Personal tragedy strikes as Morse's niece, Marilyn Garrett, commits suicide. Morse was very fond of her and had hopes that she would accomplish many of the things he had not done in his life. While Morse is away on personal leave, Lewis is studying for his inspector's exams and is temporarily assigned to Chief Inspector Holroyd, a by-the-book type of officer. They investigate the death of a young man who had been walking in a tunnel and was struck and killed by a train. When Morse and Lewis are reteamed, they see similarities in the cases and look into the possibility of drug use at all-night dance parties in the area. Written by
When Morse says "Man was born free but everywhere he is in the property chain" he is intentionally misquoting Jean-Jacques Rousseau in The Social Contract: "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains." See more »
The sergeant on the drugs squad shows Morse the drugs that she confiscated from the dealer after booking him in at the police station. The drugs are in small plastic bags, as would be necessary for the dealer to carry them around, but these are not police evidence bags. This means that the evidence has not been sealed and would be inadmissible in court, even at the time when the episode was set. See more »
While my least favourite of the 6th series, it is very solid.
The episode is certainly the most personal case for Morse, after his step niece commits suicide. I will say, that the plot is more complicated than the other Morse episodes I have seen, so I will have to see it again. The acting is very solid, with Thaw and Whately excellent in the leads, and Jason Isaacs and Islar Blair turning in equally impressive performances. There is some nice music, and a good script, but the final solution was so complex I didn't get it when I saw it. The episode's construction is a departure from other episodes, focusing on drugs, teenagers and parties. Some of it is quite moving, but I will say it is my least favourite episode of the 6th series. 8/10 Bethany Cox.
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