Recap Epis. 4 “Club Friday The Series 4: Khun Niti’s Story”
The last episode of this series aired well over a month ago, I was busy soaking up the sun and totally got side tracked, but here it is lol. Sorry for the late recap, but yayy for us finally finishing a project lol
I thoroughly enjoyed and watched all 4 episodes of “Club Friday The Series 4: Reu Ruk Tae Ja Pae Kwarm Dtong Ngaan – Niti’s story,” despite the few things that bothered me. Like all great things, this series came to an end at 4 episodes. I had huge expectations for this series since the saucy trailer got released and was not disappointed after watching the first episode. The cinematography is beautiful, the acting flawless, the flow of the story, perfect. By episode 4 though I felt the flow of the story weakened. This story needed one more episode to mould it perfectly, without that extra episode I felt there were a lot of loose ends. In other words the last episode was rushed. Many aspects of this story could have benefited from one more episode.
The production team did an amazing promoting this series too, from the endless updates on social media with all the emotional and tear jerking scenes and that was exactly what intrigued me to this series. If only that was conveyed onscreen in the final edits of the series it would have been that much better. I actually quite fancy seeing heartbreaking, painful storylines where emotions run wild. I looked forward to seeing Oil’s character Niti cry his eyes out after he realizes his error in his decision to pick Fah over Pim. I also wanted to see Boy’s character Tun crying up a storm looking at the engagement ring after he and Fah break it off. I saw the un-edited scenes in clips and pictures before the episode went on air, and was impressed by the raw emotions and how effortlessly they cried like men without looking like sissies. Then fast-forward to episode 4, what happened? Whoever was responsible for the final edits butchered up those crying scenes and shortened it to the point that if you blink you would miss these men cry themselves a river. By episode 4 the story transition at an accelerated speed like they were rushing to tie up all lose ends and bring it to an end. I wanted to see how both relationships Pim-Niti and Fah-Tun faltered until the break up. Or even Niti and Fah’s relationship built when they got together to their eventual split. Their break up was portrayed so abrupt onscreen when if any of you listened to the radio show you would know it was not a decision made overnight. To put it simply, I felt robbed of a proper ending.
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EPISODE 4 RECAP
Pim asks Niti how classes are going for him. Now if you had the opportunity to listen to Niti’s story on the radio, then you would know how significant this means. Niti actually took himself off all social media, deleted Fah from his contacts and withdrew himself from the Masters program that he had with Fah. It was an attempt to make his relationship with Pim work out, and also an attempt to avoid Fah. None of this played off onscreen, which was disappointing because most of episode 4 was a blur and forced us viewers to make some wild guesses. He clearly is miserable but he cared enough for Pim to keep fighting for this relationship at this point.
Pim suggests they eat out for dinner after Niti finishes his classes. Niti agrees. So Pim knew all along what type of lifestyle wanted, she just didn’t think she had to compromise to keep him.
In a desperate attempt to win back Niti, Pim is going through all lengths including changing herself from her habits to her wardrobe. Pim chooses a 2 piece red dress to go out to dinner with Niti. She inquires if she looks beautiful, he tells she does. She reminds him it’s been a while since he’s complimented her.
Niti is in an unusually good mood seeing how beautiful his girlfriend looks. He glances over at her who is looking visibly uncomfortable and asks her if she’s cold. She assures him she’s fine. Finally Niti looks over at Pim like he’s not bored to death by her lol. There’s sparkle in his eyes.
His eyes don’t leave her as he appreciates in every curve on her body from her shoulders to her chest. He puts his hands on her legs and locks eyes with her as he tells her she should dress (this enticing) more often because he likes it. Niti might not have a problem showing public affection, but Pim certainly does has she pushes his hand away. She reminds him that other people are looking. “Why do you care about other people for?” he shoots back. Of course for Niti seeing Pim looking oh so sexy the last thing he’s doing is looking around at other people lol. He doesn’t have a care in the world to worry what other people think because he’s too busy goggling at his girlfriend.
Pim’s reminder about other people did very little break Niti’s spirit as his eyes continue to hover over her. Still appreciating Pim’s enticing beauty Niti can’t seem to keep his hands off her. He brushes her hair out of the way and starts to caress his shoulders, only to get shot down again as she pushes his hand away when the server comes back with their drinks.
The last rejection from Pim soured Niti’s mood because he returns home looking evidently pissed off and annoyed at Pim, a complete 180 from earlier.
This is where things become a blur. Is Fah crying because she couldn’t win over Niti, or crying over her failed relationship with Tun? Or crying over the mere fact that she feels Tun is running her life without asking for her opinion? Without dialogue it’s hard to determine why she’s crying in bed. Tun is willing to compromise if she’s willing to do the same because he wants her to move overseas with him.
Again Fah is crying as she looks out the window at Bangkok. Does she miss Niti because he has made every effort to avoid her so obviously at this point she probably hasn’t seen him in weeks or month? Or did Tun already leave her? The passport and plane tickets are in plain view on the work desk.
Although Niti has made all efforts to avoid Fah doesn’t mean he has stopped missing her. He goes out drinking alone and probably secretly wishing that Fah would show up at the same place.
Either Niti is hallucinating or Fah is a stalker because all the sudden Niti sees Fah in the shadows. He jumps out of his seat and desperately searches for Fah in the crowd. To no avail he fails.
Meanwhile back home Pim is adamant about winning back Niti’s heart. She walks into the room in a skimpy night gown in an effort to seduce him. It works because Niti’s eyes just light up at the sight on her.
It must be hard pretending to be someone you’re not because Pim stops mid way through her efforts to seduce Niti. She starts crying as she tells him she can’t do it, Niti lays there silent but you can see he pities her. She pleads for him to tell her what she can do so he can return to love her like he once did.
Speechless Niti stays silent and offers no words of comfort. A small white lie that he still loves her would have stopped her emotional break down. This guy clearly doesn’t know how to lie even if it would actually help the current situation. He does however offer a hug and pat on the back.
Pim’s emotional breakdown continues in the bathroom as she tries to freshen up with lipstick only to hysterically wipe it off and continue crying. Frustrated she takes out her anger at the mirror, shattering it with her fist. The physical pain from the impact causing her hand to bleed probably was overshadowed by the emotional pain of losing Niti.
Again Pim packs her bags looking ready to leave Niti, but history has proven this is only a cry for attention, a cry for some compassion. Niti walks into the room and notices her bag and ask where she’s going off to but stops short as he notices her injured hand and asks her what happened to it.
She ignores his inquiry and pleads with him again. “Niti, can you please tell me what I must do for you to see me in your eyes? I don’t know much better I have to be. I don’t know what I should do for me to return to be someone important in your life. I can’t endure living like this any longer.” Instead of offering words of comfort Niti let go of Pim’s hands and responds with silence. Pim questions him whether or not he ever loved her. A confused Niti tells her he’s not sure. “Even if I turned into her you still wouldn’t love me?” Pim asks Niti. Niti tells Pim she doesn’t have to be someone else because she is the best thing in his life. This only angers Pim further as she questions him is this what the best person in his life deserves?
Maybe in his opinion letting her go is what she deserves instead of being unfair and stringing her along and allowing her to waste her time on him. Niti tells her he’ll send her off back to her house. Shock overcomes Pim as Niti grabs the luggage. Pim is startled because she probably hoped that he would promise like the last time that he would never leave her side. “You’re really going to let me go this easily? The 8 years we’ve known each other has no importance and means nothing to you?” Those words should have struck something in Niti, if he had any feelings left for Pim.
Niti only stops for a brief second at those words and continued on his way leaving Pim sitting there speechless, crying hysterically.
The break-up between Pim and Niti has got to be the most painful break-up onscreen I ever witnessed. Pim fights off tears as she watches Niti load her luggage into the car. But her tears continuously flowed down her cheek as it finally struck her that their relationship really was ending; it was over between her and Niti. Niti thanks Pim for everything she has done for him. Still in denial Pim asks him “really this is it?”
She takes out Fah’s business card and returns it back to Niti. She tells Niti that she already called Fah. Niti oblivious to how painful this break-up is to Pim inquires about Fah’s well being. What an idiot. Pim confirms to him that Fah and Tun has broken up. Tun has left for New York and Fah was still in Thailand.
The scene flashes back to Fah’s condo where she discovers that Tun had evidence of her cheating with Niti. She rethinks back in time when he said to her “How about all the things I’ve done so far, is that not love? The fact I’ve accepted everything about you is that not called love?” Fah responded to him at that him forcing her to do this and do that it’s not love. “Just because I don’t show it doesn’t mean I don’t have a heart” Tun claims.
Tun left Fah a note telling her he’s returning her life, along with her condo which was her money back to her.
Seeing all this Fah starts weeping and apologizes to Tun out loud although he’s nowhere to be seen. Of course this break up with Tun will do little to change Fah and her ways as we will later see. Fah is the type of person that would feel in the moment but take little from that moment to learn in the future.
Niti hearing Fah’s story takes Pim’s hand into his, thanks her and tells her he won’t ever find anyone who will be good to him as Pim has been. Yes! He finally realizes he’s got a jewel. Maybe he’ll change his mind about letting her go.
He takes her luggage out of his car. This is such a heartbreaking scene. Pim has a huge smile on her face, hopeful and convinced he has changed his mind. That smile is going to be wiped off quick once she realizes her speculation is wrong.
“I can’t send you off any more” Niti tells Pim. What a big jerk. Pim should have given punched Niti right there and break that high nose of his. This is how he treats that woman he has been with 8 years? He’s going to leave her on the road to fend for herself? This is how he repays someone he claims won’t happen to him twice?
Is Pim just too good of a person or were Niti’s actions so brutal that it left even her in shock? I personally want to break his neck. I get that he doesn’t love her and doesn’t want to string her along, but he owes her compassion to at least send her off to her final destination not leave her on the roadside.
Niti’s actions are so selfish because as a viewer it was obvious why he was in a hurry to leave. Fah’s boyfriend is gone, and now Pim has cut him loose so therefore he’s in a hurry to go looking for Fah to continue where they left off.
These two need to say very little to express their feelings for each other. You can see it in their eyes how much they’re lusting for each other. Their eyes are full of life at the sight of each other. All those weeks or months or however long it was makes this moment for them that much better to finally embrace.
The two waste no time taking it off and getting it on. They don’t say much but their actions show how much they miss each other.
Niti lectures Fah telling her that she’s so unkind for not tell him that she’s all alone at the condo. She refutes saying he’s the one who told her she wasn’t the right thing for him. Niti replies saying she is now the right thing for him. Maybe all Niti was waiting for was for Pim to leave him.
Fah moves into Niti’s place. Niti’s voice comes in and tells the radio show that during that phase he and Fah were really happy because their personalities were so much alike. They experienced problems later on…
They share many nights eating out…
Many nights getting drunk together…
Many days cuddling and reading together…
Many days in the bath tub together…
They share many sweet and tender moments…
Niti starts having problems at work as after his split with Pim starts to affect work.
After a long day at work Niti comes home hoping for a home cooked meal. He asks Fah what’s for dinner. Nothing she responds. Hmmmm starting to miss what he took for granted before perhaps?
He sits down to find random garbage on the sofa. He’s disturbed by it but stays silent. He asks Fah for a neck massage because he has a neck sore.
She refuses and asks him why she has to. Niti’s facial expression is priceless as he sits there stunned appalled by her reaction.
Remember in the earlier episodes when Niti was looking for a particular suit and Pim knew exactly where it is? Well Niti is going to learn that Fah is nothing like Pim. He asks her if she’s seen his blue suit. She says he has many so she doesn’t know, then goes on to say it’s not her clothes but his so why should she know. Her brash words takes Niti by surprise as he turns around baffled looking over at her.
His eyes dart around the room to see how big of a mess it is. He says nothing but look at her in awe how she can live like a pig.
Niti returns back form work with the house being another big mess. You can see he’s flabbergasted and feels helpless as he throws his suit on the chair. Fah though sees nothing wrong the the mess, she asks Niti if he thinks her nail polish is cute.
Seeing his unresponsiveness she goes on to paint her fingernails. A clueless Fah tells Niti that seeing him come back home tried she wants to invite him out to party, she also has a new dress to show off to him. Niti is in no mood to party and angrily rejects her idea. He tells her he already ate out with clients. This infuriates Fah as she jumps off the sofa and goes up to confront Niti face to face.
She questions whether that client is male or female. He tells her not to start trouble with him. She whines asking him to pay some attention to her. He’s responds back by telling her all she pays attention to is her own self, which left her speechless for a brief second as reality set in that he might be right.
Irritated Niti puts his hands on his hip. Fah seeing this also becomes peeved at his demeanour and tells him not to act like that because she doesn’t like it. Niti doesn’t respond and walks away through the mess on the floors.
He comes across her bra, and angrily tosses it on the floor and tells her he doesn’t like her behaviour either. Doesn’t like how she doesn’t take care of the house and makes it a bigger mess. She should learn to take care of the house not always ask him to go out and party. I don’t know why but I find their arguments hilarious lol.
Fah wasn’t going to take his insults lying down. She refutes telling him no one is good like his ex girlfriend. Offended that Fah would even dare to compare herself to his ex, he tells her not to compare because they’re incomparable. Outraged by his insult she challenges him why he doesn’t just stay with his ex, why be with her then? Niti has no response for this. Fah pushes Niti out of the way and walks off on him.
It’s finally settling in for Niti perhaps as he sit there looking somewhat traumatized at what just happen. He left Pim for this monster? Maybe it takes a woman like Fah to make Niti realize what he lost. Seconds later Niti is faced with another shock as Fah walks pass him ready to go off and party alone.
Fah tells Niti that since she invited him to go and party and he refused, she’s going to go off to party on her own. Niti is too baffled to even respond as Fah walks off.
Niti sits there in the dark waiting for Fah to return home….look all too familiar. Karma sure is biting back. This is what he put Pim through, only for him it’s worse because Fah makes no secret of it as she brings back those men to show them off at the front porch.
Fah scoffs back at him and tells him that he used to tell her he likes her this way, likes that they get to go out, get to party together, and what is he unsatisfied with now? All the sudden he wants her to do this and do that? She goes on to complain that she is not a servant; she comes home from work tired too…she has to come back to a boring person like him she continues. Every single day is a new revelation for Niti, again Fah leaves him speechless. This was not exactly what he bargained for.
Niti has had his last straw with Fah, so he goes out to party with his male friends to give her a taste of her own medicine. She calls into his cell and he rejects the call. Trying to get even with her is not making any happier though. For him he probably wanted to settle down with Fah and not feel committed to party all the time even on the days he comes tired from work.
This time it’s Fah’s turn to sit at home waiting for Niti to return home. “Where have you been? Why didn’t you pick up my calls?” Fah asks. Niti casually tells her that she comes home drunk every single day so why can’t he do it sometimes? She gets up and asks him if he’s revenging her. He refutes saying no but if she can do it, he can do the same as well, that way they’re equal. This triggers her to ask him if he has other women too. He laughs asking her if her saying that implies she has other men too; if that’s the case he would have to find other women also.
She hit a sore spot. Niti grabs Fah and tells her to stop talking and for her to look at herself before she criticizes others. Fah doesn’t waste another moment arguing. She shakes off Niti and goes off to party.
It’s not long before Fah attracts another man to her side. She might not be lucky this time because that woman might not take her snatching their man sitting down.
Maybe this is what Pim needed to do, beat some sense into Fah. Fah still has the nerve to argue claiming to that other woman she has never stolen any person’s husband. Not according to Pim, as she herself claimed she was Niti’s wife at that time when Fah was involving herself with Niti.
‘She’s just another woman at the pub’ that’s exactly what the guy she was dancing with her labelled her as. Fah sits there shamed as the crowd looks on.
A bruised and bleeding Fah heads back to her house with Niti. She finds it empty but cleaned up from how it was earlier when she left it. It looks like Niti is stuck doing the chores without Pim around lol.
Meanwhile Niti is back looking at that painting that started it all. The painting he feels he can relate to. Not sure why he’s back staring at this particular painting? It was the painting that he described as mirroring his own feelings of loneliness, where he feels he has to pretend to be someone else, where not one single person understands him. Is he back there feeling those same emotions and feelings? Or is he looking at the painting regretting ever coming upon it in the first place, leading him to start a relationship with Fah? It would be nice to know the reason. Fah back at her place with Niti probably thinks he’s out partying and getting involved with other women to get even with her.
Niti’s voice narrates the next scene for his call to Club Friday radio show; he explains why it didn’t work out for him and Fah. “We were too similar. I was selfish; she was selfish, no different than me. Sometimes probably more so than me.”
Fah goes back to the empty condo she once shared with Tun. She imagines how he used to sit there and smile at her. She remembers the good memories they once shared in there. She realizes her mistake for leaving him as she apologizes out loud to him. It’s just like her to get physical and do damage to the condo because she’s not getting her way.
Tun is still having a hard time getting over Fah despite her cheating on him. He’s still missing her and probably second guessing himself whether or not he tried hard enough to fight for her. No Tun, leaving her was the best decision you never made. She’s a serial cheater lol
Pim is not any happier without Niti. She sits there miserably starring at the chair that Niti probably once occupied. She chokes back tears while eating. Would it have made a difference if she knew that Niti regretted ever meeting Fah and leaving her for Fah?
Back on the radio show, they ask Niti if he ever loved Fah while he was dating her…he answers “I never uttered those words with her. I think it was more likely lust/ infatuation.” I bid to disagree because I do believe he did love her. Maybe he rather believe it was lust or infatuation to convince himself he couldn’t have been that stupid to leave a good woman like Pim to fall in love with a woman like Fah. The host tells Niti he doesn’t sound happy, if he were to turn back time, would he make the same decisions he made?
The scene goes back to first time Niti and Fah spoke one on one…a call comes in from Pim. Niti looks over at Fah’s engagement ring and tells her he has a call coming in from his girlfriend. He walks away and takes the call from Pim. Fah stands there disappointed and walks the opposite direction.
The story ends with Niti sitting at the end of his bed crying. He played with fire, and the consequences of his actions served as a life lesson. He lost a great woman because he was blinded by a woman who didn’t serve as anything but a temporary toy.
Niti realises after the flames start burning out that it’s not a perfect life with Fah. She was the polar opposite of his ex. He endured Fah’s flaws and misconduct but you can see he wasn’t impressed with her behaviour. He focused on work and stayed faithful to her. The same cannot be said about Fah whose behaviour after getting with Niti proved it wasn’t Tun’s fault their relationship failed, but her fault. Her actions towards Niti paralleled exactly what she did to Tun. She wanted to live the life of a party girl, and if Niti didn’t want to join she had no problem seeking another willing partner in crime. A frustrated Niti gets even by going out to party with his male friends. The difference was he wasn’t enjoying it and was only trying to pass time to teach Fah a lesson. Fah actually enjoyed going behind Niti’s back to cheat on him and had the nerve to bring those men back to the house to show them off on the front porch before Niti’s eyes. Fah is a helpless individual. She is selfish, self indulgent and a waste of time. At the end the story wraps up showing both Niti and Fah regretting their decision to leave their ex. I understand Niti’s part because despite Pim’s lack of affection, she was the perfect woman, it would be hard to find a replacement. Fah was a nightmare of a girlfriend. She simply did not understand the definition of enough. I can understand why Niti regret his decision. However, Fah regretting losing Tun didn’t make much sense to me because Niti didn’t do anything wrong in their relationship besides not endure her cheating and selfish ways. Maybe she didn’t feel empowered as she did with Tun because Niti rebelled. She wasn’t changing her old ways to make her feel she has given more to her relationship with Niti and it’s still not working out because Niti didn’t put in the effort. She cried like Niti was the one wronging her, just like she cried believing Tun was wronging her. A woman like her can never feel satisfied even if she had a good man. Her character had zero human compassion, and her mistakes with Tun didn’t make her grow as a person either. Tun and Niti weren’t perfect but they both in my opinion loved her, but she loved neither because she loved her happiness more. I wanted to believe Niti’s denial at the end that it was just lust and not love with Fah, because his character portrayal onscreen and what he said on the radio show proved to me he actually loved and cared for Fah. The ending also showed Niti revealing that if he could turn back time, he wouldn’t have gotten involved with Fah. It took losing Pim and discovering Fah’s imperfections as a life partner for him to regret losing a great woman like Pim.
A small piece of me wanted a happy ending for Niti and Pim because I sincerely wanted to see Pim get her wish granted, to have Niti by her side forever. I wished that Niti realized the error in his ways and go back to the woman who truly loved him with every part of her. I don’t condone cheating, but I couldn’t help but wish for that happy ending. Of course I already know most of the story from the radio show, so I was pretty much wishing for the impossible. Deep down, I hoped that from the time Niti called in the story that he and Pim reconciled. A guaranteed happy ending only happens in lakorns, in a series based on true story anything can happen. Only in make believe lakorns does a happy ending become an obligation to please fans. Club Friday producers were just trying best to portray a real life story onscreen in hopes that they can get viewers to extract these life lessons to enrich their own life.
Although there were certain things I would change about this series, I won’t deny that this series will be a memorable one for me because there’s little I would change about it. It was a high quality production that was well acted, beautiful and close to perfect.