|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.|
Episode 8 (第8集), also titled "Chapter 8" (Chapter 捌), is the eight episode of the Taiwanese drama, Meteor Garden. It first aired on May 31, 2001 on CTS. The episode was preceded by episode seven on May 24. Liu Er Jin guest starred in this episode.
Dao Ming Si returns from New York. Meanwhile, Shan Cai's father borrows one million to a loan shark and Shan Cai asks Si for a loan. Shan Cai gets a second job, with the help of Xiao Shun, in order to repay Si.
Dao Ming Si comes back from New York and goes straight to Dong Shan Cai's house. Shan Cai's mother insists that he comes in to recover from his jet lag. Her parents then force them to share a room, while they sleep on the balcony. In the morning, Shan Cai and Si head to school, where Si happily reunites with the F4. Later, Shan Cai's parents inform her that her dad has borrowed one million dollars from a loan shark. Shan Cai, with no other options, asks Si for a loan. He tells her to meet him next Saturday to repay him.
That Saturday, Shan Cai's neighbor asks to watch her child, Xiao Long. Shan Cai reluctantly agrees and brings him along to see Si. He is extremely irritated, because he meant for the day to be a date. Anyway, the three of them end up going to the zoo. Everything is going nicely, when Shan Cai asks Si, "why are you still so kind to me?" Si calls her stupid, which leads to a fight and him storming off. The following day, Shan Cai goes to work with Xiao You. Shan Cai discusses getting a second job, when a model scout walks in and gives her his card.
Shan Cai meets a fortune teller on the street. She advises Shan Cai to break up with her boyfriend if she ever wants to be happy. Shan Cai later decides to go to the model tryout. After the photographers ask her to strip, Shan Cai attempts to leave. They hold her down, but a delivery guy walks in. He fights the men, which gives Shan Cai an opportunity to escape. The delivery guy, named Xiao Shun, calls her stupid for falling for that obvious trap. Once Shan Cai explains her situation, he offers to get her a job at the fast food place he works at.
Chen Qing He tells Si that Shan Cai got a second job to pay him back. Si goes to tell her that she does not need to pay him back. When he gets to the fast food restaurant, he sees her talking and laughing with Xiao Shun. In a jealous fit, Si twists Xiao Shun's neck and punches him. Si's actions scare Shan Cai and remind her of the fortune teller's advice. She tells him to "get lost" once he calls her a slut. The following day, Xi Men, Mei Zuo, and Hua Ze Lei urge Si to apologize to Shan Cai. He attempts it, but fails.
That night, as Shan Cai and Xiao Shun leave work, they spot Si, Mei Zuo, and Xi Men waiting outside. Xi Men and Mei Zuo are trying to get to apologize. However, he insists that he has done nothing wrong and cannot bring himself to do it. Shan Cai and Xiao Shun quickly leave before being seen them. The next day, Xiao Shun takes Shan Cai to a photo shoot and they post for several shots together. Shan Cai later sees the same fortune teller, but does not see her being taken away by two nurses. Xiao Shun's and Shan Cai's photo appears in a magazine the next day.
Cast and characters
- Episode 8 covers parts of the "Kinsan Arc" (chapters fifty-three, fifty-five, and fifty-eight to sixty and sixty-four), the "T.O.J. Arc" (seventy-four to seventy-six), and the "Pretty Boy Junpei Arc" (chapters eight-three to eighty-eight) of the original manga.
- Flashbacks from episodes two and six are shown in this episode.
- The fast food restaurant Shan Cai gets a job at is a Burger King.