Yes, I’m aware of that there are various interpretations of the sunflowers and chrysanthemum (or mum, for short) in this scene.
But being a first-rate bitch, I’ll only post MY explanations of the flowers in my blog and challenge myself by going one step further to connect both flowers to YSS Construction.
Yes, I noticed the sunflower from Episode 1 when Jisoo picked up Lee Ahn from prison. But I held my tongue because I couldn’t see the front side of the medallion.
But here’s my simple explanation now: sunflowers FOLLOW the sun.
Like a sunflower, Jisoo follows Sungmo wherever he goes. That’s why she keeps glancing at the medallion while driving to catch Sungmo. She’s like that sunflower.
I don’t know if viewers know their Greek mythology, but I believe this director does — just like he knows his Lyra and Orion constellations.
In Greek mythology, the story of the sunflower is about unrequited love. There once lived a nymph who watched the sun god all day. To her sorrow, however, the sun god was in love with another girl and never paid attention to her. When the nymph died of unrequited love, she was turned into a sunflower so she could continue to look at the sun god and wait for him to notice her.
So, if we connect this to Jisoo, we can see how she resembles a sunflower. Like the sunflower follows the sun, she follows Sungmo everywhere, although in her mind, Sungmo cares for another girl, Jaein.
Of course, I do NOT think the sunflower foretells of a future romantic liaison between Sungmo and Jaein. Ha! The writer and director would have to be batshit crazy to invoke the wrath of the JinYoung’s fanclub. lol. Oppa Jinyoung’s fangirls will go after both of them should Lee Ahn lose his Jaein to Kang Sungmo (lol. See I don’t even know the other actors’ names?)
As for the flower in her tea, it’s a chrysanthemum, or mum, for short.
Sounds like “mom,” right? And it would be appropriate because Jisoo’s on a quest to find Sungmo’s mom. lol.
But chrysanthemums also mean grieving and neglected love…and death. They’re the flowers used for funeral bouquets.
Didn’t you notice them? lol. The bigger versions were in the opening scene.
lol. Those were chrysanthemums, too, at the funerals.
And I so dislike this idea because I’m seeing too many signs of foretold death for our Jisoo that I don’t find them funny anymore.
Okay, director! Cut it out already! You don’t have to give me death omens every single episode. You’re making me paranoid.
In the last episode, she talked drunkenly about dating Dr. Hong in her next life.
And this episode, there are the flowers, sunflowers and the mum, and the YSS signs.
Do you see them? I bet the viewers’ eyes were on Sungmo’s car that they didn’t see the all important YSS signs in the background.
Two of them: yellow and red.
And here, too. See the YSS banner behind her?
Was she in a YSS building alone at night? lol. I wouldn’t do that if I were her.
So while Yoon Jaein, Lee Ahn and Kang Sungmo are threatened by a single psycho killer, I’m not THAT worried about them. I’m more worried about Jisoo because not only is the killer targeting her but so do her father’s criminal connections… and she’s clueless.
Edited to add this:
The ringtone for Lee Ahn on Jisoo’s cellphone is from Chopin’s Nocturne In E Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2
Here are my previous notes on Jisoo and her death comments.