Okay things are happening! They have brought the gold room into the main storyline which is something I can get behind. Both threads have converged, y’all!
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VINCENZO RECAP EPISODE 12
This episode starts in a hurry with VIncenzo holding the gun to Joon-woo’s head. Joon-woo is daring him to pull the trigger, though we can see he is postering and looks defiant yet worried. Right when Vincenzo is about to pull the trigger, the prosecutor team bursts in with guns, fires a warning shot into the ceiling (hopefully this is the penthouse suite), and tells Vincenzo to drop his weapon.
Joon-woo pretends to be terrified and Vincenzo gets taken away by the prosecutors. Though he tells the prosecutors that this guy is the real Babel boss, Joon-woo turns on the innocence and denies it with lots of tears and blubbers. You know how he do.
Vincenzo gets off easy because he knew the prosecutor team was following him due to those crook guys that are working for him now, and knew they would most likely burst into the room. So the gun Vincenzo had was a fake gun which means they can’t charge him with attempting to kill the Babel head (though I am sitting here thinking, hmm, there are some other charges you could level like breaking and entering, threatening, stalking).
Cha-young and Vincenzo convince the prosecutor to work with them in order to take down Babel because they know this prosecutor has prepared six large lawsuits to level against Babel.
Meanwhile, Joon-woo is taken away to a secret country house hideout, with like twenty bodyguards who have all seen his face. His plan is to hide out there so VIncenzo and team don’t know where he is. However, the Vincenzo’s crooks are on the case and have followed the chairman to this country house. later on we see Vincenzo sending the chairman a message by putting poison in one of his drinks which makes the chairman paralyzed for a few seconds. The chairman sinks into his bathtub and is submerged under water. Though he does not die.
He is highly upset that he has had two attempts on his life in 3 days though so he wants his lawyers to take care of Vincenzo. In order to make him happy, Choi Myung-hee has the Babel Chemical union head killed because he is the easiest target to attack Babel. She was going to bribe him at first but he told her no so she had him killed. You know how she is.
There is a third attempt on Joon-woo’s life, this time by his brother Han-seo. Han-seo and Joon-woo go hunting and Han-seo shoots Joon-woo in the back with a shotgun. Though he cannot finish the job because a person walking their dog shows up right then which makes Han-seo take Joon-woo to the hospital.
This entire series of events leads Myung-hee to telling Joon-woo that he needs to come out as the real owner of Babel otherwise he can be killed and no one will know it (they reference the popular Hong Kong movie Infernal Affairs which was remade into the US movie Departed). He comes out as the chairman at an important babel meeting that is all about corruption. They are almost spoofing Samsung because Babel is giving away condos in this building to prosecutors and judges and politicians and the like all for favors to help Babel. Samsung is known to do the same thing though not all in one building.
But let’s cut away to the gold story. The thug tenants overhear the other tenants talking about the gold, so now everyone in the building knows. Well, everyone except for Cha-young and manager Joo-sung. But they also find out when two tenants joke that they are the only ones that dont know about it. So Cha-young and Joo-young ask Vincenzo what this is all about which makes Vincenzo come clean about the gold that is hidden under the monks floor.
They decide that in order to get the tenants out of the building they should send them all on a nice vacation somewhere. Some of the tenants like that though some don’t and most importantly, the monks do not and decide to stay. So the manager sweetens the deal and tells them that the person with the best vacation photo will get $20,000.
Meanwhile, the NIS agent tells Vincenzo that in order to take down Babel they need to find this secret file that has all the corruption of Korea documented. This file was stolen by a Chinese gangster (using a hacker) and hidden somewhere. Though that Chinese gangster died last year. The NIS agent wants to ask Vincenzo, as a fellow gangster, if he has any idea where this file might be hidden?
Of course, Vincenzo knows that this gangster is the Chinese gangster who hid the gold in the basement of this building and that file is probably there somewhere as well. He thinks it could be hidden inside one of the gold bars possibly though he does not tell anyone that.
Through a random scene with the piano teacher, Mi-ri, we see that she either is the hacker or has a vision of the hacker. She tells Vincenzo that she heard a rumor that there is a ghost in the building and the monk is suppressing the ghosts soul. If the monk leaves then that ghost will come out and haunt whoever sells the building (or something like that).
Vincenzo has a meeting with his landlord right hand man who tells him that his family is in dire straights, they need 30 million dollars due to his bad gambling habits over the last several weeks. So this spurs Vincenzo to opening up the safe. They use the eye signature to open it up and go inside whereupon – they see all the gold. Tons of it, literally.
But the landlord turns on Vincenzo and holds a gun to the back of his head.
One of the big things that happened this episode that made me go huh? was when twenty or so bodyguards took Joon-woo to his secret hideout. I thought Joon-woo was supposed to be a secret head of Babel? As in no one should know he is important in the slightest. But all these guards have now seen his face so…not so secret anymore? It was funny in a not consistent kind of way.
I am kind of intrigued by the piano teacher. They showed her either as a hacker or possibly channeling the memory of a hacker so I kind of wonder if she is in the building because she already knew about the gold. Either she is the hacker who helped put the gold in the building or she really can talk to ghosts and the ghost told her. I will accept either one. 😂
It does make sense to have some of the tenants be planted by the Chinese mob boss. The tailor could be the bosses assassin who was put there to guard the gold and Mi-ri could be the hacker who was put there to guard the gold. The two of them might not know they are there for the same reason. Or maybe I am thinking too far into this. Though I want that to be the case!