So detectives Wallander and Ann-Britt are in Fredrik's home, discussing the investigation of a corpse found on Fredrik's neighbor's property, probably dating back to when a previous resident lived there, and when Fredrik overhears Ann-Britt tell Wallander the name of that former neighbor, Petrus, Fredrik grunts.
Detectives Wallander and Ann-Britt turn to look at Fredrik. "Petrus!" says Fredrik. "That man was a criminal. Pervert." Detectives Wallander and Ann-Britt look at one another, then leave the premises -- without another word to Fredrik, except when Wallander thanks him for coffee before walking out of the house. !!?!!
What kind of detective work is that?! They should have inquired further about Petrus' supposed criminal activity, as per his neighbor. I was dumbfounded. So then after talking to Petrus, returning to the police station, hearing that Petrus ran prostitutes including his own daughters, Wallander INSISTS on going back IMMEDIATELY to question Petrus further. "Had you asked Fredrik just a couple questions about his former neighbor BEFORE you went to Petrus', you mighta had that info on hand to focus your questions around the first time," I found myself saying to Wallander.
Then Wallander INSISTS on scaling the walls, helping his young colleague over, and when she (not he, the senior detective) notes the chained dog and that there were two before, suggesting one is loose, it's too late and the woman is nearly killed by Petrus, whom Wallander later yells at in the station over it. (While I am blaming Wallander's own actions and recklessness. Yes, he shielded her when the dog came at them, but that wasn't enough for me to absolve him.)
Just retire already, Wallander, I'm thinking.
I remember being (even before anything went very wrong) similarly critical of Wallander in the circumstances that led to the shooting of someone in the previous season -- probably the incident over which Wallander fell apart. (I remember thinking that he engaged in unnecessary heroics when help was on the way or unnecessarily cornered a suspect or something like that.) After this incident where Ann-Britt was injured, I knew we were in for the obligatory scenes of a morose Wallander waking up surrounded by bottles of alcohol and pills.
I watch the show because I like Mystery! but Wallander the series and Wallander the man get on my nerves, as does the storyline of on-screen detectives with divorce/divorced parenting/divorced dating issues because they're so devoted to their job; and detectives with a history of traumatic crime in their own lives eg. murdered loved ones. I've read that disrupted personal lives and divorce are common among detectives IRL, but I'd still rather be spared it in the solving of the mystery. Instead, we got a couples therapy scene at the end of this Wallander episode.
(I'm not a fan of and don't enjoy looking at Branagh either.)
He and Vanja won't last as a couple, especially considering the bit about keeping her flat. Can't blame her, really.
Yeah, I know! Get out now, lady. (Before, on top of everything else, he gets you killed -- and he wakes up morose, surrounded by bottles and pills, none of which will help you.)
What I didn't understand in this episode's mystery was the rifle, and I'm inclined to think that it wasn't planted by Fredrik, as suggested above. What prompted Fredrik to lead Wallander to the investigation of a cold case was realizing that his son had repeated the crime, and that enough was enough. It wouldn't help to implicate another man, Petrus.
(Unless Fredrik thought that if the pimp next door were arrested and the prostitution stopped, his son would no longer have access to the women he keeps victimizing, but that's far-fetched -- especially since the first victim was not a hooker but a baby-sitter for the Petrus family.)
I'm thinking out loud, but while it briefly seemed more likely that the son rather than his father hid the rifle there when the investigations began, ETA
: it would be pretty hard for Fredrik's son to go to their former neighbor's new home, wherever it is, and get into his shed to plant/hide anything, especially since little love seems to be lost between them, so it's not like they'd stay in touch and visit. And that got me thinking further about the rifle, and remembering what had been said, namely that it was Petrus' own rifle
. I've put that in a separate comment below (#2991).
As to what Wallander picked up on the ground near the body's location, I couldn't tell either, but I thought he was perhaps noting different types of soil than what was elsewhere on the property, because IIRC, he walks a few paces away and grabs a handful of soil there too, and looks at it (and compares them?).
(At first, I thought he had picked up something shiny and rubbery, like a glove with rubbery fingers; and that recalled the glove Petrus had dropped after handling the sledgehammer and which Wallander picked up later. But then the scene seemed more like it was about the earth itself.)
If the observations that Wallander picked up several smooth things are correct, maybe it's that the soil near the grave had stones in it, whereas the top soil elsewhere in the vicinity didn't.
I figured the "accident" that Fredrik referred to must be the explanation his son had given him years ago about how Lina, the first victim, died at the son's hands.
Edited by commenter, Sep 15, 2012 @ 9:38 PM.