Zhāng Xiǎntíng moved into the detective agenxy. Her curiosity about Hóng Xiǎo Dōng resulted in Zhū Kě Shàng telling her about their shared teenage years.
Zhāng Xiǎntíng once again proves she’s terrible at anything and everything ‘undercover’ not to mention increasingly unlikable. The camera she plants is obvious. Summoning back Hóng Xīdōng, the questions she asks would alert anyone with even an ounce of intelligence that she’s not who she’s pretending to be. That’s not to say that he has anything of any importance to add.
If you ever find yourself in trouble, do the exact opposite of what she does. Despite noticing that the Director has sent spies to trail her she still goes off on her own to a quiet park where she could easily be ambushed. She even pulls out the amulet in broad daylight, followed by a distress call to Hóng Xiǎo Dōng about being followed without any mention being made as to her whereabouts. Then she goes off the path which is where they corner her. On her own. Alone.
The most interesting part of this episode comes when Hóng Xiǎo Dōng uses CPR on her. A light comes from deep inside him and passes into her which results in both of them having what this show defines as telepathy. It shows that this power isn’t relegated to thoughts but also includes the ability to see the memories of the target. It doesn’t last long. However, it’s long enough for her to pry into Hóng Xiǎo Dōng’s memories – of his father. It’s just a moment but it’s set up to explain the reason for his quitting the police.
Most of Hóng Xiǎo Dōng‘s time this episode is taken up with dealing with a sudden stop to the agency’s income. It’s assumed the Director has gotten to his wife. To make up the loss of income Hóng Xiǎo Dōng offers his services to the police and is put on the team to guard the jewellery exhibition. In particular, they’re hoping to hold off David – a notorious, never been caught thief – who makes his appearance saving Zhāng Xiǎntíng.
It wasn’t Hóng Xiǎo Dōng who saved her though. That was David, a notorious thief, comes in. Affiliated with the Director’s hired goons, he still kicks their asses to save Zhāng Xiǎntíng who he or may not be obsessed with. A news report is hardly going to be the first choice for someone scoping out a potential target. This is suggested even more so by David promising to see her again and watching them leave.
There isn’t much that we see of the Imperial Guards or Mò Hán this episode. However, we get to see them training at the end. Péng Zé uses a blade and gives Mò Hán something less deadly to practice with though it doesn’t really work considering that she manages to lodge it in Xiào Tiān‘s throat.
Regarding the flashback, I understand that this is a flashback to their teenage years but surely even they would have known there would be repercussions. Putting aside how unconvincing the attack was their friend was, he definitely would have died long before they came across him. He was stabbed in broad daylight and found when it was pitch black outside.
Another point – this show has no concept of grief. Zhū Kě Shàng should have been upset after recounting the death of his friend. Not to mention, in what world would anyone, after just getting the culprits sent to jail, say “don’t be sad anymore”? And Zhāng Xiǎntíng, saying that didn’t Hóng Xiǎo Dōng suffer any childhood trauma – it might not be something that she would classify as ‘childhood’ but a friend dying in front of you, for your sake is traumatic.
Hopefully there’s going to be more focus on Hóng Xiǎo Dōng’s powers in the upcoming episodes. Between ‘seeing memories’, hearing other people’s thoughts and actually transferring his powers, it would be really good to clarify exactly what he can and cannot do. As I’ve said, the show’s best feature is it’s humour and when that’s lacking it can feel a little draggy. However, despite that, this is a good episode.