As Morse sits his sergeant's exam garment factory owner Cedric Clissold is shot dead during a wage snatch and Thursday questions the gangster fraternity, leading to the Matthews brothers, likely heirs to the late crime boss Harry Rose. At the same time Morse's former tutor Felix Lorimer asks him to investigate Lothario bingo caller Paul Marlock, known to consort with the Matthews brothers, who is seeing Felix's estranged wife Nina - and, as Morse discovers, Thursday's daughter Joan. Nina tells Morse she believes that Felix killed Cedric and indeed Morse finds evidence to link the lecturer to the Oxford underworld. Whilst Thursday receives distressing news regarding his health Morse and Joan are amongst the hostages when the Matthews gang raid the bank where Joan works - during which time, aided by a coded notebook, Morse works out just who killed Cedric Clissold.Written by
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The only episode of the series thus far in which Win Thursday is seen smoking. See more »
At the end when Morse and Joan Thursday are talking, a steam locomotive is heard in the background. By 1967 when this episode was set, there would no longer have been steam trains in the Oxford area - they had all been replaced by diesel trains. See more »
[recalling the end of Morse's student career]
That last term, you were a thing altogether pitiable.
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When a crime kingpin is buried, his successors feel it's time to make a big score, so a bank robbery is put in motion. Morse meets his old professor who wants him to check on his estranged wife, sensing she is in grave danger. Thursday continues to cough and appear to be on his way out. He is suspended for getting overly brutal with a snitch. The culmination involves Morse and Miss Thursday in the middle of the big bank robbery. The writing becomes stellar again. Fine conclusion to Season 3.
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