him,”Tellher how can she be unlucky when she has you… so much in love with her!” Ahaha so his mom knows!
When Mikay gets home, Bianca tells her to not call her ate (form of address for an older sister). It’s so shameful if her new friends should ever find out that her sister is a hot dog vendor on the sidewalk! Kiko interrupts at that moment– he’s found a way to neutralize Mikay’s bad luck!
Kiko brings Mikay to where he’s set up his telescope. There’s going to be a meteor shower, so he tells her to wish on all the shooting stars to bring her luck and cancel her bad luck. He finds himself getting thisclose, close enough to kiss her; she feels the tension and gives herself a shake, breaking the moment. He asks if she knows what he always wishes for. What? she asks. You, he answers, and then covers it up.. you, you, what do you always wish for? Mikay says she wishes for a lot, including that they… will always be best friends. Ouch. So friendzoned. Kiko has a sickly smile on his face as he says, oh yeah, sure, we’ll always be best friends.
Gino comes home to an empty house. The maid answers the phone and calls to him, “Your mom…” He heads out again, to this building where he’s apparently already well-known, and asks for his mom. She’s standing on a balcony, so drunk I hope she wasn’t thinking of jumping. When Gino arrives, she tells him his dad has asked her for an annulment. Gino’s answer: You don’t need Dad, Mom– I’ll take care of you. But mom insists that no matter how many other women his dad has, she’s the only one he really loves.
On the way out, they encounter Gino’s granddad, who comments that he shouldn’t have introduced Mom to his son. Gino retorts, so it’s Mom’s fault, well, what about your son? Gramps doesn’t answer him, and asks Mom instead what she teaches her kid. Gino: I’m here and I can speak for myself– not like your son. Which doesn’t endear him to Gramps one bit.
At home, Mom remembers she’s a mom and asks Gino if he’ll be okay. Gino: I should be asking you that. Instead of answering, she just bids him goodnight. So he goes to bed and broods alone, remembering all the times he’d seen his parents arguing, He silently vows that he’ll never be like them, miserable for loving someone.
While Mikay tries to shake out of her head the thought that Kiko might be attracted to her, Kiko broods over the fact that he was thisclose to kissing her. His aunt: Where? Forehead? Cheek? Lips? You’ll give me a heart attack! He asks her what she should do. Her advice: Either act as if nothing happened (stay in the friendzone) or tell her the truth.
In Yangdon, Behati looks in on her sleeping son and notices the camera by the table, still open to a photo of Mikay. Aw, did Jao fall asleep looking at it? She realizes what it means of course, and vows that nothing should make him stray from his way or his destiny. She covers him with his blanket before leaving the room.
The next day, Jao discovers the camera missing, and looks for it. His mom lectures him on keeping his mind on important things, not wasting it looking for useless things.
Kiko tries to avoid Mikay the next day (so he took the middle road, eh?) but she sees him and calls to him. She’s on her way to visit Dad at the jail. He makes an excuse, but ends up walking with her anyway.
Mikay shows Dad the new camera and the photos she managed to take there. He exclaims over the photos, but then sees her crying. She promises to help Mom get him out there as fast as they can. Dad apologizes– he’s the dad, he ought to solve problems, not be the problem– but she reminds him that family members help each other. Aww.
So off Mikay goes to her job. She volunteers to dress up in a hot dog costume because it means extra pay (P50, or a little over a dollar), and assures her supervisor that even though it’s a hot day, she’ll be okay.
Night falls, and Mikay goes on selling hot dogs, still in her costume, standing right beside a huge fountain in the park. A guy who’s been perched on the rim of the fountain flicks away his cigarette stub before leaving, and it lands smack on top of Mikay’s costume. Which, of course, bursts into flame, and she panics. Gino, who’s there with some of his friends, sees her and tries to tell her not to run around because it just fans the flame, but she’s too panicked to listen. So he sighs, picks her up, and throws her into the fountain. Pwahahaha. She emerges spluttering and mad, but he points out he put out the fire, so she ends up thanking him.
Only, now, she and her supervisor are in trouble because the costume is ruined. Gino stops by and adds to their problem by threatening to sue them for ruining his evening, although I’m sure he’s just messing with them. Anyway, he scares Vicky with his talk of complaining to park authorities and getting them kicked out of the place, and she pleads with him to understand that it was an accident. Then he accepts the explanation.
Mom meanwhile is visiting Dad, and they argue about money, since Dad needs a lawyer. Dad insists he’s innocent and needs to prove it, and Mom backs down when he gets worked up, remembering his weak heart.
Kiko makes a list of the pros and cons of telling Mikay how he feels about her.
Mikay comes back into the hot dog stand to tell Vicky that maybe they can talk to their boss about the costume and keep their jobs. Vicky leaves her to talk to Gino, now that he’s stopped talking of suing them. Mikay recognizes him and thanks him again, but when she introduces herself, he just says his name and walks off.
Behati tells Jao to remind the king of their invitation to the next day’s celebration.
The king tells the candidates that they need knowledge in many fields, such as business and agriculture. He sets them a task– a project study of what they think will best help Yangdon. They will present their studies on a future date, and the drukpah will assist him in passing judgment. Riyo smirks, while Jao looks apprehensive.
The older aunt comes home to find Kiko, his mom, and his younger aunt watching dramas, which puzzles her– since when has Kiko started watching dramas? Kiko is busy imagining himself and Mikay in various roles in dramas, and we’re treated to a succession of cheesy movie quotes about love and relationships– basically, he confesses, and she does the same, but the ending is a sad one anyway. Then he realizes his popcorn is all gone, and turns to see Mom and the aunts crying. Pwaha.
Jao interviews farmers to get ideas for his study. They tell him that they need seed grain that is more resistant to changes in climate. He gets home later than he should, earning more rebukes from his mom. He answers that helping the farmers is more important than mom’s politicking. Ooh, burn.
The king and the other candidates arrive — so it’s Kencho’s death anniversary. Behati makes a speech, but instead of talking about her dead husband, she describes Jao as following in his dad’s footsteps, that Kencho taught Jao everything he knows and she’s sure Jao will not only measure up to but even surpass his dad’s achievements. She then puts Jao on the spot, announcing that he’ll make a speech too. Only he decides he wants no part of her schemes, and he bows to the king and leaves.
Behati chases after him, of course, to yell at him again, but he fires back that she’s not honoring Kencho’s memory but using it to better her position. Did she really love his dad, or just his position in government? And now she wants him to be king! She answers that she’s shamed– she can’t even discipline her own son properly. She blames the camera, saying she doesn’t want to know that he’s acting like this because of that one. Jao apologizes, but adds that the girl in the photos doesn’t mean anything to him– she’s just a tourist who won’t ever come back.
Kiko goes to see Mikay at the hotdog stand, bringing a basket of food. She tries to evade his invitation, but Vicky tells her she might as well go have lunch with her boyfriend. Mikay corrects her that Gino is her best friend, not her boyfriend, but they both look uneasy.
During the picnic, Kiko tries to confess, but Mikay goes on just being obtuse. Before he can elaborate, a frisbee hits him in the back of the head, and Gino comes up to get it back and apologizes. Ha. Moment broken! Kiko ends up inviting Mikay to a recital instead– it’s actually an annual thing that he participates in, and Mikay always goes.
Jao finds his mom standing in frontofthefamilyportrait,