EPISODE 375. Broadcast on February 25, 2012.
javabeans: Last one!
girlfriday: Say it ain’t so!
javabeans: Well, there’ll be another episode next week… but it might not be what you want it to be.
girlfriday: *covers ears* I CAN’T HEAR YOU! LALALALALALA.
javabeans: If you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist? Or in this case, if you don’t watch the ending, it never happened?
girlfriday: Right, exactly. If I don’t watch it end, it won’t end. Right?
javabeans: Um. Am I going to have to write this one myself while you battle your denial?
girlfriday: Denial? What denial? Just pass the soju.
javabeans: Aw, the show gets a cake. It’s even crying. (Under the Good-Bye is “ㅠㅠ ㅠㅠ” which indicates crying eyes.)
girlfriday: And then it suddenly turns into an impromptu fanmeeting with the audience, where MC Su-geun announces that they’ll draw random numbers for a Bokbulbok. Prizes include: a hug, a backhug, dinner at Seung-gi’s house… waitaminute…
javabeans: Ha, that can’t be real. Seung-gi’s all, “WHAT?” and Su-geun says this one’s MC’s choice.
girlfriday: Su-geun prompts Seung-gi — how much is he willing to give? Seung-gi: “I’ll do whatever [she] wants.”
javabeans: And then Jong-min says, to the same question, “I’ll do whatever I want.” Haha.
girlfriday: Pfffft. Good timing, Jong-min. He’s up first, and the prize with Jong-min is a sexy dance. Oh dear.
javabeans: I love the very clumsy “sexy” dance he demonstrates, and as he moves to pull a name, Ji-won jokes, “I think the most nervous right now are the male guests.” He pulls a number, and everyone actually holds their breaths hoping it’s not them, since they’ll have to be part of the sexy-dancing. He calls 103… and there is no 103. Is somebody lying?
girlfriday: You know they are. So Su-geun re-picks and calls out someone in the front row.
javabeans: I love that they don’t trust the guests in this round, so he forces the lady to show her ticket number, then Ji-won declares she’s it, regardless of whether she is.
girlfriday: She follows him up to the stage, a ball of nerves, and then Jong-min greets her by taking off his jacket as the audience squeals. He asks her right away, “Are you married?” HA. Su-geun: “What were you going to do if she weren’t?”
javabeans: That should not be a part of this game! Hahaha.
girlfriday: They tell them to start, but she interrupts the proceedings to say that SHE has to get ready… and takes off her jacket too. Wait, this is going to an unexpected place.
javabeans: Cue song (“Trouble Maker”) and the guest takes her pose… and then rocks the sexy dance so much that it’s Jong-min who’s standing there agape. Ha! Banjun!
girlfriday: Pwahahahaha. Oh my god, does this stuff actually happen? She was an ajumma shaking in terror one minute, and now she’s all c’mere, baby.
javabeans: Omg, Jong-min is so weird at this dance. ISN’T HE A PROFESSIONAL? And then she returns to her seat all shy again.
girlfriday: This is the funniest and weirdest thing I’ve ever seen an ajumma do. Afterwards, Jong-min just stutters in shock, “I lost!” The boys agree, she totally out-danced him.
javabeans: Next it’s Seung-gi’s turn to pick a number, and when he says it’s in the hundreds, there are squeals of glee and slumps of disappointment. The guys point out that when Jong-min called out for his hundred-something guest, everyone was basically shaking their heads, “Not it!” Aw. Seung-gi’s guest runs up excitedly for her hug, and I think there just may actually be tears of jealousy in the crowd from all the disappointed guests who weren’t picked.
girlfriday: Oh no, the hug goes embarrassingly awry (he’s supposed to pick her up and twirl her, per Su-guen’s instructions) but he just ends up dragging her.
javabeans: But on the upside, she gets a SECOND HUG. Tae-woong is next with a back-hug, and announces his number speedily without fanfare. How like him. The guest is from Japan and I don’t think she understands what she’s getting till Su-geun demonstrates, and then she’s all excited. The “scenario” is for her to be waiting for her late date, and he’ll surprise her with a back-hug… only it’s Jong-min who sneaks up behind her. Oh no! That’s so mean!
girlfriday: I don’t know what’s worse–trading in Jong-min for Tae-woong, or the way she runs away from Jong-min like he’s covered in boils or something. The boys just die laughing.
javabeans: I’m pretty sure it was Seung-gi’s idea (he whispered something last-minute) and he and Ji-won bounce up and down, laughing.
girlfriday: They go again, and this time Tae-woong backhugs her for real. Aw man, I’m actually jealous right now.
javabeans: Oh man, you have to admit Tae-woong has an awesome backhug. It’s not all limp and anemic, but a good-ol-fashioned manly embrace.
girlfriday: It’s totally hot.
javabeans: She flips out, and I totally don’t blame her. How weird to give this sizzling backhug and then end it with a handshake, though. Seung-gi handshakes her as she leaves in a similar gesture, and Su-geun interrupts, literally telling him, “No touching!” Hahaha. He can’t just give it away for free!
girlfriday: I love that he backs away with his hands in the air, like Okay, okay, I will not touch the girls! Next is Ji-won’s turn to give a backhug, and he happens to draw the first male contestant, the guy who fed them on one of their winter training camps.
javabeans: Aw, how cute! This one’s supposed to be a backhug-turned-fronthug, and Ji-won approaches the guest and jumps on his back, like a little boy.
girlfriday: How perfect for Baby Bear. I love that he’s the only one who could’ve turned it into a daddy-son moment. Back at basecamp that night, the boys wait for dinner and play on an old swing set. Seung-gi watches Su-geun swinging and wants to try too, so he takes a turn… and what?
javabeans: Has Seung-gi never ridden a swing before?
girlfriday: What kind of weird childhood did he have?
javabeans: He looks so funny, trying to pump for leverage but doing it all backward. Ji-won demonstrates the proper way to gain momentum, and Seung-gi gets back on, confident in the technique… and does it all wrong. Ji-won coaches him through when to sit and stand, but it’s like teaching Tae-woong how to dance.
girlfriday: He is the poster boy for brain and body acting of their accord. Even Seung-gi’s like, “Does it look that weird?” Yes, yes it looks that weird. I love how he asks Ji-won for a push though, like a little kid. Not that it helps. They get a delicious samgyupsal dinner (aw is Na PD being nice?) and head inside for games, where Na PD declares today’s mission-for-indoor-sleeping-rights moot. Aha. Nice my foot.
javabeans: They’ll play an old game tonight — the zombie game — where the last man standing will get to sleep indoors and pick a friend to join him. Basically you’ll blindfold everybody but one person, throw them into a room together, and hope for the best. The zombies have to catch the guy decisively, so more than just a tag to get him out.
girlfriday: It’s more like they get to bite him until he screams, “Surrender!”
javabeans: I love that they get all into it, grabbing for their prey (Seung-gi), but then you have the other guy shouting back, “It’s just me! It’s ME!” It totally doesn’t work when you break the chain of arms, though, huh? Seung-gi’s doing so well that he actually goes around poking the guys in the butt, haha. Such a schoolyard thing to do.
girlfriday: Typical boys. Finally Tae-woong manages to get a death grip on him and the zombies attack.
javabeans: That’s what Seung-gi gets for taunting them, though he lasted a good five minutes. Su-geun’s next and he evades them for a long while until he’s finally cornered, and the boys dogpile. But what they don’t know is that Su-geun has wrestled free, so they’re basically dogpiling and biting each other. Poor Jong-min gets the brunt, even though he’s screaming, “It’s me! Jong-min!” Su-geun basically spends the rest of his turn taunting Jong-min, literally running circles around him.
girlfriday: Hahaha, he starts blowing in Jong-min’s face, making him look spastic as he tries to reach for him. Owwwww, when Seung-gi finally catches him, he clamps onto his nipples and twists, getting an immediate surrender.
javabeans: Su-geun lasted an impressive fifteen minutes, mostly thanks to Jong-min. Third to go is Ji-won, and Su-geun assembles the boys for a strategizing session, having seen where the weak links are, and strengthens the line of defense. The result is that Ji-won has a much tougher time getting between them, and is out in just under two minutes.
girlfriday: Tae-woong doesn’t last too long either, and the funny thing is his dogpile ends up being a second chance for the boys to attack Su-geun, who gave them so much grief.
javabeans: Haha, someone even tears a hole in the seat of his pants. Ha, and ew. The game definitely gets harder the longer it goes on since the boys are learning tactics, so I’m impressed Tae-woong even lasted three minutes. Jong-min, on the other hand, gets dogpiled hard after two minutes.
girlfriday: Ji-won warns that there’s no surrender for him: “This game ends when you die.” HA.
javabeans: It’s what you get when you continue biting your prey after they’ve surrendered. As the winner, Su-geun picks Ji-won as his sleepytime partner and as the guys rest, they get another cake, this time for Su-geun’s birthday. I love how they eat it with chopsticks, which is something I totally do.
girlfriday: I don’t think there’s anything Korean people don’t eat with chopsticks. As they eat, Na PD offers up a quiz just for fun, about past episodes of the show. Ji-won balks that no one can win Seung-gi at that game, because he freakishly remembers every last detail, like what they ate on what day and where. Yeesh. I have friends like that. I’m the other one, always going, “Huh? Did we go there?”
javabeans: The first question is about which episodes brought in high ratings, which gives us a flashback to one of the game sessions where basically the rules were super-simple and the outcomes hilarious: hackey-sack competition and sit-up race.
girlfriday: Hey! That’s the episode I first made you watch with me! Remember? This is one of my favorite episodes. I die laughing every time.
javabeans: Haha, yeah totally. It’s even just as hilarious knowing what’s coming as it was when I was surprised by the image of Seung-gi bouncing around on the ground trying to anchor Ho-dong’s situps.
girlfriday: I’m pretty sure I remember us gasping for breath as we laughed, watching those situps. There may have been tears.
javabeans: The guys make a few wrong guesses for the other ratings hit, until Na PD gives the clue that there was a “very big wager” on the line, and Ji-won immediately knows — it’s the episode where he shaved his head, right?
girlfriday: The Ping-pong Con!! It’s funny that I’ve totally made you watch these episodes before.
javabeans: But it makes sense, if they’re the best. Hehe. Na PD tells them that the very moment Ji-won’s head was shaved, ratings shot up to 49.3%.
girlfriday: That’s CRAJEE. If you haven’t watched the episode, one day Ji-won randomly decided to bluff that he’d been practicing ping-pong and gotten really good, and made this wager against Ho-dong that escalated into insanity. The end result was that Ji-won and Mong had to shave their heads.
javabeans: They reminisce about the time Seung-gi broke his finger, and now he can say that it was MC Mong who sat on it. He says that Mong felt so bad about it that he has since erased the day from his memory.
girlfriday: Hahaha, do I even want to know how you broke your finger on Mong’s ass? Footage shows him arriving at Su-geun’s wedding with a cast on. I love that Su-geun says he can confess now that it’s in the past: “We were really worried… But after we visited you in the hospital… we went to play pool.” HA.
javabeans: Na PD busts out gifts for the boys, and lines up five ring boxes, containing five matching rings (which Ji-won bites to confirm it’s real gold, haha). Tae-woong wonders why his is so yellow, and Na PD reveals that even the rings are a Bokbulbok. HA! He instructs them to look inside the band, to find out how many karats their rings are.
girlfriday: Hahaha, evil till the end. Tae-woong has the 24kt one, while Seung-gi gets the 5kt one, which they don’t even make, but Na PD had special-ordered. HEE.
javabeans: Seung-gi says he feels sorry they didn’t do something like this in return, but Na PD says that after he had these ordered, he wanted one for himself so he got them made for the staff, too. Haha. Wonder how many karats his is.
girlfriday: That’s cute. I love that they say “Wild” on them. We get a montage of bromance through the years, and the boys ask if they can talk amongst themselves on their last night. So for the first time in five years, the cameras go off, and they get to just hang out with each other. Aw, how sweet.
javabeans: In the morning, the others join Su-geun and Ji-won inside and they climb under the blankets together. The VJ comments that the guys must really not want to get up this morning, since they’re lingering in bed. Tae-woong says they remind him of a literal dogpile, and they totally do look like one — limbs sticking out in random directions, bodies all curled up.
girlfriday: It’s so cute how affectionate Tae-woong is with Ji-won. The PDs note that they look like a real hyung-dongseng pair.
javabeans: Everyone eventually wakes and does his morning routine, but Ji-won’s just curled up on the floor, even when the PDs take away the blankets and pack them away. Finally Tae-woong comes by and puts Ji-won’s head in his lap, and the guys muse that this is a truly Ji-won-esque way to go out.
girlfriday: Seung-gi asks Na PD to take a picture with him, just one loving shot, and Na PD tells him to beg a little harder, only to cave and give him the cutest hug, cheek-to-cheek. Awwww.
javabeans: They head outside for the closing comments, and Ji-won finally joins them. He says it really doesn’t feel like it’s their last day, and Seung-gi says that they’ve heard that word “final” thrown around a million times but it hasn’t sunk in. When it’s pointed out that next week there’ll be another guy sleeping in the spot where Seung-gi used to sleep, he realizes that’s true and jokes that he’ll be watching this on TV from home, crying.
girlfriday: Su-geun says that Ji-won said something to him last night: “Hyung, this is the last time we’ll be laughing and talking like this, isn’t it?” *whimper*
javabeans: The tears start flowing as they think of what the show has brought them, and how much they’ve felt and gained because of it.
girlfriday: They clearly don’t want it to end, because every time someone starts to close the closing, they change the subject.
javabeans: I do think it’s a good thing that three are staying behind, because as it is most of the goodbyes are directed toward Ji-won and Seung-gi. If they were all leaving, I think it would be a mess of tears. Su-geun notes that today’s the hardest to get through, because it’s so tough holding back tears, and they’re pretty much just barely holding on.
girlfriday: But saying the words aloud makes them even harder to hold back, and Seung-gi starts crying, and then Na PD chokes back his tears, which I don’t know why, but is always the thing that opens the floodgates for me. I think it’s like you said–watching the dad cry is just the hardest. He can barely get the words out, but he just says, “You worked hard,” like a proud dad.
javabeans: It takes them a while to get control over their emotions to do the final ending, and Seung-gi manages to put on a cheery face just as Ji-won starts to cry and buries his face. Seung-gi gives him the chance to say a few last words, but Ji-won tells him to do it, so with a final burst of energy, they raise their hands and do the 1N2D cheer.
girlfriday: WAH. They hug and ask Ji-won if he’s okay, and he refuses to admit that he’s crying, saying that it’s because he’s cold. “This is a cold and hungry show!” Heh. How like him to joke through his tears. They take pictures with the crew and hug them goodbye one by one. Ji-won’s bearhug with the camera director breaks my heart. And then we flashback to earlier that morning, when Seung-gi cried by himself in the bathroom and didn’t want his hyungs to see.
javabeans: Basically the entire staff is wiping away tears, and when you think about it five years is a long time to spend at a job, making friends with the crew and building relationships beyond just the cast.
girlfriday: And that even the average family doesn’t go on trips every other week. I know that 1N2D will live on, but I do feel like I’m saying goodbye to an old friend. So long, Seung-gi, Ji-won, Ho-dong, Kim C, Mong, and Na PD. We’ll miss ya. LOTS.
javabeans: Yeah, we’ll get to see them in the future so it’s not a true goodbye, but it’s a goodbye to this version of themselves. Like Ji-won, whom we’ll hardly ever get to see if he’s only available as his musician persona. For that reason I’m glad that at least three of them will be sticking around. But while I hope the new 1N2D is just as strong, this one will always have a special place in our hearts.