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While You Were Sleeping: Episodes 27-28

If I had a nickel for every near-death experience these two have had, I swear. The danger and the stakes really kick up a notch in the final case, and naturally, the people who have the most to lose face the toughest choices—what to do to protect the ones they love, the careers they’ve built, or the secrets they wish to keep buried.

 
EPISODE 27: “Catch Me If You Can”

As the firefighters put out the storage container fire, Chief Choi runs over to Jae-chan and Hong-joo with water and tends to them, completely ignoring his own bleeding, shaking hand.

Chief Choi lights into Jae-chan for coming here alone without calling him. Jae-chan ekes out that it was after hours and he felt bad about calling him out to the field, but Chief Choi is furious, and yells at him like a father would at a disobedient child. Voice shaking, Chief Choi says, “If I hadn’t come today, you could’ve died.”

Hong-joo gets an earful as well for coming here on her own without taking more precautions, and both of them feel properly chastised for their recklessness.

The ambulances arrive, and when Chief Choi doesn’t know which of them to ride with, Jae-chan and Hong-joo start fussing over each other, saying that the other needs more care. They end up completely ignoring him in their little couple bubble, and Chief Choi sighs, wondering what just happened. Ha.

He ends up riding with Jae-chan, and more calmly teaches him why going out into the field alone goes against all the rules, because he’ll end up a victim instead of actually investigating the case like he’s supposed to.

Jae-chan finally thinks to ask how Chief Choi knew where he was, but he just changes the subject by nagging him to keep his oxygen mask on. Jae-chan thinks about how Chief Choi had hugged him and cried so emotionally, and he holds his hand and says, “Thank you.” Chief Choi just tucks him in and pats him like he’s a tiny baby.

In the morning, Hong-joo comes by Jae-chan’s house before breakfast, and she and Seung-won are startled by the strange sounds coming from the bathroom—like an old man is taking a vacuum to his nostrils.

Jae-chan comes out rambling to his brother about how there’s so much black soot coming out of his nose that he could write calligraphy with it (ew), and notices Hong-joo standing there way too late.

They all stand frozen in place trying not to react, and Jae-chan pulls a Hong-joo: He flips his hair and overcompensates by acting cool, and tells her to wait right there like she didn’t just watch him talk about his snot. In his room, he wonders if there’s any way to recover from this, and comes up empty.

But when he comes back out, he overhears Hong-joo telling his brother that she’s seen Jae-chan’s messiness in her dreams already, and she’s got soot coming out of her nose too. She adds that Jae-chan is sexy when he’s wet, so it doesn’t matter what he does—it makes her heart flutter.

Seung-won mutters that being this blind in love is an illness, and Jae-chan retaliates by stepping on his foot. So real, these brothers.

Hong-joo says that she lied to Mom about the fire because she didn’t want her to worry, and asks Jae-chan to match her story that they just happened upon the fire and called it in. He agrees, but asks Hong-joo not to ever do the same to him, and makes her promise to always tell him the good stuff and the bad, even if he’d worry.

She promises to tell him everything including her dreams, and assures him that she hasn’t dreamt about her death in a while. He looks into her eyes to check if she’s telling the truth, and she says he’ll be the first to know if she has that dream again.

Yoo-bum arrives at work, and doesn’t notice that someone in a black hat and hoodie is watching him.

We intercut between Jae-chan and Hong-joo’s staff meetings, as everyone gets caught up on the IV serial killer case. They explain that the man who died in the fire was just a middleman sent to pay the ransom for the phone, and the real phone owner could be an accomplice or the real IV serial killer.

The other eight victims pictured on the phone have all died, but they died after Dae-gu’s father, Dr. Myung, was already incarcerated. They figure it’s likely that the real killer is the one who set the fire.

Hong-joo and Bong sunbae get put on this story as a special assignment, and Jae-chan gets taken off the arson case because he was one of the victims. The arson case goes to Hee-min and Prosecutor Sohn instead, while Jae-chan and Prosecutor Lee get assigned the IV serial killer reinvestigation.

As they walk out, Prosecutor Lee asks Jae-chan if he’s going to be okay on this case, and points out that they’ll have to question Yoo-bum and Chief Choi, who will face disciplinary action or worse if wrongdoing is found.

Jae-chan returns to his office to find Chief Choi joking around with Hyang-mi, and Prosecutor Lee’s question echoes in his head: “Things might go badly for Chief Choi. Can you still investigate this case?”

They head over to another district office to pick up the enormous load of case files on the killings, and the investigator who’s helping them wonders why Prosecutor Lee is the one nagging them about not scratching the car, but Jae-chan is the one who gets in the driver’s seat. Prosecutor Lee sings to the tune of “Some”: “A car that’s like my car but not my car.” Ha.

On the way, Prosecutor Lee texts his girlfriend (saved in his phone as “Cutie”) that he misses her and wishes he could be on the arson case with her. Which of them are you dating?

Jae-chan suggests splitting up the case files, but Prosecutor Lee argues that they can’t be kept in Jae-chan’s office because of Chief Choi. He intends to cut Chief Choi out of the investigation entirely, while Jae-chan argues that he won’t do that.

They’re still fighting about it when Chief Choi comes up behind them. Prosecutor Lee says he doesn’t want to suspect Chief Choi either, but this is their job as prosecutors, to suspect the people they least want to suspect.

Prosecutor Lee jumps out of his skin when Chief Choi comes up to them, but he just says soberly that Prosecutor Lee is right and he’ll stay out of this case. Jae-chan can’t argue, but he feels terrible about it.

He’s still upset about it the next morning at the breakfast table, and is disappointed when Hong-joo and Seung-won take Prosecutor Lee’s side. Jae-chan argues that he knows Chief Choi best, and Woo-tak finishes his sentence: “And he would never do anything like that?”

Woo-tak reminds Jae-chan that he said the same thing to him about his friend Hak-young, and that he thinks Jae-chan was right back then to stay impartial. Woo-tak points out that there are reasons to suspect Chief Choi, and Jae-chan cuts him off coldly, not wanting to discuss it anymore at the table. The room goes silent.

They continue the discussion later outside, where Woo-tak asks how Chief Choi knew where the fire was. Jae-chan says that he could’ve followed him or seen the fire by chance, but Woo-tak pokes holes in that right away.

Hong-joo joins them and adds that Chief Choi somehow knew that they’d arrived separately, which means that he was there before the fire started. Jae-chan starts to get defensive and angry, and when they suggest questioning Chief Choi, he fires back that he risked his life to save them.

At the bus stop, Hong-joo asks if Jae-chan is mad, and he says with a sigh that he knows Woo-tak and Hong-joo are right, and that he’s not being professional about this. “I know in my head, but my heart…” he says. Jae-chan just says honestly that he knows he’s being irrational and that he’s annoyed and embarrassed to show her this side of himself, and she asks if they just fought, and if he’d rather be alone right now.

She decides to go to work alone today and boards the bus without him, but then he ends up getting on and sitting down next to her anyway. She says she wants to go alone, and he says, “Me too. So let’s go together, alone.” They’re even sweet when they’re fighting.

Jae-chan joins Prosecutor Lee in his office but refuses to speak to him directly, and keeps passive-aggressively talking through the office manager instead to say that Chief Choi isn’t the kind of person to fabricate evidence.

Prosecutor Lee is asked to fill in a suspect lineup for an eyewitness who saw a man ride away from the fire on a bicycle, but they’re disappointed when the old man points to Prosecutor Lee as the suspect. Well, he does look like a very suspicious gigolo.

Yoo-bum arrives at work and starts to get strange text messages from his stalker, saying that he seems to like drinking hot coffee even in warm weather, making it clear that he’s being watched right now. Yoo-bum looks around the lobby suspiciously, but there are lots of people on their phones.

Hong-joo stops by the convenience store, and Dae-gu recognizes her on sight as the reporter who’d covered the IV serial killer story and had harassed his father for a statement as he was being arrested.

He calls her by name when she gets to the counter and says that he saw her in person once, and quotes the things she said to his father: “How do you feel right now? Is there anything you’d like to say to the families of the eleven victims? Is there nothing you’d like to say to your son?”

He says the last line with daggers shooting out of his eyes, and then Hong-joo sees the green umbrella behind the counter, which looks just like the one from her dream. Dae-gu introduces himself as Dr. Myung’s son, and balls up his fists in anger.

She begins to back away slowly, fear rising as Dae-gu asks if she knows that his father died. But Jae-chan walks up beside her and puts a hand on her back, and tells Dae-gu that he knows about his father’s death and how wronged he felt.

He says that he’s reinvestigating the case from the very beginning, and writes his number down for Dae-gu to call him if he thinks of anything that should be looked into. Dae-gu looks down at the phone number and begins to cry, and thanks Jae-chan repeatedly.

As they walk home, Hong-joo asks if Jae-chan is still mad and pulls him in for a hug. She admits that she was scared back there and thanks him, though he wonders why she’d be afraid of a high-schooler.

She doesn’t say anything about the umbrella, just that she was very scared of him, but it’s okay now because of Jae-chan. We cut to Dae-gu as she says that, as if to say that he’s okay now because of Jae-chan.

Hong-joo says he was impressive back there, so he needn’t feel embarrassed anymore, and asks him to stop being mad. He hugs her back and agrees not to be mad, and she explains that it’s because she wants to trust Chief Choi that she’d rather ask him directly than let suspicions grow. Jae-chan says he knows.

Yoo-bum gets dropped off by a driver in the morning, and his stalker texts that he’s jealous of that, when it seems like they’re about the same age. He says that’s all thanks to him, and then the voiceover changes from an ajusshi to a younger man.

Panic starts to rise as Yoo-bum looks around, and then he gets another text asking if he falsified the evidence when he was inspecting Dr. Myung’s office.

He’s on edge when his assistant tells him that someone is waiting in his office, but he relaxes when it’s just Hong-joo. She says she’s here for a consultation.

At the same time, Dae-gu arrives at Yoo-bum’s firm to return the green umbrella, but he happens to come just at the right time to see Hong-joo inside with Yoo-bum. Agh, this is bad. He’s going to assume the worst!

Hong-joo says that the prosecutor’s office keeps leaking information on a case to the press, and asks why they would do that. Yoo-bum says it’s obvious that the prosecutor is lacking evidence or feeling unsure about getting a conviction, and using the press as an emergency measure.

She snaps her fingers and asks if it’s like the time he leaked information to her about the IV serial killer, saying that at the time she thought it was because he liked her, but perhaps the real reason was because he was lacking evidence.

Dae-gu’s eyes grow wide at that, and Yoo-bum asks tensely why she’s asking about an old case. She says that a tip came in that the real killer could still be at large, and tells him that this time, she’s going to examine all the facts from all sides fairly before giving her report, and tells him to call if he wants to give her a statement.

Dae-gu hides behind the door as Hong-joo leaves, but he watches her go with a smile on his face, now seeing her very differently. Phew. And then he returns the umbrella to Yoo-bum’s assistant. Double phew.

 
EPISODE 28

Jae-chan goes over the case records and finds that the most conclusive evidence was the bottle of drugs found in Dr. Myung’s office, which he insisted had been falsified by the prosecutor.

That word “falsify” brings up a memory for Jae-chan of Yoo-bum convincing him to falsify his report card so that Dad would ever know, and in turn Prosecutor Lee remembers the adult Yoo-bum telling Woo-tak in the interrogation room that it would be so simple for a prosecutor to falsify evidence.

Yoo-bum and Chief Choi were the ones who signed off on that evidence log, so if it was fabricated, it was one of them. Jae-chan says it was Yoo-bum then, refusing to even consider Chief Choi as a suspect, and storms out angrily when Prosecutor Lee says they can’t jump to that conclusion. Prosecutor Lee just asks for Chief Choi’s personnel file.

Yoo-bum rolls up bits of paper at his desk and then gets another text from the stalker-killer, pointing out that it’s bad for Yoo-bum if he gets caught. Yoo-bum asks to meet right away, and the killer says he’ll come to his office tonight.

Jae-chan finally asks Chief Choi how he knew where they were or that he and Hong-joo had arrived to the storage container separately, and Chief Choi gives him a flippant non-answer, saying that it was just coincidence and that they must have some kind of telepathic connection. It only serves to make Jae-chan more suspicious.

Hong-joo stops by to see Woo-tak, and he finally returns her extra green battery, still calling it red. She takes it back but doesn’t say anything to him about having confirmed his color-blindness.

She asks if Woo-tak can think of any details about the arson victim, and he recalls thinking that he was dressed shabbily for someone who was carrying that much money. He also remembered something about the bag that the ransom money was in.

Hee-min is painstakingly making her way through all of the gas stations in the area looking for a suspect, and finally finds the station that sold a canister of gas to someone on the night of the fire.

Yoo-bum waits nervously in his office, and as the killer arrives on his floor, he texts to say that the office is nice, wondering if all of this goes away if he gets caught. He says that those who have a lot also stand to lose a lot.

Just then, the killer arrives at his door and comes inside, and as Yoo-bum looks up, the killer’s voiceover changes yet again… from a man’s voice to a woman’s. She takes off her hat and smiles at Yoo-bum, who gapes in shock.

Woo-tak tells Hong-joo that the ransom bag looked like a woman’s purse, and at the same time, the gas station owner tells Hee-min that the canister was sold to a woman who came on a bicycle, not a man.

The IV Killer tells Yoo-bum that they’re the same age, confessing smoothly that she’s killed nearly twenty people but avoided prison because of him, and then says in a creepy sincere tone, “I’m truly grateful to you.”

Hong-joo and Bong sunbae look into this new information and find that one suspect fits the timeframe: Ha Joo-an, a fellow patient who was staying in the same joint hospital room as all of the other victims. She was admitted long-term for Crohn’s disease, and was never considered a suspect because she was a patient, and her condition was worsening at the time of the murders, which put her on the possible victims list.

She tells Yoo-bum that she killed all those people because it was unfair that she was suffering so much and getting worse after years in her hospital bed, and every day she had to lie there and watch other people get better and leave. They looked at her with pity in their eyes and said placating things to her, which only fueled her rage.

Yoo-bum asks how that’s an excuse to kill all those people, but she says with tears in her eyes, “It’s not an excuse. I committed a sin worthy of death.” She says she was prepared to accept her punishment willingly, but smiles and says that the prosecutor took someone else instead.

She starts to get this crazy manic look in her eyes as she says, “I thought in that moment, ‘I have hope for the first time in my life.’ The person who gave me that hope is you, Lee Yoo-bum, and I would like for you to be my hope until the very end.”

The prosecutors have zeroed in on Ha Joo-an as the real IV Killer as well, but have had no luck tracking her down. Jae-chan doesn’t think it’ll be easy to find her, since she’s already gotten away with serial murders and been on the run for a year, so she probably thinks she can get away with it again this time.

That’s exactly what she thinks, as she presses for Yoo-bum to “create another miracle” and help her escape capture again. She asks him to be her hope, but he just calls her trash. She doesn’t see why she’s trash, and he has to point out that she killed people. The scariest part is that she looks up at him innocently and says, “What can I do? It’s in the past.”

She has the gall to say that the victims’ families would suffer knowing that the real killer hadn’t been caught, or that Dae-gu’s heart would break to know that his father was framed. She makes it clear that if she goes down, Yoo-bum comes with her.

She knows that Yoo-bum planted the drugs, and we see in flashback that he’d added the vials into the evidence bag before Chief Choi had inspected it. She says that they’re the only two people who know what he did, saying that she took care of the other person who knew.

In flashback, we see that she’d thanked Phone Dude sincerely… and then stabbed him in the neck with a syringe, killing him instantly. She tells Yoo-bum that she did all the dirty work, so it’s his turn to help clean up, and asks if he knows the concept of win-win. Does he ever.

Yoo-bum has a panic attack up on the roof, and screams in agitation as the wheels start turning frantically in his head. When he finally calms down, he notices a sign for an upcoming electrical inspection of his office building and gets an idea.

He heads back inside to tell the IV Killer that there’s someone she overlooked who knows that he framed Dr. Myung. Oh no, you’re not going to sic her on Chief Choi, ARE YOU?!

Hyang-mi feeds Chief Choi lunch, and he calls her kind for taking care of him while he’s injured. She agrees that she’s very kind and wonders why the universe won’t reward her with Woo-tak, and Chief Choi tells her that would be a punishment to Woo-tak, lol.

The other office managers sit nearby and Chief Choi’s face falls when he overhears them saying that Dr. Myung’s case was falsified, and that Jae-chan is fighting desperately to protect Chief Choi. He returns to his desk dejectedly and begins to write something.

Yoo-bum requests an interview later that night with Hong-joo. She’s wearing her blue jacket again, but today she thinks to ask Bong sunbae if it’s supposed to rain, but he says no—there’s only a five percent chance.

Jae-chan gets angry when he learns that Prosecutor Lee asked for Chief Choi’s personnel file, but then when he looks at it after ranting, his eyes widen to see that Chief Choi was a police officer, and that he worked at Dad’s precinct while he was still alive.

He says, “It can’t be…” and runs to his office, but finds Hyang-mi crying and Chief Choi gone, after suddenly submitting his resignation. He’s left a letter behind for Jae-chan, which says that he didn’t falsify the evidence, but that Yoo-bum will say the same thing. Chief Choi plans to prove his innocence his own way, and tells Jae-chan to prosecute harshly without concern for him.

Chief Choi ignores Jae-chan’s calls while eating lunch with Yoo-bum, and makes it seem like Jae-chan suspects him. Yoo-bum offers his law firm’s protection, and smiles when Chief Choi accepts his help.

Jae-chan tells Hyang-mi not to tell anyone about the resignation, and Hyang-mi heads to Chief Choi’s house to look for him. Jae-chan begs Chief Choi to answer his calls, and says he’ll wait in the office until he shows.

That night, Yoo-bum pours out coffee before his interview with Hong-joo, and then drops a pill into one of the cups. Crap. As Hong-joo arrives at his building, she doesn’t notice the sign posted about the electrical inspection, which is scheduled for the night of June 28—today.

Yoo-bum pretends to be busy with a press release when she arrives, so she sits back and drinks the coffee he’s left in front of her. He smiles as she drinks more and more, then the sky suddenly lights up with lightning and thunder, and it begins to rain. Nooooo. Hong-joo never sees the green umbrella sitting under Yoo-bum’s desk.

Downstairs, the IV Killer arrives in the lobby with a red umbrella, and says that she’s here to see Yoo-bum.

Jae-chan wakes up at his desk from a dream, looking pale. In the dream, someone approaches Hong-joo’s body in the rain under a green umbrella… it’s the IV Killer, who approaches her with a syringe and says that she’ll die like she’s falling asleep. In her drugged haze, Hong-joo just whispers to Jae-chan, asking if he can hear her.

Jae-chan goes running out into the rain, but Hong-joo is already passed out by the time he calls. Yoo-bum tells the IV Killer that Hong-joo is the other person who knows he planted the evidence.

On his way out, Jae-chan calls Woo-tak and tells him that he dreamt of Hong-joo’s kidnapping, and that it wasn’t a mountain like she thought—it was the roof of Yoo-bum’s law firm.

Yoo-bum carries Hong-joo’s limp body up to the roof garden and lays her down on the grass, and he and the IV Killer stand together under the green umbrella, about to commit murder.

 
COMMENTS

I do wish we’d gotten more of a cliffhanger ending, like not knowing that Jae-chan saw Hong-joo’s location in his dream. The dreams are so overly convenient that way. But it’s not like we actually expected Hong-joo to die, so I suppose the real question is how they’ll catch Yoo-bum and the IV Killer and make them pay for their crimes, and more importantly, save Chief Choi from being lumped in with Yoo-bum when he goes down for falsifying evidence. Because he WILL go down, or I will have a cow. It was a great idea to put Chief Choi in this precarious position, because it makes us care so much more about the case in the final week.

That personal connection that Jae-chan feels was built into this episode very nicely, with him acting biased and emotional for the first time in his work. So far he’s always been the rational one who stuck to protocol no matter how much flak he was getting from those around him, but he’s unable to distance himself emotionally from his mentor, and that soft spot he has for Chief Choi endears him to me so (I can’t wait for the real reunion now that he has a clue about Chief Choi being Junior Cop). In the real world, Jae-chan ought to be taken off the case, but I know that he’ll be the only one who takes Chief Choi’s side and gives him the benefit of the doubt, so I’m grateful that he’s so adamant about trusting him, even if it’s blind loyalty. I liked that he and Hong-joo and Woo-tak fought about it too, if you can even call it a fight, because it makes them seem more like real friends to me, the same way that Jae-chan and Seung-won’s constant bickering makes them feel like real brothers.

I’m never thrilled with how culprits are revealed in this drama, and the IV Killer was no exception. There just could have been so much more suspense built into uncovering her identity during an active investigation out in the field, but this is not that drama. In any case, she’s a very interesting killer, and I found her motivation really unsettling and believable, that she’d spent so long trapped in that sickbed that she came to hate anyone who wasn’t as sick as her. I found it so ironic that Yoo-bum was appalled at her logic and disgusted with her for killing people, and then so quick to commit murder himself when he was threatened. I always thought he’d be capable of it, but to see him carry out the cold, calculating steps to plan Hong-joo’s murder was frightening. Especially when the person who actually knows the truth is Chief Choi, not Hong-joo, which means he’s actively made a choice to protect the person he loves and kill the person who might dig too deep and expose him.

I really liked the way Dae-gu’s storyline was handled, because it could have gone either way for him, and the drama shows that one person’s intervention saved this kid from ending up a criminal. It’s what Jae-chan does throughout the drama—do his job the right way and unwittingly change the course of people’s lives for the better. I also just appreciated the narrative suspense that’s created because he has the green umbrella in his possession, making us extra wary of him until it’s left his hands. Maybe it’s a good thing that the green umbrella dream is over and done with before the final week, leaving the future wide open and unpredictable for once.

 
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Aaaaand the mystery of the green umbrella continues..... Sigh.

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Lol, anyone remembers the mystery of the yellow umbrella that went on for ten seasons of How I Met Your Mother?

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Absolutely...I love that one!!!

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WHO would ever want to forget that one. unlike the green one where I wished something would interfere the yellow one was a hit.

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Woo Tak is definitely gonna mix up the Lawyer's green umbrella & the murdered's red one, isnt he?!

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PS - we really need a full length arc of Gigolo Prosecutor Lee going undercover !! He really rocks that absurd toothy smile & hair do !!

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Im not sure if this is a significant issue, but I wonder if Woo Tak dreams in grey or does he dream in colour the way non-colour bline people do?

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That's interesting.. i have no idea if colour-blind ppl can dream in colour or not.. it would add another layer of complexity..!

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I'm currently worrying about the same thing.. otherwise why so focused to his colorblindness these past few eps..? hope I'm wrong, though..

btw, hi.. I'm sorta new (been lurking as silent reader forever but never worked up the nerve to comment on anything before..) *wave to everyone*

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Heyy! Welcome to non-lurker status on DB !! It eventually happens to us all .. I was a lurker for a year before I piped up! It's super friendly community :)

The foreshadowing is too strong for the mix-up not to happen..

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Not in real life, but in the dream? Omg.

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Oh dear, that would be quite unfortunate, but it's very possible! If Woo Tak is destined to have a mix up... I hope there's some positive plot twistyness where it works in their favor!

Thinking of all the random things about characters set up so far, how will Lee Yoo Bum's little (huge) paper rolling habit fit into all this?

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I also think that Yoo Bum's paper rolling will provide evidence that he was at a crime scene related to the new plot line and Woo Tak's mix up of the color umbrellas - why else do they show it so much.

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HOW? Just HOW does Lee Yoo-bum go from dating Hong-joo at the beginning of this show, to setting her up to be murdered by a serial killer? His moral compass is definitely broken, but he at least seemed affected by his wrongdoings in the past. Now he is just... ugh. It is such an extreme shift in character, and I have a hard time swallowing it.

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I keep expecting some guilt or explanation or some complicated story which we dont know about but his forcing him to be this way.. cuz he does seem to recognise he is doing something wrong.. what with all the hand scrubbing and calling all the murderers trash etc.. but nothing.. this is the one complaint i have about this generally well-done show.. how is the villain soo blandly villain-like ?!

I guess at least he is not as terrible 1-D villain like Gap-soo in Witch's Court *looking out for silver linings* Lol

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Yeah, I guess he could be worse, but he seems flat, his decisions lack a complete rationale. In the end, I have a hard time thinking of him as one complete character, he almost seems like the rough sketch of several different characters that were consolidated.

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Hi shifts from remorse to ploting a murder in no time...is difucult to think of him as a real person, i wish we know more of his motivations....

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i actually find him facinating and more human than other bad guys out there,because there are people like him,maybe more subtil but they are...He considers himself the most important person and only one,he approches others and bonds only when he thinks he can benefit or are useful in ways to him,he shifts the blame of his inner rotten core on the others to dissociate himself while he has some remorse for a few moments but shuts it down,he thinks he is better than the rotten clients he takes when he is just as ugly and criminal because his decisions along the way did kill innocent people...he is quite close to a sociopath...as a viewer it's greet seeing the lenghts a man would go to protect himself and his deeds,he is like a car without breaks...

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This is what I love about Lee Yoo-Bum type characters.

He has literally been evil the whole time — he was written as utterly selfish. The first dream sequence was about him blaming the female lead for the car accident which killed woo tak, killed Female lead’s mother, and drove the Female lead to suicide...

His every action in the show has been driven by selfishness and narcissism.

I interpreted his feeling bad as also being driven by selfishness — he didn’t want to be the good guy, he just wanted to look good.

I think he is beautifully written because just like in real life with selfish and narcissistic people, some folks will still try to see the ‘good’ in them.

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Yes, yes, yes! He has always been portrayed as narcissistic, doing whatever he can to look good, even at the expense of other’s lives. For that reason alone he isn’t flat to me. Some are just evil. He doesn’t need an “excuse” for his actions if you will, other than being narcissistic.

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I thik He didn't date Hongjoo because of love but what he can gain from her because she is a reporter so he can kill her if she get in his way.

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I think so too, HJ said that she thought he leaked the evidence back then to her because they're dating, but he actually did it to achieve his goals of winning the case. I think the writer made this conversation for the viewers to know his true motivations when he plans on killing HJ so we won't scratch our heads, why would he do that when he was dating her.

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Well, he probably never had murder on his mind. But he probably thought it was useful to have a reporter at his beck and call, and Hong-joo is pretty enough that it might seem like a "good deal"?

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i thought.. he is and was always ok with doing the bad things.. but his mind is not strong enough and cannot take the responsibility of those decisions

Like, manipulating the grade card - he easily shakes off the responsibility by justifying it as jae chan's wish and his actions ultimately

serial killer- he likes choi because choi made it the way that YB could justify not manipulating the evidence to his subconscience

Killing HJ- again making killer do it.. will find a way to justify his no role to his own mind

he wants choi because choi as a person is so rational .. he helps YB justify his approaches (and he hates working for all the weird people who come to him)

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hmm you've got a point. When the killer brought up the tampered evidence, his words were "but the bottles were already there!"

[i]Killing HJ- again making killer do it.. will find a way to justify his no role to his own mind[/i] Ooh that might explain why their solution was to have the killer administer the injection.

I think his r/s with Chief Choi might have stemmed from wanting to have at least one person on his side. I suppose, to some extent, he feels a bit lonely on his own? And because all that time, he had assumed that Chief Choi was his man.

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"i thought.. he is and was always ok with doing the bad things.. but his mind is not strong enough and cannot take the responsibility of those decisions"

I think that's also why he does that paper-rolling thing and takes off his watch, like with OCD where a person might have compulsive routines they repeat to help distract from anxieties or intrusive thoughts. Like he's totally aware he's doing something wrong, but because he benefits he's gonna do it anyway and that helps distract him from that fact.

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I'm not surprised that he would kill Hong Joo when he's threatened with exposure, but I am surprised that he would do it in such a stupid way. Her boss knew she was on her way to meet Yoo Bum, so how is he going to explain away her being found dead on the roof of his building?? How does that make any sense at all?

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Good point. I suppose the power outage thing would hide his misdeeds from the CCTVs, but Hong Joo would go missing pretty fast, and they could backtrack. I suppose he gets rid of her phone as well to hide that track, and deletes his text as well. Still, there should be a few tracks left behind. I suppose we'll find out why Yoo Bum seems so cocky in the preview.

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I honestly wasn't that surprised. Remember, at the very beginning he purposely set up HJ as the driver in the accident that killed WT, when she couldn't have defended herself because she was in a coma. Both that and the motorcycle accident with JC show that he values his reputation above all else, and he would willingly hurt others to protect himself.

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It was expected,his deeds are like a small snowball that escalate with each decision he made that turn into a huge one who can swallow and take a life as went down the hill,he fells remorse for some seconds but the evil inside him(greed,desire to be great etc) is bigger than whatever good he still has in him and that what makes him such a dangerous man...He choose it himself,since young and i like that we aren't fed a sorrow story to make use understand his ugly inside...

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Yoo bum is such a d*ck man. I want to reach into the screen and beat the living poop out of him. Soooo evil. He will never ever learn his lesson, even though he keeps getting beat by Jae Chan. By the way, these were really good episodes, brought some of the magic back into the show, especially with the Chief Choi reveal.

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Lee Yoobum, if you consider killers as trash, WHY DO YOU DEFEND THEM? You're just like them, big trash!

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And not only defend them.. he is about to become a murderer himself!! ,,,, hard to believe... may he have a plan to save Hong-Joo ?? ...... he just meet this girl and he is willing to kill someone he used to love to save a serial killer....just to cover a stupid thing he did ...
So he is going to be killing all his life to cover back all the stupid things he does.???
This sound so dumb...

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He never really "loved" hoog joo. Remember wt he did at the car accident in which jee chan saved the police man? He only used her as a reporter who he can manipulate.

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So true...he is so selfish....

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he never loved Hong Joo,he just dated her because of her specs and that it will help him,he loves only himself and attaches himself to the people he finds beneficial in some way or another,i think it was pretty clear so no wonder he will try to do watever he can to get out of it clean...

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Yeah I honestly don't understand... He clearly looks down on the people he defends (as seen from his interactions with the writer in the previous case), and after the case he scrubs his hands raw because they feel "dirty"... yet he doesn't seem to have any morals himself.

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he is a hypocrite and sometimes worse than those because he might not have killed a person but for sure his action did kill innocent people...

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So, chief choi dreams danger for both jae-chan and hong-joo only when they are together?... i’m still waiting for an explaination why woo-tak didnt have dream on Jae-Chan fire incident

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Woo-Tak dreams are not longer useful???why??

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Don't hold your breath, I don't think we'll get any explanation. The fantasy element here simply seems like a catalyst to get the characters together, like an afterthought.

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This is my theory... Since Chief Choi was planning on going to save them, their lives were not actually in danger so Woo Tak didn't need to have a dream about. That's all I could come up with.

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The thing about us fans is that we have amazing imaginations and reasoning especially when we are watching a drama that we so happen to like. Case in point - 3 sleeping dragons and Chief Choi and the explanation as to why they dream. HJ and JC dreams of anything related to each other because they saved each other as children and as an adult. WT dreams about JC because he saved him. Chief Choi dreams about the OTP because they saved him. It all boils down to sincere gratitude towards the person who saved them and the great need to protect that person/s as a form of repayment as he/she had impact on their lives. Its not all the time they are going to be dreaming about the other person, what I do get is that WT & HJ's dreams about JC tend to be almost simultaneously, at times they conflict but they serve as guides in helping JC in making decisions about his career/cases. In a way I'm not that surprised that WT did not dream about JC being in danger as it was the OTP in danger not just JC. That privilege belongs to Choi. As for WT's secret most of us all made a big deal when we were of the assumption that it has to be related to being a soldier's brother etc., when it is in essence his weakness which is his colour blindness which of course is not good for his profession as a cop. I want to point out something here that we don't talk much about and that is WT's partner KH who is a good cop partner and support to WT and the rest of the crew. He helps wherever he can and has a strong belief in WT's abilities as a cop he's a nice wingman.

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Nice... I agree 100%.

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This show just keeps doing things to my heart. I can't believe that it's almost over. I hope it will continue to finish strong. So far it's managed to carry enough suspense, heart, and emotion to keep me coming back. And Mr. Choi is so Dad and they're all so cute. I'm looking forward to a happy ending. Don't go changing your ways, writer! We expect happy endings from you, so please deliver, thank you!

I'm so frustrated with Yoo-beom as a character. He's the only one that doesn't seem fully fleshed out. I really don't understand how his moral compass/ lack of works. I suppose he's just really selfish and self-serving to a hurtful level. It just seems like a bad dude who knows he's doing bad stuff but does it anyways: "man, this makes me feel sick, these people are terrible, but whatever I'll do it anyways and make the monies". WHAT. I wonder how it will all resolve with him. Even when we see him disgusted by his own clients and cases, it's hard to really feel sympathetic to him at all. I hope we can get a satisfying arc for him where he can finally realize and accept consequences for his actions.

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Okay why why to end at cliffhanger 😓
Damn this man Lee yu beum how can the villian be soooo handsome...Damn he was looking dapper in that purple suit 😍😍 I hate his character but he is 😍.....
So now under green umbrella there is two person standing.....But now I think woo tak secret will get revealed because of that red and green umbrella 🤐......
This drama has fu***d up my korean drama knowledge coz what we think that doesn't happen... The writer actually manipulated the viewers by playing with that umbrella......
But this is now my top dramas😘
I think Choi dam dong ahjhussi will play some good trick with lee yo buem and will prove that he isn't the one who fabricated the evidence nd again will come up again as a HERO😎
#whileyouweresleeping fighting ✊

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I am absolutely desgusted about Yoo-bum moral compass... it is just shifting every two minutes... one he is washing his hands until they are injured...the next moment he is ploting to do the same crime he is so disgusted...I really don’t understand.....

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I still can't get over Chief Choi being Junior Cop! For some reason, he's just too deeply entrenched in my mind as Chief Choi, and whenever I try to substitute him-in-the-present with him-in-the-past, my brain seems to short circuit in disbelief.(I suppose the same holds true for Hong Joo and Jae Chan's younger selves on some level, but I just don't think about that too much) I LOVE his fatherly concern for Jae Chan though, I was actually urging him to reveal himself throughout the episode.

Yoo Beom actually reminded me a lot of a character from one of my favorite books(The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand) - Peter Keating. It's like he began his path into evil with little white lies and deceptions, and convinced himself that he really isn't so bad - but that self-delusion was finally torn away when he realized that he was 'hope' for criminals like her. Or so far he's probably kept himself from realizing it fully, by lording it over criminals and maybe, somehow feeling that he had them in his power, to subdue if he liked - but here he's in her power, so that's unbearable.

I don't think he turned murderer - I felt like he was trying to get the serial killer to do something so he could catch her red-handed? Not sure if that's just wishful thinking, just something I sensed from the preview for next week(which had no subtitles, so it's all guesswork) Looking forward to what that brings!

Thanks for the super fast recap, @girlfriday!

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I get what you mean! Chief Choi's face shape/personality/way of speaking seemed a bit too different to really have that aha moment.

Actually I have the same issue with teenage Jae-chan and Lee Jong Suk. The teenager had a slightly aloof, rebellious attitude and his face was fuller? Whereas LJS has more aegyo and his face seemed smaller in comparison.

I'm okay with Hong-joo's younger self though. There was enough of that feisty attitude, and in terms of physical features, there wasn't anything to make me feel a disconnect.

[This disjointedness between teenage and adult versions is particularly jarring for me in Witch's Court. Ma Yi Deum as a kid and adult made sense, but Ma Yi Deum as a teenager seemed like a different person.]

PS. May I know where you watch the trailers? Because I try to check the official FB page and they don't show it.

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Oh it just played at the end of the episode on the website that I streamed it on. They might release the preview on YouTube in some time though

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Dang, okay. I play mind on Viu and they don't consistently show previews. The ones I found in Youtube are usually fake or irritating (slow-moving screenshots with sub-titles, set to a very slow and annoying song).

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Hm. The IV Serial Killer was so OTT (what's with the crying and the "you are my hope"?) that I started imagining myself as YooBum and imagining myself staring blankly at her completely unamused because this is obviously a lady the mental hospitals were made for.

He must have gone nuts right then... because why is he killing HongJoo and getting into panic attacks when he can just discredit her and everything she says? He is the one with the upper hand here! "You are my hope!" That's some level of crazy worship and yeah, she's totally nuts and can fly off the handle any time but YooBum should have recognised the hold he has on her. If he needs to be killing anybody, he should be killing her. She's the one who knows EVERYTHING and the one who's currently the biggest threat. Boy was too emotional.

Although, seriously, killing is not supposed to be an option in any case. How'd she recover anyway? I'd like to have asked her that question. Sure, the murder all happened in the past, and nothing can be done to change that now. But how'd the disease not kill her, eh.

He had all the power to tip her over into insanity (he could just tilt his head, stare and say, "I don't believe you") and lock her up, be it in a mental hospital or in jail, but no, he gives in to the craziness, turning himself into a crazy too.

Not only is YooBum's morals not strong, he's mentally not strong either.

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Haha.. totally agree with everything you said!
Yoo beom is just downright despicable but not scary. Also, i thought his decision to kill hong joo was really stupid when there was a whole band of prosecutors reinvestigating on the case. They were all suspecting that the doctor may not have been the real killer (which is what hong joo said to him that made him suspect her). So, what was he going to do, kill them all?

And i wondered about the IV drip killer being alive too! So much for being angry that others were getting better but not her when she gets to live now. This is where i feel like i hear your voice was amazing, the villain in that was legit scary, i was truly frightened for the lives of our leads whenever he was around. Here, yoo beom and the villains (who have killed people) in the cases of the week feel slightly ineffectual and all of them are made to look as unhinged in some way.

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Agree with everything, the villain is not scary and I've never been scared of our OTP life in this drama, and the IV killer twist is just silly and I still don't find a valid reason to kill HJ when there's as you said so many prosecutors investigating also reporters are involved and police men are they going to kill all of them, it just doesn't make sense to me.

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100% agree with everything you said
this case is so weird on many levels

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Prosecutor Lee with the wig in the suspects line looks exactly like the IV serial killer!!!!!!!

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It was funny how the witness at first pointed at Prosecutoe lee with the wig, as the arsonist.. LOL. I knew the moment he became the 'sidekick' for Ms. Shin, he would DEFINITELY be pointed by the witness.

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Also, can we know who Prosecutor Lee went on a date with?!

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I actually thought for a split second that he was the IV killer?? In that camera pan up to reveal her face, the first part I noticed was the hair and I immediately thought of him. Don't know if that was the show's intention hahaha. Would've been way interesting (maybe more interesting than having a new character, plus he is supposed to investigating the case)! But he's also too cute of a character and I wouldn't want him to actually be evil and it wouldn't make any sense.

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This green umbrella is making me nervous. What if it becomes the crucial evidence and Woo-tak has to testify but he's color blind? Will he compromise and lies to catch the bad guys, or tell the truth and risk acquitting murderers?

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This is such a good point! I didn't think of it at all!

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It would actually be a nice way to tie in everything. But, that would be an extremely difficult decision, so I am not sure whether i want it to happen or not. No matter what, I hope woo tak could continue to work as a cop, though.

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oh no yoo-bum .here I was hoping you could still be redeemed .

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That's not possible as from the first episode the trio were identified - JC - the good one/guy; YB - the bad one/guy; HJ - the weird one. YB is only interested in one thing win - win for him, he's extremely arrogant and selfish. When supposedly backed in a corner he will find a way for him to get out of it alone regardless of anyone else as he is blameless, its their fault for getting caught etc. He chose HJ because he is aware of her ability as a reporter and the fact that the press plans to cover the case that he manipulated as he did to her under the guise of dating interest to her. He feels dirty for defending criminals, looks down on them but its more a power trip for him as these so called trash always come to him to be "innocent". He sees himself as innocent as well, by excessively scrubbing his hands he is ensuring that he is "clean again" and is no longer trash.

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"He feels dirty for defending criminals "

That was what made me to have hope for his redemption but seeing as he crossed the line I realize how wrong I was.

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I have this theory which logic probably doesn’t bear out, that YB is actually somehow trying to trap the serial killer by getting HJ involved. He guesses that there is a strange connection between HJ and JC (maybe WT) and is trying to get JC to intervene in the killing. It is a very twisted way of viewing the situation.

There is actually no logic to bring Hj into the situation because she is a reporter after all. And although they have strong suspicion, there is actually no evidence against the IV killer especially since the doctored evidence implicates the doctor so convincingly. They cannot prove the evidence was doctored unless YB confesses, which is not likely.

In his twisted logic, allowing the iv killer to commit a new crime with strong evidence is the best way to catch her.

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This episode is slightly frustrating:

- There's no logic in YB implicating HJ.
- Having thought to ask her senior about the weather before donning her uniform, and then have not even the slightest of danger when it begun to rain.

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It rained after she drank the coffee.

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Now I'm damn sure that to rescue nam hong joo our three male flying dragon will come 😂😉 1.Jung jae chan😘,2.Han woo tak 😘,and uri 3.Choi dam dong ahjhussi 😘..
Next episode is gonna be awesome 😉... I had a dream about it 😂 lol

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I like that even though Jaechan is mad at Hongjoo, he still choose to be close to her. He is my number one romantic hero now.

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I liked the episode but do not like the feeling that our Batman cop might be blamed for a potential red/green umbrella problem next week and for the case going awry.

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I'm very perplexed why IV murderer is shown spotting boils (?) all over when she's hospitalized for Crohn's? and if it's such severe case of Crohn's she's suffering from that requires long term hospitalization (which on its own is also rather rare), how did she miraculously recover to the current state? there is currently no cure for Crohn's disease.
sorry, as a biomedical researcher i just find this super unbelivable

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more like, how did get her hands on the poison, inject into other patients' IV drips w/o anyone seeing?
this is the reason why medical dramas are never my thing because they just make me facepalm

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I'm sure someone has a plan here. it may be YB or HJ. the whole situation is sooooo ridicolous if YB just wanted to kill HJ or HJ went to his office recklessly. pleaseee drama, i belive in you...

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Irony dies a slow death everytime, when Yoo bum gets angry and disgusted at ALL the killers/culprits who come to him as a client He is trash himself and he calls the killers a trash. A fine example of “the pot calling the kettle black..

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I'm having some kind of conspiracy theory that this is all a trap to nab the IV-killer. Hong-joo is not really drugged, hence she can tell in Jae-Chan's dream that she is at the roof-top garden for JC to come with help. I really hope Yoo-bum will not stoop this low to commit murder. He looks amazing in the purple jacket!

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I had similar hopes at first but it seems that previews sort of destroyed such hopes

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Oh, I didn't watch the previews. So there'll be no salvation for Yoo-bum.

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I still hope I might be mistaken and you are right :-)

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Yes, I knew it. I had a strong hunch that the murderer was female based on the silhouette, and that turned out right.

I really wonder how Yoo-bum's mind works. It's not that he doesn't know right from wrong, at least where murder lies. All that furious scrubbing after defending a murderer is proof of that. He's clearly angry at himself. Yet he finds it okay to continue defending scums? And it's easy for him to attempt murder (cuz I'm keeping my fingers crossed) on Hong-joo in cold blood? It's really true, Jae-chan's initial dream ─ that he has no qualms throwing others under the bus, almost literally, when he needs to protect himself. But what does he really tell himself? That I'm most important? Or does he make up an alternative narrative to himself, trying to justify how his actions don't harm anybody?

I had hoped at the beginning, given his obvious internal conflicts, that Yoo-bum might have a Chief Kim kinda arc. Maybe he desperately wanted to be famous so that he can get close to some infamous criminal and settle his scores. But at ep 14, I guess this isn't gonna happen. While I like that he's an antagonist with some complexity ─ and brains, cuz useless antagonists are also frustrating ─ I'd wished we could get a better understanding of his background.

And about the weak use of dreams as a plot device. I think I've given up on hopes that there will be well-structured rules/explanations on how the dreams work. It's really been haphazard. But I guess at least yesterday's episode where the three discussed Woo-tak's theory about gratitude and sequential dreaming meant that "prove" Chef Choi's innocence to the other dreamers a lot more easily.

I dunno why, but I have some hope that Dae-gu might turn out instrumental in saving Hong-joo? I can't explain it, but they've built up his character quite well. For instance, as much as he was in pain about his father's suicide, he had the emotional capability to be glad some other victim received proper justice. And even though Hong-joo did unwittingly contribute to his father's persecution, he was quick to change his perception of her after over hearing everything. (In some other drama, he might have continued to hate her even after knowing she was hoodwinked.)

And thanks for the speedy recap, @girlfriday!

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I always thought that Yoo Bum will involve in Hong Joo's dying dream..and its true..but never thought that he will join hands with the serial killer..this drama is really the best!!!..
and Kim Won Hae (chief Choi) is really a great supporting actor..Mostly he is in a good drama..for example : chief kim, strong woman do bong soon etc..

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Guys, who is that suspect? I need to know his name haha

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The story is boring now... I likes in the start when they had different dreams and they worked together to make thing change. Now the dreams are just a way to save the hero or give them clues because they are too stupid to find the truth themselves or the worst for their love story. I mean did she really have to dream that she kissed the man she loves ? Could she do it just because she wants it ?

It's a preproduced drama, the writter could have given clues about the identity of Mr. Choi. It's too sudden and hard to believe or to be touched by that...

Woo Tak is becomen so useless now. It's big secret is pretty disappointing. When I thought that he inverses red and green, it was ok for me that he was a cop. But seeing no colors ? How could he do his job ? And why it's so important to become a cop when he can't be a good one. I found his decision pretty selfish.

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Yeo-bum ah...
Bong Sunbae knew you texted HongJoo to meet up for interview
Your front security also knew you are still in the offices that night, waiting for Hong Joo, and that security also knew there is a women came to see you before the electricity out, and I guess all of that filmed by cctv
and then You choose YOUR ROOFTOP OFFICE as a place to kill Hong Joo??? Seriously?
if I am a police officer, I will 100% suspect you and that woman as a potential killer.

and then Yeo-bum ah...
why you want to kill Hong Joo? this part is confused me
because she may dig deeper? even if HJ died, many people will dig deeper, because this case is re investigated... You will kill all of them then??

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Imagine if word of these special dreams gets out --- what a perfect excuse for sleeping on the job.
"Just checking for late-breaking news. Honest!"

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Unlike many Beanies here (and I think I'm very late to the party), my brain stops functioning every time I watch this show. I find this show amazingly captivating (strange huh?) hehe, I like the leads as well as other minor actors/actresses. I find many things unreasonable or very conveniently plotted, but I still enjoy this show very much. Sub-stories are not very well connected, and the show as a whole doesn't look exactly like it comes together as one piece. Still, I like it very much. The leads are refreshing and almost everything works for me (oh my BIAS!)

This is totally a new experience since I also enjoyed watching Forest of Secrets very much. That show is almost if not perfect. You really have to think very hard watching each episode and the discussions of Beanies are just out of the world! I like both shows.

I think Lawyer Lee is a really disgusting person, yet believeable. It's convincing that perhaps there are some people whose moral compasses does work right, but they just choose other things over it: be it money, fame, etc. He's scarily disgusting, just like a demon for helping a serial killer killing Hong Joo.

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Im not too satisfied with this weeks episodes because they really killed the potential suspense.
First with junior police officer and secondly with the IV killer.

I love Prosecuter Chois character but I just can’t seem to fit him in as the police officer who was ready to take his own life a decade ago. It just doesn’t make sense to me maybe because like we weren’t given any clues prior to the sudden rescue from the fire. Did he always have dreams about Hong Joo and Jae Chan or was this all of a sudden,? Why was he sending money if he knew he was a prosecutor and doing fine?
I need Jae Chan and Mr Choi to sort everything out and make sense of it because Im just confused right now.

Secondly I really liked the IV killer’s motives but they could have made her character so much stronger and intriguing. I mean with text messages being sent Lee Yoo Bum I was getting a really badass vibe- but she kind let me down when she started begging for his help - probably should have threaten to take his life or something a bit more frightening. I totally agree with girl Friday the dreams are far too convenient that they it makes it hard for the viewers to actually care that the characters are in trouble. Depite Hong Joo almost dying we already know that Jae Chan and Woo Tak are going to come to the rescue and that just kills the suspense. I hope the finale has more too offer and maybe some more romance because we NEED more kisses.

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I have to agree without clues or hints, Prosecutor Chois revelation didn't really touch me they way I expected it too... too bad they cant remake the episode.

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WHO DID PROSECUTOR LEE GO ON A DATE WITH!!

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I think Yoo Bum is setting up the killer so that he can "rescue" Hong Joo and therefore redeem the fact that he falsified evidence by helping to catch the "real" bad guy.

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I think it's more like to rescue himself from this crazy lady, I don't think he'd have saving Hong joo in his mind?

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"i thought.. he is and was always ok with doing the bad things.. but his mind is not strong enough and cannot take the responsibility of those decisions"

I think that's also why he does that paper-rolling thing and takes off his watch, like with OCD where a person might have compulsive routines they repeat to help distract from anxieties or intrusive thoughts. Like he's totally aware he's doing something wrong, but because he benefits he's gonna do it anyway and that helps distract him from that fact.

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