Well Intended Love (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)
- Genre: Modern Romance, Rich Man, Poor Woman, Contract Marriage
- Date Released: January 2019
- Origin: China
- Cdrama: 20 Episodes
- Xu Kai Cheng as Ling Yi Zhou
- Simona Wang as Xia Lin
- Ian Li as Chu Yan
- Huang Qian Shou as Wen LI
- Yang Hao Ming as Nan JIn Tian/Ah Nan
- Liu Jia Xi as Jia Fei
- Charry Qi as An Ran
Quick Precis: A handsome arrogant CEO went into a contract marriage with a young actress who has leukaemia.
Xia Lin is a 21 years old budding actress. But within one day her hopes and dreams came tumbling down.
It all started when she came out of the studio to go for an audition for an advertisement. She mistakenly forced her way into a parked black Maserati, thinking it was her uber. 🙁
Despite the car having a passenger already, Xia Lin asked the passenger to move as she was willing to carpool. The driver was stuttering but the man next to her just said it was ok.
She was being driven away when her uber driver called to say he had been waiting for 10 minutes. She was so embarrassed but the man, Ling Yi Zhou, said that they will give her a ride as it seems she was going where they were bound to.
During the audition, she did well and was given a positive feedback. Within the hour the agency informed her that she did not get the stint.
Feeling down in the dumps, she bought some sandwiches to share with her long-time boyfriend but only to find that he had been in bed with someone.
He had been two-timing her with her bitchy college roommate.
What else can go wrong? On her way home, she fainted on the street and ended up in the hospital where she was given a diagnosis of leukemia.
The next day, Xia Lin went back to the hospital to see her consultant to further discuss her illness. He told her that she was terminal but with bone marrow from stem cells, she can be good as new.
She found out that Ling Yi Zhou somehow could help her.
Ling Yi Zhou is a 29-year-old mega rich, a CEO who dabbles in television and films. He has a sad back story involving his mother that has yet to be revealed. His grandma though cares for him deeply but wanted him to get married.
Xia Lin went to Ling Xi Zhou immediately to ask for his help. She confessed about her illness. But he was not moved.
This did not stop Xia Lin. With her best friend, they contrive ways on how to meet Ling Yi Zhou so she could plead her case better.
She pretended to be an office cleaner, a visitor and friend of Mr Ling and finally as a woman left pregnant by Mr Ling. The receptionist was not perturbed but gave her a number and pointing to a group of pregnant women waiting their turn to see the boss.
Xia Lin was beginning to lose hope. She just stood against the glass wall of the building waiting for hours for Mr Ling.
Then finally she had her chance.
He said that he will help her but on a condition…
She has to marry him.
So far this first episode is endearing the lead girl is very pretty and not annoying at all. And the lead guy has a model-like physique and is rather charismatic. Very promising start.
Xia Lin did not jump immediately at the offer of marriage, a contractual marriage. She was wary. She actually values marriage and knows it is not something to be played about.
But it is her life at stake.
So desperate she was she was allowed to be convinced by her best-friend to accept the proposal as she had nothing to fear from Mr Ling. Her best friend reckons that Mr Ling is not into women. He was in love with his driver/assistant. Etc.
Anyway, she got invited by Mr Ling into the opening of a jewelry exhibition where she met her ex-boyfriend and horrible ex-roommate.
Xia Lin was wearing one of the necklaces from the exhibitions. The ex-roommate and ex-boyfriend bid for the necklace Xia Lin was wearing and wanted her to remove it there and then as a way of making her feel low. Luckily Mr Ling turned up and stopped Xia Lin from unclasping the necklace and asked the exes whether they really wanted the necklace and whether they can afford the 50M prize tag to it? The exes were taken aback. They thought it cost 5Million at the most.
But it was too late they have signed the intention to purchase. Mr Ling said if they apologise nicely to Xia Lin, he might overlook the purchase receipt.
The exes apologised for cheating on Xia Lin. Mr Ling shredded the paper and threw it at the ex-boyfriend.
Mr Ling was driving Xia Lin home when he got a call from his grandmother. Mr Ling asked her to answer the phone for him. The grandma asked if she was driving in the car with Yi Zhou.
When Xia Lin said yes, the grandma was all excited. Apparently, it was the first time the Yi Zhou had allow a girl in his car. She asked Xia Lin to call her grandma.
Anyway, Xia Lin finally agreed to the marriage but with her own proviso. They also agreed that the marriage would last with a minimum of two years.
Two months later, they are now married and Xia Lin moved into Mr Ling’s house, separate bedrooms.
Chu Yan is a friend of Mr Ling and is very suspicious of Xia Lin who he thinks is a gold-digger.
Xia Lin is also suspicious of Chu Yan who she thinks is the lover of her husband.
To prove her suspicion, she started seducing him and got drunk. She then started kissing him and when she woke up she was wearing a different nightdress.
Apparently, she threw up all over him during the course of the evening.
To prevent a repeat performance of her drunkenness, Mr Ling had the maid get rid of all the alcohol in the house.
Episode 4 & 5
Xia Lin had introduced Mr Ling into microblogging via weibo. He was an instant hit.
There seemed to be a new villain in the scene that would be targetting Mr Ling.
He left a dog in the street which was found by Xia Lin.
She took the dog home and hid it from Mr Ling. But you can’t really hide an animal in the house and another thing, Chu has severe asthma and dogs are one of his allergens.
Xia Lin and her friend met up with Chu in the cinema. Being near Xia Lin, Chu had an attack of asthma, it got pretty bad, thank goodness Xia Lin found the inhaler he accidentally dropped. Their photograph together was instantly posted online and seen by Mr Ling, who instructed that reuters are contacted and that the photo is taken down.
He then went to find Xia Lin and Chu.
Mr Ling was daydreaming, he was so happy to start the day when Xia Ling cook a birthday breakfast for both of them. The same birthday.
Xia Ling cooked a feast for a birthday dinner but Mr Ling was very late, she then saw a photo on weibo that he was celebrating the night with someone else.
It was actually the girl, he grew up with and treated like a sister. But the girl has a crush on him and still pestering him despite knowing that he had married someone else. She used some pretext to get Mr Ling to come to her but he was very annoyed and left immediately to be wit Xia Ling, who started eating the enormous feast she had cooked.
Mr Ling asked her why she was eating already without him and then took her away for a drive. He gave her a gift of some house deed. He then wanted her to make him a birthday cake. They had a full run of a bakery kitchen where she decorated a cake with him in close attendance. Very very close.
So cute, and he really now into her, nuzzling her and kissing her. Awww.
Xia Lin got a role in a film or drama so she had to return the dog back to his real owner who happened to be a rather sickly Mr Nan Jin Tia who introduced himself to Xia Lin as Ah Nan.
Ah Nan was feverish so the kindly Xia Lin made him a meal of all reviving porridge (congee).
Yi Zhou almost can’t bear to part with Xia Lin for filming. He gave her a lot of restrictions on what she can’t do, cross-wise and he ordered her to put on her ring at all times. He then gave her a hug and took the time to let her go. Awww
CEO An who pretends to be friendly with Xia Lin had hired someone to be photographed with Xia Lin in a compromising position. Thank goodness Chu Yan was there everytime and saved her.
Chu Yan then reported to Yi Zhou that his wife is being targetted.
Yi Zhou did not waste anytime. He went to see Xia Lin and surprisingly or not the filming had been stopped for a couple of days.
Yizhou had an accident. He now has amnesia. He had forgotten the last two years of his life which of course include Xia Lin.
Xia Lin now realised that she had fallen head over heels in love with Yi Zhou, who is now spurning all her overtures and advances and had become overly friendly with his ‘sister’ An Ran, who’s milking the situation to get Yi Zhou.
Chu Yan’s father found out about his son’s supposed relationship with Xia Lin. He invited Xia Lin and told her that she was not good enough for his son that he had someone for his son to marry already.
Chu Yan arrived and took her away but not before his father whacked her at the back.
She was hurt when her husband found her.
He tended to her,
She started confessing to him that she loves him. Then one thing led to another and then…
They finally consummated their marriage.
Yi Zhou finally found out that his memory loss is not about amnesia but from hypnosis arranged by An Ran.
An Ran has also been drugging Xia Lin and her pet dog. She would have done the same with Yi Zhou but he started suspecting her after he learned that Xia Lon slept for so many hours because she was drugged.
Ahh… Yi Zhou and Xia Lin’s honeymoon period is interrupted once again.
Xia Lin found out that she did not have leukemia that worried her almost to death. What she has is anemia.
She found this out after going to the doctor and was confirmed that Yi Zhou knew all along about her real condition by the existence of documents hidden in the safe in their bedroom.
She was so annoyed with Yi Zhou for lying to her. She worried herself silly, she thought her life over before it even really began at the age of 21.
With all the stress, she fainted.
But what she did not know was that she had been drugged by Ah Nan. Poor girl! She’ll have drug overdose.
Xia Lin became a prisoner in the house. Yi Zhou, afraid that she would leave him put a couple guards to prevent her from leaving the house.
Xia Lin was, of course, overwrought with anger and insisted she would like to leave.
The maid called Granny to intervene. She told Yi Zhou to let Xia Lin go if she really wanted to go.
Xia Lin was able to get back her old apartment. She also became a salesperson but she had to chuck the job in thinking that it was all arranged by Yi Zhou. She does not want to owe him anything. She was beginning to get paranoid.
Chu Yan, though remained loyal to her.
Chu Yan was visiting her when she noticed from the window that Yi Zhou was outside sitting at the bonnet of the car just waiting quietly.
It started raining and he was soaked to the bone.
Yi Zhou got sick from being soaked in the rain. Despite being ill he went to see Xia Lin to apologise. He said he was going to change.
Xia Lin went for a job interview for a soft drink, which was really an alcoholic drink. This was arranged by the vengeful Ah Nan and An Ran.
Someone tipped Chu Yan about the state of Xia Lin was in and hurried to the place.
Xia Lin thinking that Chu Yan was Yi Zhou started seducing him, wanting him to kiss her. She then asked Chu Yan, who she thought was Yi Zhou if he likes her.
Chu Yan said ‘wo shi ai ni” which was caught on video.
Not long after Yi Zhou arrived and Chu Yan left him with Xia Lin immediately.
Chu Yan went home to his father who got a copy of the video.
The father started beating Chu Yan up. He told his son that he should not interfere with the wife of Yi Zhou, who was a very powerful businessman.
Chu Yan ended up banging his head on the edge of a marble pillar as his father beat him.
He ended up in the hospital where Xia Lin visited him and so did Yi Zhou who took Chu Yan’s father aside.
Yi Zhou gave a document to the father and told him that unless he does not remove Chu Yan from their family register, he will give the document to the police. There were enough cases and evidence for the father to end up in prison.
When Yi Zhou went back to Chu Yan’s room, he found him tenderly touching the chin of the sleeping Xia Lin.
Yi Zhou and Chu Yan had a heart to heart.
Yi Zhou told Chu Yan that he knew but he trust Chu Yan as he was his brother and Xia Lin was his wife.
Chu Yan agreed that they will always be brothers…. forever.
Towards the end of the epidose, when Yi Zhou was in his office, Wen Lin came running in with a bad news.
Master Chu is dead.
Chu Yan had been murdered in his hospital room. Someone set it on fire and the suspect was Xia Lin.
The evidence was that Xia Lin did not have a witness of her whereabouts between 7-8pm despite saying she went grocery shopping for her PA Tong Tong who had period pains.
Chu Yan was also clutching an earing.
During a press conference, Tong Tong turned up with An Ran who testified that she saw her boss having a fight with Chu Yan by the lake jetty.
But in the end, Chu Yan turned up alive.
Chu Yan is alive and An Ran was the one who had him kidnap and replaced him with a body from the morgue.
An Ran was unrepentant.
Yi Zhou and Xia Lin have been properly reconciled but he has got baby in the brain. He wanted Xia Lin to have a baby immediately.
Another reconciliation was Chu Yan and his father, who was recovering from a heart attack.
A woman has been stalking Xia Lin. It turned out the woman was Yi Zhou’s mother who left him and his father on his eight birthday. That is why he doesn’t celebrate his birthday.
The mystery about Ah Nan had been revealed. He is a stepbrother to Yi Zhou.
They used to be neighbours and when Ah Nan’s mother died, Yi Zhou’s mother ran off to the US with Ah Nan and his father on Yi Zhou’s 8th birthday.
For some reason, Ah Nan is pathologically vengeful towards Yi Zhou. The real reason is yet to be revealed.
Yi Zhou agreed to meet his mother again to talk but it did not go well because Ah Nan tagged along during the lunch meeting, creating a very awkward situation.
Xia Lin who promised Yi Zhou that she will try not to go near Ah Nan was forced to have dinner with Ah Nan.
Xia Lin became nauseous and Ah Nan said that it looked like that she has the symptom of pregnancy.
She had her pregnancy confirmed and made Yi Zhou promised to return early for his birthday to give him a surprise.
She went to fetch him at the airport but on the way she was kidnapped.
Xia Lin was drugged and when she woke up, Tong Tong, her former PA, was there bearing a tray of juice and sandwich.
She then found out that Ah Nan was the mastermind behind her kidnapping.
For some reason, Yi Zhou caved in immediately. He was drinking in the bar and later photographed being seduced by another woman.
Chu Yan was seriously pissed off and waited for Yi Zhou to turn up at work.
Chu Yan gave Yi Zhou a couple of uppercuts.
Yi Zhou said to give him a break because even if Xia Lin returns, they cannot go back to the way they are. Xia LIn’s reputation is now in tatters. What a sod!
Jia Fei finally told Yi Zhou that Xia Lin is pregnant.
Apparently, Yi Zhou’s misbehaviour is to make him looked like a sod so An Ran will help him and reveal to him Ah Nan’s hide-out or where he had taken Xia Lin.
Yi Zhou found a clue where Ah Nan had hidden Xia Lin.
YI Zhou was shot by Ah Nan.
Yi Zhou was critical and had flatline!
He was resuscitated but now in a coma.
Chu Yan learned from his father that there was a plan to relieved Yi Zhou as the CEO of the Ling Company. Someone had been buying the Ling Corporation shares.
OMG, Yi Zhou’s mother was an absolute evil.
She had been instrumental in the buy out of shares and she wanted her husband to take over her son’s company so he can return to China.
Her bid to take over the company was thwarted so the comatose Yi Zhou is still the CEO.
Xia Lin told Yi Zhou off. She reminded him that he will grant all her wishes but why was he not waking up? She told him that she will do risque films and have someone their baby calls Daddy.
Yi Zhou finally woke up as he can’t take any more of her nonsense pratlling.
The ending is on the stupid side,
Xia Lin is an absolute airhead. She was kidnapped again by Ah Nan, thankfully Chu Yan had the presence of mind to call the police to save both Xia Lin and Yi Zhou from the deranged Ah Nan.
Stupidity seemed to be catching because Yi Zhou had caught it from his wife, who by now the mother of a seven-month-old baby boy, who cried incessantly in the arms of his father who was conducting an important meeting.
How can he not have a standby nanny to look after the baby when he was in a meeting or why not build a creche in his company to allow the baby to mingle with other children while he was otherwise engaged!
The end was that his airhead wife is doing auditions while he was minding the baby!
5 March 2019 Update
There will be a Season 2 to this drama with the same cast.
Get this, there is a contest for fans to submit scripts for the season 2. The winner will receive 50,000RMB and a chance to join the filming as a consultant.
31 July 2019 Update
Season 2 had officially started filming.