Jonathan Creek

Season 1 Episode 3

The Reconstituted Corpse

Aired Friday 9:00 PM May 24, 1997 on BBC
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The Reconstituted Corpse
Beautician Zola Zbzewski is accused of murdering her former lover, a plastic surgeon found shot to death in his home, who had threatedned to go to the press and ruin the launch of her new book. Then Zola's dead body falls out of Maddy's wardrobe…

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  • No locked door mystery this time, just a lot of plastic surgery, a dodgy video taker and a dead body in a wardrobe that appears very suddenly.

    Zola Zb... - not even going to attempt to type out her surname is the life's work of a famous plastic surgeon, having had operation after operation to make her, well, quite plastic really. She and her surgeon/ex boyfriend are no longer on speaking terms and he has threatened to pull the plug on a book she is bringing out. So when he is killed (gunshot through the peephole in the door - and they say those things are for safety!) she is the obvious suspect, especially when an earring with her DNA is discovered just outside his place.

    She has no alibi, or so she thinks, until her mysterious stalker apparently drops his camcorder and the film on it seems to exonerate her. Unfortunately, it does her no good, as she is then found dead inside a wardrobe that Maddy has bought and just lugged up eight flights of stairs. She wasn't in there when it arrived, but when it was opened, out she popped.

    Of course, this being David Renwick, there's the usual mix of comedy and tragedy, and a wonderfully convoluted denouement. Only he could really get away with mixing the comic and tragic death of an elephant, a disastrous blind date AND cold blooded murder and get away with it.

    It should keep you guessing and whilst it's wildly contrived, it's not beyond the realms of possibility.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • On discovery of the video camera in the garden, Maddy warns Zola to be careful because "there might be fingerprints." Yet in the next scene we see Maddy having hooked the camera up to the television, manhandling it and pressing the buttons without the use of gloves of any kind.

    • When Jonathan spots Maddy and Shelford across the bar on their blind date, Shelford's glass of beer is over half empty. When he approaches them, the glass is suddenly almost full.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jonathan: It's not my fault all this, come on.
      Maddy: What?
      Jonathan: This plan of yours to make me insanely jealous by turning up here tonight with some stunning hunk has all gone horribly wrong – thanks to the bastard son of Forrest Gump in there. You must have known it was a risk.
      Maddy: That is the most unbelievably arrogant, egotistical thing I've ev…
      (Shelford returns with his trousers damp at the crotch.)
      Shelford: That was unfortunate. I completely misjudged the water pressure on those taps and, of course, it went everywhere. Fortunately it's not urine, so it won't stain.

    • Maddy: You are really enjoying this aren't you. Watching me squirm.
      Jonathan: To a large extent. Where is it then?
      Maddy: What?
      Jonathan: The ten-year-old photo that he sent you, before he ballooned up to fifteen stone and started moulting.
      Maddy: You've really got a nerve. Do you think I'm so shallow I'd only agree to meet someone if I had proof that they were young and good looking? I find that amazingly offensive.
      Jonathan: Can I see it? [ Maddy slams down the photograph of Shelford ] Frightening. You know this could be unique. A rare example of the passport syndrome in reverse.

    • Shelford: Morning. It's the bad penny again. Actually it's my day off, so I don't know how you're fixed. Oh, I bought you some underwear.
      Maddy: Oh, Shelford, I think you'd better come in for a sec. Look, it's not that I don't find you attractive.
      Shelford: Oh, good.
      Maddy: No, that's not true: it is that I don't find you attractive. It's no reflection on you as a person. You're very warm and kind and generous. It's just that I can't find it in myself to want to spend another second of my life in your company. Do you understand? It could never work. Not even as science fiction. You and me are a total no-no.
      Shelford: Still, it's early days, isn't it?

    • Zola [ talking about the building work at her home ]: Forgive the mess. I'm just having a new front put on.
      Maddy: Old habits die hard.

    • Madeline Magellan [ to Jonathan]: I'm not even hungry. [ to the waitress ] A drop of chilli'll do me, with some rice, a spot of salad, some garlic bread, a jacket potato. Oh, and some crisps.

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