Dempsey and Makepeace

Season 1 Episode 5

Hors De Combat

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Feb 08, 1985 on ITV
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A prisoner named Frank Price is sprung from prison, but is murdered once he is on the outside. The man driving the getaway patrol car, Hurst, belongs to Bernie Silk's crime gang, whereas Frank Price belonged to Jack Lang's gang. Dempsey meets an American woman named Angie Hughes. She claims that she is taking care of some business and seeing the sights. He and Makepeace investigate Price's murder. They discover that the killer was hired for a professional hit. Dempsey and Makepeace go to see Jack Lang to ask him why someone would want Price dead. The duo soon realise that Price's murder could be the start of war between Lang's and Silk's gangs. Dempsey then realises that Angie was Price's killer, taken hostage and placed into the boot of Angie's car. Jack's grand-daughter, Debbie, is kidnapped. Then, Bernie Silk is taken by Lang's gang. The gangs had set their bosses up, so that the gangs could carve up the territories between them. Jack and Bernie are both shot. Angie is killed when trying to escape. Dempsey dives out of the boot of the car and rolls over.moreless

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  • WOW! Now that's what I'm talking about!

    9.0
    The episodes before this episode were meh and just okay. Most of them to the point of boring sometimes too with just the chemistry of the leads to interest you and/or great endings but slow on everything else. Talk about a total turn around. This is episode number 5 and I was about to give up on this show as slow on the uptake, great chemistry and great endings but mostly boring all around. Not so on this one! I was hooked from the very beginning, actually stayed interested throughout, and was greatly satisfied with the ending. Actually it was a quite shocking ending at that. Some peeps break a man out of prison so they can kill him. It's the beginning or a gang war and Dempsey and Makepeace has to stop it. Dempsey meets a beautiful professional killer and falls for her to Makepeace's dismay. One of the peeps from the gang that killed the prisoner kidnaps the other gang leader's granddaughter and things continue to get even more dangerous. By the end of this all Dempsey is betrayed of course and stuffed in the woman's trunk while she shoots both leaders as they're making a trade (the other leader was kidnapped by the other side and they were trading the granddaughter for that leader). The woman kills both leaders by sniper shooting one in the head while he is holding the little granddaughter. The granddaughter falls on the man as he falls from being shot right in front of her. Then the woman shoots the granddaughter's grandpa in the chest. All this while the little girl is screaming bloody murder and rightfully so. Poor traumatized girl! Makepeace gets her revenge or would that be take her jealousy out on the woman professional killer and shoots her while she's trying to get away in the car that has Dempsey still in the trunk. He jumps out just before the shot lady and car makes a dive into the harbor. Dempsey sure was acting strangely throughout this one so when Makepeace asks where's he been he just says exactly or I was thinking that myself. Can't really remember the exact words. Best episode so far and if they continue in this vein I just might continue to watch.moreless
Christopher Ellison

Christopher Ellison

Tommy

Guest Star

Stephen Greif

Stephen Greif

Bernie Silk

Guest Star

Elaine Ives-Cameron

Elaine Ives-Cameron

Mrs. Prescott-Lowell

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Tony Osoba

Tony Osoba

Det. Sgt. Chas Jarvis

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    • The scenes where Dempsey dives out of the boot of the car and rolls over are featured in the opening credits. The scene where dempsey rolls over is seen first, with his name going along the top of the screen. The scene where he dives out of the boot of the car is the penultimate scene in the opening credits. Also , the last scene of the opening credits is taken from this episode. This is where the bookmakers explode after a grenade is thrown through a window.

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