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 12 Recap
Later that morning, Jae-chan tells Hong-joo about the dream and asks what story she’s working on. She tells him that she’s chasing someone who killed alley cats with potassium cyanide, and he sighs in relief.
She’s more concerned with the state of her career, thinking that she’s getting put on animal watch for taking time off, and Jae-chan wonders why she’s not more worried when his dream could be the one about her dying on the job.
She asks if she’s in the mountains in the dream, or if he saw an umbrella—a flash to her death dream shows someone approaching her body under a green umbrella—but he says no.
She takes his hand and says that she threw away all her worries the moment he held her hand and led her across the street, because she can’t be a reporter if she’s afraid. He notes that she’s changed, and she quotes him: “Because of someone.”
He assures her that Kang Dae-hee won’t go free, and asks Hong-joo to promise him something.
Hee-min grouses when her case files spill all over the floor on the way to trial, thinking it a bad luck omen. She blames Jae-chan for it, but she softens when he comes over to sincerely ask that she win the case and put Kang Dae-hee away.
He offers his hand to help her up, and she seems a little smitten as she takes his hand. But he also happens to be stepping on her robe, which sends her crashing back down to the floor with a thud. Hee-min glares and accuses him of doing it on purpose, ha, and goes right back to hating him.
Yoo-bum arrives at the courthouse as well, under a green umbrella.
Both Jae-chan and Prosecutor Lee sit in to watch the trial, and Hee-min presents a log of the things that the defendant searched on his phone, like whether there were eyewitnesses for his accident, or how to avoid an autopsy and speed up a funeral.
But Yoo-bum argues that the same searches could simply mean that the defendant wanted to keep his brother’s body intact, and was too poor to spend too much expense on the funeral.
The car’s black box footage doesn’t show anything but the night sky, but both brothers’ voices can be heard, as the younger brother says he’s going to take a nap after working a long day. Yoo-bum argues that he would’ve gotten rid of the black box if he had something to hide, and says that they were close, caring brothers.
In a flashback to their first meeting, Yoo-bum had asked why Dae-hee avoided an autopsy if it was just a traffic accident. Dae-hee: “Because he didn’t die in the traffic accident.”
Yoo-bum uses this to his advantage in court, as he gets the paramedic to testify that the victim’s injuries didn’t match the force of the accident if he’d been alive at the time, and that his temperature at the scene was very low, which would indicate that he’d been dead for about an hour.
Yoo-bum argues that the brother died before the accident, and that he couldhave died of a natural heart attack during the car ride. There’s enough reasonable doubt in what’s he’s proposing, and he points out that the only way to know for sure would have been an autopsy, which the prosecution didn’t procure. Damn.
Back in their initial meeting, Dae-hee had confessed the whole truth to Yoo-bum—that he poisoned his brother with potassium cyanide, which he’d been using to kill the annoying neighborhood cats because he didn’t like their crying.
Yoo-bum had asked why he used poison when he could’ve just caused the accident, but Dae-hee said he wanted to be a hundred percent sure and leave nothing to chance. He says there’s no way the cops can find out, since he had his brother cremated without an autopsy. Man, it seems worth pausing here to marvel once again at Yoo-bum’s lack of scruples.
We see how the murder plot played out exactly as Dae-hee had planned, and despite the fact that our prosecutor team knows he’s guilty, they can’t prove anything without cause of death and have to sit back and watch as the judge declares him innocent.
Dae-hee goes free and shakes Yoo-bum’s hand before walking out of the courthouse, and Jae-chan watches this exchange from the floor above.
But in the bathroom, Yoo-bum scrubs at his hands so furiously that he draws blood. He looks up at his reflection bitterly and notes that he’s changed, “smiling and shaking hands with an insect like that.”
Jae-chan finds him and begs to know how Dae-hee killed his brother so that they can get another warrant to arrest him, worried that he’ll kill his sister next. Jae-chan argues that it’ll be Yoo-bum’s fault if Dae-hee goes out and kills someone else, but Yoo-bum doesn’t see how that’s on him. Yoo-bum says it’s their fault for not proving their case properly, seeming just as angry that the prosecution didn’t win. Whatever helps you sleep at night.
Jae-chan spends the rest of the day obsessing over the case, making his office manager Hyang-mi wonder if he has a crush on Hee-min. He’s busy going over the dream about Hong-joo and calls her to check in (he’s saved her number as “Dog Poop,” while she’s saved him as “Yeongdeok King Crab”), but she reports a boring day of nothing.
She’s with Woo-tak, who offers to drop her off and tells her that they still have no leads on the cat killer. The only witnesses were a couple of kids, who said they saw an ajusshi feeding chicken to the cats once, but were unable to identify him in any way. That rings a bell for Hong-joo though, and she remembers seeing Dae-hee feeding cats.
Jae-chan wonders what possible connection Dae-hee and Hong-joo could have, and thinks back to his first dream and Hong-joo’s news report in it, where there was an herbal medicine pouch and a syringe among the evidence pictured. He then remembers Hong-joo saying that the neighborhood cat killer used potassium cyanide, and asks Chief Choi if it’s possible that Dae-hee poisoned his brother.
Chief Choi doesn’t know, but then it hits him that at the morgue, the victim’s blood was abnormally bright scarlet in color, and Jae-chan guesses correctly that it’s a side effect of potassium cyanide poisoning. He goes running out of the office.
Dae-hee returns to the chicken shop to find his sister waiting for him. She backs away from his touch though, and says that she was on his side no matter what the prosecutors said. As she backs away, we see the pair of sneakers on her feet that Jae-chan saw in his dream.
She says tearfully that the voice on the black box footage wasn’t their brother though—it was Dae-hee both times, imitating their brother’s voice. When she asks if he really killed him, Dae-hee’s face gets creepy and expressionless.
Hong-joo and Woo-tak show up outside the chicken shop just then, and he tells her to wait outside and call the police if anything happens.
He heads inside, where the air is so tense that no one responds when Woo-tak addresses them. Dae-hee slowly turns around to face him like he’s about to answer, but then suddenly in one swift move, he stabs Woo-tak right in the gut. Aaaaaaaaah!
Blood comes trickling out and Woo-tak falls to the floor with one punch. Dae-hee approaches to stab him again, when Hong-joo comes running in and whacks him from behind with her bag.
Dae-hee’s hands are now covered in Woo-tak’s blood, and he stalks over to Hong-joo as his next target. But Woo-tak sees him and crawls over to grab his leg from behind. He tells her to run away and hangs onto Dae-hee’s leg, and Hong-joo hesitates to leave him behind.
But he tells her again to run, so she grabs the little sister and goes running, as Woo-tak uses all of his strength to hang on while Dae-hee kicks him brutally where he’s been stabbed.
Hong-joo takes off one shoe and tosses it down the staircase and heads up, matching the single shoe she was wearing in Jae-chan’s dream. They get to a construction site on the roof but neither of them has a cell phone, and downstairs we see Hong-joo’s phone lying on the floor.
The police are on the other end, but Woo-tak is so badly injured that he can’t speak up, and then his eyes close. No!
Dae-hee takes the shoe bait in the stairwell and heads downstairs, and up on the roof, Hong-joo huddles with the little sister under a tarp and remembers what Jae-chan made her promise earlier—to always tell him when and where she is if she’s in danger, so that he knows how to find her if he sees her in a dream.
So she says out loud the building’s address and the date and time, and asks him to come find her and not be late. The tarp lifts up right on cue…
But it’s Dae-hee, who’s found their hiding spot. Yikes, that was creepy.
He pulls away the tarp and balls up his bloody fist like he’s preparing to attack, and Hong-joo screams Jae-chan’s name and shuts her eyes.
In response, the whole construction site lights up, and Jae-chan walks over to them in slow motion, perfectly backlit.
He pulls out an arrest warrant as sirens sound in the background. He declares that Dae-hee is under arrest for poisoning his brother, and Hong-joo smiles up at him in relief.
Guys, who’s checking on Batman?! He’d better be okay. This is not a negotiation. I didn’t even think I was that attached to him until he walked into that chicken shop and risked his life to save Hong-joo, and now all I can think about is how Woo-tak can’t possibly die because he’s too good and precious. Ugh, why does it feel like he’s destined to die? Not now, but… I can’t shake the feeling.
Today’s hour felt very much like an episode of I Hear Your Voice, in a good way—it was particularly funny and chilling, and the court case probably added to that feeling as well. It struck a nice balance between the couple’s home lives (always the highlight for me) and their professional lives intersecting with the case of the week. The downside of dramas like this is that I always bump up against Yoo-bum being the only lawyer and Hong-joo the only reporter and Jae-chan the only prosecutor in all of Korea. I know that’s not actually the case in the drama world, but it certainly feels that way when our leading characters always miraculously converge on the same case week after week. But whatchoo gonna do, there’s just no avoiding that problem in a procedural of this sort. I suppose the one upside is that the dreams actually help make that connection more believable, strangely enough, because you can wave away some of the obvious coincidences as Fate intervening to make sure they can save each other.
The ensemble of supporting players is becoming one of the best things about the show, because the characters are all colorful even if they only have a few lines and fill out our main characters’ office lives or deliver a bunch of exposition. And I’m even becoming interested in Yoo-bum, who was very one-dimensional at the start, but is starting to show some interesting cracks in his armor. Is he letting himself fall so low because he has some other goal to reach, or is he himself surprised at what he’s become, 999 compromises later? He’s still scum, but now I’m at least interested in why.
I loved that there was more time spent on the mundane aspects of Jae-chan and Hong-joo’s relationship today, like the oddity of having your girlfriend see you at your dirtiest, laziest, and least attractive, especially when you happen to be vain. Jae-chan is turning out to be just as hilarious as Hong-joo, and I’m particularly fond of how believably childish he is with his little brother. Really, all Shin Jae-ha has to do is show up and look at Lee Jong-seok like he’s crazy, and every scene they have together is instantly my new favorite. But I have to say, Suzy is the big winner today, because this was too glorious for words: