Reset: Wallace and Yang Mi

I know about this movie since the announcement and eventually the filming and all, but haven’t focused on it regarding blogging. I thought I did, lol. But anyway, like said on the poster, it’s going to be released on June 30th. Exciting for the summer, huh?

This is Wallace and Yang Mi’s reunion since Chinese Paladin. Most already know that the movie is produced by Jackie Chan.

This is an action movie, but with the added time-travel element. Not those ancient jumping into modern time-travel or vice-versa, but more like focusing on technological invention so it’s not too over-killed, lol.

This will be a challenging role for Wallace since he’s the villain, kidnapping and threatening Yang Mi’s character’s son and forcing her into surrendering her invention to him so he could use it for his own means. What a great guy, huh?

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

Midnight Food Store: Poster + Airing Date

(image credit: Weibo)

Good news! Finally an airing date for this drama. It’s on June 11, supposedly.

Check out the 90-seconds trailer (credit: HLBN Official Channel 華錄百納官方頻道):

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

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 7 – Sprouting

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

So even though Long Tai was trying to chase Wen Zi away, he was still worried for her. At least he was pondering where she was since they hadn’t seen her around since that morning’s encounter.

And it seemed like Long Tai’s luck was running a tad lower lately. Because he ended up bumping into those group of gangsters he once fought off again. Yet before he could react to ‘teach them a lesson’, Ren Mei just have to jump out of nowhere to stop them. (What?) Ren Mei reminded him that he shouldn’t fight. Since Long Tian He wasn’t the fighting type. If he fought this round and won and it got to Wen Zi, he would be exposed. But how could he just take it? No choice. He had to shield Ren Mei from the beating though. OY!

At a restaurant, Ren Hu thought he was in for some romantic date, but his frown made its appearance when Wen Zi asked about Long Tian He. Wen Zi wanted to know since she heard that Tian He and Ren Hu were enemies so Ren Hu should understand his enemy. So Ren Hu had no problem with disclosing all of Tian He’s sin toward mankind. That also sparked Wen Zi’s departure since she had no interest in hearing those words. (So not a good way for Ren Hu to score points with Wen Zi since he was acting quite crazy right now.)

On the other hand, Long Tai and Ren Mei finally caught a break when a cop spotted the gathering and blew his whistle. The gang finally fled the scene, leaving Ren Mei to tend to Long Tai. Long Tai didn’t answer her when she asked his well being though. He only walked silently away while she followed behind.

He finally turned around and scolded her when she asked to help him again. He told her to stay away if there were such situations occurring the next time. A somewhat touching and sad moment. Since he admitted that he cared for her, not wanting her to get hurt because whenever she was hurting, she would hide somewhere and cry alone.

When they arrived home, he told her not to tell the others about what happened earlier, not wanting them to worry. She once again asked of his well being. He finally responded that he was all right. She then moved on to the other topic. (Yeah, the one about him admitting that he cared for her.) He dodged the question by explaining that she was there temporarily to help them so of course he was in charge of her well being. Though she said he scared her with that confession earlier yet she looked disappointed that it was just so (when he already left the scene). OY!

Ren Mei delivered some ointments to him when he was in his room, thinking about what crazy things he said earlier. She finally realized how badly he was injured. Then she asked if she could help him since there were spots on his back that he probably couldn’t reach. And she even promised not to peek, lol. He was just staring. Her request got turned down since he didn’t know what to make of his current moods either, slamming the door in her face. (Nice?)

That night, Wen Zi came home all tired and no progress. She found a good opportunity to sneak into Long Tai’s room to investigate. Yet he found her out and entered in time. She apologized for her intrusion by saying that she didn’t see anyone hence entering. He quickly returned it with some intimidating words about Japanese people probably know about courtesy/respect and the intrusion stuff. (YUP, definitely trying to piss her off so she would leave.) Wow, she could really hold it in. Since she was able to do a respectful bow and repeated her apology for causing trouble, etc. She was definitely laying out a trap since she mentioned about returning to Japan tomorrow. (YEAH RIGHT!) And based on the flashback, Long Tai purposely set out Tian He’s stuff and left the door ajar so Wen Zi would discover it. (NICCCEEEE…) If only she would fall for it.

As Wen Zi was really packing in her room, Long Shou Cheng just have to come in and disturb her. Um…he was asking about her plans of leaving tomorrow, etc. Then he left briefly after. But the list he gave her was like a little clue that made her even more suspicious. (DARN!)

So she was back for round 2, questioning Long Tai and confronting him about the matter. Though Long Tai was trying to drive Wen Zi away, he was also shocked about the letter. The ones his father claimed to write yet he didn’t see a thing. He realized that his old man was telling the truth, he really did write letters.

Meanwhile, Ren Mei was in her room, fighting with herself whether she should go check on Long Tai or not. She was trying to convince herself it was normal to worry about his injuries since those injuries were because of her. Yet on another hand, it just seemed too weird. She decided to use her coin to help her decide whether to go or not.

So back to Long Tai and Wen Zi, he finally read his father’s letter. And was pondering about how his mother didn’t want his father to find them, etc. Wen Zi, on the other hand, was wondering about the next step. It was hard for her to treat him like a stranger from now on. After he stated that he had no choice but to play the role right now, she promised to help him keep the secret. PHEW. (And I was worried it was her that leaked the secret yet she didn’t disclose those stuff to Ren Hu. After all, she didn’t know him so why revealed stuff to him, right?)

And Ren Mei finally made her decision to go check on Long Tai. Yet what she discovered was another rendez-vous (or so it seemed) between Long Tai and Wen Zi. Long Tai wanted to help Wen Zi tend to her wound. (The one she accidentally got when she brushed aside some wine glass in the restaurant.) The mistake he made was using Ren Mei’s ointment since it really got to her. (Eh! Jealous time from her, lol.)

After Wen Zi left, Long Tai spotted Ren Mei spying on them. It was hard not to. He was asking her why she was sneaking around and hiding there. She said she was just passing by, lol. Yet she wasn’t just passing by, she couldn’t resist it and turned back to ask him why Wen Zi was there. OMG, jealous rants all around! So funny! After some more scolding marathon, Ren Mei left the scene while Long Tai was seen smiling.

Ren Mei didn’t go back to her room. She was outside staring at the tree and on the verge of tears. Awww…sad indeed. Even if it was only a misunderstanding, but seeing her wanting to cry like that was just plain sad.

Next morning, round 2 began with their cold war. Even Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were able to detect it. It was hard not to when Ren Mei pulled out another chair and slid into it instead of keeping her place next to Long Tai like usual. OMG, they were able to hold a psychic-like conversation between the three of them? (Long Shou Cheng, Lao Tu, and Ah Pan Jie that was.) The only normal thing was seeing Long Tai back into his old attires again, no longer donning Tian He’s clothes to trick Wen Zi. And the atmosphere was ruptured once again with Wen Zi wanting to join them at the breakfast table. Nice? Major cold war time. Nice, she’d chosen the spot between Long Tai and Ren Mei, the spot Ren Mei abandoned earlier. OY! Yet Ren Mei was still keeping it intact with her manners and managed a smile and a ‘morning’ to Wen Zi. Nicely done. After all, Wen Zi was their guest, shouldn’t offend the guest. But what shocked Long Tai–and eventually the others–was how Wen Zi said she wasn’t leaving. (WHAT?!) Yet the others soon recovered, they were more than happy to see business coming in. Only Long Tai was still unrest.  (And perhaps Ren Mei too but for her own reason.)

OMG, just when will this awkward breakfast end? Wen Zi kept attracting attention to herself and Long Tai. Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were getting suspicious. Or perhaps they were just curious. Yet it was getting really, really uncomfortable for Long Tai. But he finally found out the person responsible for his downfall (aka allowing Wen Zi to connect the dots to him–the one giving her the list last night). Wen Zi kept scooping her food and sharing it with Long Tai. It was getting super awkward again. He finally resolved it by letting Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie have some as well. OY!

Later, Long Tai dragged Wen Zi aside to question her about her behaviors. He told her to stop acting so close to him since they supposedly just know each for only several days. Yet she said it was hard to pretend not to know him. OY! Who else but Ren Mei walked in on them when Wen Zi was playfully hitting him on the shoulder?

In the kitchen, Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were talking about Long Tai and Wen Zi. That, of course, had affected Ren Mei. She excused herself to go distribute flyers yet Ah Pan Jie had detected that Ren Mei was jealous. Then they were talking about how it was forbidden between Tien He and Ren Mei because Ren Mei was from the Zhao family. OY! Getting complicated again.

That night, Long Tai was wandering around searching for Ren Mei. Ah Pan Jie was sneaking up on him when he was trying to think. She disclosed that Ren Mei went to search for a friend. He was mumbling about how she said she didn’t have any friends. And then he reacted by saying that he wasn’t worrying about Ren Mei, he was just asking. Yup, Ah Pan Jie even noticed that his reaction was quite strong.

Ren Mei indeed ventured into a quite complicated area to search for Xiao Xiang (the current owner of the shop her family once went to eat). Her search wasn’t in vain since she did locate Xiao Xiang (known as Haru around the area). However, she wasn’t able to speak to the other party.

Meanwhile at home, Long Tai was pacing back and forth in his room while Wen Zi was studying Tian He’s stuff, commenting about how his brother was so smart, etc. He didn’t care. He was worried about Ren Mei–and was still denying it. Wen Zi finally found out he wasn’t paying attention. But he shooed her out, stating that he was tired.

On the way back to her room, Wen Zi was stopped by Long Shou Cheng. So they proceeded to his room to talk. He, of course, was suspicious of their behaviors from earlier. So she didn’t have to pretend anymore. But still…

Back on the Long Tai front, he was out and about searching for Ren Mei. (YUP, shooing Wen Zi away was just an excuse so he could be free to search for Ren Mei.) He went to her room first, just checking to make sure. Then he went outside to talk to the tree. OY, that tree was really popular. Well, he was mostly talking to his mother, but still… And then while he was at it, he ended up beating himself up for being so fierce with her.

Apparently, Ren Mei was still standing outside that one place to wait for Xiao Xiang. While Long Tai stood outside the resort waiting for her to come back. As unfortunate as it was, Ren Mei’s phone got dropped again so it malfunctioned already. Even if Long Tai wanted to call her, she wouldn’t be able to pick it up anyway. He couldn’t take it anymore so he went out to search for her. Ironically, that was when she came back. So when he came back, he stood outside again, waiting, thinking she was still out somewhere. OY!

The next morning, Ah Pan Jie came out to open the door and spotted Long Tai sleeping outside. She was more than shocked so she questioned him about it. He said he was just up early and went outside to exercise yet ended up falling asleep on the doorstep. (Nice? Well, there was no way he was going to admit he was there waiting for Ren Mei all night.) He was trying to ask why was Ren Mei out all night. Then Ah Pan Jie was saying how Ren Mei was inside helping her prepare breakfast. He was soooo stumped.

At breakfast, they once again sat in the spots from yesterday. Long Tai was still staring at Ren Mei and fuming inside. He tried to eat loudly or make more noises so she would notice him yet she was just minding her own business and eating her meal. Well, she was lost in thoughts about the other matter so of course, she wasn’t paying attention to him. OMG, that was so messed up! He snatched the piece of food away from her. And then he started the show with scolding her. So she was forced to apologize to everyone. Yet Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie backed her up, even Wen Zi said it was no big deal and that he didn’t have to scold Ren Mei. Lao Tu told Ren Mei to call next time if it happened again. Long Tai wasn’t about to let it drop. Far from it. Ren Mei once again apologized for her behaviors, and Ah Pan Jie interfered again, saying that nothing happened so he should just drop it, considering how a ‘guest’ was here. After all that was said and done, Wen Zi realized there was really something up since Long Tai seemed too fierce with Ren Mei. Yup, Wen Zi went on another investigation. This time, she was questioning Ah Pan Jie about Ren Mei.

While that was happening, Long Tai was spying on Ren Mei. He had no choice. It was a big scare for him last night with not being able to locate her. So now he had to sneak around to see where she was going. Long Tai was really a pro stalker since he was able to follow her to that one complicated area. She was still on her mission in finding Xiao Xiang and talking to her. Yet the bouncers at the door pushed her, and Long Tai jumped to the rescue in time. A confrontation was inevitable yet Ren Mei was quite strong, she didn’t want to return home with Long Tai.

It was revealed in a flashback of how Ren Mei first met Xiao Xiang. Ren Mei was crying and Xiao Xiang had cheered her up.

Long Tai finally successfully dragged Ren Mei from the scene. It wasn’t because she was suddenly so obedient. It was actually because she finally succeeded in delivering a note to Xiao Xiang. Yet unfortunately for the both of them, it rained on their way home. So they had to seek some shelter while waiting for the bus.

Another confrontation ensued, but this time it was regarding him. She was scolding him for making her misunderstand. Since he claimed to hate her yet kept looking for her and tried to help her. So that had created confusion for her. Yup, it wasn’t a good feeling. He finally obliged to her request by distancing himself from her. But that was still unbearable to watch him stand there in the rain like that. She couldn’t stand it anymore so she approached him and told him not to be so childish. He scolded right back, stating that who was more childish, considering how she was the one being out all night and not calling home, etc. (Too intense. Yet their feelings were obvious.)

Hearing him say those words, she couldn’t stand it anymore and turned away. Yet he turned her back to face him, demanding some answers. He ended up kissing her at last. But this wasn’t their romantic get together since she fainted instead of responding to his kiss. (Nice? So much for being prince charming.) It wasn’t because of him though since it was probably because she was already overly tired since last night and now being in the rain and all.

Morning finally arrived and it was a clear day. (Indeed fitting with those phrases about the sun coming out after the rain.) However, Ren Mei was still unconscious–with Long Tai taking care of her. Yet she was going through one of her nightmares. The one about losing her parents, and that everyone was hating her because of what happened.

Before Long Tai could figure anything else out, he received a call from someone and was forced to tend to it while leaving Ah Pan Jie to care for Ren Mei. Unfortunately for him, once again, he ran into those groups of gangsters while taking care of Xiao Xiang’s matter. What was even more unlucky was how Ren Hu was nearby and had noticed him hence stopping the car to witness the scene. To fight or not to fight?

Fight, of course. He had no choice. Not to mention, things were getting too dangerous and complicated. (And on top of that, he didn’t see Ren Hu nearby.) There were too many things to think about aside from checking to see if Zhao Ren Hu was lurking around to spy on him or not. Things were getting quite intense between both parties. However, it was soon resolved because the other guy was able to spot the words “北野” on Long Tai’s belt. Or at least it was a handkerchief dangling by his belt. It was Bei Ye Jian Ren (北野健二)’s signature.

The turn of events. They knelt in front of Long Tai to apologize for their behaviors, considering how Long Tai knew Bei Ye Jian Ren. So they were under Bei Ye’s commands as well. No wonder they were so apologetic toward Long Tai. Not only was Ren Hu surprised when he saw those men bowed to Long Tai but also Xiao Xiang who was standing nearby. Ren Hu was more determined than ever that the person standing there wasn’t Long Tian He, but someone else.

The other matter was finally resolved, now it was Xiao Xiang’s situation. Long Tai said that he knew her story through Ah Pan Jie, and even revealed that her mother had left behind the shop for her. He continued by persuading her to return home.

While that was going on, Ren Hu was busy scolding at his PI to work harder and expose Dr. Jin’s patient–whoever that person was. Then he was back to empty threats.

The good news was Ren Mei finally woke up. Her head was still swirling so she was trying to piece things together. Yet what she remembered shocked her even more. Wah!

*All images were captured by DTLCT