[Episodic Thoughts] “All That is Bitter is Sweet” Episode 10

All That is Bitter is Sweet <大藥坊>
TVB Series 2014

Cast: Linda Chung, Ruco Chan, Raymond Wong, Natalie Tong, Shirley Yeung, Sammy Sum, Pierre Ngo, Jazz Lam, Elliot Ngok

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.


“the men are doing better than the women”

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The emoticon means I do think this episode is enjoyable but only if I close my eyes or ignore lots of stuff. By not ignoring, it gets icky but still enjoyable nonetheless.

It took me some time to write this recap because I could be brief and I could be longwinded. There isn’t much to this episode and yet you can say it has quite a lot and the plot is moving. Before I begin I like to speculate that Kai Kei will marry Yat Yuen due to her hairstyle in later episodes. She isn’t adopting the married woman hairstyle after Kai Cho died so I assume she will wear that style when she marries someone. It is either Kai Chung or Yat Yuen and since Yat Yuen himself later dresses in western clothing which may mean he has money, I will say she married Yat Yuen. But my conclusion that he dies from heart attack is something I am sticking with although it will be pointless if he dies since this is about her medical practice. So my hope is she cures him and gets famous due to that cure and he lives a long long long long long life so that finally! FINALLY! Ruco has a happy marriage with the woman he loves!

Ok, recap.

Short version.

Entire episode is Kai Chung getting angry with the General and telling the Nanjing government General plans to take the $300,000 for himself whilst his father tries to stop him doing so. When General finds out, he vows to kill Kai Chung and Chun shoots Kai Chung but Kai Chung is rescued by Yat Yuen who with Kai Kei tries to save Kai Chung but Chun is getting nearer as Natalie races against time to save Kai Chung from her father.

Basically its is about Kai Chung being stupid, General being angry, Chun being vindictive, Natalie balancing her father’s anger and Kai Chung’s stupidity with her own wisdom, Kai Kei using her medical expertise to save Kai Chung and Yat Yuen helping Kai Kei to save Kai Chung whilst Jazz potentially becomes the first “running dog” of this series as he may have told Chun where Kai Chung is even if he may be forced to do so.

Long version.

No need lar! Short version tells all except for 3 things, one of which this episode answered my question in the last recap;

1. Kai Kei did ask her father about Yat Yuen’s condition but her father lost his confidence and didn’t advise her on the medical procedure and so Kai Kei decided to do the research herself. Old master really was a broken man.

2. Kai Chung used Natalie to deliver a telegram on the lie that he decided to return to Japan for further studies and so needed to inform his Japanese friend to find out from the university there when actually he found letters between Kai Cho and Nanjing government aka Minister of errr Finance I think and knew Kai Cho was investigating the general and so wrote his friend a letter to write to Nanjing to volunteer as informant and about the $300,000. Natalie didn’t know since the letter was sealed.

3. Kai Kei calls Yat Yuen as Yat Yuen, that we know. Yat Yuen now calls her Kai Kei, now that is new. He in fact looks forward to his appointment with her but he hides his feelings well. Kai Kei is still trying to keep the family afloat.

That’s about it.

No comments on other things except to say the men are doing better than the women and I do think Sammy Sum who does little in here is infinitely better than his love sick UC in Line Walker which is getting on my nerves. Natalie continues to impress. Linda continues to baffle me. Raymond despite his insane Kai Chung is a very good actor but you know where my heart lies…

*To the chorus of Frozen’s Let It Go*

It’s Ruco!
It’s Ruco!
No need to talk anymore!
It’s Ruco!
It’s Ruco!
Just slam the door and talk no more!
I don’t care…. what you all are gonna say!
Let the “storm” rage on!
I’ll take Ruco over anyone any day!!!
The end.


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

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  1. And to think linda want a best actress award with her sub par performance here..she should portray another character like her character in acjl if she wants to win.
    .but funn i agree with you on natalie performance…i like both her performance in rear mirror and this…i lost interest to follow this story…waiting for your recap

    1. Bit if he dies kinda pointless since this is a story about medical success? Ruco better live!!!!!

  2. Too little Ruco, too much Sammy just strutting here there and everywhere bullying everyone in sight, blah!

  3. Anyone can tell me, in All that is bitter & sweet last episodic, isn’t ruco he died?

    1. No, Mr. $1 is still alive and they met in the last scene although we don’t know why he can disappear at the beach side within 123 and why he did not go back if he is still alive. Some fans guess that it might be with the help of the three other brothers that he disappeared within 123 since he did not want Kei Kai to see him dying and that also explains why he can go to the beach with Kei Kai even though he was so sick – with the assistance of his brothers. The reason why he stays in the mountain is because although he recovered from the snake poison, he is not 100% sure if he has recovered from his heart disease and he did not want Kai Kei to see him dying one day, so he continues to stay in the mountain. However, when he met Kai Kei in the last scene, he feels that he need to keep his promise that he will give her a miracle after counting 123, so he appears before her. TVB, pls. fire the script writer of this series.

      1. haha, I love your interpretation, it gives me hope after I bawled my eyes out in ep 30 especially at the beach scene. Even rewatching it several times has not made me immune to the sadness and desperation of that heartwrenching scene. I still feel down every time after watching it. I wonder how Ruco and Linda felt after filming that scene, must have been very emotionally draining for them. Both did very well, the crying was very natural and convincing. Plus Ruco looked so tragically handsome. Definitely a 5 star Kleenex moment out of 5. I’m going to psyche myself that Yat Yuen didn’t die and the lovers reunited in the last scene.

    2. He didn’t die. He ran away and lived. Rubbish ending. And TVB must be allergic to wedding scenes and proper ending.

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