Rebus: Season 1, Episode 4

Mortal Causes (1 Nov. 2004)

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The motto of the Scottish kings - Nemo mi impune lacessit ("Don't Mess With Me") sets the tone for this story. It's payback time for DI John Rebus in his pact with the crime under-lord ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Gayanne Potter ...
Janice Mee
DI Martin Kilpatrick
Mhairi Henderson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russell Anderson ...
Lachlan Murdock
Eric Barlow ...
DS Ken Smylie
Barbara Barnes ...
Eleanor Moncur
Alan Berkley ...
Brian Cunningham
James Bryce ...
Dr. Curt
Suzanne Dance ...
Estate Agent
Paul Doonan ...
Davey Soutar
Gregor Duncan ...
DS Calumn Smylie


The motto of the Scottish kings - Nemo mi impune lacessit ("Don't Mess With Me") sets the tone for this story. It's payback time for DI John Rebus in his pact with the crime under-lord Morris Gerald Cafferty for his finding the person who put Rebus' daughter in a life-threatening coma, the result of a hit-and-run accident. This time, it's Cafferty's illegitimate son who was "six-packed" and killed, and Cafferty is calling in his chips from Rebus. Rebus has to cope with a backdrop of gun running, jailbreaks, left- and right-wing extremists, nationalists and other splinter groups who are spouting racist philosophies, and imported white-power fanatics who are perpetrating hate crimes. Written by Anonymous

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This episode was scheduled for broadcast in the UK on 20 September 2001 but was withheld until 1 November 2004 because of the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001 and the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. It was broadcast on digital-only channel ITV3 and so was not available to viewers who only have analogue televisions. See more »


Followed by Rebus: The Falls (2006) See more »

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11 October 2003 | by (El Cajon, CA) – See all my reviews

There are 4 episodes in ITV's 1st series of the crime drama, "Rebus". I really didn't know who John Hannah was before this series. I had heard he was in "The Mummy" or "Four Weddings and a Funeral", but had never really paid attention. I watched "Rebus" just because I had nothing better to do and was "blown away". John Hannah was incredible as "DI John Rebus". He is a haunted man trying to decide which side of the law he's on. In two of the episodes; "The Hanging Garden" and "Mortal Causes", he actually goes to a gangster he had put in prison; Morris Cafferty(James Cosmos), to solve a case. In "The Hanging Garden", Rebus' daughter is run down by a car. Rebus goes to Cafferty to identify the driver. This begins an odd friendship between the two and we can see that Rebus is on the "slippery slope". In "Mortal Causes", he actually gives the names of the men involved with the killing of Cafferty's son. This leads to the deaths of one of the men and a police officer. I've heard that fans of Ian Rankin, feel that John Hannah wasn't right for the role. I've never read Rankin. I can only go on what I've seen from the films. Now I can't see anyone else in the role. It probably has to do with the fact that Hannah was a fan of the novels before hand and as Executive Producer, put his heart into the project.

As "Mortal Causes" ended, I found myself saying, "I can't wait for the next episode.", but there wasn't going to be another episode. I hope John Hannah and Ian Rankin can convince ITV to make another series.

Very much recommended for those who love intelligent crime drama.

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