Pleasantly Surprised/Love Myself or You [喜歡•一個人] – Episode 5 Recap

Another really busy week 😦 Sorry guys!

You can watch Pleasantly Surprised on Dramafever here:


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Le Xuan shows up in the kitchen while Kai Qi and Ah Jie are practicing. She “sweetly” kicks them out, and Kai Qi drags Ah Jie to a bookstore to look for summery inspiration. Cute moments include: 1. when Ah Jie sees Kai Qi on the other side of the bookshelf and tries to pull out books to look through…only to find that the book shelf has a backing…. 2. when Ah Jie catches Kai Qi when she’s teetering on a step ladder 3. when Ah Jie offers Kai Qi his hands to hold on to…and she pulls his finger instead until he surrenders.

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Back in her apartment, Kai Qi adorably reads Xiao Yi a bed time story, and then tucks him in with his stuffed seahorse. When she retired to her bed however, she has trouble falling asleep. After tossing and turning, she flips over one more time…..

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To see this gorgeous face staring back at her. Drool.

Kai Qi panics, and sits up, only to find that she was hallucinating. Or was she? She sees Ah Jie again seconds later, still on her bed (rawr), and then again in the kitchen, this time picking up a milk bottle…only she imagined that part too.

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She doesn’t act awkward the next day however at practice, and we see how similarly Ah Jie and Kai Qi think when he compliments her sauce pattern as Monet and she tries to give him an awkward high five. When Ah Jie tries to re-do the high five, Kai Qi just slaps his hand and tells him that he got his [literal] hand slap.

Le Xuan comes up to the pair asking to talk to Kai Qi, and holds out her phone to Kai Qi. It’s a photo of her and Hao Wei, her older brother. Le Xuan doesn’t want Kai Qi to torment her brother anymore, she hasn’t seen him since he took Kai Qi to the hospital. Just because Kai Qi played with him once, doesn’t mean she can do it again. While Ah Jie tries to absorb all of this new information, Kai Qi starts biting her lip, walking away when he begins to question her.

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Looks like Kai Qi’s best friend has man problems. A customer shows up who recognizes her, and they both act coldly towards each other until he sees her pearl necklace. He demands that she hand it over, declaring that her mother gave it to both of them, so it’s his necklace. I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t fly in court….

Either way, the guy seems like a real ass*****, and he breaks the necklace in his attempt to take it. When he moves to strike Kai Qi’s friend (Bao Chu) Ah Jie steps in to grab his arm.

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During the restaurant’s afternoon closing hour, the executive chef comes up to Bao Chu, accusing her to putting sugar in his pockets, his coffee, and his food. She tells him it’s simply because she thought he liked “extra ingredients” in his food, and he retorts that she’s being childish if she’s trying to get revenge for his part in Kai Qi losing the sous chef competition. At that, everyone in the restaurant stands up. They’d all been looking for Bao Chu’s pearls that had scattered everywhere, and now everyone knows that Le Xuan didn’t win fairly.

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Bao Chu attempts to talk about her issue with the irate jerk ass of a customer with Kai Qi, but stops when Ah Jie walks into the changing room. She hurriedly leaves, and Ah Jie asks Kai Qi why she’s not going after Bao Chu. After all, Bao Chu was there for her when she didn’t win the sous chef competition.

Kai Qi merely replies that no one wants to be seen crying, and what would her being there do to help Bao Chu. Ah Jie corrects her however, saying that while she might not want people to see her cry, other people aren’t the same. Sure enough, when Kai Qi stops by the japanese oden bar/restaurant, she spies Bao Chu slinging back beers. The two end up getting drunk, and giggle happily until Kai Qi suddenly remembers that she forgot to pick up Xiao Yi. Whelp. Luckily Ah Jie already picked him up and took him home, and is now playing chauffeur for the two drunk ladies.

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Kai Qi sobers up by the time she arrives home, and asks Ah Jie not to barge into her life anymore. He’s trying to change her for some reason, and she doesn’t want to (or think there is a need) for her to change. Will people like her more? Why should their opinions even matter? Ah Jie responds, saying that he never wanted her to change to someone everyone likes, but someone who is happy while alone, not depressed and unhappy. He plays with a box of macarons when he gets home (Amour et Patisserie!) and makes a frowny face, before turning it into a smiley face.

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At work the next day, Le Xuan gathers the entire staff (plus the exec chef) to announce that she’s going to make a new competition so that it’s fair between her and Kai Qi for the position of sous chef. I feel a bit bad for Le Xuan at this point, because everyone thinks that she was the one who cheated when it was really the exec chef.

Le Xuan’s plan? To enter the Taiwan French Cuisine Competition as well…with the executive chef as her partner. She also reveals his crush on Kai Qi and motivation to swing the result, embarrassing him in front of everyone. Wooooooo!

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Looks like maid girl has decided to set her hooks in Ah Jie, as she’s prepared a cake for her birthday to share with him. The three other male staff look terrified when they see her, and we see flashbacks to when each of them were cornered by her. Of course, Ah Jie starts having a panic attack when maid girl turns the lights off in the restaurant, and I’m sure that the tinyness of the changing room doesn’t help much. He starts to take a quarter to draw tic tac toe grids on the wall (a reference to what he and Kai Qi used to do when they were younger).

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Although Kai Qi starts walking down the stairs to the main level, she eventually returns to find him. He’s shaking even worse this time, and trips her into falling on his lap. This is how the rest of the staff find them, and Kai Qi is so flustered and angry that she calls him a sissy who is afraid of the dark, talks too much, and annoying. She would never, ever date him, because nothing good comes from being with him. Ouch honey, that was a bit too much.

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It’s awkward when Kai Qi and Ah Jie see each other in their building lobby. Xiao Yi tries to invite Ah Jie to eat pudding, but Kai Qi invents an excuse. In the elevator, the two bicker – Ah Jie wants an apology for what she said, and Kai Qi stubbornly thinks that she did nothing wrong since everything she said was true. Cutiepie Xiao Yi apologizes for Kai Qi, but Kai Qi still rushes out of the elevator, dragging him behind.



Well that wasn’t the best episode ending….

Kai Qi has shown really great growth in relation to Xiao Yi, and I adore them together to pieces. Even though she did forget him, she promised that night never to do it again, and now unconsciously reaches for his hand, rather than the other way around. I’m a bit frustrated with her growth in relation to Ah Jie however, because sometimes her “I LIKE TO LIVE ALONE” mantra is a bit narrowminded to the point of not making sense. Ex. in the case of her best friend. For someone who doesn’t like to be in debt, it’s a little surprising she didn’t try and return the favour of comfort.

Also… Ah Jie is an adorable ball of sunshine, but his questions about Hao Wei are out of line and too personal. I wouldn’t answer them either.


4 thoughts on “Pleasantly Surprised/Love Myself or You [喜歡•一個人] – Episode 5 Recap

    1. Hey Tiffany!

      Due to some unforeseen circumstances, episode 6 won’t be posted until later tonight. I apologize for the delay, I’m trying my best to get it posted as soon as possible.

      1. It’s okay, you don’t need to rush. Take your time 🙂 Btw: I love your recaps and thanks for all your hard work! 加油!👍

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