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The lost tomb: The Mystic Nine episode 23 – Recap

Chief Lu and Hendry  trying to find out some secrets about Ba Ye. Over generations, Ba Ye’s family built up the fortune and kept their business running, by forcing people who want their fortunes read to buy something. Helps that in general, antiquies dealers and buyers are very superstitious and that Ba Ye’s reputation is something else.

They are still crawling through the weird concrete tunnels, but Ba Ye comes across a huge hall with many holes in which magic red fire burns. At first, he thinks he has „returned”, but then, he realizes this is a room that looks identical to the room he came to before. This means that they are in a dangerous maze. Ba Ye then calculates stuff. It’s 64 holes and he cleverly connects this to the Fu Xi 64 hexagrams. Anyway, he is in his element. He knows there is a way to escape this maze.

Ba Ye’s readings are rumored to be „magical” because of this story turned legend: Someone once desperately wanted to buy Ba Ye’s incense holder: Ba Ye did not want to sell the incense holder. But his servant thought he could make a bit of money on the side and sold the incense holder in secret. Even though it wasn’t his. Ba Ye realized right away and panicked, now the gods are offended. Anyway, ther servant is super scared now and begs Ba Ye to set it right for him. Ba Ye says  servant is going to collect some rent in some outskirt soon. He needs to take a box and put the money he collects at the bottom. However, the money he got from the incense holder, he is to keep in the purse on his person. The servant did as Ba Ye said and promptly encountered robbers, who only took the purse and not the rent money. No idea how he knew this would happen, but apparently, the money paid for an incense holder is a homonym for money paid to bandits.

Chief Lu doesn’t believe Ba Ye has any true powers and doesn’t understand how such a weakling would follow Zhang Qi Shan into the tombs. But Hendry knows about the special bond the two have and we see the „Fo Ye saves Ba Ye from the Japanese”-sequence again.

Back in the tombs, genius fortune teller Ba Ye is working on solving the puzzle, when he suddenly realizes that „someone is here”. Ba Ye gets very scared and puts wards all around himself as he cowers in the middle of the room in fear. Er Ye in the concrete tunnels. He comes across some sharp metal objects, mirros protruding from the walls. He keeps shining his torch at them and it seems they are in some way magical. Because he starts hallucinating.

Er Ye realizes he shouldn’t shine his light into the mirrors. Soon, he comes to one of the 64 holes rooms too. Instead of staying, he wants to leave it the same way he came and promptly gets lost. He walks on and gets to the room again, through a different opening or is it a different room altogether. Time for Er Ye’s metal balls to come out. First, he marks a stone lion with one. Then, he walks through the tunnels again and realizes he’s in a different room when he gets to one again. He also finds some thread that Fo Ye or Ba Ye must have used. He surmises that there could be ten thousands of these rooms here. He shouts into the tunnels there is no answer, but there is an echo. Er Ye seems to have super-hearing grave robber skillz, but they don’t help him to find the exit.

Fo Ye knows he’s lost and he fears for the others. He comes across a wet space there. He gets very agitated and starts to dig. When the hole is big enough, he climbs through. Pretty soon, he comes to the mirror passage. The reflections seem to affect him even more than they affected Er Ye. He has visions of Changsha.

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The lost tomb: The Mystic Nine episode 22 – Recap

The old miner continues his story. Uncle Er Ye had decided to die with the Japanese and the miners were digging into the tomb and got to an arched doorway. Ba Ye notes that Uncle Er Ye wanted to stop the Japanese from whatever they were doing. Just being a good person, helping the young. As the miner continues the story of how Uncle Er Ye bombed both the Japanese and the mine shaft, Er Ye looks increasingly distressed. After that, the miner says that Uncle Er Ye escaped, and the rest were abused.  Er Ye is so upset. Apparently, the men were blinded so that they could still alert the Japanese regarding the strange sound. Fo Ye apologizes for beating the old man up previously, and the old miner very sweetly says he’s often unsure where he is, and that he must’ve scared them all. Ba Ye asks how the old man survived. He says that he hid from the Japanese until they left. He didn’t want to be a burden to his parents, so he stayed down there. Fo Ye promises to bring him out. The miner says he remembers how to get to the arched doorway, and Fo Ye asks if it says, „All those who enter, abandon all hope”? The miner says yes. Fo Ye asks him to lead them to the archway, and the miner sadly says he’s waited so long for this day.

Huo Niang, Chen Pi and Chief Lu await Hendry. Hendry is in Chinese dress. Huo Niang is not impressed with his swagger. Hendry fake-apologizes for being late, and notes he can see Fo Ye’s mansion from the window. Huo Niang sneers he must be new to Changsha, and that she’s sick of looking at Fo Ye’s mansion. She gets up to go. Chief Lu stops her, and Hendry notes she is one of the Nine Gates and must know Fo Ye. He wants to know how Fo Ye, who was once an outsider, became the head of the Nine Gates.

She says  that incident of the Big Buddha. Fo Ye was hanging out with some guys in the countryside. The guys said they’d heard he can move mountains and fill land. That’s just rumours, said Fo Ye modestly. Fo Ye offered to move that massive Buddha in the side of the mountain to his house. The next day, the guys showed up to Fo Ye’s and saw the Buddha there.

So, Huo Niang concludes the story as the way Fo Ye became known as Zhang Da Fo Ye. Hendry scoffs at this mysterious transportation technique. He calls Fo Ye „really interesting.”

The miner gives them wigs to wear in the tomb. Apparently wearing long wigs puts off the hair monster. Fo Ye protests that this is just a camouflage and won’t stop them getting infected, but since the Japanese used these wigs to enter the tomb, they put them on anyway. So they are all trying to avoid the hair on the walls, roof, and the ground. They suddenly run through the cave only for the miner to collapse much to Er Ye’s consternation. Fo Ye is so happy that wig is off, but he sees something rustling around Ba Ye’s throat. He goes to Ba Ye and pulls the hair from him. Ba Ye is understandably freaked out. But Fo Ye has no problems holding that hair, which is odd. I would’ve though he’d have thrown it far away. They apparently burn that hair since Er Ye has them open up a lamp and they all check themselves carefully. Then the old miner starts gasping for air. He’s being choked by the hair or hurt by it, and Er Ye’s attempts to remove the hair hurt him too much, so the miner says to stop and Fo Ye tells Er Ye to let the old man go.

Hendry discusses how the regular folk of Changsha wouldn’t realize that Fo Ye had played a trick or created an illusion of a mysterious transportation technique because of the mystique surrounding the Gates, who all deal in creepy things like tombs and coffins as it is.  Huo Niang continues the story saying Fo Ye was no one when he arrived but that this incident, plus his skillz in digging up dangerous tombs plus his military rank made the Nine Gates wary of him. Hendry goes on to say that Fo Ye has the support of the people, and that is why he was able to put the Nine Gates, a powerful lot, on their guard.

Er Ye is depressed. They have to use the map now to get to the ancient tomb. And Ba Ye notices Fo Ye bothered by something on his neck. Fo Ye insists he’s okay, though.

Hendry  pulls out some hair at Huo Niang who freaks out because she had already sent someone to the mines and knew about the hair disease. Hendry thinks Fo Ye and Er Ye will fail because this disease is that bad. Chen Pi thinks for a change. If Fo Ye is injured, then he and others who don’t like Fo Ye will be happy. Then Hendry mentions Ba Ye, whom Chief Lu, despite visiting all Nine Gates earlier, hasn’t met. Hendry offers to take Chief Lu to Ba Ye’s hall, this time twirling his hand, and making Huo Niang laugh.

Lt Zhang asks Fo Ye why they’ve suffered so many attacks. Fo Ye says it’s because the dangers built up over the years. He explains the hair disease is the monster people started to fear. What you said earlier, about the hair monster being the actual hair.  And Ba Ye described it as a bacteria. Ba Ye tries to comfort Er Ye, saying that the miner survived all these years and met Er Ye finally and then was released and so it’s all fate and to take comfort. But Er Ye is not comforted, saying the people he cares for and wants to treasure, all die. The passageway is finally cleared and they enter the chamber with those massive doors. They wonder at the massive doors, but no one knows what era they are from. As before, Ba Ye tries to prevent Fo Ye going in by saying there’s a great evil. The door opens.

Chen Pi threatening Fo Ye’s life again. Hendry tells them all they need a plan to take down Fo Ye. Both Chen Pi and Huo Niang scoff at him to get on with it. He explains they need to stir up the people. Hendry asks for information on Fo Ye’s family men who are with him in the tomb. Huo Niang notes one of them has a loose tongue around pretty women. Fo Ye is easier to usurp if he loses popular support. And he will lose some popular support if people stop thinking he has amazing transportation skillz.

Ba Ye and Lt Zhang are thrilled to be in an actual tomb rather than the mine. But Fo Ye says, this is where the danger begins. According to Er Ye, it is really dangerous because Uncle Er Ye was trapped for 27 hours in the tomb, which, for a top tomb-raiding family like his, is unheard of. No info in the notes because, according to Fo Ye, it was so awful, the descendants were not to know. Anyway, Fo Ye lectures everyone to be careful and onwards they go into this. Fo Ye has Ba Ye reluctantly hand over a ball of metal wire that will be tied to all three Ye’s so that they can explore the different tunnels leading off the rooms. Ba Ye protests, naturally, and then Fo Ye tells him, I know you are capable. But Ba Ye says he still prefers following Fo Ye because that saves him effort. The three head into the tunnels, leaving Lt Zhang holding the metal ball. But something isn’t right, maybe not enough tension, because Lt Zhang calls to each of them in a panic.

Chief Lu and Hendry off to see Ba Ye’s fortune-telling house. Chief Lu is surprised Ba Ye only has one fortune-telling house and an incense hall behind it, but Hendry explains that Ba Ye, out of all the Nine Gates, chose to keep his business small. They’re implying Ba Ye is hiding something, but a boutique business seems very in keeping with Ba Ye’s personality. When they go in, the villains hear someone say Qi Ba Ye’s treasures are worth several cities.

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The lost tomb: The Mystic Nine episode 21 – Recap

Chief Lu and his men are at Chen Pi’s, talking about claws and bullets. Who is better, Chen Pi with his claws and metal bullets à la Er Ye or the military guys with their guns. Chen Pi blasts Chief Lu’s subordinate’s hat off his head  and smiles smugly, but Lu pulls his gun on him. Chief Lu boasts that he can control Chen Pi, who is just a local gangster.

Fo Ye thinks there must be a clue with so many coffins. Fo Ye hotly brushes some dirty away from the lid of the coffin nearest to him and has some weird vision. There a house and some memorial tablets. He doesn’t even flinch – actually, he doesn’t even acknowledge it. They find no clues, but Fo Ye says these coffins „do not belong here”. He thinks the Japanese dug them up somewhere and stored them in this room. There are a lot of cave-ins, which means someone came in here and triggered the traps. Ba Ye thinks it’s scary. He orders his people to dug a way out of the cave. Lt. Zhang demanding a shovel. The Fo Ye’s consult the map and discuss the red crosses, which they now think mean „extra danger”.

Lady Huo hears about Chen Pi’s latest deed and gathers that he is working with Chief Lu too, which she finds troublesome. All of this is her way of getting herself out of trouble. If she had not suggested Si Ye as a possible victim, it would have been her.

In the tomb, they encounter a ghost. But Fo Ye isn’t easily fooled by cheap tricks. Er Ye orders everyone to put down their lamps and then, they hang themselves down from the ceiling. There’s a shadow and the lamps go out. Once they’re all out, the shadow comes back. Fo Ye switches on his torch, shines some light on his friends, then he turns it to the left and there’s a thing hanging from the ceiling next to him. Fo Ye knocks it down and starts beating on it. That thing isn’t a thing but a human being, a man.  Er Ye sees that the man drops some bells and he drops from the ceiling to stop Fo Ye. Er Ye thinks the man can’t hear and he can also not see, cause someone did something horrible to his eyes. He has hair growing down to his ankles. They run after him, but he is much faster than them.

They do find him again, sitting against a well, singing a Hong family song. From the man’s weird behavior, Fo Ye guesses the man has never been outside. Ba Ye suggests Er Ye should sing the Hong-song that seems to important to the old miner and indeed, when Er Ye does, the old man jumps up and leads them further into the mines. He leads them to his sleeping place, another cave that seems to have served as underground barracks for the workers. Now, Fo Ye no longer thinks the man is confused, but just badly traumatized. Luckily, they have Er Ye who can sing the old man’s favorite opera song and tries to talk to the old man. Fo Ye says to settle down for the night and Lt. Zhang starts the electric generator. Fo Ye decides the old miner should get their best provisions. Fo Ye does not know, but he does know that the Japanese did things they did not want anyone to know about. When he wants to go to sleep. Er Ye discovers another Hong-tag.

That night, there is the sounds of bells that wakes everyone up. Fearless Fo Ye says he will go out and investigate, but the blind miner says don’t. They are safe here but not out there. Things from the mine cannot enter here. It seems the old man can hear after all. He guesses that Er Ye is a Hong and asks why he has only come now.

And then, the old man tells his tale: At only 15, he was already working in the mines, alongside  Uncle and his two men. Uncle – who taught him the opera song – helped the boy not to get beaten and convinced the foreman to use explosives cause things are going so slowly. A path to the tomb, says the miner.

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The lost tomb: The Mystic Nine episode 20 – Recap

Huo Niang were blades in her hair. They almost slice Chief Lu’s face. One of her warrior women stops Chief Lu’s aides from shooting, while Huo Niang tells him only her husband and the dead may touch her hair. She means anyone who tries who isn’t her husband will die. Chief Lu apologizes and then asks how his friend can become a Gate. Huo Niang tells him the Rule: get rid of one Gate and you take that person’s place. They made their alliance, then because Huo Niang, who had refused to drink tea with Chief Lu earlier, now downs her cup and shows it to him.

Grave-robbing gang who stop for a rest at Ba Ye’s insistence. And Fo Ye notes that the air is getting drier, not damper per normal for a mine.

Chief Lu and Chen Pi discussion who he should topple amongst the Nine Gates to take their place, and thus have some standing against Fo Ye. Chief Lu suggests San Ye, the third Gate. Even Chen Pi is scared of him. As they go through the list of the Gates, they realize, not only are a few close friends with Fo Ye, but that 6 is too fast and can kill Chen Pi while Jiu Ye is too smart and 5 is surrounded by guard dogs that Chen Pi would have to kill just to get close. The boys here aren’t touching Huo Niang, she has helped Chief Lu with advice and drunk his tea, so, the leftover Gate is Siu Ye, a person with a ton of bodyguards. Chief Lu will invite Siu Ye out, and Chen Pi will do the what he’s best at, which is mercilessly slaughtering people.

They spend a couple of minutes discussing whether this is naturally broken, or if someone did this on purpose, and whether to go home or just find another route and it’s all really pointless because they just jump over anyway. They take a rest in that cave where Fo Ye refuses to eat anything. Ba Ye eats Fo Ye’s share.Ba Ye sees an ancient tombstone that he says shouldn’t be there. Er Ye goes over to look at it and says it shouldn’t be there. And then all three look at it, and no one can read it. They decide to move it to show a small, claustrophobic opening. Ba Ye calls it as a trap, Er Ye says not from his family.

And after they enter the cave, Er Ye says they should walk on a bit more. The passage leads to a bigger cave with wooden structures that look like big bunk beds but are more like two-story container houses. As Fo Ye checks out a big wheel, Ba Ye and Er Ye go up to the second level of whatever we should call that structure to find a mummified body. But there’s a tag on his toe.

Fo Ye starts the machinery, and that lights up everything. They thinks this is the laboratory the Japanese left behind. They decide to look around.And they find maps and papers – and a globe for seeing the world.Er Ye thinks the materials are what the Japanese did not destroy before leaving. They note one map is really detailed with mysterious symbols and they don’t know what those are about. Fo Ye just shuts off the potentially repetitive discussion saying we’ll know when we know.

Here is Siu Ye.  He sweeps up to the top floor of this restaurant followed by tons of body guards some of whom. He’s here to meet Chief Lu per the plan. They exchange a load of compliments and then go into lunch. Chief Lu appears to be all business talking Changsha safety, but he then says he’s uncomfortable with Si Ye’s men staring him down. So Si Ye sends just two of then out. As Chen Pi serves the food, Si Ye recognizes him, and then Chen Pi breaks a wooden chopstick. He proceeds to use that chopstick to fight everyone else.   When the last two bodyguards and Siu Ye attack Chen Pi, Chen Pi sends his claw  through both bodyguards and onto Siu Ye’s face, killing him instantly. Chief Lu tells Chen Pi to leave. Because Lu is the planner and thinker here, which automatically makes him the leader out of the two, even if Chen Pi doesn’t realize that. He messes up his tie and calls for the outside bodyguards, who apparently didn’t hear a thing, and they come rushing in. 

Back to the tomb and gang consulting the map and finding that Mother of Heaven statue.

Siu Ye’s funeral, his widow wondering what happened. She doesn’t waste much energy wondering why, but focuses on getting revenge, mistakenly thinking Chen Pi must be injured too. Chen Pi shows up at the funeral, still dressed in that waiter’s uniform like he’s trolling them, and proceeds to kill everyone with that claw. But Siu Ye’s Madame doesn’t care. Chen Pi threatens to send her to Siu Ye, and she goes, fine, and holds her late husband’s hand. This seems to freak Chen Pi out a bit.  But what really shocks Chen Pi is Siu Ye’s daughter tugging his shirt and offering her noodles. That’s right, noodles. This gets Chen Pi thinking of Ya Tou. Chen Pi takes the noodles, and he tells Sui Ye’s Madame and child to get out of Changsha and never return. Then he walks out with both the noodles and the claw. Chen Pi then goes to the Hong Mansion, tosses aside the old fruit and incense at the ancestors, places new with his blood-stained hands, and swears to take revenge. He also strokes Ya Tou’s memorial tablet.

Er Ye says its some sort of plant that attacks people if they touch it.  He tells everyone not to touch them.  The gang discuss what to do with these lumps of hairy bacteria. Ba Ye wants to burn them, but Lt Zhangs says not enough kindling, even though they are surrounded by lava, and Er Ye says they are there to protect against the caves, so they’ll protect against people with bad intentions too. They decide to move forward on what looks like a bridge of vines carefully avoiding the hair bacteria, but of course someone has to step on one of them. They’ve walked 40 miles down to magma and jumped huge jumps and yet can’t avoid hair-like bacteria. So, Fo Ye throws his lamp at the hair bacteria and the things all burn. Unfortunately, that also sets off these long clumps of hair that rise up from the lava below and a big explosion. The vine bridge collapse in all that heat and Er Ye is left hanging off the edge of the cliff. They all rush to help, and eventually,with much effort,they save Er Ye.

The docks where Chen Pi is living. Chief Lu goes in. Chen Pi is bandaging his own wound. He sees Chief Lu.  Chief Lu basically goes up to chat about what happened yesterday. Chen Pi says he is not so easily injured, and that people he wants to kill can’t escape from him. Guess that’s a warning.They chitchat some about using the claw hook, and whether Chen Pi is hurt. Chen Pi declares his readiness to fight Fo Ye anytime, anywhere. Then Chief Lu asks if Chen Pi knows about using the same metal bullets Er Ye uses.

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The lost tomb: The Mystic Nine episode 19 – Recap

Officer Lu goes looking for Qi Shan but is told he is out, which catches his attention. Meanwhile Chen Pi is breaking in to Qi Shan’s manor, trying to kill him no doubt. He finds Xin Yue playing music in her room. Xin Yue tells him if he wants to see Qi Shan, then please step in from the main doors like a proper guest. She lectures him like a wayward child instead of a killer. Chen Pi thinks that killing Xin Yue, who obviously has a special relationship with Qi Shan, would suffice as a greeting gift.

Officer Lu has also broken in, watching the scene unfold. Xin Yue steps into her martial art stance, which Chen Pi recognises and also adopts his stance. Xin Yue maintains her bravado by turning her back against him, but throws makeup powder on him to distract him. She tries to run away, which is when Officer Lu steps in.

Officer Lu checks on Xin Yue, all pleasant but Xin Yue tells him to cut the crap. She demands to know who is he. But Xin Yue is a smart girl, she knows to be suspicious of Officer Lu.

They enter a more dangerous, cobwebbed part, and half their men are gone. They make it to a cave full of ancient buildings. Qi Shan senses something is amiss though, and fires a few shots. It breaks the glass, and the illusion is gone.

Ba Ye falls through a hole. When Er Ye climbs down, he accidentally steps on Ba Ye’s leg, who has fallen in a heap. Qi Shan does the same, but on Ba Ye’s other leg. When he comes to, Ba Ye wonders why he hurts all over. Er Ye and Qi Shan sheepishly explain why, Ba Ye looks so betrayed.

Chen Pi meets Mr Qiu, who proposes they join forces with Officer Lu. Being the kind villain he is, he gives Chen Pi a pendant that allows him to enter the commerce building as he pleases. He can also force Officer Lu to work with him. Chen Pi  tells Mr Qiu to forget about Ba Ye or Jiu Ye, they are all Qi Shan’s men. Instead, look for Madam Huo of the nine families. Apparently the mine that Qi Shan and co are raiding belongs to Madam Huo San Niang.

Later, he successfully makes Officer Lu his ally, who will break the nine families on his behalf.

Officer Lu meets Madam Huo, who is not too interested in him. Only when he brings up Qi Shan entering Huo family’s tomb, she finally shows interest in their conversation.

He suddenly reaches for her hair and she gets up and unties her bun, revealing her long hair. She twirls, and it looks like her hair accessories might cut into Officer Lu.

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The lost tomb: The Mystic Nine episode 18 – Recap

There are a lot of traps in the mine and something sinister lurks. Two of the Chinese explorers under the grand uncle finally got out of a trap 27 days later but found all their companions dead. To prevent the Japanese from discovering the secret of the tomb, the grand uncle and his companions created a maze to prevent them from entering.

Half-dead Chen Pi walks around town with blood still on his hands. Mr Qiu pops out and points a gun to his head, which Chen Pi just rolls his eyes at. Mr Qiu is just kidding, of course he is, and he dangles a carrot over Chen Pi to get him interested: the truth behind Ya Tou’s death. Mr Qiu reveals that Ya Tou didn’t die of her disease, someone else was at fault. Basically recycling the same conversation. He tells him it’s his master’s most trusted friend Qi Shan’s fault. Chen Pi refuses to be a fool this time and warns him he will investigate this.

Xin Yue is out thinking about Ya Tou. Without her only friend here, Changsha is becoming less and less meaningful. The servant encourages her, saying she has never seen Qi Shan being so considerate to anyone before.

She lurks around the mansion, heading somewhere when she runs into Qi Shan. He tells her he has already asked Jiu Ye to send her back. The mission this time is very dangerous, so he needs to make all preparations. Xin Yue gives him an ultimatum: either she goes with him or he let her wait at home. Or she will just secretly follow him into the mine. He finally relents.

Qi Shan and Ba Ye gets ready to go out tomb-raiding, prepared with men and armed this time, when they learn Er Ye wants to see them. Er Ye explains that he has already found out what has happened with Ya Tou, though he looks no less upset about it. But he has news about the mine and shares his ancestor’s journal.

Er Ye agrees to go with them, since it is his family’s will after all. After he leaves, Ba Ye notes that Er Ye is still awkward with them. Qi Shan accepts his responsibility in causing Ya Tou’s death but Ba Ye is more hopeful. Qi Shan says he must protect Ba Ye.

Expedition begins and they finally enter the mine.

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The lost tomb: The Mystic Nine episode 17 – Recap

Xin Yue gets some time alone with Qi Shan, who thanks her for taking care of him. She just wants him to keep her around but stops herself from finishing the sentence. She asks after Er Ye. Qi Shan defends his friend but she scoffs, feeling upset on Ya Tou’s behalf. She finds Er Ye at the night parlour, where he is still drowning in alcohol. Her words fall on deaf ears and he enrages her even further, asking her to call the girls back in after she leaves.

Chen Pi walks around aimlessly, arriving outside a restaurant. He overhears the owner asking his staff if the one knocking at their door yesterday is Er Ye. Chen Pi perks up at the mention of his master and listens how Er Ye carried Ya Tou around, looking for a restaurant. The owner worries that Er Ye would retaliate against them over a bowl of noodles. That night, Chen Pi kills him.

Fu Guan informs Qi Shan that eight people has died, all of them are affiliated with noodle restaurants. But it is not Er Ye and Chen Pi is missing. Qi Shan orders Chen Pi to be captured no matter what. Fu Guan meets Jiu Ye and discuss about Chen Pi. Jiu Ye suggests that they intercept the capturing of Chen Pi and interrogate him themselves. Officer Lu also learns the restaurant serial killing from his assistant and they also plan to do the same.

Fu Guan learns about Chen Pi’s location and they indeed find him. Problem is, Officer Lu and his men are also there. Fu Guan is about to strike, when Officer Lu fires a shot. It catches Fu Guan off guard and Chen Pi takes advantage of the distraction to kick Fu Guan down. He runs off and Fu Guan and Officer Lu face-off.

Qi Shan and Xin Yue watch as Er Ye leads the procession, dressed in red. Er Ye thinks about how Ya Tou wants him to live on with a smile, and he forces a smile as he looks up to the sky. He asks her to wait for her. He doesn’t acknowledge Qi Shan and Xin Yue when he passes them, I don’t think he notices them at all. When they reach Er Ye’s family tomb, he dismisses his servants and spends time alone inside.  As he cleans the coffin, the ground underneath him collapses and he falls into a shallow hole. Shocked, Er Ye realizes that someone has explored the tomb before.

Ba Ye visits Er Ye’s manor and learns all the servants have been dismissed. Apparently Er Ye has been staying there for hours. He goes to look for Qi Shan, who is busy being taken care of by Xin Yue. She goes overboard trying to make sure he gets proper nutrients and even peels an apple for him, which makes him smile. He suddenly wonders why he has not been receiving any guests lately, which makes Xin Yue a little guilty. Apparently Xin Yue has ordered the butler not to let any guests in. But the butler asks permission to allow Ba Ye in, which surprises Qi Shan. He stares at Xin Yue and puts her in her place. He is being unnecessarily mean about it though, telling her now that Ya Tou is dead, she doesn’t have anyone she cares about in Changsha. She can leave now.

Ba Ye is here with surprising news: Er Ye has disappeared and has even dismissed all servants. He also has another news. The Japanese has begun moving near the mine. Even though it is dangerous without Er Ye, they have no choice. They must investigate the mine before the Japanese do. Xin Yue enters and asks Qi Shan when is he leaving. She gets another scolding from Er Ye over the eavesdropping. She retorts that if he really wanted privacy, he should have asked someone to guard the door for him. He tells her to mind her own business.

Meanwhile, Er Ye has dug deep into his family tomb and found an underground chamber. He find dead bodies and a pendant similar to the one Qi Shan found in the tomb before. From his ancestor’s journal, he learns more about how his grand uncle and the Japanese first explored the tomb.

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The lost tomb: The Mystic Nine episode 16 – Recap

Xin Yue asks if Ya Tou has ever fought with Er Ye, but she says no. Er Ye takes care of her very well and never lets her worry. But she knows she doesn’t match someone like Er Ye. He is someone high up on a pedestal, while she is only an ordinary noodles-selling girl. Later, Xin Yue helps Ya Tou choose her outfit for their outdoor excursion. She decides on red for Ya Tou and lo and behold, Er Ye too shows up in red. But their sweet moment is interrupted when Ya Tou begins coughing up blood. Jiu Ye has left home since this morning and is nowhere to be found. The medicine is missing. Ya Tou says that she doesn’t want the medicine anymore and has returned them to Qi Shan. He wants to find Qi Shan but she makes him stay with her.

Jiu Ye is with Qi Shan at his manor. When Qi Shan learns that Er Ye is almost reaching their door, he reluctantly orders for the door to be closed.

He takes a look at Ya Tou and he grows desperate as he bangs at the door, begging Qi Shan to open it and save his wife. He repeatedly calls for Qi Shan. He even kneels down. When Qi Shan finally shows up, Er Ye looks hopeful but Qi Shan crushes that hope. He thinks about Ya Tou’s request for him to lie to Er Ye before. He told her he wasn’t willing to betray Er Ye but she had tearfully begged him to keep Er Ye alive. The only one who can do that is him.

Hopeless now, Er Ye turns to embrace his wife. He tells her he is sorry for not being able to get the medicine. She simply smiles and tells him she wants to go home. They do finally return. Back in the manor, Qi Shan is angrier than we have ever seen him. He asks Jiu Ye if it is worth it but Jiu Ye has no answer for him.

In Er Ye’s manor, Ya Tou is forcing herself to wash clothes, even though the pain must have been unbearable. She nearly falls over but Er Ye is there to help her. She tells him that she has no energy to wash the rest of the clothes. She asks if he can take her to eat a bowl of noodles. At this hour, none of the restaurants are open and Er Ye grows increasingly desperate. Ya Tou gently tells him that she doesn’t feel like it anymore and they agree to eat them tomorrow.

They sit in the middle of a pavilion, staring at the night sky. She reminiscences about their wedding day and asks if he remembers. Even Ya Tou is aware that the noodles she cooked lately has been terrible. But Er Ye is ever sweet and constantly tells her they are great. But she knows and tells him they have both worked hard. She tells him she is sorry. Er Ye tells her that if he had not met her, he would have probably been a bachelor or a playboy. He would have lived without meaning. Ya Tou tells him to take care of himself when she is gone.

Next morning, Er Ye shows up at Qi Shan’s manor, dragging a sword behind him. He asks why Qi Shan won’t give him the medicine. Knowing Ya Tou must have died, Qi Shan gives him his condolences.  He flings his sword but Qi Shan looks unperturbed. The sword stops at his shoulder. Hearing the commotion, Xin Yue and the maids come running out. Xin Yue knocks the sword of Er Ye’s hand, asking if he lost his mind. Qi Shan tells Er Ye that if he explores the mine with him, investigate the Japanese’s scheme and save the Changsha people, his life is his. After Er Ye leaves, only does Qi Shan betrays his injury where the blade has cut into his shoulder. Xin Yue asks him why did he stupidly gets himself injured but he assures her he is fine. She fusses over him and Qi Shan allows it.

Er Ye is lying lifelessly against the coffin. Jiu Ye offers his condolences and hands him the letter Ya Tou entrusted him with. Inside there is a photo of Er Ye and Ya Tou.  Jiu Ye reveals the truth. The medicine from Beijing do work but Ya Tou’s illness is too great and the side effects from the medicine puts her in a lot of pain. He also explains about Qi Shan’s involvement. Qi Shan had simply been unable to say no to Ya Tou, considering her great love for Er Ye.

In the hospital, Chen Pi finally wakes up. He asks the nurse until when they intend to keep him but she laughingly tells him that this is a hospital, not a prison. He sneers when the nurse says that she is under Qi Shan’s orders to make sure he recovers, and walks out. Out in the streets, he overhears people discussing about Ya Tou’s death. Panicked, he runs over to Er Ye’s manor and he finds the funeral. Another servant discovers him and tells him that Ya Tou has passed on, confirming his worst fears.

In a seedy night parlour, Er Ye fools around with the ladies who drown him in alcohol. Ba Ye storms in and yells at him for doing this when Ya Tou has not even been buried. But Er Ye is completely drunk and Ba Ye leaves, disappointed.

He complains to Qi Shan at his manor. They are both worried about their friend. Xin Yue walks in, interrupting them. She asks why is Ba Ye here again. She stares at Ba Ye until he promises to come less often, no, he will try not to come ever. She immediately dismisses him. The men stare at each other but they obey.

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The lost tomb: The Mystic Nine episode 15 – Recap

Ya Tou asks what they should do. Jiu Ye tells her they need to give Er Ye a reason to live on. She agrees easily, whatever it is.

In Qi Shan’s manor, Xin Yue is bored out of her mind. Qi Shan is not around. The maid explains that he leaves early and returns late, to which Xin Yue grumbles that he is just avoiding her. She leaves the maid to go look around the manor. She is delighted when she finds his study and decides to hide there in their hide-and-seek game. She plops down on his chair and checks out the books on his table. She spies a similar artifact that she has at home and accidentally activates his secret door.

Meanwhile, Qi Shan is home early. His butler tells him that the madam has been bored senseless. Qi Shan is surprised that she has been asking for him but the butler assures him that she knows nothing except that he has been swamped with work.

The secret door leads Xin Yue to Qi Shan’s treasure room. She is not too impressed. One wrong step and she accidentally falls into a trap. Qi Shan is upstairs looking for Xin Yue when he notices the door to his study is open. He asks him why she is here. Even though he did say she can freely roam the manor, but not this place. He doesn’t help her and just takes off his coat and sits down. She asks if he thinks she is like him, a thief. He teases her about her abnormal curiosity and she tells him to stop it and let her down immediately. He slooowly takes off his gloves. When Xin Yue struggles, he shouts at her not to move around.

He tells her that the treasure room is filled with traps and any movement can possibly trigger one. But she doesn’t believe him and thinks he is trying to humiliate her. She struggles even harder and when the rope snaps, arrows fly in her direction. Qi Shan jumps and hurls her out of harm’s way. She notices his injury from the arrows and fusses over him. He curtly tells her he is fine but then looks at her for quite some time.

Dinner time. She happily declares that she is here to accompany her husband for dinner but the maids tell her the meal can’t start before Qi Shan is here. So she goes up to his room to find him. She is surprised to find him half-naked but braves it anyway. He tells her to leave, a little harshly. She turns around,  but notices the injury from saving her earlier. She balks when he tries to ask her to leave again. But this time he is honest and says he is not trying to drive her away. But Changsha is dangerous and he doesn’t want anything to happen to her. She is not touched and tells him she can see through him. But she sits him down anyway and begin to help him wipe his body.

When she moves to help him wipe his back, she is startled at all the whip marks. She complains about Peng San Pian’s brute and tells him off for not mentioning his injuries. The heat from the towel causes Qi Shan’s family tattoo surfaces. Xin Yue marvels at the tattooed creature, calling it scary. Qi Shan explains that it is a mythical beast in the legends, known to be most ferocious and blood-thirsty. She asks him why would he tattoo such a blood-thirsty monster. He tells her that he is cursed with blood-thirsty creatures and he is destined to have a difficult life. But she is not the same. She is born of a wealthy family, she will have a good life ahead. He tells her to leave Changsha, it is too dangerous for her. Xin Yue tells him that he doesn’t need to curse himself to chase her away. She will just leave.

She mulls over his words that night. She thinks about how she fell for him and their adventures in her family’s hotel. On the other side, Qi Shan doesn’t seem to be able to fall asleep either. He gets up to read a book but his thoughts are of Xin Yue.

The next day, Xin Yue visits Ya Tou who is confined to her bed. She complains that there is a home that she cannot return to and she is chased out by the other. Ya Tou sweetly offers to let her stay. In his manor, Qi Shan orders his butler to call Xin Yue for breakfast but he tells him that she has left at dawn. Qi Shan asks where is she headed. When he learns that she has went to Er Ye’s manor, he merely nods. Elsewhere Pi wakes up in a hospital room, the nurse tells him that it is Qi Shan who sent him here. He insists on leaving and struggles. The nurse barely manages to knock him out with a shot, and even as he drifts from consciousness, he begs his mistress to wait for his return.

Ya Tou is unable to sleep, mulling over Jiu Ye’s words. He tells her to write two letters. One is to Qi Shan, to explain that the medicine can only postpone her inevitable death but the side effects are too much for her to bear. She will return the medicine to Qi Shan and he is not to give it to Er Ye. The second letter is for Er Ye, to explain everything.

When Qi Shan reads Ya Tou’s letter, he vetoes the idea. Jiu Ye tells him that if they can’t save Ya Tou, they must at least save Er Ye. Not only can this method preserves Er Ye’s will to live, it can also encourage him to explore the mine. But Qi Shan thinks Er Ye would not forgive him, even after he knows about the truth.

Ya Tou shows up with a bowl of homemade noodles for Xin Yue. Er Ye asks for his portion but Ya Tou teases that he must be bored of it already. Xin Yue’s face falls a little, the noodles is both sour and sweet. She wonders to herself if Ya Tou didn’t realize she put in the wrong seasoning. But she chirps that Er Ye is right. The noodles is delicious and it wouldn’t lose out in even Beijing. It makes Ya Tou very happy and she says that she cooked it according to her tastes. A servant announces the arrival of Qi Shan and Ba Ye, who are here to visit Ya Tou. This alarms Xin Yue but she pretends like she wants nothing to do with them.

Qi Shan pointedly remarks about how well Ya Tou looks. The air is tense between them, though Ba Ye just yaps on about how expensive medicine is worth the money. Er Ye thanks Qi Shan, oblivious as to what his wife has just asked him to do. A bored Xin Yue looks for Ya Tou after. Ya Tou cheers her up, telling her that Er Ye is going take them out boat-riding this afternoon. She also teases Xin Yue that Qi Shan is here for her, but of course there is no way she would let him take her away. When Xin Yue finds out she is joking, she gets truly disappointed.

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The lost tomb: The Mystic Nine episode 14 – Recap

Qi Shan gives up, simply telling Xin Yue that he understands. She asks if he still wants to kick her off the train but Ya Tou helpfully adds that the train is already moving. Qi Shan asks for his bangle back but she calls him shameless for wanting a present back. She decides that since they are already together, she will tell him her real name. Her given name is Ying Han but she is nicknamed after her family’s hotel.

Chen Pi is getting tortured by Officer Lu’s men. We know where Qi Shan is but Officer Lu only knows he is at home, refusing all guests. He wants to know what Qi Shan is up to. Chen Pi answers that he doesn’t know. Officer Lu taunts him about Ya Tou’s illness and promises to let him go if he tells. If he doesn’t, then it’s to the gallows for the crime of conspiring with the country’s enemies. Officer Lu sows a seed of doubt in him, asking him to think about why Qi Shan would arrest him.

Night falls, Qi Shan and Er Ye are alarmed by the noises of footsteps above the train. It is Peng San Pian and his men hunting our main characters. Qi Shan goes out to take a look while Er Ye keeps vigil.Xin Yue is in the washroom, and when she leaves, she runs straight into Peng San Pian. Unable to run, she chooses to fight but he easily deflects her moves. Her little tricks are useless and he mocks her for trying to murder her husband. He tells her not to worry, he’ll sleep with her tonight.

At long last, all the men falls and the road is clear for Qi Shan to save Xin Yue. He flings a sword through the glass door and Peng San Pian barely manages to avoid from being pierced completely. He crashes onto the floor. Qi Shan runs to check on Xin Yue, noticing the tear on her shoulder. She stares at him for a moment, and then clearly touched, assures him she is fine. Peng San Pian opens his eyes and sends his whip flying at them.

The fight continues and Qi Shan deflects many of the whipping with his hand. Qi Shan says he should have shown mercy because he did stole Peng San Pian’s invitation but it is too late for that now. With a decisive move, he cracks Peng San Pian’s skull. When Peng San Pian falls, his back lands on the knife that Qi Shan flung earlier. This time, he stays dead. Qi Shan sweetly picks up her coat, dusts it off and puts it on her.

Back in their compartment, Qi Shan explains that it is the Japanese’s work. Er Ye reveals that the two compartments beside them are also Japanese assassins but he implies that he has already killed them. Worried about the girls, Qi Shan lies, clarifying that he means that the Japanese would not be so dumb as to attack them again. Wingman Ba Ye tells them to go sleep, pushing the girls towards their husbands. Xin Yue happily leans onto Qi Shan’s shoulder and thanks him for saving her. He doesn’t acknowledge it but does not seem to mind her holding on to his arm.

When they arrive at Changsha station, Fu Guan is there to meet them. Qi Shan orders his men to send Er Ye and his wife home. Xin Yue stares expectantly at Qi Shan, who ignores her. He gets into his car and Xin Yue follows. Qi Shan is still determinedly unpleasant to Xin Yue, which irritates her. But she does find out why he is called Fuo Ye though, there is a giant statue of Buddha (Fuo)’s head outside his manor. Inside Fu Guan updates Qi Shan that all is safe in Changsha and the Japanese are also quiet. However, oddly Officer Lu has taken Chen Pi away to secretly question him. Fu Guan has not yet found his exact location. Qi Shan looks worried and tells him to look harder.

Xin Yue crashes the party, calling him by his full name. Qi Shan looks annoyed and asks for his butler to prepare a guest room for her. Everyone’s eyes widen at her candidness. She asks if there is anything wrong with her staying with her fiance. Qi Shan actually turns to look at his butler and Fu Guan for help but they all look away. He grumpily orders them away. He tries to explain again that he is sorry for ruining her matchmaking and he will make amends. But Xin Yue wants to hear none of it. Everyone in Beijing knows he is her fiance now.

He tells her that he gives her three days before kicking her back to Beijing. She cries foul and asks to be brought to her room. When the maid calls her young miss, she orders her to call her madam instead. Qi Shan’s eyes widen again. The maid smartly learns to obey the madam of the house. With the most satisfied expression, Xin Yue leaves. Qi Shan actually chuckles a moment later, apparently amused.

Qi Shan finally learns about Chen Pi’s location and he takes him away. Chen Pi looks terrible. Officer Lu tries to stop him but Qi Shan clears Chen Pi off any wrongdoings except for some illegal trading business at the harbour. After they leave, Officer Lu wonders about Qi Shan and Er Ye’s relationship with Chen Pi.

When Er Ye goes to check on Ya Tou, he is shocked to find her slumping over the table. But she is only asleep. She assures him that the medicine they fought so hard to get is working well for her. She feels better everyday. He looks relieved to hear that.

Jiu Ye is asked to check on how Ya Tou is taking the medicine. Er Ye is not with them because someone from the opera house is looking for him. When Jiu Ye asks if Ya Tou is experiencing various body discomfort, she tells him that she has been feeling well since trying the new medicine. He nods and tells her that she seems well. But it is only a show for the benefit of the maid. He sends her away on an errand and Ya Tou immediately coughs. It is so bad that she coughs up blood. The medicine is not working at all. She gets down on her knees and begs him that no, the medicine is working. She will get better soon. She knows what Er Ye and Qi Shan has done to get the medicine to save her and she does not want to see Er Ye disappointed. Jiu Ye tells her that they will find another way and they should tell Er Ye. But she knows her health. If even such priceless medicine is unable to save her, there is really no cure for her. She wants to live her life quietly with Er Ye. She begs Jiu Ye not to tell but he reasons that at least Qi Shan must know. Ya Tou disagrees. With his brotherhood with Er Ye, Qi Shan would definitely tell. Jiu Ye asks if she knows why Qi Shan is trying so hard to help her. It is not due to the mine, it is to save Er Ye’s life. He asks if she really understands Er Ye. He loves her too much to live on after she dies. The thought horrifies Ya Tou.