empress ki episode recap

“Empress Ki” – Episode 31 – 32 Recap

By in Drama Recap posted Oct February 21st, 2014 No comments

“Empress Ki” – Episode 31 - 32 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:

This week, wuri Rinchan is taking two important finals so I’ll be recapping alone. I’m sure we all agree that school is more important so let’s cheer her on! As I’ve said, I’ve been watching this drama since the beginning but I think this week was the best so far. Maybe because the good guys are finally taking baby steps towards exterminating the evil? I’ve been wanting for a long time so I’m excited.

“Your pain is not even pain.”

Punishment In The Cold Palace

I’m not normally one who screeches for the villains to die. In fact, I’m usually very calm, requesting they just serve jail time (if warranted) or seek forgiveness from those they’ve wronged

“Empress Ki” – Episode 29 – 30 Recap

By in Drama Recap posted Oct February 13th, 2014 No comments

“Empress Ki” – Episode 29 - 30 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:

Episode 29 is the culmination of all the plotting done in the past episodes. The palace was flooded with a sea of tears and indignation originating from our villains, and brightened by our heroes smiles of victory. This was one evil, laughter inducing episode.

Wang Yoo’s new reality

“She is no longer your henchman or your lover”

Rinchan: Wang Yoo’s eyes gleamed with the thought of seeing Ki. He must be envisioning a near future where he can lovingly hold his fiancée and a distant future where he can cherish her and their children for their rest of their lives. However TalTal’s words shattered that, his life goals set with Ki in mind have been reduced to a pipe dream

“Empress Ki”- Episode 25 – 26 Recap

By in Drama Recap posted Oct January 31st, 2014 No comments

“Empress Ki”- Episode 25 - 26 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:


This week’s episodes were so awesome, it has placed me on a high that has circumvented my sorrow from the past episodes. Each week Empress Ki has pumped out episodes that are often fresh, exciting, and full of something to talk about, so in light of this, Tessie and I have decided to switch the format of our recap. Instead of a scene by scene recap, we will discuss what happened and put in our insights.

“So former enemies meet again. Fate is funny.”

Wang Yoo and Bi-Soo growing relationship

Rinchan: Before we get started on the juicy tidbits of what is going on in the palace, I think we should take a quick look at what is up outside the palace

“Empress Ki” – Episode 23 – 24 Recap

By in Drama Recap posted Oct January 31st, 2014 No comments

“Empress Ki” – Episode 23 - 24 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:

This week was equal parts heartbreak, frustration and excitement. Heartbreaking watching Ki suffer and frustrating watching the bad guys continue to win. But there is excitement that we’re moving into the revenge stage. Both ships have suffered blows however, there are signs a new ship is forming? LOL!
Tessieroo: Ki has her baby, alone in a cave. (depressing much?) It’s a boy and she names him “Byul” which means Star. In Yuan, Wang Yoo is thrown from his horse.

Rinchan: That baby’s cry was strong enough to knock some sense in his dad all the way from Yuan, I sense the burgeoning of strong, unconscious family ties here.

Tessieroo: Ki hears voices, she runs but they’re not far behind

“Empress Ki” – Episode 21 – Episode 22 Recap

By in Drama Recap posted Oct January 23rd, 2014 No comments


“Empress Ki” – Episode 21 - Episode 22 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:

I’ve been involved with this drama since the beginning and have met some truly wonderful people at the Soompi thread but I have to say, Rinchan’s posts are mature, patient and though-provoking. I (and many others) look forward to reading her posts so I asked her to co-recap Empress Ki. The Couch Kimchi ladies and I are hoping she’ll enjoy this experience so much that she’ll want to stick around and write about other dramas. *hehehe* So please welcome our first guest-writer – Rinchan!
Rinchan: Thanks again for the invitation, as well as the warm welcome. Empress Ki is the first drama that I have ever decided to post my thoughts on in Soompi and the people there, including Tess, have made it a fun, interesting place to not only share your thoughts, but read the thoughts of others

“Empress Ki” – Episode 19 – 20 Recap

By in Drama Recap posted Oct January 14th, 2014 No comments

“Empress Ki” – Episode 19 - 20 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:

I was going insane for new episodes of Empress Ki (and waiting for subs) to the point that I started to forget what this drama was about. (LOL) The award shows were nice, it was fun seeing our cast sitting together, laughing and talking. And it was really nice to see them win! But I wanted to get back to the show, I was up very early to catch both episodes live. Let’s talk about what happened!

The first of our love-triangle to Ki’s rescue is Wang Yoo. He stops Ki-Se and starts to carry her out only to be confronted with Ta Hwan, who demands he put Ki down. When Ta Hwan is informed that Wang Yoo not only has El Terror’s permission but that Ki has been released from servitude, he’s angry and shocked. I loved this because like many of you, I’m tired of seeing Ki serve tea

“Empress Ki” Episode 17 – 18 Recap

By in Drama Recap posted Oct January 14th, 2014 No comments

“Empress Ki” Episode 17 - 18 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:

Things moved along nicely, I’m happy with the pace since we have a long ways to go. We have a curse to deal with and we got to see a jealous Goryeo King! I’m thisclose to boarding the WY/SN ship but who knows where I’ll be next week. (LOL) My mind changes on an hourly basis.
We open on Wang Yoo flashing back on the intimate scene on the bridge. He breaks the cup he’s holding in frustration (anger? sadness? all of these?) cutting his hand. Ta Hwan watches Ki and teases that she only allowed him her back – why not a hug? (LOL) He suddenly pulls her close and covers her ears, telling her he wants to challenge El Terror but that she witnessed him weak makes him want to die. Can she hear him? If so, she pretends that she can’t.

While Ki reads to Ta Hwan, Wang Yoo is outside shooting arrows

“Empress Ki” – Episode 15 – 16 Recap

By in Drama Recap posted Oct January 14th, 2014 No comments

“Empress Ki” – Episode 15 - 16 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:


When I started this weeks recap, I realized I’d much rather just talk about what’s going on that do a scene-by-scene recap. I hope you don’t mind this sudden departure from my regular pattern! We’ll see how it goes, I might just do it this way from now on.

This week, we see Wang Yoo stepping up his plans to gain back his throne by defeating El Terror. It’s interesting that almost everyone wants to get rid of El Terror but Wang Yoo is the only person so far to take any actual steps towards this goal. I know Baek-Ahn and Tal Tal murdered one of El Terror’s men but it was my thinking that had to do with keeping El Terror from finding the Blood Vow before they do. Even if they find it, I’m not sure at this point what they would do with it

“Empress Ki” – Recap Week 7 (Episode 13-14)

By in Drama Recap posted Oct December 13th, 2013 No comments

“Empress Ki” – Recap Week 7 (Episode 13-14) by Couch-Kimchi:

He’s back, he’s back! Our smexy Goryeo King is back! *squeals of excitement*
Ta Hwan yells at Ki to go ahead and laugh at him, laugh at him for being such a fool. Ki tells him she won’t do anything for him. Gol-ta arrives to inform Ta Hwan that they are re-checking Lady Park’s pulse – at the interrogation grounds. Palace maids, including our nasty Yeon-hwa help Lady Park get ready when Tana Shiri’s evil maid arrives and has her dragged out.

Dowager Empress meets up with Tana Shiri and Ki-Se, they exchange more I love that neither of these women show fear! Tana Shiri believes once it’s proven that Lady Park isn’t pregnant, she can banish Dowager Empress to a temple. Ahahaha, that is SO not going to happen

“Empress Ki” – Recap Week 6 (Episode 11 – 12)

By in Drama Recap posted Oct December 12th, 2013 No comments

“Empress Ki” – Recap Week 6 (Episode 11 - 12) by Couch-Kimchi:

Tana Shiri dragged Ki into her plot but I fully believe our Ki is one smart woman. The problem is Ki-Se – he’s not about to let go of Ki easily and he knows much more about her than anyone. I don’t necessarily think Ki-Se is smarter than Ki but he’s much more willing to cross into evil territory to get what he wants, even if it means people die. He doesn’t care, he just wants to win.
Tana Shiri gives Ki the brown powder, Ki immediately asks if it’s poison? No, it’s something that will only harm the baby. She tells Ki if she does this, she will prepare the papers for Ki to live outside the Palace but any mistakes, Ki will die. Ki says to herself that Tana Shiri is just as evil as Ki-Se is. She doesn’t see room leader Yeon-hwa watching her

“Empress Ki” – Recap Week 6 (Episode 11 – 12)

By in Drama Recap posted Oct December 9th, 2013 No comments

“Empress Ki” – Recap Week 6 (Episode 11 - 12) by Couch-Kimchi:

Tana Shiri dragged Ki into her plot but I fully believe our Ki is one smart woman. The problem is Ki-Se – he’s not about to let go of Ki easily and he knows much more about her than anyone. I don’t necessarily think Ki-Se is smarter than Ki but he’s much more willing to cross into evil territory to get what he wants, even if it means people die. He doesn’t care, he just wants to win.
Tana Shiri gives Ki the brown powder, Ki immediately asks if it’s poison? No, it’s something that will only harm the baby. She tells Ki if she does this, she will prepare the papers for Ki to live outside the Palace but any mistakes, Ki will die. Ki says to herself that Tana Shiri is just as evil as Ki-Se is. She doesn’t see room leader Yeon-hwa watching her

“Empress Ki” – Recap Week 5 (Episode 9-10)

By in Drama Recap posted Oct December 9th, 2013 No comments

“Empress Ki” – Recap Week 5 (Episode 9-10) by Couch-Kimchi:

Ah, the holidays – it’s when family descends on your home and interrupts your drama viewing. (LOL) Not that I don’t love my family and turkey but how to explain how important it is to watch this weeks episodes of Empress Ki? I described the plot and our baby Emperor finally seeing Ki so they would allow me some time alone with my computer. At least until the pie is ready. Must have pie. *hee*

As Ta Hwan makes his way to the concubine quarters, he runs into Ki and orders her to look at him. He stares into her face and mutters that she looks really similar. *facepalm* Dowager Empress shows up to try forcing him to visit Lady Park. He’s not interested in her dancing and gets angry with Dowager Empress. He storms out, passing by Ki and glancing at her again

“Empress Ki” – Recap Week 4 (Episode 7 – 8)

By in Drama Recap posted Oct December 9th, 2013 No comments

“Empress Ki” – Recap Week 4 (Episode 7 - 8) by Couch-Kimchi:

I’m continually amazed at the story progression and the pace of this drama – things move quickly. That suits me just fine – I hate repetition, flashbacks upon flashbacks, long silent staring and no character development. Having said that, I don’t expect much just yet – it’s still very early.
In episode 7, our creepy brother Ki-Se “smells” that Ki is a woman and rips open her shirtt. He orders her dressed and brought to his tent, while Byung-Soo stares at Ki like he can’t believe it. Two of the Goryeo slaves are brought in to dress her up and apply make-up. She’s brought to Ki-Se’s quarters and he’s momentarily speechless at her beauty. She’s forced to her knees, her hands tied.

Ki immediately scouts the room, finding the location of the cross-bows

“Empress Ki” – Recap Week 3 (Episode 5 – 6)

By in Drama Recap posted Oct December 9th, 2013 No comments

“Empress Ki” – Recap Week 3 (Episode 5 - 6) by Couch-Kimchi:

As I suspected, the light humorous stuff is over and we’re heading into darker territory. I thoroughly enjoyed the time Ki spent with our petulant, whiny Ta Hwan but I guess it was time to move the story forward. (LOL) Speaking of, this drama moves very quickly – there is no time wasted with meaningless fluff. I hope we’re able to keep that up for 50 episodes? Pray with me.
Ki wakes up in the forest to discover Ta Hwan is gone. She frantically runs around looking only to discover he’s been caught in a trap and is hanging by one ankle upside-down. LMAO! He begs her to cut him down, promising that he won’t run off again. These two fight all the time – it’s hilarious. She ties him to her so he can’t run while he continues to protest that if they return to Goryeo, they’ll both die

“Empress Ki” – Recap Week 2 (Episode 3 – 4)

By in Drama Recap posted Oct December 9th, 2013 No comments

“Empress Ki” – Recap Week 2 (Episode 3 - 4) by Couch-Kimchi:

This drama has turned out to be a welcome surprise. I’m not sure what I expected – violence, political maneuvering, and boring scenes with old men talking. I laughed through most of both episodes this week, I certainly wasn’t expecting this much humor. I’m already extremely attached to all 3 lead characters which probably won’t be good when it’s time to pick a ship.
Wang Yoo has figured out evil Wang Go’s plan. He’s hoping the Yuan Prince is killed in Goryeo which would result in war – with the blame being placed squarely on Wang Yoo. Goryeo would be destroyed, Wang Yoo tossed out on his ear and Wang Go would become King. Wang Yoo rides out to meet Ta Hwan to offer protection, which would keep Goryeo protected as well

Empress Ki: Episode 1 – 2 Recap

By in Drama Recap posted Oct December 9th, 2013 No comments



Empress Ki: Episode 1 - 2 recap by daebakdramas

Empress Ki/Hwatu/기황후 started last week after MBC’s previous sageuk drama (and sadly snooze-fest) “Goddess of Fire Jung Yi”. I consider this a one-off recap for now since Empress Ki will be 50 episodes long and I don’t know if I can hold out that long… Sageuks in general tend to lose me after the first 16 episodes

Kdrama “Empress Ki” Episode 3 and 4 Recap

By in Drama Recap posted Oct November 9th, 2013 No comments

This drama has turned out to be a welcome surprise. I’m not sure what I expected – violence, political maneuvering, and boring scenes with old men talking. I laughed through most of both episodes this week, I certainly wasn’t expecting this much humor. I’m already extremely attached to all 3 lead characters which probably won’t be good when it’s time to pick a ship.
Wang Yoo has figured out evil Wang Go’s plan. He’s hoping the Yuan Prince is killed in Goryeo which would result in war – with the blame being placed squarely on Wang Yoo. Goryeo would be destroyed, Wang Yoo tossed out on his ear and Wang Go would become King. Wang Yoo rides out to meet Ta Hwan to offer protection, which would keep Goryeo protected as well.

We left off with Ki discovering Ta Hwan inside her quarters, watching her take a sponge bath, partially clothed

Korean Drama Pride and Prejudice Episode 3 Episode 4 Recap and Screenshots

By in News posted Oct November 7th, 2014 No comments
by Couch-kimchi:A few details were revealed, we learned more about Yeol-Moo past. We also met her Mom, who is most likely crazy from grief and we learned the reason Yeol-Moo dropped Dong Chi but we’ll need more to understand why she thinks he’s a murderer. Ratings for this drama are strong, beating outSecret Door and Tomorrow’s Cantabile to remain #1 in its time slot. I’m gonna make a wild guess that part of it is due to the power of Baek Jin Hee again.Those of you who watched Empress Ki with me will remember the Korean audience being very vocal in their adoration of this actress, to the point that the script was changed to extend her part. I’m sure Choi Jin Hyuk is loved as well but the very tiny Baek Jin Hee has become a mighty draw on TV when she’s paired with a great script. All those pieces are falling into place with this drama, at least for now

“Empress Ki” and “Triangle” Drama Cast Meet on Set

By in News posted Oct May 1st, 2014 No comments

Empress Ki” recently aired their final episode on April 29. The MBC drama series to fill in the Monday and Tuesday evening time slots formerly held by the highly popular drama series will be, “Triangle” featuring JYJ member Jaejoong. On April 28, the cast of both dramas met up since their sets are fairly close to one another.

In the photos, several of the actors from each drama can be seen greeting each other and chatting away. The photos were shared on the official forum for the drama, “Triangle.”

“Triangle” is about three orphaned brothers who reunite after being separated 20 years ago by an unfortunate event. Jaejoong is set to play the second-oldest brother, Heo Young Dahl who turns to a life of thuggery and is willing to do anything to scrape by while trying to forget the traumatic events of his youth

Ha Ji Won Takes Her Final Photo as “Empress Ki”

By in News posted Oct April 30th, 2014 No comments

Actress Ha Ji Won took her final photo as Empress Ki, as the MBC drama going by the same name prepared to air its final episode.

On April 29, Ha Ji Won’s agency released the photo with the caption, “This is Ha Ji Won on the day of the filming for the final episode of ‘Empress Ki.’”

In the photo, Ha Ji Won is seen dressed in her ornate costume and makeup as Empress Ki. She holds up the “Empress Ki” drama script while looking at the camera. Her expression can be seen as a mixture of happiness, contentment, and sadness that the drama series has already come to an end.

In related news, “Empress Ki” aired its final episode on April 29.

Netizen who saw the photo commented, “Ha Ji Won, good work!” and “Ha Ji Won, congratulations on finishing up your drama!”

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