Dismayed to find out from the reception hall staff that Ying Jie has cancelled their reservation, Xuan Xuan storms into Ying Jie's office and confronts him. What follows is another tiring conversation where Ying Jie trying to convince Xuan Xuan that cancelling the engagement is for her own good, while Xuan Xuan refuses to listen.
Apparently determined to just end all the possible entanglements around him, Ying Jie tells Man An of the meeting he had with Daddy Xia and her father's question about the two of them.
Ying Jie "It looks like maybe I was too lax in my interaction with you and the extra attention caused Daddy Xia to misunderstand. So I will watch myself from now on and you should stop coming around my office unnecessarily."
Man An agrees to Ying Jie's request and tells him "Even without this I was planning on leaving after a short time anyway since that was what I always planned from the beginning."
Nodding with understanding, Ying Jie doesn't say anything to change Man An's mind.
Ying Jie goes home to find a furious Daddy Zhen waiting for him and demanding that he patches things up with Xuan Xuan. To everyone's surprise, Ying Jie doesn't bend to Daddy Zhen's demand but just calmly explains to his parents that he really doesn't love Xuan Xuan and even marriage will not miraculously change that.
While Mama Zhen did tries to tell Ying Jie how good of wife Xuan Xuan would be but in the end she did relent when Ying Jie insists that he feels nothing for Xuan Xuan. Judging by Mama Zhen's reaction I think she truly thinks of Ying Jie as her son.
Of course Ying Qian hasn't really become the perfect son for no reason. Telling Man An his frustration that Yu Ching dares to belittle him whenever they meet, Ying Qian gleefully assures Man An that the best revenge is to make Yu Ching falls for him.
Unfortunately for Ying Qian, it took almost no time for Yu Ching to figure out Ying Qian is up to no good and decides to battle it out with him.
Watching Li Qi who is unhappy because of her sudden change in attitude, Man Li is overwhelmed with guilt and self blame. Running out of her company, Man Li sobs out her anguish and begs "help me, help me."
Fortunately, Man An calls at the perfect time and rushes to Man Li's side. Listening to Man Li's self blame and fear of losing Li Qi, Man An assures her sister that she will be right by side to help her face whatever comes her way.
Stunned to see how far Ying Jie would go to cut off their ties, Xuan Xuan yells after Ying Jie's retreating back "I won't leave!" Awe, Xuan Xuan is getting pathetic.
After a night of trying to get in contact with Xuan Xuan, Ying Jie shows up suddenly and drags Xuan Xuan away while the two girls are in the middle of talking.
Equally angry, Xuan Xuan replies "How is Man An innocent? She is the one you love, so she is at the core of this whole thing."
Giving in, Ying Jie tells Xuan Xuan that he will do whatever she wants and will even go through with the engagement as planned.
However, now that Ying Jie is finally giving Xuan Xuan what she desires, Xuan Xuan realizes how far Ying Jie is willing to go for Man An and tells him that she needs time to think about it.
Seriously girl! There is no thinking here. Why would any sane girl marry someone who is only marrying her because of another woman?! That's like a sure recipe for a life time of unhappiness... but I guess that is pretty much the problems with 2nd leads is that they simply can't let go.
Completely puzzled by Ying Jie's sudden change of heart, Daddy Xia doesn't seem to be as happy with Ying Jie's decision to go through with Xuan Xuan's engagement as one would expect.
I really think Ying Jie's parents really does see him as their son so maybe they won't be as stuck up as one would think when it comes to Man An? Maybe?
While helping Mama Xia to put clean clothes into Ying Jie's room, Man An accidentally finds the limited edition t-shirt that she wanted so desperately years ago. Matching the shirt size to her own and a few flash backs of some other things Ying Jie has said to her in the past, Man An starts to suspect the unthinkable thing.
Immediately putting Man An's strange actions and the opened box containing the t-shirt in his closet together, Ying Jie guesses that Man An has found out his secret.
Calling Man An out, Ying Jie hands her the t-shirt he has treasured all these years. In a matter of fact voice, Ying Jie confesses that he has liked Man An for a long long time ever since a young Man An gave him an apple to comfort him.
Ying Jie "We can never be together. Between you and my family, my family wins out."
Wow, what a way to tell a girl who has harbored a crush on you for years that you liked her all along then dash all of her hope to pieces by not giving her a reason why you guys can't be together. I am not sure any girl in that situation can be expected to just nod with understanding and say "Oh, is that so. Okay, go ahead and marry that other girl when you obviously loves me."
I was actually pretty surprised that Ying Jie decided to come clean with Man An, but then I guess he figures since Xuan Xuan already knows the truth it won't take long before Man An finds out anyway.
Speaking of Xuan Xuan, I am really hoping she realizes how silly it is to marry Ying Jie when he has loved the same girl for over ten years even while she is absent from his life for most of it. I know the 2nd female lead is not suppose to operate rationally, but I do think based on Xuan Xuan's personality it does make sense that she is taking some time to reconsider the engagement now that Ying Jie has changed from a lonely man who just needed time to accept her into his heart to a man who has faithfully loved the same girl for a long long time.
The above two pictures are one of my favorite scene in episode 19 when Ying Qian insists on going shopping with Yu Ching and is surprised when Yu Ching suddenly decides to just amicably agrees to the outing after requesting that Ying Qian gives her time to change her outfit. At first pleased how great things are going, Ying Qian's smile quickly fades when Yu Ching walks out of her house with an incredibly high heels on. Dismayed that Yu Ching is almost a whole head taller than him now, Ying Qian insists on walking on tip toes so at least the height difference is not so obvious.