I HATE JIANG XIN
I can’t even with this drama right now. I didn’t want to deal with it after watching this morning and that’s why I’m writing this recap 10 hours afterwards after my raging has calmed down. The writers have truly made this into one of ‘those’ dramas – the dragged out complicated ones where things are all thrown into the grey area and people don’t properly communicate or come to terms with their feelings towards one another. I absolutely hate the character of Jiang Xin – she doesn’t know what she wants, and she’s hurting so many people in the process. I hate how the writers tout her ‘intelligence’ and ‘bravery’ when what the character did was nothing out of the ordinary. I wish that they would have written it differently. I’m still watching it everyday regardless, but I really hope that things start going uphill. As you could see from the previous update about the said bed scene it probably won’t. The dynamics are changing.
Tiffany Tang, the actress that plays Jiang Xin, sent this ‘weibo’ out a few days ago to Yang Mi (who is Hawick’s wife, and Tiffany Tang’s best friend):
“The fake heiress of the Ye family revealed!”
And it’s Yang Mi’s face photoshopped over Tiffany Tang’s LOL. I thought Yang Mi was gorgeous way before her and Hawick got married. I think that they’re such a beautiful couple and they’re so cute together.
Anyways, Qiu Yue attempts to commit suicide through drinking fabric dyes because her mother had passed away because Qiu Yue couldn’t send over the money to pay for her medical bills.
Oh very, very conveniently, Jie Wen was at the same hospital donating medicine when Qiu Yue was sent to the hospital. He saved Qiu Yue as he had medical background.
Qiu Yue’s friend, feeling bad for Jiang Xin, delivers her food and tells her about Qiu Yue’s attempted suicide. Jiang Xin plans to get the supervisor and Tang Hu prosecuted. She gets this friend to deliver a letter to Mama Ye and to the police station.
Shi Tou and Xu Guan intercept the letter to the police station – find out what’s going on, and notify the higher authority within the chain of command.
Are they there all night? Every night? I’m just saying that it’s very convenient that they’re there at the right time, right location again.
Jiang Xin tricks the supervisor into confessing in front of the police and Mama Ye.
They initially didn’t want to prosecute the supervisor because of Tang Hu’s ties to the police station because Tang Hu had bribed a supervisor at the police station earlier on, but luckily because of Bai Lang, the higher chain of command arrived to agree to arrest the supervisor. Mama Ye invites Jiang Xin to be the new Ye family assistant to replace Tang Hu. Conveniently this is also the same time when Qiu Yue was good enough to recover from her attempted suicide, and it was conveniently Jie Wen that delivered her to the factory again, witnessing all of this.
Before Jie Wen leaves, Jiang Xin tries to talk to him. He forcefully kisses her (UGH) and says that he has given up because of her hesitance and reluctance towards him.
At this point I am internally celebrating and throwing confetti into the air because I hoped that this would be paving the way for our OTP.
I was wrong. #blamechenyushan
Tang Hu tricks the supervisor into ‘escaping’ the prison, and the supervisor is murdered. This triggers suspicion in Bai Lang – which is important for later episodes.
Mama Ye catches up with Jiang Xin and finds that she’s lost weight from working so hard as the Ye family assistant (Why do they talk about weight loss back then like it’s a bad thing LOL?). She has invited the old Ye family assistant back, Mr. Wang, and Jiang Xin is allowed to take a few days off to reconnect with Jie Wen.
Meanwhile, Mama Ye’s personal servant tells Mr. Wang about Ye Xin’s sketchy talks with Tang Hu, and her suspicion that Ye Xin has been poisoning Mama Ye all along.
I feel like the producers sat down around a round table and said, “How do we make the female lead likeable and desirable?”.
“Oh,” one intern must have said, “We should give her a lot of romantic interaction with lots of sexual tension!”
“OK!” Chen Yu Shan says, “Let’s make it with the second male lead”
“But… Bai Lang…” the intern must have stammered,
“Second. Male. Lead.” she repeated.
“But… the… OTP…”
And so folks, we are headed into a painfully long scene of romance between Jie Wen and Jiang Xin. No one I know is rooting for Jie Wen and most of us are equally pissed off at this cringe-worthy scene that makes us hate Jiang Xin’s indecisiveness and flirtatiousness with the male leads.
She goes to Jie Wen’s house and refuses to leave in order to ‘connect with him’. He says he doesn’t want to just be friends, and pulls her in towards him to kiss her.
A-a-and she… perks up her lips to kiss him back?! He pulls away in disgust, making the same unimpressed face that everyone that’s watching the drama is making at this point. NO ONE, I repeat, NO ONE, WANTS TO SEE YOU GUYS TOGETHER. ANYTHING ‘CUTE’ YOU GUYS DO CAN ONLY BE UNIMPRESSIVE AT MOST AND DISGUSTING AT ITS WORST.
Oh. You guys went there. He tries to force her to get out by making her do things that are uncomfortable. Trust me, we are all feeling uncomfortable here. He makes her give him a f*cking bath. Seriously. Who came up with this? #unimpressed
He gets her to undress her which is dragged out in a painstakingly long cringeworthy scene. And they literally took a bath in the living room. What the flying f*ck. They, literally, moved a bathtub into the living room.
Other than it’s weird and in an open public place in his home instead of a private washroom, BATHTUBS BACK IN THE 1930’S ARE EXTREMELY HEAVY BECAUSE THEY ARE MADE OF PORCELAIN.
Secondly this bathtub clearly was not here before. So, was it the chicken or the egg? Did they fill it up before moving it to the living room? Because they would have to carry over 90kg to the living room. Or did they fill it up in the living room, while Jiang Xin carried buckets of warm water to fill up this bathtub?
BTW IT’S ON A CARPET. THERE ARE NO PIPES FOR THE WATER TO DRAIN INTO. SO how do they empty out the bathtub? TELL ME. @#$@#% This scene completely failed at whatever purpose that it was trying to achieve and they couldn’t have made the scene more embarrassing.
Meanwhile, back at Bai mansion, the knot from Jiang Xin that Bai Lang kept was breaking. This knot was a symbol of their fate and their love, and Bai Lang was eager to fix it. It was so cute when Chun Hua suggested that he go to the temple to fix it and Bai Lang shooed her out… And he went to the temple the very next day.
If you guys watched Lan Ling Wang, it’s Xiao Dong! I am surprised to see him do a cameo because he’s actually quite famous – like second/third lead material, so it’s weird to see him do such a small role.
Bai Lang bumps into Jiang Xin coincidentally at the temple, because drama. He asks the monk (Xiao Dong) there to not reveal that he’s there. He hides behind the curtain and overhears everything that she says about her relationship problems. It’s such an original thing to have happened in a drama right?
The monk analyzes her question and says that the word ‘Bai’ is who she needs, ‘Sheng’ (which is Jie Wen’s surname) represents the person that she would like to want, and ‘Xin’ means that the answer is all up to her.
Which is… very unhelpful. He’s literally just summarized her situation.
Trailer for 29, 30, 31
I don’t know why they release so many scenes (and so early in advance) for the upcoming episodes but I’m not complaining.
Ye Xin gets beaten up by Tang Hu because he realized that she’s been giving Mama Ye the poison AND an antidote, and that’s why Mama Ye hasn’t died yet. He threatens her.
Bai Lang and Mr. Wang realize that Jiang Xin is the real heiress of the Ye family.
Jie Wen learns that Ye Xin is actually Du Xiao Han.