The Tunnel Sabotage Recap Season 2 Episode 4 – The episode begins with an early morning, pensive, moody motif: Robert Fournier and Thibault are at the beach house; Rosa Persaud is awake in her cell; and Elise is sipping her coffee deep in thought. It is the calm before the storm.
The Tunnel Sabotage Recap Season 2 Episode 4 [Spoilers below]
Back at the Calais police station, the racist cop Garrido is also preparing for his day. We know that Garrido is a bad cop. As the episode continues will he be simply be the one odd ball, the unfortunate exception or is he symbolic of a far more widespread corruption? His inappropriate (beyond flirting) banter and personal-space-invading movement around Julie signal us, as the audience, to really dislike him
The Roebucks are having a security system installed due to the ugly anonymous social media messages Laura’s been receiving since her pithy hashtag went viral. As Karl prepares to head to Calais, she spends a few anxious moments speculating about the sender.
Far from a perfect man, Karl does have a delightful charm. He speculates that it’s not a dangerous individual behind the trolling, but rather a petty acquaintance who is jealous of Laura – which Karl punctuates with a deadpan, “Let’s face it, you do appear to have it all.”
In addition to Rosa Persaud, currently in custody, the other promising lead is Vanessa Hamilton. Her name was on the purchase papers of the flat that Robert Fournier is leasing. While Karl and Elise focus on questioning Rosa, BB is sent to question Vanessa Hamilton.
Hamilton is one of the most confident and comfortable “hide in plain sight” criminals since Breaking Bad’s Gustavo Fring. She does not get flustered or visibly react in any way (other than to smile) when BB reveals that he is a detective. She answers all of his questions plausibly without missing a beat.
What Hamilton doesn’t do, as BB later shares with Karl, is ask why he’s asking about the property. It’s what most people do.
At first, Karl and Elise’s questioning of Rosa doesn’t deliver much. She’s non-responsive when Karl asks if she knew that Fournier was a former student of Sonny Persaud (her father). She’s indifferent when Karl shows her the pictures of two children who died in the plane crash. She’s silent when Karl asks why they never took credit for the terrorist act.
It’s abrupt Elise who rattles Rosa by asking “Do you think he [Fournier] derives pleasure from seducing Sonny’s wife and daughter? Rosa is visibly irritated and Karl quickly follows up with, “Is this vengeance on the great Sonny Persaud who didn’t recognize what a great genius he [Fournier] was?”
Rosa catches herself and masterfully says just enough to lead the cops to believe that Sonny is the mission du jour. The cops send the bulk of on duty officers, along with the bomb squad, to the University where Sonny will be speaking. This leaves the office where Rosa is being held under-manned for what is to come.
With the help of Garrido on the inside as well as the element of surprise, Thibault and Guillaume quickly take hostages and control of the police station. Louise is in the women’s bathroom and hears what’s going on and resourcefully exits through the ceiling ducts to get back to her desk and grab her gun.
Meanwhile, Thibault moves through the station shielding himself with Garrido, who he orders to act for the security cameras, and they make their way to Rosa’s cell. Rosa is being guarded by Officer Martel – and it is up to Garrido to convince Martel that Thibault will kill him if Martel doesn’t stand down and let Rosa go.
This is interrupted by Julie coming around the corner, weapon drawn, and ordering Thibault to drop his gun. Thibault shoots Julie and in the confusion Rosa is able to distance herself from Martel and get his gun and shoot him.
In the meantime, Louise has called Phillippe to let him know what’s going on at the police station. She is able to take out Guillaume and rescue three of the hostages. By the time she and hostage exit the station, a swat team and ambulances are there.
It’s Louise’s quick thinking that ultimately prevents Thibault and Rosa from making an escape. They are prepared to die there.
The stand off
Karl and Elise are now on the scene and we find out that Julie is still, barely, alive.
In the momentary lull in the action, Robert and Rosa speak by phone. He tells her to prolong the situation and not to surrender. Rosa will be the good soldier, but obviously Elise got through to her, because she very quietly says to Robert, “I believed that you were a completely unique human being.” When Robert responds, “You say that as if you no longer believe it…,” Rosa simply says, “Goodbye Robert.”
Olivier begins negotiating with Rosa and Thibault. They will exchange Karl and Elise for the female civilian hostage. But Rosa and Thibault send out Garrido instead. Elise insists that since they broke their word, only she will go in.
Elise manages to rattle Rosa – with the straw the breaks the camel’s back being Elise trying out the idiom “Keep your hair on” which she heard BB use earlier and had Karl explain to her. Rosa snaps and pistol whips Elise. It’s enough of a commotion to give the riot squad a reason to move in.
The big twist
The last scene we see is in the hospital where Julie is in ICU. Presumably because he is in uniform, Garrido is able to slip into Julie’s room and pulls his gun. It appears that he is there to finish the job and ensure that he is not discovered for his part in the siege. But that’s not his intention at all – he turns the gun and shoots himself.
The Tunnel Sabotage Recap Season 2 Episode 4 Odds and Ends
Have either Karl or Laura uttered the names of twins? The poor children are lugged about frequently, but never referred to by name, they are simply additional wee Roebucks.
Laura gets a hand delivered special delivery – and envelope with an article about the scandal of undercover cops who fathered children.
BB tells Karl that witnesses heard screams before Olena went through the window. Not that anyone really believed this was a suicide before, but the official explanation is looking shaky.
All of the drama of this episode is centered on the siege and we’re really no closer to understanding what is motivating Robert; who Koba is; and how Hamilton, Koba and Robert are all connected.
Previous episodes of The Tunnel reviewed on TV Eskimo
The Tunnel Sabotage Season 2 Episode 4 Recap characters and cast include:
Elise Wasserman – Clemence Poesy (Final Portrait, 127 Hours, In Bruges, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2)
Karl Roebuck – Stephen Dillane (Zero Dark Thirty, Game of Thrones, Secret State, 44 Inch Chest, King Arthur, The Hours, Spy Game)
Laura Roebuck – Angel Coulby (Merlin, The Jacket, Vincent, Imagine Me & You, Undercover, Conviction)
Olivier Pujol – Thibault de Montalembert (La Setinelle, Days of Glory, In My Skin)
Robert Fournier – Johan Heldenbergh (The Zookeeper’s Wife, Moscow Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown)
Thibault Briand – Nicolas Wanczycki (Love at First Fight, The Family, Me Myself and Mum, The Returned)
Rosa Persaud – Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys, Tomb Raider, Black Mirror, Game of Thrones, Happy Valley, Whitechapel, Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Boleslaw “BB” Borowski – William Ash (Hush, Mad About Mambo, Paranoid, Waterloo Road, The Loch)
Vanessa Hamilton – Emilia Fox (The Pianist, Silent Witness, Merlin, David Copperfield, Cashback)
Sonny Persaud – Clarke Peters (Chance, People of Earth, Jessica Jones, London Spies, Midsomer Murders, Show Me A Hero, Treme, John Wick, Person of Interest, The Wire)
Mike Bowden – Stanley Townsend (The Libertine, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Shadow Line, Fleming)
Vladka – Edyta Budnik (The Bletchley Circle, Suspects, Coming Up)
Eryka Klein – Laura de Boer (Forgotten, A Dangerous Fortune, Marry Me!)
Garrido – Eric Slavin (Elle, Marseille, Tell No One, Happenstance)
Guillaume Briand – Romain Levi
Louise Renard – Juliette Navis
Phillippe Viot – Cedric Vieira
Julie – Fanny Leurent