Thanks for being so patient guys! My life outside of drama-land has pretty much exploded everywhere into a chaotic mess, so I thank you guys for being for patient and sweet with me! 🙂
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We left off with Ah Jie demanding an apology from Kai Qi. Kai Qi refuses, and Ah Jie tries to shrug it off, declaring that fine, he’ll treat her like stranger from now on. As Kai Qi walks away with Xiao Yi, Xiao Yi scolds her by saying that she’s so childish, and that she should go to kindergarten with him the next day.
When Xiao Yi and Kai Qi are eating pudding later on however, she keeps hearing Ah Jie’s voice in her head, and thinks back to when he asked her to take his hand and how scared he had looked in the dark…when she finally snaps out of it, she yells – scaring Xiao Yi.
At work the next day, Kai Qi drops a hairband in the changing room, and notices the scratched tic tac toe from when Ah Jie was panicking in the dark. It seems to stir something in her memories, though nothing concrete yet.
All the staff think that Kai Qi and Ah Jie are a secret couple, and watch them constantly while they work together for the competition. Le Xuan comes outside to announce that everyone will be distributing flyers during their lunch break – effectively preventing Ah Jie and Kai Qi from practicing before the competition tomorrow.
While handing out flyers, Kai Qi still thinks back to Ah Jie’s words about how they can’t be strangers if they already went to the beach together and spent so much time together. She gets so lost in her thoughts, she trips and almost gets hit by a car. An arm catches her before she falls and she looks up to see Ah Jie….but wait he’s not actually there and she just imagined it. Girl, you’re getting it bad.
Except…when she gets knocked down by a passerby, Ah Jie actually is there to help her. He gives her his shoes, and leads her to his car to sit while he buys her a new pair. Kai Qi awkwardly tries to thank him, and stuff some money into his hand. Ah Jie frustratedly asks why she has to be so petty about everything, but opens his hand to find a single yen (aka, pennies). He smiles, and Kai Qi awkwardly says that she heard that you give shoes to someone you want to leave….does he want her to leave? She notices his feet have gotten cut up from walking barefoot however, and they relocate to the river to get him patched up.
The two have some more cute bonding time, Kai Qi explains that Le Xuan’s brother and her were friends because of the Manga club, and they were pretty close, although they never dated. They had a fight when she had to drop a semester of school to work, and when she came back found that he (and the rest of the club) refused to talk to her. She assumed it was because of her dad again, but Ah Jie tells her that no matter what happened before, he truly means that he’ll be by her side to help her and keep her company. This time, Kai Qi actually takes his hand. Aw 🙂
She asks him in return about why he’s afraid of the dark, and he explains that it’s because his brother used to lock him up whenever he was mad. It’s apparent that Kai Qi is on the verge of remembering, but hasn’t quite put the puzzle together yet.
Back at home, she and Xiao Yi adorably brush their teeth together. Ah Jie also eats some more macarons as part of the weirdest product placement I have ever seen. Either way, I’m hungry.
The two teams run into each other at the competition the next day, trading the customary barbs and insults before they walk in. The two ladies actually seem like they’d like each other if it wasn’t for Le Xuan’s brother, and they both regard the executive chief with distain. The basic premise is that these are the preliminary stages of the competition, so four teams will make it to the next round.
Of course, Ah Jie and Kai Qi make it, along with Le Xuan and the exec chief. Le Xuan abandons the exec chief at the hotel, and Ah Jie laughs at him, until Kai Qi drives off without him as well. The chief starts laughing…until Kai Qi comes back and starts nagging Ah Jie (in a very familiar, friendly way), to hurry up and not be a slowpoke. The chief is left by himself again, while Ah Jie waves at him cheekily.
The next challenge is to make a Taiwanese themed four course meal: salad, soup, main, and dessert. Kai Qi decides to go the Figaro’s duck supplier for inspiration for a main dish, and while there actually manages her second natural smile of the episode while watching Ah Jie chase ducks.
They make an amazingly good looking duck dish, and maybe it’s just me, but don’t they look like proud parents in that top right photo? I also love seeing how naturally they act as a family unit with Xiao Yi.
He asks them if they’re dating (rather excitedly), and they both deny it in unison. The two continue to show how
compatible much they think alike the next day, when they spot Le Xuan and the chief arguing about ingredients, and both name the same ingredient they would have used instead.
Ah Jie’s mom and dad stop by the restaurant to see him, and mom forgets his cover for a moment by yelling out to him. The chief misinterprets it as her calling out to him, and she has to choice but to invite everyone over for lunch. Ah Jie hurriedly tries to hide all the photos of himself in the house, but slips up when he grabs the flour for his dad without having to be told where it is.
Love love love the growth shown! At this point, Kai Qi has completely opened up to Xiao Yi, and her actions with him are a lot more natural and motherly. She’s slowly opening up to Ah Jie too (who, at this point, doesn’t like her yet, or at least realize that he’s starting to like her). While I’m glad that they didn’t focus on the outcome of the competition, I feel like a large issue in the next few episodes will be the fact that Ah Jie is leaving in 2 weeks.