Endeavour Lazaretto Recap Season 4 Episode 3 – Could it be that bed #10 at Cowley hospital is cursed? It has a higher death rate than any other bed in the Fosdick Ward. All is not well in the Thursday household. And Endeavour has a chance meeting with the vile Caroline Bryce-Morgan, and much more in Lazaretto.
Endeavour Lazaretto Recap Season 4 Episode 3
Endeavour is the kind of series where so much packed in to a three word observation by Morse, “no sandwich today?” The series has built a world (delightfully stuffed with Easter eggs) where there’s a relationship. When you’re close to someone, traveling down life’s path with them, there’s very little exposition compared to the dialogue in most TV series. It’s nuanced. It’s observation and voice tones. And it’s being attuned to the pauses: what’s not being said is every bit as important as what is being said.
The opening sequence (always beautiful) features a soothing uniformity: Sanitized, evenly spaced medical devices laid out in a tray; the clean, geometric lines of the hospital; even the orderly medical last rites of preparing to transport a dead body and creating an inventory of belongings has a certain practiced calm about it.
But the serenity is a false veneer. Three people have died in bed #10 in just a few weeks. There is friction between the chief surgeon Sir Merlyn Chubb and rival Dr. Dean Powell (the “young pretender” as Dr. DeBryn calls him).
This superior and subordinate relationship stands in contrast to Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright and DI Fred Thursday. Both Chubb and Bright suffer from the ravages of aging: Chubb has tremors that are visible to all in the operatory and Bright suffers a very public collapse due to a peptic ulcer.
Both men have succeeded in their line of work. Both are aware that any sign of weakness threatens their position. How lucky Bright is to have DI Thursday who treats him with respect and dignity as well as a tenderness that never crosses the line to any measure of patronization.
Endeavor has such a brilliant cast – Roger Allam, always great, is particularly spectacular in this episode.
The ones that got away
State’s witness Terence Bakewell is moved to Cowley hospital and guarded due to concern the Matthews Gang will come after him to prevent him from testifying. This duty brings Endeavour to the hospital regularly and sets the stage for a few ugly encounters with Caroline Bryce-Morgan. Endeavor is ever the gentleman to the mother of his one-time love interest, Susan.
According to Mrs. Bryce-Morgan, Susan dumped Endeavor and went on to marry someone with far great accomplishments and ambitions than Endeavor Morse. And she shares this information in the nastiest of ways. Given her need to insult Morse, it’s far more likely that he was the one who broke the engagement with Susan and left her daughter broken-hearted. Morse remains incredibly calm during Caroline’s barbs, only reacting when she calls him a policeman – correcting her with a single word: detective.
Being at the hospital amongst the nurses recalls Monica Hicks. Miss Hicks is on staff at Cowley, though not in the Fosdick Ward. She shares plenty of good information with Morse and confirms that the mortality rate in Fosdick is shockingly high and suspicious. Morse asks Monica if she’s happy. Monica doesn’t make a scene but doesn’t cut Morse any slack – she simply says, “treat the next one better.”
Then there’s Joan Thursday.
Lest there be any lingering questions about where Morse’s feelings are regarding Joan there is this wonderful juxtaposition of scenes and editing.
Early in the episode, Morse is talking to hospital orderly Lyle Capper who waxes philosophic with, “I suppose everyone’s got their own secret sadness, haven’t they.” Morse is rather delighted by this, and offers up the rare personal question, “I suppose. What’s yours?” And without any pause and complete assuredness Capper says, “Flat feet.” Cut to a framed photo of Joan Thursday – the secret sadness of Morse, if the not-so-secret sadness of Win and Fred.
Morse tracks Joan down to a Leamington flat. When she answers the door she’s clearly expecting someone else – clues being her state of undress and the way her face falls. Kudos to Evans and Vickers for an incredibly electric and claustrophobic exchange where either one of them could break or succumb to the sexual tension – but don’t.
Joan admits (sort of) to a moment where she would have welcomed/entertained the idea of a relationship with Morse, but then glumly noting that “it didn’t turn out that way.”
“It can turn out like you want it to,” Morse tells her. But tragically, Joan rejects that offer, telling Morse he’d better go.
Morse learns a lot more about what’s going on with Joan on his way out. He passes Ray Morton, Joan’s lover in the hallway. Morse observes Ray removing his wedding ring and that he as a key to the flat. Joan is a kept woman.
Avenging the past
The case of Bed #10 is solved but not before a very close call for CS Bright. Dr. Powell has moved him to the deadly bed and sure enough, if not for Morse doing some quick math in the chapel, he would have been a goner.
In the pub, the conversation circles back to Sandwich talk circles back around with Morse asking about Thursday’s
Endeavour Lazaretto Recap Season 4 Episode 3 odds and ends:
- Hester Fagan (hospital DJ) a hat tip to Donald Fagen and his solo album Nightfly?
- Regarding peptic ulcers, this from webmd.com: “Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol can make you more likely to get ulcers. But stress and eating a lot of spicy food don’t cause ulcers, as experts once thought. But they can make ulcers worse and harder to treat.”
- Dr. DeBryn says “Vale vigile” which I believe means “farewell watchman” or maybe “And now his watch is ended.” Wait, I may be mixing up shows here.
- I loved the conversation between Terence Bakewell and one of the other hospital patients.
“So, what’s your line?” Bakewell: “Murder”
- It was heartbreaking when Win asked Morse, “Did we do something wrong?” Joan! Call you mother!!!
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Endeavour Lazaretto Recap Season 4 Episode 3 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)