True Love 365 [求愛365] Episode 1 Recap

The drama starts with a very busy opening sequence, introducing most of the characters as well as how they’re related or how they become connected.

Zhang Bi Ting walks out of an office building with a stack of papers and coffee in hand, and turns the corner as Lai Yu Xiang is out on a jog and runs into her.  All her papers go flying but Yu Xiang doesn’t bother apologizing and continues on running.  As he runs up to the office building, Wu Shu Xin walks out on the phone, and he slows down to check her out before she gets in a taxi.  An annoyed Bi Ting walks to the next intersection and begins to cross the street, as Lai Jun Jie is making a right turn without noticing her.  Jun Jie suddenly brakes and causes the taxi behind him to brake too, which happens to be the taxi Shu Xin is in.  Bi Ting freezes for a moment and then continues on walking, and they all continue on their way.

Yu Xiang makes it back to his apartment to hear a message from his brother Lai Tian Cheng, reminding him to make it to his (Tian Cheng’s) ceremony at noon, and tells Yu Xiang to remind their sister, Lai Yu Jie to come too.  Tian Cheng adds that what he needs most is everyone’s blessings (implying that he’s getting married).


On his way to the ceremony, Yu Xiang is distracted on the phone and accidentally hits an old woman.  He rushes out to help her, and is very willing to pay for it, but insists that they go to the hospital first.   She repeatedly refuses, saying that she doesn’t have insurance, so he can just pay her 20,000 NT (a little under $700 USD) and he won’t have to worry about her anymore.  He becomes suspicious, realizing that the “blood” is really ketchup, and spits out all this legal information and gets ready to leave.  At the same time Bi Ting sees this without hearing the conversation, so assumes he’s a heartless rich kid who refuses to help the elderly.  Yu Xiang mistakes her for the woman’s accomplice and refuses to pay.  A crowd eventually gathers around the trio, and Yu Xiang is in a hurry so he’s pressured into paying the woman 10,000 NT before rushing off to his brother’s ceremony.


At the ceremony, we see an upset little girl, Lai Xiao Die, watching as her mom, Chen Yi Ru, is getting her make-up done.  Tian Cheng sneaks in to play with Xiao Die, but she’s having none of it.  He asks Yi Ru what’s wrong and they get into a small argument.  Things get a little tense, and Yi Ru orders Tian Cheng to leave, saying that it’s unlucky for the groom to see the bride before the wedding.  He snaps back that she’s not the bride anyway—giving us the sense that this isn’t a wedding after all.


Yu Xiang meets his brother and consoles him, saying that marriage is based off of trust, and the moment the trust is gone, so is the relationship.  Wow, how deep… Anyway, he encourages his Tian Cheng to look forward to the future.  Tian Cheng argues back, saying Yu Xiang has no right to say anything because he isn’t married yet.  Yu Xiang says that it’s just that he hasn’t met his “perfect woman” yet.  He claims that as a “gao-fu-shuao” (literally “tall-rich-handsome”) man, all the women around him are too shallow for him.  Um, narcissist much?


And side note: what is up with Yu Xiang’s outfit?! Uh, a velvety maroon jacket….not the most flattering choice.

Meanwhile, Yu Jie has just come out of an audition, complaining that the director was so picky for asking her to cry with happiness in her eyes, and orders Mark to take her to her brother’s ceremony, just as Calvin drives up accusing her of cheating on him.  She says that they were only friends and nothing more, and she and Mark drive off.


Jun Jie is busy working and also almost forgets the ceremony.  He’s reminded and wraps up, rushing off after his business meeting.

Bi Ting is seen creeping up on her friend and co-worker, Xiao Q, and whispering, “Miss. Q, do you think your behavior right now is appropriate?”  Xiao Q freezes, thinking it’s their boss Shu Xin.  Apparently, that’s Shu Xin’s signature phrase?  Bi Ting tells Xiao Q all about the car “accident” and the heartless man, and Xiao Q breaks it to her that the lady must’ve been a con-artist and Bi Ting worries at the thought of becoming an accomplice, ha!


Just at that moment, she spots Yu Xiang and freaks out.  She thinks he is stalking her to get revenge, and when she gets called over to talk to him, she nervously walks over.  Things start out very professional and quickly turn drastic as Yu Xiang lashes out at her for all the “low-quality” features of the wedding decorations and displays how disappointed he is in her company.


Bi Ting is so frustrated that she finally blurts out, “We are a wedding planning agency, do you think our specialty will be in DIVORCE PARTIES?!”  Finally, we know for sure what this celebration” is for, and her statement gives Yu Xiang reason enough to kick her out of the party for being a “potential threat.”


And of course, as she gets dragged off, she drops her cell phone, and Prince Charming, I mean, Jun Jie, swoops in to save the day!  He picks up the phone and asks for her phone number as he calls it to make sure that’s her phone. (Man, that’s a good trick to use if you want a girl’s phone number…)  He apologizes for Yu Xiang’s rude behavior, and then enters the party, leaving behind a mesmerized Bi Ting.


Shu Xin also arrives at the party, and turns out she’s Yu Jie’s bff.  Yu Jie introduces Shu Xin to everyone, and Shu Xin automatically offers to discuss potential business partnerships with Jun Jie.  Both the uncle, Yang Bo Wen, and Yu Xiang are captivated by Shu Xin.  Shu Xin and Yu Jie go to the restroom and conveniently discuss the men at the party.  Shu Xin shows an interest in the hard-working Jun Jie, and scoffs at the mention of Yu Xiang.


At the “divorce ceremony,” Tian Cheng and Yi Ru exchange their blessings for one another as they part ways.


The parents, Lai Da Fa and Yang Yu Mei, finally show up.  The dad lectures about everyone’s irresponsibility etc. and that they’re all over 30 and still unstable.  So, he gives them an ultimatum: within the year, at least one person must go through the blessings of the parents and get married, otherwise all their inheritance will go to charity.  And whoever does so first will get all of the inheritance.  But the kids all brush it off and don’t seem to care.


After the ceremony, Yi Ru has her suitcase packed and is moving out with Xiao Die.  Tian Cheng asks why the rush to cut off all ties, and Yi Ru responds that it’s a little too late to worry about that now.  A common friend, Guan Shi Cong, is there to drive Yi Ru and Xiao Die to their new place, leaving Tian Cheng is fuming.  I think someone’s a little jelly…


The next morning, at the Shan Mu Bu Lang Qi Restaurant (the siblings/uncle’s meeting place), Tian Cheng is dreaming about Yi Ru and Guan Shi Cong, still not over his ex-wife, obviously.  They all meet up for breakfast and the uncle brings up the inheritance issue.  However, nobody cares but the uncle.  After everyone leaves, unperturbed  by their parents’ request, Yu Xiang explains to Bo Wen everyone’s situation for not caring: Tian Cheng has no sense of thinking about the future because he lives every day like it’s the last, Jun Jie has never thought about the inheritance as an option because of his background (hm…what does that mean?), and Yu Jie is sure she’ll become a world-renowned actress and is just waiting for her first masterpiece.  As for Yu Xiang, he claims that with his intelligence and creativity, he can make 10 times his father’s inheritance, so he doesn’t care.  Pahahaha, what confidence!


At work, Bi Ting gets called in to Shu Xin’s office.  Shu Xin says that last month Bi Ting received the highest number of clients, but the total money she earned for the company was the lowest.  She lectures on ways of doing business with both ends benefiting and getting the best deal, and asks that next month, Bi Ting to still have the highest number of clients but also make sales in the top three of the company.


As she leaves, Bi Ting walks past Jun Jie and they lock eyes as he smiles.


But just then, Shu Xin comes out and she and Jun Jie leave for their meeting.  Bi Ting gazes dreamily at the door and says to Xiao Q, “My 20-second man appeared…he came and after 20 seconds left with Miss. Wu (Shu Xin), and has taken my heart with him…” lollll


Shu Xin and Jun Jie go out to a site that he plans to start his next project on, since he’s an architect, and they discuss possible collaborations with her company.  There’s a lot of technical sounding terms and I’m still not quite sure what Shu Xin’s company is (it’s definitely more than just a wedding planning agency, I can tell you that), but she’s very successful/high up and has a lot of influence on what the company invests in, apparently.

Jun Jie takes Shu Xin back to her office, and sees Bi Ting’s mom visit her and tell her that Uncle Da has proposed to her (the mom).  She hasn’t agreed because she wanted to ask Bi Ting first, but Bi Ting doesn’t respond and looks upset.  She tells her mom to take bus 285 to get home; then says bus 220 will also work.  Although it takes two tickets, it’ll arrive home faster.  (Symbolism…? Implying that re-marrying may not necessarily be a bad thing…)  As Jun Jie sees this, he says to himself, “also a single-parent home?” His choice of “also” hints at his background, that might not be as simple as it seems!


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