The Queen of SOP Episode 27

We pick up straight off the previous episode again, with Xiao Jie affirming that she would still date Zi Qi if she had to do it all over again. Despite what happened with Ji Qing, Xiao Jie feels that they are compatible and she really did like him a lot back then. But what about now? Zi Qi points out that he still has his wealthy background, his looks and capability. They also still have great chemistry together. Do they still have a chance to be together? Xiao Jie hesitates, then deflects the question by saying her farewell, since she is leaving Taipei the following day. He offers to treat her to a farewell dinner, but she declines so that she can spend time with Jia Yi.

Just when I thought Zi Qi grew a heart, he disappoints again. Once Xiao Jie leaves, his monologue betrays the fact that he only really wanted to have dinner with Xiao Jie so that he won’t be alone. Poor little rich boy. It’s all about him, isn’t it? Ji Qing calls him, asking him out to dinner instead, because it’s his birthday. Oh, so that’s why. Still doesn’t make me any more sympathetic.

Jia Yi and Xiao Jie have more BFF-bonding as Jia Yi helps her pack to leave for Shanghai. Jia Yi teases Xiao Jie about Tang Jun, as Xiao Jie confides in Jia Yi her feelings for him. It’s as though there’s only one step between Xiao Jie and Tang Jun, but neither of them can take that step forward towards each other. Jia Yi urges Xiao Jie to take the leap.

Tang Jun rings Xiao Jie to ask on behalf of Tang Min (yeah, right) if everything has gone smoothly in Taipei. Awww. He then cryptically says that he and the company need her. She replies as ambiguously as possible and diverts to company matters.

Meanwhile, looks like ZI Qi took up Ji Qing’s birthday dinner invitation after all. Unsurprising. Ji Qing downs glass after glass of red wine. Zi Qi pointedly says that she never used to remember his birthday or their anniversaries while they were dating. She tells him that he is now her number one priority and she doesn’t plan on giving up on him. If he isn’t ready, then she can give him time. Zi Qi asks a bit exasperatedly if they can’t just be friends. For Ji Qing, there’s no such thing as being friends with a man. He’s either her boyfriend, or a stranger. And she doesn’t want him to be a stranger. Oookay. I’m sure that’s the wine talking.

She excuses herself from dinner first, but Zi Qi insists on sending her home, given her drunken state. She tries to make him stay, but he won’t. In a bit of a scuffle, he discovers the engagement ring he gave to Xiao Jie. He asks Ji Qing why it’s here, and she says that it was intended for her, wasn’t it? He glares at her, realising that Ji Qing told Xiao Jie about their relationship before Zi Qi left for Shanghai. Enraged, he tells her that it’s all over (again?!?). Ji Qing is heartbroken. Again. Really, how many times do we have to watch this happen?

Zi Qi goes straight to Xiao Jie’s hotel to see her. Even with Ji Qing’s meddling, it doesn’t mean that he’s done nothing wrong, or that he deserves to be with her. It irks me that even now, he still thinks it’s all about him. He brings the engagement ring back to her, saying that he now knows why Xiao Jie called off the engagement. (Well, she did tell you in London that she knew about him and Ji Qing, so I wonder where the plot consistency is. Or if he’s just an idiot.)

He tells her that the ring was meant for Ji Qing at first, but not anymore, because he’s fallen for her. He goes on to make the world’s dullest confession of love, which is again, about him liking her companion and being able to talk to her about work and his feelings. It annoys me how self-absorbed ZI Qi is, and I wonder if in the hands of a more capable actor, the delivery and the character would have been more likable.

Xiao Jie thinks of Tang Jun’s own confession to her (which in contrast is so much more heartfelt and sincere), and tells Zi Qi that he’s right. What she wants is someone to be there for her when she needs him, not just as a protector, but to be with her to build their future. That person is not Zi Qi, but Tang Jun.

Xiao Jie goes back to her room. Being in the rain has given her clarity, and she knows that she doesn’t want someone to hide behind to take the blows for her, but someone who would take her hand and face all obstacles together. She tells a delighted Jia Yi that the person she likes is really Tang Jun. (I’m just glad she managed to figure this out without alcohol or drugs.) She vows not to give up on him, unless he rejects her. Jia Yi cheers her on.

Back in Shanghai, Tang Jun brings a hot drink for his sister. He tells her that he’s made things clear between himself and Chu Chu. He doesn’t want to live in regret. Tang Min reminds him that making the decision is the easy part, dealing with the backlash from that decision is the difficult bit, especially Director Zeng. Tang Jun is surprised at Tang Min’s support. She wants him to be happy, and it’s enough to have one person in the family give up their happiness for Huang Hai.

The next morning, we get good vibes when Xiao Jie tells Peter Rabbit that she won’t let go of Tang Jun, and Tang Jun kisses his Peter Rabbit mug, saying “I miss you”. Awww.

He meets her at the airport when she arrives. She’s totally thrilled to see him, even though he tries to play it cool. You know, he was free this morning and had nothing much to do so he decided to try his luck. She sees through him completely, asking if he’d waited all morning for her. He obviously did!

They go to the harbour and end up playing with kites because it’s windy. It’s Tang Jun’s first time, because he never liked kites. He felt that there’s always a string pulling it back from its freedom. Xiao Jie loves kites, and she used to sneak out to play. She’d imagine herself on the kite, soaring high into the sky, and she’d feel free. I suppose that’s two sides of the coin for you.

Tang Jun adds that this is also the first time he’s flying kites with someone he likes. Their kites get tangled up, and Tang Jun lets both of them go. If they don’t want to be apart, then they should let them fly free. The kites are free now, but what about the two of them? He gives her a meaningful glance, then asks her to be his girlfriend. She asks if he’s sure, and he kisses her, telling her that he’s very sure. They kiss again.

At night, they have dinner at the grill where drunken Xiao Jie kissed Tang Jun. They are all googly-eyed at each other, not paying attention to the burning food at all. They feed each other happily, then continue gazing at the other like high-school kids. The waiter comes over to tell them that their meat is burnt, but Tang Jun coolly says that they like their food burnt, without looking away from Xiao Jie. The waiter recognises them from the previous time, and congratulates them on getting back together.

Hilariously, Xiao Jie asks Tang Jun what the waiter meant by his ex-girlfriend. Tang Jun relates the the incident again, where his ex-girlfriend had been drunk and asked him to pay the bill and then had no memory of it whatsoever. She shuts him up playfully, and I think that means that she does remember after all. They stay in there until they are all ready to close up, once again, still googly-eyed at each other. Awww.

We are then reminded of Chu Chu’s heartbreak when we see her at the restaurant where he told her he liked Xiao Jie. Strangely, I thought she left first, but she’s still there, still in the same clothes she was in. A bit of inconsistency there with the timing. She gulps down red wine as she asks herself why he’d tell her only now. It’s been twenty years now he’s led her on like a fool. Back at home, she cries looking at old photos of herself and Tang Jun. She tears them up, then vows not to let them be happy. After all that furious shouting, she downs a bottle of pills. So what’s your vow come to then?

Director Zeng finds Chu Chu unconscious in her bedroom and rushes her to the hospital. She gets treated in time. She tells her father about Tang Jun rejecting her to be with Xiao Jie, and she doesn’t want to live anymore. *rolls eyes* Director Zeng is heartbroken. He tells her it’s not her fault. He will make Tang Jun and Xiao Jie pay for what they’ve done to her. Now that sounds more like a proper vow.

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Okay, I love that both Tang Jun and Xiao Jie had their own moment of truth, where they take that step away from the wrong people and closer to each other, Tang Jun in the previous episode, and Xiao Jie in this episode. I also love that they finally let themselves go and be together. No matter how short-lived it may be, now that Director Zeng will take his evil to the next level.

I have no sympathy for Zi Qi at all; but when faced with Chu Chu, who is also bratty and rich, I feel for her a little. Probably because she’s spent 20 years of her life pining for a boy, who couldn’t tell her the truth, even when he was sure he was not romantically interested in her. It’s not as if it’s not obvious coming from Chu Chu’s end that she expects them to be married with children, but the fact that it took Tang Jun this long to tell her that annoys me. I am rooting for him and Xiao Jie, but I just can’t say that he isn’t to blame at all.

The most hilarious moment for me was when Chu Chu had just said that she will make sure that Tang Jun and Xiao Jie will never be happy, and two seconds later she wants to end her life. How are you going to follow through with that? I couldn’t make sense of it. I’m sure if she wanted her Daddy to take revenge for her she could have just run to him to scheme together, so it isn’t about her trying to manipulate her father either. It just seemed really inconsistent and frankly, stupid. Like it came out of a 90’s drama cliche book.

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