The Flower Sisters – Episode 3: “A flower sister needs help” recap 

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We start off the episode with Belinda, the stepmother of Dahlia, confined in the hospital, and she is kept company by Dahlia and her friend Benjo. Here comes Elvin. Dahlia asks Elvin, “How much is the hospital bill going to be?” Elvin gives an estimate that it could reach a hundred thousand pesos, give or take. Dahlia tears up and starts to break down, knowing that she does not have that kind of money with her. Talk then goes to the next place where they can get that amount of money. Benjo brings up the question of whether they have any rich relatives they can borrow money from to pay for the hospital expenses for Dahlia’s mom.

Next scene, we see Lily with her uncle Felino, who comes in, brings up the news that Lily has a new product to launch, and makes some small talk. Felino then brings up the name of Marilou, who had called from San Francisco, informing them that Iris wants to go back home to the Philippines. Next in line, Uncle tells Aurora that the reason behind Marilou’s contact with them is her daughter Iris. A lot of questions are asked, and the promiscuous behavior of Lily’s late father is brought up. This is said to have led to the situation they are in now, with so many women claiming to be or actually being his long-lost children.

Next scene, in 1977, Young Leopoldo and Carmen are in their bedroom, playing with their firstborn daughter, Lily. Pondering and wondering what the future will hold for Lily based on her personality, young Leopoldo then hopes to have a boy next. He would want his next child, if it was a boy, to inherit his intelligence. Next on the scene, Young Leopoldo wants to transfer their store to a new location, but he also decides to get some help from someone they can trust in helping run their store. Felino and Young Leopoldo discuss the pricing of his store items, from shoes to dry goods. Carmen interjects and insists that there are items that people will never get tired of buying, such as snacks like fish crackers. A simple but undeniable way of getting loyal customers is Fish crackers.

Back to the current time, Dahlia and Elvin have some good news about raising the $100,000 hospital bill: they were able to borrow some money from people they could trust, but they are still short of the complete amount of 100 thousand pesos.

Next scene, again, Violet is fighting out with her mom, Aurora, saying that she does not want to see Iris, whom she refers to as a “bastard child” of their late father. Again, she is threatening that if Iris comes home from San Francisco, she will never see her again.

In the next sequence of the scene, Petersen suddenly shows up in her house unannounced. Petersen has run away from his mother, Lily. Now, Aurora has to interrupt her conversation with Violet to go and attend to the troubled Petersen. We then see Petersen give a distorted and one-sided recount of what really happened, not realizing he has responsibility for what he did in damaging one of her mother’s cars and denying any wrongdoing as usual. Now, Violet shows no compassion at all towards Petersen, antagonizing Aurora about Petersen, and then blaming how Petersen was raised by Lily because Peterson is the person he is now. A lot of emotional baggage is coming from Violet, who is unloading her own unresolved issues toward her own mom.

In the next scene, in the hospital, the stepmother of Dahlia, Belinda, suddenly cries out in pain, and the nurse comes in and calls in Dahlia and Elvin to come to Belinda’s aid.

In the next scene, Lily and her husband and older son discuss Petersen running away, and quarreling ensues between her and her husband. At this point, Lily is already fed up with the behavior of Peter Sen, and how Lily was raised by her late father is the defining trait of how Lily raises her children. It just so happens that Petersen has become a burden to Lily’s entire immediate family. She then proceeds to cry in her room alone, showing her unguarded moment in dealing with everything coming from all directions at once.

In the next scene, Violet and her boyfriend, Julian, read a letter of proposal from Violet’s lawyer, saying that 20 million pesos are not enough for them and that she was supposed to get 40 million pesos. Kayla, the daughter of Julian, suddenly comes into the picture and wants to borrow his car so that she can go out with her friends. Kayla shows zero courtesy to Violet. In the next sequence, we see Petersen with a friend in a bar, and people start coming in through the entrance to the bar. Petersen and his friend Kayla spot Kayla, who is Petersen’s cousin.

In the next scene, a proposal letter from Violet’s lawyer is being discussed with Julian, and he insists that 20 million pesos are not enough for them and that she was supposed to get 40 million pesos. Kayla, the daughter of Julian, suddenly comes into the picture and wants to borrow Julian’s car so that she can go out with her friends. Kayla shows zero courtesy to Violet. In the next sequence, we see Petersen with a friend in a bar, and people start coming in through the entrance to the bar. Petersen and his friend spot Kayla, who is apparently Petersen’s cousin. They do a bit of chatting amongst themselves, teasing their friend Petersen to both of their amusement, and Petersen and Kayla, with a similar demeanor, start to strike up a bond.

In the next scene, back at the hospital with Dahlia and her stepmother, seemingly Belinda is feeling better, and they discuss the things Dahlia will have to do to get more financial income to pay for their hospital expenses. Belinda apologizes for the emotional pain her medical condition has caused them; Dahlia understands, and they hug and have a quiet moment for themselves.

Back to the bar with Petersen, Francis, and Kayla: they get along instantly, with Kayla having the feisty, arrogant, and full of attitude type of personality. They have a few more drinks and start acting silly in the bar together.

In the final scene, we see Felino and Violet discussing alternative options to appease Julian; the amount of 20 million pesos should be enough already, but the uncle decides that the newly received franchise they own now, Chocalatier, can be the best choice now and should serve as a practical choice. This should be more than enough to put a stop to Julian and Violet ever trying to harass them again about money. The uncle discusses the technicalities with Violet to give her some peace of mind and calm and says that there will be a clause there, ensuring that once they give Chocolatier to them, it will be their problem now and not theirs, and should get them to stop trying to extort more money from them, hopefully.

In the next sequence of the final scene, at the front desk of the lobby of the building that Violet owns, Dahlia wants to talk to Lily. The front desk receptionist goes up to Lily’s office and tells her that her sister wants to talk to her. In an almost knee-jerk reaction, Lily thought it was Violet, and she scolded the front desk receptionist for allowing her to go up and see her when, in fact, it was not Violet but Dahlia Chua.

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