Suspicious Partner Episode 14 “Alibi” (part 2) Recap
No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) places a drunk Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) 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 hair off her face and she turns. He leaves the room.
Lawyer Ji Eun Hyuk (Choi Tae Joon) who was drinking with Bong Hee arrives at the address he gave the driver. But it isn’t his house, it’s Yoo Jung’s. He sighs and gives the driver his address. Out the window he sees Cha Yoo Jung (Nara) walking home.
My new favorite song, “The Same Day” by Ra.D plays in the background, setting the mood perfectly for these men who want women they tell themselves they can’t have.
The next morning, Ji Wook yells at Assistant Jang (Jang Hyuk Jin), then Lawyer Ji, then Bong Hee for spending time drinking instead of working their current high priority case. He tells Bong Hee, she wanted this case, she needs to take ownership of it. Bong Hee agrees.
They all work hard to gather information. Lawyer Ji is persistent and manages to get the waitress to talk to him. She says the Chef (murder victim their client, Hyun Soo, is accused of killing) was a jerk. Bong Hee finds CCTV footage showing their client at an alternative location during the timeframe the murder took place.
Na Ji Hae (Kim Ye Won) acts as primary prosecutor along with Yoo Jung. Ji Hae presents the evidence that Hyun Soo was at the scene of the crime. Ji Wook agrees that the button found was dropped one day before when Hyun Soo helped the victim move his couch. He admits he’s only speculating that’s when the button was lost and points out the prosecution is speculating as well. Touché! Ji Wook manages to cast doubt on the nosy neighbor’s placement of Hyun Soo at the scene of the crime. Ji Wook proves the victim’s sister went to her brother’s house two hours before she reported his murder to the police. Ji Wook breaks the victim’s sister and she sobs that she covered up her brother’s horrible behavior. When she arrived at her brother house, she found him dead. But she also saw video proof of her brother’s crimes against women. Recall the murderer left the video tape playing when he left. The victim’s sister admits she made it look like a robbery had taken place. Ji Wook asks who will protect the rights of the women her brother violated. He asks the judge who will protect the rights of his falsely accused client?
Ji Wook looks like he has his doubts about the smiling Hyun Soo.
When Ji Wook and Bong Hee get home, she heads to her room and he heads upstairs. Bong Hee goes upstairs and finds Ji Wook asleep. She sees he’s still dressed in a shirt and tie. She can’t stand the thought of him sleeping with the constrictive tie, so she cautiously loosens the tie from the sleeping Ji Wook. He wakes, startling her. She stammers that she was only trying to loosen his tie. Flustered she stares to leave but he stills her. He asks if she’ll stay with him for 5 minutes so he can fall asleep. She agrees. He falls asleep.
That moment between them had a bit of sizzle as Ji Wook stared at her, something we haven’t seen from this cute when they want to be couple.
The next morning Assistant Jang finds the couple asleep, Ji Wook in the chair and Bong Hee’s head resting on his leg. He blocks Lawyer Byeon Young Hee (Lee Deok Hwa) and Lawyer Ji from finding them.
The judge declares Hyun Soo innocent due to lack of evidence. The murderer sits in the courtroom and is shocked. Bong Hee is thrilled. Ji Wook’s reaction is more guarded.
At the after-trial party, everyone celebrates the firm’s victory. Ji Wook can’t shake his reaction when he looks at Hyun Soo. Ji Wook steps outside and Assistant Jang follows. He explains that he’s unsettled because the real culprit hasn’t been found yet. Assistant Jang reminds him that’s a job for the prosecutors.
At the bar, where Hyun Soo stated he was at the time of the murder, the couple finds Bong Hee’s note on their picture on the bulletin board requesting to call her.
Back at the bar, Bong Hee decides to sing for everyone, ignoring Ji Wook’s recommendation not to. What she lacks in voice she makes up with enthusiasm. The couple calls Ji Wook. He tells them he’ll be there soon.
The couple tells Ji Wook they remember Hyun Soo because he was the only solo person at the bar. She remembers the video they took. It shows another man, not Hyun Soo. Ji Wook pins the couple’s picture back on the bulletin board and realizes that Hyun Soo’s day was fabricated based on items on the bulletin board. Ji Wook now sees that Hyun Soo came to the bar after the murder, saw the bulletin board, and decided to fabricate his alibi from it. Ji Wook grasps the Hyun Soo deliberately made his day one where he was alone but in public places, creating an alibi that was difficult to prove or disprove. Ji Wook wonders what Hyun Soo is trying to hide.
That was the most interesting thing that has happened on this show. Hyun Soo’s cunning is a surprise.
Back at the bar, Bong Hee hums the song the murderer sang. Hyun Soo remembers whistling it while he watched Bong Hee being taken to the police bus. Hyun Soo remembers whistling it while he watched Bong Hee wait for her shoes to be repaired. Hyun Soo remembers buying Bong Hee the shoes. Hyun Soo remembers the forensics guy and himself at the murder scene. He remembers biking away from the murder of Bong Hee’s ex-boyfriend.
OMG!!! Hyun Soo is the murderer. He and the forensics guy are a team! Didn’t see that one coming! THIS was the most interesting thing that has happened on this show!
When Bong Hee declares that she’ll catch the murderer, Hyun Soo smiles.
As Ji Wook walks home, he realizes he must take part of the blame for setting Hyun Soo free.
As Hyun Soo walks home, he smiles. He just got away with murder.
They meet. Ji Wook stares and wonders if he just freed the real criminal. Hyun Soo’s satisfied smile tells Ji Wook what his instinct has been telling him from the moment he first met Hyun Soo.
Hyun Soo is the murderer. Is the forensics guy his brother or his friend? Do they murder together or does the forensics guy clean up after Hyun Soo so he doesn’t get caught? Color me surprised that this plot twist happened. It is clever and interesting.
No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) instinctively didn’t trust Hyun Soo. You know what they say “trust your gut”. Ji Wook’s gut had a negative reaction to Hyun Soo. But Bong Hee’s pleading broke down Ji Wook’s reluctance. He allowed himself to work the case. Ji Wook used his talents to poke holes in the prosecution’s case so the judge could cite reasonable doubt. Ji Wook felt guilty for his part in that. I don’t blame him. He got played by Hyun Soo. I was pleased Ji Wook figured it out at the bar. Ji Wook’s request that Bong Hee stay with him until he fell asleep was telling. He knows she’s the one that can calm him so he can sleep. That means something. When will Ji Wook break free of whatever self fashioned chains he has put around himself?
Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) didn’t realize she hummed the whistle song to the murderer. She’ll flip out when she realizes. When she took off Ji Wook’s tie there was a smidgen of heat between them. That was good to see.
The fifth song of the OST has been released. Check out Kim Ez singing “Eye Contact”. The song has a breezy breathy vibe.