西門慶專程進京向中央蔡太師獻生日擔禮，並拜其為幹爹， 同時京城內外廣交官員， 勢力膨脹。他不大識字， 招家庭秘書貼金言辭。
返家後，西門慶天天接風送禮， 日日達官顯貴， 夜夜紅粉繾綣， 開支欠債增大， 有巨財短現金。
Ximen makes a special trip to the capital to deliver the loaded presents to the Official Cai, and names Cai as his God Father. At the same time, Ximen makes friends with officials in and out of the capitals, he is building his power house. He is illiterate, hiring a live-in ghost writer to do all his reading and writing.
Back from his trip, Ximen is busy with all high ranking ceremonies, and making up nights for each of his 6 wives. His spending and debts are climbing higher, he is rich in assets but short in cash.