Light and fun for this episode with a bit of wacky humour and a hint of something happening in the background that we aren’t let in on yet.
Episode 14 continues on with Ah Wei testing Huo Ting En’s sincerity with his feelings for Wei Fen Qing. Ah Wei guides. Wei Fen Qing follows.
Jack is back. He’s the guy who was very displeased with Huo Ting En during the whole ambassador banquet event. He’s in the La Mure kitchen when Wei Fen Qing has the task of cooking Curry Lobster for Grandma Huo’s 80th birthday celebration. Jack shows he’s up to no good again.
Huo Tian Zhi is seemingly shown to be thinking a bit more seriously about his position in the family a bit more. We still can’t see him turning against Huo Ting En, though. Yang Yu Qing shows more of her dissatisfaction towards how things are at the present as well. Gong Mei Li is always someone to watch out for. So far, The Perfect Match has always moved in the direction of fun and lightness. But, we’ll watch on and wait and see what happens with this part of the series.
Episode 14 Recap
Meng Ru Xi’s table of cooking is praised by Wei Fen Qing—a response that Huo Ting En doesn’t find as very fiancée-like. He urges Wei Fen Qing to act correctly with many hints for her to act like his fiancée and go prepare breakfast specially for him also. Wei Fen Qing changes her act and does.
Wei Fen Qing and Huo Ting En give a show of how sweet of a couple they are at the breakfast table. Wei Fen Qing serves and feeds Huo Ting En the breakfast she specially made for him. The sight is an eyesore for Huo Ting En’s mother. She stops Wei Fen Qing with every food item she feeds Huo Ting En.
After breakfast, Wei Fen Qing and Huo Ting En display themselves as a pair when they farewell everyone in a synchronised manner as they leave for work together.
Huo Ting En’s mother see a need for another plan.
Huo Ting En’s mother to Meng Ru Xi:
“So long as we can make Grandma dissatisfied with Wei Fen Qing there will be hope for you.”
Meng Ru Xi questions whether Grandma Huo can help her stand a chance when she feels Grandma Huo is on Wei Fen Qing’s side. Meng Ru Xi disagrees with Huo Ting En’s mother’s belief when she says that everything goes wrong for a poor couple after Huo Ting En’s mother feels the engagement to be something Huo Ting En came up with to go against her desire for an arranged marriage with business in mind. Meng Ru Xi points out to Huo Ting En’s mother that though she and her former husband, Huo Ting En’s biological father, were poor, most probably they had been happy. With this, Huo Ting En’s mother made no move to disagree.
“Wishing you happiness everyday and everyday a good day.
– The One and Only”
Wei Fen Qing gets a delivery of flowers from an anonymous person. Huo Ting En, who stands next to her hearing her read the message on the card, looks at it with growing dislike. Peng Xiao Bin, who is present also, thinks the flowers and card is from Huo Ting En. It’s not. Huo Ting En leaves Wei Fen Qing confused with his unusual outburst of a sequence of hits and body slaps.
The flowers are from Ah Wei. It’s the first of a few things in Ah Wei’s plan to help Wei Fen Qing find out if Huo Ting En is sincere with his feelings.
Peng Xiao Bin:
“When this person makes tiramisu for you, he’ll put in his feelings and love for you to eat. Once you eat it, it means you’ve accepted him. You can’t disappoint his love. You can’t go eating it thoughtlessly.”
Ah Wei had made a couple tiramisu desserts for Wei Fen Qing to take into La Mure. He brought them to Wei Fen Qing and instructed her to have it in Huo Ting En’s presence with a huge smile. It’s another plan to test Huo Ting En’s feelings.
Wei Fen Qing gets the response she hopes for. Huo Ting En’s reaction is annoyance. He makes Peng Xiao Bin express the tiramisu as not tasty when Peng Xiao Bin had enthusiastically eaten it. It was described by Huo Ting En as unsightly and it is not welcomed in La Mure because it’s unpalatable food.
Huo Ting En’s annoyance seems to come from the meaning behind tiramisu. Huo Ting En had explained that tiramisu is one made by a loved one. Peng Xiao Bin elaborates after Huo Ting En left in annoyance.
Wei Fen Qing:
“Ah Wei, today is his grandma’s 80th birthday. I think we should respect his wishes.”
Huo Ting En had a brief meeting the previous day with Gong Mei Li and his mother. While Gong Mei Li ordered Huo Ting En to further strengthen his relationship with Wei Fen Qing with a hotel reservation she got Peng Xiao Bin to arrange, Huo Ting En’s mother informed Huo Ting En Wei Fen Qing will be making Curry Lobster for Grandma Huo’s birthday celebration because Grandma Huo wished to try it.
Ah Wei makes a delivery of Taiwanese wild lobster to La Mure for Wei Fen Qing. Huo Ting En has one sourced for her as well. Wei Fen Qing’s decision to use the one Huo Ting En sourced because it’s Huo Ting En’s grandmother’s birthday she’s cooking for, Ah Wei backs down.
“It’s okay. Today is his grandma’s birthday. We’ll do it his way.”
At the table, Huo Ting En’s mother attempts to make Wei Fen Qing look bad after Wei Fen Qing’s Curry Lobster is well received by Grandma Huo and the other’s at the table. She goes into action after everyone had given Grandma Huo their gifts.
“Wei Fen Qing, where’s your gift?”
“Yes, your curry lobster is not bad. But today is Grandma’s 80th birthday. With such an important day, it can’t be that you only made this dish? People say that a small gift or a big gift shows care. You don’t have care at all.”
It seems to be a planned attempt to make Wei Fen Qing look bad when Huo Ting En’s mother had told Huo Ting En Grandma Huo had said Wei Fen Qing didn’t need to bring any gifts in the meeting he had with her the previous day. The plan fails, however. Though Grandma Huo agrees the Curry Lobster Wei Fen Qing served for her birthday isn’t considered a birthday gift either, the words Wei Fen Qing delivers in response to the criticism Huo Ting En’s mother made is. It is the best birthday gift.
Wei Fen Qing:
“Perhaps you feel I’m not sincere enough. But I would like to ask everyone to take a look in the direction of the kitchen. Inside, Grandma’s 80th birthday, everyone’s birthdays, festive holidays and anniversaries alike, in the background of these beautiful days, they laboriously work and put in a lot of effort.”
“Because they know today is Grandma’s 80th birthday, everyone specially made a lot of new dishes. Because of their quiet dedication and hard work, we’re able to enjoy a happy meal at La Mure and create this unforgettable memory.”
Wei Fen Qing’s speech has Grandma Huo see Wei Fen Qing as a future great chef and granddaughter-in-law capable of taking over their family business:
“Everyone knows our Huo family established themselves through cuisine. There is not a better gift that makes me happier and can tell me that our Huo family has a successor than this. In addition, these words had come from my future granddaughter-in-law’s mouth. Someone who always cares about their customers and their coworkers is a good chef. Granddaughter-in-law, you will be a good chef in the future.”
Grandma Huo’s enthusiastic opinion of Wei Fen Qing has Yang Yu Qing concerned.
Yang Yu Qing:
“It’s not a hypothetical question now. Your older brother is really going to get married.”
“To protect his family or maybe it’s that he’s scared you’ll take his position, he’s making his move early. He’s well aware that only you have the Huo lineage. Don’t tell me it’s that you want to keep going on that matter of the winery forever? Huo family belongs to you and not your older brother.”
Ah Wei returns with his plan of testing Huo Ting En’s feelings. He enters in a moment after the birthday celebration during when Huo Ting En expresses appreciation of Wei Fen Qing’s help, a compliment of her person and a moment of close proximity.
Huo Ting En:
“Thank you for the things you’ve done for me and my family. Also, I truly feel you are especially cute today.”
Huo Ting En leans into Wei Fen Qing. Wei Fen Qing remains in place with Huo Ting En at close proximity.
“Fen Qing. Let’s go. Date.”
Wei Fen Qing gets up and hops onto Ah Wei’s bike. She leaves Huo Ting En confused and goes on a date with Ah Wei.
Ah Wei brings Wei Fen Qing to the playground. They situate themselves by the merry-go-round. Wei Fen Qing does a role play after she reads Ah Wei’s request for them to have a break from discussing about Huo Ting En as Ah Wei still in acting mode.
The role play Wei Fen Qing does is one where she plays the sweet girlfriend taking care of her boyfriend. She pretends to cook for Ah Wei and feels his forehead for his temperature when she improvises Ah Wei’s lack of enthusiasm to role play with her as him being sick. The action brings Ah Wei to deliver a particularly good performance that has Wei Fen Qing still for some moments.
“Don’t look at me like that, okay? My heart will flutter.”
Ah Wei’s truthful words come with an unwavering gaze and a gentle hand cupped around the side of Wei Fen Qing’s face. After some moments of Wei Fen Qing being still from Ah Wei’s response to her role playing, she breaks out of it and deals Ah Wei a playful punch to his stomach. She sees Ah Wei to be a person who loves to act with his superb show of acting skills.
At home, Huo Ting En’s mind is filled with Wei Fen Qing out with Ah Wei. He asks why she’s not home, is sad she’s not home to receive the night lamp he has for her, why she and Ah Wei can be rabbits and he can’t when he receives a fun picture of Wei Fen Qing and Ah Wei drawn with rabbit features on his phone.
Grandma Huo comes in and has a talk with Huo Ting En after he does some cleaning to calm himself down. They’re outside. Huo Ting En had spent some time thinking about what Peng Xiao Bin had said about his need to get into a girl’s heart before Grandma Huo entered.
In their talk, Grandma Huo surprises Huo Ting En with revealing she has all along known about his arrangement with Wei Fen Qing. When Huo Ting En asks Grandma Huo why she still let Wei Fen Qing move in even with knowing this fact, she explains it’s helping him because she knows how his personality is.
“Having an air of arrogance is very good. But this arrogance… this is sometimes a weapon you use to protect yourself—if she’s an enemy. What’s more, is it correct for a man to not take the initiative and let the woman take the initiative?”
“No matter how you two become in the future, I hope you stand in Wei Fen Qing’s position and can forgive her and understand her thinking.”
With the last sentence, Grandma Huo makes sure Huo Ting En remembers it. She asks many times for Huo Ting En to do so.
Huo Ting En:
“Because I’ll become jealous.”
This is Huo Ting En’s response when Wei Fen Qing asked why he was ignoring her after she returned home from her night out with Ah Wei.
Though Huo Ting En sees himself being jealous, he expresses he finds that he has no right to be so.
Huo Ting En:
“I’m merely a fake fiancé of yours.”
“Although I’ve confessed to you, your heart is still yours. I don’t have any means to force you. If your choice is Ah Wei in the end, I will respect it because I’m not able do anything about it.”
Those words, along with Huo Ting En making a move to head upstairs by himself, Wei Fen Qing stops Huo Ting En in his tracks.
Wei Fen Qing:
“Aren’t you going upstairs? If you are, we’ll go up together. Why are you going by yourself? I can’t be too far from you.”
The episode ends with Huo Ting En giving the night light he’d bought for Wei Fen Qing to her. They sleep apart: Wei Fen Qing sleeps on the floor hugging the night light she’d just received from Huo Ting En and Huo Ting En is in his bed. However, Huo Ting En wishes for Wei Fen Qing to sleep in the bed with him. It would be more comfortable for her, he says. More importantly though, it’s that he slept very comfortably on the night she was in the same bed as he was. And so, Huo Ting En asks Wei Fen Qing if she’s willing to sleep on the bed.
Opening scene – Not Good
Very hard to watch. Very cringy! We did like the ‘goodbye to all moment’, though. So sychronised Huo Ting En and Wei Fen Qing’s actions were!
Interesting and Awesome Moments
This scene is where Ah Wei makes tiramisu. When the scene came onto the screen, we wondered what sort of a scene it was because it was Ah Wei looking beyond the camera. He was posing and bringing ingredients used to make tiramisu up to his face for us to see. The only dialogue spoken was when Ah Wei showed an ingredient in a small container. “Mascarpone cheese,” he said then kissed his fingers in the Italian hand gesture for delicious food.
It was an ad for cheese. It was a pretty and romantic commercial for Galbani mascarpone cheese. The purpose seems to be to show what can be made using the mascarpone cheese. They did this sort of thing for the Electrolux vacuum cleaner and the blender. The products were made to be part of the story. We think the night lamp was a product that integrated into the story in this episode and so was a photo app. We always think that whenever they show a character opening something like a photo app on their phone in detail, it’s showing an ad for an app.
We did enjoy watching the cheese ad scene where Ah Wei demonstrated the ingredients and the process of making tiramisu. The entire scene looked like a cooking video blog, actually. It made us want to eat tiramisu. Hehe!
What a funny scene! The slow build up of Huo Ting En’s dislike towards Wei Fen Qing being sent flowers from someone else got him to do this hilarious sequence of movements. Wei Fen Qing called it ‘Thirteen Sounds’ (literally translated). We’ve never heard of this. We did a brief search and seemingly there are many different versions of ‘Thirteen Sounds’. It’s called ‘Thirteen Sounds’ because hitting and striking the body in the sequence of movements consists of thirteen sounds in total. Very interesting! Looks pretty cool!
Random scene, but we found this scene entertaining. It’s after Huo Ting En received the animated pic of Wei Fen Qing and Ah Wei digitalised as rabbits. He went to calm himself with cleaning. Meng Ru Xi joined him. Huo Tian Zhi then came in and joined them both with the cleaning. Afterwards, the brothers had a go at flower arranging. The three then come to have a ‘flower fight’ where Meng Ru Xi playfully hit Huo Ting En with a flower. Then Huo Ting En got hit. Huo Tian Zhi then joined in and Meng Ru Xi and Huo Tian Xi ended up ganging up on Huo Ting En. We enjoyed this insert scene!