Kate survived the shoot-out, as if there have been ever any doubt. After all, that is DI Fleming we’re speaking about, the auburn-haired, steel-eyed ma’am of calm. After an evening through which she was lured to her dying, held at gunpoint, killed a person, participated in a city-wide automotive chase that led to an armed police barricade plus helicopter, got arrested, and carried out a masterful emergency cease that saved Steve’s tyres from a spike strip, Kate let solely a single tear fall down her album-cover cheekbones. What a girl. I’ve melted down in grander model about an over-long queue at Morrison’s. Fleming then spent an evening in a cell (all three of AC-12’s main gamers now having had their flip at carrying the sweatshirt of disgrace) and the subsequent day was again within the roll neck jumper of justice, having assumed command of the quickly depleting MIT.
Let’s hope that no matter they dig up from underneath that White Rock cement ground is incriminating sufficient to place CC Philip Osborne on the opposite facet of the desk within the finale interview scene – a Line of Duty custom as faithfully noticed as mince pies at Christmas. Unless, that’s, we’ve already had our extra-long interview on this week’s Jo Davidson marathon. If so, weighing in at 29-plus minutes, no person may complain about being short-changed.
That was an performing masterclass from Kelly Macdonald, who executed good management over each emotional valve. Information flowed, and was lower off, flowed once more, and was stopped useless. The completely different inflections Macdonald gave to every facet of Jo: the bewildered sufferer, the noble repentant, the ultra-capable cop who breathes out lies like CO2… have been all fascinating. This was the pivot level when our sympathies moved firmly in Jo’s course. She exonerated Terry and Farida, and admitted to manipulating Buckells (“It wasn’t hard.” You don’t say. There are lamp posts with extra wile.) Also, Jo clearly loves Kate as a lot as we do, which is simply going to endear her to the nation.
The interview scene was additionally a writing masterclass in precision. The ‘No Comments’ instructed their very own story, one which confirmed Jo as surprisingly virtuous. She admitted to all the things she may personally take the blame for (and extra, within the case of Ryan’s dying) however expertly dodged something that might incriminate the OCG or their police counterparts. No idiot, Jo is aware of that her alternative is to remain quiet or be killed. There’s nowhere they will’t get to her, as her closing scene being menaced by these cartoony HMP Brentiss goons confirmed.
On the topic of cartoon evil, Pat ‘the Guvnor’ Carmichael couldn’t have seemed extra bent if she’d tried – which, on this drama, most likely implies that she isn’t and that for her, it’s simply all about her subsequent promotion. Pat’s solely an anti-corruption officer insofar as she’s anti any suggestion that corruption exists, until it hurts AC-12. She powered down for a lot of this episode, solely activating her malfunctioning theme park robotic smile at any time when the dialog approached Osborne, whom she treats with the veneration afforded to 1 of the starrier popes.
It was beneficiant, this penultimate instalment, giving us quite a bit. With an hour nonetheless to go, the case is kind of solved. We know who killed Vella, we all know why, and we all know how. We know what steps have been taken to suppress the investigation and by whom. We know Jo Davidson’s horrible household secret (and now so does she), and that she’d been coerced right into a life of corruption. We firmly suspect that CC Osborne has been pulling the strings since day one. What we don’t but know is whether or not poor, poor Ted will run out of time earlier than he might be introduced down. Things have been left with Jo at risk, Steve in hassle, the gaffer in bits, and Kate in cost. With one episode of this ludicrously diverting sequence remaining, can AC-12 get this job performed? For the sake of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey, let’s hope so.