This episode review is by Sarah
|Episode 39 - OUT OF BOUNDS|
Writer - Director - Producer
Writer - Glenn Chandler
Director - Sarah Hellings
Producer - Richard Handford
|Imgaine by John Lennon plays|
DCI Michael Jardine - James Macpherson
DS Jackie Reid - Blythe Duff
DC Stuart Fraser - Colin McCredie
Supt. McVitie - Ian Anders
Dr Andrews Robert Robertson
Charles Brown Jeremy Clyde
Jan Dickson Susan Brown
Alex Milligan Robert Gwilym
Derek Halliday Micheal Troughton
Douglas Fleming Thomas Wheatley
Mark Jackson Robert Laing
Robin Mowat Vaughan Sivelle
Susan Milligan Sarah Winman
Harry Fulton Frank Baker
Frank Gordon Randal Herley
The episode begins in sepia/black and
white. A large building is shown from the outside, with soldiers parading
and exercising in the grounds under the watchful eye of their officers. A
subtitle appears on screen reading June, 1939. We see a sign outside the
building Borderdown School. A car leaves, and drives to a wood. A man
gets out and walks to the wood, and bends down to collect a beetle in a
glass jar. A mystery figure appears behind him and hits him over the head
with a cricket bat. The man falls to the ground, dead.
We see a shot of the school again, now in present day. Boys in their sports kit are lining up for the cross country race. Their PE teacher, in a wheelchair Alex Milligan starts the race with a gunshot. The boys race across country, one boy quickly falls behind. We later learn his name is Mark Jackson. As he goes through the wood, quite a way behind the other boys, he pauses to catch his breath beside a newly fallen tree. Something catches his eye its a skeleton. He heads back to school as quickly as possible and heads to the finish line to the jeers of the other boys. He manages to tell them about the skeleton.
Jackie and Michael arrive, Jackie looking at the school and commenting to Michael that it must cost an arm and a leg to send a boy there. They go in and meet Charles Brown, the Head, and his deputy Nicola Kennedy. They then go to view the bones. Dr Andrews is already there and says the bones were buried until the tree fell and the roots brought them up. They also discover the cricket bat. A teacher from the school, Douglas Fleming, arrives and says he knows whos body it is. He says its Friedrich Zwanziger, a teacher who used to work at the school back in the 1930s. Back at school Fleming tells Michael and Jackie all he knew about Zwanziger, that he was a teacher of German and Latin between 1923 and 1939, and that he disappeared suddenly.
Jackie and Michael discuss the case and Michael decides to put Fraser in charge saying they could make it a homework exercise for him. Jackie talks to Mark, he says that his theory is that a secret society of pupils conspired to murder Mr Zwanziger he says its one of the Borderdown legends. Jackie says shell note his theory.
Jackie studies the cricket bat and finds a latin inscription carved onto it.
Dolce et decorum est, pro patria mori. Michael tries to translate but doesnt get far. McVitie comes in and tells them it stands for It is sweet and fitting to die for ones country. He also reveals hes on the board of governors for Borderdown School. Michael complains that the murder was too far in the past and they have more pressing matters to deal with. McVitie asks if this means he thinks murder isnt pressing?
Back at the school, three prefects approach Mark Jackson after lights out. They are angry that he lost the race, meaning the house didnt win the trophy.
They make him get out of bed and pour urine onto it, making it look as if hes wet the bed. Later the prefects have a glass of wine with their housemaster, Mr Halliday.
During assembly, the head teacher jokes with the boys, asking for the one who killed Mr Zwanziger to stand up. He announces that hes retiring and Mrs Kennedy is taking over. He also says that next year will be the first year that the school admit girls. He ends with saying that the catering manager has complained of food going missing and that if he finds a boy taking food from the kitchen they will be punished. After assembly Mrs Kennedy goes to see the catering manager Mrs Dixon. She tells her primly that her dress sense is not acceptable but will overlook it because shes new. She says her tops are too revealing.
Stuart and Jackie arrive back at the school and Stuart pauses to watch the sports master, Mr Milligan, shout at the boys in training. Jackie asks about his school days and Stuart tells her he hated them. In the school library, Stuart and Jackie look over some school records. Mark and his friend Robin come over and hesitantly ask if Jackie will take part in an interview on the school radio station. Jackie isnt sure but Stuart encourages her and the boys tell her that it only goes out in the Glasgow area, so she agrees. They ask her a few questions about the case, and then what she thinks about girls being admitted to the school next year. Jackie says she thinks its a great thing, especially with such good looking boys! Back at base, McVitie tells Jackie that she should always ask before conducting such an interview and should not have implied that girls are only going to Borderdown to provide the boys with girlfriends! Michael protects her by saying it was only a school radio station.
At Alex Milligans house, he attacks his wife, shouting at her not to blame him for everything. He throws her to the floor and leaves, leaving her sobbing and bruised. Robin lives next door, on his own for the week as his parents are away, and hears the fight. He turns up his music.
Its late and Douglas Fleming has stayed up looking at the school punishment book from 1939. He talks to Fulton, the caretaker, about it then goes to bed.
He stops at the kitchen to take some food but whilst in the walk in freezer, the door is slammed and he is trapped. He lights a match and sees an inscription on the wall. Terribilis et locus ist. Knowing latin, he is aware that this means this place is terrible. And knows hes going to die. In the morning Jan and Fulton find him dead. Michael, Jackie and Stuart investigate.
They talk to Jan Dixon and Mr Fulton. Mr Fulton says that a padlock was stolen from his room a few weeks ago the same one used to lock the freezer door.
They discover by looking at the punishment book that a boy was harshly punished with 1000 lines and 6 strikes of the cane the day before zwanziger was killed.
The line he has to write out was the same one written on the cricket bat used to kill him.
Stuart interviews Milligan. He asks if Milligan remembers him he used to teach him when he was younger. Stuart asks why hes in a wheelchair Milligan says it was a dive that went wrong he hit the side of the board as he went down.
Milligan taunts Stuart about how bad he was at sport and how he was different from the others. Stuart tells him that all the years he was at school, he made his life hell.
Robin tells Milligans wife, Susan, what happened at the school. She invites him in for a beer, and they talk. The conversation is quite awkward. Robin says he should go. Susan protests but as she stands she sees Alex arriving home. She says maybe he should leave. In a few days Robin goes past their house and sees the door is slightly open. Worried about Susans safety he goes inside, but she doesnt reply when he calls. He finds her in the bedroom sobbing, her face covered with bruises. He offers to make her a cup of tea, and tells her she should leave Alex. She reaches out for a hug the pair end up kissing.
Jackson is still being bullied at every given opportunity. The prefects make him get out of bed, cover his face and lead him through the corridors of the school, through a boarded up door and to a secret, disused room above the science block, and torture him. The next day, Mark goes to see housemaster Mr Halliday and tells him about the bullying. Halliday tells him to speak to the prefects if he has to and that theres nothing he can really do. He says theres only a few more days til the end of term so he shouldnt worry.
Jackie and Stuart go to see Frank Gordon, and ask him about Zwanziger. He appears confused, and doesnt answer their questions sufficiently, changing the subject. Later, they walk by the sea with an ice cream each. Jackie asks why Stuarts school days were so bad. He says he was bullied by Milligan that he was pushed into the pool at the deep end because he couldnt swim, and made to stand under a cold shower while the other boys laughed at him. Jackie says they went through similar things at school but she wasnt bullied she joined in because of peer pressure.
Michael goes to see Jan again to discuss the case, the pair appear quite friendly. She makes him something to eat.
Mr Halliday is tidying the science cupboard. The door is slammed, and gas is pumped into the room from a hole in the ceiling. He realises this and tries to block the hole, but is coughing too much. A shelf full of chemicals falls onto him as he staggers around the room. Something sets alight. He is discovered by Mr Fulton. Words above the door read Terribilis est locus ist. When investigated they find out the gas had come from the room above the secret room used to torture Mark Jackson. The Head is asked about the room but conveniently becomes breathless because of the gas still left in the room and goes to lie down.
Stuart and Jackie go to talk to Milligan. He wont co-operate so they take him to the station to question him. Him, Halliday and Fleming all used to attend Borderdown and the team think there is a connection. They think he may be next.
Milligan says he did go to Borderdown but was two years below the other two. He says he doesnt know anything about the secret room.
McVitie goes to see Charles Brown. Theyre old friends. Jack asks Charles if theres anything hes holding back. Jack says there isnt but he was friends with Fleming and Halliday back at school.
Robin tells Mark that he is seeing Susan Milligan. Later Robin goes to see her again and they kiss and undress each other in the bedroom. However Alex arrives home and the pair dont realise until they hear him arrive at the top of the stairs. When he sees whats going on he looks hurt for a second but then lunges at Robin, trying to grab him. He hits him and goes to hit him again but Robin escapes and runs from the house. Milligan slams the bedroom door and turns menacingly on Susan. The next morning he goes to the school pool for a swim, alone. To Imagine by John Lennon, Milligan seems deep in thought. He undresses by the pool, but someone comes up behind him, handcuffing him to his wheelchair, then pushing him into the pool. The chair anchors him to the bottom of the pool and he drowns. Terribilis est locus ist is scrawled on the side of the pool.
Fran Gordon is ill. He sends for Stuart wanting to talk to him. He admits that he did kill zwanziger. Stuart takes pity on him and tells him hes forgotten his notebook he wont report what hes been told.
Jackie and Michael interview Jan, Robin, and Mark. Mark reveals what happened in the room to them and Mr Brown. Mr Brown later calls the prefects to his room and prepares to whip them. They say he cant do it but he says theyll be expelled otherwise. He whips one boy, but Michael, Jackie and Jack come and stop him. Mr Brown reveals that he knew that Milligan, Fleming and Halliday were bullies even in their schooldays but when he was told he was ignored. The bullied boy was named John Chisham. The team attempt to track him down but with no luck. They have a photo of him when he was younger and use e-fit to try to see what hed look like when older. Michael studies the face and suddenly realises who it is.
Mr Brown goes to view the secret room. There, there is a cake with lit candles saying happy retirement. A bottle of wine stands on the table. He knocks the wine over by accident and it burns a hole in the table it was acid.
steps out of the shadows, asking why didnt you drink it, it was meant for you. Its Jan Dixon, dressed in a boys school uniform. She reveals she used to be John Chisham she had a sex change two years after leaving Borderdown.
She came back for revenge on those who bullied her.
By this time, Michael has realised Jan is the culprit and they race to the school. They find Jan and Mr Brown in the room, Jan asking him why he just stood back and let them bully her. She asks, who commits the greatest sin, those who commit the crime or those who stand by and let it happen?
running down her face. Jackie and Michael lead her away.
|Stuart reveals he was picked on at school for being different|