Let Me Hear Your Song: Episodes 5-8 Open Thread
This drama might be all over the place, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a solid plan. Piece by piece we get a better picture of what’s at stake for our heroine — all thanks to how our hero is manipulating her with his I-know-what-you-did-last-summer torment.
EPISODES 5-8 WEECAP
Our adorable heroine Yi-young winds up in the hospital after her jog up Namsan with Jang Yoon, and we learn a lot about her past in this week’s episodes. First, we hear the story from her sister-like cousin, HONG SOO-YOUNG (Lee Shi-won). Then, later, Yi-young herself tells Yoon about her tragic past: that her parents died in a car accident when she was five, after which she exhibited both aphasia and insomnia.
Interestingly (and perhaps importantly?) none of the memories of Yi-young’s past are really her own. She can’t remember any of it; rather, she’s just repeating what she has been told. Either way, it’s more than clear that the car accident/murder she was involved in last summer was an echo of what she experienced as a small child. It explains why her insomnia, nightmares, and dissociative amnesia have returned.
The most unsettling part of the story to me thus far is not the mystery around last summer, but the fact that everyone around Yi-young seems to know so much more about her than she does. From Soo-young, to Maestro Nam, to the frenemy violinist Ha Eun-joo — they all know more about what happened last summer than our heroine does.
And so does Jang Yoon, who is still completely two-faced. One second he’s charming and flirty around Yi-young and even bandages a cut on her foot — the next he’s setting off her subconscious by bringing her places (Namsan) or repeating lines (“Let’s ride the cable car tomorrow!”) that give her such psychic overload that she passes out.
Yi-young might think he’s a) stalking her, or b) romantically interested in her, but we learn that he’s really just sussing her out, at least for now. All his tests and tricks were to confirm the fact that she really doesn’t remember what happened last summer. He believes her, but can’t seem to stay away regardless.
He tells her things like, “I want to know more about you. Things that other people don’t,” and he might not mean it the way we think he does, but he’s got Yi-young swooning (and me too) to the point where, after they go on an evening walk, Yi-young asks if she can kiss him. Hah, I just love her.
He doesn’t have a problem obliging her, and wow it’s early in the show for a lead couple kiss scene, so I’m interested to learn where the drama will take them from here. Right now they are clearly attracted to each other, but their relationship is built solely on Yoon’s “investigation,” and not on any real closeness that they share (yet?). While I don’t like how he has wormed his way into her life, I don’t completely mistrust him, and I have a feeling he’ll realize her innocence before long (and hopefully wind up her biggest champion). Plus, he keeps playing my favorite Chopin Nocturne, so he can’t be all bad.
The memories that Yi-young has buried from last summer contain a death, and that death is confirmed to be Kim Ian, Yoon’s younger brother — also a Chopin-loving pianist. Though Yi-young’s memory is highly reactive every time she sees Kim Ian’s photo, she’s not able to place him yet. However, we learn he’s definitely the young man with the unique ring we keep seeing in flashbacks.
Mystery and wrongful death vibes are running high, even though Yoon says it was simply a car accident. We’re also led to believe Yi-young and Kim Ian were dating, which is why Yoon blames her for his death. “He was murdered by someone he loved,” Yoon tells her.
Just when it looks like we might have found some level ground with who’s who and what’s at stake, the drama chucks in some big reveals. You know, to give us horrible cliffhangers to hold onto all week. First, we have Eun-joo who, when not creating mayhem or defending true musicians, is on a mission to expose Yoon. Just who is Jang Yoon? Eun-joo insist his name is as false as his resume, but we don’t learn much more than that before the episode break.
Worse than that is the fact that Maestro Nam might be involved in last summer’s mysterious death as well. Thus far he’s been half mentor and half cheeky romantic interest to Yi-young. He might have fired her as the orchestra’s second percussionist after day one, but then he hires her as a personal assistant, takes her out to dinner, and is forever poking his head into doorways looking for her.
Needless to say, it was quite the shock when we get a juicy flashback of Kim Ian bleeding out in the road, and a tall nefarious figure in black standing over him. He pulls off his mask in the pouring rain, and yep, it’s Maestro Nam. Noooooo!
Cliffhangers and reveals aside, I can’t end without again mentioning the music in Let Me Hear Your Song. I loved what they did during the premiere week, and they’ve kept it up with a phenomenal use of classical pieces throughout the drama.
Satie during a fancy dinner, Khachaturian’s famous Sabre Dance when Yi-young chases a purse-stealing thief, and a gorgeous performance of Rimky-Korsakov as Maestro Nam leads the Shinyoung Orchestra in an outdoor practice. And even more than just incorporating great music, the drama makes room for the music. It gives us the space to listen and enjoy it — kind of like I’m doing with this entire drama so far.
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