When I moved to Chicago from the Philippines at six years old, I spoke fluent English with a Tagalog accent. My first grade teacher berated me constantly, and I unnecessarily ended up in an ESL program. There, I spent two years saying the word “set” over and over until my short E sounded American enough.
In high school, I wanted to shake the stereotypes of the studious, quiet (read: nerd) Asian kid badly. So instead, I became the Asian girl who liked “white people” things: art, punk shows, indie movies, and, well, white guys. Asian guys were boring, and their…
Vincenzo takes on Kingmaker’s men and almost singlehandedly takes them down. Thankfully, Mr. Nam returns with reinforcements:
“Shots” fired: 7
Actual shots fired: 3
Golden lighters: 5
Replay end of last episode: Interpol arrives at the ice rink, Vincenzo is shot, and Han-seo is holding a smoking gun. Vincenzo lies in a pool of blood on the ice.
Actual bombs: 1
Deaths, this episode: 2, probably.
Injuries, this episode: 1, excluding gastrointestinal paper cuts.
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Vincenzo crashes Babel’s victory party, armed and bloodthirsty. Each person cowers as he sets his sights on them, but luckily — or perhaps, unluckily — for them, he isn’t killing anyone today. Quick deaths are an act of mercy, remember? But he does use his gun to give Han-seok a new ear piercing. This is what passes for fun when one kills a consigliere’s mom.
Literal blood baths — or showers, as it were: 2 to date
Creative uses of pig blood: 4 to date (one for each member of Team Babel: bloody syringes in pillow for Han-seo, zombie threat at laundromat for Attorney Choi, calling card in Attorney Han’s office, Jun-woo’s university shower)
On the brink of being framed for CEO Oh’s murder, there’s only one tool Vincenzo can do to avoid arrest: brute force. He incapacitates the police officers and flees with Hong-sik, who is just pulling up to the plaza…
Guns pointed at Vincenzo this episode: 6
Cho attackers: 4
Blatant product placement: >3
Birds harmed in the filming of this episode: 0
Having just sent Cha-young away to buy drinks, Vincenzo sweeps the rooftop and encounters three men sent by Paolo. Unfortunately for them, Inzaghi is in the middle of rehearsing for a remake of a certain Alfred Hitchcock movie. A flock of friends assist Vincenzo in killing the three. He learns from his shadows that Attorney Choi was behind the attack, again.
Jackson Martin, creator of the art installation Nothing, is not.
Pig blood-glazed Jun-woo is escorted out of the lecture hall and into the hallway, where Prosecutor Jung is waiting to take him into custody. At the station, Chayenzo are off the hook for the “prank” and released. Unfortunately, pig blood is stickier than these charges, and Prosecutor Hwang claims that the new chairman…
Rounds of Russian roulette: 4
Attempted murders: 3
Body count to date: 29 (In chronological-ish order, 3 Italian mafia guys, 1 crooked jail warden, 11 innocent researchers, 1 whistleblower, 1 civil rights attorney, 1 crooked prosecutor, 1 quack doctor, 2 bodyguards, 4 plaintiffs, 3 Jun-woo lackeys, 1 union leader, and a partridge in a pear tree)
Jun-woo, aka Jang Han-seok, narrowly avoids falling into the trap Vincenzo has set for him in the overpass. His three henchpeople, on the other hand, are fish food in the bottom of…
The union leader claims his grandfather is pro-Japan. This is a nod to Jeon Yeo-been’s character in Be Melodramatic, a PD who makes it big with a pro-Japan documentary.
Cho holds a gun up to Vincenzo’s head. He’ll spare him as long as Vincenzo lets him make a clean getaway. Never mind the $30M — he just needs one very specific gold bar. They each take one and climb out.