The Pursuit of Happiness: Ep 6
I already sound like a broken record 6 episodes into The Pursuit of Happiness, so it should be no surprise to you that I will say the following: EPISODE 6 IS EVEN BETTER THAN EP5 and omg it is my favorite episode now!!!
I guess one could say that episode 6 is the episode of confessions
and arguments. Ok, basically..confessions and the fall-out from the confessions. First of all let’s talk about Yi Kang’s confessions since obviously they went much more smoothly than Lei Lei’s confession. >__< Yi Kang has to confess twice–the first time I think is really the sweetest because he casually confesses to Hai Lun while they are riding the bus together. I love his confession because it is so simple and sweet, he talks about how he first fell for her and why he came back to Taiwan; no long-winded spiel or anything and he only gives her a simple request at the end–to give him a fair chance. So in the midst of his beautiful confession I was all “WAIT A MINUTE..IT’S NOT SHOWING HAI LUN’S REACTION…………..OMGAWD IS SHE SLEEPING?!?!” *camera turns to Hai Lun……….sleeping.* Me: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*facepalm* My expression when I saw that Hai Lun was asleep was quite like Lei Lei’s expression shown above. THAT WAS SUCH A PERFECT CONFESSION AND HAI LUN WAS ASLEEP! Why, of all times, did they choose to use this cliche here? =_= I think it would’ve been better if Hai Lun had actually heard his confession but then pretended to be asleep because she didn’t know how to respond. Well at least Yi Kang’s reaction is like 5x more adorable, I love the way he just smiles to himself when he sees that Hai Lun is asleep. But the best moment is when he is just inches away from her, omg that look on his face is just so sad yet loving. (middle left pic) I feel like usually Yi Kang is just all adorable and innocent but in that one moment we can see his look of longing..um..not like a little boy but…a..MAN……… >__>
For the second confession Hai Lun is actually conscious, but this time Yi Kang puts himself back in the friend zone by saying that he still likes her now……………..as a friend. What!?!? In Yi Kang’s first confession he asked Hai Lun for an equal chance! What changed his mind between his first & second confessions? Maybe it has something to do with how he doesn’t want to ‘swoop in’ and attempt to win Hai Lun’s heart while she is most vulnerable? Or he doesn’t want to lose Hai Lun as a friend since he saw that Lei Lei sorta lost Wei Ting? :/
I am beginning to enjoy Hai Lun and Yi Kang’s scenes together more. They have this kind of synergy where there are these two incredibly nice people combined…but I don’t really feel any romantic vibes between them. They work well as friends but I’m not so sure how they would do as lovers. I hope that their relationship can be changed up soon though since I don’t want to see them being forever good friends-only.
Well Yi Kang’s confession scenes are cute and touching and all but IMO they cannot match up to Lei Lei’s confession scene at all. Omg. This scene is absolutely amazing. Everyone, this is the culmination of 5 episodes of build-up of all of Lei Lei’s feelings for Wei Ting. It is the outpouring of all that Lei Lei has kept in her heart for fifteen years!! And of course, it is also the fall-out of Lei Lei & Wei Ting’s friendship. There is so much packed into this one scene, so many emotions running strong that I was left speechless afterwards. Omg.
So basically what happens is, Lei Lei knows that Hai Lun’s dad is going to announce to everyone that he has gotten Wei Ting a high-position job…but she doesn’t tell Wei Ting about it. Perhaps she also influenced Hai Lun’s dad decision to do this but it’s not explicitly shown if she did or not. Lei Lei decides to sit back and watch the conflict play out between Hai Lun’s dad & Wei Ting. Of course Wei Ting connects the dots and then asks Lei Lei what is going on here. I really love Lei Lei’s reaction, she starts tearing up and just cannot stop silently crying throughout the whole scene. I probably would’ve done this too except I would’ve been loudly bawling, not silently crying & sniffling. 😛 Sonia TOTALLY NAILED THIS SCENE. EVERY SINGLE TEAR is so perfect!!!
I have tons of favorite moments in this episode but to me the most amazing and memorable moment is when Lei Lei finally confesses her feelings to Wei Ting in a sudden outburst. I like how her confession is not carefully planned, not calmly said like Yi Kang’s. Instead it is full of frustration and anger and Lei Lei finally not being able to take it any more. She can no longer put on the act of being Wei Ting’s best friend, cannot take his complaints of her not being a ‘good best friend’ since really…he’s not her best friend, he’s her unrequited love.
“Did you ever ask me if I was willing to be your best friend? I’m not willing! Because I have always loved you.”
HEHEHEH I am really happy Lei Lei confessed with this line above because Wei Ting is always harping on the “YOU’RE MY BEST FRIEND” thing over and over. Well I thought this might shut him up for once but instead it turns into an even worse whining fest. I understand why he is angry at Lei Lei for not telling him about the job, but he does not even stop to think “oh that is why she did it, she was jealous because she still loves me”. NO. Instead he’s all “OH WELL NOW WHAT AM I GONNA DO? YOU COMPLICATED THINGS EVEN MORE, TELL ME WHAT TO DO NOW! WHERE’S MY BEST FRIEND, OH WAIT SHE’S GONE!” The other thing that frustrates me about Wei Ting is that he does not even stop to consider that Hai Lun took the job at her dad’s company for the sake of their future!!! So why can’t Wei Ting at least think about the job that her dad offered him? :/
Totally random but I also love the songs that played during this scene, especially the song “Where Am I” that kicks in near the ending, the opening with the guitar is just SOO GOOD.
^top left pic: love Yi Kang’s expression
“Of course you can say that so easily. Because the person who waited for 15 years wasn’t you.”
I felt rather torn in the aftermath of Lei Lei’s confession because I could see both sides of the coin. Lei Lei’s methods are wrong and I can see why some people would also say that her love is selfish and flawed. But during this scene, I found myself questioning the same things Lei Lei asks and I ended up on her side because I can understand her mindset. Is it so wrong that she wants to be happy? Is it so bad that she confessed to Wei Ting and is scared of failing? How can we say that her love is lesser than Yi Kang’s love just because it is selfish? Lei Lei is not without a conscience, she is not evilly cackling in the corner going ‘huhuhuhu let me see how I can break up Wei Ting & Hai Lun so I can swoop in and snatch Wei Ting back!’. It hurts Lei Lei too, whether she sees Wei Ting & Hai Lun happy together or whether she hurts Wei Ting & Hai Lun’s relationship. What I see in this scene is someone who is being torn apart by her love and her own pessimism, someone who cannot get out of her jaded set ways of thinking. Lei Lei is stuck and she is miserable but she just can’t move on yet.
Don’t get me wrong now, I LOVE Yi Kang. But I can also see where Lei Lei is coming from when she compares her love to Yi Kang’s love and why she is so skeptical towards Yi Kang. Yi Kang sorta attempts to console Lei Lei but instead when he goes “Is this what you wanted?”. It can be read along the lines of “I TOLD YOU SO” and “you wanted Wei Ting & Hai Lun to break up so you could take advantage of the situation like this”. Really, if I were in Lei Lei’s shoes, that would probably be the last thing I’d want to hear and also I would be all “DUDE GET OFF OF YOUR HIGH HORSE ALREADY”. Again, I love Yi Kang. But he is so darn perfect that I’m like, COME ON SHOW US YOUR DARK SIDE. His love is so selfless that it feels like he’s this unrealistic representation of what the ideal pure love should be like.
I think the following quote sums up this point very beautifully:
“I’m not you, Huang Yi Kang. I’m not like you, backing out to fulfill the wishes of others. I think that my love is worth selflessly fighting and giving all my best for.”
Yes, Yi Kang’s love is selfless and beautiful. But Lei Lei isn’t him and she can’t see things the way he does. Another part I thought was really compelling is when she talks about how she is constantly reminded about her lost happiness and her lost love. It’s here when I realized that Lei Lei is not just unhappy because of her unrequited love, but also because of her own way of perceiving the things that have happened in her life. Her lost job promotions and her unrequited love have influenced her unhappiness but she perceives them as the very sources of her unhappiness which only causes her to be even more discontent. All in all, I really enjoyed seeing Lei Lei’s most vulnerable side especially as a reminder that the people who seem to be very strong all have their own weaknesses and may not even be happy with their lives.
Of course I have to mention the last part of the episode when Yi Kang goes around searching for Lei Lei, who is aimlessly wandering the city to lick her wounds. He sends her lots of super sweet text-messages (including an apology) as he is searching for her. AWWWWW. He may have said some very hurtful words to Lei Lei but in the end he still cares about her a lot!
“Ji An Lei, I hope that in a time when you are crying and sad, you can accept my company.”
Ok, so at the ending Lei Lei gets a HUG from Wei Ting (while Yi Kang is watching!) and also in the preview it shows Wei Ting being all concerned over drunk-Lei Lei. Someone commented that maybe the drama plot will follow a previous drama (forgot the name) where the unrequited love/best-friend guy eventually falls for the heroine but the heroine is already falling for the other guy. Not sure if that will happen but from the looks of it maybe Wei Ting will begin to care more about Lei Lei? If he does, I wonder if that would change how Yi Kang approaches Hai Lun? I mean if he sees that Lei Lei has a renewed chance with Wei Ting then maybe he might think he could also have a chance with Hai Lun.
Wow I just realized that I wrote in caps a lot in this review. >_< I am just so enthusiastic about this episode, hehehe! It took me a long time to write about ep7 because so much happened and there was just so much to think about. Even after a few days I’m still thinking about all that happened. O__O I think this may be the turning point for Lei Lei, although she is very set in her ways, perhaps after confessing she will finally be able to let go of Wei Ting. Just look at the preview for episode 7, she says something like ‘seems like our best time really has passed’ to Wei Ting. AND!!!!!!!!!!! AND!!!!!!! She rides home with Yi Kang and YI KANG TAKES HER HAND AND PUTS IT ON HIS WAIST OMG OMG OMG OMG. *watches again*
And by the way I have a lot of lurkers on my Pursuit of Happiness posts..and it is really making me want to say PLEASE TALK TO ME ABOUT POH……………I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF IT…………..it is seriously agonizing seeing how many people are reading about POH but not talking to me about it. =__=
Episode 7 preview
Source: Quote Translation Credit: Viki Channel