Running Man Recap: Episode 352

Episode 352: Global Project Part 7: Russia & Mongolia: May 28, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve done a recap, but hopefully I’ll be able to get back on track with these now.

Last Week: The crew was broken up into two teams to find some ingredients. Team Song Ji-hyo went to Mongolia to get sheep milk from a sheep owned by a descendant of Genghis Khan while Team Kim Jong-kook has to catch 11 types of seafood including king crab in Russia.

Mongolia: Yoo Jae-suk, Ji Suk-jin, Song Ji-hyo, and Jeon So-min

Yoo Jae-suk, Ji Suk-jin, Song Ji-hyo, and Jeon So-min are walking around looking for some accommodation. They spot a hotel, but it looks way too ritzy. I’m not sure they can afford it, but then again maybe things are cheaper in Mongolia? Ji Suk-jin walks inside and finds that the cheapest room costs 750,000 Tugriks per night. That’s way too much.

While he’s inside the hotel lobby, the other three just kind of abandon Ji Suk-jin and look for some food. Yoo Jae-suk spots a hamburger place and attempts to convince Song Ji-hyo to give him the free pass. The team captains, Song Ji-hyo and Kim Jong-kook, each have the ability to exempt one team member from the scary tourist attraction punishment. Jeon So-min ever the one-upper can’t let this opportunity go, and tries to convince Song Ji-hyo herself, saying she’ll pee in her pants if she has to go to the haunted house in Japan. She’s scaredy cat.

Ji Suk-jin then catches up with the group. They have 1,080,000 Tugriks for the entire trip and the hotel clerk said he would give him a discount of 380,000 Tugriks per room, but since they need two rooms, that would be more than half their budget.

I’m surprised at how “acceptable” Ji Suk-jin’s English speaking ability is. He had told the clerk, “Discussion with my friends and come back.” I can totally understand what he was trying to say there.

They pass on the hotel, but the crew do decide to get some burgers. The go to Black Burger and the employee there can speak Korean because he studied in Korea for university. What a coincidence. The place is famous for their black bun burgers and everyone there is given some black gloves to eat with? They could just use their bare hands though no? I’ve never heard of wearing gloves just to eat burgers, but I guess I’ve never tried it either so maybe I shouldn’t complain until I’ve tried it.

Yoo Jae-suk thinks the gloves are really cool though and even wants to ask for extras for when they milk the sheep later.

The food arrives, and Jeon So-min promptly spills half the fries but luckily they land on the table. No worries. Still good to eat. They then all exclaim how delicious the burgers are. I wonder if every food is just so-so and they just pretend it’s good every time. Or maybe the food always is delicious because they’re so active and hungry.

Since the employee there speaks Korean, Song Jo-hyo wisely decides to ask him about some nomads of the Borjigin clan which is the surname of the imperial clan of Genghis Khan. Surprisingly the employee himself is a Borjigin, but none of his relatives own a ranch. Too bad.

He advises them thought to check out the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Maybe they’ll find someone there.

The crew leaves the burger place, but keep noticing all the restaurants on the street. I thought they just ate? It’s 8 pm and they stop by another restaurant. Song Ji-hyo wants to split some dishes, but  Ji Suk-jin wants them to just splurge. Song Ji-hyo just gives him a death glare. Yoo Jae-suk uses this to try to weasel his way on to Song Ji-hyo’s good side, and calls her Soo-hyun, but she sternly tells him to just call her Ji-hyo or team leader. Hm…what’s with all the names Ji-hyo?

Yoo Jae-suk changes the subject and asks Jeon So-min what name she uses at home. Jeon So-min responds, “Parrot.” Huh? So she’s like that at home too. What an odd girl.

The PD then interrupts to give them a mission. Poor guys can’t even just eat in peace.

The PD says they will each order a meal. One meal per person. They will look at the menu in Mongolian, and have to eat all of whatever they ordered. If they have to succeed the PDs will pay for 50%.

Looking at the menu, there’s definitely no way to tell what’s what.

There’s peanuts, fish soup, lamb dumpling soup, lamb noodles soup, water, horse meat, cow intestines, lamb ribs, and flower buns.

Yoo Jae-suk is worried because he can’t stand lamb. I’m actually really surprised by how many Korean hate the smell of lamb. I actually think it’s not that different from beef.

Each person orders a random dish.

While waiting for the food, they play Mongolian rocks-paper-scissors where you use all five fingers. You put out one finger at a time. Song Ji-hyo puts out her middle finger, which hilariously gets pixelated out. The loser gets his/her hand slapped.

The food comes out. It can’t be that bad right, because people pay money to eat this food. We leave off on a cliffhanger though.

Russia: Kim Jong-kook, Haha, Lee Kwang-soo, and Yang Se-chan

Meanwhile in Russia, there’s some more food. The four guys have some kebabs. There’s some Korea steamed buns there too with Korean written on the machine saying, “It’s hot.” The machine mus have been imported.

While eating the kebabs at a table by the beach, some seagulls circle over wanting their food. Lee Kwang-soo gives some to a seagull and a pigeon, and Kim Jong-kook yells at him to stop. The seagull is pretty scary, screaming out and calling for his friends. A horde of seagulls arrive and start to peck at the guys. Kwang-soo should have listened to the oldest.

Kim Jong-kook tells Lee Kwang-soo to just go to Japan, He’s decided it. Lee Kwang-soo is stone faced and asks if he’s made up his mind. Kim Jong-kook just shakes his hand at him. Lee Kwang-soo asks again, “You’ve really made up your mind? You’re not going to change?” Kwang-soo is so scary. You never knew what he’s going to do when you push him into a corner. Knowing this, Kim Jong-kook backs down saying,”Of course I can change my mind.” Phew.

“Yang Guide” gets busy on his phone looking for where to go. They need to go fishing for 11 different species of seafood including king crab. Yang Se-chan tells Haha not to get cocky, but Haha wont’ stand for it. “Can’t you see I’m sitting as equals with Kim Jong-kook.” (The two are sitting on the same side of the table.) Haha then yells at the two maknaes to keep the order.

The four guys go back to the kebab owner to ask about king crab boats. Yang Guide takes a picture on his phone and tries to explain in broken Korean/English.

After some advice from the kebab owner, the guys head for Russky Island. Luckily, there’s a bridge so they can just drive over there. On the ride over, Yang Guide takes out the chewable toothbrushes he got from Song Ji-hyo during the house visit a few episodes back. He also prepared some masks and other stuff. Haha compliments him on being a good helper but quickly adds, “That’s it though, got it?” Yang Se-chan insists, “We’re the same level.” More bickering ensues as Haha tries to claim he’s number two after team leader Kim Jong-kook.

They then arrive at the harbor. There are lots of small ships. Not a lot of people around though. Kim Jong-kook heads for the one big ship in the harbor and randomly just says hello. The captains, fortunately, are friendly. Try to ask about king crab, Yang Guide takes out the photo of a crab. The captain motions for them to get on. That was surprisingly easy.

The boat is quite nice.

Once they get inside, the PD reminds them that they need to find 10 types of fish plus a king crab. They have to be all different species things like pretty fish, yellow fish, don’t count as two. The guys all exclaim of course, and Lee Kwang-soo asks, “Don’t you know me?” The PD retorts, “I’m saying this because I do know you.” LOL

Yang Guide brought gloves. Lee Kwang-soo just wants to throw him in the water, irritated at how over the top Yang Se-chan is with his preparedness. Yang Se-chan gives a pair to team leader Kim Jong-kook saying it suits him well because they look like gangster gloves. Kim Jong-kook says, “You saying I’m a gangster?”

Lee Kwang-soo then interrupts asking Yang Se-chan whose side is he going to be. Is he going to keep sucking up to the hyungs or is he going to help him overthrow them. Kim Jong-kook suddenly gives Yang Se-chan a massage just like the gangster character Lee Byung-hun played in “Inside Men.” Yang Se-chan decides to side with Kim Jong-kook for now. Lee Kwang-soo brews.

The four are all in a good mood though as the boat takes off. Haha reminds them that Lee Kwang-soo is a fish, since he played one in “Collective Invention.” Yang Se-chan says if he goes in the net, he should count as a species, The PD agrees. Lee Kwang-soo isn’t happy about that.

Kim Jong-kook suddenly and randomly wants them to do the iconic Titanic pose. They head for the top of the ship. Lee Kwang-soo volunteers to be Kate Winslet, but then is too scared to stand up straight, just keeps falling down, trying to get back down while the other three try to hold him up. Yang Se-chan then takes over and yells out, “I am the king of the world.”

Lee Kwang-soo’s sense of competition gets sparked and he tries to give it another go, but he doesn’t manage to stand up straight. He topples over as the threat of the Japanese haunted house looms over him.

Mongolia: Yoo Jae-suk, Ji Suk-jin, Song Ji-hyo, and Jeon So-min

Back in Mongolia, we now find out about the food. They get

  • Song Ji-hyo – flower buns
  • Ji Suk-jin – fish soup
  • Yoo Jae-suk – lamb noodle soup
  • Jeon So-min – bottled water

All the food is decent. Yoo Jae-suk doesn’t like lamb, and is suddenlt reminded of his wife. He sobs that he won’t complain at home anymore about the food. He offers some lamb to VJ Kwon-ryeol and then slyly tries to feed him the bulk of it.

After dinner, the crew goes back on the hunt for a cheap hotel. The first place they check out that night is too expensive. They then spot Premium Hotel which is 100 dollars per night per room. Ji Suk-jin asks for a discount and get one. He manages to get two rooms for 160 dollars including breakfast and wifi. That’s some world class haggling skills right there.

The hotel rooms are quite large, but the beds are really high. Is that Mongolian style or is this hotel unique?

Jeon So-min takes out her cup ramen and bag of assorted Korean snacks. She also brought some pink ear muffs.

Yoo Jae-suk climbs on to the bed, and does push up. He’s surprisingly good at them. Must have been going to the gym regularly. Ji Suk-jin can’t do them properly though and instead just jumps around on the beds. Whoever is sleeping below them isn’t going to be too happy.

The ladies wash up and go to sleep. Song Ji-hyo is so loving to her dongsane. She gives Jeon So-min some advice for variety shows. Aw. Jeon So-min is really talkative, talking about how this is a new path for her, so she doesn’t know what to do. She’s doing just fine though, it’s Yang Se-chan who needs to be worried.

The next morning, the four head toNaran Tuul Market. It’s really big and similar to the large traditional markets you’d see in Korea.

Jeon So-min steps on some gum. Yoo Jae-suk and Ji Suk-jin help her out, but not without complaining about how much work it is to take care of her.

Song Ji-hyo wants to split up to save time. It’s men vs women. They need to buy some gifts here for the nomads. Song Ji-hyo and Jeon So-min spot an avatar mannequin and take a photo because it looks just like Kwangvatar. They also try on some traditional costumes. Can’t afford to actually buy it though. Jeon So-min looks really pretty, but Song Ji-hyo looks tough in the traditional costume?

Meanwhile, Yoo Jae-suk and Ji Suk-jin try on some sunglasses. The PD reminds them they’re here to buy presents for the nomads and not themselves. They continue on to some food stalls. There’s some traditional candy, and the two try a sample but it’s not exactly tasty. They decide to purchase two kilograms of assorted snacks for kids.

While walking around, Song Ji-hyo spots the two men, and decides to sneak up on them. She and Jeon So-min tap them on the back and the two men yell out in surprise. How cute.

At the market Yoo Jae-suk and Ji Suk-jin bought snacks, flour, and sunglasses while Song Ji-hyo and Jeon SO-min bought umbrellas, balls, and socks. Seems kinda random?

With he shopping done, they head for some lunch. They a restaurant that serves both Korean and Mongolian. Perfect! They order two kimchi stews and two spicy pork dishes.

While waiting for the food, Yoo Jae-suk deices to call Chan-hyuk of Akdong Musician. Good idea. It’s his first time calling him though, because he’s not actually that close. Yoo Jae-suk just got his number because he thought he might need his help in Mongolia.

Chan-hyuk picks up and ask, “Who is this?” Yoo Jae-suk replies, “Jae-suk, it’s Yoo Jae-suk.” Chan-hyuk is super surprised. Ji Suk-jin snorts at him pretending like he’s close with Chan-hyuk.

Chan-hyuk says he lived in Mongolia for five years but never met a Borjigin. This mission is going to be tough.

The food them comes out, and the PD looks on at the Korean food. He’s not happy about that, he wanted them to order Mongolian food so they could get some good tourist shots of food.

The crew then heads to the pasture. It takes 2-3 hours by car, so we fast forward though driving scene on the bus. Lots of road.

Song Jo-hyo spots some Ger houses. There are also a few statues of Genghis Khan. Although there are lots of cows, Jeon So-min notes haven’t seen any sheep yet.

Russia: Kim Jong-kook, Haha, Lee Kwang-soo, and Yang Se-chan

Back on the boat, Kim Jong-kook tries to hype up his crew for success. Then, he realizes he just needs to enjoy himself because he’s the team leader, so it’s the other three that have to work.

The captain shows them how to bait the lines and use the fishing pole. While Kim Jong-kook is taking to the captain, the three discuss revolting, Haha tattles on them right away.

Kim Jong-kok is too busy to really care though. Something is on his line. He starts to pull it up with the help of the captain.

It’s a halibut fish! Not to shabby.

Haha catches a pollack shortly after.

They Catch fish after fish. Yang catches another pollack. Lee Kwang-soo catches nothing? So unlucky. Haha yells at Kwang-soo to go away because he’ll just get his fishing line in the way.

Haha gets another halibut, but the hook gets caught on Kwang-soo’s sleeve.

More and more fish caught. Lee Kwang-soo finally gets a bite, but it’s a minuscule starfish. So small, but at least it counts as a new. So far, the team has caught three species. Just eight more to go!

Mongolia: Yoo Jae-suk, Ji Suk-jin, Song Ji-hyo, and Jeon So-min

The pastures is really big, kind of looks like a desert though because the grass is yellowish. The four exclaim at how big the pasture is. but large just means that much more difficult to find a right nomads.

They get out of the van and spot some sheep poop. Jeon So-min tries to touch it, saying it’s medicinal. She says people stir fry it and eat it. Of course, SBS might get sued for that, so they add a scene from a doctor saying in the past, people did use it as medicine, but it’s not effective and people shouldn’t touch sheep poop because it has viruses and lots of germs.

The crew then spots some local nomads. They ask if any of them are of the Borjigin clan. Nope. They are of a different surname. One of the nomads give them some snuff. Yoo Jae-suk exclaims that it’s quite fragrant.

Yoo Jae-suk also asks if they can look inside their Ger home. It’s low, but warm inside. Yoo Jae-suk gives them some presents, while the nomads reciprocates with some fried flour snacks and cow milk tea.

Yoo Jae-suk tries to translate what the nomads are saying based on their body language. The tea spills over and Yoo Jae-suk pretends like the woman nagged at the other nomads for not watching the tea. He also guesses that they said they got the water from a well.

The actual translator behind the camera tells him a few times that he’s right. Jeon So-min is impressed.

After drinking lots of tea, all four of the go off to pee. Yoo Jae-suk is paranoid about cameras following him and warns the helicam not to follow him.

Russia: Kim Jong-kook, Haha, Lee Kwang-soo, and Yang Se-chan

In Russia, it’s catching some more fish. Haha catches a jellyfish like thing. Suddenly, Lee Kwang-soo yells out that he caught a king crab. Did he really?

Next Week: Kwang-soo falls in love with a Russian woman and we finally get the finale to the dangerous missions series with a haunted house in Japan.



  1. non

    I LOLed when they keep saying Borjigit is uncommon clan name it is going to be hard to find…etc. It is one of the more common clan name so…. Heck at the end nomad lady even side in the other side most of them should be Borjigit but what got translated was maybe check the other side. I guess they have to keep it more dramatic. Idk why that hotel room had such a high bed and they were def. checking out some really high end hotels. I think hotels around that area was probably more expensive since it is literally in center of the city. As for Seokjin’s haggling skill I’m guessing they noticed the camera and that might have been in exchange for some promo? Idk though, might just be simple kindness but it is so weird how he managed make 3 hotel offer discount.

    • Korean Variety Recaps

      Oh okay 🙂 I knew that a lot of Mongolians were descendants of Genghis Khan . . . so something did seem off when they said Borjigits were rare. Thanks for that info. I don’t know much about Mongolia, so you’re comment is really insightful!!

      Also, that makes a lot of sense about Suk-jin’s haggling skills~

  2. Niz

    may i know what is the song at 54:48?



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