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.
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?