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While You Were Sleeping: Episodes 17-18

The unfortunate limitation of these future dream visions seems to be that you can only really change one or two crucial details, rather than stop an event from happening completely. So as time inevitably flows towards Hong-joo’s nightmare, like it or not, the question is whether they can change the right detail… Tell me when it’s safe to look!

 

 
EPISODE 17: “The Usual Suspects”

Yoo-bum prepares for a press conference regarding the murder of the Olympic archer and asks his assistant if she has fake tears handy. He enters the room crying into his handkerchief and tells the reporters that the archer’s father has late-stage terminal cancer and is in the hospital right now.

He argues that the prosecutor is mishandling the case, and pressures the press with a guilt trip into doing their part so that a murderer doesn’t go free.

Seung-won wakes up in the middle of the night to find Jae-chan passed out on the couch, muttering about the case in his sleep. He tries valiantly to pick up his brother and nearly throws out his back in the process, and settles for tucking him in with a blanket.

Meanwhile, Hong-joo wakes up crying from her horrible dream about Jae-chan getting stabbed on his way to give her a ring, and she races over to Jae-chan’s house in the middle of night.

She’s nearly out of her mind with worry and brushes past Jae-chan at the gate without a word, and barges into his room to start rifling through his closet. Aw, are you trying to throw out the clothes he was wearing in the dream?

The boys stare at her in confusion as she yanks suits out of the closet while sobbing, and Jae-chan stops her to ask what’s wrong. She falls to the ground and ekes out in between sobs that he gets hurt and spills so much blood in her dream. Jae-chan just holds her and says over and over that it’ll be okay.

Once she’s calmed down a little, the boys stand around awkwardly while she gets all her tears out, and she orders Jae-chan to stop wearing suits and not to use crosswalks, and to stop seeing her since that’s the safest.

Jae-chan refuses, arguing that he’s a prosecutor and needs to wear suits, and doesn’t want to give up how good he looks in them. Pfft. He doesn’t think jaywalking from now on is a very reasonable idea either, and absolutely refuses to stay away from her.

She softens at that, and he gets out pen and paper to jot down the details of her dream step by step, so that they can figure this out together and stop it. Good answer!

In the morning, Seung-won steps out of his room and then tiptoes right back inside when he sees Jae-chan and Hong-joo snuggled up together on the couch, having fallen asleep like that.

Hong-joo wakes up first and says to herself, “It’s my turn to protect you now. Will I be able to?” She reaches out to touch him, and he says as if answering her thoughts, “Don’t worry, it will never happen the way it does in your dream.”

He caresses her face as her eyes fill with tears again, and she begs him, “Please don’t get hurt.” He promises, and she holds his hand and says, “I like you,” making him smile.

At the breakfast table, Jae-chan is the only one shoveling food into his mouth, while everyone else stares at him. He tells them to stop looking at him like he’s just received his death sentence, but everyone from Mom to Woo-tak is too concerned about Hong-joo’s dream to eat.

Hong-joo confirms that the dream changed when Jae-chan dropped the charges against Woo-tak’s friend, murder suspect Hak-young. In the initial version of her dream, Jae-chan had made it across the street without incident, but after the change in Hak-young’s case, Jae-chan got stabbed before entering the crosswalk.

But things take a turn for the worse when the morning news covers Hak-young’s release and Yoo-bum’s statement, in which he reveals that Hak-young was convicted of theft and assault and shouldn’t be let free.

Mom asks Woo-tak if that’s true, and Woo-tak says it was over ten years ago, when Hak-young had stolen a g.o.d autograph from a neighborhood restaurant to hang up in his mom’s shop. The ajusshi had turned his mom’s restaurant upside-down in a rage, and though Hak-young was just trying to stop him, the ajusshi pressed charges.

Seung-won finds even more bad news online: Jae-chan has been identified as the prosecutor in the case and netizens have already outed every bit of personal information available, along with nasty comments.

Hong-joo guesses that whoever stabbed him in her dream must have been enraged by this news report. As we see protestors outside the prosecutor’s office (with one man wearing a black bucket hat like the attacker in Hong-joo’s dream), Hak-young being ostracized as a murderer, and the archer’s parents devastated at the news, Hong-joo narrates that it could be a heartbroken fan, or someone angry at the world, or a parent who can’t get justice for losing a daughter.

Hong-joo holds Jae-chan’s hand and continues in voiceover: “The one thing for sure is that in order to stop the horrible moment in my dream, before this rage that grew like bubbles from a misunderstanding grows any bigger, before that rage becomes a knife and stabs, I have to change the flow of time.”

The angry fan, the archer’s father, and Hak-young are presented as our three possible stabbing suspects.

At the city news desk, Hong-joo picks a fight with Bong sunbae over his news report this morning, arguing that stealing a g.o.d autograph 11 years ago has nothing to do with the archer’s murder.

He’s shocked that she’s talking to him like she’s the boss, and Hong-joo claims that he’s lucky he’s her sunbae, because if it were the other way around… and draws her thumb across her throat threateningly. Ha. Bong sunbae is sure she’s lost her mind.

Hong-joo calls Jae-chan to make sure he made it to work okay, and warns him about the protestors at his building. She suggests going the back way, but Jae-chan assures her that he’ll be fine and has the confidence to win any fight, be it with words or fists.

…Is what he says to her as he’s attempting to jump the back wall into work, and failing at it miserably. Prosecutor Lee catches him, much to his embarrassment, but then he sees the protestors and starts putting his glasses on Jae-chan in an attempt to disguise him.

He realizes that won’t be enough, so his big idea is to swap nametags. Pwahahaha. Even better is Jae-chan’s sincere reaction, like he believes this to be an ingenious plan.

The two knuckleheads duck and weave suspiciously right past the crowd, so of course they immediately recognize Jae-chan. The boys make a break for it, but when Jae-chan looks back, Prosecutor Lee is surrounded by the protestors, who actually believe he’s Jae-chan and that he looks exactly like his photograph.

Prosecutor Lee sells Jae-chan out pretty quickly, not that anyone believes him. Jae-chan prepares to face the crowd to go rescue his sunbae, but Chief Choi runs out to stop him: “Throw that sunbae away!” Hee.

Even when Chief Choi attempts to draw the crowd to himself by pretending that he’s Jae-chan, they’re positive that Prosecutor Lee is the real one. Only the angry fan in the black hat fixes his gaze on Jae-chan.

It’s almost worse for Seung-won, whose high school classmates immediately turn him into an outcast and start gossiping about him and his brother behind his back.

Prosecutor Lee makes it into the building, but his shirt is torn to shreds and he’s sporting a nasty hand-shaped welt on his face. Hee-min can’t wrap her head around how anyone could mistake him for Jae-chan, to which he counters, “They heard he’s good-looking and grabbed ME!”

Jae-chan chases after his colleagues, wondering if they’re going to lunch without him, but they purposely leave him behind with instructions not to leave the building. Jae-chan latches onto Chief Choi next, desperate for someone to eat with.

On their way to lunch, Chief Choi asks Jae-chan if he’s scared about the backlash from the murder case, and Jae-chan starts to say that he’s human and scared, but then suddenly changes his tune and shouts that he is NOT afraid and will do everything strictly according to law.

Chief Choi turns around and sees Yoo-bum, who argues that as the prosecutor, Jae-chan should be taking the victim’s side. Jae-chan counters that prosecutors don’t take anyone’s side.

Yoo-bum says he’s here to pick up Chief Choi for an old coworker’s wedding, and Jae-chan pouts that Chief Choi is supposed to have lunch with him today. They end up playing tug-of-war with Chief Choi, one on each arm, and Jae-chan ends up left behind.

On the way to the wedding, Yoo-bum brings up Woo-tak, having learned that he’s friends with both Jae-chan and the murder suspect. Oh noes. Chief Choi says that Jae-chan’s friendship with Woo-tak has nothing to do with the case, but Yoo-bum wonders how the press or the victim’s family would see it if they knew.

Chief Choi can’t hide his irritation at that threat, but Yoo-bum just presses for him to convince Jae-chan to prosecute, even if it requires inventing evidence that doesn’t exist. What?! Yoo-bum tells Chief Choi to do what it takes, or else he’s going to tell the press that Jae-chan let a murderer go free because of a personal connection.

Woo-tak goes to check on Hak-young, and finds him cleaning off the fresh graffiti on his mom’s restaurant… wearing all black and a black bucket hat, which is exactly what Hong-joo told him the attacker would be wearing. Woo-tak says it’s a relief he’s been freed, but Hak-young is seething with rage and says that it doesn’t matter, since he’s still a murderer to the world.

Hong-joo waits on her stoop the next morning and glares when she sees Jae-chan come out in a suit, as usual. She nags him for putting on another suit after what he went through yesterday, and even yells at Seung-won for letting him walk out like that.

When she pitches a fit, Jae-chan immediately turns tail and Seung-won scurries after him to offer his clothes, afraid of Hong-joo’s wrath.

So that’s how Jae-chan ends up at the bus stop looking like a college student, in a hoodie and glasses. He’s pretty sure he’ll get in trouble for showing up to work like this, but Hong-joo says that’s better than being terrorized by a mob. She has a point.

She asks when he’ll finalize Hak-young’s case, and he says that today is the last of the witness investigations, so he’ll close the case today instead of dragging it out. She looks across the street to see workmen hanging colorful lanterns, like the ones from her dream, and asks if he can’t just indict Hak-young.

She takes it back, having said it because she was scared, and Jae-chan just quietly takes her hand and gives her a little smile to reassure her.

Jae-chan’s student disguise works like a charm, and he skips his way past the protestors with no one noticing, except for Black Bucket Hat. A minute later, Prosecutor Lee walks past the crowd in full hiking gear and a giant visor covering his face, but the protestors recognize him instantly as “Jae-chan” and mob him again.

Hyang-mi and the other office managers worry about Jae-chan’s growing army of anti-fans, but when they catch a glimpse of him arriving in his casual outfit, they get distracted with how young and cute he looks, and Hyang-mi suddenly goes back to being a fan.

Hong-joo shoots laser beams from her eyes at Bong sunbae when she sees that his article has over 9,000 comments. She starts arguing with commenters in the thread who are calling Jae-chan trash, which only serves to raise her blood pressure.

One comment catches her eye though—it’s a note about how the blood pattern at the crime scene reminded him of a picture he saw once. She clicks the link, which shows a little dog atop a robot vacuum, which has drawn a bunch of zigzag lines around the room in the dog’s poop.

Hong-joo gasps and calls Bong sunbae over.

 
EPISODE 18

Jae-chan interviews the archer’s housekeeper as the final witness in his investigation, and the housekeeper describes her work as mostly cooking and laundry. She says she didn’t do much cleaning, since her employer kept a very clean house and ran her robot vacuum daily.

Jae-chan pauses at the mention of the robot vacuum, and at the same time, Hong-joo shows Bong sunbae the dog poop photo and then the crime scene video, and his eyes turn to saucers as he sees the connection.

Jae-chan has made the same connection, and asks Chief Choi if it’s possible that the robot vacuum made the blood streaks, since that would solve the one riddle they’ve been unable to crack.

We see it play out as Jae-chan suspects—the archer fainted and fell to her death, and the robot vacuum coasted through the pool of blood, making the pattern across the floor. But Chief Choi says that he didn’t see a vacuum in that house, having gone through it with a fine-toothed comb.

Hyang-mi suggests checking outside, saying that she has one of those vacuums and if you leave your door open for a second, it’ll run away from home frequently.

So Jae-chan and Chief Choi go question the security guard at the archer’s apartment and learn that some kids picked up a red robot vacuum that matches the housekeeper’s description, but they deflate when he says it was thrown away and should be at the city dump by now.

It’s nighttime when they arrive at the landfill, and Chief Choi scoffs that no one could find a vacuum cleaner in all this trash. Jae-chan says it ought to be easier than finding drugs in a flour factory, and even gets excited when Chief Choi says sarcastically that he’ll call him hyungnim if he finds it.

They’re knee-deep in broken appliances but nowhere closer to finding the vacuum, but then Jae-chan hears a familiar voice talking about a robot vacuum. He follows the voices and comes upon Hong-joo, Woo-tak, and his partner, all wearing ajumma flower pants and covered in dirt. Aw.

They’re all surprised to see each other there, and Hong-joo tells him about the dog poop vacuum picture and rambles on about how smart netizens are. But Jae-chan isn’t even listening, so moved that she’s doing all this for him, and just grabs her in a hug in front of everybody. Woo-tak’s smile falters at that, which his partner notices.

Woo-tak’s partner interrupts the touching moment to demand a hug for doing his part to help, and picks Jae-chan up like he’s tiny. Jae-chan thanks Woo-tak with a handshake, and Woo-tak says he’s the one who’s grateful on Hak-young’s behalf.

A voice calls out to them saying they should all be grateful to him, and Bong sunbae appears dramatically at the peak of a mountain of trash like he’s Indiana Jones, armed with three red robot vacuums.

He makes Jae-chan promise to give them the exclusive story once they confirm the evidence, and Hong-joo proudly gives Bong sunbae a thumbs-up. Chief Choi does as promised and calls the cops and reporters “hyungnim” and “noonim,” not that they understand why.

Jae-chan and his staff wait on pins and needles for the DNA results, and Chief Choi flips out when Jae-chan says they’ll have to go back to the dump if those weren’t the right vacuums.

Chief Choi answers the phone a nanosecond after it rings, and then reports that one of the vacuums had the archer’s blood on it. They whoop and cheer, and Hyang-mi holds onto Jae-chan’s hands a little longer than she should, making it awkward.

Jae-chan tells Hong-joo the good news while she’s at Woo-tak’s station, and she rushes off to go write the story. Woo-tak follows her out to say that he thinks Hak-young is the one who stabs Jae-chan in her dream, because he saw him wearing a black bucket hat the other day.

He hopes that the future already changed since they solved the case, but asks Hong-joo to interview Hak-young for her story just in case, hoping that it’ll counter some of the resentment he feels about being labeled a murderer. She sees his point and agrees to listen to everything Hak-young has to say, and he thanks her.

Jae-chan is on his way to formally close the case when Hee-min stops him for a chat, and advises him to prosecute anyway, despite the evidence. She knows that reporters won’t deliver the full story because they’d have to admit that they were wrong, which they won’t do.

Sure enough, Hong-joo and Bong sunbae are appalled when their boss shuts down her in-depth story revealing the facts of the case, instead ordering them to just say that Hak-young isn’t being prosecuted.

They argue that Hak-young will still be considered a murderer by the public, but the boss cares more about not contradicting their previous stories, and says that ignoring the truth is better than embarrassment, because no one will trust a news channel that keeps changing the story.

Jae-chan can’t believe what Hee-min is telling him, but she says that the press isn’t on their side and never will be, and no broadcaster is going to stick their necks out for this.

At school, Seung-won continues to be ostracized and has to eat lunch alone. The bullies comment loudly that the two outcasts in their class should become friends, and the other outcast, Dae-gu, just eats silently while they snigger behind his back and say that Jae-chan’s brother could get his father out of prison since he sets criminals free.

Dae-gu suddenly snaps, and without warning he attacks the bullies in a fury, causing mayhem in the cafeteria. Seung-won leaps into the fray to stop the fight, but ends up tangled in a messy brawl.

Hee-min tells Jae-chan to just indict, because a lawyer will win Hak-young’s case in court anyway, and they’ll get to say that they did everything they could. Jae-chan arrives outside the chief prosecutor’s door feeling more confused and burdened than ever, and ends up sitting out in the hallway alone with his thoughts.

He flashes back to the day of his father’s funeral, when he’d been sitting at the hospital with Hong-joo after nearly drowning. He’d noticed her bruised lip and apologized for hitting her, and she smiled.

Junior Cop’s screams had sent them running into the emergency room, where they found him wailing in protest that someone saved him when he just wanted to die. No one could calm him down, until Hong-joo came in and asked him to live.

She’d balled up her fist and said that she didn’t resent him, and that she was relieved he survived. “So live, ajusshi,” she said again, and then bowed before leaving.

When Jae-chan came out, she was already gone, with just a post-it left behind. She wrote, “My father once told me that rage makes natural things difficult. Even though saving a life is the natural thing to do, I was so angry earlier that it was difficult for me. So thank you. If it weren’t for you, I would’ve regretted it for the rest of my life,” and signed it as “Chestnut.”

Back in the present, Hee-min finds Jae-chan on the floor and asks if he’s still deliberating what to do, but he says it’s all cleared up now—he’s not going to prosecute, because Hak-young didn’t commit a crime.

She calls him stubborn, but he says that you never know—there could be a reporter out there who’s just as stubborn as he is.

On cue, Hong-joo and Bong sunbae raise their hands in unison to put up a fight with their boss over Hak-young’s story. Hong-joo says that when you drive off course, your navigation app redirects you, asking who would trust a navigator that refused to course-correct and kept telling you the wrong way was right.

She says that if they were wrong the first time, they have to fix it now, arguing that no one would trust news that said wrong was right. The boss caves and says sarcastically that she thinks she’s the sunbae around here, and Bong sunbae mimics her response from earlier, saying that if he were the hoobae, he’d already be dead.

Hong-joo preps to interview Hak-young at his mother’s restaurant, and his mother gives her a big bag of kimbap to thank her, and Woo-tak trades jackets with Hak-young, wanting him to look more polished on camera.

Hak-young notes that he was swarmed by reporters when everyone thought he was guilty, but now there’s only one, and Woo-tak looks over at Hong-joo with a smile. Hak-young asks nervously what he’s supposed to say, and Hong-joo just tells him to say what he wants. He begins to cry as he says into the camera that he didn’t kill anybody.

Hong-joo’s news report gets broadcast, and the protestors begin dispersing. Among them is Prosecutor Lee, dressed as… a gigolo? Black Bucket Hat throws away his sign and leaves, but his expression is unreadable.

The archer’s parents watch the news story solemnly, and on the wall we see pictures of the father with his hunting rifle.

Jae-chan and Chief Choi watch Hong-joo’s story as they eat lunch at her mom’s restaurant, and they note that hers was the only station that bothered to give details about why the charges against Hak-young were dropped.

As Hong-joo closes her segment, she signs off with the statement, “Rage made a natural thing difficult,” making Jae-chan freeze in recognition. He rewinds his memory to the post-it note with that phrase, and then back to the waterfront where he’d hit her… and then remembers Hong-joo saying that he reminded her of a boy who hit her once.

He shoots up from his seat and asks if Hong-joo’s mom is around, and then starts running down the street with a giant grin on his face, putting together all the clues like Woo-tak’s guess that saving each other’s lives was how they were connected through dreams, and little details like that “boy” and grown-up Hong-joo wearing the exact same baseball cap.

He runs up to Mom so fast they nearly collide, and he asks if Hong-joo’s nickname when she was young was “Chestnut.” Mom wonders how he knew, and says that she wanted to be a baseball player and always cut her hair super short, which made her look like a chestnut.

Jae-chan just grabs her in a hug and makes a big heart with his arms as he runs off, making Mom wonder what’s gotten into him.

Yoo-bum gets a call from the archer’s father, and he says not to worry about the news because he’s got another bomb ready to drop. He shares what he knows about Woo-tak being friends with both the prosecutor and the suspect, and that he must’ve dropped the charges as a personal favor. Ugh, are you serious?

Uh-oh, Jae-chan goes ring shopping, which is how Hong-joo’s dream began. He picks out a ruby ring and remembers Hong-joo making him a twisty-tie for her ring size, and finally gets why she did that. The clerk asks if he’s confessing, and he says he’s reuniting with a longtime friend.

When he texts Hong-joo to meet, she starts to worry and asks Woo-tak where Hak-young is. Woo-tak is keeping a close eye on him as they share drinks, though he’s wearing that black bucket hat again, and he says that for a moment there, he nearly lost it and thought about killing everyone, from the prosecutor to the cops.

A flash of worry crosses over Woo-tak’s eyes, but he says it’s good that he’s pulled himself together now. Hak-young says that he’ll keep Woo-tak’s secret, so he shouldn’t quit being a cop: “That was just luck—luck that was made from a misunderstanding.”

Woo-tak tells Hong-joo that he’s with Hak-young and not to worry about her dream anymore, so she happily arranges to meet with Jae-chan. And just like in the dream, he practices presenting the ring and then they wave at each other from across the street.

But at the same time, the archer’s father is on his way somewhere, his giant hunting rifle in the passenger seat. Hong-joo and Jae-chan’s conversation repeats in voiceover, where he’d asked what happens if they changed the future, and she’d said that time would start to flow differently, whether in a good direction, or bad.

It’s only then that Hong-joo notices the colorful lanterns behind Jae-chan, and gets a sinking feeling…

As they wait for the light to change, a car suddenly screeches to a halt in front of Jae-chan, and time slows for Hong-joo as a shot rings out and then the car peels off.

Jae-chan looks down, stunned, and blood starts to leak through his shirt. Gack, it’s the same place he was stabbed in the dream, except now he’s been shot.

He looks up at her as he falls to his knees, and Hong-joo races over to him and gathers him in her arms, crying for someone to call an ambulance.

The world goes blurry and Jae-chan’s eyes fall closed, as his bloody hand drops with a thud.

 
COMMENTS

That’s so mean! They did all that work to change the future, and he was shot instead of stabbed? I was kind of upset at first that they didn’t take more precautions against meeting on this street on this day and time, but then I realized that Hong-joo arguably did all the right things and then some, by telling Jae-chan about her dream right away, by fighting to report the truth, and even trying to change little things like Jae-chan’s clothes. She really did everything right and I was proud of her, so maybe there was nothing they could have done short of letting Hak-young stand trial for a crime he didn’t commit? I still would have liked it if they’d changed their date location anyway, just to be safe.

In this universe, it seems nearly impossible to stop an event from happening wholesale, and the most they can do is alter little things. For the most part, that’s worked out well enough for them, since they’ve managed to change enough of the details to save lives, despite risking other lives in the process. But this time they seem to have made things worse, which is interesting just as a variation. Our characters are good people struggling to always do the right thing even if everyone is advising them to do the opposite, so it makes for a decent twist (though not a surprising one in the least) that their actions this time only exacerbated the villain’s rage. What that man wanted wasn’t justice—he wanted someone to suffer the same pain he suffered, never mind that nobody actually murdered his daughter. But the worst was Yoo-bum, who didn’t have grief and blind rage to fall back on as a reason for his actions, and seemed simply to care more about beating Jae-chan than seeing the facts of the case.

This show tends to pose very obvious ethical predicaments, but that doesn’t make our characters’ choices in those situations any less impactful, because as we’ve seen time and again, they’re in the minority for sticking to their principles, and Jae-chan especially struggles with these dilemmas at every turn. Most of the people around them are suggesting the path of least resistance, and Hee-min was probably right that if they’d let Hak-young stand trial for murder, he’d ultimately clear his name and Jae-chan would stop being the scapegoat. But that doesn’t make it right, and I appreciate that Jae-chan and Hong-joo have grown into stubborn, immovable rocks in their respective fields who refuse to compromise.

I was surprised by how excited I was when Jae-chan put the clues together about Hong-joo being Chestnut, maybe because his reaction was so shocked and then so elated. It was pretty darn adorable. Their relationship is progressing very naturally and comfortably, and I was so grateful that Hong-joo ran over to Jae-chan as soon as she had that dream, and that she really took the active role in saving him this time around. I know she couldn’t prevent the carnage, but it mattered more that she saved his honor and his career in the long run, and gave him the courage to make the right choice too. Well, as long as he survives… But come on, he’s the hero and this is a drama about seeing the future, not seeing dead people.

 
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We know that he won't die because he's the main lead, but still, oh my heart.. that ending.

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Thank goodness for things like PLOT ARMOUR !!! Never have I been so glad for tropes like that than with WYWS ! First Woo tak & now Jae Chan!

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Amen for PLOT ARMOR! I'm praying this also extends to Woo Tak because I have a feeling he may be targeted next. Its really tough to relax in this drama, there are so many cute moments but just as many scenes where I just can't shake the feeling of impending doom. I really enjoyed this episode though! And Yoobum is trash. Blech.

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Thank you for introducing me the term PLOT ARMOUR. I shall make good use of it from now on if that's okay with you. XD

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Agree.. even though we know what is next to come (that he will be ok).. but that scene hurt me.. it was shot really naturally.. and OST was BOMBASTIC!!! i love it....

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NOOOOOO WHHYYYY JAE-CHAN IS LOVE

And yeah, anyways I'm loving this show as it shows that no matter what you do and even if you try your best to avoid what happens in the future, fate will always, ALWAYS give you a mess.

I hate how fate works out here but I do so love it as a plot device.

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The Big Question is - why didn't Woo Tak dream about Jae Chan being shot? The changed future.

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If WooTak's theory about them dreaming about the other is because they're eager to repay the debt for saving each other's lives, then I guess after the Chicken-guy-murderer case, they're all gonna be dreaming of each other in all ways, save for JaeChan dreaming about WooTak, because they saved each other's lives.

JaeChan -> Hong Joo
WooTak -> JaeChan
HongJoo -> WooTak
HongJoo -> JaeChan

We only have JaeChan -> Woo Tak and WooTak -> HongJoo to complete before they're all dreaming about each other 360° into the sunset.

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Good thinking. So it doesn't just have to be Woo Tak dreaming about Jae Chan anymore, it could be Hong Joo too.

Also, Woo Tak -> Hong Joo has already happened. In the restaurant when the Kim So Hyun's character was going to stab her hand and Hong Joo intervened and got stabbed instead? Woo Tak had the dream and brought Jae Chan that day. He was testing - he changed one detail, would it change what happened.

So Hong Joo must have saved Woo Tak's life as well at some point. Therefore, he's grateful. This also fits in with what you say - that even if two are grateful, only one needs to/will have the dream. About the restaurant, it would explain why Jae Chan didn't foresee it.

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I am thinking the police officer (the bother of the man who killed both their fathers) they saved is Woo-Tak's dad or maybe his uncle (meaning he is the son if the soldier)?

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Most likely theory. That's definitely what ties them all together - in keeping with dramaland rules, I'd say. ^^;

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Hong Joo was dreaming about different people she didn't even know long before she met JaeChan (grown up JaeChan), remember the man with the lighter from the first episode? Who can we explain him?

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Hong Joo is the original "dreamer". Followed by Jae Chan & Woo Tak? She sees anyone and everyone (in Seoul - not the rest of the country or the world), but they only seem to see stuff about each other and their own immediate families (Jae Chan -> Seung Won).

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What I really want to know is why Jae Chan suddenly JUST started having these dreams, if Hong Joo had saved him when they were kids. I can't help but feel there's more to their backstory than we know.

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The moment he was running to Hong joo was so delightful..it makes my day

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At first I didn't that worry about Jaechan would be stabbed because He always managed to change the flow of time to the better results before. But ack, this time it's worse :(
I know he won't die but still I can't help but cry when he gets shot. And the preview didn't help.
I only hope Wootak wouldn't be the next target of the angry grandpa. If he gets hurt again I am going to be mad!

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Hmm ever since it was revealed that Hong Joo is a reporter, I feel like the Pinocchio vibes from this drama. Especially when they were talking about media play both last episode and this one. Not that it's not interesting, it just doesn't seem as... fresh.

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I don't get Pinocchio vibes but in a sense I agree. Hong Joo is no longer a nutter. Her character started acting as a more normal person around the time we were told she's a reporter. She's still delightfully fresh, but I miss her nutjob antics.

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Like the toned down and not as much fun version of Pinocchio's Yoon Yoo Rae.

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Jae Chan is too cute <3 The moment he figured out its Hong Joo and the way he ran, when he was fighting with Yoo Bum lol hilarious! Also Jong Suk in those glasses looks darn handsome! The ending was so sad, please save Jae Chan!

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Also the preview shows the rain kiss, so romantic! JC and HJ OTP is simple but hits all the right notes for me kyah!

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Why is it that when a black bowler hat comes into question, suddenly EVERYONE owns the same one?

On Woo-Tak: Less screen time of him, but awww those puppy looks whenever JC and HJ are together. I don't have SLS, because I'm totally rooting for those 2 as a couple, but it's more like... I want a WT of my own. Gimme!

On Jae-Chan: Thank goodness for JC and his morally upright decisions. I had this terrible niggling suspicion that the matter wouldn't be solved so easily, and true enough... Jae-chan got shot. I can't even decide which is better, getting shot or stabbed. T_T It seems like this is the first time they changed a dream, and it changed for the worse.

I thought the realization that she was Chestnut was done well, and I somehow like that JC was the one to realize first. I just hope he'll have a chance to tell her soon! Main characters don't die... right? Right?

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Didn't they change the dream about the chicken oppa killing both his brother and his sister?

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If you watch UF... the male character died at the end. Lol...
but I’m pretty sure he will not in this drama.

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Let's not forget Hong-joo's dream of her lying dead in the rain. It's weird how they made such a big deal out of it (as it should be) but then it was completely forgotten? When they were all worried over her dream of Jae-chan being stabbed I was like, what about Hong-joo??

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I guess because they don't know WHEN HongJoo's tragedy will happen and what will change it save for her not going to work which is out of the question now. But HongJoo knows when, what, how and even WHY JaeChan gets stabbed and so they work on that one.

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I guess that Show might have that scene (HJ lying down, hurt --I'm sure, not dead-- in the rain) as the cliffhanger towards the end of the series...

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FIrst of all, Lee Yeo Beom. YOU ROTTEN BASTARD!! you are using tear stick to convince public and you used a friendship connection to justify your conviction is correct to that grieving father. this is ALL YOUR FAULT. you are justice system worse nightmare. EVER!!

Second of all. Jaechan-nim!! you are main lead but still, that shot is really surprising. its not knife,but gunshot this time. GAH!!

Third, their breakfast scene is somber. so are the rest of the ep. its like the foreshadowing is so strong. poor Seungwon become outcast. it remind me a bit of Pinocchio when Ki Family got outcast to media manipulation. what is wrong with the boy punching at school? is he related to someone?

Lastly, WooTak-nim, you sad eyes are making people sad too. i hope you will be fine in today's ep seeing the preview does not look good for you too.

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This is what i thought too. I mean he could be a good lawyer by explaining to the family how the daughter is dead because of accident, not murder. And he knew that Hakyoung is innocent so when the prosecution didnt indict him, Yeo Beom should have calmed the family and explain how unfortunate the accident is. Instead he kept on putting the blame on innocent man and pressed the prosecution and mass media to blame hak young. I just dont understand why is everyone, even the family, just cant accept the fact that the archer was dead because of accident. Should you really blame somebody and put him on jail just because there is no other suspect???? Where is the conscious of almost everyone here?? How could they be so mean? Especially the family. I know you lost your daughter but would she even be happy if she was alive and an innocent man got jailed because of her? The family should have thought that instead attempting murder on jae chan and woo tak (as seen in review). I am just so pissed on how the good guys are badly treaten in this eps.

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This show is starting to make me feel like it is a mix of "I Hear Your Voice", "Pinocchio", "W Two Worlds", and its own uniqueness. I like that they talked about media manipulation in this ep (and the importance of honest reporting). The case here was stronger than all the cases in Pinocchio, even though it was a lot more condensed.

I continue to like the HJ/JC scenes, and Suzy has gotten a lot better with showing emotions. For the first time I find her so sweet, somewhat kooky, and likable! She is improving. On the other hand, I feel that LJS is holding back with her (when it comes to hugging or touching, his moves seem to be very measured instead of urgent and wholehearted - like he's touching something fragile). I don't know maybe I'm reading too much into it? Anyways this show continues to be very entertaining, even though I feel like something is lacking.

Lastly, the scene when she told him that she liked him, was the perfect moment for a kiss, but alas as usual with stingy dramas...

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About the holding back part. I believe its more Jae Chan than LJS, Like JC seems to show much less romantic emotions so I feel it is fine, JC is a little cold and subtle, inexperienced in love :D

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oh the preview......

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i know more good shows like because its my first life has showed up,which is loved by all the beanes but that doesn't take away from wyys which is brilliantly written but i just don't know what it is lacking because i really feel lee jong suk deserves more than this.
JUNG HAE IN:He got what he deserves immense popularity and i can say he is the favourite character of most of the people...

suzy:Before this people hated her as an actress but now even the neitizens are loving her...

Lee jong suk:He did something different but still i really feel he is the weakest link of the show!!!!he deserves so much

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Jong Suk's character is such he doesnt have much to do. Jae Chan is pretty one dimensional. But I wouldnt call Jong Suk the weakest link. That's a bit extreme. But its true the writer could have done more with his character. I blame it on Jong Suk tho. This is what you get when you sign up without reading the script :p .

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but why did jaechan get stabbed, if nothing actually changes does that mean jaechan's dream about hongjoo dying will come through oh no :o

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* shot not stabbed.

he survived judging from the preview of the next episode but still I'm now scared of what will happen to hongjoo.

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I was starting to like Yoo-bum a bit in the last case but now I really don't understand him. Prosecutor Lee and Chief Choi are AWESOME!! So is Bong sunbae👏👏 and Suzy was really good in that crying scene whoah I was moved.

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This is one of the dramas that I find all the characters even minors likeable (except Yu Beom). I loved how they help each other. I have this big smile during the landfill scene.

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On what girlfriday said: "so maybe there was nothing they could have done short of letting Hak-young stand trial for a crime he didn’t commit?", I don't think this would've changed anything. Rather, it's likely that Hong-joo's 2nd version of the dream where Jae-chan gets stabbed would've been the one that get's realized.
As Hong-joo said during breakfast, in the initial version of her dream, Jae-chan made it across the street without incident. This is based on the premise that Hak-young was never released from the prosecution in the first place. As such, Hak-young would have ended up going to jail (i.e. can't stab anyone) and all the angry parties (fans/family) would be happy about the prosecutor's decision (i.e. won't be seeking revenge).
In reality, the one who shot Jae-chan is the archer's dad, because he needed someone to blame after Hak-young was proved innocent.
IF Jae-chan had followed Bong sunbae's advice to indict Hak-young and let him stand trial for murder, Hak-young would have probably felt wronged by Jae-chan because he knew Jae-chan had all the evidence proving him innocent, yet let him stand trial regardless so that his reputation wouldn't be tarnished. Ergo, Hong-joo's second version of the dream where it's likely that after Hak-young is deemed innocent by the court, he would've gone on to stab Jae-chan.

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How can Hong Joo leave out the most important detail -- that he gets hurt the day he buys the ring? I was expecting her to tell Jae Chan to never buy her a ring, not never wears suits. I was also excited when Jae Chan finally realized Hong Joo was Chestnut, and I appreciate how Chestnut wasn't Jae Chan's cliched first love due to the gender bending. Why is Woo Tak friends with Hak Young when Woo Tak believes he is capable of murder? Hak Young is dangerously unstable.

Also, are we really just going to show it like that, instead of watching a character uncover the truth? What a waste.

Like @girlfriday lamented, the robot vacuum reveal today was disappointingly anticlimactic since they already showed us who the real artist was last episode. I loved the running gag of the protesters mistaking Prosecutor Lee for Jae Chan. Hee Min should become a lawyer like Yoo Bum; she is clearly not fit to be a prosecutor. Hong Joo and Bong sunbae's Cap is incompetent and nothing like Pinocchio. A big thanks for the recap!

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Hong-joo also told Jae-chan that they had to stop seeing each other because he was going to see her when he was hurt. I think that maybe she didn't mention the ring because that point is moot if they won't see each other again.

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Oh my, what an intense episode. And I agree that HJ did all the right things, but there are just which cannot be changed... Everything happens for a reason.

And i just want to say, Suzy's acting has improved!

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Is it againts the law, to release footage of witness interview? I mean, if the prosecutor team release the footage of WooTak/Jaechan interview, it might change the media game.. This show has me in costant worries over their character (sigh).. Everyone, please stay safe!

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The archer's dad is dying and with thinking that his daughter didn't get the justice she deserves... He takes the matter by using his own hands. And with his days shorter, he didn't care whether he goes to jail.

I blame Yu Beom more because he is planting bad to the dad's mind.

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My love for this show is still going on strong. I love that I can laugh, smile, swoon, cry - all in one episode without feeling like I'm crazy. When it dawned on Jae Chan their teenage connection, I was so giddy with happiness for him, for them to finally figure that out. Of course it was a foregone conclusion that it would be found out, sooner or later, but it still struck a chord with me, especially Jae Chan's reaction to it - that look of happiness 😍 Tomorrow can't come fast enough

And thank you again for plot armor in kdrama! I know Jae Chan will survive the shooting!

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Evil thought of the day: what if Woo-tak dreamt about Jae Chan's shooting but didn't do anything about it coz he wanted Hong Joo for himself?

NOOOOOOOOOOO.................

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NNOOOOOOO!!! That can't happen!!

Wootak wasn't completely sure who was going to shoot jaechan anyway, he thought it was going to be his roommate who shoots him

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He thinks that the person who injures Jae Chan would be Hak young, hence that's why he has been hanging out so much with him and keeping a close watch on him.
I trust that Woo Tak remains an upright cop. <3

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I loved this episode! ❤️ It made my day to see jaechan finally figuring out that hongjoo is chestnut and when he went to her mum and thanked her 😂 That was so cute! 🙆🏻‍♂️(If only a heart one existed). I ship hongjoo and jaechan but I couldn't help feeling sorry for wootak at the rubbish scene where they were looking for the cleaning robot. Broke my heart to see him trying not to show his reaction! 😦😥

Anyway, can't wait for tomorrow's episode!

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I am now really afraid for Woo-Tak, actually...

If they greatly changed the future for him (saved his life) and changed the future for Jae-Chan very slightly (he got shot, not stabbed), maybe Woo-Tak is still in danger! We heard their words about changing the future again and again during the episode... about how it will flow from now on... maybe their change for Woo-Tak was them changing the course but not the result?!? I mean... *sigh* I hope I am wrong!

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When will they reveal Woo-tak's secret? I'm looking forward to it yet scared at the same time that it might paint him in a bad light.

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Woo Tak is the soldier’s youngest brother.

Jae Chan is his main saviour.

Hong Joo his saviour by association since she decided to pull the rope to save Jae Chan and the soldier’s brother, the young cop.

Woo Tak would have died if his other brother, the young cop hadn’t lived and raised him to be a good cop and fine young man. They were orphans and the siblings only had each other. The reveal will come when the young cop (now older) meets Jae Chan and Hong Joo as Woo Tak’s family.

That’s why Woo Tak have dreams about Jae Chan because Jae Chan saved him by saving his remaining brother. In return, Woo Tak helped Jae Chan saved his brother from becoming labelled as a killer.

The awful thing Hak Young knows about Woo Tak is that he’s the brother of a murderer.

Could this be Woo Tak’s link to Jae Chan and Hong Joo?

I have my doubts but I can’t help thinking the connection between the three is something to do with the AWOL soldier. There’s no mention of Woo Tak’s family so far. Maybe the young cop is now working out in the countryside and keeping a low profile and having a quiet life.

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Jaechan looked so goood and dorky with that hoodie and glasses, man 😍

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After all of them worked so hard to keep the terrible event from happening, it just happened anyway. Ugh! That was terrible!!!

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I love how easily Hong Joo said she likes him...peaceful and natural!

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Thank you for the recap, Girlfriday!

Well, I don’t know much about guns but all I know is that huge guns have huge bullets and that a long gun is meant for long-range shots. Therefore, using one short-range is fatal, jeez. Am I so glad that this is only a kdrama where the lead doesn’t die in the middle of the series! So guys, let’s just comfort ourselves in this fact, although it really breaks my heart to see Jae-chan get hurt despite Hong-joo’s effort to change the future!

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The fact that Yoo Bum is behind all these near-deaths makes me think the cycle will never end until he is either dead or locked up for life. It also makes me wonder if/how he might be connected to the soldier incident. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that he is the younger brother of Junior Cop, not Woo Tak.

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Actually, the more that I think about it, I wonder if Yoo Bum did something that caused the soldier to go crazy like that. He would have been a law student or young lawyer. We know he's unscrupulous. Could Yoo Bum have wronged someone close to the soldier, causing him to freak out?

Also, if he does have a connection to the death of Jae Chan's father, could he be the one trying to ease his conscience by sending the money? Is that why only Jae Chan got money in the mail and not Hong Joo?

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Jae Chan received the money, since he personally knew the cop who was the bro of the runaway soldier, since that cop and JC's dad were co-workers.
Young Hong Joo disappeared and even young Jae Chan didn't know who and where she went.

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It does not make sense and just my theory but, what if the soldier exploded the bus was also trying to change future and maybe was trying to save his brothers life and they are all related to the Woo Tak. Also, I think Woo Tak was at that intersection deliberately at to change the future. It does not make sense you follow someone (Hong Joo's mom) to the their apartment to just give their hand phone. Was he there to make sure mom is safe ? Did he wanted to die so that he was intersection? Woo Tak has so many explainable weird behaviors. Waiting for some action from Woo Tak.

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It's entirely possible about Woo Tak. The show maybe misleading us into thinking that Hong Joo is the original "dreamer" but it may actually be someone else. I mean, what got her dreams started.

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The person who messed up Jae-chan's life is Yoo-bum!!!!...even from they were still teenager..Did Yoo-bum feel jealous with Jae-chan ???..
He always interrupt Jae-chan's life..
Yoo-bum makes the situation getting worse..He is really crazy..
Only Jae-chan knows what is wrong & right thing to do..
If he indicted Hak-young, he will regret it for the rest of his life..

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Why did the police not investigate the 'murder weapon'? If they ran a test on the blood drawing I'm sure they would find some debris indicating the presence of a vacuum robot. But then, this is a lawyer drama. Other than this, I'm loving Suzy here!

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First it was woo tak and now we have to worry about jae chan too??
What I like about this drama is how d love triangle isn't complicated and stressful.. I notice d same thing in the writer previous works, her second leads are very likable.

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What a thrill... and when he got shot that OST from Kim Na Young just add more pain....

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I was bawling my eyes out when Jaechan was lying with blood oozing from his side.. and i was like nothing changed, except that the change in the culprit. It is funny how momentarily forgot he was SHOT and that he wasnt stabbed.

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I was laughing so hard when Prosecutor Lee has to suffer twice in a row from being 'JAE CHAN'. It was so funny how, the protestors mobbed him EVEN in that hiking gear with GIANT visors. OMG.. No one has such bad luck than him.

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For some reasons, I didn't like Episodes 17-18 as much as the previous ones:
- I get that HJ was traumatized by her nightmare, but her reaction was more than when she dreamt about losing her mom. I don't recall her asking her mom not to wear a specific outfit, or crying the entire day, etc.
- I was disappointed by the Show, when HJ figured out the blood drawing mystery by simply reading an online forum and getting a hint from an online user.
- the whole scene about finding the red vacuum at the landfill, the hugs, the journalist on top of the pile... It just felt a bit exaggerated.
- I am not sure if we really needed that protestor with a black hat, and that quiet student , to mislead us. They just seem to appear out of the blue.
- we knew exactly when JC could get hurt, and we know that JC can't die at this state of the show, so the last scene wasn't too much of a cliffhanger for me.

On a side note, is it just me? I still can't get Kang Chul out of my head when I hear JC speaking.

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"I don't recall her asking her momnot to wear a specific outfit, or cryingthe entire day, etc."

It's because she only dreamed she wake up in a hospital and her aunt say that her mom died because of the accident she caused. She didn't dream about the accident and did not know when it will happen. The one who dreamed about her accident details was Jaechan. She did do something she thought would prevent her dream come true, She cut her hair because she have long hair in her dream.

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About her reaction.. I think her reaction to Jae Chan’s death was worse because he wouldn’t allow her to change any obvious details of her dream while in the case of her mom’s dream, she chopped off her hair; ensuring that, at least in the near future, her mom wouldn’t die

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'But come on, he’s the hero and this is a drama about seeing the future, not seeing dead people.'

Juggling too many dramas...my next thought was:
Newsflash! Lee Jong -Seok to cameo in next week's episode of 'Black!'

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I knew that this time around they wouldn't be able to prevent something from happening. There's only so many times you could do it before the viewers get tired of it, but man, how this twist got me. Instead of stabbed he was shot?! This show is great. Don't even get me started on how cute Hong Joo and Jae Chan are

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I love this show!!.. from the name of the chapter..... to the last second of it !!....but im also worried because Jae Chan shooting..... why wo Tak is not dreaming any more... he was the saver... joo hoo has never been able to change her dreams (i think just once)...but for Woo-Tak was so easy... and I’m also nervous about the dream changing (shot instead of stabbing) but not despairing .....I also feel woo tak has something to do with the soldier

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Hi! Thank you all for writing your thoughts!!

I'm just here right now to ask something about Dae-gu (Seung-won's classmate). My memory completely failed me and I do not remember the reasons of why his father is in jail. Could someone please give me a reply?

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I dont think they have told us the reason yet. It might become a new case in the future thats why they must have introduced him

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Thanks!

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Who is the actress for the Olympic archer?

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i got the feeling woo tak's father is the police the main cast saved 13 years ago

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I had to keep stopping and starting this episode. "Can I watch it while cleaning? Will I drop it?" I thought.

The protest predicaments outside the court had my eyes rolling. Like there would be no police presence to protect the prosecutors from being severely harassed and assaulted on the daily? It seemed too much to me! I know it was supposed to be funny but I felt it missed the mark. The intense protests actually made me curious enough to send me on a random research journey to learn the reactions to the OJ Simpson acquittal. Haha.

But THEN the whole drama was redeemed with the glorious entrance of Hong Joo's reporter sunbae at the top of the dumpster pile.

I was like, "This is gold. I'm done!" 😂

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Ever since I first saw that Yoo-Bum, my blood instantly boiled. Now I know why!!! 😠😤!!! Everytime he shows up!!! Gggrr!!!

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