Sitcoms/Variety Shows
1 Night 2 Days: Episode 330
by | April 24, 2011 | 80 Comments

Thanks to last episode’s unexpected delay, we get a little bit of extra material, which fills out the first half of this episode. Then the guys leave Jeju behind, and it’s time for some sweet, sweet payback for Na PD, who gets to crank up the difficulty meter. It’s like his soul requires a certain amount of havoc-wreaking upon his cast’s lives (and comfort levels), and needs to regain its karmic equilibrium.

EPISODE 330. Broadcast on April 17, 2011.

girlfriday: The boys wake up bright and early and finally take the boat to Kapado, which is the tiniest, flattest island I’ve ever seen.

javabeans: Cue the obligatory segment highlighting the scenic views. Like I said, this show is a tourism board’s wet dream. You’d think there’d be more tie-ins, although I suppose it’s reassuring that the show isn’t completely overrun with product placement and advertising.

girlfriday: Yeah, I like that despite being a huge production, the show can still be six guys on a road trip, without that commercial sheen to everything. The low-rent style is the charm of the show. For instance, Ho-dong announces that the cameraman’s gonna do a 360-degree shot of the view, to show it off. He spins around, and then Seung-gi adds, “And the staff that’s hiding!” The camera pans down to show Na PD and the crew crouching just below, now feeling really silly.

javabeans: At the village mayor’s house, Ho-dong can’t pass up the chance to poke fun at the massive amounts of empty liquor containers outside in recycling crates. “Amidst such scenery…you just gotta drink, huh?” Like, it’s gorgeous here, but what else ya gonna do? The mayor looks abashed to have them point it out, hee.

girlfriday: Everyone naps, but Tae-woong is awake as they bring the food out, and you can see who he’s REALLY friends with, since the only person he wakes up is Su-geun. By dragging him like a ragdoll, no less.

javabeans: I love that Tae-woong is the only person awake initially, because he’s the guy with the least clue what the hell to do with all this free, unsupervised food. Then Jong-min gets up, and it’s time for the tasting game! There’s such an illicit thrill in doing something without the full group, even if it’s something as small as getting to taste one spoonful before anybody else. They revert to their go-to game, rock-scissors-paper, and Tae-woong kicks some butt.

girlfriday: When Ho-dong wakes up, their first instinct is survival — let’s pretend we’re sleeping so we don’t get hit!

javabeans: Sometimes all you need is a cute caption to wring a laugh: Ho-dong looks around blearily while they pretend to sleep, and Tae-woong’s caption reads, “Actor Uhm is acting.”

girlfriday: Na PD tells them that they’ll play a round of games, and the winning team gets to eat everything, and the losing team gets rice, and one of the small side dishes. That’s just mean. It’s almost more pathetic than starving. Almost.

javabeans: I thought it was actually pretty nice of him, given that he coulda just given them nothing. Or just rice.

girlfriday: He announces the birth of a new team: Tae-woong, Ji-won, and Seung-gi. Damn, that’s one scary team, is what I’m thinking, and then he tells them the team name: Moo Sup Dang, which means Scary Team. Literally. (It’s a collection of their nicknames — Moo-dang: Tae-woong, Sup-sup-ee: Ji-won, Huh-dang: Seung-gi)

javabeans: See, the powers that be have LITERALLY heard my wishes, because Team Scary is a result of fan voting.

girlfriday: Leave it to netizens to clinch the name too, along with their counterpart: Ho-dong / Su-geun / Jong-min: Babo Dang, or Team Stupid. Aw. Sadly though, it IS true that each of them has been voted the dumbest member of 1N2D at one point or another, by their teammates.

javabeans: It’s doubly sad that there’s no alternate meaning to Babo Team. Scary Team, at least, has an excuse for being made up from their nicknames, but Babo Team gets no explanation. Su-geun looks particularly saddened by this.

girlfriday: To prove their namesake, the Babo Team turns in a game suggestion that’s spelled wrong, and Ho-dong just sighs at the aptness of the team name. Each team throws in suggestions for games that they’re good at, but then they’re drawn at random. Scary Team writes in: emphasis game, double jump rope, and breath holding. Babo Team writes in: hackey sack (is this whatchoo call jaegi?), arm wrestling, and ping pong. Na PD laughs that Ho-dong’s thrown variety out the window today; he plans to WIN.

javabeans: It would suck to come all the way to Kapado, replete with weather delays, be told you have a meal worthy of a “sea palace,” and then get to eat none of it.

girlfriday: Ji-won and Seung-gi call Tae-wong the Moo Sup Dang Boss, deferring to him by age, but methinks Ji-won’s still the boss of this team, like he’s always been. First game: hackey sack. Seung-gi jokes that he’ll do a cool 20, but then it turns out that he really does have to do 20 to beat the other team…which of course he can’t do.

javabeans: Tae-woong was so eager to go second, the least pressure-filled situation, because I don’t think he could handle the burden of losing for his team. Plus, well, there’s the fact that he sucks at this game, as we’ve seen. But the best part is how very seriously Seung-gi takes his turn, folding his pant cuff and putting on an extra sock, and then faltering at number three. Talk about anticlimactic.

girlfriday: The extra sock was hilariously useless. At least Seung-gi has a chance to regain his image in double jump rope. He does 43, and Jong-min goes: “Forty-three? How many is that?” HA. Haha.

javabeans: Ho-dong, counting Seung-gi’s jumps: “Twenty-three, twenty-four, we lost, twenty-five…” He does his best to hang in there, and when he falls, he beats the ground like a baby.

girlfriday: A very LARGE baby. Last game is the emphasis game, which they suggested purely hinging on Jong-min’s failure, rather than their own success.

javabeans: Poor guy. That’s like being voted MVP for your opponent’s team. And Team Babo was so hoping to score the arm-wrestling challenge instead. Instant win.

girlfriday: Ho-dong whines that the other team has two actors with good pronunciation, and his prediction turns out to be true — Tae-woong and Seung-gi are both pros at this game. Problem is Ji-won, who has some trouble. But he gets through it eventually.

javabeans: Seung-gi’s awesome at this, I notice. It’s good that he’s first, because when someone else flubs, he’s so quick to redo his lines that it hardly takes them any time to get back up to speed. O_O

girlfriday: Jong-min, on the other hand… is like the poster boy for Hooked on Phonics: The scare-tactic version. Yunno, what happens to your kids if you let them grow up without learning how to read.

javabeans: Ho-dong points out that singers are also supposed to have good enunciation…but not so much in Jong-min’s case.

girlfriday: At one point Su-geun tells him to just say the phrase six times without changing emphasis, and he can’t get through it even ONCE. I think he’s confusing emphasis for volume, though eventually that tactic works for him. Not before he has everyone rolling on the floor first though.

javabeans: I actually suspected that Jong-min was, as you alluded to in a previous recap, going for the laugh rather than the win here. In the last episode, he seemed to genuinely trip up and that had me in stitches. Here, it was like he went one step further and tried on purpose to be bad, except he was actually doing okay in the recitation and it wasn’t as difficult a phrase. Not that I think he always fakes being bad; maybe he knew they’d already lost and decided to make lemonade out of the situation?

girlfriday: Yeah, it was a little exaggerated. I could tell this phrase was easier because by the time it was his turn, even I could say it six times without fail, and I’m terrible at this game.

javabeans: The only thing that made me think it wasn’t entirely a show was that Seung-gi offered to send the losing team an extra dish because he felt bad for Jong-min. Plus, Jong-min’s face did look uncharacteristically sad, rather than his usual goofiness. See, that’s where he always sits for me — on the very edge between annoying and endearing. At least his team eventually completes the game, albeit with a few slip-ups that the PD lets slide. Team Scary is about to protest, but Na PD points out that the only reason they let it go was because Team Babo is way over time limit anyway.

javabeans: Then they eat. I can see how Seung-gi really shot to fame as Korea’s darling in the past couple of years — not based exclusively on 1N2D, but probably in large part because of it.

girlfriday: And why he’s my puppy?

javabeans: Sure, he can be your puppy. He’s the poster boy for the eom-chin-ah, or “Mom’s friend’s son,” which is to say the nice boy next door. It’s one thing to have a positive public image through movies or dramas, but in variety, you really get a sense of their real personalities (even allowing for some construction of personas), and Seung-gi’s got such good manners and a generally great attitude. We see this when Team Scary is eating their reward dinner, and Team Babo sits outside with their three bowls of rice and two small side dishes. Ji-won wonders, like the curious little child he is, if they should peek outside to see what the losers are doing, and Seung-gi tells him, “The winning team should eat quietly,” meaning, don’t be a poor sport and flaunt it. (And then Ji-won goes outside anyway to offer a teeny bite of food, if the losers play a game for it. Dance, monkey, dance!)

girlfriday: Yeah, that’s definitely the sentiment (And why there was such an uproar when Seung-gi announced his activities in Japan, and people were like, “You can’t abandon 1N2D! It MADE you who you are!”).

javabeans: I can see how fans have gotten attached to these boys. On the other hand, it’s been, what? Three years of their lives? I can understand wanting to move on, too.

girlfriday: He literally had to find a way to keep doing 1N2D and Strong Heart, while flying back and forth to Japan. It’s nuts.

javabeans: I’m amazed he kept it up while shooting My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho. By now, we all know that drama shoots are fucking INSANE. It’s hard enough to get a drama shot and aired when that’s all you’re doing. Adding another job on top of that is overextending by a factor of, like, a million. (Says my math.)

girlfriday: And that’s why he’s Korea’s eom-chin-ah Golden Boy. Because he somehow does the crazy, all with a good attitude.

javabeans: Didn’t they have to stipulate in his Gumiho contract that he’d have to be able to do 1N2D weekends if he was gonna take on the drama in the first place?

girlfriday: Yeah, they did. And isn’t that why he didn’t do Iljimae? (Which, thank god, because where would we be without Jung Il-woo and his mane of glory?)

javabeans: I know! As much as I like him as an actor, that was really Jung Il-woo’s shining moment. He fit the elegant beauty of that so perfectly.

girlfriday: Two weeks later, they start shooting the next outing at 12:01pm, as promised, since they completed the 3-photo mission in Jeju last time. Only… they meet on the south shore of Korea, which has taken them SIX HOURS to get to, from Seoul. They rant, calling Na PD a liar, but he sneakily points out that the promise was for the time, not the location.

javabeans: Ha. I knew he’d pull one over on them. (Maybe if they’d had a harder time in Jeju, he’d have been nicer about that noon shoot. But he totally made sure to leave plenty of room for loopholes.) So there they are, filming at noon, but at their far-off destination of Namhae rather than in Seoul.

girlfriday: They point out that he had even said they would have enough time to book an event in the morning before the shoot. Ji-won: “When? Even nightclubs close at four!”

javabeans: I feel like Na PD designed this outing around that loophole. Rather than designing it around their locale.

girlfriday: Seung-gi shows up with a new haircut. Sigh. Oh, Seung-gi. WTF? Did you get into a fight with a pair of scissors?

javabeans: It’s…an interesting look for him. Like he lost a bet with a 6-year-old girl who wanted to play barbershop. I hope you didn’t pay some fancy stylist for that, ‘cause you got hosed.

girlfriday: If that were the actual case (like, he let his niece play hairstylist, and the game got too real) then it’d be ADORABLE. He should’ve just gone with that story.

girlfriday: Na PD walks them to their first destination to see this outing’s theme for themselves. I love when the cameras catch the little things, like Seung-gi and Ho-dong, the maknae and the mat-hyung, walking along side by side with their arms in the same grandpa-on-a-stroll position. They arrive at a modest country home, and it turns out to be Food Truck Ajumma’s house. They watch as she makes a spring-themed meal, and they can’t handle not being able to eat it. Su-geun: “Can you just hit me with a stick so I’m not awake for this?”

javabeans: They note that Food Truck Ajumma doesn’t measure anything, because the Korean mother measures and cooks with sohn-mat. Literally, that means “taste of the hand,” or “hand seasoning,” aka Mom’s home cooking.

girlfriday: I love when the guys talk about Mom’s cooking, and how they used to eat bibimbap out of those pink plastic bowls, and get all nostalgic.

javabeans: The funny thing is, my mother has trouble with the whole sohn-mat concept. She’s not really your typical ajumma, in that she’s sorta very intellectual and very UN-domestic, and she hates the Korean way of touching everything with your hands, mixing and tasting with the same utensils, and so on. She’s a clean freak. Which is totally understandable from Western standpoint — sanitary food preparation, yay! — but kind of goes against the whole Korean way of being. She wouldn’t even let us eat jjigae out of a communal pot.

girlfriday: Wow, that’s so… UN-Korean.

javabeans: Anyway, all this to say that mi madre lacks this sohn-mat affinity, and therefore cooking isn’t exactly her forte. Plus, she was the youngest girl in a multi-daughter household. When I was a kid, she’d try to cook out of Korean cookbooks, but as you probably know, Korean cookbooks aren’t really very…accurate? She’d get frustrated with recipe books that read “Put in the appropriate amount of soy sauce” and “add just the right amount of sugar.” Haha. I think that’s why it’s hard for non-Koreans to learn how to cook Korean foods.

girlfriday: That’s like me, when my mom tries to teach me how to make something, and I’m like, “How much? How much do I put?” Mom: **shows me on her hand** “This much.”

javabeans: My mom actually sent me to my aunt to learn how to cook when I was in my teens, because she couldn’t teach me anything. HAHA. And my aunt cooks that way. I’d be trying to file away the information for future use, and she’d just pour in unmeasured amounts of oils and seasonings and be like, “See? This is how you do it.”

girlfriday: It’s like they don’t understand how someone couldn’t know how much. But it’s a feeling, or a sense that they adapt over years and years, that can’t be translated into measurements.

javabeans: I actually cook that way, which is why my mom says she’s relieved I didn’t take after her. I just pour stuff in, taste, pour more, taste, etc. Not always with the best results, but hey, it’s how you learn.

girlfriday: Yeah, I have to do the same too, because all I know is what my mom taught me, which is the sohn-mat way. Not that I… can actually cook properly, mind you.

javabeans: I was actually helping a non-Korean friend prepare a barbecue once, and he wanted kalbi but didn’t know how to make it. He printed out some online recipes and I went over to his kitchen and just started throwing stuff into the marinade. And he was like, “Wait! You have to tell me how much so I can make it again!” And I was like, “Uh? You just taste it, and when it tastes right, you’re done!” It…was not helpful.

girlfriday: Hahaha. You are SO gonna be a good ajumma someday.

javabeans: I’ve already got the impatient, crabby attitude!

girlfriday: All you need is the MC Hammer pants and the flower vest to complete the transformation.

javabeans: Oh god. Shoot me now. Can’t we evolve the ajumma concept to at least have a killer wardrobe? Korea, get on that!

girlfriday: They drool buckets watching her cook, and then finally get one taste. Ho-dong mixes. Man, I know it’s a given, but this guy knows how to EAT.

javabeans: He practically gives the other guys a lesson on the rules of proper mixing. Then Seung-gi wins the right to a preview taste…and practically cries at how good it is. (The other boys have to sit there and take it, watching his reaction.) Damn if Na PD is feeling particularly sadistic today, because he just made them wait patiently and watch while ajumma cooked…but they all know there’s a catch. It can’t be as simple as merely then EATING.

girlfriday: Of course not. Na PD would get his Evil Brain Trust membership revoked. The challenge: Each member is tasked with an ingredient (eg. rice, soybean paste) and a game accompanying it. Only tasks completed by 3pm win, so they get to eat whatever they can make with those ingredients.

javabeans: The big prize is the rice. They can still eat watered-down versions of the other dishes if they fail to win certain ingredients (like bean paste, sesame oil), but if they fail to win the rice, they’ll be pathetically hungry.

girlfriday: The tasks: (1) glue eyes on 100 dolls, (2) sing karaoke and get the exact score of 79, (3) go to Chul-soo’s house, order jajangmyun and eat it, (4) put snack chips on all ten fingers, then eat them all in five seconds, (5) go to the famous temple at the top of the mountain and bow 108 times, (6) find a local arcade and beat the top score at Tetris. Goddamn, Na PD is on some sort of vengeance streak after Jeju!

javabeans: No kidding. You could practically hear him cackling in glee.

girlfriday: I know, right? You totally called it — the Jeju task was too easy for them.

javabeans: In Jeju, you could actually see on his face that he was bummed that it was so easy, like he was disappointed in himself for letting his guard down.

girlfriday: Like, “Bad Evil Genius, BAD!”

javabeans: “You have been downgraded to evil gifted student!”

girlfriday: HA. Self-flagellating evil mastermind.

javabeans: Well, you don’t get to mastermind status by being evil slacker. “Eh, I’ll conquer the world…tomorrow.”

girlfriday: Seung-gi figures out what the ordering jajangmyun at Chul-soo’s house is about. It’s a Fantasy Couple reference, because Oh Ji-ho’s character was named Chul-soo, and they always ate jajangmyun at the house, located on the south shore.

javabeans: Dude, I was totally thinking the same thing! When they announced they were in Namhae, I was thinking how this is where Fantasy Couple was filmed, and then the name Chul-soo clinched it. Which they then reinforced with the jajangmyun mention. Also: Seung-gi totally watches dramas!

girlfriday: And he’d BETTER watch all the Hong Sisters dramas!

javabeans: You’d think Tae-woong would’ve gotten it, since he was in a Hong sisters drama too. Ooh, another connection between him and Seung-gi!

girlfriday: OMG, wouldn’t it be awesome if they cameo’d in Best Love together?

javabeans: AS A COUPLE?

girlfriday: A girl can dream. No, as Team Scary.

javabeans: I like my idea better.

girlfriday: So do I, but it’s more likely they’d cameo as themselves, or as their Hong Sisters drama characters.

javabeans: They be writers of fiction. Make it happen!

girlfriday: Oh, man, since Best Love is meta-on-meta in the k-entertainment scene, they should have Seung-gi cameo as Woong-ah, playing Cha Seung-won’s stuntman.

javabeans: DUDE. And Tae-woong can play entertainment agency President Byun (from Delightful Girl Chun-hyang). It’s perfectly set up already! And they can both sling jokey insults at 1N2D.

girlfriday: It seems most of the guys are lucky in the tasks they get, because they’re the perfect people for the job: Tae-woong gets the most physically demanding one (I was seriously thinking if it’s not him or Seung-gi, no one else will make it up the mountain by 3, let alone bow a bazillion times!) Ji-won gets Tetris, Su-geun gets karaoke, and Jong-min gets jajangmyun at Chul-soo’s. The only ones that should’ve been switched were Seung-gi and Ho-dong, because Seung-gi picked an eating task (would’ve been a breeze for Ho-dong), and Ho-dong got a task requiring patience….Ruh-roh.

javabeans: I love how Ho-dong is shown to his challenge area, and he does the MC thing by announcing his upcoming mission: “Here, I take on the challenge of attaching doll eyes!” Opens door. Sees mountain of dolls. “…which I have failed.”

girlfriday: That cracked me up. Every inch of that tiny room was covered with teddy bears.

javabeans: It’s also cute how Tae-woong asks someone for directions, and by now he’s been recognized by several of the locals and bows in greeting. And this ajumma sneaks in to shake his hand while he’s stuck at the corner.

girlfriday: Tae-woong blazes up the mountain, leaving his VJ behind… AGAIN.

javabeans: His VJ tries to keep up at first, but has to give up. I love his audible *SIGH.*

girlfriday: Ji-won the Cho-ding finds the nearest elementary school, and then starts asking kids in the street to take him to the arcade. How come he really does fit in so well with grade-schoolers?

javabeans: The song they played while the boys ran for the arcade cracked me UP. It’s a kiddie tune that goes, “Let’s all go running around the neighborhood…”

girlfriday: He finds an arcade, but no Tetris. Oh crap. At the same time, Su-geun can’t find an open noraebang, and on top of it all, none of the neighborhood karaoke machines give scores. When he finally finds an open noraebang, he chooses… Seung-gi’s noona anthem, the trot version.

javabeans: When Ji-won finds his arcade, the caption made it a point to draw our attentions to the man singing in a nearby booth, saying, “Someone’s singing in the background.” Then when it’s Seu-geun’s perspective, the caption says, “Something seems familiar…” Imma crack up so hard if the next episode reveals it’s Su-geun, singing in the arcade noraebang.

girlfriday: That would be AWESOME. I love Seung-gi’s reaction to his snack food task: “Came all the way to Namhae…to do this?” The funniest thing about his task is the caveat that he has to do it in a place where no one else is around, so it builds this hilarious ambiance, like he’s doing something wrong. He keeps darting his eyes back and forth, like a loon.

javabeans: It just makes him look like he’s a creep with a really weird food fetish.

girlfriday: Hahahahahahaha! He’s always saying that this show takes away all cool points, but this task really does make him seem like he’s got a screw loose. Meanwhile, Jong-min stops at a coffee shop to ask for the Chinese takeout number (smart) and the ajumma’s like, “Don’t stutter, and do well!” LOL. Yet another hitch: jajangmyun delivery will take too long. Dude, things are looking bad for most of the boys.

javabeans: They all started out feeling pretty optimistic, but as time ticks on, they realize that every mission has little hiccups. Like the noraebangs not being open mid-day, or not scoring the performances. Or the arcade not having Tetris.

girlfriday: Ho-dong is frustrated with his challenge at first, but then figures out a good way to glue the bears’ eyes on, and he starts getting excited, and talking to them. “I’m going to bring you all to life!” I started having pig-rabbit flashbacks.

javabeans: He strikes me as one of those super-extroverted people who NEED human interaction to stay even-keel. And if they get too isolated or deprived of mental stimulation, they get totally All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

girlfriday: Seriously. When he starts talking about the rush he feels when each eye gets glued in place, I start thinking he’s lost his mind.

javabeans: Usually he’s so good at keeping the talk flowing, conscious of his role as MC, but I notice that his VJ is asking him questions to engage him. Like about his young kid at home.

girlfriday: He talks into the camera at his son, saying he’ll bring one of the bears home, and the PD asks if his 3-year-old son recognizes Daddy on tv yet. Ho-dong: “Not Daddy, not anything… He’s obsessed with Pororo!”

javabeans: And then he did the impression of his son when Ho-dong wants to watch 1N2D, and the kid gets mad. And how he snaps to attention the minute he turns on the TV: “Pororo fixes everything.”

girlfriday: I LOVE that he confesses to being jealous… of Pororo. It’s so cute.

javabeans: Caption: “Pororo, my love rival!”

girlfriday: I guess even the nation’s top MC loses to that damn penguin.


80 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Kiara

    DUDE you guys rock. Thank you for the recap :).

    • 1.1 -_-

      Just a quick question…why are the recaps always a week post the actual broadcast. Does KBS release the show online a week after the broadcast? Just a thought, no rudeness or anything intended

      • 1.1.1 funkypicklez

        i think its cuz girlfriday and javabeans both like to watch, discuss it together, and then write it up.

        unlike drama recaps, 1night 2days recaps have both their opinions in it <3

  2. questions987

    LMAO Pororo my love rival.

  3. fanny

    LOL…you’re so funny, I mean JB and GF…I think both of you should join the guys in 1N2D too^^
    Thank you for the recap 🙂

  4. YT629

    I’ve never been much of a variety show watcher, but your recaps of 1 Night 2 Days makes me wanna jump on that wagon too.

    On a side note, I TOTALLY get javabeans and girlfriday’s frustrations with the sohn mat concept of korean cooking. Whenever I’d help out my mom in the kitchen she’d give me instructions like “put in the appropriate amount of sugar.” And I’d ask “what’s the appropriate amount?” And her reaction would always be “What do you mean? The APPROPRIATE amount.” As though that meant anything to me 😛

    • 4.1 diorama

      Agh, I’m Indian and my mom and grandma do the EXACT SAME THING. I’ll be like “What goes in next?”, and they’re all oh-so-casual, “Some this, some that, a bit of this, lots of that..”. Me: *wails* “But HOW MUCH, exactly?”. I’ve eventually learned to be like JB – toss some stuff in till it tastes good.

      • 4.1.1 Arhazivory

        Same way for Jamaican cooking. lol. I’ve ended up being a ‘toss it in’ person too.

        • Rexy

          I have a Chinese grandmother who started me off that way (it’s easier to learn when you’re a kid cos you watch for a while first), but then I went to culinary school where I got the formal training, and now that I know my measurements by sight, I can easily go back and do the sohn-mat thing, but name measurements if anyone asks. Which, sadly, no one really does, because the rest of my family is cooking-phobic so I cook alone =_=

        • lee

          How odd is that I’m both Indian and Jamaican so I can’t escape the eye measuring thing either but I’m OK at it and my food is edible….. well for me anyways.

          • Arhazivory

            lol. Didn’t think I’d meet another Jamaican who watches kdrama. Thought my mum and I were the only ones.

      • 4.1.2 Alvina

        I’m both so I have no luck anywhere
        lol. Whenever I decide to cook, it’s like a nuclear waste site. Everyone tends to back away and leave and no one eats the food I make


        ahh well.

        LOl @ Porroro

      • 4.1.3 galen

        heh, I’m Chinese, and my mother tries and fails at the “about that much” school of cooking, whereas my grandmother is excellent at it. anything she cooks is automatically tastier than anything my mother makes. 🙂

      • 4.1.4 Yasmin

        Lol, I am egyption and both my mom, grans and aunts do that!! My food is never usually edible and they always complain that it’s my fault!! That’s why I have decided to stick to takeaway rather than die of despair everytime my mom gives me the look that I have failed!! Lool

        • Lenita

          i usually follow a recipe the first time with measurements (if given), but thereafter it’s sohn-mat style, more fun that way!

      • 4.1.5 sur

        same here i’m indian and every person i know does that not only the measurement thing but also what goes after what like should the garlic or the onion be fried first… but i think everybody has their cooking styles i cook without measuring by now i know how much to put in what but my food tastes different than my mother or sister or my father… but it always tastes good i guess i’ve got cooking in my genes

    • 4.2 misso

      i totally jumped on that wagon already!! hehe after reading uhm tae woong recaps.. its too cute to pass!! haha

    • 4.3 kdrama foodie

      on the flip side, it’s kinda hard teaching new-to-cooking friends ’cause it really is all about taste, taste, taste! even with precise measures (i.e.1 tsp sugar, 2tsp soy sauce), the sweetness/saltiness may still need adjusting to suit the individual. though, that being said, it freaks me out no end when my mum cooks sohn mat style and will taste test for raw items (i.e.meat filling for dumplings). it’s just a quick lick of a finger but still…

      also, sorry if this has been answered already but what does ‘huh-dang’ mean? was that the not-quite-cool thing?

  5. SeungGiFever

    YAY! Thanks for the recap. I actually don’t mind SeungGi new do, a different fresh look from his usual.


    omg. thank you for the 12ND recaps!! esp the seunggi-ing in some of the parts. while watching without subs i laughed already and really was amazed by Uhm tae woong’s task! and also lee so geun’s i cracked up when he changed the noona nae yeoja nikka’s tune into a trot one! hahaha <3

    and i love the idea of CAMEOs. haha

  7. Neely

    omg dying at Seungri’s weird food fetish scene.

  8. Ani

    I am starting to notice from your recaps of 1N2D that Korea has a lot of similarities to my own culture and vice-versa. I’m thinking that maybe a lot of cultures have a lot in common. The whole Mom thing and not having measurements for cooking definitely rings true in a lot of countries.

    Awesomeness on so many levels in this episode. Ho-dong with Teddies while fighting Pororo? Ji-won being the Elementary Kid he is and genius too? Jong-min being an epic failure (what? He’s a member of the team. Get over the hate people)? Su-geun being a dork (I actually think he gets dorky at times… Especially when he doesn’t mind stripping for the camera. I don’t like it since my eyes burn, but it makes him HIM)? Tae-woong ditching his VJ? Seung-gi being a puppy epically failing with the hair? Oh yeah, awesome on all levels.

  9. y

    haha I really enjoyed this episode can’t wait for the next one…family outing was the only variety I watch but I am glad I started to watch strong heart, 1N2D & running man<3

  10. 10 Bluefyre

    Gaah! My stomach hurts!! LOL!

    Thank you both so much! I can’t wait! Just think, in 2 weeks I can watch all the 1N2D I want!

    Thank you both!

  11. 11 bluelime

    thanks!! =)

    the recap totally made my day! <3

  12. 12 Beng

    i felt like i’m watching it in 3-D with your recaps. though there are some Korean words that i think we still need be update like how the words from their names became Team Scary?

    thanks again for the recaps =)

  13. 13 Zoe

    Haha 1N2D ftw!!!! Saranghae, Seung gi oppa!

    My mom cooks with the sohn mat concept, too. So, when I finally got her to write recipes, they said “keep adding water until it looks right” or “a dash of salt”. There’s even one that says “let rise for, like, enough time”

    And my brother can do it, too! Haha

  14. 14 ohemgee

    seung-gi will never live down this weird chip fetish in my mind.

    his facial expression in that cap is HILARIOUS.

    he looks like a savory snack demon.
    god i love this show.

  15. 15 mud

    This recap was hilarious! I had to cover my mouth and mute my laughter so bad when Ho-dong prematurely admits defeat. I’ve decided that as soon as summer rolls around I’m going to start my 1N2D watching from the very beginning. Thank you for the awesome recaps!!

  16. 16 ditdut

    By the way, even though I’m not sure about his class attendance, I believe Seunggi also goes to grad school ON TOP of all his activities.

  17. 17 Arhazivory

    This recap was awesome (as usual) – thanks! The more evil Na PD gets is the more I love him. LOL. Those tasks were ridiculous.

  18. 18 marj

    Thanx GF and JB for yet another awesome recap..this will buoy me until next month when i’ll be able to see this ep in KBS world…anyways,LOVE LOVE the idea of cameos for both taewoong and seunggi..indeed the scenarios are so appropriate already since their roles in the past Hong Sisters drama have been from the entertainment business..ONLY I would totally freak out and spazz if i could see a Hoi-Hoi couple cameo…it would lift my spirits totally..Please dramagods hear me out..

  19. 19 dafnee

    I haven’t even read yet, but I wanted to thank you for this recap!! I was just thinking about how much I would like it to have one new article published on dramabeans, and there comes one of my favourite (because funniest)!!
    Right now (I’m sorry if inappropriate 😉 I just LOVE you!!! 😀

  20. 20 Sammi510

    Great recap. Thanks.

  21. 21 rumba lumba

    isn’t that why the Hong Sisters wanted to cast Seunggi again for Best Love? it was because they loved his work ethic.

    they said that they cut off a day of shooting for the drama, just so Seunggi could rest, but Seunggi said no. and so he was doing Gumiho, Strong Heart, 1N2D, and then singing at events, plus going to grad school, plus going to Japan plus he filmed about 11 CFs + 28 other advertisements for magazines, photoshoots, etc. (which was totally insane). so basically the Hong Sisters wanted a day off for Seunggi, but Seunggi refused and so he worked everyday of the week (yes, everyday).

    and they said they didn’t know at first but someone told them that Seunggi would wake up and practice all of his lines over and over every morning before going to the drama shoot. they said that he is very rare.

    and yeah, about Return to Iljimae. MBC wanted Seunggi to quit 1N2D to be in the drama, but Seunggi said no. so i think he was banned in MBC for a year or so (not so sure, though). he didnt even perform for MBC when he made a comeback album.

    that was also the terms for Shining Inheritance and Gumiho. Seunggi said he will not do the drama if they asked him to leave 1N2D. and so SBS just allowed it, gave him two dramas, and even gave him Strong Heart.

    and LOOOOOOOL at Jiwon. he was chasing the kids and the kids didn’t want to tell him where the arcade place is. rofl.

    • 21.1 Arhazivory

      Wow…I didn’t know all those details. Seunggi really is special. I must admit that I started watching the show initially because of him, but now I’ve fallen in love with everyone. ^_^

  22. 22 budsdiana

    I had been watching 1N2D for more than a year and I found it very hilarious even though I only rely on subs. I am wondering whats the pull of this show on me, there are numerous choices on cable TV and yet I always find myself staying late every Fri and Sat to watch this show, its shown at 11pm on KBS, in my part of the world.

    Now, with your recaps the fun was tripled!!! Now I get to understand in details what was lost in translation, reading your recaps makes me LMAO all the time.

    Thanks a lot JB and GF

  23. 23 tonks42

    Totally made my day!!!Thanks for giving us the recap…its like having a conversation with a friend whose nuts with 1n2d also!!!

  24. 24 rumba lumba

    the next ep just aired today. they will play soccer against the staff, and Sugeun and Seunggi will totally kick ass. and Taewoong will be totally clumsy LOOOOL!

    • 24.1 Kukilas

      I’m so looking forward to next week’s episode, now that Na PD’s desire for revenge has kicked in. Members VS Staff at Foot Volleyball with penalty being all 80 staff have to go into the sea if they lose? That will be epic!

  25. 25 lee

    Never watched Pororo but might have to now.

  26. 26 lordj

    I joined the wagon because of your recaps!!! At first, I was reluctant because it may seem that I will be betraying FO1, my fave variety. But my curiosity bugged me… and finally, i started to watch it… starting from about episode 40ish or something… and man, i totally love it.

    I came to conclude that FO1 and 1N2D are different. yeah, you know, interaction between guys are more physical.

    FO1 is more on the goody-goody side, where it was really hard to choose from the many underdog characters and just from 1 or 2 strong characters. While 1N2D, is the opposite.

    I hope I can catch up with the recent episodes in a month or so coz im still in episode 100+ or something. Thanks for the wonderful recap…

    • 26.1 rumba lumba

      hmmm…this is actually episode 200. the latest KBSWorld episode (english subbed) that aired last friday was episode 197. so we’re 3 episodes behind.

      i dunno how they got 300+. because 1N2D hasnt been on that long. i think it’s how KBS labels its program. i think it’s more like Happy Sunday (Qualifications of Men + 1N2D) episode 330. which prolly means they started counting ever since Happy Sunday was created. i dunno.

      oh and some trivia: Han Hyo Joo aka Eunsung from Shining Inheritance was the first ever guest of 1N2D. that time it still wasnt 1N2D, it was called Are You Ready. and the original cast members were all there (no Seunggi, Kim C, and MC Mong and Taewoong).

  27. 27 ajewell

    That’s so funny!! I’m not actually Korean, but my grandma taught me to cook the exact same way. And though I don’t cook very often, a few of the recipes I’m good at, I tend to guess when it comes to the measurements. And every time my fiancee asks me how to make something, all I can do is show him how much I put in, without actually knowing how much it is, which drives him crazy, lol!!

    • 27.1 rumba lumba

      dude, it’s an asian thing. there are things that only Asians share, even if they’re from different parts of Asia.

      kind of like eating rice with meat. it’s an asian thing, you know. XD

      • 27.1.1 ajewell

        My family is Caucasian, not Asian. My Grandma grew up on a farm in Michigan, with eleven brothers and sisters, and that’s the way they all cooked. So though it might be more prevalent in Asian countries, it’s not a cooking technique that’s exclusively Asian, lol… my dad cooks the same way.

      • 27.1.2 -_-

        trust me it’s not just an Asian thing. I’m not asian and me and my family do the exact same things. I also eat rice with meat and again, I’m not Asian

    • 27.2 jojo

      I learned the same way, by feel and taste. My Italian grandmother taught me…and I’ve got the same reaction from my friends with my spaghetti sauce recipe as JB got with the barbecue sauce. Each time is different!

  28. 28 Elaine

    HAHAHAHAHA this recap is hilarrrriousss! Thanks again!

  29. 29 Porcelain

    Omg… I cook like that… I just throw things in and say a little prayer and hope they came out allright and most of the time they do… My mom skill is on another level, she is that good that even people in the real F&B business are amazed… I am mostly the bratty little assistant in the kitchen during those festival and prayers time… hehe… but good times…

    And Ho Dong is jealous of Pororo! Wae so cute!!!

  30. 30 nastylla

    hi any idea if uhm tae woong knows how to speak english thanks & seung gi … thanks for recapping 1n2d before i dont watch this show after utw came to the show nd you start recapping it i started watching the show

  31. 31 strawberryfieldsforever

    how can you not love em all? soooo cute and funny!

  32. 32 ck1Oz

    I swear you recap brought tears to my eyes.I laugh more for your recap for 1N2D more than any drama or comedy.

    God they are funny.Your recaps just about killed me this week 🙂

  33. 33 omo

    Sohn-mat is the way I cook too, which is really borne out of laziness. Throwing stuff into the cooking pot straight from its original container means one less utensil to wash.

  34. 34 Ann

    Seunggi is really an all time nice guy. When hodong was done with jumping rope seunggi immediately went to fetch hodong’s shoes.

  35. 35 pbjtimeee

    Thanks for the recap, JB and GF! Love reading your commentary 😀
    Does anyone know where I can watch 1N2D online with English subtitles? Thanks so much 🙂

  36. 36 kimchee

    isn’t it also sort of a government’s show? ’cause kbs is a government owned broadcasting station. so yeah, what you say about it being a tourism booster is probably another reason why they made the show.:)

  37. 37 LSGfan

    omg, this is my fave recap/convo you girls have done since you started! I love all the commentary in between about ajummas, sohn-mat, etc.

    me too. I totally was taught not to use measuring cups by my grandma and my hands. but my mom insists on the the little plastic glovies for moo-chu-ing bahn-chan!

    1n2d is really the perfect example of Korean “jung.” Fellow Korean-American so proud of you guys representing!

    and hahaha on the LSG-UTW cameo in next hong sis drama as couple or scary team!

  38. 38 trish

    I’m on a bus and this recap had me laughing out loud for at least five minutes straight. The people must think I’m crazy..
    thanks for recapping 1N2D^^

  39. 39 bee

    seunggi’s hair ):

  40. 40 birdscout

    Another great recap! I enjoy the convo style of writing that you two bring with the addition of all the extra personal life experiences.

    On a practical note, how do you collaborate? Just by taking turns responding to each other’s comments while watching the episode simutaneously but in different places? Just curious. (I’m a technologically challenged ajumma, but without the pama, the MC Hammer pants and flower vest.)

  41. 41 YOO

    i wonder if you two would have the resorces and crew to make you own Kdrama what it would be about . i already bet javabeans would go heavy on the meta .

  42. 42 Yuki

    When I first read the tasks, I was thinking: “Ugh I would NOT want to glue eyes on 100 dolls”.
    And then I read the rest of them and thought, “Maybe gluing eyes isn’t so bad after all” XD

  43. 43 Katsu1996

    Thanks for he awesome recap!!!

    Also, my mom’s the total k-ahjumma. We’re not korean (We’re hispanic) but she does the exact same as the ahjummas do: she cooks with NO measurements, using all the same materials. My mom tried to teach me to make soup or something and like pasta, and I couldn’t even boil the water. I was so grossed out when she used the same spoon again, and I when I was supposed to add spices she was all “Just put them in!” I’m too western.

    And I love Pororo! (Sorry Ho-Dong T_T)

  44. 44 Zain

    I love your 1 night 2 days recaps. Its what got me to start watching it. I started in ep 27. The first ep seung Gi joined. I am on episode 31 and it’s after Jong min leaves for the army. It was so sad seeing him say goodbye to the viewers. So I am happy he got his chance to go back on this show. Ji won never changes it seems. He qas so adorable in the past episodes. Still childish as always and a total cheat. But that makes him endearing to me. Ho dong is an awesome guy. I love how everyone is scared of him but they also look up to him. Seung Gi is absolutely adorable. He stared off hating the term permanent. As in being a permanent member but it seems that he grew attached to this show. He really does always go on about losing his cool image even back then. Any way thanks guys fir your awesome recaps. Hope they continue.

    • 44.1 rumba lumba

      i remember Seunggi doing everything to promote his albums in 1N2d (obviously, he doesn’t need to do those things now). but just seeing everyone grow up is just awesome. Seunggi started out when he was 20 and now he’s 24. from just the youngest and now he’s a superstar.

      Sugeun started 1N2D when he was 32 (i think) and now he’s 36. back then he was still dating his girlfriend. now, that girlfriend became his wife, and they now have two kids. too add to that, his first kid (which they nicknamed Ilbak note: 1 Night 2 Days = Il bak I eel”) is already attending school. from a complete unknown, he now became the most famous comedian in Korea right now. seriously, when you watch Sugeun in the first few eps he doesn’t talk much, and even gets teased by Seunggi because of his timing.

      Jiwon not only gained weight, but he also got married. although, he’s been a Choding all throughout. hahaha.

      Jongmin was just the total opposite. back then, not only was he funnier than Sugeun, but he was even better than Jiwon and Seunggi. he was even teasing Seunggi.
      and now, everyone of them especially Sugeun, leapfrogged and became funnier than Jongmin. it sounds really sad, but that’s life. back then 1N2D’s funnyman was Jongmin. oh well, he has to work really hard. i think even Taewoong has become funnier than Jongmin.

      • 44.1.1 Zain

        Lol seung Gi was defiantly obsessed with promoting his songs. He even kept his promise to run into the cold ocean if they would give him a segment with his song. And u remember seugen telling ji won when he ran off that he was ruining his image. Ji won was like what if it’s not good to begin with. I laughed at that. And I have noticed he gained weight in the pictures but I didn’t know he got married. I love how this show shows them growing up. I am so happy I started watching it. I am now watching episodes with MC Mong and he is soo funny. I am sad about his scandal and I hope he can prove his innocence.

  45. 45 tjack

    My husband soooo does that sohn-mat stuff. He just tastes, adds some more, tastes again, picks some other spice, adds it (no measuring cups mind you) tastes it again. And it comes out tasting WONDERFUL.

    I thought it was something only he did, but now I can see it’s Hanguk shik.

  46. 46 JiHwan

    It always hilarious to realize that Lee Seung Gi is just human. He’s always so charming and cool in dramas and on stage that its particularly enjoyable seeing him being silly.

  47. 47 red

    I love this …thankyou so much for the recaps

  48. 48 guen


  49. 49 Jen

    I love 1N2D. Whenever I read these posts, I always end up laughing even though I try to stay as quiet as possible at 4 a.m. Haha.

    I love Korean food even though I’m not Korean. My favorite Korean cook is Maangchi at Easy-to-follow recipes and videos.

  50. 50 ann

    To watch episodes online subbed in english please go to :

    They are in megavideo.. Enjoy! 🙂

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