Sitcoms/Variety Shows
1 Night 2 Days: Episode 338
by | June 19, 2011 | 78 Comments

Just one week after the actresses have their special, we have a different kind of special in store for us today. It’s funny how something so similar in concept can yield such vastly different results. And while I think it’s made even more hilarious by putting the two specials back-to-back, this one’s hilarious enough to be a stand-out on its own merits.

EPISODE 338. Broadcast on June 12, 2011.

javabeans: Right away you can guess that this is sort of a counterpart to the Actress Special…but different. With the actresses, they made it a point to get stars who are household names, so the fun was in seeing them out of their element. But with these actors, we’re going for a different category of star — they’re in the class often called the “premium supporting character.” You know, the faces you recognize from a zillion dramas and movies, whose names you may or may not recall, who have a tendency to steal the scenes with their sharp comic timing. I LOVE THESE GUYS.

girlfriday: I TOTALLY love these guys. They’re the stable of character actors you know from every drama ever. And they happen to be a collection of the most imposing scary gangster types too, which is so awesome.

javabeans: First to arrive is Kim Jung-tae, who’s played a lot of villains and assholes — you may recognize him most recently as Lee Da-hae’s Japanese pimp Hirayama in Miss Ripley, which is one of a zillion credits he’s got (okay, 32). Sign, Swallow the Sun, Insadong Scandal, HIT, Deulist, The Classic, Mutt Boy, Friend.

girlfriday: He’s great in Miss Ripley these days. He always seems slightly sleepy and surprised, like all the time, which makes him inherently funny to me.

javabeans: Sung Dong-il arrives next. He always plays funny, slightly twisted characters, like unprincipled PI Nakamura in Runaway, Chow Yun-fat lite in My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho, the badass slave hunter in Chuno.

girlfriday: Chow Yun-fat Lite! Sung Dong-il could’ve easily become a gagman had he not chosen to be an actor I think.

javabeans: Sung Dong-il perks up to recognize the next arrival, Ahn Gil-kang — the goofy loan-shark-turned-entertainment-agency-president in Dream High, Eunjung’s doofy dad in Coffee House.

girlfriday: That kiss scene of his in Dream High still makes me chuckle.

javabeans: Next up: Go Chang-seok — the director in Rough Cut, the smoking ghost in Hello Ghost, Yoo Seung-ho’s father in City of Fathers. Phew, just intro-ing everyone is taking a while, but you want to do them justice, you know? LOL, he tells the camera he ate a huge breakfast, because he was warned that you don’t get to eat on the show. The PD points out that he’s holding a mass of rice cakes in his hand, and adorably he asks if it’s okay for him to keep hanging on to them.

girlfriday: He’s so cute! How hilarious is it that the big tough gangster in movies is actually a shy chubby guy with a mousy voice?

javabeans: Then there’s Sung Ji-ru, who I’ve also mostly seen playing assholes. (Such as Choi Ji-woo’s controlling manager in A Star’s Lover.) He’s also from Sunny, Birth of the Rich, Speedy Scandal…

girlfriday: I LOVE Sung Ji-ru. He’s got that perfectly dry delivery combined with hilariously expressive face, he goes from comical to badass on a dime — he’s my favorite, pre-outing. I suppose 1N2D might make me change my mind…

javabeans: You may recognize Jo Sung-ha most from Sungkyunkwan Scandal, where he played King Jeongjo, though he’s also currently in Romance Town.

girlfriday: He’s known for his particularly gentle speech pattern and voice lilt, though it makes me wonder if he’ll just get trampled over on this show. Same goes for Go Chang-seok.

javabeans: At the opening, Ho-dong introduces today’s concept with their guest actors, and Seung-gi pipes up to say that he thinks their Actress Special was a bit of a failure…because it should’ve been 2 Nights, 3 Days. Har har. How long d’you suppose he’d been saving that joke?

girlfriday: Two weeks. Maybe he thought of it while he was buying that trenchcoat from last time.

javabeans: Su-geun worries that their guests will have even stronger personas than the members. I think so too, but it’ll be a good thing — six scene-stealers, all vying for limited camera time? I don’t think they’ll be actively trying to take the spotlight, but they’ve all got such distinct personalities that they’re sure to make an impression.

girlfriday: I’m thinking it’s a good thing that Sung Dong-il is there — everyone else seems really shy, but he seems EXACTLY like his onscreen personas (just toned down and not as evil, but just as goofy). If he weren’t around to introduce all the guys and take the lead, it’d have been way more awkward.

javabeans: The actors gather at the same coffee shop that the actresses had gathered at, and wait for their turn to make their grand entrances. Omg, it’s so cute when Na PD asks Go Chang-seok, who’d heard about the 1N2D tradition of starving and brought his own snacks, “Did you also hear about getting things stolen from you [on the show]?” Go Chang-seok laughs and admits he hasn’t, and opens up his bundle of rice cakes to eat now. He’s so cuuuute. I think I luff him.

girlfriday: Who knew gangsters could be so adorable?

javabeans: Na PD asks, If you six were to shoot a movie together, what kind of movie would that be? Sung Dong-il: “Not a warm movie.” Haha. Not likely, with this collection of badasses, weirdos, and villains. Jo Sung-ha: “Not a very light movie.”

girlfriday: I love when Na PD first approaches them: “You’re not on your way to collect a debt, are you?” Hahahaha. That would be one scary scene. Sung Dong-il laughs and then puts his arms around Kim Jung-tae and Ahn Gil-kang: “With these two you could have a big bonds company in Korea.” [as in gangster front company in every drama ever] LOL.

javabeans: Aw, these boys also go through the age rigamarole, even though they’re mostly in their forties. Kim Jung-tae is the youngest, at 38. Caption: “A scary maknae.”

girlfriday: Haha. Being the maknae in this group means something different, that’s for sure. And then, Sung Ji-ru arrives.

javabeans: Wait, Sung Ji-ru and Sung Dong-il are related??? Dong-il greets Ji-ru as his grandfather, which sounds like a joke but turns out to be true, genealogically speaking. Crazy, since they’re only a year apart, but that happens in big families. For instance, in my family there are kids who are older than their “aunts” (once removed, or whatever) because of the age spread of the parents.

girlfriday: That’s just nuts. How can those two actors be from the same family? Is awesome in their genes? Ji-ru explains that he’s the grandfather by family tree, and Dong-il teases putting his arm around his shoulders, “And by appearance too.” Ji-ru just gives a sidelong imposing glance, “Will you lower it? That arm?” HA. Love him.

javabeans: Seung-gi drops by to greet the actors, and he looks like a bobblehead, bouncing up and down with all the bowing he does. He gives a hug to his former co-star Sung Dong-il, who says crankily that Seung-gi never called him after their drama ended. Aw.

girlfriday: But he still calls him “Our Seung-gi,” like a proud uncle or something. I think it says something that they sent Seung-gi, the obvious maknae who is in no way going to threaten the power balance.

javabeans: The members are nervous as they await their guests, but contrary to the actress special when they were giddy-nervous, this time they’re scared-nervous. Ji-won points out that the weather makes it look like nighttime, further adding a doom-n-gloom feel to the proceedings.

girlfriday: Back at the coffee shop, Seung-gi just waits nervously as the hyungs leisurely drink their morning coffee. Na PD takes away Ji-ru’s breakfast, and Dong-il dies laughing, “It’s probably the first time he’s ever had his food stolen.” Seriously, who’s gonna steal something from that guy?

javabeans: I love the captions as the guests are doing their Reservoir Dogs strut down the street. Sung Ji-ru’s caption: ”1 Night 2 Days…?” Jo Sung-ha: “That piece of crap…” Kim Jung-tae: “I’ll just do it, okay?” Big caption: “Where are the children?” Cowering in fear, actually. Hee.

girlfriday: Ho-dong: “I don’t know why, but I’m scared.” And Jong-min points out, “If YOU’re scared, how do you think WE feel?”

javabeans: Isn’t this the funny thing about Korean relationships? When the guests are girls, the boys can act like shy little dorks and sort of slide, based on their hilarious awkwardness. But when the guests are men, there’s an immediate reshuffling of the pecking order, the relationship of power between them. Our boys know better than to posture, and they choose the roll-over-on-your-back-and-hope-they’ll-find-us-harmless strategy used by beta dogs the world over, bowing profusely. I wonder how the dynamics will change once the games get started….

girlfriday: It’s SO amusing to see our boys looking so small and meek, and young. Even Ho-dong seems young and average-sized next to these big hyungs.

javabeans: Introduction time. Ho-dong asks what the actors each thought when first getting the offer to come on. Sung Ji-ru admits that he thought he might be a hindrance since he’s not a funny person, describing himself as quite serious. Oh, I have a feeling someone’s image is in for a shakeup today.

girlfriday: I love that the boys are like, you look like you just came here straight from a 3-cha bender, and he’s like, “I matched my outfit today.” Red shoes, red jacket. Ha. So cute!

javabeans: Sung Dong-il’s immediate thought: “How much will they pay me?”

girlfriday: He’s a crack-up. Seung-gi tells them Dong-il’s motto: “You must earn as much as you work.”

javabeans: Dude, Tae-woong is friends with ALL of these guys! I guess that’s not a surprise, since he’s the actor of the show, and he’s had a chance to be in lots of movies and dramas with the guests. But maybe it’s just a little funny to see him being the most… well, the most anything on this show. Hehe. Since he’s the newb and all.

girlfriday: Yeah, it turns out he’s even shooting Special Investigation Unit with both Jung-tae and Dong-il right now. Ho-dong jokes that Jung-tae seems awkward, like he’s only focusing on what he’s supposed to say when it’s his turn. Dong-il cracks, “Yeah, when we shoot movies, he’s only thinking about his own lines there too.” Keh. It really is such a different feel to have twelve guys all lined up like that. Na PD basically introduces today’s trip as a Bromance Special, about loyalty and friendship.

javabeans: Whoa, what now? Today’s mission…has no destination?

girlfriday: Immediately Dong-il tosses out: “Then let’s just go to my house!” as he mimes downing a shot of soju.

javabeans: Na PD explains to his stunned group that they can go wherever they want today — mountains, ocean, whatever — and only have one rule to abide by. At 5pm, wherever they find themselves will be their basecamp for the night. The rules are clear, and yet…entirely confusing. Ho-dong urges Jung-tae to ask Na PD what he’s talking about, because (1) they love making the guests do it, to make Na PD feel the pressure, and (2) Jung-tae’s scary! He complies, and the effect is sufficiently threatening. And then Gil-kang joins in, and suddenly it’s like we’re in a gangster movie. This is hilarious.

girlfriday: It’s impressive how they can turn it on like that. And equally impressive how Ho-dong sets them up to appear funny and cool. He’s so good at that.

javabeans: Asked if he’s traveled a lot, Jung-tae says no. Ho-dong says he’s done a lot of movies, though, and Jung-tae answers that his movies are all shot in abandoned factories, loading docks, warehouses: “I’ve shot in refrigerated warehouses about three times. Shut-down factories about ten times.”

girlfriday: Pwahaha, this guy is actually hilarious! I’m glad he’s coming out of his shell. I have a new name for this group: The Dry Delivery Guys.

javabeans: Man, these men are brutal, particularly Dong-il. It’s so entertaining. When Ahn Gil-kang says affably that he’ll be fine not eating if he’s not fed, Dong-il asks, “Why, how much is he getting paid?!” Jung-tae checks with Na PD to make sure they’re not getting paid on a monthly installment plan, which is a thought that makes me giggle. (1N2D may be low-budget, no-frills entertainment, but it’d be hilarious if they really were that strapped.) And then Dong-il busts out with a winner, since they’re on the topic of money, “How the heck does Uhm Tae-woong get paid for not saying a word?” HAHAHA.

girlfriday: Oh. My. God. I’m dying. He adds, “1N2D is a sushi house, to Uhm Tae-woong! He eats it raw!” [Double meaning on “eating it raw” — like sucking something dry, for free.] He’s pun-happy AND he’s a badass! They’re given their first mission: they get to take out whatever supplies (tents, sleeping bags, food, water) from the prop car that they can in 30 seconds, and that’s all they get for the whole weekend.

javabeans: Gil-kang: “Do we have to do what they tell us to?” Ha, I love that this special has guests who have clearly never seen the show.

girlfriday: These guys are already my favorite guest stars ever.

javabeans: Gah, I love that the writers have basically gone wild and crazy on this episode, ‘cause these captions are cracking my shizz up. Almost every one is a threatening sentiment, like the kind of provocations that roughnecks toss back and forth while a fight gets brewing. As the guests look at the prop car, Jung-tae glares at something (presumably some pipsqueak offscreen) and the caption reads, “What’s up with you?” and Gil-kang’s adds, “You too.”

girlfriday: They start circling the prop car like a couple of sharks, ready for a brawl. I love that Na PD ineffectually tells them not to get too close, and they just walk closer. HA.

javabeans: The guests try to wrangle some more time, extending their 30 seconds to 1 minute. Na PD resists, and Jung-tae offers to send him a little cash to grease the wheels. And also, since he’s established himself as the specialist: “If you ever need a factory, I’m your man.”

girlfriday: Gil-kang finally cracks down: “One minute! That’s what we’re doing! I’m ten years older than you!” He’s pulling rank on Na PD!

javabeans: I love how giddy our regulars are to see Na PD get yelled at by these scary, scary men. Seung-gi’s jumping up and down, cracking up. Caption: “Vicarious satisfaction.” That applies for us at home, too, right?

girlfriday: Even Na PD can only stutter in agreement.

javabeans: Oh man, the minute ticks away, and it’s basically a disaster zone. The proceedings pause while the producers take stock, and Ji-ru oh-so-casually takes a peek inside the prop truck. Discovering a box of potatoes, he and Chang-seok quietly, unobtrusively carry it back and add it to their stash. I LOVE THAT THEY’RE CHEATERS.

girlfriday: And so casual about it, because they’re badasses, yo.

javabeans: Na PD stops the narration of items to ask about the thing Ho-dong quickly glossed over, and Ho-dong plays dumb. “This?” “No, the thing right by it.” “This water?” “No, the thing next to the thing next to the water.” Aw, they lose the potatoes.

girlfriday: At least they managed to get some camping equipment amongst the chaos. Though the food consists mostly of sauces to cook with, and nothing to cook. Should be interesting.

javabeans: HEE. The 12 guys load their yellow bus with their items, and Chang-seok tries to slip in the box of potatoes. Alas, a sharp-eyed PD catches him. HA, and then Ji-ru sneaks it back on the bus! I love where this is going. Caption points to Jung-tae and Ji-won standing in front of the doors: “Impenetrable defense.”

girlfriday: Pfft, Ji-ru’s obsession with the potatoes is killing me.

javabeans: Man, that bus is packed. OH NO, Na PD spies the potatoes!

girlfriday: He takes them away, to the tune of “Gangster’s Paradise,” as Ji-ru grumbles that he ought to leave them. I feel like that isn’t the last we’re going to hear about the potatoes.

javabeans: God, I hope not.

girlfriday: They decide to head to the ocean, and try to get situated with the banmal/jondaemal business of having the hyungs lower their speech, to be more comfortable. Problem is, Gil-kang, the mat-hyung, is more comfortable with jondae. Ji-won: “But then we’re uncomfortable.” (Being spoken to in jondae when you’re the younger one keeps a certain distance.) Gil-kang: “I would like ME to be comfortable.” HA!

javabeans: Best comeback ever.

girlfriday: Sung-ha: “Sober… grown men meeting… it’s not an easy thing to lower your speech.” Man, Korean social hierarchy / soju… it’s like a chicken/egg quandary. Ho-dong asks the guys about their most memorable scenes, and Dong-il recounts a drama where he was inexperienced and kept using theater inflection, overacting and getting cursed at by the director. “And then, my character was killed off early! I couldn’t get work for seven years after that.” Oh, man, it’s hilarious, and also so evocative of the years of experience these guys have as actors. They’ve been through the worst of it.

javabeans: Yeah, they’re the newbies on this show but they’re by far the veterans of the industry. It introduces a really interesting dynamic, which is different from the actress trip.

girlfriday: They start to whine that they’re hungry, and Dong-il says they have to get ramen from the PDs, even if they have to beat it out of them. The caption: “Fists over rules.”

javabeans: How cute that Jo Sung-ha brought candies for the group. Although no, it’s not going to sate anyone’s hunger.

girlfriday: It actually made me think of how in dramas they use lollipops instead of cigarettes now.

javabeans: Oh, ‘cause they’re all gangstas here? Haha. The lollipop/cigarette thing totally cracks me up. It’s interesting from a cinematic device standpoint too, like how Hollywood went Code back in the day and filmmakers basically went out of their way to use innuendo and symbolism to suggest what they really meant, since they couldn’t show it directly.

girlfriday: Totally. Korean broadcasters are so Hays Code with their blurry knives and lollys-as-cigs.

javabeans: Except they’re lazy about it. Dude, rather than just pixelating the knives or whatnot, how about you actually get clever with your shots, and let the restriction spur your creativity? Like the murder in Psycho that showed nothing but was creepy as all get-out.

girlfriday: Eventually Dong-il resorts to sucking out a raw egg, and now all of a sudden I’m seeing them all as my dad and it’s weirding me out. And then, as if on cue, shop talk turns to dad talk, and they start showing off pictures of their kids. It’s adorable.

javabeans: It’s like they turned on the family talk on cue. Jo Sung-ha shows pics of his daughter, then Go Chang-seok worries cutely that his daughter is resembling him more and more these days. “She should look like my wife…” Ji-ru gets on the phone with his son. It must be weird for the members, most of whom are childless.

girlfriday: They stop for a lunch break, and Seung-gi decides to cook… OH, NO. Don’t do it! Don’t let him cook! The other boys know better and take over the proceedings. Su-geun: “We don’t have time for that! When Seung-gi fixates on something, he has to see it through.” I love that they know each other so well.

javabeans: Yikes, looks like the only thing they have to eat for their whole trip is bread and eggs. Now, I love me some bread and eggs, but for twelve hungry men, over 24 hours? Eep!

girlfriday: Both sides actually end up making the same thing — french toast, but Ho-dong’s is the no-frills Man Version. It somehow goes from looking grotesque to somewhat edible, but the best part is, the boys don’t give a shit what it looks like. They’re just dudes and they’re hungry. Na PD marvels at the hardcore wilderness man display.

javabeans: HAHA, I love the Queen Seon-deok shout-out with the scary theme song as the guys look at the grotesque egg display, captions reading, “What the heck is this?” They’re basically making bread pudding, except all backwards. And then Ho-dong asks, “Is there kimchi?” HA, and EW (there’s sugar in that thing!). This reminds me of when I’m starving and have nothing ready to eat, when I’m just dying and am basically ready to start sucking down ingredients, rather than actually waiting for them to turn into something edible.

girlfriday: The music throughout this episode is cracking me UP. Ji-ru reluctantly takes a bite, and his face is priceless. Chang-seok: “The Actress Special was really refined, huh? Not like this?” Yeah, you could say that.

javabeans: Compounding the urgency of their hunger is the urgency of their time limit, since they don’t want to get stuck in any ole random place for their basecamp. They scarf their food down, then get back on the road.

girlfriday: They stop close to their destination to ask for directions, and Ho-dong sends Jung-tae out (as the maknae of the guests) to ask. He gets a flutter of response from the small crowd, which amuses Dong-il, so then Ho-dong breaks out the big guns: “Do you want to see a real reaction? Seung-gi, go!” Cue screams of adoration. Dong-il then adorably defends Jung-tae: “You should’ve sent Seung-gi from the beginning! How does it make [Jung-tae] look?” Hahaha. So cute.

javabeans: I KNOW Seung-gi is crazy popular, but it still gets me every time I see him mobbed like that.

girlfriday: They arrive at the beach and of course, the first order of business in true 1N2D fashion: rock-paper-scissors, and one goes in the ocean. They all agree that the one who loses, with these odds… is inarguably the unluckiest guy ever.

javabeans: Especially since this isn’t even PD-dictated. Ho-dong totally just came up with it on his own.

girlfriday: And then, like a lie, it’s one rock against eleven papers, and maknae Seung-gi loses to all eleven of his hyungs in one blow.

javabeans: You couldn’t have planned it better, though it’s even more hilarious ‘cause we see it unfolding in front of our eyes. Somehow I don’t think these guests would be as accommodating about the water immersion as they were about the prop scramble OR the egg scramble…

girlfriday: Then for kicks they go two more rounds, and Ji-ru and Chang-seok end up joining him for a dip.

javabeans: Hee. Dong-il says, “When Go Chang-seok comes out of the water, he’s gonna look like someone who entered the country illegally. He looks like a stowaway.” Poor guy. But it’s true.

girlfriday: Pfffft! Dong-il, master of the one-liners. O__O Puppy… in a wet shirt… Imma need a moment…


78 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kandy

    thank you 🙂

    • 1.1 SpongeBob

      I don’t think they are very fit. mind my word, I think one of these days, one of the participant will suffer a heart attack!! That fat sumo guy, may be next!!

      • 1.1.1 Jonesy

        Are you joking? Or for real?

        I’m not a mod commentator, but someone who enjoys coming to DB for recaps and the community, but body snarking seems entirely out of place for this environment. Body admiration seems entirely acceptable because it is about actors and actresses, and bodies are some of their tools, but body snarking crosses the line.

    • 1.2 Bengbeng

      thank you too! I just laugh the whole time! can’t wait to watch it =)

  2. ditdut

    Go Changsuk is SO DAMN CUTE!!

    • 2.1 ditdut

      OMG, I completely forgot he was the smoking ghost in Hello Ghost!! I just recently saw Secret Reunion, and he was HILARIOUS as the Vietnamese boss.

    • 2.2 Mia

      I loved loved loved that puppy in ‘Rough Cut’ He totally stole the show for me! Cuuutttiiieee.

      And Jung Tae being defended by his hyung? I love it. Best thing ever. Na PD and the rest of the crew impress me EVERY TIME.

  3. ripgal

    Love love love this! Just reading ur recaps got me into fits lol
    The guest stars, all 6 of them are DAEBAK! 😀


  4. laya

    Thank you for the recap! <3

    • 4.1 laya

      ahahaha Ahn Gil-kang! He was way scary and badass as Chil-suk in Queen Seon Deok, so it was a treat to see him as goofy Do-shik in Dream High XD

      • 4.1.1 YT629

        If you liked him being goofy in Dream High, watch Invincible parachute agent. He was in it with Eric and Han ji min and they were hilarious. It’s so interesting to me that Ahn Gil Kang chooses to alternate between heavy hitting sageuks (King and I, Queen Seonduk) and lighter fare like Dream High. And that he’s able to handle both!

  5. Molly

    Aww I love Seungi!

    • 5.1 tomboy26

      Who doesn’t?! 😉

    • 5.2 laya

      /looks around warily for girlfriday before squeeing.

  6. cher

    THIS IS EPIC! i was laughing hysterically throughout! gotta love the bromance!!

    my fave is Go Chang Seok tooo!

  7. 78446

    Wehehehehe! Ohmygod, I think I peed my pants a little. Nice to know they have personalities other than “Oh hey, it’s that guy…”

    Although, this: “Do you want to see a real reaction? Seung-gi, go!”

    Best cockblock ever.

  8. Sherlyn

    just reading the recap alone makes me ROFL!!!!

  9. ck1Oz

    Yay…I was waiting and waiting for this.

    All of you might have been refreshing for the dramas but I’ve been refreshing all week for 1N2D.

  10. 10 Cynthia

    So, these badasses are just big teddy bears, right?
    This is one impressive line-up.
    It’s gonna take a little warm-up time for me to like
    Miss Ripley’s pimp/slapper, though…

  11. 11 mzche3kie

    Hmmm SeungGi in wet t-shirt.. *scroll back up*

  12. 12 lovepark

    Your comments are hilarious. The supporting actors special was funny, and each actor had his own charm. I never knew Go Chang-seok was so adorable, and if you look at the roles they’ve had, he hasn’t really had lots of gangster roles. Sung Dong-il was the bomb this episode with his comments, and Kim Jung-tae is hilarious. Who knew the scary gangster wasn’t actually as mean as he looked.
    Ahn Gil-kang is a hoot, especially in the next episode where his competitive side gets the best of him.
    Really, the actors had such strong and defined personas that the regular members really couldn’t make much of a peep and just went with the ride. Supporting actors FOREVA!!

  13. 13 Kate

    whoa! haven’t seen this special coming! and it’s back-to-back with the Actress Special – this should top it off as the Best Ep ever (so far…)
    can’t wait to see this on kbs world….

  14. 14 Sammi510

    Sung Dong Il is pure laughter. And he’s doing it sober! I still don’t get how Sung Ji Ru is is grandfather (not literally but by family tree…) That is one talented gene pool to be in. Thanks for another great recap ^.^

  15. 15 HanKang4ever

    GANGSTA Special is DAEBAK!!!

    Thanks for the recap!

  16. 16 estel

    This is just pure genius.

  17. 17 Adeka


  18. 18 Mish

    It’s so funny because I know these guys mainly portray badasses, but for me I’ve seen many of them in more comedic roles so it’s hard for me to imagine them being so intimidating….

  19. 19 jandoe

    damn your recaps are making me want to watch and pick up 1N2D again!!!!

    i know this has probably been asked a million times but best place to watch it anyone? preferably the KBS world version? i used to watch it there before i moved out and away here in the states – but otherwise any streaming ones. the actress special and this one sound SO HILARIOUS

    • 19.1 rumba lumba (youtube links)

      or (register for free, scroll down to Categories and select 1N2D, same person that owns the ahboooo twitter, again youtube links)

      from the earliest episodes to the latest, go to (megavideo)

      • 19.1.1 jandoe

        thank youuuuu so much. will be checking them out for sure :):):)

      • 19.1.2 LeMonS

        Thank you soooooo much. I keep finding random mashed up episodes with partial episode sections. I am so thankful!

  20. 20 Noelle

    “puppy in a wet shirt” LOL!!!!!

  21. 21 mary

    Gangster King with the Perfectly Curled Hair!!!!!! <3

  22. 22 Ani

    I totally love the guests! These are the epic funny guys that make the Korean shows work for me. Dong-il and Ji-ru together (and related)? EPIC. GC is so cute worrying about his daughter. And then Sung-ha, everyone’s favorite Non-gangster Gangster on RT. And Gil-kang as the Gangster on Dream High? Man, make a movie about these guys being a gang will ya?!

    • 22.1 Ani

      Obviously, my favorite from this groups looking at the shows I’ve seen definitely have to be Ji-ru and Dong-il.

  23. 23 jinkzz

    Ughh..i may have to watch this raw instead of waiting for it to come out in KBS world…the episode sounds fun

  24. 24 ...

    thank u both for getting me into 1N2D! really love this show!

  25. 25 YoSoyHaru!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks this ep was funny and today’s was to die for too, I couldn’t stop laughing!

  26. 26 arkie

    thank you for recapping the 1N2D series! really love reading them!

    by the way, does anyone know where to watch the english subs for this show? and when it screens on kbs world in singapore? thanks!

    • 26.1 etee

      The English subs of this series can be found here :
      They are on MU which SGP restricts or pay for subscription.

      I watch it on KBS World (in SGP) :
      Sundays – 5.20 pm (Live without subs)
      Mondays – 6 pm (3 weeks behind the live episode but with Eng. subs)
      Fridays – 10.10 pm (repeat of Monday’s episode)

      • 26.1.1 arkie

        thank you for the reply! 😀

  27. 27 Kes

    It was fun to watch Seung-gi in this ep, even without subs, because he was simultaneously the maknae and in the same ‘acting’ circle, so he was alternately diffident and a little chatterbox. So cute.

    It was also awesome to watch the guests intimidate Na PD! The boys were absolutely tickled pink.

    • 27.1 kristi

      >>It was fun to watch Seung-gi in this ep, even without subs, because he was simultaneously the maknae and in the same ‘acting’ circle, so he was alternately diffident and a little chatterbox.<<

      Agreed. Spoilery, but in yesterday's follow-up episode, I really enjoyed the fireside chat he (and Jong-Min) shared with Ahn Gil-Gang, Go Chang-Seok, Sung Ji-Ru and Jo Sung-Ha. That wasn't Seung-Gi the MC, that was Seung-Gi the maknae actor looking up to his sunbaes, soaking up all the stories about their work and experiences. It also gave a nice insight into how these veterans must command respect and discipline on set, not only with their talents but also their professionalism and work ethic.

  28. 28 R4tu

    i watch the second ep of this special, and almost die laughing!!!!! i watch it live in my dorm and all my friend coming over when they heard me launghing like crazy asking what happen haha,

  29. 29 blue1004

    Sung Dong-il and Sung Ji-ru are not related. They said that based on their jokbo and dollimja, they figured out that Sung Ji-ru would be at the grandfather generation to Sung Dong-il. (Apparently, they belong to the same clan of Sung.) It’s not that they’re literally related. If they were, Sung Dong-il would have specified him as the grandfather in the family, and not merely in the jokbo.

    In Korea, based on the dollimja of your name, you can figure out which generation you fall under. For more info about dollimja, you can go here:

    Sorry, had to point this out because even before watching this episode, I had been preparing to write on this topic (Korean clans, jokbo, and dollimja), and when the two Sung actors mentioned it, it just jumped out at me at the time.

    • 29.1 blue1004

      Here’s an article where Sung Ji-ru says he would be grandfather to actress Sung Hyun-ah as well. Others in their “family” include Sung Si-kyung, Sung Yuri, and singer Sung Jin-woo.

    • 29.2 misolee


      i’m familiar with the dollimja concept of a Korean family. (my family is chunju Lee) and that’s what I thought Sung JiRu and Sung Dong-IL meant when watching the episode.

      but after reading JB and GF’s take, I was like..wait really? they’re actually in the same family? my family is huge (dad has 11 brothers and sisters) and so in my family, i have “nephews and nieces” who are older than me. So I know this could be a possibility.

      but glad to know my first thought was right 😀
      when we meet someone who has the same dolimja, i know we’re very very distantly related. but i wouldn’t say that they’re actual family.

      For example, certain korean last names only have one lineage (like Park or Woo). technically, all Parks are related but and you wouldn’t call every Park your family ^^

      • 29.2.1 blue1004

        Yup, that’s what they meant. Especially since Sung is not as common family name as for example, being a Gimhae Kim or Gyeongju Kim, which both has millions of people each. I noticed that people from smaller clans do tend to joke around much more often about being family than those from bigger clans. For instance, you’d rarely hear people from the same Gimhae Kim going, “We’re distant relatives” unless well, they actually are and can prove it.

        • gsung

          I’m a bit late, but I want to join because my last name is Sung too (and I’m korean). As you two have guessed, there IS only one family/clan of Sungs. And since it is not as common as other last names, the members of the Sung family do like joke about being related in a very distant way. I actually have a friend who is also a Sung, and because of that, her whole family is close to my family. I listened through some dolimja and jokbo lessons from my grandfather and dad, so I know that all Korean Sungs are descended from this one man who moved to the Korean peninsula loong time ago. And that means, in a way, I’m related to all those celebrities with the last name “Sung”. AHAHA :DD

          • blue1004

            Actually, there are more than one clans of “Sungs.” That said, majority of those with the family name Sung belong to the “Changnyung Sung” (창녕성씨) clan. If you’re a Sung, there’s a good bet that you will be a Changnyung Sung. But about 10% of Sungs belong to one of 12 other Sung clans.

  30. 30 wonbinlover

    I love this show and I’m glad i started watching it when Tae Woong joined the show or else i would of been missing out on something so fun to watch. On the 2nd episode of this special, i was laughing so much. I watched in awe as Jung Tae made those noodles. I need to learn some cooking skills. Ha.

  31. 31 anna

    Oh lord, you guys make me wanna learn Korean so freaking bad! I’ve watched this special before, found it hilarious (though I could hardly understand a word), but with this recap you learn so much more and finally understand what they’re saying, make it even better! MUCH BETTER!

  32. 32 Narahannah

    Thank you gals… Yesterday episode on KBS World was so damn funny tooo….

    I love those badass guys… !

  33. 33 kristi

    Who’d have thought the scruffiest-looking of the bunch (Go Chang-Seok) is also the cuddliest, most teddybear-like. Also helps that he still speaks the Gyeong-Sang dialect, it makes him even more approachable and down-to-earth.

    And I thought it was sweet that most of the guests, at least those with school-aged children like Go, Ahn and Cho were in part motivated by their children to venture to 1N2D. Captures one of the appeals of 1N2D– a show that everyone in the family can enjoy.

    • 33.1 ditdut

      I thought it was a hilarious bit when he mentioned he comes from Hongdae and that confuses everyone because well duh, he speaks with an obvious satoori. It’s so cute that a while passed and he just realized he was supposed to say Busan, instead of Hongdae, lols..

      • 33.1.1 kristi

        The look on his face during Su-Geun’s gibberish Chinese spiel, and everyone expecting him to reply back, was also priceless. ‘But, but, but… all I know are my lines!’ LOL Then Kim Jung-Tae and Sung Dong-Il proceeding to teach him a lesson about the rhythm on variety shows like 1N2D (‘staccato!’). I think that was my favorite part of this episode.

        • rainerust

          It was so funny when he THOUGHT Su geun was actually speaking Chinese when clearly everyone else was like yeah he’s speaking gibberish that just sounds vaguely Chinese! And his ‘eeeeeeeeerrrrrrrr’ that went on forever was just side splittingly funny! Yeah I have a soft spot for him…

          • kristi

            Who doesn’t/wouldn’t? He had such a girlish reaction to everything (like when Seung-Gi appeared at the cafe and he started clapping like a fangirl), he had me grinning ear to ear every time the camera caught him.

  34. 34 tonia

    I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS….I JUST WATCHED THE RAW AND I WAS ROFL. So to watch this with subs will be even more hilarious. Thanks for the recap.

  35. 35 Ace

    This episode made me LOL as usual though in a very different way than the actress special. These guys are top stars in their own rights. The next part of this special is even more hilarious. Still LMAO!!! Can’t wait for next week’s recap. There should be at least 4 parts for this. I wish they’d made it 2N3D for these guys. Hope they’d get the chance to guest on the show again someday. And soon. The best guests ever!!!

  36. 36 aurora82

    I came to think of it since Uhm Tae Woong joined 1N2Ds the appearances of actors and actresses started(or am I wrong?, I just started watching when UTW appeared). Maybe he asked all his colleagues haha

  37. 37 rainerust

    Oh this episode was SO hilarious I couldn’t stop laughing when I watched it and the recap just brought it all back!

    While watching this episode I thought of a special that would be awesome but don’t know if it’s been done before since I never really followed 1N2D religiously until UTW came on board – have they ever done a foreigners special? Just imagine all these foreigners that didn’t speak Korean and all the hilarity that would ensue! That would be all sorts of awesome – we should get someone to suggest that to Na PD! GF, JB??

    • 37.1 kristi

      They did it twice before, for the first time in summer 2009, and again this year. In fact, the very first three episodes of 2011 were devoted to that special, and made a lot of waves for the emotional reactions they generated both on and off screen. (You need lots of hankies for the last episode.) But yes, there were fun moments, and as always, it’s a treat to see the members bond with their guests. Some of the foreigners spoke Korean though, one of them so fluently he appeared in one of Kim Jung-Tae’s movies (the karaoke scene Jung-Tae reenacts on the bus is from that movie, ‘Delighted? Delighted!’.)

      • 37.1.1 rainerust

        Which episodes are those? ARGH I need to look them up asap. I knew this was too good an idea for Na PD not to have thought of before!

        • kristi

          Episodes 247-249 from August 2009 make up the first ‘Global Special’. The second special, dedicated to foreign workers in Korea, aired in Episodes 315-317 Jan. 2011 as a New Year tribute.

  38. 38 jigglybelly

    I’m not Korean, so I don’t think I’ll ever get to watch and understand the nuances of a K-variety show. These recaps and hilarious. It cracks me up all the time. Guess this shows that humor really is universal. Thanks lots!

  39. 39 maki

    ohh great another one to add on my list-of-to-watch-this-and-that lol i mean thanks for the recap now your making me desperate to watch this hahaha i really like sung dong il.. watched him in gumiho hes hilarious.. *now off to hunt this episode*

  40. 40 Arhazivory

    I watched this raw last week and of course I understood not a word but damn…it was hilarious. I really love these actors from seeing some of them before and their personalities outside of the movie-world is awesome. Thanks for the recap ’cause now I know what they were saying. lol.

    And I agree about Seung-gi. He was very talkative and obviously very impressed by the guys. Hehe…I’ll be watching the second one raw as well. XD

  41. 41 Jonesy

    Thanks for the recaps! Waking up and seeing this recap makes the week so much better!

  42. 42 sb

    OMG! I had no idea Kim Jung-tae was Hirayama in Miss Ripley! He’s so funny and my favorite in the Supporting Actors Special. The man has mad culinary skills too. I was absolutely floored by yesterday’s episode.

  43. 43 Rena

    This show is pure genius… Putting those 12 guys together is the greatest thing ever, the special is completely hilarious throughout, my stomach hurts just by watching them, especially the part with the potatoes >_< love them all… Thank you for recapping the episode!!!!

  44. 44 kopi_adik

    hahahahaha love Sung Dong-il in his dramas, loved him even more when i watched him in Happy Together, and now i seriously want him to be my dad! next to Kim Gabsoo! LOL

  45. 45 bishbash

    if only they got Kim Gab Soo!!!

    but im loving this 6 guests as much! Ahn Gil-kang!

  46. 46 tess

    Go Changsuk is SO CUTE!!!!!!!!

  47. 47 ixx

    Love this epi.. love the actor’s pose kkkkk specially Jung tae and Gil kang lol in the second part was OMG!!!! so funny.. and in the end Sung ha hahahahaha he looks like a real kampae.. o..O kkkk but still was funny.. and the rest excellent.. i really love this special.. guest..

  48. 48 allernon

    OMG!! Totally loved this episode~~ I was so surprised to hear/see that they came to my city, Gangneung. I’m so upset that I missed that taping 🙁 But I still had fun watching the show ^_^

  49. 49 asianromance

    Thank you, ladies, so much for recapping this!! I’m glad we get to see these guys outside of their shady characters!

  50. 50 giddy

    We just got this episode on air last night–HILARIOUS! Didn’t read the recap as I wanted to be surprised, and loved every moment of it, so much more than even the actress special. Dudes are crazy funny with their delivery of one-liners dripping with raw honesty. They tell it like it is!

    The regular cast is practically invisible and it’s like these actors are running 1N2D! Even Ho Dong is a supporting actor here, instead of head honcho, but he does set people up so well (the Jungtae/Seungi deal).

    Can’t wait til the next episode–nice thing is we get it with subs so it’s worth the wait. Sidenote: Loved that they played Kim Hyun Joong’s “Break Down” as they guests met with the regulars–so appropriate as it was KHJ’s breakout song to appear more masculine, and here you have these truly tough guys walking around the corner to meet the meek regulars. Na PD has outdone himself on all levels with this episode!

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