Kottan ermittelt - Entführung
Wolfgang Ainberger for Satel/ORF, ZDF
directed by Peter Patzak
starring Lukas Resetarits, Walter Davy, Curt A. Tichy, Bibiane Zeller, Florian Böhm, Kurt Weinzierl, Carlo Böhm, Ernst Konarek, András Gönczöl, Christiane Rücker, Stefan Weber, Maria Bill, Gusti Wolf, Chris Lohner, Peter Patzak, Herbert Reutterer, Michaela Mock, Emanuel Schmied, Heinrich Strobele, Lou Van Burg, Imbert Kops, Hans-Peter Hofmann, Henry Gregor, Monika Weber
written by Helmut Zenker
Kottan ermittelt, Kottan (Lukas Resetarits)
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President of police Pilch (Kurt Weinzierl) orders homicide detective
Kottan (Lukas Resetarits) to have an eye on rock star on the decline
Robert Weller (Stefan Weber), who has received letters threatening his
kidnapping - and then, right under Kottan's nose, he's actually kidnapped
after a concert. The kidnappers ask for 2 million Schilling in ransom,
something his wife (Maria Bill) is unable to come up with - but it turns
out his record company is willing to pay, since with the kidnapping,
Weller's sales are soaring again. Kottan and colleagues Schremser (Walter
Davy) and Schrammel (Curt A. Tichy) follow the record company's lawyer
(András Gönzcöl) to the handover point, to learn this was just a ruse
and the handover had already happened - and Weller's found, very much
alive, in due time. Kottan is pulled off the case, having pretty much
failed on every level, but then he figures it out: Weller has never
actually been kidnapped, it was only a ruse to a) give his career a second
boost, and b) collect the ransom money from the record company. Kottan
confronts Weller with that knowledge, but promises to keep mum if he'll
ensure that Kottan will win a talent contest he's an judge at - with
Kottan's only competition being president of police Pilch ...
gag in this episode is Kottan's arch enemy Horrak (Ernst Konarek) trying
(and failing) to kill Kottan.
Now to have Stefan Weber of the
notorious Viennese shock-rock band Drahdiwaberl as a guest star is of
course a stroke of genius - but unfortunately not all that much is made of
Weber's appearance, with Weber's anti-establishment on-stage persona
remaining pretty much under-exploited. Instead the episode bets on its by
now tried and true formula of interrupting the episode for irreverent yet
repetitive gags ever so often, with more emphasis than usual put on
lip-synching old songs this time around. Due to decent pacing and some
actually funny skits (and despite the extended lip-synch battle at the
end) this is one of the livelier episodes of the series' later days, but a
far cry from past glory when by now over-used jokes still seemed fresh.
a side note, Lukas Resetarits recorded the single Lonely with
Drahdiwaberl the following year, which led to (moderate) mainstream
acceptance of the group, including some airplay on national radio.