WARNING: *Major* spoilers ahead for Start-Up! Don't read if you haven't seen the latest episodes yet.
All good things must come to an end and so does one of the most memorable K-dramas this year, Start-Up. For Episodes 13 and 14 last week, we jumped three years into the future and got to find out where everyone ended up. Let's take a quick recap and see where we left off:
- The Samsan Tech trio—Nam Do San (Nam Joo Hyuk), Lee Chul San (Yoo Soo Bin), and Kim Yong San (Kim Do Wan)—found great success working for 2STO in Silicon Valley. After three years, they took a much-deserved break and flew home to South Korea. And, yup, here's where all the drama starts…
- Seo Dal Mi (Suzy) was hired by big sis Won In Jae (Kang Han Na) and did so well working for Injae Company that she was promoted to the CEO of its subsidiary, Cheongmyeong Company! Even better? She's in the process of making her self-driving system, Tarzan, into reality. Thing is, only a few days shy 'til they take Tarzan on a test run, their company's computer system got hacked—and *surprise, surprise* Do San and the boys find out about it and help them out. Dal Mi and Do San meet after three years…and their suppressed feelings are ~felt~.
- How about Han Ji Pyeong (Kim Seon Ho), though? No biggie, but he was promoted to San Box's director, yaaas! He also still has feels for Dal Mi and has sorta-kinda decided to let her know he's serious about her by buying her some jewelry. Fancy, huh? But, plot twist! Do San enters the picture and things are back to where it was three years ago. Ugh. Because Dal Mi confided in Ji Pyeong that she didn't want anyone to ~bother~ her (Do San included), he made Do San think that he and Dal Mi were together together. Which crushed Do San real hard.
- Anyway, unnie In Jae, the boss that she is, gave Dal Mi the herculean task to persuade Samsan trio to work for Cheongmyeong Company. At first, Dal Mi was sooo against it 'cause she had to win over her ex whose heart she broke (remember Do San's sobbing sequence a few weeks back?). But girl did what she was told and tried SO HARD for Do San to say yes. He turned Dal Mi down harshly, I must say, but that didn't stop her from literally following him into the woods to get him to sign with her. FINALLY, he did say yes, but under one condition: They would work for Cheongmyeong Company only if he was given the right to buy shares in the company.
- And as for In Jae, she and Dal Mi's work relationship is better than ever, and you can even say In Jae's been mighty proud of her younger sister's accomplishments. However, In Jae still hasn't warmed up to the whole ~family~ thing—that is, until she finds out that her grandmother, Mrs. Choi (Kim Hae Sook), is going blind. In Jae made a swift call to her lawyer to stop her stepfather's adoption, which, in turn, will change her last name from Won back to Seo.
And we cry. That was a lot to unpack there and we're expecting more for the last two episodes. So, for the last time (huhuhu), check out the moments we can't wait to see in Start-Up's finale weekend:
1. We start off with a confrontation with our three main leads. And things get tense (as expected) between Ji Pyeong and Do San.
2. In Jae reaaally wants their car bid to push through!
3. And Dal Mi NEEDS to make it happen.
4. Oh no! Looks like In Jae's ~former~ stepfather is in it to take down Dal Mi.
5. Is that Do San reading one of Dal Mi's letters?
6. Heyyy, the exes are working together again. Yihee, lol.
7. Ji Pyeong seems down about something, huhu.
8. Do San is thinking about that ~hand~ thing again, ugh.
9. And Ji Pyeong basically tells him to get over it and ask Dal Mi what she likes about him NOW.
10. Which, surprisingly, Do San does. Wow.
Start-Up is available on Netflix.
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