Queen of Tears Episode 15 Recap and Review: Kim Ji-won Falls Into Park Sung-hoon’s Trap

Queen of Tears Episode 15 Recap and Review: In the last episode, Hyun-woo informs Hae-in regarding the side effect of the surgery – causing her to choose between death and living a life with no memories. They find themselves at a crossroads while Eun-sung plans a devious trap for the couple. 

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An accident planned by Sol-hee gives Hae-in perspective on Hyun-woo’s feelings and decides to go ahead with the surgery. In the meantime, Eun-sung frames Hyun-woo for the broker’s murder to take his place when Hae-in wakes up from the surgery – causing a shift in Hae-in’s relationships. 

Queen of Tears Episode 15

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 talented actors like 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. 

Queen of Tears Episode 15 Recap 

The episode starts with Hyun-woo reading the diary left by Hae-in as the latter thinks of him the entire time. The scene moves to Eun-sung finding the diary and burning it – in hopes that Hae-in never gets to see it. We are back at the end of the last episode where Eun-sung continues to feed meaningless lies to Hae-in regarding Hyun-woo and her family. 

He pretends as though he broke the car glass trying to save her during the accident and Hae-in just takes in all the new information. He changes doctors and nurses to ensure that his plan is not exposed to Hae-in. They fly back to South Korea and her family rejoices upon seeing her. Her lukewarm reaction dims the joy but they try to make her understand however, she does not listen to them and walks away with Eun-sung. 

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Hyun-woo, on the other hand, is hard at work with his friends as they go around, finding evidence regarding the murder. He looks through all the possibilities to find any loophole that can save him. Eun-sung takes Hae-in into her house and confronts Sol-hee for causing the accident in Germany. He threatens her with incriminating evidence that proves her involvement in poising the Chairman and warns her to stay away from him as well as Hae-in. 

The next day, Hae-in goes to meet Hyun-woo at the prison and immediately, there is a shift in energy as she lays her eyes on Hyun-woo. Her heart races as she stares at the face of the man she loves. He immediately asks about her health and she accuses him of cheating on her and committing murder. He tries to caution her about Eun-sung but she pays no heed to it. Even after walking away from him, her heart yearns for Hyun-woo. 

She goes to the Queens Department Store with Eun-sung where she meets with Secretary Na and asks her about herself. With many people coming forward to thank her for her kindness, she akins herself to Mother Teresa. Secretary Na fears telling her the truth about her and Hyun-woo as she may lose her job. 

Hyun-woo’s first hearing goes well as his and Hae-in’s family gather to support him. Eun-sung lies in the background smugly – hoping he loses the trial. However, his friends come prepared and they display a plethora of evidence that proves Hyun-woo’s innocence. After winning the case, Eun-sung begins to think of new ways to keep Hae-in away from Hyun-woo. 

Hae-in drags Secretary Na along with her to follow Hyun-woo as he leaves the prison. She keeps track of his traits as well as his behaviour towards his family. She becomes perplexed at seeing Soo-cheol with them – questioning the odd family dynamics. Hyun-woo’s family and Beom-ja organise a party for him when Beom-ja expresses her feelings to Yeong-song and the whole village hears it through her lapel mic. Embarrassed beyond belief, she runs away as the villagers and her nephew tease her. 

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Soo-cheol, on the other hand, becomes a hero as he saves Da-hye from her ex and the other goons. Hyun-woo’s brother also comes to his rescue as he falls from exhaustion and pain. Da-hye calls him ‘Geon-u’s Appa’ and cries in relief when he responds. 

Eun-sung gets into trouble when the company’s directors inform him about the ‘change of chairman’ meeting as the investors got to know about his 2.3 trillion KRW investment fraud. Hyun-woo and Hae-in’s family keep track of his movements to make sure he faces dire consequences for his actions. 

Hyun-woo and Hae-in enter a weird phase in their relationship as Hae-in wishes to not see him around, causing continuous heartbreaks for Hyun-woo. They end up meeting at the aquarium. Turns out, Hae-in organised the date before the surgery as an informal wedding ceremony for them. Hae-in cannot believe her eyes but Hyun-woo convinces her to doubt everything around her – especially Eun-sung. 

She goes back to meet Eun-sung and sees an incriminating piece of evidence – the video of her grandfather’s last moments before he went into a coma. She tries to make sense of it when Eun-sung walks in. He proposes marriage but she refrains from answering the question and walks away. At home, she finds the parcel from Germany – the diary she wrote for herself and Hyun-woo! 

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She reads the diary and realises the mistake she made. She remembers her first meeting, their dating phase, their marriage and how they were before the surgery. She tells herself to never forget Baek Hyun-woo because he is the reason why she did not want the surgery in the first place but also the one who convinced her to get better. 

She rushes to meet him and sees him across the road. Eun-sung receives the notification that she has left the house. Hyun-woo sees her across the road as she cries profusely. Before they can meet, a bus comes in front of them and she vanishes. He moves forward to find her but gets hit by a car. The epilogue shows that Eun-sung sees Hyun-woo and Hae-in from afar – indicating that he caused the accident. 

Queen of Tears Episode 15 Review

As the penultimate episode, it does not carry the excitement compared to the previous episodes. It seems as though writers are desperately trying to tie all loose ends together – and they are not doing a great job of hiding it. The fact that Eun-sung continues to have an upper hand even in the penultimate episode is sort of ridiculous. We hope they end the series on a better note.

Kim Soo-hyun, Kim Ji-won and Park Sung-hoon continue to deliver excellently with their expressions and dialogue, but that isn’t enough to compensate for the speedy story-telling in this episode.

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Queen of Tears is streaming on Netflix.

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