Running Man: Episode 60
You know what they say – be careful of what you wish for. We’re in for a treat for Chuseok and Gary’s wish to become a spy has finally come true. But all is not what it seems however in Running Man land. Welcome to the “Tru-Gary Show” folks – will the cast be able to deceive Gary or are they the ones who are being fooled?
EPISODE 60. Broadcast September 4, 2011.
The day has finally come for Gary to star as the hero of Running Man. The beginning montage has me in a fit of giggles as the staff plays up today like a historical turning point in his life thus far. An hour before the opening, we see Gary enter the SBS building acting completely unaware but with the undertone in his voice implying, “Oh I wonder why I’m here early…”
Mr. PD invites him in and presents today’s objective – Gary is the spy today. He’s totally excited about his moment to shine and flips over the mission card: Eliminate all the Running Man without being caught. If you succeed to the end, you win! The rest of the cast is under the impression there’s a guest today but it’s up to you to fulfill this mission.
Shuffling through the list of cast members, Gary worries about being able to trick Jae-suk and Jong-kook, both quick on the uptake. Mr. PD presses about the other members and Gary dismisses him, confident in his abilities, “Even Ji-hyo is head over heels for me!” He vows that he’ll win…
…While the rest of the cast is observing him via hidden camera. HAHAHA! But what’s going on here?
The clocks roll back to reveal the others arrive early and notice that Gary is missing. Their mission is to deceive Gary into thinking that they’re the ones being fooled until the final “Cut!” is called in order to win. Heh, and just when I thought you couldn’t surprise me anymore, Running Man.
The cast revels in this interesting twist: Gary would learn about their involvement when the episode airs. Sneaky! They begin to strategize their gameplay and in particular, warn Big Nose Hyung to keep his awkward acting to a minimum.
Because it’s a Chuseok Special, the first mini mission is a wrestling match – tournament style and the winner receives the smallest name tag. Mr. PD asks who Gary thinks is the most difficult to beat. The easy and obvious answer is Jong-kook, and he asserts that this is something that even elementary schools know. A bit unsure, he asks if ‘tournament-style’ is similar to how they arrange teams at the World Cup. Jong-kook laughs that Gary doesn’t know what ‘tournament’ means, and as if Gary could hear him bellows, “I do know what it is!”
Gary draws up his predictions: Jong-kook beats Jae-suk, Ji-hyo overpowers Suk-jin, and Haha beats Kwang-soo. He draws up the rest of the rounds, adding a match for the Monday Couple, and the final match between himself and Jong-kook. Kim Jong-kook (obviously) wins and Gary starts to get nervous about the overwhelming task ahead of him.
Before the rest of the cast heads out, Jae-suk wonders about those who haven’t been a spy yet. Suk-jin and Kwang-soo both vehemently express their desire to be one. Suk-jin threatens that he’ll sue if he doesn’t become one and Kwang-soo mutters that he’d be good at it, to which Ji-hyo adds, “Suing?”
Time for the actual opening and today’s landmark is D Shopping Mall in Shindolrim. Oh boy, I can practically sense Gary’s tense nervousness from this side of my monitor, and the others act as if nothing is wrong. They ask about today’s guest and Jae-suk hopes that it’s not Choi Min-soo. Gary pipes, “Isn’t it an idol special?” The slip-of-the-tongue peaks everyone’s curiosity … is he going to do all right today?
The cast warmly greets the crowd and enter the wrestling ring one by one (which indicates their pairing order, much like Thailand. It’s also important to note here that the cast matched their order based upon Gary’s predictions). They’re told that it’s a tournament-style wrestling match and the guys worry about fighting Ji-hyo. But Haha isn’t worried – she’ll probably place third anyway, as Ace. Ji-hyo is asked who she thinks she could beat and she honestly answers Suk-jin.
The match board is revealed and the cast deliberately overreacts at the pairings, inciting how unfair it is. The crowd’s presence has Jong-kook in an angel-like mood – a man’s got to maintain his image. Even a swift kick to the calf doesn’t ruffle his feathers.
First up is Jong-kook and Jae-suk and it’s no contest – Jong-kook picks him up, toys around with him and defeats him easily. An image boost for Jong-kook is an image-crusher for Jae-suk, who insists that they don’t replay his moment of utter humiliation. The staff takes note of this and replays the moment again and again and again. Heh. This is variety Jae-suk!
The next match between Haha and Kwang-soo looks more like a test of pettiness rather than a test of strength. It’s like two kids in the schoolyard, kicking each other and giving each other wedgies. Either Kwang-soo is really tall or Haroro is pretty short because Kwang-soo’s feet still touch the ground despite lifting him in the air. As scheduled, Haha wins.
With Ji-hyo’s swift victory against Suk-jin, it’s time for the Monday Couple to face off. But who can think about fighting when there’s love in the air as Gary reaches in for a hug. Teehee. He’s quickly reminded that it would be better off if he wrestles Jong-kook instead of Ji-hyo and he reluctantly consents, moving onto the final round.
There really isn’t much to hoot about the final round. Gary tries to overcome the wall that is Jong-kook and fails miserably – an easy win for Jong-kook. The cast apologizes for such an unexciting wrestling match and assures that it will be more entertaining on air. Oh yes, the power of editing can do wonders.
So everyone receives their respective nametags and Jae-suk vows that he’ll show the viewers how to win with a placard plastered across his back. That is, until Suk-jin rips it off mid-sentence. Yes Jae-suk, I’d also like to see the day when win with that thing on your back.
Everyone gathers in the shopping mall and receives the mission: Gather all the hidden puzzle pieces to win! The pieces add up to a picture of Gary’s face and he asks Mr. PD why there are so many things he needs to keep track of (eliminate the Running Man, preventing them from collecting the pieces, being a spy).
The picture above basically sums up his transparent nervousness – close-lipped and awkward as the others guess today’s set-up of guests.
Everyone splits off to search for the puzzle pieces and the others take note Gary’s nervousness, smiling at his reactions. He’s not joking around or making eye contact and evading their questions. The true battle of wits has begun!
To make matters worse, Gary claims that he saw the guest running by a little while ago. When pressed for more info, he changes his story that he saw their VJ instead. Oh, poor Gary – you’re so cute! “Strreesss!!”
Spartakooks offers his help to a panicked Gary who replies, “No I don’t need you! Stay there!” and asks for Kwang-soo instead. Kwang-soo is slightly offended to be thrown in so early in the game, but they send him off. Hmm, Gary senses that something is off: why is everyone hanging around together?
Meanwhile, Haroro lazily tours around the building, sending a kiss to a poster of Han Hyo-joo and discovers his North Pole: Pororo Land. He gives a tour like the master of the house and lays down to take a nap citing that he reads books in bed, and reaches over…to grab a puzzle piece. He’s baffled and amazed at the coinkidink find.
Turns out the pieces are easier to find than anyone could have thought as each piece is discovered one after another. The news puts Gary on high alert- they’ll find out the image is of him! So he takes Kwang-soo out, who acts surprised and Gary smiles at his first successful elimination.
The rest of the cast come up with a new nickname: Panic Gary as he continues to act strangely, throwing out random statements, “___ looks/acts/feels weird today.” To ease Gary’s state of mind, Jong-kook tosses that the broken pieces tell little about the solution. When they split off again, they laugh about Gary’s go-to line: that he saw the guest running around the completely deserted mall.
I love how each member tries to strategize their own elimination without rousing Gary’s suspicion by deliberating luring Gary into a hidden corner. Jae-suk opts to take the elevator and Gary takes him out, apologizing frantically before slipping away.
Spartakooks and the Ace observe this entertaining show from a few floors above, poking some fun by talking into the walkie-talkies. Come on, Gary – you’re trying to fool the best of the best here!
With three left to go, Haha suggests that he team up with Gary. They walk into the fitting rooms, making Haha easy prey. As Gary stuffs Haha into a dressing room and slips away, he whispers, “This [being a spy] was my dream! Don’t step on my dream!” LOL.
In jail, the Jail Regulars Trio and Haha share their dramatic elimination stories to each other, especially noting how apologetic Gary was (apart from Suk-jin, who didn’t receive an apology). Kwang-soo wonders if Gary is fooling them into thinking that he’s being deceived by them and they reject the idea – it’s way too confusing. Plus, how can such an innocent guy who’s been so easily deceived in the past try to fool them now?
Jong-kook discovers another puzzle piece and it puts Gary on edge – he’s got to make a move before they figure it out! After whisking Ji-hyo away to a more private area, he pulls out a chair for her and eliminates her from the game. In order to keep Jong-kook in the dark (or so he thinks), Gary asks that they don’t broadcast her elimination.
Even with a few puzzle pieces, it’s obvious that they add up to Gary, who tries to rearrange the pieces. Meanwhile, Jong-kook is busy honing the perfect reaction to his own elimination. They meet up and Jong-kook deliberately turns his back on Gary. He jumps at the chance and Jong-kook is eliminated.
Everyone gathers to do the closing, blaming each other for not picking up on Gary’s sly spy skills earlier. Gary is presented a prize for winning the final “Cut!” is called, which also makes the cast winners of (bigger) prime-cut meat sets. They thank him through the camera, after he leaves, and apologizing for fooling him.
But we see Gary exit the building with a limp that turns into a straight walk, a homage to “The Usual Suspects.” Wait Gar… were we just Punk’d?!