Realizing that Angela Burr has seen the list of contacts Roper is suspicious of betrayal but, after Jonathan has confessed his true identity and purpose to Jed, promising to help her escape with him, she pretends that she accidentally left the list lying around, pointing the finger at Corkoran, who will soon be in no position to deny it. In London Angela finds herself blocked by the Permanent Secretary's department and is told by Dromgoole that America needs the weapons sold by Roper. She receives intelligence from Jonathan which she hopes will allow her to catch Roper red-handed but he is one step ahead of her.Written by
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The picture taken at the refugee camp of Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie) with the boy in his arms is the same as the first picture shown in the intro of episode 1. However, that picture is reversed and Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) is not in it, as he is in the picture from this episode. See more »
The business jet shown in the flight footage is a Learjet, whereas the jet shown on the ground when the characters disembark is a Challenger 600 series. See more »
Richard Onslow Roper:
War is a spectator's sport. We are emperors of Rome, Andrew. Blood and steel, the only elements that ever meant anything.
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Replacing the glitz and glamour with drama and grit makes for The Night Manager's best episode yet
After two excellent opening episodes, The Night Manager was struggling to keep the momentum building. The show was still compelling, and it's well performed by all involved, but the story seemed to be getting lost amidst the spectacle. I was left wondering whether show could regain the standard of its opening episodes or whether it would slowly fade away into another disappointing BBC mini-series.
Simply put, episode five has successfully reinvigorated the show in every way possible. In this hour alone a substantial amount of plot was covered both in England and everywhere else, and every cast member gave a series best performance. The episode was dark, it was well paced and it featured a quite literally explosive middle act, followed by a deliriously intense finale. Tom Hiddleston gave his performance of the series this episode; stripped away from the glamour of the Mallorca hotel, he was able to really get a hold of his character in ways that the show's scripting hadn't really allowed him before this episode. He took some already great material, and elevated it to something quite exceptional.
With just one episode to go, The Night Manager needs to keep the explosiveness and the grit of this episode, but it also needs to ensure that the narrative remains focused throughout. It's clear that this show makes use of an enormous budget (for the BBC), and it feels as if they've been carried away by this a few too many times.
As long as the finale keeps the narrative grip of episodes one and two, and combines that with the drama and intensity of episode five, we're in for a treat.
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