I touched upon Running Man in Stone Cities Variety Year in Review post but, despite my better nature, I did not go all Running Man crazy. Largely because I had ulterior motives- also known as this post. Muhahahahahahahahaha.
Henceforth are Stone Cities top ten Running Man episodes of 2013 in the order of air date. Feel free to add yours in the comments. Cheers!
Catch the Snake
Guest Starring: Choi Ji Woo, Jung Yong Hwa, Lee Gi Kwang, Lee Jong Hyun, Simon-D
Broadcast Date 1/6/2013
In the top 10 because of: Gary and the Busan Boys
The first episode of 2013 was memorable for a few reasons. The Monday couple kicked off the New Year with a wave, and the Busan Flower Boys made an epic appearance. Gary and these four were immensely entertaining, so much so that almost a year later I am still rewatching this episode for some laughs.
Secret of the Nine Swords Part 1- Face your fears
Guest Starring: Han Hye Jin, Lee Dong Wook
Broadcast Date 2/17/2013
In the top 10 because of: Asia’s Prince
Anytime the cast of Running Man goes a traveling is usually entertaining, but this episode in particular had me in stitches. Kwang Soo solidified his role as Asia’s Prince and the challenges were larger (or should I say higher) than the average episode.
Drama special: That Winter the Typhoon Blows
Guest Starring: Go Ah ra, Lee Yeon hee
Broadcast Date 3/31/13
In the top 10 because of: The Candy Girl
Seriously, this is one freaking hilarious episode. Running Man took on the drama That Winter the Wind Blows with a lot of body gags and Kwang Soo as a girl. Ji Hyo even helped him fix his hair and makeup. There is a variety god!
Traitors Club versus the world
Guest Starring: Kim Sang kyung, Uhm Jung hwa
Weolsung Atomic Energy Information Center
Broadcast Date 5/19/2013
In the top 10 because of: The sheer unintentional humor
Or maybe intentional?! After all this episode brings together the betraying trio- Ji Suk Jin, Lee Kwang Soo, and Haha – and pits them against the rest of the Running Man cast plus guests. Oddly enough, the cast is largely incompetent at this challenge, letting this trio of scoundrels get far further in the games than I would have ever imagined. Maybe it is that surprise that makes this episode that much more entertaining.
Flower Boy Athletic Championship
Guest Starring: Kim Soo hyun, Lee Hyun woo
Broadcast Date 5/26/2013
In the top 10 because of: Giraffes and Tigers can get along
There was so much of what makes Running Man awesome in this episode. While the guests were eye candy (kind of literally) the cast was epic. Kwang Soo and Kim Jong Kook went from throwing each other around to holding hands, all in the span of an episode. Hugs, hugs, hugs? Okay, maybe I hope for too much.
Running Man Avengers
Guest Starring: Chansung & Taecyeon (2PM), Jung Du Hong, Choo Sung Hoon
Broadcast Date 6/16/2013
In the top 10 because of: The Running Man PDs show their sadistic side
Yes, the cast had superpowers (they portrayed the Avengers after all), but the guests and the sheer odds of winning seemed impossible. Which made this episode that much more fun (though I have read pretty of opinions that say otherwise, this one won me over). We were treated to a teaser at the end that promised another Avengers episode sometime in the future. I am waiting…..
2013 Asian Dream Cup
Guest Starring: Park Ji Sung, Sulli, Patrice Evra
Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai
Broadcast Date 7/14/2013
In the top 10 because of: Evra and FD Go’s amazing chemistry
Patrice Evra was amazingly entertaining in this episode. Park Ji Sung is still one of my favorite Running Man guests, my admiration of him bolstered with this episode. Plus, Sulli said a swear word. Sorry, I had to.
Idol King Challenge
Guest Starring: Chansung (2PM), Da-som (Sistar), Hyo-rin (Sistar), Jung Eun-ji (A Pink), L (Infinite), Lee Gi-kwang (Beast), Lee Joon (MBLAQ), Min-ah (Girl’s Day), Seung-ho (MBLAQ), Son Na-eun (A Pink), Sung-kyu (Infinite), Wooyoung (2PM), Yoon Doo-joon (Beast), Yu-ra (Girl’s Day)
Old Cheongju Tobacco Factory
Broadcast Date 9/8/2013
In the top 10 because of: The first 15 minutes
Seriously, that is the reason I loved this episode. The cast were each matched up with two members of an idol group- complete with a dance number in the start of the episode. KJK and Sistar- I…I….just can’t.
Win Princess Ji Hyo’s Heart
Guest Starring: Dae Sung, G-Dragon, Seung ri (Big Bang)
Incheon Art Hall
Broadcast Date 9/15/2013
In the top 10 because of: 3/5 of Big Bang and a Monday Couple Kiss
The kiss. The kiss. I am still going on about it almost 3 months later. Oh, and G-Dragon was covered in mud. I am 100% in love with this episode.
Guest Starring: No guests
Wabu Middle School
Broadcast Date 9/29/2013
In the top 10 because of: Lee Kwang Soo’s Appa
“Dad, this is the hyung that always bullies me!” I will leave it at that.