Pleasantly Surprised/Love Myself or You [喜歡•一個人] – Episode 3 Recap

A new character is “kinda” introduced, and some epiphanies are made! Not all though the ones we want though, boo….

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Recap:

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We left off with Kai Qi trying to give Xiao Yi a bath. She even looks up on her phone how to wash a kid (uhhh, do you really need to look that up?), and pauses at the butt region. She gamely tries to make it better by making each body part part of a chicken, so a chicken neck, chicken wings, chicken butt….and the Xiao Yi yells out little chicken (which is slang for…uh…wet noodle dingaling penis).

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The pizza that she ordered arrives, but she can’t hear over the noise from Xiao Yi splashing her. Ah Jie happens to be passing by, and pays for it for her. When he finally gets her attention by ringing the doorbell numerous times, Kai Qi opens the door in her soaked, see through shirt. Ah Jie stutters, and Kai Qi just looks down, looks back up, and asks what the big deal is. I LOVE HER.

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She takes the pizza and shuts the door in his face, telling him not to bother her unnecessarily. Ah Jie doesn’t leave right away however, and he sees Kai Qi frustratedly trying to blow dry Xiao Yi’s hair while he wiggles around.

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Ah Jie walks in (Kai Qi didn’t complete lock the door) with his own hair dryer, and tells her that hers is too old and overheating – Xiao Yi’s ears are red from the heat. She’s surprised, not really having considered that Xiao Yi might have been wiggling from the discomfort. While Ah Jie dries Xiao Yi’s hair, Kai Qi looks pensive…until he grabs her and starts blow drying her hair. She retorts that she doesn’t need another person, she’s grown up just fine on her own. Ah Jie tries to come up with different scenarios in which you’d need a second person, but Kai Qi just shoots them all down.

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His words still linger on her mind however, after he leaves and she has to check Xiao Yi’s teeth (he’s adorable!), and when she tries to pay him back the next day for the pizza and they tussle back and forth for a bit before she manages to stuff the money in his pants pocket.

Gangster also overhears the two talking about how they live together, which I’m sure will come into play later.

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Speaking of overhearing, Le Xuan overhears that Kai Qi has a facebook (which surprises her because Kai Qi isn’t social), and decides to look it up. She’s regretfully impressed with the amount of followers Kai Qi has, and notes that Kai Qi mentioned a “Louis” when discussing her upcoming competition for sous chef.

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A very demanding customer shows up at Figaro, and maid-girl is unable to handle his fast questions. She’s memorized the menu, but can’t explain how anything is cooked. Tsk Tsk. Ah Jie steps in to help, but then the customer demands mashed potatoes as his side dish instead of rice or toast. Which honestly, to me makes sense. Who eats toast with steak at a french restaurant?

When Kai Qi heads off to talk to the customer, Le Xuan charges in to promise the dish. She puts Kai Qi in charge, meaning that Kai Qi has full responsibility of any repercussions. Cue awesome food shots!

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Mmmmmm. Ah Jie starts making a dish too, because he knows that given the types of potatoes they have, the potatoes won’t mash into a nice texture. Thus, he makes a thinly chopped potato dish instead. Either way, I’d eat them all!

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Ah Jie and Kai Qi both show their dishes to Le Xuan, and Le Xuan decides to send out Ah Jie’s. I’m a bit in disbelief since she knows that Ah Jie’s previous dish tasted terribly, but maybe she’s trying to get rid of him? Needless to say, the terrorizing customer loves it, and it turns out he’s a food critic/columnist for a famous magazine. He compliments Le Xuan on her cooking skills, saying he thought she was just a pretty face. Le Xuan eagerly snaps up the magazine interview, while Kai Qi fumes.

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At lunch, Le Xuan takes offense at Kai Qi’s subtle ribbing at taking the credit, and announces that the intern is not needed…unless Kai Qi and him enter in a competition and place. If they don’t, bye bye. Kai Qi rises to the bait, since she doesn’t think it’s fair that Le Xuan was taking credit, and since she grudgingly admits that Ah Jie is very hard working.

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More changing room mishaps! 😀 Kai Qi hands Ah Jie the form for registration, and he compliments her photo as looking cute. She blushes while she tells him sternly not to call her that, but he just sticks his head out to say that it’s the truth though.

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Although Kai Qi drives off right away again, she does zoom back up to invite Ah Jie out for dinner as thanks. He teases her for it, but takes her up on the offer before she can retract it. At the oden shop however, they see a drunken man…who happens to be Kai Qi’s father. He tells the shop keeper to give all of his tabs to Kai Qi, and that she should be thankful and honour him for giving her such a pretty face so she can marry rich. What a scumbag. When Kai Qi yells that her sister turned out the way she did because of dear o’ dad, dad just yells that her sister had kid that no one wanted, so she was useless. Kai Qi pays for the beer, but tells her father never to find her or her mother again.

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An upset Kai Qi relocates to the river, and Ah Jie follows her there. She muses that this is her angry spot – because no matter what happens, good or bad, the city lights never change their beauty. Ah Jie leaves for a bit, but returns with oden. Kai Qi asks why he’s being so nice to her, and he replies that when he was younger his best friend had issues going on in her life, and although he wanted to help her, he couldn’t because he was so little. She ended up moving away, and he regrets it. The two discuss dependency, Kai Qi thinks that being nice breeds dependency, and people can’t handle it. Ah Jie thinks that your heart doesn’t let you choose like that, and he wants to show Kai Qi that just opening your heart to everyday relationships is what ultimately makes you happy.

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At the competition registration the next day, Ah Jie runs into Enzo, and messes up his registration form (writing his french name, Louis Fou). He discards the sheet and submits a new one, but not before being noticed by Le Xuan. She reads the discarded registration form when he and Enzo go off to talk, and connects the dots.

Meanwhile, Kai Qi is at a manga shop, and gets annoyed with another customer’s loud laughing. He recognizes her on her way out, but doesn’t catch up to her in time.

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Back at the apartments, the power goes out. Ah Jie starts having a panic attack, and flashes back to when he’d been shut in the closet by his older brother. 😦 A young Kai Qi had rescued him, and played with him in the closet so he wasn’t afraid. In the modern day time, Ah Jie stumbles around his apartment before trying to go to Kai Qi’s place.

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He wakes Kai Qi, who opens the door to see him there. Ah Jie just looks at her like he’s parched and she’s the only water around for miles. He stumbles in, moving to grab her in a hug…and then they trip on the door jam and freeze, looking at each other.

Then Ah Jie swoops in for a kiss ❤

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Except we don’t see what happens after, and it appears that Ah Jie doesn’t even remember the kiss. He wakes up to find his mouth ductaped shut and his hands bound. Kai Qi threatens him with a frying pan, annoyed that he doesn’t remember what happened, but not willing to admit that anything happened. At one point she slips and falls on him again, freaking out until Xiao Yi reminds her that she’s the one who’s hands are free, and can get out. HA.

Kai Qi pushes Ah Jie out the door, saying that they’ll cook at his house later. She fans herself, saying that nothing happened…but Xiao Yi just laughs at her.

End.

Comments:

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This little tyke is too cute! Not as much happened this episode, because it was mostly a set up for the competition. The kiss wasn’t swoon worthy at all, except for the fact that Ah Jie consciously chose to kiss her (although he did forget about it…I’m not sure why. Maybe Kai Qi hit him with a frying pan?)

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4 thoughts on “Pleasantly Surprised/Love Myself or You [喜歡•一個人] – Episode 3 Recap

  1. Ah-Jie wasn’t fully conscious when he fell onto Kai-Qi as he was struggling with the effect of his phobia towards darkness so he can’t remember what happened the other night. He didn’t consciously choose to kiss Kai-Qi, he just fell onto her and fainted after kissing her, it’s more like flesh touching flesh, LOL.

    1. I definitely agree with the flesh touching flesh bit, because although he paused before leaning in for the kiss it was literally bumper cars up there. in there? either way. touch, pass out.

  2. I’m kinda surprised Kai Qi didn’t attempt to push him away LOL. She offered no struggle at all. Every ep it feels like nothing much is happening, but still enjoyable. Beautiful people, beautiful food…

    1. Yeah! I think it’s taking an IAGW approach, where everything is slower, not as much drama (yet), and we’re fleshing out the characters more. Honestly though if we get a family scene of Xiao Yi, Kai Qi, and Ah Jie together, I’m going to squee with happiness. After Autumn’s Concerto I’m a sucker for adorable families.

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