Running Man ep. 176 – Men’s Popularity Race
The male members join with an assortment of ugly buddies, earning clues along the way to solving the mystery of their ranking in the eyes of female fans. MC Mungji guest hosts.
Planning and Direction: 5
The overall concept was a good one, and the last-name game ended up being a lot of fun, but this was mostly the type of episode that ‘writes itself’ due to the volume of guests.
Nothing really good or bad to comment on.
Yoo Jae Suk : 6
Kept the flow going as well as possible with such a large group, didn’t really offer a lot of jokes on his own but maintained enough presence from beginning to end.
Kim Jong Kook: 4
Jong Kook might have suffered the most from being in such a big group, as the games were all non-physical and the group was extremely chatty, and Jong Kook isn’t really much of a talker at the best of times.
Ha Ha: 5
Was probably the RM member most equipped for staying visible in a large cast, other than Jae Suk. Had a few good moments to stay afloat, and his reaction to his placement in the voting was amusing.
Ji Suk Jin: 4
Tried to stay visible in the large group conversations, but didn’t really manage to do anything.
Lee Kwang Soo: 5
Was largely put to the side by the guests, but still had a few OK moments.
Got completely overshadowed by the guests.
Song Ji Hyo: 4
Given the MC role in theory, but in reality got edited out and forgotten for most of the episode.
Kim Kwang Kyu, Lee Juck, Jang Ki Ha, Muzy, Jun Hyun Moo, 11 Ehwa students
Kwang Kyu and Lee Juck were probably the best of the bunch, but everyone did pretty well. The segment with the Ehwa students was easily the funniest portion of the episode.
Episode MVP: Yoo Jae Suk
Final Score: 5
The episode was filler, but it was pretty solid filler all things considered.