Saturday, May 12, 2007

Carla in Abt Ur Luv - Epi 24

Episode Title: One Secretive Tuesday

This blog entry contains episode highlights related to Carla's character, Brenda.


It is Gens' birthday and he has invited his friends to the province at his aunt's home to celebrate.

The two vans arrive at their destination in the province after a long road trip. As they climb out of the vans, Stick tells Blue he feels really awkward because he's sure that the girls are once again talking about him.

True enough, at the other van, Celine tells Brenda that she's starting to feel sorry for Stick. She asks Brenda if it's time that they stop ignoring him. Brenda isn't too happy about the idea, saying that he's also avoiding them.

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Gens' aunt has prepared breakfast for everyone. She encourages Brenda and Celine to help themselves, and almost lets slip that Gens will be leaving soon.

Everyone indulges in provincial fun -- splashing in the river, kite-flying, playing with the farm animals, posing for photos, picking mangoes from the trees and just having an all around good time.

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When they break for lunch, Brenda remarks that she doesn't feel like returning to Manila, and Celine agrees. As everyone crowds around the table for food, Stick accidentally brushes against Brenda, and quickly apologizes. Brenda is just quiet.

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Later that afternoon, everyone goes riding on bancas to take in the sights. Afterwards, the boys get together at the nearby well to collect water for their baths.

In their room, Neri confides to Gwen, Celine, and Brenda that she's torn about how to tell Gens the truth about her impending departure for Baguio. Gwen tells her that Gens may have a secret of his own, like possibly needing to leave for Italy with his dad because his petition has come through. Neri is surprised, then rushes out of the room to confront Gens.

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Later, Brenda is helping Gens' aunt put away the dirty dishes from lunch, when Stick comes by. He takes the tray from her just as Celine arrives and asks that the three of them talk together.

Stick is nervous until Brenda assures him that they're not going to argue. She says that they should just put the past behind them because it's a small world and they have the same circle of friends. Stick is so relieved, and says that he feels like a thorn has been removed from his side. Happy that they've all agreed to move on, Celine excitedly says she can at last go back to the gym, and Brenda promises no more awkward moments.

At Celine's words, Stick hesitates, then finally reveals that he's planning to quit the gym and look for another job. He's not sure yet about where his job hunting will lead, but he says he'll definitely miss them.

Celine tells him to not say his goodbyes until he's sure, because it's all still up in the air for now. Brenda is visibly saddened at Stick's news. Celine asks her what's wrong, and Brenda says she's just sad because everyone's leaving. Surprised, Stick asks her who else is leaving?

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As night falls, the neighbors gets together and perform traditional native dances as the gang gathers to enjoy the festivities.

At the end of the day, Gens is depressed after his talk with Neri. He is resting in his room when everyone gathers and starts singing a hopelessly off-key version of Happy Birthday for him from outside his room. He appears at the window and jokingly criticizes their singing, but it's obvious he appreciates their effort.

Brenda stops the singing, then quietly reveals that they actually have a real gift for him. Neri appears, and with Mao on the guitar, she starts serenading Gens with Nelly Furtado's "All Good Things."

Neri starts to cry when Gens approaches her. As their friends stand around them quietly singing the chorus (Flames to Dust, Lovers to Friends, Why do all good things come to an end?), Neri promises to wait for Gens, while Gens promises to return for her. They hug tightly.

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