The world's most inefficient spy couple return! Last week left both Tommy and Tuppence in a dicey situation - Tuppence on the verge of being recognized by an evil man (with an evil birthmark!), Tommy cornered in a sleazy house in Soho by another evil man (sans birthmark). Both cliffhangers quickly resolve - Tuppence slips back to her typing job and Tommy not so much slips as stumbles crashing into the false identity of "Drennan," a rich conspirator happily unknown to the others except by name.
Meanwhile, Tommy's secret is found out by two others - a gangster and a prostitute. The first demands cash for silence, while the second turns out to be the one who answered the Beresfords' ad in the first place (why, then, does she mistake Tommy for Drennan?). Tommy plays for time with his blackmailer, while the girl informs him that Jane Finn is being held downstairs. At last, Tommy's time runs out, but sheer luck (he really is frightfully inefficient) saves him, and ends with his blackmailer gruesomely offed onscreen.
After a heart-to-heart with Tuppence, this spurs Tommy to defy his uncle's orders and head back into danger. "Leave it to the professionals," moans the long-suffering Carter (who's quickly becoming my favorite character). The Beresfords - who, have, it turns out, been learning - drug the real Drennan, but are unsuccessful stealing his money, which means it's back to the suave Julius Hersheimmer, much to Tommy's dismay.
Tommy's execution is averted just in time for the end of the episode, but it looks like Brown will use little George (who was bundled off last episode, in order for his parents to have adventures) to buy Tommy's allegiance, whatever good it may do him.
So where have we come? Not far from where we started - this episode suffers the fate of the dreaded middle installment - it exists mainly so time can pass. We don't see many new locations or characters, and the pieces are only slightly realigned after events have passed. But the series still has its charms - if it's knocked a bit off-balance by some too-grim scenes, it still let's Tuppence pick locks and shimmy down the outside of buildings and it's all very preposterously fun. Hopefully, next week will find the (still not quite) dynamic duo reunited and working on that chemistry thing.
My review of next week's episode