Gomorrah Nella gioia e nel dolore Season 2 Episode 11 Recap – In the previous episode of “Gomorrah Ciro is intent on finding Don Pietro, the most dangerous of all his enemies. But if Ciro is looking to eliminate his former boss in order to take control of Naples’ Secondigliano turf, Don Pietro is also intent on destroying his former underling to regain control of his criminal empire. Also in that episode, father and son are locked into a kind of headstrong combat usually associated with rams. They’re butting heads in a bid for ultimate power. Secondigliano can have only one boss. In a power struggle where one day’s winner may become the next day’s loser, Malamore’s niece Patrizia has taken a giant step up, becoming Don Pietro’s right hand man – err, woman.
Gomorrah Nella gioia e nel dolore Season 2 Episode 11 Recap
Episode 11 opens with a bang as Mulatto’s own people turn their guns on him. At this point in the series, it’s not hard to figure who’s behind that hit. Don Pietro Savastano has enticed the shooters to switch sides. Little Bird and his sidekick want to be on the side that’s winning. With Mulatto out of the way, next stop on Don P’s hit list is Raffaele.
Desperate Times, Desperate Measures
Things are not going to be so easy now as Ciro and Raffaele are on full alert. In a meeting at an underground garage, Ciro tries to rally his troops. “We gotta’ keep our eyes open.” Raffaele is impatient,wants to hear more than a morale booster. “What are we going to do? Wait around until more of us get knocked off?”
But Ciro also has another card to play. With Don P gaining strength, Ciro offers a reward for anyone who kills any of Savastano’s men. This kind of incentive makes Little Bird, who betrayed Mulatto, a high value target. While he’s going into his house with his wife and newborn infant, his family is nearly mowed down by two motorcyclists who drive by firing automatic weapons. Little Bird manages to get his family to cover but one of his bodyguards lies dead and another is injured.
Gypsy Bets on the Wrong Horse
Seeing the writing on the wall, Gypsy, another player in this war of attrition figures he’s bet on the wrong horse. He arranges a meeting with Don Pietro to beg forgiveness. But Don Pietro is not in a forgiving mood and besides, Gypsy appears to have little leverage to bargain with. As Don Pietro put it: “You want my forgiveness but what do you have to give me in return?” Don Pietro asks the question and also provides the answer: “Ciro di Marzio.”
Gypsy reluctantly agrees to betray Ciro and arranges a meeting in the underground garage. But things are not as easy or relaxed as they once had been. The gangster sets are mistrustful of one another, alert to the possibility of betrayal and assassination. Ciro therefore sends his scouts out to scope out the place where he was supposed to meet with Ciro. Things don’t look right, causing Ciro to abort the meeting. When Gypsy reports this failure to Don Pietro, Malammore slips up behind him with a ligature to strangle him with. This scene takes painful minutes. Only Don Pietro is cold enough to watch unblinking as Gypsy writhes on the floor in his death throes.
Shall I Stay or Shall I Go?
There’s good and bad news for Patrizia who has, through her service to Don Pietro Savastano, ascended to the higher ranks of Naples’ organized crime. The good news is that Don Pietro has rewarded her with a lovely new apartment for her brother and sisters. The bad news is that her brothers and sisters feel upended and dislocated at the changes in their lives. They give her attitude and back talk.
Brother Alessio worries that they may be in danger as the result of her association with the Savastanos. Patrizia is not immune either, telling Don Pietro of her anxieties. Don Pietro reassures her that they will in fact be much safer under his sponsorship. “They’ll have no problem for the rest of their lives,” he tells her.
Nice to know that her siblings are taken care of, but will there be more problems for Patrizia in the future? Don Pietro has asked her to stay on though she’s no longer needed as a ‘messenger.’ Toward the end of the episode, we see that there’s something more going on, and perhaps we were wondering about that in previous episodes.
Patrizia, Queen and Goddess
Cristiana Dell’Anna has been mesmerizing as Patrizia – sullen, sultry, poor, overworked, struggling to support her younger siblings with a sales clerk’s job in a clothing shop. Her uncle Malammore, a key figure among Don Pietro’s loyal troops, opened the door to her transformation. Now at the top of Naples’ criminal society, the new Patrizia has the sort of glow one might see on a wealthy socialite aboard a yacht on the Italian Riviera. This is not the same threadbare girl in worn jeans we first met while Don Pietro was hiding in the hole in the wall apartment in Scampia. Like a nascent volcano, she still smolders but leather jackets, high fashion, chauffeur, and royal treatment have evoked images of the murdered Immaculata, Don Pietro’s wife, played in early episodes by Maria Pia Calzone. A younger ‘lioness’ takes the vacant spot.
Gennaro: In-Laws and Outlaws
Where is Genny in all this? He’s preparing to be married to his pregnant girlfriend Azzura, daughter of a corrupt Roman businessman. Giuseppe Avitabile has one foot in the camorra and the other in civilized business activity. He’s a gangster who has made it through seemingly legitimate means. Underneath the façade he bribes, intimidates, and deceives to take control of lucrative construction contracts.
Appearance is very important to Giuseppe as Azzura plans the wedding seating arrangement. Important people must be seated in the appropriate places. Don Aniello will be there as head of one of the camorra clans rubbing shoulders with politicians and city officials. Gennaro notes to Azzura that he doesn’t even know the people who are invited to his wedding. The wedding affair is more of a showcase for Giuseppe than anything else. Gennaro steals away with Azzura to a restaurant for a quiet dinner with his bride. This annoys Giuseppe and his wife Luisa who stand to lose face with the wedding guests if the bride and groom do not appear. What more could go wrong?
Lots more could go wrong. In the midst of the wedding dinner, the Italian police come in to arrest Giuseppe in front of everyone. The arrest stems from Giuseppe’s attempt to intimidate a city councilman. His hired thugs have done more than intimidate, however; they’ve accidentally killed the man. The cops have arrested one of the thugs as he tried to flee the country. Police interrogation of the man revealed Don Giuseppe as the person behind the murder.
Battle of the Titans
There is one more episode in the series and while much has been revealed, many questions remain. The one looming question, the elephant in the room so to speak, is who, between Don Pietro and Gennaro, has the hardest head. Who has the strength to succeed in this battle of titans? Gennaro has already turned away Ciro’s attempt to have him join forces against his father. Is it family loyalty that mades him reject Ciro once again? Or is it something else?
Fans of Gomorrah have become so accustomed to conspiracies and betrayals that we tend to suspect ulterior motives in just about any plot twist. Is it mere serendipity that Giuseppe’s lawyer tells Gennaro that he will have to temporarily take over the vast Rome businesses for Giuseppe? Could Gennaro have had something to do with Giuseppe’s arrest and some purpose in arranging it?
A curious scene occurs at the end where Gennaro is alone in a room filled with boxes of wedding gifts. He looks around and finds one of a curious shape. He picks that one to open and finds there a large family portrait painting – his mother, his father, his teenage self beside them. Should we think fond remembrances of Gennaro’s childhood?
Not when he punches a hole through the painting with a powerful fist.
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Gomorrah Nella gioia e nel dolore Season 2 Episode 11 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)
Gennaro Savastano – Salvatore Esposito (They Call Me Jeeg, Zeta, Carvina)
Malammore – Fabio De Carlo
Patrizia – Cristiana Dell’Anna
Pitbull – Vincenzo Fabricino
Capaebomba – Giovanni Buselli
Nicola – Riccardo Ciccarelli
O’Cardillo – Christian Giroso
Alessio – Davide Iacono
Raffaele Magliocca – Vincenzo Pirozzi
Fernando – Gianni Spezzano
O’Zingariello – Gianluca Di Gennaro
Giuseppe Avitabile – Gianfranco Gallo
O’Mulatto – Luca Gallone
Alfredo Natale – Alessio Lapice
Silvana – Maria Lenzi