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Suspicious Partner: Episodes 23-24

I’m going to be honest here, this episode is not easy to watch. Our killer isn’t going to hide quietly until things blow over, and the closer the team gets to discovering the truth about him, the more unpredictable he becomes. As Ji-wook and Bong-hee prepare to define exactly what they have between them, they’ll face a challenge that could change their lives forever.

 
EPISODE 23 RECAP

After seeing his client Jung-ha die right in front of his eyes, Ji-wook thinks about Jung-ha’s prediction that there will be another death soon, and he calls Bong-hee. He runs to her, thinking that life is too short not to cherish those you love while you can.

When he finds her, he hugs her tightly and begs, “Like me back now, please, Bong-hee-ya.” Bong-hee pulls back to look into Ji-wook’s eyes. She sees the desperation on his face and bursts into tears, and all he can do is hold her while she ugly-cries.

That evening Bong-hee sits alone, wondering what to do now. Ji-wook jumps up nervously when she leaves her room, and she asks why he confessed in the street and made her feel pressured. He explains that he felt like he was wasting time, then says that it’s her turn to tell him what’s going on. Bong-hee thinks about her discovery that Hyun-soo is the killer, but she just tells Ji-wook that she cried earlier because she’s had a terrible day. Ji-wook studies her face carefully, then he asks if it’s because of Hyun-soo. He can tell he’s hit on the problem when Bong-hee doesn’t answer, so he asks what she knows about him.

The man from Chan-ho’s photo heads home with a suitcase in tow, with Hyun-soo following right behind him. Hyun-soo watches closely to see which light comes on when the man enters his apartment building, then he sighs and says to himself that it’s been a long time since he saw his friend.

Turning his question back on him, Bong-hee asks Ji-wook what he knows about Hyun-soo. After a long nervous pause, Ji-wook says that Hyun-soo might be the murderer who killed the chef, but he can’t bring himself to say, “… and Hee-joon.” He’s honest about the fact that he has no evidence and that it’s just a hunch.

Bong-hee looks betrayed and asks why he hid this from her after promising not to keep secrets. Ji-wook apologizes, and Bong-hee tells him to stop everything, even to stop expressing his feelings for her. Ji-wook refuses to do that, asking why they should let Hyun-soo come between them.

Scoffing, Bong-hee tells him to think of it from her perspective, but Ji-wook says that he already does. He knows that she blames herself for luring the killer to them, then for having them defend a guilty man and set him free. He understands that she’s having a hard time, but he tells her that she’s mistaken.

He tells Bong-hee that it was an accident, and that he’s going to help her get through it even if she tries to push him away. He promises her that he’ll catch Hyun-soo, and he says that she has a decision to make: Does she want them to go through this separately, or together?

In a dark alley, a man with one arm in a sling chases a young woman, and when he catches up to her, he throws her to the ground and pulls a knife on her. He growls that he told her not to leave him, so they can just die together. He begins swinging the knife wildly, managing to shallowly cut her arm as she tries to fight him off. A student sees them and screams, so the man escapes down the dark alley.

Bong-hee is snapped from her funk by a phone call from the girl who was attacked, Yeon-woo, who turns out to be an old friend. Bong-hee rushes to the police station with Ji-wook tagging along, where she learns that Yeon-woo’s boyfriend tried to kill her when she broke up with him. Bong-hee unleashes a string of curse words, then demands to know where the ex is now.

Luckily he was arrested and is being held in a cell, but the policeman says they didn’t find a weapon. Yeon-woo shows him her slashed arm, and Ji-wook says that if the man used a weapon, it can be considered attempted murder.

But he also points out that Yeon-woo’s wound is too small to prove that her ex was trying to kill her, and that there’s no evidence that he was even the one who did it. He verifies that the ex-boyfriend will be held for forty-eight hours, knowing that the police only have that long to obtain enough evidence to arrest him.

Meanwhile, the ex-boyfriend sits in his cell, shaking with fury and hissing to himself, “I’m going to kill her.”

Ji-wook and Bong-hee drop Yeon-woo off, then head home. Ji-wook can see how upset Bong-hee is, so he reaches over to take her hand. She puts up a small struggle, but then she thinks about how he said he felt like he was wasting time and relaxes.

When they get home, Bong-hee can’t help but recall Ji-wook asking why they have to be apart because of Hyun-soo, and his telling her that she needs to decide if they’ll go through this together or apart. She stays up all night thinking, and in the morning she goes upstairs to talk to him.

She surprises him as he’s coming out of the shower, and he yelps and nearly falls over, ha. She tells him firmly that she’s decided to live without shame, and that they should just live as they please and be selfish, because what more is there to life? Ji-wook is confused, so Bong-hee says in a nervous rush that today is their first day. EEEEeeeee!

She runs downstairs and Ji-wook calls after her, asking what she means by that. She yells up the stairs, “Let’s date!” Ji-wook’s smile nearly splits his face in half, and Bong-hee runs to her room to simultaneously cringe and squeal.

Bong-hee and Ji-wook arrive at the morning meeting grinning at each other, which Eun-hyuk notices immediately. Conversely, CEO Byun and Chief Bang both look exhausted, having lost sleep from worry over Jung-ha’s prediction that two of them will die.

Ji-wook starts to tell them about Jung-ha’s death, but he stops himself and simply forbids any more talk about dying. CEO Byun keeps grumbling about how he’s probably going to be one of the people who die, so Bong-hee complains that he’s derailing the meeting and they end up bickering again.

When Bong-hee cheekily refuses to get CEO Byun a glass of water, Ji-wook drags her aside and awkwardly brings up the adoptive parents he mentioned to her before. She says they must be angels for raising him, and he stumbles through an embarrassed prelude before declaring that CEO Byun is his father. It fries Bong-hee’s brain to process this, and then a montage of her petty arguments with CEO Byun runs through her head. She laughs and says that they’re doomed. LOL.

Chief Bang can’t get the photo of Chan-ho and the two other young men off his mind, but he puts the picture away. He gets a call and pulls Ji-wook upstairs to tell him that he knows the identity of one of the men in the picture.

Ji-wook reminds Chief Bang that he told him to stop investigating Hyun-soo, but his curiosity gets the better of him. Chief Bang tells him that he met with Chan-ho’s high school teacher and his youth club, and discovered that all three boys in the picture went to school together but graduated in different years.

Chief Bang points to the man on Chan-ho’s right (the one Hyun-soo has scratched out of his copy of the photo), whose name is Kim Min-gu. He says that now that he knows who he is, he can find out where he lives and talk to him.

Just then, Ji-wook gets a call from Yoo-jung, who says that they’ve identified one of the bodies found in the water tank. It’s Kim Min-gu.

Ji-wook holds an emergency meeting and tells everyone that just before he disappeared, Chan-ho told Bong-hee that he had information about the real killer. Ji-wook adds that Kim Min-gu was reported missing at about the same time as Hee-joon’s murder, and that the knives used to kill both Min-gu and Hee-joon are very similar. This means that the two deaths and Chan-ho’s disappearance are likely connected.

Bong-hee tells them that she believes the killer is Hyun-soo, because he was listening to the same song she heard Hee-joon’s murderer whistling. Chief Bang decides that they need to find the third man in the picture, but Ji-wook says that everything stops here. He forbids anyone in the room to take action, ordering them to let the prosecution handle this.

The meeting ends and Ji-wook checks in with Bong-hee, asking tenderly if she’s okay. LOL, Eun-hyuk and Chief Bang are still standing at the door, resolutely keeping their backs turned for fear of witnessing the mushiness happening behind them.

Eun-hyuk heads to the courthouse to brief Yoo-jung, who’s still sore from him saying that he doesn’t wish to see her. He greets Ji-hae, whom he remembers catfighting with Bong-hee, which makes him laugh.

In private, Eun-hyuk tells Yoo-jung that they don’t know if Hyun-soo is the murderer, but they definitely believe he’s connected to the murders. She recalls that smug smile she caught on Hyun-soo’s face after he was arrested and admits that something about him unsettles her.

She agrees to investigate further, though she’s curious as to why Ji-wook’s firm is so involved. She asks if it’s about justice or Bong-hee, but Eun-hyuk just asks, “Can’t it be both?” Yoo-jung complains that she already feels like she’s been replaced, and now she has to investigate a case for the woman who replaced her. Eun-hyuk offers to find another prosecutor, but Yoo-jung sighs wearily and says she’ll do it, though she asks that they not be so hard on her.

He doesn’t answer that, but Eun-hyuk does tell Yoo-jung not to investigate this alone, because Hyun-soo is dangerous. She says she can take care of herself, so he backs off and just asks her to be careful.

EPISODE 24 RECAP

Checking back in with the police regarding Yeon-woo’s case, Ji-wook and Bong-hee learn that no weapon was ever found and that it was too dark for the CCTVs in the area to be helpful. Bong-hee asks where the ex was when he was arrested, then tells Ji-wook that she can look for the weapon alone. He leaves her to it, but he doesn’t get ten steps before he’s circling back to help her. Hee.

They follow the path of the chase and the attack, looking for clues (the cinematography is so awesome here — the scenes from the attack are shown in grainy flashback, which then fade into Bong-hee and Ji-wook searching in the present day). When they get to the restroom where the ex was arrested, Ji-wook goes inside to investigate.

He doesn’t find the weapon or any other evidence, so they move on. Ji-wook tries to stop Bong-hee from searching the garbage, arguing that the garbage from the night of the attack will have been picked up by now, but he loses that debate. When they get home that night, Chief Bang and Eun-hyuk reel in horror at the stench rolling off of them. Bong-hee doesn’t smell anything, which makes the men stare at her.

She says they didn’t find anything, and they only have twenty-four hours left. Eun-hyuk asks about the student who screamed and scared off Yeon-woo’s attacker, and Bong-hee tells him that they haven’t identified her yet. But she recognized her uniform from the CCTV video and is working on finding her.

Hyun-soo lays out photos of everyone at Ji-wook’s firm, and he stares at them while fondling a wicked-looking knife. He decides that he needs an alibi, but first he has to decide who gets killed first.

In the absence of a weapon or a witness, Yeon-woo’s ex-boyfriend will only be charged with assault and will be fined, so Bong-hee is anxious to find something that proves that he meant to kill her friend. Ji-wook is oddly fidgety that Chief Bang and Eun-hyuk are still at his house, but they say they have a lot of work to do.

Ji-wook whines that they can work at home, his voice growing squeaky as he says that today is the first. Chief Bang argues that it’s mid-month, not the first, but Eun-hyuk gets a clue and asks if Ji-wook means that kind of first day, looking back and forth between Bong-hee and Ji-wook. Embarrassed, Ji-wook tries to distract him by telling him to go watch the CCTV footage again to find the high school student.

Instead, Eun-hyuk volunteers to track down the student witness using social media. None of them uses social media so his complicated explanation just leaves them staring at him blankly, and he realizes that they don’t understand a word he’s saying. Bong-hee: “I write in my diary, by hand.” He wanders off muttering that he’ll just do it himself.

Still frustrated that no one’s going home, Ji-wook shuffles off to the kitchen to make tea for himself and Bong-hee. She follows him, knowing that he’s had a stressful day following her around, and surprises him with a little peck on the lips.

Having bottled everything up all day, Ji-wook very nearly pounces on her right there in the kitchen. Bong-hee holds him back, saying that that’s enough for their first day, and trots off to squee in her room. She leaves him standing there in the kitchen, arms still spread out wide.

Eun-hyuk and Chief Bang see Bong-hee leaving the kitchen smiling, then Ji-wook following carrying two cups of tea. It’s pretty obvious what they were doing in there, but Ji-wook pretends he made the tea for them and goes back to work. They each take a sip and make faces at the horrible bitter tea.

The next morning, Eun-hyuk teaches Bong-hee and Ji-wook how to use Instagram. They both take selfies and upload them, then get all giggly from “liking” each other’s pictures. Nobody “likes” Eun-hyuk’s picture, so he has to do it himself, and then pats himself on the head for good measure. Awww, poor pitiful puppy.

His handsome face causes a minor stir when he shows up at the witness’s high school, and he finds two girls who responded to his online inquiries. They know the girl who witnessed Yeon-woo’s assault but they say she’s scared to speak up.

Bong-hee finds Ji-hae at the courthouse to ask her opinion on the recent increase in crimes committed after breakups. Ji-hae assumes Bong-hee’s talking about how she stole Hee-joon, but Bong-hee just brings up the rising number of abuse reports, and how seven women are killed every month due to domestic violence.

She orders Ji-hae to investigate the most recent cases and inform the public of her findings, promising her a case if she does. Ji-hae says that these things are difficult to investigate because a crime has to be committed before she can make an arrest. Bong-hee scoffs that she knew Ji-hae couldn’t do it and stalks off.

With only two hours left before the ex-boyfriend is released, Eun-hyuk still hasn’t found the witness. He calls Bong-hee, who’s grateful anyway at how hard he’s working to help. Ji-wook becomes increasingly annoyed with every compliment paid to Eun-hyuk, and he waits… and waits… and when no thanks comes his way from Bong-hee, he explodes with jealousy: “What about me? Me? Huh, what about me? I’m working really hard too!” LOL. Chief Bang and Bong-hee just laugh at him.

Worried that the ex may come after Yeon-woo as soon as he’s released, Bong-hee says she’s going to stay with her friend tonight, and Ji-wook insists on coming, too.

After they leave, Chief Bang gets another call, this time with the name and address of the third man in the picture, Lee Jae-ho. Despite Ji-wook’s warning to let the prosecutors handle this, he decides to talk to Jae-ho before Hyun-soo gets to him, and he leaves Ji-wook a message with the address just in case. Knowing that he’s worried about Chief Bang, Bong-hee tells Ji-wook to go to him. He drops her off, asking her simply to be careful.

The forty-eight hours are up, but Eun-hyuk finally spots the witness. She tells him that she can’t testify because she was skipping class at the time and she’ll be in trouble. With his most charming smile, Eun-hyuk threatens to tell her mother that she skipped class that night, and that she’s skipping class now, if she doesn’t testify. Wow, who knew he had a mischievous streak!

The girl is convinced, and she asks about the knife the ex had that night. This is exactly the proof Eun-hyuk needs, especially since she saw where he hid it—inside the cast on his arm.

When a lawyer comes to the police station, Yeon-woo’s ex acts all poor-pitiful-me and convinces him to argue the detective into releasing him. As he leaves the police station, he reaches inside his cast to pull out the knife that’s been there this entire time.

He makes a beeline for Yeon-woo’s building and attacks Bong-hee and Yeon-woo. Bong-hee shoves Yeon-woo behind her and faces him in a taekwondo stance, and despite his knife, she takes him down with a few swift moves. She turns to check on Yeon-woo and the ex gets up, lunging at Bong-hee again and slicing her upper arm open.

Eun-hyuk gets the news that the ex was released and he calls Ji-wook, who turns back to find Bong-hee. He arrives to see several police cars and an ambulance, and he desperately calls Bong-hee’s name until he finds her. He inspects her from head to toe, and she shows him that all she got was a tiny scratch.

Still, it sends him into a rage, and he tries to go after the ex-boyfriend bare-handed. Bong-hee stops him, assuring him that she’s fine, and he pulls her in for a relieved hug. Bong-hee asks about Chief Bang, and Ji-wook confesses that he rushed straight here.

Bong-hee tells Ji-wook to go and he agrees, but he only gets halfway to his car before running back to hug her again. He’s reluctant to leave her, but he finally does.

Chief Bang arrives at Jae-ho’s apartment to find that he’s too late—the place is a shambles and Jae-ho is already dead from a stab wound (in his lower left abdomen, the killer’s usual MO). Chief Bang answers a call from Ji-wook, but before he even says a word, he senses someone standing behind him. He turns to see a masked man, who swipes at him with a knife.

Chief Bang drops the phone and defends himself, and for a moment it looks like he may even have the upper hand. But the masked man quickly turns the tables, throwing Chief Bang to the floor. Chief Bang tries to rip the mask off but he doesn’t succeed, and his attacker slams him into the table, and Chief Bang slumps to the floor.

Ji-wook can only listen helplessly to the sounds of the fight, as the masked man drags Chief Bang to the middle of the room, and then escapes. Chief Bang is lying way too still when Ji-wook finally arrives and sees the blood on his lower left side. No…

Ji-wook kneels and tries to shake Chief Bang awake, but he doesn’t move a muscle. Ji-wook leans down to place his ear on Chief Bang’s chest, and what he hears—or more importantly, doesn’t hear—sends him into a panic. He calls Chief Bang’s name over and over, calling him “Eun-ho hyung” in a voice filled with heartbreaking pain and grief.

No matter how much Ji-wook cries, screams, and begs, Chief Bang never wakes up.

Epilogue. In a short scene, we see Ji-wook stop at a flower shop on his way to his big confession date with Bong-hee. He walks out with a bouquet in his hand and a smile on his face.

 
COMMENTS

Oh no. Nononono, not Chief Bang. Listen here drama gods, you can’t take Chief Bang! The team needs him, Ji-wook needs him. He’s the glue that holds them together when their petty squabbles would otherwise break them apart, and he’s the one who sees the things that nobody else sees, especially personal issues like Ji-wook’s depression, or his and Bong-hee’s mutual attraction. If CEO Byun is Ji-wook’s father figure, then Chief Bang is his hyung, who takes care of him but makes sure he stays grounded in reality. If Ji-wook loses Chief Bang, he’ll be irrevocably broken, and he just found his smile again.

This show has got me so paranoid from all the twists and reversals that I’m scared to make any assumptions at all anymore without concrete proof. I say this because we never actually saw the face of the person who stabbed Chief Bang (and note that I don’t say “killed” because again, I’m assuming nothing until I see it with my own eyes). I’ve already been fooled once before when I concluded that it must have been Chan-ho behind the mask in Bong-hee’s old office, so I’m not saying that it was Hyun-soo until we know for sure.

Jung-ha’s final vision of Ji-wook screaming over someone did come true, but Jung-ha’s words were vague. His exact words were, “Don’t cry so much, because everything will be okay.” He could have been saying not to cry so much over his loved one’s death, because everything would be okay eventually. That said, it did look like Hyun-soo’s eyes above the mask, and I don’t think Ji-wook would have been so devastated if he’d heard Chief Bang’s heartbeat. I guess I’ll just anticipate the worst and spend the next week heartbroken until we find out for sure if Jung-ha’s prediction came true.

Moving onto happier things. As I said in the last recap, it’s past time for Ji-wook to stop being quite so respectful of Bong-hee, which is turning into an excuse not to have to make any moves that might result in his being hurt. It was time for him to start stating his own truths and risking his heart. Asking Bong-hee to love him was a great start, and I was thrilled to see him continue in that vein once they got home. I was proud of Ji-wook for refusing to stop expressing his feelings for Bong-hee, and for telling her that he’s going to be by her side no matter what. To me, that’s not the kind of disrespect that’s done so the person can do what they want—Ji-wook recognized that Bong-hee was isolating herself in an unhealthy way. By refusing to stop expressing his feelings and saying that he’s not going anywhere, Ji-wook was doing what’s best for her and their relationship. He still let Bong-hee decide when she was ready to come to him, but he no longer let her shut him out.

Their relationship is finally happening, and I love how healthy they are right off the bat. Although he’s a giant worrywart, Ji-wook never overrides Bong-hee’s wishes when she makes a decision, and he often lets her be in charge entirely. He totally let her drive the bus on her friend’s case (jealousy explosions notwithstanding), and even when he went along to help, he always deferred to her judgment. He trusts her, which is why he left her alone with her friend, again letting her decide what she needs from him, and when she’s capable of taking care of herself.

And Bong-hee has matured a lot too—I’ve touched on this before, but I love how she’s grown from being Ji-wook’s starry-eyed admirer, to having the strength to tell him “no” when he crosses a line, even though all she wants is to fall into his arms. Bong-hee has impressed me with her newfound ability to firmly draw her boundaries out for Ji-wook, the risk of losing him far less important than the risk of losing her own autonomy. She’s a lady who has her priorities straight, who’s determined to make her own way even if it means losing out on love. It’s no wonder Ji-wook looks at her like she’s his whole universe… with a woman like her, he never had a chance.

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Chief Bang!!! I knew it 😭💔
When Ji Wook broke down and started to call him Eun Ho Hyung, I was a mess.
How can you leave us 'til next Wednesday with that??

But ye, i wished the show could explain us a lil bit why Hyun Soo is doing what he's doing. So that we can atleast understand his perverted mind...

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Chief Bang 😭😭😭😭 . I was hoping against hope no one would die.

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Same pls let him be injured but alive. Icu or Anythg but alive. Jw needs him. The team needs him. We need him.

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I know. We can't lose any member from their team. Before this ep, I have to say that I was really worried for Eun Hyuk since I didn't expect Bong Hee to get hurt, but I don't want Chief Bang to be the one either. Is it possible that he won't die since the prophet said everything will be ok. I knew that after all our Bong HeeXJi Wook moments, something bad would happen. I wish it were Wednesday already.

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I feel like hitting myself for even speculating about his death in the last recap. Can't this be like DOTS world where you just come back alive after getting stabbed or shot etc. Etc. Someone, please tell them, all of them to stop doing things alone.

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Yes me too!! I am hoping against all hope that he can still be revived because he really is the glue which sticks the gang together. He is supportive of everyone in the group and the dynamics of the group would collapse without him!! Fingers crossed!

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Do we still have miracle card to save mr bang? 😭😭😭

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Maybe the talisman he stuck in his coat, during the last epilogue, will save him!!

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I hope so, everything is gonna be okay right?

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maybe, maybe....
Hopefully the writer is doing the same thing, like when Park Bo Gum's character in I remember you, got stabbed. We need him alive. Please writer-nim, don't kill him!!!We'll all die with him. :(

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Exactly! I want to know more about Hyun Soo too! There has to be some really psycho explanation for his behaviour. This is the best the writer can do t justify killing off Mr. Bang. But at least, we are done with the prophetic deaths..i mean why was this trope there in the first place?

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It does add gravitas ... but i miss chief bang...maybe in dramaland a death is not really a death

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I am talking about the need for a psychic to prophesize death....found it unnecessary

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Agreed. It added this weird supernatural element that didn't fit the rest of the tone of the show. The show has rested very much in a realistic, provable world, so it felt odd to have a moment straight out of Lucky Romance.

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I agree it was such a time of hysterics with those prophecies. I felt bad, but for a second I thought..."Well he can't make any more weighted, mind-messing, life-changing premonitions now that the poor guys is gone RIP."

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Why oh why Chief Bang? I really enjoyed his sidelong glances and his sardonic wit... ugh

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He's my favorite character in the drama!! So so hilarious with his reactions and he just holds the whole firm together. *cries*

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I think that Hyun Soo's girlfriend was somehow raped or sexually harassed by one or two of his friends and Chan-hoo was a witness but didn't do anything to save her or he might "saved" her so that's why he was kind of indepted to Hyun Soo and he was automatically involved in vengeance. When he killed the famous chef there was a line about how he raped a girl who has becomed his wife afterwards if I remember it right, so mostly all of the assasined people were kind of carefully planned and gave us little clues. He likes Bong-hee sincerely and doesn't want to harm her but he won't have a choice, because she is recognized him. 7 is a magic number (7 sins - I liked the thriller movie Seven) especially in revenge and as we saw he looks like believer although the upside down one, because christianity is about grace and forgiveness to all sinners even to the murders.

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I was thinking the same thing..

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not sure if you mean some particular aspect of it.. (am still on ep 20).. but isn't HS issue that

his girlfriend was raped and assaulted by these men.. the 7 on his target list are involved one way or the other..

1st death- subway pervert saw
2nd death- Bong hee saw
3rd - chef who actually raped his gf
4th - that forensic officer
5/6 - the other two guys in the photograph
7- not sure as of ep 20 who that might be

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not sure if you mean some particular aspect of it.. (am still on ep 20).. but isn't HS issue that

his girlfriend was raped and assaulted by these men.. the 7 on his target list are involved one way or the other..

1st death- subway pervert saw
2nd death- Bong hee saw
3rd - chef who actually raped his gf
4th - that forensic officer
5/6 - the other two guys in the photograph
7- not sure as of ep 20 who that might be

its a revenge.. and at some point some one would have gone scotfree to make HS not believe in law

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I think there are still two people that we don't know whom HS will murder since the person in the tank and the picture are revealed to be the same.

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I don't know if he counts the official murders we know, because after the chefs death he told that he has still 4 to go - he put 3 people in the tank and the bodies of the official murders were found at the murder site so maybe it was just to mask the real targets disapearing - the bigger noice is made around them, nobody will seek for other missing people
there are 8 full episodes - 16 - still to go and there is no time for lovey dovey, but I wonder if Ji-wook will be now accused of a murder...

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The scene when Chief Bang went against Ji Wook's instructions to investigate, you just feel he's who Ji Wook was going to cry over 😭

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Jung Ha said there was a probability. we can't lose hope until next Wednesday... everything has to be okay! :(

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I agree. But I think that hyun soo kill his friends because they sexually assaulted his girlfriend or something. But if so I don't get why he kills those others(the cook and all) and I really hope that Chief bang is only unconscious cuz that guy said everything will be alright 😢😢😢

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Am I the first to comment???

I enjoyed this chapter, but so scared!!
Half of the time I was a total nerve wrack…
And once Mr. bang decided to go to find out this guy… come on… in the night… I knew it… I knew it! People are so fearless… I am so upset!! They know JH is dangerous… they know that… Why do they have to think they can handle it?????
Also…. how on earth mr. bang could open the door and found the dead guy… Why on earth nobody turns on the lights????
I am sooooo upset!!!!!

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IKR! They obviously don't watch K-dramas, lol. Why go investigate a shady situation ALL ALONE?!

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way to make a sad moment... well, less sad! :D

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I was thinking the same about the light. He should have turn it on, or at least wait for JW 😭

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I was really happy that Ji Wook clearly warned everyone not to pursue Hyun Soo and to leave it to the people whose jobs are to pursue the bad guys. And I was happy to see them actively reach out to YJ to take over this case. Like, good, they're sensible and keeping themselves safe. And I was hopeful when Chief Bang flashed back to JW's warning. I was begging him to please go against trope and listen to JW - just like how BH went against trope when she was going to meet with Chan Ho. And then he left! WHY?! Why call JW in the first place if he's going to charge ahead. I'm so upset!

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His instinct as a detective says that the guy must be killed soon, so he must meet him first before the killer kill him. But sadly the killer already killed him, and waiting for mr bang. Even i dont know why the killer stay in the room after he killed the guy. Maybe he know someone after him.

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maybe Chief Bang reached a little too soon after Jae ho's death. the killer mustn't have gotten far. but what i don't get is why kill Chief Bang? if it is Hyun Soo, it's not like him to kill someone completely unrelated with his suspiciously secret revenge(?), he usually makes another person take the fall for his crimes, like in the case of Bong Hee and Chan ho. but Hee Joon was killed too, so i am not holding my breath on that. but i really do hope Chief Bang to be safe. the paramedics must reach soon and he must be saved, for everyone's sake! please please drama gods!!

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Even though. Why on earth risking your own life? Are you being paid for that? You are not a detective anymore... You work in a lawyers oficce... you were told not to do anything...
I mean, in this case... You called it for yourself!
It´s been some days but I am still pissed off.
tonight we will find out if he survived... Honestly, I doubt it... :(

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I knew they were going to drop one on us after all the cute, light-hearted interactions between Bong-hee and Ji-wook. :(

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From the beginning of previous episode, we've been warned "wait for it..."

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I cant wait a week... the first thing i did after watching the episode was to come read everyone's comments... for some sort of fellow wallowing and commiserating heh

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I've been through allover the internet too, wondering whats the other feel about this episode.

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Yes!! I was enjoying all their banter but was feeling nervous. Because when have kdramas just showed happy couples in love at episode 12 when there are 8 more episode to go?

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Can I just ask, why did the writer feel the need for this psychic bit? I'm still hooked on the show and LOVE our OTP, but was a psychic really necessary? I feel like the writer just didn't know how to get us to this point and added in an unnecessary supernatural element.

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I was also surprised because... hey! it is actually kind of the premise of the next LJS show: While you were sleeping, which I am expecting with oper arms, because, hello!!! it is LJS... But anyways... It is a trope that we did not need in this show at all... It is frustrating and terrifying. Did he really die? I feel so sad already...

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It is a bit weird to have this trope in the show. But I'm still holding out on it until we know more about those deaths, because I think it might not have been a "supernatural element" per se. I thought the psychic client was really shady. Maybe he was in contact with the person who wanted to do the killings (Hyun-soo?), but he didn't think he could eventually be targeted as well. I don't think his death was just an accident either.

Or maybe I'm reading too much into this... (but this writer does have a knack for details).

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It also felt unnecessary to me, since the show has always been grounded on realism. It left me a bit confused tbh, but I'll just chalk it up to a sudden writer's block or weak writing. I still love the show despite that small stumble, everything's been on point til that little bit anyway.

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It does feel a bit nonsensical to add a supernatural element out of the blue. It didn't certainly act as a catalyst for so many things but I think if they were going to add it -it should have been a thing from the beginning. However, I'll give it a pass just this once since I'm enjoying it so.

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I'm hoping he turns out to be wrong, and the guy was just partially delusional and just had great attention for detail eg with seeing the knife. but so far that's not how the story is going.
I guess the writer just likes this stuff, and I appreciate the humor in the angst it caused for both Chief Bang and CEO Byun. Provided CHIEF BANG LIVES PLEASE.

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Woops totally didn't write a whole essay on this down below... Glad to know I'm not the only one who thought this though.

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I am really hoping that the character will influence the team later on... But that might just be my wishful hopeful thoughts

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i'm so glad you said this. this is my feelings exactly.

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I was puzzled too, but I believe I may have a possible answer... The psychic bit was not really for the benefit of the audience, but it acted as a main trigger for Ji Wook's actions.

Once the psychic guy mentioned that someone was going to die, Ji Wook started feeling insecure about the safety of everyone he cares about. When Bong Hee took on that case that threatened her safety, Ji Wook seemed pretty worried that Bong Hee might have been the one prophesized to die. His attention was thus diverted to Bong Hee naturally.

However, Bong Hee's case turned out to be a huge red herring for the audience and for Ji Wook. Her case in this episode eclipsed the danger that Chief Bang was already in, as he continued investigating Hyun Soo's case alone, even though Ji Wook told him to stop.

So the psychic bit was pretty much to amplify Ji Wook's worry that Bong Hee might be the one to get hurt, which is why he gave all his attention to the case she was working on and (for lack of a better word) neglected to pick up on the warning signs that Chief Bang was investigating alone and putting himself in more danger.

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Yep. I agree with this. Plus it made him decide that there should be no waiting for an answer from bong hee because life is precious. the idea was that if she ever died befoee they could be together, it would he his greatest loss. but the suddent psychic thing did feel random, a bit off, just like Bong Hee's friend with a killer lover. She was so outcast during her law student days I just assumed she had no real friends from back then. so in conclusion, these are merely plot drivers.

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As much as I love this show, there have bee a couple of hiccups. The Psychic was one. From the perspective that it encouraged Ji-wook to et go of the past I can kind of see it, but just seeing that guy want to live long enough to see his girlfriend should do it. It also cranked up the tension in this episode, but with a villain like Hyun Soo you don't need the crutch of seeing into the future, you just need to put him on screen more often following each member of the team making us all worry over who he is going to try to get. So, yeah, not the best writing in this particular case.

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it might be a warning to not expect anything in this show... or maybe i'm going weird because of this particular episode.

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I've been reading some of the comments on the other site as well on how The Psychic trope was a bit off. And I was a bit surprise as I kind of enjoy it.

First, there are some cultures who acknowledges the supernatural thing and I do believe that some things cant be explain by hard facts. Its just happen, whether we call it as premonition, fate, magic, deja vu or just instinct. To have this kind of idea within lawyers who always have to deal with facts is very interesting. Will you believe in it? Or will you only believe it only after it happen?

Some people (in this case lawyers) gain their confidence through the things they know - Facts. But if you are confronted with a world you don't know about ( eg supernatural things) and hard to believe, will you be humble enough to acknowledge some people might know better than you about certain situation? In this case, Jungha knows something through his premonition and try to prevent it. Even when others might not believe it, his reaction is always smiling - cuz he is used to people mocking his action that is based on premonition rather than hard facts. He's saying "It's okay if you dont believe in me, as long as others are safe. That will be good enough".

Its a nice thing to see that the lawyers can be defeated sometime. Meaning that they feel defeated by something they dont know/understand. For Ji Wook, he can never understand the premonition things and was left feeling unsettled after Jungha's death. He was there to witness it - and he will never be able to explain the eerie feeling of looking at how the premonition came true infront of his eyes. Its a question of "Should I believe in him now?"

Of course, I do have some complain as I thought we should have more screentime between Ji Wook and Jungha for him to understand more about the the premonition things. And probably get a few life advice from the wise Jungha. The last advice from Jungha for him not to cry too hard was nicely done though. But I felt that the writer can do better :)

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Loveeed the commentary, girl you took the words right out of my mouth. And can I just say that I love the fact that you always end up recapping my favorites. Hahaha, more power to you. 💕

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I did not realize it until I read Lollypip's Staff Spotlight. She gets to recap the lovely romcoms. Aaand I so love her comments, especially in this episode.

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Yes true that! @lollypip, totally loved your analysis of Ji Wook's relationship with Bong Hee! Especially liked how well you've put Bong Hee's strong character

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The fear coming into this episode is beyond real. I was screaming, "No! Don't go separately you guys! Go as a team!"

Chief Bang better be alive next week. Ya hear me!! /cries If he goes, how about his four children??!! Who will be there for them? /wails

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His four children comment was exactly what I thought of too in that scene. Damn, please don't kill him, show.

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Yes they cannot be without their appa. Who will kp them in check n remind them not to b childish

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Was that Hyun Soo I wonder? He looked rather tall to me... More like ChanHo, but it is hard to assume things in this drama...

Also chief Bang nooooo. I knew it when he went alone, but I got distracted by EunHyuk for a bit and then BongHee because they were all out but but chief Bang needs to live D;

I was miffed at BongHee for being angry at JiWook because she was hiding exactly the same thing, and he said he wanted to talk earlier and she didn't let him. But I'm glad that didn't last too long, and I understand that if you ask someone not to hide anything it sucks when they do so anyway.
But I'm glad they get to be the adorable little lovebirds they are. I was dying of laughter when BongHee found out about CEO Byun being the dad and just laughing in desperation because of impending doom.

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wait till she finds out who Ji Wook's mom is. Her head is going to explode!

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1/2 Possible Unpopular Opinions follow... ^^

First of all, it’s pretty clear these last 2hrs were filler episodes because this is a 20hr show and we deliberately still don’t know anything about the killer, cos they clearly had to fill things to drag our mystery out.

Second of all, I’ve seen some comments surprised that this would happen in a rom com or at the speed at which this turn happened: People have been dying since episode one. In fact, I count a definite five dead (Water Tank 1&2, Ex BF, Chef, Picture Guy 3) and another possible two (Chan Ho & Chief). To me personally, this has always been a rom-com/murder mystery/mix show, and those shifts in tone were done well, and from the start. Someone in our crew getting hurt by our villain has been large possibility and a hunch of mine and probably others’, from the very beginning. We know he’s dangerous, we knew at some point we’d have to confront him head on and somebody might get hurt. To have a main secondary character get attacked thus (because he MIGHT not be dead) is not a surprise to me, and not a surprising narrative decision, to move us forward both plot wise and emotionally.

You know what is kinda surprising narratively though? I know everyone is sad about what happened but I’m kinda just confused as to why the guy who could “predict” the future was necessary at all. Nope, hear me out downvoters.
All the things that happened because of him, did not actually require him to be in the story for them to happen. JW saying that no actually, I don’t want to wait for you BH, because I’m terrified you might die, and I want to love you now while I still can? Not reliant on some throw away character predicting a death or two. Our villain is enough of a threat for that to happen, or literally any other side client character. Seemed like a weak, ill fitting plot device when I’m positive that BH and JW would’ve had that first conversation at the house without it. Admittedly I liked JW’s voiceover regarding the fact that everyone has lost someone, including the killer. But that could still have happened realistically and believably without our random clairvoyant.

Bang’s apparent death would’ve been so much more impactful if idk, we weren’t placing bets on who was gonna die from an hour and a half before? I got bad vibes at the start of episode 20/21, shit I’ve been fearing for Eun Hyuk’s life from ep 3, all without our clairvoyant. I’m pretty hard to impact emotionally or even tension wise when it comes to film, so perhaps I’m just bias, but I know I would’ve been more impacted by the attack on Bang if a) it wasn’t freaking screaming it all episode and b) we had, yeah, no clairvoyant. I know some people liked that it wasn’t unpredictable, so maybe that’s just a preference in writing, and the fact that I’m very rarely surprised by things in shows. For me, if it had had more of a shock factor I’d have felt what JW felt, and that would’ve been a great emotionally charged moment.

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2/2 Slightly less out of left field and smarter writing and we could’ve had similar if not better episodes, with less redundant plot devices.

Side note but how many coincidences do we need in finding this killer. The pervert’s return, the knocking over of the bicycle and BH hearing the song (which btw, sounds nothing like the whistling?? But maybe I just need to hear more of the song)... Also I said this like 6 episodes ago but the split hrs do nothing to aid the run or smoothness of the story. I hope this doesn’t become a regular thing among all shows because I think it’s very detrimental to some story lines. Although I guess if you have a boring hr or two, it’s split up so it doesn’t seem so dragging? haha

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the Song, "which btw, sounds nothing like the whistling", LOL!!!! I also did not recognize it, except for her reaction...
And I hate him being so smart that he knew she knew, while she still tried to fake she knew, so that he didn´t knew, she knew... You can follow me, cant you?
My point is: yes... dragging, and i wonder how many other fillers we could get... Is it the aim of the show to catch Hyun-soo, does that mean they will catch him in the final episode??? That possibility freaks me out...

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I can follow you yes haha
What are we episode 12? Highly possible to have a few more filler episodes, either now or nearer the end. *shrugs*

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Remember, we still have to get through the drama of discovering the connection between their fathers (and the possibility that her dad was accused of killing his).

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OMG the song! I was questionning my hearing when I couldn't hear the similarity between the whistling and the song! I'm so glad I'm not the only one who thinks they're different

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Lol im not gonna downvote. N its no an unpopular opinion. They r parts of ur argument i do agree. Regarding the splitting episode.. Its currently done by both SBS and MBC to gain mid episode advertisement fees. Only KBS did not split their episodes.
I thk the writer wants to write in 2 thgs. (1)If you know theres impending death on one of your member..how do u protect them n who is that person to fall. Although JW knows HS is a threat n his gut says hes potentially a murderer.. It takes a proven psychic to put it in his face, one of them could die from it. From the beginning hes weary n does not want to believe in the psychic. But as with most humans u would want to takw precautions that it might happen. So he warns them during the meeting not to do anything rash. And in fact before the appearance of psychic JW had a nightmare of someone being stabbed but he couldnt see who it was. It was already an ominous premonition. (2) i thk maybe they wants to keep us guessing who will fall at the end of ep24. BH, EH or Chief. Again we've been peppered with scenes that hints at one or the other. There were at least 2 scenes prior that hinted Chief would b the one. Picking up on the hints n guessing them becomes partially what viewers do.
Lastly seeing this good person being hit by a car n in his last message of wanting to use his last breath to see the woman he loves.. That really hits the nail in the head. We know JW nvr gave up on BH when she refuse to accept him. But hes been trying to b a gentleman n wait.. His words were take yout time. The case of the psychic i felt was necesary to remind him we dont always have time. Our times in this world is finite n can run out. After his openong words about losing someone.. In fact it really touched me. I went to hug my son tighter n rem to kiss my husband goodbye before he leaves for work. So overall i applaud the writer with these messages.

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Sometimes that otherworldly, that something which is not grounded on natural laws, is what people need to be reminded of life and living. It's unknown, unnatural, and uncertain. Therefore, people are scared/frightened just like how Chief Bang and CEO Byun reacted to the prediction, and how Jiwook finally decided to just be in the present and be with Bonghee now.

I agree that it was not completely necessary, but it sure added that extra oomph for me in terms of the message. I did not feel it to be completely off, especially since we were already introduced to something akin to this in the form of the monk's prediction about Jiwook meeting Bonghee, the woman who will turn his life upside-down. That's just my take on this.

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I get both your reasons, and I liked the messages in the last two episodes.
I guess, for me, all of those messages could've been done without the psychic. They work with the psychic, but they would also work without him, with some other character, or a slightly different scene structure. So for me that makes his psychic-ness kinda redundant. Particularly when we had no pyschic from the start so it seems like he was shoe-horned in there. Who knows the writer could've planned on him from the start, he does fit well enough into the story for that to happen. I guess if I were writing it, having a psychic would just seem like a cop out haha

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I totally get where you're coming from! I could have seen this conflict playing out with just as many stakes, without the premonitions. They could have merely relied on Hyun-soo to drive up the tension. I also think the episodes had some filler elements that make calling this out easier.

I admit, though, I didn't really overthink the inclusion of the psychic because it isn't out of the norm for them to have another case to work on and if it offered a little bit of extra conflict, then so be it. The cases would seem just like filler if I didn't enjoy seeing that our characters are still doing their jobs while they investigate HS on the side. But I'm mostly liking what they offer in terms of character-growth.

My biggest reason for not having much of a problem with the psychic is simply that all the characters and happenings have been so eccentric from the beginning, that he doesn't feel that out-of-the-blue for me. Many have sited how premonitions interfere with the "realism" in this show, but I often felt like this show has had an endearing mix of more realistic character moments/dialogues and more off-the-wall, wacky elements. It has actually shown an affinity for this stuff since the 2nd episode with the ill-fated relationship premonition that JW surprisingly believed in.

I also want to offer up the idea that including a psychic isn't necessarily a drama's way of suddenly turning supernatural on us, because this kind of spiritual, otherworldly happening just seems to fit more seamlessly in their culture without taking on that sort of bent. Perhaps because it ties into the ideas of mugyo (Korean shamanism).

I get what you mean though, because you end up wondering how these episodes would have been without these added elements. Sometimes less is more! But for a quirky, slightly off-the-wall rom-com thriller, I think this still works.

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So I wasn't the only one who didn't recognize that song?! Also I think it's pretty hard to hear the song which is playing on the earphones on the middle of the day with traffic and everything. I guessed Bong-Hee had pretty sensitive ears unlike me.

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Absolutely surprising listening precision for a tone deaf bong hee. But I giver her a pass since she was shook by that tone for a good part of her life.

For the life of me, I couldn't fit the sone with thr whistle either until they started adapting it as an instrumental bgm. it's following the accompanying notes rather than the notes of singinh human voice. btw, it's fleur de lise the way it can be adapted into so many versions. The whistle sort of grew on me.

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I actually love the whistle, it's creepy and catchy. Will have to back and see if I can hear the connection, because even when they overlapped it with the song I was confused.

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Well bong her has to make up for her lack of smell by having super sensitive hearing hee....

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I've been surprised at how much the split hours are affecting the shows. Unlike the viewers of the live broadcast in south korea, I don't have to deal with the advertisements and can just go to the next episode. But it does make the episodes feel draggy and though it shouldn't matter, the episode count is making the drama feel longer than it actually is. For example, when I see episodes 23-24 attached to Thursday's episode, I'm like "holy crap. We've got 24 entire episodes and we're only at this point in the story?! What is this? A weekend drama?" Then I remember we're really at episode 12. And then I calm down. Though I am a little bit worried that we're going to run out of material for 20/40 episodes.

I also agree that the whistling doesn't sound anything like the song HS was listening to. It sounded more like the song that JW was listening to in an earlier episode.

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This is so spot on. All these episodes just screamed danger and Chief was the most obvious target. I like the happiness being wide and overwhelming, but shouldn't the writer tak care of the suspense and thriller parts too? It was still sad, but that was actors doing (JCW in sobs, whew).

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Definitely no downvote for me, because I also don't get why there had to be a psychic. And I also agree that there would have been more tension or suspense had there been no psychic telling them that a person would die.

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*no downvote from me

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I was hoping he'd turn out to be a crook. I don't mind the doubt it creates for them in a humorous way, but it is true the tension could have been created more organically.

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i am so mad at this show right now, but through the fiery haze around my eyes i can still see the logic in this argument. the psychic was so unnecessary. agree with much that's been said here. is there any chance he was thrown in to purposely soften the blow? maybe because inspector bang isn't really dead—or maybe because he really is?!? asking for real because i can't tell with this show.

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To be honest I am totaly agreement here. I am honestly hoping that there is something that the character will give later on in the show. But that is probably just me with some super duper wishful thinking. The show has done a really good job so far and I am just saddened by the throwing in of that character.

But for some reason I feel like the girlfriend is going to come back and aide or influence our team in some way. The show is too smart I feel like to not do that.... I am hoping anyway~ Because we got to see the girlfriend at the airport walking past the third member of the photo, so we did have a glimpse of her before she actually got to the hospital.

The show is great at little things like that. The small details but sometimes I wonder if they step back and look at the whole product they have just created or not... ^^:;

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Mmm I noticed the girlfriend at the airport too.
I could be wrong, it could be planned, and the writer could be tricky dicky and smart and weave it all together, they've done it so far. I guess I've just been seen too many similar things in other shows, where I think someone is going to be important to the plot, and then the last episode pulls a fast on me and I'm just like 'WHY'. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

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yes the gf at airport is the one thing that makes me think there might be a larger plan here

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I'm prepared to eat my words if so.
I still stand by my thoughts at least till we know more though

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I saw a death in the group as highly likely from the beginning too but I thought it would be President Byun as he was the closest to a sacrificial father figure in the group. I guess it is needed to add more emotion to the rest of the story. I do not know whether to actually watch from where I paused (about ep 12) because of examsor just read the recaps and go on. While I am enjoying the show from recaps, I do not have any emotional investment in it at all and I do think that it is slightly dragging its heels.

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Omg but CEO Byun acts more like a fourth child and Chief Bang acts more like a father figure...so in a way Chief Bang IS the sacrificial father...dammit noooo
Where is that handy coma trope when you need it?

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Since you have always considered this as a rom-com/mystery/crime/ mix show, then yes i could understand your displeasure of the last two episodes.

But for many viewers out there, this drama is still mainly a rom-com with a hint of crime stuf. All the killings that have happened are not emotionally exhusting and terrifying for the viewers. With Chief Bang, it's different. We are now fully aware how big of a part he is in Jiwook's life, so giving the viewers a heads up is something necessary. If not people will be pissed at the staff for not letting them know.

Comparing it to I Remember You, which is more darker in tone than this one, I would be disappointed if there was a psychic in that drama telling us one would die. Because as you said the impact would be more satisfying if we don't know ahead of time. But Suspicious Partner is still a rom-com. That's the only reason I am accepting of what the writer did.

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Or to put it simply, it was done to protect the viewers from being scarred. I'm perfectly okay with that for now.

Also, If this was on tvN or jtbc, I would not accept it a similar character predetermining someone's death.

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The reason I thought the writer pulled this psychic plot was to give us a sense of mystery (and urgency?). Because, in the first few episodes, we actually had the question of who could be the murderer. First, we all thought it could be chan ho, then we were given some clues and it was confirmed that hyun soo was the murderer. So, now since that is done, I thought she pulled this one. But, I didn't expect it to come to a head in the next episode itself. So, my best bet (or my sincere hoping) is that chief bang isn't dead, we will still have this who-is-going-to-die mystery in the coming episodes.

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And I thought I was the only one who didn't recognize the song! I play 2 instruments, but I'm really terrible at pitch like BH, so I thought it was just my problem, lol!

I kind of get your point, so no downvotes obviously (I'm really not in favour of downvote buttons) but I think on my part, I didn't really think too much of the clairvoyant besides the fact that he was used as a plot device for JW to get off his ass and decide he really wanted to pursue the relationship. He was a convenient plot device for JW to kickstart the romance part, which was going back and forth between JW and BH for a while now.

But I do get what you mean: even without the clairvoyant, there should still have been a certain threat to all the people in the firm, just purely due to HS's existence. But I do think it's just more obvious to us viewers, because we obviously know he's the criminal, so we're worried that anybody in the firm might be harmed because of him. From JW's POV, it's just a hunch, no evidence. Perhaps he didn't really think of the gravity of the situation beyond the fact that HS could be dangerous. Or perhaps he needed to see the clairvoyant's death for the reality that he could actually lose BH any moment, to hit him.

And like @drawde2000 I personally started watching this because it's a rom-com. I get horribly shocked by shows all the time (you've a strong heart!! I'm just a weakling.) and after a stressful day at work I kind of just want something easy to watch, so I almost appreciated the heads-up that somebody would die. Even though yes, we've definitely been screaming it out since last episode, so it's more of in-your-face now, hah!

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Haha don't call yourself a weakling, I'm just the odd one out. I've cried in only one drama ever. D:
I actually kinda love that you all got in on this discussion because I see where ALL of you are coming from and even agree with most of you, whilst also agreeing with myself (wat)
Been trying to figure out why I noticed and why it bugged me so much that the psychic was a plot device, and I think it's because I wanted to fear for our characters more? Like, I wanted to be shocked. And I wasn't... But perhaps that comes from me wanting narratives to surprise me and be unpredictable and most aren't haha Does that make sense? Idk if I'm making sense... I should just watch more thrillers hahaha

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Well, we kinda have a case-of-the-week thing going on this show, and I thought the psychic was the case of the week, but he turned out to have a bigger connection to the story. This show is a thriller, a rom-com, and a workplace comedy. The lawyers have to have cases. The psychic stopping the crime before it happened and no one believing him was an interesting idea. I would have like to see it played out a bit more actually.

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me too. I sort of wished his case lasted a bit longer. I really like the case of the week to break up the tension even though the cases-of-the-week aren't lighthearted. I do like how these cases all follow the theme of toxic men and violence against women - we've got stalker guy, the chef who was a rapist, the dead abusive husband, the guy who stabbed a female part-timer, and now abusive ex-bf. And of course, the girl in HS's life was very likely a victim of sexual assault.

I have to say that the presentation of the psychic was heavyhanded. I wished they had alluded to the possibility that he's truly psychic rather than outright confirm it.

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I guess we are the fan of this psychic trope? ;) Count me in!

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You spoke my mind Beanie! That illogical plot device of future seer! I was dumbfounded!

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On a lighter note...

When Jiwook felt the need to inform Bonghee right away that CEO Byun is Dad… HAHAHAHA! They're doomed alright. Wait till she finds out who Mom is. What is worse than doomed? HAHAHA!

That main picture of Jiwook and the last one... can I get a bear hug too?? I swear, every single time Jiwook envelops Bonghee in his arms, I feel the warmth. I want Jiwook's warm hugs.

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Count me in. I want Jiwook's warm hugs too. I can feel that he cares Bonghee so much .

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Sure they will be one big big family that will never has a single second of dull moment

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When the dad took pizza for lunch I was hoping that Jiwook or Bonghee would say hey my mom works at this place... but no...

Jiwook's hugs look so comfortable. I want a hug too.

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gosh when jiwook starts to call chief bang as Eunho hyung (and that painful crying), i just couldnt take it anymore. but echoing So Jungha, hope that everything we'll be okay :(

on funny note, i love bonghee reaction when she knows who jiwook's dad - byun daepyo! bwahahah

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I need a Ji-wook in my life...

And also cross fingers that Chief Bang will survive!!!

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I thought he would survive. The psychic said don't cry, everything's going to be alright. That said, JW listened to his heartbeat and shook him and cried so it appears like he died.

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HE needs to be there for his four children show. If you do this to me I am going to cry. Legit hanging onto the words "Everything will be okay." It better be okay dont make it not okay show. OKAY!?!?!?

But guys can we take a moment to realise what the show just gave us in terms of info on Bong Hee? She legit has a lack of sense of smell. Probably the reason she gets so dirty and stinky when she is working really hard on something!!
Maybe also the reason for a lack of taste...? Not that the show has given us anything to prove on this fact though.....

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But she did manage to taste the bitterness in the tea she bought for JiWook? But maybe it was just so extremely bitter even she couldn't miss it.

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Yes she did. And thennn JW went ahead and said that he still kept drinking it because she bought it for him. Lelz.

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I thought it was weird when JW was able to smell the dead, rotting bodies and BH didn't. I wonder if her weak sense of smell will play into anything.

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She generally has very weak senses (eye sight, smell, then she said she couldn't hear right when she can't see), hope there will be an explanation...

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If i dont focus on chief bang n a wailing jw, then i can stop my tears.
Shifting to BH. I love that they finally have that overdue conversation n quarrel. Better that form of communication then not communicating at all. And JW words n his actions finally broke through to her. I also admire that shes sort of in the driverseat for the start of their relationship. Shes so playful cute n flirtatious with that peck on the lips she gave him. That said i thk she needs her nose check. Her poor sense of smell..no wonder shes ok with not showering n washing her hair for 3days.

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Bonghee is very good at being playful and amusingly putting Jiwook in misery. hahaha! Jiwook knows it all too well. Poor guy.

Lollypip said it, "Having bottled everything up all day, Ji-wook very nearly pounces on her right there in the kitchen."

The way he threw the spoon on the table. It's both hilarious and hawt.

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Thanks for the recap! Is anyone else still crying? Because I am.

-I was cheering JW on so hard when he refused to let the issue with HS come between him and BH. It's so rare and refreshing in dramaland to have characters confront miscommunications right away and be so reasonable. I'm loving it.
-I expected JW and BH to get together in a more dramatic way, but this was still seriously so cute. They are so adorable, it makes me tear up a little.
-I'm glad we finally got to see BH's taekwondo moves again. She's so badass and I love it. JW's concern for BH, as always, melts my heart. But lastly...
-I lost it when JW found Chief Bang, and I don't usually cry during shows. When JW switched to calling him hyung...I have no words. Just thinking about it makes me feel like my heart is being ripped out all over again. JCW's crying skills are out of this world - if anyone else had played his role, I don't think the scene could have been the same.

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I fast forwarded JW´s crying over Mr. Bang because I knew I would feel so bad for him...
I hope he is not really dead, although I am expecting the worse...
What an awful guilt to have lured Mr. Bang to work for you and because of that you have him dead in a short period of time... knowing JW, that is going to mean a deep depression. :(

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I cried too.. I hope they don't kill off the captain now that our ship has officially sailed.

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Actually j worry for how jinwook and bong hee will feel -- guilty for sure..m aargh.. angst!

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Yep, I was glad they communicate to resolve the problem level-headedly. And how JW want to respect BH decision despite the sense of urgency, while still stating firmly his choice to be together with BH makes me swooooon so hard!

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The epilogue for the last episode showed Chief Bang sticking those paper amulets everywhere in the office and saving one for himself which he put in his jacket pocket (?)

With that said, I think that's why the physic element was brought in? It did threw me off guard but I was actually quite okay with it 😊😊
Damn it my money was definitely on CEO Byun, knowing how Eunhyuk's attack (should there be any, will be saved for the final stretch) and I was ready to sob for CEO but nooo, the show threw us all a curveball and gave Chief Bang the strike and noooo my poor heart. I do hope he's gonna be okay, and how the previous client said 'everything's going to be okay' will keep me sane until Wednesday lmao.

On a side note, that cute peck people! I can't even... /spurts out incoherent koreanglish/ lmao

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i hadn't thought of this. and i SOOO hope you are right.

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NONONONONONONOOOO Chief Bang!!!!!

YOU CANT JUST TAKE HIM AWAY! GAH writernim!! I love you for IRY but you have to do something about people investigating BY THEMSELVES at NIGHT! No MORE!

Drama gods don't take away another father figure away from BongHee and JiWook!!! Who's going to make all the million faces during the meetings?? Who's going to fangirl over BH and JW's relationship with us??? Who's going to make all the side comments underhandedly dissing everyone????

He's also my favorite character!!!! please dont take him...

Please?!

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That was a bit dramatic on my end but I'm trusting that he won't be killed off esp since the"everything will be ok" bit of the weird clairvoyant.

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Just one thing that confuses me...have i missed sth beanies?

How come they just discovered the water tank with the deadbody when the body was put there 3 years go? Wouldn't the stench from a rotten body alert the people nearby about sth fishy? Also, the blood that got leaked from the tank in the last episode, that looked freah too...how can that be when the murder happened 3 year ago is beyond me unless i am missing sth.

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Sorry, this comment was for the last episode....

For this one.....chief bang!! Please be alive, please please pleaseeew!

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I thought it was kind of weird too but one thing they did mention is that the area was being evacuated for reconstruction I believe? But excuse me for being a bit graphic but that body definitely would not have come out in one piece if it were in the water tank for 3 years...

Drama logic right?

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Did they say three years? Is it already three years since BH was accused of murder??? I am confused. I would guess at least one year, or one and a half, but three?
Also, whichever the case, the smell would have had to be felt down before, and for instance, police intervention required before... Why are they, precisely they doind forensic work or discovering? Where is the police in this whole drama???

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There was a two year period they skipped in the story after Bong Hee finishes her internship and sets up her own practice in that tiny office she was living in.

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To be fair it's not like we saw bodies, just the bags *shrugs* 😖

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Weren't they recent dead bodies? The third person in that picture was in the tank.

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I believe the body in the tank was the one that BongHee "saw" being dumped that started the whole fiasco of HeeJoon dying. so It definitely was three-ish years ago.

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The subs that i got to watch had Prosecutor Cha saying they identified one body and that went missing 3 years ago....

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Several bodies were recovered from the water tank. I think that the water tank was a dumpsite for the killer's victims. One victim was being dumped which Bong Hee "saw" and Kim Min Gu was dumped later, when Chan Ho called Bong Hee, supposed to be planning to spill the beans on the killer.

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When YJ called to say that they identified a body, the translation said that she identified only ONE of the bodies. Meaning there were more in the water tank. Meaning it's HS' regular body dumping place. I suddenly wondered if one of the bodies were Chan Ho's. Or is the translation even correct?

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Yes, I agree but the translation in the sub that I saw also said the body was of somebody who got missing 3 years ago. they couldn't yet identify the recent ones.

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Usually kdrama logic is far better than other drama logic....but even if I am to give this away to drama logic, it's hard to see this in a JCW starred drama, sadly.

The subs I got had Prosecutor Cha saying that they only identified one body, that body went missing 3 years ago...they hadn't been able to identify the recent ones yet. So, definitely a leap away from logic here. I feel cheated....murder mysteries are supposed to be smartly written...this was very unexpected.

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I think it's a new body, and not the one 3 years ago

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I think it was a combo of new bodies and the one from three years ago that BH saw (but really didn't see) being put down on the night she was framed for murder. Although the body in there from 3 years ago would be incredibly decomposed by this point.

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I rewatched that part of the episode. It seems like it's a combo of both new and old bodies. However, the forensics only identified the body going missing from 3 years ago (that is what Prosecutor Cha told everybody).

So, again, how come they only discovered it now. The stench would have been unbearable and far reaching. I know this because I knew somebody who died in a foresty area...in 2 weeks time people from nearby villages couldn't live got an incredible stench which grew everyday to unbearable amount.

So, my money is also on sloppy writing like anothenicole said in the later comment in this thread. I didn't want to believe that it was because of sloppy writing thinking that I might have missed some details, so asked everyone...seems like it was indeed bad writing and leap away from logic :(

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my money's on sloppy writing.

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Seems so. Because Prosecutor Cha said the body (among the many bodies in the tank) that got identified is one that got missing 3 years ago.

Because I love JCW, I didn't want to believe that he was in such a sloppily written drama...because the show actually has been giving us signs of poor budget here and there from the start..(it seems very low key drama...unlike anything that JCW has done previously...maybe because he wanted to act in a rom com and not so taxing drama before he left for military service?)

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I wrote below but I didn't log in and I'm not seeing my reply, so I will comment again. :-) Even though the body is rotting from 3 years ago, if it's in a septic tank or a completely closed container with chemicals, it's not going to stink up the neighborhood. So it probably woudn't have smelled since it was a recent leak. Also, I am assuming the blood from the recent body that was put in the container is what made the fluid red. Maybe Chan ho's body. Ewwwwww. Lol.

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Also, it makes sense that they would be able to identify the older body 1st since they probably have DNA to match with dead bodies....since after 3 years missing, it is kinda assumed that the person could be dead. Recent bodies would probably harder to identify because they haven't been missing long enough to be presumable dead and matched with respective DNA. That was my take. Hee hee.

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Huhu, agree that Chief Bang is the one who understands Jiwook very well. The last scene is so sad. Ji Chang Wook nailed it.
I love how Bonghee expresses her feelings with an unexpected sweet kiss. And Jiwook's reaction is amazing keke.

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Question, does every second half hour (or end of the full hour), have epilogues? I think I only get about every other one. Just trying to confirm if I have to go hunt some down.

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Yes every even number episodes have epilogues.

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I think Dramafever includes the epilogues and Viki's version doesn't. I've seen some users upload the epilogues on Youtube if you want to check it out.

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It's on every even numbered episode. Remember that originally, the dramas were about one hour long. However, the change in programming (inserting ads, i think) put a glitch on the episodes. They had to cut each episode into two half-hour parts - that's why the epilogue goes only to the second part.

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Sorry, yes. That's what I meant. Every even episode.

Also, yes. This means I've only seen every other one. For some reason I only see the ones on the Thursday episodes. Off to hunting down the others!

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If mr bang really have to die, can we see him in every epilogue, until the show ends?

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I really need a big hug after watching this ending of sadness. This is legitimately the first and only time I have ever cried for a drama. Ji Chang Wook needs to stop being such a good actor, he's making me feel all of the sad feels!

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U're not alone ... sending virtual hug 😢

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Why does this have to be happening right when my OTP is shipping?! The little moments between Ji Wook and Bong Hee are just precious! That peck that Bong Hee gave Ji Wook is sooooo swooney!!!!

Chief Bang adds so much to the Suspicious Partner family. He really helps to tie everyone together and keeps everything running smoothly. We still NEED him!!! Please don't take him away from us?! It's still so early in the series! Please give him back to us! Chief Bang!!!!! 。゚(゚´Д`゚)゚。

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The two episode breakdown makes sense now... First episode was happy and second episode HEARTBREAKING!! Ugh Chief Bang survive pleaseeeee. You need to take care of your four children!
Few other things: poor Eun Hyuk is forever the third wheel. Give him some love too!! He's the best and most loyal friend anyone could ever ask for!
I loved Ji Wook's confession in the beginning. Most level headed response to noble idiocy and it just made SENSE. These two are making their way into developing a healthy relationship and I love all their interactions.
I literally LOL'd when they kept repeating that they were doomed with Chairman Byun. Just wait till they find out their moms hate each other!
The only thing I'm worried about is IF Chief Bang survives, they might kill someone else (EunHyuk?!?!? Noooo). I just want NONE of them to die! Hopefully psychic guy was talking only about himself and some bug in the room.

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