Harbour Lights did some more recycling in this one - just as they'd had Melanie throw Mike in the cells in episode 1 then throw Steve in the cells in episode 2, they had Mike fooled by a seductive female criminal in episode 4 then made it Steve's turned to get duped by a femme fatale in episode 5. Still, it probably saved time in script meetings.
This episode's seductress is washed ashore unconscious after a massive storm, and doesn't really have to do much seducing since Steve goes doolally for her before she's even opened her eyes. She promptly claims amnesia, an understandable psychological reaction to waking up finding young Blade Junior drooling over you. The main plot then consists of Steve, Mike and Mel helping her to find out who she really is and, eventually, discovering what she's really up to. Meanwhile the sub-plot revolves around George Blade finding he's uninsured for lightning damage to his cafe (naturally), dodging some dodgy property dealing by one of Tony Simpson's shady business associates, and outsmarting Simpson himself over a lease, only to get semi-outsmarted back.
Another day at the office then for third-way Harbour Lights - not as low-budget violent as the start of Series 2, but missing the warmth and humanity (and warm, human characters) of Series 1. This episode does have the distinction of including the show's most distant (from West Bay) location - somewhere claiming to be Southall in Middlesex (where Mike etc have taken the mystery woman to see if she recognises anyone from the Asian community there), and which certainly isn't Bridport, where most other off-harbour shots were filmed. They'd blown the blowing-up cars budget by then, but there was evidently still enough left in the kitty for a drive up the M3.moreless