I’ve been saying for weeks that the best thing for Tian Xing to do was to make Xiao Lu disappear and it would appear that he’s finally decided to take my advice which means we’ve got all sorts of tears to wade through in this week’s episode of Fall in Love With Me.
Before we dive into Xiao Lu’s whole “I’m leaving” thing, can I first ask someone to explain to me what kind of world Tian Xing is living in that would make him believe that dragging Le Si to some advertising big wig cocktail party, as his date, would be a good idea, ’cause I’m really lost on that one. I mean really! If Tian Xing wanted to impress Le Si with his connections and his money he could have gotten her tickets to some sold-out show or arranged for her to have dinner with her favorite celebrity or something… Anything would have been better than dragging her to that stupid party, right? I’m fairly convinced that, for the most part, Tian Xing is a smart guy so he had to have had some sort of clue that dragging Le Si to that party was actually a bad idea. So why’d he do it? Anyone? Anyone?
Perhaps Tian Xing honestly believed that Le Si would miraculously grow a backbone and suddenly be able to stand up and speak for herself (which would be a miracle far beyond the imagination of any T-drama writers). Perhaps Tian Xing thought the reporters and fellow industry leaders would simply overlook his new girl or maybe he just wanted to show her off? Of course there’s always the possibility that Tian Xing honestly thought he was doing Le Si some sort of good by bringing her to that party but if that’s the case, I’m really disappointed in his lack of intelligence. I suppose there is another option here, and one that I’m hesitant to mention because it would paint Tian Xing in a less than savory light, but seeing as how he’s not exactly the nicest of guys there’s a very real possibility that he brought Le Si to this party, knowing things would fall apart, just so he could be the one to comfort her at the end of it all. Like I said, this is a less than chivalrous idea but it’s still a possibility and I wouldn’t entirely put it past Tian Xing to try something like that, at least once.
As dramatic as the events at the party were the real drama in this week’s episode was Xiao Lu’s sudden decision to disappear completely. We all knew this day would have to come sooner or later and I applaud Tian Xing for finally accepting the fact that if he’s ever going to have a chance with Le Si, he’s going to have to first stop lying to her. As difficult as it was for Tian Xing to stick with his decision to make Xiao Lu disappear, it was the right thing to do. Of course if he were smart, he wouldn’t have tried so hard to make Le Si fall for Xiao Lu in the first place (and yes, I am aware that his initial goal in becoming Xiao Lu wasn’t to make Le Si fall for him but you have to admit that he did a fine job of making it happen anyway). Tian Xing would have saved everyone, himself included, a whole lot of heartache if he had decided to be honest with Le Si from the beginning but that would mean we would have nothing to talk about now so I guess this is just how things were meant to work out.
I have to say, I was pretty disappointed in the way Xiao Lu decided to make his grand exit. Leaving Le Si standing there, with her eyes closed, expecting that her desperate wish for Xiao Lu’s affections was about to come true was harsh, even in Tian Xing standards and I can’t blame Le Si for being upset. There’s nothing quite as painful as having your love rejected but to have it blown off completely… Ouch! To make things worse, Xiao Lu has to show up at OZ the next day and declare he’s leaving, as in right now, and there’s no chance for anyone to say anything more than a quick “goodbye.” Shocked as she is, Le Si can’t stand to let Xiao Lu go without making it absolutely clear how she feels about him and instead of letting her down gently, Xiao Lu flat-out tells her she’s nothing more than a friend and he wants nothing more than that from her. (Liar.)
We all know that as Le Si tries to process Xiao Lu’s rejection, Xiao Lu is struggling to stick with the decision he made to disappear and we also know that he feels incredibly guilty for breaking Le Si’s heart (as well he should) but even all of that inner turmoil isn’t enough to convince me I should forgive Xiao Lu for being so cold. There were a zillion different ways Xiao Lu could have said good-bye but he chose the most painful path and now he has to deal with the consequences. I think that the thing that makes it even harder for me to forgive Tian Xing/Xiao Lu for his coldness is the sneaky way Tian Xing shows up almost immediately after Xiao Lu left. I know that Tian Xing was really just worried about Le Si and that he wanted to be with her, to comfort her as best he could but at the same time, it left me feeling like Tian Xing inflicted the wound just so he could administer the medicine.
Whether Tian Xing had ulterior motives or not, one thing is for certain, Le Si willingly used the shoulder he offered and spent the entire rest of the evening conversing, quite civilly, with a man she has sworn she hated. I know that things aren’t going to pick up between Tian Xing and Le Si any time soon but they’ve started heading in the right direction and there is the very real possibility that things between them could eventually move beyond civil toleration, at least on Le Si’s part. Tian Xing has made it painfully obvious that his feelings for Le Si aren’t going to change so it’s really only a matter of time before he wins her over. Of course a lot of his success is going to depend on whether or not he can keep his mouth shut on matters concerning Xiao Lu. Mere hours after Tian Xing decides to make Xiao Lu disappear, he’s on the verge of spilling the beans about the whole thing and if Le Si doesn’t catch on soon, I may have to start flipping tables.
So what are your thoughts on this week’s developments? Could you find Tian Xing’s motivation in bringing Le Si to that party? Would you care to elaborate for me? What do you think of Xiao Lu’s decision to disappear? Do you think Tian Xing is doing the right thing by making Xiao Lu leave forever? Do you really think Tian Xing will be able to stick with his decision or will Xiao Lu reappear in the near-ish future? Am I the only one who felt a little uneasy about Tian Xing appearing to comfort Le Si so soon after Xiao Lu left? As always, I’d love to hear what you’re thinking so be sure to leave me a comment below!
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