Single Ladies Senior (Taiwanese Drama Review & Summary)
- Genre: Romance
- Released Date: April 2018
- Drama: 15 episodes
- Summer Meng as Wang Mi Na
- Mok Christina as Yin Ge Li
- Zheng Alina as Weng Mei Yan
- Wang Bonnie as Bai Ya Xuan
- Lei Duncan as He Yi Fan
- Li Sky as Shao Qi
- Edison Wang as Yang Tian Yu
- Lan Gabriel as Zhao Xin Yang (Labonita Cosmetics Chairman)
- Tanaka Chie as Lin Qian (Labonita Cosmetics President)
- Chiang Paul as Zhi Ming
Yey another Summer Meng’s drama.
Anyway this drama is about women who had reached the pinnacle of success, which is colloquially called the ‘Tower’.
The effect of reaching the tower is that it limits the ability of women to reach out to all sorts of men. Being in the tower prevents those below the tower to reach them.
The first episode introduced the four friends, who met in college. They were roommates.
It looks like there will be some strife that will develop between the friends especially between Mi na and Ge li as they seemed to like the same man, Yi Fan.
Ge Li met Yi Fan first and had confessed to him but Yi fan turned her down, saying that it would be unfair to make any girl his girlfriend as he will have no time to cherish her as he is busy with revising for the coming exams.
Ge li told Mi na that she had confessed to someone but had been turned down.
Mi na was shocked and surprised because Ge Li is the prettiest in their faculty. She was always being confessed to by boys and even by some girls. 🙂 No matter how much Mi na asked Ge Li who the boy was, Ge Li won’t say.
Mi na is naturally gregarious and unknowingly attracted the attention of Yi fan, who found her refreshing.
Mi na got hit by a football by Yi Fan. She ended up concussed and had to be taken to the hospital by her friends and Yi Fan. She was convinced by her friends that she was in love with Yi Fan and Yi Fan must also be in love with her.
When Mi na got better she confessed to Yi Fan, who was about to turn her down when she said that he good be her tutor or bodyguard. But Yi Fan just stared at her. She was so mortified run away and she began to hide from him and even accepted a movie date with a nerd.
Yi Fan heard heard about the date while it was being settled. He took Mi na away from the nerd and then they had a heart to heart.
He then said to her that he cannot be his tutor because they have different majors, he cannot be her bodyguard because his Kung Fu skill is limited so he can be her boyfriend instead. Awwwww 🙂
Ge Li was really sad and rather put out when she heard the news.
Yi Fan and Mi Na continue to have a lovey dovey relationship. They can’t be any cuter.
However it looks like this will not to remain permanent as Yi Fan is a graduating student and has been offered by his uncle the chance to study abroad, in Harvard.
Yi Fan turned down his uncle’s offer. But his father had a heart to heart with him. He would like Yi Fan to go abroad for further studies. He said that he shouldn’t feel too much indebted to his uncle as he did make sacrifices for the uncle (father’s brother) when they were young. He worked hard to send his brother to study abroad. His uncle is where he is now because of Yi Fan’s father’s sacrifices.
Yi Fan’s father collapsed. This made Yi Fan rethink his decision to forego going abroad. Now to honour his father he will take up his uncle’s offer.
Mi nah went to the hospital to see Yi Fan. She overheard Yi Fan’s mother that Mi Na is not good enough for Yi Fan, who had been pursued by gaggles of girls since he can walk. Mi Na is nothing special. Too ordinary and not even pretty. The mother said that he need to look for someone better.
Mi na was upset but did not let on. She decided to apply for the exchange student so she can go abroad with Yi Fan.
In the end it was Ge Li who got the exchange student (ES) position. Mi Na begged Ge Li to drop out in her favour.
Ge Li asked her,” if I wanted you to drop Yi Fan in my favour, would you do it?” Ge Li said that she studied for the the qualification for the ES program while Mi Na happily dating. Yeah Mi Na was rather being selfish. It also came out that Ge Li’s crush was Yi Fan.
Mi Na asked if Ge Li’s going to study abroad was because Yi Fan was going ? Ge Li said that she was already studying for the ES before Yi Fan changed his mind of going.
In the end Yi Fan and Ge Li went. Yi Fan and Mi Na promised to be together despite the distance.
MiNa whilst waiting faithfully for any communication from Yi Fan got to find out through social media that he was rather intimate with Ge Li.
MiNa contacted Yi Fan immediately and asked him about holding hands with Ge Li.
All he said was ‘Sorry’ and that is the end of their love story for now.
After so many years, MiNa is now gainfully employed in a large cosmetic company with her faithful friends, Ya Xuan and Mei Yan. They are all climbing the ladder to the tower of success.
Mi Na had also met a young man, Shao Qi, who was going through some personal difficulties as we was conned by a girl-friend. The girlfriend run off with his best friend after transferring all his money intended to start a business into their account.
MiNa felt sorry for Shao Qi and had become a friend to him.
Ge Li and Yi Fan are going to be back on the scene once again.
Yup Ge Li is back in Mi Na’s life in a big way.
Mi Na was more ore less promised the vice presidency in the company ‘Labonita Cosmeties’ Before she could celebrate, in walked Ge Li who was introduced as the new vice president.
It was explained to Mi Na later that Ge Li family was investing in Labonita to make it the biggest cosmetic company in Taiwan. Part of the deal was to make Ge Li the vice president.
Shao Qi was still down and out and had been asking MiNa for help.
He was there with Mina to drown her sorrow. They kissed but did not end in a good way, in fact it was rather gross as she was sick while kissing him.
Despite GeLi and MiNa’s awkward relationship, they do try to protect each other.
There might be a budding romance between MiNa and Shao Qi and helped by MiNa’s adorable mother. Shao Qi, though thinking MiNa was not his type, begins to feel protective towards her, he listens to her and he kept remembering their kiss, though disgusting it was. LOL
But He Yi Fan is finally back in Taiwan… and guess what he might be working at Labonita Cosmeties as well. What a small world, as Shao Qi has been offered a position at the same company too.
There was a rumour going round at Labonita Cosmetics (sometimes translated as Cosmeties) that MiNa is dating the son of their chairman. This was only actually made up but it was blowing like wild fire.
It so happened that the Shao Qi is actually the chairman’s son but nobody in the company knows except for Lin Qian, the company president and his stepmother.
Anyway He Yi Fan is back and having met again with MiNa, the old feeling was still there and then again GeLi was also there, who is holding on tight!
Shao Qi, however, is becoming more attached to MiNa.
This is where MiNa and Yi Fan got trapped inside the elevator. Their chemistry still shows, much to the discomfort of Ge Li, who is now of course the girlfriend of Yi Fan.
She went as far as beg MiNa not to steal YiFan from her. Ge Li’s jealousy had a negative effect on her working relationship with MiNa, which has been noticed by the Labonita bosses. They spoke to GeLi to sort herself out and keep her personal business outside of Labonita.
Shao Qi has developed feelings for MiNa and had become sweetly protective of her.
Another 5 more episodes to go.
MiNa finally learnt the sacrifice Yi Fan had to go through when he broke up with her ten years ago. Apparently he handed himself on a plate to Ge Li so that her father lend his cash strapped uncle NT$ 10B ($328, 720, 300 US dollars). This uncle was paying for his ailing father’s medical expenses as well as his tuition fee in Stanford. Ge Li’s dad would only lend money to family, so he was romancing Ge Li for the loan and dropped the poor Mi Na.
Yi Fan found out that his 10 years sacrifice was ultimately all for naught. Ge Li’s father not only wanted the money paid up but he also asked for shares in Yi Fan’s uncles company.
Shao Qi was revealed as the her to Labonita Cosmetics. He also confessed to MiNa.
Poor Ge Li took time off from work because she was nursing a broken heart. Yi Fan finally broke up with her.
Zhao Shao Qi had been revealed as the son of Labonita’s CEO. His father tried to make amends with him after scolding him first but Shao Qi was too heartbroken to just forgive and forget his father’s lack of time for him and his mother, who had passed away.
This episode also revealed the nature of the CEO’s relationship with the gorgeous and elegant Lin Qian. Apparently they were classmates in college when they were studying in Japan. The CEO made Shao Qi’s mother pregnant when the CEO was in second year in college so he had to go back to Taiwan and marry Shao Qi’s mother. He then started the Labonita Cosmetics
Lin Qian continued her studies in Japan and afterwards was employed in a big company.
The CEO persuaded her to work for Labonita and between them made it a success. Unfortunately, this meant that he had no time whatsoever on his young family.
His wife got suspicious that there was more to the CEO and Lin Qian’s relationship than mere colleagues. She went to Labonita to find out the turth.
On her way she met an accident and was in a coma. It was only on the third day that her husband came to visit her.
This was the reason why Shao Qi grew up bitter regarding her father.
For a penultimate episode, there is still plenty of things that happened.
Bai Ya Xuan was confronted by a woman claiming to be pregnant and the baby’s father was Tian Yu, Bia Ya Xuan’s live in fiance. She was absolutely devastated as they have been together for 10 years.
Ge Li saved Labonita Cosmetics from going under. She also realised that Yi Fan will never be hers completely. So she just wanted to say a proper goodbye to him for one. In the end she officially gave him back to MiNa.
Mei Yan was giddily in love with her boyfriend, Zhi Ming. But she found out that his mother was not happy of their relationship having consulted the oracles.
Ge Li has found herself an admirer. It was Tommy, Yi Fan’s boss. They had a happy ending. Ge LI finally found her love and career.
Shao Qi has finally agreed to be groomed as the successor of Labonita, after his father, the chairman told him that he had to have a platform to be able to compete with Hi Fan for MiNa.
Hi Fan and MiNa had been spending time together, MINa realised that they have different outlook in life. When Hi Fan introduced the subject of being together MiNa was hesitating.
Bai Ya Xuan finally found out that Tian Yu is loyal to her. He was just set up by a lonely ex-client.
Though no clean romantic ending, I was quite happy how the drama was wrapped up. It was very true to the title.
Women can choose love and career at the same time if they want to, it will not be easy but there is a choice in there.
Do not just roll into a romance just because it was expected. Women can take their time to make and live the choices they selected.