FW4-2: Bad Blood

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FW4-2: Bad Blood

Postby Lynnedean » Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:44 pm

FW4-2: Bad Blood (detailed summary)

August 1942

Down the coast from Hastings, a small flock of sheep trot across a grassy field, herded by a sheepdog. An armed British soldier follows.

In the army base nearby, Mark Wilcox, a civilian, walks down a corridor into a sick bay and stands beside the only bed. The patient Simon Higgins is sitting up in the bed. He has a bandage across his eyes and his skin is blemished. He cannot see but assumes his visitor to be Wilcox and tells him that the doctor has just told him that there's no change.

Wilcox asks if he's going to be all right and Higgins asks if he means apart from being blind. Wilcox tells him that he shouldn't have done what he did but the other man assures him that the effect is only temporary and he'll be fine. When Higgins is told that the new test is going ahead, he warns Wilcox to be careful, saying that Halliday has no idea what he's doing and he should keep an eye on him.

*
On the edge of the coast, Captain Halliday watches through binoculars as men wearing protective clothing and gas masks place a large yellow canister at the top of a tower constructed from scaffolding. He satisfies himself as to the wind direction and says to Wilcox, who is nearby, "Let's get on with it." Wilcox begins to advise caution, but Halliday cuts him short, saying that he has his orders. He strides off and Wilcox, with reluctance, signals to the soldiers, who then pull back from the area.

Halliday and Wilcox retire to a concrete bunker and Wilcox attaches a wire to a detonator. The two men don gas masks before Wilcox pushes down the plunger on the detonator, causing an explosion at the top of the tower, which releases the contents of the canister. A cloud of gas sweeps across the area, enveloping sheep that are penned so that they cannot escape it.

*
Some time later that day, a covered army lorry rounds a bend in a country road sharply, causing part of its load to fall from the rear onto the road. It is a dead sheep and the loss of it from the lorry goes unnoticed by the driver.

*
On the beach at Hastings, fishermen are gutting and boxing their catch, and Sam and her American boyfriend Private Joe Farnetti are taking a stroll.

Farnetti tells Sam that his new billet is better than the old one. He remarks about the amount of rain there's been and says he can't wait to get back to California and that the war won't last much longer and then he'll be on the first boat out. After a moment's silence, he adds "Provided, that is, that you come with me." He says that she knows how he feels about her, but Sam gives a little shake of her head and says they he's only know her for a short while. He replies that it's been the best while of his life and says he's grateful to the Germans because without them he would never have met her.

Sam is uncomfortable and glances about her to avoid his eyes. He takes both of her hands in his and says he wants her to marry him and that he never wants to let her go. Sam is very hesitant and asks him if it is a proposal. He laughs and says that he supposes it is. He assumes that she wants him to do it properly and, despite Sam's protest, gets down on one knee in the sand. "Will you marry me, Sam?"

Before she can answer, he tells her to wait a moment as they need a ring. He reaches for a seashell and says it will have to do. Sam laughs nervously. Telling her that she is the most beautiful girl he has ever met, Farnetti again proposes. Sam orders him to get up, but he says he won't until she gives him an answer. When she doesn't reply, he asks her if it's a yes or a no. Sam looks at the sea, saying nothing.

*
Shortly before 9am, DCS Foyle arrives at Hastings police station and finds Sergeant Brooke up a ladder in the lobby, removing a bulb from a light fitting. Brooke explains that he's following the Assistant Commissioner's orders and says that it's to do with new fuel targets. Foyle says, "I see", to which Brooke replies, "Well, you won't for much longer. I'm meant to be taking out half the lights in the building."

Foyle asks about simply not turning them on, but Brooke explains that the bulbs are needed. He says he hasn't been into the DCS's office without his say-so and asks if his boss can help with the bulbs in there. As Foyle goes to his office, Brooke tells him that there's something else: the canteen will now only be serving hot food three times a week, so they can look forward to spam sandwiches all round. Foyle replies ironically, "Wonderful."

*
When Milner arrives at the station he is surprised and pleased to find waiting for him a young woman called Edith Ashford, who is an old friend he has not seen for ten years. When he asks if she is still Miss, she says that she is. She says that she was unsure about coming to see him but didn't have anyone else to turn to. She has come about her brother Martin, who has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

*
In Foyle's office, Edith tells the DCS that her brother is a Quaker, who refuses to fight because he is a conscientious objector, but has done fire-watching and ambulance driving, and is now working at Vauxhall Farm. The murdered man is Tom Jenkins, a British sailor. Edith says she is sure that her brother did not commit the murder, but he will not talk to her. She begs for help, saying that he might talk to them because "he knew Paul". She explains to Foyle that she and Milner had once been close.

When Milner tells her that Ashford was arrested in Hythe, another jurisdiction further along the coast, Edith pleads, saying that they must know people there, and mentions a detective chief superintendent named Fielding.

*
In the kitchen of his home, Leonard Cartwright makes a cup of tea. The young man has a long vertical scar on the right side of his face, running from his brow to part-way down his cheek. His father, a veterinary surgeon, tells him that he's going to Vauxhall Farm because Brian Jones says his cattle are sick. He opens a surgical bag, revealing a variety of surgical instruments, and adds a small brown bottle of liquid to its contents.

*
At Vauxhall Farm, Cartwright tells Jones that he doesn't know what's wrong with the small herd of six cows but it looks like 'flu. Jones states adamantly that it's not 'flu and tells the vet that his cattle all became ill within the same period of twenty-four hours.

*
As Sam drives Foyle and Milner to see DCS Fielding, her boss remarks that she's unusually quiet. When all she replies is "Yes, sir" he asks if that means she's thinking. She smiles and says again, "Yes, sir." Foyle grins and asks if she needs any help with it. She says no, she just has to make her mind up about something and it's rather awkward. She describes it as feeling as though she's come to a crossroads and says she's afraid of making the wrong turn. Foyle, noticing that Sam has driven past the turning to Hythe, observes, "Well, we just have!"

*
A while later, Foyle and Milner make their way through a wood to where DCS Fielding is standing with a number of uniformed police around a shallow grave.

Fielding is very displeased when he learns that someone in his station told Foyle where to find him, which has resulted in his walking into the middle of a murder investigation without so much as a by-your-leave. He tells Foyle that the body in the grave is that of a young prostitute, and adds, "Stupid bloody waste of life."

When two policemen arrive with a stretcher, Fielding snaps at them for them being so slow. As he walks with Foyle and Milner back towards the Wolseley, Foyle tells him why he is there, explaining that Milner knows the arrested man's sister. Fielding stops walking and asks Milner in a harsh tone if he and Edith were close. Milner replies that he and Edith were childhood friends.

Fielding makes the assumption that the two men want to reinvestigate the case and as Foyle begins to explain that such is not his intention, he interrupts, accusing them of having nothing better to do than to go down there to rake over old ground. Foyle says that is far from it, he just wanted Fielding's opinion and wondered if Milner's connection could be useful, but if the DCS doesn't want them under his feet, he quite understands. Fielding coughs and says it's getting nippy and that the wind gets on his chest. Looking over at the Wolseley, he asks Foyle if he would mind if they talked inside. As he walks off to the car, he adds sternly, "Just the two of us!" Foyle and Milner look at one another and Foyle raises his eyebrows.

In the car, Fielding asks Foyle what the hell he thinks he's doing after not having seen him in two years walking in and showing him up in front of his own men. Foyle protests that he hasn't done any such thing, but Fielding interrupts, saying he didn't believe Edith Ashford when she gave him all that stuff about her brother's innocence and he's surprised Foyle does. He runs through the facts.

Jenkins and Ashford had argued publicly and violently, and had arranged to meet on the beach that same evening to settle their differences. Jenkins was killed on the beach and they know that Ashford was there. Ashford claims he found Jenkins after he had been attacked with some sort of knife. The murder weapon, wiped clean of fingerprints, was found in woodland not two hundred yards from Ashford's home; the MOD hasn't identified what it is yet. Jenkins's blood was found on Ashford's clothing.

Fielding says that Ashford hasn't confessed but neither has he denied, which he believes adds up to the same thing and he asks Foyle angrily what gives him the right to come and question his judgement. Foyle replies firmly that such was not his intention. He says that he had come to ask if Fielding, as a friend, would mind him speaking to Ashford if only to put Edith's mind at rest, even if it meant explaining to her that Fielding is right and her brother is guilty. He adds that Ashford hasn't confessed, so at the same time, it's possible that he could help. Fielding has second thoughts and says, "As a friend?" Foyle repeats, "As a friend."

*
In an interview room in Hythe police station, Milner speaks with Ashford while Foyle stands off to one side. Ashford says he doesn't remember Milner and that he can't be helped by him. The sergeant asks him point blank if he killed Jenkins. He receives an immediate denial, but he can get nothing more out of the man except that he doesn't care what his sister thinks.

He looks over at his boss. Foyle asks Ashford if he's protecting someone. The man doesn't reply but looks up at the DCS intently. Foyle asks what the argument with Jenkins was about and Ashford says, "The war." Foyle asks if he is a pacifist. Ashford replies that it's not what Jenkins called him. When Foyle gets no reply on asking what Jenkins did call him, he states flatly that whatever it was, as far as he's concerned it was no good reason to kill him, which prompts an immediate strong denial. Foyle asks if he knows who did kill Jenkins, but again meets with silence. He then seeks confirmation that the young man is working on a farm and Ashford replies that it's all in the report. He says firmly that he just wants to be left alone.

*
At Vauxhall Farm, Brian Jones goes to his cowshed and finds it empty.

*
As Edith leaves the hospital where she works as a nurse, she meets Milner at the foot of the steps. Milner reports that her brother didn't have much to say and that they're still looking into it. Edith asks how he knew where she worked and he replies that it was in the report and that he thought it would be nice to speak to her again after all this time. She smiles and says he can take her to tea.

In the tearoom, Milner asks Edith when she became a nurse and she replies that it was before the war. She speaks of Milner joining the police at that time and says that she remembers him playing Bulldog Drummond after school, sniffing around in people's back gardens.

She asks him if he believes her when she says Martin didn't do it. Milner says that Foyle thinks he might be protecting someone and asks her if she knows of anyone he might be involved with. Edith answers a little hesitantly that she doesn't and when Milner asks if she's sure, she replies that of course she is. She asks if Milner asked her out in order to question her, but he assures her that it was because he wanted to see her again.

*
In the sunshine, Sam walks hand-in-hand with Farnetti along the Hastings seafront. Farnetti talks about California but doesn't want to talk about his home. He says the men are given only six minutes a week to phone. He suggests that they have an ice soda and Sam tells him that the British haven't had any ice-cream since 1940 and that none of the pubs are open at that time of day, so there's no point in asking for a beer.

Farnetti asks her if she's thought about his proposal and she replies that she hasn't thought about anything else. She says that she's very fond of him but that she hardly knows him and her mother would have a fit if she left without even introducing him first. Farnetti proposes again and Sam tells him to stop it, but he persists, asking if it's yes or no. Shaking her head, Sam replies that he will have to give her more time.

*
In the Hastings police station, Milner goes to Foyle's office and finds him standing on top of his desk, removing the bulb from a ceiling light fitting. Foyle asks if Brooke is after Milner's light bulbs as well and Milner says he's taken two. As he climbs down from his desk, Foyle asks what the station sergeant does with them, but Milner has no idea.

Foyle asks if he's read the report he's brought in with him. Milner says he has and that Fielding was right in that the case is pretty cut and dried. He outlines information given about the Jenkins and Ashford.

Jenkins was 26 and had been a fisherman before the war. He joined the Navy and was a petty officer on the Navarino when it was sunk off the Cola Peninsula. He was awarded the DSM for saving the lives of twelve men at that time by shooting the hinges off a burning door and breaking it down. He survived by jumping into the freezing sea and clinging to a bit of wreckage until he was picked up six hours later. His wife is named Elsie and their son is eighteen months old.

Martin Ashford is single and unattached, as far as known. He worked with Jenkins before the war. When Jenkins got back from receiving his medal at the palace, he and his wife were celebrating in the local pub. Ashford and his sister were there. Jenkins got drunk and started an argument with Ashford, manhandling him, and calling him a bloody conchie and a coward. Ashford said he knew Jenkins for the man he was and he wasn't afraid of him. The two men agreed to meet on the beach at midnight to fight it out, in spite of pleas from Edith and Elsie not to do so.

Milner quotes from the report something Ashford was clearly heard to say: "I'm fed up with you, Jenkins. We all are." Foyle asks if Jenkins regularly accused Ashford of cowardice or if the argument came out of nothing. Milner can say only that both men were drunk. He tells Foyle that Ashford left Vauxhall Farm just after 11pm and was carrying something, perhaps a knife. He was seen by the farmer, who is Elsie's father. A warden saw Jenkins on the beach around 11.15.

The police doctor's description of the point of entry and angle of insertion of the murder weapon suggests that the murderer could have medical knowledge.

Foyle asks Milner to recap the evidence against Ashford and his sergeant states that the man was seen running away from the beach, Jenkins blood was found later on his clothes and the weapon was found in woodland at Vauxhall Farm. Milner says that it doesn't look too good. Foyle agrees and asks if he's sure he wants to go on with it. His sergeant says that he does.

Brooke enters the office to hand in a report of cattle missing from Vauxhall Farm. He asks if he should send someone out, but Foyle says that he and Milner will look into it.

Brooke spots two light bulbs on his boss's desk and asks if they're for him. When Foyle replies that they are, the sergeant smiles and says, "Well done, sir." As he leaves the room, clutching the bulbs, a very puzzled Foyle mutters, "What's he do with them?"

*
At Vauxhall Farm, Brian Jones complains to Foyle that he's taken his time getting there and immediately tells him that when he had left the farm he had noticed two men in a parked car and thinks that they may have been waiting for him to leave. Foyle explains that he's not there about the livestock but about the death of Tom Jenkins.

The farmer is far from pleased, but he confirms that Ashford lived at the farm and says that he was a quiet man who kept himself to himself. He says he saw him carrying something long and narrow on the night of the murder, but that in the darkness he couldn't make out what it was.

When Foyle asks if he got on with his son-in-law, Jones says he's just had six head of cattle stolen, Jenkins is dead and Ashford is in jail: "What more do you need?" Foyle repeats the question and Jones replies that of course he got on with him, he was married to his daughter. Foyle comments that the farmer doesn't seem very affected by his son-in-law's death. Jones says Foyle doesn't know what he feels and he's not going to tell him. He says he supposes that Jenkins died because someone had a grudge against him and that that's all there was to it. "Now, what I want to know is what are you going to do about my cows?"

*
Leonard Cartwright waits ill at ease in an interview room in Hythe police station. DCS Fielding enters, asking brusquely who he is and what he wants. Cartwright tells him of his relationship with Jenkins. He wants to see the killer brought to justice but says it was a mistake to arrest Ashford because he couldn't possibly have committed the crime. He has to admit that the only reason for his assertion is that he and Ashford were both Quakers. When Fielding points out that Cartwright fought, Cartwright says that his religion didn't seem relevant to him after the war started but that Ashford is still a pacifist and doesn't have it in him to kill.

Fielding ends the interview dismissively and turns to go. Cartwright asks, "It doesn't matter what I just said?" Fielding says Cartwright's just wasting his time, and leaves the room.

*
Outside Jones's farmhouse, Sam strokes a young goat and as she does so, catches her right wrist on a stray piece of barbed wire.

When Foyle and Jones emerge from the farmhouse, Foyle indicates a car parked a little distance away and asks if it is the one seen earlier. When Jones replies that it might be, Foyle asks Sam if she can see the number plate and she reads it just as the vehicle drives off. As they prepare to get into the Wolseley, Foyle notices that his driver is holding her wrist and he asks if she's all right. She tells him it's just a scratch.

*
At the British Army base, Wilcox goes to see Captain Halliday about Vauxhall Farm. He says that the animals were burned but that the farm might still be infected and that there were people on the farm who should be warned. Halliday tells him that is out of the question. He says the situation is under control and that that's all that matters. Wilcox says the whole thing is due to incompetence, but he is quickly silenced by his CO, who says that they may have made a mistake but that it looks as though they got away with it. He says that it's terrible about Higgins, and asks if he's going to be all right. Wilcox says that he'll let him know. As the other man leaves the office, Halliday looks worried.

*
Foyle goes to the home of Elsie Jenkins and finds the woman very unwell: her skin is ashen, her eyes red rimmed and she has a hacking cough. She says it must be a summer cold and she has sent her son to stay with her mother. Elsie is sure that Ashford did not kill her husband. She says she was there when the row broke out in the King's Arms and that it was her husband's fault because he was drunk. When Foyle asks if Ashford threatened him, she replies that, if anything, it was the other way round. Foyle asks her to tell him about her husband and she quickly replies that he was very good to her and that she was proud of him. She breaks off, coughing, and says she needs to lie down. As he leaves, Foyle advises her to see a doctor.

*
On returning to the station, Foyle is told by Sergeant Brooke that there's a DCS Fielding waiting for him in his office. Brooke comments that the man is not the most friendly of chaps.

Milner stops Foyle on his way down the corridor and reports that the owner of the car seen at Vauxhall Farm is Henry Styles, a Hastings resident. He says there's nothing about the man on record but there might be a government connection, as there are not many private cars around since the abolition of the basic petrol ration.

In the office, Fielding comments that it's a long time since he's been there and Foyle agrees, saying that he used to drop in a lot more often. Fielding wants to know how the investigation is going and asks if Foyle thinks he's got the wrong man.

Foyle replies "Did I say that?" He says that he had told Fielding exactly how he got involved, and adds "And, quite frankly, I'm beginning to regret it." When asked why, he replies that it has clearly irritated him. Fielding says that he still hasn't answered the question. Foyle says that there are things about the case that strike him as odd: no one seems to give a damn about the murdered war hero, they're all more concerned about it not being Ashford, and Jenkins's wife has no photographs of her husband on display in her home. Fielding says the lack of photographs will be because it is too painful for her. Foyle replies, "Perhaps."

When Fielding asks if he is going to go on with the investigation, Foyle asks if he'd rather he stopped. Fielding gives a little half-hearted smile indicating no. He informs his friend that he's retiring soon because he's fed up after being so long in the job and he doesn't see the point of it anymore. He takes an object from a packet he has with him and gives it to Foyle. It is the murder weapon. Fielding explains that it is a trocar, something vets use on cattle. He tells of the visit he had from Leonard Cartwright, that he'd said the same thing as the others about Ashford, and that is father is a vet.

*
Later, as Foyle is leaving the station, he finds Joe Farnetti in the lobby. Farnetti tells him that he's waiting for Sam because they're going to see a movie. Sam enters the lobby, looking unwell. Her boss immediately asks he if she's all right. She replies that she thinks she's got 'flu and she apologises to Farnetti for having to back out of their date. Farnetti asks if he can walk her home, but she says she'll drive her boss home and then drive herself home. Concerned, Foyle enquires if she's okay to drive and when she assures him that she is, he tells her to go straight home and he'll walk. She leaves the station.

Farnetti accompanies Foyle on his way home. As they near 31 Steep Lane, Farnetti says, "I should tell you, sir, that my intentions towards Miss Stewart are completely honourable." Foyle says that he doesn't need to tell him that, although Sam's father might be interested. Farnetti tells him that the way Sam talks about him sometimes, he could almost be her father and that she very much admires him. Foyle appears a little embarrassed, looking down as he walks, and with one hand, smoothing his hair on the back of his head under the brim of his trilby. He asks if they've been seeing a lot of each other and Farnetti tells him that he's asked Sam to marry him. Foyle is startled. After a thoughtful moment, he responds, "Right. The crossroads."

As Foyle stops walking, having reached his house, Farnetti tells him that Sam hasn't given him an answer yet. Foyle smiles and says, "Well, the very best to both of you … whatever she decides." The two men say their goodbyes and Farnetti heads back to base.

As Foyle turns his key in the door, a man walking along the pavement calls to him as he passes, "Ah, good evening, Christopher! Did you get the book?" Foyle returns the greeting and replies, "I did. Thank you." The man smiles and continues on his way.

*
Next morning, at the hospital, Edith asks a doctor about the condition of Elsie Jenkins, explaining that she's a friend. The doctor tells her that she is very ill and he can't be sure what is wrong with her, as he's never seen anything like it before. Edith goes immediately to Elsie's bedside. Her friend is very weak and has difficulty breathing. She asks about Martin Ashford, but Edith tells her not worry about him. Elsie is very frightened and asks Edith what's wrong with her. The nurse replies that it's just 'flu. As she speaks, she notices black sores on Elsie's arm.

*
Sam hasn't reported for work, so it is Sergeant Brooke who drives Foyle to see vet Ted Cartwright. He's happy to be driving as it gets him out of the station desk and he tells Foyle that the area is a bit too quiet for him.

*
In Cartwright's house, Foyle shows the vet the murder weapon and asks if he recognises it. Cartwright says it's a trocar and identifies it as his own, which he had lost it some weeks before, and he's shocked when Foyle tells him that it was used to kill Jenkins. Cartwright says he noticed that it wasn't in his bag a few days after he'd paid a visit to Vauxhall Farm.

Leonard comes into the room and his father explains that Foyle is a police officer asking about Jenkins. Foyle asks if Leonard got his facial scar when serving on the Navarino. When Leonard queries how he knows that he was on that ship, Foyle counters by asking what caused the scar and Leonard says hesitantly that he thinks it was a piece of shrapnel. He gives a halting account of the incident.

The Navarino had left Iceland and was heading north on DEMS duty, assigned to protect merchant vessels. The thirty ships in Convoy PQ17 were heading for Murmansk when they were attacked. When the Navarino was hit, Leonard managed to get onto the deck. Jenkins had been on the bridge. Leonard ended up the ice-cold water and would have frozen to death within thirty minutes if Jenkins hadn't pulled him onto a raft.

Leonard says that, while they all want to know who killed Jenkins, he's sure it can't have been Ashford, because that wouldn't make any sense.

*
Mark Wilcox arrives at the hospital to see Elsie Jenkins. The doctor tells him that she is too ill and he refuses to give permission to visit her.

*
Foyle and Milner call at Styles's house in Hastings. When, on the doorstep, Foyle says he's from the police, Styles slams the door in his face. Brooke charges down a side alley to get to the back of the house. Styles suddenly appears from a doorway and Brooke grabs him, but the man delivers him two heavy blows and he collapses into the shrubbery. Styles runs off. As the sergeant gets to his feet, Foyle asks him if he's hurt and he replies, breathlessly, "Just my pride, sir. Sorry, I'm a bit off my patch." Foyle rejoins, "Hm, yes. It's a bit quiet here, isn't it."

Foyle and Milner enter the house by the back door. The DCS examines a notebook lying beside a typewriter and says Styles could be a journalist. Milner looks at a number of books and takes a closer look at two - "Science and War" and "Science and World Order". He suggests that Styles could be a scientist.

Foyle finds a printed leaflet about the Quakers and observes that it's from the same meeting house that Ashford attends. He looks closely at papers containing German text and says, "We should find this man."

*
While Edith is beside Elsie's hospital bed, her friend's condition suddenly worsens. As Elsie struggles to breathe, she tries to speak and manages to say "dead in the road" and "sheep". She begins to convulse and Edith runs to fetch the doctor.

*
In the Hastings police station, Foyle is worried about Sam and tells Milner to send someone to her lodgings to find out if she's all right.

Brooke hands Foyle an envelope addressed to him that had been slipped under the station door. Detecting an odour, Foyle sniffs at the envelope. He reads the anonymous letter and hands it to Milner, asking what he makes of it. Milner reads it out: "I saw Tom Jenkins die. It was a tall man on the beach. Blond hair. He had a knife."

Foyle comments that it's not a description of Ashford. Milner says the paper smells of a chemical, perhaps ether. He suggests that it could be from a hospital. Foyle recalls that Edith is a nurse.

*
Milner calls on Edith at the hospital and shows her the letter. She denies sending it and asks what reason she would have. Milner says that the description is such a total opposite of Ashford's that it looks as though someone was deliberately trying to throw the police off track. He also mentions the possibility of the paper having come into contact with ether. Edith says it's not only hospitals that use ether.

Milner asks why Edith hasn't told him the truth. She protests that she has, but Milner says that she told him Ashford wasn't involved with anyone. Edith asks if he is calling her a liar. He replies reluctantly that he is. He says that she came to him for help, that she knew how he felt about her and so she used him. He asks her if Elsie was having an affair with Ashford. Edith doesn't answer. He continues, saying that the argument between Jenkins and Ashford sprang out of nowhere, so there had to be some previous animosity between them. Edith admits that her brother and Elsie had been having an affair and that it began while Jenkins was away. She says that she didn't tell him in case he took it as a motive for murder. She continues to deny having written the letter.

As Milner turns to leave, Edith asks him where he will go next and he replies that he must see Elsie. Edith informs him that Elsie had been admitted to the hospital with some sort of pneumonia and had died.

Milner speaks to the doctor and is told that Edith died from an unidentified respiratory illness and had blisters on the skin that weren't recognised. The doctor says there will have to be a full inquest and that he is relieved that there have been no other cases.

Milner asks if Elsie said anything that might indicate how she contracted the illness. All the doctor can think of is that right at the end she said something about a sheep, which made him think her illness may have been woolsorters' disease. He says he believes her father has a farm. When Milner asks if he knows exactly what she said, he replies that there was nothing exact about it. "She mentioned a sheep in the road. She said she tried to lift it, I think."

*
In Hythe police station, Foyle breaks the news of Elsie's death to Martin Ashford. The man is stunned. Gently, Foyle asks when the affair with Elsie began and explains that Edith told them about it. Ashford says it was a year ago and tells Foyle that Jenkins was a drinker and a bully who beat his wife even when she was expecting a child. He confirms that Jenkins was the baby's father.

Ashford can't believe Elsie is dead and says Foyle is trying to trick him. The young man is obviously distressed and the DCS says they needn't talk about it now, he can come back. Ashford says he's been in that room long enough and that he'll tell him.

Elsie had tried to persuade him not to fight Jenkins because she knew what her husband was like and was afraid that he (Ashford) would be killed. He had gone back to Vauxhall Farm for a torch and got to the beach at about 11.20. He had heard someone running and then had found Jenkins writhing on the ground, with the attacker's weapon still in him. The man spoke only one word before he died: Elsie. Thinking Elsie had killed her husband, Ashford had taken the weapon in order to protect her, and that was how he had got blood on his clothes.

Foyle asks him where he hid the weapon and Ashford replies that it was Vauxhall Farm. Asked if he knows Leonard Cartwright, he says that they attended the same Quaker meeting house, but the man had left and enlisted. They were still friends. Asked about Henry Styles, he says that he remembers seeing him but they never spoke.

*
Henry Styles's car is stopped by Home Guards at a road block. When he fails to produce his identity papers, he's asked to get out of the vehicle. He attempts to drive off, but rifles are immediately pointed at him, so he stops.

*
Sam walks with difficulty into the hospital and is met by Edith. She collapses to the floor. Edith immediately notices black sores on the back of Sam's right hand.

*
Brooke drives Foyle to the hospital at speed. The doctor informs the DCS that Sam is very seriously ill and tells him that another young woman has died from seemingly the same condition. Foyle goes to the ward and is distressed to see the way Sam looks. She says she thinks she has 'flu but she wonders about the sores on her hand and the festering wound on her wrist. Foyle asks about the wound and learns that it was caused by barbed wire at Vauxhall Farm. Sam asks if he thinks she's got an infection. He looks thoughtful and tells her just to rest.

In the hospital corridor, he meets an anxious Joe Farnetti, who says he's just got word about Sam. Foyle is now in a hurry and tells him Sam is very ill and he should speak to the doctor. When Farnetti asks what's wrong with her, Foyle tells him that they don't seem to know. Farnetti asks, "Mr Foyle, am I going to lose her?" Foyle replies, "Speak to the doctor."

*
At the door of the hospital, Foyle is met by Milner, who has come to tell him that Styles has been picked up.

*
In the Hastings station, Foyle tells Styles that he needs his help. Styles says he's not going to say anything. Foyle's manner is urgent as he explains the situation regarding Sam, telling of the wound she got at Vauxhall Farm, and of Elsie, who had the same symptoms, having died.

Styles thinks it's a ploy to get him to talk. He says that he knows who Foyle is, that Foyle wants him to disappear and that he knows why he came to his house. Foyle explains that they went to Styles's house because a murder had been committed it was believed that he knew the man who'd been arrested. Foyle speaks urgently as he says that whether he did or he didn't, it is irrelevant and that the only reason he is in the station now is because they need his help.

Styles asks Foyle if the sick woman has black sores on her face or arms. Foyle replies that she does. Styles says that it's anthrax, a living bacterium that can be cultivated and used, and it kills, which is why they want it. Foyle asks who. Styles says only that they'd wanted him to work for them but he'd refused, and tells Foyle that they are incompetent and can't control the infection. Foyle asks, "Where do I find them?"

*
Brooke drives the DCS to the army base. Foyle climbs out of the car and approaches an armed guard at the entrance who immediately tells him that there's no admittance beyond that point. Foyle says that he wishes to speak to Captain Halliday. The guard says that it's not possible.

Foyle takes a breath and says, "Well, there's been an outbreak of anthrax here in Hastings and he's responsible for it. If I'm not in his office within the next two minutes, I'll be back with the army, the police, the Home Guard and the press. Would you feel able to convey this to him at your earliest opportunity."

*
Shortly afterwards, in Halliday's office and as Wilcox looks on, the captain sternly warns Foyle that if he repeats anything he hears in that room, the world will fall in on him from a very great height. Foyle's remarks dryly, "Will it." Halliday says Foyle doesn't understand. He says not even the prime Minister knows what is being done at the base.

Foyle replies, "Right. Well, what you don’t understand is that I don't care what falls on me from a very great height, neither do I care who doesn't know what. I know that you're responsible for the death of one young woman and the potential death of another. And unless you tell me exactly what's happened, everybody's going to know at least as much as I do."

Halliday sits in uncomfortable silence. Wilcox jumps in and explains to Foyle that they were experimenting with sheep. He says the carcasses were sent elsewhere for testing and by the time they'd discovered one had fallen off the lorry, the infected animal had been taken to a farm. They watched the farm and when the cattle fell ill, they took them because they wanted to stop the infection spreading.

Foyle asks what infection he means and Halliday scowls at Wilcox when he replies that it's a toxin by the name of anthrax and that if it's breathed in by anyone, it's 99% certain that the person will die almost at once. When Wilcox says that infection through the skin is less rapid, Foyle asks, "But still fatal?" Wilcox tells him that the general health and fitness of the victim can make all the difference.

When Foyle asks what the cure is, Wilcox says that an epidemiologist called Simon Higgins might be able to help him but Halliday says flatly that Foyle will not be able to speak to him without his authority. When Foyle asks why, Halliday defends what they're doing by saying that many injured in the bombing of London died from blood-poisoning because the sewage and water systems had been wrecked. Foyle asks what his point is and Halliday replies why not go straight to the blood-poisoning - easier all round, less expensive, less long term damage.

Foyle is silent for a long moment then asks where he can find Higgins.

*
In the base sick bay, Higgins tells Foyle that if there are any traces of anthrax left on Sam's skin, it will kill her, so she must be thoroughly washed and then given a large dose of streptomycin. He offers no guarantee that it will work. Wilcox goes to fetch some streptomycin from their supply.

Higgins apologises to Foyle, saying that it's all his fault. He explains that he is team leader but was careless when testing the nerve gas organophosphate and he blinded himself. He says that he was unable to supervise the anthrax trials and that Halliday should never have allowed the carcasses to leave the area.

Higgins asks if Foyle is going to try to expose what they are doing at the base, and when Foyle remains silent, says they tried to recruit Henry Styles, who was with them at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and that it drove him mad. He says that he expects that they'll make him disappear. "I wouldn't want them to do the same to you."

At that moment, Wilcox returns with the streptomycin. Higgins says that what they're doing, they're doing for their country, the same as everyone else. Foyle follows Wilcox to the door.

*
At the hospital, the doctor tells Foyle that he has given Sam a shot of streptomycin and asks where he got it from. Foyle ignores the question and asks how long it will be before they know if it's working. The doctor says he'll wait a couple of hours then give Sam a double dose if he has to. Foyle asks what happens then. The doctor says that there's nothing more he can do and at this point it could go either way.

*
Foyle stands at Sam's bedside, looking down at her with great concern as she breathes uneasily in her sleep.

*
The three occupants of the Wolseley are in sombre mood as Brooke drives Foyle and Milner to their next call. Milner leans forward and comments quietly to his boss that what they're doing doesn't seem to be the right sort of thing in the circumstances. Foyle replies that there's little else they can do. Milner says, "I can't believe she might die. She'll pull through, won't she, sir?"

*
At Ted Cartwright's house, Foyle hands Leonard the letter he had received and asks him why he didn't sign it. Leonard asks how he can be so sure he wrote it and Foyle says that it was sent to him but very few people know he's involved in the investigation and it wasn't any of the others, unless … He looks at Leonard's father, who says it wasn't he. Milner explains that there are traces of ether on the paper. Looking at Ted, he says they know he, as a vet, uses it.

Leonard admits that he wrote the letter. Foyle asks him why he went to the Hythe police and Leonard replies that he knew they'd got the wrong man because Ashford wouldn't kill anyone. Foyle asks if the reason he's sure they have the wrong man is because he's the right one. Leonard doesn't answer, so Foyle asks why Jenkins tried to kill him. Leonard asks, "Did he?" Foyle says he tried to shoot him when they were both with the Navarino, which is how he got the scar. Leonard says he told him how he got the scar, it was shrapnel. Foyle says that he knows what a shrapnel wound looks like and Leonard's wasn't caused by shrapnel.

Leonard asks how Foyle knew it was Jenkins. The DCS explains that Jenkins was the only one with a gun. No one on board merchant vessels, including Royal Navy officers on DEMS duty is permitted to carry firearms. One small firearm is kept on the bridge, that's where Jenkins was and he shot the hinges off a door with it.

When Leonard admits that Jenkins did try to kill him, Foyle asks if that is why he killed Jenkins. Ted Cartwright is shocked when his son admits that, too.

Leonard says that Jenkins was a bully and a coward, who nearly killed him when the Navarino went down, and that he only shot down the door to save himself. He describes what happened when he found himself in the freezing water. He saw Jenkins on a piece of wreckage and called to him for help, but as he reached out, Jenkins fought him off. When he persisted in trying to climb onto the wreckage, Jenkins shot him. He would have died if someone hadn't found him and pulled him into a life boat.

Leonard's father asks why he didn't report it. Leonard replies that it was just Jenkins's word against his, as there were no witnesses. Ted says that he could have told him and Leonard says he wanted to but he couldn't because his father thought the world of Jenkins, just like everyone else.

He says he took the trocar from his father's case and, knowing where Jenkins drank, followed him when he came out of the pub. He couldn't let another man hang for what he'd done, so he went to see Fielding and wrote the letter to Foyle.

Milner takes Leonard out to the car. As Foyle prepares to follow, Ted Cartwright says that the DSM was given to the wrong man and that Jenkins got what he deserved in the end. He says that his son is due to be back on his ship in two days, and asks what good it will do to lock him up when his country needs him. Foyle replies thoughtfully, "None at all, Mr Cartwright" and leaves the house.

*
At 5pm, as Milner is leaving the station, Brooke asks how Sam is and he tells him that there's still no change.

Edith has come to speak to him and they talk as they walk along the street in the sunshine. He tells her that he doesn't know what will happen to Cartwright but thinks he won't be hanged. Edith says that Jenkins was a horrible man and she knew what he did to Elsie. She says she doesn't know why she didn't tell Milner and that perhaps it was because he was with the police. She says that she has come to apologise. She stops and turns to Milner and says that they got it wrong all those years ago. She explains that she knew Jane was wrong for him but didn't say anything because she was young and shy. She says she's not going to let him walk away from her again. The two look at one another for a moment and then they kiss.

*
Fielding and Foyle sit drinking in a public house. Fielding tells his friend that he owes him an apology for the way he treated him and asks about something that he doesn't understand - why Jenkins said Elsie's name just before he died. Foyle asks, "Did he?" Fielding says it seems odd when there was no love lost between them. Foyle says, "Elsie … or LC." Fielding thinks for a moment then chuckles when recognition dawns: "Leonard Cartwright."

Foyle says, "Just a thought."

Fielding tries to remember how old he and Foyle were when they met – twenty-one, twenty-two? He says they were young soldiers off to the war but that it was a different world then and they didn't know what they were going to go through. Foyle says that they got through it, but Fielding says that he didn't. He recalls Ypres in April 1915, when the battlefield was enveloped in chlorine gas by the Bosch, who released 170 tons of it in an operation they named "Disinfection". He says that he can still feel it burning inside of him.

Fielding tells Foyle to look around him - so much evil, so much bad blood, humanity stinks. All he wants is to go somewhere quiet and watch the sunset. He says that he knows Foyle will go on fighting but he's had enough.

*
When Foyle goes to the hospital later that night, he finds Farnetti sitting in a corridor. The young soldier says he's been there a while but every time he's gone in to see Sam, she's been asleep. He says he has to get back to base and so Foyle tells him to go, saying that he'll stay with her.

Foyle walks quietly onto the ward. When he sees Sam's eyes are closed, he turns to leave, but, in a weak voice, she calls him back. He apologises for waking her, but she says she wasn't sleeping. Foyle tells her that Farnetti has just left and asks if she wants him to fetch him, but she says that she really can't see him just now. Foyle draws closer to the bed and asks how she's feeling. When she replies that she's feeling pretty awful, Foyle tells her that the doctors think she's on the mend

She says that's good because she's been thinking about something. Foyle remarks, "What, again? You should really try and resist, y'know, you can see where it gets you."

Sam smiles and says she really has been thinking "about whether I'm … " She pauses and when Foyle asks "Crossroads?" says "Yes, that's right."

She asks, "Would you say that I'm sort of … well, quite a useful person to have on the team, sir?"

Foyle replies immediately that he would and that he'd go so far as to say she was invaluable. Sam relaxes and says that, in that case, she thinks it's better that she go straight through the crossroads and not take any turns at all.

"Really. Well, I'm pleased."

"So, you here to take me back to work, then?"

"Absolutely."

"Good."

"Can't go anywhere without you."

"Jolly good."

Sam closes her eyes to sleep and Foyle smiles contentedly.

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