A respected, dying Oxford don, husband of Morse's former fiancée, apparently shoots himself, but his doctor asserts that he was not capable of firing a gun.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan O'Hea ...
Telecom Engineer
Peter Rhodes
Susan Jane Tanner ...
Nurse Rogers (as Susan-Jane Tanner)
James Walker ...
Henry Fallon
Martyn Waites ...
Duty Constable
Roger Frost ...
James Grant ...
Richard Pasco ...
William Bryce-Morgan
Susan Fallon
Christopher Owen ...
Richard Hampton ...


Henry Fallon, who is wheelchair bound and is suffering from a neurological disorder, apparently commits suicide and Morse has mixed feelings working on this case as he was once engaged to the dead man's wife, Susan Fallon. The body was found by his son-in-law Peter Rhodes, a local antiques dealer and the victim's wife was in London. When Fallon's doctor advises Morse that Henry didn't have the physical capability to hold a gun to his head, the police realize they may have a murder on their hands. When the police are told that the business arrangement between Fallon and Rhodes had fallen apart, they also have a suspect. Lewis is concerned that Morse is too close to Mrs. Fallon to be objective but in the end, the perpetrators are identified. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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26 February 1992 (UK)  »

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Susan Fallon: I shall probably be very poor company.
Chief Inspector Morse: I doubt that.
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Lewis solves it.
27 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There is the apparent suicide of Henry Fallon who, suffering from a fatal disease, appears to have shot himself. The problem is that he is deemed to be incapable of performing the act. The victims wife was, at one time, engaged to be married to Morse - Susan Fallon.

Suspicion falls on Peter Rhodes,who is thought to be responsible for the deaths of Henry and Susan Fallon's daughter and grandchild. Fallon had asked him at 3.pm to come to the house at 6.0pm but the evidence appears to be that his phone was out of order at the time.

This episode fully explores the relationship between Morse and Lewis which has not, in my opinion, been given full credit. There are few partnerships that have the chemistry of these two characters.

Morse eventually comes to the conclusion that it was an assisted suicide but never actually solves the mystery. Lewis does but keeps it to himself.

My problem with this is that Morse just lets it go and does not appear to want to continue his enquiries. Totally out of character.

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