Episode 10 Recap
Wang Zi Yu’s attentiveness towards Zhong Yu Tang continues in the meeting Sales Team 3 has to present their design idea for the packaging of their new Mei Mei beautifying soap product. Ji Wen Kai is slapped with the sight of Wang Zi Yu showing concern towards Zhong Yu Tang’s cough that suddenly erupts throughout the room and momentarily halts Zhu Liang Yu in his presentation and directs attention from around the table to her. After Zhong Yu Tang indicates to everyone she is okay and for them to resume, with furious eyes, Ji Wen Kai watches the sight of Wang Zi Yu offering Zhong Yu Tang a throat lozenge he had brought along with him and Zhong Yu Tang accepting the lozenge gratefully after Wang Zi Yu says he will just buy more. Ji Wen Kai looks away and takes a sip from his mug when she catches him.
After the meeting, back at the Sales Team 3 office, Meng He mentioning her noticing their CEO having not given his thoughts on their idea for the packaging design, Zhong Yu Tang sends a message to Ji Wen Kai, asking for his thoughts on their packaging design. Ji Wen Kai initially thought to reply back, believing it’s Zhong Yu Tang finding the tension between them hard to stand now. However, when Zhong Yu Tang sends a second message and mentions Wang Zi Yu having giving his positive thoughts on their packaging design, Ji Wen Kai decides to leave her messages without a reply.
Ji Wen Kai spends no extra moment in the meeting he has with Sales Team 3 at their office, either. The moment Zhong Yu Tang finishes explaining where the team has chosen to conduct their blind tests and a plan to get in touch with a quality spa facility, Ji Wen Kai immediately claps, deems the plan to be very good, gets up then dismisses the meeting and exits.
It’s the same outside of work. Ji Wen Kai attempts to dash away from Zhong Yu Tang outside her father’s eatery when Zhong Yu Tang comes walking in from the direction behind him. He gets caught by Zhong Yu Tang, however. The encounter brings Zhong Yu Tang to call him odd and confusing when, after Zhong Yu Tang asks Ji Wen Kai why he was at their eatery (Ji Wen Kai simply tells Zhong Yu Tang it’s that he’s the creditor and he is allowed to visit this private spa resort of his), Ji Wen Kai says to Zhong Yu Tang she lacks the perseverance in settling their debt with not coming to his place to clean. She’s simply obeying his instruction of not coming by his place to clean for a period of time. Ji Wen Kai dashes off after he criticises her for listening to him and indicate that she should come even if he says not to.
He appears to be less irritated around Zhong Yu Tang after this encounter when during their next encounter at the public foyer area of their workplace, as Sales Team 3 set out to carry out their blind tests outside a convenience store and at a hypermarket, as well as make connections with a quality spa facility, Ji Wen Kai gives a lengthier response to Meng He reporting her team to be heading out to do their blind tests. “You’ve worked hard. I’m handing Mei Mei over to you now,” he says in a calm and professional manner before he leaves in a (somewhat) normal and usual manner.
When the blind tests begin, Ji Wen Kai seems to no longer be irritated with Zhong Yu Tang when he is seen at the hypermarket Zhong Yu Tang was carrying out the blind tests with Meng He and Wang Zi Yu. We see him (and Miao Ai Sha) make a move to head over to Zhong Yu Tang and the others, but stops when he finds Wang Zi Yu helping Zhong Yu Tang hold her long hair to keep it out of her way; and then helping her tie it up with the hair tie that has been irritating him. The sight returns him to being irritated. He turns around and leaves.
Though Ji Wen Kai has been appearing evasive, brief and irritated before Zhong Yu Tang and out of her sight, he has been visiting her father’s eatery and helping to translate the lesson on making omurice Zhong Yu Tang’s father was receiving from a Japanese chef. The Japanese chef is someone Ji Wen Kai brought in to seemingly help Zhong Yu Tang’s father make the omurice Zhong Yu Tang’s father has been struggling to make well enough to keep his eatery afloat that resulted in Ji Wen Kai becoming their creditor. A subsequent visit to the eatery, Ji Wen Kai hears from Zhong Yu Tang’s father his success of making an omurice that the Japanese chef deems tasty. Prior to this, Zhong Yu Tang had also tried one of her father’s omurice—a semi-completed dish she had tried. Zhong Yu Tang also praised him on his semi-completed omurice dish.
Miao Ai Sha notices every one of Ji Wen Kai’s bad-temperedness. She noticed it in the meeting where Sales Team 3 presented their design idea for the packaging of the new Mei Mei; and she saw Ji Wen Kai’s annoyance at the scene of Wang Zi Yu helping Zhong Yu Tang tie her hair at the hypermarket. Miao Ai Sha comes to help Ji Wen Kai with his problem with Zhong Yu Tang. She sets up a dinner reservation at a restaurant for Ji Wen Kai and Zhong Yu Tang. This occurs after Miao Ai Sha confesses to Ji Wen Kai.
The confession comes to take place after Chairman Huang had wondered about Ji Wen Kai’s relationship with Miao Ai Sha. Chairman Huang appears to be a long-time partner in business of Ji Wen Kai’s. Ji Wen Kai and Miao Ai Sha had met up with Chairman Huang after their trip to the hypermarket. They first discussed about their collaboration then talked about a global exhibition that apparently was taking place soon in Singapore—one that Chairman Huang reminded Ji Wen Kai to put a participant forward for. The question Chairman Huang asked Ji Wen Kai was why he has not progressed his relationship with Miao Ai Sha from work partners to life partners. Chairman Huang saw Miao Ai Sha as a capable woman who loyally follows him wherever he goes. Ji Wen Kai’s response to Chairman Huang’s curiosity was that Miao Ai Sha and he were simply boss and subordinate.
When Ji Wen Kai and Miao Ai Sha are back at Ji Wen Kai’s office, Ji Wen Kai asks Miao Ai Sha to not take what Chairman Huang said to heart. Miao Ai Sha’s response is that she knows Chairman Huang is just someone who loves to joke. Ji Wen Kai seem to feel the need to address the matter further, appearing to want to make sure their relationship is clearly defined when he tells Miao Ai Sha that he has been overlooking big and small misunderstandings he’s created between them in the past. He apologises for them now and asks for her to not take them to heart.
Ji Wen Kai becomes shocked when a moment passing, walking in the direction of his desk, he finds Miao Ai Sha wrapping her arms around his body from behind and head leaning against his back. Miao Ai Sha apologises for her actions then asks for him to remain like this and listen to her say a few words. She tells him, “I have not felt the least bit wronged. I’m very lucky because I’m able to work with the one I like. You don’t need to be sorry. Actually, I’m very selfish. Every time someone says something like this, I never deny it. I even pretend there is something going on between us. Kelvin, I really… really like you a lot.”
Ji Wen Kai doesn’t know how to respond. His response isn’t necessary, however. Miao Ai Sha seem to be well-aware of his feelings and knows the situation well. She removes herself from him. He doesn’t need to say anything. She can sense she didn’t make his heart suddenly beat. She goes to tell him she is satisfied. Taking care of her, prioritising her and treating her like family—that’s enough for her.
Miao Ai Sha moves the topic onto Ji Wen Kai’s feelings after expressing proudness of having confessed—one that is allowing her to go about things with no ill-feelings towards him and be able to continue getting along with him. She asks Ji Wen Kai whether he was going to continue to be in a cold war with Zhong Yu Tang. She tells him to express his feelings to her; don’t be a Refresh Man in love like herself and progress forward. Ji Wen Kai seems to be not ready to do that yet when he tells Miao Ai Sha that he knows her suggestions have been on target all these years; however, he wants to let things be. He asks Miao Ai Sha to let him off and not talk about the matter for the moment. Miao Ai Sha yields to his request. However, she asks him to have a meal with her in the evening. Ji Wen Kai agrees.
This evening meal Miao Ai Sha asks Ji Wen Kai to accompany her in is Miao Ai Sha’s plan to help Ji Wen Kai with his problem with Zhong Yu Tang. Both Ji Wen Kai and Zhong Yu Tang are surprised when they find the other at the restaurant Miao Ai Sha invited them to be at. Ji Wen Kai catches onto what’s going on very quickly, however. He asks Zhong Yu Tang to take a seat.
The atmosphere between Zhong Yu Tang is something like comfortable yet awkward. They sit in silence. There are a couple brief glances up to the other, but it’s often head down towards their plate of food below them. Ji Wen Kai and Zhong Yu Tang then choose to reach for a bun in a basket between them at the same time. They bump fingers. Both give way. Ji Wen Kai is stronger in his wish for Zhong Yu Tang to take a bun first. Zhong Yu Tang going to take a bun from the basket, however, brings Ji Wen Kai to become irritated again when Zhong Yu Tang notices her hair close to touching the food on her plate below and she slips Wang Zi Yu’s hair tie off of her wrist and uses it to tie her hair up. Ji Wen Kai shoves a couple mouthfuls of salad into his mouth. The angry eating has his mouth speckled with dressing, bringing Zhong Yu Tang to chuckle before helping him wipe it off and commenting about how he still eats like a child.
Conversation between Zhong Yu Tang and Ji Wen Kai begins. Zhong Yu Tang begin an attempt to clear up the situation between them. She begins expressing her want for things to be like the high school days where everything is said out straightforwardly and not be like they are now where nothing is straightforwardly said when they fight. When Ji Wen Kai asks what wasn’t said straightforwardly, she speaks about having thought through the situation many times and tried understanding the reason to why he got so angry that night they fought. When Ji Wen Kai doesn’t respond and remains silent, Zhong Yu Tang directly asks Ji Wen Kai about the many questions she had been curious about. She asks him about the situations of Di Shi Kang, Yours and Ping-jie, Shinway and the squid pieces. She asks him about those actions of his that seem to be revenge, but appear like help, care and protection.
The response Zhong Yu Tang gets is one that frustrates her: why didn’t she listen to him when he told her she looked better with her hair down; why did she stubbornly continued to keep her hair up? It’s a clue to the answer to all of Zhong Yu Tang’s question, but Zhong Yu Tang only saw the response as totally unrelated. Ji Wen Kai’s constant concern with whether her hair was up or down brings Zhong Yu Tang to angrily pull the hair tie off and ask him why he cared about whether it was tied up or not.
Not a word of clarification from Ji Wen Kai, Zhong Yu Tang figures it out herself. It only takes her looking down at the hair tie in her hand for her to realise the answer. “You can’t possibly be angry about this hair tie Zi Yu gave me.” Ji Wen Kai’s silence seem to be a confirmation for Zhong Yu Tang when she points the fault to be on Ji Wen Kai: he was the one who brought Wang Zi Yu to work with her by bringing him in to listen to her presentation; he was the one who helped with the collaboration between Shinway and Mei Mei. She then appears to make him see how absurd he has been: she asks Ji Wen Kai if it meant Wang Zi Yu liked her just because he gave her a gift and she liked Wang Zi Yu just because she used it. When Ji Wen Kai provides her a smart-alec response of saying the answer to the former question is clear, but the latter she’d need to ask herself, Zhong Yu Tang uses his gift of a bracelet to Miao Ai Sha to make her case. The bracelet was a birthday gift, Ji Wen Kai responds. Zhong Yu Tang asks him if it’s that Miao Ai Sha liked him just because she’s wearing it. Ji Wen Kai doesn’t reveal to Zhong Yu Tang she fails to make her case with this question. He just snaps back, asking Zhong Yu Tang what business it was of hers asking this. Zhong Yu Tang fires the question back at him, asking him what Wang Zi Yu and her have anything to do with him.
Zhong Yu Tang gives up on finding the answer that she saw Ji Wen Kai as intentionally avoiding. She tells Ji Wen Kai she won’t ask about it again and leaves him.
In this time that Zhong Yu Tang tries to gain answers from Ji Wen Kai for his actions and moodiness, Miao Ai Sha has been talking to Wang Zi Yu. She had bumped into him after leaving Ji Wen Kai’s office, at the entrance of Tianxi, standing and waiting for Zhong Yu Tang. After Miao Ai Sha had informed Wang Zi Yu Zhong Yu Tang had left for a dinner gathering, she asked Wang Zi Yu to give her a ride. They come to have a talk at a walkway underneath a bridge by the riverside—a location Miao Ai Sha reveals to Wang Zi Yu to be her secret spot.
In this conversation, Miao Ai Sha talks about the bracelet that represented how suitable she is for Ji Wen Kai. She tells Wang Zi Yu she likes the bracelet a lot and hopes she’s able to continue wearing it. Wang Zi Yu says it suits her. Miao Ai Sha shakes her head. She takes the bracelet off and brings it to dangle over her fingers. She looks at it for a moment before she throws it into the river. Wang Zi Yu is surprised. Miao Ai Sha explains it’s that things that seem to suit you doesn’t belong to you at all; and if one isn’t careful, one can lose them. A person can try to keep them, but not necessarily will they stay. She throws them out whilst the pain is still bearable, she adds.
Wang Zi Yu, however, sees things differently from Miao Ai Sha. He doesn’t believe there are people who suit each other completely. Putting things right can fix problems that exist. He doesn’t see giving up as the best choice as Miao Ai Sha had seen giving up as.
Their conversation ends with Miao Ai Sha thanking Wang Zi Yu for accompanying her and Wang Zi Yu thanking Miao Ai Sha for giving him the opportunity to have a relaxing walk by the riverside. He hopes they will be able to become great friends who can have a sincere chat in the future. “It’ll depend on fate,” Miao Ai Sha responds with a smile before leaving. Wang Zi Yu looks on as she leaves.
The results of the blind tests for Mei Mei brings in great results. But, they meet an obstacle. Chairman Wang of Shinway Biotechnologies, Wang Zi Yu’s father, isn’t happy the collaboration went through without his agreement. The collaboration between Shinway and Mei Mei is told to be one Wang Zi Yu approved, himself. Chairman Wang’s dissatisfaction is with an inferior product using their company’s valuable egg shell extract, devaluing the egg shell extract with its use in Mei Mei.
Wang Zi Yu attempts to show his father his decision for agreeing to allow their egg shell extract be used in Mei Mei was a correct one with the report of their blind test study, but his father doesn’t give the report an ounce of his time, waving it off. When Zhong Yu Tang tries to defend Wang Zi Yu’s decision as the right one, Chairman Wang only sees her as a person who is able to speak well when he hears her explain with the example of two products such as a cake and a steamed bun. They both uses the ingredient of flour. However, the two products are neither the same nor have the same target group. He hears Zhong Yu Tang say that they simply need to develop the product with a value all will accept and finishing off with with telling him that there is a possibility his company’s profits will increase with a possibility of Mei Mei being in every household.
Ji Wen Kai also comes into the meeting, attempting to change Chairman Wang’s mind. He tells Chairman Wang he supports the Mei Mei product, finds it to be a product consumers will definitely use and a product that consumers will realise its value once they use it. Ji Wen Kai tells Chairman Wang he feels the sales of the product will increase exponentially and dares to guarantee the success of Mei Mei because he believes in Sales Team 3. He asks for Chairman Wang to believe in Wang Zi Yu. Chairman Wang doesn’t wish to agree, however. He explains that their contract with Tianxi was a collaboration of skills not an endorsement of Mei Mei. He won’t change his mind.
Sales Team 3 head back to their office. They are deflated after their failure to convince Chairman Wang and wonder if their product was down and out even before it began. Ji Wen Kai comes in and finds the willpower to continue of Sales Team 3 much too low. “What is it? A little setback and you’re giving up?” he says to them. He then goes to each of the Sales Team 3 members and gives them each a pep talk. He tells Meng He she’s been at the company since the beginning and has seen and overcome many problems. He asks her if it’s that a little bit of wind and rain directed at her ship can overturn her entire ship. He goes to Zhu Liang Yu next. He asks him what he’d do if he was the main character of his book. Huang Jia Xin: he reminds her of her former title of Sales Queen who had a command over those men in Sales Team 1 and asks if she can concede so easily to them. To Jiang Hui Xin: Ji Wen Kai tells her those parties she attends, he feels there are people there who can help her out with her problems. And Chen You Rui: he reminds him he is a Sales King before being put in Sales Team 3. The way he handled the Australian tourists and wealthy ladies, Ji Wen Kai wants him to bring it all out for him.
Ji Wen Kai then turns to Zhong Yu Tang. “Zhong Yu Tang, I’ll say a few of my words from the past. Don’t let me underestimate you. Don’t let me down. Do you have the determination to disregard all difficulties? Let Mei Mei go on the shelves without a hitch.” Where Zhong Yu Tang stood slightly turned away, she turns and fully faces Ji Wen Kai. Confidently, she responds, “Of course I can do it.”
Ji Wen Kai lets a pleased smile show on his lips upon hearing the confidence in Zhong Yu Tang’s tone. He turns back to the rest of the team and asks them all if they can do it. “We can do it.” He’s not convinced with the quiet tone. “I can’t hear you,” Ji Wen Kai says. “Sales Team 3 can definitely do it!”
It’s a mission to find Chairman Wang and convince him. Meng He briefs her Sales Team 3 members on some information on the chairman before they head to three locations that Chairman Wang frequents. Zhu Liang Yu and Jiang Hui Xin head to the boxing facility; Chen You Rui and Huang Jia Yin heads to a brand bag store where Chairman Wang is known to go there to buy bags for his wife; and Zhong Yu Tang is designated outside a spa facility. Zhu Liang Yu is asked to have a bout with Chairman Wang in the boxing ring. He loses and doesn’t succeed in changing Chairman Wang’s mind. It’s not success for Chen You Rui and Huang Jia Yin, either, when Chen You Rui fails to convince Chairman Wang to allow him the time to have a talk with him after Chen You Rui manages to change one of the sales assistant’s mind to allowing Chairman Wang to have the remaining limited edition bag his wife liked.
And Zhong Yu Tang, we see her sitting and waiting from day to night. A car pulls up to the entrance sometime in the night. She goes up to see if the car belonged to Chairman Wang. It isn’t. She continues to sit in the cold waiting. She isn’t waiting and staking out alone, however. Ji Wen Kai is inconspicuously hidden behind a wall of a building some distance away. He provided her a cup of hot drink and a bowl of food that Zhong Yu Tang suddenly finds on the place she waits. These come with notes joking the items of food are not from Wang Zi Yu. A message sent to her phone from Ji Wen Kai telling her the period of time has passed and his house is a mess brings Zhong Yu Tang to Ji Wen Kai’s house to clean the next morning. There, Zhong Yu Tang receives the gift he had thrown in the trash the last time she came by cleaning—a hair tie.
That ending was rather fun! After the fight, it was nice to see Ji Wen Kai and Zhong Yu Tang back to their normal selves. It was cool how Ji Wen Kai spoke to her through the sticky notes and with the whole ‘Auntie’ thing. It’s nice to see them not bickering.
The fight between Ji Wen Kai and Zhong Yu Tang, we liked how it was resolved. There wasn’t much of a dramatic aftermath. Ji Wen Kai was brief at times, but it fit in with the CEO character, so we didn’t feel like anything changed. During the dinner scene, he talked back and was smart with his responses, but it also fit in with his character. Ji Wen Kai was just a little bit more moody, but not so much that it changed the atmosphere between the two. It was great.
The whole hair tie thing that made Ji Wen Kai so annoyed at Zhong Yu Tang for, how Zhong Yu Tang said a person giving a gift to someone doesn’t necessarily mean they like the person, thinking about Ji Wen Kai’s gift of a bracelet to Miao Ai Sha, his gift should really create much more of a misunderstanding than Wang Zi Yu’s hair tie. A guy giving jewellery seems to suggest more than a hair tie. That was the point for the bracelet, maybe. Ji Wen Kai does things that he doesn’t even know gives a different meaning to what he meant by the action—just like the misunderstandings he’s been creating for Zhong Yu Tang. The things he does for Zhong Yu Tang is wanting her to be better and because he likes her; but, it comes off as him being revengeful or being difficult. The misunderstanding is no longer there, we’d imagine. We’d imagine Zhong Yu Tang is a little more sure of what Ji Wen Kai’s actions mean—that they are for her benefit and maybe have an ounce of a clue that maybe he likes her after her talk with Miao Ai Sha. Maybe.
We love that even though Ji Wen Kai was acting like he didn’t want to be anywhere near Zhong Yu Tang, we see him do really nice things for her, like helping her with her father’s omelette eatery. He really is such a very awesome person! We can’t wait to hear them say that their eatery is starting to become busy; and maybe we’ll also get to see Zhong Yu Tang know the fact of Ji Wen Kai having helped improve their omurice as well!
How lovely was it to see Ji Wen Kai back up Wang Zi Yu like that in the meeting with Chairman Wang. We know Ji Wen Kai is very professional and doesn’t let personal feelings get in the way of business, but that was so nice to see after seeing how much irritation he showed every time Wang Zi Yu’s name came out of Zhong Yu Tang’s lips!
And what a sweet scene that followed the meeting with Chairman Wang where Ji Wen Kai gives a pep talk to Sales Team 3. That smile he slowly gives Zhong Yu Tang after her peep talk, so cool. It’s the first time he smiled like that, we think. So far, all smiles Ji Wen Kai had given to Zhong Yu Tang were smirky or playful smiles. We saw this moment to be the one that said the two were alright again. Such a small but sweet scene between them. It was also cool that Zhong Yu Tang returns him a cute one, too! Ji Wen Kai smiled one more time in that scene. So super sweet! LOVE.
Miao Ai Sha! We didn’t see the scene coming at all! Miao Ai Sha suddenly going to Ji Wen Kai and hugging him from behind was a surprise! We liked it, though. She finally confessed to Ji Wen Kai! She is so sweet and level-headed that it makes us want Ji Wen Kai to like her. But we do think that out of Miao Ai Sha and Zhong Yu Tang, Zhong Yu Tang’s personality fit Ji Wen Kai more. Ji Wen Kai has this playfulness and cheekiness about him. Miao Ai Sha is quite proper. She appears very perfect and mature. Ji Wen Kai does have the CEO aura about him that sometimes has him appear quite stoic and perfect. But, he doesn’t come across as too stoic or perfect. He also expresses and shows what he’s thinking and feeling. So far, it’s been in a rather childish way!
Miao Ai Sha is a character that has a similar feel to Wang Zi Yu. They are polite, well-mannered and doesn’t let too much of their emotions out. Maybe that’s why we were seeing that scene between them by the riverside. Is the show hinting that it’s these two that are going to be paired up together because, besides the main plot of the blind test and Ji Wen Kai and Zhong Yu Tang’s fight, there seems to be a theme of possible couples in this episode. For the blind test and the mission to track down and convince Chairman Wang, we saw pairings of Chen You Rui and Huang Jia Yin and Zhu Liang Yu and Jiang Hui Xin. We’ll have to wait and see what the plans are for these pairings.
The whole situation with Chairman Wang not agreeing to letting Mei Mei use it, did Sales Team 1 have something to do with it? Chairman Wang said the same thing as Manager Jia of Sales Team 1! When Zhong Yu Tang argued that using the same ingredient in Mei Mei and another product doesn’t mean they are the same product—we totally agree! A cake isn’t the same as a steamed bun just because it uses the same ingredient. Even though in the end Chairman Wang was still unwilling to change his mind, it was cool seeing him being stumped by that argument of Zhong Yu Tang’s!
Everything that went on in this episode went by so well. The things that got resolved were resolved in a satisfying way. Definitely a lot of great things going on in this episode. And there was a lot! LOVE!