[Episodic Thoughts] “Outbound Love” Episode 13

By on February 7, 2014 in TV Dramas


Outbound Love <單戀雙城>
TVB Series 2014

Cast: Ruco Chan, Aimee Chan, Tony Hung, Lin Xia Wei, Matt Yeung, and Samantha Ko

Disclaimer: This is a watch as I write episodic thoughts and some information may not be accurate since this is memory based. Certain dialogue is reproduced with some creative license adopted. I apologize if there is any mistake. All opinion remains my own.


If you see this notice it means it is a short recap.


Still … Patience Funn! Patience!! Another short recap but at least a huge leap in terms of moving along with the whole Ruco-Sik Sik storyline.

Char Gor employs Ruco because Ruco helped him in a molestation on bus accusation and basically Char Gor feels Ruco is his helpful lucky star and since Ruco also was his counterpart in Malaysia, he likes Ruco and employs him. The question is why Ruco wants to work for Char Gor? Simple. After he found out Sik Sik returned to the same agency, he decided to join her. Boring isn’t it. What is it about Sik Sik that makes him do so much for her?

Back at the agency, Ruco becomes like the popular spokesperson on behalf of Char Gor. Whatever he suggests, Char Gor agrees. In fact Char Gor feels he has been wronged by his fellow colleagues and couldn’t understand why they sorta hate him. When Ruco successfully helps Sik Sik to solve her foodie tour group problem, Sik Sik wasn’t very grateful. In fact Ruco got a call from his mom and I don’t know why Sik Sik kinda said like “Your aunt? Your godmother?” because she couldn’t believe whatever Ruco said. So when Ruco bumped into a renowned music producer/agent/whatever named Marco who seems so friendly with Ruco, Sik Sik couldn’t let it go and kept asking how he knew Marco, etc etc. For once Ruco said nothing, was quiet, glum and yet Sik Sik kept asking, saying things like she knew so little about him, he had lied to her too often, she deserves to know the truth, etc etc. Very annoying. For once a very serious Ruco looked at her and asked “Why are you so intent on reopening a closed wound? If I don’t tell you, I have my reasons and yet you kept asking. But you have never had any losses from my lies. In fact you suffered no losses at all. There are things I can’t say and couldn’t say and please stop asking. Let me heal my wounds will you?” and he walked out and Sik Sik, intrigued.


I find her so annoying. I know she is supposed to be cute, etc but I thought she crossed the line with the insult to his mom, her doubting him all the time and acted as if she deserved the truth when he was right to say he owed her nothing.


Some flashback scene. Ruco was an award winning composer who won awards. But his woman dumped him and we don’t get to see her face just yet. Heartbroken, he was drunk when his car smashed into a tree. Thereon he discovered he had like writer’s block or in his case, composer block and he couldn’t write another song.

Back to present time.

Curious Sik Sik investigated the music scene 3 years back and I suppose she found out he was a composer then.

Later Char Gor and gang wanted to celebrate something and amongst the suggestion was karaoke. Don’t know why Sik Sik chose to sorta tease Ruco about him being tone deaf, wouldn’t like karaoke, etc. I know what that was supposed to mean. She was very curious about him, wanted to know more, wanted to push his boundaries and all that but why do I feel so annoyed with her? Give him room to breath woman! At the karaoke when someone suggested a song composed by Ruco, at least she did something decent. She quickly covered the credit on the screen with Ruco’s name on it and Ruco was thankful for what she did. Outside he told her so but Sik Sik pretended not to care. But I think here she asked why he came back now and he said something like he couldn’t run away anymore and decided to stay and face his problems head on. I think she was confused but asked no more. After all Sik Sik didn’t know why he left in the first place.

And then the rest of this episode deals with Sik Sik’s bro in law, Jun Weng and her ungrateful bossy childish sister who thought Jun Weng was having an affair with dessert lady played by the beautiful Hong Wah. Of course he didn’t but he thought he did since he woke up naked next to the lady when in fact the lady carried him to bed, took off his clothes and acted as if he did had sex with her because she wanted him.

There was a little bit about the 2 irrelevant people in Malaysia which I feel I wouldn’t want to waste my time recapping.

What I want now is for Sik Sik and Ruco to start their romance, but not before Elaine appears to wreck havoc on them I suppose. Only episode 13 but I felt like this series should be nearing its end and yet it has yet to begun. Terrible pacing. And again I hate Sik Sik because she was supposed to be inquisitive but in the end she turns out to be quite abusive and violent and darn insensitive. That’s not on paper but that was the impression I got.

The only shining light apart from the supporting cast is of course Ruco Chan who displayed some very good acting in that lift where he chastised Sik Sik which I thought she totally deserved that treatment. He should stop being her guardian angel or even her punching bag. Unfortunately love stories these days takes the macho out of a man and instill in them oversensitivity. Frankly Sik Sik does not deserve him.

I do have one question about the plot though. I suppose he wrote that song “I really want to hate you” song, that nasal song 3 years ago which led to his award, right? Then Jason Lam, the famous singer that Marco handles asked him to write him a song? I thought he didn’t deliver since he was so heart broken he crashed his car and couldn’t write another song anymore? So why was that song in that karaoke scene supposedly written by him? And was Elaine his childhood sweetheart? Was that why he was so hurt? And yet he flirts a lot with Sik Sik. Does he see Sik Sik as his muse? Will he then write the subsong which he will sing later on? If yes, WHEN? Because I’ve had it with that nasal song.

When will this series ever start with Kung Tzi-Sik Sik romance? It is now 13 episodes and not a sniff of romance in sight.

“Outbound Love” Episode 13 Clip


This Episodic Thoughts is written by Funn Lim, a Contributing Writer at JayneStars.com, and was originally posted at http://outboundlove.blogspot.com.

9 comments to [Episodic Thoughts] “Outbound Love” Episode 13

  1. Clover1227 says:

    Love the lift scene, we see another layer of Lok Gong Zi. it is indeed an enjoyment to watch Ruco’s emotional scene, he closed his eyes to contain his emotion and in teary eyes when he chastised Sik Sik.

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  2. buzz says:

    Ruco’s acting has reached another level in this drama. He has shown us that he can act as the playful frivolous and slightly flirtatious guy, not just the serious professional type, and he did a mighty good job too. I love it too that his character here is a complex one, with many layers which Sik Sik likened to an onion. Seriously, no one does the hurt lover better than Ruco and I’m surprised he managed it so well as this is his first such role. Love that scene which Clover mentioned too. Just the tears slightly brimming in his eyes and he can portray the hurt in his heart more effectively than any words can say.

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  3. pinky says:

    The producer is prudent to cast Ruco as Kung Tzi, a complicated character that not all siu sangs can handle. BTW, when will Elaine Yiu appear? Only her back was on screen for a few seconds in Ruco’s memory. I guess her screen time will be no more than SBH.

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      Probably in the next 2 episodes. Because the series is ending soon and it is more than half way. I am quite tired of the slow mo.

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  4. Norika says:

    I remember the producer was a director in Ruse of Engagement and he said he found good chemistry between Ruco and Aimee pair.

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      I respectfully disagree, I find the chemistry lacking.

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  5. Norika says:

    @funn About the song, Ruco written the song for Jason in 2008 which he won an award (the music ceremony scene and what Sik Sik googled). Then Marco (who imitate producer Parco) asked him to keep writing songs for Jason’s next album. But then he broke up with the gf and going through the sadness he coudnt deliver the new song for Jason. The ’i wanna hate you’ song is yet to be explained!

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  6. Norika says:

    ’Don’t know why Sik Sik chose to sorta tease Ruco about him being tone deaf, wouldn’t like karaoke, etc’
    I actually find this quite sweet! Sik sik was trying to discourage the group going to the Karaoke, to protect Ruco’s ’wound‘ coz as an award winning producer ,those K songs might stir up his memories. In fact the song that was picked was his award song! I like how the two tease one another when they holding the drunken brother in law when they left the Karaoke.

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      “Sik sik was trying to discourage the group going to the Karaoke”

      Not really. She kept looking at Ruco like a challenge if he would go to the karaoke, like daring him since she was curious why he won’t go, etc. But once at the karaoke yes she did shield the credit screen.

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