Tim Tan Huynh

Gomorra La Serie, episode 109

27 Apr 2017 — Genny continues with his ambition, with help from Conte's envoy, 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 the Savastano den. He shows up Michele, who tries to make a presentation about the project, and makes a deal with Tonino Russo, an envoy for Conte. Ciro notes 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 arrogance and alliances. Ciro hides his disgust, however, when he tells Russo to give his regards to Conte. Rosario later convinces Daniele to leave the repair shop and takes him to a hideout, where Ciro gives a bag of pistols and spending cash to Daniele, who shows a picture of Manu to Ciro.

The next day, Daniele takes the pistols to the roof of a building. He poses with one of the pistols before hiding 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 next day, Daniele takes the pistols and meets Ciro and Rosario near the auto dealership. The two men use the pistols to kill the handful of people who are inside and leave Daniele to hide the pistols. Ciro goes to the Savastano home and reports the news to Genny, who is meeting with Russo. Genny tells Russo that Ciro has “a head for war.” Ciro asks for clarification, so Genny explains that Ciro is “a good soldier.”

At a banquet for Malamo’s daughter, Ciro and other veterans complain about Genny giving rackets to his friends. Ciro privately complains to Rosario about being called a soldier and vows to start a war. Ciro 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 then joins the revelry of Genny and his friends.

Later, Ciro drives Daniele to an abandoned building and teaches him how to shoot a pistol. Next, Ciro drives him to Russo’s warehouse. Ciro identifies Russo and says that the man is a lowly 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.

The next day, Daniele and Manu hang out at an abandoned pool and make a date for the next evening. Daniele later goes to a jewelry store and pays cash for a ring. He next goes to Ciro’s hideout where Ciro gives him a pistol and a motorcycle. At night, Daniele surprises Russo in the otherwise-empty warehouse. Daniele fatally shoots the man, sneaks away, and discards his pistol. Later, after having 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 importance and the impending war. Daniele calls Ciro, mentions his location, and complains about Ciro withholding information; Ciro makes an excuse and tells Daniele to go home. Daniele tells Manu that he’ll return and goes home. Outside his building, he overhears and spots Rosario and another man talking about him and realizes that he’s in danger.

Daniele meets Bruno and tells him to pick up Manu, who has never met Bruno. Daniele then calls Manu and tells her that Bruno will pick her up and be her only contact. Daniele next explains 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 his pistol while Ciro tries and fails to call Daniele’s disconnected phone.

Ciro drives to the bar that Daniele had mentioned and sees Manu. He approaches her and, after she asks, he claims to be Bruno. Inside an abandoned building, Ciro tortures Manu 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 and 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 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, who is with Conte in Spain, but the older brother says that he’s busy. 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, describes the bar to Ciro, and reminds Bruno (and the viewer) that Bruno doesn’t know Manu. Daniele should’ve sent a picture of Bruno or at least described him to Manu, and she shouldn’t have assumed that Ciro is Bruno, although Ciro might’ve recognized her anyway. Nonetheless, their mistakes are realistic.