Boy Sitter: Episode 12: Yuan Fei has to curb her behavior to satisfy the stipulations of Hao Ran’s marriage contract. Yuan negotiates in vain, Hao Ran will not compromise, she must sign the contract as is. Jian Ren may have another child on the way. It appears Xiao Ren is pregnant.
Yuan Fei (Annie Chen) and best friend Mei Lin review the marriage contract from Hao Ran. There are 29 rules of conduct, many which seemed designed to subjugate Yuan. For example, if Yuan Fei has a business meeting and Hao Ran wants her to attend a charity event with him, she must cancel the business meeting and attend the charity event. Yuan Fei fumes at the restrictive rules. She tells Mei Lin she will discuss the contract with Hao Ran at Dia Bo’s sixth birthday party. Surely there is room for compromise she reasons.
Dia Bo’s birthday party has a good turnout of all the adults in his life – Yuan Fei, Mei Lin, Jian Ren (River Huang He), Wen Hua, Wen Quig, Xiao Ren and Hao Ran (Sia Melvin). The gifts are eclectic, just the the adults who selected them. Wen Hua gives Dia Bo a Batman comic book. Hao Ran gives him 3 first class airline tickets to New York to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Chargrined to give his gift after Hao Ran’s extravagant gift, Jian Ren gives the boy a stuffed cat named Abby that will help Dia Bo find his father. Dia Bo comments he already has someone to be his father and asks Hao Ran if he will be his Daddy. Hao Ran is thrilled, Yuan Fei is shocked and not all that happy, and Jian Ren is dismayed.
Walking home Jian Ren tells Xiao Ren that watching Dia Bo ask Hao Ran to be his father was not pleasant. But Jian Ren says he is not ready to be Dia Bo’s father so he must accept this. Jian Ren accepts the fact that if he is not willing to be a father, Hao Ran can and will take his place.
Yuan Fei is shocked that Hao Ran refuses to alter any of the 29 conditions of the marriage contract. His point of view is straight forward. You need me more than I need you. Besides that, when it comes to contracts, he never compromises.
Mei Lin offers advice to Yuan Fei how to suppress her feelings and defer to Hao Ran at all times. Yuan Fei chafes at the tutoring but submits.
The next morning, like the dutiful fiancee, Yuan Fei brings Hao Ran breakfast, sweetly setting the food in front of him. Hao Ran watches in amusement as Yuan Fei simpers docilely for him. Hao Ran demands per the contract that Yuan Fei attend a meeting with him that day. He imperiously tells Yuan Fei has has called in sick for her at work. While not happy that she must miss an important meeting, Yuan Fei cotows to Hao Ran’s wishes.
Meanwhile Yuan Fei’s and Jian Ren’s boss realizes that a new CEO will be named for their company. He tells Jian Ren they should head to meet the new CEO casually and make a good initial impression.
Surprising Jian Ren his boss tells Hao Ran’s executive secretary that if Hao Ran is looking to downsize the management team, he should be fired not Hao Ran. He reflectively notes that he has chased power and position for years but upon achieving them, found them not worth the life energy his used to get them.
When Hao Ran takes Yuan Fei home she asks why she was not told that he would be the boss of her company. Business and personal are separate and Hao Ran did not want to mix the two. Yuan Fei admits that subjugating herself is difficult. Hao Ran laughs and tells her that he appreciates her attempt but he will only give her 50 out of a possible 100 points for everything she did as his girlfriend. Yuan Fei is outraged but Hao Ran smiles and says he knows she can improve her score.
Yuan Fei and Xiao Ren head to the hospital for a meeting. After the meeting, Yuan Fei finds Xiao Ren talking to a nurse about missing her periods. Oh no, this cannot be good.
Hao Ran and Jian Ren play racquetball and discuss business. Jian Ren aruges that Hao Ran should keep his boss. Hao Ran arugues that Jian Ren would be better in that role. Jian Ren claims he will resign if his boss is fired.
Jian Ren tells Xiao Ren that he is saving money for Dia Bo’s college.
To up her girlfriend score, Yuan Fei writes Hao Ran a sweet note. He calls her a tells her that note was worth an additional 5 points. Yuan Fei is excited that she is up to 55 points. She does a little dance in her office chanting that she needs only 5 more points for a passing score. Jian Ren walks in and smiles at her little dance. Embrassased she tries to explain but quickly realizes that would be worse. Jian Ren smiles and does a version of her dance as his exits her office.
* Jian Ren has another pregnant woman on his hands with Xiao Ren’s apparent pregnancy. I like certain aspects of Jian Ren but he has made a mess of the situation. His refusal to accept responsibility for Dia Bo has led to Yuan Fei becoming engaged to Hao Ran and Xiao Ren to hide her pregnancy. While Jian Ren did not like Dia Bo asking Hao Ran to be his father, he clearly saw he had created the situation. How he finds the situation acceptable is difficult to understand.
* Yuan Fei chaffed at the constraints that Hao Ran put on her in his marital contract. She tried to be a good sport but it was wearing. At first the constraints seemed light and fun but as the episode progressed it felt like Hao Ran was not only messing with Yuan Fei but trying to remold her which I dislike. He supposedly fell for the spunk Yuan Fei. Now he is trying to eliminate Yuan Fei’s strengths and turn her into a docile person.
* Hao Ran’s rules in the contract initially appeared to be an amusing power play between them. I did not mind him playing hard ball. However, it bothered me when he ordered her to swing at the golf practice range and he ordered her to shell the shrimp. While he is smiling and joking there does seem to be an underlying need to control her. I do not like this. These demands on Yuan Fei send the message that her behavior must fundamentally change for him. Demanding that Yuan Fei ‘must’ alter herself is harmful to her well-being.