This fourth story of the Gentlemen Series gave us a funny and cute romantic story of Khun Chai Lek, a civil engineer who flees his marriage prospect in Bangkok to camp in Nong Khai, where he meets a group of Wieng Phu Kam refugees. He develops a bond with the compelling group and befriends (if a bizarre, funny friendship) with Soifah who saved his life. They marry, for her protection and convenience, and the two are tasked with the challenge of finding the missing crown prince so they can save the King and usurp their power in Wieng Phu Kam. Little did Soifah or even Chai Lek know that the missing prince and princess are right under their noses.
Another challenge for the duo is to have the grandmas accept Soifah as their granddaughter in law, which entails Soifah learning wifey duties within a month so the Juthatheps would not be embarrassed by her savage upbringing.
What I liked most about the city scenes is that Soifah doesn’t lose the essence of Soifah. No matter what, she retains her fierce, proud and stubborn self. They couldn’t break her, and watching her character evolve for the remaining three episodes made me love her even more. I’m finding that I’m thinking of her character as the hero role in this drama instead of Chai Lek. It is hard for me to get behind our guy. He’s embarrassed of her half the time, he doesn’t believe in her abilities, and he even had the gall to pull a noble idiocy towards the end- so yeah, I’m going to consider Soifah as my “pr’ek” if you will.
Chatchavee’s character really appealed to me as well, a noble man who grew up lacking in love from his family, and misunderstanding that his own biological mother is some low down whore. Yet come to find out that she is actually the queen of Wieng Phu Kam and that his foster father had to endure endless pain and suffering in order to keep his real identity a secret. He slowly became the King that Wieng Phu Kam people needed, and I can seriously watch him and Soifah hang out at their Wieng Phu Kam palace all day long. Their brother and sister scenes and moments really came so late in the game and I just want to cry at the unfairness of it all.
Ai Joi is quite adorable, really. He’s a hotheaded guy but has his heart in the right place. The near incest part where his own sister agrees to marry him is quite uncomfortable to watch, but he only did it to push his King to admit that he loves Jantha. Everyone needs Joi in their lives, he’s a perfect side kick.
Going back to Soifah- upon achieving what her and her Por Yai set out to do- her biggest character development had more to do with the romantic story arc. Khun Chai Lek runs away to deal with his feelings, to forget her and to try to move on with the fact that she’s a Princess and well, he’s just a nobleman. Despite his brother Chai Ruj advising him that no matter the social class, people are people, and he should focus on their shared feelings instead.
In the forest of Nong Khai, Chai Lek realizes that he misses her too much and that he’s conjuring up images of her everywhere- that he might be going crazy. But he’s not, Soifah has come for her man, so in line and in tune with her fierce, strong character. She had her many ways to express how she feels about him, whether that’s tough love or jumping on his back, but in realizing that he’s leaving her possibly for good, she finally confesses that she loves him.
This alone propels Chai Lek to surrender to her love (and leadership.) So it’s easy to see who’s going to be wearing the pants in this marriage. And you know, I’m ok not falling for the guy. With such an awesome, unwaveringly strong heroine, who needs a hero?
She cleans up quite beautifully too.