I shall henceforth always remember this week in drama-lore as “the week it rained kisses in all of Koala’s crack dramas”, or maybe “the week the kisses were all in the rain in Koala’s crack dramas”. Take that as a spoiler for a certain drama episode imma recapping as fast as my fingers can type. Who knew rain could hurt so good? For King Flower, while I discussed the first half of episode 16 with the perfect parting between Terry and Da Hua, when I recap I’ll get to the latter half of the drama where Terry has this lovely scene alone in Liang Yen/Da Hua’s room. He goes in there and sits down on the bed, remembering that one night when he put a drunk Da Hua to bed and sat beside her after she drunkenly vowed to always have his back against the world. It was so bittersweet yet comforting, to know that he faces even the lose of Da Hua with such strength but emotional awareness.
Terry then looks at his hand wearing his engagement ring with Liang Yen and he finally takes it off. He takes it off and places it in front of the picture of him and Liang Yen. It’s like he finally gets to say goodbye to her because the pretense with Da Hua is over, and because he has finally come to terms with her death and is able to let go of the grief and guilt. I went back to re-watch some of the early episodes and its worth remembering how sweet and kind Liang Yen was. She was a lady but she had no airs, the way she warmly remembered her promise to Da Hua to take a picture of her and Terry on that mountain top as a present because Da Hua was so dazzled by seeing such a perfect couple. Da Hua was right, there was always something connecting her with Liang Yen even beyond Terry. Poor Liang Yen has been gone for a good 10 episodes now but I think it’s worth a walk down memory lane of her relationship with Terry. This MV is awesomesauce and I was a blubbering mess afterwards. Sigh, so satisfying.
Terry and Liang Yen MV (set to King Flower sub-theme “Memorial Day” by Aaron Yan):
Terry rushes to Liang Yen’s hospital room after Qin Mo comes clean that she’s dying and he lied that she could recover. I say again – Chris Wu‘s acting in this entire scene was award-winning good and incredibly gutwrenching. They have one final conversation whether she tells him not to feel guilty about what happened to her. It was an accident and she wants him to keep on living so that she can live on through his memories of her. She asks him to wake her soon because she still hasn’t seen her dad yet. Then Liang Yen dies, and Terry just breaks down sobbing, screaming for her to wake up, to not sleep. Screaming like a child that he doesn’t want this, he doesn’t want her to leave him. T___T
Then the MV goes back in time to tell the love story of Terry and Liang Yen, from their engagement party to going mountain climbing. The kite flying sequence from Terry’s memories of Liang Yen that he shared with Da Hua in episode 9 would have also fit perfectly here. But this short sequence is enough to really convince the viewers that these two gorgeous people are truly in love and happy to have found each other. Terry is the most successful character in this drama (by miles and miles) because he’s journey is convincing whether its his love and loss of Liang Yen to his torment and falling for Da Hua. I hope the final arc of KF brings Terry’s journey to a satisfying conclusion.