FW6-2: Broken Souls

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FW6-2: Broken Souls

Postby Lynnedean » Thu Apr 10, 2014 1:05 am

FW6-2: Broken Souls (revised)

October 1944

Morning. A bus pulls up on a country road, and a male passenger (Fred Dawson) in civilian clothes and holding a walking stick, alights. He is handed a small suitcase and wished good luck before the bus continues on its way.

Dawson, walking with a limp, approaches Down End Farm, which has a barn in obvious need of repair. He pauses for a moment to look at the scene, his expression a mixture of relief and apprehension.

An excited collie dog runs up to greet him as he nears the front door of the farmhouse. Entering the building, he finds no one in the living room. He puts down his suitcase and walks slowly around the room, pausing for a moment in front of a framed photograph of himself in Army uniform posing with his wife on their wedding day.

On hearing a woman laughing in the garden, he looks through the window and sees his wife Rose with his little boy Daniel. A farm worker (Johann Schultz) is playing with Daniel and speaking to him in fluent German. When Dawson goes out to them, his wife is startled to see him, and exclaims "Fred!" The little boy looks apprehensive and takes her hand.

The German says good morning. Dawson ignores him and asks Rose, crisply, "Who the hell is he?"

At a table in a teashop in Hastings, Josef Novak, a Polish doctor, has just finished playing at game of chess with a friend when he notices Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle walking past the window. Grabbing his hat and coast, he goes out to greet him, and the policeman stops for a chat. Novak asks "Has my star pupil time for a game?" Foyle says no but suggests the evening. He says that his wireless is on the blink and asks Novak if he has heard the news. The doctor replies that he wasn't listening, as he tries to avoid a daily dose of death and destruction with his morning coffee.

As they talk, a group of German soldiers marches past them, singing a German song with gusto. A civilian on the roadside spits onto the road as they pass. Novak is stunned at the sight of the enemy soldiers, and asks "What is this?" Foyle explains that the men will be on their way to a POW camp. The doctor, speechless, walks off in disgust.

A young man with a large satchel slung over his shoulder runs across a field near Dawson's farmhouse.

In the farmhouse kitchen, Rose tells Daniel to go to his father, but the boy won't speak to him, and runs out of the room. Rose says "He doesn't know you yet. He'll come round."

Dawson observes that the boy takes after his mother. "Can't see much Dawson in him."

Rose says that he should have sent a telegram to let her know that he was coming home. Dawson says that people tend to think the worst when the telegram boy knocks on the door, and that he wanted it to be a surprise. He asks what the Nazi is doing on the farm. Rose explains that after her father-in-law died, the POW was sent to help with the labouring. She says he's good with Danny, and Dawson responds, thoughtfully, "Is he, now?"

He says he's going to take a kip, and asks which bed Rose wants him to use. When his wife reacts to the question with surprise, he says he's dog tired, that's all. He walks awkwardly to the door and Rose asks what's wrong with his leg. He doesn't reply.

In the Hastings police station. Sergeant Brooke is asking Sam about her prediction for a football match that is to be played at the weekend: "Portsmouth or Charlton Athletic?" Sam is far from interested, and remarks that she thought the war had put a stop to football. Brooke explains that it's the War Cup on Saturday and he's filling in the station's Unity Pools coupon. "So, what do you say: draw, or away win?"

Before Sam can answer, the phone rings. Brooke answers it. He tells the caller that he'll hand him over to Detective Sergeant Paul Milner who has just entered the station, but before giving Milner the receiver, he asks if the caller thinks Bartram will play for Charlton Athletic.

Sam's attention is diverted by Rose entering the station with Danny. She greets the pair warmly, and Rose tells her happily that Fred is home. As they speak, DCS Foyle enters and says good morning as he walks past to his office.

Milner, now dealing with the telephone call, asks the caller "How old is the lad?"

At the reception desk, Sam tells Brooke that Rose's husband has come home, and Rose explains that he'd been away for five years, and that he was a POW after Dunkirk but had managed to escape.

Sam asks Rose if Fred is okay, and Rose says he's fine. She then asks quietly if she can borrow a dress.

In Foyle's office, Milner reports that a fifteen-year-old called Tommy Crooks, who delivers telegrams for the Post Office in London, has been missing for three days after having an argument with his father. He says that Tommy had been an evacuee in Hastings and might have returned.

Tommy, his satchel still over his shoulder, arrives at the large country house in which he had stayed when an evacuee, and is puzzled to see nurses helping people climb out of an ambulance and go into the building. He approaches Dr Josef Novak, who is near the vehicle, and is told that the building had been requisitioned for use as a psychiatric clinic for soldiers and airmen, and that the owners Sir John and Lady Muriel Sackville are now staying in Dial Cottage over the hill.

As Tommy goes off to the cottage, a fight starts between two patients in the grounds. Novak runs to help break it up, shouting "Peter, leave him! Stop now!" While one of the men is led away, Novak sits the other down on a bench to talk to him. The young man, whose name is Peter Phelps, tells him in distress about continually seeing something in his mind, but he won't say what it is, and that he attacked the other patient only because he annoyed him. Novak says that violence won't solve anything. Phelps laughs and, referring to the war, asks how many people have died while they've been talking. Novak looks thoughtful.

Phelps's wife Joy joins them, but Phelps doesn't respond to her greeting.

In Dial Cottage, which is extremely small compared to the ountry house they have been used to, the Sackvilles are lament the shortage of food and the over-all reduction in their circumstances. The unexpected arrival of Tommy makes them both smile.

In Sam's billet, Rose tries on one of Sam's dresses. She says she'll put Danny to bed early so that she and her husband can talk. She asks about lipstick, but Sam says she doesn't have any, and suggests using beetroot juice. She asks Rose if she has any of the vegetables. Rose replies that they've got about six acres, and they both laugh.

Rose's smile fades as she admits to being scared of how things will be with her husband after his having been away for so long. "I don't know if we'll get on, if Dan will take to him, and if he still loves me."

From as upstairs window in the farmhouse, Fred Dawson watches as his wife returns from town on her tricycle, his son riding in the basket on the back. Rose and Danny are are greeted by the POW Johann Schulz, the German playfully lifting the boy up and putting him over his shoulder.

Schulz asks Rose how Fred is. She replies that he's very tired, and Schultz suggests that he may have had a bad time in the prison camp. He assures Rose that he will not trouble her husband but will just get on with work.

Dawson cannot hear the conversation.

In the psychiatric clinic, Novak reports at a staff meeting that Phelps's mental state is worsening. A member of the meeting, Dr Julian Worth, asks for details about the case. Novak reports that Phelps was with Bomber Command, and that some months ago, his plane had crashed and all the other crew members died. He goes on to explain that the plane was part of an incendiary raid over Germany which caused a fire storm lasting two days, during which thousands were killed. When Novak adds that Phelps was a bomb-aimer, Worth comments, "He did his job well, then."
Novak responds, "But a sensitive young man with a troubled childhood. When he was nine his twin brother died in a house fire."
Worth remarks, "Fascinating case. The guilt of the survivor three times over!" He says it would be interesting g to talk to the man but that he won't have the time now, and the chairman of the meeting Dr Iain Campbell explains that Dr Worth has been appointed to a prestigious position at Cambridge. Novak does not look pleased at the news.

On the way out of the meeting, Novak notices that the secretary in the outer office looks very worried. On asking if she is all right, he learns that she is concerned about Peter Phelps's condition. He comforts her with the assurance of his determination to help the young man to a happy life with her at his side.

Left alone with Iain Campbell, Worth remarks to him "Well, it worked." Campbell sourly replies, "Apparently. God help Cambridge!" He says that Worth has caused a great deal of trouble in the six months he's been at the clinic, and that he will be happy when the man has fulfilled his side of the bargain. When Worth remarks that that will be all in good time, Campbell becomes angry and moves towards him, whereupon Worth quickly leaves.

Ernie Pond, a British Army sergeant, calls at Down End Farm and takes Schulz back to the POW camp. Rose prepares the evening meal, puts on the dress borrowed from Sam and uses beetroot juice to redden her lips.

In the clinic, Novak finds Worth packing up his papers. He says he's sorry to see the man go, but Worth says that Novak is not sorry. Novak requests the return of some case notes borrowed some months previously and the other man says "Oh, yes. Em, quite interesting. I'll dig them out."

As Dawson and his wife sit down to dinner in the farmhouse, Rose says that she's made peach cobbler for pudding. During the meal, she tries to get her husband to talk about his experiences, but he won't. Suddenly, he rises from the table and, going to the sink, begins to retch. He explains that he's not used to rich food.

In the teashop in Hastings, Josef Novak tutors Foyle in chess. The doctor says that he was taught by his uncle who was a chess champion in Poland, but the Nazis declared the game an Arian pursuit and banned Jews from competition. He comments that chess and the cinema keep him sane. Foyle asks if his work does not do that, and Novak replies that it does the opposite. "The enormity of trying to mend so many lives. All those broken souls, Mr Foyle."

Novak speaks about his family. He says his wife is a pianist and he can't listen to Chopin any more because of the associations. He tells Foyle that he was out of the country when Hitler invaded Poland, and he couldn't return, and that he now fears for his wife and teenage daughter, who in June 1941 were forcibly removed from their home in Lublin. He believes they were later interned in Majdanek. "The rest is silence and so, I fear, it will remain."

As Foyle takes his time studying the chess board, Novak reads a pamphlet. He suddenly rises from his seat, exclaiming angrily "I'll kill him!" and hurries from the teashop.

That night, Rose learns that her husband's leg injury was caused by frostbite and is extremely painful. Dawson tells her that he'll sleep in the spare room.

Next morning, a cleaner at Sackville House discovers the body of Julian Worth, who has been stabbed to death with a large letter opener.

Milner is already at the clinic when Foyle and Sam arrive. He tells Foyle that he had planned to visit the place anyway, because he was trying to find the missing boy Tommy Crooks. Sam says she knows the Sackvilles, as they are friends of her uncle, and Foyle gives her permission to speak with them at Dial Cottage while he and Milner pursue the murder enquiry.

In Worth's office, Foyle sees that the doctor's packing cases have been disturbed, and wonders if the murderer found what he was looking for. He orders that no one be allowed into the room until they have finished with it.

As Sam approaches Dial Cottage, she is seen by Tommy Crooks, who is alarmed and tells the Sackvilles that someone is coming.

When Iain Campbell is questioned by Milner, he admits that he didn't like Worth, and says he was arrogant. Foyle finds a copy of the pamphlet Novak was reading in the teashop, and Campbell tells him that it contains an article by Worth that was probably instrumental in getting him the job in Cambridge.

At Down End Farm, as Dawson is getting dressed he has to punch another hole in his trouser belt to adjust the fit. Rose smiles and remarks that he looks small in his work clothes now. He smiles, too, and says that he thought he'd walk around the farm to get a feel for the place again.

In Dial Cottage, Sam is sitting drinking tea. She asks the Sackvilles how they are getting along on their own, and Lady Murial, who is ironing one of her husband's shirts, replies, "In a way it's enjoyable being without staff. One feels one is doing one's bit."

Tommy Crooks stays out of sight and when Sam asks about him, the Sackvilles talk about his stay with them as an evacuee but don't admit to him having returned.

At the clinic, Foyle goes to Novak's office. Orchestral music is coming from a radio on the desk, and Novak turns it down when Foyle enters. Asked about the article in the pamphlet, the doctor says that it upset him because Worth had used borrowed case notes containing confidential information, and that his exclamation in the teashop was simply an angry outburst. Cutting the interview short, he tells Foyle that he must finish some urgent work but will continue the conversation in a few minutes.

As Foyle leaves, Novak turns up the radio to listen to a BBC news bulletin from the Eastern Front.

On his farm, without being seen, Dawson watches the German POW lifting Danny onto a tractor. Dawson is very upset to see his son laughing and obviously having great fun with Schultz.

At the clinic, medical staff lead Peter Phelps downstairs to the ground floor and will not answer when he asks where they are taking him.

In Novak's office, the doctor is stunned by what he has heard in the news bulletin. A short time later, without speaking again with Foyle, he cycles away from the clinic. He passes Sam, who is walking back to the clinic from Dial Cottage, and she wishes him good morning, but his blank expression remains fixed and he does not acknowledge her greeting.

As Foyle and Milner leave the clinic, they see Peter Phelps struggling while being forced into a vehicle with barred windows. As the man is driven away, his wife Joy cries bitterly. Iain Campbell puts his arms around her and comforts her, explaining to the policemen that she works as his secretary and that her husband is being transferred. He says that he is surprised that Dr Novak is not there to see his patient off.

Sam tells Foyle about seeing Novak cycling away from the clinic and that he looked as white as a sheet. Milner remarks "Bit odd, sir, moving a patient today of all days." Foyle agrees and they set off to find the doctor and ask him about it.

Novak arrives at his home and immediately begins to run a bath. The expression on his face indicates that his mind is elsewhere, and it does not change as he undresses, throwing his clothes onto the floor. He puts a piano recording onto a record player and steps into the bath, then proceeds to cut his wrists.

Foyle and Milner arrive at Novak's home but get no response to their knock. They can hear the music, and when Foyle recognises it as Chopin, he says that they need to get in. Milner forces entry and they find Novak in the now overflowing bath tub.

At Down End Farm, Rose takes food to Schulz in the barn, and tells him he can't eat in the farmhouse any more. Dawson has followed her. Angrily, he takes the tray from Schulz and when Rose protests, he says she doesn't realise how the Germans treated him for five years, feeding him muck. "And you give him egg and chips and all the trimmings. I wonder what else!" Rose walks out and Dawson follows after throwing something off the dinner plate at Schultz, saying "Here – you can have the bread!"

As Josef Novak is being carried to an ambulance, Foyle asks him why he attempted suicide. The doctor mutters "It was what he said. Worth." Foyle can't quite make out the words, so asks "What's that?" Novak repeats "Worth … what he said."

Tommy Crooks's father Morris arrives from London and goes to Dial Cottage where he demands to see his son. Sir John Sackville denies that the boy is there and chases Crooks away by threatening him with a shotgun.

In the farmhouse, Schulz asks Dawson politely if he may speak with him. Dawson asks him what he wants. Schultz says that the farmer is angry with him because of his country and what happened to him there, and that while that does not matter for him (Schultz), it is not good for Rose, because it makes her unhappy. He says that Dawson is lucky to be home again and have a beautiful wife and fine son, and tells him that he doesn't know what has happened to his own family. He tries to explain how alike he and Dawson are, both having gone to war, seeing bad things and being locked up. He says that they are both just soldiers. But Dawson won't listen, and walks out.

When Novak is discharged from hospital, Foyle interviews him at his home. Asked why Peter Phelps was transferred, Novak explains that it was because he couldn't help him, so he had him committed to a mental asylum. When Foyle comments on the move having been made within hours of the death of Julian Worth, Novak says it was mere coincidence.

Foyle then asks what it was that Worth had said to him. Novak appears not to understand, so Foyle reminds him that as he was being taken to hospital, he'd tried to tell him something that Worth had said to him. Novak replies, "Did I? I can't remember."

Foyle asks the doctor if he killed Worth. Novak looks surprised, pauses in thought for a moment and then says that Worth used the misery of brave and damaged men to better himself. Wearily, he says "I'm so tired. The bestiality of violence. The horror. The horror. I don't want to be part of your brave new world." He asks, "Aren't you going to arrest me?"
Foyle thinks for a moment then says "Not just yet."
Novak then states that in that case he will go back to work as soon as possible.

Foyle has arranged for Sam to drive Novak to the clinic. On the way, Sam tells the doctor about looking for Tommy Crooks, and asks him why a child would run away from home like that. She says that Tommy has left school and now delivers telegrams for the Post Office. Novak offers the explanation that the boy could have become distressed by having to deliver news of the deaths of loved ones every day and seeing the pain it causes. "What a burden. Poor child. He is a messenger of death."

In the garden of Dial Cottage, Tommy chops wood with a sharp axe.

In Foyle's office, Milner tells Foyle that he thinks he doesn't believe that Novak killed Julian Worth. Foyle responds by saying only "Did I say that?" He tells his sergeant to continue to interview Worth's colleagues and patients despite what Novak has said, and instructs him to find out as much as he can about Peter Phelps.

When Milner remarks that Dr Novak seems to be a descent man, Foyle queries "Descent men don't kill?"
Milner replies, "Not usually."
Foyle looks thoughtful. "Well, quite."

At the clinic, Milner interviews Joy Phelps. She tells him that when her husband had his breakdown, she came to the area to be near him, and was able to get a job as Dr Campbell's secretary.

Ian Campbell enters the room, bringing Joy something to type up. He stays as the interview continues. Joy explains that Peter has become more difficult and she feels unable to reach him. As she speaks about her husband, Campbell puts a comforting hand on her shoulder. Milner notes the tender touch.

Campbell tells him that he had agreed with Novak that Phelps should be transferred to an asylum.

In Hastings police station, Sgt Brooke is still filling out pools coupons and is trying to get Sam to give him her predictions for the War Cup matches. "You look at the fixtures, tell me what you think the results are going to be, I'll fill out the coupon in the paper, and Robert's your father's brother!" With no interest in football, Sam just can't see the point.

At that moment, Foyle walks past on his way out, and Brooke tells him that he's just in time to hand over a tanner. Foyle asks what for, and is told it's the football pools. He pulls a face, and queries if that's where his money should be going, considering there's a war on, but he fishes the cash out of his pocket, anyway. Brooke says the war's nearly over, and Sam suggests he look on it as an exercise in staff morale in the light of the station closing.

Milner catches Foyle as he is leaving the station, and reports that Joy Phelps was upset about her husband being sent away, but that she looked almost guilty about it, and that he got the impression that there was something between her and Dr Campbell. He gives his boss the address of the asylum to which Phelps had been transferred.

Brooke stops Milner on his way to the office, and gets from him his contribution to the pools competition entry fee. Returning to the reception desk, he finds Morris Crooks waiting.

Crooks has come to ask about his son and to register a complaint about Sackville's behaviour. He is seen by Paul Milner. He tells the sergeant that Tommy left home after the two had rowed and he'd given the boy a wallop, and that he's sorry it happened.

As Sgt Pond is cycling to Down End Farm to collect Schultz at the end of that day's work, he stops as he sees Dawson in the local churchyard, contemplating a headstone marking the joint grave of his parents. Mary had died in 1939 and Albert in 1943. Pond says that Albert was worn out by having to run the farm on his own, and Dawson expresses regret that he wasn't there to help. Pond says his father was proud of him, but Dawson says bitterly that there was nothing to be proud of, as he was captured on his second day in action. "Didn't even get to kill one of the bastards!"

The two men walk together to the farm.

On the farm, as Schulz waits for Pond, Rose brings him some food to take back with him, and also gives him a jumper that she says she knitted for her husband for when he came home but it's too big for him now.

She then explains to the German that he is to be moved to another place, as he cannot continue to work on the farm. Schultz is very upset at being sent away. He tells Rose not to worry, everything will be all right, and he says that he'll miss her. She says she'll miss him, too. Dawson and Pond arrive at the farm just as Rose and Schultz give each other a goodbye hug, and Dawson immediately attacks the German. A fight ensues and Pond steps in to break it up. As Schulz walks away, Dawson threatens to kill him if he returns. He grabs Rose by the arm and drags her into the farmhouse. Danny is nearby and has been watching.

In the farmhouse, Dawson accuses his wife of sleeping with Schulz. Angrily, Rose tells him not to be disgusting. Dawson raises his hand to strike her but stops short. Danny has followed the couple into the house and, sobbing, Rose takes him out of the room.

Dawson takes a bottle of liquor out of a cupboard and bangs it down on the table.

Foyle visits Peter Phelps in the asylum. The airman is in a padded room, lying curled up on a mattress. His eyes are closed but he is not sleeping. Foyle asks him if he remembers Dr Worth, but gets only a whimper in response. He then asks, "Do you know who I mean? … What did you see?" Phelps opens his eyes and says, "I saw the blood." He repeats it, and, in distress, whimpers again. Foyle tries but cannot get him to say more.

Tommy goes to a pond to fish, and finds Josef Novak sitting on the bank. Novak recognises him as the boy who had been looking for Lord and Lady Sackville.

Tommy asks him if he's a doctor, and when Novak replies that he is, asks how he makes people better when they've gone a bit barmy. Novak says that people are often helped just by talking about what has upset them.

Tommy then asks Novak if he's a Jerry, and when the doctor says he's not, says he hates them.

Novak asks the boy why he ran away from home. Tommy tells him that he ran because he had taken a telegram to a woman in Bethnal Green that informed her of her husband's death at sea, and she had begun screaming and had attacked him. Novak explains that the woman was out of her mind with grief. He says "When people lose their loved ..." but pauses in deep thought and then says that the woman lashed out simply because he was there, and that she would want to say sorry now. He assures Tommy that it wasn't his fault. Tommy accepts the assurance and is grateful but says he is not going back, and that he wants to stay where he is now because nothing bad happens here. Novak stares thoughtfully into space.

At the farmhouse, Dawson has been drinking and has fallen asleep at the kitchen table. Rose takes Danny out of the house and rides off with him on the back of her tricycle.

In a dormitory in the prison camp where Schultz is being held, a bell sounds to call the prisoners to their evening meal, and they go, but Schultz is in no mood to eat, and remains on his bunk. He takes the knitted jumper from his kit bag and holds it to his face.

Foyle decides to walk home after his day's work. As he goes past the Ruby cinema, he is stopped by Novak, who is standing in the ticket queue at the door. The doctor invites Foyle to join him to see the new Bing Crosby film, but Foyle declines, saying it's not quite his cup of tea. He remarks that Novak looks a great deal better. Novak replies that he did something useful that day, so maybe there is a point after all. The queue starts to move, so Novak tells the DCS that he found Tommy and that he is with the Sackvilles, and then goes into the cinema.

With nowhere else to go, Rose takes Danny to Sam's lodgings.

Under cover of darkness, Schulz escapes from prison by hiding on a lorry taking refuse from the camp. As the lorry slows at a turning on a country road, he jumps off, unseen.

Next morning, Tommy Crooks sees policemen with tracker dogs searching the fields, and is afraid.

Rose and Danny on their way back to Down End Farm, stop when they see an Army lorry pull up ahead of them, and soldiers with a tracker dog jump out and go into one of the fields. Sam, driving to work, sees it, too, and pulls the police Wolseley to a halt alongside Rose's tricycle. She explains that the men are looking for Johann Schulz.

Milner goes to the POW camp and is told by Sgt Pond that Schultz had never given them any trouble. He says he doesn't know why the man had escaped. He doesn't think he'd be trying to get back to Germany because he'd told him that he hated soldiering, and that he was just a farm boy. Milner asks if anything unusual had happened the day before, and Pond replies that it was just a normal day and that everything was all right. He says, "I think he was happy here, y'know."

Sam goes to Dial Cottage to see Tommy. She tells Sir John that she knows the boy is there because he'd been seen nearby. Sir John admits that the boy had been there, but says he didn't return after a fishing trip the previous day.

Tommy, obviously believing that the policemen are searching the fields for him, runs through the trees to escape being found.

Arriving back at the farm, Rose finds her husband still asleep at the kitchen table, and doesn't disturb him. She checks the barn to see if Schulz is there but doesn't find him. Walking with Danny across the farm, she sees policemen in the next field. Danny asks where Johann is. Instead of answering, Rose suggests they go to the lake to see the ducks, but what they see when they get there is a man floating face down in the water.

When the police later retrieve the body, Foyle and Milner are at the scene. Sgt Pond confirms that the dead man is the escaped POW, and when a wound is found on the back of the man's head, Milner suggests that it may have been caused by a fall, or he was hit. "He's a German, after all.That's enough motive for some."

When Rose and Danny get back to the farm, Dawson asks where they've been, saying that he's been worried. Rose tearfully tells him about Schultz and asks if the German had come to the farm last night. Dawson says he hadn't. Rose tells him that the police will be arriving soon.

As Sam drives Foyle to Down End Farm she reports that Tommy had been at Dial Cottage but had not returned from a fishing trip and the Sackvilles don't know where he is. Hesitantly, she tells her boss that Rose spent the night at her lodgings after having had an argument with her husband about Schulz.

In the farmhouse, Foyle tells Dawson and his wife that where the body was found suggests that Schulz was on his way to or from the farm. He asks Rose about her having spent the night elsewhere and Rose tells him that she stayed with Sam because she'd been shopping in town and didn't want to cycle back in the blackout.

Dawson tells of having fallen asleep after drinking, and says he didn't see Schulz. Foyle asks him how difficult it was to have come back home after five years in a prisoner of war camp and found a German working on his farm. Dawson replies that he didn't like the man but that he didn't kill him.

Foyle then asks Rose how she got on with Schultz, and she replies that he was a lovely boy, and that she doesn't know how she will be able to explain it to her son, because he adored him.

Foyle returns to the clinic. His arrival is observed by Tommy Crooks, who is hiding in nearby shrubbery.

Approaching Ian Campbell's office, Foyle hears the voices of Campbell and his secretary Joy Phelps. When Joy urges Campbell to kiss her, Foyle pulls the door open and catches them in the act. He apologises and says he should have knocked. Saying that he'll come back later, he makes to leave, but then he stops. Addressing Joy, he tells her that has been to the asylum to see her husband, and asks pointedly "Have you?"
Joy does not reply but asks how her husband is, and Foyle tells her that he is in a very bad way. She leaves the room.
Campbell says that Joy is under great strain and needs a lot of support.
Foyle says dryly, "Yeah, I can see."

He asks what Campbell makes of Novak claiming responsibility for Worth's death. Campbell says Novak is a good man but who knows what men are capable of when pushed to the limit. He adds, "All of mankind's most impenetrable secrets lie inside the head."

Foyle goes to Novak's office and notes that the doctor looks unwell. He tells him that Tommy Crooks has gone missing again, and that he seems to have been the last person to have seen him. He asks how the boy was at that time, and Novak tells him that Tommy had run away from London because of a distressing incident at work, but that he was calm and happy at the pond.

Foyle mentions having seen Phelps, and Novak responds firmly "I told you who killed that shabby little man Worth!" Foyle says he doesn't believe the doctor has it in him to kill. Novak replies he is allowing friendship to get in the way of doing his job, and that he is ignoring the lessons of recent history. "Think of all those men who lived such unremarkable lives 'til 39. We gave them a uniform, a gun and a mandate. Kill, we said, and they have, unblinkingly in vast numbers.

When Foyle gets back to the police station, Brooke tells him that he has submitted the pools entry, and that he laughed when he saw his choices. "Well, Port Vale have got as much chance of getting a draw at Arsenal as I have of winning the Derby on a seaside donkey." He asks his boss what system he used, and is aghast when he learns that the choices were made at random instead of by studying the teams, and says that they'll find out which comes out on top: science or chance.

As Foyle goes to his office, Milner tells him that they've now got the MO's report on Johann Schultz.

Sam remarks to Brooke that Port Vale is a lovely name, and asks where it is. Brooke looks thoughtful, and obviously not having a clue, says vaguely "Somewhere up north."

In the office, Milner gives Foyle the results of the medical report. There were fragments of stone in the head wound but it couldn't be determined whether they were due to fall or a blow. However, no water was found in the man's lungs, so he didn't drown: he was dead before he went into the lake.

Sgt Pond is interviewed at the station. He is shocked when told that Schultz was murdered. He says Dawson believed that something was going on between Rose and the German, and that it all blew up yesterday with a bit of a fight at the farm. He suggests that Schulz may have escaped to go back to the farm because he was worried about Rose. When questioned about how angry Dawson was, and pressed for a response, he reluctantly admits that the farmer had threatened to kill Schultz if he returned to the place.

Brought into the station for questioning, Dawson repeats to Foyle that he didn't see Schulz again after the fight because he had passed out after drinking heavily, and had slept through the night.

As Foyle walks to his office, he hears a radio playing in the station kitchen. The BBC's Moscow correspondent Alexander Werth is reporting what has been found at the Majdanek concentration camp, describing it as "like some scene from hell".

Morris Crooks calls at the station to ask if there has been any news about Tommy. Milner tells him that the boy has gone missing again. Crooks says that Tommy's mother may have been able to get through to him, but she was killed last year by a doodlebug shortly after the boy had gone back to London. He says that Tommy hated the Germans and wanted revenge. "I don't know what he'd do if he met a Jerry in the street."

When Crooks has gone, Milner reports to conversation to Foyle, saying that, as Novak saw Tommy not far from the lake, the boy had opportunity as well as motive and now he's disappeared.

As Milner talks, Foyle tidies newspapers on his desk, and sees photographs of a concentration camp accompanying an article headed "The most terrible example of organised mass murder by the Germans..." The phone rings: someone at the BBC is returning a call that Foyle made earlier.

The DCS goes to the Ruby cinema and asks to see the manager.

Back at the station, while Sam is waitng for her boss, she queries that he has gone to the pictures. Sgt Brooke says he's sure there's method in his madness. Puzzled, Sam wonders what's showing. At that moment, Foyle enters the station and walks straight past her, lost in thought. She calls to him to catch his attention, and he takes a moment to snap out of it and respond.

Sam drives Foyle and Milner to the psychiatric clinic for a last look at Julian Worth's office before they hand back the keys. Foyle gives Sam permission to look around the building while they're there, because she thinks that as Tommy lived there for four years he could know of a place to hide.

In Worth's office, Milner says that the only thing found that was of interest was a copy of a letter written by Campbell in support of Worth's job application at Cambridge and that it didn't tally with what Campbell had said about him. He shows the letter to Foyle and suggests that perhaps Campbell was just desperate to get rid of Worth. He says that they have thoroughly searched the room, so maybe the murderer found what he was looking for.

Foyle notices that on the mantelpiece there is a white ceramic head with the names of various areas of the brain marked on it. He takes it down and looks at it. He peels back a piece of cloth that is covering the base, saying "Where do all of mankind's impenetrable secrets lie, Milner?" Inside the hollow head is an envelope with Joy Phelps's name on it.

Milner tells Ian Campbell that they have finished with Worth's office, and gives him the keys.

In the meantime, Sam has been looking around the clinic. She makes her way to the attic and discovers evidence of someone staying there. Tommy realises he's been found, and runs out onto the rooftop.

As Milner leaves the clinic and walks to the Wolseley, a noise attracts his attention and looking up, he sees Tommy. Sam follows the boy onto the roof and corners him there, and when Milner goes to help her, Tommy threatens to jump off the roof. Milner approaches him, asking if he had met the German by the lake and had thought about what happened to his mum. The boy says no and, in distress, climbs onto the parapet on the edge of the roof and again threatens to jump.

Inside the building, Foyle returns to Worth's office and finds Campbell searching through it. He shows the letter he'd taken from the ceramic head, and asks if that is what the doctor is looking for.

On the roof, Sam tells Tommy that they only want to know if he saw anything at the lake. Tommy says there were two men talking and when one walked away, the other man picked something up and hit him with it, then, appearing very distressed, rolled the body into the water. He says that he didn't know the dead man was a German. Sam asks who the other man was.

In Worth's office, Campbell tells Foyle that Worth was a nasty piece of work, who made a lewd remark to him about Joy, and laughed when he had reacted angrily. He explains that he had made the mistake of writing an affectionate letter to Joy and put it in the post tray in the staff sitting-room. Worth had taken it and used it to force him to provide a glowing reference for his job application. Disclosure of an affair with a patient's wife would have ruined him, so Campbell had agreed on condition that he got the letter back, but then Worth had broken his word and had refused to return it. "And he smiled. He never should have smiled."

Joy comes into the room looking for Campbell. Immediately, Campbell says to Foyle that she knows nothing of what he's just told him, and thinks her husband killed Worth. Joy realises that something is wrong, and asks what's going on. Foyle says he'll leave the two alone for a few minutes, and leaves the room.

Some time later, Foyle goes to the tea-room in Hastings and joins Josef Novak for a game of chess. After a little while, the psychiatrist comments that the DCS is even more quiet than usual. Foyle says that he has been wondering how to tell him that he now knows that he didn't kill Worth, although he understands why the doctor tried to take the blame.
Novak says "It was Peter, wasn't it?" He tells Foyle that he found Phelps kneeling over the corpse with his hands covered in blood, and that he felt it was his fault because he hadn't been able to help the airman. He is shocked to be told that Campbell was responsible for the murder, and why he did it.

Foyle then tells Novak why he believes he attempted suicide. The name the doctor uttered when being carried into the ambulance was actually that of Alexander Werth whose report about the atrocities discovered at Majdanek was first broadcast on the morning Foyle had gone to see Novak in his office.
Novak says he felt he had betrayed his murdered family, because he was alive and they were dead. It was the guilt of the survivor and he had to take the blame for something. On the verge of tears, he says that he has now had news from his contacts in Poland that his daughter is one of the very few survivors of Majdanek. Foyle says that he is very pleased to hear it, and Novak says he has been a good friend. Foyle says that the occasional game of chess isn't much, but Novak says that he listens and understands, and he thanks him for it. He looks down at the chess board and, chuckling, says "But I think I have taught you too well. You have beaten me here for the first time."

The chess game at an end, Novak stands to leave, but Foyle stops him by asking his opinion of the Crosby film. When Novak replies that it was quite wonderful, Foyle informs him that the print for that film didn't arrive, so the cinema had shown Abbott and Costello instead. Novak slowly sinks back down into his seat. Foyle goes on to say that a Pathe newsreel about Majdanek was also shown, and the report was unbearable. "I couldn't watch it all. You couldn't, either, could you?"

Novak admits that he left the cinema. He says he was walking near the lake in the darkness, when he was bumped into and knocked over by a running man. When he looked up and realised that the man was a German soldier he was filled with rage, and as the man moved on, he picked up a rock and hit the him on the back of the head.
The doctor goes on to say that in what was only a moment, he had killed a young man, and that there was no excuse, because, although all have been tainted in some way by the war, not everyone commits murder. He says "Perhaps it was because he was up there, and I was down there in the gutter where all Jews belong." Once again close to tears, he adds, "I had this evil taste in my mouth. I spat it out, that's all."

He comments on chance having dictated the most important events of his life, and says that if Foyle had come into the cinema with him, the murder wouldn't have happened. He asks how Foyle knew, and Foyle replies that it, too, was by chance – the doctor was seen by a troubled boy to whom he had offered help.
Novak exclaims, "Poor Tommy!"

Morris Crooks goes to Dial Cottage and demands to see his son, and this time Sir John lets him in. Crooks angrily asks "Why can't you leave my Tommy alone? Haven't you got no son of your own?"
Pointing to a framed photograph of a young soldier, Sir John replies flatly, "Not any more. He was killed at Dieppe."

Crooks speaks with Tommy and pleads with him to come home, and the boy agrees.

Rose and Danny walk down the farm road to meet Dawson as he returns from the police station. Rose says that it's as though he were coming home all over again, and asks if he is going to be all right. He says that he doesn't know, but that he has to try for all their sakes, especially Danny's. He asks Danny to come to him, and Danny takes his hand.

Dawson apologises to Rose for what has happened, and expresses regret at the death of her friend. He asks if there was anything between them, saying that he needs to know even if it's something he doesn't want to hear. Rose says she couldn't have done without Schulz's help over the last eighteen months, and that she was fond of him and he was sweet on her "but the thing is, Fred, I was waiting for you, my sweetheart." Dawson chokes back tears. He and his wife and son walk together towards the farmhouse.

In the police station that evening, Foyle is sitting in his office in pensive mood. There is the sound of laughter from the hallway, and Sgt Brooke enters the room with a big grin on his face. Foyle is surprised to see him, saying that he thought he'd gone. Brooke says that he had to come back and that he'll never guess why. A smiling Sam comes in and Milner isn't far behind. Brooke happily announces "We've won!"
"The war?"
"The football pools! Not the jackpot but a tidy old sum, a hundred quid!
Foyle asks who got the line and is told "It's a classic case of beginner's luck. Chance has won the day, sir!"
Foyle is puzzled. "Port Vale drew with Arsenal?"
Brooke explains that the Gunners were playing short and had to borrow two of Port Vale's reserves.

Sam asks Foyle what he's going to do with the money, and he replies that he'll make a donation to the Jewish refugee fund. Sam, Brooke and Milner agree that it's a very good thing to do, but they're somewhat downhearted. As they start to leave the office, Foyle picks up his overcoat to follow and tells Brooke to hold back a fiver and they'll get themselves the best meal that rations will allow. Brooke and Milner smile brightly and Sam jumps for joy and gives a cheer, saying that they can follow it by a film at the Ruby. "Bing at his best!" She and Brooke leave the office, singing "Home on the Range", Crosby style.

Having donned his overcoat, Foyle stands looking thoughtfully down at a chess board laid out on a low table. Milner, understanding, says it's been a sad case, and Foyle agrees. As he picks up his trilby and follows Milner out of the office, the brim of his hat brushes the chess board. A pawn falls over.

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