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In Episode 1 of The Hush, several scenes posed special challenges but the scriptwriter/director (Lee Thean-Jeen) and the actors, Tay Ping Hui as Thomas Teo and Carmen Soo as Valerie Teo performed remarkably well.

The “first kitchen scene” 10 minutes into the show brought Thomas’ and Valerie’s relationship to the fore. I loved the tension and the undertows. Very well done.

Screen grab - MediaCorp Toggle Channel 5

Screen grab – MediaCorp Toggle Channel 5

In this scene, special mention goes to Arthur Eu who plays the part of the couple’s 12 year old son, Keith Teo. The young talent pulled off his part with seasoned flourish.

Screen grab - MediaCorp Toggle Channel 5

Screen grab – MediaCorp Toggle Channel 5

If you think the “first kitchen scene” was great – the “second kitchen scene” at about 24 minutes topped the first.

This second scene was extremely challenging. The emotions, the provocations by Valerie, the blistering restrain by hot-tempered Thomas were all dramatically portrayed. Remember that under Singapore law, the person who strikes, gets physical, is the offender. The law accords scant regard to the provocateur, especially if it’s a woman and, the spouse to boot.

All the unspoken unfairness and tension came through. Now, this is drama! This is character portrayal! Well done!

Screen grab - MediaCorp Toggle Channel 5

Screen grab – MediaCorp Toggle Channel 5

Tay Ping Hui was perfect for the character of Thomas Teo. His good looks, his experience and adaptability all came through and fitted the character of Thomas Teo to a tee.

Well, this has been my “The Good” part of the review.

Tomorrow, I’ll upload the 3rd and final “Could be Better” portion of my review.

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