Peanuts is on holidays and hoju is supposed to do the recap. However, being the weekend, hoju is too busy to write quickly so peanuts is back to the rescue, mid-way through, lol. Peanuts is sacrificing her holidays and birthday to fangirl WC with all of you so you better show your appreciation before she goes on a permanent strike :p The highlight of episode one is the airport scene which is a new addition to the novel and the supermarket scene which is a firm favorite with many.
My Sunshine Episode 1 Review & Recap (written by hoju & illustrated by chewywon)
The opening scene is set in an American airport where we are first introduced to Zhao Mo Sheng as she bids farewell to a man, whom we only get to see the backside of. He says to her, “If you do not intend on returning to the US, then let’s not stay in contact.” (Novel readers will recognize that they took a scene written towards the end of the story and used it to open the drama.) And so, Mo Sheng returns to China and lands in Shanghai. At the arrivals gate, Mo Sheng, alone and without friends or family to welcome her home after being away for seven long years, reflects, “How good it would be if he was still here waiting for me.” Who is this he?
He is actually there, brushing past her in the airport. He Yi Chen has just returned from a business trip in Hong Kong and happens to be in the Shanghai airport at the exact time as Mo Sheng, coming within an arm’s reach of her. Is this 有缘无份 “fate without destiny” for these two? Even if you’ve never read the novel, we as viewers should be able to figure out that it is likely that their fated meeting is yet to come.
Yi Chen rushes from the airport to another business meeting where he and a colleague are representing one party in a merger of two companies. (Anyone think the office looks familiar? If I said, Boss and Me and Wind Group’s office, would that trigger some memories?) The opposite party’s lawyer, Xu Ying happens to be a former university classmate of Yi Chen. When she greets him, however, the look on her face is like a girl who was jilted as she almost sarcastically mentions how Yi Chen was a celebrity figure in university and likely does not even remember her.
The meeting officially kicks off with laptops opening up in synchronization, like an ad for Apple. LOL. This particular scene demonstrates Yi Chen’s sharpness and no-nonsense attitude in his work as, after Xu Ying does a nice little recap of previous meetings, he thanks her for basically wasting their time and both client’s money on things that have already been discussed. *clap clap*
When the meeting ends, a sweet, soft-spoken girl comes to meet Yi Chen.(Interesting how she can head into the client’s office with no business purpose…) Xu Ying, likely mistaking the girl as Yi Chen’s current girlfriend, jumps in to introduce herself, then glances over at Yi Chen and asks with that catty look on her face, wasn’t his girlfriend Zhao Mo Sheng? We learn the girl is He Yi Mei, a TV anchor and Yi Chen’s “sister” of no blood relation. (Yi Mei changes job in the drama compared with the novel).
Meanwhile, after stepping off the plane, Mo Sheng has immediately gone to a magazine called Treasure to interview for a job as photographer. The editor-in-chief had been thoroughly impressed by Mo Sheng’s resume and extensive experience prior to this and hires Mo Sheng on the spot. Her only question was, given Mo Sheng’s well-established career in the US, why did she choose to return to China to start all over? After an awkward silence, Mo Sheng answers, she once went to university here and very much loves this city — a clear avoidance of the true answer.
In the car ride, Yi Mei observes that Xu Ying appeared to be romantically interested in Yi Chen. In a tentative voice, she suggests, perhaps he should consider her as a potential girlfriend, to which Yi Chen merely brushes off. He receives a phone call regarding preparatory work to go to the United States, and Yi Mei hesitantly asks if he is going because he wants to find Mo Sheng. He denies this and states it is for business. Yi Mei is noticeably relieved.
After Yi Chen turns down Yi Mei’s suggestion to watch a movie before having dinner, a dejected Yi Mei is preoccupied with her thoughts and nearly hits someone. Yi Chen dashes out, offering his business card and any other help he can provide, but a mortified Yi Mei wants to stay in the driver’s seat. After a hurry-up-and-get-out-here gesture and look from Yi Chen, Yi Mei guiltily walks out to the man and apologizes profusely. The man, Lu Yuan Feng though, recognizes Yi Mei from TV and excitedly declares that his mom is a huge fan of hers. He whips out a pen and asks her to sign her autograph… on the business card Yi Chen had just provided… and take a selfie with him. Yi Chen watches all this with a look that has “ooooookaaaaay” written all over it. LOL.
Yuan Feng is being introduced by Treasure’s editor-in-chief to Mo Sheng. He also gets a scolding from her for being so careless as to injure her hand. Mo Sheng volunteers to take over his assignments to the boss’s delight. Yuan Feng is grateful and introduces her to other colleagues. Coincidentally, he also helps her to find a place to stay as his friend’s house which is currently vacant as he is overseas. Mo Sheng moves in there and starts to reminiscence. “This city is so big, can I still meet you? I am back, Yi Chen.”
Arrrrrgh, the favorite supermarket scene of a majority of the novel’s fans. So tense, so emotionally charged with the ending theme song being played in the background. WC is such a good actor. Peanuts has taken over the recap as hoju who is a Wallace Huo’s fan will never praise WC sky high lol. “She has not been a part of my life long ago.” One of peanuts’s famous line is uttered after Yi Chen has gone home, instead of in the supermarket like in the novel.
Yi Mei: Don’t you want to go and say hello?
Yi Chen: Let’s go!
Did you notice Mo Sheng knock down RIO canned drink lol?
I think this song Long Time No See is sang by Tang Yan in the drama. If you remember, I mentioned this song before in my first impression of the drama post. There is also a YouTube link of the song in English. This song is suggested by Tiffany because it is very appropriate. Although it is a bit slow, very melodious and sentimental. Wallace looks so sad, sob sob….The next morning, he even told Xiang Heng off. Did Feng Teng’s book racks become Yi Chen’s file racks? Also, do you notice Yi Chen’s office look more like a warehouse than a law firm😦
Yuan Feng is complaining to Mo Sheng about how difficult Xiao Xiao is known to be. Then she makes an appearance and Mo Sheng recognizes her as her best friend cum room-mate during her university days, Shao Mei. After the photo shots, they have a drink to catch up. Their conversation follows the novel pretty closely so I do not want to repeat my translation here. After their drink, Xiao Xiao says she is not feeling well and does not want to continue with the photography session.