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Yumi’s Cells: Episodes 13-14 Open Thread (Final)

In the final week of our show, we meet our heroine at a crossroads. She’s put her heart and soul into her relationship, but the cracks that our couple have long been ignoring are starting to show. When they put their cards on the table, what will be their fate as couple?

 
EPISODES 13-14 WEECAP

The bad news is that our wonderful little show is over. The good news is that a Season 2 has already been announced. And the kinda-good-and-bad-at-the-same-time news is that with the ending we have this week, we need that second season more than anything. My heart was all over the place.

Woong’s announcement at the end of last week — that he was moving out from Yumi’s place — is as if he took an actual sword and swung it through their relationship. But as always with Woong, it’s not the action itself, but the lack of clarity and communication around the issue that becomes the true problem.

I’ve loved watching Yumi and Woong work through all their relationship hiccups, and have their love for each other keeping them marching forward, but our episodes this week take a realistic look at what happens in a relationship where issues aren’t addressed.

Woong is sorry to leave her house, but his pride gets in the way. There’s nothing wrong with his reasoning, but what makes it a disaster for their relationship is that he doesn’t explain it. I’m pretty sure Yumi would understand if he explained that he wanted to be in a better place financially before they married, or that he didn’t want to be seen as a freeloader. Instead, his whole “let’s talk about it later” thing is the kiss of death. And they both kind of realize it.

In Yumi’s Cell Village, this plays out with gourd-like punching bag where her cells “attack” when they’re angry over Woong. The bag has always held up, but this time, it cannot withstand the beating. And inside the broken bag lies the option to break up.

My heart feels like it was twisted and crushed this week; the slow erosion of their relationship is realistic and poignant and painful. When Yumi finally decides to tell him they need to take a break, Woong knows it’s coming (and so do his cells, busily assessing the data from Yumi’s word choice and tone of voice).

He agrees, which both breaks Yumi’s heart and relieves her — and it’s that war inside of her that makes this all the more real. The Love Cell is heartbroken and doesn’t want to do it, the Emotion and Rational Cells are in conflict with each other as much as ever, and we hear from everyone from the Pride Cell to the Lust Cell. It’s very sad and yet rings incredibly true.

Despite whispers of the original webtoon, I never expected our story to end with a breakup, so I was in denial until the very last scene. Surely Woong wouldn’t let her go that easily, especially after Yumi has finally shifted to the top of his priority list? Even his secret lunch date with Sae-yi — which should have been a giant red flag — didn’t make me think they would be breaking up. I was not ready when he announced that Yumi’s mention of marriage made him realize they were on two different pages.

Again, the most frustrating part of this breakup is that despite the pain they’re both feeling, neither really opens up about what broke between them. Woong and Sae-yi, Woong’s intentions around marriage, what might keep him from committing to Yumi — they never discussed these things, even in their final meeting together.

It’s tragic as well that they meet to break up at the same place where they first met for their blind date. But even this had me tricked – surely it’s as good enough a callback for a proposal? Why does it have to be a break up? Woong lays his card on the table, and Yumi is forced to follow his lead. They part ways. Yumi looks back at Woong as he walks away, but he does not turn around.

While Yumi and her cells are suffering through the break that’s inevitably leading to the breakup, we see a little bit more of Bobby. Either this drama is king at emotional manipulation, or the character of Bobby is that good: whenever he’s onscreen, I forget that Woong even exists. I like Bobby’s depth and insight, and his willingness to communicate about emotional things around Yumi. Could it be the story has been setting them up to be a better and stronger couple than Yumi and Woong ever were? (There have long been hints!)

Bobby senses Yumi’s distress, and is supportive and understanding — but also emotionally present for her in a way that perhaps Woong never was. There’s always a glimmer of flirtation in Bobby’s interactions with her, though. While he never crosses the line, it also makes me think that he’s open to pursuing a relationship with her as they both heal from their broken hearts.

I’m not at all used to dealing with seasons in dramaland, so the rather abrupt ending here really shook me. And while a part of me would have rather had a happy ending with Woong, and an end to the drama, I can admit that this ending does feel more authentic to our story (and life). In dramaland, couples are inevitably swept off their feet, face their challenges, and then earn their happy ending.

In Yumi’s Cells, though, we see that not all romances end with a happy ending, and that relationships and experiences are all a part of what build our life’s story — even when they’re painful.

Yumi’s Cells has done so many things well, but I think this aspect of the story is my favorite: that Yumi’s world, and the story of her life, keeps unfolding, and that the very ups are downs are what make it life. If ever I was willing to trade my cohesive single-series K-drama format for a multi-season format, Yumi’s Cells would be the reason, so despite the feeling of an extended intermission that we’re about to endure, I’m glad that the story gets to live on.

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There are so many creatively delivered insight along with an abundant of precious self-growth for our Yumi this week. So many that it managed to balance the sad inevitability of our couple's breakup.

First, the gourd and what it represented in term of relationship longevity and robustness. That short message clearly wasn't the thing that made Yumi the angriest. It was just the right trigger (the gentlest tap of trigger) atop a precarious mountain of small, unresolved problems and lots of buried resentment and insecurities. At the end of the day, it's never about that small text the night before, it's about Yumi's and Woong's mutual unwillingness to be emotionally vulnerable with each other. What was seemingly a small flaw in the beginning of their relationship that in about a year has grown into a serious problem without either of them realizing.

Then, there's the time machine eps that hit just right where it hurts. You know, that odd feelings you got when you read your old diary or watch your old amateur videos or look at your old photos, like you just met with a different person instead of the past you. Sometimes it's nice to know how far you've come in life. But sometimes, you simply can't wrap your head around the idea that you two are the same person. Life experiences sure are a changer.

Even though I already saw that breakup coming from miles away, I still didn't expected myself to be this affected by the end of Yumi's and Woong's relationship. Me, who usually has to stifle my boredom and rolling eyes when such scene unfolded. But their almost-breakup felt so real and genuine and inevitable (not to mention that I've been so invested in this couple), and that's why it hurt so much.

It's actually a curious decision for the writer to end this season with their official breakup. And even more curious that their last meeting wasn't a high tension scene, but a simple decision between 2 people who knew what was coming. Not that I'm complaining. It felt final and perfectly anticlimactic to close this portion of Yumi's life chronicles. It was also oddly apt for their relationship that never really escalated into high drama even with all the opportunities and elements to create exactly that. It also nicely underscored Yumi's self-realization and self-growth in the interim of their "thinking period", marking it as one of the important lesson Yumi picked up from her third relationship.

Yumi might not get her much awaited happy ending with Woong, but it was a good relationship while it last. It taught her a lot, including how to love herself again. And I think it's important for her to experience how a failed relationship could end amicably.

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Thank you for mentioning that you too were affected by their breakup. I had this sense of loss over the end of their relationship knowing they still loved each other.

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Yumi's relationship with Woong was only 1 year, 1 month, 4 days and I doubted it was Yumi's third relationship.

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Who was Yumi's first boyfriend? Was it someone from high school, or did the show just not address it?

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I had the same question. Ugi and Woong—who was the third one?

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They probably got it wrong. Woong was her second relationship on the webtoon fansite. Wook (college bf?) Was her first bf.

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Yumi and Woong clearly had lots of room to grow first before they can get back together, and I do hope they get back together. Communication is one thing, but also Pride on Woong's side and Self-Love on Yumi's side. That she has nothing to do when not in a relationship is really telling. She needs to be a complete person first, as per that bulletin board cell - she is the only lead person in her life.

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For once, I really like how they will use the system of multiple seasons. Yumi will grow with every relationship.

For this one, I really liked Woong but he didn't communicate well causing misunderstandings like the marriage, Snake-Yi, etc.

It was sad to see them break up because we could see how they still love each other but hurt each other in the same time.

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I agree. I think season two will get to be its own whole story. When this season ended, I felt a pang that reminded me of the ending of Love Alarm S1. However, I think that the story writers are doing a better job of letting us know that this first relationship is over and setting us up to enjoy the next relationship. Love Alarm S2 suffered because people had expectations that the story was going to go one way, but it didn't AND it didn't do a great job of showing you why it didn't/shouldn't/couldn't go that way. I think Yumi is doing such a good job with this format. I googled a breakdown of the webtoon, so I'm curious to see how they handle S2 and her next relationship.

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I really liked the concept of the gourd. They showed it very well how it was not just one reason that broke their relationship, but several small reasons that accumulated over time. However, I really didn’t like how Yumi is so dependent on not being single. She doesn’t have a life when she is not in a relationship. I wish in the next season they show character development.

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This aspect I found rather alarming, that
a) her life was completely boring without a boyfriend
b) her life revolved around her boyfriend when she was in a r\ship
They really should address this issue the next season. I hope Yumi can develop more supportive (non-romantic) relationships. I think they could give her supportive colleague-friend from the accounting department more screen time.

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If it follows the webtoon, this is the main theme. Yumi becoming a fully realized person whether she's in a relationship or not.

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Yes, this her major character flaw, imo. She needs to learn to define who she is without a partner first. I can be onboard with a season 2 focusing on this rather than another relationship with possibly Bobby Yoo.

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I found that the last few episodes were a bit draggy and not as addictive as the first half of the drama. That said, I enjoyed the true-to-life portrayal of adult romantic relationships.

That final moment in the cafe could really have gone either way. A proposal or a breakup would have been equally fitting in that context. While I'm sad that we'll probably have to say goodbye to Woong as Yumi moves on with her life, I'm also excited to see how Yumi grows in her future relationships.

This format is so refreshing after being used to dramas there are focused on an OTP.

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I feel we missing the breakup view of Woong while they were on a break. I think his company is really not doing well but he covers it up due to pride and breaks up for Yumi’s “sake”.

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That has been what much of the comment threads have felt like the entire run.

It can be argued that although we all have an inside head voice, this show is a narcissistic view of relationships. The over focus on one internal monolog masked the other's point of view and real human needs.

It was never a shared sense of a relationship beyond the label. There was little real negotiation. Instead the other person was really only acknowledged when they didn't fluster the Ingenue's (our) internal monolog. If that is what you want - get a gold fish. If you want to deal with a real person then your monolog is only step one. It's what you do with your internal decision and share it with the other person in the relationship that matters.

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“there is no male lead. there is only one lead here.” 💙💙💙💙💙

Yumi just shot to the top of my drama list

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Yes this was my favourite line in the WEBTOON and drama. Rings beautifully.

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Chatting with some distraught K-drama newbies over a certain series starting with the name 'Squid', I explained to them that K-dramas specialize in breaking your heart. That's what you go into them for, for the feels. This lightest comedy will turn into emotional torture porn by the third act (I'm looking at YOU, 'I'm not A Robot').
Woong becoming successful sealed the relationship's fate. Work struggles had been the reason for the separation but it had changed into an excuse. Suddenly he not long had that excuse to hide behind.

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I had taken Woong at his word and forgotten that he's an unreliable narrator. That was what he'd say and what he'd do if his business were to fail - hid the humiliation and set Yumi free (slaps forehead).

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If only Woong's silly app had been successful the relationship outcome would have been so different. Yumi should have realized that there was no stable financial future with his current self employment. Woong has a strong work ethic, he just doesn't have the right product.

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I’m pretty sure that Woong met Sae Yi to discuss joining her new company and that’s who has invested in his app, giving him financial security that he can’t detail to Yumi. It will be interesting to see if we learn more about that in Season 2 or go on without Woong at all.

I love this show, I love seeing the cells and how they war with each other to make decisions, just like all of our own internal battles.

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@missvictrix through your post I now find closure to this wonderful 1st season of Yumi's Cells. Thank you for your wonderful weecap😁

Looking forward to the next one🙂

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I din’t get it. When Yumi become his first priority in his life, he asked for a break up? Why? Even when she isnt, the marriage desire was lifted up from the bottow fo the sea. But when she is his top priority, he doesn’t want to stay together with her? Why?

It’s also a shame that Yumi wants to breakup with Woong. Woong was so kind and caring. Despite he is being potrayed as a person who care so much about his pride, there were so many times he casted it aside for her. Coming to the office when he thought he was dumped after the blind date, his beard, The Hotel incident, Sae Yi. Those keyboard gift when he is not even remember about his birthday? Pfft. I like Woong so much despite him not being all perfect.

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Fan theories are kind'a settling on Woong's company failing and Woong going broke. The 'noble idiot' move would be to untie Yumi from the sinking ship before it goes down. Woong of course said exactly the opposite to Yumi.

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OmG, this theory will makes sense of his behaviour.

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i wasn't paying attention to the total number of episodes for this drama and i had no idea there was already a second season planned. so i was surprised it ended at 14... but i am looking forward to watching the Season 2, regardless.

i make no predictions of the outcome. i'm just in for the ride...

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Best drama of 2021 for me. It's so comforting to watch after a long day of work. I love the directing and musical choices.

And of course, Kim Go Eun and Ahn Bo Hyun are amazing together. They've converted me to a fan. I keep watching BTS and interviews because they're so charming.

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Can somebody who knows the webtoon maybe explain Woong's behavior? I know the drama can change his motivations but I'd like to know the original explanation. I liked this drama very much, the realistic and sensitive main characters and the metaphorical workings of their minds were a great team. I did not like the decision to forget Woong's mind though, in the latest eps he was more of a secondary character for no reason. If drama decided that making his motivations a mystery was necessary to make people want a second season it was a silly idea and it did not match the rest of the story.

He was a caring guy and suddenly decided to move out without any explanation? Yumi didn't behave like she should either, the woman who was mature enough to say the things she said in the Saeyi situation would not be someone who would never ask why her boyfriend left the apartment.

That last ep was rather weak, the awful PPL, the parents added nothing, both main characters behaved weirdly, the card metaphor was very overused and then Woong probably had some simple work explanation to break up but drama decided it needed to be mysterious for no reason.

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I agree that dramas with multiple seasons can dampen your enthusiasm for the storyline. In Yumi Cells I was devastated with the ending of season 1. Why did I follow this couple, fall in love with them just to watch them give up and not resolve their communication problems? Talk about being frustrated. If I had know about the webtoon storyline I would have passed on this. I prefer a Kdrama with a beginning and end even if that end isn't what I wished it to be.
Yumi & Woong were so adorable together and due totally to the actors chemistry. I watched them fall in love then have difficulty expressing themselves. Woong showed his love in deeds whereas Yumi just wanted more verbal communication between them, more honesty about what was going on in his life. I wanted to see them work through their problems, not abruptly give up so Yumi can go on to her next relationship via the webtoon storyline.
I'm hoping the writers choose to bring Woong back in season 2 and give him another chance. Yumi & Woong deserve the time to work out their relationship, they deserve it and so do we.

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I read the webtoon and I’m not sure where the commenting rules are about spoilers.

Woong is not a reliable narrator and *spoiler from here on* his company went bust. Financially he was not in a good position and pride got in his way of letting Yumi know what a difficult time he was having.

In later episodes of the webtoon he becomes successful and regrets his break up, but Yumi has already moved on.

Hope this helps.

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I don’t know the webtoon but I had the impression that the drama decided to stop showing Woong’s side in order to build the climax, so we wouldn’t know too early if they would break up or not.
It’s interesting too that if we knew what he was thinking the story would have continued to be about them and their relationship (it turned out it’s really about Yumi).
But your comment made me realize that this was not in line with the majority of the show. The show was great because we got both sides. I found the last 2 episodes the weakest but didn’t understand until now that it was because we weren’t getting the interaction of the two inner worlds.

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Woong using the marriage topic as a reason to break up with yumi is so sad. we all knew why he broke up with her. before he received a call from lui, he is already looking at his phone and is looking at yumi's phone number. but after that call (which is the bad news about their business, based on me watching the webtoon ) , he decided to just break up with her. using that marriage topic was a lame reason. he still couldn't be so honest with her. it's frustrating how childish both of them are with the relationship. communication is very important. addressing problems is very important. Ahn Bo Hyun hasn't received the script for season 2 yet but I hope they could have let him end up with yumi. ABH and KGE both played well and I'm not even rooting for soonrok to come out anymore. I am just rooting for woong to improve himself, be mature for yumi. same goes for yumi to woong. it was a heartbreaking ending, I was so obsessed with the series and the two lead's chemistry.

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First, wow, the show was so brave to end on a break-up. I like it. Seems realistic.
Second, I am so amazed by Ahn Bo Hyun's acting. He feels like a completely different person in every role. Sometimes, I do not even recognize that they are the same person.

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