Wow, Sunday night in Taiwan is ON FIRE. This week’s episodes of Office Girls and In Time With You both are raking in the viewers. OG’s ratings broke 5 for the first time (going from 4.68 to 5.21), which is a huge feat since the only three idol dramas to break 5 in any episode this year have been The Fierce Wife, Drunken to Love You, and now OG. Not to be deterred, ITWY barely broke 2 last week, but jumped again this week to hit 2.34. Neither drama looks to slow down, which leaves poor Ring Ring Bell scrambling to play catch up, with ratings still below 1.
I’ve only watched the last episode of OG, and it’s soooooo good. I was smiling and laughing and then gushing towards the end, when Zi Qi’s friend was asking him how he felt about Xing Ren, and the poor boy’s flashbacks had me just cooing at my screen. He adores her so much and he can’t even process it at this point. Roy Qiu said two weeks ago if OG breaks 5, he will put on a dinosaur costume and drive a Go-Kart around as fanservice. When asked why he’s not doing the popular male-lead-takes-off-his-shirt fanservice, Roy says he hasn’t had the time to work out lately with his busy filming schedule so he doesn’t want to hurt his fans eyes with his withered carcass. Oh Roy, please show us your withered carcass. I’m serious.
Episode 9 was just awesome, taking both Zi Qi and Kai Er’s weird relationship and moving it forward with Kai Er revealing to Zi Qi her sad woe-is-me back story, and Xing Ren and Lao Yu doing their own thing and getting to know each other. I feel bad for Kai Er, but what I feel even worse about is that it’s clear to her and everyone with eyes that Zi Qi doesn’t like her that way. He may have pursued her when he was single and free with his attention, but he’s completely falling in love with Xing Ren at this point and Kai Er knows it. I hope she wises up soon and goes back to being someone with a backbone at work and a desire to make something of herself, as opposed to glomming onto Zi Qi. Though I do sense that she genuinely likes him now, because she knows he’s a great guy underneath his immaturity.
Lao Yu’s relationship with Xing Ren is really odd for me, because I don’t get the sense that he’s falling for her. Maybe the drama is trying to plant the seed, but I see their relationship as friends now and in the future. He may even see Xing Ren as a muse of sorts, but I don’t get any romantic vibes between them either way. I think he’s there to push Zi Qi into recognizing his feelings for Xing Ren, and for her to start seeing herself as a woman and not just as an employee. She’s been so fixated on earning money for so long she’s given herself no room for a romantic interlude, but I’m glad that is all about to change. Who says Xing Ren can’t win in love and work?
Is anyone else loving Patrick Li as Stallone as much as I am? He’s honestly the best comic relief I have seen in any TW-drama in ages. I’ve seen him in so many TW-dramas in the past few years, from Fated to Love You to My Queen to Zhong Wu Yen to The Fierce Wife, but this is his best role to date. I love him as the smirky, wise-cracking, tell-it-like-it-is boss who doesn’t act like a boss. We know he’ll do the right thing when push comes to shove, but watching him be a complete nincompoop in the interim is pretty darn entertaining. His line deliveries are almost on par with how fast and crisp Roy’s is, and both of them are the king of the back-and-forth banter.
There were so many great scenes in episode 9, but my personal favorites were when Zi Qi was typing an apology text to Xing Ren which he deleted when he heard Le Le scream out that Xing Ren had been on a date with Lao Yu, which segued into him watching the “date” on the TV entertainment shows. And when the MCs noted that the boyfriend of the girl in question ought to be tossing tables when he saw this, and then Zi Qi upended his table right there. Love it! But the best scene was Zi Qi chatting with his buddy, who so astutely pointed out Zi Qi’s complicated relationship with both Kai Er and Xing Ren. What to do? It’s so like Zi Qi to repeat “I like Shen Xing Ren” a few times, acting as if he was repeating it as a question, and then claiming he couldn’t possibly like her. Uh huh.
I also loved how Zi Qi is making Ying Ren a doll house version of her dream house, which causes him to cut his finger and go running up to her for minstering. I can’t believe I have to wait until next week for more OG. This drama leaves me with such a buzzy high feeling after watching it. My only worry is that Office Girl is one of the few rare live-filmed TW-dramas, so I’m praying TTV doesn’t extend the drama because of it’s stellar ratings, which naturally causes the drama momentum and plot to tank in the last few episodes. Don’t you dare screw this up, TTV!