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A General, a Scholar and an Eunuch (超時空男臣): Episode 4 Recap

During the late reign of the Wanli Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, the crown prince had frequent conflicts with the eunuch faction, led by Jeung Sing. Jeung secretly sends the Eastern Depot officials after the crown princess. Under the protection of general Yun Sung Wun, scholar Jo Gwong Dau, and eunuch Lee Jeun Jung, the crown princess flees to an isolated, hazy forest. Amidst the chaos, the three of them and the crown princess get lost. When they emerge from the fog, they discover that they have traveled 400 years and arrived in the 21st century.


Yun Sung Wun, Jo Gwong Dau, and Lee Jeun Jung are on set once again getting ready to get into costume for their next roles when they see Sandy on the TV. She says she’ll be returning to Hong Kong and the three guys run to Ng Siu Ha to ask her to send them to Hong Kong too.

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She refuses and yells at them asking who would feed them and house them even if they did go to Hong Kong. At that moment, Fong Wai Ji appears and says she will.

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**From here on out, I’ll be referring the three of them with their fake names:
Yun Sung Wun – Wan Daai Gwan
Jo Gwong Dau – Pang Yat Bo
Lee Jeun Jung – Lee Siu Dung**

Fong Wai Ji sits down with the three brothers to talk. She’ll bring them to Hong Kong and employ them at her restaurant; Daai Gwan and Yat Bo will be waiters and Siu Dung will be the chef. She’ll pay them well and provide room and board free of charge on the condition that they sign a 3-year contract.

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The brothers all think that is too long and get up to leave. No matter how much more money Fong Wai Ji offers, they’re not tempted because money isn’t their motives. In a last ditch effort, Fong Wai Ji plays the video of Sandy wishing her aunt a happy birthday. She tells them (lies) that she’s close friends with Sandy and can arrange for them to meet with her if they agree to sign the 3-year contract. They finally agree.

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Back in Hong Kong, Fong Wai Ji’s father Fong Tin is watching Dynasty Food Group’s Chairman Zyu Gwok Fung on TV talking about his restaurants, his skills as a chef, and the joys of seeing customers enjoy his food. Fong Tin shits on every point the other makes to the other people eating at the shop until everyone has left.

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Back at the restaurant Fung Ming Geoi, a whole bunch of reporters are crowding the restaurant’s entrance. They all want to know if the rumors of the restaurant closing for good are true. Fong Tin returns and clarifies that they’re just closed for renovations and will be reopening soon.

After the reporters finally disperse and leave, Fong Tin finds out this was all Zyu Gwok Fung’s doing. The latter gets out of his car and tells Fong Tin that he has a deal for him. They enter the restaurant to discuss it. Zyu Gwok Fung proposes Fong Tin sell Fung Ming Geoi to him. Nothing would change – the name would stay the same, the staff would still be the same, and Fong Wai Ji would still be in charge. Fong Tin refuses.

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Zyu Gwok Fung knows the restaurant won’t last long considering their head chef, Chef Lau has dementia and can’t even cook anymore. Fong Tin refuses to back down and says they’ll be reopening next week better than ever. Zyu Gwok Fung calls him on his bluff and wants to book the whole restaurant. He even has the deposit check ready. But because they all know they don’t have a head chef, no one has the balls to accept it so Zyu Gwok Fung just leaves.

Fong Wai Ji calls her father afterwards telling him that she found a new head chef. Fong Tin tells her about Zyu Gwok Fung’s deposit. She sees Zyu Gwok Fung and chases after him to accept his booking.

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The three brothers go out to drink to celebrate their move to Hong Kong with Ng Siu Ha and the other extras. The others want the three brothers to sing but Daai Gwan offers to do some sword work with Yat Bo playing on the zither instead. Ng Siu Ha gives Daai Gwan his sword back and he is touched. When he’s performing, it’s like he’s back in his old times.

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On the way home, Daai Gwan gives Ng Siu Ha the sword back to ask her to safe keep it for him. She then brings up the fact that all their items are antiques from the Ming Dynasty and ask who the hell are they really. Daai Gwan says he’ll tell her everything one day.

An airplane flies over their heads and instantly, the three brother’s attention are captured by the huge ‘bird’.

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The next day, the three of them take the train with Fong Wai Ji’s uncle – Wan Wai Taai – to Hong Kong. They’re fascinated by the concept of a train. Siu Dung is also scared too but Daai Gwan and Yat Bo says they’ll be with him.

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Sandy is on a lunch date with Dynasty Food Group’s heir – Ivan. The whole restaurant is empty saved for the two of them. Sandy tells Ivan that she had a dream that they didn’t have to hide their relationship anymore. Ivan reassures her that it will happen one day. Still, when he receives a phone call from his father, he lies and says he’s out for lunch with a business partner. Sandy overhears this and excuses herself to the restroom.

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Inside, she calls her manager and tells him she’s determined to expose their relationship despite Ivan’s need for secrecy.

At the restaurant, the whole family is waiting for the arrival of their new head chef. When the three brothers arrive though, they immediately start puking after getting out of the taxi. At the sight of that, everyone else is starting to feel some doubts about them.

When they’re done puking, the three brothers approach the family and introduction are made. Fong Tin is taken aback by how young Siu Dung is and doubts if he can really cook. Fong Wai Ji is extremely confident in his skills.

Sandy is seeing Ivan off in the parking garage when she pretends there’s something in her eyes. Ivan goes back to her and tries to blow it out and Sandy acts like she’s trying to kiss him. Then she bids him goodbye and returns to her car where her manager had been taking pictures of them. She tells him to send the pictures to all the magazines. She wants everyone to know that she’s dating the heir of Dynasty Food Group.

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Fong Wai Ji’s two younger sisters – Cat and Wai Kei – go up to the flat where the three brothers are now living to meet them. More introduction are made and Fong Wai Ji goes over some rules with the three brothers. Then Fong Tin gifts the three of them with the sister’s old cell phones. The three brothers are super touched and vow to work super hard.

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That night, Fong Tin calls for a family meeting. He’s not sure if Siu Dung can really cook or not but he’s sure the three brothers are crazy. He suggests that it’s better that Fong Wai Ji send them back to Foshan and everyone else (minus the two younger sisters) agree. Fong Wai Ji agrees too. But before they end the meeting, she brings the fact that they owe a lot of debt and wonders who will be the ones paying the bills and their staff’s salaries.

She cannot guarantee Siu Dung’s skills but he’s their last hope. If they send the three brothers home, they’ll be left with only one option and that’s to close down Fung Ming Geoi. So now she asks them again, who wants the three brothers to say. Cat and Wai Kei are the first ones to raise their hands. Everyone else soon follows and this issue has been decided.

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