Part Time the Series Episodes 23-26 // Thai TV Review

Welcome to Queer Fudanshi. Let’s Talk. In this post, we’re going to talk about Part Time the Series Episodes 23-26.

If you’re new to Part Time the Series, here’s a description of the show. Part Time is a tv show from Thailand that follows the lives of several university students. All of these students struggle with trying to find work, a place to sleep, friends, love, and some time to study.

There are several characters such as the kind-hearted Mong who’s first day in the city leads to him living on the street, or Ti whose life goal is to become a famous boxer but lately his mind has been more on a certain boy and not a sport. Then there’s Melon who’s a troublemaker, a model, and the girl who just kissed her roommate. Those are just three of the several characters found in this show.

If you would like to start our conversation about this show from the top, click this link to my thoughts on episode 1.

MY THOUGHTS BEFORE WATCHING

 

I’m almost finished with the show, and I honestly don’t know how to deal with it. I’ve truly enjoyed this show from start to finish, and I’ll be sad to see it go.

In these final four episodes, I look forward to seeing the resolution with Mong/Om/White, Ti/Hall/Q (and maybe Tee), Jin/Nich/Tong, Mint/Ter, Jod/White, and whoever else. (Boy there are a lot of relationship triangles).

Guys, I’m really sad to see it go.

This is Part Time the Series Episodes 23-26.

WHERE TO WATCH (OFFICIAL/NO TRANSLATION):

Youtube

WHERE TO WATCH (ENGLISH TRANSLATION):

Download link provided by JustBLThings and Part Time the Series International

THE TALK (SPOILERS AHEAD):

Episode 23

I’m pleased to see that this is a TiHall-centric episode.

Good for Ti for being nice enough to forgive so quickly. Of course, Q has a lot to do with that. That said, I feel like Ti led Hall on to believe that he still had a chance. Essentially what he said was, “I’m not into you… but maybe in the future?” (But judging by the stare in car at the end, he totally does have a chance).

As for Ti’s family, when I saw Ti’s mother push a bag of pills under her pillow I was worried. Dear lord, I wasn’t ready for the dying parent storyline. What’s even worse is knowing that Ti didn’t find out about it.

As for the brother Tor, he thought he had to conceal his dream in order to take care of his mom. I found that very poetic.

Episode 24

I liked the business focus at the start of the episode. While it wasn’t exactly entertaining tv, it was realistically formal. I also like the Boss character at Mong’s new job. Though she seems tough, she’s being tough for the business.

I also agree with her that Mong being hired for the job was a terrible idea. It just doesn’t make sense from a business perspective. It was kind act, but a dumb business decision. It’s much smarter to just give him an internship.

As for all relationships going on at the restaurant, there’s a lot to talk about. While I like that P’s wife Arin is assertive, she needs to control herself. Though, I applaud the actress. She really sold that scene. She came off perfectly as an overbearing wife. Conversely, I’m happy to see Ter was finally a little more assertive with his crush on Mint.

As for Nich, I liked her in this episode. I thought that seeing Nich so in love with Jin felt a little out of character, even if she had started to develop feelings for him. That said, the actress really acted well after the Arin attack. She really made me feel bad for her.

Episode 25

Sometimes this show is so LGBT friendly (11 characters and counting!) that I’m surprised by it (surprised yet again!). I honestly never picked up on the fact that Tong liked Jin. I just took it for a great brotherly relationship. When Axe/X started that whole conversation part of me was like, “Eh… they may be doing too much,” but the majority was like, “It makes enough sense and I’m totally down for it.”

Then, the image of Jin sitting next to him. Guys, I got a little emotional. Like, a “my greatest love” emotional. Even the music, which has played hundreds of times before, felt special in this scene. That, in fact, was my favorite scene of this entire show. I loved everything about it.

It sucks though that he’s in love with his sister’s romantic interest (they’re not dating yet). Also, I wish they had said no when Chon said, “Should I reconsider myself too.”

Lastlly, “Love that isn’t expressed is not worth doing.” I might just write that on my bedroom wall. Seriously though, I wish that there was more time devoted to Q and Tee. Sadly, it looks like they’ll never get any development since Q chose Hall in the end.

Episode 26

Seeing Jod’s family was an adorable shot. While the swing shot may have ran long, it was also endearing, so I’ll forgive it.

As for Mong, good for him. While it’s weird that he got a job just after they laid people off, I’ll also forgive that because it does something good for the character. (I’m just in a very forgiving mood since it’s the last episode aren’t I?) Also, the celebration shot after he got the job went long too, and setting up Jod’s shop on the show is a clear conflict of interest. But… you know… forgiving….

What I can’t forgive however are the multiple loose ends story wise. I hate the open endedness the show decided to give some of the storylines. Specifically, Tong/Jin/Nich, Ti/Hall/Q, and White/Melon/Om. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate what they went for and the scenes were delivered well, but I wish the writers had just chosen a definite resolution instead of just leaving it all up in the air. Honestly, it’s a let down. (In fact, I just looked at my “Thoughts Before Watching” and the majority of the characters I wanted a resolution for didn’t get a resolultion!)

That said, I do appreciate that the show ended with Mong and Jod to mirror how it started. At least that was a nice touch.

In Conclusion

I’m not ok with this. I’m not ok with this show ending. Make it last forever. Part of the reason I was so slow with uploading this show was because I procrastinate a lot (full honesty), but maybe part of it was me subconsciously wanting Part Time the Series to not end. This is my favorite Thai drama, and I’m very sad that it’s over.

While I don’t like how some of the storylines ended (or rather, didn’t end), I had a great time watching the show, and that is what I’ll remember.

My rating for Part Time the Series Episodes 23-26 is 5 stars out of 5 and a QF star (open endedness be damned). What’s Yours?

Extra Thoughts (There’s A Lot Of Them)

  • Hall looks like a totally different person with his hair down. I thought he was White’s brother for a second.
  • The scene with Ti’s family and the traveling Buddhist (?) priest was completely foreign to me, so it was also very interesting. Does anyone have any info about that practice?
  • It’s a good thing Jin didn’t quit, because for a moment there Mong didn’t have a job.
  • I actually counted it and there are 11 LGBTQ characters in this show (not counting Melon and Om who were either drunk or the receiver of a kiss). I might even be forgetting a few characters.
  • It was nice that they brought back the security guard.
  • I love Ti’s hair when it’s tied back.
  • I feel like I’ll definitely end up rewatching this show at some point. What about you guys?
  • Silver_Silphy

    My thoughts exactly: I don’t want it to end!
    Ep.24 was my favorite episode. Is was so epic seeing a character’s home! Ti’s mom. Such a parent 🙁 Doesn’t want Ti to know that she is sick so he can continue to follow his dreams without obstacle. At the same time she knows Tor is following his dream. I loved the Hall meeting the family dynamic, even waiing Ti’s dad.

    Mong accepting the new job and leaving the restaurant really had me worried. I mean, yes, life is about chances, but come on Mong! My heart was in my throat fo Mong. Would he loose this gamble and have to go back home? Would he succeed? Arin is a real B-word! The acting was, however, superb to execute it. P is also so dam calm! Nich is finally coming around :). I didn’t see the Tong/ Jin coming either…

    OMG. Jod’s family. That was so sweeeet. His foster mom is a great person! The rocking scene was long, but did fit in. I also didn’t like the open ending, but let’s hope Season 2!!!

    In Budism the priests walk around the community in the mornings to accept donations from people. It is a common practice and they bless the givers. It was quite a sweet scene to see mom and sons performing the offering. I think they did it this way so Hall could observe, rather than doing it in a temple.

    I loved the security guard, who was the host of the guest rooms in the first episode making an appearance. It fit in with Jod’s saying that everybody gets the same time, but use it differently. It shows his ambition which was well portrayed. Also the happy ending for Mong and Jod did a nice closure for the series starting with Mong and then Jod.

    Did it really end??? I am praying to everything Thai and GMM for a season 2 or, at least, a spin-off! Too much material, too many epic characters, too much set-up not to continue!

    PS. I really would have liked to see what happened to Mong’s sister. Also I wanna see an episode of his show!

    BTW did you not wonder what Q and Ti had to tell Hall in the end? Greatest cliffhanger ever!

    I must also say that I know all these characters! They seem so real. I wonder which one I am in my drama :).

    All that being said here was my review on MyDramaList.com:

    If you want a little realness then this is definitely the series for you!

    From the opening scene you are drawn into the main protagonist’s life and where he comes from. N’ Ngern draws you in with the back story and total likability of his portrayal of Mong. The gritty realness of his moving from home and trying to make a new life is just simply portrayed perfectly.

    As the story progresses you can’t help but love the cast. As relationships develop the realness is felt. The daily struggles, the forged friendships, the problems balancing school and outside life, especially sleep! This is truly University life!

    What’s interesting is although Mong is the genesis he is not the only focus as the world expands. All the characters are given their fair share of development so you don’t really feel boxed-in or linear. Kinda rare in dramas, especially with such a large cast.

    The music score is more an upbeat, dreamy, and story-book-telling like. Adds quite an atmosphere to the series!

    The directing is simply perfection! Camera angles, capturing faces, always on-point!

    You don’t feel like a spectator. You don’t feel like you’re intruding. You don’t feel like you’re spying. You don’t feel like an outsider! You get to know the characters, their ambitions, their wants, their needs, their emotions! It just feels like you are there going through life with them!

    All in all a wonderful drama that comes really close to mimicking true life as it could get! Thai television coming of age and really maturing in this genre!

    • Yes, Hall got to meet the family. He got himself an in 😉

      When Mong quit his job and Jin was thinking about quitting his I was like, “Oh lord. Pretty soon Ter’s gonna have to support them all.”

      Thank you for the information about the Buddhist practice. It was very interesting to me. Christianity has a similar practice done in churches, but I’ve never seen a Christian priest walking around town doing it.

      And yeah, I feel like the show isn’t planned for a second season. I hope I’m wrong in that, but this end just had such a finality to it with Mong and Jod. Of course, all the open endedness leaves room for more from the two love triangles. Plus, they never did actually have the girls talk about all the lesbian vibes.

      As for what Ti and Q told Hall, I assumed they had both confessed to him at that moment.

      And I love your review. Actually, it’s a great summary of the story. I’ll try to direct people to it whenever I can.

      • Silver_Silphy

        Make It Right has a S2 so many years from the original. Let’s hope Part Time also!

  • I love the plot and the script. Smart and Keen perspectives of art. I love it too.

  • raymond18

    I personally love episode 23. I laughed so hard in the gecko scene lol. The scene when Hall saw Ti’s mom without her wig and confessing that she had a cancer breaks my heart. I Literally cried so hard. I remember my mom who passed away 4 years ago. Lastly the scene in the car when Hall covers the mouth of Ti.. it was really cute. 🙂

    • Silver_Silphy

      This was really the best of the best!
      Well done, emotionally stimulating and did so much for the characters and story!
      We need a S2!!!

      • raymond18

        agree we need S2 for this. hopefully it will focus more on BL LOL.

  • Save Poy

    I consider this as one of the best Thai series I watched. I am still hoping for a resolution. I wish they will continue with season 2. Is there a book on this? I would love to read it to know how it ends.

    • Silver_Silphy

      It’s not based on a book. It was straight to TV. I think that’s it for this project though. There is no S2 planned. There never was. The popularity among the target demographic does not seem to be that great, though.
      It seems to have been popular among an older crowd. Usually these dramas are targeted to the younger, teen demographic.
      It really is one of the best T Dramas and best drama all round.
      The open end allows for a continuation. Let’s hope we get it…