Only You: Episode 2

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This episode continued with Mandy’s job search. She was so picky, LOL! Well, I guess she had a point regarding the requirements with knowing how to drink, please others, etc. It began to feel like some special “socializing” abilities rather than just the normal professionalism that employees had to acquire for their job titles. Anyway, Mandy soon met with her mother at a restaurant for tea time (?) and found out that her mother had set up a meeting with the matchmaker, Chong Sze Tim. (Yeah, the same matchmaker and wedding planner who helped Dee with the whole wedding arrangement in the previous episode.) Mandy was still hostile–or at least semi-hostile–toward her while exchanging some words. Her mother of course interfered. However, Mandy’s attitude changed when the subject changed to that of wedding arrangements. Yup, she had already talked to Ling regarding the whole making money out of the wedding business when they met up for lunch, so it was only right that she snatched at the opportunity when Madame Chong brought it up. Like it was an easy road since her attitude just killed everything and Madame Chong wouldn’t want to commit suicide by accepting Mandy as a student. LOL! That would lead to major blood pressure problems in the near future. On a personal note, I don’t know, but I liked Yoyo’s character so far. It was kind of different from her previous roles. It was not too good, too dumb, too kind, or too cruel. There was this mixture of caring for her family yet she had this attitude that just drove people insane at times. In other words, NOT perfect yet not completely hateful either.

To steer away from that side of the main cast to the other side, LOL! Yeah, so I didn’t mention about Madame Chong’s family, right? So here goes. Evergreen Mak and Kristal Tin were part of that clan. Then there was their son Zhong Chung Leung (Vin Choi)–more like stepson to Mrs. Zhong. There was also Ma Hui Ching (Natalie Tong), who was Madame Chong’s daughter. In a way, they were a family business. In the previous episode, we found out that Chung Leung didn’t transfer his tuition fees to Hui Ching so now he couldn’t go to Australia to study because he had enrolled somewhere else to pursue a girl. His father was more than mad but couldn’t do anything about it–even after some major persuasion with the school. To top it off, they had another thing to worry about. Their main photographer, Summer (Kevin Cheng), was not back yet because of delays and couldn’t make it in time to take pictures for one of their clients. Mrs. Zhong immediately came up with some medical excuse for Summer and tried to edge out of it. Nice? It seemed that Kevin was portraying somewhat of an irresponsible person–for once? NOT sure, but we’ll find out in a bit.

Because of Summer’s inability to appear at the time, King (Lai Lok Yi) tried to cover for him by offering his service when he was turned down by the customers since they did not trust him–though he was supposed to be the backup photographer and was more than qualified to help them with the photo session. After much frustration, he left again. So much for being nice and trying to help, I guess.

On the other hand, Madame Chong was offered a case to help this one family with an upcoming wedding but one of the requirements was that she was still happily married. This was the thing that couldn’t be fulfilled but Phoebe (Kristal Tin) jumped in to say that it was true and used crafty words to seal the deal. Madame Chong couldn’t turn it down so she had to seek out her disciple to handle the ceremony. She had no idea that her loud mouth disciple was the reason for her downfall. Or what seemed so because the disciple engaged in an argument with Lady Wong and accidentally spilled the beans regarding Madame Chong’s past. That got into the tabloids and caused Madame Chong’s reputation. I seriously did not blame Phoebe in this case since she wasn’t totally lying. Yes, she was manipulating the words to make it sound good yet she wasn’t bashing or picking on Madame Chong. She was just using good words to make Madame Chong’s reputation good. I blame the nosy disciple for not knowing when to shut up. Anyway, Madame Chong went to their client’s office to try and explain but the rep wouldn’t hear her. Luckily, the boss came and told them that she would see Madame Chong. After some explanation, the lady boss said that she didn’t care about Madame Chong’s past but admired her for her talents and wanted her to arrange the wedding and be there for the ceremony.

Back to Mandy’s side, Mandy somehow landed a job since it was Ling’s cousin’s wedding. She tried to pull it off but failed major time because she wasn’t paying attention when Ling was passing on information to her. Despite her crafty words and manipulation, she wasn’t convincing. But coincidences of all coincidences or maybe it was just planned that way so the plot would unfold later, but Madame Chong’s reception was also at the same hotel/restaurant. So they went head to head and had some exchanges. Mandy was still the typical Mandy, arrogant as always, LOL! Madame Chong didn’t want to argue with her anymore. Yet the little respect Mandy showed toward Madame Chong was letting her get into the Taxi first. But Madame Chong refused and so Mandy abandoned her courtesy and headed home. Yup, Madame Chong was shaking her head.

The episode ended with Mandy sitting on her bed and counting the red packets. It showed that she had failed major time. Need to be more convincing. If only she would know that she still had a lot to learn.

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Only You: Episode 1

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After watching the first episode, I must say I was impressed. It might be too early to say anything regardless because I’d read some spoilers but I was willing to stay positive–for once (at least recently). This series was, of course, about weddings or more like wedding planning. Well, it could be counted as everything surrounding weddings, such as preparations–as mentioned above–and the hardships they’d gone through for it. The reasons for such a fancy and glamorous preparations could be for the sake of saving face–as in this case, but it actually turned out to be a different reason and could account for a whole different reason in the end. I must admit I was thinking along the line of dragging formula as the wall crumbled when Mandy (Yoyo Mung) exclaimed out her frustration and spilled the beans about her recent job loss. But the whole event turned around all right in the end. It seemed that this series would be a case per case thing instead of dragging it out with the whole jumble of stories like in the past series. Then they would save it for everything to resolve in the end or near the end. But it was not. I like this approach better when it comes to theme-related ones. I must say I was not much of a fan of some of the cast members but watched anyway since I at least liked some of the cast. Glad I carried on anyway because I liked the development thus far and how the characters were–even if they seemed annoying at one point or another. It was more on a serious level than some of the recent nonsense ones. However, you shouldn’t dive in if you just can’t stand the main cast because you wouldn’t enjoy it anyway. I was willing to continue because the plot had convinced me somewhat and how the characters promised some sense of variety. There was, of course, the overall plot that tied the main cast together but most of the couples in here were probably appearing as guests for each case the wedding planners do. Can’t wait to see what else would happen.

So anyone wants spoilers? Well, the first story started with Mandy’s family preparing for Dee (Eddie Lee) and Rainbow (Leanne Li)’s wedding. Dee and Rainbow only wanted a simple get together party among family and friends, but it had turned into a whole catastrophe because Mandy wanted to show off to her other relatives and save face for the family. Then there was also the whole thing with their mother (Suet Nei) wanting to do a traditional wedding after witnessing a professional matchmaker and wedding planner going through the ceremony with a relative’s wedding. This professional matchmaker was of course portrayed by Louise Lee. She was pestered by all family members before and after Mandy’s job loss, causing quite a nuisance for her. However, upon hearing the mother’s confession of how important it was to her to witness a traditional wedding and bringing luck toward her son and future daughter-in-law, the matchmaker was touched and proceeded to do her best directing the mother throughout the preparations. On the other hand, Mandy was very frustrated with the job loss that she finally took it out on her brother after finding out about the huge bill from the wedding pictures. So all parties were on the out that night, shutting themselves in their rooms, except for the mother. Their mother was worried and wanted to cancel all arrangements with the matchmaker the next day because of Dee’s rude behavior and hostility. However, after some encouragements and persuasions, she proceeded with the planning. That night, Dee returned home to see his mother in the kitchen–more like just a glimpse of her in the kitchen–and mumbled about the nuisance of preparations in his drunk state. Yet the next day Dee finally understood his mother’s feelings toward the whole thing. Even Rainbow was touched by what her mother-in-law had done for her–and cooperated with the arrangements throughout, no longer complaining about the unfairness of not being able to plan out her own wedding, etc. Another touching moment occurred when Mandy produced two watches as the wedding gift for her brother, which Dee remembered the promise Mandy had made to him since they were still young. After that flashback, Dee tearfully said that Mandy had remembered and Mandy returned by reminding him that she would never forget what she promised to him. See what I mean with a touching episode? Well, who knows what else could happen in the future but that moment really brought meaning into the whole theme. It brought forth more hope for weddings and/or marriages. (I’m a sucker for it.)

One Step Beyond

It was one interesting, unpredictable series. It was actually one of those series that is hard to come upon these days. It was unpredictable in that it was crazy yet did not follow the typical pattern of TVB series nowadays. The acting was just so awesome also that you can’t really hate any one character for so long. Although it was 20 episodes, it felt so fast with a lot of things going on that you could not feel the drag of it at all since it never stopped long enough for you to think. This was one great Deric, Fiona, and Dicky collaboration. Both guys are great singers and having them in the same drama was sort of a plan to promote them at that time. However, their acting was really good also–not just singing. I especially love Deric’s song for the series. It was really touching and nice.

Anita Lee showed a surprising performance near the end of the drama since I thought she was just portraying another typical role–in those TVB days. However, she convinced me of her acting at that point, not just recently. Rain Lau did a good job also and it was a bit funny seeing that she was portraying Dicky’s sister in here since they were paired off in The Mystery of the Twin Swords II.

It was a bit funny to see lots of the typical TVB faces in those days still taking on minor roles or guest starring to contribute to the drama, such as Lui Fong, Alex To, Carol Yeung, and Andy Hui. Derek Kwok was still being robbed in those days but at least there was the definite good acting fiber in him right from the start–even if he was just playing the typical baddie as it was in those days.

Recommended for those who want to watch crazy slash humorous ghost plots. There were ups and downs of the series but it was not for long.

Posted (on Xanga): October 23, 2009

Re-posted: Sunday, April 4th, 2010