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Vincenzo: Episode 3

Our eccentric corporate lawyer butts heads with her new boss as Wusang races to locate the missing researcher before he can implicate Babel and ruin their case. Meanwhile, when Babel makes it clear exactly how far they’re willing to go to silence those who get in their way, our lead and his righteous lawyer friend have differing ideas about what this fight is worth.

 
EPISODE 3

CEO Park’s people discover that the police are there on protection detail – one of the attendees is the Italian ambassador. Meanwhile, Cha-young pulls Vincenzo aside, wondering what his endgame is. He paid for this event himself and goes around in fancy designer suits, so what could he want with Geumga Plaza? Vincenzo claims he fell in love with place just because, but Cha-young denounces his romanticism and argues love always has a reason.

After hearing the ambassador is there, CEO Park calls the demolition off. Cha-young returns to Wusang where Attorney Han tells her off for not informing him about the run-away researcher. Cha-young doesn’t take well to being criticized by Myung-hee, and Myung-hee isn’t a fan of Cha-young’s arrogance. They decide to give Cha-young a chance to fix this with the understanding she’ll be fired if she fails.

Since Vincenzo arranged and paid for the event out of pocket, the tenants soften toward him, assuming he wouldn’t have spent all that money if he weren’t on their side. Chef Baek talks some nonsense about how he and Vincenzo connect because Italy, and the women gush over how handsome Vincenzo is.

At home, Vincenzo looks over the case files for Babel Pharmaceuticals and searches for a more permanent strategy for stopping the demolition. At Wusang, while Myung-hee does her aerobics in full view of the office, Cha-young gets Joon-woo to look up Vincenzo only to discover he’s a legit lawyer without a criminal record.

Vincenzo once again tortures Chef Baek by making him cook for him and reacts to the result with his usual disgust. Although his douchey treatment of Chef Beak is a bit much, his complaints about the tomato being “quarantined” while the basil and cheese are “social distancing” are pretty amusing.

In the hall, a man bumps into Vincenzo’s shoulder. “It’s Vincenzo!” Team Leader Ahn shouts. He covers by saying they met at the party. Team Leader Ahn is anything but convincing as he contradicts himself when Vincenzo asks if it was the first time they met: ” No. I mean, yes.”

Vincenzo scrutinizes him before heading to Yoo-chan’s office. As Vincenzo walks away, Team Leader Ahn basks in Vincenzo’s wonderful smelling cologne, trying to waft it toward himself.

Team Leader Ahn then approaches Chef Baek and profusely praises his pizza from the event, getting emotional as he says it took him back to the boat harbor of Naples. With tears in his eyes, he does a hilarious goose-like imitation of the boat foghorns. Chef Baek is sufficiently buttered up and agrees to let him learn under him and even sleep at the restaurant.

At Jipuragi, Vincenzo informs Yoo-chan that the main ingredient in Babel’s new drug is classified as a narcotic. Yoo-chan and Joo-sung are shocked since the expert testified it was merely a pain reliever, but Vincenzo argues that Babel deceived everyone – it’s an opioid that will unwittingly cause addiction in its users. Yoo-chan is enraged and determined to stop Babel from getting this drug approved.

When Vincenzo takes a call and heads out, Team Leader Ahn spots him and follows. The heating pads Vincenzo ordered arrive, and he personally places them in the Temple and even offers to pay their electric bill. Team Leader Ahn can’t believe the generosity of this Catholic mafioso who is taking such care of the monks.

Outside, Vincenzo spies Young-ho and his friends smoking. They try the teenage intimidation act, and when Vincenzo tells them to toss their cigarettes, the boys try to fight. Naturally, they’re no match for Vincenzo and go running off, leaving Young-ho.

Vincenzo makes Young-ho toss his cigarette and warns him he’ll be keeping an eye on him. Team Leader Ahn watches this exchange and muses that Vincenzo is correcting delinquents to atone for his past.

At home, Vincenzo looks over the information Young-woon gathered on Deok-jin, the Babel representative they’ve been dealing with. His smile when he sees the pictures suggests Young-woon found some dirt.

Cha-young’s efforts – which include tearful acting and a sob story – to get info on Min-cheol, the escaped researcher, are a bust. Joon-woo thinks Yoo-chan is their best bet since Min-cheol is likely to go to him, but she aruges it’d be useless. Despite the stress, she’s uninterested in Joon-woo’s suggestion they leave Wusang to work for his friend’s new firm. Cha-young gets a call informing her she’s being summoned to a meeting by Myung-hee.

It turns out Yoo-chan already knew about the narcotics aspect of the trial drug. In their meeting, Min-cheol told Yoo-chan that they were ordered to inject participants with dangerously high doses of the trial drug – an opioid painkiller – and equated it to murder.

When Min-cheol tried to leave, Babel had threatened his family. He’s only willing to testify in court if Yoo-chan can guarantee his and his family’s safety, which Yoo-chan can’t do.

Vincenzo finds Yoo-chan on the roof and extols the dangers of continuing to fight Babel, a company that’s more like a cartel. Yoo-chan thinks the good guys can win, but Vincenzo argues that’s a fairy tale. Vincenzo’s pragmatism is no match for Yoo-chan’s stubbornness and conviction.

Yoo-chan gets a call and drags Vincenzo with him to the hospital. Vincenzo hangs back when he sees Kyung-ja in the hospital bed. She spots him halfway hiding around the corner and asks Yoo-chan who he is. Vincenzo is extremely quiet while Yoo-chan introduces him as a fellow lawyer. He stares at Kyung-ja’s wrist handcuffed to the bed and excuses himself to make a call.

Vincenzo listens from behind the curtain as Yoo-chan again tries unsuccessfully to convince Kyung-ja to consent to a retrial. While he waits for Yoo-chan, Vincenzo takes a call from Deok-jin, the man he threatened at Babel.

Myung-hee and Attorney Han take the team out for drinks. Cha-young and Myung-hee clash again when Cha-young refuses to be peer-pressured into performing on cue. Myung-hee claims it’s her chance to make up for her mistake, so Cha-young agrees to do an impersonation.

Cha-young stands, kicks off her shoes, and starts mimicking Myung-hee doing aerobics. PFFT. Myung-hee stares stony faced for a moment, and then begins laughing.

Elsewhere, Vincenzo meets with Deok-jin and blackmails him with evidence of the many bribes he’s taken and photos of him with his mistress. Vincenzo orders him to get the demolition postponed for two months and ensure Vincenzo’s people get to handle it when the time comes.

As they’re all leaving, Myung-hee sits in her car and calls Cha-young over. She grabs her by the back of the neck and warns that she’s dead if she messes with her again. Cha-young smiles and says she’d welcome a near-death experience. Myung-hee thinks she’s nuts.

CEO Park gets a call from Deok-jin, ordering him to halt the demolition plans for two months. Yoo-chan, meanwhile, texts both Cha-young and Vincenzo to come to his place. Cha-young arrives first, and Yoo-chan tells her about the opioids.

She doesn’t get why he’s so fired up when other companies produce opioid painkillers, but Yoo-chan worries Babel’s reach and influence will make their drugs more accessible. Cha-young accuses him of resorting to conspiracy theories and leaves.

Outside, she runs into Vincenzo and tells him to stop feeding her dad this nonsense about drugs and cartels. He accuses her of lying so much she can’t see the truth, and they smile as they imply neither has any honor. Vincenzo calls her stupid in Italian before heading inside.

Elsewhere, Chairman Jang takes a very conciliatory tone as he apologizes to someone he calls “hyung-nim.” He asks Chairman Jang something about the villa, but we don’t hear the details.

While they drink, Vincenzo asks Yoo-chan how Kyung-ja is doing. Yoo-chan informs him she only has six months to live, making Vincenzo wonder if she’s in a lot of pain. “If you were curious, you should’ve asked your mom yourself.” Oooh, so he does know.

Ah, Yoo-chan recognized him from the Kyung-ja’s trial five years ago. He’d noticed Vincenzo’s distressed reaction and guessed his identity. Vincenzo’s recent questions about his work as a public defender and seeing Vincenzo standing at the gates of the prison solidified Yoo-chan’s hunch.

Yoo-chan won’t try to force Vincenzo to visit his mother or forgive her. But he does encourage him not to have regrets.

Elsewhere, a man sneaks into the basement of a building and cuts a line. He leaves a timer behind. The smell of gas wakes several of the men upstairs. They reach the basement with only seconds left on the timer – the whole building blows.

The next morning, Yoo-chan and Vincenzo watch the news report on a gas explosion at the villa housing 14 Babel researchers who all died. Yoo-chan leaves in a rage with Vincenzo scrambling after him.

At Wusang, Joon-woo tries to convince Cha-young to stop representing Babel. He’s afraid she’ll be targeted too and gets so upset he switches to English. (He’s from New York.) Cha-young is unconcerned and warns him not to be overprotective.

Myung-hee is remarkably calm but freaks Attorney Han out by suggesting Chairman Jang was sending them a message with those deaths. Right then, Chairman Jang calls Attorney Han and asks to meet.

Yoo-chan gets into it with the police officers on site when they tell him the case is closed, and there’s no evidence of arson. Vincenzo spots men in suits watching Yoo-chan, so he drags him away.

Vincenzo gets angry, unable to understand why Yoo-chan is willing to go so far and even risk his life for this cause, but Yoo-chan calls these uphill fights his fate. Memorable quote of the day: “Smart people may rule the world, but reckless and stubborn people like me protect it.”

Over a meal, Chairman Jang orders Wusang to compensate the bereaved families no matter the cost. What most upsets him is the loss of his precious villa. When Attorney Han thanks him for the lesson (i.e., killing the researchers), Chairman Jang clarifies he was just “relieving stress.” Wow.

Chairman Jang asks about the missing researcher, so Myung-hee promises to find Min-cheol within a few hours. When Chairman Jang tells her to ask for whatever she wants, she asks him to buy her the Namdongbu Prosecution Branch. He can’t quite tell if she’s serious.

After meeting him, Myung-hee is sure Chairman Jang isn’t the real head of Babel, but Attorney Han doesn’t see anything amiss. Myung-hee gets a text from her source – they found Min-cheol. Attorney Han scares the poor bartender to death with his sudden, loud bark of laughter.

Then comes the bad news: Min-cheol has already talked to Yoo-chan. Unbeknownst to them, the murder of the 14 researchers makes Min-cheol decide to testify, and Yoo-chan plans to pick him up the following day.

Vincenzo stops Young-ho and his friend from smoking again and wonders what his life has become. He resolves to keep his focus and get out of here quickly. Later, Vincenzo presents his plan to the tenants (and the interloper Team Leader Ahn): he’ll let them relocate for free to the nearby mall he’s planning to buy.

It sounds too good to be true, but Vincenzo assures them there’s no catch. Some of the tenants are still hesitant, but they’re swayed by MONK CHAESHIN (Kwon Seung-woo) who suggests they trust Vincenzo.

At Wusang, Myung-hee calls Cha-young into her office and pulls her off the Babel case citing conflicting interests since opposing counsel is her father. Cha-young outright refuses to comply, even upon hearing it’s an order from Attorney Han.

Cha-young marches straight to Yoo-chan’s office and accuses him of impeding her future. Sensing danger, Joo-sung sneaks out, but Vincenzo misses his window and tries to fade into the background while they fight. He fails spectacularly by stumbling around and causing a commotion.

The argument gets more heated when Cha-young blames her father for letting her mom die alone and making their lives miserable. It’s a fight they’ve had before, but Cha-young can’t let it go. She doesn’t understand why he’s so willing to take care of everyone else but neglected her mom. No matter how many people he saves, he can’t erase that.

That night, Vincenzo finds Cha-young sullen and drinking alone outside the convenience store. He criticizes her for being immature and cautions her not to say things to her father she’ll regret. Vincenzo shares that he and her father will be drinking at the usual spot and invites her to join, even if she doesn’t want to apologize.

In her office, Myung-hee calls a contact saved as “Crystal Ball” and tells them to start. She responds “both of them” to a question we don’t hear. Meanwhile, Vincenzo drinks with Yoo-chan and reassures him that Cha-young is strong and will be okay.

Yoo-chan thinks Vincenzo is the strong one for even managing to go to the trial of the mother who abandoned him, but Vincenzo says he only went to see how miserable she was. “Don’t give Cha-young a reason to check how miserable you are.” He hopes Yoo-chan will stop making himself a target and run away this time, but Yoo-chan can’t handle the idea of standing by while others getting hurt.

Cha-young decides to go to the bar, but tells herself it’s only for the food, not to see her dad. As she stands to leave, an employee runs out with an umbrella; Vincenzo bought it for her. She can’t fight the pleased grin on her face as she opens it.

At a motel, someone knocks on Min-cheol’s door. The man says he’s a cop inspecting the area because a murder suspect was spotted nearby. Min-cheol nervously opens the door a crack – leaving the chain on – and sees a young man in a police uniform.

Min-cheol is sharp and notices that officer has a Seoul accent, although they’re in Busan. He smiles and says he’ll get his ID, closing the door again. Min-cheol quickly gathers his notes and computer. The “cop” starts breaking down the door with an ax.

Min-cheol leaps out the window and makes a run for it. He hides on a docked boat and calls Yoo-chan who happens to have stepped out for a smoke. While outside, a suspicious man approaches Yoo-chan for a cigarette and walks away.

Inside, Vincenzo sees “RDU” on the caller ID and recalls that the trial drug is RDU-90. He watches the phone ring and almost answers but changes his mind. On the boat, the men catch up to Min-cheol and presumably kill him.

When Yoo-chan returns to the table, Vincenzo asks if he’s hiding anything from him. Yoo-chan doesn’t give him a straight answer, but instead brings up an Italian proverb he knows about how it takes a devil to drive out another devil. Yoo-chan knows he can’t become a monster to catch the monsters, but he wishes a monster would appear and defeat the evildoers.

He opines that’s not realistic, but Vincenzo looks thoughtful. Then, Yoo-chan asks, “Lawyer Vincenzo, you can’t be that monster, right?” Vincenzo doesn’t answer but tells him he’s been getting an urgent call from “RDU.” Yoo-chan calls Min-cheol back, ignoring Vincenzo’s question about whether RDU is the missing researcher.

Suddenly, a Truck of Doom drives straight into the front of the building, bursting through the storefront glass. Yoo-chan and Vincenzo are sent flying back. Vincenzo is barely conscious but sees Yoo-chan lying on the floor several feet away, bleeding profusely from the head.

 
COMMENTS

We’re only in the second week and we’ve already got our second Truck of Doom. It looks like Myung-hee ordered the hit, which would make her a little more ruthless than I’d thought. I’m not sure if she acted alone or in concert with Babel, but I’m concerned for Cha-young now too. She’s made an enemy of Myung-hee already with her brazenness and refusal to be cowed. Even though it might be reckless, I do appreciate that she goes toe-to-toe with Myung-hee like with that impression of her at the work outing. I loved that she found a way to make a point while technically following Myung-hee’s orders; I loathe the toxic culture of superiors expecting their subordinates to be subject to their every whim and forcing them to do things that make them uncomfortable. Cha-young can hold her own, but I’m not sure she’s a match for someone who’s willing to off their enemies.

I hope Yoo-chan survives, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he dies. Whether he lives or not, I can see how this could motivate both Vincenzo and Cha-young to take up the mantel and fight Babel. Despite their rocky relationship, Cha-young obviously still cares about her dad, and Vincenzo has been getting pretty close to Yoo-chan of late – his worry over his safety shows how attached he’s become. Although their perspectives are different, Vincenzo seems to respect Yoo-chan’s dedication and selflessness. Yoo-chan basically asking Vincenzo if he’d be willing to be the “monster” who fights the other monsters made me wonder how much he knows about Vincenzo’s work in Italy. He’s clearly observant given that he so quickly figured out Vincenzo is Kyung-ja’s son, so I bet he’s put together that Vincenzo isn’t a clean lawyer at the very least.

Right when Yoo-chan dragged him to the hospital, I figured he’d caught on to Vincenzo’s relation to Kyung-ja. He shouldn’t have sprung that visit on him, but I’m glad he brought it out into the open and didn’t force the issue further. No matter what the circumstances surrounding Kyung-ja’s giving him up, Vincenzo has a right to not get involved in her life or see her. But his hovering around her and asking Yoo-chan questions indicates that he still feels connected, so I have a feeling he’ll decide to get involved on his own. The trial scene made me think Kyung-ja recognized Vincenzo, but that didn’t seem like the case at the hospital, so maybe I misread that. It looks like they haven’t been in touch at all since she left him.

We got a double helping of familial angst this hour as we learned a bit more about Cha-young and Yoo-chan’s fraught relationship. Although Yoo-chan’s quest for justice and concern for the plight of the people is admirable, it sounds like he’s put his family on the backburner in the past. I can see how Cha-young would resent his principles and righteous zeal when it’s only brought her family pain. I don’t remember seeing her mother in any of the pictures on the wall, so I’m assuming she either died when Cha-young was little or was sick for a long time and died more recently.

Despite the heavier topics, the drama manages to balance it out with levity, so it doesn’t feel overly dark. There’s quite a bit of ridiculousness to go around, but Team Leader Ahn took the cake this episode. He’s so bad at subterfuge but manages to be an endearing doofus. I can’t tell how much of his “apprenticeship” with Chef Baek is real, but they’ll likely get along swimmingly. Vincenzo and Team Leader Ahn’s brief interaction implied that they’ve met before, and I’m guessing it wouldn’t have been under great circumstances. If that is the case, Team Leader Ahn’s little infiltration is even more reckless given that he’s doing this without the support of his superiors. Then again, he doesn’t strike me as the pragmatic, cautious type.

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Second Truck of Doom and we're only in episode 3. Is that a record?

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Second arson/fiery explosion, too. 1st-Vineyard, 2nd-Villa.

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It's almost as much fire as that time they burned an entire race to near extinction in Arthdal. They just need the body count to compete now...

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Didn't Devilish Joy have a lot of TODs? Although maybe not all at the beginning like here.

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I don't know, did it? I haven't seen lol.

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Actually now that I'm awake I think I was conflating Devilish Joy and About Time (because they were at the same time and both bad, I guess?). There were probably 4 or 5 total in those. All I really remember is that one ML got hit by 2 TODs, haha.

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About Time had a double TOD but it was one truck taking out our male and female lead, much to every viewer's joy. Unfortunately they lived.

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Smoking kills x_x jk

I knew something bad is bound to happen to Hong Yoo-chan but I didn’t expect it to be this early 😢 Is that why he and Vincenzo were already shown to be drinking many times this episode? 😔 I hope he survives because I still want to see more of him. I really appreciate what he did for Vincenzo and mom, and I wish he could stay a bit longer.

Oh, and I also didn’t think Myung-hee could be that ruthless..if she was indeed the one who ordered the attacks. I was even hoping last episode that she joined Wusang to uncover that whole cartel. Though I liked how she immediately noticed that Chairman Jang isn’t really the big boss of Babel. With her abilities, she may actually be the real evil lawyer of this show.

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I don't want to loose Yoo-chan. His relationship with Vincenzo is so nice to watch, he's a father figure and moral compass. I need him and Cha-young to make peace too :(

In addition, I really like the actor, so it would be a loss in the casting, for me he's clearly the best of all :p

I don't get Cha-young character. She was a prosecutor and now she's a killer?

I hoped Kwak Dong Yeon would have a more important role, we barely see him >_<

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Myung-hee* not Cha-Young

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Yeah, it seemed to come out of left field, but I guess.

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Same... i love vincenzo and yoo chan's relationship. The way vincenzo looks at him when he was moving and explaining, I love that look. My heart broke 💔

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I'm hoping it's a misdirect because I had her pegged as a women who was going undercover to take out the corrupt prosecutors and probably Babel as well. Although maybe she sees them as collateral damage for her larger agenda of ingratiating herself with Babel to root out the 'real' Chairman.

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It's what I thought too. But she gave the order of the hit on a very good lawyer.

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Yes she did. I mean it's nice to have an amoral female character (if that's what we're getting). It's just not the vibe I got from her character.

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I thought Yoo-chan was only going to get stabbed but that truck came out of nowhere!

And how funny was it that Vincenzo was causing all that ruckus while Yoo-chan and Cha-young were having their dramatic confrontation? Haha, SJK delivers the straight guy comedy here. And damn, Ms. Choi-- a former prosecutor who has hit men at her beck and call... I even think she has the potential to be more evil than Babel E&C.

Anyway, I'm enjoying the Taeclish so far. I hope this won't go away.

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YES, i love how show mocks/adds humor to all of its allegedly serious scenes. such a male writing thing to do. suddenly smooth AF vincenzo becomes clumsy during daddy-daughter scene???

i don't think ms. choi is that scary. the zumba over italian opera doesn't scare me. i think she's paolo's secret gf. PREDICTION, you heart it here first! ;)

TAECLISH. YES, let's call it a name. wouldn't it be funny if it does go away when he goes mr. hyde?

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Team Leader Ahn and his growing hero worship of Vincenzo is hilarious.

Why why why couldn't Yoochan have just picked up the researcher right away? Why do they always have to wait until tomorrow? URGH. Next there'll be a USB that's lost with no backup.

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USB. I wouldn't bet against it. But I might bitch about backups.

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It is the rule of dramas, If you are to be picked up tomorrow, you will die. I thought they were going to ignore that particular trope when he met with the researcher the first time, but alas...

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Yes, the moment he said he’d pick the guy up tomorrow it was obvious the guy was going to be fish food.

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hahaha, so true on the picking up tomorrow. i knew something was fishy when that happened. the drive is 4-5 hours to the seaside city, which may be tough for an old man, but don't they have ... an urgent court case to attend to haha? and instead of driving, dad had to drink some with vincenzo and spew wisdom about jackie chan haha.

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Seoul and Busan is something like 200 miles. It will take what, four or five hours by car to get there.

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I’m still having fun and loving the ride. Episodes are long but I enjoy every minute of it, which is by far more than I can say about other airing shows with shorter episodes.

I love how absurd is everything. Specially the Italian ambassador attending a party all of a sudden organised by a Mafia Consigliere. Vincenzo wears his family name, and the Casano are supposed to be a known famiglia... so...

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I swear to God I don't read your comments before I write mine, but I too mentioned the length of the episode. 😅😅

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There’s a reason why we’re twins!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Me as an organiser: wow he managed to pull off a street party in 24hrs AND got the Italian Ambassador to come! 👏👏👏

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You are so right about having all the permits to occupy the streets. Maybe in Korea things are easier than in Spain, because here you will find a very high wall of: we need this small paper before 12pm, and it’s already 12:15 pm... ooops, you’re late!

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Hahaha prolly not easy in Korea just dramaland 😂 irl if we invited Ambassador to come w/in 24hrs he’d most likely just get offended at the last minute thought right..

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@parkchuna That’s what my special events mind was thinking too, LOL!

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hahaha, yes, vincenzo wears his family name, killed 3 people (in self-defense but still), and burned down a vineyard (violated every environmental law in the books) ... yet can still post a viral post on IG, "come to my party 'cause i'm sexy! best, vincenzo_casano." haha, i love this show.

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You've probably underestimate how close the link between politicians and mafia are in Italy, haha ...

By the way, I guess that's why they write the show like Vincenzo. In fact, both Italy and Korea have a culture of putting family as most important, with terrible corruption (the former with mafia, and the latter have mafia-like cheobol). so I guess they maybe a pair of long lost twins in terms of civilization ...

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Oh, I do. I live in Spain. We don’t call it Mafia, just Political Parties. We have our bunch of nice corruption as well 🙄

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"We don’t call it Mafia, just Political Parties."

Hahaha ... Oh, my goodness, you've just hit the point hard. Political parties in Canada may just have similar nature (I may argue Canada's are a bit cleaner, but what's the point arguing those silly things?) ...

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I'm also enjoying a ton heck of their long episodes and I also observed that usually of late with their 20 eps shows tvN does like the first 6 episodes with this lenght and after switch to the 1h10min per episode so curious if we'll have here as well...
I adore the writer's style that everything is so over the top and absurd and meant to be enjoyed and not to think too much...Also adore Vincenzo and hope he will continue to be badass,not here for goodie goodie hero,even if he is the intresting anti hero with his moral compass but i guess he goes by the evil vs evil rather than unbalance of power and of course returning what he gets at double...Also,need a lighter like his,it's so damn cool the more i watch it/hear it(I had one at home but think it's long gone)

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That ending!

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Does anyone know a similar aerobics video like the one Myung Hee uses? I love her energy and watching her dance makes me want to dance too lol.

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She reminds me of the ahjummas in the zumba class I used to go to 🤣 😂 🤣

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Ahhh truck of doom, what is a real kdrama without it? It looks like JYB has calmed her acting down a bit. It helps the drama more. It is too bad YC had to die though, hmmm. I will say though, for how long the episodes are they really fly by.

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I would like to see more comedy in this drama like Fiery Priest/Chief Kim.
But the crime (Babel's) is a lot heavier than those two dramas, so it's hard to have funny scene so often? Or maybe this PD's sense of humor doesn't match this drama?
I'm still loving it, it's my favorite drama right now but I keep feeling that something is missing.
Probably it needs a little bit of more of craziness from all the cast.

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The crimes of Babel are so over the top! They seriously just offed 14 researchers in a huge blast - apart fr a loss of resource, how much are they spending for the cover up? N the detective said the case is closed, within a day! 😂🤦🏻‍♀️

And This episode just reminded me how much i hate Korea’s portrayed work culture..being made to drink n perform for your seniors.. ergghh

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It’s horrible, isn’t it?
You HAVE TO go to these team dinners and you HAVE TO drink whenever you are asked.
It’s good I don’t live in Korea.
Cha Young was an amateur compared to my face in such an ocassion.

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Yep, a long time ago i read on Japan n Korean work culture n it was basically about overtime n after work get togethers. Well the overtime is kinda synonamous to Asian work culture I guess, where going home on time is frowned upon (normally). Grateful that i’ve been lucky at work, they don’t care if i go home on time and get togethers get quite rare (nonexistent now cos Covid)

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Overworking is still a thing in Spain. But less and less nowadays. It depends on the company. I work for a large corporation that's established a very flexible schedule for work (I can start working from 7:30 to 10:00 whenever I want), but there are still this old school bosses that look down on you because you leave at 16:00 when they are working until 19:00 (but I've started at 7:30 and had lunch in 30 minutes and they arrived at the office at 9:30 and would take a two hours break for lunch).
Luckily I don't care anymore, but it's also because I can't. I mean, I now not everybody can do as I do.

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Oh tell me about it! I'm from Japan.
After work get togethers... I'm not sure how I survived when I was living in Japan (I'm living in the US now).
There were also sort of mandatory company trips (not business trips, get together trips) Ugh
Nowadays, young people are not interested in that kind of after work/outside of the office with bosses and bosses can't really force them to do so (it could lead to harassment issues) , so a lot less than before, but of course still exist.

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Was reading an article not that long ago about this. It seems to be a very big shift around the after work drinking as many young Korean are tired of this. Now instead of excessive drinking they just have a simple dinner, or other activity to form a nice work relationship. Then people can spend time on their family or friends after work.

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Myung-hee's crystal ball must be Taecyeon.
Taecyeon's family name is Ok 옥 玉 that means Jade/ball. I'm guessing it's an inside joke?
And I didn't realized for a while that Cha-young was doing Myung-hee's exercise dance at the company dinner.
Because Cha-young's dance was so good LOL!

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I guess after the reveal at the end of Ep. 4 (everyone watched it, right?), that is not surprising, right?

But more on that later.

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I thought that what the code name, the crystal (magic) ball at Ep.3 was a hint from the writer.
But who knows? Maybe not Taecyeon after all. Could be some tenant...

Hope everybody watched Ep.4 already (I'm sure they did!) but I wonder if Myung-hee thinks crystal ball is just an informant for her.

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I think it's a detective she has at her wish that does all her dirty work till now that clearly it's very pro if he can find out info so fast...All in all it must be someone in the Police Force...

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I'm not sure if Yu-chan is Vincenzo's real father, but I am pretty sure he's a father figure of him. I am not thinking Yu-chan is genius enough that he made Vincenzo being adopted by a mafia family, though, but since he said that Italian Idiom, I am quite sure he knows Vincenzo a lot, even taking care of him and follow his life somehow. If Cha-young is someone he plan to care about her as her real daughter, then Vincenzo is someone Yu-chan wants to nurture into his full potential (doesn't mean Yu-chan doesn't love Vincenzo, though)

So I guess Vincenzo's mom will live long enough to tell her son who he is.

Among those do business in the Plaza, the one I love the most is Chef Baek. Vincenzo talk trash on his cooking is brutal, but I sense an intention in him: if you want to be an Italian, please be a perfect one. It is not simply he want to sculpt a perfect Italian cook so that he have somewhere to eat (pretty sure this is one of his motives), but I think his stubbornness on love and beauty (as well, revenge) is supreme even Yu-chan's on justice doesn't match.

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tvN official website says something like, to be recognized by Vincenzo, Chef Toto will train himself and becomes a great chef. So Vincenzo trashing on chef's cooking will do good in the end?

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Haha, I just guess, @ayalynn123. But in my own experience, I will give a chance to a restaurant twice at most, and if it is really bad, I won't go at all. So Vincenzo keep on visiting that restaurant to eat those "trash" is interesting, so I don't think it is not a dislike of his food, and should be more than that.

A little spoiler: tvN's description maybe a bit misleading in terms of giving surprise to its audience, and will change according to plot advance. Think about one of our lovely intern who will have a big reveal in Ep.4 ...
(That I won't say more here, and you know why)

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I just notice that there are never any other customers in that restaurant 🤣

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True, @bbstl, not a good sign for a restaurant.

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Unfortunately I don't see your heart in this recap. I can tell you don't like Vincenzo, this is work for you. Anyways, I believe you were mistaken in regards to the following paragraph:
“Chairman Jang asks about the missing researcher, so Myung-hee promises to find Min-cheol within a few hours. When Chairman Jang tells her to ask for whatever she wants, she asks him to buy her the Namdongbu Prosecution Branch. He can’t quite tell if she’s serious”. I think Myung-hee was trying to prove a point with Chairman Wang, and he was genuine lost at her request, which is why he asked if it was up for sale. Thanks for the recap.

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Yes, she had a hunch that this guy wasn’t the one pulling the strings and she tested him.

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Quoting you "Yoo-chan basically asking Vincenzo if he’d be willing to be the “monster” who fights the other monsters made me wonder how much he knows about Vincenzo’s work in Italy."..... wow! now you made me want to have some flashback to see this connection, and if it's not too much to ask, with Yoo Chan scenes in Italy?! or at least with documents proving that he already knew Vincenzo before he came to Geumga Plaza...
Also like I already said somewhere else, I NEED to know more about Vincenzo's past... how did he actually end up adopted by a Mafia family? his relationship with the family all those years... also he kept his Korean so good (yeah we know the actor is korean, but you get my point) while immersing on the Italian language and culture at 8 :) Korean school after School maybe? Adoptive dad didn't want him to lose his roots? :)

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I don’t think Yoo-Chan actually knows Vincenzo’s past, I think it was just a hunch he had, based on how Vincenzo has presented himself in past situations - like the scene where he had that boss guy hanging from the building, or the threats he made to that Babel representative.

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Is is a Truck of Doom if it was very clearly ordered as a hit though?

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Yes. A form of Doom was the result, thus ToD fulfilled the Trope Purpose Clause in its contract). ⛟

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from the get go i knew Myung-hee was evil. There was something off about her from the start so i am not surprised she has the connections and doesn't hesitate to kill her enemies.

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I’m so glad to see Agent Ahn show up more, he’s a favorite for me.

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Mine too!
I'm no sure what happened to his regular job, lol.
He is totally obsessed with Vincenzo but Lim Chul-Soo's acting is not over the top. It's just so funny!

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Why does Vincenzo eat at the Italian restaurant every day just to gag on the food? Chef Toto is my favorite tenant, and I hate Vincenzo's obnoxious I'm-going-to-belittle-you-so-you'll-get-better.

My original theory was Myung-hee was undercover and pretending to help Wusang but secretly trying to bring down Babel because she had a sense of justice as a prosecutor. I thought her evil act was a fake out and she would team up with Yoo-chan. Until I realized who "both of them" were.

A big thanks for the recap, @quirkycase!

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I think something's going on with the food - it clearly isn't bad, as the party proved. I think Vincenzo is up to something - maybe establishing some kind of alibi or cover for later?

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I do think there’s something going on with the food as they’ve spent quite a bit of air time on it, but what the end game is I have no idea 🤷‍♀️

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Taecyeon is such a cutie that although the show producers already have confirmed, he's the villain, I can't accept it. (I'm not spoiling, there was an article about it last week)
Wow, the truck of doom, wow. As I was watching the drama it suddenly came to my mind that they may kill the father, to create motivation and then they really did that. My heart goes to his family and friends...
I just love Vincenzo and how nonchalant he is but at the same time he has discipline, he is polite, and cares about morality. He really is the bad guy and I love it, I hope he stays the same. To be honest, I'm worried for him, my heart can't possibly take his failure. I don't want him to lose no matter how much I love Taecyeon, but I know the way he keeps hitting the bullseye is just a sign that he will go down soon and it going to hurt, hope not.
Thank for the recap, though I've watched the show already. :D

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My first thought when Taecyeon's character did a background check on Vincenzo and it came back totally clean with nothing else of note was that either Taec is really incompetent, or he's evil. No way a competent background check doesn't reveal the Cassanos are mafioso. I am loving his role here, though and he's really playing it well.

When the evil prosecutor turned evil lawyer for wusang asks the 'chairman' for the prosecution branch, he's just confused, because he is not that smart. She was testing him because she doesn't think he's really the head, and she was right.

The so-called Italian chef has lied to everybody about his credentials. He claims to have studied under professionals in Italy and he's never been there and speaks not a word of Italian. Vincenzo could totally out him for that, but he doesn't. The Chef is a fraud who doesn't cook good Italian food. Vincenzo isn't subjecting him to douchy treatment, he's giving him the opportunity to work on his skills and improve, or tell the truth.

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I'm still enjoying this show.

After that hit order, I'm holding on to my wild card I mentioned in the ep. 2 recap even tighter. 🃏

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The end of this episode was unexpected, omg! Also, I have convinced my husband to watch this show with me, and so far, we’re both enjoying it.

My favorite part of this episode was Vincenzo’s CV that we got a nice long look at. Lots of good background info there. He was six when he moved to Italy (meaning his Italian is definitely not good enough, lol) and he also speaks Spanish, French, and German (but no English?). Plus, he’s a deal lawyer, ie lots of M&A and private capital experience, and he even worked for the EU!

Happy to see that Cha-young is much toned down and way more relatable in this episode, although I feel so bad for what she’s about to experience.

Finally, except for Yu-Chan, all the lawyers on this show should be brought up on ethics violations and disbarred!

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