|Episode 15 (Live-action)|
|Air Date||1 April 2012|
|Opening||S.O.L.O by Super Junior-M|
|Ending||Zhe Shi Ai by Lee Donghae (Bo Po Shang) ft. Henry|
This is the fifteenth episode from the live-action series.
Lian passes the challenge. Luo Li figures out that Lian has feelings for Gong Xi. Dark Moon is a success and Director Xu Fang is able to step out from his father's shadow. Luo Li suggests that it's time Lian does the same, and that Gong Xi has the magic to save him. Lian decides to wait and see. Gong Xi lets go of her pain regarding Shang, and vows to continue to work hard with love in her heart.
Lian starts to play some sloppy notes that do nothing to resemble Chopin. Yi Mei realizes that although the notes that he is playing are sloppy, wrong and do not resemble Chopin, they do resemble "Cat Steps." She wonders why Lian is playing "Cat Steps" because Jia Yue is supposed to be the perfectionist pianist who can play Chopin. Lian gives her a smile that invites her to play along.
Gong Xi is growing more and more anxious because this is getting further and further from the script. In her imaginative eyes, it would have been like this: Jia Yue inspects the cut on Mei Yue’s hand then the two have a happy, easy-going chat in a harmonious atmosphere. Then Mei Yue goes back to the kitchen to boil a pot of tea.
Lian and Yi Mei have gradually come to a smooth rhythm and they are even playing in sync! The two then speed up the rhythm and are playing in harmony.
After finishing Jia Yue tells Mei Yue that the song really corresponds well with her image. At her startled look Jia Yue lets out a laugh and Mei Yue realizes that he was just toying with her. She pushes him backward and he steps onto a piece of glass. She then unwittingly follows the script. She goes to the kitchen to boil some water for tea while Jia Yue says a line that really corresponds to Lian’s life, “Right now, the distance between us is actually growing closer. Originally, I wanted to make her hate me. She was supposed to stay away from me.”
The media is overly satisfied with Lian’s performance. But is the president satisfied? He calls everyone over to have a talk.
The president tells Lian that … he wasn’t bad but compared to his usual acting standards, this time is just so-so. The president and Lian silently communicate. Lian thanks the president. Luo Li tells him that it seems like he has completely grasped hold of the role of Jia Yue. Furthermore, he didn’t rely on his brain but his heart. Manager Du secretly comments that the president is truly amazing because by one look at Lian, he already knows that Lian has someone he likes. The president points out that in order to find the Jia Yue that belongs to him, he needs to have a partner’s cooperation so he deliberately provoked Yi Mei and forced her to agree with him…
Once again, we are back to Gong Xi’s imaginative world. She tells Lian that he is really scary. Even though she knew that he had this all planned out, she never thought Yi Mei would also fall into his trap. No wonder he said all those provocative words to her. She even goes as far as scolding Lian for being so treacherous.
Fortunately, Yi Mei acted in coordination, otherwise the Jia Yue that Lian wanted to present would have never been brought to life. Lian turns to Yi Mei and sincerely thanks her. He tells her that the reason that he has full confidence in himself is because his partner is her. Watching this speech, the manager subconsciously comments that it would be good if Lian were able to face the person he likes and say such beautiful words.
Gong Xi heard Lian's beautiful thank you to Yi Mei, and appears to be a little bit depressed as she goes off by herself.
Lian follows her and, noticing her mood, asks what is wrong. She tells him that it’s nothing. However, when he takes a step towards her, she backs away. Hurt, but not showing it, Lian asks her why she's backing away from him. She tells him again that it’s nothing. Before Lian could question her any further, Manager Du and the director come in and the president invites Lian for a private talk. Manager Du invites Gong Xi to buy some things with him.
In his limo, Luo Li tells Lian that compared to five years ago he is much more stable now. He also tells him that he remembers him saying that he never wants to fall in love. Lian asks him to please not bring up things of the past. However, the president knows that Lian has someone he likes. He asks him who the person is but Lian just denies that he likes anyone.
Meanwhile, Gong Xi is really depressed. She is sitting outside the store waiting for Manager Du while recalling the thank you Lian gave to Yi Mei. She comments that she is jealous of Yi Mei because Lian complimented her skill. Gong Xi wonders when she will be able to deserve to hear Lian say those words to her.
While walking, she asks Manager Du what he thinks of how Yi Mei was feeling at the time of Lian’s acting. He thinks that Yi Mei resisted Lian’s charisma, but why is she asking? Gong Xi answers that she remembers a director saying once that if you want your partner’s role to fall in love with your role, you must let the other person really fall in love with you. Manager Du tells her that is what Lian is doing. Gong Xi gets mad and screams out "I KNOW!" which knocks out an entire row of bikes. She storms off claiming that although she wants Lian’s praises, she doesn’t want to act opposite him. Recalling the time when he hugged her reinforces her contrariness. She had made an oath that she won’t allow her heart to beat for any man.
Back on set, Gong Xi insists on waiting for Lian before eating. Manager Du provokes her by asking if even while eating she has to be with Lian. "A junior waiting for a senior to eat is only politeness!" Gong Xi angrily protests. Manager Du manages to calm her down and tells her that she has been acting fairly odd today because she overreacts to anything that is Lian-related. The manager gets pulled away to help Yi Mei with the video recorder, giving Gong Xi some alone time to gather her thoughts together. She realizes that Manger Du is right; when acting with Lian it is not hard to fall under his spell. She tells herself that Yi Mei could do it, so being flustered is a normal reaction.
The president tells Lian that in today’s performance, he saw his past. Lian starts to grow anxious but Luo Li tells him not to, because if he can show his past, this means that for better or worse, he will be able to forgive his past.
Gong Xi has decided to go and find Lian but she doesn’t want to disturb his talk with the president so she waits outside the limo instead, pacing.
Luo Li tells Lian that being a part of Dark Moon is the best form of healing for him. He asks Lian to release the burden in his heart. The president begins to talk about the Tien Ming in An Yue… but cuts off as he notices Gong Xi. They both spot her odd pacing, which reminds the president of a queen bee. He asks Lian if she’s waiting for him. Lian turns and faces the president with his eyes wide open, which clues him in that Gong Xi is the one Lian has feelings for. Luo Li figures out that Gong Xi helped Lian to grasp his role of Jia Yue. Lian is about to take off but the president stops him and asks him if it is because he feels that he doesn’t deserve happiness.
Gong Xi is happy to see Lian but Lian is once again acting cold towards her.
After three months of filming, Dark Moon has finally wrapped up. At the press conference, the director once again gets questions about his father thrown at him. Unlike last time, this time he successfully answered them all, able to face his fear. Will Lian be able to do the same?
It’s the premiere of Dark Moon and Gong Xi's friend, Wan Zi, literally had to drag her out to watch it. Everyone was impressed with Gong Xi’s performance.
The president has called Lian in for a talk. He asks Lian if he knows that the Dark Moon viewership ratings are highest in the country. Lian explains that the moment he grasped onto the role of Jia Yue he had already succeeded, so the viewership ratings don’t matter to him. Luo Li knows that for the role of Jia Yue Lian put his career on the line because he wants to beat Tien Ming’s Jia Yue. Like Xu Fang, he was also trying to surpass his father.
Gong Xi and Lian head off to Eight Channel together. During the trip, Lian recalls the president’s words. “In order to surpass your father Tien Ming, you have always been strict with yourself. After some time, you even sealed off your tender heart. That girl that is walking towards you is probably the magic to your salvation.”
Shang’s manager sees the many praises for Gong Xi and decides that she can’t let Shang see. Too late, Shang sees it. He ignores her questions of concern and tells her he's finished the work they came to Eight Channel to do. She leaves to go get the car, planning to meet him out front. As Shang exits the lift, he sees Gong Xi walking with Lian, arriving together. Gong Xi also sees Shang, as does Lian, who caught her noticing him. He silently lets her take the lead. She wonders how she should react. Should she greet him? But if she greets him, Lian might think that she still cares for that jerk. Or should she go and buy something? Does she still care for him? All three successfully walk past each other without acknowledgment.
Yet Shang is definitely not as unaffected as he pretended. “Seeing Gong Xi by Dun He Lian’s side makes me feel heartache. It turns out that I really can’t bear letting Gong Xi go. Dun He Lian, just you wait. I, Bu Po Shang, will work like mad to steal the entertainment industry’s artist throne from you. Also, Gong Xi, wait for me. I will definitely let you see my success and my rays of light. When that time comes, I will use my most sincere heart to move you and bring you back to my side.”
In the lift with Lian, Gong Xi realizes that she was able to look at Shang so calmly and her heart no longer flutters when she sees him. Could it be that she doesn’t hate him anymore?
Manager Du, who must've been waiting for them when they got off the elevator, offers the two of them congratulations for Dark Moon's success and hands them each a lollipop. When he goes to greet the program director; Gong Xi and Lian are left alone again. Gong Xi decided to take this opportunity to thank Lian. “Originally, because of revenge, my reasoning went blind. I didn’t know who I was and I didn’t know what I lived for. I just wholeheartedly wanted to defeat that person, hoping that one day he'd kneel in front of me and apologize to me. But now I really do like acting. In the past three months that we filmed for Dark Moon, I am even more certain of this. I don’t want to get revenge anymore. I also don’t care about that person anymore.” Lian walks off while Gong Xi subconsciously says, Also, as for the most important feeling to humankind, since meeting you, I am slowly getting it back. Gong Xi recalls the moments that she had since meeting Lian, how he went from hostile, to offering advice, to staking his reputation in support of her. Wiping tears from her eyes and smiling, she sincerely thanks him in her heart.
Nan Qing is also very successful on her acting career. She had just finished filming a commercial for a water brand when Gong Xi comes to visit. It's another example of relationship progress when Nan Qing rushes to her squealing and they hug while jumping around excitedly. Nan Qing tells Gong Xi that she saw the first episode of Dark Moon but got angry after seeing it…because she portrayed Wei Xu so well. She’s angry that she has so much talent and angry that she has such a successful friend while she has accomplished nothing.
"How could you have accomplished nothing?" Gong Xi protests. "Didn’t you take up a very powerful idol drama?" Nan Qing teases that Gong Xi's success puts extra pressure on her. Gong Xi is aghast and insists that their relationship is not one of pressure and competition, but of mutual support and encouragement. She will always spur her on. Nan Qing grins and declares that Gong Xi has to keep improving, too, or she will sever ties with her. They chuckle and agree. Nan Qing asks her what her plans are after filming Dark Moon. Gong Xi tells her that she wants to go on a vacation. Nan Qing lets it spill that Lian has gone up to Taitung to film for a new film. Where will she go for vacation?
Taitung, of course! Gong Xi does some soul searching to decide if she came here because it's her hometown or because she hasn't seen Lian since Dark Moon ended. Looking at the inn where she grew up, she thinks that this place hasn't changed. Gong Xi recalls the time when she was learning formal skills from Shang’s mother, and about her time growing up with Shang. She realizes that being able to calmly reminisce like this represents that she no longer hates Shang. She goes to the rocky area by the river and sees Lian standing in the exact spot where she once met Corn. Lian is surprised to see her, and after they pick a spot to sit by the water he asks her why she is here. She tells him that wanted to come and have a look at her hometown. She asks him the same question to which he replies that he was filming nearby and was on a break so he decided to come here. He's prevaricating, but Gong Xi accepts his excuse, all while noticing that he still seems to be under pressure. She asks him to take out his hand and hold up her rock, Corn.
She reminds him about the time when she almost lost Corn but he was there to find it for her. Does he remember? Lian picks it up off of her extended hand and lies that he only vaguely remembers. Why she is giving him Corn? She tells him that he is constantly distressed and she doesn’t know how help him relieve the pressure, so she thought that Corn can give him some encouragement. She tells Lian to put Corn up to the sunlight and it will change colors. She asks him if he thinks she is childish but he just smiles and puts Corn up to the sunlight, recalling when young Gong Xi had done the same thing in that same place, asking if it was magic. In the present Gong Xi tells Lian that it is magic and when Corn changes color, his mood will become more relaxed because Corn can take away unhappy feelings.
Do you not believe me? Lian realizes that she is still as innocent as a child and that she hasn’t changed at all. Seeing his expression, she comes to the conclusion that he doesn’t believe her. He smiles and tells her that he does believe, but she isn't buying it. In order to make him believe her, she tells him a secret – the person who gave her Corn was a little boy and every time he wanted to meet her, he had to be furtive because his real identity was…the Fairy Kingdom’s Prince. Surprised that she still believes after all these years, Lian just calmly and with amusement listens to her explanation of the fairy king and queen, his own parents. He lets out a laugh which gets her angry. She walks away, not listening when he insists he wasn't laughing at her. Lian goes to apologize.
Standing together by on the river shore, Gong Xi looks at him doubtfully before continuing about the fairies. Corn flew up in the sky before and told her that he had grown wings several times, but every time he is about to fly high, his father would stretch out his giant hands and block him. Then his father would rip up his wings so he couldn’t fly. Lian loses his smile and flashes back to the memory of the day he told her that, Gong Xi's voice describing Corn's fears that his father's hands were too big and he'd never be able to fly freely. Although she hasn’t seen him for over 10 years now she knows that Corn has grown up to be an extraordinary adult with wings more beautiful and brilliant than anyone. Watching Gong Xi's expression as she unknowingly declares absolute faith in the person he is now, Lian recalls the president telling him that Director Xu Fang has found his own path and that he shouldn’t be living in his father’s shadow any more. Smiling and happy, Gong Xi states that he must be flying high and free. She turns and asks Lian if he thinks what she said made any sense. He tells her that it’s hard to say because this world contains a countless number of challenges and that many things aren’t easy to accomplish.
She gets mad at him for trying to burst her bubble. But he insists that his statement is correct. She tells him that she believes that Corn was meant to be king; that’s why he was born to this world. She believes that he has extraordinary talents and only couldn't fly away from his father before because he was so little. Emotional, Gong Xi insists that now he can, yes, he can, because he is Corn.
They stare at each other. Lian recalls Luo Li telling him that Gong Xi is the magic to his salvation. He smiles and holds Corn up to the light before handing it back to her.
"What? You don't want it?" Gong Xi is surprised and sad.
"I don't want it, because I've already found..." Lian trails off and finishes the sentence in his head. I've already found the magic that will save me.
Gong Xi takes Corn back from Lian, and the memory of once again standing in that same spot doing the same thing with Corn, strikes her hard. Rubbing her eyes, she looks up at Lian and sees Corn's fairy wings behind him. She stares at him in surprise while internally Lian thinks, I've already found... you. He steps forward...
The scene replays, only this time Lian says aloud, "I've already found... you." He steps forward and slowly kisses Gong Xi.
It's not really happening, though. Standing apart from her, Lian waves his hand in front of her eyes and asks her what she's doing. Gong Xi's eyes are closed and her face is tilted forward. She opens her eyes and protests that she had sand in her eye. Lian grins. "Could it be that you want me to blow the sand out of your eye?"
"No, it'll be fine if I rub it out." Gong Xi pretends to do so, then asks if he really doesn't want Corn. He promises to ask to borrow it if he finds need of it, but she has to keep it safe in the meantime. Of course, she will, Gong Xi answers; it was a gift from Corn.
Lian tells her to work hard together and that, in his heart, she is already a respected rival. In her mind she thanks him for allowing her to understand that her heart hasn’t been devoured by hatred and that she still has lots and lots of love to give through each and every one of her performances to touch people.
Gong Xi stands in the middle of the place where she auditioned to join LME and reminisces about the start of her career to now.
Suddenly Manager Shen comes and tells her to go and get changed into her uniform. She throws a tantrum because she still has to continue wearing the uniform. It ends with Gong Xi saying that she is going to keep doing her best working towards the "best actress" throne; to love and be considerate of others; and to have a heart that cares and gives.
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