Divide and Rule
“Ten things we’ll miss about Phillip” – his nice arse made 2 of the items highlighted by the young student Freja in her farewell speech to him in front of Birgitte – who of course missed most of the rest due to an unmissable call on her mobile. Phillip had the decency to look embarrassed about the compliment and didn’t seem to spot Birgitte’s momentary absence.
Katrine and Kasper enjoyed healthy looking sandwiches in a sunny park while trying to avoid compromising their respective roles at work and skirting round the abuse he suffered as a child.
The Danes surprisingly watched promotional videos about Trident fighter planes in English despite the cost of 130 million kroner to the Danish government. One would think that a business hoping to sell weapons – or indeed anything – would have a translated version for the country considering spending considerable sums of money.
Bent spoke to Birgitte about her inability to trust the ministers she had appointed to her departments. Her micromanagement of everything means that she isn’t doing her job as PM properly. However as she looks over the paperwork on the Trident deal it becomes apparent that her husband’s new employers are involved in the deal as subcontractors. Birgitte was warned that Phillip’s new job made her hands look dirty in this deal however Phillip pointed out that he would never lift a “bloody finger” to help her again. Birgitte reverted to her earlier desire for government transparency by suggesting that all ministers show all gifts from contacts on a webpage so there was no hint of subterfuge or unfair advantage to businesses providing freebies. Phillip disappeared leaving her to look after the children while conducting a meeting with Bent. Women’s intuition went embarrassingly awry however when she went to Freja’s flat to look for her husband only to find a fair haired demi-god in her bed instead of Phillip. Phillip however had been playing away in a desire to break something. Birgitte fell in her haste to get away from his touch and looked like a battered woman, but it was a metaphor for what had happened to her spirit and faith in her husband.
Another “Killing” actor appeared out of nowhere in an interview with Katrine as defence minister Hans Christian Thorsen. The suit and glass of water couldn’t hide the earlier role of the father in Killing 1. Katrine decided to do a bit of digging about the fighter planes and was reminded by her boss that she was a presenter, not a researcher. Scotland – Glen Farlan – finally got a mention as if it was a shadowy place for backroom deals. Hunting, shooting, fishing and weapons – yes that’s a Scotland I recognise especially at a cost of 25,000 kroner per head for a hunting trip. Katrine’s digging exposed expensive personal gifts of guns worth 250,000 kroner each to the defence minister. Katrine overstepped the mark in the personal questions she asked Birgitte and is forced to take leave as a result.
At the end of the episode Phillip and Birgitte separated, at least for the night.
The First Tuesday in October
The final episode opened with Birgitte’s reputation floundering in opinion polls and at home as she and Phillip were leading separate lives. Kasper jogged in the rain listening to Kennedy’s famous “Ask not what…” speech which he started to plagiarise for an opening of Parliament speech for Birgitte, or at least the structure of the three stage rocket.
Sanne’s interpersonal skills started to win Birgitte over and Kasper enjoyed a furtive fumble before being interrupted by an older, wiser civil servant. Sanne had the worst week of her life when Kasper backed off but she lost her job to someone more suitable in any case.
Phillip’s bit on the side turned out to be the woman who “headhunted” him for the job he really wanted. Obviously some agencies will do anything to get their man…The offer of public marriage to Birgitte and discrete affairs for Phillip might be every man’s dream, but it wasn’t Phillip’s. Birgitte had obviously turned into a completely political animal rather than a wife. Even she however balked at the idea of being interviewed unconstrained by TV1 at a time of family crisis. Phillip asked for a divorce, “As soon as possible.” after taking part in an engineered family interview.
Almost as soon as Phillip had flounced off Kasper had to watch Katrine leave after walking away from TV1 as the freedom of the press she believed in had been compromised.
You can’t have it all…
Predictions for series 2?
Sanne will become indispensable to Birgitte in her new role as PA at home making the most of her interpersonal skills – picking up the children, being “wife” to Birgitte.
Phillip will rise to the top of some firm which will bring him into conflict with Birgitte’s continuing role as PM. Neither will be minded to back down.
Katrine will do big investigative pieces which will bring down some sections of the government, possibly in the Labour party.
Kasper will continue to chase after unobtainable Katrine but will never be able to open up to her completely about his earlier life.