Capitani season 1, episode 5 recap – “Strangers Will Be Obliged to Accept”

February 11, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
Netflix, TV Recaps
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Summary

Jenny’s autopsy reveal a bit more about her fate in “Strangers Will Be Obliged to Accept”, as another suspect emerges.

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3.5

Summary

Jenny’s autopsy reveal a bit more about her fate in “Strangers Will Be Obliged to Accept”, as another suspect emerges.

This Capitani season 1, episode 5 recap for the episode titled “Strangers Will Be Obliged to Accept” contains spoilers.


Capitani episode 5 begins on July 10, Day 4, and picks up directly from the end of the previous episode, with Capitani and Steve coming face to face. The latter says no soldiers are allowed to leave the camp at the moment, which rings false given they’re ostensibly there to run maneuvers in the woods, but he remains tight-lipped otherwise. Later, after Capitani has left, another soldier, Jerry, tells him that they should go to the police. Steve, though, can’t afford to lose that much money, and it’s obvious that his planned big house with Elsa is something to do with his financial woes. What has he done to secure the capital?

Meanwhile in “Strangers Will Be Obliged to Accept”, the vilification of Rob continues when Mores finds a bag of pills in his Renault, much like the one found on Jenny’s body. Was he dealing, or is he being framed? Capitani, after spending the morning dining with Carla, poses this question to Weyrich, who reveals that the school did indeed have a drug problem and that he tried to solve it low-key, hence the CCTV. He reiterates that Jenny was off the rails and that he isn’t surprised she was found with drugs on her, especially since she also had a tattoo, which is apparently a signifier of rebellion. The big clue, though, is that Rob apparently turned down a voluntary search of the staff, which only seems to confirm the idea that he had something to hide, and that the something was drug-related.

But back to that tattoo a minute. While all this is going on we see Tanja interact with Tun, supposedly her boyfriend, and she tells him that she got lost searching for Jenny, and also that she needs time before she can be intimate with him again. We don’t see Tanja’s shoulder, but I’m willing to bet she has a tattoo. I’m just getting Parent Trap vibes. I don’t know how or why, but I reckon Tanja is really dead, and who we believe is Tanja is actually Jenny. Call me crazy.

Of course, Lea is key to this somehow, since she’s clearly hiding something, so Capitani goes to interview her again and is forceful enough with her that her parents intervene. It takes a high-speed pursuit and a gift of pastries to get her to open up, but when she does, she says the girls drifted apart. Tanja continued to attend classes but her grades were slipping. Jenny started missing school entirely and knocking around with new friends, including soldiers from the base. Capitani races back and tells Elsa about the link, having another go at her for remaining quiet about her relationship with Steve, whose importance is obvious.

Elsewhere in Capitani season 1, episode 5, Mick goes to see Usch in church and asks for his help, asking him if he saw his girls, to which Esch replies that the mirror is broken, crying and apologizing to Mick, who continues to defend Usch to a suspicious Claude. He’s adamant that Claude doesn’t tell the police to talk to him or he’ll become the village scapegoat, but it’s obvious that he knows something important.

When Elsa goes over Jenny’s autopsy report in “Strangers Will Be Obliged to Accept”, she hits on all the uncomfortable terms. Traces of drugs and sperm. Possible rape. Vaginal bleeding. Jenny was obviously sexually assaulted, and when she searches for those with a history of sexual crimes against children, she turns up Jerry, the soldier at the base who at that very moment is looking at a picture of her — or Tanja, I guess — on his phone.

In a very last-minute development that I’m not sure how to take, Capitani and Carla have sex, and the latter seems to have bloodstains on her vest. It’s a blink and you’ll miss it thing, and I can’t tell whether they’re supposed to be sexy back scratches or a clue. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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