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My Sunshine (何以笙箫默): Episode 11 Review and Recap


1We get Mo Sheng’s full story here.  What happened those seven years in the United States that caused the bubbly girl to become the subdued woman she is now?

My Sunshine Episode 11 Review & Recap (written by hoju & illustrated by bongsd)

… Still in flashback mode when Mo Sheng was in the United States

Sister Juan’s abusive husband (his name is Thomas or Tom Cruise… Hahaha) is home, and she steps out to go check on things.  Mo Sheng hears a crash and rushes out, only to see a bleeding Cruise on the floor and Sister Juan standing there with a bloodied knife.

Sister Juan is sentenced to three years in jail and beseeches Mo Sheng to care of her son, Xiao Jia, until she is released. One day, though, Cruise barges into their home and tries to forcefully take Xiao Jia away.  Mo Sheng puts up a resistance, and the scumbag backs off with the condition that Mo Sheng is allowed to take care of Xiao Jia if she gives him $10 USD per day.  (How sad that Xiao Jia is only worth ten bucks a day to him.  Scumbag!)


Mo Sheng calls a classmate, probably a law student, regarding fighting for custody of Xiao Jia, but it does not look good for her.  Cruise is his biological father and she is young and jobless, barely having the funds to pay for rent, much less to hire an attorney.  She wishes she had studied law and thinks to herself, “Yi Chen, if you were here, you would definitely be able to help Xiao Jia.” In desperation, Mo Sheng writes a letter to Ying Hui, the person she had sent money to after seeing his request for aid in the newspaper three years ago.  She asks him, if possible, could he please repay the $500 to her? The letter she writes follows the novel, so you can check it out there.

(Anyone notice Mo Sheng’s phone?  Does it look like an iPhone or at least something similar?  This is three years after she moved to the United States, so around late 2007 to 2008.  The iPhone should have been brand new back then… and very pricey!  But Mo Sheng doesn’t even have $ to pay for rent…)


Some time later (in the novel, it is about a month), Mo Sheng is waiting on the street for someone.  A well-dressed man — Ying Hui — approaches her. At a street side cafe, Ying Hui tells her that he did not receive her letter until recently because it had been sent to his old dormitory but he is no longer there.  When he asks her, hadn’t she been scared when she sent him the money that he was a con artist, Mo Sheng merely says she happened to have some funds at the time, and apologetically tells him that he really does not need to return the $500.  Ying Hui formally introduces himself.  “I am Ying Hui.  Perhaps you have heard of INSO Internet Services?”  Mo Sheng answers, “Of course, INSO is a legend in the internet computing world, and is also our Chang Hua University… Oh… is that you?”  Ying Hui, founder of INSO, is an alumni of Chang Hua University (Mo Sheng and Yi Chen’s university) and realizes that this is the reason why Mo Sheng sent him the money.  Without the $500, Ying Hui tells her, he would likely have had to sell his software just to make ends meet and the Ying Hui of today would never have existed, so she has his deepest gratitude.  He is willing to help her in ways more than she could imagine.  After describing her current situation, Ying Hui asks if Mo Sheng is always so willing to help people.  She explains, Sister Juan has helped her a lot, including saving her life the time she was sick.  Ying Hui’s eyes are intent as he listens to her.  Is this the first hints of attraction?  (Hey, Ying Hui, eyes off!  Mo Sheng belongs to Yi Chen!… Yes, I have an OTP bias. :p) “I will help you,” he tells her simply.


Ying Hui discusses the custody case with his attorney. Even if Cruise does not get custody, Mo Sheng cannot have Xiao Jia either because she does not meet child adoption law requirements. His legal counsel advises that she would likely win custody if she was married to a fully qualified man and jokes that Ying Hui fully meets those requirements. Ying Hui does not take it as a joke, however, and seriously considers it.  After all, he is not against the idea, and he should have had a wife by now.

While watching Xiao Jia play, Ying Hui explains the situation to Mo Sheng.  He proposes, if she really has decided to fight for custody, she could find someone who is qualified and marry him in name… and he is willing to help.  Mo Sheng quickly refuses the suggestion.


(Is that little girl playing with Xiao Jia wearing an Elsa dress from Disney’s Frozen?  But this is supposed to be 2008-ish and Frozen came out in 2013…)


Cruise is photographed burning Xiao Jia with a cigarette and loses all custody rights.  Xiao Jia is placed in foster care.  Mo Sheng has gotten her passport back, but for Xiao Jia and Sister Juan, she must stay in the United States.  Between her studies and work, she is extremely busy but still visits Xiao Jia every couple of days. However, Mo Sheng finds out, because Xiao Jia is mixed-race (I can’t see the Asian blood in him at all?!), he has been bullied all this time by the other children in the foster home, and the doc even keenly offers up some bullying horror stories.


In the middle of a business meeting, Ying Hui receives a call.  “I want to have custody of Xiao Jia.”  Ying Hui’s answer is brief. “Alright.  I will make arrangements.” Hanging up, he tells his lawyer to draw up a prenuptial agreement for him.  The lawyer is astonished with the conditions he proposes as Mo Sheng would get nothing out of the marriage and would never agree to something like this.  In reality, Ying Hui knows it is precisely because she will have no monetary gain out of this marriage that Mo Sheng will “let down her guard completely” and agree to the marriage.

(In the novel, Ying Hui does the prenup so that it removes the pressure on Mo Sheng’s conscience that would have arisen if she believed he was helping her and she was still getting his money. Here, the dialogue makes it appear that Ying Hui may actually have other motives that aren’t as pure as just helping Mo Sheng.  I’m not sure, yet, if I should chalk this up to bad English on the part of the script writing or interpret it that they are setting up Ying Hui to take on a more antagonistic role right from the beginning.)

Ying Hui explains the prenup to Mo Sheng, that she gains no money but has to fulfill no duties normally expected of a wife, i.e. they are married in name only.  He also tells her, he has something to gain out of this: a married man more easily has the trust of the public and investors and also helps him avoid unnecessary troubles.  Mo Sheng signs away on the dotted line…


In the adoption interview, the two are questioned as Ying Hui lives in California while Mo Sheng is in New York. Ying Hui commits to visiting monthly and also states that Mo Sheng will move to Cali after she graduates so the “family” can all be together.  Later, Ying Hui jokes, he had been nervous that during the interview, Mo Sheng would call him “Mr. Ying,” and they would have blown their facade. When Mo Sheng responds that she wouldn’t, Ying Hui remarks, “Of course my wife is smart.” Ying Hui has fallen into his role quickly!

Years have passed and Sister Juan has been released from jail. In the airport, she says her goodbyes to Mo Sheng and Ying Hui because she and Xiao Jia are going back to China. (This airport in New York looks awfully familiar… hmm… Have I seen it before? LOL)


Ying Hui asks Mo Sheng if she wants to return to China also, but she answers no right away.  “In a foreign country far away from home, feeling lonely is expected. But, if you are still lonely when you are in your home country, then that is sad.”  Ying Hui asks a favour of Mo Sheng.  His parents somehow found out he is married and wants to see his wife, so, now that Mo Sheng has graduated, he asks her to move to California.

Mo Sheng now lives in Ying Hui’s house and is having a bowl of instant noodles.  When Ying Hui reaches over to have a taste from her bowl, she quickly pulls it away. (Compared to sweetly sharing the same box of rice with Yi Chen in the stairwell…) To break the awkward atmosphere, Ying Hui asks about Mo Sheng’s job searching, but shaking her head, she just says that it is not easy for Chinese people to find a job here.  She turns down his offer to help, not wanting to forever rely on him.  Ying Hui suddenly remembers someone telling him, “You don’t have the ability to help me. Nothing about him is as good as you, but at least, he allows me to stand up tall and proudly in front of those arrogant and stuck-up old women in the faculty. I still love you, but I’m sorry. You are too proud.” (For Ying Hui’s backstory between him and his girlfriend, you can check out the novel.)  He looks down at Mo Sheng and tells her, “You have given me a new understanding of the meaning of the word ‘proud’.”

Mo Sheng types the characters, “He Yi Chen” into the INSO search engine.  When he sees this, Ying Hui starts to ask, but Mo Sheng speaks up first, asking whether he has ever had someone he liked.  He tells her he had a girlfriend in university who was smart and beautiful, and Mo Sheng says that her ex-boyfriend is very impressive also.  In response to this, Ying Hui remarks, “His luck isn’t as good as mine,”… and then says in his mind, “Because, after all, he is merely your ex.”


One stroke after another, Mo Sheng writes Yi Chen’s name — on the window, all over papers.  She remembers him teaching her the proper sequence of strokes to write his name.  “Why should I learn how to write your name?” the young Mo Sheng had once asked. Ying Hui sees the name “He Yi Chen” all over the papers, and his mind echoes with all the praises and things Mo Sheng has said to him about Yi Chen.


Ying Hui comes home intoxicated one day. As Mo Sheng takes care of him, he suddenly pushes her to the bed.  She manages to struggle out of his clutches and runs away.  A more clear-headed Ying Hui approaches Mo Sheng, and she asks him quietly, “Did you… think I was her at that moment?”  For a brief moment, he does not know who this “her” is that she is referring to.  In his mind, he says, “Mo Sheng has put me in an interesting dilemma.  If I say yes, I cannot confess my true feelings to her and perhaps will never be able to progress our relationship further.  If I say no, I am admitting to sexual assault.”


Things are clearly more awkward between Mo Sheng and Ying Hui.  He knows right away, when she approaches him, that she wants to move out of his place.  “Mo Sheng, return to China. Go see. You cannot spend your whole life being an ostrich.”

And so, we have that scene in the airport that opened the drama of Mo Sheng bidding farewell to Ying Hui and him telling her not to keep in contact for the time being if she does not plan on returning to the US.  (And this airport in California looks like the one in New York…? Hey, wait…) After she flies away, he looks out the window and thinks, “If you do not go back, you will never be able to forget that person, and you will never completely give up hope.  It’s been seven years.  Will he really still be waiting for you? Impossible.”


*back to present day*

We see Yi Chen again!  OMG, I nearly shouted for joy when he finally appeared on my screen again.

Several months have passed and Ying Hui is looking at photographs of Mo Sheng, taken without her knowing.  One of them is a photo of Yi Chen kissing her downstairs of her apartment.  Ying Hui makes arrangements to go to China.


Yi Chen has just won another case for his client. An acquaintance in the legal circle congratulates him on having a girlfriend.  (I guess most of the lawyers here are nosy aunties.)


Treasure has hired Tao Yi Jing to fill the vacant position left by Editor Wen’s departure. Treasure is looking for new ways to attract more readership from their female target audience.  The answer given by Xiao Hong is simple: men! Editor-in-chief Zhang agrees and announces that the new series topic for the magazine will be “Elite Men.”  He Yi Chen appears on the screen as one of the “elite men” that they would potentially like to feature…



Additional Comments:

I’m going to check out here for a few episodes (thanks for the break, peanuts!), and since I’ve been so busy recapping that I haven’t been able to join in on all the comments and discussion (and, as peanuts knows, I often have an opinion), I’m just going to put some of hoju’s ramblings here.

Gu Man, the author of the novel and one of the screenwriters for the drama, wrote on Weibo (January 5), “…Actually, when comparing writing script versus writing a novel, my thoughts are, the techniques and formats used may differ to some extent, but the core characters and emotions are the same.”

With that in mind…

Yuan Feng and Xiao Xiao’s side story are additional to the novel.  In the press conferences, they said they were supposed to be the comic relief to a story that could get overly angst-y. In reality, their story really does not do anything to move the plot forward and theoretically, if you scrapped them, the story wouldn’t miss a beat.  However, if you ask novel readers, most would say that the book is an “easy, light read.”  If you think about it, the plot is actually quite angst-y so how did Gu Man accomplish that easy, light feel? Her writing style is actually quite humorous.  However, writing style doesn’t translate onto the screen… so, (hoju’s personal theory) perhaps Yuan Feng and Xiao Xiao’s greatest purpose is to maintain that light, easy feel from the novel.

Wallace Chung’s Yi Chen completely captures novel Yi Chen to me, at least up to this point.  I know Tang Yan’s Mo Sheng has been more controversial.  Acting abilities aside, drama Mo Sheng is not the same as novel Mo Sheng, who although more subdued than her young self, still jokes and has fun and can throw out one-liners. Drama Mo Sheng’s most common posture is, head down, no eye contact, and she is much quieter than I imagined.

Now Ying Hui… I’m reserving judgment on him for later.  I’m curious how the changes to the storyline, with the whole bigamy thing, could go and potentially change how we feel about him.

How about all of you? Novel readers, are the “core characters and emotions the same” to you?  Those who never read the novel, is it “working” for you?

There.  Got that off my chest. :p  Now, off to watch some episodes without having to press pause to recap.

23 thoughts on “My Sunshine (何以笙箫默): Episode 11 Review and Recap

  1. I always considered the novel mush better than the film/serial adaptations. However, in this case, I feel that both forms are uniquely their own even as the serial still maintain the feel of the novel. While the novel hold a place in my heart, the drama allowed me to see a more developed characters and story, even if I sometime get a little annoyed at the flashbacks, irrelevant scenes, and some plot deviations. But to be honest, it is what to be expected when anything is being adapted. look of this years’ version of ROCH, it is horribly done and so much is deviated that I wonder the director and script writer even bothered to read the book, or even watched the previous adaptation. hence, I feel that this drama is going in a great direction, just like he had done with Boss & Me. For Yi Chen and Mo Sheng, I feel that they’re doing fantastic role in bringing the character’s to life, especially Wallace. This man has a gift! As for Tang Yan’s Mo Sheng, she is doing a great job in pulling out my version of the novel Mo Sheng. I have to admit, even while reading the novel, I didn’t feel that the novel Mo Sheng really deviated too much from her younger self. The only difference in their character was that she finally matured and had some experiences that caused the shades to be removed from her original views of the world. Now, the drama Mo Sheng really brought the experiences and her somewhat-jaded visions to life and only brought out the remaining sunshine when she’s passionate about something, such as trying to help Xiao Xiao. This made more sense to me since I feel that Mo Sheng and Yi Chen were only completed when they’re together (like in their school days). Thus the seven years separation had left nothing but emptiness, loneliness, and depression for both, allowing for much darkness to settle into their hearts. Thus, even after reuniting seven years later, even sunlight will take time to return into their hearts, which we see as the TOP struggled to make sense of their current situation and learn to accept each other again. I feel that this drama version is bringing this aspect to life by giving it more even development than in the novel and it’s also why Tang Yan’s Mo Sheng is quieter.

    LOL. Sorry for the long comment, but that is my take.

    • Love the long comment.🙂

      First off, I didn’t touch ROCH with a 50 ft pole. 😉

      I understand your interpretation of why Mo Sheng has become how she is today. For me, the novel Mo Sheng worked because we had access to her inner thoughts, and you could see her optimistic, sunny view on life had changed. Also, keep in mind, Mo Sheng had a foster son for ~ 2 years, and only shortly after he left did she go back to China. For Xiao Jia’s sake, I believe that, no matter how much junk had been thrown at her in life, Mo Sheng would learn to put up a strong front for him. Thinking from a mother’s perspective, no matter how cruddy the situation is, you hope to help your children see the positive side of things so hopefully they, at the very least, grow up with more hope than you. That’s why, an occasional joke-cracking Mo Sheng in the novel did not seem strange to me. She was unhappy, life sucked, but she learned to put up a facade that things were okay. (Think about the scene in front of her father’s grave. “Daddy, don’t worry about me. Everything is okay with me.”). I think that drama Mo Sheng seems to show too much to the world that things are not a-okay in her life. When she is with Yi Chen, that’s a different story. The head-hanging Mo Sheng is very understandable, although I still personally would prefer it if she would have a bit more life in her still.

      Anyways, that’s just my interpretation of the character. 🙂

      • I can see where you’re going from that perspective based on the novel. And i know what you mean when Mo Sheng kept on hold her head down. It does annoy me on some basis. But I think it’s natural for it at the moment since like you said, she’s showing more that things are not okay in her life. HOwever, I also noticed that she’d been doing it less and less now since she married Yi Cheng. Which is why I stated that it took her a while to have light back into her life. lol. Let’s hope she’ll continue to gain more confident from now on. in the trailer itself, its looks as if she got it back once she and Yi Cheng made up.

  2. I did not read the novel and my chinese a little more than intermediate so I cant understand whole episodes BUT your recap is more than helpful I watch the episode then I read your recap to test my understanding AND enjoy your funny comments.
    thank u sooo much.

  3. Gonna answer for the four main characters and how I’m feeling about them and the flow of the story.

    Characters & Emotions:
    Mo Sheng & Yi Chen – Yes!

    Ying Hui and Yi Mei – No!

    As it pertains to the leads, the emotions are there – with every look (every down-casted expression, every flicker of jealously and anger) you can feel the raw emotions that drive these characters and makes them do/say what they do/say. So much so that even when they deviate from the novel and add scenes it’s natural and fits right in. One of my favourite scenes from the drama is what one that was no in the novel – it is when they meet to discuss Xiao Xiao’s case and Yi Chen was subtly (Yeah, right!) interrogating Mo Sheng.
    “Which year did you go to the United States?” “The specific date?” “When did you arrive back in the country? The date.” – That entire scene from episode 6 that you, hoju, so awesomely translated. Any and all relevant information he needed in regards to Mo Sheng’s career, background, etc were already provided and he couldn’t easily verify said information without Mo Sheng (which he still did anyway) but he wanted to know. For instance when he asked her when she went to the US, she answers September 2004, this is all the information that he needs, yet he follows-up asking for the specific date – the underlying question is, “Exactly which day did you runaway and leave me here you cold, heartless woman?” Even when he asked why she moved from N.Y to L.A and Mo Sheng rightly asked if that had anything to do with what was happening now – he bluffs and says he believes there is a relation (HA!) but what he really wants to know is, “When you were over-there, not with me, what were you doing that you had to move states?” Why didn’t you come back to me instead of moving to another state?” That entire scene is all sorts of win, from Yi Chen’s pointed questions (anger) to Mo Sheng’s inability to look him in the eyes(guilt). That is why it is one of my favourite scenes, because although it was not in the novel, from the questions (Yi Chen) to the reactions (Mo Sheng) are exactly what I would expect from Yi Chen and Mo Sheng. It doesn’t feel forced and although it’s an add-on, it doesn’t feel like it, it feels natural.

    The drama, however, has completely destroyed Yi Mei and Ying Hui for me. Whiny Yi Mei and and stalker Ying Hui are working my last nerve, especially Ying Hui. I won’t write anymore about them because they annoy me but just to answer the question, No, the emotions are not the same. What annoys me most is that I actually liked novel Yi Mei and Ying Hui

    Story & Flow of the drama – NO!

    One word: Drag!
    I am on episode 17 now and if I see another university flashback, I am going to lose my mind. I would not have a problem if were getting new information but it’s the same flashbacks over and over and over again! It is absolutely ridiculous!
    This is why I was against the novel becoming a drama in the first place, it is too short! Trying to squeeze a 35 episode drama out of a 12 chapters is absolute madness. If it was a mini-series, 10-15 episodes of 15-25 minutes in length it would have been perfect.

    • Love your comment.🙂

      Isn’t that scene in episode 6 awesome?! I wasn’t joking when I said I was mesmerized. The emotions were raw, the dialogue was simple but intensely charged and fit so appropriately with the storyline, and the acting was awesome. I might have been a little too enthusiastic by translating every little word they said, but it is one of my favourite scenes so far!!

      I agree with you on all the characters. You can read about my nit-picking on Mo Sheng in my comment above to Iya, but overall, her character still works and captures what was trying to be accomplished in the novel — misunderstanding and circumstance resulted in regret, sadness, bitterness, and changed the parties involved but ultimately the love was so deep that it overcame time and past wrongs. Whether I love the interpretation of the character is another thing…

      Yi Mei:
      I had only watched to episode 11 when I made this post above, so I was hoping to reserve judgment until I saw at least that important scene of her saying to Mo Sheng that she couldn’t out-wait Yi Chen. Unfortunately, I think Yi Mei has been butchered. In the novel, young Yi Mei believed her love for Yi Chen was so deep that she lashed out at Mo Sheng and became the catalyst that caused the 7 years of misunderstanding. However, only a few years in and she discovered that her love was nowhere as deep as Yi Chen’s was for Mo Sheng. She realized that no matter what she did, she would never be able to replace Mo Sheng in his heart, so she let go and moved on. As she so aptly put it in her epilogue in the novel, “Some people’s wounds will, with the passage of time, heal over while some people’s will only fester.” She was supposed to show the reader’s the strength of Yi Chen’s love and devotion to Mo Sheng, that against all hope and though he may be bitter, he waited for her for 7 long years. But now, the script has changed it so that Yi Mei, against all hope and though she may be mopey, has waited for Yi Chen for 7 long years. It weakens the reader’s view of Yi Chen’s love because, hey, even Yi Mei could do it, and I don’t even like Yi Mei. I was honestly hoping the drama really would have made Yi Mei move on by that “I couldn’t out-wait Yi Chen” scene, but they didn’t. It was just lip service and she was still not over him… And now, she’s just mopey and annoying…

      Ying Hui:
      At episode 11, I was still reserving judgment. Now that I’ve watched a few more episodes, I find him creepy. Eeew. In the novel, we’re supposed to see how Mo Sheng is loved by two wonderful guys, but her heart was never swayed by Ying Hui, despite him probably being equal or even better than Yi Chen by outward standards. Here, I am creeped out by his almost possessive, stalker ways and, at this point, am so glad that Mo Sheng did not give him a second thought, not just because I like Yi Chen. Hope the drama works some magic and makes me change this opinion because in the novel, I at least thought that this man was worthy of being respected for knowing that the love didn’t belong to him and he should let go.

      Pacing is dragging with unnecessary added scenes (*cough* Yi Mei, especially). I’ll see how I feel when the big plot deviation occurs somewhere when Ying Hui appears back in China.

  4. If I’m roommate with a billionaire, I refuse to eat ramen noodles!! I will only eat abalones and lobsters!😛😀

    All kidding aside, some people prefer if Xiang Heng, Lao Yuan and Xiao Hong’s characters were more developed for comic relief. I agree with this because readers are already familiar with these supporting characters in the novel and feel an attachment to them in the drama. This is better than using XX and having a new character YF for comic relief or whatever.

    • Ahem, lidge, aren’t we, through Mo Sheng, supposed to be understanding the meaning of being “proud” like Ying Hui did? 😉 Haha! Me too! I can have ramen, but please, cook, make it from scratch for me and top it with that lobster and abalone. 😀

      I LOVE Xiang Heng and Lao Yuan. Not so much Xiao Hong as I feel they over-exaggerated her. However, what Xiao Xiao and Yuan Feng accomplish that the novel didn’t have and Xiang Heng and Lao Yuan cannot do is give someone who Mo Sheng could pour her heart out to. I really disliked the fact that everyone in the novel is only criticizing Mo Sheng for leaving. Even if people thought she wasn’t good enough for Yi Chen, you would think that *someone* would be willing to listen to her side of the story, considering, if nothing else, that her bubbly personality should have been able to make some friends. I guess Xiao Hong’s expanded role kind of does that, but she is so silly that you can’t treat her as a true confidante.

  5. if only they didnt ‘really’ change Tang yan’s hairstyle, it would be better..
    i like this story and so far, Ying Hui looks like in novel character, but im afraid that later, he would be the villain.. and i wonder about Yi Chen’s classmate, the girl who hates Mo Sheng. I have a feeling that she would join this love triangle.. emm.. it looks like i’m gonna write my own novel, lols..😛

    • You mean her ugly wig that she came back in? Ugh, it is so ugly…

      You mean Xu Ying? I hope not. They’ve already created a love rectangle… we don’t need it to be a pentagon!😉

  6. Honestly speaking, “Sunshine’s” only saving grace is the fact that it has two outstanding male leads in WC and Tang Kai. Everything about the drama is not right for me and so, I just watch WC’s scenes and pretty much skip everything else. LOL! I couldn’t care less why MS left HYC in the lurch seven years ago or whose fault it was; all I care about is how WC is going to impress me further with his awesome acting skills in this drama one scene at a time. If not for him, I would have abandoned this drama altogether by now as I still can’t bring myself to root for the OTP even though we’re almost halfway through it. It’s a bit hard to relate to the female lead when all she does is to either stare at her feet or act bashful and overly cute every time she’s with the male lead. No bashing intended here, ok? Just my honest to goodness opinion of what I’ve seen in the drama thus far. After all, different strokes for different people. I usually judge a drama by how well I can relate to its main OTP. If I can’t root for them then the drama is a flop for me. Perhaps they should make a spinoff drama from “Sunshine” that features the three lawyers. At least, that part of the drama is interesting enough for me. LOL!

    • I haven’t gotten to the bashful and overly cute parts yet, but…

      Will definitely agree with you about WC’s acting. He has such screen presence and overshadows Tang Yan. I still have an OTP bias, probably very much influenced from having read the novel, so as much as I’m trying, I can’t watch this and judge the drama on its merits alone.

    • I may feel differently if I’ve not read & translated the novel. It is like my baby, lol. I think it is partly bcos I am too familiar with the novel and partly the production didn’t do a good job that I am not really enjoying the drama. If WC is not the lead, I would also have stopped watching. I feel they should have spent more time & effort on the production.

      Aiya, my poor poor WC. I tut this will be a winner for him but too high expectation. I m not blaming him but the production fails him😦 At last he gets the girl & a happy ending. Plus he gets to wear designer clothes and drive posh cars. Unfortunately I cannot feel his chemistry with his co-star. I don’t root for them in the drama like I root for the novel. Maybe bcos I already knew the ending so no more suspense? Anyway, I hope WC will not give up idol drama until he can find a keeper for me, lol.

      • Haha Peanuts. I’m relieved we’re on the same wavelength here. I must reiterate that I’m not an anti-fan of anyone in this drama. Yeah, I was hoping WC could go out with a bang where romantic idol dramas of this kind are concerned but at least he’s enjoying explosive popularity again ala “Best Time”. We should enjoy this drama while we can because there won’t be any more WC tv dramas for the rest of 2015. 😦

        • Yah, he gonna act as a jailbird and a gangster in his new movie with Louis Koo. Eeeee, I don’t like bad guy lol. I read another novel adaptation wants to cast him but I dislike that novel so pls say no.

  7. I love the novel immensely that watching the drama, I kinda forget the unnecessary side characters. Like Yi Mei and Ying Hui over there because they didn’t look as pathetic as in the drama.
    I agree with all the flashbacks getting on my nerves. If they have to prolong the story with repetitions might as well just compact it to a shorter story and probably it won’t be as draggy.

    • You guys are all way ahead of me in watching. Still catching up, although it’s a wonder how much faster I can watch when I’m not jotting down notes.🙂 Hoping the flashbacks won’t annoy me…

      The novel is truly only about MS and YC, so that’s who I’m ultimately watching the drama for. I’m not liking Ying Hui as a character, but let’s see how Tan Kai’s acting goes. Yi Mei… acting-wise, character-wise, nothing is clicking with me.😛

  8. I feel sorry for Yuan Feng..he goes all out but Yi Mei never appreciates him at all, nor does she put a bit of an effort to move on or at least try to treasure the person in front of her.

    • That’s one of the reasons why I dislike Yi Mei. So, not only is she moping over someone who will never love her and has a depressed look on her face, she is leading someone on. Sure, if she was putting in a honest effort to try dating Yuan Feng to see if she can move on, kudos for the effort, but she’s not! She tells him she will accept him but then is trying to avoid him. Why bother accepting him as your boyfriend? Just… not even selfish because I don’t know even what her motivation is… It’s just stupid.

  9. This is such a great drama. I love how its a little different from the book because it is a new perspective on the story. Its okay to be different since I have the novel to go back to and read. This drama changes things up a little which is exciting.

    On the side note, WC is sooo cute! He is the reason why this drama is so good. And another side note (maybe a little spoiler), Ying hui is so annoying in the drama. That’s one thing I don’t’ like about the difference btw the book and drama. I really don’t care about his part….he needs to move on, and the show needs to give us more WC!!!!

  10. haven’t watch this episode but i read the recap out of curiosity (might comment again later after i watch)

    i just want to confirm, mosheng going back to china without getting divorce with Yinghui first rite?
    if yes, then i think the scriptwriter team might use it to add more conflict into the plot. it might bring trouble in the future.
    and now im worried…😦

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