Ah, now I know why you guys have been commenting that you love this episode so much. Two kisses, several sweet university flashbacks, and some intense gazes from Yi Chen. My longest recap yet!
My Sunshine Episode 8 Review & Recap (written by hoju & illustrated by chewy won)
Yi Chen is meeting Wen Min (Editor Wen) at a restaurant for business. In the same restaurant and just around the corner, Xiao Hong and Mo Sheng are waiting for their blind dates to arrive, having shown up more than half an hour early. When Wen Min and Xiao Hong both head to the restroom, they run into each other and immediately begin squabbling, one making fun of the other for having an unfaithful husband while the other counters by mocking her that no man has ever wanted her. Yi Chen is listening in amusedly when he hears Mo Sheng, who has come over to the bickering women. He looks delighted that she is here until he hears Wen Min ask if Mo Sheng is here for the blind date as well. Our two leads lock eyes briefly, but Yi Chen makes up an excuse and hurriedly leaves.
There is a backstory to Xiao Hong and Wen Min’s enmity. Wen Min stole Xiao Hong’s first boyfriend but after he got in a car accident and ended up crippled, she broke up with him and married a wealthy man. Now that Wen Min is filing for divorce, that former boyfriend has asked if she wants to get back together. Xiao Hong’s tears are flowing unchecked, mourning that her true and faithful heart is not treasured by anyone, when the subjects of their blind date arrive. Immediately, her tears dry up and the “blind date fanatic” Xiao Hong is back.
Mo Sheng is zoned out during most of the date. All she can think about is her first meeting with Yi Chen and photographing him. A clearly upset Yi Chen sits in his car, remembering as well.
*Flashback* In university, his dorm mates tell him “the girl from the chemistry faculty” who is pursuing him actually is at their law building several times a day. Xiang Heng tells him, she had asked if she was disrupting Yi Chen’s life, so Xiang Heng seems to think that she may be starting to give up on her pursuit and Yi Chen is going to be “free” soon. Yi Chen actually does not seem happy with the news. Xiang Heng then says, “If you don’t want to be “free”, then why have such a sullen face?”
Back in the present day, Yi Chen calls Xiang Heng out for a drink. By the time Xiang Heng arrives, though, he has already downed more than several drinks. Xiang Heng tells him, he heard a huge piece of gossip: their great Lawyer He has a girlfriend! This news has spread fast around the entire legal industry. However, Yi Chen is not listening and only knocks back drink after drink like they are water. Xiang Heng says, he saw Mo Sheng a little while ago and then asks if they are together again. He does not get an answer, but assuming it to be an affirmative, he offers his congratulations. Yi Chen walks out on him, telling him he will pay for the tab and Lao Yuan would be coming to keep him company.
One of the blind date surgeons escorts Mo Sheng home, but her distant demeanour causes him to swallow his attempt at getting a second date. In the stairwell of her apartment building, Mo Sheng seems to notice something and turns around. As she does, Yi Chen suddenly appears from a corner and presses his lips onto hers, forcing her up against the wall. His mouth roves urgently, his kisses rough as they travel insatiably from her lips to her cheek and down to her neck. (*covers my face shyly* How’d you all like my “artistic flair” in describing that kiss? Hahaha.) All of a sudden, his kisses stop. His head rests on her shoulder as he breathes heavily.
Yi Chen: I still ended up losing. After so many years, I still lose to you. A complete and crushing defeat.
Mo Sheng: What are you saying, Yi Chen? Are you drunk?
Yi Chen: I’m not drunk. I have gone mad.
He backs away from her, picks up his jacket, and leaves. That backside view of him is so forlorn. Most of us have seen this kiss in the trailer, so it should not have surprised you, but now with the context of what had happened, I was still caught up in the strong emotions of the scene, despite knowing and anticipating what was going to happen.
I mentioned this in the press conferences post, but Tang Yan said she was very grateful to Wallace for this scene. Did you notice, when she was shoved into the wall, Wallace’s hand was there supporting her neck and head so that she would not be injured? During filming Tang Yan was too caught up in character and did not notice this, and it was only after the fact, when she saw the trailer that she realized how thoughtful and gentlemanly Wallace had been.
Peanuts: WC needed personal guidance from the director to act out this emotionally charged scene? He doesn’t know how to kiss someone forcefully 😛 ? Did you notice he was chewing bubble gum in preparation for the kiss lol? Poor WC, it is so difficult until he had to time travel to The Amazing Race, screaming “Too Difficult”, haha…..
Xiao Hong’s blind date has resulted in a second date with her surgeon, so she and Mo Sheng are skipping work and out shopping to help her create a lady-like image. Mo Sheng’s mind is not in it as she spends most of the time distracted and in a daze. Xiao Hong is worried that there may be awkward silence on her date since she is not very familiar with her surgeon yet and wonders if singing to him might help. She demonstrates, singing a couple lines of “Do you love me? May I ask you that?” to Mo Sheng, but Mo Sheng advises, “Silence is also a very lady-like trait.” Xiao Hong probes about “the man who was with Wen Min at the restaurant,” recognizing that he was the one who had come looking for Mo Sheng at the magazine company office. When Mo Sheng confirms this, she declares, no wonder Mo Sheng isn’t interested in the surgeon, but Mo Sheng says they are not “that type” of relationship. Xiao Hong does not believe her, though, saying she has eyes to see.
Xiao Hong receives a phone call from the office informing them that someone from Wen Min’s family had been at the office causing trouble. When they hurry back to the magazine’s office, it is in complete disarray. Editor-in-chief Zhang asks Wen Min, what is going on, how did she manage to become entangled with such thug-like people, but Wen Min only answers that it’s a personal matter in her family. The staff members are all avoiding Wen Min.
The three big bosses of Yuan Xiang He Law Firm are discussing Xiao Xiao’s case. Pin Jia Magazine’s attorney is suggesting to resolve the case out of court and will provide monetary compensation. The proposed compensation (Lao Yuan shows them what it is using two upraised fingers) is stingy, however. Yi Chen is clearly not focused on their discussion and only snaps back when Xiang Heng addresses him. Immediately back in Lawyer He mode, he says about the compensation amount, “Add a zero.” Xiang Heng wonders if that would be a little too ruthless. Lawyer He explains, Pin Jia Magazine has been in financing talks with other parties lately and is desperate to resolve the negative image that Xiao Xiao’s case has brought about, so they can use this opportunity to “loot their burning house.” They move on to discuss the next case, but Yi Chen’s still seems preoccupied.
Later, Xiang Heng states that Yi Chen has been preoccupied the whole day, and when Yi Chen gives in and allows him to interrogate, Xiang Heng immediately asks, “When did she come back to China?” At Yi Chen’s surprise that he knew about Mo Sheng, Xiang Heng explains, “You have been acting too obviously uncharacteristic of yourself, Lawyer He.” But joking aside, he explains he saw Mo Sheng earlier and notes that she seems to have changed quite a bit. Yi Chen cuts the conversation short, but then they overhear the discussion of two female employees. One of the girls had broken up with her boyfriend only three months ago, and now he is already going on match-making dates. They hear Mei Ting, the other girl advise, “The key point is not about time, it’s about whether you still like him. If you still like him, you should go try to get him back… Look at you, you’ve always been ordering your boyfriend around, thinking he was the one who chased you so he should always be the one to try to make you happy. If you still have feelings for him, you should take the initiative and do something… If you keep being prideful like this, just wait, you are going to regret it.” This seems to resonate with Yi Chen… Before they leave, Xiang Heng speaks to the girl, although his eyes are actually flicking back to look at Yi Chen. “Mei Ting is right. If you really do have feelings, then take the initiative because that person may not always be chasing after you your entire life, right Lawyer He?”
Much to Lao Yuan’s surprise, Yi Chen is not going to work overtime tonight because he has “more important matters”. When Lao Yuan comments that he did not know there was anything more important than work to the normally workaholic Yi Chen and asks if there is some problematic, urgent matter he has to deal with, Yi Chen replies, “It is indeed a bit of a problem and a little urgent,” then hurries off.
Yi Chen may not be doing overtime, but Mo Sheng is working hard from home. Dinnertime has passed and with nothing in her fridge, Mo Sheng heads downstairs where she sees Yi Chen standing, waiting for her. “Could you take a walk with me?” (Oh my goodness, which window curtains did Mo Sheng cut up to make her outfit? >_<) Yi Chen leads her to a bus stop and asks her for some coins for the fare. On the crowded bus, it is standing room only. As Mo Sheng awkwardly tries to maintain some space between the two of them, she suddenly lurches forward with the rocking motions of the bus and Yi Chen reaches out to steady her. He lets go again, and they stand, side-by-side, not making eye contact. (Think their hearts are racing from this brief contact?)
Strolling down a quiet street, Mo Sheng is confused where Yi Chen has taken her. He is somewhat disbelieving and disappointed as he asks her, does she really not remember? He points at a street sign: Old North Street. This street witnessed many happy memories from their student days as they walked down it and enjoyed street food. But the little street stands have all been moved away and the hustle bustle is gone. When he asks her has she not come back to have a look, she grasps for an excuse, saying work is busy. “You don’t need to say any more… I understand,” Yi Chen tells her. They walk over to a snack shop they used to frequent, but the owner had long since changed. Mo Sheng thinks to herself, “It turns out… I’ve been gone for so many years already.”
They sit beside the running track, nibbling on snack food. This track was the site of Mo Sheng’s most painful memories…
*flashback* On that running track, an exhausted and breathless Mo Sheng runs to the finish.
Yi Chen: 4 minutes, 25 seconds.
Mo Sheng: Wha…? Even slower than yesterday? How about this Yi Chen? Next time, you run in front and I’ll chase you from behind. I will definitely run especially, especially fast! (Yi Chen only stares at her.) It’s a great idea! How about, then, next time… in front of you… no, in front of my face, dangle one of your photos.
Yi Chen: Zhao Mo Sheng, do you even feel shame?
Mo Sheng: I’m serious!
Yi Chen: Fine… rest for 20 minutes… and then go run another time.
Mo Sheng: Huh… waaah…
*back to present day*
Yi Chen: The 800 metres
Mo Sheng: Mm-hmm. It took me 4 minutes, 10 seconds to run the 800 metres. You asked me in a very incredulous way…
young Yi Chen’s voice echoing in their memories, turning into a flashback: Zhao Mo Sheng, you say, you run so slow, how did I manage to let you catch me?
They spot one of Yi Chen’s former university professors, and he runs over to say hi, saying he came back with a friend just to look around. The professor recognizes Mo Sheng straightaway as “the girl who sat beside you.” When Yi Chen tells Mo Sheng that Professor Zhou remembered her, Mo Sheng comments that she probably left a deep impression on him.
*flashback* Professor Zhou is lecturing on criminal law at the front of the classroom and addresses a question to the class.
Professor: I want to ask, these four persons, person A, B, C, and D, what type of responsibility should each bear and how should each be sentenced? Who can answer this question?… The girl in the third row… Yes, you. You answer. How should these four persons, A, B, C, and D, be sentenced?
(Mo Sheng tugs at Yi Chen’s sleeve.)
Yi Chen: (from the corner of his mouth) I wasn’t listening.
Mo Sheng: (whispers angrily at him) Won’t even rescue the dying. So petty.
Professor: Hm? Such a simple question and you cannot answer it?
Mo Sheng: (desperate) Toss them all in jail!
(whole class laughs)
Classmate X: Professor, she’s not from our faculty!
Professor: So, you are very interested in my criminal law class?
Classmate Y: Professor, she’s here attending class with her boyfriend.
(whole class laughs)
Professor: May I ask, whose girlfriend is she? Could you stand up and let me know?
Yi Chen: (stands up) Mine.
Professor: Student He, it’s useless if only one of you studies well. Education of the family is very important too. The girlfriend of one of the top students in the Faculty of Law is actually completely ignorant about law. When we are out and about, we will all be embarrassed.
*back to present day* Yi Chen is reminiscing as he says, “Indeed, a deep impression.” Mo Sheng looks at the slight smile on his face. “Is he smiling? He finally does not have an icy look on his face and is not treating me like a stranger,” she thinks. She remembers with him, saying it was his fault for not helping her out. “I really wasn’t listening. I remember, we were in a fight then.” Mo Sheng recalls, they had been in a cold war over him not giving her his phone number.
*flashback* At the train station, Mo Sheng is upset that Yi Chen refuses to give her his home phone number and walks away in a huff. However, when she turns around to look, Yi Chen has already left and is nowhere to be found.
*back to present day* It is late, so Yi Chen takes Mo Sheng home. Downstairs of her place, they bid their farewells. Mo Sheng is about to leave, but then turns around.
Mo Sheng: You…
Yi Chen: About yesterday… I’m sorry.
Mo Sheng: It’s okay. You were drunk yesterday.
Yi Chen: Was I?
(OMG, check out that intense gaze in his eyes as he leans in for a kiss. Brief, sweet, gentle.)
Yi Chen: Mo Sheng, I’m very clear-headed… I’ve been very clear-headed the whole time.
From the bus ride all the way through to this good-bye, the drama follows the novel very closely, even down to much of the dialogue. In fact, this whole section feels very much like how the novel reads, with memories interspersed with present day. The biggest differences are, they added one extra flashback memory of the train station (the novel ends the reminiscing on a sweet note with present day Yi Chen saying, how could he focus on listening to lectures in class when he was in the middle of a cold war with her) and the kiss! But I don’t think you guys are protesting an additional kiss between Yi Chen and Mo Sheng, are you?
At work the next day, Mo Sheng has covered some of Yuan Feng’s work. He is not in the office because he has gone to some place called Xishan rural area.
Xiao Xiao and Yuan Feng arrive, bickering as usual, in a less modern location. Xiao Xiao is exceptionally happy and in a good mood, while Yuan Feng is adjusting to the bumpy roads and less modern settings. While Xiao Xiao kneels down and carries out a conversation with an old lady, Yuan Feng takes out his camera and captures the moment and her contented expressions. It turns out, this is where Xiao Xiao grew up. She is there to take photographs as a way to promote her hometown. Yuan Feng, her photographer, is not being paid for this job (guilted in to do it after causing her injury last episode). As they sit and chat, Xiao Xiao reflects on how this place has not changed all these years. Yuan Feng can tell she misses home, and remarks that he never believed she could have such a simple side to her. Of course, shortly after, they return to their bickering…