The Election <選戰>
HKTV Series 2014
Cast: Angelica Lee, Liu Kai Chi, Poon Chan Leung, Savio Tsang, Gregory Wong, Felix Lok, Mimi Kung
Episode 4 Recap
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 Labor 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 Labor Association refers to the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (HKFTU), which is the largest labor 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.
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.
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.