Yumi’s Cells: Episodes 11-12 Open Thread
As our couple faces some big changes, they come to get a different perspective on their relationship with each other. While circumstances bring them closer together, they also expose their vulnerabilities and fears.
EPISODES 11-12 WEECAP
As expected, Woong has sold his apartment and is using the money to fund his company and keep it afloat. He’s no less devoted to his work, and doesn’t even see this as a bad thing — it’s a sacrifice he’s more than willing to make to assure his future success.
While it’s a logical move for Woong, Yumi is shell-shocked and upset. First that he never told her anything about his financial struggles, and second that he insists on living in the office, even after she tells him to stay with her. In the first of many do-or-die situations this week, Woong and Yumi have a stand-off over where he will now live. Yumi and her cells (often led by Emotion) want Woong to stay with her. Meanwhile in Woong’s village, words are getting harder and he resorts to learned behaviors for his parents’ marriage. Yumi wins this round, Woong caves, and he agrees to stay with her.
Their cohabitation actually turns out to be wonderful — for them, and for the narrative. They not only get to enjoy each other’s company, and everyday domestic things like cooking and eating together, but they seem to be a really good balance in terms of lifestyle. In other words, Yumi is a bit of a messy housekeeper, and Woong? He’s the opposite.
My favorite part of the show this week was seeing Woong’s total programmer brain bring algorithmic order to Yumi’s apartment. The pots and pans are organized by size order. The dishes and all the cabinets are similarly sorted and ordered. He’s also insanely good at cleaning and takes pleasure in having everything tidy.
And hijinks, of course. Woong comes out of the shower shirtless and staring at Yumi in the bed… except it’s not what she thinks. He’s troubled by the fact that the art on the wall is not centered over the bed, and makes sure to deal with that straight away lol.
Woong’s financial position also sheds light on the advice he gave to Yumi about transferring to Marketing. She’s smart and understands this, and eventually decides to take the risk for herself. Woong is nothing but supportive, buying her a fancy bluetooth keyboard for her first day (even though he’s broke) and even forgetting his own birthday in the process.
Woong stops by the apartment to drop off the gift before pulling an all-nighter, but Yumi is there secretly preparing him a birthday meal. They’re adorably confused by each other’s behavior, but the conclusion is Yumi being so touched by his sweetness that she blurts out the question that’s long been pondered in her Cell Village: “Do you want to get married?”
Woong is completely speechless, and you can imagine how that’s taken by Yumi and her cells. However, it might look like Woong is stunned and trying to wiggle his way out, but in reality, his cells are fighting for Yumi. While his algorithm is trying to weigh his objections, his Love Cell even dives into the sea to bring up the long-forgotten Marriage Desire which has been sitting on the seafloor. However, right before the Love Cell gives the okay for Woong to respond to Yumi’s question, he’s encircled by sharks, taunting him with his true fear: that if they marry Yumi will be forced to suffer any hardships with him.
Yumi closes the subject, pretending like nothing is wrong, but Woong knows (yay) that he has to address this A.S.A.P. before his non-response causes big problems in their relationship. He’s all set to have a chat with Yumi the next night, but those plans quickly change. Instead of going out for drinks alone with Woo-ki, Woo-ki pulls up in his little car, overflowing with Daehan Noodle employees: Ruby, Yumi, and Bobby.
Yumi’s had her first day in the Marketing department and Ruby being Ruby, soon the evening’s plans ballooned into all of them going to a wine bar together. So, instead of drinks with his friend and then a long talk with Yumi, Woong winds up totally drunk, and getting jealous when he sees Yumi and Bobby together.
Not only is Woong pretty hilarious when drunk, but his cells, trying to keep him conscious, are equally funny. While he’s struggling to keep his eyes open, Yumi and Bobby are sitting at the other end of the bar. Yumi witnessed Bobby’s (awful) girlfriend dumping him cruelly the night before, and she feels for him.
But nothing is that simple of course — a new busybody co-worker in Marketing is sure that Bobby is having a secret office romance with Yumi (despite both of their objections). It’s not true, but it puts something in the air, as does Yumi seeing his breakup. And then there’s the office gossip that Bobby likes someone at work with a “u” in her name. And then there’s the moment outside the wine bar.
Woong is barely conscious, hanging onto a telephone pole, and Bobby is trying to get a taxi with his app. Yumi shivers, and Bobby takes off his jacket and gives it to her — with her boyfriend right there! Granted, Woong is toast, but this is either completely platonic, or completely ballsy. Woong marches over, but is so far gone that instead of flipping out, he takes off his own jacket and gives it to Bobby lol.
Even though Yumi is 100% devoted to Woong and gives me (and him) zero reason to doubt, the presence of Bobby is definitely not negligible. It also shakes up Woong’s self-confidence. He’s humiliated to be free-loading off of his girlfriend, and despite their total happiness living together, the episode ends with the bomb-drop that he’s moving out next week.
With one more week to go, I’m a) sad that this adorable show will be ending; and b) beginning to wonder if we’ll actually get a wedding (or at least a proposal) for our OTP at the end of this drama. I love that we’ve travelled with this couple for so long, and went through their ordinary ups and downs with them. That their conclusion might be marriage makes me quite happy, so I’ll be watching with fingers crossed next week.