Tim Tan Huynh

Gomorra La Serie, episode 106

30 Nov 2014 — Ciro goes on a fool's errand in Spain where he finds himself at the mercy of other gangsters and chance. Imma prepares Genny for secret business and eventual leadership.

“Spanish Roulette”

While Genny drives him to the airport, Ciro worries about his trip. He arrives in Spain without incident, though, and meets Massimo, a chauffeur who’s been sent by Conte. Ciro goes to a washroom and signals an anonymous courier who is waiting inside. Without Massimo noticing, Ciro gets a package from the courier. Ciro later asks if he can meet “Don” Salvatore immediately, but Massimo explains that he has to take Ciro to an arranged hotel.

Ciro remarks that the view in his hotel room is nice, and Massimo says that everything in sight belongs to Conte. Ciro is told to rest and is left alone. He calls the reception desk and asks to change his room. Elsewhere, a member of Conte’s gang gets a call and learns about Ciro’s request; the gang member approves the room change. In Naples, Genny and Noemi are lying in their love nest when Imma arrives.

Imma tells Genny that their cash is back and that if Ciro makes up with Conte, they’re “all set.” Imma explains that Genny needs to go to Honduras to establish their gang as the strongest. She also emphasizes that nobody, including and especially Ciro, can know that he’s going to Honduras. Ciro is surprised when Massimo calls his new room, but the surprise turns to anger when Ciro learns that he has to wait until the next day.

At night, Genny appeases an angry Noemi, but he becomes offended when she eyes his watch and asks for a token of love. She curses him and leaves. In Spain, Ciro realizes that he’s been locked in his hotel room and panics. He wakes up unharmed in the morning, though with a pistol in hand. During another car ride, Ciro tells Massimo to pull over. Ciro chokes him and demands to meet Conte. Massimo makes a call and says that they’re coming.

Ciro later meets Conte at a dock. They board a yacht as Conte implies that he knows who has set fire to his mother’s home. The yacht goes to sea where Conte suddenly accuses Ciro, who acknowledges the order. Conte throws Ciro overboard and leaves him stranded. In Naples, Imma watches as Genny is coached by Little Baron in buying wholesale cocaine in Honduras. In Spain, Ciro gets a rescue and, finally, a meeting that are both arranged by Conte.

At night, Ciro meets Conte at a nightclub that Conte owns. Ciro proposes a settlement and promises that he and Genny will be “fresh air.” Genny tells Imma about his breakup and expresses his concern and love for his mother. Conte agrees to think about Ciro’s proposed alliance. A man soon follows the rival boss into the washroom. Conte alerts a bodyguard and watches as Conte humiliates the man, a translator for a Russian rival named Eremenko.

Later, Ciro and Conte talk in the home of Conte when gunmen suddenly pepper the windows and flee. Conte is spirited away and Ciro is left alone. The next day, Ciro prepares to return to Italy, but Conte immediately nixes the idea. The rival boss tells Ciro to negotiate a 60-40 deal with Eremenko. With no other choice, Ciro is chauffeured to Eremenko’s office building. On the way, he writes the names of some candidates who are running in an upcoming election.

Ciro is escorted through the building. The bruised translator leads Ciro past a party and introduces him to Vitaly Eremenko. Ciro proposes a 50-50 deal. He gives his written list of candidates who, Ciro claims, will be elected and who are controlled by Conte. Eremenko calls the bluff, but he admits that he seeks “friends.” He takes a fully-loaded, six-chamber revolver and removes three rounds. If Ciro wins this game of Russian Roulette, they have a deal.

The partiers enter the room. Ciro puts the gun to his temple, and Eremenko instructs him to wait for the light: the lights in the room turn on, and Ciro squeezes the trigger. Ciro is alive and Eremenko is satisfied. Ciro celebrates by frolicking at the beach outside. The next day, Conte expresses his disappointment in the 50-50 deal, but he accepts it and tries to recruit Ciro. The Immortal declines the offer, but he returns to Naples with peace settled.

Imma has an emergency meeting with the Savastano lawyer in her husband’s office. The lawyer says that Pietro is unhappy with Ciro and Genny going to Spain and South America, respectively. Imma excuses herself. Ciro returns to Naples and is surprised to learn from his driver that Genny has left. Because Imma and Little Baron are the only ones who know where Genny has gone, Ciro tells his driver to take him to the Savastano house.

Imma visits her husband in the maximum-security facility, and when he questions her decisions, she opens an album of family photos to make her point: she has been beside him throughout their marriage, literally and figuratively.

Thoughts

  1. I like this episode’s foray to Spain and the return of Conte, even if the Savastano-Conte beef is settled a bit conveniently. I’m assuming that the Spain scenes are set in Barcelona because of the Catalonia references.
  2. I wonder why Conte even bothers to be in Naples, aside from being near his mother and possibly other family members. He seems to have everything that he needs in Spain.
  3. I also wonder about the possible consequences of Imma’s decision to send Ciro to Spain. Will Ciro or anyone else know that Imma, and not her husband, had made the decision?
  4. What will happen to Genny in Honduras? What will Ciro do if/when he learns that Genny is there?
  5. Little Baron was mentioned by Ciro in the previous episode; I incorrectly thought that he was talking about Musi. Interestingly, Ciro told Genny that they need to stop working with the man. I wonder if there will be conflict between Ciro and Little Baron.