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Vincenzo: Episode 4

The recent “accident” has a profound effect on everyone involved and makes the fight even more personal. Our lead takes things into his own hands in the style he’s accustomed to, but he’s not the only one. Our quirky lawyer is determined to make the people responsible pay, and she decides her best chance is to work with her sketchy new lawyer acquaintance whether he likes it or not.

 
EPISODE 4

Cha-young arrives on the scene and wades through the crowd. She spots her father lying on the ground and walks toward him in a daze as police arrive. While an unconscious Vincenzo is rushed to the hospital, Cha-young sobs next to Yoo-chan’s body at the morgue. Nooo.

Babel must have gotten to the media because in the news coverage of Yoo-chan’s death, they start accusing him of bribing people in the Babel case and inciting the whistleblower to perjury. They also claim he violated the attorneys-at-law act.

Myung-hee does her exercises like nothing happened while the tenants of Geumga Plaza and Yoo-chan’s past clients mourn their friend and champion. They leave flowers and cover the outside of the Jipuragi office in notes of support and gratitude. Cha-young spends some time at her father’s grave and then visits a still unconscious Vincenzo in his hospital suite.

Meanwhile, Babel celebrates their drug getting approved. Attorney Han isn’t thrilled when Chairman Jang ignores his outstretched hand to instead shake Myung-hee’s. While Cha-young cries going through old photos, Min-cheol washes up on a beach in Busan.

Cha-young cleans out her dad’s desk in preparation to close down Jipuragi. The tenants worry about what to do next since they still don’t fully trust Vincnezo (who’s been unconscious for over a week). Ironically, Team Leader Ahn is the one to speak up for him. He goes on about how he’s been helping the monks and delinquents and isn’t as selfish as they think.

Later, Cha-young sits by Vincenzo’s bedside and cries as she begs him to wake up and help her figure out how to solve her father’s murder. She angrily asks if he knows how much this room and his treatment are costing her.

“Then let’s go to the bank first,” Vincenzo says. He sits up casually, stretches like he’s waking from a little nap, and hops out of bed. He’s been awake for a while and insists he’s fine when Cha-young starts feeling for a temperature and asking about cognitive damage.

As he stands in front of Yoo-chan’s grave, Vincenzo recalls Yoo-chan musing that his brazen, strong daughter would make a great lawyer and do so much good if she would get it together. He’d hoped Vincenzo would tell her that if he couldn’t.

Cha-young intends to keep looking into the “accident,” but Vincenzo criticizes her newfound determination to help her father. Her eyes well with tears when he says she should’ve been on her father’s side sooner. Vincenzo bluntly states there’s nothing she can do and advises her to let it go.

Still fuming from her conversation with Vincenzo, Cha-young hears a news report in her car announcing that the washed-up body belongs to a researcher. Min-cheo’s death is deemed a suicide since he supposedly emailed a will and had been “stealing ingredients” from Babel. Cha-young immediately calls a detective.

The tenants all rush Vincenzo when he arrives, happy to see him awake. He looks exhausted as JANG YEON-JIN (Seo Ye-hwa) stops him to ask about his plan to relocate them to his building. They panic when he asks to talk about it later and start yelling about how he can’t do this to them.

Vincenzo loses his cool and accuses them of rewarding his free help with criticism and suspicion. They think it’s all about the money and threaten that they can’t trust him like this. Vincenzo is fine with that – get another lawyer then.

CEO Park arrives in time to see this rift. Before he starts badgering the tenants about compensation again, he threatens to bury Vincenzo under concrete. Vincenzo says he can join him and lightly slaps his face, drawing gasps from the crowd. Vincenzo walks out and leaves the tenants to handle CEO Park on their own.

After confirming the body was Min-cheol’s, Cha-young marches into Attorney Han’s office and hands in her resignation. He denies her accusation that Wusang worked with Babel to off Min-cheol and her father. Attorney Han wants her to stay, but Myung-hee is all in favor of cutting her loose.

Cha-young turns in her car key and says she’ll move out of the apartment, both courtesy of Wusang. Myung-hee warns her to “know your place,” grabbing her neck and threatening that she can have Cha-young killed. Cha-young thanks her for the motivation.

Joon-woo panics when he sees Cha-young packing up her office and begs her to reconsider. He’ll do anything, even be her spy in the office. He then resorts to threats of never seeing her again, which she promptly ignores and walks out. Cue Joon-woo looking grumpy in the back of her moving truck.

While Cha-young moves back into her father’s house, Vincenzo drinks and listens to a news report about Babel’s amazing new drug. When they start talking about Yoo-chan’s supposed misdeeds, Vincenzo throws his glass against the wall.

He returns to the scene and goes over the details of what he remembers happening that night. “How dare you?” he says in Italian and sees the truck driver in his mind’s eye. Vincenzo stares at the bloodstain on the floor and calls Young-woon. Vincenzo feels bad for constantly asking favors, but Young-woon is happy to help him after how he saved him in the past.

Elsewhere, Chairman Jang returns home to find something in his bed. He pulls back the covers to reveal a pillow drenched in red with dozens of needles sticking out of it.

While fixing Attorney Han’s computer, Joon-woo eavesdrops on Attorney Han and Myung-hee puzzling over who could have done such a thing. Myung-hee thinks Cha-young the most likely suspect, and although Attorney Han chides her for suggesting it, he ends up reporting Cha-young as a suspect to Chairman Jang. Enraged, Chairman Jang orders them to put her in prison.

Cha-young stares at a magazine photo of Chairman Jang’s smiling face and threatens that he’ll soon be shedding tears of blood. She promises her father that she’ll be a tenacious lawyer, even if she can’t be as good as him.

The next day, she hands out her business card to the tenants and announces the official reopening of Jipuragi. She’ll be taking over the Geumga Plaza case. Hee-soo is all in for her, but some of the other tenants like Mi-ri and Hong-shik don’t trust her since she was opposed to her father before.

Cha-young starts giving an impassioned speech about fighting for justice and is interrupted by two officers who charge her with blackmail and trespassing. Cha-young testifies that she was home all night, but they don’t let her go that easily.

Joo-sung seeks out Vincenzo about Cha-young’s arrest. Tellingly, Vincenzo guesses the exact charges, but he’s not interested in helping. He claims Cha-young is competent on her own and slams the door in Joo-sung’s face.

Vincenzo is distracted all night and tries to convince himself that Cha-young will be fine. The next morning, after Joo-sung calls to say she’s still in custody, Vincenzo lies on his floor and wonders why she hasn’t been released.

At the station, the officers verify Cha-young’s alibi – her neighbor saw her at home – which is a problem for them since they took money from Wusang. Joon-woo shows up and confuses the officers when he says he’s a Wusang lawyer and starts shouting quite unprofessionally for Cha-young’s release.

Vincenzo waltzes in with CCTV camera footage that confirms Cha-young’s alibi. He demands she be let go if they have no evidence of an accomplice, and the officers are sufficiently cowed. Vincenzo coolly walks out while Cha-young insists on being fed before she leaves.

Outside, Cha-young approaches Vincenzo and guesses that he was the one who committed the crime, and he only helped her out of guilt. Joon-woo recognizes him from the background check and says so to Vincenzo, earning him a kick from Cha-young.

Cha-young ditches Joon-woo to follow Vincenzo to a café. Like a true coffee snob, Vincenzo sips his espresso and grimaces at her choice of an Iced Americano. He admits he thought she’d get released easily and apologizes for the inconvenience. She scoffs when he says he did it because he was angry and prefers the eye-for-an-eye method. He promises to be more careful next time.

In attempt to get her to stop fighting Wusang and Babel, Vincenzo shares that Min-cheol was the last person to call Yoo-chan. She’s furious he’s just telling her this, but he’s adamant that it makes no difference. She knows best that Babel and Wusang are untouchable.

That night, Cha-young calls up people for help, but everyone either won’t pick up or hangs up on her. One woman talks long enough to tell her that Myung-hee blacklisted her.

As a last resort, Cha-young meets with Vincenzo again. She knows he needs Geumga Plaza and offers to help him get it – she’s won similar cases before. In exchange, she wants in on his revenge scheme. He’s hesitant to involve her in something less than legal but agrees on the condition she quits if she gets in the way.

Vincenzo and Cha-young visit the truck driver Lee Choong-il in prison. He flippantly asserts the brakes malfunctioned, but Vincenzo poses a different theory: Wusang offered to get his sentence for child pornography reduced if he killed Yoo-chan.

When Choong-il denies it, Vincenzo looks him in the eye and threatens that if he doesn’t tell the truth, he’ll die tonight. He can tell Vincenzo means business, so he finally spills. A man he only knows as Manager Pyo approached him at the police station and said Wusang would reduce his sentence if he did as instructed.

Choong-il sincerely apologizes to Cha-young who is barely holding it together. They take down Manager Pyo’s number, and Vincenzo gets up to leave. But Cha-young says she can’t leave things like this, letting the man who directly killed her father get away with it.

Vincenzo goes over to the glass divider and very loudly thanks Choong-il for his cooperation that will help them reinvestigate the case. Choong-il’s eyes fill with panic as looks at the guard – clearly bought off by either Wusang or Babel – and tries to deny it.

Cha-young likes Vincenzo’s “noir” style and thinks they make a great team. Vincenzo argues he did all the work, but Cha-young thinks her emotionality set the mood. She checks to make sure Vincenzo won’t shoot anyone or anything, which he assures her he won’t since guns aren’t legal in Korea.

Shortly after Myung-hee gets word that Choong-il has flipped on them, Choong-il gets attacked in prison in full view of two guards. He’s shanked in the neck and left to bleed out.

Cha-young feels conflicted when the news of Choong-il’s death reaches her and Vincenzo. She doesn’t feel great about their role in it, but she’s still committed to their plan. She does ask Vincenzo to promise that, going forward, they won’t kill or get anyone killed. Vincenzo smiles but says nothing.

When Vincenzo gets a text with Manager Pyo’s full name and location, Cha-young insists on tagging along. Suddenly, Joo-sung pops up from where he was sleeping on the floor and scares the mess out of them. He wants to join the revenge team. Joo-sung grabs a duffel bag out of the cabinet and claims he has some secret skills.

Next thing we know, Vincenzo corners Manager Pyo in the bathroom of an underground gambling den. When he accuses him of abetting murder, Manager Pyo whips out a taser. Ever resourceful, Vincenzo subdues him with a single coat hanger.

Joo-sung and Cha-young come in cautiously with their little makeshift weapons and find Manager Pyo unconscious on the floor. They tie him to his car’s steering wheel and make him call over his colleague. Joo-sung tases him when he arrives, and they take both men to a warehouse as you do.

Vincenzo menacingly holds the man’s gun and demands to know who ordered the hit. Cha-young stands on the side holding a shovel and shouting threats. The bullet Vincenzo shoots near the man’s feet is much more effective.

The man is terrified but still refuses to talk, even when Vincenzo pushes the gun against his leg. Cha-young looks nervous when she sees the look in Vincenzo eyes as he aims the gun at the man’s head. As she begs the men to talk, Vincenzo turns and shoots Manager Pyo in the chest.

Cha-young crouches down in shock and reminds Vincenzo about the promise not to kill anyone. What if this man talks, and they get in trouble? Without hesitation, Vincenzo says they’ll have to kill him too, then. He puts the gun to the man’s head. We hear a bang.

Myung-hee is doing her aerobics at the laundromat again. When she turns around, she sees a covered laundry basket on the table. Inside are bloody clothes. She gets a text with photos of the bodies of Manager Pyo and his colleague wearing those same clothes.

The power goes out, and Myung-hee finds herself locked inside the laundromat. Her phone rings. Vincenzo opens the conversation by wondering which of the many ways to die would suit her best. Myung-hee sees a truck, similar to the one that killed Yoo-chan, across the street.

Vincenzo watches from a nearby building and shares that the men gave up her name as the one who ordered the hit. Her denials go unheeded, and the truck begins to barrel toward the laundromat.

Myung-hee huddles against the wall and asks what Vincenzo wants. The truck stops inches from the glass. He instructs her to come clean about everything she did to Yoo-chan and the researchers and restore their reputations. She’d rather die and defiantly asks why she should listen to him. He acknowledges that’s her prerogative and hangs up.

The truck backs up and again comes barreling toward the laundromat. Myung-hee screams, but the truck swerves at the last second.

At the Babel Pharmaceuticals Warehouse where RDU-90 is stored, the workers clear out when a team arrives to disinfect the premises. After they finish spraying everything down, they hop into the waiting vehicles outside. Cha-young whips off her mask and sits between Vincenzo and Joo-sung. Vincenzo flings his iconic lighter and sets the warehouse ablaze. They drive off as the building explodes in spectacular fashion in their wake.

We flash back to the other warehouse. Vincenzo, Cha-young, and Joo-sung calmly looked down at Manager Pyo before hauling him back up, shocking his colleague who thought him dead. Apparently, Joo-sung’s secret skill is that he’s a former special effects makeup artist. They’d tipped Manager Pyo’s chair over with wire and faked the blood.

After their little stunt, Manager Pyo had supplied the info on the pharmaceuticals warehouse. They’d gotten help “disinfecting” from the victims of the Babel case. Cha-young and Vincenzo smile in satisfaction as they drive away.

A panicked Chairman Jang arrives on the scene where the fire is still running rampant – Vincenzo’s team disabled the sprinklers. An explosion sends Chairman Jang reeling, and he looks up to find “hyung-nim” has arrived. And oh my gosh, it’s Joon-woo.

Joon-woo angrily stares at his destroyed warehouse as Chairman Jang promises to make whoever did this kneel before him. In the car, Vincenzo flashes back to Yoo-chan’s remarks that he wanted to burn all the drugs and smiles at making his wish come true.

 
COMMENTS

Hapless Joon-woo is an evil mastermind? I did not see that twist coming, but I kind of like it. If he’s going as far as to infiltrate Wusang as a fake intern, he either doesn’t trust them or he’s trying to ferret out some information. You’d think he could achieve that without going the super dramatic route of leading a double life like he’s in some spy movie. I’m curious to learn why he needs Chairman Jang as the public face of the company and stays behind the scenes. The whole situation is odd, and now there’s another reason to worry about Cha-young. Joon-woo sticks to her like glue, but who knows if that’s because he truly likes her or he plans to use her for something. Both explanations are concerning.

Wusang and Babel make an unfortunately great pair with their scheming and willingness to do anything for a profit. I can see why they scouted Myung-hee because she is unflinchingly cruel. In a way, I find Attorney Han almost worse since he plays the nice guy but allows all the unethical and awful things happen. He was offended at the suggestion that Cha-young was the culprit for two seconds before he sold her out. I’m not sure how much he knew about Myung-hee ordering the hit, but I don’t think he would’ve done much to stop her even if he did know. He’s the type who would rather feign ignorance and let others do the dirty work. Of course, now Myung-hee is gaining the recognition for taking action, so that strategy might backfire on him.

Yoo-chan’s death has proven quite the unifying force. I knew it would motivate Cha-young and Vincenzo, but it looks like they have a mini army at their backs. Everyone in the community loved him and is willing to go the extra mile to avenge his death and carry on his legacy. As I expected, I like Jeon Yeo-bin so much better when she’s being more serious and toned down. Cha-young has still got her wacky side, but she feels less cartoonish now. I like the little team that’s formed – Vincenzo with his sidekicks who are green but game for some subterfuge. They’re surprisingly effective having already managed to learn who is behind Yoo-chan’s death and destroyed Babel’s RDU-90 facility. I’m guessing Babel is not going to take this well.

It looks like Vincenzo is going mafia lite here and choosing to play a little nicer than he could. He obviously doesn’t have any qualms harming or getting rid of people given that he calculatedly got Choong-il killed by outing his cooperation, so I’m guessing he’s going easy on the killing and maiming because of his new teammates. I could also see how he might choose to respect Yoo-chan’s moral compass a bit since this is partially revenge for him. And anyway, Vincenzo got to set things on fire, which seems to be his favorite pastime.

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You’re really telling me these people went “ah yes I know we’ll actually cast TAECYEON as the villain and NOT Kwak Dong Yeon. And everybody WON’T guess it in episode 1. “
I’ve been robbed. The injustice. I want a double “twist”. Give me back my Villain Kwak Dong Yeon, you cowards.

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It would be great to see KDY stretch his villainy acting muscles more in this role. I know he can do it really effectively.

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It would be interesting if Kwak Dong Yeon gets a chance to be a third act villain by snapping at whatever point because the abuse went on too long. Come to think of it, I'd be pretty darn impressed if this happens.

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Kwak Dong Yeon could look as a cute rookie (born in 1997) and be a super villain... What a miss!

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RIGHT????????

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I just can't understand it.
Is he going to play just the frightened faked CEO? That is such a waste of talent!!

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Like the first time they announced him for a role in the drama the Rep. said “He will act as Jang Joon-woo who is a pharmaceutical company’s CEO, cold-blooded person, his only goal is to make South Korea a drug paradise.”
I would have casted Im Joo Hwan if they wanted to mentain the puddle hair look and get a great villain as well..Still hope KDY will be more than a cowardly donseng,those promo posters said otherwise...

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Surely there's enough stars in this that they don't need Taec's star power. KDY would tear this role up. Then again, he's such a commanding actor that watching him being a floundering and obsequious idiot is unnerving. He's so good, seriously.

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All the post it notes at the law office were so touching, they did that beautifully.

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i cried at that secene

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That moment was touching and sad but beautiful...His kindness and well lived life was above those disgusting lies and the people who knew him knew the best what kind of man he truly was...

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"It looks like Vincenzo is going mafia lite here and choosing to play a little nicer than he could."

Aww... but I kinda wanted to see savage mafioso Vincenzo (with Bach chaconne as bgm). And we get the true villain in the curly haired, ditzy intern Taec? Don't get me wrong, I loved the Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde thing going on, but I really expected more crime suspense than comedy.

Anyway, I might be surprised in the next episodes. Seriously, the sudden change in moods of the drama gives me whiplash (which is part of the fun in this drama, I guess) and I'm enjoying it.

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Same! I like to see more of savage mafioso Vincenzo from ep1. Setting fire to the laboratory was actually savage unto itself. But looking forward to seeing more damage he can inflict towards his enemies.

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Was the 2nd arson not enough for you? Burning down the entire research lab? How much more does Vincenzo have to do to convince you that he's SAVAGE? (hehehe)

With that said, the pillowcase full of syringes, instead of a horse's head a la Godfather, was a bit "mafia lite." I'm excited about how Taec is gonna one-up Vincenzo, show how the "American mob" does it???

The only crime suspense left in Vincenzo is how Taec perms/straightens his hair everyday before/after work. Or why Taec doesn't cover those big Dumbo ears of his.

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I still feel like he is going easy on them.
He can set fire to Wusang and Babel corporate office, too while he is at it! Hehehe

Taec's curls and dumbo ears are cute together.

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Taec is cute.
Full stop.

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Haha, oh my gosh, the first thought that ran through my mind when Taec showed up at the fire was that exact one about his hair. Is he going to keep switching it back and forth?

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My thought exactly! The presenence/absence of curls will be how we distinguish his Jekyll and Hyde. But he's so cute with his bubbliness and konglish!😙

I'm not sure I'll buy his evil persona switcheroo.

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Hahaha Okay2. Yes he certainly is savage, especially when destroying the fake Italian chef with his derisive comments.

Maybe a little bit Scarface would be nine?

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*nice

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Honest to gosh, I was wondering if it was going to be a horse head because that's "tradition". 😉

I do wonder if that would have been a censor issue, but now I can't remember if that show has a rating warning at the beginning.

But even if it wasn't a censor thing, I still see it as a nod to the horse head.

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I have a feeling that when the FL gets kidnapped or whatever (possible ToD trifecta), that's when we will likely see all bets are off as to the fine line walking.

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This episode had some serious tonal whiplash. It was jarring. But since Vincenzo went full mafia lite on Babel, I could deal with it. Especially once he got rid of yet another lighter from his box of Slow Mo Arson lighters. I hope he bought with him the whole box.

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The following comment will be a love letter to one of my fave aspects of show:

I LOVE that the main villain of this wacky show is Ok Taecyeon, aka the "Keanu Reeves of Korea."

I say Keanu 'cause like the Hollywood legend, Taec 1) is macho/buff, 2) sounds dumb, 3) can't act and 4) has wacky lines (specifically "Taeclish" as @shichybot has coined it). But JOKE'S ON YOU 'cause it's all intentional (by writer at least) and ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? :)

Like many of you, I had Second Lead Syndrome (SLS) with Taec in "Dream High," was a closet fan of 2PM, and dutifully supported my Asian bro from Amurica as he tried to make it back in Hallyu. But he kept trying to act, almost ruined "Save Me," and just couldn't find that killer role.

Until now (hahaha) ...

Taec baybee was born to the main villain of Vincenzo. He was born to be a curly-haired cherub with his "sunbae's" and dainty walk one minute, and then a straight-haired, hockey-playing, serious-faced chaebol the next minute. He was born to slowly walk out of the black car, feet first (of course) with angry fire in his eyes (literally cause of another Vincenzo arson hehe). *Cue evil bad guy background music. I'm SO EXCITED to see how this plays out for the Taecman!

Please kdrama gods, give me at least one of the following:

1) Vincezo-Evil Taec playing one-on-one hockey together. Preferably shirtless. Preferably each goal being a minute ticked down from a bomb in Geugam Plaza.
2) Vincezo-Good Taec having an "Amurica vs. Italy" culture war, in which they drop "Taeclish" and "Joongkitalian" one-liners on each other, while arguing what's better, a beer and a burger or wine and pesto genovese. Again, preferably shirtless.
3) Vincenzo-Evil Taec trying to one-up each other with Chayoung. Impressing her with law. Promising each other not to tell her their secrets.
4) Vincenzo-Evil Taec megafight to the death ... with only two shirt hangers. Again, preferably shirtless.

I'm still in shock that this is actually happening. And that we may get 16 episodes of this. So far, Vincenzo has 2.5 trucks of doom, 2 arsons and 1 epic main villain. GRAZIE! GRAZIE!

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A lot of shirtless scenes you got on that list. I approve. 👍

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I second my approval for shirtless scenes. Skinny SJK and buff (or, to be true to 2PM, "beastly") Taec would make for such a contrast in a scene where both are shirtless.

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2. Would have me rolling...

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2. has to happen after a shot-off with alcohol related to their upbringing. So the Italian sambuca with a coffee bean for the newly revealed villain and American rye whiskey with a lemon rind for the antihero.

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To be clear, each drinks the other's countries because something something manly challenge "you can't handle what I drink like water" sort of thing.

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So, does V use his trademark lighter to set the Sambuca with coffee bean on fire?

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Traditionally, it is not.

Then again, I just realized I forgot that it should be 3 beans for "health, happiness and prosperity"--which I don't think Vincenzo would really be wishing him. Though it could be argued he might wish his foe long life (health) in which he would then havve longer to stew over his defeat(s). 😅

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I realized after I posted it that when I say "traditionally", that's not exactly correct. There are places that do the flambe to "toast" the beans (though many ascribe that to a bartender flair more than anything because they don't toast that quick!). But whether it gets set on fire or not doesn't alter the meaning.

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@lilyleftthevalley
I suppose I was looking forward to Taec of the Singed Eyebrows...

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“I say Keanu 'cause like the Hollywood legend, Taec 1) is macho/buff, 2) sounds dumb, 3) can't act”

Ahjussi, that hurts...

I love Keanu 😭😭😭

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Me too, but let's be honest. He can't act.
I've said a thousand times that the only man I would give Gong Yoo up is Keanu!!

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Hahaha truth hurts but yes! He thrives when the movie does not require a lot of emotional scenes and only showcases his fighting prowess 😂

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I can't agree more.
My love for Keanu and Taec is infinite.
And I fully support all the shirtless scenes you mention.

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4. A Cowboy Bebop ending?

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HAHAHA, I LOVED Cowboy Bebop (the anime, have all the DVDs), but I don't recall a shirtless megafight with only two hangars?!?! Is it somewhere trapped in my subconcious, ready to be unleashed by this crazy show???

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But . . . why are they still wearing shirts in the showdown over the law, #3?

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#4, Shirtless and in the showers?! 😂 somehow picturing this with more opera bgm. Haha!

“Joongkitalian!” 😂😂😂

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Could be shirtless and water sprinklers that got set off because of 🔥 from Vincenzo's lighter being too close to a sensor... 🤭

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Wow, my passion for Vinny and Taec did NOT age well, mi amor. Instead of epic shirtless fights with KK Opera, we got Taec near drowning after drinking some "Bian." Sigh .....

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Let the games begin!
Vincenzo does love setting things on fire, doesn't he. Let it burn!
I prefer JYB and Cha Young toned down with the acting. But I think we get to see her crazy back soon.

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I hope we get to see her be more like herself soon. I want more of this: https://youtu.be/LIMeic4fDYk

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Me adores his lighter so much!

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That was one beautiful fire! Kudos to the director for doing that whole sequence of the fire spreading followed by explosions! And the fire reflected in Joon-woo's eyes.

I guess I should have paid more attention to the promos - Yoo-chan's death and the Joon-woo reveal were such surprises to me! I loved how there were several tributes to Yoo-chan - the sticky notes, keeping the law firm alive, and finally the beautiful burning of that warehouse and the flashbacks to when they all bowed their heads in respect and mourning for Yoo-chan.

I'm glad they've toned down Cha-young's character and made her more like an actual person now. Jeon Yeo-bin really exceled at the emotional scenes. I wonder if Chairman Jang will end up switching to team Vincenzo by the end of the series.

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Now i'm curious if Joon Woo will hunt down the ones responsable for setting his warehouse on fire and killing them....Remember from the highlight clip that more shocking death await that makes an even Vincenzo burn even more!

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It's evident Vincenzo has no qualms about dishing out revenge on a grand, fiery scale ..... but he may be willing to hold back somewhat out of respect for his new acquaintances' feelings, which will be interesting if he choses to do that continually.

Now with the whole Joon-woo and puppet Chairman Jang situation, I'm wondering if Vincenzo will set things in motion to have those two go after each other. Perhaps he'll also throw in lawyer Myung-hee into that mix and have those three destroy each other. Let's see what happens!

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Wow, Myung Hee is really awful 😮

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She is indeed even more when somehow she gave the order for the kill...I mean Joon Woo and Babel are disgusting but here it's all on her and her own greed...

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What’s the body count as at episode 4? 20 dead already. I wonder how many we will get by the finale.
Taec’s hair at the police station was so curly OMG. I wonder how long it took to get it so curly. The music is so good, I cried so much due to the touching tributes and also the music when Vincenzo first shoots the gun on the floor was great I got goosebumps. Song Joong Ki is really swoony already but those suits (and pajamas) are magnifying it by 1000.
It was so satisfying to see Lawyer Choi scared and cowering in the corner. I don’t want to think of the number of people she has gotten rid of and destroyed their reputations. I hope she goes down the same way.
It was very poetic how the victims family of Babel Pharmaceuticals were the ones who sprayed the gasoline to burn it down. A little revenge for what happened to their loved ones

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Indeed,the music is so on point in this one!
The revenge was very poetic indeed...At least they could get somehow a bit of revenge and peace.Hope Jung Woo won't kill them as well...
It will be incredible seeing karma strike Choi Myung Hee for all the bad deed she did in her life,she was always in the position of the hunter so now it's great having to taste how it is to be the pray...

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Well, after watching ep 1 what caught my attention the most was Yoo Jae-Myung's character and his relationship with his daughter (and with Vincenzo too)...so yeah, there's that 😭
I had no idea his was just a special appearance, they even had a thank you message for him at the end of ep4 *sad* :(((

I'm still on the fence with this drama, it wasn't in my watchlist, really..maybe I'll keep reading recaps for now, because I'm unexpectedly pretty curious!

Also, I don't really know about his acting overall, but props to Taecyeon for pronouncing Vincenzo Cassano almost perfectly, maybe better than Vincenzo himself xD
(Though it seems like "Vincenzo" is quite a hard name to pronounce for Korean speakers ahah)

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I was blindsided by Yoo-chan's death (Yoo Jae-myung was a cameo??), then raged when evil Wusang and Babel defamed him. As I haven't warmed up to Cha-young, I'm most sad for Vincenzo because I loved the found family between him and Yoo-chan. Vincenzo lost a father figure and a law partner. It was heartrending when he threw his glass at the radio over the false accusations. I hated the tenants when they all ganged up on Vincenzo about moving to the new building. This man almost died, yet they had no concern for his well-being and only selfishly worried about themselves. At least Ki-seok is Vincenzo's biggest fanboy.

I hoped against hope that Joon-woo would not be the villain because I loved him as the adorably clueless intern, but his "shut up" to Han-seo was sexy. I still believe Joon-woo genuinely cares for his sunbae when he tried to convince Cha-young to leave Wusang and eavesdropped for her on CEO Han and Myung-hee.

Please tell me Vincenzo picked up his lighter. Thanks a ton for the recap, @quirkycase!

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First of all, another Hongkong reference? The sticky-note wall before that law firm and the "Lennon Wall" during Hongkong protest, which was all over many communities last year (Yes, that was what I was thinking about when I saw that). The parallel? They both mourn for a more just society, either a just lawyer passing, or a just society losing (I know some may not like what I said politically, but bear with me).

On the other hand, Cha-young successfully persuade Vincenzo not to kill someone on the way of revenge. May it be the first act Vincenzo beginning to understand, and is willing to follow the law? Respecting the people passed away (Yu-chan) is surely one of the reasons, but I guess it will be more than that. Surely Yu-chan being murdered is one of those catalyzes Vincenzo and Cha-young join hands, which is another reason. But there is something Vincenzo really good at: if he do respect one person, he will be loyal to him/her till the end.

Joon-woo is the evil big boss surely is surprising (at least it surprised me), but think retrospectively, there are some bread crumbs along the way, Joon-woo is the only character who can speak a foreign language other then Vincenzo (English and Italian, respectively), and the only person in the show who can pronounce correctly on Vincenzo's name, and he plays [ice] hockey, which (if you do watch NHL games) can be pretty violent. After doing some research, Joon-woo tells Cha-young that Vincenzo's background is pretty clean, which is odd: We all know Vincenzo's mafioso background even by knowing his last name (Cassano), and as a person studied oversea, he should have known somehow if he did some research, even though he is just an intern.

This may make Joon-woo one of the most formidable enemies of Vincenzo, because I guess he must have check his real background. The show will be fun.

(And finally, but not least, do any of you realized the plants Joo-sung is watering in the beginning of this episode are in fact character names Sog Joong-ki play in the past? Guess no one naming his/her plant as "Eunseom" or "Sijin", or do you really?)

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I actually thought of this when I heard one of the plants was named "Maru" because Nice Guy is the only other SJK series I have seen in the past. But thought that it was just a coincidence since I wasn't familiar with the other names. Cool!

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I don't recognize the first 2 (but I know that after doing some research though). But it is unmistakable with "Sijin" (in Descendants of the Sun) and "Eunseom" (in Arthdal Chronicle), both are good shows of his.

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I love him to pieces but I couldn't finish DotS and Arth.

"Tree with Deep Root" and "Nice Guy" are still my favorites.
I wonder if it's disrespectful to name a plant YiDo? Koreans can be sensitive when it comes to their beloved King Sejong.

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The plant names had me laughing.

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I also thought the wall was a Hong Kong reference.

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I loved how Vincenzo just up and walked out of the hospital (after pulling out his IVs, of course) 10 days after being hit by a truck through a glass window, with a little fatigue and nary a scratch. Lol.

Props to quirkycase for the great recaps! I did the math, and if the show keeps up at 80 min a pop, that will add up to about 27 hours of recapping, almost 2 normal drama lengths. quirkycase fighting! 👊

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I love all the instances he evaded blood splattering on his face. 1st, when he shot one of Paolo's men point-blank on the head. That was so close that nary a blood got to his face. 2nd was the truck of doom. It was so strategic that he only got blood on the side. Can't ruin a good foundation I guess.

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Can't ruin a good foundation 🤣🤣🤣. Facts, also must keep the pretty face.

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I almost felt guilty for laughing during those scenes.

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And a great fluffy hair!

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I didn't like the plot in this week. Why the father had be killed! He was not a big thread !Why an heir works in a law office with different identity ! :)

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The death is a catalyst to unite "the good guys" against the corporation.

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They killed my favourite character :( He was the glue between the group and his scenes with Vincenzo were touching.

I wasn't surprised by Taecyeon's new role and I still don't understand why a villlain would do a such thing... it looks completely out of character.

The ending scene was beautiful with Nessun Dorma by Pavarotti and the applause at the end.

It kinda reminded me V for Vendetta with the explosion of Old Bailey and Parliament with Tchaïkovski in background music.

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Dramaland is so blessed to have Yoo Jae-myung. He always delivers no matter how small or big a role he is given.  

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I will miss him 😥

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But... how's he going to get his lighter back?

He tossed it into the fire and drove off. I was willing him to jump out of the truck and grab it back, but he didn't. Isn't that leaving critical evidence - and losing his cool talisman?
Where is the logic? *sigh*

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I think he has several because he dropped it at the vineyard fire too, he just has a collection.

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I agree that he must have a collection of them, though I wonder how many he keeps in supply. Like how many fires does he expect to start this year?

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Lol, maybe he has 5 or so in case he loses it and then a bunch of backups stashed somewhere.

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Maybe he had a deal with Zippo (the lighter compny), which have a continuous supply to him?

It's a US company, though.

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I was wondering the same thing!!

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Exactly! Babel will be able to follow the evidence left behind and deduce that Vincenzo burned down the supply warehouse/RDU-90 factory.

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I hollered when Yoo-Chan's office secretary popped up and they both jumped. That was my one true laugh this whole drama. It is finally settling into it's groove. I actually can't wait to see Taec be bad. He plays the goofy intern well, so it should be fun to see him bad. I enjoyed this episode more than the rest.

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The next episode is even better. I was screaming in the final scene.

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Yes, the interpretive dance and the walk up stairs, lol

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I'm really having fun, so that's the only thing that matters right now.
I'm a bit disappointed that KDY is not the real baddie, I feel he's being underused, and he's such talented actor.
And guess what? I love Taec! (even if he can't act).

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I'd rather see KDY as a swoony lead.

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Me too 😭😭

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Por que no los dos?

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That would exceed my expectations, indeed.

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the first scene of this episode was so beautiful i cried with Chayoung. i dont really give much thought to this drama so im so surprised at Taec being the villain. i thought he is going to be the one who help Chayoung. im kinda happy with how Vincenzo has a lot of resources to revenge and fight for his building. oh and i kinda disappointed Vincenzo didnt hit Myunghee with the truck of doom. i hateeeeee her she deserves that kiss from the truck.

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I feel weird but why do I love mourning and sad and desperate Chayoung so much more...
And cunning Chayoung the second, but overly dramatic for no particular reason Chayoung.... Not so muxh....

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You’re not alone. I would prefer the serious and crying Cha Young to the cartoonish version of her character. Although she has good comedic timing, I feel like it is overdone. Thankfully the next episode has it a little toned down.

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I've been struggling with Vincenzo's lighter for awhile now and I've got so many burning questions... in ep 1 he used the lighter to burn down someone's house in Italy by throwing the lighter into the kerosene-soaked house.

Now he still walks around with it and used it to start another fire at the warehouse.

How did he retrieve the lighter from the flames? Did he procure a replacement lighter?? \('O')/

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