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Suspicious Partner: Episodes 13-14

I love this picture — it just so perfectly illustrates Bong-hee and Ji-wook’s relationship right now. There’s a lot of denial floating around, particularly in Ji-wook’s case as he does his best to ignore both his feelings and his instincts. His mixed-up emotions could lead him into some very bad decisions if he’s not careful, so he’s going to have to get his head on straight if he wants to catch a killer and protect the woman he cares about.

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

Bong-hee frets outside Ji-wook’s house, worried when he’s late returning from taking Yoo-jung home. When he finally arrives, she flings herself into his arms, saying that she was scared he wouldn’t come home. Overcome with emotion, she unintentionally confesses: “I like you.”

Ji-wook almost hugs her back, but he lets his arm fall as tells her not to like him. Bong-hee backs up and asks why not, but he only stares at her sadly. Bong-hee breathes that she had so many things she wanted to ask, but she knows that he won’t answer them.

As Ji-wook looks into her tear-filled eyes, he wonders if he’ll regret this decision later. Bong-hee admits that she already regrets her confession, though she clarifies that she doesn’t regret her feelings for him.

She asks Ji-wook for a favor — to let her hug him one more time before she ends her one-sided love. He pulls her close before she even finishes her sentence, and they stand in each other’s arms for a long time.

In the morning, Ji-wook is startled half to death to find Bong-hee sitting on the kitchen floor holding spoons over her eyes. HAHA. She explains that the cold spoons are for her swollen eyes, since she slept sooo much.

Ji-wook starts to get her a cold towel, but Bong-hee says that if he’s going to ask her not to like him, then he should stop being nice. Ji-wook obeys, though he looks disappointed when she tells him that she’ll “reset” back to when she was just his intern.

Ji-wook takes a shaky breath and says that he’ll do as she says. When she shuffles off, he looks like he wants to kick himself, as if he’s already regretting his decision to stop things with her.

The rest of the guys show up to work to find that Ji-wook has laid out a huge breakfast. They wonder what’s up with him, and CEO Byun accuses those two of being up to something last night. Turns out, he’d fallen asleep while working, and when he’d tried to leave, he’d witnessed Ji-wook and Bong-hee hugging outside.

Bong-hee says that his eyes must be getting old, because nothing happened. Ji-wook backs her up, and though they convince CEO Byun that he saw it wrong, neither Eun-hyuk nor Chief Bang look the least bit fooled.

After breakfast, they go over the evidence from the theft and murder case. Evidence includes Hyun-soo’s shoe print inside the house, a lost button, and a neighbor’s eyewitness testimony that she saw Hyun-soo leaving the house near the time of the murder.

Hyun-soo’s criminal record is pretty bland, just a minor assault incident in which he was trying to save a woman from an attacker. The team’s biggest concern is the missing murder weapon, a knife around thirteen centimeters in length. That seems familiar to Ji-wook, since it sounds just like the knife that killed Hee-joon years ago, but he keeps it to himself.

Bong-hee says that there’s nothing proving that Hyun-soo is the murderer, though Ji-wook says there’s also no evidence that he’s not. Bong-hee is bent on confirming Hyun-soo’s alibi, deciding to find the couple who were having a party at the bar where Hyun-soo says he went on the day of the murder.

The bar has a wall where patrons can post pictures, notes, and other things of interest. She’d been there and found a photo of the couple in question, and had stuck a note to their picture asking them to call her or Ji-wook.

Yoo-jung and Ji-hae also discuss the case, having determined that Hyun-soo’s motive was money. Yoo-jung is particularly convinced that Hyun-soo is the killer, having caught him cracking a smile after her interrogation when he thought she wasn’t looking.

Ji-hae doesn’t really care — all she cares about is winning her first case against Bong-hee. They stop to nod respectfully to District Attorney Jang when he passes them in the hall, and he turns to watch them leave, looking thoughtful.

Eun-hyuk finds Bong-hee crouching outside looking miserable, and he asks if she wants to talk. She asks him to speak gently, saying that she feels like she’s filled with water and will burst with the slightest poke. (Poor thing, that feeling sucks.) She says she’ll be okay as long as she doesn’t cry in front of Ji-wook, and Eun-hyuk crouches next to her companionably, understanding how she feels.

Meanwhile Chief Bang asks Ji-wook what happened between him and Bong-hee, but Ji-wook just gives him that thousand-yard stare, then assigns him a long list of evidence-gathering tasks. HA, that’ll teach him to pry.

Ji-wook steps outside to find Bong-hee and Eun-hyuk still talking, and he kicks Eun-hyuk aside jealously. Bong-hee offers to go with him to investigate the house, making Eun-hyuk’s eyes bug out at her, but she tells herself to be strong and follows Ji-wook.

Eun-hyuk says quietly that doing your best to stop your feelings doesn’t do anything to change the other person, thinking about Yoo-jung. He smacks his own head like Bong-hee always does, telling himself to wake up.

Near the chef’s house, Ji-wook and Bong-hee discover that all of the security cameras are out of service. They find a working one down the street and decide to get a copy of its footage.

Bong-hee is impressed by how hard Ji-wook is working to clear Hyun-soo, but he makes it clear that he’s doing it for himself, so that he can defend Hyun-soo fairly. He sends Bong-hee to climb into the chef’s house through a window and let him in.

The house is ransacked, as you’d expect for a robbery, but Ji-wook notices several valuables that were left behind. He also sees the wires left behind from the framed picture, wondering why a thief would take a huge photo but leave behind an expensive watch.

They scramble for cover when they hear someone entering the house, since they’re here illegally. They hide behind the kitchen island, but a hand grabs Ji-wook’s collar and yanks him up. He fights back, slamming his assailant against the wall, then he realizes that it’s Yoo-jung.

Flustered, Ji-wook claims to be here legitimately and tries to make a cool exit. But Yoo-jung stops him and asks to speak to him alone for a few minutes, threatening to press charges against Bong-hee unless he complies. He agrees to five minutes, and the puppy-dog eyes he turns on Bong-hee are more than she can resist.

Yoo-jung reminds Ji-wook of Hyun-soo’s previous assault conviction as she hands him a packet of photos of the victim, who was beaten viciously. Yoo-jung says that if onlookers hadn’t stopped him, Hyun-soo would have killed the man. She asks why Ji-wook is defending the exact type of person he’d previously have prosecuted.

Ji-wook goes to see Hyun-soo, showing him the pictures of his assault victim. He says that he’s starting to think that Hyun-soo killed the chef, which puts Hyun-soo on his guard. Ji-wook continues that the assault case looks premeditated, almost as if he wanted to kill that person, too.

Hyun-soo admits that he wanted to kill the guy, because once he had to watch someone being hurt when he should have been protecting them. He says that he vowed that when he was older and stronger, he wouldn’t let anyone else be a victim like that. So when he saw this man assaulting a woman, he did what he had to do.

While he’s telling Ji-wook all this, Hyun-soo loses his composure entirely, slamming his fist into the photos as if he wants to pummel the man all over again. He rages, eyes rolling as he spits in fury, an entirely different person from the mild-mannered guy he usually appears to be.

Ji-wook says that he believes Hyun-soo, but adds that he doesn’t think Hyun-soo beat the man to stop him from hurting that woman. In Ji-wook’s opinion, this was a punishment. Brushing away a tear, Hyun-soo asks, “What’s wrong with that?” (Shudder.)

Collecting himself and acting like the innocent do-gooder again, Hyun-soo says that he was just trying to help someone when he beat that guy. He apologizes sweetly for losing his temper, and he repeats that no matter what happened before, he didn’t kill that chef because he doesn’t hurt people without a reason.

Back at the house, CEO Byun finds Ji-wook looking downcast. Ji-wook confesses that he hates guilty clients, but he hates innocent clients even more because he’s scared he won’t be able to prove their innocence. CEO Byun says that Ji-wook’s father used to worry about the same things.

Bong-hee, Eun-hyuk, and Chief Bang go out together and get totally sloshed. Bong-hee and Eun-hyuk agree that things would be easier if they were each other’s type, then they wouldn’t both be suffering from one-sided love right now. Okay, these two drunk fools are officially my new favorite thing.

Ji-wook shows up, annoyed with their behavior, but they’re too drunk to do anything but shoot cross-eyed finger-hearts at him. Ji-wook gives up on fussing at them since they’re too inebriated to notice anyway and sends Eun-hyuk home with a designated driver before walking home with Bong-hee happily clinging to him like a monkey.

She’s passed out cold by the time he flops her onto her bed, and Ji-wook takes a minute to put a pillow under her head. He notices how pretty she looks and sits on the edge of her mattress, then he reaches out a hand to touch her face. She turns over in her sleep, evading his touch, which makes him feel strangely rejected.

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

Eun-hyuk’s driver wakes him, and he realizes that he provided the wrong address. He apologizes, telling the driver where he actually lives, and as they pull away, he sees Yoo-jung walking home. Awww, he gave her address, didn’t he?

Ji-wook is super cranky with the three drunken idiots the next morning, yelling and slamming things as he issues orders. He sets Chief Bang to find out about the missing portrait and sends Eun-hyuk to the murdered chef’s restaurant, then he fixes his frightening gaze on Bong-hee. Uh-oh.

He screams at her to check every frame of the CCTV footage, and not to come back until she finds something. He tells her that this is her case and to take more responsibility, then he stomps off in a glorious snit.

The trio get on with their tasks, Eun-hyuk having the hardest time as he tries to convince a restaurant employee to talk to him. His persistence (and gorgeous smile) eventually pays off, and he discovers that the deceased chef was a real scumbag. He also learns that the chef’s sister used to clean up all of his messes, and Bong-hee remembers that she’s the one who found his body.

Bong-hee eventually finds something on the CCTV footage, and she and Ji-wook forget their awkwardness as they watch the video, heads bent close together. Ji-wook starts to pat her head, which reminds them both of other times he’s done that, so instead, he just gives her a weird poke in the shoulder.

On the second day of the trial, Ji-hae presents the evidence found at the murder scene, which does seem to point to Hyun-soo. Ji-wook argues that the button and shoe print were left at the scene the day before the murder, when Hyun-soo made a delivery to the house and helped the chef move some furniture. Ji-hae objects that this is conjecture, but Ji-wook fires back that so is their claim that he murdered the chef.

The neighbor is brought in, and she testifies that she saw Hyun-soo leaving the chef’s house near the time of the murder. As charming as can be, Ji-wook asks her to describe Hyun-soo’s clothing on that day, and she particularly notes that he looked slim like he does now, and that he wasn’t carrying a bag. Ji-wook then asks how he managed to steal any valuables.

Several things were reported stolen, including a laptop, gold bars, a camera, and a large portrait. Bong-hee pulls out a bag large enough to carry everything minus the portrait, which seems to prove that Hyun-soo can’t have been the thief. Plus, Ji-wook adds that none of the missing items have been found.

Ji-hae argues desperately that Hyun-soo could have returned later for the valuables, but Ji-wook debunks that theory too, since there was only one set of shoe prints. Bong-hee looks triumphant, and even Hyun-soo grins.

Next, Ji-wook questions the victim’s sister, who found the chef the day after the murder at about 1:00 p.m. She testifies that she called the police immediately after finding the body, but Ji-wook shows CCTV footage of her car leaving the area at 11:13 a.m., two hours before she reported the murder.

Ji-wook asks again what time she discovered the body, and the sister now says that she doesn’t remember. Ji-wook accuses her of killing her brother because she was tired of covering up his messy love life, which he’d told Bong-hee earlier would be a trick to get her to tell the truth.

It works — to avoid being branded a murderer, the sister confesses that she tampered with the murder scene to cover up her brother’s “monstrous acts.” She says that she found him already dead, and that videos of the horrible things he’d done to multiple women were playing on the television. So she set it up to look like a robbery to save her brother’s reputation.

Coldly, Ji-wook asks who saves the reputations of the women her brother violated. Hyun-soo looks up at that, his expression chilling.

Ji-wook is distracted as he and Bong-hee arrive home, and he shuffles upstairs to his office absently. Bong-hee goes up later to ask him something, and she finds him fast asleep sitting up. She decides to loosen his tie to make him more comfortable, so she leans close to carefully untie it.

Just as Bong-hee loosens his tie, Ji-wook’s eyes open, and he stares at her intensely. Bong-hee nervously explains that she was just trying to make him comfortable, but his gaze doesn’t waver in the slightest.

She stands to leave, but he grabs her by the wrist to stop her. Looking up at her with those sad, dark eyes, he apologizes, then asks her to stay for just a few minutes. She nods and sits at his feet, and Ji-wook closes his eyes and goes back to sleep.

Chief Bang comes upstairs in the morning, and he immediately goose-steps right back downstairs when he sees Bong-hee asleep with her head in Ji-wook’s lap. Awww. He even guards the stairs from Eun-hyuk and CEO Byun, growling at them to keep them from disturbing the sleeping beauties.

In light of the tainted evidence, the judge declares Hyun-soo not guilty of murder. Everyone on his team (except Ji-wook) is thrilled, and in the back of the courtroom, we see forensics investigator Chan-ho watching the proceedings.

The team and Hyun-soo go out for drinks to celebrate their new firm’s first victory, though Ji-wook keeps a suspicious eye on Hyun-soo. Chief Bang follows him outside, where Ji-wook says that he just feels uneasy because the real murderer is still out there. Chief Bang reminds him that that’s the prosecution’s job, and they head back inside.

The couple who had the party at Hyun-soo’s regular bar find the note that Bong-hee left, but when they call Bong-hee’s number, she’s singing for the team (horrifically, and against Ji-wook’s advice), and doesn’t hear her phone ring. They call Ji-wook next, so he steps out to meet with them at the bar.

The couple remember a guy drinking alone that night, but when they show Ji-wook a video they took with the boyfriend’s phone, the man behind them isn’t Hyun-soo. Confused, Ji-wook takes a look around the bar, and he notices something on the wall that chills him to the bone.

Among the things that customers have left there, he sees a picture of little girls with balloons, which is exactly what Hyun-soo said that he saw in the park on the day of the murder. There’s also a poster of the movie The Usual Suspects, which Hyun-soo claimed to have almost seen that day, along with the couple’s birthday party pictures.

With growing horror, Ji-wook realizes that Hyun-soo’s entire alibi is right here on the bar wall. He did come here on the day of the murder, but not until later, and he’d seen the items on the wall. So when he was arrested and Yoo-jung asked him what he was doing that day, Hyun-soo had concocted a detailed alibi from the pictures and notes he saw at the bar.

Drunker now, the team discuss Bong-hee’s tone-deafness, and she mentions the song she heard Hee-joon’s killer whistling on the night of his murder. She performs her Whee whee wheeeee song again, and we hear the killer whistling the tune on the day Bong-hee was acquitted. This time we see him there, leaving the courtroom as Bong-hee was surrounded by reporters.

It was Hyun-soo.

He was there when Bong-hee admired the shoes in the store window, and he was also there when Chan-ho was standing over the dead chef’s body and holding the murder weapon. It was Hyun-soo who left the shoes in Bong-hee’s office, and she’d chased out of the building and into the street. And it was Hyun-soo who’d biked past Bong-hee right before she found Hee-joon’s murdered body, whistling that mysterious tune.

He smiles placidly as Bong-hee attempts to whistle the song, confident that nobody will ever recognize it. He even teases Bong-hee, and she tells him that she’ll find the murderer, no matter what.

Stunned by his discovery, Ji-wook walks back to the bar, thinking that those who let a guilty criminal go free are guilty themselves. In a deserted underground walkway, he looks up to see Hyun-soo standing in front of him, smirking triumphantly. He thinks to himself that he’s helped a criminal get acquitted: Jung Hyun-soo.

 
COMMENTS

Well, damn. Damn damn damn. I was so hoping that Hyun-soo was innocent, but I guess my theory last week was close — he and Chan-ho are a team, working together to commit and get away with murder. Strangely, last week Hyun-soo seemed to be the innocent one and Chan-ho came across as very menacing, but their personalities seem to have flipped. Now it’s Hyun-soo who scares me, while Chan-ho seemed very sad in the few seconds we saw him. It’s eating me up inside — I’m dying to know what these two are up to.

Although I’d guessed that Hyun-soo wasn’t really the soft-spoken guy he seemed to be, witnessing his rage when Ji-wook asked him about the man he assaulted was terrifying. His mention of punishment seems to fit with the Bible verse about rapists deserving to die that was written on the chef’s portrait, and I’m getting an idea of what Hyun-soo and Chan-ho are trying to do. I think that possibly they see themselves as some sort of anti-heroes, protecting the weak from those who harm them by making sure their attackers never hurt anyone ever again. It would explain why Hyun-soo has been following Bong-hee all this time without ever attacking her — maybe in his mind she was the victim, and the person who hurt her by cheating on her, Hee-joon, was righteously punished.

But then Bong-hee began to aggressively seek out Hee-joon’s killer, so Hyun-soo sent her those shoes in an attempt to scare her off his trail (I was right that it was him and not Chan-ho in her office that night). But I don’t think that he has any intention of hurting her, not at this point, because in his mind she’s not deserving of punishment. Let’s hope that she doesn’t do anything to change his mind. I’m also wondering where Chan-ho fits into all this, because he’s definitely involved, but at times he doesn’t look very happy about it. It makes me wonder if he’s the one that Hyun-soo mentioned failing to protect, and why he helps Hyun-soo… are they friends? Brothers? Heck, maybe Chan-ho is the killer and Hyun-soo is the one who cleans up after him. I don’t know, I’m grasping at straws here. But it’s obvious that their relationship is complex and codependent, and that it’s definitely not healthy.

I wasn’t expecting Ji-wook to figure out Hyun-soo’s secret so quickly, but once again, Suspicious Partner carries us speedily from plot point to plot point, giving us plenty of great story to absorb yet never feeling rushed or unfinished. It has to be killing Ji-wook to know he got Hyun-soo off the hook only to discover that his entire alibi was a lie, and I wonder what he’s going to do now that he knows for sure. A person can’t be tried for the same crime a second time after having been found not guilty, not unless definitive proof is found, so it’s very unlikely that Hyun-soo will face charges again for this murder. He’s either going to have to kill again and be found guilty, or Ji-wook is going to have to take the law into his own hands. Neither option seems ideal.

I’m also scared that Ji-wook could do something dangerous if Hyun-soo threatens Bong-hee. He’s so obviously head over heels for her that he’s even admitting it to himself, but he’s scared to start something with her for fear of being hurt again. He’s so wounded that it’s difficult to even look at him when he looks at Bong-hee that way, as if it’s the last time he’ll ever see her. He can refuse to act on his feelings, but he can’t deny them anymore, and I’m scared of what he’ll do if he thinks Bong-hee is in danger. I have no idea what’s going to happen, and I’m both terrified and excited to see where Ji-wook’s horrific discovery will take us next.

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Geez that Hyun soo guy is scarier than chan ho!
As expected, he is not innocent, and definitely the doer in the murder. But how does he know who cheated on whom? In bong hee's case it was said that she cheated on her bf so why he vot killed instead. Sure, the killer and his partner think they are Messiah. I do expect the writer to provide some good backstory on them. They seem to be partner rather than brothers. May a mutual one was hurt.

On the fluffy side, i expected bong hee to run off when ji wook opened his eyes, hehe.
He definitely is scary when angry and my poor heart wants him to be extra sweet to her, coz you know, that will be me, in front of him.??
I keep counting down days for this show and fight my way, lovely days stay for ever??

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I do wonder what happened when they woke up though. But their feelings towards each other is apparent. It's JW's turn to just goddamn admit it. Sending mixed signal is never good.

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Cute interactions this ep! Although this ep basically sealed my dislike for YJ all the way - after that abuse of power with the warrant thing I just gave up trying to like her. Also, not sure if it's just me but does JW's slightly violent tempers make anyone else mildly uncomfortable?

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His temper doesn't bother me since the physical violence is never actually directed at a person (i.e. he throws the clipboards on his desk and not at the lawyers). I think he doesn't know how to express himself in a normal way and that it will be part of his character growth to chill a little with the help of those around him.

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Sometimes, he even yelled funny, although out of frustration.

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...does JW's slightly violent tempers make anyone else mildly uncomfortable?
Hm, no. I mean, his outbursts are hilarious to me. Probably because he's shown to be such a big softie early on, so you just know that he's just an exasperated puppy who just won't bite you. And he has shown again and again that his instinct is to protect and help (mostly Bong-hee, but he does still help his ex got home even though he's awfully hurt by her), not the other way around.

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I love how this writer twists your expectations at the last minute. Until last week I really believed Hyun-soo was a patsy. Now that we have confirmation he's the killer, it's moved the show from murder-mystery to cat-and-mouse.

I know I keep comparing this show to I Remember You but the parallels in the story beats are there, though they may be sped up a bit this time. Both shows revealed the killer early on and had interesting twists to them that I never saw coming with them (here it was the sexual assault avenger aspect, there it was the fact that he abducted many children). I think it helps that the killers the writer creates are humanized slightly before they're shown to be psychopaths. We're invested in them before we can help ourselves, and it makes the hunt to catch them more interesting.

On a totally different note: I don't think Ji-wook is hesitating to start something with Bong-hee solely because he's still hurting. I also think it has to do with what Yoo-jung said about feeling lonely in the relationship -- he doesn't want to make someone, especially not someone like Bong-hee who clearly thrives on human connection, feel like that again. I think he may blame himself to a small degree and that's also making him hesitate. Because, let's face it, dude is a goner where Bong-hee is involved.

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Yeah, I feel like this is why they specifically had that conversation with Yoo-jung lead up to her confession. That was probably just what he needed to hear to shy away from starting anything. He had told Bong-hee firmly in episode 1 that it wasn't the betrayed person's fault, but hearing those words from Yoo-jung probably shook that belief for a while and had him questioning whether their might really be something wrong with his way of loving people.

The thing is...he is clearly doing just fine already. Like, seriously, he literally has to force himself NOT to show Bong-hee how much he loves her this episode so he definitely doesn't need to be worrying about that problem where she's concerned.

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Honestly, I think he also feels a little guilty about what happened with YJ and EH. They were his best friends, how could he not know that EH felt like that. Especially is, as it seemed he was kind of pressured into the relationship, then he'll feel like he took YJ from EH.
Thinking all that, I'm wondering if he's not punishing himself a bit like EH is where YJ is concerned. So maybe he thinks he doesn't deserve it?

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favorite scene this episode: when Ji Wook told Bong Hee to sit quietly and not sing. but she did. it was funny. well, until...

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Just a theory about the whole amnesia thing...Maybe Hyun Soo's amnesia kicks in when he murders someone...kind of like he's overcome with rage and can't remember anything during that process...and then he snaps out of it and calls his friend, or whoever the forensic guy is, to help him out and get rid of any kind of evidence...
Let's hope the next episode can shed a little light on the amnesia situation...Can't wait to watch it!!!

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This is one of my speculations as well...

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Kind of like Norman Bates from Bates Motel? I think this theory makes the most sense, as I don't see how the amnesia thing makes any sense otherwise.

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So many things to talk about.
1. I knew he was bad, those creepy smiles and how he looked at EBH
2. NJW likes her so much, that tie scene AHHHH
3. Hand porn: AHHHHHHHH
4. Jealousy: awww
5. I love all these characters so much. The full gang of lawyers plus the assistant working with NJW are my favorites.
6. NJW is feeling bad at just thinking he left him off the hook with a false alibi. I can't imagine how affected he will be once he learns he is the initial killer that he has been chasing.

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Love everything about this episode except one thing: WHY EUNHYUK???? My heart broke for him so much!!! GAHH YooJung doesn't deserve EunHyuk's one-sided love for her at ALL! The way he was looking at her in his drunkenness just broke my hearttttt

Writer-nim please give him a happy ending... preferably not with YooJung!!!!

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I HAVEN'T BEEN THIS PLOT TWISTED SINCE W:TWO WORLDS!! I LOVE HOW EVERYONE IS THROWING OUT THEORIES :)

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DID ANYONE SEE THAT PREVIEW?
DOES THE SMILING CREEP LIKE BONG HEE? "If you never find out who I am, I'll always be remembered as a good person to you" WHAT?!

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I saw it and I went "noooooooo".

My main issue is the body that was thrown in the tank in earlier episodes. They need to get the corpse out, we don't want people drinking water with decaying body in it. Ewww

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Being able to smile that way in the interrogation room, I dont think HS is amnesiac. The only reasoning I can come up with is that the writer and the producing team decided to change the story. Unless, HS only remembers that he is a vigilante, without remembering that he actually killed the chef and that no good ex bf of BH. But then again, that doesnt make any sense.

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Agree. I don't think the amnesia thing is really going on with the killer. The only thing I can think of is maybe the brother/friend is the one who forgets that his brother/friend is the murderer, but then that doesn't quite line up with some things that have been going on either. I think they may have just changed their minds about adding that concept in...

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I actually wouldn't mind if the writer drop the amnesiac arc. I really like the direction this drama is heading to.

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Ji Chang wook in trial was awesome and incredible, in romance part the feel of rejection bong hee gave him in her sleep was touching ,and those three when they are drunk ,are my favoriet too

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"A person can’t be tried for the same crime a second time after having been found not guilty, not unless definitive proof is found, so it’s very unlikely that Hyun-soo will face charges again for this murder. "

Korean criminal law does not quite follow the 'double jeopardy' standard that most Western countries espouse. The statute of limitations law was changed a few years ago from 15 years post-crime to 25 years post-crime for a first-degree murder suspect to be charged, or re-charged given new finding of evidence. (This statute does not apply to lesser crimes, such as manslaughter or second-degree murder charges.) The government figured this would help police solve an ever-growing backlog of cold cases, but has only made solving them worse due to a shortage of forensic personnel assigned to the cold cases.

Ji-wook would need to have irrefutable evidence that Hyun-soo killed the chef (via an actual witness there at the scene) to re-charge... or wait around until Ji-wook, Bong-hee or any of the other Lawyer Avengers make it to Hyun-soo's 'kill list.'

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As early as reading the premise of the drama months ago, I already braced myself for the possibility of mortal harms coming for the main leads (and everybody else). I trust the writer-nim, though.

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Bong Hee is so cute! There is one thing that bothers me now. Since Bong Hee and Ji Wook are Hyun-soo's attorneys, are they allowed to disclose any information they have or will have on him to the police to help put him away? They already lost their jobs as prosecutors and I certainly don't want them to lose their jobs again due to the attorney-client privilege thing.

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If they are able to provide the information through a secondary source (probably Yoo-jung or Ji-hae) and it's after the trial, I'm pretty sure it should be fine? I think it would look bad for the Noh-Byun-Ji-Eun-Bang Law Firm though.

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Everyone's acting is really good but I can't help but admire Nam Ji-hyun's. I haven't seen her in anything since 2009 and she blew me away since episode 1 but I especially love her in the first scene here, when she asked for a hug. My heart is broken.

I absolutely abhor love triangles or love squares, so I 'm really happy to have a confirmation that Bon-hee and Eun-hyuk are only friends even though I was pretty sure of that. Also, I love how Ji-wook doesn't even grant his ex with an answer and just grab Bon-hee away. He just never wavers and I appreciate it. It just would have been better without any possessive exes at all. Sigh.

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Dying to know the relationship between Chan-ho and Hyun-soo! In the meanwhile can we get more of jealous Ji-Wook please? ?

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Really??? That's amazing. I really do think this drama deserves double digit. Story is engaging and unpredictable plus amazing actings from all main and side characters. Plus, the chemistry between Ji Wook and Bong Hee is sizzling hot.

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Thanks for the recap Lollypip. Did I ever express how much I love this show? Well here it is again: I LAAAAB you show.

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NJW and BH are just so cute together

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Can't help but SHIP!

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They could still convict them for the ex-boyfriend's murder (too lazy to look up his name.)

And based on the killer duo's motive, now I'm more worried that they will go after Yoo-jung or Eun-Hyuk if they hear about their affair.

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The most poignant moment in today's episode (the romance part) was the seen where the sleeping Bong Hee turns away from Ji Wook's touch. It's as if the answer to the his question in the beginning 'will I regret not loving her, because of my fear', struck him on his unawareness. I guess in that moment he realised the full weight of turning away from her, and the pain was so visible in his eyes. It was metaphorically Ji Wook making a confession and Bong Hee turning away.

And that makes them even. Both of them have rejected each other not wanting to do it, even though Bong Hee did it unconsciously. And that's why he asks ever so pitifully to Bong Hee to stay with him for just 5 mins. Because he can't bear anything anymore, the weight of working against the principals he has believed all his life, weight of having doubts about his clients innocence, weight of having to reject Bong Hee, weight of not being able to accept Bong Hee because he is not confident about himself, but all the way knowing that she is the only person who can bring comfort to him. He is also clinging to her, just as she is, both of them pushing and pulling.

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but...but..Hyun-soo was so cute ;__; I knew from the start that there was something off about him, but he was just so squishy I tried to ignore it. I do think it adds an interesting layer to the story though, since I was so disengaged with the whole murderer thing previously. It just seemed very straightforward and "look at this guy who kills people for no reason he is our entire plot" kind of thing. I'm really interested in where they're going to take this now that Hyun-soo is involved.

On a lighter note, asdfg;h;lkj; Ji-wook is so adorable and his puppy eeeyyyesss and ugh I'm deceased. I was sad that he rejected Bong-hee, but their relationship at this stage is as cute as it is frustrating. I especially loved the scene with drunk Bong-hee clinging to Ji-wook. I hope they get together asap, but I'm content with grumpy Ji-wook in denial for now. However, the next episode better bring us some romance >.>

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plus with so many guys after Bong Hee´s neck literally he should make it known he is there to look out for her as well. she doesnt need protection exactly but she is just so clueless and trusting.

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So, we've been played by the drama. The other guy was believed to be the culprit some episodes ago, but it turns out that it was Hyun Soo all along. This makes me mad, after the new law firm went through so much to free the guy and he's guity?

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These two episodes confused me for a while, but then I realized that I was only confused because of an assumption I made. HJ and the Chef were not killed by the same person. HS doesn't have the least problem remembering what he has done. EH (who killed HJ) doesn't even suspect what he did. I am convinced that EH is the amnesiac killer since he had a small amnesiac episode when he went to YS house.

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I'm not saying you're wrong because many things can happen in a mystery like that but I don't see why you think that both murders were not committed by the same murderer and I don't see why you think Eun-hyuk killed him. He was not amnesic, he was drunk.

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where to begin? from the heart wrenching (and fluttering because i was literally crying/squealing like mad) hug at the beginning to the scene where bong hee unties ji wooks neck tie i just can't put into words my feelings when i watch them two. THEIR CHEMISTRY IS INSANE. the glances, the way they speak through their eyes just drives me crazy LiKE JUST KISS ALREADY! also might i just add that chief bang is officially the greatest captain of a ship ever, literally he reacts to bong hee and ji wook the same way i do.

i found this episode super engaging not only because of our otp but because i loved the way the court scene played out (really interesting and easy to follow through). i watched this at night so the background music creeped me out during the scene with ji wook and the killer in the interrogation room. dong ha is doing a great job at portraying the villain in such a manic yet fascinating way.

also i'm really loving eun hyuk and bong he's blooming friendship, FINALLY a second lead who isn't subjected to pining after the female lead throughut the entire drama but can actually have a great platonic relationship instead

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but Eun Hyuk needs some love quick. next ep is breaking my heart for him, so sad and lonely.

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I agree. I love Eun Hyuk and Bong Hee's blooming friendship. What a nice change from the usual Kdramas.

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I have two things that I reaallyy want to tell No Ji Wook sshi:
1.You are one badass lawyer.
In the courtroom, he looked so cool omg Like he knows exactly how to get the answers out of anyone and I think I died multiple times lol
2. CONFESS ALREADY!
This one's a biggie. While watching, every time NJW and EBH were in the same scene, I would yell at the screen. I mean all of his sad stares and the way he acted around her ughh just get it out! We’re almost halfway done with this drama (sadly D:) but I need some romance LOL okay I just need a confession from the cold guy

I also want to add that Dong Ha is an amazing actor geez like Hyun-Soo has so many characteristics and at the end of episode 14, I was so confused. In the beginning, I thought he was just like EBH but boy was I wrong. He’s tied with the other murderer guy??? AM I THE ONLY ONE CONFUSED BEYOND REASON? Waittt, maybe they’re brothers….

Next, I need to add the other members of NJW’s company. How could I forget them? Okay so obviously you gotta love JEH and his (fake) laugh and his friendship with NJW. His past makes me so sad and I just want the trio of longtime friends to go back to that, but after cheating… it’s really hard to come back. WAIT because the murderer pair(?) goes after people who assault/cheat does that mean that they’ll go after JEH or CYJ? Oh gosh… how is this drama gonna go…? On a happier note, Section Chief Bang. This guy is hilarious; whenever he's on the screen, I’m bound to start laughing. Like that scene when he was blocking people from going up? That’s my favorite of his right there.

The girls are a different story. At this point, I don't even know how to deal with Ji-Hae. She absolutely gets on my nerves and I get so annoyed by her. Her adoration for CYJ is interesting and if they become friends how is that gonna turn out? For the worse, Imma tell you right now. But I’m still confused on where I stand with CYJ. I mean she’s okay so far so maybe I’ll warm up to her?

Overall, I’m loving this drama soooo much and now I’m writing wayyy to much so I’ll stop. Thank you so much to LollyPip for this recap!

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Gosh danggit..I love Bong Hee's loyalty towards Ji Wook. I know some viewers are annoyed with her almost dog-like loyalty..but honestly, I find her so endearing. She's consistent, she knows what she wants..she's embarrassed, but she's also not ashamed to express those feelings at the right moment and time. She's slowly but surely breaking that wall that JW built around himself. It's going to happen guys..we know it and the journey to get there is just fking amazing!!! I love this drama SOOOOOOOOOOOO much!!!!

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But it's not like she's loyal to some of those jerk male lead characters, the guy is beyond nice to her, he's providing her with a shelter and a job and he lost his job to get her out of jail and he's treating her well. I would find it difficult not to be loyal to someone who's treating me like this :)

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Good point. However, taking into consideration his kindness, not reciprocating her feelings imo, is a different ballgame. Not something that can easily be swept under the rug, especially when in daily close proximation with your unrequited love. But inspite or despite of JW'S rejections, denials and mixed signals, BH chooses to stay put, face her feelings, hope for the best and not altogether leave (with dignity intact) like what some women would've probably already done.

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Anyone else notice the Usual Suspects reference? Not only just that he saw the movie but his fake alibi is straight out of the movie.

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anyone saw the Edward Scissorhands poster in the bar?

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Wow! I really didn't expect so much to be revealed so early on! This show keeps doing this, and I have a feeling (please DramaGods don't let me jinx it!) that they won't run out of engaging material for the story, either. I could just watch those two forever and always!

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I'm a bit confused about the role of prosecutor in this drama and in kdramas in general. They don't seem to work closely with the cops and forensics to help build an airtight case. And while JW would go out into the field, while Ji Hae doesn't seem to leave the building. What are the expected duties? And is YJ is the sunbae, why does Ji Hae seem to take the lead a lot?

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I'm also bummed out that JW is going to feel guilty and really depressed about defending a murderer and winning the trial when the prosecution side should have done a better job. They knew there was no motive for robbery and the items were missing and they didn't even try to find those items. and isn't the role of the defense attorney just to make sure the defendant got a fair trial and fair representation and to test the prosecution's accusations?

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Well, to be fair, they could be investigating like crazy and we wouldn't see it because they are not the main characters and we don't follow them.

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I knew from the moment Hyun-Soo mentioned The Usual Suspects that he was guilty of SOMETHING. His made up alibi was something straight from that movie.

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Awesome episode. My joy like BH's tears is so full, I think they might spill out when I'm not careful. :p

I wanna join firms like NJW's so that I can go drinking with my colleagues and talk about baby cupids. ^^

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I can never get pass an episode without internally squealing (can't squeal aloud because most of the time i'm at work watching episodes in-between my breaks) every time JW gives BH one of those 'looks'. He's always been so good at those. Somebody help me get over this one sided crush too, please.

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Hee-joon murderer didn't match Chan-ho's body frame is because it was another person... woah i was in awe last night while watching the truth as it unfolds....

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I really, really like the way the direction of this drama. It has the right balance of romance, comedy, seriousness, and creepiness. Plus, ep 13 and 14 flew by soo fast. That ending of 14 really surprised me. I knew he was creepy and very mysteriously bad but not this kind of bad. He sees himself as The Punisher which I find it quite interesting. He's giving out punishments to those who deserves it. But then, he goes out to kill Bong-Hee because she's a witness, when ended up killing her ex-bf. That contradicts his motto.

Anyways, I also want to say I love the legal office family we have: charismatic Ji-Wook, sassy Bong-Hee, adorable Eun-Hyuk, delightful Officer Bang, and charming Young-Hee. I love their banters and scenes together.

I also want to express what I have said in earlier episodes, Nam Ji Hyun is really nailing Bong Hee. She embodies Bong-Hee completely and I am soo happy that she got the role.

Only thing I'm a bit disappointed is that the second female lead isn't likeable and very typical. I really want her to be this cool and kickass second female lead who ends up good friends with Bong Hee. I would love to see female friendships.

Other than that, I'm looking forward to the next episodes. I sort of cheated and saw what is coming up. :D

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Forgot to mention, that court scene was well done. It was intense and engaging. And then we have the reveal and that too was well-played out. Now, I'll have to watch "The Usual Suspects".

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This write has a knack for building such tantalizing stories with serial killers. I mean, I Remember You was fan-fricking-tastic at presenting terrifying, complex, and humane psychopaths.

I kind of LOLed at Ji-wook being "Usual Suspect"-ed by a Usual Suspect poster (the irony). I cannot wait to see how he and Bong-hee work to catch the killer.

Finally, I've never been a committed fan of Ji Chang-wook. Healer - yes, K2 - not so much. This show, however, has convinced me! Those killer eyes whenever he looks at Bong-hee at just amazeballs. I don't know if working with Nam Ji-hyun just brings out with every guy she works with cause she's so adorable, but I root for them in and outside this drama!

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WOW! I didn't see that coming!
The real culprit is Hyun-soo and Chan-ho with his forensic skill cleaned up the mess and maybe get rid of evidences/murder weapon.
What a twist! Good job on getting this drama fun to watch writer-nim & PD-nim!

I love how Eun-hyuk try to console Bong-hee, he himself haven't move-on from his affairs as his do loved her first before Ji-wook. He know Bong-hee is struggling to move-on too.
Next episode please come faster!

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Ok, Ji Wook. You are a badass!! The courtroom scene and the interrogation scene were awesome. I love to see a character who's uses their brain instead of their fist (I'll always love you, Healer!)

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oh dear, Nam Ji Hyun is such a gem. where has she been all my k-drama life! i was so emotionally invested and cried with her the first time i watched the confession. also how can she be still super pretty while crying in that scene?? if i were Jiwook, i would have regret it so much to not accept Bonghee's confession right away.

many people watch the drama for Ji Chang Wook, but i'm in this for both him and NJH. both are such great actors (plus their chemistry on and off screen are lovely) watching their bts, i can't help but ship them (yup i know it ain't heathy lol)

kinda worried for the 20 (or 40) episode though. i can't even guess what the story will take us viewers later on, but i have faith in the writer cos the story's progressing well so far. i'm hoping for more Jiwook serious lawyer mode (he's hawt, no wonder BH's head over heels) and more pouty puppy Jiwook (argh he's such a kid). i wanna see kickass BH as well! gosh looking forward to all of it! please be good til the end, Suspicious Partner :) :)

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What I just don't really seem to understand is the whole "looking out of the window but not being able to see" thing they tried to sell on the night of heejoon's murder. that seemed to be some kind of clue, manly because of the scene where the person on the rooftop dumps something into a water reservatory (?) If I'm not mistaken, there's also a similar scene - man in a really dark rooftop wearing all black - in the very first episode.
I'm just really confused, and I mean that in the best kind of way!! After starting so many of this year's dramas and not really finishing any of those, suspicious partner and circle are making me believe in love at first sight once again!! I haven't felt this way for a melo/suspense-ish drama since another oh haeyong, maybe.

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She wasn't wearing her glasses. It is a recurring joke in the show, that she is basically blind without them.
And I'm pretty sure the thing our jolly, whistling killer is dumping is one of his other victims, that needed to disappear.

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Yeah, I'm glad they explained it in the next episode! I pretty much knew Heejoon's murder was a mistake/not really related to the murderer's goal, but I felt like we just kinda let it pass during our discussions in the latest recaps.

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I love the plot so far, but who is the amnesic murderer? ?

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really appreciated the not one but 2 Usual Suspects nods - our very own Keyser Söze moment! (really one of the greatest moments in cinema history, IMO)

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It was a pretty strong giveaway that he was the murderer :) I also really loved that moment. Made me enjoy the show even more.

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I have one question, how can we hear sound of his whistle clearly when he wear mask?

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That is your question? Not how could she hear him at all, while all the reporters were making so much noise?
Answer: Dramalogic.

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If JW were to interrogate me, I think I'd admit a murder I did not do. He even put his face so close to the sister of the victim. Those intense eyes! Arrest me now! hihihi ????

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Can these guys stay sober for a minute?
Or at least show signs of hangover the next morning?

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I am starting to understand jW a little bit more, and for instance... i like him more. Somehow in this episode he doesnt look that sad anymore, but also not exactly happy... he is always conflicted, he is always carrying a burden, or dissappointment or even anger... he is also carrying responsability and he is hard work.... i wish throughout the drama he will light up... at least, at the end, once they have caught the killer, right? ?

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Ohhh gosh! The way JCW stares to NJH to stay beside him heart-fluttering!!

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Eeeek!!!! HS is so creepy!!
BH is meanwhile adorable :-)

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So, isn't this is the suspicious partner in Suspicious Partner?

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So great episode!

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Oh my gosh I just finished it and I got goosebumps when Ji Wook was going through Hyun Soo's alibi.

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