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7 Moments We Can't Wait To See In Episode 3 Of 'Start-Up'

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WARNING: *Major* spoilers ahead for Start-Up! Don't read if you haven't seen the latest episodes yet.

COSMO LOVES START-UP!

With only two episodes in, we've already found our new K-drama obsession, Start-Up. Who knew that a series about South Korea's ~tech~ industry would bring out so many feels?! We've got a lot to unload from the pilot weekend, so let's get right into the highlights of our four main leads.

  • Seo Dal Mi (Suzy): In Seo Dal Mi's childhood was far from perfect. Her parents divorced when she was young, and as a result, her mom remarried a rich man and brought along her older sister with her to the US. What gave her encouragement during this time were letters she'd receive from Nam Do San, her pen pal of more than a year. In a shocking turn of events though, Dal Mi's father died in a car accident just as he was about to get his big break in the tech world. Dal Mi then grew up with her grandmother whom she helped with her corn dog business; she also hopped from one odd job to another to make ends meet. In spite of life's many setbacks, Dal Mi still dreamed to make it big in Sand Box, the drama's fictional version of Silicon Valley. At a Sand Box event, she finally saw her older sister, who now goes by the name Won In Jae, after years of being apart. They lead wildly different lives and, to make a fool out of her "unsuccessful" younger sister, she invited her to her company's mixer. The catch, though, is that Dal Mi must bring Nam Do San along with her.
  • Han Ji Pyeong (Kim Seon Ho): Gifted teenager Han Ji Pyeong was kicked out of an orphanage when he was only 17. With nowhere else to go, a corn dog vendor named Mrs. Choi (yup, Dal Mi's grandma!) took the "good boy" under her wing and gave him free board and lodging. Because her granddaughter was having a tough time with her family sitch, she asked Ji Pyeong to write love letters to Dal Mi but under the pseudonym Nam Do Sana random name they found in the newspaper. After successfully making money from his investments, Ji Pyeong left Mrs. Choi to study in Seoul. Years later, he became a successful venture capitalist in Sand Box and, somehow, crossed paths with Dal Mi. Later on, he met with Mrs. Choi, who requested him to help her find the ~real~ Nam Do San for her granddaughter's sake.
  • Won In Jae (Kang Ha Na): Formerly known as Seo In Jae, Won In Jae grew up doubting her decision of choosing a comfortable life with her mom and her new husband. With her stepfather's money, she had the privilege to build a successful business. And when she met Dal Mi, who was still living paycheck to paycheck and didn't have any of the luxuries that her new life gave her, In Jae realized that leaving Dal Mi was the best thing she's done for herself.
  • Nam Do San (Nam Joo Hyuk): Former math child genius Nam Do San had so much potential to become something big in the tech industry, but with an unsuccessful start-up, Samsan Tech, his parents pulled the plug on their investments in his company. Cue in Ji Pyeong, who came in looking for Do San. He invited him to meet Dal Mi in the company mixer and ~pretend~ to be the Nam Do San she was pen pals with for years. Ji Pyeong offered Do San money in exchange for his request, which Do San flat out rejected: All he wanted was for Ji Pyeong to invest in Samsan Tech, that's all. Ji Pyeong refused to do so and Do San didn't have to go to the mixer anymore. But, surprise surprise, Do San still made the effort to meet Dal Mi even if he didn't get anything in return.
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Yup, all of this DID happen in the first two episodes of Start-Up, so let's just get right into Episode 3's teaser while we’re at it!

1. So, Seo Dal Mi and Nam Do San spend even more time with each other after that tech mixer AND become ~textmates~. SUPER CUTE!

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2. Oh and it looks like Han Ji Pyeong lent Do San his fancy car to take Dal Mi on a ride.

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3. Wait a minute! Samsan Tech "moved" into Ji Pyeong's apartment?! This is next-level ~deception~, guys.

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4. And Dal Mi quit her job to work for them?! Okay, this ruse is getting more complicated already.

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5. Won In Jae is up to something ~fishy~ with Sand Box.

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6. Did Samsan Tech win the CODA competition?! SO HAPPY FOR OUR BOYS!

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7. Something's up with Dal Mi and Samsan Tech at Sand Box, and In Jae is getting suspicious about it.

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COSMO LOVES START-UP!

New episodes of Start-Up are available on Netflix every Saturday and Sunday night at 9:30 p.m.

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