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Vincenzo: Episode 13

Now that the real chairman of Babel has decided to come forward, the company prepares for an official inauguration ceremony. The Jipuragi team and the prosecution attempt to use the situation to their advantage and work behind the scenes to expose the chairman’s true nature. Meanwhile, our lead struggles to deal with a significant setback in his plans to retrieve the gold.

 
EPISODE 13

Young-woon keeps his gun on Vincenzo as he promises not to hurt him if he lets him leave with one, specific gold bar. Ah, so he’s after the file. He finds the bar he’s looking for and lets Vincenzo take a gold bar as well. As promised, Young-woon doesn’t lock Vincenzo in and lets him out into the temple.

Young-woon warns Vincenzo that he’ll shoot if he tries to follow him. Vincenzo asks why he only took one bar and notes that, rather than carrying around the heavy bar, he should just take the Guillotine file out. Young-woon is shocked he knows, but Vincenzo has already figured out it’s the reason Young-woon has been helping this whole time.

Vincenzo gets in Young-woon’s head by asking if he thinks the file is really in there. Young-woon looks down at the bar to check, and Vincenzo takes the opportunity to swipe his gun. They start fighting, but Vincenzo quickly gains the upper hand and ends up with both the gun and the Guillotine file.

Elsewhere, Joon-woo takes over the auction for Babel Tower. While everyone starts trying to outbid each other with the sketchy favors they can offer Babel, Director Tae walks in. He introduces himself to Joon-woo and apologizes for being late.

Back at Nanyak Temple, Vincenzo checks the gun and finds that Young-woon didn’t load it. Young-woon tells him that he’s actually an agent for the International Security Intelligence Service (him too?!) and approached Wang Shaolin as a fake corporate spy to track down the Guillotine file. He truly did meet Vincenzo coincidentally when Vincenzo saved him.

Vincenzo had already known Young-woon was lying about how he got the biometrics, but he only now realizes Young-woon killed Wang Shaolin last year and obtained them then. Vincenzo wonders why he waited so long and let the monks move in. Young-woon hadn’t finished planning and thought it would’ve been riskier to leave the space empty and have someone come across the room.

On the bus, several of the tenants start to suspect Vincenzo after seeing him meet with Young-woon right as they left. CEO Park directly voices their concern that those two are looking for the gold and points out the oddity of luring them out by offering all that money to whoever takes the best photo.

At the temple, Vincenzo asks why Young-woon hasn’t reported the file’s whereabouts to his agency yet. Who is he selling it to? Young-woon admits he hasn’t decided yet. He’s more interested in discussing how Vincenzo discovered the file. Vincenzo vaguely replies that he has informants.

Meanwhile, the tenants turn the bus around and split up to search Geumga Plaza. Vincenzo finally answers Cha-young’s call warning him everyone is headed their way. He and Young-woon frantically toss the gold and their supplies back into the hatch and close it.

Cha-young manages to catch Hong-shik and Mi-ri as they head toward the temple. She stalls them with nonsense about the gold being in their hearts, like her father said. But when they hear a sound from the temple, she can’t hold them back.

They find Vincenzo and Young-woon doing a traditional 108 bows to rid themselves of greed and selfishness. Mi-ri notices a loose board underneath them but says nothing and lets Cha-young lead her away.

Once they’re gone, Young-woon informs Vincenzo that the device with Wang Shaolin’s biometrics was in his jacket … the one Vincenzo tossed into the hatch during their little cleanup. The monks return to find them bawling their eyes out over their misfortunes and think they’ve been enlightened.

Later, Vincenzo guilts the tenants who he considers “like family” for suspecting him. Cha-young and Joo-sung comfort him and join in the act when he breaks down in tears and says he needs time to heal. He excuses himself, still crying, leaving the tenants feeling awful.

Back in the office, Vincenzo reports that the gold and the file is there. They all jump and hug for joy until Vincenzo says they can’t get back in. He breaks down crying for real, and Joo-sung faints.

Joon-woo is happy with the results of their auction. Their bases are covered with the courts, press, and intelligence agencies in their pocket. Chairman Jang – who I’ll start referring to as Han-seo since he’s no longer even chairman in name – only speaks to express his utmost loyalty and accepts Joon-woo’s order to do nothing.

Attorney Han strategically brings up the Guillotine file against Myung-hee’s wishes and makes sure Joon-woo knows she wanted to hide it. Meanwhile, at Jipuragi, they all mourn the loss of their gold. Cha-young begs the smart consigliere to figure something out, but Vincenzo is adamant the only way is to demolish the building.

Attorney Han and Myung-hee explain to Joon-woo that the file could cause major damage to Babel and even has personal info on their father. Myung-hee estimates that half of the people at the auction are also in the file. Joon-woo orders Attorney Han to find the file at all costs.

Once they leave, Myung-hee warns Attorney Han it’s dangerous to play both sides like this, trying to prove his loyalty to Joon-woo after siding with his brother. Attorney Han insists he’s not that brave and vows that he’ll always be loyal to her before running off.

The following day in Prosecutor Jung’s office, Vincenzo and Cha-young watch footage of the union leader’s body being taken by a group of men – some of whom have those sword tattoos – to prevent a union funeral that will garner press attention and encourage union members.

Without the union leader’s testimony or any hard evidence, Prosecutor Jung argues it’d be useless to summon Joon-woo now. He tried confronting Myung-hee about the union leader’s death, but she’d brazenly claimed she had nothing to do with it. There’s little Prosecutor Jung can do, so he leaves it to Jipuragi to find evidence through their more creative means.

Cha-young gives a team briefing on Geumga Plaza’s roof. The team in charge of dealing with union-related issues (the “Vision Team”) answers directly to the chairman and is very loyal. Under them is the company union, which is not to be confused with the nice union whose leader was murdered. Jipuragi decides to start by looking into the company union leader.

As he waits for someone at a restaurant, Young-woon thinks about how Vincenzo said he always saw him as a friend. Vincenzo believed Young-woon that he felt the same way and suggested they continue working together to figure out the gold situation. His reverie is interrupted when a man whose face we don’t see arrives.

Elsewhere, Han-seo and Attorney Han have a secret meeting and argue over whose fault it is that their uprising went so spectacularly wrong. Attorney Han apologizes for his bad advice that Han-seo didn’t need to aim well because he was using a shotgun, but he doubts Joon-woo will kill his own brother. When Han-seo reminds him Joon-woo killed their father, Attorney Han is all, “Oh, right.” Pfft.

Attorney Han wants to think positive thoughts, but Han-seo says the best case scenario is where he gets to live but isn’t allowed to do anything. Attorney Han suggests he take this as a break and become an “even bigger idiot.” Get Joon-woo to lower his guard. Next thing we know, Myung-hee is picking Han-seo up from the police station where he’s making a scene after assaulting someone at a bar.

The press is unsurprisingly positive about Joon-woo’s upcoming inauguration as Babel chairman, but Prosecutor Jung has prepared a less enthusiastic welcome. He’s issued a summons about the anti-union charges for the day after Joon-woo’s inauguration. Myung-hee’s only concern is if the Vision Team gets raided; otherwise, there’s nothing the prosecution can do.

At home, Han-seo apologizes for causing trouble before Joon-woo’s inauguration ceremony, but Joon-woo prefers his little brother thoughtless and tells him to keep living that way. Joon-woo even bought Han-seo a watch as a token of their brotherhood and unity of purpose to grow Babel.

Because an episode wouldn’t be complete without Joon-woo manhandling and threatening his brother, he yanks Han-seo by his tie and shares that the only reason he let him live after the shooting incident is so he’d have a fall guy if need be. Han-seo immediately agrees to go to prison for him if necessary.

As the inauguration ceremony begins, the Jipuragi team meets over PPL lunch and goes over what they know. The company union leader was once a close friend of and right-hand man to the deceased union leader; he betrayed them and went to Babel’s side.

On the other hand, Team Leader Park of the Vision Team is the extremely loyal type. Jipuragi plans to take advantage of their traitorous and loyal natures respectively. They’ll start with the traitor.

The Jipuragi team plus their trusty sidekicks Team Leader Ahn and Cheol-wook pose as members of the Twin Swords gang and kidnap the traitor. They make him think Babel wants to get rid of him and scare him into agreeing to do whatever they want. They have him call Team Leader Park and blackmail him, demanding two billion won or else he’ll divulge all the team’s illegal activities.

Vincenzo and Cha-young visit Prosecutor Jung and hand him an official list of the anti-union strategies Babel compiled and has put into effect. With this document, he can get a warrant for the Vision Team.

Over dinner, Jipuragi and its honorary members argue over who’d make the best Mafia member. They decide they should all follow Vincenzo to Italy and become consiglieres. Vincenzo tells them about an old family ritual where they’d throw pig’s blood on the rival family’s new boss as an intimidating welcome present. The guys think it sounds gross, but Cha-young thinks it’d be fun to see.

The next day, Joon-woo shows up for his summons and vows to the reporters outside that he intends to fully cooperate and build back the people’s trust in Babel. The news reports are ridiculously rosy about Joon-woo and treat him like a celebrity.

In the interrogation room, Prosecutor Jung watches Joon-woo and thinks about Vincenzo and Cha-young’s request to leak that there will be a raid of the Vision Team. Their goal is to prove Joon-woo is the one who gave the orders to suppress the union, not to get evidence of the activities. In fact, they want them to remove evidence.

At the Vision Team office, Team Leader Park is informed of the upcoming raid and orders his subordinates to take the evidence they don’t have time to dispose of to one of the employee’s cars.

Team Leader Ahn and Joo-sung pose as security and let Cheol-wook know which elevator to head to. But they get caught quickly, so Team Leader Ahn flashes his agent ID and says they were sent to protect the Vision Team.

Cheol-wook follows the employee out of the elevator to his car. The poor man is terrified. I would be too if someone followed me with that hella awkward and creepy stride. (Those stiff arms with that hip action makes for a terrifying sight.) Vincenzo and Cha-young are waiting by the employee’s car and wrestle the box from him.

In the interrogation room, Prosecutor Jung ordered food and has made no move yet to question Joon-woo. Myung-hee receives a text about the thwarted raid and gloats that she now knows why Prosecutor Jung has been stalling. Prosecutor Jung is unfazed and tells Joon-woo he’s free to go “spread lies” at his scheduled lecture.

Meanwhile, Jipuragi has the traitor handcuffed in a pool as he makes another call to Team Leader Park demanding the money. After they finish, Vincenzo heads to the lecture venue and pays one of the planners to help him with a supposed surprise event for his girlfriend.

Joon-woo arrives at the venue and is bombarded by adoring fans wanting his autograph. Han-seo introduces Joon-woo onstage, and the brothers do a performative hug. Vincenzo and Cha-young watch from the balcony with popcorn.

Joon-woo announces Babel’s next venture, electric cars, with a video. Suddenly, the commercial is replaced with video of the traitor meeting with Team Leader Park – their Babel affiliation and titles explicitly stated – and blackmailing him over the anti-union documents. The audience gasps when Team Leader Park says he only does what the chairman orders.

Cheol-wook is holding the sound engineers hostage at the soundboard, so Han-seo can’t reach anyone to pull the plug on the video. Judging by his little smile at this turn of events, he’s not exactly broken up about it.

In the balcony, Vincenzo tells Cha-young it’s not over yet – she’s about to witness something exciting. Right on time, a vat of what looks like blood is dumped onto Joon-woo’s head. The crowd is in shock, and the cameras are steady flashing.

Vincenzo and Cha-young are illuminated by a spotlight as they stand and cheer loudly. Beside the stage, Han-seo struggles to hold in his laughter at the sight. Covered in red, Joon-woo glares with renewed hatred at his nemeses.

 
COMMENTS

Publicly humiliating an egotistical maniac is certainly one way of getting under his skin. I’m not sure which Joon-woo was angrier at, the incriminating video or the dousing. Babel and Wusang will no doubt find some way to explain away the video and spin the press, but to have that kind of commotion on Joon-woo’s first official day as chairman doesn’t look good. It also doesn’t help that he was holding a lecture for students. With the prosecution and Jipuragi gunning for him, Joon-woo and his team are going to be busy constantly trying to clean their image and prevent negative press. Even if they can evade legal consequences, maintaining public support is another matter. These things add up, and the public is bound to turn against Babel the more their sketchy behavior leaks.

Besides the external issues, there’s also the internal fracturing that hasn’t been resolved. Han-seo and Attorney Han may not be actively mutinying at the moment, but they’re not exactly loyal to Joon-woo and would likely try again if it wouldn’t get them killed. These two make a great comedy duo, but their usurping needs some work. Han-seo is so gullible and just listens to Attorney Han’s advice every time, even if it’s terrible. They’re no match for Joon-woo and Myung-hee, and I’m afraid they’re both going to end up dead if they don’t get help. By the way, a note on names: now that Joon-woo is officially “Chairman Jang,” it made more sense to start calling the old Chairman Jang by his first name Han-seo. I’ll keep using Joon-woo to stay consistent and clear rather than switching to Han-seok or, even more confusingly, Chairman Jang.

I can’t say I’m surprised Babel even has the intelligence community in their pocket. Is there any government agency they haven’t infiltrated? Taking down Babel doesn’t seem like enough at this point. If the right people can get ahold of the Guillotine file and use it to root out all the corrupt officials, that’d be icing on the cake. I don’t imagine Director Tae’s involvement with Babel and whatever other dirty secrets he’s hiding will go over well with the sweet and idealistic Team Leader Ahn. Even in that kind of job where he constantly monitors violent crimes, Team Leader Ahn remains strangely optimistic and naive. Judging by his attitude toward Vincenzo, he sees the best in people and is willing to do whatever it takes to fight for his beliefs.

Young-woon, on the other hand, seems jaded and weary. He basically admitted to Vincenzo that he’s planning on selling the file rather than reporting it. Seeing as he has access to all that gold, it must not be just for the money. I wonder if Young-woon is aware of the corruption within the agency and that has something to do with his decision to keep it out of their hands. Young-woon doesn’t seem like a person with no conscience, so I’m hoping that whoever he’s working for or dealing information to isn’t with Babel or someone equally terrible, at the very least. I’m glad the show did surprise me and didn’t have Vincenzo completely prepared for Young-woon’s betrayal. He caught some of his lies and knew something was up, but he still didn’t expect Young-woon to go that far. That blind spot for his friend makes Vincenzo seem more human and less superhero-y.

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I love this drama (almost as much as I love Taec, haha).
Episodes are not long enough to enjoy the absurdity and ridiculousness.

I don't really care about the plot or how it's going to end, who's going to die (some of the main cast will do for sure) or if anyone would ever get the gold. I live for those absurd moments and surrealistic lines that I keep rewatching over and over: Agent Ahn flapping his ID to every single person and then posing it by his face; Jirupagi crew meeting in the rooftop for no reason or being high and then low about the gold, or wondering if JoonWoo is an idol (ptffffff); Yeong Woon and Vincenzo taking the 108 bows; the monks!!! Every single scene with them is pure gold!!; Attorney Han trying to make others do what he will never directly do; the Balloon company crew... even PPL is funny in this drama!!

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Yes I'm really enjoying the long episodes. Even the tenants are growing on me now. Hope they keep it up for the next 6 episodes.

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Episodes are not long enough, @eazal, but at least it has 4 more episodes than usual drama.

The show is intentionally flat on characters and ridiculous on plot, like a grand political cartoon of South Korea, which is good (I said 2 episodes before that the show is like Stephen Chow's comedy, and I appreciated that. I still do). However I hope the show doesn't become simply a valve to release public anger on all the social issues and that's that (as the pig blood ritual in the end of this episode). Vincenzo is surely attractive going against those villains who are surely larger than life, but we are living in democracies (either in South Korea, Spain, or Canada). I am not telling the show to show us solution, but at least giving us strength to fight on.

This is my wish to the screenwriter.

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You've pointed out all the things that really make this series so fun and enjoyable! And the drama really packs in a lot of fun into each hour and a half. Reminds me of those times when I watch 30 rock, Community, Parks and Rec, or the Good Place - the jokes per minute is high and it takes great writing, directing, and acting to pull off!

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I don't love Taecyeon at all (not even in this drama lol), but I do LOVE this drama, it's got so much panache and fun that it's impossible not to. Even the feature-length movie episodes move fast with whatever the machinations of the hour are, it's 90 minutes but often feels like it's over before I knew it!

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Vincenzo is Cha Young's personal Genie. What Cha Young wants Cha Young gets.

Wanna see the enemy drenched in pig blood? No biggie, her Vinne genie will do that for her!

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Vinnie Genie, 😂😂, I love that.

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When they said the 60s mafia used to 'throw pig blood' at enemy leaders, I pictured a little splash from a distance...

......definitely not a full-on Carrie!!!!!

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That ending was EPIC!!! to say the least 🔥

I had my mouth gaped open for good minute and clapped in awe at the last minute surprise. I love how he delivered on Cha young’s little passing comment, he’s totally fallen for her and you can’t tell me otherwise. Also as much as I love Taec he totally deserved that hehe

I could also feel Vin’s frustration from that silly mistake they made on the gold that now leaves them helpless in retrieving it, but seriously for a smart man that sure was a dumb move.

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Taec didn’t deserve it, JoonWoo did!
(Fangirl protective mode in 🤣🤣🤣)

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Right, of course not Taec he’s an absolute angel 💕

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I can remember my dawning realization that they were going to "Carrie" Joon-woo on stage, like "holy [email protected]%#! They're going to do it..." I flashbacked to the talk about the pig's blood tradition during that dinner and started smiling like crazy.

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In the whole history of Kdramaland, has any baddy ever held a big public presentation without the good guys hijacking it and playing something incriminating or at least embarrassing? Ever?

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I don't know, but I am sure Carrie (the first published novel of Stephen King, in1974, which developed into several movies and TV series) does have the exact scene.

Hats off to the screenwriter's resourcefulness, and his interesting reference to past movies and literature. It is like a feast.

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@lordcobol I thought of you when Vincenzo wailed "You have another copy of his iris right????"
Being a kdrama, of course they didn't.

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Oh how I'm loving this drama. So many absurd moments each more absurder than the other. My favourite was Vincenzo crying for the lost gold. That was hilarious. I laugh like a loon whenever the bye bye balloon crew are on the screen. Even their name is hilarious. How can the writer come up with these things it is almost genius. I really enjoy the scenes of han seo and his lawyer. Those two are so silly besides joon won and myung hee. Han seo suppressing his smiles during the last scenes was very enjoyable. So much naunce in his acting. I'm really glad that Young woon's story turned out that way. Song joon ki and jeon do yeon are seriously killing it. Love them both.

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The Bye Bye Balloon crew is also a favourite of mine!

And KDY is probably the best thing in this drama. His acting is superb!

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the Bye Bye Balloon crew are on another level of hilarity

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Do you mean Jeon Yeo-bin? I LOLed at Han-seo suppressing his smile. So relatable when you're smiling at something that should be frowned upon. And Han-seo deserves to enjoy the schadenfreude.

I also laugh when the Bye bye balloon crew shows up. I love it when a drama gets me to enjoy and look forward to the side characters along with the main characters.

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Oh my gosh I got totally confused thank you for pointing it out!!

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Bye bye balloon team are class!

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Ah, Mr. Choi! You almost killed me! Everybody in this drama is funny and so exaggerated, but it's ok, I love it. Have I ever mentioned that Song Joog-ki is freaking handsome? Now I will, he is freaking handsome!
Btw, is it normal that I hate Choi Myung-hee's character but I don't hate Jung brothers?

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i hate that i agree with you lmaoo Choi Myunghee is the character that i hate the most in this drama. Jung brothers looking too fine to hate :((

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I hate Choi Myung-hee, but I also love to hate her. The character breaks the mold on villains by looking like your run-of-the-mill ahjumma. No powersuits. No model walk. Speaks in saturi. No polish. I feel like she's the korean version of a first generation mob boss who has been working the mob scene for decades.

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Accurate. Kim Yeo-jin is absolutely magnificent as Choice Myung-hee, and I think you nailed it with the comparison of her to an old-school mob boss.

Also as for hating the character...I hate her too, despite loving Kim Yeo-jin in many roles before. That said, the hating Myung-hee and not the Jang brothers part might just have something to do with the fact that she's played by a middle-aged woman and the other two are attractive young men. (Note: I don't hate one Jang brother, still think he needs to go to jail though)

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Choi Myung Hee has nothing to like about her...

Hyung chairman was adorable as Joon woo and it's hard not to keep looking for that.

Dongsaeng chairman is just too goofy to hate.

Myung Hee has nothing to make her endearing.. her dancing is just as annoying as Cha Young makes it out to be, and she never seems to genuinely find things funny.

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And she's a cold-blooded killer!

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Chairman hyung is psychotic and has no redeeming points+ is a cold-blooded killer, chairman dongsaeng is too ridiculous to hate because he's so dumb.

....but, as I pointed out above (and no one else seems to have), maybe, just maybe, the hate for one and NOT the others, also has something to do with their being played by a middle-aged woman vs two conventionally attractive young men.

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No, I don't actually think that's the case, because villain or not, they are most of the time attractive young men, because they are leads and I have never felt that way before. I think that's because Myung-hee is doing all the talk if you know what I mean. Plus, in my opinion, the older Jung brother although psychotic, but is not all that, Myunghe is letting him achieve much more

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Hard to agree since I love the actress so much. She just does a helluva job being absolutely despicable. See also her turn as Kwak Dong Yeon (dongsaeng chairman)'s greedy, psychotic, awful, school-chairman mother in My Strange Hero. She'd give Myunghee a run for her money I'd wager.

I stand by my previous comment, but want to add on...

As a viewer, it's hard not to see Hyung as a likeable (to watch) character. Not just because he's handsome, but because Joonwoo was so likeable... like when he joined in and pretended to be a shark...just gold. Compared that to Myunghee who is only ever acting obnoxiously. Her dancing, her behavior to her work subordinates, her interactions at the prosecutor's office. Even how every time she smiles or laughs, it doesn't seem to come from a place of humor but more like from a place of hatred.

All that said, one of my favorite moments in any episode was when Chayoung met Hyung in the police hallway and didn't even bat an eye at his "it's a misunderstanding" nonsense. Joonwoo wasn't real. None of her past fondness for him was based in reality either. And it was so damn satisfying that she didn't even pretend like she believed he had any redeeming qualities and didn't waste any headspace on wrestling with her emotions about him. A++

Just because Joonwoo was fun to watch, doesn't mean I believe Hyung is redeemable as a character, so it is super nice to watch our lead reflect that.

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i think the thing that i like the most in this drama is the "protagonists" actually have power and resources as much as the villains. its so refreshing seeing our leads walk over that line to bring down the evils.
and i feel like Song Joongki getting more handsome each episode or its just me?

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Nope I also feel that he is getting more handsome as the episodes are going.

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Nope, not just you.

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Never in my decades of drama watching, did I ever think pig's blood could be such a romantic gesture. LOL Vincenzo continues to display his affections to Cha Young through his actions. Girl is clueless/conflicted by her own feelings that she doesn't even see the fact that he's practically saying "I like you" each time he grants what she wishes for. Man this mafia couple is literally burning me alive.

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the subtle ways he cares for her are k i l l i n g me

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Same but our girl is also so open about her feelings. I love it. They are made for each other.

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Every time I see they care to each other I think of Yoo-chan. This person who was killed by a truck 10 episode prior may have just put these two together, intentionally or unintentionally, because he knows he can't fight of this specific evil alone, but he thinks if they join force, they can. For Vincenzo and Cha-young, both care and got into the roots for sometimes, do need a second chance. I remember Vincenzo did say that, "Bad person doesn't deserve to be loved," and by teaming them up, Yoo-chan is telling him a huge NO.

Revenge is for those who don't repent, but for those who do, there's always redemption.

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Therefore, when someone in this comment section saying they don't want a love line in this drama, I wish, contrary, it has, it is part of the message.

And the pacing of this slow-burn love line is perfect: they didn't admit they love each other, even in the next episode, but in their heart, they know they do.

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Awwww he would be so proud if he saw them together.

And I agree. I don't think Vincenzo ever wanted to kill people. It was how he was raised and what he did to survive as part of that family. The fact that he regrets it and feels guilty about the death of that child shows that he never intended to be this way. Joon Woo on the other hand, shows no remorse and thinks that he's acting as God. There's a clear contrast between the two evils and I think our anti hero deserves the redemption.

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Yeah the going to enormous lengths to make her passing fancies come true should be a huge clue lol.

I love that they set it up just like a movie date, popcorn, live pig's blood Carrie show and all. 😂

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Mafias really know how to make things special hehee

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This drama is so funny! A spy and a mafioso failed in the most stupid way xD

At each episode, the team is gaining a new member, at the end every tenant will be a part of the team! But our main duo is the best! 🖤

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"At each episode, the team is gaining a new member."

I just concern if Vincenzo is willing to divide all golds to the tenants of Geumga Plaza ...

(And in next episode, we have another surprise tenant entering the team, haha)

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I feel like they will never get the gold and they will never get the the file either, but they will find a way to take down Babel and save their home within their own means.

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I won't say that sure, @asianromance. I don't know if this very screenwriter have something else surprising in his bag ...

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This days this show really is my guilty pleasure…This episode was fantastic…The ending was by far the most epic of it all and I just couldn’t contain myself to applaud with our Duo…Now the whole world can see the blood on Jang Han Seok as like 25 people died till now for his madness and he has no remorse what so ever…Among the so many delightful scenes my favorite aside from the ending is the one between Vincenzo and Mr. Cho when they do the fake 108 bows in the Temple…That scene is sooo hilarious I can’t stop laughing every time I see it…From the dialogue to their use of polite speech which makes me remember (Yoo Shi Jin from Decendents) switching after to informal one with the Monk ending the whole scene adding his own polite remark…I feel like Vincenzo took out the Guillotine File from that Box before tossing it in the ending as I have been re-watchign the scene and the box looked empty when it reached the ground…So if it’s true curious why would he keep quiet about him having it even from his two friends and teammates…I also need to rewatch the early episodes because I still can’t understand what’s all about Babel Tower and all this High Ups lining for favors waging their tales…Does Han Seok have serious dirt on all of this or what,because the more normal would be him lining up to them as they do all this cover for him rather than the opposite or at best being on matched balance…Must say,Ahn Ki Seok would be truly sad knowing if it’s true,that his boss is also a corrupt man like all the others he is working to take down…Curious still why he went to the action mainly because it’s clear none of the ones there expected or knew him to say he should be among them…

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Yes convinced Vincenzo took the file before putting the gold bar back. It was left on the table at the front long enough - exactly where you'd place "packaging" that's no longer needed - and he knows the importance of it. Plus, when it's mentioned later in conversation by the Prosecutor, Vincenzo has a too-ambivalent expression: he knows more than he's giving away.

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I'm so bummed for Agent Ahn, he deserves better than to have his boss be dirty too!

The "unintentional comedy" of this drama is just perfection, and it's made even better when the actors go for it - Song Joong-ki with those '108 bows' is just amazing. I love how the same drama has him walking around looking all cool-as-cucumber Mafia consigliere (and being this stylish badass) while also getting screwed over in completely hilarious ways, whether it's by a pigeon or a bunch of goofy tenants. He should do more comedy, I know that pretty face is made for melo but he's just so good at comic timing and line delivery, it seems a shame not to use it more!

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Indeed,find him quite good at it and hope he would do more comedy as well...

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Can I just stop and say Taec in a suit is honestly a delicious marvel to see. That being said I have no idea why they didn't take out the file from the fake gold, they had all that time. Team Leader Ahn continues to be the light of my life, the man is seriously hilarious.

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You can say this as many times as you want!!!!

It’s so hard to concentrate when he’s onscreen because he’s so damn gorgeous! Yay!!

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Does anyone thinking of Cheol-wook as little Smeagol in Lord of the Rings trilogy when he called out "My precious? I do.

Just a hats off to all the movie references this show so far. The pig blood incidence is also referred to Stephen King's first novel that make him famous, Carrie (1974, adapted into several media, included a movie in 2013), in which pig blood is poured onto Carrie White, the lead character, which initiate her telekinetic ability to burn down the village and those who bullied her.

Fortunately Joon-woo doesn't have that mind power, but I guess @eazal want Taecyeon has it, haha ...

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If only!! Hahahahah.
Yes, the movie reference to Carrie abs TLOTR was a good one!

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i started watching vincenzo hoping there would be wacky OTT humor and it did not disappoint

i love how extra all of the characters are and i love that the director goes the extra mile to make sure every scene is as over the top dramatic as possible

i love how theres so many shots of vincenzo and chayoung standing and working side by side

and mostly, i love the dynamic and the perfect comedic timing of the jipuragi team and the geumga plaza residents which was showcased well this episode
that scene with the coffee mugs on the roof!
gangster jipuragi bouncing to chayoung's orders!
the pool scene!

is it saturday yet

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We all wish it were Saturday!! It’s so far away!!!

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Okay after what Vincenzo said to the pigeon, it’s surely going to come and save his life at some ridiculous moment... please?

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Yes!! That's why it's carrying that blue ribbon / piece of plastic? Because it's going to save Vincenzo when everything seems lost. I totally concur!!

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Also on board with the pigeon getting its moment.

I've been really curious about the blue plastic as well. It might be a way to hide a tether, but so little happens in this show without a call back to its origin, I'm still waiting for the reveal.

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Just you wait...

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We all wait for the dramatic moment when the pigeon will save the day and ruin Han Seok's world domination!!!

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Didn't Vincenzo say the same thing to Chayoung about her having to pay him back for saving her from jail as per mafia rules? Wonder if that will come full circle in any way!

Also kinda sad that her 80 questions about his mafia life kinda stopped at 4, ngl. It's like she's afraid to ask after seeing those photos at the prosecutor's office and she doesn't want to pry or know what to believe.

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1. Han-seok, honey, you look amazing...but I can't wait to see your downfall. I think I'm trying too hard to look for a reason why Han-seok is the way he is because the lack of clear motivation still bothers me. It could be purely greed but that feels reductive? His quick comment last week about meeting his brother gave an insight but also really made me wanna know more about what happened to him and Han-seo. Sadly, I doubt we'll get any explanations. While I enjoy this show, Han-seok/Joon-woo's increasing one dimensionality is something I'm not a fan of. I need to stop over analyzing.

2. Cha-young is my queen. I will follow her to whatever mafia she joins. Meanwhile, Vincenzo and the Geumga Plaza gang are increasingly functioning on just one brain cell.

3. My love for Mr. Nam, a fellow Tolkien fan, just grows each week.

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Han Seok is just nuts. Don't try to find any other motivation to him.

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Indeed...Some people are damn lunatics without any reason...He is clearly somehow a psychopath and Han Seo is more of nurture...In the Jang family they really went with nature vs nurture theme...

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I know.....I'll try

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I think he was pretty scarred by how his father betrayed his mother and that just unravelled all that bitterness inside of him. Once he murdered his own father and took the helm, it's like the floodgates opened and nothing is off-limits anymore. Because the power, money and his rejection of his own humanity made no evil deed out of bounds. I don't think he's a psychopath though, so he's capable of feeling bonded to CMH and having a crush on HCY, but he's just completely out of control and does not want to stop.

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I'm going to wager a guess that the one-dimensionality of Han-seok rests in large part at the feet of the....actor.

Yes, you can write more dimension into his role just like they did with Han-Seo, but if the skills of the person filling the role don't stretch to being able to portray them, there's not much the writers can do other than accommodate whatever ability he does have (getting shirtless and speaking English).

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Absolutely! Also, I think Jun-woo/Han-seok's quirky, nuanced characterization was more evident during his interactions with Cha-young early on. They had a great sibling-banter going on. Once we knew he was evil, the show dropped that.

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I'm having a hard time seeing nuance there, to be quite frank. He had the puppy act but it never read as more than surface to me (which actually worked out once we knew it was in fact an act on the part of the character).

Nuance is what I see in Vincenzo's characterisation, or Cha-young's, even chairman dongsaeng for that matter. Joon-woo felt a bit like a caricature as the 'puppy' intern and then went full cartoon once the eeeevil reveal happened. And like I said, I don't think it's on the writer.

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Seconded on the love for Cha-young btw. She's my favourite female lead of any drama I've seen in the last year, and Jeon Yeo-bin is KILLING IT playing her.

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BRAVO! BRAVISSIMO!
Throws popcorn!

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Maybe I'm secretly holding out for a man who will drown my enemies in the blood of swine.

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Lissen, that I'd the only kind of man I want, so I am with you.🤣🤣

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ENCORE!!

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I was musing just how anti-climactic the way that Vincenzo and Mr. Choi were finally able to open the safe but lo and behold - there was much more - and wow the fact that they threw in everything back again including their key was just the cherry on top of this farce. Ah, but we get surprised over and over, and the comedy feels like a diversion and just makes all the scenes interesting without getting way way dark.

I mean we're getting darker that's for sure. But interestingly, we find more and more about the tenants, and while they all seem to be really good at something, that something they're good at seems to get darker and darker as well.

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This drama is getting wackier by the episode and honestly, I'm just watching what twist show is gonna give us next.

Loved the film references.
Loved the way they managed to still keep the gold (and the key!) in the basement, despite being so close to getting it out. Haha! I still think Mr. Cho got away easy though. If it were a true mafioso, he'd be a goner.

At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if all of the tenants turned out to be someone different from who they're portrayed to be.

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Same, it's a thrill ride but a really loopy one lol.

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I loved this episode. Vincenzo is increasingly being less of the serious, earnest, no nonsense cool Italian guy and is joining in the crazy antics of the Geumga Plaza. It was so cute to see him bouncing around with his crew.

I'm all for ensemble dramas and this one hits that sweet spot where the leads are a fabulous team and the rest of the characters add to the crazy. I hardly know any names (except Bye Bye Balloon ROFL) but I could describe each secondary character in a short sentence. Overall it feels like watching a play at the theatre. It's super dramatic, over the top absurd, and we're all cheering "bravo, encore!" at the end. 👏👏

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Same, it's OTT but in a really assured way and I love that about it. The Geumga crew might be imperfect as characters but the actors really make it.

(Also where can I get me a not-yet bf who will dunk my enemies in pig's blood just to indulge a passing fancy of mine??? And then watch with me and a huge tub of popcorn??)

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AAAAAGHHHHH NOOOOOOOO THE IRIS RECOGNITION DEVICE

But seriously SJK getting to flex comedic chops in this drama is the best thing ever, even if he's goofy-crying about them being hasty idiots 😂

And Han-seo's genuinely delighted grin at seeing big bro get Carrie-d?? Priceless.

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The strongest moment in this ep for me was hearing Han-seo let out a genuine laugh of delight. I'm now worried he may try to help them put his brother away which would be a twist I'd feel weird about. Still, he nailed that laugh--someone that has lived with a lifetime of abuse being genuinely joyful...yes, yes, bizzaro circumstances with a tragic family but it's the first time he's looked happy without seeming deranged.

The pacing of this ep was a bit wobbly for me, tons to enjoy despite that, and looking forward to what's next as I burn through a few more eps trying to catch up!

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