Tavia plays “hard to get” and gets exactly what she wants..
In episodes 7, 8 and 9 of [Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles], Tavia’s disappointment and helplessness comes to a slight halt, with her turning the tables on Damian. When Tavia deliberately leaks rumours of her relationship with Damian to the media, he tells her he’s never been interested in her. This was a real slap in the face for Tavia, but it only fueled her determination to make him change his mind.
Tavia starts clinging onto another lawyer (Damian’s acquaintance) which alerts his attention. She buys brand new clothing, perfume and even learns some English so she could feel more classy. Her actions are very similar to a girl who just got dumped, and is trying hard to show how much better off and happier she is without him (except she actually wants him). Clearly this method is working for her, as Damian is starting to feel very irritable, and starts yearning for her when issues arise between him and Idy (more about this later) I feel a little sorry for him..
When Tavia auctions off the chessboard and necklace that he had given to her, he becomes visibility upset by this. He had put a lot of thought behind the present and clearly didn’t like the way she treated it. This shows that she means more to him than he would like to admit. Damian ends up being the highest bidder and later urges Tavia to take it back. She eventually does so, but promptly tosses it in the bin which angers him.
Next comes the dramatic scene where the two are pushing and tugging the chess box and all the pieces start flying everywhere. Tavia loses her cool and starts yelling and screaming at Damian while throwing the pieces at him. So much angst going on here! He eventually lunges forward, grabs onto her and forces himself on her. Here comes the infamous lip-biting scene between the two.. personally, I thought it looked weird, especially the few moments where they just stared at each other (and his lips are stuck between her teeth…) @_@ Does this not look awkward to anyone else…?
And of course, kissing passionately works as a charm to mend relationships ;D (though, the age gap…is a bit… ..)
The two eventually make love, with Tavia waking up the next morning feeling like the luckiest woman alive… but this excitement is short-lived. She sees Damian standing outside on their bedroom balcony, and she sneaks up from behind him to give him a cheeky surprise. However, Damian suddenly turns around and snaps at her angrily to back off. This startles both of them (myself included), with Tavia having the most “WTFJUSTHAPPENED” face. It was kinda..hilarious..lol (Oh Chibi is so mean) Tavia quickly realises Damian was thinking about Idy (I’m not even sure how she figured this out) and he responds in a very..strange manner. I can’t quite pin point what it was, but it was awkward. Damian seems a bit messed up and is a little torn over what to do about Tavia now. All Tavia’s efforts seem to have gone down the drain, with her back in tears over the harsh reality of loving a married man. He cannot offer her any more but material goods and possession. It almost seemed like it was just a meaningless one-night stand. The path in front of her isn’t going to be an easy one… not unless Damian stands by her too.
Idy and Damian’s trust issues
A key contributor that brought Damian and Tavia closer though is Idy. If it wasn’t for Idy, Damian would probably never had thought about Tavia. So in a sense, Tavia was lucky in terms of timing. During this time, Idy snuck off to see Ben alone and this causes much unneeded tension between her and Damian. This makes me a little annoyed with Idy. I feel like she’s displaying hypocrisy when she claims she and Ben are just “friends”, but she goes and sees him in secret. Clearly they still have feelings for each other… but who can blame them? They were once truly in love… I also quite admire Ben’s character at this point, when he reveals his past story and the struggles he went through to get to where he is today. What’s interesting to note is that Damian currently has 3 wives. Ben? None. His feelings for Idy is undoubtedly very strong.
Idy’s way of approaching this situation is a bit of a double edge sword. She’s not achieving anything by being stubborn and ignoring Damian. She tried this before and it didn’t work (when they previously argued over Ben) I don’t like where this ones heading. I’m not a relationship guru, but accusing your husband and defending an ex-lover is bound to cause trouble. No?
I hate it when characters overhear half of the story and then claim they know the full story. Jimmy (Damian’s second son played by Vincent Wong) decided to pull a prank on Ben in hopes to screw with his business, thinking it would help his father. However, this ends up causing problems instead, with Ben and Idy both thinking it was Damian’s idea. He’s not the type of guy to use dirty tricks, so I was really disappointed in Idy when she believed he could do such a thing.
I wanted to pull my hair out when she said “I heard everything” NO LADY YOU DID NOT HEAR EVERYTHING. SIGH. Communication is a vital part to any successful relationship, but no one here wants to listen. Damian has his ego and feels that Idy should be the one who needs to understand him. But she doesn’t. So HE SHOULD JUST TELL HER. If there’s anything we can learn from TV dramas about relationships, it’s that by simply talking to the person, misunderstandings can be cleared up 99% of the time. The sour relationship between Damian and Idy is leading him off astray, making him think of Tavia to ease his pain. This behaviour breaks a lot of marriages. Do I blame Tavia for being the home wrecker? Not really. Is it Damian’s fault for looking elsewhere? Would he go looking for another woman if Idy wasn’t upset with him and mistrusting him? Would Idy believe Damian if he told her the truth? It’s all very grey. It’s also very real. I feel like this aspect of the story was well written.
Growing friendship between Kenneth and Rebecca
Meanwhile, I’m still finding Ron’s character annoying and unlikable. He doesn’t trust other people, especially those that are rich and powerful (like Kenneth), which he rehashes over and over again to Rebecca. Kenneth did so much to help them; including winning a case in court for them without charging any money. It’s ridiculously unreasonable for him to expect justice to be completely served. I feel like Ron is just being naive and unrealistic, which is ironic since he thinks he knows about the real world. Kenneth has already done way beyond anyone else would do to help them and all he gets is this kind of ungratefulness. His acting is also very exaggerated and over the top.. so I don’t really enjoy watching his scenes. Funnily enough, his cop bother seems a little more tolerable and the only reason I can still watch them is because of Rebecca. I still think she’s cute XD She is a little naive, so it’s a good thing the person she’s trusting is Kenneth. I like how Kenneth lets out a genuine smile, when Rebecca thanks him for everything he’s done. I’m interested to see how their relationship develops 🙂
I guess what I’m wondering right now is… Are Tavia and Damian really in love? I feel like he likes her, but the one he loves most is Idy. The idea is a bit strange to me when someone loves more than one person… how can you truly love someone when you have multiple lovers? What do you think of these events? Were you rooting for Tavia, or hoping her plan fails? From what she says to him (during the break-up scene) she truly loves him, and doesn’t mind that he loves someone else more. I’m confused though, because it’s hard for me to comprehend the idea that she would fall in love with someone as old as her father, not for the money, or status or power.. and to be so selfless all in the name of love. I would love to hear your thoughts and opinion on the idea of ‘love’ and how you feel about the characters. Please drop a comment below with any thoughts you had for episode 7-9!
To those who have watched ahead, please refrain from posting any spoilers in this comment section ^_^ Let’s keep it spoiler free and only discuss events that occurred in episode 7-9.