Suspicious Partner – KDrama Review
Suspicious Partner is a new favourite, timely replacing the now concluded Queen of Mystery.
This Korean drama has plenty to offer, a great chemistry between the leads: Ji Chang-wook who plays a lawyer Ji Wook and Nam Ji-Hyun who plays the leading lady Bong-Hee. The drama also has courtroom battles, a serial killer still on the loose, emotional entanglements with erring ex-girlfriend and childhood friend, boss, co-workers, parents, painful childhood memories, etc.
The drama started on a misunderstanding. Bong-Hee, while on a crowded subway train, mistook the quiet and retiring Ji Wook as a sexual deviant, as the one touching and rubbing her bottom. Despite Ji Wook’s denial, Bong Hee would have none of it.
Anyway Bong Hee was on her way to a hotel to see if there was any truth to the text message she received informing her that her boyfriend was there with another woman.
Indeed her boyfriend was there seemingly loved-up with another girl. Bong Hee was heartbroken but her pride kicked in and announced to the entire restaurant that she will sleep with the first man she would bumped into. And she bumped into Ji Wook, who serendipitously saw and heard everything that was going on. His back story was that he caught his ex girlfriend sleeping with their childhood best friend. So he felt empathy with Bong-Hee. At this early stage there is already a frisson between them. After drinking herself senseless, she woke up in Ji Wook’s rather palatial house. She gathered up her things and left in mortification, not knowing if anything happened between them.
Fast forward three months later, Bong Hee started as an intern in a prosecutor office. And her boss only happened to be Ji Wook, who is rather infamous for his rigid black or white way of looking at things. At this point her boyfriend is now openly dating another intern. Bong-Hee would often sing threats of killing her ex boyfriend.
One muggy night, during a total blackout, Bong Hee went out to get some beer. Upon her return to her flat, she stumbled over the body of her ex boyfriend, who happened to be the son of the chief of the District Prosecutor’s Office..
She was arrested and Ji Wook was the prosecutor. But somehow he believed Bong-Hee and despite death to his career as prosecutor, he chose to help Bong-Hee.
Bong-Hee got off due to lack of evidence. But it meant Ji Wook can’t work as a public prosecutor anymore. Their last meeting, Ji-Wook told Bong-Hee that he would never see her again and if their path should ever crossed, they would have to be strangers.
Three years later, Ji Wook is working in a large law office as an attorney while Bong-Hee struggling to keep her small one-man-band law office.
But it seems fate has its own agenda as Ji Wook and Bong-Hee kept bumping into one another. The chemistry is sizzling, though it was supposed to be a one-sided love on the part of Bong-Hee to Ji Wook.
Ji Wook was unhappy with his job so he quits in view of starting his own law office. But for some reason the big boss, Byun Young-hee, of the company came with him and even his childhood best-friend , Eun Hyuk,(who slept with Ji-Wook’s girlfriend, Cha Yoo-jung) opted to go with him. His motley crew also includes paralegal Bang (he is my favourite character, I find him really charming! LOL). In actuality, Ji Wook wanted to work with Bong-Hee, who had moved in with him as a temporary lodger, after her business closed down.
Their first case was a man who was accused of killing a popular chef. The evidence is all circumstantial, therefore it was fairly easy to defend him. However Ji Wook felt uneasy about the guy. We, the viewers, of course knew that he was the serial killer.
This week episode is the culmination of the hot and cold personal relationship between Ji Wook and Bong Hee. They shared a tight embrace followed by a passionate kiss!!! 🙂
Can’t wait for next week.
The passionate kiss is a start of their gooey love affair. But there is another hook-line in the story.
We find out that both Ji Wook’s parents died in a fire. He was adopted by his biological mom’s best friend who happens to be married to Byun Young Hee (the boss).
We got a glimpse of Bong-Hee’s father walking away from the dying father of Ji-Wook from the fire. This glimpse was from a recurring nightmare of Ji Wook. We are left with this tantalising look-in into Ji-Wook’s childhood. Was Bong-hee’s father the fire-starter or was he there to save Ji-Wook from the fire?!!!
Can’t wait for next week’s episode 21 & 22 🙂
21-24 episodes literally ended with a Bang. 🙁 🙁 🙁 huhuhu My favourite character, Mr Bang, the one with the wicked smile is no more. I hope he is not really dead. The seer did say to Ji-Wook, do not be too upset as everything is gonna be alright!