Skip Beat! Live Action Episode 13
Things are heating up as Gong Xi tries to encourage the disheartened Lian, Shang starts noticing his true feelings, and Lian learns just what love is and comes to understand his own feelings.
1 episode left. Seriously? Say it isn’t so. Of all dramas needing more episodes, Skip Beat! is one as the magna itself is still ongoing and this drama probably won’t be wrapping things up like we the audience would like. There is still so much to see. How I wish there will be a season two.
We open with Gong Xi and Du Jin teaming up on Lian to guilt him into eating like he should. Du Jin is really happy to see just how much Gong Xi cares for Lian. Gong Xi is surprised to learn that Lian stayed up all night watching the original drama. Why would Lian do that? Gong Xi was so frightened of inadvertently being influenced by the original Wei Xu, she refused to watch it. Soon its time to resume filming and the unthinkable happens! Lian gets an NG. The cast and crew then take a break.Gong Xi cannot believe her acting god as NGed. She wishes to go to him, but Du Jin tells her that will add too much pressure on Lian. It’s no use though. No matter how much Lian agonizes and tries, he has lost the feeling of Jia Yue. The director even chats with Lian about just what he’s doing wrong. Lian understands the backstory that isn’t told in the drama, so he should no that his actions towards the leading lady are not showing what they should. Jia Yue loves Wei Xu’s cousin, but has to fight against that love as his father killed hers for Wei Xu’s father. Lian understands this but still cannot get the emotions across. Thus, production starts slowing down like crazy as Lian is told to take a break to regroup.We then cut to Shang who is working diligently. Yin Yin wonders if he is really okay as she knew he was upset when he saw the news article about Gong Xi working with Lian. As his manager goes to make reservations, Shang fantasizes about Gong Xi and Lian becoming a super lovey-dovey couple. Oddly enough, that thought really bothers him. Why? Why should he care if Lian likes Gong Xi or vice versa? Shang convinces himself that he needs to beat Lian and become the most handsome guy in Taiwan and thus have Gong Xi officially kicked to the curb. Um…how funny Shang’s brain works. When will he realize that it’s love? It’s pretty sad when you lie to other people who see it is a lie, but even sadder when you lie to yourself and refuse to see it. [Poor Shang, this actually might be the last time we see him in this drama – what a way to go].That night, wallowing in despair, Lian drinks, ignores Du Jin’s calls, and doesn’t go to his scheduled events. The next day, Gong Xi asks if the director really gave Lian time off. Xu Fang confesses he did and that he knew doing so was very cruel. However, this is the only way he can help him. Xu Fang then talks about how hard he tried to get out of his father’s shadow and how he is useless as production is being slowed down because of this problem. Gong Xi assures him that no one will think less of him, but you know the klutzy director.
Gong Xi is all worried about Lian. How can she help him when he has hit this roadblock when she herself is just a newbie actress? She ends up meeting Lian in the hallway. She looks down at Coco’s costume and decides there is a way she can help after all. She quickly disguises herself as Coco and offers to lend Lian her ear. Lian pulls her into the same room where they had their first meeting. While she is freaking out about how she will help him, he asks if she’s even been in love, but she misses this and has to ask him again. Gong Xi is shocked when Lian asks again. So it has nothing to do with work? Gong Xi then realizes that Lian’s work problem stems from his love scenes. Gong Xi gets astounded once more to learn that at Lian’s age he’s never been in love. When Gong Xi gets distracted by a cockroach [in the manga, the cockroach was Shang], Lian gets angry and the two get into a scuffle where Gong Xi almost loses her head, but instead she loses Coco’s coxcomb. Gong Xi’s scream was hilarious here.
Of course, Luo Li comes to the film site and looks for Lian. Xu Fang tries to brush off what happened and tells Luo Li that Lian has already gone to another schedule, but Luo Li is sharp and pretty much guesses that what he feared the most would happen – Lian cannot do the love scenes well at all. He does warn Xu Fang that Lian will be replaced at this rate. Xu Fang does want to hang on to Lian, though.
Lian and Gong Xi manage to fix Gong Xi’s costume, and the girl is relieved as it was a close call – Lian almost discovered she was Coco. The two continue to discuss Lian’s problem and Gong Xi ends up having to explain what love is. When she talks about being happy to be together and being happy when the other person is happy, Lian doesn’t get it. So she asks if there has never been a girl whose normal actions he found cute no matter what. There is such a girl! Gong Xi tells him to date the girl to gain acting experience. It’s win-win as the he genuinely likes the girl and can overcome this hurdle. Lian replies that its impossible right now. He can’t have anyone “over here” become his most important person. Gong Xi picks up on that phrase, but lets it go even though it confuses her. Got to love how Gong Xi basically just told Lian to date her. Dramatic irony, so funny…or is this situational irony where the audience knows something the character doesn’t? It’s been awhile since I studied that stuff… You also have to love how Lian’s hung up on their age difference…she’s a college student, not a high schooler like in the manga, so their relationship has no taboos really.Lian is really distracted by Gong Xi’s advice and words. Does his thinking Gong Xi is cute, mean he’s falling for her? That’s impossible, he cannot allow himself to fall for her. Du Jin comes in and notices Lian’s mood, but Lian assures him nothing’s wrong which isn’t believable as it isn’t followed up by his usual smile. Meanwhile, Gong Xi wonders and worries about Lian, too. Can he overcome this hurdle and regain the lost Jia Yue?
Filming commences and Gong Xi’s Wei Xu is awesome twisted and dark. Gong Xi relishes the filming process and the speed. She barely gets into her emotions and the scene is over and they are going to the next one. While Gong Xi is changing, the lead actress comes into the tent next door. She praises Gong Xi’s acting while bashing Lian’s. Gong Xi can stand no more and yells at the lead actress before running off to vent in the bathroom. This shocks the lead and her manager. Why would Gong Xi get angry when she was getting praised? Because they trashed her beloved senior. Gong Xi rants in the bathroom about their nerve of comparing her, the newbie, to the great and established Lian. It’s really cute. More kudos to Ivy Chen for her acting chops.Meanwhile, Lian is giving an interview. They ask about his love life and he assures the reporter that there is no girl he currently likes. Du Jin smiles at this as he knows Lian really likes Gong Xi. And speak of the devil. She calls up Du Jin as she wants Lian’s schedule [so she can dress as Coco and encourage him to make his move already so he can stop being badmouthed]. Du Jin gets an idea and gives her the schedule so she can cook Lian a meal since he isn’t eating like he should. Gong Xi immediately goes grocery shopping, wondering what kind of healthy meal she should prepare for Lian. How sweet. She’s as good at lying to herself as Shang is. It takes her FOREVER in the manga to realize her feelings.
Lian heads home and recalls that he would be filming Dark Moon at this time usually. He then spots Gong Xi walking towards his place, arms full of bags. Gong Xi is happy to have met him. Can he give her a ride to his apartment so she can cook him dinner? Lian is shocked and touched. He finally snaps out of his daze and lets her in. He keeps stealing glances at Gong Xi, making her uncomfortable. She has noticed a gentle change in his attitude. What is going on? [Du Jin is trying to imagine this change and his idea is so fake and horrible – he just can’t imagine that expression on Lian’s face.] They get back to Lian’s apartment and things are awkward. Lian smiles and treats Gong Xi extremely well and this just terrifies the girl. Why would he be acting like that? So cute. Ah, will we see Lian become the “Emperor of the Night” to Gong Xi? THAT really terrifies her more so than any other time.
The two then have an awkward ride to Gong Xi’s house. Gong Xi tells him goodbye and that she is anticipating his return more so than anyone else. Why? He’s the most important actor to her. Well not a love confession [yet], it can’t help but make Lian really happy to hear those words from the girl he’s falling for. Gong Xi goes inside and Lian drives off. He does have to swerve to the side of the road as a realization comes crashing down on him. He isn’t falling for Gong Xi – he already loves her! How the heck did that happen?
The next day Du Jin wonders where Gong Xi is as she asked for Lian’s schedule, but hasn’t shown up yet. Well, Gong Xi can’t confront Lian as herself and dresses up as Coco. Du Jin is shocked when the chicken shows up and asks to speak to Lian alone. Even more surprising is Lian sending his manager out while he talks to Coco. At the same time, Luo Li tells Xu Fang that Lian has only one more day. If Lian doesn’t show up tomorrow, then its over and Lian will be officially replaced. Xu Fang wants to call Lian and warn him. What else can he do but have faith that Lian will return with a better Jia Yue?
We’ll find out what happens in the finale. Say it isn’t so!
**I totally love all the posters they have for Taiwanese dramas in this series. I’ve seen them for The X-Family, Summer Love, and ToGetHer [in which Du Jin played Jiro Wang’s manager].**