In great pain from an abscessed tooth, a dyspeptic Rumpole is particularly acerbic and sarcastic to Judge Oliphant, a judge who Rumpole considers particularly deserving of his disdain. When Erskine-Brown informs the justice that Rumpole was heard coaching his witness during the lunch break in total defiance of instruction, Oliphant has had enough and brings misconduct charges against the barrister. Although Hilda is able to persuade Sam Ballard to defend him, it is Rumpole's old nemesis, Justice Graves, who will preside at the disbarment hearing. Written by
Gabe Taverney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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John Mortimer, the creator of the Rumpole series, has a cameo role. He is sitting next to the Bishop at the Tribunal luncheon and passes the port. See more
[Rumpole has confessed to Hilda that Justice Oliphant has reported Rumpole to a disciplinary tribunal which will probably kick him out
I shall stand by you, Rumpole, no matter what the cost. I shall stand by you through thick and thin.
Oh Hilda! I was afraid of that.