|Important Note: there are several different cuts of Meteor Garden. Based on air dates and some DVD releases, the official episode count is likely 19. However, the most common version to find online is the 27 episode cut.|
- "Pigs' Brain 4! Listen good! Don't think I'm terrified of you! I'm Challenging you!"
- —Shan Cai declares war on the F4
Episode 1 (第1集), also titled "Chapter One" (Chapter 壹) or "Overture", is the first episode of the Taiwanese drama, Meteor Garden that first aired in April 2001 on CTS. It introduces the main characters of the drama, including Shan Cai (Barbie Hsu), Dao Ming Si (Jerry Yan), and Hua Ze Lei (Vic Chou).
Winter break has ended and Shan Cai returns to the predominantly upper-class university, Ying De. She and her friend, Li Zhen are among a few of the lower-class students in the school. The two friends walk to class together, and see Ah Shu packing his things. Ah Shu had previously angered the clique called the F4 by standing up to them. As a result, Ah Shu received a red card, was ostracized, and eventually decided to quit school.
Meanwhile, the F4 arrive late to school. Shan Cai and Li Zhen are walking together carrying equipment for their physical education class. A nearby professor accidentally bumps into and spills soda on the F4's leader, Dao Ming Si. The professor quickly apologizes and runs away thinking Dao Ming Si might hit him. The college professor knocks over the basket and Dao Ming Si also kicks it. However, another F4 member, Hua Ze Lei actually picks up the basket, making brief eye contact with Shan Cai.
Shan Cai goes to her part-time job, where she works with her best friend, Xiao You. She lets out her frustrations about the F4. Shan Cai begins to think of quitting school and consults her mother about it. Her mother becomes hysterical and begins arguing with Shan Cai's father, until she agrees to stay at school. Around the same time, the F4 are at a run-down bar, where Xi Men's latest girlfriend works. A tussle starts, when the girl's boyfriend shows up, and the F4 show off their fighting skills.
The next day, Li Zhen and Shan Cai are carrying some items down the stairs, when Li Zhen slips and the box she was carrying lands on Dao Ming Si. She attempts to apologize, which he ignores and pushes her aside. Shan Cai stands up to Dao Ming Si, insulting him in the process. The next day, Shan Cai opens her locker, expecting a red card or the F4's "declaration of war". She does not find the note, until Li Zhen points out the note stuck on her back. The other students begin to bully her, which gets worse as the day goes on.
Shan Cai finds herself on the rooftop, where she yells her vexations about the F4. Unexpectedly, Hua Ze Lei is there and lends her a handkerchief. The next day, Shan Cai gathers up her courage and challenges the F4 by giving them her own red note. Dao Ming Si decides to step up the bullying and hires some guys to scare Shan Cai. They attempt to sexually assault her by ripping off her clothes, which Hua Ze Lei stops them from doing. Lei walks away not wanting her to misunderstand, but cheers her up when she starts to cry.
Shan Cai pushes and punches Dao Ming Si for revenge, though she expects future consequences. Dao Ming Si spends five hours in the pool, presumably plotting his next move. Later, Shan Cai looks for Lei on the rooftop, finally finding him in the music room. She attempts to think, which he does not accept, and also promises to no longer visit the roof. Shan Cai is about to leave for home, when a group of men kidnap her and take her to Dao Ming Si's house. There, he tries to convince her to be his girl. She replies that she cannot be bought.
Cast and characters
- The episode covers the first, second, third, and fourth chapters of the manga.
- Qian Hui gets a nose job over the break, which Bai He calls "nose of Julia Roberts!"
- The voice message bear Li Zhen gives Shan Cai is similar to the voice messenger toy Makiko Endo gives Tsukushi Makino in the anime episode "Declaration of War!".
- Shan Cai gets her hand stuck to a pay phone, which her classmates had covered in glue. A similar situation happens in Meteor Shower, where Chu Yuxun's (played by Zheng Shuang) hand is stuck to a toy horse.
- A can of Coca-Cola is seen twice in this episode.