K-Drama Reaction: While You Were Sleeping | Episodes 23-24

We, sometimes, are too harsh with ourselves.

Cause and Effect

That was one heart-stopping trial. Jung Jae-chan (Lee Jong-suk) had a hard time persecuting writer Moon Tae-min because of the devil-tongued lawyer, Lee Yoo-beom (Lee Sang-yeob). As Jae-chan managed to make a strong argument from the evidence he has, Yoo-beom tried to use some loose parts of the law to defend the accused. This part really made my blood boil and at the same time wail for the victim’s father. The drama successfully showed the hard truth: the law can bend to those in power. There wouldn’t always be a Jae-chan who would fight for those falsely treated by this world.

Lessons From Trials

Nam Hong-joo (Bae Suzy) has been blaming herself for the death of her father and Jae-chan’s injury. She’s been carrying the burden of something that she’s not in control of. Jae-chan’s closing argument during the murder trial made her realized it wasn’t her fault. Even if she interfered, she can’t change anything because she’s not the reason why such thing happens. It’s a relief to see her free herself from that burden. I now understand why her mother had to be so cold with Jae-chan. She knew all along how her daughter suffers internally and she had to make sure she is strong enough to take another risk.

A Gallery of Hints

I enjoy watching legal and crime dramas but my theories are always wrong. It’s different when it comes to storytelling, I always predicted plot twists correctly. But it seems my plot-solving skills are rusty recently as I can’t seem to foretell what would happen next with this series. There were a lot of new things introduced in this episode but I can’t come up with solid conclusions to the character’s future. The green umbrella, Hong-joo’s death, Woo-tak’s secret, Yoo-beom’s past, and the murderer’s son. I know everything are foreshadowing to the next act but I can’t really tell how they’ll be used.

Maknae’s Episode Verdict

I recently had a conversation with Grumpy Ahjumma about While You Were Sleeping. We share the same frustration with the series. Each new cases are exciting as they are but the main plot fell flat. It’s not strong enough to make me excited and shout “pali! pali!” to know the ending. But it seems that the next few episodes will finally fill this void.

Afterthoughts of a Dongsaeng

– I’m trying to figure out Woo-tak’s secret ever since it was revealed a few episodes ago but I can’t solve it. Is he color-blind?

– I really like Hong-joo’s omoni.

– I shed a tear seeing how determined Prosecutor Son Woo-joo is during the trial. She doesn’t want another parent suffering because of her son. She did her best to at least pay back her son’s savior.

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for this. Woo Tak has several secrets, but the one that was revealed in the last episode is that he is color blind – (red/green). This has implications/impact on his performance as a police officer as when it comes to investigation, giving testimony this can create some problems. Even in daily living eg. crossing the street or driving and misinterpreting the sign – red (stop) green (go). Hong Joo found out this secret after testing him out about it. In the case of testimony, the defense lawyer or even prosecutor should they know this fact can use it against him. Color blindness occurs more in males than females and I don’t know if it falls as an eligibility requirement when applying for certain jobs, given the nature of this one it may be or should be. Its not that it makes him unfit but more limited in the work that he does.

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    1. I just read your comment after watching the latest ep. And yep, I saw its implications too. I just thought his secret is that he was a serial killer or something similar. I didn’t even realize Hong-joo’s request was a test. I wonder if they’ll use this on future conflicts tho.

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