Open Thread Autumn’s Concerto Episodes 19, 20 & 21

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Welcome to the Open Thread, everyone! I love this shot of Guang Xi and Xiao Le – so much! 😍 – which is why it’s headlining our post today.

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Without further ado, here are my reactions to this set of episodes; have fun in the Open Thread, everyone! ❤️

My thoughts

Episode 19

We start the episode on a handhold, and end the episode, also on a handhold, and yet, it feels like Guang Xi isn’t that much closer to figuring out the truth, despite the various fragments of information and memories that he gains.

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I’m not mad about it, to be clear; I still find the watch engaging. I’m just wondering when Show will allow the reveal, because we still have quite a few things to sort out after the reveal.

I feel like Show’s writers basically mapped out everything that Guang Xi and Mu Cheng experienced together, 6 years ago, and then used it as a checklist, in terms of creating situations that echo those experiences in our current timeline.

Not only do these serve to jog Guang Xi’s memories (by the little bit that they’re allowed to be jogged), they also serve to jog Mu Cheng’s emotions.

I had a bit of a giggle at how they had to hide in Shende Hall and then get locked in there, in order to mirror the last time they’d been locked in there together. So THIS was the key reason that the symposium had to be held at Shende University in the first place.

I have to give it to Show’s writers; they do plan ahead.

So while I might giggle at the moments when I realize things, like, “Aha! THIS is why Xiao Le’s been written to address Mu Cheng by name, all this time, instead of Mom!,” I actually appreciate the fact that our writers aren’t just making up stuff as they go along.

And, in this scene, Guang Xi’s memory flashes are getting more specific; he’s able to remember pretty key things, like how there had been a piano in the room before, and how there’s a spare key hidden in the clock.

All this makes me think that we’re getting closer to Guang Xi regaining his memories, which, YAY. I really do hope that he gets his memories back in full, and not just in fragments.

The way Guang Xi talks about not being able to remember people who might be important to him, feels so poignant, particularly since he shares that he’s been hiding these wistful feelings from the people around him, so as not to burden them.

He does want to remember, and he does care about remembering, and for that reason, I really hope he does.

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Of course, it does feel really weird on a practical note, that they’re on such a time crunch to save Hua Tien Village, and they’re spending this extended interlude in Shende Hall, having this introspective conversation, but I’ll just count that as par for the course, for a retro melo like this.

Plus, I do like the idea that Guang Xi feels comfortable enough with Mu Cheng to share these thoughts with her, which he’s been keeping to himself for the past 6 years.

And, from the way Mu Cheng tells him the story of how the rollerblading marks on the floor had come about, I do feel like she’s softening up a bit, and relaxing the guard that she’s put up, in order to keep the truth from Guang Xi.

That’s.. some kind of progress, yes?

The whole way Hua Tien Village is saved, with Director He agreeing to return the land to the villagers, and compensate them in a manner that’s not only fair but leans generous, is pretty unbelievable to me, honestly.

If he’s so unhappy about it, then why would he agree to Guang Xi’s request, since it would literally cause him to lose money in the millions? That doesn’t seem organic to his character, I feel.

However, because I’m just happy for this arc to be concluded (so that we can move on to other arcs), I shan’t quibble too much.

It’s also nice to see everyone feel so grateful to Guang Xi, and want to celebrate him so much.

At the same time, with Xiao Le looking so withdrawn and somber during the celebration dinner, I can’t help but be reminded that Guang Xi’s time in Hua Tien Village is now finally up, and his departure – which would be so gutting for Xiao Le – is imminent.

Dang. That does add a very sharp layer of pathos to what is otherwise a rowdy and happy occasion.

I do like the detail that Guang Xi seeks out Xiao Le and Mu Cheng in the midst of the celebrations, because he notices Xiao Le’s sad mood, and he also notices that Mu Cheng hasn’t raised her glass yet, to give him a toast.

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I appreciate this indication that Xiao Le and Mu Cheng are extra important to him, because, YES PLEASE.

It feels like the perfect choice, when Mu Cheng says her toast to Guang Xi, and makes it about him being the Ren Guang Xi whom he’s always been. I totally believe that that’s what she wishes, for him, regardless of troublesome details like his missing memory.

Guang Xi soon gains some important intel from Auntie Hua, who happens to mention two key pieces of information to him, as they chat after dinner.

One, that Mu Cheng had used to sell bento boxes at Shende University, and two, that Mu Cheng had already been pregnant, when she’d come to Hua Tien Village.

It’s too soon for him to put any pieces together, but it feels important that he knows this.

Of course, Xiao Le’s tantrum about wanting to go home, is just so that Guang Xi and Mu Cheng can have some alone time running in the rain.

But y’know what, I’m so eager for Guang Xi to figure out the truth, that I can’t complain about anything that maybe-possibly-hopefully nudges us in that direction. 😅

Episode 20

Ok, this feels Significant with a Capital S, because Guang Xi’s finally convinced enough of his memory fragments, that he’s asking outright, if he and Mu Cheng had known each other before.

Even though Mu Cheng insists that she couldn’t have known him from before, I appreciate that Guang Xi doesn’t give up right away.

He even cites the fact that she knows about the rollerblade mark in Shende Hall, and that she hadn’t felt like a stranger to him, the first time they’d met at Hua Tien Village.

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And, he even talks about how she’d been able to see through his plans, and then convinced him to help get the land back, concluding that she knows him better than anyone else.

PLUS, he’s saying that she looks so much like the person he keeps seeing in his memory flashes.

Ahhh! This is the closest we’ve come to Guang Xi actually uncovering the truth, and it feels like he’s so close, because everything he says is true!

Unfortunately, Mu Cheng is adamant in maintaining her position, that she has no idea what he’s talking about, and isn’t the person he’s thinking of – even when Guang Xi gives her puppy eyes and earnestly beseeches her to be honest with him.

Gosh, Mu Cheng’s got more will power than most people, that’s for sure!

Guang Xi appears to believe her wholeheartedly, which I’m somewhat bummed about, but which I can’t blame him for, since he really doesn’t have much to go on except circumstantial evidence, and his blurry memory flashes.

Meanwhile, Yi Qian arrives at Mu Cheng’s house, dun dun DUN!

How very awkward, especially since we find out later, that Yi Qian actually has full knowledge of exactly who Mu Cheng is, and how she fits into Guang Xi’s lost memories.

Well that’s got to be extremely awkward for Yi Qian, who’s playing along with the narrative that she’s meeting Mu Cheng for the first time, and only knows her as Guang Xi’s landlady.

On hindsight, the way Yi Qian talks to Mu Cheng about Mu Cheng being special to Guang Xi, and managing to change him in such a short time, totally feels like Yi Qian’s testing Mu Cheng, to see how Mu Cheng feels about Guang Xi now, 6 years later.

I mean, as the conversation goes on, Yi Qian even talks about how she’d thought that Mu Cheng would be someone who cherishes the past, to which Mu Cheng answers that reality had forced her to some people and things behind as she’d moved forward.

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This totally sounds like they’re talking in code, doesn’t it? Except that Mu Cheng doesn’t realize that Yi Qian probably understands more about Mu Cheng’s hidden meaning than she’s letting on.

I do love the scene that we get of Guang Xi sharing a bath with Xiao Le.

When Guang Xi had jumped up to volunteer to give Xiao Le a bath, a shared bubble bath was absolutely NOT what I’d been expecting, heh. I guess Guang Xi’s a bit of an overachiever? 😁

Their little conversation in the tub is cute and sweet, and I find it very heartwarming, that when Xiao Le tells Guang Xi his wish, that Guang Xi would sleep with him that night, Guang Xi agrees so readily.

Aw. He really does love that little kid, doesn’t he?

When Yi Qian readily agrees to stay the night, and Guang Xi sits with Mu Cheng, asking, “Yi Qian’s a good woman, isn’t she?,” I was bracing myself for a noble-idiocy tinged conversation, where Mu Cheng would have to endure listening to Guang Xi talk about how good Yi Qian is.

But no. The minute Mu Cheng agrees that Yi Qian’s a good woman, and that it’s Guang Xi’s fortune to have met her, Guang Xi follows that up by saying that it’s also been his fortune to have met Mu Cheng and Xiao Le.

That, even though she says they didn’t know each other from before, they’ve really brought him so much delight, since he’s met them. And then he thanks her.

Awww. That is very sweet and sincere (though it does make Yi Qian, who’s overheard everything, look rather uneasy).

Every adult in the house spends the night in deep thought, with very different feelings, among the three of them.

Guang Xi’s wistful about leaving, and in particular, he seems wistful about leaving Xiao Le, while Mu Cheng’s deep in thought about all that’s happened lately, with wishes for his happiness, as she reminds herself that Yi Qian is his future.

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And Yi Qian herself thinks over everything about Mu Cheng that she’s learned, while also taking us on a flashback to how President Mom had persuaded her to keep the truth from Guang Xi, in order to build him a new future.

Huh. I’m not surprised by this, but trust President Mom to have made requests of both Mu Cheng and Yi Qian, so that she’d be able to shape him into the son whom she wants him to be.

The conversation the next morning between Yi Qian and Mu Cheng is all kinds of awkward, and it honestly seems quite futile, because what does Yi Qian expect Mu Cheng to do, anyway?

Even if everything Yi Qian believes about Mu Cheng is true, it’s not like she actually wants Mu Cheng to ‘fess up to the truth, and take Guang Xi back?

That said, I can understand the emotional aspect of it, where Yi Qian’s simply burning with a dark curiosity, to know whether Mu Cheng feels at all sorry, for abandoning Guang Xi at his most vulnerable point.

She doesn’t expect Mu Cheng to do anything about it; she just wants to know.

But she doesn’t actually learn anything in the end, really, since Mu Cheng takes the noble idiot sort of route, by leaning into the Bad Woman characterization, and accepting all the blame.

Which I kind of understand, in that Mu Cheng thinks that Guang Xi’s got this bright future ahead of him, and that she would just end up being a burden in his life.

I’m also guessing that it’s because Guang Xi doesn’t remember her anyway, and so he wouldn’t feel the loss, and so, why torture him with a reveal, if it’s going to feel like someone else’s life anyway?

Or maybe that’s just me projecting onto Mu Cheng, and she’s simply trying to keep the promise which she’d made to President Mom, 6 years ago.

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I don’t know how I feel about Tuo Ye showing up and pretending to be Mu Cheng’s boyfriend, and speaking up for her, because it kinda feels like he’s complicating the situation further, as if it’s not already complicated enough.

What I’m most interested to know, is whether Guang Xi’s overheard any of this, when he walks up to join the conversation.

(Because, if he has, ahhhh!!)

Episode 21

Well. As it turns out, it looks like Guang Xi hadn’t overheard anything after all, and everyone just keeps getting ready for Guang Xi to leave.

Which is a decidedly odd point in time for Tuo Ye to decide to confess his feelings for Mu Cheng, but I’ll take the point that the way he’d stood up for Mu Cheng and pretended to be her boyfriend, probably triggered him to want to make it official.

To Tuo Ye’s credit, his love confession is sweet, earnest and heartfelt, and I do want him to be happy with the woman he loves.

However, it’s clear to see that he isn’t the one whom Mu Cheng loves.

I’m guessing that the reason Mu Cheng decides to accept his love confession, is more for Xiao Le’s sake than anything else.

Most likely, she’s realizing, from watching Xiao Le glom onto Guang Xi, that Xiao Le needs a dad, and since she’s concluded that she needs to let Guang Xi go, Tuo Ye works out to be a solid choice, not only for his devotion to her, but also, for his love for Xiao Le.

I’m sure that given the chance, Tuo Ye would be a loving dad to Xiao Le.

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But, as happy as he is about the fact that Mu Cheng has accepted his love confession and agreed to let him be “the one,” I do think that it’s sad for Tuo Ye, that he would be committing himself to someone who doesn’t actually love him.

And of course, poor Chi Xin’s witnessed this whole thing, along with Guang Xi, who, for some unexplained reason, has decided to bring that gift of bedding INTO the house, instead of loading it into the car. 😅

I’ve tried to find a way to rationalize this, but I’ve come up empty. Do you guys have any ideas?

Of course, the most heartrending part of this episode, is when Guang Xi leaves, and Xiao Le starts running after the car, while wailing inconsolably.

Augh. The sight of his little bawling face just makes my heart ache, seriously. 💔 And then, Guang Xi’s face crumpling in tears, as he drives away, also makes my heart ache.

AUGH. I need this father-son pair to be reunited, as soon as possible please!

And.. might we be going in that direction soon? Because Yi Qian realizes that something doesn’t quite add up right, when she hears from Guang Xi that Mu Cheng had already been pregnant when Tuo Ye had taken her to Hua Tien Village.

As far as Yi Qian knows, Mu Cheng had left Guang Xi on the side of the road, and left with Tuo Ye, yes?

Of course.. she’s also accused Mu Cheng of dating 3 men at once, to which Mu Cheng’s made a false confession, so.. hm, maybe Yi Qian’s not putting as many pieces together as I’d thought?

in the meantime, I feel bad for Tuo Ye, that he gets such an upset response from his mother, when he breaks the news that Mu Cheng has agreed to date him.

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On that note, I just wanted to say that Show’s done a decent job of making us see that Auntie Hua isn’t a bad person, even though her prejudice against Mu Cheng as a potential daughter-in-law is so strong.

Also, she’s been made out to be more of a comic-relief character than a serious one, all this time, so for that reason, I find myself treating her angry rant with less of a serious lens.

Poor Tuo Ye. It seems like no one is actually happy for him, when this is something that he personally considers really special.

And also, poor Chi Xin, whose heart can’t help but be broken, and who’s still trying to keep up a strong front, for Tuo Ye’s sake.

I’m not surprised that Chi Xin would decide to leave. It’s a way to start over for her, and also, I’m sure she’s thinking along the lines that Auntie Hua wouldn’t keep bugging Tuo Ye to marry her, if she’s not even there.

And as unlikely as it seems, that a taxi driver would agree to drive a 5-year-old boy from the countryside all the way to Taipei, Show does at least allow the taxi driver to protest at first, and go through a process of rationalization, before agreeing to take Xiao Le to Taipei.

That helps to make it at least a little bit more believable. Like, maybe this taxi driver has a particular soft spot for children who’ve been affected by divorce, and that’s why he’s making an exception and taking Xiao Le to meet his alien dad?

And, it looks like Mu Cheng’s landed on Xiao Le’s likely course of action, so I’m sure she’ll be able to trace his whereabouts before long – all the way to Guang Xi’s side. 😁

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j3ffc
j3ffc
4 months ago

Not much time to weigh in this week, so for now I’ll only mention that I think that I am enjoying the conversation in the comments as much as the show…

Ele Nash
4 months ago
Reply to  j3ffc

Are we taking it all too personally?! I make myself laugh with how earnestly I fret about made-up characters 😅

eda harris
eda harris
4 months ago
Reply to  j3ffc

j3ffc
it’s never late…

Ele Nash
4 months ago

All the lying going on in this show reminded me of our Nirvana in Fire group watch,

Spoiler for Nirvana In Fire
when everyone knows Mei Changsu is Prince Jingy’s BFF Lin Shu except Prince Jingy, and even when Prince Jingy is all kinds of suspicious, he’s still lied to ‘for the greater good’.

In that show, I really ended up feeling desperate for Jingy because to me, people lying outright to your face is undeniably one of the worst feelings in the world, especially people you like and trust. Ugh, I can’t help but think it’s unforgivable.

So I feel terrible for Guang Xi and Xiao Le who are being lied to by all around them, but most especially by Mu Cheng, whose lie is to their face when she’s someone they trust. It’s TOOO unforgivable. I can’t get my head around it. The credits assume I’m rooting for them to play a happy loving couple… I want the happy loving couples to be Mu Cheng with Xiao Le (she’d have a lot of explaining to do to get his trust back, mind), and Guang Xi with Xiao Le (yes please to them knowing their hearts are to be trusted), but I do not want Guang Xi with Mu Cheng. Is that mean of me? I don’t think she deserves a pardon. TWICE to his face “I don’t know you” 😧

Last edited 4 months ago by kfangurl
eda harris
eda harris
4 months ago
Reply to  Ele Nash

elie, this is such an interesting comparison you bring up.
 Prince Jingy is all kinds of suspicious, he’s still lied to ‘for the greater good’.

lies are lies, granted. but… there is a big “but” here, as the situation is completely different.

respond to nirvan lies
first: the lies here are done not for the “good” of a person (prince jingy), but for the good of the COUNTRY and PEOPLE. and even when it is also for the “good” of jingy, it is to prevent him from exploding and bringing a disaster to himself, even death, but also the royal family and the FUTURE of the country. so here is a matter of life and death. (they need him to become emperor, to be able to provide a good future for the empire.)

second: mei changsu is hired here to be his advisor, his strategist. this is his job. as a strategist, he can concoct situations favorable to his client, jing, and in this case lying is part of it and known to all, and accepted.
and yes, my heart was also aching for jing, and i was desperately waiting for him to learn the truth, as lies, no matter how, for what reason, are always hurting the person who is lied to. and although i am extremely allergic to lies in general (and stupidity), the lies in nirvana were quite palatable to me for reasons i explained above.

but still, a very interesting analogy, and i am glad you brought it up.

i think none of these two girls deserve to be with guang xi, but it is a drama, and it is HIS heart not ours, and on top of everything, you know how they say: love is blind.

and although i despise mu cheng and what she’s doing, there are a few factors in her case that i can not forget. she is a weak personality, and i think in some of my previous comments i went into analyzing the roots of her “weak personality”. so she was not able to stand up to guang xi’s mom, who is a powerful, domineering personality, and to top it of she has money, and money can buy a lot of things, including destroying somebody. she’s a force. and mu cheng is not very intelligent and not educated, does not have a basis of fighting and the tools for fighting (thus relying on tuo he). she just survives.
on the other hand, yi qian, is rich, highly educated, very smart, knows what she wants and will pretty much do anything to achieve her goal (the man she wants, in this case). she has a very strong personality, and although she is kind, in a lot of ways she’s like guang xi’s mother – she plants his head only with whatever she thinks he needs and whatever is necessary for him to love her and not mu cheng.
due to that, mu cheng gave in to the strong personality and basically gave up, even that she still loves the man. and now she is in the corner like a frightened animal, and does not know where the exit is from her situation.

Ele Nash
4 months ago
Reply to  eda harris

I didn’t mean to suggest the reasons behind the lies were comparable, only the lying to someone’s face by someone trusted, and lying to a direct question. I would keep returning to that lie in my mind, I think, and even after all becomes clear, and the reasons for the lie were well-intended, I would still be like, but, bruh, you totally fooled me, now how do I know when you’re telling me the truth or not?! I’d feel betrayed in Jingy’s case just as much as in Guang Xi’s. But, as I say, being directly lied to is something I really find upsetting so it’s probably just me who takes it so personally on their behalf 😄

eda harris
eda harris
4 months ago
Reply to  Ele Nash

ele,
it’s not just you, i am the same in this regard, and do take lying personally on their behalf. but what i am saying, is everything depends on circumstances. and that is why,

nirvana
after the initial shock and hurt, jingy understood and forgave and continued seeking mei changsu’s support with even more trust. i did not even suspect that jingy would feel betrayed.
and so i could accept it, even that in general lying is not acceptable to me. although in nirvana it was still lying, but it was more specific tactics, used to win, which was absolutely necessary.

can i forgive mu cheng? i do not think so. but again, that’s me, not guang xi. lets just wait and see where and how it will go. may be we’ll change our minds.

eda harris
eda harris
4 months ago

there are plenty of times and opportunities for both ladies to come clean, to put all the cards on the table and let the chips fall where they may.
i am equally disgusted with both of them.
guang xi opens up to mu cheng, telling her how much he suffers living a life of a stranger, how painful it is for him to have lost a big part of his life entirely, and she’s the only one that he is able to share it with, as he does not want other people to worry about him.
“do we know each other?.. did we meet before?…where you a part of my past life that is lost to me right now?…” answer: “no… never… that is the truth.” o, mu cheng, how can she lie to his face in this abominable way??? this is the height of dishonesty and i despise her for that.
truth is always, but always better than lies, no matter how difficult it might be, at the end lying will bring a disaster.
but in this case, she’s not just covering her own ass, she’s depriving her child of his father. she reminds me of a homeless woman in a card box, covering herself under a bridge. (her acceptance of tuo ye belongs to the same, he’s just a card box for her to cover herself.)

i constantly want to tell her “tell him, tell him, this is the time and the moment, now.”
but the current of lies continue to surge, from all sides (mom, yi qian, mu cheng…), compounding, turning into a tsunami of lies, leaving GX chasing after his own self, like a dog chasing his own tail. ALL this is under the umbrella of excuses that is all for the GOOD of guang xi. can anybody know what is GOOD for the other person they love? can anybody else decide for that person what is GOOD for him and his life? doesn’t this person have a right to decide for himself, for his life, what he needs and what he wants? all these people make him live the life they want to see him live, he’s living a life of a puppet. crap!!!

yi qian. our nice girl. we see a flash back with her talking to guang xi’s mom, who pushes her to behave the way she wants her to behave, and never disclose the truth. yi qian is not stupid, she understands exactly what it means, and sheepishly asks his mother: wouldn’t it be lying? would it be ok? daaah, – yes, it is lying, is this how you want to build a relationship with your man?
no question, she fully understands, but it will get her what she really wants, guang xi. so may be it’s ok. is it? she is not a weak person, when she wants she can stand up even against her beloved daddy, supporting guang xi in his quest to get the land back to the villagers and fight for justice for them, even that daddy will lose a big-big chunk of money. so she was capable to say no to GX’s mom, and behave honorably. but she went the other direction.
will our girls survive this? a storm is coming.

eda harris
eda harris
4 months ago
Reply to  eda harris

o, yeah, guang xi and the pillow (kfg’s question).
i simply think that it is difficult for guang xi to part with my cheng and especially xiao le. may be he just used it as a way to come in again and take a last look at the people that he seem to miss even that he did not leave yet. or may be he just absent mindedly walks in with the box, but again the reason is to see again mu cheng and xiao le.

Ele Nash
4 months ago
Reply to  eda harris

Yes, I like that idea Guang Xi is almost unthinkingly on instinct returning to the house for no better reason than to see Xiao Le, Missing what he doesn’t quite comprehend but knows in his heart. Poor Guang Xi 😥

Cathy
Cathy
4 months ago

I am having a really hard time with Mu Cheng’s continued lying to Guang Xi. Twice he asks point blank if they knew each other before and she lies both times. For me it’s heartbreaking that she is keep father and son apart when they already have such a close bond. What kind of mother would keep her son away from his father, to say nothing of how horrible it is not to let Guang Xi know that Xiau Le is his son? And why does she have such allegiance to the promise she made to Guang Xi’s mother six years ago? And then she accepts Tuo Ye’s declaration of love!?! In the face of all her noble idiocy I’m losing any compassion I ever had for her character!

CarpControl
4 months ago
Reply to  Cathy

Let us see, if I were in Mu Cheng’s shoes, 1. I’d know that Guang Xi has pretty much moved on with Yi Qian after our breakup, 2. Guang Xi ‘remembers’ no ‘love’ for me, and I’m pretty much relegated to the spot of a ‘forgotten ex-wife’, and finally 3. Guang Xi & his ‘new partner’ belong to very powerful families, whereas I am a helpless, single mother to a diabetic 6-year old. The power dynamics is so skewed. What are the odds that evil-grandma might not walk upto my gates, and whisk away her beloved grandchild, while also threatening to drag me to court? High chances. If I were Mu Cheng, I wouldn’t risk any of that. GX is her past, and as much as she loves her child & even GX, and is selfish for keeping her son away from him… I fully understand where she is coming from! 🙂

eda harris
eda harris
4 months ago
Reply to  Cathy

cathy,
And why does she have such allegiance to the promise she made to Guang Xi’s mother six years ago?
because she’s weak. and unfortunately not very smart. and she thinks that by disclosing what his mom did to her, and to them both actually, it will destroy his relationship with his mom, which seems to be now much improved from 6 years ago.
but the stupid girl does not understand that it is her son’s happiness, and guang xi’s and hers as well. guang xi must know everything and make his own judgment, and if his mom is going to take a fall because of that, so be it. she deserves it. and may be then the issue of mu cheng’s abandonment will be less painful for guang xi.

Ele Nash
4 months ago

It’s funny you think the writer has planned the story because to me it seems a tad ramshackle 😆 The intrusion of odd beats of music too is really bad.

As for your question about the bedding, given Tuo Ye had just insinuated Guang Xi and Yi Qian should give he and Mu Cheng congrats too, maybe Guang Xi felt like they could have the bedding as a wedding gift instead…? Or, if regifting a gift just given seems a little tight-fisted (😄) maybe he clocked Ci Xin heading for Mu Cheng’s and was sensitive to the fact she might be hurt by the recent developments with Mu Cheng and Tuo Ye? Umm… Basically, who knows?!

I felt totally baffled by Yi Qian digging at Mu Cheng. Like, I get she’d be interested to know why Mu Cheng just abandoned a half-anaesthetised Guang Xi at the roadside, only to get stabbed by sleazy step father, and so she’d be protective and defensive on Guang Xi’s behalf but the scene to me was desperately uncomfortable. I mean, if the girl’s telling you she couldn’t cope with the idea of him being ill / dead / disabled then really, you have nothing much to say. It’s not a crime she was scared to stay. It was way a crime to leave him at the roadside, mind.

Anyho, goes to show Yi Qian was more trying to protect Guang Xi from the miserable roadside memory so I’m back to my belief that really Yi Qian is OK and has loved Guang Xi pretty fair and square. Why would she remind him of a girl he loved who abandoned him? Especially when his mum asks her to keep it from him too. Yi Qian hasn’t really done anything so very terrible. But I know I’m a bit on my own on that view…

So I will say again, gah, poor, poor Xiao Le!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Honestly, chasing that car just about ripped my heart to pieces 😭 And Mu Cheng yet again doesn’t confess. I feel like she really didn’t tell Guang Xi not for his happiness, hell not for Xiao Le’s, but for her own, that by confessing she knew Guang Xi might lead him to the conclusion Xiao Le is his and that might lead to a custody battle. I get it. I do. Fear makes you do terrible things, but I can’t help thinking she’s broken any possibility of Guang Xi ever forgiving her. I know writer will have it that he does, but I don’t know how – other than he’ll place all the blame on Mom (who is truly horrendous).

My heart is also sore for Tuo Ye. Such a love confession! Oh, I wanted to hug him! I was relieved Mu Cheng finally accepted – gah, though not even hugging him back, poor guy – but again, isn’t this Mu Cheng doing what might protect her? I think you’re generous to think it’s to give Xiao Le a father-figure. I think she’s scared and knows by being married to Tuo Ye, she’ll always have his unwavering protection.

Oh, and then Ci Xin 😟 I was scared her posting the lunch box through the bars was her suicidal goodbye so am glad she’s just run away. I am very concerned for her and hope Tuo Ye finds her and realises he cares for her more than just as a sister. She is a much better fit for him than Mu Cheng. Well, she loves him for a start. Incidentally, her name is spelled differently on Wiki to my subs to your comments, kfangurl. Is it Ci Xin, Chi Hsin, or Chi Xin??!!

Anyway, in spite of the headache-inducing villagers, the stupid Mom and He dad, the twisted up lawyer (who definitely harbours many an ill-feeling), Mu Cheng lying and playing victim like it’s a noble art, I am invested in Tuo Ye and Ci Xin, and absolutely in Xiao Le and Guang Xi. As long as the show ends with their relationships healthy and intact, I’ll be happy 😅

eda harris
eda harris
4 months ago
Reply to  Ele Nash

ele,
Why would she remind him of a girl he loved who abandoned him?

it’s not about that, it’s why would she HIDE his past from him? no matter how and what, it is HIS life, HIS past, she has no right to decide what he needs to know and what he does not. after all, it is HIS life.
i know you have a soft spot for this girl, but it is never ok (regardless of reasons in her head) to hide anything from the person she wants to spend the life with. he is not a child, she should not “shield” him, especially with a devise like concealing the truth. and at this point a lot of things come to light, and she’s able to see things unraveling.

eda harris
eda harris
4 months ago
Reply to  eda harris

o, and i agree with you on mu cheng, at least this is part of her reasons for this behavior. but i think it is way more complicated and encompasses many more reasons swirling in her head and her heart.

Ele Nash
4 months ago
Reply to  eda harris

I suppose it’s just I have such a hard time following what the writer wants – which (judging by the credits) is for me to believe Guang Xi and Mu Cheng are “meant” and Yi Qian and Guang Xi aren’t.

To be honest, in the real world, I’d be mad at Yi Qian too but in this melo-land, I’m way more appalled by Mu Cheng’s lies. Mu Cheng’s lies deprive Guang Xi of his past (as does Yi Qian’s, agreed) AND his son 😧 And while I acknowledge Mu Cheng is weak compared to the might and money of the Mom, she is knowingly hurting Guang Xi and Xiao Le in a way that’s beyond acceptable. Guang Xi just proved again his conscience wins over pressure from Mom and He dad, so why doesn’t she trust that conscience will stop him, or anyone else, ever stealing Xiao Le away??

eda harris
eda harris
4 months ago
Reply to  Ele Nash

ele,
Guang Xi and Mu Cheng are “meant” 

it just MIGHT BE! one does not decide his own destiny – that is from another character from another drama.

 why doesn’t she trust that conscience will stop him, or anyone else, ever stealing Xiao Le away??
that is again an excellent, excellent point, i did not think about. but i do not think mu cheng i capable of thinking that deep, although she sees and acknowledges that the same guang xi she fell in love with is still the guang xi FROM TODAY.