t like her. She apologized to Miao Miao again. Chief Zheng changed tactics, he said he heard she had a brother and really cared for him, what would happen if the kid knew about what was going on? It indeed was effective with rousing Jia Yuan up. He said that he wouldn’t take actions (like releasing to the news about her or possibly letting her brother listen to the recorded segment of what they just said), but if Jia Yuan didn’t cooperate, he would go to such extremes. Jia Yuan said she wasn’t lying. Chief Zheng got up around then, telling Chen Jie to go find Jia Yuan’s brother. Jia Yuan got up also, pleading with Chief Zheng to not drag her brother in. Chief Zheng said who was he supposed to plead then. He launched into saying that each day everyone was pleading to him, citizens begged him to seek justice for them, his superiors wanted to ask for favors, etc. Everyone had their wants and needs. He said that she was selling her body and he was selling his soul, and that was the only difference between them. (Indeed, I love this part, even if poor Jia Yuan had to endure it because seriously, it zoomed to the others outside. Everyone was putting him in a hard spot yet never considered his feelings or duties.) Chief Zheng repeated his words with not wanting to give Jia Yuan a hard time initially, but she was putting him in a hard spot too. He gave Jia Yuan a ten-minutes deadline to think things over and tell the truth before he had to resort to extreme measures. Back outside, Chairman Jiang wanted to leave to talk to Chief Zheng. Yang Yong Zhao turned to ask Miao Miao if she was all right. She said she was fine and told them to leave first. They did. Miao Miao called Jia Yuan up and Jia Yuan apologized again yet Miao Miao said she and Zi Hong had to thank Jia Yuan, and that Jia Yuan didn’t need to explain. She told Jia Yuan to go up to the mirror, she tried to do the hand on the mirror thing and told Jia Yuan that she would take care of the Xuan Xuan matter, telling Jia Yuan to trust her.

And it seemed like what Chief Zheng said didn’t matter anyway and that he was wasting his breath. Since someone was still pressuring him to release Zi Hong. Chief Zheng said that the girl (Jia Yuan) was obviously lying. Chairman Jiang said that there were indeed lies and truths yet there were also lying for the good. So he said it was easier to live with by closing one eye and opening one eye. (Really? I swear if I was Chief Zheng, I would’ve quit already and let them do what the hell ever. It’s not a 5-star hotel, why should he cater to their requests? Yet if he didn’t, his job would be at a threat.) Chief Zheng said it wasn’t some small cases but it was a matter of some lives being lost.

Miao Miao sought out Zi Yan and Dong Han for help. She said that Zi Hong indeed made those cards yet he meant to send a message to Zhang Guo Tang. Miao Miao went on to say how she’d gone with Zi Hong to seek out Zhang Guo Tang at times as well. After some more convincing, Zi Yan said that she would call and check up on that. While Zi Yan was on the phone with Xiao He, telling him to verify some stuff, Dong Han asked if Miao Miao and Zi Hong were really dating. Miao Miao asked him if she wasn’t supposed to. He actually laughed and said that he thought they should be together already. Miao Miao said she only wanted this matter to be over with and behind them. Dong Han reassured Miao Miao and said that Zi Hong would be fine since he was innocent. Miao Miao asked him how could he be so sure. He said he believed so, and told Miao Miao not to worry. Soon, Miao Miao received a call from Mr. Shen, saying he found a receipt for a shop on a certain day. It seemed hopeful. She told him to wait for her, and that she would come right away. After getting off the phone, she asked Dong Han to accompany her somewhere. And then back inside, Chairman Jiang told Chief Zheng to release Zi Hong. Chief Zheng turned to Head Councilman Luo to ask if that was his order. Head Councilman Luo said he wasn’t going to give Chief Zheng any pressure. Chief Zheng had to ask once more if it wasn’t an order and that he could turn the request down. Having Head Councilman Luo’s words, Chief Zheng declared that he rejected the request, which had turned Chairman Jiang’s smile upside down. Then it was back outside again, Xiao He was saying it was so hard to track since it had been a while yet Zi Yan flattered Xiao He by saying that there were many obstacles in this world, but she didn’t believe it could stop Xiao He. And that had worked, both ways actually. Xiao He was happy to hear her compliment, but he had also managed to retrieve some valuable information. Back inside, Chairman Jiang was saying how Chief Zheng wasn’t giving him any face. Chief Zheng went on with saying how was it so simple that Chairman Jiang was saving Zi Hong because Zi Hong was Mr. Shen’s son or was it because Zi Hong was acting on Chairman Jiang’s orders. That not only riled up Chairman Jiang but also Head Councilman Luo. Chief Zheng said that Head Councilman Luo was his superior, but there were also others above them, which he had to answer. Head Councilman Luo asked if Chief Zheng was trying to pressure him. Chief Zheng said it wasn’t so. But he said because how Chairman Jiang was the head councilman’s father in law so they couldn’t investigate or ask all the necessary questions thus dragging it out already. He only needed answers to exhaust out all leads. Chief Zheng soon excused himself, saying that Jia Yuan was waiting for him. He didn’t care if the head councilman was calling him this time, or how upset the latter was. Then it was back to Zi Yan and Xiao He. Xiao He found out the clip where Zi Hong was during one of the crimes. It proved that he was too far away–and that he was wearing a different color hoodie. Zi Yan was so happy–and told Xiao He to send her a picture.

After Dong Han and Miao Miao went to a convenience store to find the video clip the day of the crime, the second one, they received a call from Xiao He. Dong Han and Zi Yan were also connected so they were on standby. But just before that though, Chief Zheng had returned to the interrogation room with Chen Jie and Ah Gang to ask Jia Yuan of her decision. She said she was telling truth so she didn’t need to say anything more. Chief Zheng told Chen Jie to go find her brother. So back to the other four on the phone, they shared the news of having found the clips already. Zi Yan said they should congratulate Xiao He first since he found some clips first. Miao Miao immediately thanked Xiao He. Yet Zi Yan said she was still suspicious of something. Dong Han asked her what. Zi Yan said that Zi Hong was very smart, so why didn’t he say it out with how he could be tracked. Dong Han turned to ask Miao Miao. She didn’t know either and said they should ask Zi Hong about it. Dong Han then said now it was a discussion about their internal stuff so Miao Miao thanked the others once more before hanging up. She was about to leave yet Dong Han called her back. She wasn’t leaving, not really. She was waiting for some news.

So their trip was unfruitful–because the mighty highnesses came in to sweep Xuan Xuan away, even throwing out the head commissioner’s name to give Chen Jie and Ah Gang some pressures. They had no choice but to call back to their boss. (Hey, I don’t agree that the police dragged the poor kid in either, BUT I hated that somehow those other snobs kept bringing in connections. No wonder Chen Jie hated those types of stuff.) Chen Jie told Chief Zheng that he suspected it was Miao Miao who had informed Mrs. Luo and Yong Mei hence the turnout. And after they were done with sweeping Xuan Xuan away, Yong Mei called Miao Miao up to report on her successful trip. So after the whole joking and whatnot, Miao Miao finally called Jia Yuan after hanging up with Yong Mei. Then it was the special team on the phone together. Chief Zheng said that even if it was so, Zi Hong could have changed his clothes and could have found a way to go to that one store to commit the crime and the time of death could vary, etc. There were still too many possibilities that couldn’t wipe out all of the suspicions. Dong Han said he understood but they could use that to their advantage. Chief Zheng asked what Dong Han meant. Dong Han explained that the news was already out, therefore, Zhang Guo Tang must have seen it already. Chief Zheng said, of course, there were only some exceptions that hadn’t been released to the public yet. Dong Han said if they released Zi Hong, what would happen. Chief Zheng said Zhang Guo Tang would hunt Zi Hong down. Dong Han said that was why they needed to use that to their advantage. Chief Zheng asked if Dong Han wanted to use Zi Hong as a bait to lure Zhang Guo Tang out. Xiao He jumped in to say that it would be too dangerous for Zi Hong. Dong Han confirmed but said it was the only way. Zi Yan said they could send a team out to protect Zi Hong yet could at the same time trap Zhang Guo Tang. After much thinking, Chief Zheng said that the stake was too high yet, on the other hand, the game of tug had been too long with Zhang Guo Tang in the dark and them in the light. He finally said the magic word.

Chief Zheng returned to the interrogation room again to release Jia Yuan. She smiled this time, asking him why he wasn’t smiling anymore. He told her that she was really lucky, having a lot of people helping her. Yet he told her that those things weren’t everlasting, suggesting her to leave Hua Jie. She asked him why was he meddling into her business. He reminded her that he already said they were alike, except that she was selling her body while he sold his soul. They were both mocked/looked down by others yet he said he didn’t have a choice while she still had. She should leave Hua Jie while she could, especially if she didn’t want her brother to find out about it. It was the only way she could save the last of her self-pride. She asked him why he was telling her that. He told her that when he was little, he was luckier than her brother, having a mother who took care of him, and also a sister who had sacrificed a lot for him. After telling her once again to think it over, he buttoned up his jacket and bowed to her, apologizing for his actions. Then he told her that Zi Hong was fine now so she could leave as well. He apologized one last time before leaving himself. So Jia Yuan left but was stopped outside by the head commissioner. He told her that her brother was at his house.

Zi Hong was finally released. Zi Yan told him to check his possessions before signing. After that, he was told that Chief Zheng was waiting for him. Chief Zheng said that a lot of people wanted to help Zi Hong, but that wasn’t the reason why he’d released Zi Hong. He said they did find two pictures that had proved Zi Hong’s innocence yet that wasn’t the reason for Zi Hong’s release either. He wanted Zi Hong’s help in luring out Zhang Guo Tang. Zi Hong responded that he wasn’t interested. Chief Zheng asked what Zi Hong was interested in. Chief Zheng asked him what his interests were, listing some items before stating revenge. Chief Zheng continued by saying how they’d suspected there was a third party in this matter, which was Zi Hong. He asked if Zi Hong wanted revenge for what happened 20 years ago or because of what happened to his mother. He asked how Zi Hong wanted to do that, an eye for an eye, blood for blood, etc. Chief Zheng said that Zi Hong had used his capabilities at the wrong spot, so Zi Hong returned with saying how he thought Chief Zheng was smart so he didn’t have to use his intelligence at the wrong spot either. Zi Yan told Zi Hong to watch his attitude, but Chief Zheng raised his hand up to stop Zi Yan. Zi Hong asked what would happen if he said no. Zi Yan said Chief Zheng already said it, it wasn’t a threat but it was a request. Zi Hong said it didn’t sound any different. Zi Yan repeated her suspicion from earlier, saying how it was strange that Zi Hong didn’t tell them about tracking his whereabouts. She pondered if he wanted Zhang Guo Tang to think the same so he didn’t clarify and didn’t fight back when he was arrested. Zi Hong smirked and said that Zi Yan was thinking too much. Zi Yan said perhaps she was thinking too much yet their goals were the same as luring Zhang Guo Tang out, therefore, they should join forces. Zi Hong asked if he could leave yet since his dad was waiting for him, etc. Chief Zheng said that if Zi Hong walked out, he would be dead meat. He said that they let him walked out so they were already treating him as bait to lure Zhang Guo Tang out. After he left, Chief Zheng mumbled stuff about Zi Hong being smart and seeing through their tactic. He asked Yang Yong Zhao for advice. Yang Yong Zhao said that Zi Hong had wanted it to be that way. Yet he was worried for his granddaughter. Chief Zheng told him not to worry, and turned to Zi Yan, telling her to keep an eye on Zi Hong from now on. So when Zi Hong left the station, he saw Dong Han and Miao Miao waiting for him. Miao Miao ran up to hug him after the initial teasing and taunting from both sides. Dong Han, of course, looked happy to see both had reunited. Another reunion took place elsewhere at that time, but at the Luo resident. Quite touching in its own way, because Jia Yuan was indeed glad her brother hadn’t found out who she really was, at least what she’d been through. Will she think seriously of Chief Zheng’s words or would she continue down the same path?

*All images were captured by DTLCT

The New World: Episode 9

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

So they proceeded with the plan. Or it seemed like there were no objections after Xiao He asked the question about them setting the trap. Ah Gang and Chen Jie were seen browsing the neighborhoods and trying to find new leads. They got out of the car and were on their way to take a look at this one location when Xiao He called Chen Jie, telling him there were new leads regarding Zhang Guo Tang’s whereabouts. Xiao He sent Chen Jie a picture before going over some details. After hearing all the crucial details, Chen Jie told Xiao He not to tell anyone. Xiao He asked him why not, but he told Xiao He not to ask at that time. After getting off the phone with Xiao He, he told Ah Gang that he was leaving. Ah Gang asked him what he was up to yet he told Ah Gang not to ask. He got in the car and left Ah Gang behind. Then it finally showed that Xiao He was in the control room with Zi Yan. The picture he said he managed to pull up of Zhang Guo Tang’s whereabouts and sent to Chen Jie was indeed created by him using merging techniques. That was the bait for Chen Jie. But poor Ah Gang had to tag Chen Jie on foot. He called Zi Yan to tell her of the situation. Zi Yan told him what happened and that Chen Jie indeed didn’t tell the others of the so-called discovery. She left the building to go to the location of the trap. She ensured that Ah Gang remembered of their agreed meeting place before getting ready herself. She picked up Ah Gang before both raced to the location to wait for Chen Jie.

So what did Chen Jie had to say when they finally confronted him? He actually shot down a mannequin they planted at the spot before seeing Zi Yan. Ah Gang came out to help Zi Yan after Zi Yan told Chen Jie to drop his weapon. Chen Jie, still protesting, told Zi Yan she had mistaken. Before Ah Gang could secure the location though, some gunmen stepped out. That was when things turned complicated again. Chen Jie yelled for the others not to shoot since they were all on the same side. Then he turned to scold at Zi Yan again. He asked Zi Yan if he was the mole, who was the other person. Zi Yan responded back by saying how she wouldn’t know. Chen Jie went ballistic and told the others to drop their weapons. Zi Yan told him to drop his first. After all the staring, Chen Jie finally signaled for the gunmen to lower their weapons before doing so himself. They also noticed some sounds from somewhere so Chen Jie spoke into his headset to call it off. Zi Yan asked who the other gunmen were but Chen Jie didn’t respond. He soon went over to check on the person who just got shot. Zi Yan and Ah Gang finally lowered their weapons and followed. Chen Jie told them it was a mannequin. He said so they were the ones who set it up. Then he told them to follow him if they wanted to know everything.

Well, they did find out stuff from their boss. But they also got a good scolding for interfering. It was Yang Yong Zhao’s plan. They were keeping secrets on purpose. After the scolding, Chief Zheng told Chen Jie to tell them what happened. Chen Jie said after Xiao He informed him of the information, he informed their boss and then went with another special team to the location to set up. Well, before that, he had stalked someone they suspected within another department to be leaking out some information. She indeed informed their boss as well before rushing somewhere. When Chen Jie got there with the special team, he separated with them to search for Liu Yu Ying (the suspect). So it was she who shot the mannequin, not Chen Jie. (It was too fast so I didn’t notice the difference.) After Chen Jie recounted the whole story, he said that the other two almost blew their operation. Ah Gang mumbled that he didn’t know. Chen Jie went on to recount that some members of the other special team had managed to capture Liu Yu Ying. Chief Zheng asked since the mole was already captured, did the other two have anything else to say. Zi Yan mumbled no. Chief Zheng said that he would find a time to teach the other two a lesson. Before leaving, he reminded them that they owed Chen Jie an apology. Chen Jie left after seeing the other two not really saying anything. Chief Zheng and Chen Jie were watching outside the interrogation room while Yang Yong Zhao was in there questioning Liu Yu Ying. She was in tears and kept saying how she didn’t know stuff regarding Zhang Guo Tang’s whereabouts or motives. She only admitted to doing all the spying because of money. She also said she didn’t realize Zhang Guo Tang wanted to harm Miao Miao and asked Yang Yong Zhao to send words of apologies to Miao Miao. Chen Jie asked Chief Zheng if she was telling the truth. Chief Zheng said she might be.

When Chen Jie came back out to the main area, the others were waiting for him. Chen Jie said that he knew he owed them an apology. He shouldn’t have suspected Dong Han, and it wasn’t too late to make up for it since it was fortunate that Dong Han was still alive. He went on to say that it was always the same, he was considered a weirdo in other people’s eyes wherever he went. He said he wasn’t like everyone, acting like brothers, because he had his own perspective. He’d also seen a lot with how regardless of people, they all wanted money. So it didn’t make a difference if that person was a cop or not. (It was indeed true with Liu Yu Ying.) It didn’t matter if it was his own brother. He didn’t care if the others scolded him or hated him. After saying that, he left. Yet Zi Yan extended her hand out to stop him, saying her apologies at last. Even Xiao He joined in. Ah Gang saluted Chen Jie and said he wouldn’t dare to do such things again in the future. Chen Jie asked him if there was going to be a ‘next time’. (LOL!) Then he left. It was also around that time that Zi Yan remembered back to her conversation with Chief Zheng earlier. He told her of Chen Jie’s background, and how Chen Jie’s brother had accepted some money regarding some other case. Chen Jie was the one who captured his brother so he couldn’t even return home anymore, considering how his family had blamed him for it, regardless of matters. That was the reason why Chief Zheng trusted Chen Jie so much.

On the other hand, Miao Miao called a meeting with Zi Hong. She wanted to help him with the investigation, not wanting him to brush her aside. She managed to convince her grandfather not to have the police officers follow her. So they were on the road and discussing the matter. They were unfruitful on some matters but they also had fun spending some time together. After all, it was a time they didn’t need to be watched by the others so closely. And yes, Miao Miao already learned of the other lady’s betrayal from her grandpa. Yet she was still encouraged to treat the other party like an important person, like a close person to them. (No wonder Chen Jie got banned for life and was put to death by his family for such arrest. It was like those thoughts that made it okay to commit some crimes and still be accepted. Well, I got where they were coming from, but that made it so hard to be doing the right things.)

So the day finally came when Head Commissioner Luo and his family came to show their gratitude to Dong Han and his mother. Head Commissioner Luo apologized that they didn’t come earlier, but they wanted to make sure he was in a well enough condition to be able to hear them thank him. He turned to his wife and waited for her to speak up. She finally showed signs of humanity and thanked Dong Han for what he did. She said she was also representing her husband and her father in saying those words of gratitude to him. She also wanted to apologize to him, and that was just herself saying it. She said when Zi Yan came to their house that one time, saying that they would use their lives to protect Yong Mei, she didn’t believe them. Yet now she believed. She also asked him to understand her situation–with worrying for her daughter’s safety as well as her father’s safety. She asked him to forgive her. Dong Han finally spoke up and said that she didn’t need to apologize because he didn’t mind at all. Then they left. Actually, only Head Commissioner Luo and his wife left. Yong Mei wanted to stay behind to chat with Dong Han so Zi Yan was asked to stay behind and wait for her. And Zi Yan was about to open the door, at least her hand was on the handle, but she didn’t in the end. Yong Mei wanted to apologize to Dong Han for what happened previously. He said it wasn’t anyone’s fault, because it was his job. He said what she said the other day, he wanted to say no. She said they could always start at ground zero. So she pulled the curtain back to give them some privacy. He told her that he was a very dangerous person, and he would leave after the current mission was done. The scene zoomed to Zi Yan standing outside waiting after some more words were exchanged.

Miao Miao and Zi Hong were discussing the song “The New World” and Miao Miao was pondering why Zi Hong’s mother had chosen that song. Zi Hong suspected it had to do with his father. He never knew who his father was, and had grown up with many hardships and criticisms from others. He also wanted to find out who his father was at one point but didn’t in the end. He said regardless, his only father was Shen You Fu. Miao Miao pondered the significance of the music box. Zi Hong said it was probably a gift from that person. She moved on to ponder about the number of secrets that Zi Hong still kept from her. He said he would tell her one day. She wanted to set some scores with him, mostly about past relationships, etc.

Dong Han finally returned to the headquarter and found Chen Jie sitting on the steps waiting for him. He wanted to ignore Chen Jie but Chen Jie got up and approached him. He asked if Dong Han knew about the capture of the mole already. Dong Han said he heard. Chen Jie said he wanted to apologize for his previous actions. Dong Han didn’t respond so Chen Jie asked if that meant Dong Han didn’t accept his apology. After some hard staring, Dong Han extended his hand to Chen Jie. Chen Jie hesitated a bit before clapping it to Dong Han’s, smiling. It was like they were finally on the same team. Then elsewhere as Ah Gang was on surveillance of that one shop, the shop-owner received a card. Then he was killed within seconds later. Ah Gang and the other officer realized too late when a hooded man was seen leaving the shop in a hurry. Then to make things even worse, they lost the killer among the crowd.

A meeting was called after the crime scene investigation commenced. It was the same technique with the killing method and the card left behind at the scene. So this could be said as linking to the other killing incident. The difference was the three words “Zhang Guo Tang” placed on the card. After Chen Jie presented the details, Chief Zheng got up to present his views. He said since the beginning, there were two sides–theirs and Zhang Guo Tang–going against one another. Then a third group came into the picture. He suspected that it was Chairman Jiang yet Chairman Jiang had denied. If that person wasn’t from Charmain Jiang, who was it? Xiao He said that the technological aspects had been destroyed and the killer was very cautious in not getting caught on the cameras so it could be said that the other person was someone who was very knowledgeable in technology. So they were back to thinking of possibilities again. However, Dong Han was suspiciously in deep thoughts. Chief Zheng encouraged them to find another way to figure this out and said that the card was their only piece of evidence that could lead them to something else. Ah Gang wanted to be the one searching for more information yet Xiao He pointed out it might be better to go out and ask citizens than just searching aimlessly. Zi Yan agreed yet Dong Han said what if it would cause the killer to go into hiding. Zi Yan said it was a worthwhile gamble. After her reasoning, Chief Zheng asked Chen Jie and Chen Jie agreed. So they proceeded with that plan.

After the meeting, Dong Han chased after Zi Yan and tried to strike up a conversation with her. He asked her what was up and she said nothing. He said it seemed like she wasn’t too happy. She said it wasn’t so, because she was just seeing it as a situation, not aiming at anyone with the earlier discussion. She told him not to think too much of the matter. He said if that was what she wanted, then all right. She couldn’t stand it anymore and turned around to call him back. She told him that Yong Mei told her about their relationship already. He asked what did Yong Mei tell her. She said Yong Mei had said that it didn’t matter if Dong Han had turned her (Yong Mei) down, she (Yong Mei) won’t give up. He asked her if that had upset her. She said it wasn’t so. It was more like she’d never encountered such a situation before so she didn’t know if she could stand it. He said whenever she feels like she couldn’t stand it anymore, then she could yell out to stop it. She said it seemed like he didn’t care. He said it wasn’t important that he cared or not, it was up to her. She considered for a bit before agreeing. She walked toward him and ended up holding his hand. She said she only feared that she couldn’t keep away from him, and feared that he would end up liking Yong Mei and would accept Yong Mei’s confession. He said he wouldn’t accept it. Yet Zi Yan said that Yong Mei was not only the head commissioner daughter but was also very beautiful and had personality qualities such as…but Dong Han interrupted her and said it was all the same. He wouldn’t accept. Zi Yan finally smiled, asking him really. Then she said he shouldn’t blame her for thinking it, and said one of the memorable quotes in one of the trailers. She also said that she feared that Yong Mei’s parents would find out about it and the unlucky person would be him. He said he hoped that it wouldn’t happen either, but it didn’t matter if it would come to that. He just hoped that the mission would end soon and if the mission ended, that matter would end as well. Zi Yan questioned him again if he really didn’t feel touched or more like the least bit affected by it. He said that the person whom he really liked and cared for was her. Her smile was even brighter than before, and she hugged him. (Aww…lol.)

After the news release of the music card with Chief Zheng presenting some details and telling citizens to come forward if they knew of anything, Zi Hong was seen in his workshop, getting rid of the evidence. Previously, Miao Miao had also seen that same news clip while Zi Hong had heard of it at his workplace. While he was getting rid of all the news clips and pictures on the bulletin board, he received a call from Miao Miao. But he had to face his father first. Mr. Shen asked if Zi Hong was worried the police would investigate him hence the whole getting rid of all the suspicious items. Zi Hong nodded. He wanted to push forward with his plans, etc. He wanted to go find Zhang Guo Tang and questioned him about what happened 20 years ago. Mr. Shen said he knew, and that Zi Hong didn’t have to worry about his mother. Zi Hong could only utter words of gratitude. So afterward, Zi Hong went out to burn the evidence. He received another call. Two guesses. And back in the control center, Xiao He finally got a lead.

Zi Hong couldn’t avoid Miao Miao anymore so he went to the newspaper place to look for her. She asked him if he knew how long she’d looked for him. He said he knew. She talked about the news release from earlier that day. She asked if he did it. He said that he created the cards, but he didn’t kill that guy. He said if she didn’t believe him, he could leave. She grabbed onto him and said that she believed him. Yet she told him not to say stuff about leaving anymore, and she didn’t want to hear it. He promised. She asked him to tell her what was going on. He finally explained to her about the card and why he was making ’em, etc. He said that he wanted to send Zhang Guo Tang’s henchmen cards to lure Zhang Guo Tang out. Yet it seemed like he was always a step late. He told her that the reason why he didn’t pick up the phone all day long was because he was trying to get rid of the evidence. He said that from now on, he wasn’t just going against Zhang Guo Tang, but also the police. He said there were a lot of things he’d owed people, he couldn’t repay in this lifetime. He said he didn’t want to drag Miao Miao in either. Miao Miao told him not to say those words anymore, and stop trying to push her away once again. He said that the situation was getting too complicated and he would become the prime suspect so she should understand. She said she could get her grandfather to help, considering his position and that Chief Zheng usually listened to him. Zi Hong said it wasn’t that simple. Even if her grandfather agreed to help, what would the others say? They would be saying stuff like he was helping or making an exception because of his granddaughter, etc. She still stuck with the conclusion that he was trying to push her away. He said he didn’t want to leave her but considering the situation, they should separate for a while. He told her not to be like that anymore. She didn’t want to. He said perhaps it wouldn’t happen. It was just a precaution. She said since she declared that they were tied together, she had already made up her mind not to leave his side. She stated that even if they couldn’t drag her grandfather in, but Yong Mei could help her. He said no one could help the situation at this point. She said it didn’t matter, she would find a way. They were tied together, so she didn’t care what happened, she would be there for him no matter what. He finally agreed.

Xiao He finally presented his findings to the others. He managed to capture the face of the hooded man in one of the camera clips. It was indeed showing Zi Hong. (Possibly when he was on his way to deliver the card.) After Xiao He was finished, Dong Han was wondering if it was just a coincidence. Ah Gang said that once could be called coincidence, but twice? Dong Han said if he knew how to destroy the cameras after committing the crime, why didn’t he destroy it before. Xiao He, hesitated for a bit, before saying that Dong Han should ask Zi Hong and not him. (Yes, getting offended again, lol.) Chen Jie then asked Zi Yan for her input. Zi Yan had phased out so Chen Jie had to call her again before she responded. She said that considering how Zi Hong was injured when he tried to defend Miao Miao previously, it was hard to believe he was capable of committing such crimes. Chen Jie said that Zi Hong had gone through major military training in the past so it was possible. He said he was going to tell their boss to try and get a warrant. He told Zi Yan and Dong Han to stay behind while he and Ah Gang went. Xiao He was told to track down Zi Hong. After they left, Zi Yan was seen staring at Dong Han while Dong Han was panicking inside. So Chen Jie and Ah Gang were on their way with some other police officers. He issued some directions before asking Xiao He if Zi Hong was still at his house. Xiao He confirmed and said that Mr. Shen was also there. Zi Yan and Dong Han still looked quite troubled.

The moment of confrontation finally came. It was yet another hectic encounter. Chen Jie whipped out the warrant and asked Zi Hong to come out and cooperate with them. Mr. Shen said Zi Hong wasn’t there. Chen Jie asked that Mr. Shen wouldn’t put him in a difficult spot. Mr. Shen repeated that Zi Hong wasn’t there. Chen Jie put away his warrant and attempted to barge in. Mr. Shen said it was his house and they had no right. Ah Gang requested that Mr. Shen step aside since they had a warrant. After much struggle, Ah Gang said he was going to count to three before Mr. Shen would be arrested too, but he only got to two, because Mr. Shen finished the count for him. Before they could do anything though, Zi Hong finally stepped out.

*All images were captured by DTLCT