Viewership ratings for this season was consistently above 11%, with the highest at 11.9% for episode 5.
Sadly this week’s episode 8 will be the final one as Byeong Man would be setting out with a new team for the ‘hidden kingdom’ in Brunei.
Last week’s challenge was a bit tough for the members who were tested for their endurance in holding their breath underwater. Even the better swimmers could not do so for too long due to the strong waves so what more for the weaker ones? It was rather surprising and unexpected that Sang Hyun who cannot swim and had difficulty even maintaining his balance in water had emerged 3rd in the endurance test. It was amazing too that he was able to take on this challenge in spite of his fear of water, perhaps it is a good sign that he is gradually getting over his fear.
Each member would make one dive attempt and if they could achieve a total time of at least 7 minutes, they would receive some potatoes and sweet potatoes. Byeong Man thought the amount of food was not much so requested for cooking oil as well.
After some deliberation, the PD agreed on condition that at least one member had to achieve a time of 2 minutes. But should they fail, half the team would have their sight ‘removed’ …… most likely have them blindfolded which would effectively put half the group members out of action.
Their testing ground with a depth of around 3 meters but as the waves were a bit strong they would have a rope to secure themselves.
Ji Won had to ask Sang Hyun to let go of the rope as his tugging on it would affect his dive. But it was certainly not easy for Sang Hyun as he struggled to maintain his balance. He had used his feet to grab the rope again, probably to move himself forward.
Sang Hyun has certainly come a long way since we watched him in one of the BTS scenes from the 2006 drama Exhibition Of Fireworks. In that particular scene of being partially submerged in the swimming pool, his anxiety was obvious.
With the exception of Jeong Jin who achieved a time of almost 2 minutes, most of the members could not last more than a minute. It was Sang Hyun’s turn next.
Rather surprising that Sang Hyun’s score of 47 sec had exceeded those of the stronger swimmers such as Su Bin (36 sec) and Han Byeol (43 sec). He probably has good lung capacity as a singer. Byeong Man being the final member would have to score at least 2 min 19 sec to make the total of 7 minutes.
The 2 new members Dasom and Jin Woon would be joining them later that night and Han Byeol too could finally return home. The members decided to prepare a farewell dinner of clams in tteokbokki soup, the latter which they had won in the coconut bowling game.
Happy to be returning home and even though it had been tough, Han Byeol had no regrets joining this jungle survival challenge. It would have been nice if she could stay on until the end.
Sang Hyun and Ji Won were assigned to prepare dinner while Byeong Man and Su Bin went fishing. These fishes from Byeong Man’s catch the previous night had been salted and hung out to dry.
As both of them had no experience with deep frying, they were unsure as to how long to leave the fishes in the pot of oil.
Dasom and Jin Woon finally arrived at the camp site and settled in for the night since it was rather late.
They tried to cover themselves well to avoid the mosquitoes.
When Sang Hyun first arrived, he too had covered his head with that netting but seems like the members have adapted well to the environment. I could not help wondering how they could tolerate the heat from being covered up so much since Yap is a tropical island with hot and humid weather.
As the members gathered around for a simple breakfast of fried bananas prepared by the new members, they started talking about their age differences. There is a 20 years gap between the youngest member Dasom (age 23) and the oldest member Sang Hyun (age 43). When Ryu Dam mentioned that she could be Sang Hyun’s daughter, she innocently asked him if he has a daughter.
Everyone started laughing since they knew he had just married but it seems Dasom did not know. Sang Hyun commented that Dasom could address him as ‘uncle’ and was pleased when she responded with “No, oppa” and made a ‘flying heart’ gesture towards him. That must certainly have made his day.
This Friday’s episode 8 being the last episode of jungle survival in Yap would probably cover another day or 2 of filming. Since the typhoon had disrupted the scheduled arrival of the new members and Han Byeol had stayed on for episode 7, the new members would only have most of the filming for the last episode (excluding this end part of episode 7).
The first group had left for filming in Brunei on 18th June. Jeong Jin Woon, Do Sang Woo, Nam Gyu Ri, Kim Byeong Man, Sam Hammington & Sim Hyeong Tak