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While You Were Sleeping: Episodes 21-22

A new case makes a good portion of the cast intersect in some complicated ways, and our dreamers have to decide whether knowing the future is helpful or more harmful in some cases. And our hero has to decide whether to be a hero, or do his job. Can’t a guy just take a vacation after getting shot?

 
EPISODE 21: “Die or Be Bad”

On a rainy night, Yoo-bum gets a strange call from a man who demands to meet right away. Yoo-bum gets angry, until the man reveals that he’s the famous murder mystery novelist Moon Tae-min.

So Yoo-bum returns to his office right away (with his green umbrella in tow), eager to meet the novelist because he’s a big fan. The writer looks a bit on edge and says that he’s working on a new novel about a murderer and needs a lawyer to consult. Yoo-bum is happy to oblige and notes that the main character—a murderer—is a writer and professor just like Professor Moon. Well that’s not suspicious or anything.

He says the “story” begins at a party in the writer’s honor, and we flash back to a book launch party for Professor Moon’s latest work. Hong-joo was there with a camera crew to interview him about his plans to donate all the profits to scholarships for aspiring writers.

In the middle of the party, the screen flashed a single line: “The truth about Professor Moon,” and then the young man with a broken arm in a sling who’d run into Brainy Smurf in the hospital got up to the podium. Arm Sling, the professor’s teaching assistant, started a slideshow presentation to reveal the Professor’s “true nature,” which at first was a series of happy pictures of Professor Moon and his students.

But then it quickly turned into shots of them being forced to move heavy furniture, drive him around, and valet his daughter’s wedding, basically using them as his personal slaves. Before Arm Sling could get any further though, security hauled him off the stage.

Professor Moon had smiled at the reporters and said that the student must be upset over some criticism on his dissertation, but Hong-joo was immediately wary.

Later that night, Professor Moon took his rage out on Arm Sling directly and beat him up, holding his literary career hostage. But the young man refused to be threatened and showed the professor that he’d been recording their conversation, which made him snap.

Professor Moon began choking him against the elevator doors, and he used so much force that the doors rattled and shook open. Agh. The teaching assistant fell down the shaft landing on the elevator below, his head surrounded in blood.

Yoo-bum asks if there were any witnesses, and Professor Moon says he’s not sure, but he did find a child’s hat in the stairwell behind him. The teaching assistant is brain-dead but technically still breathing. We see that he was the patient admitted on the rainy day when Brainy Smurf’s mom, Prosecutor Sohn, was talking about how guilty she feels that accidents make her hopeful for an organ donor.

Yoo-bum has characteristically been rolling up little bits of paper this whole time and he tells the professor that brain-dead doesn’t count as legally dead when it comes to murder, so the most he can be charged with is manslaughter. Yoo-bum adds that he could also get him a not-guilty verdict, and the professor brightens instantly.

Professor Moon sits back comfortably and demands a cup of coffee, ignoring Yoo-bum’s polite but rigid response that the staff isn’t in the office for that kind of thing right now. The professor still demands to be served, so Yoo-bum drops the façade and spits back that he’s a criminal who just killed a poor student and is asking to be let off the hook, and now he’s demanding coffee service.

Yoo-bum shouts that he’s the one in power now, and that he holds the professor’s life in his hands. He makes the professor repeat after him to beg for his help, and when he does as ordered, Yoo-bum smirks, enjoying himself. Yikes.

Hong-joo tells the news staff about Professor Moon’s book launch party and the rumors that he abuses his power, and Bong sunbae is saddened to learn that as a fan of his novels. He then calls the rookie over to send her on a snack run, and Hong-joo loudly starts complaining about how this top-down power abuse is what’s wrong with this country. Lol.

Bong sunbae asks if she’s talking about him, but Hong-joo says innocently that she was referring to Professor Moon: “Why, do you feel guilty about something?” Bong sunbae sheepishly takes his credit card back from the rookie.

Hong-joo and Woo-tak arrive together to pick Jae-chan up from the hospital, and Jae-chan quietly notes that Hong-joo is still not wearing the ring he gave her.

Seung-won notices that Jae-chan and Hong-joo are speaking in banmal to each other now, and Woo-tak asks brightly if they’re all using banmal now. Jae-chan glowers and says to him in jondae: “No.”

Woo-tak wilts and Seung-won points out how nonsensical that is when every other twosome in their threesome uses banmal, which just earns him a punch. Jae-chan is more preoccupied with whether Seung-won brought his prosecutor’s badge.

The next thing we know, he’s flashing it proudly to Brainy Smurf to prove that he’s really a prosecutor. Pff, are you five? Everyone else cringes in embarrassment as Jae-chan demands a bigger reaction from the kid, and instead Brainy Smurf calmly advises him not to get the legal statutes wrong in the future.

The kid makes a chic exit, leaving Jae-chan sputtering in his wake. Seung-won has to hold his brother back before he embarrasses them further, and Jae-chan just whirls around and says that the kid reminds him of smart-mouthed Seung-won when he was little.

Suddenly, Brainy Smurf collapses without warning, and they rush over to him in worry. They wait outside for news from the doctor, who tells them that he’s getting an emergency dialysis treatment, and they’re all shocked to learn that such a young child has been on dialysis for five years, and that his only hope now is an organ transplant.

In the same intensive care unit, Arm Sling lies unconscious, as Professor Moon tells the young man’s father that he should have stopped him from drinking that night. The dad doesn’t suspect for a moment that it wasn’t an accident, and thanks the professor for coming by.

The doctor tells the father to prepare for the worst because the head injury from the fall was so severe, and Professor Moon actually smiles at the news. And on the other side of the same room, Prosecutor Sohn rushes to her son’s bedside.

Woo-tak drops everyone off and asks Jae-chan if he’s going to stay at Hong-joo’s while he’s nursed back to health like him, and Jae-chan perks up at the idea. But before he can answer, Seung-won shoots it down, insisting that it would be rude when he has a brother to take care of him and it’s not like he got injured saving Hong-joo’s life, like Woo-tak did.

Both Hong-joo and Jae-chan try to find a way to make it happen anyway, but Seung-won is completely oblivious and shoots down every attempt, to the point that even Woo-tak is frustrated, hee. Stop cockblocking your brother!

Seung-won leads Jae-chan home by the hand, so finally Hong-joo just slaps Seung-won’s hand away and announces that she’s a better caretaker, and leads Jae-chan to her house. Jae-chan happily follows, and even as they go inside, Seung-won sighs that his brother is being so oblivious right now.

Woo-tak has to spell it out for Seung-won that he’s the oblivious one, and that Jae-chan and Hong-joo just reunited after 13 years and need some time together. Aw, has Batman decided to be a wingman?

Mom doesn’t seem as eager to have Jae-chan stay at their house though, and asks Jae-chan if two days here is enough for him to fully recover. Hong-joo, meanwhile, turns her room upside-down looking for the ring that she lost.

Jae-chan joins her in her room and asks if she doesn’t like the ring he got her, wondering why she doesn’t wear it. Hong-joo lies that she doesn’t want to wear it in front of her coworkers or her mom, so he makes her promise to wear it when she’s with him.

She takes his temperature and says she’ll change his bandages tomorrow, and he suddenly asks if she did all those things for Woo-tak too. She says she did and wonders if he’s jealous, but he denies anything of the sort.

But once he’s left alone in her room, all he can do is imagine Hong-joo playing nurse while Woo-tak flirts with her, making her squeal in delight. Imaginary Woo-tak talks like he walked out of a romance novel (“My fever won’t go down because you make my heart flutter.”) and uses every chance possible to hold Hong-joo’s hands.

Jae-chan throws things left and right to try and dispel the visions, and grouses that he shouldn’t have come here as he burrows into Hong-joo’s bed.

In Mom’s room, Hong-joo asks if she’s seen her ring, but Mom says she hasn’t. She asks Hong-joo if her affection for Jae-chan has grown deeper after finding out that they met 13 years ago. To Hong-joo’s surprise, Mom blurts that she doesn’t want her getting closer to Jae-chan, now or in the future.

The doctor comes to tell the teaching assistant’s father that he was right, and his son is registered as an organ donor. Dad’s eyes well up with tears when the doctor praises his son, and Dad decides to take his son off of his respirator the day after tomorrow, on his birthday. Soon after, Prosecutor Sohn is told of the potential organ donor, and she gasps in relief.

In someone’s dream, the teaching assistant’s father screams in a courtroom at the injustice of his son’s murder, as Yoo-bum and Professor Moon congratulate each other on winning the case. Dad runs over to the prosecutor, Jae-chan, and asks in tears what kind of law is like this. In the aftermath, Jae-chan packs up his desk to leave the prosecutor’s office.

Woo-tak wakes up from the dream with a heavy sigh, and asks Robin how he’s supposed to tell Jae-chan about what he saw.

In another dream, Prosecutor Lee pleads with Jae-chan on his knees, wailing that seven people will die to catch one man. He asks what kind of justice that is, and Jae-chan sheds a tear. He cries even more when he’s alone in his room, his nameplate sitting beside him in a box.

Hong-joo wakes up from that dream, and later when Woo-tak comes over for breakfast, he spots her outside looking like she’s carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. She tells him that she had a bad dream and was debating what to say about it, and he’s surprised and asks if she dreamt about Jae-chan quitting his job too.

Jae-chan spots them together while hanging laundry in the yard, and sneaks over to eavesdrop on their conversation. By the time he gets close enough, Woo-tak says that they need to tell Jae-chan because it involves him.

Hong-joo grabs his arm to stop him and asks what changes if they tell Jae-chan. He says that Jae-chan could at least run away, but Hong-joo argues that someone else would take the fall then, and asks if Woo-tak could run away knowing that.

He says no, and Hong-joo says that Jae-chan is just like Woo-tak, and wouldn’t run away. She warns him not to say anything about the dream, and plans to make Jae-chan run away herself.

Later that morning, Hong-joo refuses to get on the bus to go to work, saying that the weather is too nice to waste. Since Jae-chan is still on medical leave, she decides to play hooky, and Bong sunbae decides that she’s lost her mind when he gets her text.

The rest of the prosecutors are exhausted from pulling consecutive all-nighters because of Jae-chan’s absence, and when Hee-min grouses about it, Prosecutor Lee assures her that Jae-chan probably feels terrible about it and is suffering right now.

Cut to: Jae-chan making cute faces at Hong-joo while they visit a picturesque farm. They stop to pose for a picture, and a few feet away, another couple (cameo by Yoon Kyun-sang and Lee Sung-kyung) does the same thing.

But these two are in matching couple outfits and can’t get enough of each other, spending more time cooing over who’s cuter than taking pictures.

Jae-chan and Hong-joo stare at them stiffly and he scoffs, only to be shown up when Yoon Kyun-sang surprises “noona” with a bouquet of flowers. Knowing of their real-life bromance makes this competition so much better. Jae-chan quickly plucks the nearest blade of barley and gives it to Hong-joo, saying, “You like beer. It’s made from that.” Hahaha.

As they go for a walk, Hong-joo suggests going to the ocean tomorrow, but Jae-chan says he’s due back at the office tomorrow. He asks if something is supposed to happen to him, admitting that he overheard her and Woo-tak talking about their dreams.

Hong-joo reluctantly says that Jae-chan will have to make a very difficult choice: As soon as he returns to work, he’ll be put on a case and will order an autopsy to determine whether a man was intentionally killed. He’ll discover that the man was murdered and will catch the culprit… but the seven people who were in line to receive that man’s organs will die because they weren’t able to get those transplants. Oh no.

She says that in her dream, Jae-chan quits his job over the trauma of the case, and he asks what happens if he chooses not to order the autopsy. She says that Woo-tak’s dream had that version, but he lost the case because there was no way to prove it wasn’t an accident without the autopsy.

At the same time, we see Professor Moon close in on the school where the kids wear the little yellow hat he found at the time of the murder.

Hong-joo says that in Woo-tak’s dream, the victim’s father blames him and Jae-chan quits his job over the guilt. They happen to be standing at a fork in the road, and Jae-chan goes over his choices—catch a killer and let seven people die, or save seven people and let a killer go—but either way it ends with him quitting his job.

He decides to go to the ocean tomorrow after all, and announces that he’s going to do the cowardly thing and run away. As if answering Hong-joo’s claims earlier that he would never do that, he says he’s not like Woo-tak at all and plans to just run away because he doesn’t want to lose his job, and Hong-joo agrees that that’s the sensible thing.

They’re both cheerful and glib about the whole thing, which just makes it seem like they’re both overcompensating for how they truly feel.

As they walk past, Yoon Kyun-sang asks Jae-chan (calling him ajusshi, ha) to take a picture for them, and Jae-chan refuses rudely, as if to prove to Hong-joo that he’s going to lives as he pleases from now on.

Yoon Kyun-sang pouts and Lee Sung-kyung coos at “baby” not to get his feelings hurt. Pfft.

At school, Seung-won’s new friend, class outcast Dae-gu, says that his brother seems like a good prosecutor because he let Cable Guy go. Seung-won says that that’s just a prosecutor’s job, but Dae-gu says it’s not always a given that a prosecutor follows the law. He says his father was a doctor who saved people’s lives, but he met one wrong prosecutor and became a serial killer.

Seung-won asks who the prosecutor was, and Dae-gu just says it’s someone who can fabricate evidence and create a crime out of thin air. Gee, I wonder who that could be.

Yoo-bum tells Professor Moon that he’s lucky because the teaching assistant is an organ donor, which severely lowers the chances of an autopsy. He tells the professor to just focus on finding the owner of that yellow hat, and they’re in the clear.

From a distance, someone takes a photo of their meeting, and we see that it’s Woo-tak staking them out from his car.

 
EPISODE 22

As they arrive on their street, Hong-joo makes sure that Jae-chan really intends to go to the ocean with her tomorrow. They’re about to head to her house when Seung-won stops them, having waited for them to arrive.

He says that Jae-chan’s two days are up, and that Mom already sent his suitcase over. Jae-chan gets dragged home by his brother, and Hong-joo wonders to herself what’s gotten into Mom lately.

She brings it up with Mom, asking if Jae-chan did something to upset her, which she denies. But once Mom is alone in her room, we see that she’s been hiding Hong-joo’s ring in her drawer. She thinks about how broken Hong-joo was when she thought Jae-chan might die like Dad, and says aloud that she’s sorry to Jae-chan, but she can’t see her daughter fall apart anymore.

Jae-chan feels a pang of guilt when all of his coworkers send him concerned texts telling him take it easy and rest longer. He tries to put it out of his mind, but he shows up to meet Hong-joo for their date the next morning dressed in a suit, insisting that the sunglasses make it beachwear.

She guesses that he’s feeling anxious knowing that someone else will suffer in his place, but Jae-chan blusters that he’s the one always getting beaten up or shot, so it’s perfectly fine for him to spread the suffering around, which he deems is perfectly fair.

Hong-joo just listens to his rambling speech and takes off her hat and sunglasses, and tells him to go to work. He tries to protest, but she shows him that she already packed her computer in her beach bag knowing this would happen, and that she didn’t feel right about it either.

She takes his sunglasses off and says, “A road will appear if you make it,” and for the first time in days, he smiles a genuine smile. She offers to come running if he changes his mind about the beach, and Jae-chan’s face brightens as he starts waiting for the bus to work. Hong-joo hugs him from behind and reminds him that it’s going to be a difficult choice, and tells him to brace himself.

Professor Moon finds the one little boy in the school playground who’s missing his yellow hat, and the boy recognizes him instantly. The boy had witnessed Professor Moon strangling his student, and worse yet, he saw what really happened: Professor Moon had noticed the elevator doors shaking loose in the struggle, and purposely shoved his student down the elevator shaft. That is definitely not manslaughter.

In the present, Professor Moon returns the hat on the little boy’s head, noting that it’s a perfect fit. The boy lies that he doesn’t remember him, but pees his pants in fright and runs away. The professor chases him down the street and closes in on him when the boy trips and falls. What is he planning to do, kill a child??

Just as he’s about to grab the boy, a hand stops him and flips him around, pinning him to the ground in one swift, badass move. Yay, Woo-tak’s here to save the day! It turns out that Woo-tak had been following the professor all this time, and he and his partner arrest him for attacking the child.

Hong-joo saunters into the city news desk still dressed like she’s going on holiday (in a movie), scaring Bong sunbae. He tells her that the teaching assistant is due to be taken off life support today to donate seven of his organs, and Hong-joo realizes that this is Jae-chan’s case from her dream.

At the same time, Prosecutor Sohn rushes off to the hospital in a hurry, and Prosecutor Lee follows after her. Jae-chan sees them approach and holds his arms out, ready for hugs to welcome him back, but they both just nod and run past, and he says meekly that they must not have missed him much.

Prosecutor Lee asks if something is wrong, and Prosecutor Sohn tells him that her son might get a transplant today. She’s a nervous wreck and reminds him not to tell anyone, and he assures her that he’s very tight-lipped, otherwise everyone in the office would know about the boss getting face fillers and Hee-min being a Buddhist.

Prosecutor Sohn laughs in glee, and he asks if she feels a little better now. She smiles in appreciation and he cheers her on to reassure her that everything will be okay. Aw.

Jae-chan is disappointed yet again when he bursts into his office expecting a welcome, only to find it empty. Hyang-mi greets him with her back turned, too embarrassed to face him, and says that he likes her back more anyway. Ha.

Chief Choi is the only one who gives Jae-chan the reaction he wanted, excited and worried and full of care, and Jae-chan does a little dance of joy before going in for that hug he’s been craving so badly. Chief Choi insists that everyone missed him plenty.

The first case Hyang-mi hands him is the teaching assistant, who’s waiting to be taken off of life support today as soon as Jae-chan signs the paperwork. Jae-chan braces himself and tells Chief Choi that they have to go to the hospital to investigate before signing this, and Chief Choi mutters to Hyang-mi that this is why no one welcomed Jae-chan back, because he insists on digging into everything.

On the way, Woo-tak calls to tell Jae-chan that he thinks he’s arrested the murderer in his case, and that he’s also got a witness. Professor Moon calls Yoo-bum, who tells him to keep his mouth shut while he takes care of things.

Jae-chan and Chief Choi take a look at the marks on the teaching assistant’s neck, and they share a knowing look.

Prosecutor Sohn and the doctor are in the middle of telling her son that he’s going to be running around like a regular kid in no time, when the hospital administrator arrives to tell them the bad news that the prosecutor hasn’t signed off on the surgeries because they might need to order an autopsy.

Yoo-bum arrives at the hospital to inquire into the surgery as well, and finds out that Jae-chan put a stop to it. He laughs and marches out with a determined look, ready to fight it out in court to see who really wins.

Prosecutor Sohn is close to breaking down when she returns to work and has to tell Prosecutor Lee that the surgery might not happen, and then they get called into the chief prosecutor’s office for an emergency meeting.

To their shock, Jae-chan asks the team for their advice on his case, and Prosecutor Sohn freezes up when she realizes that the victim is the organ donor she’s been pinning her hopes on. Prosecutor Lee argues that they can’t risk seven people’s lives on so little evidence, since all Jae-chan has is footage of the teaching assistant not drinking very much at the party, and the possible testimony of a child.

Prosecutor Lee asks what happens if they do the autopsy and find that it was an accident after all, and Hee-min agrees that it’s not enough to go on yet. Then the chief prosecutor asks what Prosecutor Sohn thinks. Voice trembling, she tells Jae-chan that he did the right thing and that they should order an autopsy.

In private, Prosecutor Lee gets worked up, asking how Prosecutor Sohn could choose to give up on her son’s kidney like that. He argues that this isn’t the time to be a noble prosecutor, but she says this wasn’t a choice as a prosecutor: “It was a choice as a parent. If I were that teaching assistant’s parent, more than saving other people, I would want to reveal how my child died. Whether seven lives or seventy… That is the heart of a parent.”

She finally lets herself break down in tears.

The chief prosecutor tells Jae-chan that the victim probably won’t last the week before his heart gives out, at which time they can do the autopsy. He tells Jae-chan to file the paperwork, but Jae-chan hesitates.

He thinks back to earlier this morning when he’d asked Hong-joo which choice she would make—save seven lives or catch a killer—and she’d replied that she wouldn’t choose either option.

So then Jae-chan takes a deep breath and presents his boss with a third choice: to conduct the organ transplant and autopsy at the same time. He shows the chief prosecutor that there’s precedent, though it’s very rare, and he says that because the injuries are concentrated on the head and neck, he thinks it’s possible to limit the autopsy to those areas, leaving the rest of the organs free for transplant surgery.

The chief prosecutor is skeptical that he’ll get enough evidence for trial this way, but he decides to trust Jae-chan’s choice.

Back at the bus stop, Hong-joo had answered, “If it were me, I would save the seven people and catch the criminal. That’s my choice.”

He’d smiled at her gratefully and brushed her hair back, and in the present, he breaks into a big smile after having found a way to do both.

 
COMMENTS

After the last episode, this one was a letdown. It was so heavily procedural, on top of which the killer was revealed at the very start, and uninteresting as a character to boot. I found the previous cases far more interesting, and this one seems so straightforward in comparison that I was a little bored by the details. I appreciate that Jae-chan found a creative third option when he was stuck between two impossible choices, but come on, it doesn’t surprise anyone that our hero would attempt to save everyone and also catch the killer, or that the Three Dragons would each do their part to help.

The one element that saved this storyline from being completely pointless was Prosecutor Sohn, who grounded the case emotionally. It would’ve been nice to have Jae-chan grapple with his choice while knowing her position in all this, because it would’ve added a more interesting layer than a simple ethical dilemma that he assumes is far removed from him on a personal level. Maybe after getting shot, everything else is going to pale in comparison; though if that’s the case, we shouldn’t have gotten him shot so early on in the show.

I often wish that this drama weren’t so black and white with its morality, because I might be more interested in the cases if they were drawn with subtler lines, or if they weren’t all lawyered by Yoo-bum, who is losing his humanity day by day to the point that he’s becoming too obvious to care about. I either want to see more of his human side, or just cut to the chase and start that case where he was the prosecutor who made a killer out of an innocent man, if what Seung-won’s friend said is true. We’ve done enough of the dance. I think it’s time to start charging Yoo-bum with some crimes. That, or give his screen time to Bong sunbae.

I was grateful for the moments of comedy where we got them, from Jae-chan’s jealousy to his petty competitions with Brainy Smurf and giant baby Yoon Kyun-sang. And I don’t think it’s too out of character for Mom to react that way after seeing Hong-joo so heartbroken when Jae-chan was injured. She reacted similarly when Hong-joo first wanted to return to work—she seems to just dig her heels in when she wants to protect her daughter. It doesn’t seem like a very serious obstacle for them, but I do want Mom to be back on Team Jae-chan soon. I think even Woo-tak is on Team Jae-chan now, despite his heartbreak. *sniff* It’s okay, Batman, you’ll walk away with all the fanlove in the end!

 
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Well I guess we can call this episode the cringe-y and the emotional. I agree that this episode was in some ways a let down, but thought prosecutor Lee and prosecutor Sohn were the standouts this episode.

The cringe-y parts were Suzy's acting in JC's imagination (when he imagined her with WT), she was just so bad I cringed, since so far she has been decent. The other cringe-y part was when they went on a date (JC's momentary pause - thankfully it was momentary - as if he is holding a 13 year old fangirl meeting, I blame the director, and LSK and YKS's cameo which was so freaking cheesy but still funny).

Now onto the good, I liked the moral dilemma of this case but didn't like how the dilemma was so neatly/easily wrapped up. I really like prosecutor Sohn, she is such a sweet lady who struggles quietly with a sick child, and has always been the quiet voice of reason among the prosecutors. She was very inspiring this episode, but at the same time I thought that it is okay to be selfish sometimes.

On this note, I have a question, does S.K. not allow kidney donation from a person who's healthy? Because here if a person volunteers to donate a kidney (usually family members), and if they are a match, then they can donate one kidney.

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Probably Prosecutor Sohn has tried that, but was not a match or something.

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I think S.K not allow kidney donation from the healthy person except family member.
I said this just base on "Marriage Contract" drama by UEE and Lee Seo Jin so i'm not sure the actual law.

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I believe they allow donation from close family members if they match, but not from unrelated individuals. I saw this in another drama lol. A person isn't allowed to choose who to give their organs too, there's a law about it to discourage the selling of organs.

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who to give their organs to

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Hong Joo was supposed to act cringe-y, right? I don't think she failed to act cute. Lol.

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My problem wasn't that she was being cringe-y cute, my problem is that she didn't look cringe-y cute, she just looked retarded (I'm not being mean, I just really don't know what other word to use to describe it). I also blame the director too.

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Well, Suzy was supposed to act cringe-y in this scene with many cringy aegyo, so it's normal if you cringed^^... I don't think that it's right to put the blame on Suzy's acting here, when she was obviously told to act that way...

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In Hospital a nurse friend donated her kidney to the ex-wife of her co-worker, she's not related to them and doesn't know the wife, I don't know if it's just a drama.

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Few days ago I didn't believe that little Seungwon and Chanho are played by same actor as written in korean Wikipedia page of WYWS even though when I saw Chanho for the first time I thought he looks familiar. So I had to check their scene again and again. Little Seungwon seems a bit smaller than Chanho and the glasses makes them look different too. But one thing made me believe they are same person, it's the teeth.
I thought the drama use same actor because they were too lazy to search another kid actor and thought people wouldn't even notice it (like me). But now I think I'm wrong.

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Yeah i just realized that it's the same actor. Maybe that's why JH said that the kid reminded him of young SW.

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I warmed up a lot to Jae Chan this ep. I was complaining how his character wasnt written well and lacked the depth needed. But petty JC is quite adorable. And LJS is wonderful with those little emotions and expressions. I loled at YKS calling LJS Ajhusshi :D their cameo was cheesy but hilarious and Jae Chan refusing to take theit pic, how cyte :*

The writing is still letting me down. The plot seems disjoint and all over the place.

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*cute

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I wouldn't say the plot was disjointed - I felt like all the groundwork was being laid for the final big conflict. I wouldn't be surprised at all to find out that Prof. Moon is the one who tries to kill Hong Joo (for a reason we don't know yet), leaving her in the field with Yoo Bum's umbrella to frame Yoo Bum as payback. He needs Yoo Bum now, but he is definitely going to make him pay later for putting him in his place that night. The camera lingered on the umbrella in the umbrella stand in a way that made me think, Hmm, is Prof. going to make off with it?

Even Mom hiding the ring seems like groundwork. Because Jae Chan is going to have to save Hong Joo from dying to get that ring back.

Just a couple of things bugged me. One, the idea that seven people would die without this transplant. I'm sorry, but seven people wouldn't get a transplant today does not equal seven people will die. The other, that the little kid who witnessed the murder was alone in the building for no apparent reason, and the professor tracked him down and tried to intimidate him - how stupid is that? It seems totally unreasonable that the kid was there in his school hat at the scene of this book release party. And if the kid hasn't told an adult by now and the adult hasn't called the police, then how did Prof. Moon improve his situation by reminding the kid that he saw him that night? He didn't really plan to kidnap the kid from school in broad daylight and murder him, did he?

I'm hoping that the pink sweatshirt couple are going to be tied into the story somehow moving forward.

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@lindag Hmm thank you for pointing out those scenes. I just came up with a list if Maybes.

1. Maybe they used "Seven people dying" to enhance the emotional impact/ethical dilemma this case is supposed to bring. Maybe all of them are in critical condition and in need of those organs ASAP?
2. Maybe the mother of the kid is a fan of the author and she brought him to the event after school? Not a great plan after all.
3. Maybe Prof Moon was just planning to scare the kid enough to traumatize him and never speak of the murder scene again?

Ah, how epic would it be to have the duo in the drama together with LJS and Suzy! They can arrange a few double dates or smth.

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In most countries, organ recipients outnumber donors by a large amount. So it is literally true, that every donated organ saves a life because many (most?) recipients die before they get an organ.

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I was thinking the same thing about 7 people dying. Yes, it extends their time in finding a donor and that could possibly lead to death, but it doesn't mean all 7 will automatically die because they lost this chance.

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I thought It was well made episode and the moral dilemma was executed perfectly. The cameos are gold.

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Since the premiere of this show, I've been watching with my sisters and they keep asking when another episode will be released.
It's really a great show. I don't if it's because of the main leads or the show itself, or maybe the fantasy, but I love every part of it.

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The murder case doesn't interest me that much except for the fact that yoo bum & Hus clients just hit new levels of low every episode.

Jae Chan's imagination on the other hand....haha XD he's really like a 5year old kid

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I feel like this show is running out of story to tell. The first six episodes were really awesome. But this one felt like it ended all too neatly, how Jaechan easily found a way to "solve" the problem. Also the dreams are starting to feel contrived and convenient.

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More creepy men that LYB has to defend! I’m beginning to think he’s the only attorney in all of Korea.

Bit busy, so I’ll just say that I’m still madly in love with WooTak. I love how he’s happy when she’s happy. Perfect “second lead”! I seem to be a bit bored recently though.

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I think this episode’s case is quite interesting as it challenges your moral compass and the grey line between what’s right and what’s wrong. Of course I knew that Jae Chan would end up choosing to do both: saving 7 lives and catch the murderer, but it’s not an easy task to do both and still, the chances to win this case is low since he decides to do autopsy and organ transplant at the same time.

Nevertheless, I just wanna take a moment to show my deepest appreciation of how useful Woo Tak since the day Jae Chan saved him. Whenever I watch this drama, I always say to myself why don’t I have a very loyal, faithful and helpful friend like Woo Tak? I mean, he’s always there for JC and HJ and always be at the right place and time to catch culprit or save HJ/JC. 💕

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Anyway, the cameos are gold. I feel that my female SLS from Doctors is cured because Dr. Jin Seo Woo finally gets together with Dr. Jung Yoon Do. 😆

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Woo tak is so clever and underrated. I loved how he handled the investigation scene with jae chan as a witness for do ha kyung's case, and this time as well he thought ahead to stake out who yoobum has been talking to to find the culprit. Intelligent like batman!

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It's just endearing that he takes this 'saving the world' thing so seriously (with such pure intentions) and since the beginning he's done nothing but save the day in a subtle way, sometimes even unnoticed by the other two leads, and he's just happy with that.

Such a dreamy character, even by dramaland standards~ I've signed my heart away

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I agree! By this point, I'm getting a little bored - I usually do so around episode 10, unless the show is REALLY amazing. And Woo Tak is only the reason I tuned into this episode at all.

More Woo Tak please, he's been given very little screen time in recent episodes and I'm bored.

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@greenfields He's getting more attractive each episode. I go heart-eyes whenever he's on screen <3 I totally adore his interaction with the leads. You gotta love a man who can read the atmosphere and be supportive of his close friends.

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Man of action, he is indeed. He's definitely got the cop instinct and I'm glad the show is making perfectly use of it.

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The cameo!!! Maybe I was spoiled by Kim So Hyun's long cameo but I was hoping for an extended storyline or something for LSK and YKS, nevertheless, it was really cute.

I liked Jae Chan's jealous imaginations -- while I'm fairly certain I'm on the OTP ship, I must admit that Suzy x Jung Hae In look really good together. I don't have SLS but I think I'd like it if they go on another drama in the future and be the OTP. Woo Tak is such a cute puppy!

Last, I'm kind of disappointed that Woo Tak's big secret isn't coming into play yet -- I wonder what it could be? A connection to the soldier who killed the dads of Jae Chan and Hong Joo? That he's a hidden chaebol and he'll be the lead of a police/prosecutor drama spin off? LOL.

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hahah yeah i really want to know his secret too, but maybe the writer writes it at the last 4 episodes? i guess LOL

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I would totally watch that police/prosecutor drama spin off with Woo Tak as the lead. I hope Jung Hae In gets more proeminent roles after this.

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favourite couple award goes to chief choi and jae-chan!

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Absolutely!Honestly they are the only reason I tune in, apart from the bromance of the Jung brothers and LJS's comedic moments :D

I wonder where the other beanies are esp the ones I know who are Ljs fans , its only a 100 comments every episode in DB *sigh*.

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That was adorable! Especially the cutsy faces of LJS!

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has Batman decided to be a wingman?

Well, bats have wings. Might as well.
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he’s very tight-lipped, otherwise everyone in the office would know about the boss getting face fillers and Hee-min being a Buddhist.

Besides the obvious (and kinda funny) bit about him being shaky on the tight-lipped concept, what's so gossip-worthy about someone being a Buddhist?

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Prosecutor Shin has been pretending to be a Christian all the while, praying before meals with the chief to get on his good side i think

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because heemin said she's a christian and pray tigether with their boss

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It is a well written drama with a lot of social morality attached which I have not seen in many dramas. Nice storytelling.

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Usually when a mystery book gets to the middle, you would describe it as "the plot thickens" but alas WYWS is now putting me to sleep.
I wasnt into the otp's romance from the start but i was intrigued wit how the dreams work, i love KSH's cameo and jaechan's brother, i love woo tak and robin and appreciate the crime/story. But now KSH part is over, less of jae chan's brother and the dream setup now feels really contrived.
The only good part was i still feel connected to the victims. Having seen the lil boy earlier and his brainy knowledge of prosecutors and law, i felt a kinship too him. So his storyline and how he may now be saved by the kidney from the brain-dead victim was heartwarming. but the rest of the time... i yawn..

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how can a person donate organs to seven people?

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Different people have different needs for different organs.
One might need a heart, the other the liver, kidney etc. It would be a waste to just harvest one organ and throw the ones away that aren't needed.

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Different orgasm would go to different people (two kidneys, heart, liver which can be split, lung love, cornea, tissue). Like in the movie Seven Pounds.

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I dont understand Hong Joo's mother because is she intending to keep Hong Joo from dating her whole life?

I was really proud of Prosecutor Sohn being able to put herself in the shoes of the victim's parent instead of only looking out for her son's interests.

I guess the cases are less presented in a less complex manner since we have to gear up for the showdown between Jae Chan and Yoo Bum and also get ready for the case that leads to Hong Joo's dream death scene.

Or maybe the focus here is on choices to be made in difficult circumstances instead of getting the audience to try and figure out who the killer is like a normal thriller.

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Straight forward case is fine, just the problem solving is presented too neatly that defuse the fight over moral compassion to save or to give justice.

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I don't understand HJ's mother either. She even counted more points for JC in the earlier eps. What's her problem now?

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She probably hopes she'll fall in love with someone with a "safe" job, but her husband died being a bus driver so...yeah, I don't really get her either. If anything, she could at least be straight with her daughter about her reservations.

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Can we give props to actor Kim Ki Cheon as that student's father? I feel like every time I see him in a movie or drama, I need to have a box of tissues ready. He does pitiful drama characters so well. His character's love for his son was so heartbreaking combined with that scene with Prosecutor Son. This guy is lowkey my favorite Korean actor.

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I KNOW, as soon as you see him you pity him :D

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Personally I didn't think the case boring, maybe just very straight forward as there wasn't any mysterie in it and because I thought of the "solution" very early on and was a bit frustrated that nobody seemed to have the same idea, but I really liked the ethical question that it raised.

Also I really understood were HJ's mom was coming from. She obviously sees how much her daughter cares about Jae Chan and she likes him aswell, but her instinct as a parent to protect her from all harm is very natural and that is why I can't fault her, especially because I have a feeling that she will come around soon as she did with Woo Tak previously.

The only surreal action in this episode was that of Ms. Son. She, of course has the same instinct as HJ's mom, but chose to ignore it because of her strong empathy. Looking back I do see that it is rather consistent with her character, as she is always the one who is first on Jae Chans side and she often argues on the side of the victim because of her empathy, but in this case it just felt unnatural. Being considerate with another parent while her child might die anytime soon that just doesn't ring true no matter how high her moral standards and her empathy might be.

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Precisely, it’s her son for crying out loud. No one is faultless to that level of nobility. I will rather have her say other wise and yet completely understand and help jC to come up with the solution! That would had been more satisfying.

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I wished that Jae Chan has a more involved role in establishing that that was a murder case. In a way, it was handed to him that it’s going to be a tough murder case. Maybe I’ll like it better if they have the dreams after he got the case.
Although I get it that writer Nim is trying to emphasize that jc is not one to shy away from tough decisions even though he keep saying that.
And yes, it would have been more realistic if they had open up that Brainy Smurf is prosecutor son’s son. Does it not give more reasons for jc to come up with alternatives to save and solve the case at the same time. It might be better to show the effort of jc trying to seek for autopsy without hurting the organs. It’s just too “ packaged “ to have him to come up with solution in that split seconds after trying to consults all the prosecutors. It somehow render the very heartfelt opinion of prosecutor son’s useless right?

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Thanks GF!

"but Dae-gu says it’s not always a given that a prosecutor follows the law. He says his father was a doctor who saved people’s lives, but he met one wrong prosecutor and became a serial killer." - Now why do I think this must have been Yoo Bum before he became a lawyer? 😉

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You're right. And this drama writers are hoping the audience is ignoring the fact that they portrayed YB as only being a few years older than JC, HJ and WT. How did YB manage to become a prosecutor, do so much damage and transition to a private lawyer (and have so much apparent seniority) while not having that much more time?

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Kdrama logic, apparently.

I hope they give us more details soon! Lawyer YB is doing a good job annoying the heck out of us but still keeping us interested with his backstory. XD

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If he was a high flying prosecutor (which has been alluded to) it is very likely that he managed to negotiate a good deal for himself when he transitioned into defence counsel. 4 years is a lot of lead time.

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I really don’t understand lawyer YB. He showed hatred/disgust towards murderer earlier, but then he is now defending them?

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To be honest, this happen to the last few episodes, an hour pass by and I ask myself did something happen? They drag a whole episode for little of nothing. The drama move in a really slow speed, I could skip a whole episode and not missing much

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I liked the ethical dilemma presented but man, they would have had no problems at all had they talked to the Transplant Team and Forensic Pathologists.

But then, that would have been another kdrama. With surgeons and not cops and lawyers. Hehe. So I'm ok with this episode.

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*Talked to the Transplant Team from the start.

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Im just a bit miffed by the doctor who didnt do a full physical and didn't suspect strangulation marks in a patient who was supposedly "drunk" and fell then cracked his head.

But thats all. hehe. Deets.

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Not the first time in this drama. I guess crime prosecutors in Korea also have medical training.

They appear not to have medical examiners or doctors that recognize strangulation marks, poisoning or injuries resulting from a fall against a counter. And apparently they don't test for blood alcohol either.

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they just go: "oh, he was super duper drunk? ayt cool, let's not check his blood for alcohol and other possible toxins and just go donate his liver and kidneys."

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Wondering if beanies are suffering from comment overload from BTIOFL. Ha! Seriously though, I think WYWS may be suffering in comparison for those who are watching both simultaneously. Advice for those yet to watch: watching any other drama of related genre along with BTIOFL is not recommended.

This is a perfectly serviceable continuation to what has been a competent rom-com. I believe there was some early teasing regarding the complexity of the characters but it seems the writers are pretty much firmly labelling good vs bad characters at this point.

Our intrepid gang is presented with a series of dilemmas but the writers don't really bother to make the gang make hard choices but conveniently provide simple solutions within an episode or two.

I am disappointed that HJ continues to be sidelined and made into an object. She is the love interest, and serves to be a message bearer for the last 6-8 episodes.

The overall impression I get from this production is "lukewarm". It has a lukewarm romance, a lukewarm legal drama/police thriller, and has a lukewarm supernatural/fantasy element. An easy watch with enough eye-candy, not much frustration, cut and dried characters and requires minimal brain cell engagement.

Since we're pretty much 75% through this series, I assume (!) that the drama will introduce the dramatic climax element that ties up the back story next week. Lawyer YB is not likely to be the ultimate antagonist (he appears too young to have participated in the events of the back story) so at least there is something to look forward to.

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Haha! Coincidentally, I started watching BTIOFL only because I needed something to watch while waiting for WYWS updates - but now I find BTIOFL > WYWS too!

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While I am liking WYWS, I agree that this production feels lukewarm overall with some great moments. The drama just feels teenybopper with some grownup/deep moments. I too am finding BTIMFL to be better (more depth, etc) but am still enjoying this show too.

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So in the last episodes, a woman with healt issues died alone in her appartment but it was a murder for everyone, in this episode a drunk and broken arm guy died in a elevator shaft but for everyone it's an accident... And because it's an accident, why a procuror has to give his OK for the organs transplantation ?
I understand that this episode was slow because JC will have to confront the lawyer in court... but I don't like the lovey-dovey moments between the leads, so if the story is not interessant and I can't see more Woo Tak... it will be very difficult to watch this drama :p

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A prosecutor will have jurisdiction over any evidence involved in a crime. Of course that does not override the medical practitioner from providing required medical services.

In this case, since there might be a concern that going ahead with organ donation (i.e. essentially allowing the victim to die) might destroy or impair evidence of a crime.

The prosecutor probably has to obtain a court order to block the organ transplant procedure by making that argument in front of a judge. If the court order is granted, and it usually is, then, yes, it would take the prosecutor's permission before the organ transplant procedure can take place.

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Thank you for the recaps, @girlfriday <3

I've said this in another platform and I'll probably say it again till the finale... second leads are way more appealing when they support the relationship of the main OTP. Woo Tak is becoming extra attractive with the way he handles his relationships with Jae Chan and Hong Joo. He definitely is the best wingman for me this season.

I still find the cases pretty interesting. But yeah, it would have been more gripping if Jae Chan was aware of Prosecutor Sohn's personal involvement in the case. It would be extra complicated but I welcome any form of complications when it comes to this drama genre.

Ah, I'm totally enjoying Hong Joo and Bong sunbae's interactions. #Workgoals much? XD Give us more of this duo, juseyo!

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I loved the track that starts playing at the end of this episode - "Come with me", sung by Lee Jong Suk himself. The melody is different from the other songs in the OST so far - gave me shivers(good ones!) I've been listening to it on loop ever since. ^_^

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@kdramawithmaggi

YT recommended the OST to me last night. I was pleasantly surprised by LJS' voice. He occasionally makes fun of his singing voice but I think this one turned out pretty well. It's currently on loop, next to Henry's "It's You" Totally love all the OSTs in the drama.

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@chakhanseupeu : Oh I love that one! Suzy's I Love You Boy is great too.

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Yes, surprisingly enough "come to me" is at the top of the OST list for this drama, for me. This drama has a strong OST, I really like 6 out of the 10 released.
1. Come to Me and It's You
2. I Love You Boy, Lucid Dream, and Maze
3. Your World

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@sweetsour

Ah~ for me it would be:
1. It's You
2. When Night Falls
3. Come to Me

My playlist is full of OSTs these days. Say Yes - Loco (로꼬) & Punch (펀치) being the one on top.

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I forgot about "When Night Falls", so it would be I really like 7 out of the 10 released OSTs. For me "When Night Falls" would be alongside "Your World" in my above list.

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I feel letdown from this recap honestly. We can all have our opinions though and that's what makes the discussion interesting. I loved this episode to pieces and was very intrigued by the morality case. This episode had me on the edge of my seat since I really had no clue what his decision should be, and I love the life lesson that,

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I feel letdown from this recap honestly. We can all have our opinions though and that's what makes the discussion interesting. I loved this episode to pieces and was very intrigued by the morality case. This episode had me on the edge of my seat since I really had no clue what his decision should be.

“Over, under, around, or through, there's always a way. You don't give up and you never give in. They can scar your body and take your freedom, but only you can surrender your heart and soul. Nothing is worth compromising yourself for. Stand fast and stand true. Always.”
-Sherrilyn Kenyon, Illusion

This episode really reinforced this quote for me.
All in all, I can appreciate that we all have our differences, but it still can be a letdown when you're so excited for a recap of an episode you loved and realize you were the only one who loved it. But then again this happens to me a lot in this website lo

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You're not alone.
I like this episode to pieces too. I feel the same like you after reading the recap.

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"But then again this happens to me a lot in this website"

Same wingedswan, same. It especially sucks when after every recap all the comments are complaints about how it could be better. The comments about Bride of Water God killed my buzz every time, so I stopped reading them.

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Oh come on guys! Am I really the only one who enjoys everything about this show?
1. I prefer JC to all other LJS characters because he's not a genius or some very rich guy, he is funny and relatable. I'm glad that LJS chose this simple character.
2. Suzy's acting has improved a lot. The "cringey" scene as some of you may call it was supposed to be that way because of JC's exaggerated imagination fueled by his jealousy
3. There are still many mysteries that need to be solved eg. Woo Tak's secret, HJ's death dream featuring YB's umbrella and all YB's illegal deeds as a prosecutor.

I'm only sick of the fact that all cases involve the same Lawyer, same prosecutor and the same reporter (maybe because they are the main protagonists and antagonist.. but still)

Let's try and enjoy the drama (we are so used to complicated plots and characters that we become very critical once something simpler is brought to us) Anyway that is just my POV

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JC is an interesting specimen, he is a bit vain, sometimes competative, but he works honestly, he could be all dramatic about the dreams and being shot, but he takes life lightly. why linger. maybe it is the best way to live, like all trouble is a breeze that will blow away.

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I'm enjoying the show a lot too. While I can see some flaws they are easy to overlook.

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No! definitely! you're not the only one who enjoys everything about this drama. I'm with you.
I believe the writer has her own reasons why she chooses
to tell her story this way.

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Just my hunch but I think wootak was involved with the past case from the man who took suicide, his son, jae-chan's brother's friend that told him to help jae chan meet his father, was probably the one who will have the motive to kill hong joo, he has yb green umbrella which was seen in hj dream when she will supposed to die. The past prosecutor who made his father a killer was yb, and I think that case finally connects woo tak, maybe this involves his secret.

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I predict that Yoo Bum is involved with Daegu's father case which falsely accused in episode 19-20..
And my prediction did come true in the preview for episode 25-26..
He forged the documents and Mr Choi seems to know about it..
I think the climax for this drama is the case that Yoo Bum handled when he was a prosecutor..[The serial killer case.]
And that leads to Hong Joo dreams about how she died..
In the scene where Hong Joo die, a green umbrella is spotted near her..
The umbrella owner is Yoo Bum, but currently it is with Daegu..
Because Yoo Bum left it in the toilet..
I'm excited to know how will they dig the truth for that case and it seems Woo Tak have some connection with the case..

This drama is really make me excited every week..
Sadly there will be 2 more weeks to go..
The scriptwriter for this drama is really a genius person!!!..her work is amazing..
This drama plot is really detailed and all the things that happened really does make sense..
While You Were Sleeping is one of the great drama for 2017..along with Chief Kim..

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Best. Cameo. Ever lmao.

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The meeting with all the prosecutors maddened me in retrospect because if Jae-chan had the answer that whole time, then he didn't need to mess with their emotions and test their moral compass. I know he didn't know about the connection between her son and his case, but I felt like I got played in caring that P. Sohn choose justice over her son when she never really had to make that decision in the first place.

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Whoa! This professor case took me to a place I didn't expect! Of course she was no murderer, but I was misused by a professor somewhat similarly once! The college had paid for me to go along on a study abroad trip as a chaperone to the students of a class, but the professor said this came along with doing all the travel agent communication and also being a nanny for her child. Okay, cool, I still thought it was a cool opportunity and I was okay with it because this was an amazing, interesting, deep, and thoughtful professor lady who I'd had, and I'd babysat for her before.

I knew things weren't right when we were in the Philly airport and she told me not to buy a magazine because I wouldn't get a chance to look at bc I'd need to entertain her child for the entire 7 hour flight...although she would be right there too... While the college originally gave me a phone for communication to the states, when I got there she said I could only use the phone to call her about her child, not my family. She had me mailing her letters, polishing her jewelry, working, working, working. There are endless stories I could tell about how I saw her doing unethical things and using people. She didn't plan anything for the course, agents did, and its lessons consisted entirely of student presentations. It was wiggety whack!

Then I slipped and dislocated my knee. I couldn't see a doctor until I was back in the states, and she told me I shouldn't be walking around to use it at all unless I was pushing the stroller.

Chills! True story. I guess professors using their underlings is actually a thing?!

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I liked the case. It set up a nice ethical dilemma that, at first glance, didn't seem easy to solve where both parties came away happy. Actually, I was a little disappointed that Jae-chan was able to come up with a perfect solution so quickly after we spent the entire episode angsting about it. I think my major problem with this episode, and some of the other episodes, is that the procedural side of the show is just falling apart at the seams. I know this is Dramaland and that details about very technical professions like doctors, lawyers, and the police tend to get fudged for the sake of drama, but this episode was a little ridiculous. I mean, the doctors jumped the gun on donating Arm Sling's organs. The prosecutor hadn't even given permission for it yet! Its like they were setting themselves up for failure, and a potential lawsuit! And the fact that Sohn and Lee were involved in the decision-making process for a case they were WAYYY too emotionally invested was pretty bad too. Good thing Sohn is a decent human being with a strong ethical center cuz that was a disaster waiting to happen. Usually these things don't bother me. Maybe its because the show takes itself so seriously and the cases are becoming the main driving force of the series, rather than the romance?

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