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Friday, 28 September 2018

No Offence: Series Three Episode Three: Election Fright



In her quest for the mole, or rat, or whatever it is, within Albion Faye Caddy corners Miller in a cafe,
disturbing his much valued potato wedgie time. A picture of his daughter Lena is put up to the window and a car speeds away. Fat girls can't be kidnapped but ones related to the police obviously can. It turns out to be an idle threat but the stakes between the force and Albion have been raised.

This is very much Miller's episode and this series has even started showing his softer, more human side (despite the funny moment  Stuart calls him a nob) and it's great to see. Not only that, we also see the first chink in his armour as he deviously abuses his position to grass Faye up by manipulating the forensics. If there's a lesson to be learnt it's never to get between a man and his wedgies.



After the body of Abel Lander is found at a Jewish Cemetery we get to meet Moss (played with joyful penache by Daniel Ben Zenou) who thanks to his badge which is literally special, gets a place in the team's meetings. It turns out a woman called Diana Bagel has complained about Abel many times in the belief that he's a peadophile. Yes, Bagel, which naturally gets lots of comedy mileage and rightly so. Her son Sam used to visit him for music lessons and the reveal of the actual truth is a sad one, one which once again expresses Miller's compassionate side. It's a story that is tangentially linked to the main arc because of the racist attacks going on in Manchester and the suspected link to Beckett but it works as a side too.

Bonnie takes a journey with Dennis Caddy and £40,000 but the destination isn't Holyhead as suspected but Dirkin's house. On arrival Dirkin is shot twice, not by Caddy it must be noted, and the police storm in. Turns out a trip on a rocky ferry would have been the more relaxing choice.

Caroline McCoy wins the election but it's the precise moment Viv twigs that the shooting was a set up and the new mayor was in on it all along. It's sort like finding out Nigel Farage is your new MP and discovering he's armed. Most of the connections in Deering's head make sense though it's not quite clear how she reaches that final dot and the ultimate realisation McCoy is merkier than the Manchester ship canal but there's enough conviction to sell it.



OFFENCE TAKEN:

- There's never been much light and shade to McCoy so to find out she's dodgy is no major surprise.

- Tegan has been pretty quiet so far this series. Fingers crossed for more air time in the next three episodes.

- Moz made such a great impression it'd be great to see more of him in the future.

- Who else really fancies eating a bagel right now?

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