The title for episode 299 is “The Battle For Center.” This episode was based on the conversation between Running Man members from the previous episode. In the last episode, Yoo Jae-suk criticized Ji Suk-jin for sitting at the center position because the center position is reserved for guests or MCs. Ji Suk-jin revealed that it was unconscious. A few moments later unconsciously, Yoo Jae-suk also sat at the center position. Meanwhile, Haha and Gari said that they always sit at the side unconsciously. From the episode, the phrase center syndrome and side syndrome appeared.
In the opening scene, a throne was placed at the center, while 6 chairs flanked the throne. Each Running Man member is free to decide the position they want to sit on. As the first person to arrive on the set, Lee Kwang-soo sat at the throne. Gary was the second member to arrive and without thinking much he sat in the corner. He also warned Lee Kwang-soo about the throne so he changes his sitting spot. As suspected, Ji Suk-jin chose to sit at the throne. Song Ji-hyo and Haha sat at the side. Yoo Jae-suk appeared and he became annoyed because Ji-suk-jin was sitting at the center position. Kim Jong-kook was also annoyed upon seeing Ji Suk-jin at the center position. PD decided to start the show and choose Ji Suk-jin as the MC for the day. Ji Suk-jin looked extremely satisfied and said that he had been waiting for this chance.
The guests in this episode were actress Jo Boa, trot singer HongJin-young, actress Yoo In-young, actress Uhm Hyun-kyung, model Stephanie, and rapper Zico. Jo Boa was paired with temporary MC Ji Suk-jin, Hong Jin-young with Kim Jong-kook, Yoo Jae-suk with Yoo In-young, Song Ji-hyo with Zico, Lee Kwang-soo with Uhm Hyung-kyung, Gary with actress Kyung Soo-jin, and Stephanie with Haha.
There was a different setting for each member’s guest. The guest for MC, Jo Boa was welcomed with a flowery red carpet. The guests of second-line members, Yoo In-young and Hong Jin-young were welcomed with an ordinary red carpet. The guests of third-line members, Zico and Uhm Hyung-kyung were welcomed with an acupuncture mat, and the guests of last-line members were welcomed with an ice bucket. There were none of the members and guests who were satisfied with Ji Suk-jin’s MC performance. Even nature itself showed its dissatisfaction. The wind was blowing terribly and the set became a mess.
The mission for the episode was fighting for the center spot. The team who won the center spot at each segment will be given points and advantages. The losing team will be painted in blue, dressed in a blue suit and placed against a blue screen.
Before the mission started, Jo Boa confessed to all members and guests that she wanted to change partner. Shyly, she used her name’s initial to reveal her regret. At first, she expected to partner with Kim Jong-kook. Ji Suk-jin looked extremely disappointed with Jo Boa’s comment. He also realized that being an MC or center was a lot harder than he expected. Using his name’s initial he confessed that he regretted his ambition of becoming the Running Man center.
The first mission was to blow candles using a huge skirt. Stephanie managed to blow 33 candles, while Jo Boa surprisingly blew 34 candles. Zico, as the only male contestant failed to blow any candle and ended up falling. The winner of the first mission acquired a whistle to start the photo zone game. Each couple must run and jump to the frame and get their pictures taken. The couple who got their picture clearly positioned inside the frame won the mission.
The next mission was a swimming pool game. Each team had to swim to a platform located at the center and make a heart shape. The camera took pictures of the center platform and the result was shown on a large screen. Zico and Song Ji-hyo succeeded in the first round, while the second round was won by Yoo Jae-suk and Yoo In-young. In the third round, Kim Jong-kook showed off his muscle and hoisted Hong Jin-young to the frame, the couple won the third round. Jo Boa looked at Kim Jong-kook helplessly and said that she wanted to be his partner.
The third mission was Camera On/Off. Each team bet their points and pull the plug of their monitor. If they pull the plug correctly, their own monitor screen will remain on. Jihyo and Zico bet their points and pulled the plug. Their screen remained on and they won a total of 16 points.
At the end of the episode, Yoo Jae-suk and Haha had the least points so their faces were painted blue and they had to wear blue suits. They became invisible during the shooting blended with the blue screen.
These Running Man episodes brought smiles and laughter to Running Man lovers. Let’s wish for Running Man to continue delivering more entertaining episodes. That was all the information about the best episodes of Running Man from 2016. Don’t forget to kindly share your thoughts in the comment section below!