ageashis own Mikay, which annoys Bianca again.
And then when they’re on their way, they get stopped and Dad gets arrested for human trafficking. I knew there was something fishy about that job! He ends up in jail, and Mom Stella is in a tizzy trying to get him out, wondering how she’d ever raise bail.
We finally get a glimpse of Gino, parked in his car, reading some anonymous text messages that seem to be from a former flame who acts all cutesy, saying she misses his lips, and complaining that he doesn’t remember her anymore.
Jao and Mikay are both silent on the drive back. When Jao gets home, his mom asks what happened and he brushes it off as nothing important. She tells him to sleep, because they have to be early the next day for the parade. But he can’t sleep, because he keeps thinking of Mikay, her smile, and all the ways she annoyed him. He finally falls asleep thinking of her. Aw, methinks Princey has fallen.
Mikay mopes over breakfast, since she’s lost her camera. The kind older woman she’s befriended asks what’s wrong, and Mikay tells her what happened. The older lady gives her a camera, saying she still has three hours before her 1:00 pm flight, so she still has time. Mikay goes out and takes more photos, finally ending up at the festival grounds, where she takes photos from above. She scans the crowd for Jao, wondering where he is– she doesn’t see him, but he sees her.
Gino’s friend arrives, but now the car won’t start. While they try to find out what’s the matter, the friend spots a girl with her back to them, and thinks it might be one of Gino’s ex-girlfriends. They walk over to try a cheesy pickup line, only it turns out to be an unattractive gay, so they run away fast.
The festival is in honor of Princess Ariya’s birthday (so it’s really Mikay’s birthday), one month before the anniversary of her disappearance (so she was one year and one month old when she was kidnapped). The king makes a speech, saying he’ll never marry again because he loved his wife and daughter very much, so he has decided to choose a successor. He introduces the six young men who are the official candidates for the succession, and Mikay’s mouth falls open when she sees Jao go up to the balcony to stand with the king. Jao clocks her reaction and looks smug.
She doesn’t stay for the rest of the festival, though, as she’s soon aboard the airport bus– which she asks to stop so she can get a photo of the palace for Mom. Aw. She looks around with tears in her eyes, sad about leaving.
Gino and his friend pass the time looking over some girls. The friend wonders which would be his “next victim.” The girls even call Gino over to talk to them, but his mom calls– he can’t get a word in, so he finally just pretends to be losing signal and ends the call.
Jao suddenly decides to leave the festival– his mom calls him back while he’s dashing for the exit, asking where he’s going that’s more important than this, but he just runs. But he’s too late– he watches from the road as the plane headed for Manila taxis down the runway and lifts off– and he’s looking sad, holding Mikay’s camera.
Kiko is the first to greet Mikay when she arrives home, and tells her about her dad. Mikay also overhears a conversation between Mom and Bianca– Bianca asks if she should just stop school, and Mom says she shouldn’t. Turns out Mom had used the prize money Mikay left with her to– wait for it– enroll Bianca in the same school as Mikay so that the older girl wouldn’t feel cheated. Both mom and daughter are pretty defensive about it, telling Mikay that it’s only proper that she gave them the money and she shouldn’t question anymore where it’s gone to. From the moment Dad brought her home, she’s been competing with Bianca for everything, after all. Which is just– ugh.
Jao gets home to be met with a scolding from mom. Behati rips into him for running out on the festival and “sabotaging” his chances for the crown. He just says sorry and goes to her room, and she cries tears of anger. In his room, Jao gets out the camera and looks through the photos of Mikay.
Mikay rushes to the police station and asks to see Dad, only it’s past visiting hours for the day. The policeman tells her to come back the next day, but she says she’ll just stay there until they’re open to visitors again. The policeman huffs that this is so improper, a young girl like her staying there all night alone… and Kiko walks into the police station to say that he’ll keep her company. He’s known Mikay so long that he figured she’d pull a stunt like this and need his company. Mikay sleeps sitting on the floor, propped up against the wall. She dreams about losing the camera and is woken by an alarmed Kiko.
And so Mom arrives the next day to find Mikay there. She tries to send the girl home, but Mikay insists she has to see Dad.
The king talks to Jao, telling him he’s not a good festival coordinator, as he didn’t get along well with others. He then asks if Mikay enjoyed her stay in Yangdon. Jao assures the king that she did. What about you? the king asks. “Let’s just say that it’s hard to forget the time I spent with her,” Jao says.
The king asks what he means by that. Jao remembers Mikay yelling at him that he doesn’t deserve to be king. He tells the king that it’s not important. “Not important, or important because of her?” the king asks. Jao has no answer.
Mikay apologizes to Mom and promises to find a job. She tells Kiko about breaking the bowl, believing that it took her luck away, hence the bad thing that happened to her family. Kiko promises to help get her luck back. She embarks on job-hunting, but most employers tell her that they’re looking for college grads, and she’s just finished high school. She’s finally offered a food-service job, which she accepts.
Bianca, meanwhile, hangs out with the mean girls in a park– they try to use her to get close to Gino. They also send her to buy some hotdogs for refreshments from a vendor– who turns out to be Mikay, to Bianca’s consternation. The mean girls, led by Maddie, decide that Mikay is taking too long with their hotdogs and pick on her, changing their minds and refusing to pay after she’s already assembled the food . Bianca doesn’t do anything to defend her and even pretends they’re strangers.
Mikay’s supervisor, a pretty older girl named Vicky, tells her to fight back for herself– if she lets customers bully her like that, she’ll end up owing more deductions than her salary.
Jao sees one of the other candidates talking with a girl, who turns out to be his girlfriend. The other boy asks if Jao doesn’t have any inspiration– you know– Behati arrives in time to hear this and coldly tells the boy that Jao has no time for useless things like that.
Behati has come to fetch Jao home, because some reporters want to interview him for a piece about Dasho Kencho. It’s a blatant PR move, as she tells Jao she’ll do anything, use anything, to make him king. So she tries to control what goes into the article– the writer objects that he can’t be partial. Behati says she just wants him to tell the truth, she’s not telling him to lie…
Gino is in the same park as the mean girls and Mikay. He’s having a sort of altercation with a girl who ends up slapping him for his caddish behavior. The mean girls observe that there goes another broken heart for Gino’s collection, and they show Bianca a series of videos of Gino’s former girlfriends, all of them crying or cursing him. Bianca asserts that she’s different, that Gino will be the one getting crazy over her. Maddie observes that she’d have to be special then.
Altercation over, Gino indulges in a game of Frisbee, and while he’s running, not seeing where he’s going, he runs right into Mikay and her tray of goodies and knocks her down. He helps her get up, and she frets that she’s got something in her eye, so he blows into it… and the first thing she sees when her vision clears is his face, so near her own. Uh-oh…
They stare at each other, and then she realizes that all her wares are scattered on the ground. So instead of thanking Gino for helping her, she yells at him that he should pay for it. Affronted, he drops a thousand-peso bill beside her and stalks off. She calls after him that’s he’s forgotten his change, but he tosses back over his shoulder that she should keep it.
Kiko gets on the internet to look for ways to restore Mikay’s luck. Aw, he’s so earnest about it.Momtells