Skip Beat! Episode 1 Recap

We are opened to a voice over saying that everyone is born with a mysterious chest. Within the chest it is filled with anger and vengeance. God has locked away this chest deep within us. However, if the box is opened, it will cause people to do dark things.

A girl called Gong Xi is diligently doing her job of cleaning the floor until she hears of two teenage girls talking about Bo Po Shang’s new album. She immediately rush over to the girls continuously complimenting the maker of the album. She tells them that Shang wrote all of the songs himself, designed the album cover himself and is very pretty and handsome. She tells the girls to go and buy another copy of the album before it gets sold out. As the girls leave, she thanks them for supporting Shang. Suddenly, one of her co-workers remind her that she has another job to go to.

Gong Xi goes to change. She overhears one of her co-workers say that she used to be Dun He Lian’s fan but is now Po Shang’s fan. She is delighted to hear this. Her mood soon turns sour as she finds out that her co-worker has bought two of Shang’s CD’s and received two life size posters of him while she bought two CD’s herself but she didn’t receive any posters.

   

With nothing on her mind but posters, she rides with lightning speed – going faster than the cars, trains and even superman –  to the music. All the posters have been given out but the store manager ends up giving her a cardboard cut-out of Po Shang. The store manager also promise to give her a call when the posters arrives. She even talks to the cardboard Po Shang with adoration but snaps out of it realising that she is running late.

She arrives at her next job – waitressing at a Japanese restaurant – very tired. Her co-workers tell her that she should be tired because she took 15 minutes to arrive at the restaurant when it usually takes 40 minutes. After a glass of water, she gets up feeling much more energised than before. She tells herself that she can do this shift because if she misses any shifts, she won’t be able to pay for her expensive apartment. She is working several jobs a day just to maintain this apartment. One of her co-workers asks her if she can use her apartment to host a party. She makes up some lame excuse to not allow her to go to her apartment. Her co-worker is left wondering what is lurking in her apartment – possibly a man.

      

Gong Xi comes home to find Po Shang there. He tells her to be quiet to avoid letting the neighbours know. She happily shows him of her cardboard cut-out of him. He ignores her and continues to flip through his magazine. She then rush over to sit beside him. He asks for a drink which she goes to get for him. She asks him if he has eaten and would he like her to make him some instant noodles. He mutters that it is already 10pm and who wouldn’t have eaten already. (Probably Gong Xi) She then follows him to his closet. She watches as he packs his clothes. She asks him why he is in a bad mood. Is it because of work? He doesn’t reply and continues to pack. She tells him that he hasn’t been home in a while and she misses him a lot. Whenever she calls him, she always get redirected to voicemail. He asks her if she is blaming him which she quickly tells him of course not. He then asks her if he has to report her every move. Gong Xi starts to say something but stops herself. She stares at him and notices that he has been very annoyed lately. She reminisces the old times when they first arrived in Taipei. He treated her so nicely and waited for her to come home before he started eating. As his career took off, he started becoming more and more annoyed with everything. She tells herself that his recent mood is all because of work and decides to get her secret weapon to cheer him up. So she rushes out of the house telling him that she has something to buy. The elevator is so slow so she rushes down 14 flights of stairs.

Gong Xi voiceovers and says that she and Shang are childhood friends. When she was little, her mummy didn’t have time to take care of her so she often stayed at Shang’s house. Shang’s family owns one of the top rating Japanese resorts in Taiwan. As Shang is their only son, he was always destined to overtake the family business one day. One day, Shang found Gong Xi by the river and they have some fun together splashing water at each other.

   

Shang has no interest taking the family business. He is interested only in music and has set his mind on becoming a famous singer. One day, Gong Xi comes home from high school overhearing Shang and his father have a really heated argument over his future. Shang tells his father that he doesn’t want to take over the resort. He wants to do something he wants. His father tells him not to be so naive and slaps him in the face. Shang runs outside with Gong Xi following. He tells that he wants to run away and asks her to go with him. Of course he says yes thinking that he has chosen her.

      

Gong Xi is rushing from store to store packing on strawberry junk food. She is also searching for strawberry pudding and finds it at a store just before it was about to close. She also continues her story telling that she moved to Taipei with Shang. Everyday she is working three jobs to pay for the apartment while Shang is pursuing his dreams of becoming a famous singer. She has no time for leisure activities let alone make herself pretty. Everyday is like an endless marathon of work to her but she is not tired, but happy. This happiness is kept buried in her heart. That doesn’t matter to her as long Shang’s dream can come true, she is happy.

Gong Xi comes home to find Shang getting ready to leave. He tells her that it is her fault for being gone for so long. He opens the door and is about to leave just as she tempts him to stay with the strawberry pudding. He tells her that she is a smarty for having bought those snacks as he can’t go to buy it himself and he can’t tell people to buy it for him because he is afraid it will lessen his image. She stays to eat and Gong Xi watches as he uses his special method to eat the strawberry pudding, sucking each pudding into his mouth. She remembers when she was little she would watch him eat that way and then touch his cheeks filled with pudding. Back in the present, she tries to touch his cheeks but he tells her to stop being so childish. He then makes her promise not to tell anyone about his love for strawberry food.

Gong Xi tells him how one of her co-workers used to be Dun He Lian’s fan but has now switched sides to become his fan. He is happy by this news and says that he will surpass He Lian. Just then, He Lian appears on TV as the guy that women want to hug the most in Taiwan. She tries to reassure Shang that the voting was inaccurate but the host says that voting is certified as accurate. He Lian was also voted as the guy with the best features. Shang is in a bad mood. Gong Xi keeps trying to reassure him by downgrading He Lian. Shang leaves in a very bad mood. This causes her to be in a bad mood too. She vents out her anger by throwing food at the TV He Lian.

   

He Lian walks out of the show’s recording when his manager responds to the type of woman his is looking for. Gentle, considerate, smart and hardworking? He Lian tells him that such a common question needs a common answer. The manager says that shows like these are so uncreative. He Lian tells his manager to not say such things since it is his job. The manager gives him a chupa chup which he happily takes. Then a man, a variety show top host, comes  rushing out of the middle of his job up to He Lian asking for an autograph saying how his whole family, especially his daughter, adores him. Then producer comes rushing after the host and lectures him for running out the middle of his job just for an autograph. Lian asks the host if he is ashamed to run out of the middle of his job for an autograph. The host doesn’t reply but he signs the autograph anyways. He says that his attitude has nothing to do with his daughter. He sends his regards to his daughter. He bows as he leaves.

Lian gets scold by his manager for being so disrespectful to the host. He also worries that Lian might be blackmailed for what he did or the host might protest to the president. He know that Lian treats his job as a religious calling. He also knows that not everyone has a serious and responsible attitude towards their jobs. Lian smiles and brushes the situation off as it is of no big deal. He says that he will work on it in the future.

Gong Xi calls Shang using a pay phone only to reach his voicemail. She apologises for the words she said last night. She tells him how much more better than Dun He Lian he is. After her quick message, she goes back to her job – handing out flyers. She stops when she sees a poster advertising that Shang is going to be on a live music show tonight. She realises that she will be able to see him if she goes to the station. So she quickly hands out all of the flyers and rush to the station.

Shang is pissed off because the producer of the music show wants to change the music style. His manager persuaded him to comply since they are still new. After persuading him, she asks him whether he went to see Happy New Year yesterday (Gong Xi means congratulations in Chinese and is a phrase often used during the New Year). He feels that she is jealous but she tells him that she only wants to discuss work with him.

   

Meanwhile, Gong Xi tries go in and see Shang but she gets thrown out by security. She finds herself another way of getting in – by hiding in a showcase box. She brings a box of strawberry pudding to see him.

Gong Xi gets excited that she gets to see Shang, that is until she heard him talking to his manager. He tells her that he had no choice but to bring Gong Xi with him to Taipei because all he knew was music. He needed her to take care of his needs. She asks him if she considered her a servant. He says yes because that is what she is. His manager tells him to let go of Gong Xi now since he is not interested in her. He agrees and flirts with his manager saying that she needs to take care of him now. She tells him that the agency has gotten him ready an apartment with his own maid. She asks him she will have to be his servant then. He says no because she is not Gong Xi. He says that he is glad to have left home or else he would have been forced to marry and have children with the ugly, stupid, bumpkin Gong Xi. After hearing this conversation, her mysterious chest has cracked within her. She goes and throws the strawberry pudding at Shang. She confronts him and then begins to cry. She tells him that she had to work three jobs a day to pay for his apartment while he did nothing expect for pursing his dreams. He yells at her to go home and cry. Her chest has been open and all of the demons have been released. She vows to take revenge on him. He laughs this off and tells her that he will become more and more famous and the distance between them will become greater. He does her a good deed and tells her the only way that she can take revenge is by entering the showbiz industry.  He tells the security to drag her out while she screams that she will enter the showbiz industry and then she will step over him.

She rides her bike home crying and getting dejected each time as she sees a picture of Shang. She gets home and rips up all of her posters of him even the carboard cut-out. She gets to a CD and pauses.

      

She remembers how he rushes home to show her his first album. She buys his third album and shows him but he just tells her to be quiet. Gong Xi cries and she remembers these moments. She also remembers how he didn’t even want to be seen in public with her because he is afraid that it will ruin his image.

      

Gong Xi goes to a shop to buy a pair of limited edition black high heels. She tells the saleswoman to wrap it up. The saleswoman tells her the price and she falls over. The saleswoman starts saying why this pair of shoes is so expensive. She stops her and tells her to wrap it up. She pays with a stack of NT100 bills. She then goes to the hair salon to get a haircut. The hairdresser asks her if she is sure since she has been growing her hair for so long. (Nooooo, bad decision. Don’t cut your hair!) He thinks about the conversation yesterday and screams at the hairdresser telling her to cut it all off asking for a rising star hairstyle.

Gong Xi goes to the restaurant telling her co-workers that she has decided to enter the showbiz industry with a hairstyle that I am 100% sure will not be of a rising star. Everyone gets depressed because she tells them that she is going to quit working at the restaurant. The owner walks off without saying anything. The owner’s wife tells her that he really likes her that’s why. Gong Xi apologises and says that she can’t keep taking time off to look for ways to enter the entertainment industry. She also says that she has stopped renting the apartment and has no where to stay. The owner suddenly props a set of keys in front of Gong Xi and tells her that she can live here only if she continues to keep working. He also doesn’t mind if she takes time off. (It turns out that the owner was hiding and overheard the whole conversation.)

Gong Xi moves into her new accommodation with one suitcase. This leaves Wan Zi very suspicious despite her living in such a big apartment.

Wan Zi has a great idea to help Gong Xi entering the showbiz industry. This involves Gong Xi dressed up as a freak walking up and down the streets of Ximending. After two hours of walking, no agency has come to scout her yet. She wonders if this is really going to work. Wan Zi reassures her and says that her mum told her that Bridgitte Lin was discovered on the streets of Ximending. Gong Xi is left wondering who Bridgitte Lin is.

Wan Zi opens up a newspaper and Gong Xi sees an article about Bu Po Shang returning to university. She is furious that he deceived her to become his housekeeper and lose her opportunity to go to university. This causes her spirits to pop up again. She vows once again that she will never forgive him. Gong Xi and Wan Zi thinks of another idea.

Lian and his manager is waiting for a call from the president because the host has already filed a complaint. Lian’s manager is practising what he is going to say. Lian tells him to just tell the truth, he is more than happy to explain himself. His manager tells him that he will do it himself because he will just make matters worse. The phone rings.

Gong Xi is walking the streets holding a sign that says “Wannabe star seeking an agent. Seeking an agent. I guarantee to be famous” Just when they lost all hope, a man comes up to them and tells them that he can help Gong Xi to become famous. He tells them to follow him…to a hotel. Wan Zi and Gong Xi ties up the pervert and punch the crap out of him. (Lesson learnt: Never follow a strange man to anywhere)

Gong Xi and Wan Zi stand on an overpass discussing what they are going to do next. Gong Xi sees LME on a newspaper and decides that she can go to LME, Taiwan’s largest agency, and get discovered there. Wan Zi doubts that they will even take her in. She tells her why not. Even the Bu Po Shang who can’t use a vacuum can get discovered. And plus, she got better grades than him. Wan Zi sighs and tells her to go for it before leaving for tutor. Gong Xi gets excited that LME will accept her and she will soon become better than Bu Pu Shang and then she can step on him. She yells out for hang to watch out for her, she’s coming for him! But before she can do anything, she must change her looks.

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My Opinion:

This is going to be a great drama! Each of these characters are starting to develop their own sense of personality, especially Gong Xi, which will be implanted on the viewers’ heart. We can see the impact that Gong Xi has received from Po Shang and why she has to seek revenge. What he did was mean, really mean. Shang could have wrecked her whole future. He took her away from university leaving her with no experiences but handy work. I enjoy Donghae’s acting here. I could feel his emotions for what he did to Gong Xi. And it was not nice. Siwoon however, it is a bit difference. I know we haven’t seen much of him yet but from what I have seen, I can only see three facial expressions – smiling, not smiling and poker face. Ahahaha, hopefully he will grow into more expressions as the drama progresses. 🙂

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