Nadine warned us that it was a stressful week, and true to her word, there has been no relief for us viewers from start to finish as this Madison arc continues to drag on and eats up the show’s last three weeks. But I am not going to dwell on that and do this recap based on the episode. I refuse to be stressed anymore than necessary.
The LOWDOWN: With her goal set to take down The Love Team and steal Basti for herself, Madison intensifies efforts to seduce Basti with the idea of herself as an adventurous woman similar to who Basti was when he was still in Greece. Iris shares her success with her family while Sir Dad takes baby steps towards appreciating Ali and his efforts to care for him.
I’ve aired out my sentiments regarding this Madison arc in my open letter so I’m leaving it to the capable hands of Team TIMY to discern what the trajectory for the final two weeks will be. After all, its crunchtime.
No matter how irked I am about the idea of a third party to get between Iris and Basti, I must admit that it does happen in real life that men fall for women who have the qualities that their partners do not have. In all fairness to Basti, he was more amazed and starstruck with the motorbike than he was with Madison and for now, I think that’s a good thing. But Madison is not going stop at a motorbike to gain Basti’s attention. She has a goal set in mind and she has the means to make things happen. She is now appealing to Basti’s sense of adventure but pretty soon, she will be building up to the idea of herself as an alternative partner for Basti because Iris is “not putting family first.” She is basically seducing Basti with the idea of “what if?”
I must admit that way back in the scene where Basti signed off for his adventure blog, I had a feeling that there will be a time where he will feel deprived of it once he is married to Iris. Let us remember that these are two polar opposite personalities that are bonded together by love, but at the core, they are very different. So it is natural for Basti to harbor a sense of resentment if he doesn’t get his way. After all, he has been more than understanding when it comes to Iris’ issues. It comes at an inopportune time, this issue, but it is all coming to the fore because of Madison’s obvious manipulation. And unless Iris or Basti wisens up, Madison will continue to demolish their relationship like a termite that has entered the home they have so carefully built together.
I was touched by the simple scene that showed Sir Dad finally acknowledging his son’s success, and Ali’s very subtle reaction to it. These are two fine actors, Mrs. Robert Cena and JC Santos and they don’t really need to have a shouting match to have a memorable sequence. I hope that the LGBT arc gets the exposure it deserves in the show’s final 10 days because the show started with guns blazing to emphasize its essence.
Speaking of family, it was again Lolo Soc’s soft words to Iris that got me teary eyed once and reminded viewers what type of person Iris was and what type of pain lies in store for her when Madison executes her evil plan. I still have faith in Basti but then again, no matter how solidly the show built up his character, Basti is still at the end of the day human, and prone to making mistakes. I just hope (fingers crossed) that everyone will get the karma they deserve at the end of this show.
Again, a gentle reminder dear readers, to not get too carried away as to attribute what is happening to Basti and Madison on screen to James and Loren in real life. They are actors playing their parts and they should not be bashed for doing their part, especially James. Guys, Basti is not James and he is not cheating on Nadine in real life. Ano ba?
On the flipside, its funny because some of these bashers were actually the ones who were just about ready to canonize James/Basti for sainthood when he made that wedding video. Again guys, its alright to be invested in the show but let us separate fiction from reality.
O sya, tayo hanggang dulo. Iinom na lang ako ng pampakalma para hindi ma beast mode sa last two weeks and for Team TIMY, I hope that you don’t take our views the wrong way. We are not trying to hinder the creative flow. We are just airing our sentiments about the show but we still respect that the final call will be up to you.