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Provocateur (與諜同謀): Episode 14 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.

Cheuk Gwan Lam’s doctor makes a house visit. He can’t find anything wrong with him but suggests he goes in for a real body check up. Cheuk Gwan Lam wants to know if it’s possible to do so without letting the media know. His doctor will recommend him a doctor in America.


When Rachel returns home she sees Mr. Hong hiding something from her. She asks her son about it but he tells her it’s nothing. Then he asks if he can go ask Ringo to help him with his homework. His mom lets him.


When Laura returns from walking Mr. Hong over to Ringo’s place, Rachel asks her if she noticed anything weird about Mr. Hong. Laura remembers Mr. Hong received a letter and Rachel thinks he’s in a relationship and starts freaking out.


Martin texts Rachel at that moment asking for a new recipe. Laura asks about him and Rachel tells her who he is.


Ringo checks Mr. Hong’s homework and wonders why the kid came looking for him when he knows all his stuff. Mr. Hong tells him his secret. He tells him he received a letter from his father and asks Ringo to read it to him. The letter tells Mr. Hong to meet him at a park to give a surprise to his mother for his parent’s tenth year anniversary. Mr. Hong is super excited for his father to return.


Then Mr. Hong asks if Ringo remembers what he did with his father. Ringo has a flashback of burying a time capsule with his parents. They promised to come dig it back up together 20 years later. Ringo tells the kid he doesn’t remember.

After putting her son to bed, Rachel texts Martin her worries about her son potentially dating and not telling her. Martin also tells her about his daughter may be dating. The two comfort each other.

Ringo meets Cyrus by some cliffs. Cyrus tells him everything he’s dug up on Rachel’s ex-husband Vincent. He was working on a product called Dr. House before he went missing. A year after he went missing, Endless Beauty pulled the product off the shelves.


Cyrus also tells him what he found out about the letter send to Mr. Hong. It was a letter written three years ago that was set to be mailed on a specific date in the future.

At work the next day, Ringo is having a meeting with Mani, Rachel, and Cheuk Gwan Lam. He asks about the Dr. House project and finds out their was an ingredient that could cause a disease so that’s why they stopped producing it.


Cheuk Gwan Lam then tells them he’s going to America to check out a few companies. Ringo offers to go with Rachel to participate in this ‘Love and Care for the Elderly” event.

Rachel and Ringo have to go buy some materials before visiting the elderly. They have so much fun messing around at the markets that they get a little too distracted.

The first old lady they visit mistaken Ringo for her son and Rachel as her daughter-in-law. Ringo makes her play along and they happily cook dinner for the old lady. He accidentally cuts his finger and Rachel carefully helps him bandage it up.


The next day at work Ringo goes to bother Rachel during lunch. She notices he didn’t change his bandage and goes to get a new one for him. Just then she receives another message from Martin and Ringo sees it.

He goes to see Laura at her workshop and brings her food. He slyly asks and finds out Rachel has been texting a man named Martin. Laura expresses her worries and asks Ringo to keep an eye out on Rachel if he could.


Ringo asks Cyrus to check up on this Martin and hands over the information to Ringo. He goes through their text messages and finds out that it really is normal conversations. But the weird thing is the background of the guy named Martin. He’s never been married and doesn’t have a teenage daughter. Ringo’s gut instincts were right. Someone is using Vincent’s phone to try to get close to Rachel.


After Cyrus is done with his report and leaves, Ringo calls Chin Wing Tong to meet up. When they do, Ringo shares his plans. Cheuk Gwan Lam plans on taking over a smaller company because he’s interested in one of their products. Ringo has dug up some dirt on this company. After the acquisition, he’ll release the dirt, which will cause Endless Beauty’s stocks to tumble down. That’s when Chin Wing Tong comes in. He needs him to lend money to Cheuk Gwan Lam. If he does so, they’ll be able to take charge of the company and kick Cheuk Gwan Lam out.

On their way coming back from a meeting with some bankers, Rachel and Cheuk Gwan Lam drive by a church. Rachel remembers the day they got married.

That night, Mr. Hong asks for the story of how his parents met. She tells him it was love at first sight. After Mr. Hong falls asleep, Rachel is by herself remembering more memories of her husband.


Martin messages her and she shares her worries with him. It’s near her tenth year anniversary with her husband and around this time she starts remembering more of their memories together. Martin comforts her as best he can.

At lunch the next day Cheuk Gwan Lam gives Rachel three tickets to go see the circus. It’s for the date of her tenth anniversary. Since Laura is busy, Rachel invites Cheuk Gwan Lam to go with her and Mr. Hong.


That night, Mr. Hong is on the phone with Ringo, reminding him to pick him up on time so he won’t be late for his meeting with his father. He hangs up when Rachel enters. Rachel tells him they’re going to see the circus tomorrow and he’s a little upset that it has to be tomorrow.


Mr. Hong asked Ringo if his father ever promised him anything before they hung up and the question rings in his head. Ringo remembers calling his father after they get caught and his father promising to come get him and his mother as soon as possible.

The next day, Rachel, Mr. Hong, and Cheuk Gwan Lam are on their way to the circus. Rachel and Cheuk Gwan Lam get distracted cleaning up an ice-cream stain on Rachel’s jacket. Mr. Hong takes this chance to run away to the park. Rachel panics and they start looking everywhere for him.

Ringo is at the park setting up balloons and a present for Mr. Hong. Mr. Hong runs into him there. Ringo takes him to the tree with the present. He reads the card to him, telling him something happened and he wasn’t able to meet him. Mr. Hong is a bit disappointed that he missed his father and promises to not tell his mom. Rachel finds them and yells at Ringo for being nosy and butting into her family’s business.


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