EPISODE 429. Broadcast on March 10, 2013.
girlfriday: Spring is here, and is it just me or are we getting an extra-epic intro today?
javabeans: It does have that build-up of momentum, with Bird greeting each member upon arrival with a pouch and instructing him not to open it — or show it to the other members.
girlfriday: I like it. Start the day with secrets!
javabeans: They’re splitting into three teams today, for a race taking them through the city and hitting seven points of interest. At each location they’ll play a game to win points, with a total of four thousand on the line. (The game is a pun on the city name, Sacheon, which also means four thousand.)
girlfriday: The winners get a 30-dish dinner, second place gets a 3-dish dinner, and last place gets rice and soup.
javabeans: I’m making a noise that sounds vaguely like “Awmuahahaw.”
girlfriday: Would that be your pity-glee-pity noise?
javabeans: A lady never tells.
girlfriday: Bird tells them their team fates have already been decided by the pouches they picked when they came, so one by one they open them up. I love that Joo-won stands there squishing his red ball going, “It’s kyoot!”
javabeans: The boys wonder what the little foam balls are for until they realize they’re colored differently. So the teams shake out thusly: Red is Joo-won, Tae-hyun, and Seung-woo. The Blue team is Su-geun and Tae-woong, who seem thrilled. HAHA, at first I thought it was because they’re such buddies, until five sets of fingers point in glee at the leftover team: Shi-kyung and Jong-min. OMO.
girlfriday: Hahaha the moment everyone realizes that the ‘79 friends will be paired together is so awesome. Shi-kyung actually backs away from Jong-min in alarm.
javabeans: The last two pull out their balls for the reveal… and Jong-min is Blue?
javabeans: What does it say that Shi-kyung looks relieved and would prefer being solo than with Jong-min? Even though that means our teams are 3-3-1. I do enjoy how the boys are still dying laughing at the idea of Shi-kyung being stuck to drive himself and talk to the camera alone.
girlfriday: Ha, remember the day Seung-gi had to do that and looked like a crazy person?
javabeans: Totally. But Seung-gi is good at stuff like that. I feel like Shi-kyung is more in the Tae-woong vein — remember when Tae-woong got ditched on his first day and had nothing to say to the cameras?
girlfriday: I know, I feel like if he’s left alone, Shi-kyung will just stop somewhere to eat chicken. OH, so apparently, Shi-kyung isn’t his own team so much as the villain in this game, who gets to steal points from any of the other boys.
javabeans: Don’t you love his very specific lawyerly questions: “No attacking while they’re in cars? Is one allowed to drag people from the cars? No?”
girlfriday: Ha, his violent lawyerly questions, you mean.
javabeans: Shi-kyung’s role in this Spring Race is the “Cold Snap,” and Bird actually calls him that like it’s his name. How poetic of him.
girlfriday: Oh, it gets better — for no apparent reason, the other boys have to wear wigs. Why?? I love these arbitrary rules.
javabeans: The two teams start strategizing over their respective maps, too busy to heed the VJ hovering to capture the exchange… which is Shi-kyung, in disguise, totally listening in to their plans. Muahaha. It’s hilarious how long they stand there without realizing, and how freaked out they look when they spot him.
girlfriday: HAHAHA. I can’t stop laughing at the wigs. The wigs are killing me.
javabeans: The Red Team (Seung-woo, Tae-hyun, Joo-won) members look like something out of Monty Python — they’re hamming it up like they’re schoolgirls, but they look like court fools. The Blue Team got stuck with even longer wigs, but I kinda think it works because they can go for the glam rocker bit. In any case they are ridiculous.
girlfriday: Strangely (or maybe not) Tae-woong is the only one who doesn’t look any less manly with his wig on. He looks like he needs a guitar and motorcycle, but it works. Tae-hyun, on the other hand, kind of looks like a twelve-year old girl. LOL, did Su-geun just do G-dragon hair?
javabeans: It doesn’t really work with the curls, does it?
girlfriday: By the time he gets in the car, it’s transformed into an ajumma bun, heh.
javabeans: Both teams drive off to begin the race wondering what’s in store for them and how they’ll earn enough points for a proper meal, since they’ll have snack buying opportunities. The short-wigged team arrives for their first game, the absolute pitch one that is Seung-woo’s weakness, and the round is entertaining though ultimately unsuccessful. It’s better because the whole way through they’re nervously looking over their shoulders, afraid for the Shi-kyung Monster.
girlfriday: Yeah it adds a nice suspense factor to the games.
javabeans: Shi-kyung is totally getting into his role, too — honestly, if given the choice I bet he woulda picked this one. He sits in his car waiting out the teams’ 30-minute head start, humming to himself while he draws on his face with makeup. It’s like something out of a psycho thriller. I love it. The result makes him look like a scary sad clown.
girlfriday: Dude. It’s so freaky. I love it. The creepy humming, the slow reveal… the tears of DEATH.
javabeans: Can you just imagine having that freakish thing lumbering after you full speed? Somebody might pee herself. I mean himself!
girlfriday: He looks like the grim reaper on drugs, like he went on a bender and started wearing flowers to seem less scary, only now he looks scary AND crazy.
javabeans: The long-haired team arrives to play the version of a speed quiz where the clue-giver has to run up a flight of stairs and give the clue from a balcony. Huff, puff.
girlfriday: It doesn’t help that the last person has to climb all the way up to the fourth story to give the clue, and with Jong-min on their team, half the time he makes it up there and doesn’t even know what the clue means.
javabeans: Oh my god, Shi-kyung starting the hunt is the scariest thing ever. Like we said, he’s not very talkative to the cameras, but that just heightens the whole fear factor because it feels like we’re watching a movie where we’re following the killer on a hit.
girlfriday: Somehow I don’t think this was what Bird was thinking, but it’s awesome.
javabeans: I feel like this was a gem unearthed in editing. The short hair team wins some points at the game, and decide they have time for another round. Of course, Joo-won nearly has a heart attack when a car pulls up, thinking it’s Shi-kyung, only to get a second freak-out about ten seconds later when Shi-kyung really does arrive. They duck and run while Shi-kyung calmly stations himself in the parking lot, biding his time.
girlfriday: This is so great. The boys are freaking out (they have to decide who holds their points because Shi-kyung only gets one shot per team at each stop) and so while they’re scurrying, Shi-kyung’s just sauntering up in no hurry, like a proper horror movie villain.
javabeans: There’s something terrifying about Shi-kyung assessing the scene slowly, then breaking into a run as he begins his hunt. Joo-won makes it back to the car safely hugging his points pouch close, but Seung-woo gets caught outside and reluctantly starts to hand his over… only to reveal an empty purse. Apparently they’d concocted this elaborate plan where Joo-won would be the diversion (“He’ll assume Joo-won has all our points, so I’ll take them, and Joo-won you run that way, and I’ll run this way and escape…”) — only once the running started, they all panicked and gave the money to Joo-won since he’s the fastest. HA.
girlfriday: Hee, when real fear hits, there’s no sticking to the plan! Also, it’s only now that I get the point of the wigs (though really, it’s just a half-baked one) because Shi-kyung has to yank Seung-woo’s wig off before he’ll open his purse.
javabeans: It’s like beards, but funnier. Wait, was beards funnier? They were both absurd. So this hunt is a bust for Shi-kyung, which means he gets no points. He has to steal points in order to use them to buy ramyun, so he gets back to plotting his next target. Both teams move one to their second location, which has more points on the line. Short Wigs spot the other team’s car first and start running, with the Long Wigs chasing after them, but the Short Wigs arrive and get to start first.
girlfriday: If Shi-kyung comes here, it’s a free-for-all.
javabeans: The game involves a zip line, and Seung-woo yells that they’ll begin. Then he adds, “Joo-won will go!” Haha. Advantages of being hyung.
girlfriday: The zip line part looks fun, though the game part is having to give out quiz clues while your teammates guess from the beach. Not so fun.
javabeans: Omo omo! At first the guys are just joking and yelling, “Shi-kyung is here!” to freak each other out. But then he actually does arrive, and it’s six headless chickens running around.
girlfriday: Ruuuuuuuuun! Lol, how fast did Tae-hyun run to the car? He practically teleported there.
javabeans: I feel like I’m watching the Hunger Games, I swears. Reaper Clown Shi-kyung catches Tae-woong just before the car and yanks off the wig, and Tae-woong yells, “I’m sorry!” to his team. Shi-kyung has the most pathetic look on his face as he tells Tae-woong that he just wants to eat… and finds his second empty pouch. Awmuahahaw.
girlfriday: Shi-kyung runs after the other team next, chasing Joo-won way into the mountains before turning around to go after Seung-woo. He makes it to the car seconds ahead of Shi-kyung… but the doors are locked. HA.
javabeans: That is the best punchline EVER. He’s safe, he’s safe! The door is WHAT?
girlfriday: He scores 100 points out of Seung-woo’s purse. Hee, Shi-kyung’s happy dance! So cute!
javabeans: Y’know, for all his intelligence and introspection, he really is the simplest guy ever. Food = happy. No food = not happy.
girlfriday: Yeah his dance is literally jumping in the air, screaming, “Ramyun! Whoo~! Ramyun!”
javabeans: Joo-won’s turn on the zipline is up, and he has to shout his clues at his team while riding the line over the beach. But as he’s flying down, we just see him gesturing wildly and yelling, “[??????]” No really, that’s how the show captions it, just question marks all around.
girlfriday: Wait, is he giving an emoticon (ㅠ ㅠ) as a clue??
javabeans: Yes, yes he is. Oh man, he really is a baby. The answers are hanja-based proverbs, but he’s explaining it using wordplay on netspeak. I wonder if it’s because proverbs are not his forte.
girlfriday: Pfft, are they playing Kenny G over all of Tae-woong’s shots? These wig jokes are cracking me up.
javabeans: This zipline thing is hard. How do you explain a classical proverb while flying through the air? Crazily enough, Su-geun’s team actually passes on their second try, because they’d rehearsed possibilities in the car. They run along the beach in celebration, and then that hilarious moment when excitement turns to panic because Shi-kyung is barreling toward them.
girlfriday: Hahaha. Jong-min and Tae-woong are actually doing that slow-motion run into each other’s arms, when Jong-min runs past him, because Shi-kyung’s on his tail.
javabeans: Okay, I’m going to vote that beards was funnier, because it’s actually frightening to see Shi-kyung attacking his prey and coming out of the fight clutching a head of hair. Shi-kyung actually gives Jong-min a hug because there’s so much points-money in his purse and he’s so thrilled. Aw.
girlfriday: The creepy factor is also in the fast-forward editing, where Shi-kyung is fifty paces away, then suddenly twenty, and then right behind him. Dun dun!
javabeans: OH MY GOD. Seung-woo totally ratted on Jong-min, knowing he held all his team’s points! MUAHAHA. Flashback shows us that Seung-woo heard the team talking about where Jong-min should stand to have easiest escape access, and he tipped Shi-kyung off that Jong-min was the guy to nab. That’s awesome.
girlfriday: Ha, I didn’t even think of that — they could just sic Shi-kyung on the other team while they run off to get more points.
javabeans: I feel bad for Jong-min, though, because Su-geun has been getting increasingly frustrated with him and now he’s upset that Jong-min lost their points.
girlfriday: Poor Jong-min’s got a case of hiccups too, he’s so nervous/scared.
javabeans: At least it gets better after three consecutive zipline wins, and with 1,200 points in their pocket, they leave in better spirits.
girlfriday: Is it weird that I’m starting to get used to their hair now?
javabeans: I know, it’s unsettling. Speaking of unsettling, the Short Wigs make their way to the yut game, and spend most of their time flinching at phantom Shi-kyungs. Seung-woo gripes that it feels like they’re doing something bad, the way they’re so on edge.
girlfriday: He blames Shi-kyung’s scary makeup, which I would agree is the thing that took this game into horror territory. Sure makes it fun for us though!
javabeans: How can they fail at this game so much? It’s the simplest concept — each member throws, and they have to get three different throws. Time after time they’re foiled, and Joo-won starts to throw like a caveman, in mock-anger.
girlfriday: I don’t know, but it actually starts to feel rigged because they fail so many times. Has Tae-hyun’s misfortune finally kicked in?
javabeans: It amuses me to no end that while the team is jumping in paranoia, Shi-kyung isn’t even on the chase because he has stopped for a ramyun break.
girlfriday: How like him to run to the ramyun stop as soon as he has some points to spend. Ha, he buys a second one before he even finishes the first.
javabeans: The Long Wigs get stuck on a tough game — they have to ride a bike in a small confined area, but stay in the area and on the bike for thirty seconds. You have to practically be at a standstill for that, and it isn’t happening. They amass quite a crowd, which is fun though not much help, ha.
girlfriday: Unsurprisingly, it’s Su-geun who gets a handle on the game and scores some more points for his team. Meanwhile, the yut team fiiiiiiinally wins two rounds and heads back to the perfect pitch game to pick up the remaining points they were trying to get before Shi-kyung came after them.
javabeans: Shi-kyung lays back after his snack break, and now that he’s not hungry anymore he sighs that he wishes he could just call it a day here. Ha, say that in about thirty minutes when you’re starving again. But next it’s Long Wigs’ turn to take a snack break, having won a nice chunk of points. At first they’re reluctant to spend too many points here, but hearing that the prize is dinner and not lunch, they decide to keep eating. And eating. And eating.
girlfriday: Gotta love it when Jong-min holds Tae-woong’s hair back so he can eat ramyun. That’s bromance, right there. Ha, the Short Wigs go back to the perfect pitch game and play the entire time with this panicked back and forth, with one person acting as lookout in case Shi-kyung comes back. Must’ve been some residual trauma from the last time.
javabeans: The race ends and the members all gather for the unveiling. There’s some faking out going on, but in the end it shakes out to the Long Wigs winning with 1500 points and the Short Wigs in second place with 700. Shi-kyung sighs that he should’ve at least used the rest of his points (300) to eat ramyun, since he’s in last place. But the funniest thing is that the Short Wigs didn’t know that the feast prize was for dinner and assumed it was lunch. And thus they didn’t eat during the race. And thus they are now hungry and must stay hungry till dinner. Aw. It was sort of poorly explained.
girlfriday: Sad. That’s what they get for trying to be frugal.
javabeans: Is Joo-won going to cry?
girlfriday: Is it wrong that I hope so?
javabeans: Bird reasons that the race timing and the snack stand should have told them that lunch was covered in the race, but I’m thinking that’s kinda shifty logic there. Maybe I feel extra-bad for them because I’m currently starving, which by the way, I blame the show for.
girlfriday: Yes, totally their fault. Between Joo-won missing lunch and Shi-kyung getting a crap dinner, we might actually get to see some tears from these two.
javabeans: The guys bus their way over to dinner, where the winners get to dig in first while the other four look on longingly. It’s pretty comical. Shi-kyung has to wait the longest, so long that the guys ask Bird when they’re going to let him eat. Oh man, did the writer actually admit, “Actually we forgot”?
girlfriday: Ha! That’s so wrong.
javabeans: I would never admit it! The thing about Shi-kyung is that at long as he’s eating something he seems to be enjoying it. Though he does complain that he’s the only one who has to eat on the ground like a slave.
girlfriday: At least in this case he can’t blame anyone else since he chose to be the lazy hunter and eat ramyun. Next week: sleepytime games get violent.