New Tricks: Season 2, Episode 1

A Delicate Touch (9 May 2005)

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New boss Robert Strickland asks the team to reopen the case of David Barrie, a barrister found dead, bound and gagged, in his car in the 1980s. The case was a rare instance of ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Barron ...
Ronnie Ross
Susan Jameson ...
Carolyn Allen ...
Heather James ...
Natalie Forbes ...
Paula Jennings ...
Yvonne Barrie
Xavier Kingett ...
Baby Gerry
Zac Kingett ...
Baby Gerry
Michaela Pendle


New boss Robert Strickland asks the team to reopen the case of David Barrie, a barrister found dead, bound and gagged, in his car in the 1980s. The case was a rare instance of officer-in-charge Ronnie Ross's not getting his man. Chief suspect Michael, now a transsexual called Michaela, had an alibi, but Michaela is involved with Elaine Wanless, a former brothel-keeper who reveals the dead man's penchant for bondage. The team is convinced that both know more about the death than they claim. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[last lines]
Gerry Standing: And you! You should have realized that Pendle was a lesbian straight off.
Supt. Sandra Pullman: Why?
Gerry Standing: She had a cat!
Supt. Sandra Pullman: Oh right! All lesbians have cats. I'll write that down.
Jack Halford: File it under Standing: Intuition.
Brian Lane: Is he paid extra for that?
Jack Halford: No. Only me.
Gerry Standing: Hold on. Hold on!
Brian Lane: Does he get more than us?
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Perverts, Jailed criminals and more
10 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A man is being honored that died named David Barrie he was connected with the court. His death was never determined. He was found dead years ago with his hand tied up pink rope in his car with bruises on his body.

Sandra gets a new boss named D.A.C. Strickland who is kind of cocky with her.

This is another unbelievable story where bad people get away with murder or help cause it. Barrie was a customer of a sadomasochist named Elaine Wanless. First UCOS thinks a criminal that got out of jail did the killing. The criminal hated Barrie and did not want his girlfriend Wanless/S&M prostitute to visit him when he was in jail. After getting out of jail he had a sex change and became Michaela. His girlfriend still loved him even as a woman and he loved her as a "woman". Michaela is a ugly tall trany. Can you imagine a S & M prostitute and a man that is now a woman still love each other and in a relationship. Nuts!

This is another confusing and impossible story. It appears even though they did not cause Barrie's death they contributed to it. Barrie was weak after seeing Wanless his S&M provider. Michaela put him in his car still tied up so he would be found by Mrs Barrie after they called her and Barrie would be embarrassed. Barrie's wife goes to see her husband in the car all beaten and was told he goes with prostitutes. Mrs Barrie gets mad and leaves her husband in the car all injured. So none of them helped the man and he dies. No body gets charged. Brian questions the relationship regarding Elaine Wanless and her former male/now female friend and comments "are they lesbians?"

Another foolish ending that could have been changed.

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