Short episode today! Lots of reveals 🙂
You can watch Pleasantly Surprised on Dramafever here:
Ah Jie tries to cover up for his flour slip up by saying that he just assumed it would be in the same place as other people’s houses. I’m sorry, but I don’t keep flour under the sink. His dad hurriedly praises him for guessing right, and the rest of the crew grudgingly accepts it (largely because they don’t think that the Chairman could possible lie). Exec chef is annoyed that Ah Jie is brown nosing as well, and hurriedly tries to suck up to the Chairman.
Once everyone starts eating, Kai Qi experiences a flashback to when she had first eaten at Figaro. The Chairman made the same meal today, and Kai Qi opens up about the fact that she’s their old house keeper’s daughter, and that she chose to work at Figaro because of the Chairman.
Ah Jie and his mom go inside to prepare drinks, and he begs her to not blow his cover, and to stop asking the two girls about whether or not they’re single. As luck would have it, Ah Jie’s older brother has arrived home as well. This is Fu Zi Xiang, the bully of a brother that we’ve heard so much about. His disdain for his brother is barely concealed, and it’s apparent that he was not expecting to see his younger brother in Taiwan.
Ah Jie and Kai Qi practice one more time before the competition tomorrow, and they finish with ease with 10 minutes left. This seems too simple… The shots of them cooking are interspersed with cute family dynamics as Kai Qi tells Xiao Yi not to sit so close to the TV, and when he cuts up plastic vegetables and “plates” them with toothpaste. When he wakes up after his name, Kai Qi and Ah Jie take turns feeding him, and they look really happy together 🙂
Zi Xiang shows his ugly personality when he stops Kai Qi and Ah Jie from leaving for the competition the next day, asking to speak to Ah Jie. The truth between the lost love between the brothers is revealed in a flashback – both had wanted to become chefs, but Zi Xiang had gotten hurt while pushing his brother out of the way of a car. It wasn’t until little Ah Jie outshown his brother by winning the competition he’d wanted to win (and as a result becoming the youngest winner in history) for him, that their relationship had grown sour.
Ah Jie had promised not to compete in any more cooking competitions, and not to take over the business. He repeats the same promise in the present, explaining that this time was only to help his partner from losing her job. Brother dearest ins’t interested however, and tricks Ah Jie into the wine cellar by pretending to go drink before locking him in. In the dark. Grr.
Poor Kai Qi is left alone at the competition, thinking on Ah Jie’s words to believe in him. She receives another shock when Hao Wei walks in as a judge (okay this would never happen since his sister is a contestant), and she’s obviously getting pretty rattled at this point. When Hao Wei stops by to belittle her and insinuate that her partner couldn’t stand her either, Kai Qi tones him out, and thinks back to how this antagonistic attitude reminds her of the feeling between the Chairman’s son and Ah Jie…
Her brain whirls, and the pieces click. Kai Qi runs out to head back to the Chairman’s house, competition be damned.
She makes it into the Chairman’s house by pretending she forgot something (right, Ah Jie! 😉 ), and hears bottles breaking from downstairs. The maid goes to grab the spare key, and poor Ah Jie is barely coherent when he sees Kai Qi again. He is firm in his decision to return to the competition however, and grabs a few ingredients for them to modify their menu with.
More reveals are made! 🙂 They return to the competition with 10 minutes left, and during that time Le Xuan gets burned knocking her soup off the counter. Ah Jie hurriedly takes care of her, and it’s clear he’s won some brownie points with her. She decides to help their team by giving them a baguette, and they return the favour with a tomato soup base. Ah Jie also purposefully signs the dish “Louis”, which causes Kai Qi to stare at him in shock.
During all this, the rest of the staff are nervously pacing, and try to get the headphones girl to predict the outcome (she can’t).
During the final judging, each judge gets to put a spoon by the team they think should win. The MC chooses Le Xuan and the exec chef’s team, while the french chef chooses Kai Qi and Ah Jie’s team. The deciding vote is left up to Hao Wei, and although he commends the duo on their quick thinking, he criticizes their dish as being fake and full of chemicals (though I would argue he’s just bitter and really commenting on Kai Qi than the dish). Le Xuan and the exec chef are the winners! Le Xuan tries to forfeit, but Kai Qi won’t let her, and it seems as if the two ladies have more respect for one another.
As Kai Qi and Ah Jie are heading home, they look up to see Hao Wei looking at them. He noticed their closeness during the competition, and my oh my, is that jealousy I see in your eyes?
Back at the restaurant, Kai Qi and Ah Jie pack up their belongings to leave. Le Xuan tries to amend her statement though, and invites the two to stay. Even the exec chef steps in to say that he forbids anyone to leave. D’awwwww.
NO MORE SECRETS WHEEEEEE. okay that’s not entirely true, but I’m so glad this drama isn’t going to dangle the same secret over everyone’s head until the second to last episode. This is a breath of fresh air! 🙂
I’m not a big fan of Hao Wei, and he’s pretty much already lost the second lead race since he’s being a grumpy sour puss. Zi Xiang is a child who never grew up, and although I can understand a little resentment, Ah Jie clearly looks up to his brother so much that I don’t comprehend why he’s so volatile with his dislike.