This necklace plot is a bit far-fetched, but at least the plot is still engaging.
Also, before I start the recap, here are the viewership ratings for episode 45. So high! It even achieved higher ratings than Sing!China.
Bicheng is interrogated in the jail cell by Zhongliang. Ah Mao (the previous hotel worker) is brought in, and he is under orders to say that he saw Bicheng at Qiu Feng Gang last night. Obviously, this is false, but he feels like he must say this because his kid is otherwise kidnapped. “Are you sure you saw me?” Bicheng asks, and the man says he can’t be wrong, and that she was also walking with another man. Bicheng decides to be sassy and asks “Then what color dress was I wearing yesterday?” He says it was too dark for him to recall, but Bicheng returns “Didn’t you say you kept watching me? I was wearing a green-blue dress yesterday.” The poor dude can only feign remembering that, but then the punchline: “I was just lying. I wore black yesterday.” Dang Bicheng, you’re pretty good at this.
The witness is taken out of the room, and Zhongliang says that Bicheng is smarter than her innocent, rabbit-like looks.
Meanwhile, Chen Shen, who sits in the corner of the interrogation room behind Zhongliang, uses sign language to communicate with Bicheng. He tells her news that she has missed: One of the intermediate nationalist party agents has been caught, and the secret codes (remember the Chinese novels and the various characters one each page that correspond to Chinese words?) have been disseminated to Zhongliang. He then signs: “Tell me how to contact someone in your party to help.” All the while, Bicheng pretends to be bored with Zhongliang’s endless questions for her. And then she signs under the table to go find Tao Dachun at a particular hotel room. Then Chen Shen signs “Your hair is getting long, I’ll cut it one day.”
The rapport is sweet and all, but lo and behold, one of Bian Tou’s friends / worker at the bureau (Ah Da) notices Chen Shen’s weird hand gestures. Zhongliang leaves the room temporarily before Boss Li is to arrive at the bureau, and Bicheng takes a big sigh of relief once he’s gone. Chen Shen goes to talk to Ah Da about the signing he saw and makes up a story that this was really Zhongliang’s command so that Bicheng would trust Chen Shen more and then hopefully give up the real story faster. Ah Da believes him and says he won’t tell anyone.
Chen Shen and Xiaonan go to find Dachun, but they are being followed by Secretary Qian. Qian somehow recognizes Dachun from way long ago in one of the episodes where the bureau was trying to catch Dachun, and points a gun at him saying “I’ve finally caught a big fish now.” But Chen Shen hits his back with a stick and Qian falls to the ground. He tells Dachun that Bicheng is in danger and they need to go rescue her.
Okay, now here’s where the episode starts getting wacky. San Sheng decides he needs to punish the hotel worker “witness”, and they return to the alley where the telegram-sending took place. San Sheng begins to beat the man (really cruel…) and all the movement causes a leaf to fly off of the sewer gate thing where Bicheng’s necklace is caught. San Sheng picks up the necklace and says he’s got the evidence now. But I think there’s something wrong with his deduction here:
- Just because he sees the necklace that Bicheng happens to own doesn’t necessarily mean it’s hers. I mean, plenty of people have the same clothing.
- Even if this was Bicheng’s necklace, how does he know she dropped it on the day of telegram-sending and not at some other time?
- Come on. That fight scene and then the buildup to the found necklace is really a stretch of plot and requires some serious imagination to connect the plot points.
Once Boss Li arrives, all of them – Zhongliang, San Sheng, Chen Shen, Shanhai, and Bicheng go down to the interrogation room where Zhongliang reveals the oh-so-important evidence of the leaf necklace. Bicheng is adamant and says it’s not hers, and lies that she lent hers to someone else. They push for more details – to who? And Chen Shen signs “Li Xiaonan”. So that’s what Bicheng says, that she lent it to Xiaonan during Meina’s birthday celebration.
Alright y’all, I’m back to recapping *taking a break from studying lol*. So San Sheng goes to get Xiaonan to enter the interrogation room as well. While they walk there he asks her if she’s borrowed anything from Bicheng lately. Xiaonan thinks carefully though she feigns innocence and says “Yes, all the time!”. Then in the room when Zhongliang asks her about the necklace, she says it’s Bicheng’s, but she did indeed borrow it. “When?” Chen Shen, who’s gripping her hand, circles her ring finger a few times to signal the day when he proposed to her. Xiaonan pieces together the mystery and answers that she borrowed it on the day of the proposal, aka when Meina’s birthday took place. Zhongliang is stupefied. Shanhai and Bicheng (and Chen Shen) are relieved. Boss Li feels offended that Zhongliang would have suspected Bicheng. And San Sheng can’t believe his eyes.
Meanwhile, Chen Shen told Dachun to take Secretary Qian, who still hasn’t woken up after the hit, to a remote place. During this time Dachun hides the two fake Guilin plans in Qian’s house. He also uses the Shu Di Huang code name to send a telegram with a message that although he has obtained the two Guilin plans, he has figured out that they’re fake, and he’s going to try to get the real Guilin plan soon. News of the telegram being sent travels to the bureau, and to Zhongliang’s ears. Qian eventually wakes up and uses a sharp stone to cut the ropes that bind him. He escapes from the remote courtyard but when he arrives at the bureau, Zhongliang already begins to suspect him as Shu Di Huang since he was the only one not at the bureau during the time the telegram was sent this morning.
Bicheng and Shanhai are let off free, and when they reach the outside of the building, Bicheng stares at the sky and wonders that she thought she’d never see sky again. Chen Shen says that maybe he should cut her hair again, but Xiaonan doesn’t really like seeing her fiancee talk to his ex-girlfriend so she cuts him off and says to Bicheng that she hopes she’ll give lots of hong bao ($$$) at their wedding. Lol Xiaonan.
Qian is interrogated by Zhongliang and he insists that this morning he was following Chen Shen / Xiaonan while they were walking at a marketplace. However, he also saw Dachun and began to pursue him. But then all of a sudden he was hit from behind and fainted. “The ropes should still be there,” he adds. And now he’s back at the bureau. San Sheng checks if the ropes are still at the scene… but they aren’t. (Da Chun has already removed them.)
Boss Li doesn’t exactly buy the story and neither does Zhongliang, but they’re kind of in a dilemma. If Zhongliang doesn’t find the real Shu Di Huang soon, Ying Zuo (the Japanese general) will get really mad and probably fire ( / kill) Zhongliang. Zhongliang has already extended the grace of Ying Zuo by executing his relatively failed plot of pretending to be detained at the camp- he can’t afford any more mistakes now. So the next question is this: Will he choose to believe that Qian is Shu Di Huang, even if it’s not likely?