Open Thread: Autumn’s Concerto Episodes 22, 23 & 24

Welcome to the Open Thread, everyone! Isn’t Xiao Le such a cutie pie?? 😍

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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 22

Welp, things are finally heating up in here, with Xiao Le arriving in Taipei to look for Guang Xi, because, inevitably, that triggers off a sequence of events that just brings Guang Xi closer and closer to the truth.

And Guang Xi realizing / remembering the truth is the Next Big Event that’s due in our story, isn’t it? I know Show’s been teasing us with blurry memories and multiple echoes of past events, so it feels like we’re really almost there now.

Of course, it’s just like Xiao Le to be so helpful and proactive, that he ends up assisting his own grandmother, though neither of them knows it.

I suppose this is a good start, in the sense that Xiao Le’s so sweet, that he’s sure to charm anyone, right, even Grumpy Gran? And once she’s charmed by him, hopefully that early seed will help to endear him to her properly, once she (inevitably) learns that he’s her grandson?

I don’t know how I feel about Guang Xi stepping outside to take Mu Cheng’s call, as if he’d rather speak to Mu Cheng while out of Yi Qian’s earshot.

On the one hand, I get that he’s supposed to be drawn to Mu Cheng, because she is his fated love, but on the other hand, I can’t shake the niggling thought that this isn’t how a man who’s engaged to be married to someone else should behave.

It makes me feel like his heart is wandering away from Yi Qian – which it probably is – and again, that gives me mixed feelings. Like, yes, you’re drawn to your fated love, but.. dang, your poor fiancée..? 😅

More importantly, POOR XIAO LE. It was hard to watch him not only faint from not having had his insulin shot, but also hurt himself and lose so much blood, ack. 😭

I get that this is designed to create the situation where Xiao Le needs a blood donor, and Mu Cheng, in a panic reflex, lets slip that Guang Xi mustn’t be allowed to donate (because it seems that blood relatives are risky donors, for reasons I don’t quite understand).

Ooh. That sure makes President Mom and Yi Qian do respective double takes. I think in this moment, both of them can’t help but realize that Xiao Le is Guang Xi’s son. I mean, how could they not; it’s quite obvious?

But maybe President Mom is too busy being snooty and mean to actually make the connection, because when she’s left alone with Mu Cheng, she doesn’t ask about this, but spends the time insulting Mu Cheng.

Gah. Show sure knows how to make President Mom more hateful than she already is, eh?

Yi Qian makes the connection, though, and I’m not at all surprised that Mu Cheng continues with her charade of noble idiocy.

Of course, Mu Cheng’s justification to Yi Qian, during their rooftop conversation, doesn’t really hold water or make much sense.

I don’t know if Mu Cheng herself even believes the stuff that she’s telling Yi Qian; it sounds to me that she’s just saying anything that might make a fraction of sense, in order to get through this confrontation.

At least Yi Qian seems to have a stab of conscience, since she finds it ludicrous that Mu Cheng would expect her to marry Guang Xi, while keeping this fact from him.

For a hot second, I think that Yi Qian’s going to tell Guang Xi the truth, but.. Mu Cheng sure understands Yi Qian’s insecurities very well.

She taps on the exact thing that would get Yi Qian to reconsider her stance; that this would only encroach on the wedded bliss that she’s about to have, with Guang Xi.

I’ve been thinking about why Mu Cheng is so adamant on keeping up the lie, instead of telling Guang Xi the truth, and I conclude that it’s partly because she’s afraid to lose Xiao Le, but also, it’s to preserve Guang Xi’s relationship with President Mom.

I mean, if she were to tell Guang Xi about what his mother had done, that would destroy their currently amiable relationship.

I think that Mu Cheng’s efforts to maintain the facade that President Mom had ordered, is partly to preserve Guang Xi’s positive relationship with his mother.

President Mom’s decision to bring forward the wedding is probably a knee-jerk reaction to seeing Mu Cheng in Guang Xi’s orbit. Like, quick, let’s get Guang Xi married before anything happens between him and Mu Cheng! 😅

The wedding suddenly being so near, must be bringing out Yi Qian’s guilty feelings (and not her nerves like Guang Xi thinks).

After observing Yi Qian for some time, that’s my conclusion about the hesitation we’ve seen her display in relation to marrying Guang Xi. She feels guilty about lying to him, and not marrying him on false pretenses is probably her final frontier of decency, in a manner of speaking?

With the wedding coming up so soon, I do wonder if Yi Qian’s conscience might be the thing to stop this wedding in its tracks, and put Guang Xi back on the road towards Mu Cheng and Xiao Le?

Episode 23

Guang Xi finally starts asking some important questions of Lawyer Lin, and I feel like, dang, it’s about time! How does anyone wait 6 years to ask what had happened before they’d lost their memory, right? That feels like quite a stretch.

Lawyer Lin’s point that it’s a Pandora’s Box is so true; if Guang Xi were to dig deeper, there is definitely a price to pay, for that truth. It would absolutely affect many of the relationships that he currently treasures.

Guang Xi’s decision not to pursue it does tell us about his loyalty towards the people around him; he believes in them enough, to trust that it’s all good, even if he doesn’t know about the past.

BUT! Like I’d predicted, that memory card that’s embedded in his lucky bracelet comes into strategic play, finally.

Even if Guang Xi doesn’t want to dig into the past, the past comes surging to the surface, the minute he sees those photos that he and Mu Cheng had taken at the photo studio that day before his brain surgery.

And gosh, it’s as painful as anyone might imagine, for Guang Xi to attempt to process the memories, and the realizations that come with those memories.

There’s so much shock, anger, betrayal and disbelief written all over his face; kudos to Vanness Wu for delivering that complex mix of emotions so nicely.

Even though Guang Xi’s feelings of anger and betrayal are completely justified, it’s still a little startling to see him suit up the next morning, with vengeance written in his eyes.

I guess we’ve been spoiled with smiley pleasant Guang Xi for so long, that I’d conveniently forgotten that Guang Xi’s got this angry, rebellious side, that got buried when he lost his memory.

The way he baits Mu Cheng at the church, is a little hard to watch, even though I can absolutely imagine where this is coming from. He’s so hurt and angry that this is his way of lashing back out.

It’s rather dramatic that he takes Mu Cheng to the exact spot where he’d collapsed on the road, to test and confront her, but y’know, with 6 whole years of betrayal weighing on him, I can understand his need to get dramatic.

Poor Guang Xi, though. When he talks about living in the imaginary world in which everyone else has created for him, it makes me think of 1998 film The Truman Show.

In the movie, the protagonist lives in a fake TV world, where everyone around him is a hired actor, including his family members, and he’s the only one who thinks it’s real.

Thinking about it, that’s not exactly that far from what Guang Xi’s been through, in the last 6 years, yes?

It’s no wonder he’s falling apart and blazing with anger, all at the same time.

On a tangent, I can’t help but notice that all the accusations that Guang Xi’s throwing at Mu Cheng, sound a lot like what you guys have been bringing up in the comments, in your dissatisfaction with Mu Cheng, heh.

Perhaps, as Show works to bring Guang Xi around, the rest of us will be brought around too?

Guang Xi, man of action, doesn’t stop to wallow too long in his newfound memories. I kinda love that he doesn’t waste any time informing President Mom that, 1, he is not going to marry Yi Qian, and 2, he’s going to fight for custody of Xiao Le.

Oh, and 3, the obedient Guang Xi that she’s come to know, is no more. FWAH! Take that, President Mom. And who was juust saying, that all her decisions are good ones, eh?

On the other hand, when Guang Xi confronts Yi Qian, he does appear to be rather taken aback by her sincerity, when she tearfully explains why she’d lied to him.

Plus, she adds on a heartfelt confession, that in wanting to help him get better, she really did fall in love with him.

But.. will Guang Xi be moved..?

Episode 24

Yeah.. no. Guang Xi isn’t moved at all, by Yi Qian’s tearful (albeit heartfelt) explanation, and y’know what, I think that’s true to character.

It’s true that Yi Qian’s been devoted to Guang Xi in the last 6 years, particularly during his recovery, but if there’s one thing that Guang Xi takes more to heart than loyalty, it’s betrayal – loyalty’s flip side.

And because Yi Qian’s betrayed him by lying to him, he’s standing firm and breaking things off with her.

Of course, at this point, most of us are probably thinking the obvious; that Mu Cheng falls squarely into that category too. She’d been loyal, but then she’d betrayed him.

But Guang Xi’s consistent about this, in that he’s not forgiving Mu Cheng either.

(Ok, sure, I expect that he will eventually forgive her at some point, but he will have to be persuaded the hard way, and I’m curious to see how Show pulls that off in a way that convinces both Guang Xi and the rest of us who have been struggling with Mu Cheng’s decisions.)

I’m not surprised that Mu Cheng’s first instinct is to run away with Xiao Le, because, like she tells Tuo Ye, Guang Xi’s a hotshot lawyer and he’d be quite capable of using the law to take Xiao Le away from her.

With no money to hire a hotshot lawyer of her own, I can see why Mu Cheng would feel that the safest way to ensure that she doesn’t get separated from Xiao Le, is to run away with him.

Honestly, I think Tuo Ye’s a very loyal and decent dude, but I do think that his confidence in protecting Mu Cheng and Xiao Le might be misguided.

After all, he thinks that he’ll be able to solve everything simply by marrying Mu Cheng. Clearly, he isn’t well acquainted with the law and how lawyers can tap on it in strategic ways.

He’s well-meaning and earnest, though, and I can understand why Mu Cheng might agree to his proposal, because she’s that desperate not to lose Xiao Le, and because there’s a ring of comfort and assurance in Tuo Ye’s words.

Plus, it’s clear that he really does love her and Xiao Le.

With limited options before her, and Tuo Ye being so sincere and earnest in his proposal, I can understand why someone in her position might say yes, even though their heart isn’t truly in it.

But like I said, Tuo Ye deciding to go up against Guang Xi is pretty shortsighted and foolhardy, and it doesn’t take Guang Xi long, to have Tuo Ye cuffed and taken away, for his restaurant illegally making and serving liquor on the premises.

Ahhh. Ok, so Show had planned ahead too, with those drunken moonshine arcs.

On that note, I just wanted to respond to Ele, who expressed surprise that I allegedly think that the writing’s good.

Allow me to clarify that I don’t think the writing is actually good; I’m just somewhat impressed that the writers planned ahead and mapped out a bunch of details, so that these details would have relevance to our story at later points.

That’s more than what some other shows do, so credit where it’s due. That still doesn’t make the writing good, though. Just so we’re clear. 😉

I did feel bad for Guang Xi, though, when he tries to tell Xiao Le that he’ll be his father from now on, and all he gets in response from Xiao Le, is a shushing, because Mu Cheng would be mad.

That must be really perplexing for Guang Xi.

But also, that does show the strength of the relationship between Xiao Le and Mu Cheng, and how Xiao Le isn’t likely to take easily to any separation from her.

Perhaps that’s why Guang Xi comes up with that wild idea, that he and Mu Cheng should get married, so that, 1, Mu Cheng won’t have to be separated from Xiao Le, and 2, he’ll be able to gain satisfaction from watching her torment at being trapped in a loveless marriage.

At this point, I actually believe Guang Xi, that he’s putting this on the table, so that he’ll be able to punish Mu Cheng in slow and excruciating detail, for everything that she’s done to hurt and betray him.

This is an interesting twist I hadn’t seen coming.

Are we.. going the route of a contract marriage now, then? I’m very curious to see where this goes!

In the meantime, I do feel bad for Yi Qian for having to deal with canceling the wedding. That can’t be easy, regardless of the circumstances.

Although, Yi Qian makes zero sense when she says that she keeps making up different reasons for the cancelation. Girl, do you know nothing about a cover story? Consistency is KEY. All you need is ONE cover story. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Director Dad being all soft and kind in this scene is also a bit weird for me, because I’m so used to seeing him glower with dark schemes on his mind. I had to remind myself that Yi Qian is the apple of his eye, in order to roll with this scene.

Still, I’m glad that Yi Qian has her father on her side and by her side, at a difficult time like this.

Now, bring on the contract marriage hijinks, Show – I’m ready!!

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j3ffc
j3ffc
1 month ago

“Girl, do you know nothing about a cover story? Consistency is KEY.” I got a big laugh out of this and was wondering the same thing.

Overall, it feels as though we are getting to the final act of the story (and not only because I know how to count episodes), with The Truth revealed and final conflicts put into motion. These three episodes could turn out to be the most consequential in the whole drama. I thought they were very well plotted (in the ongoing discussion of the quality of the writing, my own sense is that the actual writing is just so-so but the plotting is pretty good– taking into account the soapy lens that fits the show. I liked the coincidental meeting of The Cutest Kid Ever and The Most Manipulative Mom Ever, and was too wondering if a softening of the latter was impending. But there’s obviously more water to flow under that bridge first. And the necessary reveal of parenthood in the context of blood donation was clever (prior to that I was wondering why the writers thought it necessary to add a bloody injury on top of the diabetic coma). However, I thought the end of ep 24 was one of the weirdest and most abrupt endings ever.

Which brings me to our main characters. Now, neither Mu Cheng nor Yi Qian have behaved perfectly well and it would be reasonable for anyone in Guang Xi’s shoes to be angry with them.  But this is not going to be a popular view, but I think that his behavior goes far beyond righteous rage. I understand breaking up with Yi Qian…how would they develop the sincere mutual trust one needs for a real relationship?  And I understand being furious with Mu Cheng for – in his perception – leaving him to bleed out and ignoring him as he went through his strife. But deciding that he is going to part Xiao Le from the only parent he has ever known? That’s where I get off the GX bus. 

This has all made me think about his behavior from Episode 1, where he, for no reason at all, bullied Mu Cheng with the car business and the police station and everything. I understand that he has mommy issues and all, but that seems to reflect his real personality as much as anything we’ve seen. And yes, we do see that when it suits him, he can be caring and empathetic. But now the viciousness that he portrays toward everyone he sees as a betrayor? I’m sorry, but if I encountered this person in real life I would quickly come to the assessment that he is an a-hole of the first degree. 

I know that most of you here (hi GW stalwarts!!) are looking forward to seeing how Guang Xi comes around to forgiving folks in his life, but from my perspective I am not sure he’s going to get to a point when I forgive him. If it does happen, it’ll be because of the only person who has the guts, the heart, and the intellect to stand up to Guang Xi and make him fly right, and that’s Xiao Li.

eda harris
eda harris
1 month ago
Reply to  j3ffc

j3ffc,
aren’t you too harsh and uncompromising! i get it, your heart is with xiao li, and so is mine and all other viewers, i am certain about that.
but… for god’s sake, guang xi’s entire life just blew up and vanished in a thick smoke-fog of nothingness!!! his brain just melted from all the evil (as this is how he perceives it) that had been done to him by his most dear to his heart persons. he is in a state of shock, as anybody else in his situation would be. he has no capacity at this time to think straight, it’s only emotions and pain and the extreme side effects of those feelings and thoughts are circulating throughout his system, like a pack of hungry wolves that are looking for prey and the prey at this time can not escape. that is his situation and condition, but not character. it’s like expecting from a mortally wounded man bleeding out on the field to act and think normally. can he??? the same with guang xi.

in no way can this be compared to guang xi from episode 1. this is not part of his character, this is an unfortunate reaction of a crazed person, which will pass when he comes down and comes to his senses. i am not saying that he will not want to get revenge, that is also a normal reaction, we are all prone to it when hurt to such a deep level. and also, we as humans have a tendency many times to blame the victim. guang xi IS a victim in this story.
and at the end of the last watched episode, he’s already coming to a realization that xiao le needs his mother. no man in his right mind would consider marrying a woman for revenge. it is mostly for xiao le, he’s willing to sacrifice his peace and life, and live with a woman that at this point he hates her guts.

j3ffc
j3ffc
1 month ago
Reply to  eda harris

@eda harris, I may indeed be “harsh and uncompromising” (both of my friends say so 😉), but I stand by the view that pre-accident and amnesia, Guang Xi was quite the jerk already. And he is quite clear in his intention to punish Mu Cheng by marrying her, which is minimally, uh, “messed up”. I do understand the hurt, which as I noted justifies some of the anger, but I’m just not ready to let him off the hook for his behavior all that quickly. And I understand that we differ on this.

But I do believe in redemption and forgiveness, and I’m still watching. So on to Ep 26….

eda harris
eda harris
1 month ago
Reply to  j3ffc

each one of us views and evaluates everything through the individual filter of our own experiences, that is why our takes on events, characters differ many times. and that is what makes it interesting.
i just hope that you would give some break to poor guang xi. and yes guang xi was a mega-jerk in the first episodes, as i said in my previous comments. but then he changed – thanks to mu cheng, who gave him hope in life for the first time. so he did change since then. but because she was the one who opened his world for him so to say, the pain of betrayal is that much more biting in it’s intensity.

j3ffc
j3ffc
1 month ago
Reply to  eda harris

I appreciate your passionate defense of Guang Xi, Eda. Looking forward to see how it plays out (spoiler alert: I’ve just finished this week’s episodes so only have the final three to go)!

eda harris
eda harris
1 month ago
Reply to  j3ffc

and i get your passion for the little boy (by the way, all of us do). i have seen this drama a while ago, so i know in general what will be, but not the episodes. so i do not know exactly where you are with only 4 episodes left. but i will be curious to know whether your feeling about guang xi will change any. and it might not, i’ll accept this too, but please let us know.

eda harris
eda harris
1 month ago
Reply to  kfangurl

thanks, KFG. don’t know how but i miscalculated, so we still have a way to go. thanks for pointing this out.

j3ffc
j3ffc
1 month ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Yeep! So much for my earlier claim of knowing how to count 😂

Kim
Kim
1 month ago

I am continually reminded every time I see President mom, that she did a really good job at playing the character. I loved her in Bromance (2015-2016) as the ML mom. But I truly very much do not like her in this show (as I should). Coincidentally in these shows her name is very similar Fang in this one and Feng in Bromance (though my subs spelled them the same). I hate that she is more than happy to lie to her son and manipulate/bully those around him just so she could have the son she wanted and not who he really is. I get that she thinks she is doing what is best for him, but isn’t seeing your son happy what is best for him?
I am soo move by the acting of this little kid who plays Xiao Le, I’ve never seen such good acting from someone so young. He makes the feelings so real that you almost believe he is really feeling that way. I almost cried when he was running after Guang Xi when he was leaving. And he did an excellent job of portraying a kid whose health, due to diabetes and to not taking his “power crystals” before going to find Uncle Guang Xi, was rapidly on the decline and eventually passes out. I can’t believe she didn’t notice that he wasn’t feeling well, of course she was more preoccupied with getting to whatever meeting she needed to get to and her clothes than how he looked.

I cant wait to see how they are going to do this whole “marry me so you can stay with your son” thing in the coming episodes. 

Ele Nash
1 month ago
Reply to  Kim

I agree, Kim. The little boy is such an honest actor! I wonder if he’s still acting? He must be in his mid-late teens by now… which is a scary thought 😧

Last edited 1 month ago by Ele Nash
Ele Nash
1 month ago
Reply to  Ele Nash

I just looked him up and he’s apparently the son of a child-star from the 1980s! But he doesn’t want to act. Apparently an unkind story about him was printed saying he ‘wasn’t cute anymore’ which seems beyond cruel 😟

Kim
Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  Ele Nash

I feel so sad for him.😢 No one should be put down like that. It causes more harm than anyone realizes. I wonder if he had continued to act how good would he have gotten to be? I’m sure he would have done great.

Ele Nash
1 month ago

Ha, yes, the writer has made good use of key ‘objects’ to help shape the story, true kfangurl. The show though is still on the ramshackle side for me, and that has been down thus far to the emotional motives more than anything else. For me, no one’s behaviour / motives seem quite reasonable or sensical – though my lens on this type of melo-romance is a tad new so I may be expecting too much on this front.

Happily (though horribly for him, obvs) Guang Xi’s emotional journey is true to his character and very believable, despite the far-fetchedness of it. He is well within his rights to be majorly cross about missing six years of Xiao Le’s life 😧 That realisation was always going to be a killer and it read loud and clear on Vaness Wu’s face and shaking hands. I was absolutely on Guang Xi’s side. Yes, loyalty is all and betrayal deadly.

Forced contract marriage, you say?! Well that does sound suitably soap so I’m up for it 😊

But, yah, how indeed will writer turn us around to forgiveness? I fear it all hinges on Mother’s manipulation of events, that Mu Cheng’s lies will be forgiven perhaps because she is so meek and helpless and how could she stand up to The Big Bad all on her frail lonesome? Ugh. I hate this idea and hope the writer steps up to make it more than that. My hopes are low.

Anyway, just as a small aside, I feel Guang Xi breaking up with Yi Qian was more about him realising the love he had for her wasn’t a patch on the love he’d had for Mu Cheng. His face said it all, but he couldn’t admit it, not for Yi Qian’s sake, but because he’s too mad with Mu Cheng. I’m too mad with Mu Cheng. She is officially the most annoying character I have watched for quite some time.

And Xiao Le. God, can that poor boy go through much more and still be cute? I worry for the psychological harm – though writer, I know, isn’t considering all that, of course… I guess I have to accept that’s just not what this show is for. I hesitate to really know what it is for. But if it has a name as a genre, I won’t rush to see one again 😅

eda harris
eda harris
1 month ago
Reply to  Ele Nash

ele,
 Guang Xi’s emotional journey is true to his character and very believable, despite the far-fetchedness of it.
why do you think his emotional journey is believable, but far fetched. what i want to know, why is it far-fetched? what exactly is far-fetched in this?

Ele Nash
1 month ago
Reply to  eda harris

The circumstances, Eda. The circumstances are pretty far-fetched 😅

eda harris
eda harris
1 month ago
Reply to  Ele Nash

got it. thanks.

eda harris
eda harris
1 month ago
Reply to  Ele Nash

I feel Guang Xi breaking up with Yi Qian was more about him realising the love he had for her wasn’t a patch on the love he’d had for Mu Cheng. 
do you mean his love for mu cheng was way more potent than what he had with yi qian, and that was what we would call “true love”? am i interpreting it correct? actually, throughout the drama i did not feel the passion from guang xi toward yi qian, it was hugs and kisses on the forehead. did you notice it? it was more like a very good friend, not a lover. and it was totally different with mu cheng, when they were together.
and if so, that might be indeed the case, but also her betrayal is the major upset for giang xi, and may be he would have stayed with her and married her if there was not this aspect that he felt she stole from him 6 years of his life, by creating a fantasy world for him and populated his mind with it.

eda harris
eda harris
1 month ago

guys, i can write a dissertation about these 3 episodes, really. so sorry, it will be a long one.
by the way, i do not feel that the writing is as bad as ele and kfg seem to imply. after all, i did not have a minute of boredom (happens quite often with other dramas, even when they are good.), and i am totally invested in most of the characters (also does not happen very often). AND… i do find it kinda charming, of course, thanks go to vanness wu and the most adorable kid ever. i do not say it’s mind boggling writing, but it is also not bad. the music though is quite disappointing.

back to the episodes. i am truly amazed at the courage and guts from such a little kid – taking the initiative, making the decision and executing it – i am talking about his taxy drive to taipei. and in that i see traits of his dad in him, he has guang xi’s dna, definitely.
this is truly called “fate” (well, drama- fate). if the parents lack guts, the kid doesn’t and he’ll bring them together, whether they choose it or not.

so xiao le is in front of guang xi’s huge office building and by sheer drama-accident – the fairy grandma is there to “help” xiao le and “help” to push the story forward. i find this choice of the writers quite interesting.
everybody searching for the child, it’s horrible for a mother to lose her son, but some hopes creep into my mind, that may be mu cheng’s shock will knock her out of her self serving stupidity about her son and his dad. but no, that’s not to be – mu cheng digs in deeper and deeper.

but wait…the cat is out of the sack. ahaah, guang xi can not donate blood to xiao le.
guang xi – you are a father!!!
can it be more clear??? to everybody there.
grandma, is that clear to YOU – YOU deprived YOUR son of HIS son!
but nobody can process it at the moment, what’s wrong with these people? except, yi qian. where is she going to go with this? it must be quite unsettling for her.
2 guang xi’s ladies with umbrellas in the rain on the roof – to me it looked pretty surreal. should guang xi learn about his son? o NO, that can mean danger to both of them. so… mu cheng’s excuses are nothing less than “a work of art”. one of them most impressive: let’s keep xiao le from suffering, watching his dad share his love with other kids. don’t dad’s have more than one child? this warped logic, is mu cheng in her right mind, does she even have a mind?

and yi qian (just like with guang xi’s mother in the past), kind of asks whether guang xi should know about his son, and how can she marry him and keep it a secret. mu cheng is pretty “convincing” with her accusation thrown in yi qian’s face, that yi qian is at fault also, from the beginning, as she recreated his past for him and mu cheng was never a part of his past. and just like in the previous case, it does not take much time and effort for yi qian to agree and keep guang xi for herself (or so she thinks) consensus is reached, lies are the way to go. well, ladies, is this the best you can do?

but guang xi is also not without blame. he should have pushed to learn more about his past. (why couldn’t he go to the internet and research about himself, like he did when he discovered the pictures in the bracelet, and found that he cleared mu cheng’s name in court 6 years ago).
when he hears from professor lin that his past would be like a pandora box and it will change his life and all other people around him, he backs of, he’s content with his life now. and i am not sure, whether this is out of loyalty to those people as kfg said, (some of it , yes), or simply a case of “cold feet”. no pandora box – that’s his choice.
and then it all explodes… just like i was expecting it. and what makes it so powerful, is of course guang xi’s spectacular delivery of his raw pain and the mix of other flooding emotions at this moment and totally pulling us into it with him. this is like watching your brother or best friend just falling apart right in front of you, tearing his heart out in agony. it’s the same when he learned about his brain tumor, same as when he ran after mu cheng begging her to stay. he’s one amazing actor, i am surprised we do not see him in many more dramas. he and xiao le make this drama worth the watch. he’s also a very good at crying, which i can not say the same about yi qian, somehow i do not believe her tears. but may be it’s just me. her words to dad after the break up: ” who would believe that i stole somebody else’s boyfriend, and lied to this person i love the most”. yes, yi gian, realizing it now is a bit too late. she was “selfish” by her own admission. afraid of losing him and that he’ll love mu cheng more than her. as i said before, she’s not stupid, she knew it all along, and yet… did not even tell him that xiao le is his son. selfish love.
now the real fun begins.

eda harris
eda harris
1 month ago
Reply to  eda harris

one more thing, when gung xi, crazed with pain, realizing that he lived a lie and the betrayal of the people that he trusted and relied on, he goes full speed on the offensive. can i blame him for that? i CAN NOT.

eda harris
eda harris
1 month ago

kfg, to answer your question of why relatives are not good for donation:
“Because of the risk of GVHD, donated blood from a first- or second-degree relative should be irradiated to inactivate the donor T lymphocytes. To prevent ta-GvHD, irradiated blood products should be given to patients at risk: patients after bone marrow transplantation, newborns and children in the 1st year, patients with severe combined immunodeficiency, and patients receiving blood from first-degree relatives.”
for the boy there is a double problem: he is immunodeficient, since he has diabetes. and second, his dad can not donate to him, and may be the hospital is not able to irradiate the blood or there was not enough time to go through this process.

Ele Nash
1 month ago
Reply to  eda harris

Oh, thanks for that explanation, Eda!

j3ffc
j3ffc
1 month ago
Reply to  eda harris

Those damn donor T lymphocytes mess things up every time!

Ele Nash
1 month ago
Reply to  j3ffc

These medical issues must be in the ‘how to create extra drama in your drama’ notebook 😆