Suspicious Partner Episode 26 Recap
Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) gets a call to come to the police station. When Lawyer Ji Eun Hyuk (Choi Tae Joon) and Bong Hee arrive, they find No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) and Hyun Soo battered from their fight. The police officer is miffed they won’t accept a settlement among themselves. Hyun Soo clarifies he’s willing. Ji Wook clarifies he’s not. The police officer throws them in the detention cell.
Driving home, Lawyer Ji asks Bong Hee if she’s willing to do something illegal with him. They arrive at Hyun Soo’s apartment ready to search. Flashback shows Ji Wook directing Lawyer Ji to grab Hyun Soo’s apartment keys. Now Lawyer Ji shows Bong Hee the keys and they enter the apartment wearing booties and gloves. They search the apartment. Flashback to Ji Wook telling Lawyer Ji to take a weapon they can later use to falsify evidence. Lawyer Ji takes a knife from the kitchen and puts it in a bag to preserve the fingerprints.
Hmm, so falsifying evidence is acceptable now that Hyun Soo has proven himself elusive. But I’m not thrilled with this option. The pragmatic me agrees, do what is necessary to get this killer off the streets. The ethical me would prefer team good stay good while taking down Hyun Soo.
Lawyer Byeon Young Hee (Lee Deok Hwa) chides Assistant Jang (Jang Hyuk Jin) to wake up. He knows the team is working to find the man that assaulted Assistant Jang.
Ji Wook and Hyun Soo sign the settlement agreement. They stare at each other before departing.
Lawyer Ji shows Ji Wook the knife he took from Hyun Soo’s apartment. Ji Wook agrees the knife is a reasonable match to the weapon used. Lawyer Ji reminds Ji Wook that falsifying evidence is against the law. Ji Wook quotes the law. Lawyer Ji reminds Ji Wook he will lose his law license. Ji Wook counters that Hyun Soo admitted he is the killer but they have no evidence. Ji Wook asks if they should do nothing while Hyun Soo continues to kill. Ji Wook says there is no choice and they’ve run out of time. Lawyer Ji offers to falsify the evidence. Ji Wook refuses. Bong Hee enters the room and offers to falsify the evidence. She notes she’s got jail experience. But more importantly she’s the one that brought Hyun Soo into their lives. She needs to do this to pay for that.
Turns out Bong Hee isn’t the only feeling guilty. Lawyer Byeon feels guilty for breaking their drinking date on the night Assistant Jang was attacked. Lawyer Ji feels guilty for not stopping Assistant Jang’s further investigation that Bong Hee forbid.
Ji Wook finds Bong Hee feeling guilty. He understands and recommends they each of them stop blaming themselves. Bong Hee thinks that she’s not alone in her self-reproach.
Hyun Soo remembers the woman he loved. Tears spring to his eyes. He leaves a rose in memory. When he returns home, he realizes things are in slightly difference places. He knows his apartment has been searched. He realizes Ji Wook orchestrated the search by detaining him in jail.
Bong Hee reports that Hyun Soo’s alibi checks out but he never spoke or removed his helmet. She guesses that he hired someone to act in his stead. Yoo Jung believes that possibility but can’t act on it. Unfortunately, the second body from the rooftop hasn’t been identified or yielded DNA evidence from Hyun Soo. The lab results are still pending from the current crime. Bong Hee shows a notepad of names from Assistant Jang’s desk. The names are related to Chan Ho. Yoo Jung bemoans the lack of evidence. Bong Hee, Lawyer Ji, and Ji Wook looks at each other.
Hyun Soo sends Ji Wook photos of Assistant Jang and Bong Hee threatening them. When they meet Ji Wook pins the smirking Hyun Soo against a wall. Ji Wook feigns no knowledge of the search of Hyun Soo’s apartment. Hyun Soo reminds Ji Wook that if he got in his way, Hyun Soo will be forced to act against those he loved. Hyun Soo notes he’s busy and doesn’t Ji Wook’s interference. Angry, Hyun Soo snaps that if the police and lawyers would do their job properly then he won’t have turned out to be a killer.
The interference is that Hyun Soo’s girlfriend was assaulted and the culprits were set free. Hyun Soo’s killing spree must be against those that hurt his girlfriend.
Lawyer Ji and Bong Hee shows the trio of friend’s picture to past acquaintances. There was an incident in high school but no one remembers the.
Ji Wook considers the knife. He recalls District Attorney Jang admitting that he planted the knife to convict Bong Hee. He recalls Hyun Soo declaring that these murders were necessary retribution. Ji Wook grabs the knife and announces to Lawyer Ji and Bong Hee that he will never use it. He places it in his desk drawer. He declares even though the playing by the rules it the harder path, it’s the right path to take. They need not lower themselves to criminal status to catch a criminal. Lawyer Ji and Bong Hee are relieved and agreeable. They agree they need to determine the details of the origin crime that spun Hyun Soo on a path of murder for retribution. He reminds them that Hyun Soo could attack again if he deems them interfering with his mission. They agree to be careful.
Got to say, it was stupid to put the knife in his drawer. “Disposing” of an item does not mean setting it aside, it means getting rid of an item. I am relieved Ji Wook decided to remain ethical in his pursuit of justice.
Alone in the kitchen Bong Hee tells Ji Wook that she’s proud of the decision he made. She takes his hand and pats his back. Ji Wook leans into her.
Simple but effective moment between our couple. A common purpose where they are no longer lying to each other has done wonders.
No surprise, but someone takes the knife from Ji Wook’s desk drawer and places it back in Hyun Soo’s kitchen. Then they text Yoo Jung with the information. She tries to get a search warrant but it is a chicken and egg situation. Her boss won’t authorize the search unless she has the evidence and she can’t get the evidence unless the search is authorized.
Yoo Jung calls Ji Wook about the knife. He rushes to his desk drawer. He looks at Lawyer Ji and Ji Wook who look confused. Ji Wook rushes out of the house.
Hyun Soo exits his apartment to find Yoo Jung there with a search warrant. They trash the place will searching. Hyun Soo is understandably upset. Yoo Jung examines the knives and finds the one with blood. Hyun Soo laughs and mutters that Ji Wook screwed him. He flees and escapes on his motorbike.
JH sees the chase and joins in.
Lawyer Byeon struggles to stay awake at Assistant Jang’s bedside. He watches Assistant Jang’s hand. It moves. He calls to Assistant Jang.
The police chase Hyun Soo. Somehow Ji Wook gets right behind him. A car comes into the intersection. Hyun Soo hits the car and rolls over it. Everyone gets out of their cars. Ji Wook stares in horror. This isn’t the way he wanted Hyun Soo to be caught.
A car hits Hyun Soo. The driver fleeing with the police cars everywhere took gall. But the police were riveted in Hyun Soo’s body in the road, they did not give chase. Do I think Hyun Soo is dead? No Do I think Hyun Soo is badly injured? Probably not. Who took the knife from Ji Wook’s desk drawer and planted it in Hyun Soo’s apartment?
Lawyer Ji agreed with Ji Wook’s decision to capture Hyun Soo fairly. At least that’s what he said. But he wasn’t excited about the possibility of fabricating the evidence, so I don’t think he did it.
Bong Hee supported Ji Wook’s decision to capture Hyun Soo fairly. At least that’s what she said. Bong Hee has gone through so much, I struggle that she’d be willing to risk a rift by lying to Ji Wook.
Ji Wook decided to capture Hyun Soo fairly. I was relieved. I didn’t want Ji Wook to stoop to Hyun Soo’s level of maneuvering and fabrication. But someone took the knife. It was a dumb decision to leave the knife in his desk drawer and not discard of it properly.
The 8th song of the OST has been released. Check out “The Memory of That Day” by Kim Jong Wan of NELL: