Hey, there! It seems like an eternity since this reality show last aired with the holiday schedule interruption, but it doesn’t mean that our roommates weren’t busy filming several stories. Today’s episode featured an indoor segment in the warm house, and an outdoor adventure in the freezing cold.
Cultwo comedy duo Jung Chan Woo and Kim Tae Gyun, and his son, Bum Joon were guests this week. Roommate fan Bum Joon was all about Jackson and couldn’t believe he got to spend time with his favorite GOT7 idol. Jackson was most attentive and made good use of the many household cameras. Such built in entertainment for, um, kids of all ages.
The Dating Question
I have to say this episode featured more of Bae Jong Ok than we’ve seen so far on Roommate. When the discussion at the dinner table turned to dating (which, by the way, she initiated with the question, “Why are the roommates all single? and Joon-hyung quickly offered “I’m not, I have a girlfriend” in between mouthfuls), the spotlight turned on Jong Ok. Seho asked if she had dated since her divorce and she replied, “Of course” and that “if it’s meant to be then it’s meant to be.” She commented that having been married before versus having never married and having a child versus not having children all make a difference, and ended with, “I don’t find it uncomfortable being single. I’m cool with it.” The question of dating ricocheted Sunny’s way. “I will meet someone and I’ve already…” and trailed off, but it was understood she was not a couple at the moment and was taking a dating break. Was that a hopeful glance that Ryohei shot her way? Not to mention that none of the guys discussed their love lives (or lack thereof).
Masters of Entertainment
Always the funny guys, Cultwo sang a trot version of g.o. d.’s song, Lies – is that even possible? It was Jong Ok, however, who wowed with a rendition of, I Have a Lover and sang for the first time in front of a group. When she finished with, “He will be forever sealed in my lips…that he is the one.” I applauded along with everyone else. The topic turned to the song that Dong Wook and Sun Ah sang in Scent of a Woman. It was written by Tae Gyun and, never ones to let a opportunity go by, he and Dong Wook did a hilarious lip sync version.
Young-ji requested a reenactment of It Depends on the Situation, a comedy skit from years back that Cultwo did featuring over-the-top character, Crazy Cow. They took the lyrics of Maroon 5’s song, Moves Like Jagger and came up with a hilariously bogus Korean misinterpretation of the lyrics. It was a very clever play on words.
The conversation turned contemplative when Tae Gyun talked about his mother’s recent passing. During her illness, he ended their radio show with “I love you, Mom,” and hoped that it gave her strength. It was a sentimental moment at the SBS Awards when he said that he hoped his mother was enjoying the show from heaven. Jong Ok said of all the things, when asked what she envies, it is those who still have their mothers. It is those infrequent but appreciated serious moments that keep us grounded, and it was a nice inclusion on Roommate.
Blizzard and Bromance at Sung Ja Ryung
Jong Ok organized a winter trip to the mountains with big brother Dong Wook, Ryohei, and maknae Young-ji. While Dong Wook took the casual “Let’s just go” appraoch, Young-ji was serious about food and threw in everything but the kitchen sink (and took some ribbing from Dong Wook for it. He will apologize for it, believe me.)
The weather when they started out was foreboding and turned from rain to snow by the time they arrived at Sung Ja Ryung. Bromance♥ was in the air when Ryohei considerately fed Dong Wook a snack so that he could concentrate on driving. With typical dry humor, Dong Wook said, “Today I am growing healthy from the love of Ryohei.” You two are so cute! But who camps in the freezing snow other than (super crazy) Mt. Everest climbers at base camp? Apparently, that was the plan, and they geared up with cleats and ski poles for the trek.
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Off to a good start with plenty of adrenalin-induced energy. Wow, the scenery is breath taking.
Pretty. Cold. Pretty cold.
So, who knows how to put up a tent? “Seriously, what are we doing here?” asked Dong Wook. I wondered that all along.
He discovers the instructions were in Japanese and very complicated.It was about now that Dong Wook realized Young-ji’s food supply was a darn good thing.
Words of wisdom by Dong Wook, “It’s good to do this only once in your liftetime.” Joon-hyung, asleep in bed back at the house, would probably say that once was one time too many.
Young-ji does a live on site report, “First night of survival. We are okay. It’s bearable. We’re still living.” Ryohei chimes in, “Because we have chocolate” and holds up a bar. It is the funniest and most spontaneous thing he’s ever said, and since they were all slap happy, he got a lot of mileage from it.
Boy, did everyone feel great the next morning for their successful bonding adventure and surviving the night! They headed back down the mountain and yelled out to the other roommates, “Joon! Nana! Seho! Kang Joon! Min Woo! Sunny! Gook Ju! Wang Jackson! You ought to come up here and do this.” I’m pretty sure the others are happy they’re cozy in bed and very warm.
Side note: It sure seems like Min Woo, for all intents and purposes, has checked out of Hotel Roommate.