If Terry and Da Hua are telling each other “fighting” in episode 15 of the increasingly bipolar but still totally addicting King Flower, then who am I to refuse to believe. I believe with my whole heart that SETTV will grow brains, heart, and a pair of balls and steer a drama that has taken on a life of its own towards the realistic and satisfying ending almost everyone wants. Terry has come clean to President Du now, who is down one precious daughter. Let Da Hua take Liang Yen’s place both with Terry and be a surrogate daughter to poor old dad. At this this dad is nice, rich, and responsible. Unlike Da Hua’s real dad, who someone said ought to be shanked. Hahahaha, so true, and so violent. But still so true. For my recapping duties I watched the entire episode, and I kid you not every scene not involving Terry put me to sleep. It was like a narcoleptic trigger and I had to rouse myself to write down what happened.
Guan Jun apparently took intelligence and maturity pills from the last episode to this one, having suddenly become a savvy businessman and great negotiator for complex real estate transactions. He also seems to have cut it with the intense antagonism towards Terry, though he still sneers too much for me to handle. Da Hua is less bumbling or clueless, and her heart is in the right place but still her actions end up accidentally undermining Terry. I’ve discovered that Terry really is a true gentleman and a real decent human being. He never talks badly about Guan Jun to Da Hua, and he always looks at the situation and not the person. I have mad love and respect for him, and honestly the drama offing Liang Yen is a travesty unless its going to replace her with Da Hua. I don’t even care that she’s the heroine and gets to pick her man – she picks Terry or else she’s dead to me. Yup, I’m done with being considerate and patient, this girl needs to wise up and see the man who stares at her with so much affection in his eyes I just want to yank her out of that screen and crawl in there myself and soak up all those stares. Mmmm, delicious.
Stage 15 recap:
The Jin ladies find out that their no-good family patriarch gambled again and this time lost an even bigger sum of money. Even selling their little store isn’t enough to repay the debt.
Guan Jun comes home with Dad and announces that the debt is taken care of – he will be working for Hu Jing Biao going forward in his legitimate real estate investment company. It’s a good opportunity for his career advancement as well.
He can tell Mom isn’t happy and claims he will not take this offer if she doesn’t want him to. She knows the family has no choice so reluctantly agrees. Guan Jun reveals that Hu Jing Biao will resign his Chairman position of the Marketplace Commission and promises not to interfere with this local market anymore.
Guan Jun sits with Da Li later that night, with Da Li pissed at their Dad for constantly ruining their kids lives. Guan Jun points out that without Mom and Dad taking him in as a child, he would have starved to death on the street long ago. Guan Jun missed an opportunity to shoulder the burden of this family and this time he won’t leave it to Da Hua to deal with anymore.
Da Hua comes out with drinks and is sad Guan Jun is giving up his delivery service dreams. Guan Jun is okay with it, claiming that as long as he works hard, he can succeed in any profession. Operative word is “work hard”, Lin Guan Jun.
Da Hua thinks perhaps its all meant to be and this is their fate. Like when they family was in a debt crisis, suddenly Terry showed up and helped them overcome it. Guan Jun sneers that it was all for Terry’s selfish reasons. Da Hua doesn’t agree and says Terry only wanted her to pretend to be Liang Yen until she could recover, who knew she would die.
Da Hua says that because their family took Guan Jun in years ago, that is how he is able to help repay this debt now for their Dad. It was all fated to be, so as long as he remains loyal and works hard, he can succeed anywhere. The three of them toast to that goal.
The Lun Chuan Real Estate Investment Company officially opens for business and Hu Jing Biao throws a huge party in the neighborhood. Everyone congratulates Guan Jun on becoming the Managing Director of this new company.
Hu Jing Biao officially resigns his Chairman position of the Marketplace Commission and selects Da Hua’s mom to be the new Chairman. He vows to go legit saying that investing in real estate will pay even greater dividends than his previous shady businesses. He puts Xiao Fei next to Guan Jun and the whole group takes a picture to commemorate the occasion.
Terry is in his office working and Da Hua comes in to ask how things are going with acquiring the E22 land deal. Terry reveals that the new Managing Director of the Lun Chuan Real Estate Company is coming by to discuss selling it.
Cheng Hong announces the Managing Director and Terry welcomes him in only to stop in shock to see Lin Guan Jun. That would be my expression too anytime I see that guy show up. The two men cordially shake hands and then sit down to talk business.
Terry offers to buy the land at NT500 million over the price the company bid for it, knowing the company must be scrambling to come up with the astronomical sum to pay the bid. Da Hua speaks up and suggests this is a great win-win for both sides. Guan Jun cuts to the chase and opens the sale price at NT10 billion point blank, that is his lowest price.
Da Hua’s eyes widen while Cheng Hong angrily speaks up and accuses Guan Jun of being an extortionist. Guan Jun says this is the final price and Terry can think about it. Terry looks floored and says nothing.
Afterwards Da Hua asks Guan Jun why insist on such a ridiculous price to make it difficult for Terry? Is it because of her? Guan Jun says its his job to get the best price for his company and its purely work related that he needs to start with such a high price.
Da Hua accepts his reason but says the result is more woe for Terry. She’s afraid his sleazy cousin Johnson will use this to push Terry aside and take over. Guan Jun says every family has their problems and they can’t help Terry on this one. Da Hua says Terry helped their family, so if Guan Jun can help him, she wants him to.
Terry is brooding in his room and can I say this man broods beautifully. Da Hua comes in with hot tea and apologizes for Guan Jun making his life difficult.
Terry smiles and holds her hand before guiding her to sit down. He asks why she’s apologizing for something Lin Guan Jun did? Da Hua explains that Guan Jun was just doing his job, and to her surprise Terry says he knows that. If he was in Lin Guan Jun’s shoes, he would have started with an even higher price than what Guan Jun asked for.
A business deal is all about negotiation, one wants to sell and one wants to buy. Guan Jun wants to force Terry to buy, but he has the choice of saying no. Da Hua points out the Board Meeting is coming up and he’s going to be forced to step down. Terry fist bumps his own chest and assures Da Hua that he’s not that easy to defeat.
Terry asks Da Hua if she remembers the night she got drunk and promised him that she would always have his back? Da Hua sorta remembers. Terry brings up that she asked him that night if being a Managing Director was a very heavy burden to bear. He’ll answer her question now – yes, it’s a very heavy burden, and he’s very tired by it. Son tired. So perhaps this is fate, and it’s time he let down that burden of being the Managing Director.
Especially right now, when he has to lie to the man who handed his beloved daughter to him for safekeeping. The guilt and sadness is eating away at him. Da Hua worriedly asks if he’s planning to come clean to President Du about Liang Yen? Terry shrugs with a smile and says maybe. He ushers Da Hua out to go to bed.
Terry goes to his desk and takes the picture of Liang Yen and him and puts it in his drawer. He voiceovers that the day has finally come – everything started with him and now he needs to end it. He closes the drawer containing his picture with Liang Yen, and it feels like emotionally he’s saying goodbye to her.
Da Hua washes her face (yet another Clarisonic PPL) and thinks to herself that she can’t let Terry come clean to President Du since it’s too devastating. Terry washes his face (this time a Biotherm Homme PPL) and wonders to himself if after he comes clean to President Du, will Da Hua still stay beside him? He looks so emotionally worn down, poor baby.
Guan Jun and Da Li come home and Mom returns from her first day as Chairman of the Marketplace Commission. Mom says everyone at the market is so thankful to Guan Jun for being catalyst for their nemesis Hu Jing Biao to turn to legal businesses and stay out of the marketplace. Mom asks Guan Jun to work hard, but he needs to always take care of Da Hua and never let her be in a bind. Guan Jun thinks back to Da Hua being upset about Terry’s situation. Guan Jun nods and says he understands.
Terry and Da Hua are being driven to work and Da Hua can tell Terry’s got a lot on his mind. She tells him to cheer up and then adorably gives him a “fighting” rally cry. Cheng Hong peeks at them from the front seat and smiles. He’s such a sweet supportive subordinate to Terry.
Terry suddenly tells Cheng Hong to turn the car around and take them to Lun Chuan Real Estate Company right now. Da Hua smiles at him and he smiles back. Lordy they are so perfect together.
When Cheng Hong does a u-turn, Da Hua and Terry slide into each other in the backseat and laugh. Why give us such sweetness, writer-nim, if you are only going to take it all away so cruelly? She gives him another “fighting” and he reciprocates.
Xiao Fei has turned into the perfect OL (office lady) and is sweeping and doing work to impress Guan Jun.
Terry and Da Hua arrive and sit down to talk. Terry ups his offer price another NT 1 billion but Guan Jun isn’t interested. But then Guan Jun offers to co-develop the land together as a 50/50 joint venture.
Terry and Da Hua smiles and Terry goes through the list of why this would be beneficial to both parties. Guan Jun speaks up directly to Director Du and says this is great for their two companies to work together. Terry agrees to quickly write up a joint venture contract and leaves with Da Hua. He offers his hand to Guan Jun first and the two men shake. Da Hua notices that Xiao Fei is still very close to Guan Jun.
Da Hua and Terry go pick up President Du who is leaving the hospital and tell him about the successful E22 land development joint venture. President Du is happy work is going well and urges them to quickly get married then. He can tell they are hemming and hawing and wonders why? He wonders if there is a problem with the happy couple? Kai Le knows the truth and glares at Da Hua, but she steps forward to urge the President to get some rest.
Guan Jun meets with Hu Jing Biao who is pleased with the way he handled the deal and looks forward to working with the top dog in the construction business that is Sheng Da. He happily tells his daughter Xiao Fei that people won’t be talking about her behind her back anymore now that her dad is legit.
Hu Jing Biao tells Guan Jun to take the afternoon off and go out with Xiao Fei. Guan Jun declines and Hu Jing Biao knows he insists on being with that Jin Da Hua. He offers him advice – if Guan Jun stops being so stubborn, both him and Jin Da Hua can find better partners each. OH YOU SPEAKETH THE TRUTH, YOU HORRIBLE MAN!
Da Hua hangs out with Guan Jun, showing him her card file that he gave her showing there are 180 days left before she goes home. If she can help Terry pass this obstacle, then she can hang out with the family more. Guan Jun thinks his career will have taken off by the time she comes home. Guan Jun says he helped Terry this time also for himself, he doesn’t want to owe him.
Da Hua and Guan Jun go to the E22 land and picture living in one of the units in the buildings to be built here. As they are goofing off, President Du drives by and spots her. He gets out of the car and walks over to ask what is going on? Ruh ruh.
Terry is at home when the doorbell rings and he opens it to see President Du. They sit down to talk and the President immediately brings up seeing Liang Yen very close with another man, the Managing Director of Lun Chaun Real Estate Company. Terry tries to explain it away but the President doesn’t buy it, he’s worried that his daughter is cheating on Terry and he won’t stand for it.
Terry sits in silence for a moment before making his decision. He tells President Du that the girl he saw today is not Liang Yen. He shows President Du pictures of him and Liang Yen on the mountain. Liang Yen begged to go and Terry took her. But Liang Yen got in an accident and fell off a cliff. Terry got his doctor friend Qin Mo to bring rescuers who saved Liang Yen. She was taken to the hospital immediately for treatment.
Because of Terry’s cowardice, he didn’t dare to tell President Du. And turns out Liang Yen couldn’t be saved, but his friend Qin Mo didn’t tell Terry because he didn’t want Terry to break down. It wasn’t until Liang Yen was critical that Terry was called and learned how serious her condition was. He went to the hospital to say his final goodbyes.
President Du refuses to believe it. Terry tells President Du to think about how weird this Liang Yen has been acting, why she is so hesitant with him and also reluctant to get married? This secret has been in his heart for too long, he lied to President Du and to everyone. Liang Yen is already dead.
President Du thinks back to all the recent interactions with Liang Yen and realizes that Terry is telling the truth. He asks Terry who this current Liang Yen is? Terry says her name is Jin Da Hua and she’s the daughter of a small grocery store owner. He was the one who brought her here to be Liang Yen.
He looks absolutely stricken and cries out for his daughter Liang Yen. Terry gets down on his knees and apologizes to President Du.
Terry says it was all his fault. He didn’t take good care of Liang Yen, it’s all his fault. President Du cries and slaps him hard across the face. Terry takes the slap and looks completely devastated. President Du cries that he gave his most precious Liang Yen to Terry, and he didn’t take care of her and let her………….
Oh wow, what a killer ending to an episode. To help calm our nerves down, have some stills from the preview for episode 16. Yup, absolutely perfect together.