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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 13 – PART 2
Song Jung-hae sits in a chauffeur driven car again. The chauffeur asks her why she is here again. She tells him it is because she has nowhere else to go since he is watching her closely like this. I used to work there when my Ji-hoon was still alive.
She sees Shin-jae’s mom walking up the street and tries to get out of the car. The chauffeur locks it. Jung-hye says that she will scream! So the chauffeur unlocks it.
Jung-hye walks up to the woman and asks if she remembers hr? I am Ji-hoon’s mother. Shin-jae’s mother recognizes her and starts to chat with her about her life. The mother says that actually she doesn’t live inthis house anymore, she works in this neighborhood.
Jung-hye asks are to eat with her. We met like this so lets eat. She convinces her to come with her to an expensive and private steak place.
Shin-jae’s mom tells Jung-hye where she is working and how she is doing. Jung-hye says that his hospital bill should have been very high. But the mother says he actually woke up like a miracle! We moved because the business did not do well. Shin-jae is actually a policeman now. No one will believe that he was sick like that.
Son-jae is so startled to hear it and kind of feels something might be wrong. The mother asks how Jung-hye’s son is now? Jung-hye tells her that it was so happy to see her because she was so nice to her. She gives her a a ton of cash and then heads out.
Jo Young has been watching them this entire time and hops in the elevator with the lady.
Gon is waiting at the palace for someone to show up. he is outside looking at the sea. A guard tells the other guard to hurry up and come back. Then we see Tae-eul and Jang-mi running up to Gon.
Tae-eul is out of breath and tells him that she did not even have time to pick up the phone since his phone rang so much. Let’s go someplace quiet, I need to tell you something. i think I will be able to find Lee Rim’s bamboo forest.
They walk and talk.
TE – I followed my clue. Jang-mi will keep following the clue. he is looking for a bamboo forest around the place I woke up. As soon as we find that place, we can put a guard there.
Gon – When the gate opens, time stops. That time keeps extending. Now it is more than one hour.
TE – So if you put people there, they will be in danger because Lee Rim is the only one moving.
Gon – *nods*
TE – You should have thought about it. Time stops that long?
She hugs him.
TE – During that time, you are alone.
Gon – A few times, you were there.
TE – Do we even have anyway to turn everything back?
Gon – I think time stopping is a side effect of the pipe being halfed. So if the pipe becomes one, then things should be okay
TE – How does it become one? You take what Lee Rim has or, he takes yours away? Oe or the other
Gon – I have to stop Lee Rim before he gets the pipe.
TE – That is in the past.
Gon – that door might not only have exits for space but also time. if the exit for time exists there as well then that explains me picking up your ID 25 years ago.
TE – Does it exist?
Gon – I don’t know. I tried to go through space, but I did not get to the end. (we see him galloping through the in between place on his horse). One thing is for sure, when I threw a coin, it floated. But your seeds, sunk. I think anything with life can be grounded.
TE – Really? I bought another pack of seeds. *shows the seeds*
Gon – Do you still think it will blossom?
TE – I know what you are worried about. you are worried that the gate will close forever when the pipe is together. Isn’t that right? This is the 10th out of 17, so don’t be afraid in advance. Don’t worry about things that haven’t happened.
Gon – But 9th out of 17?
TE – Okay….well, people will think you kept the previous 8 well. Hey, this time you shuold pat-pat, whatever, see you in the morning.
She walks past him. He tells his guards to step away and then puts is arm around her and says that they can see the morning together. They joke and walk.
Then we cut to her and him in the in between place. She drops the seeds on the ground. Eun-seob is there as well with his suitcase like he is walking through the airport. He sees that the coin is still floating and happily hits it.
In the morning, Tae-eul’s appa sees some high school kids smoking and tells them not to do that. the kids ask if they can go somewhere an smoke? Do-in tells him that when an adult tells them that then it means that they should not smoke.
The kid tells him to do it. So DO-in spin kicks his cigarette out of his mouth and tells them that when he sees them, they will either become gangsters or police. So take this.
He hands out his taekwondo school and tells them that they have a lot of policeman graduate from his school. They tell him he is lying. Tae-eul loudly says behind him that it is not a lie.
Tae-eul runs and hugs him and says that she was worried about him and how she has been gone long. But he says that she has been here the entire time what are you talking about?
Tae-eul goes to their house and looks around suspiciously. Then she tells her appa that she will be back.
Meanwhile, Jo Young and Shin-jae eat chicken and drink beer at a chicken place. They sarcastically joke about how Jo Young has no money and is taking advantage of a cop and how to drink beer with soju and all that.
Shin-jae tells him he should not drink since he got shot. Young asks who Kang Hyun-mi is? But Shin-jae doesn’t answer the question. Jo-young tells him that protecting people means that he will get injured. You did not answer. Was your name in the Kingdom, Kang Hyun-min?
Shin-jae says yes, I think so. Can you find me when you go back? Young asks if he has any other questions? Something that you want to find? Like your mom?
Shin-jae is sarcastic and tells him anything, mom, sister, brother, did you call me to ask me that? Yong asks, why don’t you confess, you like Jung Tae-eul, I even know that so you should know it. Shin-jae tells him that is why he got shot, next time I will shoot you.
Young tells him that his emperor and Tae-eul’s worlds are too far apart. Shin-jae thinks, if that is the reason then you should watch your mouth. There is a relationship of being in the same world but being further away than different worlds.
He starts to leave. Young tells him if he leaves like this then it is real. Shin-jae tells him yes, it is for real.
He walks off and sees a person looking at a at. This person is Luna. Shin-jae asks her if she went here on her vacation? Why don’t you pick up your phone? What are you doing? How did you get here?
But then he looks at her and asks if she is okay? Are you sick or something? She pulls his face to him and kisses him. Shin-jae pushes her away and asks what she is doing? But then her phone rings, she says it is her father and hurries off.
He follows her, but she disappears. However, the real Tae-eul sees him and hits him on the back. She is her normal self and asks why he is here, her phone led her to this place. He looks so shocked.
She asks, did you, see me, no, did you see someone that looks like me? The same face as mine? She has my cell phone. he tells her that he thinks she has her ID also. Just go to work first and end your vacation.
he walks off. She calls her phone and tells the person, you know who I am. Luna says yes, Detective Jung Tae-eul. Luna says they should see each other. But Luna tells her no, if we meet each other then you are dead. I am here to see you, thank you for the cell phone. She hangs up.
Taeu-eul mutters, your goal is me? She curses.
ANOTHER CHICKEN PLACE
Gon meets Jo Young at another chicken place to chat and catch up. Gon asks how he was? Did you eat well? Did anything particular happen? Did you meet Prime Minister Koo?
Young asks, how did you know? Gon tells him that he saw that Prime Minister Koo has the mark that he has. Don’t worry about her, she won’t be able to go to the place she wants to be. She wants to try and trap me but she will feel that her wings are cut off.
Cut to a flashback of Gon meeting with the white haired man known as Shadow. He is in his office and Shadow is standing in front of him. Shadow tells him that it is n ice to see him again, it has been 6 years.
Gon says he remembers meeting him at the former Prime Ministers office. You are here representing the company KU. Shadow says that people call him a lobbyist, but I call myself a worker because I put all the dirt in my hands for people in power. You can just use me well.
Gon tells him okay, I will. What is the decision from the chairman? Shadow says that for him, the company is first. he paid his ex-wife a lot. This is the card that Chairman Chae has. He hands him a usb.
Shadow tells him that it is a coup. Gon tells him that he expected KU to have everything. Shadow tells him that the most important thing to know is that this evidence is from Koo’s office. You need to be more careful with the security of the palace. A lot of your voice is recorded. You said that you cannot owe Prime Minister Koo.
Gon mutters that he did not know Prime Minister Koo that well.
Cut to the news.
The news is broadcast widely and accuses Prime Minister Koo for being part of the coup on the Palace. her mother sees it while on the street and passes out.
The Prime Minister watches this from her office. Several men in suits come in and tells her that her job as Prime Minister is suspended. A person will relieve her of her duties.
Seo-ryung asks who ordered this? The opposition party? The palace? Do you all have a good relationship except me? Her secretary starts to pack her things but she tells him not to do anything. She grabs another pair of fabulous high heels and starts to head out.
The Shadow is there as well so she asks him if he is not coming? He says that he always stays there. She laughs and tells them that men who talk about loyalty only say it from their mouth. Who searched my place?
She sarcastically tells the Shadow to keep his position. then she tells her secretary, let’s go. He is hesitant so she asks him if he is also not listening to her? he puts the box down and tells her, yes, let’s go. He walks to the door and waits for her to come.
Gon and Young are still eating chicken and drinking beer and soju. Gon tells him that the Prime Minister infringed on military security. You will get the details when you come back. I don’t want to say it now.
He eats some chicken and mentions that it is still the best taste in the world. Young asks how he knew that he was here? Did you put the GPS app in Eun-seob’s phone.
Gon also asks if Eun-seob’s brother and sister found him out? Young pauses for a long moment then says, never.
Then we cut to the brother and sister sitting with Nari and drinking tea. Nari asks them if they know that he had a drivers license. The girl says, he is not my brother. Nari tells her yes, he is really strange. You know what is going on. Listen to me.
But then the real Eun-seob shows up and puts his arm wide for big hugs. Nari tells her, you said he is not your brother. Eun-bi says this one is my brother. Eun-seob asks, so Nari, you missed me? I missed you a lot!
He gives her a big hug. She is all like, um, I saw you yesterday. Eun-seob mentions that this is the reason I won’t trade with him, even if I get a lot of money. He happily hugs the three of them.
Tae-eul meets with a CSI person. The CSI person asks, who would steal a polcie officers cell phone. Is it really stolen? It looks like it is no longer in service. Tae-eul thanks him and says she will get a new cell phone. She heads out.
Cut to Luna in a van, she is trying to sleep and is in a lot of pain. Though we don’t know why. She has stars on the roof of her van as well.
Eun-seob comes out of his house in a bright blue jumpsuit and talks to Gon who has a Lamborghini waiting for him. He pops the door up for him to get in. Eun-seob sighs and asks, what do you think people will say here? You are in Korea now.
Gon says he could not buy a company so he bought a car instead. This is yours. Eun-seob is all like what? This?
Gon explains that Young got him a license and thanks him for all he did. Eun-seob is startled but happy. He tells him that he does not have anything for him. But Gon says he does and grabs his ginseng pack to drink. Eun-seob tells him it is an energy drink. He can give him a box.
TAE EULS HOUSE
tae-eul gets ready to go out. She tells her appa to be careful with security. Don’t open the door, especially for someone you know. Her appa asks her if she is going out late? She says yes, your dinner is on the table. Call me if anything happens. She applies make up to her face.
He is all like, whatever, then tells a person in the kitchen to eat. She turns around and sees that Gon is sitting in the kitchen. So she goes to the kitchen and sees her appa unloading a bunch of kimchi.
He asks her what she put on her face, it is super shiny. Do you have a boyfriend. She tells him no, it is my bare face. But Gon looks at her like, waaaaaaah? So she says, yes.
Her appa says, what? Tae-eul says she has a boyfriend here. Gon looks at her appa and then stands and tells him that he is Lee Gon and likes his daughter. The father is so surprised. Tae-eul tells him that food is all cooked and starts to take some off. The appa is still shocked and starts to eat.
Gon talks to them but sounds like he is in a sageuk. He tells them that this kimchi tastes just like palace kimchi, did you buy it? (Okay, this entire last 10 mintues is all PPL). The father asks what Gon’s job is.
Tae-eul tells him, don’t you see, he is a handsome man. Gon smiles.
Later on, Gon walks out and tells him that her father looked very surprised that his daughter met an unidentified guy. She tells him that she wanted to see him first, I did nto expect for you to be here. Now I have to check and see Koo Seo-ryung’s footage.
Gon tells her that if he did not show up like this then I was worried that I would not have a chance to say hi. She asks, are you leaving today? Right now?
He asks, shouldn’t I leave? Or should I stay here one more day?
TE – If I stop you, will you not go?
Gon – For real?
TE – As soon as I finish, I will be there.
She grabs a gift from her car.
TE – I bought this a long time ago. I wanted to stop you and use this as an excuse. It is a dark outfit. If you wear it then no one will know who you are. It seems like you do not have clothes that will make you unrecognizable.
Gon – that is impossible.
TE – You shouldn’t be.
He opens it up and sees the jacket. He says this jacket looks familiar. She tells him that is why she wore it, so wear it and pick up the phone.
Tae-eul talks to Shin-jae and asks for him to help her with one thing. He asks if she is still following her? Tae-eul says she will come to be by herself, I have something else that is in a hurry.
They go to an apartment complex and knock on the door. No one is answering. Shin-jae says it has been at least 4 days that she has not been at home. They are at Koo Seo-ryung’s doppelgängers house Koo Eun-ah.
Tae-eul thinks that Koo Seo-ryung should have looked for herself when she came here and if she did then she should not leave her alone.
Jang-mi calls Tae-eul right then. Shin-jae also gets a text message. Tae-eul gets off the phone and tells Shin-jae to file a missing report for Ko Eun-ah. Shin-jae has the picture of the right hand man body double in his phone. Someone just sent him the photo. So she shows it to Tae-eul and says that the 2G guy is an ex-criminal. He vandalized a nursing home 18 years ago and went to jail for 3 years. That nursing home is the one you went to.
Tae-eul says that is the place where Lee Rim’s doppelgänger died. Koo Seo-ryng came here with Lee Rim. If Ko Eun-ah is not dead and is just missing, then she should be in the nursing home.
Tae-eul goes to the nursing home and asks the lady that works there if she knows Koo Eun-ah. The manager lady says no. Tae-eul asks if she can search around. The manager says of course not, do you have a warrant. Tae-eul tells her no, she can call the police.
Shin-jae comes in and asks why this nursing home requires ID to get into half the rooms? Then he grabs the master key from the manager and walks off. The manager looks nervous and also looked like she recognized Shin-jae possibly?
Gon and Young are in the hotel. Gon asks Young if he has to pack anything before they leave? Young says nothing. I plan on just coming and leaving as if I have never been here.
Gon takes out his jacket and tells Young that this is someones consideration for not wanting me to be recognized in this world. He happily unfolds it.
Young asks him if he would like to have a drink with him? Gon asks, drink? Do you have something you want to say? Young tells him that he will be back, I did not see any soju in the fridge. He leaves.
Gon thinks about Shin-jae’s mother asking him to protect his son because he is innocent. Then we cut to him trying on his black jacket and black shirt and black pants and black hat. He looks at himself in the mirror and thinks that he looks so black.
The doorbell rings so he thinks it is Young, but it is actually Tae-eul. She shows him some food she bought and asks to come in.
Meanwhile, Shin-jae goes to a certain room in the nursing home and lets himself in.
Tae-eul is also in the nursing home, so that other woman is not Tae-eul, its Luna!
Tae-eul finds a dead Koo eun-ah in the mortuary of the nursing home.
Cut to Lee Rim looking out over the ocean.
Cut back to Gon who is sitting with Luna, though he thinks it is Tae-eul. She tells him that she looked up how to grow flowers, but it is really difficult. Do you know what the flower means? Unrealized love.
He looks at her kind of suspiciously. She asks, why are you looking at me like that? He tells her that he thought he would not be tricked, but I am off guard with this face.
Luna – What are you talking about?
Gon – you have insecurity in your eyes, that does not exist in Jung Tae-eul. You are not Jung Tae-eul.
He grabs Tae-eul’s ID and tells her that she is Luna.
Then he looks at his reflection and remembers the night he was saved by a masked man.
Gon – This is what happened.
Rim – ….he was tall….
Gon – ….Good at handling a gun, and knew the palace well.
Rim – ….he knew who the enemies were
Gon – ….that moment he put everything to protect me and saved me
Rim – ….the person who save you
Gon – ….was me. This is how it’s completed.
Gon starts to fall to the ground. Oh no, maybe the beer was poisoned. He looks like he was poisoned and is gasping for air, then passes out. He remembers being 10 years old and on the ground of the palace. A tall man walked up to him with a gun and kneeled beside him. That person was him.
OMG, we guessed it y’alll!!!!!!! This reveal makes me so happy. It was kind of sloppily gotten there with all the ad placements and dialogue and edits that gave away that Tae-eul was Luna before Gon figured it out. But the final reveal showing that our guess was right make everything all right with me.
(Though honestly, this entire episode felt like one big commercial)
See y’all next week for the next two episodes! Hopefully there won’t be any more postponements.