My Thoughts — Strongest Deliveryman— Episode 12
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.
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: