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Variety Roulette: Dad! Where Are We Going?

EPISODE 15. Broadcast on April 14, 2013.

javabeans: New Variety Roulette! Today we’re checking out the newish show, Dad! Where Are We Going?, which was a hit right out of the gates. The premise is simple, with a bunch of celebrity dads taking their young children on an overnight trip.

girlfriday: Yeah it’s 1 Night 2 Days if the marrieds just brought their kids along, which of course turns it into a completely different show.

javabeans: I really think the charm is in how the presence of these stars’ children strips away a bit of everyone’s variety facade. The best variety moments — for me, at least — are when you see the reality behind the format, when the scripted stuff gives way and you get to laugh at the spontaneous reactions and in-the-moment emotions.

girlfriday: Yes, and just seeing celebrities be real dads — like the times they actually get angry and frustrated and don’t know how to deal with their own children.

javabeans: I did watch the first episode when it premiered, after hearing how cute and solid the show was. I’ll admit that I wasn’t fully drawn into the show, which was kind of cute but also kind of bland in moments, so I didn’t keep up. I enjoyed seeing some familiar faces with their families — the early morning wake-up call at home was my favorite part. But I understand that it’s gotten much cuter since then.

girlfriday: It definitely gets cuter. I watched for two of the dads, in the beginning — Sung Dong-il (Jeon Woo-chi, Answer Me 1997) and Lee Jong-hyuk (A Gentleman’s Dignity) — but everyone’s got an endearing father-child pair once you get to know them. The show isn’t as laugh-laugh-laugh as other variety shows because you just follow them with cameras rolling at all times, with fewer games/setups to guide it, so it’s more just watching for the rare spontaneous moments.

javabeans: I really wonder how they set about casting the show, because we do have a nice mix of personalities — not just the star-dads themselves, but the kind of father they are. Was that planning or pure luck?

girlfriday: Partly luck, in that these personalities are what make the show what it is.

javabeans: Like you have Sung Dong-il who’s the gruff dad who gets frustrated easily when his sensitive son cries a lot. But then there’s the other dad who’s a ridiculously doting father to his little girl and he just does everything she wants. Or the singer who had kids really young and so he’s the cool dad who’s friends with his son.

girlfriday: That’s the fun I think, in the diverse cast. Lee Jong-hyuk is definitely like the uncle who acts as childish as his son, which is always hilarious.

javabeans: I remember in the first episode, I definitely had the feeling when the men were getting ready at home that some of these pairs were doomed without uber-competent Mom around to defuse and soothe and manage. And Mom, sitting in the background, was just hoping they’d come back in one piece. Er, two pieces.

girlfriday: I do think that was the nervous magic of the early episodes, in that everyone was so new that you actually worried that they would get through the trip. Like I really expected Sung Dong-il to maybe blow a gasket early on. But now (by the 15th episode) there’s definitely a better dad-child rapport with all the pairs.

javabeans: Okay, enough intro. To the episode! We’re covering today’s broadcast, the 15th episode, shown on April 14, 2013. Just to situate y’all. We start off at the train station, and our narrator tells us this is the show’s first train trip.

girlfriday: Announcer Kim Sung-joo arrives with his son Min-gook, who’s the eldest of the children at age ten.

javabeans: Lol, I’m cracking up (and it’s not even funny) at how perfect his announcer demeanor is. He’s all enunciation, repeating everything and framing it like the informative news man.

girlfriday: They’re actually a hilarious pair, because they’re equally sensitive and scaredy-cat-like, and heo-dang about everything.

javabeans: You do get that “I am my father’s son” vibe about them. They make their way onto the empty train car, with nametags on the seats. Only, they don’t have the names of the actual cast members, but… royalty? King Gwanggaeto, Gye Baek… Kim Sung-joo figures they can choose the seats they want, and is told by a producer to choose wisely, because the choices lead to direct consequences.

girlfriday: Haha, already the fear settles in, because this father-son pair has this trauma from choosing wrongly, like EVERY SINGLE TIME. They’re like the Cha Tae-hyun of this show. Bad luck combo.

javabeans: They are totally overthinking this. It’s hilarious. “Do we choose these seats or those? But Gwanggaeto’s seats are separate. I think that means something. Is it better? It’s probably better to be on our own.”

girlfriday: There’s an announcement that the train leaves in five minutes, and Sung-joo wonders if they’re the only ones going on this trip. Cut to singer Yoon Min-soo arriving with his son Hoo, who is arguably this show’s runaway star. That little kid is freaking hilarious.

javabeans: He’s this pint-sized little kid and as they walk to the station, their VJ stumbles a little (walking backward as they get on an escalator) and Hoo pipes up, “You should watch where you’re going!” It’s his tone that makes it.

girlfriday: Min-soo is the youngest of the dads, in terms of age difference between him and his son, so they’re like a pair of buddies sometimes.

javabeans: He’s a singer who’s a 1980-er, of the group Vibe, and his son is six. They’re second to arrive, and Min-gook greets them at the door excitedly and rapid-fires instructions at them.

girlfriday: Lee Jong-hyuk and his son Jun-su arrive next. Jun-su is one of the youngest kids in the group, and he’s known for being an oddball. Also for looking like the spitting image of his father.

javabeans: Then it’s former soccer player Song Jong-kook and daughter Jia, and he’s the one who dotes on her to these hilarious extremes.

girlfriday: Hoo has a major crush on Jia, and they are this show’s loveline.

javabeans: Is he the boy in the first episode who sat next to her on the bus and basically pushed his way past the other boys?

girlfriday: I think that might have been Min-gook? But Hoo is the one who loooooooves her. It’s so cute. Equally cute is dad Jong-gook’s jealousy when Jia likes Hoo back — this one time he sat her down and taught her how to reject boys. Lol.

javabeans: Early life training, yo. Better get used to it. Then it’s Sung Dong-il with his son Joon who, as we mentioned, is pretty sensitive and seemed almost scared of Dad at first. And you could see Dong-il trying to be patient, and then the moment when he just can’t anymore, which leads to temper and tears. That sounds sad but it was also entertaining, in the way that it was all so imminent.

girlfriday: I love this pair, I think because of that early awkwardness. Like at first they actually don’t know how to interact. They also have the biggest father-son age gap, so it makes sense.

javabeans: In that sense I feel like the show really forces them to learn how to communicate, which is a nice side benefit. Whereas at home it seemed that it was always Mom playing buffer and translator. They all arrive on the train and settle into seats — did they all come rushing in during the last five minutes? Ha. The rest of the pairs just sit down, which makes all the nervous overthinking of the first twosome even funnier.

girlfriday: And watch, they probably picked the worst seats anyway. The train takes off and everyone gets excited and starts moving around.

javabeans: Did tiny little Hoo just sigh and comment wistfully about how being a baby was back in “the bygone years”?

girlfriday: Yeah this is the strangeness and hilarity of him. He’s a first-grader who talks like a grandpa. So funny.

javabeans: Jun-su (Jong-hyuk’s kid) is seriously 4-D. Ha. See, you can’t adopt that 4-D persona, you must just be born with it. You have all these adults talking to him and engaging him and he’s just off in his own world, singing a song or maybe inventing planets or something. What do the children call the other dads? Just ajusshi?

girlfriday: Uncle or ajusshi, interchangeably. Haha, Dong-il sticks his chair nametag on his jacket, and then when Sung-joo jokes that it looks like one of those nightclub waiter nametags (with a silly fake name), Dong-il starts getting up to play host. Is he… booking the little children? That seems wrong.

javabeans: Ha, and then announcer dad Sung-joo starts juggling with tangerines, doing two in one hand, and while the kids are watching all the other dads are doing that unimpressed thing (“Do three! Can’t you do three?”) and then this turns into a pissing contest with the dads all trying to outdo each other.

girlfriday: I love it. Sung-joo’s like, Waitaminute. Don’t do more than me! I was the cool one!

javabeans: Jong-hyuk leaves the others in their dust: He starts walking and juggling, then jumping, and the kids are impressed and he’s like, “Oh, this old thing? This is so easy!” It’s exactly the same dynamic you’d get if there were women to impress, though I think hero adoration from your kids might be more heady.

girlfriday: Yeah on this show the kids are king, and the dads are constantly seeking their approval, which you wouldn’t expect to be the dynamic, but it is. They get close to their first stop, where they have a 13-minute layover at the train station, and Dong-il suggests a game where the losers of rock-paper-scissors run and get snacks… and run the risk of being left behind. Of course he’s the first to lose. Muahaha.

javabeans: So the train pulls in, and we have orders for various food items (soondae, kimbap, fish skewers) that have to be collected by a couple dad-kid pairs. Huffpuff, huffpuff. Sung-joo finds a snack shop, only to find out the kimbap has to be rolled to order. Eek!

girlfriday: Haha, Sung-joo’s practically pushing the kimbap ajumma aside. He’s like, “Can I help you? Can I help?”

javabeans: He’s so excitable, frantically asking if he can speed things up. He says everything twice in all his panic and orders the boys to breathe, like he’s prepping them for the race back. Cut to: Dong-il and Joon, strolling along. Time ticks down and the waiting members start getting worried. The first two pairs make it back, and Hoo gasps, “We made it! I was afraid we’d get left behind! I thought I might never see Mom again.” Lol.

girlfriday: Dong-il and Joon are still huffing and puffing their way towards the train station, and everyone on the train starts to worry. It’s time to take off and they still haven’t arrived…

javabeans: Oh no, that’s so sad. Literally missed it by a minute. The guys on the train wonder what he’ll do, since he only had lunch money and likely spent it on lunch. Without cash he can’t take a taxi, to which Min-soo quips, “He’s the kind of guy who’d take a taxi anyway.” Haha, can’t you just see that?

girlfriday: Totally. Or he’ll hitchhike and make friends with some ajusshi who gets them there ahead of the train.

javabeans: They take a taxi to the bus terminal, during which Dong-il gets a call from Sung-joo. Everyone cracks up to hear he’s in a taxi, but Dong-il doesn’t actually explain anything and just tells them airily not to worry about him. Sung-joo’s confused, wondering how he can be so calm: “If it were me, I’d be crying.”

girlfriday: Hee, he really would be.

javabeans: The train arrives and the four remaining families pile into the awaiting bus, where they wonder how long they should wait for the other two. Jong-hyuk tries calling to see how far they are, only Dong-il has this whole hilarious calm reasoning of how he will ignore the call because they all deserve to stew in curiosity: “They should wait for us!”

girlfriday: Which totally backfires because they’re like, “Well, if they’re not gonna answer, let’s go without them!”

javabeans: Dong-il and Joon arrive just as the team bus is pulling out, and instead of insisting they stop to pick up the stragglers, the other dads literally just point out the window and laugh. Haha. This has totally turned into this round of “Serves you right!”

girlfriday: And then Dong-il has too much pride to actually run after the bus, so he just saunters past it. Ha.

javabeans: I know there’s a lot of editing and captioning in variety so sometimes reactions are exaggerated, but in this case it’s comically real how the other dads all chuckle, then immediately frown into these really worried, uneasy silences. Like, “Um. This was funny a minute ago. Now I fear for myself. Gulp.”

girlfriday: I know, it’s Hahaha… ha… Oh crap. Hyung’s gonna be pissed later and then he won’t cook us dinner.

javabeans: On the bus, Hoo reasons, “Thinking of Joonie, we should go back. But thinking of Sung Dong-il ajusshi…” And Min-gook adds, “Think of all we’ve suffered at the hands of Sung Dong-il ajusshi!” I don’t know if that’s an argument to go or stay — do you go out of revenge, or wait because you fear more of the same?

girlfriday: Min-gook seems content to have his revenge, while Dad seems more afraid of the consequences later. Dong-il and Joon hitchhike and luckily find a nice ajusshi willing to drive them to the village.

javabeans: The bus arrives first and there’s this nervous energy of, “Hurry, let’s settle in before Dong-il hyung gets here!” And Sung-joo has to make sure to ask, “We’re all in agreement right? You’re not just following what I say?” They’re so afraid and yet half-gleeful, but also really really afraid.

girlfriday: And then of course Dong-il and Joon arrive, and suddenly everyone’s backpedaling. “Hyung~! Ha. Ha. We were so worried!”

javabeans: “We missed you!” Dude, it’s practically changing your tune mid-sentence. Sung-joo even takes Dong-il’s hand and holds it, totally Beta Male now when about two seconds ago he was Team Leader.

girlfriday: Dong-il has this way of acting like he planned everything, so that no matter what happens, other people always feel like they lost to him. It’s badass. They’re told that they’ve already been assigned their houses based on the train seats that they chose when they arrived. Four will be nice houses and one, not so nice.

javabeans: Sung-joo finds that his house is the only one on a separate road, and he groans. More bad luck. Although, is it luck if you chose it?

girlfriday: It’s such a running joke now that you almost want it to be the case, but only because Sung-joo does the hilarious over-thinking that makes it all the funnier.

javabeans: They all go off in search of their houses, and there’s a round of relieved discoveries: “It’s a nice one! Yesssss!” Of course we haven’t seen any insides yet. So far all the houses look pretty decent — some are smaller than others but even the farthest one that’s a little shabbier has clean rooms and nice bedding. We’re all wondering who got stuck with the subpar conditions, and then we head over to Min-soo and Hoo, who have a whole freaking estate, with multiple buildings on it…

girlfriday: But their actual bedroom is like a closet. Ha. What’s the point of having a hundred acres if you have to sleep in a closet?

javabeans: They’re all baseline comfortable, though — I think my mind is still in 1N2D mode where I was expecting maybe a doghouse, or a stable.

girlfriday: It’s been way worse before. Some of the other trips have had tents, houses without running water, really scary toilets. In their downtime, Min-soo and Jong-hyuk play with their kids in the same way — roughhousing and being silly, while Joon lies down next to Dong-il and starts picking at his gray hairs. Dong-il: “If you listen to what I say, then all my gray hairs will turn black!” Lol.

javabeans: Yeesh, Sung-joo and Min-gook are giving me flashbacks to my childhood. Sung-joo’s a pretty quiet-spoken dad, but he has that personality where everything has its place and he only knows one way that things should be, and if Min-gook doesn’t follow it he gets frustrated. So the air turns chilly because it’s Dad-and-discipline mode, with this awkwardness of Dad lecturing Min-gook. It’s not for misbehaving, but for… not understanding how Dad thinks?

girlfriday: For not behaving exactly the way Dad wants?

javabeans: I’m actually cringing into myself right now, because this feels incredibly familiar.

girlfriday: Sung-joo is definitely a rigid Dad. And it’s even funnier that he then wonders WHY Min-gook is so sensitive and scared of everything.

javabeans: Sung-joo isn’t mean or trying to be strict, but he just doesn’t understand why Min-gook wouldn’t want to follow exactly what he says, and would prefer to play by himself.

girlfriday: And of course, to anyone else, Min-gook is the most well-behaved kid in like the entire world.

javabeans: Sung-joo is like, “We should wash right now. We should inspect the house before exploring outside.” And if Min-gook says, “But no, we could do [something else]” it’s like, “Why are you disobeying me?” Sung-joo actually quizzes Min-gook on where they are, scolding him for wanting to play and not knowing their vacation itinerary. Ack. This is not funny.

girlfriday: The quiz has no point, except that it’s just Sung-joo’s default mode, to turn into lecturing teacher like it’s important and Min-gook is somehow missing the point of the trip if he doesn’t learn everything. I think it’s also that when Sung-joo doesn’t know what else to say, he turns to quizzing, and I don’t know why.

javabeans: It’s him regaining control, I think. The kid threw him off-kilter, and now he needs to be the one in charge again.

girlfriday: Of course, hilariously, he gets the name of the village wrong in his own quiz, which Min-gook corrects. Ha.

javabeans: Thank god we turn to dinnertime next, which starts off with a round of Dad massages. Now this should be familiar to every Korean kid ever. There are neck and leg rubs, then Jong-hyuk flops over on his stomach and tells his son to step on him. Of course, then Jun-su just JUMPS up and down on his back with all his energy.

girlfriday: The kids are sent out to collect dinner ingredients from the village residents, and this time they’re told to give massages to say thank you for the food.

javabeans: There’s a lot of running aimlessly as they try to find their destinations (like the chicken coop), and soon the kids are like, Let’s just run. It’ll turn up. The fun thing about making the kids go is that they’re on this Very Important Mission, but the adults in the village have clearly been briefed so they’re all ready to help. It’s cute how the children seem to think they’re Making This Happen, when in fact the adults are just all, Gahhh you tiny things are adorable.

girlfriday: Yeah it’s really adorable. Sometimes they’re sent to the market with money, and I often think it’s a miracle they manage when they don’t know how to count money and it’s a flurry of “How many monies? Do you need another King Sejong one? What color is it?” at random shopkeepers.

javabeans: That sounds adorable. Aw, Min-gook is such a sweet oppa. Jia runs screaming out of the chicken coop because she’s scared, and Jun-su follows her out. Min-gook is the only one who’s not scared and he comes out for them, and takes her hand and promises to keep her safe while they collect eggs. Cute. And then of course he’s the one who gets freaked out by a flapping chicken. They make it out safely, and then he insists Jun-su come along for his turn.

girlfriday: That’s it for the episode, which is a pretty good example of what the show is like — not fast, but peppered with lots and lots of cute.

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the kids are so cute!!!!

thanks for introducing this new variety show :)

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The kids were what kept me invested from the beginning. I started off loving Hoo since he's so innocent and funny. Then Jun and the way he grew closer to his dad melted my heart. Lately, Junsu's 4D-ness has me cracking up.

But this episode was definitely a slow one. I don't catch myself tuning in right away after it airs anymore. I just wait for a few episodes and catch up.

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Yes yes yes! Been waiting for this! Thanks!

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Thank you! This show is SO awesome :) BABY HOO RULES. And Sung Dong Il is one mean, lazy ahjussi but I love him. I love all the dads, all the kids, even the crybaby. This is the best thing ever :) Yay now everyone will know!

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What a surprise! This show is full of cuteness. I love them all. Jun-su is like how I was a century ago.

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! So excited to see this. I love this show!!!!! :D

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me too!! these kids are amazing... i've been addicted to this show ever since the first episode!

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I start watching a k drama and then turning to this show.

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Yay!!! I wuv this show so much!

Hoo, you're the best!

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juuuust when i was going to drop this show, you guys decide to recap it lol. i guess i'll give it just one more episode!

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jonghyuk x junsu and minsoo x hoo play time is the best T_T yoon hoo kimbap!

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Yay I'd admit I'm another fan of Hoo~ LOL

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Thanks for this. I love this kids so much. Well, Hoo maybe the breakout star but Joon is the one that get too much CF offers from pizza to windows8 that his appa will not do again.

Have u seen the parody in SNL made by 2AM. It was so hilarious. It covered everything except no Joon in it. :D

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i saw it. it was pretty epic. LOL showed it to my entire family too. (cause we're all fans of this show) they couldn't stop laughing... :D

for anyone who wants to watch it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hgvBODaEA4

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Frankly, with Evil Ajusshi for a dad, who would dare bring in Joon?

Besides, joon is awesome, but not exactly funny.

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huh... i don't ever recall Jun (Dong Il's son) ever crying from being too sensitive. if anything MIN GOOK is the one who's the crybaby of the group and he's the oldest too. LOL he's also a scaredy cat... and it just irks me a bit. (because he's the oldest yet Jun acts more mature than him LOL)

i really love Hoo & Jun-ie :) the same-age boys are polar opposites but equally cute and funny. (also Junsu who is like, seriously 4D) LOL i just finished watching this episode with my parents. its like a family show now. we all gather round in the living room every sunday and just watch this show together. thanks for the recap<3

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Yeah, I was gonna say....Min-gook's been the only kid on this show who's prone to crying.

I agree with the recappers that Sung-joo's parenting style is too overbearing (at least for me). At first on the show I was impressed with him not getting angry/being too hard on his kid for being such a crybaby and keeping the atmosphere light (with the ready assistance of Dong-il, of course, lol), even though Min-gook's behavior was ridiculous, but this negative parenting trait of his has become more apparent as the series has worn on.

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Ep 8 where he says I wanted to cry but didn't, the audience stood and cheered. But looks like Sung-Joon's pushing his luck here on that.

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Omgosh! So cute! Hahaha.

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I hear so much about this show! Definitely one I've been meaning to watch (well er after all my dramas and american shows for this week and variety shows, so I haven't been able to start it yet).

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Thanks a lot for the newest recap girls, love yah!
I loved this show so much especially Jooni & his appa. The bromance of Joon-Hoo is lovely. So sad recently that Joon's appa announces for not accepting any CF anymore for his son cuz he don't want him to be spoiled, which mostly netizens comments praising his decision. But actually i love to see Jooni always on CF, photoshoot & etc. Noona *sobs*

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The article I read made it sound like Dong-il had already noticed troubling changes in his son, so the decision to stop sounds wise, imo, especially with what we know about how easy it is for child stars/actors to develop a warped sense of self that's so detrimental to their healthy emotional development. So I applaud him, even though Joon is cute in his CFs. :-)

I think the decision is especially appealing to netizens on the heels of concerns about child stars like Park Min-ha and the Gangnam kid, whom netizens view as being exploited by their stage parents. Of course, for those of us who are Americans, we're very used to this phenomenon. :-/

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Anywhere to watch this subbed online? Thanks!

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Is there anywhere else to see it subbed? I can't get those links to work :(

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Those links do work. You just need to wait five seconds and up in the right corner there is a "skip ad" button. Click that and it takes you to the dailymotion video.

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I never thought that you guys would do a recap for this show because I am totally in love with this show! I'm so glad you guys made one and was in glee that you guys all pointed out why I freaking love this show so much! Thank you!

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wow daebakkk ! thank you very much for recapibg this adorable variety show :-)

i love all the kids, they are so adorable and cute ~~
i laughed so hard, when junsu teaching hoo to meditasi,
i hope you will continue recap appa eodiga .

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My friend has been telling me to watch this show since it started but I never really considered picking it up...But now that I read this recap, I want to start from the first episode. -___- Is this the power of Dramabeans? haha

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Yes it is definitely lol I trust the taste of db! hahahah

I started watching at ep 12 which is what I could find... All the kids and dads have such a cute dynamic heheheh Will look for the rest hahahahah

Thank you roulette wheel and thanks javabeans n girlfriday for covering this hehehehe

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oooo...my god............joonie.................is so cute................like a............very pretty thing.....................................i think i too get joonie fever...................

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Pwahahaha Junsu is the best! xD

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It must be fate. I started watching from ep 1 this morning. I laughed so hard I was crying. These kids are adorable.

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I love Junsu ! .........GIVE GIVE GIVE GIVE GIVE :)

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Fyi: I think hoo and joon are eight not six

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Born in late 2006, so six. Or a year older by Korean reckoning.

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Got it, thanks!

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Yep - I thought they were going with the American age at first, but if they're counting Mingook as 10, then Joon and Hoo are 8.

I thought this episode was bit dry compared to the others but still entertaining enough. Hoo's speech is quite hilarious because it's so grammatically awkward most of the time. Jonghyuk imitating Hoo's style of speaking today was awesome.

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I watched an episode here and there... and omg I having his humongous crush on Sung Dong Il ahjushi! I would like love me a father to my kids like him... lol...

I mean not enough with me slaying me in Answer Me 1997 as the screaming but loving dad... I just love him with Joon here. I guess he did feel insecure for having Joon late in life, thus why he is strict with Joon... Thus the earlier episodes was really a getting to know each other and bonding time and its really sweet to see them bond now... Joon is adorbs! He is already the total noona killer already!

And I think in some episode Jia's mom letter to dad was something like... "you need to stop carrying baby girl around too much!" And dad getting jealous over little boys... Hoo and Jia are totally getting married when they grow up lol...

Yes and that announcer ahjushi should loosen up a little... Min Gook frustrates me sometimes that he is the oldest but most potentially to pout...

These kids + dads popularity is off roof now with the amount of CFs. I guess whats really refreshing because we just can't predict what kids says that makes this alll the more endearing.

Lee Jong Hyuk is one cute dad as well... still can't get over how cute he is in AGD!

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Yeah, SDI was absolutely perfect for AM1997 (probably my favorite father character/portrayal).

"Like you have Sung Dong-il who’s the gruff dad who gets frustrated easily when his sensitive son cries a lot." - No wonder he was perfect for the role. lol

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He also has a real cute son.

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At last!!! Glad that DB did a recap on this show... It's a great show with lots of heart and cuteness! I have been catching it regularly, and even introduced it to my Korean language teacher over here!

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I am freaking in love with this show. Joonie is my favorite kid!

I randomly started watching this, I mean, kids, they must be somehow adorable,right? And man, I am glad for my choice.

SDI & Joon are the pair who show lots of progress in their relationship...in the 1st ep, Joon was so scared with his father, but now, he's a nice obedient and responsible kid, who hugs and says "I love you Dad"

Hoo is adorable and considerate kid! His love with eggs is hilarious. His relationship and conversations with his dad are so endearing, I cried when he told daddy it's okay to fight with mommy, but we should make up after that.

I didn't really like Mingook at the beginning, since he's such a crybaby, but look at him now, caring and responsible hyung/oppa!

Junsu -- this 4D kid! His "Wae" is sooo cute, with equally cute dad. Lee Jonghyuk's cool image is now forever ruined.

Jia, I don't understand the doting father, hahaha. I am the only child but my dad never treated me that way! But her loveline with Hoo is sooooooo cute, natural, and heartwarming.

Have I said I love this show? :D

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I agree with your take on the kids. You're so right about Hoo and eggs! Bwahahaha

Thanks, jb and gf for the recap! I always enjoy Variety Roulette.

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I'm so glad you guys recapped this show. I absolutely love it!

You might want to check out the episode where they received the instructions regarding their winter camping trip (I think it was ep 5). The "mission" was delivered to Sung Dong Il while he was filming Jeon Woo Chi. Cha Tae Hyun was there and mentioned 2D1N (and Bird PD, I think)!! >.<

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haha I actually thought that it would be awesome to have Cha Tae Hyun and his son joining this program... but well I guess 2 outdoor variety show would be too much for CTH LOL

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He cant since this two program aired at the same time. If not that would be awesome since all he has is 1n2d and his son is cute too.

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Oh and the episode when Sung Joo asked Min-Gook about certain things and he answered he learned all of that in 1n2d. HEHE.

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I really should get around to actually watching an episode. I can't resist it anymore. :)

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Shall not read, shall not read, shall not read...patiently awaiting subs! My take, Hoo is THE star, the actors' kids are the cool dudes, Jia is the princess and certainly acts like it and thank God Min Guk is growing up, my mom hated us whining as kids so I naturally just get so aggravated when all a kid does is whine about everything!
And I wish they did a dad swap and had Min Guk go to hyungnim ahjussi (who doesnt like his son whining!) and Hoo went to his father in law~cute!

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FYI.. shiareagy has it on their website.... and they recently collaborated with daebaksubs so they are actually up to date with all the episodes except this one because it's too recent :D

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I am not up-to-date on all the episodes so the situation may have changed, but one of the main things I like about Jia is that, although her father babies her too much, she DOESN'T seem to have much of a princess complex. She's a very polite, righteous, and sometimes brusque child, lol. And I feel sorry for her in that people only seem to care about her in relation to her loveline with Hoo.

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Of course what we see on variety shows of jia may not be a full representation of what she's like but I too really like her. She's actually kinda funny, with her whole old granny demeanour with her dad from time to time. And she's confident without arrogance, and like you said righteous and brusque at times too. I like her.

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Agree with both of you re JiAh. The granny talk is pretty funny. And I love how she sticks to what's right.

Finally, I respect how SongJook told her she was very previous and she shouldn't let boys try to touch her. His teaching her how to fend them off was also solid parenting. Heck, there's enough time for confusion later: get the basic guidelines down straight right now!

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Dad-swap! Great idea Fun-Lugha :) That'll be totally fun, Hoo and Jia's dad, want to watch that pairing...in one ep dad in-law told him to ask for his permission to hug Jia.

Min Guk is so polite, that it amazes me, esp towards the elderly. And i just love to see Joon & Min Guk with their books.

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thank you for recapping this show. I finished all the episodes in three days. I am waiting for episode 15 sub. Hoo & Joon is my favorite so far. I love the next morning how the fathers each cook for their kids. OMG all the foods looks so good and full of love. I read that there will be sibling special which will be great.

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arrggghh...How can Joon stole dara and Minzy heart like that....So.,it becoz he's the way too cute...

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Even Uee, she introduced Joonie on her me2day accnt cuz she like this kid among the rest.

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really...? how can that ajjusshi got really cute kid..hehe..
SDI unbelievable..

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yep agree with HOleymoley- i dont recall jun crying.. he has quite a chic air about him hahahaha very patient/tolerant too i think. this show has me smiling :) sometimes i dont agree with what the dads say or do but hey, we're not perfect and theyre still learning haha and no doubt they love their kids very very much.

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I think it was when during the first episode when Jun cried and was holding on to omma. Then Dong-il said he doesnt like it when his son does that.

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The list of Things that Dad Hates The Most is so long, joon gets confused when asked.

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yeah i cringe everytime Joon's dad begins, "Remember that thing that I hate...." :S

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he cried while reading mom's letter too. definitely a good son that boy.

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oh i seeeee. but if you put it like that.. hoo cried and ji-ah cried too.. i wouldn't label joon as the "the boy who cried alot" because min kuk would fit that title much, much more hahaha

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joon has the cutest little flower boy haircut! i remember tuning in for the first episode and remember him crying that he didn't want to sleep in a random house haha. but i was bored with the first episode too, and didn't bother tuning back in. maybe i should tune back in? i thought joon was the most popular kid on the show—i feel like i've seen him in a couple of CFs already.

my mom was watching good morning (좋은 아침) the other day and they'd followed sung dong-il's family as they went on vacation to the philippines. the way he interacted with his two younger daughters i'd never have guessed he would be a tiger dad—he seemed so affectionate! but his wife did clue us into his parenting style. apparently he can be a pretty scary dad, but the relationship between dad and son improved after they started the show.

they are the cutest family! i definitely chuckled when sung dong-il shared a story about how joon's friend had offered to trade little sisters with him, but joon told him to just take them all, he didn't want either of them. LOL. but he wouldn't trade his baby sister, yul. apparently he likes her.

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Where can i download 1st episode..I want to watch it so bad..

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try shiareagy if you want the subbed one. the have the 1st ep.

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About time this adorable show gets picked up on DB too! I loveee this show to pieces. HA. Lee Jong Hyuk is so clueless when it comes to being "dad-like" but it's all right cause it's part of his charm too kekeke I love how his son and him goof around like nobody's business. SO CHILDLIKE AND IMMATURE BUT SO CUTE! :D

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I've been curious about this show cause of the many news saying of the cute kids but after reading the recap now I feel like watching it >____<

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Oops my reply to your comment is right below btw.

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Please do! It will take about two episodes for things to sort of fall into place but once it does,you'll find yourself rooting for the kids. I absolutely adore this show. :D

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The first ep I saw was the latter half of the jejudo trip and I thought mingook was super sweet as the oldest brother of the kids.
Then I saw the previous eps and felt super sorry for how he really got upset about the houses he'd chosen. And even though I wished he wouldnt be so upset about things like this, I realise I'm feeling like this cos I would have probably been exactly like min gook at that age. Sensitive, overthinker, crybaby. Lol, I'm not that much more different even now but I do hide my feelings better.

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My feelings exactly!
I feel and cheer for him, this little bookworm ^^

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Touching eps was ep 14 when Joon made me cry as he read omma's letter. Argggh, he even cry as well as appa.

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I recently watched the first episode and I have to say that I'm impressed with Hoo. When it turned out that Mingook got the worse house after blindly switching with Dong Il, Hoo actually volunteered to switch houses with Mingook, because his hyung was crying so hard. Maybe it's just me, but I find such an act at such a young age is really impressive and worth an applause.

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It was that offer and his immediate and total crush on Jia that sold me on Hoo right from the first episode! Just such a LOVE of a little boy with his little roly-poly face and his enormous heart for everyone.

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Ditto.

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hahaha lol love this show. I find it really entertaining, and the kids (and dads) are so adorable!

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I want to kidnap Hoo and make him my own! That or clone him so i can have a kid who acts and look exactly like him. He's so entertaining his family probably doesn't even need a TV. :D

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Love this program!! ....... it's the cutest thing ever!

Hoo is fantastic ...... and his crush on Jia!

Joon, with that look he has about him, is also adorable!

The dynamic with each Dad and all of the conversations with their children make for very interesting viewing. I started watching this after finding it by accident after a few episodes had aired. Now I don't want to miss it each weekend, it's that good!

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woah cuteness overload! that first photo of that mid aged actor who's so popular every now & then in dramaland has a young son like that? he seems old to have a young one like him oh well never mind - is this avail to watch online i wondered, interesting one i wld luv to see these real dads

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I always watch this show. Please please please make a recap every week. Videos with English subs are uploaded very late.

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Can anyone tell me where I can watch this and is there there an Eng subbed version? There are several Korean game shows/reality shows that I'd love to watch but I don't know where to find them.

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shiareagy episode 1-7
kshownow episode 8-12
shiareagy & daebaksub episode 13 & so on...

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Is Min-gook the one that also like Jia? He seems like that oppa in all kdramas that won't ever get the girl.

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Dong-il is my favorite appa. At times it's like he is the MC of the show saying and doing things that moves things along and brings out the laughs. He is badass. I especially love the way he can manipulate every situation into his favor. I died at the way he tricked his way into getting the better house in the first ep.

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He's scary-clever.

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Does anyone know where to watch this with eng subs? I tried dailymotion but it stops a lot makes it difficult there. I know where to get it raw but I don't have subtitles. I want more of these, the first ep was adorable.

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What sealed my love for Joon was the episode when the kids had to go to a haunted house to get a treasure chest. Joonie was so brave, he just walked right in and didn't freak out at all. When Hoo couldn't take it anymore and ran away, Joonie yelled out, "But Hoo, you were our last hope!" and Hoo got his second-wind of courage and ran right back in. These kids are freakin' hilarious!!

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Hoo did not runway, he went to ask for more info but fell.

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Thank you for recapping! This will hold me over until there are subs. Yay!

Okay, I don't get Korean age, I though Hoo was 8? But you say he's 6? And 6 makes more sense since, er, he's just started primary school.

I call Sung Dong Il Evil Ajusshi. Bad Ass Ajusshi works too. A few episodes Mack, Jiah's Appa played a minor practical joke on him and then got really scared. And who came barreling in with a WTF Dude, but Evil Ajusshi! Song Jook rolled over, showed his soft underbelly and Alpha Male calmed down.

As for rest of this recap, yeah, this show makes me think Koreans are just like Pakistanis (except politer, more disciplined, and generally cooler) thanks to things like the massage by walking on parents back, pressing their legs, getting lectures because you're not acting as they are thinking you should and so on. In MinGuk's case,it doesn't help he's so much smarter than dad.

Hoo Baby is my New Wuv. I hope he's always in the news somehow.

And it's weird how much Junsu is Jong Hyuk's mini-me.

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One more comment: Hoo has killed my diet. I watch his chewing motions as he stares at food and then his intense delight in food and find myself fixing eggs before bed. Yikes.

Oh yes, and the Hoo Food Cue today: Chzzzz Pitzcha. See Ep 12.

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