Episodes 22-23 Recap
It’s always a struggle trying to figure out if I should watch the TV version or uncut version of Sparrow – the recap parts at the beginning of each episode confuse me.
Shanhai and Bicheng head out for breakfast at a food stall, but they are followed by Zhongliang’s men. They need to send news (regarding the 100 captives held by the bureau) to their headquarters, but it’s difficult to do so with so many eyes watching them. It just so happens that Chen Shen joins them for breakfast, and Shanhai asks for help. But there are two obstacles this creates for Chen Shen. First, this would seriously misplace the trust Zhongliang has just begun to have in him, and second, helping Shanhai does nothing good for Chen Shen’s mission, as the two belong to different parties.
Chen Shen ends up agreeing to help them – but only within a thirty minute time span for Shanhai to go talk to Dachun, since distractions can’t last that long against Zhongliang’s men. Shanhai sees Dachun, but is unable to talk to him, because right at that moment (so many coincidences what is this…) San Sheng drives by. The road he’s on is the road to Dachun’s team’s hiding place. Shanhai realizes that it’s probably too late to tell Dachun to change the location of the hiding place if San Sheng is heading there. But Dachun disappears and Shanhai doesn’t know where he went.
It turns out that leader Zeng had chosen to surrender his knowledge of Dachun’s team, though he doesn’t know Shanhai’s face. Dachun comes just in time to see San Sheng arrest all of his team members, and he runs away. However, Shanhai does not know if Dachun just happened to be gone at the right time, or if he really understood that it was no longer safe and ran away. If it was the former case, then Shanhai needs to send a message to him somehow, since the capture of Dachun would mean Shanhai and Bicheng’s identities exposed.
Dachun goes to find Shanhai when he is at a separate location with Chen Shen. But Er Bao sees him and begins to chase him through various alleys. Shanhai follows close behind and says “He’s going this direction” when really he’s going the other direction. But Er Bao doesn’t take the bait, and after a few seconds, begins to head towards the place Dachun is hiding. When the door opens, Dachun is gone and instead there’s Chen Shen. Chen Shen’s save was also an opportunity for him to tell Dachun to meet Shanhai later at a cafe. At that meeting, Dachun is told to head back towards Chongqing and tell the headquarters all of what happened.
San Sheng actually begins to be quite the pesky character at the bureau, irritating basically all of our main characters. A Japanese army general visits the bureau and ignores Zhongliang while complimenting San Sheng’s achievements. Zhongliang doesn’t get any prize money, which he wanted. It turns out San Sheng isn’t in such a good financial situation either, as his sister comes to visit him from their village and says she was amazed by the car sent to transport her to Shanghai. She asks for money and he gives almost all of his money in his wallet to her, but it’s not much. San Sheng isn’t paid well by the bureau either, since Zhongliang is somewhat jealous that San Sheng is getting so much attention from Boss Li. Also, Zhongliang finds out that San Sheng is on a secret mission as dictated by Boss Li to investigate something at his bureau, which irritates him.
Chen Shen and Zhongliang, who both dislike San Sheng, begin talking about a possible method to counter this guy. Chen Shen suggests in a nonchalant manner (but really it’s a dangerous slope because Zhongliang could possibly detect ulterior motive behind the request) that they trap San Sheng into finding the secret documents, but then framing him as looking at them when no one at the bureau is allowed to look at the papers except Zhongliang. Chen Shen tries to fake an air of not caring and he asks Zhongliang what the papers are, and he says it’s 归零计划, or Guilin plan.
What is up with San Sheng’s acting? Seriously, at first I thought I might have just been annoyed with his whole psycho character, but then I realized the actor was also overacting. Some more subtlety could add so much dimension to his character, but instead San Sheng is played off as a one-dimensional, emotional man who is petty.