Eli tells Jackie that he’s only giving her and JB ‘breathing’ space. Although Jackie’s not completely convinced of his reason, she lets the matter rest. She and Eli were brought back to the house because of JB, who was intent on leaving that evening. He blames Jackie for ruining their plans because she had to take her cousin along.
Once in Manila, Jackie was deluged with problems left and right. Since their trip, Celine has refused to talk to her. She has not even returned her calls. Even JB’s still mad at her. At the JadeGardens, her clients were all pressuring her on their deadlines. To top it all off, Eli leaves right in the middle of the work day to attend to an emergency for Kalay. This makes Jackie furious.
Eli arrives on time to see Kalay off. She has to return to Cebu to take care of her ailing mother. Because of this she also has to postpone her college studies in Manila. Eli apologized for whatever pain he has let her experience. Kalay tells him that their friendship is the most important thing and she does not want to put it on the line for love. She wants Eli to be an Engineer when they see each other again.
When Eli returned to work that evening, he reveals the reason why he had to leave quickly for Kalay. Jackie felt guilty, for she is hurting a lot of people because of what she is feeling for Eli. Eli overhears her call to Celine, where she tells her cousin that she will be returning to the old shack in the barrio. Eli seeks Mang Simo and asks for his advice on what to do. He thinks that maybe its time for Jackie to know the truth. It’s getting harder for Eli too to lie and pretend to her each day.
The Berenguer’s problem with the union is escalating and Corazon blames JB for it. He tries to be reasonable with the union leaders but they instead taunted him as his mother’s puppet. He seeks solace with the already harried Celine. JB takes her aback with a couple of passionate kisses. They finally end up in Celine’s bedroom.