Season 4 Episode 2

Nine Eleven

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 01, 2006 on ITV
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Nine Eleven
Fitz and wife return from Australia to a vastly changed Manchester for their daughter's wedding. Fitz is starting to feel old and is relieved to find that the Police, once again, need him. An American comedian is murdered in a nightclub for no obvious reason and Fitz is asked to help out. There's a missing witness to be found and a uniformed killer to track down.moreless

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  • It's a shame that the final episode of "Cracker" is this piece of crap.

    Despite the return of scribe Jimmy McGovern and Robbie Coltrane back in the powerhouse role of "Fitz," the final(?) installment of "Cracker" does nothing but disappoint.

    Obviously, as a one-shot special, we're not going to get the same depth of characterization and story that we're used to seeing. But to forego any action on the Fitz/Judith front to offer up a half-baked story about a shell-shocked vet provoked by a stand-up comic is criminal. To top it all of, production value has been thrown by the wayside and we're treated to constant intercutting of TV news footage and static bursts.

    There's no detection, no analysis of the clues and the crime to find the culprit. It's as if, all of a sudden, Fitz has got his man. There isn't even a need to "crack" this guy. Instead, we listen to tired rants about how American money bought Irish bullets and digs at George W. Bush and American foreign policy. I understand the U.S. is unpopular, and I am no fan of Bush, but this rank editorializing at the expense of the story makes this outing of "Cracker" painful to sit through, something I never thought I'd say about this series.

    Coltrane is good, even with the material being beneath his talents, and he manages to still give Fitz some bite in this awful script. He's the only reason to watch "Nine Eleven." Stick with the original series and don't let this be your last memory of a great character and great show.moreless
Richard Coyle

Richard Coyle

DI Walters

Guest Star

Nisha Nayar

Nisha Nayar

DS Saffron Saleh

Guest Star

Leo Gregory

Leo Gregory

Wallet Thief

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