My Thoughts — Strongest Deliveryman— Episode 5
Choi Kang Soo (Go Kyung Pyo) and his friends fan out over the city to find a witness to the illegal drag racing that blocked a highway. Recall Kang Soo’s injured friend was rerouted, delaying medical treatment, and is now comatose. Eventually they find a video that clearly shows rich Oh Jin Gyu (Kim Sun Ho) as the winner of the illegal drag racing. The police issue a warrant for Jin Gyu’s arrest. Lee Ji Yoon (Go Won Hee) has a reporter friend ready to broadcast the story the next morning. The reporter friend gives Ji Yoon the job of keeping Jin Gyu by her side until she’s ready to interview him. But Jin Gyu reaches the point where he ends the date, even leaving his cell phone hostage with Ji Yoon.
Lee Dan Ah (Chae Soo Bin) is almost recovered from the injuries she sustained saving Jin Gyu’s life. He’s agreed to pay her hospital bill. They’ve become friends. Dan Ah shares that she once tried to commit suicide by jumping off the same bridge when the responsibility of her father’s debt that she assumed overwhelmed her. She admits the social cast system that limits her upward mobility is the reason she’s saved many years to built a nestegg. Jin Gyu promises to return the next day to pay her hospital bill and give her the cash reward he promised. That cash reward will fully fund her nestegg and allow Dan Ah to leave Korea and start a new life.
But things go awry when the police arrest Jin Gyu when he arrives at the bank to withdraw the money for Dan Ah’s hospital bill and cash reward. Jin Gyu manages to flee the police. He goes to Dan Ah and begs her to help him. Not understanding the trouble Jin Gyu is in, Dan Ah decides to help him without knowing the details. When Kang Soo arrives to take Jin Gyu to the police, Dan Ah uses her martial arts skills to disable Kang Soo so they can escape.
Jin Gyu’s father is livid when he hears of the video and the subsequent reports that will soon reveal his son’s name as a culprit in the illegal drag racing. He orders his wife and son, who are sympathetic to Jin Gyu’s plight, not to lift a finger to help Jin Gyu or suffer banishment from the family.
On the run Jin Gyu explains to Dan Ah why the police and Kang Soo are after him. Reasonably she urges him to turn himself into the police. Jin Gyu realizes he can’t flee forever and agrees but first he goes to a bank to withdraw the money he owes Dan Ah. Unfortunately his father has closed his bank accounts and frozen his credit cards. He reaches out to his brother for money. But when his brother meets him, he brings henchmen to capture Jin Gyu to turn him over to the police. Once again Dan Ah’s martial arts skills disarm the henchmen and they flee. Things go from bad to worse when the Kang Soo’s friends find Jin Gyu and funnel him to Kang Soo. Jin Gyu is desperate to escape but cannot. Dan Ah urges him to turn himself in. Unable to do anything else, Jin Gyu acquiesces. Kang Soo urges Jin Gyu to accept his punishment for his crimes so they can be friends again one day.
Kang Soo and his friends celebrate the Jin Gyu’s capture. Jin Gyu sits in a prison cell knowing his family has abandoned him.
All this leaves Dan Ah responsible for the hospital bill and the payment for the broken vase. Once again, Dan Ah is saddled with overwhelming debt. Kang Soo feels terrible knowing apprehending Jin Gyu stopped him from providing Dan Ah the promised cash. Kang Soo reaches out to help Dan Ah, but she rejects his offer. Kang Soo comes up with a late evening popup food delivery service where he’d cook and Dan Ah would deliver. When Dan Ah tastes Kang Soo’s food, she agrees to the after hours scheme. They work well together.
A month later Dan Ah and Kang Soo discuss Jin Gyu who is in prison waiting for his trial. As they drive through the neighborhood, they notice a new chain restaurant infiltrating the charming Mom n Pop block of eateries. They stop to watch the new owner and manager exit the car. The owner is Ji Yoon’s mother (though they don’t know is). But the huge shock is when they spot the manager…it’s Jin Gyu. He sees them and grins.
I loved this episode. Writer Lee Jung Woo effectively dealt with Jin Gyu’s need to flee but Kang Soo and his friends boxed him in and forced him to the police. Having Dan Ah help Jin Gyu was smart further strengthening their friendship but also putting her in the direct conflict path of Kang Soo. This allowed Dan Ah and Kang Soo to bond on a different level than coworkers. We know this is our couple, so their interaction is welcomed. Writer Lee penned an episode where I didn’t know what would happened and all the core characters maintained their integrity and essence.
Choi Kang Soo (Go Kyung Pyo) caught Jin Gyu and turned him over to the police. I loved how Kang Soo’s band of buddies combed the city to find the video evidence that sealed Jin Gyu’s fate. The fact that it was three of Kang Soo’s buddies that abandoned the search that found the video was not lost of me. This was Kang Soo’s best episode. He is quietly staunchly ethical but not preachy. He is fair and kind. He didn’t hate Jin Gyu for his actions but knew he must face the consequences for his actions. Kang Soo couldn’t let Dan Ah suffer crushing debt that he inadvertently helped create. He pitched in by cleaning the English school and proposed the savvy after hours food delivery scheme to tackle Dan Ah’s debt. Kang Soo is a nice guy but without the stigma of being boring.
Lee Dan Ah (Chae Soo Bin) faced massive debt when Jin Gyu couldn’t pay her what he promised. I liked that Dan Ah shared her own backstory of attempted suicide due to her father’s debt to Jin Gyu. That showed trust. I liked that Dan Ah supported Jin Gyu without knowing all the details of why he was fleeing. She took the stance to support Jin Gyu over Kang Soo before realizing the truth. That showed her loyalty. Her martial arts skills came in handy. I love a heroine that can defend herself and those she cares for. I understood why Dan Ah initially refused Kang Soo’s help. But even she couldn’t turn away from his quiet support recognizing the after hour food delivery would help pay down her debt. That shows her pragmatism. We don’t have signs of romance with Kang Soo yet, but their dwell time together has increased and Dan Ah can’t help but be moved by his support.
Lee Ji Yoon (Go Won Hee) supported Kang Soo’s plan to capture Jin Gyu. She secretly contacted her reporter friend who broke the story once the video proving the illegal drag racing was happening. She didn’t like being put in the position to keep Jin Gyu by her side but did what she could. I loved her “sparta” line!
Oh Jin Gyu (Kim Sun Ho) fled but was caught for his illegal drag racing. Jin Gyu’s father cut him off. Jin Gyu’s brother wouldn’t help him. But Dan Ah proved her loyalty and helped him flee. But when he faced Kang Soo a second time without possibility of escape, Jin Gyu knew it was over. I was shocked when Jin Gyu stepped out of the car with Jin Yoon’s mother. Did she buy his freedom?
Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as excellent. My episode ranking chart is below.