Yumi’s Cells has ended, and it has left us in shambles and wanting the second season to be released soon. These 14 episodes addressed real-life issues and awakened us to things about our day-to-day lives that we never thought much about in the first place.
The 13th episode starts on a bleak note: last week, Woong had announced that he would be moving out. While living together, Woong and Yumi’s relationship had progressed. They were beginning to know each other better until Woong abruptly moved out. It isn’t the action of leaving that led to the devastating outcome, but the lack of communication and clarity between them.
Trouble In Paradise
Woong is adamant about moving out of Yumi’s house because of his pride. Before leaving, he decides to change the lights and, in the process, breaks the table that was Yumi’s most prized possession. Despite her protests, he ends up buying an expensive one.
With Woong’s announcement last week, we were expecting the decline of their relationship. It’s not the act of leaving, but Woong not communicating his reasons for doing something. Even though our lead couple had worked through the obstacles in their relationship throughout season 1, Woong’s approach of ‘we’ll talk about it later’ remained constant.
At a friend’s wedding, Yumi accompanies Woong and hears his ex-classmates talking about their student days. She is heartbroken when one of his classmates hints at him liking SaeYi. We think Woong should have told her about this since he worked with SaeYi even when they were in a relationship.
The Break-Up Card
With Yumi learning about Woong’s crush on SaeYi, the incident where he told Yumi off for chastising SaeYi, and Woong responding to her text unenthusiastically: it all warrants for the break-up card. But it is the flashbacks of the sweet moments from their relationship which cause Love Cell to break down in the cell village. In real life, Yumi asks for taking some time off to think about the relationship.
On Woong’s side, his cells go into emergency mode as they learn that Yumi is number one on his priority list. This would have been great if he had realized this a tad bit sooner. This particular scene is something we may have gone through in real life. Sometimes we don’t realize the value of someone until we are about to lose them.
Yumi’s Time Away From Woong
We see Yumi wondering how she spent her time when she was single. She goes to work, goes on nighttime jogs with Bobby, and even visits her parents. The break, which will eventually lead to a break-up, takes a toll on Yumi. However, Bobby is here to save the day with his golden advice that ‘time heals everything.’ He sees how distressed Yumi is and is very supportive.
After returning from her parents’ home, she is lonely. She dreams of visiting her cell village and writes down her wish for a happy ending. The cell in charge of the bulletin board shows up and reminds her that she is the leading person in her story, and it is she who has to survive till the end. This bit hit the nail on the head: reminding both Yumi and the viewers that we’re the heroes of our life and not anyone else.
The way things were unfolding had to end with Yumi and Woong going their separate ways. It was heart-breaking to see them break up where they first met for their blind date. Even though both were hurting, they decided to part with each other.
‘Yumi’s Cells’ was one of the best romantic dramas of 2021; not only did it have a unique concept, but it was filled with moments that touched our hearts. The drama touched on our day-to-day problems, giving us insight into how we go about living our lives. We’re looking forward to the second season as we wish for Yumi to get a happy ending, even if it is with Bobby. He seems like a good person and is emotionally available for her in a way that Woong never was. If they get together, their relationship will be better and more wholesome than Woong and Yumi’s relationship.
By Ileeka Pal & Kanan Agarwal