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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 16 – PART 2
Tae-eul talks to the captains wife in forensics. The wife tells her, this is not you.
TE – What?
Wife – The one that calls my husband out.
TE – It is me~.
Wife – Leave.
(this is the scene that happened with Shin-jae)
Tae-eul leaves. The Wife checks her credit card statements and mutters something about how the person who calls her husband out might be going to school next year.
Elsewhere, we see her husband walking up an alley. It is snowing. He steps into a house and sees three ladies people looking at him of various ages from young to old. Ah, he might have stepped into his own home.
Cut to him sitting outside with one of the women which is his wife. He tells her that if the sow continues to accumulate, it will collapse the roof. Snow can be really heavy for a 16 year old.
Wife – Is this your loneliness?
Captain – Yes, I was lonely. Do you know Song-min’s hubae?
Wife – Yes.
Captain – He is halmoni and dongsang. His halmoni is very sick and he does not have money for the hospital so he robbed the safe where he works. But he asked me before he was arrested to buy some bread for his brother and remove the snow from the roof. So I started to come here and ended up like this.
(Ah, so this is not his house)
They keep talking about this situation.
Captain – I did not expect you to come here.
Wife – Ah, let’s go. You are here to remove the snow.
Captain – Lets hold hands, do you want to build a snowman?
he follows her around the corner.
Tae-eul walks up a snowy street and sees Lee Ji-hoon walking up the street by her. He looks exactly like Gon and is wearing a military uniform so he is super sexy but he does not know who she is. He walks right by her. She thinks about Gon.
Gon – if the door is closed, I will open the door to the entire world and I will come and see you.
She tries to hold back her tears, but they burst out.
TE – You said you were coming!
She falls to the feet and cries.
In the Kingdom of Korea, Gon rides his horse through the in-between world with pink lightning blasting as he rides along the beach.
He goes to Tae-eul, in another universe. This Tae-eul is in the Navy. She asks him who he is? He says he is looking for someone but she is not in this world. This worlds Tae-eul says okay and walks off.
Then we see that he comes to her house in another world. In this world, Tae-eul is part of the special forces and asks him what he wants. She is pretty tough. He looks at her and says that she is still protecting people in this world.
He goes to another world and Tae-eul is a movie star. She steps out of her car giggling and crying at her trophy that she just won. All her managers and assistants are trying to keep her from falling over drunk. She sees Gon and asks if he is in her fan club? I can accept your flowers, but no pictures please.
he is holding flowers and tells her that they are not for her. She asks, I cannot believe it, why aren’t they for me? I won the Baeksang award *starts to cry*
He goes to another world and Tae-eul is a police woman. He walks up to her with expectation. But she does not know who she is. Plus, her mother is with her in this world. The mother asks who this person is? Are you here for my Hyo-jin? Who are you looking for?
He tells her, in this world, you are with your mother, that is good. She looks at him curiously.
Tae-eul is on her way home when Nari calls her and tells her not to be surprised but maybe your father bought a horse. A guy showed up with a horse to your place. A white horse. Maybe he came here to sell it to you? But he does not look like a normal guy.
Te-eul tells her that they should hang up and then puts her car siren on and zooms up the road all the way to her home.
Sure enough, the horse is there right along with Gon who is standing in his special suit. She slowly walks up to him.
Gon – You exist in every universe. Still you don’t know me? Do you….why are you crying? You look happy everywhere so that was at least comforting for me…..perhaps….you….why do you look like you know me? Why do I feel like you remember everything.
He grabs her nametag and looks at it in shock. Then he looks at her.
Gon – You… is it really you….
TE – You finally came back….
He pulls her into a big hug
Gon – I finally see you. Detective Jung Tae-eul.
They both look at each other all teary eyed.
TE – Why did you com back so late? I waited for you for a long time. I waited for you everyday.
We cut to a flashback.
VO – After killing the Rebel, I had to bring Young back.
So he went back to save Young’s life. We see that Jo Young is still alive now. He is reading something in the Palace library.
VO – And I had to find a way to you.
We see him riding the horse through the beach in-between world
VO – I had to open the doors of every universe, that is why I was late. Even if I opened it, I thought you might not remember me.
TE – But, you still found me.
Gon – I still wanted to see you. If you forgot about me then I wanted to remind you. I am the emperor of the Kingdom of Corea and I have the name that must not be spoken, Lee Gon. But, how do you remember me even though two worlds went differently.
TE – Just forget about it, a lot of things happened to me. For now, like this –
She pulls his face into a big kiss and then gives him a big hug.
He lightly touches her face and then presents her with the flowers.
Gon – Do you still hate flowers?
TE – I like them, especially these flowers.
Gon – I did not tell you this yet, I love you. I love you so much.
TE – So it is ended like this? I love you too. I love you so much.
They hug and laugh and hug and smile.
2022 KINGDOM OF KOREA
Gon walks to his office and asks Young how his twin is? Young tells him that it is killing him raising kids alone at this age. Why did my parents get married again?
Gon asks what their name is? Yong says it is not their name but their nicknames are Eun-bi and Ga-bi (Eun-seob’s siblings nicknames). Gon asks if he misses them? Young says he is okay. Eun-seob wont know me anyway.
He hands Gon all the things he asked him to research. it is about Kang Hyun-min (Shin-jae). He is a policeman in the Kingdom of Korea.
Elsewhere, Luna walks to the bookstore and walks past he bookstore in that same CCTV image that we saw in 2020. Shin-jae calls her name and she says Hyung-nim.
He is walking down the steps towards her and tells her that he told her not to call his name. Sunbae is calling you so you should come quickly (their name looks opposite here).
She tells him that today is her off day. It is my birthday. He says he knows. She asks really? How did you know? He tells her that he was forced to know it. He pulls out parking tickets that she gets. Her name is Koo Seo-Kyung (so it looks like Koo Seo-ryung’s mother adopted her).
she complains and says that criminals are not only at parking lots, they should be int he streets and everywhere. So you called me just to give me these parking tickets?
He says no, I will buy you a gift. She looks happy but tries not to show it. However she tells him that he cannot cancel it, I am going to go pick my present! She runs off to get something.
Shin-jae gets a call and answers as violence team #3 leader. The camera scrolls in on the Haesong Book store where Luna ran into. Then the camera goes inside and we see that the calendar says it is May 27, 2022.
In this world, Seo-ryung is in jail. Luna is visiting her and Seo-ryung asks if she ate? Luna says yes. Seo-ryung asks if she slept? Luna says yes. She had a good nights sleep. Seo-ryung is pretty annoyed and tells Luna that she is the one that is supposed to be asking her these things! My meal, my sleep, my appeal!
Luna asks, do you think a police woman in the Kindom of Corea has that much time? if you wanted to eat well and sleep well and everything then you should not have taken peoples money as a senator.
Seo-ryung yells, YA! Luna asks, what? Seo-ryung tells her, the law was wrong, I should be exempt from this as a senator. That is why I should be the Prime Minister. she bites her lip.
The police guard is the person that used to be her Secretary Kim. He tells her to be quiet. She rolls her eyes and tells Luna to take care of their mother well if she has time to come here.
Luna leans forward and tells her that being nice to their mother is self service, dont you know. You should take care of her after getting out. Seo-ryung yells to change the lawyer to a more expensive one so I can get out!
Secretary Kim guard tells her to be quiet. Seo-ryung asks if they can change her guard? that guard makes me so mad somehow. Luna looks at her and then says, okay, this meeting is over, fighting!
REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Tae-eul relaxes behind her desk with gloves on and talks to the new rookie. She says that the national laboratory called her and told her that he left his cell phone over there. This rookie is not rose.
She starts to sigh about the rookie and wants to know if he can do important work like this? She hops up and he asks if she has a case for him?
She walks over to some boxes and gives him instructions for recycling. So he starts to work on it and asks her where she goes every weekend? She asks why he wonders about it? She helps him with the recycling. He says that the team leader told him to find it out.
Tae-eul mutters that the team leader should just enjoy his solitude and tells the rookie that she is traveling. She leaves.
nam helps Gon get ready and asks him where he is going? He tells her, wherever I am going, you should say that I am in my study. He gives her a hug. She sighs. He says he will come back with all the buttons this time. She secretly puts a talisman in his pocket and tells him, even if you use them, use them from the outside to the inside. Do not just open your coat up and get a cold.
He takes the talisman out and tells her that her skill is getting better. She says, leave it there! At least I can have a better night sleep if you have it! No returns. (she is so adorable). He tells her okay, no returns.
They both run and meet at the red gate in the bamboo forest. He extends his hand through the gate and she giggles and takes it. He pulls her inside.
VO – (Gon) Maybe Tae-eul’s threats worked, because we are doing a lot of things we did not do before.
They start to walk through all the different places and times.
VO – We have know how, first we need to find the year of the place we travel to. Then we know we will not face ourselves in that universe.
The find out the year by looking at the public phone. It is circle dial and not buttons so Tae-eul thinks they are before 1981 right here. Let’s go, we are safe. They happily walk together.
On another trip, they look at the phone booth, Gon says it is early 90’s, we are kind of safe. Let’s go.
They drink the coffee they love and look at the phone booth again. Tae-ul thinks this one is kind of confusing. What year is it? She checks a newspaper and Gon drinks the coffee and says it still has a clean taste.
Then a man suddenly falls to the ground in a bow and yells, YOUG HIGHNESS. Gon tells him that he can go, the man runs off. So Gon tells Tae-eul that the man recognizes him. Tae-eul says that they should leave, you are here and you are a violent emperor!
She shows him the newspaper. He is all like, what? She tells him that this is a different parallel universe, this Lee Gon did not grow up well. Gon tells her, maybe Head maid Nam or Jong-in was not there or he did not have someone’s ID so he grew up very scared.
She nods and says, let’s go. A place with the same face is dangerous. He hides his face and walks off with the newspaper in front of it. She guides him.
VO – (Gon) it is not ordinary traveling.
They get to a new world, this world looks safe. She says, it looks like the millennium so it is 2000, it is kind of safe. People talked about the end of the world and stuff. Gon thinks that they are around Daehan University. Come this way, there is someone who wants to see the woman who argues that the world is flat. She smiles and they walk off.
They go to a coffee shop where the elder Prince is writing on a cafe table. Gon and Tae-eul are sitting at another table. Gon is looking at him. Tae-eul asks, who wants to see me by the way?
The man accidentally drops his pen and it rolls to Tae-eul. So she gives it back to him. He thanks her and tells her to have a good day. She goes back to her seat.
Gon looks at the elder prince walk away. He looks good in this world.
TE – Is he the one who wanted to see me?
Gon – Yes. He just saw you. My uncle who raised me.
TE – But, there is no woman that argues that the world is flat. Because my earth is round.
Gon – Is it because of me?
TE – No, it is because of gravity. That is why the apple falls.
Gon – And?
TE – And we have tides
Gon – And?
TE – And I love you.
Gon – So startling….why am I so surprised with this each time? Me too.
TE – By the way, I want to go to Joseon or the end of 1900
Gon – Why?
Cut to them in the in-between place with all their picnic food that can last for days and days and days.
TE – I sneak peaked it, it is the Joseon Dynasty
Gon – Why do you really want to go to Joseon?
TE – When I see my great grandfather, I will tell him to buy land in Akujung.
They prepared all the Joseon Dynasty things they will need, like outfits and money.
TE – Why do you have these leaves?
Gon – Because we never know where we are going to be. It is a rare chance so we should get ready. (like they will go to cave man world)
She throws it away, he puts it back and says they should get ready for it. She bickers with him about it.
They go to a new time. Little Shin-jae is there in his taekwondo gear. he accidentally loses his baseball. it rolls and hits Gon in the foot. Gon throws it back to him. Shin-jae thanks him and goes back.
But then he stops and asks Gon where he is going? It is 1994. Suddenly there is a car accident behind him. Shin-jae looks back and says, I need to run home and call the police!
Gon looks startled. Tae-eul walks up to Gon and says she got the ticket. She did not see what happened. She asks Gon what happened.
Gon – Why did the door open to this time of the day? I just realized it.
Cut to Gon walking up the street in another time. Shin-jae is a super duper chairman of a company. It is 2022 Republic of Korea. Shin-jae looks at Gon walking up the street and looks as if he recognizes him.
Then we see Seun-seob at his company showing photos to his colleagues. He is in a suit and looks like he has a pretty good job. But then he notices someone looking at him. He slowly starts to walk to him.
ES – Excuse me, do you know me?
Gon – How are you doing?
ES – Ah, do you work here? Which department?
Gon – Do you have a drivers license?
ES – Yes, I have one. Why am I the only one answering? Um, who are you?
The camera scrolls to Eun-seon’s ID. He works for the NIS (lolololol, but also good for him!).
Gon – You are cool. it is nice to see you again because you are always the best swordsman in the world.
ES – What? The best swordsman?
Then Nari calls him so he happily answers her as yobo which means that they are married. He says he ate and asks how about her? Are you on a diet? You have no weight to lose. He keeps chatting to her happily with his huge Busan accent.
Gon walks away happily.
Gon and Tae-eul go to the red gate in the bamboo forest again. But he says to wait. She asks why?
Gon – The flashlight are used by the Royal guard. We came to the kingdom of Korea in the same era. Ah…I just came out. Young is looking for me.
All the guards run up to the two of them. She hides in his coat. Gon tells Young to step back because this woman is surprised. We will take a detour so that no one can see us.
Te-eul peeks out from behind the coat. and then goes back inside. (this is the same situation that happened in the past).
They make their way back to the palace and start to huff and puff about what they must do now? Is maid No going to come in?
Yes, Nam comes in right then. Tae-eul hides behind the laser face mask and stands it next to Gon.
Gon – Your talisman worked. This is the one I only use but I put it on her so you know what kind of relationship we have.
Nam – *Sighs* Maybe next year we will have the Royal wedding. Drink, drink.
She smiles and walks out.
Tae-eul and Gon let out a huge breath. Tae-eul asks, so you use this thing alone? He tells her, of course, but you can use it.
She starts to clean her finger prints off and says that she can’t have finger prints since Luna is around now. It is a fashionable thing to do in my world. By the way, what about the CCTV, it should have my footage.
He tells her that he will empty the control room.
So they both go to the security room where all the camera footage is. Tae-eul thinks they have super security in this palace and looks at the screen that shows all the cameras around the palace.
Tae-eul notices Jo Young reprimanding an officer. Gon wonders what he is saying to him. He asks Tae-eul if she can read lips since she is a police officer.
Tae-eul reads it a bit – Lee Gon…son of b…
But then she stops translating and sys that she gets angry when her boss gives her work when she is about to go home. Gon asks, so what did he say? Is he angry? Young is supposed to be on my side since he was four. Did he say that?
The camera cuts to something way different that Jo Young said which is that they have a lot of engineering majors in the royal guard but they still do enie meenee minee moe when picking where to go.
Gon thinks that Young would not say that, he does not have secrets from me.
But then Tae-eul sees Young talking to Seung-ah for a moment then walking way in the video and says that he does have a secret from you. see. I like Jo Young.
He tells her, next up is a melo. Then he dips her and starts to kiss her. They kiss for a long time.
VO – Like that, we watched movies with only the two of us.
They go back to her world and time.
TE – I don’t want to go. Bye!
Gon – *holds her hand* You are just going to say bye?
TE – I am late, I have to run. See you on the weekend.
Gon – Why on the weekend? It is a National holiday since Wednesday.
TE – In your world, not in my world. Why is it a holiday?
Gon – It is the birthday of the emperor.
TE – Bye.
Gon – Byebye
TE – See you Lee Gon
Gon – See you Tae-eul.
VO – Not in front of each others house. But at the gate. And we live our day to day life.
cut to Tae-eul chasing criminals and they all stop and take a breather at the same time.
TE – I respect people who try hard to change the future, but it is better for you to get caught here if you want to walk to the police station with your own two feet.
The gangsters tell her, f-you. Hey, dude in the back, just climb the wall first.
But that guy in the back is Rose. he still looks like a gangster but he is a police officer. He introducs himself as Jang Michael and beats them all up.
The other officers call him Jang-mi and tells him to be gentle, we have to carry him now.
Jang-mi is a sunbae now since two years have passed.
At an official event, Gon announces that his head secretary, Secretary Mo, has now become the Prime Minister. She tells him that she will be the best support for him. Flash lights go off all around. She says she will report to him via paper.
he tells her to come to her face-to-face for a report every week. She asks, in this era? How about half and half? She smiles.
A little boy comes up to her and asks, what are you doing umma? He is so tiny. She tells them that she had to bring her son with her since there is no baby sitter. The little boy asks who this ajusshi is?
Gon kneels and tells the little boy that he is the emperor of Korea and his name is Lee Gon.
The camera scrolls to Lee Gon’s painting that is in the trophy room and we also see the sword in the room and his red clothing set up in a room.
Tae-eul and Gon finally get a chance to go to Mr. Sunshine time Joseon Dynasty which is the end of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. They walk up the streets hand in hand happily.
TE – Whatever door opens in front of us.
GOn – Even if sad moments come
TE – I hope we will be together forever
Both – I will not get tired of our love
Gon – Like that, we decided to love the fate that chose us.
The camera scrolls to their hands which they are holding. Then it shows the future of two withered hands that are still holding hands.
But it cuts back to the present and we see them happily walking up the street.
Gon – Just today….today….forever.
Okay, it was a happy ending which is all you can really ask for in a Romance so I’m good with that! Plus, all the bad guys got their comeuppance and all the good guys got their happily ever after. I mean, it looks like every single good guy got a happy ending. I love that!
I also count Luna as a good guy since she didn’t technically do anything bad in the show even though she was a gangster. She was a wayward soul, y’all! Seo-ryung’s mom took her in and made her a policie officer who has a crush on Shin-jae, so yes that works for me.
The time travel aspect left some loose ends for because there are so many things that are strange. (For instance, time does not exist in the in-between world so the pipe should not disappear until they leave that space because technically Gon has not done anything yet so they can go to a time when before he does something, but anyway.) So I will ignore the time travel things and just focus on the happily ever after of all the main leads. But what do you think?
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