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Suspicious Partner: Episodes 19-20

A new murder case brings up a lot of personal issues and insecurities, causing arguments and hurt feelings that are going to take a while to untangle. Is it ever acceptable to lie for another person’s well-being, and what gives someone the right to make that decision for someone else? It can be possible to lie to someone for the right reasons, but that won’t stop them from feeling betrayed when they discover the truth.

 
EPISODE 19 RECAP

Ji-wook tells Bong-hee to bring Hyun-soo to dinner, then he tells Chief Bang that they need to take this chance to sound out Hyun-soo. And when Yoo-jung shows up unexpectedly, she’s invited to join them. As soon as they start eating, Ji-wook asks Hyun-soo if he heard that forensic investigator Chan-ho has disappeared and is under suspicion for the chef’s murder. All innocence, Hyun-soo says that he doesn’t know the guy.

Yoo-jung decides to announce that she’s re-opening Hee-joon’s murder case. She says that the killer could be in this very house—little does she know how right she is, yet how very wrong.

Everyone ignores her, and Chief Bang brings up Chan-ho again. Hyun-soo still looks like butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth, but a flashback shows us that when Chan-ho had pulled himself from the river, Hyun-soo was waiting for him. Laughing, Hyun-soo joked that Chan-hoo looked like he was about to die, and Chan-ho froze in terror. Oh no…

Ji-wook tells his guests that he was supposed to meet with Chan-ho before he disappeared, but that Chan-ho canceled the meeting abruptly. He tells Yoo-jung to check all of the CCTV footage between the park where they were supposed to meet, to the spot where his car was found.

Ji-wook and Chief Bang exchange a look that says that this isn’t working, because Hyun-soo isn’t responding as they’d hoped. Ji-wook remembers the one time he saw Hyun-soo shaken up—when he’d talked about witnessing someone he loved being hurt. Ji-wook says casually that they should see if Chan-ho has a record involving violence towards a woman, and he watches Hyun-soo’s reaction.

Later Eun-hyuk gives Hyun-soo a ride home, apologizing for talking shop throughout dinner. Hyun-soo tells him that he got a new job as a motorcycle messenger, and Eun-hyuk offers to use his services as often as possible.

Eun-hyuk asks why Hyun-soo hired Bong-hee as his lawyer, and Hyun-soo gives his usual answer, that his case was so similar to hers. Eun-hyuk reveals that a lot of guilty people approach Bong-hee for the same reason, and that he was trying to feel Hyun-soo out to see if he’d done the same.

As she drives home, Yoo-jung thinks about the end of the dinner. She’d hung back to ask if Bong-hee was going home soon, which is when she learned that Bong-hee is living in the same house as Ji-wook. Although Bong-hee had tried to explain that room and board is part of her pay, Ji-wook said yes, they’re living together, like it’s no big thing.

Once everyone has left, Bong-hee joins Ji-wook to help clean up. He couldn’t be happier to have her all to himself, and the simple act of washing dishes turns into an excuse for Ji-wook to stare adoringly at Bong-hee. She asks if the house feels empty now that it’s just the two of them, but Ji-wook says that he likes the quiet. Bong-hee sees him giving her the eyes and orders him to knock it off, but he leans closer, all But this is just my face.

Across town, a woman sits next to the body of her husband, a knife sticking out of his chest. She calls her lawyer, Eun-hyuk, and tells him calmly that her husband is dead. He rushes to her house, and when he asks what happened, she asks if he’s obligated to keep her secrets. He says that’s true, but he also can’t make false statements.

The wife reveals that she didn’t kill her husband, but that she plans to confess to his murder. As Eun-hyuk watches her being taken away in handcuffs, his voice narrates that a lawyer has two important obligations: to keep a client’s secrets, and to tell the truth. He wonders which is the correct choice when those two obligations conflict with each other.

Ji-wook makes Bong-hee a cup of the tea she bought him for his insomnia, and they sit to talk. He asks if something about Hyun-soo is bothering her, and after a brief hesitation, she asks what would happen if it turns out that she’d asked him to defend a murderer.

Ji-wook reminds her about presumption of innocence, and says that the only thing bothering him is that Hyun-soo lied about his alibi. He tells Bong-hee that he doesn’t suspect Hyun-soo of murder, which is a baldfaced lie, but he sticks to his story even when Bong-hee makes him promise not to keep anything from her.

Ji-wook does ask Bong-hee not to see Hyun-soo alone anymore, adding that he wants her to stay where he can see her twenty-four hours a day. He sounds like a typical jealous boyfriend, ha. Bong-hee has a little fun with him, pouting that twenty-four hours is a bit much, so he asks if twenty hours is okay. She sips the tea and gags from the bitter taste, and he bitterly tells her that he drinks this every day. Because she bought it for him. Cute.

Ji-wook discusses Hyun-soo with Chief Bang, noting that Hyun-soo has only reacted to two things: when he was in jail and Ji-wook asked about the assault incident, and when Ji-wook asked Chief Bang to research whether Chan-ho had problems with women.

Ji-wook asks Chief Bang to speak with the women who were assaulted by the chef. He also asks Chief Bang to keep all of this a secret between them, saying that he’ll tell Bong-hee if and when they discover that they freed a man guilty of murder, because he wants to tell her in a way that will hurt her least.

When Yoo-jung questions the wife about her murder confession, Eun-hyuk explains that she wasn’t in her right mind due to years of abuse from her husband. Forensic evidence shows that her husband died of a skull fracture, so Yoo-jung deduces that the wife pushed him down during a fight, the fall killed him, then she stabbed him after he was dead.

Afterward, Yoo-jung asks Eun-hyuk if he thinks Bong-hee is innocent of Hee-joon’s murder. He says that it never matters whether or not he believes his clients, since he defends them anyway. But he adds that he did believe Bong-hee, though he doesn’t know why. As he turns to go, Yoo-jung asks hopefully if they can share a meal sometime, but he leaves without answering.

Eun-hyuk tells his team the manufactured story that his client’s husband came home early, they fought and she pushed him, and he fractured his skull. Looking at the evidence, Ji-wook says that there were no marks of abuse on the wife’s body the day her husband died. Eun-hyuk explains this away, quickly moving on to say that the couple’s son has given a statement that he believes his mother killed his father in self-defense.

Eun-hyuk says that this is a simple case he can handle alone, but Ji-wook offers to helping him anyway. He even volunteers Bong-hee to join them, saying that she can learn a lot, so Eun-hyuk tries to get rid of Ji-wook by accepting Bong-hee’s help alone. The two men bicker like children, Eun-hyuk repeatedly trying to refuse Ji-wook’s offer and Ji-wook insisting simply because Eun-hyuk doesn’t want him to, ha.

Hyun-soo makes a delivery of more evidence documents to Ji-wook’s office. Ji-wook tells Hyun-soo that they’re working on another murder case, but that this one is different from his, pointedly mentioning that you can get a lighter sentence for turning yourself in.

Ji-wook invites Bong-hee to join him as he goes over the evidence, and she asks why he’s so determined to help Eun-hyuk with this case. Ji-wook says it’s because Eun-hyuk is acting weird about it, but Bong-hee disagrees, saying that Eun-hyuk is always weird. Ha, she’s got a point.

Ji-wook can’t figure out why this case seems off to him, and he thinks a spilled bag of fresh groceries at the scene seems to indicate that the wife was expecting company. Bong-hee thinks it’s strange that the wife would stab her husband after he was already dead—it seems needlessly violent.

Ji-wook pats Bong-hee on the head proudly, crooning that she’s improved a lot. Grinning, she wonders if the person they were expecting was their son, then mentions that he’s downstairs with Eun-hyuk right now.

Ji-wook listens in while Eun-hyuk preps the son for his testimony. The son says that his father abused his mother for as long as he could remember. Ji-wook interrupts to ask if his father also abused him, and why he moved out of his parents’ house.

Eun-hyuk tries to stop him, but Ji-wook says that they need to be fully prepared for anything, including unexpected questions. He asks the son if he ever imagined fighting his father once he became an adult. He says that he knows someone like that, thinking of Hyun-soo and how he used to dream of growing up and getting revenge on those who hurt someone he loved. Eun-hyuk ends the conversation before the son answers.

After the son leaves, Eun-hyuk confronts Ji-wook about his interference. Ji-wook orders Eun-hyuk to look him in the eyes and tell the truth, asking if the son is the one who killed his father, and when Eun-hyuk can’t meet his gaze, he assumes he’s onto something.

Eun-hyuk tells Ji-wook that the wife had come back from buying groceries to find her husband dead from a head wound. She immediately assumed that her son had been there and they’d fought. She cleaned up any possible evidence and decided to take the blame.

Eun-hyuk reminds Ji-wook that he’s bound by confidentiality, but Ji-wook cites the law stating that a lawyer can’t make a false statement. He can’t understand why Eun-hyuk is willing to let an innocent person go to prison while the real culprit walks, and Eun-hyuk says that he’s trying his best to convince the wife to tell the truth.

But Ji-wook says that Eun-hyuk is failing, because all he has is a false confession and a trial looming closer. Eun-hyuk declares that if he can’t convince the wife, then he’ll honor her wishes, but Ji-wook reminds him that that means letting the real murderer go free.

 
EPISODE 20 RECAP

Soon the husband-wife murder trial date arrives, and the son watches tearfully as his mother faces imprisonment for a murder she didn’t commit. Ji-wook joins Bong-hee in the courtroom, saying that he’s not here to cause a scene, though he refuses to meet Eun-hyuk’s gaze. Bong-hee watches as the mother gives her crying son a smile as if to say, “I’ll be okay.”

Later at the office, Bong-hee asks Chief Bang to get her everything on the murder case. She works around the clock, studying the evidence and growing more and more disheveled. The guys watch her warily, and Ji-wook explains that when Bong-hee is working on something challenging, she forgets everything, including showers.

She scares ten years off Ji-wook’s life when she comes upstairs to talk to him, looking like a ghost with her wild hair. She tells him that she’s met with everyone involved in the case, and even went to the crime scene. Ji-wook is all, That’s fantastic, but your hair… He looks a bit horrified that she’s been going out like this.

Bong-hee tells him that she didn’t find anything new, but that something still bothers her. She says that when she was on trial, the thing she hated most was when her mother worried about her, so they both acted like everything was fine. She’d noticed that during the trial, the mother and her son were doing the same thing, “I’ll be fine, don’t worry,” to each other with their eyes. She can’t understand why a son who loves his mother that much would let her take the blame for a murder he committed.

We see what really happened that day—the son fought with his father over the way he treats him and his mother, and his father yelled that he should beat him to teach the son a lesson. The son said that his father should disappear, then he stormed out of the house.

That much Bong-hee learned from the son, and she knows that the wife came home to find her husband dead and assumed that her son did it. Bong-hee says that what they need to discover is what happened between the time the son left his father alive, and when the wife found him dead. She tells Ji-wook that she talked to the man’s doctor, who had him on medication for possible cerebral hemorrhage. She tells Ji-wook to request a new autopsy, guessing that he died spontaneously of an aneurysm.

Ji-wook couldn’t be any prouder, though the way Bong-hee keeps scratching her dirty head gives him the heebies. He pulls her in for a big hug anyway, telling her that it’s just a hug from boss to employee, though he also admits that that’s an excuse, hee. Smelling her dirty hair, he repeats his comment from several years ago: “You’re dirty, but you’re pretty.” Awww.

The second autopsy proves Bong-hee’s theory correct, so Yoo-jung drops the murder charges. They thank her, though she tells them to stop since she knows they don’t mean it.

Bong-hee is less than thrilled to see Ji-hae in the courthouse hallway, suspicious of her old nemesis when she acts friendly. Ji-hae fishes for information, asking when her relationship with Ji-wook started, and Bong-hee snarls at her.

Ji-hae asks if it started the night at the hotel, but by mentioning the hotel, she tips her own cheating hand. Bong-hee realizes that the only way Ji-hae would have known that is if she were the girl who went to the hotel with Hee-joon. Busted.

Bong-hee says it’s all water under the bridge now. But then she snatches Ji-hae up by the shirt, saying that what bothered her was being bullied and called unethical. They end up in an all-out, hair-pulling brawl, which Ji-wook rushes to break up when he finds them.

Ji-hae says nastily that he and Bong-hee seem close, and Bong-hee tries to lunge at her again. The guys and Yoo-jung follow Ji-hae and Bong-hee to the elevator, and when the door opens, Ji-wook leads Bong-hee inside and shuts the door in everyone’s face, making Eun-hyuk laugh at how cute they are.

Ji-wook attempts to fix Bong-hee’s tangled hair, but she pulls away to do it herself, saying that she can afford to lose a few strands. Ji-wook pouts that he doesn’t like that, and Bong-hee warns him not to flirt. With an impish glint in his eye, Ji-wook asks if it’s working.

Bong-hee lies that it’s not, so Ji-wook steps forward, backing her into the wall and asking huskily what he has to do to make it work. RAWR. He peers at her stunned face closely and reminds her to breathe, and when she waves him away, he says with awe that it’s working.

He follows Bong-hee into the parking garage, smirking happily. She talks about mothers and how they’re willing to sacrifice themselves for their children, and something sad moves across Ji-wook’s face as he agrees.

Bong-hee says that she likes him but she wants to see her mother more today, and of course he latches onto the “I like you” part like a dog with a bone. He likes her idea, so he decides to visit his mom, too.

The moms are currently arguing over whose child is better, so when Bong-hee arrives to surprise her mother, Ji-wook’s mom frowns jealously. Ji-wook also shows up to see his mother… at a mausoleum. Wait, what?

He stops before one cubicle, which contains an urn and a photo of himself as a child, with his father and his mother—but not the mother we know. This is the woman who gave birth to him, and Ji-wook cries as he apologizes for not visiting more often.

Hyun-soo gets an upsetting phone call, and he calls Ji-wook to meet him. He tells Ji-wook that he heard from the woman that he protected in his assault case, who told him that someone was asking her about him. Ji-wook cringes and apologizes, and Hyun-soo asks why he still doubts him.

Ji-wook says that it’s because Hyun-soo lied about his alibi, and Hyun-soo laughs and says that everyone lies. Ji-wook counters that there are different kinds of lies, and many different reasons to lie, and Hyun-soo points out that Ji-wook doesn’t know his reason.

The tension grows until they both laugh, and Ji-wook says that being suspicious of everything is a habit leftover from his days as a prosecutor. He admits looking into Hyun-soo, but says that he didn’t find anything, and he promises it won’t happen again.

Hyun-soo thinks about it, then he says that he thinks Ji-wook is lying. The two guys joke about his quick wit, then he says they should meet up again soon, with Bong-hee. Ji-wook grows wary and says that he’d like to, but he’s very busy these days.

Ji-wook is still unsettled when he arrives home, but he fibs to Bong-hee that everything is fine. He doesn’t look happy about lying to her, and he thinks that sometimes, to hide a big lie, it helps to reveal a small truth. So he sits Bong-hee down to tell her about his family.

Ji-wook reveals that he has two mothers—the woman who raised him, and his birth mother, who had been best friends. His father was killed in a fire when Ji-wook was little, and his birth mother had been taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and died soon after. Her best friend took Ji-wook in and raised him as her own.

He’d visited Mom today for lunch, missing Bong-hee by mere seconds. They were joined by CEO Byun, who turns out to be Mom’s husband and Ji-wook’s stepfather. This explains so much! I love it.

Bong-hee takes this in, then makes a confession of her own—she has two fathers. She says that she’ll tell Ji-wook her story later.

He asks if she wants to go to bed, which Bong-hee takes the wrong way, and they stare at each other, wide-eyed. Ji-wook tries to stammer an explanation and just ends up calling Bong-hee crazy for thinking he meant that, and they both stand to storm off indignantly.

It backfires when they nearly crash into one another, and the sudden closeness (not to mention that they’re now both thinking of that), creates a moment that Ji-wook can’t resist. He stares at Bong-hee’s lips and leans in to kiss her… but their coffee mugs collide, making a loud CLACK that snaps them out of it.

Bong-hee heads to her bedroom, then doubles back to tell Ji-wook nervously that if he can’t sleep, he should just imagine her next to him. She rushes to her room, and Ji-wook asks through her door, “Can’t you just stay beside me?” Her indignant “No!” makes him grin.

He’s still smiling when he goes to bed, and he falls asleep thinking about how adorable Bong-hee is. But his sleep is disturbed by the recurring nightmare of the fire that killed his parents, and the mysterious man who walked through the fire towards him as he screamed.

Bong-hee also goes to bed smiling, but before she sleeps, she opens her scrapbook to look through her family pictures. She touches the face of her father in one photo to wish him a good night. It’s the same man from Ji-wook’s nightmare, who was there the day his parents died.

Upstairs, Ji-wook wakes from his nightmare in a cold sweat, gasping for air.

Epilogue.

Bong-hee plays with a coin, deciding that if it comes up heads, she’ll accept Ji-wook’s feelings. But no matter how many times she spins it, the coin always comes up tails. Eventually Ji-wook comes over, complaining that she’s been making noise all day, and he tosses the coin before stomping off. This time it lands on heads, and Bong-hee squeals with excitement.

 
COMMENTS

Wow, I’d almost forgotten that one almost throwaway comment in an early episode by Ji-wook, when he’d seen a picture of Bong-hee as a child and thought she’d looked familiar. But it seems as though they have met before, a long time ago, because that was Bong-hee’s father in Ji-wook’s dream (at least, it’s the father in her photo album—we don’t know anything about her other father yet). It’s not really surprising that their families would be connected, with one of their fathers having been a prosecutor and one who seems to have been wrongfully accused of a crime, according to Bong-hee’s mother. I’m guessing that Ji-wook’s father’s downfall (as mentioned by District Attorney Jang) is all tied up with Bong-hee’s father’s misfortune, and once we learn more about Bong-hee’s past we’ll have some more clues to try to fit together.

I find Ji-wook’s fascination with Hyun-soo really interesting, in large part because he seems to actually enjoy their little confrontational power plays. He senses that there’s something off about Hyun-soo, but all he knows for sure is that Hyun-soo lied about his alibi. It doesn’t necessarily follow that Hyun-soo is the killer, and while Ji-wook is pretty certain that he is, the truth is that we don’t know for sure. We do know that Hyun-soo was on the roof disposing of a body when he thought Bong-hee saw him, but we didn’t actually see him kill Hee-joon. He was there at the chef’s house shortly after the murder, but it was Chan-ho who was holding the murder weapon. This drama has proven several times that even hard facts can be very misleading, making innocent people appear guilty and vice versa. Until we see Hyun-soo actually murdering someone, there’s always the chance that he hasn’t really killed anyone.

Here is where I admit that I find Hyun-soo endlessly fascinating. We know he’s a scary guy with a troubled past, that he’s working through some sort of revenge plan where he’s systematically getting rid of seven people (whether or not he’s doing the killing himself, it does seem to be Hyun-woo’s plan), and that he very well may have done something terrible to Chan-ho. But something about him is extremely compelling, making me want to learn more about what makes him tick, and not just his motive for the murders. I want to know how his mind works, how he’s justifying these killings, and why he’s staying so close to Ji-wook and Bong-hee. It’s actually a brilliant strategy, because this way Hyun-soo can manipulate how they see him—for example, when he figured out that they were getting suspicious of the honesty of his alibi, he was able to turn that to his favor by confessing that it was a lie.

It was an effective way to keep himself in their circle, because now Hyun-soo can say that he’s being honest with them, and it’s even true. I have a feeling that despite his humble jobs and low profile, Hyun-soo is actually pretty damned brilliant. His whole conversation with Ji-wook in this episode seemed heavy with innuendo and hidden meaning, but they’re both so good at it. Their banter was a true meeting of equal minds, and for that reason, if nothing else, I hope that Hyun-soo’s true intentions aren’t uncovered too soon. I could watch him trade barbs with Ji-wook for hours and never get bored.

Of course I want to know Hyun-soo’s motive too, because the few bits of information we have tell a very dark and sad story. We can put the puzzle pieces together, and though there are still more gaps than information, it seems as though the teenage girl Hyun-soo imagined in the park (a sister, maybe?) was assaulted, possibly even killed, and it’s likely that the seven people on his hit list all had something to do with it. Given that we know that at least one of Hyun-soo’s victims had a habit of assaulting women, it’s a safe assumption. But since Hyun-soo seems to have included Chan-ho in the seven people he needed to make “disappear,” it worries me to think that Chan-ho was involved, because I want him to be better than that.

Onto a different subject—as hard as it was to watch, I’m actually glad that Eun-hyuk and Ji-wook finally had a fight. No matter how hard Eun-hyuk has tried for years to get back into Ji-wook’s good graces, there’s still a huge wall between them that’s not going to come down until they both decide to do something about it. And as cute as Eun-hyuk’s devotion to Ji-wook is, a sunny disposition and loud, adorable declarations of love aren’t going to get the job done. I still think that their main problem isn’t even about Yoo-jung—it’s about Eun-hyuk’s betrayal of Ji-wook’s trust. Ji-wook still has all of that bottled up inside, so this fight about a client hopefully released a bit of that tension, and will make it easier for them to have the fight they really need to have. It’s going to be a doozy, but they’re never going to repair their friendship until they get brutally honest.

I’m worried about the lying that Ji-wook is doing to Bong-hee lately, and how it’s going to affect their budding romance when she discovers that he hasn’t been honest with her. I believe that he’s withholding his suspicions about Hyun-soo to protect her, not wanting to upset her with the knowledge that she helped a killer go free until he’s absolutely sure. But Bong-hee isn’t going to see it that way, and I’m scared that when she finds out, it will create a rift between them that they may not be able to repair. Hopefully Ji-wook finds a way to help her understand that he really is thinking of her feelings when he lies to her.

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Ji wool ahh... don't do this to me _(:3」∠)_

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AHAHA Ji Wook*

Was it just me or was this the cutest episode ever -- their little interactions qq. Oh no ... I knew there always has to be this link between the two characters' dark pasts ... I'm hoping it's just a bit of a misunderstanding/skewed view like it always is ... QwQ HWAITING! Please bring the romance between BH and JW closer !!

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I don't know about cutest but it definitely had the most content...so many developments. We finally are getting to know more about Bong Hee and Ji Wook..I am very intrigued about the past of all characters now (apart from YJ) ..was under the impression that CEO Byun was Eun Hyuk's father. The romance was just so squeal worthy..Ji Wook needs to stop doing that or Bong Hee will soon get a breathing disorder only..along with the rest of us..and I also really really like the interaction between Hyun Soo and Ji Wook..it so brings out the prosecutor in him. Finally, I need some thing to make my mouth stop hurting. All the grinning and squealing is just too much

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I also thought that CEO Byun was Eun Hyuk's father. But he still can be. And wouldn't that make it even harder to repair the relationship and forget the pain of betrayal if he was?

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I had thought about that, too. What if they ended up being step-brothers as well? That would explain why Ji-wook can't get rid of Eun-hyuk as easily as he can YJ.

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I had thought so too but then they have different surnames. Maybe Byun is also a close family friend (like CEO Byun's BFF, just like how how Ji Wook's bio and adopted moms were BFFs)

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Haha. I love how aware JW is of his effect on BH, and how he utilizes it to his benefit. It's so hilarious!

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And also the effect on us! Because throughout this episode, I had multiple feelings! <3

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Omg, it's the best thing ever. It's so funny and adorable when he turns on the seduction, hehehe!

It almost seems like he's happy she rejected him, because he's having so much fun pursuing her. People cling to him all the time that now that she's playing hard to get, I'm pretty sure he's enjoying this!

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Ji Chang Wook is the best at those seductive looks. I remember thinking the same thing in Healer as well. Those eyes have the ability to bring so much emotion, I know I get butterflies every time Ji Wook looks at Bong Hee!! He should get a license for those eyes because they can be used as a weapon haha

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Oh the little things he does with his eyes and lips (and I am not even talking about the kiss) *fan self* JCW is def the kind of guy that knows that he's attractive.

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@boomboompow when he just bit his lips a little during the dishwashing scene - swoon

I think Ji-wook always knew he was attractive, but he never realized that he can use that to his advantage until now when he can mess with Bong-hee. I love that he's surprised when Bong-hee reacts to his close proximity and then ready to exploit that reaction to his advantage. In any other character/actor, it might be off-putting, but JCW portrays Ji-wook's innocent playfulness so well.

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Me too! During the last episode, it didn't seem like he was doing any of it on purpose (since they were always sort of physically close anyways). He definitely picked up on her reaction in this episode and milked it. :) Ji Wook is growing up!

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Thanks for the recap!

-Wait, so is CH okay or not? I need answers!
-How do JW and BH make washing dishes look so cute? How is everything they do together so cute? This episode literally killed me.
-The running gag of convincing CEO Byun that he heard stuff wrong or hallucinated because of his age is hilarious to me.
-I loved the smart back-and-forth between HS and JW in the coffee shop. This is shaping up to be a fascinating battle of minds so far.
-Wow, now I'm curious about BH's dad(s). I feel like every week I'm curious about a new character or relationship - that just proves how good this show is, or just how addicted I am, haha.

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I love how this drama finely integrates the comedy and romance so well! Like moments where I'm literally rolling of the floor but at the same time, my heart is melting at the gestures ! Suspicious Partner has never failed to disappoint me !!

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Yes! I need to know if CH is alright too. I am secretly rooting for him to escape HS's clutches and be his own man. It seems he is unwilling pulled into the scheme, and I want to know why. What does he have in HS's hands that he has no choice but to clean up after HS?

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I think I finally realized what internally squeeing meant because of this couple. My grandma's visiting and she's sleeping in my room so I cannot squee as much as I wanted. Have you ever shoved a duvet in your mouth to prevent alternating peals of laughter and high-pitched screaming from bursting like an unrestrained wave? I am both pleased and embarrassed to say I have. I don't know how Bong-hee is still alive, all the looks he gave her this episode almost killed. As expected, Ji Chang-wook was born to be in a rom-com.

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I actually know exactly what you're talking about - I'm currently road-tripping with my family and watched this episode in a hotel bathroom in the middle of the night so I wouldn't wake up my little niece with my squealing. Like you, not sure whether to be pleased or embarrassed, haha. The drama addiction runs deep!

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I know, I usually stuff up my mouth with my bed-sheet so as not to wake up my mom who will be sleeping right next to me or I press my mouth with a hand so hard that even if I burst out in laughter it comes out as a coughing sound

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That moment when HS caught CH in this episode was really creepy, but it also kinda cracked me up.
There CH is, literally crawling for his life...when out of nowhere HS appears.
Lol, trust a murderer to be in the right place at the right time It's a magic trick only villains can pull.

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Thank you for the recap!

It will be so interesting to see what relationship Eun Bong Hee's father has to the fire. Was there a mention that her father was in prison in a prior episode? I may be just imagining this ...

I loved seeing the return of the unwashed, nose-to-the-grindstone Bong Hee! I forgot how much I missed her dirty hair haha!

Already can't wait for next week ... I'm such a sucker for Suspicious Partner

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They really go to the extent to make BH's hair look oily and messy because she didn't wash for days. I am impressed. I was laughing out loud at JW's disgust at her dirty hair, but he still made himself touch it. Aww, so sweet!

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That's true love right there!

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The refrain of "You're dirty, but you're pretty" in light of his new feelings followed by a genuine hug (instead of cringing pat on the head) is so touching! Well done, Writer-nim.

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How did the writer know I wanted a scene just like that one? I rewatched the first episode earlier this week and was actually hoping for this! The scene was acted so well too! The contrast between the awkwardness of the first one and all the love and sweetness of this one! It shows just how far they've come. Hehe, he is so in love already.

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@chandler I wonder what other scenes the writer will bring back?

Perhaps Ji-Wook will enter a noble idiot phase with the reveal of the "your father killed my father" trope and he will Bong-sookie stalk Bong-hee from afar?

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Was it back in the first episode when her mother was visiting her in prison when they make a comment about this kind of visitation is never easy?

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Yes they have definitely made a few throwaway comments about Bong Hee's father(s?)! Her mom mentioned that prison visits are hard when BH first got incarcerated; also when her mom applied for the pizza job, she mentioned she had to take care of her husband. I'm not sure if that was truthful or not, but I do remember thinking it was strange since I thought BH's dad had already passed away based on the context of their first mention of him having been in prison.

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Yeah, in the early episodes during Bong Hee's visitations, i believe there was reference to having so much suffering with her father?

I also vaguely remember the comments about supporting an husband ...

It will be nice to know how many of these seemly off the cuff comments will actually hold weight?! I'm intrigued!

Thank you, @mianmianl for reminding me of the pizza shop comments ... i had forgotten ^^

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At first, I was really put off by the seemingly random drama they were throwing at me with Bong Hee's father being the one from Ji Wook's dreams. I was thinking that they were just trying to add drama for drama's sake, ya know? Then I actually thought about it, and realized that it wasn't actually random at all! I was much happier with that thought and am looking forward to another "suspicious partnership" to add to the mix between the two's fathers.

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I always assumed that Bong Hee's dad must have been one of those kdrama dads who meant well but probably got led into something shady which led to the vague prison reference and why BH's mom said she had to support her husband.

But now it looks like something really nefarious is afoot. And I wonder who is BH's other dad. I wondered if BH's other dad was JW's bio dad, but then if that were the case, it would have been weird for JW's bio mom's BFF to not know about her friend's husband's acquaintance, especially if they were close.

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Ji-wook turning on his charms... how can you resist him, Bong-hee?!!! ? Learning about his history though, wow, didn't see that one coming about both his parents dying and having Mr Byun and his wife as his adoptive parents. That man coming in during the fire though... was that Bong-hee's dad?

While I'm super excited for our Ji-wook + Bong-hee ship to sail, I'm also excited for Ji-wook and Eun-hyuk to be friends again. It's nice to see that Ji-wook is still looking out for Eun-hyuk, but at the same time, he respects Eun-hyuk and his strength as a lawyer.

And Chief Bang! He's so right, it does seem like he has a four children. ?

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Oops, clicked send prematurely.

Just wanted to add that that tense convo between Hyun-soo and Ji-wook was so perfectly done. Like you don't know if they're agreeing, disagreeing or setting traps for the other person to get caught.

This show is so addictive on so many levels - the romance and the mystery aspects of it are both keeping me on my toes!

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I love those tension-laden discussions with double-meanings. Hyun-soo is turning out to be quite the formidable foe, he's smart and quick to realize things. I think he's already caught on about JW's feelings for BH...which I'm afraid he might use to get back at him.

I also got the feeling that EH and JW's heated argument wasn't simply about the case, but also about their history. EH's speech about complying with the client's wishes even if that means he suffers, is a parallel to his his relationship with JW after the betrayal. But it was nice to see JW questioning if EH could handle that suffering, because it shows that he still cares about him. Awww, stop breaking my heart boys :'(

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I'm afraid that Hyun-soo will use JW's feelings for BH against him, too. The only misstep in that conversation from JW is when he said he would be too busy to have dinner with Hyun-soo and Bong-hee. I felt like he opened it up for Hyun-soo to have dinner with only Bong-hee, then. I love that they are both unruffled in their mind games and double-speak, but it also worries me that maybe Ji-wook won't win the game before Hyun-soo kills again.

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I need to rewatch it, but I felt like JW implied both him and BH would be really busy in the near future and that his implication that BH wouldn't be having dinner with HS made it obvious that JW was protective of BH.

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@asianromance that's possible. It could be the subs I had, too. Doesn't Korean not really use pronouns? My subs could have just plugged in "I" to make it grammatically correct when he could have been implying more "We".

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I am quite glad at the way BH-JW ship is sailing too, but I want JW to reconcile with EH too. I love how they confronted each other in this episode, each hanging onto their own ideals and arguing for them. This is exactly what they lack in their relationship. Honesty. If they had been more honest with each other, all this unnecessary friendship angst would have been moot.

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I was commending our OTP's efforts to communicate in the last episode... but with this "Truth vs Secret" theme, I admit JW's reluctance in divulging more about HS is giving me major anxiety. He is walking a fine line between noble idiocy and logical concern. I hope they do not drag this too much.

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I was concerned about it too, since BH is so sensible about it already. But this theme thing is a great idea, so many POVs.

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Me too. I need for JW and EH to make up already. If anybody can remember the Lee Brothers Bromance in IRY, I need some of that for JW and EH too. And by "that", I mean the bros investigating something together because their respective levels of intelligence just match the others.

On that note, several more thinhs I loved about this week's episodes:

1) EH eavesdropping on BH and JW's conversation about HS being fishy. After that, EH flat out offered his help to JW, and of course we know JW refused, but if the two of them could just pair up together, I'm sure the case could be cracked sooner. I keep remembering how in tune JW and EH is to each other as well so I really need them back together soonest.

2) Even though JW refused EH's help, EH went ahead and played his own mind game with HS during that car ride. These conversations are so smart, I'm drooling. It's obvious that EH is just as stubborn as JW is about being there for each other.

I really love that in spite of their history, it's obvious that Ji Wook and Eun Hyuk can't be without the other so I'm also wondering how much deeper their friendship actually is. When and how did it start?

With that, I'm also worried that Ji Wook's stabbing nightmare is probably ominous and that Eun Hyuk is going to be the victim. I keep getting this vibe that Yoo Jung will get caught in the crosshairs as she reinvestigates BH's case, and if so it wouldn't be a surprise if Eun Hyuk might get hurt there somewhere (cue: Little Bro Lee Min in IRY). Eun Hyuk hurt is a speed ticket to mending his friendship with JW.

And also, what is up with the Eun Hyuk and Yoo Jung backstory? I need more reveal on that end too. I refuse to believe that YJ has felt nothing for him at all. Sure she's self centered, but I just can't have EH continuing to be a pathetic little puppy. The guy deserves some love too and I think he deserves more thab what he's getting right now. Yes, he had a lapse of judgement brought by raging emotions and what else, but the guy is pretty decent.

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I cracked up when Chief Bang said he had four children, and then the "eldest", CEO Byun, came crashing in to chase Bong-hee for losing his case.

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Her dodge was awesome. Reminded me of the first episode dodge of an old man, but much more suave.

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That dodge was one of my favorite parts. It was beautiful! Nam Ji Hyun has such great physical comedy without falling into the category of being over the top.

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Ji wool just proves that he can be the ultimate wooing guy if he wants to be lol.
One thing I don't understand, why do the leads in drama always have to know each other since childhood, & then remember it in adult life AFTER falling in love & think of it as fate, that they were meant to be from the start etc etc. Seems unnecessary sometimes...

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I don't know either, but it seems to be a trope in Korean dramas that the leads must know and fall in love with each other when they are young, then lose contact and meet again after decades. And tada, there you have it, fate at work! A lot of Korean dramas are like that, especially the old ones.

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Exactly! And sometimes there is a tragic back story involved too (cue Heart to Heart, KMHM, & some other drama I can't remember)

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Agree on the random childhood meeting. It is overused.

However, I really like how the stories are weaving together. I would actually be totally ok if her dad is somehow involved, but they never met as kids.

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Yes, if only their dads were involved without them then it will slightly better.
Anything other than BH & JW having some kind of forgotten childhood friendship will do.

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I'm not entirely excited for their dads to be linked together because it might cause an unnecessary rift between them like this stuff always does in dramas. But so far SP has usually surprised me in not letting this kind of 'classic' conflict between leads drag on for too long so I will trust the writer!

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Ah! I'd forgotten about the classic rift part....oh the angst & longing & tears....
I too will trust the writer *fingers crossed*!!

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I don't think these leads knew each other from childhood though, maybe only their parents paths crossed but not the children.

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I think they must have seen each other or at least JW must have seen BH's picture when he was a child. When BH was arrested and JW was looking at her apt/the crime scene, he looked at BH's childhood pic and thought she looked familiar.

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Remember in episode 3 while he was investigating Bong Hee, he saw her picture and told himself that she looked familiar meaning they have seen each other before

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Seriously concerned now. Coz I think "ill-fated meeting" comment will comeback plus probably "noble idiocy"

I'm hoping our beloved couple will be fine, please writernim!!!

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I think it might just be a cultural thing. There's an Asian belief that two people who are meant to be together are connected by a red string. There's just something about being fated to be together that really speaks to their idea of romantic/romance in Asian cultures. I think it can work well. Just depends on the story and how it is integrated in. I think in America we like the idea of being in control of our destiny and always having the choice to decide what we want to do and who we want to be with that the idea of fate and destiny doesn't appeal to us as much because it appears to strip us of our control. (These are generalizations of course)

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Who knew JW flirty nature is a combo of cute and sexy. So disarming. How BH not combust from it is beyond me.
So the writing of this show continues the trend that it does not wallow or drag too long. N now our otp is sort of dating..how cute

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The new revelations. Wow writer clap clap. Ppl at the forum correctly guess that BH dad was the man in JW nightmare. But what we didn't expect that Papa John mama is not JW biological mum. Or that shes married to Senior byun. So many cards up writer n pd sleeves. Cant wait to find out more.

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Yes, didn't see Senior Byun being JW's dad. That is the cutest twist ever. I love the whole law firm "family".?

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Haha and don't forget chairman Byun is also now Bong Her's "son" because he drank again! That sounds like the recipe for a makjang drama.

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Haha, exactly! I need a family relationship chart for all of them. Lol, Chief Bang asserting that all 4 are his children makes things even more complicated...

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But Bong Hee and Senior byun are siblings..lol cause according to chief bang..all 4 of them r his kids ^^

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LOL, can you imagine how much Ji-wook's mom will flip when she realises that her son loves Bong-hee, who is the daughter of her annoying employee and also the "mother" of her husband (Byun) who got caught drinking?

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I think JW's mom will love getting BH's mom into her clutches especially if it's by marrying off Ji Wook to the woman he loves. It seems like JW's mom is in a fight with CEO Byun and would relish BH as a thorn in his side.

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My god! Your comment was cracking me out. About BH is "mother" of her husband ?
I usually get annoyed when there are "relation" between the character, but not with this drama, i found them so funny and fresh.

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This makes so much sense because in the first few episodes when he was all asking Ji Wook, "Did you spend the night with her?" and stuff like that, I was thinking, this is really inappropriate conversation to have between a boss and his employee...

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I just realised that we are (on normal counts) on episode 10 and we only have 3 weeks left!

I assumed the killer will go on murder rampant when he said “4 down, 3 to go“ - how is the writer going to fit all those, plus the leads' parents' mystery, the amnesiac (?) thing, and still throw in a random case like this episode? This case was honestly quite dull but I do like the fact that Bong Hee found an angle that no one thought of before to save the day.

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But according to wikipedia if i count it we have 5 more weeks because it has 40 episodes! (Basically it is a 20 episode drama each of 1 hour)

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how can the show still surprise every moment?
The mind game is on, too. Both JW and EH are so damn daring that I am just holding on to my head: what are you guys doing? don´t provoke him! And share information with Bong Hee or it will come back to bite him in a nasty way.
I hope they don´t give us the "Your dad killed my dad" trope cause seriously, show, you are better than that.
the answers we need first:
who is the first person that Hyun Soo killed and what was the motif?
was seeing his face the only reason he killed Hee-Joon or was there something connected to the assault case or the district attorney?

and I really wonder why Chan Ho couldn´t leave any evidence in some locker or something ...

I know better than not to expect some turmoil, but... let´s not go there. Let´s not hurt Eun Hyuk, huh? Just leave the nightmare as a nightmare.

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You right about mind game in this drama. This is also make me stick with this show, its like they are super smart both the lawyer team, and villain team. This is so exciting !

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Um but they have different surenames... And that fact that EH celebrates his birthday on his own suggesting that he has no other close relationships ?

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*no other close relationships AT LEAST on the same city/country

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oh, and one more thing: the "Fififi factor". Will this "fififii" actually help catchHyun Soo somehow? The show never forgets to return to even the randomest phrases and details we were once thrown at. So I am thinking the "mellody" as Bong Hee says will play a big part in the end.
Gosh, there are just too many details to this mystery, I wouldn´t be surprised if the writer forgets one or too. But unlikely.

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The phrase "fififi factor" just made my day. If SP has a house band, that should be the name.

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That's a big fire - I keep just how did lil Ji Wook survive it? Rather than a 'didn't you kill my father?' trope I'm hoping Bong Hee's dad saved lil JW, and maybe got falsely accused of killing JWs parents - ooh, maybe partially based on the confused, smoke befuddled testimony of lil JW.

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I thought so too, actually. That he saved him

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That sounds something that would fit the drama's plotlines so far. The innocent are wrongly accused, while the real perpetrator gets away free.

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Yep. That fits. I read somewhere that our OTP will be falling into some relentless noble idiocy tropes somewhere as well so yeah, I think that just about fits the bill.

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I admit, for the "Your dad killed my dad" trope, I'm hoping for a twist.

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If we're to trust what this show has hinted at, when BH's mom said her father was wrongly accused...then he didn't kill JW's father.
"Holy shit did BH's father kill JW's parents" is very obvious route to go (and I also hope theshow doesn't go down that cliche road), but I think that's only what the show would like us to believe... For all we know, BH's father could've been the one who saved JW from that fire, and was then wrongly accused of starting it. What I really want to know though, is if that dad is her biological father, and where is the other dad?

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I also think BH's dad is more likely to be JW's rescuer than his family's killer. It sort of comes full circle - BH's dad rescues JW, who in turn rescues BH.

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Oh this show! There's not a single boring moment and I just love every scene whether it be our OTP on the screen or Eun Hyuk or the killer or our lawyer gang. There's always a subtle undercurrent of tension when Ji Wook and Hyun Soo interact. Their conversation looks ordinary on the surface but they both read between the lines. I am worried our leads may become the next targets of Hyun Soo. Already Chan-Ho is MIA. I hope he is tied up somewhere but ALIVE but this show is gonna prove me wrong, isn't it? After all, he was in Hyun Soo's hit-list.

I love how Ji Wook knows the effect he has on Bong-Hee and is not afraid to use it to his advantage. Confessing last episode and telling her that he will wait and then cheating by turning the full power of his eyes on her! Who in the world can survive such an assault? :D. But I do hope that he share his suspicions about Hyun Soo with her soon and they can work together to dig up clues and evidence against him. She is going to be soo angry when it all blows up.

Ji Wook has such amazing people around him. I adored how he is so close to his current mom and Lawyer Byun. How disgruntled was Lawyer Byun that Ji Wook doesn't call him Dad :D. But I was not expecting that subplot involving Ji Wook and Bong Hee's parents. Do we really need all that angst? What we really need is more bromance between Ji Wook and Eun Hyuk.

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I was wondering, many episodes back, why CEO Byun is so affectionate with JW, even though JW is such a difficult employee to handle. Now I know why. And I am loving their relationship. They are so cute, despite that short scene together with the mom. I don't mind more bonding scenes between them, though I agree we need more bromance between EH and JW.

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CEO Byun is one of a kind and I now understand Ji Wooks´ kindness. His stepparents both have a warm heart (even if CEO Byun is sometimes grumpy, he will do anything and doesnt push his ego or age or position to get away) and his stepmom just has love to share in buckets, she loved her best friends´ kid from the very start like he was her own. Indeed, two moms.

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Yes i call her the omma with the golden heart. Im so glad JW grew up with them. Shes not some stranger n is his mum's bestfriend n sort of a god mother to him from birth. Stil shock with this reveal. The show knows how to shows its cards..slowly n in spades

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It's strange to think that the actress who plays JW's mom was playing an abusive mom in Perfect Wife 2 months ago. It's such a relief that JW and BH have such wonderful parents and they are parents who will trust in their children's judgment.

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The actress played an awful, selfish mother in Another OHY. I hated her everytime she appeared onscene.

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Two thinsg that made me nervous on this episode:
1. Ji Wook lying.
2. The fathers and families being related possibly.

First of all, we all know by now that EBH is a no-nonsense girl and she commands respect and values straight forwardness and honesty. She is no damsel in distress and would hate it if somebody took her as one. I do believe that NJW's motivation for lying is to tey to protect BH but he might want to reconsider his choice for precisely thaat reason...the girl is smart and she needs to know if she could be in danger in order for her to be alert and careful. Aside from.this fact, JW also.needs to be honest with BH because she asked him to. And knowing our girl, she is not going to take it lightly when she finds out she was being lied to, for whatever reason.

Somehow if JW's father died because of BH's father, this.might create further tension for our budding romancing duo.

Now the cute part: I like our JW when he is being flirty! So much cuteness and hotness at the same time!

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I think its too early to make a theory that BH dad and JW dad related in a bad way. I still have faith, that both of them related in a good way. But maybe there will be small misunderstanding at first. Remember JW first nightmare, the men's shadow is also looks like DA and the 2nd one looks like BH dad. Lets pray for the best

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Wasn't it mentioned in the episode where Bong hee's mother gets the pizza restaurant job that she supports a bed ridden husband, which was why she needed the job? Was that translated correctly? Euphemism for incarceration or coma. Or maybe she just said that to shut down personal inquiries.

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BH said she has 2 fathers. So maybe her biological one is dead ? And the other one her mum takes care of is a man she remarried n hence second father

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That's the thing. If so, why doesn't she ever visit her bed ridden father/second father? And if the family is so cash strapped because of that, then why was BH living apart from her mum? It wouldn't make sense unless she didn't have a good relationship with whoever her mum is taking care of.

Whatever it is, the memory of her father must be something really painful because she even had a hard time revealing it to JW

And I'm so curious because as she was browsing through her diary, she clearly said "Sleep tight, my beloved dad." We wouldn't say that to a dead parent, would we?

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I have been asking myself something similar. Why BH would not live with her mom she adores? Also when she lost her own apartment and had to sleep in the office? I wonder if the show will give us answers to this. ...

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The same things make me worried too. I think it is fair he isn't sharing his suspicions entirely because there isn't much to share as he hasn't found anything, but he should share the moment he finds anything even if it isn't definite proof. But I wish he would just keep her in the loop completely because that's what she wanted.

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This show could be called Strong Woman Eun Bong-hee, in terms of willpower lol because how can anyone resist Ji-wook? I agree about the lying tho, I totally see where he's coming from and I'd be devastated knowing I might've played a part in letting a murderer walk free, but at the same time it's better to know the truth no matter how much it hurts.

I was so ready for a hilarious meeting with Bong-hee, Ji-wook, and their moms and then that turned out to be a heart-breaking reveal. Super interested in what's up with Bong-hee's dad and that fire, hope it's nothing sinister!

And I loved that little scene with Chief Bang feeling like he was raising four kids, which included CEO Byun haha

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The lying was definitely off-putting. He should have told Bong-hee, she's a grown woman, let her realize that mistakes happen and it's not the end of the world.

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Sigh... How to be Nam Ji Hyun? I so so so love her outfits too... I hope there's a blog/site somewhere showing us her clothes <3

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You can find account that provide dramas fashion on instagram.

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Thanks so much!

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Chk kdramafashion ig page

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binged watchd from ep 6 -20 in one day.
what can i say i found my drama crack and a good ji chang wook drama after healer . this drama has so many things going for it

* no charatctor is annoying. not even the evil duo . they are fun to watch . i dropped the drama when jelous ex showedup but suprisingly she's not ur typica half assed jelous ex (+ idol who can't act)

*the team is a win . nothing comes off cheesy or fillery
*moms dads stepdads all so aborable . again not taking screen time , but plain fun to watch
* the killer . man that guy can act with juts his eye roles . his evil eye roles , frustrated eye roles convey so much lol

can't of the last villoun who was half this intriguing

and the cherry on top - OTP . onothe reason i dropped was i was not sold on otp chemistry . but now . can't get enough

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Yess. Your comments are exactly describe our feeling for this drama. Half way to go. Cant wait the story unfold, but dont want this show comes to an end

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Tbh I laughed when Bonghee revealed that she has two fathers. I just suddenly got City Hunter flashbacks as well as the heartbreaking flashbacks to Healer with the whole "did your father kill my father" thing. I'm actually more sad that this might change the relationship dynamic between the two moms at Papa Johns ahahaha
Oh what is JW's mom's reaction going to be when she finds out that BH lost her husband's DUI case too? Loll
OMG if Hyunsoo ends up NOT being the actual murderer but still the mastermind behind all this...I will love this show to pieces for its brilliant writing and even more brilliant acting.

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If the show doesn't twist expectations and really gives us the "your father killed my father" thing, I hope they deal with it like Healer and promise to stick together whether they find the truth or not.

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I am more afraid of Ojakyo brothers "What, my father killed your father?" idiocy and angst. But this is no family drama so we still have hope.

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I was like if they're going to use a plot twist, don't recycle one from another JCW drama. But if we go that route, then as Chandler says, they better deal with it like on Healer and not drag it out.

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This week's episodes were so good! Is it bad that moving forward I only want to see Ji Chang Wook in Rom Coms? So sexy and cute.

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Ji Chang Wook and glasses should be illegal

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Did you see the fan made Glassess CF? I'm sold. Coffee CF too

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JCW should be illegal for everyone but me.. ?

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Kudos to the writer for the fantastic writing - at least for now the pace of the show is still pretty engaging!

Also the cat fight between JH and BH was hilarious; I was so surprised to know that CEO Byun was JW's stepfather as well omg

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JH and BH relationship is definitely not a typical enemy on drama. But i found their relationship so fresh, i dont hate JH at all. LOL

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I'm warming up to JH. I think it's partly because she never gets the better of BH and I think BH usually comes out on top. And JH basically says what the audience is thinking in regards to YJ.

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BH is made of steel. Because if it was me I would have attacked JW a looooong time ago. Pride be damned.

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This is how we know she's a fictional character. Because any real girl would have folded 2 episodes ago.

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Dinner with the murderer.. ✓
Dish washing moment........ ✓
Bickering & bromance......... ✓
Swoony eyed male lead...... ✓
Heart throbbing moment... ✓

Now i truly believed that the writer is the one who write IRY.. *happy audience* ^^

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now all that´s left is to live together with the killer.

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Also that Bong-hee stalked Ji-wook for years!

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The thriller elements equally riveting here n in IRY. But the dialed up romance n comedy bits..i didnt know she writes RomCom so well. I hope post army JW should do another project with this writer n in romcom genre again.

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swoony eyed male lead with post traumatic stress disorder and a serious case of nightmares

Female lead always standing by while swoony eyed male lead suffers in nightmares

and ah yes, swoony eyed male lead catching female lead's cheeks as she falls asleep while watching swoony eyed male lead sleep.

am I the only one gettimg a crack about the fact the both swoony eyed male leads have a very good bromance going on in real life?

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I was quite disappointed with the childhood fate theme. Hopefully just a minor thing. I see it too much in K-dramas. Can't it be just about catching the serial killer? Thanks LP for shading a new light on case. It's true, we dunno for sure HS or CS who do the killing. It's innocence until proven guilty even though he seems like a brutal man.
Nevertheless, lets talk about the romance!! I love 2 minor details that I find NJW sooo freaking sexy, 1. When he threw the pencil from BH's hair as he hugged her and 2. Him on bed with short sleeves pyjama smiling about BH.
I FORGOT to BREATHE for a while.

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How bad are the prosecutors and officials if the cause of the man's death is natural, but they charge the wife for murder?

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I wouldn't blame the prosecution so much as the coroner. What was he looking at? That's like saying it's just a flesh wound.

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The truth tends to get muddied when someone makes a confession to a murder... and insists on it. It's like the investigation just grinds to a halt.

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Any prosecutor goes to trial with the evidence known to them at the time of trial. If a defendant decides to plead guilty (or accept a plea bargain) to all charges - whether considered innocent or guilty - that puts the end to the District Attorney going forward with any testimony.

Finally my Baby Boy is playing a character I can totally relate with. *squeeeeee* These two episodes did a great job with actually describing the procedures how we attempt to determine guilt or innocence, and the duty of us lawyers to advocate, but yet not to hide the truth, for all our clients. But a lawyer has to live with any consequences if any exonerating evidence ever comes to light... and an innocent person goes to jail instead.

Thanks for the recap, LP! ?

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Wow, this is so fast, LollyPip! Do you belong to the Barry Allen clan, by any chance?

Anyway, JiBong's cuteness level is totally through the roof this week! Even more so because I'm just a sucker for simple domesticity scenes. Squeeeeeeee~

And boy, the mom reveal totally caught me off guard. Did not see that coming at all, yet it explains so much, I LIKE IT! And I love the current mom and CEO Byun more now, the dynamic between the three of them is so endearing!

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this is shaping up to be such a well written drama.. please please please drama gods let it continue!!

Cannot pick a bad thing to say about it so far xx

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Bong-hee's defenses on Ji-wook and her promise to make him suffer as much as she had, didn't last long did it? But that makes this episode fun!!

And then seeing Eun-hyuk and Ji-wook banter makes me love this episode more. You can see how worried Ji-wook is when Eun-hyuk hid the truth because he doesn't want to make Eun-hyuk feel the way he is feeling when he found out the truth about Hyun-soo's alibi and therefore his possibility of actually being the murderer.

What makes me look forward to the following episodes is Bong-hee and Ji-wook's tangled past and Hyun-soo's motives. I's so curious as to why he is doing what he is doing.

After watching lots of crime dramas and real life crime shows, I have the tendency to look at everyone innocently until proven otherwise. Sure, we've seen him and Chan-ho on the crime scenes and we've seen him disposing a body on the rooftop... we even saw his violent nature several times, but we've never actually seen him do it.

I'm still worrying for Chan-ho... and I still suspect him. He may have done something to Hyun-soo that's haunting him and making him to these... and Hyun-soo may also be a victim or a chess piece of another key player. Nonetheless, Hyun-soo is proving to be as smart as anyone in this drama, proved by his conversation with Ji-wook.

Ji-wook's lies are piling up and what we've discovered about this mysterious man that apparently is Bong-hee's that may or may not have something to do about his parents deaths are seriously going to become one big misunderstanding and may be a source of them falling apart.

But we'll never know. It may also be something that can make their relationship stronger if they venture to try and unravel the mysteries together.

Of course, what I love about the most in this episode is Ji-wook adn Bong-hee's cuteness. Especially after Bong-hee's three days of non-shower and the dishes... and the hair grabbing... and the flirting... I love Ji-wook when he's like this!!! ='> :3

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Woww!! You are faster than the bullet train!
Really loved this ep and their meeting hijinks?
So chan ho is alive now or maybe not.

Jiwook past is heart breaking but i nevet expected her to be not his birth mother. But the moment mr.byun came i knew he is her husband. Even if his past was sad his current parents have done really well for him.

Also loved, loved the part with bh hair during her investigation, that was so bong hee-ish.
Their cat fight was as embarrassing as it was hilarious. Really they should not be friends ever. And jiwook rescuing bh and not her rival.

The best part about the show are its characters and their nuances which set them apart from others. All are doing such a great job, i love everything in this show. And will do so in the future because they made me trust them that much.

Jang Hyun soo am waiting for his deal, but just dont hurt mr.byun, Eun hyuk, bong*wook or their self proclaimed father, coz ill be hurt, lol.

P.s was it the same man in bh diary and jiwook night mare??

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I guess so, man in BH diary and JW nightmare is the same person. But theres many possibility about their relationship. Lets hope for the best

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Dad Bang and his four children!!! Despite all the lovable other characters I love it when Dad Bang comes out. His expression are on POINT!

1. JiWook turned up the puppy eyes today and definitely NOT complaining ?

2. I LOVE how BongHee figured out the death of the abusive husband in this episode. Most of the other episodes haven't showcased BongHee's skill as a lawyer and it truthfully wasn't what I expected which I LOVE. I though it might have been vicitim number 4 of 7 but thankfully not so.

3. The two moms was not expected but BongHee has 2 dads too? I'm so curious as to the relationship between these 3 dads but I am trusting the writer that we are NOT having star crossed lovers!!

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Should they name their firm as Dad Bang and his 4 childish kids Law Firm? Hahahaha XD
As much as I'm fully invested in what ever is happening in the show right now, I'm really curious of what their firm name will be. Please show give them an epic name!

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Papa Bang and four childish kids. Lets make a spin off drama about this. It'll be hilarious

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Hahhahaha

Papa Bang and Four
Lawyering Services

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Spin off drama? That sounds pretty fun.
Papa Bang is a single dad who owns his own Papa Johns franchise pizza who sells a one kind of pizza that is the swiggly mustard pizza and some other toppings (w/ pineapple?, well the family are still in dicussion with that). His eldest son looks much older than him but his childish nature proves his child mentallity. He always like to drink and caught of DUI. Good thing is that the youngest and the only girl in the family who was once a takewando master became a lawyer and always tries to help him in his case but always ending up losing making eldest Byun to pay an enourmous amount of fees. Youngest Bonghee decided to quit being lawyer because she found out that she's having a big crush on her own brother Wookie who is a prosecutor once but took of the coat because he choose to flirt instead with his own sister. The other son, Eun hyuk are the outcast amongst the 4 siblings because of his weird laugh and the poor puppy who only wanted attention become a silent shipper of his brother Wookie and youngest sister Bonghee's romance. Then one day an idol turned actress came knocking on their door proclaiming that she is their long lost sister from thier father's another woman. Now it became My father is strange and suspicious.

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This is the most complicated family tree ever. So Papa Bang has 4 childish adult children where the oldest (Byun) is older than him but also is the adopted dad of the second oldest (Jiwook) but the oldest is also the son of the youngest (BongHee) because of a bet and the third oldest is just hanging around with his awkward laugh. So if The second and youngest marry is JiWook his own grandson? And is BongHee her own grandmother-in-law? And poor Papa Bang ??

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This is cant be more accurate. Now i need complete chart from your explanation above

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LOL.... you guys are wacko! So much creativity! I can't keep it up... he he?

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I know, that was my favourite part of the episode where they got to show off Bong Hee's skills. She would have made an outstanding lawyer if it weren't for her past of being a suspect in a high profile murder. I am glad that the people that she works with takes her seriously.

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I'm so happy they showcase her talents this ep ❤️ I'm doubly happy that it's obvious she's a "time and effort and compassion allows me to be a good lawyer" and not a "I'm a geeeennnnius lawyer who just has talent for being a lawyer." Hoping for more of these in future eps!!

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I also loved how BH felt that something was off in her gut and took the initiative and time and energy to do a thorough job of looking into it I agree that the other episodes haven't really shown her off as a skilled lawyer. I love BH a lot and am afraid of her getting sidelined. In a drama the main characters are the OTP, but the story will eventually shift to either more of the hero's issues and POV or the heroine's. I just noticed that JW has gotten voiceover lines lately. I miss hearing BH's voiceovers. I hope we get to see her cracking more cases!

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Wait what!? So we just have to forget the almost kissing scene at the end of episode?

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