The episode starts off with Iris (Nadine Lustre) speaking a monologue in the background overlooking the city of Athens, OTWOL feels anyone? The question of the series is, “How to know if you love him?” No, Charlie Puth, it’s not when you’re only one call away. According to Cassandra, Iris’s mom, it’s when you can only hear/feel your heart beating, because it’s so loud and fast. Cut to Iris staring at James Reid in amazing Instagram selfie lightning (heart eyes emoji). Thank you, Dream Scape.
Cassandra (Carmina Villaroel), doesn’t seem to have the best of luck when it comes to men in her life. Example 1: She sees her boyfriend at a restaurant with two women, Agnes and Val, fighting over him. Turns out, he was playing all 3 of them. They each give him a slap, go outside, end up bonding over this experience with some sponge cake, and become best friends. I’m already loving this trio as best friends.
Example 2: Some time passes and she meets someone else and ends up pregnant, only to find out that this guy had another girlfriend in Canada. Damn, can’t Cassandra catch a break? He ends up leaving to go to Canada. Cassandra says she’s over men and relationships and decides to raise her baby on her own, with the support of her friend. Cassandra supports herself working at a flower shop and decides not to open her heart to love. This girl is 2/2 in the cheating department. Maybe that’s a good idea for now. She don’t need a man.
Fast forward to a couple years later. Iris hangs out at the flower shop with her mother. By the way, this child actress for Iris/Nadine Lustre is SPOT ON. I’m dying, lol.
Cassandra takes interest in this man, Oliver, who buys flowers for his wife for every birthday, holiday, etc. Turns out, yes you guessed it, his wife has been dead for a couple years and he brings these flowers to her grave. How can we not like him already!? Cassandra makes a personal delivery and listens to him speaking to his wife giving updates on the children. He offers to drive her home for the nice gesture, and they become a couple and get married. The cheating streak is over Cassandra, what can possibly go wrong now?! Kyla is singing the theme song for this series as well, which comes on as Cassandra walks down the aisle at her wedding.
Example 3: At Iris’s birthday, OIiver falls ill all of a sudden. He has a kidney disease that he wasn’t aware of. Cassandra and Oliver’s family (his father and two children) spend most of their savings on Oliver, who is in a coma, and after Cassandra tells him that she will be okay to take care of the children, and for Oliver to stop fighting, the line goes flat and he passes away. Is it really a TFC show if someone doesn’t die in the pilot episode?
Anytime Carmina cries in a series it actually tears me up. She’s a damn good actress. Sorry, Cassandra, I was really rooting for a happy marriage for you. Kawawa, di ba?
Oliver’s dad decides to take Oliver’s 2 kids to Cebu with him since they aren’t actually Cassandra’s kids, but she declines and offers to take care of the kids with her and Iris. Iris starts making money in school selling some handicrafts she makes with her mom. Agnes’s son, Ali, is the same age as Iris and they become best friends after he protects her from these bullies calling her handicrafts ugly. They were only 20 pesos! That’s a bargain!
Ali takes an interest in cooking, but his dad’s only plan for him is to become a soldier, like he was. His father rewards Ali for protecting Iris by letting him choose between these “manly” and action themed posters for his room. Much to his father’s dismay, he chooses a James Dean poster (LOL) that somehow got into the pile. “He’s not an action star, he’s only pogi,” his dad says and Ali is like, “duh, that’s why I want it.”
As they get older, Iris and Ali become two peas in a pod. They graduate high school as Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively. They go to prom together. Ali is considered super guapo according to some girls, and Iris isn’t in the same calibre. He shuts them up and says nothing, but cute things about Iris, throws in a forehead kiss, AND holds hands with interlocking fingers!!! Ugh, I love him already!At the dance, he proposes that maybe they actually should start dating, but obviously being the typical Filipina she is, Iris plays it off like he’s joking around and changes the subject. There’s some talk about him joining the Military. He’s not into talking about that and wants to dance, but Iris doesn’t want to. He gets crowned Grad King. Queen is *GASP* Iris.
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As they are celebrating their win with a dance, she remembers her mother telling her she’s supposed to know she’s in love. Iris is feeling it, guys. She can’t feel or hear anything but her heart beating, and she’s loving it. She sees no one else in the room right now.
She discusses these feelings with her friend. Her friend logically asks, “why don’t you tell him?” But of course Iris doesn’t do that. She wants HIM to make the move, which he did but she played it off! Okay, Iris. Does she want a huge romantic gesture? She kind of got one. He’s leaving for the Military Academy the next day. Her feelings for Ali will have to wait. Sigh*
Agnes and Ali are talking about academy. She asks if he wants to go for real. She tells him that whatever he chooses, she’s there for him. Mother’s instincts y’all. She knows what’s up. Ali’s dad talks about how he seems himself in Ali when he was going to academy and how he’s proud of Ali for continuing the same path. Ali goes on his laptop and is part of this James Dean fan club. Is that a thing? He sees this Filipino look alike of James Dean (James Reid), looks at his poster, and feels a connection to him.
I’m so excited for this teleserye. What did you guys think of this episode? Comment below!