Elena: The financial market can only advance further and cannot go backwards. As long as there is a market, there is doubt to be someone who will do illegal things. We can only take actions silently. And even when the citizens scold at us, we must take them all in and continue. This is because the devil does not take breaks. The war is not over yet.
Last week, I had a little TVB marathon, watching the 15 episodes of Queen Divas and 20 episodes of Swipe Tap Love. And honestly speaking, there was not much plot to either storyline.
Queen Divas, in the perspective that I saw it, was about a woman (Nancy Sit) who led the family company well, but was only “liked” by her family members out of respect. The drama opens up to her two sons (Evergreen Mak and Pierre Ngo) marrying actresses: queen of comedies (Angela Tong) and queen of tragedies (Joyce Tang). As the two actresses were rivals in the showbiz, they naturally continued to fight over the smallest things in the family. At first, their mother-in-law triumphed in the battle of the wits, but soon the two daughter-in-laws teamed up to fight back against her. And this was when she realized that she did not possess the perfect character that she thought she had. She starts to change for the better, and this time her family accepts her for who she is. I probably phrased the dramatic version of the series, because after all, this was supposed to be a Lunar New Year series, so it is supposed to be lighthearted, funny, and with a good ending.
And the other one, Swipe Tap Love was kind of pointless in how I viewed it. 2009 was a big year for many Hong Kong people. In the series, Raymond Wong loses his sister and brother-in-law in a building fire and Priscilla Wong loses her father to cancer. Raymond married Elaine Yiu to give his niece a complete family. Skip forward, four years later to 2013. Priscilla breaks it off with Tony Hung, after realizing that they have lost their love for each other. Raymond finds out that Elaine has actually been stressed out mentally and psychologically because of work and his niece, who they call their ‘daughter’ now. Raymond and Elaine file for divorce. Now, both main characters are single. Where does the link between them come in? Two years ago, Raymond accidentally dialed a wrong number and this resulted in Priscilla’s mother being the babysitter for his niece. The two singles start texting each other over the smallest thing, and of course the niece favors Priscilla too. Let’s rush to almost the ending and they finally get together. Their sparks came through texting. Lame or not, you decide.
Both series were not dramatic, as they lack a plot. They were just lighthearted series.
Angel (Florence Kwok) always held the power in every relationship she has been in, but it’s the other way around with her and Eric (Kenny Wong). In episode 541, after finding out that he is not a drug dealer, and that Gem (Katy Kung) finally approved of them, they sit down to discuss misunderstandings.
Eric: I really look like a drug dealer?
Angel: Well, I saw that you had an Adelaako passport and a huge stack of USD. How would I know?
Eric: Adelaako uses USD, so why is it weird that I have so much cash?
Angel: Then why were you talking to the two foreigners about cocaine?
Eric: The cocaine you are talking about is a type of drug. But the Co King I’m talking about is C-O-K-I-N-G. They are a new type of beans that I experimented with. Your cup of chocolate is brewed with those beans.
Angel: Chocolate? Who calls chocolate Co King?
Eric: The king of cocoa beans are called Co King. I’m a international drug dealer? You see too highly of me.
Angel: You sounded so furious the other day, as if you guys could not split the numbers evenly.
Eric: He saw that my beans would have a good share in the market. But I said I would not sell them. They’ve followed me from Adelaako to Hong Kong. Don’t you think that’s annoying?
Angel: Then what about the $3 HKD million check?
Eric: A friend of mine wants to buy property in Hong Kong. The money is for me to help him pay for the down payment. I can’t believe you have such vivid imagination.
Angel: Thanks to you for never telling me anything. I don’t know anything about your past jobs, who is in your family, whether they are rich or not. I don’t know anything. I don’t know why I promised to marry you.
Eric: I used to be a stock broker. I would buy and sell property and stocks. But I’ve sold all of them now to put the money into funds now. This is so the money would multiply itself and I would not have to worry about them. The coffee farm is my last investment. If you ask me how much money I have worth, I can tell you, it’s six words.
Angel: One, ten, hundred, thousand, ten thousand, hundred thousand. It’s not that much.
Eric: It’s “Don’t Have To Worry For Life”.
Angel: Then I must be really lucky! I accidentally found a good man.
Eric: Then I’m better off. I found someone who is willing to follow me even if I were a international drug dealer.
Angel: You said all that just to indirectly call me stupid.
Eric: I like you to be stupid.
Angel: Stop playing!
In Episode 541 of Come Home Love, Eric (Kenny Wong) comes back from his coffee farm to propose to Angel (Florence Kwok).
Never Dance Alone opens up to 28 years ago, five friends helping their sixth friend deliver Lorelei in a dance studio. What happens in between, we do not know yet. Skip forward 28 years later, the group of friends, members of M Club, have disbanded and each woman is leading her own life. What brings them back together is their passion and love for friendship and aerobic dancing.
Cyndi Law 羅鳳仙 (Annice Wu)In the 1980s, Cyndi holds the passion for aerobic dancing, often inviting her friends over to practice and hang out in her mother’s dance studio. She idolizes Alan Tam. She is her father’s illegitimate daughter, so she is often bullied by her older half-brother.
Mo Siu Sze 巫小詩 (Anjaylia Chan)In the 1980s, Siu Sze was perhaps the luckiest of all her fellow M Club members. She is the only one with the complete, loving, and caring family. She dreams of becoming a writer, and is friendliest with Cyndi and Julie. Although she tries to help Julie on numerous occasions, at the end, it always end up to become a misunderstanding. She tries to pair up Julie with Alan, although Siu Sze has a crush on Alan as well. At the end, Julie dates Robert and Siu Sze is able to date Alan, but because Alan immigrates, and Diana never gives the letter to Siu Sze, she and Alan ends their short courtship.
Julie Chu 朱莉 (Venus Wong)In the 1980s, Julie comes to Hong Kong from China to depend on her abusive aunt. She quickly becomes friends with Cyndi and Siu Sze, and then the rest of M Club. She does not have a happy family, but lucky enough to have a group of good female friends from M Club. Because of her, Diana sees her as an enemy and leaves the members of M Club. She dreams of love. At first, she has a crush on Alan, but soon she begins dating Robert, a photographer. She learns that she is pregnant after Robert leaves Hong Kong. Julie is left to give birth to their daughter, but because everyone else in M Club speak of their dreams, she knows the only way for her to survive would be to ‘lose’ her daughter. She tragically abandons her daughter, Lorelei at the orphanage, blames her M Club friends for losing her daughter and then breaks all ties with her friends.
Siu Zi Zha 陸婉秋 (Cheronna Ng)In the 1980s, Siu Zi Zha is the talkative and nosiest out of all the M Club members. This is because her family are all government officials and she is unable to speak much at home. She often tells her friends what she finds out and is like a chatterbox. She is responsible for telling Robert that Julie wants to change him and therefore Robert leaves Hong Kong without knowing that Julie is pregnant with his daughter.
Akina Leung 梁金燕 (Kandy Wong)In the 1980s, Akina is often laughed at by her friends for her size. She is short and a bit chubby, loves to eat and is very careless. But, at the end, her friends still care about her a lot. She only dreams to start a happy family with someone she loves and to have kids.
Jenny Hui 許珍妮 (Winki Lai)In the 1980s, Jenny’s mother sings at a nightclub, so she knows everything from puberty, to boys, to relationships. Her mother was supposed to marry Benny, a Filipino bandmate, but because Jenny did not want to go to the Philippines, her mother calls off the marriage. She dreams to be a flight attendant, to travel around the world and explore.
Diana Yung 容丹丹 (Jeannie Chan)In the 1980s, Diana is the class president, coming from a wealthy family. She is also the smartest out of all the girls. Before Julie shows up, she and the other M Club members were great friends. But, because she picks on Julie, the others start to ignore her and later stop being friends with her. She is very competitive. She knows Alan is leaving and is supposed to give Alan’s letter to Siu Sze, but because she also has a crush on Alan, she never gives it to Siu Sze, and instead follows Alan to Canada to continue her studies.
Cyndi Law 羅鳳仙 (Elvina Kong)In 2013, Cyndi has mental problems. She is unmarried because her older half-brother and her ex-boyfriend schemed her money, so all she has left is her dance studio. It is because of her that M Club comes together once again to take care of her dance studio while she is in the mental hospital recovering.
Mo Siu Sze 巫小詩 (Carman Lee)In 2013, Siu Sze is now happily married. Her daughter is not always obedient, but they later come to understand each other. Her mother-in-law treats her like a servant, but they also come to understand each other after the sudden death of her husband. She invests time and money to take care of Cyndi’s dance studio after Cyndi is admitted to the mental hospital, because she feels the friendship of M Club is valuable and priceless.
Julie Chu 朱莉 (Loletta Lee)In 2013, Julie tries to marry a rich man, but fails to do so because he turns out to be gay. She is ambitious for money because she suffered and lived in harsh conditions in her younger years. She runs into all the members of M Club again, forcing her to remember her past teenage years. Robert comes back and finds out that she had given birth to their daughter 28 years ago, but finds out that their daughter has gone missing. Julie is scarred by the fact that Lorelei, her daughter was not kidnapped, but in fact placed in front of the orphanage front steps by her. By the end, she comes to realize and admit her past wrongdoings, and to value what friendship and family really are.
Siu Zi Zha 陸婉秋 (Fennie Yuen)In 2013, Siu Zi Zha is no longer a chatterbox. She takes on a governmental position, but speaks only if she absolutely has to. The once cheerful and talkative Siu Zi Zha has become a dark and troubled Siu Zi Zha. This is because she thinks she let out the secret of Julie giving birth in the dance studio, and thus contributed to the kidnapping of Lorelei. From that point on, she decided to keep her mouth shut. She married and has two sons, but instead of informing her husband of the economic breakdown, she watched him put all his assets into the market and then watched him lose all of it. They ended up in a terrible divorce and she started to be a third party in the marriage of a higher government official and his wife. This causes her to suffer from depression, but after meeting up with her M Club friends, the lively and cheerful Siu Zi Zha comes back.
Akina Leung 梁金燕 (Gloria Yip)In 2013, Akina is married and lives life as a real estate agent. However, love no longer exists in her marriage, although she longs for love and affection from her husband. She feels ironic to help her husband trick Cyndi into selling the dance studio. At the end, she remembers their priceless friendship and stands against her husband. They file for divorce and she finds Dr. House, Cyndi’s doctor, someone who finally loves her for who she is.
Jenny Hui 許珍妮 (Angie Cheong)In 2013, Jenny is no longer a flight attendant, but a servant who cares for her mother 24/7 after her mother suffers from a stroke. Her mother is picky, so it is impossible for her to hire a caretaker. It is also impossible for her to date someone because she absolutely has no time. At the beginning, she dresses very casually, almost like a housewife, with no makeup. After meeting with her M Club members, she learns to take care of herself and finds love in a younger man.
Diana Yung 容丹丹 (Flora Chan)In 2013, Diana is the CEO of D Fitness and is divorced from Alan. She continues to be competitive. She gets jealous when M Club reunites and tries everything possible to take revenge at them. She continues to order Alan around, but this is only because she still loves him. By the end, she comes to realize competition and winning is not all that life is about. She learns to cherish love when Alan accepts her again and to cherish friendship when the M Club members are willing to call her as a friend again.
Episode 26: Cyndi (Elvina Kong) “I know the answer. It is no. He has never treated me as his sister. From a young age, he never took care of me. He would only look down on me, bully me, and laugh at me. When Dad past away, he left a huge sum of money for me and told me that my older brother would take care of me. But the sum of money disappeared. It turns out he pocketed it! And then he never cared about me again. Good thing my mom left behind this dance studio so I can secretly dance here, and not have depend on anyone. But why won’t you let me be!? Why did you have to introduce a boyfriend to me and scheme all my money? And this caused me to have mental issues. Is this how an older brother is supposed to be?”
-Cyndi (Elvina Kong) explains her life story after M Club disbanded. All her life she had been bullied by her older brother (Anderson Junior). So when he brother came to ask for the dance studio, with the fellow M Club members by her side, they listened to her past.
Episode 27: Steven (6Wing) “I don’t care what generation of a car you are. And you don’t have to care what generation of a stop I am. I only want to be your final stop. I want you to be able to park comfortably, to be able to park for life.
-It was love at first sight for Steven (6Wing) and Jan Nei (Angie Cheung), although Jan Nei was reluctant to accept his love because he is 12 years younger than her. Steven promises her that he will be the last one for her.
-Robert (Joe Tay) brings Julie (Loletta Lee) to her ex-boyfriend’s marriage. He reminds her to let go of her troubled past and they reignite sparks.
-Julie (Loletta Lee) and Robert (Joe Tay) are taking their wedding pictures when Julie’s aunt comes with Siu Si (Carman Lee). Knowing the truth why Lorelei (Eliza Sam) really disappeared, Siu Si tries to give money to Julie’s aunt so that she would leave, but Julie comes in to stop their exchange.
-D Fitness and M Club have both entered the dance competition. It also happens that Alan (Lawrence Ng) have given the last straw to Dan Dan (Flora Chan), stating clearly that they will not be able to get back together. And since Julie’s (Loletta Lee) aunt told the truth that Julie was the one who dropped Lorelei at the orphanage 28 years ago, both Carrie (Eliza Sam) and Robert (Joe Tay) are mad at her. Dan Dan tells Julie that only by winning will she be able to get back all that she has lost. And in order to do that, she must believe in herself.
Episode 31: Julie (Loletta Lee)“I am very scared. I’m scared that my life is not that easy. Remember when we were younger there was a game called Tetris? I feel like our relationship is like Tetris, once together, bad things will happen.”
-All is going well again for Julie (Loletta Lee). Robert (Joe Tay) and their daughter Carrie (Eliza Sam) have both forgiven her after learning about her past history. But just when Robert wants to move their relationship a step further, she reminds him that she cannot take things for granted. She knows something bad is doubt to happen.
-After finding their cat, Abigail, Alan (Lawrence Ng) and Dan Dan (Flora Chan) finally sits down calmly, since their divorce to have a cup of tea. Dan Dan admits her wrongdoings from the past, she was competitive because she felt she had stole Alan from Siu Si (Carman Lee). Alan promises that he can protect her in the future.
Episode 21: Siu Zi Zha (Fennie Yuen) “It’s not that I don’t want to say it. It’s that I am afraid to speak. You know how I would say so much when I was younger, even saying things that would hurt others. You are right. If it wasn’t for me being so talkative, you might not have broken up with Robert. Later, I told many people that you gave birth in the dance studio. Maybe it was me that caused your daughter to be lost. Actually, after this incident, I felt very bad. Sorry. After this incident, I kept reminding myself not to talk so much. And then I became a government official. Even better, since I must keep an image. Everyday, I would just be a human recorder: to repeat and repeat. I did not have to say much about myself. And because of this, I kept getting promoted. It’s equally as worse as saying and not saying. In 2002, I knew the stock market would crash, but because of confidentiality issues, I did not tell my husband. I witnessed him put all his money into the market and then lose all of it. He said I didn’t try to help him, although we were husband and wife. He was so mad that he left to England with our two sons. In two years, I went to England more than ten times to ask for a reconciliation, but he rejected. And even for the divorce, he only asked his lawyer to speak with me. And then, it was just me. I really didn’t want to say much. I started drinking. And when I was drunk, I would sleep and after waking up, I would allow me to forget all my troubles.”
-Siu Si Zha (Fennie Yuen) reveals to her fellow M Club members and friends why she changed from a talkative teenager to a grown-up woman who only talked when necessary. Siu Si Zha regretted that her talkative nature might have caused Julie (Venus Wong/Loletta Lee) and Robert (Amigo Chui/Joe Tay) to break up and Lorelei to be lost. She changed and this caused her marriage to break apart, for her to become an alcoholic, and for her to become the third party in a politician’s marriage.
Episode 22: Siu Si (Carman Lee)“For all these years, I’ve never been able to have say. What does it matter if I say more or say little? I’ve quit at the dance studio, betraying my friends to become a servant back at home, allowing you to use me to your fullest extents. It’s not like you will say ‘thank you’ to me. I know. Whatever I do, you will not like me, because my family once borrowed money from you. You do not see highly of me. I don’t have any say in this family. I’m not even worthy of a servant. You would agree to Daisy over me. But, I can hold all these in. But you cannot make fun of my daughter!”
-Siu Si (Carman Lee) finally explodes on her mother-in-law when she makes fun of Wong Hor when she finds out that she is entering a undergarment competition. All the anger that Siu Si has been holding in for all the years finally explode.
Episode 23: Julie (Loletta Lee) “Why is it me? Aren’t you her father? Where were you then? Who is the irresponsible one? Where were you when I was pregnant? There was a storm and I was in so much pain that I could not even go to the hospital to give birth. I was only 17 years old. Where were you?!”
-Robert (Joe Tay) confronts Julie (Loletta Lee) after Diana (Flora Chan) tells him that Julie gave birth to their daughter 27 years ago. Julie had been keeping this as a secret, but finally spills that their daughter has gone missing for a while. She blames him for being irresponsible and thus contributing to the disappearance of Lorelei.
Episode 24: Siu Si (Carman Lee) “I’m telling you. I hate you too! But I will take very good care of you, because in your son’s heart, the three females at home are very important. I will take very good care of you, and you will live very well. We cannot let him worry, do you hear me?
-Siu Si (Carman Lee) once again talks back to her mother-in-law, after the death of her husband Kwong Leung (Lawrence Cheng). Siu Si is remorseful that she indirectly caused the death of her husband by telling him to get her small figurines. The death of Kwong Leung hits her mother-in-law hard and she goes to the hospital. Although Siu Si has not shed a single teardrop yet, she tells her mother-in-law that they must live well because they should not let Kwong Leung worry any longer.
Episode 25: Dan Dan (Flora Chan) “No, it’s because I still love you. I often bicker with you because I see you as one of my closest relatives. I want you to be on standby because I really want to see you. I pretended to be a couple with you because I really want to be husband and wife again. Alan, can we start over again?”
-Dan Dan (Flora Chan) and Alan (Lawrence Ng) are once again in a heated argument. Alan questions why she is still torturing him after they have divorced. Dan Dan reveals it is because she still loves him.