Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Yellow Iris 

A man celebrates the two-year anniversary of his wife's sudden death by cyanide while in Argentina - a death which Poirot himself had witnessed, but could not solve at the time.


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Episode complete credited cast:
... Hercule Poirot
... Captain Hastings
... Miss Lemon
... Barton Russell
... Anthony Chapell
... Pauline Wetherby
Yolanda Vazquez ... Lola (as Yolanda Vasquez)
Robin McCaffrey ... Iris Russell
... Stephen Carter
... Luigi
Stefan Gryff ... General Pereira
Arturo Venegas ... Hotel Receptionist
Leonard Maguire ... Mr. Grove
Carol Kenyon ... Singer
Tracy Miller ... Singer


Hercule Poirot has a rare opportunity when he gets a second chance to solve a murder circumstance prevented him from solving two years before. On his way to visit Capt. Hastings in the Argentine, Poirot had stopped in Buenos Aires. While out for dinner, a young woman named Iris Russell was poisoned. The police found cyanide in her purse and ruled her death to be suicide, something her husband Barton Russell refuses to accept. When Poirot agrees with him and raises objections to the hasty police verdict, he is quickly ordered deported. Now, two years later, Russell Barton is hosting a dinner in London on the anniversary of his wife's death with everyone who was present invited to the event. This time, Poirot has no intention of letting the killer get away. Written by garykmcd

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31 January 1993 (UK)  »

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At the end of the episode, Poirot reluctantly tastes an English cuisine dish of fish and chips (known in the US as fries), and finds it pleasingly edible. The joke is that chips had originated in Belgium, Poirot's homeland. See more »


[first lines]
Pauline Wetherby: Barton, please!
Barton Russell: Don't try to stop me, Pauline; I have to do it.
Pauline Wetherby: I'm afraid.
Barton Russell: Don't be. Two years almost to the day.
Barton Russell: [to the grave] He will rest, Iris. I swear it.
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Poirot in Buenos Aires
26 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

Poirot tells Miss Lemon and Hastings that there was a murder he never solved in "The Yellow Iris." The story is prompted by the opening of a new restaurant, and a delivery of yellow irises. A restaurant of that name and irises were involved in the case, which took place two years earlier when Poirot went to visit Hastings on his ranch in Argentina.

Poirot found himself stranded in Buenos Aires during a military coup. While he is out to dinner, a woman named Iris Russell was poisoned at her table. Cyanide was found in her purse, and it is ruled a suicide. Her husband vehemently disagrees. Poirot begins an investigation, but he is deported.

Now, in London, Iris' husband has set the stage again in order to unmask the murderer, with everyone present at the dinner invited to another dinner. Poirot decides that he will be present and this time, catch the killer.

Good mystery, using a device Christie used in a couple of other stories, if memory serves. The tone of the episode is serious. I prefer the episodes that have a little humor in them, which the early ones with Miss Lemon and Hastings often had. However, this was still good. Love the production values and the cast, especially Suchet. How can any actor ever follow him as Poirot?

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