Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 4, Episode 3

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (19 Jan. 1992)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (original title)

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After Poirot pays a routine visit to his dentist, the doctor apparently shoots himself to death a short time later. Chief Inspector Japp appropriately recruits the detective as both witness and consultant.

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Joanna Phillips-Lane ...
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Peter Blythe ...
Blunt
Carolyn Colquhoun ...
Mabelle
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Frank Carter
Karen Gledhill ...
Gladys Neville
Laurence Harrington ...
Henry Morley
Rosalind Knight ...
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Trilby James ...
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Joe Greco ...
Alfred Biggs
Oliver Bradshaw ...
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Poirot pays what appears to be a routine visit to Dr. Morley, his dentist, but shortly after he leaves the clinic, the doctor is found dead with a gunshot wound to his temple, an apparent suicide. Poirot suspects foul play, and all those who entered the doctor's offices after Poirot left are suspect. They include Alaistair Blunt, a prominent and very influential bank director, Frank Carter, a young fascist thug with a personal grudge against Morley, Mr. Amberiotis, an enigmatic recent arrival from India suffering from a toothache, and Mabelle Sainsbury-Seale, a charity worker also recently returned from India. When Amberiotis is found dead in his hotel room from an overdose of Novocaine and Sainsbury-Seale disappears, Poirot rightly expands his list of suspects and connects the crime to events that occurred in India 12 years earlier. Written by G. Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Upon inspection of the victim Inspector Japp quotes "revolver grasp in lifeless fingers". The gun is not a revolver but a semi-automatic. See more »

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Hercule Poirot: Mr. Blunt, you talk of the continued peace of this nation, hein. Oh, yes, that is right, but Poirot is not concerned with nations. Poirot is concerned with private individuals, who have the right not to have taken from them their lives.
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I liked it but man, was it confusing
21 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love an intricate plot, but there's a difference between intricate and downright confusing. "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" is the latter.

When Poirot's dentist is found shot to death shortly after Poirot's appointment, the Belgian detective is on the case. Though some assume it's suicide, he knows it is not. He begins by looking at everyone who had an appointment after his: Alistair Blunt, a prominent bank director, Frank Carter, who had a grudge against the dentist, Mr. Amberiotis, from India, and Mabelle Sainsbury-Seale, an ex-actress just in from India.

Mabelle disappears, and Mr. Amberiotis is found dead. So what's going on? The answer can be found in India, years earlier.

Intriguing mystery, with Suchet in his usual top form and the normally high production values. If you see this, concentrate. concentrate hard. It's not easy to follow. I was reminded of an Inspector Morse episode where I couldn't figure out whodunit and asked a friend, who answered, "I not only know whodunit, I don't know who was killed."


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