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Saturday, November 18, 2017

"While You Were Sleeping" drama: episode 25 recap


 Air Dates: September 27th to November 16th on SBS, airs Wednesday and Thursday nights at 10:00 pm, two episodes per night
 Rating(Nielsen) for the this episode- 6.8%

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
Bae Hye-Sun as Son Woo-Joo
Hwang Young-Hee as Yoon Moon-Sun
Park Jin-Joo as Moon Hyang-Mi
Kim So-Hyun as Park So-Yoon
Lee Yoo-Joon as Oh Kyung-Han

 Know that I wrote that update yesterday about the upcoming posts for this fine drama. But got to thinking that it would be one chore to read through all eight recaps at one sitting, I've been there too and it can get a bit tiring. These recaps are just medium in length but to read eight in a row is asking a lot. 
  So thought I'd post four of them now and do the other four on Monday, still have three episodes to watch. This should work out better for all of us and think the write up four recaps turned out well for a change. It's been a superb series up until now but the action and intensity really picked up for episodes 26-28 and know Yoo-Bum fans will enjoy reading those.

You may have noticed a change in the title, up until now it's always been episodes as I've been able to squeeze two shows into one post. For the last eight will devote one post for an episode, no clue how the series will end and perhaps the final episodes will be so chock full of info and happenings. If that happens smaller posts will be easier then for all of us, plus took more screenshots than usual for this episode so thought it' may have been confusing mixing them in with another show.




 Not sure why I took so many screenshots, this was the shortest show to date at 29 minutes in length. Plus it may have been the slowest episode by far, that opening scene between Hong-Joo and
Jae-Chan lasted for over five minutes but seemed like fifty and have to admit I was about to nod off. All they discussed was the police officer that they had met thirteen years, he's the brother of the man who was the killer of both Hong-Joo's and Jae-Chan's father. They were wondering about the man, actually Hong-Joo was doing more of the wondering such as asking if we was still alive.
 Jae-Chan didn't give her a straight answer but he knows the man, who has remained unnamed until now, is still alive. He felt so guilty for what his brother had done he sends money to Jae-Chan and his brother every month, he's been doing it for almost a decade now. Jae-Chan has never spent any of the money and it must be a hefty amount by now as the envelopes are piling up in a desk. Above are young two men, one that you've seen plenty of is Seung-Won who is Jae-Chan's brother.
 The other man, both are eighteen year old high school students, is Myung Dae-Gu. He's holding the ashes of this father who had just been cremated, the father's name was Myung Yi-Suk. A few years before he had been arrested for being a serial killer though he maintained his innocence. That did no good in court as he was found guilty but Dae-Gu believed in his father. It was supposed to be a seven year sentence but his father couldn't make it that long in prison and killed himself. You can see in the bottom screenshot who who the prosecutor was, was there any doubt about that????




 This still ended up being the slowest of all 25 episodes but the pace did pick up a bit after the halfway point. What would have really helped the show out is if we saw more of Yoo-Bum, his screen time consisted of about a minute and five lines or so. He is the most hated character but he's also the one who has carried the series more than anyone, when he's on the screen you know things will be intense and know we'll be seeing a lot of him after this episode.
 Bit of a unique outfit for Hong-Joo, don't think she wears that down to her local pub on the weekends. Then again she could as the good news about Suzy is that she's back to being sans a boyfriend, do think the media made their relationship bigger than it was. The SBC station where she works has a special feature called 'Three Day Experiment', her suggestion was to have someone pretend to be pregnant for three days to see how much a woman suffers.
 Her producer agrees but that's not the assignment Hong-Joo will be doing, instead she's getting one that she really wanted which is to follow around the best prosecutor for three days. Naturally everyone at the station thought she'd be assigned to Jae-Chan as those two have become a hot item at the station and also at the prosecutor's office. But to her disappointment she was to follow Hee-Min who most feel is the best in the office. It was her only big scene but Hee-Min's performance was the best by far of anyone in this episode, what a vampy prosecutor she can be. 😍




 Hong-Joo was definitely impressed with Hee-Min who can also speak perfect English, some criminal claimed he couldn't speak Korean and she quickly put him in his place. Sung-Hee who plays her can speak perfect English as she was born in America and lived there for a while. A big development for future episodes and what should be the next story is about the elder Myujng's imprisonment and death. His son Dae-Gu has his final will and also some letters of appeal that he had written. He passed them on to his friend Seung-Won who then asked his brother Jae-Chan to read them.
 Jae-Chan had refused at first, he said all criminals claim they're innocent. But when he heard that Yoo-Bum was the prosecutor he quickly changed his mind and started to read every word that Myung had written about the case. We don't know the full details yet but the killings were done by an intravenous drip, perhaps there was a poison in it? Jae-Chan hasn't told anyone yet but it looks like he may start digging into the old case, actually I'm certain he will and can't wait for that to happen.




 Don't always go 100% in order of the events, close to it but sometimes it's easier to understand by combining two scenes together. That way you don't have to scroll back looking for what had been previously written. For such a short episode thought the recap would be done by now but there were a few other happenings. One is a new thought from our dreaming trio and it may become a big part of the story soon.
 Woo-Tak thinks their dreams have been connected because they have saved another person's life. Jae-Chan had saved Woo-Tak's live, now Woo-Tak's dreams are about Jae-Chan. Meanwhile
Jae-Chan dreams about Hong-Joo because she saved his life thirteen years before. It doesn't matter for Hong-Joo as she's had the ability to dream about future events since she was a child and dreams about any person, the other two didn't start dreaming until their lives were saved.
 As you can see that bottom screenshot above was from a dream about Hong-Joo dying. The person who had the dream was the police officer from thirteen years ago, we still haven't learned his name but he can dream about Hong-Joo as she had saved his life. The trio have become very curious about the man and think they'll start searching for him soon.




 Sure we'll eventually learn the name of the man who is dreaming about Hong-Joo, at the top above is the dream he had of her dying which is in a fire. So far no one has had a dream of Jae-Chan at that incident but still seven shows to go. On to the final bit from this episode and it ends on a mysterious note, like many events it'll just be a mystery until the next episode. That man above, another person who is unnamed for now, is a cellphone thief.
 We witnessed him stealing four of them from a cafe, after his thefts he usually meets a dealer to sell them. The police are on his tail and have trailed him to his house where has a huge stash of phones. No arrest was done as his dealer wasn't present and almost forgot to add this detail in. That night the thief had received a message on one of the stolen phones. The message said they would pay $10,000 to get the phone back, the offer was too good to refuse to the thief so the exchange will take place the following morning.
 Detective Ko was head of the case and the following day trailed the thief to the meeting. The pair had realized they were being watched and split up with the thief not getting his money but the other man had the phone.  Woo-Tak and his partner happened to be in the vicinity when that man with the phone was being chased by Ko and they saw he needed help. Woo-Tak had an eerie experience, least it was for us, as he couldn't quite focus his eyes. Seemed as though he was color blind for a few seconds but that ability helped him locate the suspect who was running through a huge crowd.
  Detective Ko was bushed so Woo-Tak and his partner continued the pursuit and eventually were able to corner him. Woo-Tak impressed me with his fighting skills as he did a drop kick that would make any WWE wrestler proud and the suspect was then placed under arrest. But before he was arrested the man, another unnamed one, tossed the phone into a river where it'll never be recovered. That was the final event of this show, still surprised how much happened after the first five minutes.




Haven't viewed the next episode yet and that's the way it'll continue on to the end. Going to view a show, then post about it and think it works out better this way. Though there are a lot of times I have to say unnamed man or mystery because of not knowing what took place in the following show but like that not knowing as it keeps the curiosity level high.




















"While You Were Sleeping" drama: episode 26 recap


 Air Dates: September 27th to November 16th on SBS, airs Wednesday and Thursday nights at 10:00 pm, two episodes per night
 Rating(Nielsen) for the this episode- 8.6%

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
Bae Hye-Sun as Son Woo-Joo
Hwang Young-Hee as Yoon Moon-Sun
Park Jin-Joo as Moon Hyang-Mi
Kim So-Hyun as Park So-Yoon
Lee Yoo-Joon as Oh Kyung-Han

 Was hoping this would be a shorter recap than the above one, that may not be possible(actually was) as more may have happened in this episode than any other one. Plus we learned one incredible detail in the final few minutes of the show which I'm sure many of us never would have imagined. Previous recap ended off with two men being arrested, one for stealing cellphones and the other for fleeing the scene of a possible crime. Last show we never did learn the man who stole phones for a living but we learned in this show his name is Park and he plays a key role in the story.




 The past few episodes the screen time for Woo-Tak has gone way down, same thing has happened to Yoo-Bum but both play important roles so we should see more of them soon. That man above had offered Park $10,000 for the stolen phone, even though he was willing to pay that much he still ended up tossing it into a river rather than let the police see what was on it. That man never committed an actual crime so was eventually released and we'll see him once more near the show's conclusion.
 The thief who is Park will be arrested as he's a habitual criminal, he gives a sob story to Jae-Chan about his unfortunate life which almost worked. But Jae-Chan's supervisor Park overheard everything and demanded he be charged and arrested, the boss shares the exact same name as the criminal. Ten years prior the man had been arrested for the same crime, at the time he had given the same story to the prosecutor about how his wife left him, he had lost his job and his daughter was ill.
 But for that incident ten years ago the prosecutor in charge didn't do his job, what Park had said back then was true and because his story wasn't believed his nine year old daughter died. Think that
Jae-Chan's boss was the prosecutor at the time, Jae-Chan eventually told him what Park had said was true and someone screwed up badly which resulted in a nine year old girl dying. The boss wasn't too happy with what he heard, he doesn't like it when Jae-Chan goes that extra mile but at least Jae-Chan will keep his mouth shut with what he's discovered.




 Jae-Chan had done a lot digging about Park's past, it can't change his current situation but Park was impressed that Jae-Chan had believed him. Much of his story had been true, his daughter did die, he was a civil servant who worked as a mailman plus his wife had left him. Park felt that Jae-Chan deserved a favor so he passed him the USB chip from the phone that was worth $10,000 to that other man. He had taken it out prior to the deal, the other man didn't know that had happened. Park correctly thought there must be some important info on the phone which is why he passed it on to Jae-Chan, may even help his upcoming trial sentence by doing that.
 The chip was loaded with pictures, Jae-Chan was scrolling through them but getting nowhere as they were all pics of animals and other useless things. Hong-Joo is still hanging around as she's doing a report for her station's 'Three Day Experiment' show. She's supposed to be filming Hee-Min  but can't as she's in a trial where no cameras are allowed so for the day she's in Jae-Chan's office The one huge bummer for this episode was not seeing Hee-Min in it, least we still have our memories....
 Jae-Chan had leapt out of his chair to stop Hong-Joo from filming the pics on the chip, all have been meaningless but there's still procedure to follow. Meanwhile his assistant Choi slid into Jae-Chan's chair and began looking at the remaining pics. He had more success as he's discovered some pictures of people, no one else knew who they were. Choi did though and revealed they were the victims of the serial killer from three years ago, he had killed them intravenously. The pictures were all taken of them at a hospital, possibly just before they were killed.




 But what of the other eight people who were at a hospital, are they also dead and did the original investigation miss those deaths? Needed a break from writing so viewed the following show, will just give one spoiler and that's that the eight weren't missed. They are also dead but how that happened won't be explained until the next recap. Choi's role has been getting bigger as the show goes on, there's no way Jae-Chan could do as good if a job of he wasn't around and to think that one time Choi worked for Yoo-Bum.
 We never did see Yoo-Bum in this episode but he's been trying to get Choi to work at his legal firm, Choi knows about many of his dark secrets and it'd be easier for Yoo-Bum to keep tabs on him at his own office. Back to the happenings and though this was the best episode there weren't as many new developments. The key to everything is finding the man Yoon-Pyo, he's the one that offered the $10,000 reward for the stolen cellphone. We see him briefly towards the end of the show, we're not too far away from the end. He's walking in a desolate area near a river, he arrives at a small building which could be where he lives.




 That's Yoon-Pyo talking to the owner of the cellphone which Park had stolen, Yoon-Pyo was the middle man to get it back. He did but had to throw it in a river before the police could confiscate it, unknown to him Park had taken the USB drive out which Jae-Chan now has and now he's on the hunt for Yoon-Pyo. Upon arriving at his so called residence he finds a hooded man waiting for him, very few words were spoken as quickly Yoon-Pyo's life was snuffed out.
 But the authorities know the address and are on their way to arrest him again, they realize Yoon-Pyo didn't commit the other eight murders but he's their only link to the actual killer. Hong-Joo has found out the address too, she sneaks to the river front building during the night and why would you go then? No answer for that as there usually isn't in a drama, no suspense yet at the building as the door was unlocked and she waltzed right in discovering a familiar face was already there.




 As you can see Jae-Chan was at the house, not sure who he was waiting for as Yoon-Pyo had been lying on his bed dead. Sure Jae-Chan knew the killer was long gone, wonder why he didn't call up for an ambulance or more police? Not many words were spoken between the pair but they soon heard a clicking at the door. Outside that same hooded man had clamped a padlock over the door trapping the two. Shortly after is when the terror starts as the man begins to pump a liquid into the house.
 Not just any liquid as it was gas, of course the unknown figure needed it for a fire which he started and is quickly was blazing out of control. Jae-Chan attempted to break the windows and had no success with that, the flames are increasing rapidly and looks like there's no chance of escape. There has to be as there's six episodes left, outside we see a figure running as fast as possible to the house. To the rescue once again is Choi but can he get there in time?
 He does but is having no success in trying to break the lock, like all dramas he eventually does by smashing a rock on it which never happens in real life. But the main point is our two stars, Jae-Chan and Hong-Joo, are now safe thanks to the heroic efforts of Choi. Not much was said between the three outside the house during this episode but the conversation does begin anew in the next show. One more item to tell you about which may be the biggest one to date.




 The man on the right in the above pic is Choi from thirteen years ago, he's the officer whose brother had killed the father of both Jae-Chan and Hong-Joo. After his brother's actions Choi had attempted to drown himself but was saved by the pair, more so by Hong-Joo and he's been seeing her in his dreams since then and this fire was one he knew was going to happen which is how he came to be there. There will be more details about this discovery coming out but as strange as it seems only us viewers know about it.
 For some reason Jae-Chan and Hong-Joo haven't put all of the facts together which should have been easy for them to realize, one other spoiler is that they still don't know who Choi is or about his past throughout the next show.
 Not as long of a recap as I expected but too long to fit a second episode in. To date it's been the best show of all 26 but wouldn't doubt of one of the remaining episodes will top it. Next post is for the 27th episode, not as much action in it but the intensity level is getting much higher. If that post doesn't show up when you go to the next page,didn't for me, you have to click on the title for it which is on the right, way too often posts disappear when you do many in a row.