Suspicious Partner Episode 9 “Yes, but I’d like to talk in person” Recap
When No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) tries to sneak out to work, Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) startles him as she’s getting ready to leave for work too. She notices she missed a call from the forensics guy. She wonders if the results of the DNA analysis from the murderer’s visit to her office is available. Bong Hee calls him and agrees to meet him at the station. The forensics guy / murderer is holding a knife near a freshly stabbed body. Yikes!
Ji Wook is surprised to step outside of his home and find Cha Yoo Jung (Nara) waiting for him. Ji Wook is stunned. Bong Hee sees them standing there. Immediately she realizes these two have a past history. She edges past the pair who can’t take their eyes off each other.
Yoo Jung doesn’t get the reaction she hoped for. Ji Wook isn’t interested in remembering their past. He’s straightforward, he’s over her. Yoo Jung pouts over his blunt words. Bong Hee watches and wonders what she should do to help Ji Wook out of a sticky situation.
Bong Hee sidles up to Ji Wook and introduces herself as Ji Wook’s current girlfriend. Yoo Jung recognizes Bong Hee and vice versa. Bong Hee cuddles Ji Wook’s arm and coos that they had a wild night. Ji Wook doesn’t play along but he doesn’t push her away either. Instead he stares into Yoo Jung’s upset eyes.
Realizing that Ji Wook is irked, Bong Hee explains she’s doing what he once did for her. Ji Wook recalls pretending to like Bong Hee in front of her ex-boyfriend. Ji Wook warns her not to get any ideas and extend this charade. She smiles and jokes she might call him her baby’s father. Ji Wook shudders.
The murderer looks at the body and leaves. Someone watches him from a window.
This murderer was covered with a mask all other occasions so he wouldn’t be recognized. Now he’s strolling unconcerned naked face in broad daylight? Why is he killing?
Yoo Jung thinks of happy times with Ji Wook.
Ji Wook thinks of happy times with Yoo Jung. He is lost in thought and forgets to drop Bong Hee off so she ends up at Ji Wook’s destination. As she starts to walk away Lawyer Ji Eun Hyuk (Choi Tae Joon) pulls up happy to see her. She snaps at him but he takes it like a champion claiming to have ample practice at being the receiver of tirades.
Inside Lawyer Byeon Young Hee (Lee Deok Hwa) tells Ji Wook that even though he’s the head lawyer he’s getting cut out of company decisions. Ji Wook is distracted and not listening which irks Lawyer Byeon. When Lawyer Ji arrives Lawyer Byeon barks at him for being late. Turns out its Lawyer Byeon’s birthday. Lawyer Ji gives Lawyer Byeon wine. Ji Wook gives Lawyer Byeon his resignation letter.
Lawyer Byeon thanks them for coming and leaves first. Lawyer Ji asks why Ji Wook resigned. Ji Wook states he doesn’t need to explain his actions to Lawyer Ji. He strides away. Lawyer Ji is surprised when Yoo Jung calls him and he ignores the call saying “she’s back”.
Did Yoo Jung have the affair with Lawyer Ji?
Yoo Jung asks Na Ji Hae (Kim Ye Won) about Bong Hee. Ji Hae gives her an earful about Bong Hee’s time as a murder suspect. Yoo Jung can’t believe she liked Bong Hee. Ji Hae tells her she has no taste in friends. Yoo Jung mutters she can’t believe Bong Hee is dating him. Ji Hae wonders what man would be stupid enough to date Bong Hee.
Bong Hee spies a depressed Ji Wook when he comes home. As he listens to sad music she watches him until he spots her. He makes them a snack. As they eat he warns her not to inquire about his past relationship. Instead, Bong Hee bluntly asks why he broke up with his former girlfriend. Ji Wook decides to be candid and explains he when to his girlfriend’s home and found her with another man. Bong Hee gets indignant on Ji Wook’s behalf. He has to smile at her sweet support.
A woman comes to the dead man’s house. She knows the access code. She goes and screams. The police send the forensics guy (murderer) to the crime scene to collect physical evidence.
That’s a sweet deal the murderer has. He’s the one to eliminate any evidence he might have left behind.
Bong Hee meets with the forensics guy, seeing the news report, and asks if he was at the scene of the crime. He confirms it. Bong Hee says she doesn’t understand murder. He says there are reasons why people murder. Bong Hee disputes that. She asks why the murderer frame her. He doesn’t know. Bong Hee looks sheepish at having posed the question. He asks what she’ll do next now that the sweep of her office yielded no DNA results. Bong Hee vows to catch him. He’s surprised. Bong Hee says if she lived in fear, then the murderer wins. He gives her the shoes from the crime scene. He offers to drop her home. She hesitates, but can’t find a polite reason to decline.
Ji Wook surprises her by showing up. He chides her to meeting without him. Aren’t they working this together? As Ji Wook converses with the forensics guy (murderer) Bong Hee watches him pleased that he’s keeping his promise to work with her find the murderer and clear her name.
Bong Hee asks if Ji Wook is helping her because he likes her. Ji Wook retorts he’s doing it for the love of mankind.
The next day Bong Hee meets plenty of rude people that make up mankind including Ji Hae. Bong Hee warns them not to bash Ji Wook.
Ji Wook hear taunts from the lawyers he and Lawyer Ji drank with the other evening. As Ji Wook strides away ignoring their taunts, Lawyer Ji interrupts and says their jobs aren’t 100% secure.
So he offered to resign but didn’t?
Bong Hee watches Ji Wook cook knowing that he’s hated a work because he helped her. She wonders if he resigned or was fired.
Is Ji Wook giving a two-week notice?
Lawyer Byeon complains to Ji Wook’s mother about his resignation. She’s unconcerned and Lawyer Byeon can’t change her mind. She’s thrilled when she sees Bong Hee’s mother (her former favorite masseuse) has applied for a job at her eatery. She anticipates the revenge she can meter out.
Bong Hee’s mother is thrilled to get the job not knowing that Ji Wook’s mother, who keeps out of sight, is the boss.
Bong Hee doesn’t get money from the sale of her office furniture. Bong Hee doesn’t get any money back from her security deposit on the office. She takes her office sign down upset that the dream has died.
Bong Hee stocks up on snacks and literally runs her cart into Ji Wook’s cart at the grocery store. She offers to buy his groceries. Ji Wook read her note that her funds are limited.
The murderer muddies the waters of this show. I have no idea why the forensics guy / murderer is doing what he’s doing. The writer needs to provide some insight ASAP.
The transition between 1st half and the 2nd half of of the divided 60 minute episode are clunky. I don’t understand why 1 episode is split into two when they are aired back to back.
Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) closes her office. It’s the end of the dream and she’s bummed. When Bong Hee met with the forensics guy / murderer she learned there was no DNA evidence left behind. She correctly felt a creepy vibe from the forensics guy / murderer but couldn’t find a nice way to decline his offer of a ride. Thank goodness, Ji Wook, her knight arrived and eliminated the awkward situation. This episode missed the sparkle of Bong Hee. A subdued Bong Hee translates into a more subdued episode.
No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) was firm that he was not interested in reengaging with his former girlfriend, Yoo Jung. Ji Wook smiles and feels joy when he’s around Bong Hee. I’d like more of that. It was confusing when Ji Wook submitted his resignation but continued to work at the law firm. I’ll assume he’s on his last two weeks. This episode missed the smile of Ji Wook. A subdued and grumpy Ji Wook translates into a more subdued episode. I’d like him to come to my house and cook for me.
The third song of the OST is a good one. Check out Ra.D’s “The Same Way”.