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Saturday, September 30, 2017

"While You Were Sleeping" drama: episodes three and four recap

 Air Dates: September 27th to November 16th on SBS, airs Wednesday and Thursday nights at 10:00 pm, two episodes per night
 Ratings for the two episodes- 8.3% and 9.2%

Main Cast:

Bae Suzy as Nam Hong-Joo
Lee Jong-Suk as Jung Jae-Chan
Lee Sang-Yeob as Lee Yoo-Bum
Ko Sung-Hee as Shin Hee-Min
Jung Hae-In as Han Woo-Tak
Shin Jae-Ha as Jung Seung-Won
Hwang Young-Hee as Yoon Moon-Sun
Park Jin-Joo as Moon Hyang-Mi

Would suggest reading the above post first if you haven't as there won't be too many details from the two shows because so much happened in this pair though it probably will be a shorter recap, should say I hope so.
 At the conclusion of the previous show Jae-Chan had prevented a serious accident through a dream he had. He was able to save his neighbor though not exactly a friend Hong-Joo and a young man who we found out later was an officer. Driving the car that Jae-Chan had slammed into was Yoo-Bum, the two have known each other for thirteen years though are no longer close and they could be considered rivals.

 No one was serious injured in the crash, the only thing that didn't survive was Hong-Joo's glasses, she has a new pair now but preferred her older ones. At the hospital Hong-Joo and Jae-Chan have a long discussion, it seems as though this was the first time he's had a dream that saw the future. And that future was the accident and how Hong-Joo was going to get wrongly blamed for it.
 Jae-Chan doesn't really believe she can see the future like Hong-Joo claims she can, he feels those dreams are controlling her life and he's probably right. But the problem is all of her dreams do come true and almost all have a fatal ending. At least for now Jae-Chan doesn't take much stock in what she says, he actually hasn't seen any of her dreams come true though the pair did just meet.
 There was a surprise guest this for these two episodes and she may be in another one or two though it was just supposed to be a cameo. That guest is Kim So-Hyun, you may remember her from the "Bring it on Ghost" drama from last year which I did a partial recap of, think they were until the sixth show but did finish the series and thought it was enjoyable but more of a teen drama. She plays
So-Yoon who is an eighteen year old student and also a virtuoso at the piano, she was the one giving the recital that Jae-Chan's brother wanted to attend before the accident.

 From that top screenshot what happened was that So-Yoon's mother had passed out after the recital. As was noted by a medical attendant the reason for her passing out was because of her pain, she had six broken ribs and the damage was done by her husband. He insisted that the injuries weren't his fault though they fell on deaf ears and he was arrested.
 The husband's name is Park and the case went to the prosecutor's office. The lawyer representing him was Yoo-Bum, if you read the first recap you know what kind of conniving person he is. This wasn't the first time Park has been arrested on DV charges, he's a regular with Yoo-Bum and has put him on his payroll to keep him out of jail for crimes like this one. That's been successful 100% of the time in the past and was once again for this incident.
 Jae-Chan who is a new prosecutor wants to charge Park with an injury case versus an assault case, with the former a person can go to jail. But Yoo-Bum has fixed up some documents, they stated that the wife's broken ribs were from a skiing trip on February 10th, it's now the 18th and the year is still 2016. Jae-Chan has no choice but to go with the lesser charge, he knows the documents were forged but is helpless to do anything about it, plus the wife won't file charges. The two have some heated words in front of many of the office workers, this rivalry is soon to become even more intense.

 Prior to going into the office for the day Jae-Chan had met up with Hong-Joo. Her dream from the previous night showed her what his routine would be that morning, for once there was no death in one of her dreams. She had known he would stop at a certain coffee shop and what he would order, before he had arrived she had placed his order for him. Also there had been a group of young girls playing with a balloon that got stuck in a tree.
 Hong-Joo had told the group to wait for Jae-Chan to get it for them as he would be passing by in a minute. He did and got the balloon down for them, one girl said 'Thank you Mr. Jae-Chan', that left him perplexed knowing she somehow knew his name. When they meet up on the subway Hong-Joo gives him an umbrella telling him he would need it later. He gave it back to her but that was a mistake as later it ended up pouring leaving him rather wet.
 Once again the two have a discussion, now Jae-Chan tells her to leave him alone as he still doesn't believe that she can see the future in her dreams. She's not the only one who can see the future as we meet a young boy and don't know if he's going to be a regular character. Actually it wasn't a boy but instead a girl, she had her hair cut very short and until the end when it was revealed it was a girl we all thought, that includes everyone in the show, that the kid was a boy.

 The young girl's name was never mentioned and it's not in any cast list so just will refer to her as the little/young girl who is about ten years old. She had a dream the previous night her father would get killed in a bus accident caused by an explosion, the father is a bus driver. The father is driving on his regular route when his daughter gets on the bus, she skipped school because she was so worried.
 Right after she got on the bus someone else did, a soldier with a huge bag. On the radio was a report of a soldier who had fled his base with a loaded gun and grenades, the father thought better safe than sorry and stopped the bus. He asked the passengers to get off as there were some problems with the tires, he also told his daughter to get off.
 Everyone did depart except for one person who was the AWOL soldier. The driver started talking with him and asked him to get off the bus too, he even wondered if he would help him check the tires. Those were the last words spoken by the father as the soldier took out the grenades and the whole bus went up in flames killing the two instantly. Briefly we saw the daughter again at the end of the fourth episode, she's all alone and confused but if she does have the ability to see the future perhaps she'll be working with Hong-Joo and Jae-Chan but that's just a guess.

 That bottom screenshot is of prosecutor Hee-Min who we met briefly in these two episodes. She knows Jae-Chan as the pair had attended the same college, he tries to treat her as an old friend but she's very cold to him though it looks like the character will be an important one as time goes on.
 Back to So-Yoon who goes to the same high school as Jae-Chan's brother Seung-Won. The two know each other and think somewhat well though So-Yoon wishes that they didn't know each other. She doesn't hate Seung-Won but it could be because her older brother is a prosecutor and she despises them. The DV charges against her father wasn't the first time it's happened and in her mind it won't be the last as with the help of Yoo-Bum her father always gets away with the crime.
 So-Yoon has been planning to kill her father, she was looking up how to order some chemicals and poisons to use on her father when Seung-Won noticed what she was doing. She told him why she has to kill him, she can't go on any longer with what's being done to her mother as the court system to her is just a huge joke.

 Don't know if any of these recaps for this series will be short, can't believe how many things keep happening in a half hour show. But we're getting close to the end and Jae-Chan has had another dream which was about his brother though he didn't know all of the details. In it he saw Seung-Won being arrested and put in a police car but for what charge he didn't know.
 Jae-Chan was in dire need of advice after the dream, the only person he knew that could help him was Hong-Joo so he broke down and visited her. Two nights before Hong-Joo also had a dream about his brother Seung-Won but until now she didn't know the two were brothers. In her dream
Seung-Won was arrested for murder, he did the crime because of his brother but Hong-Joo didn't know any more than that.
 No thrilling cliffhanger as the final two scenes flipped back and forth. The other one was that
Seung-Won had followed So-Joon to a store, she was getting ready to buy some anti-freeze and wonder if she was going to use it somehow on her father? If so Seung-Won is probably involved and that's why he was in the dreams of Jae-Chan and Hong-Joo. Looks like Jae-Chan is starting to believe that she can see the future, now what the pair needs to do is find out what is exactly going to happen and to find Seung-Won before he's involved in murder.

 As mentioned no thrilling cliffhanger but still a very edgy ending to the fourth episode, so far every show has been a winner and glad I took a chance on this drama. Writing two recaps in a day is something I haven't done for a while and my brain is a bit mushy right now. Don't know how others can do about five a day with about 25,000 words, don't envy them but it must take a lot of time between watching and then writing about it.
 Then again I'm not a fan at all of those 5,000+ word reviews, can get a bit tiring to read plus why tell the readers every single thing that happened. Personally I don't peruse them because if you know everything that happens it kind of takes the fun and curiosity out of watching them.
 So far am enjoying this drama immensely, the next four shows air next Wednesday and Thursday. Will try to recap all four every week and probably will be able to do it for a while but will eventually fall behind as there's another series beginning soon that I'll be posting about. Next recaps should be out about the same time next week and would recommend viewing it for as of now it's been quite an interesting drama and have a feeling they episodes are going to get even better.

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