Suspicious Partner Episode 15 “Deceitful Truth Game” (part 1) Recap
No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) stares at the bar’s bulletin board. He realizes that Hyun Soo constructed his alibi for the murder by using the bulletin board. He knows “if one thing is a lie, everything is a lie”. He walks home, knowing he’s gotten a murderer off without punishment. Hyun Soo walks home, knowing he is a murderer that has gotten off without punishment. Hyun Soo and Ji Wook meet in the subway. Ji Wook asks Hyun Soo to join him and the rest of the firm for one last drink. When they arrive everyone else is almost passed out. Ji Wook asks Hyun Soo about his family, his girlfriend, etc. The rest of the firm stirs. Ji Wook apologizes for his crew.
Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) wakes in her bed with a serious hangover. Assistant Jang (Jang Hyuk Jin) brings her water to drink and medicine to take. She’s disappointed that Ji Wook didn’t attend to her. Assistant Jang leaves, his feelings hurt.
Assistant Jang tells Ji Wook he brought her the water and medicine as he requested. Assistant Jang notes that Bong Hee was disappointed he was the one delivering the items. Assistant Jang says that he and Bong Hee are dancing around each other. Ji Wook glares ending that line of conversation. Ji Wook tells Assistant Jang to do a background check on Hyun Soo. As Assistant Jang leaves, Ji Wook expresses his gratitude that he was willing to quit his job to join his fledgling firm. Assistant Jang says he love it here. Ji Wook reflects on a drunk Assistant Jang regretting his decision to join the firm. They both smile. Ha!
Bong Hee startles them when she enters the room. She asks why they were discussing Hyun Soo. Ji Wook recalls Bong Hee’s drunken confession that she felt like their defense of Hyun Soo was just like she had wished she had experienced. Ji Wook tells Bong Hee there isn’t anything to know yet. Bong Hee doesn’t like being shut out. Ji Wook asks about her hang over. She shuts him out. They both smile after that banter a bit. Sweet!
At the morning meeting Lawyer Byeon Young Hee (Lee Deok Hwa) admits that drinking doesn’t sit well with him anymore. Bong Hee and Assistant Jang banter about Lawyer Byeon strengths and weakness. Lawyer Ji Eun Hyuk (Choi Tae Joon) shows up to report his victory in court, he brings a treat. That clears the room. No one responds to his suggestion that celebrate that evening.
Cha Yoo Jung (Nara) interrogates the chef’s sister. After, they run into Ji Wook and Bong Hee. Ji Wook can’t help himself, he asks the sister why she took the picture frame from her brother’s house. She refuses to respond and strides away.
Hyun Soo recalls seeing the girl the chef assaulted. Hyun Soo recalls Bong Hee bemoaning her confusion on why she was framed. Hyun Soo thinks because Bong Hee saw something she shouldn’t have seen, she didn’t recognize him, which made him to decide to watch her. Hyun Soo thinks as long as Bong Hee doesn’t remember, he’ll be nice to her.
Really? That’s why? Dude, she was looking across the parking lot, to a dark roof, where you held a bag. Granted the bag likely had a murder victim BUT she couldn’t see anything but shadows and I’m completely ignoring that she wasn’t wearing her glasses. You were wearing a black hat and face mask. You know she didn’t recognize you. You know she’s never said anything about “what she shouldn’t have seen”. That means she doesn’t know what she saw. Flimsy rational for murder, framing, and obsessive tracking.
Hyun Soo calls Bong Hee and thanks her for her efforts. Ji Wook spies her talking to someone and guesses it is Hyun Soo. Ji Wook listens following Bong Hee as she turns. Yoo Jung spots them and frowns. Na Ji Hae (Kim Ye Won) spots Yoo Jung’s unhappy face and sees Ji Wook and Bong Hee talking. Ji Hae realizes that Yoo Jung isn’t a cool as she once thought.
Ji Wook tells Bong Hee that Hyun Soo shouldn’t just invite her to meet him. Ji Wook notes he did the heavy lifting in getting Hyun Soo off. Irked, Bong Hee says she’ll tell Hyun Soo to call Ji Wook separately to express his gratitude. Ji Wook declares Bong Hee won’t be meeting Hyun Soo alone. Ji Hae deliberately knocks Bong Hee into Ji Wook, then feigns an apology. Ji Wook and Bong Hee react to the closeness and pull away.
Things get grim when the elevator door open and District Attorney Jang is there. Bong Hee recalls him choking her. District Attorney Jang taunts her for being afraid. Ji Wook hold her a moment then gets on first. Bong Hee follows. When Bong Hee goes to get off the elevator instinctively she pulls Ji Wook with her, but he shrugs her off. The doors close leaving Ji Wook and District Attorney Jang alone in the elevator.
The moment we’ve waited for… Ji Wook tells District Attorney Jang never to touch Bong Hee again. He warns District Attorney Jang that while he typically does things in a lawful manner, he can forget himself sometimes. District Attorney Jang asks if that’s a threat. Ji Wook confirms it. He tells District Attorney Jang that if he touches Bong Hee again, he’ll return tit in kind. They glare. They stare. Ji Wook exits the elevator and tells District Attorney Jang to take a private elevator from now on.
Good set down of the bully District Attorney Jang. No one liked that Ji Wook held his outrage at District Attorney Jang’s treatment of Bong Hee close to the vest. This resolved that. I’m willing to overlook Ji Wook’s lack of response in front of Bong Hee who shied away and didn’t want to discuss it immediately after the incident. That doesn’t mean I agree, but he did as she asked.
Bong Hee tells Ji Wook to stop inserting himself in her affairs. He counters that it is his business to. She snaps that he need to stop this now. Ji Wook counters he can’t let this go. Bong Hee counters that Ji Wook already lost enough due to her. She doesn’t want him to lose his fledgling law firm too. Ji Wook can only acknowledge the validity of her point. But he reminds her, his actions were his own, and he’ll take responsibility for the consequences. Bong Hee surprises Ji Wook when she declares that his initial assessment that they were an ill-fated relationship may be true. In the future, he better give her the same courtesy of listening and following wishes, that she gives him. She walks away.
Good confrontation. Ji Wook pushed Bong Hee away. Now he’s acting like her knight again. She’s tired of the flip-flop. It hurts her heart. That’s why she had to tell him to cease and desist.
Bong Hee cries that she takes this anymore. Ji Wook spies her.
Lawyer Ji suggest they all go out together. Assistant Jang says that everyone is still hungover from the previous evening.
Later Lawyer Ji takes the remains of his cake to the park and has solo celebration of his birthday. Yoo Jung shows up. She wishes him happy birthday. She remembers coming to the park in past years. She starts to walk away but stops and asks if she can join him. He says no. She sits next to him anyhow.
I felt sorry for Lawyer Ji celebrating his birthday alone. He tries so hard to maintain the shield of indifference with Yoo Jung, but couldn’t deny that he didn’t want to be alone on his birthday.
Ji Wook writes a happy birthday text (several in fact) but erases and rewrites them without sending. When Bong Hee bumps into him, he inadvertently hits the send button. Lawyer Ji smiles at the short text.
Yoo Jung admits telling Ji Wook that his love wasn’t enough for her. Lawyer Ji is surprised. Yoo Jung admits regretting that statement. Lawyer Ji tells her to forget that foolish statement. Yoo Jung wishes that Lawyer Ji and Ji Wook didn’t dislike her so flagrantly. Lawyer Ji confirms he dislikes her, when she asks. But he recalls answering Assistant Jang’s question at the previous evenings celebrate “who do you hate the most in the world?” Lawyer Ji admitted that he hated someone but liked her too. He tells Yoo Jung only half of his sentiment and says he hates her. She leaves a birthday gift, calls him a jerk and walks away.
Lawyer Ji wants Yoo Jung but can’t because it makes him a betrayer of Ji Wook, something he never wants to do again. Unfortunately, I don’t feel much for Yoo Jung, so her pain in the matter doesn’t resonate. But I do feel something for Lawyer Ji, the man that loved her from afar for so long, the man that can never have her without Ji Wook’s blessing.
Hyun Soo meets the forensics guy. He asks why his footprint and button ended up at the murder scene when he’s usually meticulous about wiping all traces of him away. The forensics guy claims it was an accident. But Hyun Soo doesn’t accept the excuse and grabs him.
Another good episode. Finally details and motivations are being revealed. Our characters are opening dealing with things (at least admitting them to themselves) instead of lying to themselves and other. I like the fade in and out of characters, objects, etc. to indicates a past memory. It allows the more tie-ins to past moments, without the standard flashback mechanism.
Hyun Soo’s rationale for tracking Bong Hee is stupid. He only THINKS she saw him with a body bag, across a parking lot, on a roof, when it was dark. In 2 plus years she’s said nothing about what she saw. That means she didn’t see anything OR took whatever she saw as inconsequential.
We end the episode with an inkling that forensics guy and Hyun Soo are not partners. Forensics guy appears to be afraid of the volatile Hyun Soo.
Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) rejected Ji Wook’s attempt to help. She clearly told him that he ended their closeness, and he couldn’t restart it whenever he wanted. He laid down their relationship rules, and he must follow them.
No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) returned to knight in shining armor mode when he warned District Attorney Jang never to hurt Bong Hee again. It was overdue. It was well done. Ji Wook is still a loner with his feelings and thoughts. He isn’t sharing his suspicions about Hyun Soo with Bong Hee. Why should he? She’s sees herself in Hyun Soo. She’s blind to the Hyun Soo’s true nature. Ji Wook probably tells himself that he’s protecting her from Hyun Soo. But we all know that Hyun Soo sees Bong Hee as a potential threat that may have to be eliminated.