租个女友回家过年 Ep 6-8

These episodes all take place in Long Meng, and while I understand it’s suppose to capture the “traditional” spirit and show the audience these wondrous Chinese locales, I don’t think they did a good job capturing the outside scenery. Most of the scenes take place inside that one old house that Yi-Wei’s parents live in.

Summary:

So Yi-Wei’s parents try to make him take Xiao^2 around to show her the town and historic structures, and he did, for about 2 minutes before he got angry and asked why he should be taking her around when SHE’s the one on the JOB. He was probably realizing that he was enjoying spending time with her. This is one of the few scenes where we get a nice concentrated look at the town.

In the next scenes, Xiao^2 tries to help Yi-Wei’s mother cook in one of those old “burn wood for fuel” stoves and proceeds to cause a fire. Yi-Wei comes in to help take out the fire, is caught by his father, and is yelled at for stepping into the Kitchen area. There is this whole confrontation about how men should not be going into the kitchen and how the father wouldn’t let the older sisters go to school because he wanted to give that chance to the son.

(“Have you seen Long Meng men step into the Kitchen?!”)

I don’t really understand what the producers are trying to do with this confrontation. They are acknowledging that sexist bias still exist in China today, but at the same time, it seems by acknowledging it, they are trying to down play the situation. It’s as if they’re saying we know the woman is suppressed, but hey, we’re recognizing it and … let’s move on. They don’t really address how this problem can be solved, or infer anything at all. They are just bringing it up. It really confuses me. In the last few scenes, the mother somewhat complains about how Xiao^2 does not make her bed. Since she’s a city girl, it seems she doesn’t understand how to take care of the household, because those are the woman’s duties… again, I am very perplexed at the direction this production is going.

Episode 7 begins with a bunch of traditional rituals the couple has to do to “bai nian” (literally meaning bow year) which is to go around wishing people a Happy New Year. They first go visit the 2nd sister, who is a widow. She married into a poor family and now that her husband is gone, she is left with a huge burden of feeding both his parents and her kids. They visit sister no. 3 next. No.3 is a huge biatch, lol, and I love her. If I was to ever make a drama, I will make sure to cast a super biatch and a woman that can laugh like a hyena… they make things so much more interesting, as they’re so exaggerated. No.3 is also the fat sister, and her husband is the one with the ugly toupe. In every house they’ve visited so far, Xiao^2 had to eat boiled eggs in sugar water… which sounds gross.

(No. 3)

The fake couple then visits sister No.1, who has a son that’s a year older than Xiao^2. No.1’s husband is a businessman, so she’s been living a very comfortable life. Let me just point out that No.1 looks so young. The actress has definitely been taking very good care of her skin. She does not look more than 45, and yet her son is 23? Dang. Her son is played by an actor named Joe Easy… I’m not kidding lol.

(She’s found the fountain of youth)

In Episode 8, No.3 suspects that her husband is cheating on her and runs home to her parents with her kids. She won’t talk to her husband, Mr. Toupe, to let him explain, and her kids lock Yi-Wei out of his room. So that night, Yi-Wei bunks with Xiao^2, and they wake up hugging each other. Yi-Wei’s bfl calls him, and Xiao^2 picks up, answers and gives the phone to Yi-Wei. So the bfl then says to Yi-Wei: “You’ve been celibate for so many years, it’s understandable that you’d crack.” LOL. I thought that was funny, the way he said it.

(Who still uses phones like that? With the long antennae?)

But, give it up to the cdramas to make the wake up scene so unromantic and unsexy. They wake up, they bicker, pillow fight, and Yi-Wei’s parents think they’re doing it. The mother even later proceeds to tell Xiao^2 that the walls are very thin, so they should try to keep it down. (Awkward…having to hear that from your mother-in-law.) The father now wants the couple to get engaged, because he believes, as a man, Yi-Wei should take responsibility. And episode 8 closes with our lead couples calling up their bfl’s and working out their respective internal feelings for each other.

Comments:

Even though we’ve ended episode 8, I think the series is still setting up everything, in terms of putting the Sun family hierarchy into place. The drama has a pretty good pace, and I think this long set up is needed since there are so many family members. Again, they ruined the wake up scene. The director really needs to watch some Korean dramas and learn to coordinate the positions of the actors better. The age thing bothers me a little. You also see this in a lot of other Asian dramas, where the girl is 10 years younger than the guy, which I’m assuming is the case here. The actress is actually older than the actor, but the age portrayal of the characters in the drama bothers me. Why is there such a huge gap man.

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