SHe did not succeed. The late DCI Cassie Stuart touched the lives of many people, but Sunny is the one I feel the most. While there is no Grief Leaderboard, there is something particularly heartbreaking about DC Khan’s loss of his colleague, mentor, friend, and hero. Martin loses a daughter, Adam and Rob a mother, and his team loses a one-of-a-kind gaffer who turned their backs on them at every turn. Pour one for Cass – it was a real one.
The team she’s crafted in her image pushed Cassie’s latest case over the line with the tireless and diligent police work we’ve come to expect. Sunny’s eureka moment on Stephen Quinn throws the motive; Kaz identifying Stephen as the purchaser of the fountain pen forces Dean’s murder confession; and Murray nails him on the drug trafficking charge. That night of 1990 was a chaotic mix of chance, alcohol and revenge that no one has ever escaped.
Finally, Ram gets the justification he was looking for. It’s official: he’s not a murderer. He is, however, a drug dealer, a dirty cop, and a soon-to-be-absent father. In his defense, it was he who tried to save Matthew’s life and wanted to call an ambulance. Good for him, but whatever prompted him to step into the insane risk of the coke smuggling operation surely cannot have been blackmail. Equally mystifying is how he did not anticipate the evidence of the telephone signal indicating the incriminating meeting with Dean. Wasn’t he even a little worried about the lump sums that steadily fell into his first wife’s account for years? Hubris is one hell of a drug, however, and these congratulations from the Chief Constable don’t hide a career that now ends in disgrace.
All eyes are on Liz – the high flyer with the farthest to die for. She tells her fiancée Jan how she taught her to live, love and forget her past. Maybe better that she had taught him to remember it – especially the part where she left a corpse with an alcoholic dead for 30 years. Maybe she could have, I don’t know, checked out Rob Fogarty for more details on how he laid out the body, maybe did a better job of herself? His discovery would, after all, ruin his life and destroy his stratospheric career. Liz’s attorney will highlight how much she thought Matthew’s death was an accident and highlight a life of public service rivaled by a few in the country. She expects jail, and if we’re being honest, there have been worse punishments than three meals a day and her laundry done for her, away from her hateful mother. To say the least guilty of the four, he’s a fair result and a fair cop.
The good news is that Fiona has stopped talking, and preventing a legal funeral won’t see her locked up. The bad news is that practicing under a forged license will be. All is well with Geoff, who loves him no less – he may even be turned on by his decades-long criminal frenzy. Either way, he will stand by his wandering wife’s side as he gazed in awe at the fire of his trash of a lifetime.
Dean is one of those guys who will pass for a complicated legacy. A beloved husband, father and fundraiser, he did everything in his power to ensure that the violent abuse he suffered as a child did not define him. Stabbing his brother’s murderer in the brain with the pen his brother had given him was a unique symbolic act of revenge, one that could easily have been forgotten forever. I find it hard to believe that Dean would not have taken steps to erase the body and murder weapon that his initials were literally engraved on. Unsurprisingly, it emits a fatalistic note. “We are who we are – I don’t think you can really change that. Maybe so – but would it kill you to remove a tattoo?
Notes and observations
- I expect the Met will soon be faced with an important civil case from Jerome and Clive. Hopefully, the damages will pay for Clive’s retirement and give Jerome a head start in breaking the cycle of neglect and abuse that has defined their family.
- The £ 10,000 check Eugenia receives from Liz is expected to mean a windfall of clothes for her daughter. No more Primark dresses for you, miss. It’s fresh kicks, Gucci blouses and Louis Vuitton bags now. Unionize? No. Sing a brass band.
- Cassie’s gravestone epitaph – “She lives the longest, gives the most to others, forgetting herself” – may be generic, but it fits her like a comfortable slipper. She took every case to heart and, as damaging as she was personally, that empathy was her greatest strength as a detective.
- Can Unforgotten continue without Cassie? I am on the yes side. It’s a strong format and even with the loss of a big hitter like Nicola Walker, the overall cast of regulars and seasonal suspects is a big part of the series.
- Thanks a million for all the comments – there were so many great theories and nuances that I had missed. I’ll see you for the postmortem and wake up below the line.
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