Tim Tan Huynh

Gomorra La Serie, episode 109

27 Apr 2017 — Genny moves forward with his ambitious plans but he unknowingly rankles Ciro, who uses an impressionable teenager to disrupt the prospect of peace and prosperity.

“Gelsomina Verde”

Daniele is late for work at the repair shop. Genny presides over a crowded meeting in Pietro’s office. He shows up Michele, who tries to make a presentation about the construction project, and makes a deal with Tonino Russo, Conte’s envoy. Ciro points out that an auto dealership is in the way, and Genny’s friend explains that the owners, the Romano brothers, have declined to co-operate. Genny tells Ciro to solve the problem.

Daniele shows off with his motorbike outside the hair salon where his girlfriend Manu is working. After the meeting ends, Ciro and Rosario quietly complain about Genny’s alliance and arrogance. Ciro hides his disgust, however, when he tells Russo to give his regards to Conte. Rosario later convinces Daniele to leave the repair shop. They meet Ciro at a hideout where he gives pistols and cash to Daniele, who shows a picture of Manu to Ciro.

The next day, Daniele takes the pistols to the roof of a building and hides them. In the evening, he visits Manu outside of her home. They make a date for the next evening. Daniele goes to his home where his older brother Massimo tries to ease their mother’s concerns about his work as Conte’s chauffeur. The brothers briefly re-unite before Massimo tells Daniele to take care of their mother.

The following day, Daniele brings the pistols and meets Ciro and Rosario near the Romanos’ dealership. The two men use the pistols to kill the handful of people who are inside. They leave while Daniele recovers the guns. Ciro goes to the Savastano home and reports the news to Genny, who is meeting with Russo. Giro tells Russo that Ciro has “a head for war.” Ciro asks for clarification, so Genny explains that he is “a good soldier.”

At a banquet for Malamo’s daughter, Ciro and other gang members complain about Genny giving rackets to his friends. Ciro privately complains to Rosario about being called a mere soldier. Ciro vows to start a war. He looks at the unassuming Russo and talks about an earthquake metaphor that he had learned as an orphaned youth. He tells Rosario to contact Daniele and, deceptively, joins the revelry of Genny and his friends.

Later, Ciro drives Daniele to an abandoned building where Daniele learns how to shoot pistols. Next, they go to Russo’s warehouse where Ciro identifies Russo and claims that the man is a debtor whom Genny wants dead. Ciro instructs Daniele to kill Russo the next evening and immediately go home. Finally, Ciro gives more cash and urges secrecy. Later at a nightclub, Daniele boasts to his friend Bruno about working for Genny and introduces him.

Daniele and Manu later hang out at an abandoned pool and make a date for the next evening. Daniele goes to a jewelry store and pays cash for a ring. He then goes to Ciro’s hideout where Ciro gives him a pistol and a motorcycle. At night, Daniele surprises Russo in the man’s otherwise-empty warehouse. Daniele fatally shoots Russo, sneaks away, and discards the pistol. Later, after having had sex with Manu, Daniele gives the ring to her.

The couple go to a bar where Daniele watches a news report that mentions Russo’s important position and the impending war. Daniele calls Ciro, mentions his location, and complains about Ciro’s misinformation. Ciro makes an excuse and tells him to immediately go home, so Daniele tells Manu that he’ll later return for her. Outside of his home, he spots Rosario and overhears the man and another gang member as they plan to lure him.

Daniele meets Bruno and tells him to pick up Manu although they have never met. Daniele then calls Manu to tell her that Bruno will pick her up and be her only contact. Daniele explains to Bruno that Ciro has made him kill an important person. Bruno refuses to become involved, but he describes a hiding spot on his grandmother’s lot and offers the spot for the night. Daniele recovers the pistol while Ciro tries to call Daniele’s disconnected phone.

Ciro drives to the bar that Daniele had mentioned. He recognizes Manu, because Daniele had shown her picture to him, and approaches her. Manu unknowingly asks Ciro if he is Bruno, so he claims to be Bruno. He soon takes her to the abandoned building and tortures her to learn Daniele’s location. The next morning, Daniele gets a visit from Bruno, who says that he hasn’t seen or heard from Manu. Bruno urges Daniele to leave. In Spain, Conte concludes that Genny is responsible for Russo’s death and decides to return to Naples.

Daniele goes to another hideaway and calls Manu, but he only hears her voicemail. He rides to a cafe where he watches a news report about the discovery of a young woman’s burned corpse; the reporter describes a ring that matches Manu’s ring. Daniele goes outside and vomits. He returns to his hideaway and calls Massimo, but the older brother says that he’s busy with Conte. In tears, Daniele puts the barrel of his pistol into his mouth.

Thoughts

  1. This episode makes Ciro really unlikeable. Tying up and beating Manu is one thing; killing her is another thing.
  2. The writers set up the plausibility of Ciro finding Manu. Daniele shows Manu’s picture to Ciro and later describes the bar to him. From a script-writing perspective, Daniele should’ve shown a picture of Manu to Bruno instead of reminding him that he doesn’t know her. The former is more plausible and still would’ve allowed Manu to make her fateful mistake. Nonetheless, Daniele’s and Manu’s mistakes are realistic for the most part.