Title: Ode to Joy 2 (欢乐颂 第二季)
# of episodes: 52
Release date: May 11, 2017 Monday – Friday 2 episodes and Sunday 1 episode.
Synopsis: The continuation of this simple story on 5 different women sharing the top floor of an apartment building as they each go through family, financial, relationship, and career related struggles. Some of the questions to be answered in the upcoming season: Who will Andy end up with? Will Fang Shengmei finally be happy? Will Qu Xiaoxiao and Zhao Qiping end up together? Will Qiu Yingying and Ying Qing be in a relationship? One thing is sure: these questions will be answered in season 2!
The episode started with off with Andy in bed and talking to Xiao Qiuying, Guan Guan, Xiao Qu, and Xiao Mei (who are all back in their home town) about what they did during new year. She flipped her bed cover then scream! Flashback to 3 days earlier in Thailand, Phuket when Andy was checking into a resort. Bao Yifan pretended to meet her there by chance but got shut down by Andy instantly. Right before Andy closed the door to her room, Bao Yifan stuck his foot and slid into her room. He asked if he could stay with her as a “furniture” but got rejected coldly. In the end he guilted Andy into letting him sleep on the couch.
3 days early at the same time on New year eve: Xiao Qu was spending new year eve with Yao Bin and some friends. She was disengaged and kept checking for doctor Zhao’s updates.
Xiao Mei was cooking for her family. Her mom asked if her brother can come back and join them for the new year. Xiao Mei said it’s not up to her. When Bai Quan called her, she was sick but did not wanted his help so that her family can learn to stop relying on her.
Xiao Qiuying was back at home with her parents. She updated them about her online shop. The minute the phone rang, she rang back to her room to take the call. Her parents were curious and got a little worried about her. Guan Guan was with her mom visiting “friends” for the new year. She realized that her mom was trying to set her up with the son of these friends. Luckily, the son was not home yet.
The next day, Bao Yifan kept bugging the sleeping Andy to wait up. She finally left her room when breakfast was delivered. Bao Yifan wanted to take her out and explore the city with her. When Lao Tang called to check up on her, Bao Yifan ate her breakfast and annoyed her until she agreed to leave the room with him. The two enjoy the city together. (Gosh! This makes me really wanna travel!)
Xiao Mei called Bai Quan but because he had relatives over the called ended quickly. His mom sneaked a peak at his phone and saw his chat history with Xiao Mei and deduced that the two are together.
Back at the resort, Andy got a message from Qi Dian and started remembering all the memories she shared with him. When Bao Yifan asked her what was wrong she told him about her recent breakup. He smirked and ask what she thought of him. “Annoying” she replied. He smiled and said that means that you’re afraid that of liking me and falling for me. She rolled her eyes and started releasing stress by screaming.
Next day, on new year day, Xiao Qu was spending it with her family. Her dad congratulated her on the success of her company. The phone rang and her brother smirkily when to pick it up knowing that it’s their grandmother. Because grandma doesn’t approve of Xiao Qu and her mother, she didn’t want to talk to her but was forced to go give her new year greeting.
Guan Guan is also having new year dinner with her relative. Her mother continually talked about introducing a guy to her and setting up her. She got tired and walked off. She heard Xiao Qiuying’s message on how Yin Ting said he missed her and want to see her. Guan Guan, Xiao Qiuying, and Xiao Mei left voice messages back to each other wishing them a happy new year.
Nighttime, Bao Yifan heard a crash and cautiously went into Andy’s room to see what was wrong. He saw Andy lying on the bathroom room floor (drunk). He carried her to bed. The next morning (also the start of the drama), while she was listening to the voice messages, she flipped the bed cover and saw Bao Yifan on the bed too. She screamed! She kept asking him what happened yesterday night but he kept saying he doesn’t remember making her very irritated.
Back to Xiao Mei. Bai Quan said he misses her and wants to see her. She reluctantly agreed but only in a more isolated location so that no one see them. Bai Quan wanted to offer her financial help but she refused. (I think Xiao Mei’s story is the saddest out of the 5 girls =( On the drive home, Bai Quan wanted her to meet his parents but she made up excuses to refuse. In her head, she thought that his parents won’t accept her and the baggades that she has (crippled dad and a troublemaking brother).
Xiao Qu was stuck with her mom for new year while her dad and brother went to visit their hometown. Since her grandmother does not accept her and her mom, the both were not allowed to go. She called Doctor Zhao and Andy but both did not pick up. She got a message about a new project and set out for a business meeting instead.
While Andy was sleeping, Bao Yifan finally told her what happened that night. He set her in bed after discovering her drunken stage but she kept rolling off of bed. Therefore he spent the night trying in her room. He told her that he’s not the type to take advantage of woman and left. She woke up, peaked at him and smiled.
Xiao Mei got a message from Bai Quan asking to meet. She agreed but at the meeting spot, who she saw was not Bai Quan but his mom. Bai Quan’s mom got straight to the point and told Xiao Mei that her family is a burden to her son. She told Xiao Mei that it’s better if they breakup rather than weighing Bai Quan down. Xiao Mei accepted her suggestion and turned around and left. Guan Guan called her to talk but heard the sadness in her voice. Xiao Mei told Guan Guan that she will be heading back to Shanghai early.
The next day, Xiao Mei packed up and left. She was the first one back in the apartment. Bai Quan called her and told her that he misses her and wanted to see her but she told him she’s already back in Shanghai. She told him that they should go their separate way now and for him to ask his mom for an explanation for her decision. (Lol. She’s really not sneering at the kid. Just happened to screen cap at that moment where she was crying)
Guan Guan and Xiao Qiuying were both worried about Xiao Mei and decided to come back to Shanghai early. They snuck into the house to surprise her and Xiao Qiuying started rapping! The three finally settled down on the couch. Xiao Mei asked them about their new year. Xiao Qiuying talked about YingQin and how he kept saying he misses her. Since he was never direct, she doesn’t know what to think of it.
Xiao Qu continued her business discussion oversea while constantly checking on updates from Doctor Zhao. Because it was new year, she couldn’t find anyone to help me do business investigations therefore she called Bai Quan to ask for his help. At that moment, he was arguing with him mom about her interring with his relationship.
Andy and Bao Yifan also came back to Shanghai from their vacation. He offered to give her a ride but she coldly rejected him saying that they are just friends. She came back to the apartment and went to visit Xiao Mei and them first. The group exchanged gifts. At night, Xiao Mei finally turned on her phone and heard the messaged that Bai Quan left. He promised that he will work hard to make money to support her and her family. She thanked him for understanding.
After Xiao Qu landed, she headed to the hospital right away. He asked what was wrong and she told him that he’s the heart problem that she’s having. Very flirtatiously, she told him that most foxes are women but she didn’t know that a male sly fox existed. (Lol! This couple is just too much) She asked him for a dinner date and he told her to wait for him at his car. After she left, he covered his face and smiled. At the car, she asked him why he didn’t contact her. He told her that he was busy at first but afterward he thought about their relationship.
Chexmix: Yay to the second season!! How’s it so far? Sad and funny at the same time. Xiao Qiuying’s silly smile is contagious. Andy and Bao Yifan’s story is not shippable yet. It’s half-half between Bao Yifan and Lao Tang right now. Guan Guan’s story just started. Anticipating her changes/makeover thou. Did not expected her mom to be the lady from Nirvana in the Fire at all! She played the nagging mom to the tee! Hahaha. Xiao Qu and doctor Zhao….what can I say…they are just meant for each other! Xiao Mei’s story is the most heartbreaking!! Broken family and an unsupportive future mother-in-law… at least Bai Quan is 100% supportive of her. I was bias toward Andy in the first season but now I like all 5 of them + Zhao Qi Ping! hahahah