There were memories gained, lost, and regained in this past week’s episodes of Love in Trouble (Suspicious Partner), and many important truths came to light. This is the second to last week and it seems like the drama is already starting to wrap up some loose ends and storylines. But we’re still left with a couple of mysteries: what happened to the girl Hyun Soo loved and will Bong Hee and Ji Wook ever get past all their B.S.? Join DeShonda, OhSoEnthusiastic, and me, Markaeshsparrow, as we discuss episodes 33 to 36 of Love in Trouble

Marakeshsparrow: WELP … we finally got the amnesia. But it came at such a late phase in the drama and was so short lived (really only like one full episode) that it felt weird and unnecessary. To me this felt more like a hastily added amnesia arc that comes when the drama is starting to lose viewers, not the main plot point we were all waiting for this whole time. What did you two think?

DeShonda: As I predicted last week, the amnesia factor did indeed come within these last few episodes. And you are correct, it was very, very short. I have to admit though, I felt bad for Hyun Woo when he was trying to remember everything. But just as I was feeling bad, he quickly snapped out of amnesia and right back into the villain we are familiar with. I was glad to see more of his backstory. I wonder how this drama would have played out if the amnesia element came in earlier episodes.

OhSoEnthusiasitc: I don’t even care about how the amnesia was utilized, because at least that was interesting and somewhat compelling and furthered the main storyline along. All I can think about right now is how INFURIATING THIS STUPID ROMANCE HAS BECOME OH MY GOTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!! This girl has the GALL. The GALL! To be angry with Ji Wook for being a scared 6 or 7 or however old he was kid who was Ma Ni Pu La Ted into naming her father as the killer. Like, wHaT The HELL iS WRonG WiTh YOU!?!?!?!?!?!?! I am so done with her. I don’t even want them together now.

Marakeshsparrow: I’m just going to come out and say it: I’m totally bored with Bong Hee and Ji Wook’s relationship at this point. They’ve been frustrating me for a while and I’m just over it. The noble idioting is switching back and forth so quickly I’m getting whiplash. First Bong Hee breaks up with Ji Wook because she doesn’t want him to be in pain every time he sees her and is reminded of his parents’ death. Then when Ji Wook finds out that her father was innocent, that he in fact saved him and died trying to save his parents, he’s all “it was my fault that your father was made a murderer. I convicted him. I was 7 and coerced by an old jerk. All. My. Fault.” BLECH. I’m out. Honestly, I’m more interested in Bong Hee’s relationship with her old nemesis, Ji Hae, at this point. And I kind of like how she has a crush on Eun Hyuk.

DeShonda: I’m glad you mentioned that, Marakeshsparrow. Bong Hee and Ji Wook’s relationship may be complicated right now, but Eun Hyuk and Prosecutor Cha’s relationship seems to be starting. I think they are cute and I hope they end up together. I loved how Eun Hyuk was very worried about her when she was hurt. I’m not sure what is going to happen to Ji Wook and Bong Hee’s relationship. I have a feeling that they are going to end up together somehow.

OhSoEnthusiastic: It’s a procedural rom-com/melo masquerading as a procedural rom-com, so they’ll definitely end up together. Whether they should or not, lol. I will say that despite all of the infuriating ridiculousness surrounding the romance, last weeks episodes had way more forward movement than we’ve been seeing from this drama lately, and I did enjoy that. And going back to the amnesia for a minute, the way they chose to utilize it wasn’t actually a bad idea. They just waited too damn long to do it. But even with being used to so little plot progression in this drama, it still always leaves me astounded at how little actual investigative work our team does, and when they do do investigative work, it’s always things they should have been looking into ages ago. Like why are we just now looking into our murderer’s back-history? Um, should we not have done that awhile ago? No wonder they haven’t caught him yet.

Marakeshsparrow: My thoughts exactly! When they finally started digging into the reasons behind Hyun Soo’s murders, his motivations, I kept wondering “why haven’t they done this yet? It never crossed their minds before?” //sigh// What frustrates me with this forward motion so late in the game is that they’ll most likely have to rush the resolution and the final explanation for Hyun Soo’s revenge spree. I’ve been itching to know the truth behind what happened to the girl that he loved and what made him snap and turn into a murderer. They’ve been hinting at it but continued spinning wheels and writing filler. I think this drama suffered from too many episodes. If things had been condensed down a bit, the pace would have been better.

DeShonda: I have to agree with both of you. I am very interested in the reasons why Hyun Soo is a serial killer, but as you both mentioned time was spent on other plots within this drama. I do wonder how the pacing would be if this drama was the traditional sixteen episodes as opposed to forty. I am hoping that the ending is not rushed, but I have a feeling that is going to be the outcome. Unless (and I mentioned this last week as well) we get some special episodes after the final. But I think that’s just wishful thinking on my part.

OhSoEnthusiastic: Yeah, the pacing has been terrible, and the number of episodes was probably one reason why. I think we’re all in agreement though that even though they wasted a lot of time on unnecessary secondary drama and plot devices and romance shenanigans from HELL, the murder mystery and villain have still been the best part of this drama, so right now, all I care about is how that’s going to end up. Because even with the missteps, they’ve done some good things there too. I’m gonna be really sad when (because I’ve already accepted this drama's fate) they screw that up too though.

Marakeshsparrow: Well we’ve only got two more (well, four I guess) episodes left. I’ll hold off on any final judgments until it’s all wrapped up and over. One last thing I wanted to mention that I did enjoy in this week’s episodes: the truth was finally revealed both to the D.A. and about him. Ji Wook learned that he was the one who pushed him to blame Bong Hee’s dad for the fire, and then the D.A. found out who really killed his son. I was pretty stoked that Bong Hee got to tell him off one final time--I’d been waiting for that moment almost this whole drama.

DeShonda: Yes I almost forgot about that! Bong Hee was really great in these episodes. Once again we saw her famous Roundhouse Kick as she fought off an attacker and she finally stood up to the D.A. I like Bong Hee when she is strong and determined. I have not yet given up on this drama either as we are nearing the final episodes. The outcome could be surprising. I just hope the writers end this drama with a bang.

OhSoEnthusiastic: I’m really pleased with how that all played out as well, Marakesh. One of the few moments Bong Hee has shown any real strength in this drama, and I was insanely pumped to see it. I do find the contrast between him manipulating a child into naming the wrong murderer and him discovering he had it wrong about his own son’s murder a little odd though, if only because the writers haven’t really explored that idea at all, so the two things feel kind of at odds with each other. But whatever. I’m not even mad about it, because it’s forward movement, and I can easily justify the two things in my mind. I’m just glad there’s only one more week of this drama left, so I can move on to something else when it’s all over, lol.

Marakeshsparrow: Hahahaha! You and me both, OhSoEnthusiastic! I love me some Ji Chang Wook, but his character just hasn’t really wowed me in this drama, so I’m ready for something new.

OhSoEnthusiasic: It’s definitely not his fault, because he’s been working really hard to bring the character to life. There’s just….not much there to give life to, I’m afraid. (This is where I admit that Nam Ji Hyun’s acting here has begun to grate on me, and I now see what you guys were saying all those episodes ago. This worked in Shopping King Louis. It’s not working here.)

Marakeshsparrow: Yeah, I don’t think she was a very good co-star for Ji Chang Wook, they seem to be operating at slightly different frequencies. But there’s also kind of a mish-mash of tones throughout the drama, so maybe it’s not her fault and really the fault of the writers and directors. //shrugs//

OhSoEnthusiastic: I’m gonna go with the writers and directors are at least partially at fault, because she too was given very little to work with. But she also just doesn’t seem to have the skill to elevate a not so good character the way he does.

Marakeshsparrow: You took the words out of my mouth!

What are you all thinking about the way this show has progressed? Do you have high hopes for the last episodes, or are you ready to move on like we are? Comment below! 


Love In Trouble (Suspicious Partner)

Starring Ji Chang Wook and Nam Ji Hyun

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