Midsomer Murders: Season 8, Episode 3

Orchis Fatalis (9 Jan. 2005)

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Barnaby and Scott follow a trail of dead people involved in the collecting of rare orchids.

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Jane Wymark ...
Laura Howard ...
Barry Jackson ...
Marty Cruikshank ...
Madeline Villiers (as Marty Cruickshank)
Sai-Kit Yung ...
Jimmy Fong (as Stuart Ong)
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Margaret Winstanley
Richard Attlee ...
Henry Plummer (as Richard Atlee)
Amanda Harris ...
Deborah Plummer
John Nettleton ...
Munro Hilliard
Helen Ryan ...
Mrs. Hilliard
Richard Simpson ...
Feather
Geoffrey Streatfield ...
Jonathan Makepeace (as Geoffrey Streatfeild)
Matt Bardock ...
Harry Rose
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All is not well with the members of the Midsomer Malham Orchid Society. DCI Barnaby and DS Scott find themselves investigating the murder of Madeline Villiers, a member of the Society and as it turns, someone who was selling very rare orchids for huge sums. The autopsy reveals she was poisoned with hemlock. They soon after find Henry Plummer, also a member of the Orchid Society, hanging from the rafters in his garage and his entire orchid collection destroyed. What they learn is that for many members of the Society, collecting orchids is as addictive as drugs and there is no shortage of possible suspects as a result. Written by garykmcd

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Captain Tucker wears the regimental tie of the Brigade of Guards; Munro Hilliard wears the club tie of the Marylebone Cricket Club. See more »

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When Barnaby first enters the room where Madeline Villiers has just been murdered (crossing behind her), the 'corpse' blinks. See more »

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Jimmy Fong: There they are. I made those marks last year.
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Remarkably stupid in so many ways
15 October 2012 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

For those who never question what's presented to them, "Orchis Fatalis" may not raise an eyebrow. To anyone else, it's chock-a-block with stupidity. Here is just a partial list:

When discovering the "totally unique" specimen of orchid, what do the two orchid experts do? Snip the flowering spike off, then pull up the rhizome. News to everyone else: this would almost certainly kill the plant.

When Barnaby and Jones enter the greenhouse where orchids are grown, Jones begins sneezing as if he's allergic to orchids. News to everyone else: orchids don't produce pollen that causes allergic reactions.

When the killer forces hemlock down the throat of one of the victims, she's dead within a few seconds. News to everyone else: hemlock takes a minimum of 30 minutes to prove fatal.

This episode is full of ridiculous nonsense such as this that left this modestly educated viewer rolling his eyes. It's a shame, because Barnaby is likable and "Midsomer" can be lovely, but the plots are so contrived, the characters so unbelievable and the dialogue so nonsensical, I'm about ready to give up on the series.


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