This is part 2 for our recap for The King: Eternal Monarch!
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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 2
Three men in the Kingdom of Korea talk about how the King is a trouble maker. He went out to suppress the troublemakers himself and now he is announcing the Empress?
The camera pulls away so see that there are actually a lot of men talking about this all around a meeting table. One of the men says that announcing the new Empress among a blood zone is symbolic. We have to find out which family she is from.
They wonder how long the Prime Minister will be in bed. They have the empress being announced and the Prime Ministers ratings went down so she should be sick.
The man at the head of the table says that when the in-laws are in power then that is big trouble for the country. Even the fish market mom created a lot of trouble. We need to find out everything we can about her.
They all get started looking up information on Tae-eul.
Luna looks at the phone list in her phone. She goes to eat something at a chicken place and looks through her cell phone at whatever is in it. It looks like she is looking through Tae-euls cell phone.
She sees that Tae-eul searched how to keep a flower alive.
Then their group talk starts. The cops talk back and forth about what they should eat for dinner. This is real time. Rose says that he saw that they are checking the message so what do you think we should eat?
All the officers show up at the police station and wonder where Tae-eul is. One of the cops tells Shin-jae that Tae-eul went on vacation. The boss wonders why his employees are doing this to him and taking turns with their vacations?
Shin-jae looks at his phone and sees a message from Tae-eul that says she is getting some fresh air, don’t worry.
Tae-eul wakes with a start. The doctor tells her not to worry, he is just exchanging some of her things. The head nurse is there as well and tells her not to worry, the Emperor wants me to bring you out.
Tae-eul goes downstairs, all the maids are outside so Tae-eul asks what is going on. They tell her that the emperor is washing rice in his uniform. She asks, what? Then peeks inside.
he is indeed washing rice in his pristine white uniform. He tells her that she is wake now? You should have woken up earlier. She closes the door. He asks, where are you going? I am washing this for you!
Tae-eul is a bit embarrassed outside so she puts on a smile and goes back inside the kitchen and tells him to make it! Okay!
Nam is not happy about this at all, but she does not say anything about it.
He makes her a nice spread of a meal. She says that she could not leave because she was hungry. You do not have a middle ground.
Gon – That is why I am a natural born minister. When you search, I am the King.
TE – I told you I am sensitive before I eat.
Gon – Enjoy this slowly.
TE – It might not have been me, what if it is a me lookalike?
Gon – I am dating someone who is crossing the universe. But that person ties her hair in an important moment. And she couldn’t tie it properly so some hair sticks out. And she does not know it because she does not see it. And before talking, you want beer, not tea. You mix beer and soju.
TE – *chuckles*
Gon – But, when she needs courage then she becomes a warrior, she is that kind of person.
TE – Eat and we can go see Eun-seob.
Gon – if I feed you, you say what you want to say?
TE – But where are my clothes? I did not see them, did you wash them?
Cut to them standing and racks of clothing are rolled in for them. She asks, no dresses? He tells her that the dresses are on that side and even more dresses are rolled in. She mutters that she was joking. Then she picks out something.
He tells her that he knew it, he was just bragging that he had this many pretty dresses.
She notices his emperor clothing. She ask when he wears that outfit? He says it is the most important moment. Like the moment I held flowers. What flowers do you like?
She remembers him giving her flowers in that outfit. He said he never gave her flowers and crossed the universe to give it to her.
In the present, she tells him that she doesn’t like flowers (okay, this scene makes it seem like the flower scene did not happen yet to Gon? Like perhaps he came from the future and gave her flowers?).
She goes to change. Inside the jacket pocket is a pink box with a necklace inside. She puts it on. But then she takes it off and puts it back inside the box.
Later, he asks her if she found something inside the pocket? She starts to talk about a plum tree blossom. She says it was pretty and has symbolism for Korea. It was so pretty so she wanted to wear it in an honorable moment when she doesn’t have any wound.
She also asks, how did you know that I would pick these clothes? He doesn’t answer and says that they should go.
But we see a flashback of his employees taking the pink box out of all the pockets.
Eun-seob gets word that the King is coming to visit him. But then he hears someone say, Seob! he turns his head and sees Tae-eul there.
He runs up and hugs her. Tae-eul happily hugs him as well. he explains how brave he was. he asks her why she looks like that , she says she just had something and tells him he did a good job.
Gon tells Eun-seob that he brought his favorite bread from that store so they sit to have some. They actually eat a cake bread that is rolled and stuffed. He says it is super good and thinks that his siblings would like it a lot.
Tae-eul asks if he thinks about Nari? He kind of says no. Tae-eul tells him that Nari and Young do not have a good relationship. He is not as handsome as before. Eun-seob says he told him that style was not good, I knew he would do that.
Cut to Gon and Tae-eul at the warehouse where she was abducted. Dozens of people are there spraying something in a CSI kind of way. Tae-eul and Gon are wearing face masks.
They go outside and talk about Lee Rim and how he was the one that should have abducted her. he asks if she saw that umbrella in his hand? I told you that we both have half of what the other wants. I think he hid that in his umbrella. He should know where mine is.
She thinks that whoever takes that thing, the door closes to whoever took it. So there is a war of who gets it first? Gon says no, it is a war of not getting yours taken. This is an all or nothing fight.
She tells him that he is at a disadvantage in this situation. You should have it. He asks, what should I do? You shouldn’t yell at me about it. She starts to sniffle. He tells her not to worry. He will not take it from me. If you still worry then we can pray together for the gods blessing.
Later on, they walk hand in hand to a temple. Gon tells her that it is the only place that is the same in the two different worlds. She asks, really? Why did you find it? He says that his parents got married here. My father fell in love with my mother after he gave a speech at a seminar. It was the world science forum. My mother was a scientist. My mother was catholic so my father studied Catholicism every week here. That is how they got married and had me. Mother died three years later, she was weak. I don’t remember it, I just heard it. I am happy that you are listening to it.
Tae-eul tells him that he grew up well. They also omitted a lot of things. When I was five, my dad and mom ran the gym together. She was a popular coach, but died from cancer. I still wear my mothers blackbelt.
He softly pats her head and says that she grew up well.
The catholic priest comes out to greet Gon. He says he did not hear that he was coming. Gon tells him it is not official, I just stopped by. Can you keep a secret well?
The Priest says yes. Gon asks if he can take a photo of them? I want to have her photo.
So the Priest takes a photo of them, but the time stops. It should be for a long time this time. Gon looks at her, frozen and Nam voices over.
VO – What is the reason that you are doing this? Just sitting at the creek alone.
Nam is reading the poetry book.
VO – When the green plants sprout. And the water is waving with the spring wind. Your promise of leaving but not leaving forever was there. Every day sitting by the creek. Thinking about something.
Gon starts to cry.
VO – Living, but not living forever. Is that the request not to forget?
He rubs the tears away from his eyes and steps away for a moment. Then he steps back and takes the photo. Time starts again right when he smiles.
Tae-eul sits in bed. The doctor tells him no drinking and all those doctorly things. Gon stands next to the bed.
After the doctor leaves, he asks her, drinking? She tells him that it is just one drink for circulation. I am tired, just go.
He reminds her that this is his room. She says, oh, yeah. So where did you sleep? He says here, next to you when you were sleeping. It is a big bed.
She hits him and asks if he is crazy! But then the lighting and thunder strikes and he grips his shoulder. She sys she did not hit him that hard. So he tells her about the wound he has that Young told him about.
Actually, everyone gets this lighting scar all across them.
Tae-eul asks, what happened? Gon tells her that he thinks this is the side effect of crossing both worlds. Are you okay? She says she thinks she is okay and unbuttons her shirt to show him.
He turns his head and feigns surprise. She tells him that he sees way more than this in summer. But he takes a peek and tells her that it is fine. Then they talk about crossing the door. There must have been a rule that was broken.
She asks, is it that? She mentions luck about getting stuck by lighting. He mutters something about executing her. She leans her neck forward and says that he should execute her then.
He leans in and kisses her neck.
TE – Hey…
Gon – I told you about the execution.
TE – I will kill you
He kisses her again. They look at each other and keep kissing.
LEE RIM, KOREA
Lee Rim bumps into Shin-jae but they do not notice each other. They apologize. Lee Rim walks away, his face does that lighting strike thing. But it looks like Shin-jae does not see it.
Lee Rim goes to his office and starts to look at CCTV footage of someone. It looks like it is footage of Luna. it might be live footage actually? Luna goes to a room and starts to take money out of the room. It looks Like Lee Rim is angry about it.
Luna even waves the money at the camera and then leaves.
Later on, Lee Rim eats dinner with Song Jung-hye. They eat quietly. She eats some of all the food and then he eats it. But she grabs a vase and hits him over the head with it and tries to escape. He throws her to the ground and holds his umbrella right to her eyeball. She yells for him to just kill her.
He drips blood all over her and says he did not leave her alone to kill her like this. You are the best bait. That is why you are alive. if your son is alive, then he will grow up like that because you have my nephews face.
The camera cuts to Gon’s calculations, it was 4489 seconds this time which is equivalent to 1.2469 hours.
The pregnant woman asks if she can enter the room? The manager says that she can wait. The woman asks, what about the room? The manager says that the Prime Minister is using the room.
So the pregnant woman goes into the room and sits with the Prime Minister. They aren’t exactly happy to see each other. Seo-ryung says that she is letting her sit here for her baby, not her. Seo-ryung says that she is going to have a daughter not a son. The woman asks, what?
But then the woman says her husband will go with her when she tours the countries of Arabia. Seo-ryung tells her that her husband is a family man. He talks about work at home? he wastes a lot of time.
The pregnant woman says that Seo-ryung is the picture girl for wasting time. You had all this work but will not be the empress.
Seo-ryung asks what she is talking about? The woman asks, don’t you know? Have you been that sick? The emperor announced who the empress will be. The Prime Minister checks her phone and reads the news about it.
the woman says that she needs to be the Prime Minister again or she will go back to being a fish mongers daughter. Seo-ryung stands and tells the woman to happily give birth. I hope you do it in the Kingdom of Korea.
She walks away. The woman wonders what she is talking about.
Gon walks with one of his guards. The guard says that Lee Sung-do complained about pain. It happens whenever it rains.
The head secretary comes up to him and says that the Prime Minister came in without notice. Gon asks where she is.
he goes to met her in his study and tells her that she had a long sick leave. How do you feel? She says that an unexpected news woke her up. He says they can talk about it after he says what he wants. You pulled the leash, why did you do that?
She says, if I did not do it then where were you about to go? To a marriage proposal?
He tells her, okay, let’s talk about it. Then the conversation can progress.
Gon – What was announced is all true. She is the one I love.
SR – You are always honest.
But then the lighting strikes and Seo-ryung has pain in her neck along with Gon. So Gon realizes that she went to Korea and she realizes that he did.
They both stare at each other.
In another part of the palace, Nam sits for tea with Tae-eul. She tells her that it rains a lot since we are on the sea, that is one of the disadvantages. Please, drink your tea. She starts to say that Tae-eul should be mad about how Nam behaved, but please understand that it is all about the Emperor.
Tae-eul says she understands. Nam tells her she will ask her some questions. Will you answer without saying anything back?
Nam – i trust that you will not speak to anyone about it since you work for the government.
TE – Please tell me.
Nam – My name is No Ok-nam. (talks about her father and mother and siblings). I was born in 1932 in the North. I left there at 17 and haven’t heard from my hometown for 67 years. That is why I am asking you, what happened to the war after that? In June of 1950, the war happened.
Tae-eul starts to breath deeply. Nam keeps looking at her.
Okay, so a lot of revelations at the end of this episode. For one, I did not realize that everyone has that lighting strike thing. But it makes sense that they do. It is also a bit confusing because Tae-eul did not have it so do you need to cross over more than once? Or perhaps if the person is dead in the other world then you have that lighting strike?
I was sad to see that the Prime Minister is actually the one that was on the other side. I started to like her so I wanted her to remain good. So if the theory of only the people with dead doppelgängers have the lighting skin, then does that mean that the Prime Minister killed her doppelgänger?
Or perhaps the doppelgänger has already taken over for the Prime Minister and killed her? I don’t know, I am just so confused.
The Nam revelations was also pretty big! So she is originally from Korea and from North Korea? Or perhaps she has just read the poetry book and knows a bit about what happened in Korea and is testing Tae-eul with it to see if she is from that other world? They showed her reading the book, so I feel like that is the case. Perhaps her photo is also in the authors photo section at the end of the book. So she would be like, whaaaaaat?
There is one inconsistency that I have to force to make sense, which is when time stopped while they were taking the photo. It seemed as if time stopped for only 2-3 minutes. Enough for Gon to cry a bit and wipe his tears and then pose for the photo. But technically it should have stopped for almost an hour and a half. So he should have been sitting on the side crying and then left for a bite to eat or something and came back. But I will just assume that almost an hour and a half passed and it only seemed like a few minutes passed.
So I wish they would have shown more time passing and Gon crying the entire 80+ minutes and then wiping his tears and posing for the photo again. But that is a minor gripe.
One thing I do like is that things are happening now and the worlds are getting even more convolted. This is what I signed up for, so bring it on!
EPISODE 13 PREVIEW
JY – My Emperor and Inspector Jung, the world between the two of you is too big.
Rim – What are you going to do? Will you draw an answer?
TE – Do we even have a solution?
SR – Go away, don’t be cocky.
Gon – Stop, please Prime Minister Koo.
TE – Catch
JY – Kill
TE – Will you get caught?
ES – I will tell you a secret before I die
TE – Lee Rim will…
Gon – What is it?
TE – … find the bamboo forest
Gon – This crack
TE – Did you see the same face?
Gon – We shouldn’t do it only today.