So who’s been watching Lilyhammer? You know, the first original Norwegian-American Netflix series? This one:
Well this girl has!
Here’s the scoop, if you are apparently living under a rock:
Steven Van Zandt (a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, and also Tony Soprano’s right hand man, Silvio) plays Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano, or newly known as Giovanni Henriksen (call me Johnny). He was supposed to be next in line to be the boss of the mafia in New York, but some other guy got the job. So he did the most natural thing anyone would in his position: ratted out the other guy to the FBI, went into the witness protection program and asked to be relocated to Lillehammer, Norway, because he really enjoyed the 1994 Olympics.
Now he’s living in Lillehammer, shown some muscle, bribed very law abiding Norwegians into helping him buy a club, The Flamingo Bar, which is a HIT in the town. Got himself a Norwegian gf, making a name for himself in Lillehammer’s underworld. Move over Rover, Johnny Henriksen is takin’ over!
Now what I like most about Johnny Henriksen is how he puts people in their place when he thinks they’re doing the wrong thing. When some punk kids from Oslo were on the train playing rap music loudly out of their boom box and terrorizing a nice old man, Johnny roughed ‘em up, and told them to do the right thing. They did - music turned off, old man got his hat back, problem solved. When the wolf terrorizing the town killed his girlfriend’s son’s pet sheep, Johnny went out, hunted it down and showed it to its watery grave. Even though it is illegal in the town to hunt wild animals, and the police chief is his neighbour (UUHH OHHHH), I’m sorry but that wolf had it coming. And when she tried to nail him for illegally hunting, Johnny came out on top because the man that was the key witness (spoiler alert) ended up being the man from the train who was being bullied by those Oslo punks. And of course he didn’t rat out his pal Johnny. Karma, you are a lovely lady.