EPISODE 435. Broadcast on April 21, 2013.
javabeans: Right off the bat as the members arrive for a new trip, we’re hit with a preview of the goodies to come today: Let’s just say there’s lots of mud, digging, and humiliation in store for them.
girlfriday: Muahaha. The boys get together for a group-walking intro and everyone wears sunglasses to try and look cool… except for Su-geun, whose look I can’t even describe.
javabeans: Did Su-geun pick that out of his son’s Cracker Jacks?
girlfriday: There couldn’t be more colors in a pair of sunglasses if you tried.
javabeans: LOL, and then they all do their intro line while taking off the glasses like a movie star, and when Su-geun whips off his toy sunglasses the lens pops out mid-line. They actually pause the intro song to laugh their heads off, and then we resume.
girlfriday: That’s what you get for shopping for accessories in cereal boxes.
javabeans: Okay, then he pops out both lenses and is it me or does he look like Pororo?
girlfriday: Ha, he does. At least it’s a workable look with just the frames.
javabeans: Aw, today’s trip is themed around Taean, the seaside city that had that horrible oil spill a few years ago. The citizens rallied together to clean it up, and the boys aww at the choice too. Su-geun compliments New PD for his smart choice to showcase Taean using the show, asking if he’s a genius, and New PD says, “The writers wrote it for me.”
girlfriday: Hahaha. I like him. Joo-won rallies up the nerve to complain that they should get breakfast for gathering so early, and New PD says they’ll show them today’s menu. I love that he gasps, “Really?” when he’s the one who asked.
javabeans: I HATE WHEN THEY SHOW CRAB. GRUMBLE GRUMBLE BITTERNESS. One day, they will invent an allergy pill and I will eat all the crab in the world.
girlfriday: *pat pat* There, there.
javabeans: It’s just worse because the show makes me hungry anyway. Like that bowl of plain rice that New PD trots out to let them play for a one-bite challenge? That rice looks delicious. The crab is just mean.
girlfriday: This whole show is food torture. Anyway, the boys choose their preference between spicy crab and soy sauce crab, and the PD tells them those are the teams today. The winners get the crab they chose, while the losers get… nothing. Like nothing nothing? Hae-jin actually stutters and looks like he’s gonna beat New PD up.
javabeans: That has to be a tactical choice: Come out strong. Show no weakness. I love how Hae-jin adapts to this mindset so quickly because he’s the first to suggest that they taste the crab — you know, just to make sure it’s good and all. Worth playing for. So they get one round of rock-scissors-paper, and Jong-min wins a bite. Is it me, or is Joo-won a bit sassy today? He teases Tae-hyun at one point (for having a shot at the crab, then losing it) — I wonder if this is the turning point when he starts coming out of his bashful-quiet-maknae shell.
girlfriday: I hope so. We’ve waited long enough. Bring on the sass!
javabeans: After Jong-min takes his bite, the boys immediately launch into another round of rock-scissors-paper to play for a second bite, and New PD has to call out no-go. LOL. Well you can’t blame them for trying.
girlfriday: The two teams head to their first mission location, and Hae-jin and Shi-kyung seem to have this really funny bickering thing starting up between them.
javabeans: Maybe it’ll be good for both of them. Shi-kyung didn’t have that guy there to cut him down to size till now, which is why I think he was either too serious or too much the Sungchoongi, but Hae-jin has this funny straightforward delivery in tossing things back at him.
girlfriday: Yeah they’re well-matched. Hae-jin suggests that if they lose they shouldn’t be mad at the teammate who messes up. Shi-kyung: “We won’t get mad. But we should just hit him once really hard.” Hae-jin: “There’s no need for that. If we don’t eat lunch I’ll just go to a different team for dinner. Better not to see each other anymore.”
javabeans: Hae-jin takes a walk on the beach looking for a shell or something to offer as a gift in the spirit of making peace with Shi-kyung, but what makes the moment funny is his addendum that he doesn’t feel good being on Shi-kyung’s bad side. Haha.
girlfriday: So cute. But also, I don’t think he knows Shi-kyung very well. Why hunt for a pretty seashell when a bag of chips would do?
javabeans: Then he gives up on the hunt for a pretty shell and shrugs, “Eh, I’ll just give him whatever.” Lol.
girlfriday: It’s really cute how he walks over to Shi-kyung in the middle of the group and hands him the shell, like he’s got a crush.
javabeans: It also totally proves that it’s the thought that counts! I’m liking Hae-jin’s personality a lot, particularly as it works with this group. Shi-kyung’s on one extreme of keeping his thoughts inside, and Jong-min’s at the opposite end but in an uneasy way, because his lack of filter offends. Hae-jin is the kind who says what he thinks, but in an inoffensive way. Blunt but good-natured.
girlfriday: The first mission is to sing a song about the beach they’re at, and I don’t know if it’s just because I don’t know the song, but it sounds hard.
javabeans: Unsurprisingly, we go through this sing-a-long a number of times. Though one team (Hae-jin’s) is much worse than the other (Joo-won, Tae-woong, Su-geun). Hee, the other team hovers around while the other team sings, looking for tips for their turn. (“What do you mean it’s not ‘crying perm’? I heard ‘crying perm’!”)
girlfriday: Dude, I totally heard “crying perm” too. This is basically a war between Joo-won, Hae-jin, and Tae-hyun, who are the three boys messing up over and over and over. Two of them just happen to be on one team though, so I think things are in Joo-won’s favor.
javabeans: Do you like how they take a break from the singing to deliver finger-smacks on Hae-jin’s forehead? It’s ostensibly to earn another listen to the song, but Hae-jin (who keeps messing up) is offered up as the sacrifice. Hilariously, he glares so hard while awaiting the flicks that he psychs all the other team members out.
girlfriday: Or is it that he delays so long that the flicker loses all strength in his finger?
javabeans: But his I’m-bracing-myself face looks a lot like his Imma-kill-you face from his gangster movies. It’s Tae-woong’s team that wins this round, and then they resume traveling, arriving in what looks like a desert.
girlfriday: Is there some kind of variety sand dune thing going on this week? Why is everyone doing deserts?
javabeans: Because they inevitably lead to pain? The boys are given the time to walk around freely (uh, suspicious?) and they take a leisurely stroll on the sand, with a brief pause while Jong-min and Joo-won “shoot” a mock outdoorwear CF using the desert as the backdrop. Jong-min directs the shots the way he wants, and then asks Joo-won if he can be in his real CFs. Ha.
girlfriday: Lol, their company’s tagline is “Just stop it.” When they get to the other side, the PD tells them they have two minutes to collect staff members’ shoes (and their own of course) to see which team has collected the most sand on their walk.
javabeans: Ooh, crafty! I like this kind of bokbulbok, which is really built on chance. With the clock ticking (or more appropriately, an hourglass dripping sand), they start pulling shoes off their crew and tapping them into bowls.
girlfriday: Shi-kyung yanks off New PD’s shoes: “They’re smelly and they don’t even have sand!”
javabeans: They weigh the bowls, and it’s a close one, but ultimately this ties up the lunch race 1 to 1: Hae-jin’s team wins with 349 grams over 337 grams.
girlfriday: I love that even after hearing the numbers, Tae-hyun’s confused: “We lost right? We lost?”
javabeans: They arrive at location 3 for their next game, which is basically an excuse to flick each other on the forehead — with nonsense rules like how you have to accept the hit while smiling — while speaking in antiquated speech patterns. You’re like, “What’s the point? Oh well who cares, this is hilarious.”
girlfriday: Yeah basically there’s no point except for violence. I’m okay with that. Turns out there is a real game here, which we get to once Joo-won and Shi-kyung finish making the other guys cry with their forehead flicks. It’s like a version of marbles, using badook pieces. Unsurprisingly, Su-geun’s team is really good. At one point they’re leading four to one pieces on the board, and Hae-jin asks if there’s something they can do to get another piece back. Su-geun: “Sexy dance!”
javabeans: Hae-jin’s all, “Um, how about something else?” Su-geun: “I’m only gonna make you do things you hate!” Ha, I feel like this was a really easy request/order, but Hae-jin really, really doesn’t want to do it. Trouble is, it was his idea so there’s no wiggling his way out of it now. Finally his teammates have to “teach” him a dance, and I feel like the deconstruction of a pelvic thrust is more hilarious than the dance itself. Dude, has Shi-kyung been practicing?
girlfriday: Hahaha. This is terrible but hilarious. And yeah, it totally looks like Shi-kyung’s been practicing this dance at home, which is almost more embarrassing.
javabeans: Hae-jin’s team loses, but he can’t deal with the loss and pleads, whines, and threatens until they agree to a rematch. (And then before they start the rematch he warns everyone that there will be no more asking for extra rounds or games, ’cause that would totally be pathetic. HA.)
girlfriday: Pfft, they’re told to kneel to beg for another round, and Hae-jin can’t bring himself to kneel in front of them, so he turns his back and kneels toward the field. It’s like he has a war with his pride every single step of the way, with the dancing, the having to ask for things.
javabeans: Su-geun’s team trounces them again anyway, and wins lunch. The losers are seated at a table where Hae-jin demands at least plain rice, only to get a pot… full of dry crackers, shaped like crab.
girlfriday: HAHAHAHAHA. It’s a food pun! Also, really really sad.
javabeans: Hae-jin makes another proposal (his desperation is really funny) to win a chance at a bite using a stone pot lid to “curl” on a tabletop. They’re all, “I thought you said you didn’t like making up games!” and he’s all, I’m HUNGRY.
girlfriday: I love his insistence that this is NOT pathetic, because he’s offering chips in exchange for dessert.
javabeans: But it’s Jong-min who wins the bite, and he overstuffs his mouthful to cram as much food in as possible, and Tae-hyun calls out from the peanut gallery, “It better all fit in your mouth!” Hae-jin: “He’s our teammate! Why you gotta be like that?” Hee.
girlfriday: And then when Jong-min leaves some dangling from his mouth precariously, Tae-hyun steps right up to yank it out and eat it himself.
javabeans: Su-geun offers a second bite opportunity, but Hae-jin slumps, all defeated now. He doesn’t even try for it, saying he doesn’t wanna, so Shi-kyung wins a bite. After he loses again, Su-geun feels so bad that he even offers up a freebie bite to Hae-jin, who’s all, Sigh. I’ve lost all strength and hope forever. But he watches Tae-hyun enjoying his bite and caves in a second and starts stuffing his face. Dude, he must really be pathetic because they offer him extra bites too, on top of that, without even making him play for it.
girlfriday: It’s like watching his pride get chipped away bit by bit.
javabeans: You are literally watching a man get his spirit broken, step by step.
girlfriday: Hahaha, he’s totally having his Joo-won crying-over-meat moment: “I’m gonna go home and buy SO MUCH crab!” I guess everyone has that breakdown at some point. After lunch, they head to the muddy beach to dig for what looks like a cross between a prawn and a small lobster. The ajusshi there says they can be eaten raw with the shells on, which frankly kind of freaks me out, but Tae-woong, Hae-jin, and Shi-kyung all chomp down.
javabeans: I’m all for fresh sashimi, but isn’t this how you get tapeworms?
girlfriday: Yeah this is a little too wild for my taste. I mean, they still look muddy.
javabeans: Plus, Jong-min is over there cooing to his, “Hello, cutie!” And also, they look too much like the sea insects they are. And also also, they’re still moving.
girlfriday: Yes, yes, and ew, yes. Next week: dinner bokbolbuk gets dirty.