Tim Tan Huynh

Gomorra La Serie, episode 107

24 Jan 2015 — With the Savastano men still away, Imma asserts her control. She keeps Ciro in her doghouse, with a dog in her actual house, and puts him in charge of a new cocaine-dealing location. A local woman helps the gang.

“Imma Against All”

Luca Giacobone enters a shop of garden ornaments and asks the owner, Franco Martucci, for a month of leniency. Franco questions the request. At night, Luca shoots himself in his apartment kitchen where his daughter Marta finds him. The next day, Imma tells Genny that she has sent “a thousand and one nights gift” to his Honduran hosts, but Genny says that they’re expecting “a thousand and three” and won’t let him leave otherwise. Imma stays firm.

Soon afterward, she spots a stray, large-breed dog and tells her driver Maria to stop. Imma decides to adopt the dog. Later, she addresses the gang—and acknowledges that Ciro hasn’t been invited—and states that if things go smoothly, they’ll cut their selling price by 20 percent. She admits that the plan is a risk and orders new dealing spots to be found. Afterward, the Savastano matriarch tells the disappointed Ciro that she has a plan for him.

Imma and Little Baron inspect an apartment complex that has a soccer field in its courtyard. The now-fatherless Marta approaches Imma and invites her to the family apartment. After Imma comments on the interesting view, Marta explains that her father Luca had owned a bridal shop and had been in debt to Franco, whom Imma knows. Imma later visits Franco on behalf of Marta and learns about his 70% interest rate. “The rules have changed,” she says.

Soon afterward, Imma tells Ciro that he has two days to open a dealing spot at the apartment complex. Ciro begrudgingly accepts the assignment. Imma later encounters Marta, who has been physically beaten and says that she’ll be killed by Franco if she doesn’t pay. Malamo and Zecchinetta later grab Franco from his shop and take him to a rooftop where Imma and Marta meet them. Franco pleads his case before Malamo fatally shoots him.

Marta brings a gang lackey to the apartment; she tells her confused mother that he’ll be at their window for a few days. At night, Little Baron and Malamo observe a shipping dock where the first shipment of Honduran cocaine arrives; a pair of police officers tacitly let it happen. Soon, workers convert the premium cocaine into buyer-friendly pills. The next day, Ciro supervises others as they fortify the apartment complex.

Marta shows her father’s shop to Imma, who is impressed and assures Marta that they’ll find a buyer for the shop. The opening night at the new spot is a success, although Ciro assaults an impatient junkie, who then vandalizes a statue of the Virgin Mary. The next day, Little Baron tells Imma about the statue and something worse: he can’t contact Genny and the dismembered body of a white male has been found. Despite her fear, Imma stays firm again.

Imma and Little Baron visit the apartment complex where residents bemoan their vandalized statue. Imma also meets a woman who asks for help in getting a job for her wheelchair-bound daughter. In contrast, Marta thrives as someone whom Imma trusts to help run the operation. At the end of the day, Ciro gives advice to some lackeys while he waits for another one to bring his car. In the distance, the would-be valet enters the car and it suddenly explodes.

At the ensuing gang meeting, Ciro insists the he’s been targeted, but Imma states that the entire gang has been targeted. Malamo urges the gang to hit hard and notes that the Martone brothers are said to be responsible. Ciro offers to go after them with Rosario, but Imma declares that Malamo will handle things. Ciro then offers to go with Malamo, but Imma angrily dismisses him and ends the meeting.

Later, as the Martones sit in the stands of a boys’ soccer game at the apartment complex, Malamo and another gang member discretely shoot the two brothers. Imma employs the wheelchair-bound daughter as a daytime cocaine-dealer and provides the residents with a new statue of the Virgin Mary, which enjoys a ceremonial procession. Despite her effective stewardship of the gang, the unknown fate of Genny takes its toll on Imma.

Later, she visits Pietro and asks whether she’s done the right thing. The boss describes his recent dream involving Genny and tells her to not be afraid for their son. In her father’s shop, Marta dons a wedding dress just before two masked gunmen attack. She flees to a nearby butcher shop where she is killed. At night, police officers and fire fighters arrive at the apartment complex; Ciro and the lackeys race to hide evidence and escape detection.

Imma summons the gang for another meeting. Recognizing that the Conte gang is responsible for the recent interference, Imma states that they will meet with them before doing anything else. Malamo dissents with Imma’s idea and then Ciro tries to undermine her, but Imma rebukes him and ends the meeting. Later, the gang arrives at a meeting spot, presumably in Conte territory, where Imma states her case to their rivals.

She affirms that she doesn’t want war, but she emphasizes that Genny has done the work of securing a reliable supply of premium cocaine. Imma offers to sell some of it to the Conte gang for a mutually advantageous price, but she re-iterates that her gang makes the rules. She also warns them to not underestimate her merely because she’s a woman. During the ride home, Imma stops the motorcade; she takes her dog for a walk and basks in self-satisfaction.

Later at night, Imma is awakened in her home by sounds of a physical struggle. She rushes from her bedroom to find her now-dead dog and Genny, who has a different haircut, a gashed forearm, and a grim expression. “I should kill you, too,” he says.

Thoughts

  1. This episode is the best one yet, mostly because of its ending. It creates so many questions. Will the Savastano and Conte gangs go to war? What has Genny faced in Honduras and how/why has he changed? How will the new Genny fit into the current power structure?
  2. I now realize that minor characters often die in the episode in which they’re introduced. Such is the case for Luca, Franco, and Marta.
  3. The writers keep coming up with ways to surprise me. Besides Genny’s return, I was surprised to see the wheelchair-bound woman dealing cocaine. I was sure that Imma was going to hire the woman to run the bridal shop because she was said to be fashion-minded and because Marta said she didn’t want to do it.