Episodes 59-60 Recap
Chen Shen calls the nurse at the hospital (Hai Yan). He tells her not to ask him anything and to leave Shanghai at this very moment to an address he says. She tells him she understands.
Zhongliang calls Chen Shen into his office and begins low-key interrogating him about Xiaonan. “You’ve been with her so long, you didn’t notice anything?” Chen Shen says he was indeed a little suspicious during the Shanhai incident when she suddenly had to go to the hospital due to stomach pain, but he said it really looked like she was suffering. Zhongliang then immediately calls Er Bao and tells him to investigate the day when Xiaonan was in the hospital and to find any people she was talking to that day. So essentially, Chen Shen has already predicted this was going to happen and told the nurse to leave Shanghai already.
Ying Zuo assembles all key players into the meeting room: Chen Shen, San Sheng, Zhongliang, and Boss Li. He says he’s heard that Bi Tai Tai and Xiaonan are sworn sisters, and Zhongliang can only muster “My wife is so kind, and does not know how to judge character. I also have barely spent any time with Xiaonan.” Chen Shen and San Sheng are also asked similar questions, to which they can only say (quite honestly) that they’ve all been tricked by Xiaonan. Then Xiaonan is brought into the room. She drinks the wine that Ying Zuo pours for her without hesitation, and he remarks that she is brave — how did she know that he didn’t poison the drink? She answers wittingly that he wouldn’t dare to while he hasn’t got the information he needs yet.
He tells her to make a decision soon – to aid the bureau in unmasking the identity of Sparrow, and receive unparalleled glory, or to face a darkness more frightening than hell.
This next part (for a really long time) is Xiaonan’s explanation of what happened and how she was able to avoid suspicion for so long, building connections within the bureau. It is an amalgamation of truth and lies, and everyone in the room knows that, but the difficult part is picking out which parts are real and which are false. Her confession, paraphrased:
“In the beginning, I was only using the excuse of pursuing Chen Shen in order to mask my identity. I was hoping to be able to obtain documents by staying close to Chen Shen, but it is regrettable that his heart was already taken. (The logic following that he would not love Xiaonan enough to give her the documents.) That’s right, it is Bicheng. By the grace of Chen Shen — oh, and Bi Tai Tai also — I was able to become neighbors with Bicheng. She was very willing to share documents with me, and together we used Chen Shen who unknowingly helped us accomplish much. It is too bad their identities (Bicheng and Shanhai’s) were exposed so quickly.”
She then mentions how she tried helping them, and San Sheng comments “So it was you who helped them at the hospital.” Xiaonan uses this opportunity to thank San Sheng as well, for being so responsive to her pains and bringing her to the hospital so quickly despite his ban on anyone leaving the bureau. She then talks about Bi Tai Tai and how she really shipped Xiaonan x Chen Shen, such that Xiaonan was able to use this sympathy to get closer to Zhongliang and increase connections to the bureau.
Xiaonan then switches the topic to Zhongliang. “Of course you wouldn’t be able to compete with Boss Li, who controls big stocks. But last month you had Chen Shen buy 鸦片 (what is this…) for 70% of the full price, and then you resold this to some company. But the company that sold the 鸦片 to him is not dumb, why would they do this? Of course I was in the middle of the talks negociating the two sides.” So Zhongliang, in order to express his thanks to the Doctor (Xiaonan), revealed secret information to her that the nationalists were planning to sell out some communist members. “Otherwise, I would have faced dire consequences at the cafe.”
Zhongliang says her story is becoming more lame. “As for Chen Shen,” she continues. “He perhaps knew that there was something off about me, but whatever he knows, Zhongliang would know. So perhaps he pretended as if he didn’t know anything instead. He used me as a cover for his romance with Bicheng instead.”
Finally, Xiaonan addresses her “knowledge” about San Sheng: He was head-over-heels in love with her, so getting him to do her bidding was not difficult. She insinuates that San Sheng not being able to be the one to capture Doctor (Xiaonan) in time was really as a move to appeal to the Japanese. “Thankfully you weren’t the one to capture me, or you would have shot me in one go, to prevent me from saying the truth.”
Chen Shen asks Bian Tou for a very important favor. He essentially says that he needs to rescue Xiaonan, which is also a way to rescue himself as well. He also needs to notify Bicheng, but since him, Zhongliang, and San Sheng are being detained at the bureau for this night, he can’t leave and tell her the news. And they’re being held at the bureau temporarily just to check to see if Xiaonan’s claims against them were true.
Bian Tou is completely in shock after hearing Chen Shen’s semi-confession. He goes to see his wife and tells her everything. She encourages him to help Chen Shen this time – if he doesn’t help him now, then when? But Bian Tou is worried about his wife and future son – if something happens to him during the mission, what about his family? But he ultimately acquiesces to his wife’s desires and decides to help Chen Shen.
San Sheng suspects it was Ah Da who sold the news of Doctor’s meeting place to Zhongliang and points a gun to him. But Ah Da lies and says no. San Sheng tells him to just remember what happened to Zeng Shu.
Bian Tou has his wife go talk to Bicheng, bringing Chen Shen’s harmonica with her (this is to gain Bicheng’s trust). His wife tells her to put a key and some type of booklet (communist handbook??) in San Sheng’s home. An identical key is to be placed in Xiaonan’s home by Bian Tou. Apparently this key is to an insurance box Chen Shen has (so, a lot of money I guess). Bicheng is almost caught by San Sheng’s sister but she accomplishes her mission successfully; so does Bian Tou. After that Bicheng tells San Sheng’s sister that she’s Xiaonan and San Sheng’s friend — she has to run away right now because Xiaonan is in danger and San Sheng is trying to rescue her.
Boxes of evidence or possible evidence are transported from Xiaonan’s home to the bureau. Boss Li has Zhongliang look at the evidence and point out what is suspicious. Zhongliang picks up the bank safe key and says that usually there are two keys that come with the safe. All they need to do is to find the other one; it will probably be in the hands of Xioanan’s partner.