To what lengths would you go to find your one true love? To the ends of the Earth? This week, the Running Man circle and run around Jeju Island to find out just who Han Ji-min’s first love is. And just when you think you’ve figured everything out, another clue will confuse you again. Can you solve the puzzle before she does?
EPISODE 106. Broadcast on August 12, 2012.
Morning 7AM. Ji-min wanders outside and whimpers at the thought of facing Day 2. Let me hand you a fresh cup of Morning Mission. The game is simple: whoever shoots the hidden person’s name tag with their water gun acquires a valuable hint.
She’s busy trying to decipher the cart while Mr. PD rattles on giving her instructions. Mention of a time limit (10 min) makes her frantic and she abandons a HUGE water gun for a smaller one.
The boys give an equal exasperated What?! at the morning mission. But the clock’s ticking as soon as Ji-min is ready and they set off.
Somewhere down the golf course, we hear a familiar voice behind a large rock. Say good morning to returning guest, Kim Jae-dong. His mission is to remain unseen and if he pulls it off, he’ll get to keep that hint mentioned earlier.
The open space doesn’t provide any good hiding spots. After considering a sand bunker as a possibility (“Can I get a shovel?”), we catch up with him behind the rock.
Hearing Jae-dong speak of Ji-min in a familiar tone makes me wonder if he’s good friends with all the major female celebrities in the industry. Like his well-known friendship with Hyori. As he spies Gary in the distance, Jae-dong is completely unaware that Ji-min has spotted him on the hill.
Everyone’s caught wind of her sudden movements and they start to close in on the rock. Jae-dong can’t see anyone and mouths “Where is everyone?” That question comes 2 seconds too late and he’s already been shot via sneak attack courtesy of Warrior Ji-min.
He asks, “Did I get hit?” I think the pink water all over your white shirt speaks for itself.
What’s funnier is that barely three minutes have passed before his capture and the others rub in his embarrassment. Gary: “Is it over already? How can you be eliminated so quickly?”
Looks like Jae-dong and Ji-min used to emcee a program together and he teases that she would reach to hold his hand (Ji-min denies this). Haha gets on this train, joking that Ji-min was throwing pebbles at his window last night and Jong-kook cuts in, “That was me.”
Bitterly reminded of last week’s betrayal, Jong-kook vows that he’ll get his revenge today. Gulp. How’s Jong-kook name tag doin’ on your wall there, Kwang-soo?
Oh don’t worry Haha – Spartakooks hasn’t forgotten about you either.
Jae-dong continues to tease Ji-min about how much she looves him and she bites back, “Why did I have to be a guest with that person?”
The cast is instructed that each member is on their own today and they’ll regroup at the final mission location. I raise an eyebrow at the general descriptions of their destinations like, “supermarket” and “field.” But off they go to different parts of the island.
In the car, Ji-min worries that she came off like a wildcat yesterday and the captions reply: “No, you just worked hard.” To jog our memories and hers, the staff roll the clip of her kicking, screaming, and biting last night.
Meanwhile, Jae-dong ruminates over his quick capture and talks about how his mother asked why every time he appeared on Running Man he was always eliminated. He laughs it off, saying Mom is likely to repeat those words again after this episode airs.
Numbers 1 and 2 on Jong-kook’s Kill List, aka Kwang-soo and Haha, sweat in their respective cars. Haha advises in a dramatized voice on the phone, “Even if we meet, let’s not exchange hellos. If the tears fall, let’s pretend we didn’t see [them]…”
They exchange tragic “I love you”s and Kwang-soo gives a heartbreaking goodbye, “I’ll see you in jail hyung!”
Aww, if only the following phone call was just as heartfelt. It isn’t, and Jong-kook gives a thinly veiled word of warning of what awaits Kwang-soo at the final mission.
Er, RM staff – are you sure you guys met this week to think today’s mission through? Because that shabby lookin’ table and sign that reads “Fan Signing Event” makes me think otherwise.
Jae-suk guffaws at the impromptu event. He’s in a parking lot. To sign autographs for 30 different people. And it’s 8 AM. Crap.
Well, at least he’s not the only one. You can barely even call it a popularity contest since each member is practically stuck in the middle of nowhere on a weekday morning. It is a little sad to see cars just pass by while the members helplessly try to draw their attention.
If you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it just did because they didn’t even set up Kwang-soo’s wobbly signs. Whenever he goes to pick one up, then the other one just tips over.
Am I laughing at watching a continuous loop of reset-wobble-fall-reset-wobble-fall? I am. Why are the variety gods against you today, Kwangvatar? It’s like you can’t catch a break.
Im PD assures Jae-suk that there’s plenty of traffic that comes through this area (Cut to: barren street). Clearly, Im PD.
So Jae-suk pops out his pen, “Hyung-taek sshi, right?” (Im PD’s name). He adds a note: “Study hard.” Then he signs one for Kwon-ryul VJ as well: “Don’t order something too expensive.”
Suk-jin, are you really offering an autograph to an ant? Sure all those cognitive gears are working? Maybe that’s better than Kwang-soo’s attempt to hand an autograph to a horse only to get a nicker in response.
The PD’s like, “You have to give it to someone who wants an autograph.” Kwang-soo: “He did! *mimics nicker* I want an autograph.”
At least a couple of kids show up to Jong-kook’s fansigning and soon, people start to line up for autographs for each of our cast members.
Except for Kwang-soo, who’s busy chasing after a car while carrying his table, shouting for them not to leave.
Kids can be so adorable. One girl says she wants to be a Running Man cast member when she grows up (aww) and some others start tearing off Jong-kook’s name tag for fun. Jong-kook playfully cries out, “Ah! It’s going to make it easier to tear off later!”
Then Haha starts dancing and stops a whole busload of tourists. Win.
Back at the shore, a small boy cautiously walks up to Ji-min and declines an autograph. Then he pops open the sketchbook he’s carrying to present noona with a scrawled love confession Love Actually style. Ack, why are you so cute?!
He asks noona not to turn around and flips the last card with a giggle, “There’s someone who’s too shy to confess his love for you…” And the camera pans back to reveal a group of men in black behind her.
A mysterious hand appears to hand her a bouquet and a note. The group opens their rainbow umbrellas the very moment Ji-min looks back. They exit in the same heart formation they marched together in.
Ji-min calls after them: “Get an autograph before you leave!” HA.
The secret admirer writes, “I like you! Come find me! – Your True Love” She thinks for a moment and muses, “Is it Jae-dong? I hope not!”
Ji-min can’t help but admit that she was genuinely moved by the sweet gesture though it was just to hand her the mission. Omo – one of the members was hiding within the group!
The members wrap up at their locations and Kwang-soo simply gapes, frozen with fear, “It’s already the final mission?” Prepared to meet certain doom, he gives his final goodbye to the audience – they’ll see him next week instead.
Haha sends his farewell to their parents, saying they won’t get much airtime from now on. Well that is if Spartakooks doesn’t play with his food before eating it.
Oh man, Suk-jin – I totally forgot about you. Hang in there with your 3 autographs!
Now at the final mission location, we’re given a breakdown of the mission at hand: Find your true love. You’ve got one chance to ring the bell to confirm but beware – there are imposter afoot. They’ll put up a convincing act and if you choose incorrectly, they’ll win
Haroro‘s like, you insult me good man – I’m The Playboy. Jong-kook, however, has one question: Can he rip off some name tags? Answer: D’uh.
Said playboy runs into Ji-min and instructs her to keep the voice safe. For added emphasis, his voice drops. Ji-min compliments him on his acting skills but she’s still suspicious. So she asks him to place a hand on her shoulder as a test.
It takes her two seconds with a tap on her shoulder to take Haha out of the running. But that doesn’t stop Haroro from reenacting a scene from Romeo & Juliet before Ji-min moves on.
Kwang-soo’s a dead man walking and is quickly spotted by Jong-kook who is on the move, chugging along, “Giraffe, giraffe, giraffe.”
The Giraffe finds temporary refuge in a storage room but Jong-kook comes a-knockin’ in no time. Kwang-soo looks like a deer caught in headlights as Spartakooks leers 6 inches away from his face, here to collect his revenge.
Suk-jin presents Jong-kook with an enticing exchange: his photo hit [of a Daesang] for Kwang-soo’s life. Jong-kook agrees
Aw Kwang-soo why’d you go break your brotherhood like that by making a move for the Impala’s name tag 2 seconds after he saved your life?!
Ji-min is pretty certain her true love isn’t either of the Easy Brothers. Kwang-soo would have been too tall, and at Suk-jin’s tidbit that it’s usually the person you’d least expect, she answers, “But I don’t think it’s you!”
If Kwang-soo is really her true love then he can protect her against Jong-kook, right? She invites him to place his hand on her shoulder… but then replies that she would have noticed such an enormous hand.
He tries to walk it off with a cool goodbye but then flinches at the sound of, “Jong-kook! It’s Jong-kook!”
Meanwhile, Jae-dong eyes Jae-suk with suspicion – it couldn’t be him because he’s married right? And Jae-suk gives this sideways glance of, What does that matter? It’s a game.
Jae-dong admits that he was the one who confessed his love for Ji-min and Jae-suk scoffs, “You don’t have the looks to pull this kind of thing off.” and calls him a shin-kkuh-sah (a broken traffic signal).
They run into Ji-min and Jae-suk whispers to her that they don’t have much time left. He’s the real deal and if she doesn’t believe him, she can go check out the “J” hint sprayed on the wall. Because J is for Jae-suk?
Ji-min thinks aloud, “Jae-dong.” Oh right there’s that.
Then Jae-dong casually(?) takes Ji-min’s hand in his and then rests his head on her lap with a pillow. To top it off, Ji-min places her hand on Jae-dong’s head.
Jae-suk flips out and so do I. Maybe he’s not such a broken traffic light after all.
By now, Ji-min is becoming more confused by the minute and Jae-dong assures her that there’s no need, “Because I love you.” Snerk.
Jae-dong wonders what’s so funny about it and he repeats the words, pointing to the camera. Caption: What do YOU think?
Gary can barely formulate an answer when Ji-hyo asks him if he thinks he’s Ji-min’s true love. You’re so sweet but a terrible liar, Gary. He declares that he knows himself best which prompts the question, “Who’s your true love?”
Without hesitation he answers, “You!” Monday Couple ftw!
Ji-min’s heard enough and leaves. Ji-hyo pleads, “You love Han Ji-min today!” and he just cries, “You…”
Kwang-soo, isn’t sitting on Jong-kook’s knee kinda pressing your luck there? Jong-kook turns on his game when Ji-min appears, expressing his concern while Kwang-soo tells her to trust no one.
She coyly tells Kwang-soo to stay in the game although, “it looks like you’ll be eliminated soon anyway.”
Elsewhere, Jae-suk finds another clue in the gym and discovers a hint: baseball. That can only mean it’s either himself or Jae-dong who’s busy posing. Astounded, Jae-suk asks, “Is it you? How disappointed would Ji-min be?”
Jae-dong offers up another suggestion: the clue could refer to Kim Jong-kook, the baseball player. Oh hai you have a Jong-kook here too… So is it Jae-suk, Jae-dong, or Jong-kook?
Kwang-soo shows up with another clue, a scale this time and he’s the only one whose weight tips the scales just right. That news sends Ji-min into another wave of confusion.
So he takes advantage of the situation and grabs Ji-min’s hand to make a run for it. Although they don’t get too far before the rest of the cast members corner them.
The boys confer while the ladies wait outside and Jae-suk points out the J’s in their group. Gary: “Actually, I’m ‘Jelly.'” Haha: “Actually, I’m JaJa.'” Kwang-soo Attempt #1: “Actually I’m Jang-soo.” Attempt #2: “I’m Kwang-joo!” Mmm, not quite the same effect.
Jae-dong pins his suspicion on Jae-suk citing that he’s the one who weighs exactly 76 kg on a scale and immediately the boys turn on him. But Jae-suk tosses out HIS secret hint along with the others… which equate to him anyway.
Ji-hyo points out to Ji-min that she noticed the word “duet” written beneath the number. Then she says, “It’s Gary! Leessang!” But you’re being mighty suspicious Ji-hyo – why do you keep suggesting Gary?
We flashback to the beach and we see that Ji-hyo’s received a secret mission of her own: if Ji-min chooses the man Ji-hyo has chosen, be it the real true love or not, then Ji-hyo will win. Sneaky, sneaky!
Gary literally falls over at the news, exclaiming his own rap duo. But then he mentions that there’s Turbo (Jong-kook’s former group) and that Jae-suk recently had a collaboration as well.
After some more J and baseball confusion, Ji-min recalls her USB hint and slips away to use it. The others gather in the gym, still fixated on those three hints.
Ji-hyo mentions her ‘duet’ hint and reasons that it boils down to one person. Haha: “Is that person right next to you?” Ji-hyo:”Yeah.” All signs are pointing to Jae-suk.
She leaves Jae-suk to be eliminated by the others.
Everyone runs up to Ji-hyo declaring, “It’s me! It’s me!” and Ji-min now suspects either Gary or Jae-dong. The thing is, Gary is nowhere to be found.
Suddenly Kwang-soo appears with a hint in hand and when Ji-min takes a look at it (it says “LKS”), she’s like, “Wait… can you make your own hints?!” And sure enough, we see Kwang-soo has printed off his own copy to tip the scales in his favor.
A few seconds later, Suk-jin rips off Kwang-soo’s name tag. Jong-kook whines, “That was supposed to be mine…” but before Suk-jin can let it all sink in, Haha eliminates him too.
The next easiest target is Jae-dong and he starts running, leaving the Easy Brothers to glare at each other.
While Jae-dong is cornered, Ji-min eliminates Haha, much to his shock. She runs inside to check the USB (it’s X-man!) and after she sees the clip, she resolves, “It’s Jae-dong!”
She runs out to find him but the others have arrived at the same conclusion. And just when they’re about to run inside together, Jong-kook eliminates him! Oh no! And Ji-min looks like she’s about to cry!
Jong-kook gives a belated apology and Jae-dong bursts, “You’re apologizing NOW?!”
The mission looks as good as over to Ji-min. Everyone gathers at the bell as Ji-min stands between Jong-kook or Gary.
She steps on the platform. Her choice? And she tears her hand away from Gary.
He cries out: “I’m Kang Hee-jin!” (Gary’s real name.) He beams when Ji-hyo calls him over and as she explains the mission. But then she reveals that it was like placing a bet and they bicker back and forth again.
Ji-min prepares herself since she believes she made the wrong choice and aww, Jae-dong actually tears up when he hears that she really thought it might have been him.
It’s time to ring the bell to be certain. We run through both Jae-dong and Jong-kook’s comments to Ji-min throughout the day. They ring the bell… and confetti flies over their heads.
Ji-min looks at Jong-kook in shock- it was really him? Then we roll the clocks back a bit to see Jong-kook give her the note and a telling clue: a stack of books that spell out Spartakooks.
The others scowl that they couldn’t see someone get doused in water for choosing incorrectly and Ji-min immediately apologizes. In any case, she and Jong-kook win the mission.
Aww, aren’t they such a cute couple?