18 January 2015

My Sunshine [何以笙簫默] Episode 10


I don't have much to say about this episode other then we get the backdrop (I mean, even more backdrop) of their separation. I like how when we get flashbacks that subtly link up to other flashbacks  (e.g. previous episode) but when there's so many flashbacks, I get very restless as I want the present time to get a move on and not be stuck in the past...But we're pretty much stuck in the past in this episode and Mo Sheng and Yi Chen's relationship are at a standstill once again. 



Yi Mei agrees to date Yuan Feng but warns him that she loves someone else. Yuan Feng expresses his confidence in becoming the one and only man in her heart. After she leaves, he bites himself to make sure it’s reality.


It’s not just me that’s unclear of Mo Sheng and Yi Chen’s relationship. Mo Sheng is too. Mo Sheng and Xiao Mei are having a girl’s talk and it’s so nice to see they at least have each other. Xiao Mei thinks she’s stupid to worry about how Yi Chen views her because if Yi Chen isn’t one bit interested in someone, he wouldn’t even bother with that person. However, Mo Sheng still has a lot to worry about. She’s scared of breaking up again because that’s mostly what she dreamt about during her time overseas. Even though they shared many sweet moments, it was mostly the breakup scene that haunted her. Mo Sheng’s anxious and dreads to experience the pain again but she’s incapable of rejecting Yi Chen’s advances.  


Mo Sheng forgets something at work and leaves Xiao Mei. She bumps into team leader and sees her packing her stuff, ready to quit. Team leader doesn’t want to cause any more burden to the team because the loan sharks could come back any time. She also wants to relay her apologies to Xiao Hong through Mo Sheng. It’s not that she doesn’t want to return to the guy (that she stole from Xiao Hong)but that she doesn’t have the right to anymore because she’s a divorced woman now.

Mo Sheng’s expression turns solemn. She’s divorced?

Yi Chen calls at this moment and Mo Sheng just watches her phone ring without picking it up.
Oh dear, she’s divorced…


Yi Chen’s side isn’t doing too well either. He’s suffering from love-sickness where one minute he’s glowing and the other minute, he’s sulking. First, Yi Chen receives notice that Xiao Xiao’s photoshopped case won a huge settlement. Xiang Heng comments that the firm gets nothing from this settlement; the only beneficiary is Xiao Xiao. He also curiously questions him why Xiao Xiao’s lawyer fees were so low, is it because of Mo Sheng? Yi Chen’s like: “Why else?” He’s practically glowing. Then the next moment, Yi Chen receives a text message from Mo Sheng about being busy tonight and his mood drops right back down. He thinks he’s being pushed away.

Yi Chen gets forced to go to a gathering with a competitor firm, the one Xu Ying (prickly girl) works for. Xiang Heng and Lawyer Yuan wants him to go to watch a good show(down) between Xu Ying and Yi Chen. After Yi Chen strikes a winning blow at Xu Ying, he receives a signal from Xiang Heng to look out the window.


It’s none other than Mo Sheng photographing the scenery. You can see the relief and immediate blissfulness come right across his face. He excuses himself from the dinner to give Mo Sheng a little surprise. He almost slips to Mo Sheng how he thought he was being stood up by her from that text. He now totally wants to ditch dinner and spend the rest of the night with her so he excuses himself to tell his buddies.


However, he gets held back and she’s forced to join in their business dinner. They’re all interested in the one and only girl who can turn the cold and indifferent lawyer into a mushy idiot. Well, not really but I think comparing Yi Chen’s starting point to where he is now, most guys would be at the mushy state.

During dinner, Lawyer Yuan confronts Mo Sheng for dumping Yi Chen. Mo Sheng’s confused as to why Yi Chen never clarified that it was him who broke up with her.  


Dinner’s over and we’re still on the topic of who initiated the breakup. Yi Chen reveals that he never thought he broke up with her. Okaaay… He thinks his words actually freed her from him hence why he thinks she dumped him. Which I think is totally bullshit, but he’s holding something back so I’ll hold my tongue for now.

We get a flashback to the meeting between Yi Chen and Mo Sheng’s father. He wants Yi Chen to go with Mo Sheng to America. However, Yi Chen doesn’t seem very fond and the father thinks it’s because Yi Chen doesn’t like to be pitied. However, there’s something deeper than that. They have a past and it’s related to his parents’ deaths. Yi Chen says he knows the father but the father doesn’t know him. The conversation ends there. And that’s how we arrive to their break up scene.


Mo Sheng never knew that her father paid Yi Chen a visit. From their conversation here forth, there’s probably some misunderstand because there’s quite a few ambiguities: 

Mo Sheng: My dad’s situation… you know about it right?
Yi Chen: Yes.
Mo Sheng: What did my father say to you?
Yi Chen: What do you think he would say to a poor student who depends on scholarships?
Mo Sheng: I’m sorry (she apologizes because she thinks her father said some cruel words to make him breakup with her)
Yi Chen: Are you apologizing for you or for your father? If it’s your father then forget it.
Mo Sheng: I didn’t know anything back then.
Yi Chen: Why didn’t you ask me then? You gave me the death penalty without even asking me. Zhao Mo Sheng, can you guess how much I hated you these years? If you knew all of this before, would you still have left?
Mo Sheng: I’m sorry (she apologizes because there wasn’t a choice of staying to begin with)
Yi Chen: What about now?
Mo Sheng: What do you mean what about now?
Yi Chen: Are you willing to return to my side? I don’t plan on spending too much time on romance; knowing someone from scratch would take too much time. So, you’re the most suitable person.
Mo Sheng: I’m sorry (She asks herself why he wants them to be together again. Because they know each other. Because of suitability. Because of the lack of time. These reasons aren’t strong enough for her to think they’d withstand another breakup. And is No time. But most importantly, she’s not the same anymore).
Yi Chen: You don’t have to answer me right now.
Mo Sheng cuts him off: I got married.
Yi Chen didn’t register that
Mo Sheng repeats: I married before, three years ago in America.


And then we go into a long flashback.

Juan Jie (jie = sister) is taking care of Mo Sheng in America (New York) because she’s gotten a high fever and has no money to go see a doctor herself. (What happened to that uncle?) She’s donated all her money to an abroad student, Ying Hui, in New York because he resembles Yi Chen. Both are from the same university and both are scholars but lack the financial backing. There's another reason for donating that money: they're dirty. 


Yi Chen’s in campus and has his lifeforce completely zapped out of him after Mo Sheng’s departure. He asks Yi Mei about the books Mo Sheng had borrowed for her but when Yi Mei brings the books he’s only interested in one thing: Mo Sheng’s library card – er, library-book. That’s the origin of the picture that’s in his wallet for seven years and counting.


Juan Jie is subject of domestic violence but she doesn’t call the police because of her son. Basically, it’s a tough life for both Juan Jie and Mo Sheng, as she needs to work to support herself. Three years past by like this and its Lunar New Years.



It’s been three years but Mo Sheng still thinks about Yi Chen. Wait three years…that means she can go back now? Right? Why seven years then? 

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Stupid Yi Chen. That's not how you ask a girl to date you... I mean, you were so proactive before, why slip up on something so dumb. But I guess it's not your fault after hearing that she'll reject you over and over again....Siiiigh. 

On top of all that, Mo Sheng says she's married... Why doesn't she clarify she's divorced too? 

I hope the mood lightens up soon... Too dark for my comfort. 

P.S. The length of my afterthoughts probably represents how fond I am of the episodes. 

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