The Worry Plant
Episode 5 of Yumi’s Cells begins with Gu-Woong and Yu-Mi holding hands and walking together after their big kiss. This has a knock-on effect of opening a wormhole in Cell Land too, connecting the two Lands together.
As Gu-Woong and Yu-M go for coffee, she encourages him to run a marathon with her. As the pair trade cute verbal quips, Sae-Yi rings and updates him on the company. Only, when Yu-Mi realizes that Sae-Yi is actually a girl, Reason and Envy begin to compete for dominance in Cell Land. Intuition even shows up too and claims she’s really pretty and doesn’t have a boyfriend.
This worry continues that evening when Yu-Mi heads over to Gu-Woong’s place. He offers her a drink of Yuzu tea but the small amount in a jar makes him suspect Sae-Yi is behind this. Well, it turns out she is but Gu-Woong’s cells decide to omit those details and claim “someone” made it for him. Real smooth, guys!
That evening, right on the cusp of Yu-Mi’s birthday, Yu-Mi figures out the truth. With a giant orange floating in the sky at Cell Land, she checks out social media and notices that Sae-Yi is the culprit. Well, just before confronting Gu-Woong about it, the time turns midnight and Gu-Woong messages her, wishing the girl a happy birthday.
When thy head out for dinner that night, Yu-Mi’s cells try to guess what Gu-Woong has got her. Between perfume and jewelry, the reality is he’s got her a portable charger…or has he? Inside that happens to be a necklace. She hurriedly puts it on before Gu-Woong invites her over to the office.
After coming up with a big plan to catch Sae-Yi off-guard, the Cells find themselves caught out when Sae-Yi shows up in the bathroom. Sae-Yi admits that her and Woong have been friends since college and with Louis, used to be called the “three eagles.”
When Sae-Yi reveals that she helped Woong pick out her necklace, and she watches them working closely together, flowers of doubt start to blossom in Yu-Mi’s Cell Land.
Yu-Mi eventually skips out, deciding not to get in the way anymore. Although leaving Sae-Yi’s presence helps clear up Cell Land, it doesn’t do much good since Gu-Woong forgets to message him and leaves his phone at the office.
He’s actually gone over to Yu-Mi’s place with food though! He admits it’s one big misunderstanding as the pair hold hands. As they prepare to head upstairs to Yu-Mi’s apartment together, the episode comes to an end.
The Episode Review
Yu-Mi’s Cells returns this week with another solid episode, one that starts to flesh out more of Cell Land as Gu-Woong and Yu-Mi grow closer together.
The depiction of worry as some form of toxic flower is a clever inclusion and actually a pretty accurate one too. It really can infect you like this and make you doubt your own inhibitions. Although to be fair I thought this was going to be envy, given the green mist.
Yumi’s Cells has been really enjoyable so far because of these clever Cell Land inclusions. The actual romance between Gu-Woong and Yu-Mi isn’t anything groundbreaking but the Cells help to elevate this show above mediocrity.
It also helps that the soundtrack is great too, with the ending hinting that we’ve got lots more romance to come for our lead pair.