Tuesday, 11 April 2017

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Badong presents Destiny’s Promise to Sinag and asks her if he can be her boyfriend, Sinag’s heart is still beating for Benjie but she says yes to Badong anyway, and Trish finds out about Sinag, Benjie’s one great love.

Recap

Benjie and Trish celebrate their anniversary and exchange gifts. He gives her a charm bracelet and she gives him a replica of Destiny’s promise (a fascinating parallel to Trish’s role in Benjie’s life: a mere replica to take the place of the real thing he has been pining for). Meanwhile, team Pelangi has congregated in the Obispo house to witness Badong’s romantic move to ask her to be his girlfriend (Destiny’s Promise is back to the Obispos). She says yes and the whole family rejoices.

As Sally gazes at Destiny’s Promise, she can’t get help but be worried about her vision.

The next day, Ninay gets Sinag to accompany her to check out condo units and they talk about Badong. Because she’s the ultimate bestfriend, Ninay can sense when something is wrong with her beshie. Sinag expertly dodges the question. But Ninay keeps on shoving the “he’s your destiny” argument down Sinag’s throat (the same argument she used for Benjie).

Of course, because destiny is at work, Benjie and Jason are also at the same building. Lo and behold, it’s a Rosales Development owned building. Apparently Benjie is not fully preoccupied with the Pelangi project because Don Vicente just asked him to oversee the renovation of a building. Oh look, he’s going to enter the elevator at the same time Sinag and Ninay are on the elevator at the same floor. Will they finally meet?

Of course not. There are two elevators.      

At Rosales Development, Trish drops by to look for Benjie and Marjorie (with her gawd-awful hair extensions) greets her…and tells her about Benjie’s relationship with a girl back in Pelangi. (Why bring up something that happened two years ago that didn’t even come to fruition? Because that’s what second rate kontrabidas do. While the main kontrabida is busy plotting evil schemes, these petty creatures purpose for their existence is to stir up intrigue and annoyances for the lead. That’s the whole point of Marjorie’s move to Rosales company). This cements the doubt and insecurity in Trish’s heart. 

Badong and Sinag go on first date. Badong tries to follow Arman’s tips on how to level up their relationship. Failure upon failure.

Trish is back at home, trying to look for this Sinag girl. Of course, she can’t reach Benjie on the phone because he’s in the middle of nowhere. (Ah, the danger of being idle. There is a saying about an idle mind being the devil’s workshop.) Her mom happily tells her that she got a job at a place she didn’t even apply for. She wasn’t even interviewed to see if she was qualified for the job. (All hail the oligarchs *eye rolls*) Seeing her daughter getting anxious about her boyfriend, she feeds her paranoia further (because that’s what cliché kontrabida moms do). “Maybe he’s still hung up on his ex, that’s why he still hasn’t proposed to you.” (or maybe it’s because it’s difficult to fully trust a cheating ex, kontrabida mom).

Oh but wait, it seems that Benjie misplaced his phone. Seeing the missed calls from his (paranoid) girlfriend, he promptly calls her. But it doesn’t go through.  

Meanwhile, Badong and Sinag get real food and have a typical dinner date…with a live acoustic rendition of the DTBY OST (ZOMG!!! Is that Denise Barbacena, the singer of the OST???) because in this universe, there is only one song. While Badong is off somewhere, Sinag is left alone with her Benjie-centric memories…and writes on the song request sheet (absent-mindedly, yet still legibly): Why is it still you? Why? Badong comes back to a visibly bothered Sinag, who makes a bad (yet effective) attempt at diverting his attention.         

The next day (or at least it seems that way), Benjie surprises Trish with a bouquet of “apology” flowers. Trish goes on her paranoid girlfriend tirade and Benjie is all like “I demand for your understanding.” (Urghhh! Alden is sooooo good. Notice how his eyes suddenly darkened when Trish brings up Sinag’s name? *goosebumps*) He walks out and the kontrabida mom witnesses all this (how awkward is that headshot?).

Meanwhile Sally checks up on her daughter, asking how her date with Badong went. Sinag admits it felt awkward and that she was unsure about her decision. She is aware that she might end hurting Badong in the long run. Her mom tries to give her advice but we know what exactly is keeping Sinag from giving 100% in this relationship.

After his squabble with his rebound ex, Benjie gets Catalina’s shade in front Don Vicente and others during a meeting of sorts (Time is money boy! You’ve already wasted thousands of company money on your horrible “Oplan infiltrate the Obispo family by making their eldest daughter fall for you”). Of course, this is won’t be the last time we’ll hear from Catalina.

At the Obispo house, Sally and the kids give Teddy a pep talk since he was feeling nervous about their upcoming exhibit (turning to liquor again to deal with the feels).

Jason’s chat with Benjie (who was cramming the design revisions like a college student) reveals why it was taking him forever: he’s distracted by Trish. More specifically Trish’s persistence in knowing more about his past with Sinag. Jason reminds him that they’ll head to splitsville if he doesn’t clear up this misunderstanding soon (Everyone is too nice to point out how ridiculous it is that Trish has the gall to be the jealous and insecure one when she’s the one with a confirmed cheating history).   

For Benije, annoyances always comes in threes, so Marjorie enters the scene to make his horrible day complete.


Random thoughts

* I can never not be blown away by Alden’s acting. He is smiling but you know it’s not his real smile because we’ve seen his smile when he’s really genuinely happy.

* I just realized how easy it is to evoke “destiny” when you want to be convincing. During the first two week’s everyone was so sure that Benjie was Sinag’s destiny. Now it’s Badong. If it’s really destined, can it be thwarted or change course? I’m starting to hate the overly used term “hindi aksidente na nangyari to” to convince the girl to consider a romance with him (both Benjie and Badong used this argument).    

* I hope Badong sterilized Destiny’s Promise first.

* I love Sinag’s lippie.

* OH MAY GHAAAADDDD!!! Doesn’t this company have an HR department? Marjorie’s outfits (Like seriously, who would think that a bralette was an appropriate corporate outfit?) have to be some kind of sexual harassment for the men of this company.

* Oh Marjorie…you are a hero to all second-rate kontrabidas out there. Like a cat desperately clinging by her claws on a tree branch, your desperation to be still relevant in this universe is amazing.

* I have a theory why Marjorie is still on board this series even though she has lost her role both as an effective kontrabida and a third wheel. Because this is a rom com and Catalina is too classy and smart to fall on her face when her evil schemes blow up, we need a second rate kontrabida like Marjorie who the writers can subject to various cruelty (like getting a bucket of paint spilled over her head and getting dunked head first in a basin full of soapy water) as a punch line without feeling guilty about it. Notice how Sinag is not involved in physically attacking her? Because she’s the female lead, the paragon of goodness and proper conduct, a role model for impressionable girls out there. The lesson: even when somebody bullies you, don’t retaliate with force; let karma handle it. So yes, this won’t be the last episode we’ll be seeing Marjorie and her horrendous outfits.   

* Is it accurate to calll Sinag Benjie’s ex when they weren’t officially together when they separated in the first place?

* Trish is like a beaming example of how ironic cheating exes’ logic work: she cheated on him and got caught red-handed and she has the gall to be suspicious about Benjie’s fidelity (no matter how valid because it’s obvious he’s still all about Sinag). Hypocrisy at its finest.  

* When you get into a relationship, is it protocol to tell your current boo about each and every ex you’ve had? And in Trish’s case, does she have the right to demand that (when she’s the one with the history of cheating while currently in a relationship)?

* Seeing how reckless Benjie is and how easy it is to rile up his girlfriend, Catalina should’ve taken him down easily. Like seriously Catalina girl, what have you been doing these past two years??? Or maybe she’s too focused on the company’s success so she let him do the hard work. And now that they’re entering the final phase of the project, she can now strike this over-confident lolo’s boy upstart. You know what they say, the higher they are, the harder they fall.  

* Fun fact: Denise Barbacena, the singer of the DTBY OST is part of the cast of Bubble Gang, along with Juancho Trivino and RJ Padilla. Incidentally, both Denise and Juancho starred in Bubble Gang’s spoof of ALDUB.

*Wow. This song is an effective truth serum of sorts for Sinag.

* I have to point this out: This DTBY song is now at least two years old in this universe. And still popular.

* Throughout this episode, I can’t help but think, why doesn’t Benjie use the “you’re the red-handed cheater in this relationship” comeback with Trish but then I realized that that is such an @sshole move, which can be easily used against him. Trish can just turn on the water works, whine about it to her mom and his grandmother and Benjie would be known as an emotional blackmailer.

* Who in the world goes for a swim in full make up??? Is there a pool side photoshoot we are not aware of?

 

In conclusion 

I feel like for most of this week, we’ll be getting KS-level suspense where we’ll be given almost-meeting scenarios every episode. “Oh look they’re in the same building! Will they finally cross paths again?” Only KS did it better. DTBY tends to overdo these almost-meetings that they lose the thrill and sense of surprise. It’s like the whole point of these scenes is for the aired 31-second teasers for the upcoming episodes.  

Both our leads are now officially involved with other people. Meaning more people will get hurt when they get back together, like unintended casualty in destiny’s mission to get SinJie together. But who knows, maybe this is destiny’s way to introduce Badong and Trish to their own “destined ones.” Hoping their own love stories will be less cliché and overdone.    

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 We finally meet who’s the new station manager at Sinag’s work place: Trish. Catalina finally does something to strike at Benjie (apparently, there are no CCTVs around Benjie’s office). Tatay Teddy gets disheartened by the low turnout at their art exhibit.

Recap

Ah, Marjorie in a sexy party outfit. Trying to seduce Benjie who is now at odds with his girlfriend (Marjorie’s goal when she incited Trish’s jealousy). Of course it doesn’t work. Kudos to Benjie for being a gentleman while turning her down.

 

Sinag at the radio station, talking about moving on like drinking bitter medicine (what era are we living in? That metaphor is so 1980’s). Meanwhile Benjie is at the same bar Sinag and Badong went to, drinking his problems away (this is the “plan” Benjie pertained to when he turned down Marjorie). And will you look at that, he’s holding the same notepad Sinag scribbled on the last episode...at least I think so (the paper is different, but the handwriting is the same).

 

The Obispo couple is finally showcasing their artwork in an exhibit. But it’s not going the way they envisioned it. Teddy is complaining that no one was looking at or asking about his sculptures (he should’ve made the 2017 version of Machete). And Sally shows us where Sinag got her temper. Tatay Teddy is starting to lose his confidence as an artist but his wife (whose works are apparently more popular with the metropolitan crowd) is there to comfort him. But Sinag’s “congratulatory” call highlights his self-disappointment.

While people are going about being productive members of society, Trish is at home, still cyber stalking. Her mom goes to her and tells her that the very thing she was doing was what caused her dad to separate from her mom. Trish goes “what if he’s still in love with his ex?” and her mom tells her to fight for him (cause he’s worth millions yo!). Which translates to turning into a possessive crazy girlfriend in teleserye speak.        

The next day, Sinag’s co-DJs gossip about the new station manager… which again is diverted to talk about Sinag’s lovelife. I don’t get why Sinag denies her official relationship with Badong to her officemates when she already said “yes” to him.  

The scene moves to another relationship, as Trish drops a surprise visit to Benjie’s office (because nothing spells heartfelt remorse than showing up at his workplace during office hours unannounced. Professionalism be damned).

Meanwhile, Sinag is waiting for Badong at the park…where the boyfie surprises her with a caged pet bird. He’s aware how much Sinag misses her Pelangi bird friends at the aviary so he got her a caged parrot. Not only has he taught the parrot what to say, he also gave it a name: SiDong. Although she finds the name cheesy, she thanks her boyfie for the gift.

Trish, on the other hand apologizes to Benjie for being nosy about his past relationships and tells him that she’ll accept him wholeheartedly, including his past (which is totally hypocritical because she’s the one with the infidel past). Benjie accepts the apology and all is well…for now (That moment when Benjie’s eyes widen when Trish says “I know you and Sinag are over…” Now that is an excellent thespian at work. It’s such a small detail but it speaks volumes. And he still looks closed off and “stiff” even though he hugs and shows affection to Trish).

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There is now bad blood between Sinag and Trish. Benjie gets in trouble at work. Tatay Teddy gets disheartened over the negative feedback on his work. And we get yet another almost encounter.

Recap

Sinag unloads her guilt on Badong for what she did to her new boss, hoping that she won’t target her at work. And of course, the boyfie comforts her, while inserting a cheesy line. Meanwhile, Trish “I can handle pressure” Villanueva also unloads on her own boyfie about her new work and gets a “don’t take it too seriously” advice from her workaholic boyfriend.

At the company, Catalina approaches her dad to ask if Benjie has submitted his revisions (to make sure that their plan to sabotage him will work) and smirks when she finds out that all is going to plan.    

Meanwhile at Sinag’s workplace, Trish meets with the DJs again. Of course, Sinag’s fear comes true and she gets singled out at a meeting (well, everyone else also got critiques but she gets a rude paper-tearing scene. Now look who’s wasting money *eye rolls*). Her co-DJ and Ninay try to comfort Sinag by saying the new boss was probably feeling threatened because of her popularity.

Back at Rosales Development, Catalina badgers Benjie about his revisions even though it’s not the deadline yet (like a kid asking if they can open presents yet on 2 days before Christmas). When he tells her he needs to double check, of course Catalina will not let him. She’s so eager to embarrass him in front of her father that she’s practically dragging him to stand up and present his work. So Benjie hands her the USB and Catalina gives a mini sermon on how crucial his revisions are to the construction timetable before strutting away.

At the radio station, Trish is working on the anniversary event for the company when she gets a call from her boyfie who just wants to unload on her (oh boohoo Benjie. You wanted this and now you’re complaining?) So what does he propose to do, since both of them are “hectic” at work? “Let’s get some drinks now.” (This sounds like a typical set up for a liqour commercial)

Speaking of liqour, Tatay Teddy comes back home wasted (he left after seeing the bad review on the paper). Because bad habits are hard to break. And because we won’t get an emotional breakdown scene unless he’s drunk. Yes, Teddy it’s all the Rosaleses fault. Sinag comes home and Teddy once again drunk apologizes to her for being “weak” and forcing her to be the breadwinner.

Benjie and Trish are in his car and Trish (who just started at her job) starts complaining about being stressed about her work. (AND OMG her woes about losing a booked event place because she didn’t pay the down payment sounds exactly like what happened to Dondi in My Bebe Love. Hahaha. It’s so funny). Benjie suggests that they not talk about work as they unwind in the bar (to be honest they sound more like spoiled brats ranting about their high-maintenance relatives).

The next morning, the ninong-boss berates Trish in front of her subordinates for messing up on the invitations (yes, she went for a drink with her boyfriend knowing that she is not done with her work. Because #priorities *eyerolls*). Based on his parting words, she better do her work as an events coordinator or else her position as station manager will be in peril (awww…poor little rich girl).

Meanwhile, Teddy wakes up with a hang over and apologizes all over again. Because his pride as a father and sculptor is taking a beating (I still don’t get why he doesn’t get a day job). And he places the blame on the Rosaleses again.

Speaking of Rosales, Benjie gets a call while he’s on the road. It’s Trish, who despite being neck deep in work still finds the time to check up on her babe. This scene is so ridiculous. She’s the one who initiates the call and yet she tells him, “I’m sorry I can’t talk right now.” What the ef was that??? So after the call, Sinag approaches Trish to make amends and give her a hand on her problem (connections save the day). Trish immediately leaves to seal the deal and for some reason tells Sinag “ikaw nang bahala dito.” (I have no idea what she meant. She’s entrusting the day’s station management to SInag?)

Oh but look. She forgets her phone. And look whose face is flashing in the screen signaling an incoming call? With Sinag just across the phone? Will she see Benjie’s face again after two years?

Of course not. The phone goes low batt before she could even see the screen. Sinag decides not to touch it (wise move).

It’s night time and Benjie and Jason celebrate his birthday with friends at a bar. (WE FINALLY MEET JASON’S GIRLFRIEND!!!) They tease Benjie about how their roles are now reversed, with Trish now being the busy one at work.

Speaking of Trish, she’s back at the radio station, waiting for DJ Sunshine to finish her show to thank her. She’s actually a decent person yo (for now). And how does she repay Sinag? By inviting her out to eat. Meanwhile, Benjie is left alone as he watches couples slow dance. And of course although he has a girlfriend, he remembers his slow dance with Sinag (and to shake things up, we get the english theme song). He gets a text from Trish inviting him to join her and a friend for a meal. And the overused question for the week is raised again: will Sinag and Benjie finally meet?

Sinag shows Trish her published book based on the radio show. Trish asks her where she gets her hugots, Sinag shares about her last big heartbreak while Trish opens up about how worried she was of her boyfriend’s ex, both unaware that they’re talking about the same guy (although to be fair, with Benjie’s playboy reputation before meeting both ladies, I wouldn’t be surprised if the waitress or ladies at nearby tables have encountered our resident Casanova). They become chummy and Trish gets a text that her boyfriend has arrived.

So they’re at the same place again. A person has actually arranged for them to meet. Will they finally cross paths again?

To keep audiences on their toes, the scene shifts to the Obispo household where Badong gets bad news about SiDong. The pet bird’s current state of health is a reflection of Badong’s relationship with Sinag. It’s dying before it could even take flight to the sky.

Back to SinJie. Of course they won’t properly meet yet. While the ladies wait for Trish’s boyfriend, Sinag gets a call from her own boyfie, to let her know about their pet bird. Of course, Sinag needs to leave right away. However, as Sinag leaves the resto, Benjie is parking across the street.

Again, another delay from the show who wants to keep everyone at the edge of their seats.  Don Vicente is looking for Benjie to personally present his revisions but Catalina informs him that his grandson left early to meet with his girlfriend. So she shows him what’s inside the USB and the Don gets infuriated and insists on talking to the boy that very minute. Catalina’s superb innocent, clueless maang-maangan acting is classic.      

As Benjie is taking Catalina’s call, Sinag turns and spots Benjie. Our girl hides immediately. Yey. One half of the meeting complete. 

 

Random thoughts

* Ugh. What have they done to Catalina’s character? What is this? She’s turned into a small fry. Is this the same devil’s spawn who’d have a house with kids and elderly people burned down for the sake of getting land? What is this gradeschool level bullying? It’s so disappointing.

* Can I point out Don Vicente’s blatant prejudice? He has no problem with Benjie dating rich girl Trish but all hell will break lose when he falls in love with a poor barrio lass. He’s a typical kontrabida from the 1990s. Will we ever be free from this overused conflict?

 

In conclusion

The actress playing Trish has legit kontrabida creds. She played the kontrabida to Barbie Forteza in a show that ran for one whole frickin year. You can imagine how many kontrabida motivations she went through in that show. She can switch between a kontrabida to an ally to a kontrabida again at the right trigger. A kontrabida hybrid if you will. So we can expect (at least I am hoping) a non-boring (though predictable) kontrabida to Sinag. Exciting. The writers will still keep Marjorie though because we need a kontrabida who can be subjected to abject cruelty disguised as karma for the comic relief.

Exciting stuff ahead!

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Trish and Sinag are now work besties. Sinag’s glimpse of Benjie rattles her and her relationship with Badong. And Benjie gets chewed up at work. Another almost meeting (a second installment to last episode’s half-meeting).

Recap

When Sinag peeks out again, he’s no longer there. (Enter Denise’s glorious vocals) Benjie gives Trish a call as he drives away, telling her about his situation. Trish the understanding girlfriend, wishes that it’s nothing serious.

Meanwhile, Sinag panics and drags Ninay to tell her about what she saw. They hide this from Badong but he gets suspicious about it, of course. Ninay makes up a bogus story about breaking up with Arman to divert his attention, and they succeed. The attention is back to the sick bird. And the besties have averted a crisis.

Benjie gets an earful from his grandfather (you don’t say “I don’t know” to a bog boss when something goes wrong. You just don’t) and Catalina is the perfect “innocent” bystander. “Stop making excuses and own up to your mistakes. I’m sure you have a backup.” (ugh. This is why I love Catalina, no matter how evil she is. She is sooo good at being bad). Benjie takes out his laptop only to find the file is also corrupted. And Catalina goes, “See? You have the gall to point fingers when you’re the source of the problem.” And Don Vicente bring out the “I don’t want to be disappointed” card again to hang above Benjie’s head.

Back to Sinag, she decides to have her moment outside their house, as she remembers seeing Benjie again. Her mom steps out as well to join her. Of course she knows what happened and she wants to know what’s going on with her daughter. Sinag shares that she feels guilty that she couldn’t open up about her encounter to her boyfriend. Sally makes very valid points and Sinag promises to herself that she won’t do anything to hurt Badong.

Meanwhile, Benjie is back at the office and throws a very grown up temper tantrum (not only does he have to start his revisions all over, he needs to clean up his mess as well). Jason comes to save the day (on his birthday) because his girlfriend is a whiz at data recovery. Good news, the files can be recovered. Bad news, it would take days.

The next day, Trish drops by Benjie’s office to comfort him and suggests that Catalina is the one behind the sabotage. Benjie doesn’t buy it because he’s confident that she cares too much for the company for petty schemes like that. Of course, they’re talking about this in the company office, out in the open, where anyone can just listen in on them. Oh look who’s eavesdropping now? She’s not even hidden. (Love her ootd)

Because they’re friends now, Sinag shares to Trish that she saw her “ex” last night. “Wow, what a coincidence,” Trish blurts out. Oh girl, you have no idea. Trish asks her if she’s still in love with him and backpedals when she notices Sinag’s discomfort. Since they’re chummy now, they go to the mall after work, where Sinag helps Trish choose a watch for her boyfriend to cheer him up. Sinag’s monologue aptly describes her complicated relationship with her new found friend and “ex.”  She can’t help but asks her new boss, “Are you sure he’s your forever?” and gets an optimistic “I hope so.” (And destiny be like, "Girl please. Not on my watch.") 

At Badong’s house, Arman warns his pet bird’s health is a bad omen for his relationship with Sinag. Because in this universe, everyone (including Trish and her mom who don’t even know the story behind SinJie) is sure that once Sinag and Benjie properly meet and interact again, they’ll get back together (despite Benjie’s betrayal, despite Sinag’s resentment, despite their current relationships). Because destiny.

Trish calls Benjie to set a date only to realize that she forgot her gift (the whole point of her surprise for her boyfriend). So what does she do? She can drive back to the radio station and be a few minutes late or….get her new bestie Sinag to do her a favor.        

Sinag gets grilled by her co-DJs about her budding friendship with Trish. Sinag’s Jenny Ferre in this universe warns her that Trish might be only befriending her because she can get something out of it from her. She defends their new boss, saying that she actually a nice person and it’s better for the whole team if they all get along. At that moment, she gets a call from Trish to ask her to bring her gift to the resto where she’s meeting her boyfriend. Sinag finds out that Trish’s boyfriend’s name is Benjamin and wishes that he’s not a jerk like the Benjamin she knows.

Sinag reaches the resto only to find that Trish is in the middle of a carmageddon. She instructs Sinag to just leave the gift with the restaurant’s manager. As Sinag is leaving the resto and talking to her uber driver, Benjie arrives at the resto. Just as Sinag enters the uber, Benjie steps out in time to catch a glimpse of her. And he runs after her car (enter Lara Fabian’s Broken Vow).

And thus the part two of the almost meeting is complete. Now we just need to wait for grand encounter to get the SinJie wheel of fate rolling again.

Before he can run any farther, Trish arrives and asks him what’s up. Of course, he gives up the chase.

Don Vicente, meanwhile starts having second thoughts about trusting Benjie with so much projects so soon. And of all of people, he asks this to Catalina. And you can just imagine how this conversation went.

Back to Benjie and Trish. Benjie is totally out of it, which is rude to his girlfriend who is doing her best to show him she loves him. While Trish is wearing her heart on her sleeve, Benjie is still stiff and closed off. Even when he’s kissing her hands and gazing in her eyes, it’s so different when he’s with Maine Sinag.

The next day, Benjie tells Jason he saw Sinag last night. Jason asks the right questions and calls out the b**$*** his bestfriend is spouting. “You better be sure about that. You might end up hurting someone again.”

Meanwhile, Trish thanks Sinag for helping her out last night. Although she was happy that Benjie liked the watch, Trish can’t help but be bothered about his absentmindedness during the date. Sinag advices Trish no to overthink.

Amanda gives Benjie the same talk Sally gave Sinag when she found out about that chance encounter. When asked “are you still in love with her?” he counters with, “she probably has a boyfriend or a husband right now.” His mom tells him upfront, “you didn’t answer my question.”  

At the radio station, Trish presents her anniversary party plans, crediting Sunshine for her inputs. It is well received by everyone, including her boss Ninong, who hopes that their tandem continues. “I hope so too. I feel like Sunshine and I won’t fight over anything.”

SiDong the parrot is now well, and both Sinag and Badong fawn over it. While the two are busy with the bird, Arman and Ninay talk about their friends’ relationship as they watch them. Arman mentions Benjie and Ninay panics, asking her boyfriend how he found out that Sinag met Benjie. Which Badong overhears of course. Arman complicates the matter by revealing that Badong was the one who saw Benjie. And now the cat’s out of the bag due to a comedy of errors.

  

Random thoughts

* Denise Barbacena’s soothing voice has now completely melted away my cynicism. Fine. I’m rooting for their destiny again. And also because Alden and Maine are so good at looking incomplete when they’re not together. There’s magic in the air when they share the same screen, even if they don’t properly meet yet. It sounds like an exaggeration but it’s true.

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Sinag and Benjie finally meet face to face. (This is not a drill! THIS. IS. NOT. A. DRILL.) And a lot of stuff happen in between. 

Recap

Sinag and Badong confront one another for not saying anything about seeing Benjie. For some reason, they need to go to their park with their pet bird to have this conversation. Sinag reassures Badong that nothing will change even if Benjie shows up again. They make a pact never to keep secrets from each other again.

Jason’s girlfriend successfully recovers Benjie’s files and he’s super grateful. The girlfriend (who’s name is Meg) tells him that the files were corrupted on purpose. Their friendly gathering is interrupted by two random girlaloos who flirt Benjie. Trish of course doesn’t accept this and threatens confronts the harpies in the ladies room (Woohooo! Pscyho girlfriend FTW. If Catalina does not end up killing off Marjorie, Trish will).

Trish shares to Sinag what happened last night and Sinag goes “Wow, you’re scary as an enemy madame.” Trish defends herself by saying she’s just fighting for what’s rightfully hers. The conversation shifts to the anniversary party that night and Trish is excited to introduce her Benjamin to Sinag.

Meanwhile Badong is prepping for the party with his grandparents’ help (he’s really giving off major Cinderella vibes). He gets teased by Arman, saying he’s the beast to Sinag’s beauty, especially when he runs into Benjie. Badong assures them that he’s talked to Sinag about this and he’s confident that Benjie will never get in between them.

Benjie tunes in to his girlfriend’s radio station at Jason’s suggestion and lo and behold DJ Sunshine is on air. Jason recognizes her voice and quickly connects the dots. Yas, there’s a big possibility that he’ll meet Sinag at the company party later. But they shrug it off as someone else sounding like Sinag since Trish hasn’t mentioned meeting someone who had the same name as the girl she is jealous of.

Sinag’s family is also prepping for her and as Sally is touching the yellow gown, she gets a premonition about Sinag and Benjie’s face to face meeting at the party. Teddy tells Sally to do something about her visions and gets riled up about what his wife saw. But Sinag and Badong are ready for the party.

The party is in full blast and both Benjie and Trish have arrived. As Trish introduces him to her boss Ninong, Benjie keeps looking around as if looking for someone. Meanwhile Badong and Sinag get into a minor altercation making them late for the party. Since Sinag can’t be late, Badong calls her a ride so she can go on ahead while he fixes things with his car.

While Trish is entertaining important guests, Benjie looks like a palace guard standing by himself near the buffet table, still looking around. The DJs chat him up and he takes this chance to ask about DJ Sunshine, particularly where she was.

So for some reason, everyone from the station and Benjie participate at the cotillion dance of sorts (I swear, this event looks like Trish’s debut). Cheesy production number pa more.   

While the dance is going on, Sinag arrives at the venue. For some reason, her shoe slips off as she is entering the ball room and the dancing peeps accidentally kick the shoe away from her, drawing her further into the middle. So yes, our Belle has turned to Cinderella.

Just when Sinag is about to pick up her shoe, Benjie also bends down to retrieve it. Their eyes meet in the middle of the ballroom and magic happens. Maichard magic is real and potent yo!

  

And the spell is broken when Trish (who looks like the fairy godmother) comes in to give them a dose of reality. Sinag panics and denies knowing Benjie and babbles (Maine is so good at this). She tries to make a quick exit but Trish stops her, telling her to not leave the event. All the while, Benjie is just gazing at her. Like he can’t believe she’s in front of him again. He doesn’t need to say anything. His eyes speaks volumes.

  

As if to give viewers to calm down, the scene shifts to Tatay Teddy doing art and Sally sharing her worries about her husband to Lola Delia. Although she understands his resentment for Rosales Development, Sally believes that they should completely put that past them so they can truly move on. They approach Teddy and Sally turns into a one-man cheer squad for Teddy’s artist ego.

Back to the main event. Here is how our destined lovers deal.  Sinag tries to gather her wits in the ladies room (Maine is such a treat to watch when she’s panicking like that), fails and calls Ninay. Benjie on the other hand, immediately calls bestfriend Jason. And here’s their game plan: Benjie is determined to talk to Sinag to get closure once and for all while Sinag is determined to avoid him at all costs. 

Meanwhile Badong, who is clueless about what was happening to his girlfriend, is still stuck dealing with his damaged car. We also get a public service ad about the possible dangers of driving under influence.

Sinag tries to make an escape but unfortunately runs into Trish who forces her out of the ladies room. Because Sinag is her only friend and Trish needs her beside her in case something comes up, she can’t let her leave so soon. While Trish’s busy with investors, Sinag tries to slip out again.

Before the episode ends, we are treated to another hyper extended SinJie moment. As Sinag is atop the staircase, Benjie is below, looking at her. And their eyes meet (And Benjie still has that look of longing on his face, revealing that everything he’s been telling Jason is pure b**$***).

  

Random thoughts

* If Sinag is a tsundere, Trish would be a yandere. Hooray for psychologically complex characters!

* Doesn’t Trish have her own bestie? Even Sinag asks her this question.

* The set-up for SinJie’s much anticipated meeting is improbable (really? Sinag’s shoe slips off?), cheesy (in the middle of a cotillion?) and I love it.

* ARGHHHH! I just love Maine’s “salamat sa sapatos” line which has to be an intended reference to the Tamang Panahon event (M thanked A for the shoes during her surprise call to DJ Bae the day after TP).

* HOW THE EF DOES ALDEN DO IT? It’s just a look but the way he gazes at Sinag is different from how he looks at Trish (even when it’s an affectionate moment with his girlfriend). 

* I know I said I will stop being cynical but I just need to point out how selfish Benjie is. The only reason why he’s determined to talk to Sinag is for his own peace of mind. Ultimately, he only cares about appeasing his guilty conscience. Sinag has made it clear that she wants him to never show his face to her ever again. She mauled him to the ground to highlight how much she hates his guts. So the only one who’ll benefit from this “closure” talk is Benjie. Not Sinag who has worked so hard to trust another man again. And certainly not Trish, who will always feel insecure and jealous. Because he is a self-centered jerk at his core.  

 

In conclusion

Fairytales are always magical and Maichard will always be my favorite one. Because when God authors the story, it’s beyond magical; it’s divine.

Our SinJie drought is over and kudos to the writers for how they’ve orchestrated SinJie’s own “Tamang Panahon” (which is a misnomer since both of them are in a relationship with other people; there’s nothing “right” about the timing). Thank God for the Beauty and the Beast live action movie for making it feasible for adults to dress up like fairy tale characters without looking like a children’s party.

So much is in store in the coming weeks. The SinJie Wheel of Fate has started to turn once again. 

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