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There is a time and place for everything. But when the need to excrete happens in the wrong time and place, things can get a little muddled, as Amika (Kimberly Voltemas) learned or Tum (Mark Prin) didn’t learn.

It was the masquerade charity ball and everyone is dressed up in cocktail dresses and tuxes with a fancy mask. Amika had been eating junk food prior and realized upon entering the ball, that her stomach didn’t feel so great. She excused herself to the restroom to take care of the problem, hoping that will rid the need for now. She felt so much lighter and relieved.

That’s when she met him, Tum, a handsome gentlemen who offered her a drink and accompanied her on the dance floor. Things were going really good, they were dancing in tune and looking into each other’s eyes.

But a bad stomach needed to be taken care of more than once. When the need happens, it strikes immediately. Amika’s eyes watered from the need to go. She squirmed to hide her discomfort and accidentally stepped on his toes. She was in trouble. Big trouble. She could feel her stomach curdling.

He looks confused and concerned. When she pulled herself away and rushed out of the ballroom, he had to follow. He could see her white dress speeding down the hall then she was gone. A pair of shoes were left on the carpet, she must have been in a rush.

Amika could barely make it to the toilet. She decided to continue her “business” at home, where the rest of the world couldn’t hear her doing her deed.

Two things that are crowd pleasers: flatulence (fart) and inopportune bodily fluids. That was their first encounter. Throughout episode 1, there are hordes more fart scenes for your viewing pleasures. Hilarious.

There’s something to be said about good producers and directors, they simply yield good actors. Kimberly Woltemas did not knock my socks off from her debut, neither the following lakorns she was given thereafter. So it shouldn’t be something of a surprise that I watched Panyachon- which aired on Oct. 19th – with mild skepticism. I figured I will endure for Mark and Ann’s producer debut. And as a result, I find that my mind can always, always be changed.

Kim is surprisingly expressive, lively and comfortable with her role. She plays Amika, daughter of a governor of Chiang Mai, who is finishing her college degree in a performing arts school. The professor endowed a final challenge for his students- to write the best script- and whomever wins, will continue their studies abroad in New York. Kim obviously is a socialite but she is not a snob. Although life is easier for her, she appears to work very hard to earn them. I like her character already.

She also has a nemesis who tells her that she could not possibly write anything profound coming from such a privileged life. “Drama is the mirror of our lives,” the professor evoked. He wanted them to express themselves fully while affecting the audience with their storytelling. So Kim deems that in order to achieve such material, she must gain experience.

Mark Prin on the other hand, had always impressed me. With his lanky build and mischievous smile, he could do no wrong. But I prefer him with clothes than ahem, without them, as in the popular shower scene everyone was talking about. I found Amika’s nemesis, who was performing a dance to be much more sculpted. At any rate, Mark plays Tam who is a charismatic and budding secretary to the minister. He thinks about work around the clock.

Their parents (Amika’s and Tum’s) had to meddle, because if they left the two to their own devices, they would never end up being married. Hence the first encounter.

After several attempts to gain experience, whether it is being a coyote girl (bar dancer) in which she meets Tum again (this time without the mask and with equal chemistry) or other professions, Amika seem to end up endangering herself. So as a last futile attempt, and advice from her housekeeper, she decides to write about a socialite impersonating a maid. Amika hopes to examine the life of a maid by getting her own real world experience.

An agency assigns her to Tum’s uncle’s home, where the insanity ensues. Tum recognizes the girl he saved from the bar the other night but he doesn’t reveal her “true identity” because she heeded his advice about finding a better job. They encounter each other several times and little did Tum know that he is actually seeking out her attention. Was it part curiosity that brings him to her? Or was it attraction? Ha, I say both.

The only fair thing you can do right now is to actually watch the lakorn yourself and weigh in. Sousday is picking up this drama, at a rather wonderful pace for those of you looking for English subs! If anything, it will make you laugh. Kim and Mark are an adorable pair and their chemistry is certainly palpable.

As far as accolades for Khun Anne Thongprasom? So far so good. Punyachon Gongrua seems to be a promising lakorn. But how about we wait to see how the middle and end fare first, eh? But oh I can’t wait to see the producer in her own lakorn!

Links:

*Eng Sub by Sousday
*Asianfuse Wiki Discussions

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