Episodes 24-25 Recap
San Sheng interrogates the prisoners captured from Dachun’s team, but none of them reveal Shanhai or Bicheng’s identity. And really, it’s not like they can even if they wanted to, since the only person who knows the identities is Dachun, who managed to escape and is not captured.
Zhongliang talks to San Sheng and outwardly praises his accomplishments, even saying that possibly one day he will have to rely on San Sheng for earning income. He gives a glass of wine to San Sheng and says if he believes him to be an older brother, then please drink the toast. San Sheng does so, but the wine has been tainted by Zhongliang beforehand and San Sheng drinks it with a sour face. Zhongliang says he’s so sorry and drinks some himself as a punishment, so he says, and admits that usually it is habit to do this to the wine.
Chen Shen and Bicheng converse about the possibility of getting rid of San Sheng for revenge. The plan is for Shanhai to get close to and become fake allies with San Sheng, all the while convincing him that Zhongliang is secretly a communist. Shanhai is to tell San Sheng about the Qiuxia incident and how Zhongliang supposedly killed her so that his identity as a communist would not be exposed. This would trigger San Sheng to investigate the incident in greater detail, and while San Sheng goes through the documents to research, he would find the secret documents. This would benefit both Chen Shen and Shanhai. Shanhai is also to give San Sheng a lot of money to supplement how little pay Zhongliang is giving him as a way to gain friendship.
Next, Xiaonan comes to the bureau to give Chen Shen a midnight snack, and she waits for several hours while he plays mahjong with Zhongliang and others. But when Chen Shen comes out of the room, he tells her he already ate, and that she should go home. Xiaonan is disappointed and walks out the bureau, refusing the ride home offered by Bian Tou (on Chen Shen’s orders). But she later agrees to San Sheng’s offer to send her home on motorcycle, and Bian Tou watches all of this happen, including the smile on San Sheng’s face — he’s in love. Bicheng also notices from the house window that San Sheng has sent Xiaonan home.
San Sheng takes the bait and goes into the documents office where Liu Meina is in charge of overseeing to investigate the Qiuxia incident. While he’s there, Liu Meina temporarily leaves because Bicheng calls her over to categorize some documents. This is all a part of Chen Shen’s plan, and he also locks the door so that San Sheng cannot leave. Then, the bureau catches on fire, and people leave San Sheng there.
San Sheng tries to leave but when the door is opened by one of Er Bao’s lackeys, he is hit on the back of the head and faints. When he awakens, he is interrogated by Chen Shen in the jail cell. Chen Shen alleges that San Sheng set up this whole incident but then when he did not have time to complete the plan, gave himself the blackout in order to make it seem more believable that he is innocent.
San Sheng of course is furious and incredulous, and mutters under his breath that this must be Zhongliang’s doing. When Chen Shen leaves, Shanhai takes over, gun in hand. However, he releases all the bullets – this is all according to plan – and hands the gun to San Sheng. He takes off San Sheng’s handcuffs and tells him to pretend to have him be hostage, so that he can kill more time and wait for Boss Li to show up. Once Boss Li shows up, it will be easier to prove his innocence.
This is all according to plan to make San Sheng believe in Shanhai, and really they still think they have time to kill San Sheng anyway since there are no bullets and can use self-defense as an excuse to shoot San Sheng while “rescuing” Shanhai. However, San Sheng is smart and breaks a glass of water, holding one of the shards to Shanhai’s neck instead. Now the situation is different since the threat is real and is actually dangerous to Shanhai.
Thus, the plan practically dissolves as time really does lengthen. Interestingly, Boss Li does not show up. Instead, he has sent the Japanese to come instead, which is a sting to Zhongliang’s pride, since he had set up this attack against Boss Li himself. Eventually the situation is dismissed as a “misunderstanding”, but the Japanese army continues to investigates the situation.
Meanwhile, Zeng escaped during role call after the staged fire in order to alert Boss Li faster. His purpose is twofold. First, if San Sheng is killed, the bureau will also have no purpose for Zeng to live on. Second, this is a way to gain San Sheng’s trust – and respect.