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7.9 - Final Podcast Review of Queen of Tears

Today, we’ll be doing our final review 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. Ernabel Demillo is back to help us analyze this amazing show! We recap the entire show and then we discuss:

  • The song we featured during the recap: Way Home, sung by Kim Soo Hyun.

  • How we rewatched the first few episodes and realized a few things, e.g.,

    • When Hae-in was an intern, Hyun-woo would roll up his sleeves whenever he helped her out at the copier; this is probably when she realized he had sexy forearms.

    • In episode 1, after going out drinking with Kim Yang-ki, Hyun-woo walks home, while pulling leaves of a branch

  • The character arcs of each of our characters:

    • Soo-cheol

    • Cheon Da-hye

    • Hae-in’s parents

    • Hyun-woo’s parents

    • Hyun-woo’s sister and brother

    • Grace

    • David Yoon or Yoon Eun-seung

    • Moh Sul hee

    • Hae-in

    • Hyun-woo

  • How the death of Su-won caused Hae-in’s family to unravel, and Hae-in’s miscarriage caused her marriage to unravel.

  • How Hae-in’s mom and David Yoon’s mom both neglected their children, but believed they had time to repair the relationship. In Moh Sul hee’s case, she never got the chance because David Yoon died.

  • How Hae-in had the most dramatic story arc and it’s ultimately Hyun-woo who was the catalyst for her transformation.

  • Hae-in’s feelings toward Hyun-woo change over the course of 16 episodes and there are key moments in the show when her feelings changed.

  • When we think Hyun-woo started to fall in love with his wife again.

  • How the show did a great job of showing the same scene from two different perspectives to show how misunderstandings happen.

  • Our favorite K Drama elements.

  • Our favorite lines from the last two episodes.

  • The show that we will recap and analyze in Season 8 of K Drama Chat. Want to find out? You gotta listen to the episode!



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. Question: How old was Su-wan when he died? Maybe Hae-in had the stronger personality and watched after him, thus making her mother transfer responsibility for his care. There are always siblings that seem to "raise" younger ones, but maybe Su-wan was immature for his age, while a 9-year-old girl was likely more mature.

    There are four recipes for Crash Landing on You in the K-Drama cookbook I have, not including kimchi. I may have to do some cooking.

    1. I could be wrong, but I was under the impression that Su Wan was older and thus more mature than Hae In and so it would be natural to think that he would be the one to try to rescue his younger sister. I thought it was a case where the parent "wishes" they could have chosen which child to live or die, that Su Wan was more the favorite.

      Let us know what you end up cooking and if you like how the recipes turn out. Watching these shows always puts me in the mood for Korean food

    2. Laurel, please send photos of whatever you make and share on Instagram! Yum!

  2. Another fabulous conversation! I’m glad to hear that I am not the only one keeps thinking about this drama and replaying clips - I’m also having a hard time moving on. Looking forward to your insights on Crash Landining - my first K drama and my favorite!

    1. Still having trouble moving on, BUT watching the first episode of CLOY has helped a lot. Still enjoying all the QOT clips on Instagram! So glad you like our choice of CLOY for Season 8. I hope you will rewatch the episodes. I bet you will see this show with new eyes, especially after QOT!

  3. Thank you so much! We always say that it is hard to leave these characters behind at the end of the drama, but this one hit us especially hard. We all fell in love with Hong Hae In, Baek Hyun Woo and their story. Even now, I get emotional thinking about them. They will stay with us for a long, long time.

    We are looking forward to Crash Landing, too! We felt that it was a good transition after Queen of Tears: familiar and comforting and a way to revisit a story that we all loved.

    We'll be so glad to have you listen with us!

  4. Another great pod ladies! Love it when Ernie is on the show (she is one of my top two favorite NYC newscasters named Ernie 😉) You covered a lot in the pod but I still have a few QOT thoughts and questions:

    1. Is it true that Sung-yee now has all her patients repeat “Baek Hyun-woo” as she administers anesthesia?
    2. When is Sung-yee going to share her Spotify OST playlist?
    3. When is Joanna going to make a Spotify OST playlist? And how long will it be? 24 hours? 48?! Probably longer…..
    4. Do you really think someone as smart as Da-hye could live happily ever after with someone as dumb as Soo-cheol?! I couldn’t last a day.
    5. Where is the love for Park Sung-hoon?! Poor guy is an outcast now – JUST FOR DOING HIS JOB REALLY WELL!!! And no endorsements for the poor guy…. Park ji-eun better write a new show where he can be the hero ASAP!
    6. Actually, I need Park ji-eun to write a K Drama and cast ME as the lead so my co-star will fall in love with ME!
    7. I see all the fans are going crazy about rumors of Kim Ji won and Kim Soo-hyun being a real couple, but I think it would have been more interesting in Kim Ji-won and Park Sung-hoon became a real-life couple! People would lose their minds! There would be riots in the streets! Lol!

    Looking forward to CLOY!

    1. Always glad to hear from you, Malcolm! To answer your questions in order:
      1. What a great idea, I'll certainly have a lot of happy patients.
      2. I have to admit, that I am still an amateur when it comes to OSTs, so I'll have to wait before my playlist is worth sharing.
      3. I'm sure Joanna has a formidable OST playlist, which, as I told her, would be enough to see us through a zombie apocalypse.
      4. Good question about Da Hye, though I'm thinking that smarts didn't get her very far in life, and maybe she'll be happy to settle in with someone sweet and loving, even if he's a bit dim.
      5. I totally agree about Park Sung Hoon. As I mentioned in the podcast, he needs a sweet light rom com STAT! If you see the BTS clips, he looks like a really nice guy IRL.
      6. Let us know when you'll be starring in the next upcoming Kdrama, we'll review it in the podcast!
      7. I'm sure nothing would boost Park Sung Hoon's image than a real life romance with Kim Ji Won. That would really take the cake, especially since he would be beating out Kim Soo Hyun, our currently reigning heartthrob!

      As always, thanks for your wonderfully enjoyable comments, feedback and support!

  5. I generally enjoy your content, but I must implore you to please try not to include spoilers for OTHER Kdramas! For example, in discussing Queen of Tears you spoiled my viewing of Crash Landing on You, which I had just started to watch. I understand and am completely fine with you having spoilers for Queen of Tears, because you make it very clear at the beginning that your content includes spoilers for the Kdrama that you are discussing.

    1. Gah! I'm so sorry! You make an excellent point. We will absolutely be more mindful about NOT spoiling other K Dramas when discussing our show. Thank you for this comment!

    2. Joanna, thanks for listening to my (minor) gripe. I actually think your discussions are brilliant in the way that you compare and contrast with other Kdramas and don't want you to hold back too much.

  6. You are largely spot on with your insights, but I think you missed something regarding there being minimal Baek family character arcs. Think about it. Weren't you thinking, "WTF?" when the Baek parents became so demanding that their kids pay their rent on time, for the use of the building that was gifted to them? Then there was that strange businesslike conversation where Baek Hyeon-Tae's seldom-seen wife speaks about returning Baek Hyeon-Tae to his mother, because their marriage isn't working out. These are transactional behaviors I would expect from the Hong family. To me the writer is saying that the two families influenced one another in various ways.

    1. Wow, I think you're right! We totally missed that point and will be sure to mention it in the next episode! I think Hyun woo's parents being all business-like when it came to the building is spot on. However, Hyun woo's mother had said from the very beginning that she would put up with anything if Hyun-tae's wife didn't return her son. I think she knew all along that Hyun-tae was a handful and he'd be divorced soon unless she gave some amazing incentive to her daughter in law. Thank you for your insights!


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