Episode 19.5: ‘Eliza’s poisoned pen’

Debbie and Anthony are suing Simpkins for damages. Simpkin’s PA Eliza has convinced him to transfer all his worldly goods over to her, to prevent anything falling into Debbie’s hands. She then tries to leave him, claiming coronavirus symptoms, but he insists on taking her out for a day of milkshakes and massages. Constance, business magnate and Simpkin’s significant other, has herself returned from a spa holiday after giving birth to their third child Pablina. She distrusts Eliza and immediately investigates the Simpk Inns accounts.
Candi and Gina are on the run from the law and have holed up in Gina’s old rat-infested caravan up north. Gina grows depressed and takes to her bed, refusing to leave. Meanwhile, Fred and Dick are at Dick’s halfway house, bonding over Shakespeare recitals and gifts of loo roll, when Candi arrives to call on Dick’s aid. He visits Gina in the caravan and they reignite their old love.
On the day of the court hearing, Eliza is nowhere to be seen. Constance et al search the town and find her in her old burnt-out lodgings, about to skip town and start a new life with Simpkin’s money. When he confronts her, she reveals a poisoned pen, and they grapple violently with each other, to at least one of their deaths…
Is Eliza dead? Did she take Simpkins with her?
Are Gina and Dick together forever (again)?
Would any of this have happened if the people of Newtown had been sensible enough to self isolate?
Memorable Moments:
  • Gina revealing that she has a photo-realistic image of the Guardians Of The Galaxy cast shaved into her private area
  • Fred reciting Shakespeare’s King John, which sounds awfully reminiscent of Disney’s Robin Hood
  • Simpkins taking time out of a high stakes plotline to make a hand puppet of a sperm whale

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