Second part of my Ode of Joy drama experience 🙂 (read about the Ep. 1-17 here) The storyline is finally going into a new direction. Sadly, I disapprove of the “morale” of the drama.
- Liu Tao as Andy Tompson
- 31 Year Old, a mathematical genius and CFO in a big company
- Jiang Xin as Fang Shengmei
- 30 Year Old, a beautiful and capable woman still searching the love of her life
- Wang Ziwen as Qu Xiao Xiao
- 24 Year Old, second generation rich girl
- Yang Zi as Qiu Ying Ying
- 22 Year Old, countryside girl with a positive attitude, currently an office worker
- Qiao Xin as Guan Qu Er
- 22 Year Old, an intern translator for Fortune 500 company
- Zu Feng as Wei Wei,
- the mysterious cyber friend of Andy and her love interest
- Wang Kai as Zhao Qiping,
- a handsome and diligent doctor Qu Xiaoxiao fells in love with
- Jin Dong as Tanzong Ming,
- the friend and boss of Andy since her time in the United States
- Yang Shuo as Zhao Yifan,
- a second generation rich boy
- Zhang Lu as Wang Baichuan,
- university friend of Shengmei and founder of a start up. He has a big crush on her
Andy meet her brother for the first time at the orphanage. She cries and all her bottled feelings explode.
No matter how independent she is, Andy realizes she isn’t strong enough to take care of a brother who is so much like her. Wei Wei convinces her to leave her brother here and come back regularly.
Another milestone in Wei Wei and Andy’s relationship: they hugged and Andy accepted it!
She realizes she does not want to be with anyone other than Wei Wei and proposes to him (despite Tanzong Ming’s better judgement). As the two gets intimate on the bed, Andy pushes Wei Wei away and he feels on the floor. They decide to take the relationship slower.
As Wei Wei realizes how slow their relationship is moving, he is wondering what happened to Andy when she was young and decides to investigate her past.
At the same time, she meets the eccentric CEO Zhao Yifan who shows high interest in her.
After Baichuan discovers Shengmei is not a landlord, but a renter, he takes a step back. Realizing he still loves her, he decides to tell the truth. At the same time, Fang Shengmei is invited to Wei Wei’s mansion and excited to show off to Baichuan, she invites him. Little does she now, Xiao Xiao is also there and reveals the truth.
Despite her feeling toward Baichuan, her prideful self makes her realizes their financial situation isn’t enough to support a long term relationship. She publicly laughs at his lies and makes him leave in humiliation.
Seen how hurt Shengmei is, Andy brings her to a charity event where she meets a rich and flirty man… Qu Xiao Xiao’s brother, a divorced man with many love interests. She keeps contact with him. Even though he does not love her, as she realizes through a drinking game, she decides to keep contact as he is rich. This gain her the disapproval of Wei Wei and Qu Xiao Xiao.
We get some insight on Fang Shengmei’s family. Turns out her elder brother is a big troublemaker and hurts a higher up at the company. This means they need to pay the company, the harmed guy (and his gang of friends), and her parents. We discover Shengmei is the one who paid for her brother’s mortgage, found the job, etc. Frustrated, she gives them all her money but this is more debt than she can handle.
Some development in her relationship with Doctor Zhao as you can see in the gif. Turns out he is a very open minded man and likes her carefree attitude. They openly kiss and decide to date.
Doctor Zhao recognizes Xiao Xiao’s vicious personality but doesn’t care much for it. However, during one card game night with Wei Wei and Andy, he realizes how terrible she really is. During a fight, he tells her, “Our relation is so childish. There is no reason to continue like this”. Despite Xiao Xiao’s screaming and tears, he leaves her on the street.
Qiu Yingying starts her work at the coffee shop and is able to sell some products online. She is highly encouraged by the CEO who gives her a bonus. Despite the anger of her supervisor, she is happy to finally find what makes her happy.
Office work is not for her and she like practical jobs.
Also, Qu Xiao Xiao and Qiu Ying Ying makes up after XX gives her some business tips. She decides to put all her energy on the coffee online shop and be independent.
Guan Qu Er
Guan Qu Er is super busy at work and gets reprimanded for making a mistake. She is afraid for her position and apologizes. Her parents set her on a blind date, but she does not think she should be dating right now.
Fellow Lin shows interest in her but Guan Guan does not know how she feels. After meeting Doctor Zhao, she realizes she loves him. She knows she will never love Fellow Lin the same way and decides to clearly cut rope with him. She gets heartbroken when she learns Zhao Qiping is dating Qu Xiao Xiao.
I know Andy and Wei Wei are the main couple of the drama, but I don’t buy their acting. Their love story is more said (“I love you so much” or “You are the only one I can wait for”) than acted. Most of the time, they are talking about Andy’s friends or brother. And when they do talk about each other, Wei Wei blame Andy for been too distant and not thinking enough about him (while pouting, which is can be interpreted as cute). Euhh…. I may not have a lot of expertise, but this is not a good thing to say to your girlfriend. Some people online are wondering why Andy isn’t with Tanzong Ming and I think that is an interesting alternative.
Another thing that annoys me…Guan Qu Er never had a crush till she meet Doctor Zhao. What kind of plot is this? I had my first crush when I was in early high school. Sure, a lot of people never dated till they are twenty, especially if you have strict parents, but how can you not have a crush till you are 22 Year Old?
Final critique, I hate how this drama is giving two profiles of the modern woman and giving each of them a tag. Andy is the independent beautiful woman that every CEO want to date. Fang Shengmei as the sneaky and foxy money-loving woman with no morale. Sure, Baichuan loves her and as the public, we feel sorry for her struggles. But the main message of the drama remains: don’t be a girl who date for money, love yourself and be strong for yourself. While I approve of this message, I find it very sad. Am I overeacting? Hope the drama goes in a new direction…
Some positive comments! I like how the new storyline is finally giving more volume to the characters of Andy and Doctor Zhao. It is also a wake up call for Qu Xiao Xiao that the way she treats people can also hurt her. I find Fang Shengmei’s story very deja-vu but I will forgive her since the acting is extremely on point. Also, she no longer need to hide herself. Qiu Ying Ying and Guan Qu Er’s character are very two dimensions and while they are likable, they are also very cliche. Every question Guan Guan asks Andy sound like a life lesson. Hope they get some character development too!