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House on Wheels: Episode 9

This week our tiny house family stays close to Seoul, and makes their home in a nearby campground. An interesting mix of characters are invited to join them, and the day (and night) are full of everything from awkward moments and bad cooking to dear friends and conversations about the craft of acting.

 
EPISODE 9 RECAP

It’s a rainy day, with only Hee-won and Dong-il in the car and on the move. Hee-won’s in a good mood because the rain means lower temperatures and no mosquitoes. They stop to pick up Jin-gu, who’s been waiting patiently at a bus stop for them and they continue on to their destination: a campground just outside of Seoul.

For the first time ever, Hee-won is the one who’s invited guests along and he says his friends are all similar to him in certain ways. The friends in question are all familiar faces: Lee Jung-eun, Uhm Tae-gu, Park Hyuk-kwon, and Go Chang-seok.

Hee-won’s going to take charge of the kitchen today (also a first!) and he’s planning on making soupy dukbokki, which — yeah — he’s never made before. He tells the guys that he’s going to make a broth first, then add rice cakes, and then… black bean paste. And with that, Hee-won’s lost his audience. Dong-il: “I’m nervous.”

The campground is completely deserted thanks to the rain, and it’s lush with some small mountains in the background.

There’s no time to rest, though — there’s a brand-new, huge tarp that needs to be set up. However, everything feels off. The anchors aren’t going in because the ground is too hard. While they’re working, crows keep cawing and Jin-gu says it feels ominous. Hee-won gets a call from one of his guests, and announces that Uhm Tae-gu’s arrived.

Tae-gu approaches as a silent figure all in black — but the menacing aura breaks as soon as he starts bowing and softly saying hello. In what’s likely the most bashful House on Wheels entrance ever, Tae-gu just stands around, looking a lot like a confused meerkat as he tries to get his bearings.

Tae-gu stands off to the side, sighing to himself and Hee-won notices how nervous his friend is. Hee-won puts his arm around Tae-gu’s shoulders and Tae-gu whispers, “It’ll get better in a bit, right?”

After the tarp is up, it’s time to set up the deck and Tae-gu gets put to work right away. It’s a stark contrast with the guests Dong-il and Jin-gu invited, but Hee-won is loving the extra set of hands. Once the deck is in place, Hee-won starts to think it’s too small to fit everyone. Dong-il’s on the fence and asks Tae-gu for his opinion on whether or not they should leave the deck or move it back. Tae-gu laughs and quietly says, “It’s all okay… I’m sorry.”

In the end, the deck is put away and just chairs come out. Dong-il checks out Tae-gu’s housewarming gift: ten bags of scorched rice. Tae-gu’s personality is such a contrast to all his acting roles. He’s very shy and soft-spoken (with this really unique, husky voice).

They all sit and snack, and Tae-gu takes the tiniest, dainty bite of his scorched rice. Dong-il asks what Tae-gu normally does on his days off. He replies, “I just stay home, clean, and don’t go out much.” Hee-won jokingly pleads for Dong-il to stop talking to Tae-gu as Tae-gu gets sweaty if people talk to him too much. He does seem a little anxious, and he keeps rubbing his forehead.

Instead of stopping, Dong-il lines up another question (of course) and asks what he and Hee-won do since neither man drinks alcohol. They hang out at cafes, drink coffee, and sometimes go to another cafe. He comments that Tae-gu’s famous in the industry for being shy and quiet (Tae-gu keeps rubbing his knees and forehead all the while), so how does he always end up playing tough characters?

Dong-il: “You like action films, right?”
Tae-gu: “Action? My body’s pretty weak so I don’t really like action.”

After thoroughly cracking everyone up, Jin-gu and Tae-gu head inside to put away the food. Tae-gu quietly checks out everything in the house, and when he sees the mounted camera zooming towards him, he actually takes a step back like he’s hoping it won’t come closer.

Hee-won gets a call from his noonim, Lee Jung-eun. She wants to know if they’ll get fed and he replies that all they do is eat. He lets her know that lunch will be sujebi; she shares that she’s a big fan of dukbokki and potato pancakes.

With Jung-eun on the way, Hee-won gets ready to cook. First up is the broth he’ll use as the base for both the soupy dukbokki and sujebi. Hee-won tries to do it all himself, but Dong-il ends of taking charge and putting all the ingredients together. All that’s left is the daikon that needs peeling and chopping. 

Dong-il does the first segment and then passes the knife for Hee-won to try and he’s… not great at it. Hee-won’s not just slow, he’s only taking off small bits at a time. Ha, Hee-won admits he’s not being meticulous, he’s just bad at peeling. Tae-gu’s next up to the chopping board, and Dong-il’s convinced he’ll be great. Tae-gu takes the knife and proceeds to slice the tiniest sliver off lol.

They move onto the dough and Hee-won pours a ton of flour into a bowl (without measuring!). Jin-gu tries to help by telling him which ingredients to use, but Hee-won’s not the most receptive chef-to-be.

Jin-gu: “Put in a little salt.”
Hee-won: “Salt? Why?”
Jin-gu: “Put in a little cooking oil, a little water, and mix.”
Hee-won: “Put in cooking oil? Why?”

Hee-won takes his dough outside to knead, and while he’s dealing with the sticky mess, Dong-il can only sigh at Hee-won and turn his attention to Tae-gu. He seems fascinated by their friendship. “Do you speak your mind when you meet up with Hee-won or do you follow his lead?” he asks.

Poor fidgety Tae-gu, “I think…I think I have. I think I speak up.” The longer the conversation goes on, the sweatier Tae-gu gets and he starts to laugh at one point while grabbing his head. Dong-il asks if his head hurts and Tae-gu just cracks up and apologizes. Dong-il gets a big laugh from both of them when he asks Hee-won, “You hang out with Tae-gu because you think he’s a pushover, don’t you?”

When Jin-gu gets started peeling potatoes, Tae-gu quietly urges him to be careful and pitches in. They have a nice conversation about Jin-gu’s little brother (also named Tae-gu) and being a fan of each other’s work. Seeing them fanboy, Hee-won asks if they’re newlyweds and Jin-gu tosses back that they’re brothers, the Gu Brothers.

The hyungs take a quick music break to listen to some oldies and a song request from Tae-gu, which is Rooftop Moonlight’s Two People.

Two more guests arrive together — Lee Jung-eun and Park Hyuk-kwon. Dong-il says he’s honored to meet Jung-eun and she gets really giggly and says she’s honored too. (He and Hyuk-kwon already know each other.) Hee-won and the two of them go way back; Hee-won and Jung-eun are theater buddies, and Hyuk-won went to college with Hee-won.

Jung-eun came bearing gifts: an air fryer, spices, and food. Tae-gu peeks over everyone to see what the gifts are, and then whispers to Jin-gu, “I only brought scorched rice.”

Jung-eun gets a house tour, and Jin-gu starts grating potatoes for the potato pancakes. Tae-gu offers to help and he’s very deliberate in his actions. He focuses completely on his potato chunk and keeps going till there’s only a tiny hunk left.

Hyuk-kwon offers to help out, and eventually gets to take a spin with the grater, and he’s so much faster than Tae-gu. Jung-eun even comments on the difference, heh. Help is needed for the sujebi’s hand-torn noodles, and Hyuk-kwon and Jung-eun are happy to assist Hee-won. Thank goodness for that, because in the time it takes Hyuk-won to make four noodle pieces, Hee-won manages to make one.

Hee-won fills the others in on Chang-seok, and says he’ll arrive after he’s done at practice for his musical, Kinky Boots.

As the sujebi boils, Tae-gu’s tasked to taste the noodles and check if they’re done cooking. He takes a bite and shakes a little from how hot it is… but he doesn’t speak. Are the noodles cooked? “I think they’re fine… they’re a little… I think they’re fine.” Dong-il asks him what he means, and Tae-gu says, unconvincingly, “I think it’s tasty,” then starts laughing.

That reaction’s taken as a sign it needs to cook a little longer. The second time around, Tae-gu says without hesitation that the noodles are done. Dong-il ladles out portions for all the guests, makes a bowl for himself, and then tells Hee-won and Jin-gu to help themselves lol.

Jung-eun seems surprised that the sujebi tastes good, and she says that it tastes exactly like restaurant sujebi.

While they eat, Jung-eun asks if the others know about Hee-won’s goosebump acting. Basically, Hee-won can act with his whole body and give himself goosebumps at will. He brags that he can do it whenever, and gets ready to show off his talent. Hee-won closes his eyes and takes a deep breath, as Tae-gu and Jin-gu lean forward to get a better look.

Hee-won gets goosebumpy and basks in the accolades until Hyuk-kwon brings him down to earth: “Didn’t you used to be able to do that faster?” (Hee-won blames the heat for his lack of speed.) 

There’s a drawback to his talent, though — Hee-won says you can’t really see it on camera, and there’s usually not much reason for a closeup on his forearm, so he can’t actually use his talent anywhere.

Because of another rain burst the tarp has to be tightened again, but with Hyuk-kwon on site, they finish in no time (he’s seriously handy).

Dong-il gets a phone call from Chang-seok, who’s on his way and wants to know if there’s anything he can bring. Awkward turtle Tae-gu gets put on the spot and manages to tell Chang-seok that some fruit would be nice, all without sweating too much.

When Hee-won gets up to do the dishes, he’s persuaded by his friends to rock-paper-scissors who will have to do them. Tae-gu surprises everyone (even himself) by winning and after a beat, and he says the winner should do the dishes (he’s the youngest as well, which is probably why he volunteered). Aw, but Hyuk-kwon steps up to help Tae-gu anyway.

Jung-eun tries to put the air fryer to use, but when the electricity shorts out, Dong-il says they need to adjust the circuit breaker. Hyuk-kwon actually manages to take care of it within a couple of minutes and Jung-eun starts a batch of dumplings.

Last but not least, Chang-seok arrives with lots of fruit. He salutes Dong-il on sight (they’re very close) and takes off his mask. Dong-il’s fascinated by how clean-shaven he is and Chang-seok admits not having facial hair feels awkward. He’s actually shooting a movie right now with IU and Park Seo-joon (it’s about a team of homeless people who take up soccer) so he has to stay hair-free.

Dong-il talks about the movie he and Hee-won are filming with Ha Ji-won currently, and when he praises Hee-won’s acting ability, Hee-won gets shy. Jung-eun pipes up to say Hee-won can even do goosebump acting, and that’s something he’s not shy about at all. He gets ready to show Chang-seok, but despite two tries, he can’t activate his bumps. He thinks he may have goosebumped himself out and promises to show Chang-seok next time.

It’s time to get dinner started, so Hee-won goes to work on his broth again and Jin-gu gets help preparing the rack of lamb that’s on tonight’s menu. Hyuk-kwon and Chang-seok are both very at ease in the kitchen and everything’s ready to go in short order. Suddenly the camera pulls out and we see Tae-gu just standing behind everyone, blinking quietly. He wants to help out, and he feels bad about not working even though Hee-won tells him to sit and relax.

Jin-gu asks for help making potato pancakes together, so the Gu Brothers get to work. Jung-eun hangs out with them and comments that the king is making their pancakes. Jin-gu’s made lots of potato pancakes before for his family. The most important thing is not to break the pancake — and then he promptly breaks the pancake he’s flipping.

Tae-gu tries his hand at flipping, but he ends up folding the pancake over. He tries so, so hard to straighten it and it’s adorable.

Jin-gu takes over again and Tae-gu can’t tear his eyes away from the frying pan. Jung-eun notices and hands him chopsticks so he can eat a pancake. Tae-gu tries to first feed Jung-eun, then tries again with Jin-gu, but they both tell him to go ahead and eat.

He finally decides to just eat it himself, just as Dong-il chips in to say that he’s the oldest. It really looked like Tae-gu was about to spit his food out!

Jung-eun worries about how much time Hee-won is spending on the dukbokki, so she tries to convince him not to continue, but he can’t be dissuaded.

She lets him know she’s a member of an online dukbokki club and spends her spare time visiting the best dukbokki spots. Hee-won says with conviction that his dukbokki will blow them out of the water and heads into the kitchen. But just seconds later, when he’s back in the kitchen, he’s much less confident.

Tae-gu suddenly grabs a potato pancake decisively. He locks eyes with Hyuk-kwon and walks over to feed him the pancake of friendship. But they both start to feel awkward and it looks like a crazy comedy skit, with Hyuk-kwon looking like he’s about to kiss the potato pancake (he keeps tilting his head). Tae-gu looks like his energy’s been depleted and he actually wipes his forehead afterward, lol.

The grilling gets underway while Hee-won is still in the kitchen, Jin-gu at this side. Watching Hee-won prepare the dukbokki seasoning makes me nervous — there’s so much garlic and so little gochujang. He and Jin-gu get super excited when they have a telepathy moment over wanting to use pepper, so at least they’re enjoying themselves.

Hee-won wants to add all the ingredients he can, and he tells Jin-gu to trust hyung. He says he’s killing it, and the smell and visuals look amazing. He then informs Jin-gu, “I haven’t tasted this yet. It doesn’t need a taste test, right?” Jin-gu replies, “Trying it won’t hurt.” But Hee-won says tasting it now won’t change anything. LOL.

Chang-seok’s grilling the lamb and oldest hyung Dong-il gets the first bite. The lamb is great, with no gamey smell, so it’s thumbs up all around. Chang-seok is grilling as well as making sure the cooked lamb gets to his friends, and Dong-il hand-delivers some lamb to the dukbokki crew in the house.

At long last, Hee-won comes out with his giant pot of soupy dukbokki (lol Hyuk-kwon rushes over to look at it). Everyone at the table takes a quick sip. They all have really blank faces except for Tae-gu, who just blinks extra hard. Oh no, no one will look at Hee-won.

He says it looks like everyone’s unhappy, so Dong-il says he’s not, he’s just savoring the aroma. Hee-won asks Jung-eun noonim for her opinion and she kind of stutters that yes, it’s good, but looks like a deer caught in headlights all the while.

They all dig in anyway, but when Hee-won overhears Dong-il and Jung-eun say they’re going to add some cumin salt to their bowls, he orders them to eat it they way he cooked it, lol. Hee-won keeps selling the dukbokki as they eat, and tries to convince them that the more they eat, the more they’ll like it. Dong-il says he sounds like he’s trying to sell them a pyramid scheme.

The grill flames up all of a sudden, and Chang-seok, Hyuk-kwon, and Jin-gu start to run over. Dong-il says not to panic, but Chang-seok takes that a little too literally by returning to his seat. (Dong-il: “But you shouldn’t just sit back down!”)

Hyuk-kwon calmly fixes the grill, and Hee-won says his friend is a great fit for the show because he doesn’t panic.

At one point during dinner, Hee-won pops back into the house and Dong-il tells Tae-gu that since Hee-won’s gone, he doesn’t have to keep eating the dukbokki if he doesn’t want to. Tae-gu laughs softly and says he’ll try to eat it anyway. When Hee-won returns, he’s feeling put out and says he can’t cook anyway because whenever he hears laughter he thinks people are dissing his food.

Dong-il suggests adding in ramyun noodles to the dukbokki, so Jin-gu and Tae-gu get on that to create ra-bokki. When it’s all done… everyone stays perfectly still. They only start moving when Hee-won asks why no one’s eating.

Jin-gu helps himself to some ra-bokki and then tells Hee-won that it’s good enough to be sold as a new ramyun flavor. Hee-won double checks what Jin-gu is saying, and then tells him he can stop now.

Chang-seok offers some wisdom: “Jin-gu, once an actor’s sincerity comes into question, it’s over for them.” Dong-il comments that Tae-gu’s quick to laugh, which Tae-gu confirms while laughing bashfully and quietly.

Dong-il says that meeting Tae-gu’s opened up a new world for him and he’s glad they got to know each other. Tae-gu takes the opportunity to say that he still remembers how Dong-il gave him advice on how to stand out more during a movie that they filmed together years back (S.I.U.). Aw, Dong-il remembers that scene and the advice, but hadn’t put together that it was Tae-gu.

There’s lots more conversation between our cast and guests as they eat into the night. When it’s finally time to part, they end the night with a lovely group photo.

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I laughed and cringed my way through this entire recap!! <3

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I'd have to say it's one of my favorite episodes thus far. All the guests are charming in their own and made the show's dynamic even better than ever. The Goo Brothers were really fun to watch and I find it sweet how Taegoo seemed comfortable with Jingoo while the latter took care of him. It's a shame this guesting ended too soon.

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*charming in their own ways.

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I love this show. Such a wonderful slice of life type program. Thank you Stroopwafel for your recap.

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How Tae gu got into acting is beyond me! LOL. He is cute though.

Jin Gu looks better and better in the kitchen. Aww, I do like a man who can cook. ^^

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They say introverts get into acting to basically be someone they never will be. Which is seems to be in Tae-gu's case, a extrovert.

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a whole other persona you can put on. imagine having an inner life that's really closed off then you can just pretend to be someone different. really liberating.

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UM TAE GOO!!!!!! Why is he so adorable????? I feel like this is the first time I’ve seen him since Save Me 2! Definitely one of the top actors I look out for. How is he such a bumbling introverted cutie! Loved all the actors who came on this episode and was so sad that this wasn’t a two part deal. I would’ve loved to watch all of their interactions.

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I am surprised that they were able to get all of them together just for this one episode.

That is a stacked guest list for a variety show.

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I love Uhm Tae-goo so much :(

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friend

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FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENNNNNNNNNNNNNN

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I always wonder how Uhm Tae-gu does to speak in his life. I always think he will loose his voice if he speaks too much.

It was nice to see Hyuk-kwon, he looked like the only one who really knows what he's doing :p

Hee-won's super power to control goosebumps was really funny to watch and pretty incredible :D

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One of the funniest ep to date and all thanks to Tae-gu! Such an adorable cutie~!

I laughed out loud when Hyuk-kwon commented about the rice! And Hee-won's tteokbokki, I was about to take notes on how he cooked it so I can have it tonight but I guess not.

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It didn't help that Dong-Il keeps singling Tae Gu. 😅

Hyuk-kwon's comment on the rice echoes my sentiments (how could they say it came out well when it was cooked through an automatic appliance?) but Heewon commented that they struggle even with a rice cooker. 😂😂😂

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I want to watch a longer and unedited version of Dong-il interviewing Tae-gu!

After watching them for 9 eps, we shouldn't be surprised that they can't properly use the rice cooker but I am. Good luck with the air fryer xD

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The rice cooker problem comes from Jingoo’s preference to use old-school (back of hand) water measuring method and ignores the graduated marks inside the cooker. It really should be a grandparent problem, but he’s a millennial XD

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Aigoo Jingoo xD

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This was a wonderful episode. I thoroughly enjoyed the episode as compared with the previous two, that were so awkward. This was my first time seeing Uhm Tae Gu, I have never seen him before and on googling him, I discovered he is into movies than drama. He is just so adorable, how can someone be so quiet and shy and he is an actor 😂😂. Also Hee Won shi confidence in his cooking was just so funny.

The scene where they played Rock Paper Scissors to determine who to wash the plate, and Tae Gu kept winning, the looking on Dong il shi face was priceless 😂😂until Tae gu offered to wash it.

I love the relationship between Jin Gu and Tae Gu, they bonded so quick and Jin Gu was ready to ensure Tae Gu felt comfortable. The ‘Gu brothers’. Then Hyuk Won was just good in his way, always teasing people while being serious. All the cast members made me realize the reason for the show. Kudos to them 👌🏽

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he's in save me 2!!!!! he's GREAT

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Watching Uhm Tae Gu's awkwardness and reading is so different. It's funnier read whilst I just felt bad for him while watching it. 😂😂😂

I'd like to see Tae Gu more in variety show but I worry for his heart. 😅

When Heewon mentioned all his friends are like him, I instantly worry. Good thing we have Jung-eun and Changseok there with their easygoing, giggly personalities.

Another enjoyable episode albeit a cringey one. 😅

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Thanks @stroopwafel for the recaps. Btw, I noticed HoW recaps also appear in the News section, is that intentional?

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im sorry i saw a glimpse of tae gu and almost freaked out WHAT IS GOING ON WHAT IS THIS TIME TO WATCH

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i don't really like korean variety or reality like this (there's just something so beautifully terrible about US and UK reality lol) but i enjoyed this so much. i watched the whole thing and that's so rare. it was originally for uhm tae-gu but i love lee jung eun and i like sung dong-il and obvs uhm tae gu. oh my god he is so fucking shy and/or nervous. lol i am pretty anxious with new people and i've seen people way more quiet or shy or nervous than me but. being an actor makes so much sense.

anyway it was a really fun watch they were so cute everyone was great. lee jung eun's smile and laugh is beautiful and i don't know much about go chang suk but his presence was fun. on top of that kim hee won is really awkward. i can see what hee won meant when he said "they're all like me."

yeo jin gu looks so good! he's so brawny now and he probs will lose weight but it looks goooooood on him. he's so obedient lmao i would never survive in this environment. i really enjoyed this, thank you for recapping it otherwise i wouldn't have experienced it! very lovely.

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oh also how did they get permission to put in all these amazing songs???????? ooh child, love me do, stand by me omg

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Best episode so far. I really enjoyed all the guests in this episode, especially Uhm Tae Goo, such a sweet introverted guy. And I loved watching Sung Dong Il teasing Uhm Tae Goo every chance he got.

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when he was interrogating him LMAO oh my god

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My favorite episode to date. What I love most about this episode is that they didn't have any special treatment for the guests and everyone worked together to prepare and cook their lunch and dinner.

I laughed so much when they were tasting Heewon's soup and everyone was so quiet 😂

I love, love, love Uhm Tae Gu and I love the guests on this ep. They really felt like family. ❤️

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One of the best episodes so far. The combination of the guest in this episode was awesome.... actually House on wheels is very different from other variety shows ...the chemistry is awesome between actors. They are so genuine with other and hee won and dong il is the couple I have ever watched.

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