Peanuts: We’ve Irishia to help Himmy with writing the recap so a warm welcome to her. This episode is mainly about Wallace learning English and playing basketball.
Like any other morning, Wallace started his day with enthusiasm and a lot of energy. It is common knowledge that Wallace has a habit of talking to himself and sometimes even uttering interesting words/sound when he’s excited or nervous. Walking out of his hotel, for reasons that only God knows, Wallace was saying “ba”…”ba”…”ba”…”ba”.:)) I always like how adorably goofy he behaves sometimes. However, life is not as perfect as he is in our eyes. Two or three steps out of the canopy Wallace soon realized it was raining. Of course, being Wallace, his first priority would be…the hair.
Once again, Wallace had to run to school, all the while making strange noise/words again like “yi… yi… yi”, “a…a…a…a”, without forgetting to reply to his fans on the way. By the time he reached school and finally out of the rain, despite all his efforts to protect his hairstyle, one strand of hair had shown sign of rebellion and strayed off from the rest.
It appeared that on that day his whole school grade would be taking English exam, hence Wallace had been rehearsing all the time on his way to class. Anyway, the deciding moment finally came…exam time!!! During exam, Wallace really focused on the test and wrote and wrote and wrote, to the point that when the teacher announced the end of the exam he did not even hear it. When she tried to take his papers, Wallace used his charm to ask for one last sentence, and obviously it worked,
though the teacher did not forget to give him one last blow that he would have to redo the test if he failed. Poor Wallace 😛
After that, it turned out that Wallace did not study for whatever was on his test that day. He used the wrong study guide. The right one was given to him the day before yesterday and he only looked over it for a bit. Sigh…Wallace…@.@
But worry not everyone! Our Wallace is a superstar in not just one way. Even with the wrong study guide, Wallace scored 74, second highest only to Selina, who of course was not as forgettable as Wallace and studied the right thing. Even if he did not get the passing score, it was still extremely impressive, since the rest only got to score 18, 4, 27, and 48. All hail Wallace. He’s the best!!! ^^
After that, it was time for PE, namely basketball. I was excited for Wallace to show off his dazzling basketball skillset, like what he did briefly in the previous episodes. When they were practicing passing the ball it was still all good, and Wallace still looked all cool and dashing but when he finally made a shot, it was air ball.
You can tell that he was a little embarrassed, so he must have felt the urge for a comeback and kept going for the basket.
But sorry Wallace…it was not exactly a good day for him since not only was he unable to make a basket, but he also tripped and fell. (I could only laugh. It was incredibly fun for me to watch my idol acting all clumsy…I must be sadistic :P).
Then again, one of the best features of Wallace is the will to never give up on hardship. He must’ve been determined to make the shot, so he sought out the teacher’s advice and the teacher was willing to show how it was done personally. Here comes the fun part. The problem was…even with the almost perfect posture and all that confidence, he inherited Wallace’s bad luck. The worse thing was…after the teacher’s failed attempt, Wallace landed an awesome shot into the basket. It must have been really awkward (how I loved everyone’s reaction there). I suppose we can’t blame the teacher. In Wallace’s brilliant presence, who would not be distracted anyway?
Back to the classroom, Wallace was in his English class again, and Wallace returned to his good student image and listened to the lesson intently. There was this supermarket scenario (which I will not explain because it’s unimportant) and the teacher called Wallace for an answer, and he answered it with a perfect reply, which showed everyone not only his calm demeanor in handling the situation but also his English speaking skill. (Note: I actually think for someone from HK, his English is…pretty bad. It could be that he’s not used to speaking or communicating in English, which I find pretty strange, though his accent is much better than most Mandarin speakers nonetheless). At the end of the class, Wallace and Jin Fu were being complimented on their English tests they did earlier in the episode. While Wallace received a thorough and very good compliment, Jin Fu got what we would call A for efforts. The teacher said she had no implying meaning, but that would make him feel terrible anyway. Poor Jin Fu :)). Afterward she gave them a reminder that they’ve got another test on Friday. Wallace was scared and worried at first but soon told that this test was the one that he had already studied for. This fact was revealed to the entire class and left everyone and the teacher awestruck for his brilliant test result despite studying the wrong things.
But the proud moment did not last very long, because not only the one who sat next to him scored really high, but the girl to his left even got a perfect grade on the test. His face looked both disappointed and impressed at the same time. ( he must be feeling jealous here lol)
This school must be basketball-centered school, since students seem to only play basketball both in PE and break time. Sean came to Wallace’s class to challenge Jin Fu, the basketball ace everyone acknowledged, for a match, and the challenge was accepted.
Before the game began, Wallace did a little warm-up. He tried to do a random hook shot or something but once again failed (Seriously? I’m starting to doubt his confidence in basketball now).
He came to check on Jin Fu who was putting on a couple of protective gears for his feet, claiming he must look out for injuries since he was already old. LOL!!! The best part was he said that to Wallace (40) and Sean (32). They must have felt really self-conscious there.
The game started. Jin Fu got the tip-off but thanks to the weird and distracting chant of the opponent’s cheering team led by Selina, the game seemed to go in Sean’s team’s favor until Sean himself broke the rule or fell at the deciding moment.
Being led by Sean’s team, Wallace came to Jin Fu with the advice that they should slow the pace down and that Jin Fu should pass more instead of handling everything by himself. It was a great advice coming from the “elder” and now Jin Fu was on offense and Wallace defense.
The result was immediate. Wallace teamed up with Jin Fu and successfully got a basket (I wasn’t sure if he was outside or inside… it could’ve been a three-pointer that Wallace scored).
However, it appeared that Sean caught wind of the strategy so he used any mean possible to mark Wallace, even resorting to a back-to-back arm-lock and dragging him away (I say that was one big foul O.o), even Selina interfered and stopped Jin Fu.
Anyway, in the end Wallace and Jin Fu’s team still won by 2 points.
Note: From my “professional” point of view, Sean’s team was the better team with more coherent team work, even with Sean as the good-for-nothing player they still did very well. But the MVP of the game totally went to Jin Fu. He was brilliant. He was a solid power-forward with very good speed (if only he were taller or more buffed he would give more powerful dunks). However, I was pretty disappointed that Wallace did not play a more prominent role in the team but he did well anyway (not as well as I expected given his height but Wallace might become a decent point guard with his wit and the calm demeanor.
It was the afternoon and time for the elective class, Wallace chose pottery or some sorts. I was amazed he chose this club. Remember how much he sucked at stuff like this in the Amazing Race? If it had not for Angel showing the way they would have fallen quite behind. Selina also came later and joined him, but she did it faster, and better than him.
The two had some fun making those things and Wallace even took a picture for Selina. Eventually the result was what I expected. Of course being smart and a fast learner Wallace eventually did find his way to make an abstract-looking mug or cup or pot or vase or whatever that was. But that was still pretty bad if you asked me…so sorry Wallace…pottery is not your thing after all.
At the end of the day Wallace was selling cup cakes with the rest of them and the students. Looked like they had a lot of fun and were able to raise a fund of 200 yuan or something (I’m not clear with Chinese currency).
Late at night, Wallace was still diligently learning vocabulary words. He gave Selina a call…to complain and encourage each other. I guess since both of them got a singing background in Taiwan they must be closer than they appear. After that, Wallace and Selina both went back to studying.
There are a lot of video cuts that were posted on Youtube…I think they belong to ep 3…but I have no way of knowing where/when to fit them in so I’ll just shove every cut into the bottom lines.
I think this was the exercise for eyes in between classes. I’m really new to this type of schooling system. It’s strange…but quite helpful
At the end of the day, Sean led Wallace to the dormitory and showed him around. I felt that Wallace would enjoy living there, but since he prefers the quiet, serene atmosphere then maybe the dorm would not be such a good idea.
Here is the full ep:
Overall, this was a pretty uneventful episode. The only thing I liked about this ep was the basketball match. Though by professional standards, it was far from entertaining, but to high school students, it was intense enough. I suppose due to the negative feedback on the favoritism of the show’s editor for Wallace, his scenes in this ep were cut a lot, and it pissed me off (sorry I used ‘piss’ ;P)
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