Jonathan Creek

Season 4 Episode 3

The Tailor's Dummy

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 15, 2003 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • *Spoiler Ending Warning*
      There is a big flaw in the murder set-up. It is initially believed that Marco Bergman jumped to his death as a suicide having read the scathing review of his latest collection. Yet he was blind, as we only find out towards the end. So why did his daughter leave the newspaper to suggest he'd been reading it, as her brother, who was not involved with the set-up, would realise he couldn't have possibly read it. Even if she did it to throw suspicion off herself, he would have found it odd. This also makes it unbelievable that the brother turns up later accusing Donna Henry of having caused Bergman's death, waving the review he knew his father couldn't possibly have seen anyway!

    • *Spoiler Warning*
      Louise takes one syringe of insulin from Carrie which both makes Carrie panic and run out to the balcony, from which she appears to be about to jump, and Jonathan suggest this could make her lapse into a diabetic coma (which it very possibly could). Yet anyone relying on regular injections of insulin would always carry a complete supply with them for precisely this reason, especially given she was away from home and was shown earlier taking a syringe out of a large first aid kit from her bag, which she still has with her. Carrie's reaction is way over the top, especially as she has her 'phone with her, while her brother is in the house and would have heard her screams.

  • Quotes

    • *Spoiler Warning*
      Louise: Well... maybe there was more going on in my lovely little head than he'd imagined. [picking up Bergman's autobiography] "Louise, bless her, may not be one of mankind's greatest thinkers, but her eternal elegance and quiet, youthful grace have made her the perfect 'repository' for my creations." My daughter: the talentless clothes horse. [standing to address her father's portrait] Well no more, daddy. No more being the tailor's dummy. For the first time in my life I think I've earned a little respect, don't you? For the sheer ingenuity of what I di... Why are you all looking me. As if I'm mad?

    • (Jonathan is at a photo shoot, and the wardrobe people are trying to make the costume work)
      Carla: You know what's still not working is this kind of grunge thing we're trying to build into the character. Maybe if we break it down some more with some Fuller's Earth or something. Just make it look a bit more lived in basically.
      Jonathan: Or... how about if I take off the duffel coat you got from Harrod's menswear department, and put on my own duffel coat?
      Photographer: Works for me if Carla's happy.
      Carla: Yes. All right then. I suppose we can buy that.

    • Donna Henry: Getting back to the success of Eyes and Ears – what would you call that show? A kind of docudrama I suppose.
      Brendan Baxter: Well, it's more of a dramamentary.

    • (Jonathan and Carla are trapped in a cage above the stage, suspended over a bed of spikes.)
      Carla: Oh, Jonathan! How long do you think we've got before…?
      Jonathan: Before that rope burns off around the steel safety cable? Seconds. Before the stage manager turns up tomorrow morning and lets us down? Probably 11 hours.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Franklin D. Roosevelt
      32nd President of the USA from 1933 to 1945. Jonathan mentions that for twelve years, the president fooled the American people into believing he could walk, though this was referring to the duration of his presidency only. He in fact contracted polio in 1921 (though it is now believed his illness could have been Guillain-Barre syndrome) and refused from that point on to let anyone know that he could not move around on his own, taking huge measures to both try to walk and to give the impression he could.

    • *Spoiler Warning*

      The Marx Brothers' film Duck Soup. Referenced in a couple of places and one of the main ways in which one of the illusions in the episode was pulled off – the famous mirror trick between Groucho and Harpo Marx where they pretend to be reflections. The film, made in 1933, was about a governor of the tiny country of Freedonia. Considered a classic of the genre, it was the last of the Marx Brothers' films to feature Zeppo Marx and bill them as The Four Marx Brothers. (There were five brothers, but Gummo never appeared in the films).

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