Just Bananas About: Week of 5/6/13

This past weekend was Children’s Day in Korea (also in Japan) as well as Cinco de Mayo for any adults who celebrated with a margarita.  I expected the weekend’s variety shows to be full of Children’s Day cuteness but alas, the weekend ended up being a little short on material for me.  Oh well, it happens.  I did think about writing on something else but as you will see in an upcoming review it’s totally inappropriate considering the holiday and other reasons involving children.  So I opted instead for a weekend variety round up.

On We Got Married, Jin Woon and Joon Hee ended up doing some healing yoga which involved being suspended in the air like a trapeze artist.  Why does this couple’s activities always involve exercise?  Don’t they just want to sit around and do nothing.  Of course, that would make for boring television but that doesn’t really stop Jung In and Jung Chi.  This weekend though, Jung In and Jung Chi go for a check up and despite being feeble, Jung Chi is physically pretty healthy.  Tae Min and Na Eun continued on their first date and although they were unable to go para sailing due to the winds, they went on a jet boat instead.  The jury is still out on how I feel about this new couple but they certainly have a lot in common with each other.

On Dad! Where Are You Going?, Joon catches a fish.  Last week, Min Guk caught a fish as well and was super excited to show it off to Sung Dong Il this week.  They even plan to surprise him by saying they weren’t able to catch much at first until Min Guk goes and shows him his impressive catch.

The fathers were proud but also amused at the fact the kids were better fishermen than them.  It was rewarding to see the group enjoying a meal prepared with the fruits of their labor.  However the fishing expedition was not finished for the dads.  Winning the popularity vote, Yoon Min Soo was left behind to take care of the kids while the dads were off catching angler fish.  Despite the early call time, Min Guk was determined to go out with the dads at 5 A.M. even though his dad was less enthused about getting up so early.  Seeing the upcoming previews, I’m not sure staying behind was an easier task.

On Real Men, the men finished up their last day with White Horse troop.  Looks the show has them moving on to different troop to get an wide-ranging military experience.  Their last day was not without excitement.  While watching a music program, the alarm bells go off and the troop is sent out into the field for a real-life scenario, military drill.

Three men are chosen as North Korean infiltrators and must try to cross over onto the South Korean side under the cover of night while the rest must protect the border.  This is an ultimate test of all the skills they’ve learned so far.

It’s an interesting exercise and thankfully the group is able to work as a team to take down the invaders.  The group says goodbye to their troop and get prepared to move on to their next mission.  However, it’s clear that they are different men from when they started.  No more giggling and now you have men who realize the importance of this project even if it is for a television program.  I think my favorite show this weekend goes to this program and this episode.

On Running Man, the day’s guests were Cha In Pyo, Ricky Kim and Basketball Player Seo Jang Hoon.

The final game had the paired off teams battling for the title of King of the Ddak Ji.  For those that aren’t familiar with the game, you fold a piece of paper origami style into a square and try to flip over your opponent’s square by hitting it with your own square.  Yoo Jae Suk was previously known as the Ddak Ji King until Kim Jong Kuk unseated him on Running Man.  The thing that was on the line was the chance to give 1,000 pair of shoes with their team’s name to kids for Children’s Day.  As expected Cha In Pyo is the master of making things look good but unable to deliver.  On his first chance, he misses the opponent’s square completely.  Lol.  At the end, it was nice to Yoo Jae Suk reclaim his old title.

On Barefoot Friends, the group resumed their trip in Vietnam.  Though they separated into two groups in the beginning, they finally come together in Ho Chi Minh City to put together an event to wrap up the trip.  They decide to do a flash mob and when Kim Hyun Joong tries to explain what it means, he utterly fails at it.  However, Yoon Shi Yoon steps in and explains the concept to a confused Kang Ho Dong.  Kim Bum Soo suggests doing the currently popular Harlem Shake and Yoon Se Yoon chimes in saying they should do it barefoot.  Though not knowing the language very well, they’re able to bring a packed house to the city’s university courtyard even getting the audience to take their shoes off and go wild with them.

On 1 Night 2 Days, Joo Won brings a special guest to their trip down to Chuncheon: Choi Kang Hee.  It was interesting to watch the two of them.  They don’t come off as they’re dating to me but it’s clear that they’re close.  Choi Kang Hee seems to view Joo Won as a good friend/younger brother type while I’m feeling there’s something more going on with Joo Won.  There’s a cute level of admiration from him towards her.

Since Chuncheon is known for their marinated chicken, the teams split in two to battle it out for lunch.  Choi Kang Hee’s team needs to be able to stay on a banana boat ride while it turns and spins in the choppy water.  Cha Tae Hyun’s team must win Rock, Paper, Scissors against kids.  Let’s just say that the kids best the adults but then again, this is Cha Tae Hyun that we’re talking about.  Even he knew he was going to lose.

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