DCS Foyle and Sgt. Milner investigate what they believe is a black market operation in the docks area. They set up a dummy company, with Milner at the head, to see what they might find and soon enough, they are approached by someone working at Talbot's shipyard. By chance, the station desk sergeant's daughter works at Talbot's and has important information for Foyle. When her boyfriend, a sapper with the Royal Engineers, is called out to Talbot's to disarm an unexploded bomb, he and his mates find something else that leads to one of them being murdered. Throughout all of this, Foyle is hounded by Assistant Commissioner Rose who insists that Foyle drop everything and investigate the activities of Raymond Carter a so-called communist agitator who is staying in Hastings.
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The job of disabling unexploded bombs as seen in this episode is explored in greater detail in the BBC series Danger UXB
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When Captain Hammond is calling his soldiers to deal with the bomb that has dropped at the shipyard, he calls out "Ernie, can you get the lads?" However, it has already been established that Ernie is completely deaf, and since Hammond was facing away from him and at some distance, Ernie could not have lip-read him. So why does Ernie react and obey the order?
Ernie was never shown to be completely deaf and such a statement is incorrect. Consider Sgt. Milner was invalided out of the military after losing his leg at Trondheim. If Ernie was deaf from the bomb blast incident he was involved with he too would have been invalided out of the army. Even if he was awaiting a medical discharge he would never have been kept on bomb disposal duties, where hearing is so important for listening for ticking fuses and hearing instructions from co-workers who are not visible to them for safety reasons, i.e. staying a safe distance away from UXBs while other team members work on them. Apart from the fact that he probably would not have had time to learn to lip read since his accident, even if he were an expert lip reader that would not have kept him in the army, especially in bomb disposal: and lastly when Captain Hammond is telling Foyle about Ernie's injury, he says that Ernie suffered damage to his ear drums not that Ernie is deaf. Thus such an assumption, that Ernie is completely deaf and unable to hear the Captains command, is erroneous. See more
[Germany has just launched Operation Barbarossa, invasion of the Soviet Union
Can it be possible? The end of the war?
DCS Christopher Foyle
Be nice to think so.
Well I'm going to drink to it anyway. Over by Christmas?
Sgt. Paul Milner
You said that last Christmas.
All right then. New year.
DCS Christopher Foyle