Editor: This post was originally posted on May 18. I updated the post to include Tonyee’s HUGE contribution to the recap. Thank you very much, Tonyee!
Episode 13 ended with Wu Kui presenting his proposal for Xinyi’s operation to his father. Wu Kui’s proposal is for Xinyi to acquire guns and train their escorts in its use. Wu Kui’s rationale for this proposal is he wants to modernize and revolutionize Xinyi so that it will become the best escort agency in the country. But, we know Wu Kui has a hidden agenda with this proposal – his physical weakness will no longer be an issue once Xinyi acquires and uses guns. However, his father doesn’t believe that guns are practical for the escorting business, saying that in their business they need to act quickly to address dangers they may encounter during their missions. Guns will just slow down their response time in emergency situations.
Episode 14 begins as Wu Kui continues to justify his plan to arm Xinyi escorts with guns to his father.
Wu Kui: If you use guns a few times you will know that it is indeed more useful than martial arts. Aren’t those involved in the Boxer Rebellion all martial arts practitioners? In the end they all lost to guns.
Ding Bang: We are not the same as the Boxers! You can’t put these two things together.
Wu Kui: Why not? That is the lesson we learnt from the Boxers. We are after all mere flesh and blood, and cannot withstand guns and cannons.
Ding Bang: When did you learn to quibble with me?
Wu Kui: I do not mean to.
Editor: Explanation about the Boxer Rebellion can be found at the end of this recap.
Aunt Gui arrives bearing tea for father and son. She notices that there is tension between the 2 men, so she asks them what is wrong. Wu Kui replies that they are discussing his proposal to revolutionize Xinyi which he wrote the night before. At first, Aunt Gui sides with Wu Kui.
Aunt Gui: It’s a good thing!
Wu Kui: So you also agree that it’s a good thing! Oh yes, you said you will support me on this.
Aunt Gui: Yes, I always say that our Kui-er always thinks of our escort agency first. (Aunt Gui reads the proposal.) What? One gun costs a hundred Dayang? (Note: Dayang is a denomination of money used during that time period.)
Wu Kui: Yes, guns cost that much. However we do not need to get everyone guns yet. Just get about ten, and teach our escorts how to use them first. When everyone has learnt how to use them, then we can get 10 more.
Aunt Gui: And you need TEN???
Wu Kui: (nods and smile his charming smile) Aunt Gui, help me say something before my Dad (Meaning help me persuade Dad.)
Aunt Gui: Say what?
Wu Kui: To equip Xinyi with guns!
Aunt Gui: (To Dingbang) Master Escort (Ding Bang’s title as Zong Biaotou, the head of the agency), as to guns… We cannot buy them!
Wu Kui: Aunt Gui, how can you say that?
Aunt Gui: We cannot buy them! Just make the calculation, one gun costs a hundred Dayang. We have several dozen people in the Agency, day in day out we already have to spend money!
Wu Kui: Aunt Gui, people achieve things if they make the effort. Think of something to solve this!
Aunt Gui: Oh I think of something. I still have to pay the bill to a rice store. You two continue, I’ll have to leave.
Wu Kui: Aunt Gui!
After Aunt Gui has left, Ding Bang talks to Wu Kui.
Ding Bang: I know that you are doing this for the good of the agency. Yet if you really want to do good to Xinyi, instead of spending your time thinking about such underhand tricks, wouldn’t it better for you to spend your time improving your martial arts?
Wu Kui: Dad, no matter how good you are at martial arts…
Ding Bang: Go practise now!
Wu Kui: Yes.
Lei-er encounters Wu Kui while she is on her way to bring snacks to the escorts. She offers some of the snacks to Wu Kui but he is not in the mood for anything.
Lei-er: Snacks! Smell them, see if they smell nice? (Wu Kui smells the snacks and just nods dully.)
Lei-er: What’s wrong with you? It seems that you don’t have much spirit.
Wu Kui: I’m fine.
Lei-er: This was just made by Mad Chopper, eat them while they are still hot! Oh and the revolutionary plan you talked about in the morning, have you discussed it with Master Escort yet? When will we start to implement it?
Wu Kui: As to that… let’s not talk about it anymore.
Wu Kui picks one up, thanks her and leaves, still without much spirit. Lei-er watches him worriedly. Two escorts appear.
Lei-er: What’s wrong with Young Master?
Escort: He’s worried about the buying of “black mule”. (Note: “Black mule” is Xinyi’s code word for gun.)
Lei-er: Black mule?
Yue Liang arrives at Xinyi; Ding Bang meets her at the gate. Ding Bang asks her why she came over. She says she’s there to see Little Monkey (the boy who arrived with Mad Chopper) and Mad Chopper. So Ding Bang brings her to Mad Chopper’s room.
Inside, Yue Liang explains that Little Monkey is the child of a neighbour, and she watched him while he was growing up. He’s just like a younger brother to her. She explains that last year there was flooding in their hometown, but luckily Mad Chopper saved Little Monkey. They found out that Yue Liang was in Shanhai town, so they came looking for her.
Mad Chopper has a coughing fit. Yue Liang thanks Ding Bang for taking them in. Ding Bang thanks her instead for recommending such great cook.
Aunt Gui enters the room and sees the woman. She asks who she is, so Yue Liang introduces herself as Yue Liang from the Full Moon House. Then Aunt Gui talks to Yue Liang sarcastically, basically saying that Yue Liang is an unclean woman serving many men. She tells Ding Bang he should be careful, since Yue Liang is the top lady at the Full Moon House, therefore a man has to spend a lot to get her services. But Yue Liang came to Xinyi of her own accord, but Xinyi does not have the money for her. Mad Chopper deliberately tipped over the kettle to stop Aunt Gui’s insults. The kettle hit Aunt Gui’s foot, a servant assists her out of the room.
Yue Liang apologizes, Ding Bang apologizes also for Aunt Gui. Mad Chopper says the time is late and they should start preparing dinner. Yue Liang says she should leave too. As Yue Liang is leaving, she and Little Monkey exchange sad looks.
At Lei-er’s home, Lei-er pesters Grandma as to where they can buy black mule. Grandma asks why the agency wants a black mule. Lei-er surmises that Wu Kui probably wants to use it to carry goods so as to save the energy of their men. Lei-er says Wu Kui is so clever to think of that. (Fangirl alert 😀 )
Grandma says if they want a mule to carry the goods, then just get a strong one. Why do they need a black one? Grandma then surmises that it is probably for the image of the agency. It would look more impressive that they have a team of black mules all standing in line when embarking on a mission. Lei-er praises Grandma for being clever. (OMG, these 2! 😀 )
The next day Lei-er arrives at Xinyi. She goes straight to Wu Kui’s quarters and excitedly pulls Wu Kui out to see the black mule she brought.
Wu Kui asks her what use is the mule to the Agency. Lei-er repeats the explanation Grandma gave. Wu Kui is exasperated, and tells the seller that he does not want the mule.
Dumb Wolf arrives and hears everything. He laughingly explains to Lei-er that “black mule” means guns.
At the police station, Chuzi’s men are busy secretly carving fake guns out of wood. The police force doesn’t have money to acquire real guns so they have resorted to making fake guns to scare of the townspeople. But, I think Chuzi also has another motive for doing this. He wants so much to defeat Xinyi, and the only way he knows to do that is with the use of guns. Probably the fake guns will also be used to extort money from the townspeople, which he will then use to buy real guns to try to defeat Xinyi, Wu Kui in particular.
While the police are busy working on their fake guns, Lei-er arrives. The policemen hide the fake guns and take out bowls and pretend to eat.
Lei-er asks Chuzi where he got his gun. Chuzi asks why she wants to know. Lei-er replies that Wu Kui wants to buy guns but does not know where to get them. One policeman blabbers that they are making guns. Chuzi denies it immediately, saying that they are just making gun holders since they have so many guns.
Chuzi says that since General Ma has many new guns, people from his army have stolen the old guns and have put them up for sale. Since those guns are stolen, they are much cheaper than market price, only 30 Dayang per gun. Chuzi laments that if only he has more money, he would buy them all. Chuzi offers to help, and says that Xinyi will have to act quickly if they want to get the deal.
After Lei-er has left the police station, Chuzi instructs his men to sell the fake guns to Xinyi.
Lei-er must have relayed Chuzi’s information to Wu Kui, so Wu Kui tries to convince Aunt Gui to give him the funds to buy the guns.
Wu Kui: (pleadingly) Aunt Gui, just give me 300 Dayang ma~
Aunt Gui: Just 300 Dayang? You make it sound like nothing. Look at our account book, where do I save 300 Dayang for you to play around blindly?
Wu Kui: This is not playing around. If I have 300 Dayang, I can get 10 guns.
Aunt Gui: So what? My little master, stop disturbing me already. See, my calculations are all messed up.
Wu Kui: Aunt Gui, you are the best in calculating (meaning she can spot a bargain), you must be able to calculate this as well. Usually a gun costs at least 100 Dayang, and most of the time you can’t buy them even if you have the money. Now you have goods ready, you can buy 10 guns at 300 Dayang, which means a saving of 700 Dayang. Do the maths. It is a bargain that cannot be missed! Don’t you always want to save money? Now you can save so much money in one go! Don’t you want to take this advantage?
Aunt Gui: You say we can save 700 Dayang? (Wu Kui nods) This is an advantage we could talk. Even if we feed tofu and vegetables to everyone in the agency everyday, and reduce their salary by half, how long would it take before we can save 700 Dayang?
Wu Kui: Exactly! Aunt Gui, give me the money now.
Aunt Gui: Ok, ok! (Thinks for a bit) Wait, it’s not right. Before I earn this 700 Dayang, I must first pay them 300 Dayang. Ah I was nearly tricked by you! Don’t ever think of getting money from me again. No way.
Wu Kui: Aunt Gui, don’t be like this. You see, I’m not getting these guns for myself. I’m doing this for the benefit of the agency and for Dad also. We have to think of the bigger picture…
Aunt Gui: Stop this already. Both your Dad and I disagree with you using those guns.
Wu Kui: Listen to me first. If we get those 10 guns, and give them to 10 escorts, then even the one escort who is worst in martial arts can rival a martial arts expert. That means that I have gotten 10 martial arts experts for the price of 300 Dayang. Then surely the business of the agency would go up immediately! When all of our escorts have guns, just imagine it, how impressive will our agency become? Then we will surely have a lot of business, and Dad will be satisfied too. When our business blooms, money will come easily, then you don’t need to always think about saving money. Then you also have no need to worry about people saying that you are mean and stingy. In your heart you don’t want people to misunderstand you as well (meaning that at heart she is not a stingy person). See, this move has many benefits. (Wu Kui is really a talker. 😀 )
Aunt Gui: (pleased) If you can think this way, then I have not doted on you for nothing. But you have to understand my difficulties as well.
Wu Kui: In my heart I always understand you, Aunt Gui. Now give me the money. (Ah, what sweet tongue you have, Wu Kui. Even Aunt Gui is not safe. 😀 )
Aunt Gui: Wait a moment. Let me calculate and see where I can save this 300 Dayang for you.
Lei-er waits for Wu Kui outside Aunt Gui’s office. Wu Kui steps out of Aunt Gui’s office and teases Lei-er at first by not telling her right away that he managed to convince Aunt Gui to give him the funds to buy the guns.
Lei-er: Did Aunt Gui agree to give you the money? Why don’t you say anything? Did she refuse?
Wu Kui: Such a small matter is of course no challenge to me at all. (And cheeky too. 😀 )
Lei-er: You scared me! Isn’t this great?
Wu Kui: Tomorrow you will accompany me to buy the guns. Since you have contributed much to this revolutionary plan, I’ll let you be among the first batch of escorts to use guns.
Lei-er: Really? (Wu Kui nods.)
In the kitchen, Mad Chopper is scolding Little Monkey for being lazy and forgetting their purpose for being at Xinyi. Mad Chopper says that Little Monkey should be the one to do the looking around, not himself.
Mad Chopper hears Dumb Wolf coming in and changes the subject. Dumb Wolf asks for some soup. Dumb Wolf is surprised to see red marks on Little Monkey’s hand. Little Monkey drops the pot, but Dumb Wolf catches it with his foot. Mad Chopper notes Dumb Wolf’s quick reflexes.
To explain the red marks on Little Monkey’s hand, Mad Chopper tells Dumb Wolf that because Little Monkey is still a child and quite naughty, it is inevitable that he will hurt himself.
After Dumb Wolf left, Mad Chopper tells Monkey to beware of Dumb Wolf, saying that his martial arts is at least at par with the escorts’ skill level.
At the police station, Chuzi and his men are still busy making the fake guns. Chuzi and his men are worried that the fake guns might not look real enough since they don’t have a sample as reference and are just making them from memory. Just then a policeman comes in saying he found the gun at the place where they lost it. Chuzi orders his men to make the fake guns to look exactly as the real gun.
The day of the gun sale finally arrives. Wu Kui and Lei-er meet with Chuzi and his men. The gun boxes are open, Wu Kui and Lei-er are happy to see the guns. However, when they try to take a closer look, the policemen covered the boxes. The policemen insist on getting the money first, so Wu Kui showed them his money.
When Chuzi was about to get the money, Wu Kui gestured towards the gun, signifying his desire to inspect it first. Chuzi handed the real gun to Wu Kui, saying all the guns are made from the same factory. Wu Kui inspects the gun, he is satisfied that it is real. So when Chuzi asks for the money again, Wu Kui handed over the payment. However, when Wu Kui tries to inspect the guns in the boxes, Chuzi stops him, saying that they are trading guns, not cabbages in the market.
Chuzi adds that the gun sale should be kept secret. If Wu Kui makes any noise about the trade, no one else will dare sell guns to Wu Kui in the future. Wu Kui assures Chuzi that he will not tell anyone that he got the guns from Chuzi even if anything goes wrong. Wu Kui says he will come back for more in the future.
Wu Kui and Lei-er bring the guns to Xinyi. They talk in front of the Xinyi gate.
Lei-er: Isn’t this great? We don’t have to worry about bandits anymore.
Wu Kui: Yes. If anyone dares to rob us, I will just give him a shot. I’m not even afraid of Dumb Wolf and his gang anymore. We will finish them with the guns. Don’t you agree?
While Wu Kui is talking, Dumb Wolf comes out and starts sweeping. Lei-er worriedly looks at Dumb Wolf . Wu Kui notices that Lei-er is looking at something over his shoulder, so he turns his head to check what she is looking at. Wu Kui sees Dumb Wolf.
Lei-er: Ah? What were you saying?
Wu Kui: Oh so you were watching Ah Liang sweeping the floor. I will not be in your way then.
Lei-er: Who? Who wantsto watch him sweeping the floor? I’ll go in now to call Little Tiger (name of another escort?)
Wu Kui (to himself): Lei-er is so concerned about him (referring to Dumb Wolf)?
Inside Xinyi, Wu Kui opens the boxes and the escorts take out the guns. Lei-er says that the gun seems light, Wu Kui says that is impossible. One escort says that of course wood is light. The escorts realize the guns are fake! Wu Kui checks out each gun, they are all fake! Wahhhh!
Ding Bang, who was watching the proceedings nearby, comes out and asks what is wrong. Wu Kui says Chuzi deceived him. Ding Bang admonishes him for not checking before buying, and for being so easily tricked.
Wu Kui says no wonder Chuzi was always interrupting and preventing him from inspecting the guns. The escorts say condescendingly how can Wu Kui be so gullible. Ding Bang says: “I told you so. Did I not say not to buy guns? And you have to buy them from such a dubious source no less! Such bargain was too good to be true, so you should have been more on guard.” Wu Kui is embarrassed and angry, then says he will go find Chuzi.
At the police station, Wu Kui confronts Chuzi.
Wu Kui: You sold me 10 fake guns for 300 Dayang?
Lei-er: How can you trick us so?
Chuzi: If you say trick, we were also tricked by the people who sold us the guns. This has nothing to do with us, we are also victims.
Lei-er: Then you ask that man to come and refund us.
Wu Kui turns away from Chuzi in disgust. He sees the wood shavings littering the ground. He smiles, finally realizing what is going on. Wu Kui correctly guesses that the fake guns were made by Chuzi and his men. There is no gun supplier at all. Wu Kui also surmises that the police force doesn’t have real guns and have been using fake guns all along.
Wu Kui faces Chuzi again.
Chuzi (to Lei-er): You think the man is a fool? Once he got the money he ran away. He won’t wait here for you to catch him.
Wu Kui: Team Leader Wu, may I ask, does that man really exist?
Chuzi: Of course he exists. Anyway, if you want to find him, go look for him yourself. This has nothing to do with us.
Lei-er: How could this have nothing to do with you? It was you who told me that you have a source (for the guns). Now you made me cause harm to Young Master and the Agency. You have to account for this today, or else…!
Chuzi: Or else what?
Lei-ere and Chuzi are about to fight but Wu Kui pulls Lei-er back.
Wu Kui: (Loudly) Lei-er, we are here today to thank Team Leader Wu. (In a whisper) Look (points to the wood shavings). Follow my lead, and respond accordingly.
Lei-er: I’ll follow you.
Wu Kui and Lei-er face Chuzi and his men again.
Wu Kui: Team Leader Wu.
Chuzi: I did not hear wrongly just now, did I? You said you came to thank us?
Wu Kui: Of course you heard correctly. The two of us are here especially to thank you. If not for Team Leader Wu, where would we find such perfect gun shell/cast?
Chuzi: Young Master Escort, what did you say? Gun shell?
Wu Kui: Actually those are not fake guns. Those are half-completed guns. It can be used once you add an interlocking device.
Chuzi: What inter…inter… device?
Wu Kui: That is the gun-making technique I learnt in Guangdong. But I could not remember the exact structure either. I have to go back and look at the blueprint. Once I have the blueprint, I can make a real gun.
Chuzi: The fake guns we made can be turned into real guns?
Wu Kui: You made them?
Chuzi: No, no, no. I mean the fake guns we were deceived into getting for you.
Wu Kui: If Team Leader Wu had not gotten those fake guns, I would not be able to make real guns. I will bother you no further. I have to go back and make guns. Lei-er, let’s go.
On their way back to Xinyi, Lei-er asks Wu Kui why he stopped her from beating Chuzi up. Wu Kui says that this is not something that can be solved by fighting. But they will surely punish Chuzi and his men. Lei-er asks if he can really make guns. Wu Kui says that if he can, why would he use money to buy them. Lei-er asks then what method will he use to punish Chuzi. Wu Kui says that if Lei-er can guess his method, then he would not be called Xiao Wu Kui. (He is so cheeky 😀 ).
At Xinyi, Wu Kui begins the firearms training of the escorts using the fake guns. One escort asks Lei-er what the Young Master is up to teaching them how to use guns using the fakes. Lei-er tells him to just trust the Young Master, that there is a reason behind what they are doing.
Aunt Gui arrives, lamenting the loss of the 300 Dayang. Wu Kui says he has a way to make Chuzi return the money, and to do so willingly. Aunt Gui doesn’t believe him and says he’s crazy. Ding Bang shakes his head as he watches from nearby as Wu Kui continues training the escorts.
Ding Bang is having dinner with Yue Liang. Yue Liang says people outside all sing praises of Wu Kui, about how good he is in martial arts and how smart he is. Ding Bang says that is no use, that Wu Kui still acts rashly and is not practical. Take for example this debacle with the guns. Ding Bang relates that he told Wu Kui not to buy guns, but Wu Kui insisted, only to end up with a bunch of fake guns which he bought for lots of money. Then, now Wu Kui says he’s going to get those money back. Ding Bang asks how he can hand the Agency to Wu Kui if he continues to be like that.
Yue Liang says that all young men are like that. They may not have the experience of the elder, but they are more adaptable to new thinking, and are full of momentum. Ding Bang says that all Wu Kui does with his momentum is to go against him. Yue Liang teases Ding Bang that he was probably like that also when he was young, but now he runs Xinyi with ease. She assures him that like father, like son, Wu Kui will certainly be able to learn the responsibility. Ding Bang smiles on hearing that.
Yue Liang says that it’s not a bad thing even if they can’t get the money back. A person learns from his mistakes, telling Ding Bang not to worry about Wu Kui anymore. Ding Bang agrees, saying that Wu Kui has not encountered any difficulties while growing up, it will be good for him to learn something from this incident. Ding Bang decides not to interfere with the gun business anymore.
Ding Bang then asks Yue Liang if she will be willing to be by his side forever after he retires. He wants to bail her out from the prostitution house because he believes her to be a good woman. He says he knows that Yue Liang cares very much for Monkey and Mad Chopper, and would like to live with them. However, he cannot give her the same living standard as she is enjoying right now. All he can promise is to take care of her, and never let her starve, get cold, nor be wronged. Yue Liang says she would be happy with plain rice and tea, since she has heard his words (heart).
Lei-er and Dumb Wolf are working on a wall in the training ground. Dumb Wolf asks what they are doing that for. Lei-er says she doesn’t know, but it was ordered by Wu Kui. Dumb Wolf asks her if she follows everything Wu Kui orders her to do. Lei-er says yes, and sings praises of Wu Kui, about how smart he is and so forth. Dumb Wolf reminds Lei-er that Wu Kui still got tricked. Lei-er gets angry, then proceeds to hit herself by accident. She goes off to find Wu Kui. Dumb Wolf is jealous of Wu Kui, and vows to win Lei-er over.
Wu Kui and Lei-er go to the town plaza where preparations are underway for the celebration of the Tanabata Festival. Lei-er is excited about the upcoming festival, but Wu Kui reminds her that they are there to look for the policemen. So Lei-er looks around. She sees Moya and her maid, and points them out to Wu Kui.
Editor: Information about the Tanabata Festival can be found at the end of the recap.
Wu Kui eagerly approaches Moya, Moya is happy to see him, but her smile fades when Lei-er joins them. Lei-er asks Moya where she went after the tournament. (Recall: Wu Kui took Moya to his quarters where he showed her his treasures then he taught her Western-style dancing.) Lei-er says that she wanted to find Moya so they could talk, but she could not find her.
Wu Kui notices Moya displeasure, so he tells Lei-er to go look for the police. After Lei-er left, Willow asks Wu Kui what he has been busy doing the last few days that he has not come to visit at all.
Wu Kui explains that something came up at the Agency which he wants to resolve before the Tanabata Festival. Only then can he go to the festival with Moya at ease. He explains that the festival is the biggest event of the year for the young men and women of Shanhai Town. Wu Kui invites Moya to join him for her first Tanabata in Shanhai.
Lei-er butts in just then, and takes Wu Kui away. Willow complains that Lei-er destroyed the atmosphere. Moya snickers, saying that Lei-er is nothing and cannot compare to herself.
Wu Kui and Le-er go to another part of the plaza. Chuzi and his men see them. The policemen approach Wu Kui and Lei-er. They happily greet each other.
The Boxer Rebellion
The Boxer Rebellion (or the Boxer Uprising or Yihequan Movement) was an anti-imperialist uprising which took place in China towards the end of the Qing Dynasty between 1899 and 1901. It was led by a Chinese secret group called the Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists (“I-ho-ch’uan” or “Yihequan”). The rebels performed calisthenics rituals and martial arts that they believed would give them the ability to withstand bullets and other forms of attack. Westerners referred to these rituals as shadow boxing, leading to the “Boxers” nickname.
On June 20, 1900, the Boxers began a siege of Beijing’s foreign legation district (where the official quarters of foreign diplomats were located.) The following day, Qing Empress Dowager Tzu’u Hzi (or Cixi, 1835-1908) declared war on all foreign nations with diplomatic ties to China. On August 14, after fighting its way through northern China, an international force of approximately 20,000 armed troops from eight nations (Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) arrived to re-take Beijing and rescue the foreigners and Chinese Christians from the Boxers.
The Boxers and the Chinese Imperial Army were defeated and their rebellion formally ended with the signing of the Boxer Protocol on September 7, 1901. Among the provisions of the agreement are: (1) China was prohibited from importing arms for two years and (2) China agreed to pay more than $330 million in reparations to the foreign nations involved (Source 1 Source 2) You can read more about the topic on the links provided.
The Tanabata Festival
The Tanabata Festival (Japan) or the Qixi Festival (Chinese), is a Chinese festival that celebrates the annual meeting of the cowherd and weaver girl in Chinese mythology. It falls on the seventh day of the 7th month on the Chinese calendar.
The festival originated from the romantic legend of two lovers, Zhinü (the weaver girl, symbolizing the star Vega) and Niulang (the cowherd, symbolizing the star Altair). Their love was not allowed, thus they were banished to opposite sides of the Silver River (symbolizing the Milky Way). Once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, a flock of magpies would form a bridge to reunite the lovers for one day. (Source)
Why did Lei-er go and tell Chuzi of Wu Kui’s plan to buy guns, considering that Wu Kui and Chuzi are not on good terms? Probably because Chuzi is the only one in town who is known to own a gun.
In addition, Lei-er is naive (others will say she is dumb), she readily believes that people are good and can be trusted, despite the evidence to the contrary. Take Dumb Wolf for example. She knows he is a bandit, but she is willing to believe that he can change, hence she kept his identity secret from everyone in Xinyi, even Wu Kui whom she adores so much. So, she must have applied the same kind of thinking towards Chuzi. He is a policeman, a person of authority, probably in Lei-er’s mind, he can’t be so bad.
Also, Lei-er’s eagerness to help Wu Kui and to prove to the other escorts that she is worthy to be an escort must have clouded whatever good sense she possesses.
Why was Wu Kui easily tricked by Chuzi? The dialogues imply that Wu Kui was distracted by Chuzi’s tactics. But more than being distracted, I think Wu Kui’s desperation to have the guns overcame his good sense. This is like the miracle drug incident in Episode 2.
When Wu Kui first heard the Bearded Man selling the miracle drug at the market place, he was skeptical. But his overwhelming desire to cure his physical weakness overcame his skepticism and good sense. So he bought the drug and ingested it, which resulted in an upset stomach and being ran out of town by angry townspeople.
Desperation once again played against Wu Kui’s good sense in the gun debacle. His desperation for the guns is also rooted in his desperation about his physical weakness. Wu Kui wants so badly to make his physical weakness become a non-issue when it comes to running an escort company, that’s why he desperately wanted to arm Xinyi with guns.
END OF EPISODE 14
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Credit: Video as labelled; Tonyee for help with the recap. Thank you!