The last episode for this week!😀 I added my opinion about the drama so far at the end of the post.
Hu Bingqing as Wei BaiCao (BC)
Yang Yang as Ruo Bai (RB)
Wu Lei as Hu Yi Feng (YF)
Chen Xiang as Feng Ting Hao (FTH)
Bai Jing Ting as Yu Chu Yuan (YCY)
Zhao Yuan Nuan as Feng Ting Yi (FTY)
Vincent Jiao as Qu Xiao Nan (QXN)
First, we have BaiCao’s teacher QXN in the hospital. Poor him. BaiCao cooks and prepares a meal to bring to him, but falls asleep. Yang Yang’s character sees that and take care of her while putting the soup she prepared in a contenant for her.
However, when she arrives the hospital, her teacher is gone and left a message saying she has to go study Taekwondo with the other school because the teacher there is better while he is useless. He also says that since she and his daughter had grown (well) he has not much to do here and hence decided to leave. He tells her to keep in mind her dream and he will definitely come back to cheer on her when she will represent China during the International competition. Our girl hence decides to work hard. She joins the YY’s school and does not have to recognize his teacher as hers since in her life she will only have one teacher (such a sweet deal).
During practice, RB says there will be a taekwondo internal competition where 2 boys and 1 girl will be chosen to represent them at the next big competition. Although each year, the people chosen are always the same (RB, YF and the sister of that guy who nearly got kicked out for hitting BaiCao). So, the fact that a new competitor like BaiCao who also wants to participate create turnoil between the teammates. BaiCao works really hard with her partner WL who compliments her for being so hard working. RB actually see through her and says her weakness and her strength are both her force (she is counting too much on that).
Meanwhile, at school, the Fang siblings are getting a lot of attention. They are kind of like the royal siblings of their taekwondo world as both of them won a lot of competitions internationnally. The guy was shown in the first episode winning against a Korean while the girl is learning Taekwondo now in Korea. The girl is also a childhood friend with Yu Chu Yuan, as foreshadowed in the picture of the first episode. BaiCao sees them together and feels sad.
During the day of the competition, she first competes with her best friend and wins. The competition goes smoothly and RB and LY are chosen to represent the male section. As for the girls, the battle is between BC and that other girl. During the competion, BC shows that she is indead still lacking. The episode ends with a suspense as we don’t know who wins (although in the preview BC is seen yelling/complaining why she did not get the position even if she won the game).
Some fast thoughts so far:
The Teacher/Student relationship: WTF! Why on the hell would the teacher not teach her during all these years? I mean, sure he cheated before and he became sad. But he does love his student and his daughter, so why let them waste their talents instead of helping them achieve better results? As for BaiCao, why would that girl do the cleaning and the food for free at any places she lives at? She is there as a guest, not as a maid!
Also, why the hell whould BC believe that her teacher is in the right when the whole planet seems to have proof that he was in the wrong? I am sure there is a back story to him, but gosh, right now, she just sounds like a stupid dumb girl who does not understand how to evaluate situations. I mean she can be the one screaming out loud that cheating is wrong, but then she is also the one to stand by her teacher all the time even if he cheated at worst occastion, just because you know, she believes in him. I know there are years of bonding between them and so it is normal for her to stay faithful (I guess), but still: it is frustrating to see this type of character.
However, I do admire her for her efforts to become better in taekwondo and her capacity to do hard work. And it is also interesting to see her start new friendships successfully. I do understand that her hard work, poor girl image and desire to succeed must be very attractive to all the guys who have it all. But, we better have some character development soon, because so far, I am not connecting with her character. Especially since she has a doll to which she talks to all the time (she has to grow as a person and fast!).