Kiss Sixth Sense: Episodes 7-8
Our fated pair is finally dating! But due to a tangle of miscommunications this week it’s not all sunshine and kisses. As the rom-com hijinks take a turn toward thriller, Ye-sool is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her future, and we’re left to puzzle out what her powers have to do with the past.
EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP
This week’s episodes left me less excited than usual but since we’ve passed the half-way point, I’m not surprised. As expected, the dreaded childhood connection is out of the bag and our chance to see Ye-sool and Min-hu in full dating bliss is put on hold. Unfortunately, I could feel my anxiety building right alongside the mountain of misunderstandings between them. I love Min-hu’s directness and seeing him apply this to his new (contractual) relationship with Ye-sool was exactly what I wanted. But watching his honesty dissolve when it comes to talking about his past and powers was disappointing (especially since Ye-sool has been so honest about hers).
Independent of how the episodes left me, the intro scenes this week were enough to leave me with a stupid smile. Right away, we get secret office dating, contract negotiations about kissing, and a proper restaurant date — with Min-hu actually looking happy. He reads the contract Ye-sool presents to him and isn’t shy about telling her he disagrees with one clause — the one that states they should break up after “the realization of the specific future” (code for sexy time). Min-hu plans to keep dating her, as long as that’s what she wants too. Ye-sool is so flustered, she runs to the bathroom to calm down (and can you blame her?).
Later on, Min-hu tells Ye-sool that he’s always liked her, but there was never a good time to ask her out before (what with her having a boyfriend and then, ya know, hating him as her boss). His interest in her deepens by the day as he starts to realize that his abilities (and the painful symptoms that go with them) decrease when Ye-sool is around. With the help of Ji-young’s dad, he tries to piece together how his accident and abilities might be connected to Ye-sool’s.
Of course, the dinner dates and heart eyes don’t last forever thanks to Pil-yo and Ji-young getting in the middle of everything. Pil-yo — in an act that I did not see coming — admits that he knows about Ye-sool’s powers. In fact, he’s known since their breakup when he overheard a conversation between Ye-sool and Ho-woo. While he didn’t believe it at first, working on his film helped him put all the evidence together. Now, he wants Ye-sool to question her visions.
Pil-yo takes Ye-sool to see their former classmate (the one Ye-sool had envisioned Pil-yo marrying), and the recurring theme of fate versus free will gets a wrench thrown in it. When the two arrive at the classmate’s restaurant, she introduces them to her husband and baby. As Pil-yo plays with the baby, Ye-sool realizes she’s seeing the real-life version of the vision she saw back when she kissed Pil-yo in college. Her vision was correct, but she had totally misinterpreted it.
I like this play of events because it takes away the binary of a predetermined future pitted against individual agency. Maybe the future is indeed fated, but Ye-sool’s insecurity is coloring how she interprets the future she sees. At the same time, her actions directly contributed to this scene of Pil-yo with the baby. Had she not broken up with him, none of the events leading up to it would have happened. (I promise that’s as far as I’ll go trying to dissect the logic! It’s a little like trying to make sense of time travel rules.)
Ye-sool’s realization about the future stops her in her tracks. She starts to question every vision she’s had — including whether or not she is really happy with Min-hu in the future. It also makes her second-guess her decision to break up with Pil-yo — or, at least, that is what she says to Min-hu… when she breaks up with him! (Oh please don’t let there be separation episodes. I’m living for their scenes together.)
But the breakup isn’t only a product of Pil-yo’s plan. Ji-young plays a role as well. In a terrible mix-up, Ye-sool comes to believe that Ji-young knows about her sixth sense — and that Min-hu is the one who told her about it. It isn’t true, but the confusion occurs because Min-hu has told Ji-young that Ye-sool has a special ability: she can dull Min-hu’s super senses. Since Ye-sool still doesn’t know about Min-hu’s powers, she assumes that the “special ability” Ji-young is talking about is in fact Ye-sool’s premonitions.
Unfortunately, Ji-young is turning out to be a standard second lead without a lot of nuance, and her only role appears to be to meddle in Min-hu’s affairs. She not only answers Min-hu’s phone when Ye-sool calls, but she also plants an unwanted kiss on him just as Ye-sool is approaching to witness it. The kiss debilitates Min-hu — which means his senses are super heightened.
The kiss happens while the Zeu.Ad team is in Jeju shooting the Mopix commercial (where Ye-sool’s role as PM has been reinstated). Min-hu hears through the wall that Ye-sool is not in her hotel room and, rather than blocking out his senses, he uses them like a superhero and goes to find her. Of course, it’s a good thing he does, because it turns out that she is being targeted for an attack.
The childhood connection evident from the beginning is finally taking shape and it’s precisely where my excitement started to wane. It’s hinted that Min-hu and Ye-sool were in the same accident, though she doesn’t remember it yet. It seems we’re getting set up to solve a mystery surrounding their accident, Ye-sool’s father’s death, the Mopix ad her father worked on 25 years ago, and our friendly neighborhood bartender (Ye-sool’s long-time confidant) who is both the person who broke into her house and the one who is about to kidnap her when our episodes close for the week.
Apart from me being sick of childhood connections, the relationship between Ye-sool and Min-hu is so much fun that I don’t even care about the backstory. Where did their powers come from? It doesn’t seem important when we know two things: 1) Ye-sool is a healing presence for Min-hu. He feels better when he’s around her and he doesn’t get weak when they kiss. 2) Min-hu gives Ye-sool confidence because she sees herself happy in the future and begins to believe it’s possible. Watching their real-time relationship (with a dose of their foxy future) is enough for me without the addition of a painful past.