Who else is watching Mediacorp's Reunion Dinner? The last episode was last night...I've only caught this on Tudou.com up to Episode 18, can't wait to see how this ends. This is such a good show, I love it.
Everyone has been raving about Little Nyonya, but when I was back in Singapore, I caught one episode, and yucks, I found it thoroughly boring with bad acting and outlandish plot. The episode I watched was the one where Jeanette Aw's character convinces the big gangster who wanted to marry her to turn over a new leaf. That gangster then became her godbrother, goodness why does he act with his eyes perpetually wide opened like that? And from being so nasty, he suddenly changed so drastically, very unrealistic.
Reunion Dinner is so much more realistic and one can really feel empathy for the characters. Zhu Hou Ren as the senile grandpa and Wang Yu Qing as the timid "Suan Le Suan Le" devoted husband/father/office worker were particularly outstanding. I also loved Patricia Mok's acting here. Chen Han Wei and Chen Li Ping were good too.
All 3 main plots in the show were interesting and meaty. We have Patricia Mok acting as a typical SAHM with an incorrigible gambler for a husband. What a change of role for Chen Han Wei. The 3 kids are really funny too, but darn scary lah if they reflect what kids in Singapore are like these days. Except for the youngest one, really cute, spouting Chinese idioms any chance she gets.
And then we have Kym Ng acting as a beer lady who has a good-for-nothing graduate husband (can't really act this fella). Heartbreaking to see her in-laws giving their life savings to help their useless son. This one also has a subplot of a Peidu father (from China of course) and we see the sacrifices made by Chinese families to give their child a better future.
The final plot is the one with Chen Li Ping as the devoted wife, mother and daughter-in-law. The two daughters don't bring very much to the story. But her father-in-law, who is senile, provides lots of comical and also extremely sad scenes. While she's responsible and devoted to the family, the writers don't portray her as a suffer-in-silence type of wife. She nags and she complains too, as any real person would, so that makes this good tv for me. And the highlight has to be her husband Wang Yu Qing's understated and restrained acting. Aiyoh, watching him in the office suffering unnecessarily harsh scoldings by young upstarts was really painful. It highlights the plight of older workers who put in years of hard work with little complaint only to be sidelined by young bosses who think nothing of belittling their subordinates.
I like shows that make me think about life and that make me cry buckets; Reunion Dinner fits the bill, and this is one show Mediacorp got right.