Mob boss’ daughter gets mob boss’ daughter’s treatment — that is, 40-50 men in spiffy black suites coming to the police station to do three things 1) intimidate the local authority, 2) bring back the princess/the matriarch/the pearl of the mob, and 3) to make the welcome-back reception look magnificent.
Polite talk with spikes are exchanged between Che Jing, the San Lian Hui representative, and the director of the department. To make matter look orthodox on the appearance, a stubby lawyer finds his way out of the crowd.
He demands to see his client. Once in the interrogation room, the sly lawyer paces around the room and questions the necessity to keep Chen Lin in the police station. Ying Xiong steps up and explains that Chen Lin is involved with a drug related disappearance. Since the disappearance is crucial to the case, Chen Lin naturally becomes a primary suspect. (Since he isn’t exactly portrayed as someone methodical, I was impressed by the cool headed way he handled this.) The lawyer doesn’t budge. He sharply points out there is no direct evidence linking Chen Lin to the crime. Until there is sufficient evidence, his client should be free to go.
It’s Zai Tian’s turn to make some kind of contribution to keep Chen Lin a little longer (although he won’t be able to get what he wants out of her no matter how long she stays). He addresses the lawyer and suggests an alternative, “What if she attacks the legal force? Two patrol and one detective, is that enough?”
Chen Lin smiles sweetly at Zai Tian, as if to say, “funny you should mention that” and motions for the lawyer. She whispers something to his ear all the while peeking at the two uneasy detectives.
When she finishes, the lawyer speaks up,
My client tells me that she was forced to be handcuffed before any substantial evidence points to her connection with the disappearance. This violation of protocol clearly deprives my client’s personal freedom. Moreover, the discourse that took place during the interaction was marked by frivolous flirtation and inappropriate touching. My client merely reacted out of self-defense against those self-righteous detectives who clearly abuse the power granted to them by law.
Chen Lin’s look of triumph makes the usually smooth-tongued Zai Tian stutter as he struggles to defend himself.
When Chen Lin leaves, the director personally lectures the two detectives for their reckless action that is to result in the embarrassment of the whole Southern Branch. Before leaving the two pissed off detectives to sulk in the interrogation chamber, the director reminds them that they have one week left to either catch Gao Yi or bring back the 500 thousand USD they borrowed to use for the dealing.
In response to the Director’s scold, Ying Xiong cuffs Zai Tian and says, “Director, I can capture the first suspect,” then turning to Zai Tian, he demands sternly, “Chen Zai Tian, how do you explain your positive test results with Dreamer?” It turns out, when Xi Ying accidentally spilled the solution of Dreamer, she saw that the paper Zai Tian used to wipe his mouth reacted with the solution and makes the conclusion that Zai Tian is somehow involved with Dreamer. (I’m sure it’s one of those false positives or anomalies that Ms. Mad Skills just forgot to consider but will find out and add to her knowledge, somehow.)
To prove Zai Tian’s innocence, he agrees to have his blood drawn for a test. Yet, all four petri dishes showed positivity. But because the particular methodology Xi Ying developed has not been approved, Zai Tian cannot be arrested or investigated.
Now instead of Xi Ying perfecting her methodology, she is going to file her result and get it approved so it can become a legalized procedure. And it’s up to Zai Tian to prove, before the method is approved, how he ends up testing positive for Dreamer. Zai Tian’s situation doesn’t look to bright from where I’m standing, but it motivates him to work harder on the case.
Faced with a problematic case like this, Zai Tian pets and coos a black fax machine in a bar where he gets most of his leads on cases from. Ying Xiong on the other hand, is spotted to be deep in thought in the lab.
Later that day, Ying Xiong receives a call informing him the vehicle carrying the dead informant’s brother is found to be abandoned. Sensing the bad news, his temper flares up when he sees Zai Tian in the usual sleazy mode. He yells at Zai Tian for being incompetent and storms out the door. (Yikes, someone has a bad temper, though, Zai Tian’s happy-go-lucky ways don’t make it any better either.)
After confirming the informant’s brother’s death, Ying Xiong returns to the crime scene, hoping to find more information about the murder. He finds a phone number and the informant’s family portrait, which he gazes thoughtfully at.
Zai Tian returns to the bar to see if there is any fax for him. He is disappointed once more. So he sits there sipping beer, waiting for the fax. (That boy and his passivity!) But before the bar closes, the phone rings. All that waiting paid off!
The fax reads, “To Mr. Chen Zai Tian: the last clue will perish soon, hurry and protect.”
After leaving the crime scene, Ying Xiong heads towards the hospital to seek out the only surviving suspect from the gun fight scene the day prior. On his way there, he sees a hooded man dressed in complete black sitting on the side of the road. (Gasp, can it be Death himself!?) Ying Xiong takes a hard look at the oddly dressed man and enters the hospital. Inside the hospital room, a nurse is tending to the sick.
Ying Xiong asks when the wounded man will wake up, for he is an important clue to an investigation. The nurse replies coyly that perhaps tomorrow, when he wakes up. Once out of the hospital room, the woman changes her attire on her way down the stairs and exits the building with a smirk. She walks to the hooded man to delivery the news of successfully completed the task…
When Ying Xiong leaves the hospital room, he encounters Chen Lin coming for a visit. He blocks her way and says exasperatedly, “Miss Chen, can you tell me why you are always at places connected to the case?” “Can’t I come to see the doctor?” “You were at informant An’s place the day he was murdered, then you took away his mother… But that’s not enough for you, you had to kill his brother as well.” At the mention of the man’s brother, Chen Lin turns sharply and asks, “What happened to his brother?” “Stop pretending. He was killed within an hour on the road. Don’t tell me you weren’t behind this. Did you kill them all because you are afraid they will leak the fact that San Lian Hui is the source of Dreamer?” She breaks free of his grasp at that point and looks him in the eye, “I take no part in whatever San Lian Hui does.” Then she walks off.
Ying Xiong is desperate for someone to blame, he yells after her, “You are the mistress of San Lian Hui and you expect me to believe that you don’t participate in San Lian Hui related activities? Then what do you do?” She turns and replies lightly, “I only take part when it has to do with those I care about.”
When Zai Tian finds Ying Xiong with his crumpled sheet of fax and tries to convince him that their last clue is on the verge of death, Ying Xiong snaps at him, accusing him of being careless and irresponsible. He takes no pain to conceal his condescension and retorts that mysterious informant or not, he is not going to believe anything that comes out of a drug-addict’s mouth. (Ying Xiong is firmly convinced that Zai Tian is a drug user to test positive on all four tests.)
As they are speaking, the man in the hospital struggles for his last breath.
And Gao Yi enjoys a Dreamer trip. (Just to show you 1. the hallucinogenic effects of Dreamer and 2. Gao Yi is an idiot — don’t drug manufacturers know BETTER than to use drugs themselves? Especially such potent drugs?!)
To lighten up the mood a little:
Zai Tian is sipping beer in front of a large TV at home. (Him and his beer!) But his mind is on what Wu Ying Xiong said to him. He murmurs to himself, “Don’t believe me? Don’t you cry when you find out I was right!” As if to punish him for his unkind (and childish) thoughts, all the lights in his house went off, leaving Zai Tian wondering to himself, “What?! Have I said something wrong?” Hah!
The brief electric outage inspires Zai Tian as he carries a tiny candle to search for food in the fridge. He remembers Xi Ying’s words that the production of Dreamer requires a constant temperature below zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit). He looks at the dark fridge and thinks to himself, “It must require a huuuuuge freezer.” When the light flickers on and Zai Tian habitually blows out the candle, another idea occurs to him as the smoke from the candle rises up.
It would take a big electric bill to keep a large production factory at a constant zero degrees. And the location of any abnormal electric usage sites may be where Dreamer is being produced.
The next morning, the news of the only survivor’s death puts a promising lead, but it opens a brand new one (albeit a biased one). Since Ying Xiong saw Chen Lin going to the hospital, he is requesting a search warrant to search her house. Because San Lian Hui is so big, they get no search warrant. BUT, the director doesn’t necessarily say no to Ying Xiong’s desire to pursuit this line of investigation either.
Ying Xiong insists on going alone, it’s Zai Tian that yells some sense into the stubborn tough boy. They end up going together, like partners should.
The security of the building turns out to be hard to penetrate. The security guard insists that either the two detectives contact Chen Lin directly or they can request a search warrant. Otherwise, they were not to enter. Ying Xiong is not acquainted with civilians saying no to him, as the conversation approaches holy battleground, Zai Tian steps in.
He pretends to be in need of going to the restroom and distracts the security guard as he attempts to rush into the building. This gives Ying Xiong an opportunity to pull the fire alarm.
While the residents evacuate the building, Zai Tian and Ying Xiong search for the unit belongs to Chen Lin. As Zai Tian approaches the door in giddy self-congratulation, two rounds are fired at his chest. The force of the shot throws him back and against the opposite door. He flops onto the floor, unconscious.
This episode is SO much more enjoyable without the few overacting supporting casts.
I like the added mysterious informant to explain Zai Tian’s success as a detective, as he is clearly no brainiac. It opens up the door for speculation, the most obvious ones being: Who is the mystery informant? How does the informant know so much about the criminal organizations? Why is the informant helping the police, if (s)he is helping the police at all, etc.
In terms of acting, the casting group did a great job. I was initially skeptical about Mark being Ying Xiong because he is the least experienced actor with one of the heaviest roles. But on screen, he is so much better than some of the so-called more experienced supporting actors (yes, Mr. Team leader, I’m looking at you).
PS: Please don’t copy & paste the entire recap onto forums. I don’t mind sharing, after all, that’s what RSS is for. But it looks tacky without the screen caps, espcially when sometimes, screen caps are necessary to keep the flow of the text.