Sparrow Episodes 65+66 Recap
ALSO BREAKING NEWS: Zhou Dongyu is rumored to get back together with her ex-boyfriend (the one who’s rich). The two were seen visiting Disneyland. She denied the rumors, but… ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Before Xiaonan’s execution, she’s given the opportunity to participate in the Last Supper with Chen Shen. A plot hole arises though: how come Chen Shen knew his conversation with Xiaonan last time would be wiretapped, but he has no suspicion of that here?
Chen Shen drives Xiaonan to the site of execution, and Zhongliang’s car follows from a distance. Bicheng is watching all of this, and she makes a surprised expression when she sees Zhongliang. Okay Bicheng. Don’t tell me you didn’t expect this was going to happen.
Dachun plans to act on his own and do an exchange with San Sheng: he’ll return Cui Lan (San Sheng’s sister), and Xiaonan will be rescued. However, Bicheng tells him it’s irrational and will definitely not work, especially with Zhongliang closely monitoring the situation – it’s a trap. Dachun is convinced, but Cui Lan is shocked while eavesdropping to their conversation. She didn’t know San Sheng was actually a Chinese traitor, nor that he was planning on killing Xiaonan. She runs towards the location of the execution.
Bicheng runs after her, but is stopped by Dachun, who says that her going there will only bring more trouble. Another plot hole arises: after stopping Bicheng, Dachun could have run after Cui Lan to stop her from reaching the execution site– but he doesn’t.
Chen Shen carries Xiaonan from the car to a beautiful meadow. This is the same place where Shanhai was buried, and Xiaonan comments that she doesn’t have to worry about being lonely anymore, since Shanhai will continue to be her neighbor after she dies. She tells Chen Shen that he can assimilate Bicheng into the organization if she’s willing to go with him to Ying An, but after he gets the Guilin Plan. Then Xiaonan tells him to go pick some flowers for her.
Of course, as soon as Chen Shen leaves, the trouble starts. Cui Lan runs into the meadow, asking San Sheng if he really is working for the Japanese, and is he going to kill Xiaonan? San Sheng pleads his sister to leave, but she stays where she is, continuing to ask questions.
Zhongliang, who’s watching from above, commands an assassin to kill Cui Lan. He does. San Sheng can only watch in horror. After that, he pulls out a pistol and shoots Xiaonan. Both are smiling, but while San Sheng’s smile is filled with hatred and hurt, Xiaonan’s is one of hope and resignation.
The Japanese are also watching and are probably confused at the situation: San Sheng is supposedly loyal to them, and yet his sister demonstrates such devotion to Xiaonan and even didn’t seem to know that San Sheng was working for them.
Chen Shen is still picking flowers when he hears the gun shot, and he closes his eyes as he realizes what this must mean.
The next day at the bureau he mopes in his room over Xiaonan’s death (flashbacks ensue) while Bian Tou waits outside his room holding Xiaonan’s cactus plant that Chen Shen ordered him to bring. Except Zhongliang is suspicious (still!) and takes the plant back into his room, examining the pot, crushing the dirt, even attempting to touch the cactus for any signs that Chen Shen is a communist. He doesn’t find anything, but when he gives the plant to the intended recipient, Chen Shen says “You still suspect me even after she’s dead now?”
He’s visibly saddened and affected by her passing, while Zhongliang tells him to pretend he doesn’t care tomorrow because that’s the only way to survive.
Chen Shen, Zhongliang, and Boss Li sit with San Sheng at the bureau in a low-key interrogation. San Sheng is asked why he had a fight with his sister, and he answers she didn’t know he was working for the Japanese. Then why did he direct all the others away right before — “I didn’t direct Chen Shen away.” (Clever non-answer.) He says the failed rescue mission was probably a joint communist-nationalist effort, but since they were unable to kill San Sheng, decided to kill Cui Lan instead (which, where’s the logic in that?). Also, how did they deduce that the nationalists were helping the communists in this case? Drama logic.
Xiaonan left a letter at the orphanage for Chen Shen to read:
If there is a day when you read this letter, then I probably have left this world already. If there is anything in the world that is as important to me as my belief, I think it can only be you. I used to be so afraid, but finally the day has come for me to choose between my beliefs and you. Until at Mi Gao Mei I saw my sister, and you who was with her — yes, Zai Xiang is my biological sister, like a mother who raised me — we separated for so many years and finally saw each other again, yet I could only command you to give up on rescuing her, thankfully I later found out I have another relative Pi Pi, who is also related to you. So in the beginning our acquaintance was actually because we are family. To be able to be by your side, to quietly fight alongside you, to love you like I love my beliefs, selflessly, is the blessing of my life.
Also oops I think I’ve been getting the name of the place wrong all this time — it’s Yan An, not Ying An, I think. Anyway: Bicheng and Chen Shen honor Xiaonan and Shanhai’s sacrifices by burning incense. The two hug, and when Chen Shen asks her to keep fighting by his side, that she’s the only one he has left now, Bicheng agrees to go to Yan An with him.
San Sheng warns Zhongliang that Chen Shen is Sparrow, that he ought not deceive himself anymore. When Zhongliang asks him how come he fell in love with a communist then, San Sheng replies in a roundabout manner that look who the communist woman, who values her beliefs so strongly, who could never fall in love with San Sheng because he was a traitor, fell in love with: Chen Shen. That means that Chen Shen is communist. Also, he tells Zhongliang that Chen Shen has always seen him as a gun (or weapon).
Zhongliang personally cooks medicine for his wife (she got chili water sprayed in her eyes). She unwittingly reveals to Zhongliang that Chen Shen has been visiting Pi Pi a lot lately. San Sheng and Zhongliang begin to investigate — independently, that is — Pi Pi’s background.
Ah Qiang finds out that lately the communists have a “Go home” plan where communist children are to be sent to Yan An. He suggests that maybe Pi Pi is a part of this plan. So San Sheng decides to kidnap Pi Pi.