Full House Thailand Episode 5 (A SqueeCap)

Shuk:  Our couple is finally sharing space, and I am a happy viewer.
JoAnne:  me tooooooooo


EPISODE 5

Shuk:  Our sexy Clara Barton spends the night taking care of Om-Am, finally leaving her a bowl of porridge before heading out for the day.  He calls his assistant to request a housekeeper to do the household chores.

Shuk:  And our evil-but-adorable minx cracks an eye and listens for his car to leave, then bounces and wolfs down the meal.  Did she even have a fever?  I guess if Ferris Bueller can fake it, so can she.
JoAnne: I thought she was, but she's so sneaky....

Shuk:   The kitchen is a mess, thanks to Mike’s cooking efforts, so she starts cleaning up.  Once the kitchen is done, she showers, brushes her teeth, finishes the laundry, straightens out the master bedroom, cleans the floors, and still has time to PPL a little room freshener.
JoAnne:  So in this one she's NOT a slob, I guess? I hadn't even noticed. It never made sense anyway. She loved that house so much, she'd take care of it.

Shuk:  Guy is working at a table with a metal picture frame hanging over it (a light maybe? No clue what it is). He can seem to concentrate, though, so he calls Mike. He is having an opening party in two weeks for his new business, and invites him. He also calls Mintra for the same reason; she flirtatiously asks what her role would be. He says the celebrity with the sexy body, but I’m pretty sure she was angling for “date”.
JoAnne: I spent a lot of time staring at that thing too.
Shuk:  They agree to meet for dinner tonight as well, but a long meeting has preempted her plans.  She orders food to go, intending to stop by Guy’s business.  While waiting for the food, Mike calls her to share a meal, but she tells him she is on a diet, and his compliments don’t make a dent in her denial.  He still wants to have dinner with her soon, so they agree to eat dinner together in two days.
JoAnne:  We're supposed to buy that she doesn't know how he feels. I just do not.

Shuk:  Her dinners are well-received by Guy’s employees and she receives a happy hug from him and a promise of two future dinners.  One of the employees comments that his girlfriend is cute, but he quickly says Mintra is just his sister

Shuk: It’s now dark, and Om-Am is pacing around the living room, until she hears the car pull into the driveway.  She quickly puts a hot cloth on her face (well that’s one way to fake a fever), and dives back under the blanket.   Mike arrows to the couch and checks her forehead, only afterward registering the cleanliness of the house.  He pulls away the blanket; sure enough, she’s in clean clothes.
JoAnne: She never thinks anything through!

Shuk:  BUSTED.  He leans over and yells at her, and they bump heads. This starts the first (but not the last, I’m sure) argument in the house.   He points out that everything she did proves she isn't sick, and he’s tired of her lies.  She begs him to negotiate with her.
Shuk:  They sit down at the table (he’s such a softie).  She does all housekeeping chores and creates three meals a day.  And now we find out he gave her 300 000 baht? [ShukNote: Can anyone confirm the subtitle? Because it seems strange to give her 10,000 dollars when she only needed $ 1,000].
JoAnne: I wondered about that; it's a LOT of money to just give someone you don't even know, and plus the repayment schedule didn't add up.

Shuk:   The discussion progresses from utilities and monthly fees to the food costs of a short, healthy-eating woman.  After some grumbling she agrees with everything.  Her debt to him will be paid off in less than three months.  She insists on a contract, though, that includes a no-touching clause, which Mike says won’t be a problem since her too-short legs are not his style.  The contract gets signed.

Shuk:  Now his dictatorial side comes out, as he waves a finger-scepter and points out all the places that need to be cleaned.  Plus, he’s picky about his food, requiring high protein foods, and fresh-squeezed juices of various colors each day.  With a toss of the finger-stick to Om-Am, she begins the new phase of her life as a live-in housemaid.
JoAnne:  Positively dancing with excitement over here!

Shuk:  Mike is at a jewelry store.  Omo, is he planning on proposing to Mintra? It appears so, since he starts practicing lines to preamble a proposal while fondling a small velvet box.  He calls Mintra to offer to pick her up tonight, but she will just meet him at the restaurant.
JoAnne:  Dude, you are buying this heartbreak all on your own. What sign has she EVER given you that she feels anything for you romantically?
Shuk:  Once she hangs up with him, however, Guy shows up at her boutique and offers to take her out.  And right away, thoughts of Mike fly right out of her head.  Even if they are childhood friends, that’s a shitty thing to do.

Shuk:  Mike is left alone in an empty restaurant waiting. And waiting. And fidgeting. And waiting. One of the waitstaff rats him out to a paparazzi.  Finally he heads home, and takes out his anger on his new maid.  She has no idea why, and just assumes he wants to jerk her chain.
JoAnne: I feel bad for him, poor little stupid puppy.

Shuk:  Mintra and Guy share a delightful dinner together, and she implies that he is better than Mike in all ways.  Guy says that Mike is loveable and, if he were a girl, he’d be all over him.  Yay, bromance?
JoAnne:  Guy has moments where he is a really stand up..ummm...guy. 

Shuk:  Except Mintra finally says it; she’s not interested in Mike, she’s interested in him.  Guy shoots her down; no matter what, she will only be his sister, ever.  He drives the point home when leaves the restaurant with another woman while Mintra is in the bathroom, leaving only a coaster note.  Okay, that’s a jerkface move on his part.
JoAnne:  And then there's these moments.
Shuk:  Mitra heads back to her car, crying, and decides her consolation prize is the other guy.  She calls Mike and apologizes for standing him up.  She states that he is always by her side, no matter how she treats him.  She promises to have dinner with him tomorrow, and he starts practicing his proposal delivery.

Shuk:  Om-Am overhears him and immediately breaks out in peals of laughter.  He’s embarrassed, but ends up asking her for advice.  She launches into a deep discussion, only to laugh it up as BS.  Too bad, he was hanging on her every word.  Heh.
JoAnne:  That cute puppy already trusts her and unknowingly considers her a friend.

Shuk:  He gets his petty revenge the next morning by complaining about breakfast and insisting she recook it. While waiting for it, he starts flipping through today’s newspapers, until a headline set him off and he heads out the door on an oath.

Shuk:  She picks it up and reads it - it’s a tabloid article on how he was stood up at dinner, and she realizes the reason behind his anger the night before.
JoAnne: From very early on, they both display a remarkable ability to put themselves in the other's shoes...just never when the other would know about it. Coulda sped that romance up by 10X...
Shuk:  Ugh Blech Ptooey. Our despicable pair is enjoying breakfast when they read the article, and Oom wonders how her little cousin is doing. He disregards her fear, assuming her cousin is resourceful, and that they can invite her to live with them once their own situation is settled.
JoAnne: Ignored.

Shuk:  Om-Am tries the new book idea with the publisher, but her writing still sucks. She ends up sitting on a playground swing, clutching her current failure.

Shuk:  And Mike is bombarded by personal questions at a public event. Once out of sight of the reporters, his handler asks what is really happening, but he doesn’t answer. Instead, once alone, he calls Mintra, and asks to postpone their dinner because of the article. She offers to have dinner at her store.

Shuk:  He’s at the store with the ring in his pocket, still trying to formulate the words. The front door rings, and Mintra asks him to get the deliver y food, even though there appears to be two perfectly healthy individuals by the door. No matter, it’s not dinner, but a balloon girl and an apologetic note from Guy. Mintra sighs that the person she likes isn’t interested in her, and then unloads her sad feelings on him.
JoAnne: I loved that Guy didn't send flowers, which are romantic. Instead, he sent the world's ugliest, most childish balloon sculpture, thus apologizing AND driving home the core concept:  He don't want you, Min.

Shuk: Mike calls unrequited love ‘stupidity’, which Mintra objects to, but it’s clear he is referring to himself.  Continuously loving someone who doesn’t love you back is stupid, and that means both of them. With that, Mike leaves a puzzled Mintra, and drives away with his sunglasses on.
JoAnne:  Now if you could just STICK to this.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Shuk:  So both Om-Am and Mike hit low points: she is full of self-doubt about her writing skills, and he is doubting his ability to secure happiness.  I think they both need a hug – together!

Shuk:  Guy surprised me when he abandoned Mintra at the restaurant.  It seemed out of character for him, but he couldn’t have made it any clearer that there was nothing romantic between them.
JoAnne: It happens in FH-K too, but I think he leaves while she's there in the room...and I'm not sure it's immediately following a confession. Still, in both versions it effectively drove home the fact that he doesn't consider this a date, and thinks of her as a buddy.  It was pretty harsh,  though.

Shuk:  I wonder if we will have one of those annoying paparazzi characters constantly tailing Mike, with the standard comic missteps and such.  I hope not, because the story really doesn’t need a vehicle like that, and all extra time should be given to the interactions of our OTP.
JoAnne: I can think of several other characters to not have, as well.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Keep going Shuk and JoAnne. This version is quite adorable. The OTP looks and sounds better than the original SK. And boy, Om-Am and SHG are miles apart. This one's a natural. merry
Julia Reidy said…
This episode just has so much to comment on. Remember, jmho.

Om-Am is honestly sick at first, but not above s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g it out so she has a place to stay while she is reeling from the blow of losing her home. imo I'm glad she is house cleaning instead of K-FH where she was stuffing half-eaten food and trash back in the fridge to hide her evidence of eating.

Guy and Mintra display two ways of handling a person who has one-sided love. Mintra keeps Mike hanging on, aware of his feelings but keeping him close enough to service her needs and pushing Mike away when she doesn't. I'm convinced every disappointment Mintra has had over men she has cried on Mike's shoulder. By contrast, look at how Guy responds to Mintra's interest. He is friendly, as he sees her as a little sister, but he is firm in reminding her that he isn't interested in her romantically when Mintra gets too close. I did not see Guy going off with another woman as harsh. I think it was the best medicine to try to cure Mintra of her delusions. In the case of unwanted attention from someone who never has a chance with you, kindness can be crueler. (I am reminded of Lie To Me where the kind man just drags out the pain for the girl who wants to get back together with him.)

Guy sending balloons was perfect. I see you as a kid, Mintra, so swallow the fact that I'm not interested and let's just be friends.

I like that Mike screwed up the courage to not just always be there for Mintra and cling to the crumbs of affection she has used to keep him her slave. Mike wants more. Proposing after being beside Mintra since childhood takes real strength of character. He knows the risk - of losing her altogether as his friend - and yet this limbo she has kept him in has to end. So even if Mike knew Mintra might turn him down, Mike is willing to propose while the object of Mintra's obsession is dating other women. It's forcing Mintra to make a decision. By not even showing up (admittedly Mintra had no idea standing up Mike yet again was skipping his proposal) Mintra has shown her choice.

Mike is ready to marry. Mintra isn't ready to marry him. What will you do next, Mike?