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A General, a Scholar and an Eunuch (超時空男臣): Episode 5 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.


Daai Gwan is outside testing out his new cell phone with Yat Bo. Fong Wai Ji sees him and the two go to the convenient store together. On their way, Daai Gwan sees someone getting beat up and jumps in to save him. The triad member he saved thanks him and tries to find out which gang he’s apart of but Fong Wai Ji pulls him away running.

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At the convenient store, Daai Gwan is overwhelmed by everything there. After he tries coffee for the first time, Fong Wai Ji asks him who he really is. He honestly tells her that he’s from the Ming Dynasty. She thinks he’s got some shady past that he wants to hide so she accepts that he’s lying and says she won’t ask anymore as long as they do good work.

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Then Daai Gwan asks when he can meet with Sandy. Fong Wai Ji pretends to call her and tells Daai Gwan that Sandy is away filming in Taiwan for a few months and that she’ll arrange a meeting with her when she comes back.

The next day, Zyu Gwok Fung is bombarded by reporter asking about his son dating Sandy. Zyu Gwok Fung denies it and says they’re just friends.

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Up in his office, he’s going off on his son for dating their company’s spokesperson. Everyone around Ivan is telling him that Sandy is only dating him to use him but Ivan refuses to listen. His cousin Samuel tries to reason with Ivan. He tells him the reporters are going to be calling him a playboy and it will affect their company’s image.

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Zyu Gwok Fung demands that Ivan call Sandy and break it off with her, otherwise he’ll demote him and disown him from being heir of the company. Ivan doesn’t care and refuses to break up with her.

Zyu Gwok Fung is pissed. But Samuel has a plan. He returns to his office and tells his secretary to redo the budget report since Sandy will not be their spokesperson next quarter. Then he calls Cat into the office and has her contact Sandy’s people to tell her that they’re terminating her contract.

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Sandy’s manager Terry is freaking the fuck out and trying to renegotiate their contracts with Dynasty Food Groups. He thinks Sandy has gone too far this time but she has a plan. Since the company wants to cut her off, she’s going to use Ivan to see how far he’ll go for her.

Siu Dung is introduced to the kitchen staff as the head chef. When asked to say a few words, he tells them where he learned how to cook and recites some sort of poetry as rules for the kitchen. This irks Fong Tin because he thinks this kid is a complete fraud and can’t understand anything he says. So he just tells Siu Dung to cook some kung pao chicken.

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Siu Dung requests some specific equipment and Fong Tin loses it. The kitchen staff has to break the two apart before a fight breaks out. Fong Tin’s younger sister Fong Juk Fan tries to calm him down and tells him to give Siu Dung a chance. Fong Tin huffs out of the kitchen.

Fong Tin goes back to Chef Lau and tries to ask him to tell them how to make the Golden Feast because he highly doubts Siu Dung could even cook.

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Daai Gwan and Yat Bo are with Wan Wai Taai carrying boxes. They walk past a magazine stand and the front page of the magazine catches Daai Gwan’s eyes. It’s Sandy.

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Sandy finally calls Ivan back but it’s her manager speaking. Terry tells Ivan that Sandy is going to have a press con about their latest scandal. Ivan tells her that he’ll be there too. He’s going to announce their relationship to all of Hong Kong.

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At the restaurant, everyone is sitting around Chef Lau as he “remembers” the dishes for the Golden Feast. But it turns out to be a let down because he’s just sprouting mumble jumble. Fong Tin is convinced they’re doomed and for Fong Wai Ji to return the deposit check tomorrow.

At that moment, Siu Dung comes out with the kung pao chicken dish. Fong Tin tries it and is blown away. He claims Siu Dung is a master chef. Everyone else tries the chicken and agrees. Then they ask him if he knows how to make the Golden Feast and he answers everything on point. Everyone cheers and they want to get started on preparing for the Golden Feast now.

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Daai Gwan and Yat Bo return and says Siu Dung will not be cooking. The three of them will be resigning as of now. Everyone is wondering what’s wrong and Daai Gwan reveals that Fong Wai Ji lied to them. Sandy isn’t away in Taiwan for filming. They’ve realized that Fong Wai Ji lied about her connection to Sandy to get them to work for her and they cannot accept that.

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The three brothers walk down the streets and come across an ice cream shop. Siu Dung is extremely curious about what it tastes like. Despite not having that much money on them, the three pull together what little change they have and manage to get a scoop of ice cream and immensely enjoy the treat together.

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Right before the press conference starts, Samuel goes to give Sandy a visit. The two of them have a talk alone. He knows that she’s just a gold digger using Ivan and Sandy knows they can’t block her from the entertainment business forever. So Samuel brings out the last threat: he has a letter from Ivan’s father stating that Ivan would be removed as heir. If she really reveals their relationship during the press conference, he’ll hand the letter over immediately to the lawyers.

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Sandy runs into Ivan in the hotel hallway. She tells him to just follow her lead and agree with whatever she says. He does.

During the press conference, Sandy clarifies that she and Ivan are just friends and only have a business relationship. Ivan is shocked but he can only follow along. Afterwards, he confronts her and Sandy says she decided to continue hiding the relationship for Ivan’s sake. She doesn’t want him to have a falling out with his family. Then she tells him not to call her, she’ll call him, and leaves.

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As the car is exiting, Fong Wai Ji appears and blocks the car.

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