Morse and Lewis investigate the death of Michael Gifford a successful architect who was strangled while sitting in his vehicle in a multi-level car park. As they look into his background, they find he was an egotist who had affairs with several women and had employees who are either indifferent to or devastated at his death. There are several suspects including Brian Pierce, who was re-directing company funds for his own use, Rosemary Henderson, with whom he was having an affair and her husband George who is dying of liver failure. In the end, Morse uncovers a clever deception that finally puts them on the path to identifying the killer. Written by
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The phone call which Rosemary receives at the beginning of the episode, in which she is told she is a 'selfless, thankless b****h', seems to be taken from a letter (with almost identical text) received by Margaret Bowman in Colin Dexter's The Secret of Annexe 3. This is itself a story concerning an adulterous wife, a blackmailing lover and a dead husband (the 'Secret of' tag is perhaps also more than just a coincidence) See more
Brian Pierce takes a cord from a painting. When next seen he has hung himself but the cord shown hanging from the ceiling and around his neck is much longer than the cord from the painting. There are no knots in it where more than one cord has been joined together. See more
Don't go, tonight. I beg you, Rosemary, please. Don't go.
You are drinking again.
Don't go, Rosemary. I'll come home.
[Rosemary hangs up
Written by Richard Wagner
Morse listens to it. See more