Murphy's Law

Season 5 Episode 3

Food Chain, Episode Three

Aired Monday 8:30 PM Oct 03, 2007 on BBC
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Food Chain, Episode Three
Now that Baker knows Murphy is a cop, he must race against the clock to find Kim before her secret is revealed too. However, local Chief Superintendent Bowry cares less about Kim's life and more about his own reputation and funding, and Murphy is forced to take desperate measures in his hunt for his missing friend.moreless
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    Another fantastic episode from 'Murphy's Law'. Each of the three 'Food Chain' episodes have been amazing pieces of television drama, with equally amazing acting. They have been powerful and hard-hitting yet also sensitive.

    The third episode once again took on a slightly different format. To my surprise, Kim was actually found quite early on in the episode and the the rest of the episode was then given over to interviews, conversations and hostage situations. I never thought they could allow Kim to be killed, and needless to say I was horrified by her suicide at the end of the episode, though I had started to expect it throughout the episode - I only thought she would kill the superintendent first. It was horrible seeing Kim so destroyed by the actions of others, after her first bouncy appearance at the beginning of this series. The acting of Andrea Lowe was incredible.

    I'm glad that Murphy didn't take his own life, though it was very tense the second time he raised the gun to his head. That, IMO, would make the whole program seem very bitter and life very pessimistic. Of course, he has been growing ever darker since Annie's death, but at the beginning of this series he seemed to be a lot more recovered. Obviously undercover work is taking its toll on him, as the scene with Jackie showed. Interesting that they didn't show ANY contact between him and her - I wonder if that was deliberate given the subject of the series?

    There was some very clever policing as well, with the cutting out of telephone lines and such.

    I also liked it when Murphy's boss stood up to the superintendent. It added to the storyline to have the internal politics in addition to the main threats.

    This, and the two episodes before it, were three of the finest television programs I have ever had the pleasure of watching.moreless

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