Capitani and Elsa investigate some likely suspects in “So Far From Me, So Far!”, and a major development is all but confirmed.
This Capitani season 1, episode 6 recap for the episode titled “So Far From Me, So Far!” contains spoilers.
So, my Parent Trap theory is all but confirmed in Capitani episode 6, which begins with Elsa finding Manon asleep in her food truck. There’s still little explanation for the relevance of this character, and indeed for the discovery of a body turned up during an excavation which we keep hearing news reports about. Apparently, that victim was a man who had been shot. I’m sure explanations will come in time.
But “So Far From Me, So Far!” has explanations of its own or at least the suggestion of them. Elsa delivers Capitani Jenny’s autopsy report, which still doesn’t reveal the cause of death but does basically confirm sexual assault, so the two sex offenders local to the area are of immediate importance. The first is Jerry, who Capitani and Elsa go to see at the military base. The major reveals his past indiscretion was in Belarus, an affair with a general’s daughter when both were 17, so while he technically broke the law and is certainly not welcome back in Belarus, he isn’t a predator. Beyond that, the major isn’t willing to help.
Meanwhile, in Capitani season 1, episode 6, Tanja returns to school, ignoring Lea and Tun and finding graffiti on Jenny’s locker. She breaks things off with Tun, saying she’s not the old Tanja. If that isn’t a clue I don’t know what is, but “So Far From Me, So Far!” has several more.
Mick uses his new position as mayor to pump Mores for info on what Capitani is up to, promising favors in return, and the young squire eventually feeds him the file of Mr. Gaspard, the second sex offender Capitani and Elsa are looking into, who they catch preparing to fly abroad. He claims his relationship with a 13-year-old had feelings on both sides (yuck) but that he has paid the price for that indiscretion and hasn’t strayed since — he also claims he was playing cards on the night in question with the baker and Claude, both of whom can apparently confirm his alibi (we saw a glimpse of this in the previous episode.)
When Mick returns home, he finds Claude with Nadine. He’s apparently helping with funeral arrangements and providing support and assistance, but Mick basically forces Nadine to get rid of him. At the same time, Elsa and Capitani spot Tanja roaming and give her a lift. She asks about Elsa’s tattoos and talks about Jenny’s, which was also of their zodiac sign, but she says she didn’t get one because she’s “the well-behaved Tanja”. Not something someone would say about themselves, I don’t think. She goes home and tells her parents that she wants to move to another school and that she broke up with Tun, and when she sees the funeral arrangements they’re making, she has a little breakdown over seeing Jenny’s name on a headstone.
Things take a bad turn for Capitani in “So Far From Me, So Far!” when he heads out into the woods with a Smartie muffin in order to follow the unicorn trail, a signposted route that Elsa isn’t aware of. It’s obviously relevant since there’s a unicorn symbol on the bags of drugs, which suggests this is a specific route for those who’re looking to score or get high. When Elsa asks the baker about the Smartie muffins, though, he says they don’t make them, which tees up the fact that Capitani is eating a drug-filled dessert. While he’s walking, he collapses.
The baker also reveals that the card game ended around midnight, which is later confirmed by Claude, which means that Garspard’s alibi doesn’t hold up. When Elsa arrives to speak to the latter, Tanja is there, in confession. She claims to feel all alone, to be able to see a way out of the hole she’s sitting in but is unable to take it because it’s easier to stay hidden. It’s easier to lie than tell the truth, betray than ask for help, forget than remember. When she looks in the mirror she sees a girl that isn’t there anymore. Oh, come on! As Capitani season 1, episode 6 ends, we see Nadine covering up Tanja’s tattoo with makeup. Did they have matching ones all along? Or is Tanja really Jenny, and Nadine knows?