I must be extremely picky because although there are so many airing dramas right now, nothing really interests me much. Hence, I decided to go back to some of my old favorite drama scenes from … Cuo Dian Yuan Yang! This drama from 2012 starred Zhao Liying and Qi Ji. It is the drama that made me fall in love with Zhao Liying’s acting and basically, brought me to start this blog. It is truly a germ in the dramaland and I am pleased to write recaps for it now. The story has a bit of plotting and also focus on other characters. However, for this series of recap, I want to focus solely on the main couple, their best interactions together or apart. I wrote a review for this drama before and you can read it here. I am not sure whether I will catch ALL the OTP scenes episode by episode or skip through and cover only my favorite ones. We will see…
Summary (by me)
In short, the story is about Shi Wuji and Yang Yiliu/Su Huan Er. Shi Wuji is the olderst of the successful commercial family Shi and has two younger brothers and one younger sister. He is proud, cold, sure of himself and most importantly, cherishes his family dearly. His life mission is to avenge his dead parents and believe (rightfully) that his uncle is the culprit. Yang Yiliu is the daughter of that evil uncle. Because she doesn’t have a mother, she had always been treated like a slave in her own house. When her favorite sister Su Huan Er commits suicide because she didn’t want to get married to Shi Wuji, Yang Yiliu takes her place. Hence starts her journey in the Shi household where she must gain the trust of everyone (which will be very hard) and hide her true identity.
Episode 1 : The first meeting
At the lantern festival, Yang Yiliu is walking around all happy looking at the goodies for sale. However, while she was looking in another direction, a thief stole her purse!
Luckily, Shi Wuji was passing by and when he saw the poor lady in distress, he came to her rescue. This is the first time they meet and they have no idea about each other’s background.
Wuji takes off his mask and hears his younger brother’s whistle. It is time to go.
He leaves. Can I just say how tall and handsome he looks??
At that moment, Yiliu notices on the floor that he forgot his pendant on the floor. She wants to call him back, but notices it is already too late. She looks at it and decides to keep it for now.
Note: I love how this drama didn’t go the cliche road by not making the two of them fall in love at first sight. Also, isn’t that great that Yiliu didn’t keep the jade as a token of their “love” and start going crazy to find him back? I mean, unlike all other dramas, this object didn’t play a major role in the drama. It is not like, if you find the guy’s belonging, then his heart belongs to you ^^
Episode 2: Newly Wed
It is the wedding night, but Wuji doesn’t have the courage nor the desire to go face his new wife. He knows doing this is going to make him suffer, but he says it is something he must go through. After a prep talk with his brother and lots of drinks, he goes in.
Under the effect of alcohol, he wakes in drunk. He immediately crashes on the bed.
Huan Er (I am gonna call her that because that is her name in the Shi family) first checks if he is indeed deep asleep. She then goes to close the door and comes back to check his face.
She is shocked to see that the man she just married is.. his savior from a few days ago! She immediately goes to get some water inside and splashes it on his face to wake him up.
All mad, she yells at him why, if he was in the city, he didn’t come himself to get his fiance. Does he have no respect for the Su family?
Wuji is of course mad at this point. He takes her and brings her up to his eyes level. He says that she is in his household now and must follow his orders. What he wants to is not her business.
Speechless, Huan Er curses at him as he leaves the room.
The next morning, Huan Er comes first to the dining area to eat.
However, when Wuji comes in, he takes away her steamed bun and throw it on the floor. Seeing this, Huan Er is super mad. She says that she doesn’t care if he doesn’t want to feed her, but don’t throw and waste food like this! She goes to pick it up.
At this point in the drama, thanks to the Shi family doctor, Wuji and second bro knows that Su Huan Er is actually Yang Yiliu. They decide to keep it a secret for now and wonder why Su Guanping (the evil uncle) decided to send her over.
On their way back to the Shi Mansian, they take a break from the long travel. Huan Er gets off from her carriage. She sees everyone interacting nicely between themselves and feel like an outsider.
She goes to the cliff to yell out her frustration, unknowing that Wuji actually followed her. I think he was worried to see if she will commit suicide.
At the cliff, Huan Er seats down and seems to start a conversation with her sister, the real Su Huan Er. She says how long must she wait before she can see her face again. If she jumps now, will all her sufferance stop? She then says no! Ever since she was young, she suffered through so much and is ready to go through a lot. Each time, she was able to tough through it because there was always Huan Er smiling back at her. Her goal in life is to protect Huan Er. For this, she will keep working hard.
Later at night, the little group are attacked by a hired gang of muderers. Su Huan Er does her best to protect her new little sister and herself. She gets hit on her back. Seeing that, Shi Wuji refuses to let anyone else see her “naked”. So, he takes care of the first aid himself. He is of course his ruthless self and is not gentle at all toward the sick Huan Er.
At the end, he is his selfish and arrogant self. He says that, since she is married to him, she belongs to him. Without his permission, she is not allowed to get hurt. Awwn (I think he is starting to fall from her around here).
Episode 3: Winning the New Family’s Heart
Not really with the OTP, but Huan Er is being quiet a badass during this episode as she won over the heart of the soldiers, the servants and even the Prince who came to visit.
Because of Third bro’s evil plan, Huan gets trapped in a room at night. Not letting herself be played by others, she decides to climb the walls. Of course, due to bad luck (0r good luck?), she gets caught by the whole family while in her very unlady like act.
Seeing this, Wuji repeatedly tells her to come down.
Without saying a word, Huan Er decides to jump down. Luckily, Wuji steps up and comes to catch her up or else, she would be handicapped for sure!
After scolding her, he tells her to go say hi to the visiting Prince.
Huan Er gives out such a positive impression that it once again annoys Wuji.
Here is a collection of his unhappy face.
After scolding Huan Er, we learn that actually Wuji is not mad, but more jealous! He is jealous Huan Er went to another man’s room at night (the day before, she went to the Prince’s room to help him thinking clearer about a business plan). This of course gets Huan Er mad. She goes to see him and asks him how come he has such a dirty mind?
Of course, she ends it all by trampling on his feet and walks off.
Mad, Wuji can only let go of his frustration on his third brother, who isn’t so innocent in all this situation…