Editor: This post has been updated to include episode details contributed by Tonyee. Thank you very much, Tonyee!
At the end of Episode 14 Wu Kui and Lei-er went to the town plaza to wait for Chuzi. This is in order for Wu Kui to begin laying his trap for Chuzi to buy back the fake guns that Chuzi sold to Wu Kui.
Since preparations for the Tanabata Festival are underway, it was inevitable that the police would show up to check on things. Wu Kui and Lei-er didn’t have long to wait. Chuzi and his men arrive at the town plaza; and soon Chuzi and his men see Wu Kui and Lei-er, so they approached the 2. Wu Kui and Lei-er happily greeted Chuzi.
Like in previous episodes, my recap is mostly assumptions based on the acting of the actors. I hope someone can provide us the details of the various conversations that took place in the episode.
Episode 15 begins with the conversation among Wu Kui, Lei-er and Chuzi at the plaza. Chuzi comments that it is rare to see Wu Kui roaming the streets at such an hour. Wu Kui replies that it is thanks to Chuzi’s guns that he can do so, because with the guns they no longer need to practice martial arts.
Lei-er chips in saying that while she used to practice martial arts for 6 hours, now she needs only 2 hours shooting training. They now have so much more free time so they decide to roam around town.
Chuzi thinks it is impossible to turn the fake guns into real guns. Wu Kui asserts that as long as you know the principle of how guns work, it’s very easy to make one. He invites Chuzi to Xinyi for a demonstration.
At the Xinyi training ground, Chuzi watches as Wu Kui fires his gun. The gun is still the same fake gun Chuzi sold to Wu Kui, but using some tricks with cigar and fireworks, and with the help of Lei-er and Dumb Wolf, Wu Kui is able to fool Chuzi into believing that the gun is real. (In real life, the trick will surely not work, unless you are dealing with a total moron. 😀 )
To convince Chuzi even more, Lei-er takes her turn in firing another gun. Of course, they don’t allow Chuzi near the guns, warning him that he could get hurt if he stands too close.
Chuzi tells Wu Kui that the police force needs guns too. Before Chuzi could say anything further, Wu Kui instructs Lei-er to escort Chuzi out of the training ground. Lei-er follows Wu Kui’s order even though she is confused by it.
After Chuzi is gone, Lei-er asks Wu Kui why he ordered her to escort Chuzi out. Wu Kui replies that the more they appear to treasure the guns, the more Chuzi would want the guns. This is called “catching the prey by intentionally letting it go”.
Wu Kui calls Dumb Wolf to come out. Wu Kui orders Dumb Wolf to watch how Chuzi reacts.
Once Dumb Wolf has left to carry out Wu Kui’s orders, Wu Kui tells Lei-er that Chuzi will definitely be back.
Editor: Wu Kui, Lei-er and everyone at Xinyi calls Dumb Wolf “Ah Liang”, but in the recap I will continue to refer to him as Dumb Wolf.
In his office at the police station, Chuzi is wondering if the guns Wu Kui showed him were indeed real. He decides to return to Xinyi to spy.
Dumb Wolf warns Wu Kui and Lei-er that Chuzi has returned. Dumb Wolf returns to his post at the back of the wall, Lei-er takes up another gun, while Wu Kui gives her instructions on how to improve her aim.
Chuzi spies from outside Xinyi’s training ground. He could hear Wu Kui’s voice and the reports of the guns as Lei-er fires them, but he could not see Dumb Wolf at the back of the wall and Wu Kui using his cigar to light the firework on the gun. Chuzi is finally convinced that the guns are real.
Once Chuzi left again, Lei-er calls Dumb Wolf. Lei-er happily tells Dumb Wolf that they will get their money back and more. Wu Kui stands up and tries to pat Dumb Wolf’s shoulder congratulating everyone for a job well done, but Dumb Wolf evades Wu Kui’s hand. Awkward moment for all of them. Dumb Wolf makes some excuses so he could leave.
After Dumb Wolf leaves, Wu Kui says that it seems Lei-er is the only one who can order Dumb Wolf. Lei-er says Dumb Wolf is but a servant, everyone can order him.
Wu Kui says that Dumb Wolf always has a cold and fierce look that is why most people don’t dare to go near him. Lei-er says Dumb Wolf only looks fierce on the outside.
Wu Kui laughs, saying that Lei-er knows Dumb Wolf so well, maybe she feels something for Dumb Wolf. Lei-er denies this, saying that it’s only because she and Dumb Wolf have been with each other for some time now. Wu Kui agrees with her, and adds that Dumb Wolf likes her in that way too. This embarrasses Lei-er, so she runs away.
Wu Kui sees Aunt Gui holding a beautiful lantern and asks if it was given to her by her admirer. Aunt Gui reveals that the lantern is Moya’s gift to Wu Kui. Wu Kui happily accepts the gift and looks at it with a big smile on his face.
Aunt Gui teases Wu Kui for being so happy to receive the gift. She asks Wu Kui since he and Moya are already at the stage when they go to the Tanabata together, when will he go and propose to Moya. Wu Kui replies that he has not thought that far yet. Aunt Gui advises him to act quickly since Moya is a rare catch.
A servant arrives and informs Wu Kui that he has a visitor.
The visitor is Chuzi, who is back at Xinyi to persuade Wu Kui to sell him the guns. Chuzi first offers to return to Wu Kui all the money he paid Chuzi for the fake guns.
Wu Kui says Xinyi needs the guns too. Chuzi ups the price to 40 Dayang each, 10 Dayang more than the price he gave Wu Kui. Only 10? Wu Kui refuses. 50? Wu Kui still refuses.
Wu Kui says the technique of the coupling mechanism is a secret, if he sells the guns to Chuzi, Chuzi might discover the secret of making guns, then Wu Kui would have lost much.
Chuzi asserts that he is stupid (hahaha), saying that with his brain he can at most make fake guns, never real ones. Wu Kui asks, “So you have made fake guns before?”
Chuzi, of course, denies it and continues to beg Wu Kui. Wu Kui refuses, saying that if the police ever needs help in the future, he and his men will come with their guns to help the police. (Wu Kui is so cute as he baits Chuzi. He is so naughty! 😀 )
Wu Kui escorts Chuzi out of the Xinyi office, when they reach the training ground, they hear reports from the gun. The gate is open, so Chuzi runs in. Lei-er is still pretending firing the gun, good thing Chuzi didn’t catch her playing the trick with the cigar.
Seeing more evidence that Wu Kui’s guns are real, Chuzi tries again to convince Wu Kui to sell him the guns. Chuzi ups the price to 60 Dayang each.
Wu Kui says that Chuzi seems so sincere, he might sell the guns to him. Then Wu Kui says that he refused to sell the guns to Chuzi several times for a reason. Wu Kui explains that his guns are self-made guns, therefore their quality can’t compare to the guns which are being sold out in the market for 100 Dayang each. If his guns broke, Chuzi might regret the deal and make trouble for him.
Chuzi thinks to himself that the Xinyi people have been practicing with the guns everyday, and seems to have no problems with it. Chuzi kneels and swears to God that even if the guns develop any problems, he will not come back and ask Wu Kui about it.
Wu Kui says, “Then…. I will sell you 5 guns.” Chuzi says, “Please 10..9..8, please.” Wu Kui “reluctantly” sells the guns to Chuzi for 60 Dayang each.
Chuzi proudly brings the guns to the police station only to find out that the guns are fake. He realizes that he has been tricked by Wu Kui. He is about to return to Xinyi to confront Wu Kui but he remembers the promise he made earlier.
He tells his subordinate to burn the guns, the subordinate says that the guns are worth a lot, better not do that. Chuzi orders his men to burn him (Chuzi), his men beg him not to ask that of them. Then he tells the men to burn themselves, they all kneel. He vows to have his revenge on Wu Kui.
Back at Xinyi, Wu Kui is happy at how things turned out. Wu Kui tells Lei-er that he got all of Xinyi’s money back plus earned 240 Dayang. 😀
Lei-er is proud of how he succeeded in making Chuzi beg and kneel to give them money.
Wu Kui says Lei-er has contributed a lot, so he asks her what she wants for reward. Lei-er can’t think of anything, then Wu Kui asks if she’s free the next day. Lei-er realizes that it’s Tanabata tomorrow, and also their birthday. Then she remembers that Wu Kui has already asked Moya out, but stops herself from asking further, merely saying yes.
Editor: Oh, so they were both born on Tanabata (but 6 years apart)! The Tanabata or Qixi Festival falls on the 7th day of the 7th month of the luni-solar calendar, hence it is also called the Double Seventh Festival. In addition, nowadays the Qixi Festival is also considered the Chinese Valentine’s Day because it is a day for lovers and because 7 + 7 equals 14. Anyway, I checked the festival schedule for China this year (2015), and the Tanabata/Qixi/Double Seventh Festival will fall on August 20 on the Gregorian calendar. I will try to remember to greet Wu Kui a happy birthday on that day. 🙂
Ding Bang asks Aunt Gui for 300 Dayang. Aunt Gui says he has never asked her for money before, and worries that something is wrong with Xinyi. Ding Bang reluctantly reveals that he wants the money to bail Yue Liang out of Full Moon House.
Aunt Gui vehemently refuses, saying that to bring in a prostitute into Xinyi would damage Xinyi’s reputation. Ding Bang gets angry and puts her in her place, saying that she is a mere treasurer and he is the real head of Xinyi. A treasurer should not meddle in the master’s private affair.
Aunt Gui acts hurt, lamenting that after all these years she is just a mere treasurer to Ding Bang, when she has given her heart to Xinyi. She cries out to her dead sister (Wu Kui’s mom), saying that the person whom she has treated as family just thinks of her as a mere treasurer. Ding Bang feels bad and says he doesn’t want the money anymore. 😀
At her house, Lei-er tries on clothes which she can wear to the Tanabata. None were good enough. Grandma catches her trying on clothes and teases her. Embarrassed, Lei-er just leaves the house wearing the same clothes she usually wears to work.
Lei-er is happy and excited when she reaches the town plaza, looking forward to celebrating the Tanabata with Wu Kui. However, upon reaching the plaza, Lei-er finds Dumb Wolf there instead of Wu Kui. Her excitement turns to disappointment. She asks Dumb Wolf what he is doing there. In reply, Dumb Wolf asks her, “Didn’t he tell you?”
Someone taps Lei-er’s shoulder, when she turns around she sees Wu Kui. Lei-er is happy once again, but the smile leaves her face when Moya appears by Wu Kui’s side.
Wu Kui takes Lei-er to one side, and explains to her that he has arranged the date (with Dumb Wolf) on her behalf, asking her if she is happy about it. Wu Kui reveals that it is Moya’s idea. He praises Moya for being thoughtful, as a girl like Lei-er may feel embarrassed to ask a man out.
Wu Kui leads Moya to the stage, Lei-er and Dumb Wolf follow but they did not go up the stage. Wu Kui explains to Moya the various goings-on in the festivities, while Lei-er sadly watches the two of them.
Lei-er wants to leave, but Dumb Wolf stops her, saying that if she leaves Wu Kui and Moya would feel bad. So Lei-er decides to stay and act happy.
Fireworks display! Wu Kui and Moya happily watch the display, while Lei-er continues to look at them sadly.
Ding Bang and Yue Liang watch the fireworks display from an upper balcony at the Full Moon House. Yue Liang laments that she cannot go to the festival. Ding Bang promises to bring Yue Liang to the festival next year, and that he will bail her out. After he hands over the agency to Wu Kui, he will be a free man and will bring Yue Liang anywhere she wants to go. Yue Liang says as long as she can be by his side, she is happy enough.
Moya’s father arrives at the brothel. He calls out to the brothel’s madam, he asks her for Yue Liang. The madam makes up some excuse, saying that Yue Liang will be ready soon.
However, while he waits for Yue Liang he overhears 2 prostitutes talking about him. They say that the Prince is stingy and that he is just an empty shell. They say Yue Liang is clever in choosing Ding Bang over the Prince. They say marrying into Xinyi is much better than marrying into the Prince’s residence. The Prince leaves angrily.
Back at the plaza, a contest begins. Moya joins the contest, then she asks Lei-er to join too. Lei-er reluctantly goes up the stage.
While the contest is going on, Dumb Wolf spots Feng Lang and Hua Lang who have just arrived at the plaza. He goes to them, pulls them aside and asks them what they are doing there. They say the gang misses their leader so they came looking for him. They are not there to make trouble.
Back at the contest, Lei-er is not making any progress with her project, while Moya is getting along fine. When Moya presented her work, it looks beautiful. Seeing how beautiful Moya’s work is, Lei-er crumples and throws away her unfinished work.
The host praises Moya’s paper cut, and asks if anyone wants to exchange Moya’s work for a lantern. Many people raise their lantern. Moya looks sad when she doesn’t see Wu Kui among the crowd. Seeing Moya’s sadness, Lei-er goes to her. Lei-er wonders where Wu Kui has gone. To comfort Moya, Lei-er says that Wu Kui must have something important to do, she reassures Moya that Wu Kui will be back.
Then Wu Kui appears, saying that he would exchange that paper cut with a western-made glass lantern. Lei-er tells Moya, “See, Wu Kui cares about you so much, he went off to find a special lantern for you.”
The host says that no lantern can compare to Wu Kui’s, and so the paper cut is his. The host also says that Wu Kui and Moya look good together.
Lei-er tries to quietly leave the stage while the crowd is applauding Wu Kui and Moya, but Wu Kui notices her and follows her down the stage, Moya follows Wu Kui down the stage.
They ask Lei-er where Dumb Wolf is, and say that it’s a pity that he missed a chance to get a lantern for Lei-er (through the contest). Moya offers to give Lei-er her lantern to console her, Lei-er refuses. They all decide to look for Dumb Wolf together.
Meanwhile, Dumb Wolf decides to leave the festivities with Feng Lang and Hua Lang. However, they meet Chuzi and his men along the way. Dumb Wolf and friends try to avoid the police, but the police quickly surrounds them. They begin to fight.
Back at the festivities, Wu Kui, Moya and Lei-er go up to the balcony. Wu Kui is telling Moya about the lanterns and what they stand for.
Lei-er thinks to herself that it would have been good if she is the one standing next to Wu Kui.
Wu Kui says those are wish lanterns, if one makes a wish here, the Lantern Goddess will hear.
Lei-er goes to the Lantern Goddess and makes a wish to disregard what she said just now (about wishing she is the one standing beside Wu Kui), but only make sure that Wu Kui will have a happy life. She wishes that Grandma will have a happy life also. Then she remembers that the Lantern Goddess is responsible for romance only, so she tells the Lantern Goddess that she will take care of Grandma herself.
Wu Kui and Moya go to the Lantern Goddess as well. Wu Kui wishes that he will succeed in his marriage proposal. Moya wishes that she can be with Wu Kui.
Moya teases Wu Kui, saying that he talks about science all the time, but is now making a wish to a goddess. Wu Kui says if there is a god he believes in, it would be the Lantern Goddess, since only then will his wish just now can come true.
Moya asks what Wu Kui what he wished for, he says that wishes won’t come true if you say them aloud. Wu Kui adds that since Moya is clever, she will surely guess what he wished for.
Lei-er looks sad listening to their sweet conversation.
The festivities were interrupted when the chase between Dumb Wolf and friends and the police reaches the plaza. Lei-er recognizes Dumb Wolf as one of those being chased.
Here are additional screen captures of Wu Kui.
END OF EPISODE 15
Credit: Photos and videos as labelled. Thanks!