Episode 05 Recap

Zhong Yu Tang continues to pay off her debt to Ji Wen Kai. Ji Wen Kai asks Zhong Yu Tang to clean the swimming pool, Ji Wen Kai catches a severe cold after rescuing Zhong Yu Tang from falling into the swimming pool. The next evening, Ji Wen Kai has Zhong Yu Tang come over to make steak for him. He envisions Zhong Yu Tang cooking up Australian top sirloin steak and Zhong Yu Tang appreciating the gift he gives her for a job done well; however, the events don’t go as he envisions.

Refresh Man, Ep 05 Screenshot
Refresh Man, Ep 05 Screenshot

Ji Wen Kai messages Zhong Yu Tang to appear at his house at 6 am to clear leaves from his swimming pool. Zhong Yu Tang arrives tired, having worked through the night to get the proposal for Yours done by today. Her lack of sleep causes Zhong Yu Tang to fall into the pool. Ji Wen Kai quickly dives in to rescue her. She screams for help and struggles in the pool even as Ji Wen Kai has her in his hold. He repeatedly tells Zhong Yu Tang he’s got her. However, she keeps screaming for help. “Look at me!” Ji Wen Kai commands. Zhong Yu Tang stops struggling and looks at him. “I won’t let go,” Ji Wen Kai says. Zhong Yu Tang calms down. She relaxes and lets Ji Wen Kai take her out of the pool.

Ji Wen Kai dries Zhong Yu Tang at the sofa. The activity of sitting whilst feeling cold as Ji Wen Kai dries her hair has Zhong Yu Tang fall asleep on the spot. Ji Wen Kai brings her to the bed.

Zhong Yu Tang wakes up a few hours later. She finds a canister on the bedside with a note from Ji Wen Kai telling her to head to the doctor if she still felt unwell and to work if she felt fine. He also asks her to drink some ginger tea that’s in the canister—tea he made for her before he went to work.

Refresh Man, Ep 05 Screenshot
Refresh Man, Ep 05 Screenshot

Zhong Yu Tang recovers and is okay after a few hours of sleep. Ji Wen Kai, however, isn’t.

Throughout the day, Ji Wen Kai sneezes. When Zhong Yu Tang goes over to Ji Wen Kai’s place to make dinner for him, Ji Wen Kai complains of the food she made bland—even as she rectifies it by adding more salt. It is not until after dinner where Zhong Yu Tang is about to head home that Ji Wen Kai shows he has caught a severe cold. Zhong Yu Tang finds him in his bed, perspiring heavily and looking sick. She stays behind and takes care of Ji Wen Kai.

Refresh Man, Ep 05 Screenshot
Refresh Man, Ep 05 Screenshot

The evening after, Ji Wen Kai messages Zhong Yu Tang to make steak for him. This comes after an irritable start to the day when Zhong Yu Tang heads out in a rush after making him breakfast—forgetting to take the important puzzle that writes off her debt on the countertop—to go meet up with someone from Yours (Wang Zi Yu). He’s short-fused in meetings and finds Miao Ai Sha remaining beside him after her report irritating. His request for Zhong Yu Tang to come over to make him steak comes after Zhong Yu Tang gets informed by her colleagues that Ji Wen Kai had changed the deadline of Yours to two weeks—something that comes across to Zhong Yu Tang as Ji Wen Kai having simply decided on the whim, but was important information that was given to Ji Wen Kai at his meeting with Chairman Luo of Yours. Ji Wen Kai’s mood becomes better when Zhong Yu Tang hands over the ginger tea that she went out of her way to get for him. She gives it after she seeks Ji Wen Kai at the car parking lot, annoyed at him for shortening the deadline to complete the Yours project to two weeks instead of the three months he had initially given her.

Zhong Yu Tang’s gesture of buying him ginger tea has Ji Wen Kai show—what seems to be—his appreciation. It appears to be hidden behind his usual demanding ways: he messages Zhong Yu Tang whilst she’s out with Miao Ai Sha. He tells her to come over and make him steak in an hour. When Zhong Yu Tang acknowledges, he goes to a store selling items of various kinds to obtain squid slices (apparently, these are Zhong Yu Tang’s favourite foods to eat as we find out later). The squid slices takes him a lot of effort to obtain: he obtains it through many, many, many lucky draws.

Ji Wen Kai’s vision for how the night would play out is Zhong Yu Tang frying him an Australian top sirloin steak. She’d pleasantly respond to his question of whether it is Australian top sirloin steak with saying it is and that she went to many supermarkets looking for it before he would present her with the squid slices that she likes to eat as a reward for a job done well and she would be so happy that she’d go over to hug him. Zhong Yu Tang does present Ji Wen Kai with an Australian top sirloin steak; however, when he questions whether it is Australian top sirloin steak, Zhong Yu Tang is rude: she tells him to not eat it if he doesn’t believe her and that she got it at her family’s restaurant. She then mutters to herself how difficult a person he is with saying how is it that there could possibly be people like him who makes things difficult for people. The night also doesn’t go as planned when Zhong Yu Tang takes a call. Her pleasant voice that she uses towards the person on the other end (Wang Zi Yu) brings Ji Wen Kai to stuff the squid pieces he bought for Zhong Yu Tang into his mouth in annoyance. When Zhong Yu Tang finishes her call and returns back, she catches him. She calls Ji Wen Kai deliberately eating her favourite food to provoke her.

Ji Wen Kai and Wang Zi Yu contact Chairman Luo to give Zhong Yu Tang the opportunity to discuss about the possibility for a collaboration between Yours and Mei Mei.

Refresh Man, Ep 05 Screenshot
Refresh Man, Ep 05 Screenshot

Wang Zi Yu (Jack Lee)—a fellow secretary who first made acquaintance with Zhong Yu Tang at a secretary gathering and the man appearing before her at Reception at Yours—informs Zhong Yu Tang that the business card she gave him during their first encounter was handed to Chairman Luo of Yours. Ji Wen Kai also goes to Chairman Luo to talk about Zhong Yu Tang and the matter of a collaboration between Mei Mei and Yours.

Wang Zi Yu does better than Ji Wen Kai. At Wang Zi Yu’s next meetup with Zhong Yu Tang at an eatery, Wang Zi Yu reveals the little effort it took him to have Chairman Luo agree to help, telling Zhong Yu Tang Chairman Luo immediately agreed to help when he went to see him about it. Ji Wen Kai, however, gets told by Chairman Luo that he no longer handles the affairs of the factories and stores of the company nor does he handle relationships between clients. He has people in the company seeing to such things. Chairman Luo does give Ji Wen Kai some inside information, however: they are reviewing the company’s budget in two weeks’ time. Chairman Luo advices Ji Wen Kai this is the amount of time they have if they wish to hand in a proposal.

Zhong Yu Tang struggles to get a proper meeting with Head Secretary Zhang—the person in charge of Yours—to have a meeting about her proposal of a collaboration between Yours and Mei Mei. Head Secretary Zhang harbours harsh feelings towards Zhong Yu Tang for a rejection she gave him in the past.

Refresh Man, Ep 05 Screenshot
Refresh Man, Ep 05 Screenshot

The help Wang Zi Yu gives to Zhong Yu Tang results in Head Secretary Zhang (Kao Ying Hsuan) making contact with her over the phone—one where he indicates as having been forced to do so. In a roundabout way, Head Secretary Zhang tells Zhong Yu Tang the call from him may not have come had it not been an order from Chairman Luo. This explanation comes after Zhong Yu Tang believes his call was due to her looking for him at Yours earlier in the day.

The time that Head Secretary Zhang has for Zhong Yu Tang is just this call. He tells Zhong Yu Tang he does not have the spare time to have a meeting with her to talk about her proposal—with a schedule that’s simply much too full. Zhong Yu Tang says she will go to him whenever he has a spare moment. Head Secretary Zhang feels the idea to be not good; however, he may possibly have the time for a chat if she is able to make it to the secretary gathering that’s taking place tomorrow. Zhong Yu Tang feels it to be difficult, explaining that, as she is no longer a secretary, she won’t be able to attend. Head Secretary Zhang tells her he sees no other way. She should have a think about it. It’s up to her what she wants to do.

Zhong Yu Tang persists and takes the opportunity Head Secretary Zhang gives her. Where the secretary gathering is only for secretaries and she must obtain an invitation card to enter, she tries to figure out how to obtain that invitation card. Jiang Hui Xin comes to her aid: she tells Zhong Yu Tang she is able to make a copy of it if she is able to obtain the invitation card for the secretary gathering. Zhong Yu Tang contacts Miao Ai Sha for her invitation card. She brings it back for Jiang Hui Xin to copy. She succeeds to duplicate the invitation card exactly—except for the fluorescent watermark—to which Zhu Liang Yu finds on Miao Ai Sha’s invitation card after shining a light on it. It takes only a moment for Zhu Liang Yu to find a solution: he spots the bottles of nail polish on Jiang Hui Xin’s desk. He paints it onto the words with fluorescent watermark and the invitation card is an exact copy.

Refresh Man, Ep 05 Screenshot
Refresh Man, Ep 05 Screenshot

Zhong Yu Tang successfully enters the secretary gathering. However, Head Secretary Zhang is not genuine with offering his time. Two of Tianxi’s gossipy secretaries reveal Head Secretary Zhang is using the secretary gathering to humiliate Zhong Yu Tang. It takes place as soon as Zhong Yu Tang is allowed into the secretary gathering. Head Secretary Zhang tips his glass to have liquid spill onto his leather shoes as he talks about not having prepared better for her arrival, making it appear accidental. Head Secretary Zhang says it’s his favourite shoes and wonders if Zhong Yu Tang could help her wipe it. Zhong Yu Tang is taken aback by the request, but does see to the request. She wipes his shoe dry in front of a crowd holding phone cameras capturing her wiping.

Head Secretary Zhang indicates the rejection is the reason she is having this hard time getting him to help her: going up to Zhong Yu Tang’s ear, he tells her the matter she’s wishing him to resolve would have been resolved had she allowed him to chase after her. He orders security to not let anyone not on the list in. For a short while, Zhong Yu Tang struggles to provide the security guard’s request for her name when the security guard kindly asks Zhong Yu Tang for her name. Zhong Yu Tang is then saved. Wang Zi Yu appears and asks Zhong Yu Tang if he could invite her to be his female companion.

Zhong Yu Tang enters into the secretary gathering. However, she gets no where with Head Secretary Zhang when he tells her that it’s a place to be happy and talking about work is spoiling the atmosphere. She gets an unwanted hand from him placed on her bare shoulder.

As this takes place, Ji Wen Kai enters into the gathering. He leaves Miao Ai Sha sitting at a restaurant waiting for him to show up to celebrate her birthday with her. He frantically searches for Zhong Yu Tang in the dimly lit room after coming across the knowledge of Head Secretary Zhang’s plan to humiliate Zhong Yu Tang earlier in the day when he overheared two gossipy secretaries talking about it.

Thoughts

Quite a random episode Episode 5 was. It felt like not a lot happened in this episode even with the many disconnected plots. It was Zhong Yu Tang struggling to get the meeting with Head Secretary Zhang, introduction of a love rival and Zhong Yu Tang continuing to pay her debt to Ji Wen Kai.

There were a few scenes for Miao Ai Sha. A lot of them were rather minor; but, they slowly show her like towards Ji Wen Kai.

Refresh Man, Ep 05 Screenshot
Refresh Man, Ep 05 Screenshot
Refresh Man, Ep 05 Screenshot
Refresh Man, Ep 05 Screenshot

There was the small scene where Miao Ai Sha talks to Zhong Yu Tang about how Ji Wen Kai is a good person and that a misunderstanding may exist between her and Ji Wen Kai. There were scenes focusing on Miao Ai Sha’s evening dinner with Ji Wen Kai to celebrate her birthday. We wonder if Ji Wen Kai will make it or completely forget. We’re thinking he won’t make it.

There was also that scene where Zhong Yu Tang goes to Ji Wen Kai’s office to bring him the cell phone he left by the bedside table in his room and Miao Ai Sha was there to hear Zhong Yu Tang had slept in Ji Wen Kai’s bed. Miao Ai Sha had a shocked expression when Ji Wen Kai said, “My bed was that good to sleep in that you only come in now.”

In this scene, we also hear Ji Wen Kai tell Zhong Yu Tang off for not separating work from personal matters. But we’re thinking how strange he said that when he failed to separate work from personal with those words about his bed being so comfortable that Zhong Yu Tang was only coming into work now. It comes after Ji Wen Kai being fine when Zhong Yu Tang thanked him for the ginger tea. He told her off when Zhong Yu Tang hands him his phone that he left at home. We can only think that Ji Wen Kai must have just realised Miao Ai Sha was there hearing all this talk about things happening outside of work with Zhong Yu Tang and he was trying to explain the situation to Miao Ai Sha—that everything Miso Ai Sha is hearing is just because Zhong Yu Tang is his housemaid. Otherwise, why tell Zhong Yu Tang for helping him bring his cell phone when his comment about his bed being so comfortable is mentioning a matter that is more of a private one?

We were indifferent to the swimming pool scene that showed Ji Wen Kai calming down Zhong Yu Tang. We think the scene wanted to show Ji Wen Kai as caring a whole lot about Zhong Yu Tang. The scene goes from normal time to slow motion with Ji Wen Kai’s voice telling Zhong Yu Tang he won’t let her go fading into the background to have a soundtrack coming in. But, it felt a little bit like an insert scene for the sake of more fluff scenes. It didn’t go well with us.

But we did like the scene where Ji Wen Kai grabs Zhong Yu Tang’s hand as he sleeps. Ji Wen Kai has a cute personality. That scene added to his cuteness!

Ji Wen Kai is made to be inferior to the new character, Wang Zi Yu. Ji Wen Kai was only able to get information from Chairman Luo and no help from him. But Wang Zi Yu, he could get Chairman Luo to hand down an order to Head Secretary Zhang to have a meeting with Zhong Yu Tang. It’s odd how Chairman Luo says Zhong Yu Tang has been mentioned by another after looking at Zhong Yu Tang’s business card Ji Wen Kai gives to him, but he doesn’t say anything about it nor does Ji Wen Kai question Chairman Luo about where Chairman Luo heard Zhong Yu Tang’s name. Chairman Luo should gather very quickly the reason Ji Wen Kai wanted to meet him as soon as he sees Zhong Yu Tang’s business card. So, what we would expect Chairman Luo to do is immediately tell Ji Wen Kai he doesn’t need to ask him for this favour because he’s already on it.

We’re not sure about the jealousy that’s starting to show in Ji Wen Kai because of Wang Zi Yu. We’re not sure about how interesting it will get. We feel like there might be no room for Wang Zi Yu to come in to be an interesting threat to Ji Wen Kai. The entertainment factor might not be very good when Ji Wen Kai and Zhong Yu Tang are already looking hard to break apart with Ji Wen Kai always getting Zhong Yu Tang’s attention because he annoys her. Zhong Yu Tang’s competitive nature will mean her thoughts will be on Ji Wen Kai and how to win him a lot of the time. Not only that, Ji Wen Kai is actually not as mean as Zhong Yu Tang thinks he is. We can see that. Zhong Yu Tang simply needs to see this, too. We expect for her to realise this after some time butting heads with him has her see his care for her. At this moment, we don’t think there is a development that would make Wang Zi Yu’s love rival status interesting. But, it is still early. He just appeared. So, we’ll wait to see what comes from the character’s entrance into the story.

With the story, we’re not sure about what’s coming next. The progress of the main plot has been small. But what we hope to see in the later episodes is some focus on the members of Sales Team 3. So far, we’ve only seen Huang Jia Yin. The others haven’t really made an appearance. Even the supposedly second male lead character, Chen You Rui, hasn’t made much of an appearance. Now that Wang Zi Yu has appeared, we’re not sure what Chen You Rui’s role is. He’s not looking like a second male lead at all—not when it comes to the romance plot. Wang Zi Yu looks to be filling that role. All of the characters in Sales Team 3 are interesting and we wouldn’t mind seeing situations surrounding them.

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