The Gem of Life Episode 75

This episode (and the next) should be renamed as ‘The Adventures of the Supporting Characters’, because most of the development is on supporting characters. (Yes that means little or no Constance) Characters like Will, Elise and Woh. So Elise-Woh/Elise-Will shippers out there can have a gala time with their favourite couples. Don’t bash me for deeming these characters less important, it’s the scriptwriters who have so painstakingly shown in the series all along that Constance is the main character, the rest are merely plot devices.

At the start, Elise discovers that Jessica is no longer suing her Grandpa.

cue for shrieks from Will-Elise fans

cue for shrieks from Will-Elise fans

Yes, Elise does do that mouth-wide-open thing better than Constance, even. Heh, but Will tells her the price that he and his brother had to pay in order to prevent Jessica from proceeding with the lawsuit, which further evokes guilt in Elise. Whatever happened to the bitchy and vengeful Elise we’ve seen from the start?

Reasons that Bitchy Elise is now a saint:

1) She’s smartened up, and no longer does things on impulse. Logic usually indicates against revenge, because revenge just ain’t logical.

2) She doesn’t really care much about revenge in the first place. What she did was just to please her Grandpa, and not because she thinks that the Ho family owes her family anything (since Martin is already dead and buried)

3) This is the most unlikely of them all, but Tvb writers like to go along this line. She is deeply in love with Woh, and will not fight against Jessica because of Woh. It sounds completely stupid, since Woh just has this silly one-sided love towards Jessica and Elise is not stupid enough to think that she can change anything in him.

Oh well, it could be any of the above, or even  a mixture of a few, but to me, I’ve lost another piece of entertainment value in the series. I do value goodness and kindness a whole lot, but let’s face it, watching Elise getting slapped by Terrence and Elise confronting Jessica were all amazingly entertaining.

And this is how I like Phillip best

And this is how I like Phillip best

Sorry, Grandpa, this is how you should remain for now

Sorry, Grandpa, this is how you should remain for now

Poor Elise, stuck between her family and people who treat her like she’s family. So it’s understandable why she doesn’t want Phillip to wake up from his coma (or something like that). She doesn’t want to have to face her Grandpa and tell him that she doesn’t want to do his dirty work for him, because she’s cowardly and does not want to let him down. But she can’t betray Will and Woh any more, because those two have been nothing but good to her. It’s not a turmoil that Elise is used to facing, really.

Jessica would know what to do

Jessica would know what to do

If Jessica were in Elise’s shoes, she’d know what to do. It wouldn’t necessarily be the right thing morally, but at least she’d have the conviction to do it. Jessica is feeling guilty about letting Woh end up as a reject from the Pirates of the Carribean remake, so she pays him a consolatory visit, probably to make herself feel better, not Woh Chai. As much as I love Jessica/Ada, it’s just painfully obvious how selfish and self-loving she is, and she isn’t afraid to show it too. But she still does have a heart, and it feels guilty for landing Woh Chai into this predicament.

Oh wait, I thought she wasn't supposed to appear for two episodes?

Oh wait, I thought she wasn't supposed to appear for two episodes?

But the scriptwriters want us to know that Constance is still alive and well (who cares?). And she’s not sad because Woh Chai is lying in a hospital bed. She probably doesn’t know about Woh’s situation, to be fair. She’s still strung up about Derek’s death (yeah it’ll probably take her another two years of soul-searching journeys across the Arctic to get over this one), so Daddy steps in and gives some Constance-counselling.

She then finds out...the truth O_O

She then finds out...the truth O_O

No, not how Terrence left Derek to die. But the fact that Jessica was the one who brought up Derek’s court case which inadvertently (she’d probably think Jessica killed Derek by now) led to Derek’s death. Wonder how no one blamed the dog.

Just another one of Constance to show off her um, accessories

Just another one of Constance to show off her um, accessories

Something that makes me happier:

Sylvia and Calvin!

Sylvia and Calvin!

Things are still very business-y between the two though. Sylvia obviously still cares about Calvin but doesn’t want to make it too obvious (although it seems painfully obvious to us). Calvin is recounting to Sylvia how he’s changed – he no longer feels the need to eat or sleep a lot, he no longer has asthma attacks from flowers etc. Yeah right to the last one, your body doesn’t change to allergies that easy, it’s like something programmed in you…unless he’s like an impostor. O_O Take that mask off now!

Sylvia confronting Constance

Sylvia confronting Constance

Constance now takes the smart way out. Instead of confronting Jessica in the first place (about the Derek saga), she gives Sylvia the cold shoulder at home, making Sylvia go all sensitive and hurt. Sylvia then tries to confront Constance about why she’s ignoring her bla bla. She asks if Constance can ever forgive her over Derek’s death. Constance then goes all reverse psychology on Sylvia, saying that she can’t forgive herself. Sylvia even goes as far to apologise for implicating Terrence in the Derek saga. But Constance has to turn everything back to herself, telling Sylvia that she was merely a pawn that Jessica was using to get to her. So, once again, everything is about Constance. (Didn’t we get enough of this over the past 70 episodes?)

Sylvia then confronts Jessica. Jessica is crying...not.

Sylvia then confronts Jessica. Jessica is crying...not.

I loved how Sylvia marched into Jessica’s house going “Hong Nga Sze!!!” in that big-sister-is-coming-for-you tone. It was as if the old Jessica-hating Sylvia was truly back.

Jessica fights back, but it's hard to take her seriously with those dangly earring flailing about distracting me

Jessica fights back, but it's hard to take her seriously with those dangly earring flailing about distracting me

See those dangling things? Dang.

See those dangling things? Dang.

Look who's there to overhear everything

Look who's there to overhear everything

So Mummy who happened to be there, videotaped and overheard the entire conversation between them. Mummy’s head, which is already pretty convoluted with all the false impressions that her family has been giving her, is further confused. Because in her heart she somehow knows that all is not right with her family, but they seem to be getting along so well in front of her, which makes her confused. She then goes through a series of flashbacks (cheap) showing how happy they used to be. It would have been sadder (for me) had this not been done a million times already since Mummy’s disease was revealed. The only time I’ve ever been teary eyed was when she was going through her photo album, writing down who was who.

What makes me sadder is that they really went all out to make Mummy look like a sick cat

What makes me sadder is that they really went all out to make Mummy look like a sick puppy

Calvin

More Calvin-Sylvia, but it just pains me to see them not getting together and talking only business sometimes. Because, heck, can’t he see that she’s just bursting to tell him she loves him? But she’s too stubborn to do that. And he? He has his stupid pride (men…=.=) and more misunderstandings towards her that he hasn’t bother to address.

A little bit more Constance-counselling, this time by Mr Suen

A little bit more Constance-counselling, this time by Mr Suen

Mr Suen gives Constance back the ring, which I presume Terrence did not swipe from the accident scene. He then tells her to put Derek behind and be happy, the usual things that people say when someone dies. I was pretty distracted by the earrings that Constance was wearing here too. Tsk. He also hints that Terrence and Constance truly belong together.

Meanwhile, Jessica isn’t feeling too well, so she decides to rest at home.

Is she having a nightmare?

Is she having a nightmare?

Or not...unless fake Martin is here to murder her.

Or not...unless fake Martin is here to murder her.

Turns out fake Martin wasn't there to kill her after all

Turns out fake Martin wasn't there to kill her after all

But it was all a dream. *yawn*

But it was all a dream. *yawn*

After she wakes up, she has dinner alone. Poor girl, she looks around the empty dinner table and feels more alone than she ever has. She decides to make an impromptu visit to her parents, who are fake celebrating their anniversary because Mummy seems to think that there was something important happening on that day.

Mummy and Daddy

Jessica is shocked that Mummy doesn't know who she is

Jessica is shocked that Mummy doesn't know who she is

Mummy thought that Jessica was a guest. O.M.G. There were hints that she has completely forgotten that fact that she had 3 daughters before this, because she was telling Ying Jie that there were only 3 of them staying at home and they didn’t need a big rice cooker. If she forgets Jessica, that’s fine because she’s moved out anyway. But forgetting the two daughters who are actually staying with her? Hmm…well maybe they’ve been busy with work and only come home after Mummy sleeps, but still. Not very convincing writing there.

Mummy recording her audition tape for a reality tv show

Mummy recording her audition tape for a reality tv show

Mummy then decides to record some sort of last message from herself while she thinks she’s lucid, because she fears that she’s completely lose her mind soon.

The episode ends the next morning when Daddy wakes up and finds out that Mummy no longer knows who he is either. Sad.

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4 thoughts on “The Gem of Life Episode 75

  1. Oooh Me love the title ‘The Adventures of the Supporting Characters’ haha.

    I choked on my lemon tea when I read this bit,
    ‘Mummy recording her audition tape for a reality tv show’. With LSK staring right back at me LOL.

  2. Haha you found the audition tape part scary/funny? Lol I just can’t stand LSK’s new specs it makes her look absolutely loony. I mean, there was no reason to switch from her old set of glasses at all.

  3. Shhh… Don’t tell that to LSK, it’ll break her little heart.. She thinks that it makes her look oh-so sexier 😉 Mwahah.. Yeah I don’t get it either, why change the glasses -_- stupid.

  4. Yeah, someone should tell her that round rims don’t suit the shape of her face. The old pair made her look so formidable and even intimidating at times (when she glares at people like Derek lol).

    Tvb just wanted to create an image of a loony old lady, so the specs were used to further enhance that look, which is completely unnecessary anyway, cos Mummy would’ve gotten all the sympathy that she deserves no matter what.

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