Janice might be my new favorite thing. Oh, who am I kidding, she has stolen most of our hearts in My Sunshine. But in here, she’s allowed to shine as the main lead and she does take up center stage without hesitation. And I love the ongoing metas throughout the episode, describing her character as second-lead material when she’s the lead of her own series. Ha! If everyone sees their life story as such, maybe we would have less heartbreaks in this world.
My Amazing Boyfriend (我的奇妙男友) Episode 1 Recap:
The bright moon overlooks yet another car accident. The operator apprises the police of a car accident on Cheng Xi road. One small truck on its side, one car still standing, and an injured female lies in between them, her white dress soaking in the blood as seconds go by. Her blood flows out and by that I mean, her body maybe petite, but she regenerates enough blood for it to travel a FEW FEET to the wrinkly, dry hand of a presumably dead man in a broken coffin. In her hazy vision, our female lead sees a man in black approaching and passes out immediately after.
The man introduces himself as Xue Ling Qiao (Kim Tae Hwan), a man who has been on earth for about 400 years. He lives without the grievances of a normal human being. Blissfully unaware of pain, injury, aging, or death. He does have one goal: to get some answers. He learns that he could die by being drained of blood. A mysterious figure did exactly that and then dumped the coffin into the deep black sea. And that’s how he spent his last hundreds of years in complete darkness until his coffin was fished out.
Rejuvenated from the fresh blood, his enhanced hearing picks up on the arriving ambulance and police cars, and he nimbly hops on a street light pole, watching the strange scene unfolds before his eyes. A police officer, Li Yan Zhi (Fu Jia), rushes to the unconscious female and frantically tells her to persevere. She’s our female lead, Tian Jing Zhi (Janice Wu Qian).
At a museum, we are introduced to a corpse body named Sleeping Beauty, apparently this is Ling Qiao’s body before he was being transported in the aforementioned van. On some rooftop, with her eye makeup smeared, a dejectedly-looking Jing Zhi steps near the edge and tries to muster the courage to jump, but every now and then, she would open her eyes and peek worriedly down below. A voice behind scares the crap out of her. He’s a friendly security guard. “You’ve been doing this for two hours, are you gonna do it for real this time?” That ruffles her feather. She’s the one putting on a show for him and she hasn’t even asked for him to pay for the performance. He puts it out frankly. Her act of coming up to the roof for fresh air is becoming too frequent and people tire easily of the same old trick.
He comes up beside her, trying to verify if it’s the real action this time, and if so, he needs to perform his duty and call the police. She snickers that she’s screwed so he better be prepared to get fired. Putting on a determined face, she puffs up, only for his playful slap to shake her out of the moment again. He jokes, “One look at your face and I can tell you’ve just broken up.” Her head immediately hands low, “If only it were that easy…everything would be fine.”
Cut to her cute performance for our handsome police boy. Initially, he smiles at her adorable act until he sizes up the scene: a bouquet of flower and a ring box, and his face falls. Now immobilized, she runs up to him excitedly and asks if the ground is prettier than her. Of course not, he finally looks up at her and she tosses him the ring box. “I know you’re a slow guy so just follow my instruction. When I ask if you want to marry me, nod and say ‘yes’. Then you can address me as Mrs. Li.”
A quick cut back to the security guard. “A girl initiated the proposal and got rejected?” She stares out blankly, apparently it got much worst.
Police boy Fu Jia clarifies, when he says he wants to address her differently, he means that they are more suited as brother and sister. Shell shocked and incredibly embarrassed, she comments on how her life has become a black comedy. He comes closer and explains it’s not her fault, it’s him who has liked someone else. That someone is Jing Zhi’s childhood best friend, who is currently sitting in the dark corner of the theater. When the lights turn on, she awkwardly confesses that she carries no feelings for him. Oh Ho.
But wait, Jing Zhi is not finished with her stroke of bad luck because this is the seventh boyfriend stolen from her from the same best friend, and it’s the seventh time the best friend rejected them all. Finally recognizing her wretched life, the security guard lets loyalty come first and tells her to pick a spot for her suicide. Lol. She thinks he’s crazy and runs away. On her way to her car, she loudly claims it regretful if she were to die and then get famous. She gets a parking ticket and steps inside her car. “Considering all that happened today, with my car is here, I should be laughing.” She drives along the quiet road, only to be miffed by the sight of her proposal materials – roses petals. Vexed, she throws them to the backseat and with her foot still on the gas pedal, the car inches past the red light. The delivery truck containing the coffin crashes into her car and that’s how the accident took place.
Back to the current timeline, our undead body steals some decent clothes from a farm and walks in plain daylight, swearing to find the murderer who drained his blood. But wouldn’t that make the murderer the same species as him? He watches the report about actress Jing Zhi’s car accident and clutches his heart. “Why do I feel that girl’s heartbeat?” He scans his environment, taken aback by how time has changed, rendering him a stranger. He goes to the library to update his knowledge of the new world and gets his photo snapped by two girls nearby, amazed by his good looks.
In the hospital, Jing Zhi lies unconscious and neatly tucked in bed. The nurse speaks to her, “Your powder is too thick. Also, please manage your discharge paperwork by Wednesday.” After she leaves, our starlet pops right up and checks the mirror. LOL. “Really is too fake.” A knock on the door sends her right down again. A woman (her mother) walks in with a can of soup and tells her to stop pretending. Turns out, Jing Zhi has been at the hospital for a month but she defends her choice, the two drivers died at the scene, so she must follow the act through and stay here for at least three months. Moreover, nobody has the heart to discuss her public marriage rejection and she calls it a silver lining after all. “Maybe I’m having a change in fortune!?”
Sighing, Mom recalls Jing Zhi being born with an umbilical cord strangling her neck and needed to be resuscitated. She tells Jing Zhi to lose that hope because kids who have been touched by death won’t have a successful life. That’s not how the story goes, Mom!
That night, sprawled on the bed in a deep sleep, Jing Zhi remains unbeknown about her visitor, Ling Qiao. With his hand over his heart, he wonders why they share the same heartbeat. ‘Cause you kinda indirectly drank her blood? When she half-opens her eyes and sees his reflection in the mirror, she screams bloody mary, catching the attention of the nurses. After confirming that no one is in the room, they think Jing Zhi is hallucinating on purpose to stay longer at the hospital. Jing Zhi worries… “Could it be just hallucination…?”
She paces back and forth in her room, panicking, unaware that Ling Qiao is watching her from across the building with a slight smile on his face. Well, at least you have good taste! He straightens up and concludes, “Perhaps she is the one to help me.”
At a research lab, a handsome man in white, Ye Chen (Xu Ke), fields a call from Yan Zhi and surmises the accident as a planned kidnap of Sleeping Beauty. With the roads being newly built, street cameras weren’t properly situated, rending the investigation much more difficult. Please tell me you two don’t know each other…
Scrolling through her fans account, Jing Zhi smiles at their thoughtful gifts of food. Determined to taste the cake by bypassing the nurses’ station, she puts on a bright pink Hello Kitty sweater and crouches on the floor. Nothing is easy as her phone rings in that moment, and she cites the excuse of exercise to walk back the other way. Once outside, she measures the angle she must jump to hop the wall and gets excited. She makes a run for it, gaining momentum, only to fall right in a giant manhole in the ground. Lol. She’s so silly, I don’t know how she missed that giant cradle. Calming down to a fidgety walk, she realizes it’s not the first time she fell in this hole and cries out for help. Our Sleeping Beauty leans against a branch and replies to her cry of help with, “Nope. There’s no one here.”
They bicker back and forth, with him refusing to lend a help, and her getting irritated by his attitude. “Once you help me out, you will know who I am and you might even ask for my autograph!” He finds her confidence amusing and decides to help, only if she promises to answer a few questions.
“Do you perhaps believe in immortality?”
She turns to the side, grimacing. “Oh no, he’s from the psychiatric ward! What should I do?”
He continues with his inquiry. “Do you want to become immortal?”
Her facial expression cracks me up!! LOL!
Then she seriously thinks about the possibility and gives him her two cents: “I don’t think I want to become immortal. No matter what I gain, I would lose my family and loved ones, one by one. In the end, I’m left with my lonely self and be treated like a monster by others.”
Girl, you pretty much just summed up his lonely existence. He appreciates her honesty and tells her to close her eyes. He lands in the manhole and hoists her up by the waist, without letting her see his face, and she runs away in horror. When daylights hit, Ling Qiao identifies a temple in a photo and hops on it to retrieve a secret box full of ancient…money?
On the other side of town, our actress hangs desperately to a door, refusing to be discharged, citing many unsolvable medical problems on her end that go undetected by her healthy medical history. Long story short, she’s fabulously made up and dressed for the discharge through the VIP route, only to discover the prepared reporters and fans waiting there. Jing Zhi takes off her huge sunglasses and plasters on a smile with a friendly wave.
When questions about her marriage rejection pop up, Jing Zhi literally rolls her eyes and replies with ease, “No. I’m thankful towards him. Through this accident, I realized how precious life is.” However, one reporter spites her by asking about the advantage taker in the form of a fan stealing a kiss when she was unconscious after the accident. Irate, she stands up from her wheelchair and we cut to her tirade with mom. Mom never told her about the news because Jing Zhi didn’t want to read anything. Fussing about her stolen first kiss, Jing Zhi mockingly chides mom for getting pregnant before marriage and getting kicked out by grandma. Mom points at her old-fashioned daughter with a twirling finger, “What era are you from?”
The piano stops playing and a man (her father) asks if she wants to bathe in Pomelo water (a custom in China to ward off bad luck after an accident of some sorts). Bellowing about her luck, Jing Zhi waves off the idea, only to be reminded by the stolen kiss. She screams and throws her pillows in frustration, “Why can’t I have amnesia?!! Why can’t I??”
Mom: “Because amnesia is for the female lead.” Oh. BURN. Mom is so good. She’s right too! LOL!
For someone who slept over a few centuries, Ling Qiao proves to be a quick learner. He’s already tapping away on a laptop, scrolling down the list of workers at a Stem Cell Regeneration Research Center. He eavesdrops on their conversation and learns that the handsome lab guy Ye Chen is looking to contact Jing Zhi after the accident, assuming she knows something about the missing dead body. He speeds into the lab and obtains a photo of his mummified self, marveling at his new youthful and handsome face. I see Zhang Han and Kim Hubby. Oh my.
Sitting leisurely in her mom’s home, reality quickly slaps Jing Zhi in the face when she yelps out loud about her credit cards being used up. Turns out, dad has employed the cards to help pay for her car and hospital fees. She can’t form a valid argument when he reasons that all the money they spent for her was earned by her. She then runs home on her cute pink motorbike, unwavering in her quest to earn money.
Lo and behold, her ex-BF, policeman shows up outside, wanting to talk. “I will call the police on you for trespassing private property.”
Yan Zhi: “I am the police!”
Jing Zhi: “Then can you report an attack on the police?” Lol.
He apologizes for rejecting her and says he didn’t know there were people around. She throws out a stern question, “If I become handicapped, would you take care of me?” Girl, what and why are you asking that of a man who don’t love you?! Without missing a beat, he replies yes, and that makes her pause. “Then, do you regret it?” Nope. The boy is being honest with her but she takes his words as an offense to her pride. She sarcastically thanks him for participating in his show and slams the door in his face. Behind the door, she slumps to the floor in defeat and lets herself cry.
Later in the evening, she rummages her refrigerator for some swelling-reducing remedies and discovers a huge cucumber, at which the door bell rings. Brandishing the cucumber like a weapon, she swings open the door and finds the entrance empty. After making her menace known to her wireless doorbell to behave properly, she clamps a hand over her rapidly beating heart in alarm. Following the direction of her pronounced heartbeats, she finally locates Ling Qiao standing in the shadow, his own hand at his heart. They stare long and hard at each other, confused and also fascinated. Just when her cheeks brighten, bright lights from a car disturbs her vision and when she opens her eyes, the mysterious man is gone.
Ye Chen steps out of the car, wondering what she’s staring at, and she responds in a daze about meeting the gaze of a handsome man. He chuckles at her, suggesting her feelings for him might still be there. Rolling her eyes, she tells her sixth ex-boyfriend to go away. Lol. Is every guy in here gonna be your ex, sweetie?
Before being the second man getting the door slammed in the face, he appeals to her sense of curiosity about the car accident and notifies her of the missing dead corpse, and asks her to recall the details of that tragic night. She takes the photo of the corpse in hand and stares at him. After a minute, the eyes in the photo flicker open, freaking her out. Spooked by the dirty things her ex might have brought along with him, she kicks him out.
Ex-boyfriend #6 then calls Ex-boyfriend #7, who is sporting a band-aid across his nose, and asks him to employ protection services for Jing Zhi because he feels she’s in danger. Aww they know each other. Lol. Yan Zhi tells Ye Chen to stop being dramatic, at least he didn’t get a broken nose. Ha. Not backing down, Ye Chen responds in a matter-of-fact tone, “The dead body is a very special research material! So if other research facilities find out about it, Jing Zhi will be in danger!”
Alight on the tree branches, Ling Qiao listens to the conversation and glares intensely after Ye Chen.
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Kap: Episode 1 went by at a breezy pace and I really like the symbolic opening scene, hinting that these two will be saving each other instead of the story being one-sided. Jing Zhi woke up with no wound, and Ling Qiao got a second chance to get his answers. I really do hope that’s the trajectory of their characters.
And how cute is Janice? Absolutely a delight to watch as she’s fully game-on to tackle the character’s triumph and downfall with equal sincerity. Not much to say about actor Kim Tae Hwan yet since his character didn’t have much to do in this episode. But it would be my source of amusement to see him deal with Jing Zhi’s strings of ex-boyfriends. heh. And since the drama is called My Amazing Boyfriend, dude gotta bring his A game to the field.