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While You Were Sleeping: Episodes 7-8

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.

 
EPISODE 8

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.”

EPILOGUE

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.

 
COMMENTS

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.

 
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I finally know who Jae-Chan remind me of: Courage, the Cowardly Dog! Haha!
It's so adorable the false bravado he puts up and his many crazy expressions.. can't stop smiling :)

Also is his name Jae-Chan? Did the writer use the 'chan' to reflect how she find LJS super cute & endearing?! :D

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right??? :') i love how much of a coward jae-chan is, because not only does it mean we get lee jong-seok doing really stupid things in front of two-way mirrors, but it also means that my investment in his journey to reluctant heroism increases by tenfold. i think this might end up being my favourite role of lee jong-seok's so far. :D

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I don't see him as cowardly, I just find him goofy/quirky. Every-time the situation has called for it, he has displayed courage and bravery. He is just a reluctant hero, because he doesn't want to get involved. He wants to keep his life simple, and continue with his uncaring facade. However so far, he has stepped up to the plate whenever needed, without fail.

He just has a goofy/quirky side, which is often used to add comedy to the show. I like seeing his expressions in those scenes, but it does make his character feel bipolar. In the serious scenes he is cool (almost badass), but in the lighter scenes he is just goofy and quirky (and yet it can't hide his naturally cool aura). Anyways I am looking forward to see how his character will grow.

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True! But Courage the cowardly dog wasnt a true coward either! He would be nervous and reluctant and scared but he always stepped up & did what was required.. all while giving us plenty to laugh at his antics and quirks! :)

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I think were we differ is in our definition of the word "coward". Coward is a strong word. While JC isn't nervous and scared because of the danger, rather he is nervous of losing his job (his only source of income). However in dangerous situations, like when he knew he had to stop the accident from happening, he just does it without fear.

Basically for me the word "coward" evokes an image of a man hiding behind a woman's skirt, or leaving a woman/child or elderly person behind as they are being attacked, so he can run and hide. JC is so far from that, and that is why I don't use the word
"coward" to even closely describe him.

On a side note, I haven't watched the cartoon you are talking about, so please excuse me if I don't get the comparison you are trying to make :)

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What you're saying is true, but there are also moments where he'd stand up to someone, and when that someone was gone, he'd breathe a sigh of relief like he was just holding it in the whole time.
I think him being a reluctant hero is the right identifier because he's exactly that: someone who would step up when needed, but still someone who is reluctant to do it because of the consequences that it might entail (ie. losing his job).
That's why like you, I'm excited to see his character growth as well. It would be interesting to see him really stand up for what is right, without all the hold-backs. :)

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Wait wait wait, did the lotto numbers actually come out? I'd forgotten them from the past episode. That'd be hilarious, especially since jae-chan ripped up his lotto ticket. I kind of almost want him to buy that gorgeous red car and take hong-joo out for a spin. That'd be cute.

On Jae-Chan: OMO OMO OMO he dreamt of the kiss? HJ only dreamt of herself initiating it but he dreamt that he actually kissed her? Excuse me while I go squeal in a corner. I almost wish that he hadn't decided to change the dream but not kissing her (though that tiptoes dance, LOL) but I can see his POV. When you've someone that you care for and that you do not want to disappoint, you'll be that much harder on yourself if you really do fail, even if that person says it's ok. He doesn't want to disappoint her or himself, and that's making him afraid. But I hope that by next episode he wakes up and overcomes this fear!!

On Woo-Tak: I just wish we knew why he started having these dreams too. He reminds me of this giant, adorable puppy, and I like how he has a similar view to HJ. He views the dreams as an opportunity to actually do some good. (BUT did he just eat dog food?!)

On Hong-joo: I just love her. Only a few episodes in and I'm deathly in love with her, so I don't know how JC isn't yet. She's such a cute nutter, but when the time calls for it, she's supportive and warm. Telling him he did a good job, telling him it's ok... my heart melted. I love, love, love her.

On Seung-won/So-yoon: YAY!! I'm so glad the case got resolved so nicely and SW got the girl. It was ridiculously sweet. I'm glad our Three Musketeers/Powerpuff Girls/whatever we can call them saved the day, and put that abuser behind bars. This cameo was so, so good.

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I'm sure Wootak will be good till the end. I remember in the press conference Lee Jongsuk said that during the drama course the good ones will be better and the bad one will be worst.

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I hope he's not really THATTT interested in HJ because it would be adorable if their closeness made JC super jealous, hah! WT and HJ look like they could be good friends because they're just so odd together.

Also, I forgot to mention MUM AND HER SCORE KEEPING OF THE TWO BOYS. It's hilarious!

And if what @hallie9146 said is true, that's even better! They can be a super cute trio for the entire trio, though I shudder to think of what YB would do.

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I'm soo curious.. did Batman cop also dream about Jae-chan & Hong Joo's dreamy kiss?! Or did he dream the alternate dream turned reality of Jaechan tiptoeing too?! Or will he dream of further such possible dreams?!
It would be a great gag if he does and then teases them both mercilessly about it!! :D

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I think Batman will also fall in love with Hong-joo and if it happens he might affect the chances of her meeting Jae-chan.

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Batmancop with Robindog is everything.

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I already adore Batmancop and his Robindog sidekick...More likely he started having the dreams as Jae Chan changed his fate,he is living becuse of a miracle cheating the death(Reaper sure is mad)...it's funny that neither one of them see that Hae Joo herself in the commun factor as the main

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I think the three of them related to the runaway soldier. Woo Tak might be his little brother or something similar.

And if remember it right, in Hong joo dream, all bus passengers died in explosion. However, in reality only her dad and soldier that died in the bus.

Probably because of Jae chan's dad intervention, course of fate changing?

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Y'know....I also wondered about that. If Woo Tak is the soldier's younger brother...

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or that she came to see him and so making her save along her dad the people,we don't know how the original dream went and if her Dad didn't actually try do something...I guess the idea that people have choices and this ones can indeed sometimes change the all mighty fate...So her choice to visit Dad in the first place changed...

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Yes, I also thought that's how our 3 dream-seers are connected. Since fate dealt them all a cruel blow, maybe it also gave them powers so they might prevent future tragedies. But they have to learn to work together! [“With our powers combined!” – Captain Planet.]

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I agree and thought: 1- his story is connected to the soldier's incident, 2- we will see him in the next episode in the same columbarium as Jae chan's father, and 3- he is probably orphaned ala Batman and explains he ❤️ for the caped crusader. Talking about orphaned too, is Jae chan and his brother orphaned too?! Mom wasn't there for the move nor to drop off some homemade goodies. Then again Jae chan doesn't know how to cook so if he was taking care of little bro alone for some time, in theory he would have learned? I'm thinking too much into this and I have a cold 🤧 so I should just stop here and get some sleep.

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i think the one who cook is seung woon not jae chan.. thats why jae chan does not know how to cook.. lil bro taking care the big bro..
and woo tak not an orphan..he has a mother..i remember saw wootak parents crying at his funeral in hongjoo or jaechan dream..

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I saw (I think it's in IG) a picture of the three of them having a caption of "The three brothers in the drama While You Were Sleeping" and the show haven't started yet.. Well, maybe the theory of the three of them being brothers can be true.. :D

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That was clever of you Mr. Choi! Ok so now i’m getting excited for the next case. I like that it’s not straight up procedural.

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I think one of the reasons why the investigation went well over with Chief Choi is because he has two things that Jae Chan does not. (1) Chief Choi has real experience as an investigator, JC is a total rookie here does not and (2) YB can read JC very well hence he would have had the ability to manipulate the case to his favor. Based on the change & JC's apology this prosecuting team is likely to improve. I am glad when Chief Choi made it clear to YB and us that he is on no one side, he is just doing his job. Plus it would have been unethical for him to have given YB information as to evidence being gathered against his client from the prosecuting office. YB seem to be under the assumption that he has the prosecution office somewhat locked under his control even though he has left to become a lawyer.

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Chief Kim would be so proud.. I'm happy he is not corrupted nor easily compromised by the slimy lawyer

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the entire last scene was just SQUEAL WORTHY, i still haven't gotten over the dream kiss and honestly i found it so perfect the way they revealed that he dreamed about it on the bus, i was actually scared that they were going to get into a relationship this soon because that would only mean that there would be unnecessary angst later one so i love the fact that we could still see the kiss even if it didn't actually happen... and honestly i would sacrifice that kiss scene for that adorably awkward standing on the tip toe scene instead.. this is such a mess of a comment because i still haven't recovered from this episode

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The cinematography on that dream kiss was amazing -- In fact, perfect kisses like that where all of nature is in line with your kiss only happen on television, LOL. That's not to say there aren't perfect kisses out there, just that this one was shot so beautifully, with the flower petals falling, the backlighting, etc.

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That tiptoe scene was aksjdhaksjdh SO CUTE but I was having secondhand embarrassment for HJ. They're so adorable, I don't mind them taking it slooooow because their awkward scenes are hilarious and yet still buzzing with chemistry.

And the dream sequence is gorgeous, with the flying flower petals. I actually wonder if HJ ever had such sweet, nice dreams before meeting JC, or if she'd only ever predicted that bad things would happen.

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Haha and because she didn't just close her eyes. She was tip-toeing and waiting out, which is triple the embarrassment! x=

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I'm also glad the kiss didn't happen in real life. I want a slow romance for this drama. Hong Joo is already really invested in their relationship but I want them to take their time. It just wouldn't make sense to me for them to be a couple that soon. I want them to build a nice relationship so that it will make perfect sense for them to be together

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Yh,I had the exact same thought while watching

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Yes, I thought when he was so sweetly removing his band aid so she could mend him that it seemed she won him over quite quickly. While I was disappointed about the kiss not happening in real life, I think the fact that the relationship will develop slowly is a good thing. :)

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Have no one commented that the kissing dream scene was the best kissing scene from Suzy EVER???

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And I've been watching her for years (mostly because of her leading men like Lee Seung-gi or Kim Woo Bin).

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The forest kiss scene in GFB is still her best kiss scene for me but LJS said there's a kiss scene in ep 11 that would break the 20% mark so I'm looking forward to that lol

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Oh yeah! I think that kiss scene in Gu Family Book was the first real kiss scene I've seen in K Dramas. I was quite in shock and even wondering how the footage got approved! Because most of the time, directors like to freeze at the moment they touch lips and do a 360 degree pan, and I've assumed that it's a censorship thing. >_<

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The Director shot in a way that the light covered how Hong Joo's lips were moving, but showed Jaechans . So even though the scenario and the tiptoes was beautiful and cute ,I wish we could get a clear view of the kiss. Yes, how perverted of me. But Suzy's kiss with Lee Seungi was nice because she even showed little bit tongue action and we could see she was active.
But i'm hoping we get another clear kiss . Assuming from one of the stills/posters released with both of them kissing in the rain.

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1st of all, wae JC-nim? what can top that cherry blossom kiss now??😭😭
2nd of all, i really cringe and FF that interrogation room roleplay scenes. i guess its good he know how embarrassing it is when hee min mention it to him. 🙈
3rd- Mr Choi Daebak!! he looks clueless and dumb,but he is more observant than we think of him. he even burn LYB!! too bad JC unintentionally rat his sloppy work ethicS lol.
4th- congrats shin Jae ha. you got KSH to be your GF at the end. 😘

HJ arcs as reporter is coming. cant wait!!

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I was actually super sure the lottery numbers would be right haha XD
That dream of jae chan was so cute cuz it finished hong joo's part.
Little bro's love life is too cute & his relationship with jae chan....awww!!!

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I mean *Hong joo's partial dream.

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I had the same feeling about the lottery numbers

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Yes, I knew it! She really gave him the right numbers that morning. She was serious about him having them as a security blanket so he could do what was right. But when she saw him test-driving the fancy car, she didn't want him to use the numbers just to get rich, so she told him they were fake. Such a satisfying feeling when you know what's going to happen and then it happens!

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I think my brain went along with what the show was trying to make us think I was only one step ahead...at first I thought, she's just telling him that to help his confidence, but when he ripped up his ticket I thought, "Hmm, if they're making a poin to show this, the lottery numbers might be real after all, because, dramas."

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This drama is an effective pain killer for me.
I woke up to the alarm in the midnight to watch this episode (my internet connection work better after midnight) but I had a mild headache. I tried to sleep again to no avail so I just decided to watch it.
While I was watching it I felt happy, sad, worry, relief, angry, proud, etc but pain. I was too engrossed by the story.
When the episode ended, my headache came back but fortunately it's lighter.
So next time when I get headaches I already know how to handle it, just watch my favorite dramas. :)

Huh, so Hongjoo lied that the winning lottery number was a lie. If Jaechan watch that lottery drawing broadcast, I'm sure he will sulk endlessly. Fortunately he is too busy investigating his case.

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If your headache gets really bad, please take medication.

But for some reason you can't, try rubbing your thumbs around your eye sockets to promote blood flow (while watching your favourite dramas =)

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I love this drama. All the episodes are amazing and there is no dull moments for each. It makes you laughed, smile like a nutter, cry and seat at the edge of your seats.

I agree with the writer, and I love Hongjoo, her confidence and being a nutter is cute that will make you laugh... and at the same time she's comforting and compassionate that makes you "awww" when she's with Jaechan and even So Yoon.

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I'm enjoying the show, but I keep waiting for something bad to happen that it's hard to relax and just enjoy the moment.

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i have no enough money, but this drama is enough reason to survive for another week ๛ก(ー̀ωー́ก)

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The way he dreamed of the kiss and him waking up only to find her beside him... *Swoon*

But why must you restrain yourself, Jaechan? Do you not know that you only live once? It's not everyday that the person you like would willingly tiptoe for you to kiss her. Ugh.

Yes, Suzy. This is indeed the best I've seen her in. There should be more people like her in this world. Nonjudgmental. Supportive. Would risk her life to change the otherwise inevitable future. More please!

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Wow. Such a great episode, and sooo much fun! I also laughed a lot at GF's recap. I see a nice group coming together, out there to change the world, but at the same time, they're not perfect. Especially Suzy. Her quirkiness is so charming and entertaining. It probably would help if she wasn't so attractive, I mean even if she was the goofiest person in the world you can't help but be attracted to her good looks.

I guess it makes sense then that she's a reporter, as she looks good on television. I look forward to the next episode :)

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they really love their poo joke, don't they?

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at the breakfast table no less... *makes face* *yuck*

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But couldn't Hong-joo have dreamed whose poop is was.... or dreamed that there would be poop and put the plunger in the bathroom where it should have been all along.

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Haha if only @javabeans feels the same excitement as I do about this show! (LOVE each ep!!) But then again...there wouldn't have been a "15 things to do during Chuseok week while there are zero new dramas and zero drama news" post (which was immensely enjoyable!) XD

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Favourite scene (hard to pick just one but...) was the interrogation! Mostly clutching my heart and thinking 'will the baddies get away or not'. Will they, won't they??

So now we have our three flying dragons...I have a feeling that the Big Baddie is gonna have dreams too. I'd rather he didn't...but it won't be fun if the good guys always win right? Just like our trio, he'll be able to change his dreams too...

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JB said last Saturday that she wasn't really into this show. Otherwise I would have replied in her "18 signs you are in a drama slump" post that she should just pull rank and steal the recapping privileges on this one from GF.

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Damn. I really like everything about this drama so far, and thought Suzy and Lee Jong Suk have been cute. But I actually felt Lee Jong Suk’s appeal crack sizzle and pop for the first time in this show when he was prosecuting the douche in his office and then again when he smiled at Suzy’s face as she waited for him to kiss her in his original dream *furtivelygoesbacktowatchhispreviousdramas*

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I feel the same way. I liked him in High Kick but haven't enjoyed any of his other roles. ICHYV or Pinnocio were both dropped half way, so many people liked them so I tried so many times and failed each time. Same as Coffee Prince and Full House, till this day I still haven't watched them in full.

But here, he reminds me of an adult version of his High Kick character and is very endearing.

Suzy I've always liked, knowing her limitations and all, but this is the first role after Dream High that I could really get behind, she still has moments where she feels very force and overall there is markable improvements.

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at times i honestly think that she knows she is pretty and that commercials bring in money and people want to watch her for the pretty face.. THEREFORE it is a conscious choice to not act because the more your face muscles work , the sooner or prominent the wrinkles will be/ fine lines

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Lol that's quite a theory!

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This is quickly becoming my fav drama of the year! I hope it continues like this, fast paced and intriguing!!! :D

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I wonder if the Batman cops' dog will have dreams too...

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I'd love for there to be a side story where Robindog dreams all about ideal moments or places for him to steal Batmancop's food, and Batmancop can't figure out why his dog is outsmarting him.

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Okaay... so Hong Joo is a broadcast reporter... but I think her break isn't a normal break, she was being so mysterious about her job and everything so I wonder if everything is alright on that front. I am also so happy that Suzy is doing so well in this role. I love the nutty Hong Joo but I also love the serious, warm Hong Joo, as well as the childish Hong Joo who bickers with a teenager like she's one too. Suzy is really kicking it out of the park so far, hope it continues to be like this for the rest of the drama.

Jae Chan is a coward, but I get it. It's hard to put yourself out there in a relationship, and he doesn't feel comfortable having everybody depending on him to do well on things he's afraid of tackling. But he really does step up to bat, and learns from his previous mistakes and with some help from his Dreaming Dragon team he's going to be great.

Woo Tak looked like a creeper in the first episode what with his cap and walking with his face down as he followed mom, but so far he's turning out to be so adorable.. however we got to remember that apparently he's a batman fan and batman is not your normal superhero, he's a vigilante force, so I hope the fact that he idolizes that hero doesn't later become a problem within their group. Though I gotta admit Batman gets results.

On the dreams: I took it to be like Woo Tak is dreaming about opposite posibilities from Hong Joo's dreams. Meaning that she'll dream something happening one way and he'll dream the detail that helps change it. It also seems like his dreams are related but not dependant on Hong Joo's dreams while Jae Chan's dreams seem to be from his perspective but tied to what Hong Joo dreams, so he can change it in real time, but he won't know if it works, only Woo Tak would know... maybe? man this complicated mind bendy stuff.

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If there is Batman, there should be Alfred. Batman is ever lonely though. Sorry, Mom.

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Wow okay, I like your theory on the dreams. I didn't notice earlier that Jae-chan's dreams were like a continuation of Hong Joo's dreams until you said it. Good observation! I would like it if the two versions work like possibility branches that you can see ahead, so Jae-chan will know which seemingly inconsequential detail to change. Just in case that makes things too easy for the trio, perhaps they'll run into difficulty when they don't have enough dream info to guide their actions

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I like your interpretation! That's some real mind-bendy stuff. It's like JC only dreams about a small portion of the event, HJ gets the more complete picture of the entire dream, and WT gets an alternative to how the dream could turn out. Together they could help so many people! Especially with how HJ and WT worked together to figure out the difference between their dreams, and then told JC so he could set the plan into motion and put abusive Dad behind bars.

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preview clarified it.. she was a reporter but then she dreamt of dying while being a reporter so she quit and isn't a reporter now

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That's a very interesting theory!

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hong joo in front of the window when woo-tak & jae-chan were talking killed me, along with mom's score book!

i never want to get too excited when a drama first starts because there's so many ways it can go downhill, but i'm totally on board for the crime-fighting three dragons right now. i really enjoy the balance between silly jokes, serious plot points, and the editing is really blowing me away. i hope the fact that this is pre-produced means the dream sequences & scene transitions continue to be A+!

i was kinda worried about suzy's acting because... i genuinely like her but uncontrollably fond was a difficult watch for me. i'm pleasantly surprised with her acting in this role tho! which is great because there's a lot of talented actors in this, & they're all really holding their own. /fingers crossed the great plots continue

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LOL when they lick the lids of the yogurts I was like OMG OMG ME TOO 😂😂 btw that photo of Seungwon holding Soyoon is sooooo perfect TT_TT how worried was I when it's only Episode 2 when I lost all faith in our hero stealing the show since Kim Soohyun is only a cameo. So worried that their love line wouldn't come true 😂 thank God it did, she only goes study abroad

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I'm so happy we got a resolved Seung-won/So-yoon loveline too! I really wanted to see more of them in Page-turner so I guess this is as close as we can get. I think the study abroad thing is a smart move since KSH is only a guest appearance, though I hope she appears once more at the end.

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I thought the yogurt lid part was so clever. There are so many tidbits of wonderful in this drama.

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Damn, I'm really quite addicted to this drama and I don't know how I'm gonna wait all the way till next week!

I was one of the few who wasn't crazy about Kim So-Hyun, but I think I like her much better now in this episode. I like So-yoon's grudging efforts to show her gratitude ("I like to sleep on the floor!") and that she's finally showing proper appreciation to Seung-won.

And I'm so relieved that Jae-chan finally caught a break, and that Woo-tak is on the good side. And that Jae-chan's team is finally warming up to him! I've been in horrible office politics before, and I can imagine what a relief it must be for him to feel like he doesn't have to watch his back with his own team.

Suzy is totally rocking Hong Joo. I love that Hong Joo is so comfortable in her own skin that she is totally not concerned about attracting strange looks for rehearsing at the bus-stop how to talk to Jae-chan d=

But this episode's dream flashbacks are a lot more confusing.

1) Did Hong Joo really not dream about the incident at the restaurant? Because when she asked So-yoon if the latter were gonna injure her hand with a chopstick, it sounded quite cryptic.

2) That thing about the lottery number! In that scene where Jae-chan's doing investigation work at the hospital, we see that the random string of numbers Hong Joo spouted actually came true! I think I'll give her the benefit of the doubt that she DID NOT pull a double lie on him, but could it sort of mean that Hong Joo's words/actions can impact the future? Maybe not in a dramatic way like how Jae-chan saved her in episode 1, but smaller things like this? (And if only Jae-chan kept his damn lottery ticket!!!)

3) Why are the dreams diverging though? While one theory might be that Jae-chan's interferences are strengthening the possibility of an alternative reality, the problem with this theory is that in episode 3 (Seung-won killing the father in self-defense) all three friends dreamt various aspects of the same bad outcome for Seung-won. (Also, while I considered like @girlfriday did that Jae-chan is the key to changing fates, it's not as if the others weren't involved? Like Hong Joo prevented the husband's death by ringing the fire alarm, and Woo-tak prevented Hong Joo's injury by bringing Jae-chan to the restaurant.)

4) But I guess if the diverging dreams are sorta letting Jae-chan peek-ahead in this choose-your-own-adventure thing, it can be helpful.

5) So about the kiss, or lack of. Did Jae-chan dream that he kissed her, but deliberately changed the "ending" when it was happening? Or did the kiss just not happen because they changed the prosecution outcome today?

6) BUT here's the thing. Hong Joo dreamt of the kiss last episode, even before her dream about Jae-chan botching the interrogation. I would assume that the kiss would only have been likely if the prosecution had gone well, so it seems like her dreams in contradictory? I'm wondering if this is...

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You should certainly watch Kim So-hyun in Page Turner and even School 2015! Her acting is phenomenal! She was really cute in Let's Fight Ghost as well! Truly a gifted actress with enormous talent!

Her cameo here was wonderful! And her relationships with Hong Joo and Seung Won were so adorable! Will really miss her!

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Thanks! Might consider that when I'm low on dramas to watch d=

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1) I think she did dream a variant of the chopstick incident. Which is why she was looking at the chopsticks and even stepped in to stop her.
2) As someone else commented, it's for his own good. Even though the freedom of not having to work to put food on the table is very liberating.
3) Everything started with Jae Chan being the catalyst of the diverging dreams (saving Hong Joo from the car crash).
And as the fragmentation continues, I suspect that their dreams will go on even more wild tangents.
Which makes for an exciting ride, don't you think?
4) :3
5) He is afraid of disappointing her, her true feelings.
6) In a way, Jae Chan and Hong Joo did dream the same dream. But JC changed it.

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i think hong-joo did have a dream about the chopstick. i guess in her dream the chopstick hit so-yoon's hand instead of hong-joo's. just like one of the comment say, woo-tak dreamed the 'already changed' version. the version where hong-joo already took action of the incident.

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This show is like a bottle of wine that you randomly picked up because the label was interesting and you don't really care what you drink right now, except now you're pleasantly surprised at how much you like it and might even pour yourself another glass (or two)...lol.

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I lick the yogurt lid too, what does it all mean?! Lolol 😂

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Lol ! Are you good looking too?! Then you know what it means... !

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For a fantasy drama, all the characters (for their awesome dream-seer powers) feel real and relatable to me. I like LJS but Jung Jae Chan is my favorite character of his -- such a far cry from his brooding perfect genius hero Park Soo Ha and that's what made me fall in love with him. I like that he's a reluctant hero (the bit about his worry for his home loan and car loan and losing his job is like 100% relatable to me), I like that he's not immediately good at his job and has to genuinely exert effort to win cases and to also win the approval of his colleagues, and best of all, I like how real it was when he had fears about his feelings for Hong Joo and how he chose not to kiss her (very consistent with his present character trait of wanting to run away). There's really a lot of room for growth in Jae Chan's character and I love those types of characters best because I see the journey to become the better person. Also, shallow comment but -- daaang! LJS can kiss!!! There's just something so swoonworthy about him going for it! I'm a puddle of goo, heeeelllpp!

I like our dream-seer trio (AKA three flying dragons). I wasn't sure at first but now I see how it can work, in my previous comment, I likened cop Woo Tak's character to Lawyer Cha's idealistic public defender lawyer and I still stand by it. The trio reminds me of idealistic/save everyone type Lawyer Cha (Woo Tak), reluctant heroine who makes a difference and saves everyone Hye-Sung (Jae Chan), and weird/devoted puppy and super powered Soo Ha (Hong Joo). The elements that made me fall in love with IHYV, the characters, the warm family members (love the moms and daughters bit and the brotherly bonds) and the heart-filled legal cases is now making me fall in love with WYWS.

Really looking forward to next Wednesday and Thursday!

P.S. Bravo Investigator Choi, my heart was pounding before he revealed himself to be on the side of justice!

P.P.S. I hope we get more fake out romantic scenes like the cherry blossom kiss (I was so embarrased for Hong Joo!) but its pretty funny! I need a few more of those before Jae Chan realizes he missed out and aims to get the girl. Love this show.

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Hey, your IHYV parallels are pretty good!

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Thank you! IHYV is the first kdrama I fell in love with actually, that's why to this day, it's like my standard despite it not necessarily being the best. Of course I did a lot of catching up with classics and must-sees (Coffee Prince, Secret Garden, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and the like). ^_^

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I also love how in this drama, despite still being a handsome fella, LJS is doing a fabulous job being a believably regular, nerdy, underdog type guy. It's so refreshing and endearing, and the Jae Chan character and Hong Joo character (whom I also adore) are just so enjoyable to see together!

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I actually like that he didn't kiss her just like in his dream. Because if he did, then where's his agency? It would have felt like he kissed her because he saw it in a dream. Of course, we know that he wanted to kiss her and he's already fallen for her, but if it's gonna be like this good, I'm willing to go through the whole ~slow burn~. I feel like I both need more but that I'm also being spoiled by all these dreams.

I mean, it's only the fourth episode (by one-hour episode standards) and we've already gotten a kiss! (Which we almost always get during the eighth episode. Hahaha!)

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ooh, good point. when they kiss, i want to know that it's 100% genuine and ~in the moment~ on both sides, and not just because they foresaw it in their dreams.

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agreed on what you said about Jae Chan deciding not to kiss her. He does not want his actions AND feelings to be solely based on his premonitions/dreams.

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Hong Joo first told Jaechan the lottery numbers to give him some incentives to re-open the case and i think she knew he would go against his boss and the lawyer with that hope in mind.But when she got to know he did as she expected, she must have decided to lie to him about the existence of the lottery numbers, why ? Maybe she felt that he needed the right mind set when he re-opens the case and with waving the lottery numbers above his head, he would have done a superficial job only for the sake of winning lots of money. So she did use the manipulation card in a clever manner for a complete altruisitic outcome , cause she clearly believes that beneath all that seemingly uncaring prosecuter there lies a man with a heart of kindness and justice.

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Could be. Or maybe she really was lying (or thought she was) and Fate decided to mess with them. Fate can be a real jerk that way.

Now off to re-watch and see if the shredded ticket got tossed someplace where it might be recoverable.

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They were on the floor of what looks like a supply room. Not sure how often that floor gets swept or the wastebasket gets emptied, but there might be hope.

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I think Hong Joo did lie but unconsciously told the truth. Like she saw the numbers in her dream but it wasn't something she would put effort to remember as she was more concerned with life and death situations so she makes no effort to note it down, however, her brain would store it as a memory so when she goes to recite a number to JC she inadvertently recites the correct numbers but doesn't know this herself. HJ did say seeing lottery numbers was common to her but she never acted on it, I still believe this is true, based on HJ and her mum's personality, they wouldn't use her gift for personal gain.

HJ did lie to JC that first time, except she didn't know she wasn't lying.

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*wouldn't put effort in

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I loved the last scene, even though the kiss was tame, it was very beautifully shot and filled with chemistry. This is the first time that I find Suzy to have good chemistry with her leading man. I guess we can say LJS has done it again by bringing out the best in his female costar.

I still would've liked it more if WT didn't have the dreams. However I still find him suspicious even though he seems good so far. He really is the wild card of this drama. I look forward to see what twists this drama will throw our way.

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Question: "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."

So why couldn't that have indicted him even if Jae Chan does the questioning?? Yoobum didn't even know they had all that evidence.

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I think, had Jaechan started the interrogation, the evidences would prove to be futile because he expects the defendant to plead guilty. He didn't even realize that the defendant's story was strange until Chief prosecutor pointed it out. The video recording would not be useful if they hadn't realized that part.

But yeah, still strange considering the amount of the evidences they had.

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JC was going by the book and was an enemy so JB would have been more cautious around him. Investigator Choi is someone who has been in the field a long time so he knows how to work the case. JC really lacks the experience and up against someone like JB who plays dirty he would more likely lose.

I believe they are saving his fight with JB to the end, where JC battles him in court and wins fair and square with his own power.

They did gloss over the fake evidence he made, thats a felony in real life and he would have lost his license and charged.

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Jae-chan tended to be one track minded which, I assume, would hinder him greatly for being able to see a hole in the wall. Remember when he was too preoccupied with investigation that he sketched down the blueprint instead of taking picture like the way Mr Choi did, or like the way he usually did. *cough*selfie*cough*

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Yah I had a big laughed at it, thanks to Mr. Choi he made it easy for him and appreciate his drawing skills ^__^

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Also, considering the hours he's been keeping, Jae Chan might have been sleep-deprived and could have missed things that an (ahem) "well-rested" investigator would catch.

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thank you so much for the recap @girlfriday, and for, as always, pointing out all those little dialogue and character details i missed!!

ooh, i wonder how hong-joo's job as a reporter is going to factor into the plot later on. are they going to keep solving cases together like a procedural, or is there going to be an overarching storyline now that the first story arc has been resolved?? and why are their dreams diverging now?? have they messed with Fate too much??? is there going to be a time when their dreams become more and more unreliable because there are too many alternate timelines??? :O

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Man, future sight can be pretty complicated sometimes. For all we know, trying to stop a premonition is what caused it in the first place. Really intrigued to see how the three leads match up to each other, I'm all for Wootak being on team good guy!

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This is what I've been thinking all this time too. I've seen too many dramas/movies where the attempt to change something is what caused that event to happen in the first place. Trying too hard to avoid something makes you even more vulnerable. I'm sure this is something that is going to be addressed in the future episodes.

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Everyone's dreams are starting to confuse me but I have a feeling this is just the beginning of the confusion. That tip toe avoidance was so cute though. Also, I'm living with all the second-hand embarrassment I'm feeling on behalf of Jae Chan lmao

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Loving all the team dynamics.
1)Our dreamy 3 fine looking dragons
2) Seung won and so yoon
3) the mom's
4) chief choi for being impartial and give that lawyer a dose of reality
5) strangely even the irritating prosecutors gang seems tolerable

The witty dialogues and superb writing and wonderful directing and awesome chemistry and acting... really I can't find anything not to like!

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It was such a good pair of episodes!! ❤️❤️❤️

So glad that the duo is a trio now, and I'm understanding why Shin in Goblin was "threatened" by Tae Hee Oppa because gosh darn it, Batman Cop is so good looking! Haha. Jae Chan is totally gonna be the whiny jealous type, I can see it already. 😝

Really glad Jae Chan got one up on Yoo Bum because that smug face was just getting so annoying I think I would have blown a blood vessel trying not to think of ways of how to painfully inflict some retribution on him. So at least he gets knocked down a peg, and Jae Chan gains some respect and friends in the office. Double win!

Now... what to do till next wed?? 🤷🏻‍♀️😖

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Haha. My husband Lol-ed at me when i told him. " It's Tae Hee Oppa"..

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He's so good looking that JongSuk gushes openly over him.

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Despite being depicted as a meta of future events, I felt that Jae-chan's dream also embodied his genuine feeling toward Hong-joo. He might appear nonchalant and playful on the outside, but deep inside, the gratitude was firmly leading toward romantic direction, as shown by the image of him reciprocating the kiss.

I also love how the scene built up itself first through Hong-joo's dream and reality. I usually get frustrated whenever a show trolls audience with an imaginary kiss, but I didn't feel so when the kiss turned out to be only his dream. (Or, should I say, wildest romantic dream?) Beautiful, really beautiful.

I wonder how Woo-tak would engage in the love chart after this growing affection on Jae-chan's part (since Hong-joo's had been established earlier). However, he had proven himself to adorable third members of the Flying Dragon's tag-team. And I have big trust on writer-nim to make a swoon-worthy love rival. So, Woo-tak still got lot of chances to score more points in Mom's note.

On the other side, I feel really sad because So-yoon's arc seems to ending now. No more Hong-joo x So-yoon's sistership in the future?? *cries*

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Hmm, maybe it's because we saw the dream kiss AFTER the real interaction in this episode,that you didn't get frustrated? It wasn't a trick in this way? I was just a little disappointed, I'm not gonna lie. It was so sweet. But what happened in reality was also cute and fine to begin with. :)

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Yeah I miss those bickering moments of the two TT__TT

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I figured So Yoon studying abroad would be the reason Kim So Hyun's cameo would come to an end. They alluded to it last episode as a stipulation in the divorce papers where So Yoon's father scoffed, "Am I some kind of charity?"

I wish So Yoon had made fun of Hong Joo for calling herself "your friend's brother's girlfriend." "Ajumma, you're delusional. Seung Won's hyung would never like someone like you." It would've been even more hilarious had So Yoon revealed it in front of Jae Chan.

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Are you really here now?

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yes, mary. the recap is back here after running off somewhere. thank you for your hard work. 😘

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It's not me. I borked it! jb and gf republished *grateful tears*

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These website problems seem harder to solve than quantum physics or the deepest kdrama mysteries.

You've worked hard Mary! ❤️

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I had never watched a kdrama live but I did it for WYWS because I love it so much. The chemistry between actors and the story telling are so good. All the characters feel alive. For now, I don't think much about why & how they have those dreams and just enjoy the story as it being told. Let the story surprise me :) Oh and the dreamy kiss!!! It is so beautifully filmed and the look on Jae-Chan face before going in makes my heart flustered so much. Can't wait for next week!!!

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Re: the diverging dreams. But dreams featuring alternate timelines are not new to this episode. In the very first episode, Hong-joo dreamed about hugging Jae-chan in the snowy street. Later she dreamed that she was in the hospital with long hair, and that her mother was dead because of her. And as we learned, these senarios didn't both exist in the same timeline.

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The ost is so beautiful every ost they have released is awsm love the show you belong to my heart

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I figured Jae Chan had dreamed about their kiss when he smiled to himself as he slept on the bus. Either Hong Joo had woken up right before they kissed out of shame for initiating it, or she chalked up their non-kiss to her dreams no longer being reliable. After all, her dreams have been wrong before -- uncoincidentally all involving Jae Chan.

I am so proud of Jae Chan for working so hard. His "I can't believe it's morning already" is how I feel every day. Chief Choi casually taking a picture on his phone and deliberately zooming in on it cracked me up. I suspected Hong Joo wasn't lying to Jae Chan about the winning lottery numbers, but I think it's good that they're not using their dreams for selfish reasons as it may come back to bite them.

Jae Chan practicing his interrogation was gold. He's so embarrassingly endearing. Thank goodness Woo Tak and Hong Joo warned him to let Chief Choi do the questioning. Experience wins out. Though I really wonder how Jae Chan would've failed in Hong Joo's dream. He seemed thoroughly prepared and was amazing when he took over the interrogation from Chief Choi today.

I thought Woo Tak knew Jae Chan had dreams from what Jae Chan said to Yoo Bum at the accident, so I didn't expect him to be so shocked. It's a little too late for Woo Tak as Hong Joo is already in too deep, but Mom keeping tabs on her suitors is cute. I've been wondering about what Hong Joo does for a living too, like does she work in the samgyupsal restaurant full-time? Her being a reporter is very Pinocchio, but Pinocchio is one of my favorite dramas.

Many thanks for recapping, @girlfriday!

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After a slump of 6 months I am back to a show becoz of Lee jong suk but I want to stay for the characters of the show I thing is sure Lee jong suk shows have the best first episodes and here is same case but I am amused by Suzy love her. My favorite thing was the dog of the police and the thing he said they all are beautiful...offcs it's true indeed 😄😍😍😍😍

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This show! The cute!
Also the epilogue was the perfect way to end Kim Soo Hyun's cameo. I'm glad it was so long and I appreciate the loveline with little bro. So cute!

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*Kim So Hyun rip typing faster than my brain works

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Why everything about Woo-tak reminds me of Officer Hong (Kim Wo-geun) from "Queen Mystery."

His face. His occupation. And sometimes is a little bit puppy too... 😍

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This show is just amazing. Somehow Lee Jong Suk's character isnt as cool here, he's funny and awkward too, which is different from his previous roles. I quite like seeing a different side of him this time. And Suzy has officially redeemed herself from Uncontrollably Fond in my eyes. Maybe it really was her character there that I couldnt stand.

The plot seems to be moving quite fast and now that events involving the leads' loved ones have been solved, I wonder what the writer has planned for the next 12 full/24 half episodes? Based on previews, I'm guessing something happens to Hong Joo, or I suppose it has to happen at some point for Jae Chan to save her.

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Oh wait, I forgot that already happened in the first episode!

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I KNEW IT! THE LOTTO NUMBERS!

I was screaming when he tore his ticket up. YOU'VE ALREADY BOUGHT IT, WHY NOT HOLD IT TO THE END?!?!?!?!?! Why trust HongJoo?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!???!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?! Graaaaaaar!!!!!!!!

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Thank you, Girlfriday, for yet another great recap! So how many times will I have to say this, heck I don't really care: I looove this show! This is so cool! The Three Flying Dragons just scored a point against Yoo-bum, finally! I'm just so sick of that guy, seriously.

So the suspense is here, yet again, with two different dream versions. I was like Jae-chan, wildly rambling in his thoughts of what the heck he was doing when Chief Choi and Yoo-bum were clearly on the same side. It's just that Chief Choi (the actor) was always a sageuk baddie or a thug of some sort that's why I just couldn't trust his face. Good thing our Jae-chan had faith in his dragon friends and, well, was I mighty proud of him too!

The common denominator of Jae-chan and Hong-joo was that they were both saved by their loved one on that same fateful day when their fathers were killed. So where does Woo-tak come in? Was he also saved that day? Their fates were intertwined, right? So, is he related with the fallen soldier? Did that soldier actually save him? How? Why are they having these common dreams? This question is also hurting my head. Maybe I would have to satisfy with Woo-tak's conclusion for now which is really pffft. Hee.

Now, with that kiss, gee. I'm actually quite miffed with Jae-chan. I mean wow, such control! I mean her face is just inches away, dude, and is offering her lips with eyes closed and arms around your neck, for heaven's sake! But all is good, all is good because the wonderful Woo-tak will surely save the day. Love triangles never go out of date in my books. I do want to watch some jealous-filled shenanigans until Jae-chan gives in and actively pursues the girl.

Prickly So-yoon is studying abroad so is she out of the drama? I hope not, because I'll surely miss her. Oh and it's the mum's poo after all ha ha ha! And Hong-joo's mum with the prosecutor and cop's scores on her notepad, LOL. I just hope this big family stays intact and, you know, alive and well please.

I can't believe I'll have to wait for a week for the next ep...

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I've also wondered about possible relationship of Woo-tak to the soldier. Can't be the son of the soldier since the soldier wasn't that old. Brother? Maybe the soldier also killed Woo-tak's father. (Don't recall if we've seen a father for Woo-tak) It just seems like there should be some sort of relationship between the two. Ah well, I'll just have to keep watching to find out. ;-)

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I WANT Jae Chan to be good, but now that we've had this moment where his dream was different AND helpful, I can totally see how that can ruin them in the future. He can easily make them do something on purpose which might have a devastating outcome. As much as I like this adorable side of Jae Chan, he would make for a super thrilling villain too cause they'd all be on equal footing (in terms of supernatural powers atleast. We all know that he wins the puppy contest).

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do you actually mean Woo Tak? as in batman cop?

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I'm hoping they up the bromance too. like, with the actual brothers. I love those two bickering SO much. I demand more scenes of the brothers!!<3

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I pressed the pause button for some seconds during THAT rehearsal as I could feel the ultimate second-hand embarrassment was on its way (did I just have superpower? Lol). I am quite worried though, what if the 3 dragons believe Woo Tak's dream is always right and choose it as a base to solve a horrible case... only to find that their one choice is, somehow, wrong and lead them to a fatal consequence?

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