"The Safe Side" is an apt title for this episode, as in its last three outings Harbour Lights calmed down a bit, and despite there being real villains and some brutality in this one, no-one gets killed and no vehicles get blown up.
Instead Mike's head gets turned by a feisty female journalist who wants to write a story about him, while Tony Simpson is back on form trying to persuade an upmarket holiday park magnate to put Bridehaven in a profitable plastic bubble, and a mysterious cat burglar is going round breaking into posh houses then stealing nothing more than a few glasses of wine.
Meanwhile a holidaymaker is getting increasingly upset by the non-existent service at Simpson's caravan site, a portrayal of the West Bay holiday experience which must have pleased the owners of the real site no end when they saw it on TV (the West Bay website reported that Series 2 "caused the community of West Bay to distance themselves from the false impression shown of their town", and although they were talking mainly about the violence, this may well have been part of it too).
This being Harbour Lights it all works out pretty much as you'd been expecting it to from about 10 minutes in, but after the shoot 'em, bomb 'em, beat 'em antics of the previous three episodes it's something of a relief nevertheless. In fact this was probably the most professionally produced of the Harbour Lights episodes, and represented a third way between the extreme schmaltz of Series 1 and the Ultimate Force of early Series 2. Shame they didn't think of it earlier (and save the best characters from Series 1).