Two-parter One For Sorrow concludes with this episode, with the murders of artist/psychologist Talika Desai and an Estonian drifter being been linked by a video. But who actually did the killings Topically, this episode kicks off with a rugby match; sneaky Ollie is trying to pass off his facial injuries as sporting trophies. Could he be the hooded character seen in the murder video? How does this tie in with Talika’s smoothie agent Sean, who keep s getting anonymous phone calls? Creepy taxidermist Jasper, whose house has been vandalised and graffitied? Charity worker Ian Tedman, who apparently had an affair with Talika? Or Hathaway’s Dad, whose dementia is becoming an increasing burden? (oh no, wait a minute, he’s probably not the killer).
In this consideration of family relationships, that of Hathaway, his burdensome father and his shrill sister Nell is contrasted with that of Talika and her sister Samira, and the creepy Tedman family.
Samira accuses Jasper online, but it turns out that she herself is the online troll ‘Oscar Wilde’ who stalked Talika. Just jealous of the attention she got for her art, apparently.
Hathaway’s examination of Talika’s video reveals that her entire exhibition consists of clues to Indrek’s murder – ‘One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy…”
Lizzie and Moody catch charity worker Bryony supplying drugs to one of the charity’s clients, but she denies any involvement with Talika, then collapses, apparently poisoned by Digoxin. There’s also arsenic in her system, as there was in Talika’s. Was she also experimenting in taxidermy?
Jasper reveals that Talika’s missing necklace was his dead wife’s, and that he took it from the death scene – but he reckons Sean has stolen it, so the hunt is on for the smoothie agent.
Hathaway discovers cash hidden in Sean’s taxidermy shop, but not the jewellery. Was the taxidermist’s a front for drug dealing, and was Bryony his accomplice?
Hathaway finds Talika’s sketches of clocks, and links them to the murder video – was it shot in a clock tower? (Hmmm – video timecodes aren’t usually synced to external clocks, so we’re not convinced by this bit of flummery).
Sean’s nabbed while recovering his cocaine stash from a lockup, but meanwhile the Stedman’s silver wedding party is taking place at Langton College, where the clock tower catches Hathaway’s interest; it does in fact contain the murder room, and the room was rented by Talika, and Professor Stedman, in connection with a psychological study on depersonalisation (think the Stanford Prison Experiment).
So did something go wrong with experiment, did drifter Indrek die, and did the Tedmans, Talika and Bryony cover it up? Bryony says no, she wasn’t involved, but Ollie was.
Ollie seems more willing to accept his responsibility than do his parents, and admits that in his role as a guard he beat Indrek and threw him off the balcony. The Tedmans admit that they covered it up, and that the money Ian gave Talika was hush money, not because they were having an affair.
So who killed Talika? Ian Stedman, afraid Talika’s therapeutic art would reveal the truth, apparently; but Briony was poisoned by Professor Stedman, all to protect son Ollie.
Protecting their son might have been the Stedman’s motivation, but it led to two murders and one attempted. So no points there.
Talika’s sister Sahira just seems chuffed that she now has more YouTube followers than her dead sister, and nobody much cares about Indrek. So some family bonds are stronger than others.
Ending with a little bonding exercise as Lewis takes Hathaway and his dad fishing is a little pat, but it makes the point about the value of family relationships.
Now, if you can accept that a psychology student is also an artist and a taxidermist, a charity worker is also a drug dealer and a taxidermist, and a taxidermist is also a drug dealer, this all just about hangs together, but by the end of it we felt pretty stuffed ourselves.
New man Moody still seems determined to force Lewis back into retirement, and certainly he’s increasingly sidelined by Hathaway, who gives all the orders and has all the insights. Will Lewis assert himself more in future episodes, or is it intended that he fade away and take up a hobby? Hopefully, not stuffing dead animals.
For our episode one review go here