The Disguiser 伪装者 - Episode 19 (Recap)
While Ming Tai is quite happy in this episode (he for once does not mess anything up and is sweetly in love), Ah Cheng commits a grave mistake, which has quite severe consequences. Facing exposure and arrest, Ming Lou and Ah Cheng come up with a daring plan to save the situation, their position, and much more. I'm afraid. On the other hand, I could for the life of me not hate Trainwreck in this episode. If only all the episodes with her would have been like this!
JoAnne: Even considering the mess that Ah Cheng creates - more about my feelings about that later - the scenes with Ming Tai and Trainwreck were so nice that they did tend to leave you feeling a bit sparkly, it's true. Dammit.
Eleanor: Yes to everything you said. Poor Ah Cheng. Man, this episode makes me so nervous for how this is all going to work out or not work out. And I also actually enjoyed the scenes with Ming Tai and his lady friend.
I feel like it shouldn't be such a big deal, considering the time period - unless it has his initials on it, what can they do with it? It's not the only one in the world. Did they fingerprint back then? Except, clearly it IS a big deal, because they're showing it.
Isn't it the watch that Ming Lou gave him and so someone is bound to be able to link it back to the Mings somehow? At least that was my thinking. In the midst of the heart attack moment of Ming Tai almost dying last episode, the watch being left behind was another huge heart attack moment for me. Trouble is coming, isn't it?!
He sure has come a long way.
If only he hadn't lost his watch. Otherwise, impeccable spy work there Ming Tai. Well other than being stuck on the roof right now. He's still there, right?
Aww, Momoko - but you know, she would have killed him, so he had to do it. She sure was different in that room once she realized he was a spy, remember? I think her helpless sweet secretary was a cover for sure. As for the watch, who would be so stupid as to do anything with it? Ah Cheng surely knows they've been over that room with a fine-tooth comb and would have seen it.
Let's hope he thinks that through. *fingers crossed*
It did look fake but it also looked pretty. Thank you for putting this picture of her vapid expression here, so that I can hold on to my resolution that she is the wrong woman.
Ming Tai really is obsessed to the point on being happy to freeze his tail off on a really high roof with people hunting him down. So romantic. Haha.
So here's the thing: he knows immediately that they knew the watch was there. He could have nipped it in the bud at that very moment by saying 'Hey, what did you find?' Ah Cheng is quick enough that he would have played along, even if he was puzzled. They wouldn't have given anything away since clearly the watch is already something that Nantian knows about it, and GIVING it to her would have cemented the idea that they were on her side. I was so shocked by Ah Cheng's foolishness that I was convinced he was going to give it to her as soon as he picked it up. But no, that's not what they do.
It seemed very out of character for both Ah Cheng and Ming Lou. I was totally expecting Ming Lou to also say something to the effect of: hey what did you find? Either he wants to create trouble or it's just poor writing to force some tension into the already tension-ridden plot.
So, you're telling me that he and Trainwreck always planned to have her escape to the roof? Or are you telling me that of all the vehicles, only the ambulance happened to see the two people sitting on the roof ridge and he quick like a bunny came up with that plan? Trainwreck knew the owl was him immediately. Is that their secret call signal? Or just a lucky guess? I call bullshit.
Yeah, it was all a little too convenient. The owl thing could definitely be a pre-recognizable signal but knowing that they would need rope to escape from a roof... well that doesn't make sense to me either.
Ming Lou gives Liang the list of people and tells him to investigate them thoroughly - he expects all the investigation records. Wow, Ming Lou is not very friendly with Liang... Well, he is overall quite pissed, which is no surprise. As soon as they're in the car, he tells Ah Cheng that he fell into Nantian's trap when he removed evidence just now. The watch by itself would have told her nothing - but now that he touched it, they have a HUGE problem: now they're both implicated. In fact, Minamida can now arrest him if she wants, torture him severely, and make him spill all the secrets he knows.
Yeah, Ah Cheng. What Big Bro said. Duh. How could you have been so dumb? You're the quickest thinker of all the Mings!
I still think Big Bro could totally have stopped him before. And Ah Cheng is super smart. It really just seems out of character for him.
I really like scary Ming Lou. If Ah Cheng was plotting against the Mings secretly, this would have been a point where his face would have done some secret smile thing. He's genuinely concerned, though.
I feel super bad for Ah Cheng. Super bad. He is so earnestly worried and concerned. He needs a hug. I volunteer as tribute!
Nah, he's up on a roof downtown, flirting with the wrong woman.
Freezing his butt off the silly goose.
Ming Tai not being back is one thing, but being under Minamida's surveillance is the other. Ming Lou declares there is only one thing they can do now: use Wasp's trails as a bait (even though he is far from Shanghai now), and make up a new owner for the watch. Obviously, Wasp is Minamida's nemesis and she would do (almost) anything to catch him. Ming Lou orders Ah Cheng to call Nantian right this instance. They need to get through this night without her arresting Ah Cheng. Oh god ... Wang Kai's puppy eyes...
Puppy eyes don't make up for being a dumbass! But my heart is tugged by the knowledge that when he recognized the watch as Ming Tai's, he was so worried and scared for him that he just unthinkingly acted. I know, right? Awwwwwww.
How does Wang Kai do those puppy eyes so well? Like I was genuinely worried for him in this scene. Part of me thinks that Big Bro wanted a situation like this to crop up so he could do something crazy. But maybe I'm giving Big Bro too much crazy credit.
I mean, geez, guy. Under promise, over deliver. Under promise, over deliver. Give yourself some room!
I bet he's sweating bullets the poor man.
Dun dun DUN.
The more I think about this, the more I'm convinced Big Bro wanted this to happen. I'm becoming paranoid! What has this show done to me?!
Step No 1: find two apartments, facing each other, at optimal shooting range. They also need to be near Big Animal Zhuo Fohai's residence. Step No 2: Three teams, Lin leads one, Uncle Li a second, and Ah Cheng and Ming Lou are a third. They cannot stay on the sidelines for this one. Ah Cheng asks whether they will need Ming Tai's team, but Big Bro says only if absolutely necessary. Because it would mean Ming Tai would most likely find out about him being the Cobra. The operation gets the code name "The Hunt".
Lin's the guy from the former prison, the one with the photo that led to Ming Tai learning about our Psycho Kitten's sad and tragic past? The one she deserves a happy future so she can recover from?
I think so. I'm so nervous about this plan. So nervous.
Yes, he is.
Ha, I never heard Herrgott before, just mein gott. I like it. Plus, you're right: she's stupid.
Seriously. It's Hu Ge.
He was very cute. And she made me laugh out loud a little bit later. I hate myself.
Haha. Ming Tai in this scene was the best.
That hotel room looks really nice for what appears to be a pay-by-the-hour place...
I don't think it was necessarily a pay-by-the-hour place...though maybe it was. She should just let him sleep on the damn bed. He's obviously gentleman enough that he's not going to try anything if she doesn't want to. Plus I bet he's warm and it will be cold without electricity. I am clearly over thinking this. Just let him sleep on the bed woman!
I can't decide if I'm going to be happy for Ah Cheng when he figures it out, or if I'm going to be sad.
Yeah, the filial piety mixed with hating the abuse, but being good enough to more or less forgive her, that mix, poor Ah Cheng. I will comfort you Ah Cheng. Come to me. Come to me.
No! No emotional connection building! Stop! She's going to die at some point, right? Today? Fueling his desire to become a Communist? But he'll bring Man Li over to the team too, and they'll fall in love and get married and Trainwreck will just be a bittersweet memory for Ming Tai? Please? Come on, the timing is perfect. It's the prettiest she's ever looked and the cuteness level is high - it's the PERFECT time for Trainwreck to die.
LOL. My heart went out to Ming Tai in this scene so much. Also, that dawn city scape was gorgeous. But even more gorgeous: Hu Ge. Seriously, he looked so amazing in this scene!
But she also received the order to seduce him and make him defect. She was super reluctant to confess her feelings before she was commissioned to be the honey trap. I doubt her sincerity. Kind of.
Ah, the walk of shame, present in all times and circumstances. The cutest part of this whole interlude was when he notices she's awake and complains that she startled him because he didn't hear her move, and she says she should warn him: 'I'm waking up now. Prepare yourself mentally.' I laughed hard at that and almost liked her.
Yes, that was cute and funny. Oh Ming Tai, you are such an adorable goner.
Do you think that's coming, for real?
I hope not. We don't need even more people hunting down the Mings.
CommentsLet's not be distracted too much by the sweetness and Hu Ge's incredible handsomeness ... because this episode is super important for what follows afterwards. Horrible, horrible mistake you made, Ah Cheng! I loved how quickly the deadly Cobra came up with a plan to counter-act and counter-attack. But they only have a week! Get ready for more heart-attack episodes, cause they're coming our way.
I loved this series of episodes particularly - the stakes get very high, very visible, very personal. Heart-stopping stuff coming!
I still think Big Bro could have helped stop the mistake before it got so big.
The Ming Lou-Ah Cheng interactions were always great, but in this episode, they reach a new intensity. The acting is superb. And just like JoAnne, my doubts about Ah Cheng are gone. There is no resentment in this boy when it comes to the Mings. He is loyal and so is Ming Lou. There was not one angry word spoken, even though Ah Cheng's mistake could have cost them their lives. This is true comraderie. Love them.
Agreed - Ming Lou is practically vibrating with anger and tension, but he doesn't waste any time in blaming Ah Cheng or making him feel any worse than he already does. He is immediately focused on solutions; he can see how bad Ah Cheng feels - no need to pile it on. Let's just get this fixed!
They have such fabulous acting chemistry! It really is a joy to watch two actors so incredibly in-sync and invested in acting with such passion and intensity. It makes viewing so absolutely pleasurable.
As for Ming Tai and Jinyun ... no, I really cannot hate her in this episode, even though the drama HAD to show us Man Li worrying for a few seconds, didn't it. We get it, drama, believe us. If only you had given the communist woman better lines and better scenes, we might, probably?, have liked her. However, what I got in this episode is not enough, unfortunately, because in some future episode, she annoyed me so much I wished for a stray bullet to hit her.
This is a brief parting of my clouds of dislike. Very brief. I am still very much Team PK!
Yeah, while I like her marginally more, I am still most definitely #TeamManLi
Finally, it is time to mention what a good job Matsumine Lilie who plays Nantian/Minamida does in this. Not sure whether I remember it correctly, but I read somewhere that she speaks both Japanese and Mandarin fluently, and it seems she is not dubbed in this. She definitely is not a casting mistake. She is quite the opponent for our boys and even though Ah Cheng managed to gain back an ounce of trust by promising her Wasp, she is not that easily fooled. Careful, Ming boys. Careful.
I remember hearing that too, although I don't think I knew which woman it was about. She is very good, and in a much lower-key way, as intimidating as Killer Wang can be.
She's great! I love it when there are well acted bad guys to give the good guys trouble. Well, I guess in this case, bad woman. It certainly makes for more interesting watching, that's for sure!
Disguiser BTS ... LOVE