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 8 Recap
One by one the witnesses and defendant arrive for questioning, and Woo-tak’s partner is the cop called in to testify about the case. He says nervously that his partner is asking to speak to Jae-chan and hands over his phone, and on the other end, Woo-tak and Hong-joo hurriedly tell him that they both had dreams about his interrogation today.
Hers ends badly while his ends well, and after comparing their dreams, the only difference they found was that in Hong-joo’s dream Jae-chan does the questioning, and in Woo-tak’s dream Chief Choi takes the lead.
They urge him to have Chief Choi take over the interrogation, but Jae-chan is unsure, especially as he watches how friendly Chief Choi is with Yoo-bum. He hesitates, not knowing if he can be trusted… but in the end he tells Chief Choi to do the questioning, and Yoo-bum looks surprised.
Hong-joo wonders why the two dreams were different, and Woo-tak asks if her dreams have ever been wrong. She says they weren’t until she met Jae-chan, which is when they began changing. She hopes that Woo-tak’s dream is the right one. Eek, you guys are making me nervous.
Chief Choi begins the questioning, and Jae-chan is shocked that Hong-joo’s prediction was right about So-yoon’s father pleading not guilty to all charges. Yoo-bum shows them a contract signed by husband and wife stating that he’d give her a huge sum if he ever hit her again, and plays a recording he secretly made of Hong-joo’s mom at the restaurant, telling So-yoon’s mom that she can just collect her settlement.
Yoo-bum also objects to the charge against kicking the wife the night of the piano concert, pointing out that the footprints on her blouse were a different size. He whips out a ruler and measures his client’s foot in front of everyone for show.
Throughout all of this, Chief Choi seems to be entirely on Yoo-bum’s side. He asks Yoo-bum to elaborate on his theory, in which So-yoon’s mom hatches a plan to use her skiing injuries to collect a sum of money from her husband. Chief Choi reacts like this is entirely plausible, even offering So-yoon’s father a tissue for his crocodile tears.
Yoo-bum smirks and Jae-chan’s face falls, and Chief Choi says he must’ve felt terrible when his wife collapsed, he swore he didn’t hit her, and then they arrested him anyway. But then he stops there and asks Jae-chan if he’s the only one who finds this odd. Yay, he’s not on Yoo-bum’s team after all!
Chief Choi points out how strange it is that the husband said that, and Jae-chan jumps on it, wondering why the first words out of his mouth weren’t worry or a cry for help. They play back the footage from the reporter who was doing So-yoon’s interview when her mother collapsed, and it clearly shows that her father’s first reaction was to cover up the footprints on her blouse and blurt that he didn’t do it, when no one asked him.
So-yoon’s father starts blabbering nervously that his feet are a different size, and Jae-chan demands to measure his shoes, not his feet, and the cop and the reporter get all handsy like they’re going to lift him onto the desk. Jae-chan asks if that’s all the evidence the defense has prepared, and then asks Hyang-mi to bring over the prosecution’s evidence, and it’s a giant cart full of stuff.
The defendant starts to cave, and Yoo-bum yells at him to stop talking. Jae-chan turns on the pressure and says that he already has enough to indict, but how the defendant chooses to cooperate with the investigation will determine the outcome. So-yoon’s father blurts that he was going to plead guilty but his lawyer talked him out of it and manufactured all the false evidence. Excellent.
Chief Choi gives Jae-chan his seat so that he can take over. Hong-joo and the moms jump for joy at the news, and Woo-tak fist-pumps at the station.
At school, So-yoon leaps at Seung-won to tell him the good news, grinning from ear to ear, and he picks her up and spins her around in front of everyone. Squeee! Can you please date now?
Afterwards, Chief Choi offers Yoo-bum a coffee, and Yoo-bum says he was a little disappointed today to see that Chief Choi had changed, having thought that he’d always be on his side. Chief Choi says he’s never been on anyone’s side, and that if he perceives him differently, it’s Yoo-bum who’s changed, not him. Yoo-bum tosses the coffee in the trash on his way out, scoffing bitterly.
Hyang-mi tells Jae-chan that he was a little bit awesome today, and Jae-chan in turn admits that he misunderstood Chief Choi. Jae-chan starts listing all of the things he’d assumed were suspicious about Chief Choi, like leaving work early or sending texts from work, which he thought were signs that he’d taken bribes and was leaking evidence. Jae-chan bows in sincere apology and leaves, not realizing that the boss was standing behind him the whole time, to poor Chief Choi’s dismay.
Hoobae-sunbae Hee-min gives Jae-chan a card for an ace divorce lawyer she knows, saying that So-yoon’s mother will need someone of his caliber to get anything out of her husband, and he thanks her for thinking of that. She puffs up when he finally refers to her as a sunbae, and quotes his embarrassing line about making an impact. When she reveals that they were all watching him rehearse his interrogation skills, he shrivels up in mortification.
The moms close the restaurant that night to celebrate with the kids and Woo-tak, and Hong-joo’s mom gives “our Prosecutor Jung” another point for doing a good job on the case. Jae-chan lurks awkwardly outside the restaurant, and Woo-tak runs out to force him inside. So-yoon notes that both guys are here too often, grinning that she thinks she knows the reason.
Said reason is busy making a fool of herself at the bus stop, practicing her reaction to Jae-chan’s success, from thumbs-up to chic indifference to aegyo. She throws her arms out and offers a hug… to the mirror in the street, making the people around her snigger.
She waits and waits and then gets on the bus just as he gets off, and he tellingly breaks into a smile when he sees another woman from behind who looks like Hong-joo. They search for each other along the usual route home, and he sighs to realize that he still doesn’t have her phone number.
He spots Hong-joo up ahead though, stopping to peer into every shop window on her way, obviously looking for him. He sneaks up to ask what she’s looking for, and she beams.
Cherry blossoms start to fall as they walk, which looks exactly like one of Hong-joo’s dreams. She hands him her business card so that he has her number, and it turns out that she does have a job—as a broadcast reporter, though she says she’s on break right now.
She says she heard about So-yoon’s father and how he charged him for all of the past cases too, and sighs in relief about her dream not coming true. He asks why she didn’t mention it this morning, and she says she just wanted to cheer him on.
She asks why he was looking for her, which he denies. But she points out that he’s wearing her restaurant’s apron again, and he cringes again. He affirms that he doesn’t want her to cheer him on because he hears it as a threat, and futzes with the apron because he can’t get it off.
She reaches around his neck to untie it, and says that no matter the outcome, she’ll be thankful either way because he worked hard. She tells him she won’t be disappointed in him, so he shouldn’t dislike her cheering him on, and gives him another “Fighting!”
He smiles and answers, “Thank you,” which is exactly what he murmured on the bus ride this morning in his sleep.
Time slows and she closes her eyes and stands on her tiptoes waiting for a kiss. She goes higher and higher and higher… And then HE gets on his tiptoes too, so that she can’t reach him. LOL, I’m dying.
He asks what she’s doing, and she opens her eyes and runs off with the apron to cover up her embarrassment as he laughs. I wonder why her dream changed though.
Seung-won’s mouth hangs open when So-yoon invites him over to Hong-joo’s for breakfast one morning, amazed that they feast like this every day.
He gets glum when So-yoon says that her study abroad program has been confirmed, but she tells him not to worry because the dorms have great wifi and she can chat with him every day. He brightens instantly at that.
Hong-joo chooses that moment to tease So-yoon about needing good plumbing at her dorm bathrooms, which So-yoon obviously does not want to discuss in front of Seung-won. Hong-joo is relentless, until finally So-yoon’s mom cops to it being her poop, and So-yoon gets angry for being framed.
They wonder why Jae-chan didn’t come over, and Seung-won says he had somewhere to go. Jae-chan is visiting his father’s ashes, and he adds a group photo of everyone at Hong-joo’s restaurant.
He thinks back to the way his father encouraged him to become a prosecutor with a cute little “Fighting!” and says that he was afraid of disappointing Dad so much that he worked really hard, to the point that he was so weary sometimes he wanted to run away. “I must have loved you that much,” he says.
“I have someone now who cheers me on the way you did,” Jae-chan thinks as he saves Hong-joo’s number into this phone. He remembers sleeping on her shoulder on the bus, and this time we see the dream he was having.
Hong-joo unties his apron under the cherry blossoms and promises not to be disappointed in him. He continues in voiceover, “She’s someone who says it’s okay whether I do well or not. But… I keep wanting to do well.”
The “thank you” that he said on the bus was the same one he said in the dream, and as she closes her eyes for the kiss, he says in voiceover, “That feeling scares me.”
In his dream, when she gets up on her tiptoes, he smiles sweetly and then takes a step closer, and leans in to kiss her.
…Which is the very moment that Hong-joo had woken him up on the bus, explaining his flustered reaction.
Jae-chan’s voiceover ends with: “Before I grow weary because of those feelings, before those feelings grow bigger, I want to run away.”
We catch a glimpse of Seung-won’s photo board in his room, with pictures of his family, and him with So-yoon. A shot of the two brothers at a school function morphs into the scene, where Seung-won was busy noticing So-yoon just across the way.
I just related so much to Jae-chan’s problem in this episode, of disliking expectations and choosing distance over possibly becoming a disappointment to someone down the line. It’s cowardly of him, but all relationships involve a struggle with maintaining expectations of a sort, whether it’s parent to child, friends, or lovers, and I totally get his constant effort to lower everyone’s expectations—he does this at work, with his brother, and now with Hong-joo.
He clearly prefers to be underrated, and I could feel the burden building when Seung-won and So-yoon and Woo-tak started looking at him with hero worship in their eyes, like he was going to save the day and make it all better, which is a lot to take on when he’s still a rookie at his job and not exactly very good at it (yet). He’s also a parent to his brother, which means he has to be someone he can look up to but still put food on the table, which turns out to often be at odds in his profession. It just felt very relatable and normal, which is the kind of thing this writer does so well within her fantasy dramas—the characters feel like regular people despite the strange powers they have, and it’s often their small, everyday problems that touch us the most.
On that front, I’m glad to know that Hong-joo has a job, because I was starting to feel like she really might not have a life outside of Jae-chan, so it’s nice to know she has a career of her own. I like the combination of prosecutor-reporter-cop in the Three Flying Dragons, since they could get a lot done as a trio even without their dream premonitions. It does feel familiar—it’s Pinocchio crossed with I Hear Your Voice—but I liked those dramas, and it’s an upgrade to add a competent cop.
I’m so happy that Little Bro got his loveline (So. Cute.) that I’m not really all that mad about Jae-chan backing out of that kiss. I had a feeling he’d chosen to change the future when the moment didn’t match up to Hong-joo’s dream, and it’s another indicator that Jae-chan is the trigger when it comes to actually changing the course of events. It’s extra confusing when Woo-tak’s dreams are different though, because Hong-joo’s dreams line up with Jae-chan’s for the most part, and I’m wondering if that means that Woo-tak is dreaming in a different timeline (which hurts my head a little), or if their fates are at odds (which worries me).
I think it’s safe to say at this point that Woo-tak is a good person, or maybe I just got hoodwinked by the whole Batman-Robin dog thing? He seemed genuinely happy about Jae-chan doing the right thing and did everything he could to help, so I feel okay to trust his motivations. He’s maybe a little naïve when it comes to using their dreams to change the future, thinking of it only as heroic without the possible consequences attached, but I like what he adds to the group, as a friend and a romantic rival. Jealousy is always welcome in my book, so I’m all for Batman getting the edge until Jae-chan regrets not going in for the kiss. Although I’m also okay with him taking his sweet time as long as we’re still privy to the previews of their romance in their dreams.