Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Running Man: Episode 102
by | July 15, 2012 | 73 Comments

With the minion’s embarrassing loss last week, the Boss will have to step in to salvage the goods. It’s time to recover the real golden turtle right under the Running Man cast’s nose this week. Just watch your back because someone is always watching you…

EPISODE 102. Broadcast on July 8, 2012.

Say hello to the Boss: actor Kim Soo-hyun (Moon Embraces the Sun, Dream High) who is displeased to hear that his minions have failed. He sighs, “I guess I’m going to have to step in…” and then he pfffts. So cute.

The staff await in the harbor as he pulls in with his yacht.

We’ll catch up with him in a minute as we cut to our cast. The objective: Recover the Golden Turtle and we’re introduced to their specialities like how Jae-suk is a Water Gun Sniper, or that Ji-hyo is an expert at maneuvering past laser beams (Ji-hyo: “My legs are too short!”).

It starts to resemble Entrapment… and then she just rolls on the ground the rest of the way. Hehe.

Their bomb defusing expert, Gary, is a riot (“Red or blue?! Maybe Red-blue!”) and once Kwang-soo, the safe-cracker breaks into the high security vault, he stuffs the golden turtles inside… and gets shot in the back of the head by Jae-suk. Teehee.

Every good spy knows that every Hollywood heist needs a good exit plan and instead of using the front door, their go-to man Haha not-so-dramatically trapezes from the second floor. Once he’s on the ground he’s all, Thank God I’m alive. HAHAHA.

They hurry off into their getaway boat … while Boss Soo-hyun observes them from a distance.

We roll the clocks back as Soo-hyun sits with Mr. PD and the disappointment that his minions were unsuccessful. His mission is to eliminate all the Running Man cast and the staff have prepared something special for him: a secret solvent that disappears in a few seconds.

The cast members whom Soo-hyun has successfully hit will be eliminated in one hour from the start of the final mission location. His greatest target? Why, Kim Jong-kook of course.

On the other boat, the cast soaks up the warm summer sun, sipping on their drinks and dancing on the yacht.

Later, they get fancy schmancy digital glasses where their own Boss twirls his chair to reveal himself: Hi Deok-hwa hyungnim! He informs the cast that only one of their 7 golden turtles is real and they’ll have to head to the final mission location to find out which one that is.

But be careful – if you place a fake on the reader, it will erupt into flames. Only the first place winner will be able to check if theirs is real. Boss Deok-hwa points to Kwang-soo, warning him not to even THINK about betrayal today …and then he grabs his neck. Hey, is that a wink?

The cast distribute the gold amongst themselves, discussing which ones are fake and then Jong-kook clears the air, “We’ll just rip it all off.” Gulp, d’you mean name tags?

Hundreds of extras pour into the camping grounds and Soo-hyun surveys his surroundings. He spies a prime target location and a smile spreads across his face. Nervousness washes over him and he carefully lies in wait for his prey.

The cast’s mission is to break through a solid block of ice to find their next mission location. It’s just that the tools hardly make a crack with silverware and a plastic mallet.

Someone (Jae-suk) finally swings by right outside where Soo-hyun is hiding. Problem is, Jae-suk’s facing the wrong way and Soo-hyun mouths, exasperated: “Turn around!” Then Haroro‘s voice calls out in the distance and Jae-suk runs away.

Soo-hyun drops to his knees. Aw is spy work a wittle bit harder than you thought?

Looks like Ace Ji-hyo has got her hands on a mallet and she starts hammering away. When ex-Monday Couple boyfriend offers to do it for her, she’s like, “No! I’m going to do it myself!”

He cracks it open and moves on to another ice block… where Soo-hyun is waiting for him. This time, he’s busy hammering away, trying to take out the mission card and has no idea that Soo-hyun has squirted his name tag in one go.

Soo-hyun: “Gary hyung’s a little dense right?” Gary: (munch on ice cream). Yeah, I think you can say so.

The clue: Gold Wan leaves everyone puzzled as they yell out, searching the grounds. Then, Kwang-soo has a thought – what if Gold Wan is Go Dong-wan aka Maknae FD.

Haha compliments him for his deductive skills. But Kwang-soo, if you really wanted to get ahead, you keep that bit to yourself and start running! In the words of Lee Kang-to: “Bingo.”

Soon everyone is running after Maknae FD (Soo-hyun looks utterly confused) and not surprisingly it’s Jong-kook who grabs him first, unwilling to let go. However, he has no idea that Jae-suk has reached into his bag and stole his golden turtle…

When Jong-kook claims his victory, Jae-suk makes sure to clarify that the winner has to have the gold on his person to check.

Jong-kook has a look of bewilderment when he finds the gold nowhere to be found and belatedly realizes someone swiped it from him. The others are like, “Is he mad?” “Does he look mad?” “Oh, he just realized.”

He calls them out as thieves and Jae-suk retorts, “Don’t you remember the opening?! We’re ALL thieves!”

They decide that they’ll all check together but then after Jae-suk is outed as the culprit, Jong-kook chooses Gary to accompany him instead. I love it how Jae-suk still tries to help and Gary just rolls down the tent flap in response.

Placing it on the reader …it’s a fake. In the car, Gary plays dumb that he doesn’t know about the gold but what he really doesn’t know is that he’s going to be automatically eliminated soon enough.

Oh, Soo-hyun, you adorable celebrity you. He suddenly ducks down into the seat, pointing out a few female students. Knowing how popular Running Man is, he’s like, “They can tell just from the car! Look, they’re not leaving!”

He’s got a keen eye out and notices that one of them has just sent a text message: I’m at the Wondong Market and they’re filming here, keke.

Meanwhile the cast get their mission to gain one kilogram from their original weight. Before Ji-hyo gets on the scale: “Don’t be like this!”

Soo-hyun slinks into the market waiting in one of the stores as the cast goes around to eat. Jong-kook and Haha are happily munching on food and little do they know that their name tags are in the open for Soo-hyun to attack. His eyes are still on Jong-kook.

But just when he’s right outside… they leave. Aww.

Haha wins the second mission (his is also fake) but then they wonder – where’s Gary? Still eating, calm as you please.

Soo-hyun arrives at the Ilsan SBS station and checks the hallways for a good hiding space. Aw look – it’s Sohn Hyun-joo (The Chaser)! Adorably, Soo-hyun ducks behind a wall and asks: “You don’t see me, right?” Caption: “… …”

He’s a nervous wreck, his hands sweating from unable to draw up a strategy. But you better think fast – because the Running Man cast is about to come inside.

Outside, Haha fails to create a 6:1 alliance against Jong-kook and they send him off with a wave while whispering if they should take him out first. Jong-kook intervenes and tells the others not to get their hands dirty… because he’ll do it himself.

As the others trickle in, they’re like, “Well… if we see Suk-jin first, we have to get the race started. So we’ll just take him out too.” Ji-hyo keeps a wary eye out that they shouldn’t talk about her and through his teeth, Jae-suk hisses, “You know she’s got the most gold, right?”

Sending Jae-suk off with a smile, Jong-kook enters his own monologue: “That hyung has won too many times.”

So it’s an epic battle between the Boss and the Running Man… only that the Boss is biting his nails in anxiety. Looking straight into the camera, he clasps his hands and mutters how he was a king this morning… Aw, and now you’re just a kid afraid of Spartakooks. S’okay.

Every little sound puts him on edge and he breathes a sigh of relief when Gary just passes by his darkened room.

Remember that long hallway from the first Running Man Survival in Episode 42? When Jae-suk and Ji-hyo were running away from Spartakooks? Well now you’ve got Haha running for his life away from Jong-kook. AHAHA.

The members happen to find some gold bar clues that indicate the final mission location. Haha runs into Sohn Hyun-joo again and just when you think he’s about to spill the beans about Soo-hyun… he doesn’t and just stares wide-eyed at the gold.

The actor gives him a thumbs up and advises Haha not to get caught.

Jae-suk spots some fake doors and smiles that it would be hilarious to see Kwang-soo’s expression at this discovery. You rang? They start searching each other, suspicious and Kwang-soo gripes when Jae-suk teases by pulling at his name tag. Incriminating Kwang-soo: “That’s even worse than cursing your parents!”

He uses the fake hallway filled with doors to his advantage by tricking Kwang-soo to appear as if by magic and when Kwang-soo opens the door to a wall (he chuckles), he plays along: “Where am I? Who am I?”

Soo-hyun listens in from a distance, confused.

They play the same trick on innocent Gary and then gang up on him when his awkward expression betrays his lie. Gary: “No, it’s not true!!!”

He flips the gold bar around so they can’t see, but everyone is astounded when Kwang-soo whispers: “It said ‘soh’.”

Our nervous Boss is busy running through lines, imagining what he might say to Jong-kook when they meet. “Oh, I’m here for a meeting… the water gun? It’s ’cause I’m such a fan… Oh the name tag? Well…” I suppose even an actor can get nervous in front of Jong-kook…

Haha and Jae-suk have a playground fight about how Haha’s heard that he’s been targeted by Jong-kook. He plays it all, my people will be in touch with YOUR people and Jae-suk just pushes a finger against Haha’s head.

But Haha’s got no time to lose because he hears Jong-kook turn the corner and he bolts with the Tiger chasing his penguin tail. Jong-kook lets him go for the time being and Haha prays fervently: “Is this a TV show or is this reality? I don’t know (glances) what’s real. Give me Solomon’s wisdom.”

Oho – Soo-hyun disguises his water gun with a ‘R’ sticker so that the cast will start shooting at each other. Smart, smart.

Meanwhile, Gary finds another clue and putting the characters together, he thinks: “The prop room?” He finds another hint that start to confirm his guess… but then the speakers declare his elimination.

The Easy Brothers look on with shock – how could Gary be eliminated with his name tag still tacked on? They wonder if walking on the stage means their elimination but nothing happens. So they grab onto Maknae FD, demanding that he tell them whether their gold is real or not.

Poor Ji-hyo. She gets honestly spooked when Jong-kook starts to rip off her name tag and she collapses on the ground. But today Jong-kook has one target in his head: Haha.

Haha starts running when he spots Jong-kook at a distance and then he runs into a dark room… and noticing someone else, he starts, “Who is it? … Kim Soo-hyun?!” This is all sorts of awesome on so many levels.

Soo-hyun’s astonished face is simply priceless; I’m sure this isn’t how he imagined being discovered. The door locked, they exchange whispers about how Jong-kook is right outside and Haha asks why he came so late to film the show. And Soo-hyun openly admits that he’s been here for a while…

HAHAHA – and then Haha believes him that his mission is to not get caught until the end of the show. Haha presents a chance for Soo-hyun to eliminate Jong-kook by creating a diversion…

And Jong-kook sits with a smile on his face as Haha blubbers his wrongdoing and Soo-hyun waits in a dark corner. Soo-hyun grabs Jong-kook’s name tag and Jong-kook twirls around. In a moment of confusion, Soo-hyun and Haha manage to pin Jong-kook to the ground and Soo-hyun coolly rips off the name tag. Nnniiicccee.

His elimination is met with utter shock – who could have taken Jong-kook out? Haha?! Jae-suk: “No way…”

Haha and Soo-hyun strike a deal that he’ll help him win in exchange for gold. They hush their voices when they hear someone outside. Haha gets up to utilize the same tactic they used for Jong-kook… when he finds the door won’t open from the outside. And then we see Jae-suk holding onto the door knob.

Once it opens, Haha carefully guides Jae-suk inside and then the next minute, Soo-hyun appears (Jae-suk gapes in bewilderment) and eliminates him as well.

What luck – Kwang-soo’s golden turtle turns out to be real. His eyes grow wide absolutely stunned and then he (literally) slaps himself to keep it together.

Suk-jin observes that the tail on his is all screwy which means Kwang-soo’s is real. He further solidifies this guess when Kwang-soo dismisses the idea of switching turtles. Kwang-soo: “It’s real-ly fake!” Pffft.

Now Soo-hyun has disguised himself as a VJ and runs into Ji-hyo who has no clue. Haha tries to signal to him that this is his chance to eliminate the Ace… and then she backs into the wall, suspicious.

A few false starts later, Soo-hyun reaches for Ji-yo’s back… but his hands slips and after an Aw, crap! moment, he walks away. But Ji-hyo’s already seen him and a minute later, she tears off Haha’s name tag.

Yeah, you don’t underestimate Ji-hyo. His minion eliminated, it looks like the Boss is goin’ solo again.

Not like he’ll need to do much work because the Easy Brothers have suddenly turned greedy now that most of the players have been eliminated. Soo-hyun is just around the corner and his ears perk up at the news that Kwang-soo’s gold is genuine.

They relocate for their ‘epic’ battle which turns out to a little more than wrestling and some kicks. Kwang-soo manages to pin Suk-jin to the ground and tears off his name tag… and then Soo-hyun bounces in. With a twirl, he finishes the job.

It’s complete shock. Suk-jin: “Moon Embraces the Sun?” Soo-hyun: “Race start!”

Soo-hyun gathers all the gold bars and heads to the secret location: the prop storage room. There he places Kwang-soo’s gold inside and the top pops open solidifying Soo-hyun as today’s victor!

The Boss has won.


73 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kitchy

    Thanks for the recap!
    Soo-hyun was so cute through out this ep hahaha

    • 1.1 korean fashion blog

      My mom is absolutely smitten. She couldn’t stop aww-ing the entire episode!

    • 1.2 mariolawpanda

      And that was the only saving grace for this episode. Kim Soo-Hyun wins the cutie with no variety prowess award. Haha.

      He was so boring. I kept staring at his pretty because that’s the only thing he did for the whole episode, be pretty.

      An upside of the episode though, you get to see how experienced the cast are. Haha totally salvaged Soo-Hyun’s stupid plan. Although totally scripted, at least we get a little bit more funny out of a desperate situation.

  2. ej

    so cute

  3. bjharm

    haha acting even after 102 games is still the weak link, it so clear when his actions and words are scripted

  4. dduk

    I LOVE IT!

    AWW Soo hyun is such a nervous wreck!

    Now, if Joowon could only go on Running Man after Gaksital is over…. OMG can you just imagine the scenarios he would be in? LOL!!!!

    • 4.1 Jo

      I was just about to go on and on about how adorable Soohyun is in this episode, but KDJDAHASDHDAD YES WE NEED GIANT AEGYO BABY JOO WON IN THIS SHOW!!!

      He’d probably be switching from being an adorable, lost little boy to GAKSITAL WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU mode. Haha!

    • 4.2 Heidi

      Just imagine Joo Won running…. and shouting and ripping name tags thaaaaan a wild bee appears and Joo Won is out… and looking awesome and cute meanwhile πŸ˜€
      OMG RM if you could only invite Joo Won! Sure that would be the best of ever episodes! ^^

    • 4.3 pigtookie

      haha they’d theme the entire episode and games after gaksital~

      but aren’t RM and 1N2D at the same time? filming is not simultaneous but technically he’d be promoting two shows who are ratings competitors.

      • 4.3.1 dduk

        oh man that is true… T^T but just the thought of him running around ripping name tags is just making me giggle.

      • 4.3.2 Lavony

        Yeah unfortunately Joowon cant appear on both shows that are on the same time block. Its like an a rule or something. Thats why Cha Tae Hyun can not also appear on RM although he talks about RM a lot on 1n2d and says it fits him more. Which I agree. Although he is HILARIOUS on any show.

        But I wouldnt mind Lee Seung Gi on RM sometime soon. Although out of respect for 1n2d I don’t think he will but it would be funny. LOL

  5. Stardust

    hehehehe Soo hyun is just too adorable in this ep! His nervousness just makes him all the more cute… Thanks for the recap =D You did the task of sorting out the jumbled pics hur hehehehe

  6. Hanna

    My first reaction after watching this episode:

    Kim Soo-hyun is adorable.

  7. Quiet Thought

    Key question: why is Ji Hyo’s elimination not shown? She looked exhausted this episode. Did she just give up? Lose her temper? What happened?

    • 7.1 Wellington

      Nobody rip her nametag, Kim Soo-Hyun win because he fond the real gold.

      Didn’t like the episode, the beggining was hilarious, but the guest coudn’t do anything against the cast. And serious someone really believe HaHa wold believe in Kim Soo-Hyun? He is more than acostumed to lies and betrayal in the spies game, the mission of the guest is only be hidden for all of the game? He will never belived that, he just do for help the guest.

      • 7.1.1 Alexis

        I totally agree. I was disappointed in this ep.. Thought Kim Soo Hyun cld do more (No offense, he looks really cute here but I think the show wld be more entertaining if he was more gutsy). He ended up hvg Haha to help him out which was so scripted.

        • viave44

          dont worry guys,, for this eps i know about something-

          haha is a gooooddd guy,, lol

    • 7.2 sPark*

      I don’t think she got eliminated. When someone puts the gold in the final location, he/she wins. Kim Soo Hyun didn’t have to eliminate Song Ji Hyo because he already had the real golden turtle.

      This episode was adorable πŸ™‚ I wish Kim Soo Hyun had done more (which would mean more of him), but he was clearly nervous. I love the scene where he hides behind a pillar and peeks out haha

      • 7.2.1 Quiet Thought

        If Ji Hyo was not eliminated, but she must have given up after eliminating Haha. Kim Soo Hyun went from that room to the confrontation with the other two Running Men and she made no attempt to follow or interfere.

  8. come2noona

    KSH you little cutie. I just want to squeeze the stuffin’ right out of you!

    Thanks for the recap! I love it that I can watch this on DF.

    • 8.1 neonrainbowstarrs

      hahaha thats so cute “squeeze the stuffin'” will definitely try to use this line at some point in the future

  9. Nguyen

    Even though I adore KSH, this episode was kind of lacking. KSH isn’t a variety show talento, so he had difficulties keeping his mission interesting. I was a bit disappointed since I like KSH. They should have invited another guest (Joo Won and KSH would be awesome together!!).

  10. 10 Hippie

    Seriously, if not for the cute, adorable and handsome Kim Soo Hyun, this episode will be dull and boring. RM scriptwriter, i understand that the variety show is supposed to let the guest be the hero/herorine (winner) at the end of the day. However, it is so obvious that they had given the guest so many advantages and it is unfair. All became acting and there is no real competition.

    RM producer, please do not think that audiences are fools.. Of all people, you expect me to believe Haha is so gullible to believe Soo Hyun? He is a spy and a crafty fox to begin with.

    Kim Jong Kook was scripted to act in a spartakook manner? In the end he only embarass himself by being eliminated early.. How can RM treat Kookie in this manner although it is an entertainment variety show.. But.. KJK.. is… ok since this is scripted but he is still the BEST.

    Haha gets on my nerve sometime together with Kwangsoo when they actually wanted to eliminate their hyun (KJK) at the RM episodes recently. Even to the extend of being rude and disrespectful. I know it is for entertainment, but it get overboard at times.

    Kim Jong Kook only focus on HaHa during the competition? He is supposed to grab all the running man name tags and win. But he cannot win, so RM make him a victim of betrayal and deceive. Not the first time anyway.

    What happen to Ji hyo? so little scene time and what happen to her after she rip Haha name tag?

    Gary was eliminated early, because he is dense? Nope! all scripted.

    The only scene i enjoyed is the beginning when they act as hollywood secret agents and them dancing at the yatch.

    • 10.1 pfft

      you have to check you bias for kjk. it’s ridiculous. they all do things to make things entertaining. you’d accuse lks and haha of being rude, completely ignoring all the times kjk was a bully to the kids and the hyungs, sometimes even the guest hyungs. now i know he was doing it for the show, to make it interesting, and not that he is an asshole because i can actually think rationally without bias.

      • 10.1.1 Hippie

        Anybody is entitled to their own views. I am just stating my own oipinion. Even if i am bias towards KJK, it is my opinion.

      • 10.1.2 Hippie

        I also said that this is for entertainment. Of course i know they are acting to make things more interesting.. What i am saying is that they sometimes exergerated with those actings… such as picking on KJK. I am not against Haha or Kwang Soo.. In fact, i find them intereswting. just that i think they do get over the top with those expression sometimes.

  11. 11 Lady Seoul

    All I got to say is Kim Soo Hyun is freaking hot!!!!

  12. 12 Cynthia

    Thanks for the recap, Gummimochi!

    Putting aside the indisputable fact that Soo-hyun is the cutest boy/man, EVER, I really couldn’t decide if he was one of the worst guests, ever.

    He LOOKED a good game, but played a poor one. When I first heard that he was coming on RM, I was a bit startled, as his heart/health issues are fairly well-known. I simply couldn’t see him running, chasing and generally ass-grabbing to take the win. He doesn’t have the stamina needed. I can see the PD giving him a water gun to use rather than having him chasing and tearing tags. But really, pretty much all he did was hide, make ineffectual plans and become more and more timid. It was sheer luck that HaHa ran across him – and it was HaHa who planned out the attack, not Soo hyun.

    Guests need to be aggressive to be on this show – this sweety-pie just wasn’t. Or, maybe I’m just itching to see Yong-hwa and/or Nichkhun back on the guest list.

    • 12.1 la dee dah

      I think you will get your wish regarding both Yong-hwa and Nickhun very soon!

      • 12.1.1 Cynthia

        Why? Have you heard/read something? Tell me it’s true!!

        • Wellington

          Episode 104(next week) will be a Olympic Special and will be Running Man vs Idols. Will be 7 idols(6 guys and 1 girl) and two of the guys will be Nickhun and Yonghwa(The gilr will be Eunjung).

        • Ryoko

          There’s an article on All Kpop about a bunch of idols appearing on an upcoming Olympics-themed Running Man episode. Yong-hwa and Nickhun were both supposedly spotted filming it.

          • Cynthia


            My restrained reaction concerning ep. 104…..
            πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

          • green panda

            not too excited..we all know what happens when there is too many idols on one show. epic fail if they suck at variety.

          • Yz

            Hopefully the RM cast won’t bend over and just give the winning prize to guests again.

          • Cynthia

            What I’d love to see is another epic battle like the 2nd half of RM vs BigBang!
            The BB boys got creamed in the 1st half and set the revenge quotient high for the follow-up. The teamed together and acted like a well-oiled machine for the RM take down.
            I’ve seen all these idols on different variety shows (except for Eunjung) and they are competitive to the max – and not afraid to get hands on. My dream scene would be Yong-hwa and Nichkhun teaming up to take down Spartakooks.
            I smile just thinking about it…..

          • Wellington

            Im being carefull with this episode, at the same tame that i liked that Yong-Hwa will be back i don’t expect him to do the same what he did in the other episodes. The reason? Now he has to hide from 7 running man, all the hide and seek games that he was, he hide when in danger. But before were 4 or 5 people looking for then, know will be 7(what make harder to hide).

    • 12.2 Katherine

      Don’t worry Khun/Yonghwa will appear soon alongside Eunhyuk, Joon, Eunjung & a member from B2ST/ZeA. I think they filmed for an Olympic Special Episode.

    • 12.3 pigtookie

      yes it was all badass warnings and not much game. but for what it’s worth, his cute blunders and reactions to messing up made it up for me.

  13. 13 aisuzieya

    the good thing abt this episode are KSH and the opening. the not so good thing is, its so scripted and i dont even know what the producers and writers were thinking, but pls, the audience is no fool. i guess they need some new inspiration and format

  14. 14 μ •λ‚¨

    Soo Hyun’s cuteness is lost on me since I’m a guy I usually don’t find guys cute except Gary which is a bit odd I suppose…. but it was a very very weak episode which I can forgive as not every episode can be gold. I just watched the episode where Gwang Soo fell in the lake which is so damn hilarious comparing them seems a bit unfair but this one was a stinker, hoping for a good one next week.

  15. 15 coffeevamprie

    KSH was cute and awesome in this episode but I wish they could have had him interact with the cast from the start. Pure awesome the last 15 minutes courtesy of KSH.

  16. 16 bd

    This ep was disappointing and definitely one of the weakest eps.

    The games weren’t that interesting or exciting and Kim Soo-hyun basically did nothing but HIDE for 3 quarters of the ep.

    KSH as the “boss” was a failure; the inept minions from last week’s ep were more entertaining.

    The best parts were the Ace getting spooked by Spartakooks and Gary munching away, paying more attention to his meal than to the game; not exactly enuf to fill an hour.

    • 16.1 green panda

      totally agreed with u .

  17. 17 Mika~

    Kim Soohyun looked so cool, decked out in all black, twirling his water gun, but he really wasn’t that great of a spy. I mean, considering that the first two missions were basically created FOR Soohyun to have time to eliminate the Runningman members ahead of time, and he only eliminated one… And his plan to “trap” one of the Runningman members pretty much failed, except he got lucky that Haha decided to side with him (I’m inclined to think this part is a bit scripted)… And, not to mention that he didn’t even manage to eliminate Jihyo (I really wonder what happened with that… Why did she automatically lose? Why couldn’t she fight Soohyun at the end? We never saw her nametag getting ripped off…)

    And although he looked really hot with his black spy clothes and spy cap, he was absolutely conspicuous at the market.

  18. 18 Katherine

    It was a cute episode ^^

  19. 19 Noelle

    Gah KSH is so adorable. His ears literally perked up.

  20. 20 Kim Yoonmi

    I liked this episode. Kinda showed off how careful that KSH is–which explains a lot of his acting style, which is meticulous. In this, his nervousness seemed to lead to being more meticulous. He’s not particularly bold and most of the guests say it’s gets increasingly harder to win against the RM team. (Their nunchi is getting higher the more games they play and the writers are trying to keep ahead of them constantly.)

    As for Haha, he actually said in the episode, “Well, the guest should win.” He might have just wanted the connection… Soo Hyun does know a lot of girls… =P

    And the guest doesn’t always win… Jae Seok won in the God game. The existence of the YEH mask also tells you that they didn’t script Jong Kook getting kicked out. The guest gets the gold regardless. Most of the time the whole game seems to be played on pride and for the most part the weird competitiveness that Koreans have.

    The idea that the whole show it scripted… I don’t think so. This is not a K-drama. The intros, maybe… but the outcomes–probably not. This is a variety show. There are times they overthrow the script (Which amounts to the games they come up with). They can’t dictate how fast Jong Kook will run and Haha seems to like to *cough* script his own stuff.

    Scripts are for the intros, the intros to the games, and coming up with that the game will be. It’s clear from way back that they can’t predict outcomes of the actors (See the skipping rope game where they had to put in filler footage to make up for it and the PD looked super defeated. I was rolling watching that episode.) It is true though, that the writers often have to adapt to the actors rather than the reverse. You can see the struggle and also the relabeling as the RM team come up with names–they don’t caption them often until it comes up again. (Yoo Jae Seok also invented a few games in the beginning too…)

    Anyway, liked the episode.

  21. 21 Sora

    I like the episode its so funny when they do the opening and try to speak Konglish hehehe I dont like how the guest been written if what I read is right does he have a health problem then he should not be guesting on these kind of show RM is hardcore if they chase u you need to run for your life like daesung and Yonghwa did in ep 36? that was a well written good episode. I really really missed RM with a whole lot of Running and chasing

    • 21.1 pigtookie

      hmm then they could have planned for him instead to recruit minions (better than last ep’s) and be the mastermind behind the operation, observing and strategizing every move. he’d still be a badass boss.

  22. 22 Sora

    I just rewatched ep 3 and loving and still laughing when Jaesuk is scolding his vj for not keeping up with him and love that the groups is like crazy finding the golden pig daebak wish they bring back those kind of fun and running they dont need a top A lists guests they have Jaesuk Haha to bring the house down but ofcourse an interesting and cool guests wud be a great addition but seriously a well written story and a great execution is what I really missed

    • 22.1 bd

      Actually thought eps 2-3 at Suwon Stadium were kinds boring; too much of just running w/o the hijinks interaction – which is why I didn’t watch RM until I gave it another shot.

      RM didn’t really get going untilo arounf ep 7-8 where the cast (and Ji-hyo) really started to bond and the games were silly/outrageous (such as the skin-pulling game w/ the clips on rubber bands).

  23. 23 AnnaBanana

    There is a lot of talk about wanting Joo Won as a running man guest, but sadly, I don’t think it is possible since he is part of the 1n2d cast members. I’m not sure about the schedule anymore, but unless they changed it, isn’t 1n2d competing against running man?

  24. 24 Ani

    Remember that long hallway from the first Running Man Survival in Episode 42? When Jae-suk and Ji-hyo were running away from Spartakooks?

    Hell yeah I remember. I freaking love that episode just because of that crazy. XD

    I gotta say I loved the Easy Brothers going at each other’s throats. Hahaha. It was funny. I feel as if reading Running Man recaps is not the same anymore. As good as they are, I feel as if the little magic that’s left in Running Man is running out, which makes me sad because I love this show and I love the cast. Give me more badassery please. X/

  25. 25 green panda

    i don’t know about u guys but RM has been missing its funny bone lately. I been getting my laughs from Shinhwa these days. I feel like since they got popular all they do is product placements and famous people. I miss the old RM with their pink and blue jump suits.

    Seriously this episode wasn’t about the cast but the guest which was sad. I feel like the whole episode was a waste of time and the only parts that matter was the ending.

    • 25.1 dneyang

      I’m getting my kicks from Shinhwa Broadcast these days too! It’s so funny. I loved the kids broadcast, Shinee competition, and MT/ Hidden camera episodes best. They’re so funny.

  26. 26 dneyang

    I thought this episode was slow too, but it was still funny. Kim Soo Hyun is a major Dork. He has this charismatic presence when he’s in character, but he’s just a major dork. Rehearsing lines encase he encounters the commander and being a fanboy of the show to know that the official race starts after Big Nose Hyung gets out! LOL.. I love him even more for being just human and not some cool unobtainable super star! I loved the turn of events with Haha…Poor Gary!

    Is it just me or the battle between the Easy Brothers Hilarious?! Battle of the weakests! LOL

  27. 27 Yerih

    Bwahihihi the opening is ao funny especially the way they pretend in an action movie Gwangso is so hilarious the English is Awesome. Yeah I agree tge guest is so boring I know his the hot stuff but his character in RM is freaking confusing all he do is hide he hides but nobody is searching for him hehehe

  28. 28 Yerih

    And I dont understand why KJK wants Haha??? Weird scriptwriting as if Haha is his competition I feel bad for Sukjin they always write him as the loser he needs to hit the gym. I notice that KJK is having problem running fast looks like his muscles are getting stiff 

  29. 29 Booboo

    Yeah they always makes the guests win thats y it seems so scripted I missed the Rm early episodes that they Only have two teams and the running ball why they dont do that anymore ans the punishment why they always makes the guests happy showering with gifts and stupid gold the most important is what the viewers likes and wants to see hmmmmp Iam beginning to get annoyed at RM I missed 1n2d huhuhu Seunngiah Jiwon Mongahhh where are the sup sup brothersss? Oh reality Tv is getting too obviously scripted

  30. 30 Booboo

    And Yoo Jaesuk is getting over the top on his acting it looks unnatural but still love him its just there making RM focusing on whose the A list celebs will be guesting unlike the old days they focus on how thw whole show will be daebak for the viewers now it seems it all about the Hot celebrities and the chasing and running decreases significantly its getting boring when they mimick a movie or a popular story I personally enjoy the early episodes when they just Run for their lives to get the funkin RM ball and avoid the punishment

    • 30.1 LoL

      Totally agree with u ther..haha

  31. 31 Lilian

    Hmm would have been better with more interaction between guest Kim Soo Hyun n the Running Man!

  32. 32 Anao

    This episode wasn’t that great, but it was still entertaining in my book. Kim Soo Hyun’s cuteness makes up for other lacking aspects in this ep.

  33. 33 Jay

    I found this episode really boring, one the the worst in RM. It felt like the guest (I’m not sure who he is or what he does) was on-screen for half the show length. His acting “cute” and all was just lame and boring.

  34. 34 Clim

    Dont blame the guest I think his also bored hiding and waiting its the story and the execution is the one to blame. I love ep 103 0mg I laughed like crazy laughing by myself hehehe and the beast is totally Awesome and freaking HOt and the ajumma is hilarious too the young girl Iam not liking shes like a stone frozen I dont knw why shes popular I forgot her name but really shes dont gave the skills to do variety

  35. 35 Rovi

    So who loved the scene of Spartakook~?! I did~! It was pure LOL~! XD

  36. 36 Kira

    I couldn’t stop squealing this entire episode. Kim Soo-Hyun is too adorable for this. THE CUTE. I’M DYING.

  37. 37 Akira

    What is the title soundtrack when Jong Kook enter the long hallways ???

  38. 38 Raptor

    Not enough SJH even though her tearing of HH’s name tag was so awesome. Guest looked like a plastic doll. Ending was so awkward. SJH would have done something amazing if she was around

  39. 39 sasa

    what the title of song when their singing on the boat?

  40. 40 duo

    Kim soo huyn is pathetically weak in both body (physical ability) and mind (variety show skill). He’s no more than a walking flower pot, only female will enjoy his appearance. And the most painful thing is to have to watch the staff buff him blatantly to save the episode, eventually let him win the game. WTF !?! He should be eliminated by Haha right when they met. Scripted, scripted everywhere !!!

    This episode would be much better if there’s no weak guest like KSH. Seeing KJK “rape” other RM members would be more satisfied.

  41. 41 song sehyun

    Ace jihyo!! She was the Ace… 2 man (haha&soohyun) vs 1 girl (song jihyo)..and what?she managed to eliminates haha as fast as lightning… soohyun also run away when haha is eliminated by her…. truly an ACE

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