Let Me Hear Your Song: Episodes 25-28 Open Thread
It’s time for some confrontation, and it’s actually nice to see our heroine on the offensive. Turns out getting your lost memories back can be pretty empowering — but what our percussionist remembers (and uncovers) complicates many of the relationships she’s been taking at face value.
EPISODES 25-28 WEECAP
Yi-young confronts Maestro Nam about Bucket Hat Baddie, but if confrontations are a theme this week — so are denials. Maestro Nam flatly denies her suspicions of him knowing and/or murdering Bucket Hat Baddie, and negates her arguments.
Yi-young isn’t getting anywhere, so on her next visit, she reveals her full hand and tells Maestro Nam she remembers him from the night of the murder. She knows he was the masked figure that intruded on the warehouse where she and Kim Ian were abducted. She even goes as far as to say that he was faking interest in her all this time just to monitor her. It’s a pretty harsh moment, but Maestro Nam remains cool. His byline is pretty much consistent to everyone that confronts him these days (and there are a lot of them): “Ya think so? Bring me proof.”
There’s more confrontation when the police start to investigate the death of Bucket Hat Baddie. This time it’s Yoon’s turn to deny knowing and/or murdering him — but he doesn’t last long. The footage of Yoon beating Bucket Hat Baddie to a pulp a few episodes back was enough for him to get arrested, and thanks to some strings being pulled in the background, he’s detained for several days as a prime suspect.
Outside of that inconvenient incarceration, Yoon (who’s now known as Do-hoon, his real name) and Yi-young are kept busy sleuthing it out, separate but together. Yoon finds out that Maestro Nam raided Bucket Hat Baddies’ stuff for the top secret pen, while Yi-young finds out that Bucket Hat Baddie left her a “present” at the cafe he frequented. Then Yoon unearths Yu-da, the orchestra gossip, and finds out she not only witnessed but videotaped the death of Bucket Hat Baddie.
Can we talk about that scene for a moment? They revisited it at least four times, and I must have watched it triple that, but I still can’t tell if Maestro Nam threw an intentional “bear swipe” to knock Bucket Hat Baddie down the stairs, or if it was just something that happened in the scuffle. This ambiguity bothers me. If it’s there on purpose, I’ll take it, but is there something I’m missing? It has repercussions for our Maestro!
Though the romance between Yoon and Yi-young is pretty much in hiatus mode, there was a cute scene where he confesses to lying about his name, and says he used it hoping it would jog her memory. Despite still being in the thick of the mystery, I like how when they’re together it’s obvious they’re totally over the past as a barrier to their relationship. Heck, Yoon even chucks the infamous switchblade into a pond, which is pretty much like saying: I love you and don’t care what happened in the past.
Do they need more permission from the story than this to be together? Apparently yes. A sleuthy visit to the retired (and awesome!) conductor reveals that Yi-young and Kim Ian never actually dated. Say what?! The conductor reveals that Kim Ian was tortured over liking her since she was in love with someone else.
So, not only is the I-dated-and-stabbed-your-little-brother weirdness mitigated by the removal of one of these variables, but we’ve got a pretty huge hint to who that crush was. Thanks to cousin Soo-young and her uncharted levels of secretdom, she not only pages through Yi-young’s diary from the previous year (really?), but looks knowingly at the photo of Yoon in there. AS YI-YOUNG’S PAST CRUSH. Ahh, I love this. The whole bit around Yoon/Ian is probably my favorite reveal so far — not because it seems essential to the plot, but because the show kept the secret so well.
As things get charged up near the end of this week’s episodes, it’s pretty satisfying to watch the bad guys get squeezed. Yoon plays them from one side, his father closes in on the other, and with Bucket Hat Baddie’s dying promise that “people aren’t the only things with eyes,” pretty soon all the orchestra higher-ups are squirming. They’re simultaneously pitted against each other, holding onto secrets, revealing their own, or threatening to reveal someone else’s. Lots of details here, but suffice it to say the bad guys are getting badder.
Though Maestro Nam got pretty dark this week, it was Professor Kang and his creepyass smile that actually got to me the most. His stalking and chase of Yi-young was exciting stuff, and the last ten minutes of the episode seemed to build and build until everything came full circle with yet another car accident.
The paralysis produced by the lights of an oncoming car headed straight for you is well-documented in dramaland. Maybe that’s why it was a little hard to take it seriously when Yi-young pushes an unsuspecting pedestrian out of the way and instead gets hit by the car herself. Deus ex machina aside, it did bring together the Yi-young we met in Episode 1, and this time, those oncoming lights triggered a full flashback to the incident last summer. We’ve seen bits of pieces of these scenes ad nauseum, but for some reason it’s super satisfying to see everything finally stitched together.
Did I say satisfying? I’m not actually sure if I’m satisfied with these scenes yet. Someone in a killer car was hellbent on murdering Yi-young and Kim Ian, yes. But the fact that Kim Ian was accidentally stabbed by Yi-young as he tackled her to the ground to save her? It’s not the scuffle I was expecting. It’s either really good or really disappointing; I’m not sure yet.
Either way, Yi-young has just been hit dead-on by an oncoming killer car again, and is in critical condition at the end of the episode. Her aunt and cousin ban Yoon from seeing her, which I highly object to. I know I shouldn’t be, but even after all these episodes I’m still highly suspicious of Yi-young’s family. Maybe they’re just being overprotective, but it comes off as suspicious to me. I mean, the only thing they’ve done for her is to help her suppress her memories.
Anyway, we’ve got one more week of Let Me Hear Your Song left, and a remarkable amount to unpack still. Which is good, in a way — it means we won’t be looking at a final week of filler, and instead, we’ve got a heroine to recover (please no more amnesia!), baddies to expose, and a couple to reunite.
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