Every book has a preface, every speech begins with an introduction, and every romantic comedy opens with a coincidence. Well, almost.
To tell this story, we’d have to go back to a month ago, when our novelist, blogger, and TV celebrity extraordinaire Xia Hejie — or as his one-hundred-and-one girlfriends affectionately calls him, Jerry — is at the peak of his glamorous playboy days.
There is no woman that doesn’t desire him (or so he thinks), no TV station that doesn’t want him on its show (yet), and nothing he can’t get around of with his smile and his words. All in all, he’s a classic example of what’s newly defined as the “PS Man” — pompous but not overwrought, bold but not reckless.
He writes about relationships and boasts that there is no woman he can’t score. A reputation of excess thus established, he makes it his mission to woo Taiwan’s top model, Amanda, when he hears that the said model is promoting for her movie in a neighboring studio.
He invites himself on set and listens in,
Host: If one day you are prepared to fall in love, what would that man be like?
Amanda: A man who loves me, not top model Amanda.
after deliberating her response, Xia Hejie makes his formal introduction to Miss Gorgeous with the sharp observation that, “You said you want a man who loves the real you, not your public image. My interpretation is that you feel like you are merely playing the role of Amanda. So what’s the real you like?”
The remark piques Amanda’s attention, which she let show in a fleeting moment of earnest assessment. Nonetheless, she walks on gracefully, showing little recognition to Xia Hejie’s interest. Bing at the top of the fame pyramid certainly acquainted her to men making passes at her, but it’s the burden of a secret that molded her in a tight reservedness.
Ironically, Amanda’s coolness only eggs Xia hejie on. He’s intrigued by the unintentional hard-to-get and decides to show up unannounced at Amanda’s movie premiere the very night. The only problem, he’s not invited because of an unpleasant history with the movie’s director.
So it’s up to his assistant, Da Mao (above left), to acquire two invitations to the event. Coincidentally, they see someone selling tickets at the door.
Da Mao approaches the woman promptly, asking to buy the tickets. She agrees but is only selling one. He tries to convince her to sell the other one, appealing to her emotion using Xia Hejie’s name.
Here’s the thing, if she were any other woman, she might’ve squealed, giggled, and snorted in respective order before running to Xia Hejie for an autograph and a picture BUT, she’s Ma Xiaoqian, Xia Hejie’s neighbor from childhood who grew up under the reigns of Xia Hejie’s terror. The mention of his name is enough to bring back singular memories of the childhood nightmare.
Instead of drooling and fangirling, she marches towards Xia Hejie and without revealing her grudge, demands a ridiculously high price for the tickets; her intent to rip him off transparent. He’s got the money alright but he ain’t no fool. He wasn’t planning to oblige but the need to stand out in front of Amanda presses as the model makes her appearance. He relents in the end but not without insulting Ma Xiaoqian first. He throws the handful of money in her face. (Oh, dramas and their untiring love for money throwing.)
Once on site, Xia Hejie makes his presence known. His sharp tongue and fearlessness gets the best of him as he makes his way to the front, mocking the director as he goes. Of course, he doesn’t forget to address Amanda, subjecting her to a few tricky questions of his own.
She answers calmly, showing him both wit and grace. But the director has a shorter fuse and will not allow Xia Hejie to ruin this important night. What does he do? Ruin it himself. And blame it on Xia Hejie afterwards. Quite the plan, no?
(Aside: it’s the kind of farce that’s funnier when you watch it on mute. Try it!)
After the fiasco at the movie premiere, Xia Hejie earns himself another black smudge on his already colorful reputation, as well as a law sue. He attends hearing and manages to offend the judge. That, plus Ma Xiaoqian’s testimony, effectively lands him with a verdict of 158 hours worth of community service. (Sounds familiar doesn’t it?) But the trip to courthouse is not entirely pointless.
He is surrounded by curious media as soon as he walks out of the courthouse, which gives him a chance to shamelessly confess his interest in Amanda on TV.
The following morning, Xia Hejie starts his community service hours as promised. (He stated on TV that he will accept whatever punishment as evidence of penance for disrupting Amanda’s movie premiere.) He will be spending 158 glorious hours at…
The kindergarten is consisted of cute kids like Xiao Tuoluo (Little Top or little spinning top), kindergarten teacher Mary, the principal (quite an image change from the creepy peeping Tom in Next Stop, Happiness), and kindergarten teacher Ma Xiaoqian.
Why does Xiaoqian in a wreck? To explain that, we’d have to back up a bit.
On his way to kindergarten, Xia Hejie spent quite some time complaining about not wanting to volunteer in a kindergarten. He, like most playboys, doesn’t like kids. So engrossed in his rant, he didn’t notice a slender figure cycling on a bicycle nearby. When he finally took notice and swerved away, the unlucky biker also lost her balance and flew, face first, into the back of a trash truck.
When Xia Hejie tries to wiggle his way out of doing actual work in the kindergarten (through bribery and charm), comes biker Xiaoqian’s chance of retribution.
She sends him out to climb a tree and retrieve the teddy bear thrown on the branch. Xia Hejie resists, Ma Xiaoqian persists, Xia Hejie gives in, Ma Xiaoqian wins round.
Xia Hejie climbs up and just as he reaches out for the bear, the branch cracks. He fumbles for support and ends up dangling upside down. With a sudden tearing sound, his trouser rips, revealing the bright yellow SpongeBob on his boxer. The kids clamor in laughter, Xia Hejie cruses underneath his breath. With another rip, the branch breaks, sending Xia Hejie down with a heavy thud. This ass had it coming.
Taking the golden opportunity, Xiaoqian snaps a picture of Xia Hejie’s ripped rear, SpongeBob and all. 😀
Long time no see, I’m back! Miss me much? ;D
First things first: I tried recapping Summer’s Desire, couldn’t stand the overwrought plot nor the phony acting (mostly from the supporting cast). So that’s, unfortunately, not happening.
PS Man, on the other hand, is happening.
I remember when it first started broadcasting, I watched the first episode and thought nothing of it. I liked the sleek opening theme but the rest of the first episode was wrought with cliché and put-together coincidences. So I stopped watching. Recently, a few people started recommending it (one of which being a vehement hater of slapstick). Having a bit more time on my hands, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to give it a second chance. It’s surprisingly watchable. The contrivances are still there, so are the slapsticks. But they present themselves in small doses that I find it easy to gloss over the faults and enjoy the merits.