New Tricks: Season 9, Episode 5

Body of Evidence (24 Sep. 2012)

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Some months after his mysterious disappearance the corpse of young police computer operator Martin Longthorn is smuggled into the morgue at a London teaching hospital. Though he died of an ... See full summary »

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Some months after his mysterious disappearance the corpse of young police computer operator Martin Longthorn is smuggled into the morgue at a London teaching hospital. Though he died of an aneurysm the UCOS team are involved as his date Catherine, the last person to see him alive, claims he disappeared suddenly after taking a very important phone call. Investigation of Martin's computer shows he was apparently a member of the Roguenet Group, an organization that hacks into corporate companies and banks to sabotage them. However it turns out that he was actually infiltrating them to unmask their leader Boz, making his death seem more suspicious. Brian, meanwhile, is jealous of Gerry's rapport with Steve, leading to Esther making an effort to rectify the situation. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: A couple of weeks ago you were moaning that the workload was too heavy without Jack.
Gerry Standing: Look, we're not saying we don't need someone.
Brian Lane: It's just who that someone is.
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: What's wrong with Steve?
Gerry Standing: Na- nothing, nothing. He's a nice bloke; he just needs calming down a bit.
Brian Lane: We didn't get a say in it.
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: No, you didn't,
Brian Lane: Well then.
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: Well then, what? Finding a replacement for Jack was my decision and mine alone, Brian.
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The case of the body in the morgue
25 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When the UCOS team are called in because a body has been found in a morgue it sounds like the set up to a joke; but it isn't… The body had been donated to the hospital for anatomy students to study on but he wasn't who the paperwork said he was. He was in fact a computer expert who had done work for the police in the past. He died of natural causes which just makes everything more mysterious; why would somebody go to so much trouble to make him disappear if no foul play was involved? Nobody in the team can access the dead man's laptop so they call in Xander from e-crime; he discovers links to something called 'Rogue Net' a group of hackers whose activities vary from the trivial to things that could risk lives… and this man did have access to sensitive information. As the case proceeds it becomes clear that new boy Steve McAndrew is getting on very well with Jerry and Brian is getting a little jealous as he feels he is being pushed to one side.

This was another fun episode with much of that fun coming from Brian's reaction to Jerry and Steve's growing friendship. The case was interesting although there was clearly a lot of dramatic licence… I don't imagine a top computer hacker's password would be as easy to guess as it was here. It did also suffer from having an easily guessed culprit; not because of the clues laid down in the story but by having a familiar actor in an apparently minor role! The regular cast all did a good job as did new member Denis Lawson; his character has made a welcome addition to the team.


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