Synopsis:Connected by a criminal that killed those closest to them, our hero who has became a policeman to catch his sister's killer meets the heroine who has no memory of the fateful night when both of her parents were killed. After waking up from a coma, the heroine developed an ability to see smells and her fate soon is tangled up with our hero who needs her help to catch the killer.
In his rush to find Eun Seol, Moo Gak bumps into a doctor who has blood stains on his white coat. Taking a second look at the doctor but thinking nothing of it, Moo Gak goes on to find his sister.
Not getting a response from Eun Seol when he calls her name, Moo Gak turns Eun Seol around hoping to wake her from sleep. However, Moo Gak is stunned to discover a blood covered Eun Seol with her neck slashed. Panicked, Moo Gak screams for the doctor while he cradles his sister in his arm.
193 days later, Eun Seol surprises everyone by waking up from her coma. Upon opening her eyes, Eun Seol becomes frightened when she starts seeing little floating particles of colors coming at her. Eun Seol's left eye has for some unknown reason turned blue and that is what is allowing her to see smells from everything around her.
Thanks to a special lens to mask her blue eye color and the loving care of her new found dad (although I don't think Eun Seol who will be referring to as Cho Rim from now on realizes that the detective is not her real dad), Cho Rim's life after her coma seems to be back on track.
Working as a newbie at a comedian troupe, Cho Rim gets a shot when her boss decides to hold an open audition for his employees and she can get her chance to go on stage if she can present a good enough skit. Unfortunately for Cho Rim, her chance to realize her dream is all but dashed when her partner ditches her a few day before the audition to work with someone more experienced.
Moo Gak's "sleeping on the job" obviously didn't earn him any brownie points with his co-worker and especially not with Chief Lee who laughs at Moo Gak's request to become a member of the "Serious Crime Squad" (the team Chief Lee leads).
Chaos ensue while the robber tries to run away but Moo Gak was able to catch him with Cho Rim's help... although Cho Rim's disguise as a man was exposed during the struggle which resulted in lots of screaming.
Shrugging the doctor's suggestion aside that she talks Moo Gak into receiving help since they are complete strangers, Cho Rim and Moo Gak start to leave the hospital. Moo Gak walks out first and bumps into a doctor but neither men turns around. However, when Cho Rim passes the doctor, the man turns around to look at her retreating back and we see that he is the same man who Moo Gak bumped into the day his sister was killed.
After agreeing that Cho Rim will take care of the hospital bill while Moo Gak will pay for the car's damage, the two proceeds to part ways. However, Moo Gak freezes when he hears a woman yelps "Eun Seol! Is that you?!" when she sees Cho Rim. Unable to help himself, Moo Gak turns back and asks for Cho Rim's name. Telling Moo Gak that the stranger only called out the name Eun Seol because she mistaken her for an old schoolmate, Cho Rim writes down her new name for Moo Gak.
Suspicious that Cho Rim really doesn't have a partner for her upcoming audition, Cho Rim's boss asks her to perform a skit the very next night (this is not the actual audition, just a way for the boss to make sure Cho Rim is not lying). With no one to turn to, Cho Rim decides to pin her hope on Moo Gak... who turns her request down flat. At first huffy after Moo Gak's refusal, Cho Rim rushes back with another proposal that they help each out when she finds out that Moo Gak has been given a very difficult case to solve if he is to get his wish of entering into Chief Lee's team. Looking at Cho Rim doubtfully, Moo Gak decides to test Cho Rim to see if she really has a special ability to see scent and thus possessing the ability to help him crack his case. Cho Rim got offended that Moo Gak thought she could smell scent like a dog so she told him the truth about her ability to see smells.
Thanks to the department being short on hand, Moo Gak is allowed to join in the search for the model. Retracing the model's last known location, Moo Gak is mildly surprised when he finds himself going back to the same hospital he just received treatment from a few days prior. The model's doctor, Dr. Chun is none other than the man who Moo Gak has bumped into twice but Moo Gak doesn't meet the doctor this time because he is out on vacation. The camera switches and we find out that Dr. Chun is using his vacation time to sit in a coffee shop to look out at the window... at the smiling figure of Cho Rim who is passing out the cafe's fliers.
Keeping his promise to be Cho Rim's partner in exchange for her help, Moo Gak performs a skit for Cho Rim's boss. Despite Moo Gak's perpetual stoic expressions during his daily life, Moo Gak actually switch rather quickly into his comedic role and convinces Cho Rim's boss enough that he lets her off the hook.
In his matter of fact manner, Moo Gak tells Chief Lee and the rest of the team his guess about the river and the dog. So angered by Moo Gak's "wild guesses" that he started to laugh at first, Chief Lee is held back by his men so he can't launch himself at Moo Gak. Despite how Moo Gak's co-workers act towards him, I actually think there are affection hiding underneath or else I doubt they would keep giving him chances to work with them.
Ahh!!! Icky villains. I really dislike them! Some small pacing problem aside (some unnecessary repeated scenes etc.), I thought The Girl Who Sees Smells showed good promise.
I am impressed so far by Yoo Chun's portrayal of a broken Moo Gak who is damaged and broken after losing his sister who is all but his own child to him. I especially like the fact that Yoo Chun has been able to act out a rather stoic Moo Gak with an underlying comedic aspect that is often the unintentional result of how damaged Moo Gak he is. I love love the parts where Moo Gak all the sudden has to snap into different personalities wither for police work or to act out his part in Cho Rim's skit that the change is so drastic that it always surprises me and make me laugh at the same time.
As for the villain... I am kinda confused but that is probably where I am suppose to be by episode 2. Everything seems to point to Dr. Chun as the killer but unless he has some super ability as well (which I don't rule out), it doesn't explain why he is taking an interest in Cho Rim. The real killer should've thought Cho Rim is long dead after Moo Gak's sister died so why would he even connect Cho Rim to her old self?
Anyhow, I am carefully optimistic about this one and will definitely check it out again next week. .