Suspicious Partner Episode 29 “Grace Period” (Part 1) Recap
In the morning, No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) kisses a sleeping Bong Hee. He spots the picture of her father on her nightstand. He stares at his face. He flashes back to the fire and the man he spotted as he cried for his fallen father. He can’t believe it. When Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) wakes, she smiles and hugs him. He forces a smile and hugs her back. But Ji Wook is reeling inside.
Ji Wook broods in the shower. He recalls Bong Hee telling him she had two fathers and one day she’d share her story. He recalls Bong Hee saying her father died in a fire.
I love a broody shower scene! The back lighting in this show bugs me.
As Ji Wook cooks, he’s distracted.
As Bong Hee dresses, she smiles knowing she’s closer to Ji Wook than ever.
When she finds Ji Wook cooking in the kitchen they are sweetly hesitant with each other. Bong Hee can’t believe how much food he’s cooking.
Lawyer Ji Eun Hyuk (Choi Tae Joon), Lawyer Byeon Young Hee (Lee Deok Hwa) and Assistant Jang (Jang Hyuk Jin) join Bong Hee and Ji Wook for breakfast. The food is not to Ji Wook’s usual standards. He’s oblivious.
Cha Yoo Jung (Nara) speaks again to the man, Lee Joon Ae, that set a fire 2 years ago and confessed yesterday but she let go on orders from District Attorney Jang. She tells Joon Ae that she can’t ignore his confession. She’ll have to because he’s recanting it. She follows him down the hall trying to change his mind. Lawyer Ji sees her following the man.
Na Ji Hae (Kim Ye Won) and Lawyer Ji run into each other in the hallway. She’s hoping he’ll ask her out on a date. Instead he asks about the man Yoo Jung was following. Ji Hae explains the man is an arsonist.
Ji Wook asks Assistant Jang to look into his parent’s death. His interested in the culprit. Assistant Jang promises to get right on it. Ji Wook tells Assistant Jang to take it slow.
To distract himself, Ji Wook goes on a cleaning frenzy.
Ji Wook even offers to help Lawyer Ji with the fire case, to get his mind off of Bong Hee’s father. Bong Hee offers to help too. They review the case. Lawyer Ji explains that Seon Il was convicted because he had previously threatened the victim who had killed his daughter while driving drunk.
Ji Hae reminds Yoo Jung that looking into the fire case was forbidden by District Attorney Jang. Ji Hae warns Yoo Jung if she disobeys what happened to Ji Wook could happen to her.
Ji Wook can’t get Bong Hee’s father out of his mind. He feigns sleep when Bong Hee approaches. She gently traces his face and murmurs she can’t believe her good fortune to be dating Bong Hee.
Assistant Jang is grim faced when he returns from investigating Ji Wook’s parent’s case. He hands Ji Wook the envelope containing the results.
Upstairs Ji Wook reads the results. It confirms that Bong Hee’s father was arrested for the fire that killed his parents. He sees the District Attorney Jang was the prosecutor for the case. He cries knowing this impacts him. Assistant Jang finds him red eyed. Assistant Jang admits he knows that Bong Hee’s father was the culprit that set the fire. Ji Wook claims that this won’t affect his feelings for Bong Hee. He says that Bong Hee has nothing to do with the fire. He smiles and trying to convince himself.
The team enjoys lunch. Ji Wook stares at Bong Hee as he comes downstairs. He smiles as he watches her interact.
Later that night he dozes and dreams that Bong Hee’s father is going to attack him. That dream morphs into Bong Hee bringing Ji Wook an extra pillow. She notices heavy breathing. He assures her all is well. He wonders if she came with the pillow to get close to him. She chides him for that thought. They both chuckle.
As they snuggle, Bong Hee asks why Ji Wook became a prosecutor. He explains his father was a prosecutor. He admits he wanted to be like his father. Bong Hee explains she became a lawyer to help people like her father. She notes that she too was wrongly accused. Ji Wook hugs her and apologizes but doesn’t explain what for.
The next morning Bong Hee wakes alone. Ji Wook runs on a treadmill. He can’t get the images of his father out of his head. When he returns home, Bong Hee offers a healthy drink. Ji Wook manages a couple of sips. When Bong Hee goes to kiss him, he pulls away. He claims he doesn’t want to kiss her while he’s sweaty and heads upstairs. She wonders what is going on with him.
Yoo Jung is surprised to learn that Ji Hae now lives in the building she lives in. She tells Ji Hae that moving into her building is overkill. They snipe at each other.
Lawyer Ji recalls Yoo Jung following the man down the hallway. He knows he’s seen the man before but can’t recall the details. Bong Hee says something that trigger his memory. Lawyer Ji is triumphant as he declares the arsonist’s name is Lee Joon Ae.
Bong Hee’s father floods Ji Wook’s brain. He can’t shake loose from the memories of the fire, the image of Bong Hee’s father as the man that approached him, and Bong Hee’s father invades his dreams. All this adds up to Ji Wook stepping back from Bong Hee right after they’ve become intimate for the first time. She doesn’t understand the full extent of his withdrawal but she knows something is different between them. I’m glad that this is being explored. It was a time bomb waiting to implode their relationship. Can they survive? How long will Ji Wook keep the truth from Bong Hee?
Lawyer Ji recalls the arsonist’s name. He was surprised when Ji Wook changed his mind and offered to help in his fire case.
Bong Hee enjoyed the afterglow but then she sensed something was different with Ji Wook. She doesn’t have a clue why Ji Wook is acting differently and is currently making excuses for him. How long until Bong Hee finds out?
Ji Wook is locked onto Bong Hee’s father and can’t shake his thoughts away. He wants to believe that he can separate Bong Hee from her father’s actions but it is easier said than done. Is Ji Wook falling back into the trap of withholding from Bong Hee? Is he justified to do so?