The members pair off into three groups and are left to their own devices for the day.
Planning and Direction: 4
While the PD’s motivations in giving the members a game-free open-ended shoot day may have been pure, the episode may have suffered from being a bit too freeform – especially since the group was divided up. This puts a lot of pressure on the individual pairs to create interesting footage on their own, and it may have been a bit too much to ask at this point. The staff did give each team a ‘theme’ to provide some direction, but they were very basic (“Food” for example) and may have actually hindered the members in their options to be funny. Also, the team choices were perhaps a bit lacking, as the two best members at this type of thing were put together, leaving the others to fend for themselves. Not being too dependent on the games/staff is an area that the members need to improve on, so the idea was good but the execution was a bit off.
The episode looked very nice, and the soundtrack was good once again.
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra – Call From Rio
Jung Jae Wook – Season in the Sun
Dylan Rhymes – Fashion Kills
Lobo – I’d Love You to Want Me
Kim Won Joon – Journey for Myself
Girl’s Generation – Snowy Wish
The Clovers – Love Potion #9
Omara Portunondo – No Te Quejes
Owl City – Live It Up
Beatles – Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds
Delispice – Bike Ride
APink – He’s My Baby
Kim Kook Hwan – Ta Ta Ta
Cha Tae Hyun: 6
Good effort from Tae Hyun who was relatively subdued, but good natured and worked well with Jun Ho and the citizens they encountered.
Kim Jong Min: 4
Kinda dull, although the PDs giving Jong Min the “history” theme was sort of setting him up to fail. Worked fairly well with Joon Young but didn’t do a lot.
Kim Joo Hyuk: 4
While Joo Hyuk and Defconn seem to have a good natural chemistry together, they were definitely the least of the three pairs this week. A whole lot of wandering around looking for restaurants without much else.
Kim Jun Ho: 6
Worked well together with Tae Hyun, as the two created an ongoing “who’s paying?” gag to help out their shoot. Worked well with the citizens too and was generally solid.
A bit disappointing as Defconn and Joo Hyuk mostly just walked around and ate stuff. Seemed the most lost duo as to what to do outside of their given theme, which was ‘food’.
Jung Joon Young: 5
Teamed with Jong Min, the pairing was actually pretty good although nothing much happened with their team either. Joon Young had a few more funny babo/sneaky moments than Jong Min though.
Just some citizens, including one of the cutest kids seen on variety in awhile.
Episode MVP: Cha Tae Hyun
In reality, Tae Hyun and Jun Ho were pretty much identical in terms of performance for most of the episode. Giving the nod to Tae Hyun for suggesting the money paying game though (I think it was him, anyway.)
Final Score: 4
Although not terrible, this was a generally boring, somewhat aimless episode that seemed like time filler. On the plus side, the episode length was cut down by 20 minutes or so from usual, which was a big help as 20 more minutes would have been really difficult to sit through.