Suspicious Partner Episode 17 “Bong Hee’s Golden Age” (part 1) Recap
No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) rushes to the park after receiving a text that Bong Hee would be meeting Chan Ho. Ji Wook reflects that his life has been littered with endings that he’s withdrawn and been unable to start over. He realizes he’s run away from Bong Hee. He doesn’t when and where it began but he has feelings for Bong Hee. When he arrives at the park, he’s relieved that she waited for him to arrive.
When they get home, Ji Wook apologizes. Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) stares into his eyes and sees he’s sincere. Ji Wook hugs her. Bong Hee hesitates to hug him back. Ji Wook doesn’t let go and hugs her closer. Bong Hee still hesitates. Ji Wook pushes away. Bong Hee stares at him. Ji Wook kisses Bong Hee! She’s no fool, she responds. Ji Wook thinks this relationship has officially begun. He kisses her with passion. She’s into it too. When they pull apart, she says nothing and goes to her room, in shock over what just happened. Ji Wook sighs.
Wow! The second kiss was just as good, if not better, than the first!
Chan Ho drives with Hyun Soo in the back seat welding a knife. Chan Ho suddenly stops the car. The men fight. Chan Ho declares he won’t do this anymore. Chan Ho jumps from the bridge into the river. That surprises Hyun Soo. He looks over the bridge and doesn’t see anything but ripples. He tells himself four have disappear and three remain.
Ji Wook and Bong Hee share a beer. Ji Wook tries to tell Bong Hee the kiss mattered but she cuts him off. She won’t let him talk and states she’s working to stop liking him just like he requested. She declares she’s over him. She tells him she won’t be shaken by a kiss. She states life is good and she doesn’t want unbalance things again. Ji Wook feels regret that his rejection of her affections has led to this. She heads to her room.
Argh! I hate it when only one person talks in a conversation. Clinging to her need not to get hurt again, Bong Hee refused to believe that Ji Wook might be serious and rejected the kiss and what it could mean. Ji Wook felt stuck, admit the kiss was real on his part would upset Bong Hee, which he did not want to do. In my mind, Ji Wook did the heavy lifting of the kiss. Now he needed to be equally decisive with words to follow the action of the kiss. Bummer. Can Bong Hee shake off that kiss and sell herself it was a mistake?
Chan Ho exits the river exhausted but alive.
Lawyer Byeon Young Hee (Lee Deok Hwa) stops a cart from running into a woman with his car. He’s dismayed when the breathalyzer shows him over the limit to drive.
Ji Wook ignores the call from Lawyer Byeon.
The next morning Ji Wook runs trying to shake himself back into life.
Bong Hee tries not to think about the kiss. It’s not easy.
When Ji Wook returns from his run, they stare but say nothing. After cleaning up, Ji Wook tells Bong Hee it is his turn to talk. He apologizes for being scared after he realized his feelings. He was afraid he would be insufficient for her. He won’t ask her to change her mind. But this time, he has to speak his mind. He asks for her approval to like her. He tells her he won’t disturb her. He tells her to let him know when and if she returns his feelings. He promises he’ll wait for her. She’s gob smacked.
Well said Ji Wook! Atta boy! I’d be blabbering my acceptance of his feelings straight away!
Ji Wook and Bong Hee can’t keep their eyes off each other at work. Lawyer Ji Eun Hyuk (Choi Tae Joon) and Assistant Jang notice. Lawyer Byeon announces that he saved a woman last night but got arrested for drinking and driving. He listens to every inquiring but he has no proof his intent was to call a driver before saving the woman. Everyone teases Lawyer Byeon. Ji Wook says to accept the punishment. Lawyer Byeon wants to go to court. They all agree, the court would make an example of him. Lawyer Byeon calls them all traitors. The meeting is adjourned.
Ji Wook asks Assistant Jang to find out where Hyun Soo was last night. He has a bad feeling about the previous evening. Ji Wook recalls he and Bong Hee receiving identical texts from Chan Ho apologizing for not meeting as agreed. Ji Wook tells Assistant Jang Chan Ho’s phone was turned off when he called immediately after receiving the text. Ji Wook tells Assistant Jang that Hyun Soo is a liar. He hopes Hyun Soo will be the good guy that Bong Hee believes him to be. When Lawyer Ji sits down to chat with Bong Hee, Ji Wook gets irked.
Bong Hee tells Lawyer Ji that love is about timing. She wonders what to do. She declares she won’t change her mind. Ji Wook interrupts to tell Bong Hee he’s going to visit Chan Ho. She declines to go. Ji Wook strides away. Lawyer Ji tells her if she likes Ji Wook she should join him. She scampers after Ji Wook.
Bong Hee can’t get Ji Wook’s actions and declaration out her head. She gets agitated.
When they arrive, she declares she’s not going to like him back. Ji Wook understands. She declares it was awful when it was unrequited. Ji Wook understands. She declares she’ll get him back for this. Ji Wook asks what he wants him to do. He gives her a perky grin. Ha! She declares he may have to wait forever. Ji Wook understands. Bong Hee strides away.
Cute watching Ji Wook demur to Bong Hee. Now her fear is guiding her actions. Just the state Ji Wook was in before he clarified his feelings for her.
He reminds her that he’s the boss. She grouses and agrees. Ji Wook is surprised to learn that Chan Ho went on vacation. His boss says that Chan Ho surprised him yesterday when he requested to use his vacation days.
They go to Chan Ho’s apartment but he’s not there. They wonder how to get into Chan Ho’s apartment when the landlord asks if they are the newlyweds that scheduled to see the apartment. They confirm they are the newlyweds.
Inside Chan Ho’s apartment they learn it has been for lease only a short time. They ask the landlord to allow them to look at the apartment alone so they can come to consensus. They smile while the landlord coos that they need privacy and then leaves.
They search his apartment. Ji Wook wonders if Chan Ho is permanently missing. Bong Hee finds a photo of Bong Hee with two other friends.
Now the tables have turned and Bong Hee is afraid to admit her feelings. Ji Wook took the bold step of kissing her and showing her his feelings in actions. When she shut him down with her nervous chatter, I could practically see her putting her fingers in her ears and declaring that she couldn’t hear whatever Ji Wook wanted to say. He gave her the evening to think about it. The next morning Ji Wook regrouped then took the bold step of verbalizing his feelings and assuring her he’d patiently wait for her response. Instead of pouncing on him, Bong Hee backed away afraid to open herself up to potential hurt.
Hyun Soo said 3 down 4 to go. Does that mean he’s killed 3 and 4 more to kill? His scuffle with Chan Ho got physical. He seemed surprised when Chan Ho jumped from the brigde. But he quickly went into coverup mode texting Bong Hee and Ji Wook from Chan Ho’s phone. But Chan Ho isn’t dead. He crawled out of the river.
Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) let fear stop her from responding in kind to Ji Wook’s declaration of affection. She like him. But he hurt her heart when he rejected her declaration earlier. Now she’s done the same to him.
No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) declared his affection for Bong Hee by action and word. Ji Wook practically made me swoon with the follow-up passionate kiss. Ji Chang Wook knows how to kiss for the camera. I’m betting the producer director has to provide little direction to him. I was concerned that Ji Wook would shut down after Bong Hee wouldn’t let him talk as pulled away from him. But he regrouped and told her that he liked her. Why she didn’t melt then and there is beyond me. Her fantasy came true. I was proud that Ji Wook was straightforward and charming when he told her he’d wait. Why she didn’t melt then and there is beyond me.
The sixth song of the OST “Breathing All Day” by BUMKEY has been released: