Ok, I don’t want to say goodbye, so I’m not going to. This is not the last post I’m going to make on WHYRU. There are still stories to be told, truths and details to be uncovered, behind the scenes to see. This is what I love about this show. They really put so much thought into everything they did. I might do a post on just the acting coach P’Kla and what he said about this journey. I might do a post on P’Chewin and all the things he’s talked about during this show. Maybe a post on Music because the musical selection was top notch. I might even do a post on the amazing cinematography in this show. Let me know what you guys would be interested in reading about please.
The next morning we see the morning after for both pair of lovers. We start off with the new lovers Zon and Saifah. Zon of course, checks to see if their last night was real, lol. The scene is sweet as Zon gets shy around Saifah who teases his lover, asking to shower together. It embarrasses the shy Zon, who smiles and turns away. Saifah then responds by throwing the covers over them, wrestling with Zon while enjoying their newfound closeness.
I don’t normally talk to much about Saifah and Zon. It’s not because I’m not interested in them. They are an adorable couple. They are the sweet first love puppy kind of couple. I think if I were in a different stage in my life, or life was more simple, I would be more into this couple. But I mention them here because it’s obvious meant to compare and contrast the pair of lovers. I honestly love the back and forth we get from both couples. It shows that different types of love are valid and beautiful. It can be innocent and sweet, a gradual progression of love. Or it can be a rollercoaster of emotions, love, longing, loneliness, hidden desires, confusion, heartbreak and ultimately a triumph over obstacles. They both pull the heartstrings of mine.
We pan to upstairs, upon the reunited lovers after their first night together in a very long time. The scene is very different. Clothes are strewn all over the room because the urgency was felt by both to reconnect not only their hearts but their bodies as well. The lovers are asleep on the bed, side by side. Their fingers are entwined as neither one wants to let go of the others hands anymore. This makes me smile so much. So much symbolism between them. They are not only holding hands, their fingers are intertwined symbolizing their connectedness. They are no longer solitary, but part of each other.
When waking up, of course it’s always shown as Tutor is the first to wake up. He pulls his fingers gently away from Fighters, then leans up to watch his lover sleep. He touches his face and chin gently caressing the features of his beloved that he missed so much. He sits up taller, leaving a hand upon Fighter’s torso. He can’t bear not to be touching Fighter in this moment. It has been so long since he could touch Fighter, he wants to stay as connected as possible to his love.
Fighter wakes up and feels for Tutor’s hand then gives it a gentle kiss. This is his way of saying I love you and I’m so happy to have you by my side this morning. Then he moves to snuggle into his lover’s embrace. A look of both happiness and sadness flash across his face. He asks Tutor, did you miss this? The physical closeness of waking up in your lover’s arms. The skin to skin contact makes him so content, filling his heart with warmth. He missed the texture of Tutor’s skin, the unique smell and taste of his lover.
Tutor looks also a little sad but happy to hold his happiness in his arms. He agrees that he missed this. How could he not? The warmth that only a lover can give, the peace in these still moments. He strokes Fighter’s skin reminiscent of their last morning at the beach, a smile on his face.
Fighter reaches up and strokes the necklace that, like their relationship, has seen good times and bad times. But it’s still shining, still around Tutor’s neck, showing the commitment they made to each other. As Tutor said when he wore it, even when they were apart, he felt Fighter close to him. He took comfort in that. Just like we never saw Fighter take off the earring, he made a promise and he kept it.
The sit up and Tutor thanks Fighter for coming to him, admitting he would be so lonely without him. Progress for Tutor who now can admit how much Fighter means to him, and how he allows himself to be needy in front of his lover, because he knows that Fighter will make sure he’s not lonely anymore. Then Tutor strokes Fighter face and they kiss.
Fighter, oh Fighter, you are so bad at guarding what’s yours. They are interrupted by Saifah and Zon who just walk right into the room. Clearly they expected Fighter and Tutor to be dressed, not kissing in bed, clearly undressed. 😂 You can tell they are new lovers because I bet anything that Tutor and Fighter’s night did not end with just one time. Just sayin…😁. And still quoting Revil: Unlocked doors are the enemies of gays everywhere, lol. At least this time it’s their friends and not their parents, lol.
Zon, Zon, Zon…I laughed at the :We’re in a Y novel” line. I know it’s cheesy af, but its so freakin cute when Tommy says it. 😁. They invite Fighter and Tutor to go for a walk on the beach. Fighter clearly has other plans and looks a little grumpy at the idea, but of course what Tutor want’s Tutor get as he pleads in a super cute way that Fighter can never resist. The eye rolls and nose holding from Saifah & Zon crack me up because it’s such a best friend thing to do. You give them a hard time if they are being too lovey dovey..😁. Honestly I like the switch of Tutor telling Fighter his pouting is cute. It’s a nice mirror to the times Fighter called Tutor cute when he sulked too. Zon leaves but Saifah stays, giving the pair a thumbs up sign. Honestly this made me laugh. It’s like he’s saying Way to Go and Thanks for the advice all in one. I’m pretty sure either Fighter or Tutor shared their knowledge about sex with Saifah so it wouldn’t be hard for Zon’s first time. I personally feel like Fighter, since he’s good friends with Saifah, would have shared once he knew they were together.
After Zon pulls Saifah away, Tutor turns around to Fighter, wanting to know if this means they didn’t lock the door all night. Of course Fighter sees no problem with this, I swear modesty thy name is not Fighter, lol. He gets smacked in the chest for this, and then he accuses Tutor of being shy. Um, sir, do you not remember what Tutor did to you last night? Shyness is not his vocabulary when it comes to sexy time. They wrestle, and Fighter starts pinching Tutor’s chest as they fall to the floor in a tangle of arms, legs and covers. Also, side note, they must have been wilding in the extended NC scene because Zee has a long scratch and what appears to be a bruise or small hickey on his chest. 😏 Ok then. We see you Saint. Apparently Zee isn’t the only aggressive one between you two during these scenes.
Parallel time cause I can, lol. If you don’t want to see cuddles, you can skip it, but personally I think it’s super sweet.
I love this next scene with the four of them standing on the beach. Of course Fighter wants to play in the ocean, and of course Tutor doesn’t want to. Cue the same scene once again from their earlier beach trip. Fighter gets sulky and decides to go by himself. Sexy music time begins as he takes off his shirt and shorts. This next part is so freakin funny, I died laughing. Zon elbows Tutor and nods at Fighter and his glorious six pack. Your boyfriend is showing off, huh? Tutor, who was a little possessive before, get VERY possessive this time, telling Zon that apparently his possessiveness doesn’t get to his boyfriend, who seems amused by this response. He even pretends not to hear making Tutor practically shout that he’s possessive which is too funny. Apparently now they are back together Tutor wants nobody to see his boyfriends fine body but himself. Guess since he took possession of him last night, Tutor is still feeling territorial. 😁
Fighter tells Tutor, if he plays with him in the water, Fighter will put back on his shirt. Tutor allows himself to be led away, but still trying to get Fighter to pick up his shirt and bring it along. 😁. Ok, the next is sweetness but I didn’t include it of Saifah and Zon being so lovey dovey, it’s like cotton candy fluffy goodness. It was adorable. Funny thing is when they were playing at the beach scene earlier, neither one of them took off their shirts, and it made me laugh. Because this is what Jimmy and Tommy look like, and there is no need for false modesty on their part either,lol.
I love the conversation had at the waters edge between Fighter and Tutor. It mirrors a certain conversation they had at the beginning of Episode 9. I love the symmetry of the two, where Tutor says everything takes time in that episode because he’s still waiting to prove if this is love. Whereas this last clip between them Tutor confirmed that everything between them came from these feelings. To which Fighter asks if this is because of love. I don’t know why they placed the words in the wrong order, but Tutor confirms that it is. He is certain. There is no hesitation on his part. He knows how precious love is and how he will hold onto his happiness with both hands, not letting go. Fighter hugs him in relief. He knew they were back together, but he still needed reassurance that he was loved. The echo of the hurtful words still lingered in the back of his mind. But with Tutor’s words and his embrace Fighter was able to let that voice slip away and embrace his happiness as well.
The last kiss between the two of them shows how precious they are to each other. Their hands cradle each other’s face, confirming their feelings for each other. It’s lovely to see because we’ve long known that Fighter thinks of Tutor as his most precious person. He cradled Tutor’s face in his hands for the confession/kiss in the last part of episode 7. Now they both cherish each other.
Zon and Saifah join them at the waters edge and they stand arm in arm as the drone spins around them the perfect song plays WHYRU OST. Then they run to the waters edge ready to play, with joyous feeling of friendship and love. It’s truly a sweet scene to end on. But I also love they circle back around making a circle, from beginning to end. I’ll show you what I mean.
The beginning of each couple. We have Zon confused and uncertain if he is dreaming, seeing the future, stuck in a novel. Having feelings, yet unsure of what is real and what is not. Then we have Tutor convinced that life is hardship and struggle, but you can persevere with determination. Believes in needing no ones help and relying on only himself. And we see Fighter, wanting to help Tutor, longing to open up and offer support but unsure of his reception, so keeps his distance but teases Tutor to keep him close.
Endings. Zon has found his answer. He makes his own story, choosing to follow his heart without fear or doubt. And his heart is telling him Saifah will be with him because of love. He has a partner who helps him find a path and flourish in a new pursuit, music and love. And we have Tutor, who found someone to love him, support him and be with him for the rest of their days. He is alone no more, he is lonely no more. He is loved and loves in return. He learned to follow his heart and that his happiness is what is most important to his beloved person. Fighter learned to open up, be honest about his feelings. He also learned how important communication is in relationships, familial and romantic. He will walk hand in hand with his love, never letting go. It’s his lasting promise.
Ok, I’m done waxing poetic. I can’t help it, this show has helped me through rough times, and I love it for that. I love it for the characters who pulled me into their story and wouldn’t let me go until I wrote about them. Thank you for reading my long rambling posts. I will keep writing, I hope, so please subscribe if you haven’t. Hugs. Jen
Am sad about this being the last review of a new episode. But, grateful you are open to taking on other aspects of the show. Request time, I would love to know more about P’Kla and P’ Chewin’s thought about the journey of the show. The acting, the set and plot.
Dividing this into two parts got me appreciating the attention to details put in by the WHYRU team. I’ll mention some as i go.
I laughed at SaifahZon’s morning after. Zon being shy and hiding from Saifah and Saifah’s effort to make it a less awkward, comfortable and overall beautiful experience for both of them. They are cute.
Fighter and Tutor. First of all, i think a tornado or some animal passed through that room. Scattered their clothes, scratched Fighter and punched him on the throat. Lol, but really though, they must have gone at it. Fighter’s chest and Tutor’s gloriously glowing face in the morning tells the story. Details!
I also observed their constant need to connect with eachother through touch sometimes the eyes or just being closer to eachother. It came across as them individually asserting that it was not a dream and also they now had eachother’s back moving forward.
Question, Tutor is always the one to wake up first. Do you think it is because he always had to be up early to accommodate his busy schedule, (work study, tutor), or that he always had to plan his day, or he is just a morning person?
I also noticed Fighter loves to cuddle and be babied in the morning. Tutor learned this when they were at the beach i think. The familiarity with which he goes into Tutors embrace is just so wonderful. It’s like an age old habit. Which also makes me think, he is not a morning person building on to that question about Tutor always being the first to wake up.
When Tutor expressed his gratitude to fighter for coming back to him. I took it as more than on the face value. You know, meeting him at the beach. I thought it was a thank you for coming back and saving ‘me’ from ‘my’ loneliness once again. He was a coward for not going back to look for Fighter even when it was clear he had missed him and wanted him back. He was grateful, Fighter was brave enough to come back after chasing him away.
Can i just say how happy i was they did not give us the panic gay or shy gay when Zon and Saifah walked in on them. No one was rushing to cover up anything nor freeze mid speech. Granted they are best friends but still. We even had the playful Tutor persuading Fighter to grant his wishes and some touching. I think they forgot they had an audience. The display of confidence and comfort was a nice switch up for me compared to other shows.
I loved Fighter’s obvious dislike at being interrupted and clearly showing he had other intentions other than going out. The way he looks at especially Zon for even suggesting that!
Am going with Tutor being the one to share the details about sex. Fighter to me would be tight lipped about this. But, Tutor and Zon have an easy relationship so this conversation may come up easily while asking for pointers.
Finally the boyfriend question. When Fighter teased Tutor before and calling him cheesy at dinner, Tutor protested, arguably more coz of the teasing. This time though, when Zon called Fighter his boyfriend, Tutor did not deny it. What is with that? We also know that they end without putting a clear label to their relationship but agree that they love eachother. Their relationship, it is more than boyfriends, and they are not just lovers. What do you make of this?
I do love that have learned to communicate. Tutor not holding back when expressing his needs or even if it is to shout his possessiveness for the world to hear. Fighter seem to be enjoying this new Tutor too. The blissful look on his face when Tutor tells him they are together now because their love led them to that point is very loud. Thank you for connecting it to ep 12. Makes it more emotional and so pure. I think this is the turning point for them moving forward. The assurance that they are finally both on the same page. What do you think?
Thank you breaking the last part of the narration. It gives a great insight into each characters development.
Question on the first part. Do you think Fighter might have wanted someone to need him for real more than love? Along the way he found love that also came with him being needed to be their, provide more than what money can give?
Tutor, he mainly needed help or someone to relive some of his burden. But, like Fighter, he also found love that provided more than that. So much so when he had to let go, it left him exposed to all the heartache and reality of his life since they lost their wealth. He was therefore afraid to go back and fight for Fighter coz Fighter exposed just how weak he was? Things he had tried to hide. Do you think they both set out to find love from the beginning?
Ending. Tutor learning that it is okay to rely on someone and that him being happy means his partner is also happy and at ease. It took me back to when they woke and the necklace this time was on his neck. He did not take it off when going to sleep. I mean we had enough of that necklace separating from his neck. This time, he is seeing and doing things for his partner. What about you, from the last part did this come out for you? Like in what way did he show he had learned?
Fighter, he is talking and listening. Am happy and scared for him. From Tutor’s narration. Fighter needs him to be happy for him to be happy. You had mentioned one time that he was not happy at home and none of the relationships he had gave him happiness when you were explaining his relationship with Tutor in one of the previous episodes. Then i remembered him asking Tutor to just love him a lot during their time at the beach and it just made me sad.
It seem to me like this love for him is the only one and that needs for it to work because none of the ones he had, had worked. His mom, dad, Hwa, so this is it for him. Luckily, Tutor cherishes love and i believe this is it for him too. This type of love scares me. I am, however, happy for him he found it.
P.S the video link you sent via email is not working either.
Yeah, real life is hard, so I don’t know how much time I can dedicate to it, but I still want to put out a lot of behind the scenes content. I actually have the translator I work with actually translating the entire poom alone episode 13 review with PKla, P’Shewin and P’Aof. So of course when she translates it, I will sub it.
The Saifah Zon moment was super cute. It made me smile.
FTTT or TTFT, lol. Um, I agree. The clothes slung everywhere implies a wild wild night was had by them! And yes, the scratch and bruises or hickeys had me a little bug eyed as it implied they were really into that scene. Can’t wait for the box set, woot woot. As for the touch, they constantly have to touch each other to reassure themselves that the person they most love in the world is with them, and they are allowed to touch them once again. As one who has experienced heartbreak but tried to remain friends, it’s hard to not touch you ex-lover because touches become almost automatic when you are in a relationship. Honestly its what makes them seem so realistic. The caresses and little gestures they do towards each other. There really is only two other bl couples that do this well and it shows. The original was Korn/Knock from Together With Me and the second is TharnType. Also I was watching a thread of saint zee videos and Saint and Zee, whether they know they are filmed or not, constantly have to be touching each other almost all the time. It’s very cute and sweet.
Tutor waking up first is because Tutor’s personality is a planner. He’s the type to set an alarm clock and schedule out his day. Actually when he’s with Fighter, he allows himself to be more slow paced in the morning, so he too can enjoy the moments of intimacy before the day begins. I love the cuddle sequences so I had to put them in there. It’s so sweet and it feels so real. It’s the kind of cuddles I do with my husband, so it feels very real. I also adore the control that Fighter gives up to be a baby in his lover’s arms. He doesn’t see it as a sign of weakness or femininity.
About the gratitude, I agree. Tutor was glad and thankful that Fighter came for him. I would like to think that Tutor’s feeling would have won out in the end and he would have gone looking for Fighter to get him back because I do think his nature is that of a Fighter, he was just broken-hearted, scared and worried for Fighter. It would have taken time for him to think up a strategy, but I like to think he would have.
Also agreed that they didn’t do the standard, oh, gay panic mode. And Fighter’s grumpy expression shows what he’d much rather do than walk on the beach, lol. They are so good at cajoling each other into doing what they want, it’s cute. As to Tutor sharing about Sex, you probably are right, because he def came out and told Zon that he and Fighter had sex. He didn’t shy away from it at all.
Their relationship is more than boyfriends, and not to quote DBK but “there are many definitions of love” like they don’t need to define things. They are soulmates, partners, lovers, friends, each other’s rock. I love that for them.
Glad you liked the connection. I felt that they deliberately placed the parallels in those scenes to bring their story full circle as it were. And possessive and aggressive Tutor makes Fighter feel more secure in their love. They are both on the same page as the promise is made they will talk things through and work it out because they are in this together.
As for Fighter, he needed to be loved. He had all this love for Tutor inside him with nowhere to go for years, so he can finally show all of his love and affection. Fighter also has a generous heart, but only for Tutor. He likes his friends, but doesn’t open up to them. He let Tutor inside his defenses, and Tutor likes to be babied and pampered, Fighter likes to baby and pamper Tutor because he thinks its cute. He learned that money doesn’t solve everything and its more important that gestures and words come from the heart. Tutor taught him that.
I think Tutor never imagined he’d find love. I think Fighter never imagined his love would be reciprocated. So their happy ending is a surprise to both of them. The necklace, is a symbol of Fighter understanding Tutor’s nature, accepting him for who he really is. As for not taking off the necklace, its a way to show the world and Fighter that he is together with Fighter. Tutor mostly learned that in order for the one he loves to be happy, it’s ok for him to put his happiness first. Tutor realizes his own happiness makes Fighter happy. He also learned that he’s not alone, and that he should talk about what’s going on with him or them. Share the burden and worry together and overcome obstacles together.
Fighter learned to communicate. To listen and speak up. To fight for love. To make sure Tutor is happy is his hearts desire. He never had happiness and love, so that’s all he wanted from Tutor. To love him a lot. And Tutor does. So they will be good from here going forward.
I’ve been married for 24 years and I love my husband like that. He is my best friend, my soulmate. I can talk to him about anything and he can do the same for me. We don’t fight. We talk, a lot. We play a lot. I hope this gives you hope if this is something you want for yourself. It can happen in real life.
*boom boom*. 🤗😘💕 – Jen
Yes, can you please distract Poomalone reaction ep 13 with P’Kla and P’Chew, they were crying a lot after end of final episode, thank you.
The translator i work with will do a detailed transcript and I will sub them from her. I also laughed and cried with them, as I could understand some of what they were saying. When I sub it, I will post clips on my blog for sure. I love all of them very much and they poured so much of their energy, hard work and love into this series. It shows.
Now am off to watch again from episode 1. Notice new things and watch it with a new found appreciation.
I will wait for the translated reaction now.
Little off topic comment but I’m so sad. I would have loved to buy the DVD box but I have neither Twitter nor PayPal account. It is really a shame that it is not sold on online sales sites …