Episode 2 Strike - The Cuckoo's Calling


Episode 2

Drama series based on the novel by Robert Galbraith. Strike makes a breakthrough. Robin is offered a permanent job in HR but is reluctant to take it.


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My name is Cormoran Strike, private investigator.

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I'm Robin, Robin Ellacott. I'm the new temp.

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How can I help you, John? It's about my sister, Lula Landry...

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I think she was murdered.

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A chap they picked up on CCTV. They never traced him.

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Even when she's dead, you lot don't give up.

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So you think Lula Landry was murdered

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and we messed up the investigation?

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Not at all.

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I just want to have a better picture of Lula's last hours.

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This is the family -

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Lady Yvette Bristow with her brother Tony Landry.

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Family is a complex thing -

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you of all people are surely aware of that.

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This is Guy Some, the designer,

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with Lula Lula's best mate, Ciara Porter,

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Evan Duffield, her boyfriend,

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and this is the film producer.

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I'm guessing that's his wife.

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That's Tansy, the neighbour who changed her statement.

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Stay away from the Bestiguis.

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Did Lula ever mention Rochelle Onifade?

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Oh, my little Roch...

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Is that Rochelle?

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Rochelle...

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Leave me alone!

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Who were you talking to?

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This programme contains some strong language

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Come on, Rochelle. Rochelle!

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# You and me

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# Me and you

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# Somehow we made it through

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# I may be gone

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# I may be far away

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# But I'll walk beside you

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# Every step of the way

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# When you're used

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# Bruised

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# Black and blued

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# Don't think about it

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# Never doubt it

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# I'll walk beside you. #

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SIREN WAILS

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It's Cormoran Strike. Have you got a cause of death yet?

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Well, pick a card, any card. Drugs, drowning...

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Look, when I dragged her out of that bath,

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it was running hot.

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The water tank hadn't emptied.

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That gives you a clear timeframe for how long she was in there.

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I'll send a uniform to take a statement from you in due course.

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And check her phone records, cos she called to warn somebody

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when I tried to talk to her.

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A drug-dealer maybe? On a rented number?

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Listen, I'm quite busy with real cases, so goodbye.

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DOOR OPENS

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Morning.

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Morning.

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DOOR CLOSES

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How are the hands?

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Still a bit sore.

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Are you OK?

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It's not my first dead body.

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I just mean...it's far worse the first time.

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So was it a coincidence, do you think,

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Rochelle dying so close to Lula?

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Well, she had quite a fragile existence,

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but she had money for new designer gear and lots of drugs.

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Where from?

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Lula?

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Lula's been dead for three months. She didn't leave a will.

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Plus, why was Rochelle panicked to see me?

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And who was she calling?

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She was hiding something...

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Surely the police will investigate.

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Maybe.

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Time to see how Lula's gang react to the news.

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Good morning, I'm Mike Dundee from the Health and Safety Executive.

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I'm here to carry out a Section 20 interview

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under the statutory provisions accorded to me

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by the 1974 Health And Safety At Work Act.

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CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS A few more.

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Other side...

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Come on, concentration!

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Lights! BELL RINGS

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Ciara! Late night, was it, darling?

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MAN SPEAKS GERMAN

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Guy Some?

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Who are you?

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My name is Cormoran Strike. I'm a private investigator.

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I'm busy right now. Make an appointment with Tricia.

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Rochelle Onifade is dead.

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Oh, my God... How?

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A lot of drugs and a hot bath. Beginner's error.

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Exactly. She wasn't a beginner, was she?

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Wait. Cormoran Strike. That's an unusual name.

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Nobody's ever mentioned it before.

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You're not Al Rokeby's brother? Half-brother.

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He talked about a war-hero brother called Cormoran.

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I met your dad a few times too.

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Lucky you(!)

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And why is Jonny Rokeby's son working as a private detective?

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Because that's his job.

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I'd like to ask you a few questions if that's OK.

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MAN SPEAKS GERMAN

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I'm Ciara.

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I know.

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Oh, I see. And when is Mr Bestigui back from...?

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OK, right, well, I'll call then. Thank you very much. Thanks.

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Hello?

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Uh... Excuse me!

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Excuse me, can I help you?

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Where is he? Who?

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My brother.

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So what's my brother investigating now?

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Well, erm...

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It's someone who killed herself,

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only, erm, one of her relatives thinks that she didn't.

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What does Cormoran think?

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I think he's keeping an open mind. Mm-hmm.

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Did he tell you who our mother was?

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No.

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Do you know?

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Yes.

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The verdict was suicide,

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but Cormoran always thought her death was suspicious. Oh.

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He took her death very badly - left Oxford and joined the army.

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He went to Oxford?

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I know!

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Some clever admissions tutor saw through the grumpy philistine act.

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So how long's he been sleeping in his office?

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So what are you actually investigating?

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Lula Landry's brother wants me to review the police inquiry

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into her death, and make sure they carried it out properly.

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The Accountant?

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No, he's a lawyer.

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We always called John the Accountant.

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Why?

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It's just a nickname. How about Mommie Dearest?

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Have you met her yet?

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Not recently.

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That's why Guy called her Cuckoo.

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Such a fucked-up family...

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Lula was in the wrong nest.

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Guy didn't seem too upset about Rochelle.

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He only cares about one thing when he's working.

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Poor Roch...

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Can you tell me a bit about her relationship with Lula?

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Oh, well she was helping her with her issues -

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identity, authenticity, etc.

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Lula was obsessed with exploring her real family,

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by which she meant black - her dad's side.

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Ciara, darling, we need you now.

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On the day she died, Lula spent a lot of time with Rochelle.

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Yeah, they were always thick as thieves

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when Rochelle wasn't having one of her "episodes".

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Lula gave her money too.

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Well, she would have given money to anyone,

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but, yeah, Rochelle did well enough out of her.

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Hey, love, Guy's getting fidgety.

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I'd quite like to continue this conversation.

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I won't be done here until late, and then I'm going to Uzi...

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OK, tomorrow... ..but come?

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Erm, get the ginger line to Dalston Kingsland

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and I'll meet you at the station. 10.30.

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And Matt's going all red in the face and blaming me

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every time the tent collapses, and then it starts raining...

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Of course.

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At last.

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DOOR SLAMS Robin's told me everything, so get your stuff.

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I've got the car in the John Lewis car park

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and you're coming to stay with us.

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I'm not.

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You cannot stay in there on that camp bed.

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It's just short-term while I sort something out.

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Tell him, Robin.

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It's got nothing to do with Robin.

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Anyway, I'm not stopping, I'm just picking something up.

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Where are you going? Chelsea.

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Well, let me give you a lift.

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Let me go and get the car, and I'll run you down there.

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I'll see you downstairs in ten.

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Bye, Robin, really nice to meet you.

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Mm-hmm. You too.

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DOOR CLOSES

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You need to sign this.

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HORNS HONK

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She's great.

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Who?

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It's ridiculous a girl with her figure on a diet,

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wedding or no wedding.

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It's none of my business, really.

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I loved this when I was a kid.

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So, please, tell me it's final with Charlotte this time.

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It's final this time.

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I'm sorry it's happened, obviously,

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but it's much better for you that she's finally gone.

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I left her.

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Good.

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Well, I'd better dash, cos Jack's got football.

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Anywhere along here's fine.

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Poor little sausage can't get in the A team.

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I said, "You're in my A team, Poppet,"

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but I'm not sure that was much help... You're a good mum.

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Thanks, Stick.

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I want my kids to always...

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I know.

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HANDBRAKE SQUEAKS

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Anything you need, just ask.

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ENGINE PURRS

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DOOR SLAMS

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I'll let Mr Bristow know you're here.

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Ah, come through.

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Sorry, I was just sorting Mum's, erm...

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Ah...

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Erm... We mustn't be too long.

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The, er, the medicines make her very confused.

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Tony?

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No, it's not Uncle Tony, Mumsie. It's Mr Strike.

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We've met before, a long time ago.

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I was a friend of your son Charlie.

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Charlie's dead - rode his bicycle into a quarry.

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Yes.

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Now Lula too.

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It's a terrible thing when all your children die.

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Of course. But not...

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People used to say Lula was so beautiful,

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but I never saw her like that.

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Charlie was the handsome one.

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She was the clever one - always had an answer to everything.

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It's such a shame she spent so much time fighting with Tony

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over that lovely boy.

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Evan Duffield came to visit her, after she died.

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He said he wished he had been there to try and stop her.

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Huh!

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No, I think that too, Johnny.

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Lula was up there in her flat that night,

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in such a terrible state,

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all alone, while we were here watching silly old movies.

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Erm... Mum's a big fan of Cary Grant.

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We watched Bringing Up Baby the night that Lula died.

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Time for your medicine.

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Thank you, Marsha.

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MACHINE BEEPS

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MACHINE HUMS

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That's the morphine, so...

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She said she was frightened of him...

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Who? Frightened of who?

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What did she say to you, Mother? Frightened of Evan?

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Bring some macaroons the next time you come, Mr Bone.

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The leopard never changes his spots.

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I want to know what Tansy Bestigui was lying about that night.

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And the chap on the CCTV?

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That's going to take a bit of time.

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That's where the answer lies, I'm sure of it.

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How much do you know much about your uncle's movements on that day?

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Er, he was in the office all day, and then he went to

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Oxford for a conference, er, popped in here on the way out to see Mum...

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Why?

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I just need to be absolutely sure we know exactly who Lula

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saw on the day she died.

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Tony didn't see her.

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He didn't visit Kentigern Gardens that day, I am sure of that.

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OK.

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What...?

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Oh, no, wait. Hold the camera, hold the camera, hold the camera...

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Oh, no! Hold the pet there.

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Oh, oh... I've got her, I've got her...

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Oh...

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Oh, no. Oh, no, I've got something on my lips!

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Oh, my little Roch.

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Mwah! This is my little Roch.

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My little Roch knows more about me than you lot ever will.

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Mmm! Mmm!

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Oh, wow! Like... Like, like... LAUGHTER

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HE STOPS THE VIDEO

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TRAIN RUMBLES

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If you see anything suspicious...

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CAMERA SHUTTERS CLICK

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Over here, now! Over here, darling!

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Over here!

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God, did you hear about poor Rochelle?

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Course I did.

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Every time somebody dies, the cops are on my case.

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Who are you? Evan, this is Cormoran Strike.

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He's Jonny Rokeby's son.

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I know your old man a bit, as it goes.

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Still got it, hasn't he?

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Yeah, full of it. I don't think he'll ever lose it.

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Oi, not there. Out!

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So, Cormoran is a private investigator...

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I thought you said he was Rokeby's son.

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The two aren't incompatible.

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What are you investigating?

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I've been hired by Lula Landry's family to review

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the circumstances of her death.

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Being a size zero, it was easy enough for me to

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get her out the window. Oh, stop it, Evan.

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Honestly, I don't like it when...

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It's what they say on the internet, isn't it?

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"Must have been Evan."

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This is breaking my buzz completely.

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I don't want to break your buzz, Evan.

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But you are, though -

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ambushing me, asking me questions about Lula...

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I haven't asked you anything.

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He didn't even know you were going to be here.

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Get him away from me. Get the fuck away from me!

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Listen, I want him out! Get him out.

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He's harassing me!

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CAMERA SHUTTERS CLICK

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MATCH SCRAPES

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Ciara called me. She's coming out in a sec.

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CAMERA SHUTTERS CLICK Ciara! Hey, Ciara, over here now!

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Ciara, who's the new fella?!

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Over here, darling, please! To me, please!

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I'm so sorry about that.

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CAR DOOR CLOSES Evan always gets a bit fretty when he's off the gear.

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Where do you want to go now?

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Do you mind terribly if we have a nightcap at mine?

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I have an early start tomorrow.

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MUSIC: God Knows by Dornik

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# God knows that I love you

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# Too bad you don't have to

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# No, no

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# You're the girl that I... #

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GLASSES CLINK

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CIARA LAUGHS

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You've actually read Proust?

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In French, too.

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He's often quite funny.

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I have a deferred place at Cambridge to read modern languages,

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I'll have you know.

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Your mum's in there,

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wearing the most fabulous Ossie Clark buttermilk dress.

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This is more the sort of place I imagined a supermodel would live...

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than Kentigern Gardens.

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Yeah, it was a bit of a luxury prison.

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Sientete.

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But Lula could really hide herself away from everybody there.

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Sometimes she'd open the window,

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and she'd call me... HE EXHALES

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..and we'd pretend to bark across the city to each other

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like in 101 Dalmatians.

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It was funny at the time.

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Evan came here the night she died.

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The tabloids obviously tried to make out he came here for a revenge shag.

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Did he? We listened to some demos for his album,

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smoked some weed and went to sleep.

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Lula was my friend.

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Yeah... Sorry.

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Guy's marvellous detachable linings -

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very handy for models in clubs.

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No, thanks.

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SHE COUGHS GENTLY

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Besides, Evan's not really my type.

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No? Mm-mm.

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I don't usually go for pretty boys.

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That's a shame - I thought I might be in with a chance.

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SHE LAUGHS

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The other leg's the one with nerve endings, by the way.

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I know about your leg.

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I'm quite amputee-curious, actually.

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You'll be disappointed.

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There's literally nothing to see.

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SHE LAUGHS

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You know you said you know my dad and my brother...

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I haven't.

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DISTANT SIREN WAILS

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DRILL SCREECHES

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Morning!

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DOOR SLAMS

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Hmm...

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CORMORAN GROANS

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What?

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HE EXHALES

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I went and sat at William Blake's grave last night.

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OK. Any particular reason?

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I like to check in on him from time to time.

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You see, Blake was into free love -

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don't restrict your desires.

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Was he?

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Has anybody told you, you are absolutely gorgeous?

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Here he is.

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Enjoy yourself with Ciara, did you?

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The girl's pure filth.

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Come on through to my office.

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Does the family think it was me? No, I don't think so.

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Do you?

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Well, you've got a nasty temper, but your alibi's strong.

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Yeah, well, I was lucky someone saw me

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without the wolf-head on because...

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the Old Bill would love to get me sent down.

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You're probably right about that.

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I miss Lules, you know.

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We had some fights, but we also had a laugh together.

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You came here to tell me more than that.

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Freddie Bestigui... What about him?

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He was always pestering Lula to be in his films.

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Could she act?

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Let's just say talent isn't a number-one requirement,

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but Lula, she's box office.

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She turned him down?

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Well, she hated him.

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Then he wanted to do a biopic with me in it,

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but, I mean, it never came to nothing

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cos the Bristow family went full cease and desist.

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We had lunch and I got friendly with one of his assistants...

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I'm guessing that's a girl.

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See, this Georgia, she tells me he's, like, a massive control freak,

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obsessed with his wife's coke habit,

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like it's personal.

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In restaurants, if Tansy doesn't order three courses plus cheese,

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he takes her pulse to check she ain't using.

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Anyway, this one time, Georgia says, the worm's turned.

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Even Tansy's had enough, and she goes to him,

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"Stop it, Freddie.

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"Let go of my wrist, unless you want me to tell the police

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"where I really was the night Lula died."

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Bye, Robin. Sorry I gave you a fright.

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That's all right. I'm doing a secret gig next month.

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You're on the guest list with a minus-one.

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Well, thank you very much.

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Are those Guy Some gloves?

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God, yeah. I must have picked them up somewhere.

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DOOR OPENS

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Could you look up the train times to Iver Heath please?

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Mm-hmm. Are you planning on going to Freddie's office at Pinewood?

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Yeah, I'm just going to try and blag my way in somehow.

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Well, there's not much point.

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I finally got hold of his PA.

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He left for the Miami Film Festival this morning,

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and from there he's going to LA for a few days.

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I'm still going out.

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I'm hoping to catch Tansy Bestigui,

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so I'll be gone the rest of the day.

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Well, I won't be around early afternoon anyway.

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Why not?

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Job interview.

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I did write it in the diary.

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Fine.

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DRAWER OPENS

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SHE EXHALES

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Oh, yes, I'm definitely a people person.

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Oh, that was amazing. Yeah, finally.

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ENGINE PURRS

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I've been talking about it for God knows how long...

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That's it. That's it, and so, erm...

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Thank you so much for that. That was fantastic.

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We'll do it again. Have a good one.

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CAR DOOR SLAMS

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CAMERA BEEPS

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CAMERA BEEPS

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So you didn't finish your university degree...

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No.

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And you were studying psychology?

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That's right.

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Why did you leave?

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Sorry?

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Why did you leave university before your final exams?

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I had... It was a personal reason.

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Oh, that's fine. That's fine. You don't have to...

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It wasn't academic, though?

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No, not academic. No.

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No, I loved my course. I was hoping for a first.

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Well, psychology plays a big part in human resources.

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So, Robin, just to kick us off,

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could you tell us three people you consider inspirational?

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SHE EXHALES

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INAUDIBLE

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I can't believe you're even thinking about not taking it.

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It...it was just so bland and corporate.

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Like where I work, you mean?

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No, I didn't mean that.

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You love your job.

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When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut,

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but, you know, Robin...

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Obviously, I can't make you take a job you don't want.

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Well, that's good to know.

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I'm not eating courgetti, by the way.

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Fine, you can have pasta.

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Fine.

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CAR HORN HONKS Well, yes, thank you.

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That's very kind of you to say so.

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Yes, I will certainly do that.

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Thank you, bye.

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SHE EXHALES

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So, how did the job interview go?

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Well, that was them just calling to say I got the job.

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That was quick. You must have really impressed them.

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Mm-hmm. I said I was passionate about people.

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HE CHUCKLES

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Yeah, well, we all need to jump through the hoops from time to time.

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They'll be lucky to have you.

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I don't gossip.

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When your sister came in to the office,

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she said that I told her everything...

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Half-sister. Don't worry, I know what Lucy can be like.

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I understand about confidentiality, especially in this job.

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I told Matt a tiny bit about Lula Landry, but...

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Robin, don't worry about it. You're discreet, I can see that.

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SHE BREATHES DEEPLY

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When do you start?

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Next week.

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Do you want to see something interesting?

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Mm-hmm.

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CAMERA BEEPS

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Bloody hell. Is that...?

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John Bristow's uncle, with his hand on Tansy Bestigui's arse.

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I hate it when men do that in public.

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So, what does this mean for...?

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I don't fully know yet.

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What are you going to do with it?

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Use it for a bit of shock and awe.

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HE KNOCKS ON DOOR

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Go away or I'll call...

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Tony Landry again? Get him to meet me in a restaurant?

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I've got nothing to say to you.

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HIS FOOT STOPS THE DOOR Or perhaps a hotel?

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Move your foot.

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DOOR CLOSES

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I can tell you straight away that my husband will both see

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and query any money I give you, so...

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I don't want money. Information.

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And unless you get it...

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No, only paying clients get to see evidence of their cheating partners.

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How very moral of you...

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Well, not everybody in my profession would be so scrupulous, Tansy,

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especially seeing as you are perverting the course of justice.

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You have no idea...

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About what?

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Anything.

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Where were you on the night Lula died?

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I was here. I was here with my husband.

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I told the truth.

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Well, I believe you were here,

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I believe you were with your husband, but I'd like to know

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why you were shivering with the cold when you ran into the lobby.

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I'd just seen Lula fall.

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Derrick came running.

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It was shock.

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Had Freddie found something in your handbag?

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Had he caught you doing a sneaky line in the bathroom?

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Or did he check your pulse as you were getting ready for bed?

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He locked you out on that balcony in your underwear on a freezing night.

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That's where you were when Lula fell. No.

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Yes, because you heard something,

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and that's the only place you could have heard something.

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He likes punishments, doesn't he?

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Confining somebody to a small, uncomfortable space -

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that's the first weapon in the torturer's handbook.

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My husband isn't a torturer.

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Do you have children?

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No.

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Ever wanted any children?

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Not really.

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I have.

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A little, er, girl I could sing to each night,

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and brush her hair,

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and later, when I got old,

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we could have tea together and talk about our lives.

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SHE WHIMPERS

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SHE CLEARS HER THROAT

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He didn't want me to have a job,

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he didn't want us to have kids,

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so this is what I have.

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Tony...

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Mm-mm.

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SHE SNIFFLES Family image is everything to him.

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He'd never leave them.

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Just tell me what you heard out there, Tansy.

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Tell me because, by protecting a sadist, you might be letting

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a murderer go free.

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Talk to me, Tansy.

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Two voices shouting.

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The only thing she remembers hearing clearly is,

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"It's too late. I've already done it."

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Lula?

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Done what?

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I don't know yet.

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And she didn't recognise the other voice?

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No.

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Well, it can't have been Freddie.

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You wouldn't lock your wife on the balcony and then run upstairs

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and push another woman from the one straight overhead.

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Agreed.

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So Evan was...

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Was pointing the finger, for whatever reason.

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Hmm...

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God, her life sounds awful.

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Yeah, she should leave him.

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Do you think she will?

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No.

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PHONE BUZZES

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It's me.

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Charlotte, what do you want?

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Come back now, or you lose me for good.

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HE SIGHS

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What time is it?

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Early.

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I've got a man cave, too, you know, but it's attached to a house.

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Let's get some breakfast.

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Annoyingly, some of your questions about Rochelle Onifade

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got stuck in my head.

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Well, I thought so.

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That point about the size of the water tank - you were right.

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That was a good call. That was smart.

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The water was still running hot.

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No, it doesn't stack up at all with the breakdown of

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the drugs in her body.

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She was murdered. So...?

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Well, that doesn't mean anything to Lula Landry.

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HE TAKES A DEEP BREATH

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Could be just some dealer Rochelle pissed off.

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Could be, although it's a lot of trouble to go to

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when a knife would have done the job.

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Yeah.

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WAITER SPEAKS OWN LANGUAGE, CORMORAN REPLIES

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Anstis said you were a good cop.

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Yeah? He told me you saved his life and support the Arsenal -

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I'm not sure which is the bigger error of judgment.

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He exaggerates about the former.

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HE EXHALES

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I don't want to make anybody look, you know,

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but you made a mistake with Tansy Bestigui...

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WARDLE SCOFFS ..cos she was on the balcony

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and she did hear somebody else upstairs.

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Now, I'd like to see the full CCTV from around Kentigern Gardens.

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Would you, now? Well, what do I get?

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Credit. Shared information. I can do stuff you can't.

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It's not too late to be on the right side of this one.

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HE CHUCKLES

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# If you keep dancin' on me, girl

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# I'll be tempted to touch Tempted to touch

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# Tempted to touch Tempted to touch

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# It's like we alone in this club Alone in this club

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# If you keep dancin' on me, girl

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# I'll be tempted to touch... #

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HE SLAMS LAPTOP SHUT

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Morning.

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I'm going to Kentigern Gardens now.

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OK.

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And tomorrow we're going to Vashti, Lula's favourite clothes shop.

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You'll be trying on some frocks.

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I'll be your brother, trying to find a suitable gift

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for my wedding anniversary.

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How come?

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Somebody in there's talking to the press about Lula.

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I want to find out who it is, what they know and how they know it.

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PHONE RINGS

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SHE CLEARS HER THROAT

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Cormoran Strike's office...

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IN SCOUSE ACCENT: No, sorry, she's not here any more.

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No, I don't, sorry.

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My name? I'm Ashlee Jones, his new assistant,

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and that's L-double-E, not I-G-H.

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You're very welcome.

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Temporary Solutions are on my case.

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I'm not sure they quite believed me.

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I suppose it doesn't matter if they blacklist you

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now you've got a permanent job.

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I'm going to pick up some lunch on the way back. Do you want anything?

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Miso soup day.

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Bad luck.

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DOOR SLAMS

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DOORBELL RINGS

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DOOR BUZZES

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DOOR CLOSES

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Do you want me to let you up into Lula's flat?

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I'd like to see the pool again.

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That night, you gave Tansy a towel because she was cold.

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It's handy, the way there was one just lying about at your desk.

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I travel in every day from East Croydon.

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Sometimes I can't sleep because of the hours

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and all the stuff in my head, and...

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But swimming really helps, you know?

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Of course.

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You left your desk, didn't you?

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Look, I can't afford to lose this job.

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I owe money on my credit cards, and my kids have lots

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and lots of birthdays.

0:43:230:43:25

HE SIGHS Look, how long were you in here?

0:43:250:43:30

20 minutes? Half an hour?

0:43:300:43:32

About that. 50 laps.

0:43:330:43:36

I'm not going to tell anyone, I promise.

0:43:360:43:40

Thanks.

0:43:400:43:41

Is anybody in the Deeby Macc flat right now?

0:43:410:43:43

HE SIGHS Come on, then.

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PHONE RINGS

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Cormoran Strike's office...

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Erm, I'm sorry, he's not in at the moment. Can I take a message?

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Yeah. You may say that Charlotte Campbell called...

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I will pass that on.

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Please make sure you do. It's very important.

0:44:100:44:13

And this flat's been empty for three months?

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These luxury rentals often sit empty.

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I think some couple from Singapore are about to take the lease.

0:45:010:45:03

Ah...

0:45:030:45:04

Any deliveries here that day?

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Yeah, erm, Freddie Bestigui sent Deeby some flowers.

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Did Lula get any flowers as well?

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Not that I know of.

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Definitely didn't deliver roses up to her flat that day?

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No.

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CAMERA BEEPS

0:45:280:45:31

Were there any other deliveries here?

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Yeah, all sorts - champagne, a hoodie,

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leather gloves, some fashion designer...

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Which one?

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I don't know.

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Actually, yeah, I do, cos I called him Guy Some,

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and they all laughed and said it wasn't pronounced that way.

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PRONOUNCING IT THE FRENCH WAY: Guy Some.

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Yeah. OK.

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Oh, er, somebody else, erm...

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The Nighthawk Security came in to fix the alarm pad,

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and Lechsinka, the cleaner, she was in for a bit.

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Quite a bit of coming and going, then.

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Yeah, up until the early evening, and then it all just died off.

0:46:000:46:05

Good. Well, that's all for now.

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No offence, but I hope "now" means "ever".

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DOOR OPENS

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DOOR SLAMS Oh, this came for you.

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HE CHUCKLES

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I think Lula Landry was murdered, Robin.

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There, white roses just like the ones Freddie sent to

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Deeby Macc that day,

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but this photo was taken in Lula's flat.

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Now, how did they get there?

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My guess is the killer took them from the flat downstairs.

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How did they get in there?

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I don't know, but they could've easily snuck in that day

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amid all the hustle and bustle -

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deliveries, cleaners...

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The one big mistake they made was to leave the flowers in Lula's flat

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when they fled in such a hurry.

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Then they got lucky.

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Derrick wasn't on his desk for the reasons I thought...

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Swimming. Yup, so the killer scarpers.

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Freddie lets Tansy back in to stop her screaming.

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The killer gets out just before Tansy hits the lobby

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and Derrick arrives back from the pool.

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So, who do you think it is?

0:47:400:47:42

That's still a work in progress,

0:47:420:47:44

but it's the same person who killed Rochelle -

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I just need to find out why.

0:47:460:47:48

Crispy duck with extra pancakes day for me. Are you quite sure?

0:47:500:47:53

What's up?

0:47:560:47:58

Charlotte Campbell rang.

0:47:580:48:00

What did she say?

0:48:000:48:03

She just said, "Tell him Charlotte Campbell called.

0:48:030:48:06

"Soon to be Mrs Jago Ross."

0:48:060:48:08

OK, thanks.

0:48:100:48:12

I probably won't be back until the end of the day.

0:48:340:48:36

REVERSING TRUCK BEEPS

0:49:070:49:08

Hi.

0:49:330:49:35

SLURRING: Ah, Robin. It's late. What are you doing here?

0:49:350:49:40

I was looking for you.

0:49:400:49:43

You are a very nice person.

0:49:430:49:45

Don't go anywhere. I'll just get myself a drink.

0:49:450:49:47

I won't go anywhere, cross my heart.

0:49:470:49:49

Actually, Robin, I'm a wee bit pissed.

0:49:490:49:51

I'll have a white wine, please.

0:49:510:49:52

Small or large?

0:49:520:49:53

Extra large!

0:49:530:49:55

Small, please.

0:49:550:49:56

Lightweight.

0:49:560:49:58

Put it on the super tab.

0:49:580:49:59

Thanks.

0:50:020:50:03

Do you know what I like about you, Robin?

0:50:030:50:05

You're a very decent person, and you have good skills -

0:50:070:50:11

a skill set.

0:50:110:50:12

Thanks.

0:50:130:50:15

I think...

0:50:150:50:18

you've got to know when to ask a question

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and when to not ask a question.

0:50:210:50:24

Give people time.

0:50:240:50:25

Yeah.

0:50:250:50:27

Have you eaten anything?

0:50:270:50:29

No, I'm not hungry.

0:50:290:50:30

Oh, come on, it can't be that bad.

0:50:300:50:33

HE SNORTS SOFTLY

0:50:330:50:35

Have you got a light?

0:50:370:50:39

You can't smoke in here.

0:50:390:50:40

Oh... They're ruined, pubs.

0:50:400:50:43

Pubs used to be bloody brilliant.

0:50:430:50:45

I remember when this were all pubs.

0:50:450:50:49

Nothing but pubs.

0:50:490:50:50

Even the buses, Robin, they were mobile pubs.

0:50:500:50:52

Happy days.

0:50:520:50:53

They were happy, and you know what's ruined everything?

0:50:530:50:56

SLURRING: It's digitalisation.

0:50:560:50:59

Letters - gone. What happened to love letters?

0:50:590:51:02

Ah, digitalisation...

0:51:020:51:03

That's what I said. You're not going to write a love-mail, are you?

0:51:030:51:06

Well, I... No, you can't. Exactly.

0:51:060:51:09

Internet groceries...

0:51:090:51:11

What? What's so hard about going to the supermarket, you lazy fuckers?

0:51:120:51:18

And now you can't even have a fag in a pub,

0:51:180:51:21

and there aren't any council houses

0:51:210:51:22

or love letters any more. MAN LAUGHS

0:51:220:51:24

What are you laughing at?

0:51:240:51:27

You think it's funny that people can't afford to live

0:51:270:51:29

near their place of work any more, Beardy? Cormoran, let's go.

0:51:290:51:33

Sorry.

0:51:340:51:36

Are you all right? Let's go.

0:51:360:51:38

SLURRING: I'm a bit sad, Robin.

0:51:410:51:43

I know.

0:51:430:51:44

LIGHT SWITCH CLICKS

0:52:230:52:26

KEYS JINGLE

0:52:340:52:36

RATTLING

0:52:380:52:39

I don't need those.

0:52:390:52:41

Well, just in case.

0:52:410:52:42

KEYS CLATTER

0:52:420:52:44

Are you going to be OK for Vashti in the morning?

0:52:440:52:46

Course I am.

0:52:460:52:48

I'm a very lucky person, Robin.

0:52:480:52:51

First, I have the kind of metabolism where I can eat what I want

0:52:510:52:56

and stay pencil-thin...

0:52:560:52:57

and second, I don't...

0:52:570:52:59

I don't really get hangovers.

0:52:590:53:01

Well, that is lucky.

0:53:010:53:03

HE GROANS

0:53:030:53:05

Bastard leg's bloody killing me.

0:53:060:53:09

Cruelty or mercy?

0:53:160:53:20

Hmm?

0:53:200:53:21

Kid with a gun.

0:53:220:53:24

He could have shot me after the explosion,

0:53:240:53:28

but he looked at my leg...

0:53:280:53:32

and just winked.

0:53:320:53:34

Maybe a bit of both.

0:53:400:53:41

Maybe so.

0:53:440:53:45

You go home!

0:53:500:53:51

I'm all right now. Right.

0:53:580:54:00

I'm switching the light out.

0:54:160:54:17

Yeah.

0:54:190:54:21

LIGHT SWITCH CLICKS

0:54:210:54:23

DOOR CLOSES

0:54:240:54:26

MUFFLED MUSIC PLAYS FROM OUTSIDE

0:54:280:54:30

HE EXHALES

0:54:340:54:36

CORMORAN BREATHES HEAVILY

0:54:590:55:01

Fuck.

0:55:390:55:40

Fucking hell.

0:55:430:55:44

WHISPERING: Fuck.

0:56:100:56:12

It was you.

0:56:280:56:31

You killed Lula.

0:56:310:56:32

Lula Landry came in here a lot, didn't she?

0:57:070:57:09

The day she died - this changing room.

0:57:090:57:12

You're not the first young lady who's come asking about him.

0:57:120:57:14

What's this really about?

0:57:140:57:16

I think it was very sudden and brutal.

0:57:160:57:17

Tony didn't want us to have her.

0:57:190:57:22

Strike makes a breakthrough. Robin is offered a permanent job in HR but is reluctant to take it.


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