This episode opens in a flashback to several decades ago when a young and spoiled child named Annabel stabs her babysitter to death after being reprimanded for bad behaviour. Moving back to the present day, Joyce Barnaby (Jane Wymark) is delighted to be one of the judges in the Midsomer 'Perfect Village' competition but things don't go according to plan when several people end up dead. The first is a local lad by the name of Peter Drinkwater (an early performance by Orlando Bloom) who is something of a thief and fancies himself as a bit of a ladies man, then again, the ladies are quite keen on him as well, as can be seen by his many conquests.
When Peter is found brutally murdered with a pitchfork sticking out of him, Barnaby and Troy realise that whoever killed him certainly held quite a sizeable grudge. Next, one of the organisers of the competition, the beauiful Bella Devere (Hannah Gordon) almost dies after drinking a glass of poisoned wine and soon after, two of the competition judges, Rosemary Furman (Maggie Steed) and Samantha Johnstone (Josephine Tewson) are also dead. With good reason, Tom is very worried about Joyce's safety given that she is part of the same crowd.
What baffles Barnaby and Troy is whether or not the Drinkwater murder is connected to the other deaths and if so, how and why?
A brilliant episode and some marvellous acting by the guest cast make this one of the best of them all. It will keep you guessing until the final frame.