Gong Ming is exiled to … 2015!
Soooo what happened after that hug? We don’t know, but we are sure that Xiang Xiang is super embarrassed of herself, especially for having feelings for a person from the past. But hey, 21st century, you can do whatever you want, girl! If dramas taught us anything, it’s you are the lead, you get to pick the guy you want.
Now in 16 B.C., Gong Ming returns to his teacher’s house and confesses what he read in the history book. The teacher tries to persuade Gong Ming to give up his plans on altering history, but Gong Ming insists on giving it a try.
After threatening the monk about revealing the truth of Empress Xu’s voodoo incident to others, Wang Mang attends to his mother by bathing her feet. His mother is either in a vegetative or comatose state or she is refusing to acknowledge him or something, she doesn’t speak or look at him at all. Wang Mang seems to be used to the behavior as he chatters on his friendship with Gong Ming and the fact that his plan will probably destroy it beyond repair. I actually feel really bad for him because it seems like he is a good guy deep down but because of one reason or the other he is on a terrible path.
In 2015, Xiang Xiang looks for Gong Ming’s name online and gets a scolding from Jing Jie for not being more interested in the script instead. Xiao Nan sees a dazed Xiang Xiang and guesses that she must be in love! He first suspects Yu Fei, and then the director (but he warns Xiang Xiang that the director is married!). To end his guesswork, she tells him that the person she likes has left to someplace far away. Awwww, and don’t you miss him!
So Xiang Xiang returns to the library in the name of research for her role. Let’s be completely honest with each other though, she is really there in hopes of finding Gong Ming.
It is the evening, and Xiao Nan comes by to pick her up. As she gets up she suddenly spots Gong Ming and chases after him. She suggests that they make a deal – she will help him get used to the modern world and he will assist her with her role as Empress Xu. He agrees and in her moment of excitement she grabs his hands.
Gong Ming: People in this time can hold hands like this? In my time, only people in love would hug like before or hold hands.
Xiang Xiang: People in your time are so old fashioned. Anyway, how old are you?
Gong Ming: 26.
Xiang Xiang: Older than me by two years.
Gong Ming: Really? I didn’t know miss’ age is this high. From the way you act, I thought you are only 16.
Xiang Xiang: Are you complimenting me by saying I look young or are you saying I am immature?
Gong Ming: Are you married?
Xiang Xiang: I’m so young, why would I be married?
Gong Ming: In my time, at 24 many are already mother of a few.
Xiang Xiang: Then, are you married?
Gong Ming: No. And I have not been engaged either… why are you smiling?
Xiang Xiang: When did I smile?
Xiang Xiang writes down her phone number on the palm of his hand, but he doesn’t know how to read the numbers, and so she writes it down in traditional Chinese all over again. Just as Gong Ming is about to explain why he has returned, Xiao Nan finds the pair and identifies Gong Ming as the “weirdo” from the hospital. While Xiao Nan calls over the security guard, Xiang Xiang urges Gong Ming to make a run for it and Gong Ming vanishes. Having witnessed this, Xiao Nan freaks out. He also grieves over the fact that Xiang Xiang might be in love with Gong Ming.
Gong Ming comes back to the library after dark to learn about his fate. He reads in the history book that he commits suicide by poison while in exile at the age of 26. He tells Ying Yue of this and she suggests that he leave now before anything happens, but he is unconvinced since he doesn’t want to give up on Empress Xu. Geez, man.
Meanwhile, Xiang Xiang and Yu Fei act in a scene where Empress Xu is first enthroned and the Emperor (Yu Fei’s role) confesses his undying love for her. As Yu Fei is about to make a move the director calls scene. Yu Fei wonders out lout if there should be a kiss scene, and the director tells him it’s not needed. HA HA.
Yu Fei tries to suck up to Xiang Xiang by giving her a massage, but she refuses the gesture straight out. He wonders about the “weirdo” he saw in the hospital the other day, and she ignores the question quickly. She also finds out about Gong Ming’s eventual doom from the director and is worried that Gong Ming hasn’t contacted her because he is in deep doo doo.
Now in 16 B.C., Gong Ming is captured by a bunch of guards after the monk is found dead in his pond. This clearly the Wang family’s doing, but they are able to twist things around in front of the Emperor, and Gong Ming gets sentenced to exile. Strangely enough, Gong Ming doesn’t defend himself, but I guess there was no point in doing that because the Emperor seemed pretty convinced. During the night, Wang Mang visits the prison and offers to release Gong Ming from exile if he can give up on Empress Xu. Of course, Gong Ming refuses and even asks Ying Yue to stay in the palace to take care of Empress Xu.
Gong Ming decides that the most important thing for him to do now is to remain alive while in exile, so he doesn’t eat any of the food being provided in case it is poisoned. Turns out he is right, because the Wang family is still out to get him. He wonders what will happen this time, will he get saved again? He is also curious as to why he is sent to the future if he cannot alter history? Just then, the masked men show up and a chase ensues.
It is present time again! Xiang Xiang is still all mopy. So much so that she can’t concentrate on her work and messes up on dubbing her scene. Yu Fei promises to cheer her up through dinner despite her clear disinterest. Xiao Nan comes by to comfort her as well.
And then a phone call from a strange number comes through. Guess who it is?!
Now, Hold on a Minute:
- Gong Ming’s teacher tries to time travel by putting his head in a pot of water, but fails. LOL.
- Jing Jie develops a crush on Yu Fei’s manager after he helps to pick up the drink bottles she dropped. Xiao Nan is also into the manager. Oh boy.
- Wang Mang convinces the masked elders to not pursue Gong Ming any further. They fake promise to let it go, but then makes a separate order to kill.