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KOREAN DRAMA THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH RECAP EPISODE 14 – PART 1
Shin-jae sits by himself in a waiting room at the jail and thinks about asking his mother a question about his father. Did he run a nursing home before he went to jail?
Then he father comes into the room and they talk from across the glass.
Father – Why are you here, you never visit.
SJ – It was you aboji, who made Kang Shun-min into Kang Shiin-jae
Father – You met him? You met that guy, right?
SJ – That is why it was me. Lee Rim needed a nursing home, he needed a freezer.
Father – What did he say? Is he taking you back? He didn’t talk abut me at all?
SJ – Tell me what happened.
Father – My Shinjae could not wake up, and your mother was almost dead. In that moment he showed me the picture of you. If I sold my nursing home to him then he would wake you up. Tell him to just come visit me here once.
Shin-jae is read with frustration. He goes to watch his mother, she does not know anything and leaves the house to walk to work. he thinks back to his mother telling him he is her miracle baby.
Gon runs through the forest bamboo gate. But it is still 1994 in Korea. He goes to the Kingdom of Korea and it is still 1994. So he is trapped in 1994.
He sees himself crying as the little prince on the tv screen. He crosses the gate again and goes to Korea in 1994. A lot of people are frozen.
He grabs someones newspaper to read it. It is December 1994 now.
VO – When the two pipes become one, then the time axis is created. With half, I can only parallel move, to go to 2020 it will take 4 months inside the gate.
The time jumps back on and everyone starts to move around again. The man is super surprised to see Gon standing next to him and picks up his newspaper then hurries away.
he remembers asking Tae-eul if he was alive in the Republic of Korea. She said no, you died. So he calls someone on the payphone. He tells the police all about his doppelgängers family and to find them. they are going to die.
The cops ask him if he is reporting this? What is your name. Gon tells them to please check on it. They checked and find out that they are dead already so the cop asks where the caller is right now. Gon thinks, this has already happened. He asks them if they caught the criminal?
The cops tell him not to hang up and how he knows about this case? Are you calling from a public phone? Gon hangs up and leaves.
He goes to a countryside field where he walked with Tae-eul and quietly looks at it. It makes him think about that moment. he pulls out his pipe, it starts to disintegrate.
He goes to the taekwondo house and sees little Tae-eul. She has a white funeral bow in her hair which shows that her mother died already. They are doing the laundry so Tae-eul is outside with her father. One of the belts flies off right towards Gon.
So Gon picks it up and Tae-eul runs to him to retrieve it. He kneels and gives it back to her. He says her name. She asks, who are you, how do you know my name?
Gon – I am from a different time. I came to 1994 and am living for 26 years. I will be back soon. I am on my way to you.
yTE – I know who you are.
Gon – You know me?
yTE – Yes, you are a kidnapper.
Gon – *smiles* You have been like this for 30 years, Jung Tae-eul.
A woman comes up next to him and asks who he is. She puts her arm around Tae-eul. This is a person who works at the Taekwondo gym. Tae-ul says he is here to give his condolences and leaves.
In 2020, Te-eul has that same belt still. It is hanging outside and she is watering the flowers that she took from Corea. She wonders why it is not sprouting, it is spring. Then she wonders, why are you not coming?
her phone buzzes to life so answers it. It is the CSI person. She tells Tae-eul that she heard a something strange. This handsome voice. She plays it for her and it is Gon’s voice.
Tae-eul asked the CSI friend to investigate this case so she asks what it is? here did you get it? The CSI woman says, it is that guy right? It does not make any sense.
The CSI woman says it does not make any sense, but he is the prime suspect of what happened in 1994. Suddenly new memories enter Tae-eul’s brain? It looks like that is what happened.
Tae-eul tells the CSI person that she has new memories! He came over here! He was there! he came to Korea. He is in the past.
She starts to cry at her realization.
But then he suddenly shows up in front of her as if he came when time stopped. But he is actually not there? She might be imagining him. She continues crying.
Shin-jae takes his doppelgänger from the nursing home. He is in the ambulance with is psychiatrist. She asks, he is not your twin right? Everything you told me was not a dream. Who is Kang Shin-jae and Who is Kang hyun-min.
Shin-jae says that he is looking for the answer.
Luna or Tae-eul walks to the precinct and looks around outside, Jang-mi sees her and tells her that he got the footage for the people that frequently visit the nursing home. He asks if she is looking for someone? She says no.
Tae-eul says she had to work the night shift for three days. Shin-jae tells her he will make it for two days. Then the three of them go inside.
Jang-mi shows them all the things he found and explains it to them. They are all the usbs for the CCTVs in and around the nursing home. Shin-jae also tells them that they need to track the right hand man person.
So they all get to work.
Hours pass and then someone finds something so they all leave.
Elsewhere, some mystery people turn on the gas in a person’s house and then leave. This is Song Jung-hye’s house where Tae-eul and the cops are headed.
Just in the knick of time, Tae-eul realizes that there is a gas leak so they all run away and the room explodes.
the rich woman that switched with the chaebol comes out of her room all beaten.She hits her husband over the head and knocks him out. Then she runs out.
A woman in black comes up and tells her that the person that will put her life back has sent me. You can have the granddaughter of the person from the pharmaceutical company.
The woman asks, do you know my real self? Do you know who I am?! The woman asks, what will you do if he can put your life back?
The Prime Minister talks to her mother on the phone and asks if everything is okay with emo? The mother says that Secretary kim brought her there so there are no problems, dont’ worry. What about you? Are you okay? Are you eating.
She tells her that her job just paused a moment, dont worry. Also, if i ask you what you ate for dinner, your answer whould always be Goldenwa (fish).
Her mother asks, what are you talking about? Seo-ryung says that she is not joking. They practice it once and then Seo-ryung says she will call her later.
Seo-ryung touches her neck and thinks back to that lighting strike and Gon looking at her. She thinks that he definitely looked like he recognized it. How come the two of you know about it ad opened the gate and experienced this pain?
She opens the drawer and takes out a white phone with a pink circle on it. Then she tells herself, I can have that. It is not only for a royal family member. I can have that pipe.
Tae-eul goes to the bamboo forest and thinks back to seeing him galloping towards her. She walks up the path and continues to think about him. She also sees the phone that he called from.
VO – I am not here yet, I just wanted to stop by and here your voice since I miss you so much. I wanted to give you a call over there from the payphone. She goes to the payphone and puts a lot of coins in, then asks, how far are you, are you almost here?
But then she got a memory of an election day all of a sudden.
Cut to that memory. Her, Shin-jae, En-seob, her father, and Nari are all eating out together at a chicken place. They talk about normal things. Then Shin-jae tells her that someone is calling them. They think it sounds like spam.
Tae-eul keeps looking outside the window as if she feels something.
Someone tells them to play the phone. Shin-jae answer it and asks who it is. The person on the phone says he is someone that wants Shin-jae’s help, if you let me talk to Inspector Jung sitting next to you then I will be so grateful.
Gon is actually across the street in a payphone. She sees him there. Shin-jae gives her the phone. But she tells them to enjoy it and leaves to walk across the street to this person in the phone booth who is Gon.
TE – You know me?
TE – You are the guy I saw when I was little
TE – Its you.
Gon – You remember?
TE – Who are you? Your wearing the same clothes, same voice, same face
Gon – It was your present to me, my face is my present for you.
TE – You are crazy. I was about to say that.
She starts to put her hair up.
TE – Can I check your ID?
He takes her hand and gives her a hair band.
She stops and stares at him.
Gon – Well, I am telling you this in advance, I do not have an ID and I told you many times that I am not crazy.
TE – How do you know that I am looking for a headband
Gon – Because that is what I like about you. I was happy to see these five people who will help me no matter what happens.
TE – How do you know that I am Jung Tae-eul? You want to talk to me?
Gon – I was mentally ready, but the moments where you do not recognize me are sad.
Gon – That is why I came. To leave a memory for you because we live in a different time. So please keep your promise to me that you will not give up until I come back. We will see each other in Gwahangmoon. I will wear clothes with many buttons and I will be with Maximus, my horse. Can you be a little kind to me and just give a little more time to me? Because we don’t have much time.
TE – Why do we see each other?
Gon – That is our fate. The reason I can’t come back in every moment is because the crack caused by the pipe is getting bigger.
Gon – Goodbye, with you I keep forgetting to count numbers.
Gon – Goodbye.
back to the present, Tae-eul thinks about this new memory and stars to cry while in the phone booth. She thinks, you came back in 2016. Then she looks at the phone booth and sees writing show up on it.
Just wait for me a little more, I am almost there.
She starts to cry and touches the writing. He is also in the phone book in 2016. The camera cuts back and forth between the two of them.
Gon meets Young at the rowing competition, a new memory suddenly enters Gon’s mind in 2020.
In 2016, Young tells Gon that he should be at the starting line. You need to change.
Gon – I already did, by the way, Young, don’t ask me why, but can I have the entrance card?
He lays the rabbit coat on a bench and tells Young not to touch it. I put the key in the jacket and put it on the bench.
JY – What is going on?
Gon – One day you will go to the republic of Korea. You will be left aloe over there. What you have to do is find where Song Jung-hye is. What you wanted to tell me was about that.
JY – Who is Song Jung-hae?
Gon – You wont understand, even if I explain it to you. But one day you will realize it. When the time comes, ask Detective Kang for help because you dont’ trust Jung Tae-eul.
JY – Jung Tae-eul inspector? Did you meet her?
Gon – I keep moving forward to meet her. Young, you shouldn’t stop me now. This is also the emperors order. If time is even a little twisted then I won’t be able to see her. Go to the finish line, I am the winner today.
he leaves. Luna takes the jacket and runs off. She stops at the building and takes some deep breathes. She touches the card in her pocket. It is the card to get into the palace.
En-seob is talling Luna and talks to Tae-eul about it over the phone. He tells her that she just went into the grocery store. Your father and Nari are in the store. Tae-eul tells him that she will be back soon, just follow me.
Eun-seob jokes to trust him, I am the best swordsman in the world.
Later on, they carry all the groceries back to the house. Nari, the father, and Luna are all walking and talking about nari’s cars. But then Luna starts to feel srange. She tries to play it off.
They keep joking about that car. Luna starts to laugh. they look at her. She asks them, are the two of you always like this? Jung Tae-eul lives hearing this kind of nonsense and unimportant thing that draws tears everyday?
Nari asks, what is going on eunnie? The appa thinks she has a mental issue and keeps walking. Nari also agrees. Luna smiles and starts to continue walking as well.
But she stops and looks to the side. Tae-eul is watching her. Luna heads off to the appa. Tae-eul starts to chase her and Luna disappears in an alley.
But she reappears when the lights start to flash.
Luna – I warned you, if we meet then you are dead.
She brings out a knife and stabs Tae-eul in the gut.
Luna – Your father told me he was going to patrol around. A lot of super bad looking kids went in that direction. What, is it the first time you lost something? You should be used to it by now. In my life I lost things everyday.
She pulls the knife out of Tae-eul and drops it to the ground. Tae-eul falls on the ground and Luna walks away.
But it looks like Tae-eul is still alive, just with a huge stomach wound. Perhaps Luna didn’t kill her on purpose. Tae-eul calls her the cops to come to the alley right now because she needs help.
She starst to have a new memory of that scene where she met Gon for the first time? Or maybe she is just remembering that memory?
In the present she whispers, just hug him Jung Tae-eul. Hug him.
In the memory, she says, you really came here to Gwanghaemoon and you are wearing clothes with a lot of buttons. He looks at his buttons.
Gon – Strangely, it seems like you know me.
VO – There is no coincidence in fate. It comes, but when you realize it, it is too late.
TE – Cancel that, if I don’t do it then I will regret it.
She hugs him first. He is shocked.
So, Lee Rim is dead? But we have new memories? Even though the same Gon is doing everything? Time is being changed so things are changing? But they still said that fate happens? I am so thoroughly confused. Can anyone explain what just happened? Time travel is really messy.
TE – I am waiting for someone.
Gon – We really can’t change our fate
Gon – Sorry that I made you wait.
TE – Promise me that you will be back
Gon – It is in your hand
TE – We just didn’t reach there yet.
SJ – You can’t go, where are you going?
TE – Lets not save the world
TE – Where is the pipe?
Gon – Where is detective Jung Tae-eul?
Gon – If the door closes, I will come back to you.