The Bill

Season 17 Episode 30

Hitting Home

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 24, 2001 on ITV
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Hitting Home
The relief have organised a farewell party for Sgt Cryer, but it sounds like he's not too keen to go, so Ch Insp Conway pays him a visit. The police inquiry clears PC Smith of charges relating to Cryer's shooting, although his probation period is extended. PCs Worrell and Clarke attend a reported break-in at the house of a hippy couple, who claim a valuable necklace was stolen, and the intruder turns out to be a plumber who still has the key. PCs Klein and Hayward are called when a strange young woman accuses her neighbour of torturing her elderly mother. When the old woman disappears, it appears she was taken by her son who is wanted for parole violation in Manchester. Cryer turns up for his leaving do at the Bell & Badger, and is in high spirits, though he is angered by Supt Chandler's speech. Cryer also announces he has brought along a special guest: Dale Smith - he insists he has no hard feelings against Smithy, and that the others should forgive him as well.moreless

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  • Cryer's last episode - improved with repeated viewings

    Well here it is, Bob Cryer's last episode as a regular. Unlike 'Return of the Hunter' where he does go out with a bang, Bob's retirement party is almost a secondary plot in the story.

    The two crime cases on offer in this episode - the criminal son of an elderly lady robs one woman and kidnaps his mum and the theft of 'positive energy' from the flat of two spiritualists are average cases the second of which the show probably wouldn't do now. Other than padding out the episode with Mickey Webb practically solving the second case from his desk and the discovery of the actual location of the stolen pendant in a throw-a-way line do nothing for this episode. The time could have been better spent with Bob Cryer - he doesn't even share a proper scene with many of the old guard as they stand in the background at his leaving party.

    The sub-plot involving Nick Klein moving on from his parents is good and well played compared to more recent offerings.

    All in all a very good episode, Eric Richard puts in a great performance as ever and the final shot of the relief singing as Cryer looks on is one that will live long in the memory.moreless

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