I love the opening theme song! It is so catchy! Solo, solo, s-o-l-o, solo! Gong Xi has finally made her move to enter the entertainment industry.
Gong Xi promises to become a bigger star than Shang. She laughs out loud – really loud – and the two security guards from the television station heard her but they just rub it off as their imagination. However, she must first change her hairstyle. After what Lian said to the top host. After the phone call from the president, his manager reveals that the problem has been solved. The host is very apologetic for the actions of his manager. He even wrote Lian an apologetic email. Lian says he in not interested in the email but his manager reads it out for him anyway. In the email, it is revealed that the host has a daughter who suffers from an incurable disease and is wheel-chair bound for life. She didn’t want to socialise any more. The host used the autograph to motivate her to socialise again. She wanted to show it off and agreed to invite her friends over for her birthday party. The host promise him that he won’t let the same thing happen again.
Lian is standing by the window (what a big window!) listening to his manager read out the email. He sees a girl running towards the LME building. Who could that girl be? None other than Gong Xi of course! His manager finishes reading the email and wonders what sort of heartless person he is to have no reaction to such a meaningful letter. Oh, that’s right, other than work, Lian has feelings for nothing else. Downstairs, Gong Xi with a cute bob cut, is demanding the receptionists to allow her to see someone with authority even though she has no appointment because she wants to becoming a performing artist for their company. Luckily, she meets the head of the celebrities, Manager Shen. Manager Shen has a talk with to see what type of performing artist she wants to become – singer, actor, or host. She can’t sing, doesn’t have an interest in acting and don’t like forcing jokes.
It seems as though Lian is not so heartless after all. He has ordered a bear for the host’s daughter and he will go and visit her after work. Manager She accuses her for being He Lian’s fangirl. Gong Xi is trying get back up using the down escalator with Manager Shen trying to stop her. Lian and his manager come down the down escalator which startles her. While Manager Shen explains the whole situation to Lian, Gong Xi mutters to herself that she can’t possibly join the same agency as the horrible Lian. She then rethinks and realises that she is now mortal enemies with Po Shang and has no reason to hate He Lian anymore. Lian’s manager mentions that everyone is always happy to see Lian but Gong Xi is feeling hopeless and miserable to see him.
Gong Xi suddenly finds herself thrown out of the LME building but she tells herself that she won’t give up that easily. Manager Shen and Lian’s manager are inside talking. Lian sees Gong Xi kneeling outside. Gong Xi is outside with some very big posters that say “Manager Shen, it was me who was wrong. Please give me another chance.” Lian and his manager leave just as they wish him good luck dealing with this chick.
Manager Shen is off work and is relieved to see Gong Xi not there. Suddenly Gong Xi appears out of no where and follows him home.
Extreme situations need to be handled in extreme measures. Gong Xi goes and camps outside his house for three days while her spirits haunt Manger Shen every night causing him no sleep. On the fourth day, Manager Shen wakes up to find breakfast made by…Gong Xi. He gives up and decides to give her another chance.
Manager Shen makes a last-minute move and adds her into the talent contest as number 101. He is reluctant to give her the application sheet but he gives it to her in the end.
Gong Xi is filled with joy as she leaves because she is about to become a LME artist. On her way out, she bumps into Lian. He snatches her application form and tells her that she must have done everything to make Manager Shen give up. He just stares at her so she interprets that he is saying a person like you will no succeed. Lian tells her that since she knows that she is wasting her energy yet she still wastes other people’s time. The judges who have to watch her performances can do much better things. He is curious to know why she wants to enter the showbiz industry when she has no interest. She blurts out that she wants to take revenge on Bu Po Shang. At that moment, Lian turns around and takes out his phone to search up who Bu Po Shang is. Gong Xi is surprised and upset that he doesn’t know who Bu Po Shang is. (I was like OMG too.) She is about to say how good Shang but realises that he is her mortal enemy now. Lian walks off with her application form but she manage to get it back. He asks her if she is doing this purely for revenge. She asks her if it isn’t allowed. He said to forget about it and they will speak more when she passes the audition.
Gong Xi adds a picture of Lian alongside her picture of Shang on her wall and throws a dart at it. She pokes a voo doo doll that she calls Shang with a needle. She vows that she will take them both down and they will both have to call her Empress Gong Xi. Meanwhile, the restaurant owners are role-playing as a doctor and nurse when they hear Gong Xi in her room.
It’s the audition day. She looks around and see people all looking their best because they want to be chosen. She looks at herself in the mirror. It’s all because of that rotten egg, Shang. She spent all of her money and could only afford to buy herself clothes, a mobile phone and do her hair and couldn’t afford to buy any make-up. (Hmm…maybe if she didn’t get that weird hair-do in the first place she would have had more money.) She took out her voo doo doll of Shang and started to berate on it. A woman suddenly fiercely walk out with a child ask who the mother of the child is. No one responds. She sees Gong Xi holding a doll and tells her to take the child out even though the child is not hers. She continues her insults to her and tells her to leave if she is not serious about this. Gong Xi’s anger builds up as she recalls the woman using the same words as Shang to describe her.
The auditions are well under way. However, the judges aren’t impressed with the first group of applicants. One of the judges ask Manager Shen why he suddenly added an extra person in. Is there something special about her? He tells the judge that doing what they feel like, including cutting her off. He then thinks about what Gong Xi will do to him if she gets cut off. He dreams that she will haunt him and his family for life. Lian is off shooting a film in a scene that reminds me of City Hunter. He asks his manager how the auditions are going. His manager is curious why he wants to know, maybe there is an applicant that he is interested in?
The remaining applicants file in to audition. The woman with Gong Xi wants to know where the president is. He makes a spectacular grand entrance coming out in a salsa dance. He is introduced as Luo Li. He welcomes the applicants and only ask them to impress him.
Gong Xi watches as each person performs. Each of the acts are brilliant to her. She remembers asking her boss for help with her act. He lends her one of his heirlooms. Number 100, Jiang Nan Qing, goes up to perform. She introduces herself and says that her goal is to become a successful actress. She asks for a script which the judges give to her. It is a script on an LME musical made famous by Abbott and Costello, “Who’s on First.” Qing skims through the script and when she is ready, she offers to perform any part in the script. The president selects out a scene for her to perform. She performs brilliantly, not missing a single line. The judges are very impressed that she could memorise the script in such a short amount of time and get into character.
Gong Xi is the last applicant to go on stage. She introduces herself and doesn’t know what to say afterwards. One of the judges tell her to say why she wanted to come into the industry. She tells them that she wants to be a bigger and better star than Bu Po Shang. The judges laugh and Manager Shen is wondering why she would say such things on stage. The president quietens the other judges down and says he doesn’t think she is a fan girl of Shang because if she is, she would want to join Shang’s agency and not LME.
Gong Xi begins her performance. She picks up a knife in one hand and a radish/daikon in the other. She tells herself to calm down and remembers that the boss lent her the knife under the requirement that she does not give up. She performs her act – peeling the radish/daikon into thinner than paper-thin translucent slices and arranges it into a beautiful rose. Gong Xi learnt this skill while living with Shang’s parents in order to impress them. The president tells her that her performance was the most interesting that he has seen all day.
Everyone leaves. Qing congratulates Gong Xi for her performance but she calls her a pig with an elephant nose. She, in return, calls her an elephant with a pig nose behind her back.
The second round of the audition commences. It is a reaction test. A mobile phone is passed from applicant to applicant. Each of the applicant must continue the conversation from the other end. Qing gets into character very quickly with a tear rolling down within three seconds. The judges are really impressed with her. Gong Xi gets the phone and the person on the other end of the line is a man who apologises to her. He says that he is sorry for being selfish, stubborn and heartless. She looks over and sees Shang and imagines talking to him.
I loved this episode. I loved how they are slowly introducing new characters in. It is a smooth process and works in well with the drama. I think Bianca Bai really suits the character Jiang Nan Qing. Even though I haven’t read the manga or watched the anime, I can feel that she is going to be one of those characters who will slowly befriend Gong Xi, just like Lian and Shang. This episode isn’t draggy or anything, it is progressing very smoothly. Each of the characters are building their own personalities. I can’t wait to see what happens next.