Suspicious Partner Episode 30 Recap

Suspicious Partner Episode 30 “Grace Period” (Part 2) Recap

Lawyer Ji Eun Hyuk (Choi Tae Joon) remembers the arsonist’s name is Lee Joon Ae. He recalls at his client’s trial, Lee Joon Ae testified that he witnessed Kang Seon Il exiting the building. Lawyer Ji now knows that explains to No Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook), Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) and Assistant Jang (Jang Hyuk Jin) that Lee Joon Ae is now the likely culprit. They all agree and decide to investigate further. Assistant Jang manages to use his injury to avoid this.


Bong Hee feel empathy for Kang Seon Il for being falsely convicted. Ji Wook warns her against feeling empathy for someone they aren’t sure of. Bong Hee snaps she knows he hates that part of her. Ji Wook apologizes. They hold hands and smile.

Na Ji Hae (Kim Ye Won) runs into Lawyer Ji. She implies these aren’t chance meetings on his part. He leaves wondering what she’s thinking.


When they return home, Bong Hee asks what Ji Wook is hiding from her. He denies it. She asks if she did anything wrong. Ji Wook says it’s his problem to solve. Bong Hee realizes he won’t share the problem with her.


Cha Yoo Jung (Nara) finds Lawyer Ji waiting for her. She says if he wants to talk to her, he’ll follow her home. At her place, Lawyer Ji is uncomfortable. He is surprised when Yoo Jung tells him that Lee Joon Ae confessed then recanted a confession that would clear Lawyer Ji’s client. Yoo Jung gives him her investigation notes. He thanks her. She jokingly asks him to spend the night. Lawyer Ji doesn’t like the joke. He tells her to stop torturing herself. He asks why she never told Ji Wook they DID NOT sleep together. Yoo Jung knows they would have slept together but Ji Wook’s arrival stopped them. She asks why he never told Ji Wook they DID NOT sleep together. Lawyer Ji knows either way they hurt Ji Wook.  They smile in mutual understanding.

Wow! I did not expect that they didn’t sleep together. I like that Yoo Jung knows they would have. I like the Lawyer Ji knows they hurt Ji Wook without completing what they intended. That doesn’t erase the intent, but accepting the responsibility for the error is important.

Assistant Jang meets with a distracted Ji Wook and Lawyer Ji. He explains he’s worried about his injury affecting future relationships but they aren’t listening. When he cajoles them, they apologize for being distracted. After several drinks Ji Wook and Lawyer Ji asks Assistant Jang for advice. He shakes his head. When Bong Hee arrives, she chides Assistant Jang for drinking but he assures her he consumed cider not soju. Ji Wook and Lawyer Ji are clearly drunk.


Bong Hee helps Ji Wook onto his bed. He hugs her. He tells her he never wants to break up. He tells her they should only consider themselves. He asks her not to leave him. She tells him not to worry.

In the hospital, Hyun Soo sleeps on.

The next morning, Lawyer Ji sees that Bong Hee is distracted. She admits there is an issue between herself and Ji Wook but won’t go into details. Lawyer Ji assures her that Ji Wook has been different lately. She can’t deny that. Lawyer Ji believes the fire case reminds Ji Wook of his parents’ death. Lawyer Ji shares that Ji Wook was present at the fire and was personally traumatized.

At the morning meeting, Ji Wook urges everyone to not to assume Lee Joon Ae is the culprit. Bong Hee studies him and believes Lawyer Ji is right, this case is bothering him.


At the appeal trial for Kang Seon Il, Lawyer Ji cross examines Lee Joon Ae. He’s able to highlight that Lee Joon Ae was recently arrested for arson. He establishes that the accelerate used in the case is one Lee Joon Ae has easy access to. As Bong Hee watches the proceedings next to Ji Wook something becomes clear. She gets up to leave assuring Ji Wook that she forgot an appointment.


Outside the courtroom she calls her mother explaining that she’s helped an innocent man potentially win. She starts to ask her mother something, but decides against it. She struggles to deal with what she’s realized. She realizes that Ji Wook’s parents were killed in the incident. She realizes that her father and her parents died on the same die. She cries.

After the trial, Lawyer Ji thanks Yoo Jung for her help. Yoo Jung admits she may get yelled at but she won’t stop being a prosecutor because she has nowhere else to go.

Ji Wook calls Bong Hee to makes sure all is well. She tells him she’s doing work she remembered she needed to take care of.

District Attorney Jang tells Yoo Jung that sometimes sacrifices must be made. He recalls deciding that Bong Hee’s father would need to be a sacrificial lamb because of pressure from above.

At home, Ji Wook wonders what Bong Hee’s sudden exit from the trial was about. He gets a call and takes off.


Ji Wook and Bong Hee walk hand in hand in the park. She wants food and he dashes off to buy it for her. They enjoy the feast. Bong Hee looks at Ji Wook knowing what she knows. She pretends the food is spicy, hence the tears. They take a cute selfie. They enjoy being together. But Bong Hee can’t pretend anymore. She disengages their hands. She tells him they should break up. He stares. She stares. My favorite song of the OST, “The Same Day” plays.

My Thoughts

These two struggle to be honest with each other. He won’t tell her about her father. And she won’t tell him she’s realized her father was accused of being the arsonist that killed his parents. Wasn’t it odd that Ji Wook didn’t know the culprits name? Wasn’t it odd that Bong Hee didn’t know the victim’s names? That’s all water under the bridge now.

Lawyer Ji never slept with Yoo Jung. He and she know they would have. Therefore, the penance of losing Ji Wook’s friendship was a cross they both agreed to bear. Lawyer Ji is still pulled to Yoo Jung but he has a barrier that stops him from becoming involved with her again.

Bong Hee realized her father was accused and convicted of killing Ji Wook’s parents. She remembered and knew that Ji Wook knew too. That resolved why he was behaving differently. After the farewell fun date, Bong Hee declared they should break up.

Ji Wook couldn’t compartmentalize Bong Hee’s father actions. He couldn’t separate Bong Hee from her father’s actions. There were moments he could forget it, but it was like a low ground fog our couple sloshed through. Will Ji Wook grant Bong Hee’s request they break up?

 

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9 comments on “Suspicious Partner Episode 30 Recap
  1. Beez says:

    “JiWook couldn’t compartmentalize Bong Hee’s father actions.”

    Yeah. That sucks. Ji Wook is between a rock and a hard place.

    The Cheaters: I’m glad they’re not acting like the fact that they didn’t complete the deed makes it not as bad. They may as well have. Her clothes were on the floor on the way to the bedroom and she emerged from the bedroom in a slip (Kdrama interpretion-naked) and Atty. Ji was standing on the far side of the bed putting his shirt back on. They couldn’t even claim he went in there to change a light bulb.

    I still want to know how it came about. Was she being greedy that she wanted to be everything to both friends? Was Atty. Ji being persistent because of his ongoing longing for her? Was she angry with Wook and the old proverbial shoulder to cry on unintentionally turned lustful? *wish I’d been a fly on that wall”

    • The Cheaters: I’m glad they’re not acting like the fact that they didn’t complete the deed makes it not as bad. They may as well have.
      Agreed. They don’t deny they would have slept together but Ji Wook interrupted them.

      I still want to know how it came about. Was she being greedy that she wanted to be everything to both friends? Was Atty. Ji being persistent because of his ongoing longing for her?
      I thought she’d told Ji Wook that he wasn’t paying enough attention to her, so she went looking for some extra loving. Love-sick Attorney Ji couldn’t pass up the opportunity when she offered.

      • Beez says:

        @kjt You’re right. I do remember she said that about “not enough” but I guess I was giving her too much credit because I know plenty of women who don’t get enough from their husbands or men whether it be sexually or emotionally and they don’t actively go on the prowl. But what you said, kjt, makes sense.

    • Jane Tilly says:

      Ji Wook tried once more to protect Bong Hee by lying about his parents’ deaths 💀🔥💀, just like he lied about Hyun Soo possibly being guilty of murder. Ji Wook when will you learn ‘honesty is the best policy’; Bong Hee eventually saw 👁👁 through you lies, yet again. Can I just say how much I hate the concept of having a really good date just so you can have good memories of your relationship after the breakup … 🐂💩

      Will Bong Hee move out, quit her job or all of the above⁉. Will Ji Wook realize with the arson 🔥 case that Bong Hee’s dad could have been framed🖼 too⁉

      I appreciate that The Cheaters stopped themselves and took responsibility for their intent 💋. I don’t think Ji Wook caught or stopped them; they had already stopped and we’re getting dressed 👗👔 when Ji Wook arrived.

      Meanwhile Ji Hae is delusional, thinking 💭 Eun Hyuk is interested ❤ in her. I think Eun Hyuk is too nice to be stuck with an actual cheater.

      • Can I just say how much I hate the concept of having a really good date just so you can have good memories of your relationship after the breakup
        Yes you can. That is a tried and true device kdramas use too frequently.

        I don’t think Ji Wook caught or stopped them; they had already stopped and we’re getting dressed 👗👔 when Ji Wook arrived.
        I hadn’t considered that.

      • Beez says:

        “Ji Wook tried once more to protect Bong Hee by lying about his parents’ deaths…” Jane Tilly

        Did he? My subs always had him say “my parents died in a fire” and sometimes he’s said”…arson fire”.

        “I don’t think Ji Wook caught or stopped them; they had already stopped and we’re getting dressed 👗👔 when Ji Wook arrived.” Jane Tilly

        You always think the best of characters’ behavior and I always assume the worst. lol Why do you think that, JT? Or is it, like I said, you’re giving them the benefit of the doubt?

        And I totally agree and hate the “precious memories” before a split. Something about it seems so underhanded because the person who is not thinking about breaking up os blind-sided in the head with a brick!

      • Jane Tilly says:

        Beez, our OTP’s parental deaths by fire 🔥 was known. I think Ji Wook was trying to protect 🗡🛡 Bong Hee from knowing her dad was indicted as the perpetrator in his parents’ deaths in the same 🔥 fire. Did Ji Wook think 💭 Bong Hee was so stupid 바보
        that she could not 🚫 connect the dots ⚫⚫⚫ of these deaths while they were working on an arson 🔥 case⁉. …yes, that was a rhetorical question.

        I will confess that I prefer to think the best of people until it has been proven otherwise. I’d rather be disappointed at times ⏰, rather than always have low expectations. I’ve known a few “Eoyore’s” and don’t want to be pessimistic about people. In my experience people, sometimes to their own 🎊surprise🎉, will rise to those expectations. It is something I learned from my patient and optimistic mom.

        It was revealed this episode that the Cheaters did not 🚫 do the deed. Since the Cheaters were getting dressed 👗👔 when Ji Wook arrived,that meant they stopped themselves 🐝4⃣ having sex, although they were caught by Ji Wook in a compromised situation of being undressed. The Cheaters did not 🚫 claim innocence, even though they did not 🚫 have sex. Rather than rationalizing, the Cheaters took responsibility for the cheating that took place in their hearts 💓,

        Beez hit the nail 🔨 on the head calling the “precious memories” breakup deceptive. Rather than having “precious memories”, I think I would be left the the bitter taste of lies. 😠

        • Beez says:

          Eeyore! My favorite Pooh character! And yes, sometimes I’m very much Eeyore. lololol

          I see that scene of The Cheaters totally differently. Ji Wook entered the apartment, The Cheaters were literally caught with their pants down. Hearing Ji Wook enter brought Prosc. Cha out of the bedroom and Atty. Ji guiltily began to get dressed. If they had stopped themselves, wouldn’t they have been rushing to put their clothes on? Also, if it just happened that passion unexpectedly ran away with them, would they have been in the bedroom? It seems to me if it was unplanned, they would’ve been caught in the living room. But being in her bedroom smacks of deliberateness. I give them ZERO credit (other than accepting the responsibility) but ZeeeeRO credit otherwise. (in my slooooow Eeyore voice.) hahaha

        • Beez hit the nail 🔨 on the head calling the “precious memories” breakup deceptive. Rather than having “precious memories”, I think I would be left the the bitter taste of lies. 😠
          Well said Beez and JT 👍

          yes, that was a rhetorical question
          ☺️

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