Silent Witness

Season 10 Episode 10

Schism, Part Two

Aired Weekdays 9:00 PM Aug 14, 2006 on BBC
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Schism, Part Two

Harry makes his own attempts to find Nikki and another woman who have been kidnapped by animal activists. Leo has to testify at a medical council hearing into a close friend's research.

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  • Unsatisfactory and inconclusive

    our female pathologist persists in her dorky behavior almost to the end. a gratuitous torture sequence involves a man torturing a woman to find out where someone used to be who all know is no longer there. in the end, the same man, or maybe it was a totally different person, doesn't shoot the man they were looking for but shoots a second man. meanwhile in a totally unrelated sequence, the brilliant professor testifies against all common sense against a man who acting under instructions from the litigous parents of the deceased has taken brain samples to find out why the man died. Mind you with so much confusion throughout the fragmented, I may have jumped to all the wrong conclusions.

    At the end, we learn that the two younger pathologists may well be getting together--again--going to America and leaving the show! Hooray. What a worthless script. worst of the series.moreless
  • Nikki is held at gunpoint, while Harry tries to find her and to find some evidence to implicate Whittington Research and Leo has a hearing to appear at.

    I found myself admiring the writing in this episode. The storyline of Leo appearing at a hearing where his friend is accused of keeping samples without consent from the family seemed completely unconnected, until suddenly all plots came into line, with the question being asked on all levels: "Does the end justify the means?" To what extent are you justified in taking measures that break the law if you feel the end is worth it? Is taking samples without consent justified? Is resorting to violence against animal experimentation justified? Is torturing and killing people justified if the end result is good enough?

    As all our characters face the same dilemma in many different ways, the only possible answer is given, in a tightly written, well acted episode.


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