Tatort: Der kalte Fritte
February 14, 2018 6:25 PM - Season 47, Episode 22 - Subscribe

Two dead men under a stolen Kandinsky. Dorn and Lessing investigate the murder of a wealthy art collector and intrigue over the location of the new Goethe Museum. Only in Weimar!

Weimar exercises its sense of humor with the pun in the title. The contract killer arguing on the phone as he sneaks into the house to do his job had me laughing out loud. The bust of Gropius sneaking up on the architect was great, too. Stich's father may be the best thing about the whole episode.

The circle of suspects was a little too tight for my taste, some convenient but unexplained relationships.

Viewable until March 13 online at the daserste.de media library.
posted by mrcrow (2 comments total)
Lovable old scalawag! The unimpeachable corruption of the father of 'the best cop in Thuringen' was as sad and predictable as it should have been: On first glance at the painting on the easel I thought it was supposed to be Hockney. Can't remember the moment when I twigged to what was happening with it exactly but appreciated the reveal when Stich reaches out to put his finger on it (no spoiler intended.)

Lupo is right on, mind. The plot on the whole was pretty contorted but not un-satisfying.

As an aside - this episode was written by Murmel Clausen who also co-wrote "Der wüste Gobi" and the beloved and yet despicable "Der Schuh des Manitu" from 2001, staring the vaguely-Jerry-Lewis-esque Bully Herbig.
posted by From Bklyn at 4:47 AM on February 16, 2018

I thought Hockney as well! Lupo is such a great character. None of the other cities have anyone like him! I liked the dad because the covers were so colorful. Arranging art shows! A faked hip operation! And snagging the gerontophile!

This and Gobi are the only Weimar I’ve seen so Clausen has formed my impression. That Wikipedia article shows that this one didn’t have Andreas Pflüger as a coauthor like Gobi did. Pflüger has worked on Tatort extensively (he is a busy man)!

The plot doesn’t hold up well in retrospect because it was hard to believe that the murderer was so compelling. Fun in the moment, though.

Now I need to see what’s up with Der Schuh des Manitu!
posted by mrcrow at 2:06 PM on February 16, 2018

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