Kammathep Hunsa is the first story among an eight part series from Channel 3 called The Cupids Series by Broadcast Thai Production Company.
The series as a whole centers on an unsuccessful matchmaking company called “Cupid Hut” run by Khun Phim (Ken Theeradeth) who is the son of a wealthy hospital chairman, but he prefers to treat people’s heart in a non-medical way. He deems that every single person is missing someone special in their lives, and his firm would be the company that will find the missing other half. Unfortunately after being in business for 4 years now, Khun Phim and his eight employees could not turn the company around. His mother, the stakeholder had bargained that Khun Phim has 5 years to turn a profit; otherwise he would have to fold the business and come work for her.
Indicative of men in this show, Khun Phim determines that his company isn’t doing well because his employees are single (they are all women to boot). His secretary Waralee (Chompoo Araya) is quick to note that he’s single too and it is HIS company so it is actually HIS fault that they’re not doing so well. Ha, I like this sassy secretary already. Khun Phim vehemently orders his eight employees to find a boyfriend by next Valentine’s Day and he entices them with 1 million baht as a reward (along with the ability to keep the company afloat). He believes that you have to practice what you preach, thus, in order to be a good matchmaker; you have to be a relationship guru, which reasons that you have to be in love. Khun Phim decides to put his money where his mouth is. Unfortunately, he’s not forcing himself to find a love interest (you know, lead by example?) Now wouldn’t that be fair play and less chauvinistic?
Each of his 8 employees isn’t in a relationship due to her own personal beliefs and experiences (Nantisa hates men, Milin is too frugal to be in a relationship, Waralee is too busy, Hunsa is too afraid to bring demise to their significant other, and Praewprao just doesn’t know how to find a boyfriend) which is ironic that his employees chose this career in the first place. But on the other hand, as the sassy secretary reasons, Khun Phim is in the business for the money just as she is. He’s using his algorithm to successfully match people while she’s just being a professional and doing her job as she’s paid to do. Touché. I find that this particular Cupid is most interesting because she’s rational and a devil’s advocate. Not to mention that I love her interaction with her boss, since she’s the only person who isn’t afraid of him or unwilling to call out his bullshit.
Regardless, the eight employees love their company and coworkers, and it’s in their best interest to turn the company around. Especially Hunsa (Toey Jarinporn), who needs the company the most, I mean, who else would hire her? Hunsa is our heroine in the first series, and I kid you not, I’ve experienced some second hand embarrassment just watching her. She’s beyond clumsy and clueless, almost borderline dumb, bumbling and idiotic. She has low self-esteem, terrible communication (as in, when she panics or is afraid, she switches the sentences around) and so incredibly mousy. Almost like a child inhibiting an adult’s body.
And on the other end of the spectrum is our hero, Tim Pitchiyatorn (Boy Pakorn) who on the outside is successful, educated, handsome and a perfect 10 in many people’s eyes. However, his personality is borderline narcissism. He’s a perfectionist and believes wholeheartedly that all he need in life is himself. Thus, he spends the majority of his waking hour scolding his employees about how subpar they are and why they are wasting his time. No one, not even his own mother, could avoid his scrutiny. I mean, we couldn’t find a more polar opposite pairing if we tried.
The conflict begins during a Valentine’s Day event hosted by Cupid Hut. Tim and younger brother Torn, attend said event to appease their mother. However, their faces make it on the cover of a newspaper the next day, much to Tim’s dismay (because we can’t have a renown business owner looking like he can’t find his own love.) He immediately sues the company, and since it was an event that Hunsa managed – and royally screwed up by not blurring out the faces – she is tasked to reconcile with Tim.
This is no easy task since Hunsa is as mousy as Tim is dauntless. And with character introduction that is set so low, there’s no way to go but up, right? If Hunsa needs to grow up and learn to be brave, then Tim needs to grow a heart and learn some compassion. Tim had randomly brought up that Hunsa is picking up behaviors of Korean heroine and he doesn’t think it’s cute. Which makes me think that the writer is either doing a parody of Korean heroine, or she’s designing Hunsa after them but is failing miserably. I would rather think that it’s the former.
At any rate, I may stick around to see Tim getting his comeuppance by someone who he believes is subpar compared to him, and perhaps even less worthy to live. So swoony, this one.