EPISODE 440. Broadcast on May 26, 2013.
girlfriday: So back to the Friendship Special, where the boys have just won their chicken leg contest against the maritime policy academy’s football team. By some miracle, I might add.
javabeans: I think the cast played a little dirty the second time around, ha. Not like they cheated, but they strategically ganged up on members in turn, which was probably smart since the one-on-one strategy had them all on their asses in no time.
girlfriday: I do like that the over-confident footballers are now like, Wait, these old dudes are kinda good… They announce that the second game will be football, which sounds like a terrible idea. Oh but then Su-geun explains that they’ll be playing soccer, but just using a football. Ha.
javabeans: This is the weirdest game. It’s soccer, but the bounce is so awkward and unpredictable.
girlfriday: It’s basically blind luck and a lot of running about.
javabeans: I like that there is some technique involved, just not enough to give either team the edge. It neutralizes the good players, and sorta minimizes the bad players’ mistakes.
girlfriday: It’s actually kinda fun because they’re all doing the right things, if it were soccer, but the ball keeps pinging in really strange directions and so no one’s scoring when it looks like they might.
javabeans: HAHA, when they finally get their first goal in, it’s hysterical. First of all, it’s Dog Feet who scores. DOG FEET. Also, he’s not using his feet — he leaps in to intercept the football, which bounces off his knees, and then Tae-woong just scoots the ball along while kneeling. It’s the funniest-looking goal ever.
girlfriday: Pffft. He sort of shuffles it in there, half by accident as he’s falling with the ball.
javabeans: It’s like 90 percent accident! They take a brief break before resuming, and the footballers huddle and talk strategy. I like how they totally sound like they know what they’re doing, only to have one guy pipe up, “But we don’t know where the ball will bounce.” Sort of defeats the purpose of strategy.
girlfriday: And then Hae-jin makes a second goal after the goalie fumbles, so the cast wins 0:2.
javabeans: That means our cast members have won both games, and they joke that the football team can buy their own chicken. The show totally can’t have that happen, right? So they propose one last game of jokgu, and if the footballers win they get their chicken. If they lose, they have to carry the cast to the dining hall (using their linked arms as seats). I love how the boys are so eager for that last chance to win their chicken that they’re just agreeing to any terms right away. Though I think they’ll get chicken either way. Or they should, at least. The show would be kinda mean if they just left them out in the cold after all that.
girlfriday: Yeah at this point maybe they should be joining up to play against the staff, to buy them ALL chicken.
javabeans: The football team takes a nice early lead, mostly through our cast members messing up, and win the first game 5 to zip. The cast does better in set 2 because the students make mistakes, and I’m pretty sure Tae-hyun’s nonsense babbling has a lot to do with it. He keeps it up, saying that they’ll win this game with their mouths: “No feet necessary!”
girlfriday: Well it’s certainly a better strategy for HIM, since he tends to score for the other team when he uses his feet.
javabeans: I have to say, his yell-attacking is remarkable for the way I find it hilarious and not annoying. The cast wins set 2, so on to the third. Can I say, I find it really adorable HOW badly the students want chicken.
girlfriday: I know. You’d think they starve them on a regular basis.
javabeans: The cast wins, and the students hang their heads. Aw.
girlfriday: Aw. Boo. We want them to have chicken!
javabeans: Hae-jin asks the PD what everyone’s wondering, that even though they lost, “Of course you’ll buy them chicken, right?” The PD’s all, “If you buy it for them…” and that’s a pretty easy yes. Hee, and then they get their arm-chairs (hur) in to the cafeteria.
girlfriday: I say that’s a pretty fair exchange, and keeps everyone happy all around. The boys hear on their way to dinner that Joo-won went to the hospital to get checked out, but he’s back by the time they eat. Can you imagine him at the hospital, I have to get back before they eat, otherwise I won’t get any fooooood!
javabeans: The cast eats cafeteria food while Hae-jin orders chicken for the students. I love how Su-geun orders his food: “Please give me an excessive amount of food.” You know what’s an excessive amount of food? Twenty-two fried chickens. One student offers to the cast, “Please join us” and the guys are all, “Oh, but we’re okay…” said AS they’re getting up with forks in hand.
girlfriday: After dinner, the boys head to basecamp, and New PD passes over a set of matching PJs for everyone to wear.
javabeans: The catch: They can’t wear them the same way. “Sex and the City” music plays while our caption says, “On such a beautiful night as this… we can’t tolerate matching styles.” Ha.
girlfriday: So then Tae-hyun hikes up his PJ pants so high it’s embarrassing, and then Jong-min turns his into low-riders. Um, I dunno if your ass really needs to be hanging out the back for it to count.
javabeans: A throwaway Deux reference turns into a full-fledged dance, and I’m actually really impressed at how well Jong-min and Su-geun perform that thing. Also, a little horrified that Deux was twenty years ago.
girlfriday: Don’t say that! Also, any time Deux shows up on this show, it makes me miss Ji-won.
javabeans: As they’re all sitting around resting, Su-geun mentions wanting to bring in a female regular to be part of the cast, and that leads to a round of “Who would you want to bring in?” Su-geun suggests Kim Haneul, Jong-min says Suzy, and Tae-hyun suggests Lee Shi-young, only to sigh resignedly, “But we’d lose to her.” Ha.
girlfriday: Hahaha. And then Hae-jin imagines having them audition for the part. “And now, kick a jaegi.”
javabeans: Shi-kyung says he imagined a TON of gagmen would show up to those auditions, and Su-geun offers, “I’ll stop them.” Lol.
girlfriday: And then Hae-jin gets all goofy sending Boa a video message to come visit the show saying he’s a fan, and then suddenly music blares and all the boys gape in shock. Oh noes. CAN WE NOT GET A SINGLE EPISODE WITHOUT A GUEST?
javabeans: The show even edits in a typical “Next week…” caption and freezes frame, which totally confuses me for a sec because we’re only halfway through the show. Turns out it’s a prank, and the only person standing there is Tae-hyun.
girlfriday: Thank goodness it’s a fakeout, because I was thisclose to smashing something.
javabeans: Then maybe we’d better skip next week.
girlfriday: Hm, might take you up on that.
javabeans: On to sleeping games, the first of which is musical chairs with pillows that you have to lay your head on to claim. That’s kind of a cute slumber party twist on the game, and also kind of dangerous. Tae-woong asks what happens if there are two heads equally on the same pillow and New PD says one has to shove the other off. Haven’t we had enough hospital visits this trip?
girlfriday: Yeah headbutting seven ways seems like a dangerous way to go. I love how into the dancing Tae-hyun, Joo-won, and Su-geun are. They start to complain that the others aren’t dancing enough, so after Tae-hyun is the first one out (of course) he stands in as Dance Ref.
javabeans: Heh, Hae-jin and Shi-kyung self-consciously hang back while everyone gets their solo time, with Jong-min and even Joo-won breaking out some fancy moves and handstands. Finally the music cuts out and the heads hit the pillows, which turns into a shove-off between Shi-kyung and Su-geun. That looks painful.
girlfriday: Ow ow. Su-geun succeeds in shoving Shi-kyung off for the win.
javabeans: It’s nineties night up in this hizzy, ’cause we get a Koyote song next (which Jong-min loses, HA), and then a Roo’ra song (which eliminates Hae-jin).
girlfriday: Is Hae-jin actually dancing to Roo’ra this time? Tae-woong gets eliminated in a round that lasts about two seconds, and then it’s down to Joo-won vs. Su-geun for the last pillow.
javabeans: Is… Joo-won interpretive dancing to Cho Yong-pil? That may be the best thing ever.
girlfriday: Yes. Yes he is. And it’s awesome.
javabeans: This is Joo-won’s real forte — 100% commitment, no matter what.
girlfriday: They go down at the same time, but Su-geun out-head-butts Joo-won, so he wins the first indoor spot. The next game is blanket stealing. I like that today’s sleepytime games are actually sleepy-themed.
javabeans: They should make their games thematically relevant all the time. The first matchup is between Tae-hyun and Joo-won, and it’s pretty hilarious. Tae-hyun clings to his half, but Joo-won quickly rolls himself up in it and leaves Tae-hyun in the cold and remarking, “Let’s divorce. Do you hate living with me that much?”
girlfriday: Hee. Next up is Shi-kyung vs. Tae-woong, and we’re reminded of the time they arm-wrestled and they had to call it a draw before veins started popping.
javabeans: Why do I have images of the blanket ripping down the middle for this one? It’s might vs. might. They both take long moments to prepare themselves and are all, “I’m nervous.” Then they start and… omg… I’m dying. They both roll themselves up tight so there’s no easy way to push one out, and now they’re just straining against each other and the blanket like one huge mutant larva.
girlfriday: Hahaha. What are they doing in there? They look like a four-legged snail, and then suddenly Tae-woong starts gasping for air. Omg is he choking? Thankfully Shi-kyung flips them over just in time and wins, leaving Tae-woong crawling away just to breathe.
javabeans: Jong-min runs away with his round pretty quickly, and then it’s Shi-kyung versus Joo-won. This may also be pretty great, if not epic. Shi-kyung’s stronger, Joo-won’s nimbler. This goes on for ages, until they declare that if there’s no winner in another minute, they’ll decide based on who has MORE blanket. At one point they’re so stalemated that they’re just lying there with Shi-kyung’s legs spinning them round and round in a circle. It’s hilarious.
girlfriday: Joo-won’s just being taken for a ride as they spin spin spin.
javabeans: Joo-won finally manages to spin away from Shi-kyung with the win, and when he emerges from the blanket his pants are twisted all the way to the back, haha. The final round is between Jong-min and Joo-won, during which we hear the refs insist, “No biting!” Oh, Jong-min. It’s Joo-won who takes it, and he wins a spot indoors tonight.
girlfriday: The third game is a pillow fight on towers of blankets, and Tae-woong hilariously beats Jong-min to a pulp… only to fall first from all the wild swinging.
javabeans: There’s this one camera shot where it’s focused on Tae-woong’s face, and all of a sudden he just disappears from view. Ha. Hae-jin and Shi-kyung go next, and Hae-jin does this whole Rocky bit leading up to it… only to send himself wildly off-balance with his first swing. Turns out that the key to this game is not getting fired up, because whoever gets all into the pillow-beating ends up taking himself down. This one comes down to Tae-hyun and Shi-kyung.
girlfriday: Tae-hyun gets all excited to get in one good hit, which he does, but as soon as Shi-kyung swings once, Tae-hyun goes tumbling down. So the indoor sleepers are Su-geun, Joo-won, and Shi-kyung, and the losers complain that the results are so obvious, so the PD lets one more join them inside. They’re like, “Now the REAL fight begins!” It’s simultaneous four-way blanket wrestling for the last spot, and Hae-jin out-muscles them all.
javabeans: He really poured on the energy for this last game, after lying low all night. So the sleeping arrangements are fixed, and then the boys are shown into their confessional areas to tape the bits that have been sprinkled throughout.
girlfriday: Except we’ve only ever seen the same three or four quotes over and over, so do we never get to see the rest?
javabeans: Uh… Maybe at the end? I dunno. They’re a good idea in concept and I wouldn’t mind them, but I don’t want to just hear one line multiple times. The guys settle in to sleep for the night, and in the morning we see a table laid out with empty food trays. Fighting for breakfast, I assume.
girlfriday: They have to run around and play rock-paper-scissors with random staff members, to win tickets for different food items.
javabeans: I like how the boys have to play first, and then find out whether they have tickets or not. Shi-kyung was first out the door and is cleaning up with his tickets. I think he’s well on his way to earning a triple breakfast.
girlfriday: At this point, the other guys should play against Shi-kyung instead of hunting for the last few ticket-holders.
javabeans: Aw, Shi-kyung gives Hae-jin his dupe tickets (and still ends up with an overflowing tray). After breakfast is the friendship vote, whatever that is, although we’re all out of time for today. Huh, so this is a three-parter then?
girlfriday: Oh. Apparently? And we STILL haven’t seen the confessionals, though now I’m not sure we’ll ever see them in full.
javabeans: I think there’s a good chance we’ll see them as a part of the friendship vote, which may take up the bulk of next week.
girlfriday: If it’s anything like the last vote among the members for their closest friend, it should be entertaining.