Right, the episode starts with Stephen Moyer running a bath in a very nice bathroom. He’s got some scratches and stuff on his face, and there are these flashback bits of a girl struggling and screaming.
Then we focus on some girl’s face, and it turns out to be a picture Elliebitch has put on the glass wall thing.
Then Spence brings in coffee…presumably the machine isn’t working?
‘I presume there was a long queue.’
God, why don’t they just hook him up with it on a drip?
Boyd says something about being in a constant state of disappointment, but I can’t get the context. Anyone? He tells them about someone called Susie Jenkins, who was a student and is now dead. She was strangled, and was found by a housemate.
Continuing the tradition of not damn well speaking in proper sentences and therefore being impossible to recap, Boyd asks if someone wants the last croissant, and they say no, and the he looks round and Stella has it. They all tell her to share it, so she rips it in half, gives one half to Boyd and takes a really vicious bite out of it. ^_^ *snigger* (also, their hands touch. A little)
‘So what’s changed?’
‘Catastrophe Productions. They run several websites, including this astonishing one,
He gets Spence to bring it up (and has it bookmarked).
‘So where’s the connection to this site?’
‘Because someone last night accessed this site, using Susie Jenkins’ credit card.’
Ohhhh. Hm, due to Spooks I now expect titles even though we’ve already had them.
There are pictures from the website (do you think they used a real one or mocked it up? I’m going for real). Then we see someone take the credit card and use it.
They go and see the guy who runs the website, who points out that no-one uses their real name as their username.
‘…All looking for what?’
‘For some of them, lactation’s about sustenance, warmth, memories of childhood. For others, I suppose it’s just double top from ten paces.’
‘And our guy anything specific?’
‘Nah, I can’t trace them, if the card was rejected then there’s not much I can do.’
‘What about the log files? There should be a record of each transaction on the server, even a failed one.’
‘Yeah. What about the log files?’
LOVE the look on Boyd’s face here. And Stella gives him a look, and alright, Stella/Boyd.
Spence and Grace go to see the housemate, who tells them about the night. Susie had stayed in while housemate went out with a bloke. The bath was running, so she thought Susie was awake, and then the bath overflowed so much the water was coming through the ceiling, so she went upstairs to look, and for some reason does not unplug the bath (though she does turn the taps off) and then she tries to open Susie’s door, but it’s blocked, and then she tries again, and Susie’s body is in a sitting position, and then it slumps over, which is really, really creepy, and how’s that for a run-on sentence? Just give me a West Country accent and call me Hardy.
Anyway, back to the plot (I say that ever so much). Housemate gets them a newspaper cutting she has, showing her and Susie – they were going to tech in South Africa for six months, and it was a local interest piece.
‘I still end up back in that bedroom.’
In the lab, Elliebitch is looking for the IP address. In the office, the others discuss the case.
‘He posed her; he pushed her up against a chest of drawers. Now why would a burglar do that?’
‘Why does anyone do that?’
‘To shock. To heighten the reaction when the victim is found.’
‘A student house isn’t an obvious target for robbery. Unless you’re after cold pizza, and beer.’
She smiles at her own joke there :)
‘No, I didn’t say she wasn’t right, he just might not have known who lived there. He might not have known they were students.’
Despite not being totally on board with the S/B (I’m just not feeling it right now, y’know), I’ll still catalogue the moments (and most likely sign up for a ship_manifesto essay one day out of madness and/or masochism). So: he didn’t speak or even look particularly put out, and she still apologised because she can read his mind. Or something.
‘Or maybe he thought they were less security conscious, so…’
‘He just took the wallet.’
‘He took the wallet but he left the watch.’
‘He left the watch.’
‘Yeah, it’s a Tag.’
‘A Tag Heuer. That’s worth about a thousand quid.’
‘What’s she doing with it?’
‘He took the wallet and left the watch and three years later…’
‘Someone uses her credit card.’
IN the lab, Elliebitch gets a call and phones up. She’s found the person who has the account which has the IP address, and presumably they also swallowed a spider to catch a fly, from the way that was going.
‘It can’t be that easy, can it, Felix?’
IN a word: no.
Countryside! Little house, big lake, trees, et cetera. Stella gets off the phone.
‘Thirty-nine years old, married –‘
‘With three kids.’
(Actually, they say this bit together, but I can’t think of a way to show that).
‘Yeah, how did you know that?’
Well, in the best pantomime tradition: they’re behind you! Though you could also go for the sharing-a-brain option.
Boyd is not happy that there are puddles. Dude, countryside. Get used to it.
They take him in, and show him pictures. Boyd is impatient.
‘I wasn’t even in the country three years ago. I don’t know the girl, I’ve never seen her.’
‘Could have taken it off.’
‘I told you, I’ve never met her.’
‘But you’re using her credit card in search of the third trimester.’
I think that’s what he says…
‘I told you, I found the card, I found the card.’
‘Yeah, where’d you find the card? Stand up, please, would you?’
‘Found the wallet in my garden.’
‘We were just clearing up.’
‘Clearing up. I’d like to see your feet.’
‘I threw it back again.’
This episode is *full* of semi-non sequitirs. It’s a bloody pain to recap!
Back to the mud (so they took him all the way into the office and now they’ve brought him all the way back?). Elliebitch etc are searching the garden.
‘Is it always this wet?’
‘Ah, it flooded recently.’
NB Stella looks very chic and calm, which is presumably the magic of being French. *sigh* Not fair.
Elliebitch finds the wallet. There’s ID and stuff in it. Boyd tells Spence to look into who owned the house, who sold it, who lives nearby, etc.
‘[Unclear] would have probably just thrown it.’
‘Yeah, probably, but just humour me, alright?
Oooh, snappy Boyd.
‘Make sure he’s got his dates right.’
‘We need to comb this whole area!’
‘YEAH, WELL I’M IN THE WRONG SHOES!! [Tiny pause, Boyd off-screen AAAARRRRGGH!!’
Oh my God, that bit is hilarious.
I know caps look really aggressive, and a lot of people online dislike caps lock abuse, but 1) I think it’s kind of fun, and 2) how else do you get across Essence of Boyd in a recap? Answers on a postcard…
My bloody computer just froze and then shut down Word, but here we go again: so Boyd is in the office drying his feet with a nice pink towel. Grace is standing there like this is nothing out of the ordinary. Yay Boyd/Grace, I may make an icon (ha, for that I would need pictures and I have none as yet).
‘Do you think someone wanted it found?’
‘Well there are better places.’
‘Why has it turned up now?’
‘Why take it in the first place?'
‘Well, people steal, don’t they, they steal anything.’
‘Yeah, but they steal the contents, don’t they, they dump the wallets as soon as they can. They don’t keep it safe.’
Boyd is still messing around with his feet.
‘But we don’t know where it was kept.’
‘Well we know it was in good condition, so it wasn’t left outside.’
‘Have you got a nail file?’
‘I snagged [unclear – it?]’
‘Boyd. He kicked her after she died. He posed her. He was angry about something.’
‘It wasn’t personal; we know they interviewed everybody she ever bumped into.’
‘Well he’s angry about something else, then.’
He kind of huffs and throws the towel over his feet.
Down in the lab, Elliebitch is looking at the assorted crap they got form the garden, including Susie Jenkins’ stuff. Then she finds a teeny tiny bit of plastic, which she matches up to a plastic bag from the garden, and woo.
Spence goes to talk to the estate agent place that sold the house, and it was owned by a little old lady. While he’s there, someone’s cleaning the windows. Do you think we’re supposed to be noticing all the water this episode? ;)
Spence gets the name of the person who handled the sale (Bryony Watts) but she’s not at the company any more. She gives him an address but it’s out of date. However Bryony had a boyfriend who is inside for benefit fraud.
Back in the lab, Elliebitch is testing some fabric. Then she shows Boyd and Stella the results and Stella is a bit of a language geek :)
‘I found bite marks on the wallet. Vulpus vulpus. It’s a red fox.’
‘How can vulpus vulpus be a red fox? I mean red red, or fox fox, but not red fox?’
She’s looking at Boyd when she says this, btw. Make of that what you will. She also tells them about the bag and the fabric she was testing, which is a handkerchief and which was covered in saliva. Oh dear.
In prison, Spence talks to SM. He’s very annoying, and keeps going on about how the policeman who got him is bent, and keeps spinning this story about how misfortunate he is. It’s a shame he’s a bastard, but he’s a very fit bastard. UGH he keeps going on about his trial *headdesk*
‘It’s in my nature. I never give up. I don’t walk away.’
Elliebitch is then doing something else in the lab, which looks very complicated.
Back in the office, Grace is wondering if she gets paid enough for this.
‘It’s very unlucky to have new shoes on the –‘
‘Yeah. Yeah, alright, go on.’
‘Okay, so he takes two personal items from the scene, he doesn’t take them for what they are, he takes them for what they mean.’
‘True. It’s the same thing though, isn’t it?’
‘Yeah. A memento. Something to go back to. It probably means he’s done it before.’
‘Well, the first time they do it, they think they can just close their eyes and relive the whole deal but they can’t, so they take something.’
‘So by the time you get back you’ve forgotten about it so you have to bring something with you to remember it by.’
Hahaha. Also, Boyd is polishing his new shoes.
‘Plus, we know he’s angry because he posed her, he kicked her in the head –‘
‘And it’s not a personal relationship.’
‘So could it be two people?’
‘No, I don’t think so, I think it’s one and I think he’s frustrated. I think he had a picture in his mind of what he wanted to happen, and it didn’t. There was a specific scenario –‘and she stops and waves away the shoe he’s just stuck in her face.
‘[not sure] what do you think of that, then? Or put a bit on that, will you?’
‘– which says something about a degree of experience.’
‘Okay, but he didn’t do that, did he? He was –‘
‘Well, he was probably –‘
Then Elliebitch comes in, thankfully stopping the confusing and un-transcribable (is that even a word? I doubt it) conversation. She has a match on the saliva but it’s not Susie. Oh bugger.
Then Boyd is doing up his shoes and talking about Phillipa Carrington, who is the other body. Pulled out of Regents Canal. Boyd and Grace are going
‘And nine of that he’s spent trying to go blind, so he’s out. So how did the killer know them, was it socially, personally –‘
‘Maybe it was just random?’
‘No, nothing is random, except in mathematics. Even a pathological offender has a non-pathological method of finding his victims.’
The funny thing is, Boyd and Grace speak at the same time, and Spence shakes his head *snigger*.
They tell Stella to look for more, and to go back more than 5 or 6 years, and to look for rape, indecent exposure, assault, etc.
‘They don’t just start off as murderers, there’s usually a learning curve.’
‘Take a look at that.’ Boyd says, grinning a little manically and putting his foot up on the table to show Spence. ‘Better than yours?’
‘Not really, no.’
Heh heh heh.
The restaurant. The manager is being a bit obsequious (my recaps keep making me use words I don’t normally).
‘Half my staff are students.’
‘Because they’re cheap.’
‘No, it’s the long hours and the hard work.’
‘Yeah, and it’s cheap.’
‘Oh, you have to ask my wife about that, she does all the hiring.’
Every time they ask the waitress something, the manager guy interrupts.
Spence and Stella continue their research. Spence is looking rather nice.
Boyd and Grace are having a lovely dinner, and Boyd starts talking about something called Relative Activity Theory. Something about drawing conclusions from a group of crimes?
‘Excuse me; can I have a couple of glasses of white wine, please?’
‘We need more than two.’
‘What, you want a bottle?’
Sweet. Then he distracts her form talking about work by going on about the food (damn it, I’m going to have to write Boyd/Grace now).
Then she gets up to go to the toilet, but on the way she sees something – a newspaper article, with photo, about the taverna. He then makes her steal it. hahah.
Boyd still can’t work the coffee machine. Spence details the attacks they’ve found in the last ten years – 43 in total.
‘The Mercury’s got a circulation of 22,000. A readership of half that again. They could just be coincidence.’
‘You don’t believe in them, do you?’
Stella and Spence go to the newspaper offices to use a microfiche machine. They always amaze me. Who came up with the idea?
SM gets visited in prison by his parents, a very overbearing mother and a cowed-looking father. The mother obviously dotes on him, to put it lightly.
While they’re looking through the stuff at the newspaper, a reporter woman who looks familiar asks them oh-so-subtly if they want coffee, and they say they’re fine. Then she oh-so-subtly leans over a bit to try and see what they’re doing. Come on, woman!
They go back to the office with their findings – four of the forty three above had been in the Ealing Mercury. Two of the women got a look at their attacker, and these are shown in flashback to be SM, and did anyone else kind of go ‘eh? But where is the mystery and utter confusion for the viewers??’ Both of the women sat with artists.
‘They look like two different people, don’t they, which isn’t surprising, if one of them was through a bathroom window, unless it was open, he’d be all…wobbly, wouldn’t he?’
‘One of them looks like he’s out of a catalogue, and one of them looks like he’s out of a…’
‘Out of a hedge?’
‘Out of a hedge, yeah. Out of a hedge.’
OMG his smile at this :)
Then they talk about why there have been no new attacks, he could have moved away, just stopped, had a change in circumstances, BUT these two pictures both look fairly similar (to me) and the clean-shaven one at least looks a fair bit like SM. So why doesn’t Spence notice this?
One of the girls was reported as a missing person by her boyfriend, but the case never got any further. Boyd and Grace go and visit him. He has a sulky-faced girlfriend.
Back in the office, Stella is marking the areas of the attacks etc on a map.
Boyd and Grace ask him stuff about the case, about his girlfriend.
‘We were going to get married.’
‘Well you seem to have got another life here pretty quick; I mean you’ve moved on, haven’t you?’
‘He calls me Ben, he’s not mine.’
‘She’s only missing. What would you do if she turned up?’
‘I’d forgive her.’
Back in the lab, Elliebitch has an iPod on, and is printing out something about planes?
Stella wants to speak to Grace, and Boyd gets stopped by the newspaper girl, and goes off on a rant about local newspapers
‘I hear the parking’s miserable in Islington, too. The door is that way.’
She doesn’t give up :)
‘Spence, this is Sarah Mercury-Baker from the Winged Messenger, can you show her out?’
Spence chats to her a little.
‘Spence? Straight out.’
‘Most of us travel a certain distance to do certain things – none of us travel further than we need to. Different people call it different things.’
‘Like relative activity theories?’
‘Yes, that’s right. Geographers call it the nearness principle. Psychologists call it the principle of least effort.’
And the rest of us call it being lazy.
‘With criminals, it’s not an exact science, but white offenders will travel further than black, bank robbers will travel further than burglars, old further than young.’
And presumably, international jewel thieves travel furthest of all.
…I’m sorry; I don’t know where that came from.
‘It’s the same theory supermarkets use when they’re about to open a new branch.’
‘So what’s the give or take?’
‘Well, the give or take is that the offender has to balance his desire for anonymity with the ability to operate in an area he’s totally comfortable with. There’s a buffer zone – right there – just round where he lives.’
Then Spence says he’s been to one of the roads on the map – it’s where Bryony used to live.
Long story short, they figure out that the attacker could be SM, as he’s been in prison and whatnot.
‘Spence, you’ve seen him, what do you think?’
‘I don’t know.’
BUT IIT LOOKS LIKE HIM! I realise it’s probably more accurate than it would be for viewer benefit, but aaargh. Then they say that it can’t be him because he couldn’t have dumped the wallet, and Elliebitch gets a word in edgeways.
She talks about a plan called Stardust that disappeared in the 50s and turned up years later halfway down a mountain.
‘I don’t know why I’m interested, but what happened to the plane?’
Basically, there was a flood in that bloke’s garden, and the plastic bag was buried and then got pushed up to the surface by the water pressure.
Boyd and Grace *coughsomarriedcough* go and see SM in prison. Stella and Spence go and see the woman at the Estate Agent’s.
‘How did you find him?’
‘Truthfully, the first time I met him, I was impressed.’
‘Well, he seemed smart, he sounded enthusiastic, he was ambitious.’
‘What about the second time you met him?’
‘And the second time was favourable too. It took a while for me to realise I was wrong.’
‘What do you mean by that?’
‘Well, it’s hard to describe –‘
‘When he arrived, he was going to be the top salesman in the office within three months, the best in the company within six.’
‘How long did that last?’
‘About a week. Then he started missing days. He didn’t turn up at all for a while. Then he’d be back with all the same plans. He had this great scheme for marketing the agency. A new solution for this, a different version of that. What he didn’t have was any sales.’
‘Did he sell any houses at all?’
‘One, in the eighteen months he was here. To his parents.’
Then we switch to prison.
‘I had big plans for that agency, but they didn’t have any vision. No sense of progression. After all, it’s the man who stands alone who is the creative force. The man who disagrees.’
AAARGH he’s annoying. Boyd just raises an eyebrow.
‘You must have found it very hard in here if you’re prone to disagreements.’
‘I’m very adaptable. It’s been an interesting experiment.’
‘In what way?’
‘Situational ethics, for one. The shift of moral certainties outside the normal parameters of society.’
Er, yeah. Then there’s some bizarre thing about a twenty pound note and evolving situations.
‘I started to get complaints. He’d turn up at a house without an appointment, without clients even.’
‘Did you ask him about it?’
‘Of course. He’d say the clients hadn’t shown, and he’d just forgotten to tell the owners.’
Basically, SM is a bit of a dodgy character.
Back in jail, SM is back on the old ‘I am innocent, it’s everyone else’s fault’ thing…GAH. He gets caught out in a lie and it is very funny. And he keeps lying, and it’s incredibly obvious and funny.
IN the lab, Elliebitch is looking at pictures of Susie’s injuries and doing something on the computers with them.
Boyd and Grace leave the prison.
‘So hat do you think of him?’
‘Well, he’d show you a good time, but you’d have to pick up the bill.’
‘I didn’t mean as a dinner date, I meant –‘
‘It’s a description that’s always stuck in my mind.’
Back in the office.
‘If you think of cutting through a rope, there are hundreds of strands. Well, a personality works in exactly the same way.’
‘What strand are we looking at?’
‘Well, there’s a host of pointers. Restlessness, unreliability, egocentricity, eccentricity…’
‘But not all psychopaths are killers.’
‘No, not at all.’
‘So what makes the difference? What trips the balance?’
‘Some kind of trauma, perhaps? A big event, maybe. More consistent abuse in childhood or adolescence, but not necessarily – could be intertwined with a parental relationship, a sibling, a best friend, a girlfriend…’
‘Have we got hold of the girlfriend yet?’
‘I’m talking to her bank to get her current address, but without a warrant, they’re dragging their feet.’
‘Get a warrant,’
She gets her snappy face on.
‘Just find the girl.’
Elliebitch explains the thing she’s been doing with the pictures, and the software has moved on enough that they can look at the details of the hand injuries and woo, it’s a bite mark, and detailed enough that they can get a match. Wow. Is that real?
Stella goes round to see Bryony, and originally she doesn’t want to let her in.
Boyd and Grace go round to see SM’s parents.
‘You ride, Inspector?’
‘Only donkeys at the beach, and I haven’t done that for years.’
The two people playing the parents are fantastic. They’re so believable.
Elliebitch goes to take a tooth cast from SM. He is annoying, and she doesn’t like him either.
They chat to the parents.
‘I hear he found you this house.’
‘Yes, he did. We weren’t really looking, but I just – fell in love with it. He knew I would. It’s just perfect for… for my furniture. It’s amazing how one gets attached to furniture.’
Yeah, right. And also ahahahaha.
‘Stephen has been let down by the system.’
‘Is that your view, Mr Hunt?’
‘Of course it is.’
No wonder he likes fishing.
They say that want to look through Stephen’s things, and when they say it’s for a murder investigation, she looks shocked, but not surprised, if that makes sense…
She gets very annoyed and throws them out.
‘Leave my house. Now.’
The dad doesn’t look surprised. Boyd leaves shouting something about riding to hounds…
Back at the office, newspaper girl is there again, and some police guy is just standing there.
Boyd and Grace return.
‘Oh no, no, what’s she doing here?’
‘Is it true that you’re investigating a series of attacks on women in Ealing [? last bit].’
‘What’s she doing here? What, did she give you a flash, get her out of here!’
‘Is there any connection with the Mercury? Is this a murder investigation?’
‘It’s a police investigation.’
‘When you do have something to say, will you give me first look?’
Grace is looking worried and backing away…
‘A few details, before anyone else.’
‘Look’ he says, grabbing the policeman by his tie ‘you show her out, alright, and unless I’ve written the permission on her forehead, you don’t show her back in, alright? Do you understand me? Yes? OK, GET OUT!’
Elliebitch has some models of the hands and casts of SM’s teeth. She also has an incredibly funky and small digital camera.
Bryony is being interviewed.
‘I’d just come out of a bad relationship, and he seemed nice. He seemed normal.’
‘Why did you leave him?’
‘He didn’t turn out to be what I thought.’
‘In what way?’
‘Take your pick. He was odd, not just a little bit, I mean strange. He’d change, every few months -’
‘[Boyd over mike] Ask her about his physical appearance on the photo fits.’
‘– Like, he’s eat hardly anything, mostly fruit and some fish. He said the oil was good for his skin. And he’d drink lots of water, always bottled.’
‘How long did that go on for?’
‘Several weeks. And then suddenly he’d change.’
‘In which way?’
‘He’d just let himself go. He’d stop caring; he’d stay in the flat all day, just watching telly, writing his letters.’
‘Letters to who?’
‘The local paper…’
Elliebitch comes up to Boyd.
‘You should watch this; the different descriptions make sense, and the connections with the local paper.’
[Back to Bryony in the interview room then back to Boyd and Elliebitch]
‘It’s not him.’
‘The standard of proof is medical certainty.’
‘Ideally, I want at least fifteen points of comparison. Twist my arm and I could live with ten.’
‘How many have you got?’
‘Four. It’s not Hunt. His teeth didn’t make those marks.’
Boyd tells her to recheck, and she says she’s been over it three times.
‘Everything we know matches Hunt.’
Bryony thinks SM was getting his money from his parents as there was nowhere else.
‘He always complained about them.’
‘In what way?’
‘Mostly his mother. When things went wrong, it was always her fault. Except only he was allowed to say that.’
‘No, not even when she trashed his car.’
‘Tell us more about that.’
‘Well, he bought a new car. In my name, he couldn’t get credit. And a couple of days later someone put deep scratches on both sides. He was furious.’
‘How did you know it was the mother?’
‘Well, they’d had an argument about the car. It was the kind of thing she’d do.’
‘Tell me about the physical side of your relationship, how was that?’
‘Well, he told me once that, um, I was with him for the sex. I thought he was joking.’
‘He had trouble getting aroused, and when he did, it was just over really quickly.’
IN the lab, they’re still trying to work around the problem of the teeth
‘Just think about it.’
‘I’ve thought about it, I can’t change the science to suit you!’
‘Is that what I said, did I say anything about that, did I say anything about changing the science? I said, THINK ABOUT IT AGAIN!’
‘Hunt doesn’t have a violent record. Nine months of benefit fraud doesn’t make him a mass murderer, does it?’
Then Boyd stops and asks when SM went into prison.
‘Nine months ago. He’s about to walk.’
‘He served his whole sentence, every day of it?’
‘Nobody serves their whole sentence. Why did he serve his whole sentence, huh?’
Spence gets on the phone.
SM is walking out of prison.
‘Has he hurt somebody?’
‘Is it serious?’
Mini-flashbacks to the women he’s attacked through this bit, and the vie keeps going back to him walking through the prison.
@he used to jog. Late at night or early in the morning. He said he preferred it when there was nobody around. And one time, he came back with scratches on his face, on his hands. He told me he’d been attacked by a dog. I didn’t think it was a dog. I should have said something and all I did was leave.’
Spence comes to give Boyd the news about SM. he was in a fight in prison, suffered injuries to the hand and face, and he lost six teeth.
‘He had some work done. It would have changed his bite. That’s why there’s no bite.’
‘He could still be the guy.’
‘He’s always been the guy.’
Boyd stomps off.
SM’s mum is waiting for him outside the gates of the prison. Boyd appears, all stern faced.
They take him into the interview room and interview him about Susie. He does not get anywhere.
‘Let him talk, Boyd, give him some room.’
Yes, shut up for a bit, Boyd.
‘Out of all these girls, what exactly are you looking for, in a woman?’
SM doesn’t answer. His mum is waiting in the corridor. She bursts into the office, and Stella gets her back out.
I’m impressed that Boyd keeps his temper in this interview.
Stella brings SM’s mum some coffee.
‘Haven’t you got a proper cup?’
‘It comes out of a machine.’
‘Where are you from?’
‘Bit of a mix. Partly English, partly French.’
IN the interview room, SM is spinning another tale, and has now decided that he *does* know about the Mercury.
‘How do you think people perceive you?’
‘I’m a guy who gets things done. People who know me would say that, definitely.’
‘Was writing those letters getting things done?’
Back in the corridor, SM’s mum says she’s going to call her lawyer.
‘You wrote over a hundred letters to the Mercury.’
‘I doubt it. A few, certainly. I’d be very surprised if it was a hundred. Occasionally I felt there were things that needed to be said.’
‘On a hundred and four occasions?’
‘The area needs attention. Some sort of central plan. The right sort of attention could bring millions to the local economy.’
‘Why didn’t you use your own name?’
‘I’m too busy to get involved. I like to make suggestions, but I don’t want to get dragged into local politics. [pause] although plenty of people have said that I should.’
‘Was one of those people Bryony Watts?’
[Pause] ‘Bryony was a mistake. An error on my part. A relationship that I should never have got into. I didn’t realise it at first, but she’s not a stable person. Mood swings are a large part of her personality. She’s very malleable, very open to persuasion.’
Spence comes in and tells them over the mike that the dental records have been lost.
‘…Ask my mum about it. Is she still here, by the way? I think I’d like to go now.’
He gets up and goes, and Boyd is all moodily staring at nothing.
‘Okay. What’s he going to do, Grace?’
‘He’s not a book; I can’t just turn to the next page.’
‘Yeah, but you’re the one who gets inside these people’s heads, you understand them.’
‘The psychopathic personality has a low boredom threshold.’
‘So we rule out daytime TV.’
‘For him to get the same response there has to be a constant escalation of risk.’
Then the camera goes back to the shot at the beginning of the episode, SM running the bath with the scratches.
‘So he’s going to do it again, is that what you’re saying? He’s going to kill again?’
More bath running and flashbacks.
‘Yes. Given the opportunity.’