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Sensory Couple/The Girl Who Sees Smells Episode 12 Recap

There were parts in this episode which I really liked (cue excitement at the first 3 minutes) and there were bits which were quite disappointing (last few minutes of the episode).

Just as I’ve guessed in my previous recap, Kwon is unable to recognise Cho Rim. Instead he asks, “Choi Eun Seol, you know me, don’t you?”


Cho Rim is smart and presses her hands to her mouth to prevent herself from making any noise that will reveal who she is. Kwon inches closer and touches her hair, “You’ve seen me before, haven’t you?”

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Cho Rim looks to her side and notices Moo Gak’s scent floating in through the door.

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At this moment, Moo Gak flips the light switch. With her ability to see scents in the dark, Cho Rim quickly navigates away from Kwon and towards Moo Gak, while Kwon stumbles.

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I LOVE this bit. Now the scene last episode makes SO much more sense now, with all that conversation about how Moo Gak didn’t know that she could see scents in the dark. Foreshadowing, when done right, gives viewers such a kick!

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Moo Gak holds Cho Rim’s hands and brings her to a side, before turning on the lights again. Kwon rages when he sees an empty house but gets knocked out by Moo Gak when he comes out from the door.

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Moo Gak points his gun at the still body, but is persuaded by Cho Rim to put his gun down, “It will only make you a murderer like him.”

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Cho Rim rushes back into the house to find her father but faints from shock. Moo Gak quickly brings her out, just when Sang Gil and Choong Do arrive on the scene. The couple is gone before Kwon stirs, and the duo quickly attacks, “Oh Jae Pyo is in your house, isn’t he?”

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To their shock, Kwon admits freely that yes he is, but he bars them from entering his house, “I will bring him out.” What Kwon wants to do is to clean up after his mess – he deletes the message from Jae Pyo’s phone, leaves the phone on the floor and attempts to clean up his tranquillisers when Jae Pyo appears on the stairs.

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He quickly swipes them behind a cushion, before turning to Jae Pyo with a warm smile. Jae Pyo picks his phone from the floor and apologises for getting drunk so quickly on the wine. In the meantime, the duo starts to panic and decides to get their guns ready.

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However, the moment the door opens, they retreat in double panic, and are even more shocked to see a well and healthy Jae Pyo (who is looking at them bewilderedly). HAHA you guys are useless and I say this in a very affectionate mannerXD.


Jae Pyo returns home, without realising that Kwon has followed him to his house.Moo Gak informs Cho Rim that her father is safe at home, and Cho Rim nods.

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When he turns to leave, she recalls, “He called me Choi Eun Seol.” When Moo Gak turns around, she repeats, “Kwon Jae Hee…that person called me Choi Eun Seol, and he asked if I remember him.” Moo Gak clenches his jaw, as Cho Rim continues, “So he really is the chain murderer, isn’t he?”

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Moo Gak nods, “Undoubtedly.” Cho Rim reveals that Kwon has prosopagnosia – he has problem recognising people’s faces and uses the voice and various memories to recognise the person. This is why she didn’t make a sound so she’s sure he didn’t recognise her. He praises her quick thinking and she thanks him for saving her. He reminds her not to wear the same clothes again since he probably associates people with their clothes.

Cho Rim finally decides to be honest with Moo Gak but realises that Moo Gak has already found out who she is.

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She starts to tear, “Because I’m the witness, and because my name is Choi Eun Seol…because of me, your sister died.”Moo Gak says insistently that it was the murderer who killed his sister and that he realises that this was the reason why she broke up with him. “This is a ridiculous reason and I refuse to accept it.”

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“Cho Rim, don’t worry about all these things. Just leave them up to me. I’ll love, you just receive my love. Just stay with me and don’t go anywhere else.”

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Cho Rim cries and apologies, “I feel so guilty that I cannot do that.” She walks past Moo Gak, leaving him behind.



In the morning, Yeom and Moo Gak meet with Jae Pyo and ask why he didn’t reveal that Cho Rim was the witness. Jae Pyo admits that he doesn’t want Cho Rim to be dragged from station to station just because she’s the witness, and also because once her memories return, he wants to catch the culprit himself. Turns out he already knew that Kwon was a suspect and this is why he got close to Kwon, “but it seems that I’ve failed.”


Yes you failed so terribly! You even reveal that your daughter is the witness. But my heart goes out to him, as he looks sadly at Moo Gak and reminds Moo Gak to good care of Cho Rim, while he hides somewhere else (since it is safer for him and Cho Rim to remain apart.)

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Although this is a small point, I wonder if Cho Rim  explicitly knows that her father knows that she’s the daughter of the fisherman couple. Anyway, the father-daughter has a good talk and a hug, before Jae Pyo leaves the hospital.

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Cho Rim declines Moo Gak’s offer to send her home, but Moo Gak tags behind her until she reaches home.


The sweet music suddenly turns ominous, as Cho Rim opens the door and finds her house in shambles.


Outside, Moo Gak turns to leave just when he hears Cho Rim’s screams. He rushes in, quickly takes in what has happened, before rushing out onto the street but obviously finding no one suspicious.

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He returns to the house and asks if Cho Rim is alright, but she pushes his hands away. WHY. Okay I understand why, but I don’t like it. Just get on with it already.

Moo Gak suggests that Cho Rim checks what she is missing so that they will know whether this is Kwon’s doing or a random burglar’s act. Cho Rim initially thinks that she hasn’t lost anything, but realises that a photo of her has been taken.

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“It’s Kwon Jae Hee.” Cho Rim is positive that he doesn’t recognise her since he needed to steal a photo. Despite Cho Rim’s reluctance, Moo Gak manages to convince her that it’s dangerous to stay in her house and that she should follow him instead.


Indeed, it was Kwon who has stolen the photo. He squints and he tries, but he just cannot recognise the face and he slams the photo down in anger. Even in his rage, he calmly takes a pen and makes a small marking at the right corner of the photo.

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Moo Gak brings Cho Rim back to his house and passes her his keys. He rambles on a list of very caring instructions like make sure to use the chain lock, call him before she heads out, and don’t tell anyone that she’s living here. He claims that he will only be 3 minutes away in his colleague’s house so she can rest away. What a liar hahaha.


He leaves but returns very quickly to get his phone,

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and then again to pack all his random clothes and boxers that are strewn around the stairs,

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and then AGAIN (when Cho Rim is in the midst of undressing) to remind her not to stand near the windows.


For the last time, he beams at her as he closes the doors, “Make yourself at home!”. SO CUTE.

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As we all have expected, he is actually resting in his car. He notices Cho Rim near the windows and quickly calls her, “I said stand away from the windows~!”

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He keeps himself awake with food through the night, while Cho Rim wears his clothes and (I think) feels safe in them. I really like seeing Moo Gak’s scent; it has a very peaceful, clean feel to it! Heck, I think I like watching all the scents in general.

In the morning, Moo Gak lies that his colleague wants to save on bills and doesn’t allow him to wash up at his house, so he has return to his house to clean his face and brush his teeth. Cho Rim scoffs, “What a weird colleague you have…”

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They enter the lift together and the ahjumma from the floor above congratulates them for being newly-weds, “You guys look great together! You will live a happy life together!” Cho Rim hastens to clarify the situation, but a beaming Moo Gak accepts the compliment with thanks hahahaha. Cho Rim looks at him and he’s like, “What?”

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She ends up smiling to herself too. Ooohh your heart is melting.

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The two of them head off in different directions after Moo Gak reminds her to stay in crowded places, but uhm this scene is kind of pointless since in the next scene, both of them are in the police station. That was funny. Cho Rim offers to bring back her photo since she’s the only one who can enter the house, and Kwon hasn’t recognised her yet. Moo Gak hates this suggestion because it’s too dangerous but is reluctantly persuaded by Yeom that that day is the only chance for Cho Rim to bring the photo since they are filming an episode at his house.

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Moo Gak and Cho Rim discuss this privately, and Moo Gak reminds her that he will be nearby, and if he thinks that the situation is dangerous, she must stop immediately. The rest of the detectives teach Cho Rim how to use the equipment that they are providing her – a book with a spy camera installed,

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a necklace that is actually a siren which she can use if her mouth is covered by Kwon,

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and earphones.

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Moo Gak whispers, “It’s not too late to back out – ” but Cho Rim eagerly assures everyone, “I can do it!” HAHA.

For the episode of the day, Kwon has to teach the viewers how to make dumpling dough pizza and tofu salad within five minutes. The producer wants Kwon to try a simulation first, and Kwon asks (a very startled) Cho Rim if she could cheer him on.

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He smiles with his wonderful smiley-eyes when Cho Rim replies, “Fighting!”


Amazingly, I don’t feel any sense of hatred towards this bad guy. I think this is partly because I really love the soft and trusting side he exhibits towards Cho Rim and Nam Goong Min is such a great actor!

The moment the timer starts ticking, Cho Rim puts on the earpiece and informs Moo Gak what’s happening. However, because of this delayed information, Moo Gak starts the timer almost 30 seconds later. Cho Rim quietly proceeds down to the library and places the book in a prime location.

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Just when you think that oh, she has 2 minutes left, the producer tells Kwon that he’s amazing and he can just prepare the tofu salad during the real filming. Thankfully, Moo Gak also reminds Cho Rim to get out of the place even when she has a supposed one and a half minute left.


Everyone starts looking for Cho Rim because the producer wants to film her bit first. Kwon has his suspicious eyes (I’m starting to give his eyes names HAHA) and he presses for the lift to his library. The door opens and Cho Rim shrieks while pulling her dress down.

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This is all part of her pretence that her pantyhose has gotten stuck and that there were too many males in the toilet. Kwon doesn’t look too convinced but motions for her to join the filming.


Cho Rim later joins Moo Gak in his spying van which is parked just outside Kwon’s driveway, and a flashback reveals that Cho Rim has also intentionally left her wallet in the bathroom so that she can return later to retrieve it and also to retrieve the camera/book.

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Moo Gak praises her for a job well done and brings her to eat pork rind. Cho Rim cute-ly looks at the food and shakes her head when asked if she knew the significance of the meal. Apparently detectives eat this after their first field investigation because pork rind shrinks after being cooked, and this is analogous to how they shrink out of fear on their first field investigation. Eating pork rind signifies that they will no longer be fearful in their following investigations.

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Moo Gak feeds her with a piece of well-cooked pork rind and even though she hesitates at first, she ends up eating the piece and smiles.

They take a walk after their meal and talk about how they are doing very different things now as compared to the past – he was supposed to be with fish in an aquarium, while she’s supposed to be on a stage making everyone laugh. Moo Gak hopes that after the case, he can go back to hanging out with fish, and to his seaside home in Jeju.

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He stops walking and asks, “When I go back after everything is over, would you come with me?”

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Cho Rim stops but doesn’t turn around as he continues, “I’ll keep asking you to come with me, so be prepared.”


She turns around in tears, and asks if she could join him the next time he visits his sister, “I’d like to tell her that I’m sorry.”

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Moo Gak closes the distance between them and wipes her tears away, “Yes we shall go together. Eun Seol will have a talk with Eun Seol…”

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Sang Gil is on stakeout in the van, and from the camera, he manages to pick out which photo Kwon has, and that Kwon has arranged to meet with someone at 4pm the next day to find a girl for him.


However, what he does not manage to see, not that it is his fault, is that there is a marking on the back of the photo.

Moo Gak sends Cho Rim home and leaves with the same excuse that he will be staying at his colleague’s house. As usual, he falls asleep in his car, and Cho Rim knocks on the window.

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He springs out of the car with a sheepish look.

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He assures her that he’s okay since this is what he does during undercover missions. She remarks that he should return to the house but he protests, “I can’t, then where will you go?”

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“We can go in together.” “Really?”


Cho Rim smiles and walks off.


Aahhh such feels:’)

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Moo Gak hugs a soft toy (which is a seal! AWW this guy sure likes marine animals) as he lies on his sofa and the two of them talk about how they will have to buy toothpaste, groceries etc. Cho Rim offers to draw up a list of what they have to buy the next door and yawns. Just like a pair of newly-weds:D

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Moo Gak yawns too and tells her to sleep first. This went on for a little while, but the both of them fall asleep at the same time. Cutie pies.

The next day, the Homicide department requests help from the Missing People department’s Inspector to photoshop the digital version of Cho Rim’s photo. The end result is very satisfactory and Inspector Kang scoffs, “I guess every man is good for something.” The other inspector mocks, “Inspector Kang, I heard that you still type with two fingers…like this -” HAHA.

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The plan is to switch this photoshopped photo with the one in Kwon’s wallet, so that the person he employed will never be able to find Cho Rim. They cannot simply shred the photo into pieces since that will only spur him to find other photos of Cho Rim.


Moo Gak passes the photo to Cho Rim, who is relieved to hear that this face is fake and the person does not really exist in real life.

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She replaces the photo in his wallet when he takes off his coat to cook a dish and later tells Kwon that she has left her wallet in his house.

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The trusting Kwon passes her his keys because he’s off to meet someone and that it must be inconvenient for her without her wallet. Oh boy. I just somehow have sympathies for him. Am I weird?

I didn’t like everything from this point onwards – Cho Rim calls Moo Gak to update him, and he urges her to go to Kwon’s house before he returns. At this point in time, one of the waitresses asks Cho Rim to move something to the storage room, and she leaves her phone behind.


On the way to the meeting, Kwon receives a phone call from the guy he employed, who asks if the person he is finding is related to a criminal case. “Wh-why?” “Because I came early for the appointment, and the area is full of cops. It seems like you have been exposed so be careful. And don’t hurt anyone else.” Oohhh.

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Kwon hurriedly checks the photo in his wallet, and notices that this photo doesn’t have any marking. He quickly puts two and two together, and rushes home. Moo Gak sees Kwon in the library from the spy camera, and knows that something is wrong.

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He quickly calls Cho Rim, but the phone is ringing in the restaurant, and not with Cho Rim who is already inside the house. At the same moment, his heart sinks as Kwon finds the camera. Moo Gak quickly talks into the microphone, but OH WOW SUCH COINCIDENCE, Cho Rim has also forgotten to wear her earphones.

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Kwon pulls the book out from the shelf, and asks with eerie eyes, “Why? Why are you so curious?”


Moo Gak shouts desperately into the microphone, “Oh Cho Rim, get out of there now!”

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Kwon disables the camera but puts the book into his shelf. At the same time, Cho Rim presses for the lift.

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Kwon walks towards the lift, and is about to press for it, when he notices that it is already coming down.

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The doors open, and Cho Rim looks up to see Kwon,


who laughs. Moo Gak dashes out of his van in his desperation to reach Cho Rim.


-the end-

I don’t know if they will clear up any of my complaints in the next episode, since we have already seen that the scriptwriters are quite good at embedding clues and then clarifying the purpose of some scenes in later episodes. However, I am displeased with the last five minutes. Am I the only one who feel that way? You expect me to believe that Cho Rim, a smart girl who keeps her wits with her even in the most dangerous situation, can forget to bring her phone AND wear her earpiece. Mind you, this is a phone that is finally NOT on silent mode, and it’s not with the owner *throws my hands up in despair*. Phones might as well not exist in drama world. Most importantly, you expect me to believe that Cho Rim did not see Kwon’s scent in the house? She can see scents emanating even before she sees the person herself. It is difficult to believe that she did not manage to see Kwon’s scent when she was outside the lift.

However, I really like the first three minutes of this episode – it was incredible. I love how smart both leads are and how they work so well in tandem. A pity that’s slightly spoilt in the ending, although I must admit it was a good cliffhanger nevertheless.

My guess for the next episode is that they will be able to get out of the situation either by explaining/pretending or Kwon assuming that Cho Rim was working as Moo Gak’s spy, but not that she’s the witness. Nothing she has done so far actually really indicates that she’s the witness, since Kwon doesn’t know that she’s the girl who lives inside that particular house. All she has done is to work for the police and I think that’s how she’s going to get out of the mess.

I do pity Kwon, yes I do, every time I see how he beams at Cho Rim. He practically shines in front of Cho Rim haha. I like how they create a human (or whatever semblance of a human) there is out of a psychopath. I expect a really good episode when he finally realises that Cho Rim IS the witness – don’t let me and us down on this!


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