Hercule Poirot finds himself investigating the murder of his dinner host, Mr. Shaitana, who was stabbed in the heart while his guests played bridge. There are eight guests and Poirot finds himself in the company of three other investigators. The foursome interview each of the other guests in turn but make little headway until Poirot manages to reconstruct the various bridge hands played at the suspects' table. In doing so, he is able to identify one particular action that leads him to identify the killer. Written by
When a worker is nailing a board over a broken window at Shaitana's place, he is using a modern nail gun, not the hammer and nails that would have been used in the Thirties. See more »
Good to see you, Shaitana. I'm not late, am I? An elderly patient called me out. She thought she had a tumor; I thought she was depressed.
And what did you prescribe?
Champagne and oysters at Wilton's. She'll be right as rain by tomorrow.
Remind me never to go to him if I'm poorly.
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I can understand why Christie fans hate it when they change the books. Some changes are necessary (as with the one mentioned above by another reviewer, who believed that making the character homosexual was necessary as the original motivation was now dated from a modern audience's point of view) but some are anathema to those who are fans of the original. A friend of mine loves the Wolverine Origin movie. I hate it. Not because the writers have changed details, but because they have changed the whole nature of the character and his motivation. It's the equivalent of getting to the end of the Harry Potter series (which she loves) and finding that Harry is really Voldemort's secret love child and at the end Harry marries Hermione. That's not a radical rewrite, that's a whole other story about entirely different people. I never read Christie. I love Poirot (especially the older ones). I'm going to watch this episode tonight. I expect to enjoy it. But I understand why hardcore fans don't. Conclusion? You can please all of the people...never.
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