This is the fight for the Throne of Runninman. Members will be fighting with each other to achieve the top rank. Let’s see who comes out on the top.
Running Man Episode 423
Broadcast: 21st October 2018
The episode starts with the cast and “Teletubbies” enjoying the weather. A bee basking in the sun on Kwang-soo’s sweatshirt scares cowardly Jae-Seok and Suk-jin just with her sound. Suk-jin gets further trolled by the cast for his scatterbrain and weak body strength. The PD describes today’s race rules, today’s race is to determine the ranks between the members. For starters, Kwang-soo is chosen as the top-ranked by a roulette and other members start chanting his name. Weakly Jae-Seok and Suk-jin tries to lift him in the air but ends up dropping him on the ground, head first.
As a winner, he gets to decide the ranks of the other members, annoying Jae-Seok and bossy Jong-kook gets chosen as 7th and 8th rank respectively. Haha 2nd then Ji-Hyo, So-min, Suk-jin and Se-chan in sixth. They start the first mission to arrange the ranks, “Quiz! Knowledge is Power”. The members will be given different buzzers according to their ranking earlier, also, there is a member who already knows answers to all the questions. Within a blink of an eye, everyone suspects Kwang-soo, who swears he is innocent.
After the mission, if members are able to identify the “spy” member through voting then he will be placed last in the ranking and will face the penalty. On the other hand, if they fail to identify him then he will be placed first and he can change their ranks as he wishes. For the first question Haha, Jong-kook, Jae-Seok and Se-chan chooses the correct answer. “Uneducated” Se-chan gets suspected because of the Chicken Towel incident and he is asked to write the spelling of KITCHEN. Kwang-soo and Suk-jin also give it a try but only Se-chan writes it correctly while other two gets embarrassed.
Members who answered wrong to the first question, fights in an elimination round where they have to answer the questions using funny buzzers (plastic frame wrap, a mouthful of candies). After three more questions Kwang-soo, Ji-Hyo, Suk-jin and So-min are ranked 5th to 8th. Upper group (who answered correctly to 1st question) goes through similar kind of elimination but with a different buzzer (breaking a gourd with head). Under suspicion, Se-chan ranks 1st then Jong-kook, Haha and Jae-suk 4th.
Se-chan receives 5 votes, Kwang-soo 2 votes and Jong-kook 1 vote. The PD informs them that they failed in finding the spy, who turns out to be HAHA much to everyone’s surprise. Everyone starts to blame innocent Se-chan who rebels and gets angry towards other members. Before deciding members rankings, he asks Jae-Seok,” How many of the things you have are bigger than mine?” (Episode 419 1st mission hint). Jae-Seok loses his pride and answers with, “NONE” and in return gets 2nd rank. But because of his continuous chattering, he gets demoted to 5th in the final selection by Haha.
Rankings at this time are Haha, So-min, Jong-kook, Se-chan, Jae-Seok, Kwang-soo, Ji-Hyo and Suk-jin. From top to bottom ranks they also receive crown badges in descending order according to their ranks (Haha 8 – Suk-jin 1 badge). Before the 2nd mission, they are provided with 8 dishes which have 8 potions. They get to choose their food according to their ranks and they can choose as much food as they want (out of what is left). Poor Suk-jin is only left with rice and some sauce that is stuck to plate.
Before the second mission rankings need to be rearranged again and they will receive benefits according to their ranks. They will spin the roulette and the chosen member has to call his/her friend on the phone and then that friend will choose the new rankings. Ji-Hyo is chosen and she calls Model Jang Yoon-Joo (appeared on Infinite Challenge few times). She ranks the members based on looks, they are ranked from Ji-Hyo in first and Jae-Seok in the last rank as the ugliest.
The second mission is called “Break the Wall of Future”, they have to breakthrough styrofoam doors which have either mattresses or water obstacles. They will break the doors randomly and if they get an obstacle then they get eliminated and last to survive wins but this time also there is an absolute member. Based on their recent rankings they are given different type of shoes. While others enjoy some water diving, Jae-Seok is able to survive and wins. After the round members vote for absolute member and it’s a tie between Kwang-soo and Jae-Seok. In the end, they choose Jae-Seok who turns out to be the absolute member.
He is also chosen for a penalty, Kwang-soo who got slapped on the forehead by Jae-Seok in previous episodes decides to save the penalty to be used some other time. The last mission is “Dice of Fate”, every member will receive a standard dice but they can increase the numbers. They will get the extra number of pips according to the number of badges they have won so far. Some of them decide to play safe whereas some go all out and put all pips on just one side.
Final ranks will depend on the sum of two rolls after first roll Suk-jin leads with 20 points and Haha in 2nd with just 8. Surprisingly Suk-jin again rolls a 20 and wins an overwhelming victory whereas Jong-kook gets in the last place with zero. For the penalty, member of higher rank will splash water on to the member of next lower rank (1 on 2, 2 on 3 and so on) and the size of containers also gets bigger as they move towards lower ranks. 7th rank Kwang-soo gets to punish his arch enemy Jong-kook. That’s it for this episode.
It was a really nice episode but that absolute member crap was counter-productive and it made results of the missions meaningless.
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