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Vincenzo: Episode 7

After the trial concludes, Babel goes on the offensive against Jipuragi, determined to put the little firm in its place. Meanwhile, our lead turns his attention back to the demolition and figuring out how exactly to retrieve his gold. The already challenging situation gets more complicated when the tenants decide moving might not be in their best interest after all.

 
EPISODE 7

Cha-young calls Vincenzo to the stand, naming him both witness and assailant against Babel. Per their plan, he beat up a group of Babel Chemicals employees in a public space. Now, he accuses Babel of cutting costs by neglecting to install a proper disposal system for BLSD that led to their researchers getting sick.

When Judge Heo yells at him for testifying before he’s even been accepted as a witness, Vincenzo holds up the phone from one of his assault victims, the head of the research team. Vincenzo testifies that they received the phone from an “employee” (Joo-sung in a Babel Chemicals jacket) who happened to read the texts and found incriminating evidence.

Judge Heo has no choice but to accept the submission of this dodgy evidence. Vincenzo then requests an ambulance in advance for his next assault victim: Babel’s doctor Gil Jong-moon who has been lying about the cause of Babel employees’ illness.

Myung-hee objects to this non-expert medical testimony, so Cha-young swoops in and announces a medical expert as her second last-minute witness. It just so happens to be Jong-moon’s wife Yeo-won who is a leukemia expert.

Despite furious headshaking from Wusang, Judge Heo reluctantly allows Yeo-won to testify. They drag a shocked Jong-moon out during her testimony.

Vincenzo first approached Yeo-won at an art gallery. After some flirting, he’d introduced himself and shown her records of the bribes her husband had been receiving. In exchange for her testimony, he promised Jipuragi would ensure she takes her husband for everything in their divorce. She agreed on one condition: an opera date with Vincenzo.

In court, she presents damning emails of her husband’s discussions with Dr. Ramos at UCLA on how to treat BLSD. Jong-moon explicitly acknowledged BLSD’s link with blood cancer and even specified the cause of illness in this case was improper toxic waste disposal.

Since the emails were sent to her by Dr. Ramos – they’re old friends – Myung-hee can’t get them dismissed due to illegal procurement. After Jong-moon is brought back in as a witness, Yeo-won whips out a bag of methamphetamines she found in Jong-moon’s desk.

Cha-young accuses him of habitual drug use, discrediting him as a witness. She and Vincenzo also assert Jong-moon framed Woo-young for drug use, which they can determine by testing the contents of the bag.

Jong-moon loses it and starts yelling at his wife. Yeo-won walks over and throws water in his face, and then she slaps him, drawing gasps from the audience. The couple has it out in the courtroom, ignoring the admonishments from Judge Heo and an incredibly incompetent bailiff who waits until she starts beating her husband with a microphone to intervene (unsuccessfully).

After that disastrous trial, Joon-woo orders Chairman Jang to hold a press conference admitting to the charges and announcing the discontinuance of BLSD. They’ll punish everyone involved and compensate the victims. Joon-woo also scathingly commands Chairman Jang to get moving on the demolition of Geumga Plaza.

On a high after their unprecedented win, Cha-young promises to give Vincenzo anything he wants. As if he isn’t stylish enough, he decides he needs new suits. Cha-young is so exhausted she falls asleep sprawled out on the sofa while he models. Afterwards, she presents Vincenzo with a pen she bought him to “celebrate our partnership.”

Joon-woo is having a way less fun day and rage drives out to the middle of nowhere only to beat the living daylights out of his own car, terrifying Myung-hee and Attorney Han who he forced to sit inside. They get out when he tells them to, and Joon-woo rails at them in English.

Attorney Han sputters while Myung-hee straightforwardly admits she underestimated Jipuragi. Joon-woo is livid they lack the creativity of Vincenzo. He orders them to go after Cha-young and reduce her to nothing – I guess he doesn’t like her that much – while he focuses on Vincenzo.

Joon-woo says he’ll take care of buying off the prosecution office, but Myung-hee asks for the chance to prove herself. He gives her three days. In her office, Myung-hee screams at her juniors to dig into Cha-young and then calls her old boss.

Meanwhile, the tenants all gather by Woo-young’s bedside and celebrate Jipuragi’s success. Team Leader Ahn marvels at Vincenzo’s limitless ability after beating “Goliath.” Vincenzo announces he has good news about Geumga Plaza that he’ll share tomorrow. Everyone is strangely awkward but pretends to be excited when Cha-young calls them out on it.

Later, Vincenzo meets with Deok-jin who informs him Chairman Jang threatened to fire him if he doesn’t demolish Geumga Plaza within a week. Vincenzo doesn’t give him any specific instructions, and after warning Deok-jin not to cheat on his wife again, he takes a call from Young-woon and walks out.

Young-woon got in touch with a professor who believes they can get into the basement without fully demolishing the building. He’s arriving in Korea tonight.

Elsewhere, Myung-hee and Attorney Han meet with Myung-hee’s former bosses and try to buy them off by suggesting Babel can boost their careers. Chief Prosecutor Hwang angrily refuses and threatens to throw Wusang and Babel in jail if they try something like this again.

That night, Vincenzo hears strange noises and creepy laughter coming from the beauty salon in Geumga Plaza. He sneaks in and peeks behind a curtain to find a person who appears to have an upside-down face. Vincenzo freaks out, but it turns out to be Young-ho who’s started some weird comedy channel. He argues he’s a productive, non-delinquent now.

The professor arrives in Korea that night, so Young-woon calls the monks out and distracts them with awkward questions while Vincenzo takes the professor to assess the temple. It’s bad news: the condition of the structure is too poor to get into the basement without demolition.

Meanwhile, Joon-woo and Chairman Jang bow at their father’s memorial altar. Joon-woo says it’s just them now and has come to agree with his father that you can’t trust anyone. Chairman Jang vows that he only trusts Joon-woo and earns the condescending remark that he’d be adorable if only he were a bit smarter.

Emboldened by drink, Chairman Jang asks sincerely if Joon-woo will get rid of him like he did their father if he keeps disappointing him. Whoa. We flashback to when their father was in a coma, and Joon-woo – causally munching on gummy bears – had instructed a nervous Jong-moon to inject something into his IV that killed him.

Joon-woo is surprised to hear his little brother is smart enough to figure out what he did. He laughs and says he’s proud of him, but then he turns cold and starts toying with him again. Joon-woo terrifies Chairman Jang by saying he’s resembling their father too much these days, only to laugh it off as a joke.

On the roof, Vincenzo and Young-woon discuss their options. With no way to get into the basement, they have no choice but to stall for time. And, as usual, Vincenzo has an idea.

The tenants all go through their day distractedly, musing over what Gilbert – whose nickname is actually “gilbeot” which means traveling companion – told them four days ago. Three years ago, he overhead men at a bar talking about how they’d moved millions in gold into Geumga Plaza. Then, he’d watched as they’d all been killed.

Naturally, the tenants are suspicious, so he shows them the phone he picked up from one of the slain workers. There’s a photo of the worker posing with the gold bars. The tenants laugh it all off, but they’re clearly affected.

The Jipuragi team watches Chairman Jang’s apology press conference, and Cha-young finds an anonymous post online about Myung-hee’s failed attempt to bribe the chief prosecutor. According to Cha-young, he already has a powerful backer and is in no need of money.

They head to meet with the tenants and are again met with a strangely lackluster reaction to the news that Vincenzo is making good on his promise to move them for free. CEO Park crashes their meeting and tells them to sign the settlement before moving out.

“But we’re not leaving,” Cheol-wook announces calmly. They have come to the realization they need to protect their precious Geumga Plaza. Vincenzo and Cha-young watch in confusion as the tenants talk like they’ve suddenly joined a revolution and will fight to the death for the place.

Back in the office, Cha-young and Joo-sung marvel about how handsome Vincenzo looks even when he’s yelling angrily in Italian. They’re interrupted by police officers who are there to arrest Cha-young with a drop list of charges.

At the station, the officers display several USB drives that supposedly have irrefutable evidence against Cha-young. This time is much more serious, but Cha-young is confident “Mafia lawyer” Vincenzo will find a way.

His eyes widen in surprise when Cha-young notes it’s getting harder to play dumb. With all his Mafia references, arson, and schemes, it wasn’t hard to put it together. When he sighs that he’ll handle it, Cha-young grabs him in a hug through the bars and tells him not to come back until it’s done.

In the car, Vincenzo clicks his indestructible lighter and follows Myung-hee to a casino. He joins her uninvited and offers a deal: he’ll handle Chief Prosecutor Hwang for her if she releases Cha-young. She laughs at the contract he provides, finding it ridiculous that he wants her to trust him after he almost killed her. Vincenzo argues trusting your enemy can bring luck.

Vincenzo approaches Chief Prosecutor Hwang at his son’s soccer practice and introduces himself as an acquaintance of Myung-hee’s. He tempts Chief Prosecutor Hwang with what he most wants – his son being scouted by a European league.

Chief Prosecutor Hwang is sold when Vincenzo’s famed Italian soccer coach friend drops by with an offer for his son. Of course, he doesn’t hear the coach call his son the worst player on the team in Italian. Shortly thereafter, Myung-hee is speechless when Chief Prosecutor Hwang calls her to reconsider her offer.

Once Cha-young is released, Vincenzo nervously admits that he cut a deal with Myung-hee to get her out and apologizes. Instead of berating him, Cha-young compliments him for a job well done. Vincenzo leads her away as she loudly muses to some officers about how fascinating it is that Vincenzo is with the Mafia.

Meanwhile, the next phase of Vincenzo’s plan begins. He ordered Deok-jin to have CEO Park raid Geumga Plaza so they can catch the assault on camera. To ensure no tenants are harmed in the making of this video, Vincenzo and Young-woon will replace them with stand-in demonstrators wearing signature red jackets. Newly non-delinquent Young-ho will film the incident.

Things don’t go quite according to plan. Team Leader Ahn happens by wearing a reddish jacket and is attacked. Young-ho runs in to tell the tenants who rush out to defend one of their own. It’s mayhem, but the tenants hold their own, attacking CEO Park’s men with flagpoles, pans, and flour.

Vincenzo and Cha-young come upon the scene and stare in shock at the wild tenants who clearly have the upper hand. Standing atop a mound of people is Hee-soo holding a flag aloft and wearing a battered white dress in a scene reminiscent of Delacroix’s painting “Liberty Leading the People.”

 
COMMENTS

Why can’t courtroom trials always be that exciting? If all trials had that much drama spicing up the proceedings, lawsuits would be way more fun. Getting Jong-moon’s wife to testify certainly was impactful. Vincenzo seems to have the perfect scheme for all occasions, which makes his ineptitude when it comes to hiding his own identity kind of baffling. I’m glad to know Cha-young figured out he’s with the Mafia. He’s been so obvious about it all, it would’ve been ridiculous if she hadn’t caught on. I love that Cha-young isn’t scared of Vincenzo at all but just finds his Mafia background useful and intriguing. She’s an observant person who trusts her instincts, and she’s put her faith in Vincenzo for the person she sees regardless of his past. It probably also helps that they just get each other; both of them are opportunistic and don’t conform to others’ morality, but instead live by their own (often laxer) principles.

So far, Vincenzo has always been able to outsmart his opponents and gain the upper hand. It’s helped that his opponents have been underestimating him. Now that they know what he’s capable of, he won’t have that advantage anymore. Joon-woo’s patience has run out, and he’s gunning for Vincenzo now. He’s even willing to destroy Cha-young at this point. We know he killed his own dad and isn’t what you’d call a stable person, so it’s safe to assume he’ll go to extreme lengths to pay Jipuragi back for Babel’s embarrassing loss. Wusang already got Cha-young arrested, although they also released her quickly. I imagine Joon-woo won’t be happy about that, but I’m sure they’re not done trying to destroy Cha-young’s life. The more we see of Joon-woo, the more I feel bad for Chairman Jang, even though he’s problematic too. Living in fear of your crazed, abusive brother who you know killed your father must be a terrible existence. He’s clearly an emotional and sensitive person, and it makes me wonder how he could’ve turned out had he not been subject to his family.

Now that the court case is over, we’ve returned to the gold debacle. I find it highly amusing that Vincenzo can take down an insanely powerful conglomerate in court within a couple of weeks, but he can’t get his own gold out of the basement. Things weren’t looking good anyway, but this whole gold business is going to be a mess now that the tenants have discovered its existence. The tenants may be all over the place, but they’re scrappy. I wouldn’t be surprised if they launch a haphazard search and somehow stumble upon the gold. They don’t appear to know Vincenzo is involved yet, but it’s not that hard to put together. They’ve got quite the bargaining chip, even if they haven’t realized it, and Vincenzo might end up having to split the gold a few more ways than he’d intended. Brace yourselves for some more angry rants in Italian.

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I feel bad for Chairman Jang too :( I want to see him break away from Joon-woo and join Vincenzo's team to destroy his abusive, murderous hyung. Chairman Jang's intel on Babel and Joon-woo's crimes would be invaluable, but I mainly just want Kwak Dong-yeon to fill a dynamic, vindictive role so we can watch his potential unleashed!
The final "Liberty Leading the People" scene was done so tastefully, yet had a punch of humor too. This drama continues to paint itself as an absurdist parody of real life and I'm loving it. And I love Vincenzo and his Italian, hand waving rants <3

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As you’ve rightly mentioned, this drama feels more like a parody to me...and I am absolutely not complaining. It doesn’t take itself too serious, which makes for an easily enjoyable popcorn drama sprinkled with an overdose of SJK stunning visuals and an unconventional FL. And did I mention SJK visuals?

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Absurdist parody is right. So far so good!

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The final scene is one of those awesome moments where I'm really intrigued by the writer. Like how does he come up with this stuff?! And what was the director's reaction when she first read the scene?

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Thanks so much for the recap.

This drama is my happy pill, and this episode has been the best so far. I cracked up during the trial scene. Give me all the absurd and ridiculous scenes! I just love it!

I love all plans our magnificent duo makes but I guess at some point they will fail, because it’s impossible for them to always beat their opponents, specially considering they are no idiots. They all may be a bit (or a lot) crazy, but they definitely not stupid.

As for Chairman Jang I don’t feel any empathy. I mean, he can be weaker that his brother but he is also a bit nuts. He mirrors the torture he receives on others (as with the spicy food) and his confident (and a bit lunatic look) when he says he can cut his threads tells me he’s up to not good. The fact that the enemy of my enemy is my friend doesn’t make him good.

I know at some point the drama will turn darker, but so far, I’m enjoying.

P.S. I love Taec!! ❤️❤️❤️

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I wish Taec knew how much you loved him, lol.

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If only!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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It's been a while since we had a site wedding, maybe we should marry you off?

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Basically Han Seo inflicts the same pain in the ones weaker than him as he can't lash at Jun Woo he does it to those he can an that makes him the same even if in the beggining i helf pity and sorry for how Jun Woo treated him...
Still i see him stabbing Jun Woo when he least expects it and that will be fun to watch...

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I will gladly watch that stabbing. JoonWoo is totally nuts and deserves to be stabbed.

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It will be even better considering Jun Woo sees him as his inferior stupid punching bag...Imagine being stabbed by the same person u consider like that...

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All this talk about stabbing makes me miss the stabby OTP from My Country. They need to cameo as the assassins for the stabbing...

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❤️Stabby OTP❤️

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As usual, the show never runs out of Laugh-Out-Loud moments and twists to keep the story going:
- the recreation of that painting was just brilliant! hahaha, who would have thought?! Though for a moment, I was waiting for them to burst into song a la Les Miserables. ^^
- The "protesters" not showing up because one of them had been exposed and all of them had to be tested, hahaha!
- Tailor gushing over Joong Ki the mannequin.
- Gender reversal roles. ML doing the shopping/fashion show, FL waiting and sleeping. FL gets thrown into prison, ML gets her out with a coffee (why not tofu) in hand.
- I will never get tired of hearing Taeclish rants! Never! "760 MILLION DOLLARS!"
- Can we have more Vincenzo inside a casino???

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Loved that she went to sleep while he was changing suits. Unbelievable, but even so ...

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That would be me too though...even with that handsome face. Girl is too relatable.

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@letseatcookies! You're back in DB! Hahaha! For Vincenzo?

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Yeah Jeon Yeo Bin got me starting Vincenzo and then Song Joong Ki made me stay for the ride LOL

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I like how it's reversed here. It's usually the guy buying the girl clothes and bored to death while she tries out many outfits.

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That shopping/fashion show. At first I was smirking as it looked like the usual changing room trope with audience gushing over the “model” (CLOY came to mind), but lo, and behold, this show twisted ut again with ChaYoung falling asleep instead. LOL

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Loved the protesters all going off to be tested! This drama has done a really good job of dropping in sly references to Covid-life - the disinfecting of the lab, the social distancing basil and cheese etc.

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They even checked the temperature at the party!!

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Were the suits in the fashion show actually different in any meaningful way? I thought it was a wonderfully dry poke at the typical fashion sequences where the Candy tries on numerous radically different outfits.

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I really enjoy how this drama actually references the changes to our way of life the pandemic had wrought instead of pretending it doesn't exist. And it does it so casually and in a way that enhances the drama. The contact tracing and exposure thing had me howling with laughter. These fake protesters are pretty good eggs since they complied with the public health protocols and turned around.

And of course, I knew one of the residents will just happen to be sporting a red jacket. Poor Team Leader Ahn!

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I replayed 760 MILLION DOLLARS a million times. Finally, a character in a K-drama from America whose English actually sounds native!

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I just need Vincenzo and Cha-Young on my screen. They're so funny together and the attraction between them is palpable.

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They haven't even done anything yet and their chemistry is already off the charts. How do we survive when things do move forward? My heart can't take it.

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We will find a way! I just know that I don't really care about Babel and just want to see them together :p

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I know they'll get hurt along the way because of Babel and I'm not ready for that

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We might not see them together given this writer.

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I don't like you anymore.

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@kurama 😂

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I really like how it's Vincenzo who seems to be feeling the attraction, but Cha-young sees Vincenzo as her new best friend.

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When she got out from her cell, she ran for the coffee and not for the handsome holding the cup xD

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Late but YES!

I love her complete lack of self-consciousness in every way, they do have great chemistry but she does behave a lot like he's a new puppy and not a potential love interest (which makes it even better imo). I'd be equally ok with things staying platonic or taking the turn the other way.

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They have fantastic chemistry (my test for which is: do I want to keep watching these two characters interact? oh boy do I!!!) but at this point I'd be equally good with them remaining lawyersquad to take down bad guys and boast a lot while doing it (seriously I love the suits, Vincenzo might have been Italian tailoring Suit-derella but Cha-young's ones appeal far more to me, that pink one at the trial and that purple one in the lockup 😍 one of my fav trends of the last 3 years)

I'm still having a hard time imagining Cha-young getting serious enough to knuckle down to a romance but if it does happen (no spoilers pls I'm only at ep 7) it will be fantastic.

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Chairman Jang may be smarter than everyone thinks.

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I think he’s smart and has a plan to take over Babel.

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Something tells me he is smarter and way more dangerous than anyone thinks.
Actually he is more scary than his big brother...

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Two psychopaths but one has been scorned so he is ticking time bomb.

I wonder if they are just half brothers considering that their dad was a womanizer. Joon-woo looks down on him like he's garbage. He treats him like a concubine's son without an ounce of remorse.

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They do have different mothers. I think that was in the PowerPoint show ... where Taec’s character revealed himself.

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Yes, Chairman Jang is the son of the secretary.

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How did I miss that? lol
Thank you ladies!

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Was anyone else disturbed by how Cha- Young's head kept on popping through the bars so easily? I was half afraid her head would get stuck.

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My goodness yes. She was showing off though - to show what a small head she had!!

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Remember when we were all afraid that the show will be serious and all. Looks like we have been frightened for nothing. I love that the drama does not take itself too seriously. The court room scenes were hilarious along with vincenzo amd cha young's smug smiles. I'm really enjoying taeclish. And the final scene of the episode made me cackle like anything. I did not expect it at all.

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I expect a very serious turn will show up.

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The last scene got me screaming so much I think my neighbour may have knocked my door.

I like that the drama isn’t taking itself seriously, and I’m loving the extra details that the writer is throwing in here and there- the painting and the last scene for instance.(the next episode even did it better)

Cha Young is easily becoming one of my favorite FL in K-dramaland. She is smart and doesn’t care if you don’t like her!

I’ll just save the SJK epistle for the next episode’s recap.

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Oh we have a lot to talk about SJK in the next episode recap.

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agreed

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I find Cha Young so adorable!

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the last scene makes me laugh so much I think my cats afraid of me now 🤣🤣🤣
JJW is so unhinged I wonder how chairman Jang can survives all these years having him as bro tbh.
I hope chairman Jang break away from JJW and Babel and throw everything and everyone in a mess because why not right?
And the fact that they make one of the demonstrators is a close contact with a carrier? very 2021 situation.
I think that those residents are buying that gold story and about to dig it up themselves...

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Puppet Chairman Jang is just so scared of crazy Joon-woo but you still have to wonder what will be the trigger that makes him go against Joon-woo. Or maybe it's just me who wants him to team up with Vincenzo and Cha-young to bring down Babel.

On a different note, what an interesting mix of offbeat characters, humor, and serious moments. This show is making it all work!

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Totally with you on the mix working really well. I am completely absorbed when watching simply because I can't predict what will happen next. Every time I think we've got to the end of a particular story arc, another ace is played (and even more of that in ep 8). Each detail in the drama needs to be noted as quick references to things suddenly become significant later on - I love that kind of thing!

Good question on what will trigger Chairman Jang. No idea, but I also not sure if he will team up with them as part of a redemption arc or whether he will go in with the aim of playing them for his own ends. I genuinely feel it could go either way: we have the lost little brother who needs to be rescued and the weak man who mimics his hyung's evilness without a qualm. Anyone's guess...

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I definitely feel like he would team up with Vincenzo - that's just because they sat next to each other in that courtroom scene and he stared incredulously at Vincenzo as Vincenzo clapped in his direction in response to how the wife was giving the cheating husband the beatdown.

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I'm not sure if he's going to team up with him or snap, kill his brother, and take over.

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I’m really enjoying this drama. It isn’t that serious but it also isn’t slapstick comedy. I feel like it knows how to play down a very serious scene without going overboard. I’m reminded of Reply 88 minus the ensemble cast. I also love the shots they took- and it helps that majority of those shots are stunning Vincenzo and Chayoung. *hearts*
These two have great chemistry. I love how there’s attraction between them but its very lowkey - very mature and professional. But also - not awkward.
That liberty scene at the end was beautifully shot with the wide angle, smoke, and slow motion. I didn’t expect that but that was really nice.

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I love this director's work in her last 2 dramas (Money Flower and Crowned Clown). She is doing a fantastic job here too with more budget.
She is one of the few female PDs that I'm rooting for.

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I was not aware that a woman directed Money Flower. That makes sense as that was a beautiful and well done series.

Huh. It's almost like there needs to be more female directors.

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I didn't see Money Flower but the Crowned Clown had some truly stunning scenes in them.

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I'm just in after months of drama drought to say how awesome I think everything about that scene is, from the lead-in to the framing of the final shot. Bravo, PD-nim!

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Aww! Our poor Vincenzo, modelling and oozing charisma like there's no tomorrow in super fine suits, for that one person who didn't give a damn and literally went to SLEEP? (who sleeps in the sofa of a luxurious shop like she owns the place? lol!) I mean how is she immune to his super charisma? Well, it does ruffle the feathers of Vincenzo. I wonder if we will get to see Vincenzo actually trying to flirt with Cha Young? THAT will be awesome....

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The shenanigans in the court would definitely not fly IRL but God was it fun!!!Show is getting better and better and does not take itself seriously, Cha Young is a MESS and I love her to bits , she is way smarter than she seems and she is quick witted. She puts 2 and 2 together really quick and acts as if she doesn't know.

The sexual tension between the doctor's wife and Vincenzo was over the roof in the art hall and he is the only one who can come up with this type of plans , he is really an amazing schemer and I can't wait to see Joon Won's counterattack, what I fear the most is having incompetent villains who always lose and never learn from their failures. At some point, it becomes redundant.

Fav Scenes: The doctor busting his ass in court while running to his wife to testify and Vincenzo getting scared out of his mind by Yeon Ho !! Like sir are you really a mafia leader??!

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I LURVE Cha-young, it's easy to see the similarities between her character and Lee Honey's in The Fiery Priest but when it's this well played and Jeon Yeo-bin owns it so completely, who even cares?! I'm also enjoying the hell out of Kim Yeo-jin as a villain, it's such a departure from her usual and my fav scenes are watching the two go toe to toe even though one is eeeevilll.

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I just can't with Joon woo. He is crazy yes, but Babel was already hanging on by a thread due to his incompetency and stupidity.

Not matter how good Choi, Vincenzo and Cha young are, it should not have been that easy for a company like that to go down that quickly. There is always a plan for a plan for a plan for a plan and Joon woo thinks being crazy is enough. You knew it the minute he decided to out himself to Choi and The Director of Wusung.

His face and comment when his brother told him he knew Joon woo murdered their father, yeah, once again showing just how dumb Joon woo really is. He doesn't have enemies, he doesn't have allies, he doesn't have friends (and I don't think he has romantic feeling for Cha young, I think he sees someone who is just as crazy as he is and therefore a kindred spirit. And he is once again misreading the room), he is all his all and we are seeing the results on someone left to their own devices and not he is just lashing out because that is all he has left.

And I am so ready for the throwdown between Vincenzo and the tenants. Now that is going to be a war.

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I love this drama, it's fun to watch.
And I know I shouldn't take it seriously but the courtroom scene was a little too silly and long... at least for me.
I thought the bees in the courtroom scene in ep.6? was also too silly and long. Silliness is totally fine, that's what I expect from this writer but...
I feel like maybe the PD's sense of humor or something doesn't match the writer... I don't know what it is but something is missing.
I really feel like those scene could have been better and funnier if they made in different way.
But like I said, I still love this drama, especially Song Joong-ki... He is absolutely hot! It's worth watching just for him alone (and agent Ahn).

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The fashion show scene with the FL sleeping was my favorite thing. I love that she was all we get it he I hot in a suit, I'm bored. The slow mo of him walking out and her just knocked out comfortably, gold. Lol

Also kudos to the writer for acknowledging that people who grow up in other countries and or places use the language they grew up more often than not. Joon Woo and Vincenzo are perfect examples of intermixing Korean with Enhlish and Italian.

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I really want the Tailor to return. He and Vincenzo seemed like they would get along and the dialogue would be gold.

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About Joon-woo's English and Vincenzo's Italian, actually another Song Joong-ki's show, which just happened opens around the same time on Netflix, goes even further. Space Sweeper have all those characters speaking their own languages, then having a translator in their ears to make their speeches understand by others, which I think a very good design. I actually think South Korean movies and TV shows is showing a way more diverse society and telling way more diverse stories then those movies in Hollywood (Certain they are not the only one, and there are some doing it more better--like Norwegians, but I think South Korean's are doing good enough).

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Yes, I saw Space Sweepers and that was cool. However, I disagree that S. Korea is showing more diverse stories than hollywood, they are not. I can't comment on Norwegians, but good for them.

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"I actually think South Korean movies and TV shows is showing a way more diverse society and telling way more diverse stories then those movies in Hollywood (Certain they are not the only one, and there are some doing it more better--like Norwegians, but I think South Korean's are doing good enough)."

Wow.

Yeah, I'm just gonna leave a disagree and leave it at that.

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I feel like all the suits are the same suit just in a different color. I feel ya, Cha-young!

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I think Vincenzo is suspicious of/ already knows Joon Woo is the real king behind the throne. The look he gave Joon Woo when he 'convinced' Myung-hee to accept the compensation deal (and then again at the end of the next episode which I won't mention in detail here) says to me that he already has an inkling.

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I call it Revenge of Small Potato

When Vincenzo "seducing" doctor's wife in the art gallery, he intentionally mentioned detail of Eugène Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People saying there's 3 French in the painting, even that very small one (which we mostly ignore) on top of Notre-Dame. The show is intentionally telling us who those tenants in Geumga Plaza: they are the most venerable in the society, as them themselves are a society, and only unite and rise can they save themselves (I almost imagine they are singing One Day More as the episode ends, this will be Vincenzo most favourite scene). Don't get me wrong, but in some sense, Vincenzo is still one of those suppressors just like Babel, and he wants the Plaza demolish to get his gold, so he is still a threat to the tenants, until he truely stand with them, as this show demonstrated clearly (although those tenants' sudden change of hearts are nothing more about greed, but can you blame them? They have nothing to lose ...)

This lead to a complaint of mine to the recap, which I feel sorry about, @quirkycase, because you have done a good job, but I feel the show has so many symbolism we really need to address so that we can understand more about the show. Since it is not a simplified Weecap format, shouldn't we have more time and space to talk about those rich symbols?

Finally, I want to address the villain in this show, as well another. Both the chief villains in Vincenzo and Sisyphus are pretty cartoonish, but why the former succeed, but the latter failed? I actually find Joon-woo much more colorful then Sigma, because both of them are larger then life, but Joon-woo's character is way more complicated: he killed his father to get hold of the corporation, he even want to build a "Tower of Babel" (another well place Biblical reference in this show) to show he is, in fact, a "God", but I see his loneliness behind all these. I feel touched when he tells his brother "We must not trust anyone", and on the other hand, he can be very childish (before Cha-young, especially: I think he didn't, at least, directly destroy her is because he still have some love toward her, and by having an impression on her, he looks for being loved, thus his childish behaviour, I think, is genuine). I don't have that many words on Sigma, however; he is just another comic villain from some Hollywood B-rated superhero (or in this case, a superheroine?) movies with no motif but destroying the world (or just South Korea, I guess?) for good. If Sisyphus screenwriter want us to impress by his show, he need more depth in those characters, and this is what he lack by now, I guess.

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Typo: 3 French flags, I mean.

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I'm enjoying the symbolism in this one and your discussions of it. Thank you.

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I feel like Joon-woo went for Cha-young because he's still a child who reacts violently to rejection from people he actually loves. As you said, it was a tantrum. It's just that when a man child like this throws tantrums, people die and lives get ruined. The parallels between her, his father and his brother were quite well done here and the end result is the same - he turns on them violently when he realises he's not going to get from them what he wants.

Taec's performance is... about what you'd suspect... but KDY is unsurprisingly brilliant and I'm starting to wonder if he actually wanted this part instead of Joon-woo's. There's so much going on in his little rat head all the time. You don't know if he's just trying to survive his brother or if he's waiting for his opportunity to be the person who messes with the IV himself.

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I don't think Taecyeon's performance is bad. The character simply suit him, @leetennant. Kwak Dong-yeon's Han-seo is another kind of villain, and he is just as complicated. He can be very smart, but he is "jailed" by the fear of his older brother. Give him some courage, and help him clear his mind to make up some plans, and he can be pretty lethal (a plot involving some shotgun in a future episode shows his capability).

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Rather than his performance being "good" (it really isn't tbqh, especially not compared to the other actors), it's more about the writer's skills. He swings between cartoonish or expressionless but the part of Joon-woo is written to accommodate that, good on Park Jae-bum for it. But it's hard to see Kwak Dong-Yeon right there and think of what a next level cartoonish villain HE would have made.

(Longtime kdrama watcher here and not a kpop fan so unlike a lot of this site, I'm really not about Taecyeon's looks or variety personality, the 'seeing another much better actor in the drama and thinking he would have done SO much better in the Taecyeon role' remains an unfortunately frequent occurrence). Like, I'm not even sure why they cast him tbqh, he's hardly necessary for 'star power' when they have Song Joong-ki.

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Honestly I don't know Taecyeon before this drama (Except, I guess, a photo on some Instagram post of him dine with two persons, one of whom I remember more--and believe more talented--is a Kpop singer-songwriter-actress). It is like after watching Run On or While You Were Sleeping, then believing Shin Se-kyung or Suzy are great actresses: they are good simply because the characters suit them, respectively, as well the guy opposite them within these dramas led them well. But unlike Ms. Shin or Suzy, I don't have other drama reference on Taecyeon; I don't think his performance is excellent, but calling his performance is "bad" is not that fair as well, @pogo1. His performance of Joon-woo suit in this drama, his interaction with other actors/actresses is good, and successfully pushes the story forward. Maybe he just look like another version of Taecyeon in this drama, just like he did in others, but he served the purpose. In a director's perspective (which I studied in university, although it is not my profession now), I guess it is more then enough.

He is a major antagonist, so he must have some ability to counter-balance the protagonists (Song Joong-ki and Jeon Yeo-been, both good actor/actress in their own right) in the drama, otherwise the drama will be horrible. I can't watch more than one episode with Shin Se-kyung on the flame, and While You Were Sleeping is the only drama I can finished with Suzy on the frame, and that is why. Maybe I can't stand Taecyeon in his next drama because of his so-called "bad acting", but I am not sure, because I didn't experience that yet; but for this drama, I think he is good enough, and that's all I can say.

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Don't judge an idol's acting simply because the public opinion "think" he is bad, @pogo1. I hear lots of criticism about Taecyeon in this drama on the press, and judged by my own eyes, I don't think he is that bad. That singer-songwriter-actress I mentioned in my last post, she is judged by public opinion for quite a long time that her acting is bad until My Mister, when she somehow simply playing a version of herself (IU did experience poverty in her youth); but even in the project before that, in Moon Lover, her acting is not that bad (Moon Lover's failure is more about the script and the direction, not those actors/actresses). You may still keep your own opinion after I said all these, but first of all, I guess you should take a serious look before making your judgement, I guess.

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I wonder what leads you to think my opinion on Taecyeon's acting in this drama is led by "public opinion" and not, you know, my own observations of his performance in this drama. Which I would say is the "serious look" you demand I should give him.

Because, quite frankly, it's bad. Even if I'd never watched him in anything before, my own eyes and ears still show me a performance that alternates between expressionless (meant to be deadpan/scary..and in the hands of a better actor, would have actually been - but whatever effect there is comes more off the music cues than him) , overexaggerated gurning, jaw-clenching, eye-widening and random screaming in English (I've just started episode 12 and this opinion still holds) We can say the cutesy act is meant to look unconvincing because his character is pretending, but that's about it. And it's particularly bad when contrasted with the rest of the actors in this very drama, every single one of whom - from Song Joong-ki down to Jo Han-chul and Yang Seung-won (Attorney Seo who does the imitations) and Kang Chae-min (Young-ho) are bringing their A-game, so to speak. Attributing criticism of Taecyeon's acting to the fact of his being an idol is frankly, unfair to them - I don't hold people to unrealistic standards, but I do hold them to the same ones. And it particularly stands out in scenes with Kwak Dong-yeon and Kim Yeo-jin, both of whom share scenes with him and frankly, operate on a whole different level of skill.

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As for the others you mention - namely IU, Shin Se-kyung and Suzy - the first two have both delivered multiple performances with far better acting than Taecyeon has ever shown himself to be capable of, even with a skilled and generous writer and PD covering for him as they do in Vincenzo. I'm no fan of Shin Se-kyung, but her sageuk acting (Tree with Deep Roots, Six Flying Dragons, Rookie Historian) has been good, as was her work in Girl Who Sees Smells. That's too many good (and demanding) performances to dismiss her as hopelessly bad or an automatic liability to a drama.

As for IU, hers is actually a case where her acting talents were dismissed for being an idol. She stole the show as the second female lead in Producers (it's extremely rare for this to ever happen) against much more acclaimed and popular actors like Kim Soo-hyun and Gong Hyo-jin and won widespread praise for it - and it was a demanding role that heavily relied on her emoting without words at times. Moon Lovers was a mess of a drama in terms of writing as well as direction (those wonky close-ups!) but she nailed the demanding emotional parts of it, even if netizen commenters developed amnesia about the praise they'd given her for Producers/Lee Soon-Shin before that. My Ajusshi....she may have drawn on personal experience of financial strain, but what was on my screen was one of the best performances by any actress that year. And it's true she shines most in roles that allow her to be a little gritty or cold, but having one thing you do really well is far from the same as, well, what I'm seeing in Vincenzo, which is a cartoon villain being easily upstaged by the actors playing his lackeys because he can't even do that well (it's a 'decent performance' if the bar for that is on the floor, but otherwise....nope. Even Jeon Yeo-bin in the very early episodes of Vincenzo didn't come off quite this cartoonish and unnatural, and she was being criticised for it far more, based on comments in this very set of recaps).

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I absolutely loved the recreation of Liberty Leading the People done by the tenants. it was such a beautifully executed scene. I also love all the sly references to Covid. Dramas take place in a world where things like pandemics don't exist ( unless that's the basis of the drama) , so i appreciate the nod to all the protesters having to get tested after one came in contact with a "carrier". It's a way for the writer to acknowledge the real world. Overall I am loving this drama! and also disturbed how scary and psychotic Joon-woo is.

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I honestly believe Joon woo would be a better, more interesting character is a better actor was casted.

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I've been pleasantly surprised so far.

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I mean.....maybe it can improve in my eyes?

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I'm not carrying much Taec baggage, so maybe it's easier for me?

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I feel like he's fine for the scope of the role? He's unlikely to get a redemption arc. He's just going to be the evil dude throwing tantrums and doing evil things in an ensemble with multiple characters on Team Evil.

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yeah he's kind of this alternately flat or cartoonish villain, a better actor with a little expressiveness would give him dimensions.

I mean, look at Kim Yeo-jin. She's basically one step away from a showboating cartoon villain but she still manages to make Myung-hee an interesting watch.

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That courtroom scene was beautiful - it just kept on escalating the absurdity. You've got that corrupt doctor's wife being a doctor herself and giving testimony about him hiding the BLSD was dangerous...and drug charges...then the husband losing his cool (while claiming to be levelheaded and how dare SHE tarnish the family's rep), and then the wife really got into it - throwing of the water, the slap, the profanity, and then the beatdown with the microphone, the hair grabbing, etc..

I also loved the scene of Cha-young getting so excited to see the coffee. With the lighting, it could have been a great cafe commercial!

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The wifely beatdown with the mic had me full-on giggling, but .....of COURSE the husband would be a hypocrite like that lol. I love how cool she was until then though! (irl would have got them both tossed in the clink for contempt of court, or at least separated sooner).

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This show is so WEIRD and I love it! Although, I'm having a tough time trying to describe it to people...dark comedy? absurd humor? quirky? all of the above?

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From a genre perspective, I would call it a classic farce.

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In my head I just have this enduring image of VINCENZO raiding multiple crime scenes to get his lighter back every time he sets something on fire. When does he do it? How does nobody notice?

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I like to imagine he just has loads of those lighters the way some people have hankies.

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