‘Kung Fu’ Recap: Season 3, Episode 2 “Risk”


In “Risk,” Mei-Li needs to make a tough decision about Harmony Dumplings as Pei-Ling struggles to remember how she got home from the realm. Althea gets an offer she can’t refuse from the DA, and Nicky teams up with Bo once again to help put a dangerous adversary behind bars. Read on to find out what happened in the latest episode of Kung Fu!

Hard Bargain

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As part of trying to recover from the earthquake, Mei-Li and Jin discuss partnering with a restaurant investment group. The duo who are sent to negotiate drive a hard bargain, with one essentially insulting every aspect of their business. Unwilling to give up control over her business, Mei-Li turns down the deal.

But the other associate, Carrie, takes a different approach. She reassures Mei-Li that the reason the company was even interested in the first place was because of the quality of her food and the dining experience. She gives her pointers on how to negotiate what she wants. In the end and with Carrie’s help, Mei-Li gets the deal she deserves to save the restaurant.

Mostly Dead Is Still Slightly Alive

Zhilan wanders through a deserted realm. But she’s not alone for long: a young warrior gathers firewood in a canyon below. A hood figure approaches behind her with a sword and Zhilan tries to warn her, but it’s too late. The dark warrior hits the woman with his sword, and her eyes glow purple before she vanishes. Zhilan hides, and right when the warrior is about to find her, someone pulls her away from behind.

That someone is Simon, who is less than thrilled that the person he saved is also his murderer. He tells her the warrior is known as The Harvester — he’s hunting down each soul in this realm one by one. Zhilan shares that she thought she was alone in Hell when she woke up and begs him to let her stay, even apologizing for his death. But Simon doesn’t trust her, and he has his own crew to protect. They part ways.

But the Harvester comes for Simon, and Zhilan saves him. Despite being nicked by the blade, she lives. Simon realizes the reason why: Zhilan never died in the other realm, so she was pulled here alive. Zhilan is not dead, but she’s trapped.

Stuck Between Worlds

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Evan has some good and bad news for Althea. Good: the DA is willing to drop the criminal charges against her. Bad: in exchange, Althea can’t use the internet for a full year. While helping Nicky and Ryan, she tries to decide whether or not to take the deal. Hacking and her skill with a computer is her identity, though Evan tries to reassure her that she’s worth more than that.

Pei-Ling still doesn’t know how she got to our world, or where she got her mysterious necklace. Nicky tries to reassure her that they can figure it out in time — she’s just glad to have her back. Pei-Ling meditates and remembers seeing Zhilan’s body in the other realm, which distresses her.

Nicky worries that Xiao is using Pei-Ling to get back to our world. She goes to Althea and Ryan for help since they still have Xiao’s old notes to sift through. Ryan decides to look into those while Althea is focused on the task of figuring out who tried to bomb the two of them. He finds out that Xiao had the gift of crossing between worlds, which would explain how she ended up in the afterlife in the first place. Nicky shares a drawing of the necklace Pei-Ling is wearing to see if the symbol rings any bells.

Ryan finds that the necklace was designed to be a tether to help Xiao bring the resurrected Emperor back with her. In theory, destroying the pendant should sent Xiao back if she used it to hitch a ride to Earth with Pei-Ling. But the two worry that it could also send Pei-Ling back.

Anthony gives a speech to the community, but Jin has pointed questions about the promises that the mayor hasn’t kept. Another woman gets up to discuss the increase in robberies and security concerns, getting the crowd on her side by saying that if it wasn’t for “that girl” they’d be in a lot of trouble. After the meeting, a man approaches her and gets the information that “the Shen girl” is the one keeping crime down. Jin apologizes to Anthony for starting the discussion, but Anthony says the criticism was bound to come up. He explains that the crime bill, Ordinance 11, would give away control over their community and he’s not willing to do that. He asks Jin to help him connect with the community and get them to trust him.

Evan and Althea find out that the bombing was the brainchild of Max, the man from the meeting and a disaster consultant whose job involves causing chaos in the wake of disasters to bring profits. The recent crime wave was manufactured by him to help pass the crime bill. A few keystrokes later, Althea has enough evidence to prove his involvement with gang activity.

But Max gets to Althea first, forcing her out of the bar where she was supposed to meet Dennis. Max wants her to erase the files that tie him to the gang activity. Bo, Dennis, Evan, and Nicky work to counteract Althea’s maneuvers in order to find her while she outfoxes Max’s gang on her end. As he’s about to kill her, the lights go out and she’s able to run away.

It’s Nicky and Bo, who make quick work of the gang. While the prior evidence was deleted, Althea’s abduction and attempted murder is more than enough to put Max behind bars. She tells Dennis about the deal with the DA, noting that if she can get through this, she can get through anything. Nicky thanks Bo for helping, and he says he did it because he likes her.

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Pei-Ling and Nicky talk, and both decide they need to destroy the necklace to stop Xiao. They say an emotional goodbye as they destroy the necklace, but Pei-Ling is fine. to celebrate, Nicky goes out with Bo, and they kiss.

Quest for the Compass

In Cyprus, Henry meets up with Grant Harrison about the compass. While Grant doesn’t believe that he’s Danny’s son at first, Henry convinces him by knowing significant details. They realize that while the search was a dead end in China, the artifact could have ended up in Iceland. They travel there and find it, and it reacts to Henry by lighting up. Grant is killed by a sniper, and Henry has to rush away as guards sweep in.

You can catch Kung Fu on Wednesday nights in its new time slot at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on The CW. As always, make sure to stay up to date with all of our coverage here, and stay tuned for more updates!

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