Kiss Sixth Sense: Episodes 3-4
With a rash of kiss experiments and the reveal of a closely kept secret, our OTP gets pulled tighter together this week despite the introduction of our second male lead. As Ye-sool begins to question the inevitability of her visions, we get some insight into her past and personality that might help explain the limits of her “powers.”
EPISODES 3-4 WEECAP
We pick up where we left off last week – with Ye-sool about to plant a kiss on Min-hu just as he wakes up and catches her before she can confirm her premonition. Embarrassed, she makes an excuse about checking his fever and then high tails it out of his apartment. While she’s worried he’ll think she’s interested in him, he’s worried she’s seen the stash of medications he keeps by his bed.
Both parties immediately consult their besties — the only people who know about each of their respective abilities. Min-hu calls his friend and doctor OH SEUNG-TAEK, and Ye-sool meets her roommate BAN HO-WOO (Kim Ga-eun) at a bar. Ho-woo tells Ye-sool she should just sleep with Min-hu since Ye-sool has never been wrong with one of her predictions. This is one of many lines this week setting up a dichotomy between destiny and agency — is Ye-sool prisoner to a fated future? Or do her visions create a series of self-fulfilling prophecies?
At work, last week’s ad campaign for Billy Beds was a total success, and Min-hu makes sure Ye-sool gets the credit — even when other executives at their agency, Zeu.Ad, try to bad mouth her. The team’s success leads to a new project, this time for Mopix (Ye-sool’s dream campaign), where they’ll be working on a car commercial.
However, as Ye-sool is congratulating herself on a job well done (by taking selfies), Min-hu arrives and bombs her photo. He then points out all the mistakes she made on her first assignment as PM. A PM needs to be able to predict all possible outcomes, he tells her — and I detect a hint that he’s good at his job because his super senses allow him to do just that.
One evening, while Ye-sool is working overtime (yet again), the power goes out in her office building. Trying to find her way around in the dark, she runs into Min-hu and lets out a frightened scream. To stop her, Min-hu puts his hand over her mouth and the touch to her lips sets off a new vision. In this one, she sees a diamond ring being extended to her, but only catches a glimpse of the ring bearer’s hand and watch. When the lights come on, Ye-sool observes that Min-hu is wearing that very watch.
Starting to hype herself up for what’s to come, Ye-sool convinces herself that Min-hu must have liked her for some time. As evidence that she’s right, while out shopping with her two work friends JANG UM-JI (Hwang Bo-ra) and KIM MIN-HEE (the late Kim Mi-soo), the three women spot Min-hu buying jewelry. At this point, Ye-sool is actually starting to seem excited about the prospect of Min-hu liking her, and so, when everyone is gathered at a work gala that night and Min-hu mostly ignores her, she appears a little hurt by it.
Her premonitions have never let her down, though, and this one is no exception. Later in the night, she turns to find a hand extending a ring to her, but the watch she envisioned is on the wrist of LEE PIL-YO (Kim Ji-suk) — Ye-sool’s ex-boyfriend who is now an award-winning film director. Pil-yo says he’s three years too late, but he wants to give her what she wanted back when they were together (hence, the ring).
Pil-yo has just returned from the Cannes Film Festival where his new movie Haroo screened (cameos by Lee Jae-wook and Kim Sae-ron as the film’s leads). The story is about a couple who is deeply in love, but then the man gets his heart broken when his girlfriend breaks up with him. It’s obvious that the script is based on Pil-yo’s real-life relationship with Ye-sool. Through the movie, we get to see Pil-yo’s perspective and how much the breakup hurt him. He admits that the film has an open ending because he’s hoping the two main characters will get back together.
From Ye-sool’s perspective, she broke up with Pil-yo because he was working all the time and not paying enough attention to her. But also, it seems she had a vision of their future that she didn’t like and broke up with him to avoid it. Again, she wonders, “Is the future bound to happen or am I making it happen?”
Pil-yo is at the work gala (and later at the office and joining the team on test drives) because he will be directing the new car commercial they are shooting. But this isn’t just a K-drama coincidence — Pil-yo wanted to work on this ad to be nearer to Ye-sool. Before the episodes close, he asks her to go on three dates with him to allow him to try to win her back.
In the interim, Ye-sool gets drunk after her run-in with Pil-yo and Min-hu is there (sober) to take care of her. He remembers how drunk she got three years earlier when she broke up with Pil-yo, and we see he was the one there taking care of her then too. Awww.
Ye-sool, in her drunken state, tells Min-hu that she sees the future when she kisses someone. Then she says flat out, “You and I will be sleeping together in the future. I can’t believe it either. So I wanted to double check. Can I?” Min-hu responds: “You asked for it first, all right?” And then he swoops in for a kiss. (Squeeee!)
They spend the night in a hotel — but, no, not together — and in the morning Min-hu wants to know what she saw last night when they kissed in his car. Ye-sool can’t remember — oddly, it seems she didn’t see anything. Notably, Min-hu also does not feel sick after their kiss and his normal symptoms from painful heightened senses are gone.
Ye-sool’s abilities are not totally lost, though. To prove her powers to Min-hu, who’s been doubtful since her announcement, she takes him into the reference room at work and kisses his hand three times. Each time she notes what she sees: 1) Seung-taek with a bloody nose at Min-hu’s apartment, 2) she and Min-hu in a car in the desert, and 3) Ye-sool tripping over a rock where Min-hu catches her and breaks his phone in the process. All of these visions come to fruition, cementing Min-hu’s belief in Ye-sool’s abilities.
At the same time, Min-hu’s powers aren’t gone for good either. Back at work, when Pil-yo shakes hands with Ye-sool to seal the commercial deal, Min-hu hears Ye-sool’s heartbeat. He interprets this as her still having feelings for Pil-yo and tells Ye-sool not to let her personal life get in the way of work (and to quiet her heartbeat — it’s too loud! haha). So, Ye-sool is definitely not the only one developing feelings.
With his now firm belief in her visions, Min-hu asks Ye-sool to tell him about what happens when they hook up in the future. She does and Min-hu propositions her: “Let’s do it tonight.” What a closer! Man, this show is hot.
And speaking of hot, and also adorably cute, I wanted to talk about my favorite part of the show last. Ho-woo and Seung-taek! In the middle of everything, these two meet at a club, hit it off, and decide to date “just for a week.” It seems that Ye-sool’s breakup with Pil-yo had a serious effect on Ho-woo who witnessed Ye-sool’s depression afterward. Ho-woo has decided that long-term relationships only end in pain and so wants to have as much fun as possible with Seung-taek in seven days, and then call it quits.
To get in as much couple-y stuff as possible, Seung-taek and Ho-woo spend hours on the phone all aegyo, buy matching sweatshirts, go on lots of dates, hit up a hotel mid-day, and generally just exude cuteness (I love them so much!). Signs are pointing to this going on longer than seven days and I, for one, am all for it.
This week’s tone seemed a little more somber than the debut episodes, but it simultaneously made me laugh out loud more than once. We get deeper insights into the characters’ personalities, which is helping me cheer them on enthusiastically. Min-hu could have been personified as a classic jerk-boss that we are supposed to root for anyway, but luckily he’s not. He is direct, concerned, and apologizes when necessary — and I like him for all those reasons.
Ye-sool, on the other hand, seems like a bit of a pushover, unsure of what she wants in life and love. She follows her visions as if she can’t escape them, but it’s plausible she uses them to lead her actions so she can blame the outcomes on destiny rather than on her own agency. I am totally shipping these two and can’t wait to see what effects they have on each other. With the hint that their powers may have canceled each other out when they kissed in the car, I hope their personalities have a similar neutralizing effect, giving Ye-sool some confident direction and allowing Min-hu to ease up a little.