Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

Season 1 Episode 5

A High Profile

Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Jan 31, 1996 on BBC
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A High Profile
A desperate for work Hetty takes Geoffrey up and down the streets and sidewalks of town advertising the foundering detective agency. This proves to be a wise method of business, as they pick up a client: a woman whose estranged son, Michael, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, lives in another town. Her husband, Reg, Michael’s stepfather, refused to have her son living with them as Michael grew more delusional. The mother wants to know how her son is doing. As Hetty investigates, she discovers that Michael has disappeared from his sheltered housing unit and has had a hard time being accepted by society. As it becomes clear that Michael has gone off his medicine, Hetty finds herself in a race against the clock to try and find the man before he hurts himself or others in his delusional state.moreless

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  • Hetty discovers that her client's son has disappeared, and now she must find him before it is too late.

    Such a sad, but well written episode. Hetty and Geoffrey go advertising the agency in a shopping area by Hetty wearing a sandwich board and Geoffrey announcing the agency. A lady sees them from a store and takes the opportunity to hire Hetty to check on her son. Her husband, Reg, the dentist, does not want Michael to live with them, but the lady wants to be sure that her son is safe. It turns out that the son, who is supposed to be on meds and living in a one room flat, has disappeared and is off his medication. The son is schizophrenic. They discover that the son, Michael, has gone back to the seaside where he had been happy as a young boy. Hetty, Geoffery, and the mother go to the seaside to find Michael to get him back to the get back on his medication and live in his bedsitter. Hetty, Robert, and Geoffery learn a lot about schizophrenia and how it can effect the family. Good conversations between Hetty and Robert. A really thoughtful episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Hetty [ to Geoffrey and Robert ]: There's nourishment in hot pot. If you were on a desert island, you'd be glad of it.
      Dominic Monaghan (Geoffrey) would later play one of the leading characters in Lost, in which a group of people get stuck on a (seemingly) deserted island.

    • When Hetty and Geoffrey are investigating Michael's flat, you can see a 'Lord of the Rings' poster hanging on the wall beside the skeleton painting. Later on, in a close-up of Geoffrey, there is another in the background, this one of Treebeard, Pippin and Merry (the character Monaghan would go on to play in The Lord of the Rings).

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Possibly due to the heavier nature of the storyline, PBS did not air this in its "Mystery!" rotation. The episode can be found in its entirety on the Season One DVD and the Season One VHS sets.


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