Trust Me S1E2 recap: Things get tense as Cathy gets a little too deep and risks everything she holds dear! #docotrincrisis

Episode 2 of Trust Me was a little more dramatic and I liked it! Who doesn’t like a little of drama…

The Plot

Cathy is deep in her lies and the longer she works there, the more trouble she will get into. She has such a burden on her shoulders, and feels under pressure from her undercover secret! She would do anything to keep it, like acquiring a fake passport.

So called “Alison” has found her place in the hospital and she has made an great impression amongst her colleagues, especially Dr Andrew Brenner who is completely into her. Their secret relationship is rather controversial, especially if it is eventually unearthed by her husband?

Despite fitting in, it has not been easy. It has been full of mistakes – mostly basic tell tale procedures and even providing her passport was a little difficult – because, of course she was not Alison.  I don’t understand why someone has not caught on to it .

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Broken S1 E6: A finale full of heartbreak, forgiveness and grief!

Today I am reviewing the finale of Broken, a series running on BBC 1. It has taken 5 episodes to get to this point and boy was it worth it!

The Plot

The plot of this episode followed the struggles of local residents and finally injected some  well needed hope. The plot was sad and had scenes of loss, which got me a bit.

Father Micheal had lived with guilt for some time. While he blessed and forgave others on a daily basis, he give himself the same respect. His guilt over Vernon’s death and his doubt in his ability to be a priest was hard to see. I have always been fond of Father Micheal’s character.

Andrew, the peer pressured police officer joined his colleagues in a hearing over Vernon’s death and did what he should have done earlier. I was so proud that he found the strength to tell the truth and get the best outcome for Vernon. Helena found peace over the hearing, yet she was less fond of Father Micheal by the end of it.

We remember the horrible tragedy in the Carmicheal family and understandably Chloe and the family were finding it hard to adjust. The gambling machines had caused grief in many families and revenge looked quite appealing. Seeing Chloe without her mother was heartbreaking, as I can not imagine the pain she was going through!

The Ending

With all the trouble in their lives, the residents found some peace by the end of the episode. It was especially nice to see the local residents and friends show their support for Father Micheal. The “wonderful priest” surely has more in him yet!

Last Note

What a series. I adored the acting to Sean Bean and I felt a little teary

Star Rating

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No doubt 4 stars!

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S1, E3: Conspiracies emerged and truths backfired in the series, Broken! (spoiler alert)

I am reviewing S1 E3 of the BBC series Broken. This episode was especially tense and we got an insight into Father Micheal’s flashbacks.

My Thoughts

He had a troubled education – he was mallestered by his english teacher, Father Matthews. He has had trouble in his past taking advantage of girls and it makes me wonder if it was because of his teacher?

It seemed like those who ran the church and took of advantage failed Micheal, yet he still went to God as a priest. He had to face Father Matthew’s sooner or later and when he did, Father Matthew’s was very dismissive of the claims and stated “you enjoyed it”. I felt very sorry for Father Micheal as he didn’t get the apology that he deserved.

Father Micheal was also fighting with his guilt over Vernon’s message. It was like a song in his head that he could not get out – one with a memorable addictive tune like crazy frog.

We also were introduced to a police man who was at the scene when Vernon was shot. He was advised to tell the truth by father Micheal. However the female coworker Dawn, who sprayed on a young boy and lead to his death threatened the police officer to lie. His story did not match up with the other officers and he was angry that she got away with killing a young boy.

All of his family and friends were put against him – peer pressuring him to change his account of the death. He was understandably angry and infuriated that he, the truthful one, was shot down by those who lied. I just wished that he could help and be the officer to allow his mother to know the truth.

Last Note

It was tense, gripping and I had my heart in my chest and I just hoped that Dawn would admit really happened to Vernon. It was so sad to think that someone telling the truth was grated down to the point of lying.

We saw a vulnerable side to Father Micheal in this episode and relived his childhood memories of his unsavoury education. How is he support to help others when he is struggling himself?

Star Rating

Based on my review, I would give the episode 4 stars!

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S1 E2: Broken introduced new cracks to the plot as Michael Kerrigan’s past was revealed! (Spoiler Alert)

In this second episode, we saw more emphasis on Priest Micheal Kerrigan (played by Sean Bean), than the young struggling mother, Christina Fitzsimmons (played by Anna Friel).

My Thoughts

As a priest, he has not had the most innocent past. During a woman’s confession, he revealed that he abused women and used for sex. It is not everyday that you find out that your priest had those shocking intentions. As he explained, he was very young and took advantage of them because he could.

Priest Micheal Kerrigan did not have the best time in this episode. Alongside his confession to the woman, he unintentionally contributed to the death of a young man. When he could have gone and helped him, he decided to ignore the phone call, only to find out the horrible news in the sermon the next morning.

He found the guilt extremely overwhelming, however he had to make a choice: Should he tell the boys mother of his guilt or be the priest that she needs for her grief and support her? I also tried to imagine what I would do in that situation – if I would have the guts to tell her that he may still be alive if I picked up the phone. I don’t think I would be able to.

Final Note

The episode was gripping but not in a thriller way. It made me think about my morals and regrets. It showed that guilt could be very overpowering, and that even so, a man can turn his life around and get forgiveness from God.

I could not look away from start to finish and I am eager to see what the next episode has holds. With so much in the priests past, I have no doubt that there are many more shocks and revelations to come.

Star Review

I would give the review 4 stars as it was morally gripping from start to finish! The series is different to other BBC dramas and I like it!

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S1, E2: Troubled Paula faced more drama in an overly packed episode!

This is a review of Paula, episode 2, series 1. on BBC 2, normally shown on Thursday night.

My Feelings

I found this episode quite farfetched and filled with unnecessary drama – fights galore that added nothing to the story line, just a way to lengthen out the episode! I would prefer two episodes to three as it would be easier to watch.

Paula has that marmite feeling to her – you either love her or hate her, and in this episode, I found her very eerie. Yes she had lost Phillip and her brother in suppose suicides, however I found her hard to watch. Her constant frown and vulgar language was very off putting. I do not understand why James and the detective would suddenly be so fixed on her – were we suppose to be scared of her and not James?

We know that James is not mentally stable and has had increasing illusions of a young child. It was very creepy. but brings up the question: Does he have any skeletons in his closet?

To be honest, Paula isn’t any better. Death and stress do bad things to people and her mental capacity has got a little less predictable since her one night stand with James.

Her weird thoughts have also given us a bit of a chill – the fact that she liked being the prisoner in games when she was younger and explained how she visited another family while she was unconscious, after asking her brother to strangle her. It was all a bit disturbing really.

 Final Note

Dramatic? yes but a little too dramatic and predictable! You could just tell what was going to happen to her alcoholic brother. It was inevitable.

Star Rating

I would give it 3 stars as the plot was a bit too ambitious!

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Ahh well. Let’s see if next week is better!

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Late review of Paula S1 E1: Prepare to be glued to your seat and mesmerised by all the drama!

So I watched the first episode of Paula this week. I have not really had chance to publish my thoughts about it and I will try and keep these brief.

My Thoughts

We were introduced to Paula ( Denise Gough), a quiet chemistry teacher and then later met Handyman James (Tom Hughes). At first looks, he was professional and had charm and handled Paula’s rat problem with ease.  Paula was in pursuit from Philip, at PE teacher at the same school. He seemed eager to spend weekends with her behind his wife’s back.

It all seemed normal, but then things got weird and a one night stand became something more sinister and dark.

I saw James’s character change and we saw him in a more violent and stressful light. Not only that, he was acting rather odd and with visions and nightmares, he looked a little unstable. This seemed incredibly evident when he started to investigate into Paula’s life and finally learned about Phillip and their secret one time affair.

He became rather creepy, and it showed no bounds as he blackmailed Philip and lured him to a dark rubbish site, only to kill him with his bare hands.

I have seen many films which have resulted in a one night stand, and nothing this dramatic has come of it.

Final Note

It was unpredictable and tense. My opinions of these characters went up and down like yoyo – sometimes sympathy for James state and then awe at his audacity to deliver violence. The death of Philip made me shudder and the ghostly girl sighting in James van was chilling.

The director made it very clear in this episode that nothing was as it seems and some problems are skin deep. Paula’s comment of “You could be anyone” after their one night stand was now more relevant.

Star Rating

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The opening episode deserves 4 stars, without a doubt!

If you like the Fall or the Replacement, than you will love this!

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Jack Whitehall has got us going up not down in Evelyn Waugh’s adaption of Decline and Fall!

This review is discussing Decline and fall, a three episode series based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh, shown on BBC 1.

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The novel that this series is adapted from

My Thoughts

I was unsure of what to expect, but I thoroughly enjoyed the series. Jack Whitehall is often seen as just a comedian, however he definetly showed us his wider acting skills in this new role.

Mr Paul Pennyfeather was a young man studying Theology at Oxford. He was content until he was expelled for something of his undoing. He seemed to go from place to place and not feel like it was where he wanted to be and on the way, he got pulled in by a seductive women named Margot Beste-Chetwynde (played by Eva Longoria), who under the surface was not as nice as she seemed. I must say that she did a very good job in portraying an upperclass attitude and rich aura. It was clear that Paul was constantly suffering for things that other people had done, and it was slowly getting to him.

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Eva Longoria as Margot Beste-Chetwynde, a rich, beautiful and highly regarded women

I found the script to this very engaging and it had aspects of love, crime, punishment and gore…. practically everything. A quote from the script that really stood out was a bit of advice from Solomon Philbrick (Played by Stephen Graham) who told him that “life is like a ferris wheel. It goes up and down, around and around. Or you could just sit on the grass and watch it go by”. I interpreted quote this as people living their life too fast and not slowing down. Mr Pennyfeather, learned that it is often better to watch by than go on the ride.I was captivated by each episode, each one was better than the last. It had a certain humour which was both serious and enjoyable to watch.

Final Note

Overall the three episode series exceeded my expectations and I just wish that it is not the end for Jack Whitehall and that they come back for another series. I would like to find out if Paul finally had a clean slate and started again without being pursued for his past.

You have time to view this series on BBC Iplayer, with the first episode expiring in a week. You can watch them all back to back, saving any confusion!

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Broadchurch S3 E6: Work-life balance is difficult for everyone, even Miller and Hardy!

In this review, I am discussing Broadchurch. In episode 6, we saw the case continue with suspects coming and going.

My Thoughts

This episode informed us of compelling evidence against Ed that was the most conclusive breakthrough yet. My initial impression of Ed at the start was that he was very understanding. Part of me is now worried that he can hide behind that persona and be totally different. I know that in these series, nothing is as it seems…

We saw the emotions run high between the residents, especially Ed and Jim. Ed liked Trish and seemed to lose control when he faced Jim, after he found out that they had slept together. He seemed very obsessed with her and had photos from 10 years ago… and he sent her the flowers, which was kind of creepy. He can also get violent, as we could see from Jim’s facial injuries.

We have seen Miller and Hardy work together for three series now and have developed a fact file of their personalities. Miller, being funny and sensitive and Hardy, in contrast, being direct and very focused.

But in this episode, we saw an angry side to Miller. Smashing laptops and phones after finding her sons porn, Miller seemed to have bottled a lot of anger and it was now all being released. It was kind of scary as I would not have imagined her as this controlling. Hardy on the other hand, was very sensitive and when his daughter Daisy wanted to move back in with his mum, he took a softer, motivational approach and begged for her to stay. It was moving and I felt my heart melt with his words.

It seemed that the case was becoming more than a job, and was developing into an obsession. With so much at stake, it was easy to neglect family and lose track of what was going on. I felt sorry for them as it can’t have been easy.

Hardy and Miller were also angry at Katie – Ed was her father! Katie was hesitant to tell them and refused to get involved in the interview with Ed and no wonder…  Miller worked so hard to get to where she was and Katie just swanned in after 6 months training and potentially compromised the case!

Conclusion

Overall I found the case focused more on the detectives and their families, which is nice as it suggested that their job is not the only thing they are dealing with. They are human too. The plot in this episode seemed very plausible too. I found the episode gripping, intense and personal. I also cried at the end (you will know why if you have seen the episode).

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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!

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The verdict was approaching and Yvonne had to face the Jury… was she innocent or guilty?

It’s the final of Apple Tree yard and it was a cracker of an episode! The court case continues…

Being in court was a shock to Yvonne and she would never have imagined herself there. All the details were finally revealed and the Jury knew all their secrets, or did they?

The plot

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Costley and Yvonne in the box during the case.

The case continued…. evidence by Costleys defence was put forward. The Jury gained an insight into my Costleys real job in the police force and his behaviour.

Sgt Jones mentioned how he was good at his job. He was acting normal, however after further details, failed to tell the court that on one occasion she had been involved in a sexual relationship with him at a bar. He had fingered her while they were drinking at a bar two weeks after Yvonne had told her about George. So Mark Costley was a sexual predator. I guess we knew that from his and Yvonnes encounters.

His defence also claimed he was suffering from a personality disorder and named him as a “high functioning patient”. As a patient, he seemed calm with good coping methods, however would have the tendency to last out. This had already occurred in 2005, when he pushed a man out a window, who was suspected to be sleeping with his girlfriend.

This seemed like unreliable evidence, by the fact that it was based on per PHD study, that was later written in a recognised medical book, of having no evidence that the mental condition existed. His mental case was flawed.

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Mark’s defendant questioning Yvonne and trying to frame her for his murder.

The next day, she was on the stand. She was ok at first and explained calmly how Mark and her met. She stuck to the story of how his daughter was wanting to go into science and he needed some advice. But it was not really how it went…

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Yvonne being raped in George’s office after the party.

Of course she told the court about the rape. I can only imagine how degrading that must be… how you lose your dignity in front of all those people. It was like she was reliving it all over again, sobbing and pausing in between her sentences.  After a short break, she was ridiculed by Mark’s defendant. She mentioned how they were drinking together and suggested that she may have initiated the rape… but putting her hand on his knee. This angered Yvonne, as she did not ask for any of this to happen.

When asked why she did not report it, Yvonne explained that she did not want the incident in her home and did not want her husband thinking about it at the kitchen table.

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Yvonne and Costley in Apple Tree Yard, during their sexual encounter.

But of course, Mark Costley had a game going and it was about to get worse! Mark’s defendant asked her about her career in London – how she knew all the streets and back alley ways and APPLE TREE YARD. Well Yvonne remembered this moment well, when she and Costley had intimate sex in daylight, down this dark side road. Shock was all over her face… and she could not hide it… the Jury were surprised by her confession. Her sexual encounter there just gave her more connections to Costley and the death of George.

We did not see her families reaction to this, nor her husbands, but I imagine that it is disappointment, anger and possibly the worst thing that Gary wanted to hear.

The verdict

It was tense. My heart was in my chest as the Jury read out their final verdict. I didn’t want her to go to jail, she had done nothing wrong accept have an affair and innocently drive Costley to George’s house, unaware that he was going to kill him.

The verdict read as followed:

  • Mark Costley is NOT GUILTY for murder
  • Yvonne is NOT GUILTY for murder
  • Mark Costley iGUILTY  for manslaughter
  • Yvonne is NOT GUILTY for manslaughter

It was a great result for Yvonne and for the viewers. I was so relieved as I honestly thought the worst.

Mark Costley left the stand GUILTY and Yvonne can finally go home. She was greeted by her husband and her son. He hugged her despite the shock of the affair.. he must be happy to have her back. Her daughter, Carrie however, was not ready to see her, she was still upset with her.

Family Life

Gary had admitted to meeting Rosa behind his back earlier in the court case and said that nothing had gone on sexually between them. Yvonne had been silently ridiculing him for it, despite the affair, that she did not tell him. There were occasions when she could have, but she failed to mention it. Understandably Gary was not happy and did not understand why she did not tell him about the rape or the affair.

The final Twist

Yvonne went to visit Mark when he was in jail, and he seemed nicer. He said that he wanted to make her feel safe and make their love feel real. He genuinely cared about her . He also protected her from going to jail for murder…. “I want you to kill him” and “I want you to smash his f***ing face in”. She said these in the flat, while they were in bed. She should be in jail!

Final Thoughts

What a surprising way to finish the series. When we thought she was innocent, it suddenly dawned on her that she was not innocent at all, but was partly to blame for George’s murder. I’m not sure that I feel the same way about her now that I know that George is in jail for her.

Let me know what you thought of the finale.

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