Suspicious Partner Episode 20 Recap

Suspicious Partner Episode 20 “Truth versus Secrecy” (part 2) Recap

Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun), Assistant Jang (Jang Hyuk Jin) and Lawyer Byeon Young Hee (Lee Deok Hwa) watch the disagreement between Ji Wook and Lawyer Ji. Lawyer Byeon states they need to battle it out and come to a consensus. Recall that Ji Wook and Lawyer Ji disagree about Lawyer Ji’s choice to allow his client Mrs. Park to plead guilty to the murder her son committed.

At trial, Na Ji Hae (Kim Ye Won) details how Mrs. Park’s husband died. Cha Yoo Jung (Nara) acts as second prosecutor. Bong Hee notices the upset son in the gallery. Ji Hae states Mrs. Parks needs to be held for murder. Lawyer Ji Eun Hyuk (Choi Tae Joon) agrees to the charge. Lawyer Ji asks the judge to take into account that Mrs. Parks had been abused by her husband for 20 years.

No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) sits next to Bong Hee in the gallery. She wonders if he’ll reveal the truth, that Mrs. Parks did not murder her husband. Ji Wook states this is Lawyer Ji’s trial and he won’t interfere. Bong Hee sees Mrs. Parks nod to her son to be strong. He struggles to let his mother take the blame for his actions.


Bong Hee decides to study all the documentation. Bong Hee struggles with the volume of information and her hair blossoms into an untidy mess. Ji Wook tells Assistant Jang and Lawyer Ji that this is normal for Bong Hee when she’s overworked.


3 days later…Bong Hee is wearing the same clothes. She details her efforts. Ji Wook is amazed that she questioned witnesses looking like that. He quickly recants the statement when she is irked. Bong Hee says that Mrs. Parks nod to her son indicated that she was being strong for her son. Bong Hee talked to her son, who regretted seeing his father on that fateful day. Flashback to the father and son arguing. The son claims when he left his father was alive. When Mrs. Parks arrived, she saw her husband’s body and assumed her son killed him. She decided to stab the body to divert attention to her. Bong Hee wonders what happened between the time the son left and Mrs. Park arrived. Bong Hee learned about the medicine the father was taking. A doctor opinion was that the father had a cerebral aneurysm, fell backwards and struck his head on the step. Bong Hee asks Ji Wook to request another autopsy. Ji Wook is proud of Bong Hee. Even in her unwashed state he hugs her. As her mentor, he tells her she did a good job. There are smiles on both their faces.

While the not showering for 3 days is yucky, it is good to see Bong Hee flex her lawyer muscles. Ji Wook glowed with pride at her hypothesis that Mr. Park was killed due to a cerebral aneurysm. Doesn’t that also indicate the Mrs. Parks should have called her son to learn what happened that day. Instead she assumed her son killed his father and she elected to plead guilty for a crime neither of them committed.

Yoo Jung tells Lawyer Ji and Ji Wook that the second autopsy confirms that Mr. Park died from a cerebral aneurysm. The murder charges are dropped. However, Mrs. Parks is still charged with stabbing the dead body. Lawyer Ji is relieved. Yoo Jung tells Lawyer Ji to tell his client the good news. Ji Wook thanks her too. Yoo Jung retorts that Ji Wook isn’t grateful to her at all.

Mrs. Park and her son weep tears of joy and Lawyer Ji and Ji Wook watch.

 Ji Hae asks Bong Hee if her relationship with Ji Wook started the night she found her ex-boyfriend at the hotel. Bong Hee realizes that Ji Hae was the other woman that her ex-boyfriend cheated with. Ji Hae claims that is no longer important. Bong Hee agrees. But Bong Hee demands to know why Ji Hae bullied her when she knew Bong Hee was the injured party. It turns into a girl fight complete with hair pulling. Ji Wook, Lawyer Ji and Yoo Jung spot the tussle. Ji Wook intervenes removing Ji Hae’s hands from Bong Hee. He tells Bong Hee to remove her hands from Ji Hae.

Bong Hee and Ji Hae glare, stare and practically hiss at each other as everyone walks to the elevator. Ji Wook sweeps Bong Hee into the elevator and tells the others to take the next one. Lawyer Ji is impressed, Yoo Jung sighs and Ji Hae is further irked.


Ji Wook sidles close to Bong Hee in the elevator. She warns him to back off. He asks if his nearness is unsettling. He wonders what it will take for her to fall for him. Bong Hee’s hand on her heart reveals the increased pace. She dashes out of the elevator. Ji Wook is pleased to see Bong Hee unsettled. Bong Hee slips in the truth “I like you too, but I’m going to see my mother”. Ji Wook is thrilled. Bong Hee strides away. Ji Wook follows stating he’ll visit his mother too.

Finally! Bong Hee admits what we all knew. She likes him. This is a positive moment for our couple.

Ji Wook and Bong Hee drive separately to see their respective mothers.

Looking forward to this next potential reveal!

Ji Wook’s mother and Bong Hee’s mother one-up each other with how loving and kind their respective child is. Bong Hee arrives first, hugging her mother with enthusiasm. Ji Wook’s mother stares at “the show”. Ji Wook’s mother wishes her son would come and see her.

Ji Wook visits his mother’s memorial marker. We see that she died in 1994. He apologizes for not visiting often. He says he missed her terribly today. He cries for the mother that is gone.

Color me surprised. I knew Ji Wook’s father was dead, but I’d forgotten about his mother. Sweet moment. Ji Chang Wook is a pretty crier.


After receiving an unsettling phone call, Hyun Soo meets with Ji Wook. He tells Ji Wook the woman he helped in a past assault case called him to let him know he was being investigated. Ji Wook apologizes. Hyun Soo asks why Ji Wook is now doubting him. Ji Wook is straightforward. Hyun Soo lied and now they don’t trust him. Hyun Soo quotes statistics about how much people lie. Ji Wook says the kind of lie matters. He tells Hyun Soo he’s done investigating him. Hyun Soo says that sounds like a lie. Hyun Soo suggests getting together with Bong Hee. Ji Wook claims they are both busy. Hyun Soo stares at Ji Wook.

The best thing about Ji Wook and Hyun Soo conversations is the underlying subtext.

When Ji Wook returns home, Bong Hee is clean and wondering if CH is the murderer. She notices Ji Wook looks worried. He lies all is well. She presses him to share. He lies there is nothing to share. Ji Wook thinks concealing a big lie can cause small truths to be revealed. Ji Wook says he wants to talk to Bong Hee about family.

Ji Wook admits he visited his mother earlier in the day.

Flashback, Ji Wook goes to his mother’s eatery. He eats, and shares that he visited his mother’s memorial earlier. She smiles and says she dreamed about his mother the previous evening.

Ji Wook admits that he has two mothers. His current mother was his biological mother’s best friend.

Flashback, Ji Wook’s 2nd mom visit newly born Ji Wook and his mother in the hospital. She coos Ji Wook will always have two mothers.

Ji Wook admits his parents were killed in a fire when he was small.


Flashback, His current mother tells a young Ji Wook that now she’ll be his mother. Lawyer Byeon joins Ji Wook and his mother. She asks why he’s there. Lawyer Byeon states he needs no excuse to visit his wife’s eatery. Madam Hong (Ji Wook’s 2nd mother) declares Lawyer Byeon is to stay away from the house and her. Ji Wook guesses that Lawyer Byeon created the problem. Madam Hong tells her husband to buy a bunch of pizzas to go.

Glad to see the connection between Ji Wook, Lawyer Byeon, and his second mother, Madam Hong, revealed.

Bong Hee admits she has two fathers. She promises to tell him her story next time. When he suggests they get some sleep, Bong Hee misconstrues his intent, surprising and irking Ji Wook.

  They stare into each other’s eyes. Ji Wook stares at her lips. He goes in for a kiss, but their tea cups clash, breaking the moment. Bong Hee tells Ji Wook to imagine her next to him if he can’t sleep. He asks if she’ll stay next to him. She declines.


Ji Wook thinks about Bong Hee while he lays in bed. He smiles.

Ji Wook dreams about his father lying on the ground in the fire and the mystery man approaching him. Ji Wook wakes breathing heavily.

Bong Hee smiles looking at her two bunnies. She looks through her photo album. She stares at the picture of her with her father. She wishes him goodnight. She smiles.


Ji Wook tries to calm down from his dream.

My Thoughts

Lies continue to dominate. Ji Wook lies directly to Bong Hee claiming he doesn’t have anything to share. Ji Wook lies directly to Hyun Soo claiming his investigation into him is complete. Lawyer Ji’s client lied that she committed the murder. Why didn’t the son tell his mother he didn’t kill his father? Did he not realize his mother was taking the fall for him? If not, Lawyer Ji did a terrible job prepping him as a witness. Hyun Soo lies about everything. When we learn why he kills? Hyun Soo is always there. His presence forces everyone to lie.

Lawyer Ji finally owes the acquittal of his client to Bong Hee. I was surprised that Mrs. Park’s son nor Mrs. Park did not kill the abusive man in their life. Instead he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage which was confirmed by the second autopsy. Lawyer Ji and Ji Wook seems to relax around each other.

Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) casually told Ji Wook she liked him. I was hoping for a bigger moment for that admission. Did anything change between them? Was that why Ji Wook decided to share the story of his two mothers? Were you disappointed when the reveal that Ji Wook’s mother is the owner of the eatery that Bong Hee’s mother works at wasn’t revealed? I was relieved to see Bong Hee’s brains, not just her smile and hair, showcased this episode. I was as pleased as Ji Wook that she figured out what really happened to Mrs. Park’s husband. But why didn’t Bong Hee tap into her martial arts skills in her scuffle with Ji Hae? Is Bong Hee’s father the man in Ji Wook’s fire dream?

No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) continued to lie about his suspicions that Hyun Soo is the murderer. Ji Wook is consistent, that’s the best thing I can say. Ji Wook’s dreams are unsettling. The fire, Hyun Soo stabbing someone, I get why he hesitates to fall asleep. The big smile on Ji Wook’s face as Bong Hee explained what’s she’d determined in the murder case was terrific. The smile on Ji Wook’s face as he thought about Bong Hee before he fell asleep had me smiling too.

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4 comments on “Suspicious Partner Episode 20 Recap
  1. imberreader says:

    This is such a hard case to fight in, for Eun Hyuk. Of course abuse of such a long time (and in general) doesn’t stop having effect as soon as it is not done for a day or two. So, even if she was a murderer, it would still be all about the abuse and her mind finally snapping, her defending herself before he attacked her. Of course it wouldn’t make murder right, but not only it’d be accidental, but was what he did right by any account?

    The scene of mother nodding to her son with smile, while he is crying brought tears to my eyes. I guess I’mt too emotional, but it felt really raw.

    I oddly liked seeing Bong Hee become a mess because of work at her own initiaitive, not only back when she was interning under Ji Wook. This isn’t her case, she’s working very hard for justice and truth, and all I would like to see an attorney be and do. This was a big bonus to her as professional, after the mess-up with her other cases. As always, we see her as human, with her up and down moments and mistakes, and I genuinely like it that no aspect of our heroes is just flat-shaded.

    The pencil in hair really finished her look off. :’D Wonderful accesorising. + The way Ji Wook stares at her attentively while she’s explaining this odd case to us. Homeboy loves her at any time, in any situation, in any state of disheveled. But of course, why did truly no one think to look at medical records and discuss with doctor? Was Ji Wook and Eun Hyuk too busy fighting over the moral implications of the obvious ‘story’?

    AND THAT HUG. As I said, he’s so done for her. I love that he admits it is an excuse (cause, c’mon, no boss does that!!) and she’s totally okay with it, accepting the hug and I am again fawning over the slipping right into dating territory. Though of course that exgerrated reaction to slightly greasy hair and all is eye-rolly, but somehow they still make it cute.

    Yoo Jung did the right thing and that scene was nice.

    The mother and son hugging brought tears to my eyes again and when it panned to Ji Wook, also tearful, I clammed up inside, like, there’s something coming, isn’t there…

    But oh no, here comes Miss Cheater. Bong Hee’s expression-reaction is perfect. I am just really surprised Bong Hee hadn’t realized Miss Hyena is the one her boyfriend cheated with, as they got so chummy soon after the break-up.

    Still, hair-pulling cat-fight? From our National champion at martial arts, aka Bong Hee? (One of the epilogues confirmed her as National champion.) I understand she can’t beat up a Prosecutor in halls of workspace, but, still.

    “Let her go!!” “What about her?” “Oh, right.” Hahhaahhaah. Ji Wook don’t care who his bby slaps silly as long as she’s okay. And they end up hissing at each other like two cats, ha! The walk to the elevator is just… Well, Ji Wook’s expression says it clearly.

    Eun Hyuk rubs salt in wound perfectly, I just want to give him hug for that sunny smile. And he’s right, they’re frickin cute.

    I love that he got concerned boyfriend mode, trying to fix her hair and all ‘I don’t like it’ that you get hurt. And she’s like ‘nope, space too small to endure flirt-attack’, and he totally get it. THAT LEAN IN. THAT QUESTION. How can he be so amazingly straightforward and honest at perfect times, but not fess up about Hyun Soo? The way he asks, I just… Good lord. That smoulder. I got doki-dokis together with Bong Hee.

    And then, that hand wave like. ‘Must preserve my sanity’. Why are you still resisting, Bong Hee, whyyy? “Wait, I think it worked!” Surprised, happy puppy. Omg, he’s killing me. The happy smile with which he follows her!!

    Well, at least we get excuse from Bong Hee… And a sort of admission!! Ahahhaa, and he reacts like a school kid!!

    Are we going to get the Great Mom Confrontation this episode? I guess so, look at them showing off how great their children is to each other.

    W-wait what. Goodness. Oh no. The silent crying always gets me. But what is going on, did he lose both his parents in the fire? Is this the reason why he was sad all day at mention at moms? At the meet of son and mom? He’s breaking my heart right now!

    And what’s with Hyun Soo?! Oh man, oh no!! Why would that woman tell on Assistant Jang? This won’t end well. Hyun Soo makes such a sincere appeal too, if not for that furious blinking. Also, the speech about lies should smack some sense into Ji Wook, but it probably won’t. (And I’m probably the one who drives the average per day lie count down because I do my very best to be always truthful, so that statistic is kinda untrue in general, it is AGAIN case by case basis.)

    That was thinly veiled threat towards Bong Hee, dangit. The acting in this scene, though. That simmering hostility and distrust, faked diplomacy and politeness. Chilling in best way – that ice wasn’t gonna melt any time soon.

    I liked how he stared her with the tragic version of puppy eyes, just glad she’s there, and she immediately sensed something’s off. They’re very in tune. Too bad he opted for lies AGAIN. And even worse, hid it behind a painful truth-reveal. Like a shield. Of course it’s good he opened up about it, but not the best reason for it.

    I wonder if his current mom was unable to have a child of her own so she became his second mom since his birth and some translations refer to her as his Godmother. But either way, she really loves and adores him as her own. And so I was right that he became orphan in that fire…. Poor Ji Wook, my heart is breaking for him!

    W-wait!! His mom is Mr. Byun’s wife and that makes him literally adopted-father figure to Ji Wook?! Wow!! And he’s always on mom’s side, ha. No wonder he got his adopted-dad resignation letter as birthday gift…

    Bong Hee’s and Ji Wook’s conversation is a little awkward, but sincere. Even if it was started for wrong reasons, I like that they’re bonding and getting to know each other beyond work and attraction.

    I cannot believe she misunderstood his sleeping line. Someone’s flirting has gotten under her skin way too much! HA. The transition from awkwardness to I-want-to-kiss-you moment felt a bit strange to me, but I guess the want is always simmering there. The sense of domesticity probably helps, too.

    I love that at safe distance, she got courage to be a total tease and flirt. And he shot right back at her, and they were comfortable with each other and buddingness of their relationship again. Oh man, he’s trying to sleep in BED and he’s happy and my heart.

    But here comes the nightmare… And another dramatic reveal!! The man in the fire looks like Bong Hee’s dad!! Is it a mistake and he’s actually the one to save Ji Wook (but why would he ignore the man on the floor then) and our Ji Wook may only think he’s the murderer or it is actually true?! Is it the confirmation that Bong Hee and Ji Wook truly knew each other as kids, as implied by time he saw her childhood picture? We need to know!!

    The writer of this and Hello Monster/I Remember You seems to be fond of connecting fathers of romantic leads through murder and suffering! Ahh, I truly hope they don’t go down the typical line, though, since it was so nicely done in the other kdrama.

    P.S. We see Bong Hee fawning over the Suited Bunny plush Ji Wook got her in the last epilogue, yay.

    And this epilogue is her being a total dork and wanting to put all blame on luck, but not getting results she wants until said person intervenes!!
    As someone said, if you can’t decide something, toss a coin – it won’t matter what is the outcome, but before it is revealed, your heart will tell you which one you want. Listen to your heart, Bong Hee!!

    • The pencil in hair really finished her look off. :’D Wonderful accesorising. + The way Ji Wook stares at her attentively while she’s explaining this odd case to us. Homeboy loves her at any time, in any situation, in any state of disheveled.
      I love the way you put things!

      W-wait!! His mom is Mr. Byun’s wife and that makes him literally adopted-father figure to Ji Wook?! Wow!! And he’s always on mom’s side, ha. No wonder he got his adopted-dad resignation letter as birthday gift
      That was a good reveal and tied the circle between these characters.

      But here comes the nightmare… And another dramatic reveal!! The man in the fire looks like Bong Hee’s dad!! Is it a mistake and he’s actually the one to save Ji Wook (but why would he ignore the man on the floor then) and our Ji Wook may only think he’s the murderer or it is actually true?! Is it the confirmation that Bong Hee and Ji Wook truly knew each other as kids, as implied by time he saw her childhood picture? We need to know!!
      I wondered if it was Bong Hee’s Dad too. There are layers to these murders, past experiences, relationships in this series.

      The writer of this and Hello Monster/I Remember You seems to be fond of connecting fathers of romantic leads through murder and suffering! Ahh, I truly hope they don’t go down the typical line, though, since it was so nicely done in the other kdrama.
      Appreciate your insight on Writer Kwon.

  2. Jane Tilly says:

    Truth won at the trial ⚖, thanks to Bong Hee’s research; but truth did not win on the 🏡 front.

    This seemed to be the HAIR episode:
    🔹 Bong Hee rummaging her fingers through her dirty hair.
    🔹 Ji Wook avoiding, but eventually touching Bong Hee’s dirty hair as he patted 🙌 her on the head.
    🔹 Bong Hee and Hye Ji pulling each other’s hair. 👊✌
    🔹 Hair raisingly scary Hyun Soo. Yeah, yeah, it’s pushing it…

    I assumed the woman Ji Wook called Mom was his biological mother. I was 🎊surprised🎉 Mom was an adopted mother and that her husband was attorney Byun; that explains attorney Byun’s relationship with Ji Wook. Actress Nam Ki Ae has done an excellent 🏆 job of portraying a ❤-ing Mom, to the point I had not even 🚫🤔 considered the possibility of her not being Ji Wook’s biological mother. I have always seen Nam Ki Ae play TOXIC ☠ mothers (think 💭 Another Miss Oh and My Secret Romance). Well done Nam Ki Ae, you are not a one trick pony 🎠.

    I agree with imberreader that the guy standing over Ji Wook’s dad during the 🔥, seemed to resemble Bong Hee’s dad‼ Oh no another obstacle 🎟 for our OTP‼

    • I was 🎊surprised🎉 Mom was an adopted mother and that her husband was attorney Byun; that explains attorney Byun’s relationship with Ji Wook. Actress Nam Ki Ae has done an excellent 🏆 job of portraying a ❤-ing Mom, to the point I had not even 🚫🤔 considered the possibility of her not being Ji Wook’s biological mother. I have always seen Nam Ki Ae play TOXIC ☠ mothers (think 💭 Another Miss Oh and My Secret Romance). Well done Nam Ki Ae, you are not a one trick pony 🎠.
      Perfectly put. You must chuckle at the streaks character actors have in dramas. Nam Ki Ae seems to be everyone’s mother now-a-days!

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