Midsomer Murders: Season 7, Episode 2

Bad Tidings (4 Jan. 2004)

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Barnaby's new Sergeant arrives on the day after the murder of a local shrew occurs, and he is immediately put to work.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Laura Howard ...
Barry Jackson ...
Charles Rust
John Normington ...
Donald Tew
Mary Pearce
Michael Simkins ...
Gary Thompson
Hilton McRae ...
Mathew Spearman
Esther Hall ...
Cassie Woods
Helen Grace ...
Lynn Spearman
Rachael Rose
Shirley Bennett
Daniel Crowder ...
Noel Woods


After a quarrel with her husband at the Midsomer Mallow residents association's Spanish Evening, Julia Thompson walks home, but never arrives. She is found the next morning in Chaney's Field, having been stabbed to death. Barnaby investigates with his new Detective Sergeant, Dan Scott, in tow. An early suspect is the village odd job man, Jacob Stoat. Cully Barnaby meanwhile organizes a get-together with some old school friends, one of whom is the dead woman's neighbor. She finds that her friends have changed and that they now have little in common. A second murder during the village's open garden day leads the police to a secret shared by Cully's friends and the identity of the murderer. Written by garykmcd

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In the opening panning shot of the open garden festival, a man in the foreground picks up a potted marigold and inhales as though enjoying the fragrance. Marigolds are not propagated for their perfume and in fact smell quite unpleasant. See more »


[first lines]
Gary Thompson: I checked your bank statement, didn't I. That's how I know.
Fiona Thompson: You couldn't have. We don't get a bank statement till the end of the month.
Gary Thompson: Do you realize we're on the verge of bankruptcy?
Fiona Thompson: I have to be allowed to spend at least a little bit of money on myself occasionally, just even to come here tonight. How was I going to go like this? How was I going to do anything? Nothing. I couldn't have done anything.
Gary Thompson: All right, will you keep your voice down. We're in a public place. Anyway, you ...
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Exit Troy, Enter Scott
14 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Red herrings galore in this episode, and we are left with little satisfactory explanation for the rampant killings. A bit of blackmail seems to set the killer off, but there's no real satisfactory reason as to why the villain keeps on killing (and skulking about looking for more people to kill). As another reviewer noted, the obvious suspect has to be ruled out by any regular watcher of the show, on the grounds that he's so obvious, he can't be guilty.

The show marks the debut of Detective Sergeant Scott. Count me as one glad to see the last of Sergeant Troy, with the running gag of his cloth-headedness and poor driving skills. The new Sergeant, even with the undercurrent of resentment at being banished to the hinterlands from London, takes hold immediately. He's a lot easier to watch as well. Time will tell if he grows into a good working relationship with DCI Barnaby, although with the magic of IMDb to tell us that he lasted for only a few episodes, the answer is probably - no.

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