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Vincenzo: Episode 9

Our team works to uncover the identity of Babel’s real chairman who has done a thorough job of hiding himself. Meanwhile, Babel’s partners in crime at Wusang learn exactly what the real chairman is capable of and how far he’ll go to get his way. With the body count growing ever higher, our leads don’t have any time to waste in their efforts to uncover the truth and put a stop to Babel’s atrocities.

 
EPISODE 9

Chairman Jang complains that Joon-woo should get rid of Jipuragi already, but Joon-woo calls them his “sparring partners.” Once he can completely defeat Vincenzo, he’ll get rid of him.

Meanwhile, Cha-young laments their loss, but Vincenzo thinks getting revenge for Kyung-ja is enough. They move onto their next stage: luring out the real head of Babel.

At home that night, Vincenzo ruminates on what the doctor said. Kyung-ja was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer in 1993, the same year she left Vincenzo at the orphanage. Her illness was miraculously cured four years later without surgery.

In the basement, the tenants have formed little alliances and scour the building for the gold. Team Leader Ahn even catches the monks searching, although they plan to donate the money to saving children, of course. Upstairs, Vincenzo has a fight with a cooing pigeon, who he names Inzaghi (after the Italian soccer player), hanging out on his windowsill.

The next day, Myung-hee informs Joon-woo that Jong-moon is working with the prosecution. The prosecutor in charge, Prosecutor Jung, investigated Babel when Joon-woo’s father was chairman. He’s notoriously strong-willed and unmovable.

In the middle of their meeting, Jong-moon calls Joon-woo with a deal. If Joon-woo doesn’t kill him and pays him $30 million USD, he’ll disappear. If Joon-woo refuses, Jong-moon will expose Joon-woo’s identity and deeds to the prosecution, including what he did to his father. Joo-woo agrees, but he’s got his angry face on.

At Jipuragi, the team looks over the official records of Chairman Jang’s older brother Jang Han-seok who moved to the States 15 years ago. He’s supposedly an artist, and no one knows where he is now. There’s no record of him even returning for his father’s funeral two years ago.

After Cha-young heads out alone to meet with Kyung-ja, Joo-sung sighs that poor Kyung-ja doesn’t have any family. He irritates Vincenzo with his ranting about how kids these days are unfilial, so even if Kyung-ja had a child, they probably wouldn’t visit her.

Kyung-ja is glad to hear that Min-seong got his comeuppance. Cha-young clarifies that Vincenzo did all the work and is even paying Kyung-ja’s hospital fees. Kyung-ja feels ashamed accepting so much from him.

Vincenzo arrives right as the doctor acquiesces to Kyung-ja’s insistence that she doesn’t need pain medicine. He gets increasingly angry as he chastises the doctor for negligence, complains about the meals they’re serving her, and yells at Kyung-ja for not listening to the doctor he’s been bashing. After he storms out, Cha-young apologizes on his behalf, but Kyung-ja smiles that his anger on her behalf was kind of nice.

Although Babel has Shinkwang Bank on their side, the other banks still aren’t biting thanks to Cha-young’s denouncement of Babel in the press. Chairman Jang frustratedly brings up getting rid of Vincenzo and Cha-young again, but Joon-woo won’t hear of it.

While the Jipuragi team meets with the Babel victims’ family group, Chairman Jang and Wusang meet with Chief Prosecutor Hwang and his sidekick. The prosecutors have no problem talking back to Chairman Jang and let him know that they won’t hesitate to strike back if they feel disrespected.

Through Chairman Jang’s phone, Joon-woo listens in on the prosecutors’ demeaning remarks and scoffs that they don’t know their place. On the drive back, a van screeches to a halt in front of the prosecutors’ car. They’re both yanked out of the car by masked men with bats.

At Geumga Plaza, Cheol-wook and Yeon-jin spot two men breaking into Vincenzo’s apartment. They confront them, and it seems all Cheol-wook’s boasts about his martial arts skills weren’t complete nonsense. But Yeon-jin steals the spotlight when she power lifts one man above her head and drops him like a professional weightlifter. The men manage to escape after blinding the couple with pepper spray.

Elsewhere, Cha-young and Vincenzo leave the restaurant with the Babel victims’ families. One woman grabs Vincenzo in a hug and thanks him, which soon turns into a group hug. A masked man watches the happy group from his car.

Vincenzo drops Cha-young off at her place, and Cha-young immediately notices footprints once she’s inside. A masked man with a hammer approaches, and right as he’s about to attack, his partner yells outside. Vincenzo enters and steps up to take care of the assailant with the hammer.

Cha-young tries to chip in with her backscratcher, but Vincenzo gently moves her so he can handle it. He’d noticed the men following them since they left the restaurant, so he’s plenty prepared. When it’s obvious Vincenzo has the upper hand, the man tosses the hammer at Cha-young and runs out.

Vincenzo tackles Cha-young onto the couch as the hammer smashes through the window. He goes to run after them, but Cha-young stops him. Now that the adrenaline has worn off, she sinks to the ground.

Elsewhere, Myung-hee and Attorney Han stand by nervously while Chairman Jang chastises the kidnapped prosecutors on Joon-woo’s orders. When Joon-woo walks in wearing his hockey helmet and carrying his stick, Chairman Jang ushers Myung-hee and Attorney Han to the side.

Joon-woo begins brutally beating the sidekick prosecutor over the head, splattering the shocked bystanders in his blood. Chairman Jang flinches and shakes as Joon-woo rampages and then wonders in singsong if the man is dead while poking his lifeless body.

Joon-woo then moves on to Chief Prosecutor Hwang and says his soccer-playing son is next. Chief Prosecutor Hwang begs Chairman Jang hysterically for his son’s life while Chairman Jang watches helplessly.

After he’s had his psychopathic fun, Joon-woo calmly wipes the blood off his hockey stick. Attorney Han hides behind the ever-composed Myung-hee. Joon-woo orders Chairman Jang to beef up his personal security since he’s Joon-woo’s “Achilles’ heel.”

Meanwhile, Cha-young is still shaken. She assumes Babel or Wusang was behind the attack, but Vincenzo thinks it was too sloppy. He freaks her out with his casual talk of how they were likely just trying to hurt her – they’d have tried to strangle or stab her if they’d wanted her dead.

Vincenzo encourages her to stay with a friend tonight, so she makes a call … to Vincenzo. He immediately refuses, but she can’t reach anyone else. Vincenzo takes her to a hotel because she insists she’s not scared.

There’s a moment in the car where he takes off his seatbelt and leans toward her. Cha-young is all ready for some romance, but instead he just leans across her to push open her door and send her on her way.

Inside, Cha-young can’t help but read something sinister in every face she passes, but the last straw is the man fixing the lock on her room’s door. Seeing all his dangerous tools, she panics and goes running.

At home, Vincenzo thanks Cheol-wook and Yeon-jin – whose eyes are still pepper sprayed shut – for running off the intruders. The gathered tenants assume they must’ve been petty thieves if Cheol-wook could fight them, but Team Leader Ahn worries someone put a hit out on Vincenzo.

Inside, Vincenzo hears loud cooing coming from his bedroom and finds Inzaghi and a friend chilling after ripping apart his bedding. Unable to catch them, he cedes his room to the pigeons. Later that night, someone knocks rapidly on his door.

Cha-young invites herself in and eats his ramyeon. Since the pigeons claimed his bedroom, Vincenzo lets Cha-young sleep on the sofa while he sleeps on the living room floor. He allows her to ask two more Mafia related questions.

She asks about Mafia bosses, and Vincenzo says not all are heartless like in the media. He shares that his boss Fabio was like a father to him. Cha-young next asks if Vincenzo has ever had to dole out Mafia justice himself.

Vincenzo looks uncomfortable as he lies that he’s never killed anyone – he’s just a lawyer. Cha-young seems relieved as she says she thought so and goes on about how Vincenzo wouldn’t do that, even for the Mafia. It’s not that she’d cut ties with him if he had killed, but he’d seem distant, like someone “trapped in a mural.”

Cha-young thinks that’d be a sad existence, but Vincenzo says he wants a life away from people. She assumes he doesn’t want to get hurt by others and laughs when he argues he’s just tired of people asking him for money. That night, Vincenzo dreams of the people he’s killed and tortured.

The next morning, Cha-young sees an article about Chief Prosecutor Hwang’s sidekick dying. Supposedly, Prosecutor Seo drove off a cliff while drunk. Vincenzo dismisses the idea that it’s related to their break-ins – this death was too meticulous.

Over breakfast, Joon-woo notices Chairman Jang’s nervous behavior and guesses he startled him last night. He mentions that he’s sent someone to Italy to do a check on Vincenzo and cautions that things must go perfectly from now on. Chairman Jang haltingly says he has something to tell Joon-woo. Whatever it is makes Joon-woo throw his glass against the wall in rage.

Joon-woo video calls Cha-young from the office. He comments that her house looks different, and then Vincenzo pops into the frame. Cha-young nonchalantly says she slept at Vincenzo’s place and hangs up amidst Joon-woo’s sputtering.

When Vincenzo heads out, he’s startled to see Team Leader Ahn literally lying in wait under his car. He acts all furtive and passes Vincenzo his contact info in case he’s in danger. Pfft, it’s one of those pop-up cards and has Team Leader Ahn’s face in the center of a heart.

Team Leader Ahn is sure Vincenzo has noticed that he’s no mere kitchen assistant. He gives some knowing winks and runs off … promptly falling on his face. Naturally, Vincenzo is confused by this whole interaction.

Jipuragi focuses their efforts on the people around Chairman Jang. Given the tightened security, they’ll have to find a more indirect way to get to the real boss. While Cha-young digs deeper into why Jong-moon is being protected by the prosecution, Vincenzo goes to meet Young-woon. The hackers succeeded in getting Wang Shaolin’s (the commissioner of the gold room) biometrics, so their next step is vacating Nanyak Temple.

Vincenzo pays the monks a visit and is surprised to see Mi-ri there praying. Apparently, she’s converted to Buddhism. She leaves but lurks outside to eavesdrop while Vincenzo tries to convince Monk Jeokha to move out. Despite Vincenzo’s arguments that it’s not safe here, the monks are determined to stay and fight for Geumga Plaza.

At Wusang, Attorney Han frets about how far things have gone, but Myung-hee argues they defected to the dark side long ago. Joon-woo barges in and asks Myung-hee to relay a message to Chief Prosecutor Hwang. Cut to prosecutors swarming Taesan Bank with their iconic blue boxes.

Meanwhile, CEO Park and his diminished team try to rebuild with the little they have left. They move into an empty unit in Geumga Plaza and rebrand as a travel agency. The tenants aren’t happy, but they have more pressing matters.

They hold a meeting where they decide to hunt for the gold together and split what they find. The tenants disagree on whether the gold should be split evenly, but they don’t want to ask Jipuragi since that would mean letting three more people in on their treasure hunt.

The Jipuragi team watches a news report on two bank presidents being arrested, and Vincenzo puts together that Babel killed Prosecutor Seo as a threat to Chief Prosecutor Hwang. Cha-young gets a call from Prosecutor Jung, so she and Vincenzo head out to meet him.

A fan of their Babel case work, Prosecutor Jung eagerly shares his suspicions that Jong-moon is intending to strike a deal with Babel. When Vincenzo explains that Chairman Jang is a decoy boss, Prosecutor Jung recalls Jong-moon’s remarks about “those jerks” not respecting the former chairman even in death.

They put together that Jong-moon was referring to both sons, and Prosecutor Jung realizes Jong-moon’s call to a burner phone must’ve been to the real boss who is likely Chairman Jang’s older brother. Unfortunately for Cha-young and Vincenzo, Prosecutor Jung is very straightlaced and won’t entertain their more creative methods.

At home, Joon-woo looks at the picture one of his spies sent of Cha-young, Vincenzo, and Prosecutor Jung meeting. Chairman Jang flounces in quite proud of himself and presents a document to Joon-woo. It looks like Babel got an American backer and partner for RDU-90 manufacturing. And now, both banks that were investigated have invested in Babel.

To make things worse, Prosecutor Jung calls and says Jong-moon is denying everything which means he’s sided with Babel. Out of options, Prosecutor Jung agrees to Jipuragi’s less-than-legal idea. They’ll pretend to be assassins from Babel to get what they need out of Jong-moon.

When they get to the safehouse that night, the police guards and Jong-moon are already dead. As if that weren’t enough, Cha-young gets a worrisome text from one of the victims apologizing for the rash plan they’re about to enact. We cut to a van parked in a reed field.

That night, Myung-hee stuffs her face in her office, Attorney Han practices his golf swing, Chairman Jang plays with his new gun, and Joon-woo dances alone to his own awesomeness. In the early hours of the morning, Vincenzo and Cha-young rush to the field. Everyone in the van is dead.


 
COMMENTS

That trip was obviously going to end in death; everyone was too happy. The deaths keep piling up in this drama. I’m not even sure what the death count is at this point, and we’re not even halfway. Most of the deaths have been strategic and for a purpose, but Joon-woo’s killing of that prosecutor was something else. That scene was particularly disturbing for the casual brutality and the way Joon-woo reveled in it. His joy contrasted with everyone else’s horror created such a chilling tone. Given Joon-woo’s reign of terror, it’s just as likely Babel will implode as be taken down by outside forces. Chairman Jang is this close to mutiny, and I’m wondering if Attorney Han is going to break. He’s not made of the same stuff Myung-hee is, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he either defects or ends up dead or both. The crazier Joon-woo gets, the more likely he’ll be taken down by his supposed allies.

Since Joon-woo is looking into Vincenzo’s past in Italy, it’s only a matter of time before Vincenzo’s Mafia involvement comes out. I know Vincenzo is trying to move on from his violent past, but taking down someone like Joon-woo might require him to go a little darker than he’s been of late. I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of rooting for a full-on dark Vincenzo. Not that I’m a fan of violent retribution per se, but it’d be a more interesting narrative move. This episode highlighted how Vincenzo is still grappling with his Mafia past, so I imagine that will be more of a theme going forward and might foreshadow choices he’ll have to make as things progress. The look in Vincenzo’s eyes at the end of this episode makes me think he may not be far from doling out some Mafia-style justice.

Besides Babel’s insanity, there’s also the break-in at Vincenzo’s and the attack on Cha-young to deal with. If those events really aren’t related to Babel and Wusang, then that means Jipuragi has even more enemies. Although, those enemies don’t seem particularly competent, so there’s that. And then, there’s still the issue of the gold. Now that the tenants are poking around and Mi-ri overheard Vincenzo trying to convince the monks to move, Vincenzo is going to have a hard time sneaking the gold out even if his and Young-woon’s plan to get in the safe works.

I knew there’d be some tragic reason Kyung-ja gave Vincenzo up, so it’s not surprising if she did so because she thought she was dying. How cruel, then, that she was “miraculously” healed years later when it was likely too late for her to get him back. I’m looking forward to seeing mother and son lay it all out in the open because they both keep so much bottled inside. Until they deal with their issues, they’ll both remain stuck in the past. We haven’t heard anything really about Vincenzo’s adoptive parent(s), which is curious. His surname is Cassano like the Mafia family, but was he given that name later or was he actually legally adopted by someone in that family? He refers to his boss Fabio as being like a father, which I’m guessing means he’s not his adoptive father. Hopefully, we’ll dive into backstory a little more as we move into the latter half of the drama.

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Is it just me or is taec starting to feel more mafia than Vincenzo himself hahaha

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He's got a lot of dirty tricks up his sleeves that's right

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I just recently caught up to this drama and my god what a fun ride it has been. I so regret catching up only because the wait is going to kill me.

There is so much I want to say but just based on this week's episode I can feel they are going to ramp up the revenge which will hopefully bring out a darker Vincenzo in the upcoming episodes. I also love how this director takes my breath away with her ending shots which is reminiscent of her past drama Money flower that I just have to click the next episode.

This writer doesn't fail with his constant themes and foreshadowing and I'm guessing the sweet potato was a symbol of the hindrance the Jipuragi law firm was going to face but what only kills you makes you stronger right? I have no doubt that Vincenzo and Cha Young will pay Babel and Wusang back 100 folds.

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The men manage to escape after blinding the couple with pepper spray.

Pepper spray is supposedly quite nasty and I would have thought V's place would be uninhabitable for a while and he would have had to join her in the hotel room. The good news is that if he opened the bedroom door the stink would probably have driven the pigeons back out the window.

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Haha, I guess Vincenzo scare the pigeons enough that he can't think about it ...

I heard Filippo Inzaghi (the footballer the pigeon is named after) is very good at positioning on the field, waiting for the ball and execute the final lethal kick. I guess the Pigeon Inzaghi is very good at that too.

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We supossedly had to believe how horrible, awful, and sadistic Joonwoo was ever since they revealed him as the Babel Boss but fluffy Taecyeon took my head so much that I wasn't even an inch convinced that he is a full-fledged psychopath (yes even knowing that he basically killed his father but I thought it was more of a life-long hatred rather than psychopathic tendency) before the moment he full-swung that hockey stick at the jerk prosecutor and beat him to death even when he had died.......... That's effin chills and now I can't not be scared whenever he's on screen................... I was shocked that he was willing to kill someone with his own hands, but that prosecutor was an asshole, then there goes killing 4 people innocent people whose family had been wronged BY Babel. That's just crazy evil.

But all these..... then suddenly he has a soft spot for Chayoung by keep resisting to do any harm on her even going as far as getting kinda jealous of Vincenzo? I mean he literally beat someone to death with his own hands.... How am I supposed to believe he has a soft spot towards a girl........... One... Specific girl....

Other than that, everything has been fun and I love how they balanced out the heavy stuff and the quirky stuff without making one less important than the others. Also, please let Vincenzo and Chayoung has this blur line all the way till the end I LOVE THAT lmao

One thing tho..... Idk why I have bad feelings bout that very unbelievably loyal lawyer working with Vincenzo..... It's whether he's secretly evil or he's gonna die soon, both which my heart is not ready for

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That death by the hockey stick really made me shudder at Joon Woo and the fact that you can only see his eyes made it that much more terrifying.

I honestly didn’t find him that scary because he was somewhat of a goofy villain with a spontaneous temperament but that scene changed the game for him as a dangerous foe

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Usually he doesn't get too messy... he will shove you against the wall, but seem to leave the messy stuff up to other people....but that hockey stick scene was certainly messy.

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Secretly evil.

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Those blind dates...

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From my understanding, babel IS responsible for the attacks on Vincenzo and Chae-Young, not another mysterious enemy. It was planned by Chairman Jung. That was the point of Vincenzo specifying how sloppy it was in contrast with Joon-Woo's meticulous disposal of the prosecutor. That is also why he threw that glass in anger and called CY to check on her, because he had told him not to do anything and he went against his order.

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Yes,Han Seo was the one who sent the bullies to harm CY and Vincenzo....

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Okay, so we now have the cohabitation trope which is conveniently placed in. I LOL'd at ChaYoung asking why a hammer, which is VALID, death by hammer would be painful hahaha. I wonder why Vincenzo didn't own up to killing people though, after all, girl already knew he's Mafia... (yes *eyeroll*, he wants to look good because he caught feeeeelings)... but still, I think Cha Young already has an idea when they took out Zumba lawyer's magic balls.

Anyway, anybody get a feeling Chairman Jang isn't all that bothered now about Taec when he just ate after being threatened? I think he's gonna be even crazier than his brother. Let's just wait and see.

Just wanted to highlight the exposure that sweet potatoes got in this episode. I believe they were featured 3x: at Jipuragi office, at the monk's basement temple, and at the meeting with the prosecutor. Sweet potato (고구마/Goguma) is a Korean slang for a frustrated, impatient feeling similar to when you eat sweet potato w/o any drink (dry mouth). This is prob how Vincenzo felt about getting the gold or how he still doesn't know who 'babo' was.

And witty wordplay by the writer: Babel boss is shortened to 'babo' which we know is fool in Korean.

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Along with the sweet potato and cider means refresing as their slang

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cider the lemonade brand that quenches your thirst or in the case of our OTP...the thirst for justice. Love how even Vincenzo didn't get that slang and was offering to buy her soda. LOL

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Thank you for explaining about the sweet potato. I wondered why they kept showing that.
Ah the wonders of implying without talking.

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I think it's more than Vincenzo trying to look good but more about his nature as he is more than sure afraid to say the whole truth and show her his most ugly side because she could be disgusted and put a wall between them even more after their talk on the matter...We're talking about a man who is still deeply wounded by the abandoment from his childhood and he never trully let anyone close to him enough to be hurt again and now he cares for once for another person(like he did for her father)doesn't need to be romantic and he is afraid...

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I'm also confused by Chairman Jang. I mean, every time he's alone after he's received some kind of threat or lecture by JoonWoo, he just stays calmed as if nothing ever happened. I think they are equally nuts, and the fact that he could eat as if nothing had happened was another sign to me that he has a plan of his own.

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I think VINCENZO is feeling good about being around somebody who doesn't know his past and treats him as some sort of crusading angel. And, in a lovely dynamic, she's enjoying that as well. Her dark past may not be as bad as his but it's there. There's a key difference between her father and VINCENZO and that is that VINCENZO wins. For once they both get to do good things for good people and win at the same time and they're both enjoying that rush. If she knew he was a murderer she'd look at him differently and he likes cosplaying as a good guy. Also if there's one thing the mafia is famous for it's protecting one's own. It's not surprising that VINCENZO is motivated to get revenge for a man who (albeit briefly) was a replacement father figure for a man who had literally just been murdered. Basically, their whole Odd Couple buddy cop partnership is a hair's thread from collapsing under the weight of who they are as people and what they've done. I don't think either of them are ready for that yet.

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Oh forced cohabitation trope! I love it! And they shared the same room because of a pigeon, Inzaghi is my new hero xD

For the rest of the story, I didn't think they will kill the poor victims, at least the prosecutor was a villain. Now, Vincenzo will be on vendetta mode! I'm here for the action too!

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I thought Joon woo having a crush on Cha young was just an act and I hope it was really an act after this episode. Because an unpredictable psycho sadistic murderer having a crush.........is not a good thing at all. I am getting worried about Cha young more than ever before. Thankfully, Vincenzo is there on her side, so I hope nothing bad will happen. I just feel so bad for Cha young. The poor girl is going through shocking incidents one after the other. It will be soon when she learns about the true colors of Joon woo and how heartbroken she would be.

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So Chairman Jang is definitely plotting something. For whatever reason he is bidding his time in order to strike. He might not be the smartest, but he is cunning. Also the killing of those people was so unnecessary, I mean why? The team leader Ahn scene was funny, when he tripped and pretended like he was okay. I laughed alot.

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Team Leader Ahn is my favorite character, with the pigeon coming in a close second.

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I like Inzaghi too, lol.

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I feel like people thinking he's an idiot (and sure he's not as intelligent as Joon-woo, Vincenzo, and Cha-young) will give him the advantage of being underestimated.

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I actually saw it coming the killing of those poor victims but it took more time...I believed he would hunt them down right away after the explosion to get his payback and prove a point as well...This was also a message for Vincenzo to show him what happenes when people mess with him...

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Oh I get that, it was still unnecessary. For me that is more chilling than killing the prosecutor. It goes to his character. Murder just to do it.

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I think Chairman Jang is as psycho as JoonWoo. The way he calmly ate his meal after being menaced by his brother as if nothing ever happened... They probably end up killing each other and dying together.

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For me, one of the highlights of this show is I'm caring about all the side characters too (one of my criteria for a good drama). They are all complete oddballs, but I genuinely want to know how each story of theirs will unfold. Particularly, I'm very curious about when the NIS guy will have his background revealed and how this will add to the mix.

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I hate it that HCY runs to see Junwoo , everytime he calls to see her, with flimsy reasons.
It's scary how Junwoo might show his scary obsessive side on her.
I hope she does not get hurt physically by Junwoo!
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I actually had to take a minute after the hockey stick scene. It was just so brutal and he was so psychotic and gleeful that it really got to me. Joon woo is getting scarier by the episode and I think he is starting to loose some of his control

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Thanks for the recap! This show continues to be silly and serious in just the right amount each week.
But this time they went so DARK! When he beat that prosecutor to death without seeming to even care about it, I was so shocked!
Now I wonder what and how Chairman Jang is going to change.

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I love Inzaghi and friends! 🤣

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I wonder if Inzaghi and his increasing number of friends will be there in the final face-off. Like just when Joon-woo's about to kill Vincenzo, he gets attached by pigeons.

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That would be a blast,Vincenzo and his new clan...

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There better be an homage to John Woo’s Hong Kong classics ... pigeons instead of doves, not withstanding....

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

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The drama really knows how to deliver on the tragedy and humor. I wonder if Cha-young suspects any sort of connection between Vincenzo and his mom and is just keeping quiet for now, just like how she kept quiet about knowing he was mafia.

I loved how during the attack on Cha-young, she exaggerated the number of belt degrees she had - eight!- and the attacker looked at her wall of certificates and was like, "seven".

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I thought the attacker added up the degrees she mentioned. Third degree blackbelt in taekwondo + second degree blackbelt in both jujitsu and hapkido. That's why she accepted he was right and even counted out three, two, two = seven! 😂🤣

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In the first episode his half brother does say "Our Father" but it wasn't translated well so he was adopted...

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This episode really show the difference between Vincenzo and Joon woo. where one enjoy violence (that was chilling scene), the other do not enjoy violence to the point that it affect him with sleepless nights and nightmare. We can clearly see who is human and who is monster.

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Chairman Jang definitely seems to have underlying issues himself (understandable with his family) but I also feel like he's playing some sort of long game. Meanwhile, Joon-woo's motivations are still not clear to me.

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“That trip was obviously going to end in death; everyone was too happy.”
@quirkycase, why is it that was so obvious? Have I just watched too much kdrama? The victims were all, we’re going on a trip! and I literally said to the screen, “and you are gonna die”.
Also, what was the mound of burned stuff in the van? At first I thought it was briquettes so they would have died of asphyxiation but on second look I wasn’t sure.

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I'm pretty sure it is briquettes because it's a common method used for suicide.

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Since Team Leader Ahn was under Vincenzo's car, I have to wonder if he installed one of those GPS devices (that'll come in handy later). Up to now, Ahn doesn't seem to have a huge interest in having Vincenzo under constant surveillance outside of the plaza building, but who knows.

That pop-up card though! Too funny!

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I mean, I love the show and I think it is a pretty well written one. But given that there's an NIS character in the mix who's very much aware that Babel and Wusang are criminals why is he not doing anything about them? I wonder if NIS is actually aware of what's going on.

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I feel sad about this episode.

When the prosecutor finally has to call Cha-young to intervene, telling them "I prey you to help by breaking my own principle", it is sad.

Ironically, until this episode, the only one who doesn't break own principle is Vincenzo himself: his brutality has been saved for villains--or does he? In his nightmare of executing his own enemies in Italy, I saw one of the possible victims holding a stuffed bear. I am not sure if he intentionally killed him/her (the show didn't show the person's face), but I think he is truly tormented by that. He does has his conscience, and he is tortured by breaking them. I guess his return to South Korea because he doesn't want to do that anymore (and that is why he lies to Cha-young that he didn't kill people in Italy: another sad moment I felt when watching the show--he feels shameful about that, and he fears Cha-young will leave him after she knows that?) I start to think that his leaving Italy is not because he was pushed away from his mafia family, and those gold under the basement may mean something more than his retirement saving--He is looking for salvation, and at this point, he finds none.

He keeps on rejecting Cha-young's love on him (and in style, like what he did before the hotel--I will be very angry if I am Cha-young), if he did feel that before, because he think he doesn't deserve to be loved (he actually said that himself at one time, before Cha-young in one of those sleepless night). I guess other then "Being evil to fight evil," forgiveness and salvation would be the other theme of Vincenzo.

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I wonder how Babel is still an existing. I mean, it's ruled by two brothers who don't rule it, but destroy it, and it's public image is rock bottom and no one seems to be working on it: projects cancelled, labs destroyed...

I also found JoonWoo's action totally insane. He's going beyond psycho. I mean if he loses it this way at this stage surely he would totally lose it very soon. Does this mean HanSeo will take over his place? I think he's just waiting to see JoonWoo burn in the fire he's already started. Hopefully they both burn on it.

As for Vincenzo, I'm sorry I'm not invested at all in his relation with his mum. I know we are supposed to like him because the anti-hero, but he was raised in a Mafia family and was a killer. He's directly responsible for dozens of deaths... I can't overlook that, and I don't really like ChaYoung falling for him. She's always been grey, but Vincenzo's past may be too much.

P.S. Yes. You know it. I love Taec (even if his portrayal of a psycho is not exactly the best one, this is unconditional love. Period.)

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Have you seen Taec in Wonderful Days?

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No, I've read he's adorable there.

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I saw him there first, as the very young father of twins, one a super smart girl, and the other a not so smart boy.

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I thought that the 4 family members committed suicide by curbing something in the van with all the doors and windows closed. I didn't interpret it as them being murdered by Joon-Woo's thugs. One of them had even texted Cha-young apologetically saying they were about to do something foolish.

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The prosecutor wasn’t killed. That is incorrect.

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