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Next Stop, Happiness Episode 5 Recap

Did I mention Ren Guangxi has a brain tumor? Well, he has a tumor and it’s 5 cm in diameter; big enough, bad enough, that if he doesn’t surgically remove it, he’ll have only a few months to live. If he does decide to remove it, there is only a 15% chance for survival. Say, he does the surgery and survives it, he’s still susceptible to blindness, paralysis, or become a vegetable. Oh, just so you know, the aforementioned conditions are only a few of possible byproducts of the operation.

It’s no wonder Guangxi is spotted staggering out of the hospital, running like a mad man.

He has every reason to do so.

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Next Stop, Happiness Episode 4 Recap

Whether Mucheng did or didn’t seduce Ah Cai is a moot point. Once Auntie has the time to mull things over, it becomes apparent that her real concern is whether Mucheng considers her a mother. And the answer is yes.

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Next Stop, Happiness Episode 3 Recap

Holding each other’s hand, they hop onto a bus. (Bring on the bus motif!)

Winding down, Guangxi complains jokingly that riding the bus is more uncomfortable than he imagined. This causes Mucheng to lean in and ask dubiously, “You’ve never taken the bus before?” He shakes his head, “When I was little, I used to look out at people in buses. It’s always incredible to me that bus riders can decide their own destination.” (More like the bus decides how a rider arrives at a destination.)

“I’m the opposite of you.” Mucheng explains, “I used to hate riding buses. No matter how tired or sleepy I am, I have to force myself to stay awake because I’m scared that once I fall asleep, Auntie will leave me all alone on the bus like she once did.”

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Golden Bell Award 2009, After-Post

Did you guess right? Or were you shocked?

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Next Stop, Happiness Episode 2 Recap

Hua Tuoye escorts Mucheng out of the ice rink and walks her home, always keeping pace but lags behind just enough to give her space. Perhaps the distance is more telling about Tuoye’s own relationship with Mucheng: as a friend, he’s always there for her, ready to catch her before she falls; but as a man, he’s always a step or two behind her, short of crossing the barrier between friend and lover.

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Next Stop, Happiness (Autumn’s Concerto) Episode 1 Recap & Impression

She was a talented child, possessing the slender fingers that can only belong to a pianist. She was an entitled princess, the privileged daughter of a wealthy businessman. She was happy, living with her father and his lover, whom she called auntie, in a beautiful maison, knowing nothing of the piles of debt her father swept under the rugs.

But like an ethereal bubble, her carefree world burst when her father stepped in front of a car and died.

The maison, the piano, and everything of value were taken, leaving little Liang Mucheng with no one to rely on but the stranger she called auntie.

Auntie tried to abandon Mucheng on the bus, but Mucheng held on. They traveled aimlessly, became hungry, and stole. When they were caught, a local lowlife saved them and took them back to his home. He fed them because he was interested in auntie. Mucheng was disgusted. She tried to leave. But auntie refused. “I’m tired,” auntie said, “I don’t want to live the life where I have to steal to stay alive anymore.” Reluctantly, Mucheng returned to the man’s home and ate the rest of the ramen.

That night, bending over a large basket of dirty dishes, Mucheng bit her lips and tied up her hair, kissing her all-too-brief blithe childhood goodbye.

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