Running Man Episode 431 Recap
Team YangAChi are on their way to the fishing mission, in the van Kwang-Soo takes out few ballots even though they lost all of their ballots after betting against Jon-Kook team. It turns out he stole these ballots from Se-Chan, Si-Young takes those ballots from him by force and he is unable to say anything. They get on the boat for their mission, Haha starts to act as a veteran fisherman which annoys Kwang-Soo. Haha gets seasick, Kwang-Soo and Si-Young both starts making fun of him. Before the mission started the PD told the YangAChi team to remember everything that happens on the boat, it will help them with their additional mission. The team starts reeling the net and finish their primary mission. During the additional mission, they get unexpected help from the captain of the boat and they successfully clear the additional mission.
Searching For The Star
Elsewhere, Hong-Kong team got a hard mission because of Ji Suk-Jin. They have to take a picture with the superstar Chow Yun-Fat. They decide to go to a restaurant that Yun-Fat regularly visit, on their way they divide ballots with a game (YJS 4, SM 1 and JSJ 0). The team arrives at the restaurant, the owner tells them that Yun-Fat was their early in the morning. They move to a different location when Suk-Jin gets a call from Jong-Kook, Jong-Kook team’s mission is to win a speed quiz on phone with a celebrity. They fail because of Suk-Jin, Jong-Kook tells him that his team will vote for Suk-Jin. Suk-Jin replies that his own team wants to vote for him, bringing laughter from everybody. Team Jong-Kook then calls Joo-Byung-Jin, they successfully clear their mission because of Jin Hyungnim.
Their additional mission is to get a haircut, Byul and Se-Chan get chosen to get a haircut. Se-Chan is given a strawberry haircut while Byul receives Miss Korea hairstyle. Meanwhile, team Hong-Kong is having a hard time locating Yun-Fat. They keep moving around to different locations that Yun-Fat regularly visits. Until the end they are unable to meet him hence they fail their mission again and fly back to South Korea. The other two teams are at the final location, betrayer Kwang-Soo again steals the ballots from Si-Young with an excuse of helping her. After she realizes the situation she punches him, he goes to the floor with just one hit. Team Hong-Kong arrives, all the members (who have ballots) vote for two people to get punished. First one is Kwang-Soo (who got 1st place in our poll from the last episode) and the MVP who received 21 out of 35 votes was none other than Ji Suk-Jin. The two “lucky winners” get whipped cream bombed on their face.
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Chance of Revenge
A week later, the PD gives them a chance to get revenge on the other members. They are told that they will have to clear secret missions during the upcoming Christmas Special Couple Race. They are also told that one of them needs to reveal their identity during the intro, Suk-Jin decides to sacrifice himself. Later, the shooting begins and the members are shown hand-drawn portraits (by 7-year-old kids) of themselves, the kids also drew the portraits of the guests as well. The members could make their initial picks of their partner on the basis of the portraits. If more than one person chooses a portrait then the guest have the choice to choose his/her partner. Hwang Chi-Yeol chooses So-Min over Ji-Hyo, angel Hye-Bin chooses Suk-Jin over Jong-Kook because she wants to help the ones in need.
Next up Sunhwa (Secret) becomes a couple with Kwang-Soo, Haha who chose the actress Park Ha-Na to get rejected by her. Jae-Seok also gets rejected by Soo-Young (SNSD), the other guest who didn’t get chosen by anyone is actor Sung-Hoon. Ha-Na wants to get partnered up with Kwang-Soo, she wins him over with an acrostic poem and they become a couple. Soo-Young becomes a couple with Jong-Kook, Sung-Hoon chooses Haha over Ji-Hyo. Sunhwa Jae-Seok and Se-Chan Ji-Hyo are the other pairs. Before the start of the race, PD tells the members that Suk-Jin is at the center of “today’s secret”.
Another good episode, although it was 2/3 of an episode with last part was mostly about introducing the guest for the upcoming Christmas special. Talking about good things, Kwang-Soo was again the superstar of the episode. His betraying antics and constant humiliation by Shi-Young turned this average episode into a good episode. The constant failure of Hong-kong team was amusing but I do wanted to see Yun-Fat. Jong-Kook team was superb with the missions although they were lacking in the funny department. Nonetheless good episode, I do have high hopes for the upcoming episode because Asian prince will be in the center of everything.