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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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OK, so I just want to take a moment to say I get why people are frustrated with Yi-young and think she's dumb, but I beg to differ. I think she's desperate. Imagine having three months of your memory erased. Then imagine that you were severely traumatized to the extent that your mind felt it was better to suppress than to keep the memories. Then imagine that as you start to piece things together, it looks like you killed someone. Then someone comes along to help, but he's keeping things from you too. But then and even sketchier dude in a bucket hat tells you he knows the truth.

Wouldn't you do anything at this point to find it out? I get that she was naive to blindly give him the pen, but really, I can't fault her for it. I would be that desperate too. And honestly, to me the fact that she keeps doggedly going after these memories is admirable to me because at this point it's pretty clear that no matter what her role in Kim Ian's death was, no good can come from remembering this event. Yet she keeps pursuing the truth. I don't even know if I could do that much. Yes, she's naive, but I really don't think she's stupid. She knows when to show her cards - ol' bucket hat just managed to get a peek at her hand and knew exactly how to play her. I also get why Yoon was angry at her because it is frustrating to see someone do dumb things for good reasons, but it's even harder to see someone do dumb things because they were manipulated into doing so.

I also have to agree with @missvictrix on this though: "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."

I thought it was an interesting reveal that he claimed to be close to Kim Ian. Whether or not that's true is something I want to know. And more than that I want to know more about his dogged pursuit to the get to the top of his game. I want to know what part of his soul he sacrificed to be there.

I think there's an interesting parallel set up between him and Eun-joo, because she too has a dogged pursuit to get to the top as well, but it seems that even she has her limits in regard to how far she'll go. Both of them genuinely seem to care for the music for its own sake and not for the power games, but they both also see that proximity to power is the only way that they can get to the positions they aspire to. I personally really love the character of Eun-joo in that she's an ambitious and genuinely talented woman who is villainized for those very things as ambitious women often are.

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I like eun joo’s character. Shes a bit of a diva who holds her music sacred and it pains her when people don’t value it in the same way. So she reacts with high drama. And I don’t think she’s unaware of how she comes across. I think she’s just learned this is the best way to have her voice heard. I guess she would much rather be hated then ignored. I don’t think I’ve seen this actress before. I love everything about her eun joo. From the acting to the hair and styling.

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Agreed. I love Eun-joo too, and I wish they'd go back to developing her character more instead of spinning their wheels in regard to the mystery. I'm also super obsessed with her hair - I love that it's not the sleek shiny drama hair, but rather a bit textured and not perfect. And I'd kill for her closet.

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oohhhh love her hair too! between her hair and IU's flowy wavy bedroom hair in HDL im wondering if its a new trend. i'd love EJ closet too. also the super tiny waist that goes along with it!!

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One moment I think she's mad stupid for locking her phone in a draw for three days and trusting bucket hat; next moment I'm admiring her courage for standing up to bucket hat and trying to get answers despite everything and agree with all your points in paragraphs 1+2 lol.
At least she's never been OOC.

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Oh, I definitely agree that some of her actions and choices have been stupid. But I just don't think that she herself is stupid. She does stupid things because she's scared and desperate and I appreciate that - while I as a viewer can see the insanity of her actions - I can also understand why she does what she does.

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I agree that Yi-young is not stupid, I think she is principled, knows herself, and makes her own decisions for her own reasons. I can't fault her for that even if it doesn't always work out well.
For Maestro Nam, if I recall correctly, a few episodes back they said something about laundered money and how he got coerced into doing something shady in return for his conductorship (or whatever you call it, lol!). I wonder if he got wind of the threat to our heroine and her boyfriend at the time, tried to go save them and it all went wrong. But he can't set the record straight because he would then be caught for his shady dealings and lose his conductorship which he worked so hard to get. I originally thought the dad might be at the root of it all since they have referred to the 'chairman' several times. But after this last episode, I am not so sure.

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I think that Grandma plays an important balancing role for the character of Maestro Nam. Without her, he's a shallow opportunist who cares for no one but himself. With Grandma, he's a hard-working young man who worked doggedly to get ahead with limited means and a cheap cello. Now we know that Prof. Kang chose him to study abroad, and that somehow entangled him with money laundering. Since he met Kim Ian abroad, I wonder if Prof. Kang also used Ian in the same way. (Beats me how you get money laundered by paying tuition abroad, but hey....) He's insisting that Kim Ian was his only friend and insisting that he really cares for YY. If he does care for YY, it's because her innocence reminds him of his best self. So I'm inclined to think that Maestro Nam knew Kim Ian had taken something incriminating and that Prof. Kang and co. were planning something dangerous to get it back. I think he set out to rescue his friend, but YY spoiled his plan by kicking him in the gut and grabbing his knife. I bet she cut herself and Ian free, there was a scuffle, and Ian got stabbed. And then the bad guys returned, and killed Ian. I think YY was supposed to be killed too, but she woke up in time and ran away. Why Bucket Hat left her at the bottom of the hill is beyond me.

In the end, I think Maestro Nam's crime will turn out to be that he stayed silent about what he knew. Maybe he'll get a chance to put things right by really saving Jang DH and YY this time.

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Ha! I just posted a very similar theory. I agree with you

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I also have to say I was glad to see Papa Jang reveal that he was helpless to get justice for his son last year, but he's determined to take revenge for him now. Not that I think that's what Ian would have wanted, but I'm glad to see him reveal that he really did care for his son and was horrified by his brutal death.

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OK, yes, and I am also glad that Bucket Hat won't be popping up anymore except in flashbacks. I was getting tired of his voice and his smile. I hope that it was Prof. Kang who did the dirty deed and not Maestro Nam. And I wonder what Rocket Man has to do with the present that he left YY.

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I was confused. So Papa did not have money/power one year back and now became powerful?
I thought he was always rich.

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Which characters’ statements do you believe as true vs just self serving? Our FL has memory problems, others are range from more or less dubious to evil...

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I don't know why he couldn't influence a police investigation/autopsy, but I think he was referring to not having any power over the orchestra, which seems to be the hornets' nest.

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If the bad guys were powerful enough to stifle an investigation, I don't know why they weren't powerful and smart enough to keep him from getting on their board. Drama logic.

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Nah, that's what I was wondering too when Papa Jang said he was powerless last year... Was he not a chairman last year? How could he suddenly become powerful....

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If I hear one more time ‘what happened that day’ or ‘who killed Kim Ian’ am going to go berserk. Am glad the baddie died. He really wasn’t doing anything other than going to each person and try to be creepy.
This is a great ‘whodunit’ if it had been 12 episodes. The length is working against it.

Also am sad they forgot about our female leads musical career. Is she still practicing with the timpanist? It’s sad that everyone involved in this is going about doing their music while she is just watching from the sidelines. Now that she knows she is not the killer I hope she can come out of the guilt and try to live a little bit.

And for once we have a supporting family for the female lead. No orphan, abusive or jealous cousin, etc. that’s my favorite part of this show.

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Agreed with the family thing... I love the cousin, the aunt, and uncle.. they're so protective to YY, especially the fierce cousin....

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Haven't watched these episodes yet, so I'm totally behind, but I just wanted to say that I still don't understand this drama or think it's a very good drama or feel compelled to stay totally caught up with it, but I'm not feeling the need to drop it either and it's still giving me an odd sense of enjoyment it even though it's so flawed it feels like looking through holes in a slice of swiss cheese, lol. Sooooo, thanks for that, drama, lol?

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*uhm so I was kinda warming up to bucket hat* *oops?*

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With the ML losing his flavor of creepiness, bucket hat was looking to carry the torch of creepiness...Sigh. As he went around ticking off everyone, I was thinking - uh that’s going to get you dead...you could see his death coming.

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ML losing his creepiness has kind of derailed my interest in this drama. I'm broken apparently.

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... guess I'm in there with you egads. He's so happy and smiley now. It's weird.
I didn't want him to be the bad guy though? So I don't know what I wanted hahaha

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All the tension just seemed to fizzle. Even the Maestro lost some spark. All I know, is I don't seem to be in a hurry to press play on this week's episodes.

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I was looking forward to SOMEONE playing everyone... Alas it didn't last long. Oh well

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Gosh how can a plot move forward and yet feels like it didn't move at all? I imagine that's what watching a snail move feels like.

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Where does go charming Yoon? It was the most fun part of this show.

The "investigation" never interested me... The FL being completely stupid doesn't really help the plot. At least, she could be a musician, but no...she didn't play her instrument for a long time now.

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BEWARE OF RAMPANT SPECULATION!

Part 1 of 3

Thank you for your wee-cap for episodes 21-24 of LET ME HEAR YOUR SONG, @missvictrix.

I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Jang Yoon’s performance at the inaugural concert. I recognize the melody he played, but don’t know its name. It sounds like a piece by one of the Russian Romantic composers, but that’s all I can guess. @ally-le, do you know what it is? It starts at about the 1:00 mark of Ep. 12/23. Thanks for your help. <3

One thing that stands out in my mind about Yoon Young-gil aka Bucket Hat Baddie is that Elton John’s “Good-bye Yellow Brick Road” is his mother’s favorite song. It makes me wonder if she is in a nursing home somewhere, and he has been desperate to pay her bills.

When we got that look inside Maestro Nam’s desk drawer that revealed the switchblade knife seen in earlier episodes, there was something else that Yi-young apparently overlooked: a long, narrow tan box that looked like a presentation box for a fancy writing instrument. How much do you want to bet that it contains Ian’s recorder fountain pen that he swapped with Maestro’s? I have a feeling that all is not lost when it comes to learning what was so incriminating it cost at least two people their lives.

About those pens: were all of them equipped with recorders? Who made the decision? Or was only this one retrofitted with the spy recorder? It wouldn’t surprise me if Professor Kang had something to do with it.

Whatever happened to the bouquet of flowers that Yoon Young-gil brought to Maestro Nam’s office? I know that I saw a view of it when Yi-young picked it up off the floor and put it on the desk that showed the note card stating it was from Yoon Young-gil. He said he’d leave her a “present” in case anything happened to him. I bet that note card is it, or a pointer to the location of “it.” It would be too much to expect the pen to be hidden in the bunch of flowers. Or would it?

I half-expect to find out that Yoon Young-gil left an incriminating piece of evidence in the album cover of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” Yi-young was just about to ask the music cafe’s proprietor about his regular customer when the detectives came in to question him about the same thing.

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Although Yi-young’s family is very loving towards her, I almost get the feeling that they are not really related to her. I’ve been suspicious since the beginning about the fact that she took piano lessons for about 3 years when she was young. From her own mother, a concert pianist, perhaps? She would have had to start at the age of 2, because her parents died in a car accident when she was five. And then it was mentioned that her uncle is the one who got her interested in playing tympani – in an attempt to divert her memories from her early life? At whose behest? Perhaps her parents were involved with Shinyoung Foundation the way the female lead’s in ANGEL’S LAST MISSION: LOVE had been with the family ballet foundation, and were rubbed out in a coup.

Which leads me to another hypothesis: that Yi-young was not the only child in the family. She could have had a sibling who was also a pianist. By chance, she ended up working as his assistant when he came to Korea. Ian Kim hit it off with her because she was his long-lost sibling, but neither of them knew it – in an example of Ye Olde “Blood Calling to Blood” Trope. If Yi-young is indeed Ian’s (fraternal twin) sister, that means her biological father is Chairman Jang. He may only have been interested in acquiring custody of his male heir, and arranged for Yi-young’s placement with a foster family. Such a situation would put the kibosh on a romance between her and hyung Jang Yoon (I’ll keep referring to him by his assumed name). Remember when she stated that the story that’s unfolding is not a love story? On the other hand, her memory is unreliable, and she is often ignorant of what is really going on, so maybe I shouldn’t take her pronouncements at face value.

And now for Maestro Nam. I nearly jumped out of my seat when he told Jang Yoon that he would never hurt Ian because he had known him for 10 years in England, and he was his only friend. This is the pin drop I’ve been listening for since early in the show. Recall how Yoon dragged Yi-young up the mountain to the cable car in an effort to make her remember the phone conversation with Ian the day before he died? She had absolutely no idea what Yoon was talking about. Some episodes later, we saw a flashback to Yoon and Ian sitting outdoors in the yard. Ian is on the phone with someone (we don’t know who) and makes a date to go on the cable car. I bet he was talking with Maestro Nam. I also bet he was going to pop the question. I’ve had that sense ever since seeing Ian’s jeweled ring, which Yoon used to wear after his brother’s death. Does Yoon still have it?

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I think that the ring is actually one of a pair, but maybe I’ve simply misinterpreted the scenes. Here goes anyway. When Yi-young came over to look at Ian’s keepsakes, Yoon had laid out a ring atop a small white silk bag on his suit. That silk bag looked so much like what he would keep it in on his way to propose – instead of a bulky box.

If Ian and Maestro Nam were gay, that could explain their being in England for so long. Chairman Jang may have sent his younger son into exile to protect him from social stigma. Or, if Ian’s mother were not the same woman as Yi-young’s, she may have retained custody to protect him from a father who was infuriated to learn of his orientation. I admit, that latter scenario doesn’t seem likely as Chairman Jang rued his inability to have Ian’s death properly investigated when it happened. I’ve wondered earlier if he put a hit out on his own kid because of dishonor to the family name. He seems ruthless enough to do such a thing. But I’m less convinced of that now.

As for Maestro Nam, I think that he was coming to rescue Ian and Yi-young in the warehouse, and that he had his knife out to cut the zip ties binding them. Perhaps whoever stabbed Ian used Nam’s knife (after overpowering him?) to pin the murder on him. The killer may have known of their relationship and assumed that Nam would never admit to their affair as evidence of his innocence lest it destroy his career, at least in Korea. That makes me think the killer was someone close to Nam.

As for Yi-young’s memory of stabbing Ian, I think that what she really did was pull the knife out in a panic – after she found him with the blade in his gut. The fact that he was so horribly mangled by being run over later leads me to wonder if it were a crime of passion. Perhaps someone was pissed off that he was romantically involved with someone else.

Re: Maestro Nam and Grandma, I think that he has made sure to be seen in the company of women to put her mind at rest. I got that impression about his bringing Yi-young to meet her, although I think he truly enjoys Yi-young’s company. Violinist Ha Eun-joo, however, is another kettle of fish. Her pursuit of the conductor strikes me as unrequited. She is a woman scorned, and is mad as hell about it.

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Correction to Part 1:

"a long, narrow tan box that looked like a presentation box for a fancy writing instrument" -- it's actually BLACK; I confused it with the color of switchblade's wooden handle. Mea culpa.

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Yoon Young-gil's bouquet of flowers that he brought to Maestro Nam's office before they met backstage prior to the inaugural concert contained yellow and pink roses.

yellow roses = jealousy
pink roses = happiness or lovers.

What do flowers mean in Korean Dramas? (May 2, 2017)
https://koreandramaland.com/flower-language/#rose

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