Bu Bu Jing Xin: Ep 35 (Finale)

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Yes, it’s finally here.  Part of me really didn’t want to write this because I didn’t want it to end.  But part of me also knows that I have to get this out into writing eventually.  Let’s finally tie up the loose ends of BBJX and try to say goodbye to the characters we all grew to love.

If you have stayed with me through til the end by reading all of my BBJX recaps, I just want to thank you for your support.  A shoutout to a reader Joyful Song whose comment really encouraged me and made me feel like all of this effort was worth it.  I hope you all enjoyed my recaps~

4th finds the letter, originally with 14th’s prince writing on the envelope.  He’s stunned when he finds another envelope, this one bearing Ruo Xi’s writing.  He reads the letter as he cries to himself.  We hear Ruo Xi’s voice narrating the letter, and a flashback to when Ruo Xi wrote it.

“4th prince, Life is like a dream, continuously changing…But the days pass soundlessly…It’s hard to forget one’s foolish longings.

When someone told me very calmly that he wanted the throne, he already held the key to my heart. When he threw away the umbrella and endured and suffered the rain with me, I had opened the door to my heart for him. When he protected me by using his own body to block the arrow, I would never forget him in this life.

Everything that happened after that only drew me in deeper…If there is love, there is anger.  If there is love, there is hate.  If there is love, there is obsession.  If there is love, there is longing.  Since we parted, there has been nothing but hate, anger, and longing transforming into inches of memories. I don’t know if you still resent me…

…in Ruo Xi’s heart, there is no emperor, only the 4th Prince who has stolen my soul.  We love, we miss, we don’t meet…Everyday, I wait for your arrival.”


After finishing the letter, 4th stays seated on the ground as he breaks down in sobs.  13th kneels beside 4th, and the brothers clasp each other’s hands.  13th also cries for Ruo Xi, but he’s more contained than 4th is.


Little do they know that Qiao Hui and 14th are already fulfilling Ruo Xi’s last wish.  They both stand before Ruo Xi’s corpse, all ready for the cremation.  14th slowly lights the wood around Ruo Xi and then turns away, probably because he can’t bear to see Ruo Xi going away for good.  Qiao Hui keeps on calling out “Second Miss” while crying the whole time.  What REALLY gets me is when 14th longingly looks back one last time, almost like he’s hoping that Ruo Xi will miraculously spring back to life.


4th visits 14th’s estate to see Ruo Xi.  14th has been drinking away his sorrows, all the while holding the box that contains Ruo Xi’s ashes.  When he hears that 4th came, he says out loud, “Ruo Xi, he finally came.”

4th & 13th enter the room and look in disbelief at Ruo Xi’s altar.  Suddenly 13th realizes that there’s no coffin.  4th freaks out and hopefully says that maybe Ruo Xi isn’t really dead, she’s just pretending.  He calls out to 14th, who stumbles out holding Ruo Xi’s ashes.

13th asks where Ruo Xi is, and 14th replies that she’s right here–he cremated her.  13th takes a step back in shock, and 4th charges forward while screaming that he’ll kill 14th.  13th keeps 4th away from 14th.


14th replies with equal ferocity at 4th, asking why he only came at this time.  4th charges at 14th again, and 13th breaks them apart.  13th explains why 4th didn’t end up with the letter.  14th points out that even if he didn’t get the letter, 4th’s spies could’ve informed him. 13th says that 4th didn’t want to hear any more news of them after the whole “intimacy” between 14th/Ruo Xi.

14th realizes that he too was partly at fault.  He says that that one day (in ep 34) he did have Ruo Xi show a few affectionate gestures toward him to get rid of the spies.  IMO, who can blame him…no one wants to be spied on in their own household.

“It was only because my heart was hurt and suffocating, and I wanted to anger you.  But I found out that I really do like speaking with Ruo Xi.  It was like returning to the past…”

14th holds the box and tells Ruo Xi that he didn’t mean for this to happen.


14th reveals that cremation was her wish.  He can barely say why she wants to be cremated since he’s crying so much.  4th tries to take the box of ashes, but 14th stops him and says that she’s his wife.  4th replies that he never put her name on the records and they didn’t have a marriage ceremony.

14th tells him not to go so far in his bullying.  4th yells back that it IS to bully him.  13th quietly tells 14th to let it go, because he believes Ruo Xi is willing to go with 4th.  Qiao Hui also speaks up and affirms that it’s Ruo Xi’s wish.  4th leaves with the ashes, leaving behind 13th and 14th.

13th tells 14th that part of Ruo Xi’s troubles were for the sake of 14th himself.  He asks 14th not to make it difficult for her.


Qiao Hui gives Ruo Xi’s belongings to 4th.  4th breaks down in tears as he goes through all of the memories attached to Ruo Xi’s keepsakes–the magnolia hair pin, the perfume bottle (is that what it is?) with the dogs painted on it, the arrow.

Qiao Hui also carries out Ruo Xi’s wishes by passing on her words to 13th.  13th agrees to do as Ruo Xi wished and agrees to let Qiao Hui serve his daughter.


Afterward, 4th remains desolate in his palace.  13th tries to make 4th wake up and get it together, but 4th just sits there holding Ruo Xi’s ashes.


Time for an epic visit from 8th.  13th explains why Ruo Xi was cremated. 4th tells him to go, but 8th isn’t having it.  He simply laughs and says some of the most epic lines ever…

“Back then I gave up on Ruo Xi because of power, abandoned the vows we made to never leave each other.  Now imperial brother, for the Qing Empire, and the past grievances has also given up the chance to be together forever.  You’re the same as me.  The things you once had are all gone in the end. With Ruo Xi, you’re the same as me.  A failure. “

In a whisper, 4th tells 8th to go.  He attempts to use his death glare and his emperor status on 8th.  8th just laughs in reply and delivers a great comeback before he leaves.

“Correct, you’re the superior emperor.  But I am still me after all.”

This was one of my favorite scenes because 8th was just awesome.  I am a renewed 8th fan.


4th and 13th finally officially say goodbye to Ruo Xi by throwing her ashes in the mountains.  13th comments that maybe Ruo Xi will be taken to the future world.  Later on we see 4th thinking about 13th’s words…he reveals that maybe Ruo Xi was from the future.  (I thought we already established this when she left the Forbidden City..)

FINALLY connecting the dots, 4th recalls all the times when Ruo Xi said some wacky stuff that point to her being a time traveler.  He says he hopes she can return to her own time period.


So of course, we see Ruo Xi waking up in the future/present.  After she recovers, Ruo Xi does an internet search to find out what happened after she died.  I thought it was interesting that she basically does this search in the order of importance of the princes.

First up is 9th prince since he’s not that important to Ruo Xi.  13th visits 9th in solitary confinement.  He delivers Yu Tan’s last letter and some poison. 9th read the words that Yu Tan has no hate.  He begins tearing up and asks in despair,

“Why is it not hate?  Why?”

Omg.  At this point I really regretted that 9th did not have a bigger part in the drama.  This scene was short but chilling.

9th takes the poison, and in his last moments, he thinks of Ruo Xi…

“Rou Xi, you deserve to be 4th’s woman.  No, you’re more cruel than he is…you won’t let me die in peace, making me feel regret and sadness.”

Back in the present, Ruo Xi smirks ever so slightly.


Ruo Xi searches 10th next.  Ming Yu is pregnant.  10th is angry at 4th but still very optimistic.  10th and Ming Yu (aside from 14th) have the happiest ending in BBJX.  They are still a loving couple, all thanks to Ruo Xi’s help.


Next, to 14th!!!!!  14th and 13th relax over tea and a game of chess.  13th comments that 14th seems to be at such ease.  14th agrees and says that being imprisoned in his mom’s former palace has helped him a lot.  Now he lives without worry.  I think it’s cute that he mentions that there’s always 13th bro to play chess with and talk with.  I love the 14th/13th bromance.  They are so cute together. :3

13th observes that maybe 14th is the happiest prince out of all the brothers.  14th agrees..

“Now that I think about it, the throne that I spent half my life fighting for, doesn’t compare to these comfortable days.”


Now 8th.  13th delivers the poison to 8th and assures him that his son will be fine.  8th thanks 13th and requests that he be buried near or with Ming Hui’s ashes.

“In this life, I cannot repay back all that 13th brother has done for me. “

The two brothers bow to one another (LOVE THIS PART) before 13th departs.  I love this sign of mutual respect and brotherhood.  Although they were on separate sides, and 8th’s plan implicated 13th, they are still on relatively good terms.  They are the ultimate example of forgive and forget.

Well just to ruin that wonderful part, the rest of the scene is horrible.  8th thanks Ruo Xi before he drinks the poison.  REALLY what ruined this scene was the upbeat music that played while 8th died.  WHAT THE HECK!??!?  I get that he’s eager to reunite with Ming Hui, but that music DID NOT go well with the scene at all.


Down to the final two.  13th lies on his deathbed and gives his last words to Cheng Huan, Qiao Hui, and 4th.  He mentions that no one forgot Ruo Xi after she died.  REALLY, 13th?  You’re going to bring up Ruo Xi NOW?  And then he says that he’ll see 4th in the next life.  *shakes head* how many references to the “next life” must there be in BBJX…

4th silently remains by 13th’s side, and doesn’t cry out loud when 13th breathes his last breath.


Finally, 4th.  After 13th’s death, 4th overlooks the Forbidden City, all alone.

“They’ve all left.  There’s only me.”

I love this scene because it connected to the scene when 4th overlooked the Forbidden City when he first became emperor.  Instead of 4th basking in his power (like he did in the first scene), he now has to face all the problems of ruling his empire..alone.


Now fully grounded in the present day, Ruo Xi, or should I say Zhang Xiao, strolls along in the city.  She narrates that she couldn’t find anything about Mertai Ruo Xi in the historical records.  She thinks that it’s almost as though Ruo Xi never existed, and questions whether everything that happened is just a dream.  A flier for a Qing Dynasty museum exhibit catches her eye.  PURELY coincidental, you know.  She decides to venture in and take a look.

It’s almost like she’s visiting her past as she looks at all of the ancient artifacts that she once knew so well.  She stops to gaze at a painting of the emperor and the princes.  It was of that particular summer day when Ruo Xi served everyone desserts.  She notices a palace maid (*cough* HER) wearing a magnolia hairpin and the special bracelet from 8th.  She shed a tear as she reaffirms that she really did exist.


And now for the moment we’ve all been waiting for…we see a certain someone come walking into the museum.  Zhang Xiao seems to hear his footsteps and she turns around to look.  The guy also turns around…and SURPRISE SURPRISE, it’s none other than our 4th, except a reincarnated modern version that has a full head of hair.

Zhang Xiao continues to shed more tears in the usual Ruo Xi style as she stares at him in disbelief.  He walks over and asks her if they know each other.  When she doesn’t reply and just stands there tearing up, he awkwardly checks his pockets to see if he has a tissue for her.  He doesn’t, so he walks away.

As he’s just about to walk out of the museum, Zhang Xiao takes off her glasses so that all she can see is the blur of modern 4th’s back.  The camera focuses on the painting behind Zhang Xiao.

There’s still so much to say about BBJX even after it’s over. It’s been a few months since I last watched ep 35 but it still leaves me with this hollow sort of feeling. When it ends you find yourself wondering…is it really over? How can this even be considered the ending when this is just the start of the “next life” that the characters have always been referring to?

Anyway, I wasn’t quite satisfied by this ending episode..not because of the open-ended ending, but because I feel like they rushed way too much. They crammed all of these bits and pieces into the ending but hardly gave enough time to making these ending pieces complete. Scenes that were supposed to be a lot more important, and focused on very MAJOR CHARACTERS just fell short for me.  The deaths of 8th, 13th, and 4th didn’t have the huge emotional impact I thought they would.  You know something is wrong when the death of 9th was more emotionally charged than the deaths of all the other major princes.

Although I don’t quite agree with Ruo Xi going back to the present, I think they pulled off the very last scene quite well.  One SUPER SMART commenter commented that Zhang Xiao taking off her glasses signifies her desire to see the past 4th prince, not the current reincarnation.  Great symbol right there.  I also like the way they showed the painting as the final image of the drama.  Although Zhang Xiao is now in the present, her heart truly remains in the past, and that painting is proof of her past self.

Ruo Xi
I believe that Ruo Xi is one of the most tragic characters in BBJX.  Even though she got a new beginning, she also has to deal with all of the guilt and pain from her times in the Qing Dynasty for a whole OTHER life time.  Sure she has a chance with the other modern 4th, but will she ever be able to let go of the ancient 4th?  I highly doubt it. Her heart truly belonged to ancient 4th and I couldn’t imagine it any other way else.

Zhang Xiao went to the past as a modern woman and eventually became Ruo Xi.  When she went back to the future, she went back as a woman of the Qing Dynasty (Ruo Xi), not as Zhang Xiao.  She has a new identity aside from her former modern self and I think it would be an extreme struggle to reconcile the two.  Really I wonder how she could even cope mentally with all of this change in her life.  By now Zhang Xiao is a weathered soul and if I were her I’d be way too tired to handle it all.

HOWEVER…with all of the not so subtle hints towards the ‘next life,’ I’m pretty sure Zhang Xiao didn’t just time travel by accident.  There was a purpose, probably to get her to go to the museum exhibit to bump into modern 4th once again.  If you recall back to when Zhang Xiao was electrocuted, I remember there was a billboard nearby with an ad with a silhouette of a woman from the Qing Dynasty.  (I’m pretty sure but don’t take my word for it.)  Since the exhibit was still there, this shows that the time slip most likely didn’t affect the time flow of the modern world/present day.

Anyway back to Ruo Xi…I think the order in which she internet searched the princes is pretty accurate to how she felt towards each one.  9th, obviously that needs no explanation.  Then 10th, who was like a sibling to her.  Then 14th, the man who loved her and did his best to accept her no matter what, even if he knew she could never love him back romantically.  Then 8th, her first love.  Then 13th, her best friend.  Lastly 4th, the man who stole her heart.  It all fits in so perfectly.  I really think it goes without saying that Ruo Xi cared so much about all the princes that she was willing to sacrifice everything for them.  Perhaps this is her way of thanking them for all they’ve done for her.  Although 4th & 8th were unwilling to give up power for her, Ruo Xi was willing to give up her happiness for them.  The main tragedy is that Ruo Xi died believing that 4th still hated her.  If there’s anything I would want resolved in Zhang Xiao’s new life, it’s this misunderstanding. 

4th prince
For those of you that read ALL of my recaps, you might remember that I was a zealous 4th fan in the beginning of the drama. Unfortunately that passion for 4th sorta gradually died off in the second half. (Not just because of 14th’s awesomeness.) While I still love 4th I can no longer say that he’s my absolute favorite prince.

The ironic thing is that 4th, who seemed to have it all in terms of power, wealth, and love (in that he won Ruo Xi’s heart) ended up alone in the end. I felt like a lot of people cut 4th way too much slack and made lots of excuses for him whenever he did something questionable. Truth is, he had the CHOICE. He CHOSE between mercy and revenge, obsessively ‘protecting Ruo Xi’ and listening to Ruo Xi, forgiveness and hate, power and love. It was not just “Oh, well, society was like that at the time.” or “HE HAD TO DO IT!” or “IT WAS 8TH GROUP’S FAULT ANYWAYS” or “YU TAN WENT AGAINST HIS WARNINGS” or “HE’S DOING IT FOR RUO XI’S GOOD.” He made his decisions to not let off 8th’s group, and this is the outcome. While fate played a part in not letting Ruo Xi see 4th for the last time, it was partly also 4th’s doing. Maybe if he had just listened to Ruo Xi and 13th’s pleas for forgiveness, Ruo Xi would not have left the Forbidden City. I’m not trying to say that it’s entirely 4th’s fault, but 4th certainly had a part in Ruo Xi’s decision to leave the palace.  Just like 8th said in this episode, 4th also couldn’t give up his lust for power and revenge for the sake of Ruo Xi.  Also 4th didn’t trust Ruo Xi with 14th.  In that sense, 4th was just like 8th.  The only difference is that 4th won her heart completely. 

All in all, 4th ended up quite the tragic character.  I think the last scene where he stands alone overlooking the Forbidden City just says it all.  That there was one of the most powerful scenes in this episode.  It was short, and could’ve even gone without any words, but it was perfect.   It shows all the weight bearing on 4th’s shoulders.  It’s almost as though he realizes the sacrifices he has made…although he’s emperor, he’s now without his lover and his best friend. 

8th prince
My experience with 8th is quite the opposite of 4th prince. 8th started out powerful and ended up the underdog. At first I didn’t like him that much. It wasn’t until more in the last third of the drama that I really began respecting 8th prince. Now he’s one of my favorite princes and I consider him to be the “noble 8th prince”. Also acting wise, Kevin Cheng is my favorite. His crying scenes moved me like no other.  His scenes where he laughs at 4th are chilling.  I love 8th!!!!!!

Although 8th was first portrayed as a ideal guy, we now know that he was not all that perfect. 8th had his faults, but the important thing is that he grew from them. He acknowledged his past mistakes and changed himself, whereas 4th refused to admit that he did anything wrong. 8th’s relationship with Ruo Xi was a stepping stone for him to eventually realize all that he has done wrong. Without Ruo Xi, maybe 8th would not have realized how precious Ming Hui was.  I think 8th loved Ruo Xi both during and after their romantic relationship.  Sure his feelings changed after they put an end to their relationship, but he still loved her (perhaps more as an old friend than a lover). 

Too bad his dying scene was HORRIBLE. It did not serve him justice at all.  The music just ruined it.  AUGHHH.

14th prince!!!!!!!
14th, one of my favorite favorite princes.  *sigh*  First off, 14th was supposed to be a much more complex character than we give him credit for.  The drama interpretation made 14th into a very happy go lucky guy.  There are moments where you see some darker sides of 14th, but for the most part he remains a very pure and puppy like prince.  Sure he had his fights with 4th, and there were times when he also had some underlying intentions of angering 4th since he has Ruo Xi as his wife, but overall I think 14th loved Ruo Xi with all his heart.  14th has a big heart and you could tell how eager he was to show his love for Ruo Xi.  However he wasn’t overbearing in his love, instead he supported her from afar and tried his best to be accepting the way 13th is.  I wish they showed more of his conflict during his marriage with Ruo Xi because we only caught a glimpse of it in the last two episodes. Obviously being the husband in name only of his unrequited love is hard to do, but because he loves her so much he’s willing to help her. 

I’m pretty sure that if Ruo Xi had plainly asked 14th to get 4th to come over, he would’ve done it in a heartbeat.  If that’s Ruo Xi’s true heartfelt wish, then 14th would do his best to fulfill it.  However Ruo Xi thought it would be better through a letter since she didn’t know if 4th hated her or not.  AUGHHHHHHHHHHHH! 

But 14th rebounds quite well in his very last scene.  He has finally found peace with himself and is satisfied without power and prestige.  I’m pretty satisfied with 14th’s ending except I WISH THEY LET HIM KISS RUO XI ON THE FOREHEAD IN HER DYING SCENE. 

Final thoughts..again..
That’s pretty much all I have to say…FOR NOW.  HAHAHA expect a few more random posts in the future…

BBJX is not a perfect drama but it’s a big improvement from your usual typical C-drama.  It was impressive because it had a lot of heart, a strong cast, and great characters.  Everything worked together quite well to pull it off.  While I did talk about BBJX being more realistic (in terms of costumes, set) I want to point out that’s in comparison to other typical C-dramas.  Even with all the angst and back stabbing, BBJX still has a very fairy-tale like feeling to it.  It makes you want to go to the Qing Dynasty because everything is so beautiful and all the princes are gorgeous.  In actuality..things were not so.  I think the reality of the Qing Dynasty was much more grim than the one presented in BBJX.  However I believe BBJX will remain as some sort of fairy tale in my own heart..so I think that’s ok.


I'm heisui, an Asian drama blogger and the creator of My Drama Tea. I love stories and writing, so I watch dramas and blog. I especially have a penchant for Japanese and Chinese dramas, and those hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered. Oh, and I'm Legend of Zhen Huan-obsessed!
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  • Thanks so much I was waiting for this last recap!! I have been a silent reader of your recaps, but since It’s the last one for BBJX I’ll like to say “Thank You” for recaping this and maybe fall in love with this C-drama all over again…

    Remeber that when I watch the last 2 ep. of BBJX I was crying so badly since Ruoxi and 4th’s fate really is a sad but lovely fate! ♥♥ When I try to imagine how things will be different if 4th decided to forget and forgive, If ruoxi was able to love 14th what an easy, peaceful and happy life she will have, etc

    But well the scene that made me smile a little was 14th last scene since he was happy and in peace!

    And the last scene RX-Modern 4th at first I didn’t fully understand what the writter wanted to tell us but thanks to your recap I was able to understand it more ^^

    But the thing that actually made BBJX a sad C-drama is that RX died believing 4th hated her and that’s why he didn’t go to see her and sad for 4th too since he won’t have another chance to tell RX the truth anymore!

  • Thank you…thank you…thank you….
    It’s like a birthday gift to me! I thought you already give up to write BBJX final episode recaps…but actually it really hard for me to say goodbye to BBJX(although it’s ended last year).

    OMG..i just wanna see your blog coz i’ve found some interested drama here(especially period Cdrama)..and i found THIS!!! Thank You again Heisui.
    BBJX memories will live forever in our heart.

  • Thank you for finishing this drama! I was a silent reader, but I looked forward to all your recaps. BBJX was my favourite drama of the year, flawed or not, it had so much heart and angst that I couldn’t let it go even after it ended. Your recaps eased me back into reality. Thanks for all the hard work 🙂

  • YOU UPDATED! I’m so glad 🙂 🙂 I was so startled to see my name up there! And thereafter really so super grateful that the heartfelt comment encouraged you to keep writing. Yes your effort IS worth it… you won’t believe the many moments of gladness you bring to all these silent stalkers quietly waiting for your next update 🙂 was gonna do a jig of delight before I sobered up with the content that followed. In some kinda warped way, ep 35 is somehow one of my favourite episodes… because it is really in this episode that we see how deeply 4th Prince and Ruo Xi loved each other. the whole irony being that they loved each other better when they were apart than when they were together.

    And how Ruo Xi, in her death, brought 13th back from the shadow he was after his 10-year imprisonment and Lu Wu’s death. We still see glimpses of the young 13th who is deeply loyal to 4th, who still holds gentlemanly respect towards 8th (I gathered it would be Ruo Xi’s wish for 13th to bring the poison to 8th to end his long drawn out misery in prison and thus in some ways allow him to preserve his dignity), who can maintain buddies with 14th.

    I don’t know about you but – after all the intense weeping, the scene where 4th bellows “YES I JUST WANT TO BULLY YOU!” at 14th (at Ruo Xi’s altar, no less -_-) was so jarring I started laughing. But thinking back… politics, power-play and deep seated emotions aside, this was partially what it was about – a boy overly neglected and overly disciplined by his parents bullying his little brother – the one who got the love and acknowledgement that he (4th) never had.

    Thank you for your awesome recaps. They were done with understanding and depth and quirky humor that broke the tension (gotta admit that it’s emotionally tiring to go through the back few episodes with not much humor to perk us up a bit – not even occasional fluffy kisses to lighten the scene, poos), so you did help to remind me to look back at the drama with some lightness 🙂

    BBJX really is a beautiful drama, brilliantly executed with so much heart and soul put into it, deeply poignant and very intense. The amazing cast made it work, too. (Randomly, your screenshot of 10th Prince’s expression is so adorable!) So while the BBJX fever is very gradually ebbing off, it still remains one of my definite favourites 🙂 And… I’m so glad I can revisit your recaps to pick out my favourite bits to relive the show again 😛

    Okay too wordy again. Too inspired, heh heh. Keep writing, Heisui! The drama may end here but your writing continues, thank goodness 🙂

    • That’s a great point…I guess 13th really is the true “noble prince” because he’s the one that was able to bridge the two groups together. He hung out with 4th, but at the same time he was on good terms with 14th..and even with 8th. Omg I LOVE 13TH even more now that I realize that.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the drama and hope to hear from you again~~ Thanks for your kind comments!

  • YOU UPDATED! -dances a small jig- I was really startled to see my name up there – but then really really glad I did leave a heartfelt note to your posts that turned out to be an encouragement to you to keep writing! Didn’t know a comment amongst so many could mean this much 🙂 and yes your effort IS worth it… You can’t imagine the moments of joy you bring to the silent stalkers and fellow fans reading your recaps and reliving the show all over again. So thank you 🙂

    I typed a half-an-hour long comment earlier that was accidentally deleted when I pressed the back button (super super bummed now) and it’s nearly 2am so I can’t linger – but I promise to be back to finish up this comment! I just want to let you know at first instance though that I really appreciate your writing. It’s a joy reading recaps written with understand and depth and sound language and quirky humor 🙂 (much as I love BBJX, the intensity and heaviness gets emotionally tiring, and your random exclamations remind me to enjoy the lighter side of it too :))

    (to be continued!)

  • Hehehe, for some reason I kept thinking that when zhang xiao traveled to the qing dynasty, she was actually traveling to her past and not that she was transported there. Zhang xiao was ruo xi and ruo xi was zhang xiao. nicky is a reincarnation of 4th prince just like zhang xiao is a reincarnation of ruo xi, he doesn’t remember ruo xi, but ruo xi remembers him because she has already seen the past. all in all, ruo xi just needs to make nicky remember.

    • I thought perhaps Zhang Xiao was the reincarnation of Ruo Xi, but her soul inhabitied Ruo Xi’s body so she could live through her past life. I wonder if there are reincarnations of the rest of the characters during Ruo Xi’s time..

      • I read on wiki that Ruo Xi is indeed Zhang Xiao’s previous incarnation. This sort of reincarnated storylines are kind of over done, so I didn’t like that explanation, HOWEVER! If we want a sequel then I guess that seems to be the only possibly explanation for the character to come back in the modern world! They announced filming will be in October (or was it August or September? I can’t remember) I am excited! If in the end of the sequel, they separate Ruo Xi and the 4th again, I don’t think I will be that sad. But if 14th had a similar personality and they KILLED him in the sequel…

        I just hope that if the did chose to kill 14th in the sequel, to do it very close to the end because I don’t know how would I continue watching it with him dead!

        I haven’t heard anything about the script as such, it’s just a personal comment on hoping that they do not kill him off if they decided to kill anybody in the sequel.

        • Wait why would 14th die in the sequel? :/ I’m a bit confused. But if he did…I would be devastated.

          Yes I heard that there have been rumors but I haven’t heard a real confirmation yet. I have kinda mixed feelings on a sequel but I would love to see the BBJX cast working together again!! And of course I would watch it to see our princes in the modern day 😉

          • Ah! I wasn’t saying that the 14th would die, but just that if anybody does die in the sequel, then please let it not be the 14th! And there’s not a chance that anybody would know considering it’s not a historical series, so if he did, it would be completely heartbreaking because one wouldn’t have mentally prepared for it like one would have for BBJX.

            I heard rumours at first too, then about sometime last month on youtube, I heard a lady’s voice confirming the production of the sequel and they would be collaborating with Tong Hua. Checking on wiki just now, the producer of BBJX is Karen Tsoi, so it might be her. If you google around a bit in Chinese characters you might find something.

              • I’m really torn about the sequel thing… on the one hand I want the story to stay as it is… tragic, but also infinitely beautiful and unchangeable in its finality. But on the other hand… I so want to see all of them back together again! In happier days. 4th, 8th, 10th, 13th, 14th, Ruo Xi, Ruo Lan, Ming Hui, Ming Yu… LOVE THEM TO BITS 😀

                Lots of mixed feelings. Because they’ve done it so well the first time around, the sequel has so much to live up to! And somehow I don’t see how it might work in the modern era without being a little contrived – totally new perspectives, mindsets and issues at work as compared to the Qing Dynasty. And a bit hard on Ruo Xi lar (another dramatic life to live through, seeing the people she knows and having to juggle past memories with their present incarnations… when THEY wouldn’t have any memories of her to begin with. -shudder- that’s gotta be so much pain in that!)

                Eschen: Omg thanks for the link! It’s an interesting development 🙂 I think it’s sweet how the cast themselves really want to get together once again. They’ve built a lot of camaraderie over the show, from what I gathered from past interviews. And the clip did imply that it might -or- might not be a sequel that is directly in continuation of the last show… and could be a new story altogether, just with the same cast. And it seems that 4th, 8th and Ruo Xi are confirmed at the very least. 😀 😀 Really really looking forward to it then 😀

                [On a random, completely unrelated note – the princes look gorgeous with hair. Like really. 14th, especially, is super cute. Nicky looks 10 years younger. Kevin is absolutely charming. I hope they have hair in the sequel.]

                • I agree I wouldn’t want to see Zhang Xiao suffering while she’s back in her proper time period. That would just be so cruel for her to have to go through all of this on top of what she experienced in the past.

                  I would like to see everyone in the modern day! *-* But also BBJX being in the past was part of what drew me to the drama. It feels like it wouldn’t be the same in the present…

            • Ohhh ok. Yes, definitely NOT 14th! Well also considering that 14th was one of the princes that didn’t die in the ending, I assume he’ll survive til the end in the sequel. 😀

        • I also have mixed feelings with the sequel since if they were to do it, it’s not going to be written by Tong hua. The setting, story, and feeling will be a bit different. I felt that Karen should have just released the 4 clips that were rumored to have different kind of endings for BBJX and we get to choose which one we like, but no she went big and announced a sequel instead.

          • Ah true, that would be a lot harder since they don’t have a novel to base it off of. Yeah I also wish we could see the different endings, and any deleted scenes if there were any. Actually I think they would be a lot better off if they just made a few extra SP’s.

  • I really enjoyed reading all your recaps on BBJX. I was very sad when the drama reaches the end. To me it was a sad ending and I cried when 4th cried. Reading through your recaps, bring me back to BBJX again. Nicky Wu is really good in this drama, he reminds me of the 90s when he was super duper popular as a teen idol.
    I have decided to watch this drama just recently and once I started watching I was totally hooked. I seldom watch C-drama but BBJX totally change my perspective. I have introduced my friends to BBJX and as usual they are pretty sceptical on C-Drama but some of them actually did finish watching all the 35 episodes in less than 4 days. 🙂
    Thanks for all the great recaps.

  • <3 <3 <3 BBJX and your recaps!! I took 2 weeks to start feeling alittle normal again after watching this show, and it is definitely one of the best C-dramas I've seen. Thank you so much! Cant wait to see the cast again in the sequel!!!

  • I read in some other forums that the painting that Zhang Xiao saw in the end was commissioned by the 4th. Realizing that RuoXi was from the future, he was sure she would be able to see the painting and correctly interpret it’s meaning. The hairpin she’s painted wearing represents his love, and not his anger for her. The bangle of the 8th prince also let’s her know that he also understands that she ultimately loves him (the 4th) and his jealousy, possessiveness is not necessary. I mean the forums made it more eloquent, but that was the gist of it lol.

    I also like to think that the commission of the painting where all the princes are happily drinking tea together shows RuoXi the he also desires the peace and tranquility that she so desperately sought for him and his brothers.

      • Ah, such a sad ending. I can’t decide whether the novel (+ epilogue) is better or the drama ending (/w the alternate ending of 4th being the guy who ran her over. He DID promise to find her no matter where LOL). I think a thing I like about dramas such as this is that it keeps things in perspective. Just because you experience so much tragedy and loss doesn’t mean that suddenly everything becomes all rainbows and candies in the end. I mean, how can you appreciate happiness without experiencing a little sorrow? So the quiet, bittersweet ending in it’s own way was a “happy ending” despite everything that’s happened.

        =3= I can only hope the sequel will have the same cast and comparable storyline (though I doubt it). The talk of a sequel reminds me of “The King of Yesterday and Tomorrow”. LOL the succession of the family business would be cliche and yet somehow fitting XD. Though if we were to go into the route, I think rival companies would be more epic and now that we’re in the modern world, it’s definitely a survival of the “”sliest, manipulating” in the world of business.

        lol sorry for typing so much. I just got into the BBJX hype so it’s hard for me to let it go D:

        • Hmm, I can’t decide whether the drama ending is good or bad for Ruo Xi. On one hand, she STILL has to live on after experiencing so many tragic events and losing all of her loved ones in the Qing Dynasty. However, she also has the chance to fall in love with modern 4th.

          Yes the family business scenario would suit the sequel very well. But your idea of having rival companies might be better than a family corporation.

          Hehe, say all you want, I understand just what you mean!

  • nice recaps although I’d like to point out that in her letter to the 4th prince, she mentioned 8th prince. I believe its crucial to mention since (IMO) 4th suspected that Ruo Xi got close to him to be 8th’s spy…. This letter also served as a clarification for him.

    I agree with you that 4th prince did have a different choice in many things but chose the ultimate beneficial ones for himself (not for or just for Ruo XI’s benefit). I hated him for not trusting Ruo Xi and belittling her love for him. If not for that, he may have read the express “mailed” letter from 14th prince which was actually Ruo Xi’s letter to him. I don’t believe 14th regularly sends him letters by horseback-express so he should have suspected something, but he was clouded by jealousy.

  • Thank you for all the recaps and accompanying many of us (including me) on our journey of bbjx and giving us such a good analysis of everything. I am a bbjx addict and fan so I chase blogs, forums, etc for anything on bbjx and I have to say yours is the best! 🙂

    I liked 14th-Ruo Xi couple the best and I never expected any drama to have such a melancholic ending. The saddest part is when everyone dies one by one and it reminds me that all good things will come to end… Watching bbjx has been dream-like but sigh…it has ended… we can only look forward to bbjx 2 and while bbjx is over, I think the princes and the characters we grew to love will remain in our hearts 🙂

    Still want to thank you for working so much on this!!! Pictures and so much typing, you must have put in lots of effort 🙂 Thank you!!!

    • Aww thanks for your compliment! I’m glad you enjoyed the recaps! And of course I’m happy you’re a 14th x Ruo Xi shipper 😉 BBJX will always remain a good memory to me despite the sad ending.

  • Thank you for your recaps. I had finished BBJX last week (in about a week, which is super fast even for me, who prefers to marathon dramas) and I’m having withdrawals like crazy. I tried to pick my other dramas back up and I keep thinking how they’re shallow compared to BBJX. 🙁 I’m ruined for other dramas! *overly dramatic*

    Anyway, your blog has been wonderful as I got to relive my favorite scenes. I love all the princes (even 9th) but 4th prince is the one I miss. RX of course was the linchpin of the series, ably acted by the pretty LSS.

    Thank you and keep writing! 🙂 God bless!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! Ahaha after going through BBJX so quickly I bet you are wanting more >_< I had the same feeling after BBJX because I thought no drama could top its quality. Turns out I was wrong!

  • Hey, just a recommendation to all of you who love the drama, if you haven’t yet, and if you are able to read Chinese, then have a crack at reading the original novel!! It is so much deeper and more detailed than the drama could ever be, and the author does an amazing job of characterization. If you thought that the characters in this drama was 3 dimensional, then you’d get blown away by the depth of the characters in the novel. The novel is also less ‘fairy-tale’ like, and you begin to see the cunning and power hungry side of everybody, including 14th prince. It’s worth reading!

    • Thanks that’s a great point to bring up. I guess I did not consider whether or not the drama did justice to the novel. Do you think it could’ve been much better?

      Anyways I think some fans were working on translating it to English but I doubt it is finished yet.

      • The drama actually followed the novel to the T as far as adaptations go, but then I read the book after watching the drama, so I may have been biased :S though I must agree the book is better, less of the funny, cute, more of the dark. I remember being disillusioned by 14th as well, maybe it was Lin Geng Xin’s image, he just made 14th too perfect.

  • Any idea why in the later episodes ruo xi did not recap or think or missed the modern future? As if she forgotten that she was from the future.

    • I think it’s because that by that time, she had been in the past for so long that she came to accept it. Also she didn’t really want to leave the past because she cared so much about the princes.

  • I just finished the series but I really enjoyed it. The poems were so beautiful and I loved the music. I kept crying in the second half of the series I think my eyes dried out. I liked Ruo Xi’s character despite the number of people who criticise her for being promiscuous which is a double standard since the men had their harems (if we look at it from a modern day values). Not to mention the princes were attracted to her lively spirit and thinking that was quite literally beyond their world.

    My favourite prince is the 13th for his loyalty to his closest friends despite the politics between their factions creating a rift in their relationships. Not to mention he roots for equality. At first I didn’t like 14th prince because his love for the 8th made him an overbearing to Ruo Xi as he pressured her to accept the 8th but he matures and comes to understand. The last scene with him and Ruo Xi was so touching!

    • Yeah I especially liked all the poems in BBJX! Hmm I don’t think Ruo Xi’s character was promiscuous or flighty but now that I look back on the drama, I ended up not liking her as much in the ending as I did in the beginning.

  • ” flier for a Qing Dynasty museum exhibit catches her eye. PURELY coincidental, you know.”
    It was a very long dynasty, so why not? [I haven’t even finished this recap and I couldn’t resist this joke!]

    Thank you so much for these recaps. I’m only just now, in 2013, getting into this show, and it’s fantastic. Your recaps are helping me a lot.

  • Ahh Heisui, what have you done to me? I’ve been on the hunt for a long while now for a drama that would wreck my life, and guessed from the endless talk that BBJX would be it.. And I was correct.. Found it! I don’t know what to do with myself now. I can’t even focus on normal life. Thank God I’ve got nothing to do this evening except rewatch it from the beginning -with my sister, who has NO idea yet how miserable her life is going to be in 30 something eps, hahaha! She’s gonna kill me. I dried my tears before she got home and faked a nondescript non-tragic ending. Yes, I am evil. :p

    • Bwahahaha!!!!!!! I am happy to have successfully lured you over to BBJX a couple years after it finished! 😛 LOL well if your sister has watched any other period c-dramas then a tragic ending should not come as a surprise to her. 😛

      What do you think of the upcoming sequel? (Bu Bu Jing Qing)

      • I am skeptical – as much as I want to see the story continue, and FIX the love! (yeah my ship came into port all leaking and without its sails). But if something with this new drama goes wrong, and/or the storytelling sucks, then it won’t even have the gorgeous scenery and costumes that BBJX has. Half the reason why I enjoyed this so much because everything looked stunning, on top of a great story. So.. anything else modern will have to be extra awesome and not muck it up. I’ll keep an eye on it, and probably gauge the drama community’s reactions before I step and potentially spoil all my memories of BBJX.

      • I’ve come to the realization that we drama lovers are just asking for the pain :p
        I mean I feel ripped off if I finish a drama and don’t feel like my life has come to a breaking point. Like, what’s the point? If I’m not totally giddy and/or in agony, drama isn’t worth it hehe

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