Well, I was right and this was not a long wait to the meeting.
Episode nine starts in the hospital. As Xiao Nai discusses with his friends about informing Wei Wei, his parents hear it and his mother worries about this “sansao.” Out in the hall, his mother wants to know if he is in a relationship but Professor Xiao states that he believes Xiao Nai won’t get married before he is forty. He then mentions a colleague of his talking about online authors one of which is “Tang Jia San Shao.” He mispronounces it and it comes out as Sugar Family Three Spoons rather than Tang Family Third Young Master. Oh, Professor Xiao, you underestimate your son. He even used the excuse of supporting you to go stalk his pseudo-wife in class.
Later in the day, Yu Gong and the other two friends go out to get food. On the way back, Yu Gong breaks down and starts to cry. He admits that he has been jealous of Xiao Nai before and envied the fact everyone thought Xiao Nai was worth more than him. He then states that Xiao Nai actually doesn’t think that. Xiao Nai had been willing to sacrifice himself to save Yu Gong.
Back in the hospital room, Xiao Nai learns what happened the night of the finals by finding Ni Ni and asking her. They find that Wei Wei hasn’t been online since then. Wei Wei is pictured watching the music video again. She talks with Er Xi about the fleeting nature of friendships in games and how she should be used to it, but she feels much more panicked at Nai He’s disappearance.
Yu Gong and the others suggest that Wei Wei might never come on again so Xiao Nai would need to hack to find her. Xiao Nai replies by stating Wei Wei is watching the video and asks Mo Zha Ta to make something to send notifications to Xiao Nai’s phone when Wei Wei comes online.
Xiao Nai ends up watching the video as Wei Wei watches it on repeat through the day and into the nighttime.
Cao Guang notices Wei Wei’s low spirits the next day and tries to bribe Er Xi in the movie analysis class. Unfortunately, the seat the Cao Guang has reserved for Er Xi breaks (the same one that broke in past episodes) so Cao Guang takes Er Xi to the hospital. Er Xi gets Cao Guang to bring her food to make up for her pain and difficulty of movement and Cao Guang agrees because it allows him to get access to Wei Wei’s thoughts or actions. He learns that Wei Wei is unhappy and plans an outing in the game (which I have now searched and found it has been translated before as A Chinese Ghost Story.) But Er Xi is the person playing her account and Er Xi is moved and then suspicious at the romantic nature of the fireworks. Cao Guang then asks her to become a couple with him.
Wei Wei finally gets out of her slump and resolves to pursue Nai He. But she decides to push it off until she finishes her exam. Wei Wei receives a call from Fengteng Corp about the music video and spousal kidnapping so she is forced to go online. The rest of the episode is close to canon and the episode ends at the shop with Wei Wei in the red dress.
The beginning progresses as in the novel except Meng Yi Ran saw Wei Wei and the others coming out of the shop. Na Na wants to also browse the same shop but Meng Yi Ran cuts her off by saying that it is of low taste and cheap so shopping there would lower her to their level. Na Na is extremely blown by this comment and looks at her own dress.
Wei Wei and Xiao Nai end up meeting as they have in the novel and go to the same restaurant to eat. It is so close to canon for the entire episode that I don’t know what to write. The episode ends with Wei Wei and Xiao Nai sitting on the basketball court bleachers.
My thoughts: They really explored Yu Gong and how Xiao Nai has affected his friends, especially through this accident. Yu Gong feels extremely guilty and I think this makes the friends a lot more human rather than just the comedic relief they were in the novel.
I can’t believe I’m saying this but hemming this close to canon makes episode 10 completely fulfilling but completely boring at the same time. There’s that empty feeling when you have thought so much about something and when you get it, it doesn’t seem as good as you have imagined. They also emphasized this scene in almost every long promotional trailer so it does seem a bit overused now.
Er Xi’s situation is also a great train wreck. One mistake due to nervousness is going to harm her, Cao Guang, Zhen Shao Xiang and affect Xiao Yu Yao Yao. Her attacking power is unrivalled!