Shi De tries to win back Shu Yi in Fighting Mr. 2nd.

Fighting Mr. 2nd is the sequel of the Taiwanese BL drama, No. 1 For You, continuing a few years after where the first season ended. All the characters are now working, and the BL romance has transitioned to a tech office environment. However, the main couple is not on the best of terms, meeting again after a few years apart. Their unresolved feelings for each other intensify, as they now mix romance with workplace politics.

Fans of the first series will want to continue the characters’ romantic journey in Fighting Mr. 2nd. Packed with lots of affectionate exchanges, this BL sequel shares many of the same strengths and weaknesses as its predecessor.

Fighting Mr. 2nd Summary

What is the show called?

第二名的逆襲

When was the show released?

2021

Where was the show made?

Taiwan

What are the languages used in the show?

Taiwanese & Japanese

What is the show’s genre?

Romance

How would you describe the show?

Cute and sweet

How long is the show?

6 episodes + special

How long is each episode?

Around 30 minutes

Plot

Shi De and Shu Yi stare into each other's eyes.

Five years ago, Shi De and Shu Yi broke up after their long distance relationship didn’t work out. Shu Yi felt massively betrayed after seeing Shi De with another woman, ceasing all contact with him. Since then, Shu Yi became vice-president of his father’s organization. Recently, his business acquired a new tech company, which is owned by none other than CEO Gao Shi De.

Shi De and Shu Yi immediately clash after meeting each other for the first time in five years. An emotional Shu Yi threatens to fire half of the employees in the newly merged company, including the CEO himself. The remorseful Shi De tries apologizing to his ex-boyfriend about the past. He is determined to win over Shu Yi again and repair their broken relationship.

However, Shu Yi feels vengeful and doesn’t intend on making their work relationship easy. He plans to mess with Shi De’s feelings, hurting him with as much pain as Shu Yi felt during their breakup. These mind games overwhelm Shi De, who breaks down during an emotional evening. As Shi De lays bare his heart, body, and soul, Shu Yi begins to wonder if he’s still strong enough to maintain this grudge.

Fighting Mr. 2nd Trailer

Fighting Mr. 2nd Cast

Characters

Shi De Sam Lin (林子閎) Sam Lin Instagram

Shi De is played by the actor Sam Lin (林子閎).

Shi De is the CEO of Hua Cing, a technology company that was recently acquired by his ex-boyfriend’s business. He wants to repair his relationship with Shi Yi and feels guilty about how their romance ended. Shi De lived in America for two years before returning to Taiwan. He seems to be keeping a secret about his overseas stay, which is weighing heavily on his mind.

Shu Yi YU (楊宇騰) YU Instagram

Shu Yi is played by the actor YU (楊宇騰).

Shu Yi is the vice president of Cheng Yi Group, a family business owned by his father. He is heartbroken after breaking up with Shi De years ago. Shu Yi feels vengeful upon meeting his ex-boyfriend again, and lashes out at him through their business meetings. He is good friends with Zhe Yu and Bing Wei, who work for his company.

Shou Yi Ray Chang (張睿家) Ray Chang Instagram

Shou Yi is played by the actor Shou Yi Ray Chang (張睿家.

Shou Yi runs a cozy restaurant by the harbour. This is his new line of work after quitting his job as a doctor years ago. Shou Yi has a complicated relationship with Zhen Xuan, whom he has been avoiding for over a decade. He remains close with his cousin Shi De, who turns to him for brotherly advice.

Zhen Xuan Chih Tian Shih (石知田) Chih Tian Shih Instagram

Zhen Xuan is played by the actor Chih Tian Shih (石知田).

Zhen Xuan is the Chief Technology Officer at Shi De’s company. He is afflicted with autism among a myriad of mental health conditions. Zhen Xuan used to be bullied mercilessly back in high school, until Shou Yi stepped in and took care of him. Since then, Zhen Xuan has maintained an obsessive crush on Shou Yi for the past decade.

Supporting Cast

Zhe Yu is played by the actor Richard Lee (李齊).

Zhe Yu

Richard Lee (李齊)

Bing Wei is played by the actor Evan Luo (羅德弘).

Bing Wei

Evan Luo (羅德弘)

Shu Yi's dad is played by Yoza Eriku (与座重理久).

Shu Yi’s dad

Yoza Eriku (与座重理久)

Fighting Mr. 2nd Review

Review

Drama Review Score: 8

B
Story

★☆☆☆

Romance

★★★★

Acting

★★★☆

Ending

★★★☆

Shi De and Shu Yi mix romance with politics in Fighting Mr. 2nd.

All things considered, Fighting Mr. 2nd is a pretty good sequel to No. 1 For You. The story is different enough from the first season that it feels unique and refreshing. At the same time, this series maintains many of same charms and delights from the original, while building upon the strong chemistry between the two leads.

Overall, I enjoyed Fighting Mr. 2nd more than No. 1 For You. The workplace stories get darker with a slightly more serious tone, which were more interesting than the school campus fluff in the first season. It helps that we’re already acquainted with these characters, so it feels more personal when their backstories are expanded and their relationship dynamics evolve. Both Shi De and Shu Yi are more well-rounded characters this season.

The plot is still the weakest part of Fighting Mr. 2nd. Going into this drama, I knew there was no way they could come up with a satisfying explanation as to why Shi De and Shu Yi broke up. The showrunners wrote themselves into a corner, making the circumstances too nonsensical and convoluted. Shi De’s actions are completely out of character, and his rationale for leaving Shu Yi is laughably bad. Any conflict between them feels manufactured, driven by an artificial need to keep the couple apart at the start of the series.

Nonetheless, Fighting Mr. 2nd remains enjoyable if you can focus on the compelling romance between Shi De and Shu Yi. By adding tension into their relationship dynamic, their scenes have gotten more intimate and provocative. There’s a particularly memorable exchange in Episode 2 that left me quite astonished. 😲 The main characters already shared a great rapport in No. 1 For You, which strengthened even more in Fighting Mr. 2nd. Fans of Shi De and Shu Yi will be pleased to see many passionate scenes between them.

While I don’t think Fighting Mr. 2nd made significant improvements over its predecessor, this is a solid sequel that builds on its existing strengths. If they actually made a Season 3 (preferably with the hot doctor as the lead 😍), I would definitely be interested. Bring on the next sequel, Threesomes with Mr. 3rd, in this ongoing trilogy!

How is the story?

The breakup

I like watching Shi De and Shu Yi break up in the beginning.

When I was younger, I remember watching an episode of BL anime Junjou Romantica, where the story started out with the couple breaking up. At the time, the easily impressionable BL Watcher thought this concept was so innovative. I was used to watching romances where the couple meets each other, develops feelings, and then they end up together. Any BL story that strays from the norm feels unpredictable, and I’m intrigued by what happens next.

That’s the same feeling I get when watching Fighting Mr. 2nd. All these years later, I still enjoy a story where the couple tries to salvage failed relationship. I liked the premise of Fighting Mr. 2nd, and for the first two episodes, I was engaged with the volatile tension between the couple. The breakup added a new layer of complexity to their relationship dynamic. As they feuded, some of their scenes got quite serious and steamy, which were captivating to watch.

Dumb plot

Shi De broke up with Shu Yi because of his father.

Unfortunately, the stupidity in the plot took me out of the immersion. I always figured the reason for them breaking up wouldn’t be believable, and that was pretty much the case.

Shi De broke up with Shu Yi because of the meddling from his father. The problem is why would Shi De be so dumb to trust Shu Yi’s father and accept his ridiculous conditions? For someone as intelligent and as in-love as Shi De, I cannot believe that he’d ever agree to this arrangement. It goes against everything we know about this character, and I can’t look past it.

I also don’t understand the whole drama with his mom’s pregnancy, or that American woman whose presence was never explained properly. I figured the woman was probably his sister-in-law, but it would’ve been nice to get actual confirmation during the series, considering she played a big part in the plot.

All these issues were quite trivial and could have been resolved with simple communication between the couple. Why didn’t Shi De just tell Shu Yi about his mom’s pregnancy? Or why didn’t Shu Yi just ask Shi De about the woman and the baby? None of these scenarios would cause a normal couple to break up. Yet, they got blown out of proportion for contrived plot reasons.

How is the romance?

Shi De and Shu Yi

Shi De and Shu Yi get very adorable once they become a couple.

The strength of Shi De and Shu Yi’s rapport carries this series. The two of them are a versatile couple. They can be sweet and tender, or they can be sexy and steamy. This is a fun, dynamic pairing where the two characters bounce off each other well.

Their journey was fun to watch. At first, I liked the sizzling sexual tension between them. Later, I enjoyed watching them reconcile, rebuild trust, and grow together as a couple. In the last episode, they just seemed so happy together, and I’m glad we got many scenes of them just being adorable.

My favourite scenes are whenever they do a callback to the events that happened in the first series. It cracks me up every time Shi De impersonates Shu Yi on the bridge or at the swimming pool. 😆 The two of them built a lot of precious memories over these past twelve episodes, and I’m going to reminisce fondly whenever I look back on this BL drama.

Shou Yi and Zhen Xuan

Zhen Xuan surprises Shou Yi with a kiss while he was treating his injuries.

Hmm, I don’t really know how I feel about this couple. Am I intrigued or am I annoyed? That sums up how I feel about Zhen Xuan’s character throughout the series. I go back and forth about whether I like this relationship or not. Sometimes yes, sometimes no, and sometimes I don’t know.

Their romance suffers from being told too choppily. We get the occasional flashbacks and a few scenes spliced in between the main storyline, but the flow doesn’t feel coherent. I didn’t feel like I got the full picture of their relationship, only the abridged version with some of the moments. Ultimately, Shou Yi and Zhen Xuan are not the main focus of Fighting Mr. 2nd, and it shows from the lacklustre development in their romance.

Bing Wei and Zhe Yu

Bing Wei and Zhe Yu got engaged at the end of Fighting Mr. 2nd.

There’s nothing to say about Bing Wei and Zhe Yu because their relationship almost takes place entirely off-screen. Fighting Mr. 2nd is really determined not to give this couple any development, and you can count the number of their scenes together in one hand.

I didn’t like how Zhe Yu described their relationship, treating Bing Wei as the donkey and he’s the prized carrot. It’s okay that his character is a little smug, but there needed to be a scene where he actually shows some vulnerability. Let him get emotional over the proposal, or give him a scene where he reacts positively to something Bing Wei does. Show us why this couple is actually together.

The engagement in the end came out of seemingly nowhere. We didn’t even know these two were living together, and now they’re engaged? I would feel happy for these two if I actually got to see any relationship moments between them, but this proposal might actually be their one and only scene together. Bing Wei and Zhe Yu’s relationship is akin to the question of if a tree falls in a forest, does it make a sound? In this case, it’s like if a nonexistent BL couple gets engaged, should I feel happy for them? 🤷🏻‍♀️

How is the acting?

Great chemistry

Shi De and Shu Yi didn't have the best relationship at the start of Fighting Mr. 2nd.

Overall, the acting is pretty decent in No. 1 For You. There’s a very demanding scene in Episode 2, and while I don’t think Shi De’s actor (Sam Lin) nailed all the necessary emotions, his performance was good enough to make me feel immersed. Shu Yi’s actor (YU) was a little too restrained, and I think he was holding back in some of the scenes, but his performance is still mostly passable.

I want to give a special shoutout to the actor playing Zhen Xuan’s character (Chih Tian Shih). His soliloquy in Episode 6 was a challenging scene to pull off, but he did a great job with the material. There were tears coming out of his eyes, snot oozing out from his nose, and spit flying out of his mouth. It wasn’t always pretty, but he made the emotions in that scene feel very raw and real.

For me, the strongest part about No. 1 For You and Fighting Mr. 2nd has been the chemistry between the two actors. The leads are very comfortable with each other, especially when it comes to kissing, and their connection is spot-on.

Who’s the best character?

Shou Yi

Shou Yi quit his job as a doctor to run a restaurant.

Anyone who read my review of No. 1 For You knows my obsession with Shou Yi’s character. I was smitten with him back when he was the HOT DOCTOR. My feelings have not subsided even after he went through an inexplicable career change due to his midlife crisis. When men reach a certain age, they are faced with an existential crisis. Some of them buy a fancy sports car, while others opt for a younger romantic partner. And then there are men like Shou Yi, who quit their job as a doctor and suddenly start a new restaurant instead.

As I mentioned before, my reasons for liking Shou Yi is purely superficial. Honestly, I can understand why Zhen Xuan is so devoted to the guy for twelve years. I mean, just look at him. I get it. If this big brawny hunk came to my rescue, it would be love at first sight for me as well.

I can’t say Shou Yi is a particularly well-written character. Out of respect, I won’t comment too much about his affective disorder, which I know very little about. However, it did seem like his condition sprang up in the last episode out of nowhere. Like okay, did I miss something or was his character always like this? Was I just blinded by his hotness and didn’t notice that he had this disorder all along?

Shou Yi and Shi De

Shi De and Shou Yi are cousins, even though people mistaken their relationship as something more.

One minor detail I love about Shou Yi’s character is his relationship with Shi De. I love how there’s a recurring gag where someone mistakenly assumes these two cousins are romantically involved. It happened with Shu Yi in Fighting for No. 1, and it happened again with Zhen Xuan in this series. What is it about these two that makes people automatically assume they are a couple? 😂

It kinda makes me ship this taboo relationship, just for shits and giggles. Yo, I am down for this cousin-on-cousin gay fantasy romance. BRING IT ON. 😝

Is there any nudity?

Shirtless scenes

Shi De wakes up shirtless after a night of passion with Shu Yi.

Yes, there are a few shirtless scenes scattered throughout Fighting Mr. 2nd. Shu Yi gets shirtless within the first few moments of the series. There are also plenty of opportunities for Shi De to wake up without a shirt, or take a random shower in the middle of the episode.

Are there any triggers?

Aggression

You may not be comfortable watching Shi De's drunken behaviour around Shu Yi.

You may not be entirely comfortable watching Shi De’s drunken behaviour around Shu Yi in Episode 2. He gets very aggressive at one point, even slamming Shu Yi’s petite body down on the sofa. The more Shu Yi tries to resist him, the more aggressive Shi De gets. His actions are shocking, provocative, and the character definitely crosses some boundaries of decency.

This scene is meant to get a rise out of you, stirring up a wide mixture of emotions in the audience. If you felt a little triggered during this scene, then the show probably succeeded in getting what it wanted.

What’s the best part?

Drunk Shi De

Shi De kisses Shou Yi during a drunken night.

Even though Shi De’s drunken stupour can be triggering, it’s also the emotional climax of Fighting Mr. 2nd. The tension between the couple is at an all-time high, which making their confrontation very explosive. Shi De begins this scene in a vulnerable state, grovelling and crying at Shu Yi’s doorstep. When Shu Yi rejects him once again, something in him snaps. All of a sudden, Shi De’s carnal desires take over him and he becomes a very different person, acting on his most primitive impulses.

As a character, Shi De always comes across as very poised and composed. He’s a man with a plan, who stays pretty reserved, and doesn’t always wear his emotions on his sleeves. It’s surprising to see him act so aggressive and animalistic in this scene. We’ve never witnessed this type of behaviour before. You really get the feeling that Shi De was pushed to the edge, driven mad by passion, and lost total control of himself.

This scene was very compelling. I was at the edge of my seat, completely captivated by how far Shi De would go, and how Shu Yi will respond. The energy was pulsating with all sorts of wild emotions, from anger to confusion to desperation to passion. I don’t think any other scene in Fighting Mr. 2nd reached the same emotional heights as this drunken confrontation.

What would you change?

Secondary characters

The secondary characters in Fighting Mr. 2nd get very little development.

Fighting Mr. 2nd only feels engaging when it focuses on Shou Yi and Shi De, whose relationship carries the entire show. Unfortunately, this drama still doesn’t know what to do with its secondary characters. Bing Wei and Zhe Yu appeared in a total of twelve episodes and I still know very little about them. They get more character development in the opening theme song than the actual contents in the episode.

To be fair, I did notice they made an effort to give Zhe Yu more of a personality this series, which I do appreciate. Mind you, his sassiness is not very endearing, but at least there’s some form of characterization. Poor Bing Wei gets scraps in this series. I can’t believe he got better character development in No. 1 For You, where he barely existed, but at least he had more of a presence there.

As for the office employees, they were merely there to move the plot. The espionage plot in Episode 5 felt weak because we barely know or care about who works at the company. Who cares if the corporate thief is the guy with the shifty expression or the girl with the friendly face? They’re merely props for the plot of the day, or at least that’s how Fighting Mr. 2nd treats their characters.

How is the ending?

Happy ending

There's a happy ending for Shu Yi and Shi De in Fighting Mr. 2nd.

Fighting Mr. 2nd has a happy ending. In fact, Shu Yi and Shi De already got back together a few episodes ago, so there’s no more interpersonal drama or conflict between them. They simply spend the second half of the series as a happy, in-love couple, which is a nice feeling after going so much drama through the two series. Even though their relationship feels like it settled in these last few episodes, I did enjoy the period of bliss and tranquility between the pair.

In the last episode, there was also a decent scene between Shu Yi and his father, where they talked out their feelings in a level-headed way, as they reached a mutual understanding. I didn’t love how they handled the storyline with Shu Yi’s oddball father, who caused a lot of stupid drama, but at least the plot was tied up nicely. I’m happy with the closure they gave us between Shu Yi and his dad.

The relationship between Shou Yi and Zhen Xuan was left kind of ambiguous in the ending, after receiving a lot of focus this episode. This romantic arc feels unresolved and I’m not super keen with where they left their relationship. Maybe they kept this relationship open-ended to milk a Season 3 of this series?

Fighting Mr. 2nd Episodes

Fighting Mr. 2nd has a total of 6 episodes. Each episode is around 30 minutes long. The last episode is around 40 minutes long. This is a medium length BL drama, and you can finish the entire series in a little over 3 hours. There is also a special, around 30 minutes long, that takes place after the events of Episode 6.

Fighting Mr. 2nd is the second series in the We Best Love franchise, as a sequel to No. 1 For You, which is also three hours long.

Episode Guide

💕 Most romantic episode

Episode 6

Episode 6 is the episode where we see Shu Yi and Shi De act like a loved up couple without any drama. We see scenes of them in very mundane situations, such as Shi De falling asleep on Shu Yi’s lap. There’s also a funny meet-the-parents conversation, as well as as a nice callback to the swimming pool kiss in Episode 1 of No. 1 For You.

😭 Tearjerker episode

Episode 6

Zhen Xuan cries as he accepts that a relationship with Shou Yi will be impossible.

Episode 6 features a long sequence of Zhen Xuan getting emotional as he accepts that a relationship with Shou Yi will never happen. He’s putting on a brave face and smiling through his tears, but it’s hard to get past twelve years of infatuation. Zhen Xuan’s actor pulls off a great performance here, tugging at your heartstrings as he says goodbye to Shou Yi.

😡 Most triggering episode

Episode 2

The couple has a drunken fight in Episode 2, where Shi De literally hurls Shu Yi’s body to the sofa. I actually gasped when that happened, because I didn’t think the scene would escalate that far.

This fight gets very heated, as Shu Yi tries to fend off Shi De’s advances. It’s a very steamy and passionate scene, but not everyone will respond to Shi De’s aggression with the same level of tolerance.

💋 First kiss episode

Episode 1

The first kiss actually happened in a flashback during Episode 1, where Shi De steals a quick kiss from Shu Yi while they were cooking in the kitchen. There were a lot more kisses between them in subsequent episodes. You won’t have to wait too long to see the couple kiss every episode or every other episode.

As for the other two couples, Shou Yi and Zhen Xuan kiss for the first time in Episode 3, but it’s meant to be devoid of passion. They kiss again in Episode 6, but this kiss only takes place in a fantasy sequence. Zhe Yu and Bing Wei kiss once at the end of Episode 6 after their proposal. I think this is actually the couple’s first kiss between the two shows.

👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨 Episodes with intimacy

Every episode

Shi De and Shu Yi always find a way to become physically intimate, even when they were broken up.

I think every episode of Fighting Mr. 2nd has some form of physical intimacy between Shi De and Shu Yi. Even back when these two were fighting, they still find a way to be intimate with each other somehow. You can’t pull them apart! 😅

💪🏻 Episodes with skin

Episode 1, 2, 5

Shi De has a shirtless scene as he wakes up in the morning.

Is it just me or are the shirtless scenes more blatantly inserted this season? Not that I’m complaining. We see Shu Yi and Shi De take random showers in Episode 1 and Episode 5 respectively. We also see Shi De shirtless in Episode 2 after a night of drunken passion with Shu Yi.

👨🏻‍🤝‍👨🏻 Episodes as a couple

Episode 4, 5, 6

Shi De and Shu Yi officially get back together again in Episode 4.

You’ll be please to know that Shu Yi and Shi De reconcile halfway through the series, so they get back together in Episode 4 and remain a couple for the rest of the episodes. Zhe Yu and Bing Wei are also together from the start, but their relationship takes place entirely off-screen, so we don’t see them acting like a couple at all.

Episode Reviews
Episode 1

★★★☆

Episode 2

★★★★

Episode 3

★★☆☆

Episode 4

★★★☆

Episode 5

★★☆☆

Episode 6

★★★☆

Fighting Mr. 2nd Season 1

Prequel

No. 1 For You (2021)

Romance
Cute & sweet
6 episodes
30 mins per episode
Gao Shi De and Zhou Shu Yi go from rivals to lovers in No. 1 For You.

Before watching Fighting Mr. 2nd, you will need to catch up on the first season, No. 1 For You. This series helps you to understand how the relationship dynamic between Shi De and Shu Yi began.

Fighting Mr. 2nd takes place years after No. 1 For You, continuing the existing story that was established in its first season. Overall, the quality in both series is roughly similar. Maybe Fighting for Mr. 2nd is slightly more mature than No. 1 For You, but there aren’t too many drastic changes between the two seasons.

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  1. This one was a journey

    I really agree with you when you say that the chemistry between the two main characters is what carries this drama. Every scene that they are together always hooks me, the kissing scene on the bridge in season one and the drunk scene on this season are really the stand outs, cuz is just them interacting with each other and talking about themselves. The bridge scene has one of the most real kisses I ever seen in a drama. And the kiss in the drunk scene you can even see tongue being used, I never seen that in any other drama, they are really comfortable with kissing and it shows.

    When it comes to the characters I really liked Shu Yi more, maybe because of Yu’s acting, but he really feels like the most real character. I actually like Shi De, even tho he’s kinda creepy sometimes (reminds me of Nubsib from Lovely Writer) he’s still sweet.

    That break up plot was sooo weird, it really makes no sense at all, if the writer took some time maybe they would find a better way to keep them apart for that much time, really bad decision there.

    But overall I really like this drama too, has a good direction and it’s very visually pleasant. The main couple is cute and sweet, the moments of them together just being a couple were so good and it’s always my favorite part in any drama.

    1. Yes, they did a brilliant job casting the two leads! I was pretty meh on the story in both We Best Love installations, but the series comes alive whenever the two characters interact. The kiss on the bridge is so well-crafted, including the beautiful cinematography, the poignant dialogue, the dramatic tone, and the undeniable chemistry between the actors. Some BL series are defined by an epic memorable scene, and this bridge kiss is *it* for No. 1 For You.

      I like Shu Yi’s character more too, especially in the first series. Starting in the second season, I came around to Shi De’s character as well, once they downplayed his creepiness and emphasized more on his passion. There are definitely shades of Lovely Writer’s Nubsib in his character. Both are handsome guys who hide vulnerabilities beneath their perfect personas.

      Honestly, I set my expectations very low for the breakup plot, but it still baffles me that’s the explanation they came up with. The ridiculousness took the oomph out of the series for me. 😓 Nonetheless, I still really like Shu Yi & Shi De as a couple, and they carry the franchise remarkably well. 😙

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