After learning that the police station is to close Morse goes undercover as a teacher at Coldwater school, with WPC Trewlove posing as his wife after the disappearance of schoolmaster John Ivory. He is intrigued to find gangster Eddie Nero's son is one of the pupils before discovering the body of Rowntree, a boy who was expelled for hitting Ivory. Ivory was not popular with other staff members but the matron tells Morse that he was very protective of Stanlow, a pupil bullied as a weakling. In fact Stanlow proves to be the key to solving the case. Meanwhile Thursday's retirement plans are dashed thanks to his reckless brother and there is further cause for grief at the station.
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References to "Unman, Wittering and Zigo" (1971) have already been noted. One more is that the school matron in this episode is named "Seymour" - the leading lady of the 1971 film was Carolyn Seymour. See more
When referring to the pupil Stanlow, who is being punished for refusing to fire a rifle by having to hold buckets up at arms' length, Mr Blackwell uses the expression "under heavy manners". The programme is set in 1968, but that expression didn't come into use until the state of emergency that was declared in Jamaica in 1976. See more
DCI Fred Thursday
There's a reckoning to be made, but it's ours to make.
Better get your skates on, then.
The final credits clue is Ubermensch. The concept of a superior man or Superman, from Nietsche. See more
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