The estranged, elderly Gascoigne brothers are found dead within days of each other. The one, Anthony, died in his home in Brighton in circumstances that give no cause for suspicion. The other brother, Henry, an eccentric, reclusive painter, however, has fallen downstairs and been dead for some time before his death is discovered. Poirot had been eating in the same restaurant as Henry just before the death. Henry had been pointed out as a creature of habit, a man who always ate exactly the same meal on every visit. On this last occasion, though, he had had a completely different set of courses, which leads Poirot to suspect foul play. Written by
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There's very little I can do for him now, Mrs Hill. He's very weak.
Oh dear! Is there no hope?
I'm afraid not. It's more a matter of hours, rather than days, now. Doesn't Mr Anthony have any relatives?
There's a brother, Henry, but they haven't spoken in twenty years.
No one else?
Well, yes. There's Mr George, his nephew, in London. I expect he'd want to know.
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Even though the device used in this story is similar to another season 1 episode, "The Dream," the actual plot is more interesting and makes for a better experience.
Two brothers, Anthony and Henry Gascoigne, both die within a few days of one another; Anthony dies at home after an illness, and Henry, an artist, lay dead in his apartment for some time before it's realized that he's deceased.
Henry Gascoigne was a man of strict habits, always eating the same meal at the same restaurant at the same time. He also had very particular taste in food. Poirot actually had seen Gascoigne eating there before his death. However, when Poirot saw him, he totally broke with tradition. Poirot immediately suspects something is afoot. He suspects the estranged brother, but then, he's also dead. There's Henry's model, a relative, an agent...Poirot is frustrated as he ticks them off his list.
Excellent episode without many suspects, but still good characters, good writing, and great locations. David Suchet is absolute perfection. Recommended.
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