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Inspector Morse

Season 4 Episode 4

Masonic Mysteries

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 24, 1990 on ITV
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Episode Summary

Morse's friend Beryl Newsome is stabbed at a rehearsal for an amateur production of The Magic Flute. Then Lewis starts uncovering incriminating evidence, including the transfer by the murder victim of £99,000 into Morse's bank account. With his rival Bottomley pursuing him, Morse finds himself at the top of the suspect list and is eventually arrested for the murder he is investigating. After his arrest, Morse's house is searched, and a clergyman's body is found in a cupboard. With Morse seeing a Masonic conspiracy, Lewis suspects that someone with a grudge is out to frame Morse, partly by hacking into computer systems. After his release, Morse becomes the target of a direct attack, when his house catches fire, with him in it. Who wants to get at Morse so badly? Can it really be an old enemy who is dead?moreless

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    John Thaw

    John Thaw

    Chief Inspector Morse

    Kevin Whately

    Kevin Whately

    Detective Sergeant Lewis

    Madelaine Newton

    Madelaine Newton

    Beryl Newsome

    Guest Star

    Ian McDiarmid

    Ian McDiarmid

    Hugo De Vries

    Guest Star

    Celestine Randall

    Celestine Randall

    Sandra Machin

    Guest Star

    James Grout

    James Grout

    Chief Superintendent Strange

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • In this episode, we see some details of Morse's bank account on a computer screen, and the account is called "E. Morse". This is long before Morse's first name, Endeavour, is at last revealed.

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Morse: Wouldn't you say I was fair, Lewis?
        Lewis: Fairer to women than to men, sometimes.
        Morse: They are the fair sex.

      • Morse: I was meant to pick up the knife! It's handle was toward my hand.
        McNutt: You can leave out the literary flourishes, Morse. They always were a weakness.

      • McNutt: Have another beer, it may help you to think.
        Morse: No, thanks.
        Lewis: You're in shock.

      • Morse: Someone, I don't know who and I don't know why, it trying to frame me.
        Strange: I'm sorry, Morse, but I don't think you've been telling us the whole truth. I'm putting you under arrest.

      • Morse: Myself, I always work on the principle that the last person to see them alive did it. He [meaning Bottomley] thinks it's the first person to see them dead.

      • Bottomley: We've counted the money, it's all there.
        Morse: You'll want to wash your hands, then - it's dirty stuff.

      • Morse: If I didn't know he was dead, I'd swear it was Hugo De Vries. It's got his fingerprints all over it.
        Lewis: Like yours on that knife.

      • Morse: It's quite interesting, being the hunted for once, instead of the hunter. You should try it, Lewis. Gives you an insight into the criminal mind.

      • Hugo De Vries: (to Morse) I'm going to kill you. Or am I?

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • When Morse says "I was meant to pick up the knife! It's handle was toward my hand", and McNutt replies "You can leave out the literary flourishes, Morse", the reference is to the dagger speech in Shakespeare's play, Macbeth:

        Is this a dagger which I see before me,
        The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee -
        I have thee not, and yet I see thee still!
        Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
        To feeling as to sight, or art thou but
        A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
        Proceeding from the heat-oppressèd brain?