Purbright and Love locate Hopjoy's car which has been borrowed by his house mate Gordon Periam who, it seems, is on his honeymoon having married his fiancée after the recent death of his mother. Periam thinks nothing of Hopjoy's absence as thee were frequent and sometimes lengthy. They soon start to pull together the information they need to solve the case. The forensic analysis reveals that blood found in the bathroom was from a pig as were the acidified remains found in the drains. In fact, a pig had been stolen from a nearby farm as was a carboy of acid from a garage. Hopjoy was heavily in debt as well owing respectable sums to all types of merchants in the village. It all leads Purbright to an inevitable conclusion. The police are soon onto a new case when when a middle-aged woman, Mrs. Banister, apparently disappeared. The case has similarities with the disappearance of another 2 months previously.
Did You Know?
Most unusually, instead of treating "Hopjoy Was Here" as a story spread over two full episodes, this episode terminates the "Hopjoy" storyline some 35 minutes into the show and devotes the remaining quarter-hour or so to the beginning of the next story, "Lonelyheart 4122", which terminates at the end of the following week. The other two stories in the series both occupy two full episodes. See more
Detective Inspector Purbright
I don't know how this Hopjoy rates as a counter-espionage agent, but if he puts in only half the effort he puts into fornication and insolvency, then I reckon Russia's had it.