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Aikido is the second episode of Part 3 of Netflix's Money Heist. It aired on July 19, 2019.

Synopsis

The Professor recruits Martín to put his brother's plan into action and target the Bank of Spain. First step? Create total chaos.

Plot

! Warning: This section contains spoilers.

A zeppelin flies over Madrid, pouring hundreds of euros down on the people to put the city into chaos, but also out of duty to return some of the money to the people, as the robbers consider themselves to be Robin Hoods. (This was Plan Chernobyl of the first heist.)

The Professor reveals himself to the public and demands justice for Rio. Colonel Prieto orders the strongest security to be arranged.

In a flashback, Martín (Palermo) chides the Professor for not entering the Mint and getting some of his men killed, including his brother Berlin. The Professor confesses that he hadn’t factored in that Berlin might sacrifice himself. They embrace, and he asks for Palermo’s help to rob the Bank of Spain.

The gang taps the phones of the police, CNI and Defence Staff. Rio’s job of hacking is outsourced to Pakistanis. Tokyo, Palermo, Denver, Stockholm (Mónica), Helsinki, Nairobi and Bogotá prepare to enter the bank. They pack up army trucks and are dressed as army lieutenants in order to gain access inside. Meanwhile, the Professor and Lisbon (Raquel) are in the RV, getting their equipment ready.

Denver had expressed concerns about Mónica entering the Bank as they have a baby boy to take care of. She argues that she is just as good a robber as anyone. Nairobi accuses Denver of having regressive, sexist attitudes. Palermo enters into a fight with them until the Professor intervenes.

Rio is in the custody of the heavily pregnant Inspector Alicia Sierra. She forces a mask on him and he falls unconscious.

The Dalí mask has become a symbol of resistence throughout the world, as the Professor shows. Many people jeer at the gang as they enter the Bank, but most are in complete solidarity with them.

The gang make it to the Bank, surrounded by supporters and security guards. Palermo and Stockholm request to enter on the pretext of guarding it, but they are refused. The Professor impersonates an army general on the phone, and orders the guards to allow them in. The armed forces disperse tear gas to keep the protesting crowds at bay.

The gang guide the hostages (367 of them, 300 more than in the first heist) into the main lobby. Some of them are escorted out. Then they trigger explosions in the building (courtesy of time bombs installed on the outside) to make it look like an attack.

Cast

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

Soundtrack

  • The Flower Duet- Léo Delibes & Richard Kapp [1]
  • Carry On- Jonathan Josue Monroy, Matthew A. Thomas, Matthew Naylor & Ryan William Keaton [2]
  • Who Can It Be Now?- Men at Work [3]
  • You'll Never Walk Alone- Gerry and the Pacemakers [4]
  • Harlem Shuffle (alternate take)- The Foundations [5]


Trivia

  • This episode is named after a plan that takes place in this episode (Aikido). Another example is It's Dolphin Time (The Dolphin/Flipper Plan) and The Paris Plan in Part 4.
  • Aikido is a form of modern Japanese martial art.
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