Okay, we are back and will hopefully find out how Gon found Tae-eul so fast! I have a feeling that there was a lot going on behind the scenes that we weren’t privy to in the last episode.
But more than that, I want to find out about the Prime Minister in Korea. She didn’t convert to the dark side did she? I mean, I like Lee Rim and all, but I still want him to lose.
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How we do this: This live recap will be in two parts and we segment each post around every 10 minutes. Sometimes sooner, sometimes later depending on the scene. There will be typos which we have fantasies of fixing once the episode finishes airing. Also, if there is a preview then we will try and translate it. Look for that at the bottom or on a separate post!
KOREAN DRAMA THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH RECAP EPISODE 12 – PART 1
A dish clanks on the floor. Eunseob sees it and helps the other patient. This patient has a 2G phone.
Cut to a woman who is struggling on the floor. It is Song Jung-hye. She is trying to kill herself again so her wrists are slit but not slit enough to bleed out.
Two people are trying to put her to sleep and fix it. She yells that they really want to be a god. They kill the person who wants to live and keep the person alive who wants to die. She falls asleep.
The doctor tells the man that she will take care of the rest.
Other men are watching from a CCTV. They talk about how they have a new manager.
NARI AND YOUNG
Nari and Young start to talk about Dejavu while outside her cafe. She mentions that she was in radio and explains Deva vu. She says she saw herself. It was someone who looked just like her and they were with someone who looked just like you. This person had short hair that looked like me. The person like you wore patient clothing.
Young asks, patient?
Cut to Eeun-seob seeing Nari in the hospital. He runs up and hugs her and yells her name. But this person is actually Seung-ah, not Nari. So Seung-ah says that he is under a lot of drugs so of course he could hallucinate right now.
He stops hugging her. She asks, who is Nari? Why does everyone tell me I am like Nari? Eun-seob remembers that Young told him Seung-ah is in public relations. So he tells her that he did not say Nari, he said Na-eu-ri (I will be well) that is what I wanted.
Saeung-ah asks how he thinks a person like him who can’t lie can get away with this? Eun-seob remembers that this girl was the one that Young told him about, the one who has pretty eyes.
He tells her to save her phone number and not give it to others. Then he rolls his IV away. When he gets far enough away he congratulates himself on not getting figured out and then thinks that that face is pretty in a different world. He starts to think about Nari and starts to cry pitifully.
Meanwhile, Nari is cleaning dishes in her cafe and talks about how something is weird with Eun-seob. Did he have a weird dream again? But then Seo-ryung walks in (or her lookalike?) and asks if she can see the menu. It looks like it is Seu-ryung from Corea.
Nari explains the menu so Seo-ryung says she will have a particular coffee to go. But then Young comes in. They both stare at each other.
Nari asks why Young came so early? Your siblings are not done yet with Taekwondo. So Young has to turn on the Eun-seob feels and asks for Japchae.
Nari gives Seo-ryung her coffee and apologizes for Eun-seob. Seo-ryung thanks her and heads out. Young asks if he can borrow Nari’s car and shows her that he got a license.
Gon is riding in a car. It looks like this is before the battle. He thinks, just wait there, I will find you.
Cut to Gon telling people in his task force that they need to find the person in this photo. It is in a hurry and it is also a favor to me. All the people say yes. it looks like this is a super tech team with a wall of screens showing tons of CCTV locations.
The employees all get to work trying to find her.
Then Gon gets a call from Young/Eun-seob. He says that inspector called and said that he found Luna. Gon asks to be connected right away. he also reminds Eun-seob to remember to lower his voice.
Cut to Gon looking at Tae-eul running on the CCTV. He takes a few deep breathes and then tells someone that he checked the image. The detective says it looks like this is Luna. Gon tells him it is not the person he was looking for, but thank you.
Then Gon runs to the tech room and gives them a ton of details on what they need to do.
Young races after Seung-ah. They are both in expensive sports cars? Or at least Young is in Nari’s expensive sports car. Young calls a person to met him at Yeo-i-do. it looks like this person is Shin-jae. Young tells him that it is okay if he owes him.
Shin-jae’s mother is taking care of Nam in her room. The suspicious guard is there as well. Nam asks this guard if she found everything out? The guard tells her about the alibi of the person that worked in he palace. Three people did not have anything. But Park went out twice and went to the bookstore in the lower town. The day she left if the same day that the emperor was missing. That day she left, she burned this.
She hands her a partially burned photo. The guard says that the reason she is telling her this today is because the bookstore was the location of the rebels. Nam is shocked. How can that kind of person come to the palace?
The guard explains that she came in as a descendant of a national medal winner. She tells her about a person named Min who has a record of losing her son. Nam might remember this person. She looks at the photo.
Then we cut to this woman. She put poison inside someones food. Nam comes to stand in front of this woman and slaps her. The woman falls to the ground. Nam yells, are you the thief! What is your real name? Are you the Min-sun that lost your son a long time ago?
But then Min-sun starts to bleed from her mouth and falls on the ground. it looks like she killed herself. Nam tells everyone not to say anything or she will ask for three generations of their family for their sin.
Then Nam tells them to take this woman to the other side of the palace, they need to save her. Nam wants to find out who shut her mouth.
Young catches up to Seo-ryung and swerves the car in front of her, stopping her car. She hops out and yells for him to drive properly.
he tells her that she should not get killed here, Prime Minister. She asks, do you think I am a Gongwon? You have the wrong person. He says he thinks he has the right person. She asks, why are you mistaken? That is dangerous.
But then a car drives by and shoots Young. He gets shot in the shoulder/chest and falls to the ground. Everyone gasps and runs to him. Seo-ryung looks at him and then leaves.
Shin-jae gets there and runs to him. He tells everyone that this is okay, it is their practice, he is fine.
Then we see that Young is really fine, he was wearing a bullet proof vest so he only has muscle damage and a bug bruise. Shin-jae asks what he is doing in the Kingdom of Korea to not even go to the hospital after a gun shot?
Shin-jae also tells Young to drive the car back to Nari and wonders what kind of place the Kingdom of Korea is for people to just shoot a gun like that?
Young throws him a drink to open the lid for him since he doesn’t have the strength and says that he should not say the Kings name or he is executed. Shin-jae tells him he is only the emperor for him. Young reminds him that he knows the emperor is his emperor, you saw him crying.
Shin-jae asks, how long have you been guarding him? Young says ever since he was 4. The emperor was 8. It was the first time I saw him after he became the emperor. I thought about it, I hope he is happy.
Shin-jae asks what he should say? Are you two dating? Young smiles and says they do have some kind of scandal. You and Inspector Jung maintain the country with your life. For me, that is the emperor. Shin-jae asks why that person cried?
Young says it was his fathers funeral and his first official job of the Kingdom. Shin-jae asks, he doesn’t have a father? Young explains that he died by his brothers sword and the emperor saw it. After that night, our Emperor became the Emperor that sleeps next to death.
Gon rides up on his horses with dozens of his men who are also on horses. Young keeps narrating.
VO – Save her, she will be the Empress.
Gon unsheathes his sword and rides with determination.
VO – Right now it is the safest, but also a dangerous war zone. I think the Emperor went to a new fight.
Gon hops off his horse and starts to fight the other men
VO – If this is fate, then I need to follow it.
Tae-eul is all bloody and crying and standing in the middle of the road. Gon fights his way to her. They take out all the men. Then he hands his sword to one of his guards and runs to her.
He gives her a big hug when he gets to her and his guards stand guard around the two of them. They hug for awhile. Then she stops hugging him and says that she will omit thanking him. He says she omits too much. She looks at him and says, I missed you. I missed you. I missed you.
Then she buries her head in his chest again. She says that her gun has two more shots. So he shoots the gun off to the side and throws it away. he tells her that they should go. But she collapses so he carried her away.
He carries her all the way through the palace to the bedroom and lays her in bed. She is completely passed out.
Nam comes in looking super worried for Gon and why blood is all over him. He says it isn’t my blood. Then he asks her if she is okay? The women that I like are all sick. He looks from her to Tae-eul.
Then we see him fretting in another room as the doctor checks over Tae-eul. The doctor leaves and bows to Gon. Then Nam and the other doctor come out. Nam asks, are you still here? Why didn’t you come in? Gon says she told him to step out.
The doctor explains that all the dehydration will be treated soon. Nam tells him that he can go inside, I will take care of the doctor. Gon thanks her and Nam and the doctor head out.
Gon goes to sit by Tae-eul’s bedside. He quietly looks at her sleeping. She slowly turns her head and opens her eyes. He lightly rubs her head and tells her to sleep more.
TE – Why do you want me to sleep? Now I can see you properly. I am super messed up right?
Gon – No, you look like a big bandaid but a very pretty bandaid.
TE – How did you find me?
Gon – I am pretty normal here.
TE – I was drinking water at the taekwondo gym and I passed out. That made me realize how important tasting is.
Gon – you can tell me slowly after you get better.
TE – I thought that was our last moment. In the bamboo forest.
Gon – A lot happened, that is why I shouldn’t go there.
TE – That is good, I thought the gate was closed.
Gon – Don’t worry. When the door closes, I will open all the doors in the universe to see you.
TE – You should come. And…Eun-seob?
Gon – Well, Eun-seob is in the hospital. he is fine. That is one of the big things that happened.
TE – Okay…when I wake up, lets see Eun-seob first. I miss him.
Gon – Did you just tell me that you want to see another man?
TE – How is Jo Young?
Gon – You are before Jo Young to me.
TE – Ah…it hurts…
Gon – You opened your eyes. You wanted to see me again.
TE – Just get out.
GOn – This is my room.
TE – Okay…I want to (mumbles something).
She passes out again. He tucks her in and kisses her on the forehead.