JoAnne: Yes, as actors, as humans, I love all of them. So. Much. Talent. Such chemistry between them all! Well, between most of them. I'm looking at you, TrainWreck. And yes, even her. I mean, she's fine, I just...she's not Psycho Kitten. That's not her fault, she's probably a very decent person. Look at her, studying medicine, devoted to her country, probably a filial child, on and on. She's a casualty of timing. I don't hate her, I'm not 'against' her. I'm for Man Li, that's all. The complaining is mostly just because it felt good to whine!
Eleanor (aka dewaanifordrama): I have a problem. I want to finish watching the drama, but I also want to just revel in watching them all be awesome and adorable and funny and just plain marvelous together. These characters are just so lovely. Can we spend forever with them? And I was also just being silly about complaining about the other woman. I just love Man Li is all and so I'm on her side.
I don't think he hates her, really. She didn't kill his parents, and she'd have been a child when it happened. But he's not in love with her, and he'll never marry her, and she means so little to him that he can use her this cruelly, knowing how much it would hurt. But he can at least feel some guilt about that, and it comes out as this expression of protectiveness or pity.
I can totally seeing him feeling like she's another one of his countrymen to take care of - having a bond with her because of some history, but also wanting her to be on her country's side and not to work for the Japanese because if he reaches his goal, she will suffer much more in the long run. But yes, he will use her if he has to.
It could just be that he's flirtatious with all women. Remember the blonde with the rose?
Ooh yes. Perhaps it was more a one-sided love affair on her side? And he sort of indulged it a bit? Dang he looks good here. Like really good.
I do feel bad for her in this situation. Whatever she's become, she was a girl with the bad luck to fall for the one man in the world she could never have, and she had to have been so young at the time that she couldn't have known what was going on.
And she's also right because he is using her. It's a messy, sticky, unpleasant situation.
A new mission comes in: "Intercept the Japanese deployment plan for War Zone 3 asap". Ming Lou and Ah Cheng worry: they only have week to plan, that's too tight! But they have no choice, even though they're not sure their in-town agents can do it. Ming Lou tells Ah Cheng to help them. Oh yes! I like that!
Ooooh, spy stuff together?
Please! Please! Please! I want that so much! Ah Cheng, why do you have to distract me so?! ❤
I'm telling myself he only kissed her because at some point he could use her, and this is my proof.
Haha. He does have a rather lovely smirk that man. And I LOVE that they dress him so much in blue.
You know what just occurred to me? Don't you think Ming Lou and Ah Cheng would have looked into Uncle Li's background? And what would they have discovered when they did that? Exactly. Ming Tai.
No! I don't want them to know that Uncle Li is Ming Tai's dad. That will make me like Ming Lou and Ah Cheng less. And I don't want to do that :(
Min Tai gets ready to go out and Guo is: but you're not going to ask those Communists, are you??! Of course he is!!!! Hormones, hormones! Hey, but Man Li is supporting Ming Tai in this, she thinks they have valuable intel they themselves do not possess. Ming Tai murmurs something about why "she" didn't tell him about it, which makes Man Li sad.
It's one thing not to like the girl I want you to like, Ming Tai. It's entirely another to keep rubbing her nose in it. Don't piss me off.
Ming Tai, just because a girl likes you, doesn't mean she's going to tell you all her secrets when you've barely met a handful of times. Plus you're spies on teams that don't exactly get along. His crush is inhibiting the frontal cortex logic processing there a bit.
And how does he figure that belongs to him?
As I said, Ming Tai's logic game is a tad weak here. And yes! Kakashi! I totally want that coat too.
Uncle Li's people suck *coughTrainWreckcough* so no, they can't do this on their own. And since his people in the field apparently consist entirely of one really incompetent woman, yes, she'll be there.
LOL. All I was thinking was, man, those two look so awkward together. And then I got really sad because neither of them knows that they are father and son T_____T It's so sad! They totally have a bit of a father-son moment here though. Sort of.
(I'm making ugly faces at you, Ming Tai.) He then tells Uncle Li to NOT make her join the mission. Awww, sweet pumpkin is worried... Uncle Li tries some "they are all well prepared when they go in and know what they face" on him, but Ming Tai just says: "Like Dong Yan?" (that's the guy who died for him on the train). Now Uncle Li knows that Jin Yun told you, you idiot! I really like Uncle Li's (Guo Xiao Feng's) face, by the way.
I do, too. He has nice features and I like his smile lines. And the expression in his eyes, and the bit of silver in his hair. And his nose. And his forehead. And the clothes he wears.
I also like him. Ming Tai is such a brat. He really left his logic skills at home today. Does he want to get his crush in trouble? Way to go Ming Tai.
Let's get Airplane Wang and Uncle Li in the same room and let them philosophize at each other.
Now if we could get Airplane Wang and Uncle Li on the same team, the opposition might get somewhere. I guess that's sort of what Ming Lou is trying to accomplish by playing on everyone's team.
Why would they need a letter for any of that? Wouldn't it be obvious?
I think they already knew it, but now they know that there was official correspondence/investigation happening, so they know to be extra careful with whomever Manchun's uncle was corresponding with.
I was a bit puzzled about the reason for this scene and even considered leaving it out completely. But I do like Eleanor's explanation: they might not have know the level of suspicion, or the paper trail behind it.
A relative of the Ming's comes to greet them for New Year (it seems he is the one in charge of the perfume manufacturing). Well, that's just pretext, he is very upset about something and wants to talk to Ming Lou immediately - and alone. So it seems that some Japanese "hag" wants in on the perfume business. Blasphemy! If Ming Lou does not help him (given the position he currently has), he will come by every day and "cry into his face". Ahahahahahaaaaaa.
Did you see how rude he was to Ah Cheng?
That made me so mad that he was rude to Ah Cheng! Ugh! Stupid man. Go cry in your perfume.
Cannot wait to find out!
Me neither! Ah I love Ming Lou! Don't worry Jo, I'm just appreciating your man from afar.
VEST. Shirt sleeves. Cannot English.
When next Uncle Li sees his female agent, he wants her to answer some questions, like: what has she been up to lately? How many time has she met that enemy agent? What did they talk about? He is quite angry, actually, and wants to hear all the details. So she tells him. He gets even angrier (well, the kiss is a bit of a surprise to him), especially because she didn't think this was report-worthy. And he scolds her for not being careful about secrecy. Wow, he even wants to send her away because she is "not at all suited for intelligence work".
Hello, welcome to the rest of the world, Uncle Li.
Hahahahahaha. She was also not dressed very flatteringly in this scene. It's like the make-up and wardrobe team also love Man Li more. Haha. She always looks fabulous. Now that I say that, hmmmm, maybe I'm onto something here...
It would be clever if he knew that she wasn't interested. Since she is interested and he probably realizes that, it's not really that good of an idea. Unless he figures he'll kick her out once he gets Ming Tai, because she's NO loss, believe me.
Haha. Yeah, that could easily backfire and she could defect if she likes him (which she does). I mean I can't blame her for liking Ming Tai, he is rather irresistible.
Ming Lou and Ming Tai play badminton in the garden and then get called over to a small table in the grass by Ming Jing, for refreshments. Ah Cheng brings Big Bro a document and Ming Tai watches it all with great interest. He then follows Ah Cheng and tries to tease information out of him once again. What's Ming Lou's true game? What he sees now is the truth, says Ah Cheng.
Well, it's not a lie.
Oh Ming Tai. Oh Ah Cheng. I love how well Ah Cheng deflects but also reveals truth if Ming Tai is smart enough on the uptake. I do like Ah Cheng.
Skilled at collecting intel, Ming Tai is not. This show should be called 'The Disguiser, or 'Ming Tai, the Half-Assed Spy'
LOL for reals. Ah Cheng is so cute and funny with him though. So indulgent. Ming Tai thinks he's not being obvious at all. Haha.
I KNEW she was bad! Ugh! This is probably going to sound crazy, but I think Aunty Gui is Lone Wolf (I haven't seen past episode 15, so this is just my crazy guessing). Forgive me. But even if she isn't, she's one of the baddies I think.
Ming Jing is worrying a bit about their family baby: ever since he's back, he's been observing them, puzzled by the fact that Ming Jing would accept Ming Lou's new position so easily. They talk about him and what to do... talk to him? Ah Cheng tells him stuff like "things are not that clear right now" (meaning the political situation) and "family is what stays forever", professions are just ways to make money (hint, hint).
Listen: you gotta make hay while the sun shines, right? Ming Lou's gotta do what a man's gotta do. Don't sweat it, Ming Tai. Ah Cheng's got you. It's cool. You go do you, and Ming Lou will do Ming Lou.
Ming Tai, LISTEN to Ah Cheng. FAMILY stays forever. Ah Cheng just pretty much spelled it out there for you. Listen well Ming Tai.
And now, please stop talking about it, says Ah Cheng.
Thank you, Ah Cheng.
Yes, thank you. Now let's hope that Ming Tai understands.
I giggled. Everybody had that 'ooops' face.
LOL Ming Tai, Ming Tai. Silly cute spy. Good thing your Big Bro is Cobra and knows who you are.
So smooth, you two. I wonder if Ming Tai ever figures out what all this stuff is, later on down the road? He can have a proper toddler tantrum and stamp his feet and insist 'I do it myself!'
Ah Cheng is already thinking "now I have to baby sit him" JK. I love how suspicious Ming Tai is that his brother is a bad guy but doesn't think twice about how "conveniently" he's being taken along. Also, is there something in the water at this house that everyone's a spy?
I really just assumed it was an accident on his part at first. I need to make my default position 'these guys are sneaky.'
Haha. That was so funny. Well, mean, but Ah Cheng is so good.
What lengths will they go to? Helpfully written notes with arrows saying 'files are here'?
'Turn to the right, here... no, your other right!!'
At this point I want to slap Ming Tai upside the head with a "SEE they're helping you you idiot! Stop questioning them about whether or not they're traitors to the country". I was chatting on Twitter with Moonlil, and she told me that Wang Kai updated his Weibo yesterday about filming all day down a coal mine in minus 20 degree Celsius weather. The man is hard core.
Wanted: One portraitist. No experience needed.
Wang Kai really has lovely eyebrows.
I already like her more than TrainWreck.
Haha. Oh Ming Tai. You are adorable.
CommentsAhahahaaaa, loved the scenes in the Marine Club. Only, it's SO OBVIOUS that Ah Cheng took him there deliberately, Ming Tai should be a bit more suspicious of his exceedingly good luck!
Why on EARTH would you do something as stupid as model your club after the consulate in every way? This is like... Spy 101 #1 on the Top Ten Do Not Do Lists.
Yeah Ming Tai is a bit slow on the uptake here, which seems strange considering he's so bright otherwise.
Also, Jin Yun has been exposed! well done... NOT. She really sucks as a spy. Just marry her already, Ming Tai, and make her stay at home. Oups, did I just say that? *feminists turn in their graves*.
*pelts you with rotten tomatoes*
Noooooo!!! She needs to get reassigned so that Ming Tai can't ever find her again.
I did like the Ming Tai - Uncle Li interactions, not for the Communist stuff (yes, we get it: they're morally superior and all the good guys simply must work for them), but for the obvious chemistry between them. We all know why they would have it, but they don't. Please let them have some quality time with each other before you kill the one or the other, show!
I hope TrainWreck doesn't get Uncle Li killed. Although...if Ming Tai already knew that Uncle Li was Papa Li, maybe that would turn him off her. Now I'm torn.
I will be very sad if Uncle Li dies just as Ming Tai finds out. That would suck. Man, what is going to be the body count once this show is done?