Much more happens in the second episode of Welfare Center than the first. We begin to see cryptic messages from Gyeongja trying desperately to warn Seonghye throughout this entire episode.
Episode 2 begins right where Episode 1 left off, with Seonghye questioning what on early happened here. We also get the names of all the members of Room 301, where Gyeongja and Seonghye stay with 4 other girls: Hyang (a quiet girl), Yangpa (the youngest), Boram (the room leader), and Sunja (a 68 year old kind woman).
We learn that the facility is called the Pureum Welfare Center. Gyeongja tells Seonghye a bit more information; that the facility is for “sick people” with “nowhere else to go.” We also learn that Gyeongja doesn’t know why Seonghye is here, either; but only that they arrived in the facility on the same day. Gyeongja’s running theory is that Seonghye was experiencing “symptoms of delirium,” and that’s why she doesn’t recall anything up until this point.
Gyeongja takes Seonghye into a room called “The Lounge,” where she tells Seonghye of the fixed schedule everybody has in the facility. She asks Seonghye if she has any questions, only for Seonghye to ask “who has been watching [them] from behind that pillar.”
Gyeongja whispers that it’s an employee, and Seonghye asks if that’s who she must speak to to leave. Gyeongja sternly informs her not to say things like that so casually or with the employees near by.
As the two go back to their room, we see a bit more of the inner dynamics of Room 301. Boram throws a box of tissues at Gyeongja and yells that they’ve been out past their curfew, while Seonghye internally tells herself that it’s not even past their designated time.
Way to Ruin a Meal
As the room mates of 301 make their way down to the dining hall, Seonghye is determined to ask one of the employees about leaving the facility. However, when she gets in line, she notices that one of the employees has extreme markings on them. She is about to ask them a question when Gyeongja beside her slams her to the side to stop her from speaking and push her out of the lunch line.
Before they eat, Boram leads Room 301 in a sort of chant or prayer: “Room 301, we will enjoy our meal and leave nothing to waste!”
Seonghye notices a girl a few tables town who bashes her head forcefully into her food plate. Seonghye stares in awe at her bleeding face, wondering why nobody is helping her; and in that moment, the girl begins to continuously bang her head harder and harder until she can’t anymore.
Seonghye is about to get up when Gyeongja whispers for her to please stay seated. However, when the girl’s corpse (or rather, soon-to-be corpse) is getting pulled out by an employee, Seonghye springs to her feet, knocking over a chair. Everyone’s heads snap to look at her and an employee, veins popping and all, tells her to “come here.”
Opinions / Analysis
Wow. Episode 2 had a LOT of world building and rule-setting. I feel bad for judging Gyeongja based on how the comic made her appear in Episode 1, however I feel like it was intentional misdirection. Who we thought was an enemy is turning out to be Seonghye’s current closest ally.
Seonghye, on the other hand, is really annoying. Now I understand that she’s in a really scary, confusing situation; but you bet your ass if someone is telling me so diligently to not talk to the creepy ass employees there, I’m whispering in the corner and making myself as unnoticeable as possible!
Am I being too mean? Let me know in the comments, and tell us what you all think of the series so far!
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