Suspicious Partner Episode 14 Recap

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.

My Thoughts

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.

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23 comments on “Suspicious Partner Episode 14 Recap
  1. imberreader says:

    Tragic Puppy Eyes are here.
    Also, he forgot his bag in her room.

    In the “I am issuing orders here, dammit” scene, the sound/music editing is so on point, dang.

    Again with the touch initiating, and it’s getting more familiar each time. The head pat and the freeze of realization… Dang. My poor heart.

    The trial itself was brilliantly executed and acted, of course. I don’t think it requires more comments than that. I am not big fan of lawyer dramas, but dang, this was intense and had me hooked. I am really sad all this effort went down the drain, technically even worse… But, in a sense, such is reality, and for that, it all is so jarring.

    The scene at house was just… Well, wow. He was so visibly exhausted and, she, too, was kind of wound up and tired, and despite her better judgement she chose to take care of him. The way he stared at her, with exhaustion and wonder, like, why are we like this, in this paused state between something and nothing, the sensation he wanted to reach out and touch her, take physical comfort/closeness of her (not necessary in sexual way, more comforting)… And then he really does, asking her to stay. This moment simmered on so many different levels, I am melting. Their eyes spoke volumes. I will be rewatching that scene.

    Mr. Jang was the MVP of the morning-after. “NOpe.” Captain of the BongWook ship!! Or is it HeeWook? I don’t know.

    The after-trial party felt tense, but the whole “Don’t you sing” thing was amusing. He was, obviously righttttt. The cringe is palpableeeeee.

    The discovery at the bar was a total twist, even though I knew who was murderer, that was incredibly unexpected. Poor Ji Wook, realizing it all too late!! Yikes @ the whistling.

    I am kind of disappointed Bong Hee turned out to be blind to any kind of suspicion about the possible killer, due to her past experience, and Ji Wook had to go with it, convinced by her conviction and lack of any real evidence. It kinda paints her in a bad light (she trusted men who were liars twice, and defended them – the stalker and the killer, but in first case she trusted her gut feeling and redeemed herself), but as Ji Wook made emotional mistake, so did she. I hope she proves her self as lawyer, still, in the progress of the drama.

    It’s even worse that it was THE criminal. Sigh. But I’m not giving up just yet on Bong Hee as lawyer, it’s still early!!

    • Beez says:

      “Mr. Jang was the MVP of the morning-after.” imberreader

      LOL I loved that scene and I love Office Manager Jang.

      • imberreader says:

        I love him as well and his friendship with Bong Hee, and even Ji Wook, though the latter is kinda awkward (like Ji Wook himself). Honestly, all characters on the drama that are shown more have SO much personality, I love it.

    • Great to hear from you imberreader!

      The trial itself was brilliantly executed and acted, of course.
      The production side of it only enhanced the dialog which kept piling on the doubt.

      He was so visibly exhausted and, she, too, was kind of wound up and tired, and despite her better judgement she chose to take care of him. The way he stared at her, with exhaustion and wonder, like, why are we like this, in this paused state between something and nothing, the sensation he wanted to reach out and touch her,
      Excellent description, I can easily visualize the scene again.

      The discovery at the bar was a total twist, even though I knew who was murderer, that was incredibly unexpected. Poor Ji Wook, realizing it all too late!! Yikes @ the whistling
      I was taken by surprise so I felt like I was discovering it with Ji Wook.

      I am kind of disappointed Bong Hee turned out to be blind to any kind of suspicion about the possible killer, due to her past experience
      I’m giving her a pass because she’s imprinting her own experience on top of Hyun Soo’s and not seeing it logically but emotionally.

      • imberreader says:

        I definitely give her a pass, too, but this is second time she needs to be given one, because she sees too much of herself in the defendants. So, I just hope we get to see her not lose her kind and compassionate nature, yet find balance in her work. I do recognize she’s still inexperienced as a lawyer, since her job was more tripping over bad clients asking her to get them out of murder trials or to commit them, so that’s more reason to give her pass in my opinion, too.

        And you’re right, the production’s wonderful on this show!

        It’s also great to be here!

        • Beez says:

          I personally would give Bong hee a pass on the next thousand clients. I mean, she’s not a psychiatrist or profiler who can tell when someone is lying. She’s just a human being who happens to be a lawyer. It’s not a defense attorneys job to believe their client is innocent (although by law (in the U.S.), they’re supposed to but that’s not how it works in reality) . Just as it’s not the prosecutor’s job to look for the truth, but rather to convict. I HATE that part of our legal system as well but that’s how it is.

          And that’s what makes Ji Wook special – that he went against that unwritten but well enforced code to reveal the truth in Bong hee’s case, despite the cost to himself. Yeah,I get why homegirl is head over heels.

          • imberreader says:

            I think the issue is that she saw herself so much in them, she didn’t even think to consider otherwise. Like, on various instances she was told to think rationally, but she didn’t. Well, in the stalker’s case the same thinking saved the girl, though, since Bong Hee knew she could never smile when parting from Ji Wook.

            Worst bit is, the way she empathizes with the murderer is the reason Ji Wook may not feel comfortable with sharing his suspicion with her. Not only she could deny it, she could get angry and it all kinda hugely backfire?

            But yeah, these cases also struck WAY too close to home for comfort to not rise these emotions in Bong Hee and I can’t say I wouldn’t have similar reaction.

            • Beez says:

              I don’t disagree with you guys’ assessment. The case IS too close to her own situation. But I still say, even if Bong hee had never had accusations against her,I don’t get how you say “hold that against her” as if she should know somehow when we were never told or shown that she had any special instinct. In fact, didn’t they say she was bottom of her class and had to struggle to become a lawyer? I’m not saying that makes her dim, I’m just saying that I think you and kjt are expecting too much from our girl (or from anybody who’s not trained specifically to watch for liars and even they wouldn’t be able to spot a psychopathic murderer every time. )

      • imberreader says:

        She said she worked very hard on her studies and passed Bar, but it was never implied she was bad at her studies. She (I assume) only lied to her mom she failed a test, when she didn’t want to tell about her ex-bf cheating on her.

        And I just don’t think she needs to have a special talent to try and take all things and possibilities in consideration. (Especially when you’re reminded to do it multiple times by experienced colleague/boss.) But she’s very kind soul, who, when she has decided someone’s innocent, won’t really consider anything else. Especially since the case’s so close to home. It’s shown she has quite the keen intuition at times, though.

        But let us also recall the ‘subway pervert’ case where she didn’t even CONSIDER there were men on both sides of her and blamed Ji Wook, just because the pervert didn’t grope the butt cheek closest to him, but the one on Ji Wook’s side (and because lot of suited, sleek guys are apparently pervs? I didn’t quite follow her logic on this, to be honest). It’s just how she is, black and white vision on at most times. Which isn’t always the best thing for any professional.

        • Beez says:

          @imberreader Exactly! (to you’re last paragraph) I’m saying she IS what they’ve shown us. Just because she’s our heroine and we like her (thank God!) doesnt mean she has to be SuperHeroine, or even the things we think the lead heroine should be. Homegirl is lacking (lol), but maybe that’s why we’re all charmed by her.

      • imberreader says:

        Of course, but we can wish she matures a bit as a professional still over the episodes we have left. Especially if the flaw is quite typical female kdrama lead one, haha.

  2. Beez says:

    So it seems as if Hyun Soo and Forensics Guy are some type of self- appointed Avenging Angels to sexual predators. Makes me wonder who Bong hee’s ex victimized that guy him killed. I’m not thinking they thought they were protecting Bong hee because that would be a skewed logic of “we’re protecting you from a sexual predator but setting you up to spend gift life in jail”.

    So does Hyun soo buying the shoes indicate that he might have a crush on Bong hee? Or was that done just to unnerve her? We’ve seen that he definitely has a weird sense of humour with all the creepy smiles.

    • imberreader says:

      I don’t want to spoil, but sadly that’s definitely not their logic with Bong Hee’s case. Still, Mr. Cheater got what he deserved from ‘right punishers’. Some people assume it’s just cheating, though, but I think it really is more about sexual predators than cheaters. The Bible verse clearly spoke of raping and Hyun Soo’s anger is directed at men who physically assault/hurt women, rather than emotionally.

      And I don’t think he has a crush on her, more it was a chance to show he’s been watching her, and with that – a reminder she’s at zero, still, while he’s somewhere very close to her. Which, to be honest, would scare and unnerve me a lot more than Bong Hee.

      • Beez says:

        @imberreader Well, I know you mentioned you’d been busy for a while, but most of us that follow kjtamuser have agreed not to post spoilers in the recaps. I am quite a bit further along than everyone else in a lot of episodes for other shows (because I’m retired) and many times I could burst from wanting to say something but I wait for the corresponding recap. Even if others are going off in a wrong direction from where the show eventually turns. And I don’t go back to respond to them in that older recap, but rather address it in the recap where the events occurred because, sometimes people who decide to marathon a series years later, come to a blog to read the recap after watching each episode and they don’t want to be spoiled either for the episodes they haven’t gotten to yet.

        Anyway,I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and I’m glad to have another K-fan to share my obsession with but please – no spoilers!

      • imberreader says:

        Well, I am definitely not giving away what’s his reason. 🙂 That you will have to find out yourself!! ^^ So, I am not sure that counts as spoiler in this case. I’d go and edit my comment, though, if I could, both here and on the other place. Can we edit comments somehow?

        • Beez says:

          I don’t think so, but I appreciate your caring to want to make the effort for folks like me who hate spoilers. 🙂

    • does Hyun soo buying the shoes indicate that he might have a crush on Bong hee? Or was that done just to unnerve her? We’ve seen that he definitely has a weird sense of humour with all the creepy smiles
      Hyun Soo’s activities to keep tabs on Bong Hee seem unnecessary. What threat does she pose? And yes, the smiles are creepy!

  3. imberreader says:

    My 2nd paragraph was an assumption, by the way, not a spoiler. I don’t know why he left her shoes, it’s just my guess. And I am just assuming about the reason why the murderer murders those men, judging solely by what we’ve seen up to his release from prison/with the bible verse. Just wanted to clarify!

  4. Jane Tilly says:

    Last episode I kept thinking 💭 that if we had not seen our 🍭-faced killer stab 🗡 the chef, I would have thought Hyun Soo was guilty. If Korea 🇰🇷 has double jeopardy laws ⚖, which Bong Hees case suggested they do, Hyun Soo cannot be prosecuted for this murder 🗡 again. I think that is the reason Ji Wook is so distraught.😩

    How long has Hyun Soo been stalking 🔭 Bong Hee⁉. Why, is it as simple as he likes her⁉

    I was glad 😃 to see 👀 Ji Wook loosen up a bit towards Bong Hee.

    • imberreader says:

      I think, since Prosecution didn’t drop the Charges, as with her, and they DO find evidence to prove he’s the murderer, he can be prosecuted with these murders again. They said that Bong Hee, with evidence, could be, too. It just didn’t matter much to her and her mom ’cause there can’t be any REAL evidence to prove she’s a murderer.

      • imberreader says:

        But I genuinely don’t know South Korean laws (plus, ya know, fiction). So, that’s just me picking up bread crumbs from the drama itself. I think Ji Wook can be so distraught simply at the fact he let a murderer go… And not just any murderer, possibly, but THE one. I think, since the murder weapons were identical, he may have a suspicion. But I’m not so sure of that, to be honest, it’s very little to base such a hunch on.

    • f Korea 🇰🇷 has double jeopardy laws ⚖, which Bong Hees case suggested they do, Hyun Soo cannot be prosecuted for this murder 🗡 again. I think that is the reason Ji Wook is so distraught
      Distraught is the correct word. In Ji Wook’s heart of hearts he’s putting criminal away, not getting them off. While the other cases he must take for living chafed him, this one, knowing he helped a murderer go free, horrified him. Just what until he realizes that Hyun Soo is THE murderer.

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