This is the long-awaited The Gem of Life bonanza post! Okay I feel guilty for getting caught up with things and being unable to do episode 60, so I’m going to do it with episode 61. The events might be a bit jumbled up though, I got carried away and made a lot of caps, can you blame me? Episodes 60 and 61 were filled with lots of drama and intrigue, or as I call it, thrills and spills.
As the title says, the prodigal daughter returns. “Prodigal” being Constance of course. Who else is immature to run away to need to return anyway? And yes, the return of the sisters means…catfights! A little teaser:
As usual, spoilers ahead.
First, was Constance’s return.
I must say that Maggie looked really natural in that scene, like it was really a long time since she’s seen a friend or a sister.
Mummy’s face looked like she was saying “Hmmph, you? Stay put somewhere? Pigs can fly.” But yeah, Constance decides to stay and help out with the family business. Right…it took her 30-plus years to fulfill some sort of family obligation.
What’s so annoying with Constance is her inconsistency. Here she’s telling Sylvia she’s put down the past, she doesn’t want it to affect them again bla bla bla. We’ll just wait and see how long her motivation lasts. So the next day or so, she puts on her very gorgeous going-out clothes and sets off, where she meets Mummy on the way.
If you look closely, you’ll see Mummy trying to clobber Crazy Woman with her handbag. Lol. Mummy isn’t one to sit back and take things silently alright. Constance tries to pull Crazy Woman back. It wasn’t that easy to cap it, because Crazy Woman moves at such a high frequency. Lol.
I really don’t understand why Constance is so stupid. She finds it outrageous that Crazy Woman would want to seek revenge on her mum despite the fact that her mum served time in prison. Oh well, the law does not appease everyone, little Miss Perfect. And she almost told Crazy Woman that Mummy was innocent. God, how thick can you get? Do you really think that by telling Crazy Woman that your sister did it, your lives would be any more peaceful? Looks like two years have passed, and Constance still only has half a brain cell.
Constance then tries to convince Mummy to go on a holiday to avoid Crazy Woman while the police are searching for her. In other words, telling her Mum to be more like her: run away when there’s a problem.
So Mummy and Daddy goes away for their holiday, and leave the sisters to fend for themselves.
On a little side note here,
Glad I got that out before the ugliness starts.
In short, Jessica told Mummy to change something on this jewellery set for her client. Mummy leaves and tells Constance what to do. Mummy was reluctant to leave it to Constance, but turns out Mummy conveyed the wrong message to Constance, so Constance ended up not giving Jessica what she wanted.
So while they were embroiled in their bickering about how they each won’t let go of the incident two years ago, it was obvious that neither Constance or Jessica has let it pass. Constance is still annoyed at the fact that Jessica doesn’t feel guilty about it, and Jessica is angry that Constance still wants to talk about it. To be fair, the way Constance treats Jessica with that whole holier-than-thou air, it’s not surprising why Jessica won’t confide in her. Which results in Constance not knowing for real if Jessica actually feels bad. So Constance picks on Jessica for not being grateful to Mummy, and blaming Mummy for making the mistake with the jewellery. Although I thought that Jessica was being very bratty in that whole scene, I didn’t think that had anything to do with the accident. Constance is right; Jessica should be grateful to Mum. But that doesn’t mean that Mummy didn’t make a mistake.
Constance was the one who brought up the accident, by saying that Jessica had no right to blame Mummy for the jewellery error, after what Mummy did for Jessica 2 years ago. Now, which part of this seemed professional coming from Constance? These two incidents were isolated incidents, what has the jewellery got to do with the accident? *rolls eyes* Instead of figuring out how to correct the mistake, she’d rather chastise and lecture her sister for being an ingrate. Gawwwwwd.
So yes, because of brainless Constance, Crazy Woman who was eavesdropping, put two and two together and concluded that Jessica was the real cause of the accident. See? Even if she’s crazy, she can still do math.
Well, actually Crazy Woman didn’t seem all that crazy in this scene. I mean, she proved that she has more brains than Constance…who was actually begging her to stay away from her family. Yeah, like that would help. But at least she tried.
Crazy Woman actually got hold of the baby and caused a whole lot of commotion, but thank goodness the doctor came in with some other people and grabbed the baby from her in time. Whew! The doctor saves the day.
Crazy Woman was subsequently arrested, but she was persistent. And very resourceful too. She managed to break out of prison/mental hospital for the umpteenth time, and came after Sun Sun again. This time, only Sylvia was there to protect the baby.
The Crazy Woman was driving a van and coming after Sylvia in her car. After Sylvia crashed her car, all she could do was to grab the baby and run. The Crazy Woman went after her in the van, and almost ran her down. But she drove the van into a wall and ran for her life. This led to more confrontations between Jessica and Constance, where we get to see some great emotions and acting from the 3 ladies.
This was after the hospital incident with the Crazy Woman. Jessica was furious at Constance, because it was her who brought up the accident issue and resulted in the Crazy Woman finding out the truth. Constance is really good at creating trouble without realising it, and when it blows up in her face, she’ll be all clueless as to how it happened. Then she’ll feel bad and start crying. Sigh.
That was some great acting from Ada Choi in the scene above, because from being angry at the start, you could see her tearing up when Constance kept on talking about the accident and how Crazy Woman is actually very pitiful. Gigi wasn’t all too bad as well.
After Sylvia’s scary encounter with the Crazy Woman, Constance once again stepped on Jessica’s nerves.
Well, you really can’t blame Jessica for being all worked up, it has to do with the life and death of her son. Whereas Constance is all about protecting Mummy and catching the Crazy Woman. (And I thought she actually sympathised with the Crazy Woman in the last episode) Jessica then shoots back at her, saying that at least she (Jessica) was there for Mummy, unlike Constance who runs away at the tiniest bit of problem. To which Constance couldn’t find a good retort to and could only yell back “I’m not here to argue with you!” Righto, genius.
That aside, Jessica was really very petty in the scene above, in the sense that she kept saying childish things like “if only you didn’t come back from Tibet, we can still be sisters”, and “I won’t forgive you for the rest of my life if something happens to Sun Sun” etc etc. You get the gist. But it was a huge sense of satisfaction in seeing Jessica putting Constance in her place, despite the situation. Constance did say some sensible things, like how Jessica was only looking after her own ass. But truth be told, turning Jessica in as the real culprit would not really help the situation much. Mummy already did time for the crime, the Crazy Woman can still break out of wherever she’s put into (as long as the scriptwriters want to put up with this charade), and Jessica’s son would still be unsafe. So…..the only winner would be…Constance’s conscience. How convenient is that?
Alright, too much fighting and bad aura. The redeeming part of Episode 61 was that there was Calvin and Sylvia in it! Yes, in the same scene.
Sylvia asked Calvin for a favour to help out Jessica, which he was only too happy to do. But then, he didn’t really succeed in helping her, and he was pretty frustrated over it. It was really comforting to know that he still cares about Sylvia and her family. Catherine tried to convince him to not be so frustrated about the matter and not let it jeopardise his business ties with other people, which only further infuriated him, to my delight.
Seeing Woh Chai in a suit was pretty nice too. Pity Wong Hei has such a minor role in this…I’m not fretting though. I’m really looking forward to Burning Flame III, seeing him in his signature role and series. Hope he’ll lose the Woh Chai hair though.
There’s more on the episode about Terrence and Martin, but I’m going to end this here, and continue that later. More fun to come later after I watch Episode 62 too.