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Provocateur (與諜同謀): Episode 12 Recap

After the deaths of his first and second wife, cosmetic mogul Cheuk Gwan Lam tries to turn over a new leaf. As fate would have it, he encounters a resourceful young man known as Ringo Poon, through whom he sees a younger version of himself. Cheuk Gwan Lam develops a familial attachment towards Ringo. The young man also wins the favor of Cheuk’s secretary Rachel Chan, who believes that Ringo would lead the company, Endless Beauty, to success. Rachel, still mourning over the disappearance of her husband Vincent many years ago, drowns herself with work. Endless Beauty, as well as Cheuk Gwan Lam himself, becomes her sole purpose in life. Ringo exploits the trust Rachel has in him, also winning Cheuk Gwan Lam’s approval. Little do they know that Ringo is actually secretly conspiring with a team of talented people on the sly to steal trade secrets from large corporations for money. Ringo has been planning this for years, seeking the best opportunity to take destructive revenge on Endless Beauty.


At the warehouse, Turtle and Yan Yan are watching the news report about Endless Beauty’s fall stocks on the TV. Ringo arrives and asks how much money Chin Wing Tong put into it. They find out that another man Chan Wing Lam wired money into his account. Ringo tells Yan Yan to immediately look into this guy’s background.

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Chan Wing Lam goes to find Chin Wing Tong and demands for him to repay all the money he lent him immediately otherwise his current meal will be his last meal.

Cheuk Gwan Lam appears to be fine and leaves in high spirits. He arranges for a press conference where he addresses all the rumors about his health. He tells the reporters that he just went to the hospital for his annual check up. His doctors told him that he’s as healthy as a 35 year old so there shouldn’t be any worries for his health. As for his company’s stocks falling, he says that stocks fall and rise all the time and he’s confident that this won’t be a problem to them.

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Rachel returns to the office and the other employees make snide remarks about her making lots of money from the stocks going up again. She tells she didn’t know Cheuk Gwan Lam was okay but they don’t believe her. Mani steps in and clarifies that she and Rachel really didn’t know and tells them to get back to work.

Rachel and Mani then goes to see Cheuk Gwan Lam in his office. Rachel is upset at him for not telling her about his plan. Mani scolds her father too for making her worry and tells him to figure out a way to make it up to Rachel.

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Ringo finds Rachel on the roof. He can immediately tell why she’s upset since it’s written all over her face. He tries to comfort her. Rachel knows being used like this is part of the job but it still upsets her.

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Then Rachel receives a phone call from her son. He tells her to remind Ringo about the school outing the next day. Ringo agreed to go to the outing with Mr. Hong and he also manages to convince Rachel to take the day off too to spend with her son.

Cheuk Gwan Lam treats Ding-Ye to dinner for helping him out. If Ding-Ye didn’t put pressure on Chan Wing Lam’s company, he never would have been able to buy back his stocks at such a low price.

In the middle of their meal, they hear Chin Wing Tong making a commotion outside the room. Ah Sang goes to see what’s going on and Chin Wing Tong spots Cheuk Gwan Lam. The two exchange words, making snide remarks and taunting each other. In the end, Chin Wing Tong leaves in a huff.

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During the excursion, Ringo teaches Mr. Hong how to properly cook their food over the open fire. Meanwhile, Rachel is busy with work on her phone. This has Mr. Hong scolding her.

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After eating, Mr. Hong wants to play with bubbles. Ringo fixes their concoation so that it allows Mr. Hong to blow lots of big bubbles. Then he stands to the side, watching the mother and son play and taking a few pictures of the moment.

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Back at the office, Cheuk Gwan Lam can’t find a file. He calls Rachel for it but after hearing Mr. Hong’s voice on the other line, realizes it’s her day off. She tells him what he needs to know.

Ringo notices this and snatches the phone from her and hangs up. He reminds her that the company won’t crumble without her but her son will be unhappy if she’s only preoccupied with her work even on her day off. Ringo confiscates her phone and tells her he’ll keep it for her in the meantime.

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Cheuk Gwan Lam hears Ringo’s voice before he hangs up and is a little peeved.

The next day at work, after a meeting about the damage control for 797M, Rachel receives a phone call from Laura tell her that her refrigerator is broken. Ringo offers to come by to check it out after his meeting but Rachel tells him she’ll just call someone to take a look at it later.

After work, Cheuk Gwan Lam offers to drive Rachel home. In addition, he takes a look at her refrigerator and fixes it for her. Shs’s thankful and invites him to stay for dinner. During dinner, Cheuk Gwan Lam praises Rachel for her cooking. Both Mr. Hong and Laura says it’s all thanks to Ringo for teaching Rachel how to cook edible food.

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Cheuk Gwan Lam then tells Mr. Hong that because his mom works so hard at work, he’s going to reward her with five additional vacation days. He tells her to let him know when she wants to take the vacation. Mr. Hong gets so excited that he tells his mom that he needs to send a message to his father to let him know the good news.

After the mother and son duo leave the dining table, Laura tells Cheuk Gwan Lam that Rachel has never been able to let Vincent go and this is her method of coping.

In Cheuk Gwan Lam’s home office, he takes out an iPhone and turns it on but the batteries are dead.

Amber is arguing with her lawyer as she’s driving in her car. As a final note, her lawyer passes on a message from her older sister, telling her to behave other wise she’ll deduct her monthly allowance. Of course, Amber gets pissed off since that money is her inheritance and her older sister has no right to touch it. She hangs up and slams her head on the steering wheel.

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Another call comes in and Amber goes off on the caller, thinking it’s her lawyer again. But it turns out to be a friend called Leo.

Amber meets Leo at a cafe and takes a look at his dress design. He’s planning on entering it into a competition. She praises him and the briefly catch up.

As they’re leaving together, a person on a motorcycle comes by and snatches the poster tube from Leo. The motorcycle’s wheel catches on Leo’s feet and caused him to fall down and hit his head hard. He’s out cold.

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Amber tries to catch the thief but ends up getting hurt herself. She manages to call Cyrus for help before falling unconscious. When she wakes up, she finds herself in the hospital and Cyrus sleeping in the chair next to her. He wakes up after hearing her stir and updates her on what happened to her and her friend. Amber just has a minor bruise but Leo sustained serious head trauma and is currently in a critical condition.

Amber starts thinking more clearly and realizes that this wasn’t a normal robbery case. The robber was targeting Leo’s design. She tells him she remembers the license plate being fake. Amber begs Cyrus to help her find out who is behind this. He tells her he will and for her to rest now.

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Cyrus goes to a cafe spot where a bunch of other racers go to chat. He approaches them and places his helmet over the phone of his target. After receiving his take out, Cyrus leaves.

Back at the warehouse, Cyrus takes out the special device that copies data from phones from inside his helmet. He gives it to Yan Yan and asks her to check it out for him.

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Cyrus goes to the hospital and finds Amber in Leo’s room. She’s worried that he’ll never wake up again. Cyrus tells her that the doctors have all done their best. Then he asks about their relationship. Leo and Amber were college school mates but after they graduated, they went their separate ways. It was only recently they caught up again after Leo returned to Hong Kong.

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Cyrus then tells Amber what he found out. The motorcyclist thief was just a hired hand. Though he did have a lot of calls with Jau Pui Wu, Amber’s sister’s, company. Amber is starting to realize this issue isn’t that simple.

Amber is in the garden with Cyrus, watching a pair of sisters and envious of their relationship.

Flashback to when Amber was younger and she just returned home to find her drunk mom arguing with her father. Fast forward to a few years later at Christmas time. Amber’s father comes to drop off his gift to her and then leaves. A few years more, Amber shows her mom a picture of a design she’s working on. Her mother rips it to shreds and yells at her to not even think about it; her father’s fashion design company has no place for the daughter of a mistress.

When her father passed away, her and her mother had to hide from afar to attend the funeral. Her father’s legal wife spots them and comes over to slap Amber’s mom for being a homewrecker. She tells them to scram and the two walk away crying.

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Amber knows, no matter what she does, it will never be good enough for them. So since Fate wants her to be a thorn to their side, she’ll do her best at it.

Cheuk Gwan Lam and Rachel are taking a walk through the labs with David and TC. Since their business is getting better, it’s time to expand the labs. Cheuk Gwan Lam goes through the proposal and okays it but tells them that they are not to mess with Vincent’s office.

Meanwhile, Rachel wanders over to Vincent’s office. She reminiscences bringing her husband lunch she made and him happily eating it despite it being poorly cooked.

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Cheuk Gwan Lam enters the office and breaks Rachel from her memories. They leave the labs and he takes her to a place where he usually goes to think when he’s really troubled. He talks a little bit about his earlier days working with Vincent. Rachel thanks him for everything he’s done for her ever since Vincent disappeared.

Despite everything, she doesn’t care what people say. She knows Vincent will come back to her one day. She’ll keep waiting for him until he does.

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That night, Cheuk Gwan Lam returns home and unplugs the charging iPhone. Turns out this is Vincent’s phone. He reads all the messages Rachel has been sending.

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While Rachel goes to get ready for bed, she receives a text message from Vincent’s phone.

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