Gomorrah Occhi negli occhi Season 2 Episode 5 Recap – The previous episode of “Gomorrah” has Don Pietro Savastano returning to a hideout in Naples. His contacts with the outside world must pass through Patrizia, the trusted young woman the clan has hired to carry messages back and forth. Ciro managed to entice Prince and Mulatto to betray and murder Don Salvatore. When Ciro finds out that Don Pietro and Genny are both in the picture, he sends word that he wants to arrange a meeting. Patrizia tells Don Pietro that Ciro doesn’t want to deal directly with him, however. Instead, he prefers to meet with Genny as representative of the Savastano clan.
Gomorrah Occhi negli occhi Season 2 Episode 5 Recap
Episode 5: Ironically, this fifth episode of “Gomorrah” is about a peace deal. In contrast to the violence in previous episodes, this episode develops without a shot fired or even a punch thrown.
The episode begins with a 3-D printer buzzing away. If you know of “Gomorrah” and its propensity for violence, you guess it’s either a) a gun or b) a gun or c) a gun. When it’s done, we see it’s a gun, capable of firing just one round. Just as importantly, it’s made of a material that can’t be read by metal detectors. The pistol is to be given to Gennaro so that he can kill his former closest associate and current rival Ciro Di Marzio.
Gang wars are bad for business. But how do you stage a meeting between violent antagonists? In this episode, both sides go to traditional mob bosses who have made it into polite society by operating legitimate businesses.
Ciro goes to Don Aniello Pastore, an agricultural merchant, and asks him to guarantee the meeting will be peaceful. On the other side, Gennaro has teamed with Giuseppe Avitabile, the wealthy Roman contractor and builder of restaurants and hotels, also the father of his girlfriend Azzurra.
Giuseppe seems to have adopted his daughter new boyfriend but worries that he’ll be dragged back into a life of petty crime. He urges Gennaro to ‘decide who you want to be’ – meaning a choice between a legitimate but corrupt businessman or a Mafiosa.
Patrizio delivers the gun to a suspicious Gennaro who questions his father’s order to kill Ciro di Marzio. Such a thing will be dangerous, triggering a mob war that all sides are trying to avoid. “I’ve got to die to please my father?” Gennaro remarks to Patrizia. She’s just the messenger, however. Gennaro’s complaints to her count for nothing.
All Roads Lead to Rome
There is good reason for Gennaro’s lack of enthusiasm to get himself killed. While Don Pietro is cooped up in a squalid hidden compartment in Naples, Genny is living the high life in a penthouse in Rome. He does the rounds of nightlife in fancy clubs, hobnobbing with Azzurra’s wealthy and privileged crowd.
The contrast between Gennaro’s life and Azzurra’s is evident when Gennaro’s street thugs drop in on a party given in his honor. An embarrassing situation occurs for Gennaro when one of his old crew grabs a guy in the bathroom, and steals his Rolex watch.
Trak, Bomber, and Carmine hustle through the crowd amazed at the life they cannot have themselves. As the result of the fight for control of the drug dealing spots, the Sevastanos are in a weakened position. They want Gennaro to return from Rome to Naples to take power back again.
Face to Face
And then finally, there is the confrontation between Gennaro and Ciro. Tension builds. Accompanied by his two bodyguards, Ciro goes for a walk from his 5-star hotel. Gennaro has dinner alone in his hotel room. He assembles the pistol, loads its one bullet, and waits in Ciro’s hotel room.
When Gennaro pulls the pistol and places it against Ciro’s head, it looks like game over. Ciro recognizes he’s finished. “I’m not afraid of dying,” he says.Gennaro takes his time. He vents his feelings about Ciro’s murder of his mother Imma. “You killed my mother and shot me in the face.”
Yet in a turnabout twist of plot, Gennaro decides not to kill Ciro. The reprieve has nothing to do with forgiveness and much to do with fear of crossing mafia kingpins Aniello Pastore and Giuseppe Avitabile.
The Treaty Terms
Ultimately, the meeting goes as planned on the docks of Ostia. Don Aniello Pastore supervises the meeting. His presence is a guarantee that no violence will occur. Ciro and Gennaro make a deal that both helps and hinders Don Pietro’s clan. They can continue to make money through their operations but they must remain within certain perimeters in the neighborhood. The accord will lead to obvious future friction but for now, the dove of peace flies over the Vele de Scampia.
And there’s good news for Gennaro. When he returns safely to Rome and Azzurra, she gives him his best birthday present of all. A positive pregnancy test.
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Gomorrah Occhi negli occhi Season 2 Episode 5 Recap characters and cast include:
Ciro di Marzio – Marco D’Amore (A Quiet Life, Love Is All You Need, Alaska)
Pietro Savastano – Fortunato Cerlino (Hannibal, Ribilla per caso)
Genny Savastano – Salvatore Esposito (They Call Me Jeeg, Zeta, Carvina)
Rosario O’Nano – Lino Musella (The Young Pope, Happy Days Motel)
O’Mulatto – Luca Gallone
Malammore – Fabio De Caro
Annalisa ‘Scianel’ Magliocca – Christina Donadio
Patrizia – Cristiana Dell’Anna
O’Principe – Antonio Folletto
O’Zingariello – Gianluca Di Gennaro
Pitbull – Vincenzo Fabricino
Guiseppe Avitabile – Gianfranco Gallo
Luciano – Carlo Geltrude
O’Cardillo – Christian Girosa
Azzurra Avitabile – Ivana Lotito
Don Aniello Pastore – Nello Mascia