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Provocateur (與諜同謀): Episode 18 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 goes to see a professor doctor and asks for some kind of Chinese medicine to help him. Though he advises him that if he doesn’t get enough rest and sleep, no amount of medicine can help him.

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After seeing the doctor, he roams the streets with Ah Sang reminiscing about the old days when he they just started Endless Beauty.

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Ringo goes to see Chin Wing Tong and tells him to stop messing around. Chin Wing Tong defends himself, saying he just wanted to show Cheuk Gwan Lam who’s boss. Ringo convinces him to stop because their plan to take down Cheuk Gwan Lam is going well so he just needs to be patient. Chin Wing Tong finally relents and promises not to mess with the people at the company anymore.

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Though that isn’t what Ringo wants. Ringo tells the other that he’s free to continue messing with the other people – but he’s just not allowed to touch the secretary. Then Ringo tells Chin Wing Tong his plan.

Chin Wing Tong goes around meeting all the other managers of Endless Beauty and they’re caught looking chummy with Chin Wing Tong on photos.

Ringo takes these photos and show to Cheuk Gwan Lam. They discuss what to do with Rachel and Mani. Cheuk Gwan Lam decides not to do anything but just watch the managers for now.

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At the warehouse, Turtle is nagging Yan Yan for being a lazy bum. All she does is spend all her time on the couch reading comic books. She hears him though and growls at him.

Suddenly the lights go out. Yan Yan is freaking out. Turtle goes to check out the fuse box but ends up tripping and falling onto Yan Yan. His lips lands directly on hers and the two are shocked still. The lights go back on again and Turtle immediately gets up. Yan Yan’s stomach growls so he drags her to go eat congee.

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At the congee shop, the owner teases Turtle for bringing his girlfriend there. He tells her they’re just friends.

Yan Yan is really into eating the congee. It reminds her of the congee her father used to make for her when she was younger.

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After eating, they’re walking back to the warehouse when Turtle sees an ad for one of Endless Beauty’s latest products. It’s a cream that’s supposed to make the user’s skin pale. He talks about guys liking girls with smooth and pale skin. Yan Yan huffs and walks away.

Rachel asks Cheuk Gwan Lam to take off work early to go home and prepare for Mr. Hong’s birthday. She invites him to the party too.

Ringo is returning home with Laura and Mr. Hong. Mr. Hong is apologizing to Ringo for breaking his bell and tells him he’ll buy a new one but Ringo tells him it’s okay. The trio run into Cheuk Gwan Lam at the entrance and all go up together.

The house is filled with balloons. Mr. Hong is super happy. They sing happy birthday to him and he makes a wish. As they’re eating cake, Mr. Hong wants to open up his presents.

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Afterwards, Cheuk Gwan Lam asks to go over to check out Ringo’s place. Cheuk Gwan Lam looks around while Ringo gets him drinks. He notices there’s no pictures and asks the younger man about it. Ringo tells him his memory is good and he remembers everything in his heart. Cheuk Gwan Lam then notices the book Pride & Prejudiced and tells him that it’s his favorite book – especially the male lead. No matter how many people misunderstands him, he continues forward doing his thing.

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Ringo tells him he hates this book. It’s to remind him to continue on his path no matter what others tell him. The two have opposite opinions and agree to disagree. Cheuk Gwan Lam then excuses himself first.

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Turtle pries the blanket away from Yan Yan’s head and discovers her face all blotchy and red. Everyone is wondering what happened. She points to the cream on the table and blames Turtle for making fun of her skin.

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Amber checks over the product since she’s used it before. She notices that there’s no expiration date.

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Amber does her research and finds out the product came from a warehouse in Hong Kong. The manager of that place is called Chan Kau and he’s been working for Endless Beauty for 30 years. Cyrus and Turtle goes to check it out and sees Chan Kau loading up a personal vehicle to delivery stock.

They find out they’ve been taking the new stock and selling it to the underground market. Meanwhile the older stuff are being put on the shelves of the official stores. This is going to be a huge scandal for Endless Beauty. The crew assures Yan Yan they’ll get revenge for her. Yan Yan is determined to smear the company’s name to shits. This scares the other four.

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Cheuk Gwan Lam is watching the news report about their expired products with the other managers. He is pissed. He tells Mani to work on this.

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Mani goes to see Chan Kau about it. He blames it on a guy named Ah Yuk, who he’s been handing off all the responsibilities to. Chan Kau spins a tale that appeals to Mani and she empathizes with him. Mani asks to see the Ah Yuk guy.

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He enters the office and Mani immediately yells at him for his mistake. She demands he does a complete inventory report of the whole warehouse to be turned in tomorrow. Then she tells Chan Kau that this issue isn’t so simple and for him to watch Ah Yuk closely.

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Yan Yan is watching the news report and recognizes the man who is the warehouse manager of this scandal – Ah Yuk. She asks about him but the others don’t really have much info about him. When they question if she knows him, Yan Yan goes quiet and excuses herself.

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At night, Yan Yan follows Ah Yuk and his wife. She hears Ah Yuk rushing to go home to finish the report. His wife thinks Chan Kau is taking advantage of him. But Ah Yuk doesn’t want her to think like that since Chan Kau was the one who gave him the job. Yan Yan follows them until they get home. When she turns to leave, Turtle appears.

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They go to a park bench and he asks if Ah Yuk is her father. She confirms it. She tells him about the last time she saw her father. He asked her to get his passport for him. He said he was going to the Mainland for a while and will be back soon. But ever since he left, he’s never come back. After her mom found out that she was the one who got her father’s passport for him, she’s treated Yan Yan as if she didn’t exist.

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Yan Yan doesn’t want to know why her father left but after seeing him in that video, she realized he’s gotten a lot older.

Mani reports that it was a computer error and human carelessness that caused the expired products to go out. But no one else thinks it’s the issue is this simple. If it was a simple switch, the newer stock should be there somewhere but they can’t find it. Mani reports that Chan Kau thinks Ah Yuk stole it but there’s no evidence so she’s thinking about just firing him.

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Cheuk Gwan Lam, TC, and Ringo all think that Chan Kau, the manager of the warehouse, should be the one who takes full responsibility for this. Mani is sympathetic towards Chan Kau. She brings up his long employment and says he just made a mistake of trusting the wrong person. Cheuk Gwan Lam chides her for involving her emotions in making such a decision. Then he tells her to continue investigating to give everyone an acceptable answer.

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Rachel and Cheuk Gwan Lam are on the roof discussing about Mani. He was harsh on her during the meeting because he doesn’t want other people to see her as incompetent.

Just then Mr. Hong calls Rachel and asks her to buy a new bell for Ringo. She tells Cheuk Gwan Lam and he offers to have Ah Sang go get it for her.

Mani updates her location on her SNS and Howard sees it. He goes to the same store and notices she’s upset and wants to try to cheer her up. She’s still mad at him but he explains that he just wants to be friends.

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Cyrus takes Amber to a sketchy seafood restaurant. He goes to check out what’s fresh while Amber takes a seat first. A couple gangsters enter and sit at the same table with Amber and badger her. Cyrus interrupts them and gets them to move.

They move to the next table. One of them pours tea and purposely throws it at Amber. Cyrus warns them to back off but the guy refuses and slaps his hand away. Cyrus’ watch flies to the floor and one of the other men steps on it and grinds it to the ground. Cyrus loses it and gets into a fight with all of them.

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After a while, Fo Jin appears and stops the fight. He gets the others to scram. Then he picks up the watch and gives it back to Cyrus. Cyrus takes the watch and mutters a thanks before leaving. Amber goes after him.

Cyrus is really upset about the broken watch. Amber offers to buy him a new one but he refuses and just wants his back to perfect condition. Because he doesn’t want to argue with her he tells her to go home first and stomps away.

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Amber goes to find Fo Jin at the bar. She asks him about the watch and he tells her it’s the only thing Cyrus’ father left behind for him. She asks him how his father died and who was his boss. Fo Jin doesn’t think it’s any of his business so he tells her to go back and ask Cyrus.

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Ringo and Rachel are at Laura’s workshop modeling couple outfits for one of her clients. Mr. Hong sees the two of them together and thinks they look well together. After the picture is taken, Rachel goes to change. Mr. Hong gives Ringo a present. It’s a new bell for his bike. Then he suggests they go try it out.

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After the boys leave, Rachel comes out and wants to know who Laura’s texting. She won’t tell her. Then she tells Rachel to think about Ringo. He’s a good guy and gets along so well with her son too. But Rachel is reluctant since she’s so much older than him.

Ringo rides his bike to the warehouse and props it against the wall. They’re discussing their plans and talking about how Endless Beauty is almost ruined.

Cheuk Gwan Lam installed an eavesdropping device in the bell and is listening to all their conversation.

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