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Vincenzo: Episode 2

Our lead strikes up a tentative partnership with the determined lawyer of Geumga Plaza to try to save the building from demolition. Being the underdog is a new experience for our mafioso, and he struggles to adapt to this unfamiliar environment. But with his unique methods and his new lawyer acquaintance’s in-depth knowledge of their foe, they might just have a chance.

 
EPISODE 2

Dangling from the window, CEO Park promises to skedaddle with his men. Vincenzo makes him pinky promise before hauling him up. Of course, CEO Park reneges on his solemn pinky promise and immediately orders his men to kill Vincenzo.

As the men raise their weapons, the police rush in to break things up and warn CEO Park that there are reporters outside. Once CEO Park and his gang leave, Yoo-chan pulls Vincenzo aside. He thinks this was all orchestrated by Vincenzo and doesn’t believe his assertion that Young-woon was threatened into selling.

Vincenzo is fed up with the accusations and leaves after promising that he’ll get the building back. Moments later, a reporter comes in looking for Vincenzo. Yoo-chan is surprised to learn that Vincenzo tipped them off.

Cha-young smells something fishy and catches up to Vincenzo, wondering why he’s so worked up over the sale. She guesses there’s something more valuable than the building at stake. After saying her piece, Cha-young confidently skips away … and then realizes she’s going the wrong way and does a U-turn like nothing happened.

The tenants gather to badmouth Vincenzo for his betrayal and figure out what to do now. Yoo-chan is conflicted after hearing Vincenzo is the one who called the media and promises to investigate whether Vincenzo is on their side.

Elsewhere, Myung-hee goes all in at aerobics class before heading to work. It turns out she’s a prosecutor who prides herself on being able to dig up dirt on anyone.

Vincenzo, meanwhile, goes to visit Young-woon in the hospital who is pretty banged up but okay. He feels guilty about the sale, but Vincenzo doesn’t blame him for protecting his family. Young-woon advises Vincenzo to demolish the building before Babel does so that they don’t discover the gold.

We learn that there’s a particular aspect to the structure of Cassano family saferooms. Not only are they connected to the beams and columns, but they’re fitted with devices that amplify impact. If someone attempts to break into the room with force, the devices amplify the impact and cause the building to collapse. The final safety measure is killing everyone who worked on the room or knows about it.

The only people alive who are aware of the saferoom at Geumga Plaza are Vincenzo and Young-woon. A year ago, the Chinese businessman who commissioned it died of a heart attack, and he told no one of its existence. Shortly after, Vincenzo and Young-woon decided to take the gold for themselves by moving it under the pretense of constructing a new building.

Cheol-wook and one of the monks catch Vincenzo loitering outside of Nanyak Temple, so he pretends to be interested in the plaque with teachings against greed. Vincenzo panics when he hears them talking about installing a boiler and very intensely offers to buy them an electric heating pad for the floor instead.

At Wusang Law Firm, Joon-woo rushes into Cha-young’s office with the news that one of Babel’s quarantined researchers is missing. Meanwhile, Team Leader Ahn reports to DIRECTOR TAE (Kwon Tae-won) that Vincenzo was targeted after Fabio died. He proposes that Vincenzo could’ve hid money in Korea and might even create his own mafia … branch? I don’t know mafia terms.

Director Tae still thinks he’s overreacting and won’t sign off on his “mission.” Team Leader Ahn decides he’ll pay for his own mission. The only problem is he’s too poor.

Yoo-chan watches the news of the whistleblower’s supposed perjury in disappointment and disgust. Joo-sung (his office manager) tries to convince him it’s over, but Yoo-chan isn’t ready to admit defeat.

Vincenzo stops by to ask Yoo-chan to share information on Babel. Yoo-chan still doesn’t believe he’s on their side, but Vincenzo argues that giving him a chance is the best way to figure out if he’s telling the truth and win this fight. Yoo-chan gives him the documents.

Cha-young, with Joon-woo serving as emphatic backup, meets with Babel researchers who agree to keep the disappearance quiet. If the escaped researcher talks, they could lose the case. She confides to Joon-woo that the worst outcome would be the researcher going to her father.

She spots the Babel’s CHAIRMAN JANG (Kwak Dong-yeon) with his entourage and makes a beeline for him. Cha-young introduces herself as the lead lawyer on his subsidiary’s case, and he looks positively affronted when she grabs his hand to shake.

Joon-woo takes issue with his informal (i.e., impolite) speech, but Cha-young has no problem bowing to the rich and powerful. She forgoes Joon-woo’s offer to grab a meal and takes off. Cha-young’s sense of direction is seriously lacking. Once again, she runs the wrong way, and Joon-woo has to point her in the right direction.

While Vincenzo goes through the Babel documents in detail at Yoo-chan’s office, Myung-hee has dinner with her colleagues. She’s frustrated that they plan to turn over a case she’s been working on to Prosecutor Seo’s unqualified nephew, but the real kicker is when she’s asked to minimize the damage for a chief prosecutor who sexually assaulted a woman.

Outside of Jipuragi, Cha-young dramatically gives herself a pep talk before going in to talk to her father. She’s unhappy to find Vincenzo going through the Babel case files, especially when he goes on about how Babel operates like the mafia or yakuza. For once, he and Yoo-chan find common ground.

Vincenzo goes one step further and accuses Wusang Law Firm of being no better. Yoo-chan emphatically agrees and gets excited when Vincenzo says they should pay for their crimes. Suddenly, Yoo-chan is being all polite and offering to help Vincenzo if he needs more info.

Cha-young chases after Vincenzo once he leaves and accuses him of trying to profit off her father’s lawsuit. Vincenzo ignores her and tries to get something to eat, but he’s turned away by both Chef Baek and KWAK HEE-SOO (Lee Hang-na) who runs Youngho Snack Bar. Cha-young comes to his rescue and buys the food instead.

Vincenzo assures her he’s not using her dad – he’s fighting his own fight. Cha-young amuses him by saying he’s no match for the mafia-like organizations in Korea and encourages him to go back to Italy. As they eat tteokbokki, Hee-soo’s teenage son KIM YOUNG-HO (Kang Chae-min) returns. He and his mom begin fighting and accidently knock the plate of teeokbokki onto Vincenzo’s lap.

After vowing to destroy her awful colleagues, Myung-hee runs into Attorney Han who tries to poach her for Wusang. He offers to help her take down the corrupt prosecutors. With the up-and-coming big player Babel on their side, it’s possible. Plus, their Chairman is unhinged and easy to manipulate. Myung-hee’s interest is piqued.

Chairman Jang stands on an ice hockey rink and apologizes for losing the researcher and not handling the building situation better. A man in hockey gear shoots pucks at him and beats him viciously with a hockey stick. What the…?

The next morning, Vincenzo wakes from a nightmare montage of his misdeeds of death and torture. He goes to Arno again and gets Chef Baek to admit he didn’t study in Italy. Vincenzo orders a risotto which he gags on. After painting a vivid picture of its disgustingness and shattering Chef Baek’s confidence a second time, Vincenzo pays and walks out.

Vincenzo drags Yoo-chan along with him to Babel where he manages to see the head of Investment and Development NA DEOK-JIN (Na Chul) by faking an indictment for abduction. Vincenzo favors the eye-for-an-eye approach and wonders if he should kidnap Deok-jin’s family to get the sale cancelled.

Deok-jin mocks him for thinking he’s the mafia since he’s from Italy, but he loses his confidence when Vincenzo grips him painfully by the shoulder and tells him he’d be vineyard fertilizer were they in Italy. This is a warning, he clarifies, not a negotiation. Yoo-chan is impressed by Vincenzo’s style and makes Vincenzo smile when he says he wants to try those cool phrases out.

Meanwhile, Myung-hee turns in her resignation and confidently walks out. She’s determined to take them all down and vents her anger by flinging her desk name plate through an office window.

At Wusang, Attorney Han introduces their new senior attorney Myung-hee to the notably unenthusiastic employees. When he announces she’ll represent the firm, Cha-young looks particularly peeved. Her colleagues pay lip service to how she, the most successful, should have that role, but Cha-young calls them out for secretly being happy.

At his dance studio in Geumga Plaza, LARRY KANG (Kim Seol-jin) solicits advice on his zombie choreography – he’s coaching zombies for Train to Ulsan 2 (heh) – from a few of the tenants. The women start nickpicking his performance and get up to show him how it’s really done.

This is the chaotic scene Vincenzo and Yoo-chan walk in on when they return. Pianist SEO MI-RI (Kim Yoon-hye) is mortified that the handsome Vincenzo saw her in such an unflattering state.

Back at Jipuragi, Yoo-chan and Vincenzo discuss strategy. Although there are laws protecting tenants, it’s easy for these companies to get around them by paying a meager sum to tenants and forcing them out. The most pressing concern is stopping the demolition.

Yoo-chan introduces Vincenzo to makgeolli, and after several drinks, Vincenzo brings up Yoo-chan’s public defender work. Yoo-chan reveals that he only has one client. He pities her situation, being falsely accused of murder and fighting pancreatic cancer.

Vincenzo sadly wonders why she’d just accept her fate and stills when Yoo-chan says she’s punishing herself for abandoning her son. Yoo-chan assumes Vincenzo can’t understand the suffering of the weak, but he counters that the last couple of days have taught him what it means to feel helpless.

Yoo-chan shares that he named his firm “jipuragi” (which means “straw”) because he’s often the last straw his clients can grasp. He takes a call from an unknown number, but the man on the other line hangs up without saying anything.

The Wusang team discusses the upcoming demolition. They’ll get around the illegality by bringing in heavy duty equipment under the pretense of clean-up and “accidentally” damage the building. Once the tenants move out in fear, they’re free to demolish without opposition. Their casual discussion of the acceptable number of deaths during redevelopment is chilling.

Cha-young storms into her office after the meeting, fuming about how the tenants are making things harder on themselves by staying. Joon-woo tries to talk her down, but she’s mostly angry at her father for not being more practical about all this.

Vincenzo wakes with a splitting headache and gets a call from Yoo-chan inviting him over to eat hangover soup. As Yoo-chan cooks, Vincenzo peruses the family photos on the wall and can barely believe the casual girl in the photos with a bob and glasses is Cha-young.

At Wusang, excitable Joon-woo overhears Attorney Han say that the demolition will begin the following night, and he runs to inform Cha-young. Despite that they’ve “cut ties,” Cha-young immediately goes to Yoo-chan’s place, interrupting his and Vincenzo’s meal. Yoo-chan invites her to eat.

Before she can tell him the news, Yoo-chan gets a call from the missing researcher who wants to meet. He runs out and tells Cha-young to pass along whatever she has to say to Vincenzo. After a little fit, she tells Vincenzo about the demolition and urges him to get the tenants out.

Vincenzo notes it’s the first time he’s seen her so worried. Concerned he’ll think she cares, Cha-young argues she’s worried because it could affect her. She finally notices the house looks like a disaster area and gasps at her father’s messiness.

While Yoo-chan meets with the researcher, Vincenzo tries to think of a plan to stop the demolition. The next day, he and Joo-sung gather the tenants to break the news. Everyone is outraged when they see Vincenzo sitting there liking people’s Insta photos rather than helping solve the problem.

Elsewhere, Team Leader Ahn is ecstatic when he manages to find CCTV photos of Vincenzo, allowing him to track his location. Yoo-chan, meanwhile, finally returns to Geumga Plaza to find everyone in a panic. Vincenzo hadn’t been able to reach him, so he’s only hearing about the impending demolition now.

Over a fancy dinner, Myung-hee asks Attorney Han when she gets to meet Chairman Jang, which he tells her will happen in two days. They’re interrupted by their junior colleague who runs in and breathlessly tells them about the missing Babel researcher.

As the demolition time draws near, Cha-young tries to feign indifference, but she can’t help herself from getting involved. Yoo-chan actually takes her call for once, and she’s dismayed to hear he’s still in Geumga Plaza with no intent to leave.

Cha-young is in such a rush that she even hangs up on Attorney Han when he calls angrily. In the car, she spots the construction vehicles ahead and speeds up. When she and CEO Park’s men arrive at Geumga Plaza, they’re all confused to find a Sicilian wine event taking place outside.

The entire plaza is filled with people enjoying the festival full of food, music, dancing, and wine. Cha-young smiles knowingly when she spots Vincenzo looking all snazzy in a tux, schmoozing with well-dressed guests. Across the way, Team Leader Ahn has mingled in with the guests and gives Vincenzo a suspicious squint.

Vincenzo catches Yoo-chan’s eye, and they toast each other. At the meeting earlier, Vincenzo had suggested the party idea to the tenants. He’d gotten the word out through social media and amassed a sizable crowd of attendees.

Cha-young likes his Insta post, impressed with his strategy. She stares and smiles at him appreciatively, seeming to see him in a new light. Vincenzo catches her eye and raises his glass.

 
COMMENTS

And we got even more characters this hour! The number of characters in this drama is insane, so I apologize in advance for inevitably getting names wrong occasionally. One notably addition this episode was Chairman Jang. What was up with that weird, abusive hockey scene? He’s supposedly the chairman of this major organization, so who is he answering to with such fear? I’m wondering if he’s only a puppet chairman who is the public front of the company while someone else actually leads behind the scenes. Either that, or he just has an abusive family or someone he’s beholden to who tries to keep him in line. Attorney Han referred to him as unhinged, but if that kind of abuse is what he deals with regularly, it’s no wonder.

We also found out that laundromat lady is a prosecutor – or was. Myung-hee switched sides awfully fast, and something feels off about it all. She almost seems like a double agent or at the very least like she has her own agenda. We know she wants to take the douchey prosecutors down, but I suspect there could be more to her decision to join Wusang. She comes across as the practical type who doesn’t always play above board, but she didn’t seem phased at all by the callous discussion of people getting hurt or dying due to the demolition stunt they were planning. Either she doesn’t do ethics, or she has something else up her sleeve. I might be reading too much into it, but I just get a sneaky vibe from her.

I get pretty much the opposite vibe from Team Leader Ahn who is painfully obvious in all he does. He seems like a mess, so it’s hard to tell how much of a threat to Vincenzo he is. Even if he’s not overly competent at his job – and maybe he is – his obsession with Vincenzo may allow him to stumble upon something incriminating. He’s already located him, although Vincenzo isn’t doing anything illegal yet that could get him in trouble. Honestly, even if Team Leader Ahn finds out about the gold, I’m not sure what he could do about it. I’m not a lawyer, so I have no idea if Vincenzo could be charged with anything with regards to the building and the gold. Plus, he’s an Italian citizen, so that could complicate things. Speaking of his being Italian, I always have a hard time when dramas assert that someone grew up abroad, yet all their mannerisms are so obviously Korean. Even ignoring the fact that Song Joong-ki is not a native Italian speaker, there’s nothing about Vincenzo that suggests he’s culturally Italian. I just have to take the drama’s word for it.

I didn’t expect Yoo-chan to be Team Vincenzo so quick. The minute Vincenzo called Babel and Wusang mafia types, Yoo-chan was sold. He and Cha-young are much more similar than either would like to admit. Both father and daughter are so dramatic and intense with a petty streak. They pretend not to care about each other, but she still warns him when there’s trouble, and he still tries to feed her when she stops by the house. So much for cutting ties. Judging by those pictures, Cha-young has undergone quite the transformation in recent years. I’m guessing something dramatic happened to make her become so intent on money and advancing, willing to throw away sentiment and ethics when necessary. Although, honestly, I’d rather we didn’t get some traumatic past or major event that changed her – it’d be refreshing if she just decided to live that way because it was easier or would take her farther. Either way, she does have more of a conscience than she lets on. Cha-young can claim she’s worried about the demolition for selfish reasons all she wants, but it’s obvious she doesn’t want anything to happen to the tenants or her father. I’m kind of on the fence with Cha-young as a character. I’m hoping Jeon Yeo-bin tones down her performance a tad because I think Cha-young has the potential to be a great character if she’s not so over-exaggerated.

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They are basically the good, the bad, and the ugly and I love it when the bad one shows the ugly one that what goes around comes back around, it's more badass :D
Thanks for the recap, I watched both episodes yet I came here every day to check for your update ^_^

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Love that...Also,u need to be a bad guy but with style and some kind of morality that doesn't overstep some stuff!I guess it's more like go against people the same as you rather than take on the weak mentality...

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Favourite part of the episode:
“Which firm scouted you? Go and Gu?”
#chiefkim

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I particularly liked the scene where Vincenzo and Hong Yoo-chan were having a drink. I feel like both of them have a certain loneliness which may somehow be relieved only by each other. I’m really looking forward to more of their bonding and friendship — whether they’d like to admit it or not — and case-solving of course, given that they have very different styles XD

And wow, I didn’t expect that Chairman Jang isn’t the main villain. I was really excited to see Kwak Dong-yeon as an evil chaebol so I was a bit disappointed that he isn’t absolutely bad. But still, that would mean that the character would have a range of emotions, which I’d also love. Plus, if it’s really true that Joon-woo is the big boss (which totally makes sense! Thanks to the beanies who pointed it out) then it’d be interesting.

Also, I feel the same way about former prosecutor Myung-hee. I think she wants to catch even bigger fish that's why she switched sides that easily. And poor Team Leader Ahn. It’s really funny that from CLOY to here, no one believes him hahaha. I’m rooting for you, sir. Prove them wrong! 😂

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Feel the same way about Team Leader Ahn. Also he is not the only CLOY alumni in the show. Chisu is also here as the expert martial artist Chul Woo. I didnt recognize him at first glance.

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Like mentioned before my bet is Taec's character aka Jang Jun Woo to be the real CEO of Babel E&C and the older bro of Chairman Jang that is more like the figure of the company.

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I also predict Cha-young will switch sides and play against Babel & Co. :)
Yoo-chan or the mom will die and,
Vincenzo will not get the gold. @ltung23 says the buddhists are gonna get it. Hahaha!

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Thanks for the recap. I follow most of the story here as I cant take watching the scenes with Jeon Yeo Bin in them. Shes overexaggerated to the point of being cringey unfortunately. If she doesnt tone her acting down and yet she gets more screen time as the drama progresses Im afraid I might have to drop this drama. I read somewhere that she seems yo be imitating Jun Ji Hyun in her character in Me Who Came From the Stars and I see it except with JYB it looks so awkward and too over the top.Its not at all cute nor funny. Really hope she tones it down as Id like to keep invested in the drama.

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I totally agree about JYB. I think it takes special skills to be over the top but not be cringey which JJY have! Honey Lee is not too bad too delivering this type of role/character.

As much as I would like to, I’m not feeling the drama. I think it could be the directing/editing. Doesn’t keep me engaged. And doesn’t excite me either - no “dying at the thought of having to wait for another week” sort of feeling. If you know what I mean 😁

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Yep. I know exacrly what you mean 😊

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IMO she is imitating Honey Lee in The Fiery Priest, right down to her mannerisms.

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I think she'll settle into it.

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Personally, I disagree. I think she livens up the mood with her mannerisms and her acting is believable. If anything, i find sjk’s acting in this show awkward at times.

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Is taec the ultimate villain boss? 😭😢🙈🙀

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So KDY has at least two broken ribs right now. Maybe worse. Just letting you know... ;)

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I also fear he has a perforated lung.
I know people think he’s not the CEO (and Taec is), but as I don’t want Taec to be an evil character, I hope KDY is a nuts CEO who’s into some masochistic thing.

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If KDY ISN'T a complete batshit crazy masochistic CEO, then they're completely wasting his acting ability.

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@eazal @ally-le

This is a post about Taec. ❤❤❤❤ These hearts just gushed out of my fingertips. It's the same way the water flowed out of Vincy's pores, @ndlessjoie. Muggy, I hope your obsession with the stud --- I mean, suds ---- has quietened down after two days.

"Judge a man by the amount of lather on his back."

"A lathered back is superior to a leathery back."

"A leathered back is way hotter than a lathered back." (Source: Page 10, My Indifference, His Pain, A Memoir by @leetennant)

Now to the most pertinent question that is keeping beanies awake.

Can Taec act?

The answer is YES! He is a young Keanu, earnest and eager and earnest and so adorably goofy I declare I want him to take over and become the HERO.

He is not a ba-bel-ddie. I refuse to accept it. Taec is an AI. An Adorable Intern. What? Did you think I was suggesting he had robotic qualities? *GASPS* Never! Taec can act. He made me giggle. Do you know how hard it is to make me giggle? But the moment he came on, I perked up. I started to smile. I started to wonder about his curls. How long it took him to fluff them up. Whether they are temporary. Whether he sleeps with curlers on. And how he sleeps, if he has curlers on. By the time I stopped thinking these important thoughts, they were showing something else. Something I can't recollect. Because all I saw was Taec, his smile, his white teeth and his curls.

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You had me at "Taec is an AI. An Adorable Intern." 😭😂

And Taec probably sleeps with curlers on his hair.

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I apologise. To everybody. Everywhere.
I'm sorry for what I have wrought.

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LOL. I cannot stop laughing now.

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🤣

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Taec makes me smile too and he’s our AI. He has an evil doppelgänger that wants to confuse usc but we know uri Taec is good and goofy and adorable. Period.
And he definitely sleeps with curlers. I can go and fix them if he needs so.

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Maybe he sticks his head in a curling machine. Curling machine PPL.

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I am urgently adding this post here. I can't believe I left it out.

Are you ready? Here it is.

TAEC spelled backwards is CEAT.

Drop the E and it becomes CAT.

The mastermind behind the whole affair is a CAT!!!!

@bbstl I knew there was a feline involved here somewhere. Aw. You are gasping, overcome with awe. I am just me. A candy decoder *blushes cutely like @mmmmm*

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🥺.. 😳..☺️

You have to do right right.

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*it right

*blames my fever for the misspelling*

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*hugs*

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I know @ndlessjoie is kind. 🥰

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Taec is the real Pussenzo!!

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🤔 well, I am speechless, I will give you that.

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Uh Taec actually created a character called OK CAT. I don't know if he still sells merchandise.
http://www.okcatmall.com/

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*googles the meaning of stud and sud*
*can’t find the meaning of sud*

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Soap bubbles are also called suds.

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LT just liked my comment, so I just realized I forgot to say thank you. ☺️

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Welcome back!

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Awe, AI. Love that. I don’t even know Taec, is he an idol or something? But I am 1000xx more invested in his lines than anyone else’s in this episode. He’s adorable. Reminds me of a young KWK too. Speaking of, Hello, it’s me, ep 3, KYK IS ADORABLE.

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He's part of 2pm along with Junho.

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... and the other band members.

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Ah, 2pm. Go crazy then.

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Unless when it's 3pm. He was a father of twins then.
🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂

Ref: wonderful days; kbs; 2014.

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Oh, Ally, he’s one of my 2pm boys. An adorable brat, angel’s faceC sweet smile... but boy can’t act!

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This episode had an appalling lack of suds and showers.

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Sorry, did I miss something? Why does it seem like everyone thinks Taec is THE villain? I don’t recall seeing anything that points to that....

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I think it's based on interviews he's done.

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There was hockey gear in a car or something in a prior episode as well.

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I just went through both episodes looking for hockey gear (which I'm familiar with going to hockey games in Wisconsin) and I missed it. Can anyone point me to which episode and the minutes? Not that Taec probably isn't the villain. If he is, why is he hanging out with Cha-young and even warning her about things that could, potentially, hurt his business? Is he in love with her from back when she hadn't finished her glow-up and he was a younger child?

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Came here for Jeon Yeo-bin but I really enjoyed the first 2 episodes so I'm staying for the fun!

Jeon Yeo-bin's Cha-young may be a little bit over the top (and she may look over exaggerating for other people), but I really like how wacky and bad she is as a character.

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Me too!!

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I have faith in her as an actress to settle down into a more believable style of over the top.

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Second episode was even better. It got a bit of Hyena vibe with all the lawyer stuff and oh god I loved Hyena. Now I have new things to look forward to every weekend after Mr Queen. Yeah! 🙌🏻

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I wonder about Teacyon's character. He was first annouced as the villain during the casting news. He could be the villain hockey player. But honestly, I can't imagine a crazy guy like he was being the minion in a big law firm just to have informations? Besides, why did he give the information regarding the demolition of the building to Cha-Young. Chairman Jang didn't react to Joon-woo when they met.

The ex-prosecutor's goal is not clear. She was clearly against the bad prosecutor but she joined the evil law firm, so it's not very logical...

I thought that Young-woon was dead, killed by the DOM. I was surprised to see him alive.

Hon-Yoo teaching Vincenzo to drink in the Korean way was nice and funny to watch. I like their relationship.

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I hope Taec is not the crazy CEO, mainly because as much as I love him, he really can’t act and unless he plays a crazy comic CEO, it can be a disaster.
On the other hand, if he’s the evil CEO, what it the part KDY playing here. He can be such a fantastic evil character, he’s such a talented actor... I hope they are not underusing him...

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KDY was great in My Strange Hero as the villain who suffered because of his mother (played by Kim Yeo-Jin by the way :p).

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I can't imagine Taec as a baddie.

Give me a second.

*IMAGINES TAEC AS A BADDIE*

Tick taec tock...

My second is up,

No. Can't. No way.

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KDY seems to be often underused.

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He was born in 97, so the role of rookie would suit him, he can play hockey too, he's super good at playing villain... Why?!?

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Name recognition for the wider world audience on Netflix?

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@ndlessjoie It's a big risk just for name recognition, the result is :

Taec against SJK AND Yoo Jae-Myung

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"Besides, why did he give the information regarding the demolition of the building to Cha-Young."

To take her mind off of finding the AWOL researcher. That is where the priority is lying right now.

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But she wants to find him to put him back in the villa, doesn't she? So it's also in his interest.

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I think it is safe to say that once they find him, he will not be enjoying drinks in the villa.

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I want Taec to be the evil villain so badly. I almost drop this drama since I'm not vibing with the over exaggerated styling. But, I'll stay tune just for the sake of seeing Taecy as baddies.

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Taecyeon went to high school in Massachusetts, so there's a very good chance that he's a hockey player. I think he is the big baddie, but am wondering like you why he told Chayoung the building was being demolished at 11pm. I guess we'll have fun finding out!

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2 reasons

1. makes his modus operandi easier. They just want to scare tenents and not hurt them (legal case).. he can bet on her relaying the info to daddy and thus the tenets, mostly banking on her tell tale to do the work for him

2. test her.. but don't think so.. he understands her well to predict her reaction to what he tells her.. so he must already be aware that she would try to not let her dad get hurt in anyway (not just building demolish)

she is the stupid crazy pawn of his

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I’m having so much fun.
No much more to say.
I know YJB is overacting but I like it, specially she running everywhere and always in the wrong direction.

P.S. I love Taec ❤️

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Ditto especially about Taec ♥️

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I really like this show so far. Lots of eye candy -- SJK, KDY and even goofy assistant Taec. Plus love Yoo Jae Myung since Reply 1988.

KDY is talented and would love to see what he would do with the crazy chairman role. Also If its true that Taec is a villain, would be interesting to see his take on that.

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she was in 1988???? where?

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Yoo Jae Myung played the dean and Dong Ryong’s dad in R88.

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oh i thought you were talking about the FL in vincenzo

man..she is bad in this series.. literally reality wise and drama wise... she suits taec ..acting wise i mean (bad acting , crazy character) ..lol..i am rooting for this couple.. SJK is 3rd wheel

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that would be awesome because its unexpected if the loveline is between her and Taec. Imo, this show does not need a loveline.

Yoo jae Myung is memorable in all the roles I have seen him in. One of my faves is as the dean/ DR's dad in Reply 88.

I sure hope JYB's OTT acting has a reason and purpose to the story.

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abt the love story.. unfortunately.. that's my wish thinking..

whatever hint of romance needs to be there, if it is there, would be between FL and ML only

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Chief Kim didnt have a loveline at all unless you will count the crush other characters have on the ML and FL.

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I mentioned CK because thats another drama the writer wrote. Have yet to see The Fiery Priest but I would assume it is as so. So thats why I am hoping this doesnt have one as well.

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I really don’t like Myung hee’s character. Something about her is just so off-putting! Also, correct me if I am wrong. Shouldn’t Vincenzo be keeping a low profile being a part of mafia? Wouldn’t social networking (Instagram) do more harm to him?

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I expect it will. His brother would be able to easily track him down and any other criminal would go after him if that other Italian mob boss put a price on his head.

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I had the same thought.. some people want him dead yet he used his own name and photo. His posts even reached other continents :-/

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I'm prety sure he can take care of himself if his were abouts were known FOR that much gold lolll

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he made it clear on his way back right

not to come after him.. i am sure he has it figured it out

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Technically, there is the theory where a person in danger is often best suited by being as public as possible, which lowers their risk to an extent because it makes the would be attackers less likely to do anything because they would be caught in the act. (Sort of like how he "stalled" the Kgang knowing the police were on their way. "The media's outside" sort of thing.)

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I found the motive for Vincenzo much more clearer this episode as I was quite confused in the first episode about whether he wanted to tear down the building to hide the gold or to steal the gold but I could say that’s mainly me being distracted by song joong ki’s face.

I really want to binge this show because I feel the showdown between the baddies will be an interesting watch just like with fiery priest but I’ll see how far I can get without being tempted.

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If you understand VINCENZO's motives could you explain it to me?

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Taking over a building to get gold as far as I know

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Yes, but, doesn't he want it to be sold to Babel and demolished? Wasn't that the original plan?

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I think he wants to prevent anyone else from purchasing the plaza including Babel, move the residents somewhere else so he can do 'construction' and take the gold out.
Because if Babel take over and demolish it Vincenzo won't be able to salvage the gold

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I was really confused reading the comments because initially I was like why is everyone saying Taec is the villain, and now I understand. If they do it right, it will be hilarious. Taec was my very first kdrama crush, so I will always love him, so this could actually be interesting. They have to play to his strengths though, otherwise this will never work.

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Bless his soul, but as much as I ADORE HIM, he just can’t act. So I just hope he sticks to goofy adorable.

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Very true, the villain can be goofy and adorable though, lol. That is why I said play to his strengths, not just his pretty face. But you are 100% correct, terrible actor.

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They did play to his English-speaking strengths tho, hahaha! I'm finding it funny.

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SAWWRY SUNBAE
is my new favourite phrase and I'm going to try to work it into conversation somehow.

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I just love that nothing is going right for Vincenzo while in Korea. That is what is making the show so enjoyable. Even something as eating a full, proper meal is not going right. Vincenzo, who just happens to look like Song Joong ki is getting egg on his face in the process and it is kind of enduring.

And I am convinced that the intern is the mysterious chairman. He did not bow when Cha young approached Chairman Jang and he was extremely casual and loud when he called Chairman Jang rude and informal to Cha young.

And, really, some people really are hard on female actors when nothing but mediocre pretty boys are churned out and that is forgivable and you have no expectations of them having any talent.

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Way too many characters and everyone has own agenda except Yoo-chan. In sea of selfish character he is the one with moral high ground. Since show is nothing like I expected, is Yoo-chan's quest for justice is just a front? Does he have past like Vincenzo? A reformed Korean mafia?

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The is the antihero series. They are not suppose to be likable or even victorious.

Yoo chan is the odd person out.

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Odd person... most likely to get killed in a kdrama.

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wow, this will serve as the official timestamp of your epic correct prediction. 1 point hehe.

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Wow. Surprisingly enough I absolutely love this show. The badness of Vincenzo suffering everyday defeat by his shower and struggling to eat a full meal. I feel strengthened in my hope this show goes full wacko. The cringe is oddly low so far, only Jeon Yeo-bin's overly dramatic scenes have invoked it. I really hope she tones it down somewhat. I find the running in the wrong direction hilarious though, she really goes for it. 😂

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I have a feeling that Song Joong-ki is never going to be able to eat much.
It's like the opposite of Jun-ho in Good Manager/Chief Kim who was eating constantly in any occasion.

Taecyeon said in his interview, he will show the different side of his character later.
The hockey guy must be him then!
I think Taecyeon's character is too much, too over the top.
It's so suspicious.
I wish his acting (being clumsy, etc) looked more natural.

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How fun is it that uber-smooth mafia consiglieri basically can't do anything right in Korea? He can't even get his suits dry cleaned properly!

I also really liked the father-son bond that is slowly forming between Vincenzo and Yoo-chan. The scene where Yoo-chan basically has to teach Vincenzo how to drink was sort of profound, highlighting not only Vincenzo's lonely childhood, but also his status as an outsider and a bit of a parvenu, which of course was also his status in Milan. This is a man with a dark and lonely past and no actual home.

I'm warming to the tenants as characters, though there's a part of me that still feels like valuable narrative time is being spent on characters who may not matter to the overall story.

Cha-young is an interesting character, and I've decided that JYB is overdoing it on purpose, and that her current OTT personality is a red herring. We'll see how things actually play out, especially given her sudden, not-entirely-professional interest in Vincenzo.

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Genuinely surprised to see the love Taecyon is getting. First time for me to see him in a show. Wiki search shows he is an idol(?).

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Yes, from 2pm. One of his bandmates is Junho who has become an impressive actor (and is awol on the acting scene because he's still doing his community service in lieu of being able to enlist in the military due to a past shoulder injury).

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Oh.. Junho in Chief Kim! So another connecting line with the same writer. Junho left a good impression there. I have not seen that yet with Taec.. but let's see.

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I loved Taec in Dream High I was actually rooting for his character.

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So I have one concern, about Vincenzo's nightmares. I feel either he can be a tormented soul finding redemption in a found family of misfits, or he can be the lead in a black comedy heist movie. Not sure he can be both, or rather than the show can be both, but let's see.

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*that the show...

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I wonder if part of the reason they're upping the pace of connections/frenemies/foes is because with such a large cast they have a lot of ground to cover so none of the ensemble feels thin.

I currently have two theories that aren't too far out there about the now ex prosecutor: she's the lady lawyer's mom, or she took the offer so she can blow open the corruption of the corp in question. My guess for the first is because of how similarly distant she treated her presence in the introduction of the new staff meeting as she did her dad in the court room. And, again, being compared to another family member really seems to set her teeth on edge. I can't recall if there were any pictures or mentions of her mother prior. (With the pics, that scene of them on the wall is what I'm referring to.) If it is the latter where she's there to dig up evidence, I'm trying to remember who has jurisdiction over the prosecutors in SK, but I really need to get some sleep so I'll look that up later. She might be working for whomever/whatever agency oversees them.

My wild card is she is the mom of the "secret heir".

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If she is the mom of the secret heir aka the brother of the chairman, then she would have just reprised her role as Kwak Dong-yeon's mom in My Strange Hero.

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🤦 I had totally forgotten about that!

Maybe that's where my brain got the idea?

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Checked the drama on netflix as soon as I read a comment that the writer was the same as Chief Kim’s. Jumping in, I wasn’t surprised when I was welcomed with some familiar comedy beats despite having such action-y opening scenes. Maybe I watched chief kim too much, but at this point I can guess where some of the jokes are leading to. The shower scene in ep 1 made me think “does this writer like shower scene that much?” Bcs there were also one in chief kim, with water stopping, too, despite not musical (i laughed a lot at that musical shower).

Anyway, in ep 2 i liked YooChan and Vincenzo’s relationship. I can feel the chemistry and how he is kinda like a dad already. Awwed so hard when he taught him how to drink the Korean way.

Waiting for the tenants to grow on me as much as Chief Kim’s ensemble did. I hope they will! I guess I have a lot of faith and I really hope it doesn’t disappoint.

ALSO. I believe this drama is set in the same universe as Chief Kim bcs there is TQ and mentions of Go and Goo so..... CAN SEO YUL MAKE A CAMEO? TT____TT I mean, Junho will get discharged in March TT__TT maybe that’s too much hope :’) I just wanted to see Vincenzo and Seo Yul swearing at each other lol

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I’ve seen a few posts about a mystery chairman or mystery villain. I must have missed something in episode 1 or 2 about this. What is this all about??

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VINCENZO!
I don't know what to say about this show, it's utterly ridiculous and I'm not sure it can maintain how much fun its silliness is.
I did find it interesting how much Yoo-chan responded to VINCENZO's mafia tactics against the Babel lawyer. It's like he secretly wants to break the law in his pursuit of justice and likes the thought of beating it out of people.

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