Spooks

Season 3 Episode 2

Episode 2

2
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 18, 2004 on BBC
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Harry reawakens sleeper agent Fred Roberts, a renowned chemist and family man. As Fred becomes more deeply involved with deadly terrorists, Tom has a crisis of conscience which could jeopardise his career.

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  • when is the conscience of the king a problem?

    9.0
    We all would think that any intelligence officer needs to live down the things his stomach cannot take. But what appens when these things become a problem? Not just for you, but for your coworkers too?



    This becomes visible in this episode in a sickening way. These adventurious boys who came across on a spy VISA now see what it is to get presented with the bill of that choice, not only that, what if you have a change of heart, but you are the only way to catch a few very nasty persons? All that becomes visible in a smashing episode.



    And what becomes of the weakest link? time will tell.moreless
Ian McDiarmid

Ian McDiarmid

Prof. Fred Roberts

Guest Star

Jessica Turner

Jessica Turner

Helen Roberts

Guest Star

Jalaal Hartley

Jalaal Hartley

Lawrence Sayle

Guest Star

Rory MacGregor

Rory MacGregor

Colin Wells

Recurring Role

Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington

Will North

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Tom [ to Danny and Zoe ]: Come on, back me up!
      Danny: How exactly can we do that?
      Tom: Because we understand each other, we always have.
      Danny: Not any more.

    • Prof. Fred Roberts: You know the really horrible thing? I could almost enjoy this. When I was talking to that young man I was this gambling, criminal chemist. I was this other self.
      Tom: People in the field, uh, in a foreign country, have to do that for years.
      Prof. Fred Roberts: Oh. And do they love it?
      Tom: You have to put your real self in a box, and only when you come home do you open up the box and say, "Hello, real me."
      Prof. Fred Roberts: What if the box got lost?
      Tom: You'd have to reinvent yourself.
      Prof. Fred Roberts: I think you lot are clinically insane.
      Tom: No, professional.
      Prof. Fred Roberts: Bollocks.

    • Prof. Fred Roberts: How do you live like this? How do you deal with the fear?
      Tom: You get to like it.
      Prof. Fred Roberts: Destroy you, though, won't it?

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Adam: It is written, "As for those that have done evil, evil shall be rewarded with like evil."
      This is a verse from the Qur'an, Surah 10. Jonah: 27. "But those who have earned evil will have a reward of like evil: ignominy will cover their (faces): No defender will they have from (the wrath of) Allah. Their faces will be covered, as it were, with pieces from the depth of the darkness of night: they are companions of the Fire: they will abide therein (for aye)!"

    • Prof. Fred Roberts [ to Tom ]: You know what Nietzsche said? "If you look into the abyss, the abyss will look into you."
      This line comes from Friedrich Nietzsche's collection of essays, Beyond Good and Evil, part four, which reads in whole, "Anyone who fights with monsters should make sure that he does not in the process become a monster himself. And when you look for a long time into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you."

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