Revenge is a dish best served en francais?
It certainly looked that way this week, as Spiral revolved around half the characters trying to get their own back on the other half.
Szabo rumbled Shady Josephine’s scheming and taught her a lesson along the lines of “Be careful what you wish for – or you’ll end up entirely at the mercy of psychopathic druglord gangsters;” the Larbis lost patience with Aziz and taught him a lesson along the lines of “Fail to prepare and you prepare to fail – especially if it involves psychopathic druglord gangsters;” and Pierre rediscovered the rest of his mojo and taught Marchand and Breand a lesson along the lines of “What goes around comes around – whether you’re a psychopathic druglord gangster or not.”
All of this was densely and cleverly plotted of course, but, for all the Larbi story was beautifully executed, with some magnificently tense scenes contrasting with the quick and dirty resolution, and for all Szabo playing Josephine at her own game was grimly satisfying, my favourite plotline was definitely Pierre’s. His elegant scheming was entertaining, slyly witty and welcome respite from all the nastiness going on elsewhere in the episode.
None of the revenge stories helped clear up the most pressing question, though – does Laure have a boyfriend or not? If she had a partner at home, would she run the risk of inviting a fellow cop (however handsome) to go to “your place or mine?” Who knows. Her team do seem to take a fairly lax approach to rules and risks in general. Maybe she wants to get caught. Or maybe Roban’s right and we’ve over-estimated her general nous. Come on, writers, do tell.