March 13, 2014

Full House Thailand Episode 18 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on 3/13/2014 12:50:00 AM with 24 comments
Shuk:  Our couple has a few poignant moments that make me sigh in envy and sadness.
JoAnne: They make me speculate on real life nookie happening.
Shuk:, Well, yeah, that too. :)


EPISODE 18

Shuk:  Guy is in the driveway, but Om-Am says he is there to talk to Mike.  The two must have set this up beforehand.  The boys go to the end of the pier, where Mike admits he isn't doing well at all. He messed up everything, and he's almost tired enough to just jump into the lake.  Guy is smiling and he pats him on the shoulder.  He understands the younger man's dilemma, but Mike needs to make his decision clear to all parties.
JoAnne: I liked this; Guy has his own interests in this matter, but he is still a good friend to Mike, and from this little exchange I believed that he knows how Mike truly feels.

Shuk:  He's walking through the park when Om-Am comes by on her bike.  There is one long, charged stare, then he walked over and touches her hand on the premise of holding the bike. He asks her if she's tired, and she nods. He says he is tired too, but he crookedly smiles and says he can still take her home.  I think there's double and triple meanings in there.
JoAnne:  See?  She knows, too.  Everybody knows, Mike.  I know you have this whole other issue with the promise you've been making ever since you were a boy but geez, can't someone go talk to her for you? Why doesn't Guy go over to her  house and shout some sense into her? 

Shuk: She sits behind him on the bicycle.  He asks her if they should pedal all the way to the end of the world and she agrees, but only if it's just the two of them. In that world she is the best scriptwriter, and he's is the best music composer, and no one would come between them. No Guy, no Mintra. With that, she puts her hand on his shoulder and rests her head on his back.
JoAnne:  This is good,  yup, this is the way this should be going, keep on you two, figure it out.
Shuk:  He squeezes her hand, then guides it to his waist, where he strokes it. He leans back and savors the closeness for a moment while she backhugs him, then, with false humor, they head home.
JoAnne:  Right about here, watching them, I become convinced that not only does Mike like Aom in real life - I think that's a foregone conclusion, because he is not THAT awesome of an actor - but they may have begun the relationship already. There is a certain ease and familiarity and tenderness in the way they touch each other that just looks really real here. Fine, call me Grannie. Just ummmm and make a baby, guys. Tonight.

Shuk: It's a little chilly and she's still on the back steps when he sits down beside her. He opens the conversation by saying, for the first time in his life, he finds himself looking for her. I interpret that to mean she's always in his thoughts.
JoAnne: That, and that he seeks her out so he can be near her, when they're home.  He's not content  just to be in the same building, as we've seen - if she's cleaning, he cleans.  If she's cooking, he's there watching. If she's out with Guy, he's there spying, hahahah.  How come the paparazzi didn't take THAT picture?
Shuk: He asks her if she would ever look for him, if he were to disappear. She doesn't answer the question, but she is sorry for all the complications in his life arising from this house. Yes, there were many bad things that happen, but she was the best thing ever. He wants to stay on those steps forever, but he’s decided to have a press conference and come clean with everything.
JoAnne:  There is a very important point about this that I don't realize until later: his everything is more than her everything.
Shuk: She’s fighting tears; positing that all their contracts will come to an end. He dragged her all over the place, and ordered her around, and made her learn his habits, but now she that she has finally memorized them, she will have to forget.
JoAnne:  See, he could come clean about it and  say '...but I've fallen in love with Om-Am, and she with me, and we're sorry to have fooled you but I can't be sorry I did it overall, because it led me to this wonderful woman who I am going to marry for real now.'  But that damned Min.
Shuk: He’s trying to say what’s in his heart, but the boy can't spit it out, and Om-Am continues. She knows all this is because of MinTramp, and he made the right decision to choose her. He tries again, but now her tears are flowing freely, and she begs him not to say anything that will hurt her more. She flees into the house for a crying jag on her pillow while he cries alone on the steps.
JoAnne:  Seriously, Mike, if there was EVER a moment for you to insist on speaking, this was it.  She thinks you're choosing that  bitch.  You aren't, though, are you?  SAY THAT. Even if you think the two of you can't be together and that you  have made her life too difficult, it would make a difference to her to know that you are not choosing Min.

Shuk: Yappy Driver shows up and misinterprets the bags under her eyes for an amorous evening. She just finds out about the photos taken over the last few month and the media buzz surrounding them: Mike lied about his true love, and Om-Am and Guy had a torrid love affair. She’s stunned, and Yappy flips on the television, where the gossip anchors are still gossiping, and she gets the full picture of everything that happened recently.
JoAnne: I had no idea that she did not know this. I think in Korea she knew it, right? So did she think they went to the parents to confess because he was going to just end it all and go be with Min right away?  Oh my God, that would have hurt so much worse than knowing this is all because of the paparazzi. Because without THEM...he'd have worked to buy time to sooth Om-Am over the hospital.

Shuk: Mike shows up, and Driver scurries away. He tells her not to make any meals for the day, and leaves for the office. Yappy mentions in his village, if two people care and take care of each other, it’s called love. Mike tells him to STFU, and drive him to the office without words or sounds.
JoAnne:  Somewhere in here though, not sure if it is this  ride or the next, he also tells him 'even you are useful' when the Pao ONCE  again makes the emotional issues clear.  He has redeemed himself for me, by the way.  He's one of those annoying people you end up loving.

Shuk:  At the office, they discuss the situation.  Current netizen attitudes are 50/50,  but Mike is ready to expose the entire truth.  Boss says they can hedge it a bit and minimize the damage.  Benz asks the big question: what is the real truth?  He doesn't answer.
JoAnne: Because why should today be any different, right?
Shuk:  After the meeting, Mike ends up in a heart to heart with his dad. He gives his father a sincere apology. He can't say everything that happened, except that it was his fault.
JoAnne: WHY.  WHY can't you say everything that happened, Mike?  I  don't get it.

Shuk: They talk about his late sister.  She went through many painful treatments when there was no hope, because he wanted more time with his daughter. He never told anyone about his feelings, so, in the end, everyone thought badly of him.  A real man apologizes and tries to explain to the one he loves.  It's better than leaving unanswered questions and bad feelings.
JoAnne:  WORD.  Do you have anything to say, Mike?
Shuk:  Mike wonders if  "she" would even listen, but Dad rightfully points out that he's finally listening to his father after all these years. As far as he is concerned, what Mike has done is in the past, but he wants his son to fully know himself and his feelings.  And they share a manly hug overlooking the city.
JoAnne:  I smile.

Shuk:  Yappy Driver watches all and smiles.  He's still an idiot, though.
JoAnne:  He's an idiot SAVANT.

Shuk: Mike is at the Stupid Swing. I wish I knew where it was. It's dark outside, and Yappy wants to know if they should head home. Mike has a brown envelope he puts in his care that I am guessing is the title to the house. He tells him that after the press conference tomorrow, he will be need to be driven to a certain destination.
JoAnne:  I think if you go there and burn down the swing, it won't really help. Mike will still make stupid decisions that we don't want him to make.
Shuk:  [grumble]  It would make ME feel better...
Shuk: He hands the envelope to Pao and asks him to take care of Om-Am in the future, and keep her from feeling lonely. Also, he's sleeping at the office tonight.  Nooo, mammoth, nooo!
JoAnne: WHY?  Why not go home and have one last evening (because that's what you're doing, we all know it, you idiot) eating ice cream and petting junior and smiling with Om-Am?

Shuk:  Om-Am waits at the house for him.  Dammit Mike you always leave her waiting!!
JoAnne:  Mammoth fail.
Shuk: The team gathers in a conference room, and Traitor Swish is all pontificating and snarky, clinging onto the new talent.  Boss tells him to take some time off after the presscon and wait til things die down.  In the bathroom, he struggles hard to get his wedding band off.  Does he do it?
JoAnne:  I don't think so, I think it stays on.  That's the new talent? I thought she said he was there to help Mike with the press conference, which never made any sense to me anyway - he did nothing, and he looks pretty young to be an expert at anything.  And did you see the way Thot stares at Swish? I think she suspects.
Shuk:  At the press conference he looks down at this hand,  Nope, the thing is firmly on his finger. Yay! It's not going to stop what he says though.  And all the parties are watching it at their respective locations.
JoAnne: Surprise us, young man.  Please.

Shuk:  He apologizes to his fans and team, and admits to the entire fault.  He personally mentions Guy and Mintra as nothing but very close friends, as the reporters should be aware, having followed his movements for years.
JoAnne:  I am positively ugly in my happiness over Min's face.
Shuk:  He gets to Om-Am, and tells the world it was strictly a convenient business arrangement.  Om-Am's face is frozen as she stares at the television. Guy is frowning while he watches livestreaming online. Mike takes full responsibility, and says that all arrangements and agreements between him and Khun Om-Am are done. He makes a plea of privacy for the three.  And with that the conference ends as the reporters burst out with questions and comments.
JoAnne: I seriously do not understand this at all.  Even if he thinks he has to leave her in order to give her a life that won't make her tired - and I don't think this version does a better job of explaining this, I think Korea does - why can't he at least tell the world that he loves her, but is letting her go because he thinks he has caused her too much pain? And what's wrong with ASKING the girl if she thinks he's been too much trouble?  Ok fine,  so the reporters wouldn't leave her alone if it was love but in REALITY they're going to go find her anyway, so what's the difference?
Mike's just spinning on the same old merry-go-round
Shuk:  Mike is sitting in front of the van, waiting for Yappy. Pao tells him it's important to fight for love, even a loser like him. Mike wonders if the two cousins would be happier without either of the guys.  Pao counters what if it's just their opinions and not the thoughts of the girls.  Mike marvels that sometimes he actually makes sense.  But he's still leaving.
JoAnne: Ah, it was here.  And yeah, Mike...hit yourself upside your own head for that bit of  stupidity.  'You make sense.  But I'm not going to listen anyway.'

Shuk:  Om-Am is still waiting, but only Yappy shows up.  He gives her the envelope but waits for her to open it.  It's the title and a letter.
"When you get this, you will either cry or call me a stupid idiot.  Both could also happen since it's you. You know my details, but I know yours too, and the reasons behind them.  I want your heart to be at ease without any conditions."
Shuk:  She starts crying in earnest as she continues. The envelope indeed is the paperwork for the house. He warns her to never sign anything without reading it, try not to be sad anymore, and fulfill her dreams as a writer.  He also calls her Shorty one final time.
JoAnne:  So in his mind, he's resetting her life back to before her first prize trip to Korea.  She has her house, she can pretend Mike never existed. Wrong, wrong, wrong.  You can't go back again.  There's no ease in this, Mike. In fact, this house is now going to be a painful reminder of your love.  The ease would have been if you STAYED and replaced the bad beginning with a happy middle.

Shuk: He's on a plane with same flight attendant, looking at the empty window seat and remembering.  And to think he always sat in the window seat before. Left picture from their first flight:

JoAnne: ooooh


FINAL THOUGHTS

JoAnne:  This is just incredibly frustrating for me, the story that hinges on someone just NOT SPEAKING when asked a direct question that could clear everything up, or just NOT DOING the thing everyone tells you should do, that you know you want to do, that you know the other person involved wants you to do, but no, you're going to go do something completely different and boneheaded for no reason that makes sense to anyone who hasn't tied themselves in knots trying to figure out a way to understand your stupid ass reason that makes no sense to begin with.
Shuk: I have to agree with you.  It's amazing that, being in the entertainment business, his communication skills suck like the International Space Station toilets. Seriously, dude, if you want to tell ALL the truth, then TELL IT ALL!  I just want to Jethro-slap some sense into him.
I'll pick one non-mammoth to tell Mike off.

24 comments:

  1. I honestly don't remember the Korean Full House being as squee-worthy as this one is... I feel like I felt pretty giddy for about 16 of the 18 episodes that are out and I think the only ones I really cared for in the k-version were the honeymoon ones... This couple is just so sugary sweet I can gloss over this annoying angsty blip.
    I hope the last episodes give us more sweetness and minimal angst (although the previews show us more Min unfortunately ugh).

    Also-- I liked your super-sentence rant there at the end JoAnne- it totally conveys my feelings for this and many other unnecessary misunderstandings in dramas.

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    1. Thank you! I just get so MAD because it's so simple to fix!

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    2. I am with Maqluba here, agreeing with JoAnn's rant as well as Shuk's desire to burn the stupid swing (I'd help, perhaps video taping it to watch on days when I am sad). When I watched this episode, I thought that when I marathon this show, this would be the episode I skip. It started so well. I LOVED the scene with Mike and Guy because the bromance holds up--the years they have spent together will not be broken by this one problem (no surprise really since they have grown up with the trauma that is MinTramp). However, Mike's incredible stupidity and the lame nonanswer he gives during the press conference doesn't do anyone any good. I love the bike ride. But then. . . If he know she is going to cry when she reads this, then he knows how much she loves him. Also, if it all about his promise to take care of Min, how can he leave (again) and go to South Korea?

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  2. The short exchange between Mike and Gai at the lake really cemented their close brotherly ties to me. I believe Gai's outburst in the previous ep was to wake Mike up when facing an actual love rival and risk of losing Aom-Am, and force him to face his feelings.

    Don't remember how the Kr Full House handle this brotherhood...Actually, I can't remember the Kr Full House at all. It's been too long...

    I haven't watched Mike (Pirat) enough to know the limits of his acting, but I do hope what you guys speculated is true! Let the two bring the love to real life! The BTS clips of them are so WOW! But Mike then has to deal with Aom's crazy fans...I can't believe it's the lady's, and the guy's fans I'm worried about. I've seen, HE's seen, so many hate messages about him 'leeching off' Aom's popularity.

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    1. Yes, in the BTS it's almost palpable to see how Mike really likes Om Am. It's the tenderness that Joanne talks about. When JoAnne said this "Just ummmm and make a baby, guys. Tonight." I died laughing.

      -nomad-

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    2. I find your comment about the fans really interesting. I am completely unfamiliar with the Thai entertainment industry and with these two actors, so I did not know anything about their popularity levels. Are there other dramas that you would recommend starring Om Am? The Full House Thai facebook fanpage seems to be majorly shipping them together, but there are a lot of fans from all over the world there, and I have know from following Korean dramas that international fan attitudes can be VERY different than the home country fan attitude.

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    3. I thought Mike was the bigger star since he's an idol. Never knew Aom is the more popular one.

      @trot wood, I haven't seen a lot of Aom projects except for this movie: Yes or No. It's a girl to girl love story. Here's the asianwiki page for the movie: http://asianwiki.com/Yes_or_No

      @karened, I think Mike has gotten a lot of hate tweets from the fans of Tina and Aom (Yes or No). He's been tweeting his response to some.

      @Shuk and JoAnne,

      Hi! Been a lurker since I found your squeecaps. Thanks for the funny recaps and side comments. The show's already adorbs and you two co-writing the recaps/reviews made it awesome.

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    4. In Thailand, Mike is more popular and well known long before Aom as he has been in the business since he was a kid. I might say Aom has gained greater popularity internationally than locally. Her regular appearance on channel 3 is a late night mystery series which is not so popular (don't think the role suits her). She becomes very famous after Yes or No (among foreign fans). I agree with Micah that negative responses about Mike might come from Yes or No fans. About FHT, both of them have a very, very good feedback and support from viewers. BTW, IMHO, they both have proven deeds of charitable mind and good hearts.

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    5. @trot wood Yeah I was shocked too, because usually dating rumours hit the female half more, I guess because female fans (of the guy) are usually more emotion (my opinion, of course). But those hate comments mainly come from fans of Aom's other "OTP", from this movie called Yes Or No, which has a lesbian theme I think (so this OTP shipping of the movie characters into real life strikes me as odd). Fans of FHT are very supportive of this OTP and really hope them end up together in real life. Of course, their personal lives are none of our business...but it's just the inner fangirl in me wishing them together <3

      @Micah Oh, as what one of the commenters above said, Mike's more popular in Thailand I believe, as he joined showbiz when he was 13/14, forming a group with his elder brother. Mike does complain that even till today, some people still mistake him for his brother and call his name wrongly (they look quite alike). This is probably why Aom did an ad-lid on the first plane scene, calling him "Golf" (his brother's name). I read that Aom is very popular in China, even before FTH, mainly because of her movie Yes Or No. But now Mike's gaining popularity too. His weibo (Twitter equivalent) followers are inching towards 1mil!

      Other than the tweet Mike made on that ugly Instagram comment, there was this weibo post where he posted a photo of Aom (calling her baby!!! *__*), and one of the top replies (in terms of likes) was for him to stop posting pictures of Aom and leeching on her, that these dating rumours he's fueling is giving Aom a lot of stress. =/

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  3. I'm confused- these guys are married has there been talk about a divorce and I'm blanking on it? I was sure divorce papers would be in the envelope with the deed but apparently not.

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  4. Of course Mike knows Om Am loves him. But he wants to protect her from all the hassles of his life -- paparazzi, his indecisiveness and try to bring her out of his mess. Yappy Pao said it -- may be it is just us (men) thinking that it is good for our women to let them be. thank you for another hilarious squee caps. You both said what was in my mind watching this episode, much much better than i could ever write. Interesting colours don't you think -- pale blues, yellows, a bit hazy lighting? I think Mike plays lover boy very well in the bike scene; I can understand your speculation JoAnne. I think Om Am is not his type though, just looking at his music videos. merry

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    1. :P I cannot bear to watch his rated MV...the furthest I got to was Break You Off Tonight, and I was already feeling uncomfortable (conservative me). Oh Baby I was cute though!

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    2. @ kakashi I'm not sure how sexy it goes (as I haven't, and don't intend to watch it), but the titles says Rated 18+, compared to Break You Off Tonight which isn't rated at all...and shows quite a bit of skin lol) Don't expect too much :P http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV4kyy8P70Q

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    3. thank you! of course, I watched it immediately. there's not a lot of 18+ in there imo! I think you can watch it. there is a bit of kissing, some Mike toplessness, but that's it. Quite a beautiful video in fact!

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  5. Mike mike mike mike.. WHY?! So I felt Guy went a little over the line in ep 17. But at least he opened his mouth and said something! I was so hoping that Mike would just end it with a "but I ended up falling in love with her for real" or just anything. Also when Pao is the one speaking sense,, you know you are daft for not doing anything!

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    1. I LOL in my office (midterm grading is giving me the blues) at your line "when Pao is the one speaking sense, you know you are daft." So true. Mike's sunk to a new low when he has to take advice from him.

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  6. Brilliant work, you guys hilarious as Mike laughing. I really love this series and during waiting for the next episode, what I'm doing is just searching everything related to Full House Thai. I'm glad I found your blog.

    After read your recap I re-watch this episode again on Viki with Eng Sub (actually I help them subbing in some EPs). I think what Mike try to do is to tell AomAm something in his mind, he don't mind not telling everyone in the press con, he just want to tell AomAm only. He try once when in the car and Aom Am just says even it's the truth it can't change anything. Second time he even beg her to listen to him, unfortunately Aom Am already had mindset that he's not chosen her but he choose to keep promised with Mintramp.

    So, he decided he will not tell but he doing something (doing is a kind communication though, I think). In the letter he said he will let her heart free from any conditions or any agreement that they had before. Not ease her heart or reset it. He left her and gamble that she will looking for him or not as he was asked her before.

    By the way, would you mind if I take some of your comments to share in the biggest webboard in Thailand Pantip.com, there are a huge Full House fan eager for any comments about this series.
    Anyway, I'm very concern that your blog is so peaceful, this might bring a lot of viewer to visit your blog.

    A_K_T

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    1. @A_K_T love your comment but ....Oh, no. please don't do THAT to my happy place. All comments here are way more sincere and mature than that web board.

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    2. Oh, I like that - you believe he's leaving it up to her! Yes, please...but does she understand that, I wonder?

      We are always very happy to have more readers, but I do hope they will be as respectful to each other as the bunch we have now. To date, this is the only Thai lakorn we've touched, but I understand this is a really big hit for Thailand too?

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    3. A_K_T -

      I would agree with your comment if he had once thrown her any little bit of hope. When she came home after the scandal, he never said "I miss you" "I'm happy you are home" "It doesn't feel right without you" - nothing.

      She took the first step when she admitted she loved him, and he told her no. And everything he did after that only reinforced the "no".

      The only thing might be the bicycle ride. But even then, he didn't even say that he would miss her. If he gambled, he stacked the deck against himself.

      Shuk

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    4. No worries, sometimes we have sweet desert we just keep it for ourselves, not sharing HaHaHa. I do love all you guys comments and I'll keep for myself.

      @ Shuk and JoAnne

      I think she will get some clues soon. Actually I believed that she knows Mike and she will figure out what he trying to tell her.

      Mike's mom told her when their first met that men in this family will not speak their mind. So, from first EP til now, Mike never speak his mind, never answer direct questions to anyone. He really stick to his character. In contrast, AomAm a bit take him out of his territory. He never smile then she make him smile, she make him doing something he never done before.

      For ex. When he try to apologise her by bought a bunch of flowers and he turn out says something else when he spotted she was behind him. That's make sense to me while JoAnne did not. He just found himself doing something that he never done before.

      I think it's very obvious for Thai people that hesitate to speak up, keep their mind, not explain their feeling and sometimes just smiling. Sometimes we just doing and assume people surround us will understand. In some senses it's okay but really vulnerable to misunderstand.
      Just like Mike have done in this EP. My only hope is AomAm will realise it soon. I really long for sweet scenes from both of them. :)

      Oh I've heard the director called them to shooting additional scenes, hopefully it's extra EP Hooray!!!

      A_K_T

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  7. @A_K_T _/\_ & I genuinely agree on your point about Thai people keeping their mind, so true.

    @ Shuk&JoAnne I’m so sure your blog will get more readers ( who will search, find and fall in love with your SqueeCap like I do) when FHT be on air in another 9 countries(according to Mike’ s interview recently,)

    Reader

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  8. Utt! Utt! Utt!! Did you know that I have become slightly obsessed? What is the with Full House Second Leads and their lips. I wonder if that was part of the casting decision. Anyway. I have nothing to say ( I am stalking Viki Thai, waiting for subs) but thank you for the UTT Banner. I have decided that you just can't have too much Utt. Mike and Guy Bromance for the win. (Psst. Mike. Balance out your Pao advice with some more Guy advice; it's probably safer).

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