Ripper Street: Some Conscience Lost

Edmund Reid comforts the mother of a murder victimPreviously on Ripper Street: Reid got his job back (well, he got a job on the police force, at least) on the understanding he’d be working under Drake and would leave the Bloom case behind. Isaac Bloom was hanged, and Susan was fake hanged before being secretly rescued by Jackson, who also handed their kid over to Rose and Drake to raise until such a time as he and Susan see fit to kidnap him back.

Reid’s getting ready for his first day back at work, but he’s stalling by accompanying Mathilda on some census-type research she’s doing. She goes into one building and unexpectedly finds a young boy dying in there. She summons her father, who rushes in just in time to hear the boy’s name (Tommy) and to really sweetly comfort the child as he expires. It’s a grim glimpse of the types of skills he’s had to acquire in this job.

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Ripper Street: The Stranger’s Home, Part 2

Al-Qadir salutes his queen in season 4 episode 2 of Ripper StreetPreviously on Ripper Street: The body of an Indian man washed up on the riverbanks, inconveniently near the docks worked by some union guys. Their rep, Teague, was NOT happy and accused a rival, Croker, of planting the body so Croker could steal the business of unloading ships while the dock was shut down. The dead man’s name is Sayid, and he’s not some lowly ‘lascar’ as many assumed, but an Oxford-educated barrister whose father is a Major in the Indian army and happens to be in town for the Queen’s jubilee. Together with his law partner, Hafeez, Sayid was pretty active in an organization devoted to promoting Muslims. While Drake’s looking into all that, Jackson is scrambling to save Susan from her appointment with the hangman, which is a mere two days hence. They had hoped to bribe her way out of prison, but they can’t get their hands on her father’s money, so that’s not happening. And time is ticking. Time’s also ticking for Isaac Bloom, onetime pal of Reid, who is now under a death sentence of his own for having quite brutally killed a rabbi. Reid is convinced to come out of retirement to look into the case.

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Ripper Street: The Stranger’s Home, Part 1

Edmund Reid looking at his hatPreviously on Ripper Street: Susan got it into her head to derail a train in order to steal some bonds belonging to her evil father. Unfortunately, she also derailed a passenger train, which crashed almost literally at H Division’s front door, killing more than 50 people and giving us an entire season’s worth of plotlines to explore. Those plotlines led to her (and our Justice League) murdering her father by locking him up in the cell that formerly housed Matilda Reid. So he’s dead, and Susan’s in prison for multiple cases of homicide. She was also pregnant with Jackson’s baby, because these two simply can’t untangle themselves from each other, ever. Rose and Drake finally got together, and Drake was poised to take over H Division, just as soon as Reid could let the place go, already. He finally did, and went off to live idyllically by the seaside with his recently rediscovered daughter.

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Ripper Street: The Peace of Edmund Reid

RipS-3.8-Susan-SwiftPreviously on Ripper Street: In an attempt to rob her asshole father, Susan caused a massive train crash that killed more than 50 people. Whoopsies! In the ensuing cover-up she also shot Reid, but not fatally. Still, he’s suffering some after-effects but nonetheless refusing to quit his job and go live happily ever after at the seashore with his severely mentally and emotionally damaged daughter. Jackson’s just about to discover that Susan’s fingerprints are all over the gun that shot Reid, which’ll be quite the shocker for him, and he doesn’t even know that she’s pregnant yet. And, of course, just as Susan’s about to drop that little bit of news, her douchebag dad, Swift, shows up to complicate everything.

Abberline pours himself a drink in Reid’s office and suggests Reid, who’s got a bag of ice on his head to help him manage a headache, is no longer fit for duty and demands he hand over his warrant card. Reid produces it but reminds Abberline that there’s unfinished business in thesehere parts and he means to see it done. Abberline gives him and lets him get on with his duty.

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Ripper Street: Live Free, Live True

Protector---Louise-Breale-009Previously on Ripper Street: Reid returned to work after his miraculous recovery from being shot in the head. Susan and Jackson briefly hooked up, but now he’s all suspicious because he’s got the gun that was used on Reid and it’s got some lovely fingerprints on it.

A young woman goes to a chemist who mixes up something that I’m sure is just a pleasant-tasting cough syrup or something. Right?! No. This apparently isn’t her first dose, and she tells the man the previous ones have made her really sick. He says that’s just to be expected. The girl drinks it, winces, and goes outside, where she starts staggering down the road. She stops and vomits what looks like orange juice, then collapses on the street in what looks like a seizure. Interestingly, nobody pays any mind when she’s throwing up, but the seizure draws a crowd.

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Ripper Street: The Incontrovertible Truth

timthumb.phpPreviously on Ripper Street: Reid apparently came back from the dead (nearly).

Artherton is nursing a gouty foot, which is apparently giving him a lot of pain. Jackson shows up, having been summoned, and he’s not happy about it, because he has plans tonight (as evidenced by the rather snazzy suit he’s wearing). He’s been sent for by Reid who, being superhuman, has totally gotten over being shot twice, once in the head, and is now up and about and running the station again. Yeah, sorry, but I’m calling BS on this. Even if he lived, it would have been a while before he was in good enough shape to do policing again, and later events in this episode suggest that not much time has passed since the last episode.

Anyway, Reid has called on Jackson because they have a case, and now here’s Drake bringing in their suspect: a very well-dressed and pretty young woman who’s bloodied and gives her name as Vera, Lady Montacute. She is sent to the cells while Jackson is dispatched to the dead room.

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Ripper Street: Heavy Boots

Ripper-Street-3-5-Jerome-Flynn-600x337Previously on Ripper Street: Reid miraculously found his missing daughter, but before he could head off to his happily ever after, he decided he just had to go and confront Capshaw. He wound up being shot by Susan, who then turned the gun on Capshaw to make it look like a double shooting.

At a pub in Whitechapel, some musician is wandering around, strumming a guitar and singing what sounds like The Ballad of Edmund Reid. The subject of the song is, incredibly, still alive (just), lying unconscious in a bed at Susan’s hospital. Jackson’s at the bar, losing himself in a bottle. Some of the other drunks at the pub mess around with a pig carcass dressed in an overcoat and hat, which winds up at Jackson’s side. Jackson drunkenly gives it a drink as the singer finishes, passes the hat, and departs.

He’s not two seconds out the door before he gets the tar beaten out of him. A crew of guys who can only be described as ‘toughs’ wanders in, and the barman immediately panics and apologises to the tough in charge, Teddy. Another of the guys, Walter, starts punching the barman in the face and Teddy warns the guy to ease up for just a second, then sets the boys loose on the patrons. Punches are thrown and Teddy tells everyone that they have their disobedient publican to thank for this. Oddly, Jackson, sitting up unconscious in the corner, avoids being part of the violence, but at some point the noise wakes him and, after he saves his bottle of whisky from being spilled, he just starts laughing. Whitechapel, amirite?

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Ripper Street: Your Father, My Friend

Ripper-Street-304-feat-epPreviously on Ripper Street: Susan’s attempt to rob her own father resulted in a devastating train crash right on Leman Street’s doorstep. Later, her crooked lawyer, Capshaw, uncovered Reid’s supposedly dead daughter, Matilda, very much alive but having been kept a strange kind of prisoner for years and now with a hefty case of Stockholm Syndrome. Susan took her in and told Reid the girl was dead. When he heard the news, he murdered the man who had been keeping her and went on the run.

‘These atrocities are all that she now remembers of our life together.’

‘We are the stone, we are the brick. Needs must you demolish the whole of Whitechapel, sir.’

‘Have you ever known what that is? To be good?’

Drake has sought Reid at his hiding place in a fishing shack down the shore, where he’s spending his days being tormented by the local brats. Reid figures Drake’s there to arrest him, but he’s wrong: Drake is there to tell Reid that Matilda’s still alive and has been spotted by Rose. Reid drops to his knees in the sand, sobbing. Time to get the gang back together!

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Ripper Street: Speak for the Dead

wj6uz5hm66ffPreviously on Ripper Street: The gang got back together, very uneasily, and investigated the death of a woman and disappearance of a girl who turned out to be Reid’s supposedly dead daughter. She’s with Susan, but Reid was told she was dead, and he killed the man who had her before going on the run.

Lights up on a stage, where an extravagantly dressed clairvoyant named Alexander Le Cheyne starts his show.

Meanwhile, Drake goes into Reid’s now-empty office and looks sad.

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Ripper Street: The Girl in the Cellar

Screen-Shot-2014-11-22-at-07.19.25Previously on Ripper Street: A train crash brought Jackson, Reid, and Drake back together after four years apart. They found some of the men involved, but not the ringleader, who is, as it turns out, Susan’s lawyer, who had the train robbery committed at her instigation.

A man sifts through the mud along the river, finding some junk, which he takes to some little workshop nearby. He’s got a butterfly in a jar there, which he takes home with him. At home, his wife reports that there have been no customers that day. She quietly tells him (it appears he may be a bit slow) that they have nothing left.

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