MAMMA’S DIARY – DIARIO DI MAMMA
In Season 2 of Gomorrah, viewers meet Patrizia. She’s Malamore’s niece. Malamore is Don Pietro’s right-hand man, one of the few survivors of the season 1 gang war. Based on true events, this story unfolds with the Alliance replacing Don Pietro’s crime family while he was holed up in jail. When Don Pietro breaks out, he holes himself up in an old couple’s apartment. And Malamore convinces Patrizia to become Don Pietro’s confidante. She reports whatever gossip is coming out of the streets. Patrizia gives him his medicine and makes phone calls. Slowly, she becomes special to him. It appears she is like a daughter. In this episode, we see a new turn in their relationship. She also affirms her place in this world of criminality.
Many Americans will recognize the actress Cristiana Dell’Anna, who plays Patrizia, from Un Posto Al Sole. We know that Patrizia was angry with her uncle Malamore. He abandoned her and her siblings when their parents died. Patrizia is the mother hen to her younger siblings. Her brother Alessio, who is a young teen, is especially close to her. She helps her siblings study. Like a mom, she cooks and cleans for them. Patrizia works as a cashier at a clothing store. We first saw her, in fact, selling clothes to Scianel and talking to her friend Marinela. Indeed, Patrizia played a big part in Marinela’s role in last week’s episode.
The point is Patrizia is a desperate girl. She’s trying to make ends meet. A young woman herself, she lacks adult guidance. In taking on responsibilities beyond her years, she feels stuck. So, when Malamore explains that she can give her siblings a better life, she gives in. That’s what led her to Don Pietro. Because she is wise beyond her years and loyal, she gains the trust of Don Pietro. In fact, Patrizia is the one to convince Don Pietro to give his son Gennaro another chance. She explains that his son and him are the same thing. They should not be at war with one another.
Scianel has had enough. She blames Ciro for the fact that her daughter-in-law went to the police. The reason? Ciro allowed the Alley Kids (Trak’s friends who want revenge) to turn on her son Lelluccio. In her opinion, that caused all the problems. Really, it had a lot to do with her maltreatment of Marinela. In any event, Scianel revolts and sides with Don Pietro. But Don Pietro is just using her like he does everyone else. He also convinces the Alley kids to return to his side. Toward the end of the episode he tells Gennaro that he got rid of Scianel because she couldn’t be trusted. He tries to get the Alley kids to kill her. She gets away in a car. But the car is stopped by the police. She ends up in jail.
Ciro has Lelluccio meet with the Alliance to demonstrate how Don Pietro is a grave threat, who cares only about himself. He reminds them that he was willing to throw his own son Gennaro under the bus. In the meantime, Gennaro is still trying to win Papa’s approval. When Patrizia calls him to meet with his dad, he obliges. Or at least he tries to.
While Patrizia is heading to pick up Gennaro, she notices the car is being followed. She has the driver take some twists and turns but they can’t lose the guy. The guy is Ciro and his henchmen. Patrizia heads to a restaurant. There, she dumps her cell phone in the toilet. The restaurant owner lets her use the office phone. Gennaro learns that she is being followed and dumps his cell phone, too. He goes to warn his father and move him from the shack where he’s holed up. Ciro and his henchmen head to the restaurant. They threaten the restaurant owner with a gun, but they don’t kill him. He explains Patrizia just used his office phone.
Ciro catches up with Patrizia and her driver. He drives recklessly and keeps swerving dangerously close to them. Both cars end up going the wrong way on the highway. Eventually, Patrizia and the driver are forced to get into Ciro’s car with guns to their heads. Gennaro finds his father and Malamore. They race out of the hiding spot. But Don Pietro is concerned about Patrizia. Gennaro takes offense and says he doesn’t know where she is. And he adds that he is the one coming to rescue his father.
A Glimpse at the Good Guy
But Don Pietro realizes that Patrizia is really saving him. Perhaps, she is even giving up her life, so he can get away. Ciro still has Patrizia and takes her to a warehouse. There, she sees her brother Alessio in chains and dangling from a pool of dirty water. Ciro threatens to drown him unless she talks. Once her brother is under water, she agrees to talk. Ciro has the others lift her brother out of the water. Don Pietro was right about Patrizia. By the time the henchmen get to the shack, Don Pietro is gone.
Alessio says, “Now they are going to kill us.” Patrizia steps in front of him and asks to be murdered in his place. After all, she was the confidante. Her brother was innocent in this. Ciro agrees. When the two of them are alone in the room, you see his face. It’s as though he’s seeing the face of his wife, who he killed in cold blood. Or maybe it was his best friend Rosario, who was killed. Or maybe it was his daughter, who is alive but in danger.
Whatever the reason, Ciro doesn’t kill Patrizia. He tells her, “The dead are piling up. I left many of them behind me. They haunt me at night. I’m tired of killing people.” They tie up Patrizia and her brother and Ciro and the henchmen take off. Malamore comes to find them. Don Pietro goes back to his original home. Gennaro is with him there. Basically, he tells Gennaro they both screwed each other and now they’re even. But Don Pietro is the boss. Gennaro seems hurt.
Since Ciro killed his wife, he has not killed anyone else. He refused to kill his best friend Rosario when he stepped out of line. Then, he stopped Scianel from murdering a messenger. He freed the messenger who helped Don Pietro to kill the prince. Now, he let Patrizia go. His speech about Don Pietro needing to be the boss of all makes him sound almost like Robin Hood. You see this resentment at the thought that people like him are forced into this life. Desperation led them here. No one is doing anything to help the city. In the end, they are forced to live like animals. Truly, some of them have no choice but to lead a criminal life.
When Patrizia and Don Pietro are reunited at the episode’s end, she asks if he’s tired, too. He says, “Yes, but I can’t stop now.” That’s basically recognition of how the cycle of violence breeds more violence. The people all around are exhausted. But they feel helpless to make change. That’s the story of Naples.