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Yumi’s Cells: Episodes 3-4 Open Thread

As our heroine deals with her disastrous blind date, she finds herself in unexpected territory. Could this unassuming guy actually be… awesome? Our heroine goes through ups and downs trying to figure out how she feels, but when she finally finds solid ground, there’s romance all around.

 
EPISODES 3-4 WEECAP

Just when the blind date coffee stop couldn’t get worse, Yumi’s stomach decides to growl. Her cells are dreading it, seeing the Hunger Cell comes roaring into the village, and then when he pulls out the “belly pipe” they know all is lost. Woong both pretends not to hear and insists they go get some food at the same time. And this signals the first of many mini turning points for Yumi and her awful first impression of Woong.

The restaurant he picks is a little hidden gem, not only right up her alley, but right to her taste. With one bite, Yumi is sold, her cells are dancing, and Yumi wonders if there is more to Woong than meets the eye. They order some (splashable) jiggae, and while Yumi’s cells worry about dirtying her white-on-white ensemble, Woong (as if he heard) has already popped up and gotten her an apron to put on. Score #2!

Yumi wants to head home, but Woong blathers a fake excuse and the two wind up at a local frog festival. It’s cutesy and ridiculous, but somehow they have fun together. The mood is light, Woong is adorably complimentary, and they seem to be hitting it off. It’s not until Woong steps away that a dark feeling comes over Yumi.

Kim Go-eun nails it here — you can literally watch her hopeful face darken into one of utter panic and confusion. This is the arrival takeover of the Hysterious Cell who basically leaves Cell Village in a toxic wasteland of stress. All the other cells run and hide, and there’s nothing operating inside of Yumi except this panic-fear.

Of the many wonderful bits of Cell Village commentary in this week’s episodes, this was one of my favorites for being so completely relatable (in fact, I wish it wasn’t quite so relatable). The temperature has totally changed, and Woong picks up on it right away, but can’t stop Yumi from taking off. She even ignores his text messages later that night.

While Yumi is in chaos, Woong is trying to figure out what the heck he did wrong. His “friend” SEO SAE-YI (Park Ji-hyun) can’t really be trusted with her advice; everything she says feels like a dig or a red herring to make his new relationship a failure. Park Ji-hyun, bless her heart, is so good at these sour roles (a la Do You Like Brahms?) — she’s so good at it, in fact, that I almost can’t feel bad she’s already getting typecast.

Either way, poor Woong winds up shaving off his “beard” — the pride of his last three years. In Cell Village, this translates as the Hair Cell getting burnt at the stake like Joan of Arc lol.

There’s nothing but hysteria in Yumi the next day, and the annoying presence of Ruby (pedastaling Woong for the sole purpose of claiming Woo-ki) sets Yumi off big time. She is coming down with a drama fever, she’s miserable, and she winds up having it out with Ruby. Yumi is standing there in misery, getting soaked by the rain, when Woong shows up out of the blue with a giant umbrella. They have a moment. And even more satisfying than this moment is the way Woong can’t be bothered to even glance in Ruby’s direction.

Woong has followed his heart there (and certainly not his friends, who think he’s crazy), and it winds up serving him (and Yumi) well. First, he’s able to rescue her when she faints from her fever. His cells run the Woong Algorithm so he can navigate the crisis with aplomb. Not long after, Yumi is waking up in the hospital feeling better, and Woong has bought her a cute little hoodie dress to put on since her clothes are still soaked.

Something about this experience — and remembering how Woong had cared for and protected her — gets her Hysterious Cell to calm down, and this is the moment where it gets real. Yumi asks him out on a second date, much to his shock, and even recycles his terrible jokes from their first meeting. They’ve only met twice, but they already have this little story going on between them.

Meanwhile, in Cell Village, the little green frog from the front of Yumi’s hoodie dress (a nod to the frog festival) winds up at the door of her Cell Village. Hilariously, her cells are very cautious of letting anyone in, especially from Woong’s village, and we learn that while Woong’s gate has a 4-digit code, Yumi’s has a 28-digit one (LOL, I’m dead!). However, her cells let in the harmless frog. He befriends the cells, cleans up the toxic cell sludge from Hysterious’ invasion, and all things are set to rights. Then he unzips his costume… and reveals he’s actually Woong’s Love Cell.

With their next date on the horizon, Woong and Yumi are both in the cutest stage of infatuation… and sexual tension. Yumi’s Lust Cell comes banging into the village and makes the most of every circumstance.

The result of this is coffee spilled all over Yumi’s new white dress, and her being “forced” to go to Woong’s apartment while he washes it for her. Cue all sorts of hot moments, whether it’s Woong seeing Yumi in his clothes and losing his cool, Yumi in his bathroom imagining him in the shower (LOL), or even the electric chemistry that’s between them in the living room.

It’s fun to see how immediate their connection was, once they got over that rocky start, and the cells of both Yumi and Woong are particularly hilarious here. Yumi’s Lust Cell is red-cheeked and thirsty, but when we see Woong’s, it’s even worse: it’s a giant seething T-Rex, that when released, can barely be controlled by the other cells.

Woong and Yumi escape the situation without anything more than charged moments, but later that night when Woong goes to return her dress, they have their first kiss. Woong smiles all the way through Yumi’s excuses about the dress and why she needed to go to his place — and then grabs her hand and pulls her in close. I love Woong, but I particularly love him in this scene. Ahn Bo-hyun is adding surprising nuance to this adorable, unassuming character, and I love it.

There are so many more details and moments in this week’s episodes that were just hilarious, relatable, or even poignant. I laughed out loud over Woong’s “bear mode” when he has to act dense to put off Sae-yi’s advances (I also love how he’s much more aware than he seems to be).

Another detail I really loved was the concept of the bulletin board in each person’s Cell Village, where their strongest and deepest thoughts are kept and held onto. There’s a cell in charge of keeping the important thoughts up there, putting up new ones, and taking down old ones.

We see the thoughts that are dominating both Yumi and Woong’s minds, and it sheds light on their characters. But even beyond the window to their souls, it’s also just a great bit of metaphor about the power of our thought lives, and how the thoughts we think actually come to define us. Awesome writing. Is it next week yet?

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It's quite mind-boggling that if they stripped down the cells portion of the story, this drama is actually just your usual fare of slice-of-life romance. Somehow, the director doesn't only manage to make the cells stories work, but also turns it into something infinitely special that enhances the drama as a whole.

The cell village doesn't just provide an amusing meta insight of the inside works of Yumi's thinking and feeling process, but also cut through mundane scenes with surprising depth and pathos. Something that I welcome with open arms.

Like the introduction of the Hysterious cell that is nicely done, and also very relatable. You know, that one brief moment of bleak realization where you are blindsided by the toll of a stressful day, stopping every speck of contentment that you felt only moments ago and leaving you in search for a convenient target for all that time-ticking bomb.

Then there's also that slightly cheeky explanation for the million dollar question "Oh, since when did I like this person?" I super adored that tidbit about how sometimes love crept on your heart completely unnoticed. It's cute, insightful, and also wonderfully meta.

As for the second leads, I think I'm more wary of Sae-yi than Ruby. Ruby is so outrageously foxy and transparent in her nosiness, she's practically harmless (except for being stress fodder, I guess). Meanwhile, Sae-yi acted like she cares as a friend, but so very territorial when it comes to Woong being seriously in love with his date. She clearly has feelings (or at least some attachment) for him, but doesn't want to act on it in any way, for whatever reason that I couldn't fathom yet. I hate her "If I can't have him then nobody can" attitude. It doesn't help that the last time I saw this actress in Brahm, she also played a similar type of character.

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Those episodes were so cute. I love the new naughty cells, they were hilarious. Give him a pant!

The frog cleaning the mess in Yumi's heart was a nice metaphor.

Woong saw eveything in Seo Sae-Yi's intention, if I liked the Bear mode to counteract, I hope he will be more forthright
in the future because otherwise it's Yumi who will suffer.

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Oh my gosh, this week killed me. I could totally relate to Hysterious taking over cause that happens often with me. But Woong is so precious, he sees a good woman and isn't going to let naysayers get in his way. The frog scene was so adorable. At first I thought Woong's Love Cell was a little devious for using a trick, but then I remembered all the things he did and realized he just wanted to make things better, just like Woong. Seeing the frog come to rescue Love and True Feelings almost brought me to tears cause Love Cell was really down. And boy were Lust and Lustsaurus a riot. I thought I had a lust cell but I think I might have a lust-t-rex instead. That kiss scene was beautiful. Woong took his time and made it clear what he was going to do as if giving Yu-mi time to say no if she wanted. He doesn't just like her, I feel he respects her and I think Yu-mi is realizing that as well. It's really amazing how it's human nature to write someone off because of a bad first impression. But when we give someone a chance we might find that the person is a diamond in the rough, just like Woong is turning out to be. Oh and Bear Mode is awesome!

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And I could watch people ignore Ruby all day. I loved how Woong wouldn't give Ruby the time of day cause he was focused on the gem he found in Yu-mi. Kuddos to you, Woong!

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I was hesitant to watch this drama because they could do great things with the added animated cells, or it could go terribly wrong. I am glad that so far, I was the wrong one. I love Yumi and Woong and think they are absolutely adorable together. Woong is just the type of guy that Yumi needs if she wants to date. Someone who is sincere, transparent, and completely smitten with her.
Ruby and Sae-Yi encompass two of my very least types of characters...manipulative, annoying, fake, and deceptive in their "helpful" intentions.
I am concerned that since Yumi and Woong got together so quickly in the drama, there will be a lot of turmoil, drama, and most likely the inevitable break-up before the happy ending. (Of course we already know that the drama won't end like the webtoon)

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I wasn't going to watch this drama but after the recap of episode 1 I decided to give it a shot and it's been amazing, the last time I saw Ahn Bo-hyun in Kairos he was a terrible person but he is most definitely killing this role. I think the best part of this drama is how relatable it is with the cells. I'm definitely looking forward to more episodes.
P.S. I rewatched the bear mode scenes as well as lust and lustsaurus scenes, they were absolutely fun

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I want that frog hoodie dress.

I love Woong. He’s so sweet and not as dense as he claims. I’m glad he knew what Sae-yi was up to and went into bear mode. Sae-yi is the worst. She doesn’t want Woong, but she doesn’t want anyone else to have him.

Woong, that was NOT a beard.

Naughty Cell is definitely my favorite. When Naughtysaurus showed up, I said yep, that’s about right lol.

Yumi imagining Woong in the shower was very relatable and much appreciated.

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"Woong, that was NOT a beard."
yes!
but it is his pride.......

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I don't know about Yumi's Lust cells but Ahn Bo-hyun in the shower with all the perfect defined muscles scene had MY lust cells transformed into Naughtysaurus cells. hahaha

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I’m glad I pushed through the first two episodes as I enjoyed them, but nothing really grabbed me. Episode 3 and 4 were both great, and I laughed out loud a couple of times (as opposed to just a smirk or two from the first pair of episodes). The Lustsaurus and Yumi’s lust cell that doesn’t wear pants had me laughing pretty hard.

The girl “friend” of our ML is just…ugh. Seeing her just undercut everything Woong does in an effort to get him to give up on Yumi is aggravating. But of course that’s the point, so the actress is doing a good job. In fact both of Woong’s friends are pretty negative. He needs some folks who lift him up, not tear him down.

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Right, where did Woo Ki (Min Ho's character) go? :(

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He went on a business to to America for a few weeks. I think he'll only appear in a few episodes.

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The bulletin board concept really touched me. It showed that whatever thought that we keep in our heart, that's what will shape our life.

Keep the happy ones to live a happy life, and ditch the toxic ones so it won't rot our heart...

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I like the story, but not the cell animation. I don't think it's necessary at all, and will get very repetitious. The actors are both capable of showing us through their expressions and actions the internal struggles they are going through as they get to know each other; I don't need to see the cells to understand what's going on inside our MLs. I will continue fast forwarding through the animation scenes as I think it might be okay in a movie, but not carried out over multiple episodes.

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The cells make it absolutely unique and to be remembered though. Well acted and charming as it is Without them it would be just another Slice of life about an average young woman and her love life. Like dozens before and dozens to come.

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very interesting. thanks!

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This show has my heavily melanated cheeks blushing! I only question the cute scene when Woong's love cell enters Yumi's cell village and starts cleaning up. Does healthy love form a significant other really clean things? Isn't that slightly toxic? I am not sure if I am looking at this the right way.

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I see it as healing. Woong's Love cell creeping up to Yumi's cell village to clean up Hysterious mess is like Love healing the bruise and pain of a previous heartbreak.

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I appreciate that you question this. Yay to spotting possible toxic messages. I think it's helpful to note that her cells did everything they could to try to address the problem, it's just that in this case they needed outside help. That is very much the case when we've fallen down the hole of constant dysfunctional anxiety and depression. Outside help is needed. Therapy is my first recommendation, but that doesnt trump having a support system that gives the care needed to help restore your sense of balance. I think it was important that the love cell is not shown rebuilding her village nor creating new cells. It simply helps to put things back to where she originally had them. That's what a healthy support system can do. This episode was a great visual tool for the benefits of a support system in recovery.

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I thought about this too, but ultimately I came to the conclusion that Woong's love cell entering her village wasn't about "fixing her" or making her "better" in any way. To me, it was actually a way for Yumi accept herself as a lovable person by allowing someone to do things for her, by seeing herself through someone else's eyes, so to speak. Woong's cell doesn't force its way in, but it enters in an an unexpected way and is the catalyst for change. Yes, it cleans and fixes things, but it doesn't remain to maintain those things. Now, if that were the case, then it would be unhealthy because it creates a co-dependent relationship; but Woong's cell leaving at the end signified that he was only there to help start the healing process. Yumi needs to do the the work maintaining her village herself.

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This drama shows how complicated a woman's inner voice is and how we can submarine ourselves without even realizing it. Trying to ignore the destructive voices is so difficult. I love the cell village and both leads are knocking it out of the park. Is it Friday yet?

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I loved these two episodes. Hunger was me! I love it so far.

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Leave it to an animated drama to tell such a realistic story 😅(emotionally). Hysterious, as a dark cloud of depression, creeping in right when things start going right seemed all too relatable.

In terms of unrelatable things: whoa that kiss at the end of the last episode. One of the most heart fluttering I have seen in a while! I was really worried about being able to watch Ahn Bo-hyun as the ML because I found him such a disturbing villain in Itaewon Class. But, anxiety cells put to rest after these two episodes! 😄

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Thouroughly enjoyed these last couple of episodes. I was blushing through whole of lust vs lustasaurous. The romance is moving at the right pace because I think they want to show all the feelings when in a relationship through the cells.

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I like your picture :) Gang Doo is my favorite

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I was squealing, laughing, squealing again through the whole episode. And the end kiss was perfect. All this is so freaking relatable. I haven’t seen a show depict new infatuation so well since Pretty Noona. (@isthatacorner you would love this show!) I ignore the cells for the most part. Not my favorite part. But even so, I’m enjoying the real people interaction so so so much.

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I cannot get over just how well written this drama is! It's a fairly simple love story between two relatively unpretentious characters, and it should all add up to not-very-much. But the internal drama--and the surprising balance of humor, wit and pathos--of Yumi and Woong's cells is fantastic, not just in the visual realization but in the small details.

I thought the metaphor for depression and anxiety as an actual storm that takes over Yumi's cellscape and then empties it of everything that makes her life tick was particularly poignant and maybe just a bit too on the nose.

I'm curious where this drama can go from here, but I'm definitely along for the ride.

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Man, I love Yumi and Woong’s relationship so far, I accept trials and tribulations in the future as long as it leads to a happy ending for the two, I really hope it doesn’t end like the WEBTOON…

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Yes, we hope they will be happy together... 😢😢😭😭

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Bear mode!!! I'm dying. Dear Yumi's Cells, please forgive me for rejecting you. I'm loving you more and more, and dopey Woong most of all..

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