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Vincenzo: Episode 11

Some hidden truths come to light this hour, and for once, things seem to be working in our leads’ favor. They make some headway in their attempt to reach the real Babel chairman thanks in part to help from an unexpected source. Although our leads are closing in and have continually thwarted his plans, the chairman can’t imagine a world where he isn’t perfect and all-knowing, so he remains convinced he’s safe. That might just cost him.

 
EPISODE 11

Vincenzo reveals that Jang Han-seok, Chairman Jang’s older brother, is the real chairman. Joon-woo almost gets caught when his pocket starts vibrating after Vincenzo calls the number he pulled from the assassin’s phone. Joon-woo whips out his second phone from a different pocket to show Vincenzo it’s not ringing.

A car pulls up, and the two men who previously worked for Myung-hee get out. They’ve been working for Vincenzo since he got them to talk in the warehouse. Joon-woo watches them take the injured assassins to a secret location on Vincenzo’s orders.

Vincenzo and Cha-young leave Joo-sung and Cheol-wook to clean up the scene, while they head to the warehouse in the assassins’ car. Joon-woo, meanwhile, drives to a secluded place and has a temper tantrum over failing and nearly getting discovered.

Vincenzo, his minions, and Cha-young watch the assassins struggle to escape the van they’re trapped in as it fills with fumes. Under duress, they admit to Cha-young – who’s taken the lead in this interrogation – that they’re the ones who committed all the recent murders for Babel, including the four victims who were family of Babel’s other victims.

Upon hearing that, Cha-young grabs the remote control and floods the van with fumes. Vincenzo looks concerned but doesn’t interfere. After giving them a taste of their victims’ pain, Cha-young eases off. Vincenzo asks about Jang Han-seok, but all they can say is that he’s in Korea and gives orders through the phone (using a voice changer).

Cha-young wonders if they should kill them since they don’t have any useful intel, and Vincenzo observes that people like them don’t usually learn from their mistakes. Cha-young once again increases the fumes in the car before walking out.

In the car, Cha-young says she gets angry whenever she sees Myung-hee’s former henchmen; they remind her of her father’s death. Vincenzo promises she’ll get the chance to personally throw them to the lions once they’re no longer needed.

Cha-young is impressed with Vincenzo’s fighting ability which he tells her he learned from training with a former member of the Italian special forces. He was bullied as a kid for being Asian, so he had to learn to fight.

When she asks what his plans are for the assassins, Vincenzo says he’ll show mercy. His “mercy” is giving them a quicker death by having his two minions push the car with the unconscious assassins into a lake.

At Geumga Plaza, everyone fawns over Hong-shik and his scissor fighting skills. He humble brags that his nickname in his hometown was Lightning Scissors. CEO Park and his workers warn everyone not to take this attack lightly. Those men are known for killing people who don’t leave during development projects.

The tenants then start debating whether Vincenzo or Hong-shik is the better fighter. Vincenzo’s fan club Team Leader Ahn gets all offended at the suggestion Vincenzo might be second place.

Meanwhile, Vincenzo and Cha-young drink until the early hours at his apartment. She apologizes for hugging him earlier but admits it made her heart pound. She’s not sure if that’s because she likes him or because she was worried, so Cha-young announces she needs to test it out.

A drunk Cha-young makes him get up so she can hug him again for an awkwardly long time. He gets increasingly flustered, especially when she stares at him with her face inches from his. After all that, she announces the heart pounding was due to worry and stumbles away.

The following day, Vincenzo visits Kyung-ja in the hospital. She lights up to see him but worries over how tired he looks. She assures him she’s eating and taking her meds now. It’s the calmest, most pleasant exchange they’ve had.

Vincenzo brings up her previous cancer diagnosis from 28 years ago and asks if she didn’t have any family back then. Kyung-ja says she had a son she sent away so he could live happily. Vincenzo argues he wouldn’t have been happy anywhere without his mom.

Kyung-ja begins to cry when he says Yoo-chan told him she’s punishing herself for abandoning her son. Vincenzo reassures her that her son must be doing well, so she should start taking care of herself and not give up. Through her tears, she promises she’ll try.

Over at Wusang, Joon-woo remains ever confident that he’s untouchable, despite how close Vincenzo is getting to finding him. As usual, Attorney Han frets while Myung-hee comes up with a plan that involves using Vincenzo’s Mafia past.

On his way to the office, Vincenzo is caught first by Hong-shik who’s on a high from his recent battle and offers his fighting services. Next up is Cheol-wook who begs Vincenzo to let him be his bodyguard. Yeon-jin is vehemently opposed, and Vincenzo sits awkwardly while the couple fights about it until Yeon-jin literally drags her husband away.

Although Babel has managed to get the phone records of Jang Han-seok and his hired assassins erased, Jipuragi accessed them in time to get one vital piece of info. Han-seok’s phone was in the vicinity of the underpass when Vincenzo called that night.

Once again, Team Leader Ahn pops in with food and tries to eavesdrop. He hangs around awkwardly until Vincenzo basically walks him to the door. Before leaving in his usual bizarre manner, Team Leader Ahn overhears Joo-sung’s comment that an intelligence agency could get the info they need.

While Young-woon watches as officials come to inspect Nanyak Temple over his false claims of corruption, Jipuragi muses over how to find someone who knows Han-seok’s face. Mi-ri interrupts Jipuragi’s meeting to invite them to the tenants’ monthly game day.

Despite his protests, Vincenzo is roped into joining their obliviously apt game of Mafia. The game is disrupted by the arrival of prosecutors with a warrant for Vincenzo’s arrest on charges of attempted murder and blackmail. The tenants are stunned when the prosecutors refer to Vincenzo as a Mafia consigliere.

Over dinner, Chairman Jang makes the bold request that Joon-woo let him run Babel Pharmaceuticals. In response, Joon-woo flips the table and holds a steak knife to Chairman Jang’s throat. He suggests maybe he should die so Chairman Jang can have Babel.

Meeting the day’s quota for traumatizing his brother and doing the most, Joon-woo makes Chairman Jang grab the knife and guides his hand to push it against Joon-woo’s own throat, drawing blood. Chairman Jang cries that he’s sorry over and over and shakes as Joon-woo threatens to kill him if he ever suggests something like that again.

Cheol-wook, Yeon-jin, and Hong-shik sit at Hee-soo’s and try to process that Vincenzo is with the Mafia. They hilariously misheard “consigliere” as “corn salad” and think that’s what the top brass of the Mafia are called. They ironically decide to get Vincenzo’s help finding the gold since the Mafia are good at this stuff.

Elsewhere, Team Leader Ahn makes the case to Director Tae that they shouldn’t let the prosecutors have Vincenzo. He manages to convince him that, as the expert in international crimes, Director Tae shouldn’t stand by while the prosecution tries to sideline him.

In the interrogation room, Cha-young acts as Vincenzo’s lawyer and asserts that the photos of the murders Vincenzo supposedly committed aren’t enough evidence to indict him. The prosecutor threatens to create whatever evidence is necessary to get Vincenzo deported.

As they lead Vincenzo into the hall in handcuffs, Team Leader Ahn gets his moment to shine. He struts in and shows his badge (backwards), announcing that Vincenzo is under their jurisdiction. The prosecutors have no choice but to comply since he has a warrant. An impressed Vincenzo and Cha-young gladly follow Team Leader Ahn out.

Wusang gets wind of this turn of events and cautions Joon-woo to protect his identity well now that an intelligence agency is involved. Myung-hee wonders if Vincenzo is a spy, and everyone starts to panic.

Team Leader Ahn fesses up to his little surveillance mission and says he stayed quiet because all Vincenzo did was fight for the weak. He baffles Vincenzo and Cha-young by offering to help them go after Babel and goes on about Vincenzo’s admirable “atonement.”

Vincenzo is hesitant, but Cha-young immediately accepts Team Leader Ahn’s help, although he has conditions. They’re fine with keeping his identity secret and letting him into the inner circle, but his request for a hug seems a bit much.

Vincenzo offers a handshake, but that’s not enough for Team Leader Ahn who leaps into his arms and completely fanboys over him. Vincenzo extracts himself, noticing the photos of his victims lying on the table. He realizes Han-seok must’ve gotten them directly from an informant who likely knows Han-seok’s face.

While they wait on Vincenzo’s Mafia associate Luca to get them info on the informant, Vincenzo and Cha-young return to Geumga Plaza. They’re met with an actual marching band and a banner that welcomes back the Mafia’s “Corn Salad.”

Cha-young bounces along behind Vincenzo down the red carpet underneath a military-style saber arch. There’s confetti and hand-kissing – it’s all so amazingly extra. They’re thrilled he’s Mafia and beg him to be their leader and make Geumga Plaza his “turf.” Vincenzo looks pained as they start chanting, “Corn Salad!”

At Jipuragi, the team watches the footage Luca sent over of the informant. Vincenzo and Cha-young then pass it along to Team Leader Ahn who boasts he only needs five hours to determine the man’s identity.

Monk Chaeshin comes running in looking for Vincenzo and bring him to the temple. The monks show Vincenzo and Cha-young the complaint lodged against them. If they can’t prove it’s false, the temple could be shut down.

That night, Chairman Jang practices shooting with his new handgun, but he can’t hit any of the bottles. Attorney Han criticizes his aim and shows him how it’s done, shooting two bottles without batting an eye. He apparently was known for his marksmanship during his military service.

Chairman Jang vents to Attorney Han about Joon-woo and how Vincenzo is outsmarting him; Joon-woo would’ve died had Vincenzo caught him at the underpass. Attorney Han’s eyes light up at this opportunity to get rid of Joon-woo.

He reiterates that he’ll support Chairman Jang and make sure he can run Babel properly after Joon-woo is gone. Attorney Han knows Myung-hee won’t side with them, so the two unappreciated men decide to secretly work together.

At Geumga Plaza, Mi-ri spies Young-woon meeting with Vincenzo on the roof. She eavesdrops as Vincenzo asks if Young-woon was behind the complaint against Nanyak Temple. Young-woon apologizes, as does Vincenzo for taking so long to get the gold. Vincenzo tells Young-woon not to act without discussing it first and orders him to post a retraction.

On his way back to the office, Vincenzo is pulled into Hong-shik’s laundromat. Hong-shik, Cheol-wook, Yeon-jin, and Hee-soo share what they know about the gold. They explain that all the tenants know and offer to cut him in if he helps. Vincenzo struggles to keep his anger in check and waits until he’s in the hall to kick some boxes.

Team Leader Ahn is still being his extra self as he unnecessarily “sneaks” to Jipuragi. He shoves a manila envelope under the door and then army crawls down the hall before leaping out of sight. Inside the envelope is the identity of the informant, a man named Kim Sang-yoon who’s in the arms business.

Cha-young heads out after getting a call from Joon-woo who says Babel isn’t going to compensate the victims. Vincenzo, meanwhile, kidnaps Sang-yoon with the help of his minions. Sang-yoon tells Vincenzo just to kill him. He’s been tortured numerous times, so he’s confident he won’t crack.

Vincenzo would rather use fear than pain. He takes out a gun and plays Russian roulette, taking turns between putting the gun to Sang-yoon’s temple and his own. By round four with no one shot, Sang-yoon breaks. He reveals that Han-seok is actually Joon-woo who is drinking with Cha-young right now.

On the condition that Cha-young give him info in return, Joon-woo passes over a document from Wusang showing that Babel will renege on their compensation agreement. Before Cha-young can tell Joon-woo anything he wants to know about what Jipuragi is up to, Vincenzo calls.

Vincenzo is serious but calm as he warns her that her former intern Joon-woo is Jang Han-seok. She asks what he’s going to do. He’ll still follow the plan, right?

Joon-woo arrives home in a good mood. That is, until he hears Vincenzo call his name. He turns to find Vincenzo holding a gun. Vincenzo makes him kneel and tells him he doesn’t need to pretend anymore – he knows he’s Jang Han-seok.

Joon-woo drops the act and asks how he found him. When Vincenzo tells him to say a final prayer, Joon-woo grabs the barrel and puts the gun against his temple, commanding him to shoot already. Vincenzo clicks off the safety. We hear a gunshot.


 
COMMENTS

I’d be surprised if Joon-woo was offed this easily and this soon after being discovered. With all the buildup, having Vincenzo waltz into his place and kill him with zero struggle would feel a little anticlimactic. Also, how did Vincenzo know where Joon-woo’s swanky apartment is? I’m sure he didn’t use his real address for his puppy intern identity. Maybe Chairman Jang let him in. Now that he and Attorney Han have formed their little alliance to take down Joon-woo, I could see him offering to help Vincenzo in exchange for his own safety. He’s obviously had enough of his volatile brother’s insanity. At this point, I vacillate between seeing Joon-woo as genuinely threatening and comically cartoonish. There’s nothing really grounding the character. I don’t think he’s supposed to feel realistic or anything, but that doesn’t mean there’s no need to give him some depth or nuance.

I know Vincenzo’s plan has been to kill Joon-woo, but I feel like it’d be so much more satisfying to have him publicly revealed, condemned, and ridiculed rather than murdered when no one even knows who he is. He believes he’s so infallible that having him dragged in the public eye for his failures would be fitting. But I get that Vincenzo and Cha-young don’t want to give him more time to do more damage. I underestimated how dark Cha-young would be willing to go right off the bat. She’s clearly had enough and is done playing nice. Unlike Vincenzo, though, she’s never been part of this world before. If she goes too dark, it might be hard for her to come back from it. Even so, I do appreciate that Vincenzo isn’t overprotective. He respects her decisions and includes her, believing she can handle it. I’m so used to overprotective male leads that it’s jarring (but in a nice way).

Team Leader Ahn is coming in quite useful despite his ridiculousness. He’s essentially just a fanboy dressed as an agent. In a way, his ridiculousness hides his conspicuously bad spying since he comes off as a harmless eccentric. If he didn’t prove so hapless at every turn, I’d think it was strategic. He certainly fits right in at Geumga Plaza. How great is it that the tenants are trying to cut Vincenzo in on his own gold? Mi-ri might be the only one who has it together enough to figure out what’s going on. Even after learning Vincenzo is with the Mafia, no one else put together that the gold might be his. Perhaps they were just too excited over having their very own mafioso “Corn Salad” on their side.

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Cha-Young is trolling me >_<

I'm still wondering how Team Leader Ahn could become an agent but I'm happy that he could save his hero in a very comedic way. He got a hug too! xD

I'm happy that Cha-Young knows for the villain, she won't give intels now!

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I wonder why JoonWoo did not put motion alarm in his apartment! But anyways looks like he is always challenging people to get him scared or something. I can't figure his one loose screw psycho personality!

That Wusan lawyer cowers but is deadly with a weapon! I'm sorry if I spoiled anything but the antics of the GeumPlaza Residents has me confused with the flow of the show!

What if JoonWoo turns out to be a puppet too! Coz that poster has strings attached to all the villains!

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"What if JoonWoo turns out to be a puppet too! Coz that poster has strings attached to all the villains!"

I personally think that to mean Choi is running the show on her side with him.

We already see the brothers separated and the power behind them. It really will come down to who will be the victor between her and Han.

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The whole "Corn Salad" thing!

*laughing*

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I KNEW it was going to be a fakeout but it still hurt so bad!! I hate being led to believe heroes are cleverer than they really are... >:( I mean, he’s been giving Taec shifty looks for AGES...

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Right? I was convinced Vincenzo suspected him and then even with the phone ringing right there, even knowing he was at the underpass, they don't realise it until explicitly told.

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But I also like how they developed it and made it work.

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It was one of those moments where I'm like "omg, this guy does not watch tv or movies" or else you'd know such phone-ring-at-the-same-time coincidences are never coincidences. Then I imagine him staying in korea and developing a drama addiction and then after dozens of dramas, realizing "OF COURSE. IT WAS SO OBVIOUS!"

Also, there were quite a few coincidental moments - in front of Vincenzo- where Joon-woo would "suggest" something to his Wusang bosses aka minions and they would be like "okay" instead of telling him to shut his pie hole.

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Also. Just pull the trigger.

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Tenants are right, Song Joong Ki is "corn salad"

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idk i think its just me but it bothers me so much that Geumga Plaza residents thought that the gold belongs to someone who find it first. thats why i couldn't root for them.

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I can understand the greed, knowing that much gold is hidden in the building. None of the residents save the monks were presented as that good of people. It probably should have occurred to them that someone really didn't want anyone to know about the gold and what happened to the people that put it there could happen to them.

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That lack of sense makes me frustrated. Then again, I'm the sort of person who would really never want to win a huge jackpot lottery since I'm afraid of the lottery curse.

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The Vincenzo - Chayoung hug scene was lovely. The corn salad scene was super extra but still funny.

But I think the weight of 20 episodes is beginning to show. The pacing has become extremely slow and scenes get dragged out for no reason. This makes the reveals seem anti-climactic - Mafia Vincenzo, Vincenzo finding out that the tenants know about the gold, and finally both the leads finding out about Joon-woo.

Haven't seen Episode 12 yet but I hope they speed this up.

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Team Ahn continues to be a delight!!! The slo mo walk to get Vincenzo from the police station was so funny. The corn salad thing was funny too.

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The fact that Team Leader Ahn is in this completely parallel bromantic spy film whereby he fell in love with the mark he was sent to spy on would have been my favourite thing about this episode if it wasn't for Corn Salad.

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Team Ahn is the unsung hero of this drama, his pure love for Vincenzo is so heartwarming.

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The IC and CLOY reference and the grand welcome for the Mafia Corn Salad had me
😂🤣😂🤣
I love love the tenants!

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And the Parasite references, especially the Lee Sun-kyun imitation. ROFL

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For some reason the "I don't pray" line left me O.O

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Would tou please elaborate because I did not watch this episode and your comment intrigues me?

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I found it ballsy and it made me go "whoa" :)

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Right? I was like uhm is the writer implying what I think? Or your thinking might be diff. than mine. But I thought it implied that people who don't pray are sinners in a way? Or not seen as favorably? Or am I being too surface level with this? But then Vincenzo is Catholic, and he's a grey/anti-hero so dunno?

I thought it was interesting the most evil person in the show said that. I do notice this writer infuses religion a lot into his works, I gather he is religious. But he also mocks it or makes light of it. Supposedly, Korea is majority non affiliated with a religion.

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I interpreted it as Joon-woo seeing himself as a god-like figure and so it didn't make any sense to him to pray since he lives by his own rules

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He doesn't pray to God because he thinks he is God.
I have huge problems with this since the biggest and most destructive narcissists in the world are hugely religious. Atheists don't reject God because they're narcissists who think they can be God. But the worst humans historically are those who embraced dogmatism because they think they are chosen by God. The theistic underpinnings of this concept bother me a lot but I guess that's what you get when you base your bad guys on a story like Babel.

Still, I don't want to over think it too much. I think it's supposed to be indicative of the fact that Babel and Wusang think they're above normal human concepts of morality, ethics and law. If I got annoyed at every story that normalised religion as a proxy indicator of morality I'd be in a constant state of vibrating fury...

Oh, wait...

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To be completely honest, I approached that line from a diagnostic perspective so the theistic implications flew over my head. I also might have been distracted by the beautiful people and mood lighting. Looking back at it, I can totally see what you're talking about. I'm not familiar with this writer's work so I don't know if religion is a recurring theme.

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Ahn is being 'extra' at the law office as you say because Office Manager Nam does not know that Ahn is a federal agent.

And I do not think Ahn is hapless, he just happened to have been assigned to a division where he was getting cobwebs. You totally saw it in his opening scene. When he went to his boss, he do go with viable intel on Vincenzo before he even met the man so that tells you he is competent. He might have some tics, but those tics don't mean he is stupid and cannot do his job. He handled Vincenzo getting out of the prosecutors clutches quite well.

And Han's scene with Han seo was just so chilling. You don't make it to the top of the food chain like that unless you are a bit of a sociopath. And I am glad we finally got to see how he made it to the top. That and the gun scene were so little and said so much. Kudos to Jo Han Chul in this episode.

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I like your comment about having tics because I agree that being quirky doesn't mean stupid. People might just have different ways of navigating the world. Also, I just accept everyone's "extra" acting on this show because I felt that was on purpose.

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I totally agree with you about Agent Ahn. He's a competent agent who's been waiting in the corner to have his opportunity.

As for Jo Han Chul, a big fan here.

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I really enjoyed this episode and felt it did a particularly good job of combining moments of emotional connection with ridiculous comedy while also going quite dark. Its the mix that's driven the show all along, but they don't always mesh this well. On the other hand, a whole lot of stuff has dropped and I hope at some point the show steps back and gives the characters a chance to process it. I will be disappointed if Cha Young simply charges full speed ahead after learning that Vincenzo killed dozens of people and that her former intern murdered her dad.

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Exactly!! I noticed some emotional dissonance in how the show just charges forward with new plots and issues without first addressing the old ones they opened, esp the ones pertaining to the characters' emotional state of mind. I tend to veer to the introspective so this has waned my enjoyment of the episodes a little lately :( We never got a look into CY's true inner response to the photos of VC's alleged murders and if she simply dismissed it as false evidence that had no connection to him at all. If the show wanted us to accept that CY had changed to the point of not really caring about whether VC was a murderer or not, they did a bad job of fleshing that out imo. Also they glossed over many other details like how CMY was the true instigator of her father's death, whether CY actually knew what happened to the 3 killers she helped torture/kill(?) and the sense of betrayal and shock she must have felt wrt Jun-woo being Babo. I think this problem of too many new sub-plots but near complete silence on the emotional notes will inevitably hinder the audience's immersion into this story and these characters' lives.

Still hooked on Chayenzo, Taecyeon's astounding acting esp in the recent eps and the director's beautiful cinematography nonetheless so I'm still looking forward to watching this show every weekend.

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I agree - I think some of the show's strongest moments are when it actually does step back from the crazy and allows the characters to reflect. I hope that doesn't get steamrolled going forward.

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I had big big big issues with her blithely participating in the murder of three people this episode. TBH I had to stop the episode and think about whether I wanted to continue. VINCENZO's statement that it was a mercy killing was utter sophistry and just because she left the decision to him does not mean she is not complicit. They basically did it together. Which means she just murdered three people. The show's treatment of this did not work for me at all.

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I don't necessarily have a problem with the female lead behaving in problematic ways - I actually get tired of the trope where the "good" woman saves the "bad" man through the power of her virtue and love, so it's somewhat refreshing to see the shift happening in the other direction. However, I agree that if you're going to go that route there should be some actual reflection involved and the show should delve into the emotional and moral consequences of those choices. Based on what we've already seen in this show and the writer's prior works, I think that's likely to happen at some point. If it doesn't, I'll be disappointed, because this creative team is definitely smart and nuanced enough to address this.

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After this recap I'm craving corn salad. It looks good!
https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a19695472/easy-fresh-corn-salad-recipe/

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It is interesting that it's Cha-young who said if Vincenzo did kill someone in the past she would feel distant to him, but in this episode, she is the one more enthusiastic on killing people--she even want to kill the two guys used to kill his father but now helping Vincenzo and herself. Seems that not only Vincenzo need to learn to forgive his mother, but Cha-young herself, too.

I am not saying those two guys doesn't deserve to be punished to pay for the sin, like, being killed. On the other hand, Vincenzo himself, who understand the principal about An Eye for an Eye way too well, probably knows killing your enemy for revenge may not solve the problem (that we can talk about next episode). In a show which maybe one of the most bloody in recent history, it is talking about forgiveness a lot, isn't it ironic?

This episode is what I criticize the most since the beginning of this show (as written on my own wall). It may be less interesting then in other episodes, but I guess we can get a break in this one, which is not bad.

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My grocery deli has a bright new item for Spring. When I saw it was named “Corn Salad” I just started cackling at the counter.

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Just FYI, an article from today’s news about the real Mafia.

For years, a mafia fugitive hid from police. Then they spotted his Italian cooking videos on YouTube.
Marc Feren Claude Biart, 53, is alleged to have trafficked drugs on behalf of the 'Ndrangheta, Italy's largest and most powerful mafia organization, police say.
By Teo Armus

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/03/30/mafia-youtube-cooking-tattoos-ndrangheta/

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Did he teach how to make corn salad?

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I wonder!

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Secret Agent Ahn being extra as usual saved the episode for me, though yes we did get the Taec reveal in the end. I really feel show is extending the major plot lines now. So much filler, but it’s still keeping me hooked. 😅

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Vincenzo is pure entertainment, not to be taken too seriously. Everyone is exaggerated and cartoonish. Joon-woo's Joker face and random violence; team Leader Ahn's antics and fanboy love; all the Geumga Plaza tenants are totally OTT. Then there are the sudden jarring shifts into seriousness and tragedy when someone is murdered. And who knows, it may all shift genre, but at the moment I'm in it for the laughs. It's not too hard to hold the various unresolved parts up in the air. It's like juggling. Most of all I love the exuberance and exaggeration, like the marching band and the living tableau of Liberty Leading the People. The tenants are just as unprincipled as everyone else. They are battlers in an unjust world, so they can't afford to be too altruistic, and yet they are also good hearted. I love their cupidity and their exaggerated characters. It's like the great circus of life. It's playful and it's bitterly ironic all at the same time. From now on, I'm going to look for anything that Park Jae-bum writes and I'll be looking out for the director Kim Hee-won too.

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I like the shifts in tone, it keeps the show interesting and stops it from being too much one genre.

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After last week's episodes and the level of violence seen, I liked how this episode lowered the tone (even if in the first scenes we get two people assassinated), and went back to the black comedy tone. I was surprised CMY decided took the road to murder. Now all the main leads in this drama should be in jail for the rest of their lives in real life. Fortunately, this is a drama.

I laughed so much with the mafia game, the corn salad and the read carpet. We are learning little by little that tenants are not the innocent folks we may think they are. They all have a past, and it seems to be a dark one.

As for our evil characters, I agree with you about JoonWoo. "There’s nothing really grounding the character. I don’t think he’s supposed to feel realistic or anything, but that doesn’t mean there’s no need to give him some depth or nuance"... and let's be honest: Taec's acting is not helping. I love him to bits, but I can't find any reason why JoonWoo is being that way.

On the other hand, how awesome is KDY? Why is this guy so fracking good in everything he does? He's just superb!

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I love how fun this show is. Kdramas can be funny, wonderful, heartwarming, thrilling, touching, thought-provoking beautiful, romantic, and mind-bending...and while this exhibits many of those qualities, I feel like "fun" is the best way to describe it. Like playing a video game. It's just full of swagger. I love how Team Leader Ahn got his moment. I'm a little shocked that they actually went and killed those assassins, but I'm also a bit pleased. I'm guessing they will pin the killing of the Babel-family-victims' assassins on the former assassins who killed Cha-young's dad.

It's hilarious that they included the Mafia game into the drama and had all the plaza residents play. I played that quite a bit in my early 20s.

And of course, corn salad.

Poor Chairman Jang- no skills whatsoever...

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I've spent all week catching up on VINCENZO and it has me laughing at times and then gasping in horror at the violent deaths.

Like others, I was also shocked by the murder of the three murderers who ended up swimming with the fishes... as Vincenzo said, Cha-young should be in the Mafia. "An eye for an eye", etc. It's understandable that she's given up on achieving justice through law, but I didn't expect her to go that dark and ruthless. Vincenzo's "villain" training has worked wonderfully. It's scary but interesting to watch. We technically have two leads now who should be in prison, with blood on their hands.

On the other hand it was cute (for lack of a better word) that the tenants did not shun Vincenzo for being Mafia, but threw him a welcoming party instead. This whole show demonstrates how humans can be both both monsters and heroes, greedy and generous. It's just packaged with a lot of OTT comedy.

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