Storylines Involving Cuckold Husbands in the Morse Universe.

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Hello everyone and welcome to a new post. During one of my recent Morse streams on Twitch, (see above for a link to my Twitch page), the Usual Suspects (my name for those in chat), were discussing the plot device of husbands who are cuckolds in the Morse Universe. The Oxford English Dictionary definition of ‘cuckold’ is; ‘The husband of an adulteress, often regarded as an object of derision, ultimately derived from Old French cucu ‘cuckoo’, from the cuckoo’s habit of laying its egg in another bird’s nest.’  According to the New York Times, “Although a female version of the word cuckold exists (it’s cuckquean), it’s little used, probably because, as far as the larger sense of the word’s meaning is concerned, there has been no female equivalent of the cuckold. Wronged wives typically have been figures of sympathy, not jest.” So, on that theme here are all the episodes that feature a cuckold husband in the Morse, Lewis and Endeavour series. Enjoy.

SPOILERS ALERT.

Let’s take a look at the Morse series first:

Service of All the Dead (Series 1, Episode 3). 

In this episode Harry Josephs wife, Brenda, is having an affair with Paul Morris. Brenda’s husband is Harry Josephs

Brenda Josephs                                            Paul Morris                                          Harry Josephs

Harry Josephs is having his own affair with Ruth Rawlinson. Harry kills both Brenda and Paul.

The Wolvercote Tongue (Series 2, Episode 1)

Lucy Downes, who is married to Cedric Downes, and  is having an affair with Theodore Kemp.

Lucy Downes                                               Cedric Downes                                      Theodore Kemp

Last Seen Wearing (Series 2, Episode 2).

Grace Taylor is having an affair with Donald Phillipson. Grace’s husband is George Taylor.

Grace Taylor                                             Donald Phillipson.                                        George Taylor

Ghost in the Machine (Series 3, Episode 1)

In this episode Lady Hanbury is having an affair with the gardener John McKendrick. Lady Hanbury’s husband is Lord Hanbury.

Lady Hanbury                                            John McKendrick                                     Lord Hanbury

Lady Hanbury kills Lord Hanbury and then her and John try to make it look like suicide.

The Last Enemy (Series 3, Episode 2).

There is a cuckold husband in this episode, Arthur Drysdale, whose wife was having an affair with Nicholas Balarat. However, this event happened many years before the setting of the episode. We never see Drysdale’s wife or Nicholas Balarat in the episode apart from his dead body in the canal.

Arthur Drysdale.

Drysdale kills Nicholas Balarat and his body is found in the canal in the clothes of Kerridge.

Deceived by Flight (Series 3, Episode 3)

Kate Donn, wife of Anthony, is having an affair with Vince Cranston

Vince Cranston                                           Anthony Donn                                            Kate Donn

Kate Donn kills her husband.

The Secret of Bay 5B (Series 3, Episode 4)

So, all episodes of series three have a cuckold husband. In this episode Rosemary Henderson is having an affair not only with Edward Manley but also the first victim, Michael Gifford. Her husband is George Henderson.

Rosemary Henderson                                    Edward Manley                                   George Henderson

Rosemary kills Gifford. If Manley is to be believed he accidently killed George as a gun went off as they struggled.

The Sins of the Fathers (Series 4, Episode 2).

Helen Radford, wife of Trevor, is having an affair with her husband’s brother, Stephen Radford.

Helen Radford                                            Stephen Radford

Stephen is killed by Victor Preece as is his brother Trevor.

Driven to Distraction (Series 4, Episode 3).

Jackie Thorn is having an affair with Jeremy Boynton. Technically, Jackie is not married to Tim Ablett.

Jackie Thorn                                                 Jeremy Boynton                                     Tim Ablett

Jackie is killed by the driving instructor, Derek Whittaker.

Who Killed Harry Field (Series 5, Episode 3).

Harry Field’s wife, Helen, had an affair with Tony Doyle.

Helen Field                                                   Tony Doyle

Harry was killed by Paul Eirl.

Promised Land (Series 5, Episode 5).

Anne Harding, the wife of the supergrass Mike Harding, is having an affair with the police officer, Sergeant Scott Humphries.

Anne Harding                                              Sergeant Scott Humphries

Scott is killed by Paul Matthews.

Dead on Time (Series 6, Episode 1).

Helen Marriat, wife of Dr. John Marriott, had an affair with Peter Rhodes. Susan Fallon had an affair with Henry Fallon while she was engaged to Morse.

Helen Marriat                                                  Peter Rhodes                                        Susan Fallon                                           Henry Fallon

Susan Fallon helped her husband commit suicide. Peter Rhodes wife is killed in a road accident and Helen is, some could argue, in some small way responsible.

Happy Families (Series 6, Episode 2)

Many years previous to the events of the episode Lady Emily Balcombe had an affair with a stonemason, Steven Ford, the brother of Margaret Cliff.

Lady Balcombe                                            Margaret Ford

Steven Ford was killed by the Balcombes many years before the events of the episode. Lady Balcombe’s husband Lord Balcombe is killed by Margaret Cliff.

The Death of the Self (Series 6, Episode 3).

Morse has a flirtation with Nicole Burgess who is married to Guido Ventura.

Nicole Burgess

Absolute Conviction (Series 6, Episode 4).

Emma Cryer is having an affair with Peter Thornton while her husband Lawrence Cryer is in jail.

Emma Cryer                                                 Peter Thornton                                        Lawrence Cryer

The Daughters of Cain (The second of five specials)

Kay Brooks was having an affair with retired Don, Dr. Felix McClure while she is engaged to Ashley Davies. (I am not 100% sure that Kay had the affair with McClure while engaged to Ashley but I think she did).

Kay Brooks                                                            Ashley Davies

Felix McClure was killed by Ted Brooks.

Death is Now my Neighbour (Third of five specials)

Shelley Cornford, married to Denis Cornford, has a ‘one night stand’ with Sir Clixby Bream. Angela Storrs has or had an affair with Sir Clixby Bream.

Shelley Cornford                                            Denis Cornford                                      Sir Clixby Bream                                         Angela Storrs

Shelley Cornford dies in a tragic accident.

The Remorseful Day (The final episode and the fifth of five specials).

Yvonne Harrison was having an affair with John Barron who was the boyfriend of her daughter Sandra.

Yvonne Harrison                                              John Barron

Yvonne is killed by her daughter, Sandra. John Barron is killed by Roy, Frank Harrison’s, (Yvonne’s husband) illegitimate son.

So, that is 17 episodes out of 33 have a cuckold husband. Let’s move to the Lewis series.

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Time to look at the Lewis series. The pilot episode, Reputation, I don’t count as episode one of series one.

Expiation (Series 1, Episode 3)

There isn’t really any cuckolding in this but the wives did swap husbands or vice versa but with each other’s permission.

The Great and the Good (Series 2, Episode 4)

Magda Donnelly had an affair with Simon Ashton.

Magda Donnelly                                           Simon Ashton

The Point of Vanishing (Series 3, Episode 3).

Cecile Rattenbury had an affair with her husband’s friend Manfred Canter.

Cecile Rattenbury                                            Tom Rattenbury                                       Manfred Canter

Manfred murdered two people for Cecile who was looking for revenge on the person who disabled her daughter.

The Dead of Winter (Series 4, Episode 1)

Selina Mortmaigne who is married to Augustus Mortmaigne is having an affair with Philip Coleman.

The Mortnaignes                                             Philip Coleman

Scarlett Mortmaigne the daughter has a flirtation with Hathaway. Scarlett is engaged to Tarek Shimali.

Scarlett Mortmaigne

Dark Matter (Series 4, Episode 2).

Babs Temple is having an affair with Professor Andrew Crompton. Gwen Raeburn had a one night stand with Malcolm Finniston.

Babs Temple                                                      Andrew Crompton                                  Gwen Raeburn                                       Malcolm Finniston

The Ramblin’ Boy (Series 7, Episode 2).

Tara Faulkner, wife of Peter, is having an affair with police officer Jack Cornish.

Tara Faulkner                                                 Peter Faulkner                                       Jack Cornish

The Lions of Nemea (Series 8, Episode 2).

Jennie Brightway, wife of the Paul the murderer, had an affair with Felix Garwood.

Jennie Brightway                                          Paul Brightway                                           Felix Garwood

Paul killed Felix.

That’s it for the Lewis series. So seven out of 33 episodes have a cuckold husband. Eight if you count Expiation.

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Let’s move onto the Endeavour series.

Pilot Episode (First Bus to Woodstock)

Rosalind Stromming has an affair with Miles Percival.

Rosalind Stromming                                     Miles Percival

Rosalind killed Miles.

Girl (Series 1, Episode 1).

Pamela Walters had an affair with Dr. Frank Cartwright a married man.

Pamela Walters                                           Dr. Frank Cartwright

Fugue (Series 1, Episode 2).

Evelyn Balfour, married to Lionel has an affair with Roy Adamson.

 

Evelyn Balfour                                              Lionel Balfour                                                               Roy Adamson

Evelyn is killed by Dr. Daniel Cronyn a.k.a Mason Gull.

Sway (Series 2, Episode 3)

Gloria Deeks, whose husband is in jail, has an affair with Joey Lisk (she may have had many others).

Gloria Deeks                                                 Joey Lisk

Ride (Series 3, Episode 1).

Kay Belborough has/had an affair with Joss Bixby. She was also flirting with Endeavour.

Kay Belborough                                              Joss Bixby

Arcadia (Series 3, Episode2).

Annette Richardson flirts with Endeavour.

Annette Richardson.

Oracle (Series 7, Episode 1)

Violetta Talenti is having an affair with Endeavour. However, we find out Ludo knew about the affair so he is not an actual cuckold but I thought I would mention the episode.

Violetta Talenti

Raga (Series 7, Episode 2).

As above in regard to Endeavour and Violetta.

Zenana (Series 7, Episode 3)

As above in regard to Endeavour and Violetta.

Striker (Series 8, Episode 1).

Sarah Sellars has an affair with John Paul.

Sarah Sellars                                                 John Paul

Sarah’s husband, George kills John Paul.

So, the Endeavour series had only five episode out of 33 involving a cuckold husband. That is if you discount all of series seven and Arcadia where Annette only flirts with Endeavour.

I hope you all enjoyed this delve into the murky waters of sexual affairs and the cuckold husbands. If I have missed anything out let me know in the comments section. Take care.

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Author: Chris Sullivan

Up until a few years ago I was my mum's full time carer. She died in, 2020, of Covid. I am now about to start my third year year at Edinburgh University studying for a second degree this one being English Literature. My other degree is in Ecological Science. At the moment I am attempting to write a novel.

3 thoughts

  1. Thank you Chris – great info and work ! And a what a fun listing…… However, isn’t Pamela Walters affair in the episode ‘Girl’ not the pilot ? I think if you count ‘flirtations’ you might have to include Sway and Fred and Luisa……..???

    That’s interesting I never would have counted Susan Fallon – I never got the impression that she was having an affair with Henry while she was engaged to Morse – rather she was dating Fallon before Morse and he (Fallon) won her back and that is why she broke off the engagement.

    1. Hi Maria. You’re right about Palmer. I forgot to add the heading. Regarding Luisa she isn’t married so there is no cuckold husband.

      1. Re: Luisa – of course….I forgot her husband was dead wasn’t he ? Hence her English surname…

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