Midsomer Murders: Season 14, Episode 4

The Oblong Murders (25 May 2011)

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Barnaby sends Jones undercover into a New Age cult to investigate the disappearance of a young woman who entered an introduction course and then never left the movement.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Hughes ...
Barry Jackson ...
Will Knightley ...
Max Fuller
Richard Albrecht ...
Mr. Oliver
Heather Tobias ...
Mrs. Oliver
Paddy Powell
Claire Powell
Sophie Stanton ...
Josie Palmer
Freddie Raft
Paul Hilton ...
Dominic Segal
Simon Day ...
Combover Guy


Dr. Bullard asks Barnaby to investigate when friends' daughter Lucy Oliver goes missing after joining the Oblong Foundation,a new age group leasing a house from Ruth Lambert,whose parents died in an explosion on their boat. Ben Jones goes undercover as a new inductee and hears group leader Dominic Segal take a call implying there has been foul play. Local publicans the Powells tell Barnaby that Lucy argued with Oblong's directrix Freddie Raft before leaving but Ruth denies this. However it is discovered that Ruth's parents loaned a large sum of money to somebody,leading Barnaby to believe that they may have been murdered by the payee. If having his dog trained by Dr. Bullard's formidable sister was not enough he once more finds himself confronting a killer,the perpetrator of the Oblong murders. Written by don @ minifie-1

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At the end Barry Jackson walks away from Barnaby declaring his intention to go on a fishing vacation in Ireland. This was Jackson's last appearance in the series. He did a couple of minor roles in 2012 and passed away from undisclosed sources on December 5, 2013. See more »


[first lines]
Max Fuller: [answering enterphone] Yes?
Max Fuller: Yes, of course. This is a surprise.
Max Fuller: How awful.
Max Fuller: Not at all, come on up. It's the, uh, third floor.
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Jones goes undercover
26 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Before the opening credits have begun we see a man open his door to an unidentified person; he is stabbed and not referred to again until well after the halfway point of this episode. The initial case isn't a murder at all but a missing person; at the request of George Bullard DCI Barnaby investigates the disappearance of the daughter of a friend. She had been involved with The Oblong Foundation; apparently a cult although there seemed to be little religious about it. The parents had hired a private investigator who was due to attend a course there until they had a disagreement; this provided Barnaby with a way to see what was happening there… Jones could take the PI's place! Once inside Jones was approached by a woman who was also curious about the missing girl; and by another woman who was just interested in him. As the case continues it looks as if there may have been a murder after all; the parents of the woman that owns the house the cult was based in had been killed in an explosion; it was assumed to be an accident at the time but Barnaby wasn't so sure.

This was another enjoyable episode that saw Jason Hughes take the lead in the role of Jones; it was fun watching him trying to deal with the awkward situations while undercover. As one would expect it was fairly silly although nowhere near as silly as some Midsomer episodes. I liked how the initial killing was almost incidental to the main story; it took place some time before in London and by the time Barnaby and Jones heard about it the case was virtually solved. Away from the mystery Barnaby was trying to get Bullard's sister to act as a dog-sitter, this was a fun little distraction as his sister was played by the excellent Barbara Flynn; her character treated people no differently to how she treated the dogs!

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