[RECAP] ‘Running Man’ Compete in the Unboxing Race

On the 443 episode of SBS’s ‘Running Man’, everyone participated in a race to gather enough funds for the unboxing auction.


The newest episode of SBS’s ‘Running Man’ had all the members in a frenzy to gather interesting objects to fund for the ‘unboxing auction’. Members were told to bring an object that you don’t use but can’t bear to throw away.


Opening scene starts off with the dongsengs making fun of Yoo Jae Suk and Ji Suk Jin for wearing similar jackets.

As each member shared what object they brought for the ‘unboxing race’, members were teased or hurt by some of the items. Interesting segments were Yang Se Chan’s protein powder, Ji Suk Jin’s clothes from the 80s and Kim Jong Kook’s limited edition CD.

Yang Se Chan brought an unopened container of protein powder he had bought at a whim for dieting. When asked if the protein powder was strawberry flavor, Yang Se Chan confirmed yes. Hilariously Haha read the label and pointed out it was actually chocolate flavor. Further telling Yang Se Chan that just because the container is pink doesn’t mean the protein powder is going to be strawberry flavor to everyone’s amusement.

Ji Suk Jin complained of his wife’s tendency to throw things away while introducing his item. Kim Jong Kook commented Ji Suk Jin should be thankful his wife hadn’t thrown him away or else. Ji Suk Jin shared he brought a meaningful item that was when he was a fashionista decades ago.


Kim Jong Kook’s item was Haha’s reggae limited CD box that Haha had gifted a long time ago. Haha expressed his disappointment and pointed out that CD box wasn’t even commercially sold but given to fans during one of his concerts. Kim Jong Kook stated he cherished the CD box but couldn’t really use it. Haha expressed he’s thankful Kim Jong Kook kept it until now instead of trying to sell it on a second hand website. Kim Jong Kook comments he couldn’t sell it since Haha wrote a message to Kim Jong Kook on the CD box.



Once everyone had presented their item, members were divided into teams to try to exchange the items for something more expensive to gather enough finding for their mission. Hence, the members were divided using the PPL (product placement) Samsung’s new phone that now has the fingerprint reader on the front of the screen + wireless earphones chargeable from the phone.

Race to gather items

Each team tries their best to trade their items with various celebrities. Hilariously Ji Suk Jin’s clothes were traded with SF9 members. The clothes that had looked “questionable” became so fashionable when worn by the idols. SF9 members Chani and Rowoon looked ready for the stage in Ji Suk Jin’s clothes.


Lee Kwang Soo’s figure cut out was valued at 10 cents, 2 dollars and later 50 dollars in Hwahakdong. Yoo Jae Suk was amazed at Lee Kwang Soo’s item being valued at 50 dollars even if the offer was for the buyer’s daughter (a huge fan of Lee Kwang Soo). It was funny to see Yoo Jae Suk trying to decrease the price telling the buyer its not worth 50 dollars.


Kim Jong Kook and Haha sell of Kim Jong Kook’s item by comparing Bob Marley giving a CD to Michael Jackson. The show commented on how thick faced Kim Jong Kook and Haha are for daring to sell of the CD for limited edition Michael Jordan sneakers from actor Oh Chang Seok.

Ready for the auction

Each team aimed to gain the most amount of funding to use during the auction to complete this week’s episode. Unfortunately, many were disappointed to learn some of their items had lower value than expected. In the end, Yoo Jae Suk & Lee Kwang Soo ended up gathering the most funding thanks to Yoo Jae Suk’s item-electric guitar.

Each team used the funding from their items to buy the boxes at the auction. From a total of 50 boxes, 10 boxes were reported to have a cellphone that contained clues to completing the mission. Each team gambled on which auction item would have a cellphone for completing the mission. Not surprisingly, Yoo Jae Suk & Lee Kwang Soo had the advantage since their team had the most funding. Ji Suk Jin caused everyone to be exasperated when he kept increasing the bid. Ji Suk Jin would call out the highest bid followed up increasing his bid again for no apparent reason. All the members asked why he would increase his bid when he doesn’t have any competitors.

Winner of this week’s episode

Team Yoo Jae Suk and Lee Kwang Soo successfully bidded for boxes that had clues for completing the mission. For winning the mission, Yoo Jae Suk and Lee Kwang Soo were told they could pick any of the remaining boxes to take home. If it had a cellphone, it was theirs to take.


Yoo Jae Suk and Lee Kwang Soo ended up picking a box with jump rope and an empty box respectively making them the winners but also the losers of the episode. All of their hard work resulted in receiving neither prize nor punishment.


Special notes

Songs from Queen and BTS were used a lot in the background. 


Actor Oh Chang Seok parodied Kim Jong Kook when he is working out. According to Oh Chang Seok, Kim Jong Kook remarks “Its so tasty” when he’s lifting weights. Kim Jong Kook is said to be commenting “his work out is feeding his muscles.”


This week’s episode felt rather bland compared to other episodes. ‘Running Man’ ratings have been on the decline in the recent years but comparing this episode to the most recent episodes, this one was not entertaining as the past ones. There were definitely some funny moments throughout the episode but it didn’t feel especially enjoyable. 

Check out what happened in previous episodes: Episode 439, Episode 441, Episode 442



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[RECAP] ‘Running Man’ Members Need to Find Faker Hiding Among The Freshmen Ep 442

On this week’s 442 episode of SBS’s Running Man, everyone is suspicious of each other being the fake freshman.


This week’s episode of SBS’s Running Man was similar to SBS’s X-Man (2003-2007) where everyone looked for the “spy” who is completing secret missions. In this case, the cast had to find the fake freshman, henceforth returnee, hiding among the incoming students (class of 2019). Members had to correctly vote who is the returning student at the end of each round to win and avoid punishment.

Cast consisted of all 8 regular members with guests Hong Jin Young, Han Da Gam and Keum Sae Rok.


First round: Play various ‘OT’ games

Highlights from the first round included how the cast played the orange game, orange fart game and the Kpop game.

Orange game: Every time the “orange” was passed along, the player had to act like the orange had gotten bigger.

Orange Fart game: Suggested by Hong Jin Young, the rules are similar to the 007 game where people next to the “farting” person needs to say “oh it smells.” Whoever laughs during the game loses.

Kpop game: Everyone had to sing a song that included a keyword.

Interestingly when it was Kim Jong Kook’s turn, no one knew which song he was singing. Turned out it was his own song from 2006. 


End of Round 1: Returnee failed to complete the secret mission. Everyone was told the hint about the identity of the returnee, “actions and words revealing (returnee’s) age were used a lot.”

Second round: Jokgu

Members were divided into teams to determine the lunch menu. 1st place was awarded pork belly bbq for lunch. 2nd place got ramen and 3rd place received only rice and seaweed.

The secret mission for the returnee was shared at the beginning of this round, to avoid winning first place.

End of Round 2: Returnee succeeded in completing the secret mission.

Third round: Couple hoodie game

Cast was told they have to avoid being a couple with suspected returnee. Couples competed to see the words on the back of their opponent that needs to be relayed to their blindfolded partner.

Hilarious scene was when Lee Kwang Soo and Yoo Jae Suk competed. It was commented to be giraffe vs. hopper, with a reference made to Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won’s drama scene in ‘Secret Garden’.


As usual when Kim Jong Kook played a round with Lee Kwang Soo, the lion beat the giraffe to no one’s surprise. Lee Kwang Soo was being dragged along by Kim Jong Kook so Yoo Jae Suk later called out Lee Kwang Soo’s word to end the poor giraffe’s misery.

End of Round 3: Returnee succeeded the secret mission of saying an old popular phrase.

Winner of this week’s episode

Returnee: The returning student among the incoming students was none other than… Haha!

Loser: 3 members excluding Haha had to get punished.

Kim Jong Kook’s triangle love line


Kim Jong Kook’s choice between Song Ji Hyo and Hong Jin Young was…..Song Ji Hyo! During the third round, Kim Jong Kook asked Song Ji Hyo to be a couple with him by saying “honey.” Hong Jin Young watched the two members become a couple while commenting “they look good together” possibly marking the end of Hong Jin Young’s love line with Kim Jong Kook.


Check out what happened in previous episodes: episode 439, episode 441



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[Teaser] How Will Kim Jong Kook’s Love Triangle End on Running Man this Sunday?

On March 10, an article revealed 3 photos from the upcoming Running Man episode hinting at Kim Jong Kook’s love triangle.


A news article released a teaser for the upcoming Running Man episode with just 3 photos and the headlines: ‘Running Man‘s Kim Jong Kook, The End of His Love Triangle with Hong Jin Young & Song Ji Hyo‘. What do you think of this teaser? Will Kim Jong Kook finally choose between Hong Jin Young and Song Ji Hyo?



By Sara N


[RECAP] Someone Challenges Kim Jong Kook on Ep 441 of ‘Running Man’

On this week’s 441 episode of SBS’s Running Man, someone directly challenged Kim Jong Kook!


This week’s episode of SBS’s Running Man had the members in a frenzy to find the identity of “honeybee” who kept eliminating the members at every round. The first member eliminated from the start of the show was none other than Kim Jong Kook. The reason was for “bullying other members by intimidating and using your muscles.”

Cast consisted of all 8 regular members with some guests during one of the rounds. One of the guests was actress Lee Bo Young who appeared as a spontaneous guest during one of the segments.


The “honeybee” turned out to be…. more than 1 person! In the end, it was revealed to be the 3 maknaes- Lee Kwang Soo, Jeon So Min and Yang Se Chan. As all three members sought revenge against their older sister and brothers for giving them a hard time.

Potential suspects throughout this episode were Kim Jong Kook, Ji Suk Jin and Yoo Jae Suk. However, towards the end of the episode, members finally realized it was the youngest members based on clues.


Winners: The maknaes won against the other members when Lee Kwang Soo survived until the very end.


Losers: Members minus maknaes lost so the winners each chose a person to get the punishment. Coincidently, everyone chose the same member so Yoo Jae Suk had to get a spanking 3 times.

Check out the summary of episode 439: Mukbang race!

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By Sara N


Jeon So-Min Once Made a Marriage Proposal to Yang Se-Chan

In a desperate attempt to beat the possibility of being single forever, actress Jeon So-min proposed to “Running Man” comedian member Yang Se-chan.

Image source – KBS

On Thursday’s episode of “Happy Together 4” on KBS2, actress Jeon So-min, singer Hong Jin-young, Norazo’s Jo Bin, Kim Hoyoung, and Park Yoo-na came together to talk about different memorable life experiences. For Jeon, who has adopted the persona of a girl looking for love on SBS’ “Running Man,” romance or the lack thereof, is a constant source of stress.

Fearing a life of loneliness, the actress once proposed to friends and fellow “Running Man” cast member Yang Se-chan. “I once jokingly asked him to marry me if I don’t get married in three to four years,” Jeon confessed.

In response, Yang said that she had “hit the iron wall [of desperation]” while trying to hold back his laughter. As an eye-witness to the proposal, Yoo Jae-suk added that afterward, Yang tried to “completely avoid” Jeon afterward. Ending that segment on her love life, Jeon commented that “it seems like its okay to not get married,” while smiling.

Notably, on the 384th episode of “Running Man,” the cast had their fortunes told for the new year. At that time, the fortune teller told Jeon that she would make a “nice couple” with Yang and that they would never break up or get a divorce. Maybe the fortune teller and Jeon are onto something.





By O.C


‘Running Man’ Members Talk About Lee Kwang-Soo’s Relationship on ‘Happy Together 4’

Yoo Jae-suk and Jeon So-min who both star on SBS’ “Running Man” talking about lovelines and Lee Kwang-soo’s relationship on “Happy Together 4.”

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Actress and “Running Man” member Jeon So-min appeared on the latest episode of KBS2’s “Happy Together 4” along with singer Hong Jin-young, Norazo’s Jo Bin, Kim Hoyoung, and Park Yoo-na. Known for their happy and charismatic depositions, the show was a delight for audience members and viewers.

Talking a bit about romance, or the perception of it, Jeon So-min said that the most embarrassing moment for her in 2018 happened at the 2018 SBS Entertainment Awards. There, comedian and MC Shin Dong-yup commented that she and Lee Kwang-soo had a passionate love for one another.

It put Jeon — who already know about Lee’s relationship with Lee Sun-bin — in an awkward position. “I was so embarrassed that I couldn’t manage my expression,” said Jeon. However, her expression only seemed to add fuel to the fire.

Regarding this, MC and fellow “Running Man” member Yoo Jae-suk commented that he knew that moment would make its way into the news cycle the next day. At that time, he recalls sitting next to Lee, who had pinched his thigh in nervousness.

Besides that, Jeon also talked about how the members of “Running Man” supported her when he moved into her new residence. Yoo bought her a TV set, Ji Suk-jin gave her a rice cooker, while Lee gifted her a sofa. To this day, the actress said that every time she watches television she thinks of Yoo.





By O.C


“Honey~” Kim Jong-Kook Shocks Cast When Talking to Song Ji-Hyo

Singer Kim Jong-kook seems to have warmed up to his new loveline on SBS’ “Running Man.”

Image source – SBS

Kim Jong-kook left the “Running Man” set in shambles, not due to his brute strength, but to a word he said while filming. On the most recent episode of the show, the producers sent the cast on various missions around Seoul to gather the most money by the episode’s end.

At one point in a betting house that the producers created, members Haha, Song Ji-hyo, Yang Se-chan, and Kim Jong-kook found themselves simultaneously working with and against each other to for more money. Taking on a challenge involving the pop-up pirate game, the lucky ace of the cast won on her first try leaving her with an excess of funds that she could give to the other members.


In an attempt to sway her decision, Kim approached Song and surprised everyone by calling her “honey.” Cast and crew alike broke down in laughter and shock at the singer’s unexpected comment. Even Haha, who has approached the new loveline between Kim and Song enthusiastically, couldn’t hide his surprise and embarrassment (and satisfaction).




By O.C


[Opinion] The Satisfying and Disquieting Use of Loveline Entertainment

A couple of weeks ago SBS’ long-running entertainment variety show “Running Man” officially introduced a new loveline — an on-screen romance — between two members. While entertaining, it is also disquieting to see people forced into a romantic construct that is not of their making.

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Lovelines, the real or faux on-screen romances on Korean entertainment programs, are exploited by both cast members and producers to jump-start interest, provide fan service, and to open a slew of possible entertaining moments notable enough to wind up in the news and trend on search engines.

This kind of entertainment goldmine is especially viable if the participants are attractive and eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. One network, in particular, has become proficient in honing in on popular would-be couples and banking in on the fan-led fantasies.

SBS is behind the massively popular “Monday Couple” of rapper Gary and actress Song Ji-hyo born during the first years of “Running Man” and later capitalized on the viable connection between Kim Jong-kook and singer Hong Jin-young on “My Little Old Boy.”

Just a few weeks ago, the network officiated the loveline between permanent cast members Song Ji-hyo and Kim Jong-kook (the same one on “My Little Old Boy”). In doing so the networks answered the prayers of a dedicated subgroup of the show’s fans who refer to the couple as “Spartace,” a combination of their “Running Man” nicknames “Sparta” and “Ace.”

Admittedly, the episode first episode where the cast, guests, and staff seemed conspired to play up every one of their interactions was very entertaining. More than the embarrassing reactions of the Song and Kim was the ingenuity of the cast in finding ways to tease the two — including an impromptu rendition of Kim’s song “One Man.”

The most recent episode of “Running Man,” the cast was divided into two groups where they had to find and eat a cheaper dish of food than the opposing team. While simple in concept, the dynamics of each team was unique enough that laughs came easily, especially from the team that had the show’s new loveline couple in a group with Haha and Yang Se-chan.

In fact, the episode was so entertaining I decided to watch it again. During the second watch through, the interactions and reactions of the members took on a new somewhat disquieting light.

As the cast members (especially Haha and Yang who deserve an award for their work) and crew continued to bank in on the loveline between Kim and Song, it became clear that while the two took the teasing in good humor that it also made them uncomfortable.


With Kim and Song having been colleagues and friends for close to a decade, the loveline appears to have created a shift on the show that the two may not have been fully prepared for. This is unlike the loveline between Kim Jong-kook and Hong Jin-young on “My Little Old Boy” and occasionally on “Running Man” where the two are placed in clearly constructed situations and understanding their relationship dynamics when on set.

Whether they do have any romantic feelings for each other or are just friends, is it okay to profit from their discomfort that may have repercussions even when the cameras are off?

This issue is connected to the broader topic of fan-service. In fictional works, it is when non-plot affecting elements are added to please the audience. In K-pop, it is when celebrities engage in behavior that is not normal for them for their fans. This can include but is not limited to such acts of physical intimacy like holding hands, hugging, and cheek kissing.

While fans of shows and groups may enjoy and even find these kinds of interactions and lovelines exciting and satisfying, it can also lead to unforeseen consequences — especially if those involved don’t enjoy it themselves.




By O.C


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Mukbang Missions for ‘Running Man’ Members on Ep 439

This week’s episode of SBS’s Running Man that aired on February 17 was another mukbang tour for the cast members as they complete missions to avoid the punishment.


For this week’s episode consisted of a mukbang race between Team Yoo (Yoo Jae Suk, Ji Suk Jin, Jeon So Min, Lee Kwang Soo) and Team Kim (Kim Jong Kook, Song Ji Hyo, Haha, Yang Se Chan). As each team sets off to quickly eat a selected food item with a small budget at each round, there were missions to try to disqualify the other team by making the opponent’s bomb to explode. Spoilers ahead!


Main Highlights

Love Line: One of the highlights was the continuous shipping for Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook to hold hands keeping the “love line” active for the single members. Haha and Yang Se Chan did not forget to look for opportunities to cheer “Hold hands! Hold hands!”


Interestingly when one of the missions allowed to “use a friend chance”, Team Kim decided to visit trot fairy Hong Jin Young to complete a mission. Seeing the SBS’s Ugly Duckling shipped couple Kim Jong Kook & Hong Jin Young with the Running Man shipped couple Kim Jong Kook & Song Ji Hyo, Haha made a remark that it seemed like “a American soap opera” since the love rivals were best friends.

Traditional Korean Food: As each team successfully ate a specific menu item at each mission, it was interesting to notice most of the items were expensive traditional food that were rarely affordable within the budget. Especially watching Team Yoo suffer eating fermented skate was very funny given eating fermented skate is similar to eating a spoonful of wasabi with longer side affects. Another noteworthy food clip was the chungkookjang (fermented soy bean soup) segment where team members did absurd things to make everyone laugh


Winners: The winning team was Team Yoo, who successfully made Team Kim’s bomb explode at the end of the episode resulting in the losing team get splashed with a ladle of cold water by the winning team.

Screen Time: There was undoubtedly a lot of screen time for Team Yoo, they were extremely funny during their missions and very creative trying to succeed at each mission.


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By Sara N


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NCT Lucas Selected as Cast Member of Chinese ‘Running Man’

NCT and WayV member Lucas is going to be a regular member of the Chinese version of “Running Man.”

Image source – Running Man China

Singer Lucas who is a rotating member of NCT 127 and the Chinese super rookie group WayV is going to be a regular member on “Running Man China.”

According to reports, Lucan will go the show for their new upcoming season. The show announced the season’s line-up via social media on Tuesday where they listed Lucas, actress Chun Li, Angelababy, Yawen Zhu, Ian Wang, and (G)I-DLE’s Yuqi.

“Running Man China” is a popular entertainment program broadcasted on one of China’s major television networks. Including Tencent’s online streaming sites, the number of viewers who streamed the previous season surpassed 10 billion. Further, it also recorded its high viewership rating of 2.4 percent, surpassing the 1 percent threshold of what is considered a popular program in China. With this new cast, it is expected that viewers will tune in for the next season as well.

Meanwhile, Lucan debuted with WayV with their first album Vision last month and soared to the no. 2 spot on China’s QQ Music Chart. More, the song ranked no. 1 in 12 different counties on iTunes and appeared at no. 2 on Billboards World Digital Song chart.




By O.C