Foyle's War: Season 8, Episode 2

The Cage (22 Sep. 2013)

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Foyle's investigation into the death of a nameless Russian leads to a mysterious military facility and the discovery that the victim was a spy with dangerous connections to British intelligence.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Way ...
Evelyn Greene (older)
Simon Coury ...
George Greene
Grigory Palenko (as Rad Kaim)
Dr. Ian Ross
Alexandra Clatworthy ...
Ellie Haddington ...
Tim McMullan ...
Ross Armstrong ...
Danny Wills
Ruth McCabe ...
Mrs. Greene
Katherine Kanter ...


Foyle's new boss, Sir Alec Meyerson, asks him to investigate the deaths of three Russian defectors,who were all in supposedly safe houses. Then another, dying Russian, collapses in a hospital, his last words apparently being 'Ten Eye' and Doctor Ross, who tried to save him, is murdered after asking Foyle to meet him. In looking into the doctor's death Foyle discovers the significance of 'Ten Eye' at a secretive military establishment which eaves-drops on Russian transmissions and decodes them for the West. At the same time the disappearance of one of Adam's constituents seems to be linked with the defection of a woman with the same name, who was the safe houses' liaison officer. As Foyle discovers who really betrayed the Russians and killed the doctor for knowing too much Sam helps Adam to political success. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Dr. Ross attempts to give the dying Palenko a blood transfusion without apparently testing his blood type. See more »


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[first lines]
Evelyn Greene: [answering the phone] Kensington 3487.
Evelyn Greene: [listens] Yes.
[hangs up]
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Who is killing Soviet defectors?
31 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When three Soviet defectors are murdered Foyle is given the task of finding out how the location of MI5 safe houses came to be leaked to the killers. Soon afterwards he learns of the death of another Russian; this one staggered into a hospital covered in blood. Meanwhile as Sam's husband is out canvassing for the upcoming election he offers to help a woman find her missing daughter; Evelyn Green. By coincidence Sam 'accidentally' sees an MI5 file relating to one Evelyn Green; she has turned up in East Berlin… is it the same woman? After the Doctor who treated the Russian is found dead Foyle starts investigating a nearby army facility; officially it is a communications centre eavesdropping on the Soviets but Foyle thinks there may be something else going on there; something far more sinister.

This was a fine episode with a good mystery at its centre; in fact several mysteries… who killed the agents, why was the doctor killed and what happened to the Evelyn Green that didn't flee to East Berlin? There were a good number of potential leaks so the killer's identity wasn't too obvious and there were some genuinely tense moments as well as some scenes that were a little gorier than I'd expected. There were also some more light hearted moments; I loved it when Sam suggested they might get more ham if the butcher shot a burglar! As well as having a good story the episode clearly had something to say about the evils of torture without it feeling like a lecture. As always the cast did a top notch job; it is just a pity that there is just one more episode in the current series; although I'd be surprised if there weren't further series made now it has been brought back as a cold war drama.

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