Okay, so this television show, Exploration of the Human Body with Super Junior, is painfully hard to find, because SBS International has copyrighted it. That means, any form of broadcasting on the internet is illegal, in violation of the
copyright laws. I’ve been roaming around, attempting to find the renegades secretly recreating accounts and uploading Eng-subbed versions. This is getting ridiculous. This will be a slow ride, as I trudge around and feel like a rebel too, finding random episodes. SBS needs to understand, I have no access to spanking good Korean TV shows and I must watch this Super Junior show to keep my brain alive for medical school!!!
Episode 1: The Senses, Tongue, & Taste Buds
Hot Pepper Tasting– Super Junior on fire, is thoroughly amusing. Koreans love hot and spicy, and this trial tests their limits, with the hottest of all fiery peppers in the world. They guys clap their hands and cheer in ecstasy, unaware of the burning tears they will endure.
The first taste of hell begins with Korean Chungyang green-chili peppers. At first, they take a bite and savor the flavor. Slowly, the spice becomes overwhelming and they panic like cornered animals. Heechul says, “Please prepare a camera behind us since we always keep turning and you only get our backsides.”
You think Korean peppers are spicy? Super Junior are already panting like dogs and bulging their eyes… Think again and consider the 3 hottest peppers in the world. How lucky they are to even dare to tread dangerously hot waters. Behind them lies a table of food and drinks that mild the hot flavor- milk, rice, soymilk, cheese, eggs, and bananas… and a few health professionals on standby =D
The third hottest pepper is Thai Prik Ki Nu; they look like wrinkly red fingers. To put things into perspective, these peppers are 10X hotter than the Korean Chungyang peppers. In terms of Scovilles, the unit of hotness, Prik Ki Nu is 100,000. Clearly, Super Junior has not seen the bitter end just yet… To start off, Shindong is the first to go, as he is blessed with a round, hungry belly. Even the Dongyup says he can eat anything. The other team (Lacking Action) challenges, with Kibum proudly saying he’ll eat the #1 pepper and Yesung happily preparing for all 3 peppers. Not sure if those are the wisest decisions to make to prove their tasting prowess on Korean TV, especially when they barely survived the Korean peppers and the top hottest peppers are still unknown. Then jokingly, Shindong backs off and motions all the peppers for Yesung to handle. Wahwawa~Yesung just looks up, expressionless now, wondering what he got himself into??!!
Shindong and Leeteuk go first as planned. Dongyup even warns them, “One bite. Don’t eat too much. Just chew it,” as if they might want to devour the whole pepper like it’s gourmet.
As there’s not much of a dramatic reaction and Leeteuk describes how the feeling comes up, Kangin, initially hesitant, jumps in like a hyper child, wanting to try the #3 hot pepper. Someone even says to him, “Why are you eating all the good things for yourself?!” Oh Kangin, have you heard how curiosity killed the cat? Well, soon enough, Yesung looks like he got a pow in his face, when the pepper finally drops its bombshell in his mouth. Same thing with Heechul… then you find Kangin scrambling around, reaching for Leeteuk in revenge, and hunching over like a drunken hobo. Shindong describes, “It’s different than Chungyang peppers. It’s not spiciness. It just tastes like pain. Very hot pain.” Leeteuk adds, “It’s the feeling you get when you bite your tongue.” Ouchies! After seeing the unfortunate reactions, Kibum becomes uneasy. Uh-oh, but too late now, deal’s been made already. All he can do now is laugh, but his time is coming…
#2 hottest pepper goes to the Mexican Habanero! Everyone’s like “Ooooh, it’s pretty! I want to eat it!” It’s a radiant, bulby red pepper. It’s small and cute and shiny, like a Christmas ornament. Don’t let the innocent looks deceive you, the bite-sized balls of fire are the world’s #2 hottest at 300,000 Scovilles. Siwon curiously volunteers to try it, even when he was tearing up and hacking over a bite of Korean green chili. When he goes in for the first bite, it is a rather big one for someone who could not take spicy; Dongyup warns him to take a smaller one. Soon after, he turns and covers his mouth with a napkin, as if the spicy flavor got to him already. Ah, he fools us, and says the Habanero isn’t too bad after all. He even smiles and points to the little ball of fire, “It’s not hot,” and takes another eager bite. He thinks he’s so clever, and guesses the hot flavor comes from the inside. Ahoy, in the middle of explaining, he gets practically knocked out by the approaching hotness that all he can say now is, “oo, it’s coming,” all the while covering his mouth and hunching over in sweat and shameful giggles. He slinks away in pain.
Next, Yesung follows his promise, and dares to consume the Habanero in 1 bite. He looks all focused, proud, and dandy, but you notice his anxiety. He just stares off into the distance and challenges the old pepper in his fingers, victory in his cartoon-ish eyes. He closes his eyes, facing the bright lights and hoping his Lord will have mercy. In his frenzy, he eats a whole pepper and chews it many times. They had to shout to him “Don’t swallow it!!!” and “He’s going to faint!” The feeling should be coming soon. Kangin cheers, “If you spit it out, it won’t be fun;” he’s just cocky because he’s not the one under fire.
All the while, Yesung smiles and chews, smiles and chews, but suddenly, his expression completely darkens. His eyes and mouth just freeze, as if he becomes petrified stone. I love how his eyes just go beady and blank. Everyone’s like, “Don’t eat it… You’re not supposed to eat it!”
Finally, he dips his head into a bowl, in shame, and relieves himself. He can barely talk about his experience and nods his head in defeat. Right next to him, Donghae and Ryeowook eat bananas, not daring to succumb to the fire balls.
On the other team, Leeteuk sacrifices himself. He acts like a flamboyant goof-ball, jiving and grooving with a pepper. He behaves like this omnipotent big-shot and shoves the whole pepper in, chewing it like it’s sweet fruit. The banana boys on the side cringe at the sight of this. While Kangin goads him on and makes fun of Yesungie, Leeteuk gives out and throws up the poor pepper. He tears up behind his glasses and his eyes go Habanero red 😄 His face nearly explodes and he tops off with, “I’m fine.” Without the faintest bit of embarrassment, he recovers, “It’s not hot” with a wave of his hand and calm expression. Way to stand up as team leader Leeteuk!
Funny how the band pokes fun at Shindong. Heechul points to the peppers, “You know you’re the best. The show was made for you.” Leeteuk sheepishly begs, “Don’t…eat it. DON’T EAT IT… Don’t eat it, even for fun,” and giggles quietly, coming from a guy who just said “It’s not hot.” Shindong now appears scared and pitiful after Lee’s imploring. Kangin jumps in here and reminds him that Kibum still has to eat the world’s hottest pepper, the one who’s been sitting along the sidelines and watching the misery unfold, pepper by pepper.
The countdown has culminated to the #1 hottest pepper, the Indian Bhut Jolokia~100X hotter than the Korean green chili!!! It’s a wrinkly piece of evil… perhaps these sure-fire peppers can warm you up during the next snowstorm! Shindong exclaims, “The color’s not red! It’s BRIIIGHT red!” A woman named Anadita Dotatamulgu set a record with 60 such peppers in 2 minutes… what a monster. One guy freaks out, “Is there anything wrong with Anadita now??!” Kangin gets all charming, “Anadita is amazing,” with Dongyup responding “Yes, she is ve-ery amazing.” This is how freakishly dangerous these hot peppers are. Whoever dares to try, they can only chew 5 times and spit it out. Dongyup shares a memorable story: “Once I chewed it 7 times. I was left with a beautiful, UNFORGETTABLE memory.” Kibum is the first to take the bite and chews it happily. He spits it out as instructed, looks normal and calm, then his eyes bulge and he heaves. He scrambles around like he’s itchy, but maintains his cool. He does not stay cool for long, because he soon turns as red as cooked wet lobster.
Hankyung and Heechul try the deathly pepper as well. Hankyung’s face gets all contorted in disgust. He’s so strung over, he cannot even mend his broken Korean. Heechul looks strangely calm, like a little mischievous boy trying to hide something. He then jumps up and down like he’s going to pee in his pants. Yesung starts to hiccup. Poor Kibum, he gets himself in a mess. He’s suffering, yet he’s laughing it off. He tears up so well that he can be put in a sad, romantic drama, and yet he’s speechless.
Lastly, Dongyup tries the pepper again. He calmly takes it in, chews and relishes it. Did he forget that beautiful, unforgettable moment?? His brows and eyes crinkle in anticipation. Super Junior count his chews, and finally he spits it out in relief. Relief? Ya right, he’s knocked senseless and on the brink of crying a Han river. He stumbles around and gulps down the refreshing milk (Got milk? moment). He can barely think straight: “The next test is… Yes, that was the taste~” Eunhyuk asks him, “So who did you say ate this pepper again?” and Dongyup responds, “Huh? Was it Hakuna Matata or something?!” (laughs)…
Warning to all hungry, cultured, and lovely food addicts. You may like to try exotic food, but beware of these spicy vegetables. These 3 raw hot peppers do not cultivate the palates; they rub your tongue raw and hit with a pow of pain. If you do want to go through the burning tears, at least have a cup of milk and bananas by your side and a doctor to monitor your blood pressure. Thank you Super Junior for being sacrificial lambs in this episode! I can’t believe I still laugh at their pain…