Suspicious Partner Episode 10 “Yes, but I’d like to talk in person” (part 2) Recap
Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) has left the home of No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) were she was staying temporarily. He feels the loss of her bright presence in his house and his life.
Ji Wook gives Lawyer Byeon Young Hee (Lee Deok Hwa) his formal resignation letter. Lawyer Byeon asks if Ji Wook will strike out and start his own firm. Ji Wook confirms this. Lawyer Byeon wants to invest. Ji Wook says he won’t take dirty money. Lawyer Byeon notes someone that didn’t know could take that wrong.
Ji Wook grabs Assistant Jang (Jang Hyuk Jin) and informs him he’s starting his own firm and wants someone just like him to join him. Assistant Jang asks if that is a job offer. Ji Wook says no. Ha!
I missed in the Assistant Jang in last episode. He amps up this series in a different but equally important way. It would be awesome if Ji Wook, Bong Hee, and Assistant Jang all worked in the same firm! Fingers crossed….
Ji Wook converts part of his house into his office.
Lawyer Byeon tells Lawyer Ji Eun Hyuk (Choi Tae Joon) that he’s quitting to help Ji Wook start his new firm.
While Bong Hee teaches martial arts class, she is distracted by memories of Ji Wook expressing his concern and care for her. After class Ji Wook surprises her when he stops by.
Ji Wook asks Bong Hee is she’s giving up on being a lawyer. For the time being, she must. Ji Wook asks why Bong Hee is rejecting his offer of a job. Surprised, Bong Hee asks if that offer was a drunken request. Ji Wook says it was and still is an offer of employment. Bong Hee stares in his eyes to make sure he’s serious. Bong Hee is impressed he remembers making the initial offer. She wonders if he remembers being poised over her on his bed. Ji Wook claims not to remember anything else. Bong Hee considers his offer then refuses it stating she won’t be a leech on him again.
As she turns to walk away, Ji Wook stops her. Ji Wook says her forthright nature is appealing. He urges her to reconsider his sincere offer. As he strides away he congratulates himself on being uber-cool.
Ji Wook is right, he was uber-cool in that exchange. Bong Hee rejected the offer but Ji Wook effectively made her think twice. I know I want her to accept. Will she?
Bong Hee wrestles with herself – take the job and fall back into Ji Wook’s orbit or continue on her current path. She packs her belongs and rushes out to find a taxi. Ji Wook is waiting! He looks at his watch noting the short timeframe of 7 minutes it took for her to cave. Ha! They are both pleased with the situation. Ji Wook tells Bong Hee she’ll also be bait for the murderer that they will catch together. She smiles pleased that he’s committed to keeping that promise too.
When they arrive at Ji Wook’s house they are surprised to find Assistant Jang, Lawyer Byeon, and Lawyer Ji waiting for them. Lawyer Byeon is surprised a murderer will be working for the firm. Everyone gets riled up until Ji Wook yells in frustration that he’ll work by himself. Lawyer Ji promises to stay by Ji Wook’s side. To which, Ji Wook promptly throws him out.
Back in her bedroom, Bong Hee celebrates her good fortune.
Ji Wook doesn’t answer when Bong Hee asks if Lawyer Ji will be working with them.
Going out for a night walk, Ji Wook finds Lawyer Ji waiting for him. Ji Wook agrees to discuss the matter one time. As Lawyer Ji reminisces about their childhood antics, Ji Wook redirects him to the present. Then a trio of male students throw a cigarette at their feet. Lawyer Ji admonishes then. Ji Wook follows suit. When both men stand to face the students, they see the imposing physical presence. They decide retreat is the better part of valor. But then two more students arrive effectively sandwiching them. Ji Wook and Lawyer Ji discuss the lack of CCTV, that they can’t hurt the students beyond 3 weeks of hospitalization, and still try and flee. But their escape is blocked by even more students. The fight breaks out though it isn’t a manly-man fight.
After the fight, Ji Wook and Lawyer Ji lay on the ground subdued. Lawyer Ji thinks the words he wants to tell Ji Wook. That he liked Cha Yoo Jung (Nara) first. But when he found Yoo Jung declaring her affection for Ji Wook, he stepped aside. It was hard being the third wheel. Finally, he acted on his feelings for Yoo Jung and she responded. But Ji Wook found them. When Lawyer Ji offers his explanation, he keeps it simple. He can’t justify his actions. Ji Wook says he’ll never forgive him. He walks away. Lawyer Ji says he knows. Ji Wook looks back at his lifetime friend and admits to himself he’ll never cut them completely out of his life, because they were his rock, his center, for most of his life.
As expected, Lawyer Ji is the man Yoo Jung cheated with. I like Lawyer Ji, but his actions deserve censure by Ji Wook.
When Ji Wook gets home he’s unsuccessful at hiding his bruised face. He claims the fight was 30 to 2. Thankfully this gives Bong Hee an opportunity to tend to Ji Wook, leading to sweet looks between them. When Ji Wook sleeps on the couch, Bong Hee muses he sleeps deeply for insomniac.
Their chemistry is apparent and enjoyable to watch.
Lawyer Byeon and Assistant Jang plot how to convince Ji Wook to hire Lawyer Ji. Ji Wook allows Lawyer Byeon to hire Lawyer Ji much to his surprise.
As Bong Hee watching the news report on the murderer’s latest victim, a chef, she’s sad she’ll never see the handsome chef grace the TV screens again. Lawyer Ji and Ji Wook scoff at the chef’s looks.
The murderer smiles knowing he framed a man for the murder of the chef. Bong Hee wonders if the arrested suspect was frame just like she was. Ji Wook states the arrested suspect will be their first client.
This show is riddled with filler scenes to meet the necessary length for an episode. Suspicious Partner episodes zip by quickly. The fight scene is a perfect example of filler. Yes, it bonded Ji Wook and Lawyer Ji but they were poised to have the heart to heart anyhow. What I’m conveying is that Writer Kwon doesn’t densely pack plot into these episodes. Recently I’ve enjoyed rich, intricately plotted shows (Goblin and Tunnel come to mind). In comparison, Suspicious Partner is lacking. That doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying this series for what it is. But what Suspicious Partner is a show that excels when it focuses on fully fun and is okay otherwise. I love Ji Chang Wook, I’m watching for Ji Chang Wook. I’ve fallen for the character of Bong Hee, but Writer Kwon isn’t delivering a compelling plot in the first half and second half of these split 60 minute episodes. Therefore, my reactions swings from okay to enjoyable.
Production comment, the cinematographer loves the “through the glass” shot. Yesterday’s episode and today’s episode featured the blurry to clear camera shot.
Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) moves back into Bong Hee’s house and new firm. I’m happy about that.
No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) can’t forgive Lawyer Ji for sleeping with his former girlfriend, Yoo Jung. I don’t blame him. I’m glad he convinced Bong Hee to return to his life, home and firm.