Nice to Meet You (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

Chinese Drama 2019

Nice to Meet You (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

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  • Genre: Romance
  • Release Date: 10 March 2019
  • Origin: China
  • Cdrama: 55 Episodes

Cast:

  • Janice Man as Gao Jie/Jocelyn
  • Zhang Ming En as Yu Zhi/James
  • Melody Tang as Gao Hui
  • Shawn Wei as Yu Yi
  • Shu Ma Ya as Mu Zi Yu
  • Ji Xiao Bing as Si Cheng (Friend)
  • Jerry Chang as Gao Hai

This drama is coming soon and it was announced that Viki has the license to show it, therefore, we international viewers will see subbed episodes.  Yey

For my sanity, I would be referring to the leads in their anglicised names of James and Jocelyn. 🤪

Episode 1

I was pleasantly surprised to find this episode already subbed in youtube.  I have to admit that the sub is only partial and often lacked synchronicity.

Be that as it may, you can still understand the plot after a fashion.

It started with the grand engagement of Gao Jie to Yu Zhi.  They both looked drop-dead-gorgeous.

Gao Jie was looking forward to the event, full of love and full of hope.

Yu Zhi was for some reason felt betrayed and bent on revenge.

As his bride stopped just in front of him looking magically beautiful, Yu Zhi took to the microphone and announced to their esteemed audience that he proposed to the board to dismiss both Mrs Mu Si Yu and Gao Jie from their positions because they have harmed the reputation of the company.

That was a major humiliation for Gao Jie who said to let her explain but Yu Zhi said it was too late.

He then took out their wedding rings from his pocket and told her that there are as ostentatious and hypocritical as she is and he doesn’t have any need for them.  He then chucked both rings into the hotel pond.

Next scene was a flashback!!!

It might be in Indonesia, where Gao Jie was supervising a mining event.

While the workers were hard at their job, some locals came barging in armed with jungle bolos and knives.

Gao Jie managed to get away by falling into a stream.

At that moment, Yu Zhi was on his way to see the mining as well but spotted a woman obviously in need of help by the water.

He rescued her unconscious body and put her in his jeep driven by a local.

When she woke up they introduced themselves to each other rather grudgingly.

She was out by herself again to do her morning wee when she found herself face to face with a huge cobra.  Gao Jie (Jocelyn) can’t run away no matter how much she wanted to as her shoe was caught on some roots.

Again, her hero spotted what was going on and came to the rescue.  He carefully stood in front of her ready to lunge if the cobra becomes hostile. 🙂

But the cobra decided to slither away almost at the same time as Yu Zhi’s  (James) driver did with the jeep, leaving them stranded.

Now they started tentative flirting.

Janice Man is truly gorgeous, but the leading male, Zhang Ming En is on another level of gorgeousness altogether.

So far so good.

Episode 2

James was having such a fun time bathing in the lake that Jocelyn went to bathe also after James had finished.

What James did not know was that Jocelyn was already running a fever so she fainted in the water and would have drowned if James did not jump in to save her.

James cradled the feverish Jocelyn and told her that they don’t have medicine.  He had to go and find help.  Jocelyn said she would stay in their tent and wait for him.

James walked and walked until he came across a barracks where soldiers found him as he was about to pass out.

Then Jocelyn woke up in a hospital looking at the face of her worried male friend, Si Cheng.  She asked him about James and he said that the locals (Thais; so they were in Thailand) did say that she was with a Chinese man.

Jocelyn was very sad because despite being with James for a very short period, she had fallen for him and it seems quite mutual as well.

Back in China, it was a small world.  Jocelyn’s aunt happened to be James’s stepmother who he hates the guts of.

Mu Zi Yu was his father’s mistress who caused his mother untold grief which might have caused her eventual death (information on this is yet to be revealed)

Anyway, James spoke to his grandmother and said to her that he would like to join Rui Hua, the jewellery store where his mother used to work.

His grandmother was against this idea.

Anyway, James remembered that Jocelyn once told him that she often goes to a book shop in a town where they coincidentally both grew up.

Jocelyn just missed the placard that says Miss J, please contact James.

Episode 3 – 4

I think the script of this drama lacks subtlety.  James’s dad brought in his mistress to the shop where his wife (James’s mother) works.  But at the last minute, he changed his mind but his wife and child already saw him with Mu Zi Yu.

James’s mother, in the end, committed suicide by taking in too much-sleeping pills after a fight with her husband when he allowed his brazen mistress to come inside their house. She was found by young James.

There was another incident which is almost one and the same.

Gao Hui’s father used to be married to someone else.  He wanted to be a painter and to hone his craft he had to go to America.  He decided to divorce his wife and leave his two-year-old daughter (I think this daughter was Jocelyn).  While he was wheeling his suitcase against his heartbroken wife, his mistress showed up.

This was to show the viewers that he was living the current wife for a newer one to fulfill his ambition.  But this scene is just too ridiculous and unnecessary.

Anyway, Gao Hui was being courted by James and his cousin to join them in Rui Hua.  Gao Hui looks like had a crush at first sight with James, so a potential love triangle between James and the two sisters?!!!

James had been looking for Jocelyn.  Many times they were literally a few feet away from each other but still, they keep missing each other.

But towards the end of the episode, they finally meet each other and there was a couple of minutes of staring at one another, of course.

Episode 5

James is determined to join Rui Hua and even though he finds it almost unpalatable to get on with his step-mother, he was forcing himself to do so in front of his grandmother, who put business first before the family.

The grandmother thinks that Mu Zi Yu (the stepmother) had done wonders to the company and respects her business sense.

James is courting Gao Hui to join Rui Hua.  He knows she has a bit of a thing for him and leading her on a bit.

After being flirty with her, he went to find Jocelyn and then wine her and snog her.

Jocelyn’s father had been visiting Pan, Jocelyn mentally disabled mother.  He was trying her remember their past but she has gone child-like.

Episode 6-9

Jocelyn is representing their company at the jeweller of the year competition much to the anger of the company CEO as he had promised their lead designer, who he was having an affair with the place.

Jocelyn worked well but extenuating circumstances seems to go against her.

Her father’s current wife, which Jocelyn did not know anything about was doing everything to make sure Jocelyn does not win over her daughter Gao Hui.

The secret stepmother bribed one of Jocelyn’s contest artisan to break the wax mould to delay Jocelyn.

In the end, Gao Hui won and when she accepted her award she invited James into the stage with her which upset Jocelyn even more.

Her misfortune did not end there because the sneaky company CEO had forced her to resign.

When James tried to apologise to her, he could not even say or really know what he was apologising about but he said he will be a gentleman and apologise for whatever transgression he might have committed.

Jocelyn only felt anger and disappointment with him because he was only making her sound very unreasonable.

Master Wu, the jeweller par excellence – her stepmother – had given an interview that was so vague that she made it sound like Jocelyn had pushed the judge making her fall down the stairs.

When Jocelyn went to confront Master Wu, she was stopped by her Aunt MU Zi Yu..

Finally, from her, Jocelyn found out why she shouldn’t have trusted Master Wu.  She was her father’s current wife and Guo Hui is her half-sister.

Episode 10

As if those were not enough revelation, Jocelyn has also found out that James is Rui Hua’s heir the stepson of her aunt.

Her aunt had been telling her that he was capricious and self-centred and had been making her life so difficult within the Yu family.

Jocelyn found out that her father had been seeing her mother.  Her father now found out that Jocelyn knew who he was,

Her grandfather had told her the story about her father.

Jocelyn had just turned two when her father abandoned her and her mother in order that he can go abroad to polish is painting technique.

Her father ran away with Wu Xiao Ci, who was a student of the grandfather because she had money and can afford to take him abroad.

Episode 11

James helped Jocelyn with her ex-boss when he tried to cheat her of recognition of creating the necklace she entered into the contest.

The Boss then proceeded to sell the necklace abroad.

James told the boss that the ruby that went into the necklace was a property of Ruo Hai and was only lent to Jocelyn for the competition and that he needed it returned.  For non-compliance, he will be suing the company who sold the necklace without permission.

The boss at first said that it had nothing to do with him, he had to sue Jocelyn but James said that rubies are hallmarked.

The boss said that he would do anything to prevent James from taking action.

James said he would like the return of the rubies, and that the craftsmanship of the necklace should be solely credited to Jocelyn.

Wu Xiao Ci was in a particularly vengeful mode.  She bought the family house of Jocelyn and then had them evicted causing the grandfather to have a heart attack.

Episode 12

Very sad episode.

Gao Hui noticed that her parents are not getting along that she asked her mother what she had done to make her father so furious.

Wu Xiao Ci finally told her about her father having a family before them.  That Jocelyn is her half-sister.  Gao Hui immediately said that whatever happens, she will always be on her mother’s side.

Grandfather was in the hospital in a very critical condition.  Jocelyn mother was very confused as she does not understand what was going on.

Gao Hai, the father was very upset with Wu Xiao Ci, who was unrepentant to the end.  She put the blame of her husband for visiting his previous family too often that made her angry and resulted in what she did.

Grandfather died.

Wu Xiao Ci was not finished with Jocelyn and mother.  She wanted them to vacate their house, despite Jocelyn’s father telling them to stay put.

James a lot of help to Jocelyn and her mother.

For some reason, Jocelyn aunt was a no-show.

Episode 13

James and Jocelyn had become each other’s support.

James was having problems with their gold suppliers as they have hiked up their prices by 30 percent.

Jocelyn told him to tell the suppliers that they will be sourcing other materials like platinum to replace gold.

Auntie Mu Zi Yu’s YSL bag is gorgeous!

Finally, Auntie Mu Zi Yu came to visit the grieving Jocelyn.  After Mu Zi Yu gave honour to the grandfather, she told Jocelyn more about her mother, Wu Xiao Ci and her father.

Apparently, Mu Zi Yu witnessed the last confrontation between the Wu Xiao Ci, her father and her mother.

Jocelyn’s mother was so upset and annoyed when she realised that Wu Xiao Ci did not only stole her husband but had also plagiarised her design.

The plagiarised design was that made Wu Xiao Ci in the field of Jewellery designing.

Probably Auntie Mu Zi Yu was inciting Jocelyn to take revenge because she might have made the father a real villain.

Auntie Mu Zi Yu said that the father had told Jocelyn’s mother to get over it.  They are divorced and to move on.

The mother was so incensed that she run after the departing car of the new couple, thus got ran over in the middle of the road, causing her to have a head bleed and woke up with an IQ of an eight-year-old.

Jocelyn took her mother drawing to confront Wu Xiao Ci about the plagirizing but again her father was of no help.  He advised Jocelyn to be respectful of her elders as Wu Xiao Ci was obviously older than her.

This only made Jocelyn more irate.  She told her father that he was despicable, and he was no father to her so to butt out of her business.

Episode 14

Seriously Jocelyn is such a drama queen.  She used all her pitiful expressions not only facial but vocal as well and said she has nowhere to go but be in James’s arms.

Pressure on James.

Since she was homeless she moved in with James.

Episode 15

Jocelyn is now sharing James’ apartment while she is otherwise homeless.

While she was living with him, she was showing him how domesticated she was and he was enjoying it, including the braised pork she made which was his favourite as it brings out nostalgic memory of his beloved mother.

Episode 16

Jocelyn is now working at Ruihua as an assistant designer to her half-sister, Gao Hui.

Gao Hui is giving her a hard time and making every effort to have Jocelyn fired.

But Jocelyn had become harder and not too bothered using equally dirty tactics just like Gao Hui.

Jocelyn, seeing that she will not really get real support from James and his cousin against Gao Hui, she asked her aunt to help her and to go direct to Grandma CEO.

Finding out that there was no real progress to a problematic design from Gao Hui, who refuses to fix her design to make it workable, Grandma CEO said that they will be using a simplified version by Jocelyn of Gao Hui’s design.

She was rather bothered that because of her instigation for the workers to complain, but rather took it upon themselves to strike because of the unreasonable orders by Gao Hu, plus the fact that Grandma CEO gave a very scathing comment to James and his cousin’ on their less than satisfactory effort on their project,  Jocelyn was feeling guilty that perhaps she went a little bit too far.

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