I should have known that the weekender would be so much more heart-rending than the last three episodes. I should have known.
And as with the last three days, I felt my heart go out to these three characters Ali, Basti and Iris who are caught in this bizarre love triangle and navigating through their feelings like the blind leading the blind. That’s first love for you.
As Ali, Iris and Basti go their separate ways after their trip to Mykonos, Ali and Iris are surprised by Ali’s mom Agnes who arrives to Greece upon learning of their breakup. Ali gets by with the support of his mother (who knew all along that he was ‘different’) and best friend, caught up in his own pain. Unknown to him, Iris is struggling with her own pain as well. Basti, who makes up the third leg of this triangle, reaches out to his Tita Vi for advice.
I have been caught up with the emotional turmoil of these three characters since the beginning but last night’s episode was one for the books. The characters’ pain was depicted with a rawness that cuts like a knife.
Ali’s confession to his mother was so genuine and I know there are a lot of people in the audience who can relate with his family issues, and his dilemma of keeping something from his parents. It was a very touching moment when Pokwang revealed that she knew her son’s secret all along and the fact that she flew all the way to Greece to support him when he needed her spoke volumes about a mother’s love.
While there were those who felt that Iris moved on too quickly after learning that Ali was gay, her confession scene to Ali about her pain and her need to be alone to process her feelings shows her strength and her determination to keep their friendship. Even her choice in shutting down Basti was put in perspective. Nadine shone in these scenes not because of the amount of tears she shed but because there was just an abandon in the way she delivered her lines that struck the gut. That scene when she was walking away from Ali shows her growth as an actress. In that moment, she represented everyone who ever had their heart broken and chose to pick up the pieces and move forward.
Nadine shone in these scenes not because of the amount of tears she shed but because there was just an abandon in the way she delivered her lines that struck the gut.
Basti, while he hasn’t really been getting much focus as the story shines the spotlight on Ali these past few days, had his own moment as well. Viewers can’t help but feel his frustration and desperation when he calls his Tita Vi to ask for advice. His vulnerability was similar to that of a little boy looking for someone to cling to. And James’ expressive eyes nailed that scene and communicated his character’s helplessness at being trapped in a conflict that he did not choose because let’s face it. He only ever wanted to be a good friend to Ali and Iris.
All in all, this episode’s message was one of the most powerful that the show has ever delivered so far and showcased not just the actors’ abilities but also the looming transition in their relationship. Its about acceptance, family love, friendship and making the choice to rebuild your heart and find peace.
Now that the Ali-Iris, Ali-Basti dynamic has been thoroughly explored, I’m hoping that the Basti-Iris angle will be next. I’m sure whatever Direk Tonette and company comes out with would not be the regular off the mill love story and I’m so excited to see it.
Its refreshing to get all the major secrets out in the open and proceed with the rest of the story not having to go back to the same issues over and over again. And since this show is being so honest, I feel I should be honest as well. I have been super impressed with this story and JC Santos’ performance but I really, really miss having the focus on James and Nadine. Now that the Ali-Iris, Ali-Basti dynamic has been thoroughly explored, I’m hoping that the Basti-Iris angle will be next. I’m sure whatever Direk Tonette and company comes out with would not be the regular off the mill love story and I’m so excited to see it. For sure Basti will have his work cut out for him in making Iris fall in love with him. That shared history and bond with Ali is strong. You’re up, Basti. I’m rooting for you Bro!
PS. Kudos to headwriter Shugo Praico for the steady flow of emotionally charged dialogues these two weeks. Bravo!