We get to see more family background to our main leads, which explains some motivations and provide comic relief. There's an addition to the cast in this one - a most welcome quirky character and one that I *gasp* am actually curious about. Some scenes still feel out of place and the interest level isn't that much improved over the first episode.I'm not sure if I still want to continue recapping this drama, unless there's a huge swing in terms of plot and narration. Although I love our main couple as much as any other, it isn't incentive enough for me to want to write about it when there are other shows out there that make me grip my seats, unable to sit still. At the moment, I'm enjoying bits and pieces of the show but at the back of my head, I realize that there isn't much going on. I'll still probably watch it every week since it's the summer holidays, but I really hope there is more to the premise. Chop chop writers.
Ratings broke 2 this week, bringing it up to 2.16. Guess the Taiwan audience do still love the OTP.
*updated with screencaps.
EPISODE 2 RECAP
Mum shouts loudly, "Liang Xiao Shu! Kneel down!" and picks up the feather duster. Xiao Shu whispers, "Don't hit me so hard!" Lol. This pair of mother-daughter. Mum chases Xiao Shu around for a bit and shouts at her for making them worry all night, shouting at one point, "Did you see Jason cheat on you, and that made you so sad and you got drunk?" Haha so transparent. Dad finally calls a halt to their antics.
They lay blame on one another, ending somehow in it being Zhou Zhen's fault when she says she got bored waiting for him to come back to celebrate his birthday. Ying Ying teases Granny for her favouritism, but Granny retorts she was happy too "when you brought me red wine". Oops.
We go to a cemetery, where Xiao Shu and her parents pay respects to her brother. A bouquet of flowers lays there, angering Mum because it is left there every year, as if mocking them. Uh oh... I have a bad feeling about this - obviously mob related, but please don't let it be related to Zhou Da Kuan. Dad doesn't betray much emotion as Xiao Shu and Mum talk to Zhi Kai. He excuses himself to get rid of the flowers.
Ying Ying saunters down the street in a qipao (Chinese traditional costume) with earphones as a motorbike comes dangerously close. Zhe Xuan grabs her and we get the requisite 360-degree romantic spin (another drama trope checked).
Xiao Shu is at the KTV for their radio station employee night. She gets notes from all her colleagues, giving excuses for not coming. I almost think they're going to pop out and shout "surprise!" but that doesn't happen. In the only one KTV in Taipei, Ying Ying is partying with Pei Li and their friends when Zhou Zhen shows up to give his present. Their theme has changed to a pajama party LOL. Ying Ying pushes Pei Li towards her brother, calling THAT a proper present. I'd agree, if it weren't such a cringe-worthy moment.
I dearly hope that he's doing something to get the scumbag back, but that might go against his non-gangster-stuff principles. But my main beef with that whole fighting scene wasn't that he got hit, it was the position of the scene within the narrative. I get that it's supposed to be emotional, that we see the male lead already willing to suffer for the female lead - except that they're not there yet in their relationship. That's why this scene feels tacked on and lacks the emotional punch it could have. There is a reason scenes like this usually come towards the end of a show, or at least when the leads are IN a relationship and there are higher stakes and consequences involved. I found it weird that this scene was in this episode, although it probably was to make Xiao Shu blurt out that line where she hates gangsters and triads the most. That line was indeed the most important line for that scene, or actually for these two episodes combined, because that was the whole conflict in the premise of having an ex-gangster's-son male lead paired with ex-cop's-daughter female lead. I get the end, but in this instance, the end doesn't quite justify the means.