Episode 1 Recap:
The episode opens up with our female protagonist, Jin Xiu
(Chen Qiao En), in a competition to obtain the ribbon head that is on
top of a bamboo tower. The prize for this year is a five colored cake
which supposedly brings good luck and fortune when used to honor the
descendants. Unfortunately another man has reached the top and snatched
the ribbon before her but the man accidentally slips and she grabs him
just in time to prevent him from falling to his death. In order to to
thank her for saving him, he gave up the ribbon head to her and she wins
the competition, happily bringing home the tub of cake. Back at home
you see the father in a rage after hearing that she had attended the
competition and was not acting accordingly like other females.
Jin Xiu heads straight to her mother’s room ignoring the housekeepers
request that her father is summoning her. Her mom starts to chastise
her for her actions but she says that the cake is a blessing that would
ward off evil and diseases. Apparently her mom is sick and she wanted
the cake to help cure her mom’s disease. She then asks if there is any
news of her older sister, Ming Zhu, but her mom say there is still no
news of her. Ming Zhu is Jin Xiu’s half-sister that was born from a
different mother who is the first wife of her father. Her mom laments
that they have no idea of what their living condition is like ever since
they left the family 14 years ago.
The father finds Jin Xiu and starts chastising her for exposing
herself in the public all the time. Jin Xiu apologizes to her father but
her father says the rules are rules and that she needs to be punished.
The atmosphere then lightens up as her father gives her the punishment
of not allowing her to sleep and to collect dewdrops condensed on top of
water lilies as medicine for her mother. This is not a real punishment
and Jin Xiu happily thanks her father for not punishing her while her
father brings out bag of her favorite biscuits. Jin Xiu seems to be a
filial daughter and she also has close relationship with her father.
While she’s collecting dewdrops off of the water lilies in the middle
of the night, a man appears from the lake and buries a watch in the
dirt before he passes out. Jin Xiu discovers that it is teacher Chen who
is the new teacher at her school and takes him home to care for him.
Her father’s finds out that the teacher is hurt from a gun wound. Lao
Ma, the housekeeper, seeing the gun that teacher Chen is holding,
advises them not to bring in the man since he would only bring
complications but the father, who is a doctor, ignores his worries and
tells him to clear the blood stains on the ground and brings teacher
Chen into the house, tending to his wounds.
In the midst of extracting the bullet from his chest, teacher Chen
suddenly wakes up and points his gun at her father. Jin Xiu quickly
appeases him that he is her father and means no harm. Teacher Chen then
tells Jin Xiu that he buried a pocket watch under the rocks and tells
her to look for it. Jin Xiu immediately heads out to find the watch.
While Jin Xiu is looking for the broken watch, a group of Japanese
soldiers barges into the house killing anyone they see in sight. Teacher
Chen tells her father to not tell anyone that they have seen him before
or else it will bring them trouble and he flees. Everyone in the house
is soon captured by the soldiers and they force the father to tell them
the man’s whereabouts. True to his words, the father says he has not
seen anyone but the leader shoots the mother, killing her. Not able to
withstand watching his master die, Lao Ma tells them the direction the
man had fled in and upon hearing what they wanted to know, they
immediately kill everyone in the house.
Jin Xiu returns to the house after finding the pocket watch and finds
her whole family killed. Her father hasn’t died yet and tells her to
run but while she is refusing to leave, a soldier shows up and her
father blocks the flying bullets with his body. Watching the shots going
through her father’s body, Jin Xiu flees as soldiers chase after her
and is rescued by teacher Chen.
Teacher Chen apologizes for bringing them all the misfortunes and
asks her to bring the pocket watch to Saint Mary Cathedral in Shanghai.
He pushes her down the hill to escape from the soldiers while he gets
shot and dies. The soldiers find a button that fell off of Jin Xiu’s
clothes and the leader, Maeda Ryuichi (Qi Ji), demands everyone to find her in order to retrieve the secret document.
Waking up after falling downhill, she returns home only to find her
house engulfed in flames. Her entire estate is burned down and the only
remnants they could find was a jade ring that was worn by her father.
Devastated but left with no choice, Jin Xiu then heads to Shanghai to
deliver the pocket watch as she had promised Mr. Chen and to find the
assassinators to avenge her family.
Our male lead, Zuo Zhen
(Huang Xiao Ming) appears holding a package of medicine. He is given a
fight scene where 10 other attackers are not his match and while
boarding the ship, our valiant Jin Xiu senses that he is being followed,
brings him to an area where he can hide, despite his protests. While in
the cramped ship, people bump into her, sending her right into Zuo
Zhen’s chest, making her awkward. She moves away from him but right at
that moment, an attacker appears and Zuo Zhen kisses her to conceal
himself. He leaves swiftly after telling her not to bother him.
Feeling indignant, Jin Xiu follows him and tells him to apologize. At
that point, one attacker finds them and directs his sword at Jin Xiu
which Zuo Zhen quickly brings her into his arms and blocks it. He then
gives her the package of medicine and pushes her away so that he can
fight. The lead attacker takes hostage of Jin Xiu, demanding Zuo Zhen
not to move or else he would kill her but Zuo Zhen replies that she has
no relation to him and that he can proceed and kill her. Jin Xiu asks
how he can be so coldblooded but Zuo Zhen replies that if she does die
he would take proper care of her corpse.
Lol, this is like a murder scene from a horror movie! – Kap
Seeing their conversation, the attacker figures that Jin Xiu is not a
bargaining chip, pushes her away to attack Zuo Zhen. Jin Xiu falls
overboard during the chaos and Zuo Zhen grabs her arm just in the nick
of time. As she tries to bring up her other arm, she drops the pocket
watch and she pushes herself away from Zuo Zhen to retrieve the watch
that has been dropped into the sea. While searching for the watch
underwater, she loses consciousness and Zuo Zhen jumps in to save her.
Jin Xiu regains her consciousness and finds herself all drenched on
top of bed. Upon seeing Zuo Zhen shirtless, she screams at the top of
her lungs, huddling beneath the blankets. We are treated to some eye
candy as Zuo Zhen shows off his muscular upper body while he wrings out
his shirt, coolly asking what she was so afraid of when she had jumped
into the ocean, not even afraid of death.
He approaches her, sending her into a frenzy but he only wanted to
bring her a towel. He then takes out the pocket watch wondering why she
would risk her life for a measly item, and upon seeing the watch she
quickly snatches it from his hand. He asks how much she costs, which she
rebuts him saying that she never said she would sell herself. Zuo Zhen
says there are many women like her who try to get close to him and gives
her a chance to tell him what she wants. Jin Xiu responds that she
doesn’t know who he is and what he is talking about. Zuo Zhen takes her
words with a grain of salt and replies that he doesn’t care whether she
knows who he is or not but he is giving her a last chance and to not
overlook it which earns him a “crazy lunatic” remark from Jin Xiu.
As Zuo Zhen gets off the boat, he stands there majestically as his
entourage greets him. I find that it’s funny that there is no one else
around them unloading from the boat like it’s their private ship but
figured that he must have a private unloading route. Jin Xiu squeezes
past him to unload from the boat first and Zuo Zhen yells after her,
telling her that he is giving her a final chance to tell him a price for
the pocket watch. Jin Xiu replies “You already told me that was the
last chance, and now you are saying the last chance again. How many last
chances are there?” She then continues saying that the pocket watch is
very important to her and that she won’t sell it.
After hearing that, Zuo Zhen takes off the necklace he has on and
shoves it in her hand, telling her that this is his promise to her: if
she were to encounter any problems in Shanghai, when she takes out the
necklace, he will resolve the problem. As he gets into his car, one of
his entourage, Tang Hai
(Cai Jun Tao), shoves Jin Xiu aside and it turns out he had stolen the
pocket watch from her which earns him a disapproving look from another
one of Zuo Zhen’s right-hand man, Shi Hao (Yang Le).
In the car, they address Zuo Zhen as Er Ye and ask if he has gotten
the medicine but he says that it’s been dropped. When he was saving Jin
Xiu, she grabbed onto the packet of medication when she was trying to
grab his hand and during the chaos dropped it into the ocean. The
medicine was supposed to be for Mr. Feng and without the medicine, it is
a problem. However, Tang Hai says that since they had specifically
requested for Er Ye to personally bring back the medication, it must
have been a trap laid out by Long Si who is affiliated with the
Japanese. They then head directly to Mr. Feng’s place.
Back with Jin Xiu, a suspicious looking man pulling a rickshaw
approaches her and asks her where she’s heading to. She tells him Saint
Mary’s Cathedral and the man quickly takes her luggage saying he knows a
short route directly there. Our naive heroine is being conned.
Zuo Zhen meets Mr. Feng
who is his “Shi Fu” (which means mentor or teacher) and tells him he is
incompetent for not being able to return with the medicine. This allows
a chance for Long Si
to criticize him and even hints to Mr. Feng that Zuo Zhen may have lost
the medication on purpose. Zuo Zhen kneels down saying he is willing to
take the punishment but Mr. Feng pardons him saying that in his state
right now, he needs someone to take care of his business. Long Si
continues to take this chance and says he knows of a medicine but
requires Zuo Zhen to sacrifice a piece of flesh to use as part of the
medicine. Zuo Zhen with a determined gaze, raises his dagger but as he
brings it down, he is stopped by Shi Fu, who tells him that it’s not
worth for him to suffer for his old life.
Outside of the estate, the hot tempered Tang Hai is outraged at Long
Si working with the Japanese trying to obliterate Zuo Zhen and suggests
they tell Mr. Feng about it but Zuo Zhen tells him not to get ahead of
himself. He then reminds Zuo Zhen that Ying Dong has returned from
France and Mr. Xiang
(Xie Jun Hao), who is Ying Dong’s older brother, is holding a banquet
to celebrate his return and asks if Zuo Zhen would attend. Zuo Zhen says
that it was so fast, now Ying Dong has returned and Shi Hao reminds him
that it was already two years since Ying Zhao left. Not getting a
definitive answer from Er Ye, Tang Hai asks Zuo Zhen whether or not he
will be attending the banquet but Shi Hao brusquely tells him that since
Mr. Xiang had invited him, Zuo Zhen has no choice but to attend.
Meanwhile Jin Xiu is being taken to some place by a shoddy-looking
man. She realizes that the pocket watch is missing and tells him to stop
but the man thinks that his scheme has been discovered so he pulls the
rickshaw even faster. They arrive at some desolate alley and another man
is already waiting to backup the man. Finally understanding her
situation, she screams for help but the other man says there is no one
around the area and proceeds to molest her. However, the man who pulled
the rickshaw stops him, reminding him that they only want money and does
not want to hurt the woman, causing the two men to fight. Seizing the
chance, Jin Xiu grabs her luggage to run away but is caught by the man.
Her suitcase drops open, and Zuo Zhen’s necklace falls to the ground.
Recognizing Zuo Zhen’s necklace, the two men’s faces are filled with
fear. She realizes that the men are afraid the Zuo Zhen and boasts that
if Zuo Zhen was to find out about all this, they would be in deep
trouble. The two men drop to their knees begging her to forgive them and
Jin Xiu agrees as long as take her to find Zuo Zhen.
We are once again treated to some eye candy as Zuo Zhen is changing
into his suit to attend the banquet. He describes himself as a loyal
countrymen that is a member of the Huang Pu Trading Association and
believes that as a Chinese person, he needs to stick up for the country.
We find out that his necklace is precious to him and has never left him
Jin Xiu finally arrives at Zuo Zhen’s estate just in time to see Zuo
Zhen leaving, so she tells the man to follow Zuo Zhen’s car. Zuo Zhen
arrives at the Paramount Club where the banquet is held and he heads in.
Jin Xiu tries to follow him but is prevented from entering and she
loiters outside thinking of ways to bypass the doormen.
In next scene, the influential Mr. Xiang that even Zuo Zhen pays
respect to makes his appearance. He is enjoying the ambiance as jazz
music plays in the background and his guests are waltzing on the dance
floor. Mr. Xiang seems to be the typical businessmen where he has smiles
all over his face, but his heart has a different motive. He is
introduced to a french man, but before his friend even introduces, he
already knew who that man is from his deductions and they shower each
other with praises. We find out from that french man that Mr Xiang is
the director of the Shanghai’s Business Association with an immense
amount of wealth and also Shanghai’s top businessmen. He keeps a smile
on his face but we finally see him frown when his men tell him that his
brother Ying Dong has not arrived at the banquet yet. Ying Dong
(Kimi Qiao), at first glance, seems to be a playboy as he is partying
and drinking in the arms of several girls but as the girls leave we see
that he is dejected and is missing someone dearly.
Back at the Paramount, Zuo Zhen and Mr. Xiang is having some business talk and Mr. Xiang reminds him to always be careful.
Meanwhile, Jin Xiu is still trying to find her way into the
Paramount. The doormen discovers her tricks and pushes away, sending her
falling into the arms of Ying Dong. Ying Dong introduces himself as a
friend of Jin Xiu and asks the doormen to do him a favor and let them in
because he knows Ying Dong. To his dismay, the doormen has no idea who
Ying Dong is and claims they only follow the directions of Mr. Xiang.
Angered that his own name doesn’t have enough power, Ying Dong is about
to start a fight but Jin Xiu stops him and he leaves, determined to
bring her in. He finds a ladder in the bushes and helps her climb in
through the window. When he gets in, he heads straight to his room and
changes into a proper attire.
Jin Xiu thinks he is stealing someone else’s clothes and questions
him, but he replies that he is only borrowing the outfit and will return
it. Seeing that her clothes are not acceptable for the occasion, he
brings out a cape and when she refuses to put it on (probably because
she thinks he is stealing it), he personally puts it on for her.
At the dance hall, she is weaving through the crowd looking around
for Zuo Zhen but accidentally bumps into girl. In revenge, the girl
trips Jin Xiu. She falls right into the arms of Zuo Zhen and her hands
land right on his chest. The episode closes with Zuo Zhen frustratedly
saying “Why is it you again!”
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