‘The Offer’ Episode 8: Recap and Ending, Explained – What Happened to Joe Gallo?

With each new episode of “The Offer,” we learn about the excruciating pain and hard work it takes to bring a roughly 120-minute film to the big screen, which has the potential to transport you to a different place and time altogether. In the previous episode from “The Offer”, we thought Al Ruddy’s troubles were finally coming to an end. We thought Coppola could finally focus on the creative aspects rather than struggling with day-to-day logistics. Jack Ballard and Aram Avakian, spies on Barry Lapidus’ set, who were planning a coup against Ruddy and Coppola, have been removed from their posts. Bob Evans, Ruddy and Coppola got the full charge, and together they were all set to make history. A strange friendship was developing between mob kingpin Joseph Colombo and Ruddy. Colombo had called the producer of “The Godfather” home for dinner. It had made things a little personal. Colombo not only helped Al Ruddy professionally, but also admired and respected his honesty and the earnest efforts he had made to please the leader of the Italian-American Civil Rights League. The mafia community, especially the leaders of Five Families, were not very happy with Joe Colombo. Carlo Gambino did not approve of Joe Colombo’s involvement in the league. He had sided with Joe Gallo. At one of the political rallies attended by Al Ruddy, Colombo was shot dead by an African-American named Jerome A. Johnson, and Gallo is shown to have orchestrated the disaster (although in reality it did not never been proven). Colombo was Ruddy’s greatest strength, and with him gone he had to face the wrath of the unpredictable and dangerous “Crazy Joe”, who had made it his mission to extract money from producers. Every day Ruddy was sinking into a swamp, and no matter how hard he tried to cut all ties with the mob, he had to come to terms with them if he wanted his movie to get made.

A scattered Barry and an unbalanced Ruddy

In episode 8 of the Paramount miniseries, “The Offer”, titled “Crossing the line”, we see that although Ruddy was shocked after his friend Joseph Colombo was shot during his rally, he took somewhere like a blessing in disguise. He thought he wouldn’t have to deal with the mafia anymore. Although Colombo never showed his threatening side and was always endowed with kindness, whenever he met Ruddy, he was still a dangerous man at the end of the day. Ruddy felt this pressure, this coercion, even when all Colombo wanted to do was call him for a friendly dinner. Colombo wanted to legitimize its image, and its efforts with the Italian league were a step in that direction. He cherished the fact that he could converse with someone outside the mafia world. Little did Ruddy know that Colombo’s absence from the scene would create bigger problems for him. Gallo had joined Carlo Gambino and other mafia families and told them that proceeds from “The Godfather” would be divided equally between them. He had promised Gambino to be transparent in its operation, to listen to the organization and to follow its orders. Ruddy returned home one day, to find that Gallo and his men were waiting for him there. They asked him to give them the amount he used to give Colombo, and Ruddy honestly told them that Colombo never took a single penny. It was an incredible fact for the crazy Gallo, and he threatened the producer to do what was necessary if he wanted to stay alive. Ruddy went to visit Colombo and had a chat with Caesar. He informed him of the demands of Joe Gallo and his men. Caesar gave him advice that any prudent man would give. He told her to give Gallo whatever he wanted. Without Joseph Colombo and the support of Carlo Gambino, there was little Caesar could do. He also had to play it safe for himself, tip the power dynamics in his favor, and then find an opportune moment to strike. But from now on, he had to keep a low profile.

Amidst all the chaos, Bob Evans was in a terrible state and dealing with his own personal issues. After his breakup with Ali MacGraw, he drank more and was mostly under the influence of hard drugs. He didn’t want to face the reality that Ruddy was having a hard time managing everything without Evans’ expert help and guidance. At first glance, Evans was just about fine, but inside he was busted all over the place. His absence and inability to wave his wand had now become noticeable, and Charlie Bluhdorn had begun to ask questions. Ruddy warned the ace producer, but he was in no condition to understand the seriousness of the matter.

‘The Offer’ Episode 8: Ending Explained – Is Ruddy able to get more money? What happened to Joe Gallo?

Once again, the team lacked funds. Even after Charlie Bluhdorn granted them more funds, they did not have enough resources to go to Sicily, as Coppola wanted to shoot some scenes there. Ruddy asks him to shoot it in the United States itself, but Coppola feels that the essence, authenticity and flavor will be lost forever if they don’t shoot in the original location. He didn’t want to do inferior work. So Ruddy came up with a plan. He thought of developing some sort of program where he would guarantee vendors that the studio would work with them in future ventures and, in return, get a discount on their services. He was somewhat successful in raising the sum he needed to shoot in Italy, but Joe Gallo poured water on all his efforts. Ruddy was trying to smooth things over and find a middle ground where he’s able to shoot in Sicily and Gallo is happy too, but it looked like he was out of options. He told Coppola on one of the production nights that he couldn’t shoot in Sicily. The director was devastated. But fate had already planned something else, which neither Rudy nor Coppola saw coming. In “The Offer”, episode 8, we see Francis Coppola shooting the famous scene where Don Vito Corleone was shot while buying fruit. He had no idea there were actual gunshots going on in Umberto’s Clam House in Manhattan’s Little Italy (creative liberty was taken regarding the series’ timeline of events). A few masked men interrupted Joe Gallo’s birthday celebration and began shooting at him and his people. Joe Gallo did not survive the shooting. It was Caesar who had killed him (as shown in the series), and in an effort to get revenge on his boss, he also removed the biggest obstacle in Ruddy’s path. Caesar later came to the production party and informed Ruddy of the same. A delighted Al Ruddy rushed over to Francis Coppola to tell him the news. Coppola, after hearing the news, couldn’t control his happiness and announced in front of everyone that they were taking their movie, The Godfather, to Sicily.

More than the main conflict, it’s the side conversations that make “The Offer” even more intriguing. From Bob Evans introducing the movie “Chinatown” to inebriated Charlie and Barry Lapidus, to the table chats Marlon Brando has with Charlie Bluhdorn, this is a delight for any movie buff. It would be interesting to see how Bob Evans pulls himself together and if there will be any more surprises for Ruddy and his team or will they finally get a license to go about their business without unnecessary hassle.

Learn more: ‘The Offer’ Episode 7: Recap and Ending, Explained – Did Jack Ballard and Aram Avakian Get Coppola Removed?

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