The Bridge (Bron/Broen – Season 4, Episode 2

The Bridge (Bron/Broen) –Season 4, Episode 2

So, for those who managed to avoid BBC2’s immediate spoiler at the end of episode one, Saga survived the attack in prison.  Henrik visits her in hospital and she wants to get back to work right away.

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We see a young homeless girl collapse in the street and as passers by look to help her, her partner in crime pickpockets them as their attention is diverted.  It’s not clear which, if any, is the Artful Dodger but there is no sign of Fagin.

Silas, the owner of the club (Kenny/Ronnie man) is being interviewed by Henrik and admits that the murdered Margrethe had been at his club to visit Taariq, the man to be deported, and was trying to help him.  He refuses to say where Taariq might be now.

Saga is leaving hospital and we see her full transformation, getting on the leather trousers, boots and overcoat before she goes and gets the Porsche.  As we see her driving along with the wind in her hair, a smile creeps upon her face.  Or as close to a smile as Saga is capable of. After two years in prison and being stabbed, she seems to be back to how she was before, and all is ok.  But she isn’t.  More on that later.

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Saga gets her police badge back and her boss Linn agrees with Henrik’s boss Lillian that she can help the Danes with the murder case.  There’s a great moment as Linn tells Saga and says she should familiarise herself with the case.  Saga, while still sitting at her boss’s desk, opens the file and begins spreading all the papers over it.

Journalist Richard, who we last saw being attacked from behind seems to be ok and explains to brother Patrik that it had been a jealous ex of Robin S, the girl that Patrik had slept with when pretending to be his brother, who had beaten him up.

Saga and Henrik go to interview Niels, husband of the murdered woman.  When they leave, he phones someone and tells them that “they know nothing” (presumably the police) and “stick to the plan.”

The two pickpockets have arranged to sell a passport which they stole and when a man turns up to buy it, he tries to take it from them without paying.  (The man played Joachim in Below the Surface sporting a truly ridiculous looking ponytail).  Taariq is washing dishes in a nearby restaurant and comes to their rescue.  It’s a bit of a surprise that the man backed off, but he was clearly duped into thinking it was a real gun that Taariq had.

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It was interesting that there was an out and out joke when Taarig had asked them if he could have the passport.  We haven’t really had any jokes since Martin in Season 1.

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Creepy bloke, who is called Frank, takes the cabbie’s wife and son (Sofie and Christoffer) to what appears to be a compound with robotic looking people and moves them into a house within it.  They later meet with the white-haired witch woman (who seems to own the compound) and she tells them that the last tenants broke the rules, which seem to be that you have to be as good as you can be.  Very sinister.

Taariq is caught by our heroes and confirms that Margrethe was trying to help him at the club.  She received a call when there which seemed to upset her. Saga and Henrik discover that the call came from the phone Taariq had and he tells them that two girls he didn’t know gave it to him and they must have stolen it (the pickpockets).  Sounds legit.  And it is, but they don’t know that.  The police decide they need to try and find the girls in case what he says is true, because that could be the murderer’s phone, and they can’t risk ignoring it.

Non-journalist twin Patrik has a job at the hospital cheering up kids by visiting them dressed as a clown.  When he visits new character Leonora Ramberg she freaks out.  Her dad (I think) explains to Patrik she is terrified of clowns.

Richard was sitting in his jacuzzi in his garden when a hooded figure appeared and was shining a flashing red light at him.  (Were they filming him?)  As he tries to get out of the tub he is electrocuted as he touches the metal steps.

Saga is still looking at the papers about the disappearance of Henrik’s girls and speaks to Lise, a friend of his dead wife, Alice.  She talks about a male colleague that Alice was friendly with.  Saga gets a call while there and says to Lise, “I need to go, you’ll have to pay”.  Is Saga from *insert place where you consider the people to be mean*?

With her always diplomatic ways, Saga is unhappy with the job the IT woman is doing at the Danish police, so brings our old friend John Lundqvist in from Sweden.

Lillian tells Henrik and Saga to text Red October from Richard’s phone and try and set up a meeting.  She’s pretty sure that it wasn’t them who killed him then?  When they go to the hotel Richard is under protection in, the guards and Richard are gone.  As they drive away, Saga has what looks like a massive anxiety attack and she must stop, unable to breathe.  She really isn’t ready for all this.

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We end with Niels receiving an envelope at his home from the window of a car which contains what looks like police crime scene photographs of his wife’s murder.

Another fine episode.  Another long wait until the next one.

Issues:

  • It doesn’t appear that Saga actually died and is another of Henrik’s manifestations, as she has been interacting with others. Although Henrik could still wake up in the shower in the final episode and it’s all been a dream.
  • I expect everyone watching was shouting that the two pickpockets were Henrik’s daughters. Hopefully not.  It’s far too obvious for The Bridge.
  • If the pickpockets had used that tactic in London, the one who feigned fainting would probably have laid there for about 5 hours before anyone would have stopped to see if she was ok.
  • Is Lillian sponsored by a fashion house?
  • Saga putting on her crimefighting gear and getting into the Sagamobile was like watching any superhero movie where they get into costume.
  • Fire up the quattro! Eh, I mean Porsche.
  • It was odd how the Red October Group posted online that they weren’t responsible for the murder and everyone seemed to believe them.
  • Robin S has aged well since her early 90s hit ‘Show Me Love.’
  • Many great Saga moments, such as rearranging all the photos of the suspects on the wall as soon as she arrived at the Danish police station.
  • Yet more ScandiBingo with the sighting of Below the Surface’s Michael Asmussen.
  • Saga refusing Henrik’s offer to stay at his place saying it is because “you live there” must have been a sore one for him.
  • Has there ever been worse haircuts on so many people in a TV series?
  • Jealous Jonas trying to undermine Saga with Lillian is likely to increase.
  • Although there were a few candidates, Jonas’ most irritating line this week was “Equality over competence. It wouldn’t be the first time, right?”
  • Taariq told the police that the pickpockets were about 14 or 15. They looked a lot older than that to me!
  • Just in case The Bridge isn’t scary enough for you, they are now starting to try and frighten people by covering common phobias with introducing clowns. Next week, spiders.
  • Amazing that Patrik thinks that pretending to be a journalist will get him more sex than telling women he actually tries to cheer kids up in hospital.
  • They don’t have any clowns in the NHS in the UK. (Jeremy Hunt not included).
  • There’s something not quite right about the man in the wheelchair Henrik speaks to at Narcotics Anonymous.
  • Saga immediately looking for a flat post coitus was another hard one for Henrik. (No pun intended.)
  • It was very Saga, but her response to Henrik saying, “I’m glad you’re here” of “Yes, you said”, was probably the worst thing she could have replied.
  • How can you electrocute someone with something that is already partly submerged in water?
  • Could it have been Leonora, the young girl in hospital who electrocuted him, thinking it was Patrik? That’ll teach him to dress as a clown.
  • Are we 100% sure that was Patrik and not Richard?
  • Are the previous tenants of Creepytown who broke the rules, Henrik’s wife and daughters?
  • I’m convinced Jonas deliberately sat at the desk Saga had used as he knew she’d want the same one.
  • Pretty harrowing scene when Saga was having flashbacks about the man who committed suicide in season 3 with the paperclip he stole from her.
  • Saga’s shooting being slightly off is going to have repercussions isn’t it?
  • Alice’s male colleague is going to be creepy Frank isn’t it?
  • Good to see the return of the pathologist.
  • Who did Niels get those photos from? Jonas perhaps?
  • If I was forced to hotdesk, I’d probably have a breakdown too.
  • Two episodes, two sights of Saga’s underwear.
  • We also got two “Saga Norén, Länskrim Malmö”. Always a joy.
  • I wonder if Christoffer has seen the film ‘Get Out.’
  • Could Saga be pregnant?
  • BBC2 seemed to have learned their lesson regarding trailers.
  • The Bridge has more red herrings than anything I’ve ever watched, so don’t believe any theories of mine.
  • One episode a week isn’t enough.
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The Bridge (Bron/Broen) – Season 4, Episode 1

The Bridge (Bron/Broen) –Season 4, Episode 1

It’s here!  I’ve not done one of these for ages!  I can’t remember how to do them!  I was away when it was shown so this is so late it’s hardly worth bothering with!  This could be the worst start to a blog ever!

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So, my interpretation of what may have been the case at the end of Season 3 is now null and void but remember that they didn’t know if there would be a Season 4 when they finished it. https://wandywatson.wordpress.com/2015/12/21/the-bridge-bron-broen-season-3-episodes-9-and-10/

I love many of the Scandi dramas, but most do stop at three seasons, and a fair few of them drop in quality by the end, so fingers crossed for what has been said is the last season of The Bridge.

When we last saw Henrik and Saga, they were looking through papers on his missing family after Henrik had resigned from the police to look for his missing children.  He discovered that a car had been stolen at the time of their disappearance and they left to investigate.

With the BBC finally realising how good it is, The Bridge has moved from Saturday night on BBC4 to BBC2 on a Friday.

There it is, the haunting “Hollow Talk” by Choir of Young Believers and their song about the gnu, signals the beginning of an episode.

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Given that Season 3 ended in December 2015, I could have really done with a quick ‘previously on’ at the beginning and I actually went back to read my own write up on here for the last episode that had aired.

Saga had been under suspicion of killing her mother with some motive and forensics not looking good for her.  Now we are two years on and she is in jail and is going through the process of an appeal while not coping well with her incarceration.  New evidence has come to light that her mother told a psychologist she wanted to frame her daughter.

Henrik, seemingly back in the Swedish police, has to investigate a particularly brutal murder.  Margrethe Thormod, head of the Danish Immigration Board was buried up to her neck under the Oresund Bridge and slowly stoned to death.  We later discover that her department had been seen celebrating winning a case deporting a gay Iranian by drinking champagne in their office.

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Henrik has a new partner (thankfully not Rasmus) and look who it is!  Jonas Mandrup is played by Mikael Birkkjaer, who we have seen previously in The Killing and in Borgen as Phillip, husband of Statsminister Birgitte.

While he was universally adored as Phillip, he seems to be playing a Swedish Gene Hunt here.  While I thought something had been lost in translation when he referred to the deportee as an “Iranian homo”, his political incorrectness shone through throughout.

We are told that the Iranian who they tried to deport, Taariq Shirazi, went underground as soon as he heard their intentions, and that a warrant is out for his arrest.

Saga seems to have gained a ‘friend’ in prison, although Saga rarely speaks to Elsa and is forced to listen to her stories.  Saga is her usual self.  When Elsa says that “you never want to play”, Saga replies with “If you know, why do you keep asking?”

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More concerning for Saga is new inmate Lucinda Ardic who hates police officers and is serving life for the murder of three officers and attempted murder of two more.  When confronted by the cop killer, Saga is saved by the visit of Henrik.

Saga gives Henrik a very misshapen mug she has made (they had to pick a hobby) as a gift.  Saga is struggling with not getting to decide her own routine.  Later when Jonas sees the mug on Henrik’s desk he continues with the inappropriate language asking if it was made by someone with cerebral palsy.  Henrik doesn’t like that he said that about Saga’s mug.

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Henrik tries to share the new murder with Saga but she refuses as she says she is no longer a police officer.  She then takes her top off and says, “are you coming?” He probably soon would be as they make use of the facilities on offer.

Niels, the husband of the Immigration Minister had an attack after hearing the news of his wife’s murder and is in hospital.  His wife had been on leave from work and had gone away to be on her own.  Henrik and Jonas interview him in hospital while his assistant Susanne is there.

A left-wing activist group named ‘Red October’ based in Sweden had sent the Immigration minister threats and the Hunt for Red October would begin.  (No sign yet of Sean Connery).  Henrik heads off to Sweden to visit Saga’s boss Linn (oh joy) for information and speaks to journalist and activist expert Richard Dahlqvist.

Saga returns to her cell and finds the cop killer there looking through her stuff.  Saga headbutts and punches her before the guards can intervene and she is sent to solitary.  Which she loves as nobody can interact with her there.

Twin brother of the journalist Richard, Patrick, picks up a girl (Robin) in a bar pretending to be his famous brother.  The morning after sees her see the real Richard live on TV while still in bed and she storms off.

Henrik is still struggling with his missing daughters, now knowing that his wife is dead and although he claims to be off the drugs (he looks at the glove compartment in his car at one point where he used to keep them just after reciting the Serenity Prayer, used by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs).  He is seeing manifestations of the children again.

After going through the murdered woman’s phone, the police discover that she had used a taxi and go to visit the driver Dan Brolund.  (he was Dicte’s ex-husband!)  He tells them he picked up Margrethe and she asked him to come back from her drop-off point an hour later, but she didn’t show up.

Dan the cabbie has a history of violence against women and many other misdemeanours.  He locates his estranged wife and son (Sofie and Christoffer) who seem to be hiding from him in light of his behaviour and he only leaves when the son threatens him with a knife.

Richard gets a message to meet Red October and is asked to go alone.  He takes brother Patrik with him,The group don’t show up but text him with a picture of them both saying that they told him to come alone.  As Richard is dropped off at home we see someone come up behind him and knock him out.

Henrik and Jonas discover that Margrethe had went into a gay bar after being dropped off in the taxi and go to speak to bar owner Silas, who seems to be a cross between Kenny Rogers and Ronnie Browne from The Corries.  He tells the police that Margrethe hasn’t been there and that Taariq hadn’t either, although he had tried to help him when threatened with deportation.  After they leave, we see that Kenny/Ronnie is hiding Taariq in the back and that Margrethe had indeed been there too.

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The police subsequently find out that Taariq had previously been in a flat owned by Silas’ sister.  They find him in the street and he runs off and gets away.

A friend of the cabbie’s wife Sofie (anyone know his relationship to her?) say that he may be able to help her with accommodation.  He goes to his(?) house where there is a woman with white hair and tells her that he thinks he has found some new tenants.  It seems a lot creepier than being helpful.

Saga is acquitted!  She avoids eight more years in prison and tells Elsa that she is getting out.  Quick!  Before Ardic finds you!  Saga gets her belongings together and is heading out when she is stabbed from behind and collapses in a pool of blood.  But it’s Elsa that does it!

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What a cliff-hanger to end the first episode on.  At least the next episode is on straight after. What’s that??  BBC 2 are only showing one episode a week instead of the usual two??  No way!!  How can we wait a whole week to find out if Saga is ok?  Oh, like that.  Inexplicably, BBC 2 show a trailer for the next episode so we find out immediately if she is ok or not.  Genius.

Issues:

  • It’s amazing how gruesome the murders on The Bridge are.
  • Although to be fair, the killer had a very accurate throw.
  • If I ever commit a major crime, I’m going to do it in Scandinavia. The prison had conjugal visits, pottery, table tennis and open sandwiches.
  • Robin clearly only wanted to be with someone famous the way she reacted to finding out that Patrik was actually Patrik.
  • Henrik’s daughters look as though they came straight out of a horror film.
  • The police thought originally that Margrethe had been dropped off at a hotel at 10am. Everyone knows you can’t check-in until 2!
  • Actors from other dramas appearing already. Looks like ScandiBingo is back with a vengeance.
  • Why isn’t Jonas pulled up by anyone for his behaviour?
  • Patrik is bound to impersonate his journalist brother at some point to try and help the police/investigate on his own.
  • It was about 20 minutes before we heard a first “tak”.
  • How long until they kill Jonas? (He deserves it).
  • Was convinced that Ardic would catch up with Saga before she got out, but it turned out to be the passive Elsa. I guess she really wanted her to listen to the fairy tale she made.
  • When will the authorities realise that nothing good ever happens at the bridge and tear it down?
  • Did Rasmus finally get fired?
  • If someone doesn’t bring out Saga mugs to buy, they are really missing a trick.
  • Should Saga, with all her mental health issues, be put in a standard prison?
  • I thought for a minute that Saga might see Martin in prison, but I think it was a women only one.
  • The prison sequences were filmed at a disused prison in Malmö. (don’t say this isn’t educational!)
  • The Swedish for ‘quickie appears to be ‘quickie’.
  • I haven’t quite decided which one is the evil twin yet.
  • Is ‘sofa bed’ in Swedish really ‘bed sofa’?
  • Someone needs to explain to BBC2 what ‘cliff-hanger’ means.
  • Are all Scandinavian men awful?
  • Will we ever see the leather trousers and the Porsche again?
  • Will Saga be dead? (for those who didn’t see the trailer).
  • If she isn’t dead, will she be another of Henrik’s manifestations?
  • A solid start to the new series.
  • Can we have it back on BBC4 please?
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A football fan at the egg-chasing

A Football Fan at the Egg-chasing

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With the football season coming to an end, I spot that a match is going to be taking place in Edinburgh at Murrayfield on 28 May between Leicester and a team that seems to be called Connor.

Arriving at the ground after my first shot on the Edinburgh tram system, which they finally completed in 2014 after building began in 1976, there seems to be quite a few people milling around.

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Upon entering the stadium grounds, they appear to be selling beer.  I had no idea that this restriction had been lifted.  It’s also unclear where they are selling the pies and Bovril, as the vans are selling such monstrosities as “Coffee and cake” and “Tomintoul Venison”.

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There seems to be quite a few Irish accents around, so I suppose Connor could be from there.

There are 34,550 in the over 67,000 capacity stadium to greet the teams who come out to fireworks and the roars of the crowd.  I’m disappointed to see no sign of Vardy, Kante or Mahrez in the Leicester team.  Both sides look like they have been overdoing things a bit since the league season finished as a lot of them look quite heavy.

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It’s clear straight from kick off that long ball is going to be the tactic of the day, but the big surprise is that the referee misses a blatant handball almost immediately.  This seems to encourage others to chance their arm (or indeed, hand).  In the worst refereeing display I have ever seen, he goes on to miss countless handballs, takes no action against obvious diving and there are several foul throws. 

Don’t even get me started on the tackling.  Some of it is waist high!  I’m guessing that many of the players decided that the ref turning a blind eye to the endless handling meant they could play fast and loose with the tackling.  I can’t believe how so many people are getting angry with my “handball” shouts.  We’ve only been playing 5 minutes!

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One of the Connor players has a chance in 13 minutes when he runs forward into the box (the markings of which can’t be seen from where I am sitting) but he runs the ball out wide of the posts and the chance is gone.  The markings on the pitch aren’t the only problem, as there seems to be no nets in the goals, and the specifications for the posts seem to have gone very wrong with the posts going on well after the bar.

Very soon after this, a penalty is given to Connor, which could have been for anything given the amount of misdemeanours on the pitch.  In keeping with the standard so far, the player steps up and send his kick high over the bar.  Leicester were so confident he would miss that they didn’t even put a keeper in goals. 

By this time, we have spotted that both teams have more than the requisite 11 on the pitch, yet another of the referee’s mistakes.  Although the numbers on the backs of teams nowadays can be anything, both sides having players on numbered 1-15 should be a giveaway.

Another opportunity comes for Connor in 22 minutes when a player receives the ball on the right wing and finally, someone showing some proper skill and a bit more respect for the rules of the game, he lobs the ball over the defender and runs round him to volley forward and chase, but sadly, he ends up running it out and in his frustration, picks the ball up and dives forward with it.

Ironically, after their last good chance was quickly followed by a penalty being given, Connor get another one after this latest miss.  The same player steps up and balloons it over the bar again, this time a little wide as well.

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It’s not long until Connor receive another opportunity from the penalty spot, which seems to be moving around a lot due, I can only imagine, to the lack of a visible penalty spot.  The same player again takes it and once again, it sails over the bar.  Surely the manager should send instructions on for someone else to take them?

Half time sees me get a ’99 ice cream (really!)  which costs £3.50.  There are also more and more drunk people lying about.  The people sitting in front of us with tops which say “Arbroath Rugby Club” on them don’t seem to have watched any of the game and are frequently returning with more pints of beer.  A group of drunk blokes are whistling “The Sash” in the concourse, so maybe Connor is from Glasgow.

There hasn’t been much from Leicester in the first half and how they won the Premier League in England is beyond me on this showing.  Leaving out Vardy and co seems to have been a mistake and there is no sign of them on the bench.  They clearly hadn’t heard of the opposition either. 

It’s also Premier League prices.  As well as the aforementioned ice cream price, it’s £6 for a pulled pork roll (still no pie), £5 for a programme and £2.50 for a bottle of water.

The handballs and diving continues, along with the shocking tackles.  There are regularly players needing treatment and this means a lot of breaks in play.  Leicester somehow manage to get a penalty, but it seems to be catching as their player also sends it over the bar.

The theme of Connor getting to the by-line and overrunning it continues and once again, they get a penalty almost immediately after, this time with the same player hitting the post, although it was well over the bar again.

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Another noticeable problem is the ball.  From the early stages, it doesn’t seem to be bouncing properly and even looks a bit misshapen.  How they don’t have a spare ball is beyond me.

After another tackle that looked above waist height, one of the Connor players is down injured when Leicester make use of the extra man and charge forward.  With 12 minutes left, they manage to get near the goal line, but they also manage to run it out of play.

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At full time (which stops 5 minutes early, like it did in the first half) there have been no shots on target and no goals.  I expect I’ll not be the only one of the crowd who won’t be coming back to see these teams again.

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 The Pro12 is an annual rugby union competition involving twelve professional sides from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.  The final took place on 28 May at Murrayfield, the home of the Scottish National rugby team.  Two Irish teams, Leinster and Connacht contested the final and Connacht, the massive underdogs, triumphed by a score of 20-10.

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The Bridge (Bron – Broen) Season 3 Episodes 9 and 10

The Bridge (Bron/Broen) –Season 3, Episodes 9 and 10

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Well I did say that I’d be late this week and you may have all worn yourselves out with reading and discussing the final episodes, but I’ve been avoiding everything until I finally watched it.  I may be the only one reading this this week.

It’s tough to know that this is the last two episodes and with the creator saying he is unsure of doing a fourth season, it’s with a heavy heart I write this.

We begin with Jeanette still tied up either giving birth or being tortured.  It turns out to be the former and whoever has her takes away the baby.  Freddie and his henchman are tracing the transmitter that he had put in Jeanette’s mobile phone and they find her unconscious and bloody in a barn, with no sign of the baby.

Henrik goes to Saga’s flat (she doesn’t ask if he is there for sex this time).  She says that she isn’t good at taking time off, but the investigation into his family’s disappearance is keeping her busy.  When he asks where she was earlier she tells him she was at the scene where her sister killed herself because it “felt good to be there”.  Henrik asks if she wants him to stay and she tells him that she doesn’t, she wants him to find Hans killer.

Henrik takes Freddie to the police station for questioning after he had explained that Jeanette was his surrogate mother.  He tells Henrik that he had found Marc shot at the cottage and Henrik asks if he told the police about that.  He hadn’t.

Rasmus is drafted in to replace Saga and he tells Henrik that despite what he might have heard, he is a “damn good police”.  No he isn’t!!  Now that the baby has been taken, Henrik prompts Linn to call in all available resources, which includes Saga.

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Asa is waiting for Freddie and when he comes out she goes in and tells Henrik that she thinks that Claes has the baby.  Henrik and Saga tell Linn that they think that Claes and Annika may be in on it together.

We are treated to another delightful Saga moment when Henrik asks her if she ever wanted children.  “Why do you ask?” says Saga.  When Henrik says he is just asking she replies “There are lots of things I don’t have, why ask about children?”

Jeanette has regained consciousness in hospital so Saga and Henrik head there.  She doesn’t remember anything and wants to know what happened to Marc.  Saga, with her usual diplomacy says “He’s dead”.  They also tell her the baby is still missing.

A message arrives on Freddie’s phone with a picture of the baby and a message which we don’t get to see.  He shows Asa who says he can’t go and meet the kidnapper because of all the people he has killed and she thinks he will kill Freddie too and recommends he call the police.  He doesn’t listen.

Saga isn’t happy to see Rasmus when they return to the police station and even less so when he says he is now a part of the case and that he replaced her when she was away.  You could never replace Saga!  He shows them the dollhouse which was found in the room where Jeanette was found with the murder depictions in each room.  It contains one they haven’t seen yet.  Two people hanging with a baby beneath them.

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Freddie heads off to the place he was told to go to in the message he received which is a scrapyard.  Someone is watching him through binoculars.  As Freddie approaches, the person with binoculars sees Saga’s car arriving.  Asa had phoned the police.  Freddie receives a text saying “Police.  Stupid”.  He sees a pram and as he walks towards it, the person watching presses a button and the pram catches fire.  He rushes towards it and tries to rescue the baby, but it isn’t there.  Saga and Henrik push him away and shout that it is empty.  He has burnt his hands badly.

John has returned to work after his daughter was shot.  Saga gives him a gift for her.  It’s a book entitled ‘Crisis Support for Accidents, Catastrophes and Harrowing Experiences: Strengthening Your Resistance’.  (Remember John’s daughter is seven).  John replies “This might be a bit heavy.  She’s still struggling with My Little Pony”.  Genius.

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The father of Annika comes in to speak to Saga and Henrik and tells them that he is not her real father.  He had already split from his wife when she died three years ago, and Annika asked him to look after her then, but he said no.  They ask Freddie if he had sex with her mother in 1984 (the year, not the book) but he says he didn’t.

Henrik and Saga go to Claes’ house but there is no-one there.  They find a gun in his house.  We see him in his car taking a call from his assistant who tells him the police are looking for him.  He says he can’t hear and hangs up.  The assistant phones the police and says she was telling him they were looking for him but he couldn’t hear her.

In Henrik’s flat, he tells Saga that the manifestations of his children are back.  Not his wife though.  He says that the stuff with Freddie’s baby are bringing up lots of memories.  They sleep together and Henrik wakes Saga to tell her that Claes has been found.

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Claes says that he has no idea where Annika is and explains he got a gun after they had told him that she was a murderer.  He admits to wanting to hurt Freddie, but not physically.  He has an alibi.

Saga and Henrik head to Freddie’s house and are showing him pictures of those involved.  The henchman says that Morten had been to the house looking for his father and saying that he thought “they were both supposed to be here”.  He seemed on drugs and eventually went away when told his father wasn’t there.

Henrik and Saga next speak to the wife of Helle, the first victim and confirm that Helle had got pregnant with Morten after she started going to the insemination clinic.  After obtaining a warrant, Henrik goes and asks them to look for Annika’s mother.  There is no trace.  The only way to find a donor is with the mother’s name or with a code. It’s the code!!!  The donor was Freddie.  The mother was Emil’s mum.

Despite the “damn good police” having already scoped the scene of where Jeanette was found, Saga wants to go there, so she and Henrik go and find a warehouse on the same site where Annika is tied up.  The room she is in is designed exactly the same as the basement that was in the foster home.  They phone Emil and ask if anyone stayed in the basement, but he tells them that nobody was allowed in there.

Freddie gets another baby picture and a message saying ‘last chance’. He heads out into his car and drives off, followed by Rasmus.  Freddie stops the car and gets into a helicopter.  John directs Rasmus to where the transponder in the helicopter is.  Freddie lands and as he walks towards another warehouse, Emil comes out holding a gun to the baby’s head and says “Hello dad”.

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Rasmus has reached the helicopter and phones Linn.  She tells him to wait for back up.  He, of course, doesn’t.  As he makes his way round the edge of a warehouse, he sees Freddie lying on the ground and then Emil shoots him.  Sadly, Rasmus is still alive and had his bullet proof vest on.

Freddie comes round in a room with two nooses and he is tied up.  Emil tells him that he wanted to make everything he loved ugly and twisted.  He’s doing a grand job of that.

Saga and Freddie go to the basement of the foster home and see that the painting there is identical to the one where Annika was.  The artist is still alive and lives in Saltholm, and island next to the Oresund Bridge.  Saga and Henrik go by helicopter to the island and the artist tells them that it is a painting of a place on the island.  They decide to run there rather than alert Emil with the helicopter.

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Emil unties Freddie and he collapses to the floor.  As he gets up, he hits Emil across the head with a piece of wood he picked up from the floor.  He takes the baby and runs out of the barn and sees he is in the middle of nowhere.  Emil comes round and picks up his gun and heads out.  He is soon near the trees in which Freddie is hiding and hears the baby crying.  He takes them back to the barn and forces Freddie to put himself in a noose.  He hands him the baby and says he can hold it as long as he is conscious.  He puts himself in the other noose.

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Emil pulls a cord and the standing part falls away leaving them both hanging.  Saga and Henrik race in and Henrik hands the baby to Saga and quickly supports Freddie’s body.  Saga stands looking at Emil.  With Henrik screaming at her to support Emil’s body Saga says “He killed Hans”.  She eventually does.  The armed police arrive.  Henrik asks if Saga would really have let him die.  She walks off.

Henrik is interviewing Emil in custody.  Emil explains that he didn’t really know any of them apart from his half-brother Morten.  The works of art were trying to get Freddie’s attention, Lars-Ove had abused him, Hakan placed him at the home, Hans took him back to the home, and Halle and Freddie had been his creators.

Freddie takes the baby to hospital to see Jeanette, but she doesn’t want to see it.  He gives her a receipt for the money he promised her along with a bonus for all she has been through.

Saga takes in the transcription of the interview for Emil to sign and she doesn’t see him take the paper clip holding the papers together.  He slits his wrists with it and dies.

Saga asks Henrik to go with her to Hans funeral the following day and he agrees.  When Henrik gets home, Lillian is waiting for him.  She tells Henrik that a skeleton has been found and it is his wife.  He is in denial at first and then the anger starts and he says that they must go to the site immediately.  There is no sign of his kids’ bodies.  He is taking lots of his drugs as he starts to look at papers from the case again.

After the funeral, Saga says to Lillian that Henrik was supposed to be there.  She tells Saga about his wife’s body.  Saga tries to call him but there is no answer.  She goes to his house and sees through the window Henrik lying on the floor in a pile of sick (nice).  We next see Henrik in hospital with Saga there.  He tells her that he always thought they could be dead, but that he thought they would all be together.  Saga asks how long he has been taking drugs and he tells her since their disappearance.  She asks if he has been on drugs at work.  “The whole time” he replies.  Saga asks if he remembers why she doesn’t get close to people.  He replies “Yes, because they leave you or hurt you”.  Saga walks out.

Saga goes back to the police station and Linn tells her that the procurator fiscal is going to start preliminary proceedings against her in relation to her mother’s death.  Saga is distraught that she will be found guilty and taken off duty.  She leaves.

Henrik checks himself out of hospital and goes to see Lillian.  She tells him he can’t have time off to look for his children.  He resigns with immediate effect.  He goes to Saga’s police station and John tells him what has happened with Saga.  He tries to call her and goes to her flat, but no answer.  He heads to the train track where her sister killed herself.  He comes up to the track and Saga is standing beside it on the other side.

As Henrik begins to talk to Saga we hear a train coming.  He tells her he has quit his job to look for his children.  He tells her that he needs her and she can help him find his daughters.  The train gets closer.  As the train arrives, Saga appears to step forward and Henrik yells out.  Once the train has passed, we see Saga on her knees in tears.  Henrik goes up behind and hugs her.

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We next see Henrik and Saga looking through papers on his missing family.  Henrik finds a car had been stolen at the time of their disappearance and they leave to investigate….

So, that’s about as happy an ending as Nordic Noir do.  Or is it?  (Those who like happy endings should stop reading now.)

We saw that Henrik was taking a lot of drugs as the denouement was reached.  We know that he has very real looking manifestations.  Saga looked as though she stepped forward as the train passed.  I guess that we have to wait and see if there is to be another season.  I understand that the creator is unsure if he will do another one.  And as I’ve said before, Borgen and The Killing stopped at three.

I suppose it is all about interpretation, and each can believe what they want.  I think we’d all agree though, that a multitude of awards needs to rain down on this show, and to Sofia Helin in particular.

Issues:

  • So all these murders were fine, but once a baby is missing, the police call on all available resources.
  • Things are pretty grim for Jeanette, but at least she won’t end up with Marc.
  • I’ll be bereft without The Bridge next week. Maybe I could borrow John’s daughter’s book?
  • You would think it would be quite easy to find Claes with his name all over his car.
  • Think Claes needs to get rid of the assistant. Phoning the police right away to say she had spoken to him?
  • Jeanette apologised to Freddie for running away, which meant the baby was taken, but she only ran away because he was trying to molest her.
  • There seems to be an awful lot of abandoned warehouses in Scandinavia.
  • All those alphabets and the code was the number at the sperm bank!
  • How did Emil get access to the records at the sperm bank to find out who his father was? They must have been easy cum, easy go.
  • I’m so sorry for that last one.
  • No I’m not.
  • How many series would have the confidence of revealing whodunit in the penultimate episode?
  • When Emil shot Rasmus, could he not have cut off his ponytail too?
  • Bit of a sore one for Annika that Claes didn’t report her missing.
  • How did Emil manage to drag Freddie’s considerable girth in and out of cars and to a deserted barn?
  • You wait three series for a helicopter then two come along at once.
  • Because of its importance as a wildlife sanctuary, access to Saltholm and its surrounding waters is strictly controlled.
  • Everyone has had a relative like the painter, that can’t hear.
  • Why did Freddie run in a different direction to where he could see buildings?
  • When he was hiding from Emil, why didn’t Freddie put his finger in the baby’s mouth? Or maybe even breastfeed?
  • Why did Emil make Freddy change into a tracksuit? Were they going for a jog first?
  • So they did eventually have Hans/Han funeral.
  • Where did Emil get all the lights for staging the murders?
  • We all know a Rasmus.
  • Is Linn from the planet Klingon?
  • So Claes gets away with killing his father?
  • Thanks Henrik for stopping yet more chat about Lars-Ove’s death.
  • It was only at the end I realised I had written anything down for the last 20 minutes.
  • Now the series is finished, can I have Freddie’s house please?Must have been a blow for the many women who have fallen in love with Henrik to find he wasn’t the best at sex.
  • Did Saga actually kill her mother?
  • I knew it was Emil!
  • Who killed Gertrud at the end of season 2??
  • I now have a Bridge shaped hole in my life.
  • Anyone want to start a support group?
  • “Saga Norén, Länskrim, Malmö”
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The Bridge (Bron – Broen) Season 3 Episodes 7 and 8

The Bridge (Bron/Broen) –Season 3, Episodes 7 and 8

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This week begins with two men burgling a property when they come across the next two victims of the serial killer.  With a similar staging to the previous murders, there are spotlights around a couple with the woman holding an apple in her mouth and a man with a Santa hat on and a Christmas tree beside them.  The robbers make an anonymous call to the police and scarper.

Saga has stayed at Henrik’s overnight and borrows a pair of his missing wife’s underwear as her “period has started”.  Too much info there Saga.  Henrik has made them breakfast, but Linn calls to say that two bodies have been found, so they don’t have time and head out to their cars.  Henrik goes to take the drugs he has whenever he gets into his car, but put the back without taking them.

They arrive at the scene of the crimes and find a forensic team already there.  The missing eyes of Hakan are found as decorations on the Christmas tree and when the santa hat is removed, the top of the man’s head has been removed and his brain taken.  The couple are Filip and Inger Johanssen, who have fostered several children.  This is depicted in another work of art known as Cancelling Christmas.

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The Johanssens also have burn marks in their mouths, this time from the Glagolitic alphabet, the oldest known Slavic alphabet.  They are two more numbers from the code.

Marc goes to see Freddie to ask for an advance on the money to be paid for Jeanette’s baby.  He owns up to losing the cottage in his bet.  Freddie soon sends him out telling him the money will be paid when he gets the baby.  Marc steals a watch on his way out.

Claes is in his car with psycho stalker Annika.  She is going to a conference and says he can pick her up when she gets back that night.  She says they can then go to her house to pick up some stuff so she can stay at his.

Tina the photographer is hiding in the bushes outside the house of Freddie and Asa with her camera.  She takes pictures of Henrik as he leaves the house after he has been there to offer Freddie police protection which he declines.  She then spots Asa at the window with her maid helping her on with the fake pregnancy suit, which she also takes pictures of.

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We see someone in a yellow car with gloves on and chloroform parked at the side of the road and Asa about to walk past.  The car belongs to Kjell Sodor, who was the man who worked at T&L Anderson (Lars/Statsminister in The Killing’s company).  At this point the person in the car gets a message from Tina saying that she has pictures of Asa’s fake pregnancy.  The person replies saying “just do your job” and drives off.  A lucky escape for Asa?

Linn tells Saga that there is evidence that her mother may have been murdered.  She asks if anyone would have any reason to kill her.  Saga says that she hasn’t seen her for 20 years, but she doesn’t seem to have changed, so many people will probably dislike her.

Marc goes to what looks like a bike shop and sells the watch to a woman that works there.  We next see him breaking into the yellow car and stealing the laptop/tablet inside.  You don’t want to do that Marc!

Tina is out with John and tells him she has a job keeping an eye on Freddie and Asa’s house.  He takes her to the station and she explains that she is to take pictures of anyone coming and going.  She is contacted by email and they see the email address is the code.  She is paid by bank transfer.

The police trace the laptop, not knowing that Marc has already sold it to the woman at the bike shop.  The person in the yellow car has traced it too though and he/she goes to the shop and shoots the woman and takes back the laptop.  The police arrive and find the scene.

John sees the traced laptop is on the move again and Saga and Henrik follow it in his car.  They reach the yellow car which is now parked and empty.  The signal is on the move into a nearby shopping centre.  They race in, but the signal cuts out and they find it has been thrown into the pond outside.

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Henrik is not seeing his wife and kids as he normally does in his house.  Saga asks if this is why he is acting strangely.  He’s having drug withdrawal Saga!

Kjell Grankvist of Internal Affairs is interviewing Saga about her mother’s death. He is saying that her mother said that Saga had threatened her, which Saga says is lies.  Hanne (she of the blown off leg) says that Saga told her that she hated her mother.  Saga says at the time her mother was murdered, she was at the meeting where she had got an email saying that someone had information about the murders, but nobody turned up.  She didn’t tell anyone about it, but she still has the email.  They take a DNA swab from Saga’s mouth while she looks very uncomfortable.

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John discovers that it was Tina that was the person who took the photos of Anna and Benjamin.  He confronts her and says she is to blame for Benjamin killing himself and she had not said she was paparazzi.  He also realises she didn’t ask him to trace the number which called her for her safety.  He says they shouldn’t see each other anymore.

Saga tells Henrik that she is being framed for her mother’s murder and thinks it was her mother that did it for revenge.  She won’t say what that revenge is for though.

Freddie has bought back the cottage for Jeanette that Marc lost in a bet.  He tells her that she should “get rid of that loser”.  Asa is jealous of the relationship between those two and she and Freddie are arguing more and more.

Lillian is at the hospital and a doctor is telling her that Hans is now brain dead.  She needs to consider organ donation and what to do about the respirator.  Not Hans!

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The list of staff who were fired by Freddie at Lars/Statsminister from The Killing’s company finally turns up and it includes Emil Larsson, who was the man at the museum that identified the connection with the works of art and the murders.  He is also on the list of those who were fostered by the couple who were found at the start of the episode.  A break at last for the cops?

The police are looking into connections with the victims and Emil.  Hans had taken him back when he tried to run away from the foster home, Lars-Ove had been his teacher and Hakan had been his social worker who placed him with the Johanssens.  No connections yet with Helle.

The police raid Emil’s flat but he isn’t there and there are no clues there.  He hasn’t turned up at work either.

Internal Affairs are speaking to Rasmus, who says that he considers Saga to be mentally unstable.  He says this view has nothing to do with her having him transferred.

Claes returns to his flat where Asa is waiting for him.  He is carrying a spade and bin bags.  He claims he was “taking care of something”.  Hmmmm.  Asa tells Claes all about the fake pregnancy and how she is jealous of Jeanette.

Internal Affairs man is back with Saga and says that a nail of hers has been found in her mother’s car.  The interview is interrupted as Emil has been found.  He walked out of a field onto a road with no top on and blood all over him.

Emil is in hospital and tells Saga and Henrik that he woke up tied up with a sack over his head.  Every now and again someone would come in and beat him.  He woke up in a field and must have been released.  He has a symbol burned into his mouth, which is another number from the code.  There is a painting in the collection known as “the one that got away”.  Emil recalls some of the noises he heard when tied up.  He heard an ice cream van, sirens and children playing.

John looks into the noises and discovers that there was an area where sirens went past, near a school, which had an ice cream van route.  In that area lives another person fostered by the Johanssens.  It’s psycho Annika!

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Lillian arrives at the police station and tells Saga about Hans.  She goes to the hospital with Lillian as Henrik takes a team to Annika’s house.  Saga goes into Hans’ room on her own and slaps him hard across the face.  We all have our own ways of dealing with loss.  Not seen this one before though.

Henrik stops off at the hospital to speak to Emil about Annika.  Emil says that Annika was considered at the bottom of the scale at the foster home and wasn’t treated well.  They raid Annika’s house and find lots of Claes related things, including a life-sized cardboard cut-out and pictures of him above her bed.  They also find a room with pictures of the murder scenes, a brain (probably belonging to Mr Johanssen) and branding irons of the symbols found in the victim’s mouths.

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Henrik recalls that Morten had said that his brother killed him, which doesn’t suggest Annika as the killer.  “Could she and Claes have done it together?” He asks.  They bring Claes in for questioning who explains she is a crazy stalker.  He was supposed to pick her up the day before but she didn’t show.  Henrik says “So you were supposed to pick up at the train station yesterday the crazy woman you didn’t have a relationship with?”  Claes claims that it makes it easier.  Annika did not arrive at the trade fair she was supposedly going to.

Saga is back in with Internal Affairs (IA) Kjell.  She says that her flat had been broken into and her nail must have been taken from there.  IA man says they traced the email she got about the meeting that was her alibi, to her own computer on a timer.  Saga says her mother was out for revenge because she had falsely accused her parents of sexual abuse to save her sister.

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Henrik goes to Freddie with a picture of Annika and asks if he recognises her.  Asa sees it and says that is her ex-husband’s stalker.  She seems very relaxed about it and points out that it is rare to have a female serial killer.

Saga and Henrik get a man called Gustav to come in, who was at the foster home at the same time as Annika.  He tells them that he wrote to her until she got married.  She met her ex-husband after writing to him when he was in prison.

Freddie and Asa are both woken in bed by their phones ringing.  The media know about the fake pregnancy.  Asa goes to see Claes and says “How could you?!”  He admits he told them and says it was the only way to get back at Freddie.

Henrik and Saga go to the home of Annika’s former husband and find him hiding in a barn next to it.  He tries to run, but Saga shoots in the air and they catch him.

Tina is back at the newspaper offices and her boss is saying that Freddie will sue anyone making allegations.  She says that if someone had a picture of the pregnant girl at the house, that would prove it.  She doesn’t give him anything and hands the memory stick with the pictures over to John at the police station

Jeanette had been getting increasingly concerned about whether Freddie and Asa will make good parents to the child she is carrying and when Freddie hugs her and goes to kiss her, this is the final straw for her and she phones Marc and tells him to come and get her.

 

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Saga and Henrik take Annika’s husband into the police station and as Saga turns her back he pulls out a gun and shoots twice.  The police manage to surround him and he surrenders.  But one of his shots has hit John’s daughter in the arm, who his ex-wife had just brought there.  She recovers later in hospital.

Marc arrives and drives off with Jeanette who says they will go back to the cottage which Freddie had bought for her and decide the next day what to do.

Linn is angry with Saga for not searching Annika’s ex and says that there is too much pressure on her and she must take time off.  Saga says that she had promised Hans, but Linn won’t listen.  Saga is distraught.  She drives off and we see her standing beside a train track before a train rushes past.

It seems that Annika’s ex had nothing to do with the case, but a cache of weapons was found in his house.

Freddie sees that Jeanette has gone and heads off to the cottage.  When he gets there, Marc is outside shot dead and there is no sign of Jeanette.

We end seeing Jeanette bound and gagged in a room with a dolls house which is filled with the murder scenes.

Martin who?

Only one week left and I will say now that I will be late with next week’s blog if anyone cares!

I apologise again for the length of this, but there are so many strands to the story.

Number of possible outcomes then and I’ve added a few things before ‘issues’ this week.

Bonus section!

  • So, has Claes got rid of Annika and buried her? He does have previous on murdering people.
  • Do we believe Emil? Perfect serial killer move to make it look like they are one of the victims.
  • We haven’t seen Lise for four episodes now. Is she likely to reappear?
  • Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but most Nordic Noir is only ever three series. Borgen, The Killing etc.
  • Is Rasmus setting up Saga?
  • Could Linn be setting up Saga and brought in Rasmus as an ally as she knows he hates her?
  • Is there a possibility Saga did kill her mother?
  • Everyone seems to think Henrik is a hero now, but remember, he asked to be assigned this case.
  • There are likely to be a lot of people angry with Saga about Martin.
  • Remember, Nordic Noir very rarely has a happy ending.

I know what I think, but we will find out soon!

Issues:

  • Couldn’t help but think the man with his brain removed probably had the tv switched to X Factor rather than watching this.
  • Those Christmas tree ornaments were particularly eye-catching.
  • Interesting that Saga wanted new knickers, but never, ever goes out without those leather trousers.
  • Probably just as well Saga and Henrik didn’t have time for breakfast. They may have been seeing it again after discovering half head.
  • Is Freddie wearing one of those fake pregnancy suits as well?
  • Love how Saga takes everything literally and doesn’t get sarcasm. Forensic man tells her to “feel free to take the pictures” and she looks puzzled and says “I already have”.
  • With the aversion Swedes seem to have for curtains, you’d think Asa wouldn’t be exposing her fake bump in front of the window.
  • That was some coincidence Marc stealing the laptop from the yellow car.
  • I’ll tell you who has something against Saga’s mum Linn, everyone watching!
  • John got to leave the Police Station! I really thought he must live there.
  • How did the person in the yellow car know they were being followed?
  • The panic that Henrik had when he thought Saga was going to open the glove compartment which he keeps his drugs in.
  • Amusing to see Freddie and Claes in their cars exchanging not very pleasantries.
  • From Hans to Han to no Hans at all! Does this count as another missing body part?
  • Who knew Claes had an allotment?
  • How on earth has Claes’ dad’s funeral not happened yet? Did he get fed up waiting and buried him himself? Is that why he had the spade?
  • Amazingly lucid recollections of sounds by Emil when he had the bag over his head and was beaten.
  • Last week the Babylonian numerical system, this week the Glagolitic alphabet. I don’t remember either of these in Sesame Street.
  • Claes told Henrik he had sex with Annika as he was in “a dark place”. Too much information!
  • I did ask last week if Saga’s flat had been broken into.
  • Why did Saga not trace the email address that sent her the invitation to meet up for information on the murders?
  • “I’m not unstable, I’m different!” is set to appear on tee shirts everywhere.
  • How on earth did John manage to get Tina to go out with him?
  • Would Saga really be allowed to continue to work with her mother’s murder case hanging over her?
  • When did Tina take pictures of Jeanette? We only saw her get pictures of Asa’s fake bump.
  • When Freddie tried to kiss Jeanette and she said “what the fuck are you doing??”, that took me back to my youth.
  • That was a real shot in the arm for take your daughter to work day.
  • Did he deliberately shoot John’s daughter? Saga was worried she knew too much last week.
  • Is the train line where Saga’s sister killed herself?
  • It’s as multi-layered as I should have been when I froze myself to death at the football the other day.
  • Two hours is too long to hold your breath.
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The Bridge (Bron – Broen) Season 3 Episodes 5 and 6

The Bridge (Bron) –Season 3, Episodes 5 and 6

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Sad to note that we will be past half way in the series after this evening’s episodes.  It’s tough waiting a week between episodes, but it will be all over soon.  Sniff.

We start this week with Lukas at the workshop where his place of business is and he is told there is a phone call for him.  As he picks it up to answer, he is shot through the window from a rooftop looking down on his office.

Lukas has survived and seems remarkably chipper as Saga and Henrik visit him in hospital.  Saga goes out to take a call and when he has a moment alone with Henrik he tells him he knows his secret.  The call takes Saga and Henrik off to see the latest victim’s sister.

Henrik tells Saga that the file he gave her is about the disappearance of his wife and daughters.  He came home six years ago and they were gone.

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Margarita, the sister of Lars-Ove, the most recent dead body tells Saga and Henrik she hasn’t seen her brother since the early 80s, and has had no contact.  He had been moving from school to school (I missed this bit, I assume he was a teacher) as there was complaints about him from the pupils, including allegations of sexual assault.  They later find child porn on his computer.

When Lillian visits Hans in hospital, she finds a mark inside his mouth.  Saga goes to the forensic man and asks him to look at the other corpses.  Very unnecessarily, he tells her that Lars-Ove’s genitals were torn off with a slow accelerating force.  Lars-Ove has the same burn mark in his mouth.  It’s not in the priest’s mouth, which makes Saga think that they were right about that being the only one committed by Rikard.  Helle’s body has been released and the funeral is today.

Saga, Henrik and forensics man head off to the funeral and take the coffin from the family who are in the middle of the funeral.  Helle’s body has the burn mark too and they take the body away.  The family aren’t happy.  Saga says to forensics man “I hope you haven’t missed anything else”.

Linn is unhappy that Saga had taken Helle’s corpse from the funeral.  She would have sent someone with more empathy to get it.  She tells her that she needs to be kept informed of Saga’s plans.

Saga is unhappy that her colleague, John, has brought his daughter into the office.  “She’s an outsider.  We don’t know who she speaks to.”  John’s daughter is seven.

John uncovers CCTV footage of the van driver that had gone across the bridge in the white van, with a shot of the driver in hat and sunglasses.  We don’t find out if it was his daughter who found this.  Saga and Henrik question Mehmet, who had said he was driving the van.  He admits that it was Lukas.  Henrik phones the hospital and says that Lukas must not be allowed to leave.  But he already has.

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Anna’s husband Hakan tells her he will stay by her side after her affair with seventeen year old Benjamin.  Anna’s mother is drafting a press release about the situation and the family seem to be sorting out the media aspects.  Benjamin’s mother Eva, who we were told was the best friend of Anna, is telling Benjamin it was all Anna’s fault, but he tells her that they love each other, and showing himself to be the teenager he is, shuts himself in his bedroom.

Marc and pregnant with what looks like at least sextuplets, Jeanette are at their new house, which looks like it needs a bit of work.  Jeanette says that they will start over “just you and me”.  What about the baby?  We will soon find out.  Someone seems to be watching them and it looks like they are in the car which followed them last week.

Freddie, or Thomas Buch from The Killing, is giving a talk at a museum where he is loaning part of his collection while they build a new gallery he is funding.  He is there with his wife Asa, who is pregnant.  Claes also appears at the event and knows them both.  He used to be married to Asa and used to be Freddie’s business partner.

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Anna does her interview where she says that it was a mistake and her family are standing behind her.

Marc is driving and Jeanette is showing him pictures she took at their new house.  As he is distracted, he hits a deer lying on the road.  The car spins and when it comes to a standstill, they both seem ok.  The men in the black car arrive and take Jeanette away and tell Marc to say he was on his own in the car.

Claes’ psycho fan, who goes by the name of Annika, is to deal with Claes’ father’s body for the funeral, in her job as undertaker.  She turns up, uninvited to the museum event run by Freddie and Claes comes to the door and is asked if he knows her.  She claims to have seen the invite in his flat and has come as his plus one.  “If we sleep together, we can be seen together”.  Run Claes, run!

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It turns out that Asa is not in fact pregnant, and is wearing a fake belly when she is in public.  The men in the black car have taken Jeanette to Freddie’s and her baby is going to be given to Freddie and his wife when it is born.  She will stay at Freddie’s until the baby is born and Freddie is referring to it as his son.  Marc has been told she will be staying there.

Benjamin is trying to phone Anna, but she doesn’t answer.  Eventually, her husband answers and tells Ben that she doesn’t want to speak to him and she said on her interview it was a mistake.  A heartbroken Marc watches the interview on his laptop.

Surprisingly, Saga has let Henrik stay the night after they have had sex, but she pushes his arm off her when he tries to cuddle her.  His phone has a text alert and Saga tells him that is his phone.  He looks and sees it is pictures of him buying drugs and a message to “come home”.

Lukas is at Henrik’s when he gets back and tells the cop that he will need to drive him out of the country and flash his badge as the police in Sweden and Denmark are looking for him.  If he doesn’t, he will release the pictures.  He says he had nothing to do with the murders, he crossed the bridge to do a drug deal, and he should know as he is a client.  Henrik reluctantly agrees.  As they reach his car, a car drives past and shoots Lukas dead.

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Henrik phones the police and Linn is asking him why Lukas had come to his house.  He tells her that he was going to hand himself in and that he had nothing to do with the murders, but it was drugs.  They were about to drive to the police station when the shooting happened.  Oooooh you liar!

Saga arrives at the police station and sees her mother talking to Linn again.  Her mother comes out and tells her that she was disappointed but not surprised that she didn’t come to her father’s memorial.  “You always were a disappointment”.  She also says that she told Linn that Saga had driven her sister to suicide.

Saga asks Linn what her mother had wanted, but Linn says she can’t say.  Saga tells her that her mother always lies.

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Forensic man tells Saga that the bodies all have a burn mark in their mouths which seems to be a symbol of sorts.  Saga identifies this as the Babylonian numerical system.  The numbers are 3, 9 and 2.  These seem to be numbers from the code that they found on Morten’s fridge in his blown up trailer.

Anna phones Benjamin and leaves a message on his answering machine saying that she loves him and she is sorry she couldn’t get in touch the day before, but it’s him that she wants to be with.  It’s too late though as Benjamin has killed himself.

Hakan had left a note saying that he was going to pick up their daughter Viola and go to the summer house, but he has been taken and we see him tied up in a gym hall, with a barrel round his body which has a cat on it and blindfolded with his hands in hoops above his head.

Linn goes on TV to talk about the case and a man who works at the museum identifies the way the bodies are left with some of the works of art in the museum.  He tells Saga and Henrik that they are all in the collection loaned by Freddie to the museum.

The photographer that took the pictures of Anna and Benjamin is at the newspaper and talking about the tip off she received by text about them to her boss.  She has been getting death threats on twitter.  (Maybe her blogs are as bad as mine).  She is sacked and asks John at police HQ if he can trace the number that sent her the tip.

Saga and Henrik look at the works of art at the museum and get the worker there to write down all the ones in Freddie’s collection before they go and visit him.  He tells them he specialises in investing in loss making businesses and turning them round.  Often by sacking many of the staff.  No enemies there then!  They get him to give them a list of all the businesses he has taken over.

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Claes is having lunch with Asa and invites her to a talk he is giving the next day about his book.  When he returns to his car, psycho fan Annika is in it.  She says to him that Asa hurt him before and he shouldn’t be seeing her.  This is the final straw (finally!) for Claes and he throws her out of his car and drives off.

One of the companies that Freddie took over was that of Lars, husband of Lise (and PM in The Killing.)  When they visit him, he tells them that ten employees have been sacked since Freddie took over.  The man who arrived first on the day that the body was found there left a couple of weeks ago to travel.  Henrik finds a catalogue there with toys which were found at the scene of some of the murders.

Linn looks at the old file on Saga’s sister’s death and phones someone to come and look at the case.  It’s only bloody Rasmus!  Rasmus appeared in season two as a police officer working with Saga and Martin and was a loose cannon that was caught changing a police report to exonerate himself.  He also kept interfering in a case that he had been taken off.  And now here he is, back to investigate Saga’s sister’s death, when he has an intense dislike of Saga.  Saga’s mum comes to the station to speak to Rasmus and tells him that Saga came to her house last night and was shouting at her.  Lies!!

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(Don’t worry, the above pic is from last series)

Henrik looks into the toy catalogue and phones the company asking who has bought all the things used in the murders.  There is only one order and it is from Lars’ company.

Saga gets an anonymous text saying that the sender knows something about the murders and a place to meet.  Saga goes there on her own, but receives a call from Lillian when she is there to say Hans/Han is on life support, so she leaves.

John finds out that it was a phone registered to Benjamin’s mother who sent the text to Tina.  The phone actually belonged to Benjamin.  She goes to the paper to tell them this, but her boss is not happy with revealing that.  Oh yeah, have principles now!  Tina goes to Eva’s and says to her that the death wasn’t her fault.  Eva doesn’t know who she is and Tina ends up running off.

The man from the gallery says that Freddie has an exhibit at his house that reflects the latest murder of Hakan.

Marc is given money by Freddie to stay away from Jeanette until the baby is born and of course he takes it.  We see him betting again and he bets the house that he and Jeanette have bought.  That isn’t going to go well.

Hakan’s body had a burn mark in his mouth which was the number 4 in the Babylonian number system.  (Another number from the code).  He was also missing his eyes and had an extra penis in his pants (Lars-Ove’s).

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Claes is giving his latest book talk and Asa has come along.  At the end, psycho fan Annika approaches him and says that she has found evidence that his father had been suffocated and the hospital told her that he was alone with his father when he died.  She says she has covered it up and he can take her to dinner to thank her.  She makes him get rid of Asa.

Linn tells Saga that her mother has killed herself and it looks like suicide.  Saga goes to visit Hans/Han and pours her heart out to him (he is still in a coma).  And is saying that her mother has killed herself, just like her sister did.

Saga goes to Henrik’s after she is told to leave the hospital after the end of visiting hours and he doesn’t want to let her in but eventually does and tells her that he still sees his family round the house and talks to them.  Saga seems to take this pretty well.

Tina gets a text saying someone has a job for her and that she should reply by email.  The email address is the code that was on Morten’s fridge.

Only two weeks to go!

I’m not missing Martin anywhere near as much as I thought I would.

Issues: 

  • Loved Henrik signing “would you like a cup of tea?”
  • Saga can do sign language!
  • Like there weren’t enough languages to contend with already.
  • Margarita said that she hadn’t seen her brother since 1981. Henrik said “you haven’t seen your brother for 35 years?” Is this set in the future?
  • How did Lars-Ove keep getting jobs at schools with all the allegations against him?
  • Lillian was a bit scary at the hospital with Hans’ ex-wife.
  • It wasn’t easy to take notes when my eyes were watering after the revelations about Lars-Ove.
  • Benjamin had a poster of The Doors in his room, and Anna certainly seemed to light his fire.
  • How big is Linn’s forehead??
  • Weirdest exhibition ever. Scary giant pink baby.
  • Loved it when John’s daughter showed Saga the picture she’d drawn of Henrik, Saga and John and Saga said “it’s hard to tell”. Kids drawings are always rubbish!
  • Had someone been in Saga’s flat that things, such as her computer mouse, were out of place?
  • Why does Linn wear a uniform when nobody else does? Does she come straight from her other job as a ship’s captain?
  • Interesting when Henrik went to Saga’s and was told she wanted to be alone, but he could come in for sex. “Do you want to watch a film?” “A porn film?”
  • Funny how Asa’s fake baby looks more realistic than Jeanette’s real one.
  • Judging by the opulence of Freddie’s home, he doesn’t shop in Ikea.
  • I think it’s time Linn tried a fringe.
  • Why didn’t Henrik phone Saga after Lukas was shot?
  • If Saga works out that Henrik is on drugs and that he was about to drive Lukas away, will she put a second partner in prison?
  • Amazed that the forensic bloke didn’t know the Babylonian number system. Surely everyone knows that?…..
  • I’m sure everyone knew that Benjamin was going to top himself.
  • Not seen much of Anna’s daughter Viola yet. I’m sure there are more strings to her bow.
  • I wondered if it might be Schrodinger’s cat on the barrel around Hakan, but I don’t think there is any doubt he is dead.
  • Was that the same actor playing Rasmus? I didn’t get a good enough look.
  • As if Rasmus wasn’t enough of a twat previously, the pony tail is the icing on the cake.
  • How does Tina know John?
  • Saga taking on board Linn’s advice by getting Henrik to speak to Anna as she is not good at empathy.
  • Did someone poison Hans that he is now on life support?
  • There’s quite a few times the programme gives me the willies, but not in the same way as Hakan.
  • Has Saga’s mother really killed herself? Surely Linn wouldn’t lie about that?
  • Ding dong the witch is dead! (I hope).
  • Linn is probably right in much of what she is saying to Saga, but I still hate her.
  • Did Henrik start taking drugs when his family went missing? Or did they maybe leave because of it?
  • Yes, I do know half the cast was also in 1864.
  • Given the problems we are having with the Forth Road Bridge, could we borrow the Oresund Bridge for a bit?
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The Bridge (Bron – Broen)Season 3 Episodes 3 and 4

The Bridge (Bron) –Season 3, Episodes 3 and 4

This week begins with Morten using a payphone to call a mystery person.  He leaves a message saying he will call back before returning to his temporary home where other homeless people live. Next we hear someone coming towards him playing the message he just left.  As Morten asks why they didn’t answer, he is shot three times.  A homeless person appears and finds him, and Morten whispers something to him before he dies.

Aleks’ wife Samira goes to the police and tells them of another hideout that her husband had.  Saga and Henrik go there with a swat team and find Aleks’ dead body.  It turns out it wasn’t the same house they raided last week!  I had thought it was a hidden room he was in with Hans.

Lars, the wife of Lise and former Statsminister in The Killing, is on the board of the company that makes the lipstick that has been smeared across the faces of victims.  Henrik tells him when interviewing him that he may be either cocky or stupid when Lars asks why he would use that if he had been responsible.

When Saga and Henrik interview the homeless man who found Morten, he tells them that he had whispered “my brother shot me”.  As Morten’s half-brother is four years old, it probably wasn’t him.

We are introduced to Marc, who is playing cards with four others and goes ‘all in’ before losing the hand to a man with the most ridiculous haircut I think I have ever seen.  It looks like he is a flaccid unicorn with a long bit hanging down the front.

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Marc goes home to his very pregnant girlfriend, Jeanette, who is not happy at him losing all that money.  Particularly as it is the day to make their house payment.

Saga and Henrik look through photographs from Morten’s obliterated trailer.  They find one with him in his army days with two colleagues with ‘kill brothers’ written on the back.  One of the men in the picture killed himself two years ago but Lukas, the other, is still alive.  They visit him and he tells them he had not seen Morten for about a year and he was with his girlfriend when Morten was killed, which she corroborates by phone.

Unicorn man picks up Marc and takes him to see Lukas, who had seemed like such a nice man.  Lukas tells Marc he owes him 78,000 kroner and makes him play Russian roulette with a handgun.  For every time he pulls the trigger, he gets a day to pay.  In a very fraught scene, Marc does it twice before on the third time, it goes off.  It is a blank in the gun though, so it just makes a cut in the side of his head.  Lukas tells him he has two days.

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Saga’s mum comes into the police station much to Saga’s surprise and tells her that her father has died.  She also asks if she has got a doctor to look at the files she gave Saga last week.  Saga says that what she thinks her mother did can’t be ruled out.  Her mum says that she hopes that Saga will come to the memorial and it’s now “just you and me”.

Henrik interrupts the conversation to tell Saga that Helle, the first victim’s car has been found.  Off the two go to look at it.  The car has been found at a funfair and in the windscreen, is a heart (likely to be the one cut from Helle’s body) with a ticket for the ghost train attached to it. They enter the ghost train, complete with requisite dummies jumping out trying to scare them (and us), and eventually find Hans body tied up against a wall.  They phone an ambulance and see that Hans has a hand missing.

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Saga is having a hard time of it and smashes up some things in the kitchen at police HQ.  Linn, the temporary Hans takes her off for a word.  Saga says she will pay for what she broke in the kitchen and assures Linn that she does not let emotions affect her police work.

Rikard the cleaner is leaving Lise’s flat when he comes back and says that there was an envelope at the door (which he probably just put there).  There is a letter in it and a picture of the dead priest at the scene of the crime.  The letter says that the person is doing the killings for Lise and it is time for action not words.  Husband Lars says she needs to go to the police, but she tells him that it is her reputation, so it is her decision.

When Saga goes to the hospital to see Hans, she finds his wife Lillian there.  She tells Saga that he has lost his hand and a lot of blood and is in a coma.  When she says that she doesn’t want to be on her own, Saga says “You could call someone?”  Lillian persuades Saga to stay for a bit.  Saga looks puzzled as Lillian holds her hand.

It turns out that Lise had mentioned Hans in her blog (or vlog as Saga points out) so our two cops are off to see her again.  With encouragement from her husband, Lise tells them about the letter.  This leads to them getting Lise to vlog about Bente Knudsen, who I think is a cabinet minister, who is responsible for sending troops to Afghanistan and the death of five soldiers.  The police will of course be waiting for the killer there.  Linn says that Saga is not to be there.

Back at police HQ, they are looking at comments on Lise’s blog and think that they might have something, as much of the language used by one commenter is used in the letter.  The person in question is known as ‘Knight Rider’.  They trace the IP address and find that it belongs to Rikard Jonssen, the cleaner!  Henrik goes to his flat and finds the tarantula loose.  He uses a conveniently placed hoover to suck up the spider.  He sees the TV is paused on Natalie, Helle’s wife.  He phones Saga and tells her they have the wrong target.

Saga races to Natalie’s house and hears her screaming and bursts into the kitchen to find Natalie with a bag over her head, suffocating her and Rikard standing over her with a knife.  Rikard runs and Saga gives chase before coming back to save Natalie.  Presumably Knight Rider would have had KITT waiting to escape in anyway.

We find a new character, Claes at the hospital with his ill father, who he suffocates and kills.  Shortest appearance in a drama ever?

When Jeanette hears of Marc’s latest experiences with Lukas she says they will go to see him.  Lukas says that one of them has to go and pick up a bag while the other will stay as collateral.  Marc doesn’t want his girlfriend to stay with the dangerous Lukas, so she goes and he stays.

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Saga and Henrik go to see Lise to warn her about Rikard and meet her as she is returning with her daughter, Karen.  Karen runs up to the flat where Rikard is waiting and he quickly grabs her and puts a knife to her throat.  Luckily, there is another way into the flat and Saga manages to sneak up on him and knocks him out with her gun.  She holds the gun to his head as he is prone on the floor and Karen lets her mum and Henrik in.  Henrik manages to talk Saga out of shooting Rikard.

Claes Sandberg, fresh from killing his father is giving a talk about his latest book and doing a signing afterwards.  A woman doing a good impression of the superfan in the film Misery gets her book signed then later turns up at his flat to offer her condolences.  He invites her in and she ends up staying the night.  If she wasn’t creepy enough already, she tells him she is a funeral director.

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As Jeanette returns with the bag that she has collected, she has two men drive up in a van and steal the bag from her.  When she arrives back and tells Lukas, she gives him 7,500 she has managed to raise and says he can have her car.  Lukas isn’t happy but oddly, he says to her and Marc that they don’t owe him anything now and they are to “piss off”.  Unicorn man then comes in with the bag, so it seems they had planned it all.  As Jeanette and Marc drive off, the car that intercepted the bag seems to go after them.

Programme Name: The Bridge - TX: n/a - Episode: The Bridge - series 3 - ep 4 (No. 4) - Picture Shows: Petty criminal Lukas venting his fury when a planned pick-up goes wrong Lukas Stenstrop (CHRISTOPHER LÆSSØ) - (C) Filmlance International AB - Photographer: Carolina Romare

Henrik and Saga have Rikard in custody and have pictures of Helle, the priest and Hans on the table.  (No picture of Aleks though, who they must think he killed at this point?).  Rikard isn’t saying anything.

Got enough characters yet?  Of course not!  Former Eurovision star (ahem) Anna is the new CEO of Ekdahl Housing and is opening a new housing scheme.  Despite being married to Hakan, she is having an affair with her best friend’s son, who is 17.

The hand of Hans is found tied to railings and another dead body is discovered which is missing (gulp) its manhood.  The unendowed body is that of Lars-Ove Abrahamsson.  Henrik asks Lise if she had said anything about Lars-Ove on her website, but she says she hasn’t.

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The police think that only the priest was killed by Rikard as it was the only one that didn’t have a body part missing.

Linn tells Saga that her mum phoned and said that she hasn’t taken the time to process her father’s death.  She asks if Hans had told her about complaints made about her over the years.  (He hadn’t).  Not from her colleagues, but from victims and witnesses who have said she was insensitive.  Linn wants Saga to go on sensitivity training.  Saga doesn’t like this proposal.

Henrik is at another singles event and the first person he sees is the woman he got with last time.  Awkward!  Then, much to his surprise, he sees Saga there.  When he asks her what she is doing there, she says that after he had told her about it, she thought it sounded like “an efficient way to meet someone to have sex with”.  Saga uses the chat up line “Do you want to have sex?” with men she approaches.  There was never anywhere like this when I was younger!  As the two are unsuccessful, they end up going back to Saga’s together to have sex.  “What are you best at?” asks Saga, before informing him that there will be no kissing but oral sex is fine and he isn’t to caress her body.  So sexy…..  She asks Henrik in the morning if they tell their colleagues they had sex.  Eh, no.

If ever someone doesn’t learn their lesson, it’s Marc who is off gambling again, with money he has taken from Jeanette’s purse.  She tries to phone him, but he doesn’t answer.

CCTV footage of traffic on the bridge on the night of the first murder turns up a van which belongs to Lukas’s company.  When they speak to him about it he says that the log book is blank for that time.  They tell him that they are taking the van for forensics to look at.

After Anna has met up with her toyboy and had sex in one of her show homes, she arrives home to her husband where she gets a call from her mother who tells her to look at a newspaper’s website.  It has pictures of her with her toyboy kissing and having sex.

Linn tells Saga to come with her and heads off in her car with Saga in her own car following.  They stop at a church and Linn tells Saga that it is where her father’s memorial service is taking place.  Saga drives off.

Lukas takes his worker Mehmet to the police station where Mehmet tells them he was driving the van on the night in question and he was going to see his girlfriend.  As they leave, Mehmet asks Lukas what the van was actually used for that night.

We end with Saga looking at a file that Henrik had given her of a cold case from 2009 about a missing person’s case.  When Saga opens the file, we see it is the ‘family’ of Henrik, confirming for the 1% of viewers that didn’t know Henrik was imagining his wife and kids.

So, is Henrik imagining the family because it is a case he is obsessed with?  Are they his real family that went missing?  Is he keeping them at his house and they are not imaginary? (No to the last one).

Still missing Martin but it’s very,very good.

Issues:

  • Amusing how Saga always has to add “Malmo County Police” when she is being introduced. She even did it after Henrik introduced her by just her name to the homeless man.
  • I think I would get irritated too if I was being named after Wikipedia. Particularly when it is so often wrong.
  • Was it just me who thought Marc was Rikard the cleaner when he first appeared?
  • How pregnant is Jeanette?? At least 14 months by the looks of it. Although judging by the shape, I thought Hans may have been hidden up there for a while.
  • As Marc pulled the trigger three times, does he not get three days to pay?
  • Will Hans now be known as just Han?
  • Saga flinching as Linn touched her shoulder in the office. You don’t caress Saga!
  • I hope they checked with Bente Knudsen that they could do the set up.
  • Rikard looks nothing like David Hasselhoff.
  • Arachnophobes must be enjoying this series.
  • Poor spider.
  • Would you really have let Karen go up to the flat on her own when you think Rikard might come there?
  • Brief sighting of a character called Freddie. That’s not Freddie, that’s Justice Minister Thomas Buch from The Killing!
  • What on earth was in that bag?
  • I think every male watcher must have winced at what Lars-Ove was missing from his body. I know I did.
  • So Saga to tell Hans ex-wife that his new wife is “younger than you”.
  • I think it’s Linn who needs sensitivity training.
  • Missing body parts – is cheating the motive? A heart, a manhood and a hand with what looks like a wedding ring on (although it was Hans’ right hand, and they wear rings on the left in Sweden).
  • The ‘show home’ showed a bit more than Anna expected.
  • “Do you have any requests?” is the least sexy, sexy thing ever.
  • No mention so far of Dr Frankenstein, who may be taking different parts of people to create a monster. Anyone?
  • If you had any doubt that Henrik’s family were not really there, the lack of complaints from the children when he turned off the TV was conclusive proof.
  • Saga is really missing Hans. Maybe Max Bygraves could do the theme next week? (‘You need Hands”). I’ll get my coat.
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