Suspicious Partner Episode 13 “Alibi” (part 1) Recap
Anxiously waiting, Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) races to No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) when he arrives home. She hugs him and admits she likes him. Ji Wook considers returning the hug and the sentiment but instead tells her not to like him. He wonders if he’ll regret lying. Bong Hee tells Ji Wook that she doesn’t mind admitting what her heart dictated. She realizes that he won’t provide any details on his reaction. She asks for one more hug. Ji Wook draws her close and Bong Hee hugs him knowing her dream of a relationship with Ji Wook will not occur.
Bong Hee cries alone in her room. Ji Wook lays on his bed and wonders if he’s done the right thing.
The next morning Ji Wook is considerate. Bong Hee tells him not to be kind or she won’t be able to stop liking him. Squaring his shoulders Ji Wook gives her what she wants. He asks if she’ll continue to leave with him. Bong Hee tells him no and exits the room. Ji Wook shakes his head. He’s getting what he wants, or is he?
As the team gathers Lawyer Byeon Young Hee (Lee Deok Hwa) accuses Bong Hee and Ji Wook of hiding a relationship. He declares he saw them hugging last night. Bong Hee claims Lawyer Byeon needs his eyes checked. Ji Wook concurs. Assistant Jang (Jang Hyuk Jin) tells Lawyer Byeon that an eye exam would be wise. Lawyer Ji chuckles and Ji Wook shoots him a look.
Bong Hee, Ji Wook, Lawyer Ji Eun Hyuk (Choi Tae Joon), and Assistant Jang go over details about Hyun Soo. There evidence that he was physically at the Chef’s house.
Yoo Jung tells Ji Hae that Hyun Soo had to pay his rent so he was definitely at the house that day.
Assistant Jang tells them the murder weapon is missing. Ji Wook concludes there isn’t enough evidence to convict or free their client. Bong Hee vows to find the couple at the bar that can provide an alibi for Hyun Soo.
Yoo Jung is sure that Hyun Soo is the murderer because he secretly laughs after imploring her to believe he is innocent. Na Ji Hae (Kim Ye Won) wants to beat Bong Hee in court. District Attorney Jang walks past them, then turns and stares.
Lawyer Ji finds Bong Hee trying to keep a grip on her emotions. He tells her if she wants to cry, it might help get it out of her.
Assistant Jang asks Ji Wook to explain why he was hugging Bong Hee yesterday and things are cold as ice today between them. Bong Hee ignores his questions and instead starts discussing CCTV feed to provide Hyun Soo an alibi.
Ji Wook finds Bong Hee sharing her pain with Lawyer Ji. He pushes Lawyer Ji out of the way. He tells Bong Hee he’s going to visit the murder scene. Bong Hee decides to ignore her personal feelings and concentrate on her professional behavior. As she watches Ji Wook’s retreating back, she tells herself that stop liking Bong Hee. Lawyer Ji confirms she can do it. She scampers after Ji Wook.
Lawyer Ji recalls watching Cha Yoo Jung (Nara) with longing and notes that you can’t control your feelings.
Ji Wook and Bong Hee find a CCTV that may have additional footage. She’s the one that breaks into the chef’s house and opens the door for Ji Wook. They scrutinize the crime scene. They hid when they hear someone entering the house. Bong Hee doesn’t want to get arrested for breaking and entering. Yoo Jung finds them. Yoo Jung pressures Ji Wook into a private conversation by threatening to arrest only Bong Hee for trespassing.
Yoo Jung gives Ji Wook the bad news that Hyun Soo assaulted another man and could have killed him. She doesn’t understand why he’s defending this kind of man.
Ji Wook meets with Hyun Soo. He asks about Hyun Soo’s almost deadly assault of another man. Hyun Soo wonders what that proves. Ji Wook says it could show a pattern of violence. Hyun Soo freely admits he tried to kill the other man. Hyun Soo explains that he saw a woman he cared for get hurt. He wanted to protect her but he was too young. He vowed when he got older stop others from getting hurt and being helpless like he was. Hyun Soo gets livid and says the man tried to assault a woman and he couldn’t let it slide. Ji Wook tells Hyun Soo to calm down. Ji Wook asks if the assault was about punishing the other man. Hyun Soo admits it and doesn’t see why he shouldn’t have done it. Hyun Soo’s mood abruptly changes. He apologizes for getting upset. Now he claims he was helping but it got out of hand. Hyun Soo reiterates he didn’t kill the chef. Hyun Soo claims he only uses violence when it is justified. Ji Wook stares at his client and wonders about his abrupt mood swings.
Back at the office, Lawyer Byeon asks Ji Wook what’s wrong. He admits clients that are guilty are difficult but the innocent clients are a burden. Lawyer Byeon comments that prosecutors worry about the innocent and guilt, at least he knows Ji Wook’s father did. That makes Ji Wook feel a bit better.
Bong Hee, Assistant Jang, and Lawyer Ji drink together. Bong Hee admits liking Lawyer Ji would be much easier. He agrees. But then they admit there is nothing romantic between them. Ji Wook isn’t impressed when he arrives to find his co-workers drunk. He shakes his head knowing he’ll have to deal with a drunk Bong Hee…again.
Ji Wook piggybacks Bong Hee into the house and deposits her on the bed. He makes sure she’s comfortable. He watches her sleep. He sits on the bed next to her. He goes to brush a stray lock of her hair and she turns away from him. her. He stares at her longingly.
Hyun Soo’s propensity to laugh is odd. His mood swings are noticeable too. Ji Wook can’t believe he’s completely innocent especially after he admitted to administering justice to a man that he believed deserved it. Didn’t we just hear the murderer justify his actions in a similar way?
No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) pulled away from Bong Hee’s declaration of affection. His reasoning is murky. His actions are tiresome. He wants her, that much is obvious. But something holds him back. I’m not thrilled when Ji Wook is moody.
Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) boldly declared she liked Ji Wook. That turns out to be a declaration she regretted. She tries to overcome her feelings but that turns out to be easier said than done. I missed the bright and happy Bong Hee this episode.
The graphics team is creative in the placement of the episode’s title.
The fourth song of the OST has been released. Check out CHEEZE singing “How About You”. I like the graphic for the album.