MANILA - "The Legal Wife" on Monday once again had netizens quoting lines from the character portrayed by Matet de Leon, who has become a favorite among fans of the series for her bluntness about her friend, Maja Salvador's Nicole, being a mistress.
In the May 26 episode of the ABS-CBN series, Rowena (de Leon) confronts a pregnant Nicole about constantly going after Adrian despite him telling her off and ending their affair.
"Ang tigas din kasi ng ulo mo, eh 'no? Ilang beses ka ba itataboy ni Adrian bago ka mahiya sa sarili mo? Intindihan mo 'yang anak mo! Tigilan mo na si Adrian, utang na loob!" Rowena tells Nicole.
"Atsaka, teka lang, ha. Ano bang sustansiya meron 'yan si Adrian para kailanganin mo siya para mabuhay? Binibugbog mo 'yang katawan mo, binubugbog mo 'yang puso mo para sa lalaking ayaw ka naman! Lampas ka na sa pagiging loka-loka!"
In one of the memorable moments of the episode, Rowena then challenges Nicole to move out of her place, where she has sought refuge after estranging herself from the people she loves.
When Nicole says it would probably be best if she leaves, Rowena responds: "Sige! E 'di umalis ka! Pero tatandaan mo 'to -- hindi kita pinapalayas, ha. Wala kang pinakinggan kaya wala ka ring sisisihin. Ano? Sige na, umalis ka na! Humabol ka na kay Adrian, magpakabasahan ka!"
On Twitter, viewers of "The Legal Wife" expressed amusement with the lines of Rowena, who earlier in the series even sarcastically gave Nicole a book on how to be a good mistress.
Several netizens praised de Leon's delivery of her dialogue, while others said it would benefit them to have Rowena as a friend, or better yet as their "conscience."
In recent interview with ABS-CBN News, de Leon referred to Rowena as the "best role ever" and shared the motivation of her character in being Nicole's worst critic.
"Every night tinuturan ko po siya ng leskyon," de Leon said. "Pero siyempre ayoko naman masyadong durugin [si Nicole], kasi siyempre, best friend na nga niya ako... So ayoko naman siya masyadong dikdikin. Siyempre, ipapakita mo lang sa kanya kung ano'ng tama talaga, kasi [nababaliaw] na siya, e, kay Adrian... Kasi mali po. Mali po 'yung ginagawa ni Nicole."
Now on its last three weeks, "The Legal Wife," in its Monday episode, also showed Monica (Angel Locsin) and her son deciding to leave for the United States and cutting ties with Adrian. Nicole, meanwhile, returns to her father's (Mark Gil) place after her argument with Rowena.
"The Legal Wife," which is under the direction of Rory Quintos and Dado Lumibao, airs weeknights after "Ikaw Lamang" during ABS-CBN's primetime block.