My Thoughts — Strongest Deliveryman— Episode 7
Based on the CCTV footage showing Kang Soo throwing away the metal pipe used to attack Jin Gyu and Kang Soo’s confession to protect his friend, the police arrest Kang Soo. Lee Dan Ah (Chae Soo Bin) can’t believe it. Oh Jin Gyu (Kim Sun Ho) believes it. He tells Dan Ah that everyone has two faces – the one they should the world and their inner face. Jin Gyu declares Kang So can’t be as honorable as he projects and his confession proves.
At the police station, Choi Kang Soo (Go Kyung Pyo) confirms he attacked Jin Gyu. The police officer shocks Kang Soo with a charge of attempted murder.
Lee Ji Yoon (Go Won Hee) learns Kang Soo is at the police station from Jin Gyu. With a cry of Sparta she rallies his friends. When Sung Jae (the one that attacked Jin Gyu) he storms the police station to confess. He’s not the only deliveryman there confessing to the crime, two others are doing the same. The police throw the would-be confessors out. They refuse to listen Sung Jae’s declaration that he is the culprit.
When the police transport Kang Soo to the detention center, Dan Ah sees the police van. Wondering if Kang Soo is inside, she pulls up to the police van and peers inside. She can’t see Kang Soo but he can see her and lovingly traces her face on the window. Dan Ah doesn’t understand why she can’t Kang Soo out of her mind. She can’t believe that kind, honorable, good looking Kang Soo would attack anyone.
Ji Yoon goes to Jin Gyu for details of the prison Kang Soo is experiencing. Her mother catches her visiting Jin Gyu and chuckles thinking her matching making is working.
Kang Soo’s comatose friend’s grandmother confronts Ji Yoon’s mother about opening an eatery that is direct competition to her. Unfazed Ji Yoon’s mother shrugs and tells the grandmother that if she can’t take the heat, she better close up shop. She drops the bombshell news that she’s purchased the building Grandmother’s eatery is in. She order Grandmother to move out by the end of the month. Grandmother doesn’t know if she has any way to fight the eviction.
Kang Soo manages to befriend his cell mates so prison is tolerable. He can’t get Dan Ah out of his mind.
Dan Ah hears that other deliverymen confessed to the crime. She pressures Sung Jae to admit he was the real culprit. Relieved that her gut instinct of Kang Soo’s innocence is correct, Dan Ah is still unable to free Kang Soo.
Wracked with guilt and anger, Sung Jae decides to attack Jin Gyu to force him to pressure the prosecutor to change the charges. As he brandish the metal pipe he declares he was the original attacker.
Grandmother and other deliverymen interrupt. Grandmother shares that her comatose grandson has woken from his coma. A calm rolls across the room. Jin Gyu feels tears of relief flow down his face. Grandmother takes his hand and tells him it is over. No longer must he feel the guilt for the ripple of effect of his illegal street racing. Grandmother apologizes for the mistreatment Jin Gyu has received. Jin Gyu can’t believe that she is offering him kindness, understanding and absolution.
Jin Gyu goes to the prosecutor and changes his story. His life was never endanger, it was a simple assault not attempted murder. The charges must be revised. The prosecutor threatens to fine Jin Gyu for making a false statement to the police. Jin Gyu welcomes the fine and declares Kang Soo must be released.
Kang Soo exits prison to find a score of his friends waiting. His stunned to find her comatose friend Hyung Soo no longer in the hospital but standing in front of him. He hugs his dear friend. Kang Soo is pleased Sung Jae is there too.
Dan Ah struggles with visions of Kang Soo and decides alcohol will take the edge off her obsession with Kang Soo. He returns to the eatery and finds Dan Ah drunk and convinced he’s a ghost. Kang Soo gives Dan Ah a piggyback to her apartment. Along the way she confesses she’s interested in him and wants to date. When Kang Soo gets Dan Ah to her apartment, her roommate puts Dan Ah to bed. Kang Soo smiles knowing the woman he’s got a crush on feels the same.
The next day Dan Ah arrives at work mortified by her behavior the previous evening. She decides to brazen it out by claiming she doesn’t remember her actions. Chief Dong Soo and owner Soon Ae are sure the two lovebirds want to hug each other with joy now that Kang Soo is out of prison. They shove them together and leave. Kang Soo loves the feel of Dan Ah in his arms. When she pushes him away, Kang Soo says he’ll only hug her for 5 more seconds and pulls Dan Ah into another hug.
This episode put a smile on my face. Writer Lee Jung Woo waved a magic wand and Jin Gyu revoked his charge to the prosecutor to free the innocent Kang Soo. Was this resolution too easy? Maybe, but I didn’t care. Kang Soo had to be freed for the story line to advance. Now we can proceed with the next chapter of this story. Writer Lee used prison to propel Dan Ah into admitting she liked Kang Soo, a welcomed development for a couple that hasn’t done much yet at the 40% point of the series.
Choi Kang Soo (Go Kyung Pyo) got out of prison and found the object of his affection liked him. Kang Soo navigated prison with ease. No hint of gangs or violence, which is appropriate for this sunny series. Kang Soo’s willingness to languish in prison for a crime he didn’t commit stemmed from his baseline guilt Hyung Soo’s accident. I don’t agree with his logic, but it Kang Soo does. What a thrill to find Dan Ah sorry that he was in prison, that she missed him, that she was interested in him, and that she wanted to date him. His heart must soared. But Kang Soo was a gentleman, ferrying Dan Ah home without answering her drunk pleas. Kang Soo’s pleasure hugging Dan Ah was darling. Kang Soo is a genuine good guy who is endearing.
Lee Dan Ah (Chae Soo Bin) couldn’t get Kang Soo out of her her. She knew Kang Soo had to be innocent of the charges and used her physical prowess to force Sung Jae to admit that he assaulted Jin Gyu. I loved that. While pleased, Dan Ah was still stuck liking a prison housed Kang Soo. To quiet her thoughts she turned to alcohol. When Kang Soo appeared Dan Ah believed it was a ghost. She allowed herself to believe it while Kang Soo piggybacked her home. She allowed herself to believe while she confessed her interest in Kang Soo. The next morning Dan Ah had to face the humiliation of her actions. She couldn’t react to Kang Soo’s hug because she was pretending things were as they were before he prison. What will it take for Kang Soo to admit she likes Kang Soo?
Lee Ji Yoon (Go Won Hee) was desperate to free Kang Soo and went to Jin Gyu twice for help. It didn’t work but it does show that Ji Yoon trusts Jin Gyu to be honest with her. That’s an important foundation for a relationship. And her mother thinks Jin Gyu is winning her daughter’s heart. When will Dan Ah and Ji Yoon meet each other? When will Ji Yoon learn that Kang Soo likes Dan Ah? How will she react?
Oh Jin Gyu (Kim Sun Ho) received absolution for the ripple effect of his illegal street racing. Jin Gyu was moved to tears by the straightforward absolution by the Grandmother of the deliveryman he inadvertently delayed medical treatment due to his street racing. That was a surprisingly effective scene. Jin Gyu received forgiveness and couldn’t deny Grandmother’s appeal to put the anger behind him and start with a fresh slate. Jin Gyu was unfazed by the prosecutor’s ire at his reversal demanding that Kang Soo be released. All this proves that Jin Gyu is evolving to a better man, a man worthy to be called a friend by Kang Soo and Dan Ah as well as a love interest for Ji Yoon.
Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as terrific. My episode ranking chart is below.
The fourth song of the OST “It’s Magical” by The Barberettes featuring Ha Rim has been released: