Shaoqian, who seems completely unaffected, leaves his house and calls his assistant, Wenhao, to investigate the mastermind behind the trailing of Yueying. He then gets a phone call from Yongfei and the first thing he hears from her is "Do you know how I deal with the women you have outside?"
At the dinner party, Tong Xue not only sees Yueying, but also Liu Liangchun (Yueying's father), Director Jin (her boss), and quite a few other guests. Both Yueying and Director Jin are shocked to see Tong Xue show up for the party, but her boss recovers quickly and urges her to introduce herself to Mo Shaoqian. He, on the other hand, pretends not to know her, but Chen Hao takes notice of their feigned unfamiliarity and Tong Xue's uncommon last name.
On a bench next to the riverbank, Shaoqian quietly smokes while Tong Xue nags on him to let her take a puff. He rejects her request, saying "women shouldn't smoke." Tong Xue continues her ramble again. Resting her head on his shoulder, she acknowledges the fact that he actually treats her pretty well.
Housekeeper Ding then interrupts this private moment and informs Shaoqian that Mu Yongfei is on the line. Yongfei tells him that her father wants him return to the Mu family compound but refuses to say more. That night, Shaoqian suffers from insomnia, and languidly lingers in Tong Xue's bedroom. (FYI: Shaoqian actually did the "deed" with a drunken Tong Xue in the novel. He didn't just standby and watch her sleep. In the drama, the writer "purified" it.) He appears to feel hopelessly confused about he should do with Tong Xue. Next morning, Tong Xue wakes up with a bad hangover. Tong Xue's surprise, Shaoqian has already left early in the morning.
On his way back to his in-laws, Shaoqian hears about Su Shanshan's sudden demise in the entertainment industry on the radio. Her past relationships with rich married men are publicized and she's suffering from severe public backlash for her indiscretion. Due to clamorous public outcry, all her projects and advertising contracts are unilaterally terminated. Apparently, the culprit behind Su Shanshan's expedited downfall is Mu Yongfei. So, Su Shanshan purposely intercepted Yongfei ay a jewelry store and begged for forgiveness. Even after kneeling down and countless apologies, Mu Yongfei still refuses to spare her. In anger, Su Shanshan insultingly yells, "You vicious woman! No wonder your husband doesn't want you and seeks other women outside your marriage."
Mo Shaoqian's romantic scandal with Su Shanshan actually caused Distal Group's stocks to plummet. His infidelity suggests to investors that the Mo and Mu families' marriage alliance is shaking. To chastise Mo Shaoqian for challenging the Mu family's reins on Distal Group, Mu Changhe takes Mo Shaoqian to an exclusive business club whose members are in the high command of the finance world. At this gentlemanly dinner, these financial executives rudely ignore Shaoqian's calls for investment in his hospital project. They state that Shaoqian lacks the moral upright image to lead a project with such philanthropic mission. Keenly aware of his father-in-law's hidden pedagogic intent, Mo Shaoqian observes quietly with a sarcastic smile.
My dear Tong Xue, I really doubt Shaoqian is really going to make you entertain other men based on his past history of displayed jealousy and possessiveness. I'm certain he's not going to even allow another human male to touch your beautiful shiny hair. This poor girl needs to brighten up a little. Then again, you can't blame Tong Xue for seeing Shaoqian in such a negative light. During the past 3 years she lived with him, he definitely coerced her to do a lot things against her will. Any woman in her shoes would see Mo Shaoqian as a unforgivable monster.
This episode has got to be one of my absolute favorites in the series. For the first time, I really like Ying'er's portrayal of Tong Xue. Most people have been dissatisfied with her acting or wardrobe, but Tong Xue's drunken scene really makes her shine!
The drunken Tong Xue's monologue is one of the most important piece of information in the drama if we want to know a more complete picture on how Tong Xue lived her life with Shaoqian in the past three years. Though there were certainly bad times when Shaoqian got temperamental and lashed out at her mentally (e.g. death anniversary of Tong Xue's parents), even Tong Xue acknowledged there were also good times. They lived almost like a "normal" couple. He lavished her with expensive gifts, took her on vacations (e.g. Japan to see sakura), loved to take her out to fancy dinners, and occasionally brought her along on his business trips (implied in the novel when they went to watch a movie together in Hong Kong).
I really doubt it was Shaoqian's original intention to have them live together in such "agreeable" terms . He probably just wanted Tong Xue to suffer the same miserable life he was living under the Mu family's roof and expected nothing more. Revenge didn't require him to transform her into mistress and definitely did not require him to co-habit with her. There were so many ways Shaoqian could have ruined Tong Xue's life, such as getting her expelled from school or crushing her professional aspirations. But then, fate, once again, intervened. One Chinese netizen succinctly summarizes their relationship,"He controls the way she lives, but she controls his mood/emotions."