Theory of Love Ep.3: Friends With Benefits

Episode 3 of Theory of Love is titled after the film Friends with Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. The synopsis of Friends with Benefits is as follows:

Jamie (Mila Kunis) is a New York-based executive recruiter who entices Dylan (Justin Timberlake), an art director from Los Angeles, to take a job at the New York office of GQ magazine. Finding that they have much in common, the two become fast friends. Feeling jaded by a number of broken romances, Dylan and Jamie decide that they are ready to quit looking for true love and focus on having fun. However, complications unfold when the two best pals add sex to their relationship.

I can definitely reassure you there is no sex between Third and Khai in this episode, but I can absolutely say that the domesticity of a couple comes through in heaps in this episode. Essentially, after living together for a while, they develop this wonderful(ly one-sided) routine in which Third is basically a sweet little housewife and Khai is a continued man-whore. It’s pretty painful to watch, but the issue is that isn’t all there is to Khai.

This episode shows us a unique side to their relationship in which they are so domestic together and so soft with each other. There are so many scenes where you understand why Third can’t quit loving the sweet man that Khai is when it’s just the two of them. With an Ikea shopping sequence straight from of 500 Days of Summer it’s easy to see the way that Khai gives Third hope even when you don’t trust it as a viewer. Below are the two scenes in question:

(Note: Though I have the link set to begin at 2:50 for Theory of Love, one some browsers, it begins at the beginning. Sorry.)

It’s not hard to understand why Third keeps that hope. He’s loved Khai for three years and he wants so badly to keep him in his life, whether as a lover or his best friend, and with Khai giving him these moments of happiness together, just the two of them, it’s so hard to blame Third for putting up with all the bullshit.

Even when Fahsai enters the story and rears her ugly head and tries to take over, and even when Khai prioritizes her over Third, you can’t blame him because every time Khai seems absolutely irredeemable and unworthy, something happens to make Third forgive him. I think one of the most significantly heartbreaking examples of this is when (minor hurtspoiler) Khai kicks Third out so he can get laid and he says he doesn’t know how long it might be because, “I can go all night long”. Third’s response is so freaking heartbreaking and yet you understand why he’s playing the long game and is willing to deal with all of the crap Khai throws at him.

As horrible as Khai is, the way he redeems himself is simple: He puts Third first when it matters. There’s a scene in this episode where a girl breaks something of Third’s and you hate how Khai is more worried she cut herself than worried about Third’s beloved item, and yet at the end of it all, he has the item repaired even though it’s an entirely replaceable item. It’s a reminder that he does love Third. That’s one of the most amazing things about this show: Third could so easily be absolutely pathetic. He could be annoyingly pathetic and you don’t give a fuck. But instead, Third is understandable. You feel for him because you see all the bad but also see the way when Khai is good to him, Khai gives him the love he craves and can’t give up. I think nothing is more perfect of an example of this than the quote that keeps Third from leaving after all the bad stuff this episodes throws at him.

“With girls I use my body. With you I use my heart.” – Khai to Third

Once again, Theory of Love is available for free at GMMTV’s official youtube. New episodes go up every Saturday and usually there are subtitles by Monday or Tuesday!


Author: J. Chelsea Williford

Movie addict, reader, writer, pop culture lover.

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