FW2-1: Fifty Ships

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FW2-1: Fifty Ships

Postby Lynnedean » Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:30 pm

FW2-1: Fifty Ships detailed summary

September 1940

Sam cycles to her lodgings at the end of a day's work. In the house on Elms Road, she hangs up her cap and gas mask bag on a coat rack, alongside a white helmet belonging to her fellow-lodger, Jenny Wentworth. When she hears Jenny playing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata on a piano, she comments that the music is nice, and the young woman replies that she is only playing it to annoy their landlady Mrs Harrison who says that it is German music.

That night, the sound of an air raid warning wakes Sam and Jenny bursts into her room to get her to go down to the cellar. Sam is too tired and says to "tell Jerry to come back later". Her friend is exasperated and runs out of the room just as a bomb hits the house.

Members of the ARP and Auxiliary Fire Service arrive on the scene. Alan Redmund, the local doctor, takes a shocked Esther Harrison off to hospital and, as a body is being stretchered away, an ARP warden challenges a man taking photographs and is told that he is Colin Morton, a newspaper photographer.

A fireman instructs the warden not to let anyone into the wrecked building, then he and a colleague go inside. While one of them keeps watch, the other loots the premises.

Early in the morning, Foyle, unaware of what has happened to his driver, is walking through the portico of the Crown Court when he is hailed by a barrister, Arthur Lewes, an old acquaintance he has not seen in twenty years. Lewes explains that he now has a house at Romney Point on the Hastings coast. He invites Foyle to a dinner party being held in his home that evening for Howard Paige, a visiting American industrialist who made his fortune as the inventor of the synchromesh gear system. As the Americans are keen to know what is going on in Britain, Lewes wants Paige to meet local VIPs so that he can get an idea of what war-time life is like on the south coast. Foyle appears reluctant, so Lewes presses, saying that his wife Elizabeth will be more than happy to see him. The DCS asks how she is and Lewes tells him that he can ask her himself as she will be along in a minute. The barrister does not notice the look of distinct unease that crosses the other man's face at the news.

Foyle reluctantly agrees to attend the dinner party, muttering that he might have trouble finding his black tie. At that moment, Elizabeth approaches and greets Foyle with a big smile and shining eyes. He doffs his hat in response. They chat briefly, Elizabeth saying that she is glad not still to be living in London. Lewes comments about the bombing of Buckingham Palace and his wife remarks that people are saying that the King was actually grateful to the Germans as it put him on the same level as everyone else. She adds, "Well, I'm just happy to be back in Hastings."

Foyle parts company with the couple just as Detective Sergeant Paul Milner comes looking for him to give him the news about Sam.

The two men go to Sam's lodgings and find her sitting dishevelled and forlorn in the front garden, amidst furniture that has been salvaged from the smouldering house. She immediately apologises for not having reported for duty, but Foyle, very concerned, tells her that It couldn't matter less.

When asked if she is all right, she replies that she is, but that she shouldn't be. "I was lying in bed. They say it was a flying pencil."

Foyle asks if anyone was hurt and Sam tells him that Jenny Wentworth, a driver with the Ambulance Service, was killed. "She was only a year older than me. Twenty-three."

They are approached by Mrs Harrison, who reports in distress that a coin collection and items of jewellery belonging to her have been stolen. She shows Foyle the small wooden box from which the coins had been taken. Foyle expresses sympathy for the loss of her home. Tearfully, she replies, "We're at war, it's to be expected. But this, the idea that somebody went in there looting last night. That I find hard to forgive."

The DCS looks are her with understanding and nods in agreement.

Back at the station, Foyle asks Sam about finding somewhere else to live and she replies that she will find something. About the reported looting, Milner confirms that the warden had the house boarded up, and Sam lists the people who were around before that happened: members of the Ambulance Service, Dr Redmund, four members of the AFS and a photographer from the Chronicle.

At their base, the AFS men talk about their looting activities. The youngest of them, Kenny Hunter, makes to go home because he knows his father will be wondering where he is. He is afraid that they will be caught, and tells the others that new regulations make looting a hanging offence, and that he doesn't want to be a part of it any more. After he leaves, the others wonder about what can be done about the boy and his father. One of them says coldly, "You leave them to me."

At Kenny's home, his father puts up a closed sign in the window of the hardware store that fronts the house, and his mother puts a sparse evening meal on the table, telling her husband that it is salmon and that he shouldn't complain. "It's the last of the tins. I don't know what we're going to do, there's nothing in the house."

Kenny joins them at the table and talks to his father about the possibility of taking a training course at De Havilland aviation. When he is told that there is no money to pay for it, he says he can find it himself. His father warns him that he knows what he is up to and is going to put a stop to it. Kenny snaps at his father that he has not done anything for twenty years so why start now. Richard Hunter walks out in a temper and goes to the local pub where he reads in the Eastbourne Chronicle that Howard Paige is visiting Hastings. The information is of great interest to him.

Paige arrives at the Lewes' house with a British government "minder" called John Bishop. Paige tells Lewes that his talks with the government went well and his job in England is nearly done. Lewes comments that he does not know what they would do without him, to which Paige replies, "You'd lose the goddam war."

Elizabeth joins them, and Paige reminisces about the time he and Lewes were students together at Oxford, twenty years before. During the conversation, Paige remarks that the situation in the world is a case of good versus evil. Lewes responds, "Well, it's good to have you on the right side."

That evening, in his home a short distance further down the coast, Alan Redmund is dressing for the Lewes' dinner, which he does not wish to attend. He makes scathing remarks about the American attitude to the war, and when his wife Eve says she hopes he is not going to get into an argument, he responds sharply. She appears to be somewhat afraid of him.

As Arthur and Elizabeth Lewes await their guests, Richard Hunter comes to their door, requesting to see Paige. Elizabeth asks him to wait in the hall.

As Sam drives Foyle to the dinner party, she asks if he thinks the warden was responsible for the looting at her lodgings. He attempts to reply, but she chatters on about a woman in London who was knocked out by a bomb blast and came round to find a policeman in the process of pinching the rings off her hand. Foyle rolls his eyes, realising that there's no point in trying to get a word in. Eventually, he manages to say, "I don't think it was the warden."

Sam then asks with whom he is having dinner, and he tells her that it is with a very good barrister whom he knew years ago. When she comments that he has never mentioned him, Foyle seems to look back into the past, and then replies thoughtfully, "No."

Turning into the driveway of the house, Sam pulls the car up sharply to avoid knocking someone down. It is Richard Hunter, who scurries away into the night, unrecognised by the occupants of the Wolseley.

Inside the hallway of the house, Foyle is welcomed by Elizabeth, who looks at him adoringly. He maintains a certain reserve and stands with his hands behind his back as she asks about Andrew and tells him of her own sons: Jack, who is with the MOI in London, and Christopher, who is still at school. With a brief smile, Foyle comments wonderingly, "Christopher…"

Outside the house, John Bishop takes a suitcase from the boot of his car. Hearing a noise in the darkness, he pulls a revolver from his jacket and peers around him. He sees no one, so replaces the gun and takes the suitcase into the house.

As the dinner party proceeds, a little further down the cliff, not far from the house, someone signals with a torch to a submarine just visible above the surface of the English Channel. The submarine signals back.

After eating, the Lewes' guests remain seated at the table, and talk about the war. Paige says that the Americans wonder if they should join in seeing it as a fight against a common enemy, or look on Britain as the last frontier between Nazi Germany and themselves. Redmund tersely asks if he means they will wait until the war is lost and then decide, and adds that if they don't get involved, at least by sending arms and supplies, the war could indeed be lost. Paige recalls what happened in France and says they can't be sure that weapons sent to Britain wouldn't end up in German hands. "It's what many Americans think. And they're afraid. As a nation, we don't want to go to war. There are those who say that we were hoodwinked last time around. And this is an election year. Mr Roosevelt has to be very careful how he proceeds."

Lewes explains to Redmund that Paige is a friend of Britain and had set up the American Allies of England committee. Redmund is unimpressed.

Foyle looks over at Elizabeth. As she looks back at him, he turns his eyes away.

After a short, uncomfortable silence following the discussion, Paige changes the subject by commenting to Foyle about his son being in the services. Foyle explains that he is in the RAF and when Paige remarks that he must worry about him, Foyle indicates with a thoughtful "hm" that he does.

Elizabeth tells Paige that Andrew was in the same college at Oxford as he, and she then explains to Foyle that the industrialist was a Rhodes scholar. Paige remarks that after Oxford and the RAF, there'll be no chance of Andrew following in his father's footsteps and joining the police force. Foyle smiles politely and says they have never discussed it.

Lewes interjects "Your father was a policeman, wasn't he, Christopher?" and Foyle replies that he was a sergeant. Paige asks if Foyle's father talked him into a police career, but Foyle says "We never discussed it. It was always assumed that I'd follow in my father's footsteps, as you put it, just as I've assumed my son won't."

Back at the police station, Milner discovers that Sam has been unable to find alternative lodgings. He tells her that his wife is visiting her sister in Wales, but she is welcome to stay at his home until she can find somewhere else. Sam is pleased to accept. "That will be really ticketyboo!"

They agree not to mention the arrangement to their boss, whom they think would certainly disapprove.

The Lewes' dinner party is over and as Foyle dons his coat and scarf in the hall, Elizabeth speaks with him. She comments that she can't understand how it is that they both live in Hastings and yet she never sees him. He smiles awkwardly and gives a little shrug of his shoulders. Elizabeth changes the subject and mentions Paige. Foyle says he'd like to know why he is really here and Elizabeth explains that he is involved in some sort of hush-hush business in Whitehall. Foyle then turns to leave, but Elizabeth calls him back and asks if she may call on him the next day. He is very unhappy at the request, asking, "Why? Is there really anything to be said?"

Elizabeth says there is and asks again. Her husband comes into the hall, calling for her. Foyle answers Elizabeth with a reluctant and barely audible "Yes."

She smiles with relief and says thank you. Foyle says goodnight to his hosts, and leaves.

Down on the edge of the beach below the Lewes' house, Richard Hunter is waiting for someone. He has a gun at the ready.

On Wood Lane, not far away, the newspaper photographer settles down to sleep in his car.

The submarine still sits partly submerged in the bay. A dinghy is being rowed towards the beach by a lone occupant.

Dr Redmund and his wife walk back to their house, which is the only other one on Romney Point. Eve goes indoors, but her husband, looking grim, says he is going for a walk.

The man in the dinghy ducks as he hears a gunshot and the sound of breaking glass.

A shadowy figure runs away from the beach and past Morton's car, waking the photographer.

The next morning, while Foyle is being driven to work by Sam, he remarks that she seems a lot better today and asks if she has found somewhere to stay. She smiles and tells him that she is staying with a friend.

When the two arrive at the police station, they pass a woman standing at the reception desk. It is Valery Hunter reporting that her husband is missing.

Discussing the looting case with Milner, Foyle learns that out of six similar incidents following bombing, Morton has turned up to photograph four and the members of AFS Station 41E have attended five. The AFS station officer is Henry Jamieson, who works as a lorry driver and has no police record.

Foyle and Milner visit AFS Station 41E and ask Jamieson if he can spare a minute. The man replies that he "can spare all day, providing the Moaning Minnies don't go off." He is questioned about the call-out to Elms Road. Despite Foyle's assurance that he is not making an accusation, Jamieson takes umbrage and speaks angrily about auxiliaries doing 48 hours on, 24 hours off at a fraction of the pay of full-timers, while being thought of as "50 bob a week call-up dodgers". He points to his colleagues. "They're good lads and you should be ashamed of yourself for thinking otherwise."

He cockily invites the DCS to search the place. and is a little taken aback when Foyle immediately responds "Oh, thank you" and instructs his sergeant to bring in the uniformed police waiting outside.

Leaving his men to get on with the search, Foyle visits the newspaper office, but the photographer is not there. The editor Jack Dunning tells him that Morton covers all kinds of jobs, not just bombed houses. He explains that the pictures taken of Elms Road have not yet been returned by the Ministry of Information to which they had to be sent for checking by the censors.

Back in the station, Milner reports that nothing was found at the AFS station. On a list of items missing from house fires where Jamieson was involved are coins, medals and silver thimbles. Foyle and Milner note that the looters appear to be selective, because valuable items, such as a fur coat, watches and a stamp collection, were left behind.

Sergeant Rivers informs Foyle that the Home Guard CO has reported the capture of a German spy.

Foyle goes to investigate, and Colonel Letwin tells him about lights having been seen signalling out to sea from Romney Point. He says the prisoner was captured because, at ten in the morning he'd tried to order a pint of beer in a pub, indicating that he was ignorant of the licensing laws, and as the man had no means of identification the police were called.

The prisoner tells Foyle that he is Hans Maier, a Dutch refugee. He says he came by boat from France, but he denies being helped by someone signalling. As Foyle leaves, the man asks if he investigates murder in a time of war. Foyle replies that he does when necessary, and waits for further comment, but the man merely nods.

Outside the building, the colonel asks Foyle if he thinks Maier is a spy. Foyle replies: "Well, if he is, he's ill-prepared, ill-equipped and his entire mission seems to have been put together without any knowledge or understanding of this country whatsoever. Let's hope they're all like that."

At the station, Milner reports to Foyle that a body has been found on the beach below the Lewes' house. The man had a gun from which two bullets had been fired, one into his right temple. Milner thinks it looks like suicide. There are no means of identification, but in a pocket was an old key attached to a cogwheel. From photographs, Folye recognises the man as the person Sam nearly knocked over the previous evening.

Maier's boat has also been found, beached one and a half miles west of where the body lay at Romney Point.

Foyle and Milner visit Arthur and Elizabeth Lewes to ask if they know anything about the dead man, who has been identified by his wife as Richard Hunter. Elizabeth says that Hunter did odd jobs for them. Paige explains that the man came to the house asking for money for his son, presumably because he knew he was wealthy, but he sent him away. He says that Hunter seemed desperate and he hoped his refusal of help had not driven him to suicide.

Lewes explains that the beach can be accessed via Wood Lane, which cuts through the woods by Redmund's house and leads to a steep path down the side of the cliff.

As Foyle leaves, Bishop tells him that Paige is in high-level negotiations with the government and asks the policeman in warning tones not to harass him. Foyle is not impressed and replies, "In the same sort of way you're harassing me? I'll do my best."

Foyle and Milner's next call is on Hunter's wife and son. Kenny identifies the gun as his father's. Valery knows nothing of Howard Paige. She says that when her husband returned from the pub, he went straight out again without saying where he was going. He was upset because there had been an argument about money. Kenny tells of wanting to attend De Havilland's aeronautical school. Foyle learns that the family moved to Hastings when Kenny was small. Hunter was employed by a company making engineering components for cars, but left because of bad nerves, for which he was being treated by Dr Redmund, and afterwards set up his own ironmonger's business.

When Foyle shows her the cogwheel with the key attached, Valery says her husband carried it everywhere and the key is to the garden shed where he kept his tools.

In the shed, Kenny says that his father spent a lot of time in there, drinking and dreaming, but doing nothing else. When Foyle asks why his father worried about him being in the AFS, Kenny says he doesn't know.

In the newspaper office, Dunning tells Morton that DCS Foyle has been asking for him. He gives the photographer a news item about the body found on the beach.

On the way to Redmund's house, Foyle and Milner stop at the cliff edge and look out over the Channel. Milner remarks that France can be seen on a clear day.

In Redmund's study, the doctor tells Foyle that Hunter had suffered from a nervous condition for several years and was also an alcoholic.

Eve Redmund enters the room and asks Foyle if he is there because of the signals people are talking about. Redmund disdainfully dismisses the report, but Foyle informs him that a man has been captured who appears to have come into the country by boat. He tells Eve about Hunter's body being found. Redmund asks if he shot himself and Foyle replies that it seems so. Redmund is not surprised, saying that Hunter was a wreck of a human being who had made a mess of his life, even though he had started out well, being educated at Oxford after receiving a bursary from the confectionery firm that employed his father. Foyle asks if he thinks Hunter might have known Howard Paige and he replies that at Oxford back in the twenties, people like Paige and Hunter didn't mix. "People knew their place, if you know what I mean."

Morton calls at the police station to see Foyle, saying that he was in Wood Lane the night before and has important information. Sergeant Rivers tells him that the DCS is out, but that he will leave a note on his desk.

That evening, in Milner's home, Sam and Milner sit down to a meal that Sam has cooked. She describes it as "coq au vin, without the vin" and apologises for using the last of Milner's bacon ration.

They discuss the cases under investigation. Milner says he believes Jamieson is guilty of looting but cannot understand why he took some items and not others. Sam wonders if the cases are connected and Hunter was killed because he knew something.

Milner says that he likes having Sam to stay and she comments, "Mr Foyle would have a fit if he found out."

The sergeant laughs. "Yes, I don't think he would be entirely happy."

When music comes on the radio, Sam gets up and invites Milner to dance with her because, she says, she needs cheering up. He says he was never much of a dancer, even with two good legs, but he'll give it a go, which he does. Jane Milner walks in on the scene and without giving opportunity for explanation, walks out again.

Foyle's office is in darkness when two men enter through the window and search the room. They take Rivers' note about Morton having information for the DCS. A short while later, they approach the photographer's car on Wood Lane and drag him out.

Foyle goes to Oxford University where he talks to Hunter's tutor, Professor Phillips, who had also tutored Andrew. He asks about Hunter, whom, he has already discovered, gained a first class degree in physics. Phillips tells him that Hunter and Paige were friends and recalls that they got into trouble because they borrowed another student's car, a four-seater Austin Seven, and took it apart to see how it worked. They had put it back together again but the owner wasn't pleased.

Foyle returns to Arthur Lewes' house to interview Paige again. Paige tells Bishop that he is irritated by Foyle and he should be warned off.

To Foyle, Paige admits that he knew Hunter over twenty years ago, but claims that he had already told the DCS this.

Sam yawns in the car as she drives Foyle to the AFS station to interview Kenny. When she explains that she did not get much sleep the night before, Foyle says he would be grateful if she could stay awake until they reach their destination.

The DCS tries unsuccessfully to get Kenny to explain why his father was so worried about him. He asks the lad what he knows that he isn't telling him, but Kenny is frightened of something and won't talk.

As Foyle leaves the AFS station he notices that water is dribbling from the overflow pipe of a large water tank.

On Jane's return, Sam had left the Milner's house. In the station, Milner assures Sam that his wife now understands what was going on the night before and asks her where she went. Sam replies vaguely that she "found somewhere."

They go to Foyle's office where they find him puzzling as to why things have been moved around. It is discovered that the note about Morton is missing.

Foyle goes to the newspaper office, but the editor says the photographer has not been seen. Foyle asks why he was parked in the middle of nowhere in the blackout and is told that Morton is a "trekker", someone who drives away from built-up areas at night and sleeps in the car to avoid the bombing.

Morton's empty car is found near the beach. Foyle goes to investigate. As he and Sam are looking around, Sam says, "Well, he certainly seems to have left in a hurry."

Foyle comments, "Not of his own free will, it seems."

When Sam asks why he thinks that, Foyle replies, "Well… you tell me."

Sam casts a look around her and gives up. With a slight tilt of his head, Foyle indicates the ground at her feet. Sam looks down and sees tracks in the dirt. "Oh, I see!" She realises that the tracks mean that Morton was dragged from his car. "But why?"

Again, Foyle encourages her to puzzle it out for herself. "Well, why do you think?"

"Morton knew something and somebody didn't want him to tell you."

Sam wonders if it has something to do with the German spy, but Foyle says the man came ashore a mile and a half away. He agrees that it is possible that the signals came from one of the two houses at Romney Point.

Later that day, Elizabeth calls on Foyle at his home in Steep Lane. In the living room, he stands at a distance from her as they talk. She asks if he thinks Paige is connected with Hunter's death and he replies that is not impossible. She tells him that if America does come into the war it will be partly due to Paige. "He's terribly important, Arthur says."

At the mention of Lewes, Foyle asks if he knows of her visit. She replies, "No. He's in London."

Sitting herself nervously on the edge of the sofa, Elizabeth tells an increasingly uncomfortable Foyle that throughout the dinner party all she wanted was to be alone with him. He responds only by saying "Elizabeth…" He sits down in his chair, away from her.

She asks him if he is happy and he replies that the country is at war and he worries about Andrew. Elizabeth says that she is not happy and confesses that she has never loved her husband in their twenty years of marriage. "Not the way I loved you".

Foyle becomes even more uncomfortable. Elizabeth tells him that she was sorry to hear of his wife's death. She had been wanting to write, but couldn't because she harboured hopes after Rosalind died that she and Foyle might…

Foyle is miserable. He interrupts her, saying that she shouldn't be doing this, that it was all far too long ago and it was very different then. Elizabeth says that it's all very different now.

Foyle can take no more. He stands. "This is a mistake, Elizabeth..."

She stands, too, saying that she made a mistake years ago and she knows it now. "Can you forgive me?" she asks.

He tells her that there is nothing to forgive.

Elizabeth says, "You asked me to marry you."

"Yes, and when your father refused permission for you to marry me and you married Arthur instead, I understood the very difficult position you'd been placed in."

"He gave me no choice. You don't understand."

"Well, your father understood perfectly well that a policeman's son was clearly not good enough, and I should never have asked."

"I couldn't go against him, Christopher. You knew that."

"I never said you should."

"You've grown very hard. Was it Rosalind dying that did that?"

"No. Losing her changed nothing. Marrying her changed everything. But you've got a good husband and two wonderful sons. But the truth is we should leave this exactly the way it is, and I'm sorry."

"No, I'm the one who's sorry. You're right, I shouldn't have come. I am so sorry, Christopher. I want you to know that barely a day has gone by in all these years when I haven't been sorry."

Elizabeth turns and walks to the door. As she leaves, Foyle is obviously experiencing a feeling of great sadness, an emotion that deepens as he looks over at a photograph of Rosalind. He is almost in tears.

Next day, Foyle is making himself a cup of tea in the station kitchen when he accidentally knocks a packet of tea into a bowl of water in the sink. He fishes out the packet, puts it on the counter and walks over to the table. But then he stops, turns and regards the tea packet and the bowl of water thoughtfully, remembering the water he saw dribbling from the overflow pipe of the water tank in the AFS station.

Foyle takes Milner and a couple of uniformed policemen to the AFS station to take a closer look at the water tank. Jamieson and two of his team watch apprehensively as a dripping bag of looted items is fished out of the tank. Foyle explains to Milner that he had realised that only waterproof valuables were taken so that they could be hidden inside the tank.

Two of the looters make a dash for the door and tangle with the uniformed officers and Milner. Jamieson swings a punch at Foyle, but Foyle knocks his arm aside and decks him with a swift right to the jaw. Casting a glance at an amazed Sam, the DCS looks back to survey his handiwork sprawled on the floor, and pronounces "You know, I quite enjoyed that."

In the station interview room, Jamieson refuses to make a statement. Foyle cannot hide his disgust. "You know, I regularly wonder why I do this job. And then I come across somebody like you. I mean, we're living in such evil times when the whole world seems to be sinking into some sort of mire. And as if Hitler wasn't enough, we've got the likes of you, who capitalise on other people's misery, who hurt them, make things even worse for them when they're at their weakest. And it's with the likes of you that this mire begins, and it's some small consolation to know that I've helped to clean up just a little bit of it."

Milner tells Jamieson that he will be charged under Defence Regulations 38A. It comes home to Jamieson that he could be facing the death penalty and he is very frightened.

In his office, Milner points out to Foyle that Maier may have been rowing his boat toward the signal lights coming from Romney Point but the strong currents in the bay forced him westward to where he landed. Foyle says that in that case Maier could be a witness to what happened to Hunter.

Foyle goes to where Maier is now being held, but the CO, Commander Simmons, refuses access because he does not have authorisation. Foyle asks what will happen to the man and is told that Military Intelligence might be able to turn him to work for them or, more likely, he will be shot. By gentle persuasion, Foyle gets Simmons to allow him to interview the prisoner.

Maier is at first puzzled as to why the policeman thinks he would co-operate, but when Foyle says that Hunter's murder has nothing to do with their countries being at war, he agrees provided Foyle will do something for him in return. The German asks him to get a message to his family in Germany, particularly his elderly mother, to tell them that he said goodbye, that he loves them and he was thinking of them at the end. Foyle agrees.

Maier tells that while he was rowing he heard a shot and the sound of breaking glass, then a voice and the sound of a man sobbing. Looking toward the shore, he had seen two men – one standing, the other sinking to his knees. The man standing then shot the man kneeling and ran away.

Foyle thanks Maier for the information and gives his assurance that he will keep his part of the bargain.

That night, Sam prepares to bunk down in one of the station cells, and assures Sergeant Rivers that she will not tell DCS Foyle about the arrangement.

Foyle visits the Redmunds and tells them about Maier and his promise to get a message to his family. He explains that, with the family details Maier gave, he knows that Eve is Maier's cousin. When she says that she has not seen him in many years and did not know he was coming to England, Foyle comments on the "coincidence" of the signal being made from near the house where she was having dinner. Redmund warns Foyle about making accusations, but Foyle says that he has no evidence whatsoever that Eve slipped out of the dinner party for a few minutes and signalled the submarine. If he did, he would have to arrest her, but what evidence he has is circumstantial. He recognises that Eve did not believe that she was helping a spy, but was simply trying to keep her cousin safe from harm.

Foyle tells them: "He is a very brave man and I'm very grateful to him for the information he's given me regarding the death of Richard Hunter. He's in jail, he was arrested too quickly for him to do anyone any harm, and, as far as I am concerned, how he got here and who helped him is none of my business." He stands to leave and to Eve he says, "I hope you're able to pass his message on to his mother. I'll see myself out."

After Foyle has left, Redmund challenges Eve about what happened. She says that a stranger contacted her by telephone and told her what to do, and she complied because she just wanted her cousin to arrive safely. In fury, Redmund calls her a traitor and strikes her across the face, knocking her down. He tells her that as far as he is concerned she no longer exists: he will not speak to her, she must sleep in the spare room and she must eat alone. "I want nothing more to do with you. Now get out!"

Foyle examines a fisherman's hut on the beach nearby. It has a broken window and he finds a bullet lodged in wood inside.

Back in his office, Foyle is typing up a report when Sam arrives, looking dishevelled, her hair in disarray. He is surprised at her appearance and asks if she is not sleeping. She replies, "Not a great deal. I've got a rather hard bed."

She spots Hunter's keyring on the desk and, because of what she has been taught by the MTC, is able to explain to her boss that the cogwheel is part of a synchromesh gear box.

Howard Paige and John Bishop are driving to an airfield when they are stopped by a road block. Foyle is waiting and says he has come to arrest the American for murder.

They go to one of the offices on the airfield where Foyle outlines what he believes is his case. Hunter invented the synchromesh gear system 20 years earlier but Paige stole the idea, patented it, and made his fortune. Hunter was a broken man afterwards. Foyle says that Paige "killed him twice". When Hunter learned that Paige was in Hastings, he went to ask for money to help his son. Paige arranged to meet him on the beach that night, but, when they met, the American refused to help. Hunter threatened him with a gun, but could not bring himself to kill. Instead, he fired off to one side, hitting the fisherman's hut. He sank to his knees. Paige took the gun and shot him dead, hoping the police would think the death was suicide.

When Paige says it is all conjecture, Foyle tells him that he has two witnesses: a man in a boat and a photographer. He has deduced that Bishop, whom he assumes is with Military Intelligence, had Morton abducted to keep him from telling what he saw until Paige was out of the country. Paige says that it makes no difference, he is too important and cannot be arrested. Bishop interjects, "Yes, I'm afraid Mr Paige is right. I outrank you, Mr Foyle." The industrialist smirks.

Bishop leads Foyle to another office while Paige goes to collect some official papers. He explains that he cannot allow Paige to be arrested because of fifty ships that America has promised to supply. They are not in good condition, but they represent an essential working agreement between the two countries and the first commitment of what is hoped to be many in the way of armaments and other supplies, without which Britain will not survive. The American Allies of England brokered the deal. Arresting Paige for murder would destroy everything and the scandal would have unimaginable repercussions. Bishop acknowledges that the man is a killer and should be hanged, but says that a direct line can be drawn between Paige and the outcome of the war. Foyle asks what he is supposed to tell Hunter's widow and son.

Bishop replies "You can tell them that he is a casualty of the war."

Foyle is far from happy and leaves Bishop in no doubt as to what he thinks, but he realises that there is little he can do. He tells Bishop that he wants to see Paige and when asked why, replies, "Well, I'd love to say goodbye."

The two men walk to where the American is about to board a plane. Paige is startled to see Foyle and remarks, "I really hope this is a final goodbye."

"Not at all, only temporary."

"You sound like a sore loser. You know what the French say? C'est la guerre."

Foyle's face hardens. "Precisely, Mr Paige, it's the war. And no war has lasted forever, and neither will this. A year, maybe ten, but it will end. And when it does, Mr Paige, you will still be a thief, a liar and a murderer. And I will not have forgotten, and wherever you are, I will find you." Foyle holds up Hunter's cogwheel. "You are not escaping justice, merely postponing it. … Au revoir."

He walks away, leaving a very discomforted Paige to board the plane.

Foyle returns to the police station later that evening, and as he is walking down a corridor, is astonished to catch sight of Sam through the open door of a cell, lying on the bunk reading a book. She explains that she was unable to find a billet, but, looking with disgust around the cell, Foyle tells her that she can't sleep there. She says that the bed is very hard, more of a plank than a mattress, but otherwise it's not too bad.

Foyle is very concerned. "For God's sake, really!" He glances over his shoulder towards the corridor, and lowers his voice. Conspiratorially he says, "Look, it won't bother me if it doesn't bother you, but you can use the back room at my house. Andrew isn't there. Just until you get yourself sorted. If you like."

Sam is delighted. "Could I, sir? Are you sure?"

"Yes, yes, but, em…" He pauses to glance toward the corridor again. "Do me a favour, will you? Don't mention it to any of the others, they really wouldn't approve, y'know."

Sam assures him that she can be discreet, and Foyle helps her to carry her things out of the station. As they leave the building, she asks him if he has had dinner.

He replies, "No. Why?"

"Well, I could cook for you if you like."

"Well, that's very decent of you."

"I don't mind. Do you like coq au vin?"

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