Anatomy of a K drama Scene: How food was used as a symbol of Kim Seon Ho's love confession to Suzy in Start Up

*SPOILERS ALERT* Heading into finale week of Start-Up, we decode an endearing lunch sequence when Han Ji-pyeong (Kim Seon-ho) confessed his true feelings to Seo Dal-mi (Suzy) over a bowl of noodles.
Kim Seon-ho confessed he liked Suzy over a bowl of noodles in Start-Up Anatomy of a K drama Scene: How food was used as a symbol of Kim Seon Ho's love confession to Suzy in Start Up
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We're just two days away from Start-Up's finale weekend, which will finally answer the biggest question that has caused a major Twitter debate: Who should Seo Dal-mi (Suzy) have her happy ending with; Nam Do-san (Nam Joo-hyuk) or Han Ji-pyeong (Kim Seon-ho). On one hand, we can argue that Do-san is the one for Dal-mi as she's made it known that she has feelings for him.

On the other hand, Ji-pyeong's letters also play a key role with many fans having major second lead syndrome, still hoping for a JiDal endgame over a DoDal endgame. *SPOILERS ALERT* In today's edition of Anatomy of a K-drama Scene, we look into a heartwarming moment shared between Ji-pyeong and Dal-mi as the former confesses his feelings to the latter. While Dal-mi is shattered to know the truth about the letters, actually being written by Ji-pyeong, the latter confronts her in a restaurant over lunch.

From the very get-go, you notice how subtly Ji-pyeong takes care of Dal-mi. Whether it be having lunch with her so she doesn't have to shift to an uncomfortable seat and eating alone or even clearing out the table, placing the tissue for her along with chopsticks, pouring and passing her a glass of water and even going to the extent of mixing the noodles (bimbim guksu) before starting up on his own. It may not as grand as Do-san's gestures but it's equally important.

Now, let's get down to the best bit; food! Food has always played a major aspect in dramas and this Start-Up sequence is no different. Noodles in Korean is guksu, which is a symbol for 'a long and prosperous life.' Besides having noodles on birthdays, they say you must have noodles at a wedding as well with the symbolism being a long and prosperous life for the newlyweds. Hence, while keeping Do-san in the good light and not undermining his feelings for Dal-mi, Ji-pyeong confesses his own feelings to Dal-mi over a bowl of noodles.

"I like you. I didn't know I'd say this while mixing noodles. I have feelings for you, Ms. Seo. I'm telling you this to be honest, not to make you uncomfortable. It's just how I feel. I don't expect an answer so don't let it bother you. I don't want us to end up avoiding each other because of this. That'd be pathetic. Dig in before the noodles get soggy," Ji-pyeong reveals. What makes this moment even more heartwarming if his next line: "Oh, the pine nut kalguksu that you got me... it was delicious," with a dimpled smile in tow. In context, Ji-pyeong had lied to Dal-mi earlier that he would travel all the way to Gapyeong just to eat pine nut kalgusku, a supposed favourite of his. Again, we see how noodles play a big symbol when it comes to Ji-pyeong and Dal-mi's relationship.

In another episode, when they talk over dinner after SamSan Tech's disbanding, the pair again eat noodles with Ji-pyeong even quipping how whenever they eat together, it's always guksu. The guksu theory has become a fan-favourite amongst JiDal shippers who are still having the minutest of hope when it comes to the two possibly ending up together.

After his love confession, which seemed as though Ji-pyeong was super confident in his approach actually was a ploy as revealed by the character himself in the epilogue of the same episode. Encountering Lee Bo-young's (cameo appearance) scam artist after Dal-mi, Ji-pyeong confesses how nervous he truly was while confessing his feelings to Dalmi. The intricate nature in which his confession was dealt with and the parallel nature deserves a top hat!

Watch Kim Seon-ho's heart-felt love confession to Suzy in Start-Up below:

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What did you think of Han Ji-pyeong's love confession to Seo Dal-mi in Start-Up? Loved it or hated it? Share your thoughts with Pinkvilla in the comments section below.

Anonymous 5 months ago

The best role was Kim Seon Ho. His role makes Start Up inspired everyone who is contemplating to go for it (whatever they are planning to do i.e start business; start courting someone etc) I enjoy watching him. Thank you to the director/writer & crews of this production

Anonymous 5 months ago

The letter was a lie from the beginning, JP owed Dalmi's grandma a lot that's why he wrote the letter. JP's is a realist and a businessman, as soon as the criteria of Dalmi firs to his ideal girl, he fell in love gradually. The devt of love of JP to Dalmi was gradually, compared with Dosan which was pure. Dosan did not get the investment of JP to their company so the effort was not compensated. Dosan developed his feelings to Dalmi without anything in return and even wanted to tell the truth about his identity. As for startup main goal, entrepreneurship, Dalmi should get idea from his father's businessplan to remember his legacy. The director of Sandbox should pay Dalmi and sister royalty for the logo.

Anonymous 5 months ago

JiDal

Anonymous 5 months ago

Dodal ♥

Anonymous 5 months ago

As seonho shared at swoonnetflix interview, jipyeong didnt wanna burden dalmi with his confesion. Everything is perfect the way he confess. Great gesture on portraying han ji pyeong. Bravo kim seon ho

Anonymous 5 months ago

Hmm if the above article is a HOPE to JiDal fans, think the scene in episode 14 - why DalMi has to explicitly say to HJP that this relationship was over 3years ago when she clearly knows that will give HOPE to HJP's character since he has feelings for her.. :) Maybe it is just poor writing or maybe DalMi is in the closure phase with DoSan, and slowly accepting HJP... HOPE... :)

Anonymous 5 months ago

The drama did not meet up to the drama name Start-up. The best part to me is the sisters father who took his dream seriously as a entrepreneur. I was expecting the daughters would work towards the dream as a entrepreneur. However it turn up more like some love story which I lost interest totally. Thanks for the drama tho. May you be blessed with more inspiring storylines. Jesus loves you.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I’m for Mr Han but, Of the 3 years Do San was away why did he have to wait for too long to speak up his feelings to Dal mi. For a woman to keep waiting for that long is too much. Dal mi can’t help falling for Do San cause of his bravery and of her guilt hurting him.

Anonymous 5 months ago

Thats true and i agree..the weiter skipped what happened between jp and dm, it did not show..so no one can say that jp didnt pursue nor didnt do anything, who knows? It skipped...but what i know is jp is always looking after and helping dm whether do san is there or not....BUT AS FOR ME....I AM FOR JP AND DM...THEY LOOK GOOD TOGETHER AND THERE IS A SORT OF FEELING OF EXCITEMENT ..AND JO IS VERY CLOSE TO DM’s GRANDMA..ALSO DM AND DOSAN LOOK GOOD AS BFFS BUT FOR JP AND DM AS LOVERS.

Anonymous 5 months ago

truuueee.

Anonymous 5 months ago

The writers I feel have deliberately done this to keep viewers interested in the final episodes. Dalmi and Dosan will be shipped together as it is risky for the writers to do otherwise at this stage and typically K dramas have rarely the second lead ending with the girl.

Anonymous 5 months ago

The writter-nim didn't tell us what was going on in 3 years because they skipped the scenes. How could you tell that Han Ji Pyeong didn't do anything in 3 years? We don't know probably he did something but Dal Mi still rejected him. Because Han Ji Pyeong ever said to Dal Mi "are you still not comfortable with me?" Yeah maybe he confessed his feeling not once only, but it ended up making Dal Mi more uncomfortable so he stopped doing that. Well, we don't know exactly how it happened back then.

Anonymous 5 months ago

I do agree with your comments about the 3 years that Dosan is not around why Mr Han did not work hard to get Dalmi's heart. But maybe the scriptwriter wanted the ending of this kdrama for Dosan and Dalmi not quiet sure but it's just my opinion.

Anonymous 5 months ago

That's very romantic

Anonymous 5 months ago

JiDal always and forever ❤️