Aw! I missed my PingChen babies so much! So behind in this drama, it’s not even funny. All thanks to Viki New Interface, causing delays in my viewing enjoyment. Now that I’m back, so glad to see Ping An sporting a slightly altered hairstyle. It’s a simple swept of the bangs, making her features softer. She looks less bumbling, though still clumsy in motion. We have a new addition to the cast, and one I wish to see less of. That’s a fair warning, no? 😛
Like always, please do not spoil if you’re ahead. ^^
Episode 6 Summary:
We left off in episode 5 with Ping An rushing into Ye Chen’s car, both seeking out Zi Wen’s help to locate Huo Ying’s whereabouts. The puppy boy brings Xi Le to a high-class club, introducing her to his three friends. After being rejected by Zi Wen, Xi Le lets Huo Ying drags her along and even down a few glasses, hoping to nurse her wounded heart. Time’s up because Ping An finds them and ushers Xi Le into Ye Chen’s protective arms, while she puts on a show to embarrass Huo Ying by acting as his pregnant wife, earning the sympathetic nods of his equally dim-witted friends. Watching from a distance, Ye Chen chuckles at her antics.
They head out and the moment her eyes spot Zi Wen, Xi Le runs up and hugs him from behind. She tearfully asks him why he cares so much about her status as Bai Ming Li’s daughter. As long she knows he’s true to her, it’s enough. Continuing with his push-and-pull strategy, Zi Wen swivels around and peers at her, replying, “What about your mother? She won’t let any man have you so easily. Since we know of the obstacles ahead, we shouldn’t begin.”
He finishes his grand speech by requesting her to see him as a coward. A coward who doesn’t deserve her wonderful love. She screams after him, yet he walks away like a martyr (rolls eyes) and it’s Ping An, like the best sister that she is, who offers comfort, “Executive Li thinks too much. Since you both love each other, you just have to hang in there. Don’t tell me you’ve become a coward after having a mother! Be stronger, Xie Xi Le!”
This is cute. They’re basically joined by the hips throughout work. She wonders what she could do to improve the food display at Xi Le’s introductory party. And Ye Chen drops a few ideas, encouraging her to keep things basic, “Just do it simple. There’s nothing you cannot do.” Ping An perks up, and she begins to list out all the ways she can arrange, mix and match, so that the food dishes appear neat and fancy. Smiling, he glances at her sideways, “You’re not stupid,” and quickly suggests her to finish the food first so he could give his opinions. She sees through his gluttony and lifts her chin in pride for catching it. Adorable. These two.
And here is out new cast member. Meet Ji Li Sa (Huang Ke Jing), Huo Ying’s younger sister. She’s adopted after his sister died but no one knows about this but Huo Ying and his father. She has recently been called back by Director Li so that she can aid Huo Ying in his Pearl business. She will act as his Creative Director. Here, the bratty girl tries to slap Ping An for slandering Huo Ying’s reputation. Keep in mind that Ping An doesn’t know who she is and automatically assumes she’s another girl the player wants to court.
Ye Chen catches her hand in midair, doubling the size of his eyes, he warns, “Hitting people randomly is having no manners.”
Oh Ping An, I know you’re good-hearted, but sometimes the sign “Mind your own business” is written crisp and clear.
In the following scene, Huo Ying follows his dad’s instruction and reveals Chairlady’s small-printed clause in the contract they signed eons ago. As expected, they’re livid that she would stoop so low to trick them out of their resource and income. Upon hearing the news, Ping An once again storms into Chairlady Bai’s office. However, she keeps her voice low and calm, trying to reason with Chairlady Bai, “But how can you be like this? These people trusted you. They put their family and future in your hands. For a moment there, I thought that in fact, you weren’t so bad as you let it show.”
Chairlady Bai doesn’t take defense for her case. She answers in a matter-of-fact tone that she’s just choosing the best option to benefit the company as well as easing the vendors’ anger temporarily. And she did not trick them into signing anything, the clause is written there, so it’s fair and square. Chairlady Bai then turns the argument around and points out Ping An’s unprofessional ethics, stalking into the CEO’s office at her own will. This action must not go unpunished. She appoints Ping An to hand-write the old contracts in the company’s archive.
Little does Ping An know, her mother has a motive; she hopes that by copying these contracts, Ping An would be able to retain how the company operates and accommodates to each investment.
Outside the office, Ping An leans her forehead against the wall, murmuring on how useless she is in solving problems. Ye Chen thinks she has improved somewhat because at least she didn’t barge in like a crazy dog this time. He wonders why and Ping An explains that after seeing how difficult life as a CEO is for Chairlady Bai, she can understand that sometimes using treacherous methods is crucial and necessary.
Hopeful, Ye Chen adds, “Or maybe deep down you know that if she is truly against the Food Court, she wouldn’t use their food at the party AND assign you as the person in charge.” Ping An mulls over this for quick beat before beaming up at him. It makes sense! She hurries off to tell the vendors, assuring them that the Chairlady’s decision has changed.
Classic scenario – heroine being gripped on her arms by two men. You know, my earliest memory of this moment (one where I remember) is from Meteor Garden, where Barbie was on the verge of being torn apart by Jerry and Vic. I recall asking my mother, “What if her arms accidentally fall off?” I got eye rolls from her! Good, old times.
Naturally, Ye Chen wins this round. They take off to the parking lot and he only goes back up to retrieve Ping An’s files. There, he sees the gangster, called Blackie, who stabbed Zi Wen in the previous episode, leaving the premise. He stops in his tracks, calculating the possibilities of why Blackie is here, to meet with whom? To complicate matters, Huo Ying is seen leaving the same apartment as Zi Wen. Two suspects.
At the celebration party, Li Sa, in her holy narrow-mindedness, pours red wine on Xi Le’s pristine white dress to ruin it because things that she can’t have, no one else can obtain. Ping An gives Xi Le her black dress to wear instead. Oh Bai Ming Li, she picked the same color for her and her real daughter. Tsk Tsk.
Afterwards the wardrobe incident, Chairlady Bai candidly announces to the guests that it’s true Xi Le is not her child with the former president, but she is her child nonetheless. And as everyone knows about her accomplishments and foresight, she has helped Qin Cheng group flourish throughout the years, so it’s justified that her properties are under her Xi Le in the future.
While everyone is busy eating and socialising, Ye Chen stands to the side alone, quietly observing and watching out for Ping An. With a small smile, he thinks, “At this moment, I’m actually hoping that she is really just the girl from the Food Court. And not Bai Ming Li’s daughter.” Aw. Angst-ing already?
Elsewhere, Xi Le stands by herself, viewing the scenery. But her peace is penetrated by the menacing presence of Li Sa, who’s here to cause havoc. The witch asks Xi Le whether she knows how to swim, while guiding her towards the pool. Nervous, Xi Le replies no and the witch cackles. You can hear her brain say: “That’s great, here’s a swimming pool lesson!” She pushes Xi Le into the pool.
Man I just want to slap that witch (*feel free to change w to another letter), carelessly playing with another person’s life! UGHHHH. I have had a bad incident in the pool once and let me just say how frightening it was, and how blessed I was that my friend has long hair. LOL!
Episode 7 Summary:
hahah This part cracks me up because Ping An’s first reaction is to push Li Sa into the water, “You too! Go drink some water!” 😀 But then she panics and waves her hand, hoping that Xi Le would take it. Thankfully, the prince in a white Zi Wen dives right into the pool from the other side and swims to her rescue.
Li Sa hops out with her dress hanging down, revealing her undergarments and Ye Chen strides across to wrap her in his jacket. Hey boo, your turn to read the sign “Mind your own business!!” The witch deserves some humiliation and not your protection of modesty, okay?
What? I never said I’m nice.
What annoys me more is that Xi Le, armed with her endless kindness, comes to the room and delivers some clothes to Li Sa. There she finds out her identity as an adopted child. Conveniently, she’s the same little girl who was adopted over Xi Le. To make matters worse, Li Sa hasn’t changed throughout the years of expensive education and a loving family. She was a bully back then too and earned a scar on the wrist when Ping An pushed her off little Xi Le.
Night falls and Ping An timidly approaches Bai Ming Li, believing that she’s called here for her outrageous behavior towards Li Sa this morning. Nope. Mother is proud because the other girl needs to learn things the hard way. Relieved, Ping An laughs nervously, agreeing again that sometimes using harsh methods is essential.
Chairlady Bai then hands her a gift for her hard work. She calls it an inexpensive gift packed with momentous value.
Bai Ming Li: “This is a pearl that hasn’t formed yet. It must go through hardships and trials to become a priceless pearl. But if it fails to go through such tests, it will become a worthless shell. So this pearl pendant is full of hopes and possibilities, better than a refined pearl.”
Aw. I love the meaning behind it. I love it more that she believes Ping An is a pearl which has a long way to go before she truly blossoms into a capable person.
While Ping An bonds with her mother, Xi Le goes through the binding of bodies with Zi Wen. How creepy is this guy? He knows she’d stop by to thank him for rescuing her, so he sips his wine and waits for her, not forgetting to rehearse his lines. Alas, the person visiting late that night isn’t Xi Le, at least, not yet. It’s Blackie.
Zi Wen takes this opportunity to officially hire Blackie as his task man.
*knock knock* Xi Le shows up and fearful for his criminal guest, Zi Wen wastes no time to swoop in for a kiss as Blackie escapes the house with a wicked grin. Morning arrives and Xi Le is taken aback when Zi Wen whispers “Wei Zhen” in his sleep. More alarming bells ring when she finds Ping An’s tie pin on his clothes.
In preparation for Huo Ying’s Pearl Business, Chairlady Bai sends the group of youthful energy out to shoot their advertisements. With Xi Le’s demure image and milky white skin, she’s the model. And Ping An slaves behind Li Sa like a servant, since the witch is the Creative Director. ARGGGGGGG!!
The guys tag along and Xi Le suggests they have a double date dinner later tonight. Since she’s rejected by Ye Chen for dinner, Li Sa is ceremoniously invited by Zi Wen. She comes with a spoonful of childish acts, ordering a plate of crabs for Ping An. She smirks in her head, laughing at Ping An’s dumbfounded expression when she attempts to carry out Western food etiquette.
Using too much strength, Ping An sends the crab flying….and somehow the whole thing ends up on Li Sa’s head, thanks to the waiter’s push. Everyone giggles quietly but it’s Ye Chen’s outburst of raucous laughter that I adore. hehe 😉 Li Sa screams her head off and I think the actress laughs too. But then her anger compels her hand to pick up a glass of juice and splash it in Ping An’s face. Everyone’s eyes go this big O___O.
Ugh. Li Sa really puts a damp on my entertainment.
But it leads to this super sweet scene between our OTP. Knowing that Ping An is troubled and grumpy, Ye Chen lights up the mood by staying by her side that night, offering to help her draw the shoot location. He has skills. Them manly hands. Is it possible to love this guy more?
He draws…and she places her chin in her palm, supporting her head while marveling at the art he’s creating. Is this the first time she’s complimenting him?
“This person looks so cold and lonely but every time when I needed help, he’s always by my side. If I didn’t know that he was faking it, sometimes I’ll mistake it for being real and think he likes me…”
Oh honey. He’s totally faking the oogly eyes and I’m as blind as a bat. hehe.
When he catches her stealing glimpses of his sexy profile, he smiles. GAHHHHH!! SO CUTE!!
Deeper into the night, Ye Chen takes Ping An for a stroll on the boat because she wants to see the romantic location for herself. Since they’re alone now, she asks why he was sent to jail and Ye Chen speaks honestly about his situation. He took up the blame for his best friend. Ping An: “Is it worth it?” Ye Chen: “Back then, I thought it was, but now, I don’t know anymore.”
Before he can divulge his heart out to her, she falls asleep. This girl has the worst timing EVER. And guess what he does? He pulls out the sketchbook and draws her sleeping face. Unfortunately, she doesn’t get to see them because the wind has blown them off the boat after he shuts his eyes.
OMG. These secret stolen glances are going to kill me. They look so sweet doing it, like the whole world matters nothing to them in that moment. She’s attracted to him as a man now. GAHHHHHHHHH!!
After the incident at the pool, Xi Le has developed a fear for being near water. As the model, she’s required to shoot some shots on a boat. She looks around anxiously and finally settles down when Zi Wen and Ye Chen show up. But her face quickly falls when she notices Zi Wen’s spaced out expression. He’s recalling his happy time with Wei Zhen. They were playing with the motor boat in the water too.
All it takes is Ping An’s clumsy fall to further set the dread in place because subconsciously, Zi Wen calls out, “Wei Zhen” and hurries over to help Ping An. The slip doesn’t go unnoticed by Ye Chen. He’s not happy and Xi Le shares the same sentiment. The man she has slept with continues to call out some girl’s name in her presence.
I like that Ye Chen is a man of action. He spares no time and plunges straight into the problem with Zi Wen when they’re alone. With his grave tone, Ye Chen admonishes Zi Wen’s weak loyalty for Xi Le. “Ping An is not Wei Zhen’s substitute. I won’t let you have the chance to hurt her.”
Seeing that Xi Le is eavesdropping from a distance, Zi Wen adds cautiously, “On the contrary, I wish that she’s not Bai Ming Li’s daughter. To me then, it’s less of a burden. But love is like that. So I won’t give up on her despite people’s gossips.”
Lo and behold, Huo Ying marches up to the men, having found out just now that he has competition for Xi Le’s heart. He challenges Zi Wen to a horse racing duel. The loser must bow out.
And the loser is the one with the ripped pants. I do like that he’s preoccupied with Ping An’s safety, causing his loss.
On the villain side, Director Li has concocted a plan to procure Bai Ming Li’s medical records. He’s using Huo Ying’s girlfriend’s post as nurse to gain access to her files. DUN DUN DUN!!! (Er, patient’s confidentiality?) This is not the only trouble because Blackie, the gangster now working for Zi Wen, has been ordered to follow his every move. He reports the discovery to Zi Wen, who has spun his own scheme to get his hands on the same information.
Kappy: No wonder they say trouble comes in two. I think it would be an interesting angle to explore if Zi Wen were to find out Ping An’s identity because up till now, he’s been treating her kindly, more than his girlfriend. He looks out for her and genuinely cares about her trivial problems. So it would be a conflict of interests in his heart if she were the target to attack. The question is, would he be able to sabotage Ping An? The one person who reminds him of his pure, unselfish love? The love who was killed by Bai Ming Li’s car?
And goodies, PingChen are so adorable. I love that without needing other’s reminders, Ping An is becoming aware of Ye Chen’s contribution to her problems and the indispensable role he plays in her life. While I’m still waiting for Ye Chen’s backstory, his screen time with Ping An will quench my curiosity until then. SO CUTE. How many times have I said this? Oh whatever, they’re sooooooo kuteee!
And I’m not happy with Xi Le at all. Someone needs to give her a course on “Villain Awareness 101.”