ENDEAVOUR: ‘Muse’ S5E1; Review, Music, Locations, Literary References etc.

Hello fellow Endeavourists and welcome to my first review of the new series. There is a lot to get through so let’s get cracking.


Endeavour Series five, Episode One; ‘Muse’.

Chronologically this is episode 18.

First broadcast 4th February 2018.

Where’s Colin?

The newspaper is being read by George Fancy in Lewis Peek’s first scene in the police station.


Directed by Brady Hood: No connection to any other Endeavour, Lewis or Morse episodes.

Written by Colin Dexter (characters), Russell Lewis (written and devised by). Russell has written all the Endeavour episodes. He also directed;

Lewis (TV Series) (screenplay – 4 episodes, 2010 – 2012) (story – 1 episode, 2006)
– Fearful Symmetry (2012) … (screenplay)
– Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things (2011) … (screenplay)
– Falling Darkness (2010) … (screenplay)
– The Dead of Winter (2010) … (screenplay)
– Reputation (2006) … (story)

He also wrote the Morse episode, ‘The Way Through the Woods’.


As excitement gathers around the forthcoming auction of a long lost but now discovered Faberge egg the local police have to deal with a murder and a possible attempt to steal afore-mentioned Faberge egg.

The murder of a former boxer seems tied to the underworld until the death of a Lonsdale Don possibly throws cold water on that theory.

With a new police officer joining the ranks at Cowley, George Fancy, the merging of the Oxford police force into Thames Valley Constabulary, the return of Joan Thursday and so much more, the city of Oxford has become a little more complicated for Endeavour.

(warning, this review may contain some spoilers)

A review is one person’s opinion. A review should always be honest. A review should never be swayed by your liking for the character, the actors or one’s history with the Morse universe. A review should never be a piece of sycophancy based on one’s belief that the main actor is dishy or that it may be seen as heresy to negatively criticize a beloved programme. I think you can see where this is going.

The episode was obvious, unoriginal and almost became that most hated of things; dull. The only reason it managed to stay out of the dull camp was due to the acting, music, locations and cinematography.

I believe that Russell Lewis is so busy dreaming up where to insert his film, literary and Lewis and Morse references that he forgets to pay attention to the rest of the script. Really Russell? Another women scorned story. Another scene where Endeavour and Thursday almost come to the same conclusion at the same time.

There were hints and undertones that Ruth Astor and Eve Thorne were lesbians. If this was what Russell had in mind then shame on him. Too often lesbians are seen in films and TV shows as man hating murderers.

With the superfluous addition of George Fancy the episode was too ‘busy’ for lack of a better term. There are too many cooks (read police officers) and they are spoiling the Cowley broth. The character of George Fancy did not add anything to the milieu of the Endeavour world.

He appeared to be a cipher for all that Endeavour hates about men and his own deeply repressed feelings about women. It is possible he was written into the series to allow Endeavour to be seen becoming what John Thaw’s Morse becomes; irascible, short tempered, intolerant and a misanthropist. However if my theory is correct it could have been achieved without the addition of a new character.

With so many characters it only achieves the dilution of screen time for Fred and Endeavour. We viewed the original Morse to watch the characters of Morse and Lewis. We viewed Lewis to watch the characters of Lewis and Hathaway. Did we enjoy the occasional inclusion of other characters, yes we did. But FIVE main characters, six if you count Trewlove. Sorry Russell but it feels like another distraction from what the show is about, Endeavour Morse.

The show is thankfully still watchable and this is due in no small part to Shaun Evans and Roger Allam. They are of course masterfully helped by the beauty of Oxford, the sublime editing and the inclusion of some great music. The direction was workmanlike but I assume the director is limited in what he can do within the budget and time constraints but it wouldn’t hurt to employ something a bit more imaginative when directing scenes.

There is still a nice dollop of humour to be heard but some of the dialogue wouldn’t have been out of place in The Sweeney, John Thaw’s 1970s cop show. For instance, when Morse and Thursday are talking to Eddie Nero the owner of the gym, Fred says;

“You’re a third division shakedown artist and fourth rate ponce. Always were, always will be. If there is any comeback over Joey I’ll have your cobblers for a key fob”.

I also predict we will not see much of Joan Thursday judging by the scene she and Morse had together. They circumvent any talk of the events from the last episode of the last series. Her pregnancy is only mentioned via a euphemism of her having had a ‘fall’ and that’s why she was in hospital. This conversation is I believe a way of clearing out any romantic possibilities between Joan and Morse and allow him to move on to other affairs of the heart during the up and coming episodes. Russell Lewis, the writer, has a way of clearing away characters without any real closure to those people. Look at Morse’s poor old ex girlfriend Monica Hicks. The end of that romance and character was never fully dealt with and all we got was her reappearing oh so briefly in the Lazaretto episode to tell Morse to treat future girlfriends better.

Here’s hoping the next episode is better but with so many characters now within the show it means less time for Endeavour and Fred.

Episode Jag Rating – out of 10.



The first piece of music is at the very beginning of the episode. It is by the German composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847). The piece is called Elijah, OP.70 No.1 – Help Lord wilt though destroy us.

Up next a bit of Shirley Bassey with the song Big Spender. This is played during the routine by ‘Delilah’ otherwise known as Paula Ellis.

George Fancy is listening to music in the car while he is supposed to keeping a low profile while watching a suspect. The song is Let’s spend the night together by The Rolling Stones.

While Endeavour is sifting through Joey Sykes belongings at the police station he is listening to Italian opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi. In particualr he is listening to act one: Follie! Delirio vano é questo from La Traviata.

Near the beginning of the episode after we see Endeavour attending the purse snatching there is a party going on elsewhere with the music of The Zombies being played. The song is Time of the Season.

While Adrian Croxley is getting ready for his ‘date’ he turns on the radio. The music that plays is Gnossienne No. 2 ( Avec étonnement ) by Erik Satie.

The Endeavour series has used Satie’s work frequently. Most notably at the beginning of the episode, ‘Game’. During that scene he is thinking of Joan while attending a recital of Satie’s piece Gnossiene.


Bright and Thursday are talking of the new merger and Thursday wonders what will happen to those at the Oxford station. Bright answer, ” Ours is not to reason why”.

Bright is paraphrasing a line from The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Someone had blundered.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.


When removing the worker’s tool from Sikes’s ear, Max says, “What a good boy am I“. This is a reference to the the nursery rhyme, Little Jack Horner.

Little Jack Horner
Sat in the corner,
Eating his Christmas pie;
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum,
And said, “What a good boy am I!”


During Endeavour’s first conversation with the artist Pickman, he is telling Morse that he is designing covers for a book at the moment (more of that later in the miscellaneous section). He says’ Thus doth the rent man make cowards of us all”‘ He is paraphrasing Shakespeare. The line “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all“. is from Hamlet.


Endeavour and Morse are interviewing  Dr. Adrian Croxley in his greenhouse he relies to Fred’s question about Dr. Grey stag do, “What passing bells.

What passing bells is a line from the poem Anthem For Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen.

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
— Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.


In Pickford’s studio Endeavour points out Pickford’s attempt at recreating Édouard Manet’s painting Olympia with Eve Thorne as Olympia.

Below is the original.



In Eve Thorne’s book The Golden Age of Classic Christian Art, Endeavour flicks through the pages. He comes across this painting.

The painting above is The Blinding of Samson, 1636 by Rembrandt.

He next looks at a page with this painting.

This painting is called ‘Jael and Sisera’, by Artemisia Gentileschi.

Jael or Yael is a woman mentioned in the Book of Judges in the Hebrew Bible, as the heroine who killed Sisera to deliver Israel from the troops of King Jabin.

He then flips to this painting.

This is a painting by Caravaggio titled Judith Beheading Holofernes.

Judith Beheading Holofernes tells the Biblical story of Judith, who saved her people by seducing and beheading the Assyrian general Holofernes. Judith was an example of man’s misfortunes at the hands of scheming woman.



Endeavour is seen walking through the front quad of Exeter College.

Endeavour meets Trewlove.

Faberge Egg is being exhibited and then auctioned.

The location is Exeter College Dining Hall.



Next location is the exterior of the Chemist/Optician where Endeavour meets Joan.

Unfortunately I cannot identify this location. If anyone knows please let me know either via comments or use the ‘contact me’ option at the top of the page. An update. Thank you toPauline and a few others for pointing me in the direction of this location. It is H H Dickman (yes they used the real name of the place, which is unusual) a chemist in Berkhamsted.

The actual full address is 224 High St, Berkhamsted HP4 1BB.

Mike Carter a blog reader emailed me with some lovely memories of H.H. Dickman; ” I had the pleasure of knowing Alan, who was born in 1915, through a business relationship for a couple of years when I worked in Berkhamsted from 2000 to 2002, and he was still dispensing into his eighties. While I have not been into the shop since that time, Alan prided himself on the original equipment and displays still in the premises. This included an enema ‘machine’ which obviously hadn’t been used for many years.” Thank you Mike.


We have our only pub scene in this episode.

This pub is The Royal Standard, 78 London Rd, Oxford OX3 9AJ. Thanks to Françoise Beghin for this identification.



Next up we have the location of the Alhambra Guest House where Sikes lived.

The location of the scene where Joan and Endeavour walk together is Grove Walk which can be found off Merton Street.

This is the gate where they say goodbye. Joan walks off up Merton Street to the right as we look at the picture.

© Copyright Steve Daniels

The location of the first dead body, Joey Sikes is Old Church Lane in Berkhamsted.

Thank you Jennifer Tufnell for the above location info.

Eddie Nero’s Boxing Club is actually Repton Boxing Club in Bethnal Green, London.

Image result for Repton Boxing Club in Bethnal Green, London.


Up next we have the Windmill location where Pickford and his wife lived.

The location is Great Haseley Windmill in Oxfordhshire, Postcode: OX44 7LX.

Thank you to Françoise Beghin for identifying the above two locations.


Adrian Croxley and Dr. Tancred Howlett talk.

This is Magdalen College Dining Hall.

The next location is where Morse and Thursday walk out of what is supposed to be the telephone exchange.

This location has been used many times in Morse, Lewis and Endeavour. It is Brasenose Lane, Oxford.

Actors who appeared in the Endeavour Series 5, Episode 1 ‘Muse’ and/or Morse or Lewis.

Robin McCallum who played the Master in the episode,

appeared in the Lewis episode One For Sorrow (Season 9 | Episode 2) as a doctor.


Thank you to another of my wonderful blog readers, Bebe Larson who spotted this connection. The Lewis connection is when Cassie Pickman tells her son, Alec, not to eat the grass? In ‘Falling Darkness’ (Season 4 | Episode 4) Alec Pickman, played by Rupert Graves, was one of Laura Hobson’s housemates at uni. Well spotted Bebe.

Alec Pickman, played by Rupert Graves

As an update my good friend Mark Bargrove pointed a connection of the above painting to the episode of the original Morse series, Who Killed Harry Field?. In that episode, as in this one, Harry portrays his muse/model as Olympia. See below. Well spotted Mark and shame on me for not thinking about it. Getting old people, getting old. 🙂


Who would have thought Jim Strange could play the trombone.

Strange plays The Last Post on the trombone.


After Jim Strange’s playing of the trombone, Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright tells his attending force that the motto of the Thames Valley Constabulary is Sit pax in valle tamesis. He says that Morse will translate but he is busy elsewhere. So in the absence of Morse ( 😉 ) I will translate the Latin phrase;  ‘Let there be Peace in the Thames Valley’.


In 1968 Thames Valley Police was formed by the amalgamation of Berkshire Constabulary, Buckinghamshire Constabulary, Oxford City Police, Oxfordshire Constabulary and Reading Borough Police.


Is Joey Sikes a nod to the famous Dickensian character Bill Sikes from the novel Oliver Twist? Bill wasn’t a boxer but certainly a criminal.


Standing over the dead body of Joey Sikes, Fred mentions having seen Sikes box. He states that he was on the same card as the main event of Bruce Woodcock and Freddie Mills. This was an actual boxing match of 1949. Here is a picture of a ticket for that event.


While discussing the attempted theft of the Faberge Egg with Dr. Grey Endeavour thinks the whole thing is rather ‘Simon Templar‘. This is a reference to Roger Moore’s character The Saint from a 1960s TV show.

Roger Moore as Simon Templar aka The Saint.


Jim Strange and Endeavour are sharing a flat in the hope that both can save to each buy their own flat.


Win Thursday has herself a new hair-do.


During a discussion with Dr. Adrian Croxley about Dr Grey’s wife, Croxley says to Endeavour, “She would have to be a very Messalina to keep Robin down on the farm“. This is a reference to Valeria Messalina, the third wife of the Roman Emperor Claudius. A powerful and influential woman with a reputation for promiscuity, she allegedly conspired against her husband and was executed on the discovery of the plot. Her notorious reputation arguably results from political bias, but works of art and literature have perpetuated it into modern times.


The artist’s model, Eve Thorne, in the episode is referred to as Pickman’s model. ‘Pickman’s Model‘ is a short story by the writer H.P. Lovecraft. You can read it by clicking here.


On first meeting Gerard Pickman the artist he apologises to Endeavour for being late by saying “A bigger slash“. Slash is a British colloquialism for going for a pee. The bigger reference is to a painting by the British artist David Hockney titled A Bigger Splash.

The painting was completed in 1967.


During the same conversation Pickman mentions that he is designing the cover for the Kent Finn book, ‘Just for Jolly’.

We met Kent Finn in the Endeavour episode ‘Game’.


I personally believe that the character of Kent Finn is the future Hugo DeVries, Morse’s nemesis in the episode, ‘Masonic Mysteries.


While in the flat they share Strange tells Morse that he will get the cribbage board out once Hughie Green is done. Hughie Green was a famous TV personality on British television in the 1960s and 1970s.

His most famous programme was a talent show called Opportunity Knocks. 


As my friend David Bishop pointed to me on his Twitter account there is the touch of the film Bladerunner about the scene in the stripper’s dressing room.

The scene in the excellent Bladerunner film starred  Joanna Cassidy as Zhora the ‘exotic’ dancer and Harrison Ford.


Lefty Townsend tells Endeavour and Fred that he hopes to get Paula (aka Delilah) a summer season with Englebert. I assume this is a reference to 1960s crooner Engelbert Humperdinck.


After the discovery of Simon Lake’s decapitated body, Endeavour searches his wardrobe and discovers an invitation.

In the middle of the invitation it reads, “On the occasion of the passing of the Mock Turtle”. The Mock Turtle is a character in Lewis Carroll’s superb book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The Mock Turtle is an assemblage of creatures, therefore not a real turtle as his name rightly suggests.

Other characters from Carroll’s book are mentioned on the invitation; Mad Hatter (though he is never referred to as ‘Mad’ in the book only as ‘The Hatter’.) and the Gryphon.


When Endeavour has finished interviewing Eve Thorne at the police station she tells him Morse what kind of girl he likes. She figures he is a watcher, “A spy in the house of love” as she puts it.

This is a reference to Anaïs Nin’s underrated novel A Spy in the House of Love published in 1954.


While talking to Endeavour in her flat, Eve Thorne mentions that the model for the Monet painting was not a ‘tart’ but an artist in her own right,  Victorine Meurent. Endeavour replies “Did Pickman tell you that?” She replies, “I read it, in a book.” I wonder if this a reference to the Morse episode Happy Families. When the reporter in that episode asks Morse how he came to solve the murders he replies, “I read it in a book.”


It is mentioned that the art thief The Shadow has previously stolen the Lugash diamond. This diamond is a reference to the Pink Panther films. One of my blog readers Paul Higham spotted that The Shadow’s other theft, the dagger of Sultan Mahmud, is from the film “Topkapi”. Not a great film but it does star the wonderful Peter Ustinov.



Eve Thorne has received an Easter egg bought from Richardson’s supermarket. This supermarket was featured in the Endeavour episode, “Arcadia”.


Paul Higham also noticed these interesting items;

Thursday mentions that Lefty Townsend once worked for Lew and Leslie, meaning Lew and Leslie Grade Ltd. aka the Grade Organisation aka the future Lord Lew Grade and his brother Leslie, the father of the future chairman of both the BBC and ITV Michael Grade.

I wondered if Simon Lake’s love of gliding might be an oblique nod to the original “The Thomas Crown Affair“. ( I think Paul is right about this as the Steve McQueen film was released in 1968). The film has the wonderful song The Windmills of Your Mind which plays during the glider scene.

Equally the relationship between Eve and Ruth is very similar to that between Cathy and Simone in “Mona Lisa”.

Thanks Paul and well spotted.


Thank you to a blog reader, Virginia Betts who noticed the following. When the artist, Pickman, and Endeavour meet for the first time Pickman says, “It’s for the cover of a Kent Finn paperback — Just For Jolly.” The phrase ‘just for jolly’ was used by Jack the Ripper in a letter to the police. He promised to ‘cut the lady’s ears off just for jolly’ if he had more time and indeed did cut Stride’s ear, suggesting the letter was genuine.


John Molloy noted, “Your contributor Paul Higham has correctly drawn the reference between the gliding scene undertaken by Lake and the one in The Thomas Crown Affair where Steve McQueen was the pilot. I believe there are 2 more nods to the American actor in this episode. The camera lingers on Gerard Pickman’s Triumph motorcycle. In The Great Escape Steve McQueen rode a 1961 Triumph motorbike when attempting to clear the barbed wire at the Swiss border; for the film the machine was disguised as a German BMW. The radio announcement at the conclusion of Muse says that the police are looking for a man driving a Mustang in connection with the shooting of Martin Luther King. In Bullitt Steve McQueen hurled a Ford Mustang around San Francisco in the car chase for which that film is famous.” Thank you John.


Cheryl Molloy noted, “Simon Lake’s use of the name The Shadow is a nod to The Shadow pulp fiction novels of the 1930s and later feature film of the same name. In those books The Shadow was a World War One flying ace. Lake also flies.” John, Cheryl’s husband, also noted, “I submit that the use of the word Shadow is another reference to Who Killed Harry Field for, as Lewis repeats when being informed that Harry’s motorcycle has been discovered at The Crooked Chimney public house, it was a Vincent Black Shadow.”


John Molloy noted, “The sale of a Faberge Egg by auction features in the James Bond film Octopussy. However, that scenario does not appear in Ian Fleming’s short story of the same name. Instead it is central to his other Bond short story entitled Property Of A lady.”


This is very interesting and noticed by Neal. About the 47 minute mark there is a two second shot of Radcliffe camera.

Neal, cleverly, noticed that this shot above has a similarity to the original cover of Colin Dexter’s novel, Death is Now my Neighbour.

Well spotted, Neal. As Neal said in his email, ” I wonder if any other book covers have been used in a similar way?”



Dr. Robin Grey. Murdered by Ruth Astor. Stabbed in both eyes with a steak knife.

Simon Lake was killed by Ruth Astor. He had his throat cut.

Joey Sikes is murdered by Ruth Astor. She shoots him three times.

Adrian Croxley is stabbed to death by Ruth Astor.



Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright.

Roger Allam as DCI Fred Thursday

Sean Rigby as DS Jim Strange

Shaun Evans as DS Endeavour Morse

James Bradshaw as Dr. Max DeBryn

Roger Barclay as Dr. Robin Grey

Dakota Blue Richards as WPC Shirley Trewlove

Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil

Robin McCallum as Master

Lewis Peek as DC George Fancy

Mark Arden as Eddie Nero

Sara Vickers as Joan Thursday

Caroline O’Neill as Win Thursday

Rhys Isaac-Jones as Spencer Bell

Samuel Crane as Dr. Tancred Howlett

David Newman as Dr. Adrian Croxley

Tom Durant Pritchard as Simon Lake

Nathalie Buscombe as Cassie Pickman

Tom Wisdom as Gerard Pickman

Emily Barber as Lucy Grey

Cassie Clare as Paula Ellis

Geoffrey McGivern as Lefty Townsend

Charlotte Hope as Eve Thorne

Antonia Clarke as Ruth Astor

Victor Gardener as Joey Sikes


Author: Chris Sullivan

Up until a few years ago I was my mum's full time carer. She died in, 2020, of Covid. At the moment I am attempting to write a novel.

92 thoughts

  1. Great review, as ever. I have to agree, if Russell put as much thought and time into his plots as he does with his Easter Eggs, I’m sure I would enjoy the films a lot more! Looking at the guest cast, I only recognise Mark Arden, and he is not exactly a house-hold name. When you think of the stellar guests in the old days of Morse compared to now… budget cuts??

    1. Hi Graham. Not only Morse attracted big name actors but Lewis as well; Alison Steadman, David Warner, Peter Davison, Tim Pigott-Smith, Ronald Pickup and Juliet Stevenson to name but a few. It mat well be down to budget cuts but the way to solve that is have fewer main characters.

  2. Agree that the episode was dull and a bit clumsy at times: compare Endeavour’s willingness to understand other’s positions and,for example the way he initially welcomed and supported Trewlove with the bizarre way he treated Fancy from the start.

  3. I thought the Morse getting splashed in the face by Eve was a reference to Evans character Sean Higgins in the movie Cashback who is constantly splashed in the face by women he asks to go to bed with him.

  4. I liked the episode more than you did I think but agree with many of your points – too many characters now

    I think that Morse and Thursday are going to be together less and less – I had already thought that he will retire or die and they are weaning us off seeing them always together.

    Re: Joan – I have a soft spot for her and their relationship but I can’t understand going through all of that last series just to drop it – so thought she would only be in the one episode to finish it but Sara Vickers is in every episode so they must be going to do something with her as she has never been in every episode in a series before – maybe more to do with her Dad ? I hope it is for Morse and her but as he has a new French lady later so struggling to figure out why she will be in each episode?

    It is still better than most of the other stuff on Tele.

  5. Your comment “While talking to Endeavour in her flat, Eve Thorne mentions that the model for the Monet painting was not a ‘tart’ but an artist in her own right, Victorine Meurent. Endeavour replies “Did Pickman tell you that?” She replies, “I read it, in a book.” I wonder if this a reference to the Morse episode Happy Families. When the reporter in that episode asks Morse how he came to solve the murders he replies, “I read it in a book.” Here Endeavour uses the same phrase but in different circumstances. In the Morse episode he uses it as a final put-down to the sarcastic reporter played by Rupert Graves who is constantly ridiculing Morse for being too cultured rather than solving crimes, and the book is the key to solving the crime. The younger Endeavour Morse is perhaps just setting out his bookish credentials alongside those of those of Eve Thorne who is evidently clever herself – after all, in the end they could not charge her with anything other than the knowledge of the murders.

    1. Hi Jon I actually mentioned that phrase “I read it in a book” in my post. It is in the miscellaneous section. I don’t think the CPS would waste their time on charging Eve. As you wrote she wasn’t fully aware of what her friend was doing until just before Croxley’s murder.

  6. I agree with most of your comments…I didnt really enjoy it…some of the earlier magic has gone….Ill watch it again, but that will be it I feel….lets hope next weeks ep is better.

  7. Excellent analysis. VERY reminiscent of the Lewis episode Whom the Gods Destroy, written by Daniel Boyle

  8. Hi Chris, as always I am impressed by your summary of references, music, actors, locations, etc. etc. I am just a simple enjoyer of the show, indulge in it’s beauties and don’t bother too much about all that; tbh not even about the stories… I just love watching the show! But I really appreciate your blog as a source for anything I would want to find out about it.
    I appreciate your review is your personal opinion. Here is my personal opinion just as an exchange of thoughts. As much as I love Endeavour and admire Shaun Evans, I’m not blind for weaknesses.

    I agree on some points in your review and in the comments above, but I think it’s a bit too harsh in general. I really did enjoy MUSE and I think it was a worthy opening of the new series. Even if the story wasn’t as multiple layered as others, or perhaps BECAUSE it wasn’t, it felt very true to Colin Dexter’s novels. Much closer to his novels than rather far-fetched stories like Fugue, Neverland, Ride, Prey, Harvest, for example. I thought it was a great tribute to him.

    I totally agree there are too many fixed characters now, indeed resulting in less time and depth for the two main characters. It all feels much more rushed than previous series but I already felt that in S3 – although S4 was better. I wouldn’t mind if Fancy would replace Trewlove who I find a bit wooden, but by the looks of it he doesn’t. By the way, to me it seems perfectly natural that Morse’s attitude towards him is different than towards Trewlove, since Trewlove wasn’t assigned to him as his responsibilty. She has always been merely one of his colleagues. I like the Fancy character but I had hoped he would be a bit of a nasty one, a bit like Jakes in the first episodes, instead of another good guy.
    There are some great characters around like Max, Dorothy, Strange and Bright, who can be explored further, and of course there’s Joan and Win, and what about Sam? But with only more new characters being introduced there won’t be enough time to do that or even go more into Endevour and Thursday. Which is probably one of the reasons why Sue Jefferies, in her comment above, feels that “the magic has gone”. I have felt the same, for some time now. It all feels a bit rushed.

    I totally agree with you that there are so many references and clever angles etc. etc. that the actual story is overlooked, there is so much going on that needs attention, that there is just not enough time anymore to let the emotion of the moment, of the characters, sink in.
    But I still thoroughly enjoy the show and think it is one of the best things on television, combining fantastic camera-work, fabulous acting, attention to detail, tension and fear, feel-good and darkness, in a heartwarming cocktail.

    As for Thursday, I thought both his lines and his acting were too thick, too heavy. The odd clever reference and strong one-liner, yes, great, but in this episode he only spoke in terms like that, not like a normal person would. I think both Russell Lewis and Roger Allam overdid it.

    I also don’t like how characters or dramatic events (like Neverland, or, this time, Joan’s personal drama) are mainly ignored. Not every question gets an answer, okay, but just giving them a slight reference without offering any reasons at all, is unrealistic. Also the question of Joan being so angry with her parents, hurting them by not sending any word in S4 which really didn’t make any sense, remains unanswered. I’m glad she’s back because she puts a sparkle in Morse’s life, but I hope it won’t get too soapy again. From what I’ve seen of filming and trailer, it won’t, thankfully.

    I loved the funny turn of the Strange/Morse household but it was strange that it didn’t get any explanation. Surely some more good jokes could have been derived from that situation. When we last saw Morse in S4 he had his own flat, since then he got a raise I assume, being promoted to Sergeant, so why could he not afford his own flat anymore?

    I don’t think they can afford to lose Fred Thursday – they still could have in S2, but not after that. So, I keep wondering where and when McNutt will come in… which will be the end of Thursday, and Endeavour??

    Finally, I was, I am, appalled, APPALLED, by the lack of effort from ITV (and Mammoth Screen) to give Endeavour proper publicity. Fans found out about the air date around 20th January, but ITV didn’t confirm it till 24th Jan., 10 days before the air date! The trailer took another 2 or 3 days, and was hardly shown. I have only managed to see it via links to youtube and dailymotion a.o. via your blog. The publicity is always bad, but this year it was outrageously bad.

    I am looking forward to next Sunday and hope you will enjoy that more and we can exchange some more thoughts.

    1. Chris,

      Great work as usual.

      Just a few more references I spotted.

      The Shadow’s other theft, the dagger of Sultan Mahmud, is from “Topkapi”.

      Thursday mentions that Lefty Townsend once worked for Lew and Leslie, meaning Lew and Leslie Grade

      Ltd. aka the Grade Organisation aka the future Lord Lew Grade and his brother Leslie, the father of the

      future chairman of both the BBC and ITV Michael Grade.

      I wondered if Simon Lake’s love of gliding might be an oblique nod to the original “The Thomas Crown


      Equally the relationship between Eve and Ruth is very similar to that between Cathy and Simone in “Mona


      The Beserkers’ behaviour at Shiplake Chase is also very similar to “The Riot Club”.

      I’m sure the scene with Eve cradling the dying Ruth is based on another work of art because it’s so

      carefully staged and framed, but I don’t know which one.

      I’ve found that the previous series have usually had one outstanding episode, one terrible one and two

      average ones. I don’t know how this will play out over this series’ six episodes.

      I’d put “Muse” in the average category, though the scene with flatmates Morse and Strange was



      1. Hi Paul. Great work and thank you for putting these observations forward. I have added them to the post. As far as the scene of Eve cradling Ruth, I thought the same thing but damned if I can think what it is. I can’t get away from thinking it is a painting from the Renaissance period. I am going to keep thinking about it and hopefully my brain will come up with an answer.

      2. It is similar to a Pieta such as by Michelangelo (he did three) and others, a Mary cradling Jesus after his death. The theme is common in Western art history.

    2. Hi Josephine. I agree with so many of your points. You speak the truth regarding “Thursday…both his lines and his acting were too thick, too heavy.” I also thought the same but decided I had made my point regarding what a poor episode it was. It is very strange the lack of publicity and personal appearances for series 5. For series 4 there was a plethora of interviews both on TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. Very strange.

    3. Hi Josephine, I had some thoughts about what you wrote.

      1. I don’t think that Joan was angry with her parents and that’s why she didn’t get in touch. I think she quickly took up with the married man who was paying for her flat and she was ashamed. She didn’t want them to know unless or until she could present herself as being in a good position, and she didn’t want to lie or she believed she would not be able to keep up a lie if she tried.

      2. Morse had his own flat but it was a basement flat in a dodgy neighborhood that had had break-ins. Also he gave money he had been saving to Joan. At the end of S3 he had been called into the bank about his overdrafts. So perhaps he thought he was better off sharing for a while to get on a better footing.

      1. Thank you Justine. Yes your explanation about the flat situation makes sense. Still I’m a bit cross with Joan 😉 she could at least have phoned to say she was all right but wanted to be left alone.

  9. Hi Chris,
    I really enjoy reading your blog, especially the music references. Did you notice the Lewis connection when Cassie Pickman tells her son, Alec, not to eat the grass? In ‘Falling Darkness’, Alec Pickman, played by Rupert Graves, was one of Laura Hobson’s housemates at uni.
    Thanks for all your devotion to this blog.

  10. The rose was the calling card for the fictional art thief called “The Shadow” but it was a monogrammed handkerchief that was the calling card for another fictional art thief: Hercule Flambeau in GK Chesterton’s Father Brown mysteries. Flambeau first made his appearance in GK Chesterton’s short story “The Blue Cross” in 1910.

  11. Pickman is also the name of a character in the video game Fallout 4. He styles himself an artist, who kills raiders and arranges the bodies in gruesome tableaus. The game’s protagonist investigates this at Pickman’s gallery.

  12. Some interesting views here. While looking through the press pack, in the cast list for Railway, we have DS Patrick Dawson…cant remember the Morse story he was in…interesting.!!…Many Thanks for such a huge amount of research you do for your blog, a pure labour of Love.!!!

  13. I thought the crime in this episode was ridiculous along with how everyone reacted to it. Why weren’t these men on guard after the first or second murder. Why wasn’t Ruth concerned about her dear friend Eve being accused.

    I think Morse perceived Fancy as a threat– he had taken Morse’s desk and was completing a crossword in pen. He didn’t want Fancy to be Thursday’s new protege.

    What I thought was notable about Joan’s conversation with Morse– she doesn’t know that he knows she had a miscarriage and he didn’t tell her that he knows. Neither of them being honest with the other does not point to any future closeness.

  14. Is ‘just for jolly’ a reference to the letter sent to the police in 1888, via the press, supposedly by Jack the Ripper’ after he killed Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddows in the double murder. He promised to ‘cut the lady’s ears off just for jolly’ if he had more time and indeed did cut Stride’s ear, suggesting the letter was genuine.

  15. I do enjoy this series but I can’t help but wonder if the producers are under pressure to up the body count. If you look at the early Morse episodes (apart from Service Of All The Dead) you rarely get beyond two deaths per episode, but we seem to have an ever growing death rate in Lewis and now Endeavour – at times it feels as though it’s impossible to reach an ad break without another corpse appearing! . Not only that, but there seems to be an obsession with rather unlikely literary motives rather than the more human failings of greed, jealousy and anger to which most of the original series murders could be attributed.

    1. I agree, the creators of a series always feel they have to do more, more, more, which inevitably disrupts the original charm of the show. Why not a show where they just have to solve an “ordinary” murder, lots of dead ends, lots of frustration, but every death matters. It doesn’t have to be a serial killer every time.

  16. Chris, very nicely done as always. Thank you for your all your efforts.

    Something that has bothered me from last season’s “Harvest” episode that I was hoping to see addressed in this episode was:

    Where did Morse go after he visited Joan in the hospital?

    It appears to be early morning when he arrives at the hospital, and yet, we don’t see him again until he arrives at the station house very late at night (I assume it’s the same day as he is still in the same clothes).

    He’s not wearing a tie, which he most certainly would be if he was going for an interview at Tintagel House. He seemed to have left the hospital with such purpose that I would have sworn he was going after Ray.

    In fact, at about the 6:00 mark of “Muse”, when Bright wanted to talk to Friday about the “Morse situation” I thought for sure we about to find out. Just another loose end?

  17. A question, if I may: my understanding is that ‘Harvest’ (episode 4, Series 4) is set in September 1967, with Morse being promoted to DS and given the St George medal immediately following the the events in the radiation plant. Bright reads out a letter about Morse’s promotion/medal at the same time as reading a newspaper article recounting the events at the plant. In this, the timing is at the very latest, only a few days or so after the drama at the plant, given the newspaper reference. Episode 5 is set as 1 April 1968. This is 6 months after Morse’s promotion. So why does every character refer it as if it is a new occurrence?

    And how did he actually become DS if his exam papers were lost? Does promotion come with the medal?


    1. Hi Tina. Firstly, the promotion was for his part in the saving the nuclear plant. The promotion was a bonus on top of the medal. Any reference to Endeavour’s promotion is mentioned to remind us the viewer that he has been promoted and is now equal with Strange. At least that is my opinion.

  18. For some reason it’s not letting me reply to Josephine’s comment above.

    >Still I’m a bit cross with Joan 😉 she could at least have phoned to say she was all right but wanted to be left alone.

    I agree! As a mother of three daughters aged 19 to 23 I feel for her parents. Not knowing must be absolute torture. But I think that Joan doesn’t understand how cruel it is and her head is just a mess from everything that happened at the bank and then the situation she gets into in with the married man.

  19. Well done as usual. I’m now watching Series 5 and should be able to be all caught up before episode 6 is broadcast in the UK. Personally, I kinda liked this episode. I liked the glider and the windmill and the Triumph motorcycle. I agree that the glider is probably a nod to the original 1968 Thomas Crown Affair film. I liked how all the murders were tied into biblical paintings. Thanks for locating everything. I will add the windmill, the pub and the Grove Walk to my list of things to see and do in Oxford.

    Too my mind, Endeavour (the character) is definitely getting more prickly. But there’s a fine line. When does prickly become rude?

    A good writer will use one character to highlight/dramatize various aspects of another character. In this case, when Fancy fails to log that stuff Endeavour is miffed but he takes the blame for it when Thursday brings it up. This extra work helps him locate a clue, but it also helps show that Morse is a team player.

  20. BTW – You produce a staggering amount of useful info for each episode. It would be great if there was a wiki to go with the blog. This would allow all your info to be categorized for easy reference. Pubs, music, paintings, locations, actors, etc. You need an intern!

    1. Thanks cappy. I will soon be upgrading my blog which will give me more options, like the forum I mentioned in my post. It will also allow to better organize my blog.

  21. As a reminder for your US readers and US viewers, PBS cuts a few minutes and takes out expensive songs. Thus, no Zombies and no Rolling Stones, just generic electric guitar music in both spots. (Unfortunately, though PBS adds back the full show for their DVD releases, they don’t pay for the pricey songs, you still get the generics.) I will say, giving it a watch the second time, I was not so disappointed as when I first watched it several months ago. It was a better episode with age.

    1. It makes me wish that Acorn or Britbox might start carrying Endeavour so we wouldn’t have to watch truncated episodes.

      1. I watch it on Amazon Prime. I can’t say for sure, but I don’t think I’ve missed anything. Series 5 isn’t up there yet, though.

  22. It’s kind of ironic that you posted this just as I’m rewatching the “Endeavour” episodes, and, more specifically, just as I watched this episode again on the ITV website. Or, rather, TRIED to watch it again–I watched about the first third or half, then put it on hold for a few days, but when I came back, it had been taken down! I assume that’s because of the PBS airing.

    Which means I’m not in much of a position to comment on the specifics of this episode, not remembering the details as well as I’d like to. I will say I was surprised to read how vehemently people objected to this episode, and, indeed, to this whole season. I enjoyed it well enough, and kind of enjoyed the Artemesia plot line. I didn’t have any trouble with the Fancy. In some ways, he was a straight substitute for Jakes, and a nice contrast with “I’m a young man!” Morse, who sometimes seems to have been born middle-aged. Besides, after watching Morse chafe for four years while men he considered peers and, in many ways, lesser talents, pulled rank on him because they were sergeants and he wasn’t, we needed so see how HE’D handle the position. Not well, I’m afraid, but it did seem in character. Nor did I object to a lack of closure to Joan’s story. I think that was the point–her life kind of fizzles and isn’t fully lived. We’ve never actually seen her that much, as opposed to having heard others talk about her, or watched and tried to read Morse’s reaction to her.

    Which brings me to something I’ve been pondering about: might Joan be a lesbian? Now, hear me out: I know we haven’t heard her express anything like attraction to a woman…but have we heard her express any real attraction—as opposed to friendliness and even warmth—towards a man? I think she may love Morse, for example, but I haven’t seen any indication that she’s IN love with Morse, or even with the man who was keeping her as his mistress—the most she said for him was that he was “nice,” which sounds like damning with faint praise to me. It’s mainly the way she seems so restless and confused in her attempts to make a life for herself, kind of flailing around trying to figure out who she is. I’ve heard that story so many times from gay men and lesbians of her generation, who knew something was wrong, but didn’t know what. They kept trying to live within the boxes they had been assigned by their families and upbringing, but it didn’t work, so they tried living in new boxes lauded by the media—“swinging” in that ‘60s way—only to find that didn’t work, either. They weren’t so much consciously living a lie when they dated members of the opposite sex or got married and raised children as they were living without viable alternatives, not having seen any. (And, in some women’s cases, not even realizing there was such a thing as homosexuality for women.) I don’t have any emotional investment in whether this happens or not—I don’t approach TV that way—but I think it would be a legitimate development if it were to work out that way…or if we never see Joan work it out and keep seeing, Besides, it somehow seems like a less personal jab at Morse if she were to reject him because of that, instead of because he didn’t measure up in some way or another, the way so many other women have rejected him.

  23. I liked the episode for many of the reasons you cite – musical and literary references but Morse’s brusque treatment of Fancy is out of character for me unless he is rapidly turnging into the curmudgeon he becomes. Fancy is new; he deserves better mentoring rather than just criticism. Not sure why we need Fancy if Trewlove is there. Serves the same purpose of sidekick but she is smarter unless there is more to come from Fancy that justifies his presence.

  24. Christopher, this made for wonderful reading. I just saw the episode a few nights ago, and I just couldn’t wait to come here and read what you had to say. Nothing short of brilliant. So interesting. And the comments are also so thoughtful and intelligent. Thank you so very much for your work. Reading this is like being in an excellent lecture course in college.

    1. I agree with Chris and others that there’s too much over-ingeniousness in getting in loads of references, fun though they are to spot and read about. But the suggestion that Strange is domesticated (as well as a trombone player) amused me. His mother must have taught him to cook.

      Morse does seem to be veering into rudeness, but in his defense he did take the blame for Fancy’s not logging the contents of the suitcase.

  25. Let me first congratulate you on such a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the episode. Wonderful!
    Over the last 6 months I’ve become a fan of the series, although I made the mistake of watching episodes out of sequence as they played on BBC America. Plan to start over using a streaming service to do justice to the writing and the story.
    But, back to “Muse”.
    I’m pretty sure that when Endeavor is playing Verdi’s La Traviata at home, it’s the excellent recording by Luciano Pavarotti and Cheryl Studer, which was released in 1991, some 23 years after the date of the episode which ends with the radio announcer breaking the news of the murder of Martin Luther King.
    A minor goof.

    1. Just an FYI about streaming: I watched Series 1 through Series 4 on Amazon Prime. They still don’t have Series 5, and Netflix doesn’t have any of them. It appears you can watch Series 5 on the PBS website, but as I understand it, you do need to pay to do so–I think it’s a subscription service like Amazon Prime or Netflix, and you don’t pay per episode, but I’m not sure–and of course you can watch them live on PBS, and my two local PBS stations have many replays during the week. I originally watched Series 5 on the ITV website, which takes some maneuvering to get in the States, but they’ve been taking down Series 5 episodes now that PBS is airing them. (I’m taking that as a sign that they will be up on Amazon Prime shortly after the PBS season ends, but I may be wrong.) Maybe to make up for that, they now have the pilot up, which they didn’t do for the longest time.

    2. Just saw this episode and yes, you are right, I also recognized the Pavarotti/Studer Traviata from 1991. I do believe though (have not checked it myself), that in other episodes also more recent recordings of classical music are used… don’t know why, since there are plenty of remastered issues of contemporary recordings around.

  26. In the latest Endeavour – “Passenger” – the scene where DCI Thursday and Endeavour interview “Marty” in his clothing shop – the song playing in the background, as the scene fades out, is from “Counter Culture Blues” – Inspector Lewis – Season 3 – Episode 4. The song, “Hard Times”, was the one Esme, Richie, and the rest of the band, “Midnight Addiction” was practicing for their comeback.

    1. Hi Debra. It is just there to help referenece the year in which the episode is set.

  27. Hi Chris I found another Christ’s Hospital link to the Morse Universe (Roger Allam is an Old Blue and Desmond McNutt (Classics teacher and crossword setter)) was the basis for MacNutt. Former CH pupil Tanya Fear was the assistant in the shop selling the lipstick but she’s apparently been in lots of other series including the first ever. Do you know of any specific other episodes?

  28. “…There were hints and undertones that Ruth Astor and Eve Thorne were lesbians. If this was what Russell had in mind then shame on him. Too often lesbians are seen in films and TV shows as man hating murderers.”

    What a profoundly silly comment in light of the fact that Ruth was raped by a gang of white males (I’m sure you approved of that casting) and she was a sympathetic character for a murderer intent on revenge for a horrific attack.

  29. Saw this episode again recently. Charlotte Hope gives a great perfomance as Eve Thorne. She reads Morse well and there is a tension between them in every scene. To me she is a memorable character, in a similar way to Norah Broome (Rocket).

    1. I agree, Charlotte Hope did a great job. Her ‘conversations’ with Morse also reminded me a bit of the way police officers were treated by Sharon Stone (as Catherine Tramell) in the movie ‘Basic Instinct’.

  30. I agree with you that a new writer ought to take over. I am going back through the series, and am again charmed by the music, the settings, the acting, the production values, but the stories are so arcane and convoluted. This one was over the top and not at all satisfying. The last scenes were unwatchable.

  31. Fun Fact(?): Thursday is looking at the model of the new Police division HQ in Kidlington, when Bright comes in and briefly comments all of the new facilities in the prospected building. As a former architecture student, Anton Lesser might now his ropes here…

  32. As I’m rewatching the series, it’s more apparent now that the references to Kent Finn are strategically threaded through multiple episodes. I think your theory that Finn is Hugo De Vries is compelling. Living in the US, I haven’t seen the most recent season, so perhaps by now All Has Been Revealed, and your theory has been proven. I’m eager to see what happens when the new series airs in the States this summer. Thanks again for all the attention you take to detail.

    1. I haven’t seen the entire series (yet) either… but I think that Mason Gull AKA ‘Dr. Daniel Cronyn’ (Season 1, episode 2 “Fugue”) would also be a good candidate to be(come) Huge De Vries.

      1. That is interesting Marcus and strangely I never considered him. I am live streaming the Fugue episode on Sunday the 24th. After the episode and then on Wednesday when we discuss the episode during a live stream, I will put that idea to all the viewers.

  33. Lipstick:

    When the shark bites
    With his teeth dear.
    Scarlet billows
    Start to spread.

    Mac The Knife
    Brecht & Weill
    Threepenny Opera

      1. “Scarlet Billows” is the name of one of the lipsticks on display at the chemist, as I recall.

  34. Hi. I think it might be Paul Temple NOT Simon Templar. Paul Temple was a Francis Durbridge sleuth created for radio but in the mid-60s portrayed by the voice of Captain Scarlet – Francis Mathews on TV

  35. Hey Chris,
    thank you for all the information.
    One thing I noticed: “The Berserkers” have a very strong resemblance to the movie “The Riot Club”. In “The Riot Club”, a club of a few very rich Oxford Students, all of them dressed up to look like the most respectable gentlemen (exactly as shown and mentioned in “Muse”), is having “dinners” where they behave exactly like “The Berserkers” in “Muse”. So they get banned from every restaurant they ever had a “dinner” in (of course) because of the extreme destruction they leave behind. One of those “dinners” is shown in great detail in the movie.

    And the resemblance goes even beyond that: at the “dinner” shown in “The Riot Club”, a girl accidentally enters and it is implied that the situation might escalate into a similar ordeal that Ruth Astor had to endure – but luckily she can get out before anything can happen. To me, watching “Muse” almost felt like watching a different version of “The Riot Club” where they wanted to show what would have happened to the girl if she had not gotten away (and had taken revenge afterwards).

    The similarity really struck me. When watching “Riot Club” I was so relieved when she got away. And now here comes “Muse” and I had to watch it end badly for her anyway.

    And another thing: I think Ruth Astor was the Bathsheba Paula Ellis (the other Delilah) mentioned when she said “There was a Jezebel. And a Bathsheba but she got glassed”. When Morse searches Joey Sikes belongings in the beginning, the picture of Ruth Astor as “Bathsheba” is shown in the contact mag where she is on the opposite page of Eve Thorne as “Delilah”.

    I hope my english doesn`t sound too weird,
    Greetings from Germany,

  36. I rather enjoy the film and literary references – for me, it’s one of the main reasons why the show benefits from repeated viewings (rather like Mad Men, which I believe has been given a shout-out in Endeavour at some point). One thing about these that has disappointed me so far is that no-one has been seen reading a book by Diogenes Small, the author who Colin Dexter created to supply appropriate quotes for chapter headings in the books.

    But yes, it does seem like the effort that goes into creating these can sometimes be at the expense of the plot. The Series 8 episode “Scherzo” feels very similar to this one – the motive for a string of murders being revenge for a woman being wronged (although in “Scherzo”, it’s her father carrying out the revenge). It also has many, many shout-outs…

  37. There are a few things I don`t really get:

    At min. 59: The day after the egg was stolen and Simon Lake was killed, Pickman comes home and his wife is angry because he was gone since the day before and she suggests that he was with Eve Thorne. Is there any hint at where he acutally was? I thought it somewhat believable when (at min.32) he denied having an affair with Eve when Endeavour asks him. And Eve was in a cell/under constant police observation that night anyway, so he could not have been with her without the police seeing him. Or was he just not ready to come home right after finding his friend dead (and the egg stolen) so that he stayed just somewhere else to compose himself so his wife won`t notice that something is wrong?
    In addition, I thought he was weirdly relaxed while his friends were getting killed one by one.

    And why was Endeavour so rude to Pickman when he first questioned him? Was it because Endeavour had seen the cyrillic writing and thought that he might be involved in some sort of a con regarding the egg? Or because Pickmann kind of compared him with vermin? Nevertheless, I was a little surprised by Endeavour`s rudeness at the end of the conversation they had at around minute 30.

    And at 1h 19min: How did Morse suddenly know for sure that Eve Thorne was at Robin Grey’s stag party at the Shiplake Chase? Did he just deduce it from the A.C. she had written down and assumed that there must be a connection because of the story she had just told him about a friend of hers who had been raped? Or was there something else I missed? I was surprised that all of a sudden Morse knew it for a fact that Eve had been at the stag party.

  38. There is one point on which I have to disagree with you:

    “…There were hints and undertones that Ruth Astor and Eve Thorne were lesbians. If this was what Russell had in mind then shame on him. Too often lesbians are seen in films and TV shows as man hating murderers.”

    I don`t think this is what this episode was about at all.
    Ruth Astor was raped and traumatised and could no longer live with the horrible memories that haunted her. She felt that the only way to escape those memories that tortured her, was to kill herself. But before she left this world, she wanted to make those pay who had made her life unbearable. This is not about lesbians hating men, it is about a horrible crime and the victim taking revenge because she felt her life is ruined beyond repair. She felt that the ones who raped her took away her life and she wanted them to experience the same. It was a crime so horrible that it killed the victim a year after the crime was commited and brought death upon those who commited the crime as well. The victim did not know how to go on living and that has nothing to do with sexual orientation.

    I didn`t see any hints that Ruth and Eve were lesbians but maybe I missed them. The only thing I recognized that might have been a hint is that Pickman said about Eve “I don`t think she likes men”. But Endeavour thought that Pickman only said that because his ego was hurt because Eve did not sleep with him and I think so, too. And maybe they only made Pickman say that line so that Endeavour had a chance to snap at him, to make it clear to the audience that he did not like Pickman from the start (and surprise, he turns out to be a con artist). I don`t think this was actually meant to be a hint that Eve was a lesbian and I did not notice another one.

    1. Hi Carolin. I never actually wrote that I believed the episode was about Eve and Ruth being lesbians. I was just pointing out the possibility they were lovers and why this was not a good scenario to place in modern television when so many lesbians are portrayed as unhinged murderers.

  39. Have we figured out yet how Eve Thorne managed to reach Dr Croxley’s house before Morse and Thursday at the end of this episode?

    1. Wondering that myself. Pretty fast movement for someone who doesn’t seem to own an automobile.

  40. I will never get the rape scene out of my head. I seriously hope there is nothing like that again in future episodes. It’s a poor director that has to spell it out so graphically.

  41. I just watched this episode. I am late to the “Endeavor” party, watching the series in 2023 from start to finish with no knowledge of older Inspector Morse. So, I don’t get the references that abound in the “Endeavor” prequel to the earlier Morse series. But I love that they are there and that everybody here points them out.

    Again, as with the other episodes, “Muse” is a good show basically, with great costumes and sets, some good lines, and some good acting. However, it falls flat as a crime story/mystery. Unbelievably “extravagant” murders by an unbelievable perpetrator. I don’t blame Ruth for wanting to kill those men, if anyone deserves to get whacked it’s they, but I don’t believe she could pull it off. Sykes had a revolver in his glove box, but how did Ruth manage to get past a seasoned boxer and get a hold of it? Decapitating someone and laying his head out on a silver platter on fully set dinner table ? Awesome revenge, since her rape takes place on the dinner table, but how’d she manage that? Lots of preparations and gear needed for that, and in a town where few people seem to own personal automobiles. I could go on, but I won’t.

    Ok, now one thing that is bothering me is this: who opened Lake’s safe? How did Ruth steal the diamond?

  42. I thought this was an enjoyable episode when I first watched it, and thought so again. However, it’s not perfect.

    The pig’s head comment was a reference to a story that had come out in the press at a similar time that this episode would have been written about the Bullingdon Club and what David Cameron (ex British Prime Minister) allegedly did with a pigs head at a function.

    Endeavour has always been an ensemble cast in comparison with Morse and Lewis. Whilst the introduction of a DC makes sense within the CID org structure, it does clutter the storylines.

    The one thing that I didn’t understand was that at the telephone messaging service, it seemed convenient that we saw loads of girls, but only Ruth Astor took the messages.

    1. Mark – a propos of the Bullingdon
      Club, there is a ‘Black Mirror’ episode called ‘The National Anthem’ that also references a pig’s head and the British PM.

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