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Why Her? (2022): Synopsis, Cast & More

Episode 16 (END)

Title: 왜 오수재인가 / Why Her?
Also known as: Why Oh Soo Jae?
Genre: Mystery, Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2022-June-03 to 2022-July-23
Air time: Friday & Saturday 22:00 KST


Oh Soo-Jae (Seo Hyun-Jin) is a lawyer, talented enough to become the youngest partner at TK Law Firm. The law firm is widely considered as the best in South Korea. Oh Soo-Jae is driven by her desire to win cases and also her self-righteous principles. She has lived her life to achieve success, but she gets involved in an unexpected case and she gets demoted to work as an adjunct professor at a law school.

At the law school, Oh Soo-Jae meets Gong Chan (Hwang In-Yeop). He is a student there. Gong Chan has experienced a painful past, but he still has a warm heart. He falls in love with Oh Soo-Jae and he would do anything for her.

Meanwhile, Choi Tae-Kook (Heo Jun-Ho) is the chairman of TK Law Firm. He would do anything to satisfy his desires, even if it’s illegal or immoral.


  1. “Why Her?” takes over SBS’ Friday & Saturday 22:00 time slot previously occupied by “Again My Life” and followed by “Today’s Webtoon” on July 29, 2022.


Main Cast

Seo Hyun Jin as Oh Soo Jae
Hwang In Yup as Gong Chan
– Lee Eugene as Gong Chan (young)
Heo Joon Ho as Choi Tae Kook
Bae In Hyuk as Choi Yoon Sang

TK law firm

Jeon Jin Ki as Ha Il Goo
Lee Kyung Young as Han Seong Bum
Lee Joo Woo as Song Mi Rim
Ji Seung Hyun as Choi Joo Wan
Park Shin Woo as Han Dong Oh

Seojung University Law school faculty and students

Kim Chang Wan as Baek Jin Ki
Ji Joo Yun as Jung Hee Yeong
Lee Jin Hyuk as Nam Chun Poong
Son Ji Hyun as Na Se Ryun
Kim Ji Hwi as Park Jo Gyo
Kim Jae Hwa as Jo Kang Ha


Lee Kyu Sung as So Hyung Chil
Bae Hae Sun as Ji Soon Ok
Cha Chung Hwa as Chae Joon Hee
Choi Young Joon as Yoon Se Pil
Kim Joong Don as Do Jin Myung
Seo Jin Won as Kim Sang Man
Jo Dal Hwan as Goo Goo Gap


Episode 1

The New Managing Partner

Oh Soo Jae is a unique character at TK Law Firm and the wider legal professional community. She didn’t go to college, but she’s known for being a cut throat, star attorney.

When her name comes up as one of the candidates to become TK’s next managing partner, everyone doubts that it will actually happen.

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Episode 2

Professor Oh Soo Jae

Soo Jae is forced to take time off from working at TK Law Firm after rumours circulate that she drove Park So Young to suicide.

She suddenly has to start working at Seojung University Law School as a professor. Meanwhile, Se Ryeon, one of Soo Jae’s students, puts up a poster on campus, detailing the misconduct of one of the Law School professors. She comes asking Soo Jae for help.

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Episode 3

The Director Of The Legal Clinic Center

Soo Jae continues to face backlash over the suicide of Park So Young. With people attacking her left and right, only a handful of her students stand by her side.

Soo Jae decides to give this case as a sort of assignment to her students. Meanwhile, Choi Ju Wan, the new managing partner of TK Law Firm and Chairman Choi Tae Guk’s son, gets himself into trouble.

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Episode 4

The Park Ji Young Case

Director Baek tells Soo Jae to take on Park Ji Young’s case as the Legal Center’s first official case.

Since Soo Jae and her students have already been working on this, they continue to search for evidence to prove that Ji Young is innocent. Meanwhile, Soo Jae senses danger lurking on her way home and calls Chan to let him know what is going on.

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Episode 5

The One You Can Trust

Sensing that she’s in imminent danger, Soo Jae calls Gong Chan for help. Gong Chan arrives at her place and runs into a mysterious guy wearing a mask and gets into a scuffle.

Later on, while Soo Jae tries to deal with the incident alone, she gets annoyed by Gong Chan’s constant care for her, but at the same time, she can’t deny that she feels somewhat protected.

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Episode 6

Her Price Tag

Soo Jae offers an undeniable deal to trade what she has on Choi Tae Guk for seventy million dollars. Knowing that she has the upper hand, Tae Guk accepts the deal that heavily favours Soo Jae.

While taking care of a little something for Tae Guk as a part of the deal, Soo Jae becomes overwhelmed by memories of her lost child. As it happened before, Soo Jae, in agony, looks for Gong Chan. That’s when she gets a call from someone she least expected.

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Episode 7

Her Moment Of Crisis

Soo Jae shakes in fear when she realizes that she almost got killed in a car explosion involving Hong Seok Pal’s death.

However, there is no one to whom she is willing to show her weak sides, except for maybe one person. Not long after, Soo Jae meets up with Tae Guk who suggests that she attend an event, but she rejects the offer without knowing what this will bring about in the near future.

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Episode 8

Her Proof Of Innocence

Soo Jae gets arrested and locked up in a detention center after being accused of instigating Hong Seok Pal to murder Park So Young.

Soo Jae lowers her stance on proving her innocence and carefully plans her way out of the situation. Meanwhile, Chan and Yoon Sang focus on getting their hands on anything that can prove that the evidence was fabricated. On the day of the warrant review, Soo Jae finds herself sitting in a courtroom alone until someone shows up.

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Episode 9

Her Favourite Place

After the release, Soo Jae ends up living in Chan’s house with his roommates until her building’s renovation is finished.

She feels at home with Chan by her side and finally finds a place where she can sleep after all these years. Meanwhile, knowing that Soo Jae could be a stumbling block, Choi Tae Guk realizes that something must be done and keeps his eyes on Soo Jae.

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Episode 10

Her And His Past

A serious incident breaks out at Yeongpyeong District Construction Site, and everyone involved in Hansu Bio’s sell-off is summoned at once.

While dealing with the collapse, a human skeleton is discovered, and Chan intuitively realizes that it has something to do with his sister’s death. Meanwhile, Soo Jae looks for Chan at his place, and she stumbles upon a little secret Chan has been hiding.

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Episode 11

What Gong Chan Tried To Hide From Soo Jae

After finding out what Gong Chan has been hiding from Soo Jae all along, Soo Jae feels devastated and keeps a distance from him.

She recollects her memories of how helpless she was when she defended Kim Dong Gu ten years ago. Meanwhile, Sung Bum pays a visit to the funeral of the victims of the construction site fall. He suddenly gets attacked by one of the bereaved family members and ends up being hospitalized.

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Episode 12

His Reason To Go On

Yoon Sang organizes a meeting in the hopes of letting Chan know the unrevealed details of his case.

However, the meeting doesn’t pan out as he anticipated. Chan demands an explanation from Yoon Sang about his actions. Yoon Sang shares his reasons while having Soo Jae listen to them over the phone. Chan doesn’t know Soo Jae is listening, but his care for Soo Jae is too touching for Soo Jae to handle.

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Episode 13

Skeleton Identified

Director Baek holds a mock trial where students play the roles of judges, prosecutors, defendants, and witnesses before he resigns from university.

Tae Guk is invited to the event and plays the role of the presiding judge without knowing that the case for the mock trial is very similar to the one of Na Jung’s death 10 years ago. Meanwhile, the skeleton in Yeongpyeong District gets identified. Will it be confirmed to belong to Na Jung?

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Episode 14

Another Her

Why Her?: Episode 14

Soo Jae knew about Tae Guk’s way of handling things, but when she finds out what he did to her and her daughter, she breaks down.

Soon after, she gathers herself together and prepares herself for what’s to come. Meanwhile, Soo Jae cannot get rid of the feeling of intimacy between Jae Yi and herself. On her way to meet Chan to share her new secret, she gets a call saying that Jae Yi has gone missing.

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Episode 15

Disciplinary Hearing

Why Her?: Episode 15

After seeing her daughter die right before her eyes, Soo Jae falls into deep grief. She disappears with a letter left for Chan.

Meanwhile, Tae Guk plans to disbar Soo Jae permanently. He tells the bar association to hold a disciplinary hearing and come up with every illegal action done by Soo Jae. With Jin Ki’s confirmation hearing right around the corner, he is accused of taking bribes in the past. Tae Guk promises that he will attend the hearing as a witness and defend Jin Ki.

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Episode 16 (END)

This Is Her

Why Her?: Episode 16

At the disciplinary hearing, all parties claim their innocence, but no one seems to admit to their wrongdoings except for Soo Jae.

On top of admitting to her wrongdoings, Soo Jae makes sure the world knows about Choi Tae Guk’s atrociousness and takes one step at a time to bring him to justice. In the battle of right against might, Soo Jae goes all in on what’s right.

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