Review of Broadchurch – Series 1, episode 5: The bodies keep washing up
SPOILERS: Do not read this if you have not see series 1, episode 5 of ‘Broadchurch’
Episode 5 of Broadchurch did not get much closer to a murderer, but instead spun out a storyline full of sad reflections.
The dead body of newsagent Jack Marshall was found on the beach flung below a cliff, in a similar position to Danny.
We don’t know yet whether it was a suicide or a murder, but given the nature of the drama it’s likely to be the former. Especially as Ellie Miller flagged up the fact that Alec Hardy failed to catch the murderer in his last case only a few scenes before.
Marshall was hounded by the men in the town who shouted at him “You’re Dead”, after Chloe’s boyfriend told the press that Marshall enjoyed hugging him as a young sea brigade member without his top on.
But his conviction for paedophilia was for a relationship with a girl, not a boy. A girl of 15 who he later married. Like Mark Latimer at the age of 17 who impregnated and later married 15-year-old Beth, Marshall’s relationship with his “child bride” also resulted in a son, who later died as a child in a car crash. “You and me are the same,” he tells Mark, before thugs smash his car in.
The knots of familiarity continued to tangle Ellie Miller into the case too. Her ex-brother-in-law’s boat (belonging to young journalist Olly’s Dad) looks to be the one the killer took to sea to burn the boat with incriminating evidence of Danny’s blood and hair. Olly seemed (as always) naïve to any wrongdoing- but was this a front? Last episode we saw him enter his mother’s house shouting “do you have any idea how much trouble we’re in?” Hmmm….
He got himself all tied up this week with fellow colleague Karen White, who was irritatingly patronising towards her “apprentice” before the two locked lips. Olly’s quips about using the hotel’s back entrance brought a little humour to an otherwise deeply desolate episode, but why would Ms White suddenly bring up the boat the morning after the night before? Had she done a little extra investigation herself, and bedded Olly to frame him in some way?
Becca Fisher’s hotel is really shaping up to be the house of love. If she’s not pulling Mark Latimer outside it, the two journos are airing their dirty laundry, and David Tennant is trying to “relax” with the Aussie (Doesn’t he already know she does coke?) Her excuse “I’d be worried that you’d collapse on me” was feeble- it’s obvious she’d love to get it on with him. Was she trying to think of a quick exit so she could go and kill Jack Marshall?
She also didn’t join in on the opening reconstruction of the night of Danny’s death. Was this a pang of guilty conscience because she was implicated in the murder? Or, more obvious to the community, because she was having an affair with the murdered boy’s father on the night of his death.
Then there are the two shady characters from last week’s episode: Susan Wright and Nige Carter. Nige was flamingly angry at Jack Marshall, a bit bizarre given he has no children. Could it be a displacement of his own guilt? He also owes Susan money to cover something up and it’s worth more than £50o. Did she burn the boat for Nige? She did help out Jack Marshall with the sea brigade.
Then Susan tried to entice Ellie’s son Tom by telling him he could take her dog for a walk whenever he liked (the dog is actually Pauline Quirke’s own, called Bailey- but don’t let that fool you). Is she planning to murder him and hide his skateboard too?
Aside from Olly’s dad’s boat, the second key piece of information revealed this episode by forensics was that the murderer (or someone who saw the body two hours before it was found) was smoking an unusual brand of cigarettes with a high percentage of tar. I’m sure we’ve seen someone buy cigs from Jack Marshall in the past four episodes- who was it?
And who is most likely to be smoking cigarettes with lots of tar? Chloe’s boyfriend might to prove he’s cool, or Becca Fisher because she loves recreational activities. I can imagine Susan-hard-as-nails-Wright puffing on high tar content. Or could it be Jack Marshall all along? Did he kill Danny and throw himself off the cliff in despair?
With only three more episodes to go, the unraveled plot is bound to tie up soon.
Prime suspect: Becca Fisher
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