As our daydream continues, we see a home torn apart. Shattered glass and white down feathers litter every surface of the house. But who’s house is it? So Yoon calls her mother to check on her and when she does her mom asks her to spend the night at a friend’s house since she and her husband have something to “discuss”. So Yoon’s mother quickly hangs up on her, causing So Yoon to be even more fearful than before. We now know why she went to the store to buy antifreeze. We flash forward to So Yoon’s encounter with Seung Won at the store. Initially, she is angry with Seung Won but when she learns that his brother, Jae Chan, is the prosecutor that dismissed her father’s case, she is shocked. Seung Won’s phone rings and we see that it is Jae Chan. Seung Won does not answer his phone.
Jae Chan desperately dials Seung Won’s phone again but he still receives no answer. He takes off running with Hong Ju not far behind him. Hong Ju believes the best chance to find Seung Won is to compare dreams with Jae Chan. She describes a nice apartment with a piano at the center of her dream. A man and woman are fighting but it can’t really be described as a fight but more of a beating since the woman is unable to defend herself. The man in the dream grabs the metronome off of the piano and raises it over the woman’s head just as their daughter and a friend arrive home. The young man rushes forward and engages the girl’s father, while the girl does her best to protect her mother. The man aims the metronome at the young man but he ducks the device, sending it crashing through the window. The man then reaches for a golf club and rushes towards the young man. He swings the club wildly and his momentum sends him crashing through the same window that the metronome with through. Just like the metronome, the man falls towards the pavement below, landing on the roof of a parked car. Both metronome and man have met their death in very similar ways. Upstairs in the disheveled apartment, the young man kneels in front of the shattered window and answers his phone. He is in tears as he bitterly tells his brother that it is his fault that he is a murderer. Jae Chan thinks back and realizes that the case he so easily dismissed could be what Hong Ju dreamed about. He asks her for any other details and Hong Ju remembers seeing two moons out of the shattered window. Jae Chan and Hong Ju scan their surroundings and find two large white advertising balloons floating in the night sky, tethered to a nearby building.
Officer Han Woo Tak sleeps in the passenger seat of his patrol car while his partner drives. He dreams of sitting next to a young man in the back seat of the same patrol car. The young man is in handcuffs and he fearfully protests his innocence. Officer Han wakes and his partner tells him that he is experiencing some severe gastrointestinal distress. The two switch positions but as they do, Officer Han sees Jae Chan running across the street. He recognizes Jae Chan as the man who saved his life on Valentine’s day and decides to follow him. His partner begins to sweat as a rotten oyster makes its way through his digestive system.
At So Yoon’s house, her parents are talking about their recent “disagreement”. Her mother has written a list of things that she wants as payment for signing the document that released her husband. But it isn’t really her idea. He promised her that he would do anything for her if only she would sign the document. Now that he’s free, he laughs at her requests and throws the case file up in the air to let her know that the papers and her request are worthless to him. He begins to tear apart the apartment, using a golf club to smash anything made of glass. So Yoon’s mother tries to pick up the documents as if they are armor enough to save her from another beating. Just as her husband moves to put his hands on her, the building fire alarm begins to ring. They both stand frozen for a moment not entirely sure what to do.
Downstairs in the lobby, Hong Ju had her finger firmly on the fire alarm. At the elevators, Jae Chan appears just as Seung Won and So Yoon are about to step out. Jae Chan grabs the front of Seung Won’s jacket and pulls him out of the elevator and away from So Yoon. Jae Chan looks at his brother at first with fury and then his expression softens to one of relief. Seung Won is in shock as his brother pulls him out of the building.
Out on the sidewalk, evacuated residents point to Hong Ju as the one who pulled the fire alarm and accuses her of pulling a prank. She assures them that she thought she saw smoke. When her reply isn’t confident enough she adds that she smelled smoke too. The crowd starts to get even angrier until Officer Han steps between Hong Ju and the residents and confirms Hong Ju’s story. Meanwhile, Jae Chan scolds Seung Won for not going straight home like he told him to. Seung Won angrily tells Jae Chan that he is the worst brother and he is ashamed of him. He says that he is an awful prosecutor to let someone like So Yoon’s father off the hook for beating her mother. Jae Chan is speechless as his brother pushes past him and walks away. Hong Ju has located So Yoon and her mother and offered them a place to stay for the night. They stand on the side of the road trying to get a cab but without any luck. Officer Han sees the three women waiting in the street. He offers the women a ride much to his partner’s embarrassment. He now not only has to hold on to the load he is carrying but now he can’t even fart.
Jae Chan arrives home and drops to his bed in exhaustion. He sees the family picture next to his bed and remembers his mother’s reaction to the motorcycle accident. She screamed and yelled while holding a flaming charcoal cylinder. His father stood by him and did his best to understand why his teenage son did what he did. No explanation was satisfactory for his mother and she had booted both of them out to sleep on the roof in the cold. All the while, Seung Won sat at the table and colored a happy picture of his family. Later that night, as he and his father sat on the roof, freezing, Seung Won came to them with sleeping bags and an electric heater. He was also instructed to deliver the message that the sleeping bags and heater were most definitely not from his mother. While Jae Chan was sleeping that night, his father had apologized to him for not being a great dad and for placing too much pressure on him with all of his expectations. Mr. Jung tells his sleeping son that he wants him to enter the workforce at a higher level than he did. They are the sweet confessions of a kind and understanding parent but they do not fall on sleeping ears. Jae Chan hears every word. Jae Chan quietly cries as he hears his father’s wishes for his future.
Hong Ju wakes herself from a dream about kissing Jae Chan. She can’t believe she is the one who kissed him first and she squeals in frustration at the idea that she would be so mushy. Out in the kitchen, Hong Ju’s mother finds that breakfast has already been prepared by So Yoon’s mother. Hong Ju calls from the bathroom asking for the plunger. Someone has left a giant turd in the toilet and it’s clogging up the plumbing. So Yoon is quick to say that the turd isn’t hers. Meanwhile, Jae Chan makes breakfast for Seung Won and manages to get a grease burn on his forehead and a cut on his finger in the process. When a still angry Seung Won emerges from his room, he refuses the not so carefully prepared breakfast and runs out the door. Back at Hong Ju’s house, the girls have managed to find something to fight about. Hong Ju tries to convince So Yoon that Jae Chan will reinvestigate her father’s case. So Yoon is so completely opposed to any prosecutor that she won’t even entertain the idea that one could or would actually help her mother. The argument spills out into the front room while the mother’s remain in the kitchen. So Yoon’s mother apologizes and blames the fact that So Yoon is an only child for her difficult attitude. Hong Ju’s mother smiles and says “I try to be grateful that I don’t have two of her” since she also has a daughter that is an only child.
Later that morning, Hong Ju catches up with Jae Chan on the street. She notices the blister on his head and the cut on his finger and asks what happened to him. He explains that he made breakfast. Suddenly, Hong Ju runs away from him without a word. “The Weird One” is a well-earned title. She returns a short time later with ointment and band-aids for Jae Chan’s injuries. She carefully bandages his wounds not knowing that he has ointment and band-aids in his backpack. Still, he knows and he allows her to play Florence Nightengale. When she finishes, they both stare out the window to watch the rain.
With the rain comes a memory for Jae Chan. It is a few years later or maybe a week. Who knows since Jae Chan’s hair color has changed from bleach blond to raven black. Anyway, a young Jae Chan catches up with is police officer father at a local convenience store. He promises his father that he will enter the workforce at a higher level than a grade 9 civil servant and then asks his father what exactly that might entail. His father is surprised to learn that his son overheard all of his warm wishes that cold night on the roof. Now we snap back to the present as Jae Chan and Hong Ju stand at a bus stop.Jae Chan mentions Hong Ju’s glasses and she asks if he likes her better without them. She then teases him mercilessly about falling in love with her. Next, they discuss the events of the previous evening and Jae Chan expresses some misgivings about reinvestigating Mr. Park’s case. He is sure that if he presses the issue he’ll get fired or sent to a far-off outpost for troublemaking lawyers. Hong Ju rattles off six numbers and tells Jae Chan that they are that evening’s lottery numbers. She says she saw them in her dream but that she never plays the numbers she sees. It is a trick, of course, to give Jae Chan a little more confidence about pursuing the case. This time it is Jae Chan who hails a cab just to get away from Hong Ju. It is delightful payback from both directions.
On his way to test drive a car, Jae Chan runs into Yu Beom. Jae Chan expresses his intention to keep So Yoon’s father’s case open. Yu Beom is naturally resistant to the idea and becomes argumentative with Jae Chan. This only serves to stiffen Jae Chan’s resolve and he gives back everything that Yu Beom tries to dish out. When the two men part ways, Jae Chan does his best to remain confident until Yu Beom is out of sight. Once separated from his work rival, Jae Chan goes into panic mode. He quickly makes his way to the office and manages to catch Mr. Park’s case file before it makes it to Dae Young’s desk.
Jae Chan then asks Mr. Choi to contact Yu Beom and request that Mr. Park Jun Mo, his wife Ms. Mo and the doctor from the hospital that treated her, be called for depositions. This doesn’t make Mr. Choi or Yu Beom happy at all and ultimately Jae Chan is called in for a meeting with the big boss. On the way to Mr. Park’s office, Jae Chan rattles off the lottery numbers over and over again to be sure he doesn’t forget them. Once the meeting begins, Mr. Park quickly cuts to the chase and asks Jae Chan if he isn’t pursuing this case because of his rivalry with Yu Beom. Jae Chan explains that there is reason to believe that Park Jun Mo is a habitual abuser. Mr. Park begins to complain loudly about the backlog of cases and how the one that Jae Chan is reexamining will only serve to slow things down even more. Jae Chan boldly tells Mr. Park that he doesn’t care if he understands his reasons for reexamining the case but he is sure that if he doesn’t that it will return to them in a much crueler form. All the while, Secretary Min is distributing every detail of the meeting via electronic office messenger. Each communication sets the office abuzz, drawing condemnation from some coworkers and admiration from others.
Later, Jae Chan test drives a racy red sedan. He asks the salesman about the possibility of a second vehicle which practically sends dollar signs pouring from his eyes. Jae Chan happens to see Hong Ju on the sidewalk and pulls over for a quick chat. As he talks to Hong Ju, the salesman calls his wife and tells her about his current customer and the expected commission he will make selling two cars at once. It is the epitome of counting your chickens before they hatch. Out on the sidewalk, Jae Chan finds out that the lottery numbers were just a joke. The information sends his confidence straight to the basement. He returns to the car and the joyful salesman with a much less confident attitude. When the salesman starts asking questions to close the deal, Jae Chan provides answers that are very disappointing.
Jae Chan returns to the office and hides in a storage room to reevaluate his life choices. Prosecutor Shin comes into the darkened office to hide as well. She is gossiping on her cell phone about Jae Chan and his recklessly bold behavior. She has a few choice words to say about his attitude before she realizes she is not alone in the office. Jae Chan confronts her about the case and asks her why she swept it under the rug the last time Park Jun Mo was accused of assaulting his wife. Prosecutor Shin explains that often, the cases are not pursued because they are filed against the breadwinner of the family and the alternative seems far worse. To take a woman who has been provided for most of her life and throw her back into the workforce to struggle and provide for herself and her children seems the crueler side of the coin.
Now we return to the memory of a young Jae Chan and his father. Jae Chan wanted to know what he needed to do to fulfill his father’s wish and explains to Jae Chan that he will need to take the bar exam if he is to be more successful than his father. Meanwhile, a young soldier carrying a large rucksack enters the convenience store and Officer Jung’s police instincts take over. He notices the muzzle of a rifle sticking out of the rucksack and he quickly asks Jae Chan if he will run home and bring his cell phone to him. Jae Chan quickly agrees with a smile and exits the store. As Jae Chan stands on the curb, shots ring out and the front window of the convenience store shatters. Jae Chan turns to see the young soldier running from the store, his rifle in his hand. Jae Chan runs into the store to find his father on the floor, a bullet wound in his chest. Jae Chan tries desperately to stop the bleeding but it is already too late. At the funeral, his father is hailed as a hero for saving lives, just as the bus driver that shares the same funeral hall is considered a hero for the same reason.
Jae Chan returns from the memory of his father’s death to find a young man staring at him. Jae Chan asks if there is something he can do for him and quickly finds his hand being shaken enthusiastically by the stranger. He introduces himself as Han Woo Tak, the man that Jae Chan saved on Valentines by wrecking his new car. Woo Tak quickly offers to treat Jae Chan to BBQ and Jae Chan accepts. They learn that they were both born in the year of the dragon. Woo Tak suggest that they speak informally like friends but Jae Chan is not so keen on the idea.
At Hong Ju’s BBQ restaurant, So Yoon tries to do some work to repay Hong Ju and her mother for helping her mother out of a bad situation although she claims she is doing it simply because she is bored. When she tries to carry a large bucket of dishes, Seung Won swoops in and takes the bucket from her. He scolds Hong Ju for making So Yoon do anything with her hands since she is a talented piano player. Just as Seung Won and So Yoon disappear inside the restaurant, Jae Chan and Woo Tak arrive. Woo Tak acts surprised to see Hong Ju and calls it a coincidence that he was suddenly craving pork belly, which ultimately brought him to her restaurant. He properly introduces himself to her and they learn that that Hong Ju was also born in the year of the dragon. Jae Chan watches while Woo Tak and Hong Ju chat happily with one another until he can’t bear the cuteness any longer. He strides between the two and into the restaurant. Hong Ju and Woo Tak look after him with amused confusion.
Once inside, Jae Chan asks Woo Tak if their meeting was not left to chance. Woo Tak says that he wanted to ask Jae Chan the same question and wonders aloud if it is fate that they are there together. We hear Woo Tak’s thoughts and learn that he dreamed about everything except he made a conscious choice to change things. His partner was the one who was supposed to be with him at the restaurant tonight and not Jae Chan. They had merely met on the street and exchanged greetings before going on to dinner. But Woo Tak left his partner behind and actively invited Jae Chan to dinner. While Jae Chan goes to the washroom, Woo Tak surveys the room and finds that everything else is exactly like his dream. From the register, Hong Ju’s mother calls for three bowls of Kimchi stew just as Jae Chan returns to the table. Jae Chan notices that Woo Tak is holding his hand up and counting backward from five. As his palm closes into a fist, the bells on the restaurant door ring loudly as someone enters. Jae Chan turns to see Yu Beom coming through the door. Hong Ju steps towards him and asks him why he is there. Yu Beom fixes his gaze on So Yoon and her mother and says that he is there to speak with them as “Mr. Park’s Attorney”. Woo Tak wonders to himself if the small change that he made will change the horrible events from his dream that are moments away from transpiring.
OK, OK….I think I’m starting to get it. In this particular episode, whenever it starts to rain is when we are shown a memory. It’s a little thing and really all they needed to make the back and forth between the present and past a little easier to understand. Of course, at this point, we are also a bit more familiar with the younger characters. I’m not a complete ding dong, I promise but usually when flashbacks happen there is some marker that makes it easier to understand that you are looking at the past. Clothing styles change, hairstyles change or even a softer focus while the main character looks forlornly into the distance are good ways to indicate a jump backward in time. And this drama hasn’t really had any of those. Now that the past stories are all but told, I wonder if we will get any more rainy flashbacks again.
I don’t have the same criticism of the dream sequences. They have all of the appropriate markings that let you know you are in the dream world. Most dramas don’t let you know that someone is dreaming because they don’t want you to know but for this drama, it is a critical element of the story and the more aware of the dream world we are the better.
I like that Hong Ju isn’t the only one with dreaming abilities and that the writers keep adding more and more people to the mix makes things fun. I wonder if any of the stuffy lawyers are dreamers too. Maybe that’s why Boss Park yelled at Jae Chan so much. Maybe he knows how things turn out if Jae Chan reopens the case.
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