FW4-1: Invasion

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FW4-1: Invasion

Postby Lynnedean » Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:22 pm

FW4-1: Invasion (detailed summary)

March 1942

In the Wheatsheaf, a little country pub in the village of Hilton, Sussex, several customers are enjoying a quiet drink.

Outside, further down the road, a small boy is playing, and on hearing the noise of heavy vehicles approaching he looks up. When two jeeps come around the corner, followed by a convoy of trucks carrying soldiers, he runs away in alarm, shouting, "The Jerries are here! The Jerries are here!"

As the first jeep passes an elderly woman crossing the road, one of the American occupants calls out to her, "It's okay, we're here to beat the Krauts."

The jeep stops at a grassy roundabout at the road junction near the Wheatsheaf and a US Army captain asks a young woman walking towards the pub how to get to Hawthorn Cross. She tells him that they'll have to go back the other way. A young soldier in the rear of the jeep waves and smiles at her, and there are whistles as the vehicle circles the roundabout and leads the convoy back down the road. The captain tells his men to knock if off "we're meant to be guests here."

The young woman is Susan Davies, barmaid at the Wheatsheaf. As she enters the pub, the landlord Alan Carter comments that she's late and asks her where she's been. Ignoring the question, she says, "The doughboys are here."
One of the customers says that they'll be heading for the airfield, and another remarks, scathingly, "Americans – late for the last one, late joining this one."

A while later, as his men pass time playing baseball in a grassy field at Hawthorn Cross, the American captain stands beside his jeep, talking with his sergeant, who is complaining that the ground is waterlogged after three weeks of rain but drainage is out of the question. "You try to land a Fort here, it'll disappear!"

A farmer carrying a shotgun approaches and shouts at the captain that he is on his land. The captain introduces himself as John Kieffer of the 215th Engineers and explains that he has a requisition order of which the farmer should have received notice. The farmer denies receiving the papers, and angrily orders the soldiers to leave. When the captain tries to calm him, he fires a shotgun blast through the windscreen of the jeep. The captain withdraws his men.

In the evening, Detective Sergeant Paul Milner parks his bicycle outside the Wheatsheaf and goes into the pub. He sits drinking with a friend, Will Grayson. Grayson says he thought Milner was a goner at Trondheim. Milner admits it was a close call and says, "If it wasn't for you …"

Grayson tells him to forget it, and that he's well out of it. He is despondent and says the war is never going to end. He wants to continue drinking but Milner can't stay. Grayson tries to persuade him, suggesting they have a Scotch, but Milner says he'll be lucky to find such. The policeman shakes his friend's hand warmly, saying it's been good to see him, and leaves the pub.

Grayson goes to the bar and asks for another beer. Susan glances around the room before asking him quietly if he was wanting Scotch.

Later that night, Grayson arrives home to find his father Harold dozing in a chair, waiting for him. Harold comments that Will has been boozing three nights in a row. Leaning heavily against the door frame, the lad tells him about his meeting with Paul Milner in the Wheatsheaf. When he says he's going to bed, his father complains that he's home for only a week and he's hardly seen him.

Susan Davies gets home very late and she, too, finds her father waiting up for her. Davies complains about her late hours at the pub and says she should never have left her previous employment.

The telephone rings and Davies answers it. Replacing the receiver, he explains to his wife Mary, who has come from their bedroom, that he has to attend a fire in Market Street. As he dons his fireman's jacket, he assures her it wasn't a raid.

After Davies has left, Mary comments about Susan's late hours, and says they don't know what she gets up to. Susan asks her what makes her think she's up to anything and, smiling, gives her mum a ten shilling note, saying there's no need to mention it to her dad. Her mother is delighted and asks where she got ten bob. Susan hesitates before replying, "Tips."

Next morning, DCS Foyle and his driver Sam Stewart enter the Hastings police station and are greeted by a new face at the desk. Foyle asks, "Sergeant Brooke?"
The sergeant replies that he is, and the two men shake hands. Brooke explains that he has come from Deptford Green in London and wasn't too keen to be sent to Hastings, as it's "a bit out in the sticks".

He says there's nothing to report, but he mentions the fire in Hilton. He says there was nothing suspicious about it because the local lads said it was started by a spark from the fireplace, and so Foyle is puzzled to learn that Milner has gone to the scene.

Brooke then tells him that a Captain Kieffer is waiting for him in his office. When he adds that "he's a Yank", Sam asks if the Americans have arrived in Hastings, and Foyle replies that it looks like one of them has. Sam says she's never seen an American except in films. Brooke mentions Jimmy Cagney and Sam says that she was thinking more Clark Gable, at which her boss raises his eyebrows, and smiles.

In the office, Kieffer explains to Foyle that he has come to the local police because he doesn't want to get David Barrett into any trouble, but if he reports to the US military that he's having bother with the farmer, "they'll come down on him like gangbusters." He tells Foyle that Barrett refuses to talk to him, has taken a potshot at a jeep and blocked the road with his tractor. Foyle says that he'll talk to him.

Kieffer then makes a request. He tells Foyle that he's been given an old school as a base but that it's stuck in the middle of nowhere. None of his men has been outside the States before and some of them feel as though they're on another planet, so he wants someone to give a talk to them about the English. He asks if Foyle would be willing. Foyle immediately declines but promises to let the captain know if he thinks of anyone suitable. As he sees Kieffer out, the American comments that three weeks ago he didn't even know what a kipper was. Foyle grins.

As Sam walks through the station, a young American soldier calls out "Hey, sugar!" She stops and asks if he's talking to her. When he says that he doesn't see anyone else around, she tells him that her name isn't Sugar. The soldier asks what it is, but she parries the question by asking if she can help him. He introduces himself as Joe Farnetti and says he's there to pick up his captain. He asks Sam if she is a cop and she says "No, not really."

He asks for her name again and this time she gives it. He invites her to go with him to see a movie that night, but she declines, saying that they don't know one another. She isn't pleased at his manner of approach. "Are all you Americans like this?"

As the soldier persists in trying to get her to go out with him, Foyle and Kieffer appear. Foyle asks Sam if everything is okay and she smiles and says it is.

As Kieffer and Farnetti leave the station, Foyle turns to Sam and asks, "Clark Gable?" His driver grins.

In Barrett's farmhouse, Foyle assures the farmer that he hasn't come to arrest him. Barrett says that nobody invited the Yanks and that the British can win the war without them. Foyle queries, "Can we?"

When the farmer complains that they've marched onto his land without his permission, Foyle explains that it was the War Office that requisitioned the land, so any argument should be taken up with them. He says that Barrett should leave the Americans alone, at which the farmer says he has something to show the policeman.

He takes Foyle out to look over the property, and as they survey acres of trees and green fields, he tells him that the farm dates from the Doomsday Book and that his family have been there for one hundred years. He says the Americans' plans involve 120,000 cubic yards of concrete and 400,000 feet of wire, so by the time they've finished, there'll be nothing left. "We're worried about Hitler invading. What's the point - the invasion's happened. They take our land right from under our noses and you say we can't do nothing about it, we just have to stand there and watch!"

Milner arrives at the burnt out terraced house in Hilton and speaks with Stan Davies, who says that the whole lot went up like Crystal Palace.

When Davies queries a policeman coming all the way from Hastings for a little house fire, Milner looks distressed and says that he knew William Grayson who has died as a result of the fire. Davies explains that the young man's bed was close to the fireplace and a blanket must have caught alight. His bedroom door was locked from the inside, but the key was beside the bed and it was not understood why Grayson hadn't used it.

Milner looks around the burnt-out bedroom and sees the key but leaves without noticing a liquor bottle that is lying amongst the debris on the floor.

Back at the Hastings police station, Milner asks Foyle if he can look into the matter of the fire in his own time. He explains that Will Grayson carried him to safety after he was wounded at Trondheim and he is troubled that he should have returned and then died in the way he did. He says he can't understand why Grayson didn't get out of his room, as the key was next to his bed. Foyle wonders why the door was locked in the first place. He gives Milner permission to make enquires.

Milner visits Harold Grayson in hospital. The man tells him that Will could barely stand up because of drink. Milner is puzzled as they'd had only bitter. Grayson doesn't know why Will locked his bedroom door, as he'd never done that it before. He explains that the fire took hold about an hour after Will went to his room. He banged on his son's door and heard him shouting "I can't see!" At that point, the corridor ceiling came down and he can't remember what happened after that.

Later that morning, Foyle is about to enter a fishing tackle shop, when he meets Cpt Kieffer coming out. He discovers that Kieffer is a keen fly-fisherman and has been buying line for his brand new Reuben Leonard tournament rod, which he proudly describes as having reverse-cigar grips, hooded nickel-silver butt cap and weighing only four ounces. Foyle replies that he uses nothing so grand, only a Hardy Houghton classic split cane, 9' 6" in length. Kieffer says that's heavy and old fashioned, and asks Foyle if he'd like to try the new rod.

Foyle gratefully accepts the invitation, but looks wary when Kieffer mentions wanting something in return. He sags and grimaces as the captain says that he still hasn't found anyone to do the talk he mentioned. As Foyle hesitates, Kieffer verbally waggles the bait: "Reuben Leonard. Best rod on the market ..."

Foyle asks how long the talk would have to be. The captain tells him it need be only as long as he wishes and he suggests dinner afterwards. "How about tomorrow night?" The policeman reluctantly agrees. Kieffer offers to send a car to collect him but he declines, saying "No need. I'll get there."

As Foyle turns and goes into the shop, Kieffer smiles triumphantly and mutters, "Hooked!"

Milner begins his investigation into Grayson's death with a visit to the Wheatsheaf. He is told by Carter that the man had only a couple of pints after Milner left and was "sober enough" when he himself left. Milner says that Grayson had been after whisky, but Alan tells him that the pub had run out of it so there'd been none to be had.

When Milner tells him that the man could barely stand when he got home two hours later, Carter suggests that he may have gone somewhere else, such as the King's Head or the Red Lion just down the road. Milner asks where he can contact the barmaid. The landlord replies that he doubts if she could tell him anything, and only supplies her address when Milner persists.

In the privacy of David Barrett's barn, Susan is lying in the hay with James Taylor, a young American soldier. She is thrilled with the gift of a pair of nylon stockings. She tells Taylor that she loves him and is looking forward to being in America with him, but he tells her to slow down as there's a war to fight first. She replies that he might have less time than he thinks, but when he asks what she means, she is hesitant in giving reply. Taylor insists that she answer.

A few moments later, Barrett, looking out of an upstairs window in his farmhouse, observes Taylor hurrying from the barn, and Susan calling after him from the door.

As Sam drives Foyle to the American base, he thanks her for giving up her evening to do so. She replies that it's a pleasure but asks if she has to stay. Her boss says that he thought she wanted to get to know the Americans.
"Well, if the one I met was anything to go by …"
Foyle says that they're a long way from home, fighting a war they thought had nothing to do with them, so it's not really a surprise. They both grin.

As they wait in the car to be admitted into the base, Sam asks Foyle if he's heard from Andrew. He says not and she explains that she hasn't had any news from him for a while. Foyle remarks that he's not sure his son enjoys being an instructor. Sam says that she would have thought he'd have written. Foyle says not recently but that his son is due for some leave.

Cpt Kieffer meets them at the door of the building, saying, "Welcome to St Preserve Us." He explains that's what some of his men call the place, the original name being St Mary's, All Saints.

Barrett has called at the home of Stan and Mary Davies to collect laundry that Mary has done for him. As he prepares to leave, he tells them that his nephew Ben has telegrammed to say he's coming home on leave. Mary is overjoyed and says Susan will be thrilled. Her husband says that he wishes the young couple would get a move on and set the date.

A radio is playing in the room and the conversation stops as the three listen to Lord Haw-Haw spouting propaganda about the arrival of the US soldiers: "The Americans never wanted to be part of this war and although they're now arriving in Britain, they don't want to be there. They're paid more than the British, they eat more than the British …"

Davies turns the radio off in disgust, but Barrett says that although the broadcaster is a traitor, he's right about the Yanks: "They're taking everything we've got." When Davies disagrees, Barrett tells him to ask his daughter about it, and then goes, leaving the couple wondering what he meant.

At the American base, Foyle has his audience in laughter as he draws his talk to a close. When he says that there will be a lot more they don't understand about the English, there are cries of "Yeah, warm beer" and "Tea." Sam, sitting at the back, frowns when Joe Farnetti adds "And broads in uniform."

Foyle assures the Americans that the British are very pleased to see them, and dares to joke "though some might say you took your time getting here".

When the captain asks if anyone has a question, there is a last-minute attempt at ribaldry, two of the soldiers commenting on the different meanings given to the same words such as rubber and john. Foyle makes a joking repost and the session ends with more laughter, accompanied by applause.

In the Wheatsheaf, Carter tells Susan that a copper has been looking for her in connection with Will Grayson's death. When she asks what it has to do with her, Carter points out that the man was in the pub the night it happened and the copper said he was drunk. Susan protests that she doesn't know what Grayson did after he left. Her boss starts to ask "Did you serve him any…?" but is interrupted by a customer calling for him. He tells Susan that they must talk about the matter later and decide what to do.

Sam and her boss have joined the Americans for a buffet meal at the base following Foyle's talk. Kieffer shows Foyle a picture of his family and says his sons are aged six and nine. He asks the policeman if he has kids and Foyle replies that he has a son.

The captain says that he has been thinking of inviting some of the local people to a dance at the base to help them to get to know the Americans better. He asks Foyle's opinion. Foyle thinks it is a good idea.

Farnetti notices James Taylor looking troubled, and asks him what's wrong. Taylor won't say.

Farnetti spots Sam looking at the buffet table, and approaches her. She tells him that she hasn't seen so much food in ages and doesn't know where to begin. The soldier asks again about accompanying him to the movies and again Sam declines. He asks if she has a boyfriend and when she replies that she has, he apologises, saying that he'd only been trying to be friendly.

Kieffer introduces Foyle to Sergeant Jack O'Connor. O'Connor criticises the talk, saying that it was a case of "you need us, so be nice to us".
Foyle says that he takes it the sergeant is not happy to be there.
O'Connor replies, "You tried sucking up to Hitler. That didn't work, so you went to war with him. You almost lost that by yourself and now you've dragged us in. No, I'm not crazy to be here."
With that, he walks off and Kieffer apologises for his behaviour.

Taylor is drinking heavily.

Farnetti has another go at Sam. He tells her that the captain wants to hold a dance, and asks if she's ever tried the jitterbug. Sam says she doesn't know what that is. Farnetti says he's five thousand miles away from home and he doesn't want to have to dance with Taylor!

Foyle decides it's time to go, and calls to Sam. Sam protests that she has had nothing to eat yet and Farnetti suggests she take a plate of doughnuts with her. This, too, she declines.

Before leaving, Foyle, having played his part, reminds Kieffer of their arrangement. Kieffer laughs and they agree to go fishing together the day after tomorrow.

Foyle heads out of the door, followed by his driver. Sam looks back and laughs as Farnetti calls out that he will mail the doughnuts to her "or post them … whatever".

When Sam gets back to her lodgings she turns on a table lamp next to a framed photograph of Andrew. A letter from him has arrived and, smiling, she sits at the foot of the stairs to read it. The happy expression on her face fades as she does so …
    "Dear Sam,
    I know it's been a long time since I've written and I'm sorry. I'm sorrier still to have to write this. I can't say I've had a good time at Debden. Lots of reasons and, of course, I was missing you. I never seemed to get any leave.
    Sam, there's no easy way to write this, but I've met someone else. I can't explain it and I feel wretched, but I was going mad on my own, without you I mean, and it just sort of happened. The last thing I want to do is to hurt you but I thought I should make a clean breast of it and, well, there you are.
    God knows when I'll be home and you probably wouldn't want to see me, anyway. But, at the very least, you can begin again.
    Good luck, Sam. Don't think too badly of me.

Sam screws up the letter in her fist, and sobs.

Next morning, Milner calls at home of Susan Davies but is told that she has gone to see Dr Rogers because she's not feeling well. Milner explains to the girl's parents that he wants to know if Will Grayson said anything to her that would have indicated he had something on his mind. He asks Davies to ask her to call at the station, as the matter is important.

Enquiring how long she has been working at the pub, he is told about a year and that she used to work at Benson's, who make chemicals, but she didn't like it, so changed her job. Mary says that Susan will be home later if he wants her.

In a garden shed at the Wheatsheaf, Carter approaches Susan as she is busy pouring liquor from a still into bottles. He tells her that a man is dead and that they are responsible. He worries that it could be called murder or manslaughter and he tells her the still has to go, but she says it can't because she needs the money.

Susan says she's not stopping and he can't make her, to which he replies, "We'll see about that." She says defiantly that she could tell the police about his "little business" and say he made her help him, so if she goes down, he goes down, too.

In a field at Hawthorn Cross, O'Connor complains to Kieffer about the problem of pumping so much water. Farnetti approaches and requests permission to go into Hastings. Having been given it, he turns towards a jeep and bumps into Taylor, who snaps at him. Kieffer asks Taylor what's eating him. He says it's nothing. He then asks O'Connor if he may speak to him in private.

The two go off together and O'Connor reacts with alarm when told that Taylor's girl is pregnant. Taylor says he has no intention of marrying or of becoming a father at twenty-three, and wonders about the possibility of a clandestine abortion. O'Connor tells him that the girl won't agree because she's a gold-digger and was waiting for someone like him to come along. He says that unless she has some kind of accident, Taylor is stuck with her. When Taylor queries "Accident?" the sergeant replies that it's a war and accidents happen.

As Sam enters the Hastings police station, she is greeted by Sergeant Brooke, who tells her everyone calls him Brookie. He says there's someone waiting to see her, and she discovers that it is Farnetti, who has brought her a box containing a variety of foods. He apologises for having come on a bit strong at earlier meetings, and immediately makes to leave. Sam calls him back and asks if the invitation to the dance is still open.

When Farnetti then enquires about her boyfriend, she says that she doesn't think he'll mind.

Mary Davies delivers a pile of clean laundry to David Barrett and, while there, asks him what he meant about Susan, saying that he seemed to think there was something wrong. He excuses his comment as talking out of turn and Mary starts going on about how happy Susan and Ben will be when they marry. Barrett mutters about everything changing and wondering if any of them will ever be happy again.

Mary asks him if there's something he's not telling her, but he assures her that everything will be all right.

On the bank of the river, Cpt Kieffer reels in his third catch of the day. Foyle points out that it's his fly the American is using, and says that Kieffer's rod is fine but he's catching nothing with it. Kieffer responds, teasingly, that it's a poor workman who blames his tools, and Foyle replies, "Well, thank you! I'll keep trying."

As they continue fishing, Kieffer explains that he signed up the month before Pearl Harbour. His 25 year-old brother had been killed with 114 others when the destroyer the Reuben James was torpedoed by a German U-Boat in the Atlantic. The tragedy was ignored because people didn't want to go to war. Kieffer enlisted the next day.

Foyle expresses sympathy for Kieffer's loss, and after a pause, brings the conversation back to the present by saying that he thinks he'd be better off with his own rod. Kieffer says that that's something he's learning about the British – if it's old, it's got to be good. Foyle replies that Americans think that what's good needs improving. Kieffer points out that he's the one who caught the fish and Foyle retorts "Well, you're the one with my rod!"

The captain suggests they call it even and go for a drink.

That evening, as Susan is getting ready for the dance at the American base her mother comments on the new nylons she is wearing. She asks what the doctor said and Susan replies that she's just a bit run down.

Mary suddenly remembers that Ben is coming home on leave and excitedly tells her daughter. She is very disappointed when Susan does not react to the news with joy.

At the American base, the dance is already under way. James Taylor sits alone at the end of a corridor, drinking alcohol.

Barrett's nephew alights from a bus. His uncle is there to meet him, but Ben is disappointed that Susan is not with him. Barrett avoids giving an explanation and takes the boy home.

Sam Stewart arrives at the base and is surprised to find her boss about to go in to the dance. She remarks that it's not the sort of place she'd expect to see him and he replies that he's just doing his bit for Anglo-American relations.

Kieffer greets them as they enter the hall. Paul Milner is already there and Foyle introduces him to the captain.

Taylor has come into the room and is sitting downing the contents of yet another bottle. Suddenly, he keels over. Dr Rogers is at the dance and he and Sergeant O'Connor take the soldier out.

Susan arrives at the base. On her way to the dance hall, she passes Alan Carter, who is standing in the corridor with his overcoat on. She does not acknowledge him.

In the dance hall, Farnetti tells Sam that he didn't think she'd come to the dance but he's glad she did.

Susan asks O'Connor where Taylor is. The sergeant says he's sick. When she asks what's wrong with him, O'Connor replies that maybe he heard she was coming. She leaves the room.

Outside, a smooching couple notice a man walk to the back door of the building. It is David Barrett.

In the dance hall, Foyle watches as Farnetti and Sam go onto the dance floor together.

A short while later, in a dark corridor, Susan Davies struggles with a man who is slowly strangling her to death.

Later that night.

Foyle and Milner are at the crime scene. Milner identifies Susan from papers in her handbag and he tells Foyle that he spoke to her parents the day before about Will Grayson's death, and that he'd wanted to speak to her but she was proving difficult to track down. Foyle asks if she was involved. His sergeant replies that he's sure of it.

Foyle looks around the area and peers through the open door of a room close by. Four names on the door include those of Farnetti and Taylor.

Taking a closer look at the body, Foyle wonders from where the girl got nylons. He takes a set of dog tags from her hand.

In Kieffer's office, Foyle requests an interview with James Taylor. Kieffer says that if he's suggesting any of his men could be involved then he's putting him in a very difficult position. The captain is not happy about the DCS assuming jurisdiction, because the policeman is on an American base and so, theoretically, on American soil. He says that a murder there could have ramifications beyond Foyle and himself and he suggests letting US MPs handle the case.
Foyle asks if he is being asked to leave. Kieffer says no but they should both tread carefully.

Foyle is allowed to speak to Taylor, who says he had gone to lie down in his quarters and fallen asleep, and hadn't seen Susan Davies. Foyle notes that the quarters are in the corridor where Susan's body was found, and asks Taylor if he remembers if the door was open. Taylor says it was, and that he was half asleep but heard Susan's voice telling someone "I don't want to see you now. You shouldn't even have come here. Just leave me alone." He struggles to remember then says that she also said something like she was still working and he could see her later.
Foyle queries the "he" and Taylor replies, "Whoever." He says he tried to get up but couldn't move, and thinks he fell asleep again.

Foyle asks to see Taylor's identity disks. Taylor reaches into his shirt but his dog tags have gone. He is surprised when Milner shows him the tags taken from Susan's hand.

Foyle and Milner visit Susan's distraught parents. Davies tells them that Susan was engaged to Ben Barrett, a sailor who is due home on leave from Iceland. He says the lad's uncle farms up at Hawthorn Cross and that his parents were killed in the London bombing two years ago.

Davies takes the policemen Susan's room. Foyle looks at a photograph of Susan with Ben in his Navy uniform, and asks if the boy ever wrote to her or sent gifts. Davies says no. Foyle asks about a photograph of Susan standing in a workplace. Davies says it was taken at a chemical works, and, when Foyle asks, confirms that it was Benson's at Bexhill.

Milner calls Foyle's attention to a diary. Davies says Susan never put much in it. Foyle leafs through it and asks if the ringed date of January 10th was Susan's birthday. Her father says no.

As the policemen prepare to leave, Davies says that his daughter had many dreams, and wasn't going to stay in the village for the rest of her life, because she wanted to be someone. Foyle looks thoughtful.

Next day, as Sam is driving Foyle and Milner to see Dr Rogers, her boss asks if she enjoyed herself at the dance. She says she did, and tells him that she saw Susan arrive and talk to O'Connor, who wasn't very friendly. Foyle asks if she saw anything after that, and she replies that she didn't because she was dancing.
Her boss pauses before muttering, "Yes, I saw."

Dr Rogers reports that Taylor had a crippling attack of gastritis which could have been caused by something he'd eaten but he'd been drinking a lot, too.

He confirms that Susan was one of his patients. Foyle asks about the pregnancy that the police doctor's report had revealed. Rogers says Susan didn't tell him who the father was, and that he feared it was one of the Americans. He says she was very happy and believed the child would give her a new life.

At Hawthorn Cross, Cpt Kieffer talks to O'Connor, Taylor and Farnetti. O'Connor complains about Foyle being allowed to do the investigation, saying that he wants to pin the murder on one of the soldiers. His CO asks O'Connor if he's hiding something and the soldier replies that he didn't even know the girl's name.

Taylor also denies knowing her but says he'd spoken to her a couple of times. Kieffer asks about Taylor's dog tags. The private says he doesn't know what happened with those, as he was sick and "out of it". He concludes that they must have been taken when he was asleep. When Kieffer asks what he was drinking, he says he doesn't know, but it was very strong.

Kieffer tells the men to co-operate with Foyle. O'Connor says he doesn't see how it's any of Foyle's business and that they're on a US base, so they should "leave it to the Snowdrops".

After the captain leaves, Farnetti challenges Taylor about his denying knowing Susan, because he knows it's not true. Taylor walks away.

Farnetti then tells O'Conner that they should have told about Taylor knowing the girl and about O'Connor giving her money. O'Connor tells him threateningly that it's none of his business: "She was a girl. She got killed. That's the end of it!"

David Barrett is very distressed when Foyle and Milner tell him of Susan's death, especially when he learns she was strangled.

Foyle asks if his nephew is at home, but Barrett avoids answering. He says it's obvious who murdered the girl: all the Yanks were there drinking and dancing, it could be any one of them. Foyle queries how he knows that Susan was killed at the dance. Barrett hesitates before saying that he assumed it because the whole village was going. He denies being there himself, but Foyle tells him he was seen. The farmer then admits going to the American base, but says that he changed his mind and came back home because he couldn't countenance eating their food: "I'd have enjoyed it more if I'd known it had come from Hitler."

In answer to questions about his nephew, Barrett nervously tells Foyle that Ben didn't go to the dance even though it was his first day home on leave; he'd been too tired after travelling a long way and so just ate supper and went to bed. When asked where Ben is now, he replies, "I couldn't say."

Foyle requests that the farmer ask Ben to get in touch with him if he shows up.

On the way back to the car, Milner asks his boss if he believed the farmer, and when Foyle responds "Did you?" he says no. Milner comments on Barrett not being very fond of the Americans, and muses that if Susan was having an affair with one of them, perhaps he knew, or maybe Ben had found out that his girl was pregnant by another man. He asks Foyle if he should put out an alert for the sailor, but Foyle considers it unnecessary and that they should give him the benefit of the doubt for the time being.

Inside the farmhouse, Barrett looks at a framed photograph of Ben and Susan with their arms around each other. He turns the frame face down and, after a moment, sweeps it to the stone floor, smashing the glass. He is in anguish.

Later, Ben and his uncle talk in the farmhouse. Ben says he wishes he'd never come home and he thinks he'll go to London. Barrett tells him that he can't leave, as the police want to see him, but Ben says he has nothing to say to them, Susan is nothing to him any more. Barrett says that Ben will have to talk to the police, but he warns him not to tell them about knowing about Susan and Taylor, because of what they will think. When his nephew asks what he thinks, Barrett replies by enquiring where he was last night. Ben says he's already told him and asks if his uncle wants him to lie to the police.

Sam arrives at the station and finds her boss sitting in the lobby, reading a newspaper while waiting for her. He stands, picks up his trilby and asks her where she's been. She apologises and says she's been having tea. When he queries having tea at eleven o'clock in the morning, she explains that she was with Joe Farnetti, an American from the base.
As Foyle puts on his hat, he looks thoughtful. "Is that the one you were dancing with?"
When she replies that it is, Foyle says crisply "Tell me in the car" and marches to the door.

As she drives her boss to the base, Sam says that she wouldn't normally take time off but Farnetti had said it was about the case. She reports that the soldier knows something but all he would say was that a lot of men knew Susan Davies and were "getting stuff from her". He hadn't explained.

They arrive at the base, but Sam stops Foyle before he goes in, saying that there's something she's been meaning to tell him. She explains that she has received a letter from Andrew. "He's sort of … thrown me over, I'm afraid. He's met someone else".
Foyle's expression indicates a sudden understanding and he says thoughtfully, "I didn't know that."

He listens sympathetically while Sam, trying to keep her emotions in check, haltingly says that Andrew was very nice about it and very honest, and it was true that with the distance between them it really wasn't going to work, "but there we are." She explains to her boss that she didn't want to tell him while on duty but she thought he should know.

Foyle says quietly, "Thank you." He continues to the building, and Sam walks sadly back to the car.

In his office, Kieffer tells Foyle that he had a feeling he'd be back. Foyle replies that it's his job. He asks to speak again with James Taylor and Kieffer immediately sends for him. Foyle's expression conveys appreciation.

Foyle questions Taylor about what he was drinking at the dance. Taylor says it was liquor, but he doesn't know exactly what. He is reluctant to say where he got it from, but Kieffer orders him to reply. He names O'Connor as his supplier, but hesitates to say who supplied the sergeant. Foyle asks if it was Susan Davies. Taylor looks cornered.

Three police cars pull up outside the Wheatsheaf. Foyle and Milner go into the bar but it is Milner who speaks to the landlord. Looking angry, he says coldly that a man is dead and Carter may have killed him, and that Susan Davies has been murdered and Carter was there. Carter denies being involved.

Milner demands to know the whereabouts of the still. At that moment, a constable comes into the bar and draws Foyle's attention. Foyle remains in the pub while Carter and Milner follow the constable to the garden shed.

In the shed, Milner finds the still and many bottles. He sniffs at the contents of a bottle. He is angry. He orders Carter to be handcuffed. As this is being done, red scratch-marks can be seen on the left side of the landlord's neck.

Milner asks the constables to leave and orders Carter to sit down. Immediately Carter sits, the sergeant reaches one arm around the landlord's head and clamps it to his chest. With his fingers in Carter's nostrils, he forces his head back, and with his other hand he pours liquor from one of the bottles into the man's mouth. Carter struggles and calls out, which prompts a constable to come back into the shed. Milner forces Carter to his feet and, with disgust, shoves him towards the door, ordering the constable to take him away.

When left alone, the police sergeant picks up a large bottle containing some of the liquor. He looks at it coldly and then smashes it down on the still.

In Hastings police station, Milner sits across the desk from Carter while Foyle stands to one side. The landlord states that the still had been Susan's idea. She'd picked up the know-how while working at Benson's and had talked him into it, saying it would be a bit of a laugh and wouldn't do anybody any harm.
Foyle interrupts, saying that industrial strength alcohol can cause asphyxia, insanity, blindness and death.

Carter can't believe it. Milner, his expression rigid with anger, says that Will Grayson had locked the bedroom door to drink the illegal liquor without the risk of his father discovering what he was doing. By the time the room was ablaze, he was blind and couldn't find the door-key. He'd shouted to his father that he couldn't see. Milner states, flatly, "You killed him, Mr Carter."

Carter protests that the still was the girl's idea. He says that he was going to destroy it, but she'd threatened him with telling the police that he'd made her make the liquor. She'd wanted the money because she had plans to go to America.

Foyle interrupts again, asking where Carter got the marks on his neck. Carter hesitates then replies that he'd been clearing brambles in the garden. Alarmed by the silence that follows his answer, he states adamantly that he never went near the girl.

David Barrett enters the police station and when told that DCS Foyle is not available, says that he wants to confess to the murder of Susan Davies. Sergeant Brooke immediately reaches for the telephone.

Barrett makes his confession to Foyle. He says that he went to the dance to find the girl because of what she'd done to Ben, who was like a son to him. He couldn't bring himself to tell Ben about Susan and the American coming out of his barn, and had decided to deal with it himself. He says he hadn't intended to kill Susan, just to plead with her, but when he talked to her in the corridor, he lost his temper.

When Foyle asks him if he realises that he could hang for murder, Barrett says only that he feels sorry for Stan and Mary because they had no idea their daughter was like that and he wished they didn't have to find out.

Foyle asks Barrett if he knows the name of the American soldier and is given the surname Taylor.

At Hawthorn Cross, Foyle talks to Taylor, who admits that he had no feelings for Susan but had just been lonely and one thing had led to another. He says that he never had any intention of marrying the girl, especially as his parents would have been very angry. Foyle says that he could have said all this the night of the murder, and Taylor apologises, saying that he had been too scared and ashamed.

Foyle and Milner go to the farm and find Ben there. The young man is adamant that his uncle would never have hurt Susan, as he'd known her all her life and her parents were his friends. Foyle asks if he knew of his fiancé's relationship with one of the Americans. Ben says his uncle had told him but that it hadn't come as a shock, because Susan was never happy with what she had and he'd often wondered if she would ever settle down.

Ben tells the policemen that on the night of the dance he went to a pub in Hastings called the Royal Oak, so his uncle is lying about him having gone to bed. He says his uncle thinks he killed Susan, and is trying to protect him by confessing to the murder.

Back at the Hastings police station, Foyle tells Barrett that making a false confession is construed as wasting police time and obstructing justice, but he understands why it was done and so he's free to go.

When Barrett learns that Ben is not under suspicion, he says he really thought his nephew had done it, because when he told him about Susan, he didn't spare any details, wanting to make him angry so that he would fight it out with Taylor. He explains that he had found Susan's body at the US base and assumed Ben had killed her. He had been about to leave when he heard men in the corridor, so he pulled the body out of sight. The soldiers were singing about Taylor being drunk in his bunk, so he went to the soldier's quarters, took the identity disks and put them into Susan's hand.

Barrett says he wanted to punish the soldier and protect Ben, but he knows what he did was wicked and he doesn't know how he could have done it.

Foyle and Milner return to the interview room in which Carter is still being held and Milner formally arrests him for the murder of Susan Davies. The pub landlord vehemently protests, but Foyle tells him that someone heard Susan in the corridor that night. A soldier had reported hearing her say that she was still working, but he'd misheard; what she'd said was that she'd keep the still working, which was the reason she was killed.
Foyle adds that blood was found under Susan's fingernails - the landlord's blood, hence the scratches on his neck.

Carter breaks down and confesses. He says that he had to make Susan stop because she wouldn't listen to him, but he had never meant to hurt her.

That evening, as Foyle is about to leave the police station, he sees Sam in the corridor and stops her. He speaks to her quietly.
"Listen, I should apologise. I've made, em … judgements about you, about your personal life, which I had absolutely no right to do and as a result, I, er, I might have spoken out of turn."
Sam is somewhat embarrassed and stares down at her feet as she replies. "It's quite all right, sir. I should have said something earlier."
Foyle excuses that with "Well …" and a little tilt of his head to one side. After a moment, he adds, "I'm sorry about Andrew."
Sam lifts her head and looks at him. With a little shrug of her shoulders, she says, "It's the war, isn't it?"
Foyle thinks for a moment and then responds, "I suppose so."

As they walk down the corridor, Sam asks Foyle if she can give him a lift home, but he says that he'll walk and that she should get an early night. Sam stops in the reception area and Foyle continues to the door. Turning to look back, he says, "And, er … have a very good time."
Sam says thank you and wishes him good night.

As Foyle walks home, Kieffer pulls his jeep up alongside him and calls out "Christopher!" Foyle stops and he chuckles when the captain says that Lord Haw-Haw would be sorry that the killer turned out not to be a wicked American.

Kieffer climbs out of the jeep and apologises for behaving like a jerk over the business of the girl. Foyle excuses him by saying that the captain only did what he thought was right, and agrees that the incident should be put behind them. Kieffer says that in the interests of furthering British-US friendship, he happens to have quart of Jack Daniels in the back of the jeep and wonders if Foyle would care to come back to the base and help him drink it.
"To, er, help the war effort?
"Don't see why not."

As the jeep starts down the road, Foyle asks, "By the way, what's a jerk?"
"Let me explain …"
"Nothing to do with dried meat?"
"Nothing to do with dried meat – that's jerky."
"That's jerky."
"Okay, look - a jerk is someone who …"

The jeep disappears around a bend in the road.

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