Pon Prom Onlaweng Ep. 2 A Child Again
Posted on February 12, 2013
I wonder when they say “I hope our paths will cross again someday” are they referring to the point in time where their spirits sync up in a different universe, a world between the here and the heaven? The dark, lonely void where the souls await their fates? After the accident both Yong and Nong May float through the hospital halls trying to communicate with their loved ones, but to no avail. They found each other in that seemingly misty void and embraced. Next thing Yong knows, Nong May’s body disappears from her arms and she could hear a man’s voice calling her, beckoning her to come back to him. She does.
At the hospital room Dr. Pathawee perspired from the exertion and anxiety of giving his niece cpr. He refuses to give up, he lost his parents at a young age and he isn’t about to let his beloved niece go. As if from an act of God, Nong May’s heart beats again and he thanks the heavens. Tanyong gains consciousness slowly and peers around her. She wonders where she is at and discovers she is in a hospital room. Soon strangers and a man in a white coat appear before her, rejoice in her apparent good health.
“Why does my head hurt?” she mutters to herself, clutching her head. “It must have been from all that alcohol last night.”
“What alcohol?” the man in a white coat asks, probably the doctor. He continues in a baffled tone, “you’re a kid. You fell down the stairs. Don’t you remember?”
Yong notices the bizarreness of her hands. They are tiny. She searches the contents in her shirt. Flat chest. Yong gasps.
“Who’s Nong May? What are you talking about? Who are you?” the string of questions exploded from her.
The strangers all stared at her, bewildered.
“This is Uncle Wee, don’t you remember? Does your head hurt?” the doctor asks again. He touches her face.
“I’m not Nong May-“ she attempts to get off the hospital bed and wonders why it is so dang high. She runs to the restroom and demands a chair. As the doctor props her on the chair, Yong gets a good look at herself- in the form of a child- in the mirror. The young face she has seen in the void greets her.
The strangers excuse themselves to chat outside of the hospital room.
Dr. Pathawee examines the head x-ray and confirms that physiologically Nong May is in good condition. He surmises that perhaps due to the jarring fall from the stairs, she might have incurred minor confusion and memory loss- but that it would all sort itself out.
Not only does Nong May appear to be stronger, she enunciates more clearly and her mother (Pat, and Dr. Pathawee’s sister) is beside herself.
It is an interesting turn of events. Tanyong’s soul is embedded in Nong May’s body. The surprising factor though, is that Tanyong’s own body remains in a coma. Her brain activity, bodily functions are normal, yet she cannot wake. What about Nong May’s soul/spirit? Is it so weak that it cannot waken a grown woman’s body? Or has her soul taken flight, permanently, leaving Tanyong’s body empty?
Tanyong’s family and best friend are in a state of shock and depression when they learn that she is still unconscious. Bie (Tanyong’s BFF) learns the travesty her friend went through because of her fiance’s betrayal. She despises Piram (Tanyong’s fiancé.) I like her already. She also butts head with Dr. Pathawee’s BFF who is part Casanova, part entertainment. And get this, it’s such a small world. Nong May is turning out to be one of Bie’s students! I enjoy the second character’s bickering, and happy enough with their diversion.
Yong, in the form of Nong May, does not understand why no one believes her. She attempts to tell Dr. Pathawee that she is actually not Nong May and that she is the same woman he met at the pub where she got trashed. Dr. Pathawee could only look at her with bemusement. Scientifically, it is impossible for his beloved niece to be anyone else. It’s just a temporary confusion on his niece’s end.
But Nong May continues to act very strangely, very unlike a little girl. She doesn’t like to be coddled, hugged or kissed by her favorite uncle. One night when Dr. Pathawee spent the night observing his niece’s condition, he heard her pounding her fist against the bed. Thinking that she must have had a nightmare, he tries to comfort her. Little did he know that Nong May was actually angry and spiteful of her former fiancé, Piram, who caused her to be in her current condition. There is cause and effect. But there is also being responsible and not drinking and driving. But I digress.
Dr. Pathawee hugs his niece close. We see it is Tanyong who is squirming and feeling uncomfortable. She tells her uncle that he should not touch her again. Dr. Pathawee gives her a bemused look and agrees. But to her horror, he leans down and kisses her cheek. Then he goes in for two more kisses. Heehhh.
Nor does Nong May remember the members of her family. Tanyong succumbs to Nong May’s life for now until she figures out what she needs to do to return to her former self.
As they wheel her out of the hospital, she spots her biological parents, but her weak body could not catch up to her desperate heart. She screams their name which shocks everyone. With tears streaking down her face, Nong May could only watch her parents walk away, while her fake parents hold her close. That really breaks the heart. Being in someone else’s body, a child no less, and watching your own family becoming mere strangers.
But while she is stuck in Nong May’s body, Tanyong surmises that it wouldn’t be totally horrid to help the little girl out. She meets the evil Aunt who is rude to her father and blows her mother’s ears. Base on observations and logical conclusions, Tanyong figures that both her parents love her. There is just a problem between them that is rooted within the evil Aunt. What is the harm in righting this wrong and give the evil Aunt (Pah Plang) a taste of her own medicine?
A solid second episode, but leaving me wishing that Tanyong appears more often than Nong May. During the instances where Tanyong actually appears, and interacts with her new family, I am sold. More please.