The Pursuit of Happiness: Ep 4
If I could name one relationship I love the best in The Pursuit of Happiness, it would be the awesome friendship between Lei Lei, Tiffany, and Jia Yi. Omg. I usually enjoy the sisterhood of 3 besties that seems to be so common and almost obligatory in dramas nowadays. But something about this particular sisterhood just makes it SO MUCH BETTER than usual…somehow I am just drawn to all of their scenes together not just because of the humor but..because of this..feeling that they are there hanging out together to just laugh and talk about silly things and take their minds off of reality for a moment. It’s the feeling of companionship I guess.
Thankfully Tiffany & Jia Yi are not just obligatory side characters to root on our heroine & push the OTP together. Instead they really are Lei Lei’s strength and support, there in the good times and the bad and they make Lei Lei think that maybe things aren’t so bad after all. Because at least she has her friends there by her side. I’m also glad that Jia Yi gets some more scenes in this episode since in eps1-3 she seemed like the ‘bestie #2’ compared to the hilarious Tiffany. (Props to the actress for Tiffany who is oozing with screen presence. She definitely was not this charismatic in A Good Wife.)
“Ji An Lei, you’ll be ok even on your own. I know that I’ll be ok on my own. But companions makes me feel that this world is so much warmer.”
-Translation Credit: Viki channel
My FAVORITE FAVORITE part in this entire episode is when Lei Lei tries to make her friends leave her behind so that they can go have fun on their dates, even though she is feeling down. After they leave, she sits there all by herself, her smile gone and she thinks about how she’ll be ok by herself…until her friends come back for her and she lights up again and thinks that after all, friends make it better even though she can survive by herself. AHHHHHHH. As I said before, that feeling of companionship in the face of loneliness just really gets me. I totally get what Lei Lei meant in that quote 100% and I’m pretty sure most of you do too.
^middle left pic: I LOVE THAT MOMENT when Yi Kang is all “ALRIGHT ALRIGHT” as he tries to persuade Lei Lei to forgive him. How can she NOT forgive him after that, right? 😛
Continuing on with the theme of loneliness vs. having companions, I was surprised that Yi Kang also muses over this same thing. I guess part of the reason I was surprised is that Yi Kang seems like such an optimistic guy that I figured he wasn’t thinking about it. Well maybe it’s because the writer wanted to have that nice little thing where Yi Kang & Lei Lei’s narration about loneliness ties in together or maybe we are actually getting a deeper look into Yi Kang’s feelings. His lines below also echo Lei Lei’s words
“To me the feeling of solitude is actually more comfortable. Being solitary doesn’t equal loneliness. Even though sometimes it feels like it’d be even better if there was someone with me.”
Love the quote, I’m just not sure if he’s mainly thinking about the ‘special someone’ AKA Hai Lun that he wish was with him, or if he is just talking about having a friend in general. We see that Lei Lei is beginning to grow a bit soft towards having Yi Kang around the house but we haven’t seen what Yi Kang thinks about living with Lei Lei. Does he also feel like Lei Lei is becoming a companion that helps him feel less lonely?
On more a more light-hearted note, Yi Kang is still ADORABLE, I love all his expressions in this episode especially when he is attempting to reconcile with Lei Lei. 😉 I’m not sure if I’m reading too much into things but I also feel like Yi Kang is actually kinda hard to get close to..in the sense that he is really open and good at reading people, but we rarely see his vulnerable side since most of the time he is all smiley and cute and innocent. He basically has Lei Lei all figured out but Lei Lei can’t quite understand him. I think we have yet to see all sides of Yi Kang. Not that I’m complaining since we have plenty of cute Tony scenes but I do hope his character is developed further in the future episodes. :3
One of my fellow bloggers Kaa mentioned in the comments that the whole scheme to break up Wei Ting & Hai Lun is wrong and that hopefully it will not go to far. Actually until she mentioned it, I didn’t really think about it but now I also agree that it would’ve been better for Lei Lei/Yi Kang to just confess instead of going through such round-about ways. Of course, we have to have the Lei Lei + Yi Kang join forces story arc since that is part of the plot….and I admit I am looking forward to seeing them uniting against the lovey dovey Hai Lun & Wei Ting…..but after this episode I think it is much more clearer that the Team Lei Lei + Yi Kang vs. Hai Lun + Wei Ting is not going to be the bulk of the story. It is a part of the plot, yes, but that is not the central focus. I mean, we’ve spent FOUR EPISODES building up to the moment when Yi Kang will possibly agree to become Lei Lei’s partner. If this were a stereotypical rom-com this probably would’ve happened in like episode 1 or 2. O_O
So, hopefully the Team Lei Lei + Yi Kang will only bring more substance and interesting possibilities to the drama. I just hope they won’t force the funny OTP hijinks too much. Also I’m glad that this episode does deal with that ‘ethical question’ (I sound so serious O_O) of if it is wrong to use this method to break up Hai Lun & Wei Ting. Lei Lei asks herself that exact question!!! It seems like Lei Lei has her reserves about it, she does feel guilty and wonders if this would make her a bad person..but her rationale is that she must fight for her happiness, so whatever methods she must use, she’ll do it.
I really like the role reversals here because ironically, Lei Lei the rational one is going full speed forward with this plan while Yi Kang the emotional one is just sitting there going “………..what in the world are you thinking?” I love the look on Yi Kang’s face when Lei Lei first tries to broach the subject with him by giving him this analogy of how she is an antelope but she wants to be a lion. AHAHAHAHAHAA. OMG, his expression is priceless!
Anyways the big difference between Yi Kang and Lei Lei is that Yi Kang is wishing for Hai Lun’s happiness while Lei Lei is wishing for her own happiness. OUCH. That was a really harsh thing to say to Lei Lei but when I thought about it, it is true. Of course this begs the question–is love really unselfish? How far should one go to secure one’s own happiness? Is the pursuit of happiness a selfish endeavor, if so how does love factor into it?
…………..well I have no idea what the answer is but considering that the title is the Pursuit of Happiness hopefully it won’t leave us hanging on this question. 😛
^left middle pic: deja vu from Love Forward?
There is a lot of tension between Yi Kang and Lei Lei in this episode because they have a big fight over Lei Lei’s attempt to ‘recruit’ Yi Kang into her plan. It is basically a fight in which Lei Lei is being petty and angry at Yi Kang since he is upholding his morals. Really I think the reason Yi Kang annoys Lei Lei so much is that he is just so goodhearted and laissez faire that to her, he must be faking it. I want to see Lei Lei beginning to understand Yi Kang more & learning to accept that not everyone responds to an unrequited love the same way she does.
Still can’t really hate Hai Lun although Wei Ting still annoys me. I like the part when Hai Lun reveals that she’s known all along that Lei Lei is Wei Ting’s ex-gf!!!!!! Wow Hai Lun is sharp, I never thought that she knew! Also this is totally random but remember that scene when Lei Lei smells Hai Lun’s scent in Wei Ting’s car and says that Hai Lun has already claimed the front seat? What, is that what perfume is for? So you can leave your scent lingering around? O__O (I don’t wear perfume so.. >_>)
Actually at first I wasn’t sure if ep4 topped ep3..but after it sunk in and after I finished writing about it (I had a lot to say about this episode) I have concluded that ep4 is better than ep3. I think episode 4 is the kind of episode that really makes you think. That’s not to say that eps1-3 didn’t make me ponder things in my life, but after episode 4, I just kinda sat there and went “HMMMMMMMM.” just HMMMMMM. It felt like I had to take some time to process it. In the words of Ah Man,
“Is there some kinda food that when u first bite into it, it tastes nothing special. But the more u chew and more u eat, the flavor slowly come out and it’s so good, u want more very quickly but u wanna eat it slow to enjoy it? This is what Tony’s drama doing to me. Ep 4 is sooooooo subtly good! <3”
The phrase “subtly good” is so appropriate for PoH. It is subtle yet so amazing.
Um I feel like lately The Pursuit of Happiness is the only thing I talk about. O______O Seriously it’s only been 4 weeks since POH started airing and yet it feels like those 4 weeks went by in a flash. I close my eyes and then the next minute it’s Friday again and voila! A new episode of POH! Ok so maybe I am
very a little bit obsessed with POH. Which leads me to wonder, AM I THE ONLY ONE? I mean, I know maybe five other people (read: bloggers 😛 ) who are also following along with POH but I feel like it’s only us. O_O And I am just raving about this drama into empty space. *echo echo*
OHH AND!! Is it just me or did ep4 suddenly unleash like 5 new instrumental songs from its OST?!?!?! Every other scene the awesome new songs would kick in, and I was just thinking ‘what the heck did they save all these awesome songs to play starting 4 episodes into the drama?’ I can’t wait for the soundtrack to be released!