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Running Man: Episode 311

Our cast will cool off at the ice rink before racking their brains over puzzles and games. It’s time to get moving on the ice and try to keep those body checks in line, but I’m sure everyone will turn a blind eye if that means one gym rat gets to be closer to a very pretty lady. They’ll stay on their feet the next day trying to crack a mystery cube that will take them all over Daegu, meeting some helpful strangers, and getting a taste of even more delicious food.

EPISODE 311. Broadcast on August 7, 2016.

We pick back up on the bus, where Haha makes up an excuse so the budding lovebirds — Su Ae and Jong-kook — can sit next to one another. Nearly everyone is playing matchmaker, and per Suk-jin’s suggestion, Su Ae asks, “What do you think of me?”

Once they arrive at the ice rink, there’s a warm up exercise prior to the hockey match. It’s a spinoff of Musical Chairs, where a pair from each team will dance before trying to fight over one seat in the center. Myuk PD makes the sly mention that the “lovers” should participate, and Yeon-seo points out how Jong-kook can’t even look in Su Ae’s direction.

Everyone else picks apart how each and every little body language involuntarily speaks of his affection for Su Ae, and then Haha makes Jong-kook dance next to her when the music comes on.

He gets teased for literally swaying his hips around her, then we finally get to see Jae-sook’s rockin’ moves. Everyone clamors toward the seat when the whistle blows, but Jae-sook secures the first win.

Jong-kook is told to stay out of the next 3:3 match so he can chat with Su Ae in the sidelines. She’s the one who offers to do the arm heart (the one we caught a glimpse of last week) to encourage her teammates.

Just like before, everyone tries to sit on the seat, but when Jae-sook sits on it, there’s a definite crack. She cries over breaking the chair, so Team Su Ae is given the win.

Then it’s time for the hockey match, but Kwang-soo remarks how there’s no point… because they can’t even see the mini goal behind Jae-sook. This match will be 15 minutes long, and there are gold medals on the line.

After Jae-suk loses the puck, Jong-kook literally picks it up with shoe tongs and carries it to the other end of the rink. Suk-jin blocks the shot on goal, but Jong-kook won’t give up, so Jae-suk resorts to hitting him with his plunger.

Kwang-soo gets to show some of the hockey moves learned from the drama special Puck!, but the puck skives off back to the other end. Su Ae passes to Jong-kook, who picks up the puck just as Jae-suk slides toward him. He then reaches over to drop it into the goal.

Suk-jin blocks two shots on goal, and Ji-hyo is issued a warning for fist-checking Gary. Su Ae sends the puck to Haha’s way, but he completely misses the goal. A little later, Jong-kook uses the tongs to run away with the puck, and Kwang-soo hits him with a plunger.

It’s at that moment Jae-suk bends the tongs to render them useless, but no matter since the crew has a backup. Jae-suk hollers, “How many of those do you have?!”

Both teams take issue of how their “hockey sticks” make for an unfair game, but as soon as Jong-kook asks that he give Jae-suk a taste of his own medicine, the latter backs down.

The score 2:0 in favor of Team Su Ae, Team Yeon-seo has an opportunity when the crew switches out the other team’s goal for a regular-sized one. Jae-suk sees an opportune moment, shoots… and scores.

The celebration is interrupted by an echoed smacking sound, made by Kwang-soo destroying the remaining shoe tongs on the ice. After Team Yeon-seo ties up the score, Jong-kook picks up the puck to give an opportunity on goal for his teammates.

Suk-jin blocks the first attempt, but then Jong-kook picks it back up and chucks it into the goal.

Jae-suk makes an impressive shot on goal to tie up the score 3:3, then we see that Jong-kook has destroyed Suk-jin’s body pillow in retaliation for his shoe tongs. Both are given different sticks, and Jong-kook fixes Su Ae’s helmet.

There’s 90 seconds remaining on the clock, and Suk-jin blocks two attempts on goal. Soon Jae-suk gains possession of the puck and shoots. He’s right there for the rebound, and scores the winning goal.

After a blazing end to the hockey match, our cast is told that tomorrow’s mission will start promptly at 9 AM. He adds an aside that Su Ae left her Running Man-issued shirt behind, so yunno, Jong-kook should just take it. Suk-jin: “If you rip it off, you’ll find a phone number.”

A new day begins, and everyone looks ready to go when the crew knocks on their doors. Today’s race is entitled “Mystery Cube Race”, inspired by the Rubik’s cube invented by the Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik.

Everyone is given a Hungarian-Korean dictionary along with a cube where one of its sides reveals a clue: Hotel Oasis. Problem is, there is no “Oasis” part of the hotel, though Kwang-soo wonders if it refers to the sauna or the swimming pool. Now that’s using your noggin.

Everyone thinks of the pool too, and sure enough, there’s a flag waiting for them. Here they must try to eat the dangling fruit within 20 seconds; should they fail, they just have to record a video apology message and try again.

So when both Kwang-soo and Jae-suk fail, they run to find the camera. Kwang-soo gets there first, but then Jae-suk pushes him out of the way saying, “I’m sorry for pushing you out of the frame, Kwang-soo.”

Kwang-soo sends his apologies to Jong-kook, who pops up as soon as he finishes. Haha gets a clue (“N”) for completing the mission and peels back another side for yet another clue. Everyone peels off different sides which sends them into different directions.

Jae-suk’s clue is a “cow doll” which he finds outside of a braised short ribs restaurant. Here Jae-suk will need to call a celebrity to get them to say “braised short ribs” then immediately engage in a Cham Cham Cham battle (where you lose if you look in the same direction as your opponent). All he needs to do is win one of these matches to complete his task.

Jae-suk calls up Daegu native Kim Je-dong, who immediately catches on that Jae-suk needs a certain phrase. Je-dong says it right away, but Jae-suk loses the first round. So he makes another call to “Seung-yeop” — is this Samsung Lions’ baseball player, Lee Seung-yeop?

Nope, just Je-dong again. Ha, Je-dong plays along, and Myuk PD lets it slide. Jae-suk gets to attack this time, but the crew member is lightning quick to defend himself.

Jae-suk gets him the second time around and acquires the letter “O”. Hmm.

Jong-kook’s clue leads him to an outdoor stage, and he recruits a Daegu resident to play charades. Unfortunately for him, she gets close but not at least 10 correct answers.

He enlists the help of another resident, who blazes through the questions. Desperate, Kwang-soo tries to distract her, even blocking her mouth at one point. Still, Jong-kook finishes and gets his second letter.

His third clue is “hidden camera” where he must slyly take a photo of a cast member so that their face fits in the hole. So he stands by the camera as Kwang-soo takes a crack at charades and captures his face to get his third letter, “E”.

Tired of trying to find a fellow Ji, Suk-jin decides to eat lunch. Jae-suk sits down next to him, trying to keep his hidden camera mission card out of view. He keeps Suk-jin talking until he boldly holds up the card to the camera. HA.

Suk-jin gives up on his current mission and gets the hidden camera mission. Jae-suk is no easy target and runs away from both Suk-jin and Ji-hyo at the next mission location. She flags him down and pins him to the ground to get her shot.

Both Kwang-soo and Jae-suk complete the mission here rather quickly; the fourth letter and final letter is “P”. They’re both headed in the same location that contains a chance card that can be used against another cast member.

They’re mere minutes away from the cafe when Jae-suk is told to freeze, because someone has targeted him. He’s instructed to finish a bread before getting to move on.

Haha is at the braised short ribs restaurant, and he too calls up Kim Je-dong, who tells him what he needs within seconds. The crew member has met his match in Haha, and they go back and forth until Haha finally gets the hit.

Kwang-soo tries asking for a photo when Jae-suk joins him at the cafe. He whispers to Jae-suk that it was Jong-kook who targeted him twenty minutes ago. Kwang-soo swears he used his on Haha, but Jae-suk isn’t so sure.

So Jae-suk calls out Kwang-soo’s name but doesn’t get the Hungarian phrase quite right. That sparks a battle between Jae-suk and Kwang-soo to try and say the phrase quicker than the other. And as soon as they part ways, they attack one another simultaneously.

Which means they BOTH have to eat bread. Together. Muhahaha.

We catch up with Gary and Haha, who have completed all the missions. Kwang-soo wonders if the letters add up to “OPEN”, just as we see Jong-kook arrive at the venue for the 20th Daegu Open International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.

But then Haha has a different idea: What if he opens up the cube? Aha, there’s a note inside that states the first person who brings someone else’s nametag will win. At that very moment, Kwang-soo breaks open his cube too…

…and turns to Jae-suk. They swipe at each other but are civil enough to climb into the same taxi, where Jae-suk grabs Kwang-soo’s back. Then Myuk PD chimes in: “BOTH of you don’t need to go. Only one of you needs to.”

Suk-jin has been trying to complete that hidden camera mission for hours now. He runs into Haha, who happily agrees to help him out since he can get Suk-jin’s nametag out of the deal.

Haha rips off Suk-jin nametag and takes off. Suk-jin gives chase by bicycle, but then Haha hitches a ride and leaves a PD behind.

Gary and Ji-hyo are eating when he breaks open the cube and reads the mission note. He reaches over as if to help, then rips off her nametag. He collects his things and begs for her forgiveness before running off.

Gary, Haha, Kwang-soo, and Jae-suk are all headed to the same destination. Kwang-soo and Jae-suk are wrestling in their taxi, and periodically take a break before suspecting the other again.

It’s all about which taxi gets there first… and that’s Kwang-soo and Jae-suk’s. As soon as they pay the fare, someone else pounces on Kwang-soo. It’s Jong-kook, who tears off the Giraffe’s nametag before running away.

Jong-kook gains entry into the building, where he inserts the Rubik’s cube to take the win. A flashback teaches us that Jong-kook had opened the cube and waited around until someone showed up.

That just happened to be Kwang-soo and Jae-suk, who are left in shock. Kwang-soo: “It’s a nice day to be eliminated.”

Jong-kook is granted two gold badges and a chance to eat some Hungarian cuisine (maybe with a special someone?)… both of which Spartakooks has left behind. Dun dun dun.

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I can't imagine RM without Jae Suk And Kwang Soo. They're the only ones who are saving this show right now. Im still watching this show for them only. The other members i like them but seriously they're so boring.
They need to change some members and star a season 2, i only save JS, KS and Haha and put 5 new members. The others need to leave for me.

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It might be true that the show can get boring, but part of the magic of the show is the chemistry between the casts. There's also their age, they're all getting a bit older, I mean the average between the cast is about 39 or 40. I think we should all just be thankful that they're still going and can bring in some laughter

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The ratings are bad, and SBS last chance to save the show will be change members, the last episode was really bad in ratings 5,3%. The rumours about change members are there.
Now with the chinese ban over Korean shows-dramas-idols, the things for RM will be bad.
I think the fanmeeting tour for china will be cancelled.

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It's true that the ratings are bad, but RM has had a good run. They can't always provide us with the best, because it's hard to please everyone watching. I just think that part of its charm is the people who are on it. It shows just how much they know each other and how they can be a family even though they only work together. Plus, replacing any of the RM might cause a revolt with hard-core fans.. LOL (*me)

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I don't think RM will still be RM sans the members. Hardcore fans like us should accept the good and bad of the show. It's not always a win, right? But the same as true love, watching and appreciating Running Man is a choice. If you're not happy with it then leave.

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I'm still watching the show because of the whole cast. It might be true that the latest episodes aren't the best but I am happy enough just seeing them together. I guess I am just emotionally attached to each and every member. If there's ever a season 2 with new members, I hope it's an entire new cast or no season 2 at all. I can't really imagine them not being together. It just doesn't feel right to me. A true Running Man fan wouldn't really want them to part for new members.

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I feel you! #runningmanjjang

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I agree - I watch for the whole cast. They have great chemistry when they can interact with each other. Even though KS and JS are super funny, I was kind of annoyed that it became the KS and JS hour. I was left wondering where Haha, Ji Hyo, and Gary were for good chunks of the second half. Each person definitely can be entertaining, but separating the cast to do individual tasks is not really the way to go, in my opinion!

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1st off, JS, KS and Haha wouldn't do the show w/o the others - so it's a moot point.

And Ji-hyo, KJK, Gary and Suk-jin all have had their moments in recent eps.

Last week's ep kinda broke the run of fun/entertaining RM eps, but that was in large part due to running around an amusement park and going on rides - which isn't conducive to banter, bickering and messing w/ each other.

This ep was much better in that respect.

As for ratings - they are going to be what they are (even if an ep is really funny).

RM has had a pretty lengthy run for a non-talk show format variety show and more and more viewers these days are going to watch online, so won't show up in the ratings.

After a bit of a shaky start w/ the new PD, RM has been putting out some fun/entertaining eps and for me, that's all that matters.

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Really not going to see much entirely new - but seeing KJK get embarrassed when he gets paired up w/ a female guest (or get all defensive when YEH is brought up), Ms. Mong turn into "bad" Ji-hyo, Gary w/ his clever quips and Suk-jin w/ his putdowns and not entirely proper remarks still makes me laugh.

As for KS - while he may make me laugh at times, he still goes too far sometimes w/ his antics (same for Haha).

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Thanks for the recap!
Pairing up Kim Jong-kook with the female guests is always fun. He gets so uncomfortable! Su Ae made it more entertaining by playing along.

When it was revealed that Su Ae left her shirt/name tag, part of me wondered, did she not like her time with Running Man? I had to remind myself not to spin this negative and just appreciate the Running Man PD/staff for being wise enough to turn this into an opportunity to poke more fun at Kim Jong-kook. That PD was really into the Kim Jong-kook/Su Ae pairing. Has there been other pairings that the PD(s) pushed for?

I felt this episode showed how good Kim Jong-kook is as a competitor. He completed the games/puzzles, went to the wrong final location, and still arrived at the correct one before everyone else.

I think the editing was done well to give us progress on each member without revealing how ahead or behind they were from one another.

In the flashback of Kim Jong-kook sneaking up on the cab with Yoo Jae-suk and Lee Kwang-soo, you can see Kim Jong-kook's orange hat pass by the window! Did anyone notice it before the flashback? If so, good eyes!

HaHa's escape from Suk-Jin via hitching a ride from a random stranger was unbelievably amazing . That a person would see HaHa and stop speaks to their popularity. Really cool.

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This was a badly edited ep, in terms of screentime for members. 6 members were shown receiving the cubes, but not Kim Jong Kook, what the hell. Then KS and JS were together, and again got the lion share of screentime, why weren't the others shown meeting up, and showing their banter-cast banter is the only saving grace of the show. But hey, guess PD decided let's show KG and JH together, to provide fanservice for MC fandom, but again banter cut out. Seriously, RM has become so hygienic in terms of cast banter save for KS and JS.
another scene that actually shows how scripted even varierty shows are ( and I am glad this was shown, to put to rest about lovelines being real) was the PD instructing Jong Kook to tie Soo Ae's helmet. Honestly enough with lovelines, we want cast banter not scripted childish dialogues.

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well, the reason was probably because the other members mostly worked alone? and you need funny scenes, it's an entertainment show, not a competition. Jaesuk and Kwangsoo just know better or i rather say it was luck they met at first and their comic chemistry just worked naturally. Kwangsoo doesn't mind being shameless, or over-reacting in order to get laugh/ make it interesting. Sometimes i find him overact too much but then i slowly realized it's how hard he worked at making it funny. Some eps would be so boring without those tactics and everybody just focus on the race/game.
About MC, i think it's just because this time their section wasn't that funny. Sukjin riding on a bike chasing after Haha was sth they'd keep.

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Haven't watched the other episodes of Running Man, but man this episode was hilarious. Kwang Soo and Jae Suk fighting for each other's name tag only for Jong Kook being the one to win it all had me laughing like crazy. Man, poor Kwang Soo...

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People need to stop hating! I love running man and all the cast members. I thought this episode was hilarious.

I honestly try watching other variety shows and can't get into it. 2 days and 1 night is so boring! All they do is talk and bicker.

Running man fans needs to step up and support them so the show doesn't get cancel. My Sundays will not be the same without them.

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I agree. I tried watching 2D1N when Han Hyo Joo came on. Oh boy, that was a waste of my time. I didn't find the show that funny, they were talking non-stop about god knows what most of the time. It's not the same as with Running Man, I just cackle most of the time and really enjoy the games and everything they do.

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The same i tried, but i don't like the 1n2d members, they're annoying, that's the reason 1n2s its not popular like RM for international fans, i know koreans love it, but i can't watch that show.

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RM wouldn't be the same w/o its entire cast and they wouldn't continue the show anyway w/o each other - so it's a moot point.

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I have newfound love for Yoon Shi Yoon and I totally adore Cha Tae Hyun and the rocker boy (oh man his voice when singing), but I can't really get into 1d2n, it's not as funny as RM and you cannot beat the RM cast chemistry who's been together for so many years.

I reckon RM need new PD team - I didn't follow Infinity Challenge from the start and I have to admit I couldn't care less about the casts - excluding Yoo Jae Suk and Jung Ha, other guys are annoying / not funny (and yes that includes Haha) but this season is super funny!

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The last two episodes was suuper hilarious!
Even though they didn't run all the time like they used to, I still find RM entertaining.
I used many of RM games for training and gathering games

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Thanks as always for the recap Gummi! its been now, what, almost 250+ RM eps? *tips hat*. Really appreciate that you've been continuously recapping and look forward to reading them every week.

This week was a funny one, although i did find the hockey segment rather dragging. It probably would've been better if it had been kept in last week's ep but i guess there wasn't enough time

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Lol, the look on Kwang Soo after Joong Kook's blitz attack was priceless. And the crybaby falls into Jae Suk's arm.

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Better than last week's ep since there was more opportunity for RM members to mess with each other.

Jae-sook and Guk-joo should be invited together so they can have a dance-off.

YSJ might have picked the wrong sport (baseball); surprisingly proficient shooting the puck and Suk-jin didn't do too bad of a job playing goalie w/ the pillow-thing.

Kim Je-dong making an impromptu guest appearance via phone was hilarious.

Totally on the ball, quick-witted and a good sport for having being called 3 times.

The hidden-camera challenge was hilarious.

Not surprising, YJS and KS mess w/ each other again and again, opening the door for their biggest nemesis to win.

People still underestimate Gary's will to win these individual races (despite having won a no. of times before) - has no trouble eliminating Ji-hyo if she's in the way of victory (wouldn't feel bad as Ji-hyo has not only eliminated Gary, but betrayed him as well).

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