Smoke and Mirrors The Doctor Blake Mysteries


Smoke and Mirrors

Australian crime drama. Dr Blake investigates an unlikely case when a body appears out of nowhere from above, crashing onto the roof of a car.


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THUNDER RUMBLES

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Evening, sir, ma'am.

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Got a light?

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Yes, of course.

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May I have my lighter back, please?

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Course. Just take it.

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Come on, old man!

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The deceased is Noel Ashford, mid-50s.

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Witnesses say he fell from the Colonists', about 9:30.

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Well after closing time.

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My guess is he's had a few too many.

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Cause of death? Oh...impact.

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Injuries? I'd say a broken skull.

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That's very good, Dr Lawson.

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What did you find on him?

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Ah, just these.

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Right.

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Cec, my dear chap, are you all right?

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-I will be, sir, thank you.

-Good.

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This is probably the last thing you need right now,

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-but do you mind taking me up to the balcony?

-Certainly, sir.

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I checked the premises thoroughly before I locked up, sir.

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Mr Ashford wasn't even a member. He resigned last year.

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Financial difficulties, I heard.

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Cec, why don't you take a seat? Catch your breath.

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I'll take a look.

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He must have fallen from about here.

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-Certainly hitting a car from this height could kill you.

-Why here?

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Oh, that's a good question, Cec.

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Perhaps he had a particular sentimental attachment to the club,

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I don't know.

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I'd like to find out a little bit more about our Mr Ashford.

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Noel Gregory Ashford, member number 471.

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Joined the club in 1935, he became the club snooker champion in 1947.

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He drank whisky sour.

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That's very impressive, Cec.

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A few weeks ago, you were in here with a lady friend.

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Joy McDonald.

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Very sorry about what happened.

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Thank you, Cec.

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So am I.

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Please.

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That's my husband.

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Noel Ashford.

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We were going to go to the theatre tomorrow.

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I don't understand.

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I am sorry, Mrs Ashford.

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Come on, Mum.

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Nice family.

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Why kill yourself?

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Waiting for him to respond may take a while.

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Bruising around the eyes.

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Some facial abrasions.

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He landed on his back?

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Yes. Not too many external injuries by the looks.

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But this contour is unusual, isn't it?

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Dipping at the hips, bulging at the upper and lower abdomen.

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Let's take a look at his legs, eh?

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Ah. Extensive scarring to the knees.

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He's made a right mess of that at some point.

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PHONE BUZZES

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I forgot we had a phone.

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It's only used for emergencies.

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Alice Harvey.

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It's a hit and run. Constable Michael Martin.

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Michael? Michael, it's Dr Blake. Can you hear me?

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His breathing's normal.

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He's unconscious. We need to get him straight to emergency.

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-What happened?

-Heading out to Neerena

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and following up a disturbance out at Clayton Shaw's farm

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and Mick was changing his flat

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and this bloody truck just comes flying round the corner

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and must have lost it on the wet road.

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-Get a good look at the driver?

-Nah.

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Nah, but it was a... was a standard delivery truck.

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It had some kind of brand painted on the side.

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Right, we'll start at Learmonth Road and continue to work south.

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We'll find this mongrel if it takes all night.

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Hey, pull up.

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No plates.

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Still warm.

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This is definitely the one.

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Rego sticker's been peeled off.

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Doesn't matter. I know exactly who this belongs to.

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SIREN WAILS

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Leon Woods, are you the owner of the Ballarat Apple Farm?

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You know I am, Matthew.

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-Where were you at half past 11 last night?

-Asleep.

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Anyone who can vouch for you?

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The missus. And what's this about?

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My officer was knocked down by one of your delivery trucks last night.

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We found it abandoned in an empty lot this morning.

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Well, that's not possible. Me other truck is locked up in me garage.

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So how come the engine on the one we found this morning was still warm?

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-Anyone else have keys to your garage?

-Only me.

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The drivers always return the keys when they're done.

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So only you could have been driving this truck last night.

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Which I didn't, because I was asleep.

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Look, I can take you down to me property.

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-My truck will still be there.

-That's a good idea.

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Give your keys to Davis. Come with me to the station.

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-What, I don't get to go home?

-No!

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Your name was printed all over the truck that knocked down my officer!

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-Morning.

-Morning.

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Anything in the paper about Noel Ashford?

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No. No, too late for the early edition.

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I don't understand how he could possibly do that to his family.

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Maybe he was depressed.

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That doesn't make it right, Mattie.

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No, not right, but at least understandable.

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Hilary buried her first husband. Her daughter was devastated.

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If anyone should be suffering from depression, it's those two.

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-That's a lovely jumper, by the way, Jean.

-Oh, thank you.

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Knit one, purl one.

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Well, there's a little more to it than that, Mattie.

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I wouldn't know, I never learned.

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Right.

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This evening, I'm teaching you.

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PHONE RINGS

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Ah.

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Blakes' residence.

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Yes, I'll tell him right away.

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You're wanted at the morgue.

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I wanted to show you these grazes on the face, around the ears.

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They haven't changed in colour since presenting last night.

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How could a person graze both ears

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and the tip of his nose at the same time?

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It doesn't fit with what we know of the impact.

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You have an alternative theory?

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I don't think it's bruising at all.

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It's frostbite.

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Frostbite?

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All right. Let's open him up.

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Where's the heart?

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Down here.

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And here, it's ripped.

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Displaced organs. Spleen, heart.

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The liver's been torn.

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It's almost in his pelvis.

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Certainly explains that unusual contour we noticed earlier.

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Tell me what you see.

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I have never seen anything like this.

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I have.

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Soldiers.

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Soldiers whose parachutes have failed to open.

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They end up looking very much like this.

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Mr Ashford did not fall from the Colonists' Club balcony.

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Close him up.

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-What are you suggesting?

-Well, now just hear me out.

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There's physical evidence of frostbite on the ears and nose

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and massive internal injuries.

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-This may be a stretch...

-Usually is.

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..but the injuries are consistent with a fall from a place

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much higher than any building in Ballarat and much colder.

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-Meaning what?

-Perhaps he fell from a plane flying overhead.

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An outrageous notion, certainly.

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But one thing I do know is this -

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the organs were extensively displaced.

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-Wouldn't the body be in worse condition?

-Not necessarily.

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You see, skin is packed with proteins

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that can stretch many times their length.

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So the body's falling through the air,

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it reaches a certain velocity and hits the car.

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-Easy!

-Sorry. The car takes much of the impact.

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The skin - the skin resumes its shape.

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But the real damage, the real damage has occurred internally.

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A plane?

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I cannot think of another explanation.

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Sir. Sir.

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I got a call from the hospital.

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Martin's conscious.

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But he doesn't remember anything.

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Course he doesn't. I'll go and visit him later. What else?

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Well, uh, Leon Woods was telling the truth.

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His other truck's locked up at his property now.

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-How can that be?

-How many trucks does he own?

-Two.

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-How many are you saying there are now?

-Three.

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-What am I meant to do with those?

-Well, they're from Leon Woods.

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I don't know. Evidence?

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I think you'll find it's bribery. No-one eat the apples.

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Now, listen...this is the truck that hit Constable Martin?

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Definitely.

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-Definitely?

-Yeah.

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Right. One of Leon's apples...

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-Blake.

-Just bear with me.

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I want to show you something.

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A little bit of science.

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I'll try not to mess up your desk.

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There we are.

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The star of the apple always has five points.

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-The star of the apple?

-Yes. Look.

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The picture of the apple on the side of that truck has four.

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Not the kind of mistake an apple connoisseur like Leon would make.

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That truck has nothing to do with the Ballarat Apple Farm.

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It has nothing to do with Leon Woods.

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Someone went to the trouble

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of painting a copy of the Ballarat Apple Farm logo

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on the side of that truck, albeit slightly inaccurately.

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It suggests they were trying to hide whatever it was

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they were transporting, and I can tell you both this,

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it wasn't apples. It might also explain

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why they failed to stop after hitting the young constable.

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Try not to spill any of your theories about planes just yet.

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Mrs Ashford.

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This is everything your husband had on him.

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He was only able to wear that once.

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I bought it for him a few days ago.

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There's also his wallet and some tobacco.

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You can keep the tobacco. He didn't smoke.

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Oh, and, uh...

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I thought he was looking forward to it.

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Mrs Ashford, I... I'm sorry, but I'm curious.

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If your husband didn't smoke, why would he have tobacco on him?

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I don't know. It probably belonged to one of the pilots.

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Pilots?

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He was president of the flying club.

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They all smoked. Except Noel.

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May I?

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Of course.

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Is there anything else you need?

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No. Thank you.

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Davis, head out to the local flying club.

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Actually, I could go with Charlie, brief him on the way,

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-save you some time.

-Good idea. You might learn something.

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Come on, Charlie.

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Good morning, ma'am.

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Uh, I'm Senior Constable Davis. This is Dr Blake.

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-Morning.

-Beatrice Ryan. I'm the secretary for the flying club.

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We just need a moment of your time, if that's all right.

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Course. What can I help you with?

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Oh, just a routine follow-up at the moment.

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Um...were any flights scheduled here last night?

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They don't usually fly at night.

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Right.

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And how many pilots do you have here?

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Just two now.

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Mr Townsend and Mr Dankworth.

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You see, we're a training facility. There's no courses on at the moment

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so the pilots are using the spare time to maintain the planes.

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Lovely.

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And you're here of an evening?

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No, I only work during the day.

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Right.

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I'd just like to double check that no flights left here last night.

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Of course. We can take a look at the logbooks if you like.

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See, each pilot has their own logbook

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and there's one for each plane.

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The Cessna 310 is the only plane in operation at the moment.

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We record the date, the time, the hours flown,

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the location to and from.

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Right.

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Uh...as you can see, the Cessna wasn't flown last night.

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So this plane, the Cessna, it was flown five days ago.

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-That's right.

-And if we wanted to speak to those two pilots?

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Oh, they're on the tarmac right now.

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Oh, tremendous. Thank you so much for your help.

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Let me give you a hand.

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Um, just over there, thank you.

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You see, those picture frames, they need urgent attention.

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The wood, it wears away if it isn't polished correctly.

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I didn't know that.

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Well, sometimes I wonder if people notice they've been cleaned at all.

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I think people notice.

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That logbook.

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All the entries were written in pencil.

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Makes it fairly easy to adjust any information if need be.

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And, yes, Charlie, she's a very attractive young woman.

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I imagine this has all been quite a shock for her.

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Well, lucky she met me, then.

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Yes, I suppose so.

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It has got a few gremlins. Might need a bit more trim.

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Excuse me, gentlemen.

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I'm Senior Constable Davis. This is Doctor Blake.

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I'd like to ask you a few questions about this plane.

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Copper and a doctor. Aren't we lucky(?)

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What are your names?

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Lyle Townsend.

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Hugh Dankworth.

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Has this plane been flown in the last 24 hours?

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Are you second-guessing the logbooks you just inspected?

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I'm assuming that's what you were doing in our office.

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Did you fly this plane last night?

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You won't get a different answer from him,

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unless you ask a different question.

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We're looking into Noel Ashford's death,

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trying to ascertain exactly what happened last night.

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He threw himself from the Colonists', didn't he?

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Well, we're investigating all possibilities.

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Last time it was flown it was, what, five days ago?

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Look, I'm sure Beatrice has already told you that.

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And where were you blokes last night at around half past nine?

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We went into town for a few beers.

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We were walking home around about that time.

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We've got a plane to get back in the air. Excuse us, gents.

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I'd like to apologise for not being much help last night, sir.

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Well, I hope you don't blame yourself for what happened.

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Well, what happens in this club is my responsibility.

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Well...between you and me, I don't think he fell from here.

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Sir?

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I think he fell from a plane. I don't know why, I don't know how.

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I didn't hear anything, although there was a storm last night.

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The pilots at the air strip?

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They swear no plane went up.

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Cec, that tobacco you were smoking last night. May I see it?

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-Has sir taken up smoking?

-Oh... I smoke very occasionally, Cec.

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Mrs Beazley does not approve.

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Hmm, fairly popular, is it?

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Well, it's very high quality.

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And it's also quite inexpensive at the moment.

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Black market tobacco usually is.

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We found an identical pouch on Noel Ashford.

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-But Mr Ashford...

-Didn't smoke, I know.

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So why did he have it on him? Where did he get it?

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Clearly he didn't buy it from a shop.

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Is sir asking for my supplier?

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And if I was?

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With respect, sir, I don't think the members would be too happy

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if their favourite tobacco supplier was shut down.

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Your loyalty is admirable.

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Ah, sir could do with a haircut.

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Possibly...High Street.

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HORSE RACING COMMENTARY ON RADIO

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What're you looking for?

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A trim, thank you.

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Quarter inch off the sides.

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-Tapered?

-Rounded.

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Haven't seen you in here before.

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First time.

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Fancy suit. Doctor?

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-Lawyer? Copper?

-Doctor.

-Mm.

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Well, Doctor, you've had your hair cut recently,

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so what are you really in here for?

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I smoke.

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-How many pouches?

-Two.

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Why didn't you just say so?

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Tell me. Say I wanted more. A lot more.

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Heavy smoker, are we?

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How quickly can you get it in?

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Five hours, give or take.

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Please, keep the change.

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-Thanks.

-Thank you.

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You look like you have some news.

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I've just been to see the local barber, Willard Baxter.

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That's hardly a front page headline.

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I purchased illegal tobacco from the man,

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for research purposes, of course.

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He has boxes of it in his storeroom,

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and I think it's the same tobacco Noel had on him.

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Charlie found traces of tobacco in that truck.

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So, Willard Baxter is bringing chop-chop into town.

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Why doesn't that surprise me?

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And I asked him if he could get me some more. A lot more.

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He said he could, in around five hours.

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Well, hang on, the nearest tobacco farm is Myrtleford.

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Ballarat to Myrtleford,

0:23:070:23:09

well, a round trip in a car's nine hours at least.

0:23:090:23:12

-He's not driving it in.

-Ohh!

-He's flying it in.

0:23:120:23:15

Baxter's definitely connected to the flying club.

0:23:150:23:18

Those boxes in his storeroom have the same stamp on the side.

0:23:180:23:21

So Baxter gets a truck and makes it look like he's transporting apples

0:23:210:23:24

and hits a police officer in the process.

0:23:240:23:26

Get in touch with military records. See if we can find anything on...

0:23:260:23:30

Yeah, Lyle Townsend and Hugh Dankworth. Will do.

0:23:300:23:35

Dankworth...

0:23:350:23:36

Let's bring them in. Pay Baxter a visit while we're at it.

0:23:360:23:40

Lawson, before you drag Baxter in,

0:23:400:23:42

we should find out which pilot is handing the tobacco over.

0:23:420:23:46

Whoever that is may also be responsible for Noel's death.

0:23:460:23:51

Baxter's not going anywhere.

0:23:510:23:52

In the meantime, we can go straight to the source

0:23:520:23:55

and potentially solve all three crimes -

0:23:550:23:58

your hit and run, the tobacco operation, and Noel's murder.

0:23:580:24:02

Right.

0:24:020:24:04

-Ladies.

-Hello, Doctor.

-Beatrice, nice to see you.

0:24:180:24:22

Miss Ashford, how are you?

0:24:220:24:24

Oh, I'm all right, thank you.

0:24:240:24:27

And it's Miss Alexander, by the way. Noel was my stepfather.

0:24:270:24:31

I do beg your pardon.

0:24:310:24:33

Still, I imagine it must be difficult,

0:24:340:24:37

gathering Noel's things together.

0:24:370:24:39

Beatrice has been helping me.

0:24:390:24:41

She's... She's been very kind.

0:24:410:24:43

Is there anything you need?

0:24:430:24:45

Well, as a matter of fact,

0:24:450:24:47

one of the pilots and I share a mutual acquaintance

0:24:470:24:50

and I was hoping to introduce myself properly.

0:24:500:24:53

Oh, good timing. That'll be them now.

0:24:530:24:55

Oh, how wonderful.

0:24:570:24:59

Well, um...I'll leave you to it.

0:24:590:25:02

More questions, Doctor?

0:25:100:25:11

Ha. Actually, I came to see Hugh.

0:25:130:25:15

I, uh, was just wondering how your brother was doing.

0:25:150:25:19

Bryan, isn't it?

0:25:190:25:20

Yes. What's it to you?

0:25:200:25:23

Your brother and I met in Singapore a few years back. Malay Peninsula.

0:25:230:25:27

By the time they brought him to me,

0:25:270:25:29

nearly every bone in his body was broken.

0:25:290:25:31

-You're that doctor?

-Yes!

0:25:310:25:34

Thanks to you, my brother celebrated his 40th birthday last week.

0:25:340:25:38

Wonderful. Wonderful.

0:25:380:25:40

Uh, you served in Sungai Petani?

0:25:400:25:42

-Yes.

-Ahh.

0:25:420:25:44

-453 Squadron.

-453.

0:25:440:25:47

You flew air support for the ground troops when the Japanese invaded.

0:25:470:25:50

You know about the ground troops?

0:25:500:25:52

I was there.

0:25:520:25:54

Join us for a drink inside?

0:25:570:25:58

-I would love to.

-Come on.

0:25:580:26:01

Told my brother to join the RAAF, too.

0:26:080:26:10

There's less injuries, but he wouldn't listen.

0:26:100:26:12

-Wanted to get his hands dirty.

-His loss.

0:26:120:26:15

Trouble coordinating your socks?

0:26:170:26:19

You need a woman in your life, Danksy.

0:26:190:26:23

-Maybe I don't want anyone telling me what to do.

-Ahh!

-Who'd want that?

0:26:230:26:27

-Ah, here she is.

-Excuse me, I'll just get rid of a few of these.

0:26:280:26:32

-Great girl.

-Yes. Yes.

0:26:330:26:36

So, you, um, still fly whenever you want?

0:26:360:26:40

Yeah, we do.

0:26:400:26:42

A Cessna 310 hardly matches the thrill of a Brewster Buffalo,

0:26:420:26:46

but, you know, it gets us up there.

0:26:460:26:47

The Brewster Buffalo was a bugger of a plane. Bloody death trap!

0:26:470:26:50

True, but it kept you on your toes.

0:26:500:26:53

It rained last night, I see.

0:26:540:26:56

Hasn't rained for two weeks.

0:27:000:27:01

We talking about the weather now, Doc?

0:27:010:27:03

Well, I just thought you'd be interested to know

0:27:030:27:06

someone took the Cessna up last night.

0:27:060:27:08

There's fresh mud on the tyres.

0:27:080:27:10

Noel Ashford go up with you?

0:27:110:27:13

Noel wasn't with us.

0:27:210:27:23

It was just a quick flight.

0:27:230:27:24

Got to get your adrenaline pumping somehow.

0:27:240:27:26

Does anyone else know about this?

0:27:260:27:28

Those planes are for training. We could lose our licence.

0:27:280:27:32

It also makes you suspects.

0:27:320:27:34

We were back by half past seven.

0:27:340:27:36

I think this drink is over.

0:27:390:27:41

Yes, of course.

0:27:430:27:44

Gentlemen.

0:27:470:27:48

That's right. And pull it across. Pull that...

0:27:560:27:59

-That's it.

-I'm sorry, Jean.

0:28:010:28:04

I don't see the appeal. This is really quite difficult.

0:28:040:28:08

-You're thinking too hard about it.

-What am I supposed to do?

0:28:080:28:11

Well, sometimes knitting's best done thinking about something else,

0:28:110:28:15

or talking about something else.

0:28:150:28:18

Ah. I've just been out to the flying club.

0:28:180:28:22

I still can't believe that poor man fell from a plane.

0:28:230:28:26

The pilots admitted taking a plane up last night,

0:28:260:28:29

but it doesn't seem right that they were involved

0:28:290:28:32

in Noel Ashford's death. I mean, these men are ex-RAAF pilots.

0:28:320:28:35

These days, for them, flying means escape, freedom.

0:28:350:28:40

And I don't think they'd ever want to jeopardise that.

0:28:420:28:44

So why would they be lying?

0:28:440:28:46

Red and green.

0:28:460:28:48

Hugh Dankworth is colour-blind?

0:28:500:28:52

I'm fairly sure.

0:28:520:28:54

They both admitted flying that night.

0:28:540:28:57

Of course with fresh mud on the tyres of the Cessna,

0:28:570:28:59

they could hardly deny it.

0:28:590:29:01

So perhaps Noel Ashford found out, confiscated Dankworth's licence.

0:29:010:29:07

Gives Dankworth motive.

0:29:070:29:09

I suppose throwing him out of a plane

0:29:090:29:11

-and trying to cover his tracks seemed like an option.

-Now, hang on.

0:29:110:29:14

I'm not saying Dankworth was responsible,

0:29:140:29:17

just that, well, he may be linked somehow.

0:29:170:29:20

Oh, he seems responsible all right.

0:29:200:29:23

We just need to know when they took that plane

0:29:230:29:25

and how far they travelled.

0:29:250:29:27

Sorry to have called you out here tonight.

0:29:300:29:32

-Anything I can do, Constable.

-It's Charlie.

-Charlie.

0:29:320:29:37

Now that is where Dankworth would have had some real trouble.

0:29:400:29:44

The red and green warning lights.

0:29:440:29:46

-And this is a training school?

-Mm.

0:29:460:29:48

So...what are we looking at here, Blake?

0:29:480:29:53

-Are you all right?

-Yeah, I just want to get this over and done with.

0:29:550:29:59

-Do I sense a fear of flying?

-No, you don't.

-Oh.

0:29:590:30:03

How does someone get pushed out of a plane like this?

0:30:030:30:07

I have no idea.

0:30:070:30:09

But looking here, the hours on the tachometer are different.

0:30:090:30:15

The entry in the logbook said...

0:30:150:30:16

-Yeah, yeah, it was 1831.

-Yes.

0:30:160:30:20

And here we have 1835.

0:30:200:30:22

Four hours difference.

0:30:240:30:26

And I'd say enough room for cargo, too.

0:30:260:30:30

Yes, indeed.

0:30:300:30:32

-Right, we finished?

-You want to hop out?

-Yes, please.

0:30:320:30:35

Hugh, clearly your being colour-blind

0:30:370:30:40

never diminished your desire to fly.

0:30:400:30:42

My uncle ran the pilot school when I was in training.

0:30:420:30:46

He let me through. By the time I signed up for the RAAF,

0:30:460:30:49

they were so desperate for pilots...

0:30:490:30:51

I'm guessing the red and green warning lights

0:30:510:30:53

would have been something of an issue.

0:30:530:30:56

You can see what's red or green by the position of the light.

0:30:560:30:59

Did Noel Ashford find out and threaten to cancel your licence?

0:30:590:31:03

No, I made sure he never found out.

0:31:030:31:06

By killing him?

0:31:060:31:08

-Of course not!

-Why don't you tell us more about last night,

0:31:080:31:11

and that plane you took for a ride?

0:31:110:31:13

Lyle and I went up about six o'clock, after we closed the club.

0:31:150:31:18

Starting at base, we travelled four miles east towards Egerton.

0:31:180:31:23

You didn't fly over the town centre?

0:31:230:31:25

No.

0:31:250:31:27

We got back to the flying club about half past seven,

0:31:270:31:29

headed back to town, had a few drinks

0:31:290:31:31

and then walked home about half past nine.

0:31:310:31:34

Noel wasn't with us.

0:31:340:31:36

And you didn't drive a truck that night, either?

0:31:360:31:39

A truck? No.

0:31:390:31:41

I'm being detained, am I?

0:31:450:31:46

What for, being colour-blind?

0:31:460:31:48

For lying in an official police statement. That a good enough start?

0:31:480:31:52

What?

0:31:570:31:59

If Noel Ashford did find out about your eyesight,

0:32:030:32:07

I think that might give you a reason to want to keep him quiet.

0:32:070:32:10

Now, someone pushed him out of that plane.

0:32:110:32:13

And it wasn't me. I told you the truth.

0:32:130:32:17

Well, not at first. Come on, Hugh.

0:32:170:32:19

If I didn't care, I wouldn't be here.

0:32:190:32:21

So tell me, how have you managed to keep flying?

0:32:210:32:25

Lyle's the only one who knows about my eyesight.

0:32:260:32:29

And he's always with me when I fly.

0:32:290:32:31

-Any other teaching I do is on the ground.

-What about Ashford?

0:32:310:32:35

I made sure I never went up with him.

0:32:350:32:38

He would have reported me for sure.

0:32:380:32:40

But you flew during the war. How on earth did you manage that?

0:32:400:32:44

They needed all the pilots they could get.

0:32:440:32:47

And as long as my co-pilot was on the ball, I was all right.

0:32:470:32:50

You blokes have got no idea.

0:32:510:32:53

Spoken like a true serviceman.

0:32:530:32:55

People talk about the war as if it was something terrible,

0:32:570:33:00

and of course it was. Just not for me.

0:33:000:33:04

I got to fly all these incredible machines all over the place.

0:33:040:33:07

Best bloody years of my life.

0:33:070:33:10

Quite.

0:33:100:33:12

Lawson, he's adamant Ashford wasn't up in the plane with them.

0:33:140:33:18

They were back by half past seven, long before Noel fell.

0:33:180:33:23

Dankworth flew a plane and Noel Ashford was tossed out of one.

0:33:230:33:27

You don't seem convinced.

0:33:280:33:30

Oh, they're just trying to relive their glory days.

0:33:300:33:33

I can't see them killing a fellow ex-serviceman in order to do that.

0:33:330:33:37

-Boss?

-Yes.

-Uh, Clayton Shaw wants to talk to you in person.

0:33:370:33:41

He's got a complaint about how slack the police have been

0:33:410:33:45

in getting back to him.

0:33:450:33:47

Well, did you tell him a copper was knocked over

0:33:470:33:49

-on the way to his place?

-I did.

0:33:490:33:51

And he said the next time someone flies a plane over his farm

0:33:510:33:54

-and spooks his cows, he'll shoot them down.

-Over his farm?

0:33:540:33:58

-What time?

-Right around six o'clock.

0:33:580:34:01

But then again at around half past nine.

0:34:010:34:04

-Twice?

-Mm.

0:34:040:34:07

Dankworth didn't mention that, did he?

0:34:070:34:10

Follow up on the other farms and see what they have to say.

0:34:100:34:12

Well, actually, do you mind if it waits till tomorrow?

0:34:120:34:15

I, um...I'm meant to be knocking off pretty soon.

0:34:150:34:18

Got plans, have we?

0:34:180:34:20

-Oh, fair enough. First thing tomorrow.

-Thanks, boss.

0:34:210:34:25

Still reckon the pilots are trying to relive their glory days?

0:34:260:34:29

The plane flew twice that night.

0:34:320:34:34

Oh, you can carve, Lucien.

0:34:340:34:36

It was the second flight that Noel Ashford fell from.

0:34:360:34:40

So the pilots went from the flying club and flew over the town centre?

0:34:400:34:45

-Lucien?

-Ah, thank you.

0:34:450:34:48

Um, Jean, just give me a moment.

0:34:500:34:52

Now, let's say the chicken is the flying club.

0:34:540:34:57

Now, let's say the salt is Lydiard Street

0:34:570:35:00

where poor Noel Ashford was found.

0:35:000:35:02

-And the jug, the jug can...

-That's a gravy boat.

-I do beg your pardon.

0:35:020:35:06

The gravy boat is the plane.

0:35:060:35:08

Now, where does...what's his name, Clayton Shaw, live?

0:35:080:35:11

-Neerena.

-Where's that?

0:35:110:35:13

And the pilots said they flew east from the flying club.

0:35:170:35:20

-That means they didn't cross the town centre.

-Well, they had to.

0:35:220:35:26

Mattie!

0:35:290:35:31

So Clayton said that there was one plane at six, back and forth,

0:35:320:35:36

and then another plane at half past nine.

0:35:360:35:39

The pilots said they were back at base by half past seven.

0:35:390:35:42

That still doesn't explain the flight over Ballarat

0:35:420:35:45

when they were nowhere near it.

0:35:450:35:47

-I'm sorry, but the flying club is getting cold.

-Yes.

-Lucien.

0:35:470:35:50

Now, that is a sour cream gravy.

0:35:520:35:56

And the other one is a home-made tomato sauce.

0:35:560:35:59

Shall we?

0:36:000:36:02

Jean.

0:36:040:36:06

This wasn't simply a case of two flights.

0:36:060:36:09

There were two separate planes.

0:36:090:36:11

We could have gone to the pictures,

0:36:160:36:17

but this really is the best view of the Ballarat night sky.

0:36:170:36:22

It's as if you can see every single star there is.

0:36:240:36:27

This isn't just a part-time job for you, is it?

0:36:290:36:31

No.

0:36:320:36:33

My brother was RAAF.

0:36:350:36:37

He never made it home.

0:36:390:36:41

The pilots here, they wear the same cologne that he used to.

0:36:430:36:47

Makes me feel as if he's still close by.

0:36:470:36:50

I'm sorry, Beatrice.

0:36:510:36:52

Well, you owe me a story now.

0:36:540:36:56

I call my mum every day.

0:37:000:37:02

I've got younger brothers, too.

0:37:050:37:07

They're much younger.

0:37:070:37:09

And Mum's kind of struggling without me there.

0:37:090:37:13

And your dad?

0:37:140:37:16

No.

0:37:180:37:20

I tell you, I love the work here, and I'm good at it.

0:37:240:37:29

But...I don't really know anyone, and they don't trust me,

0:37:310:37:36

and that makes it really hard.

0:37:360:37:39

So why are you here?

0:37:410:37:43

Oh, they're promoting me after this.

0:37:430:37:46

That's why.

0:37:460:37:48

Because you're right.

0:37:510:37:53

This is the best view in Ballarat.

0:37:550:37:57

-Really?

-Really.

0:37:570:38:00

CAR APPROACHING

0:38:110:38:13

You have got to be joking me.

0:38:150:38:17

-Doc.

-Charlie.

0:38:230:38:25

Sorry to interrupt. This can't wait.

0:38:250:38:29

Now, you said there were two flights that night.

0:38:290:38:33

There were in fact two different planes.

0:38:330:38:36

-For God's sake!

-But there's just the one plane in operation, Doctor.

0:38:360:38:39

Yes, the Cessna.

0:38:390:38:41

I think we should start looking at the other planes, too.

0:38:410:38:43

-How many are there?

-A few, but none of the others can get off the ground.

0:38:430:38:47

Right. Perhaps we should start by looking in that hangar over there.

0:38:470:38:51

Doc, can't this wait till the morning?

0:38:510:38:53

I'm afraid not, Charlie. Now come on.

0:38:530:38:55

Sorry.

0:38:570:38:59

What is it?

0:39:160:39:18

That is a Beechcraft 18.

0:39:180:39:21

As far as I know, it hasn't been flown for months.

0:39:220:39:25

Charlie, may I, um...?

0:39:260:39:28

Hasn't been flown for months, you say?

0:39:390:39:41

How do you explain fresh mud on the tyres?

0:39:440:39:47

I really have no idea.

0:39:480:39:50

We found that inside the Beechcraft.

0:39:580:40:00

Noel Ashford was wearing a jacket that night.

0:40:000:40:03

This thread comes from that very jacket.

0:40:030:40:05

It's the plane he fell from.

0:40:050:40:07

So, one or both of those pilots were in that plane with Noel Ashford.

0:40:070:40:11

And it stunk of tobacco.

0:40:110:40:12

And you're convinced that Hugh couldn't have flown it by himself?

0:40:120:40:15

-Oh, highly unlikely.

-Which means Lyle Townsend is our man.

0:40:150:40:20

PHONE RINGS

0:40:200:40:21

Hello, Police Station.

0:40:220:40:24

Have a look at this. It's from the War Office.

0:40:240:40:27

It's Lyle Townsend's service record.

0:40:270:40:29

My goodness.

0:40:290:40:30

-Yes.

-Dishonourably discharged for running contraband in 1947.

0:40:300:40:38

So Lyle Townsend is the one

0:40:380:40:39

who's handing over tobacco to our barber friend.

0:40:390:40:42

Now if it's all right with you,

0:40:420:40:44

we'll go and pay Willard Baxter a visit right now.

0:40:440:40:47

Ah, Doc, that was Cec Drury.

0:40:470:40:49

You're needed urgently down at the Colonists'.

0:40:490:40:51

Right. Mind if I, um...?

0:40:510:40:53

Well, you will anyway.

0:40:530:40:55

Davis.

0:40:570:40:59

Sarah.

0:41:020:41:04

I just wanted to know what he was feeling when he did it.

0:41:070:41:11

Look, it's hard to know why people do what they do.

0:41:120:41:16

You're wondering what to say to make me feel better, aren't you?

0:41:170:41:20

Not at all. There's nothing I can say. I can tell you,

0:41:200:41:23

the police are investigating your stepfather's death.

0:41:230:41:26

What's to investigate?

0:41:270:41:29

He may not have fallen from here.

0:41:290:41:30

I believe he fell from one of his planes

0:41:300:41:34

and perhaps.... perhaps was the victim of foul play.

0:41:340:41:38

We found a blue thread matching his jacket in one of the planes.

0:41:390:41:44

OK, that makes sense. He was always working on the Beechcraft.

0:41:460:41:49

Your mother said the jacket was brand-new,

0:41:510:41:53

that he'd only worn it once, the night he died.

0:41:530:41:56

What, are you saying one of the pilots did this?

0:41:560:41:59

The police are going to search the flying club tomorrow morning.

0:41:590:42:02

Thoroughly.

0:42:020:42:04

Hopefully they'll get to the truth.

0:42:040:42:06

Come on.

0:42:090:42:11

What's all this stuff doing on my table?

0:42:140:42:17

Whoever flew tobacco into Ballarat

0:42:170:42:19

was also responsible for Noel Ashford's death,

0:42:190:42:22

and wore one of these headsets.

0:42:220:42:24

Now, it appears they were coming from Myrtleford.

0:42:240:42:30

The police are closing in on Lyle Townsend, and, of course,

0:42:300:42:33

thanks to me, they already have their hands on Hugh Dankworth.

0:42:330:42:36

-And you're not convinced either of them did it?

-No, frankly I'm not.

0:42:360:42:39

-Mattie, can you try this on?

-Mm-hm.

0:42:390:42:41

Oh, yes!

0:42:430:42:45

-Do I have to give it back?

-Yes, you do.

0:42:460:42:48

Mattie, just while you're here,

0:42:480:42:50

would you mind terribly if I just tried these on you?

0:42:500:42:55

Wait, how do you tighten it?

0:42:590:43:01

-Like this.

-Yes, wonderful.

0:43:010:43:04

Could you take them off carefully for me?

0:43:070:43:10

Thank you. Now, look here.

0:43:110:43:15

This headset is as small as the ones we just adjusted for Mattie.

0:43:150:43:22

There you are.

0:43:240:43:26

Now it's making sense.

0:43:270:43:29

Afternoon.

0:43:340:43:36

Willard Baxter.

0:43:360:43:38

Don't coppers have their own barbers?

0:43:380:43:40

Oh, the lad needs a shave.

0:43:400:43:42

I hear that you've been selling tobacco without a licence.

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Yeah, well, I usually don't get interrogated by my customers.

0:43:500:43:53

Hm. Well, you are now.

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In relation to charges of illegal tobacco possession,

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a suspected hit and run, and severely injuring a police officer.

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I'm not obliged to do or say anything.

0:44:020:44:04

You forgot to mention that bit.

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You know it off by heart.

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You still have to say it.

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Senior Constable Davis, please let the record state

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I have read Mr Baxter his rights.

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Sir.

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Now, when my officer got knocked over,

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I wanted to find the bloke and I wanted to slit his throat.

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Yeah, I know the feeling.

0:44:230:44:25

You drive cheap tobacco from Ballarat air strip.

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You hope that no-one will notice.

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You get an old truck, paint it a fake brand.

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Everyone knows that Leon Woods' trucks use the same route.

0:44:350:44:38

Who's going to notice one more truck? You hope that it'll keep that way

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until you knock over Constable Martin two nights ago,

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you fail to stop and render assistance.

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Sounds like you're guessing.

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I've got uniforms turning your place upside down.

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I'm guessing they'll find the set of keys to match that truck.

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So maybe I drove a truck now and again.

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To bring in tobacco?

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Yeah.

0:45:000:45:01

I might go easier on you if you tell me who you get the chop-chop from.

0:45:010:45:05

We both know you're not going to make it easy on me.

0:45:050:45:07

Last chance! Who's your contact at the flying club?

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Myrtleford and back.

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That's a fair trip, isn't it?

0:46:120:46:14

How long were you able to hide the extra use of fuel?

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Noel was searching inside the cabin, wasn't he?

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Just like me.

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He found a pouch of tobacco and he put it in his pocket.

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He realised he'd found his contraband runner.

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And then he...he stowed away up the back of the plane...

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..intending to catch you in the act.

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But you weren't flying the plane, were you, Beatrice?

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And that's why you're in the co-pilot's seat.

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That's right, isn't it?

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ENGINES START

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Plan on throwing me out of the plane, too?

0:47:070:47:08

Sarah, what are you doing?

0:47:110:47:13

You can't be serious. Stop the plane.

0:47:160:47:18

Everybody out!

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Watch your head.

0:48:060:48:08

James Alexander was my real father.

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He loved planes, and he loved me.

0:48:160:48:20

He taught me how to fly.

0:48:220:48:24

How long have you been flying in illegal tobacco?

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Years. It was my dad's idea.

0:48:280:48:31

Must have made you both a fair amount of money.

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It wasn't about the money. It was for the thrill of it.

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And I loved being with him.

0:48:390:48:41

Sarah, how did he die?

0:48:430:48:46

He and Noel took a plane up together.

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Noel was supposed to have repaired it,

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but it wasn't ready...

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..and it crashed on the runway.

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And Noel survived and Dad didn't.

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And a few months later, he was married to my mother.

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He wanted me to call him Dad.

0:49:150:49:18

The night that Noel Ashford died, he was in the plane when you took off.

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Yeah, he'd become suspicious.

0:49:230:49:27

Beatrice worked the books,

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but he had noticed that there was some fuel unaccounted for.

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So he watched us and he stowed away in the back.

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Why didn't he talk to you about it?

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Because he wanted to catch me out.

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And the door blew open when we hit turbulence

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and Beatrice took over and I went back and I found him there.

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What happened?

0:49:520:49:54

Well, he called me a stupid girl.

0:49:550:49:58

He said I was just as bad as my father,

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and I slapped him.

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Then the plane banked.

0:50:060:50:08

There was a storm that night.

0:50:080:50:11

His knee gave way and the door was open.

0:50:120:50:15

You're not trying to tell me it was an accident.

0:50:150:50:18

He fell against the door, didn't he?

0:50:190:50:22

We found a thread from the jacket he was wearing.

0:50:220:50:25

Yeah, he grabbed on to the doorframe and he expected me to help him.

0:50:280:50:33

But I didn't...

0:50:340:50:36

..because he thought I was just a silly girl.

0:50:390:50:41

It's still murder, Miss Alexander.

0:50:430:50:45

Yeah, well, I miss my dad.

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Why?

0:51:060:51:08

I needed the money.

0:51:080:51:10

The bank won't give loans to women.

0:51:120:51:14

I can't afford to buy a car. I can't afford to buy a home.

0:51:140:51:16

-What's fair about that?

-You can work, Beatrice.

0:51:160:51:19

And I do. But it's not enough.

0:51:190:51:22

Look, I found out what Sarah was doing.

0:51:250:51:27

She offered to bring me in on it.

0:51:270:51:29

I didn't know she'd kill anyone.

0:51:290:51:31

And you thought by going out with me, you could keep an eye on me?

0:51:330:51:36

Well, I never thought we'd get on so well.

0:51:370:51:40

It was just one date.

0:51:560:51:58

You wanted to see me, boss?

0:52:120:52:14

I did.

0:52:140:52:16

What the hell do you think you were doing?

0:52:200:52:23

Whatever it is you have to say, you can say it in front of the Doc.

0:52:230:52:26

Answer me.

0:52:280:52:30

I don't know, sir.

0:52:300:52:32

That woman was the subject of an investigation,

0:52:330:52:36

and she played you like a bloody violin.

0:52:360:52:39

But it's not the first time, though, is it?

0:52:390:52:42

A few weeks ago, you gave crucial information

0:52:420:52:45

to a man that turned out to be the perpetrator.

0:52:450:52:48

You nearly derailed the entire investigation.

0:52:480:52:50

And God knows what information

0:52:500:52:52

you're reporting back to your superiors in Melbourne!

0:52:520:52:55

Would you like my resignation, sir?

0:52:570:52:59

No.

0:53:020:53:04

I want you right here, where I can keep an eye on you.

0:53:050:53:08

Get out.

0:53:080:53:10

Sir.

0:53:120:53:13

Well, remind me never to get on the wrong side of you.

0:53:210:53:25

-It's a bit late for that, don't you think?

-Fair point.

0:53:250:53:28

Can you trust him?

0:53:290:53:30

Mm.

0:53:320:53:33

Doctor?

0:53:370:53:38

Oh, thank you, Jean.

0:53:380:53:40

You know, it's a wonder. People still manage to surprise me.

0:53:420:53:46

You talking about those two girls?

0:53:460:53:48

Actually, no, I was thinking of you two.

0:53:490:53:52

Sitting here, working away like this.

0:53:540:53:55

And there's something menacing about those knitting needles,

0:53:550:53:58

-the way they dart in and out.

-Nonsense, Lucien.

-Slide around.

0:53:580:54:02

It's actually very relaxing, isn't it, Mattie?

0:54:020:54:05

-Not yet.

-Soon.

0:54:050:54:07

Anyhow, isn't it just knit one, purl one?

0:54:070:54:12

There's a lot more to it than that.

0:54:120:54:14

Just ignore him.

0:54:140:54:15

Besides, I think he's become a little alarmed.

0:54:150:54:20

Something about a conspiracy of women, perhaps.

0:54:200:54:24

Remind me never to underestimate either of you two.

0:54:260:54:30

Cec Drury, the butler at the Colonists' Club, has just closed up for the night when a body appears out of nowhere from above, crashing onto the roof of the car in front of him. So begins one of Dr Blake's most unlikely and remarkable cases.


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