Last week’s episode of The Bridge was, really, all about Saga. Her heroic return to police work and her subsequent mini-meltdown thrust her back into our consciousness with a jolt, but here, in episode three it was all about Henrik.
Which was good to see, because – yes – Saga is our key character and one that we love and root for dearly, but Henrik has always felt like a slightly peripheral character, often designed to act as a counterpoint to Saga. But here, in this episode, there was real character development and a type of development that didn’t bode well for he and Saga’s relationship.
It’s just a hunch so far, but you felt that there were cracks beginning to show.
But we’ll come to Saga and Henrik later.
As ever, there was a lot going on in this episode.
Dan the nasty cab driver – the last person to see Margrethe Thormod alive and Sofie’s abusive ex-husband – was hijacked by a group of armed men on the way to Malmö from Denmark. Now, at the end of the last episode, we saw Patrik – poor, electrocuted Patrik – working in a hospital as a clown to entertain the sick kids. He was told to leave a private room by a father who said that his daughter was scared of clowns. This father – William – turned out to be Dan’s boss, and he took out the person who betrayed him and carried out the hijacking with a bullet (or three). Make no mistake: William is an arms dealer and a very bad man.
Who just happens to have a sick daughter in the hospital.
Elsewhere, Richard was eliminated from enquiries after it was revealed it was that he who was behind Red October – a fictional activist group, created for publicity. And, in The Village (as we’ll call it for now), there was a burglary, which sent some of the locals into a bit of a mild panic. Christoffer was revealed to be the person who did the stealing, but he and Astrid’s friendship showed signs of developing. I got a real feeling something is going to kick off here in The Village, but it wasn’t in this episode.
The most intriguing thread throughout this instalment was family.
After teenage urchins Julia and Ida were picked up by the cops, Henrik took a shine to them and ended up taking them home with him to look after them. This did not impress Saga and she was immediately uncomfortable (she had started seeing a therapist, and, as you would imagine, was very straightforward in listing all the awful things that had happened to her), but Henrik was really enjoying having two kids – living kids – back in his home. He joked with them, fed them spaghetti and all those latent parenting skills spilled out. You got the impression that as Saga watched on she didn’t feel at home with Henrik anymore, that he had changed, and became someone she didn’t recognise.
(And Henrik answered a question we might have been asking: were Julia and Ida his missing children. No, he answered Saga, they weren’t.)
Their relationship was further complicated when Saga dropped the bombshell – in her usual, matter-of-fact way – that she was pregnant. When Henrik expressed surprise – they had been using contraception – Saga replied, bluntly, “I’ve only sex with myself and you for the past two years.”
She intended to terminate the pregnancy, while Henrik wasn’t quite so clear-cut. Another wedge between these two, perhaps.
In terms of the investigation, there was also movement. They let Taariq go (Henrik pretended to let him escape custody and his impending deportation) but they had bugged his watch and tracked him. Whenever any police force undertake a secret bugging plan like this in any crime drama it always goes wrong and, sure, enough Taariq pawned his watch to buy a gun. They had lost him, and now he was on his way to meet Morgan Sonner. Whoever he is.
Finally, there was action at the hospital – another clown made an appearance, tasered Sarah’s mother outside her room and burst in, scaring the living bejesus out of the sick girl and looking like he was going to abduct her. So… are the murders all connected to William, Sarah’s dodgy arms-dealing dad? Saga and co had been working on the assumption that Patrik – a clown at the hospital – was a case of mistaken identity. What if Patrik was the intended victim? And, if so, why?
Questions, questions, questions. And, really Hans Rosenfeldt, damn you – an evil clown just before bedtime? We know that you like your scary tableaux and imagery, but this was one step too far, surely.
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