The Gem of Life Episode 79 and 80

It’s nearing the end. Somehow I could see how the ending is going to unfold. And I didn’t even read any spoilers. I’ve been putting off watching the last few episodes, because I have been caught up with other stuff and maybe it’s just hard to put such a long drama to rest. Imagine me and my teary goodbyes in another post then.

The third and fourth last episode just somewhat builds up towards an end of the show. Some important points include:

1. Jessica’s transformation into a Gollum-like character

Myyyyy preciousssss.........

Myyyyy preciousssss.........

Doing another impression of Gollum here

Doing another impression of Gollum here

She starts to be all paranoid and scared/scary like how Martin was after the 2-year leap.  Which should be understandable, because losing your 2-year-old son is very tragic. (And he was indeed, her precious.) All that grief wouldn’t just disappear overnight, but what’s unsettling is how she’s initially mellow over the loss of Sun Sun, even willing to step away and let Terrence take control of Martin’s company. But when Sylvia (naughty naughty) starts to sow some seeds of doubt in her, implying that Terrence may be responsible for Sun Sun’s death due to his own motives, Jessica begins to turn all evil Gollum-y.

Even her posture is starting to resemble Gollum

Even her posture is starting to resemble Gollum

You'd think Constance would notice, but she's too self-absorbed

You'd think Constance would notice, but she's too self-absorbed

Jessica, being Jessica, doesn’t back down easily on Terrence though (not in the way that I hope, of course). She digs out old evidence of Terrence’s many frauds (with his casino dealings bla bla) and hands them to the ICAC and the police. Terrence is then hauled over for lengthy interrogations and such.

That’s not the only thing on Terrence’s worry list, which brings us to:

2. Terrence’s personality disorder

The first sign is when he put on that pink apron

The first sign is when he put on that pink apron

He sees Constance with the rings that she designed, which brought back memories of Derek dying in the car crash. When Constance tells Terrence that Derek meant for her to be with someone she truly loves and not Derek himself, Terrence has this “WTH!!!” face, thinking that he went to all the trouble of not saving Derek for nothing.

His guilt then starts to overwhelm him, and he does the unthinkable: he goes to Mr Suen and admits that he left Derek there to die. O_O Actually that’s not really the unthinkable, the real unthinkable is if he’d admit it straight to Constance. I’d like to see her reaction to that. Well, he probably chose to tell Mr Suen because he thinks that Mr Suen is a nice big daddy figure who is more likely to forgive him. Mr Suen himself knows that Terrence sees him that way, which devastates him even further. I felt really bad for Mr Suen, but some great acting from the veteran here.

Terrence can only try to look stoic

Terrence can only try to look stoic (alright, I'll give him some credit for those tears welling in his eyes)

Move over, lemme show you how it's done, boy

Lemme show you how it's done, boy

Terrence also gets his butt kicked by Mr Suen

Terrence also gets his butt kicked by Mr Suen

The personality disorder part comes in where he suddenly changes from being all guilty and sorry over Sun Sun and Derek’s death to this vengeful creature when he realises that Jessica is out to get him over Sun Sun’s death. Before I go into more detail on the 180-degree personality change, let me refresh my memory on how Jessica came to a conclusion that Terrence intentionally caused the death of Sun Sun.

One night, she was on the way home from work where she passed by the same road where Terrence met with a traffic jam while trying to rush Sun Sun to the hospital. She suddenly gets an epiphany and dashes down the car.

She decides to practice for the triathlon to cope with her grief

She decides to practice for the triathlon to cope with her grief

She's considering the hurdles too. Aiming to be the female version of Liu Xiang, because this girl sure aims high.

She's considering the hurdles too. Aiming to be the female version of Liu Xiang, because this girl sure aims high.

She finishes her race, deciding that it only took her 10 minutes to reach the hospital, whereas it took Terrence 12 minutes. She thinks he must’ve played hokey there, and intentionally took the long way or something. When in actual fact, I doubt she knew the exact location where Terrence’s car stopped and he decided to run the rest of the way, how could she possibly pin it on him just like that? And that is assuming he runs faster than her, considering the fact that he’s a man. So the bottom line is that, she’s crazy. Even if she weren’t, the sad news is that Sun Sun would’ve died even if Terrence had made it to the hospital in 10 minutes. If someone goes into anaphylactic shock and stops breathing, it only takes less than 4 minutes for him/her to be brain dead if they are not given medical attention. The odd were stacked against Sun Sun, I’m afraid.

Anyway, Terrence goes straight into combat mode when he overhears Jessica telling Constance that she’s going to get back at Terrence for Sun Sun. He doesn’t even care that she misunderstood him, but rather focus on pulling her down with her? Right, and there I was thinking Jessica was the only crazy one. That sudden change was a bit odd, considering the past 10 scenes that had Terrence showed him pining and feeling guilty. Poor continuity here. =(

Alright, so he does mope for a bit

Alright, so he does mope for a bit

Until he catches Constance poking around his stuff

Until he catches Constance poking around his stuff

Terrence attempts domestic abuse, but what help would that be?

Terrence attempts domestic abuse, but what help would that be?

Obviously Constance ain’t no pushover; she tells him if he even dares to lay a finger on her, it’ll be over between them. And she’ll have absolutely no reason not to think so. Terrence is somehow frightened by this empty threat, and lets Constance leave with incriminating evidence of Jessica. Jessica gets temporary victory, as Constance then sides with Jessica in a business decision, leaving Terrence in a lurch. Not that he didn’t deserve it anyway.

Jessica is so far off in her own fantasy of blaming Terrence for everything, that even when Phillip comes up to her to admit that he was the one who kidnapped Sun Sun and caused his death, she refuses to believe Phillip, thinking that Terrence paid him off to lie to her. But Phillip was only trying to get some closure and relieve his guilt from keeping the secret, like how Terrence just had to tell Mr Suen. Aww.

His acting was wayyy better compared to when Moses did his revelation thing

His acting was wayyy better compared to when Moses did his revelation thing

Anguish + disbelief

Anguish + disbelief

She even does the pointing thing like Terrence

She even does the pointing thing like Terrence

3. Sylvia and her grand plans

I almost forgot that I was actually keeping count, heh. Sylvia’s plans are devious devious ones, which include framing Terrence for Sun Sun’s death. She herself cannot put Sun Sun’s death past her, as Sunny points out, but she refuses to admit it and rather Terrence take the fall for it. She seems to be punishing herself for everything that’s gone wrong in her life, like how she’d rather let Calvin pin some fraud accusation on her and how she works herself to death and refuses to go to Sun Sun’s funeral. Seriously, there must be some point where she’s gotta stay she’s had enough with Calvin, after all he’s pulled on her so far. But no, she tells Sunny if she gives up on him now all her effort over the years would have been wasted. Gosh, I mean, Calvin is almost a lost cause so far.

Just a boring old pic of her, because she's been so disappointing

Just a boring old pic of her, because she's been so disappointing

4. Silver lining

This doesn’t really count as a main happening, but I’d want it to count, because it has a nice brotherly moment in there.

They look like they just came from Sun Sun's funeral, with the whole MIB theme

They look like they just came from Sun Sun's funeral, with the whole MIB theme

They have a nice little chat about who else but Elise, who has left the country. Woh tells Will that he still believes that she didn’t intend to do them any harm in the end, and that he thinks she’s actually fallen for Will in the process as well. Will goes all coy and uninterested, but you know you can see that little heart fluttering in him.

I wonder if she knows

I wonder if she knows

Will doesn’t have a lot of time to ponder about Elise; apparently he has some plans of his own. Calvin has asked him to join him in a project that Sylvia worked hard to make Jessica and Constance let go of (with all those mind games), because there’s lots of benefits in it for them. Will has plans to make that project entirely his own and kick Calvin out of the picture entirely, so that’s probably something that’ll be the major turning point in the next episode.

It’s not too late for me to start holding back, but today I’ll end the post with:

Another scary stare...

Another scary stare...

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7 thoughts on “The Gem of Life Episode 79 and 80

  1. Awww Chien I was waiting day and night for your GOL summary posts thingies 😀 !! LOL okay not day and night but literally.

    So basically these 2 episodes just sums up how Sylvia has manipulated her sisters, Jess is in a wrong state of mind, Constance and Terrence still being stupid dickheads like they always were. Mr Suen doing the big slappie thing to Terrence *Ooh Thumbs up baby* 😉 Oh welll, haha you’re not the only one finding it hard to let TGOL go, Clooney_girl06 hasn’t watched Episode 81 and 82 yet 😛 !

    Anyways can’t wait to see your last 2 episodic summaries of TGOL! I reckon it’ll be epic ^^

  2. Haha I’m happy to know someone actually reads my posts lol. Everyone has already finished watching, except probably me and clooneygirl haha. I still see her posting on the threads though. I keep avoiding going back there because I don’t want to read spoilers. 😀

    Seeing Terrence in action makes me wanna LOL. Screencaping his silly actions makes me LOL even more. Which explains why he has so many pics in my posts haha.

  3. Ofcourse! Why, if no one were to read your posts, the humor in it will be wasted! 😦
    Not to mention a recap on the episodes for me, Since I just skip through certain bits of boring Terrence-Constance scenes.(Okay not all the time but from the final episodes.)

    Yeah Clooney_girl is like a major devoted fan of TGOL, she finds it ever so hard to let go.
    But we all do know that.. good things do come to an end.. But~ It’s also the start of better things (Psst!- Me looking forward to that new drama TUTOC starring some of TGOL cast.)

    It’s okay, take your time to finish it 🙂 The thread still has a little bit of life in it. (Mostly Maggie\Sylvia loyal fans, and not forgetting that DCM\Jessica crazy ever-oh-so devoted mistress Clooney_girl :D)

    Moses is so cute, okay not all the time but yes there are moments where I coo at the screen when there’s an occasional Cutesy Terrence moment, and my Aunt would be staring at me awkwardly. But Terrence just annoys me 🙂

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