The Gem of Life Episode 62

The best part of the episode (for me):

Woh Chai in a cap and sweats *yay*

Woh Chai in a cap and sweats *yay*

He looks so young and energetic in here, totally unlike the old-fashioned dowdy guy he actually is. Haha maybe it’s just because the cap hides his horrible hair so well.

Today’s episode is more focused on the supporting cast, less sisterly acts. Only one scene of Mummy. More on that later.

Spoilers if you want to read more.

Mummy doing what she does best - taunting.

Mummy doing what she does best - taunting.

Well, Mummy does well in this scene to taunt the disgustingly shameless Derek, who comes to look for Constance, presumably to return her ring. How different is he from Terrence – making use of every chance he can get to see her. Terrence did it by keeping part of her belongings with him, and only returning half of them to her. Pah. Men. Well, Mummy here gives Derek a piece of her mind, simply telling him off that he does not measure up to her daughter at all because she’s upper class, and he’s…nowhere. That is true, he’s nowhere near suitable for her, but she’s not upper class either. Just because she was once married to a rich man does not automatically make her upper class. Mummy just likes to exaggerate and show off.

Did you say that I'm not from the upper class? *glares*

Did you say that I'm not from the upper class? *glares*

Regarding Constance’s sudden disappearance, Jessica gets news that it was one of her underlings acting without her orders. Who else but that nosy Norman?

How dare you!

How dare you!

Turns out Norman tried to be the hero, and sent Constance on a ship in the middle of the sea. He also did Jessica a favour and sent the Crazy Woman somewhere in China. Very specific about his actions, this Norman. Jessica was absolutely furious, because she knew this would mean…Constance would misunderstand that it was her wishes to have her sent to nowhere. Constance isn’t exactly the brightest bulb in the family, let’s face it.

Okay, so you have one brain cell and not half. Happy?

Okay, so you have one brain cell and not half. Happy?

How big is one brain cell? Size matters!

Size matters! Mine must be bigger than yours! Wait...how big is one brain cell anyway?

Well, Constance being Constance, she jumped to the conclusion that Jessica was behind the kidnapping as soon as Jessica appeared. I wouldn’t blame Constance, it was easy to come to that conclusion. It was easier than thinking, well, I don’t think my younger sister would want to even kidnap me because she thinks I’m too stupid and loyal and easily manipulated to tell on her.

Jessica isn’t one to bet on someone with half a brain cell though. She makes her own arrangements so that Terrence runs into her with Constance, and so that Terrence would know what went on.

Terrence trying to influence Constance to tell the truth

Terrence trying to influence Constance to tell the truth

Jessica knows that once Terrence finds out that Constance was kidnapped (presumably by Jessica), he’d push Constance to tell on her. And the harder he pushes, the more Constance will resist. As opposed to when he went with the pitiful-Crazy-Woman approach, Constance was so close to buying that. Jessica did plant a thought or two in that half of Constance’s brain cell about Terrence’s true motives for wanting the truth to be out. See? If people don’t tell her what’s going on, Constance will never know. *rolls eyes*

Constance then questions Terrence’s motives, and he does admit to wanting to bring down Jessica. Then Constance suddenly goes all protective-big-sister and refuses to rat on her, because the other half brain cell figured out that if she betrays Jessica, Mummy will go down too, not only Jessica. So why betray two of her family members to benefit an ex-family member?

Sylvia has it all figured out

Sylvia has it all figured out

Jessica reflects on her devious manipulation of Constance to Sylvia, who figures it out quickly enough. She doesn’t question Jessica’s actions much (I think she would have objected to such blatant manipulation of Constance in the past) surprisingly, because she knows that Jessica did what she had to in order to keep the family together. Jessica was also pretty confident that Constance would step in and protect the family name when under threat from an ‘outsider’ like Terrence. Right, so she does have some faith in Constance after all.

Sylvia commending Jessica on a job well done

Sylvia commending Jessica on a job well done

On a happier note, guess who’s back?

Elise! (Notice she's looking a bit sporty here)

Elise! (Notice she's looking a bit sporty here)

Snobby Will walks in on Woh Chai and Elise's tennis session

Snobby Will walks in on Woh Chai and Elise's tennis session

The sidestory with Will and Woh was that he discovered that Woh is still friends with Elise. He goes all suspicious on Elise, since she’s used his brother before. (And him too) He goes all protective over his big brother, which was really kind of sweet.

Will sharing some gift-buying tips with Woh

Will sharing some gift-buying tips with Woh

How did Will walk into Woh and Elise? Well, he did his own poking around after finding gifts and a card for a girl in their house one night. Haha silly Woh Chai bought a singing birthday card for Elise. (Which Will said was sooo out-of-fashion) He also forgot to remove the price tag of the gift he got her. Lol. Then Will put two and two together and realised that Woh was still in contact with Elise – he thought they were dating. So he decided to track them down and tell Elise off and warn his brother at the same time. It didn’t really end that well though.

Alright, taking a little breather off the overload of Will. I’m not really that used to seeing him in more than half of the episode, because…he just doesn’t seem that prominent.

A bit of stylish Bowie/Calvin to take my mind off Will then

A bit of stylish Bowie/Calvin to take my mind off Will then

Then it's back to Will....easing him in with Calvin.

Then it's back to Will....easing him in with Calvin.

Will is looking all smug and confident in there, trying to impress his old friend Jessica, who unfortunately doesn’t really hang on to childhood friendships and corny things like that.

Pah. Friendship. See where that got your brother to?

Pah. Friendship. See where that got your brother to?

So there’s this business-y stuff with Calvin and Will both wanting to get into Martin’s good books via Jessica, but I’m not going to go into it because it hasn’t been blown up into a full scale thing yet. Hehe.

Martin trying to poison Melissa is more interesting...

Martin trying to poison Melissa is more interesting...

Is that why…

Melissa doesn't look too good

Melissa doesn't look too good

Naw, they were just having a friendly (or less-than-friendly) chat

Naw, they were just having a friendly (or less-than-friendly) chat

But strictly speaking, handing a glass of liquor to a person with a liver disease is more or less like handing them poison. Doh. Evil evil Martin. Melissa was smart enough not to take the drink though. She was already pretty sick during that time, but she still prettied up (pun intended) to go and talk to him. It felt like her telling him her last wishes/thoughts. She also warned him about Jessica, by saying that Jessica reminded her of herself. Great. Plant more thoughts into the paranoid Martin. Maybe this will really make him reconsider his trust in Jessica. After all, Melissa understands him more than anyone and he knows that. Heck, she saw right through the cause of his paranoia and knows that he can’t be controlled by a woman. The fact that she still bothers to tell him all these shows that she still cares for him. Poor woman. She does deserve better – she’s so tough and smart, but she has to be all alone.

She spends her last days on the island that belonged to her and Martin

She spends her last days on the island that belonged to her and Martin

And...she finally sees the mythical Buddha. (Will clearly thought she was hallucinating, maybe she was)

And...she finally sees the mythical Buddha. (Will clearly thought she was hallucinating, maybe she was)

They didn’t show her in her dying moments; there was no need to. After seeing the Buddha, it was more or less clear that her last wishes were more or less achieved, and that’s all we can wish for her.

R.I.P Melissa

R.I.P Melissa

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