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.
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.