In a shocking turn of events, the World Cup has started. Meaning firstly that sometimes Verbotene Liebe isn't on to make way for matches, and secondly I find myself spending 6-ish hours a day watching football (and tennis - Queens, Eastbourne, and now Wimbledon were on too) so my recapping has become neglected this last fortnight. But there have only been 4 episodes on in that time, and Olli hasn't been up to much, so I've not felt too guilty. That said (and I'll phrase this in as spoiler-free a way as I can muster) there's something coming up this week that's definitely worthy of attention. So let's get back on this crazy train.

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When we left off, Andi and Sascha were hiding from undercover policemen in a car. You will be pleased to hear that at some point in the last 12 days they have had the sense to drive away. This is a good idea because it means they don't get caught by the police, but on the other hand also leaves them lumbered with a lot of stolen phones and nowhere to put them. They discuss how to tackle this problem very loudly in the very not private hallway outside their flat, just outside the front door of a policeman. Least savvy crims ever.
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Anyway, Andi is back to being all "wahhhh, it's all your fault, Sascha!" apparently forgetting Sascha wanted to just tell the police what had happened and not get involved with the new deal at all. It's alright if you forgot that, it was 12 days ago for us, but for Andi it was only last episode so this is just more Revisionist History By Andi™ to try and make himself not look bad. Sascha has a plan though, they just need to meet up with Mütze. The only problem with it, is Andi smashes up their one line of contact
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(I assume that phone is a different model than the stolen phones.)
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They have the clever idea to hide the phones in LCL, which gets complicated when Andi can't focus for even 20 seconds and is distracted by Bella.
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And complicated further when he decides to bring Mütze round to see them. This leads to some back and forth, were the undercover police there because Mütze sent them or were there none there at all? Who trusts who? Where are the phones? Will Mütze give them some money? That last one is a clever trick by Sascha to make sure they get the money for Emilio's Mum to have treatment or whatever (...remember that storyline? it's why they started getting into the dodgy deals in the first place, and also why the boxing stuff happened, and why they took over the burrito stand, and almost every other monstrously tedious non-plot that has happened in the last few months - I'm starting to wish Emilio's Mum would just kick the bucket already to be perfectly honest).
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But it all works out and they cuddle.

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To further celebrate, they have another incriminating conversation outside their flat right by the front door of Policeman Frank. But, I mean, it all went fine last time, so this time couldn't possibly go any differentl-
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Oh. Hi, Frank!
They fob him off with some bollocks about how they were actually talking about burritos, and Frank let's them go home to their beer. Presumably because listening to Andi lying makes him, like me, lose the will to live, rather than him actually believing them because if he bought all that then he is the worst detective ever to detect.
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Olli's here! Olli's here! Olli's here! I've missed you.
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I see your eyeline, Sascha.
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And while I appreciate your efforts to make Olli jealous, I suspect that particular route might cause more trouble than it's worth. Just saying.
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Let's finish with a group hug! (The sentiment of which is only slightly dampened by the fact that half of the participants don't realise they're celebrating the sale of stolen goods...)
Caro has called in sick to work!
Upon hearing this, Olli, sensing a chance to dress up in his nurse's outfit, promptly appears at her door.
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But Caro isn't really ill. She is just sad. An email revealing an unpleasant secret about her boyfriend's past has been sent around the entire office from her email account. She didn't send it, but her boyfriend doesn't believe her and has got back together with her hot sister Giselle who is a model, and who really did send the email.
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I know, Olli, we're all disappointed, but I'm sure someone will get a cold or something soon and you can wear it then. Chin up, eh.
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Caro is very miserable, no one except Olli believes it wasn't her. She gives him a Haribo marshmallow mouse as a reward for his loyalty.
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Olli finds the marshmallow mice very moreish and in a moment of uncharacteristic greed, steals the whole tub. (Vaguely related travel tip, if you are are a British person in Germany and you see mouse shaped sweets with a name like Süße Mäuse/Weiße Mäuse on the packet or tub, they are nothing like Sugar Mice, they are just the back bits off the fried-egg or heart Haribo sweets but without even the tasty jelly bit. They taste of disappointment.)
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Of course Olli isn't really stealing the sweets for himself, he's just trying to galvanise Caro into getting up and going out and sorting this shit out rather than hiding at home.
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Caro just curls up and stares mournfully at the marshmallow mouse tub lid.
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Then Giselle turns up, and Olli tries to mediate a reconcilliation between the two of them (just so you know, Olli and Caro don't know yet that it was actually Giselle who sent the email).
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It doesn't work, but suddenly Caro gets a call from her boss. Thore (the ex-boyfriend) wants to work with her on a new project starting tomorrow morning, maybe all hope is not lost?
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In scenes that I won't do caps of because there is no Olli and no Sascha, it turns out Thore had nothing to do with Caro being there and refuses to work with her. She has an idea though, to find proof of who really did send the email if it wasn't her. So she consults the handsome chappy in charge who monitors the CCTV.
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Hi, Sascha. I hope that phone isn't stolen.
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Initially he is unwilling to help, lazy bastard, but eventually after a little bit of emotional blackmail from Caro, he's on board.
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Come on, Sascha. After all your subtlety training you should be able to contain yourself a bit more effectively on seeing an arse...
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Or is this an early clue that we're heading for Sascha/Caro endgame? Caro/Sascha/Olli OT3? Carascholli? #BetterShipnamesOnAPostcardPlease
Caro and Sascha are still trying to find out who sent the email from her account. They've seen Giselle go to Caro's computer in the footage (and looking mighty shifty whilst doing so), but Caro doesn't believe it could be her own sister who would betray her. Then Jessica walks past in the footage too (the camera isn't directly aimed at Caro's PC), so Caro hopes it's her instead.
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Sascha is looking very hot today.
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I mean, how is it possible that even leaning on his hand making one side of his face go all scrunchy, he is still gorgeous? It's not fair.
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Caro has a sudden attack of logic, namely "Why would Jessie send the email, and how would she know about Thore's secret?"
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Sascha doesn't know, and I am reassured that there is at least one look that doesn't work for Sascha.

Caro stays to watch the footage again and again until she knows whether it was Giselle or Jessica who sent the email. Sascha brings her a drink and offers to help by finding other footage of Jessica to work out where she went from and to.
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Thankfully, LCL has CCTV in the toilets (!!!). (Alright, only in the washroom bit, not in like, the cubicles, but Caro seemed surprised to find that out, whereas in England toilets that have CCTV almost always have a notice up to warn you/act as a deterrent.) So that captured Jessie doing her lipgloss at the time the email was sent. The perfect alibi.
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With the mystery solved, Olli appears in a low-necklined Victorian bathing suit, ready to be supportive and comforting in whatever quantity is required.
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Caro can't believe Giselle would do something like this! She's her twin, they've always stuck together, why would she do it? Olli points out that Thore and Giselle were together first before Caro fell in love with him and then he decided to dump Giselle, that could do it. Caro concedes he might have a point.
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Olli thinks Caro should out Giselle as the real email-sender, and tell Thore the truth. But Caro begins to be sympathetic for what Giselle did and thinks she might be able to forgive her.
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"Really now?" Olli is too polite to say.
Either way, Caro decides she has to talk about it all with Giselle herself (which doesn't go well, because Giselle is evil, but that's not for here), and Olli, like Sascha before him, is cast aside for the rest of the episode.
Had I realised at the beginning how often Olli and now Sascha would be used as supporting roles in the Caro/Thore/Giselle triangle, I might have made more of an effort to pay attention to that storyline and to recap it here in a more specific way then "btw, stuff happened". But if wishes were horses.
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Today Sascha is hard at work under the desk.
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Well, I mean, on the one hand, Giselle, that probably isn't appropriate workplace attire. On the other hand, Sascha, you could at least put away the torch...
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Anyway, Giselle wants Sascha to give her the CCTV footage he showed Caro, but Sascha says he couldn't possibly do that unless she gives him something first. So Giselle undoes her blouse.
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I know she's evil, and she implied the offer first, but still, sexual harassment in the workplace is unbecoming, Sascha.


Meanwhile, Caro is plying Olli with orange juice, and asking for his advice. He is baffled as to why she hasn't outted Giselle's evilness yet, but Caro said she had to give her sister a chance to tell Thore herself. It's the only fair thing to do.
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Olli just hopes Giselle is as fair as Caro.


Which she isn't. Back at the office, Giselle asks Sascha to wipe the footage of her going to Caro's workstation. Sascha agrees because he's a "Gentleman", a word that I assume has widely divergent meanings in English and German (like "Gift" meaning "present" in English but "poison" in German, and the ongoing problem we had on VL for a while there with the verb "to strip" being borrowed as "strippen" with the new meaning "fully-clothed embarrassing dad-dancing").
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They find the right footage, and Sascha deletes it, taking away Caro's only proof that it was Giselle. See, Sascha this is why 75% of the fandom has quit watching the show now that Chrolli's over rather than just ship you and Olli together. Be less of a pervy twat in future, s'il te plaît. Or at least restrict your perving to being solely in Olli's direction - but only if he is consenting to your perviness and not being coerced into in order to get a favour from you.


Giselle goes off to be evil, and completely sets Caro up to look like an idiot so Thore would never believe her. Caro comes back to Sascha herself, to get the footage, the evidence, the only way Thore will believe that she's telling the truth.
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Sascha's still under the desk. Given it must be hours later, I assume he's waiting for someone in particular whose underwear he wants to see. Like Olli. Or maybe Miss Heffer.
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Caro asks for the video, but Sascha says he can't because it doesn't exist anymore. He says all the footage is "routinely deleted", which really makes me wonder how many other women he's blackmailed into showing off their boobs in exchange for disposing of incriminating footage.
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Sascha says he's sorry, there's nothing he can do, and he has to get back to work. But if there's one thing Caro's good at, it's being clever and working things out. And Sascha only looks subtle or intelligent when he's involved in a storyline with Andi (as do most of the potplants in the flatshare). So using her powers of deductive reasoning/realising Sascha is a) male and b) unprincipled as fuck, Caro asks Sascha what he got from Giselle in return for deleting the footage.
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That might be Sascha's "a bit guilty and ashamed of myself"-face, but it's hard to tell when he's horizontal.
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And so we're left with Caro, alone and unloved, weeping on the stairs with no way to clear her name. Good job, Sascha, really well done.
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