Should we just keep going? How can we stop now? I can't carry this rage around for weeks.
Eleanor: It will be all over soon *rocks back and forth*
I trust Ah Cheng. I trust Ah Cheng. I trust Ahhhhhhhhhhhh I hope I can trust Ah Cheng.
Keep calm and trust Ah Cheng. Keep calm and trust Ah Cheng. Can I just say that it's kudos to this drama that we're still a little bit unsure of whether or not we can trust Ah Cheng. They've got us on a knife's edge and they like keeping us there.
Her hair had a reason for being way back when, OR they capitalized on a happy opportunity. Which do you think?
This plan had better work! Whatever it is.
Why do they do that, that constant turning of the wheel? I know you don't drive ever but surely this is recognizably ridiculous to everyone? (YES!)
Well cars back then didn't have power steering so maybe he does need to wrench it more to go around corners? I don't know...that's my guess...that and they don't have enough resistance on the steering wheel to make driving more realistic.
Isn't this the room where she was so humiliated by Ming Jing?
I think she is desperate to buy the act because she wants to not think he's a spy. Ming Lou looks amazing here.
Seriously, I have to keep reminding myself of her inherent evil bitchness in scenes like this, where she is so obviously a vulnerable woman deeply in love. She's the star of her own K-drama. It's amazing.
I've lost all my sympathy for her. She's done. Ming Lou on the other hand - handsome devil that he is - is it no wonder Manchun can't keep her head straight?
I would ask why people bother saying stupid things but that would make me one of them.
Please tell me that Ah Cheng and Ming Lou really do have a good plan that doesn't result in Ming Tai's death. Please. Please.
Oh hell no, he isn't...he is, isn't he? He's going to shoot Ming Tai himself to save him. What's that little thing going to do? would it just be driven right into his body by the bullet? Make a bigger hole?
And there go the waterworks again. *reaches for Kleenex*
In a tragic coincidence, Ming Tai hits his head on a sharp rock as he lands. Dead instantly.
Okay, now I'm starting to think there's no way this can be a death fake-out.
Or did he always know?
*breathes a sigh of relief* That looked so real! We had better find out and none of that "magicians never reveal their tricks thing". These Ming Brothers could put on a fricking magic show what with their roses and death fake outs.
She is deliriously happy. I guess it might seem reasonable that Ming Lou would turn to her - it's the bit about Ming Tai that works. He betrays the family by destroying Ming Lou's reputation by association, plus he plotted an assassination attempt - couple that with Ming Jing's obvious favoritism and I guess you have motive for jealousy.
Why isn't Manchun suspicious that she wakes up with whopping headaches after spending time with Ming Lou?
No more cat toy, Kitty.
I don't think they do, if you pluck them out by the root.
It depends in whether or not the nail matrix was damaged or not. It is possible (yes, the internet says it is), but they might not look pretty depending on damage to the nail bed and matrix.
So she was in on it, then? The impression I got from this conversation is that she was part of it, and was acting in the court yard - and apart from her natural worry and fear that something would go wrong, what affected her most strongly is that Ming Lou actually slapped her. Is it weird that I feel more relieved about the plan thinking she was part of it?
No, she wasn't part of it. They are only telling her now. And he hit her to make she didn't spill any secrets (not that I agree with his decision). But maybe I'm misunderstanding.
Okay fine, tiny ship. Just now, though, never before.
Don't worry Kakashi, you're not the only one out there - there are more of us.
And here we have why the Death Plan was made.
I'm good with it, yep.
Yeah, don't feel sorry for her at all. Wang Ou is gorgeous though, and I love that lighting!
The onnnnnnnnnnnnly one in existence.
Hahaha, come on Jo, let the boy find his father. haha.
There are many pellet drums in the world, undoubtedly, but something about it bugs him. (I cannot tell you how much it tickles me when say something, then read a next line like that.) He returns to Uncle Li's room and looks at it again. This isn't just any pellet drum. This is his pellet drum. And he opens the red box that is in that cupboard as well ... and finds a framed picture. With his momma. Uncle Li. And himself as a boy. Maybe Uncle Li forgot to tell you something?!
Good thing they don't use fingerprints to confirm relationships. Except as soon as I wrote that I realized it's his fingernails, not anything to do with his fingerprints. Whatever.
Ming Tai. His dad had better not get killed before they reunite or anything.
CommentsHa, I had completely forgotten about the "Daddy"-issue. Glad that's solved before Ming Tai disappears to the North.
I'd forgotten too, but remembered it in the ambulance.
I was just hoping that Ming Tai would find out before his dad gets killed. And now I have a memory of walking down a street in Milano with Caitlyn and moonlil before we met up with fernweh and Kakashi and family and we were talking about Ming Tai and his dad. Milano! I want to go back!
DAMN. We would have seen Hu Ge!
But it wasn't the point of the plan. They used the plan to hopefully salvage that from the ashes, but were fully prepared for him to actually die in support of the KMT strategy.
Nope, the point of the plan was to save Ming Tai. The other stuff was useful fallout.
Yes, I think it was the point of the plan. At least Ming Lou's part of the Death Plan. That's why he so desperately wanted Ming Tai to get arrested. Remember, the bank thing? Ming Tai was just too good and escaped, but actually, Ming Lou and Ah Cheng had hoped he would be caught, to be removed from Crazy Wang's part of the plan.
Yeah, I agree with Kakashi. Of course they will use everything they can to work to their advantage, but the code books part and making sure there was a high number of Japanese casualties was the end goal of the Death Plan. Crazy Wang was quite content for Ming Tai to be another casualty in that game but having him arrested was Ming Lou's way of getting him saved.
Manchun was played from several sides. Ming Lou drew her away from her dungeon, so that Ming Tai could be extracted. Ah Cheng worked on Liang, who more than willingly stabbed Manchun in the back, by telling on her and Ming Lou and made it look like she had a hidden agenda. When the fiasco with the code book happened, it seemed more than clear that she had to be behind it. Watch Ming Lou go in for the kill in the upcoming episodes. She is done for. Or is she? Be careful boys... this one is a fighter.
I expect her to be around until the end.
They can't get rid of her unless they kill her.
As for the deaths of Guo, Manli, and our Airplane Wang... it seems utterly cruel, and maybe it was not "necessary", but it was very effective. That Wang betrayed his two subordinates in that way established him as "trustworthy" (or rather, utterly untrustworthy, but you get what I mean) - and when Ming Tai came after the code book in Manli's body, it seemed to be clear that it was the real one.
Yes, yes, very effective. Perhaps overkill, definitely overly risky. But it did work, in the end, so for a lot of people that makes it all okay.
Yeah, I have my doubts about it being necessary as well, but it did effectively get the job done. I wonder if Ming Lou had been in charge, if perhaps the casualty count for our people might have been a little lower.
As I mentioned in one of the past recaps, Wang's own death at Ming Tai's hand, was more like a suicide than a murder. I think he staged it because he could not continue living with what he had done. Had had to do. Was it all worth it? I think this drama keeps telling us that in times of war, a life given for the greater good is always worth it. They saved many, many of their soldiers and they managed to kill many, many enemies. Thus: yes, worth it. Of course, I don't buy into that logic, because I don't live in a period of war - and for me, every life lost is a horrible tragedy. But I get this message. It hurts to think about it. But for those three, I think it was worth it.
Sacrifice a few for the many: yes, I do think that can be worth it. That was never my issue with this plan.
I think that not only was Wang getting a just execution from his pupil, (I saw more as an execution for a war crime than a suicide, though it was also that), but he was making it seem that if Ming Tai was angry enough to kill him, it looked even more like Wang betrayed his comrades, thus solidifying the plan's effectiveness. I just in general have a problem with war. I think that humans are bloodthirsty and quick to war with each other. I wish they weren't. I want to believe in a world where there are more peaceful options for conflict resolution. It seems so counter-intuitive to make children on a playground treat each other nicely, when the adults are bombing the crap out of each other. It seems so hypocritical. Anyway, that's a whole other conversation.