Ripper Street: Edmund Reid Did This

Previously on Ripper Street: Someone was going around biting people to death, which is bad. Very bad. And that someone has a connection to both Croker and Dove, and Jackson figures out who it is right before they all go to rob the customs house, so now he’s in a tight spot.

Hey, is that Arthurton? Where’s he been? We begin with Drake paying his old co-worker a visit, mostly so poor Drake can have his face smashed in someone else’s incredible happiness. And so Arthurton can tell Drake that the only thing to cling to in this world is someone who loves you. That’s a mean thing to say to someone who’s having serious marital difficulties and clearly has no idea how to fix them (and honestly, neither do I).

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Ripper Street: Men of Iron, Men of Smoke

Previously on Ripper Street: Rose and Drake took in little Connor, whom Jackson secretly visits, which does not make Drake happy, when he finds out. Susan’s gotten quite fond of Croker, and vice versa, and Reid might still look into the Isaac Bloom case. Oh, and you may have forgotten (I know I sure did), but waaaay back in season 1, Drake saved a boy, Thomas Gower, from being hanged for murder by enlisting him in the army.

This week, it’s all about surrogate parents/mentors and their relationship with those pesky kids.

First up: Croker. Susan realises he’s been ripping off the Customs House by helping himself to a few things here and there. She goes to work on Croker’s right-hand man/kind of adopted son and gets him to show her how he gets into the Customs House. He does, and she immediately decides to bring Jackson back and rob the place’s strongroom, even though that’s incredibly dangerous. Croker is not on board with this, but she pressures him, using his newfound affection for her as a sort of stand-in daughter.

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Ripper Street: A White World Made Red

Jackson and Reid examine a body in episode 4 of Ripper Street

Previously on Ripper Street: Jackson stashed Susan with Croker, whom she impressed by getting him an unexpectedly good business deal; Reid returned to Lehman Street and proved he hasn’t lost his edge a bit; and Miss Costello pushed Reid to keep looking into Isaac Bloom’s case.

They’re getting us ready for Halloween early with this one!

Dracula is in the bookstores, in Matilda’s hand, and seemingly stalking Whitechapel. The body of a man is found trussed up and bled out in a cold meat storage. He has ligature marks on his neck and an infected puncture wound on his arm. There’s a lot of dried blood nearby (not his, though. His has been neatly collected in a bucket), and an overturned chair, which suggests a second victim. A quick search turns up a young woman, dead, not far away, with a puncture wound to her neck similar to that on our male victim.

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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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