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Choose your own detective

/ 05:27 AM May 13, 2018

It’s a mystery on its own: Seven bumbling, amateur detectives solving murder cases, escaping vampire island, surviving an urban chase and finding a hidden treasure.

But these “Busted” cases are now solved and Super met the sleuths to settle the score—who is the best detective?


“Me!” exclaimed Yoo Jae-suk, Kim Jong-min and Park Min-young in different roundtable interviews in Intercontinental Seoul Coex in Gangnam, Seoul.

“I’m the brain of the group. You’ll be able to verify when you see the actual episodes,” Lee Kwang-soo said, to the surprise of Min-young.


So, in a bid to end the debate and find the true detective, Super did a little investigation by watching the first two “Busted” episodes available on Netflix.

Yoo Jae-suk

Korea’s National MC has hard evidence: “Look at my hat, I’m the best detective.” But just because he wears the Sherlock cap with side flaps doesn’t mean he is immediately the best.

“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote.

Consider this: Before his big “Busted” break, Jae-suk was just an amateur snoop whose job is finding missing cats.

Lee Kwang-soo

According to the variety show vets, if there’s someone who is more clueless than drama actor Ahn Jae-wook, it’s Kwang-soo.


“That was a misunderstanding. Who said it?! It’s because they’re jealous!” Kwang-soo reacted.

Judging by the turn of events of “Busted’s” first episode, it’s easy to understand why Kwang-soo would come off as oblivious.

But we’ve only seen two episodes and we wanted to give the comedian the benefit of the doubt. We asked him who is the best detective.

“No comment. You can see and you can check the episodes,” Kwang-soo said with a laugh.

Kim Jong-min

“My character sees a lot of details,” the Koyote group leader told Super.

“Really? Details? You?” Jae-suk interjected.

Park Min-young

In “Busted,” Min-young found out that she has what it takes to be a detective.

“I observe people very well and I mimic people very well because I’m an actress. I learned that solving these cases, having those traits helps out a lot,” the “City Hunter” star told Super.

As the story progressed, we see Min-young’s attention for detail improve (think Benedict Cumberbatch in “Sherlock”). But she also developed a weird habit of laying down on the ground every time she encounters an obstruction.

Ahn Jae-wook

His costars have a lot to say about him, especially Jae-suk.

“He really pisses people off, that’s his talent,” Jae-suk said in jest.

But for Jae-wook, this reality-crime-drama variety show is like vacation.

“These guys are specialists in variety (programs). . . I’ve just been an actor in a drama and I can sort of relax being in a variety program. There’s gonna be balance and harmony in the show,” the TV and stage actor said.

Jae-wook didn’t claim to be the best in the lot and, like Kwang-soo, left the it to the viewers to decide.


The EXO maknae was exposed to some really scary stuff that terrified the male detectives. Not to worry, EXO-Ls, we didn’t see any sign of trauma during our short interview.

He admitted that he’s not the best detective, but he has a strong resolve to win. In the second episode titled “Treasure Island,” Sehun is not afraid to do some digging, albeit in a chest full of octopus swimming in mud.

Plus, he’s always in bespoke suits, which is totally unrelated to being a snoop, but he’s always nice to look at.

“Just looking at him makes me feel reassured,” Jae-wook said in episode 2. You’re not alone, Jae-wook.

Kim Se-jeong

“These three are different from us,” Jae-suk said of Min-young, Sehun and Se-jeong.

Indeed they are. These three are not easily scared by slimy creatures.

The Gugudan girl group member may be the youngest sleuth, but she certainly has a knack for guessing the password.

Se-jeong was also humble to say she’s not a good detective, but “I’m good at guessing the story!” she said.

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