I finally started to watch this drama. Funny how things worked out. From the promos, I was initially more drawn to Memory Lost but the ending themesong of Snail caught me by surprise. Such a lovely song by Joey Z. Each episode went by pretty quick and I found myself liking our chosen team members from the Animal Kingdom. Lol.
When A Snail Falls In Love Episode 1 – 3 Summary:
Episode 1 opens with our male lead, Criminal Police Officer Ji Bai (Nick Wang Kai) on a train to Myanmar. A couple of troublemakers make life hard for fellow passengers and our hero takes them down swiftly, introducing himself in English to the authority when he finishes.
The goal of his trip to Myanmar is to track down a friend’s deceased father’s tobacco pipe, hoping to give it to her as a present. After learning that Ji Bai is a Chinese Cop, the boss willingly hands over the pipe. On his way out, Ji Bai spots a few gang members bashing an older male, leaving his heroic muscles itchy for another fight. He saves the man and it turns out they might know each other. Ji Bai wants to meet the man’s big boss because he has inquires about Burma. The man makes no promises but points him to a local restaurant, at which the older man declares that his boss is not home.
The old man does give him a cryptic message: “Lang is no longer here. Unresolved issues of the past. The Golden Python is stirring up trouble in Burma. The Cobra is active in Lin City. The storm is coming.”
Back in Lin City’s Investigation unit, we meet the rest of Ji Bai’s team members. First up is Team Leader Zhao Han (Yu Heng), known as Fourth Bro to those around him. He’s cajoling Ji Bai’s grandpa on the phone, joking that Ji Bai must have went to Myanmar with a beautiful girl. Before Zhao Han returns to his department, he receives a threatening call from Ji Bai, demanding him to find some fault with the psychology intern and dismiss her from their team ASAP. Ji Bai is not interested in her profiling their criminals if she failed her physical test. He’ll be home for two days at Beijing and hopes that the issue is resolved when he returns to work.
Zhao Han takes a moment to observe the two new interns – one is a bright-eyed and physically fit Yao Meng (Xu Yue), who just defeated an officer nicknamed Fox in arm-wrestling, and the other one is quiet girl sitting in a corner holding a pen and a book. She’s our female lead, Xu Xu (Wang Zi Wen). When asked what she’s writing, she clarifies that she’s drawing. It’s a cute drawing of the arm-wrestling scene just now, precisely drawing everyone as their appropriate animals. While everyone is in awe of her accurate observation, Zhao Han tries to look less impressed and challenges her to describe what happened in the photo hung on the wall at the boat festival. She again correctly answers his questions, pinpointing his boat as the first to capsize, which prompts Fox to ask for a representation drawing of their Team Leader.
Everyone gathers around the new artist in town, with Zhao Han pretending to not be interested at all, nope, not him! He peeks anyway when she turns around. Lol. She drew a hippo snorting water in the river! HEH.
Now that she has proven her skills, Zhao Han runs around the bushes, trying to say that she really doesn’t need to know hand-to-hand combats. Xu Xu agrees with Zhao Han but she has heard that Captain Ji is the one who makes the rules around here and if she wants to stay, convincing him is the first step. Flustered at her straightforward answer, Zhao Han swallows down his bruised pride and tells her to check out her dormitory.
Aww he’s such a softie!
Still on vacation, Ji Bai goes horse-riding with a friend. She’s also the recipient of the tobacco pipe. Meet Ye Zi Xi (Zhao Yuan Yuan). Her smile disappears the moment she sees her father’s pipe and immediately asks whether he’s found more clues about the murderer. “Is it him?” Ji Bai’s attitude suggests that this isn’t a new topic between them. She believes her uncle is the killer but Ji Bai insists that he was only involved with embezzlement and had no hands in the kidnapping.
In any case, Ji Bai wants to ask her a question and she deflects, using his police background as a reason to why she can’t reveal much. “I feel like whatever I say to you now will be used against me later in court.” Not one to shy away from the issue, he softly but firmly states his position as a cop in charge of criminal and major crimes. Financial crimes doesn’t fall under his belt and she’s clearly related to the people running the large corporation known as Ye Family Group.
Episode 2 introduces us to the first case of our drama! In the darkest hour of the day, a man is seen furiously digging and burying something. Next morning, cops restrict the area, having been alerted to the scene because of a granny’s complaint of sharp blades buried in the green field. The blades belong to the Ye Corporation. DUN. DUN. DUN!
They trace the blades back to the one of the 13 branches, belonging to Ye’s 3rd son-in-law. He’s the general manager and was the last person recorded to have ordered the blades. However, the said man hasn’t been seen since then, even his wife (Ye Qiao) appears unconcerned about his well-being when questioned by Zhao Han and the team. Turns out her sour attitude is also related to the dead Uncle Ye and she finds the cops ineffectual in their duty of protecting lawful citizens. Zhao Han does not back down from her sharp words, and says, “Mrs. Ye, you must remember, whether it is in the past or present, the victims must cooperate with the police.”
Quietly gathering the clues around the house, Xu Xu comes to the conclusion that General Manager has been kidnapped and his marriage with his wife is on rocky terms (evidence of her removing the wedding pictures and various frames) around the house. Later when news of the Ye’s branded blades made a bad rep of the family, Xu Xu immediately voices her next speculation: the kidnapper will be calling soon. And he does. What follows is the longest kidnapper-family conversation of the year. LOL! You stupid kidnapper! Haven’t you watched any dramas in your lifetime? Extending the phone call will get your butt’s location revealed! (Nope, not in here. Keke.)
Anyway, they agree to bring 2 million dollars to a crowded place. Yao Meng will play cousin, escorting Ye Qiao around a mall with a luggage filled with ching ching. Xu Xu watches from the side and when order is placed to apprehend the man who sneaked off with the luggage, Zhao Han stops Xu Xu from entering the scene. This leaves her with a great opportunity to observe the scene and a cleaning man catches her attention. He pushes the cleaning cart away with determined steps towards an empty corridor. She follows and is smart enough to call someone about WHERE she’s going. Hurray! She uses her phone ya’ll. I can’t believe I have to say what a big step that is in dramas nowadays.
The kidnapper yanks off his cleaning uniform and Xu Xu picks those up and carries them with her as she chases after him to….the elevator. Now this looks so silly, I have to pause and laugh my head off. She’s holding his uniform at the entrance with him recognizing his own criminal clothes. Lol. Her pale face tells me she knows she made a mistake, so I’m gonna let this one slide. It’s her first time involved in operations! During the long elevator ride, she sneakily texts a message to Zhao Han, telling him where they’re headed – the top floor/roof. Before she opens the door to the roof, she makes sure she grabs a wrench. Isn’t it funny that the only cop to fail the physical test is about to fail it in real life?
As expected, when she swings around hoping to smash him in the face, he easily knocks the wrench about 20 feet away. Lol. Then Xu Xu makes another rookie mistake. She calls him a criminal! Girl, you don’t call a criminal a criminal to his face! You have to say something nice or shocking. Something like, “I am your daughter.”
Well, well, well. Our girl is now held hostage with Zhao Han and his team pointing guns at them. The kidnapper insists on a car to get away but Xu Xu suddenly screams for him to dream on. Even if she’s scared to the bones, with tears streaming down her calm face, she starts listing off his punishments and jail time, because, you know, those are very comforting things to hear. XD
Just then, Captain Hook sends his hook over and it accurately grips Kidnapper’s hand and pulls it back with just enough time for
Captain Hook Ji Bai to jump in and save the day.
Yep. I saw that, Ji Bai. Congratulations on being the first detective with booby-grabbing skill and not being called out on it by the female lead. LOL.
After shoving the kidnapper to his team mates, Ji Bai makes sure to put more ice on Xu Xu’s embarrassment. “Officer Xu, congratulations on being the first detective in the city to be held hostage by a criminal.” So mean, handsome cop!
Back at work, Xu Xu is a nervous wreck. She’s sure the general manager is in grave danger, having concluded that the kidnapper won’t let the hostage go – with or without the money. Ji Bai is impressed with her reasoning and lets her talk. Her speculations on the whole family’s love-and-hate business give me a run for my brain cells but ultimately, she worries for no reason because Ji Bai has arrived at the same conclusion and has saved the hostage a while ago.
While her speculations are correct, the roads to those conclusions need evidence, Ji Bai muses. While she’s able to break down the complicated relationships, she still couldn’t figure out where the hostage is hidden. This is where Ji Bai steps and claims the winning money.
He gives her a cup of coffee. “This is what criminal investigation is like. If you cannot adapt to it, you can leave.”
— End —
Kap: Ji Bai! Can’t you give the girl an encouragement! She figured out everything without your statistics and evidence. So grumpy. I won’t count this first case against Xu Xu because Ji Bai ultimately has the upper hand in both time and resources – he didn’t have to be on scene like the other cops and had time to investigate in the background, AND he knows the family members intimately. But why does it feel like the Ye family members will eventually be criminals down the line? Lol.
One thing I do like right now is that we have a smart male AND female lead in the battle! How rare is that? I confess that I do like our heroine more, which is uncommon. She feels grounded without the loud theatrics carried out by typical heroines in romantic comedies. While they show that Xu Xu could use more help in bringing more evidence to the table, I wish they didn’t make Ji Bai completely flawless. A great relationship is when they learn from each other and improve along the way. But maybe I’m too early in judging that aspect because we are still at episode 3.
The directing for the fighting scenes is good but sometimes the camera shakes too much and I lose my focus on those nice action moves!
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