Joshua Bloom is killed in an explosion at his house, supposedly by one of his homemade bombs as he was a member of a radical Jewish group. The group is linked to a strike at the docks, but Jackson establishes that Joshua was murdered. Joshua's brother Isaac tells Reid it was because he had recognized a spy for the Russian secret police, who had come to Whitechapel. Going undercover as a striker, Jackson identifies the spy, whose assignment is to whip up hatred against Jewish groups by launching a bombing campaign for which the Jews will be blamed. Reid is appalled to learn that the thuggish special branch officer, Constantine, approves this. Reid has to prevent a bombing outrage on a scale far larger than Constantine had imagined. Reid also confides in Deborah Goren how he lost his daughter, whose body was never found after a boating accident. They kiss but are observed by Drake. Written by
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One of the reviews points out Volsky's anachronistic reference to Czar Nicholas' assassination in 1917 is made in 1889. He's right that if Nicholas was being referenced, it would be incorrect, but as a matter of historical fact, it is obvious that Czar Alexander II, who was assassinated in 1881, was being alluded to. See more »
Several union banners are printed in Gill Sans, a typeface not created until the 1920s. See more »
A short comment on the twisting of historical facts
I just wanted to answer the last comment made about this episode. The show is known for taking liberties with historical facts, changing the time of certain events to fit the plot. Yet, historical accuracies are usually not as strong as mentioned in said comment. The assassination referred to is most likely that of Alexander II. in 1881. If you are interested you can find information about the event and the historical context here (for a start): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_II_of_Russia The overall historic context of the episode is thus correct concerning this particular aspect.
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