MI-5: Season 9, Episode 7

Episode #9.7 (1 Nov. 2010)
"Spooks" Episode #9.7 (original title)

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Lucas North's secret past is revealed as Vaughan raises the stakes in his efforts to get the "Albany" file. Ruth's life is in danger when she follows up a council worker's report of a "dead drop" in a park.



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Episode credited cast:
Hi Ching ...
Trevor Cooper ...
Keith Deery
Rosalie Craig ...
Red Headed Woman
Lucas North in Flashback
Robert Hitchmough ...
Customs Officer
Gilles Rigaut
Hugh Simon ...


Harry takes Lucas along to meet a onetime informer who says he has information on the bombing of a British Embassy some 15 years ago. That case is one Harry would very like to solve. The informant turns out to be none other that Vaughn Edwards who is offering Harry the same information he's been using to blackmail Lucas. The information Lucas delivered to him previously was useless and Edwards now has only a few hours to finalize the deal. By now, Harry and Ruth realize that Lucas is in big trouble and take him into custody. There he reveals his true identity. Ruth meanwhile stumbles onto an assassination plot when a local council worker brings her information. She looks into it only to be taken prisoner by the assassin. Written by garykmcd

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Gripping episode involving two different plot lines, one the Lucas North continuation and one involving Ruth and a wannabe-MI5 agent.

The wannabe agent (actually applied to MI-5 years ago but turned down for psychological reasons) is dismissed out-of-hand when he comes to Ruth with what he believes to be evidence of a dead drop in a local park by a woman he was watching. Ruth feels guilty about blowing him off and goes to (I think) apologize to him when she gets involved in something much bigger although I won't ruin it.

The Lucas North saga unfolds even more as he reveals to Harry that he was inadvertently/innocently involved in a bombing in 1999 that killed 17 people and is still unsolved. Short story is he was delivering packages for money with one eye closed so he could pay for a trip back home to England. All is, as usual, not what one thinks!

I have to admit that I thought this show was just hashing out the same stuff every week (save the world/London/etc. by stopping mad bomber, terrorist cell, etc.) and felt that I would continue to the end as I had already watched so much! Wrong! This episode and most of this season has turned out to be gripping and suspenseful and up to par with previous high points in the series...this episode standing out especially, for me.

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