After a fashion shoot at an army base where Thursday's son Sam is stationed model Jean Ward is murdered, clutching a cap badge, apparently belonging to Private Oswald, who, as a black man, was Jean's type, according to her estranged stepmother, Lady Bayswater, a former Nazi sympathizer. Jean had flirted with Oswald and Sam and was once engaged to visiting military historian Rex Laidlaw. Believing Oswald was framed Morse does some private sleuthing and gets attacked by Colonel McDuff, a former war hero, now an unpredictable drunk. Following a second murder Morse suspects that one of the officers had a link to Jean's past but discovers that 'the army looks after its own' before cracking the case.
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Did You Know?
At the end of the episode, Roger Allam recites the start of a poem, 'Naming of Parts', by Henry Reed (1942). See more
The military historian Dr. Laidlaw pronounces the word "debouche" in the French manner ("de-boosh") whereas an English historian would be likely to anglicize the pronunciation as "de-bowch"; he also refers to the battle of Cannae as "c'NIGH", emphasizing the second syllable, when it should be "CAN-nigh". See more
DS Jim Strange
[to Farridge, after the latter has been asked a long-winded question by Morse about his "personal and professional relationship" with the dead girl
What DS Morse is asking is: were you knocking her off?
The final credits clue is Sir Henry Newbolt, whose poem "vitai lampada" is received by Colonel McDuff late in the episode. See more
Comment Te Dire Adieu
Performed by Françoise Hardy See more