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 13 Recap
You know, for a light fantasy romance, there sure are a disproportionate number of killers running about in this drama. This is a show that’s never as dark as you fear because the good guys are truly good, but never actually safe either, because everything is tinged with impending doom. It doesn’t help that so many of our characters can see the future, which only serves to make every line of narration sound prophetic and ill-fated.
EPISODE 13: “A Secret I Cannot Tell”
We rewind to the moment when Jae-chan called Hong-joo earlier that night to check in, and see this time that officer Woo-tak had been watching the clock. He’d gotten a request from Jae-chan earlier to be with Hong-joo on this day and time, because of that frightening dream he had where she was running from a murderer.
Woo-tak had promised not to leave Hong-joo alone on that day and time no matter what… which we already know ended with him lying in a pool of blood after being stabbed and beaten by Chicken Oppa Dae-hee. Everybody hurry!
Jae-chan races to get there on time as well, and he decides to call ahead for police backup as he keeps checking his watch nervously. When he arrives, Jae-chan runs to Woo-tak’s side in a panic, but Woo-tak’s partner has thankfully gotten there before him, and says that he’s still breathing. Phew.
Jae-chan runs upstairs to the roof to save Hong-joo, ignoring Chief Choi’s cries for him to wait for his team because it’s dangerous. He ends up in a bloody fight with Dae-hee, who manages to gain the upper hand and choke Jae-chan, who struggles get free.
It’s a flying shoe to Dae-hee’s head that gives Jae-chan a chance to turn the tables, which comes from Hong-joo, of course. It gives Jae-chan’s investigator team just enough time to finally huff and puff up the stairs to make the arrest.
Jae-chan is so busy strutting over to Hong-joo like a drama hero that he completely misses Chief Choi gasping behind him, “How could you just go by yourself like that? Your legs, ostrich legs. Our legs, just legs!” Hee.
Jae-chan asks if the girls are okay, and Hong-joo wraps her arms around him and lets loose her tears, as he pets her hair affectionately and says it’s all over now. She asks after Woo-tak, and he doesn’t answer…
But sometime later, Woo-tak wakes up in his hospital bed with Hong-joo and Jae-chan by his side. The first thing he does is ask after Hong-joo, and she clutches his hand and assures him that she’s okay, making him smile in relief. His partner has the most emotional reaction out of all of them, elbowing his way in between Jae-chan and Hong-joo, crying dramatically and pinching Woo-tak’s cheeks.
Dae-hee gets put away in prison, where he screams for his lawyer like a madman, to no avail.
When they’re alone, Woo-tak tells Jae-chan that getting stabbed is not like the movies at all, where you can get stabbed a bunch of times and keep fighting. Jae-chan apologizes for asking him to protect Hong-joo that day, but Woo-tak says he’s grateful that Jae-chan told him to be there.
Jae-chan says that Dae-hee won’t go free this time, because he has evidence of poisoning, a testimony from the sister, and most importantly, the leading prosecutor is trustworthy. Woo-tak: “Ooh, who is it?” Jae-chan: “Me.”
When Jae-chan returns to the office, Hyang-mi peppers him with questions about his injuries in the line of duty, and Chief Choi complains very loudly about Jae-chan running off to be a hero all by himself without the rest of the team, not realizing that the chief prosecutor is standing right behind him. You people should just always assume the boss is standing there, because he usually is!
Jae-chan cringes and tries to stop him, but instead of getting in trouble for not following the rules, the chief prosecutor gives him credit for singlehandedly making the arrest. Poor Chief Choi.
Jae-chan runs into Yoo-bum in the elevator, and he asks Yoo-bum if he doesn’t find it difficult to be a lawyer after being a prosecutor, having to defend someone when you can see very plainly that he’s a bad guy. Jae-chan says he wouldn’t be able to do that no matter how many millions were thrown at him, but Yoo-bum tells him not to be so sure: “My today could be your tomorrow.”
Yoo-bum surprises him by saying that he won’t be defending Dae-hee anymore. He says that no matter the size of the pot, he won’t bet when the probability of winning is so low.
Chicken Oppa Dae-hee is still full of hot air when Jae-chan brings him in for questioning, accusing the prosecutors of keeping Yoo-bum away from him. Jae-chan gives him the cold hard truth—that Yoo-bum turned his case down because the odds of winning were so bad, and he’s been assigned a public defender.
Jae-chan relays a message from Yoo-bum using a metaphor that Yoo-bum had used with Dae-hee in their initial meeting, about knowing how empty a container is so that he can gauge how much water to fill it with. His message to Dae-hee now is that he’s broken and can’t be filled with water again, no matter what he does.
Dae-hee refuses to believe it and screams for Yoo-bum until he’s blue in the face, and finally has to be restrained for going ballistic.
At home, Jae-chan turns on the evening news to watch the report about his case, and his brother Seung-won is impressed when he sees Hong-joo on TV covering the story. Jae-chan sighs, a little dissatisfied, and Seung-won asks what’s wrong.
Jae-chan just thinks back to his dream where Hong-joo had been the one sitting beside him when he watched this news report, and he deflates to see Seung-won sitting where Hong-joo should be.
At Dae-hee’s trial, Jae-chan makes his case and asks for life imprisonment, as Hong-joo takes notes, while Dae-hee’s sister cries in the audience.
Afterwards, the chief prosecutor has an epiphany and puts up framed calligraphy in his office that means roughly, “Thanks to you, no thanks to me,” and announces to his staff that it’s his fault that a killer went free, and only thanks to Jae-chan that he was put away properly.
Except his idea of “my fault” consists of blaming himself for putting the rest of his staff on the case, forcing the rest of the prosecutors to quickly declare that it was actually their fault. Only Hee-min is unapologetic, deciding that it was Prosecutor Lee’s fault for not ordering the autopsy.
The two of them continue the argument out in the hall, where she refuses to budge and claim any of the responsibility for the first trial going awry. Prosecutor Lee asks if it doesn’t frighten her to think of how many people could have died because of their mistakes, saying that his hand is still shaking just thinking about it.
But Hee-min stubbornly refuses to take any responsibility, asking why that would be on her if a killer went free and killed more people. Yikes, you’re starting to sound a lot like Yoo-bum.
Hong-joo is lost in thought as she strolls through the park, remembering how Woo-tak told her to stay outside and faced the killer alone, and then bought her time to escape. When Jae-chan calls wanting to drop her off at work, she lies that she’s at the police station, only to find him standing right in front of her at the park.
He’s armed with a box of tissues, and tells her that he had a dream about her blaming herself and crying. She acts cool as a cucumber and calls that absurd, but next thing we know, she’s bawling with a stack of used tissues beside her.
Jae-chan knows she’s blaming herself for Woo-tak getting hurt, but he says he’s blaming himself more because his debt to Woo-tak is greater. She thinks he doesn’t seem to be very upset or overcome with guilt, but Jae-chan says he considered it from Woo-tak’s point of view, and realized that if he were in his shoes, he’d just be relieved that Hong-joo was okay.
At the same time, Prosecutor Lee finds Hee-min quietly crying by herself, and he smiles and turns around to let her be alone. In voiceover, Jae-chan tells Hong-joo not to feel guilty for too long, but to just remember it for a long time so that the debt can be repaid.
Prosecutor Lee stops Hyang-mi from disturbing Hee-min while she cries, and even leaves a post-it on the door asking not to be disturbed in the middle of an interrogation.
Jae-chan tells Hong-joo that there’s no use regretting spilled water—that the only thing you can do is slowly refill it, because time doesn’t flow backwards. She wonders if they’re lyrics to a song or something, because it sounds like he’s quoting someone else’s words, and he smiles.
It takes him back to the night of the motorcycle accident 13 years ago, when his father had been so disappointed in him for forging his grades. Little Jae-chan had been sobbing outside the police station when one of Dad’s junior officers came out and gave him that speech about spilled water, assuring him that he’d have lots of time to make it right and wipe away his father’s disappointment.
Junior Cop had told Jae-chan the same thing about keeping his guilt short but his memory long, and Little Jae-chan had agreed. In the present, he says that someone said it to him long ago, but he doesn’t remember who it was.
Hong-joo runs out of tissues and he offers her his tie, heh. She asks if she can lean on him, so he happily offers his shoulder too. Hong-joo repeats his words in voiceover, “Cry briefly, and feel guilty for a short while, but remember for a long, long time.”
She continues to narrate, “We couldn’t even imagine it then, that those warm words of comfort would become someone’s final words in the distant future.” Well that’s ominous.
At the home of an Olympic archer, a repair technician fixes the internet service. Cable Guy (cameo by Baek Sung-hyun) seems friendly enough, making nice with the archer to ask for a positive rating when she gets a service call asking how he did. The housekeeper asks him to take out the recycling on his way out, and though he doesn’t seem keen to do it, he agrees, hoping for a good rating.
His expression turns bitter when he’s alone though, and he puts up a Facebook post wondering if he should just leave. That message gets read by Woo-tak, who gives it a thumbs-up.
Hong-joo gets a text from Woo-tak asking her to come pick him up because he’s getting discharged from the hospital, and she dares to leave work early, leaving slave-driver Bong sunbae stuttering in her wake, thinking she’s lost her mind.
Jae-chan is a little taken aback when he catches sight of Woo-tak’s muscles as he changes clothes, and Woo-tak says all cops look like this. Jae-chan notes that his partner doesn’t seem to look that way, all the while flexing in his dress shirt and tie, heh.
Hong-joo bursts into the room while Woo-tak is still half-nekkid, and the only one who freaks out is Jae-chan, who falls all over himself to run over to Woo-tak, using a jacket to hide the hottie from Hong-joo.
He snaps at her for not knocking, and Hong-joo just hops around behind him, trying to get a peek at Woo-tak, haha. Jae-chan squeaks at Woo-tak to get dressed faster, and Woo-tak just smiles, amused by the whole thing.
Woo-tak asks Hong-joo if he can impose and stay at her house for a few days, and Jae-chan blurts, “WHY?” He says the doctor told him to rest up at home for a few days, but he can’t nurse himself and can’t go to his parents’ house.
Jae-chan offers to drive him to his parents, but Woo-tak says he signed a contract with them that he’d quit the police force if he got hurt, so he can’t let them know. Hong-joo is happy to help, and Jae-chan offers his house instead. But Woo-tak says he has a different favor to ask of Jae-chan.
Cut to: Seung-won arriving home to his house torn to shreds, covered in a blanket of toilet paper and pillow stuffing. He panics and calls for Hyung, but Robin the dog comes out to greet him instead. HA.