Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The Election Episode 4 Recap

This episode is about the power of the media. In the 2012 elections, the intervention of the media resulted in almost daily scandals. The trend continues with the 2022 elections. As Malcolm X once stated, "The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent."

A woman visits her son in jail. Her son faces extradition to the United States on murder charges, where he could possibly be given a death sentence. The current Chief Executive has refused to meet with her to discuss the case, but she reassures her son that there will be someone that can help.

Song Man San (Liu Kai-chi) is angry that Luk Wai To (Savio Tsang) did not consult with him first before exposing Yip Ching's secret deal on the radio. He says the move could potentially backfire on them. But in the end, Song says he will handle the matter.

Song pays a visit to the leader of the Labour Association for Hong Kong (Mannor Chan). He persuades them to organize protests against Yip Ching for her "betrayal" of the workers. In exchange, he promises to help them pass a bill to increase the minimum wage.

The Labour Association refers to the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (HKFTU), which is the largest labour group in Hong Kong and is also pro-Beijing. Mannor Chan's character takes after Chan Yuen-han, the honorary president of the HKFTU.

Meanwhile, Yip Ching (Angelica Lee) does not seem worried that her popularity ratings are dropping due to the scandal. Instead, she is gaining nomination ballots from the business sector, who had previously been wary of her background as a labour union activist, but are now supportive after she betrayed the workers. Yip Ching reasons that if she can become Chief Executive, then she will have power to do more for the workers.

The next day, protesters are gathered outside of Yip Ching's office. They demand that she apologize and drop out of the election. Her campaign team suggests that they should simply call the police to get rid of them, but she says that they should not stifle the protesters' freedom of speech.

At the law firm, C.K. So (Shek Sau) chats with Song's wife, Lee Tsz Kwan (Mimi Kung). He asks for her opinion about who he should give his nomination ballot to. She indirectly hints that he should support Yip Ching. At home, she tells Song that she has influenced C.K. into giving his ballot to Yip Ching, just like he had asked her to do.

Song meets with the reporter Gei Man Wai (Isabel Chan), who was the one that gave Yip Ching the fake interview of Wai Man Hin in episode 1. Song knows that she has a special relationship with Cheung Kwai Lung (Gregory Wong) and wants her to keep track of him. In exchange, he offers her exclusive news that the minimum wage bill will pass through the legislature next month.

Sum Suet Lai (Violet Li), the head of the media conglomerate HKMG, goes to see Yip Ching. She says that HKMG can fully support her election campaign. The only condition is that once Yip Ching becomes Chief Executive, she must use her executive powers to stop the extradition of Sum's son. However, Yip Ching rejects the offer.

At the HKMG office, Sum instructs all the journalists to use "Yip Ching is innocent, the workers are unreasonable" as tomorrow's headline. Gei gives Song advanced warning about the headline. He calls the Labour Association and tells them to end the protests. In addition, they are to tell reporters that they are open to consider giving their nomination ballots to Yip Ching. Song explains that by helping Yip Ching, he can bring down Luk.

The next morning, Yip Ching and Cheung are surprised at the headlines that are supportive of her. Sum calls Yip Ching and says the headlines demonstrate the media's power in dictating the truth. She asks her to reconsider the offer, but Yip Ching sticks to her previous decision.

Song walks into Luk's office and says that he must finally ask him to quit, otherwise their party would surely lose the election. He tells him that he will arrange for a doctor's report to show that Luk's health cannot handle the tough election campaign. He believes this will be an acceptable explanation to the public and to Mr. Wong. Luk walks out of the room dejectedly.

That night, Luk calls a prostitute to his hotel room. He suddenly recognizes her as the woman who had supposedly blackmailed him with his bed photos, but she has no idea what he is talking about.

Yip Ching meets with C.K. at the law firm. He gives her two items that Wai Man Hin had entrusted to him five years ago – a safety deposit box key and a signed power of attorney. When Yip Ching goes to open the safety deposit box, she finds wads of cash and a Bible. She is curious since her husband had not been religious. At the church, she finds out that her husband had once believed that his life was in danger.

Before the press conference, Luk demands to meet with Song on the rooftop. He says that he has discovered all of Song's tricks to damage his reputation. He threatens to get Mr. Wong to destroy Song's political career and ensure that Song will never, ever become Chief Executive. As he turns to leave, Song knocks him out with a pipe. Just then, Cheung calls Luk, as Luk had previously asked to meet with him. Song sends out a message using Luk's phone, then proceeds to drag him towards the edge of the roof. Later, a news broadcast reports that Luk has died after falling from a rooftop...

Election countdown: 105 days


  1. great recap ! I have a question though, who is Violet Li? I'm of the younger generation haha, so if she was famous back then I don't recognize her.

    I like how they built up Song's character. I thought he would kill Luk last time, but his conscience saved him. Now this time, his greed and determination is so strong he doesn't even think and kills Luk...

    I wonder if there are cameras around, because that'll surely be a nice plotline...

    1. I think Violet Li is like some old school TVB actress. I had to google her to find out who she is. After I found out that she was in Journey of Love, then I realized who she was. Great acting from everyone, especially Liu Kai Chi.

    2. Violet Li (李影) was active during the 1970-80s, filming mostly for ATV. She was part of Journey of Love and Class of Distinction for TVB.

  2. Another awesome recap, miriamfanz! Thanks again for putting these together!

    I must say that so far, episode 4 was my favorite episode -- there was so much going on that I was actually at the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens (I rarely ever do that with non-action series...lol). Liu Kai Chi absolutely rocked in this episode -- his performance was nearly flawless...Savio Tsang was really good too (in fact, his acting has been solid since episode 1) -- he definitely made the right choice leaving TVB...Angelica and Gregory have been good so far as well, but Uncle Chi has been so spectacular that his acting has been overshadowing everyone (which I have no problem with, since I've always loved his acting).

    Violet Li was actually pretty famous back in the day -- she was one of ATV's top fadans back then. Her daughter Winnie Shum is also an actress who participated in MHK pageant (I think she was in the 2004 or 2005 pageant) and worked for both TVB and ATV at some point (in minor roles obviously)...

    1. You know Liu Kai-chi is an excellent actor when you hardly notice they're the same person in The Election and The Borderline. I'm actually starting to like Gregory Wong more and more. From the looks of the episode 5 sneak peek, he should get at least a bit more time than in this episode. I'm really excited for the upcoming episodes now that Song will officially join the race.