Ugly Duckling Perfect Match Episode 5

Joo and Seua finally find Tik’s house only to discover that she used all the money. Tik isn’t as well off as she pretended to be. When Tik’s father couldn’t send her money, she used all the funds collected. Seua threatens to call the cops on Tik, but she begs him. Tik promises to return the money, but Seua is understandably furious. Why use money she didn’t have? Why not work? For real, she should have lived within her means.

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To help her friends, Joo decide to work part-time and save the money to pay for the jerseys. Unfortunately, the money she makes is too small. Joo tries to negotiate with the jersey shop owner, who nicely accepts to let it go. No more payment! Joo is relieved, but not as much as Bee!

Bee’s leg is slowly healing and he tries to take advantage of the situation as much as possible – endless flirting attempts with Seua. I don’t blame him.

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Meanwhile Seua is too busy flirting with Joo. To be honest, Joo is the only one denying that there is more than a mentor-mentee relationship here. It’s clear to Tui and Nui as well as Aunt Aoi. The latter tells Joo to stop being so naive. Yes, she has zits on her face but it doesn’t hide her cuteness. Seua might be flirty in general, but he is EXTREMELY flirty with Joo.

Tui also asks Seua about his feelings for Joo. Is he serious? If Seua is just being is usual flirty self, he should spare Joo. But if his feelings are real he should make it clear. Seua answers that he doesn’t flirt just to flirt. You better not.

I would say that in this episode it’s pretty clear that he is into her. Flirt level? Two hundred percent in this episode! So many examples: 

The scene where Seua showers in Joo’s room, using the excuse that it’s raining was pure joy for all the female viewers out there 😂.

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Also the fact that Seua is not ashamed to turn his attention to Joo even when Ning is present.

Lastly, Seua becomes extremely jealous when another guy shows interest in Joo. Let’s jump to the best part of the episode: A trip to Wang Nam Khiao.

Because of his broken leg, Bee is unable to attend the sophomore trip. He was supposed to help organize the whole trip. Professor Amorn asks Joo to help instead. Joo is in charge of planning the trip to Wang Nam Khiao and making sure that it goes smoothly. Of course, Seua, Ning and Tui are also of the party.

Throughout the trip, Ning is clearly bothered by the interaction between Joo and Seua. Ning even tells Joo to be careful because people are gossiping about her and Seua: Joo is probably only coming to the trip to flirt with guys, especially Seua.

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Ning: “You and Seua cling together too much. It doesn’t look good.”

The nerve of Ning for judging others. Seriously I couldn’t care less about her opinion/feelings.

That hurts Joo but thankfully she isn’t phased for too long.

Seua puts a lot of effort into pushing away Joo’s new suitor, who is no other than a professor! I have to say that he is seriously cute. Sigh, maybe I should have studied abroad in Thailand 😝? All those fine teachers!

Anyway Professor Thanakorn keeps trying to interact with Joo but Seua is always interrupting. First, Professor Thanakorn was trying to take a photo with Joo, but Seua takes it and literally cuts his rival’s face from the frame. Then Seua photo bombs whenever Professor Thanakorn tries to sneakily take pictures of Joo.

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The best part of the trip? When the students and professors gather to play a game called the “Staring Game.” The title gives it away. Two opponents have to gaze at each other and the first one to laugh or move his or her eyes away loses. I love this part because it reveals so much about the Joo-Seua-Ning situation. Instead of using a long dialogue or argument, the director makes each character’s feelings known thanks to this game.

Ning volunteers to play with Seua. So awkward. I don’t understand why she does this to herself. She should just lay low. When they stare into each other’s eyes, we get a flashback of their break up. Seua’s gazes is really strong and could be interpreted as him confirming that there is no going back. He’s moved on. I felt like Ning played because she wanted to know if something was still possible between them. Seua ignoring her and running after Joo seemed to be a wake up call. But sorry she is way too late. Back of the line Ning. Needless to say that Ning loses the game…

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Another interesting pair to play the game is Joo and Professor Thanakorn. Before Joo starts playing, Seua threatens her which Ning catches. Seua tells Joo that she better win or she’ll get it from him. Jealousy, jealousy, jealousy. Well, Joo loses as she is no match for Professor Thanakorn’s sexy gaze. So much hotness in this episode. I can’t.

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Throughout the game, Seua was watching with an annoying expression, while Ning tries to interpret his feelings.

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Later on, Seua asks Joo how could she let Professor Thanakorn win. Joo blames it on the wind and her eyes being tired. Yes, right. I am sure no one is buying that. Seua then asks if they could play the “Staring Game” together, which Joo quickly refuses. Seua doesn’t take no for an answer and he still goes for it.

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Joo (In her head): “I wouldn’t dare to look into your eyes for fear that you see that I feel something for you.”

Comments

First off, let me say that I love that Thai dramas portray LGBT characters. Plus all the gay characters in this show are so amazing. From Professor Amorn to Bee.

So much development in this episode. Clearly Joo is aware of her feelings for Seua but she might be too shy or scared to admit it. I totally understand Joo’s position. She’s been burned by her previous relationship. He was so not worth it though. Part of Joo’s reluctance to admit her feelings also comes from the fact that she has zits all over her face.

But like Seua explained to Tui, he developed feelings for Joo because he sees how hardworking she is. He saw her as a cry baby, but she’s been through so much and grown from it. Can Seua be any sweeter? Handsome and kind.

It’s funny how Ning is so jealous. She is finally regretting the break up with Seua and she is well aware that Joo is representing a threat. If Ning didn’t care about Seua, she just wouldn’t bother. All the staring and her trying to discourage Joo shows that she is well aware that Seua’s feelings could be real. I don’t hate Ning’s character, but I think she made her mind so now she needs to assume. Ning could have picked Seua but she insisted on taking the boring dude.  She clearly doesn’t deserve Seua. When she was with him, she didn’t know his worth…

I am happy that someone other than Seua showed interest in Joo. Not because it made Seua jealous, but because it gives Joo a confidence boost. Her confidence seriously needs it. I don’t want to see her return to her shallow self, but gaining confidence is a must.

~ maniac Ride

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2 thoughts on “Ugly Duckling Perfect Match Episode 5

  1. Love this lakorn!!! It’s fun to read your comment and I agree about everything, but didn’t you find i strange that the jersey shop wouldn’t accept the money, like someone already paid – I could be wrong,but I’m guessing Seua has money.

    • I didn’t think about him paying! But it’s totally possible. When Seua and Tui were talking about Joo. Seua showed that he cared about her always trying her best and it’s possible that he would give her some help but without her knowing. He probably wants her to see that her hard-work pays off. Concerning Seua being rich: I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s been mentioned on a forum. Also Seua told Ning to wait until graduation. She’ll never regret it and live in comfort for the rest of her life… What does that mean? Why didn’t he say wait until I find a job and establish a career?!

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