Saturday, December 1, 2012

Love, Now: Episode 19

You know what they say, three rescues and you are destined for me

We geddit, Show, thanks for confirming! 

Chlo-Meter:this post is Kang Shu approved.

EPISODE 19 RECAP
A call from General Manager Lan. Oh, if only Yi Ru could see how adorably flustered he is. All he wants is to take her out for lunch, but how? It's SO obvious that he didn't think this through: "So... when can I see Hao Sheng's video?" *cringe* (him, not me. I am gleefully soaking up the dorkfest).
He, uh, REALLY NEEDS the video by tomorrow. After some thought, Yi Ru says she's up for the task, the video's 80% done anyway. Yi Ru: "I'll do an OT tonight and send it to you by courier tomorrow morning."

Grea- Wait a minute, courier? Oh, no, that won't do. You see, he won't be here at the office tomorrow, but would like to see the video IMMEDIATELY. "Is that okay?" 

She agrees, albeit a tad puzzled. Woohoo, internal whoop of glee!

Feng Hua gets more stalking - this time by Shi De's grandma and mom (grandma has dutifully abandon uncanon ship after Shi De explained everything). Yes, let's make this a family effort! Operation Tackle Yi Ru commence - this will be like Kim Joo Won times three (no. of family members on board) without the tracksuit(s). 
They approach her on the pretense that they are lost and would like to ask for directions, then play dumb so Yi Ru would bring them there herself. LMAO, they're such a hoot to watch (check out Grandma checking out Yi Ru's height when she wasn't looking). The whole objective of this stake out? To get her birthdate for her BaZi reading (to do a compatibility check with Shi De).

After the reading, grandma laments that the OTP's compatibility is not as good as Lovely Doctor's. Mom tells her that it's because they don't have Yi Ru's time of birth, that's why it won't be as accurate. I really think they should get a hobby.

Meanwhile at the bike courier company, Yi Qing calls in sick - something smells fishy. They call her back but she doesn't answer. Zi Yuan says that Yi Qing always ignores their calls when she's about to do something stupid, scared that they'll tell her off. He asks Stalker Boy, "Do you think she went to find Yan Kai?" 

LOL the background music makes the situation seem so dangerous. What to do? 
DUN DUN DUN, in this week's installment, Stalker Boy gets to show off his... what else, stalking skills. He immediately knows where to locate Yi Qing, since he knows where Perfect Man would be.

Indeed, Yi Qing is at Yan Kai's work place (is it Stalker Day?). Impressed with the grandeur of the place, she comments aloud that she doesn't have a guy like Yan Kai in her collection. Err, do you think you're collecting Pokemon cards now? She's pretty all right, but I find her confidence as a femme fatale laughable. 
Anyway, Yi Qing "accidentally" bumps into him, and uses this opportunity to make a new friend. He shakes her hand - and proceeds to treat her like a 5-year-old, heh. Lollipop and cotton candy for the little girl!

Looks like Perfect Man's still perfect, for the meantime anyway. He goes to see his heart's true desire - Shi Yun. Sorry for going incommunicado for two days and not answering your call. There was a sudden situation in Singapore* and he was too busy. (* Actor Shaun Chen's country. I guess we can count on him to pimp something every time he's on screen.)
And they made up, presumably. (I kind of zoned out. Ooh look, pretty sculpture!)

It's nightfall, and gee, can his giddiness get any cuter? I'm feeling faint. He is sooo excited for tomorrow, practically counting down to the minute he'll get to meet her.
Shaking the hour glass (a running imagery in the show), he tells it to go faster, faster! Squeeee. 

And it's D-day. Qi Ming invites himself to the lunch meeting, with the excuse that the restaurant is far up the hills and he would like to drive her there. And when they arrive, he snatches her CD (containing Hao Sheng's video) and taunts her, neener neener! A scuffle ensues - it's like seeing my brother and I, back when we were both hot-headed teens. 
As a result, the CD - it is now a scratched one. Yi Ru is understandbly angry, and Qi Ming tells her to hit him. Not out of guilt, but like, SERIOUSLY, HIT ME. Ah, I see. He wants Shi De to see the extent of Yi Ru's explosive anger. The look on my face as I realize what Qi Ming is up to.... let's just say it's very gif-able.

And she does - he goes flying to the ground. I don't know how the heck he timed this, but he gets up to see a very wide-eyed (with shock? horror?) Shi De staring at them. Yi Ru is so angry, she's fighting back tears. She apologizes to the General Manager and storms off.

Speaking of storms, one is brewing. Not metaphorically, but like really - there's thunder and shit. Yi Ru screams as she realizes she's in the middle of a bridge (she was too busy ranting). Because it's not that far off from the restaurant, the two men hears it and they raced towards her voice.

Qi Ming gets there first, although he doesn't approach her because Yi Ru doesn't want him to "compromise" the stability of the bridge. I really have to suspend my disbelief here. Location Scout, really? This was the best you can come up with? It looks like a sturdy-ass bridge to me, not to mention it's about as wide as five people.
Trying to comfort her from afar, Qi Ming shouts that he'll figure this out, but Shi De's like, fuck this shit, I'm going to get her. Since she's not looking anyway, he runs to the middle of the bridge, PRIES her fingers off the rails and princess carries her. HARDCORE. 
And suddenly the camera pans to Qi Ming's crotch. Hmm, random. Or not. Take that, you ball-less man!

And she is safe and sound once more. Though still visibly shaken, she refuses to ride home with Qi Ming (understandable), but even Shi De too (dammit). The two boys end up in a car together, LOLOLOL. Shi De knows that the incident in the restaurant was a set-up, and thanks Qi Ming for letting him see this side of her. Qi Ming admits, he did it for Shi De's sake.

Chloe Says
Although it might seem like a sabotage on Qi Ming's part (like he had hinted before), I believe he has good intentions and in a roundabout way, he's really looking out for Shi De, since he doesn't want him to have unrealistic expectations of Yi Ru (as one is wont to do when crushing on someone.)
I wish I could feel something for him, but the love triangle really feels quite angstless for me, which is a shame, since I relish a good tug-of-war over the heroine.

24 comments:

  1. YESSSSSSSSS! I was gonna ask you to write this up if you hadn't so that I could spazzzzzz LOLOLOL! FINALLY! Shi De wins for once! I was literally chanting, "No no no no... not QM the hero again! Come on Shi De RUNNNNNNN!"

    I think it's telling that YR still calls out to QM first when she's in trouble. I guess she's too familiar with that. She asked him not to come on the bridge because it would shake - which is what I would say as well. You don't know how much I hate those people who jump on suspension bridges. It really adds to the fear when someone is already afraid of heights *cringe*

    I know this entire scene is cheesy, but I just LOVE it LOL. I like how tightly YR hangs on to SD like a koala hugging a tree haha. And visually they just look so beautiful together *swoon*

    I was wondering what QM was up to as well, and it even seemed his plan was working when we saw SD's shocked face. I think it was necessary in a way for SD to see that side of YR. But of course, our guy is smart and knows what it was, and declared he wasn't giving up anyway. *thumbs up*

    This show is officially making me loony - how can watching a guy lose sleep be so entertaining?? And I think when he asked the sand in the hourglass to go faster, he didn't only mean the time, but also his relationship with YR. Because he was looking at that "legendary" book again just before. I think he just can't wait for things to go back to those times.

    The preview is so lame. I need to rewatch the whole bridge scene hahahahaha...

    -Snow

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    1. Oh and I totally laughed when the two men ended up in the one car. Hahaha YR still got fire!

      - Snow

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    2. Oh, Snow, girl you're preaching to the choir. Esp his hair when it's not waxed, all mussed up - so boyish eeeee! If only we could get the same anticipation out of Yi Ru.

      I have a fear of heights too - but in my defense it's ENTIRELY RATIONAL - if the rails are high enough, I'm fine :D No no to rooftops and shiz

      The bridge was lame but the acting was good, so I'm letting this one slide. Random thought: Though Qi Ming look pained, the actor's probably glad he didn't have to carry her half the bridge, lolol.

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    3. I noticed the hair too!! Squeeee *hi-5*

      LOL that's true... I was wondering if we would get to see the BTS for that scene, because I'm sure George had to do it multiple times. And Bobby (QM) would probably be celebrating on the side XD The funniest thing though is that Annie Chen often says the main couple is the two men and she's the third party because they pay more attention to each other hahahaha :P

      -Snow

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    4. LOLOLOL The two men do have chemistry! Darn it, Show, you're making me ship them!

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    5. OMG have you seen the latest preview!! Totally not lame anymore. GOOOO Shi De!!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGEN2SLtECo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

      -Snow

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    6. I HAVE aldks;lkjklkj YES SHI DE. SINCE SHE ACTS DUMB JUST BE UPFRONT

      AHHH YI RU DON'T U DISAPPOINT ME NOW. Seriously, don't.

      *glares*

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  2. ^Too bad I have a feeling she will :( Since we know she doesn't exactly reciprocate his feelings at this point. But I hope at least they get a chance to talk about their feelings, without QM interfering. She really can't just be unsure and say nothing now since QM is deciding to go all proprietary (YR doesn't belong to you either, you fish farmer!)

    - Snow

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    1. Srsly, I have no idea how they're gonna pull this off. In long-running kdramas it's more of an ensemble effort, with each character pulling his/her own weight. But here the OTP's like the life of the show. How did 真愛找麻煩 pull this off???

      Speaking of IP and confessions, I'm drawing parallels in this one *swoon*:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbS207YdcLA

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    2. Hahaha I know what you mean. I think IP has something special - perhaps because it was the first one, and probably one that had taken lots of time and care into its preparation. The characters were more developed from the very beginning, and its supporting characters definitely meant and mattered more than all these following dramas - not Ti Amo Chocolate nor this even, so far. I actually enjoyed a lot of the family members in IP; I think the choice of veteran casts definitely matters LOL. It's kinda funny that the same actress is playing Annie Chen's mother-in-law again (well, future for this one :P)

      I am actually potentially interested in the relationship between Yi Qing and Qi Ming - you see them grouped together in the credits. I like watching them both - can't care less about Shi Yun (although she's improving) and Yu Xiang. As for Zi Yuan, I think he's destined to watch over Yi Qing from afar *poor good guy* But I think if something happens between YQ and QM, that would be so much fun XD Bring on the fish metaphors!

      - Snow

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    3. Let's not forget the HD format! Sure would make my life easier trying to screencap.

      What! Whyyyy Zi Yuan deserves to be with someone! 80 episodes is a long time...

      Yi Qing and Qi Ming... hmm. Unless there's a backstory on how she had a crush on him but he likes her sis so she became a player too etc, credits aside they feel like siblings =_= so I dunno, am meh about it I guess.

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  3. "And suddenly the camera pans to Qi Ming's crotch" - maybe we're supposed to be seeing clenched hands or something? I don't know...

    That bridge was pretty wide and sturdy. But I had an epic meltdown on something similar (but not nearly as sturdy or with such high sides) so I could understand. My husband had to practically frog-march me off the bridge.

    (Hey, Chloe, did you get my email I sent last night?)

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    1. LOL I was gonna say something about this but my comment was already so long :P

      I think again, it was some symbolism - this time in reference to his hands. He had his hands outstretched, to calm YR down. And we all know that outstretched hands also mean reaching out for something/ someone. That was the role QM always had in YR's life so far, reaching out for her whenever she called for him. But then suddenly this other guy came along, and he had to pull back his hand, putting BOTH of them into his pocket for good measure (maybe to stop himself - but that may be reading too deeply into it).

      - Snow

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    2. Hey LS, ooh email, just read that. Sure, send it over to me. Though I don't plan on subbing anything in length right now, one or two lines should be fine.

      P.S: I was kidding about the crotch thing. Or not. (Hey, you gotta admit the angle was pretty weird.)

      P.P.S: As always, Snow, you're right^^ If he had worn black pants, maybe I wouldn't be so distracted.

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    3. ... nah, who am I kidding. My mine will always be a crooked line. Sorry!

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    4. No prob. It's not err, anything lengthy, right?

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    5. It's just a few lines. If it's too much, just let me know. I won't be upset & I'd hate to bother you!

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    6. hey girl, sure it's fine, really! I have an exam this week, so can't answer ASAP - hope you don't mind waiting for a while.

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    7. Definitely no problem. :) I'm getting to work on episode 9!

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  4. when is episode 20 recap.i cant wait please,please...thank you

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    1. it will be ready when I finish it. You're welcome.

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  5. I love reading your recaps please continue they are always in agreement with what I am thinking. Yes this love triangle is angstless, usually we end up in the tug of war of emotion, but for this OTP we just want them to be together.

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    1. IKR, it's such a let down when the second lead is a bust - what's the point of having a romantic contender when he's like an annoying buzz of a fly around the OTP?

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