I have been practically camping in office these few days with the deluge of work. :( Still, taking short 5 mins break here and there, and discussing with readers about books and dramas does provide some relief :).
In episode 4, Zhang Zhen is heading to the capital with his recently widowed mother (not actual mother, but aunt who had taken care of him since he was young and married his father after he died). Tang Xin runs after them and asks to follow them, since her uncle and auntie can't be bothered with her anyway. So, they all head off to the capital...
I didn't really concentrate on the main storyline, but basically Zhang Zhen has a fiancee at birth, she is called Jin Mu Dan, the daughter of the Prime Minister and the most beautiful young lady in the capital (I thought that was way exaggerated though.) But Jin Mu Dan disdains Zhang Zhen who she sees as poor and of lower birth, and her desire is to marry the Crown Prince (but the Crown Prince is never in palace and travels a lot, so she doesn't know how he looks like).
If it isn't obvious yet, I do not like Jin Mu Dan as a character at all. But, she has her own trajectory and attractiveness, and this was the prettiest picture of her I could find, because somehow she looks much older in the drama (photoshop?).
In episode 4, Zhan Feng has a "meet cute" with Mu Dan in the temple. Zhan Feng is obviously attracted to Mu Dan's looks but Mu Dan isn't impressed since basically anyone who is not the Crown Prince is a zero to her.
In episode five, our famous four that is Zhang Zhen, Hong Ling, Tang Xin and Zhan Feng are re-united! They are investigating another murder case in the capital, in which they think the man imprisoned to be executed is innocent (you can start to see the trend here right?).
So, they are investigating the foot print. Tang Xin is asked to try the shoe and jump down from the window after Zhan Feng does it and Tang Xin is reluctant, she only agrees after Zhang Zhen promises her twenty buns (basically, her two loves in life are buns and money! Haha).
Tang Xin complains that Zhan Feng has made the shoe smelly. Zhan Feng finds Tang Xin so slow in getting ready that he carries her up! Tang Xin is all, "Don't touch me!"
Anyway, the most adorable thing is that Hong Ling goes to try the shoe and jump next. When she asks Zhan Feng to carry her up, he shakes his head and points to Zhang Zhen to carry her. Tang Xin (who has a crush on Zhang Zhen) says she will carry Hong Ling since guys and girls shouldn't touch each other. Then Zhan Feng turns to Hong Ling and shows her how to get up by herself. Tang Xin then cries, "Then why did you carry me!"
Zhang Zhen and Hong Ling just kind of ignores the two. Haha.
So, after some investigation, they found the real murderer and brought the case to justice.
In episode 7, Zhang Zhen sees Mu Dan dance and starts to like her.
Mu Dan is famous for her dancing, and she dances for the Empress Dowager. She almost falls and slips because of some pearls released by a rival, but is saved by Zhan Feng in a mask:
They have a flirty scene afterwards where Zhan Feng asks if Mu Dan remembers him. I will admit that they have quite good chemistry, so as I watched the drama, I was always worried - oh no, is Mu Dan meant to be with Zhan Feng instead? :(
Zhan Feng is a total tease and leans in as if he is going to kiss Mu Dan, but actually takes her hairpin instead. He says he has something important to do, and if he has her hairpin, even the yellow river (the implied meaning is that the river of death) won't be as lonely. He tells Mu Dan that he will return the pin after he finishes his mission.
Later, Mu Dan meets the Empress Dowager who compliments her on her dancing. The Empress Dowager says she actually wanted to invite Mu Dan into the palace, but she just learned Mu Dan is engaged to Zhang Zhen. Mu Dan says it's a misunderstanding and is absolutely distraught because her one goal is to marry the Crown Prince and be the Crown Prince's Wife.
That night, Zhan Feng gets injured and poisoned on his mission. Zhang Zhen quickly asks his mother to call a doctor and personally sucks out the poison. Tang Xin then takes care of Zhan Feng.
Zhan Feng is in Zhang Zhen's mother's arms in the screenshot above, in case you think it's Tang Xin. Haha. Zhan Feng realises that Zhang Zhen was the one who personally sucked out the poison and saved his life. That is the look he gave to solidify their brotherhood forevermore!
Comments: In a lesser drama, the fact that two good male friends fall for the same female character will usually lead to them falling out and one turning to the dark side. *Yawns* Seen that, been bored with that for a thousand times.
So, this drama takes a really fresh and great approach! Mostly by talking about things and not being noble idiots (well most of the time anyways!) :) as we will see in the later parts!