Spooks

Season 3 Episode 9

Episode 9

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 06, 2004 on BBC
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When known mercenary Robert Morgan is spotted at a top-secret disused Soviet arms dump (of which, apparently, there are several in this country), he obviously has to be brought in for questioning. Especially as the powers that be soon realise that a missile has gone missing. It seems that someone — a terrorist group, presumably — is planning a devastating strike on a London target. And Morgan knows who it is and when it's going to happen, so it's up to MI5 to get him to talk.

While their investigation methods are startlingly clever, their interrogation methods are far more back-to-basics (sleep deprivation and that sort of thing). Adam Carter doesn't actually beat the suspect up, but he's just half a step away from torture. It's a story that throws up some difficult ethical dilemmas about how far agencies should go to protect the public. Is it all right to blackmail innocent people to get the information you want? Is it acceptable to threaten the lives of a suspect's family?moreless

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    Owen Teale

    Owen Teale

    Robert Morgan

    Guest Star

    Nila Aalia

    Nila Aalia

    Juliet Taylor

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    Jonathan Barlow

    Jonathan Barlow

    The Voice

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    Olga Sosnovska

    Olga Sosnovska

    Fiona Carter

    Recurring Role

    Rory MacGregor

    Rory MacGregor

    Colin Wells

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      • Adam: You're not gonna weaken on me, are you, Harry?
        Harry: Never been known to.

      • (The interrogation of Morgan is not progressing.)
        Danny: Look, I think it's time we moved to the third "F".
        Adam: Family.
        Danny: Perhaps we should have just started with family.
        Adam: I always hope we won't have to go there… but sometimes, we have no choice; sometimes we have to behave worse than them.
        Danny: You mean we have to create the impression that we're capable of behaving worse.
        Adam: Or just behave worse. Otherwise we're not gonna be able to find out what we need to find out.
        Danny: Look, don't you see what the danger is here?
        Adam: What? That something blows up in the middle of London, and we don't stop it?
        Danny: No. That we turn into them — the people we're fighting, people like Morgan.
        Adam: Yeah. Yeah, that's a danger… but at the moment, I can't see any alternative.

      • Board Mamber 1: Is there anything you don't do? I mean, does the present climate put anything off-limits? Or does the end always justify the means?
        Harry: I certainly believe that, as chief of an organisation, you can't be involved in every decision. But you can set the tone for what is and what isn't acceptable.
        Board Member 2: And on what isn't, is there a line that you don't cross?
        Harry: Definitely. What was it Patton said about being permitted to walk with the devil to enable you to cross the bridge, but the end can never justify the means entirely. You have to be smarter than that. Otherwise, what are we defending? What are we fighting for?
        Female Board Member: You spoke about your job as one of defending democracy from all sides. Apart from the obvious ones, what other threats were you thinking of?
        Harry: It's too easy to always look abroad, to think that's where the main danger is coming from. We need to look closer to home.
        Board Member 3: Give me a "for instance".
        Harry: I believe that corporate access to the higher reaches of government is far too easy, and that a great deal of foreign policy can be traced back directly to the boardrooms of our large multi-nationals.
        Board Member 1: But hasn't it always been this way? And surely these are just theoretical threats.
        Harry: No, they are not just theoretical threats. These people will stop at nothing to get their way. It's difficult to set your own limits when dealing with those people; to resist behaving like they do. It's not always easy.

      • Harry: One thing, when you have your little chat, only tell me what I need to know.
        Adam: Don't worry, Harry. I understand the principle of deniability.
        Harry: Just don't give me too much to deny.

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