Episode 3 of Vincenzo returns to the party, moments after he has broadcast his position to the entire world. Cha-Young confronts Vincenzo and questions his motives. Speaking of money, the Geumga Plaza residents all decide to trust Vincenzo from now on, especially on the back of his lavish party.
While they lavish praise on Vincenzo, he tries to formulate a plot of his own, determined to try and stop Babel from demolishing the building. Realizing the party was only a temporary fix, he sets out to try and make a better plan. He tries the pizza and once again spits it out, thanking Chef Toto for showing what bad food is.
As he leaves, Vincenzo runs into An Ki-Seok, who’s clearly working undercover and claims they met at the party the previous night. Vincenzo is not so sure but he’s interrupted by Mr Hong arriving for their scheduled meeting.
While he leaves, An speaks to Chef Toto and makes an impassioned plea, wanting to be his assistant and asking for some accommodation just while he learns how to cook. It does the trick too, and Toto asks for his name.
Mr Hong and Vincenzo have their meeting, where the latter mentions Babel Pharmaceuticals’ new drug, RDU-90. The main component of this happens to be coisanic.
After, Vincenzo heads to the temple and sets to work moving the mats around, talking about the boiler and trying to move Monk Jeokha. He heads outside and runs into school kids smoking. He tells them to stop before beating them down with one hand. Eventually they scarper as Vincenzo grabs Young-Ho by the ear and tells him to drop the cigarette.
Anyway, Cha-Young eventually heads into her office where she’s handed a file on Vincenzo, which she realizes is squeaky clean with no criminal record to speak of. She next arrives at the pharmacy playing up the victim and crocodile tears to get her way. Just as Cha-Young looks set to bribe him, he threatens to phone the police, prompting her and Joon-Woo to leave emptyhanded.
Instead, she begrudgingly heads out for the team drinks that night but she’s a complete party pooper and refuses to get involved in any of the impersonations. At least to begin with anyway. Peer pressure finally gets the better of her and she decides to impersonate Myung-Hee’s dancing moves.
Yu-Chan is given a court hearing for the Babel trial, including the whistle-blower researcher who witnessed them treating people like guinea pigs. Well, Vincenzo interrupts Yu-Chan thoughts on the rooftop, telling him they’ve come to a dead end and that Babel are monsters.
Vincenzo then meets with Deok-Jin again with specific instructions – don’t demolish the building for two months and secondly, when they do demolish it, Vincenzo will take care of it. Vincenzo promises to follow through unless he follows orders.
Meanwhile, Yu-Chan tries talking to Cha-Yong about the drugs Babel is pedaling. She claims it’s a conspiracy theory and refuses to buy into what’s happening. On her way out the house, she passes Vincenzo and tells him to stop spinning lies.
Inside, Vincenzo and Yu-Chan discuss their hospital visit. In fact, Gyeong-Ja happens to be Vincenzo’s Mother. When Vincenzo returned to Korea, Yu-Chan realized this was the same enraged young man from the court house.
The time runs out and a cloud of angry fire and smoke curl up into the sky from the ensuing blast. News of this spreads across Korea as it turns out 14 researchers from Babel were killed. Could this be Babel covering their tracks and killing off any potential leads?
Myung-Hee and Seung-Hyeok discuss what’s happened and realize this is a very clear message for them to get their work done. And just like that, he phones and asks Seung-Hyeok to meet him at lunch. Myung-Hee believes this is a front, and that there’s another person pulling the strings behind the scenes.
While he prepares for this meeting, Yu-Chan and Vincenzo show up at the crime scene and find out that the case has already been wrapped up without thorough investigation. Thankfully, Yu-Chan receives some good news in the form of the researcher ringing. He confirms that he’s definitely going to testify and he’ll be in touch in the morning.
Vincenzo remains quiet though as Manager An pipes up with his concerns too. They all eventually agree to following Vincenzo’s lead. Cha-Young eventually bursts into Yu-Chan’s office and berates him for what’s happening at work. Vincenzo follows her out as the rain begins to pour.
He reminds Cha-Young not to do something she’ll regret As Vincenzo and Yu-Chan sit together, he implores Yu-Chan to take the cowardly way out, admitting that he’s worried he’s putting himself in the firing line and making for a vulnerable target for Babel.
The run away researcher he breathes heavily, hiding in a boat, he rings Yu-Chan and asks for help. The number flashes up as RDU, which Vincenzo notices from across the table.
Back at the bar, Vincenzo asks Mr Hong if he’s hiding anything. He brings up RDU and the researcher…just as a truck suddenly bursts in through the front of the café and ploughs into them both. Vincenzo is still alive but clearly in a bad way. But Yu-Chan is dead.
This battle between comedy and drama is ultimately what holds this show back from being a better prospect and three episodes in, the balance hasn’t quite settled into a consistent rhythm.
There’s no better example of that than the scene inside Yu-Chan’s office. Here, we have Cha-Young talking about her dead Mother and how she won’t forgive Yu-Chan for this which should be a really touching moment… while Vincenzo hits his knee and hops around in the background. Are we supposed to laugh or see this as a serious moment? These clashes of comedy and drama don’t really work – like adding vodka to soju.
The ending with Yu-Chan definitely feels like a turning point and hopefully we see a far more ruthless and conniving Vincenzo from now on. While his character has promise, Cha-Young’s feels really poor so far. In fact, most of the scenes involving Cha-Young or Myung-Hee are poor.
The fact that this 20 episode drama is already starting to feel draggy though is not a great sign. Hopefully this show can prove me wrong and deliver some excellent drama to come.