This series is Vincent Wong and Selena Lee’s second collaboration, with the first being ‘Wish and Switch’. I was interested in the series at first because I thought it would give a sense of the problematic housing troubles of Hong Kong. The first quarter of the series did a good job portraying the different housing conditions: the bad and the good within the people of Hong Kong. Then, it focused completely on Vincent and Selena and the side story of Eliza finding her biological father. From there on, the topic of housing was no longer touched upon.
Jack (Vincent Wong) had just saved enough money to pay the down payment of a flat in Hong Kong, and had plans to marry his longtime girlfriend Annie (Toby Chan), but when he proposed, she gave him shocking news: she had been two-timing for some time already and had decided to choose her new boyfriend, who is richer and possesses a paid-off flat, over Jack. Devastated, Jack continues to work hard at his job, only to find out the company was being investigated for handling illegal matters and was closing down. With no job, no girlfriend, and the next mortgage payment about to be due, Jack applies for a position at All In One Housing Management Company.
Miss Choi (Selena Lee) is a talented pianist and was invited to travel the world playing the piano for the ‘Love and Romantic’ tour. But, five years ago, her fiancé died tragically while rushing to see her performance. As a psychological effect, Miss Choi is unable to play in front of any audience. She becomes a piano teacher, instructing young kids. Her dreams were shattered by her own psychological shadows. Meanwhile at home, she is forced to move out so her younger brother and pregnant girlfriend can have enough space for their baby on the way. Miss Choi is pissed, but she leaves home and lives illegally at a storage place. But, when caught, because Jack informed one of the security guards, she is kicked out, and once again, becomes homeless. Thankfully, her friend Annie offers to rent out her half of the flat, so she can get her money back, and to lessen some load off Jack’s shoulders.
Interesting things happen when two unfortunate people are forced to live together under the same roof. Due to her paranoid personality, Miss Choi marks the apartment with yellow tape, almost dividing the apartment into two spaces. She sets unreasonable rules and time schedules for using the bathroom and forces Jack to follow them. Jack finds Miss Choi weird for naming her vacuum cleaning robot and treating it as if it were a pet. Miss Choi is mesmerized by the simple, yet delicious dishes Jack makes for dinner.
But, both of them have hidden secrets deep inside. Miss Choi plays beautiful pieces of music on the piano when she sleepwalks, although she has no recollection later on. Her music brings Jack to tears when he is awaken by the sound of music when she sleepwalks. Jack, on various occasions. tries to bring her back to the performance stage to overcome her fears. When Jack finds out about her family and how Miss Choi moved out so her brother and sister-in-law could have an extra room to use as the baby room, Jack tries to patch their relationship.
And Jack is continuously emotionally tormented by Annie. He responds to her every call and does all she tells him to do. Although Annie had dumped him for a richer man, Jack cannot forget the 10+ years they have been together for. Miss Choi tells Jack to forget about Annie time after time, as she is not worth his time and is only using him to accomplish her own goals. Jack finally comes to realization one time when he stays up all night making a cake for Annie, only to be informed by her the next day that she has hired a pastry chef to make the wedding cake instead.
When Jack and Miss Choi realize they are more then just roommates, a third person had already came in between them. Peggy (Eliza Sam) is a foreign exchange student from Canada. Her mom had past away and she does not know who her biological father is. She only knows her mother’s good friend, Joyce (Kiki Sheung) lives in Hong Kong. With her help, Peggy is able to rent a luxury apartment at a discounted rate and secure an intern position at her company: All In One Housing Management Company. What both of them do not know is the fact that once Peggy had stepped foot in Hong Kong, she was monitored by Joyce. When she accidentally fell into the water, it was Jack who so happened to save her in the water. Through these incidents, Joyce hired Jack, knowing he has a kind heart.
But, Joyce is not as simple as she seems. Her husband, Martin (KK Cheung) is the biological father of Peggy. Joyce had once flew to Canada and agreed to support Peggy and her mother financially if she agreed to cut ties with Martin as he would not play a role in their lives anyways. And therefore when Martin flew over to ask to see Peggy, her mother told him she would rather not have him come in and disrupt Peggy’s life. Martin’s success comes from the wealth and status of Joyce, so he obeys her commands, whether it is in the public eye or at home.
Joyce threatens to fire House Lo (Evergreen Mak), another one of her employees if he did not agree to pretend to be Peggy’s biological father. This came from the coincidence that House and Martin used to play on the same soccer team, so with the only picture Peggy had of the soccer team, Peggy was misled to believe House was the missing father figure.
In order to secure his job, House had no choice, but to agree to this. He kept it from his wife Mary (Rachel Kan), who at one point even thought Peggy was her husband’s mistress. To refrain his wife from taking any further action, House is forced to tell Mary, and they agree to keep it as a secret. However, their one and only spoiled son Dor Dor (Matthew Ho), who is a university classmate of Peggy develops a crush on her.
A complicated love square forms between Jack, Miss Choi, Peggy, and Dor Dor. Dor Dor openly expresses his love for Peggy, but Peggy rejects him, thinking he is her half-brother. At the same time, Peggy falls for Jack, grateful for all the things he has done for her, not knowing they were all arranged by her Auntie Joyce. Jack, little by little had fallen for Miss Choi, but Miss Choi is unwilling to let go of her past. She is still living in the shadow of her deceased fiancé. Jack knows unless Miss Choi is willing to take another step forward, he cannot do anything in the meantime.
Towards the end, Peggy finds out about Joyce’s hidden secrets. Peggy confronts her, letting her know how fake she is. It is then that Joyce realizes she needs to open up and be truthful to those who she loved and those who love her, including Martin. Martin builds up his courage to be the father figure to Peggy, something he had not done for two decades. Now knowing that Dor Dor is not her blood related brother, the two decide to explore and travel together, and Peggy finally accepts his love.
After Jack successfully helps to bring Miss Choi back onto the stage to perform, where he believed she belongs, Jack and Miss Choi help each other realize their own dreams and passion. Miss Choi promises the go on a world tour with ‘Love and Romantic’, meanwhile Jack decides to go all in to open a mini restaurant with the investments of a few friends, including Miss Choi’s savings, devotedly cooking his famous house dishes.
Two years later, Miss Choi is back from tour. This marks the official beginning of Jack and Miss Choi, this time, as lovers. They have gone from unfortunate roommates to slowly understanding each other and their past. Together, they had helped each other walk towards a better future.