Running Man ep 205 – College Girls of Fear
An assortment of female guests join the members to compete in games for college-related prizes.
Planning and Direction: 5
There was not a great deal of clever planning involved with this episode, as it was essentially an old school (pre-2005ish) style variety show, with simple games, lots of gags, and the requisite dance party segment. The direction was quite solid, however, primarily due to the fact that the staff was willing to step aside and let the cast take over at several points. This was a basic, lighthearted variety episode.
It’s actually quite remarkable how much the RM postproduction has improved in recent weeks, as there’s more HD cameras on set, the graphics are crisper, the captions funnier, and the sound and music more varied and suited to the onscreen happenings. The editing was also good this week, and the overall product look much more polished than it was just a few weeks ago.
Jang Kiha & the Faces – I’ve Heard Rumors (cover)
Connie Francis – Vacation
Baek Ji Young – Dash
Lil Kim, Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink – Lady Marmalade (cover)
Hong Jin Young – Love Battery
Kim Jong Kook – How Lovely
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Baek Ji Young – My Sweet Candy
Baek Ji Young – Sad Salsa
DJ Hanmin – Show Me Your Bba Se
Stooshe – Slip
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Hong Jin Young – What’s Wrong With My Age? (cover)
Britney Spears – Crazy
Bellini – Brazil
SoYou & JungGigo – Some
10502 group sc
Jay Z – Pump It Up
Justice – Stress
Magnum PI Theme
Yoo Jae Suk: 8
Terrific MC performance by Jae Suk, who was just on fire in terms of including guests and reacting to situations as they developed – this episode is prime evidence as to why he is the best in the world at his job.
Kim Jong Kook: 5
Was active enough but didn’t really stand out a lot, although he was useful in filling in as MC when Jae Suk was busy with the games.
Ha Ha: 7
HaHa was really good this week, managing to stand out among a very large and dynamic cast. His ddong joke was one of the episodes highlights, but he contributed regularly throughout, interacting with guests and members and providing good reactions from beginning to end.
Ji Suk Jin: 4
Had a handful of decent jokes but was more often than not a background character.
Lee Kwang Soo: 6
Was pretty good this week, doing some body gags in the house and basketball segments, and working a funny running loveline gag with Jin Young.
Solid week for Gary, who didn’t really stand out a lot, but didn’t really disappear at any point either. Seemed to be in a good mood and had some highlight moments in the danceparty segment with Kook Ju.
Song Ji Hyo: 3
Errg….didn’t appear a lot, and didn’t really participate much when she was on screen. Had a lot of screen time in the water dump segment but really didn’t even try to do anything fun. Seeing how at least 3, possibly 4. of the guests this week performed circles around her, it’s feeling more and more like it might be time to Ji Hyo to move on
Lee Kook Ju, Hong Jin Young, Baek Ji Young, Fei, Kang Seung Hyun
Fantastic performances from the guests this week, with three of them possibly being in the top 10 guests appearances of the year so far. The real standout was Lee Kook Ju, who was just incredible – energetic, confident, and very quick to respond to any situation with an entertaining joke or gag. She had even the Running Man members in awe at times, which does not happen often. Her dance-party segment was a potential all-time Running Man highlight, but she contributed countless other great bits as well (watermelon spitting, water dump slapping, Gary teasing, fighting with Jin Young etc). Most importantly, she worked entertaining bits with almost -everyone- on the cast, both members and guests. For a relatively unknown cable comedian this was really epic.
Although Kook Ju was the clear star of the show, Hong Jin Young and Baek Ji Young were also both really good as well. Jin Young is a bundle of energy, and her phony-aegyo rough woman personality is great for variety shows. She worked a lot of jokes with Kook Ju, Kwang Soo, and Jae Suk, and was even throwing body gags around like confetti throughout. Baek Ji Young stayed within her shell a bit more, but her natural cocky screeching ajumma personality added quite a lot to the fun.
Fei and Seung Hyun weren’t bad either, mostly providing reactions but both were energetic and happy to participate along with the others.
Episode MVP: Yoo Jae Suk
A really masterful MC performance from Jae Suk, one of the best that come to mind immediately. Some examples of how he helped the show:
– Immediately encouraged and assisted Kook Ju’s gags, which clearly helped her feel comfortable and confident, and led to a great performance.
– Reacted to Fei being more vocal than last time, which both gave her a character and confidence.
– Pointed out Jin Young’s dichotomous personality to the viewers, and encouraged her to keep it up. Did similar with Ji Young’s loud and ballsy character.
– Instigated and orchestrated the danceparty segment, which turned into one of the few really hilarious dance segments in memory.
– Jumped in to create the loveline gag with Kwang Soo and Jin Young out of nowhere.
– Generally kept the action moving in a way that included everyone as much as possible
There was even more that he did, even the little things Jae Suk does can really contribute to the quality of his programs. This was a great episode, and it was allowed to be so because of Jae Suk’s contributions as the national MC.
Final Score: 8
The best Running Man episode in awhile, and in terms of pure fun, one of the better episodes of all time. Tons of laughs and memorable moments, and very good performances from a number of guests and members. Everyone really worked well together this week, and hopefully Jae Suk’s wish for the same group to return in the future will come true.