Love Forward: Ep 21
This episode was all over the place, but you can tell things are beginning to wind down as we prepare for the…LAST EPISODE?? *waits a second for that to sink in and boggle your mind* Just go with it, everyone. Just go with it. Anyway, finally Jing Jing is redeeming herself, so that’s a step forward. However massive awkwardness ensues between Jing Jing/Tian Ze/Ai Xing now that Tian Ze has uncovered the truth.
^AUGH I wish Ren Wei & Ling Li would get together!!!!!!
“If I’d leave, I’d leave in style.”
I love EVERY scene with Ling Li. Out of all the characters, Ling Li has gotten the luck of the draw with the best written lines and side story. Even if she ends up alone I feel like she might be one of the happiest ones because she’s not weighed down by all of these love issues.
“You can’t be hurt for too long. You can’t be disappointed for too long. You can’t hold on to an expectation for too long either.”
Ling Li is awesome because she’s that one character that’s like, screw it I’m gonna move on and live my life WITHOUT YOU. She’s like that ‘older sister’ sort of character who’s mature enough to let go of her unrequited love..whereas Ai Xing and Jing Jing are basically drowning in their love issues. Ling Li isn’t running away from her problems; she conquered them first and then decided to go for a change of scenery. Unfortunately this also means she’s gonna move away to work in China. :'(
“So no matter how hard I try now, it’s useless because I don’t have a past with you.”
The breakfast scene really got me in the gut. This is the kind of scene that I’ve been missing from Love Forward…the kind that doesn’t try too hard to be deep and emotional, but still nails it.
“Just marry her!”
^I love Grandpa’s solution!
Tian Ze: “You care about me so much?”
Ai Xing: “Says who?”
“..I really fell for Tian Ze.”
Unfortunately, right after Tian Ze & Ai Xing make up, Tian Ze uncovers his past with Jing Jing. It had to happen sometime but..DARN IT. The thing is that this throws Tian Ze’s feelings into utter confusion, as he questions who he really loves, and who’s his real girlfriend. I get the part about questioning who he loves more, but I don’t get the “who’s my girlfriend?” dilemma. (in regards to Jing Jing) Does he not remember that she broke up with him?
“If Tian Ze is also waiting for you, you should go courageously to compete with Jing Jing.”
AND GUESS WHO STEPS UP TO THE PLATE AND SAVES THE DAY?? Jing Jing’s mom!! I’ve gotta hand it to Mrs. Meng for consoling both Ai Xing and Jing Jing. I think they’re pushing the “this is fate” theme too much, but I still love that Mrs. Meng has become that sort of motherly figure for Ai Xing at the time she needs it most. Knowing Ai Xing though, I highly doubt she’ll pursue her love. *cough* Just look at the preview..
Mrs. Meng: “It’s in the past. Does he still love you?”
Jing Jing: “He just forgot.”
Mrs. Meng isn’t afraid to gently tell her daughter that maybe it’s best to let go of Tian Ze. At least there is some good from Mrs. Meng’s miserable marriage–she can warn both girls not to make the same mistakes she did. Learn from the past, RIGHT? (<*sarcasm*)
“Tian Ze belongs to Ai Xing now. Should I try to forget the past too?”
^YES YOU SHOULD JING JING! I’m so glad that Jing Jing has finally decided to move on with her life. I will be incredibly unsatisfied if Jing Jing is the only character that hasn’t redeemed herself by the last episode. Thankfully she realizes that Ai Xing is more important than her past relationship with Tian Ze. It’s great seeing Jing Jing trying to preserve her friendship with Ai Xing by making some ‘concessions’. If Ai Xing didn’t love Tian Ze, Jing Jing probably wouldn’t bring herself to let go. Maybe the whole thing about making concessions in love is also true for friendship, not just romance.
“What about your promise to me?”
Another good sign is that Jing Jing doesn’t waver in her conviction when Tian Ze brings up the past. She understands that some things can’t be fixed and that they can never go back to the way they were. Tian Ze also seems to understand that if he and Jing Jing really loved each other, they ought to still be together now. But they aren’t, so what does this mean for Tian Ze??
“If even I can change, why can’t Meng Jing Jing change?”
EVERYONE HAS BEEN ASKING THAT, REN WEI. EVERYONE. AHH why is Ren Wei so awesome and adorable now?!?!?! It’s so sweet when he gives Jing Jing a single rose to try to be more sincere. Too bad he let his old nature get in the way when he blows up at Jing Jing. :'( It’s so rare to see Jing Jing trying to be sincere in her efforts to get closer to Ren Wei..and yet his jealousy got the best of him. Actually I think it’s fine that Ren Wei isn’t a complete gentleman yet, as there’s no way he can completely change so quickly. Likewise, maybe I was expecting too much of Jing Jing..of course she doesn’t have to totally change herself, but at the same time I want her to at least change for the better in some way.
TZ: “Then, am I important? I’m with you everyday.”
AX: “Very important.”
TZ: “Is it because I’m family too?”
AX: “Not only that, in my life, besides family, you’re the closest to me. So now, you’re also the person I care about the most.”
This is one of the most ambiguous, confusing scenes out of this very vague episode. WHAT DOES THIS EVEN MEAN!?!??! Why do I get the “let’s just be friends” vibe??????? *hopes crushed*
For a while now, I’ve just been throwing my hands up in the air and saying, “don’t even ask. Just go with it.” If ep22 really is the last episode, then I figure they should at least try to pull off a few super solid ending episodes. Obviously ep21 is anything but that–it’s way too ambiguous and there’s a sort of disconnect between all of the scenes. So now I don’t know whether it’s better for us to be put out of our misery, or for the drama to try to save itself with a few more episodes. What I need now is clarification, not dialogue that I have to decipher.
And I’m sure a lot of you saw this coming–according to the preview, Ai Xing plans on moving to the US with her dad. I can only hope that this means Tian Ze will go after her and confess his love for her!!!!!!! AUGHHH but I really don’t know how this love square will work out!!!! *gives up trying to figure it out*
*Update* Newest preview is out, and things do not look so good..and for those who were wondering, yes it’s official, ep22 is the finale.
WHY? WHY??? WHY IS AI XING GONNA PRETEND SHE NEVER LOVED HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE?!?!?! And to make it worse, there’s a scene with Tian Ze and Jing Jing in the STOCK MARKET. OH, THE HORROR!
*Update 2* The synopsis is out…and ep22 is gonna be PAINFUL. I DREAD IT. I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF I CAN HANDLE THIS. JUST THE PICTURE WITH TIAN ZE HOLDING AI XING’S HAND TO HIS CHEEK MAKES ME SAD. IS TIAN ZE REALLY GONNA BE STUPID ENOUGH TO GO BACK TO JING JING?????????????????????????????? WASOFTAWSOIGHJSLAOHJBLADOHJNBASEJHA And then there’s a picture with Ren Wei & Ai Xing together!?!?!? Are they gonna pull a random Ren Wei x Ai Xing ending on us? AUGH AUGH AUGH.