MANILA - "The Legal Wife" once again became a hot topic on social media Tuesday when the mistress role played by Maja Salvador finally put up a fight against Angel Locsin's character.
In the primetime series' May 6 episode, Nicole (Salvador) claims her date with Adrian (Jericho Rosales) after outbidding Monica (Locsin) in a charity auction.
Nicole uses the opportunity to ask Adrian whether he ever thought of her after Monica discovered and ended their affair. A crying Nicole admits thinking of him whenever they are apart.
Monica, who has grown paranoid of Adrian's whereabouts, proves her suspicions when she once again catches Nicole holding her husband. Monica cuts the moment by throwing a shoe at Nicole.
Fed up with Monica's cross behavior whenever they meet, Nicole yells back and angrily confesses that she and Adrian had sex several times to the point of "making love."
Before storming out, a speechless Monica slaps Nicole hard on her face.
As the scene aired, viewers of "The Legal Wife" took to Twitter to air their reactions, making the episode's official hashtag, "#TLWThePayOut," trend on the micro-blogging site.
At one point, "#TLWThePayOut" was the No. 1 trending topic both in the Philippines and worldwide.
Aside from being a consistent trend online, "The Legal Wife" has also garnered stronger viewership with the unfolding of the clash between Monica and Nicole.
In April, "The Legal Wife" ranked 6th as the overall most watched program in the Philippines with an average nationwide rating of 23.5%, according to market research group Kantar Media.
Last Friday (May 2), the Kapamilya soap continued to lead in its time slot as it ranked third in national TV ratings for the day, with 26.5% compared to its competing program's 13.4%.
"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.