You’re my dear fake husband – Khun Samee finale

25 Mar


I’ll do a proper review post later but here’s a quick look at ep14 for now. Hmm, how do I feel about the way Khun Samee ended? It’s both a glass half empty and a glass half full for me.

The empty: I found it kinda random how Garaged shows up again to kidnap Pim and extort money from both Don and Driwin, the whole point of it being to drive one final wedge between Don and Pim. Don pretends to not care for Pim in order to distract Garaged (or so the logic goes, I don’t quite get it), Pim passes out in anger and was not able to see Don taking a bullet for her. Driwin makes use of this to lie to Pim that he was the one who saved her from Garaged’s evil clutches and on Don’s end, he didn’t want to clarify the situation either as he didn’t want to make Pim sad any more (again, I don’t quite get it). Pim agrees to marry Driwin in a fit of anger and Don decides to escape to England never to return again. But of course all misunderstandings are suddenly cleared up in one shot at the crucial point of Pim’s wedding and she finally realises where her heart truly lies. She goes to Don asking for a second chance and what do you think our devoted pra’ek would say? Khun Samee has managed to avoid lakorn clichés for the most part so I was a little disappointed that they decided to go down the well trodden path after all in the last couple of episodes.

The full: Despite not being able to completely break free of lakorn tropes, I did like how the lakorn portrayed Pim’s 心路历程 (I suddenly can’t think of an appropriate English word for this… uhm, the path that Pim’s thoughts/feelings take?) from her immediate reaction to Don’s seeming callousness, to reflecting on her decision to marry Driwin, to finally putting down her pride to find Don. Initially I couldn’t understand why a smart woman like Pim would risk her happiness by agreeing to marry Driwin whom she obviously did not care for only because she was angry at Don but later I see that yes, it was part rash decision making but it also because Pim has given up on love. Thankfully there’s plenty of wise people around her to wake her up with their words. Pim’s motto is to leave the past and charge ahead, but her mom questions, why would you still charge ahead if you knew a cliff was in front? Don’s grandma also challenges Pim to think about what matters in a relationship, the little conflicts and misunderstandings or the love you have for each other? Pim can be unlovable with her flaws but after initial shows of resistance due to pride, she is able to understand and accept the advice/corrections offered by others and this growth in Pim is a big part of why I like Khun Samee so much. The final stretch of sweet reconciliation and tender moments isn’t groundbreaking but when I think of how far Don and Pim have come, I’m still touched by these scenes and I’m always one for a happily ever after.

And so they did, live happily ever after.

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