Running Man Episode 429 Recap
The show starts with all members starting alone from different locations. Ji-Hyo and So-Min are team leaders of today’s race. They have to pick three members and drive them back to the opening segment location. The location will be revealed to them after they pick up all three members. The first team to arrive at the location will get an advantage in the race. They start their mission, So-Min is not that good with driving (People, don’t say it is because she is an ). She goes to pick up Jae-Seok first so he could drive for her. Both of them play with Kwang-Soo and Suk-Jin’s emotions before they pick them up. Meanwhile, Ji-Hyo picks up Jong-Kook, Se-Chan and Haha.
After teams are finalized, team members (except team leaders) get an SMS about another female team leader and her location. She also has the address of the opening location and one member from each team will be her new partners. They go to her location while team leaders have no idea about the other female team leader. The new team leader is Lee Si-Young, Kwang-Soo and Haha become her new team members. Before the race starts Si-Young shows self-defence skills, So-Min embarrasses herself trying to replicate Si-Young. Today’s race is called “Loser bracket”, they have to complete the global challenges in which they were unsuccessful before. One of the team will be going to Hong-Kong while the other two will be going to Gangwon Province. In the end, members will be punished on the basis of the number of failed missions and the votes. Each team will get 10 votes and they can be distributed among themselves accordingly. The Si-Young team will get 3 extra votes/ballots because they arrived first.
The Trip to Heaven or Hell
The teams chose their missions from the given 5 choices. Their destination will be decided after they chose the vehicle that will be driving them to their destination. The destinations of the vehicles will be only revealed after all teams make their choices. The So-min team is full of unlucky members, so unsurprisingly they are chosen to go to Hong-kong while the other two teams go to Gangwon province. The Si-young team chose to milk sheep, they call different sheep farms and get lucky after their 8th try and finds a ranch where you can milk sheep. While on the call with the owner of the ranch, Kwang-Soo gets embarrassed because the owner only knows Haha and not Kwang-Soo. The Ji-Hyo team’s mission is to make 100 people line up and treat them to a meal. They have to cook the food themselves, to help them they will get an extra teammate. Their new teammate is Haha’s wife Byul who will act as a chef.
Byul tells her team members that Haha has no idea that she is appearing on the show. Jong-Kook starts talking about Haha’s playboy days, Byul tells him to stop because her daughter watches this show as well. Elsewhere, the Si-Young team gives their team a new name, YangAChi (Gangster). Kwang-Soo wins in RPS game and gets to decide the ballots. He decides to keep all the 13 ballots to himself. Haha threatens him with making his ex-girlfriend’s photo public, Kwang-Soo gives him two ballots to appease him. Haha further threatens him with another video and gets one more ballot. To stop any more threats, Kwang-Soo gets angry at his teammates and starts talking informally to them.
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I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here
Meanwhile, Ji-Hyo team gets surprised after seeing the number of ingredients. Jong-Kook and Se-Chan go to invite people for dinner while the two females prepare ingredients (Sexism?). We finally get to see the Hong-Kong team as well. Their mission is to eat food recommended by the local. They have to keep eating dishes recommended by the locals until they are recommended Steak. The person they chose to recommend them food will be under the conditions chosen by a roulette. They keep talking nonstop from the airport to the downtown. The first person to recommend them a dish is a taxi driver (as chosen by the roulette), his recommendation is Wanton noodles instead of Steak. They are worried their mission will same as it did in Okinawa and they will end up eating lots of noodles.
Elsewhere, Yangachi team reaches the ranch, they decide to switch Kwang-Soo with a cameraman to check if the owner recognizes him or not. As expected the owner doesn’t suspect that the cameraman is not Kwang-Soo, Kwang-Soo gets disheartened while watching from sidelines. Haha even asks real Kwang-Soo to take pictures of them with the owner, the owner doesn’t recognize him even after seeing him. After 10 minutes are passed they reveal the truth and all of Kwang-soo’s ballet are passed to Haha and Si-Young. The owner doesn’t care much even after the revelation and takes them to the ranch in his vehicle. The road to the ranch is quite rough. Now it is their turn to milk the sheep (and or goats) but it is not easy as sheep keep running away because of cameras and new people.
The Hong-Kong team finish eating their noodles and go in search of another person to recommend them a dish. The next person should be older than 70yrs and they finally find a local lady. She again recommends wanton noodles and their hell continues. So-Min shows her lack of knowledge by using the wrong vocabulary and gets teased by both of the older men. They give another shot to another dish after eating their second serving of noodles. The next person is a taxi driver and he also chooses noodles again and drops them at the restaurant. Looks like their noodle hell will continue as it did in the Okinawa.
This episode was more of an introduction to the upcoming episode. It was funny but was a bit lacking when compared to the recent Running Man episodes. The next episode will fill the gaps left by this episode so not much to complain about. I am also excited to see Haha’s reaction when he sees his wife in the next episode when all the teams come together. The flash forward that showed the altercations and physical power of Si-Young over Kwang-Soo looked really funny and I have high hopes for that team. While the unlucky team is suffering from their Okinawa Deja-Vu, they are most likely to get punished in the end as well.