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Running Man: Episode 172 recap by DramaBeans. Broadcast on November 17, 2013.
We pick up with last week’s hide-and-seek game against idol group EXO. With less than 20 seconds left before the switch, Jae-suk corners two idol boys in the elevator… then swiftly eliminates them both, tieing the game to 5:5.
As EXO prepares to hunt down the cast, Kwang-soo… pretends to be a mannequin? Haha. Is this the idea that nobody will notice if you hide in plain sight?
Answer Me 1994 Episode 17 Recap by Dramabeans:
Big things are in store for many of our characters, and a few mysteries are answered for us (though not, of course, the main one. Goodness knows we couldn’t have that). It’s a rewarding hour for those of us who’ve been waiting for concrete movement on multiple fronts, and the payoff is both sweet and a little melancholy, which is pretty much what this series does best.
EPISODE 5 RECAP by Dramabeans
Yul is taken aback by the surprise kiss (but… kisses!), but even more alarmed to learn that there’s a spy within the estate. He gets defensive about said kiss later, blustering that their lip smacking was more like a car crash, and warns her against assaulting his lips again. Pfft, the man doth protest too much, methinks.
Anyhow, he instructs her to throw out her copy of their contract while he’ll do the same, but Da-jung isn’t about to get rid of her insurance that easily—what’ll they do if he eats and run on their agreement? As in he’ll get what he wants and runs?
Age of Feeling: Episode 12 recap by Dramabeans
Doctor Jung and Ok-ryun get an unexpected delivery to the clinic in the form of Daddy Shin’s body, brought there by Jae-hwa’s men.
But it seems like they may not be the only ones behind the body switch, since Jung-tae heeds So-so’s words about where his father’s funeral should rightfully take place and sheds his funeral clothes. So-so beams: “I guess you’re not fake after all. Let’s go.”
In the wake of Yeongjo’s order to kill everyone in possession of the book that makes him complicit in his brother’s death, Sun finally confronts him with the truth: Did he sign the maengui? Is he Juk-pa and does that mean that everything written in this book is true?
Yeongjo quakes with rage to be confronted with the truth so head-on by Sun, and cries defensively, “‘How afraid were you? How difficult and scary was it? Didn’t someone threaten to kill you? If you didn’t sign that document, were you scared they would kill you?’ If you are my child… IF YOU ARE MY SON—that is what you should ask!”
During his coffee break, Chief Park decides that he’d prefer his coffee made by a woman, and requests one of the female staff members also taking a break to make a cup of coffee for him. She politely obliges, but she and the other women silently tense up when he makes them uncomfortable with his lewd remarks (which he excuses by pretending he’s actually referring to a car in the magazine he’s reading, ugh).
Almost at the end! *Sniff* Finale week is upon us, and it definitely starts to feel like we’re heading into the final stretch as we prepare to say goodbye to these characters and take a look back at how far they’ve come.
The downside is that the feeling is a bit bittersweet, and I’ve come to love everyone so much that I’ll be sad to not have any more of them to watch. The happier flipside to that, though, is that we gear up for some major payoffs as the big threads come together, ready for their happy finale.
SONG OF THE DAY
Jung-hoo gets a groggy start to his morning, settling down with more terrible instant food and leftovers (be still, my artery-clogged heart). He casts a suspicious look around before taking a bite, expecting ajumma to cut in—and of course, the instant he does finally take a bite, Min-ja hacks into his system with her trademark cackle. You’ll never beat her, Healer-ya!
She wonders what he’s doing up in daylight given that he lives his life nocturnally, and sniffs at the idea that he’s going to work at Someday News, the internet paper. She gives him a long lecture outlining all the ways in which it’s a bad idea to show himself in public, urging him to stay hidden until the murder case gets shelved.
The office is abuzz with everyone hard at work, and Dong-shik and Chief Chun exchange glances when Geu-rae explains over the phone that the point of contact for this project has changed “for internal reasons” to Dong-shik, and to call his extension instead. Assistant Manager Kang chides Baek-ki for not having the data on their deal with Turkey at the ready because he’s still focused on his own project. Baek-ki sheepishly apologizes that he’s not great at multi-tasking.
Min-ki strides into Hyun-suk’s dressing room and decks him, yelling, “I’m Yoon-hee’s brother and Min-ho’s uncle, you bastard!” when asked who he is. He gets in another good punch before Hyun-suk’s manager gets between them.
Back home in Hadurok-ri, Han-chul accidentally lets slip that Min-ho’s father was in town, fueling questions by Aunt and Uncle that Yoon-hee doesn’t want to answer. She’s saved from further inquiry by a phone call telling her that Min-ki was arrested in Seoul, and she runs out to get him. Hyuk tries to go with her but this time she tells him she needs to go alone.
Young shin finally can gather his confidence to stand up to the powerful President Hwang. Meanwhile, Jung-hoo knocks over a beam in the greenhouse that unleashes a chain reaction of chaos. While he whimpers in a show of fear, Young-shin leads him out to safety, where they duck out of sight of pursuing thugs.
She takes control of the situation, assessing the hectic scene outside as Boss Sang-soo and his SS minions try to stop his rampaging car. I love that Sang-soo orders them not to hurt his precious car while trying to keep it from running them over. Priorities, man.
Jung-hoo gets a rude awakening when Min-ja hacks in with a morning call and issues brisk instructions for the flight she’s booked him. Teacher Ki Young-jae has decided that the Healer should take a break and spend a year in Australia, which piques Jung-hoo’s curiosity for two reasons: One, Teacher’s back? And two, why is he being sent away so suddenly?
Min-ja tries to keep nonchalant, but Jung-hoo’s not about to agree without understanding the reasons. We know that Min-ja and Teacher Young-jae want to keep him in the dark about his father, but just shipping him off with vague instructions is hardly going to be persuasive. He’s made progress in his frame job investigation, honing in on mogul Kim Moon-shik, but Min-ja cuts him off to say that Teacher will take over that task.
So, that kiss. It’s not like we haven’t all rewound and rewatched it a dozen (…hundred) times already, but it’s a nice place to resume, out on the rooftop after Healer saves Young-shin from a grisly elevator death. He pulls away gently, looking at her with this… intensity. Agh.
She reaches out a hand toward him, but he steps back out of range now, because superhero identities must be preserved. He keeps looking at her as he steps away, and she holds out her hand and feels only snowflakes. At least it’s a first snow of the season, which has a nice romantic connotation to it.
After Ki-chul agrees to let Mom do the spying in her son’s stead, he gives her a few tasks to complete as a way to test her loyalty. They all involve Sun-woo, as she’s to report to Ki-chul everything her son does or says—especially when at work.
Mom would rather get straight to the point, and asks Ki-chul what he wants from her son. “We don’t want anything from Sun-woo,” he explains cryptically, insinuating that he’s too low in the rung for them to care about just him.
Not knowing that Seo-jin is now Robin, Hana chases him all the way up to the top of a tower, where she finds him basking in the moonlight. He definitely seems off to her, and she asks if he got hit in the head while rescuing her.
There isn’t much time for chitchat, however, because the bodyguards have found them. Robin springs into action and fights them off, locking the door behind them. There isn’t much time, and he scrambles to set up the fire hose as a rope so he can climb down.
1988. Shenyang, China. After Mom finds out that she’s pregnant, she calls Dad from the hospital, asking him to meet her later tonight because she has something to get off of her chest. She’ll tell him everything—if she survives, that is.
That takes us back to the flashback we’ve previously seen: the one where Mom informed Ki-chul that she’s with child. He had told her to abort the baby, but Mom declared that she’ll have it because it’s “that person” (aka Dad’s) child.
Do-hee gives birth, and Ho-gu is an emotional wreck. He leaves the delivery room sobbing just as a woman is wheeled in, her husband calling encouraging words after her. He sees Ho-gu crying, and his concern turns to alarm when Ho-gu starts to explain that in that delivery room, the babies are… the babies are… The husband leans in agitatedly.
“…born!” Ho-gu wails, his cries growing louder. Wah-wahhhh. The husband inches away.
We start off Part 2 of this cooking battle with Haha kneading his dough for his Korean-Italian fusion dish: curry kimchi jjigae cheese sujebi. I just think it’s funny that he’s continuing to prep while talking to the camera. He adds that should they fail because of their cheesy dough, “the fault lies with Shoo.”
After a lengthy recap of our seven teams and a preview into the intense competition ahead of us, we check back in with Gary and Sung-ryung in Thailand. Sung-ryung slips into Korean in her hurried state, but she finds the coconut ice cream they’re looking for.
Do-hyun and Ri-jin separately get ready for their day out, and Do-hyun’s burdened expression contrasts sharply with Ri-jin’s excitement. He finds Se-gi’s toy train in his wardrobe, and it reminds him of little Ri-jin.
Finally on the Snowflake Train, Do-hyun writes busily in a notebook while Ri-jin enthuses over the scenery. She fakes seeing a deer to snatch his notebook from him, and reads off a list of questions: hobbies, favorite colors, favorite things. He defensively reminds her that she told him that if they took a trip together, he could get to know her more.
On this brisk March morning, the guys note Ji-hyo’s absence the opening, which can only mean one thing: female guests. Time to meet today’s guests: EXID’s Hani (of that addictively catchy “Up & Down” song, actresses Nam Ji-hyun (What’s With This Family),Jung So-min (Big Man), and Yoon So-hee (Secret Door), rounded out by rookie idolYerin (GFriend).