It was a long day. Then I watched Kwang Soo smash an egg on his head two times in a row and it hit me- I love Running Man for a plethora of reasons (and I need sleep). Every episode of RM gives me a new reason to think back and remember the best of the best- when I was in my happy RM place for the same reason I am presently laughing. The characteristics I love about this show all have a major highlight, an episode showcasing the element that brings the funny to the forefront. So henceforth is Lore in Stone Cities guide for the best episode for____ (fill in the blanks with joy). Cheers!
Because Monday is better this way
Episode: 34 (Hongdae date)
A date! A Monday couple date?! That’s right- in episode 34 the variety duo of Song Ji Hyo and Gary went on a mini date in Hongdae; sipping the same drink and playfully giggling as they looked into each others eyes. While many more Monday couple moments have followed it is hard to pinpoint an episode that gave us such a gleeful glimpse of the pair. Fighting!
Because atmosphere is everything
Episode: 41 (Ransacking Haroro’s house)
Call this a fan call but I love the location- HaHa’s house. Unfortunately for our favorite penguin like RM cast member his apartment became the filming set of a challenge in episode 41. To make matters even funnier the challenge involved an almost repo like game of claiming Haha’s possessions. While unusual and well designed buildings in tandem with awesome outside locales are the backdrop of many episodes, there is nothing like seeing the inside of one of the members homes- to comedic effect. I still say this episode is daebak .
Easy Brothers (Lee Gwang Soo and Ji Suk Jin)
Because even loser’s shine
Episode: 92 (Jjajangmyeon Race)
This episode featured JYP as a guest. As a bonus for the entire universe our guest came up with an on the spot theme song for the hilariously paired Easy Brothers (so named because of the duos pairing in episode 68, where components of both of their names formed the clue). Since its creation this duo has sung this song to hilarious affect. Love you impala and giraffe!
Because seven is better than one
Episode: 139 (That Winter the Typhoon Blows)
I cannot help it- I love this episode. And what I love the most about it is the interactions among the cast. Introduce a drama scene and a three team pairing and comedic antics ensue. All of the members are spot on, with timing and jovial teasing. Thank you show.
Because Running Man knows how to throw out the unexpected.
Episodes: 56 (Flower Tea) and 79 (Sherlock Holmes) tie
Episode 56 gave viewers a most unexpected and hilarious twist to the two part Running Man special setup. Tune into this episode to see what happens when the male cast is expectant of one outcome but faced with another. Episode 79 gave viewers the pinnacle of Running Man episode editing (in my opinion) to date. It was hard to tell what was really going on until the end. One of the most bizarre episodes to date this episode had plot twists a plenty.
Best Out of the Country Jaunt
Because we have to leave sometime
Episode: 50 (Bangkok, Thailand)
The first time RM made an international trip is not to be missed. The reactions from the fans in combination with the cast’s surprise at their own popularity foretold the craziness to come. The fans reactions are really not to be missed (native son or not)- and the birth of Asia’s Prince occurred in this episode. Running Man has made several international specials to date but the first occurrence will always win in my heart of hearts.
Because the writers and PD said so
Episode: 74 (Who is the ultimate Running Man?)
Maybe I am a sucker for firsts or maybe this show always creates its best work the first time around, but I love the first time super power territory was breached. Episode 74 witnessed the cast taking on unique “talents” in an effort to prove who the best of the best was. I doubt the PDs and writers realized how creative the cast could get- leading to the unexpected ending of this episode. Several versions of the super powers concept have been played since episode 74 (including karaoke, baseball, and soccer) but this episode stands strong as the origin of the concept.
Because of the following phrase: Hallyu wave
Episode: 104 (Idol Olympics)
Throw in seven idols and an Olympics premise and you have a scaled down funnier version of the idol athletic championships that go all hunger games on us every year. If you want to see how the cast does against seven entertainment minded young people watch this episode.
Because there is such a thing as tears of a clown
Episode: 41 (Ransacking Haroro’s House)
I know, I know. Episode 41 was already noted for great atmosphere, but this episode was multi-tasking a plenty. Not only did we get a peek inside Haroro’s abode but we also saw the last episode of Song Joong Ki. RM’s resident flower boy left the show to focus on his acting. In his farewell speech he cried (so did LGS and SJH) and gave props to the true friends he made on the show. I dare you to watch this without a box of tissues.
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