Mammon Episode 4: The Pact
Found it a bit hard going this week, so apologies if this blog isn’t up to my usual (terrible) standards.
I’m pleased to see this week’s episode did pick up where it left off last week, with the man who had phoned Peter at the end of episode 3 (who is Gisle Eie) checking on his daughters, who are both fine. He did look at something on daughter number one’s bedside table, but I couldn’t make out what it was.
Peter is recovering from being beaten up and Tom Lied appears in the kitchen at the party and looks at his head and tells him he needs stitches, but is fine.
Our mysterious Minister for Justice continues to be mysterious, with a summons to see the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff. He’s told that he can’t let his friendship with Age blow up and must not go to the funeral. He tells the Chief of Staff that there is nothing else to come out. They’re all liars! He tells his wife he doesn’t think he can stop things from spiralling.
Andreas turns up at his mum, Eva’s house. This follows his Granddad Tore being on the phone to Peter saying that he took all of Daniel’s things so couldn’t have been kidnapped. I have no idea when a kidnapping was suggested. He continues to worry his mother and Peter by not being at Eva’s in the morning when she gets up.
Peter is at Vibeke’s place again and they have looked into what happened 25 years ago, as mentioned by Gisle on the phone call he had with Peter. It seems Age, Daniel and Tom were all at NHH School of Economics. Vibeke says she will go to Bergen to the NHH and completely out of the blue, takes her jumper off (and for the first time, her lamb necklace and starts to seduce Peter. I thought we’d been spared this with us being told they used to go out, but it did lead to the marvellous exchange below:
Peter: “It’s been a while”
Vibeke: “It’s just like riding a bike”
Peter: “Well it will be a short ride”
And she didn’t look anywhere near as cold as she had in episode 1.
Vibeke is still having issues, but no sign of agoraphobia now as she sets off for Bergen on a plane. Andreas is also on the plane! She recognises him despite having only seen him 5 years before, although admittedly, it is only his hair that is different and they go together to the NHH which looks, from the outside at least , as if it has had better days.
Andreas manages to bypass data protection rules by saying he is the son of Helge Lund which seems to open a lot of doors for him. I can only assume this is some relation of the excellent Sarah Lund from The Killing. They look through records in the School’s vault and find a picture of Daniel, Age and Gisle together, before a senior Professor insists on meeting Lund’s son. He immediately tells them he knows he isn’t Lund’s son (no Nordic jumper), but that he is Daniel’s son and also recognises Vibeke from when she investigated there 6 years ago. He tells them that it isn’t who is in the picture, it is who isn’t in the picture, then says he won’t help them.
Peter finds out the address of Gisle from the car he had escaped in last week and goes to his house where a children’s party is in full swing and we are treated to game of musical chairs in the background as Peter tries to quiz him. Gisle says he “can’t talk now” and agrees to meet Peter later.
Inger confronts the Minister as he uses a treadmill and says she has an appointment and he tells her he is busy and to phone his secretary to make an appointment. Since that worked so well, Inger shows him the photos she has of him and Age’s wife Yvonne in various compromising poses. She also tells him she has evidence of his involvement with Age and Tom.
Inger’s editor is sacked by his boss after making a fool of him in front of the staff and his help for Peter is no more.
Peter goes to see Yvonne who tells him that her husband’s study has been ransacked. He tells her to get out of the country and as they leave we see Thomas Buch from the Killing outside. Although he still isn’t scary.
Gisle arranges a time with Peter and he is clearly worried about meeting him as he asks Peter what he knows. He tells Peter it is about vast amounts of money and not sacrificing children. He then says that the approaching train is his and jumps in front of it. Rival newspaper VG are on the scene and take photographs of a shocked Peter who is shouting at them how they knew to be there. That’s 3 suicides he’s been at now!
VG publish their pictures along with pictures of Eva at the scene of Age’s suicide and the Criminal Investigation Service (CIS) turns up at Eva’s where Peter is, to arrest him. They interview him and ask him how he has so much money in a Swiss Bank Account. He doesn’t seem to know either. His newspaper says they will give the CIS all they have on Peter if they hold him for 24 hours. Given he has been at 3 “suicides” now, I wouldn’t have thought they’d struggle to pin something on him.
Tore takes down Daniel’s terrible painting of the child sacrifice at the church and sees that it says on the back ‘God forgive us – 22:10.’ He goes to Eva and gives her it, who freaks out when she sees what is written on the back.
Tom Lied turns up at the Financial Crime Unit and tells them that Age was guilty of forging the Minister’s signature in some of their company’s documents. The Minister is now all over the papers and is told by the Chief of Staff he must resign and to say it is due to family reasons. At his press conference he says he has been set up and has been told to resign for family reasons, but he will not until found guilty of links to Tom Lied and Age Haugen’s businesses. He says he will not resign until proven guilty.
As Vibeke and Andreas prepare to fly back, Andreas is snatched and Vibeke finds his bloodied scarf in the car park.
Ending from The Killing again as we jump from character to character as the theme tune plays.
Still following it? I’m not sure I am. Will Peter Varas get to the bottom of it all? Will we know if he does? Two episodes to go.
- Beaten up Peter seems to consist of having one side of his shirt untucked at the front and his tie loosened.
- If Peter needed stitches, when did he get them?
- Should Vibeke not have thought that she might be recognised at the NHH given she’d been there before?
- The pictures Inger showed the Minister of him and Yvonne seemed to consist of him hugging her and them walking down some stairs. Not hugely compromising I’d have thought.
- The Minister told Inger that she didn’t work for “fucking Hello magazine”. When did Hello magazine print scandals?
- How did the Criminal Investigation Service know Peter was at Eva’s house?
- I can’t say I’m an expert on Norwegian law, but do you not have to charge someone to detain them for 24 hours?
- The Chief of Staff’s pointer may be my new favourite character.
- I’ve no idea who has taken Andreas, or why. I expect Daniel killed himself to prevent him from dying, but that doesn’t seem to have worked. Is Eva in on it all?
- Isn’t it amazing that I’m not mentioning Cain and Abel?
- In case you didn’t know, Mammon is a New Testament term referring to greed.
- New this week was shots of the city from above. Like the other Scandi dramas.
- How did the Professor know that Andreas was Daniel’s son? He said he looked just like him. (He didn’t).