#TIMYTheBigBreak: Umayos ka, Madison; Ali’s homecoming

Ali’s courage and determination in wanting to be beside his father in his hour of need at the risk of his hurtful words and actions was a testament to Ali’s strong personality. Even when he was unsure about the outcome, he stood by the people he loved. And Sir Dad’s softening reaction to Ali’s statement was, for me, a positive indication that he will see the courage it took for Ali to return home and the determination that his son had in showing him his love — all traits of a good soldier, just like him.

I hope that Team TIMY does not pursue the love triangle arc for long. I credit Loren Burgos for her effective portrayal of socialite Madison but I don’t want anyone to come between Basti and Iris, especially after all they’ve been through. I believe in Basti though, in his loyalty and love to Iris and I believe that when push comes to a shove, Iris will fight for her man. On second thought, let’s see how this plays out. I want a spitfire Iris to come out soon. It would be really interesting and I’m pretty sure that Basti will enjoy every minute.

#TIMYStayStrong: Through ups and lows, the Love Team stays together

Ali’s guilt and grief, especially when he was being rejected by his father from the hospital room was heartbreaking. When he began to question whether he did the right thing in coming out to his father to set himself free, it was a valid question. It got viewers to think because the what ifs came pouring in. What if Sir Dad remained ignorant of his son’s sexual preference? What if Ali chose to stay in the closet like Stephen? What if Ali continued with his relationship with Iris and just kept his best friend in the dark about his true feelings? Would it have been worth it?

On the other hand, his guilt at pushing his father to accept dangerous missions to avoid him also weighed heavily on Ali. It was a good thing that he had true friends to rely on in his time of need — Iris, Basti, Kelly and Stephen. It was a very real dilemma for members of the LGBT community, perhaps not on the same scale but Ali’s journey to acceptance has been consistently relatable.

And kudos to the TIMY cast and crew. When I saw the BTS, Direk Andoy and the entire gang were laughing so hard. When the cameras switched on, they delivered on those heavy scenes like the pros they were. Husay!

#TIMYUnstoppable: Welcome back Iris

Iris and Kelly were gold in this episode. Nadine and Kim both have great comedic timing but together, they were unstoppable in delivering the laughs. Their mishaps and subsequent body pains, especially the salonpas and the crutches were over the top and just the right amount of hilarious. Truth be told, if it happened in real life, it would have been creepy to be stalked no matter what the reason but with these two goofballs made it easy for Xia to at least give them a slot.

Don’t think I missed that moment when someone at the bar trying to hit on Iris (whose name was James) and was shot down by her: “I’m married.” LOL

#TIMYTheAnnouncement: Basti for the win

Basti won the competition! Yay! But it really wasn’t that big of a surprise that it would happen since Dreamscape opened their page to vote for his video on Facebook. Kudos to Dreamscape for thinking of this idea to involve the fans even though there wasn’t really a real competition. Team TIMY must’ve thought that viewers could not resist any opportunity to support Basti/James, thus the move. They weren’t wrong.

I loved how natural Basti’s excitement was when he shared the news with his wife. The way he carried her and spun her around was more James than Basti to be honest and the way he mischievously flirted with his love was 100 percent no acting required. Totally fun to watch.

#TIMYBeatTheBlues: Happy Iris Day!

The way the video was laid out, the way the script focused on Iris and only Iris the way Basti saw her, the way he loved her and delivered his promise to love her forever, it was so candid and the words were so beautiful. It was a peek into Basti’s heart and it was overflowing with wonder and gratefulness that a woman like Iris would fall in love with him. When he said “I must’ve done something right to deserve you,” it was like he was raising his hands to heaven and thanking his lucky stars that he landed himself the love of his life. It was also a message of thanks to Iris for showing him how he deserved to be loved.

It was a special moment of television and one of my favorite scenes on TIMY overall. Don’t worry Basti, should you ever need a reason, TIMYllenials will be more than happy to provide you with a list as long as the red carpet on your wedding.

#TIMYHoldOn: Bawal na ba maging masaya?

Sometimes I wonder whether Team TIMY enjoys baiting us with happy episodes just so they could hurt us all the more with these emotional ones. it’s true that life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies but just why is it that every good thing that happens in this show has an equivalent tragedy? WHYYYYY??? Bawal na ba maging masaya?

#TIMYPreggyFeels: Poor Basti; A celebration of parenthood

TIMY is doing a good job of delivering a light but substantial take on the travails that pregnant women go through in their first trimester. Because not everyone goes through pregnancy and even goes through it in different ways, it may sometimes be hard for some to understand mood swings, cravings and and like that go with the territory. It is sometimes unreasonable yet completely normal. By seeing what Basti had to go through as well as Iris, the show highlighted the perspectives of both the husband and the wife, making it more relatable to a wider group of people

#TIMYTayoHanggangDulo: IsTi delivers on My Favorite Story feels

It’s a given that the IsTi wedding would be compared with the Cleah wedding but aside from James’ crying, there was a different feel to this one. The vibe was lighter mainly because of the concept. It was simpler and there was still a mystery that lied ahead about what will happen to IsTi after the marriage whereas with Clark and Leah, it seemed as though they have already been through the toughest hurdle of their marriage that it was a given that they would hurdle any other thing that fate would throw at them.

While last Friday’s episode filled me with foreboding, I’m choosing to focus on the positives from here on out, until a major twist threatens my bliss. My only complaint about this episode was that they had to cut the wedding short until tomorrow but I have confidence that the second half will deliver on the feels. After all, their personal vows will be delivered tomorrow.