The Gem of Life Episode 70

I thought that being the 70th episode would mark some kind of milestone, but it turned out to be no more than a filler episode of sorts. Maybe because there was too much Derek to my liking. I’m really not a fan of the guy, and I might even be a bit prejudiced against him despite him turning into a good character now.

Not that many screencaps in this episode worth posting, so I hope to move on fairly quickly to better episodes. Before we start weighing in on the heavy drama, we have some lighthearted Will-Elise-Woh scenes.

The brothers fighting over Elise

The brothers fighting over Elise

Not really that lighthearted. But Woh finds out through Elise and Will that there are rumours saying that Jessica left Martin to die. Not really the best piece of news upon being discharged from the hospital.

He happily trusts what Jessica says to him though

He happily trusts what Jessica says to him though

I think Jessica was kind of disappointed that even he thought that she could’ve left Martin to die. Come to think of it, I don’t think she could have. I don’t know what to believe either, but Jessica is just tired of trying to change people’s minds about her. But Woh is ready to believe her – he asks her if she really did leave Martin to die, she answers no, and he’s happy as a 5-year-old who’s been given a lollipop.

But Jessica isn't as happy

But Jessica isn't as happy

I will go off and be completely biased here, but it’ amazing how Ada can pull off such a different range of crying expressions. She has this thing where she scrunches up her face to whine; she has this look like in the picture above where she’s trying to hold back her tears; there’s also her angry tears in her confrontations with Constance; her dignified tears where she tries to be brave. I think Maggie cries pretty well too, consistent with her strong woman character. Gigi does her wobbly chin thing when she starts to cry, which I find a bit too funny to really take her seriously. But once she’s off into tears she looks really heart-wrenching too.

What's she doing in this episode?

What's she doing in this episode?

If you thought Catherine was gone for good when Calvin dumped her a few episodes ago, think again. This time, Catherine shows up at Daddy’s office, and sort of begs Daddy (desperately) to ask Sylvia to return her husband to her. Apparently, Sylvia and Sunny have been avoiding her calls, and she somehow thinks that they know of Calvin’s whereabouts. Great, now she’s psychic. Daddy is really disappointed, but there was really more shock than disappointment, since he’s pretty clueless about Sylvia’s personal life. Plus, he doesn’t really know Catherine anyway; it’s an amazement how he chooses to believe her so readily.

But, turns out…

Sylvia did know where Calvin was

Sylvia did know where Calvin was

Thanks to Sunny of course, who never fails to keep track of his favourite boy. He tells Sylvia he knows where Calvin is, and he knows that Sylvia still cares about him. So Sylvia trots off to this random restaurant in this random place which is unknown to us where Calvin is working as a chef. While he’s practicing his carrot carving after work (he’s really so dedicated to his job that he’ll even work overtime lol), Sylvia comes in and talks to him. I’d like it much more if he actually said something back to her, but she did the talking. Which was really about how he has a choice, and if he really had the determination nothing could keep him in a dingy restaurant. It was sweet of her, but he didn’t seem to be in a listening mood.

Terrence tries to brainwash Constance

Terrence tries to brainwash Constance

He doesn’t succeed though, because what’s there to be washed off Constance’s brain, which is just an empty space? Lol. Well, to give her credit, she did give him a little bit of a telling off. He was plainly trying to manipulate her. Terrence being Terrence, he’s not that smart at trying to hide his motives that even Constance could tell. He advised her not to accept Martin’s will, that he didn’t want her to be embroiled in his fight with Jessica. He said that he will not back down against Jessica, so he doesn’t want someone innocent like her to be involved, that it was all too much for her fragile heart. Aww. Isn’t he caring? Constance obviously didn’t think so. She said that she wasn’t innocent, and that she is already involved in the whole situation because Jessica is her sister. Not because of Terrence. She would only back out of the trust set up by Martin if she felt that she wasn’t capable enough to handle the business, and not because of either of them. At least she showed some backbone here; the old Constance would have been so uncertain and scared if Terrence said something like that to her.

Instead she happily goes to have a great meal with Derek

Instead she happily goes to have a great meal with Derek

Actually, she was pretty indecisive about whether to accept Martin’s will, but she didn’t let it show in front of Terrence, that’s all. She tried to ask for Sylvia for guidance, but Sylvia, ever so wise, refused to give her opinion, since it wouldn’t be fair given her history with Jessica. Derek then tries to help her by taking her to a meal, where he sort of very unsubtly gives her advice. She seems to be happy about that though.

Speaking of Derek, his side story was included in this episode too. Mr Suen wanted to transfer him back to the head office to train him, so that he can one day take over his business. Derek turned him down, because he felt that he wasn’t ready. Mr Suen’s assistant goes all paranoia and thinks that his boss has some illness and is going to die soon, so he grabs Derek and questions him (sort of). Turns out Mr Suen is not dying, but he does want Derek to inherit his business when he does die, because he wants his company to be run by someone who truly understands and care for his company.

Family reunion in the hospital?

Family reunion in the hospital?

Turns out that the cat is out of the bag. The sisters find out that Mummy has early stage Alzheimer’s, and her condition is deteriorating fast. Mummy was sitting in the car calmly one minute, and the next she is attacking Jessica’s ex-husband (that good-for-nothing jerk that she was married to at the start of the series). The ex was back in town for a police investigation or something about his dirty business, and he was trotting around with a young girl on his hand. Mummy, whose memory tells her that he’s still married to Jessica, goes ballistic and starts whacking the ex, causing them to both land in the hospital.

Daddy is upset that his poor lying skills is now known to the entire world

Daddy is upset that his poor lying skills is now known to the entire world

Jessica offers to give him lessons

Jessica offers to give him lessons

Jessica offers to get Mummy the best doctors no matter what, but Daddy is adamant that he can take care of Mummy on his own. He then goes all self-blaming, saying that he is stupid, and that he doesn’t understand what is going on between the sisters. He then proceeds to say a lot of other silly things because it was an emotionally-charged scene after all.  Daddy then says that he envies Mummy because she can slowly forget everything soon, and he wants to be able to do that too, so that he can forget that he had three daughters who are so stupid. As I said, a lot of the things said were really emotional. *cue mass crying*

Mass crying

Mass crying

*rolls eyes*

*rolls eyes*

That’s all for this episode, tata!

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