True Love 365: Episode 20

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

As Long Tian Xing was walking home, his father appeared out of nowhere and called out to him. (Well, that dude was spying nearby but still.) What was the topic of discussion this time around? Um…Tian Xing was telling his father how the Lai family weren’t a bad bunch, and that his father needed to open his eyes a bit to see how they were. Pouring some ice-cold water onto his old man’s face all right. Of course, he was still using the whole ‘family’ card to get Tian Xing to succumb to his plans. Bi Jing Ye threatened his son with the whole “I’ll tell Lai Da Fa you’re my son if you don’t do as I said” card. Great, so much for family. Yet Tian Xing said he was still following his old man’s plans, just that he thought the old man would reconsider the whole thing.

So back to Yu Xiang and Bi Ting’s stroll toward Bi Ting’s house. Suddenly they were so formal. She thanked him for walking her home. And then he was like asking for permission to speak. Well, it was more like he said he had something to tell her. Okay, she also had something to say to him. What? Bi Ting wanted to clarify all the rumors he must have heard about her breakup with Jun Jie. She said that the reason why she couldn’t let go of everything and leave for Paris was because of her mother, not because of him–like rumors have it. She also pointed out that she found out today how similar they were, treasuring family the most. Yu Xiang agreed that he couldn’t just let go of family. She was done talking and wanted to leave. Yet he stopped her. Was this the moment? No, too much impatient on my part. (Since it made sense he stopped himself if he was about to say it before.) Well, he asked her if she was willing to come to work for his company. Yet she said she already told him in the past that she was still pursuing her wedding planner dream and how she would eventually work her way up to earn the “Paris trip” herself in the future. Though she did thank him for thinking of recruiting her to work for him, etc. So that was it. End of conversation.

So it was ‘meet the parent day’ with Mrs. Lai. Of course, she gave them her blessings. She sure was sharp though, stating that she had a friend who had a similar background as Tian Xing’s descriptions. However, she let it off. He quickly made up some story to dodge the situation altogether. (Nice one.) When Tian Xing excused himself to go to the restroom, Yu Jie steered the conversation right back to convincing Mrs. Lai to forgive Chairman Lai.

Meanwhile elsewhere, Bi Ting was out and about and bumped into Jun Jie (literally). There was some awkwardness yet he invited her to breakfast/lunch. She agreed. They were having fast food out at the park, but Bi Ting didn’t mind. She never minded about that stuff anyway. Besides, the more important thing was trying to resolve their past conflicts and ‘maintain some sort of friendship’. It was interesting how things turned out. After they cooled down and had some time off from all the pressure, they were able to talk again and even apologized to one another. And the most interesting thing was how Bi Ting suggested that Jun Jie moved into her apartment building since he was trying to cut back on spending, considering how he had just closed his company and was still searching for a job.

And as all that was going on, Yu Xiang was at home on his laptop while Tian Cheng walked in whistling like an idiot. Yes, he was feeling high. Yu Xiang was teasing him about how it was just a matter of time before Tian Cheng and Yi Ru got back together. Tian Cheng told Yu Xiang not to say those things, considering how Yi Ru just broke her engagement with Michael, and how he (Tian Cheng) wasn’t able to come out and say it after so many things had happened. Yu Xiang, being the advisor that he was, told Tian Cheng to seek out his daughter to help. Nice move, eh? Yet Tian Cheng turned the table on Yu Xiang when he pointed out that Yu Xiang couldn’t have a say in it with the whole ‘courage’ deal. Tian Cheng went on to say that he heard from Yu Jie that Yu Xiang had feelings toward Bi Ting yet wasn’t brave enough to pursue her. So Tian Cheng pointed out that Yu Xiang should take some actions to better convince him. Yu Xiang was so clever, he blurted out that their situations weren’t the same so it couldn’t be compared and rushed to the restroom instead.

Yu Jie and Tian Xing’s next stop was at Chairman Lai’s office. They were just sending along Mrs. Lai’s words regarding the meeting earlier. Chairman Lai was more than happy to oblige to Mrs. Lai’s requests. He even gave Tian Xing a check for all the wedding arrangements and such. Yet Tian Xing turned it down, saying they could manage. But Chairman Lai said it was for his daughter, not for Tian Xing, lol. So there it went with them shoving the check back and forth about twenty times before Yu Jie interfered. Soon, Tian Xing finally called Chairman Lai “Dad” and they settled down to chat some more. The topic of conversation suddenly moved to how Chairman Lai was saying Tian Xing reminded him of an old friend. Yu Jie jumped in to say that Tian Xing and Bi Jing Ye sure resembled one another. (Wow and they didn’t figure that one out until now? Great…) Tian Xing used that time to ask about that particular “Uncle Bi” who Yu Jie was talking about. So he finally got to hear Chairman Lai’s side of the story. Yet it wasn’t like Chairman Lai was bashing the other party or defending himself. He actually blamed himself for not paying attention to Bi Jing Ye thus causing even more understandings and worsening their ties. Tian Xing assured Chairman Lai that if that friend of his understood, he would soon be forgiven.

So at Sam Brunch, Tian Cheng was really enjoying it with finally being able to spend time with his ‘wife’ and kid without other interruptions. Well, not really, but it seemed like they were back to where they started. Just needed to muster up some courage and tell Yi Ru. Sam looked like he wanted to tease them yet he didn’t.

Back on the Yu Xiang and Bi Ting front, they were meeting up with Yu Jie and Tian Xing again. The wedding was going to take place three days later. Yu Xiang was beyond shocked with the time. Yet Yu Jie said their mother had wanted to travel south, etc. After the explanation and all, Yu Xiang promised that he and Bi Ting would help them out, etc. They went shopping together and tried to make ends meet. It was so funny how she made him beg this one lady. It was so funny yet cute. Then they were moving on to searching for other items. So funny how he was using chopsticks to propose to her.

Jun Jie and Shu Xin were also enjoying their time together–although they were just working on their proposals. Yet it was a change that Jun Jie was sharing his feelings to her, etc. She was indeed happy with his change in attitude and outlook as well.

Back on Yu Xiang and Bi Ting front again, they were settling old scores. At least Bi Ting was saying how he was picking at her work during their first official meeting yet now he had to stay up late to do all the work. He was actually enjoying past arguments? Yet he was right. Though they were arguing nonstop daily, it was rather simple than the situation they were in now. Then things got awkward again before they tried to go back to work on the decorations. It wasn’t until Yu Xiang finally couldn’t take it anymore and wanted to tell her AND ended up knocking the decorations over by accident. Or more like they both turned at the same time to call out each other’s names. Oy… What was there to do except retrieving those items from the floor? And he still used that time to say that she was unlucky?

Much, much later in the night, Yu Xiang walked Bi Ting home again. He repeated his appreciation for her working so hard on his sister’s wedding, etc. Of course, she said it was nothing since it was part of her job. After the usual chat, they parted ways again with her going upstairs and he waited until she was safely inside before leaving. Well, not really going yet since he stepped aside to dial her number. Then he stopped himself by beating himself up by saying he wasn’t thinking about Jun Jie’s feelings, and no wonder Jun Jie kept misunderstanding him in the past, etc. When Bi Ting finally picked up, he told her he dialed the wrong number.

Then came the day of Yu Jie and Tian Xing’s wedding. Everything seemed perfect. It took place at Sam Brunch. They had to transform the atmosphere and decorated the place to be suitable for the wedding. Guests were showing up already. Then Yu Xiang came. He spotted Bi Ting checking over the decorations to make sure it was tip-top and walked over to her to deliver some words of tease. Yet he did thank her once again for her effort. Jun Jie soon stepped in though and addressed both parties. A round of awkward staring was in place. That was until Jun Jie said that he was going to go and give Yu Jie his blessings. Yu Xiang seconded and they left together. After that, guests pilled in one by one, even some of the key characters. Jun Jie soon got his turn to talk to Yu Jie–to which he told her he wasn’t staying since he had to leave for some business matters in a bit. But he had promised to return later. She then asked him if he found a place yet and he told her he was living at their mother’s past apartment–across from Bi Ting. Yu Jie teased him for having some ‘motives’ but he shrugged it off. He also mentioned how he and Bi Ting already talked it out. Shu Xin arrived next and gave her blessings to Yu Jie as well. Then Chairman Lai came. They chatted a bit and the surprising moment arrived when Mrs. Lai came (since they weren’t sure if she would come, considering how things were between her and Chairman Lai at the moment). Mrs. Lai wanted to talk with Tian Xing in private. That set off some alarms but she was only giving him some pieces of jewelry. A pair of rings to be exact. It was from her parents and she wanted to pass it on to Yu Jie and Tian Xing. Indeed Tian Xing was feeling worse and worse after Mrs. Lai left, considering how much they trusted him, especially Yu Jie’s parents.

Then it was finally the time when Tian Xing stepped up toward the stage area and called for attention. (That was after he handed over the pair of rings to Yu Jie and said it was from her mother.) He said he had an announcement to make. He broke it to the others that he was actually Bi Jing Ye’s son. He went further to explain that he initially wanted to execute his father’s plans hence going forward with this whole thing. Yet now, he had really fallen for Yu Jie, and their family’s warmness had caused him to realize that he shouldn’t continue with his schemes anymore. He went on to clarify that he wasn’t saying all those things so that they would accept him. He only hoped that they would give him a chance and forgive him for what he’d done. He ended the speech with a sincere bow. Yu Jie had no choice but to flee the scene. It was too much to take, who could blame her?

Outside, Tian Xing had successfully caught up with her. She told him to let go. Then she asked him why he had to trick her like that. He explained it was because of his father, but now he really loved her. He even asked for a second chance. Of course, she couldn’t accept it and couldn’t take him back like that. It was too much to take. So she fled the scene again.

That night at home, the men were busy trying to comfort their princess. Yet they still dared defended Tian Xing in front of her? Well, it made sense since it was indeed one of the upsides that Tian Xing had told her before the wedding instead of after. But she was too heart-broken to care or think rationally at this point. So they were still going back and forth with the argument whether Yu Jie should accept him or not. Yang Bo Wen said that he could see that Tian Xing knew he was wrong and he ‘truly’ loved Yu Jie so he voted one for Tian Xing. Yu Xiang and Tian Cheng were still on the out with saying that Tian Xing was still wrong to trick others. Regardless of the men’s side argument though, it would be up to Yu Jie to decide since she will have to live with it. What made Yu Jie laughed, at last, was how Tian Cheng was pondering why Jun Jie wasn’t picking up. Yu Jie clarified that it was because he was busy with a case and how he was living at their mother’s previous apartment now. Yu Xiang was mumbling how so those two hadn’t reconciled and all. That was about the time Yang Bo Wen jumped over to Yu Xiang and Tian Cheng’s place to investigate a certain ‘sour’ odor. (YUP, implying that Yu Xiang was jealous.) Yu Xiang quickly said that he needed to go upstairs and rest and fled the scene. Nice getaway indeed.

Back at an undisclosed location, Tian Xing had another meeting with his father. The old man didn’t look too happy. (I wouldn’t either if someone sabotaged my evil plans like that.) Tian Xing confessed that he had already told the others that he was Bi Jing Ye’s son and that he didn’t want to continue on with this ‘trap’ anymore. Okay, Bi Jing Ye sprung his ultimate plan: severing all ties with Tian Xing. Old plan but yeah. Tian Xing was still calm, he even urged his old man to go seek out Chairman Lai for a talk to sort things out.

At Sam Brunch, Yu Xiang and Min Ling were meeting up for a talk. So Min Ling was leaving. She thanked him for looking after her all these years. Yu Xiang asked her where she was going. She told him she was going to the States to study for a while. He wished her luck and told her to take good care of herself. Min Ling then told him that he should take good care of Bi Ting since Bi Ting had let go of her Paris dream because of him so Bi Ting must really love him. He promised. (Really? When was he going to carry through?)

Still, at another location, Tian Xing sought out Mrs. Lai for a talk. He wasn’t trying to pull strings to get back into Yu Jie’s heart. He was out to do damage control and ask for forgiveness. Mrs. Lai was apparently still in shock that Tian Xing was Bi Jing Ye’s son. But she was willing to forgive him since she said he was only fulfilling his filial duties, and that it took a lot of courage for him to step out and say it. Then she asked about Bi Jing Ye, hoping that he would eventually accept it and move on.

Somewhere at a playground. Or more accurately at the playground that Tian Cheng and Yi Ru often took Xiao Die out to play, Yi Ru was walking around calling out for Xiao Die. Xiao Die soon jumped out from somewhere to surprise her mother. But that wasn’t the real surprise since she wanted to take her mother somewhere. Awww…Xiao Die teamed up with her father to give her mother a surprise. Well, Tian Cheng dressed as a clown to surprise Yi Ru and popped the question again. It didn’t matter what her answer was. They were having too much fun goofing off.

Yu Jie finally met up with her mother. It was an interesting conversation really. Because how Yu Jie was saying her father was wrong too yet he still clarified the matters with everyone. So why didn’t her mother forgive her father? Great question really. How was it different? The father sure took his precious time about it. (Okay, I’m not helping but it’s still funny to see how Mrs. Lai dodges out of this one.) Yup, Mrs. Lai was indeed sharp all right since she said the situations were different. Yu Jie was using the whole ‘forgiveness’ thing to bargain with her mother (aka if she forgave Tian Xing, then Mrs. Lai will have to forgive Chairman Lai.) It was funny how Mrs. Lai agreed, but she added a term to it. Yet she stated it was impossible since Chairman Lai would never do it.

At a construction site, Jun Jie spotted Shu Xin. Wow, she sure was taking it easy nowadays, willing to go out in the world and get ‘dirty’, not caring for the ‘perfect’ image anymore. It was indeed cute (if I really have to admit it) that they were joking around so comfortably, unlike in the past. And they were able to share so much with each other as well. Well, more him than her at the moment. But definitely progress. (I actually thought it would be madly rushed if the scriptwriters try to pull these two together at the last moment but it actually worked out quite well, considering how their time apart had made them acquire a different perspective toward many things, including toward each other.)

Back home, Yu Jie descended the stairs, calling out for the others, wondering why they hadn’t come back yet. However, when she switched on the lights, Tian Xing was standing in front of her. (How in the world did he get in? Who was the culprit who let him in?) Anyway, he was reenacting a part of some script to try and win her over again. She was willing to reconsider if he wasn’t going to pull any sort of tricks again.

Next step? Massage parlor. Tian Cheng and Yu Xiang were pretending to be the employees of this one spa to sneak in and find Mrs. Lai. After they were done confirming her location and had brought in water, they left. Chairman Lai was going to carry out the ‘terms’ that she proposed earlier with how if Chairman Lai was willing to wash her feet for her, then she would forgive him. YES, it was an ‘impossible’ one with how he had his own pride and dignity. Mrs. Lai was counting on it. Yet Chairman Lai wasn’t so into ‘saving face’ like some other people. It wasn’t until she could feel the pain (since Chairman Lai wasn’t a pro master after all) that she screamed out and pulled off her eye patch to see Chairman Lai there. She added another term, that he had to do the massage too and then she would reconsider forgiving him. Tian Cheng and Yu Xiang were outside cheering. They took it up another notch to celebrate and Tian Cheng was gloating as Yu Xiang tried to sabotage him. It wasn’t until Tian Cheng pointed out that everything worked out for everyone yet Yu Xiang and Bi Ting was still not making any progress at all that Yu Xiang realized he was in for good. Time to dodge again. Yet he didn’t this time. Not really. He was really considering Tian Cheng’s words.

So sometime later, Bi Ting came home to see Yu Xiang drawing on a wall next to her apartment building. (Wah…he’s so getting it for graffiti.) Just for kicks, what was he drawing anyway? Well, a picture of the Eiffel Tower. Then there was Bi Ting. His answer to her question about what he was doing was he wanted to compensate her ‘dream’ since she’d given it up because of him. She told him not to get too carried away with his imagination. (The not everything is about him talk, lol.) So she walked toward the door but he grabbed her hand and steered her around again. Just when he was leaning in to kiss her and she almost closed her eyes, she opened her eyes again and hit him. What? That was funny indeed since I was thinking of a ‘mushy’ moment or something. But she just thought of something. She forgot something so she had to go get it. He had to chase after her. It was almost like the scene where he was fleeing some gangsters in the past and just plain grabbed her and used her as a shield to get away from them. Yet this time, he was sincere. So he told her that he couldn’t help her fulfill her dream at that point but he promised to work hard for it–if she would give him a chance. Yet she wasn’t touched as easily. She said that she wasn’t the ‘perfect’ girl that he was seeking for. He said it was all right since he wasn’t perfect either. He continued by saying that he was ‘Ji Che Nan’ (機車男) so he was more compatible with ‘Dao Mei Nv’ (倒楣女). She finally laughed. But that was before she beat him up for keep calling her ‘unlucky girl’, lol. (Awww…finally…)

So on that same rooftop that Tian Xing often meet up with Bi Jing Ye, Bi Jing Ye was having another meeting with Gao You Da. Bi Jing Ye was begging Chairman Gao to give him another chance to bring Lai Da Fa down. Chairman Gao said it was too late since Bi Jing Ye was worthless at that point. Then he mentioned about collaborating with Chairman Lai in the future. But that wasn’t all. Chairman Lai and Mrs. Lai showed up at that time. They asked him for his forgiveness. He thought for a bit before saying that he was also wrong. (Possibly because he had nowhere to lean on now so he needed to get out of there quickly?) He said he would transfer his shares to his son, hoping the others would take good care of his son for him. Then he left. Mrs. Lai tried calling after him. Yet Chairman Lai said that it was hard to let go at their age so he told Mrs. Lai to let Bi Jing Ye be for the time being.

Three months later, it seemed like it was back at the beginning again. Well, at least it seemed that way with Yu Xiang driving to work and how he received a call from Tian Cheng with coming to the ceremony. This time, it wasn’t a separation party but a wedding. And Yu Xiang wasn’t driving his fancy sports car but a van. Tian Cheng’s message also consisted of asking Yu Xiang to call Yu Jie since she was quite forgetful. He really wanted her to be there. As for Jun Jie, he was seen in his office working away. Some things hadn’t changed. Yet he seemed more relaxed, using a basketball to entertain himself as he was trying to work out of a cram. It was also when he finally thought of the solution that Tian Cheng called in. He was reminding Jun Jie to come to his wedding. What about Bi Ting? She was home getting ready. Or so it seemed. Soon, she received a call. Yu Xiang or someone else? Yet she said she remembered. So it was probably Yu Xiang calling to remind her about the wedding? Then the scene zoomed to Shu Xin. Jun Jie called her up to remind her as well.

So back to Bi Ting, she was out waiting for a bus when Yu Xiang drove up and stopped by the sidewalk, teasing her about the time and how she was still waiting for a bus. She called him “San Shao Ye” (三少爺) and he returned it with calling her “San Shao Nai” (三少奶). How cute! YET she hit him for calling her “San Shao Nai”. So apparently they were not married yet. OY, I thought they were. But still cute. He was rushing her though, telling her they would be late if they were still there. Then she ordered him to drive as they got in the van. And as interesting as it got, they got into an accident (just like how she witnessed the accident at their first meeting and even chided him). This time, it wasn’t them though because the guy in front of them stopped so he had to brake. Luckily, they weren’t hurt. The same old trick with some old lady trying to pull the pitiful card. Bi Ting soon realized what was going on and how it was so similar to their first encounter. The new victim was as fierce as Yu Xiang was at the beginning yet there was no “Bi Ting” around to argue with that guy. The old lady finally got up and said that it was harder and harder to ‘earn a living’ and how she should find a ‘dumber’ person the next time she pulled that trick. It was also then that Yu Xiang turned to look at Bi Ting while Bi Ting had her mouth wide open. He grabbed at the chance to tease her yet she turned it around with how she was just kind-hearted yet he was the dumb one who fell for the trick. What? NICE…He was so getting it since he asked her where she learned such an ‘attitude’. It was funny how he realized it was like staring into a mirror. And he even questioned what he had done to himself, lol.

Jun Jie’s presentation this time seemed successful and he was leaving. So the scene finally zoomed to the ‘main couple’ of the moment. Xiao Die was seen in the bride’s room all smile. It was indeed better times for them at last. The same old Iron Man trick from Tian Cheng as he stepped in to greet the pair of mother and daughter. Yet they were definitely in higher spirits. It was so cute with how Xiao Die was saying her father was tall but not handsome. Kids’ innocent answers. Those were the best. He told her to stay away from her uncles since they were bad influences. He quickly repeated the mantra with him being ‘handsome and tall’. Soon, Yi Ru chided him for coming in to see the ‘bride’ before the wedding and shooed him out. Yet he said it was their second time getting married so it didn’t count. But she shooed him out anyway, saying it was bad luck. So he had no choice but to bid a temporary goodbye to Xiao Die before exiting.

The scene soon zoomed to Tian Xing. He was waiting for Yu Jie. She told him some good news. But she would have to travel overseas for some filming in the coming days. He faked the upset scene yet soon turned it off, saying that he was an actor after all. He sure got it good. Yet he stopped her attacks and told her they have to go since the ceremony was commencing soon. They were on their way, then she asked if Bi Jing Ye was coming. Tian Xing said probably not since he hadn’t gotten over the other matter yet. And that he had gone on a trip to the mainland for the time being. Tian Xing told Yu Jie it was best to give everyone more time to adjust and accept. So they were finally on their way.

At the ceremony, at last, Yu Xiang and Bi Ting finally arrived. Like usual, Bi Ting went to check on everything and even adjusted some decorations like the beginning. Just a sigh from Yu Xiang and it got Bi Ting on a roll again, lol. Then there they were again, arguing over whose taste was more suitable. OY! Then he moved on to testing her about her knowledge. He turned the whole thing toward himself when she finally answered his question, saying since she first saw him, she already fallen for him. (It was a crafty question though since she was answering and the “I Love You” fitted with the answer and how he eventually took it from there, lol.) She faked nausea. Soon, she told him to go find his brothers to talk or the more they talk, she would reconsider why she chose such a guy. He obliged but before he went, he tossed her an ‘air kiss’, telling her not to miss him too much. OY! Crazy but cute.

Even more interesting with the scene unfolding was how Bi Ting was on the phone with her mother and Jun Jie walked by. He was on his way in (like at their first meeting) and helped her retrieve her phone since she dropped it after trying to put it back into her purse. They congratulated each other on finding their own happiness already. Then the usual catch up with what was up recently.

Back inside, Yu Xiang and Jun Jie finally have their talk. What a time to have the talk, but still they needed even more time to cool off than that one time at the company. They were joking and talking like brothers again. It was indeed so funny how Yu Xiang was grabbing onto Jun Jie and saying how there were no problems between them. The way he took Jun Jie’s hand suggested a different relationship than a brotherly one. LOL! At least that got Jun Jie laughing. Jun Jie then apologized for causing so much ruptures yet Yu Xiang shrugged it off, saying that they were brothers after all. Jun Jie said that he was glad he was a part of the Lai family. Yu Xiang then faked coldness since he realized his ‘2nd bro’ was back already. (Yes, Jun Jie and his mushy talks would cause shivers all-around all right, lol.) Yu Jie soon showed up with Shu Xin (just like the beginning) and chided Jun Jie for abandoning his other half so she had to do the honor of escorting Shu Xin in. They were getting shivers again as Jun Jie and Shu Xin were playing ‘lovey-dovey’, lol. Yu Xiang wanted to go before he couldn’t take it anymore and dragged Yu Jie along. Yet Yu Jie said she was waiting for her Tian Xing to come so she could do a face-off with the other couple. Yu Xiang faked nausea and was about to flee the scene. Yet he said he wasn’t going to lose to them in the ‘lovey-dovey’ department so he turned around and yelled for Bi Ting.

Yu Xiang finally found Bi Ting by the bridge. She was sitting there enjoying the scenery. So indeed it had been a year already since their first meeting. She told Yu Xiang that her feelings during both times weren’t the same. Just some reminiscent moment. There he went teasing her again. She chided him for a lack of maturity this past year. He was still able to smile. Yet he soon launched into a somewhat of an enlightened talk about fate. That got her smiling again. Then they got up to go since it was almost time.

OMG, it was actually four weddings, not one. The other three couples were also getting married. Yet they made it like it was just Tian Cheng and Yi Ru’s wedding. (I had a feeling it might be three more weddings, not one because of some words being said in between, but I wasn’t too sure.) Their parents were late again with attending, just like last year. But they were more happy and willing this year, considering how the event was different. Indeed, Yu Jie jumped out of the line to chide her parents for being late and even-handed the whole ‘host’ job to their uncle. Mrs. Lai was sharp as always and delivered her speech ever so convincingly. Then Chairman Lai delivered a powerful speech in blessing the couples, and also to wish their new beginning a happy one. Then they danced off to the main theme song. Suitable since it was full circle already. Good ending!

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True Love 365: Episode 19

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

The others were as surprised when they heard the news of Mrs. Lai wanting a divorce. Though they either had chided him or was upset over the whole ‘affair’ yet they didn’t want to see the family breaking apart. So, of course, they were surprised by the move executed by Mrs. Lai. Yet Yu Jie told Chairman Lai that she would go seek out Mrs. Lai tomorrow to tell her about the good news of her (Yu Jie) getting married so she (Mrs. Lai) would change her mind. Tian Cheng even chimed in by saying that Mrs. Lai was just messing with him so he didn’t need to worry, considering how it was one of the tactics that Yi Ru had used on him in the past. (Wow, nice example, look where their marriage went, lol.) Indeed Yu Xiang had caught on and pointed out that Tian Cheng and Yi Ru ended up in divorce anyway, causing their father to cry out again. It was then Yang Bo Wen’s turn to reassure Chairman Lai. Yu Xiang finally tried to patch things by telling Chairman Lai to get it together and perform well during the important meeting so Mrs. Lai could be proud of him. It was indeed a good feeling to see that everyone was supporting him at the moment.

As Jun Jie was typing away that night, he stopped for a short break and even looked at their family picture on his phone. However, Bi Jing Ye’s call interrupted his thoughts and soon, the plan was on its way again. Was Jun Jie really going forward with it? When he looked at their family picture, it seemed like he showed some hesitation, but was that enough to stop him? Or was Bi Jing Ye’s words so dead-on that he didn’t want to let this chance pass by with overthrowing Chairman Lai? (It was hard to blame since Bi Jing Ye really done his research well to know where to hit, but still trying to see what would come out of it in the end.)

Back on the Bi Ting front, she found out that Mrs. Lai was leaving. Bi Ting asked her if she going out of the country. Mrs. Lai joked that she was leaving for Paris as not to waste the tickets. Yet she said she wasn’t going to study over there since she wasn’t too into French, etc. Bi Ting begged her not to tease anymore. Mrs. Lai’s smile proved that she was really joking and not trying to get back at Bi Ting for dumping her son. It was interesting how Bi Ting told Mrs. Lai that she and her third son were so alike with their jokes, always nabbing at others. Mrs. Lai was surprised that Bi Ting knew Yu Xiang. Yet Bi Ting told her that Yu Xiang was her supervisor at the old workplace. It was funny how Mrs. Lai was looking at Bi Ting with curious eyes–like she knew when Bi Ting mentioned Yu Xiang that there was something up. It was cute how Mrs. Lai was still able to joke about it since I thought she would go all ballistic on Bi Ting, considering it was normal that the mother would be protective of her sons when it came to outsiders, etc. I have to admit that Mrs. Lai and Yu Xiang were so similar all right. The way they strike at others and how their teasing tactic was. And Bi Ting had no choice but to admit that the other person they’d been discussing the whole time was Yu Xiang. Mrs. Lai was so sharp anyway, it was hard to deny. Mrs. Lai quickly reminded Bi Ting of what she told Bi Ting earlier about letting Bi Ting choose between her handsome, good looking sons yet she didn’t realize it had already come true.

It seemed that Chairman Lai was camping over at Yang Bo Wen’s house that night. Yu Xiang came downstairs and saw him still sitting around, not sleeping. He told Yu Xiang that he was going to let go and sign the divorce papers. Yu Xiang was surprised that he was giving up. Yet he said that it was best he let Mrs. Lai go, allowing her to be happy rather than seeing him and hating him all the time. After some more rants, Chairman Lai decided to go for a walk and told Yu Xiang to go to sleep. Yu Xiang was still worried yet let his old man be.

It was finally the day when Mrs. Lai moved out of the apartment building. Yet she didn’t forget to come over and say goodbye to Bi Ting. She told Bi Ting that it wasn’t their last meeting since Bi Ting would still be around whether Bi Ting would end up choosing Jun Jie or Yu Xiang. But she decided to let Bi Ting off this time, telling Bi Ting that it didn’t matter who Bi Ting choose, Bi Ting must take good care of that person for her. (Nice?) Indeed, Bi Ting nodded, agreeing to her terms. (How cute!)

Interestingly enough, the day of Mrs. Lai’s move was also the day of the important meeting. Yu Xiang and Jun Jie bumped into each other at the lobby, having a showdown. They finally proceeded to the conference room after some initial taunting. It was the time when Chairman Lai would open his eyes because he was quite shocked upon hearing of Bi Jing Ye’s suggestion in choosing a new chairman. Yu Xiang already warned him the dude was up to something, if only he had listened. Bi Jing Ye continued to list all the reasons why Chairman Lai should step down. Chairman Lai still let him finish, telling Yu Xiang not to interrupt. One by one, the others agreed with Bi Jing Ye. Yet Chairman Lai seemed to have known something? Or had he pretended to be dumb all these times? Yup, Yu Xiang was as surprised that his old man had said that Bi Jing Ye was too abrupt with his moves. It showed the old man had known. It would be too much of a joke that he’d been in the field all these years yet didn’t seem knowledgeable or too naive with his moves. Even if he was exposed, Bi Jing Ye still didn’t want to back down. He had worked too hard for it, how could he, right? Man, seriously, Bi Jing Ye was cunning all right. He was indeed a pro. Because he didn’t want to step up himself, but he had pushed Jun Jie forward by putting out his name. It was a great move, because that would cause an even bigger rip between their family. It sure had some effect all right. Even if Jun Jie was equally surprised, it was too late. Yet the more surprising thing was Chairman Lai didn’t disagree with the suggestion. The voting quickly ensued with 3 vs. 2, Chairman Lai being out. Yu Xiang voted for Chairman Lai and Chairman Lai voted for himself. Bi Jing Ye and the others voted for Jun Jie. Jun Jie still had two votes, one from himself and one from his mother. It was all up to him now. What was he going to choose? To proceed with the plan? Another interesting thing unfolded at that moment, because Mrs. Lai walked in to cast her own vote instead of letting Jun Jie do it like previously. Perhaps it was more than a relief for Jun Jie since he wouldn’t have to face the betrayal later? Or perhaps it wouldn’t be as bad? But what had happened that had changed Mrs. Lai’s mind to come to the meeting after all? She chose Chairman Lai. It was 3 vs. 3 now. What next? The vote was down to Jun Jie now. In the end, Jun Jie had chosen his father. Nice turn of events actually because Bi Jing Ye was so counting on his plan to work. Indeed, Jun Jie was looking at his family picture the previous night and was having mixed feelings. He was also torn at the moment to even waited for so long until Mrs. Lai came in. So it made sense he wouldn’t want to ruin all of that. Even if he had chosen not to cause more rip on a personal level, he still chose to leave the company to pursue his own path.

Yu Xiang chased after Jun Jie after realizing what had happened. He managed to catch up to Jun Jie outside, thanking Jun Jie for what he’d done in the conference room. Jun Jie said that he was just doing what he had to, what was there to thank about? Yu Xiang didn’t want to lose the opportunity to explain to Jun Jie, so he went ahead to say that he didn’t try to affect Bi Ting’s decision previously. Yet Jun Jie brushed him off, stating that he had already let go. Moreover, Jun Jie had also gotten over the fact that Yu Xiang had won over him, knowing that Yu Xiang didn’t do it on purpose either. Jun Jie also confessed that he was just a bit saddened by the turn of events, that was it. Yu Xiang was reassured that things were cleared between them. Yu Xiang then asked Jun Jie why he had to quit. Jun Jie replied with how he was in the wrong with not letting their father know of Bi Jing Ye’s intention hence it was the only thing he could do to make up for it.

Back inside the conference room, there were only three people left. Chairman Lai, Mrs. Lai, and Bi Jing Ye. The inevitable confrontation ensued. Bi Jing Ye’s answer to Chairman Lai’s question as to why he had to do it? Um…because of love. He finally let it known that he was hating on Chairman Lai because Mrs. Lai had chosen Chairman Lai ages ago. After all that was said, Mrs. Lai said that she wouldn’t choose Bi Jing Ye regardless of whether Chairman Lai had hurt her or not. It was around then that Chairman Lai got his ‘power’ back and asked if Bi Jing Ye was resigning. Before leaving, Bi Jing Ye vouched that he wasn’t going to be struck down because of this one fall. (Nice?) Yet it was so cute that Mrs. Lai was pulling out her usual tricks again after Bi Jing Ye left. Chairman Lai rushed to thank her, thinking he’d been forgiven yet she clarified that she was doing this for the company, not because of him. So her decision with the divorce was still intact. (Great?) I totally agree with Bi Ting that Yu Xiang took after her. They were so alike with their tactics. Not to mention sharp reaction to matters.

At Sam Brunch, Yu Xiang recounted the events in the conference room earlier to Yu Jie, Tian Cheng, and Yang Bo Wen. His storytelling method was indeed appealing to the audience since they listened attentively. But that didn’t mean they had a lot to contribute after Yu Xiang was done. That didn’t stop Yu Xiang from celebrating though. Their victory was indeed something. Yu Jie soon pulled Yu Xiang aside (literally) to discuss some matters. She wanted Yu Xiang to ask Bi Ting for help with some of the wedding arrangements. (Or was that her attempt to match-make? I meant like since after Jun Jie was already over Bi Ting and how she was more than willing to pull some strings to get Jun Jie and Shu Xin together as well.) Yu Xiang agreed after much consideration, which earned some gratitude gestures from Yu Jie. And on a sadder note, Yi Ru was seen crying at another corner of Sam Brunch. One of her friends finally found where Michael went and even notified those debt collectors. Though Yi Ru was really lucky that she still wasn’t married to Michael yet, she was still saddened by the situation. Yet Tian Cheng cheered her up and told her she still had him…and the rest of the crew at Sam Brunch, and that they would work hard to take care of her, etc.

Back to the drawing board as Bi Jing Ye and Long Tian Xing had another meeting via rooftop. Bi Jing Ye told his son of the bad news but said that now his only hope left was on his son’s shoulders. It was indeed his only chance left to hurt the Lai family. But Long Tian Xing was already torn enough between various parties, how could he carry through? Or would his father work the usual tricks again to convince his son of how devilish Chairman Lai was so the plan would go forth?

Yu Jie finally broke it to her mother that she was getting married soon. Yet Mrs. Lai said that she already knew since Yu Xiang had already told her. Yu Jie quickly scolded Yu Xiang for being a big mouth, but they soon returned to the happy subject of the upcoming wedding. And Yu Jie’s plan didn’t work like how she had expected it for her mother to agree with her to forgive her father. Soon though, she cheered Yu Jie up by saying that they should go eat–and it was her treat.

And it was finally the day when Yu Xiang sought Bi Ting out to ask her for help with overseeing his sister’s wedding. Bi Ting turned him down, stating that she didn’t want to run into Jun Jie at the wedding. Not to mention how she probably couldn’t pull through, telling him to seek out other co-workers from Happiness Began. Yet he begged her to help. Bi Ting was surprised that Yu Xiang was willing to ‘beg’ someone. Yu Xiang said that it was his sister after all so he was willing to do it. She finally agreed to help him after realizing how much he cherished his family and placed them before himself. He was happier.

That night, Yu Xiang and Bi Ting met Yu Jie and Tian Xing at a lounge bar like Yu Xiang had said previously. It was also then that introductions were made and Yu Jie was able to see the ‘Zhang Bi Ting’ that had ruptured their family life at one time or another. This time though, she was more concerned about her wedding arrangements than settling old scores. Yu Xiang soon launched into asking when the wedding was taking place and he teased them if they were trying to meet the deadline Chairman Lai had set for them previously. Yet Yu Jie quickly defended herself that it wasn’t so. Yu Xiang was, of course, kidding. Yu Jie soon brought the attention on Bi Ting with saying that her initial feelings toward Bi Ting weren’t too good (mostly due to her brothers’ brawls) but she really liked Bi Ting’s style hence seeking her out for help with the wedding arrangements. Bi Ting had promised to make the best of it. Then there were awkward stares between Yu Xiang and Bi Ting.

Another happy event was taking place as Tian Cheng and Yang Zi were helping Yang Bo Wen propose to Sammy at Sam Brunch. This one, was more successful than the previous, considering how it was more carefully planned and executed. The funniest thing was Sam had exuded some attitude beforehand at the counter as Sammy was walking in to ask for Tian Cheng. So, of course, she had no idea such a touching proposal was in place.

Back at the company, Chairman Lai was holding a meeting to make some announcements. One of them being that Bi Jing Ye had resigned due to some reasons. Another was regarding his three sons. One of the employees wanted Yu Xiang to return to oversee a certain department. Yu Xiang thanked him for his support yet said he had already decided to break out on his own. Moving on, Chairman Lai also made an announcement that his daughter was getting married–and that his ‘Seeking For Love 365’ plan wasn’t in vain.

On the Jun Jie front, it seemed like Jun Jie and Shu Xin were getting along quite well this time around, unlike their forced interactions in the past. Perhaps the whole thing with Shu Xin letting go and leaving for a while had given them both time to cool down. They had indeed stepped back and looked at the situation from a different perspective. (And Jun Jie’s recent break up had indeed aided the situation majorly.)

The day that Jun Jie was moving, at least it was his company, he seemed down. (Obviously.) Yet he didn’t realize Tian Cheng, Yu Jie, and Yang Bo Wen came to help him, telling him that they would always be there for him since he would always be part of the family. Things were definitely getting back to normal with them. It reminded me of the earlier episodes where they were gathering at Sam Brunch to eat breakfast and talk nonsense. Yet this time around, they had been through so much and was even more understanding toward one another, ready to reunite once again as a family. Yu Jie even told Jun Jie he had to attend her wedding. After they were done moving stuff for Jun Jie, they each bid him the usual temporary goodbye, but told him to come back that night for a celebration–since they were welcoming Tian Xing. Yet Jun Jie turned them down, claiming he couldn’t face their father anymore. Yang Bo Wen soon interfered and invited him to move back since he needed to introduce his daughter to Jun Jie. Jun Jie was more than surprised that Yang Bo Wen had a daughter. They indeed needed to do some major catch up. Before leaving though, Yu Jie told Jun Jie it was Shu Xin who told her to come and help Jun Jie move since Shu Xin wanted them to have a chance to interact and patch things up once again.

Then there was the day when Bi Ting was seen back at her tree. Would she bump into Yu Xiang again? She was talking to her tree and asking for advice again. She confessed that she didn’t want to see Yu Xiang anymore yet she needed the money to forgo her dream of going to Paris. It was funny that Shu Xin spotted her and even smiled at how she was talking to a tree. And funnier that Shu Xin was now taking over as the advice-giver. Since Shu Xin soon approached Bi Ting to have a talk with her. So at somewhere in town, Shu Xin and Bi Ting sat down to do the usual catch up at last. Perhaps it made sense and not so random like I initially thought when I saw the previews that Shu Xin should be the one having the talk with Bi Ting to convince her of the situation. Well, Bi Ting was already cleared of the situation, but she was at a stalemate, not daring to move forward because she feared she would hurt even more people. But Shu Xin would be a suitable candidate to clear things even more for her, because Shu Xin was front and center during the past encounters to understand Bi Ting’s actually feelings at that time, even if she was in the process of sabotaging Bi Ting and Jun Jie. Now? Bi Ting had changed. Or at least her feelings had changed. It also made sense that these two women should finally have some kind of talk to wrap up their past chapter. Because Shu Xin left suddenly like that and didn’t say much, even if she knew she had failed to win Jun Jie’s heart at that time. These two really needed some closure and resolve some past conflicts also. It was strange to see how Bi Ting was encouraging Shu Xin on to be her courageous self and pursue her happiness, but Shu Xin was saying how she had already changed her perspective, knowing that Jun Jie didn’t love her, etc. After some more side talks, Bi Ting left to meet with Yu Jie while Shu Xin said she had other matters to tend to.

Then there was also the time when Chairman Lai finally met up with Gao You Da to discuss some matters. Chairman Lai was willing to do business with the latter if the terms were appropriate. What would Chairman Gao’s decision be? Sink with Bi Jing Ye or try to work out another alternative route for himself?

Wedding pictures and all those fun stuff aside, Bi Ting and Yu Jie finally have the talk with how Yu Jie was still not having good impressions toward Bi Ting because of what happened. Yet Bi Ting clarified that regardless of what happened in the past, she didn’t do it on purpose. And it didn’t matter if Yu Jie like her or not, but she had already done her best with preparing the wedding plans for Yu Jie. Because just like how Bi Ting had said that she really loved that job. Yu Jie actually liked it that Bi Ting was that blunt hence inviting her to Sam Brunch that night for their gathering.

Yi Ru finally found Michael and even bought him some food. Tian Cheng was suspicious of her sudden departure so he followed her hence finding out of their meeting. That Michael dude was indeed despicable, even daring to say that he loved Yi Ru the most, and how she still cared for him hence doing all these for him now. He tried to convince her to help him start over again, but he received a slap instead. That also riled him up, so he proceeded to Plan B, wanting to use Yi Ru as the bargaining chip to extort some money from her father. It was then that Tian Cheng jumped out to kick Michael’s knife away and managed to savor the whole situation. It seemed like ‘the hero saving the beauty’ scene wasn’t so old after all if done right.

Yu Xiang’s new plan–or more like his old plan but new partners–was really coming along with their meeting. Yu Xiang indeed was showing more and more signs of maturity as his partners complimented him for his sincerity, but they weren’t too used to it yet. After they left, Min Ling said that their company was a tad too small and that he should seek Bi Ting out. Yu Xiang said that he also had to think for Jun Jie so it was best that they revisited the plan in the next life. (LOL) Min Ling said Yu Xiang and Bi Ting were so similar, saying those similar words. She pointed out that they both were very kind-hearted people yet were carrying too heavy a burden. She said that they should cherish the people in front of them. Yu Xiang agreed that he should cherish the person in front of him, but he said Jun Jie was hurt so deeply and he had to take partial responsibility for it. Min Ling trapped him at last by saying that he finally admitted to liking Bi Ting. He tried to dodge yet Min Ling forced him to admit it at last. Yes, he nodded. (That was so cute.)

Back at Sam Brunch, Tian Cheng guided Yi Ru toward a seat and even went to get some water for her. She then apologized to him for not believing him previously when he said Michael was a bad guy. He didn’t mind at all. Everything was already sorted out, right? It didn’t matter anymore.

Jun Jie and Shu Xin were having dinner together like once upon a time. Yet this time it wasn’t forced or anything. Perhaps (like I mentioned before), their time apart had allowed them to appreciate these moments more. Being too persistent or too into it might have the opposite effect and giving each other pressures. Yet now, it seemed like they were more fitting than ever. Indeed, Jun Jie admitted that Shu Xin had changed a lot these past few months. It was probably more comfortable to talk to her, without the whole ‘perfect’ personality that he had to face previously.

Yu Xiang came to Sam Brunch to find no one around. It was indeed strange. Yet he soon found Tian Cheng and Yi Ru chatting in one of the rooms. Yang Bo Wen walked in with Sammy and Yang Zi around then as well. They were introduced. Next to arrive were Yu Jie and Tian Xing. Yu Jie said that she also invited Bi Ting over, hoping that the others didn’t mind. She soon called out to Bi Ting–to which Bi Ting entered and Yu Xiang was in full nervousness around then. Though he wouldn’t outright admit it to them–or anyone for that matter. Tian Cheng, of course, said he didn’t mind since they were one big family after all. Even if they weren’t family, they were friends, etc. Tian Xing soon confessed that it was his first time attending such a large family gathering event. Bi Ting also felt the warmness of their group. Soon, Tian Cheng clinked his glass to call for attention, announcing his welcoming message to their new friends. Bi Ting was more than touched of the gesture. She was more than touched that she was finally allowed into their circle. They even welcomed Chairman Lai! (It was so cute.) The next item on the ‘To-Do’ list? Of course, like Tian Cheng said, Chairman Lai had to pursue their mother back again so they could be a complete family. The pressure was definitely on their old man. (Jia you!) It was indeed “Hong Men Yan (鴻門宴)” for him, lol. Yet he wasn’t afraid of it anymore. He swore in front of them to carry through.

Out somewhere, Jun Jie and Shu Xin were taking a stroll after dinner. That was until fate intervened. Yup, somehow, she carelessly tripped and he came to the rescue. The typical formula to bring them together. But it was all right, I guess. Yet Shu Xin broke off the stare and made her move. In a way, it was up to Jun Jie to pursue her now, not making her do all the work like previously.

Back at Sam Brunch, they were leaving in Taxis, taking cautions since everyone had drunk some. It was indeed a joyous night after so much had happened so it was excusable that they were a tad off. Chairman Lai was especially unusually happy, blurting out random stuff. Yet Yu Jie insisted on sending him home. She reminded Tian Xing of the meeting with her mother the next day before saying goodbye to her brother and Bi Ting. After saying goodbye to Tian Xing as well, it was just Yu Xiang and Bi Ting again. (Aww…their awkward smiles. Cute…) He offered to walk her home–to which she agreed since it was good to take a walk after they just ate. She walked off first as he smiled and followed.

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True Love 365: Episode 18

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

The episode continued with Bi Ting stepping into the break room to give Yu Xiang a bow of gratitude as he was taking off his makeup. Yu Xiang, being himself, shrugged it off and told her not to be so touched. He even threw in some words of teasing. Yet he finally admitted that it was him showing his appreciation for her help these past few days too and stating that she should treat it as his wedding gift to her. Before Yu Xiang realized it, Bi Ting was already breaking into tears. Alarmed, he got up from his seat, abandoning his mirror and told her to not cry. She told him that it was just that no one had anything done anything like that for her before hence she couldn’t help but be moved to tears. He only knew to wrap his hand around her shoulders and told her not to cry at that point. It was also at that moment that Min Ling walked in. The interesting thing about the whole scene was Min Ling wasn’t the least bit jealous of the two. She had flashed on a knowing smile after the initial surprise worn off upon the discovery of their embrace inside the break room.

On the Jun Jie front, Chairman Lai finally went to his company to confront him about the whole ‘betraying the company’ incident. They were finally having a face to face talk and not beating around the bush anymore. As words intensified with how Chairman Lai was accusing Jun Jie of betraying their family, Jun Jie returned with how Chairman Lai didn’t believe him because he wasn’t Chairman Lai’s real son hence not giving him a chance to explain. Things got uglier as Jun Jie reminded Chairman Lai that Chairman Lai had also betrayed the family by cheating on Mrs. Lai. At that point, of course there was no way to ‘talk things out’ so Chairman Lai just declared Jun Jie dead to the Lai family and stormed off.

Opposing to the previous scene’s hectic confrontation, Yu Jie was at a restaurant celebrating with the cast and crew. It was their wrap up party and it was said that Long Tian Xing wasn’t able to make it to the party because he wasn’t feeling well. However, as Yu Jie was parting from the group and opened a certain door, she saw a set of candles in front of her forming a question. Yes, Long Tian Xing had a surprise for her. He had worked out a proposal really good with the romantic candles as well the crowd cheering him on, urging Yu Jie to accept him. Yu Jie, more than touched of his words at that moment, was not only moved to tears but even nodded her acceptance at last. And as they shared a hug after Long Xing placed the ring on her finger already, the crowd cheered even louder for the newly blessed  couple.

Back on the Jun Jie front, he had contacted his new father “Bi Jing Ye” to talking things over. Bi Jing Ye, being the mastermind that he was, quickly jumped into empathizing with Jun Jie and continued to condemn Chairman Lai even more. (Well, in a way the old man deserved it for being so trusting of Bi Jing Ye.) He finally got Jun Jie to help him in overthrowing Chairman Lai altogether at the next “big” meeting.

Meanwhile, at Happiness Began, Bi Ting walked back into the office to find Min Ling still around. She immediately questioned Min Ling about it, pondering if the latter was crazy. Yet Min Ling was only smiling her ‘secretive’ smile, not caring if Bi Ting was upset or accusing her of other possible ‘crimes’. As Bi Ting was chiding Min Ling for not showing up to help her and wondering why Min Ling was still around when it was now off work, Min Ling continued to smile on. After Bi Ting was finally done with her series of questions, Min Ling spoke up at last to unleash her own series of questions. Before Bi Ting could defend herself with the ‘intimate’ hug, Yu Xiang stepped in to clarify of the situation, telling Min Ling not to think too much of it. Though Min Ling didn’t say anything more yet she was far from convinced there wasn’t anything going on between the two of them. Bi Ting’s guilty expression while Yu Xiang was explaining the situation had said it all. What ruined the whole somewhat routine yet fun atmosphere for them was Bi Ting’s declaration of her early departure because of some changes in the school schedule in Paris. That really got to Min Ling and Yu Xiang as their expression changed. Yu Xiang’s calm state was ruptured (and could be seen through his eyes) as Min Ling took a glance at him to see how he was holding up. Min Ling, not wanting to leave things on such a note, stepped out from her desk and apologized to Bi Ting for her previous joke. Yet Bi Ting brushed it off as nothing and told Min Ling not to worry about it. As Bi Ting collected her bag and was leaving, Min Ling tried to rush after her, still disturbed by the turn of events. Yu Xiang finally stepped out to stop Bi Ting, telling her that he would send her home for the last time. Unexpectedly though, Bi Ting turned him down stating that since he didn’t send her home on her first day of work, it was all right that he didn’t send her home on the last day of work. Before she left, Bi Ting reminded Yu Xiang to take good care of the person beside him (Min Ling). After she was gone, Min Ling turned to stare at Yu Xiang, still worried. Yu Xiang was still in a confused state and soon turned to stare at Min Ling as well. He finally let out a sigh at last.

As Bi Ting made it home, Jun Jie was in front of her apartment building waiting for her. Bi Ting was more surprised than ever to see Jun Jie there. Though it would be natural that he would show up at her place at random times, right? After all, they were going to get married soon. Yet Jun Jie didn’t answer her, he just grabbed a hold of her and hugged her to him. Alarmed and worried, she asked what had happened. Not only was the day so bad for Jun Jie already with Chairman Lai severing his ties off with Jun Jie but he also found out that Xue Ming had betrayed him ONCE AGAIN and ran off already. (Wow, no one saw that coming, right? YES, I’m being sarcastic here. But it was somewhat off that Xue Ming did it again. I meant after he was so touched that Jun Jie was willing to give him a second chance when Jun Jie chased him down that one time and was even willing to forgive him. But it was indeed not too far-fetched since it was in Xue Ming’s nature to pull another fast one.) Bi Ting, being her strong and independent self all these years, quickly comforted Jun Jie with her enlightened words. (But I swear the scriptwriters really set it up bad for Bi Ting. She would be a monster to leave him now–IF she was going to change her mind that was. It didn’t matter if he had done all of that stuff to hurt her in the past, it was all on her now–according to some people since she’d already forgiven him for the other thing and moved on. So YES, good luck on getting out of this one.)

Back in her apartment, Bi Ting was feeling worse than anything at the moment. (Well, her face said it all.) As she was sorting her turmoil thoughts though, someone rang the bell. She had to pull herself together again to face the other person. Yet she was more than relief that it was Mrs. Lai coming over to share some snacks with her. Mrs. Lai was able to detect Bi Ting’s mood immediately though she had forced a smile on her face. After Bi Ting confessed of her ‘sticky’ situation that she had gotten herself into, Mrs. Lai–so unlike her usual helpful, enlightened self–said that she was not able to give Bi Ting any types of advice at the moment to forgo the decision into the right direction. She, indeed, had her own worries after that confession from Bi Jing Ye. But have no fear, because Mrs. Lai was willing to give her a suggestion to solve her own obstacle. Bi Ting quickly thanked Mrs. Lai for her suggestion and also broke the news that she was leaving for Paris soon. Mrs. Lai was more than shocked by the news. It was indeed quite fast with the move. Though she was more than happy for Bi Ting upon learning it was ‘Mr. 20 Seconds’ who had helped Bi Ting turned her dream into reality. But she was pondering why Bi Ting looked so sad and even joked that Bi Ting was not willing to part from her. Bi Ting, her guard off at that point, said that she was unwilling to part from “Lai…” (fill in the blanks here). She soon turned it into something else that would fit with the character ‘lai’ and said that she was unwilling to part from her mother. What she was willing to confess to Mrs. Lai was that after she had finally made the decision, she was feeling even sadder than before. Mrs. Lai quickly reminded her she was listening to the voice of her heart and she emphasized that whatever Bi Ting decided, Bi Ting must let Mr. 20 Seconds know because the more she delayed the situation, the more she would end up hurting the other party.

Days later at Happiness Began, Min Ling was saying how she had already cleared out Bi Ting’s stuff and was going to send it to Bi Ting later. Min Ling even went on saying how it was a pity that Bi Ting left because it was getting even more lonely around there. Yet Yu Xiang quickly assured her with the naturalness of life, people coming and going. Soon though, their boss–Gao You Da–walked in. Chairman Gao was breaking some news to Yu Xiang. Definitely bad news. Yu Xiang’s reaction? He quit. Even if he didn’t want to, but he honestly wouldn’t be able to live with himself if he had gone forward with Chairman Gao’s plans.

Meanwhile, at the airport, Bi Ting and Jun Jie were heading toward the terminal to catch their flight. As she was walking and still not paying attention to her surroundings, some music finally came on to wake her up. (Was that in her mind or around the airport?) Anyway, Bi Ting was reminded of all the things that Yu Xiang had done for her in the past. It was also at that moment that she realized her truth decision. And yes, it was all in front of her all these times yet she wasn’t able to see it. (AND this time, I swear I don’t blame her because they got off on a very rough start so how in the world was she supposed to know that her true fate was actually Yu Xiang?) A tad later, Jun Jie finally realized that Bi Ting had stopped and wasn’t following him anymore. He turned around and called to her. She returned to the current moment, no longer in her trance, but she looked determined. It indeed was a very hard speech to deliver, but she had mustered up all her courage to explain to him that there were too many things that she couldn’t let go yet so she couldn’t go with him to Paris. She even told him that she should have told him earlier. Yet his expression turned from sad to anger within seconds, asking if what she was stating that she was unable to let go was actually Yu Xiang. Yet she denied it, stating that she couldn’t let go of her mother, Xiao Q, and her work. (I seriously don’t blame her for dodging at this point. It was already a miracle that she was admitting fault and everything; and it was too sticky at the moment to mention anything like that, considering how ugly it was with the fight at Happiness Began previously.) What was surprising about the whole situation was how Bi Ting’s courage recovered faster than anything when Jun Jie said that he knew there was something going on between Bi Ting and Yu Xiang. She was indeed offended and hurt that Jun Jie didn’t trust her, because like she stated there wasn’t anything going on between them YET. Then she recovered and told him to forget it since if he couldn’t trust her, they couldn’t walk the rest of the way together anyway. He returned that one with a smart-aleck response by saying that Yu Xiang had finally succeeded. Yet she was determined to explain herself, she said that the reasons why she couldn’t go with him to Paris were numerous. She nailed it when she asked him why he kept picking on Yu Xiang–because Yu Xiang didn’t do anything. Jun Jie, being even more upset than before, asked if Bi Ting was speaking on Yu Xiang’s behalf. What? Jun Jie dared to say all of those? Oh yeah, he thought he was right hence saying he was really disappointed in her for speaking up for ‘those’ people who had hurt him so badly. He even told Bi Ting that she didn’t have to worry about him bothering her anymore since his feelings for her had ‘died’ along with the betrayal. He was determined to find Yu Xiang and confront Yu Xiang, even telling her not to meddle into it.

As interesting as it got, Bi Ting bumped into Shu Xin (literally) outside and exchanged a few words before rushing off. Shu Xin was back for some business trip. Or was it settling some old and personal scores? Regardless, Bi Ting had promised to keep in touch after she apologized for needing to rush off to tend to some matters.

Back at Happiness Began, Yu Xiang was packing up and preparing to leave the place. Min Ling was helping him pack. He was telling her that it was just a matter of time before he left since he didn’t want to force himself into doing stuff for Chairman Gao anymore. He would be able to do his own things now. It was also then that Yu Xiang took the time to thank Min Ling for being so supportive of him. He even apologized for using her as a shield all these times yet she said she didn’t mind, and he didn’t have to be so serious about it since she was really enjoying those moments and that he didn’t have to blame himself for it. Later, Yu Xiang was returning a box of files back into storage. On his way back to his desk, he was ambushed by Jun Jie storming in when he had his back turned. Min Ling soon jumped to the rescue, trying to push Jun Jie out of the way. Jun Jie yelled out that Yu Xiang deserved it. (What happened to ‘the talk’. I guess you couldn’t trust some people.) So after all those rants at Yu Xiang, Jun Jie left so Min Ling turned around to ask for Yu Xiang’s well being. Some ‘talk’ that was since Yu Xiang was only able to jump in to yell out that Jun Jie shouldn’t ‘pin some random crimes’ on him.

That night, Bi Ting returned to her apartment like usual. Yet after lugging her stuff inside, she just sat there by the door, not even bothering to turn on the lights. Mrs. Lai saw the opened door and rushed in to check on her, and finally turning on the lights. Only turning to look at Mrs. Lai briefly, Bi Ting returned to stare at the ground. Mrs. Lai didn’t mind but had on her usual motherly smile, sitting down at the bench next to Bi Ting. Mrs. Lai just calmly asked Bi Ting all the usual questions to narrow down the list of possibilities as Bi Ting nodded away at every single question. When Bi Ting finally spoke up though, she said that what she hated the most was hurting others. Yet Mrs. Lai told her she couldn’t make the decision for Bi Ting but told Bi Ting that Bi Ting shouldn’t ‘force’ herself into anything. She also told Bi Ting that Bi Ting should seek out Mr. 20 Seconds later to have a good talk after everyone calmed down to clear the air so they could at least be friends. (Seriously?) Bi Ting promised Mrs. Lai she would do that later. Mrs. Lai soon moved onto the next topic of conversation, stating that Bi Ting should accompany her to go eat. (Awww…)

Yu Xiang returned home that night with a box and bumped into Yu Jie–who questioned him about the mark on his face. Yu Jie wouldn’t let him off with the ‘nothing’ answer but soon ended up taking care of his wound instead of rushing out for her ‘date’. (Yu Jie was indeed growing up now since she was caring toward others more than her own situation.) Yu Xiang finally came up with the answer that he had bumped into the door. (What? Nice one…) Yu Jie didn’t believe him. But he soon moved on to tease her about her ‘date’ again. She let it loose that she was getting married. His teasing continued on, though he soon stopped and asked her about the upcoming wedding ceremony. She told him she wanted a simple wedding within the family only, etc. He pondered why the rush and even blurted out of his suspicion of her pregnancy. Of course, she hit him. Wild guesses all right. But he quit it and congratulated her at last. Yu Xiang soon learned that Yu Jie was actually having a girl’s night out that night with Shu Xin. Yu Xiang mumbled something about a coincidence. Then he told Yu Jie to go talk to Jun Jie later. As Yu Jie launched into another round of interrogation, Yu Xiang brushed it off and said he was going upstairs.

Soon, Yu Jie was heading to Jun Jie’s workplace to see him. But according to his words, he was the one who called her. He admitted in hitting Yu Xiang previously but said he was too upset at that time to think it through. (Really? Nice dodge. Okay, it did make sense since he was really upset at that point, but if he didn’t let Bi Jing Ye get to him, then he wouldn’t keep picking on Yu Xiang. Have to give Bi Jing Ye so much credit for perfect execution of his plans though.) Wow, look at Jun Jie talking like an expert. Oh yeah, he was indeed an expert in that field since he played the card in the past already so he knew it when people were doing it, right? But anyway, moving on, Yu Jie was really maturing since she was discussing in a more matured perspective than before. (Okay, again, I get it that she was supporting her friend in the past, but this time, she took it further with trying to dissolve the matter more than pointing more fingers to intensify the situation.) After all that was said, Yu Jie finally broke it to Jun Jie that she was getting married. He was more than happy for her. After some teasing from him, she said she would introduce a friend to him. It was none other than Shu Xin. She had returned and it wasn’t for a visit. She was thinking of doing business with him. Then Yu Jie broke it to Shu Xin that the other two had already broken up so no one had to worry about causing misunderstandings anymore. It seemed like Jun Jie was more than happy to see her (Shu Xin).

After the meeting with Jun Jie and Shu Xin, Yu Jie returned home to a surprise planned by Yu Xiang, Tian Cheng, her uncle, and her cousin. It was indeed a joyous moment and worth celebrating for. A change of atmosphere for once after all the initial teasing from one to the other. Yu Jie was indeed the leading lady of the night so they shouldn’t talk randomly. It was time to tease her and her soon to be husband. Yet Yu Jie didn’t let them off so easily for teasing her.

A new day yet some old moods were still in place. Bi Ting was seen at her tree, talking to it again. She was still beating herself up for being a horrible person. Like usual, as she was getting up to leave, she spotted Yu Xiang standing right there. Had he heard? His first question to her was why she didn’t go with Jun Jie to Paris. She could only see the mark on his face thus asking him about it. He sharply responded that it was none of her business and she should answer his question. After some staring between the two of them, Bi Ting finally answered him. Not the top one, but one of the other reasons. He blamed her for not telling them earlier hence causing everyone’s unhappiness at that point. What was even more surprising was how she lashed back at him, stating it was his fault for doing all those stuff for her before she left. She stormed off after saying what was on her mind. He chased after her, asking her about her future job situation but she told him it was none of his business and left for good, leaving him behind still unsure.

Back on the Jun Jie front, he was definitely falling deeper into Bi Jing Ye’s traps. Or was it? Because even though he was believing Bi Jing Ye’s words with how Chairman Lai was active on bringing him down, he told Bi Jing Ye he was quitting. What? That was strange. Bi Jing Ye was off his game all right. He quickly rushed to convince Jun Jie about how they should join forces and reclaim what was theirs. Jun Jie said that he didn’t want to sever all ties with the Lai family just like that. (Okay, this was strange since he was really pissed off before. Or was it because of how Yu Jie had treated him like a brother still and others still worrying for him that he decided to not go forth with bringing Chairman Lai down?) Bi Jing Ye was indeed cunning all right since he managed to drag Jun Jie back into the game again just seconds later.

At the Lai resident, Yu Jie wasn’t just coming back to see her old man, but she had also brought Tian Xing along. It was only after she broke the news of her upcoming wedding that she confessed that Tian Xing was outside at the moment, waiting to be seen. Of course, the old man was more than happy to hear some good news and looking forward to the upcoming wedding. He only needed a word of assurance that Tian Xing would treat Yu Jie well and take good care of her, etc. The usual talk from a concerned parent. Still touching moment. (And somewhat of a hilarious one.)

At a restaurant somewhere, Bi Ting and Min Ling were catching up on the latest developments. Min Ling was asking Bi Ting about her next move and whether she was returning to Happiness Began, etc. After that, they were moving on to the juicy part of the conversation–Yu Xiang. Bi Ting quickly went into full panic mode and told Min Ling not to say those things, etc. Yet Min Ling clarified that she wasn’t going to go ‘there’, why was Bi Ting panicking for. Min Ling soon relieved Bi Ting of her worries since she clarified that she and Yu Xiang weren’t together, and she was just playing along with Yu Xiang’s schemes so Jun Jie wouldn’t misunderstand Bi Ting and Yu Xiang, etc. Bi Ting was surprised yet she said that Min Ling did indeed like Yu Xiang. Min Ling denied it, stating that she only treated Yu Xiang like her idol. It was funny how she was saying how if she was choosing someone to date, she wouldn’t choose such a bad attitude guy. Min Ling moved on to saying that Bi Ting should consider Yu Xiang. Bi Ting said that so many things had happened, it was better that they didn’t see each other again. Yet Min Ling said it was weird that they both said the same thing. That got Bi Ting thinking. So, would they have a chance later? (YES, it was killing me how slow they were getting together. I do understand the current situation with it being too inappropriate to get together but I sort of am impatient with the scriptwriters for throwing in too many obstacles for them.)

Back at Sam Brunch, Yi Ru got some visitors. They had introduced themselves as Michael Kwan’s friends. Yet they looked too threatening to be ‘friendly’. Tian Cheng wanted to come along for the talk but Yi Ru told him he didn’t need to. Still, it was hard for Tian Cheng not to worry. And it was one of the good calls Tian Cheng made to follow them, because they were indeed not that ‘friendly’ like they tried to let on. Though it had worked against him, Tian Cheng would rather be there at the moment than regret later for not taking any actions toward the suspicious signs seen from the other parties. The person stealing the show, in the end, was the uncle, Yang Bo Wen. Though Tian Cheng couldn’t complain since he would be beaten to a pulp if Yang Bo Wen hadn’t come out in time to spot them.

Back inside, Yang Bo Wen was helping Tian Cheng toward a chair while Yi Ru rushed to get the first aid kit. And in a way, the beating that Tian Cheng took was worth it after all since he was able to enjoy the moment when Yi Ru applied some ointment onto his wounds. It seemed like Michael had fled or something since Yi Ru was still unable to locate him. Though Yi Ru was touched by Tian Cheng’s previous courageous acts, she also chided him for acting rash, not thinking of Xiao Die in the first place. Yet he stated that he only thought of Yi Ru’s well-being at that point.

At the Lai resident, Yu Xiang and Chairman Lai were having one of those arguments again. YES, still the Bi Jing Ye talk. Yu Xiang wanted to tell him about Gao You Da’s plans and how Bi Jing Ye must be the mastermind behind it all. Yet Chairman Lai told Yu Xiang not to attack Bi Jing Ye anymore, etc. (He was seriously in for good this time.) Yu Xiang said the upcoming important meeting would prove his words right and that his old man should be careful before leaving. After Yu Xiang was gone, Chairman Lai received a call from Bi Jing Ye. Still unsure of what his next move was, but Bi Jing Ye had disclosed of Mrs. Lai’s whereabouts to Chairman Lai, urging him to come upstairs and persuade her to come back home. Mrs. Lai, thinking that Bi Ting was coming over, opened the door to her husband.

Back at Sam Brunch, Yi Ru was still trying to locate Michael. Tian Cheng finally told Yi Ru that Yang Bo Wen had spotted Micheal earlier with a girl and they said they were going to the south to see his mother. Yet Tian Cheng suspected they were fleeing. Yi Ru, unable to take the news, said she wasn’t feeling well and headed home. Things were definitely falling apart all around.

Jumping to Chairman Lai and Mrs. Lai again at her apartment, she asked him if it was Bi Jing Ye who had disclosed her place. He admitted it and launched into his apology speech. It was too crazy yet funny at the same time. (He had no idea what Bi Jing Ye was planning at the moment.) Mrs. Lai was definitely not letting him off. Served him right for trusting Bi Jing Ye too much and falling into all those traps. The last trick? Um, not tricks. She told him to sign a certain paper. Yes, it was the divorce papers so she could have her freedom again. After he left–devastated, Bi Jing Ye called Jun Jie up to tell him to go forward with their plan. YUP, it was unfolding. When Jun Jie finally received the address from Bi Jing Ye via text message, he realized it was also Bi Ting’s place. What now?

Talking about Bi Ting, she was at home, still lost in thoughts. With her door ajar, it was easy for Mrs. Lai to come in. She launched into asking of Bi Ting’s well-being as Bi Ting rushed to make space for her on the sofa. While she confided in Bi Ting, both heard Mrs. Lai’s doorbell being rung. Mrs. Lai was more than determined not to be caught so she sent Bi Ting out to chase Mr. Love At First Sight away. She had no idea. Yet it was Bi Ting’s turn to panic hence Mrs. Lai rushing forward to rescue her from ’20 Seconds Guy’. They had a plan! It was so cute, lol. Mrs. Lai said she would volunteer to investigate and if it wasn’t anything along the line of ‘friendliness’, she would chase him away. Yet the person the most surprise of the outcome was Mrs. Lai since she opened the door without looking through the peephole and called out his name when she somewhat recovered. He, of course, called her ‘Mom’ so Bi Ting was able to hear them because she was just behind some screen hiding. Bi Ting, not giving herself a chance to digest, jumped out from behind the screen and confronted the pair of mother and son. Mrs. Lai quickly asked Bi Ting if Jun Jie was really ’20 Seconds Guy’ and then she quickly introduced him as her second son. (OY! It was getting too complicated again.)

Stopping the coming dramatic moments temporarily, Mrs. Lai took Jun Jie to her apartment instead. She let him settle down and talk with her. They discussed about their family matters briefly. They soon moved on to how he should ‘represent’ her to sign papers with the upcoming important meeting. (WOW, really?) It was hard to blame her since she really trusted him. He was there with her way before she entered the Lai resident so it was only reasonable to trust him. And it was only Bi Jing Ye’s crafty planning that had allowed the plan to go toward this point. All business aside, Mrs. Lai was thinking of moving again. It was more like she didn’t want to stick around with how things were going with Jun Jie and Bi Ting. Yes, she had her own reasons for defending her son after all.

Back home that night, Yang Bo Wen was helping Tian Cheng inside. He called for Yu Xiang and Yu Jie to come help. Those two were reading inside yet they abandoned their books to go help. Not to mention investigate about the matter in general. That wasn’t all for the night’s tale, because Chairman Lai soon showed up at their door, crying out tearfully that their mother wanted to divorce him.

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True Love 365: Episode 17

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

Though Yu Xiang had suspected that there was some hidden agenda, he agreed anyway upon discovering that she must have seen the red folder already. Bi Ting took him to one of those shops at the side roads. He wasn’t a bit amused about it and showed his unwillingness. When he tried to leave, Bi Ting quickly grabbed him and pushed him into a seat. She managed to persuade him to trust her for once. OMG, it was so hilarious. It was one of the moments where it somewhat returned to the old days when they were hanging out. She was pitying him for never trying that dish before? (LOL) He was soon convinced because he wolfed that bowl of food down faster than her. To think that he was unwilling before. Or did they finish at the same time? Yet it was so funny and cute that they called for a second bowl at the same time with the same expression. Three more bowls later and Yu Xiang seemed full. Bi Ting requested for the bill at that time and insisted on paying since it was indeed to thank him for accepting her proposal, etc. They soon moved on to discuss about Jun Jie with Yu Xiang admitting that though he was mad at Jun Jie but Jun Jie was indeed a good man and a good brother so he really wished for Jun Jie to find his own happiness. Bi Ting told him that she understood, even going on to say that she didn’t really know what was going on between both brothers but Yu Xiang shouldn’t be like that anymore, always wanting to ‘save face’ and let things stay in his way. She also promised to talk to Jun Jie about it as well. Yu Xiang told her that the only thing standing between him and his brother was that Jun Jie feared he (Yu Xiang) would snatch Bi Ting away from Jun Jie. Yu Xiang continued by saying, of course, that was true because he…(he paused a bit to make the atmosphere even more intense) was so handsome and his ‘enticing’ vibe was so strong hence she would be affected by him. He, of course, clarified that he wouldn’t choose her, stomping on her ‘pride’ once again. (Yes, he was trying to make light of the situation at the end but was that a subtle hint when he paused a bit?) Though he was pointing out the impossibility with him choosing her, she wasn’t upset but laughed out in awkwardness, agreeing with him it was impossible between them.

As Yu Xiang sent Bi Ting home via Taxi, Jun Jie was seen across the street about to call her up. Yet he soon stopped and decided to spy on them instead upon seeing them exit the Taxi together. (A familiar scene? Well, let’s see how he liked it now that he was being misunderstood before. Yet he probably didn’t think about that. Probably thinking poor of Yu Xiang again.) And what in the world was Yu Xiang doing, leaning toward Bi Ting like that? Um…he spotted some food remnants still stuck on the corner of her mouth hence wanting to clean it off for her. She thought he wanted to kiss her initially and had closed her eyes yet soon realized it wasn’t so when he used his handkerchief to wipe the smudge off for her. He even chided her for not knowing how to clean up after eating. After the usual thank you, goodbyes, and other well-wishing words, Bi Ting walked to her apartment building with Yu Xiang staring at her to make sure she was safely in before leaving himself. Only Jun Jie was left behind and fuming across the street, still staring and wondering about them.

As Bi Ting was just finished with changing out of her work clothes, she heard her doorbell rang. It wasn’t Jun Jie coming upstairs to rupture the peace. But it was Mrs. Lai, Bi Ting’s new neighbor, coming over to share a midnight snack. Yet what Jun Jie did was interrupt their heart to heart talk by calling Bi Ting. (He was probably trying to investigate the matter subtly?) Anyway, Bi Ting told him she would give him an answer soon. She needed to discuss with her mother about the whole going overseas matter even more before making a decision about overseas education. After getting off the phone, she was teased by Mrs. Lai about being pursued by two men. Yet Bi Ting said it wasn’t exactly like so. She finally confessed to Mrs. Lai that her heart was changing a bit. (A bit?)  Though Bi Ting soon apologized for complaining about her situation. Mrs. Lai didn’t mind and said she was willing to listen to Bi Ting’s troubles. So Bi Ting now had someone else to share her feelings, not just needing to run to her ‘tree’ to pour her heart out anymore (and risk being overheard by Yu Xiang again, lol).

Downstairs, Jun Jie finally walked toward Bi Ting’s apartment building and wanted to ring the bell. Yet he stopped himself. Stepping back a little, he looked up to what was supposed to be a window and left.

Back on Chairman Lai’s front, he was finally back. Or more like he just got off from a plane. No one was there to greet him this time. Or was that it? As he was walking toward the Taxi area, someone called to him, asking if he needed help calling a Taxi yet he responded with saying that it was fine, he could do it himself. It wasn’t until he turned around to face the other person that he realized it was Yu Jie. It wasn’t just Yu Jie though because even Yang Bo Wen, Tian Cheng, and Yu Xiang were there to welcome him back.

The next day, Bi Ting was paying Mrs. Lai a visit as Mrs. Lai was getting ready at her place. Bi Ting was coming over to help Mrs. Lai cleanup. After receiving some round of tease, she finally agreed for Bi Ting to help her.

On the Jun Jie front, specifically his company, he walked in on one of Xue Ming’s weird phone conversations again. Was Xue Ming up to something once again? (I thought he had repented after the previous downfall and was soon forgiven by Jun Jie and was also given a second chance.) But the random conversation between Jun Jie and Xue Ming had to subside for something else. Yu Jie was coming in to see Jun Jie. He didn’t look happy upon seeing her presence there. Yet Yu Jie seemed to have cooled down after the last heated encounter already?

At the Lai resident, Chairman Lai was seen looking devastated by the dining room alone. Yu Xiang soon entered the house, asking his well being. Chairman Lai informed Yu Xiang that he had asked Yu Jie to go look for Jun Jie and bring him back for breakfast as well since he had something he wanted to announce. After understanding the situation, Yu Xiang said that they just have to wait for Yu Jie since Jun Jie wouldn’t come back anyway. He soon explained his words, stating that Jun Jie didn’t treat them like family because he had misunderstood that Chairman Lai only cared for his ‘real’ children. Chairman Lai was saddened by it but wasn’t defeated because he believed Jun Jie will one day understand and come back to the family. The conversation quickly steered toward how Yu Xiang was still upset over the whole ‘manipulating’ them matter and treating them like a bunch of kids hence this current state, and he went on to saying how it had given Bi Jing Ye a chance to jump in. Chairman Lai didn’t want to hear about it, especially telling Yu Xiang not to be suspicious of Bi Jing Ye. (Wow, really? After all of what the other lady said, it wasn’t enough to incriminate him? Well, from his point of view, she could be upset and wanted to blurt all those out, but still, it should make him want to exhaust all possibilities instead of just shrugging it aside.) And after some more heated words, Chairman Lai dismissed Yu Xiang, considering how they weren’t able to eat breakfast together anymore. Yu Xiang was more glad to oblige since he couldn’t discuss the whole Bi Jing Ye matter with his father anyway. (I take his side this time.)

Back at Jun Jie and Xue Ming’s company, Yu Jie was seen talking to Jun Jie. He seemed to be less unwilling to talk to her at this point? Considering how he had complimented her for her current mature state. Soon, Yu Jie was apologizing for her fierce attitude at their uncle’s place that one night. Jun Jie said he had forgotten it already. (Oh really?  Or was it because Yu Jie wasn’t a guy and couldn’t ‘snatch’ Bi Ting away from him like how he claimed Yu Xiang to be?) Yu Jie was back at it again, wondering what kind of person Bi Ting was that her own pal wasn’t able to win over and even Yu Xiang would speak up for her (which Jun Jie had frown when Yu Jie mentioned how Yu Xiang had spoken up for Bi Ting). Yet when Jun Jie said that he was able to be himself when he was with Bi Ting and how he and Bi Ting were from the same world, Yu Jie soon gave in and said as long as her brother was happy, she was all right with it. (I guess she would drop it now? Or not….)

As the day moved on, Yi Ru and Xiao Die were sitting at a bench waiting for someone. Luckily this time, it was Tian Cheng, not Michael. Tian Cheng had rushed to the location and even apologized for being late. He said last night he had to go pick up his father from the airport hence being busy. Xiao Die, upon seeing her father, jumped up and called to him. Tian Cheng, like a typical model father, picked her up and swung her around a bit, cheering her up. He asked her if she missed him and she replied yes, even wanting him to bring her home since she didn’t want to live with that Uncle Kwan. Tian Cheng, realizing why Yi Ru was wearing the long face at last, turned to her and questioned her about not straightening it out with the kid yet. She immediately lashed out at him and said that he was probably satisfied now of Xiao Die’s current attitude. After some more words, she stormed off. (Again, the ‘storming off’ trend was definitely the in of recent.)

While those things were going on, Bi Ting was finally done with helping Mrs. Lai clean up. They soon settled down in the living room to rest and chat. Time for some tips from Mrs. Lai to Bi Ting. It was indeed hilarious to see the two getting along so well and her giving Bi Ting so much compliment. When she finally found out the truth, would she still stay calm and give Bi Ting such advice? (LOL) So it was finally agreed that they were both cooking dinner and eating together that night.

Yang Bo Wen, on the other hand, was busy getting his daughter settling into the house. Did he still have room? It seemed like a spacious house so probably he did? It seemed like Yang Bo Wen was serious about taking care of his daughter now so it wasn’t too bad. At least there was a new development for his story instead of the typical ‘old man player’.

Meanwhile, Tian Cheng was seen hanging out with Xiao Die at the playground. He was trying to cheer her up before asking her questions in regard to what happened. Yi Ru was coming back from somewhere but had chosen to hide nearby and listen in to their conversation instead of stepping forward. After learning the details, Tian Cheng quickly persuaded Xiao Die to be a good girl and listen to her mother. He explained to her that he wasn’t a good husband, causing her mother to grief hence it wasn’t a good idea for them to be together or it would be like in the past with them arguing each day. He also promised Xiao Die that he would always come to see her regardless of where her current home was. It was indeed a touching moment for the pair of father and daughter, and a mature moment for Tian Cheng, because even if he didn’t want it to happen, he didn’t want to sabotage Yi Ru anymore if that was what she really wanted. After shedding a few tears for the touching moment, Yi Ru finally stepped out and took Xiao Die home. The difference this time was that she wasn’t so fierce toward Tian Cheng anymore. She even thanked him for talking to Xiao Die yet he shrugged it off as nothing.

Back to Bi Ting and Mrs. Lai, they were indeed getting along quite well. Though Mrs. Lai had declared that she wanted to prepare a meal to treat Bi Ting for her help around the house, Bi Ting ended up cooking. Yet Bi Ting was more than glad, saying that Mrs. Lai did pay for all the supplies. And Mrs. Lai was back to complimenting Bi Ting and how rare it was for a girl like her to be able to help around the house like that, etc. She said it was a shame that Bi Ting already had a boyfriend. If not, she would tell her two sons to go pursue Bi Ting. She had no idea they were currently fighting over Bi Ting at the moment. Well, more like Jun Jie having some grudges against Yu Xiang, but it was somewhat along that line. Again, if Mrs. Lai found out, would she still be able to joke like that? But back to the situation at hand, Mrs. Lai finally confided in Bi Ting with her situation and how she got married, etc. Their conversation was cut short because Jun Jie called in. (Of course, he was calling Bi Ting since, at this point, he wouldn’t care about calling his ‘mother’.) Bi Ting didn’t want to pick it up, fearing that Jun Jie would pester her about the answer again. Yet Mrs. Lai told Bi Ting she should pick up to hear what Jun Jie had to say, not dodging the situation. Bi Ting couldn’t win over Mrs. Lai’s persistence so she picked up, allowing Jun Jie to say whatever he had in mind. Whether Jun Jie deserved this little push or not (aka a helping hand), it was indeed quite cute that Mrs. Lai was acting as Bi Ting’s love advisor.

Brushing aside all of those matters, Yu Xiang was seen on a biking date with Min Ling. He was scolding her for covering up all over yet she said she was fearing that she would turn all ‘black’ if she didn’t cover up. (Um…night time? Okay….they must have ridden till sundown or something so it would make sense with their talk about the sun, etc.)  They actually arrived at that one shop with all the plants again. Min Ling demanded that he gave her a ‘birthday tree’ this time. Yet he said that she was so naive, thinking that those were special since he said ‘birthday trees’ were like “Valentine’s Day”, all made up by those people to create hype and make money. (What a nice way to dodge.) The priceless moment was when the lady boss stepped out to ask about ‘their birthday tree’ and how fast Min Ling’s hair had grown long already, etc. Of course, Min Ling gave Yu Xiang the evil glare. But Yu Xiang tried to dodge out of the whole situation by shutting the lady boss up, saying that she must have remembered wrong, dragging Min Ling away from the scene to avoid any more dramas from unfolding. Min Ling wasn’t dumb since she already detected the ‘tricky’ situation behind it, confronting Yu Xiang. Yu Xiang, of course, was still sticking with the original answer (aka the lady boss had remembered wrong). He told her if Min Ling were to bring up the whole ‘birthday tree’ thing again, he would severe his ties with her before riding off on his bike. She had no choice but to ride on as well, mumbling her protest.

Next morning at breakfast, Yu Jie confronted Yu Xiang about his argument with their father. He said he didn’t want to do that either yet he couldn’t stand it that their father believed in Bi Jing Ye so much rather than believing him. Before they could say anything, Yang Zi walked downstairs with only a shirt that barely covered her legs. Yu Xiang was really pondering about matters, but he wasn’t able to investigate further. Yang Bo Wen came down the stairs at that time and scolded Yang Zi for not putting on proper clothes. She told him she had a tiresome night so couldn’t function properly, etc and that she was just down there to get a glass of water. He scolded her to dress properly before coming back down as she made her way upstairs again. Yu Xiang continued to stare and was putting his own version of the story into place. It was hard to blame Yu Xiang for misunderstanding since Yang Bo Wen’s past girlfriends were quite revealing too. When Yang Bo Wen sat down for breakfast, Yu Xiang and Yu Jie were both staring him down. It was funny how Yang Bo Wen exploded on them and told them the truth since he couldn’t stand Yu Xiang’s pestering and scolding anymore. Yet when the truth was finally revealed that Yang Zi was his daughter (aka their cousin), both weren’t the least bit surprised. Considering his past records with so many women, it was inevitable before he ended up having a bunch of ‘kids’ elsewhere.

Another meeting between Bi Jing Ye and Long Tian Xing revealed that he had paid the crew to toss those boxes down hence leading to the accident. It was indeed suspicious at the time so it made sense. Bi Jing Ye was more than happy to know that the plan was going smoothly. He soon told his son to proceed with the next step of the plan, which was proposing to the Yu Jie and then getting married within a month, etc. Long Tian Xing seemed to have a change of heart about the whole scheme already since he was saying how Yu Jie was actually a kind-hearted girl and he didn’t want to hurt her. Bi Jing Ye went ballistic, reminding his son of all the things that the Lai family had caused him, losing his family, etc. Long Tian Xing didn’t forget what happened but still didn’t want to hurt Yu Jie so badly. He was now stuck, unable to convince his father to back down.  Bi Jing Ye, seeing his son was uncontrollable at this point, gave Long Tian Xing the ultimatum by stating that Long Tian Xing should listen to him and proceed with the plan unless Long Tian Xing didn’t want to acknowledge him as a father anymore. (Nice?)

On the Bi Ting and Jun Jie front, she accompanied him to someplace. (I wasn’t paying attention so actively at this point since I was bored.) Then later when he was talking about his future plans. Or more like their ‘future’ plans, she finally agreed to go with him to Paris. (WHAT?!) He was so happy that he wanted to call his friend yet she told him not yet because she really wanted to stay to prepare for her friend’s wedding. He was so happy and was willing to oblige with her every demand at this point, even hugging her.

Elsewhere, Xiao Die was seen drawing away after her shower and her mother walked in to ask her what she was drawing. She was drawing a gift for her mother. Cute picture.

Back at Happiness Began, Bi Ting was having a headache over the latest obstacle her friend threw her way. At least the supposedly future bride and groom. They both loved dogs very much and wanted to involve the bride’s dog into the wedding and even have someone sing a song. (Um…getting crazy….but whatever floats their boats.) Min Ling asked Bi Ting why didn’t she turn their request down so she didn’t have to deal with the headache-y situation. Bi Ting answered that she and her friend were such good friends so she would want to fulfill her friend’s wishes instead of delivering the ‘rejection’. (Or was she stalling for time? Then she shouldn’t have agreed to go with Jun Jie to Paris.) Min Ling suggested that Bi Ting should seek out Yu Xiang for help since he was able to sing in ‘cat’ language before so he should know ‘dog’ language too. Bi Ting ended up in a laughing fit because she was reminded of a past incident. (Yes, that one time at Xiao Q’s cat’s funeral.) But she told Min Ling she would go look for Yu Xiang to discuss the matter. Yet she was able to detect Min Ling’s unhappy state so she asked for the details. Min Ling told her what happened and even asked if Bi Ting was the one receiving the birthday tree (since she realized Bi Ting also had short hair–and could be the ‘short-haired girl’ that the lady boss was talking about). Yet Bi Ting said it was impossible since Yu Xiang hated her so much, how could he bought her such a gift? She even went further by stating that, “Besides, what is birthday tree anyway? Probably just something made up by the flower shop owner and shouldn’t be taken seriously.” The funniest thing was Yu Xiang said that same thing last night so Min Ling had to ponder why Bi Ting said the same thing as him. Bi Ting said, of course, it was made up, etc and even went on about how it was the same as “Valentine’s Day” (and unknowingly had said the same thing Yu Xiang said again). Min Ling still thought that it was quite romantic if she was given a birthday tree, and how she was feeling like Yu Xiang didn’t like her at all. Bi Ting tried to reassure her before Min Ling headed back to her desk. Yet it made Bi Ting wondered more and more about matters.

Bi Ting finally sought out Yu Xiang to help her with the situation about the ‘dog’ language. Yu Xiang said it would be hard to find and would cost even more. The company couldn’t afford it so Bi Ting said she was willing to pay out of her own pocket. Yu Xiang was more than shocked by Bi Ting’s willing to put out so much for her friend. Bi Ting stated that one of the reasons was indeed to do what was best for her friend and the second was because it was going to be her last case since she had agreed to go to Paris with Jun Jie. Yu Xiang’s expression had changed slightly, but he soon recovered and said he understood. Yet he said that the company could only do so much so she will have to think up of her own solution. She understood that as well and left.

While Chairman Lai was out searching for his wife, Mrs. Lai was only around the corner and had spotted him first. She fled the scene after some spying. Yet unfortunately for them both, he didn’t see her at all or even catch a glimpse whereas Bi Jing Ye had seen her since he was sitting in a car nearby. Bi Jing Ye sought her out as she was going up to her apartment. She invited him in for a cup of tea. (Or water?) So what did Bi Jing Ye do? Badmouthing Chairman Lai and scoring more points with Mrs. Lai of course. (And I forgot to state it earlier but Bi Jing Ye had pursued Mrs. Lai once upon a time when they were younger, way before Chairman Lai came into the picture. So his excuse for the revenge scheme was only part of the power overthrow? And could it possibly be he wanted to get back at Chairman Lai for the lost courtship?) OMG, yup! I paused it to take a guess but it was indeed true that Bi Jing Ye was still harboring feelings for Mrs. Lai and was asking her for a second chance–after she sort of joked about how she should have chosen him instead of that ‘fat’ guy. She, of course, was shocked by how the situation turned and asked if he was joking. He said he wasn’t joking at all. (30 years, wow…) Being the intelligent woman that she was, Mrs. Lai quickly told him that her heart was in a mess at the moment and asked for some more time to think it over. He was more than glad to give her time since he had waited for 30 years already so months didn’t mean much to him. He excused himself and left the apartment at last. Mrs. Lai was more than relief after he left. PHEW…close call indeed.

On a more positive front, the others threw a celebration for Yi Ru and Michael at Sam Brunch. It was a surprise party but still quite lively with the others blessing them both. Even the rest of the Lai family were in on it. Whatever it was with Michael’s schemes or motives, they didn’t care anymore. It was all a matter of being happy for Yi Ru. She was more than happy to have all of their support.

Back at Happiness Began, Yu Xiang was seen in his office enjoying some sort of melody on his computer. Or more like a piece of a certain opera. (It sounded like so, lol.) Min Ling saw his concentrated state and tried to play a prank on him. She was scolded since he hated people covering his eyes with their hands the most. Min Ling quickly apologized and asked him to help Bi Ting with the other matter. He told her to worry about this month’s performance first before poking into other’s business. She exposed him with trying to act cool when Bi Ting was more important to him than that. Yet he brushed it off and said whatever since Bi Ting did help him in the past and how she was going to be with his brother so he could help her a bit. Getting some more teases from Min Ling, he was definitely feeling bummed. He told her to go home since he was going to head home himself. Yet she asked him if he was going to send her home, and he responded with saying she wasn’t a 3 years old kid, why did he have to send her home? He also blurted out about being tired so she should leave.

After some touching speech with his uncle and then somehow a talk with Yi Ru, Tian Cheng wanted to pursue Yi Ru again? What? It seemed like so with his question to Xiao Die.

At Happiness Began again, Bi Ting was seen talking to Min Ling. They were probably on one of their breaks since they weren’t at the desks area anymore. Bi Ting was saying how she would get into contact with Min Ling once she settled in Paris. Yet Min Ling said she wouldn’t want to keep in touch with a heartless person like Bi Ting. That shocked Bi Ting all right but she rushed into explaining how it happened so fast so she couldn’t prepare for it properly, etc. But Min Ling brushed her off and clarified her stand by stating that Bi Ting matched better with Yu Xiang, and was her good sister, why did Bi Ting have to leave with Jun Jie? (Wah, loving Min Ling more and more. She liked Yu Xiang yet wasn’t oblivious to block Bi Ting out.) And the funniest thing was she previously told Bi Ting not to let Jun Jie go since he was a good man. Now? Or was that because she wanted a chance for herself yet she could see how hopeless it was with Yu Xiang not budging? Bi Ting admitted that she was good sisters with Min Ling yet denied the matter regarding Yu Xiang. Min Ling seemed even more depressed after Bi Ting left.

Bi Ting’s friend’s wedding finally took place with the bride and groom all happy–as expected to be for the occasion. Bi Ting stepped forward after the ceremony to congratulate Xiao Xue but to also apologize for not being able to find someone to sing the ‘dog’ language for her. Yet Xiao Xue said she had seen the other person inside previously, and suspected that Bi Ting was trying to give her a surprise. Bi Ting was the person even more surprised at the turn of events. Xiao Xue soon stepped away from Bi Ting’s side, all smile and was waiting for the show while Bi Ting was still standing there displaying her shocked expression. Soon, Yu Xiang walked out in his dog costume to entertain the others. Yet the episode was ending hence the rest of us will have to wait for further developments with the next episode.

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True Love 365: Episode 16

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

Following the previous episode’s cliff hanger, Bi Ting questioned Yu Xiang’s presence after realizing he was like right there, and how long had he been there, etc. He answered three days–and then quickly clarified that he was joking. (Of course, it was way too obvious since they’d just met at the office and all.) Anyway, Yu Xiang placed the spotlight back on Bi Ting, questioning her if she was talking behind his back hence not wanting him to know. Yet she resorted with saying that she wasn’t senseless, and got up to leave after that. Yu Xiang chased after her and blocked her path, asking why she was running away each time she saw him. She denied that and told him to stop giving her a hard time but should pay attention to Min Ling, considering how she (Min Ling) treated him so well yet he kept yelling at her (Min Ling) all the time with his boss attitude. Yu Xiang didn’t back down though, stating that there were lots of girls chasing after him so if he treated them all nicely, wouldn’t he end up tiring himself out? Bi Ting had enough so she said whatever he wanted to do it was his problem and walked off at last. He reminded her that she hadn’t gotten any coffee yet. But she said she didn’t want to drink it anymore. He just had to have the last word because he said but he wanted it. (LOL!)

Back on the Jun Jie front briefly, Jerry (Shu Xin’s father’s friend) finally gave Jun Jie a second chance with listening to his proposal and even complimented him on it. He even disclosed that it was Shu Xin who had persuaded him into letting Jun Jie have a second chance at it. However, Jerry also said that Shu Xin had told him not to tell Jun Jie, but Jerry thought it was only right that Jun Jie knew about it. And indeed, Jun Jie was grateful for Shu Xin’s help, even asking about her well-being. Jerry told Jun Jie that Shu Xin was currently busy with setting up a business with her father’s friend in Singapore. Jun Jie was glad to know that she was doing just fine.

Meanwhile, at Sam Brunch, Tian Cheng showed off to his uncle about his latest progress at the restaurant. When Yang Bo Wen saw the new waitress that Tian Cheng hired, he went into full panic mode. It was indeed that one, crazily, obsessed girl that had sabotaged his chance that one time at his studio. Tian Cheng thought Yang Bo Wen was exaggerating again and told him that he should be glad there was such a young girl after him, etc. Yet Yang Bo Wen wasn’t the least bit amused. He said that he would find out what the girl was up to because he didn’t want to end up like Michael Douglas’ character in Fatal Attraction.

At Happiness Began that night, Bi Ting and Min Ling had completed another day of exhausting calls. Min Ling was indeed quite incredible with her 120 calls in one day record versus Bi Ting’s only 97 calls record for both days. Regardless of what happened, Min Ling still declared that she would ‘advance or withdraw’ along with Yu Xiang if Chairman Gao wasn’t happy with their performance during the next day’s meeting. As Min Ling left to buy some coffee, Bi Ting got up to go search for some documents in a room in the back. It was also then that Jun Jie appeared and surprised Bi Ting of his presence. As she asked him what he was doing there, he closed the door behind him and was ready to bring out his latest surprise for her. Bi Ting was beyond shocked when he told her he was going to give her a house–and went into full panic mode telling him not to since she preferred to buy it with her own hard-earned money. Yet he told her she should wait and see it first before turning him down. Indeed, it was the house model that he made for her previously and had told his ‘pal’ about it. And while Bi Ting was still ‘touched’ by the thoughtful item, Jun Jie went further and went down on his knee, asking if she was willing to go with him to Paris so he could fulfill her wish of going to Paris to study, etc.

Outside in the working area, Yu Xiang came back with Min Ling, asking where Bi Ting was, considering how Min Ling had told him that Bi Ting was working overtime as well. Yu Xiang and Min Ling soon discovered the door to the storage room was slightly ajar. Yu Xiang, thinking that he could give Bi Ting a good scare, launched forward and pushed the door open, calling out Bi Ting’s name loudly. However, Yu Xiang soon realized what he’d done. It was because Yu Xiang’s attempted prank that had caused Jun Jie’s model house to turn into a total mess. To backtrack a bit, when Yu Xiang pushed the door in, the door had slammed into Jun Jie, causing him to fall forward and that had caused the model house to fly out of his hand and crashed. Yet Yu Xiang, upon knowing what he’d done, apologized for it. But that had triggered Jun Jie’s anger even more after realizing the person charging in was Yu Xiang. Of course, he thought Yu Xiang had sabotaged him on purpose.  And though Yu Xiang was apologetic for it, he still kept a strong front, stating that Jun Jie shouldn’t be bothering his employee at such an hour, etc.  Jun Jie, of course, went insane and almost wanted to strangle Yu Xiang–if it wasn’t for the girls getting in the middle and trying to break the fight. That wasn’t a success though since Yu Xiang’s mouth was still running and that had caused him a blow from Jun Jie. (Honestly though, I don’t care at this point. It wasn’t Yu Xiang’s fault. It was really an accident. AND it was his company after all so of course he was there and he thought Bi Ting was in there by herself. It was in the middle of the night after all, who had thought Jun Jie came over? Why should Yu Xiang cave in about the other matter anyhow? Because Jun Jie had chosen to severe his ties with the Lai family first.) And Yu Xiang had it already, he fought back, stating that he was indeed helping Jun Jie and Bi Ting, like how he had bought the tickets for them to go to Paris. Yet Jun Jie was stating like Yu Xiang kept sabotaging him and trying to snatch his girl when Yu Xiang could have any girl he wanted. Oy, getting out of hand but I guess it had to come out after all these times of conflicts. Jun Jie even threw out the ultimatum with wanting Yu Xiang to swear that he had no other intentions with Bi Ting. That had caused a brief exchange of glances between Yu Xiang and Bi Ting. But Yu Xiang soon recovered and asked Jun Jie why he had to swear on it or anything for that matter. Yu Xiang went on to ‘clarify’ things for Jun Jie, stating that Bi Ting was secretly in love with him (Yu Xiang) anyway, and that it was Jun Jie who had pursued her insistently and he (Yu Xiang) hadn’t really responded to her feelings so Bi Ting had no choice but to slowly fall for Jun Jie. (OMG, I love Yu Xiang’s response! Although it wasn’t exactly like that, honestly, Jun Jie lost major time because he kept being ‘wishy-washy’, misleading both girls so it was about time that he got some pressure to work harder.) Bi Ting, of course, couldn’t stay quiet anymore. She had to speak up and told them both off, telling them that they could argue with whatever but don’t bring her into it or taint her reputation with it. Jun Jie wasn’t about to give up since he said he was willing to compete with Yu Xiang for Bi Ting’s heart. Yet Yu Xiang said there was no need since he and Min Ling were already together. (What? Okay, I know that was a move to save Bi Ting’s reputation and it was one thing with getting pissed off at his so-called brother, but he still didn’t want to go too far. But seriously? I would love him with Min Ling too but I rather Bi Ting be with any guy out there than Jun Jie at this point.) Min Ling, of course, was equally shocked by the turn of events. When Min Ling questioned him, he had winked at her, trying to send her a secret message to play along. And it seemed like she didn’t quite get it yet so he had to wrap his arms around her and told her to be brave and tell others about ‘their’ supposed relationship. (Her smile was priceless!) Min Ling was seriously clever. She recovered as quickly and put on a bright smile, telling the others of the ‘good’ news. (Omg, she was so in-sync with Yu Xiang that it was so cute.) And after they left, it seemed like Bi Ting wasn’t too happy about it? Well, she was quite upset when she and Min Ling had to break up the fight between the brothers. Yet she was even more disturbed since learning that Yu Xiang and Min Ling were ‘together’? (Or was that just my own imagination?)

At Sam Brunch, Yu Xiang apologized to Min Ling for using her as a shield to get away. But he also complimented her for her fast reaction and acting skills in order to finish that little skit. She said that she didn’t mind and stated that she really wanted it to be a ‘real’ relationship. Yet he brushed her off and reminded her that she shouldn’t act on her impulse since she should find a more suitable candidate that was closer to her age range, even stating that he was too old for her. She told him that she was already so ‘clear’ on stating her position yet he still pretended to be dumb–and even questioned him if he was like his brother aka also interested in Bi Ting. Of course, he profusely denied it, saying that it was impossible he would like such an ‘unlucky’ girl. Because of Min Ling’s persistence, Yu Xiang was willing to give in and give them both a chance. She was more than glad of this proposal and even walked over, clinging onto his hand happily. (OMG, they were so cute! Look at his face! He was wondering if others would notice, lol.)

Back at Happiness Began, Bi Ting was seen patching up Jun Jie’s model house–or whatever was left of it. She apologized for his effort being wasted, etc. Yet he said it was all right. He moved onto asking her if she was willing to give him a second chance. She got up from her seat and replied that she still have some reports to finish. As cliched as it got, he got up and grabbed a hold of her, planting a kiss on her lips. (I hate this formula the most, thinking it’s so romantic or whatever. NOT blaming Johnny here BUT more like the person who thought of using this plot device in here as well.) Of course, after that brief kiss, Bi Ting seemed to have softened and was willing to give Jun Jie a second chance. Their embrace and the song completed the scene.

So, shifting gears, somewhere in the U.S., a lady was seen reading and her son, Ken, walked in telling her that someone was there to see her. It was none other than Chairman Lai. It was shortly revealed that this lady was the ‘other woman’ in question. (It was explained previously that it was an accident since he got drunk that one time at some celebration event of the company years ago and wasn’t really trying to cheat. He even took whatever responsibility he could to patch things up and even sent both ‘mother and son’ off to the U.S. for the son’s education.)

Still, elsewhere, Mrs. Lai was seen reminiscing back to the first meeting with the ‘other woman’ and how she had used another identity to meet up. It seemed like the other lady wasn’t in the know with the whole schemes happening back in Taiwan. She only wanted to live a peaceful life in the U.S. with her son. At first, she initially thought Chairman Lai wanted his son by his side hence sending over someone to bring Ken back. (We, as the audience, know very well it was Bi Jing Ye who was the hand behind the whole scheme of tearing the Lai family apart, but at least now Mrs. Lai had something to go on regarding that matter.) And what had she chosen? She took her ring off and left the restroom.

Back in Taipei, Yu Xiang was seen sitting next to the ‘tree’ and thinking to himself. This time, it was a reverse situation because Bi Ting was the one walking up behind him and spotted him there. The only saving grace for him was he wasn’t talking to the ‘tree’ like Bi Ting usually would. The typical teasing and exchange of words ensued. Yet it wasn’t that harsh like the last few times. After that though, they continued on their way. It was a big day for them indeed. Or more like him, because he was so sure of getting fired, considering how Chen Guo Long had been gaining some edge with the boss of recent.

Zooming toward the U.S. front again, Chairman Lai had finished dinner with his ‘other’ family and was happy to learn that his son had turned out to be a good kid. He thanked the lady at the door. Yet seriously, something shouldn’t be taken at face front because the lady soon turned insane with saying that Chairman Lai was still his selfish self and that it seemed like her son could never ‘return to his roots’ , implying that they still have to keep their identity a secret, etc. (It seemed like her words of current were contradictory of her previous one with Mrs. Lai.) So was she in on the whole scheme with Bi Jing Ye after all? Or no? Though she had told him that Bi Jing Ye had all the photos and other ‘incriminating’ evidence and that she had nothing to do with it, but at this rate, it was mad confusing to me whether she was truly clear of this mess or not. (Of course, she had every right to be mad after that ‘accident’ but previously showing traces that she was all right with stating there and living a peaceful life and then turning around to scold him for not caring about them? Really?) Regardless of this current situation though, the lady told Chairman Lai to go ask Bi Jing Ye, not interrogate her. Chairman Lai was indeed quite shocked and was thinking the whole situation over. So would he just plain suspect Bi Jing Ye already?

Back at Happiness Began, the inevitable meeting commenced. Chen Guo Long indeed was having one of the biggest moments of his life by humiliating Yu Xiang in front of the employees, especially Chairman Gao. Unfortunately for Chen Guo Long, before he could announce the news of Yu Xiang’s soon to be unemployment status, Chairman Gao stopped him. It wasn’t because the man was changing his mind, he was just wanting to do the deed himself. Yet the unexpected happened once again because Yu Xiang wasn’t fired like everyone had expected, but he was promoted to be the general manager. That was indeed a slap in the face for Chen Guo Long. Yu Xiang was as puzzled as to Chairman Gao’s move. (But of course, it could be guessed that Chairman Gao wasn’t favoring Yu Xiang or anything in that matter, he was just setting up the stage for the upcoming battle between Yu Xiang and his father.)

After the meeting, Min Ling was expressing her shock to the other two, stating that it was indeed quite strange. Yet she didn’t want to ponder too much, telling Bi Ting that she was going to go buy a cake to celebrate. After a few more words exchanged, Min Ling went on her way for real to buy the cake, leaving Bi Ting and Yu Xiang behind for the time being. The whole while the two girls were chatting among themselves, Yu Xiang was deep in thoughts. Bi Ting, of course, was worried since he seemed unusually quiet. After asking what happened, he revealed that he was pondering whether he should quit. Bi Ting, more shocked than ever, asked him why. He had stated that the employees had been saying how he was the son yet didn’t help his father, it looked quite bad for Chairman Lai at this point. Yu Xiang even admitted that, if it was the past him, he would just focus on his own goals but now that his parents weren’t around, he should be the responsible one. Bi Ting was quite impressed with his current mature thinking, so she complimented him. Yet Yu Xiang used that opportunity to tease her about showing interest in him more when she was currently with Jun Jie. She brushed off his lame joke attempt again and walked off in a huff. He yelled after her that he was just kidding and that she was the senseless one, not him.

Back on the Yu Jie front, it seemed like Long Tian Xing was getting more and more unease. It was hard to blame since he was torn between his possible ‘true’ feelings for Yu Jie and his father’s revenge schemes. Coincidentally as it got, one of the details of the script that Yu Jie had to follow was discovering a certain person’s revenge scheme. (What are the odds, right? Or was that put in to make Long Tian Xing realize his unease?)

Another day at Sam Brunch, but not any typical day. Because Yi Ru had some good news to announce. She was getting engaged to Michael Kwan soon. Tian Cheng, upon hearing the news, had somehow injured his finger from a knife lying nearby in the kitchen. It was an accident and because of the crowd gathered, the others didn’t notice. But the new girl had since she was standing right next to him.

Bi Ting was working overtime again for the night. But it wasn’t because of Yu Xiang’s recent battle with Chen Guo Long. She was helping a fellow friend from the old school days prepare for the upcoming wedding. Yu Xiang stepped in and made some jokes about her being neglected by Jun Jie again. She told him to stop jinxing her. But he didn’t keep that in mind, saying that he was going to let her work on wedding-related cases only and won’t force her to work on the projects regarding to ‘funeral’ anymore. She was touched by this move but didn’t say it out loud. Min Ling soon walked in and their conversation was cut short. It wasn’t anything too out of it since she worked there after all. Min Ling soon nagged Yu Xiang to treat her a meal because of all the hard work she’d done. He hadn’t eaten yet so he agreed but also wanted to invite Bi Ting. Min Ling jumped in to say that Bi Ting wasn’t free for the night–to which Bi Ting was also surprised, asking Min Ling about that. However, Jun Jie walked in and apologized to Bi Ting for his unannounced presence–after a little glare down with Yu Xiang. Min Ling once again came to the rescue and told Yu Xiang not to be a ‘light bulb’, but he resorted by saying it was his place after all so the person being a ‘light bulb’ wasn’t him. Still, Min Ling dragged him out of there before anything could happen.

After Yu Xiang and Min Ling were gone, Jun Jie told Bi Ting he had something important to tell her and invited her to dinner so they could discuss further. She said she was busy yet he insisted, stating that it was really important. So they went to dinner at some fancy restaurant. Yet Bi Ting said that she wasn’t too hungry so if he wanted to say something, he better make it fast since she wanted to return to the company to finish the paperwork for her friend’s wedding arrangements. Jun Jie quickly whipped out the tickets for Paris and some information pamphlets to a specific school to show Bi Ting. (He blamed it on Yu Xiang for making him forget the last time.) Anyway, the paperwork also included some living arrangements as well. She quickly thank him for all the information but told him that she hadn’t saved enough for the trip to Paris yet so the whole tuition fees hadn’t been met either. He reassured her it was all right since he thought up of a solution so she didn’t have to worry about the ‘money’ situation anymore. The inevitable proposal came forward.

The proposal was cut short because the scene had shifted gear to Yang Bo Wen’s resident. Yu Xiang was seen on his laptop, typing away while Yu Jie walked by in high spirits. Yu Jie had disclosed that she was in love and received some words of congrats by Yu Xiang. The fun atmosphere of the two teasing each other soon turned into some conversation about Shu Xin and Yu Jie was trashing Bi Ting again so Yu Xiang had to ‘clarify’ things for Yu Jie. (I so hate the whole ‘doing a bunch of stuff for someone that meant the girl/guy have to return to feeling’ so of course, I hated Yu Jie’s rants. Of course, like I said before, it was Jun Jie’s fault for causing Shu Xin and Bi Ting to suffer YET Shu Xin was a smart girl–scheming even–so she was able to look after herself. Yeah, I got it with Yu Jie supporting her friend BUT I couldn’t help being annoyed each time those subjects were brought forward with whoever doing more for the ‘girl/guy’ should get ‘him/her’. Annoying ‘prize claiming’ concept rather than talking about feelings.) But anyway, Yu Jie had Yu Xiang cornered with asking if he had feelings for Bi Ting hence kept coming to Bi Ting’s defense. Yet Yu Xiang wasn’t tongue-tied–almost though, he immediately jumped in to say that he had a girlfriend. Yu Jie’s interrogation was cut short with Yang Bo Wen arriving home with a very drunk Tian Cheng.

The conversation was cut short again once more regarding their investigation into Tian Cheng’s drunk state. This time it was because of Bi Ting calling Yu Xiang. It got me laughing literally when Bi Ting told Yu Xiang that Jun Jie had proposed to her. What? She called to ask him what she should do? NICE…. And the priceless part of the whole matter was how Yu Xiang was all like, “Oh, that’s it? Um…I’m busy right now, we’ll talk about it tomorrow.” Wah! Bi Ting was more than surprised that Yu Xiang had hung up on her. Well, she was probably more upset. How dared he, right? (LOL) But the most worrisome matter after realizing he had hung up on her was why in the world did she tell him about it in the first place, lol.

Bi Ting didn’t have time to gripe over that matter anymore since upon going back to her apartment, she encountered Mrs. Lai trying to find her own apartment. Yes, as interesting as it got, Mrs. Lai had somehow decided to move. (After all, she had left the other house, right? So now she needed a place to stay.) According to Mrs. Lai, she was seeking out Mrs. Liu’s help hence residing at this place as of now. Mrs. Liu was their landlord. Funny thing was Bi Ting was calling Mrs. Lai “Big Sis” instead of ‘madame’ or something. Or perhaps she was used to calling her own mother ‘Big Sis’ as well so this was a habit? After some more side talk, Bi Ting offered to help with transporting Mrs. Lai’s luggage. Before leaving Mrs. Lai’s apartment, Bi Ting told Mrs. Lai whenever she needed help, just call. Mrs. Lai indeed had a good first impression with Bi Ting since she was so helpful and kind. But will her attitude change upon learning about Bi Ting’s relation to both of her sons? At least how it could possibly cause future feuds between the two guys?

The next day at work, Bi Ting was already at her desk as Min Ling walked in. Bi Ting soon confessed to Min Ling that she couldn’t sleep last night hence coming to work early. That was also around the time Yu Xiang walked in to tease her. Min Ling was so happy for Bi Ting upon learning the news that Bi Ting would soon become Mrs. Architect. (Hinting at Jun Jie’s title here.) Before Bi Ting could clarify the matter about last night, Yu Xiang jumped in to warn them that it was ‘working hours’ and even if he was in the ‘know’ about certain things didn’t mean he was willing to gossip with them. He went further by telling them to wait for after working hours to discuss such matters and stomped off to his office. Bi Ting was wondering about his strange behavior yet Min Ling told her not to pay attention and wanted Bi Ting to reveal more juicy details. Bi Ting finally told Min Ling that Jun Jie proposed to her all of a sudden and she hadn’t responded to his proposal yet. Min Ling was shocked and pondered why, and told Bi Ting if she didn’t hurry, someone else would snatch him up. Bi Ting still insisted on thinking it over carefully since it was one of the biggest matters of her life after all. She brushed it off, wanting to get back to her paperwork first. Min Ling, seeing how anxious Bi Ting was, let her off and went to her desk. Her last words being that Bi Ting should think carefully and should remember her warning.

Back on the Yu Jie front, they were finally acting out the scene that the director had mentioned previously–after the director gave some additional information. Long Tian Xing was still against Yu Jie doing the scene but she reassured him that she would be fine. So he had no choice but to step aside and wait–along with the others. It seemed like Long Tian Xing was right after all about precautions because when Yu Jie got pushed into the bookcase–as it was supposed to be with the scene, some of the boxes on top of the bookshelf toppled over and Long Tian Xing jumped in in time to shield Yu Jie away from it–with the main lead having jumped out of the way already to save himself. It was too fast yet no one was sure if it was because someone had carelessly placed the items around or because the main lead had used too much force hence knocking the boxes down from high above.

All of that dramatic sequence had to subside as another dramatic moment was taking place on the Yang Bo Wen front. Or more like his studio. It seemed like Sammy wasn’t able to forget Bo Wen hence coming back to talk to him. Yet they did more than talking. But she soon came to her senses and told him off and that they couldn’t be together. He asked her why and tried to convince her otherwise. It wasn’t until the doorbell rang again that she had a chance to escape. The strange new girl was at the door again. Bo Wen, beyond upset at this point, confronted her and said if she was so interested in him, he would fulfill her wish. Yet she soon yelled out he shouldn’t do that (aka advancing on her) because she was his daughter. Huh? Okay, that was a new one. But not too impossible. It would explain the constant stalking and how she really wanted to get to know him by working at Sam Brunch.

Still another shift in the story. Tian Cheng was seen at the park again, spending another father and daughter day with Xiao Die. Though Yi Ru was also nearby watching them. Soon, Tian Cheng walked over and sat on the bench with Yi Ru, letting Xiao Die play along on the wooden horse. They reminisced about how they first met and their first date was there, etc. Tian Cheng truly wanted her to find her own happiness yet he soon clarified that it had to be a better person than him, not someone like Michael. Of course, they were back at it, but Yi Ru thought he was throwing a tantrum again hence not bothering to explain anymore. He then told her she could do whatever she wanted but she shouldn’t hurt Xiao Die. Yet she was offended (and probably rightly so) since Xiao Die was her daughter as well. After some more words, Yi Ru stormed off, leaving Tian Cheng behind. (It was indeed very hard to blame her, considering his past records–and how Michael was so cunning.)

Back at Yang Bo Wen’s studio, the investigation continued with him asking about her mother, etc. Upon learning of the mother’s name, Yang Bo Wen, so unlike his usual self, turned insane and told the girl to stop lying. Though the young girl tried to explain and convinced, Yang Bo Wen was unmoved. He further told her to stop this nonsense and stop interfering with his life. He also sent some words to her mother before storming off. (The ‘storming off’ trend was definitely in at that moment.)

On a more hilarious note, Bi Ting tried to convince Yu Xiang to go forward in accepting her proposal. Yet she got exposed, even after stating that the couple was willing to go with the whole ‘wedding and funeral’ combined plan. Bi Ting was silently scolding Min Ling for being such a big mouth (and disclosing to Yu Xiang about her fellow friend from school). Yu Xiang was willing to negotiate though, he used Jun Jie’s proposal to Bi Ting as the bargaining chip. (Yes, he told Bi Ting if she was willing to tell him all the details regarding the proposal then he would consider her current project proposal.) She agreed and said that he shouldn’t go back on his words–to which he nodded. (But he was so unpredictable at times that we wouldn’t know, right?) Bi Ting quickly summarized the situation for Yu Xiang. After she was done, Yu Xiang immediately scolded her for the rejection. Yet he retaliated with asking if she was fearing that if Jun Jie knew the truth, things would turn ugly. She even dared to ask what truth? (Hadn’t she learned from his past tactics? Always diverting back to the whole ‘secretly in love with him’ as an answer to everything. And I was right. Sort of since he did say that it was probably because Bi Ting couldn’t let go of him hence turning down Jun Jie.) Not being able to discuss serious matters with Yu Xiang, Bi Ting left after some heated words. Yet Yu Xiang was still able to smile. (Of course, since he was the one doing the teasing.) Wanting to forget the whole situation, Bi Ting invited Min Ling to lunch. Min Ling had to turn her down since she said someone was waiting for Bi Ting. It was none other than Jun Jie.

Bi Ting took Jun Jie to the park to see her tree. Jun Jie asked her if that was Yu Xiang’s birthday gift to her and she nodded. Yet she also clarified that her not responding to his proposal yet had nothing to do with Yu Xiang so he didn’t need to think too much of it. He said that he wasn’t. (It was hard to blame her since he kept pushing that ‘point’ that one time.) Jun Jie’s answer to not worrying about it was because he believed in her and that he believed he wasn’t going to lose to Yu Xiang. (Oh really?) As Jun Jie went on and on about how the Lai family didn’t treat him like a family member, Bi Ting interrupted him by saying that he must have misunderstood since Yu Xiang was really concerned for him. Jun Jie shrugged her off however and said he didn’t want to talk about that anymore. What? I thought he said he wasn’t going to give her pressure and was willing to wait yet the following words contradicted itself. (Oy, I give up on them.)

Back at Sam Brunch, Yang Bo Wen was forced to face his own feelings once again as Tian Cheng ranted on and on about his daughter, Yang Zi. Yang Bo Wen didn’t want to hear it nor answer to Tian Cheng’s questions. Yet when he heard that his daughter was leaving and even cried when she was packing and said that her father didn’t want her anymore, he stopped. Was he starting to believe in her words? Or perhaps he already knew the truth but didn’t want to accept because of what happened in the past. And indeed soon, he was admitting to Tian Cheng that he was using Yang Zi as a punching bag, not considering how she was innocent–regardless of what happened between him and her mother in the past. Wow, I didn’t realize Tian Cheng had it in him to set Yang Bo Wen up like that. Because when Yang Bo Wen said he was willing to make up for what he couldn’t do in the past (considering how all these years he hadn’t taken care of her), Tian Cheng said it wasn’t too late. Soon, Yang Zi was walking out, calling Bo Wen ‘Daddy’.

That night, Jun Jie was talking on the phone with Bi Ting, telling her that he had to discuss some things with Bi Jing Ye. He also mentioned that she should ‘quit her job’ and if Yu Xiang gave her a hard time, he would deal with Yu Xiang. (What? When did that happen? OY, someone stop this madness.) After hanging up, Bi Ting discovered that her project proposal was on her desk again. She opened it up to see that Yu Xiang had already signed it (aka approved the project) and even left a message for her, calling her by her nickname (that he had given to her once upon a time). Another comedic episode rolled itself into happening as Yu Xiang walked in to ask Bi Ting why she wasn’t on a date with Jun Jie yet was there wasting the company’s resources. Bi Ting resorted with asking him why he wasn’t on a date with Min Ling yet was there wasting the company’s resources along with her. He responded by saying that Min Ling was out with her fellow ‘sisters’. Bi Ting, of course, said that Jun Jie was meeting up with Bi Jing Ye. Yu Xiang wasn’t surprised since it was Jun Jie after all. He reminded her to turn off the lights before she left as he was making an exit. However, she called him back. He turned around and scolded her for kept calling him ‘hey’ instead of his name. She invited him to a meal? This was getting interesting. Okay, possibly because she wanted to ease her way into ‘quitting’ somehow. But still, something to look forward to. He, of course, questioned her motives, not just accepting her invitation like that.

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