- Starring: Chen Jing Ke | Yan Zhi Chao
- Episodes: 30 (35 mins.)
- Aired: May 14, 2021
- Network: Tencent Video
- Where to Watch: Viki
When it comes to Chinese dramas, I go in knowing that there will be a consistent level of corniness and unbelievability, and I’m okay with that. It’s like an agreement that we come to before starting. For some reason, this drama really took me for a loop in a way I wasn’t expecting. The synopsis basically only touches on the bare bones of what this show was actually about. I feel like this show had a lot of filler for no damn reason.
I think the thing that bothered me the most was that this was promised as some contract relationship, and yes, there was a relationship, a contract and even cohabitation. However, with all the ingredients for a perfect rom-com, the product came out stale and a little bitter at times. Nothing is new about the tropes that were used in this. We had a male lead who was one, mean and off-putting and two, had some childhood trauma. With others who have come before our Mr. Gu, eventually through the help and interactions with the female lead, that icy exterior starts to melt and we get a male lead we can fall for. Gu Nan Zhou became really annoying early on with his ignorance and the inability to see any fault of his own. At some point I thought he was going to realize that the woman he has working for him has been in love with him forever and is ACTIVELY sabotaging his relationship with Zhou Jian Qing. But no, they just chalk it up to miscommunication or Zhou Jian Qing being young and naïve. About a 3rd into the show, I checked out my like for him. And it wasn’t like I could even put all my eggs in the second leads basket because he was Mr. Shit or get off the pot. Zhang Yin was another one who was obviously in love but at least he wasn’t evil like Jiang Jing Xuan, he just didn’t do shit and became a sad puppy.
Even though I found a lot wrong with what was happening, I did enjoy aspects of the show. Especially Zhou Jian Qing. Even though she had her annoying tropey ways, I found her to be actually mature and entertaining. I liked how in the beginning, she was a hustler. She had some family debts and she was going to do what she had to to make it work. Even when Gu Nan Zhou out of no where proposed to her she’s like nah man, you gonna have to pay me. I also liked how when she started like Gu Nan Zhou, she didn’t get all stupid. She genuinely cared for him and his well being. It’s rare I’m all about the female lead and basically the male lead can kick rocks.
Basically this show was carried on the shoulders of Zhou Jian Qing and Gu Nan Zhou’s mom. The only two people with sense in the whole show. Good for you Zhou Jian Qing for securing your bag even though by the end it’s more of a plastic bag rather than a Birkin.
Acting : 7/10
Story : 7/10
Music : 7/10
Overall : 7/10
Fave Song : N/A