I was SO PISSED
I published episode 9 and 10 and for some reason it was missing. Luckily homegirl has exceptional problem solving and investigative skills, and I googled Deer Drama and managed to find the cache of the original post! Now we’re back in action with lots of Mr. Burn analogies and more reviewing over recapping (I just got too many feels).
Also I can’t get the image of Zuo Zhen as Mr. Burns out of my head now – especially whenever he says anything creepy. I laughed so hard when I found a picture of Mr. Burns wearing the same Matrix outfit as Zuo Zhen.
The episode starts out with this business man having a meeting with Zuo Zhen. Zuo Zhen has a lot of harbours that are under his control, and the business man was requesting to offload large amounts of antiques and vases at his harbour. It’s sketchy already since the business man offered to pay Zuo Zhen a large sum of money to allow the offloading, but he swore that there was nothing illegal inside, so Zuo Zhen agreed.
Meanwhile, there was an escort there that was giving him attitude. Zuo Zhen tries to help the escort and gets rejected and finds out that she has a personal vice with him.
Ah, turns out the side characters don’t reason by logic either.
Her father got addicted to opium, and sold all their assets, and even sold her, in order to get more opium.
And she blamed it on Zuo Zhen because her father took a bullet for him and only started to take opium to overcome to pain. Ok there is some very questionable reasoning there – but, you know, we’re pretty much used to this by now.
Zuo Zhen finds out that the addiction to opium in Shanghai is growing rampantly as a lot of his men are getting addicted to.
So one of his men, addicted to opium, decides to commit suicide in front of him (picking the most painful way to die, no less) by trying to stab himself.
Zuo Zhen decides not to take the most effective way overtake a person with a knife, which if you didn’t know, is to disarm the person of the knife, but questionably decides to control the knife by holding it by blade.
He also decides to lock up anybody that’s addicted to opium in order to get rid of their addiction.
Turns out the sketchy business man was, well, sketchy. He was transporting opium into Shanghai and Zuo Zhen refused to offload it. Unfortunately his boss didn’t feel the same way and commanded him to offload all the opium.
But ah, Zuo Zhen is man of flesh and emotion. He went to visit his addict homies, in which he took the liberty of locking them up in order to help them ween off of drugs. He also realized his lack of experience and medical knowledge was really not helping these people’s addiction problems, so he decided to consult Jin Xiu.
He approaches Jin Xiu all serious with a cracked voice, and at this point Jin Xiu is still being an annoying f*ck because she takes it as a joke. She literally has no redeeming traits and I really do not know why the writers made her so dumb and childish. But anyways, she agrees to use her medical knowledge to help Zuo Zhen’s friends.
#cantstopwontstop #sorrynotsorry #resemblanceisuncanny
The man that sold his daughter for opium was allowed to have bedrest instead of being locked up. Well apparently that was the wrong decision because he couldn’t handle his addiction anymore and committed suicide. This pushed Zuo Zhen over the edge he decided to burn all the opium on his harbour.
This puts him at odds with Zuo Zhen’s own boss. This leads to a super epic scene where all Zuo Zhen’s men kneel in front of the boss and say that they’ll take Zuo Zhen’s punishment instead. Zuo Zhen’s punishment, well, was to give up his casinos to Long Shao (and Long Shao has suspiciously dexterous hands considering that they were stabbed by Long Yi in the previous episode).
LOL like WHAT DOES HE DO ALL DAY? I mean he is a triad leader and all he does is stalk his crush?! I mean, the amount of times that we see him spying on her from his car would totally warrant a restraining order against him in our day and age. If he lived in present day he’d probably install cameras in her house and a tracking app onto her phone.
Anyways he sees Jin Xiu receive a bouquet of flowers from Ying Shao and flies off the bat.
The producers reward us with another really creepy and forceful scene again. I don’t know why they keep doing this – do they think that we like kinda stuff? It actually makes me have this face:
When he says weird things like “You are mine”, “You will never leave my world”, “No matter where you go, I will find you”, “There is nothing that I have never been able to not have”.
Those phrases would be classified as sexual harassment or emotional abuse in our day and age ok?! Can’t they make Zuo Zhen less weird when he expresses his love?
Another exhibit of how women in this drama all either love Jin Xiu and are incredibly sweet or they are bitches and hate her. There is no rhyme or reason why this worker entered her room and poured water on her and screamed at her, but, you know, drama.
Zuo Zhen decides to give a jade bangle that’s left to him from his mom to give to Jin Xiu – a woman that he’s met for less than a year and has rejected him at every chance possible. Again, the logic is lacking, but you know, love.
So he gets Tang Hai to deliver this bangle to Jin Xiu, but before he does so, he bumps into Jin Ling outside of the gates.
He decides to explain the significance of the bangle to Jin Ling but not to Jin Xiu because… you know, I see a common theme here. Logic.
Jin Ling decides to ask Jin Xiu to borrow the bangle – and you know what – after being treated like crap by this woman, and she suddenly asks you a favour, you’d think any normal human being with the life experience of a 10 year old would be wary and be cautious of their requests but… nope. Logic.
Jin Ling wears the bangle decides to go to Zuo Zhen to show him how insignificant Jin Xiu thought of him. She succeeded because Zuo Zhen flies off the handle (or bat, whatever that saying is) and he confronts Jin Xiu.
He acts like a crazy abusive ex and throws her flowers on the ground and aggressively holds her.
Yo man I know that bangle is significant but you can’t do that shit bro.
I agree that she shouldn’t have lent it (but she really didn’t know) but that does not warrant such an aggressive and angry reaction.
Then he muses to himself that he will never Jin Xiu leave his world.
Is it still romantic now? You’re welcome.
Alright I know he was acting like a dick, Jin Xiu, but it also does not allow you to break the jade bangle ok?! What are you guys, children?!
Zuo Zhen heartbroken (well, it’s the only thing his mom left him), and picks it up.
You guys both need some serious relationship counselling.
Jin Xiu’s dormitory roomies decide to pull another prank on her (because again, all women hate Jin Xiu) and she decides to go find a place on her own. Again her lack of intelligence and critical thinking kicks in again, and she accepts a place from a pervert.
Zuo Zhen has to save her again and gives her a place to live (while she thinks that a friend had hooked her up). He saves her from danger once again and stares at her window while I begin to wonder if this storyline can get more repetitive.
Meanwhile Ming Zhu refuses to work with Long Yi. Long Yi asks her to try to disperse Xiang Shao’s wealth – and she retorted that she couldn’t possibly do that, especially when she doesn’t even has a title in his house.
In response to that, Long Yi approaches her crazy fan and gets him to think that the only way for them to be together is to die together…
Jin Xiu comes up with a great advertising tactic for Mei Hua. Instead of only having a female model for their cosmetics, she thought it would be a great idea to have a male model as well.
Ying Shao was picked as a the male model, and Ming Zhu was approached to become the female model. Initially Ming Zhu was reluctant to do it, but she found out Ying Shao was going to be her partner so she did what any crazy ex would do: accept the job to be close to him.
Xiang Shao finds out Ming Zhu starts working (after many years of hiatus) from the boss of Mei Hua. He’s unhappy because he didn’t hear it from Ming Zhu herself, she didn’t get his permission, and he doesn’t like her working.
In our last scene Ming Zhu acts like a crazy ex again and asks Ying Shao rhetorical questions like “Why don’t you get close to me”, and “Are you afraid that I’ll eat you up?”. Argh. There’s nothing worse that a crazy ex than a crazy powerful ex that you have to see all the time.
The episode ends with Ming Zhu being stopped by Long Yi at the photoshoot, as well as by Long Yi’s man who suspiciously also looks like Leo Ku.