Suspicious Partner Episode 12 “The Beginning That Hasn’t Begun” (part 2) Recap
Hyun Soo describes his day to his lawyer Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) who want to establish an alibi. He’s nervous and No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) picks up on that. Outside, Ji Wook tells Bong Hee that his alibi can’t be formed from a day of solo activities paid with cash. Ji Wook warns that Bong Hee not become emotionally involved. Bong Hee counters that she understands what it is like to be framed and is compelled to help.
Cha Yoo Jung (Nara), Ji Wook’s ex-girlfriend, waits for Lawyer Ji Eun Hyuk (Choi Tae Joon), who had an affair with her, outside his apartment building. She rails at him for not returning her calls, for letting Ji Wook date a murderer, for being a bad person like her that betrayed Ji Wook. Lawyer Ji smiles and gently tells her it is best they don’t see each other again. He walks away.
District Attorney Jang, father of Bong Hee’s ex-boyfriend who was murdered and she was framed for, spies her outside of a cake shop where he purchases a cake for his dead son’s birthday. Livid that she’s happy, free, and alive he goes outside to confront her. With cold fury, he tells her she’s disgusting living without regard for his son who she murdered. He grabs her throat and begins to choke her. He manages to stop himself, but just barely. Bong Hee tells him again, that she did not murder his son. District Attorney Jang demands that she proves it and catch the real murderer. He reaffirms until she does, he will heap all his hatred on her.
Bong Hee manages to confirm that Hyun Soo’s story of being at a bar, the night of the murder had sufficient detail to be true, even though no specific proof was garnered. She cheerily says good night. Ji Wook stares at her retreating form.
In her room, Bong Hee stares at the red marks her scarf covered. She’s startled when Ji Wook enters her room. He gently inspects her neck. He asks what happens. Bong Hee doesn’t want to tell him. He accepts that and asks if she’s okay. Bong Hee confirms this. He gives her a supportive look and leaves her to ruminate without a cheerful mask.
The next day in the conference room, Lawyer Byeon Young Hee (Lee Deok Hwa) is frustrated that Bong Hee won’t heed his requests. Assistant Jang (Jang Hyuk Jin) quips that Bong Hee has selected hearing. They discuss an alibi for Hyun Soo as crucial.
Lawyer Ji and Ji Wook discuss if the nosy neighbor that saw Hyun Soo on the day of the murder is a lonely woman. Lawyer Ji comments those that are lonely stare at others longingly wondering if they are lonely too. Ji Wook realizes that Lawyer Ji is speaking about himself.
Bong Hee, Assistant Jang, and Ji Wook examine the crime scene photos. Ji Wook doesn’t understand why the victim was stabbed that many times if it was an interrupted robbery. Assistant Jang confirms the murder weapon hasn’t been found yet.
Bong Hee and Ji Wook continue to try and establish an alibi for Hyun Soo. It rains on this bright sunny day and they duck into shelter. They wait out the rain shower companionably. When Ji Wook becomes aware of Bong Hee romantically he decides rain or no, it is time to get back to work.
What does that tell you when the best scene half way into this episode is without words between our couple? Does that mean something is right or wrong with this drama?
Na Ji Hae (Kim Ye Won) finds Yoo Jung dozing at her desk. She prods her and they head to court together.
Bong Hee and Ji Wook meet District Attorney Jang exiting the building they are set to enter. Bong Hee’s hand involuntarily goes to her throat. Ji Wook realizes that District Attorney Jang was the one that choked Bong Hee. He takes Bong Hee’s hand and leads her into the building without saying a word to District Attorney Jang.
Ji Hae presents the opening statement against Hyun Soo. Ji Wook pleads not guilty. Ji Wook points out that if robbery was the basis for the crime, then none of the stolen items were found with his client. The judge asks if Ji Wook is suggesting this wasn’t a robbery. Ji Wook points out the charge is robbery and murder. If the prosecution can’t prove the robbery or the murder then his client must be acquitted. Yoo Jung stares at Ji Wook when he completes his argument. Bong Hee watches their nonverbal exchange.
Lawyer Ji watches Yoo Jung slowly make her way to her car. Ji Wook and Bong Hee observe this too. Ji Wook can’t let her drive in that condition and tells Yoo Jung he’ll drive her home. She agrees. Ji Wook and Yoo Jung drive off. Lawyer Ji and Bong Hee stare at each other across the parking lot.
Lawyer Ji drives Bong Hee home. She murmurs that she disgustingly healthy and gets jealous of sick girl that invoke sympathy. Lawyer Ji starts to chuckle but Bong Hee cuts him off.
Alone in his apartment, Lawyer Ji sheds a tear. The price of his betrayal never ends.
Ji Wook follows Yoo Jung to her apartment. She tells him she’ll be fine. She reaches for him as he leaves and asks him to come inside. Ji Wook pulls away. He tells her not to start this. Yoo Jung claims she loved him to deeply and her need for his love wasn’t satisfied so she used Lawyer Ji to fill the void. She admits that was the big mistake as it left her perpetually wanting Ji Wook. He stares at her tear-filled eyes.
Bong Hee impatiently waits for Ji Wook to return home. As she paces outside, Ji Wook sees her. When Bong Hee sees him, she runs to him and hugs him. She admits she likes him. He ALMOST hugs her back, but instead tells her not to like him. Ji Wook’s voiceover intones “Not all beginnings make progress. Sometimes they stagnate. The beginning of relationship is the scary bit.”
A quiet episode that centered on the loss of love and desire for love. Suspicious Partner seems to vacillate between fun, frothy episodes and serious toned episodes. Yoo Jung longed for Ji Wook and admitted it to him. Bong Hee longed for Ji Wook and admitted it to him. He rejected both women. Lawyer Ji was alone and sad.
Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) faced District Attorney Jang’s virulent hatred. She was literally choked by him. I’d like to pop the man for being unwilling to consider the possibility that his son’s real murderer is living without punishment. Bong Hee saw the look Yoo Jung gave Ji Wook in court. Bong Hee saw Ji Wook rescue Yoo Jung by driving her home. Bong Hee waited for Ji Wook to return home, fearing that he wouldn’t. When he finally arrived, her relief was evident as she hugged him and admitted she liked him. Unfortunately, his response didn’t match her expectations.
No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) had two women vie for his affection. Ji Wook rejected both of them. He is not tempted to become ensnared by Yoo Jung again. He is tempted to succumb to Bong Hee, but held himself back. What will tip the scales so Ji Wook will allow himself to engage in a relationship with Ji Wook? How can she break down his walls?