I truly savor the opportunity to watch each new episode of Drunken to Love You. I feel like I’m peeking into the most tender of love stories, so down-to-earth yet so magical. While Rainie Yang‘s acting continues to amaze me, it’s really Joseph Chang‘s Song Jie Xiu that’s running away with this drama (and all the ladies hearts).
Episode 8 was exceedingly low on the angst, allowing everyone to take a breather from the Yi Xian or Avril emotional roller coaster and just settle into watching Xiao Ru and Jie Xiu do something as mundane as go shopping for groceries. And yet it wasn’t mundane at all, because everything Jie Xiu says and does for Xiao Ru simply takes my breath away. We would all be so lucky to find out very own guy just like him.
Cup 8 recap:
Avril looks at her cellphone, considering whether she should call Jie Xiu. Rickie walks up to her and reminds her that the show they just put on would go to waste if she called Jie Xiu. Avril’s asks why he helped her? Rickie says he doesn’t want their first movie to be destroyed. He asks Avril to tell him the entire story, so he knows how to continue the charade with her. Avril smiles. Okay, Rickie is such a sweetheart. Avril doesn’t deserve him either.
Jie Xiu is walking out of his office and his hands are still clenched. Suddenly his hand unclenches when Xiao Ru slides a can of soft drink into his hand. He looks at it, remembering the picture she drew for him to cheer him up. They smile at each other, and continue walking side by side down the street. I love them so much together.
Meng Jun is getting a back massage from her son, complaining that her new boss is tormenting her, and even Xiao Ru owes her. Because Xiao Ru took the day off, Meng Jun got punished and had to clean the toilet. Meng Jun’s son notices that Xiao Ru’s shirt is missing a button. Meng Jung sews a new button back on the sweater, reminding her son that she taught them never to waste. Meng Jun thinks if Avril is really dating Rickie, then Xiao Ru and Jie Xie can become a real couple.
Avril cries and tells Rickie that Xiao Ru and Jie Xiu are a fake wedded couple, and they got married at the request of Avril. Jie Xiu wants to delete Avril’s picture from his cellphone background. Xiao Ru asks him not to give up, give Avril one more chance to explain. Jie Xiu refuses, everytime he gives Avril one final chance, it always ends with him cursing himself for his own stupidity. Xiao Ru reminds Jie Xiu that as long as the love exists, he can’t end things like this with Avril.
Jie Xiu says its not possible anymore. After that “incident”, the love between them has already changed. Jie Xiu thinks that he’s done his penance to Avril. Xiao Ru refuses to give his phone back, and jumps into the fountain to get away from him. Jie Xiu gets in after her, shocking her since he’s got OCD. Jie Xiu says he’s cured his OCD since he’s living with Xiao Ru. Jie Xiu deletes the picture, telling Xiao Ru that he’s also lost this battle of love. In the future, he simply wants a choice.
Xiao Ru goes to grab the coins in the fountain, which embarasses Jie Xiu. When the security guard finds them, Jie Xiu grabs Xiao Ru’s hand and they make a run for it.
Jie Xiu and Xiao Ru are walking home, and Jie Xiu is holding an open box of pizza. Xiao Ru is munching on it while she’s walking, telling Jie Xiu he needs to stop caring about his image and just eat a slice. He takes a bite, and she moves to wipe some sauce off the side of his mouth.
Suddenly Xiao Ru’s old landlord shows up, complaining that Xiao Ru hasn’t changed her mailing address yet so all her mail still arrives at his place. He drops off the mail and leaves. Xiao Ru opens an envelope to see that it contains a deed to a piece of property. Xiao Ru and Jie Xiu walk into the Farglory Hotel. She heads to meet with Yi Xian, saying that she just wants to return the item and will be back right. Jie Xiu follows her, worried that she’ll be mistreated again.
Xiao Ru returns the deed, and Yi Xian asks her to accept it to make him feel better. Xiao Ru says Yi Xian is selfish, forcing her accept something to alleviate his own guilt. She tells him to treat Peggy better. Jie Xiu sits down and tells Yi Xian that he’s the person who is treating Xiao Ru well these days. He tells Yi Xian that everything Xiao Ru needs, he will provide. Jie Xiu tells Yi Xian to stop making overtures to Xiao Ru or else he’ll object. Yi Xian confesses that since his betrayal of Xiao Ru, he’s regretted it everyday.
He asks Xiao Ru to believe him, he never wanted to give up Xiao Ru willingly. She says that it’s all in the past now, and Jie Xiu concurs. Yi Xian then reveals the truth, he got drunk at a party three months ago and hooked up with Peggy. He didn’t want to tell Xiao Ru so that it would destroy her memory of him. Xiao Ru tells Yi Xian that she doesn’t want his regret and apology. She wants him to treat Peggy better, because Peggy is his choice now.
Xiao Ru says that Peggy is the person who loves Yi Xian the most right now. Xiao Ru doesn’t think she could ever love Yi Xian the way Peggy loves him. Jie Xiu tells Xiao Ru that his patience has its limits, and she has ten minutes to finish the conversation. Xiao Ru tells Yi Xian to accept that Peggy loves him, and will treat him better than Xiao Ru can. That is the only thing he can do for her now. Yi Xian wishes Xiao Ru happiness, seeing that she’s found someone who appears to be able to bring her happiness. She smiles, thanking Yi Xian for taking her on this trip (of their relationship).
Jie Xiu walks into the lobby and runs into the flirty client from episode 1, who recognizes him and blatantly tries to come onto him right there. Xiao Ru sees her pawing at Jie Xiu, and runs into to insert herself between them. She announces that Jie Xiu is her husband, and Jie Xiu smiles in concurrence.
The wench doesn’t give up, and insults Xiao Ru has being flat-chested and not pretty. Xiao Ru sasses back that the chick must’ve gotten a boob job, and she leaves in a huff. When Xiao Ru and Jie Xiu leave the hotel, the chick thinks back to her first meeting with Jie Xiu and remembers that Xiao Ru was the waitress who spilled coffee on his lap.
In the car, Jie Xiu compliments her on “beating a witch to save her husband”. He asks if she was jealous, and she laughs and claims what she did was because she’s Jie Xiu’s wife on paper. She tells Jie Xiu to reflect on his personality, and why it attracts ladies to hit on him. He reverses the question, asking Xiao Ru to reflect on why men don’t hit on her. For example, why did she stay to talk with Yi Xian. Xiao Ru says some things need to be explained so it can finally end.
Jie Xiu worries that next month Yi Xian will give her something else. Xiao Ru asks not to talk about this anymore. It wasn’t that pleasant to see Yi Xian again, and she wants some quiet for now. Jie Xiu stops the car, and asks Xiao Ru if she knows a famous architect called Yang Ying Feng. He points out a building that was designed by the architect, and the facade of the building resembles the Chinese character for “wisdom”. Jie Xiu leans over Xiao Ru to explain the architecture, and he gets really into explaining why its so brilliant.
Suddenly the two of them realize how close their faces are to each other. Xiao Ru stares at Jie Xiu, and he stops talking as he looks back at her. Finally he sits back on his side of the car, apologizing for talking about architecture since it puts her to sleep.
Peggy is sitting outside and talking with her unborn baby. She tells the baby that daddy wouldn’t not love the baby, he just needs more time. Yi Xian is standing behind her and listening to her conversation with their baby. He walks up to Peggy and asks how she’s doing? Peggy says all a woman needs is a promise, and all she needs is to stay by his side. She’s willing to wait for him, however long it takes for him to reach for her hand. Yi Xian reaches for her hand, and asks Peggy to marry him. He promises they will make a happy family together. Peggy smiles and hugs Yi Xian. Well, I’m glad to put these two behind Xiao Ru.
Avril is drinking by herself and she thinks she has another chance with him. She gets drunk and goes to Jie Xiu’s house. She goes into Jie Xiu’s room and throws him on the bed. Suddenly Avril becomes this demon woman she tells Jie Xiu that if he leaves her, she’ll eat his liver. Jie Xiu wakes up from the nightmare and tumbles off the bed. He immediately takes Avril’s poster off his wall. He goes downstairs and sees breakfast on the table but no Xiao Ru in sight.
She left him a note, congratulating him for joining her in the lovelorn club. She says the best cure for a broken heart is to eat. Jie Xiu sits down and happily digs into the food.
At the hotel, Meng Jun and all the employees are exhausted and complaining about their new witchy boss. Meng Jun wonders why Xiao Ru isn’t here yet? Suddenly they smell something, and everyone happily runs into the kitchen to find Xiao Ru taking something out of the oven. Everyone happily greets her. She shows everyone the pudding bread she developed with her husband during their honeymoon.
Xiao Ru asks the team to be patient with their new manager, and try to create a good work environment. The team is lined up to greet their new manager, who turns out unsurprisingly to be the witchy woman who flirted with Jie Xiu. She is insanely strict with the staff, deducting salary for even a few second of tardiness. She walks up to Xiao Ru and looks her right in the face, smiling her evil smile. She takes Xiao Ru outside and lists all of Xiao Ru’s mistakes – being late, bad service, and insubordination. Xiao Ru refuses to accept the censure, talking back to the new manager. The witch offers Xiao Ru a choice – she quits or some of Xiao Ru’s co-workers gets fired.
Xiao Ru sincerely apologizes to the manager, and the witch tells her not to worry about other people when Xiao Ru’s own job is at stake. She makes Xiao Ru get down on her knees and wipe her dirty shoes with her hands. Xiao Ru bravely gets on her knees and wipes the shoes clean, telling the manager that she’ll voluntarily quit. She asks that her co-workers be treated properly. She tearily says her goodbyes to her co-workers.
Yi Xian walks to the restaurant to find Xiao Ru, only to see Meng Jun in shock. He asks her where Xiao Ru is? Xiao Ru is cleaning out her locker. Jie Xiu calls Xiao Ru, and she swallows her tears and answers his call. He thanks her for the breakfast. She says it’s no big deal, and he asks her if she’s crying? OMG, Jie Xiu, you are so amazing and perceptive. Xiao Ru tells him nothing is wrong, and that she doesn’t want Jie Xiu to get involved. Jie Xiu threatens to ask Meng Jun, and Xiao Ru confesses that she got fired by her new manager, who was the witch who harassed Jie Xiu yesterday.
Jie Xiu tells Xiao Ru to go to a certain restaurant and order a wild boar specialty dessert. It always makes him feel better. Xiao Ru says she’s never heard of this so-called boar dessert. Jue Xiu tells her to just go, and he’ll meet her there. Jie Xiu then calls the owner of the restaurant.
Yi Xian is meeting with the manager and ordering food for a wedding banquet. He orders food that only Xiao Ru can make, as it’s her self-created speciality. Yi Xian smirks and tells the manager he has to have it. Meng Jun and Yi Xian pair up and insist that the food is available at this hotel, and he must have it. Meng Jun says that Rain ate Xiao Ru’s food once and loved it, and she even has the pictures to prove it. The hotel manager tries to convince Yi Xian to order something else. The manager refuses to entertain Yi Xian’s request and brushes him off. But the hotel manager overhears this and immediately apologizes to Yi Xian. He drags the manager outside to talk, and Meng Jun and Yi Xian give each other high fives.
The hotel manager tells her to accept the banquet. He tells her to get Xiao Ru back, and reminds her that she was demoted from the US branch of the hotel here and is still in a probationary period. She agrees to get Xiao Ru back.
Xiao Ru goes to the restaurant and they deliver the wild boar specialty dessert, which is adorable! Xiao Ru says it looks so good, but wonders if it has the special characteristics that Jie Xiu claimed it to have. Xiao Ru takes a bite, and finds a note inside that says “failure is a step towards success.” Suddenly Xiao Ru gets a call from Meng Jun telling her to come back to work. Meng Jun tells Xiao Ru that Yi Xian was the one who helped her.
Tony is at the office and is given a letter meant for Jie Xiu. It’s a card from “Samantha”, which freaks out Tony. He gives Jie Xiu his favorite pudding first to soften the blow, and then shows him the card. Tony asks Jie Xiu if Jie Xiu’s mom is getting re-married again? Jie Xiu tosses the card, saying he’s too busy to deal with that woman.
Their boss shows Jie Xiu a design he did that’s not suitable, since it’s intended for a baby’s room. Jie Xiu says when he was small, his room was not decorated for a child. Jie Xiu thinks the baby should grow up in an elegant aesthetic. Tony says Jie Xiu doesn’t understand anything about babies, how can he ever become a dad in the future?
Jie Xiu says he’ll find another designer to do the baby room, since he has no inspiration. Tony says Jie Xiu needs to go home now and make a baby with his wife, then he’ll get inspiration. Tony confesses that he punctured a hole in every single condom that was sent to Jie Xiu’s room at the resort. Jie Xiu tells Tony to design the room instead.
Jie Xiu rushes to the restaurant but Xiao Ru is already gone. He drives around looking for her, and sees her walking on the street. He pulls up next to her and gets out, asking her where she’s going since it’s the opposite direction from their house. He drags her with him to go eat some food, whatever she wants. He tells Xiao Ru that he’s designed many a restaurant, and Xiao Ru is so hardworking that lots of restaurants will want her.
Xiao Ru smiles and thanks him for always encouraging her. She tells him the wild boar dessert worked, because she got her job back. She tells him that Yi Xian and Peggy are getting married and she’s being rehired to do their wedding banquet. Jie Xiu says clearly it has to do with Yi Xian, since Xiao Ru seemed so out of it when he pulled up next to her. They agree not to argue, and head out to go buy groceries. At the supermarket, Xiao Ru complains that the beef is so expensive, and Jie Xiu adorably joins in the crowd of housewives to score some on-sale steaks for their dinner. Xiao Ru smiles and watches him.
Xiao Ru picks through the various cuts of meat he grabbed, telling him none of it passes inspection. He gets upset and puts the meat back, and she grumbles that he doesn’t even wait to hear everything she needs to say, because she wanted to say thank you. Xiao Ru is walking down an aisle and trips over a bottle on the ground. Jie Xiu leans over her and extends his hand to help her up. He think picks her up and deposits her in the shopping cart. Xiao Ru thought he took off and was angry at her? Jie Xiu says he’s never once left Xiao Ru anywhere before. He chides her for being so careless and tripping again.
Back home, Xiao Ru has prepared a feast for Jie Xiu from her special menu. She asks for his highly-refined opinion. He takes a bite, and she anxiously asks him how is it? He chews and nods, asking her if there is any rice. He gets up to grab some rice, and Xiao Ru wonders if her food is that bad he’d rather eat white rice. Jie Xiu tells Xiao Ru that the only problem at the table is the lack of white rice. He can easily eat five bowls with the dishes at the table. Xiao Ru thinks Jie Xiu normally would criticize every little detail, mimicking him nitpicky behavior at the construction site. Jie Xiu says that it’s no wonder people can’t stand him.
Xiao Ru wonders why Jie Xiu is not angry with her mocking him? She tells him to open his mouth and let her check if his poisonous tongue is sick. They lean into each other, and Jie Xiu closes his eyes and adorably pouts his lips for a kiss. Which is when Meng Jun shows up to sample the food, and she enthusiastically digs in. Meng Jun hilariously steals every piece of food Jie Xiu is reaching for. He yells at her, asking how many days has it been since she’s eaten? Meng Jun asks if there is any rice, and Jie Xiu show her the last bowl, and then takes it back and refuses to let her have it.
Xiao Ru takes out the pudding bread she made at work today. Jie Xiu takes the entire plate of bread and gives Meng Jun his final bowl of rice. He says that the bread is exclusively his, since he invented it with Xiao Ru. Meng Jun tries to use her unborn son to make Jie Xiu feel guilty, but he mocks her by pretending to share some with her, only to make a big gesture of shoving the bread in his mouth. Oh god, Jie Xiu can be so adorably immature sometimes. The two of them engage in a food eating contest, and Xiao Ru sits here and smiles at Jie Xiu’s adorableness.
After dinner, Meng Jun wishes she can get married again just to have Xiao Ru cook the wedding banquet. Xiao Ru wonders if the food she made today really was good? Meng Jun tells her all the food was eaten, and she needs to trust in herself. Meng Jun thinks that Xiao Ru’s suspicious nature reminds her of how pregnant women behave. Jie Xiu perks up when he overhears this. Xiao Ru runs off, and Meng Jun asks Jie Xiu to please give a shirt back to Xiao Ru.
Meng Jun takes out the black sweater and tells Jie Xiu that this sweater was missing a button and Xiao Ru had asked Meng Jun to toss it. Jie Xiu takes the sweater and rushes up to his room. He takes the button and compares it to the other buttons on the sweater, determining that the missing button did indeed come from Xiao Ru’s sweater. He realizes that Avril lied about the button belonging to her. He wonders what happened that night? And if something happened between Avril and Xiao Ru.
Jie Xiu runs downstairs and overhears Xiao Ru and Meng Jun discussing what happens when a woman is pregnant. The two ladies run up to Xiao Ru’s room and closes the door. Jie Xiu presses his face against the door and wonders why they are talking about. Meng Jun and Xiao Ru discuss something to do with a baby, and Jie Xiu starts to freak out. He thinks to himself that something clearly happened between him and Xiao Ru that night.
Thoughts of Mine:
When I say this episode was low on angst, I meant it. Aside from Xiau Ru’s work issues, which arrived and was resolved immediately, DTLY has settled into a groove that is all about the OTP spending time together. It doesn’t even pretend there is any meaningful plot or genuine issues. I’m not complaining, but it does make for less meaty thought discussions. I can only squee so much about how much I love Xiao Ru and Jie Xiu, and boy do I love them more each and every week.
I’m so glad that Xiao Ru and Yi Xian got the closure they needed. Not the fake “I’m leaving you without a reason” posturing, but a genuine discussion about why their relationship ended and how to move on. Xiao Ru didn’t care why Yi Xian cheated on her, nor was his revelation of the truth change anything about their relationship. It’s over, and she’s truly made the effort to move on and grieve and pick herself back up. It’s time Yi Xian manned up, and if he chose Peggy, he needs to make a conscious effort to try and love her. Otherwise why bother?
It’s hard to hate Avril and Yi Xian in this drama, and actually Peggy as well, because they don’t hold that much power to derail our OTP or destroy their emotional sanity. Avril’s relationship with Jie Xiu was on the rocks for a long time, and he’s partially at fault for enabling her and always relenting in the end. I’m glad he accept his own responsibility for that dysfunctional relationship going on for so long, and very pointedly decided it’s time to end it once and for all.
I can’t even begin to count all the adorable and sweet moments between Jie Xiu and Xiao Ru. From then running away from the fountain, to him lecturing her on architecture again, to holding an open box of pizza so she can munch as they walked, it all just defines and confirms their growing affection for each other. They share their successes and triumphs with each other, which is truly the most solid way to build a lasting relationship. This contract may have been a gimmick, but this love story is the real deal.