The Pursuit of Happiness: Ep 8
Perhaps you remember that I thought episode 7 was a total flop. I wasn’t too nervous about ep8 following in its predecessor’s footsteps since I have great faith that POH can make it, even though its direction may seem a bit iffy for now. Well as expected, ep 8 does greatly improve from ep7 but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it is on par with the previous episodes. I think ep7 was a detour and now ep8 is where the drama is recovering & recollecting itself. It’s where we’re getting back into the groove of POH, slowly but surely.
I’m sure all Yi Kang fans will be very pleased to know that episode 8 is where Yi Kang finally has a change of heart and transitions from being friendly-cuddly-bear Yi Kang to ~ROMANTIC~ YI KANG. 😛 (He’s still a cuddly teddy bear in romantic-mode though!) I don’t think he has totally fallen for Lei Lei yet, but he is in the middle of questioning what their relationship really is. Doubt! Yes, doubt is the beginning of everything! Yi Kang wonders what he should talk about with Lei Lei and then realizes that everything they talk about is like…what a couple would talk about. And you know, they’re living with each other so they’re basically like A MARRIED COUPLE. I love the part when Jia Yi/Tiffany comment to Lei Lei that surely it must be a nice feeling to have a companion around the house. I think that’s the way Yi Kang feels, he knows Lei Lei is a great companion but he wonders if it could be something more than that.
Perhaps the thing I love most about Yi Kang though, is that he sees Lei Lei for who she really is and he still views her as a beautiful person. He has seen her worst and weakest moments and I think he is well-aware that he is one of the few people who has gotten to see those other sides of her. Also this may sound weird, but I think Lei Lei is sometimes the most beautiful in times of adversity. O_O It’s hard to describe, but I feel like when she is struggling, we see her weakness but we can also see her strengths. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me? And I’m just guessing here, but maybe Yi Kang also feels the same way.
As for Lei Lei, she is also making a big transition in ep8 as she finally decides once and for all to let go of Wei Ting. Sure she already told Wei Ting she would forget him in ep7 but we all know that in her heart she still could not let go of him. I think what it boils down to is that she is really fearful of moving on because she doesn’t know what’s ahead for her. She is so scared of her future and so fearful of not being able to return to her past. I think Wei Ting is a large part of her life & a big part of her identity..and now that she has to let go of him, what is left? Who is she without Wei Ting? I’m not saying that Wei Ting defines her identity or anything, but I think he is such a big part of her life that she doesn’t know what it would be like if she doesn’t love him anymore. Anyways I think the drama kinda overemphasized the whole Wei Ting’s-post-cards thing but I really love that part when Lei Lei just stands there and rests her head against the wall where the post-cards are. Nothing is really said but I think that’s where I feel like Lei Lei knows she’s reached the impasse & that Wei Ting has got to go.
“I can’t let go of He Wei Ting because I want to find the way I used to be.”
Well you may be very surprised but..one of my favorite scenes of this episode is actually WITH WEI TING. There are other favorite scenes that have Wei Ting in them (i.e. Lei Lei’s confession scene) but for the most part, I just ignored his presence (AHAHA). Here though he actually wasn’t annoying and he ACTUALLY HELPS LEI LEI GET OVER HIM. OMG THANK YOU WEI TING. My favorite part of this scene is when Lei Lei tells Wei Ting that she’ll ‘show’ him that she can be happy. Wei Ting replies that it doesn’t matter about ‘showing’ him if she’s not genuinely happy inside. That line definitely hit me, both for Lei Lei & myself. Lei Lei is trying so hard to prove to everyone that she’s okay and that her life is fine..but that doesn’t really matter when she is actually miserable inside. Personally I think we’ve all had that feeling where we’re all “well I’ll show YOU I can be happy & successful!” and then we do a double take and think “wait..what’s the point if I’m not actually happy then?”.
“I’ve decided. I can start to forget.”
I don’t know how this episode is different from the previous ones but for some reason, this is when I saw Lei Lei in a bit of a different light & realized that she is extremely fearful. In fact she is paralyzed by her fear. We have seen her vulnerability over and over again but something about this time is different. I suppose it’s because she is finally facing her greatest fear of moving on. That being said, Lei Lei really surprised me in this episode as I think this is actually where I could relate to her the most. There are tons of other moments when I could relate to her, but this one where she is paralyzed by her fear is where I was all “I totally get that!”. Lei Lei is really scared to take a big leap, let alone take one tiny step forward. I find myself rooting for her more and more to
jump into Yi Kang’s arms summon the courage to be able to make the first step!
Well I’m pretty sure that this is the favorite scene for everyone because it is so beautifully filmed (that lighting! omg!), Yi Kang and Lei Lei are INCHES APART the entire time, AND THERE’S AN ATTEMPTED KISS AT THE END. OMGAWD. I don’t really know what to say about this scene because the whole time I was just GAWKING at Yi Kang..so sorry, not much analysis here. HEHEHEHEHEHE~~~ Also I’m not sure if I should mention this because it is so obvious that the ferris wheel ride is like a ‘metaphor’ (if we can even call it that) for how Lei Lei is moving on with her life & facing her fears. She STEPS onto the ferris wheel = taking the first step. She HOLDS YI KANG’S HAND = moving on with Yi Kang. She LOOKS OUTSIDE = facing her fears. OH yes, it is SO symbolic. 😛
Anyways, actually the pacing for this episode is slower than usual but MAN. The moment when that one song starts playing towards the end…(I don’t know the title but it’s that catchy song that is so PERFECT for this scene) I feel like the intensity suddenly amped up a notch and I immediately started going ‘MOREEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! MOREEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!’ at the screen.
“Ji An Lei, do you remember that I told you when the sun shines on your face, you really look very pretty.”
And it didn’t help when Yi Kang says the most SWOONY THING EVER and then MOVES IN FOR A KISS AND OMG OMG OMG OMG. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! *breaks out into giggling laughter* TALK ABOUT A FREAKING CLIFF HANGER!!! Well *spoiler spoiler* I couldn’t help myself, I went ahead and watched the very beginning of episode 9 and…..[highlight spoiler to read: *SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER* THEY DON’T KISS. DARN YOU DRAMA!!!!!!!!!!!! *SHAKES FIST* I THOUGHT THEY WERE GONNA KISS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DARN YOUUUU!!!!!!!!!!! ]
So as I mentioned just now, the episode is going at a slow pace and there are still some awkward parts in the episode. i.e. the whole bit about Simon hitting on Yi Kang. Amusing yes but not really necessary. Another odd part would be Tiffany’s whole making out with her new boyfriend in the elevator..um I think it was supposed to be funny/steaming hot but instead it looked awkward. O__O” There are some other parts that feel a bit off, or could’ve flowed more smoothly in the episode..but I think they don’t really stand out in my mind compared to the better parts of the episode so oh well.
Anyways the ending scene totally changed my view of the slow pacing….I realized it makes me get this feeling, where I feel like the drama is dangling a carrot in front of me BUT NOT GIVING ME THE CARROT. This whole time the drama is all “OH LOOK..YI KANG AND LEI LEI COULD KISS…” *They almost kiss* “…….BUT NO…NOT YET.” Me: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO JUST GIVE IT TO ME ALREADY!!!!! I think POH is not the kind of drama where I am anxiously awaiting the latest episode but wow, it really does build up the anticipation so that before I even know it, I just want Lei Lei & Yi Kang to be together so badly!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This episode was not perfect, but I am definitely glad that Lei Lei is finally moving on from Wei Ting. I have no idea what purpose Wei Ting & Hai Lun will serve now that Lei Lei & Yi Kang are over them..but hopefully they will play less of a role now. (LOL) Or maybe they will just be the cupids that help bring together Lei Lei & Yi Kang? I will be really happy if we can focus more on our OTP and less on the love square! Also from the preview for ep9, it sounds like maybe Lei Lei will friend-zone Yi Kang?? Augh I hope he doesn’t get forever friend-zoned! >__<
I will leave you with one of the songs from the OST, sung by TONY HIMSELF!! I’ve been looking for this for so long, omg!
Empty (空蕩) by Tony Yang
Source: Quote Translation Credit: Viki Channel