Teasing Xu Xu with a smile when she happily declares that she always knew that he must've escaped the bomb somehow, Ji Bai reveals that he had taken their witness back to Xu Xu's hotel room after the bomb blast...
A bit relieved, Xu Xu turns to leave but stops when Ji Bai asks "Don't you want to hear what I think of your drawings?" Turning back to face Ji Bai, our heroine chickens out and tells Ji Bai that they are still on a mission right now so they should wait until they get back home to talk about personal stuff.
Forcing herself to be calm, Xu Xu manages to call her boss for back up but her phone connection soon dies and she is left on her own. Warned by his lover, Lu Ge that Xu Xu is a brilliant detective that has the uncanny ability to see through all pretenses, General Po quickly isolates our heroine to stop her from warning her co-workers.
Finally figuring out something has gone terribly wrong especially after he was attacked by General Po's soldiers and suffered a dilapidating hit to the side of his head, Ji Bai successfully rescues Xu Xu but death seems certain when they hear the sounds of even more soldiers coming towards them. Determined to fight against all odds, Ji Bai raises a gun to prepare for what's coming. Knowing full well that this could be their last moment together, Xu Xu presses herself against Ji Bai's back and closes her eyes. Distracted for just a bit by Xu Xu's unexpected action, Ji Bai looks down at her but quickly turns his attention to the dangers ahead.
Resolutely closing the window, Ji Bai picks up his gun to go help the rest of his team but Lu Ge was prepared for him and shoots him the moment his opens the door.
Despite being severely hurt and at the point of passing out, Ji Bai throws himself at General Po once he sees that Xu Xu is in danger. Our weakened hero is of course no match for General Po and promptly passes out after receiving a few hard punches but by this point, Xu Xu's back up has arrived to save the day.
Kudos to the script writer of coming up with one of the more "shocking" time jump I have seen. Usually time jumps will give you some nondescript scenes first but Snail throws us right into Yao Meng AND Zhao Han's new home! So sad! I was really looking forward to when Zhao Han finally has the courage to tell Yao Meng how he feels but the writer skipped all that and jumped to marriage?!
As for our two leads, Ji Bai is nowhere to be seen but we are left to imagining the worst as we watch a forlorn Xu Xu stands by a lake remembering a cherish memory of her and Ji Bai fishing together.
Thankfully the writer doesn't leave us hanging for too long. The scene changes again and we are at Yao Meng's wedding. Her eyes bright with happiness and disbelief when she sees Ji Bai walk in, Xu Xu eagerly asks "When did you wake up? How are you feeling?"
Patting Xu Xu gently, Ji Bai all the suddenly asks "When I was coming in and out of consciousness I seem to remember hearing you telling me that if I don't wake up soon then I won't be able to see you race in a marathon?" Surprised when Xu Xu admits that she had indeed signed up for a race and actually did well in it, Ji Bai laughs "I guess I should've slept longer. Me in a coma was actually a better way to get you work harder. I don't have to worry that my little snail would shrink back into her shell without me. In truth, even without me, you could live a splendid life. Right?"
Content as she snuggles her head against Ji Bai, Xu Xu replies "Yes, no matter if you wake up or not I would've lived a splendid life. I have already thought about it. Even if you never open your eyes again, I will live a wonderful life for both of us. I will carry double the responsibility." Pulling back a bit, Xu Xu looks up at Ji Bai "But if I really never see you again. Then all that's left for me is duty and responsibility. Without the lion, the snail would only have her shell. Marching forward with her shell in a world that is devoid of color."
Obviously moved by Xu Xu's words, Ji Bai asks "Then what about now?"
Flashing Ji Bai a dazzling smile, Xu Xu declares "Sunshine and flowers everywhere!"
In his usual confident manner, Ji Bai turns the question back to Xu Xu "Would you say no?"
Smiling brightly at our hero, Xu Xu replies "I wouldn't."
Ahh... kisses FINALLY!
Remembering belatedly that they are being watched by a whole hoard of audience when their passionate kisses are interrupted by the sound of applause, Ji Bai and Xu Xu look up to find all their friends cheering for them.
Walking towards the bride and groom, Ji Bai hands Yao Meng's resignation letter back to her and says "Welcome back to the team. Congratulations."
I would've LOVED for the show to end right here but alas the writer decides to leave us hanging.
Looking at Ji Bai squarely in the face, Xu Xu firmly declares "I want to be with the physical you. Any time and any place."
Ninja's Wrap Up Thoughts:
Oh, why show!!! It was such a lovely ending until the cryptic last bit where we have hints that there might be problems to Ji Bai's physical condition and more crime cases coming their way. By the way, as far as I remember there were nothing wrong with Ji Bai's health in the novel. In fact, it was Xu Xu that was kidnapped not Ji Bai. Oh, well. I am guessing the show is just setting up for season 2 ...which despite how much I loved Snail I actually am not too sure how I feel about it.
I was watching an interview where both of the lead actors had expressed that this show was heavy on the crime cases and not so much on the romance part. I think they even gone as far as to say that the script writer had really diminished the romance part of the novel in the show. My memory might be all messed up, but I actually thought the tv show did a much better job showcasing the romance between the two leads than the novel. I loved how Ji Bai and Xu Xu's relationship grew visibly overtime and there were simply no doubt by the end of the show that they love each other deeply while in the novel it was pretty abrupt for me. For those of you who are reading the novel while following this show, what are you guys' thoughts?
Anyhow, the development of trust and eventual romance between the two leads were the reasons I loved this show so I am a bit torn if I would be as interested in a season 2 now that BOTH couples have gotten together. If the show had left Yao Meng's ending open then I would've been interested to see how she eventually fell in love with Zhao Han but even that part is wrapped up. That's not to say that Snail didn't do a good enough job on the criminal cases portion but I loved the balance of the romance and crime investigation so much that I would be very disappointed if season two ended up being more crime heavy.
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