Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 6, Episode 2

Hickory Dickory Dock (12 Feb. 1995)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Hickory Dickory Dock (original title)

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Miss Lemon persuades Poirot to investigate a series of apparently minor thefts in a university hostel, but simple kleptomania soon turns to baffling homicide.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Finch
Nigel Chapman
Leonard Bateson
Gilbert Martin ...
Colin McNabb
Elinor Morriston ...
Valerie Hobhouse
Polly Kemp ...
Patricia Lane
Jessica Lloyd ...
Celia Austin
Sarah Badel ...
Rachel Bell ...
Mrs Nicoletis
Granville Saxton ...
Mr Casterman
Sir Arthur Stanley
Bernard Lloyd ...
Mr Endicott


When a series of apparently minor thefts plagues a university hostelry run by Miss Lemon's sister, Poirot is recruited to investigate. Celia Austin, a pharmacological major, confesses that she is a kleptomaniac and responsible for most of the thefts but denies stealing several objects including a stethoscope, light bulbs, and a student rucksack. Furthermore, she claims to know the other thief and vows to help return the missing items. Unfortunately someone substitutes an overdose of morphine for one of her sleeping powders, and she takes the identity of the thief to the grave. Japp connects the murderer's m.o. with a cold case he had investigated ten years earlier, but the prime suspect in that crime, a powerful statesman, now lies dying in a local hospital. Despite numerous obstacles, Poirot is able to link the killing to an international diamond smuggling ring but not before the murderer claims more victims. Written by duke1029

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Lots of suspects, suspenseful very funny at the end.
28 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poirot goes to a hostel where students stay in England that are going to school there. Miss Lemon's sister runs the hostel. She is upset because things are being stolen from the students and the police are getting involved.

There are many characters in this episode most of them are students that live in the hostel. A suspicious man watches as people arrive in England There are students that are in the medical field, history and also clothes designing.

Poirot invited Japp to stay with him for a week an Poirot makes his favorite meals for Japp to enjoy (which are strange and Japp does not like). Japp does not know what a bidet is that is in the toilet at Poirot's and tells Poirot he wet himself with it. Poirot is embarrassed and does not want to explain what it is especially in front of Miss Lemon.

There are more mysteries in this. Stealing. murder and the connection between them and a business that sells heavy bags to carry books etc.

At the end Inspector Japp invites Poirot to eat over and he makes him "English" meal with three things and dessert. The meal is mash potatoes, mushy peas, and "faggots" (bits of pork and mixed meat). For dessert he has "Spotted Dick" (pudding. The meal scene is funny. Poirot says he has a "allergy of the faggot". Japp is disappointed and says "you haven't got a phobia to dick have you?" referring to the pudding.

Suspenseful and funny.

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