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 14 Recap
Seung-won finds Jae-chan at home, completely ignoring the dog’s rampage of destruction and instead spying on Hong-joo in the dark like a crazy person. Jae-chan snarls to see Woo-tak being treated to a barbecue party across the street.
Mom takes out her notebook and decides that Woo-tak is back in the game, giving him a point for saving Hong-joo. Mom promises to bring him back to health with the best care, and asks what he likes to eat.
Woo-tak looks around for sesame leaves and says he has to have them when eating meat, and Jae-chan sighs when Woo-tak calls to send him on the errand. Jae-chan agrees through gritted teeth and then tells his brother that he just remembered the poem: “You have look from a distance / To see that it is pretty / You have to look for a short time / To see that it is lovable.”
Seung-won asks if there’s really a poem like that, and Jae-chan kicks him for being dumb. (The original is: “You have to look closely / To see that it is pretty / You have to look long / To see that it is lovable.”)
But when Jae-chan goes outside, Hong-joo joins him, saying that Woo-tak requested even more things.
Woo-tak video-calls them while they’re shopping and directs Hong-joo to buy a stuffed penguin because it looks like her, and then proceeds to micromanage the whole shopping trip, directing Jae-chan to model cutesy sleeping masks and enjoying his grumpy reactions.
They’re out so late that Hong-joo notes that the barbecue party is long over, and Jae-chan smirks in satisfaction that Woo-tak never got his sesame leaves. In front of their usual coffee shop, Hong-joo notes that the Cupid Barista isn’t back at work yet.
When they get back home, Hong-joo refuses Jae-chan’s help carrying the bags out of the car, saying that she doesn’t want to keep being indebted to him, because she feels like all she does is take his help and rack up debt.
He asks if he can’t be an exception, and asks her to just take and not ever repay him. She asks in her usual jokey way if she makes him want to protect and help her. He replies, “Yes,” very sincerely, which catches her off-guard.
She asks what’s up with him lately, always replying to her comedy with melodrama, but he just continues to be swoony and grabs her hand, declaring that she can consider all her debts paid with this… and he leans in to kiss her. But at the last second when he’s just inches from her lips, he stops. He leans forward again, but the seatbelt catches, refusing to let him go any further. Pwahahahahaha.
The best part is, he just keeps trying, as the seatbelt stays locked in place and Hong-joo stares at him, wide-eyed. She asks what he’s doing, and he awkwardly pretends that nothing happened.
No one answers the doorbell, so Hong-joo asks Jae-chan to hold all the bags so she can fish out her keys, and she stops to ask what he was trying to do in the car. Embarrassed, he tells her not to bring it up, pointing out that she did something similar once when she was untying his apron, and he had the manners not to mention it to her. Ha.
At that, Hong-joo grabs his face with both hands and kisses him lightly. Cute!
He’s so stunned that he just stands there like a stone, and Hong-joo asks awkwardly if this wasn’t it. She laughs in embarrassment and tells him to pretend it didn’t happen, and then has to take the shopping bags out of his hands before running inside to deal with her mortification in private.
Jae-chan remains standing there for a long beat, which we see from the intercom camera… that Woo-tak has been watching the whole time. Aw, poor Batman.
He pretends not to have heard the doorbell when Hong-joo comes inside, and she offers to return any of the stuff he doesn’t like. But he just smiles at her and says he likes all of it, without even looking in the bags.
Jae-chan comes home still in a daze, but then the shock finally wears off and he breaks into a goofy grin. He touches his lips and cups his face sheepishly, twirling around like a happy kid.
He’s in such a good mood that his reaction to Robin the dog pooping in the house is to hug and praise him, earning him a kiss from Robin and a confused stare from Seung-won.
Seung-won says “that ajusshi” somehow found their new address and sent them money again, and he asks if they can’t just start using it now. But Jae-chan says it’s going back, which doesn’t surprise Seung-won in the least.
The sight of the envelope takes Jae-chan back to a memory of his father’s funeral, where he’d grabbed Hong-joo and fled from the reporters. They hid out of sight and overheard them searching for the cop’s son and the bus driver’s son (well at least that explains why he assumed she was a boy), but then the reporters had gotten distracted by the arrival of the soldier’s older brother, a cop.
Hong-joo had spotted the cop hiding in the same room with them, and Jae-chan was shocked to recognize him as the kind advice-giving Junior Cop who worked with his father.
Junior Cop shed tears as he apologized to them for what his brother did, and Jae-chan pushed him against the wall, crying, “You said I’d have lots of time in the future! That I could make it up to my father! But there’s no future anymore! I have no father!”
In the present, Jae-chan adds the letter with no return address to a drawer filled with countless more envelopes of the same kind.
Jae-chan waits and waits outside Hong-joo’s house the next morning, while she’s sprawled out on the ground, spying on him through the crack underneath her gate. Mom catches her, and she asks Mom to tell Jae-chan she already left.
So of course Mom goes right outside and tattles on Hong-joo, forcing her to come out and face the music. She keeps avoiding Jae-chan and keeping her distance as they walk, so he keeps pulling her closer to him. She pretends not to remember even seeing him last night, so he agrees that nothing happened last night, and tells her to stop avoiding him and stop disappearing when he wants to find her.
Cable Guy is back at the archer’s house to fix the internet line, which she complains is the third time this month. He assures her that the problem has been fixed and asks her to give him a good rating when she gets the call. She grumbles about the spotty service, so he offers to take out the recycling again, and this time his expression darkens even more when she closes the door behind her.
The officer with a crush on Woo-tak is filling in for him on patrol with his partner, and they answer an emergency call from the archer’s house. When they get there, the housekeeper is in shock, and they gasp to find the archer dead in her living room, lying in a pool of blood, which has then been drawn into some sort of symbol on the floor around her.
Hong-joo covers the story on the morning news, which everyone watches as they set the breakfast table at her house (yay, they’re all eating breakfast together!). Cable Guy is identified as the prime suspect, and Woo-tak watches the TV with obvious interest, making Hong-joo ask if he knows the suspect.
But Woo-tak says no and asks Mom for a list of side dishes to take home with him today, and Jae-chan is inappropriately happy to hear that he’s going home. The outburst makes Woo-tak smile to himself, knowing why Jae-chan is reacting that way.
Later that night, they load up Woo-tak’s car and drive him home, and this time when they pass by the coffee shop, Hong-joo spots Cupid Barista and all three of them are relieved to see her back at work. Hong-joo’s concern makes Woo-tak smile and look back at her.
As they help Woo-tak unpack his things, Hong-joo notes the empty state of his refrigerator sadly. Jae-chan asks how his stab wound is healing, and when Woo-tak offers to show him, Jae-chan hugs him to prevent him from showing off his abs again.
Woo-tak walks them to the elevator, and Hong-joo reminds him that Mom told him to come over for breakfast every morning, and to tell her if he runs out of side dishes. Jae-chan adds that he’ll run over if he needs anything, but Woo-tak says he’s fine now, and they should consider their debt repaid.
Woo-tak surprises them by saying that Jae-chan was right—that he doesn’t blame them for his injury, and he’s just glad that Hong-joo is okay. He leans in close to tell Hong-joo not to cry or feel guilty anymore, and Jae-chan and Hong-joo both recognize those words from the park.
Woo-tak saw it in a dream, of course, and Jae-chan asks if that’s why he purposely ordered them around like minions, to ease their burden and guilt. Aw. Woo-tak confirms it with a grin and sends them on their way.
Hilariously, Jae-chan’s reaction is to be upset that Woo-tak ran them around on errands and then suddenly gets to seem all cool with one line, while making him look petty in comparison. Ha. He says that Woo-tak has a mysterious side, and that makes Hong-joo think of Woo-tak claiming that he had overly protective, doting parents, which doesn’t match up to the empty refrigerator she just saw. She agrees that he’s a mystery.
That night, something catches Robin’s attention and he gets out of bed, and Woo-tak stirs in his sleep. He dreams of being questioned at the prosecutor’s office by Jae-chan, about knowing the murder suspect, Cable Guy Do Hak-young.
In the dream, Woo-tak says that he and Hak-young were high school classmates, and roommates until a year and a half ago. He admits that when he heard about the case, he did think that Hak-young could be the culprit.
A phone call from Hong-joo wakes him up, and she asks if he’s okay, saying that she just had a dream about that murder suspect bursting into his apartment and threatening him. She guesses that Woo-tak knows him and lied about it, but he insists that he doesn’t.
Hong-joo tells him to lock the doors and call the police, and he laughs and reminds her that he IS the police, and assures her that he’ll be safe.
He smiles to himself after the call, but then suddenly the smile fades into a icy glare, and he stares across the room and says, “Why did you come here, Do Hak-young?” What?
Then we see that Hak-young has been sitting on the other side of the room with Robin in his lap this whole time. Jeepers. Hak-young has a really creepy far-off look in his eyes, and he says that the lock code hasn’t changed, wondering if it’s really been over a year since he’s lived here.
Hong-joo paces her room and finally decides to grab a coat and head out.
Woo-tak asks again why Hak-young came to him, and he says ominously, “I became a murderer.” But when he starts to explain himself, he swears up and down that he never killed anyone, but everyone’s made him out to be a killer.
Woo-tak says he’ll help and tells Hak-young to turn himself in, which he agrees to do. But he asks Woo-tak if he believes he’s innocent, saying that he came here because Woo-tak is the smartest and best person he knows.
Hak-young asks desperately if Woo-tak will take his side, and Woo-tak says wearily, “Do I have to say I believe you so that you’ll turn yourself in?” Ack, is that a thing to say to a possible murderer?
Hak-young reels at that and counters, “If I end up a murderer, then I’m going to spill your secret to the police,” and tells Woo-tak to prove his innocence if he wants to keep his secret.
What secret?! What is his secret? It’s probably not that bad, right? Although I can’t imagine why Woo-tak would be friends with a guy he could so easily believe would be a murderer, or why he’d cover for him and lie so baldly to Hong-joo when she and Jae-chan are bound to find out the truth… unless that secret were something colossal. He doesn’t seem to be afraid of Hak-young, but right now I’m not sure if that’s a comfort or not. We just got you out of the hospital! Now you have murderous friends and a dark past? Is this going to be the new pattern, where we end every episode leaving me worried about Woo-tak?
I loved the way he just casually got Hong-joo and Jae-chan to take care of him in an effort to ease their guilt, but it was so sad to think of it as a brief chance for him to be surrounded by love and warmth, because I’m fairly certain he lied about his loving parents. He’s always seemed a bit lonely and shut off, despite his friendly, upright demeanor, and that just makes me root for him to rely on Jae-chan and Hong-joo more so that they can get past his barriers. He obviously has a crush on Hong-joo, but he also seems to like Jae-chan just as much (which I adore), so I don’t expect him to ever cross a line when he so plainly sees how much they like each other. I mean, it’s one thing to accidentally witness their first kiss, but if he’s seeing their private conversations in his dreams, there’s really no unseeing the way they look at each other and depend on one another.
I do think we have Woo-tak to thank for giving Jae-chan a kick in the pants in the romance department, hilarious failure that it was. It was a treat to get an entire hour of Jae-chan being petty and jealous (it’s becoming Jung Hae-in’s specialty in dramaland, turning heroes into jealous children, which I don’t mind one bit). There’s nothing to make you throw all your second-guessing out the window like a rival who looks like that, sleeping over at your probably-girlfriend’s house. I really want more of these rom-com hijinks—I was so disappointed when he recovered and went back home so soon, because he brings out such a fun side of Jae-chan. But we seem to be headed for a much darker storyline with Woo-tak’s character.
One disappointment in recent episodes is the lack of development on the dream front, which has turned into a very straightforward pattern: vision of potential danger sends heroes to save the day, end of story. There were hints earlier on that the ripple effect of the Three Dragons changing the course of the future would be great, but the show has yet to follow through on how that cause-and-effect chain is actually carried out, and what changes have led to a future that maybe shouldn’t have happened. I do expect the drama to throw that wrench into the works when it’s least convenient for our characters, but right now the dreams feel like they’ve been sidelined, or flattened out in a way, to serve as a device for one primary purpose with little consequence attached. It’s not that I’m asking for suffering! I guess I just like my stakes sky-high. Or maybe I just can’t shake the feeling that the other shoe has got to drop, and someone’s dream is going to be very wrong at the worst possible time.