Inspector Lewis: Season 1, Episode 3

Expiation (6 Jul. 2008)
"Lewis" Expiation (original title)

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When an Oxford housewife is found hanged in her home, Lewis and Hathaway unearth a far darker murder case than the initial suicide verdict suggests.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Croft ...
Rachel Mallory
Eva Sayer ...
Anna Mallory
Hugh Mallory
Julia Joyce ...
Izzie Mallory
Adam Parkinson ...
Michael Hayward
Jonathan McCausland ...
Lucas Hayward
David Hayward
Lucy Robinson ...
Louise Hayward
Malcolm Croft
Ben Peel ...
Edward Le Plassiter
George Stoker
Carolyn Pickles ...
Jane Templeton


In spite of Chief Superintendent Innocent's orders to the contrary, DI Lewis continues to investigate the supposed suicide of housewife Rachel Mallory. Regardless of the replacement coroner's findings, Lewis simply cannot find a single reason why the attractive woman would take her own life. She was married to a successful optometrist, Hugh Mallory, had two lovely children and a good circle of friends. As Lewis and Hathaway dig deeper into the case they obtain two important pieces of information. The first is that Hugh and Rachel weren't married but actually part of a wife swap that occurred some years before with Hugh's business partner. The second comes from a eccentric Oxford professor who promises the police an important piece of information in return for a favor. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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6 July 2008 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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DI Robert Lewis: Hathaway, find me some dead people!
DS James Hathaway: Sir?
DI Robert Lewis: Crime! Now! Or I shall discharge. And it won't be a pretty sight.
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A Tense Episode
7 July 2008 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

I just watched this episode last night, and found it to be the best of the three so far. I found the plot very complicated, so I had to keep concentrating on the screen and not let my mind wander: this is something I expect a good mystery drama to do with me. I found myself having to think through each character very carefully to come up with whodunit, but the one I thought most likely wasn't, so it satisfied me there as well by tricking my own deductions as well. That and the fact that after the show, which I had be watching in bed, I had a very stiff neck; a sign that I was taut all through the show as it kept me on edge. My parents phoned me after wards and both said that they really enjoyed it as well. So that is the opinion of three people!

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