While You Were Sleeping Title: 당신이 잠든 사이에/While You Were Sleeping Chinese Title: 當你沉睡時 Classification: Fantasy, Legal, Romance Scenes: 32 (35 minutes/scene) Communicate organize: SBS Communicate period: 2017-Sep-27 to 2017-Nov-16 Broadcast appointment: Wednesday and Thursday 22:00 (2 scenes consecutive) Synopsis This is a pre-delivered show. Taping started on 2017-Feb and completed 2017-July. The show is about a lady, Name Hong …Read More »
While You Were Sleeping Episode 11 Recap
These two sure do a lot of romancing while they sleep. There are some nice perks to getting to see the person you like while you catch some ZZZZs (think of all the time you save!), but we find out today that there are also some downsides attached. Say goodbye to your private life now, Jae-chan, while you still have one.
EPISODE 11: “City of the Blind”
As if we needed more reason to think that Chicken Oppa is shady, he empties out a bank account and throws wads of cash into a duffle bag at the train station. He ignores a call from his little sister, the Cupid Barista, who is being asked to call her brother by a team of detectives. They set out to arrest him, and she asks what he did wrong.
Yoo-bum comes to work that morning and turns right back around when he finds Chicken Oppa sitting in his office. He asks his assistant if this is a pro bono case, unhappy with the look of the shabbily dressed man, but he’s assured that there must be a reason he was assigned the case.
Inside, Chicken Oppa Kang Dae-hee says he asked for a prosecutor-turned-lawyer and was directed here. Yoo-bum says he’ll listen and judge whether the case is worth his time, and Dae-hee quickly opens up the sack of money to show him that he can pay. Yoo-bum points out that he doesn’t enter a betting game based on the size of the pot, but on the probability of winning.
Dae-hee explains that he caused a car accident that killed his brother, but the cops think he did it on purpose for the insurance payout. Yoo-bum scoffs when Dae-hee admits that he doesn’t know what the warrant is for, but just fled first.
It’s an obvious slip-up, and Yoo-bum says that as his lawyer, he needs to know the truth in order to figure out how to proceed: “Did you kill your brother?” Dae-hee looks distraught like he might burst into tears… and then his expression suddenly turns placid and he says blandly, “Yes.”
Even Yoo-bum looks a little shaken at that. Dae-hee then has the gall to say that he wants his lawyer to make sure he’s declared innocent in court.
Jae-chan has another dream. He and Hong-joo are watching TV at his house (are those couple shirts?) when her news report comes on, covering Dae-hee’s murder trial. On TV, she says he was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing both of his siblings.
Jae-chan complains that she didn’t name him as the prosecutor in the case, and she asks cutely if he’s upset about it, offering to make him feel better. He pulls her close and leans on her shoulder, saying that he’s very, very upset. Cuute.
In reality though, Jae-chan is snuggling in his little brother’s arms, muttering in his sleep as Seung-won asks what’s so unfair. Jae-chan’s eyes dart open and he screams, asking what Seung-won is doing in his bed.
Seung-won complains that Jae-chan yanked him in when he came by to wake him, and Jae-chan complains that he’s too easy. Lol, what are you talking about?
Seung-won asks if he wants cereal or ramyun for breakfast, and Jae-chan says that they’re going to eat breakfast at Hong-joo’s house from now on. Seung-won fist-pumps at that, since he’s experienced Mom’s epic breakfast table for himself.
Jae-chan can’t believe he was left out of that breakfast and wasn’t even told about it, and retaliates by pulling out his fingers like Wolverine claws and poking at Seung-won. Ugh, they’re so adorable I can’t stand it.
Hong-joo starts off her day with a “Fantastic Baby” dance party in her bathroom, which is so awesome I have to watch it twice. She comes out asking Mom where the razors are, gasping at how quickly her leg hair grows back every day, not to mention her armpits—
…Which is when she looks up to find Jae-chan and Seung-won gaping at her as they set the table. Mom awkwardly tells her that the boys will be eating breakfast here from now on. Thanks, Mom.
Hong-joo somehow contains her mortification and calmly flips her hair and welcomes them before gliding back to the bathroom like she’s in a ball gown and not a fuzzy pink bathrobe.
She freaks out in the privacy of the bathroom and wails that she only has half-eyebrows, and doesn’t come back out to the dining room until she’s in full makeup and dressed for work.
Mom tries to make her feel better by saying that everyone looks that way at home, but Jae-chan hilariously responds that he’s not that bad. Seung-won calls him a liar and says he doesn’t resemble a human at home, earning him a sharp kick in the foot beneath the table.
Hong-joo backs Seung-won up though, saying that she’s seen exactly what Jae-chan looks like at home through her dreams. She says he doesn’t wash his hair for days, leaves dirty clothes everywhere, and doesn’t close the bathroom door while on the toilet.
Jae-chan looks increasingly horrified as she speaks, and then in unison, Hong-joo and Seung-won blurt, “And then he doesn’t flush!”
A quick flash to the version of Jae-chan she’s seen in her dreams has him lying on the couch surrounded by trash like a lazy bum. Seung-won pelts him for not cleaning up after himself, but that just earns him a wrestling match.
Jae-chan spends the day reading comic books and eating chip crumbs off of his own chest, and needs Seung-won to bring him toilet paper while sitting on the toilet.
Hong-joo scoffs at Jae-chan acting all polished in front of them when she’s seen it all, and Jae-chan slams his chopsticks down and shouts, “I admit it!” Ha. He pleads with her to stop, and she proceeds to eat her breakfast in teeny bites like a bird.
Jae-chan is still pissy about it at the bus stop, and Hong-joo tells him to just be himself, warning that trying to act differently will just get him teased by his brother.
She lights up when Jae-chan lets his bus pass by and says that he’s dropping her off at work first. She can’t believe he meant what he said yesterday, but he says again, “I meant it.”
She looks over at his hand resting on the railing behind them and cautiously reaches out to touch it, but just as she’s about to make contact, he pulls away from her. Ack, don’t do that to a girl.
Her heart sinks, but he wonders why she’s not getting on the bus and comes back to grab her hand. Aw, yay. They run to catch the bus, and Hong-joo beams.
Their ride is spent stealing glances at each other, but we watch as their bus drives straight into a brewing storm in the heart of the city. Symbolism!
At the station, Hong-joo gets two new stacks of business cards and her sunbae Reporter Bong tells her she’ll need them all because the personnel has turned over at the police station and the prosecutor’s office in the year she was away.
Bong sunbae is a hardass and tells Hong-joo to know what’s happening at the police and fire departments and the prosecutor’s office at all times, but she seems used to this and sighs that it’s begun.
Officer Woo-tak and his partner come back to Mom’s restaurant in an effort to get back on her good side. They declare that they don’t need a cash receipt this time, but Mom nags that upright police officers shouldn’t be like that, heh. I love that they have such a hard time figuring her out. Woo-tak insists that he’s not here to see Hong-joo, but he cranes his neck when the door opens, and Mom watches him with a smile.
To his delight though, Hong-joo is waiting for Woo-tak at the police station, where she’s doing her rounds. She hands him her card and says she’s back at work, since she can’t have spent her life just being pretty, and adds a hair flip for good measure.
The female officer who has a crush on Woo-tak looks disappointed to see him so friendly with another woman, and even his partner wonders if Woo-tak and Hong-joo are something more. You mean you really just thought he loved samyupsal that much?
Hong-joo jumps nervously when Bong sunbae calls like clockwork to hear her latest report, and she begs Woo-tak to give her something, anything to say. He says there’s a string of serial cat killings in the area, with the death toll now over a hundred. Hong-joo’s eyes widen at that as she relays it to her sunbae, and Woo-tak grins when she seems satisfied with the tip.
At the prosecutor’s office, Jae-chan learns that Hee-min has been assigned Chicken Oppa Kang Dae-hee’s case, which Prosecutor Lee says is the traffic accident he processed the night he was on call for Jae-chan.
The insurance claim and murder charge ring a bell and Jae-chan thinks back to his dream, wondering if this is the same man who killed his brother and sister. But he’s told that the sister is still alive, which confuses him. Jae-chan asks if there’s a chance the culprit could go free, but Prosecutor Lee says he confessed after being arrested. The problem, though, is that his defense lawyer is Yoo-bum.
Yoo-bum and Hee-min meet at the vending machine before their trial, and he says it’s unusual that they’ll have two female justices on their trial, which he says concerns him a little, hoping that the trial is fair. One of the judges in question happens to walk up right behind him as he says this, and points out how odd it is that no one seems to question the sex of the judges when it’s three men, when three men to zero women is actually far more skewed. Right?
As they wait for the trial to begin, defendant Dae-hee asks Yoo-bum what their probability of winning is, and Yoo-bum says it’s 99-to-1. Dae-hee assumes he means that they’re 1, but he smiles and says they’re the 99.
At the same time, Prosecutor Lee assures Jae-chan that they have a 99 percent chance of winning, and that they really have to win, because he messed up the night of the car accident by signing off on the medical examiner not conducting an autopsy. Jae-chan isn’t as sure and keeps asking for confirmation that they can win.
Hee-min lays out the case in her opening statement: Dae-hee failed at a few investments and had his brother sign up for seven different insurance policies, after which he caused a car accident and killed his brother on purpose in order to collect 2.7 billion won in insurance money. To her surprise, the defense pleads not guilty.
Over lunch, Hee-min tells her colleagues that she’s glad he pleaded not guilty instead of trying to lessen the sentence, but Jae-chan still feels like something’s off about this. He wonders if Yoo-bum could’ve had his client confess on purpose in an effort to keep the police investigation perfunctory, knowing that he’d overturn things in trial.
Prosecutor Sohn agrees with Jae-chan, and he sends her finger-hearts for taking his side, hee. They’re shocked when their boss prays silently by himself, but he tells them that they’ll pray separately to themselves from now on, and even tells Hee-min to consider Jae-chan’s warning. Wow, did Hong-joo do all that with her speech the other day? I’m retroactively more impressed with her.
Hee-min passive-aggressively praises Jae-chan for coming up with such a wise warning so far beyond his mere months of work experience, dousing her poor lunch with mounds of pepper for emphasis.
Jae-chan complains about it to Seung-won that night while vacuuming… looking like he’s made up for a photo shoot. Pwahahahaha. Did you literally get dressed up to star in Hong-joo’s dreams? This is priceless.
When Seung-won argues that he’s overthinking Hee-min’s comeback, Jae-chan ends up vacuuming Seung-won instead, only to remember halfway that Hong-joo might see. So he suddenly turns robotically polite, which just scares Seung-won more.
Seung-won belatedly notices Jae-chan’s hair and calls him out for wearing BB cream. He smiles smugly when he realizes that Jae-chan is doing this because of Hong-joo’s dreams, and teases him mercilessly.
Jae-chan raises the vacuum at him, and then suddenly recalls that Hong-joo warned him of this very scenario. It dawns on him that she already saw this in her dreams too, and he collapses on top of Seung-won in defeat, wailing, “She’s a human CCTV!”
Hong-joo’s day ends with a staff briefing, where Bong sunbae tells her to follow the serial cat killer story. He insists that there’s something worth digging into here, pointing out that a common precursor to serial murder is animal killings. Hong-joo sighs, wanting to cover human stories, not cats.
In someone’s dream, Hong-joo trembles nervously as Dae-hee climbs the stairs on a stormy night, his hand covered in blood. She’s huddled in a corner with someone in sneakers (maybe Dae-hee’s little sister?), and Hong-joo says out loud, “Jae-chan-sshi, if you happen to see this moment in your dreams…”
She screams, and they take off running with Dae-hee behind them.
Jae-chan wakes from the dream covered in sweat. Ruh-roh, it’s raining outside…