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"Inspector Lewis" The Quality of Mercy (TV Episode 2009) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • 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 don @ minifie-1
  • DI Lewis and DS Hathaway investigate the murder of an Oxford student, Robert Scott, an amateur thespian who on the day of the official previews of their play, The Merchant of Venice, is found stabbed in the heart. The police find a somewhat eclectic group with few shedding any tears over Scott's death. Several in the group, including a graduate who is now working as a journalist, are fiercely ambitious and were counting on the play to establish their reputations. The police also learn that Scott was a womanizer and perhaps a thief, having been accused by his fellows of stealing from them at the Edinburgh Festival the previous year. When a second murder takes place, Lewis realizes there has to be something other the petty thefts and jealousies behind it all. In another investigation, they arrest a minor and ineffective con man, Simon Monkford, who Hathaway learns was involved in a crime in which Lewis would have a great personal interest.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • Lewis investigates the murder of student Richard Scott. He was killed just before premiering The Merchant of Venice. During the investigation Lewis gets personally involved.

    - Written by Bart

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