Mouthy Scott Parker noisily toasts his friend Petey at Petey's fortieth birthday party and next day is found dead. He had heavy debts due to his wife Jo's gambling addiction but Gently discounts suicide as Scott had plans for building development in the city, which failed financially. Michael Woodruff, a union leader and old school-mate of Scott and Petey, was amongst those opposing the plans and had publicly fought with Scott whilst Petey was one of the men to whom Scott was in debt. Gently believes that a supposedly friendly fight among the three men following the party holds the key to Scott's death. Meanwhile Bacchus gets to see Gemma again but is concerned that Gently has a health problem he is keeping from him.
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A banker in a story taking place in 1969, says it's like lending money to Bangladesh. At the time no one, not even a banker, could have guessed that in two years East Pakistan will declare independence and choose to be called Bangladesh thenceforth. See more
A character in the episode, which is set in 1969, mentions "Bangladesh". Bangladesh was known as "East Pakistan" until 1971, when it seceded from Pakistan after a civil war. See more
[Bacchus goes undercover to investigate Liam Govan, a loan shark
Confident about paying us back, John? Cos we're professionals. We will take your car. We will take your house if necessary. Just so you know what you're getting yourself into. This man...
[he points to his mate
...I've watched him take the rings off the fingers of a bankrupt's wife - and *smile* when he's doing it.
I tell you what. Leave the rings. Take the wife!
Opening credits prologue: NEWCASTLE, 1969 See more