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Yumi’s Cells 2: Episodes 13-14 (Final)

As we reach the close of our tale, we end pretty much where we started: following our heroine on her journey, all with the feeling that though we’ve shared a few precious years with her, her story isn’t over yet. Somehow, we come to a solid ending that’s hard to be displeased with, but at the same time leaves me feeling unsatisfied.

 
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This sort of drama — and its ending bunch of episodes — are the sort that I would normally sit on for a few weeks until they settled in and I was sure how I felt about them (much like with Twenty Five Twenty One). However, here we are, gathered to share our feelings on the ending of Yumi’s Cells. And at risk of sounding like a spoiled brat, this was my knee jerk reaction to the ending: it ended the way I thought it should, but for some reason I’m still not happy. I don’t love spending the afternoon sighing after finishing a drama.

It’s hard to judge the ending episodes (and by that I mean the last six episodes of season 2) without looking at both seasons of the drama as a whole, so I’ll do that at the end. But first, a quick recap of how our finale episodes went down.

We open up a bit after the tearful and romantic marriage proposal, not learning how it concluded until Ruby and Yi-da do: Yumi and Bobby are engaged! Much like their entire romance, it’s all magical and delightful, from Bobby’s sweet promise that they’ll be happy together, to the fact that they both want a small Hawaii wedding.

To make this engagement even more precious, Yumi finally meets Bobby’s tteokbokki-making father (cameo by Jeon No-min) sans the hilarious chaebol reenactments this time. In reality, his father is standoffish but kind; Yumi quickly wins over “Scrooge Jung” thanks to her authentic appetite — and an intentional projecting of herself as a sweet and doe-eyed young woman (which requires a hilarious Sailor Moon-esque transformation).

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And the sweetness just continues! In our next vignette, Yumi has a cold, and we linger here for quite a bit longer than necessary (is it just me or am I saying that a lot lately?) as her cells fight the invading virus. What we really came to see, of course, is Bobby nursing her like a devoted husband. He’s so tender with her. They feel married already. I’m loving everything about this. Rinse and repeat.

In the same vignette, Yumi meets up with Woong again where he forces himself to congratulate her on her engagement. As usual, we see more of Woong’s cells than Bobby’s… and it’s making me mighty nervous. As does the fact that when she’s asked if she loves Bobby, Yumi literally can’t answer (because the cell that needs to reply is still lost in space). Oh no, what is this show even doing right now? I feel like I’m being toyed with.

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And that feeling only continues when Yumi later sees Bobby’s phone ring, and it’s… Intern Da-eun. Yumi doesn’t bring it up (that we know of), but Bobby sees it and is visibly unhappy and deletes Da-eun from his phone forever. We even learn that Da-eun was drunk and horrified that she even called him. Still, it’s meant to show us the crack is still there in their relationship.

Here the story does a thing I hate, building up the tension of this wait-is-something-wrong-between-our-couple, but then not showing us a thing, and making us wait to figure out what happened. We then skip eight months into the future, which is enough to send any regular drama watcher into a full-fledged panic.

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Sure enough, where we land at this point feels like an Answer Me-esque game of Guess the Husband. Our camera turns again to Woong, who can’t exactly bring himself to open the wedding invite Yumi sent him, and he’s visibly distraught when he sees her apartment being emptied and marches in there himself to see what’s up.

Yumi and Woong meet and he learns that — shocker — Yumi and Bobby have broken up. Again. She’s purchased and is remodeling her dear apartment. And the wedding invite? It was for Dae-young and Yi-da (make that make sense!). It’s about this point where I sighed sadly and said to no one, “I think I hate this show.”

I love a story that keeps me guessing, and that brings a unique lens, which is exactly how I felt during all of season 1. But I don’t love a story that feels like it put a choke collar on me and is dragging me around just for fun. And that’s pretty much how I felt from our time jump onward.

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But wait, was all of that intentional? In our next vignette, we see Yumi struggling to complete her sequel novel, and the online comments play out in a way that’s fabulously self-referential. The online commenters complain: “Why did you even make a sequel? Just end it if you don’t have anything to say!” It’s as if the drama writers can read my mind.

And then, Yumi’s editor wisely says the comments are harsh because the story is ending and her audience is worried it won’t be a happy ending. At this point, I changed my mind — maybe I don’t hate this drama. Maybe they are going to pull it all together since they’re clearly poking at us right now. But that feeling didn’t last long, because even as the final episode ties up, we are still shoved into the guessing game of who Yumi ends up with.

When she loses her laptop with her manuscript (which she didn’t backup, which I can’t even imagine any writer not doing), she goes into a tailspin… but both of her charming and supportive exes are there to help her. Woong sends her a top of the line replacement, while it’s Bobby (whom we haven’t seen for eight months since the dreaded Da-eun call) who comes to her rescue, thanks to some serendipity.

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Bobby’s contacted by the cafe where Yumi left the laptop, and the two go on a wild goose chase of trying to exchange the laptop — all while under the pressure of time, because not only is Bobby about to miss his flight to Singapore (where he’s now been stationed), but this dang drama is about to end and there is still not a pinch of commitment in sight from our writers. They just keep bouncing back and forth between Bobby and Woong, making both seem equally viable as end game. And so, if you’re like me, at this point you’re on the edge of your couch, waiting for them to land this plane.

Finally, we reach what feels like our final arc. Finally, our camera lingers solely on Yumi as we watch her struggle to write and eventually craft the perfect ending for her sequel. And the successful ending of her novel — and the year-end celebration party — is the mechanism that’s supposed to pull together the whole thing.

Yumi’s success and confidence is solid now, and as her cells host their annual Year-End Cell Awards, we see how much gratefulness and warmth Yumi has towards her two exes: Bobby (with whom she’s been sharing thankful texts) as the one who inspired her to dream and supported her; Woong (after she finds out he’s been commenting on her novel) as the other one that always supported her. So, they both win Best Cell awards lol. I’m pleased by this, so why do I feel so… flat?

Yumi muses that even though her relationships with both men are over, their history will always exist. While this is lovely, it also seems unrealistic because at this point Yumi has Woong tripping over himself to help her (quite literally), and Bobby still single but fibbing that he’s not so as not to pressure her. While I can enjoy the fact that both men cherish/cherished Yumi so much, it also seems to me that they would have moved on by now… because Yumi is about to.

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After almost a year since Love cell disappeared, she finally finds her way back to Yumi’s village and is welcomed with open arms (especially after Writer cell abandoned his throne). We are promised that she will now be happy.

Simultaneously, Yumi is introduced to her new editor — a seemingly uptight dude by the name of SHIN SOON-ROK whose presence is only teased at. I don’t have to know the original webtoon to know what’s up here; the drama makes it more than clear. And with that, our drama ends.

And here is where I have to try to wrangle all my thoughts, because while I really like where we ended (theoretically) — with Yumi at our center and her cells adoringly supporting her — the path we took to get there makes less than perfect sense.

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When Woong was reintroduced to the story a few episodes ago, and our drama started flip-flopping between Yumi’s two suitors, I questioned why. I said I’d rather have the story be about Yumi as the sole hero as was promised in season 1. Well, we kind of landed there in the end, so I’m happy in one sense, but also, why all the teasing and red herrings and time jumps and scene cuts, all which quite plainly forced us to focus on Yumi’s ending being about which guy she winds up with? If the heroes were supposed to come and go to help Yumi grow into an even more epic heroine, why didn’t we focus more on that? And if the drama instead yanked our hearts around from Woong to Bobby and back again a million times, finally deciding that the camera was only supposed to be on Yumi, why tease suitor #3 at the end?

Complaints and storytelling confusion aside, I don’t want to end Yumi on a sour note, because it really was a lovely and imaginative drama. With a little more cohesion and a clearer trajectory I think I could have loved it through and through, but unfortunately, the drama’s vignette-like format started to work against it.

All in all, though, the good outweighed the bad, and I’ll definitely take all the laughs, swoons, and wonderful metaphors with me to keep in my own cell village archive… once my Sensitivity cell gets over this finale week, that is.

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I just finished ep13, didn't watch 14 yet and I know this probably isn't a popular opinion but I can understand their breakup and I'm okay with it.
Of course I'm a bit sad but I think she did a good thing by being honest with herself first.
Still have to watch ep14 so I can get a better understanding for things from babi's perspective so I'll read this then.

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I’m disappointed that after adhering faithfully to the webtoon, they didn’t complete the darn thing. Why show us the wedding picture in Season 1 and then never show Yumi’s love story with the groom? With better pacing this season, they could have shown it all. God knows there was plenty of filler. They could have given 8 episodes to Yumi and Babi and 6 to Yumi and Soon-rok, or 9 and 5. All they managed to do was piss off fans of each of the guys lol.

I’m also disappointed that they brought Woong back just to have him pine over Yumi. I know they were following the webtoon, but this is one instance where they could have changed things. Bring him back once to show that he became successful and then send him away. It would have given them additional time for Yumi and Soon-rok. That said Yumi and Woong’s scenes were probably my favorite from these episodes. I think three-and-half years is too long to pine over your ex, but Ahn Bo-hyun always manages to make Woong so endearing.

I was never invested in Yumi and Babi, but I thought the final breakup was handled fairly well and telegraphed a mile away by Love not being there during the whole reconciliation.

Overall, I didn’t think this season was quite as good as Season 1, but I still liked it. The cells are always a treat and Yumi did show some growth.

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Concordo plenamente

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@missvictrix Thank you for reflecting what I am feeling.

I saved this drama to watch after I got through another drama’s ending. I settled in to watch but couldn’t enjoy it because I kept checking how much time was left as there didn’t seem to be a way to end things neatly in the time left. I really was not interested in the wedding scenes as I didn’t care about the couple AT All.
On the whole the drama was great and one that stays in my top 10 of all time for now but…it didn’t end as expected or wanted.

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Oops, this season is already over? And I thought there would be two more episodes. Too bad, I was hoping to at least get a first real glimpse of Shin Soon-rok.

At the beginning of episode 13, I couldn't believe that Yumi actually accepted the proposal. It was so clear that it was made at the absolute wrong time and was a panic decision because Bobby was afraid of losing Yumi.

I liked episode 14 a lot better than the last episodes, I was glad that Yumi had finally drawn a line as it had been apparent for a long time that the relationship with Bobby had no future. This episode brought season 2 to a good end.

While the first season had a common thread, the sequel sometimes seemed not to know which direction it wanted to follow. Some scenes even seemed like gap-fillers (e.g. the episode with the editor).

For Woong's sake, I hope he gets over Yumi in season 3 and becomes happy.
Bobby will find someone else pretty quickly, he's like a butterfly. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me at all if he gets together (or is already together) with Da-eun later on.

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He do and does

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They'll be a season 3 and I'll watch because I love the actress's work but these final eps left me dry soooo dry. Like they should have just left them broken up. I know they were following the webtoon but take some liberties. Babi lied a lot but I never doubted that he loved Yumi. Wong, why did they bring him back to just leave him heartbroken? Honestly, they could have done the first 7 eps with Babi wrapped that up, and introduced the last guy. Why did the writers speed past certain things but add filler with Ruby and that annoying nonsense and the editor getting married, that came out of left field. I just wanted more.

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From what I remember of the webtoon, the show has been very loyal to its content, the only problem is that
1. We don't know if there will be a third season to wrap everything up
2. People don't necessarily know how the webtoon ended

So I can understand viewers who are frustrated with this ending

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I feel like the show wanted to show a mature Yumi and as a drama watcher, I just wanted her to suffer a bit more. Give me more angst. However, looking at now I think the ending was okay. Everyone got an ending that basically said life goes on. It was an okay drama, but honestly, I am mainly hyped in the beginning of the series and lost the momentum towards the end.

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I completely understand your ambivalence, missvictrix. Watching this season I often felt the drama was objectively good and enjoyable to watch. The writing is both funny and poignant, and those cells really grew on me. At the same time, I was never sure where we were going--Would the show follow the webtoon to the end? Would Yumi end up back with Woong? Would Babi prevail?--and so my heart never fully engaged. I was simultaneously rooting for both men and some mysterious third option, and that ultimately made for a less than satisfying viewing experience.

I agree with your point that two (hot, successful, kind) men hanging on to Yumi for so long is deeply unrealistic. Yumi's great, but it wasn't necessary for her ex-boyfriends to hold on so strongly for so long to prove to me that she's great. Their continued all-in devotion started to irritate me as the season went along, and it also made me feel sad for them, which undermined the fun of watching the show.

I'll watch a season 3 if there is one, because I'm curious to see how her final relationship compares to the other two.

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idk. I read the webtoon after watching season1. And I loved the ending of the webtoon. But, I don't like the ending of season 2, especially ep 13 and 14. I can't feel the magic anymore.

I should just read the webtoon again, i guess.

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I didn't like this season at all. Someone should've told me that this season was going to be about Yu Mi's Boys not Yu Mi's Cells, that could've saved me some time.

This season felt like watching anime filler episodes, tbh.

Nah, those fillers are less messy. This was like "main character needed motivation to follow her dreams, and the easiest way to give her that motivation was through a boyfriend, right? But wth are we going to do with a male character now? Idk, let's just say they dated for a year. Now let's break them up, since there's nothing else happening. Now what? Love triangle always works, where's her ex? Wait, but wasn't this about her being a writer? Oh right. Omo, but we need to end this... Uhm, let's get all this men out of the picture and say she wrote two stories and that she's successful. But also that she's ready for new love. The end."

Why make such a meaningful first season if now they were going to make... this?
I'm so frustrated.

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So I’ve not watched any episodes the last 2 weeks because I felt it was going back and forth between Babi and Woong too much. And I did mention that now I’d like a BL with these two, 😂.

So until I’m guaranteed a 3rd season to wrap this up, I think I’ll just keep these on hold for now.

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Glad I went ahead and read this recap instead of watching epis 13 and 14 themselves. Now, I may never watch them and would just treat epi 12 as the finale. I haven't read the webtoon and now I probably never would since its fans kept saying the drama "adhered" to it. lol. I might hate it.

The writers really milked Babi for all he's worth, squeezed him dry, and we are supposed to feel better because Yumi's cells gave his cells the Best Cells award? (eyeroll) I'm glad that they broke up, what I hated was how the writers hinted at him fibbing so as not to worry Yumi (triple eyeroll here). You should have let the man move on. Webtoon fans kept saying he will move on as he is like a "butterfly" but I wish the drama showed that at least, with a better woman than Yumi and DaEun.

Thank you for the recap, @missvictrix. The screen caps too. I would surely miss JY's warm smiles as BaBi now that the drama has ended.

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Also, webtoon fans kept saying that the drama gave Shin Soon Rok scenes to Babi and this made Babi shine more. WTH, drama??? Why would you do that? Maybe there won't be a 3rd season and the drama just decided to keep the ending open, what with Yumi having meaningful interactions with her exes and the hint of a new man entering the scene. I was told that Love cell said she wasn't sure if she returned to the village a few days ago (when she had a meaningful interaction with Babi) or if she returned Christmas eve (when she met the new editor). WTH, drama?? Nope. Imma put epis 13 and 14 on hold then.

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I read the webtoon. Babi drama is way way way much better (bec. writers gave him some of Shin Soon Rok parts) and in ep. 12 Yumi said that she did not regret getting back to Babi (not in webtoon) I felt cheated and really annoyed and also heart broken.

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IKR. I'm grief-stricken. My heart broke for BaBi. They used him so much but they didn't bother showing his village anymore after reuniting with Yumi... Would have been nice to see his village for the last time to know what was going on inside of him. Instead they showed that friggin wedding.

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Thank you so much for these wonderful, insightful recaps!! They were a lot of fun to read and helped me get caught up with the show.

Sadly, I cheated after Season 1 and went and read the web-toon so I already knew how her relationship with Bobi would fare (I had to, since I was traumatized by her breakup with Woong lol), so for this season, I was mostly following to see if they'd cover her meeting with Soon-Rok and delve into their relationship at all (I especially wanted to see which actor would win the coveted role.) Now that I see it went in a different direction entirely, I was saved all that extra drama/love-triangle nonsense, and avoided an extra 3 hours of disappointment!

If Season 3 is ever announced, I'll happily go back and watch the last handful of episodes . . . but for now, I'm content to remember it for the sweet, funny, inspiring show that it was. I'll definitely miss those adorable little cells. :)

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I was like you and went to the webtoon because it felt too abrupt an ending to a season. I was happy with the webtoon ending although I didn’t warm to Soonrok as a person because I liked Babi way too much and felt his character demise was wrong and they should have been together.

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I feel bad for Babi because he really didn’t do anything wrong except for unfortunately clashing with Yumi’s #1 dealbreaker 🥺 The reason is, it is normal and ok to be attracted to someone whether you’re attached or married, as long as you don’t ever act on it.. because it’s only human to have feelings… and Babi did not once even act on his weakness and even went the extra mile to move away from Daeun.

I’ve been reading comments online and no one feels bad for Babi (except for 2 comments below). Many call him a cheater/ an emotional cheater. This is upsetting. Like WHEN did he cheat?!?? 😤 He was just tempted for one moment and he did not act on it by finding opportunities to be with Daeun. He apologised for having those feelings and said that he didn’t wanna hurt Yumi and even “changed” for Yumi by telling Daeun to leave and also even deleting her contact… so how else he could have “improved” his behaviour?

On top of this, he is genuinely kind and considerate to Yumi, treats her as his priority and puts her first etc and I feel such a waste that the show tramples on such a good guy’s character like this!!! I saw 1 user who commented below how the show milked Babi… How true. They conveniently cut him off after the engagement and because Yumi does not love him in return (as her love cell was in space). WHAT?!! Even we know Woong made a mistake of his pride that rightly led to their break up… but what did Babi do but just wait for Yumi!?

I do understand from a female’s pov that our guy being attracted to other lady (albeit momentarily) is a very hurtful situation that makes us insecure. But look… a break up just because of that without talking it out? Like Babi said, how easy was it for her to just break up like that?

If I can summarise, it’s just a fatal mismatch between the both of them. And Yumi could not take the hurt, so she left. I hope Babi sooner or later he will meet a girl who doesn’t have the trauma/dealbreaker Yumi has and who understands that he is not a cheater who acts on his temptations, so I hope that’ll be a good ending and justice for him :’)

At the end of the show, I empathise and side with Babi more cus I feel he really did everything he could on his part already for Yumi, right to the very end where he told her he has a gf so she does not feel bad/burdened by him; parallel to when he was in the hospital and didn’t wanna worry her.. I really believe he did everything he could to make her feel loved and secure. Hence I feel that in this show, he gave the most, but has the greatest loss, and that itself is an unjust tragedy to me for such a creature of love….. he deserves so much better 💔

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I think you deserve the title of President of the Yoo Babi fanclub 😄
I totally agree with you about him making the right decision with how he reacted to Da Eun but I wish he would stop telling Yumi what she wants to hear and just tell her the truth instead. How is she ever supposed to trust him if she's never sure if he's telling her the truth or a pretty lie?

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I've been reading up on MBTI. Maybe he falls under the ENFJ personality type --- he is a Protagonist

"Protagonists’ secret weapon is their purity of intent. Generally speaking, they are motivated by a sincere wish to do the right thing rather than a desire to manipulate or have power over other people. Even when they disagree with someone, Protagonists search for common ground. The result is that people with this personality type can communicate with an eloquence and sensitivity that are nearly impossible to ignore – particularly when they speak about matters that are close to their hearts."

"When Protagonists care about someone, they want to help solve that person’s problems – sometimes at any cost. The good news is that many people are grateful for Protagonists’ assistance and advice. After all, there’s a reason that these personalities have a reputation for helping others improve their lives."

"When Protagonists fall for someone, they tend to fall hard – and they’re not coy about it. Protagonists are among the personality types that most readily express how they feel, so they often find themselves making the first move, rather than playing games or waiting for reassurance that the other person feels the same way.

In the dating world, Protagonists’ willingness to put themselves out there can be refreshing and more than a little unusual. This, along with the intensity of their passion, is incredibly appealing to many people. That said, because Protagonists do so often make the first move, they may encounter their share of rejection as they search for a kindred spirit."

"Even on the first date, these personalities may steer the conversation toward weightier topics. Protagonists don’t just want to find out what TV shows someone watches – they want to get a sense of their partner’s dreams and aspirations, the changes they hope to make to themselves and to the world. And as the relationship deepens, Protagonists take pride in supporting their partner to make good on these dreams."

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That totally sounds like Babi. He pushed Yumi to achieve her dream of being a writer.

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Hahaha I love your username!!! Yay team Babi! <3

I think IOAN has rightly pointed out that his behaviour has got to do with his core personality as an ENFJ. He was born and biologically wired this way and thus his naturally nice behaviours are his own ways of survival mechanism in this world. Hence, it is not natural for him to tell Yumi because in his mind, there was nothing to hide and he did not want to burden her. As the show portrays, he has always been overly considerate of her feelings (even taking off his own couple ring when he thought she was burdened). I saw this comment elsewhere too:

"The bottom line is that Yumi is far more important to Babi than his coworker and though he was shaken a tiny bit by her confession (which startled and bothered him) he didn't show signs of excitement, happiness or longing for her. I think his feelings were more of confusion and a sense of fear of a "possible temptation" however an "intimate" relationship wasn't in his dreams or even radar with her. Again, the bottom line is that Yumi is the one he loves and all relationships on any level are complex."

And also:

"These thoughts can happen and they are normal.
The difference is that you must be a mature adult and not act on these feelings. Babi did just that. He thought Da Eun was cute, and then he immediately realized this situation was becoming dangerous to his
relationship with Yumi. That is why he tried to solve it by moving and avoiding her completely."

Unfortunately, it is the lack of transparency (albeit good intentions) that bothers her, even more so when that clashes with Yumi's high level of insecurities.

I saw another comment that says:

"Do you go see a doctor every time you sneeze? That'd be similar to communicating everything to the girlfriend from the get go. "I also sometimes look at other handsome men and think they're cool" -- Yumi's Love Cell, Ep. 10"

I thought his makes a lot of sense!!! If her insecurities bother her a lot, I feel that it is only fair for her to convey her expectations to Babi since this incident was the FIRST time it happened, and only from then she would be able to experience his true sincerity. I am sure that despite Babi's weakness of easily being swayed, because he loves Yumi so much, after this incident he would have put up more guard rails around females to protect himself from stumbling from them, and to protect their relationship. I am sure he would learn how to openly communicate his true feelings to Yumi (despite the difficulty of his personality) because it is important to her and because he loves her.

Yumi gave up on Babi so easily just like that instead of trying to communicate deeper in order to build their relationship because of her hurt and trauma. This is quite an unhealthy way of dealing with issues. They would have worked things out together as Babi was so ready to resolve things and be teachable, but she just left.

In the end, when a couple...

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Oh my last part got cut off!!

Cont: In the end, when a couple comes together, it’s bringing together 2 sets of separate personalities and past decades of experiences/baggages into the relationship, and open communication and mutual effort to work out the relationship is extremely vital in keeping any relationship healthy. I guess what the show is ultimately showing us is also the reality of painful breakups and no couples can solve problems perfectly :')

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"Yumi's high level of insecurities"

Agree! She showed this throughout the 2 seasons but what convinced me was the scene where her mind made stories about how BaBi is from a rich family and this devastated her enough to wonder if she should continue dating him as it would be so burdensome (to date a rich guy). I thought, gosh Yumi is a real nutcase.

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I totally agree. It was ridiculous to break up with Babi for being slightly tempted by Da Eun. It seems like Yumi just really didn't like Babi that much since she was able to break up with him so easily. Perhaps she was more just infatuated with him. Her Love Cell wasn't the one to make the decisionto date him after all. It was the Babi fanclub that made the decision.

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Totally agree with you. From the start, Yumi's Love cell wasn't 100% on board on the relationship and just accepted the other cells' decision to date him. That would be the only reason why it was that easy for her to break up with him. She just accepted him coz he was always there for her, made her feel confident. It is a good feeling, after all, to be loved and adored.

Jinyoung played the role so wonderfully well and had me falling for BaBi. I dunno which stage of grief I am in now lol

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I really liked Babi and I am angry at how they treated him, milking him for all he's worth. I agree that he is not at fault coz he never acted on the temptations. he is not a cheater, just human.

"I do understand from a female’s pov that our guy being attracted to other lady (albeit momentarily) is a very hurtful situation that makes us insecure. But look… a break up just because of that without talking it out? Like Babi said, how easy was it for her to just break up like that?"
I agree, which makes me doubt Yumi's feelings for him. Might be that she didn't really love him. Their 2nd breakup wasn't his fault too but Yumi's lack of love cell... that or she has some form of personality disorder. I feel really bad for Babi.

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I agree with you! Yumi has some issues within herself. In yumi’s case, she definitely has insecurities and trust issues (e.g comparing herself with Daeun’s appearance the first time she chanced upon her). For Yumi to give up on Babi so easily just like that instead of trying to communicate deeper in order to build their relationship… it sounds like she’s either completely selfish or that she just needs healing and therapy from an unconscious past trauma (e.g because of how her ex Ugi cheated on her)… It is definitely an unhealthy way of dealing with things. I think it may be because she acted in an irrational form of self defence to protect herself from being hurt again by breaking up immediately as her trauma reaction resurfaced. I am upset with how she treated Babi but I also find it hard to blame her for behaving this way if it is due to her past trauma :(

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I don't think Babi had any intention of cheating, but he made the situation seem worse than it was by lying about when he first started liking Yumi, not telling her his real reason for moving and not answering when she asked if he had been shaken by Da-eun. I know he was trying not to hurt her, but he does need to learn to be more transparent.

Ultimately, I don't think there were any bad guys in either break up. Sometimes certain things are just a deal breaker. Sometimes you don't love someone enough to stay in a relationship.

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THIS! 100%

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I agree with this comment, she never loved Babi which is why it was so easy for her to leave. She had even packed her things before she confronted him

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I read through this thread and I still can't understand - will there or won't there be a season 3?! Has it been confirmed or just rumours?

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My understanding from the various comments on this thread is there were only ever going to be two seasons but it made more sense with the way they spent time on the two not going to happen relationships that the third season would be about her fame and fortunes and final partner. Especially as the gap between the two seasons was to help the audience cope with the break up of Woong. So I was interested to see how they were going to prevent that happening with Babi as I was always in the Babi fan club from the webtoon and drama. I really thought they were going to go off script and have her marry Babi at one point.

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There has been nothing confirmed and the rumors are that this is it. This was meant to be one long season but they decided to split it in two, so a third season was never in the plans. I'd be surprised if there is another. They filmed the first two back to back but everyone has moved on to other projects and TVING hasn't been boasting about the show bringing them new subscribers, as far as I know.

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I think one long season or a much shorter gap would have been way better for them and us the audience.

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Show me Soonrok's face! Who plays him?

This drama did such a disservice to Babi's character. How is it that the last two episodes had none of Babi's cells? Heck, Woong's cells got more screen time than Babi himself did. What was the point of giving Babi so many of Soonrok's scenes? It's not as if Babi didn't have his own scenes in the webtoon. Not only did we never see his prime cell Detective Cell, but he had all of five cells and zero backstory. He was barely a character.

Congratulations, Da-eun, you just broke up his relationship twice. Poor Babi got broken up with, and it wasn't even his fault this time. I was relieved he knew Yumi's door code to be able to nurse her cold, but I can’t with how time skipped their relationship was.

At least Yumi's cells acknowledged him with the Best Cell award because no matter how you feel about Babi, he was the biggest contributor to Yumi's career change. He has always supported her even before they were dating and after their breakup. Babi is the reason why Yumi is a writer.

So in the end, neither of her exes moved on.

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you can find the guy who played SoonRok (Epi 14) on IG. He's Jeung Hoon (IG: jeunghoonn)

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Shin Soon Rok should be Gong Yoo. i wanted to see that, knowing i would literally scream....

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If the end of the drama season 2 is just the end of the season then I can accept the open ending. But if the end of season 2 is the end of the drama and season 3 is not going to be, I don't like the ending. In addition, being aware of the existence of a webtoon, where the fate of the characters continues. In Season 2, I remember best the breakup scenes, good character chemistry, good acting of all actors. Unfortunately, it remains with the impression that the scriptwriters did not cope with the task of satisfying the viewer. Not in the sense of a happy ending, but in the sense of clearly communicating what were the motives of all the characters. Cut scenes, playing with time in the narrative made me sometimes have to go back to certain scenes to make sure what event was after what. In the case of one characters, Babi, there was one more tiring element of unnecessary mystery in my opinion. As a person with psychological background, I understood where his behavior comes from, but I doubt that many people will judge it properly. I apologize if I insult someone with this statement, but with this character the plot should really be more specific, without any understatements, because when I see this character's defense online, I am sorry how easy it is to manipulate people through the TV broadcast. I have to write it. Women, run as far as possible from men with the same personality and behavior as Babi. Don't defend this type of character in fiction. This type of behavior perpetuates social stereotypes to hate women because they have underestimated the efforts of the "ideal". What I see in this figure is the manipulation of the viewer's feelings. I am writing this about the character, so please don't think that I have anything against the actor. Personally, I really appreciate Park Jin Young's talent and I think he will make a big career as an actor. And I think that it was his talent and the charm that he conveyed to Babi that made many viewers get caught up in this character. In terms of manipulating the feelings of viewers, there was really a lot in this drama. Apparently nothing new with k-dram, but here I felt it to a greater extent. I remember the scene at the end of Episode 12 especially well. The audience felt very good, if they were expecting another breakup, that should have happened then. Words about marriage were illogical and only served to evoke strong emotions in the viewer. Positive or negative. In the last episode, Yumi spoke to her editor, and it struck me that the drama directly admits that it doesn't know what ending to present. The words about mean comments show that the authors of the drama, at the time of writing the screenplay, were too focused on the opinion of future viewers instead of creating a script they would be happy with. It is never a good thing when creativity is created under the pressure of the audience's opinion. If the creator does not have the strength to create his work with the thought that this...

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work is his, and the recipient can only evaluate but not interfere with the work, the creator is doomed to failure. So I didn't like the scenes where the drama makers justify themselves to the audience by showing that they felt the pressure. As I wrote, the creator has to create a work of his own that will be able to defend it. Here I saw a plea that viewers should not be too harsh in judging.

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I agree that the ending of a season and the end of a show is very different and knowing there has been a season per boyfriend, so far, does make it seem like a three season show makes more sense than a hint of boyfriend number three then end.

However, the balance between leaving the story to unfold without us witnessing it and leaving too many things open to interpretation is a tough one to get right.

There are plenty of shows that could go on indefinitely like US type shows where the characters daily lives in and out of work could carry several seasons e.g. Hospital playlist could be like ER was back in the day.

Dramas like Twenty five, twenty one could have done a When love blooms and had half the story with the youth years and half in the adult world or only stayed in the youth part of their lives.

With Yumi’s cells they could have done the equivalent of an equal number of episodes within the 28 on each of the boyfriends and on Yumi’s development when she was single or divided season 2 with space for the second and third boyfriends if they wanted to go a full season on Woong. I can’t remember the ratios for the three in the webtoon but Woong definitely had a serious chunk.

I wonder how the writers felt playing with a much loved webtoon and although they did follow it closely moving some things around and also added elements.

Babi’s character in K drama land is not unusual there are plenty of friends to lovers and second leads that are similar to Babi and are part of the pull for the audience it does not mean that we think all men should be like this in real life. There are plenty of affectionate, considerate men and women who don't know how to talk about their feelings or have coping strategies that are not helpful for healthy relationships in real life too. The situation can be talked about and people can live happily.

It is a two way process to talk these things through and this is what led to the numerous comments about this during this season and I am sure they are similar to the reactions we get when the noble idiocy trope is rolled out. We viewers have invested time and energy into the show and we often want what’s best for the characters. We only get a glimpse of the characters lives and certain elements are highlighted and others are missing. Having the audience view we can see how ‘easy’ it is to manage the situation and therefore we offload in the comments sections often because we don’t have friends in real life who get K drama.

It’s all the fun and games of watching fiction and I doubt anyone is taking this seriously whatever our day jobs.

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Season 1 is in my Top List of best kdramas. Season 2 did not make it. While I like it enough to watch till the end, with many moments that made me tear up or flutter, the last 2 episodes left me with questions and frustrations. (I did get my Soonrok tease. It wasn't satisfying though. Can't they give me a face?)

While I cannot deny Bobby played such a huge role in Yumi's career as a writer, I really wish that Yumi's writing cell got an award. I mean, if Yumi didn't write, even with Bobby's belief in her skills, nothing will come out of it. We all saw how her Writing Cell struggled in the beginning. This cell was resurrected! I am so proud of this cell for trying again.

I would give Woong the award for giving life to Yumi's Love Cell. She loved again, so fully and completely. She made a giant leap. I love to see her interactions with Woong, as much as I wish he doesn't appear so often. They suck me in.

One question: Why was Love Cell lost in space? Who/what brought her there? What brought her back? Is this destiny? A mysterious selection? A mysterious power? Or it chemistry? It's whether you love the guy, or you don't?

Best Season 2 scene is Yumi's interaction with Love Cell, whom Yumi held in her palms, comforting her, telling her to step back (and rest). She had worked so darn hard. Yumi realised that happiness comes in many forms. I am so proud of Yumi at that moment, for finally realising what is truly important to her.

I love the Nurse Bobby scene too. It was so tender. Yumi was funny when she keeps repeating Hawaii in that dazed state, in disbelief. Who wouldn't be overjoyed when a dream may come true.

Finally, I enjoyed reading the comments. Many gave insight to the characters, especially Bobby, when the show couldn't do as much for him, this season. I don't mind if there is no S3.

The artists and voice actors did a wonderful job.

Goodbye and thank you.

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I still loved s2 of this show but the 1st season was still better in terms of plot and storytelling pacing. The ending did feel both satisfying (Yumi's growth & not needing to be with a guy) yet incomplete (They still teased Soonrok's character)😅 I was imagining a more telling open-ended scene similar to Itaewon Class with Jang Na Ra & Park Bo Gum where they just met but you know that sparks were going to fly between them in the future..💕

I did appreciate how they showed Woong & Babi's impact in Yumi's life despite not being togethe anymore. Especially when Yumi found out that it was Woong who left a lot of positive comments on her webtoon, she wasn't offended but rather appreciated it as it cheered her up at the time😁 I understand though that if you haven't read or spoiled yourself with the webtoon, it would be frustrating that Yumi ended up with neither of the 2 guys that this season advocated for her.. in the end, I think that it was important that they showed Yumi being okay & having moved on from both as a good closure to these relationships😊 I just wish that they showed Yumi as a "single" person more like eating alone at restaurants but not caring because the food is delicious, travelling, meeting up with Yi Da and Ruby, etc. aside from just focusing on her writing career..😅 But overall, I still loved this show & the soundtracks!

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With the caveat that I didn’t watch all of season 2, there’s been one thing bothering me about this show since season 1. Where are her cells that are interested in and care about other people outside romantic relationships? Other women are just competition. Her cells are never occupied with worries about her parents. We see no concern about people in difficult situations around her. It really bothered me. Where is her humanity empathy cell? I love romcoms but this seemed obsessively focused on honing in on only that part of life in a way that made Yumi feel selfish to me.

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As she reviewed the people she was grateful to at the end, I really missed a reference (even a quick one) to her parents.

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No news about Season 3 yet. I haven't read the webtoon (and probably wont until I know the series is done), but with P.O's recent enlistment, and Jinyoung enlisting next year, maybe the producers can't go forward with a 3rd season until they're discharged. Kind of OK with the open ending with the focus being on Yumi's individual happiness over who she ends up with. Babi truly stole my heart though, and I don't know if I can handle Yumi being paired with yet another guy. If Season 3 does go forward, I think Jung Hae In is the only actor that I could see pulling my heartstrings as a possible new love. Things I wish the show didn't leaving hanging:

1. Woong's mysterious trunk from Season 1

2. Why did Babi's memory of when he first started liking Yumi warrant his Love Cell getting knocked out and the cells responsible burning the scroll containing that memory. Babi and jackets came up several times, but that memory remained a mystery

Season 2 did a great job looking back on issues that the characters had going all the way back to season 1. If there's a third season, I hope all loose ends are tied up well.

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Halfway through this season I stated seeing Yumi as the villain. You don't walk out on a date with your boyfriend without explanation in order to secretly see your ex-boyfriend. You don't just dump your boyfriend on Xmas eve without explanation. You don't so traumatize your boyfriend that he hides a car accident because he's scared you'll walk just like you did last Xmas if you found out. You don't provoke your boyfriend into proposing just to keep you from leaving. You don't agree to marry someone then break up with them the next week out of ennui. BAD Yumi, BAD BAD BAD. I fear for future last scene boyfriend.

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Exactly! :) Feel free to read my thread comments below (number 15) as I, alongside with some other users, dwell deeper into why both Yumi and Babi behave in the way they did! We share the same sentiments with you!!

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I saw a tweet a few days back, that in ep. 12 time stamp 1:06:20 Babi said "saranghamnida" and Yumi said "na-do"

Sadly I can't find the tweet 😂 and I went back to the video but I can't lip-read.

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No me gustó el final porque aún tanto Whon cómo Baby aún la quieren y ella es muy desconfiada en ella misma no en ellos .Wol no tendría que haber aparecido sufre por ella y Baby se le nota en el aeropuerto que aún la ama . No me gustaría un nuevo novio si hacen 3 era temporada me gustaría que se quedara con algunos de los ex . Aquí en llegó al final toda la historia no significó nada.....porque termino como empezó y así seguirá su vida? Las cosas no cerraron entre ellas o cualquiera de los ex . Siempre quedó como algo abierto ,una duda ,preguntas si respuestas .

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Not surprised by the ending. It was one of the top 3 I had envisioned anyway. One of my gripes though, is that the exes didn't seem to move on the same way Yumi did. Woong more so than Babi.

The Good:
I'm glad that at the end of the day we saw Yumi's journey, and even without a romantic partner, she still felt content and fulfilled.

The Bad:
I really wished they would have shown Woong move on [I have a soft spot for him, if it wasn't obvious]. I think Babi did it much better than Woong.

The Ugly:
These last few episodes...We could have totally swapped the last 4 episodes to show a successful Yumi, enjoying life on her own for an episode or an episode and half. Introduce Soon Rok in the latter half and dedicate the last 2 episodes to see successful Yumi, and Yumi falling in love plus that final image of her cells revealing a married Yumi with her last love.

Perhaps, the show intended to leave an open ending for hopeful fans? BUT -
-Just meeting Soon Rok who she barely rememebered couldn't have had that effect on her [bringing back her love cell]. If she barely remembered meeting him. Unless something else that we didn't see happen.
-When she met with Babi, despite their break up, they both seemed okay with their relationship. And technically Love Cell was pressured by the Babi club, so doubtful that she returned because of him.
-With Woong...my inner romantic would say that there were some hints and there is the possibility of them reigniting the spark [he re-awakened her Love Cell, and they both loved fully. Plus he was ranking up in her priority list]. However, it's still unlikely, since he's been lurking for a while and Yumi hasn't wavered.

The drama was okay, but season one is still my favorite and most memorable.

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I started getting creeped out when the series became more self-referential. Yumi's quest for a literary life results in her scripting webtoons? Those are some surprisingly low literary aspirations. The webtoon girl magically gets super-successful and she's juggling two hot men? Men who, in the end, lovingly bask in her glow, unable to move on from her radiant self. It seems the author was writing fan-fict for HERSELF.

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Just finished season 2 of Yumi’s Cells and just wanted to say thanks for the fab recaps. I read them after watching the whole thing and feel reassured that my frustrations with the show were shared by many of you.

I’m a bit different from many of you in that I LOVED BaBi sooo much. What an amazing kisser he was (ahem!) and how very attentive and caring and just lovely.

The writers seemed to want to confuse his character for some reason … probably cause of the laws of kdramas where the break up is inevitable.

The whole tremor and earthquake thing was daft and out of character … we saw what happened with that annoying girl who was old enough to know better but got away with being referred to as a kid - grrr! Someone said she was like the girl from fight for my way and I didn’t think it was possible but this one was more annoying.

My take on the tremor and earthquake was that maybe Babi felt bad because he should have known how she felt and maintained a distance. Maybe he was lonely and enjoyed the company on the drives but I think that was all it was and it was innocent from his perspective . I think he may have felt bad that she had to change jobs and leave home because of him and he didn’t notice sooner so didn’t take a step back. He genuinely didn’t seem to want to make other uncomfortable or put them out did he? I wonder if that it might have been the first time someone had been as forward with him and put him in the position of being chased/wanted as pesky girl said stuff to him that she wanted to know him more and that’s what he’d said to yumi. Yumi always seemed a tad distant with him despite them dating. She didn’t like when wung didn’t talk to her but she did the same to Babi. His honesty was good to see and he didn’t try and lie his way out of situations. The only disappointing thing was that he didn’t go back to Seoul if his own volition but because he was called. But again, maybe that’s part of his not wanting to put people out trait.

The whole thing of Yumi not trusting him was a good to see him react to but even that wasn’t given the attention it needed especially as we know that he trusted her like in the rice cooker epi. It’s like the writers didn’t like him so made him do things that were out of character but never bothered to explain why. yumi also heard pesky girls words but didn’t really give him a chance to explain.

Why did the writer decide to hide the memories when she asked him why he liked her? I imagine he liked her since he first appeared in season 1 and the umbrella episode maybe

He seemed the type to not put other people out and I wonder if Wung’s words hit him hard at the hospital. After getting back He avoided yumi for her sake to not make her uncomfortable and she avoided him for her sake which is kinda how the dynamic seemed to be

He totally helped her find her dream career and gave her the confidence to go for it. But we never saw that returned.

I remember...

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I remember the huh!??! Feeling At the end of season 1 and feel similarly frustrated at the end of this one.

Apologies for my random mumblings But glad to have read your eloquent recaps and articulate comments. Thank you! Def made the show more interesting even though I aught up here after watching the whole thing.l thru

Jinyoung is a fabulous actor and such a good kisser … did I say that already 😍 so hope he gets some more meaty roles where the character isn’t quite so mistreated by the writers

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This season was quite disapointing. The first one was fun because we could see how both characters were thinking and reacting.

For this one, it didn't make sense that we barely saw Babi's Cells but got the editor's ones... So it was a one sided season, with Babi being just there. It's sad because he did so much for Yumi. He's the one who always pushed her to become a writer. He gave her name in their compagny to write things for them, then she changed department, she quit her job to be a writer. When she was failing, he was there for her, never asked her to change her mind, etc.

I think the end made sense because it was really weird how we never saw some scenes : when they got back together, when she said yes to his proposion. The fake business trip was so bad, it didn't make sense at all for Babi as a character and Yumi continuing with him...

Woong shouldn't come back in this season, he brought nothing to the story. I wasn't a fan of the side characters.

Kim Go-Eun was great as Yumi! 🥰

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I absolutely love the webtoon and even I cannot deny that everything from breaking up with Babi to meeting Soonrok was filler max! I adore Soon-rok. I wish the webtoon had spent more time on his arc and less on Babi's. So I'm actually glad that we get a separate season with him. I liked his character very much and I hope the show delves into it as well. And while S2 is pretty much hit or miss, I cannot fault the writers for letting Jinyoung shine so brightly as Babi. He did a stellar job, I almost forgot about the webtoon Babi (who was so dull to me lol).

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