A second recap? After 2 months? I would say – right on schedule! Lol. So, let’s recap. (Spoilers, obv.)
So, what happened this episode?
- Freshmen vs. Seniors
Hazing takes centre stage in this episode. Now, I would like to get this off of my chest. I do not like hazing or any form of it. Whatever reasons they give to justify it – like maintaining discipline or having respect for the seniors, it is total BS. Hazing is a form of bullying which can be very detrimental to people’s mental health. I have personally experienced some of this and I can tell you, it doesn’t lead to me falling in love with the head hazer and living happily ever after. /rantover
Anyway, moving back to the story, the juniors thankfully echo my views and express their displeasure about the hazing and seniors in social media. The seniors then have a meeting to talk about this issue. Instead of talking about how to solve the problem, they mention that the hazing should be harsher. I mean, I do not understand what do they achieve by doing this? Like, wtf is this even?
Kongpope is of course mentioned in this meeting but P’Arthit comes to the rescue by saying that they shouldn’t be harsher as teachers are watching, etc. There is also a dispute happens between junior Wad and senior P’Prem. P’Prem feels Wad didn’t respect him and Wad says that they should earn their respect and they should respect the juniors as well, yada yada yada. Same thing. We won’t delve into it for much longer because SOTUS itself forgets about this whole thing quickly in the coming episodes.
- Kongpope vs P’Arthit
After getting a verbal scolding from their seniors, P’Arthit decides to be extra testy with the juniors. When he sees Aim without his name tag in one of those compulsory gatherings, he loses his shit. He explains that it is there for a reason and it will help them learn each other’s name (and bond), etc and starts screaming at Aim.
Now of course, student 0062 – Kongpope has to defend the defenseless and starts arguing with P’Arthit (what’s new?) about the name tag. Then, P’Arthit orders everyone to turn their name tags over and challenges Kongpope to name each one of the people around him. P’Arthit clearly underestimated how petty Kongpope can be cause that girl is prepared.
He shows off his skills and names almost everyone but alas, luck isn’t on his side. He stumbles on the last one and fails to identify one girl. (Her name is May. She will be important later. So, pay attention). Seizing the moment, P’Arthit berates him for not identifying that one girl. (P’Arthit can be just as petty!)
He then proceeds to tear her name tag (why though?). Our hero again sacrifices himself and gives his tag to her (idiot noble hero). P’Arthit isn’t happy about this and killer looks are exchanged between him and Kongpope.
But, the soft hearted P’Arthit leaves a new tag for Kongpope on his locker. Aww!
Side note: I felt that this whole conflict was unnecessary as it was resolved really quickly.
- Even more hazing
Under the guise of discipline, seniors continue to torture the juniors by making them do weird drills, and chant weird things. I really don’t understand how this promotes unity. Actually, no. After thinking about it for a while, they might just unite together against them as hatred brings people together. I’ve seen it happen.
In the middle of one of these chants, one girl suddenly faints and P’Arthit rushes to help her. Now, this was also really problematic for me. The solution to this problem is to not have these kinds of problems in the first place. If P’Arthit cares so much about the well being of the juniors, why is he making them do all these stupid things?
Side note: This is hilarious (not the hyperventilating but the ‘device’ used to help that poor girl). But I guess in emergencies it could work?
- Moon and Star
Aim also gets injured during the drills and Kongpope takes him to the infirmary where a senior girl is attending the injured students. (Seriously? Thai dramas don’t have nurses/doctors in their infirmaries?)
Anyway, she then asks Kongpope to participate in the university beauty contest (for a lack of a better term). Clearly, Kongpope’s good looks, charm, and savior behavior hasn’t gone unnoticed.
When P’Arthit also comes to the infirmary and P’Fang (the senior girl) tells him about this, P’Arthit’s reaction is hilarious:
Then, P’Fang asks him why did he nominate Kongpope in the first place (lol!). He quickly says that yes he nominated him but now he thinks it was a wrong idea.
In the end, we get to see the caring side of P’Arthit as he gives the junior boys food and shows compassion. However, I still don’t see why he needs to do this. Why couldn’t he just not do the hazing in the first place? Anyway, we can definitely see the attraction for P’Arthit growing in Kongpope’s face.
- Seniors vs Seniors
When Aim leaves Kongpope’s notes in the uni building, Kongpope decides to go back and get them. While doing that he secretly sees the seniors being hazed by their seniors on how ineffective they are at their job, etc. This of course makes Kongpope a little more sympathetic towards P’Arthit. While returning towards his dorm, Kongpope runs into P’Arthit and continuing the tradition of delivering fantastic-trademark-worthy lines, he says this gem:
Side note: I can see that my recap for this episode has become unnecessarily long. I will try to shorten it next time. 😛
Ratings: 3/5. It was a pretty boring episode but I guess it is slowly building up the characters and settings. We will see how it goes.
Next week: Kongpope falls in love.