When the case against the Abingdon gang comes under scrutiny, Morse and Lewis must travel to Australia to locate their prime informant who was resettled there with his entire family in exchange for the information he provided the police. When they get there, they find the informant, Kenny Stone (now known as Mike Harding), is somewhat difficult to pin down. When they learn that someone in Mike's family subscribes to a newspaper from home, they fear that members of his old gang may also be looking for him. When Harding's daughter is kidnapped, they have two people to find, but not surprisingly Morse and the local constabulary knock heads from the outset. What Morse learns about the original convictions, however, turns the entire case on its head. Written by
Australian Sergeant Scott Humphries orders another cop to check where someone was between the hours of "half two and half three". This is a British way of saying the time, and there's nowhere in Australia, especially in country New South Wales, where anybody would say it that way. The correct Australian way would be to say "half past two and half past three". See more »
I can't understand how Colin Dexter contributed to, or sanctioned this appalling episode. As soon as the TV episodes were severed from Dexter's own novels, the quality, with some notable exceptions, plummeted. This one hits rock bottom. The plot is so thin as to be virtually non-existent, Morse's pretentious intellectual and cultural superiority, such as it is -- after all, the man listens to Mozart & Wagner as background music, while shaving, etc -- is tedious in the extreme. Once the plots disintegrate the writers fall back on developing "character" and 'relationships". Unless this episode was spoofing itself, at which it notably failed in any case, it should be taken outside and painlessly destroyed.
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