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Let Me Hear Your Song: Episodes 9-12 Open Thread

So many reveals, yet so much more mystery! Our heroine learns a lot more about her forgotten past this week — and all the people around her have played a bigger part than we realized. Really, is this whole drama just a Truman Show-esque set-up to get our heroine’s memories back?

  
EPISODES 9-12 WEECAP

Thanks to conveniently-placed warehouses, not-so-carefully tucked away polaroids, and a gossipy musician, a lot of clues start jarring Yi-young’s memories. However, none of them really seem to be enough to shake up anything lasting. To her credit, Yi-young does what she can with the information she receives, asking all the people around her that know about her accident and/or Kim Ian (which is EVERYONE), but she’s mostly met with evasion or diversion.

The best person at this proves to be her psychiatrist cousin Soo-young. It’s been clear she knows more than she lets on, and this week we see the video she has squirreled away of Yi-young’s “nightmare” — a.k.a. memories from the accident. If a person’s hypnopompic thoughts were admissible as evidence, it would suggest that Yi-young did indeed kill Kim Ian: she remembers holding a knife and having blood on her hands.

It looks (at least right now) like Soo-young is hellbent on protecting Yi-young from herself, from her memories — and from Jang Yoon, whom she boldly confronts (and douses with a glass of water). But am I the only one that caught some serious eeriness in that early scene when Soo-young asked where her father was, and was told he was out delivering flowers? This happened at about the same time we were learning about the location of Kim Ian’s death, and watched a mysterious individual drop a bouquet at the spot where he passed. Coincidence? I sure hope so.

But enough of my speculation — there are two new baddies in town to deal with, on top of all our other problems, and they are far more likely to be involved in the murder-mystery-cover-up. The first is Jang Yoon’s father, who turns out to be a stakeholder in the orchestra, and kind of a nasty dude with a nasty rumor attached to him: that he was the one who murdered his youngest son, Ian. The other baddie in the mix is so obviously bad that I hope he’s not bad. He’s got a token scar to jar our heroine’s memories, an evil glint in his eye, and wears a bucket hat that we have seen hints of many times before.

As if two new nefarious characters weren’t enough to complicate things, we hear so many different perspectives around the accident/murder this week that it’s hard to keep track. Everyone — and I do mean everyone — seems to hold a piece of the puzzle, whether they witnessed something, heard something, or did something.

After last week’s reveal we know that Maestro Nam is involved. He not only worked with Kim Ian, but seems to be in the clutches of the foundation behind the orchestra. Ha Eun-joo also continues to stir up drama, first in a rather random overdose moment, and later when she a) confronts Maestro Nam about his alibi the night Kim Ian died and b) remembers that she and Yi-young knew Jang Yoon previously as a T.A. at their college. The plot thickens.

My favorite reveal, though, was in a repressed memory of Yi-young’s from the previous summer where Kim Ian offers to tell her his real name. Kim Ian is his stage name, but his real name? Jang Yoon. Awesome moment! But what does it meeaaan? At first I thought our Yoon took his little brother’s name as a bit of a threat (as if he was taking on his name as a weapon to reveal the truth) — but actually, no one seems to realize the significance of this yet.

At the end of Episode 12, someone finally gives Yi-young (and us!) something definitive. After brushing off the truth again and again, Yoon confirms that Yi-young was indeed Kim Ian’s girlfriend. He also confirms the possibility that she was responsible for this death, since Yoon also finally tells her Kim Ian had a fatal stab wound.

Poor Yi-young, this isn’t exactly the response she was looking for when she told Yoon she liked him and asked if he wanted to date her. Her happy-go-luckiness continues to amuse me, and adds to the overall feeling of impending doom in this drama — as if Yi-young is tumbling down a rabbit hole she’s not even aware of yet.

The drama’s ratings might have been low last week, but I am enjoying Let Me Hear Your Song to max capacity. The drama operates by dangling carrots in front of us to keep us guessing, speculating, and watching. It makes for a good and addictive story, but it’s also a fantastic bit of meta, because what’s happening in the story for Yi-young (dangling carrots) is what’s happening outside the story for us (more dangling carrots). So, down the rabbit hole we all go! Let’s hope it’s a fun plummet all the way down.

  
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"Hey Sic! Feel like crap? Just watch the dysfunctional musicians fall unhealthily in love whilst solving a murder mystery to make yourself feel better!!"
Like oh dear I look forward to this every week and it actually is very riveting in its thriller aspects how did we get here je ne sai pas mais j'aime ça

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I know I can't stop watching , from that switch from dreadful singing to him going all crazy eyes with a knife at the end of ep 1 I was a goner. The fact I was okay with a kiss from/with this sketchy dude just 4 ep in just shows how badly my judgment is impaired

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"The fact I was okay with a kiss from/with this sketchy dude just 4 ep in just shows how badly my judgment is impaired"-- oh look, it's me 😂😂😂

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How Yi-young's psychiatrist cousin thinks it's a good idea to let burried her memories? I understand she didn't want her cousin to be a murderer but 1) she should trust Yi-young to be a good person 2) She always can hide the truth after if she was really a murderer... 3) Hasn't she a professional conscience as a doctor?

I'm happy that Yoon was honest with her and told her the truth.

All the parts with his family, "politics side" of the orchestra and the conductor- drama queen violinist are not very interesting...

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You're right, her cousin's behavior as a doctor is questionable. Then, YY has to know what happened to her because it's a right of hers, and because it's the only way she could heal and move on.

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I'm sure it was just a panicky reaction? Unless... she knows something we don't-probably, everyone else does. And I love how you point out that if she Was a murderess that could be dealt with later. Lol

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I agree, and also how come her cousin's family (who she grew up with, I might add), are leaving her to live on her own after the accident? She lost a part of her memory and is in a fragile state, she shouldn't be left to live alone. She should be living with her cousin's family, until she can stand on her two feet again... so that setup also struck me as weird, since her aunt and cousin seem very caring towards her but they're also distant.

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No psychiatrist's advice for trauma victims should be "just repress it!" How does that woman have a license to practice?

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I think it's more no psychiatrist should take a family member as a patient.... Bad professional judgement results...

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Well that too. I was so distracted by the horrible advice I forgot to mention that.

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I'm happy "Jang Yoon" (if we can call him this way) has been honest in the end. I think I would have started to hate him if he kept flirting with her just to get more informations. It seems after a while, he became a bit sincere as he got to know more about Yi-Young. I like how he didn't just wait for it to be revealed but said it himself.

I could be frustrated because of Yi-Young's carefree attitude, but there's too many things I like about her. I love how she doesn't make a big deal of everything (even if she definitely should sometimes), like when she just put her head on JangYoon's shoulder, when she slept at his house, etc,etc. Plus I loved how she looked like she wasn't wearing make-up in the morning of last episode. I'm loving how natural she is : I guess having a female director helps a lot. Between this and Moment at eighteen, it makes me wish for more female directors in kdrama!

As for the mystery... I love that we're still confused about what exactly happen. I don't really get Dad's involvement. I also hope the creepy hat guy won't be just as bad as they want us to believe he is.

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Something I don't understand -- if he knows his brother died of a stab wound, there had to have been an autopsy. But then why isn't there a murder investigation? Why was it written off as a hit and run?

I not only have the feeling that Uncle is involved in Ian's death, I'm afraid he was involved in her parents' death too, and that she actually may not even be related to the family that brought her up. Maybe she's really an heiress but other people (creepy Mr. Jang?) were after her fortune and paid Uncle to keep her out of the way. Or maybe Jang cheated her father and killed him to cover it up. Uncle is her only source for what happened, which makes his account open to question. Maybe Ian was too close to unravelling that secret.

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Ian's father didn't want an autopsy or an investigation. He is a powerful person, it seems, so he was able to make the case closed as a hit-and-run.

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But then how does his brother know the true cause of death? The way he described it sounded like a recitation of autopsy results.

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You're right... I really don't know...

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The show is improving, it's a good summer mystery. I hope we all will be surprised at the end.
Anyway, the girl lost a lot of judgement together with her memories...

It's true, Jang Yoon has been honest with her, at the end, but now he has to face the fact that he lied to her so far. I hope this time YY will get angry and WILL make a big deal of the fact.

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I was wondering how there's not any digital evidence of Yiyoung and Ian dating. Social media, pictures on the laptop or phone?

Anyway, I'm enjoying Song Jaerim in this. I can't tell whether he's good or bad, but it's fun guessing.

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Do you really think he could be good? To me, he comes across as completely selfish, self-absorbed, and used to using people. I wish YY would realize that. The fact that he hired her one day and fired her the next says far more about him than it does about her musical ability. If she didn't have what it took, he shouldn't have hired her in the first place -- he did it because it served his purpose, whatever that might be.

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What you say is true, but, some conductors are known to be rather eccentric. Maybe Song Jae rim's character is one of those odd ones. ;-)

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Ah, sorry, I used the wrong words. By good/bad I meant I can't tell whether he was Ian's friend or Ian's killer (or accomplice to killer). He is, in fact, all the things that you listed. 😁

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I agree, I wish they had kept that type of mystery with Jang Yoon's character as well, but his character seems more straight forward now.

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I guess suspension of disbelief comes into play here like when people get separated at the airport, acting as if they are gone forever even though you have e-mail, skype or anything else to keep you connected. hehe

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So the cousin assumes that YY was a murderer because she remembered holding the knife and hands being bloody, but not really anything else? I know the cousin thinks she is protecting YY, but how can she make an assumption that she is a murderer based on that? That is not enough evidence to conclude anything. For me, I would want to know more about what had actually happened first. Though I would be quiet about it as I would not want to send rumors about when there is no clear understanding of what is happening.
I am glad that JY is at least being more straight forward now with her about questions she is asking about her past. That makes him a bit more redeemable in my eyes, though I am not thrilled with his deception with her. But from what is sounds like with his father covering things up, maybe that was the only way he could be able to approach her and investigate his suspicions of her?
But all and all, I think that YY was a victim in the whole thing. Many of the moments that we see her remember show her running away, being terrified and in fear. And there are times when it seems like she is on the verge of remembering something, and it looks like she starts to become terrified. I just hope that when it all comes to light what actually happened and JY realizes she actually is innocent, that he will comfort her, because it is not going to be pleasant for her emotionally to recall those events.

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The creepiest thing for me this week was the fact that someone broke into YY's apartment repeatedly. #shudders

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