TV5 dribbles basketball and comedy in ‘No Harm No Foul’

Kapatid singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid – together with basketball superstars Gary David, Beau Belga, Willie Miller, and Kiefer Ravena – topbills No Harm No Foul, a weekend primetime sitcom that tells the misadventures of old-time friends who reunite to become their barangay’s unbeatable basketball champs.

 No Harm No Foul also stars Tuesday Vargas, Yoyong Martirez, Eula Caballero, Valeen Montenegro, Sophie Albert, Long Mejia and Randy Santiago, who also directs the sitcom.

The cast of No Harm No Foul 1 Willie Miller 2 Yoyong Martirez returns
to TV in TV5’s hardcourt sitcom 3 Beau Belga takes a chance on acting
on TV 4 Hardcourt’s heartthrob, Kiefer Ravena, finds his way to
television as a comedian 5 Gary David crosses over from the
hardcourt to TV sitcom set
The series follows the story of Jawo (Ogie), the former center of his barangay basketball varsity team, who reconnects with erstwhile teammates Gary (Gary), Bo (Beau), Kuya Wil (Willie), their old mentor Coach Tim Co (Yoyong), and water boy Kiefer (Kiefer) to reorganize their team and reclaim their past hardcourt glory. Back in the day, Jawo used to rent the apartment of Coach Tim at “presyong kaibigan”. Unfortunately, years later, the team has grown apart and Jawo’s dream of becoming a professional basketball player never happened – because he stopped growing, literally! 

Coach Tim Co’s daughter Crispa (Tuesday), now in-charge of their family’s apartment business, threatens to evict Jawo after she finds out his six-month rent overdue. With the looming crisis of being homeless if he doesn’t earn money to pay his rent soon, Jawo finds his last resort in basketball as Quezon City Mayor Herber Batista (Hero Bautista) announces a “paliga” called Palarong Inter-Barangay Association or Pi-BA, where the winning team will get a cash prize. Crispa also joins the venture and gives Jawo a chance after seeing an opportunity to progress her political ambitions through the inter-barangay event. 

Jawo searches far and wide to gather his former teammates. Gary is now a dancing MMDA traffic enforcer, Bo a food cart vendor specializing in extra rice, Wil a “kargador” at the public market, while Kiefer is a handsome tricycle driver who has become popular with the ladies. With the promise of winning a million pesos and reviving their former glory, they all form Team Galas and camp in inside Jawo’s crammed apartment where the beds are too short and the doorways and refrigerator are too low for comfort, especially for the towering teammates.

Of course, boys will be boys, and across the street these basketboleros find their weakness. Michelle (Eula Caballero), a promodizer who moonlights at different companies to earn a living, will capture Jawo’s heart. Her housemate and friend Didi (portrayed by FHM July cover girl Valeen Montenegro) is a zumba and dance instructor who will put the boys back in shape. Despite her provocative taste in fashion, she’s conservative. Didi will be Gary’s love interest. Meanwhile, Kiefer’s attention falls for Kim (Sophie Albert), a jobless girl who gets what she wants by charming the many men who falls for her.

Stakes get higher as Jawo’s former teammate Lebron (Randy Santiago) returns to the country after going around the world. Jawo and Lebron used to be friends until Jawo accidentally elbowed Lebron in a heated basketball match, resulting to the latter’s permanent eye injury. With his sidekick Wade (Long Mejia), Lebron devises a plan to make sure Jawo ultimately fails to win the basketball league and simultaneously lose his chance with Michelle, whose heart Lebron schemes to capture for himself.

Will Jawo ever realize his basketball dreams and win Michelle’s heart or will Lebron be successful in his schemes? Will Team Galas be able to bring home the glory and the cash prize or will Crispa be able to evict Jawo for good? 

No Harm No Foul rolls out on the hard court with laughter, 8 p.m. every Sunday only on TV5.

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