My Thoughts — Strongest Deliveryman— Episode 15
The Strongest Deliveryman team and Jung Family Food teams gather to learn who won the coveted food service provider contract. Strongest Deliveryman wins. Cheers all around.
Choi Kang Soo (Go Kyung Pyo) and Lee Dan Ah (Chae Soo Bin) enjoy the glow of success and their new love. They kiss, hold hands, and make love eyes at each other.
Lee Ji Yoon (Go Won Hee) asks Oh Jin Gyu (Kim Sun Ho) if she can love him. A kiss on the lips while she sleeps is his affirmative responsive.
CEO Jang (Ji Yoon’s mother) wastes no time in ranting to her managers then deciding that she must destroy Strongest Deliveryman once and for all. Her target, Kang Soo, the CEO with the heart of gold.
CEO Jang begins by starting a deliveryman service. She blackmails Kang Soo’s friend into joining her team but giving him the choice – betray Kang Soo or let Kang Soo sacrifice for his friend. Knowing Kang Soo, his friend decides betrayal will protect Kang Soo from himself. Kang Soo is surprised at his friend’s choice and doubts the claim that the higher paycheck lured his friend. Kang Soo tells Dan Ah that he’ll patiently wait for his friend to come back to him, as he has done many times in the past.
CEO Jang’s second attack point is swapping inferior food for the local food Kang Soo has delivered to the eateries. The inspectors just happen to visit and find the inferior food. Word spreads that the wholesome locally sourced ingredients are a sham. The company employees feel betrayed. Kang Soo kneels outside the company in the rain with an apology sign but it doesn’t help. Dan Ah finds Kang Soo and helps him up noting all the employees have gone home for the night. The eatery owners arrive and accuse Kang Soo of providing inferior food. Dan Ah staunchly stands up for Kang Soo reminding the fickle fair weather eatery owners of all that Kang Soo has done for them. She bluntly tells them that money and fear is fogging their minds.
Things go downhill rapidly for Strongest Deliveryman. Customers don’t order from the eateries, so there are no deliveries to make, and the deliverymen have to consider their future as the company teeters on the brink of bankruptcy. With one month of income left, Dan Ah offers her savings to prop up the company but Kang Soo refuses.
Kang Soo finally breaks down and realizes his dream has ended. He leaves Dan Ah a note saying she’ll be better off without him. She runs into the night and calls Kang Soo’s name but to no avail. Kang Soo is leaving Seoul on a train at the same time Dan Ah call his name.
It is always darkest before the dawn. Writer Lee Jung Woo had Kang Soo soar to the peak of success and then had him stumble to the depths of despair as his company imploded due to the machinations for CEO Jang.
What’s my wish list for the final episode?
1. Kang Soo returns to triumph over CEO Jang. I actually don’t want him to win in a solo fashion. He need to ask for help and realize that real strength lies in admitting you don’t have all the answers. I want to see Kang Soo with uncomfortable emotions like humility, fear, and address his issues with his mother and half-brother head-on.
2. Dan Ah reunites with Kang Soo. He open his heart to her by showing his vulnerability.
3. Jin Gyu and Ji Yoon become a couple and help Kang Soo triumph. They will be part of the ground swell of support for Kang Soo.
4. CEO Jang schemes fall apart. She doesn’t to have tender feelings but rather a cash register for a heart. I hope her machinations are neutralized and the little guy (Kang Soo) beats the big corporation.
Choi Kang Soo (Go Kyung Pyo) savored a short victory before the bitter taste of failure. Kang Soo has a sea of friends yet as the strong one he doesn’t seek personal support instead opting to go solo. Granted he allowed Dan Ah to support him but pushed her away when he really needed the support. Kang Soo’s fear of failing his friends and his dream may be the root of the problem. Kang Soo took full responsibility for everything that went wrong but couldn’t devise a way to set things right again. His inability to fix the problems turned out to be a blow to Kang Soo’s self-esteem. He crumbled under the pressure and fled. I did like the full circle moment that Kang Soo left on a train from Seoul dejected as he entered Seoul after his father’s death. He needs to deal with his mother and half-brother, that subplot has been ignored and needs resolution.
Lee Dan Ah (Chae Soo Bin) was abandoned by Kang Soo. He left only a note to the stunned Dan Ah. Being left behind and broken hearted was Dan Ah’s greatest fear. It came to pass. Her unwavering support for Kang Soo didn’t help after he shut down and didn’t allow her to support him as she wished to. Kang Soo told her in the note not to search for him. I was surprised when Dan Ah’s roomate called Kang Soo the guy from the train. Recall both Dan Ah and Kang Soo were on the same train to Seoul but didn’t know each other at the time.
Lee Ji Yoon (Go Won Hee) asked Jin Gyu if she could love him. We’ve waited for this couple to migrate to romance. This a subtle shift and not more sweet than romantic.
Oh Jin Gyu (Kim Sun Ho) warned Kang Soo that the issues likely were created by Jung Foods but that didn’t solve the issues. Jin Gyu realized CEO Jung was behind all the bad things that befell Strongest Deliveryman. But he couldn’t reverse the path.
Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as good. My episode ranking chart is below.
The tenth song of the OST “Between You and Me” is sung by Oksu Sajinkwan. The eleventh song of the OST “Can You Hear Me Now” is sung by Shin Jae. Check it out these songs: