As part of the ongoing Member's Week on 'Running Man,' the February 19 episode of the variety show was dedicated to member Yoo Jae-suk, who is also the chief MC of the show. He was asked to invite some of his friends on the show, which included singer KCM, actor Lee Chun Hee, and television personality Kim Won Hee. They participated in various athletic competitions as well as had a few laughs at Yoo Jae-suk's expense.
As noted by website Soompi, in one of the games, Haha was competing against South Korean comedian Heo Kyung-hwan, who is one of Yoo Jae-suk's close friends. Both of them had to answer a question related to Yoo Jae-suk in just five seconds. When asked to list the ways in which he is better than Yoo Jae-suk, Haha said: "I look better, my family's better off, and my wife is more beautiful." Haha is married to singer Byul, while Yoo Jae-suk married Na Kyung-eun who worked with him on 'Infinite Challenge.'
Yoo Jae-suk might have been shocked, perhaps even a little bit hurt at Haha's words and remained blank for a moment. He quickly gathered himself and said: "Pass!"
He added that "it's not because I admit it that I'm letting you pass," to the other members' amazement. Another friend of Jae-suk's, comedian Kim Young-man made everyone burst out in laughter. He emphasised: "But Byul really is prettier." What was supposed to be Yoo Jae-suk's day, created embarrassment for him. However, it was all in the spirit of 'Running Man.'
As to the various athletic competitions, singer KCM and Kim Jong-kook took part in a series of wrestling matches that showed off their physical strengths. First, the two singers took part in an arm wrestling match. It was almost about to tie when KCM forced Kim Jong-kook's arm down on the table, winning the round, another Soompi article noted.
The two then competed in a thigh wrestling match. Each player had to keep the other's knees together with his own, failing which he would lose. Neither of them were able to move the other's legs apart to a significant gap. However, since Kim Jong-kook had been able to force apart KCM's legs the most, he was declared the winner.
This was followed by a final round of leg wrestling. In this peculiar match, each had to keep their feet touching the other while having to tug a rope towards them, as mentioned by Soompi. The result was a tie. It was an impressive display of physical strength, endurance and patience between the two participants at the very least.
Yoo Jae-suk was not just a distant observer in all of this. In fact, he was carried around a parking lot by Kim Jong-kook who had lifted Jae-suk on his back, causing his legs to burn from the strain. To make things worse, Kim Jong-kook did push-ups while clutching Yoo Jae-suk.
Song Ji-hyo was also seen running around, trying to catch KCM who was hiding around the parking lot.
With the reinstatement of Running Man, things are looking good for the future of the show. Gary made his surprise comeback recently and ratings have been better in the recent past.
The next episode of 'Running Man' airs on February 26 and might be dedicated to Lee Kwang-soo.