The 3rd madam and the wives made excuse to not to play mahjong with Annie afraid losing to her again. Cutie and Ronald stared at the first son and Louise counting money and Louise told Ronald that he must try to win over the business. Ronald has a stomach ache. Cutie sends out flyers to the people that the fabric business is going down. People went to the store demanded the first son their money back. Cutie told Ronald that she put beans in the food so he has a stomach ache and she was the one who wrote those flyers. Cutie told Ronald that the business will eventually go down by the first son.
Annie and her maid saw the third madam praying and hopes that her son pass the scholar exam. Even if her son doesn’t pass the scholar exam, she hopes someone else other than Frankie does. A man came and congratulates the Ching family that Frankie passed the scholar exam. Louise was suspected of cheating and got kicked out. Ronald told the third madam that this year’s scholar exam rule is strict and whoever cheats may be sentenced to jail time.
The third madam and Florence tried to bribe the official to save Louise but the official refused to accept bribes. Madam Ching went to the palace and plead the majesty to forgive Louis. The majesty said Louis’s penalty is his right hand must be chopped. Madam Ching begged the majesty chop her hand instead. The majesty finds Madam Ching a caring mother. The majesty spares Louis but he must be punished by receiving eighty spanks. Louis told his mother he was just unlucky being caught cheating out of many people. The Ching family congratulates and celebrates Frankie passing the scholar exam.
Been a busy week but will make time to recap some dramas. ^_^
This series starts with a female in a parrot’s body staring at Prince Shing playing chess with is tutor.General Song and his son came and confronted Prince Shing about his sword. Fung Samtook Prince Ching away. Eliza as a fish and his turtle master swam in the sea and watch Prince Shing and Fung Sam by the shore. Tsuen So Tse dressed up like her brother Fung Sam. Fung Sam told Prince Shing that So Tse will dress up as him and he will spy on General Song and will meet him from time to time. Fung Sum teaches Princess Wanyan martial arts. Princess Wanyan warned Fung Sum that she shouldn’t believe she can’t live without her. Fung Sum smiled and said her Wanyan is back.
So Tse’s servant asked So Tse why she plants this tree every two or three months. Madam Kuen screams and search for Fung Sam. So Tse hurriedly jumped down from the roof to her room and dressed up as Fung Sam and pretends to wake up and scold Madam Kuen. So Tse saw a beautiful Pomegranate and about to pick it up from the tree. Sum Yeung, a scholar yelled and told So Tse she can’t pick it up since it is fake. Wayne called Sum Yeung and walked out with him. Sum Yeung told Wayne he drew the pomegranate and placed it on the tree. Suem Yeung told Wayne he couldn’t remember much of his past after the accident after the shipwreck so he came here in the plain to recall his past. So Tse searched for a servant’s clothe and wants to dressed as a male to hang out with Sum Yeung. Yat Pan Heung, a prostitute fails to do her magic trick. So Tse’s master blindfolded Pan Heung and asked his men to seek her out. So Tse sidetracked the two men of General Song and teleported herself to Sum Yeung’s place. So Tse held the flyer and asked Sum Yeung if he’s hiring. Sum Yeung said he needs someone who can carry bricks. So Tse told Sum Yeung he must hire her because she knows his family. So Tse gives Sum Yeung direction to draw his floor plan. So Tse told Sum Yeung she remembers treating him pomegranate the first time she meth him. So Tse thought about Sum Yeung as her childhood friend while Madam Kuen yelled at her. So Tse asked Madam Kuen to buy her some pomegranate. Mada Kung cried and leave thinking she changed her heart. So Tse stared at Wanyan’s letter from teh amjesty. Princess Wanyan fought with So Tse and kissed her. So Tse sends her bird Sze Loi Fung to send General’s So letter to Prince Shing. Sum Yeung sat and remember a girl used to call his name and taught him to fold a boat. Sum Yeun remembers So Tse as the girl.
Frankie stays in coma. Annie said she remembers that she used the medicine on the horse and it worked. Frankie’s family yelled at Annie for treating Frankie like a horse. Annie doubts if the medicine was too strong. Annie sneaked in Frankie’s room and pour some lizards on his body. Franike sit up and grabbed Annie. The Ching family came and saw Frankie’s hand being healed. Ellesmere gave Frankie some medicine to give it to Annie. Ellesemere said Frankie hit her knee to use her blood to lure the lizards. Ellesmere told Frankie that though Annie is talks informally, she is a nice girl. Frankie came in the room to give the medicine to Annie but he saw his ink was dropped down by Annie. The Ching family wishes Frankie and Louis luck on their scholar exam. Frankie reminds Annie not to open the box on the top shelf in his room. Annie curiously went to Frankie’s room and opened the cupboard and the bowl of ink on the top shelf dropped on his head. Annie’s maid read the slip of paper that he was tricking Annie. Louisa gave Cutie a rat gold as a gift for her baby.
Florence gave Cutie a tiny rat gold. Cutie asked Ellesmere to cut the fabric for her godmother. Ellesmere refused since a guest already ordered it. The maids gossiped about Cutie is poor and only care about her faces. Cutie hit a paper figure and an elder lady cried that her son has passed away. She would like to sell her fabric shop. During diner, Cutie suggests Madam Ching to buy the new fabric shop from the elder lady and let her husband manage it. Annie plays mahjong with the two wives and the second madam. The two wives found some missing ingredients in their soup. The second madam yelled at the maids for being lazy and let Annie’s maid doing all the work. Annie’s maid apologizes to the wives maid. The maids yelled at Annie’s maid for causing them troubles. Annie won the mahjong round.
Lin Die gave the elder martial artist a bottle of wine. The elder martial artist said wine is his friend and can’t betray him. Lin Die gave the elder martial artist a shirt. Lin Die brushes the hair for the martial artist. Lin Die took the elder martial artist out to the festival. The elder martial artist looked at a mother and her baby and thought about his son and got framed by Xiahou Zhun for killing his master. The elder martial artist gave Lin Die a red envelope and said if his son were alive, he would be about the same age as him. Lin Die requested to be the elder martial artist godson. The elder martial artist said he doesn’t need anything. The elder martial artist told Lin Die he’s too naive and trust others too easily. The guards chased the elder martial artist. Lin Die and the elder martial artist fought with the guards. Lin Die saw many people dYING. Lin Die asked the elder martial artist why did he killed them when they are already injured. The elder martial artist said in the martial arts world, if he doesn’t kill them they will kill him.
Lin Die wishes his master a happy new year and long live healthy life. Lin Pen’s master gave Lin Pen a manuel and asked him to write calligraphy. Xiahou Zhun sit and chat with Nuo Feng and wants to marry his disciple to her. Xiahou Zhun asked Nuo Feng what does he thinks of his son. Lin Pen got tired of writing calligraphy and he drew a drawing of Nuo Feng.Xiahou Zhun’s disciple saw Lin Pen sneaks in Nuo Feng’s room. He reads Nuo Feng’s love letter aloud. Nuo Feng watch Xiahou Zhun’s disciple fighting with Lin Pen and she slaps Lin Pen. Lin Pen’s master asked Lin Pen to pack and leave. Lin Pen told his master he is breaking his promise and everyone makes mistakes. Lin Pen slept in the cave and saw Xiaohou Zhun’s disiple. He beats up Lin Pen and said Nuo Feng belongs to him. Lin Die’s servant wakes Lin Pen up and saw him fainting. Lin Pen’s servant piggyback Lin Pen to Xiaohou Zhun’s disciple’s room. Xiaohou Zhun accused Lin Pen of framing him by knocking hid head on the wall. Lin Pen works hard to practice calligraphy. Nuo Feng eavesdrop at Lin Pen eavesdrop at Lin Pen writing calligraphy while falling asleep. Lin Pen went to his master’s room with his calligraphy.
Annie wonder how the first son becomes crazy. Myolie said the first son was the son of the first deceased wife. When he was eight, he got an illness which turned him to be retarded. The first son asked Annie where is Tibet and how does it looks. Annie said the view is beautiful and the grass wine is very good. Madam Ching and her family drinks wine. The first son told Annie the ingredients. Madam Ching put the wine away since they shouldn’t drink too much. Annie told her maid she misses drinking the wine. Annie stole the bottle of wine and drank. Annie hid the wine in the chest. Frankie search for the manuel in the chest. Annie prevented Frankie to look in the chest and his right hands has been injured. Frankie yelled at Annie for causing his hand to be injured which means he can’t write. Madam Ching told Frankie that his father loves him the most because he is well behaved and competitive like him. Madam Ching said his father worked hard to run the fabric store and he hopes that he will be like his father and can hang on during the rough times.
Ellesmere pleadS a Tibetan monk to cure Frankie’s hand. Ellesmere paid the tibetant monk fifteen thousand taels for the medicine. The maids watch the stall owners flirted with Annie’s maid. Annie’s maid oredered dumplings from Johny. A maid pushed Annie’s maid and the hot dumpling fell on Johnny’s body. Johnny yelled at Annie’s maid. Johnny smells the medicine and told Ellesmere he’s been conned by the Tibetan monk. Annie watches the Tibetan monks curing people on the street. Ellesmere confronted the monk for conning. Annie asked the tibetan monk who is the princess of Tibet. Annie chases the fake monk. Annie tied up the monk using the fabric. Ellesmere demanded the monk to return his money. Ellesmere told Annie that if Frankie can’t attend the scholar exam, then he’ll have to wait three more years. Annie watch Frankie writing. Annie cooks Tibetan medicine for Frankie. Ellesmere brought the bowl of medicine for Frankie. Frankie got a headache and sweat.
Madam Ching congratulates Frankie of being engaged to the Mongolian Princess. The majesty sent a brand board to the Ching family. During the wedding ceremony, Annie stared at the scar on Frankie’s hand and opened her veil. Annie and Frankie argue. Madam Ching say the family rules to Annie. Annie and her maid stared at the third madam scolding Florence for not having a baby. Annie doubts why Myolie tied the rope in the feet. Cutie told Annie that the third madam wanted to marry Myolie off to a royalty. Annie hung out with her maid and heard Frankie badmouth her. Annie kicked the cart of fabric toward Frankie and jumped on the horse to stop it. Annie promised Madam Ching she will dye the fabric back to normal tomorrow.
Annie told Madam Ching she realizes dying fabric isn’t easy. Annie thought of Ellemesre Choi advised her that she has to put salt, then mix it with yellow and blue. Annie’s servant tripped while holding the fabric. Annie tries to catch it but accidentally pushed Madam Ching in the ink cauldron. Madam Ching asked the maids to bring the sticks. Annie confronted Madam Ching for using force to punish her. Madam Ching said she’s using the sticks to test the fabrics. Madam Ching said the fabric is well polished and she will forgive her mistakes. Madam Ching pray for Frankie to pass the scholar exam. The monk said he has a cauldron of water which brings luck to the scholars.
The third madam stared at Louis falling asleep and asked him to drink the water and replace the bottle of water with another water for Frankie to drink. Louis gave the bottle of water to Frankie. Cutie asked Madam Ching to let her husband Ronald drink the water since he’s been coughing. A maid announced to the Ching family that all the scholars who drank the water got a stomach ache. Louis ache his stomach. The first son lost the fan while praying for Frankie and Louis in the garden. The first son searched for the fan in the room since it’s brighter. Annie asked the first son if he’s crazy for searching for the fan in the room instead of in the garden. Frankie yells at Annie for calling his brother dumb.
Another one of my favorite ancient tvb series I will recap.
Madam Ching showed her family a special ink for the fabric. The Ching family sneaked in the room and touch the silk and accused the first brother of tearing it. Madam Ching said the fabric was already torn and she asked the sewer to fix it. Madam Ching said the fabric was only the cover of the special fabric. The special fabric is inside. The fabric shone. Madam Ching gave the fabric to the concubine as a gift for the Tibetan princess. The concubine suggests the king to grant marriage between the Tibetan princess to the fourth brother Frankie. Annie would like her future husband whom is more skillful in martial arts than she is. The bandit surrounded Annie and the Tibetans. Annie yelled at the bandit. Annie told her servant that she used to follow her grandpa being a bandit. Frankie wrote a poem and asked the scholars to write the next two lines. A beautiful lady played by May Kwong decipher the poem. Frankie accidentally dropped the poem in Annie’s room while she was taking a bath. Frankie picked up the paper and left and Annie mistaken him for stealing her clothes. Annie punched Frankie. Annie’s maid brought the clothes to Annie and said it fell on the floor. Annie yelled at Frankie for breaking her husband’s ashes.
The third brother saved the forth brother from the frozen rocks. The first brother foreced the fourth brother to side with him. An elder man rescued Fann and Christopher. The elder man gave Fann and Christopher a water bottle. The elder man laughed and transformed to himself as the first brother. The first brother told Christopher he’s not guarding the villagers but he wants to eliminate them all. Christopher told the first brother he will take down his suns so he will lose his power. The first brother laughed and said even if he kill all suns, he will still die. Fann’s sister asked her father Fuxi to let her try to persuade Christopher’s brother to stop this evilness. Christopher’s brother grabbed Fann’s sister and asked if he came back to him to save Christopher. Christopher’s brother slapped Fann’s sister. Fann’s sister plead her father not to kill Christopher’s brother. Christopher’s brother told Fann’s sister she is only beautiful on the outside. Fann’s sister told her father if he kills Christopher’s brother, she will kill herself. Fann’s sister told her father she is Christopher’s brother wife and should be with him. Fuxi left and told Fann’s sister he is disappointed in her.Fann’s sister put some bowl of scent under Christopher’s knee to heal his wound. Christopher’s brother kicked Fann’s sister and called her stupid. Fann’s sister asked Christopher’s brother if he feels better hating her. Fann’s sister gave Christopher’s brother a medicine she stole from her father. Christopher’s brother asked Fann’s sister to not dare to trick him.
The queen told the king that from now on there won’t be illegitimate child in the kingdom. The queen told the king that she can always create more kids unless he leaves her. The king told the queen that Fann and Christopher can kill their then children. The queen doesn’t believe in such tales. The queen said if Fann and Christopher ever interfere in her mission, then they’ll never end up together. Fann and Christopher found Wong Mo. Wong Mo told Christopher and Fann that when the queen fails to rule the world, they will be separated unless they become the fairy again. Wong Mo gave Christopher and Fann a power to save the world but let god decide if they will be together. Christopher and Fann went to the heaven and used the arrow to push out the arrow and arch from the rock. Christopher and Fann held the arrow and hugged each other but got pushed away by the lightning. Christopher uses his arrow and arch to shoot the ten suns. The first brother vanishes and said even if he kills him, the queen can recreate him again. The queen tries to catch the suns spirit and screams. Wong Mo gave Fann the power from her father and said she will be back in heaven as a fairy. The queen called her suns back. The queen suggests the suns to recreate the first brother and destroy the world.
Vincent and Evergreen Mak heard some ghost howl in the flat and freakingly left. An elder lady listening to the song “Rose Rose I love You”. A client wants to withdraw the money since he heard news about the flat. Evergreen Mak suggests Vincent to lend the flat to a foreigner. Vincent told Evergreen Mak the best solution is to check the flat again. Evergreen Mak slept in the flat wearing a buddhist pearl hoping to scare the ghost away. Vincent looked a the neighbor’s window and saw someone. He sneak in the neighbor’s flat while holding the flashlight and saw Selena. Selena told VIncent that the elder lady is Mrs Kiu who runs the Glutinous Rice Cake. Miss Kiu’s utensils have been taken by the officers. Selena suggests Miss Kiu to teach her how to make tea cakes. Miss Kiu told Vincent she wanted him to fix the ceiling for her since she wasn’t tall enough to reach it but he got scared and left. Mrs. Kiu told Vincent her husband and her used to sell teacake in the village until the government took up the land to build houses. Selena gave Vincent some food menu for him to cook. Selena sang the song Rose Rose I love You. Vincent got an idea to help Mrs. Kiu by giving her an ipod. Vincent and Selena happily make tea cakes together. Mrs.Kiu tasted the teacake and found it feels the same as when he cooked it.
Eliza got sick. Vincent visited Eliza. Eliza digs through her mother’s treasures and saw a letter and a medal from her father. Eliza sighed that the building got burnt and she couldn’t find the info about her father. Vincent told Eliza his parents died long time ago and his brother works in Beijing and got married. KK gave Kiki the contract about the land. Kiki sighed that KK didn’t even buy her gift from his business trip.
A friend told KK that his company is buying franchise in Taiwan and it would be awesome if they collaborate. Kiki told the friend the the board of director will support him after he successfuly run the franchise. Rachel asked Evergreen Mak to exercise instead of sitting on the couch. She compared him to Korean actor Cha Seung Won and Japanese Actor Hiroshi Abe whom are muscular. Evergreen Mak said if Cha Seung Won was fat, he wouldn’t be able to find a job. Evergreen Mak said he haven’t been fired. Evergreen Mak said Hiroshi Abe act in porn movies. Rachel told Evergreen Mak if he refused to exercise, he should be on a diet and eat egg whites and bland chicken breastEvergreen Mak receives a call and decides to listen to his wife and exercise. Evergreen Mak promised he will participate in the soccer match. Evergreen Mak prepared for the soccer game with KK. Kiki gave Vincent a bag of bird nest and other nutrition to give to Eliza. Vincent asked Kiki if she knows who is Eliza’s biological father. Kiki gave Vincent a card to charge his expense in the company. KK received a call from Mr.Chiang’s secretary that she won’t be at the practice for the soccer match. Kiki told KK she’s going to work with Raymond on the convenient store project in Taiwan. KK told Kiki there are many consequences if they offend Mr.Chiang. KK said there are a lot of things for him to follow on this project. Eliza treats her coworker tea after getting paid. Vincent cooks dinner and recalled his father teaching him how to cook. Kiki laid down in bed and got sick and called Eliza that she can’t make it to diner with her since she has to sign a contract with a client. Selena called Vincent she can’t make it to diner. Vincent eavesdrop at Selena hugging a male. Vincent received a call from Eliza to meet her.
Korean Dramas: Currently have the most fans and are the most popular among asian dramas.
Taiwanese Dramas: Have international fans but always get stuck as second handed to Korean Dramas or other dramas. Fans only watch Taiwanese Dramas from time to time and there are barely any Taiwanese Drama Blogs.
Mainland Dramas: There are more modern drama fans than Wuxia fans so not surprised that Mainland Dramas barely have any international fans since Mainland usually produce Wuxia. Most Wuxia fans and bloggers are native. Mainland Dramas are always second handed to other dramas where fans only watch it from time to time while putting other dramas as their priority. Not enough eng sub.
HK Dramas: Most HK Drama fans are hardcore and really dedicated to TVB. There are plenty of TVB focused blogs. But there are rarely any international fans. TVB are dubbed in many asian countries and have eng subs.
Japanese Dramas: Not always available. There are a good amount of loyal Japanese Drama fans.
It looks like Most tvb fans are loyal to TVB, and most Korean Drama fans are loyal to Korean. Taiwanese and Mainland always get stuck as second fiddle to other dramas where fans only watch them from time to time.
Which countries dramas do you think are most popular and which ones are the least?