King Flower ended today and I feel a sense of relief and nostalgia already. I really do need a crazy crack drama at least once a year or it’s like a itch I can’t scratch. KF has fit that bill completely, making me crazy addicted and totally at its mercy. Episode 21 pissed me off to no end when I first watched it, but in writing this baby recap I realized it really was the only thing the production company could do. It gave everyone the Da Hua-Terry ending that was the only logical conclusion, but did so in a way that at least didn’t rub it all over James Wen‘s and his fans faces as his character meandered through the final episode and exited stage left as pointlessly as he existed in this entire drama. This wasn’t a open ending, but it also didn’t pile on the Da Hua-Terry fanservice sweetness that would have been the hallmark of how most OTPs get sent off in TW-dramas. But you know what? I’ve calmed down enough to be fine with it, because Terry continued to own this last episode as thoroughly as he’s owned the entire drama.
Chris Wu has stolen many a drama as the second lead but I don’t think anything can ever top what he did here. In the end nothing made sense but him, and some of his dialogue in the last episode had me near tears. Again. @Mystisith and I were chatting on Twitter as I watched episode 21 and she said James Wen “fell on a genius who could make you cry while reading the phone book.” So true, and ultimately it was so satisfying for the fans while the narrative suffered and the main lead became relegated to the third lead. Watching episode 21 I laughed at all the product placements (again), coo’d over the perfection that was Terry (always) especially how gorgeous he looked at the end on the plane with his new hairstyle, and then blissfully soaked up how a good 10 minutes of this episode was a montage of all the Da Hua-Terry moments from the first 20 episodes. Good lord does this production know how to fill up time. This is just a baby recap to tide everyone over but look out because I have tons of feels and thoughts so the recap for this sucker is going to be EPIC. Or at least I will try, and I can’t succeed-fail on the same extreme bipolar levels that the writers of KF did, right?
Baby recap for episode 21:
Da Hua goes to return the ring to Terry and apologize for the runaway bride routine. He tells her not to apologize, he was the one who called off the wedding and gave her time to think. She asks him to stop being so considerate towards her and to get angry at her. He can’t, because he loves her, so he doesn’t have the heart to yell at her. His exact words are “我舍不得”, which breaks my heart because he says he can’t bear chastising her. She tells him she’s not worth it but he says she is and this is the only way he knows how to love her. He finally yells asking what she wants him to do then! She starts crying and he hugs her, telling her not to feel bad because she did nothing wrong. There is no right and wrong in love, and he knew that she hadn’t yet let Lin Guan Jun fully go. But what can he do, he’s fallen in love with her already. He tells her that he will give her as much time as she needs and he will wait for her. They part and each reminisces about the other, with Da Hua having her own Terry-moment when she imagines that he’s calling her name and she turns around but he’s not there. These two – why waste time apart when they can be rolling in the sack. At least Liang Yen knew that much.
Three months pass and Da Hua is puttering through life. A fun and nice sequence with Terry and Qin Mo rocking climbing shows us that he’s doing well, living his life even without her, and hanging out with his crazy BFF the good doctor. A gratuitous shower scene follows of the two guys chatting about their school days. I approve. Then we see that Terry is still wearing his wedding ring with Da Hua! Silly man, but that is why we love you so much. Qin Mo asks what he’s doing to do and Terry wants to go travel a bit. When asked if he still keeps in touch with Da Hua, Terry says no, if they are fated they will meet again. He sincerely believes that. When he leaves the cafe, Da Hua walks by to deliver flowers but a truck blocks them from seeing each other, but they both sense the other and turn around. Da Hua runs into Qin Mo inside the cafe and she offers to buy him this meal, as thanks for the plastic surgery which changed her life. Qin Mo asks if she keeps in touch with Terry and she says no, if they are fated they will meet again. Qin Mo points out that Terry was just here and said the exact same thing to his same question.
Da Hua decides to go travel and work in Australia for a year. Guan Jun, who tried to quit his job working for Hu Jing Biao but the guy really wants to keep Guan Jun for his ability and won’t force him to date Xiao Fei, is the first to support Da Hua. They both vow to mature even more personally and professionally when they see each other in a year. Terry meets with Johnson and hands him the reins to the company, deciding to be the person to break their competition and bring some peace to the family since the company’s success is good for both sides of the Ouyang clan. Cheng Hong can tells Terry misses Da Hua and encourages him to do everything in his power to get her back. Terry wants to but he’s actually scared, he’s scared that even if she tells him point blank that she doesn’t love him, he will still always love her and be unable to let her go. So he wants to give her time to think and accept any decision she makes.
Da Hua leaves for Australia and the night before she writes multiple texts to Terry but doesn’t send it. In one she asks if she can be his bride again after she comes back in a year, and feels like she doesn’t have the right to love him because of what she did to hurt him. Terry comes to the store and stands outside her window, smiling up at her and in the end he says goodbye. Da Hua goes to the airport and is sad Guan Jun didn’t come send her off. A life-size Grey Bear comes to send her off and inside is Guan Jun. They wish each other well and hug goodbye. As Da Hua boards the airplane, she drops her Grey Bear and Terry picks it up on the aisle. He’s on the same plane as her and it really is by coincidence since he didn’t know she was leaving. A montage of all their shippy moments flash by and they smile at each other (and hold up the aisle for the poor passengers waiting to get seated). The plane takes off with the voiceover of both of them that if its meant to be they will see each other again.