Mei Ren Long Tang: Episode 14 – United Hearts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*All images were captured by DTLCT

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Mei Ren Long Tang: Episode 13 – Masquerade

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

According to this episode’s opening, the last bit of the previous episode was a cheat again with the scene where Tian He offered a ride to Ren Mei–because Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie just started to talk about the motorcycle being Tian He’s. (I was puzzled too as to where he learned that it was his motorcycle, considering how he didn’t care about anything in the past–or was capable of riding one with his health condition. So this did explain a bit more into the story. And from Ren Mei’s expression, she didn’t know it was his motorcycle either so it seemed a bit off. Even if Ren Mei didn’t know everything about the Long family in the past but at least she knew enough.) Somehow though, Tian He had overheard about it when he eavesdropped in on Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie’s conversation.

So this scene occurred with Tian He telling Long Tai not to use his motorcycle anymore. Since the reason was so legit with the motorcycle being his, Long Tai couldn’t say no. He only placed the helmet on the floor and left the scene. That was also when Tian He vouched silently to take back what was his–one by one.

That comment from Tian He also led to this scene. (Yes, the one that supposedly thought to take place in the last episode but wasn’t so.) He told Ren Mei he hated to be turned down the most–and asked if she didn’t want to receive a good deed from a friend. So there it was, she took the offer.

Long Tai actually bumped into Wen Zi before seeing Ren Mei on the motorcycle with Tian He. Anyway, he asked for her well-being–to which she responded that she wasn’t feeling well at all. She blurted out a lot of random stuff, causing Long Tai to be even more confused. She said that if it was to continue, she would be even further and further away from him. (Yes, she was probably affected by Ren Hu already.) Wen Zi, not being able to take it anymore, took another step forward and hugged Long Tai, apologizing to him for not being able to control her feelings. Seeing her pitiful state, he couldn’t just push her out so he comforted her by patting on her back. That was interestingly when Tian He and Ren Mei passed by them. So Ren Mei’s reaction had more to do with Long Tai and Wen Zi’s embrace than just plain being caught with Tian He. Tian He, having no idea what had actually occurred, gloated to himself that Long Tai must have suffered a lot seeing that scene. He had no idea Ren Mei was also suffering.

Tian He took Ren Mei to his favorite spot, telling her that each time he was unhappy, he would call out loudly and somehow would, in turn, receive a response from elsewhere. Upon seeing his smile, Ren Mei was forced to remember that one incident with Long Tai taking her to that place to cry out the encouragement cheers for her. After that moment of reflection, she actually spoke up to voice her opinion, telling Tian He not to smile like that because it reminded her of Long Tai too much. That, of course, had triggered Tian He’s anger–and even shocked Ren Mei of her own admittance. (She was indeed much, much braver in even saying that out loud.) Though she did apologize for her words and stated that her emotions were in turmoil at the moment, but Tian He’s moods were already spoiled. He scolded her before taking leave.

That night, another confrontation took place as Tian He entered. Long Tai was saying how Tian He wanted the motorcycle back to take Ren Mei around. Though Tian He was already upset from what happened earlier, he didn’t let on. He smiled his usual taunting smile and told Long Tai that it was necessary that he have some sort of transportation since he was in a relationship with Ren Mei now. He also thanked Long Tai for telling him that Ren Mei liked him, etc. (OY, YUP, Long Tai was definitely dumb for telling Tian He that.) Long Tai, though deeply affected by those words, didn’t let on. (They were indeed double trouble.) He responded by giving the new couple his blessing. However, Tian He, being the devil that he was, finally got to Long Tai when he said since he didn’t have anything to do, for the time being, it was nice to have some leisure activity in place (i.e. messing around with Ren Mei).

What got even more interesting as for plot development was how Wen Zi had sent a text message to Ren Mei, saying that she couldn’t wait for Long Tai so they could return to Japan together anymore. That indeed shocked Ren Mei into taking some actions. She felt it was impossible because of the supposedly ‘close embrace’ she witnessed earlier. Ren Mei’s inquiry with Lao Zhang had triggered Ren Hu’s curiosity also. (Well, anything involving Wen Zi was his interest.) Upon learning of Wen Zi’s departure, Ren Hu was beyond himself.

As for Wen Zi, she finally realized that her feelings for Long Tai weren’t romantic love, but more like family love. She treated Long Tai like an older brother but didn’t realize it herself. It wasn’t until she met Ren Hu that she knew what love was. Though she had claimed to be the brave type, doing whatever she pleased yet she couldn’t help but run when the time came. So the result? Ren Hu got to the airport too late and wasn’t able to see her for the last time–or stop her either. (And now that the plot developed into this part, I seriously have to admit that I was really fooled by the plot’s device. I meant I thought it had gone the typical route with making Wen Zi the monster in Long Tai and Ren Mei’s story to make viewers hate her–and I did fell into that trap with being slightly annoyed by some of her actions and with her treating him like an object–yet I didn’t realize the plot could extend to another route. That was what made it clever. Even if Ren Hu was unforgivable in his cruel words and behaviors toward Ren Mei, but his obsession and possessiveness toward Wen Zi had explained a lot about how insecure he was after losing his parents, etc. Then making Wen Zi realized her relation to Long Tai versus Ren Hu made her character not so one-sided either–even if there were some brief scenes here and there with Ren Hu but it made a lot of sense.)

As Ren Hu was still grieving over his recent loss, Ren Mei was seen out and about pondering about Wen Zi’s departure. She was indeed scratching her head (figuratively), not getting it at all, considering how Wen Zi had stated that she would wait for Long Tai so they could return to Japan together. She couldn’t believe that Wen Zi had left first. And as she was killing more brain cells over that matter, Tian He rode by on his motorcycle, ready to strike.

Tian He was wondering where she was heading toward. She answered him by saying that she was on her way to the market. He was surprised that she still had to do such tasks, considering how she had said that her grandma had been treating her quite well lately. He went to say that she could just tell those servants/’lower ranked people’ (下人 ) to do the job. Ren Mei, not being able to take it anymore told him that they were ’employees’, not the terms Tian He used. She even disclosed that those were her friends as well. He didn’t care, stating that those servants/’low ranked people’ couldn’t be his friends. Ren Mei soon spoke up for Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu, considering how they worked for him yet really cared for him as well. Tian He didn’t agree (of course he would never). He said he didn’t care how they treated him. Though Ren Mei wanted to continue to defend Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu, Tian He cut her short and told her to get on–to much of her surprise. And things got from bad to worse from there. Actually, it ended up there when they were at the market. Tian He was making snappy comments about how sick and tired he was of looking at those items (foods and all), not understanding how those dishes they were studying of recent could help resurrect Long Tang’s business. Ren Mei was seriously discouraged with his words. Because she looked at him from behind–and probably was thinking of Long Tai when they were at the market together in the past–but his words were on the opposite side of the spectrum.

So on their way back, she was more than reluctant to get on the motorcycle with him. She outright told him–when he asked why she hadn’t gotten on–that she could just go home by herself. He finally realized she was still pissed off. She then told him that they shouldn’t see each other anymore. He asked her if she was turning him down/rejecting him, etc. She told him that she couldn’t face such a cold-blooded person anymore. She initially thought that his bad attitude was due to his past health condition so others could understand it, but now that he was well again, he continued on the same path. She even stated that she honestly felt sorry for Long Shou Cheng, Ah Pan Jie, and Lao Tu because they were waiting for the day until he recovered, always treating him well. Tian He cut her off, scolding her for saying the same thing as Long Tai and that both weren’t able to take care of his/her own situation yet was meddling into his problems. So he stormed off afterward.

On her way home, Ren Mei was still fuming. She was chiding Tian He for placing her and Long Tai in the same category–aka the stupid category. Then she went even further saying how it was inevitable that Tian He scolded her for being stupid, why did Tian He had to drag Long Tai’s name down as well. It was around then that she stopped herself (literally and figuratively since she had stopped walking around then and told herself to wait). She was now trying to decipher deeper into Tian He’s words than just the usual ‘stupid’ remarks. Yes, she finally figured it out that Long Tai like her. (Thank Tian He for this one. Anger does get the worst of him.)

That night as Tian He was fuming at home and vouching for revenge, an opportunity presented itself for him soon after. Long Tai left his phone lying around again so Tian He was able to read Ren Mei’s text message to him. It helped a lot with having the same face as the other guy, right? Sabotage time was so fun. (So the scene with her smiling so happily was because she thought he was Long Tai.) So Tian He deleted the message and then posed as Long Tai to meet up with Ren Mei.

And distinguishing between the siblings by attires was indeed NOT a good idea, because it was seriously working against her now at the meeting. But Ren Mei seriously had it bad for Long Tai, because even if Tian He purposely say sharp words to her, she didn’t mind. As Tian He was thinking those words, Ren Mei brought out the other shoe that she had supposedly tossed away, explaining that she actually had it in her hand all along. Tian He proceeded with his plan, still delivering sharp words her way, saying that it had passed already. Ren Mei, knowing she must clarify quickly, did just that. She told him that she initially thought that she liked Long Tian He yet she later realized it was just the imagined version of Long Tian He that she liked. So the actual person she actually liked was Long Tai. Hearing those words, it was definitely killing Tian He inside. What made Tian He wanting to beat himself up even more was how Ren Mei mentioned that she wanted to give up initially because she misunderstood Long Tai and Wen Zi yet Long Tian He had awakened her with his words. (Nice?) Yet were the scriptwriters playing us major time? Why was Ren Mei always confessing to the wrong person? It wasn’t her fault but seriously, that was playing her major time.

Apparently Long Tai was trying to call Ren Mei. He really wanted to talk to her, to warn her about Tian He’s plans of just messing with her. Though he wanted to do just that, he couldn’t find a way to convince her. It was around then that he spotted Tian He and Ren Mei. The next thing that Tian He did wasn’t to sabotage them even more by accepting Ren Mei in Long Tai’s disguise. He returned the shoe to Ren Mei and told Ren Mei that he would never like her. (I guess I overestimated him. If he was despicable enough, he would just accept and make the misunderstanding even worse. OR would it torture him even more to just pose as Long Tai a tad longer?) And the situation turned around when Tian He realized Long Tai was around. He soon turned his ‘no’ into a ‘yes’. And even if it worked against Long Tai and Ren Mei, but I seriously have to praise Tian He for being able to turn it around–with saying how she previously told him she liked Long Tian He and now she said she liked him so how could he believe which one is true, etc. NICE! Tian He wanted Ren Mei to give him her necklace to earn his trust. She, thinking he was Long Tai still, gave it to him without a question, saying that it had been her ‘lucky charm’ in the past to protect her yet now that she had him, she didn’t need it anymore. (OY!) But looking on the bright side, she no longer liked that evil Tian He and only when he donned Long Tai’s identity could he be regarded in such manner.

After sending Ren Mei home with his words, Tian He stepped over to where Long Tai was standing to gloat. Long Tai questioned Tian He about the other shoe, which was supposedly disposed of already. Yet Tian He clarified it was his and he had given it to Ren Mei to prove their love, etc. Long Tai then scolded Tian He for continuing to play with Ren Mei like that. Tian He’s next words shocked Long Tai more than anything. He told Long Tai not to worry about that anymore since he was really falling in love with Ren Mei. Though his emotions were too turmoil from the previous scene he witnessed, Long Tai was still smart enough to ask the most important question. YUP, he was wondering why in the world Tian He had to wear his clothes to go meet up with Ren Mei. Tian He recovered by saying he was in a rush and didn’t know it was Long Tai’s clothes. He said he thought his preference had deteriorated already.

Back at Long Tang, things were getting even more complicated as it were. Ah Xiang and Ah Lun returned in very beat up conditions. They were beaten by some thugs in front of Xiao Xiang’s shop after returning from a delivery trip. Xiao Xiang was nowhere to be seen so they have to return to Long Tang to seek the others for help of their next move. Lao Tu suggested that Xiao Xiang had fled already. And if Xiao Xiang did indeed flee, Long Shou Cheng was in for good, considering how he was the person guaranteeing the debt matter. The head of the town soon showed up with more bad news. He said that he spotted Xiao Xiang taking off already. Lao Tu yelled out that his guess was indeed correct as the others panicked. Or more like it was Ah Pan Jie panicking while Lao Tu ranted on and on. Though it seemed suspicious because the head of the town looked quite strange when the camera zoomed into him. (He was probably lying to aid Ren Hu’s cause.) Long Shou Cheng soon spoke up to say that he believed Xiao Xiang wasn’t that type of person–and believed that she would return after several days. The head of the town soon applied more pressure by saying how if Xiao Xiang wasn’t willing to appear, the debtor had to proceed with making the person putting forth the guaranteed pay back the debt. Ah Pan Jie yelled out they didn’t have any money. It was indeed getting quite hectic. Long Shou Cheng then said that he wanted to meet up with the debtor to discuss other alternatives. The head of the town disagreed, wanting to pass along the words instead. (Of course, he wouldn’t want it to take place, if it comes out, he would be exposed along with Ren Hu.) After the head of the town left, Tian He walked by, chiding his old man for doing such things. He said if grandma knew, she would definitely be hurt by what Long Shou Cheng did. Like they needed him to add more salt to their injuries. Yet it was Tian He after all.

Long Shou Cheng soon sought out Grandma Zhao for help in borrowing money to pay off the other debt first (or it seemed like he planned to). Yet he was sabotaged by Ren Hu when Ah Xie (Grandma Zhao’s assistant) was on her way to look for Grandma Zhao and ended up bumping into Ren Hu instead. He turned the request down. But while Long Shou Cheng was waiting for words from Ah Xie, Ren Mei heard what had happened and came out to talk to him. So she learned of the rejection and wanted to persuade her brother otherwise yet Long Shou Cheng didn’t want to cause troubles for her so he said he would seek other alternatives before turning to leave.

Though Long Shou Cheng didn’t want to cause troubles, Ren Mei had really sought out her brother to ask about the matter. Ren Mei didn’t understand why her brother was treating the Long family like enemies. She said she knew he didn’t get along with Long Tian He when they were little yet that had passed already. He told her it hadn’t passed yet and it never will. So he told her not to speak up on the Long family’s behalf anymore before dismissing her.

As things turned from WAY worse to the extreme of worst, they were forced to move out of Long Tang. Long Tai was seen already packed the next day and was making his way out of the house. Yet he couldn’t help but stopped at various points to see Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie cry. Then he finally stopped by the porch to sit next to his old man. Long Shou Cheng confided that he had already apologized to his wife for not being able to bring the tree along. Yet Long Tai assured him and said that she would forgive them for it. Soon, Tian He walked out and was once again envious of the pair of father and son’s interaction. He wanted to go back inside yet almost bumped into Ah Xiang coming out. Ah Xiang wasn’t scared and glared him down before telling Long Tai they have to go already.

So the inevitable happened. They were still standing around, reluctant to leave. Tian He finally couldn’t take it anymore and told them to leave already. That was when Ah Pan Jie spoke up to say that she just wanted to take a few more glimpses at the place and that Tian He didn’t have to be so cold-blooded. Yet Lao Tu interfered, telling her not to say it anymore, considering how terrible everyone’s moods were at the moment. It was also around that time that Long Tai stepped up to pat his old man on the shoulder, give him some sort of comfort. And that was also when Tian He turned around to check on them again, spotting the gesture and his jealousy boiled up inside again. Regardless of how unwilling they were, the party soon dispersed–with Long Tai still guiding his old man along.

So they moved into Ah Xiang’s friend’s house. Long Tai was very grateful to Ah Xiang and his friend for it. Yet Ah Xiang shrugged it off as nothing, stating that Long Tai had helped him in the past so it was normal that he returned the favor while they were in such a situation. The person who was showing an ungrateful attitude was unsurprisingly Tian He. His look of disgust said it all of his feelings toward the place. So what did Tian He do except order Ah Pan Jie to clear the air of the weird odor before calling him? Ah Xiang and Ah Lun reacted immediately, saying that Tian He was still exuding his young master attitude. Lao Tu jumped in to rescue the situation again, stating that Tian He was right about the ‘odor’ comment and that they should get rid of it so everyone would be more comfortable. Yet Ah Pan Jie said that it wasn’t about the fact of the room having a weird odor or not but it was Tian He’s attitude that had riled up everyone’s mood. Lao Tu interfered again, telling Ah Pan Jie not to pour more oil to the already blazing fire.

The next morning, Ah Pan Jie was up and out, trying to find a way to get food for everyone. She even prayed to Heaven for help. And was soon answered. Then she thought that it could be Ah Xiang and Ah Lun sending it over. So she went inside to tell the others, not forgetting to thank Heaven anyway. As Ah Pan Jie distributed the foods, Lao Tu called Tian He to come and eat breakfast. With no reply, he told Ah Pan Jie to set aside a portion for Tian He. Long Shou Cheng said that he wasn’t hungry and wanted to go out for a walk. Long Tai also got up and said he wasn’t hungry either, he wanted to go out and search for a job. That had also inspired Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu as well. Yet Long Tai told them they had been working so hard for Long Tang all these years so they should rest. Soon, he had to take Tian He’s motorcycle again in order to go around town in search of a job, considering how he didn’t have any form of transportation at this point.

After Long Tai left, Ah Pan Jie couldn’t help but praise Long Tai for being so understanding and considerate. She went even further by saying it was fortunate that their lady boss had taken Long Tai with her to Japan in the past or else Long Tai might turn out like Tian He. Yet Lao Tu told her not to say it anymore. Too late, Tian He had faked sleep and had been listening in on their conversation all along. He was finally getting up and was ready to strike back. Yet Ah Pan Jie wasn’t so easily obliging to his situation anymore. She didn’t want to follow his orders like in the past, but Lao Tu was forced to interfere once again, wanting to patch things up. Ah Pan Jie told Tian He to please mature up and look at the current situation. Lao Tu interrupted, not wanting things to get even worse (if that was possible).

Ah Pan Jie stood firm on her words this time, refusing to budge. She said that Tian He wasn’t a kid anymore so she didn’t want to let him have his way. She told him to stop his acts, stating that it was his fault that he’d slept in late yet still dared to say that the breakfast was too cold. She also told him how Long Tai didn’t even eat breakfast yet had gone out to search for a job to help the situation. Her next words? She wanted him to learn from Long Tai. That had triggered Tian He the most and he yelled right back, asking why he had to learn from that ‘imposter’. Ah Pan Jie told him Long Tai wasn’t an imposter but his brother, asking him why he wasn’t able to accept Long Tai. Tian He, stating that his appetite had been spoiled, tossed the food across the room before leaving. Yet Ah Pan Jie was still on a roll, continuing to yell at Tian He. Lao Tu finally told her to shut it, reminding her that she shouldn’t force Tian He like that and they had seen Tian He grew up, etc. She said because she’d seen him grow up, she was even sadder that he was that way. Not to mention how she treated Tian He like her own son so she couldn’t stand it anymore seeing him getting mad all the time, not caring to acknowledge the situation, etc.

On a more positive note, Long Tai finally found a job at a construction site. At first, the other person told him it was a really laborious job (really?) and it would even include overtime. He didn’t mind. He stated that he could endure it and have the strength to do all the heavy duties. The other person, seeing Long Tai so willing, finally agreed. So he was told to report back tomorrow.

And it was back to Tian He fuming over the fact that he was told to learn from Long Tai. Yet his trip out this time wasn’t so unfruitful. He discovered the head of the town carrying a heavy red packet and attempted to hide it upon seeing him. He confronted the other party right away.

On the way back, Long Tai spotted his old man back at Long Tang, staring at the place again. So he went over to talk to his old man, telling him that he found a job already and that they would acquire Long Tang back again. What made Long Shou Cheng even happier wasn’t the assurance, but Long Tai calling him “Dad” at long last when Long Tai told him they should go back home (i.e. their current habitat). Long Tai soon turned to have an internal talk with his mother, telling her to protect the place until they return. He then told his old man to go home again. Long Shou Cheng was more than happy to obey, letting Long Tai guide him back. He was thinking of how strange things had turned out–because even if he’d lost Long Tang, he got his son back.

Ah Pan Jie finally discovered their ‘angel’ when she came out to retrieve some freebies again. She initially thought it was her son and Ah Xiang again. But she felt it was too weird they didn’t show up. Then she finally spotted someone sneaking a peek at the house hence seeing Ren Mei at last. Busted, so Ren Mei couldn’t deny. She told Ah Pan Jie how she found out and that Long Shou Cheng had come over to seek for help previously. Ah Pan Jie, of course, didn’t know. Then Ren Mei asked about Long Tai to which Ah Pan Jie told Ren Mei how Long Tai was working to support them. Ah Pan Jie, seeing how sad and worried Ren Mei looked, quickly reassured her they were all right. Ren Mei then went into a panicked mood, wanting Ah Pan Jie to promise not to tell Long Tai about her sending breakfast over, not wanting Long Tai to feel like he was being pitied. Ah Pan Jie promised.

Because of his recent work schedule, Long Tai finally fell sick–though he told the others he was all right. Long Shou Cheng accompanied Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu the next morning to buy some meds for Long Tai. There were only two people left in the house at that time, Long Tai–who was still coughing–and Tian He. Interestingly as it got, Tian He was going through his pockets and finally found a small packet. He was forced to remember back to the time Doctor Jin had given him that packet and told him to drink it so his wish would come true right away. It was the time he said he wanted to die and end the suffering, etc. So was he thinking what would eventually lead to the unforgivable deed? Considering how much he hated Long Tai at the moment–with all the attention Long Tai was getting. Yet it seemed like it wasn’t so. It wasn’t exactly so. He actually tossed the paper packet away randomly. Yet that was also when Long Tai got up and saw the packet after having another coughing fit. Long Tai, upon seeing the packet, thought that it was the medications his father bought for him. It was a misunderstanding.

Indeed, Tian He had said that it was poison when Long Tai asked. Well,  Long Tai asked him if it was cold/flu medication and he replied in his usual manner, saying that if he said it was poison, would Long Tai believe him. So Long Tai responded with saying considering how much Tian He hated him, he wouldn’t tell him if it was poison. So Tian He told him if he wanted to take it, then go ahead. So Long Tai went and prepared the meds as Tian He mull things in his mind. He did try to interfere when Long Tai was about to down it. Yet when Long Tai asked “What?”, he just said “Nothing”. Ummmm…struggling inside but not strong enough. It was hard to blame him for his jealousy at times, but to kill someone? It didn’t matter if it was his brother hence being more important than the rest of the world, but it was a human being after all. Or did he think that Doctor Jin was just teasing him hence there was a chance it wasn’t poison?

So the inevitable happened. Long Tai crashed on his way to work. (Long Shou Cheng came back before he left and asked why he was up and around. Yet he said that he already drank meds so he was fine again. Long Shou Cheng was surprised and confused at the same time, mumbling that he just bought the meds back so what was that about already drinking meds.) While riding on the motorcycle, Long Tai felt dizzy and had multiple visions hence crashing. (Were those meds sleeping pills and not poison? It would make more sense, considering how Doctor Jin wouldn’t take the risk of Tian He actually downing the pills when he was taunted.)

Yup, those pills were sleeping pills. It was clarified by Lao Tu with his comment of wondering why Long Tai was taking such a dosage of those pills. So that was when Tian He blurted out that it wasn’t poison after all, but sleeping pills. Lao Tu, upon hearing those words, asked Tian He what he was talking about. And that was when Long Shou Cheng began his interrogation. Even if it was an accident, Tian He’s attitude didn’t help move things along either. Seeing Long Shou Cheng’s strong reaction, Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu immediately got up from Long Tai’s side and was ready to stop whatever that was might take place. Tian He was asking why his old man was determined to pin the crime on him. Long Shou Cheng said that upon his return, he only saw Long Tai and Tian He there, so if it wasn’t Tian He who gave the meds to Long Tai, who did? Tian He was more than upset, he said that he was also Long Shou Cheng’s son, why did Long Shou Cheng have to scold at him because of Long Tai. What planted him in an even more unfavorable spot was saying how it was for the good anyway, losing one and still having another, he won’t be too grievous. That had triggered Long Shou Cheng even more, asking why he could possibly have created such a murderer. Tian He was far from done, he went with it, triggering his old man even more. And that was when he received a second slap from his old man. Tian He was forced to think back to the time he received the first slap. However, his old man went on to say that time he hadn’t wake Tian He up yet but ended up causing Tian He to hate him until now. So this slap was also justified. Not being able to deliver any more sharp words toward his old man, he finally fled.

And he was back at his favorite place again, yelling out with much injustice. Then along came his enemy taunting him even more. Indeed, Ren Hu had kept his promise in overthrowing Tian He. Now, he was more than ready to deliver even more blows. And of course Ren Hu was there to declare his victory after calling Tian He a lost dog. It was also after Ren Hu left that Tian He realized how pitiful he was to land in the current situation. He silently repeated that no one in this world wanted him.

Back at home, Long Tai finally awakened. Still groggy, he asked them what had happened. Ah Pan Jie recounted to him how he had landed into the accident because of Tian He giving him the sleeping pills. It was then that he mumbled about how the meds were actually sleeping pills. He then clarified to the others that it wasn’t Tian He who given him the meds but it was he, himself, who had mistaken it for cold/flu meds. Lao Tu then spoke up to reflect Long Shou Cheng’s expression, stating that they had misunderstood, and things had gone haywire. Long Shou Cheng was still mumbling about why Tian He would let him misunderstand like that, etc. It was also around then that Long Tai felt his heart hurting, pondering if Tian He had ended up hurting himself. (Yup, it was one of those rare moments where he could feel the connection with his twin brother as people often recounted with twins having special connections.)

Soon, Long Tai was back up on his feet and out to search for Tian He. He ended up running into Ren Mei. She was actually on her way to his place, wanting to tell him that Tian He was heading toward the ocean-side. Long Tai told Ren Mei to go tell the others while he went and searched for Tian He, promising to bring Tian He back. After Ren Mei went on her way, Long Tai felt a jab in his heart again.

And it was finally full circle with the scene seen in episode 1 with Tian He standing there–about to jump. And just like how it had unfolded in the first scene of the drama, the scene moved to Long Tai finally seeing Tian He there, so he tried to convince Tian He not to do anything silly. Tian He told Long Tai not to make another move, etc. After much struggle under the water, Long Tai finally succeeded in rescuing Tian He. Yet his energy had also been drained. Luckily, the others had arrived and were able to tend to them.

They were brought to the hospital and were given the much needed medical attention. Yet while the others were standing nearby with many worries reflecting on all their faces, Long Tai was thinking of the situation between the two. Though they were supposedly twins yet they were like strangers, and if they couldn’t both co-exist in this world, it would be better that he disappear so that it could dissolve whatever hate that resided in Tian He’s heart. After letting go, Long Tai was able to see his mother. Yes, in his unconscious state, it seemed like his mother was there to pick him up. (Or was that it?) Indeed, as he got up to follow his mother, in reality, the monitor beeped like insane, signaling that he was going. As the others began to cry, Tian He finally woke up, not believing that Long Tai had sacrificed himself to save him. He called out to his brother, wanting him to wake up. It was finally at this moment that he didn’t care for those jealous moments anymore, truly wanting Long Tai to wake up.

After the doctors had excused themselves, Ren Mei rushed in toward Long Tai’s side. The others weren’t far behind. Ren Mei, way past hysterical at this point, told Long Tai to wake up. She said that he couldn’t leave everyone just like that, not after the other plan just took off. She also told him that she still had a lot to say to him. And in the unconscious realm, Long Tai wanted to follow his mom, truly did–until he heard Ren Mei calling him.

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Mei Ren Long Tang: Episode 12 – Robbing

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

As it were, Long Tai was chasing after Ren Mei’s car, attempting to patch things up between the two of them. Yet the last scene of the episode was also deceiving. Because even if Ren Mei had heard him and turned around, the bend in the road had caused their misunderstanding to enhance. Long Tai couldn’t chase any longer and stopped before the car took the turn hence not allowing Ren Mei to see him. (GOD, indeed a very torturous scene.)

Unlike their past encounters, Grandma Zhao was actually seen as quite anxious while waiting for Ren Mei’s return. And indeed, the tension that often existed when they were crossing paths seemed to have dissolved. Though Ren Mei still looked uncertain yet Grandma Zhao was seen less strict. In fact, her face expression had softened. Ren Mei finally spoke up to say that she was back–to which Grandma Zhao responded with a “Good” instead of her sharp words from before.

That night at the dinner table, Ren Mei was able to witness of Grandma Zhao’s partial toward Ren Hu once again, thinking things hadn’t changed at all. However, she soon realized how wrong she was when her grandma told the assistant that the soup pot she just brought in wasn’t for Ren Hu but for Ren Mei. Yes, that had shocked not only Ren Hu but also Ren Mei, who was staring at the tabletop at that point. The assistant was more than happy to see that Ren Mei was being treated so nicely–like she should be. Yet Ren Hu was the only one being unhappy and thinking that his grandma had changed. Grandma Zhao went even further, encouraging Ren Mei with her words. Though she didn’t say exactly in a ‘mushy’ style like the others (LOL), but she told Ren Mei it was better that she drank that particular soup to help her maintain her energy for ballet dancing rather than eat the oily stuff (that would make her fat again, not being able to pursue her dream).

So after Ren Hu failed in causing trouble for the Long family by using the whole “seeking justice for Ren Mei” shield, he turned to another alternative. Yes, the one with wanting Xiao Xiang to return the money–despite the fact that her business just took off. Xiao Xiang was more than shocked that the other person wanted the money back so soon. Yet, of course, the head of the town only said he received a call and was told to pass the word on, etc.

So they were forced to go back to the Long family for a meeting. Long Tai thought up of a new method to help their business drive in even more customers with different options and thus could help their financial matter even more. Though somehow along the way, Ah Xiang and Ah Lun had misspoken, causing their almost fight. Yet Lao Tu said that their plan was also in place, and soon Long Tang’s business would also pick up. While they were chatting away so excitedly, Tian He appeared at the door. Long Tai, wanting to ease tensions between all parties, asked if Tian He wanted to join their discussion. Tian He, of course, responded that he wasn’t the least bit interest in their discussion. That had caused some reaction from Ah Lun and Ah Xiang, thinking that it was weird he didn’t care for his family business and all. Long Tai soon asked Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie if Tian He had always been that cold, withdrawn. Yet Lao Tu disclosed that Tian He changed his attitude since Long Shou Cheng slapped him that one time. (Ooooh, so the plot thickens.)

The incident occurred one day when Tian He returned home all upset. Long Shou Cheng was asking for his well-being, wondering if he’d gotten into fights with classmates again, wanting to check if he was hurt. Tian He shrugged him off and said his classmates were laughing at him. Tian He went on to chide his father for marrying such a ‘woman’ and stated that he hated her. Long Shou Cheng went mad and slapped him. (Apparently, Grandma Long had told Tian He that his mother was one of those girls who worked in bars/nightclubs. SO yeah, it wasn’t good for the mother’s case, far from it.)

Later that day, Long Tai was seen at the tree talking to his mother again. He told her she wouldn’t believe how much Tian He hated her, and how terrible the relationship was between Tian He and the father. (Long Tai still calls his old man “Lao Tou” (老頭), lol.) Though he knew what was going on, he said he couldn’t just meddle into their business like that. He also told his mother of his personal problem and he wasn’t able to resolve it either.

That night, Long Tai went to check on Ren Mei’s practice session again. She was practicing like usual until she spotted Long Tai. She didn’t care if he was Long Tai or Long Tian He, she made the same request as in the past, telling him not to seek her out anymore–regardless of the situation. As she turned to leave, Long Tai blurted out that he was there just to give her something. It was indeed the shoe that he had wanted to give her that day–until all the craziness took place. She thought he was using that as compensation for the pain he’d caused her hence throwing it away after saying she didn’t need it. After she turned to leave, he ran like mad in that direction to try and search for it. Yet it wasn’t until the zoom-in that we (as the audience) see that she hadn’t tossed it at all. It was still in her hand. It was also around that time that she turned around to see him searching for the shoe. Though not understanding his reason for still treating her so well–after the whole Long Tian He facade had been exposed, she still couldn’t toss away the shoe. As for Long Tai, he wasn’t able to find the shoe (of course) and had thought that had signaled their ending.

That night, Ren Hu was also seen drinking and crying over something. Apparently, it wasn’t just about his hatred for Long Tai or the rest of the Long family anymore. It was deeper than that. He reminisced back to the time that his grandma had told him about how the Long family had used some underhanded technique to snatch “Long Tang” away from their family. Then he remembered the time his father scolded him for saying those words and insisted that his grandma was kidding about the matter. What was strange was how Ren Hu and Ren Mei’s father didn’t blame the Long family. So, what was with the conflict? Anyway, that was also the time that Ren Hu’s father slapped him. Perhaps, seeing Ren Mei being treated so kindly by Grandma Zhao had triggered all sorts of emotions inside him, making him feel like he was cornered. Since little, his grandma cared for him a lot–and now she seemed to side with Ren Mei more, making him feel like he was neglected–just like how his father had treated him. (Or what it seemed to suggest in the flashback.) Then Ren Hu was forced to think of the car accident that had killed his parents once again. It showed that he was really suffering too, but was that a good excuse to blame it on his sister? (I had suspected a long time ago that it was his way to grieve with his parents’ death but it was like too frustrating to see him pick on Ren Mei time after time.) What got even more interesting was when he pulled Wen Zi into his embrace and blurted out how he’d been suffering all these years, and he knew it was his fault. (What?) Oh, he was saying how if he didn’t take Ren Mei to the mountains then his parents wouldn’t end up in that accident.

The next morning, Long Tai went to seek Tian He, wanting to teach him how to cook so he could help aid Long Tang’s business in the future. Yet Tian He, with his usual attitude, turned Long Tai down and slammed the door in Long Tai’s face. Long Tai wanted to knock again but his old man stopped him, saying that Long Tai didn’t have to force Tian He and if Tian He didn’t want to learn, he would. So they proceeded to the kitchen with Long Tai teaching his old man the recipes. Though he claimed it was none of his business, Tian He soon showed up in the kitchen to check up on them. Watching a little, he decided to leave. It wasn’t until he heard his old man cried out that he returned to watch. Apparently, Long Shou Cheng had cut his hand in an attempt to chop some of the items. Tian He spied on them some more until Ah Pan Jie claimed that she would go get some meds for Long Shou Cheng’s hand–with Lao Tu following. Tian He was standing nearby, still eavesdropping on Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu’s words. (Was he feeling jealous or regretting in his earlier decision in not joining in? It seemed like he was reconsidering things, but who knew?) Though the feeling from Tian He was definitely jealousy–because his thoughts had disclosed just that after Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu left the scene. He was thinking how his father had never looked at him that way before (i.e. the look Long Shou Cheng gave Long Tai when Long Tai was tending to his hand).

As Tian He was out taking a walk and seething of some sort, he encountered Ren Hu. They exchanged the usual taunting. Then Ren Hu made a promise to make Tian He’s life even more miserable.

That night, Long Shou Cheng was cheered on by Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu with his success in creating all those dishes. Yet to backtrack a little, if it wasn’t for Long Tai, things would have gone from bad to worse. Long Shou Cheng finally admitted that he wasn’t made out to be a chef. Long Tai soon assured him that no one was good on the first try so he should practice more. Long Tai went on to say if his old man didn’t try harder, how could they fend when he returns to Japan. That was when Ah Pan Jie jumped in to ask if Long Tai really have to leave, stating that they couldn’t go on without him. Long Tai told her not to say those words, and if Tian He were to hear those words, he would be really sad.

Strangely as it were, Ren Mei was out and about yet encountered rain again. The strange part was actually spotting Tian He sitting nearby. She didn’t want to approach him, even wanting to turn and leave. Yet it rained even harder. He made a jab at her by saying she was really stupid, not knowing how to hide from the rain. Soon, she was indeed forced to run toward the shelter to hide. It was also then that Tian He was forced to move aside. Instead of crying or taking it in like before, Ren Mei returned the attack. Yet she annoyed him by deciphering that he cared for her hence scolding her like that. Even Tian He was surprised by her reaction, thinking that he wasn’t mean enough with his words. It was really funny actually, considering how she kept reversing his words with positive meaning instead. They finally parted ways when she went on the public bus. However, I kept thinking what if she thought he was Long Tai? (Yet it didn’t seem so, considering how she was still mad at Long Tai at this point, she wouldn’t be joking around with him like that.)

When Tian He arrived home, he was able to witness the others chatting happily and having tea. He was envious of them, especially feeling left out. (Like he was willing to admit that but he looked that way.) Indeed, in his room, he was seething over the fact that it didn’t change with or without him. It seemed like they were having a lot more fun without him, etc.

Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu were tending to Tian He’s dinner. They were preparing the dishes that he liked. Long Tai soon stepped in to interfere, not wanting them to spoil Tian He like that. Long Tai stated that it was all right to do it when he was sick yet now Tian He was already well again. Ah Pan Jie told Long Tai to bear it for a while, considering how Tian He was still recovering. Long Tai said that it wasn’t good for Tian He in the long run, and stated his attitude was more an emotional problem than of the physical health matter. And since Long Tai was on a roll, he didn’t care to say it all out, wondering what in the world does Tian He want. It was around then that Tian He stepped in and heard it all. He returned the favor by asking what Long Tai wanted.

So another confrontation was inevitable. Tian He was accusing Long Tai of trying to replace him. Long Tai repeated that after he was done with helping them learn the recipes, then he would leave. Yet Tian He’s expression said it all, he didn’t believe Long Tai. Tian He went right ahead and told Long Tai not to use that as an excuse anymore and that if Long Tai wanted to leave, just leave. Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu soon interfered, wanting to stop Tian He. But before they could say anything else, Long Tai said he didn’t need Tian He to kick him out, he would leave tomorrow morning.

So what else could Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie do except to run to their boss and tell him of the matter? Lao Tu was saying how the twins were brothers yet couldn’t get along. Then both he and Ah Pan Jie were wondering how they could make Long Tai stay. Long Shou Cheng said that he already said all that he could. He didn’t know what else to do or say that would convince Long Tai to stay. So they were back to looking morbid. It wasn’t until Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie both yelled out they had an idea that hope stirred again. What was the plan then?

Old plan, pretending to be sick. That got Long Tai worried all right. Yet how long could they keep this one up? Long Tai was a tad suspicious, saying how he was fine at dinner time, etc. Yet Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were saying that their boss didn’t want Long Tai to worry hence not saying anything–and told them not to say it out either. It was a riot actually! It worked brilliantly at first. It wasn’t until Ah Pan Jie handed him a tissue of some sort so he “could cough blood into it” that they got busted. She handed him the wrong one. Or had applied the wrong substance–since it was mustard and NOT ketchup! LOL! (I so didn’t see that one coming BUT it was indeed a comic relief after such hectic scenes.) Yet Lao Tu patched it up by saying that it was lucky their boss didn’t cough up blood this time, just phlegm. (LOL! Good save!) That wasn’t all, because Long Tai soon suggested that they should get his old man to the doctor to have a look. (Nice, Long Tai wasn’t the dumb type, how could he not think of ‘doctor’ right away, lol.) Once again, the other two said that their family doctor was Doctor Jin and he was currently in Japan so couldn’t check, but Doctor Jin had previously said that this was all due to stress/pressures. So what now? Ah Pan Jie said that they shouldn’t give Long Shou Cheng any more pressure. Lao Tu jumped in to agree with Ah Pan Jie. And the two had somehow weaved the whole conversation with wanting Long Tai to stay for now and help them manage Long Tang. (OY, clever one.) They also told him to not take Tian He’s words to heart since what Tian He was saying wasn’t true and that Tian He didn’t mean it. Ah Pan Jie even said that Long Tai was the younger brother so he should try to bear with Tian He for now. It wasn’t after Long Tai left to prepare some soup for Long Shou Cheng that Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu high-fived each other. (LOL! Cute indeed!)

Later when Ah Pan Jie was bringing out the soup for Long Shou Cheng, she almost bumped into Tian He. She quickly begged him to make some sounds when he walked because she almost bumped into him and that could have hurt him with the hot soup. He spotted the soup and seemed to be pondering about it. Ah Pan Jie clarified it was for the boss, stating that he wasn’t feeling well. When Tian He asked, Ah Pan Jie responded with how the boss’ health hadn’t been well for a while now. Yet she soon remembered that Tian He’s health wasn’t good in the past either so how could he have time to worry about his old man’s health. Just when she was explaining about how they finally convinced Long Tai to stay behind and help for the time being, the phone rang. She kept calling for Lao Tu to pick it up yet it seemed like he wasn’t around. That was when Tian He told Ah Pan Jie to go pick it up and he would deliver the soup. Ah Pan Jie was surprised but mumbled that Tian He indeed cared very much for his father–after Tian He left. What was more hurtful for Tian He was when he was about to knock, Long Shou Cheng had asked if it was Long Tai. With that discouragement, Tian He placed the tray on the floor and made his leave instead of coming in. Long Shou Cheng didn’t understand why Long Tai didn’t come in but ended up realizing that it might have been Tian He. Yet he retreated his thoughts and said that it was impossible it was Tian He.

That night Tian He had a strange dream. He was standing in front of the hot spring, thinking that since his returned no one cared about him anymore so there was no point in staying so he left. Yet someone suddenly called for him, asking him why he didn’t enter. He turned around to see his mother smiling at him and greeting him. Upon seeing her, he wasn’t able to say anything but just stared. The look on his face said it all. His tears finally fell and he questioned her where had she gone to and why she didn’t take him along. She responded by saying that she didn’t leave far since she still existed in his heart. She then call him “Silly Child” and told him not to cry anymore. That was when he hugged her and called her “Mom” instead of “that woman” like he had regarded her many times in reality. And in reality, he was indeed crying.

The next morning Long Tai was seen going to Ren Mei’s ballet dancing place again. He was there to spy on her yet she wasn’t there, and was pondering why. She had spotted him earlier while she was on her way there hence changing direction. Yet she had bumped into Ah Xiang and Ah Lun hence learning of Long Shou Cheng’s health condition. She quickly rushed to Long Tang to check on him. But had stopped short at the door because she realized she didn’t want to bump into Long Tai. Ironically, he was on his way back and they soon were forced to face each other. Luckily for them, Ah Pan Jie arrived home from the market and invited Ren Mei in.

It was also then that Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu were forced to put on some makeup for Long Shou Cheng. (It was hilarious! Really!) Because their boss looked too good to be “sick” so they had to resort to that method. It was indeed helpful because Ren Mei was convinced of Long Shou Cheng’s sickness, even stating his lack of ‘color’. It was also then that Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu gave themselves a mental pat on the back. Soon, they invited Ren Mei to stay for lunch. Even if Ren Mei wanted to turn them down, it was hard to, because of how Long Shou Cheng had insisted.

So Long Tai and Ren Mei’s meeting was inevitable. They finally were forced to face one another again. Yet after the staring and a mental conversation with his mother, Long Tai wasn’t able to speak up and confess of his true feelings for Ren Mei. He was too late. He lost his chance because Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu’s conversation had ruined the mood and had distracted them from the actual conversation. Even if Ren Mei was steering the conversation back on course, it was too late. Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu soon stepped out to ask Long Tai to go and prepare lunch.

Interestingly, Ren Mei seemed to have more luck in talking to Tian He of recent than Long Tai. Because while she was thinking about what Long Tai was about to tell her earlier, Tian He walked by and saw her hence stepping in to engage in a conversation. Well, it was more like another showdown than an actual conversation. Yet Ren Mei was seriously getting good at it, succeeding in annoying him more than he realized. (And the mystery with Ren Mei being able to distinguish between the twins or not was also resolved. She indeed was able to since she stated that although they looked alike but their preferences in attires were different.)

Their banter was cut short with Ah Pan Jie walking in and telling Ren Mei to get ready for lunch. Upon seeing Tian He, Ah Pan Jie informed him that she would deliver lunch to his room soon. However, Tian He surprised them both by saying he would join them for lunch. No one could blame Ah Pan Jie for pondering if the sun had risen on the west or some other phenomenal event had taken place. It was indeed quite strange.

And as Tian He was making comments about the dishes, Ah Pan Jie explained the reason why it seemed so plain was that Long Tai had especially prepared it that way. Lao Tu soon stepped into the room and said that Long Tai especially made those dishes for Ren Mei because it would be good for her training instead of eating those oily stuffs. As the explanation was taking place, Ren Mei realized that Long Tai still remembered that she loved drumsticks the most.

When everyone had settled down at the table, Tian He discovered something was going on between Long Tai and Ren Mei. Yet Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie seemed indifference to it. They were just happy that it was Long Tai and Tian He’s first time eating at the same table. Ah Pan Jie took that time to placed some drumsticks into Ren Mei and Tian He’s rice bowls. It was around then that Tian He decided to test out his suspicion. He immediately placed the drumstick in his rice bowl on Ren Mei’s, which sparked some reactions from everyone. And while Tian He was playing the game of “placing food onto Ren Mei’s rice bowl”, Long Tai was staring him down, Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were exchanging looks, and Ren Mei only knew how to say “Thank you” each time. Ah Pan Jie, Lao Tu, and Ren Mei were indeed shocked of Tian He’s behaviors. They had no idea he was just trying to test Long Tai. Tian He was in fact quite happy with this new discovery–with Long Tai liking Ren Mei. Then Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu were holding a psychic conversation of their own, pondering what Tian He was up to. As for Long Tai, he couldn’t take it anymore hence declaring that he was full and left. Ren Mei gave the same excuse and left as well. She wasn’t going home. She went to the kitchen to wash dishes. Tian He was indeed smiling even more with his discovery.

Act 2 of the play moved itself to the kitchen. Because while Ren Mei was cleaning up, Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu was saying how she was the guest and can’t be doing it. Yet Ren Mei didn’t mind. Long Tai soon walked in with a big box. Ah Pan Jie told him to place it somewhere before telling him to take Ren Mei outside to discuss with Ren Mei about their latest plan, considering how it was a while since they talked. Before anything like that happened though, Tian He walked in. What was even more surprising to Ah Pan Jie and Lao Tu was how Tian He said that he wanted to help Ren Mei wash dishes. (WHAT?!) Not being able to witness it anymore, Long Tai left–even if Ren Mei had turned to look at him at one point. (Despite some frustration, it was so funny seeing how Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were taking turns to close each other’s mouth for the other person, LOL!)

New development. As Ren Mei was spotted outside Long Tang, still lingering around, she thought back to the conversation with Tian He after everyone had left. He was asking her to be his girlfriend. She was indeed really, really shocked. Yet he said if she thought it was too fast, they could just be friends first. (A familiar scene or what? It was like how Tian He had played Ren Hu in the past with confessing to the girl Ren Hu was interested in just to spite Ren Hu.) Yet that wasn’t the most important thing at this point. The most important thing was how Ren Mei was questioning herself of her own reaction when Tian He asked her those questions yet she wasn’t the least bit happy. After all, didn’t she say that she like him? She was indeed quite upset with herself. So she headed home scolding Long Tai for not clarifying things with her.

So Tian He finally have something to be happy about. At least he had something to taunt Long Tai with, not feeling so sorry for himself of being abandoned anymore. Suddenly, Long Tai was seriously too weak. Sure, he cared for Ren Mei, but why was he taking all of these in and even begged Tian He not to hurt Ren Mei? Tian He finally confronted Long Tai with saying that Long Tai like Ren Mei. Long Tai still denied it. (And why in the world did Long Tai tell Tian He that Ren Mei like him since little? Darn it!) Before Tian He left, he told Long Tai not to worry because he would treat Ren Mei well. (Really?)

Then came the time when Ren Hu once again confessed to Wen Zi and wanted to convince her to stay. What she ended up discovering was how he had her passport all along. He wanted to explain that he didn’t do it on purpose and only wanted her to stay hence not returning it to her just yet. But she didn’t care for it. She left after scolding him some more for being a liar and she didn’t want to see him again.

As for Tian He, he succeeded in getting Ren Mei to ride on his motorcycle with him as Long Tai witnessed them together–with Tian He’s taunting smile directed at him. (The motorcycle Long Tai often used was actually Tian He’s yet the taunting had meant for Long Tai that he–Tian He–had won.)

*All images were captured by DTLCT

Mei Ren Long Tang: Episode 10 – Pursuing Dream

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mei Ren Long Tang: Episode 9 – Confession

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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