Capitani season 1, episode 8 recap – “These Wonderful Golden Dreams”

February 11, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

Focus turns to Manon as the dealers try and cover their tracks in “These Wonderful Golden Dreams”.

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3.5

Summary

Focus turns to Manon as the dealers try and cover their tracks in “These Wonderful Golden Dreams”.

This Capitani season 1, episode 8 recap for the episode titled “These Wonderful Golden Dreams” contains spoilers.


Capitani episode 8 opens on July 12, Day 6, with Frank getting chewed out by the major after his discovery in the previous episode. His USB stick is taken away from him and someone else is put in charge of logistics, which is a major problem for the soldiers since they’re using computers to access what one assumes is a kind of dark web chat room to order the drugs. With a helpful distraction from Steve, Frank logs on and tries to cancel the latest delivery, but it’s too late — it’s already on the way.

This is one of two big subplots in “These Wonderful Golden Dreams”. The other involves Manon, who is continuing her relationship with Mick but getting absolutely no respect from him in return. She knows that Capitani is breathing down her neck, but Mick isn’t prepared to help, even when she threatens him with telling Nadine about his “nights in the woods”. Mick is also aware of her drug dealing, but not that she has any knowledge of what happened to Jenny. Either way, he tells her he’ll kill her if she tells Nadine. This is only the beginning of an exceptionally bad day for her.

The next development comes when Capitani arrests her father, Boever, mostly just to provoke a reaction from her. The police are now aware of the drugs, Manon selling them at school, and the remote cabin on the unicorn trail which turns out to be a former cloister. The net is closing around her but she still won’t volunteer what she knows, even with her father under arrest. When she calls Mick for help he ignores her, since he’s at home playing happy families with Nadine, so she drives off into the woods in the van and overdoses.

Meanwhile, the soldiers go out on their maneuvers, and Steve finesses a way for him, Frank, and Jerry to all be in the same guerilla group, giving them half a day before anyone realizes they’re gone. They strip off anything that might identify them and hide it, heading to the road in all black with live ammunition, not the blanks that were supplied for the exercise. This is clearly going to end badly — I’m not entirely sure what they’re even doing — but we don’t see anything more of them in Capitani season 1, episode 8.

We do see, though, some development in Capitani’s personal storyline, with Bonifas calling him to let him know that she has discovered that Carla, his former girlfriend, was one of the Weasel’s sales girls. It’s all starting to make sense. Bonifas is on her way to him, so Capitani immediately breaks into Carla’s room while she isn’t there and snoops around in search of the firearm, to no avail. She returns early to thwart his search and double-checks the weapon is still where she hid it, which it is.

Time is running out for everyone in “These Wonderful Golden Dreams”, then, not least Manon. Luckily for her, Boever has an app that tracks the van’s location which she doesn’t know about, so Elsa, who takes an empathetic approach, is able to track her down to where she’s parked up in the woods. She rushes her to the hospital.

And yet the obligatory cliffhanger comes from a surprising source. Nadine insists that she can’t carry on as normal with Mick, however much he wants to, but she’s still quick to remind him of his obligations in finding their daughter’s killer. Mick, though, thinks this is their second chance to do things right, and in that sense, he’s glad that Tanja was the one who survived since Jenny was a lost cause. Tanja overhears this, and as we already suspect that Tanja is Jenny, that’s probably quite a blow. On his way out of the house, Mick turns down a picture of Nadine and Rob. But when Nadine finds it later, she discovers a letter tucked into the frame.

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