Episode 31 Recap
The place Fang Ting Hao takes Qi Bai Cao to is the place at the waterfront where she worked at for the year she disappeared from everyone and Yuan Wu Dao. He reveals to Qi Bai Cao he had known her whereabouts during that time because the yacht she looked after belongs to him. The yacht association didn’t have any work for her with the injured leg she carried, so he had her look after his yacht. Every month, her salary came from him. Fang Ting Hao explains to Qi Bai Cao he didn’t do this to help her. As Qi Bai Cao made Fang Ting Yi quit Yuan Wu Dao, her hiding from everyone in this location goes according to his want for her to quit Yuan Wu Dao. He wants her to forever hold a rag cleaning yachts.
Fang Ting Hao asks Qi Bai Cao to follow him across the water on his yacht to an isolated island on the other side. Walking to his car, Fang Ting Hao asks Qi Bai Cao if she’ll quit Yuan Wu Dao. Qi Bai Cao says she won’t. At the house, Qi Bai Cao shows Fang Ting Hao the footage Chang An presented to her of Fang Ting Yi showing signs of her already having the condition before the National Youth Competition. She says Feng Yun magnifies a person’s hate to push themselves beyond their limits and ignore the health of their body. Feng Yun makes them take on the extreme training methods. Qi Bai Cao brings up Xing Yao—Chang An’s former Feng Yun disciple who Fang Ting Hao blames Chang An for his death—as an example.
Bringing up Xing Yao doesn’t change Fang Ting Hao’s mind about leaving Feng Yun and neither does the things about Fang Ting Yi Qi Bai Cao presents to him because they aren’t anything unknown to him.
Qi Bai Cao questions Fang Ting Hao’s understanding of Yuan Wu Dao when Fang Ting Hao speaks of Feng Yun having let him see a whole new world. With him having obtained the national title as well as numerous world titles, he’s already at the top. His position at the top had him realise how dull life is without challenges. Joining Feng Yun is Fang Ting Hao reaching a higher peak. Fang Ting Hao doesn’t see Yuan Wu Dao athletes in competitions as being the top. Seeing the Professional League Tournament to be Yuan Wu Dao’s only path which Feng Yun is putting efforts into promoting, Fang Ting Hao sees organisers working in the background to be the top. His desire is to have everything under his control. Fang Ting Hao believes that day will come when he has the most strongest business and operational resources and capabilities in Yuan Wu Dao.
Fang Ting Hao shows quiet annoyance when Qi Bai Cao points out the bad points about Feng Yun. Feng Yun does things despicably. What they did to Chang An is an example. Feng Yun disciples are robots. They show coldness and cruelty with no show of passion and love for Yuan Wu Dao on their faces.
Fang Ting Hao can’t see why he should leave Feng Yun when they have the best resources which can help him climb to the top. He will train Feng Yun to be number one in Anyang. Qi Bai Cao says Xian Wu was number one in Anyang. Fang Ting Hao indicates he’ll be able to make another number one hall in Anyang when he says Xian Wu was also trained by him.
Fang Ting Hao will let Qi Bai Cao see how he will kick Song Bai out of the tournament. Qi Bai Cao says Song Bai won’t give up. Fang Ting Hao wonders if Song Bai can win without her. He reminds her she can’t get back to them without him taking her back. She says there’s still Hu Yi Feng and Lu Fei Yu. Fang Ting Hao still doesn’t see how Song Bai can win if he keeps her here and not let her leave.
Qi Bai Cao becomes frightened by Fang Ting Hao when he firmly holds onto her shoulders, cups her face and doesn’t let go. He says she is the same as always. Day or night, she’s unguarded around him and follows him wherever he has her follow him. Qi Bai Cao makes her escape after shoving him away.
Staying in Feng Yun seems to not be by choice for Fang Ting Hao as we see it’s so Fang Ting Hao can immediately get the treatment Fang Ting Yi needed for her serious injury. The only way was through the help of Shui Chen Zhou. Fang Ting Hao knows Qi Bai Cao is disappointed in him. He, himself, feels it’s right to be disappointed in him.
Fang Ting Hao:
“From today onwards, I’m a bad person. No matter what I did for you or for Song Bai in the past, forget it all. No need to feel guilty and don’t worry.”
Qi Bai Cao being out in the unfamiliar forest terrain doesn’t come to Fang Ting Hao’s mind until he sees the weather pour down with heavy rain through the windows. He finds her in time to save her from a tree coming down onto her by the loosening of the trunk on sodden ground.
Fang Ting Hao brings Qi Bai Cao back to the house. While Qi Bai Cao is under the weather from her time in the pouring rain, Fang Ting Hao reveals he hasn’t become unfeeling and cold-hearted. He also hasn’t become a person of Feng Yun. Rather, he’s trying to work against them. He has the desire to have Shui Chen Zhou lose everything he has and bring him to fall into his hands. He has no wish for the ways of Feng Yun to take over the Yuan Wu Dao world and let what happened to Fang Ting Yi to repeat.
Chang An has been trying to get across the water to where Qi Bai Cao is. After being informed by a worker at the wharf of the isolated island having only one house there then insisting on taking the dangerous trip out onto the water, Chang An gets onto the isolated island and finds a vehicle veered into a tree. Qi Bai Cao had fallen ill with a fever in the time Fang Ting Hao waited until the rain stopped to allow them to cross the waters and back to the mainland. Fang Ting Hao fell ill as well. When Chang An goes to take Qi Bai Cao out, Fang Ting Hao stops him. Chang An is unimpressed Fang Ting Hao has made Qi Bai Cao become in the bad state she is in in the short amount of time she was with him. Fang Ting Hao says for them to talk about it later. He asks Chang An to take Qi Bai Cao to the hospital.
Qi Bai Cao’s fever worsens a bit more before it improves enough for Chang An to leave her side. He has Fan Xiao Ying and Qu Quang Ya look after her while he goes to have a talk with Fang Ting Hao who has already been discharged from the hospital.
Chang An throws several punches at Fang Ting Hao and demands answers for why he brought Qi Bai Cao to the isolated island, scared her and made her get wet in the rain where she came down with a fever. Fang Ting Hao feigns being a bad guy. He’s doing what he likes since Qi Bai Cao went to him even though he told her he hates her and should stay away from him.
Chang An wonders what difficulties Fang Ting Hao is going through that he’s joined Feng Yun and become someone he doesn’t recognise. Just as he had told Qi Bai Cao when she tried to convince him to leave Feng Yun, Fang Ting Hao says Feng Yun offers him a platform which allows him to be the strongest one and the ability to control all of Yuan Wu Dao. Once more, he adds he’s always been how he is now. He’s never become someone different. Chang An says he will drive people who care about him farther away. It’s not something Fang Ting Hao cares about. What he cares about are only the things he wants. This change in Fang Ting Hao’s person confuses Chang An.
“Why have you become this way? What exactly did Shui Chen Zhou say that has intoxicated your mind?”
“Is what you want the most pure Yuan Wu Dao in the heart of the sunny kid Fang Ting Hao or the power and status that taints you with distracting thoughts? Don’t be influenced by Shui Chen Zhou. Don’t be a second him. You think you can change Feng Yun, but Feng Yun is actually changing you.”
Fang Ting Hao:
“In my opinion, you’re inferior to Shui Chen Zhou. As for whether I want to become a second him or surpass him that’s my business. As for you, Chang An, Yin Xiu should have already told you that the consequence is grave for not returning to Feng Yun and going to Chen Zhou’s side.”
It’s very harsh words which convincingly comes across as absolute hate when Fang Ting Hao says to Qi Bai Cao he gave her a job with the purpose of forever having her hold a rag wiping yachts to keep her from returning to Yuan Wu Dao. He’s really doing a great job making sure Qi Bai Cao believes he despises her to the core!
But now we clearly know Fang Ting Hao is still very much a good guy and his enemy is not Qi Bai Cao, but Feng Yun. We are told what Fang Ting Hao in trying to do by being bad. He’s trying to get to the top of a powerful Yuan Wu Dao hall to stop Yuan Wu Dao from becoming what Chang An sees Feng Yun’s Yuan Wu Dao promotes—power and status which brings people to have distracting thoughts. Fang Ting Hao isn’t at all enticed by anything Feng Yun does or says like Fang Ting Yi believes. He said he’s not a fool who easily gets deceived by people. Seems very much so! He’s but trying to stop what happened to Fang Ting Yi from happening again and how he does it is to keep Shui Chen Zhou in the dark of his true goal. How he does it is by painting himself to be a baddy who is power-hungry so to reach the top. We can see the only person who can make sure Yuan Wu Dao stays pure is Fang Ting Hao. As he says, he has the best resources and he is proficient in Yuan Wu Dao. We support him and the bad guy character he’s taken on.