Blade business in this episode, as George's brother Martin turns up and tries to involve him in one of his many dodgy schemes. In Series 1 this might have meant sub-standard bingo cards or mis-spelt "Kiss Me Quick" hats, but in the all-action Series 2 it's more serious, and Martin soon ends up dead in the water (rather like Harbour Lights itself by this time), with Blade son Steve, seen threatening him earlier, in the frame for his murder.
The nasty gangsters are a bit low-key in this episode, so to make up for it we get a really nasty copper, a young DI with an eye for Melanie and an instant (and mutual) dislike of Mike. With him in place (for this episode only, thankfully) the story follows the well-trodden private eye/police procedural path of the DI being interested only in nailing his prime suspect (Steve), while the outsider (Mike) discovers the real story.
In fact Harbour Lights seems to have been in a recycling phase around this time. In episode 1 of series 2, Melanie puts the Harbourmaster (Mike) in the cells and a car explodes. In episode 2, Melanie puts the Deputy Harbourmaster (Steve) in the cells and a camper van explodes. Eagle-eyed viewers might spot a pattern here, and perhaps a certain lack of imagination on the scriptwriters' part (something similar happens in episodes 4 and 5, too).
Steve gets out, of course, but the real mystery remains what George has done with his wife (the wonderful, stately Rita) and two other kids. From my recollection their disappearance is never explained, although George's confession that his real love was for his sister-in-law indicates that Series 2-style foul play might have been involved. We should have been told.
Two episodes in, body count two, exploded vehicles two. Come back Aunt Nicholls, please!moreless