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Season 2 Episode 4

The Great and the Good

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 16, 2008 on ITV
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Episode Summary

A rape case appears to be solved when the chief suspect is murdered. But nothing is what it seems, and soon Lewis and Hathaway find the upper echelons of Oxford society closing ranks.

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  • A brilliant end to the second season of what is quite possibly the greatest British drama.

    I really enjoyed this episode of Lewis. I felt the story was extremely well written (seriously, the writing was amazing!) and the actors were all great.

    The red herrings were a bit obvious this time, but the killer still took some thinking about. I certainly never expected it to be ***************. From what started out looking like a simple rape case imploded on itself to be a full blown murder and international law trial!

    Extremely nerve wracking when Lewis went into the house opposite his, I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't what was there!

    I liked that we got to see some more of Lewis' past in this episode. And the ending has almost guarrented a 3rd season (can anyone hear "two parter" ringing in the air?)

    A brilliant end to a brilliant season!moreless
Emily Bruni

Emily Bruni

Jessamine Matthews

Guest Star

Tim Dutton

Tim Dutton

Simon Ashton

Guest Star

Beth Goddard

Beth Goddard

Belinda Ashton

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Colin Dexter (author of the Morse novels) cameos as one of the guests at Matthews' party. He can be seen talking to Superintendent Innocent.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Gavin Matthews: He that is not jealous, is not in love.

    • Innocent: My God. Have you got any idea how this looks? Chippy copper antics have no place in a city like this.
      Lewis: Ma'am?
      Innocent: And in case it slipped your mind you've got the next best thing to a signed confession tucked away in that hospital tonight. God only knows what possessed you to enter into some misbegotten pissing match with men of that standing.
      Lewis: What's so special about Oxford?
      Innocent: What?
      Lewis: The chippy copper antics. Why is it so much more inappropriate in this city than anywhere else?

    • (Lewis and Hathaway are waiting in the hospital for Lewis' back injury to be looked at)
      Lewis: If they ask...
      Hathaway: Yeah, yeah, do not resuscitate.
      Lewis: I was gonna say, "two sugars".

    • Lewis: I noticed, Hathaway, you always call me 'sir' when you say something mean.
      Hathaway: Public school.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Hathaway: "We perished, each alone."
      Lewis: "But I beneath a rougher sea, and whelmed in deeper gulfs than he." One of Morse's specials.
      The sergeant and inspector are quoting the final lines of William Cowper's 'The Castaway'.