"Rumpole of the Bailey" Rumpole's Return (TV Episode 1980) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Rumpole has finally retired and has relocated to Miami where son Nick has a position at the university. Rumpole decided to retire after losing a long string of cases before Judge Bullingham, but is quite bored with ogling pretty girls and reading about interesting crimes in The Times. In Chambers, there is now a need to fill the vacancy a young radical lawyer seems to be the front runner. When he needs help on a case, Phyllida Erskine-Brown offers to write to Rumpole and asks for his assistance. To everyone's surprised, Rumpole returns to Chambers and finds himself with a nice little murder case to defend, yet again, before Judge Bullingham.

  • The episode starts with Rumpole retired, having become discouraged and depressed about having lost ten cases in a row. Rumpole and his wife Hilda have moved to Florida, staying with their son and daughter-in-law. Rumpole soon is tired of endless sun, barbecues, and lazing beside a swimming pool. When a letter regarding blood evidence questions arrives from Phyllida Trant Erskine-Brown from his old chambers, Rumpole hurries back to London to work on the case. Though his old office has been reassigned to two other barristers, Rumpole wins the case and at the same time he wangles his office back. No more retirement, Rumpole is back and raring to go.

  • A bored Rumpole living in Florida retirement uses an inquiry from Phyllida as a pretext to re-establish himself back in chambers


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