It’s Wednesday! Who’s doing a happy dance? Yours truly is! I’m doing things a little bit differently this time: watching, recapping and then releasing the recaps as we go along. Reason being, I may not get to the whole episode by the end of the day. The good thing is, you can read along faster, the bad thing is, you don’t get to read it all at once. Time and energy are two very important factors that play into the reason why I can’t spend six hours (at a time) for any particular recaps anymore, but I’ll do my best to get as much done as possible (in between distractions we call life!) So thank you so much for your understanding.
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And I’m probably stating the obvious, but this show is getting adorably cuter by the second. They know how to give us fan service, and stick to the story at the same time. Win-win!
EPISODE 6 RECAP
Rathee is frantically trying to get her lover to jump the balcony since his wife has come knocking on the apartment door. But Arn spies her hubby’s shoes in the hallway and demands to know who it belongs to, she doesn’t quit until the entire apartment has been examined. Siwa however is nimble and escapes in time, saving his own back for the time being.
Mom is not pleased with the picture that made the society’s headlines; she figures that Dao is out of the picture already, she did not anticipate that her Chai Jan would come to Dao’s rescue at the charity fashion show. She refuses to accept such a commoner to be her daughter in law. Nom (the respected nanny) chimes in that maybe the duo are soul mates, and that it would be terrible karma to break up people who are meant to be together. Truer words.
Armed with the information that Khun Chai Jantarapanu is going away to Chiang Mai on a business trip, Dao takes this opportunity to enter the lion’s den in order to capture his sperm. She relays such analogy to her friend Lin, who is responsible for booking her a room at the very same, very expensive hotel that Khunchai will be lodging.
And while in Chiang Mai, why not have a montage of Dao taking pictures of the historical sites, yet looking better than the pictures themselves? She can work that simple twill shirt and short shorts. Dao inhales the fresh air from the untainted, picturesque countryside, and calls her besties to determine the best way to be “noticed” by Khunchai. Dao takes the literal route, perhaps if she sits right in the entry way, he’s bound to see her? Acting totally cool, yunno, nonchalance. Ha.
Dao is waiting and waiting, until the proverbial penny dropped. As she goes to pick up her magazine, a pair of shiny men’s shoes greets her. Who squealed when pretty boy showed up?
“Oh, Khunchai, what a coincidence! What are you doing here?” Heh.
“I own this hotel,” he replies. Of course you do. “What are YOU doing here?”
“I’m vacationing here. Alone. No. Guide.” Hint hint. “Can you recommend me a guide?”
“Of course. He’s standing right in front of you.” Walking right into the palm of her hands. “I’ll be your special guide and give you a tour of this town.”
Haa. Omg. It’s all in her head. She dreamt this whole exchange.
What will the real exchange be like?
The employees of the hotel congregate around the sleeping Dao (who’s passed out on the chair) they’re trying to delegate who would be the one to wake sleeping beauty. She finally gets waken, and sheepishly excuses herself to her bedroom. Girl knows how to laugh at herself.
Pongjan throws himself a final hurrah before his full-fledged commitment to one woman. His friends are perplexed, is this a bachelor party? Has he gone and gotten himself shackled? Ha. But no, Pongjan just wants to partay before he’s mentally ready. Methinks this is the sappiest womanizer ever.
In the same vicinity, Khun Ying Nim is out and about with her girlfriends. And for the record, Ying Nim doesn’t like to frequent clubs, coz she’s a classy lady. She’s only here because of a birthday party. So she feels a little out of place as she surveys the room uncomfortably. An admirer sends over a drink to her, her girlfriends coo in jealousy. But she sends it back to him, free drinks, she’s not interested. Ha.
But the man doesn’t get the point. He sidesteps her as she’s trying to get fresh air, offering to get to know her. She rejects him but he decides to get touchy feely. Pongjan breezes in the nick of time, putting his arm around her shoulders and pretending to be her boyfriend. Heh. Turns out, the admirer knows him and thinks that Ying Nim is his conquest (not his girlfriend), which irks her to no end. The admirer is not interested in sloppy seconds.
Pongjan receives an earful once the admirer disappears, offering no gratitude. He reminds her that she owes him twice now. He then notices her reaction to cigarettes smell, she doesn’t breathe well in this kind of environment, so he offers to take her home, thereby dragging her by the hand when she refuses.
Ying Nim contemplates to herself that he must have bad intentions with her if he’s so accommodating about taking her home. But he seems to read her mind, she’s not his type, she need not worry. Lol, after all, womanizers do have standards, no? Ying Nim proceeds to get light headed and a little desperate about how she could defend herself from him. Suddenly, a soccer ball – during an exercise nearby- rushes into her direction. Pongjan blocks it away from her, but Ying Nim thinks that he’s advancing in on her, and sprays his face with pepper spray.
He yelps in pain but she doesn’t seem so remorse. Pongjan balked at her treatment, he has saved her life before! Ying Nim rubs the towel in his face for further punishment, apparently that’s what bad mouthing gets. But she immediately regrets it, and the duo have a tender, more serious moment, getting lost in each other’s eyes. I’d love to see Pongjan eat his own words, that she’s sooo not his type, he can’t possibly liiike someone like her. These two, they’re going to make me smile and shake my head, right?
Bright and early the next morning (after a much failed attempt the night prior,) Dao spots Khunchai giving orders to the hotel employee, and Dao pours her attention on a picture frame (that suddenly became interesting) which also happens to situate close to Khunchai. Coy is not one of Dao’s fortes. She tries waving, smiling, anything to draw his attention. Lol, His Hotness doesn’t seem to notice. With a last attempt, Dao throws a stack of magazines to the floor. Gotcha.
Khunchai turns his head, with a surprise look on his face.
She beams at him, the kind of look that says ‘oh Khunchai, it’s so nice to see you. However did you get here?’
Their conversation starts very similar to her fantasy, ‘I’m vacationing here. Alone. I don’t know where I should go.’
But Khunchai on the other hand, is thinking about those drugs that he knows came from her dress. He doesn’t return her beaming smile. He advises her to seek guidance from the tour books in the hotel- he’s got work to do- and he’s got to go.
Not exactly how she had envisioned. Dao phones her bestie regarding the noticeable difference in his attitude. He seems withdrawn here, while friendly in Bangkok. Did something transpire? I like the way her mind works. For the lack of a better advice, Jin tells her to recoup and try again later.
Khunchai brings up this very thing that’ s troubling him to his friend, Apichet, who’s currently on a government assignment in Chiang Mai. Khunchai is the analytical kind, requiring proof: he doesn’t know whether to believe if Dao is a druggie or not. Officer Apichet surmises that she couldn’t have been on drugs because she appears lucid during the event, Arn on the other hand was clearly on something, didn’t he read the papers? Khunchai admits that he has been so swamped with work that he didn’t have time to keep abreast on the current events. (I know the feeling..) Apichet advises him to examine things in depth.
Dao plays tourist and spots a group of artistic students who are drawing tourists for a fee. They immediately sidle up to her when they learn that she’s a professional photographer from Bangkok.
She receives a puppy dog call from Pongjan, who pouts at the fact that he isn’t able to get a hold of her. She coyly tells him that she’s out of town, he can’t see her. Ha.
He decides to bug another woman who had lent him her handkerchief: Ying Nim, who prefers to bite rather than to talk nicely. He feels unappreciated for helping her, while she relents that it is his duty. But Pongjan isn’t feeling like being harassed today, he has already been rejected by Dao, and now Ying Nim is being a pain. Before he could give her a piece of his mind, his ex-girlfriend appears at Ying Nim’s shop, threatening to have someone burn down her shop if she doesn’t leave Pongjan. Ying Nim is not afraid, she replies that she has insurance on her shop. Ha.
Pongjan smiles at her fearlessness and tells his ex to watch their words around Ying Nim because she’s related to Khun Chai Jantarapanu who’s the shit around here, and they don’t want to mess with his beloved sister. And Pongjan is the bigger man as he apologizes on “Gik’s” behalf, which is her name, but gik also means ‘side action’ so Ying Nim thinks he has the gall to call them his conquests. Pongjan just smiles and takes it all in stride, he tells her that his ex’s name is Gik, and she won’t dare do anything to harm Ying Nim, she was merely acting out of jealousy. Who knew you could be so understanding, Khun Pongjan?
Ying Nim figures that Pongjan only came to see her because he’s looking for her P’Dao. She admonishes that even if she knew, she would never, ever tell him. Leaving him to shake his head at her wake.
Dao’s portrait has an amazing likeness to her!
And how much do I love watching Nom playing foosball with the other servant? Dao spies the noble nanny and recalls her friend Jin outlining the fact that Khunchai adores his nanny, so much so, that his own mother couldn’t help but feel a little envious of their relationship. This sparks a bright idea to go off in her head, and Dao makes a beeline for Nom.
She gets invited to dinner, as Khunchai meanders in, surprised to see the face that he hasn’t quite put a finger on whether he wants to tread with caution or befriend. I suppose he chooses the latter, as he tells Dao to order whatever she wants. After the meal, Nom tells Khunchai to walk Dao back to her room, seemingly wreaking her own matchmaking.
They stare at each other awkwardly at first, until he asks her to take a turn around the resort with him.
Dao questions, beneath the darkened sky, why he acted like he didn’t know her at first? Ah, who doesn’t appreciate her candor? He asks her not to be angry with him if he tells her the truth: the fact that he thought she was a druggie. Dao erupts in laughter. Her? A druggie? She’s amused at his expense, what was he thinking? But she softens the blow, she’s not the creative type that requires drugs to get her in the mood. She can swear it.. but it’s not necessary because we know that if Khunchai hasn’t made up his mind about someone, he would continue to give the person the cold shoulders.
Dao says she’s not a liar, (does white lies count?) and Khunchai admonishes that it’s a good trait, because he dislikes people who lie. ‘Don’t let me discover that you’ve been hiding something from me,’ he warns. Foreshadow!
With that obstacle out of the way- which was responsible for his initial wariness for being her special guide in the first place- Khunchai offers to give her a tour. And who’s excited for that?!
First stop on this Khunchai tour train is the cactus warehouse. Reminds me of a tequila distillery. Shivers. Tequila and I broke up ages ago.
Dao compliments Khunchai for his vast knowledge of cactus, seeing that he knows the name of each plant and their history. Khunchai smiles bemusedly at her, he simply read the notes posted by each plant. Ha. Cheeky prince. Dao smiles with embarrassment. But she catches on quickly, because as he prepares to go into his knowledgeable diatribe, Dao cuts him off, relenting that if she wanted to know, she could read the signs.
There is one particular plant, which a mere sign could not elaborate enough: kae salong tree. Khunchai notes, as he’s carrying one in his hands, that he has them planted around his hotel (thus we can ascertain that he likes them.) Kae Salong trees absorb the bright sunlight and require low maintenance. And upon blooming, their flowers are beautiful and fragrant. This tree reminds him of a woman who has its similar features, stands strong and resilient. Aw Khunchai, who knew you’re such a sweet talker?
Dao admonishes that most woman likes the attention from their loved ones, but Dao is the opposite, it’s not the end all for her. Which only confirms Khunchai’s reasons as to why she’s kae salong tree, and why it’s something (someone) he needs.
Jin reminds Dao however, that she cannot fall nor falter for his sweet words, otherwise she will merely be a conquest, she must think of the greater good: her future child.
But even Khunchai could not help but fall a little more for her. She formally meets his best friend, Officer Apichet who joins them for lunch. They instantly build a rapport, because Dao is so easygoing, which makes Khunchai feel a little threatened that they are not an item, like they used to be, albeit fake. Apichet puts it out there that he is glad to hear that Dao and Khunchai are not an item. And who doesn’t like to see Khunchai growing green with envy? Hehe. He gets even more irritated when Dao invites his friend to join them to the elephant habitat.
Besides Khunchai and Dao’s beautiful profiles in every scene, we also get breathtaking landscapes of Chiang Mai. It’s an elephant and photographer’s paradise. Even though this tour may not play too much into the overall story (or plot for that matter), and the show utilizes its craft to promote the country’s tourism, I don’t care. I find that it adds appeal and style to the drama. Especially when Khunchai and Apichet peer at her from below the man made bridge, sharing the same thought: she’s talented and beautiful AND low maintenance.
Apichet notices his buddy smiling to himself and does the math. He decides to pester Khunchai for amusement, such as, ‘what think you, if I court Khun Dao? Coz if you like her, I won’t get involved.’
Khunchai denies it, of course he doesn’t like her, with the extra raised voice and such, the kind that makes you guilty. They model for Dao, only confirming one fact: Khunchai is hot. Even his devilish smile reminds one of Jam Loey Rak’s days.
If Apichet’s pestering Khunchai is not enough indication that he’s not serious about courting Dao, his beeline for a foreigner should make Khunchai feel rest assured.
When Dao gets her invite to dinner from none other than Khunchai, her future baby daddy (if things go her way), she freaks out because her friend Jin (where is Lin when you need her?) reminds her that she does NOT want to go on this date. Khunchai is notorious for giving every girl the cut direct and she will never go on another date with him again.
Which to me, is so much ado about nothing really. What they need to consider on the other hand, is that Dao has surpassed that first impression, that first date. They’ve pretended to be boyfriend-girlfriend together, he’s her personal tour guide, he’s totally smitten with her. Let’s not get bent out of shape. But there’s nothing like a girlfriend who can force you to overthink things. Makes for a romcom, no? Dao is in a panic because she has already accepted his invite to dinner, what’s a girl to do now?
Meanwhile Nom reports to Ying Nim that Khunchai is very happy when he’s around Khun Dao. The kind of happiness that even his eyes smile. Cute. Ying Nim is practically giggling to herself when Pongjan appears and discovers that she knows of Dao’s whereabouts. He’s been trying to stalk her, to no avail. Ying Nim refuses to give up Dao’s location, which prompts Pongjan to perpetuate that she (Ying Nim) is crushing on him and doesn’t want him to end up with Dao. Pfft. Ying Nim declares there’s no way on earth she’ll end up with him, so run along. But he refuses to leave until she takes out her tazer again. Ha.
The following morning Khunchai is looking fine and ready for his date with Dao. Nom even mentions that she’s never seen him so happy before, and that she would be even more pleased if he would open himself up more (to love of course.) She wholeheartedly believes that people aren’t drawn together due to chance, but that the powers above have brought them together. She could say no wrong to Khunchai, who takes her hands and admits that he too wants it to happen, but he fears disappointment is inevitable. He promises to at least do his best today. Sometimes that’s all you can ask for.
Dao feigns that she’s not feeling well to avoid the date with Khunchai, but the man comes knocking at her door to see how she’s faring. Relief is temporary. He plans on checking in on her that evening as well.
Pongjan schemes a way to find out where Dao is, he pretends to be Khunchai’s old friend from abroad and is looking to see Khunchai again. Will his flirtation with the maid, calling her ‘pretty’, give him the answer he’s looking for? Just seems like a whole lot of work, he could have picked up the telephone. Just saying.
That evening arrives much faster than Dao anticipated, as her hotel room just got a lot hotter. Mainly because Khunchai is there, playing doctor, getting close to her- and now, about to give her a towel wash. And he scolds her for being obstinate, like someone he used to know.
We flash back to when Khunchai was tending to another woman named Pan, his ex girlfriend from abroad. They are lovey dovey, as Pan tells him over and over how much she loves him. My guess is that she didn’t break up with him on purpose. Mom must be behind it- like any other lakorn plots! Just a girl who isn’t willing to fight hard enough for him.
Dao brings Khunchai back to the present time, as she notices that he’s drifting off. He lies that she reminds him of Ying Nim. Dao is impressed that he knows how to take care of a sick person, to which Khunchai replies that when he was studying abroad, he used to take care of a ‘friend.’ And our Dao, of course is too curious for her own good, ‘friend or girlfriend?’ Heh.
He doesn’t respond, instead, he makes himself at home and tells her to go to sleep otherwise he wouldn’t leave the room. Dao panics a bit, this man is too close for comfort.
The segue into the next scene got me a little confused, as I forgot the police woman is in the cast- this only goes to show that when you’re watching a show so sporadically, you tend to forget who’s who! She’s under cover, trying to find out who the drug lord is. She reports her findings to Officer Apichet who tells her to be careful, because he’s worried that the police force would lose a talented officer. The police woman, huffs and hangs up, apparently harboring some feelings for her boss.
Mom and Nanteenee pay a visit to Khunchai at the resort, however finds him missing that morning. But his highness is asleep on the same chair that situates beside Dao’s bed. They reverse roles, as she’s awake, watching him sleep. So cute. The moment ends as he startles awake, apparently thinking that he’s still that child, drowning. He sheepishly peers at her and asks if she’s feeling better. Dao of course forgot she was pretending to be sick, it’s what happens when you lie, your stories trip up.
The bellboy spies the two in the same room, early in the morning, as he’s doing his water run. He smiles knowingly. It just so happens Mom and Nan walks by the bellboy, wondering where Khunchai disappeared. He answers proudly that Khunchai is in room 304 with a woman, they’ve been together all night. Nom knows what’s up, but the other two are livid.
Back in Dao’s room, Khunchai does a test to see if she’s well again. And why is it so hot when he touches his hand to her forehead?
Nom calls Dao’s room to alert them that Mom’s on her way. She didn’t have to say more, because Khunchai immediately finds a way out because if Mom finds out he’s in Dao’s room, Dao will never hear the end of it.
Dao has an idea on how to deter his mom. As Mom searches her room, she spots a strange character in Dao’s bed. Dao’s “friend” is currently wearing a facial mask, he/she cannot move or speak. They escape Mom’s inquiring eyes for now, and Khunchai asks Dao to repay him by joining him to a place he has yet to divulge..
Meanwhile Nan spies the two leaving together in Khunchai’s car and she feels hopeless, but Mom advises her not to give up yet, there’s gotta be a way to break the two up..
Pongjan eventually makes his way to Chiang Mai as well, and he cheekily sends Ying Nim a picture message of his current location, just to set her temperature afire. Haha. And as predicted, he gets an immediate phone call from Ying Nim. To make matters worse, he doesn’t pick up her calls. (As a side note, am I the only one who finds it funny that Ying Nim’s employee has a hard time determining whether her boss is talking to her or to herself? Ha. After much consternation, the employee has learned that when her boss exclaims random comments, that she’s only talking to herself.) Now one has to also think, that Pongjan is instigating things with Ying Nim only because he knows she’ll come to pester him. And so, one can only conclude that subconsciously, he likes it! And thus, he likes her! Haha.
But Ying Nim has her ways of getting a hold of him, but much to her chagrin, he is not going to stop his plan to court Dao. Since Nom won’t help her discourage this fellow (as Nom, the sane one, doesn’t like to meddle with people’s businesses), and she also learns that her auntie and Nan are at the resort, wreaking havoc for Dao, this leaves Ying Nim only one choice: she too, must go!
Khunchai takes Dao on a trip to the northern villages to visit his children. Dao immediately panics, children?! You have children already?! Ha. Khunchai replies that he has a whole soccer team of kids. And how could you not fall in love with a man who adopts an entire village of kids? Dao smiles as she watches the children rejoice in seeing their “father” again. Which further confirms that Dao made the right decision in choosing Khunchai. Adorbs.
Later Dao admits that upon first impression, she didn’t think that Khunchai was this type of a person. She merely thought that his best attribute is that he’s a hi-so. Khunchai smiles and asks her to describe him in three words now that she knows his “true colors.” Dao smiles and says: Good.Awesome.Handsome. Hehehe. Khunchai is mighty pleased.
Omg and finally, their Chiang Mai trip, the development in their relationship segues them into the hot topic: children. Khunchai notices that Dao treats babies like there are her own kids. Dao is not surprised, she says that she wants to be a mom, it’s her dream. This surprises Khunchai because an independent and fierce woman like Dao, doesn’t seem to be the motherly type. She shares the fact that she will have her own child to raise one day. Khunchai jokes that she ought to hurry up and marry then- to which Dao replies that she wants a child without a husband.
We segue into the IVF topic, Dao explains the process and that her friend is currently going through this. Khunchai voices the big debate in society regarding this IVF method: in the end, will it be good that a child grows up without a father? In his opinion, the fact that a child is raised without one parent, creates an unfulfilled life (for that child.) The child will grow up with difficulties adjusting. He advises to Dao’s friend that she should rethink this. If she wants a child, she must focus on having a strong, complete family that will offer the child a support system. And finally, not that his argument is new or strange to her ears, but that she finally realizes where he stands. Do we move forward or stop this sperm acquisition? Especially when the future baby daddy is against IVF?
And we’re going to throw some spice and drama in the mix. Now even Arn and hubby are going to Chiang Mai (because they’re bringing their bling for the resort patrons) and Rathee (who’s father has a task for her- which I’m guessing, must tie in with the overall drug scheme of the story.) Not to mention Khun Ying Nim, who is determined to stop Pongjan from messing with Dao once and for all.
She starts by interfering with his swimming, to which the rest of the pool girls are fawning over his appeal- and Ying Nim couldn’t help but admire him shirtless. She asks him what she would need to do to make him return to Bangkok, to which he asks her what he would need to do to make her STOP interfering with him and Dao. Boy’s got a point. Ying Nim is bewildered why he’s determined to court Dao when he has never been true with any women before. Pongjan admits that when he met Dao, he finally realizes that he can’t be playing with love anymore. (Ying Nim is stunned to hear this.) And Pongjan asks her to give him a chance to prove himself, he takes her face in his hands (she’s beating him off) but he gets real close and tells her to “hear” how sincere he is. Ying Nim is flustered, hear heart pounding loudly against her chest.
Curious about how she’s feeling, she reaches out to her online friend “chai rai hua jai” on what it means to feel anxious around a particular someone. Heh.
Nanteenee discovers that Pongjan likes Dao and asks him to chat. She thinks she just found herself another ally. But even if Pongjan “used” to be a womanizer and even if he “loves” Dao, he’s not underhanded like Nan and does not want to join the anti-Dao-Khunchai team. He’s going to go about this love business in a straightforward and honest manner. Let the better man win. Gotta love Pongjan for that.
He finally gets Ying Nim’s board message and asks her back who is that lucky guy? As if she would tell him.
Dao and Khunchai return to the resort, but she’s in a brooding mood, thinking his position regarding IVF. Khunchai notices her withdrawn expression and asks whether he said something to upset her. Dao replies that she had things on her mind- but Khunchai advises her to talk things through, processing it on her own is cumbersome. He volunteers to be her listener. He takes her by the hands and tells her that she can trust him.
And the next thing she said came out of left field for him: “Can I have your sperm?” OMG.
“Come again?” he questions, furrowing his brows.
“I’m asking for your sperm.” Double whammy. “Call me crazy. But I want to have a baby. I need someone to fulfill my life. And you are the most suitable man to be the donor- I’m just asking for one unit. And I promise that I will take care of our child- wait no it’s my child- I promise to take care of the baby and the baby will not lack anything.”
Khunchai is looking at her as if she grew another head, then he says, “sure.”
What?! Is she fantasizing again?
She thanks him profoundly and offers to rush back to Bangkok and see the doctor. But Khunchai takes by the shoulders and leans down, “No. I’ll give it to you in the natural way.” Omg.
Is she dreaming? Am I dreaming? Someone pinch me.
Dao reiterates that she just wants his sperm. Ha. Khunchai tells her that their baby will have a mother and father. Heh. He takes her face in his hands and confirms that their kid will come from love and bond between them. Ok. Things just got really hot in here.
Ha. And it was a dream. Oh Show, you’re such a teaser. So.Not.Fair. But totally logical! If Khunchai really succumbs, then I’m going to think you’re smoking something, Show.
Ah, so good. I love that things are logical in this story, our characters are sensible and have differing perspectives. I like the overarching theme: that Dao is going after what she wants, but in the end, will get what she needs: which is true love, and that itself, will bring her the baby that she so wants. Beautiful.
It’s a great episode, but so long. Especially when you’re recapping a lakorn, you’re wishing that it would end sooner, even though as a watcher, you want it to go on and on. I need the stakes to be raised a little higher though, there’s got to be a time constraint to this end goal, she has to have her baby, or else? The truth will be revealed, or else? Something’s gotta give, and I know this show will get there. I’m waiting with baited breath!
As a side note, I’m glad to hear that everyone’ s enjoying this drama! Janie and Aum have amazing chemistry!