Endeavour Canticle Recap Season 4 Episode 2 – Culture clash is at the core of Canticle. Opening with a musical number with a level of color and production that would make Austin Powers proud, there is an undercurrent of deep sadness in Canticle.
Endeavour Canticle Recap Season 4 Episode 2
Even in an era where acting out against conformity is celebrated, Endeavour seems ever more the isolated man. His career is sabotaged from within the department. Thursday is preoccupied and bewildered by Joan’s disappearance. There doesn’t seem to be a place where he fits. He’s equally put off by Mrs. Pettybon who’s put a righteous stake at one end of the spectrum and The Wildwood who have put a hedonistic stake at the other end of the spectrum.
Oddly, he seems the most isolated when Bettina Pettybon professes her love for him. In the last episode, Morse seemed to be pining to be part of a couple – asking Dr. DeBryn where he stands on love, his gaze lingering on couples – but now it seems that his feelings for Joan go deep. Bettina has an enormous crush on Endeavor, but it’s premature and overstated probably fueled more by her own isolation than real connection. (Yet as I re-watched the episode, Bettina wouldn’t be a bad match for Endeavor.) Endeavour’s treatment of Bettina is gentle, honest, respectful, and while he doesn’t reciprocate her feelings, he manages to deflect them in a way that doesn’t humiliate her.
Morse and Thursday (and what’s going on with them) are always more interesting than the cases they are investigating – not that the cases are uninteresting.
Inspector Thursday shines in this episode – even with a rocky moment of being short with his wife. He deftly avoids wearing one of Mrs. Pettybon’s button appealing to Reverend Golightly by pointing out that a policeman, much like a member of the clergy is on duty 24/7. He does his best to keep Morse from jumping ugly on Bright. He’s the one that cracks the case on Mrs. Pettybon sending threatening letters to herself. And, he comes to Endeavour’s rescue when Emma sends him on a bad acid trip.
At the end of the episode, Morse gets a collect call. What little we can hear (no words are spoken) indicate that it is a woman, and she’s in some sort of distress. Probably Joan. The episode closes with another tarot card – last episode the hanged man, this episode the lovers.
Endeavour Canticle Recap Season 4 Episode 2 odds and ends:
So Dudley Jessop is positioned as a victim of Mrs. Pettybon’s zealous morality – he’s gay (?) and therefore an abomination in her eyes. But after Jessop is beat up by Pettybon’s thugs, he gives Endeavor his back story, how he’s now unemployable, how his parents pay him an allowance to stay away. He was editor of “The Exciting Times” and Mrs. Pettybon took exception to the magazine’s “school boy” edition. If he’s a pedophile, I have zero sympathy for him.
Over on the wonderful site, Longish, Hannah notes “If you’re going to have Morse tripped out on drugs, let’s at least get a glimpse of his mind palace. Though in his case, I suspect it would have been a mind pub.”
Endeavour fans, if you haven’t checked out the All-Allam website, take a moment to do so. There are some excellent episode by episode posts there.
I really want to know who has the kind of access necessary to hijack Morse’s exam and get him disqualified.
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Endeavour Canticle Recap Season 4 Episode 2 characters and cast include:
DC Endeavour Morse – Shaun Evans (Cashback, Boy A, Dread, Silk, Whitechapel)
DI Fred Thursday – Roger Allam (Speed Racer, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Parade’s End, The Missing, Mr. Holmes, Game of Thrones, Tamara Drewe, V for Vendetta)
Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright – Anton Lesser (Miss Potter, Game of Thrones, Dickensian, Hooten & the Lady, Spies of Warsaw, The Game, The Hollow Crown, Wolf Hall)
DS Jim Strange – Sean Rigby (Isabella, Gunpowder)
Dr. Max DeBryn – James Bradshaw (Hollyoaks, Primeval, The Grimleys)
Win Thursday – Caroline O’Neil (Happy Valley, Queer as Fold, Body & Soul, Whitechapel, Coronation Street, Wire In the Blood, Agatha Christie’s Marple)
WPC Shirley Trewlove – Dakota Blue Richards (The Secret of Moonacre, The Golden Compass)
Mimi – Sharlette Henry
Rev. Mervyn Golightly – Paul Brown (The Damned United, Time Riders, Underworld, Born and Bred)
Mrs. Joy Pettybon – Sylvester Le Touzel (The Crown, The Death of Stalin, Mr. Turner, Parade’s End, Midsomer Murders, Vanity Fair, Northanger Abbey)
Steve Carter – Phil Rowson (Victoria, Boy A, Coronation Street, Scott & Bailey, Waterloo Road)
Pippa Leyton – Sophie Simnett (Mum’s List, The Lodge, Ransom)
Emma Carr – Ella Hunt (Cold Feet, Anna and the Apocalypse)
Ken Wilding – Michael Fox (Downton Abbey, Dunkirk, Good People, Family Affairs)
Christopher Clark – Jonathan Barnwell (Ripper Street, Midsomer Murders, Lords of Chaos)
Lee ‘Stix’ Noble – Dario Coates (Coronation Street, Trailing Dirt)
Nick Wilding – Will Payne (Mr. Selfridge, Humans)
Norris Randall – William Ilkley (Pirate Radio, Is Anybody There, Midsomer Murders, Vincent)
Bettina Pettybon – Pearl Chanda (Motherland, Arthur & George, Mr. Turner)
Dr. Bakshi – Sagar Arya (Life on Mars, Casualty, Howards End)
Dudley Jessop – Matthew Needham (Casualty, Sherlock)
Ralph Spender – David Starzaker (Da Vinci’s Demons, Doctors, Medici: Masters of Florence)