Noh Ji-Wook is an up-and-coming prosecutor, doing everything right to set himself up for a successful career. Eun Bong-Hee is his hard working trainee until one day she is accused of murdering her ex-boyfried. Noh Ji-Wook gives up his career and starts a private law firm hiring Eun Bong-Hee to work with him. Together the two work to solve the mysterious murder and bring the culprit to justice. As they’re working, love blossoms in this legal drama.
Cha Eun-Wong – Noh Ji-Wooks ex-girlfriend, she is the reason why Noh Ji-Wook is so closed off to relationships and hesitant to trust. She is also a successful prosecutor.
Ji Eun-Hyuk – He is also a lawyer. He has been best friends with Noh Ji-Wook since he was a child. He had a particularly rough childhood and adolesence and often felt like the third wheel when Noh Ji-Wook and Cha Eun-Wong were dating.
There is not enough space in this blog for me to talk about how much I LOVED Suspicious Partner. A lot of law dramas I actually find kinda boring because they are just so predictable. Not this one. The fact that the episodes are only 30 minutes means that it moves quickly with several twists and turns right from the start that I don’t want to spoil for you. But trust me, it’s worth it. There is also a fair amount of action in this drama which leads Noh Ji-Wook to run to Eun Bong-Hee’s aid several times. While there is plenty of mystery and suspense, it was also written with such funny dialogue that I found myself laughing out loud. (Particularly when jealous Noh Ji-Wook sprays Eun Bong-Hee and Ji Eun-hyuk with a hose to stop them talking to each other—let us know in the comments below what your favorite moment is.)
The only criticism I have at all about Suspicious Partner is that I think Noh Ji-Wook’s backstory about the death of his parents and the connection to Eun Bong-Hee’s dad was just unnecessary. It was only thrown in there to cause conflict in the relationship and was just too cliche. Even with that though, the plot of this drama is good enough that it is worth the watch.
I genuinely thought about not even writing about the plot and only talking about the romance because it’s soooooo good. One of my favorites of all time. Funny, cute, sexy, jealousy, conflict—it really does have it all. I may be a little biased because its fair to say any K-drama with Ji Chang-Wook as the lead is going to make my heart flutter. But while I wish this was about me and Ji Chang-Wook, its not, so I’ll move on.
This is the classic enemies to lovers scenario but they don’t drag it out too much, which I really appreciated. They are together for more than half of Suspicious Partner which is a nice change compared to something like Itaewon Class where they only get together at the very end. I loved watching them tease and make fun of each other. I thought it showed how well they fit together as a couple. Eun Bong-Hee is resilient, fearless, and, despite her circumstances, confident and positive—in other words the perfect candidate to help Noh Ji-Wook trust again and heal his broken heart from a bad past relationship.
I feel like in most K-dramas they only give us one or two swoon-worthy moments but Suspicious Partner is packed with them. Noh Ji-Wook basically does nothing but worry about Eun Bong-Hee. Unlike other dramas he never worries in a possessive or unhealthy way. He genuinely wants Eun Bong-Hee to be okay in all that she does. When her murdered ex-boyfriend’s dad threatens and intimidates Eun Bong-Hee the way Noh Ji-Wook defends her is sexyyy. I’m swooning now just thinking about it again.
I could write about five more swoon moments but I don’t want to spoil them for you because there are no words that could do them justice. They do go through their fair share of hardships like pretty much every K-drama couple ever created which was soooo annyoing and had me googling spoilers (yes i’m that kind of person) because i was going to stop watching in protest if things didn’t go the way I wanted (Spoiler Alert: they went the way I wanted).
There was also the romance between Ji Eun-Hyuk and Cha Yoo-Jung. After we find out that Cha Yoo-Jung cheated on Noh Ji-Wook with Ji Eun-Hyuk I didn’t think they deserved to be together but watching Ji Eun-hyuk suffer by putting off his feelings to make things right with Noh Ji-Wook made me sympathize with him. Now, I think they were actually perfect together. Throughout Suspicious Partner they were both lonely and looking for a friend to rely on. I hate seeing people alone so once they resolved all of their issues I was glad to see them together.
If you couldn’t tell by my glowing Suspicious Partner review, I would definitely recommend Suspicious Partner to anyone and everyone. Even if you are the type to hate law dramas or romantic comedies, you still get to look at Ji Chang-Wook for the whole show, which is absolutely worth the time. I will also add that this romance isn’t particularly cheesy or corny, making it a good choice for K-drama. I have watched this drama twice and writing about it makes me want to watch it again so it’s safe to say the rewatch value is high.