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Vincenzo: Episode 10

After the recent tragedy, our leads are out for blood. They go on the offensive and come up with a risky plan to lure out the real chairman. While our ex-mafioso uses his unique skill set to send Babel and Wusang a message, Babel’s chairman investigates our lead’s past in Italy. The stakes grow ever higher as each side gets closer to discovering the other’s true identity and grows more resolute in taking each other down.

EPISODE 10

We flash back to when Chairman Jang had proudly presented his findings to Joon-woo and Wusang: four of the victims’ family members helped Jipuragi commit the arson at Babel’s warehouse. He found evidence through hacking their texts and social media. Joon-woo and Chairman Jang decided to “vent their anger” by eliminating the arsonists and Jong-moon.

As Vincenzo watches the officers collect evidence from the scene, he flashes back to murders he committed in Italy. He’d shot one man in his car. Beside the dead man, we see a hand clutching a teddy bear. Vincenzo’s eyes had widened when he looked inside.

The police plan to close the case as mass suicide – one of the victims even sent a goodbye text to Cha-young. Despite Cha-young’s pleas, they refuse to consider any other possibility. In the mortuary, Vincenzo tells Cha-young not to feel guilty since the victims wanted to help fight Babel.

Vincenzo is determined to act according to his own principles and make the perpetrators pay for taking innocent lives. When Cha-young signals she’s all in, Vincenzo advises her revenge works best with a “cold heart.” Upstairs, the cops ready to report to Wusang that they’ve gotten rid of the evidence.

The tenants hear about what’s happened and are shocked and angered by Babel’s cruelty. Cheol-wook brings up the possibility that by refusing to move, they could be on Babel’s hitlist. They start to panic and decide that only Vincenzo can keep them safe.

At Wusang, Attorney Han panics about his and Myung-hee’s safety given how many people Babel has offed recently. Myung-hee reminds him that there’s no way out for them – they know Joon-woo’s real identity.

Over at Jipuragi, Vincenzo tells Cha-young that he’s planning to kill the real chairman once they find him. She supports him and gives him permission to break their promise of not hurting people.

They start by tailing Cha-young’s ex-colleague and the cops he’s in charge of paying off. Vincenzo approaches the cops as they count their money on a rooftop and snaps a photo. He then gives them a beatdown. They wake up tied to chairs high up on what looks like a construction site.

After a few kicks send their chairs closer to the edge, they agree to get Vincenzo the full case file. Cha-young emerges and gives them one final kick that lands them precariously close to the ledge, and they agree to Vincenzo’s second term: resigning after their mission is complete.

Elsewhere, Attorney Han decides to make a move and throw his support behind Chairman Jang. But when he brings up the idea of Chairman Jang taking Babel for himself, it doesn’t go over well. Chairman Jang yells at him for asking him to betray his brother and insists he’s not cut out to be the real chairman.

Chairman Jang is taken aback by Attorney Han’s impassioned speech about how Babel needs a real leader who doesn’t just kill people. He can’t keep the smile off his face at all the flattery and ends up comforting Attorney Han when he breaks down in tears.

While Cha-young muses about how serious Vincenzo was about killing the chairman, Young-woon tries to bring Vincenzo’s attention back to the gold situation. They need to vacate Nanyak Temple. Vincenzo promises to handle it but needs more time. Young-woon is not that patient and secretly reports Nanyak Temple as corrupt.

Later, Vincenzo gets a call from an Italian friend who alerts him that a Korean person has been asking around about him. When Vincenzo gets home, he’s surprised to find Cha-young there. She fibs that her windows weren’t finished, so he agrees to let her stay.

Vincenzo and Cha-young drink makgeolli and reminisce about Yoo-chan. Vincenzo finally passes along Yoo-chan’s words that only a brazen, tough person like Cha-young is suited to taking down those who are corrupt. She argues she’s just easily angered, but that works for Vincenzo.

When Cha-young guesses that Vincenzo will leave right after they take care of Babel, he stays silent. She cheerily says it makes sense that they’ll part as unexpectedly as they met. After more drinking, they both fall asleep at the table and take turns staring at each other’s sleeping face.

The following day, Joon-woo orders Wusang to set the Geumga Plaza demolition into motion using the contractors his father used to favor. He callously wonders how many deaths there’ll be this time.

At Geumga Plaza, CEO Park gets his new “travel agency” going. His genius idea is to use hot air balloons to smuggle people into other countries. Vincenzo peeks in and warns him not to make trouble before heading to Jipuragi.

The team checks the CCTV footage of the victims’ van and notice a car following the van into an underpass. The van emerges later with a dent and now trailing behind the car that was following.

They surmise the car must’ve rammed into the van which gave them the opportunity to kidnap the victims. This would explain the forensic report’s implication that two of the victims were tasered. The culprits then burned a charcoal briquette in the van, killing the victims through carbon monoxide poisoning.

Team Leader Ahn comes bearing pasta and chimes in on their discussion about the difficulty of tracing a fake license plate. He’s full of his usual ridiculous antics as he badly spies, but the Jipuragi team chooses to ignore his eccentricities.

Elsewhere, Myung-hee informs Joon-woo that she’s working to get the ruling for their last trial overturned now that they’ve got the prosecution in their pocket. When he wonders why she chose to work with him, Myung-hee says she likes to live dangerously.

She in turn asks why he’s ruling from the shadows. Joon-woo calls it an exciting game that makes him feel like a god and also helps him avoid jail if things go south. Myung-hee is a fan of the whole god complex thing and aspires to live like that too. Two evil peas in a pod, these two.

At Jipuragi, Vincenzo and Cha-young are confident the same person is behind the recent string of murders. Vincenzo reasons the real chairman will be close to the assassin since these kinds of orders aren’t given through lots of intermediaries.

Vincenzo suggests they make themselves the next targets and lure the chairman out with public threats and mockery. Cha-young nominates herself for the job. “I’m sure I can make all humankind angry.”

Team Leader Ahn fills the tenants in on what he overheard, so they announce to the Jipuragi team that they want to help with the revenge effort. Chef Baek slips up and references the gold – Vincenzo’s ears perk up – but he sort of manages to cover his slip.

Vincenzo is against the tenants participating, but Cha-young accepts their help. They first set up a green screen in Larry’s studio and record an exposé on Babel and Wusang. Vincenzo is mortified when Cha-young makes them all wear these goofy masks. (Ha, Vincenzo is wearing a bird mask and uses the pseudonym Inzaghi.)

They go all out making fun of Myung-hee for her gangster ways and dancing, Attorney Han for sucking up to everyone, and Chairman Jang for being stupid and incompetent. The targets all get riled up as they watch this little broadcast, but Joon-woo sees through Vincenzo’s plan.

He puts together that Vincenzo knows Chairman Jang is a fake and is trying to draw the real boss out. Joon-woo notes that so long as there aren’t any traitors in their midst – his eyes cut to Attorney Han – they’ll be fine.

Myung-hee calls Cha-young to yell at her and about loses her mind when Cha-young keeps denying it was them. Babel and Wusang have stopped articles on Jipuragi’s exposé, but Vincenzo isn’t bothered since their goal isn’t to get media coverage. Now that the mockery is complete, it’s time for stage two: threats.

Hee-soo and Hong-shik sneak into Attorney Han’s office as cleaners and leave a blood-covered knife sticking out of his name plate. They also draw a bloody “C” on his wall. They hit Myung-hee again at the laundromat where they cut the power, and Zombie Larry terrifies her out of her wits from outside the door. After she faints, he draws a bloody “C” on the glass.

For Chairman Jang, they send a little remote-control jeep with supposed C4 strapped to it. All his bodyguards take cover, leaving Chairman Jang on his own as the little car chases after him. Chef Baek and Team Leader Ahn direct it to chase him until he’s huddled against the wall, screaming. The timer reaches zero … and a little flag with a “C” on it pops up amidst a confetti explosion.

Joon-woo gets text from all his minions with photos of the bloody Cs. He makes a call, confirming someone has arrived at the airport.

At Jipuragi the next day, Cha-young worries that Vincenzo is being too bold with these threats. Vincenzo wants her and Joo-sung to stay away from Geumga Plaza for a while, but Cha-young is insistent that they’re in this together – no running away.

An enraged Prosecutor Jung stops by, ranting about how Jong-moon’s death was also ruled a suicide; they’re claiming he killed the cops and then himself. He wants to cooperate on finding the murderer, but they politely decline.

Prosecutor Jung argues that not everyone in the prosecution is corrupt, but Vincenzo explains that’s not the point. Just like an apple that’s rotten on one side is still a rotten apple, an organization that’s infected with rot is still fundamentally rotten. And if the rot isn’t cut out, it’ll infect the rest.

Meanwhile, Joon-woo looks at photos of Vincenzo’s past brutalities in the Mafia and learns that he was one of the most feared and respected consiglieres in the business. Joon-woo’s face lights up as he asks his informer for the stories behind the pictures, more excited than concerned to learn about Vincenzo’s past.

He laughs in delight and shows the grisly photos to a terrified Chairman Jang who asks what the bloody “C” means. The informant explains Vincenzo leaves a “C” for Cassano as his signature before a kill. Chairman Jang panics at the implication that he, Attorney Han, and Myung-hee are next.

Joon-woo, of course, is having a ball learning that his “sparring partner” is the real deal. But he’s not crazy enough to keep playing with him. He’s knows this is a kill or be killed situation and sends assassins out that night.

At Geumga Plaza, Joo-sung stands guard outside with a bat while Cha-young sits on Vincenzo’s couch holding a rock and wearing her running shoes. Vincenzo begs her to go home now – he knows she’s lying about her window not being fixed. Cha-young admits, even though she agreed, she’s worried because he said he’d kill someone.

They’re conversation is interrupted by a call from Joon-woo saying he has intel on Wusang for Cha-young. She rushes out and asks Joo-sung to look after Vincenzo while she’s gone.

Five men wearing masks stalk into Geumga Plaza. When they come across our chef and assistant duo in the hallway, they beat them up with no explanation.

Upstairs, Vincenzo has Joo-sung record a video revealing that “Inzaghi” will make an important announcement live from the underpass. He heads out and tells Joo-sung to call the police if he doesn’t hear from him within an hour.

The commotion downstairs draws out the tenants who realize these intruders aren’t playing around. For perhaps the first time ever, they’re happy to see CEO Park arrive. But it doesn’t do any good since they beat him up too.

After noticing a tattoo of the Twin Swords Gang’s symbol on one man’s wrist, CEO Park yells “run!” and takes off with his subordinates. The men warn the tenants to move out within two days or suffer the consequences. When one of the men grabs Mi-ri and goes to stab her in the neck with a piece of broken glass, Hon-shik appears and stabs him in the neck with his scissors first.

So it looks like Hong-shik is a closet badass because he fights those men off singlehandedly, efficiently stabbing with his scissors at lighting speed (non-lethally). The tenants watch open-mouthed as he threatens to slit the men’s necks if they don’t leave. The men go running.

Right before Cha-young arrives, Joon-woo watches Joo-sung’s broadcast and sends his assassins to the underpass. Cha-young runs in and immediately asks what his intel is, but Joon-woo admits he lied to get her to meet up. She gets a call from Joo-sung about Vincenzo going to the underpass and stands in a panic. Joon-woo offers to drive, and they go pick up Joo-sung and Cheol-wook on the way to Vincenzo.

At the underpass, three assassins with guns stalk toward Vincenzo who’s hiding in an archway with a gun. They get into an intense gunfight, shooting at each other from behind parked cars (which they’ve now riddled with holes). It’s a close call, but Vincenzo manages to take out all three, although it doesn’t look like he killed them.

On the way over, Cha-young cries as she tries unsuccessfully to reach Vincenzo. At the underpass, Vincenzo swipes one of the assassin’s phones and asks who the chairman is. When the man won’t talk, Vincenzo presses his knee into the bullet wound on the man’s leg.

In the underpass, Joon-woo’s car screeches to a halt, and everyone rushes out. Cha-young reaches Vincenzo first and throws her arms around him. Joon-woo watches them embrace with a sour look.

Cha-young chides Vincenzo for going off and doing something so dangerous without her. Being partners means sharing the danger. Vincenzo cuts in to say he knows the identity of the real chairman. He turns and looks straight at Joon-woo.


 
COMMENTS

It looks like Joon-woo’s and Vincenzo’s identities are finally out in the open. I’m curious to see how things progress with everyone out of the shadows. Joon-woo had the advantage of being an entirely unknown entity, but now he’ll have to fight head-on. We’ve only seen Joon-woo hiding behind all his avatars as he pretends he’s a god, so I wonder how he’ll fare without his shields. I should’ve known he’d be excited by Vincenzo’s Mafia background since violence seems to be his main joy in life. Although he and Vincenzo are both extremely dangerous people, they operate in completely opposite ways. Joon-woo is more emotional and risk-taking, doing whatever he wants and covering it up afterwards. He revels in destruction and violence. Vincenzo, on the other hand, is calculated and measured in everything he does. He’s haunted by the violence that he committed as part of his job.

Despite the fact that he doesn’t seem to like the violence, Vincenzo has decided to embrace the dark side again in order to take Joon-woo out. Vincenzo’s brutality had only been hinted at before, but now we know there’s a lot more violence in his past than we’ve seen. I wonder how being faced with Vincenzo’s violent actions will affect Cha-young? Because I doubt Joon-woo is going to keep his findings to himself. It’s one thing to know that someone was involved with the Mafia but another to learn the details of what they did. Even though Cha-young said she’s fine with killing at this point, the idea of killing someone and the reality of it are very different. I don’t think she’s prepared for that jump.

It feels like everything up until now has been a prelude to an all-out war between Vincenzo and Joon-woo in the second half. What I would love to see happen is Chairman Jang and Attorney Han defect to Jipuragi’s team to help take down Joon-woo. Attorney Han has already literally gone crying to Chairman Jang and is working on a coup, and Chairman Jang is fearing for his life now that he knows who Vincenzo is. And it’s not like there’s any love lost between the brothers. Myung-hee and Joon-woo are too far gone, but I feel like Chairman Jang and Attorney Han could be scared straight. Of course, I want them to pay for their crimes too, but helping take down Joon-woo would be a great first step. Joon-woo is on another level of evil, even for drama chaebols. It makes me wonder if this writer has some deep-seated grudge that he’s working out here.

At first, I was a little worried about the episode count, but we haven’t had much filler so far. I like how the story keeps evolving and that we’re given information bit by bit as it becomes relevant. We still have a lot to cover with both the plot and our characters, so I’m hopeful there’ll be enough material to fill the remaining 10 episodes. They’ve been pushing the romance more lately which I’m still meh about. It’s not that I dislike Vincenzo and Cha-young as a couple, but there’s so much going on that the romance feels more like a side plot. My main hope is that the romance doesn’t take over since I find it to be the least interesting element of this eccentric drama.

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As someone for whom Taec's villain is just not really working at all- I find him cringey, annoying and cartoonish, rather than terrifying, chilling or even very threatening, despite his ability to cave someone’s head in with a hockey stick, and they keep having to compensate for his acting with the score- and who thinks that KDY's character is actually the harder one to play, and that KDY is absolutely selling it (ofc, it's KDY), despite still being obnoxiously wasted in this show, I have had the complete misfortune of being exposed to an absolutely brilliant idea by @katakwasabi this morning… of KDY playing BOTH Taec's character AND his own.

And now I can't get the thought of Evil Kwak Dong Yeon Twins out of my head.
TWO KWAK DONG YEONS? I might spontaneously endosolistrate.

We’ve had two Woo Do Hwans, yes, and the general consensus there was that two WDH’s was infinitely better than one, and that infinite WDHs would in fact be better again, but that goes without saying.

And we’ve had two Yeo Jingoos, who were sublimely brilliant, albeit only for 8 episodes, and who were somehow carried completely by Cray Cray Jingoo (do not speak to me of the Clown), despite them being played by the same actor…

And now… we’ve had one breakfast yes, what about Second Breakfast!?
Breakfast of course, being Kwak Dong Yeon.

The utter absurdity, and genius. Just imagine.

For sure, if they really were twins, one would have to change the illegitimate brother backstory (although, maybe not, maybe that would simply add another level to the parodic, ridiculous elements of this show) but nonetheless, I do not think a mild backstory tweaking in this case would change the overall story too much, and would hardly be detrimental; it would merely allow one different things to play with narratively.

TWO EVIL CHAEBOLS. DOPPELGÄNGERS. To think. The sheer power of trope and trope subversion at your disposal.

I am in despair, for now this is all I will be able to think of.

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I like the idea of two KDYs. Would have been amazing.

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Double KDY, I’m already fangirling...

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what's KDY stand for ?!?!?!?!?!?

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Kwak Dong Yeon.

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OOOHHHH lol sorry i didnt know thx

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Oh wow!!! Yes that would have been an excellent twist to this story. He is already showing two sides to his own personality.

sigh - what could have been...

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(do not speak to me of the Clown) haha.
That was an award winning performance from Jingoo. It's too bad TVN doesn't have it's own award show.

Kwak Dong Yeon is wasted here. That's my tragic ending for this show.

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Will I ever stop making not so thinly veiled references to how much I hate TCC? No.

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How do you spontaneously throw yourself into the sun?
But also of course KDY could play both characters better than Taec is playing one. And now I just want to see KDY chuck a tantrum like Joon-woo does, he would nail that in the first take.
You don't need the illegitimate brother backstory, just that they were twins but Joon-woo was born first so his father gave him everything, including the business, the attention and the physical and emotional abuse. I don't know why Koreans are obsessed with Chaebols as Royals anyway. Who knocks up their secretary in this day and age? How crass.

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I stood up and pumped my fist when the drycleaning guy turned out to be a badass. I was expecting team leader Ahn to be a better fighter too, but I guess he's all brains no brawn? I laughed my head off during his live action slow-mo walk when he was spying on the Jipuragi gang.

Thanks for the recap, quirkycase! I'm with you, I hope the writer can keep up the pace for another 10 eps. I'm really liking the combo and balance of the dark and comedic parts thus far.

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Me too with the fist pump! And it also struck me that between all the residents of the plaza, we've got a very well-orchestrated "second mafia" for Vincenzo - they're all rather good at shouting, hitting, stabbing, lying, disguising themselves and so on. I remember the episode when they were all celebrating their victory over the thugs and they all admitted to having done some form of fighting training in their pasts, even the monks. Heaven-sent for our hero...

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I like how they all have special skills! It's like an Ocean's 11.

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Team Leader Ahn is an analyst, they're usually boffins. I'm not surprised he can't fight but his big love for VINCENZO and for his chef mentor is endlessly hilarious.

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Man playing god, worshipping idols ... those are 2 of the 10 commandments in the Bible (with some twist, though: "No other god before me" may mean human shouldn't claim him/herself as god, and idols certainly "Graven images or likenesses"). The show is going more and more religious, although the screenwriter may not be intentional on this.

"It makes me wonder if this writer has some deep-seated grudge that he’s working out here." I doubt if South Korean chaebols are that evil --Joon-woo is more like a mafia then a chaebol, in some sense, but does the screenwriter hints that this is exactly his point? The two main court cases surrounding Babel both have reference in the world: RDU-90 equivalent to the Opioid scandal (Purdue Pharma reached a settlement worth USD$8.3B for its production of OxyContin, with McKinsey USD$573M for helping it), and Babel Chemicals with the Samsung LCD leukemia scandal, which settled in 2018 (and I mentioned in a comment on Episode 5). I guess the "deep-seated grudge" would be against chaebols in South Korea.

Which is ironic: because the company that create (Studio Dragon) and air (tvN) the show are subsidiaries of a chaebol corporation: CJ (under its E&M division) ...

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On the other hand, are we portraying the Italian Mafia way too good in this drama? They are just as potent in Italian society, corrupting business tycoons and government officials alike, even kill some of those who doesn't follow their order, things like that. I guess there are some troubling pass in Vincenzo, and he may seek for some kind of salvation, but don't view them as some kind of angels, show. Thank you very much.

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The company is called Babel... the main villain has a god complex and wants to build a tower... I'm pretty sure the religious symbolism is on purpose, although I don't think it's going to be resolved with a DEM coming down and scrambling everyone's languages/ability to communicate... or maybe it will do that but with a twist; that would actually be highly amusing.

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That's why I love this drama, @sicarius. It is not only entertaining, but also philosophical, without being too unapproachable. The story is somehow reply to South Korea's chaebol problem as well, don't you think?

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Why can’t a South Korean chaebol be evil? Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Mafia is the organisation, a mafioso is a member of that organisation. Joon-woo is not a mafioso, he’s a chaebol with a god complex, he is also a psycho. Yes, he’s evil, he has no empathy for others and kills with glee. With Vincenzo, it is business, strictly business.

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I have less problem with conglomerates being portrayed as like the mafia then I do at having a mafioso as a killer. In many ways, the mafia really is just a longstanding family business, one that believes it has the right to operate outside the law to protect itself and its own. I'd be more comfortable with them saying they're equally as bad then to be saying that the Chaebols are worse.

One thing that's rubbing me the wrong way (although I hesitate to say it since this drama is so much fun that it feels uncharitable) is the multiple ways they're implying that the bad behaviour of the Korean corporations is down to Western influences, as though this is only happening because they're aping foreign institutions. It's the same problem they have when they portray Chaebol atrocities as being because of a single group of bad guys rather than being a structural issue with their society. And their argument that allowing narcotic prescription drugs will cause the rise of drug cartels is head scratching.

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My kingdom for an edit button.

"then I do at having a mafioso as a hero"... not sure what my fingers were going for there.

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This is one of the best slow burn romances. I ship them so much. Can Cha-young find another excuse to prolong their cohabitation? I melted when Vincenzo stared at her as she slept. Their chemistry is fire. He walks and drives her home, she feeds him sweet potato, and they tag team kick detectives. Cha-young crying as she called his phone because she was afraid to lose him and running to hug Vincenzo in relief was sweet. I want her to figure out Kyung-ja is his mom like Yoo-chan did, so she can comfort him when Kyung-ja dies.

Vincenzo's gunfight was the mafia we were all waiting for, but I was screeching the whole time, "Aim better! Stop wasting your bullets!" then when the assassins were right in front of him, "Shoot him! Shoot her!" After interrogating the assassin, I was freaking out Vincenzo would kill him and Cha-young would witness it. I thought Vincenzo already knew Babo was Joon-woo.

Omg, their mask broadcast was the best scene ever. I lost it when Vincenzo's caption said, "Inzaghi - Pigeon." Thanks a million for the recap, @quirkycase!

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Actually the final scene of this episode is the most poignant show if their love. You know Vincenzo did say "a bad guy doesn't deserve to be loved." but before Cha-young's loving and caring hug, he simply can't resist it, even his hand is soaked with blood ...

I am so touched by the two episodes this week. We had Vincenzo lie about his killing in Italy before Cha-young last episode (as well when they reach the van of the 4 victim family members being killed in the end), and then this scene (and the next moment when he look Joon-woo in the eyes when he said "I know who the real boss of Babel is"). Both the screenwriter and the director are doing every scene exquisitely, and with care. You can feel the love and hate between characters even by a stare, a posture. This surely is one of the greatest drama I am experiencing.

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I completely agree with you as well. I am loving their slow burn romance which is why I love plot based dramas with romance and that pillow talk conversation was something I wanted to hear.

I’m glad this show didn’t swipe Vincenzo’s past under the rug because it’s a pretty big deal to have killed people and I like that Cha Young’s response to his question of him having murdered people was non judgemental but realistic in the sense that it would put a distance between anyone if it were the case.

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I totally agree about the romance, but I feel like it is doomed to fail though. I'm hoping Cha Young at least gets a kiss before she knows the truth.

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Yeah, I don't think a kdrama will let a main character who has intentionally murdered people go free and have a happily-ever-after ending. I suspect he will either be jailed or the drama will have him sacrifice his life so as to "redeem" him. On the more optimistic side, maybe this drama won't do that because it's also pretty sympathetic about extra-judicial means of justice due to rampant corruption in the existing law enforcement and justice system.

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Yah jail with a time jump seems most likely

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As much as I love Taec, his portrayal of psycho and eve I JoonWoo doesn’t convince me. At all. In opposition, I love how KDW as Chairman Jang, and how you never know if he really is stupid and scared of his brother or not: he’s the one who discovered the distribution of the drug can be used as means of creating a drug dealer network in SK, something it was not the initial idea of Babel, or at least it seemed so from this episode. Also, the way he refuses to take the chance to make a coup is not to me that he’s scared of his brother, but because he has his own agenda.

The tenants of the Plaza are all a mystery. None seems to be as innocent as they play.

As for ChaYoung and Vincenzo, I don’t think there is an “us” for them as much as they are attracted to each other. Vincenzo’s past is too bloody, imo, and even is ChaYoung has always played a grey character she’s never crossed that line, and, let’s be honest, Vincenzo should live in jail for the rest of his life.

I only expect the violence to lower down a bit in the next episodes. The amount of dead people is a bit overwhelming right now, and those deaths add very little to the plot.

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"Vincenzo should live in jail for the rest of his life." Yeah, I guess the show has portrayed Italian Mafia way too kind.

I also feel Chairman Jang do have some hidden agenda. I don't know what exactly it is, and I am looking forward to the show to show me.

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Whaaaaaat , why , I mean the bad guys need to be in jail , it’s depressing enough that bad guys get to be Scottfree

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You saying this reminded me of the final scene of the episode where they zero in on Taec's face and all I could think was wow, his face is beautiful and so symmetrical. Lol

Also yo your point, I don't think Taec is convincing anyone really because if you notice in the comments everyone calls him Taec instead of his character's name.

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"everyone calls him Taec instead of his character's name"
Good point. That really says everything doesn't it?

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I always call his character by his name. I’m a good fangirl

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I forgot ti add: 🤣🤣🤣

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"Good girl," Taec says to you.

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If we hurry you can have a spring wedding (at least in some parts of the word).

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hahahaha @leetennant do you think so? Now I've remembered the song "When you marry in June" in Seven brides por seven brothers, hahahahah. I don't know, I really love to fangirling around Taec, but maybe a marriage is too definitive?

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He’s so damn gorgeous!!! It’s impossible not to love him!!!!

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I was genuinely terrified of two things in the last couple of minutes of this episode. That Joon Woo was either going to harm Vincenzo in front of Cha young or Vincenzo was going to shoot the assassins in front of her which would have been baaaad. Neither of those happened so I felt a huge sense of relief

It’s amazing how this show has aired 10 episodes and whilst things moved quickly we haven’t even touched the surface. I loved seeing mafia Vincenzo this episode and I really hope that when Cha Young learns the true nature of Vincenzo that she still embraces him, (like that ending) although highly unlikely at first.

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I hope Inzaghi and his family , bombs Joonwoo with sh***t, so that he will run away wondering what kind of air raid that was!!

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I feel like Vincenzo's main objective for coming to Korea is waylaid because of a girl. Haha! If you think about it, he has the same objective as Babel which is to destroy the plaza, but for different reasons. I feel for Mr. Cho who is itching for the gold by now, and is impatient to get it that he had to evict the monks through a false report.

So important questions with Taec being revealed as babo (wait, was he really?) :
-will he now take his place as head of Babel? No more lawyering at Wusang? What about the elks? LOL.
-what will happen to Chairman Jang?
-how will Cha Young take this vital info? It's very predictable that she's gonna get caught in between Vincenzo and Taec? Kidnapping? Haha. Let's just wait for the next episodes.

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Don't think he will go all in the open as the CEO mainly because he doesn't want to be charged if things go bad,that's why Han Seo is there....If anything he will the one to take the fall...He can fight Vincenzo like he is now as he still does whatever he wants...

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I don't like when a writer wants to hide who is the villain by making him/her nice and then reveal the truth later but the actor didn't show any clues. Like in It's Okay, the actress who played the nurse and the mother didn't know she was the crazy mother and she couldn't show it before and at the end the revelation made no sense. I think the actress would have been great if she had the possibility to show it during all the drama. I loved how Yeo Jin Goo acted as the King and the Clown and we could see the differences between the King acted by the Clown, the Clown acted by the King, etc. He showed great nuances.

For Taecyeon, for me it doesn't make sense that a psychotic guy like him accepted to be the rookie so long and to be the nice guy without showing any sign before. Taecyeon didn't try to show it, he was just at 100% the clumsy rookie. Now, he must play the crazy CEO, it doesn't work, he's just the clumsy rookie trying to act as a villain.

Anyway, I continue to ignore @ndlessjoie 's warning about the writer and ship Vincenzo and Cha-Young together, because they're just perfect!

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I totally agree with you about the villain revelation at the end making no sense (the nurse/mum plot in IONTBO almost ruined the drama for me), and in this case you are also right: it just doesn’t fit. Adorable JoonWoo in episodes 1-4 and then psycho JoonWoo up to now.
I mean, the guy took a hockey stick and beat to dead a man in front of lots of witnesses and he didn’t care. He’s escalating in his violent attacks and he’s not hiding it, but he has always been physically violent... it doesn’t fit.
And Taec is not able to show this internal fight: he’s an adorable pup or a total psycho, but there are no grey zones. I keep thinking KDY could have been a better choice here.
Anyway, regarding your ship, as much as Vincenzo and ChaYoung are fantastic together, I don’t think you’ll see that ship sailing. Vincenzo is not a hero or a good person, as much as I hate to say it.

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Some of us are going to be so invested in this couple and then I feel like the ending is going to destroy our souls.

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I'm a positive person, I prefer to believe in a happy ending for them! (I'm not delusional! :p)

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I want to be positive too but the drama world has tricked me too many times.

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Yet he knew because the first casting news said he is the villian who wants to amke Korea a drug Paradise...

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Ahhhh I love Cha Young and Vincenzo so much <3 I also loved the writing surrounding their hug. Vincenzo has never really hesitated to touch Cha-Young, (as we've seen whenever he's put his arm around her shoulders/on her back like he did when they were facing the reporters in episode 8). However, this time, the first time he's shown any major hesitation, is when he is still covered with the blood of a man he has just shot. Hopefully that scene is foreshadowing, and we're not going to get any forced separation or (God Forbid) noble idiocy.

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I don't think there will be noble idiocy as such but many speculate that Vincenzo being an anti-hero, may not get the happy ending we hope for aka an endgame without Cha Young. ㅜ ㅜ Hurts my heart just thinking about it. I'm in too deep with this couple already.

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Thank goodness for Vincenzo's western upbringing making him so comfortable with skinship. It's even better how every time he touches or grabs Cha-young, she always acts casual about it. I love how touchy-feely our couple is.

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also I saw this costume design analysis discussing myunghee and chairman jang that I found pretty interesting. Myunghee, particularly since Joon-woo revealed his identity, dresses a lot like Joon-woo did/does when he's playing the role of lawyer, with the knitwear over collared shirts, perhaps signalling her loyalty to/kindred spirit with Joon-woo. Jang, on the other hand, consistently wears his shirt collar higher on his neck than the other characters in the show, and with a collar pin, which the author suggested perhaps symbolised a noose around his neck, or perhaps a collar- either way, the chokehold that Joon-woo figuratively (and at one point, literally) has him in. If he joins team Vincenzo, I wonder if he'll ditch the pin?

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can you link the costume design analysis please? I've been dying to read some theories!

I've noticed a lot of purple in the costumes of Vincenzo and Cha-Young. There are so many different meanings depending on the shades, in western color symbolism at least, including creativity, wisdom, loyalty and trust, and royalty which i find interesting when thinking about our duo.

But then again, Cha-Young and Vincenzo tend to dress very lavishly, and a color like purple (which historically has been very expensive) makes sense to use to make them pop.

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yeah sure! it's nothing super in depth, but the tumblr blog Patatayo has some cool lil musings that I found really interesting!

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That last scene where Cha-young hugs Vincenzo under the stars literally took my breath away. So pretty!

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The falling snow in the background, the act of concern from Cha Young, the hesitation from Vincenzo...oh the feels.

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Oh how much I love this couple *sobs*

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its indeed so pretty. and both Chayoung and Vincenzo's expression awwwwwww i hate that their chemistry is fire :((( there is really tiny chance they are going to get together in the end :((

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Gosh I'm gonna be so heartbroken *cries*

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*hums loudly*

I can't hear you.

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When I say Team Leader Ahn had me hollering with his hand movements. I laughed so hard. I also love they are maintaining the gag that the Chef's Italian food is disgusting. Lol. When I say I was not ready for Hong Shik and the scissors, I was not ready. I said Yasssss, when he was done. Finally, the shoot out was so absurd, I thought we as a global body had collectively decided against sideways shooting, we need to stop. It all worked in the end because SJK is so charming, but let's stop.😁

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It make me so sad when a person find hug a foreign concept. In ep. 9 when one of the victim family hugged Vincenzo, he clearly did not know how to respond to that but did hug back eventually. First time he looked happy eating with them even enjoying the food. So I guess that hug foreshadow CY hugging V. I find it symbolic CY hugging that side that have blood stain and he hugging back with bloody hand.

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At the rate the brothers are going, they'll destroy Babel more effectively than Jipuragi...unless that was the plan all along, in which case, keep it up. Seriously, how is flooding the country with drugs that can be easily traced back to Babel helpful?? Am I missing something here?

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It worked in the USA for a long time. It goes by the name of opioid crisis. Name of the game for the big baddies in the real world is “legal” criminal behavior.

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As an American I get the opioid crisis parallels but Purdue Pharma and McKinsey were both caught and fined heavily, which is why I'm not sure why Babel is so open about its actions. I'm guessing the show is portraying the company as it was before criminal charges were brought forth..as you said legal criminal behavior

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Fined heavily - certainly a big number, but not at all clear to me that the actual guilty parties paid the fine, nor is it clear they made a big enough net loss to matter to them.

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikakelton/2021/03/22/what-is-missing-from-purdue-pharmas-audacious-proposed-bankruptcy-plan/?sh=276bbbc066b9

Still in progress, but profits still exceed the fines by a large amount...
“ In Purdue Pharma’s latest offer, members of the Sackler family increased by $1.5 billion the amount they would kick in, for a total of $4.2 billion.

To put that seemingly large amount into perspective, the Sackler family members reportedly received $12 billion to $13 billion in transferred funds from Purdue Pharma over the years.”

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Also apparently Purdue Pharma can write off the settlements in their taxes. Aren't the tax laws great?

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Loved this episode so much! Very rare to have a male+female partnership drip so much swag. It's like you get the benefits of a romance + a fun bro/sis-mance. I love how Vincenzo literally tapped Cha-young in to give that chair a kick.

The broadcast was hilarious. I love how the sun in the background changed expressions a couple times. And then Myung-hee's "the ugly pigeon is obviously Vincenzo" when Cha-young tried to deny that she and her crew were behind the broadcast stunt.

And Hong-shik - too awesome!

And that beautiful ending scene. Is the location CGI too?

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The last scene was filmed in a real place, you can see it in the BTS video on youtube. But it looked more beautiful in the drama :p

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I really liked how the long rows of arches echoed the loggias that you see everywhere in Italy. That scene was beautifully done.

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major props to the location scout!

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Yes indeed 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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me: usually stays away from non endgame ships/shows with non endgame otps.

also me: there's no way cha young and vincenzo are endgame.

but me still: i ship them so darn much. bring on the pain. bring on the freaking pain!

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I'm going to be my usual contrary self and say that I don't ship VINCENZO and Cha-young at all. I think they're a perfect partnership at the moment and love their dynamic but that doesn't translate to a romantic relationship. And since a kdrama would never have two people have sex without romance (or even then) we won't get the slightly destructive hookup this relationship would inevitably result in.

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LT im sorry for you you cant feel the actual f i r e that is chacenzo's dynamic

but also you are lucky because im not going to make it out of this uncharred

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I can feel their fire, I just don't think it's romantic. I 100% believe they'd be boning right now, yes I know what cultural product I'm watching.

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you're not tuning into the right fire channel
also on another note romantic tension can exist without sex

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And vice versa

And a man and woman can have a professional rapport that's not about either sex or romance either.

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@leetennant i agree and i wouldve been perfectly happy with that

were it not that that is not what im getting from these two

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im sorry @leetennant im too far gone im on this ship and its on fire and im happy to go down with it

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@saturtledaisy Isn't going down with a ship part of the fun? Enjoy.

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