Dalziel and Pascoe

Season 12 Episode 5

Under Dark Stars Part 1

Aired Saturday 8:05 PM Jun 21, 2007 on BBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Under Dark Stars Part 1
A case gets personal for Pascoe when a trial falls apart, allowing a child killer to go free.

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  • This episode deals primarily with the relationship between Dalziel and Pascoe with a disturbing case to boot. 5 stars.

    Just when Andy and Peter's friendship seems to be coming back to normal things go more than a little haywire. A jury on courtcase that Peter had been working lets the man go. Everyone involved is distraught and blames Peter, including Peter himself. Andy tries to console him but things get even worse when Peter covers for the victims Father when he kills the man tha killed his son.

    We, the viewers, are forced to think about what we would do if we were put in a similar situation.

    Gut wrenching at times, I often found myself yelling at the TV torn between Peter confiding in Andy and willing Andy not to follow his famous gut.

    That said I really enjoyed the comedy inserted to relieve the tension- like the television producers insisting that Andy put on more make up.

    Most of all I liked the return of Dalziel and Pascoe's relationship. It had been very tense this past season only to leave us with them on better terms and Andy deciding what he is going to do about Pascoe.

    Looking forward to this program returning (as always).moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Dalziel: Justice has gone to hell, Peter.
      Pascoe: There was a time when I would have argued with you, Andy.

    • Reporter 1: Are you happy with the verdict?
      Pascoe: No comment.
      Reporter 2: As the officer in charge do you feel you've failed the dead boys?
      (Pascoe is silent then Dalziel comes through the crowd).
      Dalziel: No comment.

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    • Mr Marley: Marley.
      Dalziel: First name Jacob?

      This is an allusion to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, where Jacob Marley used to be Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner before his death. Appropriately, Mr. Marley in this episode appears to be rather unpleasant fellow, hence Dalziel's Dickensian quip.