Tuesday, April 20

Line of Duty recap: season six episode three – the old gang is back together | Fulfillment of your duty


Spoiler Alert: This blog is for those who watch the sixth series of Line of Duty (it also contains spoilers from previous series). Don’t read on unless you’ve seen the second episode of the new series.

Hello everyone, I am determined to get through this week without errors or mixing episodes, so fingers are crossed that things are getting very hot. We had a murder, an attempted murder, the probable installation and arrest of Ian Buckells, a surprise sleepover, random drug tests in AC-12, a broken doll, the discovery of the freezer Jackie Laverty was kept in, and the OCG link between her murder and Gail Vella, Steve and Kate’s understanding that Ryan was the boy who tried to cut off Steve’s fingers in the first series, and the confirmation that Jo Davidson can stay as cool as a cucumber and clearly has links with the OCG. Fasten your seat belts and let’s get started.

Our heroes

This week it was kind of a mixed bag for AC-12. Kate’s delivery of Ian Buckells led to a reconciliation with Ted; I loved the way their relationship progressed from respectful nods to a full “welcome” smile, which was somewhat undermined by the fact that they almost certainly got the wrong man, a probability that will undoubtedly explode in their lives. expensive and will cause serious trouble for Ted, already in a last-chance written warning.

Still, they at least found the freezer that Jackie Laverty was being kept in and were able to make the connection between her death, the OCG, and Gail’s murder. It was also great to see Steve and Kate working together instead of attacking each other; I encouraged them when they found out who Ryan was and how he went through the police investigation process.

Unfortunately, that was probably the highlight of an unfortunate moment for Steve. First, Steph told Ted about the surprise visit and the pain reliever problem, which led to a round of drug testing. Ted excused Steve from the first test, giving him a chance to clean himself up, only for him to relapse just before the second. Oh Steve, I see a period of rehab coming up (I hope that’s it, rather than a codeine overdose). He also went to Steph’s house again where, surprisingly, she proposed to him, proving that her relationship with Ted is a complex mix of guilt on both sides: hers stemming from accepting Ted’s money, hers over Ted’s death. John and John’s mother.

Steve and Steph were two lonely people looking for a connection but instead of having sex, they ended up confessing why they couldn’t: Steve has his nerves trapped in his back because he apparently never recovered properly after being thrown down several stretches of ladders. . Meanwhile, Steph is still too in love with her late husband to sleep with another man. It was a sweet moment, quite touching and one that Steve completely undermined by searching and finding the money that Ted had given Steph.

The antagonist

This was a great week for the bad guys. We learn that Davidson is practically unflappable under pressure and maliciously takes pleasure in citing AC-12 regulations at them (though she did get a little nervous when she learned that they were expanding the search at Farida’s home). She is also very adept at changing emotions, from prodding Steve to giving Kate a sympathetic ear (while leading her down the garden path of a possibly unjust arrest) to presenting a “professional model” face to Ted at the end of the episode. . Add to this what appears to be a clear OCG connection and you have a very elusive opponent, although surely AC-12 will soon find out that everyone who stands in its way ends up arrested and questioned.

Elsewhere, all systems are on the front lines of murder and mayhem, as dubious witness Deborah Devereux (Kerri McLean) claimed that Terry was the man arguing with Alastair Oldroyd, the Chis, at the Red Lion pub. This, in turn, led to Terry being taken into custody for a very harrowing interview after which Ryan drove the car that was transporting him home in a warehouse before strangling the driver, Lisa Patel (Tara Divina), and attempting to drown Terry, an attempt only frustrated because they had been followed by a suspicious Kate.

The big question here is who ordered you to do it? Davidson, Buckells, OCG, or a combination of all three? Because the jury is still out on Buckells and the water is cloudy enough to suggest that he might be working with Davidson (the possible connection to Deborah Devereux is the main evidence, but also the conversation in episode one between Buckells and Davidson about needing to talk about what to do). And yet it would also be easy enough for Davidson to see his boss as a useful scapegoat and set him up. Hopefully we can see his questioning next week and that may clear things up.

Case Notes

  • We had the hand injury from this series, with Farida’s brutal wrist fracture in prison and, as a bonus, a reference to Ryan trying to cut off Steve’s fingers in the first series.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed Ted’s continuous hints about Sindwhani (Ace Bhatta) and his insistence that his officers “follow the letter of the law”, which roughly translates to that you can paste your written warning where the sun doesn’t shine.

  • It’s funny too: Davidson’s joke about Buckells and the Masons, his perpetual brat, Kate’s refusal to applaud Ryan’s praise, and Davidson correctly calling Buckells an idiot.

  • Kate was also right that it was ridiculous to take photos and receive praise before a full investigation into the accident was completed.

  • That said, Kate has clearly let Davidson’s effusive praise (“Well done Kate, I needed someone on my team that I could completely trust … who better than an anti-corruption agent?”) Go to her head. , which in turn led her to be convinced of Buckells’ guilt …

  • Thank goodness then for Chloe, a quiet competence center in the maelstrom of AC-12.

  • In the interior design news, I was very captivated by Steph’s bedding.

  • Ryan did not do well in his interview with Kate, and he was cautious, evasive and a liar.

  • “AC-12 should get a pound every time someone says OCG” is a great phrase and would have been the quote of the week if it weren’t for a cookie from Ted.

Quote of the week

“My name is Hastings ma’am, I am the epitome of an old battle” is a fabulous and wonderfully delivered line by Adrian Dunbar.

Weasel of the week

As tempting as it is to give this to Weasel Davidson, Ryan did murder one person, attempt to murder another, and then mocked his weasel into praise, making him this week’s well-deserved winner.

So what do you think? Has Kate let the flattery get the better of her? Will Steve end up in rehab? Will Ted be forced to resign if Davidson turns out to be guilty and the wrong man has been arrested? AND, Most importantly, how weasels are Ryan Pilkington and Jo Davidson? As always, all speculation and spoilers are welcome below …


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