Hehe, I finally found the time to finish this article! >< And I have finally been able to keep myself up to date with this drama, fiof! It is currently competing head to head with Chinese Hero starring Yoona and Lin Gengxin. On the same floor lives five girls with completely different personalities, which one do you prefer?
- 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 Yifei,
- 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 is a beautiful and successful woman in the United States. She was adopted when she is young and as a consequence, does not care at all about norms in the Chinese society.
Under the suggestion of her good friend Tan Zhongming, she comes back to Shanghai and hope to find her long lost little brother.
She moves on the 22nd floor of Ode of Joy apartment. j Her cyber-friend, Qian Di, who currently live in Shanghai request to meet her. Both have a lot of common interest but after meeting him, Andy discover he is a successful CEO who is no longer young. Disappointed, she nonetheless continue to meet him. They develop feelings for each other by Andy can’t have any physical contact with him and pushes him away. At the same time, she discover from a private detective the possibility that her little brother may have been abandoned upon adoption due to mental issues. She is devastated. Andy puts her mind in her work, but is secretly followed. Pictures of her start circulating online with the title “International Beauty Adulter Successful CEO”. Turns out there is a girl in Qian Dian (aka Wei Wei) who is jealous of Wei Wei and Andy’s relationship. Thanks to Qu Xiaoxiao, the situation is solved and the two reconcile. He buys her food, shower her with gifts, but she is still unsure about how she feels.
Fang Shengmei is a beautiful girl in her early thirties, fearing to be a leftover woman. She is beautiful and has a stable job in HR. Her monthly wage is not high and she has to co-rent with Qiu Yingying and Guan Qu Er to afford her place. Her gorgeous clothes are mostly made of fake brands. She hopes to find a fiance with money, capable to bring her a happy life and prosperity. With a high EQ, everyone on the 22th floor depend on her to resolve conflicts, especially the young Yingying. As she turns thirty, Shengmei doesn’t want to date for fun anymore and swear her next boyfriend will be her last.
Enters in her life Wang Baichuan. He had a big crush on her in university and is now running a moderately successful business. Upon hearing she is still single, he is determined to move his business in Shanghai and win her over. Shengmei is also attracted to him but is careful, unsure of their future together. She helps him establish his company in Shanghai but is too afraid to tell him she is only renting an apartment. As she discover he is renting his car and not owning, she decides to keep a distance. By visiting her at the apartment, Baichuan discover the truth about her status. He too is torn about his feelings.
Qu Xiaoxiao is a rich second generation girl with a large gang of equally rich friends. she used to study oversea but was partying most of the time. She decided to move is the “rusty” Ode of Joy building, hoping that it will soften her dad’s heart (since she isn’t living in the mansion he prepared for her) and he will make her the CEO of the family company. She has a half brother older than her, also a party animal, who is currently working for the family company as a higher up. She has a direct and foxy personality. Using Andy’s help and her own connections, she seals an important business deal and her dad accept to invest in a branching company for her. She discover joy in doing business.
During a visit to the doctor’s office, Xiaoxiao meet Dr. Zhao Qiping and feels in love with his handsomeness (who wouldn’t xD). She successfully gain his wechat account and continually message him about her ankle “problem”. When visiting the hospital, she finds a sad Qiping who just performed an unsuccessful surgery. She decides to bring him on a date to cheer him up.
Qiu Yingying is an accounting graduate who has yet to pass her certificates. She currently works as an office assistant but ask home for money to pay the living fees of exorbitant Shanghai. She has a positive attitude in life and LOVES to eat!
Food everyday, anytime (yet, she is so pretty >< me jealous)! When she is stressed or unhappy, she talk it off! If you are in her way, she will get in your way. At the office, she feels in love with the HR supervisor Bai Zhuguan, a nasty man who only planned on playing with her. When she discover he visited Qu Xiaoxiao, she enters in a big fight with everyone at Ode of Joy. When she discover he cheated on her, the other girls convince her to break up with him. He shows his true self when he report Fang Shengmei to the police and prevent Qiu Yingying from working correctly at the company.
She is furious and screamed his wrongdoings in front of the whole office. Both get lay off. QYY start worrying about where her life is going and start been disagreeable with her roommates. Thanks to FSM, she manage to re-find her positive attitude. After another public confrontation with BZG, a CEO at a career fair is impressed by her strong attitude and hires her to be a coffee specialist. With a new career, she works hard and wonder: what would happen if she open an online coffee shop? Her CEO approve of the idea and for the first time in her life, she feels accomplished.
Guan Qu Er is an intern at a Fortune 500 company. Despite not graduating from a famous university, she managed to find this job thank to her parents. Always afraid of getting laid off, she works hard everyday and always do overtime.
Guan Guan is a great friend of Qiu Yingying and is extremely considerate of other’s feeling. She idolizes Andy for been so strong and capable and hope to find her own place in this big city. A Xue Zhang (upper year male student) seems to be interested in her but she is not sure and too afraid to show him how she feels. With the approaching end of internship, she can only work hard. Because she helped a colleague with her paperwork, she gets reprimanded for a careless error. With overwork, lack of sleep and stress… one can only worry for her.
First, let’s get one thing out of the way: the narration is annoying :”D. It sounds out of the place and it is almost as if I am pausing the drama, listening to the narrator talk about something completely unrelated, and then the drama continues. Luckily, it happens less and less often.
Another thing that is interesting to note: the continuous publicities for Sogou (Chinese version of Google) and Apple. Literally everyone in the drama use Air Book! I don’t know how popular it is in China, but from Andy to her associates, Qiu Yingying to people in the coffee shop, everyone is proud to show the famous apple icon. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if the friend of Qu Xiaoxiao to whom she continuously call… I wouldn’t be surprised if he is an Ambassador for Sogou ^^
At the beginning, the different personalities of the girls made me wonder if it will be a big messy drama. Sometimes, when I want to concentrate on the story of one lady, the other’s gets all the screen time. A little irritating when you invest yourself in one story in particular. Oh well. Even if it annoyed me, it helped me fell in love with every single characters and care for them. Since this is a modern drama, the plot can only go one way or the other and it is easy to figure out what will happen next. Sadly, the story is borderline boring and there isn’t many plot twist. I hope something exciting happens soon! Everyone is interesting but nothing is moving at a fast pace.
Despite having a great list of male lead, the drama still focus on the girls and refuse to give too much important to the boys. For example, I know a lot of people were waiting for Wang Kai’s first appearance in the drama… which occurred on episode 10. Well worth the wait, he is handsome in white coat :D… Hope for a happy ending for everyone!
Overall, I will give the drama a 8.5/10! I love the cast and the characters, but still waiting for it to surprise me 🙂 Everyday, two hours in the afternoon are happily invested into Ode of Joy!~~ Who else is keeping themselves up to date with this drama?