JoAnne: I keep waiting for one of them to die! Not that I want them to...but could it really happen? Could they all survive?
Eleanor: Maybe they will all die. Noooooooooooo!!!!
He'll turn it around. He always does.He will, right? Have you guys seen the end of this?
Keep calm and trust Ming Lou. *breathes deeply* It's going to be okay, right? RIGHT?!
His logic: this evidence is insufficient for them to act. Pretending nothing is wrong, going with the flow, walking right into the trap is their best solution. If they retreat, they expose themselves. Nerve-wracking.
I don't want to play poker with him, that's for sure. This man knows how to run a bluff.
Um. Ming Lou. You. No words. Wow. He is fearless.
Kill her! Kill her!
Um, lady, two Ming brothers, killing machines, are on edge. Don't mess around with them right now if you want to stay alive.
Time to have a word with the nosy secretary, it seems. At gunpoint. Yum, Ah Cheng looks good. It seems it was this secretary who played the recording on the phone! Huh! She demands to speak to Ming Lou alone. She's no beginner, that much is clear! She keeps completely calm and collected during the whole "conversation".
How did SHE get it? Is she a pawn for Tengtian?
*stares at Ah Cheng* What was I thinking? Oh yes. Um, won't they have to shoot her now?
She's so dead.
Man, these people underestimate our Mings. She is sooooo dead.
Wait. Did he know before or didn't he?
He didn't know. Only Uncle Li and Trainwreck, and of course Ming Lou and Ah Cheng knew. Also, these people all have no idea who they are dealing with. Ah Cheng and Ming Lou will kill them so quickly it's not even funny if they even think to defy them.
I think if they dug too deeply into Ah Cheng, some of Liang's dirt would be uncovered. Plus I think he half likes the guy.
Who wouldn't?! haha
Read a book! Where's his stupid wife? Have sex! Does she even know he's alive? (Yeah, she was part of it, okay...) How come she never comes to see him? Thank you for that, Show.
Ming Lou meets with the Spy Secretary. He praises her coffee making skills (lol) and says he will miss her after she's gone. She admits to being Japanese, but that is so not news to this man, you silly woman. Also, you've completely underestimated this man. He is not playing your games. He won't "buy" the recording because that would make him suspicious. It seems this woman is working against Tengtian though, at least she claims to be. Her plan is this: get a huge sum of money for herself (remember, her fiance was killed by the Mings), retire to the countryside and watch Tengtian go down when it comes out that Ming Lou was a secret communist. Ming Lou pulls out a suitcase and slides it over to her... the money?
Her fiancee was Guo? Which Guo? Not KMT Guo, right?
Nope, the Japanese soldier who was trying to overthrow Tengtian and was working with Manchun.
Next, he has Ah Cheng take him to Mr. Tengtian. He is listening to a / the (?) tape recording on the way. He plays the "Ming Tai" tape to the Japanese commanding officer as soon as he's in his office. Yes, that has always been Ming Lou's style - walk straight into the trap and then twist your way out. He says some people think this proves he is a Communist - but that's a grave mistake. The voice on the tape is not Ming Tai - it's Ah Cheng. Somebody is using the tape to frame him, Ming Lou, but also works against him, Tengtian. And ... he can prove his innocence.
Oh I like this. A lot.
Hehe. You smart, lovely Ming Lou, you!
And bam, he delivers Secretary Liu to the knife. Because he has made a recording of his own, recording the woman's "evil" plan against Tengtian that she spoke about a few moments ago. Yeah, oups, that's pretty damning... Secretary Liu is arrested on the spot and the gold is returned to the clear winner of this round.
Muahahahahaha. I love the Mings.
Seriously,woman, let it go.
Ugh. Why hasn't she been killed yet? Why are you making trouble for our beloved Mings???
At the Ming Mansion, all photos of Ming Tai have disappeared. Ming Jing is in uproar. Lone Wolf admits she put them away. Uhm, why?! She has to bring them back and the two maids put all the pictures back in order. Why is the Wolf staring at one with Ming Tai and Trainwreck on it? Oh no... She's monitoring Trainwreck and sees how she talks to Uncle Li.
Man, I really hate Lone Wolf so much.
Honestly, can we just beat him for being stupid?
Yes, I'm sure Kakashi would love to spank Hu Ge.
All is forgiven, my dearest faithful man.
That screenshot. Can't breathe. Wang Kai. You are so damn sexy it's not even funny.
Leave our boy alone!
Don't scold my hubby!
Dammit, I'm starting to like this weasel.
Funny that - how likable he's become.
OH, okay. Didn't see that coming.
*Hugs Kakashi for all the beautiful Ah Cheng screencaps*
Shit. Shit, shit, shit.
Oh man. I guess the show is going to end on a bang then, is it?
I am so impressed with Liang, I cannot even say anything. He is one of the characters we often laughed about - he did seem ridiculous in part - but he is also a character with a tremendous amount of character growth. That didn't come from nothing, of course, it's all Ah Cheng's hard work that has come to fruition! But still. Liang, I raise my glass to you: thank you for doing the right thing today.
I don't know that he did it because it was the right thing. I think he did it because he calculated that this is the side he needs to be on. I think that's a fresh calculation for him every time.
I think it's a bit of both. I think he's a very human character - on the weasly side for sure - but in many ways he was probably like many people involved in political conflicts, doing what he could to survive. I definitely liked him more by the end of the show than the beginning. Excellent acting on his part, that's for sure.
It's interesting that Ming Tai's character has been completely sidelined for the last few episodes. He is actually a burden to his two older brothers and it almost seems like the drama has run out of things to do with him. The blunder in this episode is again his fault - at least partially. It doesn't help the impression we get of Ming Tai, that's for sure; but it also reinforces the impression that the true main character is - and has always been - Ming Lou.
Well, he for sure is the disguised one, so that makes sense. But you are right - this drama turned out to be not about what I thought it would be about at all.
It's kind of too bad that Jin Dong doesn't seem to have won as many awards for this show as Hu Ge. I really and truly think that Ming Lou is the star of the show, but in a quiet, shadowy, hidden, disguised sort of way. His performance has been spectacular.