Episodes 37-38 Recap
Xiaonan and San Sheng’s sister are back safely from their day’s expedition. The kidnappers (sent by Chen Shen) did not act forcibly against them, but basically made them toil a day by pushing around cow carts or something like that. A bit off-topic, but I love the instrumental that plays at 7:50 in Episode 37. Xiaonan complains that her foot hurts, so Chen Shen sends her home and then carries her up the stairs. Aw.
When Bicheng finds out Meina died, she starts chastising Shanhai for killing her. “She was innocent,” Bicheng says. But Shanhai explains that it was either that or he and Bicheng might get killed, and then after Meina got tortured by the bureau, she’d be killed as well. Bicheng seems to realize the implications of the alternatives, and tears spring to her eyes. Seriously Bicheng, you’re an agent, and you still can’t comprehend the mission you and Shanhai were sent on? Shanhai goes to see Meina’s corpse that’s temporarily being stored in one of the office rooms. He holds her hand and begins crying, and all the while Bicheng watches from the crack of the open door.
Shanhai also tells Bicheng that he sent the car to a car fixing place owned by Boss Li last night, and tells her to tell the people there that the car had been in that area since 6pm, in order to give himself an alibi. He also tells Bicheng to spread news of the Guilin plan disappearing to Boss Li’s office, in order to produce more chaos from the inside. Meanwhile, Chen Shen tells Bian Tou not to tell anyone what he saw that night, since Bian Tou keeps wondering why the door to the documents was unlocked. Chen Shen insinuates that Zhongliang might be behind it, since the only ones who have keys are Meina and Zhongliang.
Meanwhile, Zhongliang tells Er Bao to investigate three things. 1) Where did Shanhai’s car go? And at what time? 2) Why was the power cord cut off in the office last night? 3) Where did San Sheng go during such an important time, and what was he doing? Er Bao finds out the following and reports back to Zhongliang that 1) At a car fixing place since 6pm, 2) apparently a rat chewed the cord off, but Zeng was also snooping around the floor at night, and 3) San Sheng really was out saving Xiaonan and his sister, with witnesses. Zhongliang comments that the rats really behave almost like agents themselves.
San Sheng goes to find the men he sent to follow Shanhai that night. The two men are dead (killed by Shanhai), and in an alley with no signs of blood spilling everywhere – evidently someone had come to clean up the scene. San Sheng mutters that Shanhai has cleared all evidence that he was at Meina’s place last night.
Zhongliang is arrested by Yin Zheng (the Japanese army commander) and Boss Li for his incompetence at losing the Guilin plan, and is sent to some sort of detention center. For the time being, people at the bureau are to follow Boss Li’s orders. Zhongliang actually doesn’t complain much (it’s not like he can rely deny the command), but Chen Shen actually steps up to try to save Zhongliang. He raises some rational reasons: Zhongliang knows the inner matters of the bureau best, and without him here, it would be hard to determine who stole the Guilin plan. Also, Zhongliang’s life isn’t worth as much as the Sparrow’s or Shu Di Huang’s, at least to Yin Zheng, so why bother taking him away? Yin Zheng points a sword at Chen Shen, who doesn’t flinch, and says that he’s brave to talk back, but Zhongliang is taken away regardless.
Chen Shen is worried since things don’t seem as simple as they appear – did Zhongliang really make such a silly mistake to be arrested by his superiors? Perhaps this is another trap set up by Zhongliang. However, Chen Shen pretty much confirms from this incident that at least one of the two copies of the Guilin plan is real, for otherwise Yin Zheng wouldn’t be so angry.
Turns out Chen Shen’s suspicions were right. This is a whole setup by Zhongliang to bait Sparrow and Shu Di Huang. However, Yin Zheng warns Zhongliang that really, if his 苦肉计 plan fails, then he will actually face some dire circumstances. Meanwhile, Boss Li decides to appoint Chen Shen as the interim leader in the bureau. In case Sparrow or Shu Di Huang are not caught during this time, Chen Shen will be blamed and might serve as sacrifice in Boss Li’s eyes. To Boss Li, this is an excellent opportunity to bring down his opponent Zhongliang.
Chen Shen gives Shanhai back his tie which he left at Meina’s house. In return, he asks that Shanhai show him his copy of the Guilin plan. Shanhai agrees, and the two set a time: Bicheng is to give the copy to Chen Shen tomorrow at the orphanage. Shanhai also asks another request: that he might be able to personally bury Meina. Then flashback time commences, basically comprising Meina-Shanhai OTP moments. Bicheng comforts him and tells him to not be sad anymore, to fight on. She says that Chen Shen once told her not to dwell on things on the past, since they cannot be changed.
Shanhai tells Bicheng about Chen Shen’s favor, which is to see their copy of the Guilin plan. // And actually, let me explain in-depth what the plan really is, since I haven’t done so in previous recaps. Essentially it is a plan detailing all these people from the bureau / the Chinese traitors side who plan on infiltrating the different groups in order to dismantle and debilitate the organizations from within. // Shanhai tells her she needs to change the words and places of future meetings. She does so.
At the orphanage she hands Chen Shen the fake, corrected plan, but he immediately smells the fresh ink and realizes it’s not the right copy. Bicheng then asks him one thing “If you had gotten the plan first, would you have shared it with Shanhai and me?” Chen Shen says yes, and that personally he believes that anyone countering the Japanese forces has a good spirit. Then Bicheng gives him film of pictures she took of the real plan. My gosh. Does she not realize what her mission was?
San Sheng captures a person from Shanhai’s organization who is holding a Chinese novel. The novel contains the code words that they use when sending telegrams. ie a specific Chinese character on a certain page corresponds to the page number that they send in the telegram or something.