Strongest Deliveryman Episode 12

My Thoughts — Strongest Deliveryman— Episode 12

Nutshell Summary:

Choi Kang Soo (Go Kyung Pyo) his deliverymen encounter Ji Yoon’s mother and her team handing out brochures for her latest eateries to open. She tells Kang Soo to step aside and let her pass. Kang Soo counters that they have hot food which gives them the right of way. She is forced to agree telling Kang Soo he has much to learn.

Lee Ji Yoon (Go Won Hee) looks at the gift card Jin Gyu gave her so she’d eat better lunches. She won’t use.

Ji Yoon’s mother promotes the second in command manager at the eatery. She studies Ji Gyu’s notes to improve business. No doubt she’ll use the ideas and declare them hers.

Grandma asks Kang Soo’s mother why Kang Soo left yesterday before she and Hyun Soo returned with snacks. Kang Soo’s mother doesn’t want to admit that she’s Kang Soo’s mother and that he chewed her out for deserting him and his father (now dead) years ago. She claims he had an urgent phone call.


Ji Yoon’s mother pressure the local bank to foreclose on all the local eateries loans. The bank does. The local eatery owners are now in a bind. Will they have to sell to generate cash to pay the bank loan?

Without a job, Oh Jin Gyu (Kim Sun Ho) wanders sleeping on the street and considers eating leftover food.


Ji Yoon, Kang Soo and Lee Dan Ah (Chae Soo Bin) share an awkward lunch. Ji Yoon bids them happy and exits.

Lee Ji Yoon (Go Won Hee) realizes that her father is having her followed to keep tabs on her. She finds out the men also following Jin Gyu. She demands they tell her where he is. When she finds Jin Gyu, she stops him from eating leftover food. Instead she treats him to instant ramen. They enjoy the food. Ji Yoon startles Jin Gyu with the announcement they should date for real. She declares her first love (Kang Soo) didn’t work out, so she’s ready for her second love (Jin Gyu).


The chef of the eatery Jang Dong Soo (Jo Hee Bong) demands his former gang provide the promised information, the identity of man that hurt prickly Soon Ae (Lee Min Young), or else. Soon Ae plants a tracking device in Dong Soo’s shoes so she knows where he goes. When the gang lures Dong Soo to a meeting location, Soon Ae calls Lee Dan Ah (Chae Soo Bin) to meet her there. Things get dicey when the gang decides to beat Dong Soo and they surround Soon Ae and Dan Ah. Kang Soo and another deliveryman arrive and fight the gang. Dan Ah joins in, strengthening their chances considerably. In the end, they gain the upper hand over the gang. Dong Soo allows the gang to leaves but extracts the promise to never bother him again.


Kang Soo is livid that Dan Ah went to the meeting location and didn’t tell him about it. Realizing part of his anger stems from past issues, Dan Ah back hugs Kang Soo and promises not to do it again. Kang Soo accepts her word and they go back to even footing.


The Strongest Deliveryman team decides to take a trip together to build the team rapport. Dan Ah and Kang Soo get sent to procure supplies. Kang Soo takes the opportunity to ask Dan Ah if she’d consider staying in Korea and not emigrating. Torn between her dream and the man she cares for, Dan Ah can’t give an answer. Kang Soo stares in her eyes and kisses Dan Ah. She kisses him back.

My Thoughts

Our couple amped up their romance. Writer Lee Jung Woo had Kang Soo plead with Dan Ah to stay and not go. This is the situation Dan Ah feared. Her head tells her to emigrate but her heart tells her to stay with Kang Soo. What will she choose? Dan Ah’s primary issue lack of upward mobility isn’t solved by having Kang Soo in her life.

Choi Kang Soo (Go Kyung Pyo) kissed Dan Ah. He finally took the plunge and pressed his lips to hers. It was a decent kiss. Their argument when Dan Ah went to the gang meeting seemed realistic. He couldn’t believe she put herself in jeopardy and she couldn’t say no Soon Ae. Can Kang Soo’s business survive if Ji Yoon’s mother shuts down the local eateries?

Lee Dan Ah (Chae Soo Bin) continued to be drawn into Kang Soo’s orbit. She cares for him. She wants him happy. She wants to be with him. But her long term goal of emigrating to afford herself better opportunities are in direct conflict with their relationship.

Lee Ji Yoon (Go Won Hee) told Jin Gyu they should date for real. She was genuinely worried about Jin Gyu. She swooped in with ramen and declared they should date. Is romance brewing in her heart? I’m a bit disappointed that Dan Ah and Ji Yoon don’t have anything other than an awkward relationship. I hope that changes.

Oh Jin Gyu (Kim Sun Ho) lived like he was homeless. Jin Gyu was crushed by Ji Yoon’s mother’s revelation that she only wanted his family’s connections and he was replaceable in her company. He didn’t go to his apartment, he didn’t access his money, instead he wandered the streets. Frankly that seemed a bit excessive given the circumstances.

Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as good. My episode ranking chart is below.

The seventh song of the OST “Path Towards You” is sung by our leading lady Chae Soo Bin:

Asian drama fan

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4 comments on “Strongest Deliveryman Episode 12
  1. Jane Tilly says:

    I 💗 Kang Soo and his network of friends, they gave Kang Soo the 4⃣1⃣1⃣ on Dan Ah’s location so he could come to the rescue. I don’t think I could or would deny Kang Soo’s plea to stay. The series has become my guilty pleasure and can’t wait to see this romance turn up the heat 🔥💋❗

    What is up with mama Jung? I am rooting for her to fail or at least learn that people 👨‍👩‍👦 are more important than profits 🤑. She asked the 🏦 banker to do business ethically and then asked him to give no leniency to his restaurant clients (her competition). Hmm reminds me of being an Illinois State employee and the irony of taking the mandatory annual ethic course, which didn’t help the THREE former Governors who were serving prison 🚓 time for unethical behavior or my institution’s ethics officer being fired 🔥 for the same. Did I mention my attitude improved 🌈🦄 after I chose to leave the hypocritical state of Illinois and then discovered Kdrama?

    I can see where KJT thought Jin Gyu’s lonely wandering 🚶 seemed excessive, but his father had already cut ✂ him off with the threat to cut ✂ off his mother if she helped Jin Gyu. Mama Jung threatened to cut ✂ him off and have the legal ⚖ charges leveled against him again. I’m guessing mama Jung was paying 💰 for his apartment. I suspect Jin Gyu has enough of being under the thumb of mama Jung or his dad. I hope we see him become a self-made man.

    I 💗 Ji Yeon for ending her first love (that was only in her own mind) with Kang Soo and then pusuing Jin Gyu. Just having someone look for him was a beginning for Jin Gyu to get out of his funk 😞. I 💗 these two together. It will be interesting to have Ji Yeon and Dan Ah in the same building; will they be besties or frenemies❓ I’m hoping for besties since they won’t be competing 🏁🏃🏃 for the same object of their affections 💕.

    • The series has become my guilty pleasure and can’t wait to see this romance turn up the heat 🔥💋❗
      This series is old school. Characters are kind. Story is just deep enough. It is sweet but not overly so.

      Did I mention my attitude improved 🌈🦄 after I chose to leave the hypocritical state of Illinois and then discovered Kdrama?
      Perhaps that is the two step process that could right the world again.

      I suspect Jin Gyu has enough of being under the thumb of mama Jung or his dad. I hope we see him become a self-made man.
      Agreed. I like this character. I’d like to see more of the storyline for his personal evolution and romance with Ji Yoon.

      It will be interesting to have Ji Yeon and Dan Ah in the same building; will they be besties or frenemies❓
      It would be good to have the two female leads interact more. Ji Yoon is respectful of Dan Ah’s position in Kang Soo’s life, which is refreshing.

      • Jane Tilly says:

        Kdrama = world 🌎☮ peace?

        I would agree that the world would be a better place if Kdrama was the only drama in our lives❕

        I am hopeful about seeing interactions between the first and second lead couples. It is hard to believe there are only a couple of weeks left until the end…there is a lot to wrap up.

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