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Let Me Hear Your Song: Episodes 13-16 Open Thread

We’ve reached the halfway point in Let Me Hear Your Song, and it signals a big shift for our heroine. She’s gone from blissfully ignorant about last summer’s accident to haunted by it at every turn, and she’s confronted with some pretty scary possibilities.

   
EPISODES 13-16 WEECAP

Last week’s cliffhanger had Yoon finally giving Yi-young something definitive: he tells her she was indeed his brother’s girlfriend, that she was there during the accident, and that it’s likely she is his killer. We knew this was coming, but Yi-young clearly did not. Of all the emotions she has to wrangle with, Yi-young is most shaken by the fact that Yoon deceived her from the get-go, knowing who she was all along.

To Yi-young’s credit, she is more betrayed and heartbroken than she is guilty towards him. She even denies the possibility that she’s the murderer at first, pointing out that the random facts that “prove” her guilt aren’t really evidence — and she’s right. However, the further Yi-young travels into her own memories, the more she comes to believe it’s true. She holds the infamous switchblade and suddenly remembers what it felt like to hold it that fateful night. She finds Soo-young’s video recordings of their counseling sessions (though that conveniently-placed USB was a bit of a stretch), and hears herself confess to the murder. Eventually, Yi-young believes it’s true.

What’s interesting here is that since Yi-young barely remembers the actual incident — and has no idea why she would have done something so horrible — she’s pretty unaffected by the act itself. What has gotten under her skin, though, is the fact that she can’t fathom her own behaviors, or the crime she believes she has committed. The entire experience is so remote from her real-life frame of reference that she’s able to approach it like a riddle she has to solve.

There’s a great section between Episode 14 and 15 where Yi-young sets out armed with the facts, determined to understand what happened last summer. I got super excited by this moment, and the shift it seemed to signal in the storytelling. The theme music kicks in, Yi-young advances alone, and it had the feeling of a princess warrior on a quest. She’s brave, she’s taking charge… is she going to take this thing by the horns instead of being forced to react, again and again, to the clues people keep dropping?

Sadly, no. Instead, Bucket Hat Baddie (who we met last week) turns up before Yi-young can get very far on her quest. Her terrorizes her like any good baddie — but interestingly, had no idea that she lost her memories, and for him, it explains “why the higher ups let her live.” He’s also pretty loose-lipped, so we learn that he’s looking for something that Kim Ian had, and assumes that Yi-young has hidden.

Bucket Hat Baddie might be new to the scene, but he’s not new to the drama — he’s been involved from the start as the driver of the supposed hit-and-run accident. Now that he’s out of jail he seems to spend his time visiting Maestro Nam, Jang Yoon, and the orchestra higher-ups, threatening them, and in so doing, clueing us into vital information. Like the missing item that “they” want so badly, and the fact that there’s a larger conspiracy at work.

But it’s not all baddies and blades this week — we also witnessed Maestro Nam turn on the charm. I’m kind of waiting for the drama to decide what they’re going to do with him. Is he the rival for Yi-young’s affections that he sometimes pretends to be? Or is he more deeply involved in Kim Ian’s murder, like Han Eun-joo believes?

There’s a nice segment of the drama where he takes Yi-young out of the city to visit his grandmother. They wear ahjumma pants, hang out in the yard, and watch the night sky while listening to Debussy’s Clair de Lune. It’s lovely. But it’s also curious.

Most dramas would use this as an excuse to force the couple to have some kind of romantic encounter, but in Let Me Hear Your Song, it seems to act as a bit of breathing space for Yi-young. When she’s struggling the most, she gets refreshed by Maestro Nam’s feisty grandma who pep talks like the best of the dramaland halmeonies. Our heroine is made ready for the road ahead, encouraged to face her problems head-on.

Let’s hope that that’s exactly what Yi-young does in the second half of this drama. She might have the facts — and her own memories — working against her, but what she has on her side is not only her sweet nature, but a cousin who’s determined she’s innocent, and a man who’s falling hard for her even though it’s K-drama-level complicated.

The music continues to be great in this drama, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade remains a focal piece for the Shinyoung Orchestra. Surely there’s a reason why it was chosen, and is played in the drama so frequently? Outside of being absolutely gorgeous and the right amount of dramatic, it occurred to me that there’s a bit of metaphor involved, too. After all, what better story to reference than an ancient tale that’s basically a homage to the power of storytelling, and the desire to know how a story ends? I love me some good meta.

  
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I’m sooooo behind! But, first post???

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LOL

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I’m truly annoyed I can’t read this recap yet, or the last one. I’m actually watching 3 currently airing dramas that DB is recapping now, just very slowly, so can’t get on any of these recaps to discuss—but this one is killing me! Back to work...

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I'm glad that they put that scene of Yi-young with her cousin near the end, because I do believe YY is innocent and I want her to believe it too. I hope her quest from now is to find out who did this to both her and Ian, and why. Also to find the missing thing and use it to get justice for Ian.

Also, someone please call 911 before that puddle of blood gets any bigger.

For the rest, questions, questions:
Who are the higher-ups? Powerful dad? Slimy Prof. Kang? Maestro Nam?

What's their secret? Sex? Money? Crime?

Are we looking for a thumb drive? (I nearly thought she found it when she found the videos of her consultations.)

Does Maestro Nam genuinely like YY because she reminds him of his innocent youth (which he apparently traded for fame and fortune)? Or is he just befriending her because he wants that missing object? Or because he wants to be the first to know if she remembers him from that night?

Does any of this have anything to do with the accident that killed YY's parents?

Is Mama Kim still alive? When do we get to meet her?

I find the gossipy, back-stabbing orchestra backroom plotlines confusing and distracting. Not sure why we need them? Also bored with YY's ex-boyfriend and the blind date scenes.

I was suspicious of YY's family at first, but changed my mind after Uncle wouldn't allow yelling in his house. How bad could he be?

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The questions are starting to pile up. I hope the writer is keeping track of them and checking them off as she goes. I'm not sure why the extra scenes are there either, but I'm afraid that one of them will contain important information that they'll reveal later (maybe the young ex-boyfriend was the killer!) so I can't fast-forward.

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Week three of Sic wondering why the flip she's so addicted to this show and if it is secretly brilliant or actually trash.

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Sending you some sympathy thoughts. I went through the exact same thing with The Last Empress.

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I think that's because most of the characters seem like trash, but the unfolding of the mystery is pretty clever. So like a compelling trip through the swamp.

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I actually felt that way about Class of Lies. Compelling mystery, but do I want to spend more time in this world? No. Dropped it. With this drama, same feeling, but maybe it's the relationship between the two leads that tips the balance toward watching.

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And yet so far pretty much all of their motivations and actions make sense, or at least seem to have meaning behind them, which is why, if this holds out till it's end and completes the character arcs and plot in this same vein, I would call it secretly brilliant. Still flawed, but at least the characters make sense.
The only reason I don't right now, is that it has the potential to crash and burn quite spectacularly and I'm highly cynical.
But for now I do find the characters highly compelling, complex and it is easy to see their motivations from the rest of the show, which is a sign of good writing. Yes they're dysfunctional and highly toxic and all a little more than messed up, but that's the whole point.

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Yeon Woo Jin's eyes can almost shoot little hearts, his look can be very intense!

For the story, I'm happy she know the truth. Now, it will better Yoon and YY work together to find the murderer. Yoon doesn't really think she's is but she has some informations about it. At the end, they want the same thing.

Maestro Nam knows for the hit and run because he was there and he knows Bucket Hat Baddie, does he know what Bucket Hat Baddie was/is searching?

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After watching so many dramas, and TV in general, sometimes you get a feel of where the story is going that you can guess it’s next move. I have no idea what is coming next and all my guesses have been wrong so far, so I guess this is the reason I keep tuning in and watching attentively. Let’s hope it all wraps up well!

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This drama is a 100% makjang with deaths, blood, amnesia, and "I was your bro's ex-gf but I think I like you too" but as a closeted makjang fan... I LOVE IT. Not sure why but I just love it.

I AM CONFUSED AND ??? MOST OF THE TIME BUT I LOVE THIS SHOW.

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I love it too. Also, I love the characters.

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I live how all of the characters are creepy in their own ways! Hahahaha

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*love

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Closeted Makjang fan😆
The genre we love to hate😁

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I hate makjang on the outside but I am addicted to it on the inside. 😂

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I tried soO hard to continue but those too many facial expressions mixed with “you killed my brother. What?. Your bag was in the car. What?. There was a knife too.What?” Were beyond my capability to digest

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One thing that irks me -- as soon as Bucket Hat mentioned a thing that Ian took and that the higher ups left her alive so they could find -- as soon as that came out, shouldn't she and Jang have realized that Ian was murdered by the higher ups?

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I'm seriously confused with Yoon's feeling to Yi-young.. Like, at one time "I'm interested to you because you hold the key to my bro's death, and we can't be together because you might kill my bro.." but then at the same time, he suddenly kissed Yi-Young passionately...

I know Yi-Young fell hard for Yoon (and I adore this girl has admitted her feeling), but I'm not convinced (yet) with Yoon's....

PS: just watched the BTS where they did their first ensemble... and they DID really play the music with a real music score, LoL. Michael Lee is so cute on the BTS, while joked around with Maestro Nam and told Jenny that they looked liker her uncles, LoL.

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I'm pretty sure that Yoon is confused too. His first goal is to find the truth about his brother's death. Now that he knows YY, I'm pretty sure he already knows she's not guilty but she's still the only person he knows who was there the famous night. He needs her to find her memories even if it's hard for her but in the same time he started to care about her.

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I’m not sure anyone else saw this or it’s just me because I keep watching the episodes making sure that I didn’t miss any important detailed.

But,... I realize on the start of episode 15 where YiYoung is having flashes of memory of a guy who opened the warehouse door and reveal the knife while both she and Ian are tied inside. Oddly enough the guys cloths did not at all matched what the truck driver worn that day. Instead it matches more on what Nam worn that day, ballcap, raincoat that’s below the knee. Even the boots. If you want to compare you can see end of episode 8 or start of 9.

Also the truck driver told Yiyoung they both dodge a bullet that day. Maybe baldy was also a victim that day and was forced to be the fall guy or die. This will explain why he speak like he was wronged.

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Yes, the outfit definitely matches with Nam. Then he pulls out the switchblade and approaches while Yiyoung and Ian seem to be tied up, blindfolded, on either side of the pillar.
Question: might Nam be going to use the knife to cut their bonds? Bigger question: how does Yiyoung have flashbacks of the whole thing when she was wearing a blindfold at the time?

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I don't know... I still somehow think that the love couple was Ian and conductor Nam...

...and yes, the show is crazy... deliciously crazy... 😆

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Same.

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Same!!! Think about the earliest episode flasback memory of Nam’s taking Ian picture/video, and Ia cutely and shyly said not to take his picture/video

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I keep thinking that too, although I'm not sure they'll go there.

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I am watching this for Song Jae rim. Such a charming actor!

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