Hello and welcome back to the Love In Trouble (Suspicious Partner) Drama Club! In these episodes the romance between Ji Wook and Bong Hee heats up, but it may all go down hill when a discovery is made, we learn a little about Hyun Soo's past love, Chief Bang wakes up out of his coma, and tragedy strikes Hyun Soo. Join Marakeshsparrow, OhSoEnthusiastic, and I as we discuss these and other topics in this weeks Love In Trouble (Suspicious Partner) Drama Club!


Love In Trouble (Suspicious Partner)

Starring Ji Chang Wook and Nam Ji Hyun

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Marakeshsparrow: I have many thoughts and feelings about these last few episodes. Excitement, disappointment, boredom, despair--it felt like I was on a seesaw with all the ups and downs. My favorite part of this drama continues to be the main murder plotline for one main reason, Hyun Soo. I’m fascinated by him and the actor who plays this character does a really great job! Something terrible happened to a girl he loved and it drove him insane. Not excusing his actions, but I’m super intrigued by his motivations and am itching to know the truth.

DeShonda: I have to agree with you. There was a lot of things going on in these episodes, but it really kept me on my toes. I really like the actor that is playing Hyun Soo as well. Hyun Soo is one of my favorite villains so far. As predicted, something bad happened to someone he once loved, and I really want to know more of his backstory.

OhSoEnthusiastic: Scratch off excitement, and you’ve described my feelings perfectly, Marakesh. Disappointment with how the story is being presented, bored with probably almost everything, and in despair of things getting any better. I said last week the drama hadn’t lost me yet, but I was wrong. I was very wrong. It was a chore getting myself to watch this weeks episodes. I absolutely agree with the assessment of Hyun Soo and the actor who plays him. He’s crazy good at being a villain. But even there, I have a complaint. I feel like even though we don’t know what exactly happened, we’re still supposed to feel some sort of sympathy for him and understanding of his motivations. But I don’t have sympathy or understanding. They’ve done such a good job at making him look like a psycho, that I can’t really feel much for him. I’m still really invested in knowing what happened, but that’s all at this point.

Marakeshsparrow: //breathes sigh of relief// Thank goodness somebody said it, because I was being nice with my first comment to test the waters. These two episodes really felt like filler and it makes me think the writers are really floundering and aren’t quite sure what to do with 40 episodes (thank goodness they’re broken into half hours or I might have to hit my head against a wall). Again, there were some interesting developments with Hyun Soo, but then he got hit by a car and was out of commission. Let me guess--he’s going to have amnesia now! But somehow, I don’t really care about that part of it anymore.

OhSoEnthusiastic: Always willing to be the first to jump in, lol.

DeShonda: You and I are on the same page Marakeshsparrow. I did not expect Hyun Soo to get in an accident, but when he did, I was thinking that he is will have amnesia. That’s interesting to have that plot this late in the series. I know we were wondering when this would happen. I think it just came way too late. But I will say that I am happy that Chief Bang woke up. I was worried about him. I did not want him to be killed off so soon.

OhSoEnthusiastic: Funnily enough, I actually called the amnesia plot twist just before it happened. I thought to myself ‘he’s gonna end up in an accident and then end up with amnesia.’ And welp. It looks like we found our amnesia. I’m actually not opposed to this idea, and I think it makes sense for it to happen now. But way to blow your big plot twist moment by going and Blabbing about it in the Drama Description before the show has even aired. What kind of writers are you??? I went to school for that, and that’s a writing no-no. It’s like putting the big plot twist of a book on the back cover so that no one has to bother with reading the book, because they already know what’s going to happen.

Marakeshsparrow: Needless to say, with Hyun Soo and the main murder plot at a halt, there was nothing to do but wander around and develop frustratingly annoying side plots. There was a lot of fluff, which had it’s cute moments but also had me a bit bored. Then FINALLY we got some real kissing and an amazing toss your clothes to the floor and ravish me moment that had me hollering. I was thinking “I take back my thoughts that this drama had gotten boring, this is the good stuff!” but my excitement was immediately nixed. Ji Wook sees the FRAMED PHOTO OF THE MAN WHO KILLED HIS PARENTS (or so he thinks) AKA Bong Hee’s dad and now it’s all going to go to hell. I really don’t like this development, it feels totally unnecessary. What are your thoughts on it?

DeShonda: I was so happy that Bong Hee and Ji Wook finally got together! The sexual tension was so thick you could cut it with a knife. Then my stomach dropped when he saw the picture frame. I might be wrong but I think either Bong Hee’s father either killed Ji Wook’s parents or he knows something about the murder. I can’t wait to see what Ji Wook’s reaction will be in the next episodes. I think this makes things very complicated between Ji Wook and Bong Hee and I am honestly worried about the development, but I am sure the writers will surprise me with something I didn’t expect.

OhSoEnthusiastic: I didn’t like the idea of Bong Hee’s father being involved in the fire to begin with, because I’m kind of over these ‘Everyone is connected, but not in a way that is meaningful or well written’ plots, but I can still deal with it. It’s a trope, it’s not going away, and I certainly can’t say that I hate it every time I see it, because that would make me a liar, lol. I just feel like the characters have all been doing things lately that they would never actually do. The whole revenge bit felt like one giant leap to me. The noble idiocy has been ridiculous. And everyone blaming themselves for Chief Bang being attacked? Oh please. Get over yourselves, people. You’re not Atlas holding the world on your shoulders. You’re lawyers who believe in justice, so how about we spend our time pursuing it, yeah? (Can you tell that I’m frustrated, lol?)

Marakeshsparrow: It will depend how they handle this whole ‘Your father is responsible for my father’s death’ trope before I totally make my mind up on it. Ji Wook better not suddenly push her away after having slept with her and not explain why he’s doing it. I SWEAR I WILL BEAT A-- (self talk: calm down, Marakesh, calm down) Anyway, I’m just hoping it doesn’t go in a completely predictable way because if so I will root for Bong Hee to never look back.

DeShonda: See what you just said is what I am afraid that will happen. But I hope I am very wrong. I hope Ji Wook doesn't push Bong Hee away. That would be awful and heartbreaking for me.

OhSoEnthusiastic: At that point, I don’t know if I would even be angry anymore. I think I’d just be like ‘Yep. That makes sense. Of course that would happen. BECAUSE THIS DRAMA HATES ME.’ While we’re complaining about this drama’s flaws, can we talk about the serious lack of bromance lately? Wasn’t that one of the best parts of the drama in the beginning, this adorable ‘I hate you, I love you’ frenemy-ship between Ji Wook and Eun Hyuk? And what about the squandered friendship potential for Bong Hee and Yoo Jung? Why you no have friendships anymore, drama?!

Marakeshsparrow: Yeah, I could use some more bromance. It seems like there’s more bromance between Chief Bang and Ji Wook’s stepfather. LOL But it doesn’t look like Ji Wook and Eun Hyuk will ever get much closer. I guess he’s too preoccupied with things. So since Chief Bang didn’t actually die, does that mean the prophecy still stands? Is someone else going to die? I’m thinking Eun Hyuk will be the one who has to go because somehow I doubt Ji Wook or Bong Hee will get the ax.

DeShonda: I like the bromance between Chief Bang and Ji Wook’s stepfather. I thought it was cute that Ji Wook’s stepfather was staying at the hospital talking to Chief Bang until he woke up. But I have to agree that there is a lack of bromance between Ji Wook and Eun Hyuk. I would say yes that someone else is going to die. I could be wrong on this one but I think it might be Ji Wook’s stepfather. That’s just a feeling that I have. I don’t think the writers would kill off Ji Wook or Bong Hee at all.

OhSoEnthusiastic: Chief bang and Ji Wook’s stepfather have been two shining beacons in an otherwise dreary drama. But Eun Hyuk getting the ax? I don’t believe in speaking death over people, and I rebuke that in the name of Jesus. (I don’t know if that joke works, but I’m making it, lol.) All I’m really hoping for right now is some genuine forward movement and just a little bit more of the humor we saw at the beginning of the show. Cause the show desperately needs it.


Love In Trouble (Suspicious Partner)

Starring Ji Chang Wook and Nam Ji Hyun

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For more from the Love In Trouble Drama Club check out:

Marakeshsparrow: Voice | Daebak | Come Back, Mister | Madame Antoine | Cheese in Sthe Trap | More from Marakesh

DeShonda:Blog | Twitter |Tumblr | Instagram | You Tube | Facebook | Cheer Up! | Remember| Signal | Come Back, Mister | Mirror Of The Witch | Entertainer | Doctor Crush | Ice Fantasy | Jealousy Incarnate | Let's Drink | Romantic Doctor | Voice | So Young 2: Never Gone

OhSoEnthusiastic: Twitter | Dramafever Video Dramaclub Radiant Office Dr. Qin | Dramafever Video Dramaclub My Secret Romance Queen of Mystery

Catch the recaps from previous weeks here:

[Week 1] [Week 2] [Week 3] [Week 4]

[Week 5] [Week 6] [Week 7] [Week 8]

[Week 9] [Week 10]