Suspicious Partners: It’s so awkward…

It doesn’t take much to figure out the reason for Ji-wook’s animosity towards Eun-hyuk — he slept with Ji-wook’s ex-girlfriend. But what is surprising is how far back the 3 of them go. We learn in ep 3 that Eun-hyuk and Yoo-jung are Ji-wook’s best friends and their friendship goes way back to the times when they are children. The two were there to support young Ji-wook when his father died. For the socially inept and sometimes withdrawn Ji-wook, I won’t be surprised if Eun-hyuk and Yoo-jung turn out to be his ONLY friends. (well, until Bong-hee comes crashing in) In fact, I’d think given their long friendship, Eun-hyuk/ Yoo-jung are almost like heart-siblings to Ji-wook.

So no wonder Ji-wook is upset at the betrayal. It’s no longer juz catching his girlfriend cheating on him. But the person she cheated with is his almost-brother. And given that the 3 used to stick around all the time – even in adulthood, they work in the same line – it is near impossible to avoid running into each other. I fully understand why Yoo-jung decides to run away, not only juz from shame, but also a way to salvage the mess.

While it is easy to condemn the adulterers, when we learn that Eun-hyuk had been the first person to romantically like Yoo-jung, and had tried his best to suppress his feelings when Yoo-jung ends up liking Ji-wook, his loss of control then becomes pretty sympathetic. Not that I agree with his (or Yoo-jung’s) actions, but given that Eun-hyuk is candid about his transgression and is not making excuses for his lapse, I am hoping Ji-wook can come around to forgiving him. Cos we know that even today, he still has not given up loving Yoo-jung.

Though I want Ji-wook to forgive Eun-hyuk and Yoo-jung, it doesn’t lessen the awkwardness the 3 feel of having to work together (or meeting each other in Courtrooms). Especially for Eun-hyuk/ Ji-wook. The bromantic pair are in the same law firm and have to face each other day in day out.

But that pales in comparison to Ji-wook having to look at Bong-hee 24/7 – after he flatly rejects her in ep5. There is nowhere for poor Bong-hee to hide (and cry) since she is Ji-wook’s tenant (not sure if she pays rent though), and he calls her out to share home-cooked meals with him in the day/night, he is her boss and they both work in the same Home-Office in the day… yikes. I cringe in embarrassment for Bong-hee when she runs off after the rejection to her room to cry, and ends up facing Ji-wook with swollen lids the next morning. Both of them know what happened, but are side stepping THE reason.

Doesn’t help at all when Ji-wook’s other colleagues – Eun-hyuk, Chairman Byeon and Officer Bang – all know about Bong-hee’s long-time crush on Ji-wook. The only silver lining is Bong-hee’s unnaturally thick skin which may save her from some of the merciless teasing and sidelong glances.

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  1. I like how Suspicious Partner is different, and the awkwardness lends to that. Bong-hee’s character is delightful, and in someways because of her thick skin, is totally oblivious to what is happening around her. So what this means is that she is far more vulnerable when she does reveal her innermost self and feelings. All of which means, for me at least, she is very well portrayed. I like Chairman Byeon too – it’s nice to see Lee Deok-Hwa play a more comical role.

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