This episode reminded me of a certain episode from the tv-show Homeland. At the end of episode 2 of season 2, Mandy Patinkin’s character Saul Berenson discovers a secret so shocking, with such major implications, that everything in the show has to change. And then episode 3 takes place while Saul is in a plane from Beirut to Washington, and only at the very end can he pass the secret on. A bit too much of this episode has the same feel to it. So many things went to hell in last weeks episode and now… some time passes while none of the characters feel the need to change anything. Neither Frederik, Gro or Emil are in any hurry to react on the fact, that Frederik almost killed Gro last week, and only Robert finds out this week, and after that we only heard from him on text message. At least there was a consequence for Frederik, that Solveig refused to accept that he needed time alone for reasons he couldn’t explain, after which she took the children and left. Perhaps the reaction wouldn’t have been that different, if Frederik had been honest and told her that he had attacked a woman again.
The only one, who got hurt this week, was Signe. But she faced some serious payback. Only last week did she choose her family at Grønnegården, changed lawyer and started dating her dads nemesis Martin. Would she get caught in the crossfire from art-swindler Gro or more and more unstable Frederik? Nope, instead she got hurt by good ol’ Thomas. Of course Thomas is dumb enough to plant weed for smoking amongst Signe’s industrial hemp. And of course he forgets to remove them before the controllers arrive. So then the hemp-fields got burned down. But this was when the downfall really began. At once, after being let down by Thomas, and frightened by Emil’s outburst, she leaves Grønnegården and goes to the handball-hall’s beat-booming boat-party But because she chose Martin, she can’t just return, and her dad leaves in anger. And the next morning, when Jan comes by, Lone presents herself as Signe’s new lawyer with no pants on. Perhaps Jan would have stopped the partnership anyway, but that can’t have helped the descision.
Thematically, this episode made a lot of sense. As I wrote in the recap of episode one, the problem for the family is that that they don’t take care of themselves or others. If Isa had gotten help, then she might not have taken Melody? And now Thomas just let’s things slide, and Gro wants to triumph over the problem with lawyers, rather than trying to solve it. So even if Thomas’ weed kinda came out of left-field, his laissez-faire attitude being what took down Signe made a lot of sense, even if he has been the most sympathetic character this season. At the end of the episode, Signe lies alone in her bed, and is bothered by thoughtless noises from Emil’s ball and Thomas’ bed. She invested everything in Grønnegården. But the people of Grønnegården don’t invest that much of themselves in anything. So thematically: Yest. But still, there’s not a lot of excitement in an episode where most the people are waiting for something to happen. Halfway through season 2, it remains to be clear what the stakes are for the show.
- Lars K Andersen wrote the episode, and Mads Kamp Thulstrup directed.
- Emil continued his personal growth in a wellmade matter, I thought. Last episode ended with him sitting and looking at Frederik’s clothes, which he despised, but had to wear. Now he wants to be selfsufficient, and not base his life on Gro and Frederik. But his monologue on the bench was less good than the one from jail a couple of weeks ago.
- Thomas has been in jail in Delhi. To the surprise of noone, right?
- I get the point of the Martin-plot, but it was never really elegantly made. Rasmus Botoft did an ok job, but the character is too old and slimy for it to make sense that Signe would fall for him.
- But a small parallel in Kim hitting on Gro? He seemed to have old feelings for Veronika. But then Gro began work on a new art-piece, but that might have been smarter to do when sober? And perhaps not use wood which could probably be dated, and so forth.
- *I like that gender is never completely gone from the show. Gro and Signe are neither better or worse than Emil and Frederik but even though Emil chose a much worse sex-partner than Martin, when he slept with Solveig, he was never accused of being ‘Such a…’