Comedian guests galore and a nightmare adventure — I mean Winter Wonderland Adventure — on this week's episode of Roommate. Seriously, who gets the magical idea to climb a snowy mountain in winter? If you guessed Bae Jong Ok, you'd be right. 

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Qisti: Our roomies start the new lunar year with some special guests. Infamous duo Cultwo come and visit them after Dong Wook catches member Jung Chan Woo on his way to the bathroom. He agrees and brings the other half of Cultwo, Kim Tae Gyun and his adorable son, Kim Bum Joon. His son is a massive fan of Roommate and Jackson. Jackson being Jackson is elated and even invites Bum Joon to sleepover. But unfortunately he has school the next day early in the morning and he’s not sure mom will let him.

Jackson gives him a small tour of the house and Bum Joon adorably plays with all the cameras. Then they all gather downstairs to eat dinner, which includes a kimchi stew made from their homemade kimchi. I feel like that’s all they use that kimchi for, lol. After dinner, as per tradition, they all head upstairs to have a little talk and Kim Tae Gyun breaks out the guitar and starts to play trot versions of classic songs. This then leads them to a short karaoke session, starting with a duet between Dong Wook and Kim Tae Gyun and ending with Bae Jong Ok. Afterwards, the duo does an old skit they used to do when they were comedians. Basically, they took the lyrics of Maroon 5’s “Moves like Jagger” and reinterpreted into Korean words.. My favorite line was the word “away” being reinterpreted as “uh~ wae”.

As the night goes on, the older roomies gather around the dinner table as the mood simmers down. We learn more about Bae Jong Ok. She’s a divorcee and her daughter is studying in the States at the moment (this was previously mentioned). She’s such a cool lady. She mentions how she’s not going to force something to happen, things will happen when they should happen. The conversation shifts to Kim Tae Gyun’s mother who recently passed away. She was also a single mom of four after her husband passed away when he was six. Bae Jong Ok mentions how she envies people with their mothers still alive the most. We’ve never really seen her talk about herself before and it was a nice to get to know her a little more.

Rosie: With the guests now gone, we move into the special great outdoors segment, In The Snow!

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Jong Ok has a desire to go mountain hiking somewhere where there is wintery weather, and she invites Young Ji, Ryohei, and Dong Wook to come with her. It’s pretty evident most of them haven’t done this before, especially Young Ji who tries to pack every ingredient out of their fridge including a carton of eggs and bags of raw meat.

The drive up to Sun Ja Ryung is uneventful, except birth of a new force-fed ship (literally). Dong Wook drives and Ryohei insists he needs to eat and so with the help of a little imagination, they have a moment…

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Fun and games end though the moment they start up the mountain. They’re each carrying 20kg of equipment in their packs, including a tent, and this was the first moment I realized they planned to sleep up there overnight! Who does such things!? Roommates do apparently.

The climb, however, is no joke. They lose an audio staff after the first hour who just sits down and refuses to go any farther. I hope there was more footage of the cast and crew calling somebody to come and take him down. Dong Wook was extremely concerned over him. The next hour is just people climbing.

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This is probably what I like best about Korean variety shows. I like the lines between cast and crew are blended and everybody exists together in one shot (when the VJ can be bothered to actually hold the camera up. There were lots of good shots of the snow beneath their feet.)

At the top after a two hour hike, you’d think the worst of it is over, including Young Ji’s sadly frozen lip balm.

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Not so, because it’s dark, the snow is starting to fall heavier, and their tent’s instructions are in Japanese. Good thing for Ryohei! It takes forever to put it up, everybody is freezing, and then they have to deal with the outcome of Young Ji’s food packing, a mystery the show never really solves. Do they have shabu shabu or not? I wanted to know!

Things get even funnier inside the tent.

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They’re lined up in their sleeping bags like little larvae, complaining about the cold. Dong Wook’s clothes are wet from the snow (or sweat?) and he’s dying. Ryohei once again saves him with a change of clothes. Young Ji is all bubbly, but that’s probably just to keep her warm. Jong Ok is probably wondering why on earth she suggested this trip, and Ryohei is getting hyper off of chocolate. Sleep couldn’t come any sooner.

After a scary and windy night, Dong Wook wakes up like a man:

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“Where am I. What is this white stuff. Can I go home now?”

They decide not to linger, probably because everybody feels like a popsicle. But first comes the ritual photo-ops and games. Ryohei and Dong Wook roll around in the snow to solidify their official ship status (also because Dong Wook is eternally grateful for the extra pair of clothes). The girls, not to be left out, also roll around.

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Alright, everybody up. Go home and take hot showers. I feel miserable cold just watching them.

Anybody still feel like snow mountain climbing? 

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