“You are me, I am you” drops the spooks for a quieter, more romantic episode, as the parallels between Yun-hsiang and Jui-hsin become clearer than ever.
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Detention has been pretty light on scares so far, and “You are me, I am you” is completely devoid of them. This is an intentional decision since the episode is dedicated to exploring the parallels between Yun-hsiang and Jui-hsin, as the latter has taken to standing around behind the former and conveniently emoting every time something happens to her. It starts with poetry club.
You’ll recall that Shen Hua suggested that Yun-hsiang pursue poetry, and he’s pleased to see her at the club, though he isn’t privy to the vengeful spectre behind her or the flashes to her past that the audience is treated to as she and Yun-hsiang bond. Even Wen-liang can’t see the ghoul, which raises some pretty awkward questions about the quality of his family business — and that’s before he discovers one of the talismans left on the Hancui Building covered in blood.
Wen-liang is kept away from Yun-hsiang for most of “You are me, I am you”, which leads him to lament to his Uncle Wei about how he doesn’t understand girls (don’t worry, mate. None of us do.) Wei tends to Jui-hsin’s grave and reveals she was a senior while he was at high school, information that Wen-liang will be reminded of later.
In the meantime, Shen Hua defends the students from Pai, and in a conversation with his father, we learn he has plans for serious reform and doesn’t believe the place can prosper with its old-fashioned, militaristic way of doing things. The Principal, though, isn’t particularly interested in hearing this — he’s much more concerned with marrying Shen Hua into an influential political family.
As it turns out, Yun-hsiang, though with inspiration from Jui-hsin, writes excellent poetry, and Shen Hua loves her literary virtuosity. In a flashback, we learn that Jui-hsin was similarly gifted and that her similarly young and understanding teacher also took a bit of a shine to her.
You can see where this is going. When Yun-hsiang’s poem makes the finals in a literary contest, Shen Hua takes her to a public event promoting it, where they get on well and he gifts her with some fancy earrings. The parallels are even clearer here, and just to ram the metaphor home, Yun-hsiang accidentally writes her name as Jui-hsin on a school test paper before quickly scribbling it out.
But Wen-liang sees the name and recognises it from the headstone. He asks his Uncle Wei about Jui-hsin and researches her, finding all images of her face scratched out, and identifying that she’s wearing the jade pendant that Yun-hsiang currently sports. He immediately determines she’s possessed and tries to help her, which leads to Yun-hsiang asking Jui-hsi outright what her real intentions are. “You are me, I am you” ends before we get to find out, but it isn’t difficult to imagine.
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