The Girl Who Sees Smells: A Whiff!


Yaaaas, I like the whiff of this drama! It is everything I like in my romcoms, with a spot of darkness. It’s cute, zany, fresh, and really endearing to watch. Plus, it cleans my palate after the atrocious Hyde, Jekyll, Me. This drama is about a girl, Oh Cho Rim, who escapes a serial killer (Barcode killer) that had killed her parents. During her escape, she gets hit by a car and lands herself in a coma for 193 days. Luckily, she wakes up, but with no memories of her past life, what happened, and with a blue eye! She is now able to “see” smells. The police officer who had investigated her case now has adopted her, but keeps her past under wraps. Oh Cho Rim, a really quirky young girl, is part of a comedy troupe that performs a lot of gags. However, she is only a rookie, looking for an advancement to actually performing on stage on day. One day, she accidentally runs over a police officer, Choi Moo Gak. Moo Gak only became a police offer to capture the killer who took his little sister’s life. I think his sister got killed because the serial killer failed to kill Oh Cho Rim, and mistook his sister for the one that escaped. From the trauma of losing his sister, Moo Gak becomes unable to “feel” anything, especially pain. He doesn’t feel it when he gets hit and is able to withstand a a dislocated arm and multiple fractures to his skull without blinking an eye. And don’t forget that gulping of scalding coffee! Cho Rim, looking for a partner for her comedy skit audition persuades Officer Choi to perform with her; surprisingly he is a good actor. In return, she helps him investigate different cases and lend’s her eye-smelling abilities. Their cases become more complicated and dangerous as they did deeper.

While I did hear not-so-nice things about Shin Se Kyung before, I found her more than watchable in this drama. This is my first time watching one of her dramas, and I find her acting very natural and cute. While the comedy skit parts are cringe-worthy as I am not a fan of gag/slapstick humor. She also has decent chemistry with Park Yoo-Chun. I’ve always enjoyed his performances since Sungkyunkwan Scandal, and he is adorably stoic in the drama. His deadpan face is such a contrast when he emotes for the comedy skits. The smells are portrayed in a wonderfully CG way with pretty shapes and sparkles. Everything is so breezy and colorful, it makes a wonderful drama to watch in between the dark Angry Mom and Heard It Through the Grapevine. The drama exceeds my expectations for sure!

ps. As a graphic designer, I am in love with the posters where her flowery dress melts into his dark shadows.

3 thoughts on “The Girl Who Sees Smells: A Whiff!

  1. Pingback: THE GIRL WHO SEES SMELLS. SBS. | IKurate

  2. This is exactly what happened, the killer killed Moo-Gak’s sister instead of Cho-Rim.

    I TOTALLY agree that she was more than watchable. I really disliked her acting (she’s one of the reasons I dropped Blade Man) but this time her character is really adorable.

    Yes, the posters are terrific.

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