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Dad, Where are We Going?

March 18, 2013


Junsu: Haters can hate

Before I could realise, this variety show has already slipped itself into all of my conversations; I could be talking about getting easily distracted,

“Eh there’s this variety show I am watching.. and the boy just forgot what he wanted to say after his dad fed him a hard-boiled egg”

I could be talking about eating vegetables/well

“Eh the kids, they just ate whatever their parents gave them, raw fish, boiled potato, spring onion, ..”

It’s embarrassing how often I find myself talking about the show, because I never understood why my sister watched Hello Baby — it’s not your kid, I don’t care what the idols are doing and they’re probably scripted anyway. But this, this, I don’t even know how to properly explain the concept of the show to anyone who’s keen to listen and I’m already showing up late for meetings with friends to catch one more episode of “Dad, Where are we going?”.


Joo Won is not impressed.

So it’s a 1N2D crossover with Family Outing with lots of children, and probably less scripted. I like the idea of 1N2D, short trips to rural parts of South Korea, playing games to earn ingredients and then cooking for yourselves. It’s fun, spontaneous and I can be travelling vicariously through them. But no matter how adorable Joo Won gets, he can’t beat the kids.

So each week, the 5 father-child pairs (for now they are not swapping the father-kids out, so I guess they are considered permanents already) will travel to somewhere rural, stay there for 2 days 1 night, and hopefully some good bonding will occur along the way.

If there’s a conversation that I want to write down, episode 6, between Yoon Hoo and his dad Yoon Min Soo:

YMS
Do you really dislike dad?

YH
Huh? Did you say something wrong?

YMS
Previously when you can’t always play with dad, you disliked dad right?

YH
Then? Very very very very very little dislike

YMS
Very very very very very little dislike?

YH
Uh. When I was little, when I was a baby, when I was a meat bun, dad didn’t have a room

YMS
You remember the small house?

YH
Of course

YMS
You were really young then

YH
Then dad where did you sleep?

YMS
Me? Somewhere else, because I was busy then

YH
Really?

YMS
Once when you were younger, dad and mum were quarrelling, you told mum ‘Don’t shout at dad’, do you remember?

YH
Mum was wrong. When one’s home is happy, all goes well (가화만사성, 家和萬事成)

YMS
Ahh our family precept. But dad did wrong too

YH
Dad didn’t know the family precept then

YMS
Dad knew

YH
Then you did wrong

YMS
But dad is especially thankful of

YH
Who?

YMS
Yoon Hoo

YH
Why?

YMS
Because Yoon Hoo stood on dad’s side. (pause)
Dad and mum will not argue from now on

YH
Huh it’s okay to argue

YMS
HAHAHAHAHAHAAAA

(…)

YMS
You must have once hated dad, for things I’ve said

YH
Because you didn’t want to play with me. Even so, it’s good now. Very very very very very

YMS
Because we are often playing together?

YH
Uh

YMS
It’s good being together with dad right?

YH
Uh that’s why it’s good

YMS
Sorry for how dad was

YH (laughing)
You don’t need to apologise. That was the past, we should talk about now

YMS
The past is just the past?

YH
I forgot about what happened in the past already

YMS (laughing)
Forgotten?

YH
Because we have a future together

It’s moments like this, when I really hope the lines are not scripted. The dad likely had it thought out, be it a good excuse to talk to his son, or to make the show more interesting, but I hope all of that came from Yoon Hoo, not some weird uncle feeding him lines.

There’s already sort of a format forming in the show, I hope it stays fresh, hopefully for another 5-10 episodes and I’ll be fine if they swap the father-kid pairs out for new ones. For now, just give me more of Lee Jong Hyuk and Lee Junsu.

(Images via Sleepyhead Jun Su, KoreanPyong, Me gusta!, Kuki’s)

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