So the next Gong came out. Maybe 3rd time’s the charm? Considering that the second series lost my interest in episode 2, I still decided to give this one a go. This is mainly because I thing Lu Yi is practically phenomenal in everything he does and thus, this show deserves a chance. However, if it becomes a angst filled show about how the 2nd female lead gets in the way of the two main character 50% of the time, I will drop the recaps like a hot potato. No one wants to see the second female lead for perhaps 15% of the time (i’m being generous). So anyways this show is about how two babies that swapped lives fall for each other as adults and the trials and tribulations affect their love story.
*update, I just read something about this drama that makes me scared and intrigued. If you want to know there’s a more button at the end of this post, click on it and see.
Episode 1 – We are in the Qing Dynasty. A General is listening to a maid who bitches about how his wife has only given him daughters, she’s probably going to give him another daughter. She tells him he should take another wife (her). The wife is praying for a male child because of the threat to her position if she doesn’t have a boy soon.
The General goes to see the wife and indicates that he really doesn’t believe in gods, since he is a general. Meanwhile the general’s maid is also pregnant. Feeling threatened, the Wife has a child the same time as the new concubine/maid. The Wife tearfully chooses to switch the baby for a baby boy. Her servant places the girl outside a dance/courtesan house. The head of the courtesan house decides to raise the baby as her own, to love it, and to one day marry the child off to a well-off house. She names the girl child Lian Cheng. The Boy Child’s name is Heng Dian The story moves foward 20 years later where Lian Cheng has become a vice general in the general’s army. Everyone loves him…yadda, yadda,yadda. We meet the second lead Jiang Yi Chen, (who apparently has a black caterpillar crawling on his chin). He’s with a girl who wants him to love her. He tells her that he’ll never love anyone one. She curses him and tells him that one day she hopes that he will fall in love so hard that he’ll never forget the woman he loves, things, about her all the time, won’t be able to sleep, etc. He smirks and says that will never happen. Turns out that Jiang Yi Chen is a rebel/bandit and his underling is Wang Hu Zi who is a wanted criminal in the capital where Heng Dian and Lian Chen lives.
Episode 2 – We meet Lian Cheng at the same time as Heng Dian does. He sees her one night on patrol for the criminal Wang Hu Zi. He protects Lian Cheng from the people who chases her and she tells him that her brother and father wants to sell her to the dance houses for money. Heng Dian gives her all his money and runs to go get some more for her. She smiles and walks away. Once Heng Dian gets the money from his right hand man Guo Xiao, he rushes back to find her. Men on the street tell him that he’s been conned. No only that, but Heng Dian is the first to actually run back to Lian Cheng. He finds the flower she’s left on his coat and smiles to himself.
The next day he finds Lian Cheng in the middle of the street, stoping a wedding from happening by accusing the bride groom of doing terrible things, such as making her pregnant. The Bride hops off the wedding carriage and slaps the bridegroom in rage. Lian Cheng slaps the bridegroom on the other side of his face too. The bride and Lian Cheng run off together, and Heng Dian follows. He sees Lian Cheng take the bride to the city gates where the Bride’s love was waiting.
They joyous reunite and Lian Cheng reminds them to pay her before they leave. She takes a roasted chicken out of clothes, it was used as her “preggers bump” and eats it. Before she see’s Heng Dian waiting for her. She hilarious hides by covering her face with the chicken. He want to take her to the magistrate, but she begs him, using another of her cover stories. She tells him to forget that he still owes her money and tries to run away, he holds her by her braid. As he takes her into tow, Guo Xiao runs into them. He tells Hen Dian that Wang Hu Zi, who loves beautiful women, has escaped again. Where are they going to find a beautiful, cunning, quick-minded, girl who is brave. Heng Dian looks at Lian Chen.
Lian Cheng back away and says “No, it’s too dangerous.”
Heng Dian “Five Silver Liang” She shakes her head. As he goes up in price, she shakes her head and tells him no, but steps closer and closer until he says, “Forty” she says “Done” and immediately thrusts out her hand “pay half now.” He smiles and obliges.
Lian Cheng disguises as a dance girl but is so horrible that the people are yelling for her to get off the stage. Wang Hu Zi kidnaps her in the middle of the dance and takes her away. Heng Dian and his men chase after her. Wang Hu Zhi guesses that Lian Cheng is a spy, but he says that no one will find her anyways. Lian Cheng screams and tries to send the signal firework that Heng Dian has given her, but fails.
As Wang Hu Zi falls on her,Heng Dian appears and captures him. Lian Cheng is crying and yells at him, asking him how he knew to come here. He said that he had put tracking powder on her so that he knew how to follow her. Lian Cheng raises her hand and says “Pay Up” he grins and says, “I’ll just owe you”. She yells after him, “You could’ve learned some of my good bits, why did you have to learn this from me?”
Heng Dian sucessfully interrogates and gets Wang Hu Zi to confess all the crimes and out his cohorts. While Lian Cheng goes home to the dance house and see her mother. Her mom tries to hid her from a particularly leery man. Lian Cheng plays a few tricks on him and he chases her. She meets Heng Dian who beats the crap out of the leery man.
Lian Cheng has hidden away now, but gets her forehead dirty. After the fight, as Heng Dian is about the wipe the dirt from her forehead, a child runs up and tells her soemone is dying. Lian Cheng grabs the money bag from Heng Dian’s belt and he yells and chases after her. They go to an old house where a grandmother lays dying. Lian Cheng tries to help the grandmother but it’s too late. Lian Cheng sings a song, as the grandmother requests it.
Heng Dian learns that Lian Chen has been taking care of the kids, along with her mother. He gets her mad when he says that she’s bad as the bad people she robs. She pushes him several times and says that just because he was born with a silver spoon his mouth doesn’t mean he can look down on people. Properly school he knelts to give the kids some money, they refuse to take it. Lian Cheng shoves him away and says that the money is from her, since he owes her. They walk away, and she tells him he doesn’t owe her any more money. He says he does, otherwise how will he see her again? They stop and face each other, he asks what he should call her. She tells him to stop calling her a female thief. His eyes turns serious and he asks if she wasn’t one, why can she keep him running in circles and unsettle him? He grabs her and and keeps pulling her closer to wipe away the smudge on her head. She smiles a little
Okay. I’ll give it a try. If it goes apeshit, then i will re-evaluate. Well, at least the first two episodes were good.
*here is what I read about the story
Apparently, Yang Rong’s character is to switch faces with Lian Chen? Like literally face swap? I read it on Baidu so at least I know this show is gonna be going crazy even before I start.