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Provocateur (與諜同謀): Episode 22 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.

Ringo pushes Cheuk Gwan Lam out of the way, saving him. Chin Wing Tong comes out and apologizes in a joking manner before driving away.


At the doctors, Cheuk Gwan Lam’s doctor tells Mani that everything is okay. But once she steps out, he asks him about his eyesight. The two of them suspect it to be a side effect of his medicine. His doctor suggests Cheuk Gwan Lam not take the other two doses.


Ringo tells Amber and Cyrus what happened and thinks it’s weird that Cheuk Gwan Lam didn’t try to avoid the oncoming car. Cyrus thinks it’s weird that Ringo even saved him. Ringo brushes it off and asks the other about the digging on the TKC company. Cyrus is still waiting for the information.

Mani is nervously preparing for her first interview as a chairman at home. Cheuk Gwan Lam tells her to include hand gestures when she speaks since it will help hide her nervousness – that’s what he used to do until he got used to it.

The next day, Mani makes use of her father’s advice and has a good interview. When she finished Howard comes to see Mani with flowers. Cheuk Gwan Lam is there to and he asks Howard to eat lunch with him.


During lunch, Cheuk Gwan Lam tells Howard Mani needs a man by her side that can help her. Right now Howard has no position or power to do so – not in his company and not in his father’s company either. Then he tells Howard to think over what exactly he can do to help Mani.


At the next board meeting, Ringo suggest they start working on pushing 797M out into the market but Mani objects the idea and so does Lok Yat Fan. Their company’s stocks just stabilized. They don’t want to be taking any huge risk at this point.


Ringo takes Rachel with him to go car shopping. She’s a bit snappy with him and he doesn’t understand why.


Amber and Cyrus return to the warehouse and find a video message from Yan Yan. She tells them to take care of her comic books and not to eat all her cup noodles and chips. She’ll be back sometime in the future.

Cyrus and Amber goes to visit Yan Yan and Turtle at Yan Yan’s father’s congee shop. Cyrus tries to convince Turtle to come back but he refuses. Yan Yan admits she doesn’t know who sent her that email about Ringo purchasing stocks.


Mani goes to check up on Cheuk Gwan Lam. He starts talking about what he wants her to do with his ashes after he passes. She thinks he’s getting ahead of himself and that that time will be far away from now.

Cheuk Gwan Lam is delivery the eulogy at Ding Ye’s funeral. Afterwards, Ringo comments on it and says he liked the part about how they should all be an upright person so that when they leave, they’ll have no regrets. Cheuk Gwan Lam responds that people are bound to make mistakes. It’s better to acknowledge them and ask for forgiveness.


Ringo asks him how he would ask for forgiveness from the people he’s wronged. Cheuk Gwan Lam tells him he’ll tell him later. Then he excuses himself to go talk to Lok Yat Fan.

He meets up with the other and they see Ding Ye’s sons still arguing over their father’s assets. Lok Yat Fan hopes this won’t happen to them. Cheuk Gwan Lam tells him that’s why they should settle these things before they leave. He praises Howard a bit before excusing himself to leave first.


On the way home from the funeral, Lok Yat Fan tells his son he’ll be giving him the 5% stock shares in Endless Beauty and having Howard represent him in the board meetings. This way, he’ll have more power and respect. Howard thanks his father.

Cyrus has been following Cheuk Gwan Lam around and there was nothing different until today. He reports back to Ringo that Cheuk Gwan Lam met up with an unknown man today. Ringo asks him to check up on who that guy is. Then he thanks Cyrus for all his help.


After Ringo leaves, Cyrus has a flashback to what he saw today. He found out Cheuk Gwan Lam asked another man to look into the relationship between Ringo and Chin Wing Tong. Cyrus is wondering about this relationship too.


On the day where the courts legally pronounced Vincent dead, Rachel and her son go to the cliff where Vincent disappears and drops off a message in a bottle. Mr. Hong says they have Ringo to take care of them now so his father shouldn’t worry. Rachel wonders if Ringo will really stay by their side.


Cheuk Gwan Lam gives Mani a proposal for her to think about potential biotechnology companies to collaborate with.

Mani brings this up at the next board meeting. She suggests they decide between three companies: a Taiwan one, a Japanese one, and an American one. Everyone is on board the plan.

Ringo is wondering what Cheuk Gwan Lam is up to. Cyrus tells him the man he investigated is come the TKC company. Its obvious that TKC was chosen already. The other two companies were just thrown in there to throw the off. Ringo is determined to get more stocks in order to have some control. Cyrus tells him to be careful.

Suddenly, he gets a phone call. Ringo takes it in private. After the call he leaves. Cyrus tosses his bag to him.

Ringo goes to meet Chin Wing Tong. Chin Wing Tong is acting up and questioning whether Ringo really does have a plan. Ringo assures him and gains his trust for the last time. Then Chin Wing Tong calls his driver but the call keeps cutting off. Ringo realizes Cyrus must have put an eavesdropping device into his bag.


He finds it and tells Cyrus to come out and meet him.


Cyrus demands to know what is it between Ringo and Cheuk Gwan Lam that he has to use Chin Wing Tong. Ringo refuses to tell him. Cyrus loses it. He’s pissed that Ringo is working with Chin Wing Tong despite knowing what happened between Cyrus and him. He beats Ringo up and throws the coin (representing their friendship) into the ocean and cuts off all relations with him.


Cyrus then goes to the bar and gets drunk. Amber finds him and takes him home.

Ringo struggles home and collapses outside his flat. Rachel finds him and upon realizing he’s hurt, helps him into his home. She tries to comfort him.

Ringo tells her that she’s always been by his side when he needs someone the most. He tells her about the first time they met – when he was little and running away from his kidnapper. He tells her that ever since she rescued him, he’s liked her since. Ringo is touched and hugs him.


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