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Vincenzo: Episode 18

Our team continues to keep Babel on their toes and put them on the defensive. Remembering that they’re a law firm, Jipuragi initiates another lawsuit against Babel, hoping to put an end to the redevelopment project once and for all. As the chairman’s allies dwindle and his position grows ever more precarious, he starts to lose confidence and fears his adversary might just be more than he can handle.

 
EPISODE 18

After Han-seo shoots, an officer leans down to check Vincenzo’s pulse. In one swift move, Vincenzo grabs the officer and swipes his gun. He orders everyone to drop their guns.

In what looks like a shipping container, Vincenzo has all the agents and Han-seo tied up. He kills each Interpol agent and instructs the Korean officers to report that the agents left because they had no evidence.

Vincenzo lets Han-seo go, commanding him to tell Joon-woo to stop acting up and wait for his death. But Vincenzo can’t let him go scot free, so he shoots him in the arm.

In the hospital, Han-seo explains all of this to the evil three. Attorney Han knew he was planning to lure Vincenzo out so Interpol could arrest him but not that he was going there to kill him. Joon-woo zeros in on the fact that Han-seo had a gun and doesn’t seem to buy Han-seo’s claim that he bought it to kill Vincenzo.

When Han-seo reveals that Vincenzo had several of his people hidden at the ice rink, Joon-woo wonders if someone tipped him off about Interpol. After threatening Han-seo with death if he touches a gun again, Joon-woo leaves with Myung-hee. Attorney Han believes Han-seo is hiding something about all this, but Han-seo denies it.

Outside, Myung-hee taunts Attorney Han for his failed first act as chief prosecutor. He’s unbothered until she points out that Vincenzo might come after him now. Myung-hee condescendingly advises him to stop getting in over his head.

At Jipuragi, the team drinks to Vincenzo’s escape from deportation and arrest. We get the music of revelation as we jump back to when Han-seo called Vincenzo and told him about Interpol. In the locker room at the rink, Vincenzo and Han-seo are outfitted and Joo-sung works his fake-blood magic.

On the rink, Vincenzo and Han-seo hold the others at gunpoint while Vincenzo explains that Paolo framed him. In exchange for his freedom, Vincenzo has Joo-sung hand over evidence of Paolo’s illegal dealings and info on Babel’s paper company.

Afterwards, Han-seo carries their duffel bags, refusing to let Vincenzo help. He explains that he decided to stay on Vincenzo’s team because he doesn’t want to be a puppet chairman again. Han-seo is worried that people will get suspicious if he returns unscathed, though, so he asks Vincenzo to shoot him in the arm.

Vincenzo warns him it’ll hurt and that he might even pass out. Han-seo bounces up and down like a boxer, insisting he can take it, but he screams when Vincenzo points the gun at him. Once Vincenzo actually shoots, Han-seo bluffs it’s not that painful and promptly passes out.

The next morning, CEO Park presents Vincenzo with a free ticket to use his balloon service. He boasts they’ve helped 47 people flee, 45 of whom survived. Pfft. CEO Park can’t help but respect and root for Vincenzo, the real gangster he always dreamed of being. Vincenzo accepts the gift but draws the line at calling CEO Park “hyung.”

Jipuragi readies for their next moves which include a lawsuit against Babel Tower and removing some of Joon-woo’s more consequential pieces from the board. These “pieces” get a text – supposedly from Joon-woo – with Director Tae’s secret recording of the private meeting at Joon-woo’s place. They arrive at the designated meeting place, a public building.

After Mi-ri plays recordings over the loudspeaker of Babel’s shady dealings, an enraged Chief Prosecutor Hwang calls Joon-woo, believing he’s trying to threaten them. Meanwhile, on the steps of the courthouse, Cha-young and Vincenzo announce their lawsuit against Babel Tower.

At Geumga Plaza, Hee-soo finds that the monks have been collecting alms every day and worries that the temple is in danger of closing. Yeon-jin suggests the tenants all pitch in to help with funds.

Over at Babel, Joon-woo is sure Vincenzo is behind the secret recording of his meeting. To make his day worse, Myung-hee gets a text about the Jipuragi lawsuit. It looks like it’s in the tenants’ names, and they’re claiming damages due to the illegal redevelopment practices.

Cha-young meets Myung-hee uninvited and plays her recordings of her former minions listing all the people – including Yoo-chan – Myung-hee ordered them to kill. Myung-hee is unfazed and says they’ll see who comes out on top in the end.

Elsewhere, Vincenzo intimidates Attorney Han into meeting him and offers a deal that could save his life. He had intended to let Attorney Han live, but that Interpol stunt changed his mind. Attorney Han plays tough and then starts yelling and banging on the table.

He sneaks looks at the door and eventually has to yell to his guards that he’s signaling them to come in. When they rush in, Vincenzo pulls out a gun and shoots two of them in the leg. He orders them out and advances on Attorney Han who drops to his knees and starts crying.

That night, Joon-woo is awakened by a noise. He grabs one of his hockey sticks and finds three masked men in his living room. One of the men tells him they’re the price he pays for disrespecting his elders. (Is it just me or does that voice sound like Hong-shik?) Joon-woo holds his own, but he’s no match for the men armed with various weapons.

He makes it outside, but the men chase him through the neighborhood. Joon-woo manages to escape and returns home where Han-seo demonstrates the appropriate level of outrage and Myung-hee urges caution; the “elders” still have power. Joon-woo proclaims them useless to him now and is willing to bide his time to punish them.

While Vincenzo sips his wine and repeats another Italian proverb about devils, Chief Kim sends a horde of his men to drag Young-woon to him. Prosecutor Jung told him that Young-woon can open the secret room at Geumga Plaza, so Chief Kim threatens to kill Young-woon and his family if he doesn’t get him a list of every hacker and security systems expert working in Korea when the room’s system was installed.

Joon-woo is really having a week. As he heads out to the car, flanked by security, a van pulls up and more masked men jump out. But this time, one of them has a gun. Joon-woo hurriedly hops in the car with his driver as the man shoots at them from behind.

Given the multiple assassination attempts, Myung-hee wants Attorney Han to arrest Vincenzo and the elders responsible, but Attorney Han is worried it’ll backfire. After sniping at each other for a bit, Attorney Han, for once, is the one with a plan: the safest place for Joon-woo is a jail cell.

Myung-hee takes the idea to Joon-woo, but he unsurprisingly hates the idea and throws a little tantrum. She gives him a reality check and says they’re no match for Vincenzo. Myung-hee promises to make his jail stay painless and pats his back comfortingly.

The next day, the prosecution comes to arrest Joon-woo at work. Before they take him away, Joon-woo instructs Han-seo to launch Babel Bio. Han-seo explains that he’s postponing that in accordance with advice from the board.

Han-seo goes further in his defiance and brings up how Joon-woo had encouraged him to learn from the business sense of Elizabeth Holmes (the former CEO of Theranos). Han-seo leans in to hug his brother and says, “But she was a fraud, and she’s in prison now.”

Joon-woo gapes at his brother’s audacity as Han-seo starts fixing Joon-woo’s tie while saying he wouldn’t want to bring trouble to his dear brother. Joon-woo’s usual scare tactics don’t work; Han-seo pretends to be frightened before dropping the act and sighing it’s too exhausting. He tightens the handcuffs on Joon-woo’s wrists, saying he’s doing this all for him. Look at you getting all brave, Han-seo!

Joon-woo is brought to Attorney Han’s office where he makes himself at home. Attorney Han does his usual groveling. Prosecutor Jung is there too, but Joon-woo doesn’t look thrilled at the news that he’ll soon be a deputy chief prosecutor.

Over a meal, Han-seo politely serves Vincenzo drinks and is relieved when Vincenzo confirms he has no desire to kill him since Han-seo’s actions show some degree of repentance. Unlike the empty flattery Han-seo heaps on his brother, his compliments to Vincenzo sound genuine.

Vincenzo can’t figure out why Han-seo is helping him when it could cost him the chairman position. Han-seo says it’s because Vincenzo feels like an older brother. He feels comfortable around him, even when Vincenzo is cursing at him. Awww. Vincenzo looks taken aback.

Han-seo asks to call him “hyung” when they’re alone, which Vincenzo initially won’t allow. But even Vincenzo can’t withstand Han-seo’s sad puppy dog face and ends up taking his refusal back. Han-seo lights up and giggles, immediately calling him “Vin Hyung.”

While Young-woon is coerced into using his agent credentials to find the system designer, Joon-woo take his anger at Han-seo out on the wall of his cell. Vincenzo pays him a visit and smugly asks if he thinks he’s safe in there.

In a flashback, we see it was Hong-shik along with Team Leader Ahn and Cheol-wook who broke into Joon-woo’s and shot at his car. Vincenzo used the incidents to push Joon-woo to the brink and then had Attorney Han persuade him he was safe in jail.

Tired of the games (and losing), Joon-woo taunts that Vincenzo must be keeping him alive because he’s afraid of the aftermath of killing him. The cold look Vincenzo throws at him wipes the smile off Joon-woo’s face.

Vincenzo shares that he was known in the Mafia for being like a cat that plays with its food before eating. After joining the Mafia, for two years, he tormented the thief who broke into his home and killed his adoptive parents. He wouldn’t even let him commit suicide and got him the best treatment available before killing the man himself.

Vincenzo vows Joon-woo will have to watch Babel fall from his cell, but Joon-woo claims he can get out easily. His bravado falters when Vincenzo tells him he kept the original files he swiped from Ragusang Gallery, and it’ll take at least a month for his lawyers to get him out.

Making matters worse for Joon-woo is the fact that no one likes him. The elders want him gone, and Attorney Han and Prosecutor Jung realize they can have Han-seo retrieve the Guillotine file. With no immediate reason to spring Joon-woo, they decide to prioritize the Babel Tower lawsuit which Prosecutor Jung will handle personally.

In jail, Joon-woo meets with Myung-hee and orders her to get him out as soon as possible. He also wants her to keep an eye on the newly confident Han-seo.

Meanwhile, Vincenzo’s friend Luca arrives in Korea and is accosted excitedly by the tenants when he visits Jipuragi. Unfortunately, Luca has bad news. Paolo has gotten multiple of their men killed and is planning to flee, leaving the Cassano family in dire need of a leader. He begs Vincenzo to come back and save their family.

While Young-woon gives Mi-ri’s information to Chief Kim, Vincenzo forlornly packs a bag. (The fact that he’s packing instant coffee for his trip to Italy is almost offensive.) Elsewhere, Cha-young looks at the “engagement” photo of her and Vincenzo kissing at the gallery.

The next day, Vincenzo prepares to leave and comforts the crying Joo-sung who’s worried Vincenzo won’t come back. Cha-young assures Vincenzo they’ll be fine for the two weeks he’ll be away. The tenants are emotional as they send him off, and Vincenzo is moved enough to even call CEO Park “hyung.”

Cha-young drops Vincenzo and Luca at the airport and tells Vincenzo, in Italian, “Friends are like one soul in two bodies.” She tells him not to get hurt since that’d hurt her too. Vincenzo promises to stay safe.

Meanwhile, at Geumga Plaza, Chief Kim’s men grab Mi-ri and forcibly take her to Nanyak Temple. Young-woon and the monks kneel by the vault as Chief Kim instructs Mi-ri to open it, threatening to kill her if she doesn’t.

Mi-ri has no choice but to hook in her computer and open the vault. But it’s empty. Chief Kim accuses Young-woon of hiding the gold and the file, but Young-woon swears he has no idea what happened. Mi-ri takes advantage of the distraction to hit one of the men with her laptop and run out.

While the monks hold Chief Kim’s men off, Mi-ri runs through Geumga Plaza, yelling for help. Cha-young and Joo-sung run out, and Cha-young sends Joo-sung to warn the others while she protects Mi-ri. And of course, right as one of Chief Kim’s men go to attack Cha-young and take Mi-ri, Vincenzo appears.

After throwing the assailant out the window, he tells Cha-young he returned because he found another solution to his family problem. Plus, he forgot to feed Inzaghi. Vincenzo promises he needs only five minutes to take make Chief Kim and his people pay. He beckons them forward with a smile.

 
COMMENTS

I was half-joking when I suggested in last episode’s recap that the shooting might be fake and Han-seo might not have betrayed Vincenzo. When it actually turned out to be true, I laughed out loud. They’re seriously overdoing it with the whole “twists” thing. If I drank, I’d be tempted to make a drinking game out of how often we get these fake-outs. It takes all the suspense out when you just assume you’re being duped all the time and don’t take anything seriously. Ironically, the manufactured unpredictability has made the drama predictable.

I can’t pretend I’m not glad Han-seo is on the good team, though. He’s just so adorable with his adoration of Vincenzo and longing to have a real big brother. How cute was it when he got all giggly after Vincenzo let him call him hyung? In the short time Han-seo has stepped away from Joon-woo, he’s gotten much bolder and more confident, as well as happier. We’ve been bombarded with awful, corrupt people in this drama, so it’s nice to have one person choose to be better. I hope it sticks.

Joon-woo is cracking and seems to finally be realizing he’s not invincible. Myung-hee even admitted they’re no match for Vincenzo after playing into his hands for the umpteenth time. At this point, she’s probably the only ally Joon-woo has. That’s one of the dangers of relying exclusively on fear to lead – once you’ve been bested, you lose your hold. Vincenzo, on the other hand, is coming off as pretty invincible. That Interpol situation was handled after a quick chat and some convenient intel, and I’m sure he’ll take out Chief Kim and his subordinates just as quickly. I guess they’re going for the Bond/superhero vibe for his character. Vincenzo is endlessly suave and impressive, which is fun, but I personally would like him to feel a little more grounded. And maybe less tortured – was it necessary to have all his parents murdered?! No wonder he snapped after Kyung-ja was killed. Having one murdered family member would be traumatic enough, but he already had to deal with violently losing his adoptive parents as a child. I hope we get the story of how he ended up in the Mafia after that tragic incident.

I’d almost forgotten about the gold again, but it looks like Vincenzo finally got it out of the basement. I’m not sure if Young-woon was faking his surprise or was genuinely left out of the loop. Mi-ri must’ve already helped Vincenzo get in the vault, but I wonder where he moved the gold? With only a week to go, it’s about time he got his money. Now he’s just got to bring down an evil psychopath, save his Italian family from ruin, and help his tenant family keep their homes and livelihoods.

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Attorney Han, for once, is the one with a plan: the safest place for Joon-woo is a jail cell.

As long as you don't eat anything. Seriously, have they never watched a kdrama?

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Attorney even didn't watch the first part of this drama. One guy is killed (in Myung-hee's order) in this very jail.

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I guess they think they control the jails so it's ok?

(obviously either too stupid to live or haven't realised Vincenzo is well capable of getting them killed like he did the driver of that truck that killed Cha-young's dad)

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The show has robbed me of so many things.

First, Kwak Dong Yeon as the true, proper villain.

Then, Kwak Dong Yeon as TWIN villains, one more so than the other.

And now, because of Vincenzo's motivations being comparable to a weathercock and almost as changeable as Go Geon's (RWTMR), and whoever decided that this should be 20 episodes long, I have been robbed of an extended Vinnie/Han Seo bromance lasting longer than 4 episodes, and with a better set up.

Why is it that every facet of KDY's role in this is an utter waste of potential and yet he still manages to be the best actor in this cast, the most compelling to watch, and apparently the thing I will finish this for, since I was also robbed of any significant ChaCenzo screen time this week, with the exception of the end of 18.

In other news, Vinnie's Lighter Manufacturer does very, very well for themselves.

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I won't argue with the wanting to see more Kwak Dong-yeon (or that he would have made a magnificent adversary worthy of Vincenzo actually breaking a sweat, if that's the way Han-seo had been written), and I was certainly in the "what a waste" camp in the first half of this drama, but I think the way it's been shaping up as of episode 18 is pretty amazing. Part of that is of course down to KDY's talent, but it's also the writing, because whatever we've been drip-fed about Han-seo so far makes for a really interesting picture and also a believable one.

As he was in the early episodes, he'd have made a believable 'chaebol nepotism kid' type - just a garden-variety selfish jerk who'd maybe get into a DUI, not full-on murderous like hyung. But what we've got here is a role ft. major character development even if he's further behind in the billing than we'd like (and his open hero-worship of Vincenzo is too adorable for words - I giggled out loud at that goofy 'Vin-hyung', he looks so pleased to be able to say it at last). I have my fingers crossed this will be his breakout, he deserves it and is hopefully finally old enough for leading man roles.

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“because whatever we've been drip-fed about Han-seo so far makes for a really interesting picture and also a believable one.“

You are not wrong. It is a very interesting dynamic. It is also believable. At least in theory. Id est- Han Seo is drawn to Vincenzo because he is everything in a hyung type figure that Taec’s character is not.

Unfortunately, I personally found the development in order to get to this relationship dynamic lacking.
Mostly because it didn’t happen sooner, and because it didn’t happen sooner at the expense of Vincenzo’s motivations and character.

How shall I put this...
In episodes 6-10 Vincenzo needs a way to figure out Pabo's true identity. Han Seo is sitting right there; they know he's the younger brother and they know he must know Pabo's idenity. They do not use him to figure it out. They constantly talk about looking for a way to figure it out and they blatantly ignore the source sitting right in front of them.
When Han Seo eventually comes to Vinnie after Taec's reveal, to ask for V's help in bringing down his brother, Vinnie says no, because "he won't exploit family relationships".
Then Han Seo basically forces himself onto V, which I admit is funny, but V changes his mind about working with Han Seo for no discernible reason, and proceeds to well, exploit a familial relationship.
Or back when Babel kills off the victim’s families, Vincenzo says as soon as they find Pabo, he will kill him.
And then he doesn’t.

They change his [Vincenzo’s] motivations at least 3 times for no discernible reasons other than that 1) They never had a strong enough one for him to begin with, 2) they have to reach their 20 episodes of run time and 3) because they didn’t set up the internal conflict in a believable way from the beginning, they’re constantly having to manufacture conflict at the expense of logic, character and my sanity.
(if one would like to read a more thorough break down of this one can find that in this thread)
And alas, there is little to no character development on Vincenzo’s part to back up these flitting motivations either.

Thus despite me loving KDY and the concept of his character development, among other things in this show, because my issues lie in fundamental technical reasons, I am personally left unsatisfied with entire result.

(I will also always believe that Kwak Dong Yeon should've played BOTH Taec's character AND his own, with little to no changes to their character set up otherwise, and that that would’ve been objectively better.)

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I love this drama having a board international viewpoint, not just talking about some Korean issue. I've mentioned Babel Chemical lawsuit's reference from a decade long real-life Samsung scandal some episodes ago. Having Elizabeth Holmes as a "cameo" in these two episodes is like icing on the cake, especially her fraud case (concerning an invention about biotechnology) is parallel to the launching of Babel Bio. For the dramatic effect, I am pretty sure the background of Vincenzo may have somehow twisted from real mafia (for example, mafia families rarely take in foreigners and put them to such high up positions), but as long as it is not too far away from the truth and that makes the story interesting, I have not to many complaint.

"The fact that he’s packing instant coffee for his trip to Italy is almost offensive." Well, it is a jarring "plot-hole" in terms of an Italian, but I understand why he did that, since he said at one point "that reminds me of this place" with lots of good memory (especially Cha-young, I guess?). This is a story worth to be a webtoon or a US comic, so I guess a bit away from the reality doesn't hurt?

This is also why I found Taecyeon's performance is not that bad after all. I did argue his performance is better than public opinion believe (and probably offend someone on the way, so I say sorry, @pogo1). I believe, on the other hand, since this is a story with some exeggeration (like American Superhero Comic), having a super evil larger then life boss doesn't hurt, and I think Taecyeon's performance is just right for this drama, and able to be a match with Vincenzo. So for me, he is good here. I cannot say if he is good in terms of acting in a general sense, which I guess a lot more of his performance is need to be observed.

I am not saying being like superhero comic means it should be stupid and simple. Quite the contrary this is one of a few smart comedies I watched all these years. With only one week to go, I think I will miss this show.

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I agree about Taecyeon. He's grown on me in this role and he works as an over the top, comic style villain.

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If you like this, you'd probably like Good Manager (Chief Kim) and Fiery Priest.

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I also feel like Taecyeon's performance is just right for the role since the scope of it isn't that large or deep. He isn't so much a person, but a stand-in for the rich, powerful execs in society - the people and institutions that support casual violence, those who destroy people who are in the way of their greed, those who feel devoid of any positive or sympathetic human emotion, those whose money and status and power are a result of being born into a golden spoon family, and those who use fear to harness power. He is a thing that must be eradicated. So your superhero comic comparison feels apt to me! I think he fits here. That does not mean that he's a good actor or that he can tackle a similar role in another drama. I think he's just well-cast here. His real life manly but warm and upstanding citizen aura works as a contrast for his character.

I wonder if another 2PM member will appear as the adversary in another of this writer's works. First Junho, now Taecyeon. Chansung next or would that be too obvious?

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Junho in Chief Kim was really good. Not "ok", or "adequate", I actually enjoyed him there.

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Since I've been called out directly, I should point out - again - that my (admittedly poor) opinion of Taecyeon's acting is solely my own,and based on my own observations of said acting, not 'public opinion', whatever that may be.

That said, it doesn't mar this drama much, largely because the tone of Vincenzo accommodates that cartoonish quality, and that's actually more a testament to the writer's skill than anything else. I still maintain that the fact that Vincenzo ends up seeming a super-antihero and larger than life/always bound to outwit the main villain, is because the acting of said villain isn't really good enough to make him a credible adversary or anything beyond a cartoon (Choi Myung-hee is scarier - I'd argue most of the stakes this drama does have come from her scheming, and the difference is that she's played by a competent actress with some gravitas. If Kwak Dong-yeon had been playing the main villain and Han-seo not written as basically a goof, there would actually have been a believable/sorta equal adversary for Vincenzo to match up against). As things stand, people - including the recapper - have pointed the lack of real stakes/an equal villain out as one of the drama's flaws - and it doesn't bother me, but I'm just pointing out there's an underlying reason for that.

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No - him packing instant coffee is hilarious on so many levels

1) it's PPL
2) Ironic for an Italian man to do that, given his coffee snobbery thus far (he sips expresso, whilst giving CY the eye for ordering "dirty water" Americano)
3) also shows how his Korean makeshift family and cultural ways have grown on him such that he has developed a taste for instant caffeine LOL

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"Now he’s just got to bring down an evil psychopath, save his Italian family from ruin, and help his tenant family keep their homes and livelihoods."

And one more thing: finalize his relationship with Cha-young.

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OR start a life with Cha Young in ...Malta?! for example. :)

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Good idea.

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Hence the free balloon ticket

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I guess we are all thinking that Crash Landing ending, right?

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exactly. I am still miffed that we didn't get to see a payoff for that seeded beat. It would be quite romantic and cute -- especially given how excited Cha Young was to ride in a balloon, and Vincenzo coolly declining it saying, "No, that will kill you."

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Retrospectively, turn out you are right! Haha!

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I love this drama but the amount of fake outs is tiring me out. Vincenzo seems to get out of everything or arrives just in the nick of time for everything? I was hoping he'd need a bit of saving? The only time he really got saved is with that deus ex machina bird scene that still bothers me.

I know Vincenzo is the main character but I really missing Chayoung, especially these past two episodes.... But I'm glad to see more of Hanseo. Hope we get more Vin-young interactions for the last stretchhhh

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The gold out of the vault? My guess is that the monks have been doing it on the sly. Each time they go out to get alms, they take their backpacks with them. I reckon they've been moving it a bit at a time for a while. Doesn't really make sense - fair enough with the ingots, but moving the bulkier things would have been difficult to disguise in flimsy backpacks - but their robes are voluminous enough!

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Makes more sense than having the pigeons airlift it out :)

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OMG that comment is priceless! I just LOL-ed.

Picture: Inzaghi and friends - doing a stork delivery

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I was thinking the same thing. Those monks have such cheeky smiles and Vincenzo had a quiet word with them. I was expecting the vault to be empty. Any guesses where the gold is now?

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I'm pretty sure it's the monks - and I LOVE IT. I love that they figured it out, I love that they get to help this way and I love that this means they'll probably get a generous cut too.

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I'm pretty sure it's the monks sneakily going out to "beg for alms" while really smuggling a large a fortune of gold out of the building.

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I actually zoomed in the bag of the monks, and I swear I could almost see an outline of the gold bars.

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This is where I feel really gullible, because I totally bought that the temple is in trouble and the monks don't have much to live on! (But that's good acting, on multiple levels lol)

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Thanks so much for the recap @quirkycase! It's such a pleasure to re-live the episode here.

Honestly, this drama has stolen my heart. I didn't expect it to - I remember all the comments from the beanies before it aired about how this had the potential to be a real mess, and I took the point! But I watch the whole thing with a beam on my face.

Although I like the fact that I don't have to worry about Vin getting out of any tricky situation he's in (the interest is merely in *how*), I think he's been gifted the Bye Bye Balloon ticket for a reason. In the end, he is now responsible for a large number of murders of Korean citizens on Korean soil and that has to have a consequence. So if they're going to have him flee, what about Cha-young? Is this going to be left hanging? Is she going to go with him? Honestly, those kind of endings would feel slightly flat - I would much rather Vin and Cha carried on running Jipuragi in Geumga (with Mr Nam training/tormenting newbie Han-seo) with the daily friendship of their fabulous mafia family, but I can't see that happening *weeps*.

Many fantastic moments in the episode, but Vin hyung was pretty special :) KDY has found a firm fan in me.

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As soon as Bye Bye Balloon came on the scene, I knew someone would be using their services and that free ticket sealed it. It's not necessarily the ending I want but it's one that fits the absurdity of the show.

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Bye Bye Balloon has gotten quite a lot of business off-screen. 47 bookings and this company has only been up and running for a month. I was impressed, even though 2 out of the 47 clients didn't survive...

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Bahahahaha so good.

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That's an over 90 percent survival rate! Realistic, but not bad...

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Vincenzo and Cha-young flying away in a balloon for the end. Surely.

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There's even a movie about 2 people in a hot air balloon, The Aeronauts (2019). I wouldn't mind Chacenzo in a scenario like that!

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Just a reminder to Han-soo: we won't dispute if Elizabeth Holmes is a fraud or not, but she is not in jail yet. DARK Daily, a news outlet concentrating in clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology group management recently reported that her trial has been delayed to August this year, most of the delay because of COVID-19, but this time is because of her pregnancy.

I know you are cute (especially before Vincenzo), but you have to work harder and read more.

Source: https://www.darkdaily.com/former-theranos-ceo-elizabeth-holmes-is-pregnant-causing-a-further-delay-in-her-trial-date/

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Wait, I didn't know that she's pregnant. Her pregnancy sounds too perfect timing to be true o.0.

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Yes, @purplefall, and according to this report, she is intentional to get pregnant so that she can get sympathy from the judge. It is also the same reason she seduce a rich but young idiot into marrying her in 2019.

Source: https://torontosun.com/news/world/bad-blood-is-disgraced-elizabeth-holmes-wedding-to-heir-her-latest-scam

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Wow this lady is no joke, I wonder what else she has up her sleeve 😅

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Aw Han Seo is just adorable around Vinnie and I’m glad he had twice the brain cells than his brother than to betray a dangerous mafia. I guess more than anything the poor boy wants to live.

Also this week lacked the Chacenzo heartfelt interaction except for that airport scene, so I’m crossing my fingers that there is resolution to their obvious attraction and he doesn’t just leave for Malta as originally planned.

I also just love when Vincenzo wipes the smug look of Joon Woo’s face so satisfying

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About the Chacenzo, you get to look closely to see they are having each other in their mind: before he leaves, he is looking at the pen she gifted him sometime before at the same time she is looking at the kiss photo on their "engagement" night. The show tend to show their relationship in a more subtle way, like several episode before, when he shows he actually takes out the Guillotine File, it is stored in a pink box with that funny cartoon rabbit on the top, this is that rabbit on top of the stick she uses. So, look at the detail.

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This is why I think it will end with a subtle nod to the romance rather than a grand gesture.

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I think I would prefer a subtle nod too rather than a grand gesture. It's really their friendship that gets me squeeing like crazy. I think he will fly off, but they'll keep in touch, text, and follow each other on instagram and one day will reunite.

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Instagram is too plebeian for them, I call it they'll get letters. Or postcards.

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And one more thing, @inkcityxx, if you still remember at the beginning of this show, Vincenzo used to say Cha-young's taste of coffee (Ice Americano) as "waste water", and in this episode, he is packing tonnes of instant coffee into his bag (talking of "almost offensive" for an Italian)

(And at the same time, also in this episode, Joo-sung is drinking coffee Vincenzo-way, after Vincenzo was away to the airport: they are all sign of a family)

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I love that Vincenzo acquired himself a whole new found family in Korea, complete with a hyung and dongsaeng who make no secret of how awesome they now think he is (the grumpy reluctance to let Park Seok-do or Han-seo have it and then calling PSD/allowing Han-seo to call him 'hyung' was beyond adorable, esp when Han-seo went for the 'Vin-hyung', he looked like a kid whose birthday came early). I'm proud of Han-seo actually growing a brain and joining in the scheming, the tale he embellished for hyung was kind of believable to them (Vincenzo the heartless mafia interpol killer lol) and he even had the foresight to ask to get shot to prevent suspicion! That little bounce as he's preparing to get shot....hah!

The Chacenzo nods were subtle but they're there, I love that it's a background thing that they're on each other's minds but privately.

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I couldn't help my fan attitude at the end and giggling at Vincenzo's comeback 🥰

If I wasn't surprised by the fake shooting, I was surprised by the empty vault. They didn't talk about it anymore. I guess the monks were working for Vincenzo and they moved the gold.

Joon-woo has never been an interesting villain, he just counted on his money and the fact he's scary. But it was fun to watch fall in the trap and endind in prison. The new villain looks smarter and more interesting, the fact he works for the futur President make things different too. It's not a private corporation anymore but politicians.

This episode didn't have so many scenes between Cha Young and Vincenzo. But the one soul part was nice!

At the beginning, I was disapointed that KDY wasn't the big villain, being a better actor than Taecyeon, but seing his scenes falling for Vincenzo made me change my mind. He's so cute and funny!

I love to watch the BTS scenes! All the actors have fun and it's fun to watch them making ad-libs, trying to not laugh, etc.

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I'm also in the camp of initial 'what a waste of KDY, why is he not the proper villain' but Han-seo turned out to be such a great, scene-stealing role and it's testament to both his talent and the writer allowing him to have this arc. I've been rooting for him to come over to Vincenzo's side ever since the pig's blood shower!

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I was tricked twice in this episode:
1. Expecting a truck of doom when Joon-woo ran across the road
2. The slo mo goodbye making me seriously fear for the next two episodes- disaster / death / time skip?!

Sigh of relief. Thank you, show.

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Still a fun show, and definitely one you shouldn’t take too seriously 😏
Reminds me of Mouse with all it’s twists and that you can’t believe anything and I’ve just been along for the ride at this point.

I imagine the monks smuggled out the gold during their trips to collect donations.

Shouldn’t have been 20 episodes in hindsight. They could have paced this better and trimmed a lot of fat. I’d be okay with the 20 if I thought they did a lot with the extra time, but it just seems elongated.

Here’s hoping Kwak Dong-yeon gets a lead sometime soon. I suppose he was the lead in the weekender he was in, but I need more.

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It's worth it to watch his portions of the weekender. The makjang chaebol family (his family) was super annoying.

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Yeah I watched the whole thing mostly for him and Park Se-Wan (loved her in Just Dance and her small’ish role in I’m Not a Robot).

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Just Dance is such an awesome little drama, I wish we got more short ones like that because it's just such a good format to introduce newer stars and stories. She was so good in that, as was Jang Dong-yoon (possibly my favourite under-30 actor atm)

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I'd say the whole concept of a righteous/sorta-righteous Mafioso is the tipoff that this isn't realistic and we shouldn't expect to take it too seriously lol, The Godfather notwithstanding.

I'm in the camp that actually enjoys this as a 20-episoder, I don't think it would have worked at 16 but maybe 18 would? It gives the subtler details enough time to develop, and with a drama like this, they really make it.

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I felt HanSeo would never betray Vincenzo and I was happy to learn he didn't. His adoration for Vin Hyung is such a delight to watch. I giggle myself as HanSeo giggles when he receives Vincenzo's approval. As you said, it's nice to have someone learning to be happy in this whole crazy situation.

Now, I don't know if I'm ready for the drama to end (what am I saying? I'm not ready at all!!), but here's the list of moments I loved on this episode:
- Vincenzo fooling HanSeo and shooting him in two instead of three and HanSeo bluffing it didn't hurt at all.
- CEO Park of ByeByeBalloon asking Vincenzo to call him Hyung and being rejected.
- HanSeok actually being scared with all the threats to his life. It was about time he felt it himself!
- Vincenzo proving me again he's Mafia when shooting Attorney Han's minions and telling HanSeok about how hw tortured his parents' killer. As cold blooded as always.
- HanSeo telling HanSeok he's just doing as ordered by following Elizabeth Holmes path... Awwww, our baby is not a baby anymore. So proud of him.
- Vincenzo finally calling CEO Park his Hyung!!!
- Where is the gold???

Only one week. I want / don't want this amazing drama to end!!!

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That Hyung part made me laugh, especially because he was like goosebumps, lol

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Ohhh, I forgot to tell you.... I love Taec 😉

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Never Forget, lol. 😏

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And how cute he was calling halmoni before passing out. Looks like he was raised by his halmoni

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The Elizabeth Holmes part had me actually cheering out loud for Han-seo!

(even if she's not technically in jail, it's still a really good gag)

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Huge fan of how this show continues to leans into Vincenzo's hidden "drama queen" personality. camera! zoom!

The found family feels are strong in this one...which means they'll kill off Han-seo or something.

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Seriously, Song Joong-ki needs to do a comedy sometime. This drama has balanced pretty awesomely between genres but he's too good at the funny parts for me to not want more. Also he looks like he's having so much fun there (a bit like So Ji-sub doing Master's Sun after a decade-long string of melo/drama/action roles).

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On paper this show made no sense, but damn they pulled it off

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You could say that again! It looked like a recipe for mess (ridiculous premise) but they pulled it off, and in style!

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The part where Vincenzo explains to Taec why he is called a full cat was the the most chilling aspect of this entire drama to me. Not the murders or his visciousness in other aspects, but that story was truly frightening. It takes a real patient psychopath to do that to another person. Yikes. That being said the fakeout was very obvious to me. Watching Taec look like a caged lion was super satisfying. Also I knew the gold wasn't going to be there, he talked about working on their greed problem, so I was not surprised. What I was surprised about was a new villain in the game. This could be interesting.

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The writer like to remind us periodically just who Vincenzo is. It makes me wonder how it will end.

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Yeah, it would be odd to have a truly happy ending, but who knows. That story to me was more messed up than literally everything else he had done.

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This is "revenge is a dish best served cold" as an actual religion. Messed up, yes. And terrifying, as it's intended to be.

(After that, I couldn't wait to see what he's got planned for Han-seok)

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great name change, lol.

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That's the best acting part of Song Joong Ki! I love that part! Watched it a couple of times already while waiting for the last 2 episodes. It's like watching Al Pacino in the Godfather all over again! Same intensity and you're right on the word viciousness! It shows that Han seok is not even on the same level of power as Vincenzo at all. My, that scene is wonderful!

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Song Joong-ki has a real gift for these antihero parts - I've seen him in three so far (Nice Guy, Arthdal Chronicles and now Vincenzo) and I'm just blown away by how they're three really different iterations of 'a guy you REALLY don't want to cross', even if Vincenzo is the coldest of the lot.

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Vincenzo is Machiavelli's intellectual heir, confirmed. He's that cold-blooded about murder, and that good at being three steps ahead of everyone else.

I was mostly sad about the monks getting beaten up, but of course they took the gold out!

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Second to the mother-son sobbing scenes, this one is probably his second best in the whole story.

It is not only chilling and grim, but the emotional honesty is also ironic -- it is often said the superhero is really a mirror of the supervillain, for it takes one to know one. Or in the ethos of the Vincenzo story world -- "It takes a devil to drive out another devil."

They are actually very similar in this chilling and cruel aspect - c.f. Han seok's earlier musing when he revealed why he enjoyed going incognito - he likes to play God and also play a taunting game with his unknowing prey.

Difference between the two: HS does that to everyone. Vincenzo only to his hated enemies.

The other proof & mirroring between the anti-hero & villain was also hinted in the array of lighters (we finally get to see! and solve the conty issue once and for all)

That is also a visual parallel and echo of Han seok's collection of murder trophies -- all the watches in his walk-in wardrobe.

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I miss Hong Cha-young. I hope we get lots of her next episode because honestly HOW COOL IS SHE?

As usual, my favourite part of the show is its ATTENTION TO DETAIL. There's just so many small things it does that make my heart sing.

A list of some of the things I remember loving this episode (again in no particular order because I honestly cannot remember):
- Evil Taec being terrified
- Evil Taec throwing a tantrum about going to jail (why is this so CUTE)
- Vincenzo offering to help Han-seo carry things
- Han-seo being brave about getting shot but also failing miserably because IT IS SCARY AND PAINFUL
- Han-seo being a baby in a hospital bed wanting someone to hold his hand
- The cutest Bye Bye Balloon coupon (I really want to see someone flee the country in a hot air balloon now, but I'm not sure if I want Chacenzo to elope or if I want them to trap some bad guys in there)
- Chacenzo looking badass next to eachother in front of the court house. All they're doing is filing some documents but it all looks so cool.
-Cha-young getting to be all smug and badass in front of Myung-hee
- Han-seo getting his "Elizabeth Holmes is in jail, hyung" moment, he must have loved standing up to him
- Han-seo having drinks with his Vin Hyung
- Vincenzo hugging Luca
- Fanboy duo Nam & Ahn hugging Luca and then fanboying to eachother and RECREATING THE BISE
- Vincenzo swearing
- Vincenzo taking MAXIM COFFEE TO ITALY
- Vincenzo having an entire collection of lighters
- How to befriend a bird + Chacenzo pen
- Cha-young staring at the e14 picture
- Cha-young telling Vincenzo it'll hurt her if he gets hurt
- The fact that the entire plaza packed him a suitcase filled with food
- Vincenzo calling Bye Bye Balloon man "Hyung"
- The fact that Miri escaped on her own by smacking someone with her laptop
- The fact that Cha-young would defend Miri with her life and her body despite being terrified (HOW COOL IS SHE)
- The fact that Vincenzo said he was back because he forgot to feed Inzaghi (we all know he'd never forget)
- The fact that that made Mr. Jo (Cho?) laugh
- The damn very last shot of the episode of a smirking badass looking Song Joong-ki

And I'm sure that isn't even all of it! There's just so many small moments and things between our cast members that make me so attached to each and every one of these characters, and I'll be so sad to see them go.

I care so much that today I even decided to write this comment from my computer instead of my phone and try to properly capitalize my sentences.

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I agree with everything said here. Especially that we need more Cha-young in the final two episodes, and Inzaghi.

The lighters.... I'm so glad they answered the question that has been bugging me for weeks.

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I love that the show KNOWS that we needed closure regarding the lighters. And I'm glad they delivered.

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The attention to detail is wonderful.

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The implication that he was going back to raid crime scenes for the lighters was hilarious though, although I'm glad we were right about him having more than one.

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He had packed quite a collection for such a temporary trip to south korea...(unless he ordered more while in korea)..like was he planning to burn down 8-10 places on this business trip?

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He was planning for all contingencies. And I do think this is his preferred method of operation, so it makes sense to have a good supply on hand at all times. I like someone who is well prepared and buys in bulk.

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You must love me then

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@leetennant I don't say it, but I think it's pretty clear.

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My theory is that they're like his security blanket and he goes everywhere with at least a dozen of them in the same way as I see kpop idols pack ramen for long trips.

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I giggled a bit at your comment. Oh our Corn Salad and his obsession with lighters lmao

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Awesome collection of moments. It is nice to relieve these moments while waiting for the next episodes.

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I loved that the Bye Bye Balloon Company escapes have not all ended well.

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Makes it more realistic.

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I forgot to mention the tantrum in my list!!!
He was so damn cute, even if he's a psycho!!
My sweet Dumbo ears, LOL.

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I don't get why Vincenzo had to kill the Interpol agents?

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He did'nt actually them. Han seo just told the evil trio a different version of what actually happened to avoid suspicion. Vincenzo sent the interpol back home with the crime info on paulo and others.

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Actually *kill* them

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Yes, that was just the story Han Seo spun. I dont think Han Seok got convinced though as he seemed suspicious still.

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Yes he didn't kill them, he fed them a better arrest and they went away. Han-seo embellished the story with their murders.

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Yeah it can be...confusing. I thought he'd actually killed the interpol agents and given Han-seo a "preview" too, until I realised the filter on Han-seo's account of events was slightly off the usual look of the drama.

Han-seo was smart to ask for a flesh wound though. Without it, his story would have fallen apart like a dusty biscuit.

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Everything about this drama is PERFECT! It makes me forget our pandemic situation. I will save my comments in the end.
I only have one question, during the funeral of Vincenzo's mom, I noticed his mom's picture has a nazi sign at the top of the frame, can anyone tell me the reason for this please???!

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It's a buddhist symbol and his mom was getting a Buddhist funeral. The Nazi symbol is rotated 45 degrees.

Before the Nazi's stole it and perverted it, that swastika was mainly known as a religious symbol with positive meaning in so many cultures.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika

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Thank you for that info!

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As @ar pointed out, it's a Buddhist symbol (a slightly different-looking one is used by Hindus), you'll see it on many Buddhist shrines in Asia!

The Nazis stole and perverted it into a symbol of racism and terror, but that's not the meaning it holds in the countries it originated from.

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A very entertaining show but there are many unbelievable parts. Never mind as it is very fun to watch. I just feel that the writer puts in TOO MANY twists and turns so it becomes very confusing!!!! I can't wait to see the bad guys die horribly and painfully especially the zumba lawyer.

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