Is it the beard?
Episode 3 of Yumi’s Cells begins with Yu-mi forcing herself to laugh through Gu-Woong’s awful jokes. Thankfully their coffee is ready, with Gu-Woong keeping the conversation flowing by discussing what he’s working on back home.
While it looks like the date is going well, in Cell Land Hunger strikes. And just in time too given Emotion and the other cells are so tired. Hilariously, Hunger plays a flute which is what causes her stomach to rumble.
Gu-Woong hears this but pretends he doesn’t, encouraging Yu-Mi to join him at a restaurant of his choice. In fact, she absolutely loves the food there too, wolfing down the dishes. This is enough to win over a lot of the cells – except Emotion. She keeps her guard up despite Gu-Woong hitting all the right notes.
Thinking on his feet after the dinner date, Gu-Woong suggests they go to the park and check out the frogs. While there, one of the workers asks if they’re a couple. While a bit awkward to begin with, Finance kicks in for Yu-Mi and focuses on how much money she can save if she says yes. Well, one thing leads to another and the pair snap a couple photo together, which Yu-Mi decides to put up on social media.
This singular act attracts the attention of Ru-Bi, who immediately rings Gu-Woong and asks what’s going on. Gu-Woong reassures her and ends the conversation quickly, keeping his focus on Yu-Mi. As they talk, Gu-Woong admits that he thinks Ru-Bi is weird, especially given the girl refers to herself in the third person. It’s enough to make Yu-Mi giggle – properly this time – and let her guard down a bit.
With the date going so well, Hysteria shows up in Cell land and presses the mood lever down, sending Yu-Mi into a depressive downward spiral. Because of this, she suddenly skips out and decides to go home.
While abrupt, this seems to b a knee-jerk reaction to her starting to date again and she left to save herself any heartache. Unfortunately this has the knock-on effect of making Gu-Woong worried and wondering why she’s not replying to his messages.
GuWoong immediately heads online to search but jumps to conclusions, believing it’s because of his beard. After shaving it off, Yu-Mi finally messages to let him know she’s okay and had fun. On her way to work, Gu-Woong messages back and lets her know that he’s shaved his beard. Hilariously, Yu-Mi doesn’t actually care but tries to figure out if it’s slang or some sort of codeword.
With Hysteria still attacking Cell land, and Yu-Mi struggling to keep her usual calm and happy demeanor going, Gu-Woong messages and asks her out on a dinner date. The only trouble is, Yu-Mi’s phone breaks before she can reply.
Gu-Woong seeks council from Sae-Yi, who checks out the text messages and believes that Yu-Mi wanted to end the conversation but he didn’t get the hint, making him seem clingy.
At work, Yu-Mi feels ill and decides to head home. Outside the building though, Ru-bi follows and suggests she ring Woong and let him know. Instead, she decides to let rip on the girl, letting out all her pent up frustrations on her and admitting that she’s always been alone – and will continue to do so given that’s what makes her comfortable.
As they talk, Woong suddenly shows up with an umbrella. Yu-Mi turns and looks at him in amazement.
The Episode Review
First dates are always so awkward. You overthink every little move, you analyze every text and even a slight 2 or 3 hour delay to receiving a message can send you on a full-on CIA investigation to work out what went wrong. We’ve all been there!
Yumi’s Cells perfectly captures that and although the story is predominantly Yu-Mi’s, the inclusion of Gu-Woong’s Cell Land helps to balance things out and show that he’s just as vulnerable as she is.
This whole idea is nicely implemented too and although the show’s main romance doesn’t really do anything outside the normal conventions of the genre, there’s enough here to enjoy thanks to the Cells. For this reason alone, Yumi’s Cells has been a really enjoyable watch and it’ll be interesting to see how the Cells react to this new turn of events!
Expect a full season write-up when this season concludes!