ICAC 2009: Episode 4

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

This case was surrounding the idea of the conspiracy between several parties and construction projects.

It started out with Henry (Raymond Wong) and Kenny (Pakho Chau) following closely behind their suspect Lam Gwong Yiu (portrayed by Kenny Wong). He was a consultant whose job covered the areas of finding and assigning building projects to construction companies. It was believed that he was trying to make inside deals with contractors of different construction companies and benefited more than that was of his salary. What was more shocking of the whole incident was he would assign projects or make agreements with the construction companies and then back out after the companies had already gone through the production process, causing a loss for them in the end.

Another man named Lau Gau (portrayed by Lam Suet) was also known to be involved in such acts, including the boss of the construction company.

As they were following Lam Gwong Yiu, Henry discovered of Kenny’s rash behaviors, like following the suspects too closely and causing possible exposure. He reported it to Carrie (Maggie Siu) and sought advice from her. Carrie called Kenny in to tell him that she was going to transfer him over to do more office work, especially research to train his patience.

Kenny felt frustrated and trapped while doing office work. However, he was encouraged by one of his seniors, Madame Matilda Yeung (Mariam Yeung). She also gave him advice along the way as she was taking a break from her latest case.

While that was going on, we learned that Lau Gau’s daughter, Karen (Carolyn Chan), recently graduated and was going to start work soon. Coincidence of all coincidences, Karen soon learned that the industry that she worked in was rather rocky with many twists to it. She accidentally learned of the con jobs her company was doing, which her father was also involved. She was shattered by the information since their pair of father and daughter was very close.

The ICAC investigators finally found enough evidence to bring Lau Gau in and tried to get him to confess. He was hesitant at first but was later convinced to cooperate with the police for his daughter’s sake.

The last piece of the puzzle fell into place when Kenny’s hard-working attitude paid off. He finally took in the advice of looking through the most unrelated piece of information and they were able to capture Lam Gwong Yiu at last when he was trying to make an escape.

The episode ended with the ICAC team chatting among themselves and sharing some food. However, the atmosphere was broken by Carrie’s attempt to crack a joke as the others tried to laugh (although they did not find it amusing at all). It was still a fun ending with seeing the bonding of the team again with Matilda joining also.

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ICAC 2009: Episode 3

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

This case was probably the most complex among them all because it contained a 48-hour deadline and a lot of information searching and witnesses seeking.

This case was actually about insurance fraud. A man (Johnny Tang) was waiting for the insurance company to transfer money over to his account after the death of his sister–who bought a policy that has him as the person who will benefit from the insurance if something happened. The cause of death was due to the fact that she was hit by lightning.

Every piece of information was there and seemed to be legit on the surface. However, when the ICAC investigators dug deeper into the case, they found out that not only the deceased was still alive and well, but she did not have a brother or have ever been in those places that the paperwork had claimed. The truth was that she had lost her ID card awhile back and had since replaced it with a new one. Her identity was used to commit fraud without her knowledge (obviously) and had sent the ICAC investigators on a wild goose chase. Though all was not in vain since they managed to persuade all witnesses to show up in court. The only problem was that they were not able to convince the so-claimed ‘brother’ to slip out who his conspirators were.

While Carrie (Maggie Siu) and Henry (Raymond Wong) were riding around verifying different pieces of information the insurance company passed on to them, Kenny (Pakho Chau) and Sam Sam (Fiona Sit) were trying to persuade the guy to disclose his conspirators. As the clock was ticking, everything seemed so nerve-wracking and not promising until the man finally agreed to help them. (Because he was able to see through Kenny and Sam Sam’s sincerity toward him–and it was not just about arresting the criminals and solving their case.)

This episode not only unfolded the conspiracy among several parties involved in the insurance fraud but also showed some more bonding of the ICAC team. There were also traces of a personal life out of their work. However, the person who got most out of it was Sam Sam since we were able to see that she had a boyfriend (who was portrayed by Jason Chan). We also learned in this episode that Carrie has a little daughter while Henry was already married. Although they were busy with their work, they still managed to take some time–even IF only a little–to call and check in on their family members. Sam Sam, seeing how her colleagues cherished those little moments, also made an effort to spend the little time that she could spare with her boyfriend. It led to very heart-warming scenes at the end.

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ICAC 2009: Episode 2

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

Ah Chuen (Sonija Kwok), Zoe (Yoyo Mung), and Rainy (Halina Tam) were three best friends since high school–who were also known to be sworn sisters. Their lives had taken on different paths as in career and leisure but they still remained close after all these years.

Ah Chuen was happily married to a Taxi driver,  Zeng Wing Hong (Derek Kwok), and was pregnant with their first child. They had quite a few good news having worked so hard all these years for it. They had nothing more to ask since they were satisfied with their current status. Bad luck struck when Wing Hong was involved in an accident and being the party at fault for not reacting fast enough thus causing the consequences. In compensation, they had to pay one million for the damage.

Zoe, on the other hand, was still dating her boyfriend of seven years, Lee Chi Lun (Raymond Cho), who was a hard working man. Although Zoe was proud of Lun and was supportive of his efforts, her family thought otherwise. Zoe silently wished to get married too but did not dare to open her mouth, fearing that Lun would misunderstand it for persistence. Facing the pressures from both Zoe’s family and his boss, Lun wanted to prove to them both that he could succeed.

Rainy chose a different path from her friends, wishing to become a successful businesswoman. Though single, she was proud of her work and hoped that her efforts will pay off one day. Perhaps, her urge to bring in several more major customers and/or projects was her downfall because it led to her succumbing to other alternatives of seeking financial benefits.

A possible solution presented itself to solve everyone’s problems when Lun’s boss presented a new land redevelopment project involving several areas, including a rundown apartment building. Lun, who was lured in by Rainy several times of a possible collaboration, finally consulted with Rainy of the new project thus leaking out the secret. It was supposed to be a way out for them all, especially Ah Chuen and Wing Hong’s urgent financial needs. Not to mention Lun finally having a large sum of money to impress Zoe’s family and in getting married.

The gig was actually to move into the apartment building and wait for the compensation fees to arrive thus reaping in at the end. Ah Chuen and Wing Hong would pose as two strangers moving into two of the apartments in that particular building. They would pretend not to know each other so that they would be compensated twice the amount. Rainy would arrange all the details since she was a realtor agent. With Lun’s information, all plans should work out in the end. All they had to do was be patient and wait for the result.

When Zoe learned of their conspiracy, she protested and objected against the whole matter, knowing that it was illegal since they had traded inside information and used it for their own benefit. However, Lun convinced her of the possibility of saving Ah Chuen and Wing Hong’s financial crisis and at the same time help them earn enough for an elegant wedding.

Ah Chuen and Wing Hong were more than grateful with their friends offering a solution to help them ease off the financial pressure. However, they did not know the consequences of it nor the actual laws covering that section. Ah Chuen even asked Rainy about the matter at first and Rainy covered it up by convincing Ah Chuen that they were just helping themselves and weren’t harming anyone.

Zoe watched silently as all plans proceeded. It was just one more month before they could collect their money and start anew. They had no idea that the ICAC was investigating the matter in the background, following their every move.

Lun and Zoe finally moved forward with preparing for their wedding. Ah Chuen, Zoe, and Rainy also returned to their high school to help in the yearly event, practicing their hit song “Yesterday Once More” with Ah Chuen holding onto the microphone and performing while Zoe and Rainy accompanied her by playing the music on their guitars.

Coincidentally, one of the ICAC investigators, Sam Sam (Fiona Sit), was actually the junior of the three women. It was a bit ironic to see Sam Sam having to arrest her seniors if they could find evidence that proved the three to be guilty. While she was being torn between admitting the cold facts in regard to what her seniors had done, she also had to reconsider what she had been trained to do all along–with the guidance by Henry (Raymond Wong).

As they were leaving the wedding parlor one time, Zoe spotted Rainy taking money from someone–possibly after having sold her new learned information to that person. Zoe was once again thrown into the obstacle of knowing and not telling. Perhaps it was a relief for everything to finally end as the ICAC team finally pushed forth to arrest Lun and Rainy because they had more than enough evidence.

Thoughts? It was actually a very touching story and the most in consideration for a lot of matters. It was good to put in how Sam Sam was torn in between her job and her seniors. The group of five were not bad in actuality but it was the circumstances they were facing that they chose to seek another alternative. Ah Chuen and Wing Hong did not know the consequences of it but Zoe knew yet she did not tell. Perhaps it might have been better to stomp on the urge to move forth with such a plan but it was not easy since the obstacle they were all in. When pressured, people choose other alternatives and possibly any to just find a way out. I think the one most guilty had to be Rainy since she had always wanted personal gain whether it was from Lun or someone totally different. She said that they were just helping themselves yet she ended up selling the information to others as well, bringing in even more money for herself. I could understand that Lun would go crazy with so much pressure and the need to prove himself. But he was not any better that he pressured Zoe into it with the whole “we’re just trying to help Ah Chuen and Hong” thing.

Cast? Was surprised that they put Sonija, Yoyo, Halina, Derek, and Raymond Cho into one but it was really cool to see their collaboration. I especially loved both pairings of Derek/Sonija and Raymond/Yoyo–once again. It was nice to see their pairing though it did seem repetitive yet just for a short span of about 40 minutes.

It was interesting to see Raymond Wong getting to supervise over someone this time around and guide her through the process. However, I rather have Jessica for this one as well and how she would continue to work with Raymond as a team. It would be interesting to know just a bit more about her character.

With all that said though, this was actually my favorite story since the friendship between Ah Chuen, Zoe, and Rainy was admirable though Rainy was more for her self-gained than the other two. The song “Yesterday Once More” was a nice companion to their friendship and past.

*Special thanks to *.marshmalloww for helping with some of the character names above.

ICAC 2009: Episode 1

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

While Ma Yat Ming (Bowie Lam) was riding in his car, he received a call from his wife,  Lam Boi Kei (Krystal Tin), telling him that she was back in Hong Kong and she wanted to go confess to her crimes. Shocked, he convinced her not to do such a thing. She did not want to listen to him because he had betrayed her by having an affair with the finance manager, Ho Lai Man (Vivien Yeo).

While that was going on, Annie (Jessica Hsuan), Henry (Raymond Wong), and other ICAC investigators were following both Ma Yat Ming and Wong Hoi (Ellesmere Choi), a stock analyst, closely in trying to find proofs of their acts.

While following Wong Hoi, the ICAC investigators discovered that he was committing suicide. Annie gave Henry the orders to stop him. However, he was a step too late since Wong Hoi already jumped. Fortunately, Wong Hoi had some surrounding objects cushioning his fall so he was only severely injured but not dead. Wong Hoi finally confessed later at the hospital.

What was happening was Ma Yat Ming, Lam Boi Kei, Ho Lai Man, and Wong Hoi were trying to manipulate the stock markets and bring profits for themselves. Yat Ming convinced them all to join in on the gig in making money. Yat Ming used both his wife to become a chairman of the company while his finance manager and the stock analyst manipulated the figures and boasted about the company’s credential.

Boi Kei fled Hong Kong to Taiwan after learning that the ICAC was investigating their company. However, she changed her mind after learning of the affair between Yat Ming and Lai Man. Though it could be truer to say that both Yat Ming and Lai Man were only in for the money. It was just that Yat Ming was getting craftier with his words of how he cared for both parties, Boi Kei and Lai Man, when he conversed with them–individually. It was more a stunt to shut them up, preventing himself from getting caught.

Not being able to convince Boi Kei from coming in to make a confession, Yat Ming tricked her into meeting him by implying how much he cared for her well being while at the same time hiring a hitman to go after her at the arranged meeting.

It appeared that Boi Kei’s father (Lau Kong) had served a sentence in the past for the same crime. He did not want to cooperate with the ICAC investigators at first because he was going by what was really good for her, i.e. not going to personally put her in prison. He soon changed his mind after knowing that Boi Kei was nearly killed at the meeting with Yat Ming. Henry was there in time to save Boi Kei though she fled again with Yat Ming aiding in the process.
Boi Kei, through Yat Ming’s persuasion, finally agreed to return to Taiwan and back into her hiding place. However, he had slyly snatched up the evidence from her bag before saying his farewells to her when a boat arrived to take her away. Yat Ming fled the scene after playing out the tragic goodbye scene at the pier. He tossed the evidence into the water and drove off into the night, knowing everything would be over within seconds.

Luckily, Annie and Henry finally discovered of their whereabouts through the last call that Boi Kei made to her father. When the hitmen hired by Yat Ming were about to carry on with their pre-given orders, Annie and Henry arrived in time to save Boi Kei from being killed–once again. Boi Kei still did not know of the incident and still insisted on keeping her mouth shut regarding the matter, not knowing that she had been deceived many times by Yat Ming.

The ICAC investigators continued to follow Yat Ming and finally got a break when they discovered Yat Ming giving Lai Man the last of the money she asked for. They managed to snap some shots of the two and finally got a confession from Boi Kei.

This first story seemed to be a warm-up for the rest since the seriousness of the atmosphere reflected on the dark and thick background accompanying their black suits. Everyone meant business in here. It was that serious. The case was all right, considering they only had about 40 minutes to map everything out. Jessica and Raymond were a good team. It was nice to see Raymond in the action for the most part. However, I could not help but found it very funny that Raymond and Vivien were on opposite sides this time since I recently watched A Great Way to Care with them pairing up.