Hercule Poirot is hired by Lord Pearson, who happens to be the head of the bank where Poirot keeps his accounts, to find Mr. Wu Ling who was to have attended a meeting at the bank that morning, but who has disappeared. The missing man was to sell the bank a deed to a silver mine. When the man is found dead, Poirot finds himself searching for a killer. All of the evidence seems to point to an American, Charles Lester, but Poirot finds that to be just a little too convenient. At home, Poirot and Captain Hastings find themselves involved in a vicious game of Monopoly!Written by
When Japp is in conversation with one of the radio cars, at one point the detective in the car says "Control to Unit 7". He is Unit 7, not Control. See more »
Community Chest. You've won second prize in a beauty contest. Collect ten pounds.
Thank you very much, Hastings. It would appear that skill plays but a little part in this game, hein?
It's all about skill. What to buy and when. Where to put your property.
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Although I liked the setting in London's Chinatown area, apart from the initial beginning I found the mystery somewhat meandering after the mysterious Mr Wu Ling checks into a hotel and then disappears. Lord Person, head of the bank calls in Poirot to find Wu Ling as he was supposed to sell a silver mine to the bank.
You have Poirot complaining that it is the bank's fault that he is overdrawn. The endless game of Monopoly between Hastings and Poirot and then the sudden discussion of the stock market which both Hastings and Miss Lemon have an interest in.
There is a lot of back and forth between a lot of potential suspects but when the reveal comes, which I liked even though some of it makes no sense, such as the actual culprit's gambling habits and stock market flirtation. Yet other clues were obvious but could easily be overlooked by the viewer.
David Renwick co-wrote this episode, he would go on to create Jonathan Creek.
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