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Kottan ermittelt - Die Enten des Präsidenten

episode 15

Austria 1983
produced by
Wolfgang Ainberger (executive) for Satel/ORF, ZDF
directed by Peter Patzak
starring Lukas Resetarits, Walter Davy, Curt A. Tichy, Kurt Weinzierl, Bibiane Zeller, Florian Böhm, Carlo Böhm, Eva Kerbler, Franz Suhrada, Ernst Konarek, Leon Askin, Veronika Faber, Robert Hoffmann, Gusti Wolf, Arthur Brauss, Rainer Egger, Christa Dangl, Katherina Buchhammer, Chris Lohner, Ferdinand Kaup, Barbara Klein, Walter Maitz, Peter Patzak, Gotthard Böhm
written by Helmut Zenker

TV series
Kottan ermittelt, Kottan (Lukas Resetarits)

review by
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Agressive motorist Zaruba (Robert Hoffmann) gets into a fight with another driver, Lukitz (Arthur Brauss), to an extent that he draws a rapier - but Lukitz ultimately kills him by hitting him over the head with a wooden pole. Detective Kottan (Lukas Resetarits) of homicide investigates, and soon zeroes in on Zaruba's wife (Veronika Faber), but after having problems with both his wife (Bibiane Zeller) and his prostitute girlfriend (Eva Kerbler), he figures he might have a shot with her and doesn't put two and two together when he finds Lukitz in her bed. Kottan's assistant Schrammel (Curt A. Tichy) however does, but an attempt to capture Lukitz to capture him red-handed in her bed leads to embarrassement not only for him but also colleagues Schremser (Walter Davy) and Schreyvogel (Franz Suhrada) and president of police Pilch (Kurt Weinzierl). And after much to and fro, it's actually Kottan who makes the arrest.

Also in this episode, Kottan's two arch enemies Horrak (Ernst Konarek) and Wasservogel (Leon Askin) accidently kill one another trying to hit Kottan.

 

An episode that completely falls apart, narratively, as it tries to tell way too many stories all at once: For one, there's the actual murder case, which is really unexciting as can be and which takes backseat, then there's the story of Kottan's wife becoming a nightclub singer (but ultimately failing), also there's Kottan's failing lovelife, a running gag about president Pilch failed press conferences, the continuing fight Pilch against the coffee dispending machine, the somewhat underwhelming conclusion of Horrak's continued attempts to kill Kottan, and also the by now customary musical interludes. The outcome of all of this is pleasantly anarchic for sure, and at times really funny, but the thing also drags way too much at other times, and it sure could have done with a way more coherent script.

 

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