‘Twinkling Watermelon’ Episode 14 Recap & Ending Explained: Did Eun-Gyeol Save Yi-Chan?

Just when we thought everything was finally better in the world of Twinkling Watermelon, the show has thrown us yet another curve ball. Given the circumstances, we’d be expecting the 2023 duo to return home by episode 15 so that they can be home with their families by the end of the series, but they’ve still got a lot of things to do in 1995. Episode 13 ended with Eun-Gyeol and Eun-Yoo realizing they’re both from the future on their way to camp, where the band plans on writing their first original song. Episode 14 reveals a lot of secrets to both Eun-Gyeol and Eun-Yoo, and they also finally have the answers to why they’ve come so far.


Spoilers Ahead

What Happens In Episode 14?

Eun-Gyeol and Eun-Yoo find themselves in a soup when Yi-Chan notices the cell phones and asks to see what they are. With no other thought in mind, Eun-Gyeol decides to jump off the train with Eun-Yoo, thinking that’s the only thing he can do to prevent Yi-Chan from seeing his phone. Of course, the train leaves them behind, and Yi-Chan has to solve a problem caused by Eun-Gyeol yet again. The house the band is staying at is a present from the owner of the music store that Eun-Gyeol was visiting, Mr. Choi. Yi-Chan requests that he pick up the two who’ve jumped off the train, in his car. In the meantime, Eun-Gyeol and Eun-Yoo tell each other their respective background stories and how they ended up in 1995. When Choi gets there, he’s surprised to see Se-Kyung but can’t keep his eyes off her. Outspoken Eun-Yoo asks Choi why he’s staring at her, but he tries to make a joke about Eun-Gyeol telling him she was 28 years older to distract them.


When they arrive at the cabin, Yi-Chan takes Eun-Gyeol outside and asks to see the strange device again. Eun-Gyeol pretends it’s a recording device from abroad and sings a couple of lyrics he’s written himself. Yi-Chan calls the lyrics garbage, but he’s distracted by the words, and they return inside with no more talk about the device. In the meantime, Eun-Yoo is having the time of her life by giving the other band members plagiarized song ideas from BTS’ discography. She’s having too much fun now that she knows another one of them is also from the future. On the other hand, Yi-Chan finds a kitten for Chung-Ah to play with so that she doesn’t feel lonely or bored. Chung-Ah lets Yi-Chan know that she’s just fine on her own and he should focus on the band and writing the song.

When Yi-Chan returns to the cabin after spending some time with Chung-Ah, he starts to work on the song that Eun-Gyeol sang for him. Eun-Gyeol is surprised by his father’s amazing memory. The band is meant to write the song in just one night, and they all fall asleep at some point except Yi-Chan. He finishes the song and wakes Eun-Gyeol up to ask if it’ll work. Eun-Gyeol wakes up the rest of the band to show them that they have the perfect song, but by the time they can celebrate with Yi-Chan, he’s fast asleep. They practice their song, eat some grilled meat, finish up their photoshoot, and head back home.


When Chung-Ah is back home, her stepmother is furious at the fact that she didn’t say anything and didn’t return home all night. She slaps her on the face, and Chung-Ah uses sign language to tell her to stop hitting her. She says she finally has people who love her and look after her. The woman slaps her again, and Chung-Ah slaps her back, running to her room to tell Yi-Chan to come get her. Before she can put the note through the fax machine, the stepmother breaks it. Chung-Ah is taken to a dark room in the attic, with the threat of her hands being tied up if she uses sign language. A flashback of Chung-Ah’s childhood shows that she was put in this room since she was a child and abused for not talking. Back then, the stepmother was merely a teacher, and one day, when the chairman returned from work, Chung-Ah rushed to him, calling him “dad,” something she’d never done before. Chung-Ah is crying profusely, but the teacher sends her back to the room to study harder, stopping the chairman from following her. Ever since, he’s been ignorant of the abuse his daughter has faced.

Eun-Gyeol spends some time with Eun-Yoo and then returns home to find Chung-Ah missing. He asks one of the housemaids where she is, and when she doesn’t answer, he realizes something terrible is happening. He tells the housemaid to tell him what’s going on before he makes her an accomplice to abuse. He finds Chung-Ah in the locked attic, and she tells him that he’s finally found her after 12 years of a hide-and-seek game. Eun-Gyeol is absolutely devastated by what his mother has gone through and cries like a baby, holding her tight. He finally gets her out and decides to take her to Yi-Chan’s house until the chairman returns. The stepmother/teacher warns him yet again that if he leaves, there’ll be mighty consequences, but he tells her that she should be on the watch because he’s going to make her life miserable. To be fair, Eun-Gyeol really has nothing to fear in this life and will go to any lengths to keep his parents safe.


What Does Eun-Yoo Find Out?

Eun-Gyeol explains everything to Yi-Chan and his grandmother, requesting that she keep Chung-Ah there for some time. Yi-Chan’s temper gets in the way, and he wants to go fight the lady right then, but Eun-Gyeol calms him down. In the meantime, Chung-Ah cries more with Yi-Chan’s grandmother because she’s so nice to her and tells her that she should come to stay with them if anything goes wrong again. By the time the boys return to be by Chung-Ah’s side, she’s already all smiles, playing a game of “go” with grandmother and the rest of the boys staying with them. Seeing his parents all smiley and happy, Eun-Gyeol has to take a minute to realize he’s back in 1995 and realize how much his parents faced, yet they provided only love and comfort to their children. It hits him that this is the reason he came to the past for real.

On the other hand, Eun-Yoo is in for a really big surprise. She is curious about Choi, and the band members explain to her how he was in Korea’s best band back in the day, but because of a scandal, they were disbanded and retired. The scandal was that the frontman, aka Choi, had an illegitimate child with an actress back in the day, which was never confirmed. Eun-Yoo goes to the shop and finds out from Choi if it’s all true by simply asking him to tell her about her mother, the actress Shin Ha Young. Eun-Yoo needs some time to process what her biological grandfather has told her and asks Eun-Gyeol to join her for a meal because she’s feeling homesick. Eun-Gyeol does her one better and takes her to his great-grandmother’s home for a home-cooked meal. On the way, Eun-Yoo tells Eun-Gyeol that he must be happy to see his entire family together, but he says he’s missing his older brother. She’s surprised to hear that he has one.


What’s even crazier is that Eun-Gyeol is the brother of Eun-Ho, the guy who taught her sign language. It seems their connection is really deep-rooted. At the end of the episode, Eun-Yoo remembers that Eun-Ho told her when his father met with an accident, and it wasn’t the day before the festival. She tells Eun-Gyeol that it hasn’t happened yet. Now, we have to wait an entire week to find out the truth, and maybe Eun-Gyeol will not be able to change destiny for Yi-Chan, but he knows that his father will be happy and Eun-Gyeol will be able to understand him much better than ever before. Eun-Gyeol is finally realizing that sometimes he was being selfish with his father, and on that last day when he had the big fight with him, he should’ve been nicer and understood his father’s side of things too.

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Ruchika Bhat
Ruchika Bhat
Ruchika, or "Ru," is a fashion designer and stylist by day and a serial binge-watcher by night. She dabbles in writing when she has the chance and loves to entertain herself with reading, K-pop dancing, and the occasional hangout with friends.

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