Ballykissangel (1996–2001)
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The Reckoning 

Peter finally admits his true feelings for Assumpta while the town participates in a Far East cooking competition and Brian Quigleys sure to make a business out of it.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Quigley
Father MacAnally
Ambrose Egan
Niamh Egan
Liam Coghlan
Donal Docherty
Peter Caffrey ...
Deirdre Donnelly ...
Siobhan Mehigan
Birdy Sweeney ...
Eamon Byrne
Dr. Michael Ryan
Aine Ni Mhuiri ...
Kathleen Hendley (as Áine Ní Mhúirí)
Darren Chan ...
Shamie Chung


Everyone in Ballykissangel is involved in the Far East cooking fair. Brian Quigley's latest venture is to open a Chinese restaurant and his new cook, Shamie Chung is in high demand by everyone who seem to be ready to go out of their way to impress everyone with "their" culinary skills. Father Clifford returns to the village, his mother having died. His feelings for Assumpta haven't changed and together they finally come to a conclusion on how to go forward with their relationship. Life for the pub regulars is going well and their biggest problem seems to be that the wonky fuse box in basement at Fitzgerald's plunges them regularly into darkness. Under general orders to to check that pubs are closing on time, Gard Ambrose Egan pays a visit to Fitzgerald's and finds them having a lock-in. Everyone there, including Assumpta, Father Clifford and rest of the regulars, soon find themselves in court with Padraig defending them. Tragedy strikes however and soon everyone is in despair at their... Written by garykmcd

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3 May 1998 (UK)  »

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[last lines]
Brendan: Peter...
[Peter walks away]
Padraig: Brendan!
Brendan: Let him go.
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Death of Assumpta - and the end of the show
15 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's 2015, and I'm watching Ballykissangel for the first time, and have enjoyed every minute, right up until Series 3, episode 11, The Reckoning.

The reckoning for WHAT? Is this supposed to be divine punishment for Peter falling in love with a woman, or for Assumpta falling in love with a priest? It's nothing but raw, random tragedy, in a storyline that has always been MUCH lighter.

As far as anyone should be concerned (and clearly as far as I'm concerned), Assumpta was half the show, and her relationship with Peter was the other half. It reminds me of Wild at Heart, where Tompkinson's wife is killed in a wildfire halfway through that show, which never really recovers. Of course we're supposed to ask "where does Peter go from here? Where does the show go from here?"

And my answer must be, "who cares?" As far as I'm concerned, without Assumpta, there is no show. I'm surprised to see that it continues for 3 more seasons. I'm surprised that anyone would want to watch it anymore.

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