When moral crusader Joy Pettybon arrives in Oxford she receives a death threat and Morse is assigned to protect her, as well as investigating the death of young brick-layer Brian Finch, who had been working at a mansion rented by argumentative pop group the Wildwood. Morse is present when Joy and troubled lead singer Nick Wilding go head to head on a live chat show, after which gay magazine editor Dudley Jessop, an opponent of Pettybon, is badly beaten by her supporters and her repressed daughter Bettina admits to Morse her love for him and hatred of her mother. Then a vicar, Mrs Pettybon's co-activist, is poisoned with chocolates seemingly intended for her. A shameful secret from the Pettybons' past, triggering Joy's crusade, is unearthed, as is a more recent one regarding Nick's sexuality. This proves instrumental in cracking the case, despite the killer's attempts to sabotage Morse with a cocktail of hallucinogenic drugs.
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Did You Know?
The book from which Pippa reads aloud at several points in this story is "Justine", by the Marquis de Sade, an eighteenth-century novel (subtitled "The Misfortunes Of Virtue") which was banned in Britain for more than a century and a half, and which had appeared in its first-ever English translation only a short time before this episode takes place. See more
Morse says "you'll have no objection to us examining your car". As a stickler for grammar, he would have said "our examining your car". See more
WPC Shirley Trewlove
[finding Morse studying books and records concerning the Wildwood
What's all this? Are you joining the in-crowd?
The red letters in the credits spell "Goldhawk Road." This was mentioned in a conversation among the band members:
"You might've forgotten where you come from, but us lot haven't.
- Take the boy out the Goldhawk Road? - Yeah, that's right.
All right, he didn't mean it. You keep your Baudelaire and I'll stick to Bo Diddley, all right? I'm going outside for a fag." See more
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