A young widow is left in sole possession of her late husband's fortune, and her brother refuses to share it with her in-laws - so they enlist Poirot to try to prove that the widow's missing first husband might not be dead after all.
Hercule Poirot finds himself trying to solve the mystery of the Cloade family. Rosaleen is the young widow of Gordon Cloade who was killed in a gas explosion in his London home. Rosaleen has inherited her late husband's substantial fortune and she and her brother David Hunter are refusing to share it with other members of Gordon Cloade's family. There have been persistent rumors that Rosaleen's first husband, an intrepid explorer, is still alive and as such would nullify her marriage to Gordon. What Poirot learns however is of a far greater deception that will alter everyone's perception of what they believe to their reality. Written by
The title is from the words of Brutus in William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar", which Poirot (in the novel) quotes: "There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to Fortune". (Poirot is explaining "it is very Shakespearian".) See more »
When Poirot is at the inn examining the murder scene, the "dead" body can be seen breathing. See more »
This woman in the scarf, Madame: she was up the stairs or down?
She was scuttling down, having leeched the vital juices from your customer in number three.
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I have just seen "Taken at the Flood" on DVD. I agree that those episodes produced after Japp, Hastings and Lemon were no longer in the story line are not near as entertaining. Poirot is portrayed as almost a different character. He is more harsh and sometimes rude. This is not the Poirot of old. One thing I have noticed about these last four is the transition from one scene to another, especially the scene changes at obvious "commercial breaks". It seems that the episode is so poorly edited that we are missing parts of the presentation. It is as though these DVD's contain copies of the same ones edited for television. If this true, we seem to be cheated. One more thing, The cast shown on IMDb for "Taken at the Flood" includes Hugh Fraser as Hastings and Philip Jackson as Japp. My wife and were excited to see this but alas, they were nowhere to be found in the episode.
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