Baptiste Episode 4 was packed with dramatic swerves, ably building a great deal of chaos as the BBC series approaches its end.
This recap of Baptiste Episode 4 contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Gangsters and chainsaws don’t mix well, as Edward Stratton (Tom Hollander) was reminded in Baptiste Episode 4. Constantin Baracu (Alec Sec?reanu) let him know that he was due for a similar fate as his father, with the very same chainsaw he used to “separate” him included in the conversation. The only way for Stratton to stay in one piece is to stick close to Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) and ensure that the missing million he’s tracking down is returned to the Romanians.
But things aren’t that easy for Stratton, since Europol strong-arm him into telling tales. Then again things aren’t easy for Baptiste either. Last week ended with him turning up on the doorstep of Martha Horchner (Barbara Sarafian) and demanding to know why she hadn’t bothered to tell him that he’s the biological father to her son, Niels (Boris Van Severen). There’s a twist coming here, I’m sure.
The father-son duo enjoyed a little road trip out to see Herman de Boer (Gijs de Lange), whom as we learned last week was told where to find the pilfered mob money by Natalie, along with a plea to take care of the child, Matty (Boyd van den Bogert), whom Herman’s junkie son fathered. But the money’s been snagged by parties as yet unknown. The primary suspect is oddball village handyman Bram Visser (Tom Audenaert), but he turned out to be innocent of theft, though guilty of plenty of other things. The real culprit was town dentist Jasper (Wim Danckaert), who was caught trying to live it up and promptly informed that the people the money belonged to would quite like it back. He quickly obliged.
Retrieving the money was one thing; keeping a hold of it was quite another. Stratton, to his slimy credit, was given a lot to do in Baptiste Episode 4, from sweet-talking the Romanians despite being forced to wear a wire, to chilling with lots of naked people in a sauna, to legging it with the money once he learned that Baptiste had retrieved it.
This was dumb, obviously, and it’ll come to a head in the penultimate episode.
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.