The Bill

Season 9 Episode 57

Punch Drunk

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 15, 1993 on ITV
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Punch Drunk
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Called to attend to a pub brawl, PC Tony Stamp and PC Dave Quinnan are stunned to find one man unconscious and the other Sun Hill's own DS Ted Roach. Roach is taken back to the station, and while DI Frank Burnside manages to persuade the victim to drop the charges against him, nothing can be done when Roach headbutts Insp. Andrew Monroe during a heated argument. Ch. Supt. Brownlow calls in MS15 to investigate him, but Roach turns in his warrant card and walks out of the station.moreless

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  • Roach bows out...

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    Well he came close before but this is the one where Bill Original Ted Roach leaves the series.



    Found in a pub by Stamp and Quinnan in the midst of a brawl over a woman, Roach is taken back to Sun Hill and kept in confinement while Burnside tries to make the best of a bad situation.



    However just as things are looking up for him, Roach throws it all away by punching Inspector Monroe. Although many would feel the straight laced Inspector had it coming, it spells the end for Roach who decides that rather than apologise he will walk out and leave the job.



    Even after several viewings I keep willing Roach just to apologise to Monroe and then he might have the chance to keep his job, but alas he doesn't and in character he throws it all away.



    Like with Information Received from 1990, when Roach does finally return 7 years later in Old Enemies and New Friends elements of this episode are revisited making it one that does make an impact that lasts for years.



    The Bill has always been good at the episodes where a major character leaves, and this is no exception.moreless

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