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 7 Recap
I like this relationship. It’s not passionate or dramatic, but they’re bright and warm and comforting together. I love their families too, and the more it starts to meld into one large neighborly unit, the happier I get. Maybe it can always be this way? Or maybe the show is just lulling me into a false sense of security to rip my heart out later, with more impact.
EPISODE 7: “A Few Good Men”
In a dream, pianist So-yoon and her mother are threatened to return home. Lawyer Yoo-bum delivers her father’s message that he’ll cut off all support for her to play the piano. So-yoon says she’ll quit, but Mom insists that she’ll beg.
So-yoon screams in protest and grabs a chopstick from the table, and slams it toward her own hand…
In that split second, Hong-joo sees what she’s about to do and lurches forward, protecting So-yoon’s hand with her own. The chopstick stabs Hong-joo’s hand right through, blood spilling as her mother cries out. In the background, officer Woo-tak and his partner gape in shock.
Officer Woo-tak wakes from the dream with a start, scaring his dog. Later that day he asks his partner what it means if he keeps dreaming about a person, and his partner says it’s obviously lovesickness and asks about the woman in his dreams.
Woo-tak thinks back to his dream about Jae-chan and replies, “It’s usually a man…” heh. Woo-tak says they aren’t those kind of dreams, but they’re the kind that feel like what he saw will happen in real life.
His partner thinks he’s spouting crazy nonsense and offers to buy him samgyupsal for dinner tonight, which is exactly what they did in Woo-tak’s dream. Woo-tak turns him down, saying that he thinks he’ll have other plans tonight.
Fast-forward to the middle of his dinner with Jae-chan, when lawyer Yoo-bum walks into Hong-joo’s restaurant right on cue. Little bro Seung-won slams a plate of fruit on the table (I just love this passive-aggressive waiter bit), and then Yoo-bum tells So-yoon and her mother that he’s here out of concern for them, because they’ll be cut off financially if her father’s case goes to trial, and her talent will go to waste. Scumbag.
Thankfully Hong-joo’s mother interjects and calls Yoo-bum out for his scare tactics, and reminds So-yoon’s mother that you don’t need a husband to survive in this world, and that she’ll get enough in the divorce settlement to support her daughter on her own. That’s what I’m sayin’.
So-yoon’s mom steels her nerves and says the divorce papers are ready, but she wavers when Yoo-bum points out that her husband has already made sure to separate his assets so that she can’t touch them. Mom says she already agreed not to press charges because of this, but Yoo-bum tells her that the prosecutor is pursuing the case anyway, and it’s up to her to beg for him to stop.
So-yoon’s eyes pool with tears and she gets this faraway look as she says that if the case is dropped, they’ll go back and hell will begin again. Yoo-bum shows them the apology that her father wrote, as if that proves he’s a changed man, but So-yoon just says she’ll quit piano so that she doesn’t need her father’s money.
Mom says she’ll go beg the prosecutor to drop the case, and So-yoon screams at her not to. She picks up the chopstick…
Hong-joo’s eyes dart over to her, and Woo-tak stands up. But it’s Jae-chan slamming his hands on his table that makes everyone freeze. He says loudly that there’s no need for that, and stalks over to their table, surprising Yoo-bum.
Jae-chan makes the legal distinction between violence that has or hasn’t caused injury to others, pointing out that it’s no use if Mom begs him to drop the case because he’s going to indict for the greater crime no matter what. He picks up the apology letter and wryly notes how similar it is to the last one, as if it’s been copied.
He especially likes the part in the letter about shedding his flaws and becoming a new person, and makes a clever pun [the words for “flaw” and “skin” are homophones]: “Isn’t shedding skin what a snake does, not a person? A snake that gets bigger and more grotesque each time it sheds its skin.” In the background, Woo-tak and Hong-joo both smile at him proudly.
Yoo-bum says he’s just here to offer advice, but Jae-chan says he’s here to threaten, and suggests that he advise his client to confess for a lighter sentence. Nicely done.
Jae-chan turns to So-yoon and sweetly tells her that the lawyer ajusshi is just scared he’ll lose in court and came here to bluff, making an adorable growling gesture. He retracts the claws and meows to illustrate how scary Yoo-bum actually is, and assures her that all they have to do is abide by the law.
She drops the chopstick and Woo-tak relaxes, and Jae-chan puts his hand over hers as he promises to protect her mother. So-yoon’s sass returns and she calls Jae-chan childish for making animal noises at her like she’s a little kid. Everyone is able to smile again, and my favorite reaction is Seung-won’s quiet smile as he looks over at his brother.
Woo-tak watches the scene in wonder, and as the camera pans from his left side to his right, his dream morphs into reality. He thinks, “The one trivial thing I changed stopped something horrible from happening.” But his expression goes from happy to pensive.
So-yoon washes dishes out back, and Hong-joo tells her to stop before she injures her hand. So-yoon doesn’t think that sounds so bad, since then she could quit piano and her mom would be free from her dad, and Hong-joo asks if that’s why she was planning to stab her own hand earlier.
So-yoon admits it and explains that she can live without the stupid piano, but she can’t live without her mom. Hong-joo says she feels the same way, and the girls bicker childishly again. From around the corner, So-yoon’s mom watches them with tears in her eyes.
Jae-chan watches his brother bus a table with a scowl on his face, and Seung-won stammers that he’s just helping out a neighbor in need. Jae-chan says sarcastically that he’s just overflowing with neighborly love and justice, and Seung-won mutters under his breath, “I must take after you.” D’awwwwwww.
Seung-won reminds him to keep his promise to So-yoon because he’s trusting him, but Jae-chan just tells him to take the apron off.
As Woo-tak pays their bill, Jae-chan picks up his previous line of questioning about this not being a coincidence. Woo-tak agrees to answer if Jae-chan treats him to round two.
When they end up at a convenience store, Woo-tak cries foul at the difference between samgyupsal and a bag of chips, and insists that this doesn’t officially count. He hesitates and says he’s going to sound like a crazy person, and finally tells Jae-chan that he saw tonight’s events in a dream.
Jae-chan: “You have dreams too?” Woo-tak: “Too?! What do you mean ‘too’?” Jae-chan says he dreams of future events too, citing the Valentine’s Day accident, and Woo-tak’s mind is blown.
He asks if this is common, and Jae-chan says he doesn’t know, “But this person is like us too.” He points out the window, and Woo-tak jumps to see Hong-joo standing there smiling at them innocently.
Cut to: the three of them sitting in a row, staring off into space as they process this. They search for possible similarities among them, ruling out their birth year (too many other dragons in the world), blood type, or birth month (they’re all different). They all mindlessly reach for their yogurts and lick the lids, and Hong-joo says that must be it, which gets shot down immediately.
Woo-tak is excited by all of this, saying that they stopped huge things from happening, but Hong-joo and Jae-chan are more subdued, knowing that they may have blocked certain events, but nothing is finished. Woo-tak argues that So-yoon’s father’s case will end well because they can trust Jae-chan, and Jae-chan just smiles weakly.
As Hong-joo and Jae-chan walk home, he asks why she followed him to the convenience store, and she says she wanted to tell him something. He protests if she’s about to say that she trusts him or wants him to keep his promise, because he’s heard that a lot today and especially doesn’t want to hear it from her.
But she came for her restaurant’s apron, which he’s still wearing, and he cringes in embarrassment. She asks why he hates hearing that other people have expectations for him, and he says he hears it as a threat—do well or I’ll be disappointed in you.
She perks up at the corollary—that he especially doesn’t want to disappoint her—and starts crowding his personal space to ask why. He scowls and insists that he doesn’t want to disappoint anyone, man or woman, young or old, or even a passing dog. She knowingly says she understands, and he’s annoyed that she sees through him.
As Jae-chan walks away, Seung-won and So-yoon come out from their hiding place behind a car. She asks why they were hiding, and Seung-won says he didn’t want his brother to get the wrong idea.
They wonder why he’s heading back out instead of going home, and Seung-won guesses that he’s going to work because he doesn’t want to disappoint any passing dogs.
Jae-chan works all night, scaring his staff when they find him at his desk in the morning. He heads out with Chief Choi to do some field investigating, saying that he’ll do all the work. But Chief Choi watches him painstakingly draw a sketch of blueprint and schools him by taking a picture of the original on his phone, ha.
In the background, the TV displays this week’s winning lottery numbers, and Chief Choi crumples up his losing ticket. Jae-chan doesn’t pay attention at all, which is probably a good thing because they’re Hong-joo’s numbers—the ones he ripped up the ticket for.
Jae-chan is so exhausted that he falls asleep the instant his head hits the pillow, and he wakes up feeling like barely a minute passed. He rushes back out to work without breakfast.
Woo-tak makes a dissatisfied face at his own breakfast, and decides that his dog’s food is better than his. Omg, he’s wearing a Batman sweatshirt and his dog’s name is Robin. Could he be any cuter?
Breakfast is a feast over at Hong-joo’s house, and they celebrate So-yoon getting a scholarship to study abroad. Her mother says they can go home soon because Jae-chan assured her that her husband won’t go free this time.
Hong-joo looks concerned, perhaps worried for Jae-chan, while her mom cheerily takes out a pocket notebook and marks one point for “prosecutor.” Heh, I wonder if the other pages say “cop” and “lawyer.”
Jae-chan can barely stay awake as he waits for the bus, and starts nodding off the instant he sits down. His head wobbles in all directions until Hong-joo suddenly slides into the seat next to his and leans him against her shoulder. He snuggles closer and she covers his eyes from the sun to let him rest, and he spends the ride to work sleeping comfortably.
When they get to their stop, Hong-joo gently wakes him, and Jae-chan murmurs sleepily, “Thank you.” But then when he wakes up and opens his eyes, he seems startled by her presence, and she wonders if he was having a dream. She asks if he dreamt of something that will happen in the future, but he stammers a “no” and seems very flustered.
She walks him to work and he asks if she doesn’t have a job because she’s always following him around, but she just takes that as another sign of interest in her and says she approves. She avoids the question about her job though.
Hong-joo says she dreamt of him falling asleep on the bus and riding it all the way to the end of the line, and getting yelled at by his boss for being tardy. She straightens his tie as she says she wanted to take away one bit of stress from the tiring day he’s about to have. He’s confident that he’ll be able to put So-yoon’s father away, but Hong-joo doesn’t look so sure.
We see a flash of her dream, in which Yoo-bum and his client walk away from the interrogation smiling, while Jae-chan slams his case file down in frustration. She doesn’t say any of this to Jae-chan, and just gives him a cheerful “Fighting!” as he heads off.
So-yoon’s father gripes about being called into the prosecutor’s office for questioning, but Yoo-bum assures him that he’s got all their bases covered.
Woo-tak makes notes about the three dream-seers’ commonalities, to which he adds that they’re all good-looking, pfft. He shoots down a coworker’s offer to eat lunch and heads to Hong-joo’s restaurant by himself, where Mom remembers him as the young man from the other night and also the time he returned her cell phone. He insists that he’s just here because he loves the food, though he obviously lights up the second Hong-joo arrives. Mom knowingly tells Hong-joo to take over the table, and then jots down in her notepad one point for the cop. Hee.
Woo-tak suggests dinner later for the Three Flying Dragons, but Hong-joo says Jae-chan won’t be in the mood. She tells him about her dream, but Woo-tak looks confused and says he dreamt the opposite—that Jae-chan secures a satisfying indictment and So-yoon’s father begs. Whaaa? Your dreams are opposite now?
In the interrogation room, things seem to be going the way Woo-tak predicted, as Jae-chan argues that if by the husband’s logic, it’s his wife’s fault that he hit her because she deserved it, then it’s the husband’s fault if Jae-chan hits him now.
He loosens his tie and dramatically slams his hands down for impact… and then we see that the room is empty. Wah-waaah.
Jae-chan wonders if that was a bit harsh, and then starts practicing other ways to make an impact, not realizing that the entire time, his fellow prosecutors have been sitting on the other side of the two-way mirror and enjoying the show. I’m so embarrassed for you.