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Strongest Deliveryman: Episode 5

When many people are united in achieving a goal, even mountains can be moved. Or at least it seems that way, as the deliverymen work tirelessly to find any evidence that will link Jin-gyu to the street racing. It’s thankless, exhausting work, but at least the deliverymen have nothing to lose — unlike Jin-gyu, whose future may come to an abrupt end if the truth gets out.

 
EPISODE 5 RECAP

 

Hundreds of deliverymen gather at the meeting point, and Kang-soo addresses them like a general leading his troops. Even though Kang-soo knows who was responsible for putting Hyun-soo in a coma, he needs proof, and the Deliverymen Army cheer as Kang-soo orders them to find evidence so they can put the culprit behind bars.

The guys slowly drive down the street, honking their horns as they carry the banner asking for witnesses from that night. Their parade catches the attention of bystanders who post it on social media. Even popular web channels get into the act as a favor to their reliable and friendly delivery drivers, and soon the phrases “3rd generation chaebol race” and “street racing” are trending on the search portals.

Ji-yoon shows off the effects of Kang-soo’s campaign on social media to one of her friends, who is also a news reporter. Ji-yoon confirms that if they can get some evidence, then her friend will run with the story.

Her friend agrees, since with so many chaebols involved, this story will likely get even more attention than the “nut rage incident” (a true story of the Korean Air heiress who threw a fit because she didn’t like the way the flight attendant served her pre-packaged nuts, which eventually resulted in a huge scandal with a lot of public backlash against Korean Air, the heiress, and the general abuse of power by chaebols).

 

News Reporter Unni is concerned that Ji-yoon’s “ajusshi” won’t be able to get any evidence for her to use, but Ji-yoon is confident that Kang-soo will succeed. After all, he’s got 300 deliverymen on his side. Then Ji-yoon adorably cheers, “Sparta!” I’m not quite sure the war between a neighborhood deliveryman and a third-gen chaebol is quite at the same level as the Battle of Thermopylae, but the imagery is effective. (Does that make Kang-soo Gerard Butler? Hmmm.)

Ji-yoon tells Reporter Unni that they know Jin-gyu is behind it, wondering if he’ll be punished once they get evidence. Reporter Unni reassures Ji-yoon that the police will react quickly after the broadcast. Reporter Unni then finds it odd that Ji-yoon is working against Jin-gyu, who she’s supposedly dating, but Ji-yoon says that she’s a “fan of justice” — as well as being Kang-soo’s fan, of course.

Reporter Unni suggests that Ji-yoon stick close to Jin-gyu and prevent him from being contacted by anyone else so he doesn’t get word of his potential arrest and try to flee the country. Ji-yoon isn’t exactly thrilled at the idea of spending the day with Jin-gyu.

Meanwhile, Jin-gyu is at the hospital with Dan-ah, who reassures him that she’s doing well, even offering to demonstrate a roundhouse kick on him as proof. Even though he’s happy she’s doing better, he’s curious as to why she cried so hard after she saved his life that night.

Dan-ah says her tears weren’t about him — it was because she went through the same thing five years ago. She explains that she had to pay two million won each month to loan sharks, but because she only had her high school diploma, she couldn’t find a job that paid well enough. As she was wandering around back then, she stopped in front of a “Kiss Room.” Upon the realization that the only way she’d be able to make enough money was to work in a place where she’d be prostituting herself, she decided she’d rather jump off the bridge.

 

Dan-ah laughs at herself, pointing out that Jin-gyu probably can’t understand this kind of “poor person” story. But Jin-gyu can understand that being saved from the brink of death can feel just as much of a burden as it is a blessing.

Dan-ah agrees, but she felt like her rescue was totally a blessing, since because of it, she discovered a job that would pay enough to pay off the loan, revealing that the woman who saved her life was a jjajangmyun delivery driver. Even after Dan-ah paid off her family’s debt, she still worked hard to earn as much as she could to leave the country since she didn’t see any hope for her by staying in Korea.

As Jin-gyu leaves the hospital, he gets a call from Ji-yoon, requesting a movie date. Hahaha, he’s saved her in his phone as “Blood Pressure Warning.” He’s in no mood for a date, preferring to just pretend they met to appease their parents. Ji-yoon takes that as evidence he’s rejecting her, so Jin-gyu is forced to agree to meet her unless he wants to work on the Ohsung Group’s construction site in the Philippines.

 

Ji-yoon’s made plans to watch three movies together. When Jin-gyu balks at the idea of spending all night at the cinema, Ji-yoon says she’s obsessed with movies, and then insists they turn off their phones because it’s rude to have them on during the film. Which is true, but it’s really all part of her plan to keep Jin-gyu distracted so that no one can tip him off about the delivery guys finding evidence against him.

Unfortunately, the delivery guys are exhausted after running around all day. They’ve handed out all their flyers and still haven’t heard anything. Kang-soo refuses to let them quit, though, convinced they’ll find something soon.

While the other guys decide to take a break at a PC room, Kang-soo continues to go door-to-door, asking if anyone in the neighborhood has seen anything. He and another one of Gong-gi’s guys, Young-taek, find a delivery driver with a broken bike. Kang-soo fixes it for him, then asks if he’s seen any street racing in the area. The deliveryman hasn’t, but he recalls making a delivery to a young punk who looked like he was watching a video of street racing recorded on his phone.

 

At the PC room, the knucklehead trio have settled in front of their respective computers. Byung-soo takes a break to use the bathroom, and as he waits for the two high school kids to finish using the urinals, he overhears them talking about the deliverymen’s flyers and how it’s referring to the video one of them took. The young punk says he’s not going to call them since he doesn’t want to end up going home in a cop car.

Byung-soo blocks the young punk’s way, asking if he’d rather go home on the back of his bike instead. Then he orders the young punk to show him the video. Ha, I love that Byung-soo’s rebellious “bad boy” decision to take a break from canvassing actually ends up getting them the evidence they need.

The video is now enough proof to put out a warrant for Jin-gyu’s arrest. Meanwhile, Reporter Unni prepares for a special “breaking news” morning edition.

 

The delivery guys return to their original meeting spot. Kang-soo raises his arms in victory as he declares that they’ve succeeded. All the guys cheer, and Kang-soo thanks them for the effort, giving them all high-fives as they drive off into the night.

After their movie marathon, Ji-yoon insists that she wants to watch just one more film. Jin-gyu grumbles that it’s weird that she wants to spend so much time with him when she doesn’t even like him, and as he pulls out his phone to check his messages, Ji-yoon blurts out that she actually does like him. (Anything to distract him from his phone.)

That’s not an answer he was expecting, so he’s suitably surprised (and suspicious) as she grabs his hand and explains that while she didn’t like him at first, she finds him utterly charismatic and has never felt this way about someone before. She then asks if they should stay together for the rest of the day, and at his shocked and slightly horrified reaction, she takes his phone, sweetly telling him that he’s her “love hostage.”

 

Jin-gyu just starts to walk away, convinced that Ji-yoon is crazy, or at least has bipolar disorder. He says that he’ll accept his fate doing manual labor in the Philippines, so they should just end things now so she can get herself checked in to a hospital.

Ji-yoon hurries after him, telling him that he absolutely cannot go to another country — he has to stay in Korea! She waves his phone at him, telling him he can’t leave while she still has it. Jin-gyu: “Keep it! Bye!” and then bolts. She tries to chase after him but he’s too fast for her.

Chairman Oh is woken up in the middle of the night by the news of Jin-gyu’s warrant for arrest. All the usual methods of protecting Jin-gyu won’t work since the story has already leaked online and Chairman Oh’s people won’t be able to cover it up. Not to mention that, since Jin-gyu doesn’t have his phone, they don’t even know where he is.

 

Kang-soo tells Hyun-soo’s grandma that they’ve found the culprit. Grandma is angry that a bunch of rich kids would block off the road without caring who they might hurt, but Kang-soo reassures her that they’ll be punished and the ringleader will go to jail. It won’t help Hyun-soo come out of his coma, but at least its something.

In the morning, Dan-ah readies herself to be discharged from the hospital. This means it’s also the day that Jin-gyu will give her the reward, and Dan-ah happily kisses her phone when she sees her savings app declare it’s finally “D-Day.”

 

Meanwhile, Kang-soo, Ji-yoon, and Grandma — in their respective establishments — watch Reporter Unni’s news segment on the irresponsible chaebols who blocked off a public road for their own pleasure. Reporter Unni drives home the point that these chaebols who think they’re above the law actually made it so an emergency patient is now in a coma. Gong-gi and his boys, also watching the news, cheer when she says that the police are currently looking for “Mr. Oh” to arrest him.

Jin-gyu, completely oblivious to what’s going on, whistles as he arrives at his bank to pull out money for Dan-ah’s reward, her hospital bill, and the broken vase. But cops are waiting for him and they arrest him before he can enter the bank.

Jin-gyu protests, asking for just ten minutes so he can get the money for a friend, but they haul him towards the back of their vehicle and try to shove him in. Jin-gyu fakes a head injury to distract them and manages to break free, running to his car and speeding away, the cops hot on his tail. He hurries to the hospital and practically drags Dan-ah out of there, explaining the police are after him.

She orders him to stop and explain. Jin-gyu babbles that it wasn’t his fault and he’s being framed. He begs Dan-ah to trust him for at least one hour until he can get her the money he promised. Just then, Kang-soo pulls up on his bike, demanding to know where Jin-gyu thinks he’s running off to.

 

As Jin-gyu tries to move past him, Kang-soo punches him in the face. Jin-gyu angrily says Kang-soo should just hit him and put him in a coma. Dan-ah pushes Kang-soo out of the way when he steps forward to punch Jin-gyu again. She’s apparently decided to trust Jin-gyu, and knocks Kang-soo down when he tries to come at Jin-gyu.

Jin-gyu and Dan-ah make their escape, and Dan-ah demands to know what Jin-gyu has done to make Kang-soo act that way. But Jin-gyu’s focused on making sure she gets her money and pulls over at the nearest bank.

 

He’s shocked to find out that all of his accounts are empty. That’s because Chairman Oh has cut off all of Jin-gyu’s assets so they can find the wayward son as soon as possible. Chairman Oh notes that their company is already reeling from the bad press. Chairman Oh refuses to stop the arrest, reminding everyone that Jin-gyu is no longer a part of their family.

Jin-gyu apologizes to Dan-ah that his father must taken all his funds. Jin-gyu still promises to find her a way to get her the money, offering to give her his car until he realizes the cops are looking for it. He also remembers that he doesn’t have his phone so he can’t call his friends to beg for money, either.

Sighing, Dan-ah asks about the crime Jin-gyu committed, since she knows Kang-soo wouldn’t be acting like that without reason. Jin-gyu quietly explains about the blocked road, the racing, and Hyun-soo’s coma. He insists he wouldn’t have done it if he’d known what would have happened.

 

In silent displeasure, Dan-ah steps out of the car and starts walking away. Jin-gyu chases her down, insisting that he’ll find a way to pay her back. She wants nothing more to do with him, but it’s all he has left to give. His life is over now.

Jin-gyu knows he’ll go to jail once he’s caught, that he’ll get the maximum punishment in order appease public opinion, and then his family will disown him (for real this time) once he’s a felon. If he doesn’t pay her back now, he’ll hang himself once he’s in jail. He pleads with Dan-ah to save him. Dan-ah is not impressed.

She must still have some sympathy, though, because when his stomach rumbles, Dan-ah ends up buying him some ramen because he doesn’t have any cash on him. Dan-ah is still irritated though, calling him the poorest rich boy ever. But he’s just happy to be at “their” convenience store again, then tries to beg for some kimchi before Dan-ah’s death glare makes him realize it’d be best to keep quiet. Hah.

Later, as they wait for Jin-gyu’s brother to arrive, Jin-gyu explains that his brother is the obedient one, but Jin-gyu’s always been the troublemaker. That’s why his father beat him and called Jin-gyu an idiot, which kind of backfired since it only made Jin-gyu act out even more and play up the role of the “idiot.” Jin-gyu happily says that his brother was always secretly on his side, though.

Not today, though. Jin-gyu’s delight at seeing his brother pull up is immediately destroyed when Hyung tells Jin-gyu to turn himself in to the police. The public opinion is too far gone against Ohsung Group. As a bunch of security guys start to drag Jin-gyu away, he calls back to Dan-ah to help save him.

Dan-ah’s still annoyed at Jin-gyu, but that doesn’t stop her from grabbing Jin-gyu’s wrist to pull him away. Then Dan-ah jumps into the fray, using her Hapkido skills to fight off the half dozen security guys while Jin-gyu flees to his car. Dan-ah dives in through the open passenger window and they speed away. So badass.

Jin-gyu’s reeling from his brother’s betrayal, and stubbornly refuses to turn himself in. But he’s soon surrounded by a bunch of delivery guys wh’ve all been alerted by Kang-soo to keep an eye out for Jin-gyu’s car. They manage to redirect Jin-gyu to a blockade of deliverymen (oh, the irony), and Jin-gyu ends up at a dead end where Kang-soo is waiting.

Jin-gyu says it’s not over yet and speeds towards Kang-soo, much to Dan-ah’s horror. Kang-soo stands, unflinching, and Jin-gyu hits the brakes at the last second, stopping mere inches from Kang-soo.

As the cops arrest and handcuff Jin-gyu, Kang-soo tells Jin-gyu that if he goes to jail and pays for his crimes, Kang-soo will see him as a human being. Kang-soo’s final words, much like his father’s final words, is for Jin-gyu to live like a good person.

Their goal achieved, the deliverymen disperse. The only people left are Kang-soo and Dan-ah, who avoids Kang-soo’s gaze, clearly feeling uncomfortable that she beat him up earlier since she trusted Jin-gyu instead of Kang-soo.

Kang-soo reassures her that she doesn’t need to be sorry — trusting someone isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, Kang-soo trusted Jin-gyu before, too. Kang-soo offers to give her a ride home, but she elects to take the bus instead.

Jin-gyu sits in his prison cell, and as the rest of his cellmates sleep, he quietly says he’s sorry.

Ji-yoon, Kang-soo, and the delivery guys enjoy a celebratory drink for catching Jin-gyu. Ji-yoon says it’s no big deal using her Reporter Unni connection — she was just happy to help out. Ha, when one of the guys asks her what her relationship is with Kang-soo, Ji-yoon chirps, “He’s my guardian!”

 

At home, Dan-ah sadly stares at her D-Day counter, which is now back up to 190 days. It gets even worse when the hospital calls the next morning, requesting their fees — which include the VIP room that Jin-gyu insisted she have (since he was planning to pay for it). As if that wasn’t bad enough, the snobby lady shows up with an official estimate for the broken vase: 5,000,000 won. Yikes. That sets Dan-ah’s savings back to 300 days until D-Day.

Kang-soo finds Dan-ah sitting and staring out over a view the neighborhood. He asks how much she’s lost, feeling sorry because it’s due to him that Jin-gyu wasn’t able to pay it off (since Jin-gyu went to jail instead). Dan-ah gruffly says it’s none of his business, and to stop being so nosy.

The next morning, Dan-ah hurries to the English learning center, panicked because she’s late. But when she gets there, the center is already clean. Bewildered, she finds Kang-soo finishing up her usual morning cleaning routine. Dan-ah: “What are you doing?” Kang-soo: “Being nosy.” Hahaha!

He has a proposition for her: when the restaurant is closed in the morning, they can start their own delivery service. He’ll cook, she’ll deliver. After the cost of ingredients, they’ll make 500,000 won a day. Thanks to a very convenient lesson about numbers and money in her English class, Dan-ah realizes that she could reach her “D-Day” saving goals in just a few months by working with Kang-soo.

 

First she has to sample his cooking skills (which he’s picked up over the years by watching the various chefs he’s worked for), and agrees it’s tasty. They create a flyer to hand out and gradually drum up some business. Their main rules are that they only accept cash and their first expense is to replace whatever supplies they use from the restaurant. But it’s enough to start making a dent in Dan-ah’s saving goal, and soon a month flies by.

As Kang-soo carefully makes sure the restaurant inventory is correct, Dan-ah happily thanks him for giving her hope again. She muses that she’s never met anyone like him, so nosy yet so righteous.

Chef Jang arrives at the restaurant sooner than they were expecting, and they scramble to hide their inventory list. Their reactions are suspicious, but Soon-ae’s figured out why they’re so jumpy: “You two were kissing.” Kang-soo and Dan-ah stare at each other in shock, and when Soon-ae says it was just a joke, they awkwardly burst into laughter.

 

As they head out on their official deliveries, Dan-ah laughs at how stressful it was almost being caught. She’s reminded of Jin-gyu, wondering what’s happened to him since his arrest a month ago. Kang-soo thinks Jin-gyu deserves more punishment than just waiting for his trial, especially since Hyun-soo is still in a coma.

They drive through the neighborhood to make their deliveries, stopping when they see that the Jung Family soup restaurant is set for its grand opening tomorrow — and it’s opening up right next to Hyun-soo’s grandmother’s restaurant. Kang-soo is not impressed by the underhanded business tactics.

Kang-soo’s even less impressed when Hye-ran arrives at the restaurant with her new district manager, Jin-gyu.

 
COMMENTS

I love that this show is tackling the real-life public perception of a chaebol’s misuse of power and money. Considering that the reporter knew the street racing would be more newsworthy than the “nut rage incident” makes me think of the trial that’s currently going on with Samsung’s chaebol (who was accused of bribery and corruption in relation to the scandal surrounding ex-president Park Geun-hye). It’s been heralded as a “trial of the century” and people are eager to see how the Samsung chaebol will be punished, because the prosecution is not using a light touch that is normally given to those from rich and powerful families.

That makes me somewhat disappointed to suddenly see Jin-gyu standing in front of the Jung Family restaurant, since the show had a chance to draw a deeper parallel to the real-life trial. But instead, Jin-gyu is freed without punishment, and as much as I love the way he has been showing himself to be conflicted and broken, I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to support him if he walks away scot-free, enjoying the privileges of his socio-economic class.

Despite my concern about how the show will handle Jin-gyu’s redemption, one of my favorite moments this episode was Dan-ah saving Jin-gyu like the damsel in distress he appears to be. How often does the woman get to do a wrist-grab and fight off all the baddies to save the guy? It was a fun “turn a trope on its head” moment that I really appreciated, especially since it was clear Dan-ah had one of those “Oh no, I’m not going to save this loser again, am I?” moments. Because of course she will. She’s Dan-ah, and I get the feeling that once her trust is gained, it’s very, very hard to shake it, no matter how big of a mess you are.

So it’s only fair that my other favorite moment of this episode would be Kang-soo forgiving Dan-ah for the way she beat him up because she chose to trust Jin-gyu. It was such a natural, easy, quiet moment, a “Hey, no big deal, I trusted him, too.” I wonder if the difficulty I have in figuring out Kang-soo is because it feels somewhat odd to have a lead that is kind and unconcerned about holding grudges (unless, of course, you’re an unrepentant chaebol who’s hurt one of Kang-soo’s friends). Also, while I don’t mind letting romance remain low-key, it’s also seems somewhat unusual for a lead to not automatically be interested in romance, but would rather help people because it’s the right thing to do.

Or maybe dramaland will surprise us and not give us the love triangle (quadrilateral?) we’re expecting. After all, just because you’re thrown together at work, doesn’t mean you’re Meant To Be. Not that I would blame Dan-ah for starting to melt at the way Kang-soo was uncomplainingly willing to find a way to make sure she earns back the money she lost due to her unexpected hospital and vase replacement bills. The way to a girl’s heart is definitely by helping her achieve her goals. At least we’re finally starting to get to the originally-promised main premise, which is Kang-soo becoming the CEO of a delivery app. While the app itself may not be a reality yet, the fact that he’s opened up his own secret deli restaurant makes me think this plot point can’t be too far away.

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Thank you for the recap! I've been waiting for this since Monday!

I'm hooked on this drama especially the way every episode ends in a cliffhanger ugh! Can the next episode come soon enough?

I love Dan-ah too ...especially coz she fights battles her way physically and emotionally she is strong yet weak and the actress effectively shows that vulnerability and strength at the same time. Although she looks very fragile it is still somewhat believable that she is skilled in martial arts and can fight off all the baddies.

This early I am already having 2nd lead syndrome! Oh Jin Kyu and Dan ah have a special type of chemistry! Oh my!

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I kinda feel disappointed with Jin Gyu's character development leaning towards selfish chaebol. I thought this drama would skip 2 years and we'd see the better Jin Gyu after he'd received his punishment and served in prison. I thought then, they all four will work together for the delivery app invention and go against Jung Family Restaurant. I know that in SK, they've this stereotype towards chaebol heirs as selfish spoil brats who think they're above the law, but seriously though, are they all really that bad? I'm curious because I've seen too many dramas that show how chaebols are bad people.

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Me too! I was also hoping that Jin Gyu would go to prison at least for a couple of years and change for the better.Then because he is broke and jobless, and no longer has a family, Kang-soo will offer him a job as a delivery man. He slowly gains everyone's respect, especially Ji-yoon's. And yes, how they will all work together to bring down the Jung family.

I love the bromance between KS and JG, and want to see more of the fist-pumping and hi-fives between these two.

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Aww this is where I thought they were going and I would have really enjoyed it!

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me too! I am hoping that he doesn't end up all bad because I might seriously stop watching...that would be so disappointing. I haven't seen episode 6 yet...so here's hoping.

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I hated so much the smirk on Jin Kyu face in the last scene that I did not watch ep. 6. Waiting for the review but if he turns bad, I am out.

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Watch it! I felt the same way but 6 didn't disappoint ?

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Episode 6 is a MUST WATCH!

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Oh, you have no idea what's in store for episode 6! It's so much fun! I can't wait for the recap!

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yes ep 6 was so satisfying!

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Jin-gyu, I loved how he was working hard and enjoying himself for the first time. I know he felt valued and appreciated. It is too bad that he has not learned from his experience.
Kang-soo, I hated how he did not listen to Jin-gyu. He has to realize that not everything is black or white.

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This show is so unique. I feel like I've never seen a drama with this tone before, but I love it.

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The show has put a lot of effort into giving us a nuanced picture of Jin Kyu, which is why I am not at all disappointed to see him on the antagonists side at this stage. He has been cut loose by his father, betrayed by his brother, and had a taste of a better life filled with more positive relationships only to lose it. He's clearly at a point where he's lost most of what he had or hoped to have and now he's in survival mode--even if that means a deal with the devil.

But, because we've had this nuanced portrayal of him as a guy who's not intrinsically bad and is open to learning about a different sort of world than the one he's grown up in, I don't think that this is going to be a simplistic switch to "bad guy." I mean, yes, I suspect that he's going to be doing a lot of things we hate for a while, but I trust the writers to create some complexity here.

Furthermore, we've got two sets of fake relationships going here now, as our leads are now going to have to pretend to be dating to cover up their illicit delivery business. And presuming Jin Kyu sill likes Dan Ah (and maybe made this deal in part so he could pay her back?), there's still potential for hijinks and hilarity in amongst the angsty stuff. (hopefully)

Also, I wonder how Kang-soo expects to recognize his mother when he finds her... if he knows what she looks like, then it's probably not Ji-yoon's mom, since he didn't seem to react to her at all.

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I love your take on Jin-gyu and agree 100%. As much as I aht to see him being set up as an antagonist, I like that the road to redemption wasn't an easy one for him, especially since we are so used to that treatment in dramaland. I want him to earn that change, if he does finally change. And do it not because someone brow beat him into it or because he has no choice, but because he has genuinely seen the error of his ways and wants to truly change for the better. I have no doubt in my mind that the delivery gang will welcome him back with open arms if he is truly willing to make amends and start over.

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Thus far, Strongest Deliveryman has managed to reignite my love for K-dramas. It has what I was longing for--the common man doing good and not been down on himself for the fact he is without. Also, I'm totally digging Go Kyung-pyo in this role ??

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I know! Its my crack drama at the moment simply because its so good at telling a story from the people's perspective, as opposed to flashy plots that are rife in drama land now. I'm invested in all the characters and their arcs and so this drama is really compelling for me to watch. Also, its so funny that a nice guy is a novelty in dramas? We don't have enough of those around really.

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i'm just sad that the bromance is split -- i hope it's only temporary...

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Yes, bring back the bromance!

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Is the 'nut rage' not the entitled daughter who was prosecuted after going at employees on the plane?

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Evil or not, those dimples are cute as ever. I shall not give up on them!

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I think the show is asking me to hate jingyu for the things he didn't do. He is a jerk but that point is accepted by the show.
I've said this before but I feel disappointed by the "making jingyu the culprit" project and this isn't related to the chaebol, it just doesn't make sense.

I like how they work together and the teamwork but how can the payback for what happened to their friend is by making jingyu in jail? They want jingyu to be punish as the repercussions for what hyun soo had gone through, the only problem is jingyu didn't do that to hyun soo. I just want the show to be makes sense, punish jingyu by the things that he did (they did) and make the other character see it as that (they didn't).

I was asking the whole time "but what about the accident? What happened there?"
It really takes the joy away cause it makes me question kang soo mentality and how people cheer up for him.

Jingyu also lost everything , he accepted that and I think the end scene is just for a shock value. It get more explanation in the next ep.

This drama has many lovable element but it's really hard for me to buy the justice ala kangsoo in the drama.

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Yup, I agree with your points. I like this show, but like you, I also question Kang Soo's mentality when he said that Hyun Soo will wake up if they put those people who involved in car racing behind bars. My eyes were rolling on that scene because of his stupid illogical statement. I agree that Jin Gyu needs to pay for his crime for illegally blocking the road for car racing, but he shouldn't be blamed as if he's the culprit behind Hyun Soo's accident. I rolled my eyes again when all the deliverymen cheered when the news of Jin Gyu going to jail. I can't be happy with them and celebrate their triumph, because really, there's nothing to be celebrate about when Jin Gyu is not 100% at fault for Hyun Soo's accident.

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When Kang Soo said that he believed Hyun Soo would wake if they find everyone responsible for the illegal drag racing I felt so bad for Kang Soo. Yes it's so crazy illogical....that is not how medical treatment works but it I don't know it felt real? People experiencing traumatic events do and think weird things. It has a lot to do with perspective on the universe too. I mean some people believe in karma, or in prayer or in balancing the scales to help their loved ones. Same with the deliverymen's cheering..they can't do anything for their friend in a coma but they can find the illegal drag racers who held up the medical treatment of their friend.

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You said the exact reason why I ditched this show, it was also weird that everyone without question made him a murderer. Plus, I was supposed to be angry when Jin-Gyu didn't want to go to prison because it would be the death for him. He agreed on any type of beatings but not to prison. The thing is, with his ~great~ dad it really might have been the death for him and him choosing the beatings was his way of taking responsibility.

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I love Jin-kyu but can't really blame Kang-soo for being so set on getting Jin-kyu behind bars! Jin-kyu blocked the roads illegally, even though he wasn't the one to hit Hyun-soo, he was the reason why Hyun-soo didn't get to the hospital on time and fell into the state he is in right now! Of course, him saying that his friend will wake up once he puts Jin-kyu behind bars didn't make sense but I guess he said it because he felt like that way justice will be served!

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I get what kang soo means and how emotional he is atm. He can be flawed and all..
It just the show let him being their hero and not one person say anything about how it doesn't make sense , maybe hyun soo will say that what jingyu did is just blocking the road and that doesn't make the accident.

Even if that's the redemption part, it better be kang soo redemption story.

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Yup! Your comment exactly.
I love Jin-Gyu too. He's adorable and actually interesting to try and figure out. What he did though was both wrong and illegal. His actions lead to someone not receiving proper treatment in time. Kang-Soo's intense search makes sense because his friend would not be in a coma if there had been on delay plus I mean he's a justice seeking kind of guy.

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Exactly! I don't get why should Kang-soo get called out for his actions when he didn't do anything wrong! He was only seeking justice and as we came to know from the episodes that he did it before for strangers and now that his friend is involved of course he'll work even harder!

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This, 1000x this. Kang Soo's singlemindedness toward Jingyu is illogical. It takes away from the drama. I understand wanting to punish Jingyu, he deserves it, however Jingyu's fear that his father might almost kill him was genuine and justified. Due to Kang Soo's arrogance he only thought about the punishment and not the consequences. To be fair the drama didn't go that route, but it could have and frankly should have. It could have shown what happens with unintended consequences. Alas, that didn't happen. However, I can't really cheer for Kang Soo because of his obsession with Jingyu. All that to say I agree with many of the comments mentioned above.

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I don't think the show is asking us to hate Jin-Gyu for the things he didn't do. I actually don't think the show is asking us to hate anyone. I think it is pointing out the mentality involved in different social economic statuses. Jin-Gyu doesn't think it's his fault that Kang-Soo's friend got into an accident. It's true Jin-Gyu is not in any way connection with the initial accident. Jin-Gyu is in part responsible for the delayed treatment of Kang-Soo's friend. His completely selfish illegal blocking of a road led to the delayed treatment. The drama even said he would not be in a coma if he went to the hospital sooner. Actions have consequences things many times causing events we can't foresee and would never wish to happen. Jin-Gyu isn't a hateful mean evil person. He did commit a crime and that crime led to someone not receiving proper medical treatment. If this happened to my friend I would be asking for justice as well. At the very LEAST Jin-Gyu should go to trial for illegal street racing. Kang-Soo's mentality is that his friend shouldn't be suffering over someone's illegal frivolous enjoyment. All his friends back him up because he's right. They are coming together to help their friend in a coma...it's really the only thing they can do besides staring at their friend helplessly. It's also an example of how the rich don't think of anyone besides their enjoyment and how that can have consequences on the poor.
Jin-Gyu lost many things but unlike Kang-Soo's friend he didn't lose consciousness. Again Jin-Gyu is very rich he could have rented out a place to race. He could have had a legal fun friendly race...but he didn't choose that. He knew what could happen if people found out and did it anyways. Sigh look I have sympathy for him I do. I wouldn't give him the maximum sentence, I wouldn't abandon him as a family member, etc but I wouldn't let him get off completely either.

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One thing I think many people are forgetting here is that in the beginning, Jin-Gyu was a really nasty person. The more he hung around with Dan Ah and Kang-Soo, the better his character seemed to become. At the time of the race when the motorcyclist was injured and unable to get to medical treatment, Jin-Gyu was still a terrible person. Had he known at the time that he had caused serious problems for a young man, I am not positive he would have cared. Maybe.... but not sure.

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I'm no fan of Jin-gyu and think his blocking-the-highway is something that should be punished.

But Kang-soo encouraging his friends "Let's find the evidence, put JG in jail because then HS will wake up" just lost me. It just makes no sense. I can't buy KS actually believes that. Or that all those friends just nodded and said, yeah, that'll make our friend wake up from his coma. And grandma just nodding as well.

I did watch all of ep 5 and 6 but have concluded it's just not a very well written show. The basic premise is fine, but there's too much happening in a very short amount of time (bouncing different people in and out of jail... it's not even interesting?) and the execution of it all just feels sloppy.

I can't relate to any of the characters really b/c the writer isn't writing them well. JG is just a jerk chaebol. KS and DA aren't particularly interesting. And JY... I just found her annoying on her forced date. Besides that, too many predictable twists/sub-storylines and supporting characters.

(Sidenote: I watched Bad Guy recently, which is terrible in many ways, but - at least - in my book that's how you write an a** of a chaebol that I can *feel* for. Of course, Kim Jae Wook's acting had a lot to do with this as well.)

Anyhow.... decided to drop the show.

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I think what Kang-soo said about putting Jin-kyu in jail that Hyun-soo will wake up is what he desperately wants to believe. Of course, there was no guarantee that it was going to happen, it's just that he wanted his friend to know that the guy who kind of had a hand in him being in this state is being punished and it was time for him to open his eyes and see that! I think he was hoping for that to happen because having no hope at all would've crushed him!

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Jin-gyu's dimples will be the death of me, pffft. I feel like I am more invested in his redemption arc. Hopefully they don't turn him into a caricature of some sort just to create unnecessary conflict in the drama.

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I watched all current episodes, so it's easier for me to appreciate the story so far. Dan-ah is my heroine. Disappointed with Jin-gyu when I was already hoping he'd turn a new leaf after maybe a year or two in prison. But no, it's real life in a TV show; the rich go scot-free, in about 2 weeks. Kang-soo needs to be more magnanimous than he usually is. He's already there, why not push it further? He is capable of seeing the big picture.

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I really wanted to see more of the hard-working Jin-kyu, learning how to help others, be friends with them and be a good person, I was not expecting him to run away, that was such a bad idea! I understand that he felt like he had to pay Dan-ah for saving his life and that he wanted to keep his promise to her but really, how far was he thinking to go? It would've been better if he just agreed to go with the cops! But then again, nothing seems to work out for him, his family abandoned him and I think he felt like the only way to survive was to run away! I can't get myself to hate him, I just can't!

I love that Dan-ah chose to trust him because he's been nothing but a good person to her and she's seen him at his worst, vulnerable and alone and I think it's this that will make Dan-ah always see him differently but at the same time I kind of hated her for not believing Kang-soo and actually using violence against him, that just felt so wrong to me!

Kang-soo being the kind-hearted person he is, forgave her but I wished he wouldn't at least not so soon, she didn't even apologize!

Thank you Odilettante for the recap.

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I wanted more Jin-gyu learning how the other half lives too! Y'know I used to never understand running away from authorities like just go with them or it will be worse but with the years I get it. People panic BIG TIME.
Dan-ah's trusting of Jin-gyu was a good scene and made a lot of sense given their history together. It really sucked that Jin-gyu just let her hit Kang-Soo for him.

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I love this show so far. Haven't watch the episode 6 because I don't have time, but so far, I love it. And I believe JG will pay an important role in helping KS to become successful. He will also pay Dan ah somehow, even more from what he owns her, because he will always remenber she saved his life.
I enjoy the fact that these 4 characters are not completely good but also not baddy. And so far I am loving the fact that their lives goes more about fulfilling dreams that about falling in love. Not that love is bad, but I like personal growth and loving oneself even more.

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I think it was the fact that the noodle chef actor is in both shows that made me think this, but does this drama remind anyone else of kind of a miniseries version of Yoona's Street? Prickly heroine, righteous hero, slice-of-life vibe etc.

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This was a really good episode!
I feel really sorry that Dan Ah lost so much but it was nice to see her reaction when Kang Soo help her out, she's the king of person who it's on her own not having even the support of her family members, imagine a total stranger giving her a hand like that? my heart got all warm watching them work together.
Now about my infuriating-dimple-king Jin Gyu, he should pay (not with money) for what he did if he's really sorry like he said he was in prison, I understand Dan Ah for wanting to save him because she didn't know what was going on (and Kang Soo didn't hold it against her either), but now if he wants to change and become human she have to step back and let him do it himself, he really had a chance of becoming a better man but judging by that ending he chose the easy way, a pity i think.

Thanks for the recap!

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In some ways, I really want to be Kang-soo's character. The way he forgives so easily is something I really try and work for, but can sometimes be so hard. Also, his sincere work ethic, which maybe comes from a job that he loves, but can still be difficult to maintain on a tough day at work. This show is a good reminder that it can be worth the effort to do difficult things.

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they are all conflicting characters though. Kang Soo is being a vigilante, but he really isn´t thinking a lot. Dan Ah is rash about her whole life and not being constructive. I just don´t know .... I was sympathetic to Jin Gyu as well, but if he just ends up typical chaebol jerk, I dunno what to make of him

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For some reason Im having major Second Lead Syndrome,
I know Jin-gyu is a spoilt brat, typical "bad guy" but at this point Im watching the show for his character...I love, love, love this actor, (Kim Sun Ho) and his portrayal of this character... Love his little fights with the chaebol girl....I had to look him up didnt realize he was the same guy in Chief Kim!!! He's doing so well in this and I hope he gets recognized and receives First Lead in a future drama...his dimples Gaaaad....I love Ko Gyung-Pyo too but for some reason I'm not feeling his "righteous character" in this, this makes me question myself in regards to attraction to "bad guys"...hope its just his character in this drama is missing something. I loved him in Chicago typewriter and had major SLS there...but not feeling his character here...this is drama is my new crack, those cliffhangers!!! can't wait to see where theyre taking this...

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Kang-soo's sense of justice and caring isn't something new in dramaland, but it was nice to see how he approached Dan-ah after Jingyu was arrested. Hoping to see more of his background and his character BEYOND the blindly just hero trope.
My heart is so torn at seeing Jingyu at the end of this episode! why must you~~~ He and Dan-ah had a sweet kind of friendship budding in the early episodes, but it seems like he's gonna use his chaebol connections to get ahead. Also what is gonna happen with Jiyoon? While initially I like the Kangsoo x Dan-ah pairing, I've yet to see a scene with that spark. Cute scenes where they talk and joke? yes. But not a chemistry like dan-ah and jingyu shared. Maybe in ep 6?

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after watching ep 6.. yes there were lots of scenes with chemistry ^-^~ I am suddenly 100% kangsoo x danah wow.

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It's really something that viewers are expressing that they don't like that the show "made" Jin Gyu the villain (hello, he was like that from ep 1, throwing money at everything and not sorry for the harm his actions caused) or that he is doing all this negative stuff and not a friend to Kang Soo and Dan Ah anymore. As if it's some reversal and he was a nice guy all along, and now people are questioning why he's being blamed for blocking the road because he wasn't the one who hit Hyun Soo?

I never see this much understanding and defending is for female second leads who get set up to be the bitch or villain over a thing they didn't mean to do or went out if their control. Im Joo Eun in Uncontrollably Fond, Yoo Rachel in Heirs, Baek In Ha in Cheese in the Trap...not even teenage characters get this kind of understanding. Not even the teenage guy characters get it.

Kang Soo saying HS will wake up if they catch the illegal roadblocker has no logic at all but I take it as being more like a prayer/hope, obviously he is no doctor. What I don't understand is people getting annoyed at him for trying to catch OJG, imagine if your friend was in the sane situation are all of you just going to go 'yeah it's not the rich jerk's fault for blocking the road since my friend ran a red light anyway'? He's not even asking for revenge, just for fair punishment. Meanwhile the other guy will lose what if he takes responsibility - his chaebol lifestyle? He was always the type to take the easy way out anyway

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what I don't like is making jingyu the villain for things he didn't do.
The characters keep saying the word culprit for him and glorifying the resentment and blame him for hyun soo accident without fact.
Jingyu is not a good people but he never harm people, he harm himself and get the punishments. Kangsoo is glorified good guy but when you see it clearly, he is skewed in priorities yet no one on the show criticize him.

It's one of the show when the bad guy is on the right track based on the crime than the good guy. Like you say, the logic isn't there so the hero that blaming people without fact making the villain's unfair feelings relatable.

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I don't follow this logic, because

a) Jin-gyu DID have the road closed off for fun, he is indeed the culprit with regard to that offence. The characters themselves state quite clearly what he did, at no point have they said he's responsible for the accident, but he IS responsible for Hyun-soo not getting treatment in time.

b) Jin-gyu is getting punishments? Where? I didn't know running away from the police officers arresting him and getting let out of jail after a month because your mummy-in-law-to-be bribed the prosecutors, is 'punishment'. Did you watch a single thing he did this episode?

c) As pointed out by more than one person on the show, Kang-soo has a one-track mind - I would say that counts as 'acknowledging' that this is a thing with him. His declaring that Hyun-soo will wake up if they catch the roadblock culprit might be naive but it doesn't validate what Jin-gyu did or how JG behaved in the wake of it.

As @pigsnout pointed out, the show isn't "making" Jin-gyu the villain, this is absolutely consistent with his entitlement and callousness from episode 1. And good point on the lack of sympathy for female characters who behave like Jin-gyu did.

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