The Legal Wife is one of the most talked-about teleseryes on local TV that deals with infidelity. It had a slow start but interest about the show peaked when the storyline focused on the adultery between a married man and his mistress.
In this drama series, Angel Locsin brings life to Monica, the legal wife of Jericho Rosales’ character Adrian. Portraying Adrian’s obsessed mistress named Nicole is Maja Salvador.
TLW emerged as the most-watched show on primetime from May 17 to 23, according to AGB Nielsen Philippines.
The June 6 episode depicts how Monica and Nicole become involved in a new yet relatively mellow confrontation. When Monica goes home to her mother, she is conflicted and confused. Monica asks herself why she is still affected by Adrian and Nicole’s relationship. Her mother, played by Rio Locsin, reveals the possibility that Monica might still be in love with Adrian. Meanwhile, Nicole learns from Adrian that he is still in love with Monica. The episode ends with Mark Gil’s character Dante, kidnapping Monica’s father Javier (played by Christopher de Leon).
The Legal Wife’s ability to present issues of infidelity and betrayal is typically expressive, creative and amusing, making the series highly cathartic for viewers who might not be able to say the same lines in real life but wish to do so. It could also explain why lines from the series have become part of pop culture.
In fact, the confrontation scenes of Angel and Maja in The Legal Wife have become a rich source of Internet memes and quotable quotes.
As this primetime series comes to an end this Friday, June 13, let us look back on these memorable quotes from The Legal Wife:
QUOTE from Monica (Angel Locsin): “Walang sa 'yo, Nicole! Akin lang ang asawa ko!”
Monica shouts this line in anger during the May 20 episode of the series when she finds out that Adrian and Nicole met again even after she had forgiven her husband for his infidelity. Monica was also looking forward to a new life with him in Canada.
Monica comes face to face with Nicole ready for a fight. She hits Nicole’s shoulder as she asks, “Gusto mo ng gulo? Sige! Ibibigay ko sa ‘yo!”
Nicole responds, “Wow! Empty words…di ako makikipag-sindakan sa `yo. Kung pwede lang, bumalik ka na sa boring mong bahay…Boring ka! Kaya si Adrian naghanap ng excitement sa iba…Di mo pa rin ba natatanggap naging akin si Adrian? Akin si Adrian! Akin siya! Akin siya! Akin siya! Akin siya!”
Monica slaps Nicole repeatedly to shut her up. Adrian’s wife screams at Nicole: “Walang sa`yo, Nicole! Akin lang ang asawa ko!”
“Akin lang ang asawa ko!” has become so popular it spawned Internet memes and t-shirts bearing this line.
QUOTE from Monica (Angel Locsin): “Masarap ba ang asawa ko?”
Monica rushes to Nicole’s house in the dead of night to confront her best friend after discovering her affair with Adrian.
Monica hits Nicole's shoulder as she screams at Nicole, "Sumagot ka, malandi ka!"
Nicole attempts to appeal to their friendship and calls her "Best," her term of endearment for her best friend but Monica furiously asks her: "Masarap ba? Masarap ba ang asawa ko?"
QUOTE from Monica (Angel Locsin): "Ano una mong tinanggal: 'yang bra mo, 'yang panty mo o yung konsensiya mo?"
As a continuation of the confrontation scene mentioned previously, Monica slaps Nicole as the latter stands still in silence and guilt.
The spurned wife asks the mistress: "Ano una mong tinanggal: 'yang bra mo, 'yang panty mo o yung konsiyensiya mo?"
Nicole tries to explain, "Hindi ko alam kung paano ko ipapaliwanag...Nagkasala ako, Monica...Nangyari ang nangyari dahil inggit na inggit ako sa iyo."
Monica suddenly grabs Nicole's hair but she is pulled back by Mark Gil's character and a maid. The furious wife also grabs her shoes and throws them at Nicole.
This popular confrontation scene was dubbed by ABS-CBN as “The Royal Rumble.”
QUOTE from Nicole (Maja Salvador): "Oo, Monica. May nangyari sa amin ng asawa mo! At nang naulit at nang naulit at nang maulit, hindi na lang yun sex! It was making love!"
Monica walks in on Nicole touching Adrian’s cheeks. Enraged, Monica throws a shoe at Nicole.
Adrian rushes to Monica to pacify her.
Monica tells Nicole, “`Di mo talaga titigilan asawa ko? Mahiya ka naman..!”
Nicole shouts back, “Ano ba talaga gusto mo? Sumosobra ka na!
Incredulous, Monica asks, “Ako? Ako pa yung sumosobra ngayon? Best friend kita! Pinagkatiwalaan kita! Ano pa naman nangyayari sa inyo ng asawa ko!”
The commotion catches the attention of onlookers who take videos of the scene on their phones.
Adrian sheepishly tells Monica and Nicole, “Tama na.”
Nicole responds in anger: “Gusto mo marinig? Oo, Monica. May nangyari sa amin ng asawa mo! At nang naulit at nang naulit at nang maulit, hindi na lang yun sex! It was making love!"
Monica storms off as Adrian and a few bystanders stand in stunned silence.
QUOTE from Monica (Angel Locsin): "Mas cheap ka. Ako ba ang pumatol sa may asawa?"
Monica encounters Nicole inside a woman’s restroom. Nicole goes on the defense as she remarks, “Kung sinusundan mo ko para i-check kung sinusundan ako ng asawa mo, pwede ba? Ladies room ito, bawal si Adrian dito.”
Monica quickly answers back, “Bakit, kelan ka pa ba napigilan ng bawal?”
Nicole responds coolly with, “Oo nga, wala nga palang nakakapigil sa `kin. Kaya `wag mo akong pipilitin Monica. Baka di ako makapagpigil sayo.”
Monica dares Nicole, “Subukan mo.”
Nicole curiously asks Monica, “Bakit ba ako sinisisi mo sa mga nangyari? Ba`t di mo sisihin asawa mo?”
Monica calmly replies, “Knowing you, di ako magtataka kung talagang sinadya mong pumunta rito. Dahil alam mong nandito kami ng asawa ko. Gusto mong akitin ulit si Adrian. In fact, tingnan mo suot mo. Pina-imbestigahan mo ba yung isusuot ko para lapitan ka ng asawa ko?”
Nicole smiles and attempts to one-up Monica with an insult, “Nakakapraning na ba? Ano `yan? Conspiracy theory mo? Ang cheap mo.”
Monica wins the argument with the comeback, "Mas cheap ka. Ako ba ang pumatol sa may asawa?"
QUOTE from Monica (Angel Locsin): “Sino ka ba para i-bakuran si Adrian? The last time I checked, ako pa rin ang legal wife…May taning ka ba sa buhay? Kasi atat na atat ka maging malaya si Adrian.”
WHAT HAPPENED: The latest June 6 episode saw Nicole scurry to the teambuilding event attended by Monica and Adrian after the latter failed to meet Nicole.
Nicole interprets Monica and Adrian’s closeness during the teambuilding as a threat to the happy-ever-after life she dreams with Adrian.
Despite Monica’s plan to pursue the annulment, Nicole confronts Monica anew.
Nicole asks, “Anong scheme `to Monica? Kunwari naka move-on ka na pero `pag walang nakabantay kay Adrian, kapit na kapit ka pa rin.”
Exasperated, Monica responds, “Pwede ba…”
Nicole angrily replies, “Pwede ba, `wag ka na mag bait-baitan. Kilala kita. Hindi bagay sa ‘yo. Alam ko pikon ka at di ka nagpapatalo. Alam ko naman, e. Alam ko kung bakit ka bumalik dahil nalaman mo na sa akin si Adrian. And just like a vengeful, unhappy, bitter ex-wife, `di mo matanggap na sa akin napunta si Adrian.”
In disbelief, Monica retorts, “Whoa! Sa`n galing lahat ng selos? Sino ka ba para ibakuran si Adrian? The last time I checked, ako pa rin ang legal wife. Ikaw? `Di ko kasi alam kung ano ka ba ni Adrian. May taning ka ba sa buhay? Kasi atat na atat ka maging malaya si Adrian. `Wag kang mag-alala, konting tiis na lang dahil makukuha ko na ang annulment na gusto ko. Pero sa ngayon Nicole, wag kang umasta na ikaw ang dehado.”
QUOTE from Rowena (Matet de Leon): “Hindi hormonal imbalance ang dahilan kung bakit sasabihin ko sa ‘yo ito: Hindi ikaw ang asawa. Ikaw ang mistress. Ikaw ang number two. Ikaw ang kabit. Ikaw ang kerida. At the very most, girlfriend ka ng may asawa kaya pwede ba umarte ka ng naayon sa label.”
In the same June 6 episode, Nicole asks her best friend Rowena (Matet de Leon) why Monica is still in Adrian’s life. Nicole insists it should now only be about Adrian and her.
Rowena harshly yet truthfully remarks, “Hindi hormonal imbalance ang dahilan kung bakit sasabihin ko sa ‘yo ito: Hindi ikaw ang asawa. Ikaw ang mistress. Ikaw ang number two. Ikaw ang kabit. Ikaw ang kerida. At the very most, girlfriend ka ng may asawa kaya pwde ba umarte ka ng naayon sa label.”
Nicole looks at Rowena in silence.
Pregnant Rowena points at her tummy, “O, kita mo. Sumipa, nag-agree. Makinig ka kasi sa `kin.”
QUOTE from Rowena: "Alam mo, grabe ka. Hindi mo man lang sinabi sa akin na naiwan mo yung manners mo dito sa bahay. E, 'di sana sinunod ko sa 'yo doon!"
The quote above is said by Rowena, also known as the “The Legal Best friend,” after she finds out about Nicole's winning bid at an auction to get a date with Adrian.
When Nicole asks how Rowena found out about her bid to get a date with Adrian, Rowena wittily responds, "May tenga ang lupa, may Twitter ang mga bakla. Ayan, trending ka!"
QUOTE FROM Rowena (Matet de Leon): “Ano bang sustansiya meron 'yan si Adrian para kailanganin mo siya para mabuhay?”
Rowena (Matet de Leon) gives yet another scathing lecture to Nicole. "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!
"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!"
The pregnant Nicole meekly says that she will leave Rowena’s place.
To this, Rowena retorts: "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!"
QUOTE from Nicole: “Sino bang nagmahal na di nangarap ng happy ending?”
The line is from the series’ May 23 episode when Rowena asks Nicole to stop chasing after Adrian.
Rowena convinces Nicole to stop hoping for Adrian to change his mind: “Napapagod nako sa `yo…utang na loob tumulong ka naman..tulungan mo naman sarili mo…nakokonsiyensya ka rin di ba. Hiwalay na sina Adrian at Monica, `yun ba talaga gusto mo?”
Nicole responds, “Oo ginusto ko, para naman kahit papa`no magkaroon kami ng pag-asa ni Adrian. Maghiwalay man sila gusto ko hindi dahil inagaw ko siya. Dahil ako pinili niya. Dahil na realize niya na kami talaga ang para sa isa’t isa. Magkaiba yun. Magkaibang magkaiba. Dahil sino ba naman ang nagmahal na di nangarap ng happy ending?”
QUOTE from Monica (Angel Locsin): Gusto ko pa sana magbulag-bulagan, gusto ko pa sana magpakatanga pero naaawa na ako sa sarili ko!”
During the April 24 episode, Monica discovers the affair between her husband Adrian and her best friend Nicole.
Adrian goes home to a devastated Monica to patch things up. He ironically calls her, “Mahal” and tells her, “...usap tayo.”
Monica, repressing her rage, replies, “Ano pa bang sasabihin mo? Ano pa bang dapat kong malaman? Kitang kita ko na Adrian.”
Monica stands and leaves but Adrian follows her. Monica slaps Adrian and pushes him away.
“Hayop! Hayop! Sa ilalim na ng ilong ko mga hayop kayo! Gusto ko pa sana magbulag-bulagan, gusto ko pa sana magpakatanga pero naaawa na ako sa sarili ko. Naaawa na`ko sa anak ko kasi yung nanay niya, gaga.”
“Pero ang galing n’yo ha, ang gagaling n’yo. Ang bababoy nyo, ang gagaling n’yo. Ang tanga tanga ko! Hayop! Hayop! Hayop!”
QUOTE from Nicole: “Mas masarap ang cake ko Adrian. Tikman mo. Iba ang sarap, di ba?”
Nicole and Monica are in a coffee shop with Adrian. Monica spoon-feeds a piece of cake to her husband Adrian. Nicole insists that Adrian taste a piece of her cake too. Adrian eats a piece of Nicole’s cake as Monica looks on worriedly.
QUOTE from a resort worker telling Monica: “Ingat ka, maraming magnanakaw diyan sa labas.”
During the episode dubbed as “The Betrayal,” Adrian and Nicole have a drinking session that turns into a passionate affair.
Nicole makes the first move by suddenly kissing Adrian on the lips. He grabs her shoulder and kisses back with a vengeance.
Tension rises as Monica makes a surprise visit to the resort and she heads to the area where the two were last seen. However, the wife only sees the empty bottles since the two are already stripping each other’s clothes inside a room.
As Monica turns to leave, a resort worker gives her a warning that is ripe with meaning: “Ingat ka, maraming magnanakaw diyan sa labas.”
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