Wow! Sunday’s episode wasn’t short of drama, that’s for certain. What a mammoth amount of information to take in too! Over the recent weeks, we Line of Duty fans has been forced to rack our brains to remember the small-time characters of seasons past. There is absolutely no chance that you would be able to watch season six without any prior knowledge.
Jo Davidson’s bloodline revealed
Last week saw us all breaking our spines to try and read a piece of paper, divulging in DCI Davidson having a blood relation to an OCG member. On Sunday, that connection was revealed as Tommy Hunter. Remember him? I must admit, I struggled to put a face to the name. Season one was our first introduction as an angry Scottish man at the other end of a burner phone. Throw in some sex work, armed robbery and organised murder and there you have someone that takes one of the prized seats at the OCG table. In season two, he was placed into witness protection before being ambushed in a police convoy – that was Lindsay Denton’s big series! Of course, Tommy Hunter was killed in intensive care by yet another bent copper – are you shocked? I’m not. And now his name is re-appearing through his offspring, delightful. Of course, we are now aware of Jo’s relations but another child, Darren was also at the centre of an investigation – an investigation that Gail Vella was doing some serious digging into. What a fabulous law-abiding family! *rolls eyes*
So Gail Vella’s big investigation is starting to unravel at speed now. The questionable murder of Lawrence Christopher (A nod to the terrible wrongdoings of the Stephen Lawrence case?) as well as OCG links and police involvement. Vella was gathering information at lightning speed, developing her own links and arranging interviews. The Lawrence Christopher case saw a young man beaten by a group of white youths – previously involved in racial attacks. He was then taken into custody where he was mocked and later died that night. The case was slow and fell through many loopholes, leading to the family starting a legal battle. One of the suspects was the son of Tommy Hunter, suggesting the lack of police control was down to an OCG member pulling strings at the top of the chain. The SIO at the time was Marcus Thurwell, who opted for early retirement, claimed tens of thousands in stress claims, moved to Spain and went off the radar – highly suspicious. Other notable names linked to Thurwell were Patrick Fairbank, Ian Buckells and Philip Osbourne (now the Chief Constable). Vella was making links, links that had never previously been thought of, links that got her killed.
Kate Fleming manages to source three potential locations with links to the OCG and the production of firearms. Only one location is shared with ‘The Hill’ in an attempt to avoid any leaks. However, the full list is disclosed to DCI Davidson and AC-12. The first place falls flat and the murder team separate to visit the following two, AC-12 beat them to it, however, and following a tip-off from our good friend Ryan Pilkington, two members of the OCG arrive at the scene. A raid is ordered by Steve Arnott and the two OCG members are shot dead at the scene – later confirmed as Lewis and Darren (I recognised the one with the beard and so did Jo).
The Banks Brothers
Last weeks killer, Lee Banks made his return to the screen this week during an interview set up by our boy, Steve Arnott. In the Vella investigation, Gail had made requests to speak to convicted OCG members, Lee Banks was the only one to agree to the request. 15 days later, she was then killed by Lee’s brother, Carl Banks. SUS.
Before leaving, Lee Banks made sure to drop in some suspicions about the honesty of Hastings, only contributing to the seeds of doubt in Arnott’s head. Why did Hastings really give Steph the dodgy £50,000? Was there a bigger relationship between the gaffer and Corbett?
Kate hunny, you’re on the hit list tonight
The friendship that was quickly developing between DCI Davidson and Kate Fleming has halted to a considerable stop. Throughout the episode, you can see the cogs turning in Kate’s head but she doesn’t want to acknowledge them. Midway through, Davidson suggests that Fleming should request a transfer and leave The Hill, to which Kate ‘politely declines’.
Back to MSN messenger for Jo and the big dogs are telling her to “Get rid of Fleming.” It’s clearly not a route that she wants to take but she has been given the green light for this being her last job (Definitely not). She arranges to meet Kate outside of work and it’s all systems go.
Of course, whilst this is all happening, it’s all kicking off at AC-12. The dodgy Chief Constable has given permission to suspend all surveillances, putting Kate in extreme danger.
By this time, she has agreed to change the location to a lorry park – totally not worrying and definitely warrants getting out of the car. Ryan Pilkington then steps out of the car *queue a big Mexican standoff* PUT THE GUN DOWN and bam, two shots. Who’s dead? Did AC-12 make it? Bring on next week!!