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Yumi’s Cells 2: Episodes 5-6

When our heroine meets a certain ex from her past, she’s forced to come to terms with her feelings. At the same time, her relationship with her new (perfect) boyfriend deepens, and we start to learn more about his personality and character. *Cue the swoons*

 
EPISODES 5-6 WEECAP

I’ve been in a constant state of swoon since last week’s episodes, lost in the flood of Bobby’s wonderfulness. As is Yumi. Which is why the sudden serendipitous reappearance of Woong seems weirdly cruel and/or artificial. Luckily, instead of creating a melodramatic mess, this little vignette gives Yumi the closure she never got after their awful breakup, and enables her to return to Bobby with a full heart for him. I’m down for this.

That being said, we linger with Woong for a lot longer than I expected we would — and frankly, longer than I think we needed to. I don’t know about you, but I have completely moved on from Woong and his frustrating algorithms and pride cell; I’m lost in Bobby land.

Interestingly, the narrative switches to Woong for much of Episode 5. We see the events leading up to their breakup from his perspective, and we see his unhappiness after – and even the story behind his need for the cheap rice cooker. Woong learns that his pride is what caused their relationship to crumble and kept them from truly being close and sharing their burdens. So, even though Woong’s love cell cuts the pride cell off, the damage is already done.

As I mentioned, I’m even more over Woong than Yumi is, but there was something about how Woong’s story was handled that made it impossible not to feel for him. When we see him replaying the important moments from their past and how he would go back and change them (or even how he wished the rice cooker exchange went down) — it’s truly sad.

Yumi seems to have some lingering feelings for him, and for a moment we’re left to wonder how far she’ll go to act on them. She’s supposed to be celebrating Christmas Eve with Bobby, for goodness sake, and he’s making pizza and opening some red wine (why so perfect, Bobby?). Still, she steps out for the second time that night, and goes to meet Woong as requested.

The clincher is kind of two-fold here. First, that Bobby has intuited who is messaging her and who she’s going to meet, and he willingly lets her go, knowing that trusting her is the best path to take. Second, that Yumi uses this encounter with Woong to get the closure she needed and to fully move on from him. Even Woong’s algorithm correctly confirms that she doesn’t have any lingering romantic feelings for him.

While it’s sad, I’m also kind of glad? I was worried we might have too much conflict going on here, so I’m happy that Yumi got what she needed — and that it turned out to strengthen her relationship with Bobby even more. When she returns to his apartment and he greets her with a huge smile and pulls her inside, I about died.

After the Woong vignette is over, we turn to Yumi’s new life as a struggling writer sans salary, and the course of her day is described through this great metaphor of an ever-shifting five star rating system. During the day, stars are either added or subtracted — meeting Bobby and getting loved by him will add stars to her counter, while meeting an old classmate (yay Park Jin-joo cameo!) makes her question her decision to leave her job, and stars quickly disappear.

Like most of the layers of metaphor this show uses — whether through the cells’ squabbling, how her village operates, or even the star ratings — they work because they illustrate so well something that we all feel each day. The ups and downs of daily life, that we often feel automatically, are brought to life through this awesome and imaginative writing.

Maybe that’s why it’s extra fun to see Yumi hunkered down working on her novel (granted, any story about a woman working doggedly on her future novel automatically delights me). Yumi writes an impressive 2,000 words each morning, attends writing seminars, reads in bookstores — I have no clue how she’s supporting herself at this point and wish she spent less money on fancy PPL coffees, but it’s also really nice to see her committed to her dream.

And the support from Bobby comes in spades. He checks the results of a new writer’s competition almost as frantically as she does – and then knows just when to show up when she needs comforting. And boy does Bobby know how to comfort a woman — tasty food, his warm presence, encouraging words, oh, and delicious kisses.

We finally learn a bit more about Bobby and his life, family, and cell village when Yumi’s parents turn up in Seoul unexpectedly and land on her doorstep when our couple is mid-makeout. This, of course, cues some hilarious interactions between Yumi’s parents and Bobby. They both seem to sense he’s a good seed — her mother sensing his good upbringing and character, and his father being as protective and competitive as we might expect, but eventually caving in because Bobby is just that amazing.

But thanks to the millions of questions Yumi’s mom asks, her guesses about his family life, and an overheard phone conversation, Yumi starts to suspect that Bobby isn’t who he claims to be. He’s not a regular guy working for a living: he’s a runaway chaebol heir.

The level of parody here is golden — I was literally rolling when the token melodrama music kicked in, and we get our favorite melo tropes reenacted, from the glass of water in the face, the infamous envelope of money to lure the heroine away from said heir.

Bobby is able to sense Yumi’s discomfiture, and finds a circuitous but adorable way to tell her the truth. He goes all the way to his family’s tteokbokki place and brings takeout back to Yumi’s apartment. He then points out that their fathers both named their family business after their children. It’s adorable, and Yumi is relieved to death that he’s not chaebol lol.

As much as I can enjoy Yumi and Bobby together all day, I admit I’m a little nervous that he’s too good to be true. Surely some conflict is coming, especially since Yumi’s Cells has always been a wonderfully realistic show that showcases everyday struggles and misunderstandings.

While I enjoyed the chaebol jokes to the max — just as much as I enjoyed Bobby with a piglet (dead!) and their morning-after snuggles (also dead!) — I’m ready to see this couple grow together as they face some waves. But make them very small waves, okay, Show? This couple and their likemindedness is a delight to watch, and I don’t want to give it up anytime soon. As in ever.

 
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I didn't really care much for all the Woong scenes because I had already buried him at the end of season 1😅 but I was happy with the way Yumi (phew! The fake out at the start of the episode scared me) and Ba Bi handled it.
Thanks to the Yoghurt test I now know how to spot a chaebol 😅.

😂😂What were those analogies during the last make out session ? H2? Right hand? I was screaming 🤣🤣

Sigh... I have this bad feeling every time Yumi, her mom or anyone says Babi is too perfect.
Coupled with the fact that I have seen people say they hated him even before the drama aired. At this point I think it might be best for me to go and spoil myself so I know what's coming😖

Ps: I'll soon overdose from all the perfect boyfriends in the dramas I've watched this year

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I liked Episode 5 but had issues with Episode 6.

I was happy to see Woong again. While the relationship between Yumi and Woong didn’t work out, I was invested in them while they lasted and invested in Woong. It was sad to see him doing poorly post breakup, but I was glad he realized where he went wrong and finally buried his pride. It was too late with Yumi, but I hope he takes the lessons he learns and applies them to future relationships.

I thought Yumi’s reaction to the sudden reappearance of Woong in her life was realistic. She has moved on, but she did love Woong once and couldn’t help worrying about him. I was glad she met him and they and the audience both had some final closure.

The one part of Episode 5 that had me rolling my eyes was Babi telling her to go. Trust is great and all but very few guys would be that understanding.

Perfect Babi is boring to me. I didn’t think we needed the cliché meet the parents scene to highlight once again that Babi is the perfect boyfriend. The kissing scenes are good, but I don’t feel the connection between Yumi/Babi. She doesn’t seem to know him in any better than we do.

The pacing of their relationship is also weird. It seemed like Episode 6 was their first time sleeping together but that had to have been many months into their relationship. Some couples do take it slow but Naughty Cell seemed to have been anticipating something happening on Christmas.

Yumi’s writer plot has me scratching my head. I was glad the character Jin Joo played asked Yumi some hard questions. All Yumi seems to be doing is taking writing classes, entering the contest and meeting her boyfriend for lunch. Couldn’t she have done those things while working, at least part-time, and if she actually won a contest, quit? I wish we had an idea about what kind of writing she is doing.

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@missh: I completely agree. My heart has stayed broken for Oong and will remain so notwithstanding his errors of judgment and personality traits.
And, the other shoe is bound to drop soon with Babi as his idealisation seems both counterintuitive for this show and headed for a critical juncture foreshadowed by the preview. The pacing has confused the hell out of me too but it might be because I was affected by that preview so it might make more sense next week.
I must say I think Yumi’s dad’s characterisation just didn’t work for me as the actor seemed to be existing in a bad sitcom all by himself. I also don’t enjoy his work so it made it seem jarring and took me out of the show’s vibe.
On another note, how is Yumi surviving? Does she have to pay rent or has a mortgage? Utilities? Expenses? Does she have any savings to draw on? It would have been great if these ordinary but crucial points were acknowledged more frequently and robustly.
Last but not least for Yumi, it would be great if the end game was no one as being alone doesn’t mean being a failure or being condemned to loneliness. Yumi needs a room of her own as VW wrote about, and to find herself, she might very well have to grow away from romantic attachments, at least for a while.

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Exactly. Now that the show has built up Babi's image as the perfect boyfriend, Yumi is going to find out he's no more perfect than she is - and that will be a letdown. I suppose boyfriend #3 may start to show up casually, and become a person of interest by the end of this season.

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I wrote this in another discussion: I hope not be stoned, but if we are not getting a third season I actually hope she ends this one alone. The whole point of the show is supposed to be Yumi's evolution and growth. Instead this show has become Yumi's romantic relationships. Even the description here about her ups and downs are all centered on her romantic relationship. Even her writing seemed to be tacked on as those scenes dont linger but instead are moved to make space for her relationship with Babi. Ironically she is in the same place as Woong was, but with none of the expected struggles. How? I would have loved being shown more of her surviving this (crazy decision). It feels like the drama has become a typical kdrama (still fluffy and cute), but somewhat without the "reality" we saw in the first season. (Also I can understand they are trying to combine the rest of the webtoon events with Babi's storyline because we aren't getting a third season, but I feel like this is not how to do it.)

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Gosh y'all wrote out my thoughts!
I remember reading a comment on the weecap for S1's final episode where it was pointed out that YM relies on relationships greatly and her life without one is boring. I'm glad in S2 they are focusing on her personal life (because relationships arent everything) as well (writer stuff) and yes, I too hoped that her "endgame" would not be a relationship but her personal growth.

But dang, her stingy cell isn't too helpful if she's out here buying pricey coffee while jobless

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Here is my controversial opinion! I love Jinyoung. I love BaBi. I dont love BaBi and Yumi together. I dont ship it. I dont think they have even the tiniest bit of romantic chemistry. And I thought it was incredibly calculating when BaBi told Yumi to go wherever she needed to go during their date without telling her he knew where she was going.
Also! I've been talking about it on my wall but we never see BaBis cells. We see them every now and again but not nearly as often as we saw Wungs. Why is that? I think BaBi is a rebound. Sarang hasn't recovered from Wung and BaBi is hot like fire, has a very touchable tush and adores her so why not?
This has been my UO.

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Also. I thought both eps we're boring and I kinda dislike Yumi a lil bit. Ok. Now I'm done.

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She's relatable-y real though, and the reason for our dislike for her (mine in particular) is likely due to the fact that some of it feels eerily as if we're peeking into a mirror, & seeing ourselves.

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I dont know if I see myself in Yumi (except that we both quit our jobs without a safety net) I don't quite know why I don't really like Yumi this season. I thought she was really petty with Jin Joo. Everything she said was out of concern for a friend but there was nothing friend-like about Yumis rubbing it in her face that Jin Joo had to work and she didn't. Like...it was cruel, necessarily or even mean but watching her glee as her stars came back at her friends expense was just...ick.
And another thing to get off my chest since they seem to be the same.
Yumi seems happy at other people's suffering. That's a lot and not exactly true but also, kinda? When Yumi and Wung broke up she didn't know exactly how bad things were but she knew that something was wrong since he had moved in with her.
And that's when she chose to ask him about marriage? He's literally at the lowest he's ever been--homeless, thisclose to losing him company--and she's the happiest she's ever been? Talking about making this permanent? I know that Wung needs to work on his communication skills but speaking for myself it's embarrassing when life falls apart and the person you should be able to turn to is....relishing in it?
Also. Quitting her job to be a writer just seems stupid. Not because being a writer is a bad goal but how many writers really and truly make their living off of writing? Not everyone is JK Rowling. A woman I used to work with wrote a best selling trilogy and quit her job when the first book came out. She was back before the 3rd came out and had a part time job besides. Isn't the job she was doing, writing creative narrative for the marketing department, the kind of job that people with creative writing degrees ultimately settle for? Teaching or blog posts or this kind of marketing? And who blows up their entire life on a few words of encouragement from the dude you've been dating for six months?
Ok that's it. Unpopular opinions everywhere.

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Oh my goodness I've been thinking the same thing about the general opinion with Woong not telling her. How dense can you be? He sold his apartment and is living with you! But then again in the first season a lot of their interactions were made more complicated because of her jump to assumptions along with inability to view things from his perspective. She's emotionally driven and it's often hard to feel from someone else's perspective. Interestingly he was her top priority, but that's based on her own feelings for him. It was odd to see her say now I wish you had told me about your situation as if she had no idea he was struggling financially. (I think the writing failed there). But then I think of how she is shown to be living her life and I guess that's why she doesnt know? Because she did the same thing Woong did but she's magically okay. Even though technically he's in a better field for solo work than she is and he had a better financial foundation. So she still even in trying to be sympathetic to his situation centers herself in her statement. But oh well. (again this doesnt make me dislike Yumi, just question the writing This was a missed opportunity to have Yumi grow emotional empathy). We can handle Yumi struggling with her dream, I dont think the writers believe that. This season just wants to give us pretty episodes to swoon over. A perfect montage of accomplishing one's dream while having the "perfect" boyfriend. Personally I preferred the "realism" of the first season and I'm slightly disappointed that even though they started by going against the grain, the writers of the drama (not webtoon) caved in and went with what feels like fan service.
This is a side note: but I actually liked her having flaws and even not fully being happy for her friend. That felt real. Yumi still feels real and it highlights how fake and caricature-like Babi feels to me.

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I agree, chibi8535! They are showing Yumi's unlikeable qualities and asking us to like her. The thoughts and behaviors we are uncomfortable admitting we have. I think it's one of the many great features to this drama.

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Jinyoung with the pig, and I screamed 'Look, Babi with a ba-bi'! xD xD
WTH was the H2 landing seriously? The show is WHACK! I honestly thought Yumi (& her dominant right hand) would be aiming somewhere else, but her Naughty-Cell is pretty tame to get a nosebleed from a booty-grab.

But then again, dude's probably doing 50 squats a minute. That booty must be ittt! :P

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I think ep 6 is trying to make us swoon for Babi even more but instead i'm not feeling it. There are only more and more doubts.
I agree with Beanies here. Irl there's no way your partner will let you go to meet someone in the middle of your date, especially with an ex, that easy. You're not asking her questions? Aren't you curious? Isn't it normal that you want some explanation? Why did you interrupt her?
Be understanding is important but communication is also important, maybe even more.

Even though the chaebol parody is funny, i kinda wish Yumi just asked Babi about his family directly. What's so wrong about that?
Plus, you can know someone a bit more from how that person talks about his family.

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No, I think he intentionally let her go, to be the 'big guy'. And he could confidently do it, because he had the advantage of knowing *exactly* who Pat-dol was. PLUS, he's suffering from guilt-conscience because he did not tell Yumi about the accidental run-into Woong.
What he did, asking her to go (& come back quick)... he did for *himself* & not for Yumi. Now, if he did not have that encounter, OR accidentally did not read the text, I'm sure he'd have asked, nonchalantly, where she was going on the 11th hour of Christmas Eve.

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I am really enjoying this second season. I was pleased Yumi didn't go back to wung. the who episode i was like "please don't ruin your current relationship" but i am glad they cleared that up.
The second make out session was swoony and also hilarious. i was laughing so hard i made my stomach hurt. I especially loved how the moons made a *ahem* backside, and the touchdown of the right hand was perfect.

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Episode 5 made me realise that I am still Team Woong after all. I felt more sorry for Woong than I probably would have for Bobby if he had been dumped. Maybe because I still don't know enough about Bobby.
But I thought Yumi handled the situation well.

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I don't want him and Yumi to get back together, but I'm Team Woong as a character. We really got to know him, what makes him tick, how he feels about things. He felt real and Babi doesn't, which is why I can't join his fanclub.

I know this is Yumi's story, but I hope we can check in with Woong down the line and see how he is doing.

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Same here...I really like Woong too for the same reasons! And he has better chemistry with Yumi.

I hope this is not the last we see of him. Sure hope he finds happiness!

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Augh, the guy acting Woong is such a great actor! He literally turns shy & has stars in his eyes, whenever Yumi's in his orbit. And it's been like that since Day 1! ^^

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Yes, that has to go down in history as the best example of speechless when he lost the ability to speak on first seeing her and then when his speech came back it was lame!

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I know that this is Yumis story but it also feels like it was Wings story as well with how much time we spent with his cells. Especially in comparison with how much time we spend with BaBis cells

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I had posted last recap that I would prefer more real world Yumi onscreen and less cells and that's what I got this time around. I get the impression we got so much Woong in this episode because in the *long game* he's still in play. Perhaps a sadder-but-wiser Yumi running into successful confident Woong coincidentally on the beach after heartbreak number 3 or 4.

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Contrast to what other beanies are saying here, the question shouldn’t be on why Babi is agreeing to let her go but instead why Yumi can leave her boyfriend like this. I can’t believe people can say Babi is calculating because he lets her go lol To me, how Babi handled the situation was very realistic and matured, I personally would have done the same. What other choices Yumi left Babi with? Her mentally was already gone that night, she made up her mind and grabbed her jacket on her way out already. What does Babi asking her to stay would do anything? You can’t keep someone physically when they are mentally gone.

Babi isn’t saint, he is hurt, sad and scared he would lose her too. The way he rushed to open the door and his reason/emotion cells are telling him not to let her go already told us he cared a lot. How is that calculating? He’s just a matured gentleman who knows better.

For real people feeling bad for Woong instead of feeling bad for Babi in ep5 truly makes me mad lol You may not connect with Babi as a character but what he went through in Ep5 was unfair and hurtful. Woong’s story and POV got 40 minutes of screen time yet we haven’t even seen Babi’s life once.

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I like the way you put this from Babi’s perspective. The comments on Why her are all about how the younger male characters are dictating to their Noona and despite her greater experience and strong character she is swayed by the male lead. Here, we have a respectful male letting Yumi do what she wants, without needing to hear her explanation, whilst hoping she makes the right choice for their relationship.

I agree that Yumi heading out twice during the one date that is treated as golden for couples and even more so as it is their first Christmas Eve together, is a problem. If she was in his shoes and he had done that to her she would have been steaming.

Yumi was so excited that she was doing a dance because it was her dream date. Yet when Babi offered to go with her which would have got the inconvenient interruption out the way quicker she said no. It will be interesting to see their relationship progression during the midway episodes.

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Thank you! I was so frustrated with some of the comments, but decided I might be too biased.

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"What does Babi asking her to stay would do anything? You can’t keep someone physically when they are mentally gone."
You expressed it perfectly.

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I already said what I think about the romance in WWW, so here's what I think about Yu Mi's dream: I'm worried.

Yu Mi keeps avoiding to think about her current situation. We know she isn't working and she doesn't have a lot of money saved, but she isn't doing anything about it. She keeps having doubts about her decision, but she just ignore them. She doesn't have a plan, and she doesn't have anyone helping her.

I liked that Jin Joo's character cared and asked Yu Mi real questions, because everyone's acting like nothing happened and that is not going to help.

I would feel so much better if she had a part-time job or if she tried to reduce her expenses. Our girl is living like there's no tomorow, but THERE IS.

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Seeing Woong just reinforces that we know nothing about Babi. Who is Babi? All I know is he's handsome, perfect, and a good kisser. I was hoping chaebol heir would be his thing because he totally looks like a rich family's young master, but it was a tteokbokki restaurant. Then I expected a fight over Yumi leaving before dinner, but he and his three cells chose to trust her. Does Babi have no friends like Yumi has no friends?

So perfect it is (for now). I assume that they slept together, or else Naughty Cell wouldn't have woken up all satisfied and wanted seconds in the morning. I'm sorry, but isn't octopus hug better from the placement of her hands? Spinal canyon and planet H2 are good and all, but Right Hand should've gone under the sweater.

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The episodes were definitely swoony enough. But there is definitely something missing in this season. May be a little bit character insight for Babi. I mean he is that cliched boyfriend who exists mostly in novels and of course k dramas. I mean why that cringey meet up with Yumi's parents just to highlight that he is perfect. Its too much perfection. He is too perfect to be real that I can't help but get alarm bells saying he is gonna mess up big sometime in future. I think one of the major reasons why I was invested so much in S1's lovestory was because they portrayed Woong as flawed and that was realistic. I wish they give us some information on who Babi is apart from his time with Yumi.
Happy that Yumi got her closure with Woong and sad that he is going through a rough time. Only if his love cell had kicked the pride cell way long before ......

PS: The whole references during the make out session was fun. Planet H2?? Spinal canyon??? Definitely a new outlook. I won't be able to get that out of my mind anytime soon.

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I'm glad the writers spent episode 5 bringing Woong back into the story. He was a large part of why I loved this series and his chemistry with Yumi is not dimmed even if she has moved on. Season 1 broke my heart so instead of watching I would just read reviews on Season 2 hoping Woong would show up.

I watched this episode and want to thank the writers for showing us that he now knows what went wrong and regrets it. Also glad Yumi admits her faults in the relationship and its doubly ironic that she is now in a similar situation.

I'm satisfied and done with Season 2. I needed closure as much as Yumi and like to think Woong will have a better future without her.

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I don't really like all the fake-outs in this season. Yumi's Cell is not a mystery drama, I don't want to guess. I just want to see her daily life.

I'm curious, in Korea they don't get money when they're unemployed? In my country, if you worked long enough (12 months on the last 2 years), you will get aournd 70% of your salary. If you quit your job, you will have to wait 3 months before (I think).

I like the fact she had the courage to quit her job to write. The fact that Babi always praises her writing helped her a lot. I think Babi and Yumi share more common points than she did with Woong. They like to cook, eat, read, etc.

The first season was interesting because they showed us how Woong and Yumi were thinking and apprehending things differently. Their cells didn't work the same way. In the cas of Babi, it seems their cells work the same way.

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in the US, if you quit or get fired from your job -- you receive NO BENEFITS from the company or government. if you get "laid off" as part of a workforce reduction, then you are eligible for "unemployment benefits".

someone please correct me if i'm wrong...

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Even if you are fired? It's not nice.

In Switzerland, we have an unemployment insurance. You pay it with you salary. We have a difference between the raw salary and net salary. In this difference, there are a percentage to pay your pension at your retirement, the unemployment insurance, etc.

So it's why it's a right to get it if you're unemployed.

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In the US, if you are fired or the company suddenly closes down, you are entitled to claim federal and state unemployment benefits for a period of time in most cases. If you quit, no unemployment benefits.

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I was so nervous as to how they would handle the Woong storyline as I was already so hurt by it but I was so glad to see that they nailed it. Ahn Bo-hyun's acting was spectacular as he nailed the emotions Woong was going through, much to the point where I even started to feel for him at some point throughout the ep (that scene where Yumi told him she was seeing someone else and the way they showed how his entire soul shattered was incredible) despite it leaving a bitter feeling and I did not expect them to dedicate an episode to him, it was, in a way, some type of closure we did not get previously.

On the other hand, the scene where Yumi was doubting the fact if she did the right thing really REALLY hit me as I'm going through something exactly similar and having the same thoughts as her. my god, i've never related so much to a kdrama before!

But yes, Im finding Babi a little too good to be true and awaiting the impending conflict

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I know people watch drama for the conflict, but if you said season 1 is more real than i beg to differ. Yumi x Babi relationship is common too in real life, where 2 people just love each other company without significant issue to resolve. They have a mature, healthy relationship, with lots of skinships and words of encouragement (like do you see they effortlessly love to hold each other hands whenever wherever?! So adorable! And those kisses are so sweet but so hot). When Yumi with Woong she is constantly in anxious mode, and people like it better? Seriously? Just because its more “real”? 😄 Yumi’s Cells is about Yumi’s growth and since her main cell is Love then it is expected that relationship is what affecting her growth the most. Now with Babi she has more time to worry & focus about herself more than when she was with Woong, i think its a good progress of growth.

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👍 I think this is so true but I think it’s part of the difference between a long running webtoon, wasn’t it about five years with the two breaks and a drama which they have already turned into two seasons. So those of us who read the webtoon have the advantage of ‘knowing’ Babi in a different way but the writers must have their reasons for keeping Babi’s world off the screen.

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I’ve seen many matured couples around me, my parents too.. they are mostly like Yumbab right now… I don’t understand they like it more when Yumi is in a relationship where she is constantly anxious, hiding her feelings, sad and mad with sometimes some fluff (but more conflicts than fluff)

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I want to see Babi’s cells so bad, in the webtoon they show up even before YumBab dating, and we can really see how his mind & feelings works. But overall he is just too kind as a person which always put him in trouble 😅. Anyway, i hope they showed his vulnerability in the drama soon, its frustrating seeing people questioning him just bcs he’s too good to be true and seems “fake”, but failed to see how his reason & emotional cell were mad (rational cell even got teary eyes) when they saw Yumi is ready to leave. He is human with feelings after all. He is hurting too but since Yumi already decided to leave without involving how he felt, he must have understood that its uncomfortable for Yumi to talk about it with him (although this is when Yumi took him for granted, she should have asked how Babi feeling if she want to go meet her ex for closure), and he choose to respect Yumi on that, give her that trusts bcs he also know Yumi needed that closure for her, how is that being calculating?? Also i dont see why Babi has to share to Yumi that he met Woong? I mean it’s like what his Emotional cell said, whats good it will do for Yumi to share about how Woong is currently doing. It’s not his place to share it in the first place, like, “Yumi-ya i met your ex boyfriend he is now a programmer and had closed his studio”, and then what? Expect Yumi to call Woong etc.? Lmao weird, maybe its a cultural differences but i dont think he’s guilty for not telling it to Yumi

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I like the way you put this. Thanks for sharing.

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True, him being too kind is his disadvantage. He became too selfless, putting his relationship first before himself ☹️

Many did not notice how Babi’s rational and emotional cells became mad and teary about Yumi meeting Woong… they were too busy sympathising on Woong to notice Babi’s sadness 😫 Hope they show more of his inner feelings from this week onwards

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We can see more of different Yumi’s expression in season 1, cause she was sad, angry, anxious, and restless many times cause of Woong… Woong lied, dishonest, pride, refuse to hear her suggestions and complains, refuse to set boundaries with Saeyi… and many more. Now that Yumi is happy, calm and can focus on her growth as a writer instead of being negative, people say she is not being herself and still find the rocky relationship she had with Woong more cute 😅🤦‍♀️

Many people love dramas and conflicts in a relationship instead of a supportive and healthy one and it shows.. therapy is needed

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I think because most dramas focus on relationship conflict to get the couple together people think that’s the only way for a drama to be interesting enough to watch but I would rather have the drama around the couple than within the relationship itself. That way we can have interesting elements without messing with a good solid relationship. Hospital playlist did this well once the couples were together apart from noble idiocy between one couple. The drama came from the work context or from controlling mum.

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The other problem is most people settle in real life and therefore their relationships are difficult and this is seen as the norm but when people are with the right person like your parents it’s lovely to see. I have a handful of examples of this in real life. Its a shame that more people don’t get to experience this.

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@reply1988

I think you may be the Mr Miyagi of DB.

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I dont think people are asking for conflict. I think they are asking to see flaws. Not in the relationship but in Babi. Read through all the comments and no one is complaining that the relationship is too perfect, but rather that Babi comes across as a caricature rather than a real person. You are right in that many shows give us a harmful and tumultuous image of relationships; that if it's not volatile then it's not real love. But Kdramas also give us these dream-like unrealistic portrayals of partners that are also problematic. There can be balance. Healthy loving relationships aren't because one partner is a saint/perfect, but rather that both people build and work towards a good relationship. The beautiful, quiet relationships that we witness are not made up of flawless people, but rather people who embrace, support and love each other through and sometimes despite those flaws. Ask any of the people in those relationships if they believe that their partners are without faults and they will answer no. Couples usually only think that way in the honeymoon phase of a relationship (which is most likely the case here). Or later when there is a clear power imbalance. But real healthy relationships grow while discovering varying aspects of each partners personality and idiosyncrasies and accepting each other for who he/she/they are as a whole. For example in this show: Babi gets to see Yumi's insecurities and lack of consideration (when she leaves him to go to Woong). He gets to choose to trust and love her through that. How is Yumi supporting and showing Babi loving acceptance of all parts of who he is? We get to see him do that for her.
Side Note: Yumi also encounters anxiety here, because of Babi's perfection and her current jobless state, she's just ignoring both. It almost feels that she is avoiding reality (then again the writers have allowed for that, what happened to her rent increase?).

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I agree with you about showing Babi’s flaws and insecurities.. if I’m not mistaken they’ve only shown once, which was when his cell cried when Yumi chose to see Woong that night. Personally, I feel like there is a wall he, like he is trying to hide himself… so he was never the perfect bf to me. Anyways, there are also people who prefer Yumi and Woong’s relationships instead of healthier relationships like Yumi and Babi’s. I might have been a bit out of place because my comment also covers those which are not from dramabeans only, just reviews I’ve seen in general.

Also, you are right too about Yumi in the webtoon having insecurities because Babi was what she thought was ‘too good’ for her. As of now in the drama, it seems like Yumi do find comfort in his presence. I haven’t read the webtoon, so I’m looking forward to see how Yumi will deal with the insecurities and what is gonna happen to their relationship.

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I think their relationship is still in the honeymoon phase. We tend to hide or present our "best" selves then, wanting to appear "perfect" to our partners. For example Yumi being concerned about how she looks to him and Babi not revealing his insecurities. In the webtoon this eventually becomes problematic, but here I think it's just a matter of how young their relationship is. I can't say that I think this relationship is any healthier than her previous one, simply because she was in a similar honeymoon phase with Woong when they first started as well. I've seen other reviews and I think it's pretty split. I'm just her for Yumi, in fact my opinion is that if we dont get a third season I hope she ends this one alone. Someone above mentioned that it makes sense that since she is emotionally driven her growth happens through her relationship with Babi. Except that emotional drive doesnt have to come from our romantic relationships only. I want Yumi to grow and mature in all aspects of her life for herself not because of her current boyfriend at the time.
Side note: the anxiety I mentioned was not the one in the webtoon, I meant when Anxiety Cell was being interviewed.

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I agree having flaws makes a person human.

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I didn't even realize how much I missed Woong until I saw this eps. I've spent a lot of time and energy caring for him last season that it didn't feel right to leave his story hanging just like that. It's a relief to get some sort of closure on that front. It's also nice to finally clear the confusion around Woong's many perplexing decision during his relationship with Yumi. The fact that Pride was his prime cell made so much things suddenly clicked to place. It explained so much of his communication failure and his disinclination towards vulnerabilities.

To be honest, this week is the first time I felt the possibility to hop on board with the Yumi-Bobby pairing. And that was due to that perfect scene where Yumi told Bobby she needed to go out and he chose to trust her and let her go. It was quiet, understated, bursting with repressed emotions, and a great way to highlight the stark differences between Yumi's dynamic with both Woong and Bobby. It was the first scene where I could feel a sense of vulnerabilities between them as a couple, and somehow it made this relationship felt real with stakes and feelings involved.

Unfortunately, as much as I like their progressing relationship, I can see red warning sign everywhere. It didn't make any sense to me that Yumi tried so hard to conceal their romantic relationship from her friends. There was absolutely no need nor reason for her to do that, especially now that they weren't co-worker anymore. It didn't help that there was such contrast with how eager she was to introduce Woong to her circle back then. Yumi and Bobby's relationship seemed to exist in an isolated, almost-unreal bubble, and that doesn't inspire confidence in the longevity of their love story.

Now on to less serious topic.
I freaking adore the way this season cut through the fireworks-worthy sexual tension between our couple by utilizing some unexpected physical cells and putting them on spotlight. The humor is surprising and slightly unusual, but very much welcomed to balance the awkwardness of having to watch long hot scenes (at least for me). Whether it's the Tongue Cells dancing together, or the right hand's historical landing (which got me in stitches, while blushing furiously), it's something I never knew I needed and I definitely want more.

p.s. That concept about the relativity of satisfaction in life is so on point. In a way, it's weirdly reassuring to know that we can never properly judge others on their level of happiness.

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