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Bad Blood Continued...
As Edith leaves the hospital where she works as a nurse, she meets Milner at the foot of the steps. Milner reports that her brother didn't have much to say and that they're still looking into it. Edith asks how he knew where she worked and he replies that it was in the report and that he thought it would be nice to speak to her again after all this time. She smiles and says he can take her to tea.
In the tearoom, Milner asks Edith when she became a nurse and she replies that it was before the war. She speaks of Milner joining the police at that time and says that she remembers him playing Bulldog Drummond after school, sniffing around in people's back gardens.
She asks him if he believes her when she says Martin didn't do it. Milner says that Foyle thinks he might be protecting someone and asks her if she knows of anyone he might be involved with. Edith answers a little hesitantly that she doesn't and when Milner asks if she's sure, she replies that of course she is. She asks if Milner asked her out in order to question her, but he assures her that it was because he wanted to see her again.
In the sunshine, Sam walks hand-in-hand with Farnetti along the Hastings seafront. Farnetti talks about California but doesn't want to talk about his home. He says the men are given only six minutes a week to phone. He suggests that they have an ice soda and Sam tells him that the British haven't had any ice-cream since 1940 and that none of the pubs are open at that time of day, so there's no point in asking for a beer.
Farnetti asks her if she's thought about his proposal and she replies that she hasn't thought about anything else. She says that she's very fond of him but that she hardly knows him and her mother would have a fit if she left without even introducing him first. Farnetti proposes again and Sam tells him to stop it, but he persists, asking if it's yes or no. Shaking her head, Sam replies that he will have to give her more time.
In the Hastings police station, Milner goes to Foyle's office and finds him standing on top of his desk, removing the bulb from a ceiling light fitting.
Foyle asks if he's read the report he's brought in with him. Milner says he has and that Fielding was right in that the case is pretty cut and dried. He outlines information given about Jenkins and Ashford.
Jenkins was 26 and had been a fisherman before the war. He joined the Navy and was a petty officer on the Navarino when it was sunk off the Kola Peninsula. He was awarded the DSM for saving the lives of twelve men at that time by shooting the hinges off a burning door and breaking it down. He survived by jumping into the freezing sea and clinging to a bit of wreckage until he was picked up six hours later. His wife is named Elsie and their son is eighteen months old.
Martin Ashford is single and unattached, as far as known. He worked with Jenkins before the war. When Jenkins got back from receiving his medal at the palace, he and his wife were celebrating in the local pub. Ashford and his sister were there. Jenkins got drunk and started an argument with Ashford, manhandling him, and calling him a bloody conchie and a coward. Ashford said he knew Jenkins for the man he was and he wasn't afraid of him. The two men agreed to meet on the beach at midnight to fight it out, in spite of pleas from Edith and Elsie not to do so.
Milner quotes from the report something Ashford was clearly heard to say: "I'm fed up with you, Jenkins. We all are." Foyle asks if Jenkins regularly accused Ashford of cowardice or if the argument came out of nothing. Milner can say only that both men were drunk. He tells Foyle that Ashford left Foxhall Farm just after 11pm and was carrying something, perhaps a knife. He was seen by the farmer, who is Elsie's father. A warden saw Jenkins on the beach around eleven-fifteen.
The police doctor's description of the point of entry and angle of insertion of the murder weapon suggests that the murderer could have medical knowledge.
Foyle asks Milner to recap the evidence against Ashford and his sergeant states that the man was seen running away from the beach, Jenkins blood was found later on his clothes and the weapon was found in woodland at Foxhall Farm. Milner says that it doesn't look too good. Foyle agrees and asks if he's sure he wants to go on with it. His sergeant says that he does.
Brooke enters the office to hand in a report of cattle missing from Foxhall Farm. He asks if he should send someone out, but Foyle says that he and Milner will look into it.
At Foxhall Farm, Brian Jones complains to Foyle that he's taken his time getting there and immediately tells him that when he had left the farm he had noticed two men in a parked car and thinks that they may have been waiting for him to leave. Foyle explains that he's not there about the livestock but about the death of Tom Jenkins.
The farmer is far from pleased, but he confirms that Ashford lived at the farm. He says he saw him carrying something long and narrow on the night of the murder, but that in the darkness he couldn't make out what it was.
Jones reluctantly responds to Foyle's questions. Foyle comments that the farmer doesn't seem very affected by his son-in-law's death. Jones says Foyle doesn't know what he feels and he's not going to tell him. He says he supposes that Jenkins died because someone had a grudge against him and that that's all there was to it and what is Foyle going to do about his cows?
Leonard Cartwright waits ill at ease in an interview room in Hythe police station. DCS Fielding enters, asking brusquely who he is and what he wants. Cartwright tells him of his relationship with Jenkins. He wants to see the killer brought to justice but says it was a mistake to arrest Ashford because he couldn't possibly have committed the crime as he doesn't have it in him to kill.
Fielding ends the interview dismissively and leaves the room.
Outside Jones's farmhouse, Sam strokes a young goat and as she does so, catches her right wrist on a stray piece of barbed wire.
When Foyle and Jones emerge from the farmhouse, Foyle indicates a car parked a little distance away and asks if it is the one seen earlier. When Jones replies that it might be, Foyle asks Sam if she can see the number plate and she reads it just as the vehicle drives off. As they prepare to get into the Wolseley, Foyle notices that his driver is holding her wrist and he asks if she's all right. She tells him it's just a scratch.
At the British Army base, Wilcox goes to see Captain Halliday about Foxhall Farm. He says that the animals were burned but that the farm might still be infected and that there were people on the farm who should be warned. Halliday tells him that is out of the question. He says the situation is under control and that that's all that matters. Wilcox says the whole thing is due to incompetence, but he is quickly silenced by his CO, who says that they may have made a mistake but that it looks as though they got away with it. He says that it's terrible about Higgins, and asks if he's going to be all right. Wilcox says that he'll let him know. As the other man leaves the office, Halliday looks worried.
Foyle goes to the home of Elsie Jenkins and finds the woman very unwell. She says it must be a summer cold and she has sent her son to stay with her mother. Elsie is sure that Ashford did not kill her husband. She says she was there when the row broke out in the King's Arms and that it was her husband's fault because he was drunk. When Foyle asks if Ashford threatened him, she replies that, if anything, it was the other way round. Foyle asks her to tell him about her husband and she quickly replies that he was very good to her and that she was proud of him. She breaks off, coughing, and says she needs to lie down. As he leaves, Foyle advises her to see a doctor.
On returning to the station, Foyle is told by Sergeant Brooke that there's a DCS Fielding waiting for him in his office.
Milner stops Foyle on his way down the corridor and reports that the owner of the car seen at Foxhall Farm is Henry Styles, a Hastings resident. He says there's nothing about the man on record but there might be a government connection, as there are not many private cars around since the abolition of the basic petrol ration.
In the office, Fielding comments that it's a long time since he's been there and Foyle agrees, saying that he used to drop in a lot more often. Fielding wants to know how the investigation is going and asks if Foyle thinks he's got the wrong man.
Foyle replies "Did I say that?" He says that he had told Fielding exactly how he got involved, and adds "And, quite frankly, I'm beginning to regret it." When asked why, he replies that it has clearly irritated him. Foyle says that there are things about the case that strike him as odd: no one seems to give a damn about the murdered war hero, they're all more concerned about it not being Ashford, and Jenkins's wife has no photographs of her husband on display in her home. Fielding says the lack of photographs will be because it is too painful for her. Foyle replies, "Perhaps."
Fielding informs his friend that he's retiring soon because he's fed up after being so long in the job and he doesn't see the point of it anymore. He takes an object from a packet he has with him and gives it to Foyle. It is the murder weapon. Fielding explains that it is a trocar, something vets use on cattle. He tells of the visit he had from Leonard Cartwright, that he'd said the same thing as the others about Ashford, and that is father is a vet.
Later, as Foyle is leaving the station, he finds Joe Farnetti in the lobby. Farnetti tells him that he's waiting for Sam because they're going to see a movie. Sam enters the lobby, looking unwell. Her boss immediately asks he if she's all right. She replies that she thinks she's got 'flu and she apologises to Farnetti for having to back out of their date. Concerned, Foyle tells her to go straight home and he'll walk. She leaves the station.
Farnetti accompanies Foyle on his way home. As they near 31 Steep Lane, Farnetti tells Foyle that he's asked Sam to marry him. Foyle is startled. After a thoughtful moment, he responds, "Right. The crossroads." Farnetti tells him that Sam hasn't given him an answer yet. Foyle smiles and says, "Well, the very best to both of you … whatever she decides." The two men say their goodbyes and Farnetti heads back to base.
As Foyle turns his key in the door, a man walking along the pavement calls to him as he passes, "Ah, good evening, Christopher! Did you get the book?" Foyle returns the greeting and replies, "I did. Thank you." The man smiles and continues on his way.