Endeavour Episode, EXEUNT (Series 9, Episode 3): Review + Locations, Literary References, Music etc. SPOILERS.

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Exeunt: used as a stage direction in a play to indicate that a group of actors leave the stage.


Where’s Colin?

At two minutes we see a student running through a college quad. A professor is walking away from the camera. The actor has the look of Colin.


At around the eight and a half minute mark, while in the first victim’s home, Endeavour mentions that the crossword setter was, Codex. This was the pseudonym that Colin used when setting crosswords.


I think this is supposed to be Colin.

Directed by Kate Saxon. Kate directed the Endeavour episodes, Zenana (S7E3), Terminus (S8E3)

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


First broadcast in the UK on March 12, 2023.

EXEUNT: Series 9, Episode 2.


June, 1972.

Endeavour continues to investigate who was killed and buried at Blenheim Vale. After the skeletal remains of Landesman and Brenda Lewis were found Endeavour believes that one of the young boys,  Peter Williams, will also be found. Meanwhile, two people have been killed in what looks like accidents. However, their obituaries were published in the Oxford Mail before they died.

Preparations for the wedding of Jim Strange and Joan Thursday continue to punctuate the events mentioned above.

(warning, this review will contain spoilers)

I’m not sure where to start. Let’s start with the positives. As always the cast were sublime. The main cast can walk away with their collective heads held high. The actors who played the secondary characters, Frazil and Max in particular, played them with such relish. There were times when Abigail Thaw and James Bradshaw stole scenes from the main actors nor only in this episode but throughout the series. Anton Lesser was under used in this episode but his reading of Prospero’s monologue from Shakespeare’s The Tempest was moving, glorious and overwhelming. It practically stole the show.

Those behind the scenes can also take a curtain call: the cinematographers, the wardrobe and make-up departments, the location team and everyone else involved can be proud of their work on the Endeavour series.

Kate Saxon’s direction was good and showed she had a steady hand on the tiller. I think of the three episodes she directed, Zenana and Terminus, this was her best work. Kate appeared to have a clarity of vision in what was always going to be a difficult episode to direct. Kate appeared to be enthused and invested in this project.

The music by Matthew Slater was utterly beguiling at times especially the first piece we hear at the beginning of the episode. Matthew always had a difficult job in following in the proverbial footsteps of the legend that was Barrington Pheloung. I feel that Matthew Slater improved series by series.

Unfortunately, I need to write about what was wrong with the episode and the final series overall. This final episode was, like the second episode, Uniform, rather dull in places and even worse, ridiculous. The main/subplot of John Bingley was utter piffle and the episode would have been better without it. I still can’t decide if it was a subplot or the main plot. For a main plot it was over very quickly, within the first hour. John Bailey was a cartoon cypher for all that apparently ails modern Britain or England in the case of the episode. I have no problem with a writer pushing a political agenda but not when we are bludgeoned over the head with those ideals and it has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

What made it worse was the Scooby Doo moment when Bingley confronted Endeavour. He talked about how he would loved to have killed a few more if it hadn’t been for Endeavour interfering. I was waiting for the line, ‘If it wasn’t for you pesky police I would have gotten away with it.’ Russel tried to cram too much into the episode. It would have better if he had left out the John Bingley storyline and concentrated on the Blenheim Vale/Sam/wedding storylines.

However, I do believe using the events of the Neverland storyline was unwarranted and lazy. New storylines would have have been better and fresher. Each of the episodes of the ninth series should have been standalone episodes with the only story arcs being the wedding and Sam.

My main problem is Fred murdering the biker who turned out to be Peter Williams, the ‘boy’ that Endeavour believed was buried at Blenheim Vale. For me, this was not a good way to allow us to find out why the older Endeavour never mentions Thursday. Not only did Fred murder someone but Endeavour, in saying and doing nothing, is complicit in that murder. As I have written below, Why would Joan be safe from the bikers as said by Endeavour? Didn’t Fred say that criminals would get to you through your love for your family? Wouldn’t the bikers kidnap and threaten her until she told them where Fred was? Jim Strange has already told us that the bikers are relentless and unforgiving if one of their own is killed.

Fred should have been killed due to a situation caused by Endeavour and so making him feel so guilty that he never mentions Fred. It would have also have created the reason why the older Jim Strange was quite frequently tetchy with Morse. It could have also explained why Strange’s wife, is rarely mentioned in the Morse series and in particular her never being named. This would have made more sense. I believe Russell didn’t have the courage to kill off Fred Thursday.

I enjoyed the ending with the two jags passing and a John Thaw lookalike being used. However I didn’t like the rear view mirror part. I know Russell did it to have a continuity with the last and the first episode but like using the Neverland Blenheim Vale storyline it is repeating oneself.

I will never understand why Russell didn’t introduce the McNutt character other than mentioning him. Surely, it would have been better to have had McNutt be Bright’s replacement. Of course, Morse says to Bright that he will think of moving to the newly reopened Cowley police station that McNutt will run. Maybe, we are to believe that he does transfer there and becomes McNutt’s bagman.

I believe the chap at the end who Endeavour hands the book to is supposed to be Colin Dexter.

The idea is I believe, that Russell Lewis, through the Endeavour character, is passing the baton over to Colin. Russell has written the first part of Endeavour Morse’s life now it is down to Coin Dexter to write about the later years of Morse.

So, what about the future of the Morse Universe. In discussions on my Twitch channel and in the comments section here on my website, the two favourite ideas are a series about a young Thursday and a quirky crime drama with the characters Dorothea Frazil and Max DeBryn. Unfortunately, I think it will be at least five years before we see another series in the Morse Universe. If we see one at all.


 – Once again Russell puts Endeavour in jeopardy in this episode. Not just once but twice.

 – So, many ridiculous coincidences in this episode: the bikers turn up just in time to save Endeavour from being killed. But why? Wouldn’t the bikers be concerned that Endeavour would have them arrested for killing Lott? Why didn’t we hear the bikes driving up to the area.

Endeavour has a daydream. This is what one would expect from a soap opera or sitcom not a serious crime drama. Why not have Endeavour have a dream and then wake up in hospital after being beaten by the Lott?

He is badly injured, kicked in the ribs, maybe stabbed or punched in the back yet he doesn’t wince when Joan hugs him.

Sam has a major problem with drink and drugs but then hallelujah he suddenly doesn’t have those problems. No mention of going to the Alcoholics Anonymous or counselling. Would Sam be able to join the police force after being in a military prison?

Fred would need to tell Win why he was having to leave the police force and why they were no longer moving to Carshall. Would Win stay married to Fred if she knew he murdered someone? Fred lost their entire savings and she left him because of that.

Why would Joan be safe from the bikers as said by Endeavour? Didn’t Fred say that criminals would get to you through your love for your family? Wouldn’t the bikers kidnap and threaten her until she told them where Fred was? Jim Strange has already told us that the bikers are relentless and unforgiving if one of their own is killed.

What an amazing and incredible coincidence. The very church where Joan and Jim are being married, Endeavour sees the name of the person who owns Blenheim Vale on a gravestone.

 – Fred has hidden the gun in a box on top of a cupboard in the kitchen. Does Win NEVER clean up there?

Where did Endeavour get the bullet to load Fred’s gun?

It seems to me that the death of Andrew Lewis in the first episode of the series was just a tortured way to mention Robbie Lewis in the last episode.

Isn’t it a coincidence that Dr Andrea Massey at the wake for McMurdo says, “We should tell people if they mean something to us.” And here’s Endeavour thinking that same thing about Joan.

Once again Endeavour is the only one who finds clues; the button from Sam’s jacket, the name on the gravestone etc.

If the killer John Bingley has a friend who works at the Times as a typesetter why didn’t John Bingley get him to put in the other death notices? Wasn’t Bingly worried that his friend would tell all if the police got involved?

 – We never find out why Jakes returned. Yet another coincidence?

Jags out of ten:


All ‘modern’ music is what was used in the original UK broadcast. For legal and copyright reasons the music may be different in broadcasts in other countries.

At around the seven minute mark we see Sam in a pub. The music being played is Paranoid by Black Sabbath.


At 30 minutes Sam again at the pub while Bloodsucker by Deep Purple is playing.

At around 31 minutes, Endeavour is at home listening to music. It is Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: Communio. Lux aeterna – Cum sanctis tuis by Mozart.


Around the one hour and five minute mark, Jakes and Endeavour are talking in Endeavour’s home. Thank you to Nancy who pointed out that the music playing in the background is, Chopin – Prelude in E Minor op 28 no 4.


At around the one hour and ten minute mark, Endeavour is in his car. We hear, Mozart’s Requiem In D Minor,. K. 626: Sequence III, Rex Tremendae Majestatis.


At around one hour and 17 minutes Endeavour enters the marquee. We can hear Brown Sugar playing by the Rolling Stones.


In the same scene the Rolling Stones segues into Elvis Presley’s, The Wonder of You.


Then as Endeavour is left standing alone when Joan and Jim leave we hear Elton John’s, Rocket Man.


The final piece of music was Requiem : ‘In Paradisum’ by Gabriel Fauré


At two minutes we hear the college professor speaking to his class. He is quoting a Thomas Babington Macaulay poem, Horatius.

“Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the gate:
‘To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his Gods.


The reverend during the funeral of Edwin Bevin says, “…the pen is infinitely mightier than the sword.” “The pen is mightier than the sword” is a metonymic adage, created by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839. The full quote is, “The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.”


In the final pub scene, Endeavour says to Fred, “I know thee not, old man.” This is from Shakespeare’s, Henry IV Part 2: Act 5 Scene 5. The King is talking to Falstaff.

I know thee not, old man. Fall to thy prayers.
How ill white hairs become a fool and jester.
45I have long dreamt of such a kind of man,
So surfeit-swelled, so old, and so profane;
But being awaked, I do despise my dream.
Make less thy body hence, and more thy grace.

Coincidentally, Roger Allam has played the character of Falstaff.


At the end Chief Inspector Bright reads out from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Act IV, Scene 1. It is said by Prospero.

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep. Sir, I am vex’d;
Bear with my weakness; my, brain is troubled:
Be not disturb’d with my infirmity:
If you be pleased, retire into my cell
And there repose: a turn or two I’ll walk,
To still my beating mind.


The name of McMurdo who was killed in an ‘accident’ and whose funeral we saw at the beginning has the name from the Arthur Conan Doyle novel, The Sign of Four. McMurdo is the doorman at Pondicherry Lodge.


Claypole, the undertaker, shares his name with the undertaker in Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist.


At around the 22 minute mark, Endeavour and Thursday enter Dr Fortescue’s college rooms.



Above: Richmond Gardens by Mark Churchill (1935–2011).


Above: Abstract Landscape in Greens and Browns by John Talbot Mclean (b.1960).




The episode opens with a funeral. It’s Dr McMurdo’s funeral.

Thank you to Coco who identified the above location. It is The South Chapel Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium, Holders Hill Rd, London NW7 1NB.


At around two and a half minutes we  see a pupil running through a college quad.

This is New College.


At three minutes the Thames valley police station.

The location of the Thames Valley Police Station is, The St Cross Building, University of Oxford. It contains the English Faculty Library. Thank you to Roger who wrote in the comments, “relevantly for Morse, that building is actually overwhelmingly taken up by classrooms and offices for the Oxford Law Faculty and for the Bodleian Law Library. A fitting fictional home for a police station?”


Blenheim Vale.

This is Langleybury House & Film Centre, Langleybury Ln, Sarratt, Kings Langley WD4 8RN.


At around 11 minutes we see the new offices of the Oxford Mail.

This is a building adjacent to Holywell Music Room on Holywell Street.


Endeavour visits Dr Rupert McMurdo’s home. UNIDENTIFIED.


The Thursday home.

The Thursday house.

The address is 10 Ramsey Road, Headington.


Strange and Joan arrive at what might be their new home. UNIDENTIFIED



Endeavour, Thursday and Dr Fortescue walk through a college quad at around the 21 and a half minute mark.

This is again New College.



After talking to Dr Fortescue at around 23 mins we see Thursday and Endeavour walking through a college quad.

Above, Fred and Endeavour are walking toward this large Archway one can see in the photo below.


In the next scene Thursday has his ‘turn.’

This is now Exeter College. As can happen in the Morse Universe. The actors walk through a door or exit of one college and end up in another.


After the above scene we are at the funeral directors. Thanks to Coco who identified this as Hall Barn Estates Ltd, Home Farm Estate Office, Hall Barn, Windsor End, Beaconsfield HP9 2SG. This location was also used to stand in for Cowley Train Station in the episode Scherzo.


Endeavour visits Neptune House where the first phone call was made to the Oxford Mail regarding a death notice. UNIDENTIFIED.


At around 31 and a half minutes we see the shot shown below.

This is New College Lane.


At 34 minutes Strange relates to Endeavour the location of the second phone call to the Oxford Mail.

This is The High Street in the Old Town of Hemel Hempstead.

The High Street in Hemel Hempstead has been used in a few Endeavour episodes; Raga (S7E2), Confection (S6E3) and Pylon (S6E1).


At 41 minutes the funeral of Edwin Bevin. The South Chapel Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium, Holders Hill Rd, London NW7 1NB.


A quick shot at around 47 minutes.

This is Brasenose Lane.


After the above shot we are at the flower shop.

The production team have used the same location for the flower shop as they have for the empty shop that Endeavour visits at 34 minutes; The High Street in the Old Town of Hemel Hempstead.


At around 47 minutes Endeavour arrives at the church where Jim and Joan’s wedding will take place.

All the church and graveyard scenes are at this location.

Thank you to my good friend, Linda Parker, who identified this location. It is St Mary & St Nicholas, Church, Berkshire, Remenham Ln, Henley-on-Thames RG9 3DD.


Endeavour, at around the 56 minute mark, follows up a call from Ms Frazil.

This is Turl Street, Oxford. Once again, The Oxfam Bookshop has been used as a location.


At around one hour and two minutes. we get this shot.

This is Catte Street at the Broad Street end.


Morse’s home shown at one hour and four minutes.

It is a vicarage next to St Paul’s Church, Grove Park Road, Hounslow, London.




Endeavour is in hospital.

This is same exterior as used in the Endeavour episode, Lazaretto (S4E3).

This is Maidenhead Town Hall.

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The same location was used in the Carry On film, Carry On Doctor.




Endeavour says goodbye to Fred.

This is, of course, Radcliffe Square. Fred is seen walking down St Mary’s Passage.


Near the end of the episode. Blenheim Palace.

Above two photos from b4-business.com.


I’m not sure if the pub frequented by Sam is a real pub or a studio set.


At around the one hour and two minute mark we see Jim’s stag night in full swing. UNIDENTIFIED.


Fred and Endeavour spend one last time in a pub.

This is the The Cross Keys, 57 Black Lion Lane, London, W6 9BG.

Actors who appeared in Exeunt and/or Morse or Lewis or Previous Endeavour episodes.

At 39 minutes we see DC Lott in the police station.

DI Lott played by Danny Webb was in the pilot episode of Endeavour. He also turned up in the pilot episode of the Lewis series as Tom Pollock.


Charlie, Fred’s brother turns up.

Charlie is played by Phil Daniels who turned up in the Cartouche (S5E2) and Icarus (S5E6) Endeavour episodes.


At around four minutes we see flashbacks to the Neverland episode of Endeavour.


At around 16 and a half minutes, Endeavour tells Thursday that Andrew Lewis, the man killed in the first episode, had a cousin in Newcastle, Robert Lewis. This is of course referencing Robert Lewis, Morse’s sergeant.

If we take Kevin Whately’s real year of birth for that of Robert Lewis that would make him, 21 in 1972.


Fred Thursday talks about a colleague and friend Commander Len Drury. he appeared in the episode Scherzo.


Bright mentions to Endeavour in the police station around the 19 minute mark that, “Division are to reopen Cowley, under DCI McNutt.” McNutt is the character from the Morse episode, Masonic Mysteries.


At 23 minutes, Thursday has his ‘turn.’

This happens in the same college quad where Morse collapsed in the episode The Remorseful Day; Exeter College front quad.

This is a bit tenuous. At about 26 minutes we are in the Oxford Mail office and on the wall we can see a front page of the Oxford Mail that reads, ‘Body found near church.’

A reference to the Morse episode, Service of All the Dead?


At 34 minutes Endeavour is visiting the location of the second call to the Oxford Mail.

We see catalogues for the Burridges store. Burridges was of course seen in the Endeavour episode Sway and then mentioned in the Prelude episode. Endeavour also visits the store to ask about shoes in the prelude episode.


Another tenuous link. DI Lott introduces his bagman as DC Bennett. Charlie Bennet was a character in the Morse episode, Absolute Conviction. Charlie Bennet ‘murdered’ his wife. Not the same character, of course. As I wrote, a bit tenuous.


So, we learn that Charlie was not in money trouble from the Cartouche episode. He was told to say that by DI Lott to have something over Fred Thursday. They then called in that marker for Fred to close down the Blenheim Vale investigation.


In the episode Win hands Endeavour a Wednesday special sandwich. So, we never find out what was between those slices of bread on a Wednesday.


Endeavour says to Fred Thursday in their final scene, “Goodbye Sir.” The same words said by Lewis as he kissed the forehead of Morse in episode, The Remorseful Day.


The music played at the end and sung by the choir is Requiem : ‘In Paradisum’ by Gabriel Fauré. This was the music played as Morse collapsed in the episode, The Remorseful Day.


Jakes mentions during the stag party that he had dated Joan. This was seen in the Endeavour episode, Home.


At the end we see ‘John Thaw’ as the older Morse.

Here are photos from the Oxford Mail during filming of the above scene.


At the end of the episode we see Endeavour sing in a choir. In the first episode of Morse, The Dead of Jericho, Morse is seen singing in a choir near the beginning of the episode.


Blenheim Palace seen at the end of the episode was first seen in the Morse Universe in the episode, The Way Through the Woods. Which co-incidentally was the first episode written by Russell Lewis for the Morse Universe.


Endeavour is in hospital.

This is same exterior as used in the Endeavour episode, Lazaretto (S4E3).

This is Maidenhead Town Hall.

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The same location was used in the Carry On film, Carry On Doctor.



At around six minutes Endeavour mentions to Thursday that the land at Blenheim Vale is owned by a Centavo Holdings. A centavo is a 1/100th of a Peso.


The first victim as Professor Edwin Robert Bevin. There was a Edwyn Robert Bevan OBE, FBA (15 February 1870 in London – 18 October 1943 in London) was a versatile British philosopher and historian of the Hellenistic world.


The first victim did not complete the Times crossword. The clue was, ‘Mother takes murderer back. Idiot.’ Six letters. The answer is Maniac. Here is how to get to the answer.

‘Ma’ is an abbreviation of, ‘Mother.’ So, that’s the first part of ‘Maniac.’ ‘takes murderer back’ is where you reverse (‘take back’) the last four letters of the clue’ niac’ and get ‘Cain’ a murderer. Idiot is the second clue. So, both clues lead to Maniac.


The death notice of Professor Bevin in the newspaper has the Latin phrase, ‘Omnia mors aequat.’ Death makes all things equal.


Professor Bevin, the first victim, taught at, Lonsdale College. Endeavour’s alma mater.


The funeral director’s name is, Jephthah Claypole. Claypole reminded me of the BBC children’s TV show, Rentaghost. Timothy Claypole was the first ghost to appear in the show.


While talking to Thursday at around the 17 minute mark, Endeavour says, “Ego te absolvo.” You are absolved.


At around the 21 and a half minute mark, Dr Fortescue, in the company of Endeavour and Thursday, says to one of his pupils, “Cheerio, Thompson. Enjoy the vac. Cyclades, isn’t it? ‘Vac’ is short for vacation. The Cyclades are an island group in the Aegean Sea, southeast of mainland Greece and a former administrative prefecture of Greece.


More Latin in the death notice for Doctor Rupert McMurdo, ‘Mortui Vivos Docent.’ Let the dead teach the living.


At around the 35 minute mark, Thursday and Endeavour are talking. Fred mentions that Ms Frazil phoned to say another letter was in the Oxford Mail about Mr Heath.

This is referring to Edward Heath the Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1972. In the same scene Fred mentions the ‘European Communities Act.’ This was An Act to make provision in connection with the enlargement of the European Communities to include the United Kingdom, together with (for certain purposes) the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar. Brexit repealed that act.


DI Lott says at around the 40 minute mark, “Well, they’re not flogging The Watchtower.” The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom is an illustrated religious magazine, published by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. Jehovah’s Witnesses distribute The Watchtower.


Morse has collected all the sympathy cards after the funeral of Edwin Bevin.

The Latin phrase is “Mors Cum Terrore Novo Venit.” Death Has Come With A New Terror.


More Latin at around the 57 minute mark when Endeavour is in the shop that’s closed down.

Mors cetra, bora incerta. Death is certain, its hour is uncertain.


At around the 59 and a half minute mark, Fred is explaining to Prettyman what happened regarding the sympathy cards left by the killer. We see this one.

Minatue innocentilus qui parcit nocentibus. The innocent man who spares the guilty.


In Endeavour’s home, Jakes says, “Go west, young man.” “Go West, young man” is a phrase, the origin of which is often credited to the American author and newspaper editor Horace Greeley


At around one hour and five minutes Endeavour relates to Fred on where the name Lionel Godfrey Chambers, the owner of Blenheim Vale now apparently living in Bermuda, came from.

Someone took the name from a gravestone of a baby who died after only five days. Then using that name someone got a new birth certificate, passport etc. This idea was used in the excellent film, The Day of the Jackal.


We see Bright, near the end of the episode, sitting at his daughter’s grave.

Bright has moved to India.


As Fred and Win stand in their living room for one last time, Fred says, “Here’s looking at you.” A reference to the film Casablanca.

British Colloquialisms.

When Jakes arrives with Endeavour at the police station at around the five minute mark, Strange says,

“Well, brush my teeth and call me Pearly!”

I have never heard this phrase before.


Win says to Fred, “He’s (Sam) just borrowed it, till he’s flush.” In this context, ‘flush’ means when Sam has gained more money.


The barman is talking to Endeavour and the barman says, “Legless, as per.” ‘Legless’ means drunk. ‘As per’ means “as usual”


The flower shop owner, Vi, says to Endeavour about the sympathy cards, “They could’ve put it on at the cremmy.” This is an abbreviation of crematorium.


The first victim in this episode is Professor Edwin Robert Bevin. Tripped on the stair carpet.

Killed by John Bingley. Bludgeoned.


Second victim. Dr Rupert McMurdo. Fell from a train. Though he is the second victim Endeavour encounters, McMurdo died before Professor Bevin. We never see Dr McMurdo. Killed by John Bingley.


The third victim is Raymond Kennet, nickname Tomahawk. He of course turns out to be Peter Williams the body of whom Endeavour was searching for at Blenheim Vale.

Stabbed with his own knife by Fred Thursday.


Andrew Lewis, the first victim in the episode, Prelude.

We never find out who killed him other than a corrupt group from London in connection with Blenheim Vale. It may have been DI Lott.


A body is found at Blenheim Vale.

Shot in the head. Max confirms it’s Landesman. We never find out who killed him other than a corrupt group from London in connection with Blenheim Vale. It may have been DI Lott.


Near the end of the Prelude episode another body had been found.

Endeavour believes it’s Brenda Lewis. She was shot. We never find out who killed him other than a criminal in connection with Blenheim Vale. It may have been DI Lott.


Mickey Flood killed in the Prelude episode.

Shot. We never find out who killed him other than a gang from London in connection with Blenheim Vale. Again it may been DI Lott.


We don’t see it but we have to assume that the bikers killed DI Lott.


Brian Pettifer as Jephthah Claypole

Christopher Godwin as Theo Conklin

Victoria Alcock as Violet ‘Vi’ Bingley

Shaun Evans as DS Endeavour Morse

Caroline O’Neill as Win Thursday

Jack Bannon as Sam Thursday

Meg Kubota as Dr. Andrea Massey

Sara Vickers as Joan Thursday

Jo Stone-Fewings as Dr. Adam Fortescue

Roger Allam as DCI Fred Thursday

Jack Laskey as Peter Jakes

Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright

Sean Rigby as DS Jim Strange

James Bradshaw as Dr. Max DeBryn

Richard Ridings as DI Chesney Finch

Laura Branigan as Libby Ventnor

Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil

Philip Wright as John Bingley

Jack Hamilton as Tomahawk

Danny Webb as DI Arthur Lott

Ross Green as Reverend Theodore Affcott

Phil Daniels as Charlie Thursday

Rufus Wright as Chief Superintendent Dominic Prettyman

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.

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    1. You referenced Day of the Jackal re use of child’s name and birthdate for creating false identity. The movie, of course, featured a stellar performance by Edward Fox, uncle of Laurence Fox aka Hathaway in Lewis.

  1. Excellent. One other rather shocking piece of writing to end a series. During a conversation with Fred, Endeavour declares that he told the bikers that the biker “tomahawk” was a paid informant working for the police. What isn’t clear is when he told them that. My contention was that it had to be before the meeting at Blenheim Vale because Endeavour was badly beaten by Lott and therefore would not have been capable of a tete a tete with the bikers at that time. Therefore I believe, that as it’s written, Morse apparently spoke with the bikers before the meeting at Blenheim Vale, told them the lie about tomahawk and tipped them off to the presence of Lott and his connection with the other killed biker. This would explain the magical cavalry style appearance of the bikers at Blenheim vale but would make Endeavour accessory before the fact in Lott’s (apparent) murder as well as being accessory after the fact to tomahawk’s murder. That is a terrible thing to do to a character and while Colin Dexter’s morse and the morse of the series certainly bent the occasional rule he would have certainly never approved of covering up murder!

    1. And he would have no right to lecture Fred Thursday about killing Tomahawk.He tells Fred “I know thee not, old man”, but they part amicably later as Fred hands him his gun. Story rife with inconsistencies.

  2. I am glad Thomas has presented this theory and saved me the trouble. It was exactly my reading of the scene.

      1. Yes, we saw the bikers standing where the toughs had been. The inference is that the toughs are “not at all well”.

  3. Great review, Chris! I love how you can answer all the questions about locations, music, etc. For instance, when Jim said the church was “All Angels,” I looked it up…and found out, no it’s not. It’s been bugging me what the location really was, so thank you for digging it up.

    I was under the impression that the Thursdays were moving to Carshall as planned, quite possibly because Fred didn’t take the threat from the bikers as seriously as Morse did. I also wonder if he’s going to make it through those last few years of his career there before he can draw his pension. The “turn” he had kind of presaged a (or another?) heart attack and I can easily imagine him dying a natural death before the bikers get him. Which could be another reason Morse never mentions him later: If Fred dies naturally in the next couple of years, leaving Morse guiltless, it would make sense that he would lose touch with Win and the rest of the Thursday family, at least until Joan and Jim return to Oxford. There wouldn’t be as much reason to speak of Fred without an ongoing or at least recent relationship, which it appeared Morse had with McNutt in “Masonic Mysteries.”

    I also came away with the feeling that Morse imagined the stabbing of Peter Williams as to be just what we were shown: essentially an act of self-defense and hardly a cold-blooded, premeditated murder. That would weigh heavily on his decision not to turn Fred in.

    Finally, it’s interesting that you think Bright moved to India, as opposed to went for a visit. We saw him looking at travel brochures in the first episode of this series, one for India. That definitely appeared to be the type that promotes festive cruises or package holidays or the like. (Not that that’s the type of trip I imagine him enjoying, but it could be an efficient way to get from Point A to Point B, and then he could do his own thing once he got there. Or, of course, he could have taken one good look at the brochure and thought, “Nope. Not for me.”) Moving, on the other hand, seems like a huge and hugely disruptive step for someone whose memories of the place are decidedly mixed and who hasn’t lived there in decades.

  4. Thank you for a great review and all the amazing location and other references- I was ambivalent about the last episode – it was better than I thought it would be (after S8) but also unsatisfactory in many.

    I agree with you that perhaps Russell lost his nerve with killing Fred off – I think he went for the “happy ending” with them all gathered at the wedding – I didn’t like that (although beautifully shot) as I just didn’t see them together I feel Joan would have wanted far more and I think Morse being best man and him being late the previous episode when clearly Joan wanted to see how he feels just too much Morse angst.

    Also as a huge fan of Inspector Morse it jars with me – Strange is well and truly Morse’s boss in 1987 so we are to assume he returns to Oxford at least in 1982/85 – (10 years after these events) Morse and Joan did not part on bad terms – far from it – so he never mentions her by name or runs into her over the 13 years of that series (yes I know that was because the Thursdays never existed but why try and link it to the later series at all) …..Morse was never vindictive or petty – far from it – he was very sweet and caring to Susan even and she had broken off their engagement and ruined his academic career so it just doesn’t make sense to me re:Joan.

    BTW I never saw this tectchy and cold behaviour that everyone says Strange and Morse had in the later series – Morse was always pushing the boundaries and I actually think he and Morse had a fairly good relationship – although let’s just leave the fact that Strange says to Morse in the later series that he “couldn’t imagine Morse young” 🤦‍♀️

    It would have made much more sense if Joan had married someone else entirely or had gone with the rest of the Thursdays….

    Agree re: Sam’s “recovery” it was very soap opera like – when someone is in a wheelchair one episode and then walking around the next….and don’t get me started on the daydream – I do feel another cop out by Russell – so many fans get a “kiss” – felt the Jakes character was wasted again – so many fans have been wanting him back for so long and that seemed the only reason to get him back.

    I did like the last scene – although I think many predicted that would be the scenario in one form or another (linking it up to the first episode and the sighting of John Thaw) but still…. I did love it.

  5. Thanks, Chris, for your usual masterful analysis, and for your service over the years! I, like you, had numerous reservations about the last episode, mainly around the half-baked handling of the Thursday question. To adequately explain the character never being mentioned in Inspector Morse would have required a much more dramatic set of events – probably the death of a major character. But the writer shied away from dealing a terminal blow, I suspect because despite protestations to the contrary, there is every intention to return to the Morse universe in a few years, and they didn’t want to close off any doors. I imagine that either ‘Young Fred Thursday’ or ‘Max DeBryn, Ghost Hunter’ is already in development…!

    1. Thanks Chris – such a good point re: Thursday!!!! – I just thought that Russell “bottled” at the final hurdle to kill Fred off but as Thursday is his creation (as are all the Thursdays and Frazil) he is smart enough not to paint himself into a corner…

      But please, please not a spin off with Joan and Jim – I thought that pairing was his weakest “get out” the actors brilliant but it just did not ring at all true for me – and I somewhat resent that they now have said that marriage was planned since series 2 and cut out some scenes with them to keep the Morse/Joan thing going with fans … I dislike being “played” as really they kept the Joan/Morse thing going even in the dire S7 (which she was not even in)

      I also felt the Fred exit was a let down – him being the killer – and their parting and the fact that Joan is married to Strange who is back in Oxford in 10 years (give or take) as very weak reason why they were never ever mentioned – he is Strange’s Father-in-law for heaven’s sake,

      The last scene was wonderful and very well done – and the acting of Allam and Evans heart wrenching in those last scenes – I just feel, especially Allam, was a bit cheated by the exit.

      As we have no more (currently) of the franchise i too would like to thank Chris Sullivan for all of your amazing work – I know there is much more you can discover and write but your reviews and all the incredible information you bring with them has brought me great joy over the 10 years of Endeavour. Thank you.

  6. Good morning, thanks for a great review. In brief right now, but I thought the bloke who hands Morse the libretto at Blenheim Palace must be Russell Lewis (to whom, after all, Morse says “That’s it then?”)

  7. Yes I had Fred and Joan being killed due to some error on Morse’s part; ideally one of those times when he thought he knew better than everyone else, hubris being his basic character flaw above all else. Which would mean he would try to forget them and never mention them again because of his own guilt. I wasn’t satisfied with the ending really, it felt weak. I wonder if Russell has some plan for another series? I know Colin Dexter is supposed to have decreed Shaun Evans the last actor who would play Morse. Maybe there will be some sleight-of-hand plot twist in real life and this prohibition will be explained away. Because it seems that the next Morse series is set up for new actors a bit like The Crown, with McNutt and Hugo DeVries all deliberately(?) left hanging still. As is the Thursday thing; don’t we have Strange’s wife mentioned by name in a Morse episode? I forget the name but it isn’t Joan is it? This means that the first series of the new incarnation can deal with the tragedy that befalls them and Strange can be in the series… and with luck we will get a better reason Fred etc isn’t mentioned. I don’t think Russell would give us such a weak ending otherwise. Well here’s hoping anyway. He said he felt he was due some time off, and I optimistically wondered if he meant from the Morse franchise. Chris I’m not sure you would be overjoyed to see him write another series. Maybe in a supervisory capacity with other writers following his story arc. Dx

  8. Another thorough review and the end of an era – the last episode Chris reviewed soon after transmission.

    Before going into the detail, I want to thank Chris for all the work he has put into this website, the detailed reviews and the well thought through opinions. Recently I have thought the reviews a little harsh, although series 8 could easily be deleted with few regrets.

    I enjoyed the episode. This series was so much better than the last two, but it still felt a bit weak. The plots had been completely overtaken by the characters and I agree completely that the murder felt like a short story rather than an integral part of the episode.

    The explanation above about the bikers makes sense, but requires the viewer to believe that Morse conspired with a criminal gang to enable them to kill a serving police officer. Choosing not to delve into the Big Pete/Tomahawk killing by Fred would be at the fringes of believability.

    The next problem I had was the power of the Blenheim Vale gang. Previously they had power within Division, most recently evidenced by the pair of traffic officers and yet they would disappear once Lott meets his comeuppance.

    One point is that Lott was a DS in the pilot

    Two further things to mention are that the police used dead children as their legend when going undercover (which came out in the spy cops story). The other is that they reused the coach from the pilot episode to produce more material.

    Most of the farewells were handled well. Bright’s recital was a particular high point and the scenes at the wedding allowed interaction between the characters who did not appear together normally. As regards Thursday, the farewell was touching, but undermined by the need to name Fred as a killer. This was the worst of the corners that Russell Lewis painted himself into, followed closely by Strange/Joan wedding. Why bring Jakes back and then underuse him, especially with the Blenheim Vale plot withering away.

    Finishing with the choir practice and the two Jags crossing was a good touch.

    That’s it

    1. I have a few thoughts about this episode – I’m no intellectual or super fan, but here goes:

      1) I agree with the poster who said Jakes was probably just there to warrant the comments between Bright and Thursday about Morse taking secrets to his grave. That would be an attempt to explain why he never mentions Thursday again – even though it doesn’t really works, because Morse would just keep the stabbing a secret, not the whole person.

      2) Morse and Thursday seem to agree that Sam is the one the bikers will come for, not his dad – so why didn’t they just send him back with Jakes to have a fresh start? And if the whole family were in danger because of the bikers, why not Joan and Jim as well? The bikers said they knew Lott was a serving police officer and didn’t care, so why would they leave someone like Jim and Joan alone?

      3) the seemingly omni-phobic speech, Bingley makes when questioned after being caught – to me, it sounded very much as a stab at Laurence Fox, the actor behind Hathaway from Lewis.

      4) what is with the gunshot?

      5) there seem to be a lot of unseen scenes, for example a meeting between Jakes and his former superiors, how else would they know about his past and that Morse kept the secret? How did Sam suddenly clean up his act after all that drink and drugs? Is Win Thursday completely oblivious to the goings on in her family, or is she just keeping up appearances and hiding it all?

      And last point is the whole coincidence circus – Strange and the bikers showing up just in time to save Morse on different occasions, the biker Fred kills just happens to be the missing Big Pete, everyone leaving at the same time (the whole CID just closes down at the HQ or what?), etc.

  9. A wonderful and comprehensive review, Chris. During the streaming on twitch, my computer kept freezing and buffering so I didn’t get much of the plots or dialogue; however, I did order the DVD so I am looking forward to that. For instance, I didn’t realize Bright went back to India but I did hear his monologue which was beyond beautiful. Also, in your review you mention that Win would not forgive Fred for killing someone but I think, in this case, she would, because it was done to save her son. And, due to computer issue mentioned above, I completely did not get that great connection to Lewis. So your reviews are indispensable! Thank you.

  10. Bravo to the fine cast and crew and bravo to you, Chris, for many years of excellent work.

    I wondered if there was a connection to the Lewis pilot. In this episode, Endeavour comments on how tragic it was that one of the victims had left a crossword unfinished. In “Reputation”, when Lewis receives the evidence file with Morse’s crossword – the one with the Shakespearean clue at the bottom – is the puzzle finished or not? Could this be an ironic comment by the young Morse about his own tragic death?

  11. Chris – did I miss in your amazing rundown of the locations where the wedding reception took place ?

  12. On balance, a great final episode and of course an excellent review. I agree with Chris’s comments and personally felt that there were two other failings. Firstly, Lott did not seem to be sufficiently intelligent to have been the criminal mastermind with a 20 year reign of terror and capable of directing the Blenheim Vale affair, multiple murders, conspiracy, blackmail etc. I would have thought it would be better if he was a willing (or better still unwilling) functionary of a more malevolent Moriaty-like character. Secondly, Sam’s behavour did not seem to be linked to PTSD from service in Northern Ireland (which would be reasonable especially given it was then the height of the Troubles), and this would have cast him in a more sympathetic light. Indeed, I found the relative lack of discussion about the NI situation to be slighly incongruous in the later series (I can remember bombings being on the news all the time, even though I was at the time a child). The final episode would have been set just months after Bloody Sunday. It seems to me rather obvious that Fred would have had an opinion on the subject, and possibly more a more intelligent one than we might expect (informed by his experience in WW2).

    1. Very good point, Robin about the lack of any mention of the situation in Northen Ireland.

      1. It (The Troubles) was mentioned in the conversation Thursday had with Sam in the pub, after picking him up from the prison. Thursday said he knew what it was like—what Sam has seen/gone through—and Sam said (I’m paraphrasing) No, you don’t, the other side doesn’t wear uniforms, it can be a kid, or the girl you’ve been with at the dance.

    2. I wonder whether a few lines in the story around Sam were cut unnecessarily. It seems to me he could have been affected by for example having had been involved in the controversial internment policy of the time, had seen some awful things or had to shoot someone etc, whereas the final story left this traumatic experience (if there was one) rather vague and implied he got bored with Army life and started doing drugs. The idea that Fred would be able to help his son recover from such a traumatic experience and achieve redemption, but in doing so tragically compromised himself (and Morse, who had to decide not to properly investigate the crime) would explain a lot that we know subsequently in the timeline. This does indeed seem to be the case, but it seems to me that it was just a bit too subtle in the final form. No critisism of the acting by the way which was great.

  13. I’ll probably leave a more comment on the episode another time. I thought this series was always going to have two major storylines irrespective of the “crime of the week” or an overaching storyline. Firstly, it was going to be would Morse and Joan have one last thing, which ends in tragedy. Secondly, would Fred end up dead.

    So none of these happened, and we were spared a blood spurting shootout that could have been the end of the Thursday family and Morse’s failure to protect Joan could have meant the only way of reconciling the events was to lock them away in his brain and never mention them again.

    I don’t know what Russel Lewis originally had planned vs what has transpired over the 9 series. My personal view is that Fred as due to die at the end of series 2 or could also have had him out at the end of series 3.

    My question on this specific episode – the choir conductor that Morse says is that it, has been confirmed by Russel that it’s not him; I saw in the review that it was meant to be Colin. Have we had that confirmed, because in my eye, and I’ll check when I rewatch, that it looked nothing like him.

  14. Great analysis of this final episode! Season 9 hasn’t commenced yet in the US, but I love the spoilers because they help me look for and understand the plot. Maybe someday I’ll visit Oxford, good luck to you all.

    1. Although I enjoyed this series much more than the previous 2 and the acting was sublime as always it left many threads unresolved and unexplained. Where it seemingly did try to, it did so in a very unsatisfactory way. No more so than the Morse/Joan saga which became utterly ridiculous and wasn’t a reason to keep watching so to have it arch over the entire story was unconvincing.

      Obviously the Thursdays are never mentioned in Inspector Morse so to have Joan marry Strange who becomes Morse’s boss is silly frankly. For Joan to exist at all even unmentioned makes no sense at all –
      If they had to disappear (which wasn’t believable either as a resolution) then as was mentioned in another comment, then surely it had to be the whole family- Joan, living in the same area, married to a career police officer, well I mean, not remotely believable. Strange’s wife was referred to in the later Canon so it did not make any sense at all to have her marry him in Endeavour. Very lazy writing and ideas frankly, never mind all the other issues, Blenheim Vale, Jakes return for no apparent reason, the alcoholism/ptsd/military prison of Thursday’s son miraculously disappearing and having no impact on a possible job with the police.

      Given how superb the Cast were and are I wonder if anyone raised similar thoughts on the writing or was it a case of Russell has written this and that’s that. It seems such a huge disservice to them all.

      Brights monologue will stay with me the most from this series, sublime always, Anton Lesser is brilliant no matter what he is in irrespective of the quality of the material.

      There does seem to have been a distinct lack of collaboration regards the story arc and conclusions and it really impacted.
      I fine myself really annoyed at the lack of credibility of ghe former and have to keep telling myself it’s just a television programme. But when you invest time and an emotional connection in characters and their stories especially when the quality makes you forget they aren’t real – well you expect more when those stories reach their end. So these things niggle and spoil it. I can’t imagine writing that conclusion and not thinking, ‘.no wait, that doesn’t make sense’. Doesn’t seem to have bothered Russell Lewis much.

      1. I very much agree especially about the Strange/Joan marriage – as I mentioned they (Morse and Joan) parted on sweet terms not anger or venom – so he never looks in on her ? Asks about her ? Or at no point Strange never alludes to his FIL, Mother-in-law or Brother-in-Law – I can’t figure out why Russell went there – much more sense for her to marry someone else or go with the Thursdays. And yes I would have liked a Morse/Joan romance but many were over it…

        But there was much else that didn’t make sense – Jakes reappearance (which I was really excited especially when I thought it had to do with Blenheim) but to me felt it was just because fans had been clamouring for his return for six series. (I put the fantasy kiss in the same “fan” satisfying basket)

        Also as Chris mentioned- Morse is a surely an accomplice to the murder……

        Anyway the actors did sensationally with the material and there were many high points especially after the disappointing last 2 series.

        To your point re: the actors input to the scripts – certainly Shaun and Roger do as Executive Producers (and Shaun especially the S7 arc and alcoholism was his idea) but I guess Russell’s was the writer and they would have respect for where he wanted to go. And I guess he was damned if he did … and perhaps he tried to achieve just too much in 3 eps

        I think Allam’s long desire for a fantastic death would have been better (for many reasons)

        But the actors did not disappoint.

      2. “as I mentioned they (Morse and Joan) parted on sweet terms not anger or venom – so he never looks in on her ? Asks about her ? Or at no point Strange never alludes to his FIL, Mother-in-law or Brother-in-Law ”

        My thought was that, at some stage between the end of Endeavour and the start of Morse Joan and Jim either get divorced, or Joan dies. I suspect the latter (Morse might pursue a divorced Joan).

        I think Strange is married in Morse, so he could have remarried.

  15. I think there’s a reference to The Godfather (released in 1972), when attending the undertakers. I can’t remember the exact line (I only saw it when it was transmitted), but one of the undertakers mentions that they made one of the victim look quite respectable, mirroring Don Vittorio calling in the favour of the undertaker after Sonny’s death.

    1. Yes, that’s a good connection. In the Godfather, the undertaker has to try and make Sonny’s body look respectable.

  16. Been waiting for this review, but feel its not quite what I was expecting. There were a lot of loose ends, and missing parts to the story….guesse we had to work a lot out for ourselves.A good final episode, bur as Chris says , perhaps not as fans anticipated…..I was on edge all the time, sure we would lose Fred…..and Lott popping up.? and Jakes too, presume hed heard the Blenheim Vale case still had a lot of questions to answer.Ive watched it twice, now Ive read the Chris review, Ill see a lot of it from a different perspective….One thing that really bugs me is the gun shot…was it russian roulette, or a dream sequence, like Joan kiss was…or what.???

  17. The Endeavour and Morse series invite inevitable comparisons: in particular, is Endeavour true to its roots and does it maintain the quality of the Morse programs?

    It’s worth remembering that television was consumed very differently when Morse was first broadcast. Back then, free-to-air TV dominated the entertainment landscape and characters like Morse occupied a larger position in the public’s psyche. Modern programs like Endeavour need to compete with all the alternative options for entertainment, particularly those available on-line.

    Maybe that’s why, when watching Exeunt, many of the farewell scenes seemed to me to be overly respectful. I’m aware that the writers need to pay due homage to their characters, but I couldn’t help but think that the sheer amount of screen time given to the various goodbyes came across as anachronistic.

    Just me?

  18. After watching exeunt episode on dvd I am sure Lott stabbed Morse. He had a very small knife in his hand afterward, for a ½ second you can see the blood on Morse’s coat where he was stabbed when he collapsed at Joan’s wedding. Because the wound was very small he could have not felt the effects until he collapsed and went into the hospital for it. I also think he was not dreaming when he bared his soul and kissed Joan at her wedding. I think as he was standing there in front of her thinking what he really wanted to say to her. When the cars are passing at the end I don’t think it was Endeavour looking through the mirror again at an aging Morse, I think, after rewinding it several times, it was a simultaneous thing – Endeavour looked through his mirror as his older self passed while Morse looked through his as his younger self passed. Through it all, good episodes and no so good ones, I love the characters and their personal stories and I never wanted it to end.

    1. Yes, I believe he was stabbed but if you are stabbed by any kind of sized knife, you are going to feel the affects immediately. Did you see the size of the blade that Lott was carrying? As for the kiss, it was definitely a dream. After the kiss the screen becomes hazy to signify it was a dream. I don’t understand you’re last point. Kathleen, you wrote, “I don’t think it was Endeavour looking through the mirror again at an aging Morse.” But, then you go on to write, “Endeavour looked through his mirror as his older self passed.” It could have been a simultaneous look but the only way to show that would have ben via a split screen shot. However, I don’t understand what point you are trying to make regarding the passing of the Jags.

      1. The passing of the two jaguars reminds of the 1971 film adaptation of ‘Cider with Rosie’ where in the final scene the aging Laurie Lee passes the younger Laurie Lee (a young boy then). Just after they passed each other, Laurie Lee turns around and the boy is gone as if he was never there.

  19. “‘As per’ means “according to.””

    Isn’t is just short for ‘as per usual’? So ‘Legless, as usual’ is basically what he said.

    1. Russell really is a fan of this sub-cockney leaving off the last part of popular expressions. I think he has invented it (and it’s a nice piece of work). Do you recall the Lewis episode he wrote with Saskia Reeves as his old sergeant? It’s about an old case where she says she looked back after complaints and concluded they “never put a foot…” (…wrong…) He used this as a tic in Fred Thursday’s speech throughout Endeavour. Dx

  20. Some problems with 2 of the Latin quotes, as follows:

    (1) “Mors certa hora incerta” is the correct Latin. I note the newspaper has “Mors cetra”. Not sure if this is a deliberate typo or not. I’m mindful that James Joyce in Ulysses quoted a newspaper article in which he put in numerous deliberate mistakes and typos.

    (2) “Minatur innocentibus qui parcit nocentibus”. The Latin on the card is correct but you’ve transcribed it incorrectly but it is a bit hard to tell from the writing. Another more literal translation would be “He who spares the guilty threatens the innocent”.

  21. I’ve always thought that Morse was well suited to Dorothea Frazil instead of Joan, as they seem to have similar types of minds.

    LIke the others, I don’t know why they brought Jakes back – unless I missed it, he didn’t even say if he was still happily married to his heiress.

    I couldn’t remember the little boy they mentioned at the end in Blenheim Vale back series ago when Jakes mentioned him, apparently? Don’t understand why Russell brought back the whole BV plot this series – how are we supposed to remember what happened when it was months/years ago when BV was first used as a plot?

    I watch Endeavour for free on iView in Australia so it’s a new series each year or so.

    I wish they would make another series with Shaun Evans, now working for McNutt.

  22. I have only viewed this series once and look forward to watching it back again, taking a more detailed look. This series was an improvement on the previous two, which wouldn’t have been that difficult to be honest. So overall I enjoyed the 3 episodes.

    Just 1 or two points from the comments above. In ‘The Remorseful Day’ Strange mentions a brother-in-law who has had successful heart surgery. I think he is trying to reassure Lewis when Morse is hospitalised. So for what it’s worth, such a person is referred to in the Morse TV series.

    Regarding Sam’s departure from the army, it was mentioned in series 8 (while he was AWOL) that a comrade & friend of Sam’s was killed while on duty. During this series, possibly episode 1, I’m not certain, Sam talks about this, about how it wasn’t the same kind of war that his father had experienced. He says that the British army was now dealing with a different type of army in Northern Ireland, one that didn’t wear a uniform so therefore could be anywhere or involve anyone (I’m paraphrasing here). I seem to remember the conversation happening when Fred is trying to empathise and tell Sam that he’d had similar experiences in WW 2. Sam did not just become bored of army life and turn to drugs and drink out of boredom, he was traumatised by the death of a friend and by the situation that the army was in at the time.
    The overall situation in Northern Ireland was referred to albeit briefly by Fred, Bright & Win at various times during series 8, while Sam was AWOL.

  23. So then the brother-in-law that Strange mentions would be Sam ? I guess why the marrying off of Joan to Strange makes no sense in the later series to me.

  24. Hello Maria.

    Sam, Joan or indeed any of the Thursdays aren’t mentioned in Morse books or Inspector Morse series as we know, they are purely the creation of Russell Lewis for Endeavour series. In the final series of Endeavour, R Lewis had to invent a reason why the Thursdays are never mentioned in the later Morse TV series. Joan’s marriage Jim Strange and the threats to the Thursdays by the gang are the reasons that Russell Lewis came up with. As we have seen, there are varying opinions on how plausible a story it is.

    I was just making the point that in Morse TV series, Strange actually mentions having a brother-in-law.
    Using Russell Lewis’ 2023 plot line, that would be Sam.
    However at the time of the Morse TV series back in 1999/2000, Sam didn’t exist and it wasn’t relevant to viewers who the brother-in-law was.

    Sorry for any confusion.

  25. Hi Julie – no need to apologise – No confusion – yes the Thursdays, Bright and Frazil did not exist in the books or Inspector Morse – I guess that is why Russell knitting the Thursdays (and especially Joan) so tightly with a future character and very significant character was so odd and unfulfilling (and for me as a big Inspector Morse fan) frustrating….

    Thanks for your insight and that pick up.

  26. I think it’s time to put the Morse universe to bed. The quality has been dipping since the last few series of ‘Lewis’. And I’ve never been able to warm to the ‘Endeavour’ series at all. It’s all too self-referential and too self-consciously ‘classy’. Russell Lewis’ stories are all flash and subplots, usually masking a lack of original ideas. We still have the original series and a lot of good ‘Lewis’ episodes, so let’s move on, before it all starts to curdle

    1. For me the quality started falling off in Endeavour from about S4/5 – prior to that especially S1 and 2 were great. I must admit I never saw much fall off with Lewis – it kind of always had great episodes and then not quite. It definitely focussed on the mystery which Endeavour, I agree, veered away from badly from s7.

      Also in Endeavour the Easter eggs and anachronistic writing became worse and worse – compare Bright’s opinion on gay men in S1 (sadly more in keeping with the time) to his very 2020’s opinions on homosexuality and race etc in s5 onwards – the writing became very preachy and even though I agreed with much of the sentiment it jarred even with me – you started to be able to pick the killer (or at least one of the bad guys) a mile off as soon as they mouthed off about hating gays, racist, mysognist, or devout Christian- I just wish Russell had spent more of his writing expertise and great talent on the mystery rather than all the Easter eggs and his pet icons being not even woven in (which I think they were earlier) but shoved at us….

      But I so agree that I think they are done with the franchise – but feel that it will not be the last…… maybe with Morse but not the “Morse Universe” and would not be surprised if there are already “talks”

      Someone said here that they think that is why they did not kill off Thursday (or Joan or indeed any of the main characters) so Russ did not paint himself into a corner and had spin offs at least as a future option (even if he doesn’t write it as character creator he can sell it and be involved)

      1. As we express our disappointments of Russel Lewis’ work, I remember the French saying “To criticize is easy; it is the art which is difficult.” Could we create what Russel Lewis has created?

      2. Yes, Linda I think I could if given how long Russell has been writing screenplays which is about 30 years. Criticism isn’t easy. If I have a negative criticism I always have to make sure I have examples and proof of why something is bad. Criticism isn’t easy because one knows that one will be attacked for one’s criticism. If one doesn’t criticise bad television, film, theatre, painting, literature then all that will happen is that writers, painters etc will get lazy and keep producing bad art. This is why we have so much bad TV, films, art because not enough people are willing to criticize. Too many people are willing to forgive bad writing just because it is a show they like. Too many people are not willing to find fault in their favourite TV show. I love the work of Alfred Hitchcock but I am willing to admit that he made some bad films; Family Plot, Marnie. I have been a fan of David Bowie for over 50 years but even I have to admit that the Tin Machine albums were terrible. Their are those who turned criticism into an art form: Pauline Kael, Joe Morgenstern (Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2005), Harold Bloom, Mary McCarthy, Christopher Hitchens to name but a few.

  27. ” John Bailey was a cartoon cypher” Agreed! He was so insignificant, I wasn’t aware of him at all.

  28. I really enjoyed the last episode. In my opinion there is no movie or series where all is completely explained and displayed, especially in this show where many things were vague in some good, acceptable and attractive way from the first episode. There was no need to see how Endeavour got bullets, for example. If it’s supposed to see everything the episode would last much longer. Why did Jakes come to Oxford? Why not. It’s his city and he just came there for some reasons, relatives, papers, wedding, who knows and never mind. Why has Joan’s name never mentioned as Strange’s wife in the Morse series? Maybe because she finally realized what Sam told her about love. Why we just can’t imagine she divorced Jim. It would be so reasonable. Maybe Morse would never pursue divorced Joan for he knows he would never be able to be a devoted husband as he is too obsessed with cases, with job. Why did Endeavour cover Fred? If Morse had not covered Fred, things would have been prolonged with an investigation, a trial, etc. In the end, Fred would certainly not be convicted because he is neither legally or morally a murderer since he defended his son’s life and his own. Maybe I am wrong about this, but that scene was too short. I may be wrong, but as I said this is my opinion and as a romantic fool I maybe idealized this too much. I hope for series 10 at least. Thank you Chris Sullivan for all. Much appreciated! Sorry, English is not my mother language so I can’t express my thoughts clearly. As a great classical music lover and someone who can’t miss anything in that field I have one additional info. Well, Chopin – Prelude in E Minor op 28 no 4 (absolutely fantastic piece) has not been mentioned. Jakes is lying on the Morse’s couch, telling him: “Odd man out. Same as always”.

    1. Hello Nancy and welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed the episode but I must reply to the various points you made. I have to disagree but that there are many films and TV shows where everything is explained and that is down to good writing. I could name many examples. Because you believe that ‘no movie or series where all is completely explained’ is tantamount to saying that two wrongs make a right. Worse than that, by forgiving bad television and bad writing you are simply allowing producers, writers and TV companies to make bad television. You are telling the afore-mentioned that they are allowed to make mistakes, don’t tie up loose ends, create lots of coincidences and suspend disbelief to the point where that suspension breaks as does the viewers incredulity. There was so much filler in this episode and the series that things that were important like where did the bullets come from that Endeavour used could have been added. And all it could have taken was a sentence or a shot of the gun and bullets when Endeavour puts them in the back of his car. Of course it matters why Jakes turned up because without a reason then it makes no sense and is just a HUGE coincidence that he appears when Endeavour just happens to be looking into Blenheim Vale. All Russell Lewis had to do was have Jim Strange ask him to be his best man and that’s why he returned. Or Jim phoned or wrote to him that Endeavour had reopened the Blenheim Vale case.
      The reason why Joan’s name was not mentioned in the Morse series is because the Thursday family didn’t exist in that world. Why Joan wasn’t mentioned is irrelevant but why Fred was never mentioned is very important. Of course Fred is a murderer. He killed someone and he made Endeavour complicit in that murder. If Russell had killed Fred then that would have been all that was necessary. Then there would not have to be a prolonged investigation. You think it’s morally right to kill someone? What? So, if someone killed a member of your family and their excuse was he/she was protecting their son or daughter you would be happy to see them going free???? It doesn’t matter if he was defending his son, he killed a human being. He would at the least be charged with manslaughter. There is nothing romantic about murder Nancy.
      Sorry to be so harsh but bad television and lazy writing must never be defended.

      1. Hello Chris,
        I definitely don’t think killing anyone is ok. “There is nothing romantic about murder Nancy.” This is true, of course. It shouldn’t ended that way. Actually, I came here only to contribute about Chopin’s Prelude which hasn’t been mentioned anywhere. I am not an arguing person. I emphasized that I was not objective due to my idealization of all Endeavour things. In most sentences I use words: “maybe”, “maybe I am wrong” … I really appreciate you. Thank you for everything.

      2. Thank you Nancy and thank you for being a part of my website. I have added the Chopin music to my post.

      3. Chris this seems a bit harsh. I think the issue is that what you feel is bad television and lazy writing might not be quite the same as someone else’s view. I know you know this. I think on balance it was very good TV and extremely ambitious writing. Not all of it. But most. But that’s just my opinion. I’m of course happy to defend that opinion as you will be yours. I respect the fact you feel that much of these last series was bad TV and that much of the writing was lazy. And films are full of the notion that murder can be romantic. Maybe even some of the ones that you have enjoyed… Dx

  29. Nancy – I totally agree with you. I love Morse, Lewis and Endeavour (the series and Chris’ website), and I accept that there are errors in all three series, but I overlook them. I’m a depressive, and watching these wonderful shows is a welcome escape from my darkest days.

    1. Hello Sheldon,
      Thank you for catching the point about what I wanted to say. I also consciously accepted all the errors. It’s not strange because fantastic acting (and all previous series) dropped a shadow on all the things you and I disregarded. They were so real, brought so much depth..I am sorry you are depressive, but maybe I am too and haven’t ever fully realized that until the end of Endeavour. It was a perfect escape from everything. If you need someone to talk find me on twitter (@NancyverseNft) or instagram (nancyverse). Take care and stay safe.

      1. Yep Nancy I have to agree with you as well as Chris strangely. There was much laziness in tying up loose ends but I didn’t care really. It was sometimes annoying to see only Morse finding all the clues. And Russell’s left of centre bias did show in a slightly revisionist view of race, gender and other issues we have come to understand much better than characters from the 60s and 70s ever could have. But that’s for Russell to decide and I’d hate to have fans so passionate about their character that they would respond with negativity and frequent disappointment at some of wot I wrote. I think it needs to be clear that it’s Russell’s prerogative to take these decisions just as it’s anyone else’s to express their disappointment. Personally I loved how clever the writing was, that it gave Russell the chance to include social commentary and even that it enabled him to attack Boris and his mates in the Bullingdon Club in this last series albeit only in passing. I loved his almost involuntary pop culture references and his playful use of language, and his interweaving of the later incarnations of the Morse and Lewis series. Above all else I loved it enough to suspend my disbelief, and it’s fine by me if some of you couldn’t always join me. I hope to see you back here in 5-10 years Chris for Endeavour: The McNutt Years. Here’s hoping. Dx

      2. Lovely comment, David. I like the idea of an Endeavour: The McNutt Years but sadly we all know that can’t happen.

    2. I agree with you, Nancy and David. We see these as escapist shows and that, to me, has a more important impact on our lives because we are entertained and distracted from what we may be experiencing that is not so pleasant. I love watching all the Morse universe shows perfect or not .And after all are our little criticisms really going to make a difference on how writers write?

  30. Oh and btw re Well Brush My Teeth And Call Me Pearly… i couldn’t find any adverts from the time but I’m pretty sure pearly whites (teeth so white they look like pearls when the light shines on them?) was a phrase co-opted by toothpaste commercials when I was a kid… I was born in 64. Maybe they didn’t invent it but they certainly popularised it. Jim was always a voice of popular culture. I can’t imagine Endeavour would ever have allowed himself to watch ITV! (Which for you US peeps was the only place you would get adverts, as the BBC is state-funded more or less and back then there were only 3 channels, ITV and BBC1 and BBC2). Dx

  31. I love the idea of Endeavour: The Mcnutt Years. I’d watch that if it was a telly series.

  32. Chris – would there be a possibility of new Morse books, written “in the style of” Colin Dexter, or was that forbidden by Colin in his will ?

  33. I think that the main reason for bringing back Jakes was to have the brief conversation between Fred and Bright near the beginning of the episode where they are discussing about Morse not revealing that Jakes was Little Pete. Fred says something to the effect that Morse is the sort of person who would take secrets to the grave. Thus Russell Lewis is laying the groundwork as to why it is in character that Morse never talks about the Thursdays in the future. Quite neat I thought, but easily overlooked.

    Of course having introduced Jakes he had to give him something else to do – like be best man when Morse goes AWOL – I wonder whether that meant the ring never made an appearance at the wedding ceremony as Morse should have had it on him. Another small niggle unexplained.

    1. We saw Morse and Jakes at Morse’s house and Jakes was ready for the wedding and said something like you’re cutting it fine. So Morse at that point told Jakes to go the wedding and stand in for him as best man, and presumably gave him the ring.

  34. A good send off, with some flourishes could have probably done without. I didn’t like that Thursday killed the biker, the biker ended up being Peter Williams and the biggest coincidence of all is that in all the churchyards in all the villages around Oxford the wedding happens to be taking place where the gravestones containing the names of BV owners are.

    I loved the ending with Bright reading The Tempest. My personal view is that after the gun going off (still not sure what this was really supposed to represent other than russian roulette which was pretty pointless because we know he must live) and the screen faded to black this reading over the empty police station and then the credits would have been perfect. It would have removed the more direct link between the Endeavour prequel with the future Morse, instead ended up with the Jags crossing.

    I still don’t think that conductor in the end scene is supposed to be Colin Dexter. It looks nothing like him; we know it’s not Russell Lewis from a confirmation he made.

    I’m sure this won’t be the last comment I make on this blogs, but I’ll take this opportunity to thank Chris and other contributors for all the hard work in pulling together the information. It is a brilliant resource, not only for reference material, but somewhere to share thoughts and I guess is more accessible than FaceBook posts. So thanks again Chris.

    1. @Mark Gilbert – Chris is the absolute best for running this blog, it’s fabulous.

  35. What a disappointing final episode. Chris has eloquently described exactly what is right and wrong with it – i cant add anything but a few observations….

    The new Supt is called Prettyman- the bank manager in Masonic Mysteries has the same name – but i cant see a connection.
    Maria and DC Walsh refer to Joan & Jim returning to Oxford. As I understood it they never leave the area; they go to Kidlington about 3 miles away. Thames Valley Police HQ is at Kidlington and Morse goes to work there sometime between 1972 and the time of the events described in the Morse novels/TV series – possibly at the point he is promoted to DI.
    I think all of the characters were avoiding mentioning the elephant in the room – maybe they were just being polite but i would have expected Jakes to say something …. to be blunt Joan looked very much as though she was already up the duff !
    My idea for a sequel…..it stars Max and Dorothea – in each episode they sit having a few drinks at the Trout or the Turf Tavern or in De Bryns garden whilst they look back wistfully and ponder all the anomalies and inconsistencies in the Endeavour series and try to make sense of it all.

  36. So very true Kidlington was not very far away at all which makes even less sense with the Joan/Jim marriage – especially as she clearly had doubts and they parted nicely so how does that work….. btw the way the reason Joan looked like that was the actress had only given birth 5 to six weeks before – felt a bit sorry for her them shoving her into a wedding dress……

    I also didn’t like Thursday being a killer in the end and in the way it played out…kind of ruins his earlier character and episodes for me anyway.

  37. There’s more I could say/write here, but there are a few things springing to my tired mind after watching the series finale. Comparisons to some other American classic series as they approached their end can be made: “M*A*S*H” and “Cheers,” believe it or not. “M*A*S*H” to me was one of the most innovative series of its time, an allegory to the Vietnam War set against the backdrop of the Korean conflict, as Morse often touched on issues of today couched against struggles of the ’60s. I cannot watch the “M*A*S*H” finale without tearing up, but it was excessively long and often maudlin. As series 7 of “Endeavour” is often derided, I would say the same about “M*A*S*H”s later seasons, which I find to be almost unwatchable in retrospect. (The serious stories were too serious, the lighthearted moments punctuated by more puns than anyone in real life could ever come up with without a personal staff of writers. But I digress.) I think in the grand scheme of things, we “Endeavour” fans can skip past 7 and much of 8 with the arguments among the principals, the unnecessary deaths of supporting characters (to paraphrase Simon & Garfunkel, “Here’s to you, Mrs. Bright, Jesus loves you more than you will know…”). To me, series 7 will always be to “Endeavour” what “The Last Jedi” was to the “Star Wars” universe: it destroyed much of the goodwill it had built up with fans in a misguided attempt at profundity.

    I recently got reacquainted in depth with the sitcom “Cheers” (stay with me on this), and one thing I thought it did exceptionally well was bring in some minor or recurring characters in its final season, as well as lead to touchstone moments for each of the characters by the series finale, moments of growth or retrospection, new life milestones, etc, But in the end, Sam Malone still owned and operated the bar. Morse remains a crack detective in Oxford. On other series, Andy Sipowicz sits burning the midnight oil in his new office in “N.Y.P.D. Blue.” John Carter utters the same words to a new intern in the final episode of “E.R.” that someone had said to him in the pilot. And like “Cheers” did, AS ENTERTAINMENT, we were given appearances by or references to characters from the past “Endeavour” episodes with the return of Jakes – for whatever reason! – or Charlie, or Lott, references to Kent Finn, Burridges, etc. That was fun, and I think a nod to the fans’ devotion, just as mentions of future Morse characters were in early episodes, like Susan, her mother, Gwen the evil stepmother, etc. My main complaint was why Dakota Blue Richards couldn’t have had a cameo as Shirley – a phone call at her new post to follow up a lead for Morse, a surprise for the retiring Bright, an invitation to the wedding, even.

    Was I sad and deflated to learn Fred could have killed someone and Morse becomes complicit in keeping the secret? Yes, as most of us would understandably be and are. But didn’t Morse also get a chewing out from Fred in an early episode about a bent copper with whom Fred once worked and hidden evidence and Morse’s uncovering it potentially ruining the outcome of several GOOD arrests if that all came to light, leading Morse to return evidence stashed behind an organ in a church and walk away? I am blanking on the episode, but it was a key moment. Obviously the ramifications are not the same as turning a blind eye to a murder, but the precedent WAS set.

    There’s more I could comment on. I was not at all disappointed that the name of a constable Robert Lewis came up, for example, even if he was never shown. But I have probably typed on far too long. I’m giving the finale an 8. The final Jags-in-passing moment a solid 9 to 9.5! And to Chris, I thank you from the vast American West for turning this labour of love of yours into a must-read blog for me. May you never cease caring.

    1. Hello Colonel Carter. I like you comparison of Series 7 of Endeavour to the Last Jedi Star Wars movie. I agree wholeheartedly. The episode regarding Endeavour hiding evidence is Pylon.

      1. I KNEW you’d know at the drop of a (Fred Thursday) hat what episode that was! I’m surprised that it was as late as “Pylon.” I appreciate your bearing with me on my other comparisons, but glad you liked the “Star Wars” analogy.

  38. The line from Prospero’s speech, “We are such stuff As dreams are made on” is similar to the last line said by Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon, when Ward Bond asks him, what is that (the falcon statue) and Bogart says “The stuff that dreams are made of.”

  39. Chris,
    Thank you for your many reviews and years of service to us. You have made so many connections I would have missed.
    My question, having just seen the final episode in America, why do you think Russell has included the potential Russian roulette suicide shot? It is so random and distracting to last few minutes of the show.

    1. Hello Susan. Thank you for your lovely comment about my website. My personal opinion about the gunshot is that it was a one shot gun salute to Fred.

  40. Having just watched “Exeunt” here in the US (first broadcast July 2), I’ve come here to say: thank you, thank you, thank you. You seem to be the only person I can find on the interwebs who identified the “choirmaster”, seen only from the three-quarter rear, as Colin Dexter. I immediately noted the hairstyle and shape of the head as matching his, and the idea of passing on a portfolio as if to say “here are some ideas for a set of new mystery novels”, although a little too involved in its levels or meta, just struck me immediately. I never thought of him as Russell Lewis.

    Or, if he was the choirmaster, could that have been an attempt to impersonate Barrington Pheloung? I don’t know what he would look like from behind.

    Like other fans, I was waiting and waiting for the Robert member of the Lewis family to be mentioned, and it was a bit of an anti-climax for him to finally be heard in passing. An offstage Geordie voice when he arrived to collect the bodies would have been corny, but honestly in keeping with the rest of the episode.

    Like others, I was a bit annoyed by the coincidences and some of the rushed expositions, but to my the gunshot was just an extra-narrative symbol, like the reversal of the eyes-in-a-mirror moment from the pilot.

    [if this is a dup, feel free to delete. My first attempt seemed to time out]

    1. Hi David. Firstly, the first comment is always held back to allow me to make sure it is suitable to be published. Once I have allowed the comment through all subsequent comments you make will be published automatically. I’m so glad you enjoy my website.

    2. It’s my opinion that the choirmaster at the end is supposed to be John Thaw and Sean Evans is metaphorically handing the script to him to carry it forward. We know there was an actor on set made up ready to portray John Thaw. Where else was he going to be used. The eyes in the rear view mirror were really those of John Thaw, presumably cut from a Morse episode.

      1. The driver of the red jag was was the actor who was made up to look like John Thaw.

  41. So this is a small thing but how in the world was Fred’s money still un-spent in the same bills and packaging???

  42. I just first wanted to thank you Mr. Sullivan, Chris, so much, for your wonderful website and all of your amazing and thoroughly researched work. After discovering your website (around Endeavour Series 5/6), I went back and rewatched all of the Morse, Lewis and previous Endeavour episodes, coming to your website after each episode to go over your posts. A pattern I continued through the rest of the Endeavour episodes. It was such a pleasure!

    The actors, art and helpful music references have been so fun to share and discuss with my very musical children (older ones all fans), especially my classical loving, Music Education Major daughter, while she has been away at the University. It was a true blessing for us when she started college during COVID and it was such a great way to have something fun and interesting to do together during that very bizarre season of life.

    From my place in the US, you have added SO MUCH to my previous experiences of all 3 programs. I found it very interesting to see the locations (even when your daughter filmed you in Scotland-so great!) and then research and learn about different locations, including their history, all because of the information shared here. The same goes for British slang, products and periods of social history.

    I have completely enjoyed your insights and then reading through the comments as well- thank you for engaging with people in “comment conversations”. The different ideas and theories about the characters and the unknowns commented on have led to fun discussions within the fans of our family. I have not added my comments until now, and I am sorry for how long this is, but I just couldn’t resist communicating to you, and others here, just how much I (and my family) have appreciated and enjoyed this.

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment about my website, Gloria. Thank you. I hope you continue to find something of interest on my website. I do love that the comments section is used as a forum for discussing the Morse Universe.

  43. “My personal view is that after the gun going off (still not sure what this was really supposed to represent other than Russian roulette which was pretty pointless because we know he must live)”

    You are not alone; I have no idea what this “gun shot” was all about either. What was Morse shooting at? I have a hard time buying “Russian roulette”. If some was has an idea or knows (US version could be different from the UK version of this episode), please post. I thought this scene was just plain weird.

  44. Does anyone know what version of the Mozart Requiem was used? The American Capitol label struck me as strange.

  45. Pardon if this is a duplicate post – this is my third try actually, but I don’t see my post appearing.

    “At around 31 minutes, Endeavour is at home listening to music. It is Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: Communio. Lux aeterna – Cum sanctis tuis by Mozart.”

    Very strange that it’s on the Capitol label. Capitol was an American label acquired by EMI. Although it did release some classical music it was mostly a popular music label, and a close-up photo shows six bands – which makes no sense if it’s the Requiem.

    Was this just carelessness?

    1. Either a convenient item from the prop warehouse, or a mock-up. The problem with TV production (especially outside the US) is that there’s never enough time or money, and a lot of it is make do and mend.

      I haven’t delved deep, just into the Capitol Classics listing on Discogs, but I haven’t found a Capitol release of the Mozart Requiem. There is, though, an entry for the Fauré Requiem, though I doubt this was used (the album has six listed tracks over two sides.)

    2. Hi John. The first comment is always held for me to check that it is suitable for publishing. Once I publish the first comment then subsequent ones will publish automatically. Thank you for your comment.

    3. Most likely, yes. One of the oddities of watching the American airings and then reading Chris’s excellent reviews is how let down I’ve felt when Chris lists actual songs used in the UK airings that in the U.S. have been replaced with rather genericized knockoffs. We should, I guess, be thankful for Mozart’s “Requiem” being featured at all in both broadcasts, given the paucity of Classical in recent “Endeavour” seasons (series). But your picking up on the American Capitol Records label reminds me of a scene in the TV series “M*A*S*H” where Radar was seen snoozing on his cot with an “Avengers” comic book from about the time the series was made (early-to-mid ’70s for that episode) and not something current to the time of the Korean conflict! In fact, I think I owned that “Avengers” issue in my youth, which is why it jumped out at me. (For that matter, I wasn’t sure the folding Polaroid SX-70 model camera that Max Debryn used in this final season existed yet in 1972, butu I just looked it up, and 1972 was its release year! Nothing but the best for the Thames Valley crew!)

  46. Thanks for this great review! I think the Robert Lewis they mentioned in this episode may be Inspector Lewis´ father, not Robbie, he would be a child by 1972, and he mentions at some point on Morse or Lewis that his father was a policeman too. Hope it makes sense!

    1. Glad you like my review. I have to disagree about Robbie Lewis. Firstly, Russell Lewis would mention Robbie Lewis to make the connection to the Morse series. Secondly, as I said in the miscellaneous section of my review, if we take Robbie’s age as being the same as Kevin’s age then Robbie Lewis would have been 21 in 1972.

      1. Yes, you are right Chris. Again, thanks for creating this website and for all your effort and love bringing together the Morse universe to us fans around the world. I have recently visited Oxford for the first time and it was a very emotional experience walking through the streets of my favorite fictional characthers. Cheers from Argentina!

  47. I’ve watched the episode a couple of times. It was aired in the US in the last 10 days or so. For the US airing, the music while Morse and Joan talk, kiss, and hug at the reception is not Elvis. It’s Deguello, from the season 6 episode. “Should we meet again…you will know me by my sorrow, I will know you by your smile…”

  48. Excuse me if this question/conjecture seems off the wall or if it has already been addressed –
    But my take on the gunshot is that Morse wants it to seems as if Thursday has committed suicide, so he uses Thursday’s gun. Then Morse would have to make sure the gun was found to connect to Thursday so the bad guys would think Thursday was dead. I also wondered if Thursday gave the gun to Morse with this in mind.
    The second question/idea I had was – what was the building Morse went into where he was handed an envelope and asked, “is this it?” Maybe could be a phony death certificate for Thursday.
    Anyway, I’ve asked a friend who is very up on this series, and she didn’t have any ideas.
    I’m really enjoying this website; thank you for your hard work.
    Again, I haven’t read the entire conversation, so forgive me if these have been discussed before, or if my ideas seem wacko.

    1. I believe the gunshot was Endeavour’s one gun shot salute to Tnursday. If it was to show a suicide one when need a body to make it real and convincing. How would Thursday shoot hkmself then move his own dead body away from the scene.

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