JoAnne: I would even go up against Killer Wang for Ming Lou... but maybe not up against his sister.
dewaanifordrama: Hi there. JoAnne and Kakashi and I were having so much fun with Nirvana in Fire recaps, that I've joined this party too. Jin Dong is awesome in this! And man, his sister is super scary.
How does she get away with talking like that to her boss?
Liang creeps me out! Though I do like a smart bad guy. The stupid ones aren't really any fun.
Yeah, Ming Lou, not your brightest move.
Yeah, why did he do it?! I think he might be mortally afraid of his sis...
Yeah, it seems like something he would have calculated into his plans, his sister finding out and all. Maybe it is part of a larger plan? Also, what is the deal with this family and their spying hijinks. Must be in the DNA.
Even more in love.
Did that seem like not the smoothest spy test ever? They should have picked a smarter guy.
My guy is no joke, apparently.
Cuddly teddy bear with razor sharp claws perhaps? Maybe it's not such a coincidence that Wang Man Chun is such a cold blooded killer if Ming Lou is her shifu/teacher.
I was flabbergasted by her behavior at what is, after all, a business function - not a family party - but man, did we learn a lot!
Crap. She's on a crazy possessive furious intense scary side.
Oh no you did NOT. Wow! Man... Killer Wang wants blood now, doesn't she?
One minute slitting a guy's throat with his specs, the next being slapped by his sister. This family has some issues I think.
I sort of don't like her, Kakashi. I'm sure we'll be given reasons to understand her, but right now...
Yeah, I don't like her much either right now.
Slowly reason with her? To what end? So they can get back together? Is he stringing her along? He hasn't seemed actively interested, to me. More like a combo of nostalgia and wanting to keep her appeased so she doesn't screw things up for him currently.
I actually feel sorry for Wang Man Chun. She really seems to kind of like Ming Lou. I think everyone needs some therapy in this situation.
I love how he works. And his face. But mostly how he works.
And I'm a bit afraid of him.
Yeah, those claws are out right now. He's pretty dang sexy in that uniform. Jo, I can totally understand the appeal.
I knew it. I knew that guy was just bad through and through.
How many identities does Ming Lou have? Friendly banker, super intense secret service guy, and then underground resistance leader? I like him.
Wow. And this is right after his sister humiliated her, too.
He doesn't beat about the bush this one. And what was that with him turning the charm on her? You could practically see her knees go week when he got all close to her and said he was "going to trim her wings". Eep!
And then, time to return home - and not to the rebel meeting like initially planned. At home, the servant is super delighted to see the "first young master", but tells him in a hushed voice that his sister wants to see him immediately. Awww, Ah Cheng is concerned for him - and Ming Lou is obviously concerned for himself. He goes to the room she is in ... the family shrine is there. She makes him kneel down and then calls him a traitor for working for the occupiers.
So she doesn't know about his secret alter identity?
She has power issues this woman. Who makes a grown man kneel like a naughty school boy?
He doesn't even argue, he just tells her he is not a traitor, but she still gets a ... what is that thing? Whip of sorts. Ming Lou basically starts shaking as soon as she touches it. He tries again, explaining that he may well be in the enemy camp, but his heart is with the country. It enrages her even more and she finally hits him, hard, on the left arm. He tries again to justify what he is doing, and she seems a bit mollified (especially by his declaration that he is "her family member") and then says he can prove his good intentions. She is going to Hong Kong, where Ming Tai is, to deposit money into the bank. And to get those two boxes that are held back.
Whoa. She's kind of crazy. I definitely don't like her.
Runa way Ming Lou! No wonder he didn't tell her he was back in town.
She makes her brother sign two special passes she needs to get the goods right then and there. (I wasn't sure, but did it seem to you that the passes were for moving people and not really supplies. So like people smuggling for the anti-Japanese resistance. So they were like travel papers?) But when he tries to find out which fraction she wants to give these medical gifts to, she blocks him, not revealing anything. Later, in his rooms, with a concerned Ah Cheng around him, he says he gave his sister many hints that she did not seem to understand. She must not be an important player in their group. Ah Cheng is concerned though: she is such a public figure! How could she get involved in this! "Oh, why don't you go an persuade her to stop then", Ming Lou adds. Hahahaa, Ah Cheng is terrified. (His face was so cute and funny in his terror) Since it seems they cannot stop her, they just need to keep a good eye on her. Ah Cheng better make sure those are smart men, because if Big Sis finds out they sent people to spy on her ...
So he knows about her, but she doesn't know about him... or anything, really. She's just money for the cause, I guess.
It looks like it. But Ah Cheng's reaction was still interesting. Either he has more than brotherly feelings for this woman or even that little involvement is damn dangerous in the current situation. Or both.
Wang Kai just looked so dapper so many times in this episode.
Can I marry him and have super cute babies and dress them up all super cute? Sorry, delusional fangirl came out and I couldn't stop.
The next morning, there is exciting (top secret) news: Poland's Eagle is coming to Hong Kong. A Japanese Parliament elite member, serving as Royal Ambassador (who was sent to Poland once, hence the name). He must die. Ah Cheng says "I will go", but Ming Lou has other plans. He wants "Poison Bee" to hear about it (is that Wasp?). And Ming Tai to do it. TT______TT
Poison Bee was the code name that made me laugh! And right? What IS a Poison Bee, unless it's a wasp or something? Later though, they call him Poisonous Scorpion... (I think that's Ming Tai's code name!) so who knows. But how can Ming Lou make it so that Ming Tai does this? Isn't Ming Tai part of the other organization?
Very good question and one that I thought about as well. This is my explanation: Big Sis is going to HongKong and they better get Ming Tai there pronto - that's in everybody's common interest! So maybe he just thinks that it's the only practical and logical thing to do.
All these code names! We have quite the menagerie of dangerous animals traipsing around. This whole Shanghai resistance better start working together nicely because Ming Tai can't die. Or Ming Lou. Or Ah Cheng. Someone's going to die, right? Ack.
CommentsThe Wangs and the Mings are mortal enemies, which causes some Romeo and Juliet situation for Man Chun and Ming Lou ... if Lou really were in love with her. I doubt it - she's a psycho, even though she still knows how to cry. But apparently, there was real affection at some point. Is Airplane Wang, as JoAnne likes to call him, part of the same Wang clan? That would certainly explain the animosity between that Wang and Ming Lou.
Whatever it is that happened, the dead Ming Father is the one who said no intermingling of any sort for three generations. That is a very oddly specific decree, don't you think? (I am dying to know what happened, and if it has to do with Man Chun's killing appetite - or caused it - and yes, I wonder if it's the same Wang family.)
I wondered about Airplane Wang's connection too. And yes, I hope we get the backstory on the family feud. Those never seem to work out so well.
Anyway, Big Sis is super scary and entirely unlikeable (yes, I get the duty thing! She had to take over at a very young age, but did she really have to hit her brother? She obviously did it often when he was younger, judging by his reaction to that horrid thing). Everybody seems to be either afraid of Ming Ling or thinks that she's not quite right in the head. I am pretty sure that she will be the sweetest person around Ming Tai. She wants to visit Ming Tai in HongKong? Awesome.
He seems to love her a lot, but is definitely a bit afraid, too.
I wonder a little if because she was 17 when she took over that she overcompensated for having to mother and raise two boys and run the family empire. She's super scary, but maybe that was just how she survived. I really hope that the family figures things out though. They've got some crazy shenanigans going on and it would probably work a bit better if they weren't working in the dark about each other. And I really missed Ming Tai this episode.