Episode 4 begins with Wu Kui bringing tea to his father who has regained consciousness but resting in bed.
Ding Bang scolds Wu Kui saying that he sent him to Guangzhou to study but he never expected Wu Kui to change so much.
Ding Bang also asks Wu Kui why he is the one to bring in his tea instead of a servant. To which Wu Kui replies that he wants to serve his father himself. This somewhat mollifies Father’s anger when he said that at least Wu Kui still knows what “filial piety” is.
Ding Bang asks Wu Kui why Master Yuan Tou did not accompany him home. Wu Kui replies that his Master has to take care of some important stuff. But in voice-over Wu Kui tells Master Yuan Tou to please arrive soon so they can tell the truth to his father together.
Master Yuan Tou has been captured by Dumb Wolf’s gang and has now been brought to their cave. From a letter they found inside Master Yuan Tou’s bag they realize he is a friend of Xiao Ding Bang.
Because Wu Kui foiled their plan to rob Moya, and because Wu Kui had injured Dumb Wolf, Wu Kui is now the Wolf gang’s enemy #1. They want to use Master Yuan Tou to lure Ding Bang and Wu Kui so they can punish them for what Wu Kui did to their gang.
Master Yuan Tou refuses to help in luring his friend and his disciple, so to “persuade” him to accede to their plans the gang tortures him with fire and ice.
They tell the Master that they will stop torturing him if he agrees to write a letter to DingBang that will lure the Xiao father and son to their lair.
Wu Kui tries to visit Moya but is turned away by an old servant who reprimands him for calling the Princess by her given name. The servant tells him that it is highly unlikely that the Princess would want to see a country boy like him.
This is a funny scene because Wu Kui keeps saying these English words, and the old servant cannot understand him. When the old servant called him a country boy, Wu Kui said “goddamn you”, the old servant thought he is talking about some Chinese dish. I also like this scene because JHJ’s acting here is so good.
Moya visits her father. Although China is no longer a monarchy at this time, Moya’s father still thinks that he is royalty. His servants still address him as Wangye (Prince); and members of his family by their royal titles – for example they refer to Moya as Gege (Princess).
The Prince expresses his concern over his daughter’s encounter with the bandits the day before. Moya tells him that she was rescued from the bandits by a man and a woman.
During this conversation we find out that (1) Moya has been away from home for 6 months (stayed with an uncle), and (2) Moya’s birth mom is already dead.
Prince tells Moya that her mother must have sent the Golden Boy and the Jade Maiden to protect her when she was in danger. From this meeting between father and daughter it is quite evident that the Prince dotes on Moya, and that father and daughter have a loving relationship.
While father and daughter are having their tete-a-tete, Prince’s concubine arrives. From their demeanor, we find out that Moya and Concubine don’t get along well.
Concubine reveals that the Prince gave money to the police just to rescue Moya from her kidnappers. Then Concubine turns on the Prince saying that he wasted money when she knew all along that Moya will be rescued and will eventually come home safe.
This, of course, angers Moya and in a fit of temper pushes Concubine. Both Prince and Concubine are appalled at such behaviour. Moya says that China is now a Republic and no one follows the old rules anymore. Then she leaves the room.
Concubine tries to convince Prince that Moya is now of marriageable age and they should find a suitable man for her. After much nagging, whining and fake-crying, Prince finally says that he knows Concubine’s good intentions about his daughter. But Prince tells Concubine that now is not the right time for Moya to get married because their country is still in turmoil. Besides, where can they find the royal relatives who are the only ones suitable for Moya’s status?
Concubine recommends her cousin’s son, the current Police Captain of Shanhai Town, Wu Chuzi.
Concubine visits her nephew Wu Chuzi and gives him an invitation to a dinner party that will be held at the Prince’s residence. Wu Chuzi thought his aunt is inviting him to the party because she wants him to kill someone at the party. Concubine starts hitting him with her fan.
Concubine tells him that all she wants is to help him improve his status and all he could think of is killing someone. Concubine laments that Wu Chuzi has never been smart and has always liked killing creatures even when he was still young. Ohhhhh, she wants to marry the Princess off to someone with a cruel streak in him.
Master Yuan Tuo’s letter to DingBang arrives at the Xiao residence.
“I was invited by Dumb Wolf to visit Haohan Ya (Hero’s Cliff/Bluff). I am being treated well that is why I am very happy here. Could you lend your younger brother some money? I would like to invite you and Wu Kui to visit me here. Let us meet at Hero’s Cliff on the 20th of this month before 12 noon. “ – Zoubi, by Yuan Tou.
Wu Kui asks his father who Dumb Wolf is. Ding Bang replies that Dumb Wolf and his gang have been operating as robbers/highwaymen for the past 5 years in the area of Shanhai Town.
Wu Kui wonders how his Master came to know these bandits, enough to be invited to their lair. Ding Bang grimly reveals that Yuan Tou is obviously being held against his will. He is sure of this because Master Yuan Tou added the word “Zoubi” to his letter.
Ding Bang reveals that he and Yuan Tou have come up with a series of codes that only the two of them know. The code “zoubi” means to hide, ignore the letter and do not yield to blackmail.
Wu Kui wonders why they have to come up with such secret codes, Ding Bang reveals that 30 years ago he was kidnapped by his enemies. Yuan Tou, with the help of the Shanxi Zhenyuan Escort, rescued him from his kidnappers despite the danger surrounding the mission.
Wu Kui declares that they have to rescue his Master. They cannot leave his Master in the hands of those bandits.
Moya is out walking with her maid at a marketplace when they run into Lei-er. Lei-er tells Moya that she cannot stay to talk with her as she is on her way to look for someone whom she has to bring before her Grandma so that her Grandma would believe her story. Lei-er is referring to Fatty Huang – the dead man in the coffin who came alive again after Lei-er dropped his coffin.
The Princess convinces her to go to her place instead, that she will ask someone else to take care of the matter for Lei-er.
Lei-er goes with Moya and finally finds out that Moya was a princess during the Qing Dynasty. When she finds out that Moya was a princess, Lei er says that no wonder she emits an elegant aura.
Moya replies that Wu Kui said the same thing about her. In episode 1 while Wu Kui, Moya and Lei-er were stranded in the woods after escaping the bandits, Wu Kui and Moya exchanged some personal information. Wu Kui told her that he travelled from Guangzhou but is on his way home to Shanhai Town. Moya revealed that she is on her way to Shanhai Town also but that she came from the capital. Wu Kui commented that no wonder she has an elegant aura – it is because she came from the capital.
Moya then tells Lei-er that Wu Kui is the son of the owner of Xin Yi Escort. Lei-er comments that it seems both Moya and Wu Kui are royals (meaning both are rich, belonging to a higher social class than she does.)
During this encounter we see the disparity in the way these 2 girls look at the world. Lei-er wanders around the garden noticing all the beautiful things therein.
When she tries to touch a beautiful flower, Moya’s maid tells her not to touch the flowers as these are the favourite of the Concubine. Moya reprimands her maid, telling her not to be impolite to her guest. The maid then tells Lei-er that the flower needs special care, one bucket of milk is used to water the plant everyday. Lei-er is so ignorant of the ways of the rich that she easily believes the maid, saying that the flower’s food is much more expensive than the food that she and her grandma eat.
Everytime she sees something new, Lei-er would ask if such and such bears fruits or if it is edible (can be eaten).
Later she asks Moya why they only plant those beautiful, colourful plants. She tells Moya they should plant grains, such a big plot of land would ensure that they will have grains for half a year. When Lei-er sees a pond, she asks if there are plenty of fish (for eating, not just for decoration) in the pond.
When Lei-er says that the place is so beautiful, Moya replies that it is just like other places she has seen before. But Lei-er tells her that she has seen other places as well, and none are as beautiful as this place. Moya’s maids keep laughing at the things Lei-er says.
Concubine sees that Moya is with a funny-looking person, she follows them to Moya’s residence.
At Moya’s residence, Moya serves Lei-er with delicious drinks and snacks, all shipped from the capital. At first, Lei-er does not want to eat the snacks because they are very beautiful to look at. Moya reassures her that they have plenty of that so to go ahead and eat.
During this encounter the maid keeps looking down on Lei-er’s uncouth behaviour, but Moya keeps reprimanding her maid, so maid has no choice but to serve Lei-er.
Moya treats Lei-er in a very nice and friendly manner, earning Lei-er’s friendship right away. But we soon find out that Moya is not as nice as she seems.
Moya’s maid tells her that she should get rid of Lei-er already because Concubine is outside and may cause trouble for Moya. Moya tells her maid that she is more afraid that Concubine will not try to cause her trouble. She then purposely pushes the tea cup towards Lei-er, thus wetting Lei-er’s clothes.
Lei-er tells Moya not to worry, she will just run around outside for a few minutes to dry her clothes. But Moya insists on giving her a change of clothes.
They go to Moya’s bedroom, and changes her clothes. Inside the bedroom, Moya and her maid dress Lei-er in men’s clothes. They horsed around and made comments that made it seem like there is a man inside the bedroom. when Concubine peeked inside the bedroom, she saw a man with Moya and the maid.
Concubine instructs another maid to call the Prince. When the Prince arrives Concubine tells him that Moya brought a man into her bedroom.
Prince angrily enters Moya’s residence, but by then Lei-er is wearing ladies’ clothes. Concubine cannot believe that there is no man in Moya’s bedroom, she tries to look for the man to no avail. The Prince and Concubine leave Moya’s residence.
Moya is so happy that she was able to trick Concubine into doing something foolish. When Lei-er said that she really has to go home already, Moya gives her the nice ladies’ clothes she is wearing. At first Lei-er refuses the clothes saying that Grandma told her not to take other people’s clothes. Moya tells her that she considers Lei-er as her sister, so accepting clothes from her is fine. Besides Moya feels that she and Lei-er will be together for a long time, and there may come a time when she might need Lei-er’s help. Lei-er seems so happy and honoured to be considered a good sister by Moya.
Moya instructs her maid to give Lei-er more snacks that she can take home with her.
When Moya and her maid are by themselves, maid asks Moya why she is being nice to a “clown” like Lei-er. Moya replies that it is fun. That Lei-er is just like her servants, stupid and funny. Awww, poor Lei-er.
Prince is so mad at Concubine for making such groundless claims against his daughter. He angrily tells her that if rumours like that get out, he and Moya will have no face to present to people.
Concubine gets so fed up with this scolding that she says she is stupid for marrying an old fool like him who lost his power only 2 years after they got married, and who has since been just surviving on his past reputation and savings. This seems like an old argument between these 2, because the Prince decides to leave Concubine when she started on her dramatics.
Lei-er returns home. Grandma tells her that Fatty Huang has shown up and now Grandma believes her story. Grandma notices Lei-er’s nice clothes, and Lei-er told her that a girl she met previously who happens to be a former princess gave her the clothes. Grandma notes that Lei-er is a country chicken wanting to be a phoenix.
Grandma asks Lei-er if she thinks she can become a royal person with just clothes and accoutrements – with her loud laughter, uncouth manners and superpower that can make people fly 2 miles away when she slaps them?
She reminds Lei-er that even if she is able to reach the top of the tree she will still be a country chicken. Lei-er is hurt at Grandma’s words, but she says that she knows that she is not educated and that she is a country chicken.
However, Grandma is not really putting down Lei-er or clipping her wings. She is just reminding Lei-er of the realities of their life. She reminds Lei-er that they are farming folks, their family may not be rich but they have always lived decent and dignified lives. Grandma goes on to tell Lei-er that there is nothing wrong with being a country chicken. Country chickens may not be like phoenixes, but its character is excellent.
Grandma then reminds Lei-er not to take advantage of other people, and be always thankful to the people who are good to her.
Lei-er replies that Grandma doesn’t have to worry on that score because she is not the kind of person who will ever take advantage of other people. She also promises that she will always keep in mind and heart all the nice things Moya has done for her. She also assures Grandma that if ever Moya asks for her help at some point in the future, she will surely help her.
Feng Lang presents to the other bandits all the traps they have laid along the way to Hero’s Cliff to capture DingBang and Wu Kui when they bring the ransom money. Once they have captured father and son, they will not kill them, instead they will humiliate them by parading them while tied up in front of the townspeople of Shanhai Town. They are sure that after such humiliation, father and son will no longer have the face to work and live in Shanhai Town.
At the Xiao residence, Wu Kui tries to convince his father to let him go to Hero’s Cliff to save his Master. DingBang nixes this idea because he believes that Wu Kui’s martial arts skills is not yet good enough to fight off the bandits and that he will likely end up dead at the hands of the bandits.
Wu Kui argues that Father is still too sick to fight the bandits on his own, and he is sure that the bandits will kill Father. He cannot allow his father to do something dangerous while he stays at home doing nothing.
Ding Bang tells Wu Kui that the bandits are too dangerous. He did not even tell his men at XinYi Escort about this problem, because he has no plans to send anyone else in his place. He would find it unbearable if he sends someone in his place and something bad should happen to that person.
Wu Kui suggests that they go together. He will fight with the bandits, so Father will be free to rescue Master Yuan Tou.
Aunt Gui butts in saying that the 2 of them are not going to Hero’s Cliff because she does not want to see either of them dead. She tells them that the Prince sent them an invitation to visit him at his home. They could not ignore the invitation or their business will suffer. She then takes off with the money that is supposed to ransom Yuan Tou from the bandits.
Wu Kui suggests to his father that they talk to the Prince first.
I love JHJ’s funny scenes in this drama so far. I never thought JHJ could be this funny, he is funnier here than in his Korean drama “3 Dads, 1 Mom”! His acting is not over the top, but still very funny.
The other thing I am liking so far in this drama is that the characters’ motivations are very easy to understand. Some of them may be making wrong decisions but the reasons for their actions are something that I can understand.
Take the case of Wu Kui. He is an adult now, he should have told the truth to his father as soon as he arrived home. But he chose not to do so, instead he decides to wait for Master Yuan Tou to arrive to help him tell the truth to his father.
To me Wu Kui is acting like a little boy, procrastinating, putting off for another day what he should have done as soon as he arrived home. But I can totally understand Wu Kui’s actions. Sometimes we do things that are too shameful, and we try to postpone admitting our mistakes in hopes that something will happen to save us from our predicament. Even more so when we know that our mistakes would disappoint the people we love, especially our parents. There are just times that no matter how old we become we revert to being children in the face of the possibility of disappointing our parents, especially when we know we have done something really wrong.
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