Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Adventure of the Cheap Flat 

When U.S. Navy plans for a new submarine are stolen and the thief tracked to London, the FBI sends an agent to work with Inspector Japp to recover them.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Hercule Poirot
... Captain Hastings
... Chief Inspector Japp
... Miss Lemon
... Stella Robinson
... James Robinson
... Elsie
... Mr Paul
Jenifer Landor ... Carla Romero
Ian Price ... Teddy Parker
... FBI Agent Burt
... Records Agent
Nick Maloney ... Bernie Cole
Nigel Whitmey ... Luigi Valdarno
Anthony Pedley ... Assassin


Poirot finds himself working on two cases, the first of which is more of an amusement, or so it seems. After meeting a delightful young couple, Stella and James Robinson, at a party he sets out to prove to Captain Hastings that there must be a reason for their good fortune in getting a lovely flat at a ridiculously low price. He is also brought into a more formal investigation by Inspector Japp who is hosting a loud-mouthed American FBI Agent who is on the trail of thieves who have made away with secret US Naval plans for a new submarine. The American isn't too impressed that Scotland Yard have brought in a private detective or that Japp has taken away his gun. When Poirot sees the man the FBI is trailing, he also realizes it's the same man who he has seen lurking outside the Robinsons apartment block. Written by garykmcd

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18 February 1990 (UK)  »

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The film Japp, Hastings & Poirot are watching at the beginning is _G-men(1935)_ starring James Cagney. See more »


FBI Agent Burt vehemently denies the existence of any organized criminal society, whether calling itself The Mafia or The Cosa Nostra. This is set in the 1930s. The term "La Cosa Nostra" was unknown until October of 1963 when Joe Valachi revealed to Senator McClellan's Senate Crime Subcommittee that the Mafia did indeed exist and that its secret name was "La Cosa Nostra". See more »


[first lines]
Captain Hastings: It's all over, Poirot. You can open your eyes now.
Hercule Poirot: [opening his eyes] Hastings, this is the last time.
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Poirot keeps busy in this one
22 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Ever anxious to keep his little gray cells invigorated, Hercule Poirot takes on two cases which soon look as if they may collide.

At a party, he and Hastings meet the Robinsons, a young couple who brag about renting a dirt-cheap flat in a gorgeous apartment house in an excellent neighborhood. Poirot finds this suspicious and decides to investigate.

Then Inspector Japp calls him in on an espionage case. The U.S. Navy has had secret plans for a submarine stolen, and not only is Scotland Yard involved, but the FBI. Their representative is dismissive of Poirot (and also keeps claiming that there is no such thing as the Mafia). When Poirot sees the man they are tailing, he recognizes him as someone who has been standing outside the apartment house of the young couple.

Delightful episode, with Poirot again doing his second story man routine, complete with tools, as he picks a lock in the apartment while Hastings distracts its occupants.

It's hard to fault such a well-done series, but with so many years of Poirot, there are bound to be some episodes that are better than others. This is definitely one of the better ones.

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