It’s the season finale of the Australian police prodedural drama City Homicide. I gave this series a go when it started. I was pleasantly surprised. The Australian feel for this drama is really nice. Much like British shows, City Homicide is quite different from American ones.
That means that not a lot of Americans will be watching the show. In fact, I’m willing to bet that not a lot of people outside of Australia watch it. Nevertheless, it’s a really nice drama. The cases are surprising and the insider politics that the crew has to deal with are also very interesting.
The acting is good as well all around, apart for a few minor glitches along the way in female guest stars. What really sets City Homicide apart is the overall quality of the show. The cinematography is really top notch. Superb shots of Melbourne and beautiful post processing make this show a must for people enjoying visual eye candy of the architectural type.
One thing that I do like is that there aren’t fifty CSI techs running around finding evidence. The detectives themselves have to do the work. This sort of thing comes from the popularity of the CSI TV shows. I think of The Sweeney when I think of City Homicide, and that’s a great thing. I recommend this show without reservations.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
* * * * *
A partially digested finger is found in a pile of dog shit. Joiner is contemplating his resignation. The dog sometimes goes in an abandoned factory to do his business. The search will take a long time. Simon has the bright idea of using the dog to find the rest of the body.
They find a body. There isn’t much left except some bones and dried up tissue. In the squadroom, Bernice comes to see Wolfie. Wolfie then calls Matt over. When Wolfie tells him that the body is Matt’s mother, he pukes.
Matt’s mother disappeared 16 years ago. Detective Senior Sergeant Bolt gets called about his case. Isabella Ryan disappeared while on her way to buy balsamic vinegar.
Bolt’s main suspect is Calum Ryan, Matt’s father. The father disappeared for 2 hours. During this time, Isabelle was killed. Calum had scratch marks and bite marks on him that he couldn’t account for.
They question the minimart owner and his son. They say that the Ryans got along well together, as long as Calum wasn’t drinking.
Ryan goes to see his mother’s final resting place. He gets a visit from Bolt. He is an asshole. Bolt tells Bernice and Wolfie that he doubts the squad will investigate the case correctly. Wolfie tells him that they will pursue all avenues of inquiry. He asks Bolt to be included in this investigation to placate him and Bernice.
Freeman sees Joiner’s resignation letter and starts to pounce on him. Joiner tells him to leave it. Matt asks Mapplethorpe to arrange some time for his dad to see his wife’s remains. Simon asks his old fling Madison from the morgue.
The squad attacks Bolt’s line of inquiry. Simon tells him that he was suffering from tunnel vision. Wolfie has to calm down the tempers. Bolt is a total asshole. Wolfie tells the squad that they have to reinterview Calum and Matt. They need to find the couple from whom Calum got his scratches from.
Bolt makes Calum cry. Matt tells them that night, his dad told him that his mom had gone to see his aunt and would be back the next day. Matt wanted to call the cops initially, but waited a day.
The pathologist discovers that Isabella was 4 months pregnant at the time of her death. Matt didn’t know about this. The squad is wondering about the docket from the minimart. Isabella didn’t have it in her purse. She always kept them, as a force of habit. On top of that, they didn’t find any vinegar anywhere. Mapplethorpe and Joiner return to the minimart for further questions.
Liam, the shopkeeper’s son, becomes evasive when questioned about the dockets. He contradicts himself. He tells the detectives that maybe Isabella lost the docket. He says that women can be forgetful when they are pregnant. Mapplethorpe knows that something is up, since not even Matt or his father knew that Isabella was preggers.
They take Liam and his dad to the station. They start to question him. Something is wrong. He isn’t revealing everything. He reveals what happened. Isabella fainted in the store when he was serving her. She fell down in the aisle. She was hot and Liam touched her inappropriately. She woke up and saw what he was doing. Liam started to hit her to stop her from screaming. He grabbed a can without knowing and continued to bludgeon her.
The father tells his side of the story. He covered up the murder. The father wrapped her in plastic and carried her over to the factory site. He dug a trench and dumped the body. She wasn’t dead and started to get up. The dad killed her with a shovel. He says that it was too late.
Freeman has a little talk with Joiner about his resignation crap. Freeman wants to have a little word with Bolt as well. Matt turns up and makes a few insults. Duncan has to restrain Matt. Bolt plays the perfect prick. Matt thanks Simon for his insight about the sales docket. It’s what broke the case. Matt watches the perp walk. He comments on how ordinary the murderers look.
Wolfie looks at the motto of the Australian police before leaving. Things have been a bit rocky with his wife. He has been missing out on a lot of family time because of his job. Simon’s out of his rut and Duncan tears up his resignation letter.
* * * * *
* * * * *