Ex-boxer Joey Sikes is killed on the night of a failed theft of a Faberge egg from the Oxford college where it is to be auctioned. Next day lecturer Robin Grey is also murdered and the link is prostitute and artists' model Eve Thorne, who was seen with both men. When the egg is stolen suspicion falls on another of Eve's clients, latest victim Simon Lake and Morse discovers that Lake and Grey belonged to an elite club, involved in a scam regarding the egg. In establishing whether the murders were linked to the club or the egg Morse, now a detective sergeant, must cope with a lazy new constable and the reappearance of Joan Thursday.
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Did You Know?
Messalina was the wife of Roman Emperor Claudius, whose charms kept him under her thrall to such an extent that people who crossed her were executed or exiled from the empire. See more
When Endeavour looks in the "Bachelors' Directory" the Oxford telephone numbers are 6 digits long. Oxford didn't move to 6 digit numbers until the 1980s. See more
Dr. Tancred Howlett
What happened, do you think?
Dr. Adrian Croxley
I don't think, Tancred. And you shouldn't, either.
In the closing credits after the actors' names have cycled through, certain letters of the crew's names are colored red. In order, these red letters spell out "Artemisia Gentileschi," the name of the notable female painter of "Judith and Holofernes," which is directly referenced in this episode. Artemisia Gentileschi was raped by one of her father's associates, who then refused to marry her. Gentileschi's father brought the associate to court, and although the man was found guilty and banished from Rome, the order was never enforced. Artemisia Gentileschi later painted three variations on the Judith and Holofernes story. It is widely accepted that she was expressing her desire to punish the man who raped her through the subject of these paintings. See more
References The Saint
Let's Spend The Night Together
Written by Mick Jagger
(uncredited) and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones See more