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7.5 - Podcast Review of Episodes 9 and 10 of Queen of Tears

Today, we’ll be discussing Episodes 9 and 10 of Queen of Tears, the hit K Drama on Netflix starring Kim Ji-won as Hong Hae-in, Kim Soo-hyun as Baek Hyun-woo, Park Sung-hoon as Yoon Eun-Seong, Kwak Dong-Yeon as Hong Soo-cheol, and Lee Joo-bin as Cheon Da-Hye. We are joined by Ernabel Demillo, a frequent guest on K Drama Chat and Department Chair of the Communication and Media Culture Department at Saint Peter's University and host of the Emmy-award winning "Asian American Life" show on CUNY-TV. We discuss:

  • The song we feature during the recap: Fallin’ by Isaac Hong.

  • Queen of Tears is now the second most popular K Drama of all time on tvN, after Crash Landing on You; both shows are written by Park Ji-eun.

  • tvN has announced two extra episodes at the end of Queen of Tears; what will the episodes be about? 

  • Kim Soo-hyun has been nominated for Best Actor in the Baeksang Awards; we feel that Kim Ji-won, Han So-hee, Park Seo-joon, and Kim Tae-ri were snubbed.

  • The Hong family is in a terrible situation. They’ve been locked out of their house, they don’t have cars, their credit cards have been canceled, they’ve lost control of their company, and they’re lost their jobs.

  • The only people who take them in are Hyun-woo and his family.

  • The Hong family is so unaccustomed to hardship and they’re miserable in Yongdu-ri.

  • There is such a contrast between the two families in the way they treat each other.

  • There is a huge contrast between the two mothers in the way they treat Hae-in.

  • Both dads are having an identity crisis: they have lost their jobs and purpose.

  • Hyun-woo and Hae-in are driving us crazy because they won’t communicate with each other! 

  • We think their lack of communication stems from the time Hae-in emptied the nursery and Hyun-woo left the marital bedroom. When this happened, they stopped talking to each other and then their pride wouldn’t let them ask the other back into the bedroom.

  • Hyun-woo and Hae-in kept missing opportunities to patch up their relationship, including when Hae-in overheard Hyun-woo talking about wanting to be by her side, when Hyun-woo came home all beat up, and when Hae-in realized the pink MP3 player was hers.

  • There are many in Korea who think the story of Hae-in and Hyun-woo is based on the true story of the granddaughter of the Samsung chaebol who married an ordinary staffer. 

In 1999, Samsung heiress Lee Boo Jin married Lim Woo Jae.

  • Hyun-woo does a great job of convincing David Yoon that he doesn’t know where Hae-in is, even though he did pick them up in a van.

  • The reference to Prince Sado, who was the father of the prince Yi San in Red Sleeve, and who later became King Jeongjo.

  • Instead, Hyun-woo is investigating the land broker, the owner of the data restoration company, the failed investment fund, and the location of the Chairman. 

  • Hyun-woo convinced the deceived farmers to sue the land broker, which meant the land broker couldn’t leave the country for his honeymoon. Later, the land broker and his thugs try to beat up Hyun-woo, who manages to defend himself ably because he was a champion boxer in his youth.

  • Our crazy predictions for this show:

    • Hyun-woo is going to try and prove that the power of attorney that Moh Sul-hee signed is invalid because it’s a forgery, she’s not really Moh Sul-hee!

    • Hyun-woo’s brother, Baek Hyun-tae, is going to be important because he knows a lot about stocks and previously owned Queen Group stock.

    • Beom-seuk, the Chairman’s estranged son, will have some insight into the embezzlement that could save the Chairman, or the person who knows where the secret fund is.

    • Cheon Da-hye, Soo-cheol’s wife, will come back and turn on David Yoon.

  • Moh Sul-hee and David Yoon are now at odds with each other because David Yoon didn’t want the Hong family banished. David Yoon wants to be with Hae-in.

  • We speculate about why David Yoon is so obsessed with Hae-in.

  • Until the very end, Hyun-woo is in the dark about Hae-in’s feelings towards him. He thinks she hates him because he abandoned and deceived her.

  • We feel so sorry for Soo-cheol, who now knows that everything about his wife was fake. She even told him that their son is not his biological son.

  • It looks like Beom-ja will have a romance with the village marriage counselor, who looks like Leslie Cheung. Leslie Cheung is a debonair Hong Kong singer and actor. This prediction came from Laurel, one of our listeners!

  • The theme of regret in this show. Hyun-woo, Hae-in and Beom-ja all express regrets over their actions.

  • Hae-in is so brave when she reveals during the press conference that David Yoon threatened her. In this instance, Hyun-woo finally learns that Hae-in still cares for him.

  • The amazing acting with their eyes by Kim Soo-hyun and Kim Ji-won.

  • The K Drama elements we see in this episode, including: all the crying, all the food, all the drinking, the Trip and Catch, the Bulgari Serpenti necklace that Moh Sul-hee wore, and the Subway scene!

  • Ernabel’s recent trip to South Korea with a professor from her school who used to be a police chief in South Korea.

  • The shows we’re watching now: Ernabel is watching Marry My Husband, Sung Hee is watching Doctor Slump, and Joanna is watching Captivating the King.



K Drama Chat is a weekly podcast where we take one Korean (K) Drama each season and and recap and analyze each episode. K Drama Chat is available on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyAmazon Music, and Pandora.


  1. Another great podcast episode - I appreciate your background research! My latest theory is that Grace has the secret fund - remember how the power went out on the cams the night of grandfather’s birthday with her supervising. And then a bunch of boxes were loaded into a truck. She still seems to be playing both sides.

    1. I never thought about Grace having the money. That's a good theory. I wonder if it was hidden because the chairman actually suspected Mo Seul Hee.

  2. Could Grace have the money? But maybe she knows part of its whereabouts but not everything. Otherwise what would keep her from running off with it herself? This intrigue is getting quite complicated. Looking forward to next weekend. I can't believe we're in the home stretch for QOT.
    Thanks so much for listening and commenting!

  3. I'm thoroughly enjoying your podcast. I at first tuned into it to find some respite in our horrible horrible rush hour traffic. I like how you break down each episode and you seem to say all the things that are in my head, but you are able to say things more eloquently.

    I like how you break down all the kdrama elements and how you connect everything. I'm amazed how much time and effort you put into each episode.

    Love the predictions though and I have my prediction for Ep 15-16 but will leave that in the other thread.

    Thank you again for entertaining me and making me forget the horrendous traffic that I drive through every morning. Will definitely go back and listen to your other episode reviews.


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