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While You Were Sleeping: Episodes 15-16

Jealous Jae-chan is my favorite kind of Jae-chan, followed closely by Vain Jae-chan and Bumbling Jae-chan, and lately we’ve been seeing a lot of all three, thanks to a certain cop. Our hero has a lot on his plate today, when he gets assigned a big case that everyone and their mother has an opinion on, leading to the thing he hates most—a heaping pile of expectations with his name on it.

 

 
EPISODE 15: “Pride and Prejudice”

Woo-tak gets a late-night visit from his former roommate, Cable Guy Hak-young, who’s wanted for the murder of an Olympic archer. He seems on edge and a little crazed, and he threatens to spill Woo-tak’s secret to the police if he doesn’t help prove his innocence.

But to Hak-young’s surprise, Woo-tak just goes to his desk and takes out his resignation letter, and offers to go quit the police force right now. Hak-young rips up the letter and calls him a son of a bitch, wailing that he didn’t actually intend to spill his secret.

He cries that he’s desperate and asks why Woo-tak can’t just say that he believes in him. He pounds Woo-tak’s chest and breaks down, writhing on the floor as he cries. Woo-tak looks emotional under the surface, but tries to remain stoic.

Having dreamt of this, Hong-joo runs out of the house to check on Woo-tak, and asks the cab driver to hurry.

Hak-young gets led to a police car by two detectives, as Woo-tak stands in the street, looking on. Hak-young turns back one last time to look at him, and we flash back to earlier that night, after he’d calmed down. Woo-tak had given him something to eat, and asked to be convinced of his innocence. He’d said that he couldn’t believe Hak-young, but if he could be convinced, then other people could be too.

Just as Hak-young gets led away by the cops, Hong-joo arrives and frantically asks Woo-tak if he’s okay and not hurt. He smiles and says he’s fine, so then she launches into a nagging fit, upset that he didn’t lock his door like she warned him to.

She hits him over and over in frustration, and Woo-tak grabs her wrist to block her, saying gently, “It hurts.” The tears he’d been tamping down all this time start to come out, and he quickly turns away from her to hide his tears and claims that her hits are so painful they made him cry. Batman, it hurts my heart when you cry!

Woo-tak takes Hong-joo with him to the station, and she reports to her sunbae on the way, just saying vaguely that someone convinced Hak-young to turn himself in. Woo-tak notes that she’s being awfully patient, not asking him everything she’s curious about, so she asks if he’s going to start talking, but he doesn’t.

He carefully asks how much she saw in her dream, and Hong-joo says she saw Hak-young asking Woo-tak to believe him and take his side. She says she didn’t see anything beyond that, and Woo-tak seems relieved. I don’t like this eerie background music though…

In someone’s dream, Woo-tak thanks Hong-joo for worrying about him today and pulls her into a hug.

The dreamer turns out to be Jae-chan, who wakes up in a foul mood. He scoffs and then hovers over Seung-won’s bed, rambling, “A hug? Why a hug? Do you hug if you’re grateful?”

Seung-won mutters sleepily that he could, American-style, and Jae-chan starts to agree that maybe if he were grateful to Hee-min or Hyang-mi, he could hug them American-style… but then ends up ranting, “I can’t! Even if they saved a friend, no, the country! Why? Because this is Korea!”

Seung-won hides under the covers and cries that maybe he hugged her because he likes her, which is the last thing Jae-chan wants to hear. He kicks Seung-won and starts to protest, but then deflates and tells himself that he can’t really complain.

But when he looks out the window, he sees Hong-joo getting out of Woo-tak’s car and walking toward her house, just like his dream. Woo-tak says he’s not staying for breakfast and starts to pull her in for that hug…

…When Jae-chan comes running out of the house shouting his name, wearing only one slipper. Pfffft. He acts like he ran over to ask Woo-tak if he’s staying for breakfast, but Woo-tak is quick on the uptake and lets go of Hong-joo’s arm.

Woo-tak thinks back to his dream, of being interrogated at the prosecutor’s office by Jae-chan, and changes his mind about staying for breakfast. They watch the morning news coverage of Hak-young arriving at the police station, where he shouts to the reporters that he didn’t do it, but turned himself in because a friend convinced him to trust in the law.

Jae-chan is consumed with thoughts of the hugging dream, wondering to himself if he should bring it up or not, unsure of what he’s so worried about. Woo-tak suddenly says he has something to tell Jae-chan, and Jae-chan is shocked, thinking that Woo-tak heard his inner thoughts, ha.

He tells Jae-chan about his friend Hak-young, and that he saw in a dream that Jae-chan will be assigned the case. Woo-tak says that’s why he convinced Hak-young to turn himself in, because Jae-chan would prove his innocence.

Hong-joo asks how he knows that Hak-young isn’t the killer, and Woo-tak just says that he’s known Hak-young for a long time and he wouldn’t kill anybody. Jae-chan isn’t so sure, making it clear that he’s impartial and only going to follow what the evidence tells him, which makes Woo-tak a little nervous.

As Jae-chan and Hong-joo wait in line for coffee that morning, he tells her about the hugging dream, and Hong-joo claims that she’s not the type of woman to just let herself be hugged. Jae-chan argues that she let Woo-tak hug her and even patted him on the back, and he asks jealously if she hugs anyone easily like that.

She claims not to be that kind of woman, so then he nitpicks: “Oh, so Woo-tak isn’t just anyone. Why is he so special?” I could watch this all day.

Cupid Barista advises Hong-joo to say that he isn’t special, whispering loudly that Yeong-deok King Crab seems jealous. Jae-chan snaps that he is NOT jealous, only to ask loudly what’s so special about Woo-tak.

Hong-joo wonders if maybe it’s Woo-tak’s uniform that makes him special, and admits that she has a weakness for men in uniform, like pilots and policemen. She says sometimes it makes her heart flutter when she sees Woo-tak wearing his uniform, and Jae-chan sputters that a prosecutor has a uniform too.

But Hong-joo says those prosecutor robes don’t do it for her: “It looks like you’re in a choir.” HA. Jae-chan is speechless, but then he imagines the whole prosecutor team leading a gospel jam in their court robes, and then he snaps out of it, upset that she made him imagine it.

Hong-joo takes issue with the fact that he’s upset about events that never took place, while Jae-chan argues that the hug would have happened if he hadn’t run out there this morning. He insists that this isn’t jealousy, but a prosecutor’s curiosity (mm-hmm), and asks why she’s protecting Woo-tak and Hak-young.

Hong-joo says she isn’t, and makes it clear that she thinks Hak-young is one hundred percent guilty of murder. She says that he’s the only person who entered that apartment that day, according to the CCTV cameras.

And then she thinks back to her dream, where she did see Hak-young threatening Woo-tak with his secret… but all she tells Jae-chan is that Woo-tak is only taking Hak-young’s side because they’re friends, not because he believes him. Hong-joo says in no uncertain terms that she’s on Jae-chan’s side in all of this, and that she’ll be extremely disappointed in him if he doesn’t get a conviction and lets another murderer go free.

Flashback to the night of their fathers’ funerals. As Jae-chan confronted the soldier’s older brother, Junior Cop, Hong-joo had cried and then chased after him as he left the funeral. She’d insisted on following him because she had something left to say, so Jae-chan offered to go with her.

Back in the present, Woo-tak helps Hak-young’s mom scrub the nasty graffiti off of her restaurant windows, calling Hak-young a psychopath who murdered a national hero. Mom wonders how they could call Hak-young a psychopath, when he was the kid who cried because the Little Mermaid turned into bubbles.

Mom knows he’s not a nice boy, remembering that he’d taken Woo-tak’s money and always gotten into trouble, but she says he isn’t bad enough to have killed anyone, and Woo-tak agrees. But the neighborhood violence only continues—two delivery boys on motorcycles zoom by and throw eggs, and Woo-tak barely gets Mom out of harm’s way in time.

This time, Yoo-bum represents the victim’s parents, who ask him why the prosecution is taking so long to indict their daughter’s murderer. Her father says he has terminal cancer and must see his daughter’s killer put away before he dies, and Yoo-bum promises them that they’ll see a conviction soon.

Outside, Yoo-bum’s assistant notes that he didn’t take off his watch or roll up any paper during this meeting, and that he seems to be in a good mood. Yoo-bum says he’s happy to finally be on the right side of the law for once, after fighting with the law for so long. (Innnnteresting.) He says that it feels like going from the Premier League to joining the nation team and wearing the flag.

In a dream, Jae-chan buys a ring for his girlfriend but struggles with the purchase, not knowing her size. He practices presenting the ring and then waves from across the street with a giant smile.

Hong-joo wakes up from the dream all aflutter, wondering if her heart might burst from beating too hard. She’s still blushing pink at the breakfast table later, and lies that she must be flushed from eating hot soup.

Woo-tak is scheduled to be questioned by Jae-chan today, and Jae-chan reminds him to just speak honestly rather than take his friend’s side. Mom asks Jae-chan if prosecutors can tell if someone is lying, and Seung-won says that his brother’s nickname is Human Lie Detector.

Mom is impressed and wants to test the lie detector, and asks Woo-tak a series of questions, like whether he considers himself handsome. Woo-tak: “No.” Jae-chan: “Lie!” Mom asks if Woo-tak likes someone, and Woo-tak gulps and says he does. Jae-chan doesn’t seem happy as he says it’s the truth, and the boys exchange a look.

Mom takes the teasing one step too far and asks if that person is Hong-joo, suddenly making both boys very tense. Woo-tak smiles awkwardly and says no… and Jae-chan lies and says he’s telling the truth.

At work, Hong-joo learns that the Olympic archer’s parents are filing a lawsuit against Hak-young even though he’s already being investigated, which seems to be a motion to express their frustration at the prosecutor’s office taking so long to indict.

She’s disappointed to learn that she’ll have to deal with Yoo-bum to cover the story, and heads out.

Hak-young tells Woo-tak that he did everything he advised, and told Jae-chan the truth and even took a lie detector test. He asks why he’s still in jail, and Woo-tak says it’s because the prosecutor is being thorough, and promises to plead his case when he goes in for questioning today. Hak-young cries in gratitude and says that Woo-tak is all he has left, and Woo-tak gets a little emotional at that.

Over lunch, Chief Choi tells Jae-chan that Woo-tak has an impressive resume, having graduated police university with top grades and an award to boot. He warns Jae-chan to be careful not to let Woo-tak get the upper hand during today’s interrogation.

Jae-chan is more concerned with what happens if he doesn’t get a conviction, and Chief Choi says he’d basically become Public Enemy No. 1 for letting the killer of a national athlete go free. Jae-chan says he has something to ask him.

Jae-chan’s office manager Hyang-mi is buried under the monstrous pile of paperwork for Hak-young’s case, and her coworkers bring her flowers to make her feel better. But it only serves to make her even more depressed that spring flowers are blooming outside and she’s missing it.

But then… Woo-tak walks in wearing his police uniform, literally eliciting exclamations of appreciation from the women, right to his face: “Daebak.” “Whoa.” “Nice.” LOL. Hyang-mi brightens instantly and leads him away, and then turns back to ask her friends if they have perfume.

Hong-joo goes to interview Yoo-bum about the lawsuit against Hak-young, bristling when he acts friendly with her. He claims that Jae-chan doesn’t have enough evidence to get a conviction at this point, and will end up in the line of fire for failing. Yoo-bum says that this time, he and Jae-chan are on the same side, and asks for Hong-joo’s help.

Jae-chan asks the entire prosecutor team to watch his interrogation, wanting backup to make sure he doesn’t make any mistakes. Meanwhile, a crowd of women has gathered outside the interrogation room to drool at Woo-tak, making them wonder if this country’s police uniforms always looked that good.

Hyang-mi wonders why there’s no one that handsome in the prosecutor’s office, and her coworker reminds her that she thought Jae-chan was handsome. She exclaims that it was just briefly at the very beginning, and that he’s the type you get sick of if you look at him every day, and asks what he’d have without the prosecutor title.

Jae-chan walks right up to them and answers, “Visuals and long legs?” and then model-struts down the hallway. Pff.

Jae-chan greets Woo-tak with a handshake and Woo-tak even greets the other prosecutors, knowing they’re being watched. The other prosecutors worry about this case being too big for the rookie, but the chief prosecutor reminds them that Jae-chan closed the last case they messed up, confident that he’ll get a conviction.

Jae-chan begins the questioning, and Woo-tak tells him that Hak-young was a high school classmate and his former roommate.

 
EPISODE 16

Woo-tak admits that he considered Hak-young the culprit at first too, because he was the only person captured on all of the CCTV footage entering or leaving the building at the time of death.

At the same time, Yoo-bum tells Hong-joo that it could’ve been an accidental death—that it’s what he would argue if he were Hak-young’s lawyer. She says that doesn’t explain the symbol on the floor drawn in the victim’s blood, but Yoo-bum says neither victim nor suspect had any blood on their hands, feet, or clothes.

Jae-chan argues that Hak-young had plenty of time to wash off the blood, and that Hak-young needs to prove that he didn’t draw that bloody symbol to prove his innocence. But Woo-tak counters astutely that it’s up to the prosecution to prove that he did, not the other way around.

The other prosecutors note that the cop sounds like a lawyer, worried that Jae-chan might get outsmarted. Prosecutor Lee tries to send him a telepathic message to ask why Hak-young ran, and when Jae-chan says exactly that, he wonders if he can hear his thoughts. Wrong drama!

Woo-tak says he told Hak-young to run if he were guilty, promising to look the other way, or turn himself in if he were innocent, and trust in the law. He adds that the words Hak-young used with him were “prove my innocence” and “find the real killer,” not “make me an alibi.” That gives Jae-chan pause.

Woo-tak accepts Jae-chan’s scenario that Hak-young had motive to kill if he’d been upset by the archer’s bad service ratings and set off when he was asked to take out the recycling. But the CCTV clearly shows him taking out the recycling after supposedly having killed her in a rage, which runs counter to the theory. Even Chief Choi agrees that it doesn’t make sense, and now everyone except for the chief prosecutor has begun to doubt Hak-young’s guilt.

Flashback to lunch, where Jae-chan had asked Chief Choi if it were really possible for Hak-young to have killed the archer, made the bloody symbol, washed off all the blood, and walked out in the 13 minutes he was in the building. Chief Choi agreed that it didn’t sit well with him, but they had no other suspects.

Jae-chan argued that a lack of other suspects didn’t make it right to convict the one they had, and wondered if he should just ignore the chief prosecutor’s orders and dismiss the case. Chief Choi warned that he’d be fired on the spot, but told Jae-chan to try being a little humbler.

Jae-chan had taken that literally, wondering if he was acting arrogant, but Chief Choi asked why he assumed that his sunbaes wouldn’t see the same truth that he saw. That’s when Chief Choi had hatched the plan to invite the whole team to the interrogation, so that he could convince them of the same doubts he was having. Nice.

Yoo-bum tells Hong-joo that there’s no way Jae-chan will get a conviction, because there’s not enough evidence to prosecute. He says that Jae-chan will need Hong-joo’s help, and hands her an envelope and mentions that Hak-young’s father was convicted of a drug charge. The file contains Hak-young’s sealed juvenile records, for theft and assault.

Yoo-bum tells her to report this, saying that it’ll be enough to get a conviction. We see how it would play out the way Yoo-bum is planning—media outlets would jump at the story and netizens would go on a witch hunt. Hong-joo can’t believe he’s asking her to manipulate public opinion, but he argues that they’re backing public sentiment and helping to keep a killer behind bars.

He uses his glass of almost-full cola as a metaphor to show how it’s not full enough on its own, representing Jae-chan’s lack of evidence. But with Hong-joo’s help, he says as he pours the soda into her glass, creating a layer of foam to the very top, he’ll be able to indict. Err, perhaps it’s lost on Metaphor Boy that the glass has been made full with hot air?

As Hong-joo contemplates the envelope in her car, the scene changes from day to night and Jae-chan and Hong-joo whiz through the intersection on his motorcycle, 13 years ago. They chased Junior Cop until it was light out, finally catching up to his abandoned car near a waterfront. They ran through the field and found him just as he was walking into the water to drown, and Jae-chan had tied a rope around himself and told Hong-joo to pull him up from the other end.

Hong-joo had asked why she should, thinking of how the cop’s brother killed her dad, and had dropped the rope, refusing to save someone she hated. Jae-chan had slugged her (I have to keep reminding myself that he thinks she’s a boy) and shouted that hating someone isn’t a reason to just let them die.

Jae-chan said that Junior Cop was just like them—shocked at what happened, desperate to turn back time, wishing it were just a dream. He put the rope in her hands and ordered, “Save us—me and that ajushi too—you save us, if you don’t want to regret it.” He’d said he was going to trust her and jumped into the water, literally leaving his lifeline in her hands. Hong-joo stood there staring at the rope, contemplating her choice.

Back in the present, Hong-joo picks Jae-chan up after work and they go for coffee, where Cupid Barista adds heart-shaped cookies to their order. Hong-joo asks about the case off the record, and Jae-chan tells her that he might not be able to indict.

He takes her hand in his and asks her to listen, and explains that he tried to match the puzzle pieces to Hak-young as the murderer, but they didn’t fit. He also discovered that the archer suffered from chronic inner ear problems that caused dizziness and fainting, and her injuries match up to a fall where she hit the back of her head.

Hong-joo says that doesn’t explain the symbol in blood, and Jae-chan agrees that it’s the one puzzle they haven’t solved. The symbol was made in one continuous line, and he has doubts about how Hak-young could have done that and cleaned up all footprints and other traces of blood in 13 minutes.

And then we cut to the archer’s apartment just after her fall, and watch as her robot vacuum scuttled right through the pool of blood, drawing the bloody pattern in its wake just before falling right off the balcony onto the lawn below. Roomba did it! Also, are we really just going to show it like that, instead of watching a character uncover the truth? What a waste.

A little boy found the vacuum and put it in the trash, where it still sits, stained with her blood.

Hong-joo can’t believe Jae-chan is about to let the only suspect walk free, and he sighs, knowing that it’s his fault he wasn’t good enough to prove the case, and Hong-joo can’t disagree.

Then Jae-chan suddenly says, “I like you. I like you so much that I would rather die than disappoint you.” Aw. Hong-joo gets up, taken aback by the sudden confession, and he gently takes her hand again.

He says he tried his best to indict Hak-young to keep from disappointing her, but he says that he can’t turn something false into something true when it would destroy a person’s life. “I’m sorry for disappointing you,” he says, and Hong-joo can’t help but melt at his words.

She sits back down and takes the twisty-tie from the cookie pouch and fits it around her ring finger, and then slides it onto his pinky, saying that he’ll need it. Heh.

She says he reminds her a lot of a boy who hit her when she was young, and he asks what kind of crazy boy would hit a girl. She says she doesn’t know his name or where he lives, but that he didn’t seem like a bad person. Jae-chan tells her never to give someone like that the time of day, upset that she said he resembled him.

At the office the next morning, Hong-joo tells her sunbae about the records that Yoo-bum gave her, and he asks if it’s newsworthy.

That takes her back to the moment when Little Jae-chan had put the rope in her hands and jumped into the water. As he swam down and wrapped his arms around Junior Cop, she stood on the bank, staring at the rope numbly as more and more of it disappeared into the water.

Jae-chan struggled to swim up and then began to sink, the rope still slack in the water above him. But Hong-joo finally snapped to attention and began to pull on the rope, using all of her strength to pull Jae-chan and the cop to the surface.

They were both unconscious, and she’d screamed for Jae-chan to wake up. She performed CPR and he finally coughed up water and opened his eyes, and then they saw that Junior Cop was alive too.

Hong-joo was sobbing by then, and Jae-chan had hugged her and thanked her for saving him, patting her on the back just like he still does now.

In the present, Hong-joo tells Bong sunbae that it’s not a story, because Hak-young’s past records have nothing to do with the current case, and reporting on this could cloud the investigation. Bong sunbae asks if she’s sure, and trusts her judgment enough not to press any further.

Jae-chan’s boss finally makes his decision to sign off on Hak-young’s release, and when Yoo-bum hears about it, he fumes and calls another reporter right away.

Hong-joo dreams again about the night Jae-chan meets her to give her the ring. He practices excitedly and waves at her from across the street, but then she sees someone dressed in black walk up and stand in front of Jae-chan and bump into him before walking away.

Jae-chan looks over at Hong-joo, and then down at his stomach, which is leaking blood from where he was just stabbed. Gack, more stabbing!

The light changes and Hong-joo runs over to him as he crumples to the ground. She takes him into her arms and screams for help as his hand falls to the ground with a heavy thud.

She wakes up gasping and crying, and narrates, “The sweetest dream of my life has changed into my worst nightmare.”

 
COMMENTS

Did the dream change, or did she just dream more of it the second time? I’m inclined to think it’s the latter, even though I think it would be more interesting if their choice to believe in Hak-young led to something changing in their future. But maybe it doesn’t matter, since the stabbing is likely a direct consequence of Jae-chan’s “failure” to indict anyway, even though it’s the lawful thing to do and prosecutors don’t just decide people are murderers and put them away, for crying out loud.

I found it so interesting that Yoo-bum thinks of being a defense lawyer as fighting against the law, which means he considers prosecutors to be the “right” side, as if there’s a right side and a wrong one, regardless of the facts of a particular case. That’s just crazy, but it makes me wonder even more why he quit being a prosecutor if he thinks that they’re on the right side. He clearly has a moral code too—one uniquely his own and completely warped, but it’s there—and he enjoys the rare case where he gets to feel like he’s one of the good guys. I actually think that’s worse than if he were just completely unscrupulous (say, for greed alone), because it makes him capable of blind fanaticism once he decides something is righteous or true.

And of course, in stark contrast is Jae-chan, who will always do what’s right in the end. Of all the things he’s ever said to Hong-joo, I found it swooniest of all when he said he’d rather die than disappoint her, but that still doesn’t make wrong into right. I would call his character unbelievably good in an unrealistic way if we hadn’t seen him struggle with a moral dilemma to keep his job and support his brother, or gotten his backstory where he’d made a huge mistake, disappointed his father, and then lost the chance to prove himself and make it up to him. We’ve seen time and again that Jae-chan lives to show his father that he’s done the right thing and become the man Dad wanted him to be, and that he places a huge burden on himself to meet others’ expectations for him. I like knowing that this comes from his character, and has nothing to do with his job as a prosecutor—he just happens to be perfectly suited to be the best kind of prosecutor there is, but he’d be the same as a lawyer or a cop. He’s the obvious contrast to Yoo-bum, who thinks the law is something to fight and not uphold, and makes moral judgments based on perception and position, rather than the true nature of something.

What we don’t know is where Woo-tak falls on this spectrum. Hong-joo may falter and let her prejudices get in the way sometimes, but when push comes to shove, she’s like Jae-chan, and likes him because he’s the kind of person to risk personal attack to do what’s fair and right. I believe that Woo-tak is like them, if you take his actions at face value, but I still expect him to end up at odds with Jae-chan somehow. I’m hoping that his big secret is a delinquent past similar to Hak-young’s, though I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t be a secret from the police force. It just makes me nervous to think that he and Jae-chan might end up on opposite sides one day for something bigger and more personal; it was hard enough watching them face off in the interrogation room over a friend (not that it wasn’t pleasant for other reasons—Hong-joo was not kidding about him in uniform). Can’t they just be best friends and get past that awkward part where they both know they like Hong-joo? Agh. They need beer, lots of beer.

 
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Yay, Thank you girlfriday for recapping so fast!! ❤

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Jealous JC is my favourite too!
(1) Woo-Tak looking fiiiiiine as heck in his policeman uniform. I need to draw him or something.
(2) Hong-joo trying to make JC jealous by saying she has a weakness for men in uniform, and JC asking about his prosecutor's robes (I had the same reaction as HJ. Prosecutor's robes? Erm.).
(3) JC getting snubbed as a "choir boy" and imagining a Glee Club daydream. Hah!
(4) Yoo-bum pouring his Coke into HJ's glass and it fizzing up to the top? What? It was a cool move, but isn't Coke only fizzy when you first pour it out?
(5) JC telling HJ he really liked her and didn't want her to be disappointed, but he couldn't convict an innocent man.
(6) And then HJ NOT getting pissed, but instead sitting down and giving him her ring size (aka she would support his decision). Ahhh my heart! 💔

On Woo-Tak: I am curious about his "secret". What is it, that it could threaten his livelihood as a policeman? Is he helping his friend because he really believes in his innocence, or because he's afraid of the secret being revealed? Because it's WT, I want to think that it's the former, not the latter. This is the guy who got stabbed on HJ's behalf! Also, I have a soft spot for WT. He can't be the bad guy! Never!

On Yoo-bum: He's got some nerve calling others trash, that nasty piece of work! His whole "you've got to help me help him" talk with Hong-joo wasn't so much of really wanting to help JC, but rather furthering his own agenda - he's got to get into the good books of the deceased's rich family. Actually, it's interesting that his secretary brought up his paper rolling/watch. I wonder what those things signify.

On Jae-chan and Hong-joo: I guess it's clear that these 2 go way back, but I think it's adorable that JC has always been a "good" boy. He's got a good heart, and it shows even from when he was a kid. We honestly couldn't have a better hero to support, and I like how their relationship is trusting and supportive so far. I spy dark clouds and trouble brewing in the future, but ah well. We'll worry about that when we get there.

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I think I would be disappointed if Woo Tak's secret wasn't some big incredible thing. I just have really big expection with all this suspense

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Im thinking woo tak's secret may be similar to the "secret" kim min suk's character in defendant had like he kinda helped some bad guy or smth because of so and so reason or he could be the bad guy himself if the writer decided to pull as fast one on us. Im also thinking he may be somehow associated with lee yu beom and thus somehow associated with jae chan probrably during highschool since do hak yeong was his highschool climate so it could be something that happened back then?

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i was hoping him being gay is the secret.. :)

a girl can only dream

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Same! I thought I was the only one getting those vibes from him!

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(6) And then HJ NOT getting pissed, but instead sitting down and giving him her ring size (aka she would support his decision). Ahhh my heart! 💔

DUH!
That's what she was doing. LOL. I didn't put it together.
I just thought it was a cute gesture. In my unnecessary defence I accidentally watched 16 before 15, so . . . I don't know . . . how that is a defense, but there you have it.

On Woo-Tak: I am curious about his "secret".

I'm not sure what is secret is.
I still think it is connected to the soldier who seems to be the lynchpin that connects the dreamers.

I think having the policeman be the brother of the bomber is a misdirection to lead us away from Woo-Tak possible connection.
I might well be making things up here but Woo-Tak's demeanor as a police office has the same gentleness as the bomber older brother.

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yup.. 3 brothers.. and not 2 brothers

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Lezah, you forgot to talk about Hak-young. True, maybe he didn't do it, but he was also pretty suspicious from the beginning. Why? And why is he threatening woo tak? Why he thought he had to threat woo tak at all?
Sooooo much mistery!

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if you watch ep 16 he already explained that he only said that in desperation, the suspicious thing was because of the writer setting things up that way. I don't even think his actions were suspicious lol, he hated the ajumma making him carry the recycling which was why he made that face and post, but he diligently threw it out anyway which shows that he follows through on what he says even when he doesn't like why. anyway, whatever wootak's secret is we know that it's big enough for him to resign for it. But the fact that he would resign if it gets exposed also means that he's actually ready for it to come out at any time. He isn't scared of its consequences... which is why hakyoung's threat didn't do anything. From there we can probably assume that it isn't a crime where he would become a criminal or whatever, it's more of a socially unacceptable thing.

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I'm glad Hongjoo decide to not report Do Hakyung's past record. I was so worried she would fall into Yoobum's scheme. She seemed really believe that the suspect is guilty based on what she saw in her dream. Thankfully Jaechan can convince her that Hakyung is innocent with his confession. Yay!
I am very happy that my OTP ship's sailing but I can't help feeling sad for Wootak. I'm sure he lie that his crush is not Hongjoo and Jaechan know that. I hope he can move on and start to notice the female cop's crush on him, I low-key ship them.
P. S. Jealous Jaechan is so hilarious!

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I am for some reason not too bothered about batmancops romantic life, but I do want him to have a loving little makeshift family and have breakfast at HongJoos forever and ever.

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Jealous jae Chan is also my favorite..I wonder what will happen to me after this show is over and Lee jong suk will join military😥😥😥😥

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I'm digging the dynamic between Jae-chan and Chief Choi. The older man clearly has many great strategy to continue pursuing the truth while still keeping his job intact from his longer experience. And that's the kind of advice Jae-chan really need as a tenacious rookie prosecutor.

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Me too! I really like how JC asks Chief Choi for his advice, because clearly Chief Choi has had years of experience. I also think it's great that he's willing to dish out the advice. They make a very good duo <3

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Chief Choi has more than once proven how wise he really is despite appearances. It's great that Jaechan can confide in him now.

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He’s a detective for a reason.

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Thank goodness. We can worry about Jung Jae Chan for a change (and not Woo Tak). Jae Chan definitely won't die so it was a tame cliffhanger, when compared to last week's.

Also, "trust the law"?! That's terrible advice. Granted it's a TV show and everything will (most probably) turn out well in the advice. But in real life, it's terrible advice. *sigh*

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I still can't help but be worried for Woo-Tak. I'm always worried about him, agh!

Do you think it was Hak-young who stabbed Jae-chan? The height doesn't seem to match up... unless HY was very hunched when he did the stabbing... then again, LJS is very tall.

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True that. Woo Tak needs to survive this show.

Hmm...I too thought it was Hak Young, at first. But Hak Young has no motive. Do you think it could be a rabid fan of the lady who was killed?

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Yes. Rabid fan. If stabbing doesn't work, bite him.

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I also think that it might be an obsessive fan of the archer.

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I'm pretty sure the stabber is the archer's father. He seems about the right height and build and he made a pretty ominous sounding threat about seeing his daughter's killer charged before he dies. He seems likely to stab Jae Chan as revenge.
Although really he should be stabbing Hak Young in that case, why attack the prosecutor?

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Probably because Jae Chan is easier to find and the public face of the prosecution.

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I thought it would be Hak Young when I thought he was guilty but he has no reason to stab the prosecutor who released him. I think it might be under Yoo Bum's directions.

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To be fair, I think Woo Tak dreamed that Jae Chan would be the one assigned to the case, so the "trust the law" advice seems less naive since he knew his friend was going to be in good hands.

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I honestly don't like how PHR has written Jae Chan. Sure he is cute, dorky, and awkward. But there isn't much going on other than that in his character. It feels very 1 Dimensional, and I find it hard to connect, much less attractive than any of his previous roles. Where is the charm that Soo ha or Kang Chul or even the creepy VIP has?
Props to JS for his comedic acting, or even his petty jealousy moments, but the writing leaves much to be desired. The second lead Woo Tak is much better written, more layered, mysterious and cute to boot. There is more to discuss about him, but the main leads feel too "simple" in my opinion. The acting is good from everyone. And I like the pace and OSTs.

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I agree Lee jong suk character is not layered but thankfully I am loving it and woo tak is more layered than him with a past but that doesn't take the acting credits from js oppa

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This is my opinion don't kill me :P . I am used to charming, swoony, flawless, angsty LJS so this character feels strange and too simple to me. But I am glad he is trying out different roles, expanding his range.

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i think it's because his character doesn't need much growth anymore. he's a great person/prosecutor/hero from the start, except for those initial episodes. So i think it's safe to assume this drama isn't that hero's growth type of story. It's more about the mystery of their powers and relationship I would say. But that doesn't mean we can't enjoy it anyways. DOTS was a shallow drama (like it's story is no It's Okay, It's Love or even Goblin), not even a highly contagious disease or some earthquake could really make you feel as if a major character would actually die, but it was enjoyable as a love story haha

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Despite the Batmancop police uniform, 'visuals and long legs' was the start in this episode. I like how he both wants to do the right thing but is still terrified of losing his job. It makes it that much more rewarding when he chooses to do the right thing over characters who are courageous and pure from the start. The same goes for Hong-Joo and I like how they push eachother to be a better person. This time it was Jae-chans turn, while it was HongJoo and her lottery numbers before.

Theyre so cute too! How cute was that confession. And that dream until it turned stabby.

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I wondered about Hong Joo's strength too. It wasn't convincing enough. Unless there is a scientific explanation. Or maybe because they were both underwater their actual weight decreased? Some friend told me once that on water your weight decreases by half.

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Buoyancy does half the job. It's not really that difficult to lift something heavy out of the water.

According to the Archimedes principle, Buoyancy = weight of liquid displaced. Since water is 1g/cm3 or 1g/ml, there is quite a lot of buoyancy helping HongJoo counter their gravitational weight when she pulls them upwards when you imagine how much water both young JaeChan and Hoobae cop would displace.

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👍👍👍👍👍

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So my friend was right and buoyancy is the name of this principle. Thanks for explaining

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Pulling something out of water isn't that difficult as it works with waves and the weight dislayed by the water helps.

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Note to Self. Only watch this show in privacy of home.
Too hard to stifle a laugh when the prosecutor choir starts.
So hard to sniff back a tear when young JC and HJ had to confront junior cop.
I am not crazy...

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This case is the most confusing one. I already believed that Cable Guy is guilty at first but...now I'm doubting my prediction and feels. I don't know what to believe anymore.

Anyway, if ever, Woo Tak will be the bad guy in the end... I think he got the upper hand because he can see Jae Chan's moves in his dreams while no one can see WT's dreams.

The last part took my breath away... God, I can feel Hong Joo's sadness in that.

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Cable guy is innocent, the girl had a sickness, felt down and died. It was an accident. The blood traces were done by the vacuum. Cable guy was only a suspect because he was the only guy near her appartment at the time caught on cctv. But that didn't mean he was the killer. I also hesitated a lot though

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"Cable guy is innocent, the girl had a sickness, felt down and died. It was an accident. The blood traces were done by the vacuum." i guess thats all still just jaechan speculation and not the real one..i mean they do not showing yet to us the truth about woo tak friend..is he the the killer or not. or am i wrong?..i just lil bit confuse about that robot cleaner scene.. is that really the truth the real one or just jaechan speculation and explanation about the accident...

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Actually the friend really is innocent je chan mentioned in the episode that according to autopsy report the girl had a disease and fainted because of it and hit her head. And about the vacumn cleaner that scene was what actually happened, no one has yet realized what made those signs and are still trying to find the reason.

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aaaa..i got it now..and i already re watching that robot cleaner scene and you was right that jaechan didnt even know about that robot cleaner make that line... so wootak friend really is innocent right...? but why still i see him like a killer...😂😂😂😂

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You saw his as a killer because the drama set him usp as a killer.

Everytime he left the apartment his expression changed from the obsequious service smile to a look of calculation. The camera panned to show him noting her personal belonging.

I didn't even believe he was with the cable company. With so many return repairs I thought he was the one causing the issues so that he reason to return to the athlete's apartment.

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That choir scene is best. Laugh die me 😂😂😂

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Wow, I was about to exit Dramabeans so that I would stop posting so many screenshots of this episode when I saw the recap!

What can I say? This episode clicked, just clicked on so many ways. From the right balance of funny, to serious, to pensive, to "OMG, that's the society we're living in" ... to romantic.

What I thought was a cold murder, turned out to be a technological happenstance. When I thought Nam Hong-Joo (Suzy) would give in to her prejudices, she did not. And when I was screaming at the screen telling her not to report on those papers, then her past memories appeared, I thought "Ah, that will stop her" ... but it did not.

I figured that strong memory would be sufficient to pull her from her biases ... but I was wrong. Jung Jae-Chan's heartfelt and mature speech at the café PLUS those memories were the real cause. You see, It wasn't black and white. It never is. But our minds go automaton, taking the easiest way out ...

Like when I pictured a grandiose new case with a brand new serial killer whose penchant for geometry and symbols was unsurpassed. Oh, boy, and was I wrong. And I have never been happier with how it all turned out.

It was gold, simply gold, I tell you ... with the music, the artistic direction, the on-point dialogues featuring relevant issues (like technology & the media), and the acting ... all being thoughtfully connected and orchestrated to make me gasp and swoon and sigh, in contentment, a simple "yes, that's it."

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Totally agree with you!!!..... loved the cinematography, the story, the acting ...I know this writer is the best !!....

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I love Hong Joo and Jae Chan together they are the best couple out there. BUT I think that the Jae Chan - Woo Tak bromance could be out of this world spectacular. and man is Woo Tak fiiiine! If a police officer as handsome as he came into my office I would have a lot of trouble picking my jaw up from the floor.

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The automatic vaccum cleaner made some one killer..
On a side note I have a lawyer friend who stated the legal proceedings are quite on point ,every time you don't need a court to have justice

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Wootak in a full uniform.. *swoons so hard!!!!*
and Jaechan in a jelousy mode IS SO CUTEEEEEE

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Ikr. Why have I not noticed Jung Hae In before? Where has he been hiding? Who is this utterly handsome and ridiculously charismatic (on-screen at least) man? *swoons*

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Jung HaeIn was in Bride of the Century, The Three Musketeers, Reply 1988, Goblin, and he's freaking 29.

Wot. I thought he was like 24 or 25... He's JongSeok's Hyung... OㅁO

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JHI also starred in Blood, playing the best friend and roommate of the male lead (Ahn Jae Hyun). Liked him a lot there.

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jongsuk collecting hyung in every PHR drama. he's also hyungwhore like shinee Minho 😂

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This drama is playing with my feelings... it make me feel so much emotions in just one episode.

I'm swooning on Woo Tak but because of this case of Cable Guy made me start to doubt and more confuse if he will be on good side till the end.

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I believe Woo Tak is a good boy. He was pestering Hong Joo about learning languages so they could stop terrorist attacks. He has a good heart.
Maybe he made a mistake when he was young. He might be an orphan and grown up in the streets for what we know. Cable guy was threatening him not because he did something terrible, but because being kicked out of the police would be a big blow. Batman loves being a cop.
I'm curious to know about Woo Tak's past and I hope the others learn also about it soon, because I have the feeling that Woo Tak will need their support. I hope Jae Chan and Hong Joo are there for him when he needs them, I want them to be a big family. :)

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I could watch Jealous Jae Chan in a snit all day too, it's so much fun! Though my heart breaks just a little for Woo Tak, its so clear he likes Hong Joo. But the thing is, while I love Woo Tak, I am glad I don't have second lead syndrome because in my eyes, Jae Chan and Hong Joo are the sweetest thing ever. For all their dream seer powers, I love, love, love how they're just a normal awkward-adorable couple! So I reiterate my sentiment, can I have Woo Tak instead? ^_^

Also, it is just me? I've been watching the show and feeling on pins and needles. There's really this underlying feeling of dread and impending doom that anything can happen. And the previews are killing me. Ugh! How to wait until next Wednesday???

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Totally high five with you!

Woo Tak obviously takes so much pride in being one of the 3 dreamy trio. That proud beaming face that he had when the 3 was in the car back home and on realising that cupid barista is well and back working... you can tell. He knows they are in a force to be reckon with nothing should ever rock this precious teamwork. Including his affection for Hong Joo.

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Girlfriday says it so well.
It's too scary think how Yoo-Bum thinks that he is working on the side of the law. He was a prosecutor once and should have understand JC's stand. However, it's all about Fame and glory and doing the popular thing.
As for JC, I really like the parallel comparison of youth JC and adult JC.
He is a normal being who tries to do what is right and even in testing times, he wants to be a person that he can show and do his father proud. I actually really like this character. I think he is as defined as a role can be.

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So far to take away from dram
1.Suzy 's brilliant acting.
2.woo tak😘😘😘😘😘😘
3.story and screen transitions
4. Osts and characters
5 the most important thing a hilarious Lee jong suk never seen before
And I really want the show to answer my every question and blew my mind

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OT: Are you guys not going to recap Avengers Social Club?

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I know I'm sad about that too, but maybe because there wasn't many who read Woman's Dignity which is why they aren't recapping Avengers Social Club.

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two delivery boys on motorcycles zoom by and throw eggs

So, Strongest Deliveryman now delivers eggs -- one at a time :)

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I'm so amazed that someone actually managed to guess that the Roomba was behind the lines in the comments yesterday! And someone else mentioned the archer sliding open the balcony door, which explains how it randomly fell out of the apartment.

That's why I really love this show. Instead of having plot twists jump out of nowhere, it's all the small tiny details you barely noticed that come back and tie everything together.

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Yeeeeesss!!!... is that tight precise writing, what i love about this writer...she is so good!!!!...I was having goosebumps when I saw the almost drowning.... everything is coming together....
Totally loving this show!!!!!......

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I KNEW IT WAS THE ROOMBA! Start of the robot uprising.

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I realised it was the Roomba that made the marks just moments before the show revealed it. It felt like a locked room mystery.

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my favorite scene was the "I´m aging" and the office ladies "Daebak!" when WooTak appeared on the door.

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oh btw the technological "murder" I have seen it before somewhere. This is not the first. But where? Was it in "Monk" perhaps? I know it is not original.

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thus I knew what it was right away, sadly. when I saw the lines, I thought "Aha! They are going for that!" but I really can´t remember where else I saw it.

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american drama NCIS maybe?

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Jae Chan Shiiiii NOOOOOO! Please be safe, pretty pleaseee!

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It appears that they're "taming" Hong Joo's quirkiness... she's behaving more like a standard candy girl these few episodes. Wish they wouldn't.

It is probably fair to say that this week, we're into the mid-drama slowdown. Minimal story development... much of the backstory seemed overlong and preamble to the Woo Tak becoming a witness (I think there were 3-4 scenes that did nothing but discuss that Woo Tak was going to testify that day, which does nothing for the story)

It is about midway through this drama and it is bothering me that I don't see the main dramatic conflict developed.

Overall a serviceable continuation but I am hoping for the pace to pick up slightly next week.

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On a more serious note, I really like this new case -- I love how we get to see an innocent man get accused of murder and all but crucified by the media (media manipulation is for real, y'all, especially in my country) and how it should the prosecutor should never be swayed by public opinion and circumstantial evidence that can be overcome by facts. I too, first thought and hastily concluded that cable guy was a killer (a spurned obsessed stalker) but it just goes to show how so many of us make the grievous mistake of judging people and cases before knowing all the facts. Bravo show, what a great lesson and food for thought!

I am excited to see now how Yeo Bum will spin this -- doesn't Korea have double jeopardy laws? Like you can't file the same case over the same offense which has been dismissed? And I'm already feeling sorry for the backlash Jae Chan will surely suffer -- trials by publicity are the WORST and people with very little knowledge or understanding of the law can be the harshest critics which is totally unfair. And the stabbing in Hong Joo's dream! Jae Chan.....nooooo! A deranged fan perhaps aggrieved by Jae Chan's decision? Retaliation of the archer's family? Prosecutors really risk their life and limb for the job and I love how this show has really been showing the good and bad side of the job.

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You can't file against the same case over the same offense... unless new, strong evidence pops up.

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Anyone knows why Hong-joo named JC "Yeong-deok King Crab"?

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mee too i m curious about that...

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That's because HJ describe JC as the tall guy with long arms to the barista in ep 2 ( i think), so yeah aka like a yeong-deok king crab. :)

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I was dying at the Oh Happy Day choir performance. Woo Tak was smoking hot today lawyering the prosecution in his police uniform. It was sad he had to lie about not liking Hong Joo, but at least Human Lie Detector knows the truth. Of course Snake Yoo Bum would try to try Hak Young in the court of public opinion. The next episode better start off with Hong Joo telling Jae Chan about her dream. It ought to be easy for them to find out the names of the "sons" whose fathers were killed by the soldier and reunite. Thanks a bunch for the recap, @girlfriday!

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gomawo yo girlfriday for the nice recap. 😊

at first i wanna comment about jaechan love confession scene.. i dont like it that scene.. like something is missing...like less skinskip.. for this time..for that scene..i didnt get the feel. less chemistry.. .why why why....jaechan only touch hongju hand? why.......why they only make a hand touching scene.. why park hye ryun why?..🙁🙁🙁🙁😣😣😣😣😣😣.. i need more skinship than that..why didnt they make some kind of hugging or kissing ... ?....that the first love confession scene is so bad from my point of view...

so about wootak friend...is he really not the killer? or that robot cleaner scene is only jaechan speculation or the truth..? ...i just dont understand about that scene..i think they just showing us jaechan explanation and speculation about the accident not the real one.. ..we dont really know yet about the truth about wootak friend.. i guess..

and i like the scene when wootak come to prosecutor office.. 😂😂 .. yes..wootak is really handsome with that uniform...

the last one is that nightmare.. 😨😨😨..
wednesday ..please come tomorrow..i cant wait to see the next episode...

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On the contrary I actually liked it,guess I am jst tired of dramatic love confessions in all kdramas I watch....this seems very normal to me and Hong Joo's reaction

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I liked the confession scene...i think it was adorable “li like you so much than I rather die than to disappoint you “....uffffff
Yes!!.. I need more skinskip.. but it is so honest...I loved it...

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ok..i will corect it.. so that love confession jaechan scene not really so bad..just not good.. 😁😁😁 guess i just want more skinship between hong ju and jaechan.. .ahaha..i cant wait for next week... uri jaechan sshiii ..

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So I guess I'm not the only one swooning at Jae chan's confession ahhha. Hong Joo fell in lover all over again when she saw how principled he is and refusing to prosecute Hak Young purely because it was the general public expectation to do so.

I hope Woo Tak is not a baddie! The horrors because he is one of the trio in on the dreams! He was so cool arguing in his uniform <3 This is not a guy you want on the opposite team. One Yoo Bum is enough.

I do hope Woo Tak dreams of the stabbing and saves Jae Chan though. Off now to find my own Woo Tak...

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Woo-tak is one fiiiine human being. He's seriously upping my standards in men, I'll probably stay single for life now hahaha!

I really, really like the trio's friendship and I'd be heartbroken if something serious will drive a wedge between Jae-chan and Woo-tak. I'm dreading it, what with all the tensed conversations and loaded looks between them.

I do like that they somewhat acknowledged that they like the same girl, but they're not being set up as good vs evil rival (yet? Nooo), say like Jung-sun vs Jung-woo in Temperature of Love. There's an undercurrent of respect and companionship between the two, kind of like "may the best man win". And while we all know that Jae-chan and Hong-joo is the end game, I don't mind it one bit as long as they keep showering us with Woo-tak looking great in every episode. 😂😍

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Jaechan and his imagination LOL..but that robe really not helping. if you watch TVB drama, their prosecutor(or is it their barrister) come with ridiculous hat the boot 😂

Jaechan is such a good kid. Dad is not even dead for 24 hours but his conscience barometer is really good. Dad really raised him well. but that damn punch tho, you're gonna regret it when you found out 😂
i wonder where did the junior cop has gone to in this present time? did he stop being a cop?

Hjoo coming close to become Reporter Song Chang Ok if he used Do HaKyung past mistake to influence the media. im glad Jaechan is there to make her understand. he's using his love confession for a good deed 😍

WooTak-shi, Jaechan really know well you lied at breakfast table. but i hope you guys can talk about it openly. he can become public defender later on and meet Jang Byun and Cha Byun with how he answer Jaechan questioning. they will really adore you.

and for that damn nightmare, i hope they will able to avoid it!🙏

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That white curly thingy is a hat? I thought it is a wig tbh but I havent watch any new TVB dramas tho.

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ohh..wait...it is a wig. i forgot the correct term. me too. its been aeons since i watch tvb dramas. cdrama is the better one right now.

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Thank you for the speedy recap GF :-)

Ha! The prosecutors doing the gospel jam was hilarious I almost fell over lol. Jae chan's imagination is strong! XD

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It was the vacuum omg @sushi you were right!
Smart deduction fellow beanie!! B-)

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BTW, will the junior cop from 13 years ago also have futuristic dreams because he was save by jae chan who was saved by hong joo???? o.O

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I was thinking the same thing! When seung woo said that that ajusshi found our new home too and they showed the story i thought maybe he gets the dreams too. Although it is possible he might have found the adress because he is a cop 😅

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Oooh that's actually a good theory!
So if junior cop ajussji can have such dreams I just hope he's a good guy...

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He seems like a good guy he was so sorry to hong joo and je chan for his brother's doing that he wanted to take his own life. And apparently still feels guilty enough to send je chan money even now. I wonder if he sends money to hong joo tok🤔

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Thanks for the recap.
I totally agree with HJ about men in uniform or rather, WT in uniform. Damn.. he looks hot. He is young but not too young so him in uniform is believable and I end up getting sway by what his said during his interrogation. It was all logical and makes sense tbh. Which makes thing worse as JC already having doubts about the case.

Another one who good with his words is YB. I can see that HJ is conflicted and almost get sway by what he said. She believe Do is guilty and the way YB worded his words, about helping JC, maann, he is good. I'm glad she decide to discard the background info YB gives her.

Having said that, we already half way and I feels like they keep on giving us questions with little answers. Things I want from WYWS (demanding viewer, I know~):
1. The effects when JC saved HJ, WT and Mom and all other interference that change the future. Fate/destiny/final destination/death is never generous and let people go without any repercussions and I keep on waiting the other shoe to drop tbh.
2. On why JC and WT are having dreams too. Is show agreeing with WT's theory and leave it at that?
3. WT's secret. I guess this probably will be address in next few episodes since HJ did dream about it. So probably she will ask him but I wonder whether show will make his secret big enough to set events leading to HJ's death (based on her dream) and WT's (my prediction).

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Thank you again for this great recap, Girlfriday!

I am thinking that Woo-tak is probably gay, a previous lover of the suspect. I really don't know about South Korea's police force, but as Jae-chan said about hugging American-style that will never happen, why? "Because this is Korea!". Is being gay not acceptable in Korea? Is that Woo-tak's secret? He was actually willing to tend his resignation after his friend divulges his secret. Is that it?

During breakfast, while proving that Jae-chan is a human lie detector, when asked if Woo-tak likes Hong-joo and then he said "no", I think Jae-chan was taken aback because he said softly that well, he is actually telling the truth. Then the next scene shows the ex-roommate-suspect. So is he the one Woo-tak loves or loved? I mean, he didn't change his door code since the ex-roommate left. Well, I don't know, it's really just a wild guess...

I really love the scenes thirteen years ago. When will they realise that they've actually crossed paths and had a connection somehow? I am loving Mr. Choi. He really has a warm heart, looking after Jae-chan like a father. Of course, I'm loving breakfasts at Mum's place too!

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I thought I was the only one who was suspecting WT's sexuality too. When his friend was threatening to expose his secret, then later it seemed as if he was hinting that he didn't like (HJ) I was thinking OMG HE LIKES JC!

If we are right, then wow, this drama just went up a notch.

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Woh! That brings back the locker room scene where WT tells his cop partner that he keeps having dreams of a person. Partner tells him that he probably likes that person but WT says he kept dreaming of a man. His partner was shirtless and covered up, asking WT if that was his preference. Hmmmm, if your instincts are correct, there were crumbs leading to it.

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Never thought of that....could work! Would actually be better cause then I don't have to watch my cutie Woo Tak get his heart broken by unrequited love for Hong Joo. Not that an ex-lover in jail would be any better.

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Well, he would still be heart-broken, but for Jaechan then, tho.

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I had my suspicions in earlier eps about that already.

I just hope the writer will handle this subject sensitively and senibly and not as a joke like beforehand.

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"He uses his glass of almost-full cola as a metaphor to show how it’s not full enough on its own, representing Jae-chan’s lack of evidence. But with Hong-joo’s help, he says as he pours the soda into her glass, creating a layer of foam to the very top, he’ll be able to indict. Err, perhaps it’s lost on Metaphor Boy that the glass has been made full with hot air?"

I actually thought that was pretty smart. I don't think the metaphor was lost on him. On the contrary, it was exactly what he meant. The cola (Jae Chan's evidence, i.e. real evidence) wasn't enough, so they needed to make the foam (air/fake evidence/reporting bias) to fill the glass up. He really likes his metaphors, doesn't he?

As for Woo Tak's secret, I wonder if that assault and theft on Hak Young's was actually his or both their's but only Hak Young took the fall for it...? I reeeeally don't want Woo Tak to be their enemy. He's too precious and he just does things to my heart. 💓

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Am I the only one who sees Woo Tak as gay?

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Yay! Same here! But isn't he too hot for a gay?

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Well, gay are people too.. They're allowed to become hot and attractive.

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@Nado, it could be the failure of my imagination, but I have been thinking for the past couple minutes how you might be trying to be funny with that question, I cannot think of anything remotely close. I don’t like name calling people even though I need to suppress my urge to do so in this case.

Please do try to be a better person.

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Do you know how hot many gays are? HAHA come out of your shell please.

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You should really reflect on what can be said and cannot be said.

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Hey I’m New here. I’ve a question . Is it normal to assume one as guilty without the police or prosecution proving it, in Korea ? And when the suspect is found not guilty , it’s not like they’re lettig a criminal go. Is it only so in dramas ? Sorry for my ignorance .

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Is it normal to assume one as guilty without the police or prosecution proving it, in Korea ? .. hmm..actually i m not from korea..but in my country it just normal to assume one as guilty without prosecution..i mean people will see and automatically make some spontan conclusion about that suspect if he the only one person in that place of accident..moreover the one who killed is someone like good image public figure.. so i guess like that.... cmiiw.. 😆

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I am so in love with Woo Tak...I can't tell if I am just biased on his cuteness, his dog loverness, his uniform looks (hubba hubba), or what, but I just love that guy. Its bad bad bad. I haven't had second lead syndrome this bad in a good while.

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So many funny, quirky, poignant moments. I really like the way we got to see noble Jae Chan doing the hard, right thing, and petty jealous Jae Chan looking ridiculous.

Just one complaint. WHY did it have to be another stabbing? WHY would Hong Joo think he's going to die, when he's going to get an ambulance right away, where Woo Tak not only was stabbed but brutally stomped on and left bleeding on the floor and managed to survive?

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Probably WT managed to escape internal organs damage whereas JC's knife went straight to major vessel causing serious injury.

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My first thought was "Hun, don't worry too much. No good guy dies from a stab wound in kdrama." I was more worried that she'd get hit by a truck of doom rushing across the street...

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of course... wootak managed to survive..he is a batman..a superhero...

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And I'm just thinking that while young Jae-chan and young Hong-joo are having their fifteen minute (or what feels like fifteen minutes) argument, the police officer has probably died already. LOL

I understand that we need drama, but I wish that certain scenes would be written more thoughfully.

Also, was there any investigation of the crime scene? In the scene that goes back to the actual moment of death, we see that the floor cleaner runs through the blood and falls out the window. Wouldn't the crime scene investigators have at least noticed that the blood marks went up to the window? I'm not saying that they would have realized who or what the culprit was, but I just want to know what kind of investigation has been done. You can't (well, maybe you can, but you shouldn't , especially if you are supposed to be doing your job) just conclude that a person is guilty because no one else could have done it. You have to investigate. And the burden of proving guilty is squarely on your shoulders. Anyway, that's all, folks. ;)

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*correction* "the burden of proving guilt...."

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I only watch this drama for Woo Tak :p I don't like the acting of LJS and Suzy. And I don't see their chemistry. I found the scene when Woo Tak stopped her to hit him sexier than any scene of HJ and JC.

For his secret, it has to be about the incident of the soldat. I think he's hidding his true identity, he said it was hard to enter in the police but in the same time he was the best of his class in the police academy...

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Haha.. me too. Funny how some can find Suzy’s acting “brilliant” while others like myself can separate SUZY the persona from Hong Joo the character. Its decent at best but owning the role, I’m not feeling it. LJS is LJS, his sweet smile, slight tilt of head when he’s trying for aegyo is same in every show. I too felt the current when Woo Tak stopped HJ form hitting him. His eye acting was spot on there. Other scenes, you can tell he’s still raw. But I’m so excited about his potential, I think he can rise meteorically in the next 12 months given the right opportunity. Plus: I think he’s already done with military too since he debuted at a ripe age of 25.

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*can’t seperate

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I really like the scene when they're having a conversation about JC being a Human Lie detector. When the mother asked JC whether WT liked HJ, their exchange subtle facial expression said it all. JC: I know you lying. WT: I know you know I'm lying.

WT is probably not a bad guy, but he has a strong feeling for HJ. I bet on eventual love triangle conflict, plus he has a big secret yet to be revealed.

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I like this episode for the reason that it highlights what we often find in real life: how media can shape people's thoughts and how readers can become mini detectives, mini police officers, mini reporters, mini judges, and in the end, we might ruin someone's life, whether they're innocent or not, because of what we share/write in social media.

Second reason why I like this episode is Han Woo Tak. Thank you, Drama Gods for putting Woo Tak in that dandy uniform! :D I completely agree with Hong Joo in this matter.

I hate the awkwardness between Woo Tak and Jae Chan though. Can't the two pretty boys drink past their hurdles? *grin*

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That whole diving into the water to save the guy annoyed me. I’m like he’s already dead while y’all are having your long conversation. How is she supposed to know when to pull you up? When he goes slack, there's no way he has the grip to hold on to the dude. No way she has the strength to pull them out. And, while she’s all worried about the boy, the guy is dead again, but somehow he magically just spits out his own water. It just really took me out of the story.

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I had the same problem with that whole scene.

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I agree. That scene was absolutely unlogic.

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Lawyer Lee *facepalm* why is he always on the wrong side? Sigh.

On the other hand, Woo Tak wearing police uniform is swoon-worthy and how Hong Joo said that prosecutor robe is like choir, LOL I had the same thought to be honest.

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LOL Jae-chan's choir imaginespot reminded me so much of JD's daydreams on Scrubs. I'm loving the humor in this show. And the cuteness ❤ it's stressful to watch sometimes, but oh so good. I guess that's it for this week's case? I was hoping someone would guess about the roomba, but that's ok. Thank you for the recap!

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From sweet baby Yoon Ji Ho in Boys Over Flowers, Nam Da Reum has really grown into a handsome fine young man. With such an impressive portfolio behind him, I think we're looking at another future superstar heartthrob.

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