For those of you who aren’t familiar with the background on this drama: It was originally intended as a vehicle to get Aaron Yan and Puff Guo back together in another drama, after their drama Just You exceeded popularity expectations. Unfortunately, Puff’s schedule is too busy (she’s filming We Got Married Global with Heechul). Her bandmate Tia Li stepped in to take the role as a result. Fall in Love with Me has a pretty simple premise, a guy (Aaron) escapes from his stifling wealthy/business mogul life to adopt a dorky alter ego…and along the way meets a great girl (Tia) who happens to
hate not think so highly of his rich self. Everyone got that? Let’s go!
You can watch Fall in Love With Me on Dramafever here:
We open to see a mysterious man standing at the top of a hill overlooking the city. He pulls out a baseball and stares at it for a moment – it’s got a OZ logo on it that I’m sure will be revealed later. This is our main lead Lu Tian Xing (played by Aaron Yan). His phone buzzes, and we see that he’s been avoiding a number of people from the huge number of unread text messages and missed calls.
Cue opening sequence! We get a quick view at all our characters, and there’s a lot of random English sentences that aren’t quite grammatically correct. There’s also a bit of juxtaposition between the two personnas Aaron will be portraying, as seen in the top right photo where they are overlayed together but act/dress differently.
Tian Xing has started driving down into the city from the hilltop, but unfortunately for him he’s an hour late for a meeting and stuck in mile long traffic. It seems like he detests his office, as he opens up the sun roof and leans his face towards the sunlight. Tian Xing takes a cell phone call at one point during the jam and refuses to drive forward, prompting the yellow pickup behind him to try and cut around. He doesn’t see her abruptly stop though, and ends up lightly rear-ending her. Through a little bit of unreasonable physics, the loosely tied bottles of powder fly off the back of the truck. Whaddaya know, one goes flying straight through the sun roof and straight on Tian Xing’s face.
He’s understandably frustrated, and demands that the driver pay for his expensive suit. This is our heroine Tao Le Si, and she bursts out laughing at his ridiculous appearance. She asks him why he’s so uptight, and Tian Xing responds by pouring the rest of the powder on her head. Our heroine is not impressed.
The two relocate….to a love motel. Pffft. Tao Le Si hangs up a black vinyl sheet across the glass doors of the shower so that the two can have privacy, and Tian Xing jumps in the shower right away. Of course, while he’s showering and Tao Le Si is on the phone…the sheet falls off. Tian Xing changes to a really
ugly odd unflattering interesting frilly suit and heads out, leaving Tao Le Si to her own devices. She asks him as he’s walking out the door if he is Lu Tian Xing, the arrogant advertising genius, but Tian Xing neither confirms nor denies it.
Tian Xing shows up at a conference hall, where his political sponsor has been waiting for an hour. Before he heads in however, Tian Xing asks his associates and aides what exactly advertising is. They’re at a loss for words, and this seems to decide something for him. During the conference, Tian Xing announces that he’ll be taking a sudden 3-month break to regain his inspiration and creativity, and literally bolts from the conference hall as his aides try and chase him down.
He manages to avoid them by ducking in the employee locker room and swapping out his clothes. An old man in a suit stops Tian Xing to offer him a baseball cap, and it turns out his butler was in on the plan. D’aw, the interactions between the two are adorable 🙂 As Tian Xing wanders around the streets, free from work for the first time in a long while, he gets dragged into helping a video ad production. He’s a bit taken aback first, but readily agrees when he sees how well the team work together (they’re filming a dog food ad).
Lo and behold, who else should work with the team but Tao Le Si. The crew call her Tao Zi (which is what I’ll be calling her from now on), and she recognizes Tian Xing right away. He denies it, and hurriedly says his name is Xiao Lu, literally “little deer”. Tao Zi notes that his hairstyle and manner are very different, but can’t shake the fact that the two look identical. She hands him a business card after thanking him for his hard work, and invites him to look them up sometime.
Tian Xing compares the business card to the baseball back at his apartment, and whaddaya know, they’re from the same company – OZ. He flashes back to when he was in middle school, and saw a similar advertising team shooting in a park. The director, Tao Le Yuan (hello Evan Yo!) had explained the purpose of the advertisement, and invited young Tian Xing back to observe the advertisement shooting. He’d met Tao Zi when they were really young, but it appears that she doesn’t remember or recognize him. It’s also evident that OZ is now in hot, hot water in regards to finances (-$18,649 to be exact).
Tian Xing finds out from his butler that the Tao family owes their family money, and decides to try and kill two birds with one stone by buying OZ (he already owns 30% of stock). This doesn’t fly well, and he gets chased out of their home in a hurry. The next day, his butler turns a globe and whooosh, Tian Xing’s closet slides to the side to reveal a wardrobe of Xiao Lu style outfits. Where can I get a wardrobe like this??
No one seems to recognize Tian Xing when he goes outside dressed as Xiao Lu…even when his face is on the front of the newspaper they’re reading. Really?
He stops by the OZ office to say hi and offer his services. Tao Zi seems a little wary that he’s not Tian Xing, but muses that there’s no way Tian Xing could be this nice. She formally introduces Xiao Lu to the team: Miao Miao (her best girl friend), Gai Xian (the guy crushing on Miao Miao), and Ting Wei (the director/friend of Tao Le Yuan). Xiao Lu notices that they’re working on a project, which, funnily enough, is the same project his company is trying to win. He offers ideas, and the team excitedly gets to work.
The two teams face off, and it seems like there’s some old rivalries between a few members of each team. Tian Xing’s company offers a clean, crisp, formal presentation on their projected ad, while OZ acts out a mock ad about family. In the end, OZ wins the bid and the right to produce Galaxy’s ads for the business semester!
The crew celebrates with drinks that night (don’t think I missed you product placement), and soon everyone but Tian Xing and Ting Wei. Ting Wei reflects that it’s been hard for the company, and particularly Tao Zi. He’s watched her grow up…ever since her brother’s accident. Tian Xing gulps nervously, but the conversation trails off to his relief.
They decide to take everyone home, and Tian Xing is tasked with taking care of Tao Zi. It doesn’t work out quite so well, and the two wake up to see everyone staring at them.
Tian Xing is excited to go on vacation and start his 3 month break now that he’s helped out OZ, and he heads to the coast to relax. Once in his room, he hears shouting from next door, and sure enough the OZ team is celebrating with a vacation as well. Tian Xing puts up with their noise for most of the evening, but finally gets fed up and marches over to ask them to be quiet. Once he returns to his room, he gets a phone call at the same time as Tao Zi. The next moment, she barges into his room, crying and pushing him against the wall, demanding to why he had to take away their opportunity. It’s then revealed that Tian Xing’s associate (who Tian Xing doesn’t seem to think very highly of), has pulled strings to reclaim the Galaxy bid.
Aaaaaand end of episode.
Before we even start….who the heck is picking out Aaron’s clothes? I’m not sure if you guys can tell from this picture above, but that’s the female symbol on his sweater. He also debuted a blue t-shirt earlier saying “croissant”. Oh Asia and your obsession with trendy” English phrases.
Anyways…This was a pretty good episode, I’m glad that the writers didn’t have it be “oh! look our character is in different clothes no one recognizes him lalala”, but we’ll see how the next few episodes pan out! I’m a little annoyed that they couldn’t get different child actors that: 1. look like their older versions and 2. could act better. sigh. Other than that though I didn’t have very many issues with this episode (or drama so far!). The plot’s not groundbreaking, but we already knew that from the get go.
I don’t really have much to critique Tia Li on yet – she hasn’t shown herself to be a horrible actress, but hasn’t really been good either. Time will tell I guess! (NOTE: I haven’t seen her in anything before!)
What did you guys think? 🙂