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Running Man: Episode 324

Saying goodbye is never easy, but how lucky we’ve been to have known someone for so long that bidding him farewell would be this hard. Our cast will come together for a last hoorah and laughs as a memorable chapter closes in their lives and in ours. Tears will be shed, emotions shared, and memories will never be forgotten because they will always be in our hearts.

EPISODE 324. Broadcast on November 6, 2016.

Right off the bat, today’s preview reminds us of what we already know: today is Gary’s final day of filming. But if you thought that the crew would prepare a lavish send-off, you’d be wrong because leaving this show won’t be that easy.

It’s a solemn opening with six seats instead of the usual seven. Jae-suk explains how Gary spoke to them all individually weeks ahead of the press announcement. He understands this wasn’t an easy decision for him and believes that they should respect Gary’s wishes.

And then Haha asks: “Does this mean Gary’s VJ is leaving with him?”

Kwang-soo feels bad because he still hasn’t given the VJ a monetary wedding gift, at which point Jae-suk reminds him how belated he actually is because the VJ has a two-year-old.

But back to the task on hand: today’s race is entitled “Running Man Who Can’t Break Up, Gary Who Can’t Leave” (a spin-off of the LeeSsang hit single “Girl Who Can’t Break Up, Guy Who Can’t Leave”).

There’s a hidden mission for our remaining Running Man members to complete: Each of them must steal one memorabilia from Gary without his knowledge. He’s currently working in his studio nearby and has been led to think the official opening is in an hour’s time. Kwang-soo: “Are you asking us to commit robbery?” PD: “Yes.”

Here’s the catch: the item they steal must be larger than the one stolen before them. Additionally, if Gary catches them stealing red-handed, the culprit must pay twice the amount of the cost of said item. Haha: “We really might end up in prison for the closing.”

But that’s not all: Should anyone fail to steal an item, that person will face punishment. Gah, to steal or not steal?

The group heads over to Gary’s studio which is located on the fifth floor of a nearby building. Gary is surprised to see everyone here so early (“I was planning on crying for half an hour!”) but he steps away to change… and the others immediately start pocketing a few items here or there.

A little later, the entire cast gets to sit down together and Ji-hyo, whose eyes already look like they’re welling up with tears, sits next to the Monday Boyfriend. Jae-suk tries uplifting the mood with a joke about how her character is currently suspected of having an affair on her drama This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair, and it works.

Hearing that the total distance the cast has run is 77,093 km around the world, Jae-suk wonders how much of that was from running away from Jong-kook.

Today’s race requires the cast members to collect that total distance of 77,000 km by completing games worth a varied amount of distance. Only when the group collects the entire distance can today’s game end.

Gary will be eligible for a better parting gift the quicker the group completes their missions. For instance, if they get 77,000 km in one try, Gary will be sent on a trip to Europe. Right below that will qualify him for a brand-new laptop followed by prime beef.

But Jong-kook has his eye on the gift(?) he gets if today’s race takes fifteen or more attempts to complete: Gary giving 100 staff members a gift.

Gary says they should just go big, and Haha makes sure that their hidden mission is in full swing. The first one’s a biggie: Endure 10 seconds of a sport massage in silence. The staff has brought back the master massage therapist, though Gary immediately tenses when he places a forearm (instead of his fingers) on his shoulders.

With that, the longest ten seconds of silence begins. Gary grimaces immediately but he gets through it. Jae-suk squirms like an eel and yelps with a few seconds left on the clock. So much for Europe.

Jae-suk points out that his legs are uneven, so the master straightens them out for him, albeit painfully. Hehe. Since they’ve failed, one person needs to take a forehead slap for the team. Jae-suk’s name comes up first, but then they decide that Gary should take the brunt.

Gary asks that Ji-hyo deliver the slap, only to shrink when she pulls back without warning. While that’s going on, Jae-suk calls out to Jong-kook, who’s trying to pocket a fan. Jong-kook retaliates by knocking his head into the wall just a tadddd too hard.

Ji-hyo surpasses everyone’s expectations with a hard slap to Gary’s forehead. Even though it stings, Gary rests in the idea that he gets to pick whoever gets slapped next.

Everyone decides to keep going for the high stakes challenges, but the “Mascot” challenge is the exact same game cloaked under a different name. Jong-kook undergoes the short painful massage session first and runs out… with one of Gary’s things. Lol.

Haha tries the same tactic, only to learn that Jong-kook brought down a figurine. No good. Meanwhile, Ji-hyo lays on the ground and taps her hip. She just wants a reason to slip out too despite the unintentional suggestive position.

Suk-jin volunteers to go next but immediately regrets his decision even before the clock starts. He lets out a small yelp, but that’s enough for Gary to lose the laptop.

They may as well exhaust all the 77,000 km challenges and look hopeful when they learn the third one is entitled “Writer.” But then, the PD says, “The sport masseuse whom the writer invited…” Oh no. Gary: “Can’t you just give me a nice send-off?”

Suk-jin points out that no one got a forehead slap, so Gary chooses Ji-hyo. Kwang-soo gulps when the others choose him to do the slapping, but he’s more resolved once she warns him that he’ll be next and she’ll do the slapping then.

Kwang-soo apologizes before his hand smacks her forehead.

Haha snuggles up to a large teddy bear before sitting down for his massage. It gets taken away soon enough though, and then Kwang-soo offers himself as a human teddy bear. So Haha takes the pain out on him with a firm hold on his hair, but they fail anyway.

This means Ji-hyo gets to exact her revenge on Kwang-soo, and she comes through with an audible smack. Now the cast has learned their lesson and decides to go with a challenge worth 50,000 km instead.

Jae-suk tries to slip away while the staff sets up the food game of chance. He works up an excuse when the others notice, then manages to crawl out with a picture frame that’s larger than the figurine.

Here the cast must all choose the actual food time. We speed ahead to the fourth item as Jong-kook complains he usually hates yogurt drinks because of the sugar content. He ends up going with Kwang-soo’s suggestion and remarks that it’s delicious. Ji-hyo cries out, “Smells like vinegar!”

While Haha and Suk-jin try to pilfer some items, Gary comments on the huge dollop of wasabi in the Chocopie. Haha finds an opportune moment to slip out and gawks at the picture frame Jae-suk somehow brought. Thankfully for him, his choice is even larger.

Suk-jin manages to sneak out during some downtime and presents a huge decorative mask. Just as his choice gets analyzed, Kwang-soo shows up with a huge metal skull. Now that Kwang-soo has upped the stakes considerably, Ji-hyo and Suk-jin need to step up.

When the PD reminds them that they must deliver the forehead smack before moving on, Kwang-soo chooses Jong-kook. While the guys deliberate on the consequences of hitting Jong-kook, Ji-hyo slips through with a huge potted plant.

The guys decide that the honor should go to the loser of a rock-paper-scissors match. That’s Haha, who mentions how he and Jong-kook have a concert in Las Vegas coming up. Jong-kook braces himself, but then Haha hits him more in the eyes versus the forehead. Ouuuccccch.

We skip ahead to Suk-jin messing up the Pop-Up Pirate game, which means he’s subject to the forehead smack. When Suk-jin says Haha was the one who hurt him, Jong-kook uses that opportunity to again promote their joint concert. So when Suk-jin correctly identifies the date of the concert, Jong-kook spares him.

Jong-kook puts Jae-suk in the hotseat instead, and Jae-suk adds, “I heard you have guests too. Turbo and Skull, was it?” That does the trick, which means it’s Kwang-soo’s turn.

Kwang-soo starts singing Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” because Gary whispered the name in his ear. Jong-kook responds: “Come here.” Kwang-soo gets upset when Jae-suk says he looks like the baseball team Nexen Heroes’ mascot: “I’m a fan of a different team!” Jae-suk: “You could get a chance to throw the first pitch!”

And sure enough, the slap is accompanied by a loud smack and some redness.

Their next 50,000 km challenge is a three-person relay: three representatives from the cast will run a leg from the fifth floor to the first floor. If they complete the race before their respective VJs, they win.

Ji-hyo suggests that Gary wait downstairs (so she can steal an item in his absence). She slaps Suk-jin when he tries to take her potted plant. She lifts it to take, completely unaware that Gary is doing a test run up the stairs.

She and Kwang-soo bring down the plant as Gary runs up the flight of stairs… and to her luck, she slips in the fourth floor before Gary runs past them. So Suk-jin lifts up a couch and struggles with it while the VJ team starts running up the stairs.

VJ Kwon-ryul takes the baton at the 37-second mark and completes the relay with a time of 54.25 seconds. Suk-jin takes a bicycle right before Jong-kook starts running, though he thinks it’s Gary.

He starts taking it down again once he’s told that he’s in the clear, but then he has to wait for the crew to clear away the hidden entrance on the fourth floor. Uh oh.

Gary runs right into him, but Suk-jin heads inside anyway. Unfortunately for him, the bicycle is too short. The Running Man Team loses the race by four seconds, and Gary is still wondering what Suk-jin was doing with the bicycle.

Suk-jin starts to sweat when Gary confronts him, and everyone else hops on the suspicion train, asking if he’s a spy. Suk-jin is designated as the next forehead smack victim, and he lies that he really wanted the bike. Gary: “Did you load it into your car?”

Jae-suk smacks Suk-jin’s forehead, but notes the latter’s belated reaction. He keeps talking while Gary suspects that Suk-jin may have a secret mission. But they move on to a 30,000 km challenge: Wrong Multiplication Table.

Here, everyone will be asked a multiplication question. However, while they must give the correct tens place, the ones place must be incorrect. They start off with Haha, who does it right, but then Gary mumbles his next answer to six times four as “thirty-something.”

He messes up the second time around too, at which point Haha says this is just as suspicious as Suk-jin stealing his bike. Haha: “How did you live your life with a brain like yours?” Gary: “I managed just fine!”

But then in the third round, his answer to two times four is: “Jjook.” Pffft, what number is that?

Gary’s prizes have now dwindled to a Running Man flag and sticker set which is still nostalgic. Their next game requires everyone to throw the same number of points on a yut-stick.

Haha, Gary, and Ji-hyo’s yut-sticks all fall on the same face. Jong-kook gets dangerously close to a different face but his yut-stick lands true. Now it’s up to the Unlucky Trio to see things through.

Suk-jin gets through his turn, then Kwang-soo’s yut-stuck falls on the wrong side first… but then flips over. It’s all down to Jae-suk now… and his lands on the right side too. Ah, the cast always comes through when it counts.

The cast attempts another 30,000 km challenge next: Mini Nametag Hunt. They have five minutes to track down all seven ant-sized nametags. Everyone starts looking apart from one: Suk-jin, who rolls up the large rug in the living area.

Gary heads out into the living area just as Suk-jin lugs the rug toward the door. But Suk-jin manages to get it downstairs and mark his task as complete.

We abruptly cut to the end of the Mini Nametag Hunt as the cast succeeds with seconds to spare. Jae-suk points out the absence of the rug, and Suk-jin lies that the staff took it away because of the dust. Gary wonders if Suk-jin took that to his car too, and Suk-jin protests that he did no such thing.

The cast has collected 60,000 km thus far so they go for another 30,000 km challenge. This one’s tough: an arm wrestling match with the camera operators. There will be three representatives from each team and the first to win two matches, wins.

They all hope the Jimmy Jib crane operator doesn’t show up, but the hulkish man does. The cast is a bit happier when they hear the other representatives, and Gary faces Director Kang Chang-hee first.

Gary seems nervous at first, but he gets an easy win. Kwang-soo has to face the Jimmy Jib operator, and it looks like he has a bit of an edge as the operator’s face reddens. In the end, Kwang-soo takes down the camera operator.

That victory covers the rest of the distance, and with eight attempts in total, Gary gets the Running Man gift set. The staff has prepared more gifts for Gary, including a photo mosaic from the past six-and-a-half years, and a gold nametag.

The somber mood settles in again, so Jong-kook jokes that Ji-hyo will have to find a new man next week. The tears she’s been holding back today finally escape, and she says she and Gary had their emotional farewell and bids him well.

Since she can’t bring herself to say the words, Jong-kook shares them on her behalf: “‘Mondays will be so empty now without you!'” Jae-suk jokes that he heard something different: “‘Is Gary out of his freaking mind?'”

Gary does the slate for the last time, then the entire cast and crew head out for a farewell dinner. Afterward, Gary asks the camera crew why they’re still following him, and they tell him it’s because they want a final video message at his studio.

And when he returns, he finds everything his fellow members have “stolen” from him. His final mission is to put those items back in their rightful places. But when he goes to put them back, he discovers personal gifts from the other members in those spots.

Kwang-soo has given him a speaker a heart-filled letter where he writes that Gary is like family and hopes they’ll meet up even more frequently if not on Mondays. The next one is from Jong-kook, and goddamnit, I’m crying.

Suk-jin has left behind a red ginseng set, which looks an awful lot like the one he won in the Chuseok special. Suk-jin writes that he was torn at first and angry at the idea of Gary leaving. But he continues that he needs to respect Gary’s wishes and says he will always love him.

Gary remembers the day he told Haha about how he was first invited to become part of Running Man. He’d been reluctant about appearing in variety, but it was Haha who told him that he shouldn’t shy away from being in a variety show if that happened to be one of his many talents.

And what did Haha get to pair that wonderful memory? Dried squid.

Jae-suk has left behind a pair of sneakers, and writes that everyone will be rooting for him in his future endeavors. If for any reason, Gary wants to return to variety, the door will always be open for him.

Gary sees that Ji-hyo has left him a massager because she knows about his herniated disc, and would then massage his back for him. Her second present is a photo album of their Monday Couple moments.

In her letter, Ji-hyo writes that she was initially shocked because she believed they would stick together to the end. However angry and sad she was at first is now replaced with understanding toward the difficult decision he had to make. He will forever be, irreplaceable.

Gary gives his final video message to the viewers, thanking them for loving him when no one knew his face as a musician. He hopes that everyone will still continue to support the staff and crew, and bids farewell…

…Or so we’re led to think because we get slapped with a “To Be Continued” caption and Gary crying, “Stop! Leave me alone! You’re being too mean!” I’m already crying buckets here!

But all good things must come to an end, and Gary’s departure marks my final recap for Running Man. It’s been a long ride with ups and down over the years, but damn if I didn’t cherish every minute of it. 7012.

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Thanks for the recaps, they are always entertaining. I can understand why gary would stop doing running man, all that physical activity can get old with a bad back.

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Just wanted to hijack this first comment to say I am filled with gratitude toward everyone's comments here. I've loved this show from the very beginning, and I can't thank you all enough for reading week after week, through both the good times and the rough patches. Even if there aren't words to accompany them, I'll still be watching this show until its very last episode. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Wow this is so sad. I read these recaps every week :( Thanks so much for your hard work gummi!!!

btw there is some good news. I googled Running Man recaps and found this site.

http://www.koreanvarietyrecaps.com/running-man-recap-episode-326/

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Oh I came back here because I was missing Gummi's recaps and I found her comment.
@Gummimochi Wished you continued till the last episode, now that the show is ending in February. *sad face.. Hope you come back for the finale episode now :)

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as if gary's leaving was not enough, you had to hit me with the " Gary’s departure marks my final recap for Running Man"
why oh whyyyyyyyy, am so sad.

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cried bucket-loads more after i read this line
wah!!! gary oppa!!!

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Seriously gummi? You not doing recaps for RM anymore has made this recap even sadder. But thank you so much. This was a sad and good episode but it is a fact that the quality of RM has reduced over the years and you have been one of the recappers who sticked with it for a long time. I hardly see any recaps anymore elsewhere. So thank you so much. I hope RM rises again. For me it is still better and different than any other k variety show.

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I agree :( I went back to the first RM recap on dramabeans and going to legit binge read through each and every episode recap :'(

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*slow clap*

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I cried when Gary announced that he will leave running man. And I cried again when you bid your farewell too. Thanks Gummi.

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OMG nooo ..not you too Gummi TT

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gummiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii :'(

Thank you for all the RM recaps.

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Thank you for all your hard work gumiiiiiii ! I almost never wrote any comments bu I read every recap you made !

Thank you again & again sweety !!!!

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NOOOOOOOO T_T It was painful enought to read this recap (and cry again) but then you say you stop with the recaps as well T_T

But THANK YOU for all your RM recaps, I enjoyed every single one of them and they were the reason I started to check out more episodes four years ago when I fell into the hell hole of K-Enterntainment. So it is partly your "fault" I got addicted to the show^^

Again THANK YOU for your hard work Gummi ♥ :*

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- Haha's comment about Gary's VJ breaks that ongoing sadness of the cast for a short moment it was kind of funny tho cause kwangsoo forgot ti give him wedding present hahaha.
- Kwangsoo's "Isn't she lovely" was soo funny because Jong Kook did not spare him hahaha
-Kwangsoo was such a GENTLEMAN to Ji Hyo when she was carrying the pot <3
- Those letters are so touching! Deymmit don't go Gae~ry shiii

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Did ha ha really mean that the cameraman will be fired from the program since gary left?

that is just sad

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I'm pretty sure that's just a joke.

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I guess it was just a joke. Since Haha felt the atmosphere around him was sad, he kinda cheer the other up with his joke about Gary's VJ.

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I'm so sad and thankful for RM and your recaps - I always look forward to them on Fridays (and the early one today was a nice surprise). Best wishes to you and Gary too! 7012 ??

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7012 ♥

Thanks for your hard work over all those years :D

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Thank you Gummi. I have enjoyed running man for 3 years now and it was sad to see Gary go..but I'm happy for him too.. change is sometimes needed. I'll still be watching occasionally for old times sake but definitely not as often anymore.. wish the whole cast well in all their endeavorsite.:)

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Dear Gummi,

I have been an RM fan since episode 1 (Thanks to Song Joongki and Sungkyunkwan Scandal) but I fell in love with the show that i watch it religiously.

Five years ago, watching RM weekly wasn't enough for me that I had to google Running Man episode recaps and then your wordpress account showed up and I made it a point to visit all the time. Imagine my surprise (and delight) when Dramabeans, another favorite website of mine, introduced you to us! I felt so proud because I "knew" you beforehand.

Thank you for your hardwork in recapping this show. I will surely miss reading your RM recaps as much as I will see Kang Gary on the show.

7012

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Why this recap makes me so sad TT thank you so much for your hardwork gummi!!

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Goodbye to a member in Running Man seems to be harder than goodbye to a completed drama.. the 7 casts had been together for years and never did I expect this to happen..

Last recap too?? T_T

Thanks for all the hard work and I would cherish the beautiful memories of reading recap & running man

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Thank you for your recaps, gummimochi. I've read MANY of them. (All of them since I joined the beans.) 수고했다

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Omg I didn't expect to cry that much T.T the ending was really sweet. Jihyo apparently cried a lot afterwards too :(
And I really liked the rest of the episode. I laughed though all of the non-sad parts and I felt everyone got a spotlight (and were unintentionally funny weird even when they weren't trying to be haha)

Gary-ah, you will be missed. I'm really sorry to see you leavin g because it feels to weird to think of RM with 6 members. However, I admire your passion for music and I love your music so I support your dreams. Thanks for a good 6 years~

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It was a bittersweet episode. I'll miss seeing Kang Gary every Monday.

I came to Dramabeans when I started watching K-dramas to get a better understanding of K-World & got plugged into variety & music.
Thanks for all the recaps.

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I am sad with gary's departure but wth with gummi leaving too? Ive been reading ur recaps for years..does this means there wont be runningman recap on this site anymore? or have u pass the baton to some1 else already? Either way gud luck, for both of u, gummi and gary :')

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I haven't watched the episode but reading this makes me cry ?

And thank you gummi for all the hard work! ???

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awwww. you're leaving too? you sure you don't want to finish the Gary leaving set?
I'm kidding. they may milk the Gary leaving for a month :)

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Thanks for your hard work and recaps. I enjoyed reading them after watching each episode.

Am still feeling sad.

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Gummi thank you so much for your contributions, a part of my enjoyment of watching Running Man was knowing I would get to come on here and see your recaps and (feedback) comments, sucks we'll be saying goodbye to not only Gary but also to this too. (Wishing all the good drama's come your way for recaps xo)

As for Gary's final episode, I'm glad majority of it was filled with lots of laughs and we got to see why Running Man is the show that it is - the members. Without a doubt his presence will be missed but I wish him well in all his future endeavors. (I'm excited to see what he & Gil have install for us with their music.)

Also for the OT6 secret mission, technically shouldn't Jihyo's plant have been disqualified ?. (Because earlier Sukjin brought in that mask and it was taller than the picture Haha had brought in but width wasn't ? OR did I miss something there lol)

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Funny enough, it was a gummimochi recap of a Running Man episode that got me to start watching the show, and Kang Gary that got me to continue watching. Scrolling through Dramabeans, I came across a recap drawing my attention with a pic of the Monday Couple and an introductory paragraph that told me this was a show I needed to look into. So I started with episode 1, even though I came to the show late (about a year ago now), just to be familiar with who was who in the cast. It was how hard I laughed at Gary's expressions in the photo challenge of episode one that got me to continue watching the show. I have now probably watched about 40% of the episodes of the past few years, and have started to save watching sessions for when I need a good laugh. Monday Couple was one of my favorite parts of the show, usually a way of seeing the cast really were friends, no matter their team for that episode. I will miss Kang Gary in the show, and am glad these recaps brought me to a show that always gives me something to smile about!

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I've long been a silent reader and I now feel very bad. I wished I had commented more on your recaps. You deserve everyone of them. Thank you so much for recapping the show over the years.

Sometimes, it was because of your recaps that I would watch certain recaps. I am going to back and read them AND comment. Though, there is no expectation for you to read. Just for you to know that your work and wit was very much appreciated.

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This reminds me of a particular line in The Producers about how variety shows die - they don't always end on a high note. They end when people start to get tired of them.

I can't help but think that Gary's departure and Gummi's last recap are signs of this impending end for Running Man, and I'm already mourning the future.

Gummi, thanks for all your recaps! They have always been on my radar since the beginning, and I will surely feel their absence.

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hikss... this is my first comment although i always looking for your rm recaps after i watched rm. i like to know about what people thinking after watching rm

thank you gummi for all your recaps

7012 fighting

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Thank you so much for recapping running man, I always look forwards to your recaps. I feel like I have lost two members of running man crew TT

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thank you Gary
and also Gummi

Good Luck on your next project! ^^

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Gary left and now you are leaving (in a way). Is this the beginning of the end of Running man?

I hope not, because this show is one of the constants in my life. But I am increasingly thinking that Kim Jong Kook might leave because he has gone on record to say that he is not as fit anymore. Kwang Soo and Ji Hyo both have their acting careers. That leaves us with only Jae Suk, Suk Jin, and HAHA.

Still, 7012 + Gummi forever

Gummi, I have loved reading your recaps since I discovered dramabeans and RM. I hope we get to see more from you, if not through RM recaps, then through others.

Fighting!

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I was so sad when i heard he was leaving so when i was waiting for the episode, i had high expectations for running man to properly send Gary off.
I didn't really like the episode, until the ending where he was reading their letters and got their gifts. I honestly cried at those moments, and even though i wished he could've stayed all the way, I love his music and hope that he will come up with new awesome music.

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Thank you, gummi ??

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Omg. Gummi you too?! ?

Thank you for your hard work... It couldn't have been easy doing this faithfully weekly for so many years. Will miss you - hope to see more of your recaps on other projects! xx

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Oh no, last recap for Running Man? Nooo Gummiiii
Sigh
THANK YOU so much for all the recaps for Running Man! I've enjoyed all of them and watching running man won't be the same without these recaps *sad face*
Running Man 7012!

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Thanks Gummi for all the recaps,... I waited Friday mornings for your recaps.

I'm sad this won't be recapped but I hope you will pick some other project.

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Aww, no more recaps too?!?!?! ): #7012

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I'm so sad :,(
Thanks Gummi for all of your hardwork. I always appreciate it.

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Awwwwww
So sad
Why everything good has to end??

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Thank you for all the laugh, Gary. He's one of the reason I watch RM.
And a very big thank you, for Gummimochi, for recapping RM all these years...

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I always look forward to your recaps of running man. But like Gary, I have seen your passion and entertainment for this show slowly dissipate. I've been watching old episodes (40 and onwards) and have seen Gary laughing and talking more, being more active and passionate. I also read the respective recaps. I've noticed that your writing has become more matter of fact rather than someone telling a friend about an exciting story.

But I thank you for all your tenaciousness and loyalty to running man fans.

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Kang Gary fighting!!! So sad to see this ep and reading Gummi's last recap on RM. Thanks for faithfully recapping Running Man. I've been watching RM since ep 1 and enjoying your recap eversince.

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My fav was always gary!!! I was sad to see him go too!

But even sadder is reading gummi's post saying it's her last recaps. I would look forward to fri to read her post to better understand certain parts of the show that wasn't explain to us clearly. I fully understand why it would be her last bc rm usu has a lot of comments but now it's less then 20. We may watch the show, we may read the recap, but we don't comment enough.

Thanks for all the recaps!!

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Nothing is permanent but still I got really heartbroken when I read the news of his departure. I hope everything will turn well for him and the cast in the future. Thank you for the beautiful goodbye Gary. Thank you for the hard work Gummi ♡

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Thank you Gummi for everything!!!!

I am just curious, are you ending due to Gary is your favorite RM member and he is leaving, or just that you see the end of RM era?

Just sad that it seems like a sign that RM will end soon.

I know nothing last forever, and the members are not getting any younger.

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Damn shame this will be the last reviewed RM episode, as I use the recaps/comments to decide whether I want to watch it most weeks lol.

As for the episode it was pretty awful.

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Laughter - a gift we can give ourselves and others. We all need a little humor in our lives. Gummimochi, daedanhi kamsahamnida for all your Running Man recaps.

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Think the rest of the ep could have been better, but the RM gang and crew probably didn't want to run all around Seoul (or Korea) on Gary's last day of filming and there was no more a suitable location than Gary's studio.

There were those who stated that Gary was "useless." but disagree w/ that.

Next to YJS, it was Gary who had the best ability to deliver a funny quip/one-liner and he was underestimated as a competitor, winning most of the individual competitions early on (probably the best name-tag ripper after Kookie due to his quickness).

Gary was also a man of numerous hidden and silly talents (such as his tolerance for pain, ability to count $$, etc.).

Sure the "Monday couple" wasn't a real thing, but undoubtedly a close bond developed btwn Gary and Ms. Mong (remember all the awkwardness btwn the 2 at the beginning).

Ji-hyo is not a "touchy-feely" gal, only being comfortable doing so w/ those closest to her; there was that one time when Suk-jin kept trying to feed Ji-hyo, but she refused each time. Meanwhile Ji-hyo had no problem sharing a dish or drink w/ Gary and there were a few times when we got to see members record themselves after filming was over, including Gary and Ji-hyo sharing a meal.

Of course, deciding to leave RM was totally up to Gary and I'm sure it wasn't an east choice to make, but it can't just be b/c Gary wants to concentrate on his music (RM films one, some-times 2 days a week - should be plenty of time for Gary to work on his music).

RM had previous losses, but this one feels different as each of the 7 members had settled into their role/persona (love Joong-ki as an actor, but he really didn't have a role/person -aside fro, being the "face" to attract young female viewers).

Being down to 6 members, not going to have as varied the banter and shenanigans and it will be tough to bring in a new cast member who will mesh (FO was never the same once "Chunderella" and "Sweet & Savage Ye-jin" left; the ep when the 2 left FO was a real tear-jerker).

Don't know if the PD will bring in a new member, but unless they find that right variety fit, RM is probably closer to the end of its run and that's w/ RM having a pretty decent showing of fun/entertaining eps this season (sure, there were so-so eps and some complete duds, but that also happened in Season 1).

Adding to this sadness, is Gummi's shocker...

Thanks for all your hard work Gummi!

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Thank you Gummi.

I'm guilty of binge-watching RM since I accidentally discovered Running Man over a hundred episodes ago on a streaming site. No one told me about the show, I was just a bored guy looking for something to watch and I checked the show out. I still remember my first episode(197) and it from then on I was hooked on it binge-watching earlier episodes in an attempt to catch up.

I didn't have the time to watch them all immediately and then I found your recaps here in DB. You were a blessing because I was able to read about my favourite show from a very enthusiastic writer. I love most, if not all, of your recaps. You filled my RM craving while I waited to complete my Running Man collection.

I don't crave RM that much now because life happens, right. I guess it's the same with you too.

I'll always be thankful Gummi. Cheers.

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Dear Gummimochi

To be honest, I didnt know this was your last recap of Running Man till I saw the "Recently Completed" badges and there's picture of RM there. I thought, "Why? Has the show end already?" Then I saw your farewell marks as the final appearance of Gary. I couldn't agree more. Gary's departure must be the saddest moment happened in the history of Running Man. When the main PD left the show few months ago, I thought this show will end soon. Six years werent easy, but I think it's such a huge accomplishment for the show to have come this far. If they decide to end the show within this year, I can totally understand. But I always think that the seven of them will always be together till the end. And with Gary gone, I still think this show will end really soon, cause I dont know, being six will be really different than seven. But whatever the choices might be, I will always support Running Man until the end. To me it's the best variety show I've ever watched.

And of course, gummimochi, I respect your call, even though I think you're still on recaps till the last episode. Thank you very much for all the recaps. I have read all of them, though I didnt leave my comments on all of them. I'll be waiting for your next project. Although, from now on, I will not see "Running Man" Logo again in the "In Progress" recap. And it will be gone along with many dramas come to end. I miss it already :'(

Still 7012 forever!!

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It was interesting to kind of see the reactions to Gary's departure. Many of them really did think they'd end the show together. Suk Jin - initally felt anger, disappointment. Ji Hyo - Sadness for example. Jaesuk probably tried to persuade him but more understanding and considerate to the decision.

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Thanks for the recap over the years, Gummi!

Your posts were what led me to dramabeans.com, and gave me the chance to know about other kdramas & variety shows! So I am really glad you stuck through with the recaps despite your busy schedule in recapping other shows as well!

Totally understand where you're coming from - RM has been starting to get a bit dry over the years, but you still continued to do the recaps for us!

7012 & all the best in your future projects!

Cheers! :)

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