Suspicious Partner Episode 18 “Bong Hee’s Golden Age” (part 2) Recap
No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) informs Assistant Jang (Jang Hyuk Jin) searching Chan Ho’s apartment only yielded a photo of Bong Hee with two other friends. Assistant Jang promises to try and establish the identities of the friends in the photo. When Bong Hee strolls by Ji Wook gets a goofy look on his face making Assistant Jang smile. Assistant Jang asks if Ji Wook has shared his suspicions about Hyun Soo, the client Ji Wook got acquitted but later learned was guilty. Ji Wook says once he has concrete proof, he’ll tell Bong Hee.
District Attorney Jang meets with Cha Yoo Jung (Nara) and Na Ji Hae (Kim Ye Won). He asks them to re-investigate the murder of his son. He can’t accept that the accused murderer, Bong Hee, was acquitted. Yoo Jung points out there were two murder weapons. District Attorney Jang freely admits he fabricated one of the weapons to convict Bong Hee. Ji Hae agrees with District Attorney Jang that Ji Wook planted the second weapon so Bong Hee could not be convicted. Yoo Jung doesn’t believe that Ji Wook would falsify evidence. District Attorney Jang tells her to prove it.
Isn’t falsifying evidence a crime? And accusing Ji Wook of doing the same thing, that’s another faulty logic leap. Anger blown out the candle of District Attorney Jang’s mind.
Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) agrees to help Lawyer Byeon Young Hee (Lee Deok Hwa) beat his drunk driving charge. Recall just before calling a driver, he moved the car to stop a cart from hitting a woman.
When Bong Hee “wins” the honor of doing dishes for a week, Lawyer Byeon agrees to take the chore. Ji Wook can’t help but notice all the males in the office being solicitous to Bong Hee. Ji Wook gets close as he explains particulars on Lawyer Byeon’s case. Bong Hee leans away, not sure she wants his attention.
While eating lunch with her mother Bong Hee explains she’s hit her stride, the golden age. She’s happy at work but that scares her too. What if she loses this? Ji Wook’s mother, the owner, snorts. Bong Hee wonders why the owner always eavesdrops on their conversations. Recall she does not know the owner is Ji Wook’s mother. Bong Hee’s mother tells her to ignore the antics of her bored owner. Ji Wook’s mother can’t keep her mouth shut, proving she is eavesdropping.
Hyun Soo sees Assistant Jang investigating in the neighborhood. He learns Ji Wook checked out his alibi at the bar. Hyun Soo wonders what Ji Wook is up to.
Ji Wook has a nightmare that Hyun Soo stabs someone. Bong Hee finds him fitfully dozing and wakes him. He pulls her into a hug and asks if she’s okay. Bong Hee asks if she died in the dream. Ji Wook says he doesn’t know who got hurt in his dream. Ji Wook releases Bong Hee and apologizes. Bong Hee agrees to stay with him while he falls asleep. Obediently Bong Hee lays down. Bong Hee tells the sleeping Ji Wook that she won’t fall for him no matter how good looking he is.
I’m irked that Bong Hee is stubbornly refusing to reciprocate Ji Wook’s feelings. Considering she’s fearless in so many things, this doesn’t feel completely authentic instead is feels manufactured for plot convenience.
Bong Hee represents Lawyer Byeon at the trial. Ji Wook and Lawyer Ji Eun Hyuk (Choi Tae Joon) both watch from the gallery. Ji Wook claims he’s there to support Lawyer Byeon. Lawyer Ji counters he’s there to watch Bong Hee in action. The judge rules that Lawyer Byeon must pay a $3M won fine or work for $100K won a day until the fine is paid. Lawyer Byeon is not happy. He literally chases Bong Hee down the hallway.
Yoo Jung bemoans the loss of her friendship with Ji Wook and Lawyer Ji to Ji Hae. Watching the Ji Wook, Lawyer Ji and Bong Hee walk down the street together, Ji Hae comments that Bong Hee has won. Seeing “her guys” with Bong Hee, Yoo Jung rushes to confront them. But it doesn’t go well. Ji Wook and Lawyer Ji look at her with pity and walk away with Bong Hee. Yoo Jung watches them with tears in her eyes.
Ji Hae is a weasel and Yoo Jung can come off as pathetic at times.
As a drunk Yoo Jung walks home, Lawyer Ji follows discretely from across the street.
The police find a knife that Hyun Soo planted in what I’m assuming is Chan Ho’s car.
Assistant Jang reports to Ji Wook that finding concrete evidence against Hyun Soo is slow going. Ji Wook wonders if one of the friends in the photo or Hyun Soo purchased Bong Hee the shoes that were delivered to her office. Lawyer Ji interrupts to show them the news report that the murder weapon was found in Chan Ho’s car. The police pledge to capture Chan Ho who now appears to be the chef’s murderer.
Hyun Soo smiles as he watches the report. Things are going as planned. Even better Bong Hee is meets with him.
Lawyer Ji notices Assistant Jang and Ji Wook’s reaction to the news report. He asks what’s going on. They are interrupted when Lawyer Byeon comes looking for Bong Hee. Ji Wook realizes that Bong Hee is gone.
Hyun Soo admits that he fabricated part of his alibi on the day of the murder. Bong Hee asks why he’s admitting this now. Hyun Soo explains that he felt he owed her the truth because she believed in him. Bong Hee recalls the rising doubts Ji Wook has had about Hyun Soo. So she smiles and pretends to accept his apology and his lame explanation. Hyun Soo walks Bong Hee towards her car but he turns away when the man Bong Hee is paying for the banner (looking for a witness for the murder she was falsely accused of) chats with her. Hyun Soo overhears the man ask if the witness contacted her (Hyun Soo was the witness who spoke with the man). Bong Hee says no one every contacted her. She wonders if this man sent her the shoes. She asks for a description but the man doesn’t remember. Hyun Soo decides to test if the man remembers him and stands next to Bong Hee. The man doesn’t recognize Hyun Soo. Ji Wook calls Bong Hee. She reports that she’s with Hyun Soo. Ji Wook tells her to bring Hyun Soo for supper to celebrate that Chan Ho has been identified as the chef’s murderer. Bong Hee extends the invitation to Hyun Soo, who accepts. Bong Hee wishes the man a good day. He and Hyun Soo stare at each other as they depart.
Yoo Jung recalls Ji Hae’s negative words about Bong Hee and Ji Wook’s relationship. Yoo Jung wonders if Ji Wook did compromise his ethics to get Ji Wook off.
Bong Hee and Hyun Soo arrive for dinner. Bong Hee drags Ji Wook upstairs and demands to know why he didn’t share his suspicions about Hyun Soo with her. Bong Hee claims Ji Wook made her feel dumb that she blindly trusted Hyun Soo. Lawyer Ji overhears their conversation. Ji Wook counters that he was waiting for definitive proof. Bong Hee counters that a lie of omission is still a lie. Ji Wook apologizes. He asks why she doubts Hyun Soo. Bong Hee explains that Hyun Soo admitted to lying about his alibi. That surprises Ji Wook. Bong Hee admits now she’s wondering about Hyun Soo. They see Lawyer Ji listening to their conversation. When Ji Wook and Lawyer Ji join the rest for dinner, Yoo Jung is there. She claims she came for work.
What? You show up unannounced and expect to join the team for dinner? I was uncomfortable with Ji Wook and Bong Hee discussing Hyun Soo when he was in the house. Lawyer Ji’s eavesdropping showed that conversation should have occurred after everyone left for the night.
During dinner Ji Wook mentions the news report about Chan Ho being the murderer. Lawyer Ji asks if Hyun Soo knows Chan Ho. Hyun Soo denies this. Yoo Jung pointedly states that those acquitted without the real culprit identified are forever assumed to be guilty. Bong Hee states she’ll find the real culprit. Yoo Jung announces the murder case of District Attorney Jang’s son (and Ji Wook’s ex-boyfriend) has been reopened. She promises to reexamine all the evidence and draw her own conclusions. Yoo Jung says the murderer may be at this table.
Bong Hee was not happy to be the last to know that Ji Wook suspects Hyun Soo. Ji Wook offered the lame excuse that he was waiting for solid evidence. But Bong Hee considered his silence a lie of omission. She’s not wrong. Though Ji Wook’s intentions were to protect Bong Hee he put her in greater danger as she maintained friendly contact with Hyun Soo. Now that Lawyer Ji and Yoo Jung are in the mix, could one of them be the person that Ji Wook dreamed would be stabbed by Hyun Soo? Did you shake your head that the murderer and falsely accused murderer sat side by side each other a dinner while Yoo Jung announced she was investigating the case and would find the real murderer?
Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) continues to let her fear stop her from responding in kind to Ji Wook’s declaration of affection. I’ve had enough of that. Bong Hee lives with more gusto than these actions indicate.
No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) can’t find the evidence to prove Hyun Soo is the murderer. Ji Wook dispatched Assistant Jang to search for evidence but to no avail. Now that Hyun Soo knows that Ji Wook suspects him, what will his next move be? It was cute to watch Ji Wook get a bit jealous when Lawyer Byeon, Assistant Jang, and Lawyer Ji were solicitous to Bong Hee at work. We are at the half way point in the series. I’m ready for their romance to take off.