A bad evening for the patrolman Frank Lorenz (Roeland Wiesnekker): while trying to evade traffic control, a young man runs in front of the train. Lorenz states that the man was pursued by Russians. This would be a case for Homicide. And indeed, Max Ballauf (Klaus J. Behrendt) and Freddy Schenk (Dietmar Bär) come across some inconsistencies: when the inspectors want to deliver the news of the death, the dead man's twin brother flushes his drug supplies down the toilet. Did the brothers mess with the Russian mafia - as the patrolman suspects?
Roeland Wiesnekker once again delivers a brilliant performance. He plays an over-the-top patrolman who, as the fearless avenger of the night, takes on the fight against all odds against crime. Who literally wades through dirt and puke to maintain law and order. He pushes aside all the psychological stress that he accumulates in his job with the help of the Oliver Kahn motto "Keep going, keep going". In doing so, he sometimes goes beyond borders - until at some point it is no longer clear what is delusion and what is reality.
Freddy Schenk is happy to meet his old colleague Frank Lorenz, for whom he is just "Schenky". But the camaraderie of the two gets on Max Ballauf's nerves. After all, he investigates on his own and behind the backs of his colleagues.
Even if this episode isn't completely convincing: Roeland Wiesnekker's furious performance alone is worth tuning in to.
The "Tatort" episode "Next, always further" was first broadcast on January 6, 2019. ARD repeats this case on Friday, September 2, at 10:15 p.m.