This episode is titled after the most fitting film for this episode because so much happens here. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is famously considered one of the best romance films of my lifetime. Here’s the synopsis for anybody who doesn’t know:
A man, Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend Clementine underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.
That synopsis alone is so loaded for this episode and moving forward to the next episode since it will be from Khai’s POV. Episode 6 is full of Khai doing his best to build Third up and make him feel as good as possible before he shatters his heart. This is a semi-spoiler, but I feel like it’s worth talking about because of how apt this episode is titled. So much about memories and good memories and bad memories fills this episode and it’s just really well written.
In this episode, at one point, Third says in his narration,
“I want our world to have an MIB memory eraser. I want to forget all the times he treated me badly, leaving only the good times like this one now.”
Third’s love is so close to unconditional that it’s painful. He wants to only remember how
Khai loves him as his best friend and not remember how Khai hurts him as the man he’s in love with. It’s so deep to title this episode after a movie in which memory plays such an important part of it all. There are scenes this episode where you see the little ways that Khai and Third are perfect best friends, such as the scene where Khai surprises Third with a gift and plays with him like best friends to even if the guise is that he’s shopping for his girlfriend. It’s really Khai spending a day with Third and Third enjoying their time together.
This episode is really hard to talk about without spoiling it so this review won’t be very long, but I have to say there’s another beautiful instance of how perfect this show’s writing his in the scene where Third is talking to Khai about his girlfriend, Praew.
Third: “Hey Khai?”
Inner Third: “I love you”
Third: “Your girlfriend is beautiful”
Inner Third: “I love you. Do you hear me? I love you but I can’t say it.”
That scene alone brought me to tears and I really can’t get over how good the writing on this series is. It’s so perfectly dramatic without seeming overdone or cheesy. There’s so much emotion on both sides of this story that you can’t help but be eager to see Khai’s side of things when it flips to his POV. Seeing Third suffer for so long makes you wonder what the writers can do to make you not hate Khai anymore and start to root for them getting together.
And through all of this we have to talk about Two and Un’s progression. I think I officially think Un likes Two, not Third, and their interactions in this episode are great. Un using his knowledge of Two’s crush to get Two to work for him is very clearly a ‘pulling pigtails’ kind of situation. Also the way he takes him out to dinner and treats him special is just sweet. Un is definitely into Two and I have high hopes this will go somewhere for them. I love these actors and can’t wait to see how their relationship progresses. As for Bone and Paan, welllll there’s a little snag that I think will keep them from ending up together. It’s sad but who knows. Maybe their relationship will take another turn we don’t suspect. Either way, these two couples are definitely not overshadowed too much by the main couple of Khai and Third.
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