I suppose you have heard the big Joanne Peh news by now.
I, too, was caught by surprise like everyone else although in retrospect, I should have seen it coming.
I am, of course, talking about the actress leaving the Channel 5 drama series Code Of Law. What a shocker.
I mean, there was no announcement that Peh was fleeing the local Law & Order rip-off, which she has been the star of since the show's 2012 debut.
Then last week, on the fourth episode of the third season, she wasn't there any more. I found out about it on Twitter.
Sure, Keagan Kang, the show's other star, is still on the show and is even prettier than Peh, but he is no Mrs Qi Yuwu.
He is more like Bobby Tonelli Light.
So what happened to Peh? Was she killed off? Is she coming back?
Did I miss something in the previous episode? Oh yah, I did because I do not watch Code Of Law.
Or Channel 5. Or TV.
But I do watch YouTube.
So Channel 5 has helpfully uploaded on YouTube the episode of Code Of Law which Peh last appeared in just so I can find out what happened to her.
No other full episode was uploaded on YouTube. Just that one.
Why? Because Channel 5 knows that there are many people like me who want to know what the heck happened to Peh and cannot be bothered to go to XinMSN where you can stream all the recent episodes for free.
The good thing about YouTube is that with a click of the mouse, you can easily forgo the 45 minutes of American-accented melodrama and skip to the American-accented melodrama at the end where Peh's character explains why she is abandoning ship.
The scene starts with Kang as lawyer Jacob Fernandez walking in on Peh packing her stuff and, speaking for all the viewers, he asks her: "So you're really leaving?"
And she replies: "No, Mr Fernandez, I just really like putting files in boxes."
LOL! Someone should cast Peh in the next Ghostbusters movie.
Then she says: "Actually, Sanjay would like to call it an indefinite leave of absence."
I think Sanjay is their boss at the law firm. Like I said, I do not watch the show.
So they did not kill her off. Peh's character is going on "an indefinite leave of absence".
Does that mean she may return?
For the answer to that, I turned to the source for all my Joanne Peh-related information, the Instagram of Jollity Club, "the one and only official Singapore-based fanclub for Joanne Peh".
The club posted on Jan 28: "Please note that Joanne will not be making an appearance in future episodes of Code of Law 3."