First Impressions for ‘Girl Who Sees Smells’

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Girl Who Sees Smells started airing yesterday and I liked the first episode which was enjoyable from start to finish. The tone shifted seamlessly from scary and creepy, to sad and finally cute and funny. The main leads are adorable and I especially like the heroine as we have yet to see more about our hero.

The drama starts with a school girl Choi Eun Sol (Shin Se Kyung) returning home from school only to find her mom and dad dead, murdered by some unknown person, who then goes after her. She meets with an accident as she is running away from him. He reads her name from her uniform tag. Somewhere else we meet Choi Moo Gak (Yoochun) who works at an aquarium and gets informed by his little sister, also Choi Eun Sol (Kim So Hyun) that her bus met with an accident and she’ll meet him at the hospital. When he reaches there, he bumps into a man with blood in his hands (possibly the killer, played by Song Jong Ho) and finds his sister dead on her bed. Bodies of Eun Sol’s parents are found by the police and the detective in charge gets some connection by seeing her father’s hand and then we see that some 187 days have passed and Eun Sol is in coma. She wakes up and her left eye has turned blue and she starts seeing smells from everywhere and she screams. A few days later, she narrates that three things have changed since she woke up — she miraculously woke up, the thing about her eyes and she has lost her memory. Also that she can see smell instead of sensing it through her nose.


6 months pass and we see that the detective has told her that she is his daughter while Moo Gak has taken the job of a police officer. He wants to join the rank as a detective in the homicide department. Eun Sol is now called as Oh Cho Rim, who is part of a group that aspires to become comedian. Moo Gak doesn’t feel any pain and is constantly trying to excel at his job so that he gets promoted. Cho Rim (I’ll call her that from now) and Moo Gak meet when her car bumps into him while he is after a robber. Through her hypersensitive power of seeing smells, she helps him catch that robber. Also we meet that killer again (if he is him, we can’t say for sure) at a hospital.


I love Cho Rim already. She is cute, bubbly, helpful and I found all those smell graphics really colourful and beautiful. They give me a feel as if I’m watching some fairy tale cartoon. Ha. Shin Se Kyung is lively in this role and this is the first time that I enjoyed her performance. I think we got less glimpse into our hero’s life in the first episode but what I saw, I liked. I did feel so much sadness and pain even in that short scene we had between brother and sister. That says a lot about the right emotional feels this drama delivered. The drama was funny for most of its part and I liked the indifferent expressions Yoochun gave while drinking hot coffee or getting hurt by his boss or the robber. I like that the leads are on friendly terms right off the bat and for a change, we didn’t go for the bickering route. I found the first scene really creepy and I didn’t even know that there was Song Jong Ho in this show. If it’s a cameo, I don’t think he’ll be the murderer and maybe that’s just a red herring. I like the actor who is playing our heroine’s father and I want to see more of that back story about why he took her in as his daughter and what clicked in his mind. Also, if the killer killed Moo Gak’s sister by mistake, how is that possible when he saw Cho Rim’s face when he met her at her home. Hm. I hope we get the answers or maybe it was really dark that night for him to clearly see her face. By the way, the guest appearance by the Running Man cast was a bonus and a surprise!

All in all, a nice start and I’m waiting for the next episode where it looks like our adorable pair will work as a team to solve some crime. Yay!



20 thoughts on “First Impressions for ‘Girl Who Sees Smells’

  1. Timescout

    The fist two episodes were rather promising but I’d be lying if I said they touched me emotionally in any way. I don’t feel the connection and even though things can change along the way, it’s more likely that the drama will never truly engage me. I may still watch it though, as a filler. Or counterbalance for something more demanding, like ‘Heard it through the Grapewine’. We’ll see.

    1. snow Post author

      Haha…I wouldn’t say that the emotional element would have made many viewers feel much but I just felt so much during that scene before Yoochun finds out about his sister…

      There were many editing loopholes and lazy action scenes (in that salon) but overall, I enjoyed the drama. Of course, except that one scene, everything was mostly fluff, but in a good way 🙂

      I agree…it can be recommended for a light experience if the other show is so mentally engaging 😛

  2. dweebean

    First impressions last, so they say! 😀

    I’m actually one of the (not so many?) viewers who were touched by the emotional element of the 1st episode. That hospital scene, the anguish in Park Yoochun’s crying, honestly wrenched at my guts. I haven’t seen a lot of dramas in more than two years… hmm let me rephrase that: This is just my 3rd drama in more than two years, so I won’t pretend to be drama savvy haha. But I pretty much know what I like and this one I totally like. It started out with a tragic (and creepy) scene and switched to a lightened mood, throwing in comic relief that makes for a fun and easy ride. This may turn out to be more lighthearted than anything else, but a creep is just around the corner so we still have to be on our toes. And I do have lots of questions too, which I hope will be answered as the drama progresses.

    May I just say I love the flirty vibe the leads are giving off? Oh wait! How could a stoic Moo Gak give off a flirty vibe? Haha! I definitely felt it though. 😉

    1. snow Post author

      Omo! I felt the same when I watched Yoochun…especially when he said that he would faint if he saw even a tiny gash on Eun Seol’s face. Because I knew what’s gonna happen next.

      What! Really! You have seen only 3 dramas in more than 2 years! It’s great that you are liking this one…I loved how everything — creepiness, comedy, romance, emotions, were fit in the first episode. Moo Gak looks so stoic…but totally cute! He looks really naive and I really want to know what he is like…at least he is not the cold jerk…haha 🙂

  3. Blue

    Snow, when Yoo-Chun did that accent from…wherever that was from (maybe Jeju or something?) at the Jimjillbang I couldn’t believe how fun the guy was!! I also love Cho-Rim, I’m crossing fingers for SSK as this is the first time I really enjoy something with her! I never once complained. Nam Goog-Min’s character is not mentionned much (the model’s boyfriend) but isn’t it strange that he had his girlfriend’s fragance when he had supposedly just arrived from the States? Yeah, NGM’s role is probably dark, and that will be a first (but I stand corrected)…anyway, overall great start.

    By the way, nice new theme for the blog ^^

    1. dweebean

      Hi Blue. That spa scene was my favorite haha. Especially when he motioned his hand saying lets get a drink (or something). That was so spot on haha. I think that accent was his accent in his movie Haemoo. Although I can’t be sure because they probably have several Satoori accents in SK. But he was truly awesome in that movie too.

      I couldn’t help myself from imagining the Moo-gak of Jimjillbang meeting Perry Park (KMHM). Man, they would be a riot haha!

      1. snow Post author

        Oh I haven’t seen KMHM so I can’t understand the Perry Park connection 😦
        But I agree…Yoochun was so funny with that accent….I love his expressions…sometimes deadpan and sometimes so full of naivety. And also that stage scene was awesome when he did that skit with SSK.

      2. Blue

        Hello Dweebean ^^ Yes there are many satooris in Korea, it kinds of reminded me of Jeju (I have visited it haha) but I’m not sure. I know for a fact though, that it wasn’t Busan.

        Ohhh I have yet to see KMHM but it’s on my watch list. People seem to be in love with it.

        1. dweebean

          Yes Blue, you have to watch it! You will meet Moo-gak’s hyungnim haha!

          Snow, about that Green Light skit, I heard all those actions/facial expressions of Yuchun are his ad-libs haha. I’m so excited to see the real audition in Episode 3. I hope Cho-rim doesn’t get stood up just like what was hinted on the Preview.

    2. snow Post author

      Oh I totally forgot to mention that scene where Yoochun speaks in that accent…it was so amazing and hilarious and cute! Having seen him in mostly serious roles except SKKS, I am pretty amazed that he has such a great comic timing. I guessed that he had the same perfume because maybe his girlfriend gave it to him as a gift…but you maybe right…the show is purposefully trying to put that doctor as a culprit, when in reality, it’s the perfect chef! Hehe…it’s fun to make all these assumptions 😀

      Aw…thanks for the theme comment. Actually it was there when I started this blog. Then changed it after one year or so…but I’ve returned to it now!


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