A very strong episode full of revelations, “Lutgard en Margot” sees the prosecution falling apart as the show regains the right balance.
This recap of The Twelve season 1, episode 7, “Lutgard en Margot”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
After a lackluster chapter, The Twelve episode 7 is much more like it. Beginning with a flashback to four years prior and Stefaan confirming to Margot that Frie is pregnant, we continue to focus on their low-key affair in the present day. Delphine’s relationship with Mike continues apace, but am I the only person who’s beginning to find it a bit tedious now? No matter.
Mrs. Lutgard Tindemans, take the stand. She had a brief appearance at the very end of the previous episode and here posits that Frie punched Margot in the face, which apparently couldn’t be substantiated. But Lutgard also manages to upend the entire prosecution with the reveal of a relationship with Guy, and a further reveal that Guy’s niece, Vicky, was the social worker who wrote up an incriminating report against Frie. This, it turns out, was at the insistence of Lutgard.
With the prosecution beginning to fall apart, Margot doesn’t help it along with a wild claim that Frie admitted to hurting Britt. Nothing she says adds up or can be substantiated with evidence. It’s a terrible showing.
The Twelve season 1, episode 7 really heats things up, and it might be the show at its best so far. With a renewed focus on what’s actually going on in court, and less attention paid to the more melodramatic shenanigans among the jurors, there’s much more focus and intrigue in “Lutgard en Margot”; these two characters being in cahoots grossly undermines the prosecution and tees up plenty of potential drama for the remaining episodes. While a bit of business involving Delphine, Carl, Juliette, and the kids proves that we’re not abandoning these parallel subplots by any means, we’re also getting a better balance of them and the real meat of the story – not to mention focusing on the ones which seem to be of some relative importance. More of this and The Twelve could close out very well indeed.
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