The King Eternal Monarch Episode 13 Live Recap


Was challenged to try doing a live recap for this show, so I’ll be trying it out for Episode 13, starting at 10.30 p.m. Singapore timing when the show is up on Netflix. Reload every 5 minutes for updates. Enjoy!

Here is how the character’s names will be abbreviated:
Tae-Eul: TE
Lee Gon: LG
Lee Rim: LR
Shin-Jae: SJ
Eun-Soeb: ES
Jo Yeong: JY
Seo-Ryung: SR
Luna: LU
Noh Ok-Nam: NO

Alright, the episode is up! Let’s go.

Scene 1

NO: What happened to that war? the war that broke out in June, 1950.
TE (looks shocked): How do you know about that war?
NO: What you are thinking is right. It was during the still of the dawn. The cannons began to roar like thunder and all hell broke loose. I was at a loss after losing my parents and siblings. Then one man came up to me.. .and asked if I wanted to go to a world without a war. I left my hometown with just this book, not knowing that I would never be able to return. That man was His Majesty’s Grandfather, King Haejong. What happened to the world’s history after that?
TE: There was an armistice three years after the war broke out. The country is now divided into South and North Korea… I’m sorry to tell you such sad n ews.
NO: No, it’s fine. There were many sad days, but now I know that everything was my destiny. Just like how you ended up here.

Back to Lee Gon’s office with LG and SR
LG: All right, let’s talk about that first Otherwise we wouldn’t be able to talk. Eveyrthing in the news is true. She’s the woman I love. I support her, every step and moment.
SR: You’re always so honest, your majesty. Even in moments like this. That woman has a criminal record.
LG: I’m not asking for your support
SR: I liked being next to you. That was where I could see you best, but you say that it is not my place. Will I be able to see you better if I stood in opposition to you?
LG (stands up): Stop… if you cross the line any further…
SR: I started from the bottom and climbed all the way up, but you’ve had it all to start with, and the only thing that moves you is love. What will my heart beat for now? I don’t think it’ll be for honesty and loyalty.
Both LG and SR fall in pain as the lightning flashes and thunder roars.
SR tries to excuse herself but LG looks at her in shock. SR leaves the room.
LG: Contact the National Forensic Services and see if they have the records of traitor Kim Gi-hwan.

TE walks down the stairs and remembers NO telling her that since her ID card was in Lee Gon’s hands, she has been the one guiding him to his fate. She asks her to take good care of His Majesty.

TE continues to walk down the corridor and bumps into SR, who is still holding onto her neck in pain. She takes her hand off her neck and looks boldly at TE. She walks slowly towards her, trying to intimidate her.

TE: We meet again
SR: Right.
TE: We met… and I saw you buying shoes, Ms Koo Eun-a.
SR (laughs): Oh, sorry. I haven’t seen anyone in this country mistake me for someone else. I was talking about when we met at KU building. Shouldn’t you know your Prime Minister? The proposal you received shook the whole nations.
TE: What did you do before and after you met me? I’m sure you didn’t just buy shoes.
SR: Do not be so cocky and move aside. You can’t stop me yet.
TE: You’re the one who walked in here yourself and you’re the one who stopped. Your heart feels heavy, right? That’s how heavy guilt can be.
SR walks forward and past TE.
SR: Are you curious about what I did? Of course I did not just buy shoes. I mean the day we met at KU building, of course. (aughs)
(lightning strikes again and we see the cracks in her skin)
TE sees it and gets shocked. She runs towards LG’s room. She enters LG’s room.

LG tells her to go to bed first and that the coroner found the mark on the traitor’s body. TE tells him that she saw the marks on SR’s body, which show SR has crossed between worlds and that she had seen her in Korea. LG says that SR seems keen to place herself in opposition to him, recklessly partnering with LR. LG says that if he decides to act recklessly, nobody can stop him. He tells TE to be at peace and he’ll come back with Eun-sup. TE looks worried.

At the forensics services, LG sees that there’s a scar on the left side of the chest of the traitor. LG remembers his own mark.
LG to the Coroner: Did you say you’ve seen the scar before?
Coroner: Yes (passes him an envelope) Nobody believed me until now. I’ve worked for 11 years and I’ve seen 3 bodies with the same scar and all on rainy days like today, but what’s strange is that all these people had served terms in prison for parricide.
LG: (thinking) Those who killed their own counterparts and crossed worlds would get caught easily by their families. (says to the Coroner) Please check if there are any other cases like this. I need to find the answer.

(at Eun-Soeb’s hospital room)

He’s asleep and someone enters and tries to inject poison into his drip. ES asks if it’s supplements, but he’s aware of what’s going on and then he takes out a gun and points it at the head of the intruder.
We flashback to ES doing a security check of the room and he spots trackers below the coffee table. He starts singing songs and shouts into the trackers that he’ll get a good night sleep and see the majesty tomorrow.

Back to the scene with the intruder, who tries to run off but Lee Gon is outside with his Royal Guards. The intruder is arrested.

LG to ES: Great work, and thank you again.
ES: You have to open the car door for me next time. is the Kingdom going to be ok without me? When will TE and I go?
LG: Maybe tomorrow at dawn. it’s about the time she said she’ll leave
(Lighting flashes again) LG is in pain again. ES hugs him, but LG winces.
LG: Are you alright? You don’t have a scar that causes you pain?
ES: Why would I feel pain?
LG: So you and TE don’t have it, but I do.
ES: What do you have?
LG: The mark of people who’ve killed their counterpart. What are these scars?

[SR’s office]
SR looks at her neck in the mirror. She asks her assistant to get a doctor’s appointment for her, a dermatologist or a psychologist. Her assistant is concerned and asks her what she did during her ‘vacation’. SR looks at him uneasily and tells him she likes him more than she thought she did and that she can’t tell him right now or he will be in danger.

[EOSU Bookstore]
LR is waiting and SR comes in to find him there.
SR: You look the same, but you are definitely not. Lee Lim’s hidden son. You look exactly like when I saw you in the textbooks. Who are you? [She takes out the newspapers] Are you the one who sent me this?
LR: Your parents at least respected me. They feared me, listened to me, kept their heads bowed.
SR: So you’re Lee Lim and not a hidden son?
LR: You have a lot of questions and I guess you’ll get the answers soon.
SR: Then you’d be 70 years old. How is that appearance possible? And President Trump of US? What is this – who is that woman who looks exactly like me?
LR: Which question should I answer first?
LR gets up and walks around.
LR: As you can see, I’m not dead. That woman is you in a different world. Her fingerprints, DNA, appearnace and birthdate are the same as yours. There is a parallel world called the republic of Korea.
SR looks interested.
SR: Am I getting black mailed right now? if my answer is wrong, will that woman replace me?
LR: [laughs] I’ve met thousands of people until now, but you’re the first one to know the next step without having to teach you. What will you do? Will you try to answer my question?
SR: (laughs) The men of the Royal Family really know how to make me laugh. it’s only right for you to prove your ability first. Take me to that place. The other world.

(Switch back to SR’s office)

SR (saying to herself): You’re the one who chose where I should go in these heels, Your Majesty.

[LG’s office]
LG’s secretary updates him that TE wants to go out and has asked for the best guard. The secretary has chosen the best trainee of the Royal Guard, Jang Mi-reuk and has given them a business phone.

[In the car]

TE is in the car with the Royal Guard, and he looks exactly like Jangmi (haha!). The guard asks how she knows his name. TE says it’s nice to meet him and she needs to look for a snack or bread factory about an hour away from the salt field. The guard tells him it’s a restricted development area with only forests. TE says that she remembers being there and smelling something sweet, like cotton candy. The guard says it’s an area full of cinnamon trees with a strong sweet scent. They head there.

Back in Lee Gon’s office, he wants to go and find TE, but his secretary tells him they have many urgent matters to settle, especially when he’s planning to get married. (Haha) She tells him that the nation is buzzing and he needs to make an official announcement. He tells her that he hasn’t received an answer for his proposal and asks, “Isn’t that harsh?” He tells her that it’s more urgent to stop Prime Minister Koo now and tells her to go to the prison and tell KU Group’s Chairman Choe to send a representative, to make a choice between the company or his ex-wife. He asks for Court Lady Noh.

Court Lady Noh appears at this moment and walks towards him.

LG: When you’re in my sight, it’s either for the talisman or something’s happened in that palace.
ON: Yes, your majesty, it’s the latter. Actually, I’ve caught a spy and I got new chickens during that process.
LG: Someone was using poison?

(Cut to the chicken cages)
ON: The spy was a courty lady named Park Suk-jin. I heard that she had been visiting the bookstore of the traitors. She came out of the bookstore and burned that photo. When I was revealing her identity, she spat out blood.

LG: So the parents were the ones being used. I still haven’t paid him back for the meal yet… How is she?
ON: She asked to talk to you in person.

LG goes to visit Park Suk-jin. LG tells her that she has fooled him for so long. Suk-jin tells him that she has seen him with her son, Shin-Jae, and that it was in the last photo that Lee Rim sent her. When she received the poison, she drank it instead of poisoning him, so that she could pay for her sins. She took a gamble, and now she gets to meet LG. She kneels down and tells him that although it’s shameless, she’s asking him to decide the fate of her son. She pleads with him to protect Shin Jae.

Switch to scene of lady in hospital who’s trying to memorise details of her family members. She recalls back to the scene of her waking up in a house on the floor, and wondering what happened and why she is in a place that’s so rundown.

[Republic of KOREA]

Luna is outside TE’s house and looking in. TE’s dad appears and asks whether she has eaten and tells her that Jeong-hun’s mother has given homemade soybean paste. He cooks her a meal and tells her the soup is amazing. Luna looks stunned. He wonders if she’s complaining about the food and is unhappy. Luna calls him “Dad” and asks if she’s a nice daughter. TE’s dad jokingly replies yes, on 29th when she receives her salary. He tells her to put the dishes in the sink when she’s done as he has to go off.

Luna sits at the table and stares at the soup, her eyes brimming with tears. She then goes into TE’s room and looks around. She looks through TE’s clothes. She lies down on the bed and sees stars on the ceiling. “it’s a Gemini. That sucks.”, she says to herself.

[In Jun-hye’s car]
Song Jun-hye is waiting outside a house, looking in. She tells the driver she has nowhere to go as he is watching her 24 hours a day. She tells him she used to work there when she had Ji-hun. She tries to open the door when she sees Shinjae’s mum. Shinjae’s mum doesn’t know who she is. Shinjae’s mum finally recognises her and says she guesses things worked well for her. She tells Jun-hye that they moved away when Shinjae went to middle school and now she’s here to do housekeeping. Jun-hye asks to have a meal together with Shinjae’s mum, so they can catch up. JY is in the corner and sees this. He looks concerned.

Jun-Hye and Shinjae’s mum are having lunch together. They talk about work and how she’s helping Shinjae and that Shinjae has woke up. Jun-Hye is shocked to realise that Shinjae regained consciousness. Jun-Hye is struck when she sees Shinjae’s photograph as a cop. She then recalls the man she saw at the grave. She then tells Shinjae’s mum about how she was really kind to her in the past and she was grateful. She takes her purse out and gives her money for the meal, rushing off. Jun-hye walks off in a rush.

In the lift, Jun-hye enters and JY suddenly appears. He wants to go to the same floor as Jun-hye.


Change scene to LG at a pavilion, waiting for TE. LG’s royal guard is rushing the guard to bring TE over. TE runs in, panting. LG tells her he was worried and asks why she didn’t pick up. She asks him to go somewhere quiet as she has something to tell him, about Lee Lim’s bamboo forest.

TE: I remembered something about the day and I found the forest where I woke up. The Jangmi in this world is going to look for a bamboo forest nearby. If we find it, you just have to keep watch there
LG stops walking.
TE: What is it? Am I wrong?
LG: The moment that door opens, time stops. And it stops for a longer time each time it opens. Now, time stops for over an hour.
TE: So if you keep men there, they’ll be in danger, since only Lee Lim would be working. Right… I guess you would’ve thought of that already. Time really stops for that long?
LG nods.
TE hugs him.
TE: Then you’d be alone during that time.
LG hugs her back.
LG: You were with me a couple of times when that happened.
TE: is there even a way for us to fix this?
LG: I thin time is stopping because the flute is broken in half. only half its power is being used, so the dimensions are falling apart. Maybe if it’s whole again, things might get better.
TE: how would it be whole again? I guess it’ll be either of two things. You take the piece that Lee Lim has, or he takes your piece.
LG: Or I stop Lee Lim before he gets the half of the flute.
TE: But that’s in the past.
LG: If there’s a time axis as well as a space axis, then it’ll be possible. It’ll explain how I got your ID card 25 years ago.
TE: Does it exist?
LG: I’m not sure yet. I’ve ridden across that place, but no matter how long I rode, I could not reach the edge. I’m sure about one thing, though. I tossed a coin in the air, and it floated. Your seeds sank in there. I think living things sink.
TE: really? I bought more flower seeds today. (shows him magic lily seeds)
LG: Do you really believe that flowers will bloom there?
TE: I know what you’re concerned about. If the flute becomes one, that door might close forever. Right? This is the 10th rule out of the 17. Don’t get scared in advance. It hasn’t even happened yet.
LG: You’re right, but it’s the ninth out of the 17th.
TE: Oh it’s the ninth? You say it as if you’ve followed the first eight. In such situations you should just give me a pat. Never mind, I’ll see you at dawn.
LG tells the guards to take one step forward to stop TE.

LG: We should see dawn together.

LG brings TE into the portal where she plants the seed. ES is also ready to go, with his bag and luggage. He sees the coin that is floating, flicks it and it spins in the air.

We are back at a scene near TE’s home.
TE’s dad sees a group of teenagers smoking and tell him to stop. They are not afraid of him and laugh at him when he says he’ll try to take them down. He kicks off one of their cigarettes and shows them the flyer of his taekwando centre. TE appears, holding her ID and she runs up to her dad and hugs him, saying “I almost got killed this time.” He tells her that she’s been home all this time and TE immediately panics and is in shock.

TE goes back to her room. Her dad comes in and she asks her dad to pass her his phone.

JY is having a meal with SJ of fried chicken. JY asks who is Kang Yeong-min. Shinjae avoids answering, so JY asks whether that was his name in Corea. SJ answers that yes, it probably was and asks JY to look it up for him. JY asks SJ if there’s anything else he wants to find or know in Corea. JY remembers seeing his mum in the palace. SJ tells him that he wants to find his mum or his siblings. JY tells SJ that he knows he has feelings for TE, and that LG and TE cannot be together because their worlds are too far apart. SJ responds that there are people who are in the same world, yet even further apart. He walks off and admits that he does have feelings for TE.

SR walks to his car and sees Luna with a cat in an alley. Thinking that she’s TE, she asks why she hasn’t been answering her phone. Luna stands up apprehensively. SJ asks if she’s sick. Luna then pulls him in to kiss him. He pushes her away, shocked, asking her what she did. She receives a call from TE’s dad and walks away to answer it. SJ chases after her, but he cannot seem to find her. Just at this moment, TE hits him from behind and he looks at her shocked. She asks him if he has seen her counterpart. SJ asks if she had just arrived. TE asks if she looks exactly like her. SJ tells her that Luna had TE’s ID card and applied for a vacation. He tells her that she needs to cancel it immediately.

TE tries calling Luna and Luna answers. She tells Luna that they should meet, but Luna tells her that if they meet, she’ll die. TE tells her not to touch anything of hers, but Luna said that she would have done so already if she wanted to. Luna tells her that she came here to meet TE and she’ll meet her soon. TE tries calling back but the phone is turned off. “So it’s me you’re after, TE says to herself.

JY and LG are now having a meal together. LG checks in on JY and asks whether he ran into Prime Minister Koo. JY asks how he knows. LG tells him that he saw the scar, but there’s no need o worry because she cannot go wherever she wants.

Flashback to LG’s meeting with Chairman Choe’s representative. The representative tells him that he can be used to do any work he wants. he tells LG that Chairman Choe puts the company first and gave plenty of alimony to his wife. Chairman Choe’s answer comes in the form of a thumbdrive, and the representative tells him that it’s treason and the evidence came from her private residence. He tells LG to increase security in his office as his voice was reocrded often, including him saying that he was indebted to her.

Over a news broadcast, the audio file of treason is played, showing what SR said. We see the other Ministers marching into her office, asking her to step away and put all her belongings into a box. She asks them who gave that order – KU? or the Royal Court? She tells them that she has nothing to take and that all she needs is the pair of shoes she bought in Korea. She walks out of the office and asks who went through her private residence and when. Chairman Choe’s representative tells her that she needs to clean up her mess. She says she was always soaring and asks her assistant to go with her. He goes with her and puts the box down.

We switch back to Korea, where LG is chatting with JY and they are enjoying the chicken, saying that this place has the best food (PPL…). JY asks how LG knew he was here. LG tells him he had a tracking app and asks whether ES’s siblings know that JY wasn’t ES.

Cut to a scene of Nari with ES’s siblings. The little girl says that she knows it’s not her brother. Nari also says it’s strange, but just at this moment, ES arrives in a suit and they run up to him. Nari recognises him immediately too and ES runs up to hug her, telling her that he misses her. It’s a cute and adorable scene which ends in a group hug.

At the police station, TE is getting her leave application cancelled, but it’s already cancelled. She decides to go off to get a new phone.

We see Luna in a car at the top deck of a carpark. She’s crying and in pain. She looks up at the ceiling of the car and the gemini constellation pattern is there too.

The next day, ES is ready to leave his hom eand sees LG there, waiting for him. LG opens the door of his very swanky car for ES andtells him that he has bought this car for ES. ES’s eyes open-wide. LG thanks him sincerely for his service. ES cannot believe his eyes and says he has nothing to give him in return. LG takes a packet of coffee from his pocket and sucks it – yet another blatant PPL.

TE is leaving her home and tells her dad not to open the door for anyone. However, as she’s leaving, she sees LG in her home. The dad tells her that the horse owner came and he asked him to sit down. Wow, the product placement is strong in the second half – we see the kimchi again. Her dad teases her that her face is glowing and asks if she has a boyfriend. To his surprise and Lee Gon’s, TE says that she did get a boyfriend and he’s right here. Haha! Lee Gon is shocked, and so is her dad. They bow awkwardly. and TE breaks the ice by telling them the meat is cooked. It’s a really hilarious scene. We have even more PPL regarding the kimchi. The dad asks LG who he really is. TE tells him to stop and that from his face, he should be able to see he is a decent guy.

TE and LG leave their house together and LG telsl her that his dad must be pretty shocked that he’s dating a guy without an identity. TE says she’s going to find out where SR had been. LG says he’s leaving today and TE asks whether he’s really leaving righ tnow. LG asks whether he should stay, just for today. TE asks whether he will stay if she stops him. He asks if she’s sincere, and she replies that she’ll see him after her work is done. She goes to her car and takes something out from the car, which she claims is an excuse to stop him from leaving. It’s a black jacket – exactly like the one we saw on the man who saved young Lee Gon from Lee Rim.

SJ is in the police station and TE arrives. She asks a favour from SJ and he looks at her. She wants to look for Luna.

They go to look for Ms Koo eun-A and realise that she has not been in for almost 4 days. They realise they really need to find her as SR may have done something to her. They receive news that Koo Eun-A was reported as missing. They put together the pieces and decide they need to go to Yangsun Care Centre where Lee Seong-jae died (Lee Lim’s counterpart).

At Yangsun Care Centre, they ask the staff in charge whether she knows Eun-A. The staff demands for a warrant again. SJ asks why it is that there are so many rooms that need ID cards and he reaches out for the staff’s ID card. They do a search of the Care Centre. The staff looks uneasy and nervous.

Flashback to the scene of JY being in the lift with Jung-hye – nothing much happens.

We are now in the hotel room and LG takes out the jacket from the bag, saying that someone did not want him to attract attention in this world. JY speaks to LG and asks if LG would like to have a drink with him. LG asks him if there’s something on his mind. JY excuses himself to go and buy some soju. LG remembers SJ’s mum in Corea, pleading with him, and calls SJ but nobody picks up.

LG puts on the jacket and the cap – and now we know, he’s definitely the one who went back in time. The doorbell rings and it’s TE at the door (or is it Luna?). He asks her if she skipped work.

We are back at the Care Centre again and SJ is searching around. He walks from room to room and stumbles upon a room that looks suspicious. he tries to open the door, but it’s locked tight. He scans the ID card. TE is in a room where bodies are stored and she finds Eun-A’s body.

We move to LR walking by the river and he sees a huge poster of LG on the building. He stops in his tracks and looks at it again. (I’m confused by this scene)

Back in the hotel, Luna tells LG that she looked up how to grow magic lily but realises it’s difficult to grow them. She tells LG that the flower symbolises “hopeless love”. LG looks at her and says, “I thought I wouldn’t be fooled, but that face is his weakness.” He tells her that she has a look at anxiety, which TE wouldn’t have.

LG takes the ID card from Luna and he sees himself in the mirror in that black jacket, holding the ID card. He immediately recalls what happened when he was young and how the black man was skilled with a gun…

We cut to LR.
LR: He knew the structure of the cheonjongo well, and knew who the enemy was.

Back to LG
LG: He was fighting with all his might for me. The one who saved me…

LR: The one who saved you was yourself

LG: It was me. So that’s how everything comes together.

LG falls to the ground, coughing, panting. He collapses to the ground. Luna has poisoned him.

We flashback to the man in black, standing over young LG. The man’s eyes are clearly Lee Gon’s.

Thank you for reading. Review of the episode will be posted tomorrow.

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