Birgitte Nyborg’s government was about to negotiate the environmental element of a new reform package called A Common Future. Birgitte wanted a multi-party agreement, but  faced the reality of parties who wouldn’t compromise. Kasper convinced her that underhand tactics could help win her a majority for the reform, but this had grave consequences for the party. Katrine received an unusual job offer which put her personal beliefs to the test. At home, Birgitte’s children were clearly affected by their mother’s work-related stress; Laura in particular struggled with her absence.

Internal strife among the coalition partners continued as the right wing submitted a bill that would lower the age of criminal responsibility from 14 to 12 years. Several Labour Party members supported the proposal, leaving Birgitte in the minority in parliament. Kasper took personal offence to the proposed bill, and when an incident happened to right wing leader Svend Age Madsenn, the proposal received public support and the pressure grew on Birgitte. At home, Birgitte struggled to deal with her daughter’s illness, and in particular the treatment which was being recommended for her.

“Much that passes as idealism is disguised love of power.” – Bertrand Russell

Birgitte found herself moving further and further away from her roots when in opposition. Many of the ideals she held were further compromised as she clung to power with her manicured nails. While a broad consensus on the far reaching “A Common Future” was the objective, pushing this through and using the media to point out the hypocrisy of her Green Party coalition partner who spouted Green policies while driving a gas guzzling classic car exempt from the laws that governed the rest of Denmark resulted in Amir’s resignation and the loss of Green party support. Birgitte was now in minority government territory and refused to call an election despite goading by the opposition who now held a majority. Katrine worked as a media adviser to Hesselboe but found it too hard to compromise her beliefs to stay in that role for long. She ended up back on the News programme she was in in series 1 and somehow managed to get Hanne back in a minor roll – one Hanne doesn’t quite get as she tried to take over the morning meeting at work as if she was still in charge.

Magnus was briefly in episode 5 and was reduced to a photo in episode 6. Where does he go when Birgitte sleeps at the office and Phillip is in Boston? Laura was struggling with her role  as perfect daughter of the Prime Minister and had a melt down while at camp with people she did not consider her friends from school. The emotionless secretary Jytte whose coffee and attitude were both bitter  had refused to put through her calls and was sacked so Sanne the red haired scatterbrained secretary was encouraged to come back in to her old role to remind Birgitte of how she had started out.

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” – Matthew 5:44

Episode 6 was about Kasper and his ability to open up to the women in his life. He clearly loved Katrine and therefore sabotaged  his relationship with the woman he lived with by having office sex with a woman who made her interest in him very blatant by turning up with coffee and phoning him for a booty call. She ended up phoning his actual girlfriend who told Kasper she had thought they would end up having children together.

The proposed bill to reduce the age of criminality from 14 to 12 was one that Kasper had a personal interest in and it was slowly revealed how much abuse he had suffered from the age of 8, which had culminated in his stabbing of his father when he was 12. Because he was a “child” in the eyes of Denmark he was sent to a young offenders’ institution rather than prison and therefore given a fresh start afterwards. He finally gave the evidence to Katrine so she understood without him having to speak about it. Conveniently she had a VCR so was able to watch the old news story and when she sought him out she cried while stroking him – and we cried too.

Birgitte’s daughter ended up on anti depressants and Birgitte ended up spitting toothpaste onto her bathroom mirror before breaking down, finally.

Denmark must just have about 20 actors though because we keep seeing the same ones coming back again and again. The psychiatrist had been in something before. (Henrik Birch who played Andres Ussing – leader of the opposition – in series 3 of The Killing)

Borgen: Philip Christiansen, Cecilie and Birgitte Nyborg Christensen discuss family matters.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2013/jan/19/borgen-series-two-episode-five-six?commentpage=1

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