Sparrow 麻雀 Episodes 14-15 Recap

Episodes 14-15 Recap

Chen Shen reads the detailed report on Zhou Li, Bicheng’s old friend from school. She and other wanted people are to be sent to Cao He Jing prison. As it turns out, Xiaonan also has an upcoming acting gig in that area – so much for coincidences. Chen Shen visits the prison and confirms that Zhou Li is there, but he also recognizes it will be very difficult to save her from the high-ranked Wang Wei. He needs to do something for the prison there in order to expect a return favor.

He finds opportunity when he catches Ms. Sun having an extramarital relationship with Dr. Jiang. Ms. Sun is a friend of Zhongliang’s, and Dr. Jiang is the prison doctor in charge of administering their health checkups. Chen Shen threatens Dr. Jiang with pictures he took of him with Ms. Sun, and Dr. Jiang acquiesces to letting Chen Shen bring someone into the jail for a moment during the checkup. According to Chen Shen’s plan, Dr. Jiang is not to enter the cell while Bicheng is to dress as the doctor.

That day, Bicheng pretends to be sick and asks Shanhai to tell the office she can’t go to work due to illness. After he leaves, she then goes with Chen Shen to see Zhou Li. The plan seems to go well at first, and she does get to meet her friend, but then in the afternoon Shanhai realizes that she’s missing. Meanwhile, after Bicheng leaves the jail, she starts crying, and Chen Shen comforts her. He tells her that tears are only a way to express anger at oneself for being so helpless, but is there any use for that anger?

Originally, Bicheng had convinced herself that just meeting Zhou Li once more would be enough. However, she finds out that Zhou Li has a husband and a child now, and that her family doesn’t know she’s been captured. Bicheng cannot simply do nothing about the impending scenario, so she decides to take matters into her own hands and try to save Zhou Li herself without relying on Chen Shen or Shanhai.

She tells Dachun that Zhou Li and the other prisoners are going to be transferring jails, and they plan to intercept the transfer car halfway on the road. One of Zhongliang’s assistants, 扁头 Bian Tou, is assigned to transfer the prisoners. However, on that day, his mom suddenly gets admitted to the hospital, so the task is now Chen Shen’s. This is completely unexpected and Bicheng now worries for Chen Shen’s safety. She warns him he must not go, and he then understands what Bicheng plans to do. Chen Shen tells her to stay at the office to minimize suspicion, and he’ll try to figure out a plan.

this hand-on-the-wall move is so common in Asian dramas

She asks him to please extend the time of transferring inmates for as long as possible so that she can notify Dachun and his team to stop their plan. This conversation is overheard by Er Bao, one of Zhongliang’s assistants. He tells Zhongliang he heard the words “Qiao Jia Shan”, which is the name of the place where the interception is supposed to happen.

In the midst of Bicheng’s panic, she goes and tells Shanhai “I think I have committed a great mistake.” I am facepalming right now. Please Bicheng, for the sake of the viewers’ sanity, please try to control your emotions a little more next time. At the prison, in order to prolong time for as long as possible, Chen Shen provokes Zhou Li, who mocks him for becoming a Chinese traitor, and he also disrupts the wires of the car.

Meanwhile Shanhai is also trying to get the news to Dachun that the plan has changed, but the road is blocked by Er Bao and his men. Shanhai fights the men and kills them, but one of them manages to get one of his coat buttons. Eventually he is able to tell Dachun right before they start executing the plan. One of Dachun’s men, who happens to be the husband of Zhou Li, is especially devastated.


The short recap parts at the beginning of each episode always confuse me. This is of minor importance, but seriously, I’ll be five minutes in the episode, wondering if I’m watching the right version or if I’m rewatching the same thing over again, because so much of the plot is regurgitated at the beginning.

Ah, love. Excusing Bicheng’s “disguise” as a doctor, which really consisted of putting on a white gown and wire-rimmed glasses, I thought Zhou Dongyu did an amazing job in the crying scene. The dubbing of her voice kind of ruined the emotional impact of the scene, but nonetheless her sorrow felt genuine. No matter how frustrated I am with her irrational decision to put herself and others in danger in order to see Zhou Li, I also understand that she loves her friend and wants to help her as much as possible. It’s similar to Chen Shen’s decision to save Qiuxia, even if he was risking his identity in the process. And Chen Shen as well loves Bicheng so much that he’d be willing to help coordinate her last meeting with Zhou Li.

Pictures and gifs credit to the 电视剧麻雀 Weibo.


42 thoughts on “Sparrow 麻雀 Episodes 14-15 Recap

  1. Shannymelbournian September 15, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    Wooowww .. china biggest idol… indeed he is ❤❤❤
    So insanely good lookinggg..

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  2. shannymelbournian September 15, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    by the way do you guys reckon Chen Shen’s voice in the drama is not Li Yi Feng’s real voice? I just watched a number of his singing videos and not sure whether the voice is the same as the voice in Sparrow. ? (sounds a bit different.

    I know the dubbing sound regulations in China (to eliminate accents / background noises) but just hoping Li Fi Yeng is the dubber of his own voice in Sparrow. hehehe


  3. shannymelbournian September 15, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    sigh.. Liu Meina is dead and Shang Hai’s hugged her crying
    In 1.28 the red scarf Bi Cheng wore is the tribute to Xiao Nan after her death. :{ :{

    Episode 18 has sweet moment between Chen Shen and Bi Cheng.. Chen Shen tells her that she is very persistent and he likes her attitude.

    He also asked her to teach him sign language – Apparently this is all because Pi Pi cannot speak and cannot hear., . (Bi Cheng knows sign language) . so Chen Shen want to learn it to easier communicate with his newly adopted son.

    and in the preview video clip I think the sign language is used to communicate to Pi Pi. 🙂


    • coffeenlucia September 15, 2016 / 5:59 pm

      I didn’t even notice the scarf! Poor Xiaonan…

      Aw it’s sweet that Bi Cheng will teach Chen Shen sign language. Can’t wait to watch ep 18


  4. Moonlight September 15, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    At 1:47 Liu Meina gets shot 😦


    • coffeenlucia September 15, 2016 / 5:57 pm

      At 2:19 Bicheng opens the door to presumably a hospital room and Shanhai is seen crying and holding the patient’s hand. If the patient is Liu Meina, then maybe it’s possible that she survives? Maybe??


      • Moonlight September 15, 2016 / 5:59 pm

        Oh I didn’t notice this scene…Hopefully she survives. My heart breaks for Shan Hai 😥

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      • shannymelbournian September 15, 2016 / 7:38 pm

        Hopefully Meina survives. she is a nice lady afterall not like ErBao and the other sadistic men


        • coffeenlucia September 15, 2016 / 9:55 pm

          Yes and she’s so nice to Bicheng too ^^ Meina is actually quite smart and often knows the secrets of the bureau before the others do.

          The one thing that continues to bother me is when Xiaonan went to Chen Shen’s office to retrieve his bag on top of the cabinet, and Meina helped push in the cabinet door to hide Er Bao who was hiding inside. Why she would try to help him is mysterious to me.


  5. amaliapus September 15, 2016 / 8:19 am

    Oh my God reading your comments… if they really let so many characters die that’s just too cruel. But I think this drama will closely follow the book since the scriptwriter is the author itself. I have no info about the book though.

    Poor Xiaonan. And I think I remember I watched the clip Liu Meina shot by Shanhai? Anyway about Xiaonan, does her name literally mean “Little Man”? Just curious lol


    • coffeenlucia September 15, 2016 / 8:45 am

      Liu Meina is shot by Shanhai? Wow this drama is just really planning to go all out, isn’t it? First Xiaonan is going to be tortured by the guy who loves her, and now Meina is going to be killed by the guy she loves? 😦

      Xiaonan’s full Chinese name is 李小男, 李 being her last name Li. 小男, or Xiaonan, does mean “Little man” in English. It’s an interesting name, though I suspect it’s also not her real name. Qiuxia was also the code name for Chen Shen’s sister-in-law too (I think her real name was Zai Xiang or something)


      • amaliapus September 15, 2016 / 9:15 am

        Seems like it. He hugs her on one hand and pointing the gun at her with another hand. I watched it on 5-min trailer.

        Yeah, that’s why I got curious.
        Oh you’re right, I remember she said “I am Zai Xiang” in the first ep to Chen Shen, I thought it was her code name. Also, I’m wondering whether the meeting at the club in ep 1 is their first meeting? Chen Shen never see her before as sister in law? I got too many curiosity for unimportant trivia not related to the plot lol


        • coffeenlucia September 15, 2016 / 9:21 am

          I think it wasn’t their first meeting in Ep 1, since Chen Shen says “Why did you go missing for a few years?” and Qiuxia says it was so that his identity could sink into greater obscurity. Maybe it was just difficult to recognize each other – or to immediately meet up when they saw each other – because people in the dance hall would get suspicious.


  6. shannymelbournian September 14, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    sighhh..At least our hearts are prepared for the sad outcome. rather than watching them without anticipating it.

    in the meantime Let us wait for the kiss to happen. I am so looking forward to the kiss >_<


    • coffeenlucia September 14, 2016 / 10:16 pm

      I am too! But I get the sinking suspicion that there’s only one kiss scene in this drama (I hope there’s more though, lol). I’ve seen the kiss in a drama preview, and it’s Bicheng who initiates it, surprisingly. Maybe they have more cute scenes together – I’d be satisfied with any OTP moment tbh.


      • shannymelbournian September 14, 2016 / 10:35 pm

        ahaha yes sweet moments together. I am too excited to watch them..:) the kiss will be the beginning

        Chen Shen playing harmonica for BiCheng whilst both of them sitting inside the church. Chen Shen and Bi Cheng hugging and watching fireworks at the bridge.
        Also I noticed a few back-hugging scene (Bi cheng hugged Chen Shen from behind, and one even she squeezes his blazer / coat? ). Why all the time Bi Cheng initiates the hug from behind lol.. the girl is the proactive one here. the guy is so passive @_@


        • coffeenlucia September 14, 2016 / 11:22 pm

          I predict that fireworks scene is going to be the last scene of the last episode.

          Yea Chen Shen’s got to step up his game and be more proactive xD Except I don’t blame him right now since he still thinks Bicheng is married.


  7. Moonlight September 14, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    OMG … Waiiiii…Was hoping Shan Hai wouldn’t die in the end… Why do I feel like all the characters are going to die except for Chen Shen and Bi Cheng… Urgh such an emotional roller coaster .


    • coffeenlucia September 14, 2016 / 9:18 pm

      If all the characters except Chen Shen and Bi Cheng die, this might be the most depressing Cdrama I’ve ever seen. Just thinking of Shan Hai’s impending death makes me sad, sniff.

      At least let Xiaonan live, drama writers!! She’s one of my favorites so far.


      • shannymelbournian September 14, 2016 / 9:29 pm

        spoilers spoilers

        Xiaonan also dead 😦 😦 😦 😦
        seriously I just read on google – there is a bit of spoiler about her death 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦

        Yes i guess Bi Cheng and Chen Shen will live in the end but the others not


        • coffeenlucia September 14, 2016 / 9:35 pm

          MY POOR HEART.

          This drama is going to turn into such a melodrama why… Well at least they spared Bi Cheng and Chen Shen, or I think I might facepalm at the writing.

          My guess is that Xiaonan gets tortured to reveal info on Chen Shen, but she doesn’t give in and ends up dying. I suppose the drama really wants to underline the message of sacrifice and loyalty.

          And to think that in the beginning I thought Qiuxia was the only one who was going to die in this drama – I have been so wrong.


          • Moonlight September 14, 2016 / 11:16 pm

            Read some articles (Google Translate lol) about Li Xiao Nan’s ending (Based on the book) and oh dear it sounds so depressing. Some people said according to the book she has a really really tragic ending.. Sniff 😦 Apparently the guy who likes her Su San Sheng will torture her ruthlessly 😥 (Something to do with stuffing a cloth into stomach) even though he had liked her before…Oh gosh she’s so unfortunate in love 😦


            • coffeenlucia September 14, 2016 / 11:20 pm

              My gosh, and he liked her too before? That’s just so wrong. How could he bear to torture her if he loves her? T_T Maybe there’s a chance the drama won’t follow the book and will give Xiaonan a happy ending instead?? Hopefully??


              • Moonlight September 14, 2016 / 11:22 pm

                Same I’m hoping that they won’t follow too closely to the book 😥

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                • shannymelbournian September 15, 2016 / 12:41 am

                  My gosh is she killed by the guy who loves her? (Su San Sheng). He is such a psychopath.. I really hate him sighh..I also notice he causes the bruise on Chen shen’s face later in the drama (using knife etc) – such a crazy character. how dare he bruises Chen shen’s handsome face ..

                  sobs sobs the way she is murdered is just too sadistic I hope they don’t show it on teve.
                  I bet Chen Shen later will really regret handcuffing Xiaonan and putting her in prison. 😦 😦


                  • coffeenlucia September 15, 2016 / 8:58 am

                    Xiaonan is just so unfortunate. The guy she loves sends her to prison, and the guy who loves her kills her. 😦 Chen Shen is definitely going to regret his decision.


  8. Moonlight September 14, 2016 / 7:39 am

    Spoiler Alert!!!

    At 1:07 in the trailer it shows Li Xiao Nan was tortured too… 😥


    • coffeenlucia September 14, 2016 / 11:46 am

      😥 You’re right, it does look like Xiaonan will be tortured. Poor lady… I wonder if it’s because Zhongliang is investigating her background right now, since she’s now engaged to Chen Shen. Hopefully she survives, she is a likable character.


      • shannymelbournian September 14, 2016 / 6:25 pm

        Yes Xiao Nan’s character all beaten up and bruises everywhere. how cruel.
        By the way also in 0.14 you can see Zhang Ruo Yun’s being “buried” alive too only leaving the head :. omg so cruel. perhaps that the end of him 😦

        and also just a quickie spoiler for the ep 16 and 17
        – Bi Cheng’s identity is safe – because Chen Shen had conversations with the prisoner that if he want his wife and kid to live he needs to be silent. at the end the prisoner was shot dead by another guard because he attacked one guard (it was not Chen Shen that shot him).
        – Shan Hai’s identity is also safe , Chen Shen has grey suits and gave him a button, so no more missing buttons.
        I guess it is much too early to blow their cover. glad all is safe 🙂


        • coffeenlucia September 14, 2016 / 8:03 pm

          Oh thank goodness both of them are safe – at least for the next two episodes. But if any of them (Bi Cheng, Shanhai, Chen Shen, Xiaonan) are killed off in the drama I will be so sad 😦


          • shannymelbournian September 14, 2016 / 8:56 pm

            Shan Hai ends up dead and buried alive 😦 😦 : 😦 😦
            But glad Zhong Liang also will be killed in the end .
            below link:

            apparently from google translate and it translates into bad english somehow lol.


            • coffeenlucia September 14, 2016 / 9:00 pm

              NOOOOOO Shanhai noooooooooooooooooooo. My gosh, if this is the way the drama manages to set up Chen Shen and Bicheng together, that’s just so messed up. Sigh. But since Shanhai is such a key character, I feel like his death will not happen until towards the end of the drama?


              • shannymelbournian September 14, 2016 / 9:05 pm

                yeahh definitely will be toward the end of the drama ..looks like he got death penalty because he murders the ruthless killer (don’t know his name – but he is the one loves Li Xiao Nan).

                but I bet Chen Shen and Bi Chen are together long before Shan Hai’s death -(Shan Hai will be involved with Mei Na). but it is so heartbreaking 😦


                • coffeenlucia September 14, 2016 / 9:08 pm

                  I saw a character poster of the guy who loves Xiaonan, he’s actually kind of good looking lol. But sigh, I dislike sad endings 😥


  9. shannymelbournian September 14, 2016 / 12:42 am

    Thanks for the ep 14 and 15 recap. Must be midnight over there already hehe , hard work!

    By the way It is quite impressive that Chen Shen seems to only love 1 woman in this drama 🙂 how nice 🙂 I am in awe .
    wondering when Chen Shen will know that Bi Cheng only pretends to be Shan Hai’s wife and she loves him too 🙂


    • coffeenlucia September 14, 2016 / 11:44 am

      Thanks for reading ❤

      Yea Chen Shen better only love Bicheng, or I'm afraid my poor heart will not be able to stand it. I'm pretty sure Chen Shen is going to find out Bicheng is only in a fake marriage with Shanhai – *spoiler* I saw a clip where Chen Shen and Bicheng kiss, so if that happens, he probably would have already known about the situation.


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