When a Snail Falls in Love Episode 1 Recap

When a Snail Falls in Love

Really excited for When a Snail Falls in Love (如果蜗牛有爱情) so decided to try something new and give recaping a try. Other than being a fan of the novel, what drew me are the main actors Wang Kai as Ji Bai and Wang Zi Wen as Xu Xu since they were great in the Cdrama Ode to Joy (欢乐颂).

Episode 1

When a Snail Falls in Love

We start on a train where we see the male lead, Li Bai (Wang Kai), dressed to fit in with the crowd. He sees a disturbance and fights off bad guys to help people on the train. However, once he gets to his destination, he cleans up real well.

Ji Bai enters a shop, talks with the shop owner, follows a few leads, and saves a man from thugs. All of this leads him to a shady man who owns a pipe he wants. It seems like he may want more than just the pipe but the backstory is not disclosed to us at this time.

Meanwhile back in Lin city we see that there are new recruits at the police station – Xu Xu and Yao Meng. Ji Bai calls to get his second-in-command, Zhao Han, to tell him to find a way to get rid of Xu Xu. Turns out, Xu Xu was assigned from above to the Major Crimes Team even though she had not passed the physical requirements. She is a talented profiler, but Ji Bai doesn’t accept that excuse.

When a Snail Falls in Love Xu Xu

Zhao Han joins the group and sees both Yao Meng and Xu Xu interacting with their crew (or lack of interaction from Xu Xu). Yao Meng fits right in as she is pretty and graduated top of her class in the police academy—all the male members love her. Xu Xu on the other hand is in a corner alone with a notebook.

When a Snail Falls in Love cartoon

Zhao Han asks to see her notebook and other members point out that the cartoons she had drawn really resembled all of them. She had been profiling them all along… Zhao Han decides to test her and shows her a photo on the wall. He asks a few questions and even tries to trick her. Xu Xu surpasses everyone’s expectations and answers them all correctly.


Ji Bai returns to China from Myanmar and meets with a childhood friend, Ye Zi Xi (he calls her Ye Zi which means Leaf). We get to see a bit of backstory and learn that he had gone to Myanmar to retrieve her late father’s pipe. There’s no doubt that they are close for him to have gone through the trouble to do that for her.

While her father’s murderer had been brought to justice, it was uncertain if  someone had directed the crime. Ye Zi Xi is still suspicious of her uncle. Ji Bai tries to alleviate her suspicions but she does not want to hear it. Changing the topic, Ye Zi Xi teases him about his new promotion at the station and mentions that she wants to visit his grandfather.

When a Snail Falls in Love


At first I started listing all the differences between the novel and the drama in my head. But with only 24 episodes, the differences make sense. There was no way that all the details could be covered so the story was consolidated into a neat little package.

The drama is also really pretty to look at too. It’s a bit funny to see Ji Bai in so many model-like shots in this drama and all the scenery shots they put in. Lately Chinese dramas have really stepped up their game to make dramas more visually appealing. Super excited to see where When a Snail Falls in Love takes us. Are you watching? Hope you guys are enjoying the drama too if you are! Any advice on recaps are appreciated. I kind of like recap-ing, might continue for a few more episodes and see. 



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