Episodes 3 and 4 of “Do you like brahms? “continues to charm viewers with their soft and lyrical nature, just as the premiere episodes did. As tensions between the two groups of friends continue to build, Chae Song Ah (Park Eun Bin) and Park Joon Young (Kim Min Jae) pull towards each other. Here are some of the things we loved and hated about the new episodes.
Warning: spoilers for the following episodes.
Loved: When Park Comforts Joon Young Chae Song Ah
The standout scene in the third episode is the end. After a tearful conversation with Kang Min Sung (Bae Da Bin) about Yoon Dong Yoon (Lee Yoo Jin), Song Ah confronts Joon Young in the piano room. She puts together that Joon Young prevented her from seeing her friends’ heated confrontation over dinner on the stairwell the other day. Without words, Joon Young goes back to the piano and begins to play Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”, turning it into the song “Happy Birthday” towards the end. Then he bravely gets up, asks Song Ah if she would like to be friends and hugs her.
This scene is the epitome of romance. At the beginning of the episode, Jung Kyung discusses the idea that Joon Young speaks through music rather than words and actions. One detail that makes this scene so extraordinary is that it not only comforts Song Ah with music, but also comforts it verbally and physically. Song Ah’s voice-over really shows viewers how moved she is by Joon Young, and it’s just utterly delightful. If he behaves like this, if they’re just friends, the only way viewers can imagine how his charm grows when the couple becomes a couple. The best detail has to be that Joon Young played her the song “Happy Birthday”. It’s so subtle that you might not hear it the first time you listen to it, but it really speaks volumes about how much he already cares about her. He didn’t want her to leave the practice room angry and he comforted her in such a tender way.
Loved: The “Thank You” scenes
It’s no secret that Song Ah and Joon Young are quite similar, and even so similar that they even asked each other the same question at the same time. This week, the two of them become each other’s rescue when they get into awkward situations with their friends.
After leaving the piano room with Joon Young, Song Ah admits she doesn’t want to attend her birthday dinner, and Joon Young tells her to do what she wants. Just as the two are about to leave, Dong Yoon approaches them and Song Ah has no choice but to take part. Joon Young accompanies them, and while their friends are cutting their birthday cake, Song Ah meets his eyes. She says thank you and Joon Young smiles. After dinner, he even helps Song Ah find an excuse so she doesn’t have to go home with Dong Yoon.
Jung Kyung later tries to confront Joon Young after he leaves her practice. Fortunately for Joon Young, Song Ah interrupts her. Joon Young wants to get out of the situation and asks her if she is available to discuss an event with her. She agrees, and when the practice period is over, Joon Young thanks her for her help.
These scenes feel so serious. This is especially true for Song Ah’s “Thank You” at her birthday dinner. Your birthday is taking a pretty sour turn, and Joon Young can turn that around and be your anchor through the night. The way Joon Young pauses before his smile gets even bigger almost makes you feel like you are meddling. You have your own private moment in a room full of people and it is absolutely lovely. This motive of gratitude and understanding continues throughout the episode. When Joon Young has to thank her, all you have to do is smile. Everything else may go wrong in their life, but at least they have each other. It seems a little strange to say that it’s only episode 4, but it’s impressive how this drama has built their relationship so far. It almost seems too good to be true.
Loved: Joon Young draws boundaries with Jung Kyung
Since the premiere it has been clear that Joon Young was trying to draw lines with Lee Jung Kyung (Park Ji Hyun) despite his long-standing crush on her. After a disturbing conversation with Han Hyun Ho, Joon Young asks Jung Kyung to meet him the next day. He asks her why she isn’t wearing the ring that Hyun Ho gave her because it seemed to bother Hyun Ho. In true Jung Kyung fashion, she distracts and tries to admit Joon Young that he is really the one who is concerned. Joon Young asserts himself and admits he can’t stand her behavior lately. The couple’s confrontation continues outside the cafe, and Joon Young tells her that she should get married already.
While the love triangle between Joon Young, Hyun Ho, and Jung Kyung is probably far from over, this scene can well establish Joon Young’s stance. It is evident that he does not want to participate in Jung Kyung’s current indecision and hurt Hyun Ho in the process. Love triangles are usually pulled out, and it’s an excruciating wait for an involved character to finally decide they deserve better. It’s nice that Joon Young asserts himself and doesn’t let her play with his feelings.
Loved: Joon Young is honest with Song Ah
K-dramas are no stranger to slow-burning romances. While Song Ah and Joon Young are not officially together yet, their progress is progressing faster than one would expect. This week, Joon Young has a confession for Song Ah that will melt your heart.
While discussing Joon Young’s upcoming schedule, Song Ah realizes that something is worrying him. As they start to put things together, Song Ah offers him some thoughts on a comment he made earlier in the day. Although not sure if it is okay for her to say, she tells Joon Young that she believes the director wants him to live happily. Joon Young is at a loss and asks Song Ah for dinner a moment later. They all smile while eating and then continue to hang around. During this time, Joon Young confesses that he purposely looked for Song Ah earlier in the day because she made him smile and he realized he missed her.
You’d think such a scene wouldn’t come until halfway through the drama. This scene is a pleasant surprise, and ultimately just super cute. Joon Young’s honesty is so lovable. His ability to open up with Song Ah contrasts with his closed and calm nature to all others. This scene feels like the cute scene often seen in K-dramas, in which a character asks his love interest to recharge. Song Ah is already Joon Young’s battery and it’s so heartwarming. While slow burns are always a joy, the pace of “Do you like Brahms?” Seems new and refreshing and sets it apart from other dramas.
Hated: Han Hyun Ho’s drunken plea
Love triangles have the ability to smear even the most innocent characters. Last week Hyun Ho (Kim Seung Cheol) seemed so enthusiastic about Jung Kyung and Joon Young that one could feel bad about their ignorance. However, this week he starts to get desperate when he begins to find clues that there are things they didn’t tell him. After her practice failed for her upcoming performance, Hyun meets Ho Joon Young outside his apartment with drinks. In his drunkenness he asks what is going on between Joon Young and Jung Kyung and how long Joon Young wants to stay in Korea. When Joon Young jokingly asks if Hyun Ho wants him to hurry up and leave, Hyun Ho agrees and tells him to go.
Of course, there is no such thing as a conflict-free story, but it hurts to see Joon Young in the middle of his friends’ relationship. It is clear that he remains loyal to both and would never do anything to stand in their way. He already drew a line with Jung Kyung in the premiere episodes and continues to do so. Even with the vague information that Hyun Ho has behind his back about the meeting of the two, he could solve his problem much faster if he confronted both of them soberly and without being passive-aggressive. At the beginning of the episode, he knew something was wrong when he tested Jung Kyung’s feelings with the rings. It is selfish of him to just do it to Joon Young and make him feel unwelcome when it is clear that he needs to have an honest conversation with his girlfriend. Both his and Jung Kyung’s make you wonder what place Joon Young has in their trio. Maybe he’s better off without her.
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