Season 2 Episode 2

Music to Die For

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 02, 2008 on ITV
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Episode Summary

Professor Cole is a respected German history professor. When he is found dead it emerges that he patronised an illegal boxing club. Could his death have been an underworld killing?

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Jack Roth: Is this what you people do? First sniff of weakness you're in for the kill?
        Lewis: No. That's boxing! We're detectives.

      • Lewis: Sometimes, Hathaway, I worry about your taste in music.
        Hathaway: Sometimes, Inspector Lewis, I worry about your taste in women.
        Lewis: I'll drink to that.

      • Lewis: You'd think that somewhere in that big empty skull of his he'd have the sense to know when he's being played.
        Hathaway: He wouldn't be the first, sir.
        Lewis: One of these days, Hathaway, some ten foot Barbarella's gonna come along and make a right fool out of you. When she does I'll be there ringside, laughing.
        Hathaway: I look forward to it.

      • Waltraud Helm: (about Morse) Did you like him?
        Lewis: It was a bit like a marriage. Except I already had a wife.

      • Hathaway: I'd hazard a guess. She's flirting with you, sir.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Hathaway: "One sleep we wake eternally, and death shall be no more."
        Lewis [ irritated ]: Oh, don't give me William Shakespeare at this time of night.
        Hathaway: It's John Donne, sir.
        DS Hathaway is slightly misquoting the final lines from Donne's poem "Death":
        One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
        And Death shall be no more: Death, thou shalt die!

      • (Lewis and Hathaway discuss R G Cole's journal entry of "Big row. The Helm obsession. Wotan-Siegried. Patricide!!".)
        Lewis: Nah, I don't think that's anything. They're all Wagner nuts, aren't they? Anyway, I seem to remember Wotan was Siegfried's grandfather in The Ring so it can't be patricide.
        Hathaway: Absolutely did not have you marked down as a Wagnerian.
        The Ring of the Nibelungen referred to, and portions of heard, throughout this episode is a cycle of four operas written by Richard Wagner over a 26-year period. The story is based on German and Norwegian sagas and evolves around a magic ring with which one can rule the world. Siegfried is one of the leading characters as well as the title of the third part of the cycle.