Actions speak louder than words. *tear*
Previously on Boss & Me/Shan Shan Lai Le… ep 23 recap
As long as Yuan Li Shu was still hanging around, there’s going to be trouble in Shan-Teng’s paradise. Even if we all expected it to happen sooner or later, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t hurt. And boy does it ever.
Shan Shan brings Li Shu to Zheng Qi’s place, and is trying to get her to talk him out of leaving Windgroup and Shanghai. After much coaxing, Li Shu agrees to speak with Zheng Qi and will try her best to convince him to stay. Shan Shan leaves for Feng Teng’s place, and Li Shu plasters on a smile to see Zheng Qi. When he opens the door, she quickly sees that he’s not alone. Li Shu absolutely bolts when she sees the other girl, and is fuming mad as she marches downstairs.
Zheng Qi quickly follows her and asks if she’s this emotional about seeing him with another girl because she’s in love with him. She tells him that he can think whatever he wants because she totally doesn’t like him now. Like, totally. Zheng Qi says that this must be what she came all this way to tell him, and yells that he doesn’t care if she doesn’t like him and runs back upstairs. Boo hoo hoo.
At the Fengs, Shan Shan is happily telling the crew that she took Li Shu to Zheng Qi’s place this afternoon, and is confident that she’ll be able to convince Zheng Qi to stay. And who knows, maybe Zheng Qi and Li Shu will even get back together. But per usual, Li Shu totally kills the mood when she gets back because her face is all weepy and walks away from everyone without saying a word. They all figure that something must have gone very wrong during that talk she had with Zheng Qi.
While Feng Teng goes to find out what’s wrong with Li Shu, Shan Shan is frantically pacing around his office trying to reach Zheng Qi. As she’s pacing back and forth, Shan Shan accidentally knocks over a stack of books on his desk. When she goes to pick them up, she sees the copy of The Great Gatsby that she remembers Li Shu looking for before. Shan Shan flips through the book, and lo and behold, sees the love confession bookmark that Li Shu had left in there for Feng Teng. This damn bookmark!
Out on the porch, Feng Teng interrupts Li Shu’s pity party and asks what happened between her and Zheng Qi. She tells him that everything between them is over now. Then, she flips the script and tells Feng Teng that this is all his fault. What’s that now? She lists off a bunch of stuff that is supposedly Feng Teng’s fault: allowing her to like him for more than a decade, introducing her to Zheng Qi, fake dating Zheng Qi to make him jealous, and then falling in love with Zheng Qi. Feng Teng somehow admits that it is his fault, and even apologizes to her. Wtf is happening here.
Feng Teng asks Li Shu if she told Zheng Qi about her feelings for him now, but she tells him that it’s all too late now. She tells him that she’s particularly painful right now and needs to properly sort out her feelings. Then, she says goodbye to Feng Teng and kisses him! Oh, HELL NO. Of course, Shan Shan happens to walk right by while Li Shu’s kissing Feng Teng and sees it all go down. Li Shu and Feng Teng quickly separate from each other, but it’s too late because Shan Shan saw what happened. Once a homewrecker, always a homewrecker!
Li Shu chases after Shan Shan and stops her before she leaves the house. Curiously, Feng Teng is taking his sweet time walking after Shan Shan. Where’s the urgency, man?! The first thing that Li Shu says to Shan Shan is that it’s true that she likes Feng Teng, and she’s liked him for 12 years but he has never reciprocated the feelings. In fact, it was her who initiated the kiss. Shan Shan accuses her of lying and manipulating her all this time. Surprisingly, Li Shu admits to it and says that she did all that shady stuff because she was trying to steal Feng Teng away from her. Serious props to Shan Shan for not slapping Li Shu when she said that.
Feng Teng finally steps forward after Li Shu said her nonsense, and apologizes to Shan Shan. But she’s not havin’ it because he once told her that she shouldn’t pay attention to what people say about him, but should judge him on what he does. Shan Shan then demands to know what the hell he was doing just then. Yeah, answer her! Li Shu decides that it’s a good time to interrupt them to say that she was just saying bye to him. Omg, just shut up already. Feng Yue then jumps into the conversation and say that she can guarantee that there’s nothing going on between her brother and Li Shu. Hearing this, Shan Shan realizes that everyone here knew about this Feng Teng-Li Shu situation but her.
Feng Teng claims that he didn’t tell her about Li Shu’s feelings for him because he was afraid that her reaction was going to be like this. Dude, you are not helping yourself here. Shan Shan asks him if the kiss didn’t mean anything, then what about when Li Shu called herself, “Mrs. Feng, ” or when he allowed her to live at his place despite knowing that she likes him that much. What does all of that mean then? She tells that she already told him that if he ever wanted to be with someone else, all he had to do was tell her and she would very willingly leave.
Shan Shan tries to walk away, but Feng Teng grabs her hand and asks her not to leave. Shan Shan turns around and says that he told her that they should “try” when they first started dating, and now she finally knows what he meant by “try.” She tells him that her heart is really hurting right now. *tears* Nooo. Don’t do this! She lets go off his hand and leaves. More tears from everyone, myself included. Why, Shan-Teng, why.
As Shan Shan is walking in the snow outside by herself, she thinks back and remembers all the shady crap that Li Shu said and did to her. Our Shan Shan was so kind to her, and this is how that homewreckin’ bitch repays her?! Feng Teng drives up next to her as she’s walking, so Shan Shan tries to run away from him. He drives ahead of her, blocks the road, and then gets out of the car in front of her.
He pulls her in for a hug, and Shan Shan remembers how she once told him that she trusted him. She pulls away from him and asks him to give her a few more days to think things through, and walks away. Feng Teng is left standing in the snow by himself, but I honestly don’t have that much sympathy for him right now. I LOVE Shan-Teng, but Shan Shan has every right to be angry with how Feng Teng deceived her for so long. Ugh…why did this have to happen.
Shuang Yi and Liu Liu are at Shan Shan’s place to comfort her and badmouth Li Shu. Shuang Yi tells Shan Shan that she told her before that Li Shu is shady as hell, and that she was bound to do something bad. But she reminds her that if she breaks up with Feng Teng now, then Li Shu is going to win. Liu Liu tells Shan Shan that she doesn’t think there was anything that went on between Feng Teng and Li Shu, but her relationship with the Fengs is so strong that Shan Shan will have to deal with having this boyfriend-stealin’ ho hanging around them forever. Shan Shan is too sad and confused to think about anything rationally, and insists that Li Shu would only have the opportunity to do something because Feng Teng gave it to her. She’s angry that he kept her in the dark for so long that she never even had the chance to protect herself.
Over at the Fengs, Li Shu is packing her things to leave their house. FINALLY. Worst house guest ever, amirite? But her enabler, Feng Yue, is telling her to calm down and is trying to stop her from leaving. Li Shu insists on leaving because she’s done all that she could about her feelings with Feng Teng, and simply cannot stay here any longer. Oh, so you’re out of homewrecking ideas and that’s why you’re leaving? I seriously cannot deal with this biatch anymore. Without any real reasons to keep her around, Feng Yue agrees to let Li Shu leave. BYE. I’ll call the cab for you.
After what happened with Shan Shan, Feng Teng trudges over to Zheng Qi’s place to ask him to drink with him. The boys are drowning their sorrows with whiskey, and having a manly heart-to-heart chat. Feng Teng tells Zheng Qi that he knows that he’s upset with him about the lawsuit at work, but he simply cannot accommodate everyone. He apologizes to him with a drink, and Zheng Qi also apologizes for not being more understanding of the responsibilities he has as the boss of Windgroup.
Zheng Qi senses that something’s wrong, and asks Feng Teng what happened with him today. He tells him that Shan Shan broke up with him earlier, and that his heart was hurting to see her so upset. Sigh. You could have prevented all of this, Feng Teng. He asks Zheng Qi if he and Shan Shan think that he betrayed them. Feng Teng claims that if Li Shu wasn’t so close to him, he would have rejected her like any other girl, and if the lawsuit wasn’t about the whole corporation, he would have definitely stood by Zheng Qi’s side. Talk is cheap though. Zheng Qi tells him that he didn’t exactly do anything wrong. There are simply too many things he has to endure as the heir of the Feng family, and one of those things is loneliness. Probably drunk from the whiskey and overwhelming sadness, Feng Teng admits that he actually is really lonely.
Shan Shan makes up her mind to quit her job at Windgroup, but is stopped by Zheng Qi and Yan Qing before she walks into the office building. They take her to a coffee shop, and Shan Shan immediately tells them to forget it if they’re trying to speak for Feng Teng. They tell her that they’re there to convince her to stay at Windgroup. Shan Shan says that Zheng Qi is quitting too, so why he is trying to get her to stay. Zheng Qi tells her that there’s no rule that says a girl’s romantic life should dictate her career choices. When this argument doesn’t work, Yan Qing reminds her that the annual bonuses are given out in 2 months, and she won’t get hers if she leaves now. Shan Shan thinks about how unfair it’d be if she left right before she got her bonus, and agrees to stay at Windgroup until the end of the year.
Shan Shan goes to the beef noodle stand by herself for dinner, and the stand owner asks her why her boyfriend didn’t come with her. Thanks for the reminder, lady. She thinks back to the first time that she and Feng Teng came, and she helped him pick out the scallions from his bowl. Sigh…those happier and simpler times. At that very moment, she gets a text from Feng Teng reminding her to eat dinner well, but Shan Shan thinks that there’s no reason why she wouldn’t be eating dinner well.
Later on the bus, Shan Shan sees a couple kissing and thinks to herself how long the honeymoon period will last until another Li Shu shows up. Are we going to use “Li Shu” to mean “homewrecker” from now on? Fine by me. As she’s walking home, Feng Teng texts her again to remind her to dress warmly, and Shan Shan promptly deletes his text.
When Shan Shan goes to her CPA prep course the next day, Feng Teng’s car is actually parked by the building. He watches from afar as she walks into the building. Sigh, things are not looking good for our OTP. Is this the end of Shan-Teng? Say it ain’t so!
What Else is for Lunch:
After Zheng Qi and Yan Qing convinced Shan Shan to stay at Windgroup until the end of the year, she tells them that they cannot mention Feng Teng to her anymore and needs to treat her like a normal employee from now on.
Zheng Qi tells Feng Teng that they’ve convinced Shan Shan to stay for now, but the rest is going to be up to him. Damn right it is.