Series 3, Episode 5 of Broadchurch: When some truth was finally revealed, cracks started to show and nice friendships turned sour. What an episode! (Spolier alert)

The plot

The case was only getting more complicated as Hardy and Miller are presented with more victims. While watching the episode, I got the sense that nothing was as it seemed. We have seen in previous episodes that residents are less willing to support the case. Most of them have secrets too.

Here are a few things that we found out in the episode:

A new potential victim?

We met Laura Benson who was raped two years ago (June 2nd). She still does not know who did it. She was walking back from the Rising Sun  Pub and she left alone. She was crossing a field, not far from home. She sensed someone behind her and he knocked her out.

She woke up with a gag in her mouth. She was tied and he was on top of her. He smelt of spirits. Her GP told her that she should have reported it, however she did not want the negative publicity that she would get for being drunk. She ultimately blamed herself as she could have reported it. If it was the same man…

We found out last week that Trish and Jim had had sex on the Saturday morning before the party

Trish met Jim by the beach and they talked about their sexual relations behind Cath’s back. He said it was not him who raped her and thought that Cath did not need to know the truth. Trish, on the other hand, wanted to tell Cath and Jim warned her.

Aaron was suspicious in the previous episode and his alibi did not really check out:

So Hardy and Miller visited the newly released rapist, Aaron and asked him to come to the station for questioning for the rape of Laura and Trish. The thing is, He had connection to both victims through his places of employment. This was a step in the right direction…

Miller took Aarons DNA. He said that he was fishing on the night of Trish’s rape and he confirmed that he drove. They checked his CCTV and he did not drive that way between those times. Aaron also said that his wife would confirm that the mackerel he caught was cooked on sunday and some was frozen in their home.

They went to his home and the mackerel were not there!

Miller also asked if he had been to the Rising Sun pub, and he drank there years back. He did IT support for the farm shop and knew Ed and he had associations with the company Laura worked in. He denied knowing Laura or Trish.

The detectives had little evidence on him so had to let him go with no charges.

Hard Truths

Trish told Cath about how she had had sex with Jim on Saturday morning. She had a little suspicion that it had happened, but not Trish. Trish was her friend and she had done it behind his back. It was not planned and had no emotional feeling to it. Trish did not love Jim, she just needed sex.

She did not understand why she would be raped, out of all the women at the party. How rude, but was it true though?

Cath was extremely angry when she called Jim. Understandably….

Meanwhile…

Beth Latimer and her colleague told the police about a women who had informed them of a rape case earlier, however had not reported it to the police. Was this Laura or someone else? How many victims were there?

Ed visited Ian and wanted to see if he could rent a caravan from him, as Sarah was chucking him out. Ed refused as he did not trust Ian. He apparently did not treat Trish well.

Beth was of course stressed with her job and still pressured to help her husband, even though he goes looking for trouble. He was going to find Joe, the man who murdered his son. Beth knew, but could not save him any longer.  She would let him go his own way.

Hardy and Miller interviewed Liam Humphries girlfriend who said seemed genuine? She later called Liam and said that she told him exactly what he told him….. He got in a car with Clive, and they looked like they were causing trouble. Most of the residents were or have lied to the police. The question is what was Liam really doing that night?

Poor Hardy had family issues:

Daisy, Hardy’s daughter was left distraught after a photo of her was sent to all her school friends. It happened a few weeks ago and she had kept it from Hardy as he was never around. He was so unraveled in the case that he was not having time to support his daughter…

Relationships turned sour..

Cath was at work and Ed bought her a cup of tea during her break. Cath seemed to feel that she had lost her touch and was less attractive. When she told Ed about Trish and Jim, he was shocked. Cath just wanted to feel wanted. I get that. Ed understandably got upset and later that week went to see Jim. He punched Jim on multiple occasions and left.

Clive and Jim were in the car. Clive was there that night and said that he saw Jim and Trish walking that night. It looked intense…  Jim asked him to stop the car and blackmailed him, threatening to tell all his customers and employers about Clives affairs.

Meanwhile Mark, stopped in Liverpool and found himself watching a man, Joe Miller who was murdered his son and went free. He wanted revenge….

New evidence has the breakthrough the detectives needed..

At Hampton house, the owners dog found a sock. matching those that Clive wore when he taught football at the school. This was the sock that could have been used to rape Lauren and Trish….

Final Thoughts

Overall the episode had a captivating ending and as the credits rolled, we were left with more unanswered questions (listed below). I felt sorry for the detectives, as they always seemed to be one step behind, and when everything was going well, it all seemed to switch.

Questions have arisen from this episode including:

  1. If Aaron was not fishing that night, than where was he?
  2. How many victims are there?
  3. Clive’s sock was found at Hampton House, so does that finally mean they can get the truth?
  4. Who was the women who reported her rape case to Beth’s colleague?
  5. Will Ed ever forgive Jim for sleeping with Trish?
  6. What will happen to Joe Miller? Will Mark give him what he deserves?

I am intrigued by how secretive a town can be… the residents are all hiding something, lying  or plotting plans. So how can Hardy and Miller trust any of them? Will they actually get to the truth?

The plot thickens and cracks start to show in the town…. lies and punches are thrown and lack of trust creates a divide between residents.

What is going to happen next?? I can’t wait to find out!

Bye guys 🙂

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