At a flower show, an older woman in a wheelchair approaches Poirot, gives him an empty seed packet, and asks him to visit her the next day. When Poirot arrives the next day, the woman is dead, murdered with poison.
Poirot and Miss Lemon travel to Surrey to visit Miss Amelia Barrowby but arrive to learn that she has died during the night. Poirot had an odd encounter with her the previous day at a flower show when she made the odd gesture of giving him an empty seed packet. Upon returning home, he finds that she has written him seeking his assistance. Poirot suspects foul play and the pathologist confirms that the woman was poisoned with strychnine. Initial suspects are Miss Barrowby's niece and her husband, but when the dead woman's Russian companion runs away, Inspector Japp thinks he has the culprit. Poirot thinks otherwise.Written by
Near the end, there is a scene at the embassy of the USSR. The brass plate at the entrance to the embassy reads, "Union of the Soviet Socialist Republic," although the correct form is "Union of Soviet Socialist Republics." See more »
A fantastic episode is made from a relatively small text, there is real quality about this episode, the story, performances, production values, and general feel of this episode are all superb.
I love the story, it's simple, yet deep and involved. There is a sadness that surrounds the victim, and a tragic inevitability, you are given clues, but also pushed off course by clever plots and twists.
The usual cast are fantastic of course, but it's Miss Lemon's scenes with Captain Hastings that are so much fun to watch, she really does tear a strip from him. Catherine Russell is a joy as Katrina Reiger, it really is a first class performance, Anne Stallybrass is also great, well known for playing Jayne Seymour in The Six Wives of Henry VIII.
It looks so slick, the scenes at the Russian Embassy and church have true quality, but it's the ending that I've always loved.
There is real quality about this episode. 9/10
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