Yumi’s Cells: Episodes 9-10 Open Thread
Our heroine must face a big hurdle in her relationship, as ill will that’s long been brewing finally comes to the surface. In addition to the challenges in her relationship, she also encounters a new opportunity at work, and we learn more about our heroine, her long-forgotten dreams, and her deceased Writer Cell.
EPISODES 9-10 WEECAP
This week’s episodes felt a bit disjointed and (dare I say it) episodic this week — but I can’t hold it against the drama. After all, week in and week out we are seeing little chronological vignettes of Yumi’s life, and being true to life, they come in spurts of change and conflict.
Last week Sae-yi’s manipulative and ulterior motive-y presence in Woong’s life came to the surface for all to see. Sae-yi knows that she’s doing, and Yumi knows what Sae-yi is doing as well — heck, even Woong knows. Perhaps that’s why Yumi gets so incredibly mad at him when he shrugs off Sae-yi’s move to his apartment building.
They have an awkward and mostly one-sided argument that ends with Yumi leaving, an ice storm of anger disabling all of Woong’s cells, and the threat of a breakup looming in the distance.
Yumi’s cells start the 24-hour countdown clock saying that there’s no alternative — if Woong doesn’t contact her 24 hours after their fight, it means they’ve broken up.
We see the night and next day fly by — and then before we know it, days, weeks, months, seasons, and years have flown by. Yumi thinks about Woong every now and then, checking out his social media (he has a baby?!), and has some lingering regrets. What!
Thank God it’s a fake-out, because my brain almost exploded trying to take all this in, and figure out what the heck I was supposed to do with this unresolved breakup.
Back in the real world, the nightmarish scenario fills Yumi with enough energy to confront Woong — which she does in the middle of his office hallway, right when Sae-yi was moving in for the kill. I appreciated that Yumi laid out all of the needling things that Sae-yi has said and done, and in front of Woong, no less. In her cell village, there’s even a trial going on. Yumi has said her peace and come what may; she heads into the elevator, and we pick up in the next scene. Did Woong really let her go just like that?!
What Yumi doesn’t know at the time (but we saw first-hand) is that their fight led Woong to finally confront Sae-yi on her behavior, and her feelings for him, and he drew a strong line.
Thankfully, we travel back to that elevator mic drop moment, and see that Woong actually turned from Sae-yi and ran to Yumi in the elevator to hug her.
That was an awful fight, but it needed to happen. Woong long knew what was up, but didn’t understand how it was affecting Yumi and it needed to be dealt with. But I’m glad this one is water under the bridge now. And I’m not even sorry that Sae-yi finds a new position and moves on. Byeeeee.
The story then scoots ahead past this mess and we start to learn a bit about Yumi’s dreams of being a writer. We saw hints of this, with her social media account, and the mysterious like (revealed this week to be from Bobby).
The entire exposition of Yumi’s writing experience was great, and also painfully accurate. We flashback to Yumi in her youth struggling to write and eventually giving up. We see her believing that she doesn’t have enough talent and burying her desire (and Writer Cell literally goes to the graveyard). And then, in the present-day, we see her struggling under the pressure of a new writing assignment at work.
Despite her self-doubt, Yumi does have talent. After her writing catches the eye of Bobby, it catches the eye of his manager, and soon, with a successful social media post for Daehan Noodle under her belt, she’s given a golden opportunity: transfer to the marketing team.
Everyone is jumping with excitement for Yumi, but the person she hopes to get encouragement from the most — Woong — is the one that doesn’t offer her any. Instead, he talks to her about the comfort of her current job, how she might not like the change, etc. You can see Yumi wilting as he speaks. It’s also quite insightful — it’s true that we often go to people for validation of our own intentions rather than seeking their actual objective opinion.
The episode ends with Yumi’s job offer hanging in the balance, and also a new mystery afoot: Woong tells Yumi he’s home, but when she goes over to surprise him with takeout goodies, his apartment looks all but abandoned. I imagine his company is tanking and he’s now living in the office, but I suppose we’ll have to wait for confirmation next week.
Yumi’s cell village also offered its usual hilarity and insight this week. We saw the cell village react to Yumi’s news year’s resolution: the representative cell quadruples in size and has dominion over the village. This year it’s the Self-care Cell, so Yumi goes out and buys a truckload of PPL sheet masks for her one-pack-one-day intention. The cells are in chaos, but always remind themselves: it only lasts three days. Then everything goes back to normal (hah!).
I also loved the idea of the compliments Yumi receives, and how they’re represented as literal packages delivered to her village. It’s a cute brown box with a thumbs up on it, and the drama really hit the nail on the head with this one — I never thought of it that way, but a meaningful and genuine compliment really does carry the same excitement as a secret package arriving in the mail. It’s easy to see why Bobby’s compliment of Yumi’s writing goes to her head (cells?) quite so quickly — it’s an area where she’s long needed encouragement, and she gobbles it up. Cheers to her, and I hope we get to see more success for her soon.