Only six episodes in and we’re feeling some much needed healing from Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. Thank God because we can’t take another rollercoaster ride of emotions like Start-Up was. Speaking of, while we’re enjoying this new storyline for Kim Seon-ho where he could actually get the girl, we’re also enjoying all the references to his last drama that make watching all the more fun.
Is Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha basically Start-Up in a parallel universe? Are Chief Hong and Good Boy the same person?!?! Are they twins?????!!! Just look at all this *~evidence~* and tell us what you think.
As Han Ji-pyeong, Kim Seon-ho hid his feelings for his love interest for so long that he could only gaze at her ~lovingly~ while she’s sleeping. It was so kilig, but it also hurt because we knew they wouldn’t end up together. Meanwhile, as Hong Du-sik, he is the one receiving those ~loving~ gazes. It’s finally his time to be loved. Thank you, HomeCha!
As Han Ji-pyeong, he had to struggle as a student, going as far as turning away the helping hand that he received from Seo Dal-mi’s grandma. Meanwhile, as Hong Du-sik, he was already winning at life even at a young age. This time, Kim Seon-ho’s character is the math genius who won awards in his youth. (hu u kay Nam Do-san)
As Hong Du-sik, he’s wishing that someone would invent a self-driving car. Meanwhile, as Han Ji-pyeong, Kim Seon-ho is fully in support of Seo Dal-mi’s dream of creating self-driving cars.
As Han Ji-pyeong, he was essentially adopted for all intents and purposes (except legality) by Seo Dal-mi’s halmeoni. Meanwhile, as Hong Du-sik, he takes care of nearly all the grandmas in his little seaside village.
Both characters of Kim Seon-ho are written as someone who is so lapitin to grandmothers. The way they approach their grandmas are different — Ji-pyeong is more tsundere, while Du-sik is more open with his affection — but they definitely adore the lolas around them.
A good meal
hong dusik 🤝 han jipyeong
— 시파🌱 (@kdrama_baragi) September 11, 2021
Whether he’s Han Ji-pyeong or Hong Du-sik, he’d treat you to a good meal and take care of you properly. Good boy nga kasi.
Rainy days and wet looks
— daisy hong (@kdramadaisy) September 11, 2021
As Han Ji-pyeong, Kim Seon-ho looks in despair walking away from the one person who became a family to him all his life. Meanwhile, as Hong Du-sik, he gets to have fun and be happy with his OTL by the beach, even when it’s raining. It really is the ~glow-up~ we wanted for him in Start-Up.
Whether he’s Han Ji-pyeong or Hong Du-sik, Kim Seon-ho is ready to dashi run run run towards his S.O. when he knows his girl’s in danger. Who cares about how he looks or what he’s wearing? He looks good all the time anyway, whether he’s in a suit or a wetsuit. (A thought: what if he plays a marathoner in his next project…)
Where did Du-sik spend 5 years away from his hometown? According to fans, he was at Sandbox, apparently, living a life as a start-up investor.
who said hong dusik spent those 5 years working at sandbox 😭😭
— daisy hong (@kdramadaisy) September 12, 2021
And they even said he’s just hiding his suits in his closet after choosing to live as the handyman of Gongjin.
“when i was han jipyeong” pic.twitter.com/xZKWvMs13C
— daisy hong (@kdramadaisy) August 30, 2021
Some fans even stitched together clips to show a what-if scenario of Kim Seon-ho’s character being twins.
Clips: TVN, Netflix
Song: Home (cover by Matthew Hall, originally by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes) pic.twitter.com/s2OW0SsvKK
— dusik’s guitar⁷ ◡̈ | semi ia (@iamblurrrr) September 5, 2021
It has only been six episodes, but we’ve already got a lot of easter eggs and parallels in two Kim Seon-ho dramas. We’re looking forward to more from the HomeCha team!