Kiss Sixth Sense: Episodes 9-10
Comedy comes back this week, along with communication between our leads. The manufactured angst of the mystery plot line takes a backseat and we return to a more intriguing kind of tension: sexual tension. Have secret office antics ever been this fun?!
EPISODES 9-10 WEECAP
Can we all just take a moment to collectively squeal? We got so much of everything we asked for in these episodes, I instantly forgave last week’s mistakes. Funny and sexy are this drama’s strong suits and it hit its stride again straight away. We get tons of handholding, kisses, jokes, and flirtation — all before we finally live out “the future event.” With two more episodes to go, I’m nervous it won’t hold up, but this week gave me a lot to hope for.
We jump in where we left off, on a creepy country road, but luckily we don’t stay there long. Min-hu tracks down Ye-sool, quietly averting any kidnapping or crime, and the story moves on to resolve most of last week’s miscommunications within the first five minutes. Min-hu tells Ye-sool that he gets sick when he kisses someone but feels better around her (leaving off the piece about super senses for now). At first, Ye-sool thinks it’s just a ploy to hold her hand but begins to believe him when she thinks about her own reaction to kissing — and realizes she and Min-hu have this odd condition in common.
From there, the two move on to some serious adulting. Ye-sool apologizes for her behavior the day before and admits she was not really swayed by Pil-yo. Min-hu says it’s okay to fight, but asks her not to jump straight to breaking up and ignoring his calls. With his secret now in the open, the misunderstanding about Ji-young is also cleared up. We still get some jealousy from Min-hu that feels a bit dated, but it might be explained by his deep-seated insecurity about his abilities. When he finally comes clean to Ye-sool about his heightened senses, he tells her that he kept it hidden out of fear that she would be uncomfortable and not want to be around him.
Of course, Ye-sool can empathize with Min-hu’s fear. She never told Pil-yo about her sixth sense for the very same reason. The bond between Ye-sool and Min-hu is strengthened by these conversations and, in a scene that feels intimate, they each confess that it’s the first time they’ve told someone they dated about their powers. Throughout the course of the episodes, each independently decides that it doesn’t matter if the future Ye-sool sees between them is happy or not — they want to go for it anyway.
And here is where the squee factor hits record highs. Ye-sool runs (literally) to Min-hu’s apartment, rips up the contract she wrote, and tells him she wants a real relationship. She goes inside and we get the first of many fake-outs as to when these two will actually seal the deal. This time, they seem hot and heavy, but we see Jackson sitting safely by the side. When Ye-sool wakes up in Min-hu’s bed (and his sweats) while he’s in the kitchen cooking breakfast, I totally bought into it (I mean, we know Ye-sool can’t be trusted to interpret her visions. Maybe her premonition wasn’t their first time?) Alas, it didn’t happen.
In an effort to make it happen, Ye-sool tells Min-hu what clothes they’re wearing in her vision and both of them wear the same clothes every day for a week (lol) while work-related events get in their way. In the interim, Ye-sool puts her Planning Team 1 skills to use and develops a Kiss Risk Minimization Plan. The idea is that Ye-sool will kiss Min-hu (but not on the lips) so he won’t experience any pain, and he’ll do the same for her so she won’t be anxious about the future. At the office, they’ll make use of his super senses so Ye-sool can deliver signals about where to meet up for these not-on-the-lips kisses without getting caught. (This is the greatest use of their powers I can imagine and the drama gave me exactly what I didn’t know I wanted.)
After a while, all this foreplay becomes too much for our twosome to take it. Following a team outing where Min-hu gets drunk, the future finally comes to fruition. I’m not sure why, but I found the bed scene less affecting than it should have been. Was it because we’ve seen it for ten episodes already? Or because everything leading up to it was just way too much fun?
Aside from the amazingness that moved the action along this week, I was happy to see real changes in all of our main characters. Early on, I had expressed hope that Ye-sool and Min-hu would have some neutralizing effects on each other’s personalities, and that’s exactly what we started to see. Ye-sool is becoming more confident and direct. She tells off Ji-young, confesses that she likes Min-hu, and starts kissing him into stunned silence at the office — in fact, Min-hu looks stunned by most of her new behaviors.
At the same time, Min-hu is becoming less buttoned up. He’s smiling a LOT more, wanting to tell everyone about their relationship, and playing around at work instead of being so serious. Also, he’s literally becoming freer by being in less pain. Of course, all this could come undone next week.
We now know that Ye-sool is Min-hu’s first love from when they met as teenagers, and he is worried about Ye-sool remembering the incident. She (and we) may have to work through the trauma of her recovered memories before she and Min-hu can really be on the mend.
As a small aside, I’m really sad the Seung-taek and Ho-woo storyline has basically been dropped. The few scenes we get with them together are just not enough and little movement is happening. On the other side, the comedic pairing between Ji-young and Pil-yo is working for me. I wasn’t for it initially, but their alliance makes sense — teaming up to talk trash about their unrequited loves. They get some development as both start to accept that they are not the ones for Min-hu and Ye-sool, and I think their recent hangouts bring out the better parts of their characters (or, maybe I’m just happy it keeps them away from our leads).