Spiral – Engrenages Season 5, Episodes 11 and 12
So how will it all end? Will the main characters all survive? Will Roban’s nosebleeds come to something sinister? Will the murders be solved? Will Marianne return? Is there any chance at all that Laure will manage to not lose her baby? Will the viewing figures show that women stopped watching after handsome Pierre died?
One thing is for sure, on a night where the TV programmers in the UK torture us with The Voice and Take Me Out, two programmes which have taken ideas from Cilla Black’s long running show Blind Date, it isn’t going to be a Laure Laure laughs.
Despite it seeming to take an age to get round to Saturday evening each week for another double helping of Spiral, two episodes a week means that we have reached the end of the series tonight. (I say again, a sixth series has already been commissioned).
What’s French for dénouement?
So here we go. Something to really get your heart racing on Valentine’s Day.
Karen (trying so hard to not refer to her as the boy with the dreadlocks) is visiting her family home with a birthday present for her little sister. Her mum says they don’t want her there and sends her away. Given we haven’t seen her mum in the series, we can expect her to feature again later.
Kim, following her dog mauling is recovering in hospital, but is not yet conscious. Her mum tells Laure and Tintin that it was Karen and her cronies that set the dogs on her. They go and search the now deserted flat they were staying in. They find a picture of Karen with Sandrine’s kids and also the same drug that was in Lucie, Sandrine’s daughter when she was pulled from the canal.
The police in Bobigny, a north-eastern suburb of Paris catch the girl named France from Karen’s gang as she is threatening someone. Laure wants them to release her so that she will lead them to Karen, but the Bobigny bobbies don’t want to. Especially since she head-butted one of them when they arrested her.
Gilou is back!!
Laure calls Roban to ask him to arrange for France to be released. He cuts the call short as he is in a restaurant waiting on someone. What’s this? A date for Roban? He’s in a jumper for goodness sake! But no! It’s Marianne!! She orders a coffee and he has some humble pie, admitting that there may have been some truth in what she said about him and his attitude. He begs her to come back to work for him and tells her that he is useless without her. In case this was making anyone feel good, it’s at this point that he has another nosebleed. She asks if he has seen a doctor, but he says they will just say it is stress. She will think about coming back.
Djibril is meeting with Ziani. He has been arranging for top of the range cars to be stolen and then given to Ziani, who puts diplomatic number plates on them and ships them to Libya. Djibril says he is two short. Ziani insists that they must be Porsche cars.
Laure is in the police station. She is taking her belt off and looking at her swollen belly in the mirror. And she has her hair down! Tintin comes and tell her to come quickly. They go outside and we see Herville in the back of his car and very drunk. He doesn’t know where the steering wheel has gone. It’s rare to see them all laughing. Herville is singing Tintin’s name. Herville had been having a drink with Gilou earlier, where he told him he was leaving. He would head up a Unit that nobody else wanted. Seems he stayed in the pub all afternoon. Some light relief. Things aren’t going to go well.
After they take Herville home, where he mumbles about leaving and at one point asks Laure to help him pack, Laure and Gilou leave Tintin to get him in. As they reach Gilou’s apartment, Laure tells Gilou it has been hard without him. Gilou says that he doesn’t think she needs him and he doesn’t mind her going it alone, but he is fed up of her using him. Have to say, I wasn’t sure that she was. Gilou gets out of the car and Laure goes to follow him, but sees him embrace Cindy, so she leaves.
Josephine goes with Ziani to see Mendy and Roban. Ziani seems completely disinterested as he plays with his mobile phone as they discuss what will happen to him. They unfreeze his accounts and put him in custody.
Laure and Tintin go to see hairdresser Laeticia, who they know used to share a cell with Karen, to see if she knows where she might be. She says she doesn’t. Karen of course visits her soon after and says she needs money and Laeticia tells her that the police are looking for her. Karen sees Laeticia with the daughter of the hairdressers’ owner and asks if she is the daughter. Kidnap alert!
France throws her mobile phone away as she gets out of the station. But it’s ok, because the police are tailing her. Nothing can possibly go wrong. As they follow in cars, another inconspicuous surveillance van, on a scooter and on foot, Laure takes a call to say Kim has woken up.
Kim tells Laure that it was Karen who let the dogs out. She also says that it was Karen, France and other gang member Fatou that killed Sandrine. Sandrine had banned Karen from seeing Lucie again. Karen had wanted to keep Lucie, but knew she couldn’t. The canal had been France’s idea.
Laure phones Gilou to tell him to stop following France and arrest her. Well he can do the first bit, as they have managed to lose her.
Judges Roban and Mendy are not happy when Machard tells them that he has released Ziani. Apparently, relations between France (the country, not the gang member) and Libya are more important. Machard rubs salt into the wounds by saying to Roban that “at least he won’t hang himself in his cell”. Ouch.
Laure isn’t happy at the loss of France and still hurting from the jealousy of Gilou with Cindy, is blaming him. Telling him that he has “messed up a bit recently” is pushing it a bit, given that he is the one that has been holding it all together for most of the case.
Herville has most of the things in his office in boxes and continues his propensity to have the best lines when Laure asks him if he is having leaving drinks and he replies “Well, me and drinks…”. Laure starts to tear up as he tells her to look after herself.
The police have found the squat that the gang are now living in, but there isn’t anyone there.
Karen and Fatou steal a van and soon they are bundling Laeticia and the hairdresser’s daughter into the back of it.
Marianne is back!!
Roban tells Laure that Bremont is to arrest Djibril for his involvement in stolen cars, and that they may still be able to get Ziani after all. Laure tells Gilou and Tintin about the Crime Unit’s plans. Gilou doesn’t think it is right to let that happen to Djibril and Laure says “but it is ok to shag his girlfriend?”. She isn’t taking that well.
The hairdresser identifies Karen as someone who came to see Laeticia at the salon. She has now received a call asking for ransom money for the safe return of her daughter.
Ziani is hosting a party to celebrate his liberty and thanks Josephine for her role in “ironing” things out. Maurice, one of the partners at Edelman’s firm tells Josephine that she will get a position on the board of directors if she votes with them to dismiss Edelman.
As Laure and Gilou chat in the office, she takes her hair down again as she asks him what is happening with him and Cindy. She has clearly watched too many shampoo adverts, thinking this is what makes men go weak at the knees. (Although she does look better with her hair down). Gilou says that the sex is good and they laugh a lot. Sounds ideal. Also, have you seen Cindy!! He says that he thought they had a future together, but when he realised they didn’t, he wanted some fun. Herville comes in and reminds them to do some work.
Djibril phones Gilou and says he needs to see him. He asks for Gilou’s help to steal a car. Not sure why he thought he would do this. Gilou tells him that the judge has a file on him. Oh Gilou.
A meeting place has been arranged for the ransom exchange and the bag with the money will be filled mostly with paper and money on the top. Although the hairdresser has been told to go alone and not involve the police, all the gendarmes in Paris are in attendance, but guess what? Karen gets away with the bag.
Given the developments on the murder case, Stephane is reunited with his son. Look, it’s all going to be happy!
The girl gang are very unhappy with the bag not containing much money. The hairdresser’s daughter has an asthma attack and they film it and send it to the mother. When she phones, she asks to speak to the police and tells Laure that they must pay up or the girl dies. Her mother blames the police.
Laure gets Karen’s mother to come to the station. She thinks that if she speaks to her, it may convince her to hand over the child. The mother says that Karen was an accident and she wishes she had aborted her. Nice.
Bremont and the rest of the Crime Unit arrest Djibril, but when they take him to the garage the cars were in, it is empty.
Edeleman is shocked when Josephine joins the board meeting and even more so when they say there will be a vote to dismiss him. The vote has to be unanimous and Josephine votes with the rest of the board. What has she done now!
As Djibril smugly tells the Crime Unit that they have nothing on him, one of them plays a recording of Cindy telling Gilou how much she enjoyed their lovemaking.
Bremont tells Roban that there were no cars in the garage. He also tells Roban that Djibril is Laure’s informant. Roban hadn’t been told this. The judge goes to see Laure and tells her that “anyone can betray me, but not you.”
When Karen phones the hairdresser’s mobile again, Laure puts her mother on the phone, but Karen hangs up on her. The mother though recognises from the video of the child having an asthma attack that it is at a disused water park she took Karen to in her youth.
Cindy phones Gilou and tells her that Djibril has rung to say he is going to kill her. Gilou tells her to lock the door and he is on his way. As Gilou arrives, Djibril has just smashed through the door. They start knocking lumps out of each other and Cindy tries to stop Djibril, but gets her head banged off the wall for her troubles. Gilou manages to eventually get the better of Djibril and Cindy manages to run off. (Hoo-ray!)
Tintin has conveniently waited until the fight is over to ring Gilou and ask “where the fuck are you?” They are heading to the water park. With the obligatory arsenal of armed police.
Incidentally, do you think the makers of Spiral are Arsenal fans? Arsenal of weapons is often displayed. Roban looks like their manager (and Warhol and Ecclestone). Given the propensity for head-butts this week, there might also be a homage to Zinedine Zidane. I like to think they maybe have a soft spot for “Dirty” Leeds too, given the two perfectly executed sliding tackles we saw this week, which took out those being chased.
The police quickly manage to restrain France and Fatou, but Karen holds a knife to the child’s throat and is backing away from them until she gets to a railing at the edge of what looks like the Seine rather than a water park.
Laure puts down her gun and takes off her stab/bullet proof vest and edges towards the two. Karen gets herself on the other side of the railings. As she lets the child go, Laure lunges towards her and they both fall into the water. Laure screams as she is stabbed in the stomach as they go over.
There is no sign of Karen’s body. But we had been told that she couldn’t swim, so I guess that’s the end of her/him.
It shouldn’t have been funny when we see Laure in hospital and a doctor comes up to Gilou, Tintin and Herville and says “which one of you is the father?” but the expressions meant it somehow was. The doctor says it doesn’t look good for the baby, but he thinks he can save Laure. He says that they better phone the father.
Gilou goes outside and sobs before calling Bremont and saying that Laure is pregnant and is in the hospital, and it doesn’t look good, and that “She needs you”.
So that’s it. Possibly the best series so far from Spiral, although the ending felt a little rushed and I think everyone who has watched Spiral knew that something would happen to the baby. For me, the ending felt a little less fitting with the rest of the series and a bit more American TV drama. Although without the happy ending of course.
I’ve already seen lots of people on social media expressing shock at leaving things on “that cliff-hanger”, but I didn’t see it like that. Laure will survive. The baby won’t. Eleven magnificent episodes. And an ok last one.
Huge credit to the acting in this series with Caroline Proust as Laure just about bettering all-comers, but some excellent performances all round.
Lots of loose ends to address in Series 6, such as Roban’s nosebleeds. Or the fate of the attack dogs. And of course, will Cindy be back??
We are going to have to wait far too long for the Saison 6.
- “He doesn’t move or talk” does not equal “He’s a vegetable”.
- Seemed a bit silly for Laure and Tintin to talk about releasing France and tapping her phone in front of Laeticia.
- Given their tailing history, could going to see Kim not have waited?
- It has taken 15 years, but the Baha Men finally have an answer to the question in their hit single.
- A bit over the top with the talking baby doll that Laure was holding saying “bye bye”. Think we all knew what that meant.
- Karen stole a white van. White van man anyone?
- When Bremont heard of Gilou and Cindy’s liaisons, did he really say “that’s none of our beeswax”?!?!
- Gilou told Laure he thought they had a future together. Really?
- The hairdresser told Laure she wanted to go to the ransom drop off alone. What, even though it wasn’t all money in the bag?
- Karen’s mother recognised the water park where she used to take Karen as a child. Yet Karen couldn’t swim?
- Roban in a jumper!
- Notice how Roban doesn’t have nosebleeds when Marianne is away?
- A baguette van? In France?
- Why not put a tracker in the bag of money? (illegal or otherwise)
- Cliff hanger??
- Did it really take 3 of them to get drunk Herville home?
- Herville is the best fake drunk I’ve seen in a long time.
- Missing it already.