Earlier in the previous episode (Episode 10), Dumb Wolf told Lei-er that their gang has a rule – any of their captives who is able to overcome their gang in 3 challenges is allowed to leave their lair. Episode 10 ended with the beginning of the showdown between Lei-er and the bandits, while Episode 11 begins with the continuation of that showdown.
UPDATE: I updated this post on May 5, 2013 12:36 p.m. to include the explanations for those scenes which I did not understand. Explanations contributed by Tonyee. Thank you!
The showdown between Lei-er and the bandits continues. Lei-er is able to beat all the bandits in all the challenges. Although in the last challenge – the drinking challenge – Dumb Wolf helps Lei-er win by making sure that she drinks water and not wine.
Wu Kui is waiting for his father and the escorts. Ding Bang and his men arrive at Xinyi, Wu Kui asks his father what happened, but Ding Bang does not reply and just goes inside the residence. Wu Kui turns to Da Cheng for answers. Da Cheng says they found nothing, but there are a few deep valleys they haven’t searched yet. However, it’s already dark….
Wu Kui goes inside the house. Ding Bang says they have to continue the search no matter how late it is since one day has already passed.
Aunt Gui says she prepared dinner, Ding Bang replies they have no time for it, better just get them some food they can bring on the road. Wu Kui offers to join the search. Ding Bang refuses, saying that to have a newbie on the search would only slow them down. Better be safe and stay at Xinyi.
Moya arrives at the Xiao residence. At first, Aunt Gui thinks Moya came to ask about the progress of the search, and says gruffly that the 3-day deadline is not up yet.
Moya says she’s not worried about the search since she knows well that with the reputation of Xinyi they will be able to locate the missing goods. However, Moya is worried about the people at Xinyi since they must have gone all in for the search, and that includes those staying behind like Aunt Gui and Wu Kui. Wu Kui smiles when he hears that.
Moya explains that she brought some snacks and herbs to keep up everyone’s health and energy. Aunt Gui’s attitude changes instantly on seeing the precious gifts, and goes out to get some tea for Moya.
One of the snacks Moya brought is the same snack she shared with Wu Kui while they were travelling on which he choked on. Wu Kui eats the same snack and chokes again. Moya worriedly thumps his back. Wu Kui is just pretending to choke. Moya punches Wu Kui in the chest for making her worry. Wu Kui grabs her wrists and they have an awkward but sweet moment.
Moya says she thought Wu Kui must be worried sick these days, and thus told the chef to add some calming herbs in the snacks. Moya adds that the contents of her luggage are not worth much, but the contents were left to her by her late mother. Wu Kui says that’s why Moya was so worried on the day of the encounter with the bandits. Wu Kui berates Moya for not telling him sooner. He says that if he had known that the contents of the luggage were so important to her, he would have found them at all cost. Moya says she believes him. (Moya is really good at manipulating people.)
Back at the bandits’ lair, Lei-er is preparing Moya’s luggage for her trip back to Xinyi. Dumb Wolf goes to her and offers to help her, but she refuses his help. Dumb Wolf tells her that Moya’s luggage contain opium, and shows her a sample.
At Xinyi, Aunt Gui goes to Wu Kui’s room to bring him tea. Aunt Gui discovers that Wu Kui’s bed has not been slept in at all. Ding Bang and Da Cheng arrive and she informs them of her discovery. Aunt Gui says she should have known since Wu Kui had not said a word since after Moya’s visit yesterday. Ding Bang guesses that Wu Kui must have gone to the mountain himself.
Wu Kui has indeed gone looking for the bandits by himself. Wu Kui and Lei-er almost meet up in the mountains. But it is Ding Bang who catches up with Wu Kui in the mountains.
Wu Kui tells his father that he is just too worried since the 3-day deadline is already up. Ding Bang says he knows but there’s nothing they can do. Ding Bang tells Wu Kui that they should go back first.
Butler Yang is at the Xinyi office; he says the 3-day deadline is up, the goods have not been found, and now even Ding Bang and Wu Kui are missing. Da Cheng says they have gone to the mountains to continue the search and will be back soon. Yang says they have probably fled because they failed their task.
Chuzi and his men are back at the Xinyi office, belittling Xinyi once again. Aunt Gui reminds Chuzi that if not for Ding Bang he wouldn’t have become the leader of the police force. She reprimands Chuzi for being ungrateful. Chuzi asks Yang about the missing goods, Yang replies that he is at Xinyi to see how the Xiaos are going to explain why they have not recovered the Princess’ goods yet.
In the middle of their argument Ding Bang and Wu Kui arrive. Yang applauds them for not trying to flee, but presses them to account for their failure. Ding Bang replies that since they could not keep their promise they would lower the Xinyi flag, the implication of which is that Xinyi Escort Agency is closing down.
Da Cheng and the other escorts try to convince Ding Bang not to do so, but Ding Bang does not listen to them. In his internal monologue, Ding Bang says “this flag has flown proudly in all corners of the country for the past hundred years, but today it has to be brought down and buried in the mud shamefully. It was through generations of fighting, blood and tears that we have the Xinyi Escort as it is now, must it end today in my hand?”
Ding Bang begins to untie the rope.
Wu Kui stops his father, saying that it’s all his fault. Wu Kui says that he will shoulder the responsibility himself. He would go to the Prince’s residence and clear his sins by his blood (meaning he will commit suicide.) The men stop Wu Kui, Ding Bang says Wu Kui is thinking foolishly.
The goods are goods of Xinyi, not Wu Kui’s personally. It’s the responsibility of every man at Xinyi to keep the goods. If the goods are there, the men are there; if the goods are gone, then the men are gone too (meaning dead.) This is the Xinyi (the promise, trust, loyalty) that they have treasured very much. People can die, so why can’t an escort end?
Chuzi says they are just acting to get the townspeople’s sympathy. Ding Bang says he’s not the kind to play such tricks. Ding Bang goes back to the flagpole to lower the flag. Just then Lei-er arrives with Moya’s luggage, thus saving the day.
Ding Bang, Wu Kui and Lei-er bring Moya’s luggage to the Prince’s residence. Moya’s father praises Xinyi for being able to retrieve their treasures. However, Concubine continues to belittle Xinyi, but Prince tells her to shut her mouth.
Moya arrives, and with a big smile on her face she asks Lei-er what happened to her at the bandits’ lair. Lei-er proudly regales them of her adventures. She ends her tale with how she recovered everything, including the opium. Lei-er is unaware that opium is something illegal. From the way Moya and her father exchange glances it is apparent that they know very well what the contents of the luggage are, but they pretend to be shocked at Lei-er’s statement like everyone else in the room.
Ding Bang asks Lei-er to repeat her statement, which she did. Concubine reprimands Lei-er, telling her to watch what she is saying. However, Lei-er is firm. Concubine says then it must be a trick to tarnish the reputation of the Prince. Lei-er says she doesn’t understand what she means. She opens the trunk to show her that she’s telling the truth.
The Prince pretends to be angry, saying that someone actually dared to hide opium in the Princess’s luggage. He vows to investigate this, and he would not let anyone use her daughter for such illegal acts. He told the Xiaos to leave. However, Ding Bang does not believe the Prince’s words.
Back at Xinyi, Ding Bang tells Wu Kui that if not for the bandits Xinyi would have become an accomplice in the Prince’s smuggling scheme. Wu Kui says that it might not be related to the Prince. Ding Bang says only someone from inside the Prince’s household could have planted the opium in the Princess’s luggage. Wu Kui insists that Moya has nothing to do with the opium because she is a kind and well-educated girl. Wu Kui speculates that someone must have used her as a front. At that point, they were called to the feast.
At the feast, Ding Bang says that originally he was just giving Lei-er a chance, but who knew she would actually end up saving Xinyi? Ding Bang promotes Lei-er to be a regular escort.
Other escorts are saying that Lei-er only got lucky and got promoted too quickly. Another escort replies by asking if they have ever escaped unscathed from a bandit’s lair with all the goods. Da Cheng chips in, saying that Lei-er is the first person he feels thankful for and respectful of ever since he joined Xinyi (this is Da Cheng’s way of showing everyone his approval and protection of Lei-er.)
Lei-er drinks the wine and wonders why the wine at Xinyi is so much stronger than the wine at the bandits’ lair.
Moya and her father are discussing their problem with the opium. Prince says that they should have been more careful and that they cannot keep the opium. Prince is acting to protect Moya’s reputation. They decide to go along with the story of someone planting the opium in Moya’s luggage and find a scapegoat. Moya is worried that people won’t believe them. Prince says that this scapegoat must not be provided by themselves, but must be discovered by someone else. They decide that Xinyi should be the one to make the discovery.
Wu Kui takes Lei-er home as she is too drunk to go home by herself. Lei-er drunkenly tells Grandma about her promotion, and about how she won the 3 challenges at the bandits’ lair. Grandma doesn’t believe a word Lei-er said.
Concubine visits Chuzi at the police station. Concubine is angry that the Prince and Moya are smuggling opium behind her back, and wonders how much money they had made. Concubine tells Chuzi to tell the townspeople about the opium, and put the blame on Xinyi, saying that Xinyi was using the Prince to smuggle opium.
Since Chuzi is the police, he has the mandate to investigate the matter. Then the Prince would have to bribe Chuzi and Concubine to stop the investigation. From then on they will be included in the opium smuggling loop. And once they get into that inside circle, then Moya and Chuzi could become a pair.
The next day, at Xinyi, Lei-er asks Wu Kui to teach her martial arts. Wu Kui is quite preoccupied so he lets slip that he knows only 3 moves. Wu Kui realizes his slip, so he backtracks and tells Lei-er his martial arts is too difficult for her. He tells her to start from the basic and shows her some basic moves.
Wu Kui asks Lei-er how she escaped from the bandits’ lair since she did not know any martial arts. Lei-er says that she had already told him about the 3 challenges, Wu Kui says that it sounds like Dumb Wolf was helping her.
Lei-er protests immediately, saying that she has no relationship whatsoever with the bandits and she’s clean. Wu Kui says, he believes her. Wu Kui says that this was a really strange mission, with opium and all that. Lei-er says she would not have talked about the opium if she had known that it was such serious matter and feels guilty for making Moya look suspicious. Wu Kui vehemently vows not to let Moya come to any harm.
One thing I noticed is that it seems Lei-er didn’t reveal to her bosses, especially to Wu Kui, that the servant at the guest house is actually Dumb Wolf, the leader of the Wolf bandits. But, I could be wrong in thinking that since I did not understand most of the conversations that transpired in this episode.
But if Lei-er indeed did not tell that bit of information to her superiors, then I wonder why she didn’t. Was she warned off by the bandits from doing so? Or did Lei-er deliberately hide that information for fear that if it is found that she is the source of the leak, then she will lose her job or be punished somehow?
Well, it seems Lei-er did not inform her superiors that she is the reason why the bandits knew of the new route that Xinyi will take from the guest house to the temple and that the servant at the guest house is actually the leader of the Wolf gang. I do not know if she deliberately hid these information to avoid punishment or if she just forgot all about it.
If she just forgot, then I think it is such a lame reason for the writer to use. Lei-er was so mad at Dumb Wolf when she realized she has been tricked into revealing Xinyi secrets, so how can she forget so soon?
But if she deliberately hid the information, then I am pissed at her. She was rewarded with a promotion when it was her big mouth that caused Wu Kui’s first mission to fail.
Yes, the failed mission was a blessing in disguise because it led to the discovery of the opium smuggling. However, I still wish the writer had made Lei-er tell the truth to her bosses, especially to Wu Kui. Right now, because of Lei-er’s failure to disclose her part in the failed mission and the servant’s real identity, I see Lei-er as either a total simpleton (if she forgot about her mistakes) or a bit dishonest (if she deliberately hid the information.)
END OF EPISODE 11