It Takes Two (Singaporean TV series)

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It Takes Two
(对对碰)
Genre Family
Comedy
Written by 洪荣狄 Ang Eng Tee
Directed by 方家福 Fang Jiafu(ep1-8)
叶佩娟 Doreen (ep9-16)
胡凉财(ep17-18)
谢益文 Edmund Tse(ep19-26)
苏妙芳(ep27-34)
Starring Chen Hanwei
Yao Wenlong
Kym Ng
Ann Kok
Zheng Ge Ping
Opening theme 轧 by Derrick Hoh and Kelvin Tan
Ending theme 以为 by Kelvin Tan
Country of origin Singapore
Original language(s) Chinese
No. of episodes 34
Production
Producer(s) 张龙敏 Chong Liung Man
Running time approx. 45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel MediaCorp Channel 8
Original run 6 November 2012 – 21 December 2012
Chronology
Preceded by Game Plan
Followed by Beyond
External links
Website
It Takes Two
Traditional Chinese 對對碰
Simplified Chinese 对对碰

It Takes Two (simplified Chinese: 对对碰) is a 2012 Singaporean Chinese year-end blockbuster drama produced by MediaCorp TV. It is currently telecast on Singapore's free-to-air channel, MediaCorp Channel 8. It made its debut on 6 November 2012 and consists of 34 episodes, screened on every weekday night at 9:00pm.

Story[edit]

In a block of 4-room flats at a particular housing estate, the two families of Hao Youcai and Niu Wuyin live opposite each other. As business rivals, sparks occasionally fly between them. Youcai's name may mean "wealthy", but he often has no luck with money. On the other hand, the overbearing Wuyin or "penniless" does not only enjoy a thriving business but he has the Midas touch as well. He is certainly loaded with "pounds".

An honest and kind man, Youcai does not have the gift of the gab but is tolerant as far as possible. However, his wife Luona has a vicious tongue that spares nobody for no rhyme or reason. On top of that, she covets wealth and power, despising her low-earning husband. She is tyrannical and harsh towards her 70-year-old mother-in-law. Wuyin's septuagenarian father, however, has a "blessed" life. His son and daughter-in-law treasure him. When he moans about his aching body, a massage chair worth a few thousand dollars is delivered immediately to the house. Youcai's mother can only drool in envy. Wuyin has a way with people and he is eloquent. He remains "refined" even in a quarrel, diffusing any tense situation with a soft touch. Money is his life, and he can never earn enough. He is ever ready to perform good deeds, but not when they demand his money. Hardworking and frugal, his wife Xiuhua is not one to complain.

Both families sell "handmade fishball noodles" at their stalls in a food centre. "Niuji" stall enjoys brisk business while "Haoji" stall suffers from poor business.

The sight of the other party decked in jewellery while she is pathetically bare in that aspect makes Luona moan all day to the extent that she pinches her mother-in-law out of spite. Unfortunately, the "act of violence" is captured on camera by her daughter and uploaded to YouTube. It even hits the headlines. In no time, people are demanding that she be punished and going on a hunt to ferret out this wicked woman. Youcai is aware that the culprit is his wife and loses his cool. Instead of being remorseful, Luona flies into a fury. She leaves home with her daughter, threatening to engage a lawyer to initiate divorce proceedings.

Disillusioned, Youcai reaches the point of contemplating suicide but is stopped by his mother. To console her son, she fabricates a story that a deity appeared in her dream to prophesise that his hardship days will soon be over. The deity also bestowed on her a "good luck rice bin" (which is actually a junk she retrieved from the rubbish dump) and promised that the rice bin would always be full and that his life would be free from worry.

Whether it is his filial piety that moves the Heaven or it is simply mere coincidence, Youcai's luck changes for the better the moment his wicked wife leaves home. His fishballs are favoured by a renowned chef and he is invited to appear on TV. He becomes famous overnight. Customers begin to stream towards his stall. Wuyin's business is badly affected and a series of misfortune befalls him. It appears that the wheel of fortune has turned. With Lady Luck smiling on him, Youcai enters a lucky draw and wins a car. Soon, the story of how the "prosperous rice bin" changes his fortune starts to circulate to the point of becoming a legend. Despite Youcai's mother frantically explaining that it is purely nonsense perpetuated by her, nobody is convinced. Hordes of people flock to the rice bin to "seek fortune and lottery numbers". Luona banishes the thought of divorce upon hearing of it. She wants to return home to be a virtuous wife and a filial daughter-in-law. Wuyin, who is down on his luck, actually plans to steal Youcai's "prosperous rice bin"...

Apart from these two families, this drama has a slew of interesting characters, including the "manager" whose job is to assist a loan shark in hosting "overseas talents" (foreign runners); the "Yong Tau Foo Beauty" and her 20-year-old only son who still relies on his mother to trim his nails; the fengshui master who is a quack; new immigrants married to locals who are eager to assimilate into the country; "opposition parties" fond of exaggerating for the shock effect and who "opposes" everything; the Fish Prince who is unfazed by his lowly status but believes that he who tills diligently will reap a bountiful harvest, etc. The stories of these people reflect the everyday issues currently confronting Singaporeans. For example, the hardship imposed on ordinary citizens as a result of the rising cost of living; indulging the next generation and making it even more difficult for children to face challenges; the impact that an aging population has on society; the marginalization of grassroot communities; the widening gulf between people... The 34-episode drama provides light entertainment while pinpointing current issues in a heartwarming and down-to-earth portrayal.

Cast[edit]

Hao family[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Yao Wenlong Hao Youcai 郝有财
Kym Ng[1] Luo Na 罗娜 Youcai's wife
Jin Yinji You Cai's mum 有财妈 Youcai's mum
Aloysius Pang Hao Zhi Jie 郝志杰 Youcai's son
Shine Koh Hui Shan Hao Meiying 郝美英 Youcai's daughter
Oh Ling En Hao Meishan 郝美珊 Youcai's daughter

Niu family[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Chen Hanwei[2] Niu Wuyin 牛无银
Chen Huihui Zhang Xiuhua 张秀花 Wuyin's wife
Zhu Houren Niu's dad 牛老爸 Wuyin's dad
Shane Pow[3] B Niu B牛 Wuyin's son.
Foo Fang Rong Niu Xin Hui 牛欣惠 Wuyin's daughter

Others[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Zheng Geping Ah Pao 阿炮 Full-time loanshark
Youcai's younger brother, Youfu.
2-
Ann Kok Vivian A Pao's assistant, A Pao's girlfriend 8-16 18-24 28-32 34
Hong Huifang Coffee-sao 咖啡嫂 1-
Pan Lingling Zhang Ling 张玲 Boss of flower stall 1-
Bryan Chan Watermelon Ming 西瓜明 Boss of fruit stall, like Zhang Ling 1-
Chen Tianwen 'Carrot Cake' An opposition party member of Fish Prince 2-
Rayson Tan Zhang Yang 张扬 Zhang Ling's brother
A loanshark, but also bodyguard for Korean girlband, Skarf.
Li Mei Jiao (黎美娇)[4] Amy David's mother
Lady boss of yong tau foo stall
Jerry Yeo Ryan Boss gangster (villain)
Wuyin's daughter boyfriend
15-
Romeo Tan Fish Prince 鱼王子 Boss of fish stall, love Xu Jie 1-
Tracy Lee Xu Jie 徐洁 Zhang Ling's daughter 2-
Xavier Ong David Amy's son
Xu Bin Tony love Xu Jie
Kimberly Chia Xueli 雪丽 Zhi Jie's girlfriend 1-3, 6-8, 10, 12, 14, 16-19, 21, 23, 25, 27-28

, 30-31

Dick Su Mr Chong Discipline Master of secondary school
Skarf Cameo appearance in 2 episodes. 17, 18
Ho Tien Tsai A client of B Niu from Taiwan. 1, 2
Li Wenhai Master Hong A fortune teller. 2-4, 14-
Seth Ang Host of reality show House Full Of Joy. 5
Vivian Lai TV host. 7
Ben Yeo TV host 30, 31
Wang Yuqing Fang Weijie 方伟杰 Luo Na's ex-classmate
A doctor.

Trivia[edit]

  • This is one of two anniversary dramas (the other being period drama Joys of Life) produced in conjunction with MediaCorp's celebration of 30 years of local Chinese drama.[5]
  • One of Channel 8's 30th anniversary blockbuster dramas.
  • TV host Kym Ng returns to acting after more than three years. She last starred in Table of Glory in 2009.
  • Filming started on 4 July 2012 and ended by October 2012. Trailers started screening as of 9 October 2012.
  • There is supposed to be some conversation during the credits of the finale which showed some bloopers. However, the front parts were being blocked by the commentary of News Tonight.

Reception[edit]

It Takes Two was the second drama to beat the 1-million viewership mark, beating Don't Stop Believin' to gain the mark before the finale on 21 December (episode 34).[6]

Overseas broadcast[edit]

This drama is one of the first dramas to be broadcast exclusive in Malaysia after its first telecast of two weeks.[7]

Country of Broadcast Broadcasting Network Debut Finale Preceded by Followed by Notes
 Malaysia Astro Shuang Xing 22 November 2012 at 4.30pm, weekdays
(encore on 23 November at 3.30pm, weekdays)
8 January 2013
(encore on 9 January)
Game Plan Beyond Astro had planned to broadcast Show Hand at the timeslot but was axed.

Episodic Synopsis[edit]

Drama[edit]

Episode Title Original Airdate
1 "#1" November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06) PG
Fishball noodle stalls Hao Ji and Niu Ji are keen competitors in a hawker centre. Hao Ji is managed by husband and wife team Hao Youcai and Luo Na. Youcai is a honest man whereas Luo Na is a hot-tempered woman who is at constant loggerheads with Niu Wuyin, the owner of Niu Ji. Cheery and helpful young fishmonger Fish Prince is well-liked by other stall owners at the market and customers alike.
2 "#2" November 7, 2012 (2012-11-07) PG
Niu Wuyin makes advances towards new citizen Zhang Ling, making Watermelon Ming jealous. He is further infuriated when the "Opposition Party" Lao Cai chats Zhang Ling up as well and picks up a fight with him. Fish Prince hurriedly steps in to stop the fight.
3 "#3" November 8, 2012 (2012-11-08) PG
Luo Na believes Niu Wuyin's booming business is attributed to advice from a master. She offers a high price to engage Master Hong when he hints that he is Wuyin's advisor. Master Hong advises her to kidnap the God of Fortune to change her luck!
4 "#4" November 9, 2012 (2012-11-09) PG
Youcai reprimands Zhijie and Meiying when they lament their flat is too small but he gets blamed instead as everyone feels he should be taking the responsibility for their present state of living. Youcai decides to kidnap the God of Fortune to rid of his bad luck.
5 "#5" November 12, 2012 (2012-11-12) PG
Luo Na and family manage to successfully "snatch" the God of Fortune from Niu Wuyin. Luo Na instructs her family to stare at the statue for auspicious numbers and they manage to find 4 lucky numbers. Luo Na bets on the numbers that every night but does not win anything. Her luck turns for the worse the next day when she gets fined for unhygienic practices at her stall.
6 "#6" November 13, 2012 (2012-11-13)
PG Some Sexual References
Luo Na goes into a rage when she discovers her dad has spent all his CPF on women. He collapses all of a sudden while she is confronting the women. It turns out he has been taking illegal "Viagra" which has severely affected his health. Luo Na is worried his assets will land in the hands of her siblings should he die.
7 "#7" November 14, 2012 (2012-11-14) PG
Youcai is worried his business will suffer a further blow when he learns a TV food show will be featuring Niu Wuyin's stall. He enlists Ah Pao's help to sabotage the filming. Ah Pao arranges for people to disrupt the filming causing it to be postponed.
8 "#8" November 15, 2012 (2012-11-15)
PG Some Sexual References
Niu Wuyin confronts Youcai for sabotaging the filming. Youcai turns the table around and accuses Wuyin of stealing his secret recipe and even went as far as accusing their master of adding borax to his fishballs, causing him to die of anger.
9 "#9" November 16, 2012 (2012-11-16)
PG Some Sexual References
A food critic samples the noodles from Hao Ji and Niu Ji and tells Youcai that his noodles are not up to par with the Hao Ji brand. Youcai decides to start afresh and is determined to recreate the original taste of Hao Ji. He is further defeated when his mother claims the standard of his fishballs are light years apart from his master's.
10 "#10" November 19, 2012 (2012-11-19)
PG Some Sexual References
Niu Wuyin comes up with a new promotional strategy to give away 2 additional fishballs at the usual price. Not to be outdone, Luo Na decides to give 3 fishballs albeit much smaller-sized ones causing Niu Wuyin and her to get into another quarrel.
11 "#11" November 20, 2012 (2012-11-20) PG
Weijie gobbles down the fishball noodles Luo Na brings to him. She discovers he hasn't been eating well since his divorce and offers to cook for him on impulse. Luo Na begins to feel marrying Youcai was a mistake.
12 "#12" November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21) PG
Using her mum's waist injury as an excuse to return home to cook for her, Luo Na runs off to cook for Weijie instead. She fanatasizes about having a better life should she had married Weijie. She recalls the happier times she had with Weijie and feels that he is interested in her.
13 "#13" November 22, 2012 (2012-11-22) PG
David borrows money from Amy on the pretext of returning it to the loansharks. Fish Prince sees through David's lie and helps Amy to get the money back. David admits the money is intended for his overseas trip with his girlfriend, causing Amy to bitterly lament that she has spoilt this child of hers. Fish Prince consoles Amy and suggests her to make a police report to capture the loansharks.
14 "#14" November 23, 2012 (2012-11-23)
PG Some Sexual References
Meiying gangs up with B Niu to stage an incident to lure Tony into saving her. Just when she thinks her act has succeeded, Tony reveals the picture of his crush to her. She is jealous when she discovers his crush is the girl who sells flowers at the market.
15 "#15" November 26, 2012 (2012-11-26)
PG Some Sexual References
Youcai and Wuyin fight in the toilet over the leasing of Youcai's stall. Luo Na rushes to the scene and manages to subdue Wuyin. She chides Youcai for being a loser in both business and fights and demands for a divorce.
16 "#16" November 27, 2012 (2012-11-27) PG
Luo Na discovers symptoms of pregnancy and is worried her divorce plans will be thwarted should she is certified pregnant. Weijie consoles her but she mistakes his kind intentions as being interested in her.
17 "#17" November 28, 2012 (2012-11-28)
PG Some Sexual References
Luo Na decides to get an abortion behind Youcai's back when she is certified pregnant. She wants Youcai to lease his stall out and find another job but he is determined to keep his stall and work harder. In a fit of anger, Luo Na accidentally spills the news of her pregnancy which delights Youcai!
18 "#18" November 29, 2012 (2012-11-29) PG
Youcai wins 4D and his luck turns for the better. He decides to change his fate by working even harder. He recalls his Master's words and decides to adopt his method of making fishballs from scratch even though it will take more time and effort. Luo Na is skeptical of his decision.
19 "#19" November 30, 2012 (2012-11-30)
PG Some Sexual References
Youcai revamps his recipe and lets Meishan try his noodles. Meishan proclaims the noodles are delicious and even asks him where he bought them from. Encouraged by Meishan's comment, Youcai further pushes himself by trying out famous fishball noodles around the island to further improve his recipe.
20 "#20" December 3, 2012 (2012-12-03)
PG Some Sexual References
Fish Prince proves Ah Pao to be part of the loanshark syndicate through a simple phone call. Xu Jie understands his vendetta with loansharks rising from his father’s debts, however, she advises him to keep an open mind about Ah Pao. Tony concurs with Xu Jie and tells Fish Prince that he is being unfair to Ah Pao, resulting in a heated argument.
21 "#21" December 4, 2012 (2012-12-04)
PG Some Sexual References
Niu Wuyin’s father points out to him on the deteriorating standard of his fishballs. Xiuhua reveals Wuyin has recently changed their supplier and no longer makes the fishballs by hand. Wuyin retorts by saying he has made these adjustments in line with customers’ palates.
22 "#22" December 5, 2012 (2012-12-05)
PG Some Sexual References
Luo Na is convinced Weijie is referring to her when he tells her he is in love with a married woman. She tells Youcai she had a dinner date with Weijie and even reveals Weijie’s interest in her. Thinking Luo Na is just ranting, Youcai dismisses her words, causing her to lose her temper.
23 "#23" December 6, 2012 (2012-12-06) PG
Niu Wuyin blames Xiuhua for his dwindling business. On the other hand, Youcai’s business improves after he implements new methods in fishball making and noodle tossing. Niu Wuyin spies on his cooking methods and dismisses him as being showy.
24 "#24" December 7, 2012 (2012-12-07) PG
Vivian’s mother learns that her daughter has borrowed a lot of money from loansharks to treat her illness. On her deathbed, she hands Vivian to Ah Pao, hoping he could take care of her. Ah Pao is dumbstruck when he sees Vivian without the thick makeup on.
25 "#25" December 10, 2012 (2012-12-10) PG
Zhijie snatches Xinhui's bag and runs for dear life with Ryan hot at his heels. Zhijie shakes Ryan off and stages a robbery by taking away Xinhui's purse and passport and leaving her bag behind. Ryan's efforts come to nought when Xinhui is unable to leave the country without her passport. Suspecting Zhijie to be behind this fiasco, he confronts him but Zhijie manages to deceive him.
26 "#26" December 11, 2012 (2012-12-11) PG
Meishan uploads the video of Luo Na and Luo Na's mother-in-law quarrel onto Youtube causing uproar among Netizens. Someone manages to identify Luo Na as the "evil daughter in-law" in the video and notifies the press. Luo Na hides in the ladies when reporters track her down.
27 "#27" December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12)
PG Some Sexual References
Thinking that she has won the lottery, Luo Na starts planning ways to use the prize money. Youcai admits he didn't place the bet for Luo Na, causing her to fly into a rage. She goes further to even accuse him and his mother of ganging up to bully her. In a fit of anger, Youcai asks for a divorce.
28 "#28" December 13, 2012 (2012-12-13) PG
Ryan hides Zhang Yang in an apartment upon Big Head Qing’s instructions. Ryan receives a call from a talent company in China wanting to buy Zhang Yang’s contract for 2 million RMB. Big Head Qing calls for help just when Ryan is contemplating on pocketing the money for himself. Ryan decides to betray Big Head Qing and calls the police to capture him.
29 "#29" December 14, 2012 (2012-12-14)
PG Some Sexual References
In his drunken stupor, Weijie confesses his feelings for Luo Na. Luo Na proclaims her love for him and asks him to wait for her divorce to be finalised. Weijie realises what he had just said and clarifies to Luo Na that his crush is not her but an ex-classmate. Luo Na finally realises her mistake.
30 "#30" December 17, 2012 (2012-12-17)
PG Some Sexual References
Suspecting something amiss when is he unable to contact Angela, Niu Wuyin hurriedly checks his bank account balance and discovers Angela has taken his money. He goes to the spa to check on his $500,000 investment in the company and discovers the owner to be a different person. The owner clarifies that the spa was never for sale and points out that the documents Niu Wuyin had signed were void. Niu Wuyin is stunned.
31 "#31" December 18, 2012 (2012-12-18)
PG Some Sexual References
Youcai defeats Niu Wuyin by one vote in a televised culinary competition. Niu Wuyin questions the producer on the credibility of the judges but to no avail. Xiuhua defends Youcai by saying he should rightfully win the competition as he makes his fishballs by hand everyday using the freshest fish but Niu Wuyin is still disgruntled over Youcai’s win.
32 "#32" December 19, 2012 (2012-12-19) PG
Aunt Kopi spreads the news of Youcai’s $2 million lottery windfall. Amy informs Luo Na about it and advises her not to divorce him. Unconvinced, Luo Na asks Meiying to check the results and discovers that there is only one sole winner for that particular draw. She thus believes in Amy’s words.
33 "#33" December 20, 2012 (2012-12-20) PG
Youcai’s business improved vastly after the culinary competition was aired on television. Niu Wuyin, on the other hand, suffers from a bout of bad luck. Not only does his business suffer, cockroaches are also discovered in his stall by hygiene officers. When customers complain of finding cockroach legs in his fishballs, Niu Wuyin tries to dismiss the claims much to the disgust of his angry customers who then threatened to notify the media.
34 "#34 (Final Round)" December 21, 2012 (2012-12-21) PG
Lao Cai successfully snatches the lucky bucket away, causing a stampede. Luo Na nearly falls in the process but Niu Wuyin manages to break her fall. Youcai gets dragged by the car as he refuses to see the bucket land in the hands of others. Luo Na shouts at Youcai to let go and he falls into the bushes. He goes into a coma as a result and is unable to recognize Luo Na when he awakes.

Online Skit[edit]

Webisode Title Webisode Release
1 "Building trust between husband and wife" November 28, 2012 (2012-11-28)
There should be mutual trust between husband and wife, but how much of it should be given?
2 "Is elitism our way of life?" November 28, 2012 (2012-11-28)
Fish Prince gives his take on being at the bottom of the hierarchy of elitism.
3 "English 101" December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12)
Ah Pao tries to upgrade himself but does not do it in a proper manner, so Vivian teaches him the ABCs of English.
4 "Money money money!" December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12)
Are Singaporeans getting richer? The cast of It Takes Two share their views on this matter.
5 "The Truth About Compatibility" December 19, 2012 (2012-12-19)
Can two people with different social status be together? Fish Prince and B Niu share their views.
6 "You and me with the birds and bees" December 19, 2012 (2012-12-19)
How should parents start on the topic of sex with their children? Is it necessary? Luo Na and Youcai share their views.

Star Awards 2013 nominations[edit]

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