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SPOOKS
(MI-5)

EPISODE ONE
(aka Auspicious Start)


EPISODE NO. 17
Series 3, episode 01
Series 301
1st release (U.K.): 10/11/04
1st release (U.S.):
Production number:
Last update: 11/01/04


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CAST & CREDITS
TV GUIDE PROMOS
PRESS RELEASE
SYNOPSIS/ANALYSIS
SYNOPSIS/ANALYSIS
THE MORSE CODE MESSAGE
COMMENTARY
DISCUSSION LINKS



RECURRING CAST
Harry Peace PETER FIRTH
Danny Hunter DAVID OYELOWO
Tom Quinn MATTHEW MACFADYEN
Zoe Reynolds KEELEY HAWES
Sam Buxton SHAUNA MACDONALD
Adam Carter RUPERT PENRY-JONES
Oliver Mace TIM MCINNERNY
Ruth Evershed NICOLA WALKER

GUEST CAST
Colin Wells RORY MACGREGOR
Hugo Weatherby MICHAEL CULVER
Nurse FIONA CAREW
Malcolm Wynn-Jones HUGH SIMON
CIA Man TRISTAN HICKEY
Christine Dale MEGAN DODDS
Herman Joyce TOMAS ARANA
Carmen Joyce FRANCES TOMELTY
Jason Belling SAM SPRUELL

CREDITS
Writer Howard Brenton
Director Jonny Campbell

BBC-1, Mondays 9pm







TV GUIDE PROMOS

Can the team prove Tom's innocence and save the very future of MI5? BBC.co.uk

Tom Quinn has disappeared after shooting his boss Harry Pearce. He also stands accused of assassinating the Chief of Defence Staff. Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee Oliver Mace uses this a pretext to launch a punitive investigation of MI5. Zoe, Danny and the team must prove Tom innocent and save the service from government takeover. TVTome.com

Harry is suffering from critical injuries but he needs to save the group and prove the innocence of the missing Tom to Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee Oliver Mace (Tim McInnerny). Helping out is new recruit Adam Carter from MI6. TheCustard.tv



PRESS RELEASE

MI5 is in crisis.

Agent Tom Quinn has disappeared, having shot his superior Harry Pearce. Tom also stands accused of assassinating the Chief of The Defence Staff [see Series 2, Episode 10].

Could this be the perfect opportunity for conspirators in the darker corners of Government to overhaul the organisation? Or is there still time for Tom to be proved innocent?

Oliver Mace is chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. When he hears of Tom's actions, he seizes the opportunity to take control of Britain's homeland Intelligence Service. But what are his true motives?

With the Prime Minister's backing Mace launches an investigation into MI5. Mace claims that MI5 is 'rotten to the core'. Can he succeed in depriving the organisation of its independence? Or will a familiar face from the past save the day?

Danny, Zoe and the rest of the team, under intense watch, manage to skip surveillance and meet to discuss what to do. They must inform Harry, who is appalled to learn of this "conspiracy, in the darker corners of Government" and their crass intention to "modernise the intelligence services".

Harry's contacted by Tom Quinn. Tom's been living undercover as a homeless man since he was last seen wading into the sea. Tom tells Harry that MI5's only hope of survival is to prove that Tom was innocent.

A few hours later the body of the man, Herman Joyce, who Tom claimed set him up in revenge turns up on the steps of Thames House - Tom has murdered him but is this proof enough that Tom was innocent?

Mace doesn't think so. So the battle for control continues. Tom, Zoe and new recruit Adam entice Herman's wife, yet to know her husband is dead, into coming over to the UK. Despite Mace's attempts to throw them off the scent of Carmen, they track her down to a flat. She's in on the revenge plot against Tom - but realising Herman's dead, she shoots herself.

No matter as the team have recorded her every word. Tom is in the clear and back at MI5. But so is Mace...



SYNOPSIS/ANALYSIS:

This synopsis is by Han.

Ok, so this is an attempt at a recap of sorts, though there will be squeeing that is not exactly conducive to easy reading. Sorry! In short, it was about 10 times better than I was expecting, and there were some ace lines, which will be scattered throughout the text.

I'm rejigging this after watching the first three episodes, and I've noticed that there are themes cropping up in the scripts. The one for this one, perhaps unsurprisingly, is water.

Harry's in the ambulance and there's lots of blood and he says something about national security. That is a dedicated man right thereÖ

So Tim McInnerny (Percy henceforth, he was in Blackadder) is the chief of the JIC and he gets the news of Harry being shot and Tom being on the run.

'No no no, let me take this is. Tom Quinn shot the chief of the defence staff, and then shot Harry Pearce to escape?'

Danny and ZoŽ are on their way back to Thames House and being quite snappy with each other. ZoŽ tries to tell him that Tom's dead but he won't accept it. Danny stops the car and gets out, and ZoŽ's got a little TV thingy bob that is tres swish. The JIC and special branch are ripping the grid apart, and Ruth phones to ZoŽ saying something about a doghouse when Percy comes in and suspends everyone and oooh intrigue.

"This is going to be something of a bloodbath."

Talk about hitting the ground runningÖ

TitlesÖnow include Adam and Ruth. Lots of Adam.

Percy goes into some sort of high up cabinet meeting to get authorisation/backing for, um, totally redesigning the security services? An old friend of Harry's (Hugo) tries to speak up for him but wimps out of actually doing anything about it. Why are Harry's friends so useless? **

We see Ruth going into the hospital to see Harry. It had to be her, really, didn't it? How more perfect could that be for me? Though she only says he's her bossÖ

"The whole culture of Thames House is rotten, so we are cleaning the stables." According to Percy. Harry is going 'to retire on medical grounds'. He wants to get rid of everyone and prosecute anyone involved with Tom'sÖI don't even know what to call it.

I'll leave this bit as I wrote it, just so you can all see how d*** happy I was:

OMG OMG OMG she's in love with him and having his child *DIES* Ok, I know it's only because she's being a spy and stuff but woo yay :) She totally is in love with him though. Oh, be still my shipper's heart :)

In English: in order to get a message to Harry, Ruth tells a nurse that she is in love with him and having his child. She gives the nurse £50 and a note in Morse code. Did anyone see what it said? Ah, cleverer people than me say it says 'JIC CLOSING GRID'

ZoŽ, Danny, Ruth Sam and Malcolm meet in some kind of underpass? Is it a tube station? I don't know. Anyway, they're talking about Percy and how mean and evil he is. ZoŽ says something about him having a 'reputation as a desk spook.' To which Danny responds 'Oh no, the worst.' Which seems a bit odd especially when Ruth's standing *right there*, as she's really a desk spook - even Malcolm and Colin go out sometimes. Unless I've totally misunderstood the meaning of that phrase. (Am told that yes, I did misunderstand) Ruth also says 'I smell the stench of deep politics' which is very, um, odd. Danny wants to prove that Tom was innocent.

While they're talking a tramp comes over asking for change and then suddenly changes his voice and informs Sam that there's bug on her bike and there's lots of shouting and running away. If you haven't watched it, your first reaction on this scene will likely be 'WTF?'

'Who the hell was that?'
'Guardian angel?'

ZoŽ and Danny try to go and see Christine Dale. Funnily enough, they don't get in. ZoŽ says it's because (paraphrasing) 'She was sleeping with our traitor.' Danny bizarrely enough replies 'don't call Tom that! God, couldn't bear it.' Which is a really odd line. He's really hanging on to the idea of Tom's innocence, while ZoŽ has given it up, probably in order to protect herself.

Christine is telling someone she didn't help Tom, and then we switch back to ZoŽ. ZoŽ has to go in to see Percy, who unsurprisingly is really mean to her and accuses her of buying the gun for Tom. He also says 'a little career advice: let the waters close over your time in this service.' More on this later. Danny storms in to try and defend her (Damn, I was doing so well on not going 'Danny/ZoŽ squee!') and then Harry appears. Arm in a sling and all, but he appears, and says something like 'do you want me to humiliate you in front of junior officers?' and they go off and talk.

Percy tries to threaten Harry but he's having none of it ('I like the niceties. They protect us from tyranny.') He tells Percy if he wants to prosecute/disband the department he'll have to do it by the book, which leads to this: "The moral high ground's a bit of a sandbank for you, Harry. The tide's coming in." HmmmmmmmmÖ.

'This department is still independent.'
'This department is rotten to the core.'

So then they're all talking on the grid (note they have added more staff members since last season though whether they'll get names or even lines remains to be seen). This guy comes in. His name is Adam. He came from 6. I was all geared up to dislike him. I was definitely NOT going to think he was cute or anything.

Bastards.

A - 'We've got one hell of a situation here, but there's a neat way to get the gremlins off our backs.'
Z - 'Oh yeah? What's that?'
A - 'We prove Tom Quinn was innocent.
D (pointing) - 'Yes!'

Anyway, he's all Mr Smooth, and he comes in taking over and it's all 'oh, we're going to be here all night, can we get some sandwichesÖ' and Sam is all swooning teenage girl. If she carries on like this I'm going to be very annoyed by her.

So Danny, ZoŽ and Adam are talking about what they'd have done in Tom's position, and I think Danny says he would have shot him, and then Adam looks up and guess who's there? So he says 'what about you, Harry? If you'd have been in Tom's position, would you have shot you?' and Harry just walks away.

Danny asks Adam about a plan, and it turns into a story of how he met his wife? OkÖ but the point of me noting this was that he is charming and clever and oh-so-slightly reckless (Percy refers to him as a loose cannon). Henceforth he is to be known as Adam 'loose cannon' Carter.

Then we switch to the Natural History Museum. Ooh politics. Watch me promptly get confused. Hugo and Harry are talking about how certain people want to create a single unified intelligence service that would do what the government tells it and report only good news. Or something. Hugo, again, is a wimp and won't do anything.

'You'll not stop these people, Harry. They'll crucify you.'
'Crucifixion it is, then.'

Then, Tom rings Harry. Much fangirl squeeing at this point, even though we knew he was alive.

'Harry?'
'Tom.'
'You alright?'
'Well, you perforated my shoulder and damn near got my lung, but apart from that, hunky dory.'

Harry tells Tom to get him proof that he was set up, and tells him briefly what's going on.

"You are a dead man in the North Sea and you will remain so until you prove otherwise."

Dear informs me that Hermann Joyce was the man who tried to kill Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard. I swear, she's like a one-woman IMDB for crap films. Anyway, Hermann goes into this Church and Tom follows him and THEY HAVE A FIGHT. Yay, action! Then, out of nowhere, he shoots him! Dead!! Alright, that was unexpected, and gratifying, and oh YAY go Tom!

He then drives to Thames House and dumps the body, as you do. Harry, ZoŽ, Danny and Adam look at the body.

Harry: Is this the calling card of a drowned man?

They're looking into Hermann's faked funeral (oh God, *so* last season) and ZoŽ says quietly 'I wish Tom was still here.' And Harry snaps back 'Well he's not.' Which was just really sad, because she's trying to close herself off to what happened, but she can't cut herself off completely.

The team finally catch on to the fact that Joyce's wife must have been involved (I think someone - Tom? - raised that last season, but it was ignored). Percy comes in to have another argument with Harry, and this is when he sees Adam 'loose cannon' Carter.

'Until this is resolved, no-one sleeps - except the dead.'

Percy goes for a taxi ride with some guy who reminds me of Evil French Bastard Cop actor (um, sorry, if you don't read my lj, that'll make no sense. His name's Tcheky Karyo), but probably only because he looks like a thug too. He seems to be in some sort of inner circle and he's pushing Percy (who here is quite weak) to make sure he's really committed to this whole modernisation thing they're doing. Percy decides to go see Christine.

He leans on Christine to get her to talk to Tom. Christine still has half a brain and says 'he'll never talk to me' or something, but then no - Tom has left a message on her *home phone* asking exactly that. WTF? Percy makes all sorts of horrible threats about prison and Christine agrees. Dude, Percy's a right bastard. That's with the northern pronunciation favoured by Tom, Harry and Eddie Izzard.

(Ok, so, she wasn't involved, it wasn't her fault, I was wrong. Damn.)

ZoŽ walks in to her flat and Tom is there. Er, wouldn't there be some of Percy's people watching the flat, don't you think? ZoŽ gets all angry and punchy, which seems to surprise Tom who has obviously taken STUPID PILLS while he's been away. I like that ZoŽ doesn't let him get away with it - she asks him 'How could you do this to us?' and he has no answer. It seems fairly obvious that since about ep209 onwards he's cared less and less about how his actions affect other people. When Danny comes in and sees him, he's angry despite being the one who was supporting Tom, but Tom deprives him of any chance to get it out by just saying he's totally wiped and if Danny wants to fight him, he'd win.

Tom admits that he killed Joyce, which is something that just seems to have been glossed over. Tom's a murderer now, and yeah, okay, means to an end and all that, but it wasn't strictly part of the job. I don't know, it's just made me a bit uncomfortable with Tom as a character.

The team work out a plan for getting to talk to Carmen Joyce, and when Harry compliments Adam he says it was Tom's idea.

"That is a totally illegal and madcap schemeÖI like it."

Now I KNOW this is the writers making us not hate Adam or see him as a carbon copy of Tom, and it's frigging *working*. Ah well. Adam also says the plan will work because CJ is 'addicted to danger.'

Tom meets with Christine. Stupid boy. He also tells her pretty much everything and believes her instantly when she says she's not wired. Fool. I think I realised what bugs me about Christine - she's continually calling him Tom Quinn (as do the other Americans in this programme).

Carmen takes a very circuitous route to get to the hotel where's she supposed to meet Herman (but it's really a set up). When she arrives the team realise that there are US people there, and create a distraction in the form of:

"ZoŽ! Flirt! Now!" Ahahahaha go Adam. So she does, and Adam comes in pretending to be her boyfriend, and there's ANOTHER fight, during which CJ buggers off and - oh no - gets into a taxi.

Harry has a conversation with Percy that ends with the totally deadpan 'Oh dear we lost her whoops.'

Ruth then reveals that they haven't lost her because:

"She's in one of our cabs!"

Those of you going 'eh? Their cabs?' you're on the same page as Harry. Ruth reveals that she has been recruiting taxi drivers because it's cheaper than having their own cabs, and now seems to realise that she maybe kind of should have cleared it, though Harry doesn't mind.

CJ is going to a safe house, with the team following her. Danny wants to send a text to Tom but Harry says no. Adam gives Danny the nod so he does and says it was when they went over a bump. Maturity not the strong point of this episode :).

A team of people with guns and Colin go in and get some people out of the neighbouring flat. Indian-type music is playing. This is important as it can be heard through the walls of the flat. He plugs a camera into the wall, and they see her getting out a gun.

Tom appears. This is the first time he and Harry are face to face. He doesn't shake Adam's hand.

At the safe house, Tom wants to be on the one to go and talk to CJ, but Adam wants to do it.

'Who do you think you are?'
'Actually, mater, I'm an agent who didn't get suckered by an American con artist.'

Harry says no to the talking and Adam talks him out of it. At one point Tom says to Adam 'You've got my life.' Which is true on pretty much every level - as well as the job, Adam has the wife and child that Tom very nearly had with Ellie.

'It's not about your life, is it?'

Colin has to put the music back on so it's not suspicious, so they can all see Adam talk to CJ. There is talking during which even Tom is impressed, saying that that's what he would have done, and Danny uses the phrase 'Dazzling liar.' Adam says that Hermann was killed when he was spotted coming out of the church, and there was a shootout in which he took 5 agents with him.

Adam flatters her.

'Setting up Tom was a great scam.'
'More. It had elegance.'

Eventually Adam gets a confession from her (damn, he's good), though she knows that they're being bugged and all that. She tells him about the faked funeral and everything. She is, quite possibly, totally insane When she's confessed, Tom says something like 'It's like it's stopped raining in my head.' Adam has a possibility to get the gun when she puts it down but he doesn't go for it, and Tom pushes the others not to send in the troops. She and Adam talk about being caught in a cul de sac, and then she shoots herself. It looked like she was actually the driving force behind the whole thing.

Then he's back in his suit at his desk, with his not very nice new hair, practising his lines for being Mr Darcy. Or maybe not. Harry tells him to send a signal about the bodies of two American citizens, but it's not the same. He tells Adam that he couldn't have got her to confess like that, and Adam asks how the Americans knew she was coming. The answer is BECAUSE TOM WAS STUPID.

They go to see Christine. "This is Adam Carter. We're sort of doing the same job at the moment." See? Adam has his life. :( Apparently she has resigned. Er, okay.

'It nearly destroyed me. It is destroying you.'
'No, I'm fine. Dandy. Cockahoop.'

I think the intention of the conversation was for him to dump her or at least tell her off, but it ends up feeling like she dumped him.

The episode ends on Danny, ZoŽ, Tom and Adam going off to a restaurant, with Tom being all doomy and lecturing, and Harry, Percy and Thug Man in an exclusive club, where Thug Man gets told to leave and Harry and Percy have a conversation that makes little sense.

So, good episode, yay action, great dialogue, pity Tom's gone all stupid. Also, given that the beach and surrounding sea was being scoured at the end of 210, how did Tom get away when we all saw him run into the sea? Eh? It was a bit heavy on the exposition, which ok, was probably necessary, but there were times when it was a bit clunky.

And next time: Bombs!

** Harry's other useless friend was Dicky Bowman, who ran a bank back in 204.

In the flat, CJ gets out a gun. Tom appears at the van.

Tom doesn't shake Adam's hand when he introduces himself, and proceeds to get all snippy. Tom asks who the h*** he is, and Adam replies: "Actually mate, I'm an officer who didn't get suckered by an American con artist."

He also says something totally bizarre about lottery wheels?

"Setting up Tom was a great scam."
"More! It had elegance."

I hadn't noticed the 'Go on, b****. Do it.' From Tom. Also I really liked the Indian music.

Tom sits in the office with his suit and his hair. He tells Adam (in scruffy jumper) that he couldn't have got the info out of CJ.

We lie about people a lot. What's really frightening is when someone lies about you.
Yeah, well the trick is not to care.
No, I don't.

Do you know Jason Belling?
Only from certain tape recordings.



THE MORSE CODE MESSAGE

From Rupertfatcat

Do you know how hard it is to decipher Morse b***** Code when all of the dots and dashes are run together with no spaces between either the letters or the words? However, with perseverance, a good screen-cap of the message, a morse code alphabet downloaded from a web site and a little bit of intuitive guessing (helped along by some tips I remember from a book I read a few years ago called "The Code Book") I finally got it.

The message is pretty simple: JIC Closing Grid

JIC: .--- .. -.-.
Closing: -.-. .-.. --- ... .. -. --.
Grid: --. .-. .. -..



You need to hire more agents. Stop. Everyone knows who they are.
A time of morse, a time of code...
Click graphic for larger image


In case anyone wonders how I did it, I hit on JIC first just by luck. Then I got stuck because I wasn't sure where the remaining words started or ended or how many there even were. I then rewatched the Ruth scene where the Special Branch goons come in and start trashing things and Zoe tells her to get a message to Harry. I wrote down a bunch of key words to see if any of them would fit in (did you know in Morse Code Tom is written out - --- --? Doesn't that explain a lot?). Most of them were too long but I saw that Grid would fit nicely if I used both of the last 2 lines. That also confirmed that the message wasn't written as a word per line so the remaining 2 lines in the middle might well be one word. I then just went down the chart matching dots and dashes until I got something that made some sense and finally Closing emerged.

I hope that puts some minds at rest and kudos to the prop people for writing out a real message. This is unlike Season 1, where Peter Salter's file was flashed on the screen and a good part of the text was from the script of 1x01.



COMMENTARY

This commentary is by Rupertfatcat.

This show should be subtitled the Blackadder reunion. If they don't get Stephen Fry, I will be so disappointed. ... I swear the first thing I said when I saw Oliver Mace (I think that's the name he's trying to pretend is his) was "Percy! Darling!" Hugh Laurie's Jools is not at all like any of his goofy comedy characters, but Percy is the same sanctimonious git he was in Blackadder Goes Forth.

I'm cautiously optimistic about the new season. I first saw the new guy in the deathly boring Cambridge Spies, but I realized at the time that show didn't do any of the participants any favors so I was willing to give him a second chance. My first reaction is that he might just work out ok. I do wish they'd significantly cut back on the TELLING oh my God, he's so talented! He's so irreverent! He's everything Tom should be and used to be! and just left it with the SHOWING. Like ok, we're not that dumb, we can figure out what he's all about from the way he behaves -- just as we did when the original characters were introduced. Give us some credit, alright?

Other characters:

Zoe: Get a grip woman! You're a professional spy not a world class flake, but that's what she seems to turning into. ... though, I totally covet her tiny flat screen TV. So cool.

Danny: Seemed about the same, although he was performing some real exposition fairy duties for the new guy. And no, that's not code for anything dirty.

Harry: I heart Harry. I wasn't thrilled that he actually distrusted Tom, instead of pretending to distrust Tom, but what can I say? I think the whole Hermann Joyce story was so idiotic that I won't hold any stupidity therein against Harry. Tom's another matter though...more on that below.

Malcolm: I was so ridiculously happy to see Malcolm. I would happily watch a show where Malcolm and Ruth and their sidekick Colin (with appearances by Harry) save the world every week.

Ruth: Why isn't she in charge of a team? While Danny and Zoe are running around like chickens with their heads cut off, she is getting the boss back in the loop and providing much fanfic fodder to our intrepid writers... I think Ruth is not in any way an "armchair spook" because she is actually involved in the day to day grunt work of intelligence, whereas Percy sits on his ass in clubs and boardrooms and tries to use intelligence for political purposes primarily to enhance his own position.

Tom: Tom, Tom, Tommy -- what is wrong with you? Dude is crazy. Seriously bug nuts. And it drives *me* crazy that none of the people who work with him and supposedly know him don't seem to realize this. Why do they all have blinders on when it comes to him? They'll accept him as a traitor, but none of them seem at all aware of the crazy-eyes and assorted psycho traits he's been exhibiting at least since the army major episode. The way he said "It's like it's stopped raining in my head" -- that should have been a cue for his so-called friends to back away slowly and call in the little men in white coats to take him away for a nice rest-cure in the country. In short: boy ain't right and hasn't been for ages.

Christine: *HATE* I've disliked her from her introduction. I don't know if it just the blond California thing, but I've never had a sense that she is a real person. Plot Contrivance yes, person not so much. Honestly, I would have liked her a whole bunch more if she was evil, because otherwise she's just there to make Tom conveniently stupid. I actually don't have any problem buying Tom as being a fool for a woman, but the way it's written she knows something, oops she knows nothing, she knows something, nope fooled you again, doesn't do anything for me at all.

Like I said, the Joyce thing basically bored me into a coma but that's ok, because I stopped watching this show for plot sometime early in the second season. Revenge, catatonic daughter, lady Macbeth wife, blah blah blah. Couldn't care less. What I do love is the bureaucracy and inter-service backstabbing and Machiavellian machinations: go Harry! Show all those public school boys on the security council and over at 6 how the big boys play! From the way Percy and Thug Guy were introduced, I assume we'll be seeing more of both in the coming weeks and that the fight to keep 5 as independent service will be a continuing theme.

... I was a little apprehensive before the season started, but I'm feeling pretty good about things now. All my favorites are back whoo hoo! And Joyce and (hopefully) Christine plot lines are wrapped up so we can get back to the good old days of an ensemble show with snappy humor and cool gadgets.



DISCUSSION

Kym

It looks the ol' gang is just as neurotic as ever...and the sanest one of the bunch is CIA agent Christine Dale.
And it looks like Tom fell in love with Adam Carter as Adam dealt with the Carmen Joyce problem. They do make a cute couple.
Also, they act like they are the only MI-5 office in the UK. That can't be right, can it? I know it's a relatively small country, but come on!


Becky

The gang certainly is neurotic. I watched [episode] 210 Tuesday evening [before episode] 301 ... so as to remind myself what was going on. I kinda wish I hadn't cause I noticed several inconsistancies with regards to characterization, not to mention hair length.

> ...and the sanest one of
> the bunch is CIA agent Christine Dale.

Only because she decided to get out.

> And it looks like Tom fell in love with Adam Carter
> as Adam dealt with the
> Carmen Joyce problem. They do make a cute couple.

They do. Though I think Danny would be a bit miffed were that to happen. He got all the "Look how great Adam is! Look, he's just like Tom used be! You won't miss Tom cause here's Tom 2.0 in the form of Adam and he's better than ever!" lines.

> Also, they act like they are the only MI-5 office in
> the UK. That can't be
> right, can it? I know it's a relatively small
> country, but come on!

That bothered me too. As far as I know, Harry is really only the head of Section B which deals with terrorism I believe. It has been well established that this is only a part of the whole. Apparently, the writers went all McT on us and forgot what they wrote before.

Overall, I thought it was a pretty good ep. However, I could have done without all the obvious 'this is what you should think about [insert character here]' anvils and the whole 'drowned at sea? Na...he teleported himself outta there!' thing.


Kym

> The gang certainly is neurotic. I watched [episode]
>> 210 Tuesday evening [before episode] 301 ...
>> so as to remind myself what was going on. I
>> kinda wish I hadn't cause I noticed several
>> inconsistancies with regards to characterization,
>> not to mention hair length.

Are they ever consistent on this show? Either about characterization and/or hair lengths?

Of course, they are overly melodramatic and masochistic -- but wouldn't you be if you were part of a very small group of people that were responsible for all organized crime and terrorist deterrence for a nation of over 150 million people???? They suffer from the spectacular event once a week syndrome (kind of like how poor old Jessica Fletcher had someone being murdered around her at approximately once a week for what seemed like a decade -- talk about stress!)
> Only because she decided to get out.

Exactly. She [Christine Dale] said it all... she quits! That was the most sanest act I have seen on the show ... ever!

> They do. Though I think Danny would be a bit miffed
> were that to happen. He got all the "Look how great
> Adam is! Look, he's just like Tom used be! You won't
> miss Tom cause here's Tom 2.0 in the form of Adam and
> he's better than ever!" lines.

Yeah, that was funny, but I really think when Tom was in the survellaince van and anticpating every action of Adam was GOLD. It was that moment that I knew Tom was in love. (Heck Tom even took Adam along with his meeting to break up with Christine)

> That bothered me too. As far as I know, Harry is
> really only the head of Section B which deals with
> terrorism I believe. It has been well established that
> this is only a part of the whole. Apparently, the
> writers went all McT on us and forgot what they wrote
> before.

Yes, but still. Tat's a relatively small group to be working on such a major area. There must be more. I mean, after a while all the terrotists will know everyone who works there and when they go undercover...they will be spotted before they even open their mouths.

> Overall, I thought it was a pretty good ep. However, I
> could have done without all the obvious 'this is what
> you should think about [insert character here]' anvils
> and the whole 'drowned at sea? Na...he teleported
> himself outta there!' thing.

So, did they ever say how he got out of the ocean? I do not remember them saying how he saved himself. All I remmeber is him showing up as a homeless guy.

Oh, another part I liked was where Ruth was making up anything to get that message to Harry. First, she was an employee, then a friend, then a lover, and the she was carrying his child! She was a determined woman.






Becky

> Hahahaha. This show is done so seriously that one
> forgets how really silly
> it can get. For instance, just think...why would the
> Company allow some hack
> in the British government rough up one of their
> agents and force her to bug
> herself?

Also, how'd that guy (Mace maybe?) get all that power in the first place? It's like the writers were like...we need a bad guy. Poof! There he is! Who cares if there's no real connection to *anything*. Dude...just bring Tessa back. She ricked!

> Yeah, that was funny, but I really think when Tom
> was in the survellaince
> van and anticpating every action of Adam was GOLD.

Gold, gold, gold. They were obviously trying *very* hard to make you like Adam...even though it was *that* obvious...I think it worked. Then again, I didn't like Tom all that much to begin with.

> (Heck Tom even took Adam along
> with his meeting to
> break up with Christine)

Yeah...what was up with that? I *so* did not get the point of that. (Other than the Adam = Tom thing.)

> Yes, but still. That's a relatively small group to be
> working on such a major
> area. There must be more. I mean, after a while all
> the terrorists will know
> everyone who works there and when they go
> undercover...they will be spotted
> before they even open their mouths.

They do allude to undercover agents that they're 'running' etc. but in general...I think you just have to go with the 'it's a tv show' thing.

> So, did they ever say how he got out of the ocean? I
> do not remember them
> saying how he saved himself. All I remmeber is him
> showing up as a homeless
> guy.

Same here...I don't believe they did any explaining about that. Though I hear there's a deleted scene from 210 that involves Danny and Zoe finding a message Tom left them before heading into the water. Therefore indicating he knew what he was doing. But...who knows.

> Oh, another part I liked was where Ruth was making
> up anything to get that
> message to Harry. First, she was an employee, then a
> friend, then a lover,
> and the she was carrying his child! She was a
> determined woman.

Ruth. I love Ruth. I believe there were several shippers squeeing over that particular moment. I wonder if anyone has decoded the note she sent to Harry?? BTW, they could have at least hired an actress to play that nurse that can wink. That was just kinda painful...that or campy, but I don't think Spooks does camp.


Kym

> Yeah...what was up with that? [Tom & Adam] I *so* did
> not get the point of that. (Other than the
> Adam = Tom thing.)

They are now mates! They go EVERYWHERE together. Heh heh.

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