Yumi’s Cells 2: Episodes 11-12
Our heroine has a mind to keep clear of her exes, but fate has other plans in store. With relationships re-ignited, new challenges are faced, and we have everything from jealous stand-offs, to heavy suspicion, to true-hearted confessions.
EPISODES 11-12 WEECAP
So. I have no idea what this drama is doing right now, and I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing, either. Yumi’s Cells is about Yumi, yes, but what kind of message is the drama crafting as we head into the final week? Why do I feel like we have five possible endings at this point, and no indication of which one it might be? We only have two episodes left to see which of those five endings actually happens… is that enough time for the writers to convince us that the ending they choose is the right one?
Part of why the drama feels haphazard right now is that it’s spinning an awful lot of plates — though we’ve basically dropped the writing plate in favor of our main romance (which has gone full-fledged triangle mode) and side romance.
We linger on that side romance — Control Z and Ruby meeting, flirting, and dating — for way too long. I’m used to the drama doing this with side characters, and I did like the arc, but also, does this matter enough right now to give it 20+ minutes of our precious airtime? We need to resolve Yumi, Bobby, and Woong, and why the drama is juggling all three of them.
At the start of our episodes, Yumi’s web novel continues to skyrocket, which we’re led to believe is genuine — only to later see that Woong has a dozen accounts that he’s been using to post relentless compliments of the story (and its writer). It’s sweet, but also it feels like it undermines Yumi’s true success, which we know is a thing, so why make it look like it’s thanks to Woong and his Chief Concentration cell?
Meanwhile, Yumi is busy avoiding — and then not avoiding — all the neighborhood spots where she might run into Bobby. She does well for a long time, until one unsuspecting day (when dressed awfully by Fashion Terrorist, natch), she runs into Bobby at the ubiquitous Mauritius Brown PPL coffee shop.
But the drama plays this moment beautifully. Yumi recognizes his scent before he even speaks, and the shock, adrenaline, and emotion in their first exchange in months is really great. Yumi is focusing on appearing nonchalant, but it doesn’t take much for ever-smooth Bobby to break down her defenses by way of a gale force wind in her village.
Following her outside the coffee shop, Bobby says he missed her, while Yumi claims she didn’t miss him. “Liar,” he says, and oof I don’t know why I’m swooning quite so hard, but this scene really got me. I went from wishing Yumi would flee the scene (with her foot cells obedient), to squeeing when Bobby pulled her in for a hug and she sobbed in his arms. This is precious regardless of outcome; they both needed the closure.
I was also glad to see some insight on Bobby here. Finally, we can see the devastation his breakup with Yumi caused, and how he brushed off Da-eun without a second thought, bitterly wondering why he was ever worried about her causing tremors in his village since Yumi was the one who shook him to the core. Bobby also thinks back to how freely he trusted Yumi to go visit Woong during the rice cooker incident, and he wonders, “What would have happened if Yumi trusted me like I trusted her?” Wham! That really hit me. The boy’s not wrong…
We learn via Yumi’s cells that after their coffee shop reunion, she and Bobby decided to try dating again, and the drama picks up its swift pace, boomeranging back into dating life. But, of course, their history follows them.
Yumi is committed but also tentative, while Bobby seems slightly removed and unsure. Also troubling is the fact that Sensitivity is the one who made the decision, with Reason and Love lost in space (literally) after the windstorm of Bobby. Not sure if that bodes well or not. (Also terrifying was when Yumi briefly saw him as the paper doll she once did from season 1.)
Still, Yumi does what she thinks is the right thing, and when Control Z throws her into Woong’s path (again), she tells him outright that she’s dating. Here — somewhat unfortunately — we have Woong and Bobby in a pissing match. It’s humorous and the writing is great as usual, but I didn’t really come to Yumi’s Cells for this…
While Woong and Bobby are exchanging loaded words (i.e., fishbones, rogue arrows, and later full-on warfare), Yumi turns up and quiets the whole thing down, siding and leaving with Bobby. Why does this all feel so not-quite-solid, though? Why is Woong still around, and why is Yumi so soft towards him? And why is she having terrifying dreams of being chased by zombies?
Yumi and Bobby continue to (try to) date, but their love dance gets even more awkward as we reach the final stretch of this week’s episodes. Yumi wants to plan a special day for Bobby’s upcoming birthday, but he tells her he’s off to the U.S. on a business trip. The announcement and the trip are both quite abrupt, and there’s such a huge and fast-moving chasm between the two during the week that he’s away (in fact, it’s giving me Twenty Five Twenty One vibes, and that makes me nervous).
Then it gets a little crazy… because Yumi spots Bobby in the back of a taxi. In Seoul. When he said he was in back-to-back meetings in the U.S. factory. Whattttt! My brain went right where Yumi’s did: why did he lie? What is he hiding? Who is he meeting?
Tension is super flippin’ high as she follows Bobby all the way back to his apartment, and boldly uses his passcode and walks right into his apartment. What will she find? I didn’t know what to expect, but what we found was definitely not it.
No Da-eun. No cheating. Just a super sad lie. Bobby is standing in his dimly lit kitchen, and when he moves towards Yumi we see a bandage on his head and a cast on his leg. Apparently, he was in a car accident on the way to the airport the week before and never told her. Yumi is as hurt as I would be, but it becomes a gorgeous moment where they are both finally honest with each other. Yumi asks if he lied because he regrets getting back together, while Bobby admits he didn’t tell her because he thought she regretted getting back together.
With tears in both their eyes, they realize the doubt they’ve had in each other’s intentions as a consequence of trying to pick up where they left off. And now that they’re finally honest, their true feelings come out. After a passionate kiss (*fans self*) Bobby says, “Yumi… let’s…”
Oh the delay, it’s torturous. Let’s break up? I might have been squinting while I waited for him to finish his line. “Let’s get married,” he says. Cue: a long montage of the two gazing at each other while I sit in shock. Happy shock, but also still shock.
That is one thing I definitely didn’t expect. And, even though Bobby has won me right back over, I’m fairly sure the drama won’t end with these two happily ever after. Yumi’s crucial cells are still lost in space, and though the couple has reached a new level of closeness and emotional intimacy, I’m still not sure.
The drama can feel free to convince me next week — and I half hope they will, because I’m fine with a wedding and a happily ever after couple — but if that is where we are going, why did we need Woong back in the story? And why the story’s sympathetic portrayal of him?
All of these mixed emotions — and mixed signals — from the drama leave me much confused. And like I said before, I’m not sure if it’s a good confusion, or one that makes me wonder where the story is going, and if it will make sense and be buyable when we get there.
Out of the many possible endings rolling around in my head, there is of course the one I don’t even want to mention, and that’s a cliffhanger and a potential third season blowing in the wind. After making our way through 90% of season 2, I can legitimately say I hope they end the story here. I have enjoyed season 2 through and through, but it doesn’t have quite the same magic as before, and I fear the more the story is stretched, the thinner it will become. Come on, Show, let’s end strong!