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Joan Mathieson arrives in Glasgow to be with her daughter who is expecting her first child. However, she reacts very badly when she learns the baby has been conceived by donor insemination. Shortly after she is found murdered and suspicion falls on her son in law whom she blamed and humiliated at a family meeting.
Meanwhile Peter Livingston, who was Taggart's partner, before Jardine visits his old boss with a request. He wants the Taggarts to be be god parents to his new child.
Meanwhile DC Rob Gibson makes a horrifying discovery. After his baby receives a blood transfusion the hospital reveals that the donor sperm for his baby is Dr Colin Millar from the fertility clinic. Further investigations reveal that the Doctor is father to sixty children including Peter Livingston's child.
Then Jackie Reid discovers a link to a missing man in Joan Mathieson's home - just before it is burnt to the ground with her in it.
This is a clever episode and definitely the most bizarre. Probably because the original plot of the doctor inseminating clients with his own sperm is based on a real case.
The return of Peter Livingston and the friction it causes with Jardine is a charm to watch. This is one of the best episodes of Taggart I've seen and sadly we are coming to the conclusion of Mark McManus's time with the show.
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