I am an American who has had a soft spot for anything Law and Order-related, the UK version included and SVU excluded (I just could not get into the unrelenting intensity and little warmth and humor of SVU). I have been watching the L&O UK episodes in drips and draps as they have been irregularly broadcast and even more slowly put on bittorrent--I realize now the Canadian episodes are providing the torrents. Anyway, I have been somewhat disappointed with the blandness of most of the episodes, but the last episode, Honourbound, #13, is a great episode. Although it is a redo of a previous American L&O script, it shows enough individuality to be engaging and the temperature of the characters' emotions has increased significantly. The tension between Det Sergeants Brooks and Devlin is welcome, as well as Devlin's intensity as he suspects Valentine's misdeeds and sets about doggedly to prove them. The predictable old affair between Brooks and his police inspector girlfriend is still touching and the way each cares for the other even now. Contrary to the American version, the old girlfriend is a high-ranking police official who outranks Brooks. I finally like that Devlin and Brooks buried the hatchet at the end and that their friendship is such they welcome each other's company at the conclusion to go and eat together instead of simply shaking hands gravely and parting. This is the first Law and Order UK episode that I feel surpasses its American original. I hope the second season will have similar passion and fire and hope also to see more of the female police inspector, at least to know what happened to her and her family.