Season 4 Episode 7

Episode 7

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 20, 2005 on BBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Adam and Fiona's marriage is tested to the breaking point. Against Adam's wishes, Fiona insists on going under cover in an operation which leads straight back to her troubled past with devastating consequences.

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  • Not up to usual standard.

    This episode was annoying - no-where near up to their usual standard. The world's biggest plot-hole

    [here be spoilers]

    there is simply and utterly no way in the world Fiona would have been allowed anywhere *near* this operation given her past. It's not just that they don't *think* there's anyone around who would recognise her, it's simply that the faintest hint of a possibility of anyone anywhere recognising here would so thoroughly bugger up the whole operation they would never, ever risk it.

    And on top of that, the rookie is her backup? OK, the new girl needs to get real experience if she's to work, but...

    Other than that, nicely put together.

    Sorry guys - 6/10 - hope you get back on form real soon! :)moreless

    And so another Spook goes to the great safe-house in the sky.

    Fiona’s place in the team had long been uncertain; a recruit from sister service MI6 (notable by its absence this series – most likely the result of the wonderful Jules Sivitar’s alter ego Hugh Laurie making the move into medicine), she has rarely risen above an afterthought. After Zoë’s departure last series, Fiona filled the obligatory female lead role. However, the arrival of the younger, less icy Jo combined with Ruth’s position as mature, level-headed woman, she became surplus to requirements. And then there is the interesting matter of her marriage to Adam. Since her first appearance she has seemed more a facet of Adam’s character than a character in her own right. And there’s the rub. This was not a character who could just fade away, as Zoë did. With Adam tethering her to the series an open-ended departure was never an option; she had to go out with a bang or not at all.

    The death itself was something of a let-down. The third murder of a lead since the show began, it was the most anaemic yet. While Helen’s death ambushed the viewer in a way that mainstream TV had never really done before, Fiona’s was signposted from early in the episode (and, arguably, the series). While Danny’s execution was shocking in its brutality, Fiona’s was soft-focus and serene. Not for her the painful, complicated death that might be expected from such a wound.

    As the picture flashed to the signature negative, I realised that this was what was really bothering me. Fiona’s death was competently done, but never did the viewer feel the sense of shock or excitement that has become so familiar to us since the show began. The death scene, following a solid build-up, was toothless – almost clinical in execution. Picturesque back wound? Check. Anguished husband? Check. Saintly goodbye speech? Check. She even told him to look after their son, for God’s sake.

    Had this been almost any other show I would’ve been satisfied. But Spooks itself has raised the bar, turning us into quality junkies. It has set itself such extremely high standards that when it fails to meet them, it leaves me cold.

  • Contains spoilers. Very poor for this normally excellent show.

    At times this episode is just plain ridiculous and annoying the rest of the time. The plot was fairly disjointed but yet very predictable. Quite clearly Fiona's past is catching up with her and after the past few episodes it was clear this character was heading out it was just a mater of when.
Nathalie Armin

Nathalie Armin


Guest Star

Darrell D'Silva

Darrell D'Silva

Farook Sukkarieh

Guest Star

Sam Dastor

Sam Dastor

Riyad Barzali

Guest Star

James Dicker

James Dicker

Wesley Carter

Recurring Role

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