Queen of Tears Episode 12 Recap and Review: Kim Soo-hyun and Kim Ji-won Face a World of Troubles

Queen of Tears Episode 12 Recap and Review: In the last episode, Hae-in and Hyun-woo’s family find out about Hae-in’s condition – leaving them feeling distraught. The illness brought Hae-in close to all her family members as they see her for the person she is. Eun-sung, on the other hand, faces humiliation for the way Hae-in left him during the conference. 

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Hyun-woo helps Hae-in and her family to find the Chairman’s secret fund that Eun-sung and Sol-hee desperately need. While on their way back from the storage unit, Hae-in fails to recognise Eun-sung and mistakes him for Hyun-woo. She travels in the car with him when another car stops them. Hyun-woo appears in front of them, confusing her. 

Queen of Tears (눈물의 여왕) is the romantic comedy that began airing on 9th March 2024 on tvN as well as on Netflix in selected regions. The 16-episode series stars popular and talented actors, Kim Soo-hyun as Baek Hyun-woo and Kim Ji-won as Hong Hae-in along with Na Young-hee, Jung Jin-young, Kwak Dong-yeon, Park Sung-hoon, Kim Jung-nan and others.   

The romantic drama is written by Park Ji-eun, the mastermind behind popular dramas like Crash Landing On YouMy Love From the Stars and The Producers and directed by Jang Young-woo and Kim Hee-won. 

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– Queen of Tears Episode 12 Recap and Review Contains Spoilers –

Queen of Tears Episode 12 Recap 

The episode takes us back to the scene where Eun-sung appears in front of Hae-in. This time, we see Eun-sung’s point of view and how he enjoys her company – even though he is being mistaken for Hyun-woo. When the real Hyun-woo brings her back to reality, she tells Eun-sung to unlock the door – who tells her how will she tell Hyun-woo about her issue? 

She gets out of the car and tells Hyun-woo that she wants to go back with Eun-sung so that she can meet with her grandfather. Suspicious about the situation, he has no choice but to be okay with her decision. Da-hye gets a visit from her son’s father and he declares to her that he has used Soo-cheol as a scapegoat. Worried for him, she tries to talk him out of it but the guy does not care for her reasons. 

Hyun-woo, on the other hand, finds himself injured in his car. The broker appears and puts a coal briquette in his car as well as keeps a syringe filled with poison near his neck. Hyun-woo calmly explains how the broker will go for attempted murder instead of fraud because he will be taking Eun-sung’s blame on his head. 

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Thinking it over, the broker calls Eun-sung, pretending like he did the deed and asks him for the promised amount. Eun-sung tells him that it is too risky to make any transactions now and will send the amount later. At that time, Hyun-woo gets out of the restraints and drives away. 

Eun-sung prepares a beautiful table lousy with flowers for Hae-in and brings her favourite food as well as wine. Hae-in goes to her room, changes clothes and meets him in the dining room. She remains cold with him, making him feel agitated. He shows her the necklace that he keeps on his neck and tells her that he saved her when they were children. She misunderstands him and asks if he saved her when she was drowning. Taking the credit, he tells her that he is destined to love her since they were young. 

Later, she goes to meet her grandfather and breaks down when he does not recognise her. She leaves him the pen that he gave her when she made CEO – telling him that he should record whenever he remembers something and walks away with a heavy heart. Right outside, Sol-hee argues with Eun-sung for bringing her to the house but it falls on deaf ears. 

Hae-in runs out of the house but she cannot remember how to leave. Right then, Hyun-woo walks in front of her but she thinks it is an illusion again. He holds her face and talks, making her understand that he is real and in front of her. Eun-sung watches the whole scene unfold on CCTV cameras and calls the broker angrily for not following the plan. 

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Hae-in and Hyun-woo reach his apartment and they share funny yet romantic moments as he cooks for her unabashedly, she admits that she will marry him no matter how many times she is reborn. Blushing at her words, he silently sips water but feels warm at her words. 

Eun-sung destroys the decorated table, feeling betrayed by Hae-in. His mother walks in and tells him that he might have felt neglected but she always kept an eye out for him and destroyed anyone who hurt him like his foster parents in the US and his orphanage director. Shocked at the statements, Eun-sung looks at her while Sol-hee admits that her goal is to leave him with all the comforts in the world – even if it means being declared the worst person in the world. 

The next day, Hae-in and Hyun-woo continue to act lovey-dovey as he pulls her to sleep on the sofa with him and they share a beautiful moment. Grace Goh meets with Sol-hee and Eun-sung at their house and double-crosses Hyun-woo. She tells them that he thinks the secret fund is in the house itself – shocking the mother and son. 

Hyun-woo and Hae-in stop at a scenic spot where Hyun-woo tells her that anyone who proposes here has lived a loving life together. He gives her a ring and tells her that while he cannot remarry her but wants her to take back the divorce. Feeling giddy for a second, she looks lovingly at him and brings herself back to reality – rejecting his proposal. 

She tells him how bad her situation has become and she does not want him to be around when she is worse. She sits in the car and breaks down while Hyun-woo cries, looking at the scenic view. Viewers get to know another shocking secret – the Chairman has not been taking any of the medication but rather pretending to fool Sol-hee. 

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The family get together to talk about the place where the Chairman would keep the secret fund and that’s when they think that it may be in the panic room. While nobody but the Chairman knows where the room is, they are scared that Eun-sung and Sol-hee will find it before them. Hyun-woo points out that the Chairman’s elevator has a special feature – there is a back door with a button that only he would know. 

In the night, Da-hye and Geon-u turn up in front of Soo-cheol after running away from that guy. Forgetting everything, he runs to hug them and his mother is immediately against them. Da-hye gives back the statue and promises to return all the cash she has taken. His mother does not agree but Soo-cheol takes a stand for them and takes them to his room. 

Da-hye warns Soo-cheol about the guy’s false allegations and tells him that she will be going with Geon-u. Soo-cheol angrily stops them and Da-hye breaks down in his arms, apologising over and again. It seems like the family is back together again. In the morning, Hae-in walks into Hyun-woo’s room and tries on the ring. Right then, Hyun-woo walks and she hides her hand. 

He takes the box and tells her he will be returning the ring to not put any pressure on her. Embarrassed at her actions, she puts the ring back in the box – shocking Hyun-woo. She makes up a lie and scurries out of the room. Enjoying her reaction, he declares that he will not be returning the ring. 

The family decide to find the panic room. Hyun-woo tells them that he spoke to the  Chairman’s doctor and found out that he is not getting the proper treatment – giving them the loophole to check on him as they are his family. 

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Like clockwork, the Chairman goes to hide the medication when Sol-hee finds him and shows her real side. She tells him that he can go back to his children if he tells her where the money is kept. Later, he wakes up alone in his bed, takes the pen left by Hae-in and makes a serious decision – to take his life. He throws himself off the stairs. 

The next day, the Hong family go to see him when they see an ambulance. Seeing the Chairman’s lifeless body, Beom-ja and Hae-in’s father break down. Soo-cheol tries to get him to wake up but to no avail. 

The family gather for his funeral and when they go to the house, Hyun-woo gets ready to fight Sol-hee tooth and nail but she lets them in the house. They get into the Chairman’s elevator and Hyun-woo finds the button hidden in the handle. He presses it and the back door opens, leading them to a room. 

The episode ends with an epilogue – Hyun-woo and Hae-in’s mothers look at Hyun-woo’s album and we find out that he saved a child who was drowning in the sea. The flashback shows a young Hae-in being saved by a young Hyun-woo but she is too traumatised to remember him as she looks at her lifeless brother. 

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Queen of Tears Episode 12 Review 

Queen of Tears is definitely known for their cliffhangers because What. An. Ending! Now that they have found the room, did they get there in time or did Eun-sung find it before they could get their hands on the funds? It is also sad that Beom-ja never got to make up with her dad before he went away. She was the most affected by the situation and now she will never get to talk to him again. 

Hae-in’s condition keeps worsening, especially when she is getting closer to her family, Hyun-woo and his family. Just when she got them, she seemed to be spiralling – which has gotten her understandably scared. Kim Ji-won has translated Hae-in’s feelings beautifully with her expressions and actions. Kim Soo-hyun continues to display his brilliant acting skills throughout the story! 

Park Sung-hoon as Eun-sung is definitely the right choice because the scene when Sol-hee tells him about how she always looked out for him makes the viewers feel for him. The realisation and the shock in his expression make us feel like we are right there with him. 

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Queen of Tears is streaming on Netflix.

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