Suspicious Partner Episode 12 Recap

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.”

My Thoughts

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?

 

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16 comments on “Suspicious Partner Episode 12 Recap
  1. Beez says:

    Hmmmm. I know a lot of people are saying how much they admire and appreciate Ji Wook for accepting Bong hee’s answer that she is fine despite the bruising around her neck. Folks saying something about “her agency” and all that fahlderall.

    I’m sorry but I’m not sure how that makes me feel about his character being a worthy part of the OTP.

    I mean, she’s his roommate if nothing else. If any friend presented with obvious strangle marks around his/her throat, the only thing that could make me back off is your telling ne you’re into kink. Just sayin’.

    • I’m sorry but I’m not sure how that makes me feel about his character being a worthy part of the OTP
      Good point Beez. Glad you raised it.

      First, this series…I’ve been ambivalent about this series. Ji Wook isn’t the greatest leading man character. His moody ways have become tiresome for me.

      Second, Ji Wook ignoring the red marks on her neck…If he’s supposed to be her knight in shining armor, than act like one. Find out what happened and make sure no one does that to her again. There’s a lack of power in this characters. It isn’t always pleasing to watch.

  2. Jane Tilly says:

    I concur with questioning Ji Wook’s​ viability of being an OTP 💗 with Bong Hee when he overlooked the stragulation 👐 marks on her neck. Could it be Ji Wook was trying to be considerate of Bong Hee’s feelings, recognizing she didn’t want to talk about it⁉ As Bong Hee’s roommate 🏠, boss or the man who cares about her, Ji Wook should have shown more concern.

    Ji Wook’s moodiness is a bit annoying. I think and hope 🙏 he will mello out.

    • Ji Wook undoubtedly will soften or there would be no point to this series. I must breath deep and practice patience.

      • Beez says:

        I do appreciate JCW trying to give a different vibe to Ji Wook than his previous characters.

    • imberreader says:

      I am guessing he may not pressure the point now, when she definitely doesn’t want to talk about it, but relies on the fact she will talk about it when she’s ready. We may also be underestimating his observation skills and he may have put the 2 + 2 together as to who did it and he currently doesn’t have the power, in this moment, to do anything to stop DA Jang, so he’d rather not force her to say it and have a breakdown and focus on catching the real murderer so all that DA Jang did can get punished as it deserves. That’s just my 2 cents.

      • Beez says:

        @imberreader And that’s valid and makes sense. I’d just rather have my OTP heros lose it to see their lady harmed. I’m also watching Fight My Way and, while I’m just kind of watching it cause a lot of other shows ended last week, the hero on that show knows how to whup somebody’s azz that slaps his love interest (that he doesn’t even realize is his love yet, similar to Ji Wook).

        I know I have complaints *just my nature* but I DO appreciate Kdramas trying to switch up the characters. But I will always want men to be ALLLLLPHHHHAAAAA and protective, even if they are 90 pound weaklings and won’t win the fight. I’m whacko like that.

      • imberreader says:

        Well, if it is any relief, it seems I was right and he had his suspicion/guess and couldn’t do much more at that moment, so he more or less went Alpha on the DA at the next real chance, in episode 15. Which, I hope, won’t backfire too badly on him. + Bong Hee wasn’t very appreciative of it, heh.

      • Beez says:

        EEEEK! imberreader! I haven’t seen that episode just. Please, PLEASE, please don’t post spoilers in recaps for upcoming episodes!

      • imberreader says:

        Well, that is so vague you’ll still have to see for yourself to make judgement, really. ^^; I tried to make it as vague as possible to not really give anything much away. I hope the scene won’t be ruined for you when it comes on screen. Either way, my apologies!

      • Beez says:

        Thanks, imberreader. I know it’s odd to people who don’t really mind spoilers. But even the vaguest reference can change up our thoughts to something we’ve accepted but now start wondering “what if” and “maybe” about something that you otherwise would’ve never seen coming. lol

      • imberreader says:

        I really am sorry, if this counted as spoiler for you and I hope it won’t ruin the scene, I will try to find a way to edit my comment, if possible, so it doesn’t happen to everyone else. >_<; Yeah, it's sometimes hard to pick up what could be vaguest hint, if in my opinion it's just like reading back cover of a book – you know the girl will go on epic adventure, instead of living in her small village all her life, but you don't really feel spoiled, even though you knew Big Bad Evil will wreck her life beforehand.

      • Beez says:

        You’re right, of course, but kjt and I have discussed how we don’t watch teasers or even the previews at the end of episodes because we want to be surprised. Like even someone saying “just wait and see” can ruin something. In this case, I jad accepted that Ji Wook just does not get outraged over the abuse Bong hee suffered so now, because you’ve hinted he has a reaction, I have different expectations and I won’t be surprised and falling over squealing when I do see it because, I know it’s coming. (yes, I do that) lol

      • imberreader says:

        Again, I’m really sorry! For me, reading that something I wished for will happen, and not knowing how, would make me super excited for the episode, personally, and I’d squeal none-the-less. So, yeah, I am very sorry about ruining the squealing level for you, not realizing how it may be from another person’s perspective. I will be very, very careful from now on! It’s kind of learning experience for me. oTL

      • Beez says:

        Thanks, imberreader. I wasn’t going to say anything more because you’ve been so gracious about this whole thing so I putposely omitted my reaction to the scene in question in Ep 15’s recap cause I didn’t want to come off as nagging about something that has been settled. But now that I see you’re totally cool, I’ll post it on Ep 15 so you can see how it affects non-spoiler people. 🙂

  3. imberreader says:

    I do like when they work together and have small banters, without animosity. Just them being them and feeling comfortable with each other. They both have tempers and a bit of resentment, as seen exploding at the start, but they don’t hold it long and don’t pout at each other for days. That’s a good sign. I definitely liked the worldess rain moment, too, it showed the in-sync feelings, and a good deal of pining with nice chemistry.

    I am definitely facepalming about their ‘we lost our car’ moment, though. Also, another interesting note – we’ve seen various characters make physical contact with Ji Wook, but they are the ones who always initiate it. However, with Bong Hee, he is the one to do it in most cases, even things like casual shoulder tap or holding her elbow when listening in on the phone conversation with the KCSI guy. It is probably his subconscious kind of reaching out to her, in my opinion. And filling the void in him that desires physical contact, with someone he trusts. His ex and Lawyer Ji sadly don’t fall into this category. (Two instances of people who always touch him first. Ex even initiated a wrist grab which interestingly showed her as the aggressive pursuer we usually see m!leads be.)

    And as I suspected, he either pieced it together that night (or suspected), or definitely when they met DA Jang, who attached Bong Hee. And though he can’t be her knight in shining armor and assault the DA as he deserves, he does what he can – remind her she isn’t alone in this, that he’s with her. I really loved that moment, with how he took her hand away from her neck and led her inside. From Ji Wook, it spoke volumes. His hold seemed really gently, too.

    The scene with him volunteering to drive his ex home is bittersweet, because it, again, shows that while his romantic feelings may be dead, his loyalty to friends don’t really die and that, despite being a habitual ass, he cares a great deal. Of course, his choice in this case isn’t really good because it gives ALL the wrong signals to many involved parties, but that’s Ji Wook for you…

    Somehow, I pity Lawyer Ji. He did a very bad thing, of course, and I don’t excuse him for it, at all. But essentially, he is very smart and talented, just perhaps not handsome enough for their childhood friend fall for him instead of Ji Wook and now he’s in forever pendulum between a mess and nothing, ’cause he’s lost all important people. I just ship him with happiness, especially one that doesn’t revolve around Ji Wook’s acceptance and forgiveness.

    What his ex says probably doesn’t help Ji Wook’s mental state and outlook at relationships…

    And the tragic puppy eyes make appearance when he’s approaching the gates, my heart can’t handle this!! Damn, that scene hurt. ):

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