My Thoughts — Strongest Deliveryman— Episode 10
Choi Kang Soo (Go Kyung Pyo) actualizes his dream company, Strongest Deliveryman. He explains the company will provide a consortium of delivery men and offer their delivery service to eateries eliminating the need for hiring their own deliverymen. Kang Soo declares the company will offer healthcare benefits too, something current deliverymen do not offer. When Dan Ah confronts Kang Soo how he can afford to make good one his promises, he admits he will invest his own money.
Lee Dan Ah (Chae Soo Bin) is forced to become an employee of the Strongest Deliveryman company when chef of the eatery Jang Dong Soo (Jo Hee Bong) and the prickly Soon Ae (Lee Min Young) fire her after agreeing to use the delivery services of Strongest Deliveryman. She attends the meetings and grudgingly agrees with the direction of the fledgling company. Kang Soo taps a friend to make an app for the company. Dan Ah has a twinge of jealously at how pretty the software designer is. Kang Soo can only smile when he realizes that Dan Ah is struggling with the green eyes monster.
Kang Soo admits to Dan Ah that while he may not have any blood relatives he’s rich in friends who are his family. She’s touched by the admission. She wonders what it would be like to be truly alone. When Kang Soo continues to help her clean at the English school, Dan Ah enjoys their time together. In a sweet moment, Dan Ah forbids Kang Soo to help her when he’s obviously exhausted from working on the new company. Dan Ah takes matters into her own hand and literally knocks Kang Soo out and puts him to bed. She can’t resist listening to his heart, first to assures herself he’s okay and second to relish the pleasure of his warm, strong, heartbeat.
Oh Jin Gyu (Kim Sun Ho) efforts are bringing in better sales numbers but he wants to improve them further. He realizes if Grandmother’s eatery is making late night deliveries, then there is no one offering a breakfast service. Jin Gyu utilizes his charm to convince enough of his worker to staff the breakfast service. In a surprising move, Jin Gyu acts as the chef.
Jin Gyu and Kang Soo admire each others willingness to work hard to achieve their goals. Jin Gyu wishes both of them could succeed without hurting the other. Kang Soo agrees. Their friendship is definitely on the mend.
Dong Soo agrees to negotiate for his former gang with the lure of finding the man that hurt Soon Ae. The man he speaks with is a former friend and agrees because he owes Dong Soo. He warns Dong Soo that getting involved with the gang will hurt him in the long run.
In fact Jin Gyu is so busy he doesn’t have time to date Lee Ji Yoon (Go Won Hee). She’s miffed by the about face as she was finally ready to spend time with Jin Gyu now that Kang Soo’s affections clearly with Dan Ah.
Ji Yoon’s mother realizes that Jin Gyu will never make the sales numbers needed to vault him to a director role. She decides to eliminate Grandmother’s eatery to get rid of the competition. Kang Soo and his deliverymen are shocked when Grandmother’s eatery is shut down by the new owner of the building. Grandmother thanks Kang Soo and the deliverymen for all their efforts. The movers clear out Grandmother’s eatery and she walks away head held high. When Jin Gyu arrives and witnessed the scene, Kang Soo pointedly asks if he arranged the outster. But Jin Gyu is clueless and Kang Soo recognizes his friend’s honest reaction to the situation.
The Strongest Deliveryman company was launched. Writer Lee Jung Woo choose Kang Soo’s dream to be establishment of a company that provided insurance and a future for deliverymen. This is another example of everyday folks (without government or company jobs) struggling to make it in a modern world. This issues cuts across countries.
Choi Kang Soo (Go Kyung Pyo) was willing to put his own money into the company. This is his dream. Dan Ah was right. The company likely couldn’t afford healthcare for its workers with the current cash flow. Kang Soo admitted he was investing his own money. He’d saved and wanted to bolster his vision. Why not? We didn’t see Hyun Soo or and his mother (who also Kang Soo’s mother) this episode. Kang Soo continues to woo Dan Ah by helping her and having fun in the process. I appreciated that Jin Gyu and Kang Soo both wished that they didn’t have to compete head to head, instead preferring both of them be successful. When Jin Gyu denied having anything to do with Grandmother’s eviction, Kang Soo believed him. It was odd not seeing Ji Yoon interact with Kang Soo. I missed it. Finally, I have to give a shout out to the hairdresser who revised Kang Soo’s hairstyle. It is a marked improvement.
Lee Dan Ah (Chae Soo Bin) fought her attraction to Kang Soo but his persistence is weakening her resolve. Jin Gyu pointed out that Kang Soo will be hurt once she emigrates. Dan Ah retorted that Kang Soo would bounce back. But she knows Kang Soo won’t be the only one hurting when she leaves. I liked the brief interaction between Ji Yoon and Dan Ah. Ji Yoon knows that Dan Ah rules Kang’s Soo’s heart.
Lee Ji Yoon (Go Won Hee) has accepted that Dan Ah and Kang Soo are building a relationship. She asked Dan Ah for permission to see Kang Soo and accepted her ruling to not see him. She missed her date night with Jin Gyu. This character seems in limbo, she needs more to do.
Oh Jin Gyu (Kim Sun Ho) used his charm on his coworkers and his brains to open at breakfast. Jin Gyu saw the opportunity to capitalize on a breakfast needs of the working folks in the neighborhood. I like that he’s ethically trying to make the sales numbers goal. This character needs more to do.
Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as good. My episode ranking chart is below.
The fifth song of the OST “End of The Day” by Na Yoon Kwon has been released: