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Strongest Deliveryman: Episode 7

Kang-soo’s arrest throws the usual delivery routine into chaos as the Deliverymen Army attempt to free their leader. Unfortunately, the only one with the power to free Kang-soo is Jin-gyu, and some grudges are not easily forgiven or forgotten. Our main quartet also have to deal with some new and unusual emotions — so new and unusual, in fact, that some aren’t sure exactly what they’re feeling.

 
EPISODE 7 RECAP

Kang-soo is arrested for the attack on Jin-gyu, and while he’s led away in handcuffs, Dan-ah desperately asks if Kang-soo really did it. Kang-soo says nothing, and as the door on the police van closes between them, Dan-ah pounds on it, calling after Kang-soo. She then gives Jin-gyu a disappointed look as the van drives away.

At the police station, the detective shows Kang-soo the CCTV footage of him throwing down the pipe. The detective says that they’ll continue searching for CCTV footage of the actual attack, but Kang-soo urgently asks them to stop investigating — he’s the culprit, they don’t need to find more evidence. (Which would, presumably, lead them to Sung-jae.)

 

Dan-ah stubbornly refuses to believe that Kang-soo would attack someone with a pipe. Jin-gyu says that Kang-soo must have wanted to give him special treatment, then. He tells Dan-ah that no one is purely good — everyone has a dark side. He also tells her to get some rest since she’ll have to be doing all the deliveries tomorrow.

As Jin-gyu leaves the restaurant, he sees Ji-yoon and asks where she’s going. She sweetly tells Jin-gyu that she was forced to spend the day with someone she hates (that is, him) so now she wants to see her ajusshi’s face. She continues to mockingly ignore Jin-gyu until he shouts after her that Kang-soo is at the police station.

 

Yeon-ji tries to creep into the apartment after her supposed late-night “secret classes,” but she’s surprised by Dan-ah, who’s sitting outside. Dan-ah tells her about Kang-soo and his arrest, and Yeon-ji muses that Dan-ah has the worst luck since everyone who tries to help her ends up in jail.

But Yeon-ji notes that Dan-ah seems particularly concerned about Kang-soo, but Dan-ah wasn’t worried when Jin-gyu was arrested. Yeon-ji starts to ask if Dan-ah likes Kang-soo, but Dan-ah just orders her roommate to go to bed.

 

Ji-yoon mobilizes the Deliverymen Army, asking for help. As she bawls her eyes out in front of the police station, Gong-gi and his boys reassure her there must have been a mistake. Just then, Sung-jae arrives, but he brushes past them to go inside and confess to the attack.

Sung-jae tells the detective that he was the one who attacked Jin-gyu, and Kang-soo only arrived afterward. The detective asks if Sung-jae has evidence, then irritatedly tells Sung-jae that he’s already had a bunch of guys confess to the crime.

Sung-jae looks around and sees some deliverymen who are willing to confess and protect Kang-soo out of gratitude for the way Kang-soo had helped them previously. It’s totally a “No, I am Spartacus!” moment.

 

Ji-yoon is desperate to see Kang-soo, but only family members are allowed to visit him, so she pretends to vomit as though she’s pregnant with Kang-soo’s child. Classic!

The cops kick them all out, and Gong-gi’s ready to figure out a new plan. Sung-jae storms off, and the other guys just dismiss Sung-jae’s extreme reaction as concern for his hometown friend.

Kang-soo is transferred from the police station to prison. Along the way, Dan-ah passes the police van. She seems to have a sixth sense that Kang-soo is in the van, and turns around to follow it.

When they’re stopped at a red light, Dan-ah tries to peer in the darkened window. She can’t see anything, but Kang-soo reaches out and acts like he’s brushing flour off her cheek. The light turns green, and Kang-soo and Dan-ah are separated again.

Thanks to Jin-gyu, we learn exactly how someone is processed into jail, including the very detailed cavity search. Aw, but Kang-soo smiles brightly for his mug shot, and cheerfully greets his cellmates, who are amused at the newbie’s bright attitude.

Ji-yoon’s sobbing in Jin-gyu’s office, having asked him what it’s like in prison, since, y’know, he has firsthand experience. She pleads with Jin-gyu to save Kang-soo. Jin-gyu bristles, pointing out that Kang-soo tried to kill him with that pipe, and when he was caught, Kang-soo didn’t even apologize.

 

Desperate to save Kang-soo, Ji-yoon promises to not be mean to Jin-gyu when they go on their dates. She’ll even make a point of being cute and saying “I love you,” if that will make Jin-gyu happy. Hahaha, then she sobs as she apologizes to her “ajusshi” that he’s the one she really loves, and Jin-gyu actually looks around as though she’s talking to someone in the room and not just talking to Kang-soo “in spirit.”

When Jin-gyu’s secretary says that Hye-ran is there to see him, Ji-yoon dives behind the couch to hide. Jin-gyu’s bewildered by her actions, but he goes along with it. Hye-ran knows that he has a guest, and at her amused “What, did she jump out the window?”, Hye-ran tells her daughter to stop hiding.

 

Ji-yoon sheepishly crawls out from behind the sofa and quickly excuses herself. Hye-ran seems to believe the two of them were getting a bit closer, since that’s the only reason Hye-ran can think of as to why Ji-yoon would try hiding from her.

At the Jung Family restaurant, Grandma asks to meet with Hye-ran to discuss her business tactics. Grandma is not impressed that the Jung Family moved in right next to her soup restaurant and is pricing their food cheaper, and therefore stealing her customers. Grandma doesn’t consider that to be fair, but Hye-ran points out that it’s just smart business.

Hye-ran tells Grandma that if Grandma really took her restaurant seriously, then Grandma would have purchased her own building instead of paying rent for over thirty years. Now the Jung Family owns the building Grandma’s restaurant is in, and Hye-ran tells Grandma that when her lease expires at the end of the month, she expects Grandma to leave.

If Grandma refuses, then the Jung Family will forcibly remove Grandma and her restaurant. Grandma protests, refusing to move. She won’t continue to be taken advantage of by rich snobs like Hye-ran. But Hye-ran just tells her to try staying and see what happens.

 

The delivery guys arrive at Grandma’s for their off-the-record shift, and Grandma notes that Kang-soo isn’t there. Gong-gi awkwardly lies that Kang-soo had to take care of something back in his hometown. Grandma assumes that means Kang-soo must be visiting his parents, but as we all know, Kang-soo doesn’t have any family back home.

Kang-soo keeps his bright and optimistic outlook even in jail as he works out and plays soccer with his fellow inmates. Ha, he’s forced to do 200 pushups as punishment when they find out how terrible he is at soccer, and as he flops on his back, exhausted, he stares up the sky. Kang-soo remembers Dan-ah peering into the van’s window, and is thankful that someone seems concerned about him.

 

Dan-ah broods about Kang-soo. She still can’t believe that he’s the kind of guy who would attack Jin-gyu like that, especially after all the ways Kang-soo’s showed himself to be good and kind. Yeon-ji cuts to the heart of the matter, asking if Dan-ah likes Kang-soo.

Dan-ah firmly denies it, although she can’t stop thinking about the way they worked together, or the way he caught her when she slipped. Yeon-ji matter-of-factly tells Dan-ah that, since she’s the kind of person who can cut her family out of her life, then it should be easy to stop thinking about Kang-soo, who doesn’t mean anything to her.

The next day, Dan-ah makes a delivery to the police station and overhears the detectives talking about all the delivery guys who stubbornly insisted they were responsible for the attack on Jin-gyu. Thanks to another tip from the delivery guys, she drives off to find Sung-jae, who was the most adamant.

 

Soon-ae decides to close the restaurant, since she knows Dan-ah won’t be able to focus on work while her “boyfriend” is in jail. Chef Jang grumbles that Dan-ah should have found a boyfriend who wasn’t jailbound. That seems to hit a nerve with Soon-ae, and she glowers at Chef Jang as he insists that he wasn’t talking about them. Innnnteresting.

Dan-ah finds Sung-jae, who tells her to mind her own business. He even warns her that he’ll fight her if she keeps pestering him, but she grabs him by the collar and demands to know who was really behind the attack: Sung-jae, or Kang-soo.

 

Sung-jae tells her that he was the one who attacked Jin-gyu, but Kang-soo is taking the blame because Kang-soo feels responsible for everything that led up to Hyun-soo’s accident.

When Dan-ah returns to the restaurant that night, she continues to fret over Kang-soo. Jin-gyu stops by, adorably proud to have received the first honest-to-goodness paycheck in his life. He offers to take her out for dinner or drinks, but Dan-ah is in no mood to deal with his nonsense, and orders him to leave.

Jin-gyu sets down an envelope of cash, telling her that he took out some for living expenses, but every month he’ll give her the balance of his paycheck. He’s trying to fulfill his original promise. Annoyed, Dan-ah tells him that’s in the past — she’ll take care of her savings on her own. Jin-gyu doesn’t need to concern himself with it.

 

But Jin-gyu says how can he not, when it was her face he last saw before he almost died, and her face that he first saw when he was revived. He tries to hide the emotions flickering across his face as he lightheartedly tells her to just take the money.

Instead, Dan-ah kicks him out of the restaurant and throws the money at him. She doesn’t want his help, and she doesn’t want to see him again. Jin-gyu shouts after her that he’s the only help she’ll have, since Kang-soo will still be in jail until she’s earned enough to go overseas. Jin-gyu doesn’t care what Dan-ah says, and says that he’ll continue to save his earnings and then give it to her in one lump sum.

 

Dejected, Jin-gyu returns to his apartment. He gets a call from Ji-yoon, who wants to know all the details of how to visit people in prison. Jin-gyu sighs that she can find all this out online, so she should stop asking him for details of prison life. Ji-yoon then tells him that she has to cancel their date on Sunday because she’ll be visiting Kang-soo.

When Jin-gyu tells her that inmates aren’t allowed visitors on Sundays, Ji-yoon starts to wail that she’s stuck going on a date with the guy who put “her ajusshi” in jail. Jin-gyu mutters that it feels more like he’s in prison right now instead of Kang-soo.

 

Gong-gi and one of his guys visit Kang-soo, who’s adorably delighted to see them, probably because he never expected anyone to visit. They tell him how Dan-ah’s worried about him, which pleases Kang-soo. Gong-gi also vows that the guys will take good care of Grandma and her restaurant, and they’ll watch over Hyun-soo, too.

But Gong-gi hesitates when Kang-soo asks how Hyun-soo is doing. Even though Hyun-soo’s condition hasn’t changed, the doctors said Hyun-soo’s pulse has become unstable.

Hyun-soo’s mother runs a corner shop, where an adorable little boy buys a toy dinosaur. Mom stares at a picture of young Hyun-soo, reminded of how much he liked dinosaurs, too. Just then the phone rings — it’s the hospital, and Mom’s hands tremble as she answers it.

Jin-gyu works late at the restaurant, going through paperwork, when Sung-jae arrives with his mask and pipe. Jin-gyu scrambles backwards as Sung-jae advances, but he’s pinned against the stairs with no escape.

Sung-jae purposefully removes his mask and orders Jin-gyu to memorize his face so that Jin-gyu can tell the police who the real culprit is so Kang-soo can be released.

If Jin-gyu doesn’t get Kang-soo out of jail and have Sung-jae arrested in his place within three days, then Sung-jae really will kill Jin-gyu. Sung-jae smashes a flower pot near Jin-gyu’s head for good measure.

 

But Jin-gyu stands up and says that Sung-jae might as well kill him now, since he has no intention to free Kang-soo. Instead, he’ll have Sung-jae join Kang-soo in jail. Jin-gyu angrily says it’s punishment for them looking down on him and treating him like trash. His life was ruined thanks to them, and now everyone treats him like a criminal.

Jin-gyu furiously says he’s gone through more than enough — it’s their turn now. Sung-jae swings the pipe up to hit Jin-gyu, but Grandma suddenly arrives and yells at him to stop. She’s there with the other delivery guys, and she tells Sung-jae that Hyun-soo is awake. Yay!

 

Grandma then introduces herself to Jin-gyu, realizing that he was the one who caused her grandson’s coma. But instead of blaming him, she gently takes Jin-gyu’s hand and tells him that she knows it was an accident. She apologizes for the way he’s been treated, and promises that he’ll no longer be seen as a criminal.

Jin-gyu, at first terrified of how Grandma would react, is unable to hold back his tears as Grandma sweetly pats his hand. Per Grandma’s request — and sweet forgiveness — Jin-gyu is able to let go of his anger.

In the morning, Jin-gyu visits Prosecutor Kim, telling the prosecutor that he exaggerated the attack and that Kang-soo didn’t do anything to him after all. Prosecutor Kim is frustrated that Jin-gyu is changing his story so easily, but Jin-gyu stands firm in his request to drop the case.

 

The delivery guys all line up at the prison gate as Kang-soo is released (and the guards can’t even get mad at them, since they guys all brought them some free food). They applaud as Kang-soo steps out into freedom, but Kang-soo is most surprised to see Hyun-soo standing there.

Hyun-soo hands over the traditional tofu, and then cringes when Kang-soo lifts up a hand like he’s going to hit Hyun-soo. But instead Kang-soo pulls the younger man into a tight hug, happy that Hyun-soo’s alive and well.

Things have been extra busy for Dan-ah and Lively Noodles since the neighborhood’s delivery guys all mysteriously disappeared at the same time. Ha. Soon-ae worries about Dan-ah, but Dan-ah cheerfully continues cleaning up the restaurant by herself after Soon-ae and Chef Jang leave.

Dan-ah keeps imagining Kang-soo nearby, helping out. She yells at him to disappear, and each time, the happy-but-imaginary Kang-soo disappears. Once her work is done, Dan-ah drowns her sorrows in soju.

She’s totally drunk when Kang-soo returns to the restaurant, and she assumes it’s another one of her daydreams. Except this time, it doesn’t disappear when she orders it to.

Dan-ah assumes she’s fallen asleep after drinking too much, and the piggy-back ride home Kang-soo gives her is all a dream. He’s quietly patient and amused by her drunken chatter. But he stops in his tracks when she suddenly asks if they should date.

Dan-ah tells him they should date for exactly 230 days (which is, presumably, how many days are left until she has enough money to leave the country). Kang-soo asks if she likes him, and she admits she’s not sure. Dan-ah knows that she worries about him, that she’s curious about him, and that she misses him. She once again asks him if they should date.

Kang-soo gulps but doesn’t answer as he continues carrying her home. Yeon-ji helps get Dan-ah settled into bed, trying to stop her roommate’s drunken ramblings as Dan-ah tells Kang-soo that she’s actually really pretty, especially when she wears lipstick. Aw, Kang-soo looks back thoughtfully before he walks away from her apartment building.

 

In the morning, Dan-ah freaks out when she realizes that Kang-soo really did carry her home and it wasn’t a dream — he heard all her drunken ramblings. She also overslept and is late for work, and when she pulls up to the restaurant, Dan-ah tells herself to pretend that she doesn’t remember what happened last night.

She enters the restaurant, apologizing for being late, but Soon-ae and Chef Jang tell her that it’s okay because Kang-soo is already there. Kang-soo smiles at Dan-ah as he greets her, but Dan-ah can barely bring herself to look at him.

Soon-ae isn’t satisfied with their greeting, and orders them to hug. Even Chef Jang points out that Kang-soo will have yearned for the warm touch of another human being (after being in prison), and they shove Kang-soo and Dan-ah together, forcing them to hug.

Soon-ae gets choked up, and Chef Jang goes to comfort her as she hurries out of the restaurant. Dan-ah immediately tries to break the hug when their bosses are no longer around, but Kang-soo holds onto her, asking her to stay for just ten more seconds.

He starts to count, but at “five,” Dana-ah breaks free and says they should get to work. Kang-soo pulls her back, pointing out that there’s still five seconds left, and he hugs her tightly.

 

 
COMMENTS

I’ve said it before (and I’ll probably say it again), but Kim Sun-oh is an incredible actor. I love how he’s able to say so much with just a few glances, and watching him try to persevere and hide his anguish all throughout this episode made his reaction during Grandma’s forgiveness all that more powerful. He’s been bottling up his emotions, trying to go with the flow and live as newly an honorable life as he can (because I do believe he’s doing his best within the limitations that have been provided for him), but his anger got the better of him.

While I’m generally not a fan of the “poor little rich boy” trope, somehow Jin-gyu is completely working for me (and again, I think that’s largely due to the humanizing touches of Kim Sun-oh’s multi-layered acting). He feels more than just a chaebol caricature — there’s a depth to him that makes me root for his growth as a decent human being, even when he makes two steps back for every one step forward. Maybe it’s because I can’t forget the utter look of shock and confusion on his face when Grandma forgave him.

Jin-gyu understands pain and punishment — you do something wrong, you get a beating. That’s how his life has been. So to have someone who has been personally affected by Jin-gyu’s careless actions tell him that she forgives him, no strings attached, is utterly mind-blowing. That’s not a reality he’s known, and it’s why I continue to hope that he’ll realize how important this neighborhood is. It’s not just about a location for making money, it’s about the people.

I also think I’m supposed to be cheering on Dan-ah and Kang-soo’s relationship, which… maybe? I dunno. I’ve been enjoying their camaraderie as they work together side-by-side, but I’m just not feeling that spark of chemistry that makes me go “Annnnnnnnnd kiss!” when they’re thrown together. I want to anticipate their budding romance (since clearly the show is insisting that they’re falling for each other), but somehow it’s not working for me.

I can’t decide if this is somehow a fault in the writing, editing, acting, or if I’ve somehow missed something. Maybe if we had a few more scenes of them working together and becoming more aware of their growing attraction to each other, before having both of them going, “Oh wow this person is no longer around and I guess I miss them; weird.” Not that deciding to date someone because you’re not sure how you feel and want to know more isn’t a perfectly good reason, compared, say, to Ji-yoon’s “No one else has claimed you so you’re mine.” Dating is all about getting to know another person and finding out if you’re compatible. But I also think there should be some kind of spark, and I’m just not feeling it between Kang-soo and Dan-ah — although I’m willing to let the show try and convince me otherwise.

I still love Ji-yoon, but she actually started to grate on me this episode. As much as I enjoy her tormenting Jin-gyu, I like it best when she’s being purposefully mean and not just crying to get her way. When she does that, I’m reminded that, yep, she’s a chaebol, and even though I respect her determination to be independent, I wish she’d start solving problems without being so dramatic about it. But that just proves how perfect Ji-yoon and Jin-gyu really are for each other, since they both need to learn to grow up and realize the world won’t always bend to their will just because they have money or know how to turn on the waterworks.

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I can't wait for this week's episode!

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Week 4 I still like all the 4 leads, what I really want is a spinoff drama just with Jin-gyu. Kim Suh-oh's portrayal just has so much depth and nuances that I just want to know more about Jin-gyu and invest in his journey of growth and self-discovery.

I am so firmly in actor Kim Suh-oh's camp now that I will watch every drama he is in from now on!

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I feel the same, i root for all the leads and find the equally endearing, entertaining and sometimes touching. And in this episode JG actually stole my heart. Wow... i felt him totally....

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Once again, unexpected, but I loved it. I think the leads have great chemistry, but I love the understated friends-to-lovers thing quite a bit.

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Me too, the friend to lover dynamic here really works since Dan ah is so badass and kang soo is totally opposite of her. And maybe I see more potential in them being together than the rich boy, since we don't see poor people's romance a lot in KDramas lol.

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I agree with you! On the romance aspect of this drama, I'm kind of rooting for Jin Gyu and Dan-ah. Kang soo and Dan ah give me platonic brotherly-sisterly vibes.
Despite all its Kdrama cliches i.e. chaebol vs poor...rich conglomerate trying to squash the ordinary business etc., this drama still manages to surprise me and touch me to the core! That scene with grandma and Jin Gyu really stirred my heart and made me think if everyone forgave all those annoying people in their lives the world will be a much better place...awwww.

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That scene where Grandma forgave Jin-gyu will forever mark itself in my mind. I LOVE Jin-gyu's expression, as if he's scared of Grandma, but also inexplicably touched. I love that there is a parallel between Sung-jae and Grandma's actions towards Jin-gyu and what it tells us about him. As stated in the comments of the recaps above, Jin-gyu has expected beatings as punishment and harsh cruelty as a consequence all his life. Thus when Sung-jae came after him with a steel pipe, he was angry and indignant, and it eventually did not result in anything useful. But Grandma's approach, with forgiveness, empathy and understanding, was exactly what Jin-gyu needed to hear. What that poor rich guy needed was unconditional acceptance and that was what made him terrified, in awe, grateful, and brought to tears. Kim Sun-oh is a GEM!

Meanwhile, I actually think the romance progressed good, although yes, it did suddenly go too fast. However, I do like their understated chemistry and easy, natural rapport with each other. Maybe it took a bit of separation for them to realise their feelings towards each other (I mean, if Kang-soo didn't go to prison, they would STILL be dancing around their feelings, being oblivious).

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Agree with your take on DH and KS relationship! I liked how it progressed too. I tried explaining this in a comment below, but I think you have articulated it better than me! :D

(and YES, KSH IS A PRECIOUS GEM!)

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I saw your comment as well and I completely agree! I wouldn't mind a 16-episode (or perhaps 20?) miniseries of Kim Sun-oh being the lead actor and finally getting the girl (and then all of us will ie thanks to his charisma, but it's OK, we'll die happily!)

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Lol I know right! ?

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I think Jingyu's got the most potential for character growth (tho i hope the other 3 MC's also develop more) and that forgiveness scene totally proved that. The main couple's build up was also sweet, Dan-ah's so used to being jaded about this crap world and while Kang-soo's more of a bothersome nosy do-gooder rather than a white knight, he's full of hope and it's rubbing off on her ^_^ that end hug was so cheesy but i love cheese so~

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I LOVE those accurate descriptions of Dan-ah and Kang-soo, I think you perfectly captured their relationship! Dan-ah seems enthralled by Kang-soo's honest-to-heart kindness and wholesomeness. All her life she's been dogged by the harsh cruelties of life, and to meet someone like Kang-soo made her in awe. Kang-soo himself loves the way Dan-ah's world seems to crush against her and yet she is able to stand strong, which speaks to him about his own morals and strengths.

And yes, I'm hoping for even more, even better character developments! (Boo-hoo, we're already halfway through the series! Time flies when you're having fun)

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I feel like they shorted us an episode. We spent so much time concentrating on Jin-gyu that it was hard to really get invested in Kang-soo and Dan-ah. If they kept him locked up for one episode it would have been enough time to really get into these two. But the transport scene gave me hope, and Kang-soos expressions when he was hugging Dan-ah... Just amazing!! The chemistry is there, both actors do a phenomenal job, just the emotional investment from us is missing. Jin-gyu stole it all!

The cast in this series is amazing. I've never felt like all the leads were equal in a drama before but all of these characters have depth and all of the actors are amazing. Honestly, that's true of every single character in this series.

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Ji-yoon's act was one of the funniest things ever. I don't know when I've wanted so much to laugh at someone who was crying.

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Jin Gyu, oh Jin Gyu! I was already in love with you to the point of no return, and then you had to go and cry like that. I'm now way past the point of being saved. Can we have alllll the future kdramas produced with him as the main lead please? No? Okay, sigh.

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He really is running away with the show. If the show re-centered itself around him as the main lead... I don't think I would hate it...

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I would love it!??

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This episode was pretty amazing. ? I love all the leads except Ji-yoon because of how she acts towards Kang soo. But Ji yoon and Jin-gyu are hilarious together. And Kim sun-oh really is an amazing actor with so much depth to him; how can he be a rookie actor?

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I read that he used to be a theatre actor before his drama debut which explains why he's so good in portraying emotions.

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Kim Sun-ho is my number one candidate for best rookie in 2017 for his works in Chief Kim and Strongest Deliveryman. Yes Kim Sun-ho did a lot of theatre productions previously, which explains why he's such a natural. He was in Closer with Park So-dam. Here's a clip of a backstage rehearsal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMR3Lt3oKWw

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Thanks for the information!

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Okay, I should say something about the main OTP too. (It's not that I don't love them I swear, it's just that OJG takes most of my commenting energy because he gets me emotional! sigh)

I actually really liked the way the OTP relationship is building up.. It was sweet how both of them missed each other and believable as well. For Dan Ah, Kang Soo is everything she didn't expect (he's kind, righteous, etc. contrary to the untrustworthy world she has been living in), for KS, DA is bringing warm feelings of being cared for. So no wonder they got attracted to each other.

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Honestly, Jin-gyu is the main reason why I still watching this drama.
I also not buying the romance between the leader yet.
I have a hard time root for Kang-soo and I dont know why. What you see its what you get with him but yet everything with him seem so flat

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+1
For me though, I think it's more that Kang Soo seems like such a perfect character already, I don't see how any development is possible for him if he's already so kind and generous and forgiving and so on and so forth. That's why I like Jin Gyu more, because he's flawed, and in a very realistic way.
At this point, Kang Soo just seems like a bit of a Gary Stu to me. That whole sequence in the beginning, where people began confessing to the crime to spare him jail grated on me a bit.

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Two scenes that I love the most in this episode:
1. When Hyun Soo's grandma asked for Jin Gyu's forgiveness. Gosh, I cried for both of them. Kim Sun Ho is such a great actor! I can feel all the mix emotions when he cried listening to grandma's warm words.
2. Dan Ah's drunk act is cute! I love how confident she's when she's drunk, lol.

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Sunho's acting in that scene, gahhh I felt the pain and desperation of Jingyu so much! I hope it's a turning point for Jingyu's character esp since he's still working for JY's mom's company and her goal is to break apart the neighborhood shops.

Dan-ah drunk was also one of my fave parts! Her thinking it was all a dream so she could say whatever she felt was too funny~

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Drunk Dan Ah is adorable! I love how cute she sounds while slurring her speech and that confidence when she went you will faint if you see me with lipstick. lol

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So much to love about this episode! The writers literally read my mind! Jin-gyu showed that he's not just a petty self-pitying rich kid and all he really needed was someone to give him some emotional support(which hyunsoo's gma did, bless her). It's good to see that Kangsoo and Jingyu are not arch enemies in this drama, I feel like there are bigger issues to come and while they're not always working together, they still think kindly about each other. That scene with drunk Dan-ah was hilarious! Such a tsundere!?. Jiyoon going to Jingyu for prison facts was also another fun part of this ep, I feel them slowly starting to understand each other more too. The only thing left is for dan-ah and jiyoon to meet (ep9!!!). While Jiyoon is def over the top, I like that her character isn't too proud to work and live in :rough" conditions. She complains, but she's also toughing it out. Also...from that convo with JY's mom and Hyunsoo's gma, it's pretty plain to see how underhanded she's willing to be to destroy local businesses. I already watched ep 8 so... no spoilers but I am even more dedicated to this story than ever. It's good that they didn't drag out Hyunsoo's comatose state too long.

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Kim Sun Oh is a discovery for me, I always love finding a new talented actor whose future works I'll be really interested to follow. I didn't even realize that he was in Chief Kim before this. That's why he looked so familiar when I first saw him on my screen, but I couldn't quite place him ?

That scene with Grandma is really the essence of this episode for me. A powerful, powerful scene ♥

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Totally agree! I'm a new fan, gonna check out his other works when I have time :-)

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Gah, I'm SO behind on this drama and thus, nowhere NEAR this episode, but just wanna say Go Kyung-pyo looks adorable in the first screencap–that hair, that smile. <3

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I love this drama! Why not so many beanies are also watching and waiting crazily for the recap????

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I have a love-hate relationship with Jin-gyu, but it always turns back to love. I don't think his portrayal would be as good if Jang Mi-kwan had taken the role as expected.
Ji-yoon, on the other hand, amuses me. But only because she's annoying and deluded, and the other characters clearly don't know what to do with her!

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Ji-yoon is super fun. She lives in a tiny simple world. I wonder if she can be able to undo all the damage her mother is causing... that would be usefull.

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How I watch Strongest Deliveryman: watch once till the end, then replay Jin-gyu's scenes x infinity

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Same here hahaha

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This drama is goooood with making you switch between loving and hating the 4 lead characters along the way. I'm now at the point of loving them all. I rarely sing praises for a drama, but this one takes my heart completely.

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I still like the show, and not just here for jin gyu, I'm enjoying the bickering between ji yoon and oh jin gyu, and really really hope they get together at some point, but that said, I love our OTP too. Love can be subtle, you don't need to scream and tell always that you love each other. That time when Dan ah looked through the glass and tried to see who's inside, I guess that did something for Kang soo and he thought about her all day long. Also maybe it's an editing problem that their bickering all these week didn't add to the slow progress for their budding romance. Hope they handle the transitions better from now on. I don't mind the the despite the weaknesses though, since I like all the actors, and I wanna root for them. Much better than the typical romcoms which don't have any fault in the surfaces but still failed to catch my attention.
I for one like the fact that the show isn't just about romance, rather all the characters are important for the drama.

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I don't mind the show despite the weakness*

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I totally agree about the actor for Oh Jin Gyu -- his eyes were sad, but his mouth was laughing and trying to hide his sorrow in the scene with Dan-Ah.

Dan-Ah's drunken rambling was adorable, I replayed it twice!

And I also like the scene where she peered into the one-way window and Kang-Soo stroked her cheek, somehow it was like he was thankful that someone was worrying for him.

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I have high hopes for Jin-gyu. I feel (and relate to, somehow) his insecurity, his vulnerability behind the smile and the sleek suit. He does want to do things right--because he already had a taste of it via the good people in the neighborhood, esp. Kang-soo and Dan-ah. I am rooting for this character the most, as I know Kang-soo, Dan-ah, and Ji-yoon can easily overcome their challenges much more easily, IMO. I expect his transformation to be significant as I think he will have the most challenging journey among the leads. Also, I'm rooting for that bromance!

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The way Sunho nervously smiles to hide his sadness/nervousness of Jingyu adds so much to his character, esp knowing that he's prob been doin that for years to deal with his abusive dad. I agree, I think Jingyu's got the most room to grow character-wise from his new relationships, so I hope our 4 MCs remain allies! >_<

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Thank you for the recap Odilettante.

I loved this episode a lot, the best so far (for me). I knew Kang-soo was going to take the blame and won't open his mouth but I loved how he made even his prison time so enjoyable, he made friends fast and was just his lively self! I wasn't surprised to see his friends come to his rescue, each pretending to be the one who hit Jin-kyu, that just goes to show how Kang-soo is always there for his friends and just anyone in need!

Jin-kyu got me really hard this episode, I cried at his scene with grandma, like everyone said, he wasn't expecting forgiveness, not like this, grandma was so sweet and warm with him that she could get to him, his expressions going from anger to shock to regret and guilt, that was just so great, Kim Seon-ho is doing an amazing job here!

I kind of understand how Dan-ah's feeling came to be, she was touched and thankful toward him and the flashbacks showed us when all of this started, I think she was surprised with how much she worried and cared for him and maybe then she realized she actually liked him!

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Sometimes forgiveness is stronger than revenge

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Oh boy how familiar trying to overcome the past and just live while people around keep treating you like a monster lucky Jin Gyu to meet a granny like this

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who's not feeling the chemistry between the two leads. For me, Jin-kyu's confession about him seeing and thinking about Dan-ah's face when he almost died, revived and went to prison felt so much more compelling and heartfelt than Kang-soo's "I'm being sent to prison and I suddenly miss Dan-ah so maybe I think I like her" It's not convincing enough but I'm willing to give this week's episode a chance. I hope I'd be able to root for them eventually but for now, Kim Sun-ho's performance is not helping me. Second lead syndrome is too strong!

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I agree on everything you said about Kim Sun-Ho, he's my favorite thing about the drama, Jin Gyu's reaction to grandma forgiveness scene was so emotional that made me cry too.

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Jin-gyu is sooo good. I could watch this actor's various expressions and reactions forever.

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I really hope Jin-gyu doesn't turn into the classic evil rich guy. And so far, he hasn't. His character has so much depth and nuance, and other than he is a screw-up, I really like him. He just needs to right friends!
The most sparks so far is between him and Dan-ah, so it will be interesting to see how they switch that.
And the premise of the cowboy deliverymen is a total crack-up!

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I really like Ji-yoon. She's cute and spunky, and quick-witted too - like how she picked up the ear-ring from the coffee cup and put it back into her ear, and now pretending to vomit... This girl's a survivor! I also like how she was willing to part with her designer bags to make ends meet. She's also soft-hearted, like how she gives her bags away free and at huge discounts... Most un-chaebol like.
One of my favourite scenes was when Jin-gyu tried to show off and sell the bags for her. He's just as hapless as her! So cute.

Frankly, I prefer this couple to the main one cause they have so much to learn and discover, and grow. I think that they are most suited for each other, just like how Dan-ah and Kang-soo are ideal for each other. I see that Ji-yoon is slowly growing on Jin-gyu. Where her shenanigans previously irritated and annoyed him, he now simply gives her an almost affectionate and bemused grin.

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