Episodes 33-34 Recap
So much recap at the start of the episodes… (not that I’m complaining, it just means less to recap lol).
San Sheng comes to Chen Shen’s office for an impromptu visit, and Chen Shen has to quickly swipe away the keys / mold dust off his desk before San Sheng notices. However, it seems like he does notice something is off. Anyway, San Sheng tells him that Xiaonan basically deserves better, and that he should stay away from her. Chen Shen says the best temperature of coffee is 85 degrees celsius, and passes a cup to San Sheng, who winces at the heat. Chen Shen says that people prefer that temperature, even if it is too hot. But if San Sheng doesn’t like coffee, then he should stay away. OOH that comeback.
Xiaonan and San Sheng’s older sister go visit one of San Sheng’s distant relatives. Chen Shen finds out about this news and has one of his lackeys follow them and fake kidnap them, and then to have someone report back to San Sheng about this. Then while San Sheng is out rescuing them, then he won’t be at the bureau, where Chen Shen needs to be alone in order to open the safe. Meanwhile, Dachun is back and visits Shanhai. Shanhai tells him to momentarily take cover at the hotel and not to move around until further directions.
Bicheng is teaching Pi Pi how to draw at the orphanage and Chen Shen joins them awhile later. Bicheng says that Pi Pi wants to learn how to draw his mother, for he is afraid that he might forget what she looks like soon.
Meina visits the safe without anyone watching her, and she even takes out the documents (the fake Guilin plan as well as the real Guilin plan). After hesitating for a second, she does not open either of them and puts them back into the safe. A flashback reveals Zhongliang telling her that he and her are the only two people that know the safe’s code, which is changed weekly. Wait, why does Zhongliang trust her? Doesn’t he suspect that Shanhai is trying to get information off of her?
Shanhai tells Bicheng he’s going to meet Meina tonight, and he says “There is a poisonous grass growing in my heart. Before I pull it out, can I hug it once?” And as he hugs Bicheng, his eyes fill with tears, and she pats his back. *I’m not crying, I’m not crying* As Shanhai exits the office, Bicheng watches his back and says “I’ll wait for you to come back.” Shanhai doesn’t look back. This is possibly symbolic? One of the last times they see each other, perhaps.
That night at the bureau Chen Shen waits for San Sheng to leave before starting the mission. San Sheng gets a phone call that Li Xiaonan and his older sister have disappeared, so he leaves hurriedly. However, he can guess that Chen Shen is behind this, so he tells Zeng to go to the bureau and keep an eye on Chen Shen. Meanwhile, Chen Shen cuts the power in the bureau and enters the documents office, using Meina’s keys. He is trying various combinations on the safe when Bian Tou notices Zeng snooping around the office entrance. Bian Tou tells Zeng to go away, but also notices the lock is unlocked on the documents office door, so he locks it. Chen Shen is now locked inside.
Meina and Shanhai spend the night together at a house she’s renting, and she pleads for them to escape the bureau and go to somewhere else like Hong Kong. It appears that her responsibility has become too heavy at the office, and she is also afraid that her smarts aren’t enough to keep up with the wolves at the bureau. After they sleep together, Shanhai secretly obtains the keys from Meina’s bag, except she’s actually not asleep and she points a gun at him. He then tells an elaborate lie about how yes, he is on a mission to get the Guilin plan, but he actually really does love her.
He imagines Meina’s face as Bicheng’s while he says that “Originally I was not planning on falling in love with you, so I tried to stay away. But after meeting you I felt for the first time that I could escape my duty in the party, and that one day I would escape with you to a faraway place.” My gosh, he really loves Bicheng a lot.
Meina eventually agrees to go to the bureau that night and open the safe for him and retrieve the Guilin plan. (And oh my gosh, aren’t there two copies of the Guilin plan? I wonder if Chen Shen’s going to end up getting the fake one on top and Meina’s going to get the real one on the bottom!!)