Foyle's War: Season 6, Episode 2

Killing Time (9 May 2010)

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Foyle goes head to head against the might of the US army when a local girl is found murdered and the finger of suspicion points to a black GI at the US military base.

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Sam moves in with Adam Wainwright to help run his guest house though, due to his shyness, they are not a couple. One of the tenants, Mandy Dean, is having a tough time, raising a baby fathered by black G.I. Gabe Kelly. Her old boyfriend Tommy Duggan is devastated when he returns and makes the discovery. To Foyle's dismay segregation is enforced in Hastings to prevent inter-racial fights and Gabe is beaten up for dancing with Mandy in public. They plan to move to New York but she is murdered on the night a robbery takes place at Gabe's barracks. Two pleasant boarders at the guest house are not what they seem but, with Mandy's killer behind bars, Gabe has an unusual offer of help to mind his child until he can return from New York for her. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Christopher Foyle: [Referring to the American's wish to create separate but equal pubs] How do you see this working exactly?
Major Wesker: Well, we could make some of the bars 'whites only', some colored only. We wouldn't restrict our colored soldiers. We'd just separate them... like we do at the base.
Christopher Foyle: Well, that's fine except this isn't America. It's Great Britain, and we don't practice segregation.
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Alas, poor Foyle
13 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the advantages the British TV industry has over the American one is that they don't have to make their series go on forever. In America, good ratings mean the series continues until every plot and every idea has been rehashed to death. Fawlty Towers, possibly the best TV comedy ever, had only 12 episodes. Life on Mars, the great recent drama, 16.

Something has gone quite wrong here for Foyle's War which, until this season, I would have said was the best of all the Brit mysteries. This last, post-war season, is poor. And this episode is the poorest -- simplistic to the point of silly, full of caricatures instead of characters, poorly acted, poorly directed. And subtlety has flown out the window. The idea of taking on racial tension in the army isn't a bad idea, but from the beginning the white men are evil, the black men are good. End of plot. What made this program so excellent was the awareness that there is no absolute good and evil in wartime, there are always shades of gray. Not in this flatfooted episode.

And poor Foyle. He, too, has turned into a caricature. He's become rude, mean-spirited, and he doesn't even get to speak any more--all those wonderful facial gestures that used to compliment his persona now define it.

If only this program could have ended gracefully.


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