Saturday 2 August 2014

Episodes 2 to 24 of 《步步惊情》("Scarlet Heart 2")

After watching so many episodes of 《步步惊情》("Scarlet Heart 2"), it's time for me to provide an update on the story so far.

The lady who looked like Zhang Xiao was a model named Lan Lan. Yin Zheng was the stepson of Kang Zhentian.

Zhang Xiao had an accident in one of the earlier episodes and lost a part of her memory; in particular, her memories of her past life and her recent encounter with Yin Zheng. She got to know another guy, named Kang Sihan, who turned out to be the eldest biological son of Kang Zhentian. They subsequently fell in love.

Yin Zheng, on the other hand, got to know Lan Lan. Thinking that she was the woman he had been looking for all his life, he fell deeply in love with her without knowing much about her past. He also thought Lan Lan was the lady whom he had met at the museum.

It turned out that Lan Lan used to be an assistant of Yin Zheng's uncle, Yin Chenggui. Yin Chengui was involved in illegal activities in Thailand. Lan Lan failed to run away from Yin Chenggui's control and subsequently suffered injuries from a car explosion. This might be due to her disobeying Yin Chenggui's instructions. She was badly disfigured. She subsequently ran away from the hospital.

At around this time, Zhang Xiao's father came into the picture and revealed to Zhang Xiao that she had a twin sister. So, instantly, Zhang Xiao knew that Lan Lan was her twin sister who was separated from her since young. What was unexpected was that Zhang Xiao's father was not her biological father. He just happened to save Zhang Xiao's mum and brought her to the hospital. Zhang Xiao's mum passed away after giving birth to Zhang Xiao and Lan Lan. Zhang Xiao's adopted father did not have much income then and could only afford to raise one child. Thus, he gave Lan Lan to another family for adoption.

It also turned out that the lady in the picture which Kang Zhentian had was the biological mother of Zhang Xiao and Lan Lan. Their biological father was a good friend of Kang Zhentian. Zhang Xiao's adopted father was the expedition guide who led Kang Zhentian and his friends on the expedition in the 1980s.

Yin Zheng was demoted to be the manager of the logistics department after he got Zhang Xiao to pose as Lan Lan to act in their company's mini-movie. Kang Sihan was naturally promoted to be the acting Vice President of the company. Yin Chenggui somehow managed to fake the death of Lan Lan to make Yin Zheng get over her and work on taking over Zhen Tian Corporation.

At this time, Zhang Xiao's best friend, Xinyi came back from overseas. As it turned out, Kang Sihan was the ex-boyfriend of Xinyi. However, Xinyi would not give up on him and was bent on reconciling with him. Zhang Xiao, being a very kind hearted girl, did not want to hurt Xinyi. Hence, she kept her relationship with Sihan a secret and decided to give up Sihan. In episode 23, we realized that Xinyi was pregnant with Sihan's baby. Upon knowing this, Zhang Xiao was even more determined to break off with Sihan. Sihan finally proposed to Xinyi after much internal conflict. 

In episode 24, Yin Chenggui somehow managed to insert snapshots and videos of Sihan and Zhang Xiao's moments spent together (which he got someone to take secretly during the couple's trip to Hong Kong) on the slideshow that was shown to their (Sihan and Xinyi) wedding guests. 

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