Foyle's War: Season 3, Episode 2

Enemy Fire (31 Oct. 2004)

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February 1941: When a manor house is commandeered as a special burn unit for treating injured RAF pilots, Foyle is called in to investigate a series of accidents.

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Sir Michael Waterford
Sandra Voe ...
Mrs Roecastle
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Patrick Jamieson
Jonathan Slinger ...
Dr. Brian Wrenn
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Matron Grace Petrie
Peter Blythe ...
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DCS Foyle and Sgt. Milner investigate a series of strange events at a local manor house that has been converted to a hospital to treat RAF pilots suffering from extensive burns. Most of the incidents verge on the side of bad jokes, but when a more serious attempt is made on the life of an RAF Group Captain, they take a more serious interest. They learn that an RAF Sergeant with a criminal record, Gordon Drake, is living on a cottage on the estate and has a connection with the estate's owner, Sir Michael Waterford who may not appreciate the way the RAF has commandeered his home. Foyle also learns that Drake was having an affair with the wife of a doctor, Brian Wrenn, who also works at the burn hospital. Foyle's son Andrew, an RAF pilot, has also had several run-ins with Drake. Andrew is also suffering from fatigue and goes AWOL ending up at Sam's flat. Written by garykmcd

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In the episode Foyle's War: The Funk Hole, Andrew tells Sam that he was 8 when his mother died, but Foyle is at his wife's grave on the 9th anniversary of her death. This would mean that Andrew is only 17 in this episode, which is highly unlikely for a character that is supposed to have put university on hold to serve in the RAF. See more »

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Sir Michael Waterford: I did think of it sometimes... Often... Of taking my own life.
Christopher Foyle: Why?
Sir Michael Waterford: Because I know what I am. Because I know I'm a fake. Sometimes living with myself is hard. I was at Messines Ridge, in the summer of 1917, battle of Ypres. For god sake I was their commanding officer. My batman was a man called Martin Drake, Gordon's father.
Christopher Foyle: Yes, you told me.
Sir Michael Waterford: What I didn't tell you, that it was hell! In the start it was gas shells, you'd hear them whining, as they came overhead. The gas and the shrapnels and ...
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Great acting, great atmosphere, Good story but...
21 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As with some other episodes of this excellent series an episode which is thoroughly enjoyable and intriguing to watch, due to superior acting and captivating atmosphere, is undermined because of an embarrassingly weak plot flaw. In this case the entire story revolves around a faulty "slider" on a Spitfire (evidently the part which allows the pilot to exit his plane in a pinch by "sliding" the cockpit window forward) which is the result of the obscene negligence of the murder victim, a thoroughly disreputable chap who beats women, commits extortion, probably deals on the black market and what more is criminally negligent in the performance of his job as an RAF maintenance tech EVEN WHEN THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN POINTED OUT TO HIM MORE THAN ONCE. And by Foyle's son, no less, the handsome RAF fighter pilot.

Andrew ends up going AWOL because his best friend has to use his Spitfire (with the still-unfixed slider) to go on a very dangerous mission and is hideously burned in a crash, mainly because the slider fails and he can't escape fast enough to avoid the flames.

What's the plot flaw here? Andrew knew about the bad slider. He TOLD the mechanic to fix it. Andrew's commander knew about it. How hard would it have been to verify that the jerk had done his job and fixed the darn slider BEFORE his best buddy went on this dangerous mission? I can think of many ways to eliminate this horrible plot weakness while retaining the essence of the plot: such as making the faulty part more subtle, less detectable until subject to stress, etc. As it was written it's a deplorably inadequate device which stands out as a glaring flaw in an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable story of crime in WW2 England. I love Foyle's War. I'm critical here because the stories DESERVE to be better!


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