Episode 24 Recap
The next person to show up in Qi Bai Cao’s life again is Fan Xiao Ying. Fan Xiao Ying is a lot more insistent with Qi Bai Cao returning home to Song Bai Hall. Soon after Fan Xiao Ying reunites with Qi Bai Cao, Qi Bai Cao’s luggage is in Fan Xiao Ying’s possession. However, as it was with when Chang An wanted Qi Bai Cao to return back to Song Bai Hall with him, Qi Bai Cao is unwilling to go back there with Fan Xiao Ying. She tells her that though she misses everyone a lot, she can’t go back. She can’t bring herself to go back and she doesn’t want to go back to the world of Yuan Wu Dao.
Fan Xiao Ying:
“What will you be doing staying here? Continue to work? Continue sending money to Ting Yi-qianbei to make things up to her? Is there any point in doing something like sending money?”
“Even if you don’t practise Yuan Wu Dao, you still must come back with me. I can’t let you stay here by yourself.”
Fan Xiao Ying resumes taking Qi Bai Cao’s luggage with her. However, she’s stopped by Chang An. Chang An doesn’t think forcing Qi Bai Cao to go back home against her wishes will do any good for Qi Bai Cao or turn the situation around.
“Whether Bai Cao stays or leaves, let her make this decision herself.”
Fan Xiao Ying:
“Instructor Chang An, why are you letting her act recklessly? Can you bear to watch her drift out here all alone? She must return.”
“Is there any point in forcing her to go back and face the things she doesn’t want to face? Let’s give her some more time.”
Fan Xiao Ying goes about her want another way. She and Qu Guang Ya attempts to force Qi Bai Cao to use her Yuan Wu Dao skills by making her believe Qu Guang Ya is being attacked by a group of men. These men in actuality are actors from Qu Guang Ya’s entertainment circle and Fan Xiao Ying hired them to put on a show for Qi Bai Cao. It doesn’t work at all. Qi Bai Cao could not get out of thinking of the kick that had put Fang Ting Yi in a vegetative state. Qi Bai Cao cannot bring herself to use her fighting skills to save Qu Guang Ya even as she’s held by the men and struck at. The men stop their act when they find Qi Bai Cao simply allowing them to strike at her with their baseball bats.
This attempt to get Qi Bai Cao to return back to Song Bai therefore fails. However, Qi Bai Cao does end up taking a visit to Song Bai Hall when Fan Xiao Ying makes her worry about the state Song Bai Hall is in. Fan Xiao Ying had rhetorically asked Qi Bai Cao whether she knew about the state Song Bai is now in. Qi Bai Cao then is seen looking around at Song Bai Hall with Fan Xiao Ying and Qu Guang Ya. What Qi Bai Cao sees saddens her. The grounds are in disarray. What she hears also saddens her. Fan Xiao Ying says to Qi Bai Cao that before she had even gone to go look for her, Song Bai had already disbanded. Hu Yi Feng was the first to leave Song Bai Hall. The rest then had no choice but leave. Fan Xiao Ying explains to Qi Bai Cao why that is: without their instructor, Chang An, Hu Yi Feng or her, no one could learn anything. This saw them being at the bottom of competitions. The lack of achievements then meant it was a struggle to recruit new students into Song Bai Hall and she couldn’t manage the cost of running the place.
Hearing what has become of Song Bai after leaving has Qi Bai Cao struggle on what to do. Some time after, Qi Bai Cao is seen sitting in the darkness alone in the main hall of Song Bai. Chang An goes to Qi Bai Cao. He’s come to let her know the thoughts he had when he first arrived at Song Bai.
“Do you remember when I first came here? Xiao Ying got you all a new instructor. His name was something like Chang Guan Jun. At that time I was thinking, ‘What kind of people are they to believe a person who randomly posted their CV online?’ Then there was me. I was a person who had an unknown background and you actually accepted me just like that. It was really unbelievable. Song Bai was truly a strange place. No matter who it is, as long as they’re willing to come you all treat them like family.”
From these words, Chang An seems to say Song Bai Hall is something of a special place that should continue to exist. He puts no pressure on Qi Bai Cao to return to this special place that he seems to express Song Bai to be.
“No matter if you want to leave or stay tomorrow, I will be with you by your side.”
Fan Xiao Ying comes in next. She expresses to Qi Bai Cao that Song Bai isn’t something like a home to her as it seems to be for both Qi Bai Cao and Qu Guang Ya. Song Bai is her home and she wants Qi Bai Cao to make her home continue to be her home by returning.
Fan Xiao Ying:
“I grew up in Song Bai. To the both of you, Song Bai is like your home. However, Song Bai is my home. Bai Cao, don’t leave me. Don’t leave Song Bai Hall. It’s okay if you don’t want to do Yuan Wu Dao. As long as you’re here, Song Bai Hall will still be here.”
These words from Fan Xiao Ying makes Qi Bai Cao’s mind up to decide to return home. A restart of Song Bai Hall begins. Qi Bai Cao, Fan Xiao Ying and Qu Guang Ya immediately begin cleaning up the main hall and they continue cleaning the next day with Chang An there cleaning along with them. Chang An polishes Song Bai Hall’s signage clean. Fan Xiao Ying, Qu Guang Ya and Qi Bai Cao then go to bring each of their Song Bai family members home. Wu Xiu Da who has been performing hip hop dance on the streets, Yang Rui who has been working as a nail technician, Li Yin who has been working at a restaurant washing dishes and Deng Ping Ping who has been attending school all miss Yuan Wu Dao and all choose to leave what they have been doing and returns back to Yuan Wu Dao. Together, they clean up Song Bai Hall and bring it to being back up and running again.
Qi Bai Cao is back. We’re happy to see that the whole issue with Qi Bai Cao not wanting to be anywhere near the world of Yuan Wu Dao is resolved quickly and we’re moving on from this.
Just a little bit of a fun note on that other instructor who came for the job of being Song Bai’s instructor when Chang An first arrived. That other instructor’s name, Chang Guan Jun, literally translated it comes out to be ‘often/always champion’. Chang An said he couldn’t believe they accepted this instructor with a random CV. Yeah, his name seems pretty unbelievable and random, too!
Qi Bai Cao and Chang An Moments
Whirlwind Girl 2 seems to like giving very subtle relationship moments for their lead couple. There’s more of that in this episode.
In the scene where Qi Bai Cao sat in the dark in the main hall of Song Bai and Chang An came in to tell Qi Bai Cao what he thought of Song Bai when he first arrived, we saw Chang An being sweet beforehand. He popped a jacket over Qi Bai Cao to keep her warm and gives her a firm press on her shoulders—maybe to say to Qi Bai Cao that things will be okay and he’ll be there to help her through her struggle. Awww.
Fan Xiao Ying and Qu Guang Ya: we love these two! They’re like us rooting for Qi Bai Cao and Chang An to get closer together. They’re doing things to hopefully make that happen. This scene is after Chang An finished polishing Song Bai Hall’s signage. Fan Xiao Ying brings Chang An to stand next to Qi Bai Cao and Qu Guang Ya follows suit in bringing Chang An close to Qi Bai Cao with pushing Qi Bai Cao into Chang An so that they are snuggly side by side. They wedge Qi Bai Cao and Chang An together even more when the photo Fan Xiao Ying wants to take isn’t good enough because there’s just too much room between them all. Hehe! The expression Qi Bai Cao has is interestingly shy and Chang An has an expected expression of surprise for the sudden push towards Qi Bai Cao.
In the scenes where everyone cleans up Song Bai, Chang An finds Qi Bai Cao diligently wiping the exercise bars clean. He leaves the punching bag he’s cleaning and goes to join Qi Bai Cao in wiping the exercise bars. There’s just a bit of cute eye contact between them and a small smile from Chang An to Qi Bai Cao before both move their attention out to the others cleaning the hall as contently as they are. Again, subtle but a cute moment for these two!