Final episode of The Perfect Match. It continues with Wei Fen Qing and Huo Ting En being separated—separated by the misunderstanding they have of the actions of the other. It’s the only thing stopping the two having a happily-ever-after with all other obstacles cleared for them.
Episode 22 Recap
Seeing her daughter unhappy, Wei Fen Qing’s mum decides to forget the past grievances with the Huo family and allow Wei Fen Qing to be with Huo Ting En. Wei Fen Qing’s mum lies to Wei Fen Qing about the events of the past that she believes is the obstacle between them. She tells Wei Fen Qing the recipe was developed by her dad and also Huo Ting En’s stepfather. The reason Huo Ting En’s stepfather had the notes is because he wrote them down. The car accident occurred because her dad chased a robber on his way to invest in Yanis. Her dad had also given Huo Ting En’s stepfather the notes before he passed away.
Ah Wei realises Huo Ting En has given up a lot for Wei Fen Qing when he overhears Huo Ting En’s conversation with Peng Xiao Bin about Huo Ting En having overheard Wei Fen Qing’s mum’s conversation with Wei Fen Qing about not allowing the two to be together. Huo Ting En didn’t want to put Wei Fen Qing in a difficult situation.
With Wei Fen Qing’s mum no longer against Wei Fen Qing and Huo Ting En being together and Ah Wei seeing Huo Ting En a good person, the misunderstanding between Huo Ting En and Wei Fen Qing is the only thing getting in the way of them being together.
Wei Fen Qing thinks Huo Ting En doesn’t want to see her. A third visit to where she had found Huo Ting En’s food truck, she finds it’s no longer situated there anymore. This has Wei Fen Qing believe she had overthought the secret message she had believed Huo Ting En had sent her when she went to buy his curry sandwich from his food truck. The pottles of seasoning grouped in 5319 wasn’t his message saying “My heart remains the same” or “I still love you” when he grouped five pottles of seasonings labelled, 5,1,9,2,0, on his preparation table.
Huo Ting En thinks Wei Fen Qing doesn’t want to have anything to do with him.
A male stranger calls Peng Xiao Bin’s phone to let him know he had found Huo Ting En’s phone that Huo Ting En didn’t know was missing until the call. This stranger informs Peng Xiao Bin the woman in the picture on his phone—that is, Wei Fen Qing—was not willing to make the call to return the phone.
Huo Ting En also thinks Wei Fen Qing is doing well with Ah Wei when he sees her happy with Ah Wei at their night market stall.
Ah Wei sues Huo Ting En for his curry sandwich resembling the one Wei Fen Qing created. It seems to be a method to bring Wei Fen Qing and Huo Ting En together to clear the misunderstanding between them. We see Wei Fen Qing get answers to Huo Ting En’s confusing behaviour of sending her a secret message of “I still love you” with his pottles of seasoning and his contradictory behaviour of hiding from her when the lawyer asks Huo Ting En about the recipe that both Wei Fen Qing and Huo Ting En had rights to.
Wei Fen Qing’s Lawyer:
Mr. Huo, tell me: selling this Jiamei Chicken, is it not to force Miss Wei to come out and see you? Can you tell me your true motive?
Huo Ting En denies wishing to have Wei Fen Qing come see him. He simply wished to express his feelings. Wei Fen Qing isn’t satisfied with the answer.
Wei Fen Qing:
You clearly said you didn’t want to see me. Why, then, did you use a secret signal to tell me 51920 (I still love you/I have loved you all this time)?
Huo Ting En:
That’s because… the person who couldn’t let go of you is me. Okay. I did wrong. Mr. Lawyer, what you said is right. I did this because I have some remaining feelings towards Miss Wei Fen Qing. I hoped, I hoped and maybe expected that one day she’d come eat, know about the feelings I have towards her and come and look for me.”
Huo Ting En lets Wei Fen Qing know why he hasn’t looked for her when Wei Fen Qing asked why it had to be her who looks for him.
Huo Ting En:
“I know my dad was the one who killed your father. Also, your mum said she didn’t want us to be together and won’t accept us being together. I overheard it at your house. So I didn’t want you to be stuck between choosing me or your mum. I didn’t want you to be in a difficult position. I didn’t want you to be hurt.”
Wei Fen Qing still asks Huo Ting En why he hadn’t looked for her because she feels Huo Ting En should know about the fact of this incident between her dad and his stepfather being a misunderstanding.
Wei Fen Qing:
“My mum already said it. It was a misunderstanding. Your dad didn’t cause the death of my dad. Didn’t I tell Little Xiao Bin to tell you? Why didn’t you come back and look for me?”
Huo Ting En:
“Why go back and look for you? The person who said I will leave is me. Why would I go back and look for you? Who knows if you’re doing well now or not? Maybe you’re used to being by yourself or maybe you already have someone at your side. Maybe it’s Ah Wei or something like that. That’s right. Maybe you’re doing really well with him. So, why would I come and look for you?”
Ah Wei and Peng Xiao Bin together work to help bring Wei Fen Qing and Huo Ting En together.
Ah Wei tells Wei Fen Qing his birthday wish.
“I wish that Wei Fen Qing can happily and blissfully spend the rest of her life with Huo Ting En. I hope that these two people who are so in love with each other is able to know that this fate is hard to come by. I hope these two people who love each other so much won’t miss out on each other anymore and won’t have anymore regrets.”
Ah Wei also tells Wei Fen Qing that she can be the one to look for Huo Ting En.
“If he won’t come look for you, we can go look for him. Who said guys have to be the one to make the first move? Isn’t that right?”
Meanwhile, Peng Xiao Bin makes Huo Ting En see that his longing to belong to a family is where Wei Fen Qing is. He also makes Huo Ting En understand he needs to change himself just as Wei Fen Qing has done for him.
Peng Xiao Bin:
“Have you ever thought that she has changed herself for you? Have you changed yourself for her? You haven’t. I know the difficult road Wei Fen Qing went on. What about you?”
Peng Xiao Bin asks Huo Ting En to have more courage, let go of his pride and allow himself a chance to obtain happiness.
Ah Wei and Peng Xiao Bin’s efforts bring Wei Fen Qing and Huo Ting En to run across town and meet each other. Wei Fen Qing speak as though it’s her first meeting with Huo Ting En. She refers to Huo Ting En as Huo Ting En—the person who operates a food truck version of her The 1st Shop of Curry restaurant and the one who copied her coronation chicken recipe. She asks Huo Ting En to allow her seven days to have his dish lose to her dish because she has heard his curry chicken is as good as her coronation chicken.
The mention of seven days, Huo Ting En asks Wei Fen Qing to allow him seven days to win her back.
Huo Ting En:
“Seven days. Chairman, please also give me seven days. Give me a chance to win you back. I realise I was wrong. I shouldn’t have left you alone. I was so selfish. What happened in the last generation has nothing to do with us. I’m sorry. It was my ego that caused all the trouble.”
“On the first day I came to know you, you had already completed me. You’ve made my life complete. I’m sorry. Give me a chance. Just me one more chance to let me win you back.”
Wei Fen Qing:
“You spoke too many words. There’s no need for seven days. I can agree to it now.”
The end of The Perfect Match!
We find we’re again indifferent to this final episode. There wasn’t anything we particularly liked or disliked. The series as a whole: we are disappointed. The point where Huo Ting En gets kicked out of the Huo family, it had gone downhill for us. This was from Episode 17 onwards.
Before this point, we were enjoying the series. Though story and drama was on the light side, we felt there was something there in the story for us to keep watching. We think the many funny and refreshing moments between Huo Ting En and Peng Xiao Bin were what kept each episode fun to watch and had us continue on to the next episode.
When we first heard that Wu Kang Ren and Ivy Shao were going to be paired up and play the lead characters in this series, we were very excited. During the first half of the series, we thought there were some cute moments for their characters. There were some cute interactions between them as chef and apprentice. But, it didn’t get beyond that. We never really were convinced Huo Ting En and Wei Fen Qing were a couple that matched.
They didn’t match up to any of the previous pairings we’ve seen the two actors in.
Ivy Shao’s, Ye Zhen Zhen, with Marcus Chang’s, Chen Che, in Back to 1989 is still our favorite pairing for Ivy Shao. Mentioning the pairing, we can still remember how sweet the two were! Makes us want to watch Back to 1989 to see the pair again!
For Wu Kang Ren, there are so many! We’re huge Wu Kang Ren fans because there are so many dramas with pairings with him that we totally love! There’s Wu Kang Ren’s Ouyang Tai with Nikki Hsieh’s Jin Da Hua in Princess’ Stand In. So, awesome this pairing was because he is a second male lead who actually had characteristics of a lead who has a lot of screen time with the female lead! Wu Kang Ren’s Zhou Shu Yu with Kimi Hsia’s Lin Wei Zhen in Rock N’ Road. So, so, so cute they were! We liked Wu Kang Ren’s Sun Yan Jun with Lorene Ren’s Mo Han in The Crossing Hero. This couple was surprising, but they were awesome, too! We also liked Bai Zong You with Jade Chou’s Li Yu Hua in What is Love. Who doesn’t love a cocky player who becomes a one woman man?
All of these pairings came out to be so sweet and lovable in those series we mention was because there was a good story helping make the pairings sweet and lovable. It was also the relatable character development for each of the characters in the pairings that made them good as well.
So, The Perfect Match didn’t end well for us. It’s so sad because we really were expecting to have watched another great Wu Kang Ren drama by the end of the series. But, it didn’t turn out that way. We couldn’t connect to the story or the characters in The Perfect Match.
We hope to see Wu Kang Ren in a better written drama soon. Ivy Shao and Ben Wu as well.