|Screenshots taken from Inspector Morse - Season 3, Episode 1. Screenshots are the copyright of ITV Studios.|
1 . From her first scene, Patricia Hodge owns the role of Lady Hanbury, including the perfect "distant graciousness" shown to a local publican with the line, "I'll give you a lift," and later followed by, "The police have really gotten it in for our kind."
2. Another star is Wrotham Park, which serves as Hanbury Hall <http://www.wrothampark.com/house.php>
3. The first dialogue between Morse and Lewis, after listening to an aria, establishes their relationship perfectly:
Detective Sergeant Lewis: I liked that, it was good. What was it?
Chief Inspector Morse: That, Lewis, was Maria Callas.
Detective Sergeant Lewis: Was it from "Cats"?
Chief Inspector Morse: No it most certainly was not.
Detective Sergeant Lewis: The wife wants to go to "Cats". Don't know why, she's allergic to them.
4. The conversation between Lady Hanbury and Lewis establishes a few more dynamics. Lady Hanbury expressed her disdain for some explicit paintings that were stolen. Then:
Lewis: Well, they're not like these modern things, are they? I mean, you can see what they are meant to be.
Lady Hanbury: All too clearly, alas. Fortunately, the burglars shared your sergeant's taste, Inspector.
5. When Morse wants to learn more about the handyman, he asks, spotting a tie from Harrow, "Do you have the right to wear that tie around your neck, or is it just something to keep your trousers up?"
6. The au pair uses, sounding so innocent, when the questions are getting too uncomfortable, the time honored technique of pretending not to understand with, "Sorry? It is your accent. I am not familiar."
7. Many Morse episodes include long, uncut "walk and talks," including one in this episode between Morse and the Master on Oxford grounds.
8. Bernard Lloyd gives a marvelous performance as Professor Edward Ullman, including the scene that begins with his description of the victim's explicit art collection as "debauched, insipid, sentimental calendar art for eunuchs."
9. The most funny, and easiest to miss, line in the entire episode belongs to Mrs. Maltby: "I didn't think the nursery was very tidy but it never is these days. The French don't seem to understand about putting toys away, if you get my meaning." Of course, she is referring to the au pair's willingness to pose starkers.
10. Morse describes the publican's service as "Sour. I didn't mean the beer," when scowling at social envy.
|The Delightful John Thaw as Morse|
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