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The Oblong Murders 

Barnaby sends Jones undercover into a New Age cult to investigate the disappearance of a young woman who entered an introduction course and then never left the movement.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Will Knightley ...
Richard Albrecht ...
Mr Oliver
Heather Tobias ...
Mrs Oliver
Sophie Stanton ...
Freddie Raft
Paul Hilton ...
Dominic Segal
Blaze Leadbetter
Simon Day ...
Combover Guy


Dr. Bullard asks Barnaby to investigate when friends' daughter Lucy Oliver goes missing after joining the Oblong Foundation,a new age group leasing a house from Ruth Lambert,whose parents died in an explosion on their boat. Ben Jones goes undercover as a new inductee and hears group leader Dominic Segal take a call implying there has been foul play. Local publicans the Powells tell Barnaby that Lucy argued with Oblong's directrix Freddie Raft before leaving but Ruth denies this. However it is discovered that Ruth's parents loaned a large sum of money to somebody,leading Barnaby to believe that they may have been murdered by the payee. If having his dog trained by Dr. Bullard's formidable sister was not enough he once more finds himself confronting a killer,the perpetrator of the Oblong murders. Written by don @ minifie-1

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25 May 2011 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


At the end, Barry Jackson walks away from Barnaby declaring his intention to go on a fishing vacation in Ireland. This was Jackson's last appearance in the series. He did a couple of minor roles in 2012 and passed away from undisclosed sources on December 5, 2013. See more »


DCI Barnaby asks Ruth to write down all the numbers that might be used in the combination for the safe. He mentions several different kinds of numbers, but when Ruth begins to write the numbers, she has time for only two or three before she is interrupted by Jones' entrance. And Barnaby never asks her to complete the list. But later we see the list with at least six numbers written down. See more »


[first lines]
Max Fuller: [answering enterphone] Yes?
Max Fuller: Yes, of course. This is a surprise.
Max Fuller: How awful.
Max Fuller: Not at all, come on up. It's the, uh, third floor.
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References Miami Vice (1984) See more »

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good one
19 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

The Oblong Murders begins with a man listening to Ebben? Ne andro lontana from La Wally, when his door buzzer rings. The man seems pleased to let the person up to his place. When he opens the door, he's stabbed to death. Quite fitting, as the aria ends with the words "I will go, I will go alone and far Through the golden clouds."

We don't find out the meaning of that scene until later in this intriguing mystery. Dr. Bullard tells Barnaby that the daughter of friends, Lucy Oliver, has gone missing. The parents are devastated. She joined a group called the Oblong Foundation and her weekly calls later stopped. They can't get any information.

Dr. Bullard has put in a good word with a dog sitter (his sister) for Barnaby and his wife, and one good turn deserves another. Barnaby sends Jones undercover to the Oblong Foundation. The Foundation is housed in the home of Ruth Lambert, a member of the foundation who is leasing them the house. Her parents died in a terrible boat explosion.

Barnaby ultimately decides that a secret loan made by Ruth's parents has something to do with the Lambert's deaths and possibly Lucy' disappearance.

This was a very intriguing episode, with Jones front and center as Cosmo Jones, a new inductee who attracts Ruth Lambert, still grieving for her parents. This makes Jones terribly uncomfortable.

There are some funny bits here, including Jones trying to hide and later use his cell phone, being stuck in the closet of one of the female organizers, and hearing what goes on in the "love rooms" of the group. And, of course, Barnaby's dog being auditioned by the picky dog sitter who is Bullard's sister. I loved when Barnaby tells his wife that the sitter "has to meet the whole pack - that includes you."

I liked Neil Dudgeon so much better in this episode than I have. Hopefully this will continue. Wow, this show has been going a long time.

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