Fabulous Boys [原來是美男] Episode 7 Recap

Lots of psyche-outs in this episode, along with lots of jealousy and heartbreak. Buckle-in kids!

You can watch Fabulous Boys on Dramafever here!

Recap:

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We open back to the kiss at the end of episode 6, where Mei Nan had seen Tai Qing grab Xin Ning to stop her from blabbing Mei Nan’s secret. Except…Mei Nan doesn’t know that Tai Qing did it for her. No one does. Xin Yu comes upon her staring at them and gently leads her away. He takes her to the lobby to show her to fans outside, explaining that it’s normal to be in shock when you’re a fan. Seems pretty flimsy but Mei Nan believes it.

She realizes that, much like the fans, she should be congratulating Tai Qing on falling in love, not moping around about it.

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Well well, turns out the kiss was a not-quite kiss. Tai Qing grabbed Xin Ning and spun her around so that it appeared as though they were kissing, but in reality they were trading insults in hushed tones. Xin Ning throws a tantrum back in the office when Tai Qing smoothly tells her that she was the one who asked for a fake relationship, and worries (once he leaves) that he might never like her. When you throw tantrums like that there’s a good chance no one will.

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The rest of A.N. Jell jumps on the congratulations bandwagon as well, decorating the living room with banners and a huge spread. Tai Qing looks less than pleased when Mei Nan’s Aunt pats him on the shoulder, and downright murderous when Mei Nan congratulates him. He leaves, muttering about getting congratulations when he’s undergoing it for [her].

Mei Nan is pretty drunk by the end of the night (seriously, I thought we learned from ep 1 that this girl can’t hold liquor well, why do you still push it on her?), and Jeremy rushes to her aid to match Aunt for beer shots before encouraging her to go upstairs and sleep.

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Mei Nan’s obviously drunk, because Xin Yu finds her dozing underneath the piano. When he tries to lead her out from underneath, Mei Nan shakes her head and tells him she can’t leave, because she feels useless. She’s caused Tai Qing so much trouble since the beginning, and isn’t surprised that he doesn’t like her. Still, she wants to do one thing right, and that’s sing his song (the EP) well.

Xin Yu moves to join her under the piano, but hits his head. Tai Qing walks in as Mei Nan giggles and pats Xin Yu’s head, and hides behind the doorway.

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Xin Yu suggests that they practice the song, and Mei Nan closes her eyes as he plays it on the piano. She muses aloud that the song is so beautiful, it’s no wonder she became Tai Qing’s fan. Xin Yu freezes, then grabs Mei Nan’s hand and sits her down next to him. She falls asleep on his shoulder, and Xin Yu promises to stay by her side.

It seems like everyone’s in a pensive mood tonight, as we see Jeremy forlornly sitting on the deck and Tai Qing staring at his bedroom ceiling. He looks over at Mei Nan’s makeshift bed, and crossly mutters that he’ll give her hell if she doesn’t do his song justice.

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Mei Nan struggles with the song however, and though technically she sings it perfectly, Jack tells her that she’s missing the emotion behind the song. It’s about two people who are madly in love, and Mark explains to Mei Nan that their love is so poignant that it pretty much “explodes with emotion”. His words, not mine.

He suggests that she try and learn this “exploding emotion” when she goes back to her village to commemorate her father’s death. Perhaps she can translate some of her emotion for her father to this song.

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A.N. Jell makes a required appearance on the red carpet to promote Xin Ning’s new movie. When a reporter asks Tai Qing if he felt jealous because of the kissing scenes, Tai Qing replied “Of course (Xin Ning smiles)…not.” HAHA. All the while however, Mei Nan looks like she’s about to burst into tears because of the way Xin Ning keeps clinging to Tai Qing.

After the premiere, Xin Ning rips into Tai Qing for “not being a proper, jealous boyfriend” to which he fires back that he was being “generous”. She demands that he take her to the after party, since he’s such a “generous boyfriend”, and Tai Qing scoffs. He tells her that it’s enough that he showed his face – besides, she should be a “generous girlfriend” and let him get some rest. With that, he leaves.

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Outside, Mark informs Tai Qing that Mei Nan will be leaving shortly to return to her village. Tai Qing agrees to take her, but the camera switches to show Mei Nan inviting Xin Yu to go with her. Uhoh.

Tai Qing is beyond shocked when Mei Nan breezes past him in the garage to run to Xin Yu’s car. Frustrated, he shuts down Xin Ning’s orders to take her to the after party and drives after them. Mark eagerly announces that he’ll be driving Xin Ning to her engagements, and Xin Ning sweetly asks him where Tai Qing is going.

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The character web grows even more convoluted, as we see Mu Hua Lan standing infront of Mei Nan’s father’s grave. She tearily tells him that she’s re-releasing the song he wrote for her, so that the world can hear more of his songs [with her voice].

Mei Nan and her aunt pass by Mu Hua Lan on their way up the trail, but don’t recognize her behind her enormous hat. It’s only until they notice the fresh flowers on the tombstone that Mei Nan realizes the mystery lady knew her father. She runs back down, but misses the car.

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Tai Qing has made it to the village, but has no idea where to find Mei Nan. He curses Mei Nan for causing him to walk so much, but gets his breath taken away by the view. He thinks inwardly that the village does have charm after all, and that the ambiance is perfect for composing.

Since the landscape is so beautiful, he decides to pull out his ipod and have an impromptu conducting session. Yeah I’m confused too.

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What follows is the most hilarious scene yet. After waving his arms “conducting”, Tai Qing notices a man in Aborigine garb jumping and waving his arms. Tai Qing thinks to himself that people are so friendly, and mimics the stranger’s movements. It’s only when the man starts motioning an object that Tai Qing takes off his ear buds….to hear the man mid yell. “…run! It’s running!”

Tai Qing spins around…to see a huge bear. He collapses in a faint, and comes to when he feels the bear sniffling his neck. Tai Qing runs for his life, only stopping when the stranger tells him to calm down. He’s freaked out by grunting noises from the tall grass, which turn out to be from a cute little pig. The stranger thrusts the pig at Tai Qing, and laughs when Tai Qing squeals.

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It seems that Mei Nan’s aunt is still on her make-money-from-Mei-Nan agenda, as a reporter complains that the Aunt had promised A.N.Jell, and only Mei Nan and Xin Yu are there. Aunt tells the reporter not to complain, and to appreciate the Aborigine music.

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Funnily enough, Tai Qing walks in at that moment. All the reporters flock to him, and he smoothly announces that he stopped in the village because of his appreciation for native music. Mei Nan overhears the pig-man from earlier snickering that Tai Qing was the one afraid of his pig, and that he even had to change clothes. She smiles, but it quickly fades when (surprise surprise) Xin Ning shows up.

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Neither Tai Qing nor Xin Ning are too happy to be in the village that night, and Tai Qing’s mood grows even worse when he sees Xin Yu and Mei Nan holding hands during a native dance. When he gets up to put an end to it, Xin Ning gets up and warns him that she’ll match him tit for tat in creating a scene. With that, she leans over to kiss Tai Qing on the cheek. The reporters lap it up, and Mei Nan freezes in shock when she sees the couple. Tai Qing looks over at her, only to see Xin Yu’s head in front of hers (and thus appearing as though he is kissing Mei Nan).

Even more frustrated now, he fake-cheerily tells the reporters that he’s in a great mood now, and kissing Xin Ning back on the cheek before taking off. Xin Ning stands in surprise, and thinks to herself that even though the relationship is fake, eventually it will become real.

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Mei Nan is busy drinking away her sorrows when Tai Qing walks up to her demanding a talk, and she haphazardly follows him into the woods. They sit together and look up at the stars. Mei Nan promises to stay by Tai Qing’s side, and reveals that after her family, Tai Qing is the most important to her. She wobbles a bit while repenting her sins, and Tai Qing tells her to lie down so as not to harm herself.

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As they gaze up at the night sky, Tai Qing remarks that he’s amazed he can see the stars – normally he’s only able to see the moon shining down. Mei Nan asks why the moon can’t be considered a star, and Tai Qing explains that the moon only reflects the light of the sun, since it doesn’t emit any light of its own it can’t be considered a star.

Mei Nan is awed by his knowledge, and asks if he reads a lot. Tai Qing answers that, “When you grow up alone, there are only two things in the world that are loyal – books and music. Aw 😦

The metaphor talk begins, as Mei Nan says that the moon is an ever-constant companion also, always following the sun. She dubs the moon useless however, since it’s only visible at night, and with the sun’s light at that. Tai Qing responds that even so, he rather likes the moon since even with the myriad of stars out there, the moon is the only object he can see in the night sky. Mei Nan comments that there’s only one special star that she can see right now (cough cough Tai Qing), and Tai Qing asks what kind of star shines so brightly that she can pick it out from the sea of them above.

Mei Nan: The star shines so brightly and is so popular. I’m just a regular person amidst a sea of people secretly liking this star. I’m so afraid to ask…can I like you?

It’s unclear whether or not Tai Qing heard the last bit, and Mei Nan covers her face when he turns to look at her. Their conversation is interrupted however, when Tai Qing hears rustling in the bushes. He worries that it’s a rabbit, telling her that rabbits may look cute, but once you get close they’re dangerous and bloodthirsty. LOL. He proceeds to show her a scar that he got, and then points at her, declaring that she’s just like a rabbit, cute but deadly. Mei Nan thinks to herself that it’s true, she’s just a rabbit on the moon (chinese mythology, oh show how I love thee) secretly liking a special star.

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Mei Nan hasn’t returned from the village yet, and the boys are despondent in her absence. We see her hanging up Tai Qing’s bear/pig chase clothing, and she wonders to herself why she misses him so much.

A flashback is shown of Mei Nan stumbling upon Xin Ning in the village. Xin Ning had asked her where she [Mei Nan] and Tai Qing had gone, and had manipulatively asked Mei Nan not to take up so much of Tai Qing’s time. Xin Ning worked the guilt trip, saying that she only wanted to spend as much quality time with her boyfriend as possible.

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Mei Nan tries to sing the song again (for those of you wondering it’s called Can’t Stop Love), and her emotion is palpable this time around. She begins to cry when Tai Qing walks in the studio however, and bolts as soon as the song finishes.

Though Tai Qing runs after her, he can’t find her right away. Mark explains that Mei Nan and Xin Yu were being “weird” before the recording session, and he things that Mei Nan took the “exploding feelings” too literally and…exploded her feelings onto Xin Yu. Tai Qing doesn’t look convinced, until he sees Xin Yu comforting Mei Nan on the rooftop deck.

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Mei Nan cries in a park by herself, and wonders aloud how she can stop crying. A voice calls out to her, and she looks up to see Jeremy smiling at her. He pulls her away, telling her that they have to celebrate her EP success. He takes her to an amusement park, but Mei Nan stays gloomy the entire time. She asks Jeremy if he knows any ways to get all of her tears out (and stop crying), and he gleefully takes her on a drop tower ride. They go to eat spicy food afterwards, and they both cry from the pain. In the evening, Jeremy tells Mei Nan that he’ll show her his deepest, darkest secret, and motions for her to get on a bus.

End.

Comments:

I think Tai Qing had some serious sun-fever in this episode. Conducting? Like that? And trying to mimic the stranger instead of taking your earbuds out? Sheesh. I’m a bit disappointed about the song scene though, on three counts. The first is that they didn’t use the original K-version like the J-drama  did, the second that a lot of the emotion felt lacking – in the other two versions tears were streaming down her face as she sang her heart out, thirdly…it wasn’t Su Li Wen (the actress who plays Mei Nan)’s voice. Sigh.

I like that Xin Ning wasn’t afraid to cause a scene though – she definitely can match Tai Qing tit for tat on that respect. She’s jealous and fake, but I can’t help feeling bad for her when she clings to a slim hope that one day Tai Qing might like her. This is something the TW drama added in, and I think it really adds to her character because deep down she’s just a girl that has a crush and doesn’t know what to do to get said crush to like her back or pay attention to her. I’m not saying she’s going about it the right way, but I do empathize with with her for once.

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12 thoughts on “Fabulous Boys [原來是美男] Episode 7 Recap

  1. Find it very strange for Tai Jing to behave so weirdly in the countryside…he has such a huge ego. Xin Yu was supposed to accompany Mei Nan to sweep her father’s tomb but strangely he didn’t. The part when Mei Nan’s aunt joined in the dance and forced Xin Yu and Mei Nan to hold hands is so sweet.

    Such a romantic drama…have not seen one for a long time…the love Xin Yu has makes me feel so heartache…there is this wonderful feeling when I see him longing after Mei Nan.

    1. I know right? Someone with a huge ego wouldn’t be wildly prancing around the countryside… I liked that part too – especially when Tai Qing got riled up about it haha.

      I think there’s nothing wrong with how much Xin Yu likes Mei Nan, but he’s being far too passive about it and acted a little immaturely a few episodes ago when Mei Nan didn’t eat dinner with him. I feel like she might be his first love, and he just doesn’t quite know what to do yet?

  2. Not such a bad episode. I like the scene under the stars with Mei Nan and Tai Qing. I like the song but I think it’s too complex/wordly for the purpose. I would have chosen something more simple. The Korean song was better. But I do like that they use a different song. I could do without the bear. I mean, it’s so silly and unnecessary.

    Does everyone notice that that guy who plays Xin Yu looks just the member of Fahrenheit’s Wu Chun? not exactly, but Wu Chun could play the role of Xin Yu and no one would would have complained.

    Thanks for the recap.

    1. Especially because the bear looked very, very fake…

      mmm I sort of see the resemblance. I’m not a big fan of Wu Chun though (I think his acting needs a little polishing), so I’m glad he’s not the second lead.

      No problem! 🙂 Thanks for commenting and sharing your opinion.

  3. Okay, I understand that Jiro is the star of the show, the ratings are carried by him, the show is on his shoulders, and he’s got the biggest name out there. But It’s really, really hard to like Xin Yu when he either throws tantrums, stalk like a creeper, never confess his feelings, or like in this episode, does literally next to nothing. Seriously, he had so few lines in this episode I almost forgot he was suppose to be the secondary love interest. Ning is a better secondary character than him, and J has got more lines!! The guy is really, really not making me feel for him. ahhh, drama, what are you doing???

    One of the things I liked about this drama is how consistent Qing’s character is. He’s the same all the way through, you saw the soft side to him before you got to know the character, and you still feel the sore, jaded him after you see the private him. It’s nice for a change.

    As always, thanks for recapping. I like how you put in your two cents about the emotions the characters are displaying, it’s nice to see the characters are portrayed consistently, people get the same response when they see these emotions

    1. I think I dislike this Xin Yu the most out of the three adaptations, mostly because of his immaturity. The k-drama one I felt bad for, but felt that because he was always waiting, it made sense he never got the girl. The j-drama one actually decided to fight for the lead, and he’s probably the version I enjoyed the most overall (though Jonghwa is a better actor). Paha think about it this way – at least you don’t feel torn between liking the second lead and rooting for the heroine to get with the guy she likes.

      1. I never seen to have trouble rooting for Jiro in his dramas. Although his earlier dramas, where he wasn’t the lead and didn’t get the girl was very hard on me. ISWAK was the one where I just blew up and said “they were made for each other, what does she see in that other dude???” (i saw it quite a bit later than when it was actually aired) Since I saw it after Jiro was the lead in everything, it was really confusing to me, i just thought that the drama’s message was that she finally saw her best friend and lived happily ever after with her…

        damn it

        yeah, i like this version the least, but to be honest, haven’t seen much of the j version

      2. Ahhhhhhh gotcha. Yeah I can see how that’s confusing if you watched his dramas out of order. Aw I loved Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng together though (I liked Jiro’s character but felt pity for him because he loved a girl who didn’t love him back…she was pretty much in the same boat as him, only that her affections eventually won over her crush).

        mmm…I’d say skip the J version for now. The K drama is the best so far, then the TW one. The J one is okay, but….not great.

  4. Thanks for the recap! I was a bit disappointed that they didn’t have Mei Nan’s actress sing the song, I thought the singers voice was noticeably different. Since Mei Nan got in on her “angelic voice”, isn’t it a bit of an oxymoron to have someone else sing it for her?

      1. She used to be in a band (Cast Away) and plays the bass guitar. So she’s definitely a musician. And if you watch episode 8, she sings “happy birthday” in her own voice and it sounds good. But the plot requires her to have an “angelic” voice, so maybe that’s why they had her singing dubbed. If I recall correctly, they did that for Park Shin Hye in the Korean version as well in the first episode.

      2. huh I did not know that. Thanks usagi for the correction! It makes me sad when a drama dubbs the actors voices…it feels so fake/disjointed. Ah well, I hope they don’t dub her any more in the future!

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