Episode 22 focuses heavily on Michelle and Susanna. Since Hor Wai is no longer around, it’s likely Susanna or Michelle will be the next successor. However, unlike past rivalry, the hatred has never been so intense when Michelle is tangled in another misunderstanding! Fueled by anger and grief, it seems true vengeance has only just begun.
The episode starts off with Susanna going to see Kwok Keung late one night. She wanted to give Yi Kei a few gifts to keep by her side as she is cremated. Kwok Keung bursts into tears over the death of his wife, and Susanna shows her condolences. This of course fuels rumors and gossips amongst the maids in the palace proceedings. What were they doing seeing each other so late? Will they get back together? Michelle overhears the gossip and disbands them, annoyed by the ridiculous rumor of her friend.
Michelle, Ram and Vin as a happy family
Michelle sees Ram and Vin (Ram’s adopted son) where Vin tells her Tavia has been complimenting Michelle in front of Mary. It is likely she is tipped to be the next Head of Proceedings. The three become very excited by the idea, acting out the scene where her dream comes true. She also hopes to be with Ram one day. Unfortunately, Michelle’s hope is shattered when she soon finds out Susanna was the chosen one instead, leaving her to delegate both the attire & jewelery department. Although slightly disappointed by the news, the two are still on good terms and Michelle even gives her a present. Susanna also took this opportunity to give her the jewelery box she made a while back. This is the first time, after a long time that they were able to sit down as friends and exchange presents 🙂
Michelle gives a present to Susanna to congratulate her. Ram tells Michelle a dark secret…
Michelle asks her about Kwok Keung and whether there’s a chance they will get back together. Susanna hesitates and modestly says Kwok Keung is in love with his wife, and she doesn’t want to be involved since their relationship never developed. This leaves Michelle pondering and pitying her friend’s situation. She can tell just from the way she spoke about him, that she does still love him deeply, but is too afraid to admit it. She shares her thoughts with Ram who excitedly suggests it’s possible the two can still be together. Michelle is confused by his claim and he reveals he knows about a secret that could potentially give them a happy ending. He whispers the secret into Michelle’s ear, leaving her absolutely astonished!
The next day on Ram’s birthday, Michelle is waiting excitedly for him with a birthday present. He went off to do something very important and should be returning shortly. While she was chatting to Vin, some bad news arrived…..Ram is found dead! OMG!! O_O How abrupt!
Ladies saddened by Ram’s death.
Michelle cries by Ram’s side when the other ladies come in to burn an incense for him. Michelle asks Susanna if she was the last to see Ram that day because he told her he went to see her. She denies it though looking slightly guilty. Another sad and emotional scene.. On a side note, how come Michelle doesn’t hide the fact she ‘loves’ Ram? Is it because he’s dead now so it doesn’t matter? I thought people in the palace were not allowed to experience romance? If so, isn’t it obvious to everyone here she loved him; holding onto his hands while he laid dead? Or is this considered acceptable, since she has been seeing Ram secretly (and no one knew about it)?
Michelle soon discovers Susanna had lied, as a servant witnessed the two talking some time before his death. This raises her suspicions and automatically assumes Susanna was responsible for his death! She confronts Susanna, accusing her of killing Ram because he knew about her ‘secret’. Susanna continues to say she doesn’t know what Michelle is talking about and that it was an accident.
Michelle accuses Susanna for killing Ram
Michelle marries (a deceased) Ram and vows to take revenge, making Susanna’s life miserable. Michelle wants the Head position, and obtains this by blackmailing Susanna with an item which forces her to back down on the role. I’m trying to understand that Michelle is emotionally unstable, but still…her actions and bitchy look is irritating me >_<!! Argh! (See below image).
On the first meeting with Michelle as the Head, it is obvious to everyone that she has a huge grudge against Susanna. Michelle makes a complete fool out of herself, being extremely prejudice towards Susanna (almost to a laughable extent). She compliments a dumb idea randomly muttered by a maid and disses Susanna’s clever idea. It has never been so apparent that Charmaine, Kara and Susanna are unimpressed, especially when she gives her unreasonable deadlines. When Charmaine helps speak for her, Michelle says that now even Charmaine is concerned for her lack of capability… omg, this is so gay. How very annoying! Anyone else frustrated by this scene?
Michelle becomes Head of Proceedings after blackmailing Susanna
When the two are alone, Michelle reveals a baby’s bell. It turns out Susanna had secretly given birth to Kwok Keung’s child and left the baby by a river, disowning him. Back then, she thought she was able to leave with Kwok Keung and so the pregnancy wouldn’t be an issue. However, because of Hor Wai, she missed the opportunity to leave and realised that if anyone discovered she had this child, both she and Kwok Keung would be executed. She heart brokenly left the baby by the river where Ram happened to have witnessed the incident. What happened to the baby? Is he alive? Susanna demands to know what happened to the baby but Michelle says she will only tell if Susanna can keep her happy.
I initially felt for Michelle’s character, she doesn’t have a villainous heart and seems to be a good person (though sometimes distracted by her resentment towards Susanna). I think it’s such a shame that when they finally became friends again, because of another misunderstanding they are back in square one. I’m pretty sure someone else was behind it (it’s never that simple). Sadly, until the truth comes out, we can expect a lot of Michelle bullying and Susanna suffering 🙁 It’s really a pity their relationship goes in cycles, but it’s a drama and things just can’t go smoothly!
By the end of this episode I end up really disliking her character. I do admire Michelle as an actress, but I was always a bit unsure of her character Chung Suet-ha 鍾雪霞. I couldn’t decide if I liked her or not, and just when I thought her character was starting to grow on me, I find reasons to dislike her again. I understand her motive and reasons behind them; she thinks Susanna killed her loved one which is a pretty justifiable reason… yet at the same time it’s so illogical. Everything is just based on assumption.
What do you think of episode 22? Do you still like Michelle and feel her actions are justified? Does Michelle and Ram have any chemistry? Did you like their relationship or was it a bit unconvincing? Was her secret predictable? Drop a comment and share your thoughts 🙂
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P.S Just to confirm, I will be completing all the episode synopsis/thoughts for the rest of the drama. Thank you for your patience so far! Slowly, but surely we’ll get there! 🙂