The first video preview is out for episode 14 of In A Good Way and it’s as full of angst and woe as anticipated. Liu Chuan stands at the center of the woe-storm but the ripples fan out and affect everyone who cares about him. Bai Xue and Liu Chuan’s awkwardness for the last few episodes might just get washed away by even more important worries, namely that Liu Chuan is withdrawing from everyone and everything on campus. Is it a result of some deal he cut with his smarmy dad, i.e. he’ll transfer schools or cease all social activities until graduation? Or is it a result of his own self-loathing that he would actually do the very thing he hates the most which is to call in a favor from a powerful figure to solve a problem. I don’t blame Liu Chuan for buckling under the fear and worry that Jia En would get expelled. If it was just Liu Chuan’s future at stake then he wouldn’t blink an eye, but put his Jia En in danger and suddenly he’s as human and helpless as everyone else. A high IQ is of no help when there is no justice other than the authority figures choosing to make an example out of JIa En and Liu Chuan for instigating a student protest.I can’t believe Liu Chuan didn’t think of this worst case scenario, which goes to show that he’s not perfect and infallible.
I still think the whole expulsion threat came much too fast and furious. To expel a student requires more than one professor pushing for it and then one quick board meeting to discuss it. Not to mention Liu Chuan is like campus big man and even if the university doesn’t know his father is a congressman I doubt the threat of his expulsion wouldn’t cause severe campus morale problems. I suppose this united danger to Liu Chuan and Jia En is what it takes to bring them even closer and then force them apart so that there is no more confusion or questions as to how each feels. I also think this arc forces them to think about college not as just an experience for freedom but as the stepping stone for the next stage in their lives – adulthood and responsibilities. What does Liu Chuan want to do besides not turn into his dad? Does he want to change the world a little step at a time? Jia En has come a long way since the wide-eyed girl with no sense of self, but even if she no longer dreams the same Ren Wei dreams she’s still a long way away from having her own dream to pursue. I’m sure the drama will keep on delving into these great growing up conundrums but I’m not looking forward to watching Liu Chuan so morose and down in the dumps. I suppose the only silver lining is that it forces Jia En to be proactive and take charge to pull her man back into the world of the carefree college student life.
Preview for episode 14:
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Bai Xue: Setting the club aside and paying it no attention, that is not the Liu Shan Feng that I’ve known for the last 5 years!
Liu Chuan: Then what do you think I ought to be like?
Jia En: Liu Chuan, if you have anything on your mind, you can tell me. Don’t hold it in all by yourself. 3631, Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., see you at the plaza where the Tea Confession takes place. I won’t leave until I see you.