The Gem of Life Episode 68

Alright, so actually episode 68 and 69 were broadcast on the same night, but oddly enough, I didn’t feel like doing a 2-in-1 post for episode 68 because I felt like it could stand well as one darn good episode. There were quite a lot of angry confrontations and lots of tears shed (mostly by the same people) a la Moonlight Resonance, but there’s more unfolding of significant events.

It first starts off from the previous episode, with Mummy finally accepting that she has a problem and seeking medical advice along with Daddy. They meets with the doctor, who after a very short diagnostic test concludes that Mummy is showing early signs of Alzheimers. Awww.

Let the crying fest begin!

Let the crying fest begin!

The first crying scene by Jessica comes after Martin questions her about Norman and Ringo leaving the company. His paranoid little brain thinks that she sent them away because they work for him and she wants to loosen his grasp on her.

See that annoying suspicious know-it-all smirk?

See that annoying suspicious know-it-all smirk?

Little does he know that Norman was secretly in love with Jessica and Ringo was betraying him anyway. I thought Martin would be better than that, the old Martin would have realised straight away that these two were scumbags. I guess when you lock yourself away like him and place complete trust in one person, it’s much easier to be tricked because you’re not actually out there to see what goes on. Since the number of people that Martin trusts are getting lesser, his paranoia would increase. I sound like I’m writing an experimental hypothesis here, but well. Martin and Jessica have another heated argument over Norman and Ringo (when they should really be fighting over Phillip and Terrence lol), and Jessica goes to see Sun Sun in tears. Poor girl.

Meanwhile, we do get to see a teeny weeny bit of Calvin, post-Catherine.

Still looking very smug

Still looking very smug

He’s shown up at a stockholder’s meeting to try and thwart Jessica’s plans to privatise Martin’s money-filtering company (so that they can have all the company’s earnings to themselves instead of sharing them). It’s a bit business-y and complicated, but the point is that privatisation requires agreement from the stockholders, so the more stock of the company someone holds, the more deciding power someone has. Calvin has apparently acquired enough shares of that company to reject the privatisation plan, through all his borrowing and begging (Will lent his 3% to Calvin too, to get back at Jessica).

Phillip and his new business

Phillip and his new business

Lol when the scene first came on I really thought he was manning a stall or something, but he’s just there to get a tailored suit (for his comeback, no doubt). No more fancy and posh tailors for Phillip for now; he’s gotta make do with what he has. So he discusses his plot with Elise – how he got Elise to persuade/manipulate Will into lending his 3% of shares to Calvin to get back at Martin and Jessica. He also tells Elise that Ringo is investigating a probably affair between Jessica and….Woh?

Are you really gay?

Are you really gay?

We shift to Constance for a bit and she is questioning Sunny about where Sylvia has disappeared to. Sunny gives in rather easily, poor guy. He wasn’t really all that willing to talk, but Constance was persistent (read: annoying) and again Constance shows how clueless she is to all the happenings in her family. For this case it wasn’t really her fault though but she is devastated to find out that Sylvia and Sunny’s marriage was a fraud. I dunno if she’s clued in about the Calvin factor in the fake marriage though, because all we see is her shocked face.

At least Big Sis knew she married a gay man...

At least Big Sis knew she married a gay man...

Black against white...I guess they really wanted us to know who the villain is in this case.

Black against white...I guess they really wanted us to know who the villain is in this case.

Constance confronts Jessica about her betrayal of Sylvia. Jessica couldn’t really be bothered about Sylvia’s case, because let’s face it, she has more pressing issues to deal with. Plus, the harm is already done in Sylvia’s case. In Jessica’s book, she knows that Sylvia is family but the harm is already done, so there’s no point in crying over split milk, when she has to deal with more current problems and Sylvia isn’t there to bug her conscience. So she’s weary from all the backstabbing and scheming, because now no one trusts her and everyone is there to point their fingers and squish her. And there Constance was, bugging her over a choice that she has already made. Constance is disappointed that Jessica chose to betray Sylvia for business purposes; she’d rather it was Martin who ordered her to do such things. Technically, it was Martin who drove Jessica to do that, but Jessica wasn’t really in an explaining mood.

Jessica coolly tells off Constance

Jessica coolly tells off Constance

Jessica, Santa Claus does exist, right?

Jessica, Santa Claus does exist, right?

It was kind of pitiful actually. Constance was wringing Jessica’s hand, trying to remind her that they were family and things like that. Jessica then got a bit nostalgic, and reminded Constance that back when she was bankrupt and alone, Martin didn’t care about her status, and they’ve been through a lot to get to where they were now. She also tells Constance about how Martin suspects that she is having an affair.

A little Constance picspam, because she has quite a range of expressions from simple ‘huh’ to ‘WTH!!!!!11’.

Constance 1

Constance 2

Constance 3

She gets a bit emotional towards the end of the confrontation with Jessica…oh wait, aren’t confrontations always emotional? Oh well, I’ll get into the specifics later. For now, we move on to Woh Chai and Elise.

Elise trying to warn Woh Chai about his impending doom

Elise trying to warn Woh Chai about his impending doom

Elise was being really nice, relatively nice compared to what she’s done before. She knew that Martin was out to get Woh Chai for his one-sided affair with Jessica, and tried to tell him, but Woh Chai was not too worried about Martin. Well, that was because he didn’t know about the whole new paranoid Martin. I just keep finding more similarities between Constance and Woh, I dunno why.

The inevitable happens

The inevitable happens

It was really quite sad to see Woh Chai all hurt and broken though, despite all that. Will is of course furious about this; he knows that it was because of Jessica that Martin would be out to get his brother. Ooh, more reason for payback. Turns out that Jessica knew that Martin was about to hurt Woh, but she let him go ahead, so that he’ll feel more at ease about the matter and perhaps not suspect her anymore. Constance knew that she knew and didn’t warn Woh, which added to her fury against Jessica obviously.

Jessica still has a heart, despite being cruel

Jessica still has a heart, despite being cruel

And not exactly all smiles about what has happened too.

And not exactly all smiles about what has happened too.

The thing with Jessica is that, she may be all mean and evil, but I know she has a heart. She just has that determination to do the things that she knows she wants or needs to do to achieve her goal. In some sense she is very ruthless, but if you look from another point of view, determination is what made her who she is.

And Will…he needs no more reason to hate on Jessica.

Will pouring his heart out to Elise...foolish little boy.

Will pouring his heart out to Elise...foolish little boy.

Another Will-Elise moment here, for the sake of shippers

Another Will-Elise moment here, for the sake of shippers

On another side story, Catherine has taken action against Calvin. She’s jacked up the prices of Martin’s money-filtering company, leaving Calvin in a lot of debt. The debtors are all over him, because the prices of the shares have gone up and he can’t afford to pay them all, I dunno the details in this case, all I know is that Calvin is in deep trouble. Catherine thinks that by piling up the debt on him, he’ll come running back to her for money. Right, money is the best way to keep a man. Gosh, has she learnt nothing?

And…for the climax of the episode, fight #348 between Martin and Jessica!

The epic battle

The epic battle

It was a typical fight. Lol. She says he’s changed, he says she’s changed. That’s like, the basis to all relationship breakdowns, when people cannot deal with change. Well, the two of them were definitely not fighting over something new. But…Martin left the fight clutching his chest. Jessica must’ve dealt him a few hard punches, in retaliation to his almost-slap in the photo above.

Elsewhere,

Long time no see!

Long time no see!

Who?

You?

You?

So Terrence is onto Phillip’s tricks. Well, sort of. He does not have any concrete evidence yet, but since he likes to flaunt his cards before he’s actually won the game, I really didn’t expect more from Terrence. And now Old Sung will be weary of him. God, did he really not learn a thing from his father? *smacks head*

Erm...I donated all my brains cells to Constance who donated them to charity. What's 1+1?

Erm...I donated all my brains cells to Constance who donated them to charity. What's 1+1?

But the real climax of the episode was…

R.I.P Martin

R.I.P Martin

Now they can be together! Hmm...who killed Martin?

Now they can be together! Hmm...who killed Martin?

Or was it a joint effort? We’ll know later in the second part of the episode, i.e. Episode 69. That’s for later. See? This episode does deserve its own post doesn’t it? Even with WP being a complete b*tch and making my photo uploading absolutely painful, it was worth my trouble.

Next one coming up…stay tuned!

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2 thoughts on “The Gem of Life Episode 68

    • yeah he had to make way for Constance to come into power and exert her self-righteousness on the world! Well with the drop in ratings it’s apparent that the Tvb writers don’t really know how to balance the intrigue and mystery of the show with the dramatic turns. It’s funny how the HK viewers love something that was so horribly written like Moonlight Resonance, but for Gem they keep criticising the length of the drama without really thinking about the storyline. Maybe HK viewers just don’t like to think. 😛

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