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Cantabile Tomorrow: Episode 14

Aw, this is my favorite episode yet. It made me cry, and it also made me laugh so hard I may have snorted food down the wrong pipe. (The pain was totally worth it.) There’s a thread of bittersweetness and wistfulness that made the episode feel particularly poignant, with characters confronting obstacles, accepting certain truths, and in some cases, being forced to reevaluate where they stand.

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LESSON 14 RECAP

Shaken by the encounter with her horrible former teacher, Nae-il runs out of the hall just as Yoo-jin arrives to see her play. He sees how she’s gasping and frozen in fear, and slowly reaches out a comforting hand to pat her arm. “Okay,” he tells her gently. “Let’s stop.”

Taking her hand in his, Yoo-jin smiles and her and says, “Let’s go home.” Nae-il follows numbly as he leads her away, just as Streseman’s words float back to her about Yoo-jin being meant for big things far away, and how she has to confront the music head-on if she wants to go with him.

There’s a nice directing touch depicting Yoo-jin from her point of view in this moment; she stares at the back of his head as she thinks of him moving farther out of her orbit.

That idea brings her back to the present and she pulls her hand free of his, deciding that she has to continue the competition. Yoo-jin tells her not to force herself, but Nae-il says more firmly that she can do it, and runs back the way she came.

She makes it back to the dressing room just as the usher is reporting her departure, and she pleads to be allowed on. The audience gets restless, wondering why it’s taking so long for Nae-il to come onstage, while her old teacher smirks that she hasn’t changed. She gets up to leave, only to be surprised at Nae-il’s last-minute arrival after all.

Nae-il sits down at the piano and thinks of Streseman’s advice to pour her anger and her feelings all into the performance and to make it her own. She begins playing, and more satisfying than the relieved looks on her friends’ faces is the sour one that comes across her teacher’s.

Mom notes that it’s a different type of La Campanella than she’s heard before, but likes Nae-il’s interpretation.

Yoo-jin calls this performance just like Nae-il’s style: “It’s piano that’s like an orchestra.”

As Nae-il reaches the final passage, her playing becomes more impassioned, the look on her face growing harder as she recalls the encounter with her teacher in the hallway. She plays increasingly more fiercely as she winds to a close, glaring at her teacher as she hits her final note.

Silence rings out, and then a crash of applause.

Nae-il throws a wrench into the deliberations, because while the judges all willing to admit that she performed well, they’re wary of awarding her the competition. For one, she plays outside of the rules, and for another, they fear that it would send the message for other students that ignoring the rules is now a good thing.

Teacher Yoon is Nae-il’s most outspoken supporter, saying that they’re not talking about rewarding a bad performance, but suggests a solution to the panel. We don’t hear it, and will have to wait for the big reveal.

Nae-il is on pins and needles as she waits, and another competitor drops by to congratulate her performance. He even asks for the score to her variation of the piece (since it was different from the traditional interpretation), which makes Nae-il ask in alarm if she performed it differently. Ha, it’s cute how worried she is, and how absorbed she was that she doesn’t know the answer to that.

As the judges begin the presentation of the awards, Streseman pauses to chat with Teacher Yoon outside, and she notes that he had his reasons for asking her to that music festival. He says that he has an eye for picking out talent, but she counters that talent on its own isn’t enough, because students reach a limit without passion. It’s a good thing, she notes, that Nae-il has tapped into her passion. Streseman says with amusement that he’s getting old: “I like watching kids grow more than my performances.”

The third-place winner is elated with his placement, but second place gets mixed reactions: Ka-ram is disappointed to have missed first place, while Nae-il’s supporters sit up in excitement, figuring she has to have taken first.

And yet, the first place winner is announced as… nobody?

Everyone is stunned, including Nae-il, who hears the announcement from the dressing room. Nae-il’s old teacher is furious, wondering why Ka-ram was named second in a competition with no winner. Teacher Do wisely replies, “Because there was another student worthy of first.” I guess they just couldn’t actually give it to Nae-il, all things considered.

When Yoo-jin arrives in the dressing room, Nae-il is already gone, having left a note behind thanking his mother and Min-hee for their help.

Nae-il trudges home with a heavy heart, but keeps her voice light when she calls her mother. She says that she worked hard and played well, but still didn’t win—what can she do? Sigh.

Yoo-jin is waiting at her door when she arrives home, and asks why she’s been wandering in the cold and whether she’s had dinner. Hearing that she hasn’t eaten, he brings her inside and cooks her a hot meal. What are you even waiting for, marry him now. (Also: That totally counts as a couple outfit, doesn’t it?)

He tells her he was just happy that she didn’t run away, and that she put in an outstanding performance. There will be more competitions for her to try. She replies that there aren’t any more this year that send students abroad, and he surprises her by saying, “That’s good. You can’t go, and neither can I.”

Nae-il takes out her watch and starts studying up on hypnosis via books and websites, which Yoon-hoo finds her reading. She stammers that she’s not looking for any particular reason, and he teases her a bit before asking more seriously about her disappointment over the competition.

She says that it’s okay and that there’ll be more competitions, though she says philosophically that she won’t be winning those—apparently her playing isn’t the type that competitions recognize.

When Nae-il warns him not to get all flirty with her, he assures her that he won’t, encouraging her to lean on him as a friend. Still, she forces the happy reply that she’s okay, though her smile wavers.

Yoo-jin meets with Streseman, who presses him again to go abroad. Thinking he’s dragging his feet to stay with Nae-il, Streseman says that she can always go next year, and issues the order for Yoo-jin to head overseas as soon as the orchestra competition is over.

Yoo-jin lands on the Rising Stars as an excuse (and it’s a pretty obvious excuse), saying that there’ll be nobody to lead them if he leaves. Streseman points out that he’s hardly the only conducting student around, and in fact directs him to take on an assistant conductor. There’s one he has in mind.

Of course he means Yoon-hoo, who’s already introducing himself to the orchestra, who greets him warmly… at least until Yoo-jin walks into rehearsal and then they all trade nervous looks, not sure how this is going to go down. Yoo-jin is typically cool toward him, ignoring Yoon-hoo’s glib greetings, though he doesn’t reject him as the new assistant either.

With that, Yoo-jin conducts rehearsal while Yoon-hoo watches intently. Thankfully, Il-lac is much improved and back to top form with the concerto.

Afterward, Yoon-hoo asks about the upcoming competition, noting that the rivals are formidable. Yoo-jin just tells him to worry about himself and his recovery, advising him to train his left hand. But Yoon-hoo sees the orchestra’s division as the biggest concern, and explains how he was approached beforehand by a few of the S orchestra players, who had appealed to him to help them once Yoo-jin leaves.

Rumors are already afoot that Yoo-jin will be heading abroad with Streseman, and the S members fear that they’ll be shut out with him gone. Hence the attempt to convince Yoon-hoo to join and keep the A’s from forcing them out.

Yoo-jin is less concerned, thinking the conflict will work itself out, while Yoon-hoo reminds him of his observation—that Yoon-hoo had no friends because the ones he had were all really just rivals. This is why Yoon-hoo understands what jealousy and rivalry do, and he warns that leaving things as they are will lead to an explosion.

“I’m surprised,” he says. “I didn’t think Cha Yoo-jin would be this incompetent.” I’m pretty sure he’s just pushing some buttons to get Yoo-jin to recognize what he sees, but it does sound rather brassy of him to declare that he’s only doing the orchestra to take care of his friends.

Yoo-jin barks, “Is this child’s play?!” Yoon-hoo replies that he’s not playing, and reminds him once again to be on his guard.

Nae-il’s hypnosis research includes consulting with a doctor, who advises that in order to create a key to solve the problem, she has to know what the lock looks like. Namely, she has to understand the traumatic incident.

With that in mind, she sits Yoo-jin down at home and takes out the watch, which she holds up in front of his face. He finds it funny but lets her keep dangling it, his gaze getting more focused as it swings back and forth…

We don’t see how that session ends, but next he’s joining his friends at school, and before he knows it, the words “our Nae-il” slip out of his mouth. It’s so shocking that everyone stops eating their sponsored almonds to gape, and even Yoo-jin is so startled he tells them to forget what he said.

Yoon-hoo hadn’t realized how corny “our Nae-il” sounded and vows to stop saying it himself, to which Yoo-jin blurts, “Why would you say ‘our Nae-il’ to our Nae-il?!” More jaws drop, including his own, and he hurriedly excuses himself in mortification.

Yoo-jin tries to figure out the source of the slip of his tongue, deciding, “It must have been at our Nae-il’s request. But even if our Nae-il asked a favor…” and then he cringes some more and slaps his mouth shut.

Min-hee describes to Nae-il how shocking (and horrific) it was to hear Yoo-jin talk like that, and Nae-il double- and triple-checks to make sure it wasn’t a mistake. Now we see the hypnosis session that Nae-il had induced the night before, where she had made Yoo-jin fall asleep and then tested things out with one small instruction: to say “our Nae-il” ten times in front of people.

By the time she joins Yoo-jin, he’s this hilarious bundle of nerves and blurts to her in agitation that whatever she heard, don’t get excited, it was just a mistake okay? She tells him it’s okay because she’s figured out a way to cure his fear of flying, marveling at the solution. She takes out the watch to do it right then and there, but has to put it away when Il-lac and Su-min interrupt to pepper Yoo-jin with questions. Namely, are the rumors true? Is he really going abroad next month?

Yoo-jin tells them that Streseman is wrong and that he’s not going, snapping angrily when they get too excited at the idea.

Nae-il has second thoughts that night, telling herself that she can’t succeed where doctors have failed. It must have just been a coincidence, she tries to convince herself. She reminds herself that curing him means that he’ll leave: “Even if he does go, he can go later, when I can go abroad too.”

The friends wonder if Yoo-jin will really go, and Su-min half-jokes that he wants to follow, what with Shi-won heading overseas too. Il-lac is alarmed at the idea but says that it won’t be right away, only to hear with dismay that she plans to leave fairly soon—after their next concert, in fact.

Shi-won tells him as much on their next date, and Il-lac keeps his crushing heartbreak under a forced smile. But then he puts his foot in it by saying that it wasn’t like they were a serious couple, and they didn’t even have couple rings or anything. Ack! Be honest or shush, you!

It’s no surprise that Shi-won gets up and leaves him at the table, her mood soured. Dad stops Il-lac from going after her, huffing good riddance at the girl who’d stolen his concertmaster seat away from him. Il-lac’s face crumples as he tells his father that it was her place to begin with, as was the solo he’s performing.

Dad totally didn’t realize that Il-lac was so in love with her, and tries to backtrack by saying that she’s got pretty hair. Lol. At least it makes Il-lac feel better, and then he asks for Dad’s permission to be a bad son.

The Rising Stars suffer a confidence crusher when they watch a video of their main rivals in the upcoming competition, Seyeon University. They’re so good that everyone in RS worries that they’ll just be embarrassed at the comparison, and then wonder who brought them the video to watch in the first place.

It’s reminiscent of the S Orchestra’s first performance, when they’d watched video of the A Orchestra right before going out to play. But nobody knows where the video came from, and as Yoon-hoo listens to them speculate, it seems he may be formulating a hunch.

Il-lac heads into rehearsal sporting a sling and the excuse that he fell. Aw, you’re throwing the game for love! He says that it’s a minor injury and that he’ll be back to playing soon… but they’ll need a new soloist. He nominates Shi-won, and it’s the logical answer since they can’t pick a new concerto.

Yoo-jin asks for a day to think it over, while Min-hee repeats her refrain that this feels ominous.

Shi-won finds Il-lac and worries over his arm, which he waves off (metaphorically, that is) as nothing to worry about. She insists on seeing his hand, though, and while he’s assuring her of his health, she slides a couple ring onto his finger. She’s already wearing hers, which she flashes at him. Aw, I love her.

Now that they’re appropriately serious, she warns him not to cheat on her, and he’s only too happy to make that promise. She assures him, “I’ll go quickly… and come back quickly.” He holds up his hand wearing the ring for a fist-bump, and she obliges him, which is cute but also dumb! Why exert pressure on your (albeit fake) injury when you could spare yourself the (again, fake) pain and just kiss already?

Yoo-jin heads over to see Il-lac that night, and hears the sounds of violin practice coming from his room. Ah, so he’s on to him.

The day of filming arrives, but the air inside the rehearsal room is frosty, with both sides throwing barbs back and forth. Of course they drop the animosity the second the camera crew enters, wanting to be seen in their best light for this broadcast that emphasizes cooperation and friendship.

So they’re all dumbstruck when the PD shows them the camera stationed in the back of the room, filming them unawares. They had secured permission of time to film rehearsals—were they not informed? Hm, I wonder who could have forgotten to mention that.

The footage is so negative that the program decides to cancel the broadcast altogether, and Yoo-jin confirms with Mina that he was informed of the filming. So what happened?

Nae-il reverts to playing her fart song listlessly in practice, to the concern of Teacher Do. He watches from outside and comments to Yoon-hoo that she’s lost her drive after the competition, though Yoon-hoo suggests that it’s just a momentary slump and asks the teacher to give her some time.

Then he joins her in the practice room and engages her in a round of Chopsticks, then notes that it’s no fun and suggests that she not force herself to play when it’s not fun. He knows from experience that recovery from illness is quicker when you allow yourself to be sick.

Bad news hits the press, throwing the Rising Stars into panic mode. Now there are articles painting the orchestra as on the verge of disbandment due to internal strife, and Il-lac hurries to alert Yoo-jin of the news while the school board is convened for a meeting.

Meanwhile, Su-min and Min-hee worry that their problems may have created extra trouble for Yoo-jin, who might be facing dire consequences. Yoon-hoo has been mulling over the peculiar circumstances and suggests that there’s something very fishy about all this—doesn’t it seem premeditated? Who might benefit from this discord?

They think it over, and suppose that Seyeon would get the broadcast slot instead. Yoon-hoo decides to look for the projector used to show the Seyeon video, but has an additional thought: “Are they aiming at our orchestra… or Cha Yoo-jin?”

But when he checks the equipment checkout log, Yoon-hoo gets a shock to read the name listed there.

Yoo-jin is called into a meeting of furious board members, meekly taking all their rage as they scream at him. His friends watch from outside the glass doors, feeling terrible on his behalf. Teacher Do and Nae-il also watch him being thoroughly raked over the coals, and Teacher Do comments on how it is to see the respected Yoo-jin treated like some delinquent, when he’d practically been treated like a teacher himself.

Nae-il supposes that he wouldn’t be subject to such abuse if he were to study abroad. All he has to do is get on that plane…

Yoon-hoo waits to catch Dean Mina alone, and asks if she approved as well: “What Cha Yoo-jin is doing right now.”

A flashback shows us the rest of Mina’s conversation with Yoo-jin earlier, where he’d admitted to knowing about the observation camera in advance—and how he had purposely refrained from informing his orchestra about it. He’d told her that he wanted to show them exactly what they look like right now.

Next Yoo-jin joins Il-lac and indicates his wrapped left hand, telling him to take off the bandage now. Il-lac is sheepish at being found out and admits that Shi-won makes a better soloist, and that it’s the better choice for the orchestra.

Yoo-jin replies, “To me, the orchestra has no better soloist than you.”

The orchestra’s mood is grim as Yoo-jin faces them and says that he doesn’t know what the board will decide. He says, “I want to ask you all—whether we really want to go together. You guys make the decision.”

Nae-il joins him as he leaves the meeting and once more broaches the subject of hypnotherapy. She asks him about it not working well on him, and he explains that his doctor concluded that he may lack the requisite faith in the therapist.

The idea fills Nae-il with warmth as she realizes, “Then you really trust me a lot.”

Yoo-jin just smiles, “Nope, I don’t.” But the proof is in the pudding, and we’ve already seen it.

Nae-il sits Yoo-jin down again that night with the watch and lulls him into a hypnotic state, then leads him to his memory of that traumatic plane crash. She asks what happened, and we see the scene unfold as Yoo-jin remembers it:

Young Yoo-jin reads a pamphlet on the Berlin Philharmonic, which a kindly old grandpa sees and comments on, being a huge fan of Maestro Viera himself. The plane hits turbulence, and the grandpa clutches his chest and reaches for his pills, but he fumbles and drops them down the aisle.

Hypnotized Yoo-jin sheds a tear as he describes this, and we see Young Yoo-jin unbuckle himself and go after them. “But I couldn’t grab them,” he says. Young Yoo-jin falls in the turbulence and hits his head, which knocks him unconscious.

Nae-il tells Yoo-jin, “It’s okay, you did your best to save the grandpa.”

Yoo-jin cries, “I couldn’t do anything.” Her voice trembling, she tells him that it’s not his fault. “You don’t have to feel guilty or scared anymore,” she says.

She instructs him to wake up when the alarm rings. “And when you open your eyes…” She can barely finish her sentence, but fights back her tears to conclude, “You can ride airplanes now. You can take a plane and go anywhere.”

 
COMMENTS

I really did love this episode, once it settled into its groove and we could see what Yoo-jin meant to do with the orchestra feud. It seemed likely that he was the one acting, but his reasoning wasn’t clear, and I wondered whether he was making himself the common target to rally his members around him, or whether he was just trying to get that explosion to happen faster so that they could get to the rebuilding part. Yoon-hoo’s comments about that explosion being inevitable seemed logical, and the bitterness was too entrenched to hope for resolution without active interference.

It remains to be seen how Yoo-jin’s actions will affect the group in the long run, but I like that he’s basically using a form of his tough love—for instance, of the kind that got Yoon-hoo to face his surgery. The orchestra squabbling has been played lightly but are essentially debilitating, as we saw in the soloist vote, because now they’re willing to cut off their nose to spite their face.

In the past when the orchestra faced conflict, it felt empowering to have somebody like Streseman or Yoo-jin go to bat for them to throw their support behind the underdogs, but right now the orchestra doesn’t deserve to have somebody swoop in and fix their problems for them. It feels like a fatherly move (and we know that Yoo-jin has commented on feeling like their father before)—not coddling, but the kind of parenting move where you force your kids to take responsibility for their own mistakes. It isn’t sabotage in the sense that he’s making them worse off than they would be otherwise; he’s holding up the mirror and giving them a dose of cold hard truth. It feels fair, particularly when you have guys like Il-lac who are always thinking of the orchestra first, and having sweet sacrifices go trampled by selfishness.

Speaking of whom, how great is Il-lac? And Shi-won? And Il-lac and Shi-won together? Okay, maybe there could have been a bolder way to make a statement than to fake an injury, but his heart is so in the right place, and I got a little teary when Yoo-jin recognized that Il-lac was just as worthy as anybody else. Yes, playing music is about technical proficiency, but at this point we know that everybody in the Rising Stars possesses the baseline standard of musical competency. Beyond that, it’s like the teachers noted at the competition—passion and motivation are what take you beyond the limitations of natural talent.

But by far my favorite aspect of this episode was Nae-il’s emotional journey, which was no less moving for the fact that I already knew what would happen and why. That’s something I’ve really appreciated about this series, in drawing me into the emotional spaces of these characters, and doing so in a nuanced, understated way. Even when the broad strokes of the plot are familiar to me, the interpretation of these characters’ feelings make them feel fresh again, and today was the first time I really felt glad to have Shim Eun-kyung here to give this role her personal touch, because it would have been a shame to miss out on it.

I say this despite liking Shim Eun-kyung and Nae-il, and also despite struggling with them early on. Like many, I found this version of the character awkward and exaggerated at the outset, which I took as a big shame because I know how fabulous an actor Shim Eun-kyung can be. I have been gradually warming to both the character and Shim’s take on her, but I felt like today broke through a kind of wall; I felt Nae-il’s emotional conflict in a palpable, relatable way that spoke to me.

It’s not like she’s scared of losing Yoo-jin in a possessive way, like she feels she needs to be physically present to ensure that he remains “hers.” The fear is a more universal feeling, of the kind we feel when a friend moves away; in this day and age, there’s no reason that should signal the end of a friendship, but it does alter the relationship in uncontrollable ways, and it’s natural to feel the pang of loss.

I don’t want Nae-il to pursue music because she has to be with Yoo-jin; I want her to see that her path could allow them to travel in the same direction if she overcame a fear that she has to overcome anyway—a fear that is holding her back, regardless of Yoo-jin’s presence in her life. If Yoo-jin is the catalyst to get her to heal, then by all means, catalyze away. I want them to be complementary goals—playing piano and being with Yoo-jin—not false equivalencies. So far, I think the show is staying on the right side of that line. And so, Nae-il’s trepidation reminds me of the feeling of coming to a bend in the road and feeling blind as to what the future holds but giving into the trust that it will work out—or even if it doesn’t, that you’ll handle it anyway. Her reaction in the last scene really took me back to times in my life when I felt that myself, in a way that makes me both wistful and really, really glad I’m not still there. Thank god for growing up.

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I love this episode soooo much! I can't blink an eye watching every minute of it! I'm in love with Yoo Jin and Seol Nae II! Can' wait for the next episode! Bravo everyone!

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God this episode was amazing. Thanks for doing the recap so quickly!!

I melted at Yoojin's smile when he answered no to Naeil's "Then you must trust me a lot." It was just so sweet <3

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Uri Naeil! *squee*
Omoni, can I squish those dimpled cheeks (not necessarily on the face) of my favorite Orabulge? The BEST episode so far- found myself mirroring Naeil's emotions in the end...
Kudos to the actors!

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It was a great episode & recap. I'm a bit confused...Did the hypnosis session skip over the plane crash or did he imagine it while he was knocked out from attempting to get the medicine?

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The plane crash resulted the old man to lose his pills.

Yoo Jin was happily travelling and then the plane crash occured making the man lose his pills. As Yoo Jin dived under seats to grab it the plane hit the ocean and Yoo Jin knocked his head, rendering him unconscious.

That's the whole story.

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Thank you for the recap. I watched live with plenty of lags so can't comment at the moment. However, that closing scene had me crying like a baby.

Joo Won is terrific. I know he is very awesome in crying scenes but this one is different (actually in most of Joo Won's crying scenes, he cries differently for each character) in that he was crying with his eyes closed and this type is not easy to portray. But he did it so naturally and beautifully. His neck was awashed with his tears. Most of all, I see the 10 year old Yoo Jin. Gaahh...the guilt and pain he was crying all these years.

Shim Eun Kyung? She was daebak here. I tried not to compare but she has been attacked so much and compared so unfairly that I think I would like to speak my mind this time. Her acting in here is 1000X better.

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I have loved this story in all it's incarnations, this version included :) I had hoped to see NI and YJ perform onstage together before the end of the show -- but chances look slim with only two eps left. Now I will happily settle for a good ending for all these character.

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it was beautiful.. the ending

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Okay, this episode just sealed the deal. I'll be waiting to buy the DVD when its out! :D Because how rare it is to get a drama that really invest in focusing on growth development of characters - not just for the main characters, but also the supporting ones. Totally loving how everyone is learning to grow TOGETHER!

Also, I'm finding the subtle gestures of supporting and trusting one another between YJ and NI incredibly romantic <3 <3 . It really doesn't matter whether the drama will feature a kiss or not because the deep connection between them is already very satisfying.

Watching Cantabile Tomorrow just warms my heart at so many levels. And thanks so much JB for the recap! :)

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I know what you mean. I love a good drama kiss like anyone else, but what Yoo-jin and Nae-il have going on is so romantic that I'm already swooning without the kiss. I love the level of trust they have in each other and it's really impressive how they really wish for the best for each other, even if it ultimately means being apart while pursuing their goals. (Though of course they will go to Europe together! I hope.)

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"what Yoo-jin and Nae-il have going on is so romantic that I’m already swooning without the kiss" I could never say it in a better way. I 'm swooning too :)
Agree with everything you say here and YES, please, Europe together, pretty please... :D

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Thank you for the recap!

This episode had a good mix of everything, from light comedy to serious tear-inducing moments. It was so moving to see both Naeil and Yoo Jin struggle through their conflict. I can't believe the show is ending next week!

By the way, did I miss something? Did they ever reveal who was responsible for renting the projector and showing everyone in Rising Star how great Seyeon University's orchestra was?

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I'm pretty sure it was Yoo Jin.

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It maybe highly unlikely but I'm hoping for a 2nd season of this and Liar Game. T_T

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i love this show.
i'm gonna miss it when it's over, is the only one i'm watching right now.
joon won is my favorite actor ever since fantastic Gaksital!
first time seeing Shim Eun Kyung.
uri Nael is doing a good job.

thank you JB.
your comments at the end of the recaps always makes me reflect on life, sometimes applying it on my own. <3 :)

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Yeah, that last scene. So good, from both actors.

"If you love something, set it free." I kind of hate that quote, but it seems apt here. I love that she loves him enough to set him free from his guilt, even if it means that now he has the freedom to leave her.

There's so much to love about this show, and I'll be so sad to see it go.

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This is definitely one of those dramas that I will be re-watching every now and then. There are dramas that are much better but most of those have no real re-watch value - maybe just a few specific scenes that you'd like to watch again - and there is this where the journey is much much better than just the ending (although it's not finished yet. ONE MORE WEEK TO GO! NOOOO!) so that watching the whole drama again and again would be a pleasure. All the actors are great. Especially the two leads of course. Hope they win something.

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Such a great episode. I really loved Nae-il and seeing just how much her character has grown since the beginning. She can now push herself forward and doesn't need Yoo-jin or anyone else to make her do the performance. She’s also willing to let go of her own feelings to allow Yoo-jin to go abroad, which she could never have done before. It’s really great character growth and made for a sad ending.

The writers and actors have done such an amazing job and I’ve grown to love the characters, especially Yoo-jin and Nae-il. It’s going to be hard when this is over.

I also have to say Il-lac and Shi-won are just so adorable as the second couple. I hope we continue to see more of them together next week.

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SEK won me over since the moment she dressed up as a racoon. NI is definitely the heart of S orchestra.

Who thinks there will be a time jump soon?

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Time jump, nooo! Probably 5-10min before the final´s ending, otherwise next ep? somewhere in the middle?

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Me! If the take that part from the manga. The trailer has them both in Europe. But how much can they cover in 2 eps? >.<

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In real life, it takes less than an hour to make babies. Okay, much shorter actually. On screen, it can be even less. Yes, definitely doable.

Wait, this is not about IT?

Gahhhh...I want me a new generation of beautiful music geniuses.

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Shim Eun Kyung really, really reminds me of Kim Sun Ah. And that's great! She has such a great emotional range that just registers on her face like Kim Sun Ah.

I've never seen or read any of the previous versions of Cantabile. But am totally addicted to this one.

Can't wait to see how it all turns out.

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If Nae-il can let Yoo-Jin go, can he let her go?

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Wow, this episode was just superb. Nothing much that I can add to emphasize how great this drama is. Plus I'm not articulate like jb xD

But I feel sad that there's only two more episodes. Their journey in Europe is SO important, their relationship develops so much more. With Nodame pursuing her own music, on her own terms and Chiaki moving up and beyond. Their growth as characters is worth experiencing.

Plus, it would be pretty great to see YJ a little more yielding to NI. I detest codependency as well and know some don't like how NI seems to be a bit dependent on YJ, but it also works the other way around. And Europe really showed how important Nodame was to Chiaki. At the end of it all, their relationship and bond is something you wish you had.

I'd like a season 2, but I'm not holding out any hope for that. The show has its flaws but I'm pretty satisfied with the drama's take on the original story and these great characters. Group 8 did good this time. Cantabile Tomorrow is is one drama that I'll miss greatly.

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I never liked Group 8 but after Witch Romance, I thought maybe they have changed. Witch Romance was just okay for me. I watched the Taiwanese version and I loved it. WR did not veer much from the original or at least it didn't up to the middle where I dropped it. So when I watched it, there was nothing to hook me in. That's the problem with remake, you stick too close to the original and there's not much in it for those who have seen the earlier drama. Still, I thought WR was reasonably well produced.

I am very surprised by the writer of Tomorrow Cantabile. She delivered and exceeded my expectation. There were some flaws and misses but which drama doesn't? Before this aired, I was wondering how will they succeed in the story telling aspect because to me, that's the most important. Given that it is based on a well known manga, it cannot go too wrong. However, it veer too far away or stick to much to the original to the point of boring. I am very happy it struck a balance and actually enhanced the story and a much deeper revelation of the characters. It filled in the gaps in the Japanese adaptation which did better at non-stop comedy but did not tug at my heartstrings like this one.

Sadly, the ratings mean that this kind of writing is not appreciated and hence, we probably won't see much of it in the future. Instead, we will get the formulaic type which guarantees ratings or flavor of the month(year in this case) themes like the slew of multiple personality disorder dramas coming up. Even worse, I can imagine someone telling the writer that to succeed, she should have made Naeil hold 10 jobs, Yoo Jin the typical kdrama chaebol heir and his mother an evil one who works Naeil to the bones. To make it even better, have Yoo Jin overcome his fear of flying but gets knocked in the head in another flight turbulence, forgets everything about Naeil and go back to Do Kyung.

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This comment is so childish. What is crap is crap. How can people defend a crappy one by mocking at those projects that haven't even been broadcasted yet? How dare the writer add more jobs to naeil if she can't even do well with one only? And youjin doesn't have either the chaebol look or gangster look to be put an elegant fight. Be happy with what you have.

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This episode was great. I wish they had more fun with Yoo jin being hypnotized--maybe one more trick. This is just me but I hope there is one more big conflict between them and she goes to Jeju. Then he follows her to fully realize he can take the plane. (Unless you can drive to the island which ruins it for me.) that's just me. I'll leave the actual storytelling to the experts and wait in anticipation.

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i really love the last scene. the emotions are just.. :')

thanks JB and GF.

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Thanks for the recap, JB!!

I've been reading all the recaps and watching the drama, just haven't commented yet. This is my favourite episode so far!! I finished reading the manga while waiting for new episodes each week, but didn't watch the J version yet since I don't wanna be influenced before this K version is completed.

I'm really loving this interpretation and the growth of all the characters. Their journey and relationships are truly heartwarming to watch. It brings back memories of my own growing pains and experiences.

For this ep, I liked how Yoojin didn't push Naeil to finish the competition and she faced her fears at her own resolve. It just shows how he has grown to understand her and be sensitive to her. His reassuring touch and words mean a lot, which help propel Naeil to be her best self. So glad that shut her former teacher up.

Totally LOLed at the "Woori Naeilie" parts and kept rewinding to watch over and over again just to see all the intricate expressions on Joo Won's face along with his gestures and simply enjoy the hilarity of the whole scene. XD

Finally, that last scene... Whoa! I knew the storyline from the manga, but wow, was I blown away by Joo Won's tears with his eyes closed. When that first year slipped down, it was so beautiful to watch and really struck me in the heart. Those tears and emotions being released after all these years... And then Naeil's reactions... Learning to let go because she loves him that much and doesn't want to hold him back from flying high. As many have said, their bond and trust in each other, and how well they complement each other--that is the kind of relationship that you wish you'd have. ^^

Overall, Shim Eun Kyung and Joo Won pulled in amazing performances in this ep. And it's so cute to see Illac and Shiwon together as the second couple. =) Can't wait for the final ep's next week. Gonna miss this drama for sure. I know chances are slim, but I do hope there will be a season 2 at some point since the main characters' growth and relationship in Paris would be worth depicting. Even though it seems like a lot has already happened so far in terms of overcoming obstacles and deepening relationships, their time in Europe is when things "really" happen. So, it would warrant its own series. Keke~

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Yes, Joo Won's intricate expressions! I love the way his right eyebrow shot up in that scene. And when he rushed out of the room, it looked like he was going trying to hold back the words choking up his throat, LOL.

That last scene was daebak, wasn't it? I cried along with Joo Won then with SEK because it pained Naeil so much when she finally understood how much her sunbae suffered all these years. And because she loved him, she let him go. That's why she was smiling and crying at the same time. She knew she would free him from the bondage but it also meant he will no longer be by her side.

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Yes! His eyebrow and eyes darting, then saying to forget what he just said... Haha... And then covering up his mouth before more Woori Naeilie's rolled out... And still saying it when justifying what happened to himself! =P

Oh yes! That is exactly it! It's the complex combination of feeling Yoojin's pain that pains Naeil plus the sadness of him leaving her side yet there's joy and relief that he is finally set free from all the years of guilt and fear... It was just awesome to watch Joo Won recounting that experience and SEK totally understanding and feeling those emotions. Such rawness, which I love, because I'm sure we've had times when we hear about a loved one sharing an experience that simply breaks our hearts and we wish that he/she never had to go through that pain.

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Exactly, such rawness. They weren't acting...they were crying for real. Crying in a show is not only about tears, rather you can see it all over the face. The way they cry is just like those you see in real life.

SEK and Joo Won are so convincing as couple who really cares for each other.

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Dramabeans has been so good at this... Making me laugh and cry at their side comments!

Good job JB, thanks for the recap and for the comment! This episode is indeed the best of CT. Love Joo-won as always!

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Oh man, the bromantic tension between Yoo-jin and Yoon-hoo in this episode is no joke xD

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The last few minutes of this episode clearly distinguishes why it had to be SKE as the actress. She's so genuine and pure! Superb!!

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The feels :) I'm sad that the show is being bashed by lots of people left right and centre, but I'm also happy that there are some people who do enjoy it. Well, to each his/her own. I guess many people still couldn't help but compare instead of viewing this adaptation on its own based on the MANGA. Book to film adaptations are always subject to so much debate. Still for those of us who enjoyed this drama, we'll keep spazzing together! :D

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SEK is just so great – to perform like that at this age. I am absolutely impressed. Joo Won is not exeption of course, but SEK just stole my heart today, with that complex interpretation of these pure emotions that Nae Il has. It was built during the episode so well, hesistation, but still a desire to help him. At the last scene we saw everything together – relief that he is free, sadness because he is free and uncertainty. This actress is too good to be in nonsensical drama’s – it would be waste of her talent – I am glad that this drama, having its flaws, is still a very good piece.

Most of the time it goes completely reverse in the K-drama land. It’s getting worse with the time. Not in this case when the drama gets better with every episode.

I was just thinking that there are not that many dramas with such a good cast. Everybody is acting so well (not counting Do Kyung girl’s horrible performance – fortunately she disappeard).

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Love this episode.Laughing so hard when YJ keep saying 'my Nael.

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Such a good episode. Boh poignant and funny, that's a hard balance to strike!

I was actually surprised to see Yoo-jin tell Nae-il to stop with the competition if it is too difficult for her to go through it. Totally didn't see that coming. But I loved how Nae-il pulled away and ran back to the competition hall. So glad to see her overcoming her fear. And how good was that piano scene? Loved the directing touches and the soundtrack itself. Nae-il's look at the end of that scene was so so good. Glaring at her old teacher.

Haha, I adored the "woori Nae-il-i" scene. The look of horror on everyone' face and Yoo-jin's shocked reaction. I had to rewind as soon as the scene was over to watch it a second time. Such great comic acting from everyone.

Finally, I loved how Nae-il was working so hard on the hypnosis treatment to get Yoo-jin cured of his fear of flying. Even though that means there's the possibility that he might move away while she remains behind, I love that she was willing him to get cured of his phobia so that he can attain his own goals. It's a beautiful scene with really heartfelt acting from the two actors.

I will be so sad when Cantabile tomorrow ends next week! I've come to love Yoo-jin and Nae-il so much.

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I may be in the minority for loving this more than its Japanese version. Perhaps becos I like K drama more than J drama, or that I like drama more than anime.
Once this gets past the 1st 4 eps, it gradually sheds that manga feel, like w Nae Il and friends being thrown against the wall and to the floor, which got so many ppl upset at YJ for man-handling NI, and takes shape as a K drama. I really like its pacing: it's neither rushed, which I sometimes felt in the Jdorama, nor dragged out like in so many KDs.
The cast is lovely, and their acting.... I can watch them straight on till morning. The music is well integrated into the happenings. I never felt that I was given a musical piece for its own sake. I'm loving some pieces just the way Nae Il plays them in these recent eps. The links and youtube vids somehow sound much less captivating.
There is no makjang, no scheming, just young people setting out to make a life for themselves, hopefully with music at the centre.
The only down pt for me has been the Principal's wardrobe. I know it's supposed to be fashionable, high class and all, but it's also strange n distracting in a way. But if that's the biggest complaint against a drama, then I'd say it's a rare and fantastic drama.

Looking forward to meeting Nae Il's parents/ family. I hope they are as pure at heart and loveable as their daughter.

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I love this episode so, so much! I love the Korean PDs take on how to tell this story; it's refreshing and the changes are not bad in any way. I have watched the dorama so many times and I really find this non-repetitive! I really love how Yoon Hoo's character is created just to give our Yoo-Jin a kick in the butt every time he is stuck; might I add that I love seeing him on the screen anyway? Such an eye-pleaser. At first I was skeptical about Korean scriptwriters creating a non-manga existing character but now I am totally happy that they did!

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I really appreciate this drama, especially when they're treating the traumatized.

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It's funny how some eps ago everyone would criticize SEK and now everyone loves her. I loves her from the start. As many would say, Nodame or Nae Il is not easy character to begin with and being from popular manga and Jdorama, the comparison is inevitable. But since I never watch jdorama I have no problem to love Nae Il from get go. Same with Cha Yoo Jin who is more adorable and excellent each ep. I appreciate the drama more and happy I'm stick with it.

JB, I also want Il Rak and Shi Won to kiss so badly!! Kiss, you two!

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Thank you for the recap. I really enjoyed this episode especially how Yoo Jin really trust Nae Il. I wish there are more episodes to come. Wishing the Drama God hears my prayer.... add more episodes or Season 2.

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I'm like a proud mama of this drama and everyone in it. I've been watching this from the pilot episode until now and I'm proud how much this drama grew up. It might have started with some rough edges but eventually it turned out so well. It has been the warmest drama I've ever watched after Reply 1997. It definitely touched somewhere sensitive in my heart like a soothing relief! JW never fail to amaze me with his acting. What a shape-shifter.. I mean a character-shifter he is! And on the other hand, I'm seeing SEK in a different perspective now after these past few episodes. And as it approaches its end, I need a tons of supply of tissue T.T I realized just now how I came to love this drama so much. Season 2 please??

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Something totally unrelated, You know Javabeans , am holding onto your words for being glad about growing up.

Life gets real so fast as you grow up and it sucks so bad sometimes , that I don't want to grow up. But yours and GF stance that growing up is way better than young days, am holding on to those words! Hope I feel the same !

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On related note, this episode was soooo gooood !
It may not be the best in plot movement and speed , but its heartwarming !

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Thanks for the recap. This is my favourite episode too. The build-up to the finale has been good and I hope they end with a bang!

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Thanks for the recap and comments, JB. Loved this episode too. Will miss this drama.

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It was a lovely episode. I think everyone's already said it better than me.

I will let everyone know that I discovered Yale open courses have a Listening to Music course online for free. It focuses on classical music, but is not exclusive to it. And he teaches you a bit how to conduct. I've been having fun watching the videos and conducting along, wishing I had my own orchestra like Yoo Jin. You can find the full course on Yale's website, and the videos on Youtube.

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The more I watch this drama the more I reflect on myself. That feeling of unacceptance in Yoo Jin, masking his insecurities with cold attitude and the Naeil that choose to escape her fear and opt for easy way, I kind off relate them to myself. How beautiful it is to see their growth as a person in this episode. I hope I can be like Yoo Jin and Naeil too. Hope and dreams, love and friendship. They are among the best things in life. Love this drama.

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I love this drama. It's a quiet show emphasizing character development. I would definitely shell out money for the dvd when it comes out.

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Yay! I'm a fan! I did see the J dorama version, so long ago that I remember nothing. So this is like a whole new drama :-). One of my favorite scenes was the last one, when Nae-il overcomes her fears and cures Yoo-jin's fear. She was very brave.

I like that the overall tone of this drama is hopeful. The characters are warm and well-taken care of. The emphasis is on self-improvement, friendship, creating healthy mentoring relationships. Although I'm sure the characters have their troubles off-screen, in this music world they can focus on learning their craft and learning about life, all with friends along for the ride. Every drama is its own bubble, but I think this show has captured the idealized version of college well.

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Gaaaaaah! The feeeeeeeels!!!

I was crying along with Yoo Jin and Naeil towards the end. Such awesome moment (coz even if we all know it's acting, it totally feels genuine) between these two! That initial tear drop of Yoo Jin... Gaaaaah! It opened the gate to my tear ducts too! TT__________TT

And I can't stop crying, reading the recap and the comments, because I am reminded that it will be ending next week. Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

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Did anyone ee this?

http://tvdaily.asiae.co.kr/read.php3?aid=1416978292806352002

Looks like someone got hypnotized for real, LOL.

I am going to miss these two.

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this drama is soooooooooooo underrated

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I read the manga and I watch the j dorama. Still, I love this korean remake the most! It feels more human and beautiful. I do love the manga but it feels dry.
I certainly hope for a second session when they are in europe. It is important and I just love seeing Yoo Jin and Nae Il together.

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This is really the best version, and elevated even the manga source material. It's simply so heartwarming and cute, and gives me so much joy when I watch. Thank you, drama, for introducing me to Shim Eun Kyung, Park Bo Gum, and the wonderful writer who did the adaptation, I will definitely look forward to their future work. I will definitely miss this show :(.

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who know please?
what’s the song at the beginning of lesson 13 (Before Nae-il’s first round).
at 0.35-1.26 minutes
Many thanks

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I've been a fan of Joo Won since the bridalmask, SEK sin the Miss Granny. I feel so sorry this heartwarming drama is so underrated here in Korea. I usually don't like this type of drama.( I tried Nodame Cantabile - Jversion before but dropped it just after first episode).
I have to say I'm really really enjoying this show:)

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anybody now what's the name of oboe player? the one who like mini minhee. I realy like him ><
thank you

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anybody knows the name of the music played at the end of this episode? thanks!

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