Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Running Man: Episode 51
by | July 17, 2011 | 51 Comments

We’re back for another day of adventure in Bangkok. The money’s been swiped and it’s up to the Running Men to chase down the thief. This episode has so many twists and turns it’s hard for me to wrap my head around it! Tensions run high and it’s anyone’s game. The chase is on!

Episode 51. Broadcast July 10, 2011

Min-jung’s team relishes in their Bangkok Race victory and wonders what to do with the loot. Jong-kook offers to hold on to it until Min-jung pops that she’ll take it instead thankyouverymuch (Jae-suk: “She is filming tomorrow, right?”) and everyone heads off to bed.

But deep in the night…Na PD’s protégé the RM PD makes a late night visit to one member and delivers the mission to the “criminal”: Steal the cash, stash it away. Survive to the end and the moolah is yours. Ooh, very interesting RM! I’m a personal fan of these little arcs and the unknown culprit angle is far more intriguing than knowing who it is from the onset.

It’s morning and the staff makes their first morning call into Jong-kook’s room. He heads out to wake the other members in order, and some are easier to wake than others, to say the least. Haha’s grogginess is to be expected whereas Jae-suk is already awake and they proceed to…put him back into bed. HA. For the sake of variety, of course.

The boys head over to wake up Kwang-soo, who awakens like an Avatar from deep slumber. But it doesn’t take them very long to start on their parade of scolding him and each other, so much that Gwangsoo exclaims, “If you’re going to fight…take it outside!”

Oh snap, this is PG right? Looks like our boy Gary likes to sleep…closer to nature and the boys step in for the shocked VJs so they can do some proper damage control. They throw him a robe and Gary properly greets everyone else. The cast jokes that he looks like he hails from a chaebol (rich man) family and he plays the part to a T, stretching out on the veranda.

Breakfast time. But this ain’t your ordinary sit-down, five star hotel buffet – this is Running Man! The cast pile as much food as they can onto three plates and everyone digs in, enjoying the food. That is, apart from the one who whisks away the cash bags sitting in Min-jung’s room with the help of the maknae FD.

They’re off to their next destination to Pattaya, via bus. When they arrive at Pattaya, they’re not pleased to hear that their bus ride was a mission. The previous announcement was made in Thai, and Nichkhun conveniently left out that the first two people who fell asleep receive a penalty in his loose translation.

Oh ho, Nichkhun, you sly dog. The frequent RM visits taught you something or two about how to play the game huh? Thus, Jae-suk and Min-jung are stuck with the short end of the stick.

It’s every member for themselves as they each find out a criminal has stolen the cash and it’s up to them to track down and eliminate the offender before they complete a given mission. If they do, the money is theirs for the keeping. The same question is running through everyone’s minds: Who could it be?

OH. MY. GOD. HAHAHA. THIS is the penalty? I’m dying in a corner laughing at the absurdly large nametag that’s plastered across Jae-suk’s back. He’s more interested at the food (as am I) than the mission at hand, leisurely making his rounds around the various vendors. Not without some good ol’ fun of course as he meets a cheeky ice cream seller who pokes a bit of fun with Jae-suk.

But there’s no time for games as tension runs high and all the members are suspicious of each other. Jong-kook and Jae-suk run into each other and hypothesize their theories about who the criminal is. Nichkhun? Kwang-soo? Jong-kook resists Jae-suk’s attempts to ally together saying, “Hyung, right now, you’re too weak!” Jae-suk: “So take care of me.” Meaning: Be my bodyguard. LOL.

They decide to hang together for now and Jae-suk uses the opportunity to his advantage, asking Jong-kook to buy him things. That is, until Jong-kook comes up short on cash and threatens to rip off Jae-suk’s name-tag. Jae-suk then reluctantly pays for his own purchase. Fear of Spartakooks? Check.

The captions indicate possible reasons one of the members could be the culprit: Haha hangs around avoiding eye contact, Gary seems to be searching for something, Ace Ji-hyo is rifling through some items. Gary and Min-jung cross paths and Gary’s suspicious. The money was last seen in Min-jung’s room. Does she know where it is?

She replies innocently that she doesn’t and she’s also victim to the crime. She pinky promises and reaches over to hold Gary’s hands. Don’t let Ji-hyo see you Min-jung or you’re in for a world of pain.

Meanwhile, Kwang-soo is busy brushing up on his Thai. Just then, Ji-hyo slinks through the crowd and rips off his name-tag. It’s clean and Kwang-soo is rightly upset over his early elimination sans an interrogation. Ji-hyo apologizes: he was the first person she saw so she pounced before thinking. Kwang-soo: “Do you think ‘sorry’ is enough!?…I haven’t done anything yet!” Ji-hyo: “Just head off to jail, already.”

The speakers blare Kwang-soo’s elimination and an idea pops into Min-jung’s head…and she tears off Gary’s nametag. A shocked Gary shouts at her, “YAH (Hey!)” It’s pretty rude to yell at someone, especially a guest, so informally and Gary explains that he hopes she understand how upset he was to be eliminated that he forgot himself in the moment.

Min-jung accompanies Gary towards jail and they run into Ji-hyo who warily raises her eyebrows at the sight of them together. Haha jumps in and offers to create an alliance. All the members were previously asked what they wanted when they got to Thailand. Haroro pulls out a drink and asks to see the other members’ items. He reasons that the person who asked for money is the wanted thief. Nice deduction there – a gold star for your work today!

Back to the two fighting team leaders as Jae-suk and Jong-kook climb into a boat to prevent anyone from eliminating them. It’s not long before Nichkhun catches up to them, cautious towards the two leaders. He climbs into the following boat shouting, “I’ve been by myself for 30 minutes! I’m so lonely!” Poor puppy.

He continues that Jong-kook’s leaving for the States the next day, so he could probably use the cash and Jong-kook retaliates that the first clue to sniff out a criminal is to raise distrust in others. They meet up with the others and they shout reasons of suspicion towards each other. Min-jung explains her alliance as, “We’re three nice people who trust each other!” Hehe.

Everyone splits off for the time being, but Haha can’t seem to shake off knowing that Jong-kook’s item is money. He pipes that they should eliminate him and the ladies add that Jong-kook will eliminate them before they get the chance. Haha then wonders if there’s more than one criminal and turns his suspicions towards Nichkhun. It’s a Thailand special, so why not him? I’m not so sure, Haroro…you sure have a lot of theories today.

Jong-kook and Jae-suk are yet again arguing over who the criminal is. Jae-suk wonders if their alliance another tactic for Jong-kook to wait until he’s the last one left. Jong-kook replies that he’s left Jae-suk to live for a while now because he’s easy to catch. Haven’t you seen Yoo-ruce Willis run before? He’s no easy target! Instead, they decide to search for the other easy target: Suk-jin.

This race sure is making everyone jumpy because even the slightest breeze perks up Haha’s fear of someone eliminating him. He explains that Jong-kook runs like the wind, sneaking up and catching them without alarm. A new alliance is formed of four as the “Nice Team.”

Jae-suk spots eliminated Gary in the distance and heads over to meet up with him…but walks right past him. Hahaha. They’re interrupted by Kwang-soo shouting phrases in Thai, “Song Ji-hyo bbaekaboy (criminal)!” Jae-suk suspects that Ji-hyo is their alleged criminal and the Monday Couple boyfriend thinks that it’s Jae-suk. Why, he’s been a spy before in a previous episode! And then Kwang-soo changes his chant to, “Yoo Jae-suk bbaekaboy!” which the surrounding crowd parrots back to Jae-suk.

Jae-suk’s peaceful roaming time doesn’t last very long as the Nice Team recognizes him and hunts him down. Jae-suk raises both hands in the air, asking them to look into his eyes for the truth – he’s innocent! Ji-hyo looks at him…and then rips off his nametag that proves he was telling the truth.

Rounding out the Jail Regulars Trio, Suk-jin is also eliminated (The Jail Regulars Trio refers to Jae-suk, Kwang-soo, and Suk-jin, who are usually among the first to be eliminated in Hide-and-Seek and wait for the others to join them).

The Jail Regulars Trio and Gary toss out hypotheses of who the thief is. The others dismiss Jae-suk’s theory that the staff played up Min-jung’s innocence and she’s the criminal they want. He defends that those who haven’t been the hero before couldn’t possibly understand. He continues that it’s between Nichkhun, Ji-hyo, or Min-jung since Haha was a spy in a previous episode.

The others guess the possibility of Jong-kook. Jae-suk: “He doesn’t have to (do anything) to be the hero every week!”

Speaking of whom, Haha and Ji-hyo have Jong-kook cornered; listing off reasons that he might be the criminal: the item he wanted was money and the things he bought are pretty random and strange. Jong-kook asks if they’re 100% positive it’s him and they reply that it’s more like 80%. Heh. Ji-hyo bravely says that Jong-kook can even tear off her nametag to find out if she’s the thief. Oh ho…

Holy crap, look at that face. That’s the devilish grin of a man on a mission. Jong-kook easily tears off Ji-hyo’s nametag in mid-sentence. This means…that Jong-kook is the criminal! Along with a horrified Haha, we see a montage of how the PD came to visit him in the dead of the night, how he slipped in and swiped the cash, and how he’s been searching for the bags around Pattaya.

Haha and Ji-hyo are both eliminated, much to the shock of the rest of the cast. In jail, Jae-suk reflects on his own stupidity, allying and running around with the one he was supposed to catch. And then there were three…

Nichkhun and Min-jung deduce that the criminal must be Jong-kook after all and they begin searching for him high and low. Jong-kook has one final bag to deliver and just as he finds it, crosses paths with the other two. He’s not called the Capable One for nothing and Jong-kook makes a run for it, bag in tow.

But Nichkhun’s speedy too and he quickly catches Jong-kook. In a tussle, Jong-kook loses his grasp on the bag and Min-jung’s getting closer…

It’s 2 against 1 and it’s no use. Jong-kook slips and Min-jung tears off the nametag, making her and Nichkhun the winners! Kim Jong-kook actually lost?! Ah…that’ll sting his pride for a few weeks.



51 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Oyumaa

    haha! Gary is so dead! 😀 and KJK you are not lucky 😛 Spartaaa <3

    • 1.1 Gustave154

      No i want gary and ji hyo to be together forever… Please don’t break up again monday couple plz…….

      • 1.1.1 Mia

        Monday Couple!! jjang!!! <3

        • gummimochi

          Totally agree! <3 Monday Couple! Can you notice I have a teeny bias concerning the Monday Couple?

  2. pinkpinkpink

    woohoo nickhun won i was so nervous

  3. ...

    ahhhh! thanks for the recap!

  4. abc123

    Is it wrong that I’m actually happy KJK lost? It’s just that he always too strong and good to see others defeat him.

    YJS must really love ice-cream, and the scene when he bought the ice-cream was funny

  5. Ani

    Ah, the devilish Spartakooks. The Capable One. The almighty Commander. I can’t believe Ace Jihyo lost so easily like that. HAHAHAHA. I love the RM cast. Thank you for the recaps.

    • 5.1 Alvina

      Ace JiHyo has been loosing her touch, just a little. She’s either a little less devious or the sneeks are becoming smarter lol

  6. purplesheesh

    Min Jung! Hands off Gary please. He only belongs to Ji Hyo. Monday Couple JJANG! 😀

  7. alwaesboo

    thanks for the recap! hahaa omgosh i can’t wait for the english subbed version to come out- i need to watch this hehehehe

  8. ray

    Thank you for the recap 🙂
    *sigh* It took me around 30 mins to scroll down the page and lower my gaze from nickhun’s pic ……

    • 8.1 drama4mama

      Yeah me too, he’s just so heavenly every time you see him. I could never get tired of looking at him.

      • 8.1.1 Ani

        I know he’s the most popular in 2PM, followed by Taecyun (in Korea at least), but I still don’t see the appeal in either of them. Sorry. Taecyun at least I can see how he gets cute and adorable at times, but Nickhun? Nope. Nothing. Now if we’re talking 2PM, Chansung is for me.

        • Alvina

          helll yeaaa. Giant Baby and WooYoung lol. Actually, I was a Jaebum fan initially, but Junsu, WooYoung have been getting into their own in recent months/shows.

          I dunno. Nickhun is cute and all but… I dont like the fact that he both hates his cuteness and over-uses that very same cuteness to his advantage lol. And Taec. Yea, I dont get it… He’s funny, and the def. of cute beast-dol, but still…

          • Ani


        • bd

          I don’t get Nickhun b/c I’m not a 14 yr old girl; along the same lines, I don’t get Justin Bieber either (neither are particularly good-looking).

          • Ani

            I think I get Justin Bieber (just a little), but what I don’t get is the amount of hate the poor kid gets. So he’s famous and sings about love at the age of 13, it doesn’t mean he deserves the hate he gets. The Jackson 5 sang about love when they were younger than 13, and they get more love than hate today (heck, except for racists assholes back in the days, J5 were really loved too). And some people have crushes/loves at 13, so why can’t the Bieber? Yeesh. Antifans have waaaaaaaay too much time on their hands because not caring for a celeb is more understandable than outright hating them.

            P.S. I wasn’t referring to you by the way bd, it’s just when the Bieber’s name comes up, I tend to scratch my head and wonder why he’s so hated because I may not be his fan, but that doesn’t mean I go all out hating someone I don’t know. It’s not like he killed someone…. or beat up a girlfriend…. Not for all I know I mean. X/

          • Ani

            Okay, to my 21 year old eyes, I don’t think the Bieber is that good looking too. But I can see why screaming 16 year olds probably do. Heck, I grew up during the 90s Pop era with BSB and NSYNC and 98 Degrees, etc. XD

          • Harley

            Nichkhun is actually really competitive. In any 2PM shows, or even in their pre-debut show, you can see how competitive 2PM members are (that’s how they get to be in OneDay). And he also got a temper. In RM you can’t really see it since it’s just a short appearance for Khun, but man, he can be scary sometimes.

        • Hipployta

          I didn’t get the Nichkhun bit until I watched We Got Married…I LOVE the Foreign Couple so much…LOL. The fact that he hates his cuteness and then will overplay it to be funny is…funny.

          I’m a Junsu girl myself, though I do like Jay Park’s abs, for the group but VicKhun/Khuntoria is my number one bias (with GD/Top a close second)

  9. Cynthia

    This was hysterical – it’s just as funny raw as it is subbed!
    Have to give these folks credit – running around in the Thailand heat is no joke – I really thought that Min-jung was going to pass out or throw up during that last all-out race.
    And how funny was it watching her take time to tie back her hair while Nichkun is wrestling?! Can’t make this stuff up – I LOVE this show!! Thanks so much for the recap!!

  10. 10 Noelle

    Wait so are Ji Hyo and Gary in an actual relationship? I’m a lil confused on that bit. Anyways, I’m liking the show. Thanks for the recap!

    • 10.1 miss unknown

      No…LOL…it’s all for variety…it’s just like with Family Outing, Hyori and Jong Kook was the bickering couple…everybody has a character on the show…

      • 10.1.1 Ani

        I love it when Jihyo would get mad and would say there’s no more Monday Couple. And Gary is all like “I’ll still continue to love you.” XD

      • 10.1.2 Gustave154

        No they are real!!! sorry i am a crazed minday couple fanboy xD

  11. 11 Arhazivory

    Although, I’m yet to watch the series, I enjoyed the recap ~ thanks. XD

  12. 12 girlfriday

    I nearly died from convulsive laughter when Jae-suk zoomed past Gary, still calling out his name. Like he was the invisible man! HAHAHAHA. I don’t know why, but it had me in stitches.

    • 12.1 indy

      Yes, It was so funny…. Gary face looked so shocked. Hahahaha

  13. 13 YBisTOP

    hehe, I can’t wait to watch this! I’m waiting on Episode 44! 🙂 Love the show, I want to marry it! 🙂

  14. 14 Kim

    Thanks for the recap =)

  15. 15 Alvina

    Late commenting…. but I’m actually happy whenever KJK exposes a weakness lol. 😛

    Perhaps I’m just a fan of the underdog or the sneaky sly ones because, my fan love for Haha= my fan love for Eun JiWon in 1N2D lol. And Kwangsoo is my “poor puppy” in this. I have more love for him than Kim JongMin (1N2D) but the sympathy is still the same.

    I can never forget the look in his eyes during the Kim Hyun Joong special— pure fear when he was cornered in the bathroom LOL. 😀

    Running Man has it’s moments, especially when the PDs decide to be sneaky.
    And to think, I used to think this show was boring!

    • 15.1 Ani

      I love Haroro! He’s so adorkable it’s crazy at times. Truthfully, I don’t know who I love more in RM considering I love Spartakook because he scares the bejesus out of everyone but I also love Haroro when he decides to try to be all sneaky and whatnot. I miss Joongki. Sad day. I love Song Jihyo when she goes all Ace Jihyo on us. And I love it when Kwangsoo frames everyone. He’s just so adorkable at failing. HAHAHAHA. *sigh*

  16. 16 riceballer

    OMG….forever peaceful ordinary Gary. It’s hilarious when they tell him his face isn’t one of a celebrity’s, haha. But we all love him regardless =)

    • 16.1 Ani

      Yes. Yes we do. XD

  17. 17 Rissa Chan

    Thx dramabeans ^0^ i reallyyyy like this variety show ^0^

  18. 18 tetsi

    muhahahahaha…. Spartakook lost!!!
    and I love that the later episodes of RM have revived my love for this show. It was on a slump for quite a while which frankly made me a little sad.
    and I just can’t wait for your recap for today’s episode! It’s the best so far.. 😀

  19. 19 zodd

    Going to watch this once it’s sub. Love this series.

  20. 20 Imp

    AM I the only one who had dirty thoughts when Ji Hyo was already up and they find Gary naked with pillows all over the floor?

    • 20.1 Ani

      Hahaha… If you put it THAT way. XD

  21. 21 nhetski

    Sparta Kook lost?! I guess we’ll see him doing even better next week then haha! Love RM! Thanks for the recap 🙂

  22. 22 indy

    Thank u, gummimochi!!!
    Looking forward to your next RM recap.
    I always watched the RAW every new episode, with your recap now I understand what they’re talking.
    Even watching the RAW vids, without understanding Korean, I always laugh a lot watching RM.
    RM is so funny, entertaining, creative and sometimes amusingly outrageous.
    I love RM!!!

    • 22.1 gummimochi

      Thanks! Heh, glad that these k-variety recaps are helpful! 🙂 Hope you find them entertaining~

  23. 23 min

    simply love running man!

    as much as i love spartakook, love to see him defeated once in awhile.

  24. 24 Kayburg

    The descriptions of them waking up really made me laugh <3 especially about gwangsu heheh

    awesome recap!

    And like others, I do love seeing spartakook lose 🙂

    • 24.1 gummimochi

      KJK can always be taken down a peg or two. Everyone waking up + celebrity + surprise = super hilarious! I like that kind of math.

  25. 25 swui

    OMG I was really fooled by the PDs, the way they edited everything I thought for sure Nickhun would be the criminal because he was the guest! Anyway KJG is so darn sly muahahaha….though I love to see him lose for once…Invincibility is boring.

    I’ve been watching RM ever since it started but I must say they are improving these days…I like it when they have intense and unpredictable missions like this. The preview for the next epi looks real scary…the guest is almost as imposing as Spartakooks….

  26. 26 Alexis

    I thought it was pretty obvious KJK was the culprit cos he was doing and saying things outta the norm. Like how he offered to give his money to the nice trio and how he showed he understood the mentality of the culprit. Maybe it was also cos I was an avid follower of FO 1st Season and RM so it came to me that he was not his normal self. But I liked Haroro’s theory that the person who asked for $$ is the culprit. Just too bad they are too scared of KJK to take him down till it is too late. 🙂

  27. 27 le

    fun to read and watch, i saw this raw but it was kind of easy to follow along. this reminds me of Infinity Challenge’s money bag episodes. so did Minjung and Nichkhun get the money instead?

  28. 28 zodd

    Just watched the episode. It was great! Ha Ha was right all along!

  29. 29 T-ARA

    they are so funny from another episode to another.KJK & JS you are so selfish.haha don’t be mad ok.I’m sorry. 🙂

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