Richard Scott, a talented but drug-taking, light-fingered actor, is stabbed during an alfresco student production of 'The Merchant of Venice'. The following night a cocky media graduate, known for her unkind reviews of student plays, is strangled. The play's ambitious director's "brilliant" thesis was actually written by her drop-out ex-boyfriend, and Scott knew this as he stole their computer. Plainly, so does the murderer. James Hathaway pursues a petty con man, and discovers that this is the man who killed Val Lewis in a hit-and-run. Should he tell Robbie and give him closure at last? Written by
A character says that the line from the drama review "Joe Myers played the king as if somebody else had already played the ace" was "stolen from George Bernard Shaw, I believe". In fact, it's an alteration of a line from a review by the American writer Eugene Field, Sr., commenting on an actor's performance in "King Lear": "Mr. Clarke played the King all evening as though under constant fear that someone else was about to play the Ace." Field also wrote the children's poem "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod". See more »
When Hathaway investigates Monkford's past, and calls the police in Toronto, he later recalls the conversation to Lewis referring to the Toronto police as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The RCMP does not have jurisdiction in Toronto regarding criminal matters - only on matters related to personal security for Heads of State. Hathaway should have referred to the Toronto Police Service which serves Toronto and the surrounding communities. See more »
[On the phone as she exits a cab]
When can we meet? I need all the dirt and only the best quality will do... Well, it may be murder and mayhem to you, darling, but it's bread and butter to me.
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This episode of Lewis isn't as obnoxious as the last one. It is, still, inconsequential. The pace is slow, choices of killers seem illogical, and Lewis "made it personal" to boot. It was totally unrelated to the story, but you know, best sellers have to include the "personal motive" cliché in order to "catch everybody quickly" :(. I assume if you're a Shakespeare's "Merchant in Venice" fan, you'll enjoy this episode as you see a quote repeated like 3 times over the film. Yes, the one about "mercy" (thus, the title). Rehearsals, the meanness of the director, journalist/ critic and actors are all there. As a "social critique" of Oxbridge's class system, how money makes a rich Iranian "be in" and a poor Northerner who also happens to be a genius (but Marxist, clichés anybody?) to drop out and take many minimum wage jobs. At least we didn't have to endure "psychoanalytical cravings" from the writer (like on the awful last episode, "Allegory of love"), so it's a start. Shakespeare is better than Freud Vulgate.
Enjoy... if you can!
PS: Ronan Vibert as "Simon Monkford" is the only good character. With a profile similar to a psychopath, he doesn't feel anything, and even tries to bargain a deal with Lewis (right after "apologizing"), what makes the CI really angry. So, they're speaking two different languages: Lewis the one of emotions, Simon the emotionally tone-deaf psychopath. Good to watch. PS2: Emma Golding is really unbearable!
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