Jiang Xin/Tiffany Tang’s circle lenses
Am I the only one bugged by her circle lenses in the drama?
Honestly, I think Tiffany Tang still looks very pretty without circle lenses – not as innocent looking for sure since she doesn’t have ‘dolly’ eyes anymore, but even though she’s wearing more natural ones in the drama, her circle lenses still stand out and bug me. I am more forgiving towards circle lenses in modern dramas (because a lot of modern time girls wear circle lenses) but in a drama based in 1930’s, I think that it’s such a distracting addition to the costume.
Also most directors don’t like the dolly-eyed circle lense look because it impedes the amount of expressions that the actor/actress can have. They just look permanently starry-eyed.
Anyways, her circle lens look used to bother me a lot more at the beginning of the drama but I’m slowly getting used to it as part of her look. I wish that she would have gone without them in the first place though.
Our episode starts at the Ye family mansion. Jiang Xin asked Grandpa Ye to be his student, learning how to play Chinese chess, wei qi. Initially, she won against Ye Xin. Ye Xin, being very competitive, she practiced and practiced and challenged Jiang Xin again.
Stupid Jiang Xin listened to Ye Xin to be her Bai family engagement ring. Ye Xin says “Oh it’s just a game, for good fun. I mean I’m betting my house but I’m sure you won’t get it from me if I lose”.
Well oh Jiang Xin, you just dun goofed. I thought you would learn by now, but obviously you didn’t. Ye Xin wins and takes the ring, and throws it into the pool. Jiang Xin is debating on whether to jump into the pool, and she faints because she suddenly have flashbacks to when the train derailed and she fell into the water.
Jiang Xin wakes up and Grandpa Ye is by her side. He finds out that she had amnesia and that she suffered from a traumatic experience on the train. He slowly becomes suspicious of Ye Xin because Jiang Xin seems so much more similar to her and Jiang Xin’s story makes it sound like that her identity could have been stolen. Jiang Xin’s ring is returned.
So turns out there was a reason why Lei Ba Tian was so kind towards the unemployed workers. Lei Ba Tian paid them handsomely for their work and won their trust. It turns out that Lei Ba Tian held a grudge against them and planned something more cruel – he was going to sell the workers at slaves overseas and make a greater profit off them, and those workers could never come back again.
His men literally said “This is where you guys will sleep tonight, can you guys just go in to check if it’s big enough” and closed the cage doors to trick the workers to go in.
Conveniently, one of the workers that didn’t get to go hid in one of the suitcases so he could also go overseas, without knowing that it was permanent and that they would be slaves. Since he wasn’t locked up in the cage, this little guy managed to escape and notify Jiang Xin.
After finding out, Jiang Xin stupidly just arrives at the Lei Ba Tian household. In the drama they’re always touting how courageous and ‘intelligent’ she is, but I think the producer’s concept of intelligence is very questionable. She just goes to this dangerous man’s house without any leverage and demands to negotiate terms of release for the workers. Well, it explains why she keeps walking into traps by Ye Xin at least.
Bai Lang arrives to save her once again. She finds out that Bai Lang actually knew of Lei Ba Tian’s plans for revenge all along, and she gets mad at him.
Turns out Bai Lang had a very good reason to stay out of these things. When he was seventeen years old, he actually stood up to injustice once. As a result, these men attacked his family, and there were a lot of deaths within his family – including Sheng Jie Wen’s mom (and it was the same incident that blinded Jie Wen as well).
His dad was very mad at him – for a moment of self-righteousness he caused the death of so many people part of the Bai mansion. As a result, he decided to turn a blind eye towards injustice if it meant hurting the people important to him.
Jiang Xin understood his decision and respected it. She sadly used an analogy to discuss it with one of the worker’s sons, who didn’t know that his father would leave forever.
“What if the good wolf couldn’t save the sheep from being hurt from the bad wolf?” she asked.
“No, the good wolf will always prevail! Like how Bai Lang would always prevail” said the kid.
Conveniently Bai Lang was eavesdropping on this whole situation and it tugged at his heartstrings on how he was allowing this to happen. Even his worried face is handsome.
Jiang Xin went to Bai Lang’s office and noticed the jade talisman inside the dragon’s mouth. It looked very similar to the jade talisman that Lei Ba Tian had – and if you held the talisman, you can actually speak on the behalf on Lei Ba Tian. She thought if she took off her engagement ring, she could go save the workers as Jiang Xin without pulling the Bai family into the whole conflict. No, you are associated with them now that you have been introduced multiple times as Bai Lang’s fiancee. Just because you took off your engagement ring doesn’t mean that people don’t group you guys together, and it doesn’t mean Bai Lang wouldn’t come have to come by to clean up after your mess.
So she goes to Lei Ba Tian’s mansion to steal his talisman and replace it with the Bai family talisman so he wouldn’t notice that it’s missing.
She takes the talisman to command Lei Ba Tian’s men to replace the workers. Except she’s stopped by his son – he knows that his dad didn’t send her because women are absolutely not allowed to touch the jade talisman. He tries to assault her in front of all the workers.
The extremely handsome Bai Lang comes again to rescue Jiang Xin. Is there a time where she doesn’t need to be rescued? I really liked Lan Ling Wang because Xue Wu was actually a heroine that could actually save herself and others, and she didn’t have to have a guy save her all the time, and Xue Wu was actually very intelligent. Jiang Xin just seems very dumbly self-righteous and doesn’t get much accomplished on her own, and always needs Bai Lang to help. At the same time, Bai Lang called the authorities on Lei Ba Tian to prosecute him for all the illegal trafficking that he’s been doing.
When Bai Lang takes Jiang Xin away, Lei Ba Tian’s son shoots at them, misses, and accidentally breaks off the rope of some heavy hook that swings back and hits him on the head. It kills him.
Uncle Bai goes to the Lei mansion to convince Lei Ba Tian not to seek revenge. Lei Ba Tian murders Uncle Bai as the whole mansion goes on lock down because he gets prosecuted by the police for his illegal business. Afterwards, they say they found Uncle Bai’s body but not Lei Ba Tian’s, so I feel like he’s going to be making a comeback. He’s probably the wildcard that’s going to show up and unfortunately will put a negative twist in the plot.
She apologizes for being so reckless, but really, she does this kinda sh*t all the time afterwards, and he has to save her again and again.
MEANWHILE, back at the Ye Mansion…
Ye Xin conveniently hears Grandpa Ye and his assistant doubting her as the real Ye family grand-daughter (I mean what are the chances that they would be talking about this and it’s the exact same time she wants to deliver tea right?). The only person that has seen the real grand daughter was the pawnshop owner who received the lotus leaf necklace.
She murders pawnshop owner, but she hurts her hand in the process. In this, Grandpa Ye starts suspecting her even more as a fake granddaughter.