Let Me Hear Your Song: Episodes 21-24 Open Thread
The orchestra’s inaugural concert with their new conductor might be a raving success, but no one is able to enjoy it. Murder is in the air (still), and as we’re getting closer to the bottom of the mystery, everyone’s stress is cinched tighter by the minute.
EPISODES 21-24 WEECAP
When we left off last week, Yi-young was caught in a rather scary chase with Bucket Hat Baddie. Well actually, outside of being annoying, he’s been pretty harmless, but Yi-young is terrified — and it’s enough to jog some more memories. She finally remembers him from the accident last summer, and tells him as much.
She’s semi-recognized him for about five episodes now, but this is the real deal. The two form an odd alliance of sorts. Bucket Hat Baddie tells her (as he has told everyone) that he’s looking for something, and they make a pseudo deal that if Yi-young is able to get the item he wants, he will tell her what happened that night. “Stabbing someone doesn’t necessarily mean murder,” he hints.
It turns out what he wanted was a pen that Shinyoung gave out last year — and this pen is in Yoon’s possession as one of Kim Ian’s final belongings. I hope and pray it holds some earth-shattering data, because at this point the weight of half the drama is hanging on it. Yi-young gives the pen to Bucket Hat Baddie, and like any jerk baddie, he takes it and then doesn’t fulfill his side of the deal. I didn’t really mind her naiveté here (her doe-eyed innocence is what makes her), but when Yoon finds out, of course he’s furious.
Because yes, they’re talking again. Last week’s tortured parting came to a quick end… though I’m not exactly sure what changed, except that Bucket Hat Baddie gave each of them (separately) the hint that she wasn’t Kim Ian’s murderer. I guess that was enough? Regardless, I’m happy they are back to chatting and sharing information, and hopefully when the mystery is solved this not-a-romance romance can move forward too.
Bucket Hat Baddie continues to do his thing, paying visits to Yi-young, Maestro Nam, Yoon, and Professor Kang, each time sharing information that’s not really valuable enough to counter how pointless his plot line is. Just when I thought I couldn’t stand him another second — well, the drama handled that with quite an impactful moment.
Maestro Nam and Yoon are on stage for their big performance with the rest of the orchestra, but everything feels off. They play beautifully, yes, but what’s going on? As the piece crescendos, the camera leaves the stage and cuts to a very dead Bucket Hat Baddie, who has “fallen” from a staircase in the orchestra building. Seriously, chills! And after chills, some storytelling gratitude. Maybe now that he is gone, things can get moving in this show. After all, there are only two weeks left, and though we’ve learned about who our characters are, we haven’t learned all that much more about last summer’s incident.
Maestro Nam’s grandma is back in the plot this week; she visits for his inaugural performance. But besides being cute and rascally, I find myself wondering why they keep pulling her into the story so much, since her scenes take up quite a bit of screen time, and are not really necessary to the plot and mystery.
Is she just there to build a warm and sympathetic picture of Maestro Nam as we are simultaneously pulled into deeper suspicion of him? If so, I respect how the drama is trying to tangle our brains with who Maestro Nam really is. On one hand we have the loving grandmother/grandson relationship, not to mention the fact that Maestro Nam is cuter and more playful with his grandma than with ex-lover Eun-joo or pseudo-crush Yi-young. Then, on the other hand, we have more and more reasons to be suspicious of him regarding Kim Ian’s murder — and now, the murder of Bucket Hat Baddie, too.
And we’re not the only ones. Han Eun-joo immediately suspects Maestro Nam of the murdering Bucket Hat Baddie, though why she sticks her head into this whole thing is beyond me. (She’s become nothing more than a source of stress and antagonist for the drama, and for me.)
More importantly, though, Yoon also remains convinced that Maestro Nam is Kim Ian’s murderer, and confronts him another twenty-five times about it. Maestro Nam continues to deny it, and finally tells Yoon that he cherished Kim Ian, who was his only friend. While he’s at it, Yoon also accuses Maestro Nam of killing Bucket Hat Baddie, which he denies as well. In fact, he even denies knowing him at all, which we know is a blatant lie.
At the close of this week’s episodes, Yi-young uncovers that lie. She ties Bucket Hat Baddie to Maestro Nam… and then finds the infamous switchblade in his desk drawer. I want to get behind moments like these in the show, because they’re supposed to be fun, white knuckle moments — but gosh, we’ve seen him with that knife about five separate times already, and everyone knows he’s had a part to play (from as early as Episode 8!). I hope we can finally learn what that is, because I’m getting a little fatigued.
So, was a young and desperate Maestro Nam in over his head, and now living in a shroud of guilt and shame over his involvement in Kim Ian’s death? Or is he actually a cold-blooded murderer who’ll do anything for success? Professor Kang is too detached to be at the crux of these murders — if he’s to blame for all this mayhem, I probably won’t have an emotional reaction at all. But, if it’s done anything, Let Me Hear Your Song has put a lot of effort into letting us know that Maestro Nam has some buried secrets, so if he’s not involved with an appropriate level of badness, at this point I might actually be disappointed.
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