This episode will be very easy to recap because it was also a lot of filler. So if you love filler, then you will love this episode.
VINCENZO RECAP EPISODE 8
We open with the rumble with the recreation of the Liberty Leading the People painting by the tenants and thugs. Vincenzo and Cha-young are both lost for words at the sight before them. They all go to the police station were the thugs try and blame everything on the tenants, but Vincenzo has the restaurant ajumma’s son there who shows the recording.
This recording leads the tenants to being internet famous. They get interviewed at their building and everything. This puts a wrench in any plans to demolish the building now that the tenants are famous. The tenants think this is great because they can try and find the gold in the building now. Though they do not work together to do this, each one basically goes about to finding it on their own (everyone except the monks it seems).
But that is not the big story of this episode. This episode is all about destroying Babel. babel meets with the Vincenzo team to come up with an agreement since they lost the case. They mostly talk about destroying each other at this meeting.
Babel decides to sign with the #1 bank in Korea in order to secure an investment. They want the #1 bank to sign with them so that other banks will give them money. This #1 bank does not have to give them any money later.
We find out that Vincenzo’s mother only has a few days left to live. The reason she is in the predicament to begin with is because of the #1 bank’s family. This is the family that the mother worked for. Vincenzo wants to ruin this bank deal.
In order to ruin that deal, Cha-young thinks that Vincenzo should try and seduce the Bank owner’s son. Vincenzo is against this for multiple reasons. Mostly because his mother is in jail due to the bank’s family though the owner’s son is also a despicable person who beats up the men he dates and doesn’t like people in general. It comes out that the son is really just socially awkward and his mother actually runs everything.
Vincenzo starts the job of seducing the son by meeting him at a horse riding rink and then going out for drinks later. Vincenzo is trying his hardest to seduce the son but is actually not doing his hardest and would rather not be there. That is until the son mentions Vincenzo’s mother (his maid) and how the mother didn’t actually kill his father. The mother pushed the father away but the father fell and couldn’t get back up. His mother watched all this from the door and left the father on the floor until he died.
Vincenzo is reinvigorated in the seduction by this and asks the bank owner out on a date at an amusement park. While at the amusement park Vincenzo finds out that the bank owner’s son is clinically terrified of zombies. Vincenzo also tells him that he found out his bank is going to sign a contract with Babel and that is horrible since Babel is a bad company. He breaks up with him over this.
At the signing ceremony of the Bank and Babel, the son decides not to sign the contract (Vincenzo is in the crowd to remind him of what he will miss out on if he does sign). But, the mother comes in and signs for him. Choi Myung-hee actually thought something like this would happen and invited the mother just in case.
But, as the son leaves, he is kidnapped by three tenants who are dressed as security officers and forced into a room in the building. The other tenants pretend to be zombies and scare the living daylights out of him.
He runs out, and runs in front of all the security people who are in the large open area of the building. There he finds out that Vincenzo is actually the lawyers on the opposing team. So the son is publically humiliated and lead away by the police.
Myung-hee tells Cha-young that she needs to watch out or she will end up just like her father. Cha-young calls all the reporters to her side and tells them that she is the daughter of the lawyer that died defending people from Babel. She will fight to the end to find out every little corruption that Babel has.
Her and Vincenzo walk with slow motion confidence.
Okay, something just didn’t work for me this episode. I should have felt happy that the bank owner got what was coming to him, but I actually felt kind of sad about it? Almost like, um, maybe there could have been another way? It could be that the actor who played the bank owner had such innocent and sad faces throughout the episode to pull my sympathies, but I also think it was the delivery.
For one, in today’s climate, I don’t really like that the gay person had to be this evil person that they had to take down, publicly shame, and humiliate – especially when it appeared that his mother was the real ruthless person in the bank and is the reason that Vincenzo’s mother is in the predicament that she is in. Also, why would a person fall head over heels in love with someone that they just met? That is not how things work and feels like a bad stereotype of same sex relationships to me. With how quickly he fell for Vincenzo, along with his social issues, made the bank owner appear to be a person who needed clinical help more than public humiliation.
I am all for taking bad people down, but somehow the way it was done here just felt icky? Am I the only one that was cringing?
As I said in the last episode, I want to get back to this gold! I want to see the tenants going after it and Vincenzo trying to keep it safe. Something like that. I am ready for Babel to go away actually. I know they won’t go away now, but can they at least be a smaller part of each episode? Maybe 40% of it instead of 80%?