Mortal Coil The Doctor Blake Mysteries


Mortal Coil

Australian crime drama. Jean attends a local funeral where the coffin is dropped, revealing not one but two bodies.


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Do you mind?

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-What?

-What do you think?

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-We ready?

-We're ready.

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Gentlemen.

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Tell you when to lift.

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And lift.

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Take it easy, gentlemen.

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Just turn this way.

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Nice and steady.

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There's no hurry.

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Nice and easy.

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Easy there.

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Watch it there!

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Watch it! Watch it!

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WOMAN SCREAMS

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Who's that?

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HE SIGHS

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HE WINCES

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Jane. Are you all right?

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Yes, I'm fine.

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I'm sure Edith would have been horrified.

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Yes, Edith Woodley. Wasn't she, um...

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-um...

-One of your father's patients.

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Yes, yes. I don't remember ever treating her.

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No. She found you rather alarming.

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CHARLIE CLEARS HIS THROAT

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-Doctor.

-You go.

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Well, it looks like he's been shot.

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You coming over a bit crook there, Doc?

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LUCIEN SIGHS

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No, I'm fine, thank you, Charlie. I'm fine.

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Oh, dear, oh, dear.

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Sid Bartel.

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What, you knew him?

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I threw crackers at his horse when I was a boy.

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-Dr Harvey.

-Dr Blake.

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Single gunshot wound, mid occipital bone.

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Yes, explains the bruising round the eyes.

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38, I'd say.

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You can tell, just by looking?

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Experience. Anything else?

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His pockets were full of nails, nuts and bolts.

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He was a scrap merchant.

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And he hadn't had a bath for some time.

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I think we can do without any moral judgment.

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It was an observation.

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He has lice and burrs.

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I can see the burrs here.

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HE WINCES

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As I said, no bath recently.

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Well, I'll perform the examination then, shall I?

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Facial contusions, some abrasions.

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Severity?

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Ah, moderate.

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He's taken a fall at some point.

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Face-first into the grass, I'd say.

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No protective injuries.

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Look at this.

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Pre-mortem bruising to the chest and the arm.

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-How pre?

-Two weeks prior to death?

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He's been beaten quite severely.

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I imagine no-one's claiming the body?

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Pauper's grave, then?

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Yes.

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Perhaps you should bear that in mind

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before complaining about his personal hygiene.

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Did your housekeeper burn your toast this morning?

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Dr Blake, pathology results for Jean Beazley.

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Ah, thank you, Sister. Yes.

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God help us.

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They let all types in here, don't they?

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They let you in.

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-Hello, mate.

-Harold, good to see you.

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Yeah. Bad news?

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No, no, nothing. What about you?

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What are you doing here, rude health?

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I had a bit of a turn a couple of days ago.

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-What sort of a turn?

-The old ticker.

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What happened?

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I'd bottled another batch of whiskey

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and I'd found a great place to store it, out of the way, you know?

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Not at home, obviously?

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I'm too smart for that, Doc.

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Anyway, I'm lifting a few boxes and I blacked out.

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Bloody lucky the boy was there.

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Quite. Your doctor's going to advise you to cut back on the drinking,

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-you know that, don't you?

-Yes.

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-Harold Morris?

-Present.

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When you're ready.

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No laughing matter, is it? Getting older.

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It's obvious we've been broken in to

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and it's up to you to work it out.

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That's right, Mr Callow,

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which is why I'm shutting this place down until we get it sorted.

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What? You can't shut us down.

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-We're trying to run a business.

-Dad.

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My father's concerned because we have another funeral booked.

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The body's prepared, Miriam Tucker will be devastated.

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Well, that can go ahead, but that will be all.

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-Thank you.

-Follow me.

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How long was Edith Woodley's body in here?

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Three days.

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-Was there a viewing?

-No, she was Anglican.

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We keep the bodies in here.

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Who else has access?

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No-one else, just my daughter and I.

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It's obvious we've been broken in to. I'm not the policeman, but...

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Thank you, Mr Callow.

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Did you and your daughter know Sid Bartel?

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Not at all.

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Lydia and I put Edith Woodley in the coffin ourselves.

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That was yesterday.

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Was the lid secured?

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The room was locked until we took the coffin for burial.

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It's the cool room.

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Malcolm Tucker.

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Where does this door lead?

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To a side driveway. We bring the bodies in through there.

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It's the only access.

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No sign of forced entry, Mr Callow.

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-BELL RINGS

-That'll be the front desk.

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Do you mind?

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May I help you?

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Yes. Um, Dr Lucien Blake, police surgeon.

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I understand from the hospital reports

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you'll be taking care of the funeral arrangements for Mr Sid Bartel.

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Yes.

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Um. I would very much like to pay for his funeral.

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My father and I were intending to cover the costs.

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I would like to handle things properly, for Sid's sake.

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Of course.

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Thank you.

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Ha!

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Steven.

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It's good to see you.

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-I saw your father at the hospital.

-Oh. Was he behaving himself?

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Well, mostly. How is he, really?

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Ah, he's not getting any younger.

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His mates at the RSL are looking out for him, so...

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-Yes, I'm sure they are.

-Hmm.

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If there's anything I can do, you let me know.

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-I was expecting you an hour ago.

-I got held up, sorry.

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Six boxes this morning.

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Leave them round the back.

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-On time, next time.

-Mm-hm.

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Ah, thank you.

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Have you considered your own arrangements, Doctor?

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I took the liberty of giving you two copies,

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I'm sure you'd want to spare your family any unnecessary heartache

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when your own time comes.

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Yes. Ah...I'll let you know.

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I'll get a constable to come round

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and pick up the rest of those records.

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What are you doing here?

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Ah, I had some arrangements to take care of.

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Well?

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Ah, nothing useful from the driver.

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Knew who Bartel was, but reckons he had no dealings with him.

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Search that storeroom for prints.

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We need to find out where Bartel died.

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-Start with his house.

-Yes, sir.

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Blake?

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-You all right there?

-Ah, yes, of course.

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Jean?

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-Jean?

-I'm here. What is it?

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-Um...

-What is it?

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..it's, ah, it's a consent form.

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Oh? Consent for what?

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Well, in the event that I... you know, when...

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At some point I'm going to need a funeral, and would you consider...?

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Well, would you consent to being my next of kin?

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Everything will be paid for but you would be the one they called.

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You know, if, in the event that I...

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If that's all right.

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Shall I be setting one less place for dinner tonight?

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Oh, no, no. It's just a formality, if you want to have a read there.

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You know old Sid was shot before he was put into Edith Woodley's coffin.

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Just sign there.

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-Oh.

-Yes.

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HE EXHALES DEEPLY

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Are you all right, Lucien?

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Yes, tickety-boo. How are you feeling?

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I'm still a little shaky.

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Funerals are grim at the best of times.

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Yes, they are.

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Who's looking after Sid's horse now?

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Sid still had a horse?

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Sid's always had a horse.

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-Charlie?

-Yeah.

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Anything?

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Well, I just got here but, ah, have a look at this.

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Really?

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Ah. Callows Funeral Home.

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Very interesting.

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Certainly is.

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Did you find anything else at the home?

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Well, where they keep the bodies, we found three sets of prints.

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The old man's, the daughter's and one we can't identify as yet.

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Ah.

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-Where do you think the horse is?

-No idea.

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-Ah, Doctor?

-Yes.

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You might want to come and have a look at this.

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Ah, goodness me.

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How long's he been dead, do you reckon?

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Let's have a little look, eh?

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MAN EXCLAIMS

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Oh!

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You just head back into town, all right?

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How'd you get on?

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Name's Wallace Creen.

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Bartel was letting him stay here for a while.

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Right. Anything useful?

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Not really. Grog's wiped his brain.

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I see.

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Did he say anything about the horse?

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Said his name was Bob.

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Bob?

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Bob the horse.

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HORSE WHINNIES

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Bob the horse?

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Where have you been, mister?

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Charlie, come and check the cart for me.

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Hey, good boy.

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What say we get you unhitched, hey?

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Give you a nice rub-down.

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What have you got going on there?

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-Doctor?

-Yes?

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What do you make of this black paint?

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It's not just black paint, Charlie, that's from a car.

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Good afternoon, officers.

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Can I help you?

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There's been some panel work here, Mr Poole.

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What happened?

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I ran into a fence rail and had to get the panel reworked.

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It's nice work.

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Where'd you have it done?

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Brogan's, up on the main street.

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That's interesting.

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We just went and had a little chat to Toby Brogan before he came here.

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-Didn't we, boss?

-We did.

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You want to know what he told us?

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Said that you got that ding

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from running Sid Bartel's cart off the road.

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You want to explain that?

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Yeah, all right.

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I ran his stupid cart off the road,

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he was going 2mph, whistling at his damn horse.

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I had to get a body to a funeral.

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Sid Bartel had bruises on his arms and legs

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from a beating he received two weeks before he died.

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I don't know anything about that.

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You told everyone about it!

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You said you made him beg.

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No, I...

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I don't remember...that. I...

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Sid Bartel was 70 years old.

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He was shot up at Fromelles.

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And you beat him up for stealing a couple of vases.

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-No.

-And you got a laugh from watching him beg for his life.

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How about I take you down to the cells at the station

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and show you exactly how that feels?

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It was me boss.

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Me boss made me do it.

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Put them in the cells.

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I dunno know what he's told you and I don't care, this is ridiculous.

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-Superintendent!

-Put them in the cells.

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Get your hand off me!

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Anything?

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Yeah. We found this in Alfred Poole's possessions.

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It's a 38.

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And there's three live rounds still in the chamber.

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It's been fired recently.

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I'll send it to Melbourne, see if they can find a match on it.

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And if we don't get a match?

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Well, we better just hope we find out where Bartel was killed.

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Is that yours?

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Yes.

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Want to help me find who killed your master?

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Eh? Be a detective with me?

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Here. Here, hey.

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Right.

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Here we go, Bob. Giddy-up, I suppose.

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HORSE WHINNIES

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Hmm? Off we go.

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Bob?

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Come on, Bob.

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Ah, that's the one.

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Whoa, whoa.

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All right, Bob, round there, mate.

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Hey, nice car, Grandpa.

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Bit of a step down for you, isn't it, Doc?

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Harold, what are you up to?

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Wendouree branch of the RSL.

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The boy's even taken time off to have a drink with us.

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Good to see you following doctor's orders then.

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You look like you could do with a drink yourself.

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You joining us?

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Servicemen always welcome. Come and have a nice cold beer.

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-Here we go.

-Watch out, Doc.

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Oh, thank you, Steven.

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Lemonade?

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I dunno about you blokes, but I'm pretty embarrassed right now.

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Yes, well, I...I'm on call.

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I wondered what he was doing with that horse and cart.

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Well, as a matter of fact, that's old Sid's gig.

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I'm guessing this is one of his watering holes.

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One of them.

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Oh, dear, oh, dear.

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Tell me, Harold, when did you last see him?

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Last week, I reckon, why?

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He died a couple of days ago, the police are investigating.

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-Jesus.

-Yes.

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What happened?

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We don't know yet.

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But if the cops are involved?

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I heard he was at Fromelles.

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Yes, that's right.

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Bloody terrible, isn't it?

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He survives the war and cops it back home in Ballarat.

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To old soldiers.

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Hear, hear. Stevie. Good on you, Harold.

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(There's a boy.)

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You just took it, did you?

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I had a feeling about the bloody thing.

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No, that cart was material evidence.

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Come on, Lawson, at least it led us somewhere.

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You're not a copper.

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So, it wasn't your call.

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Now, you pull your head in.

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Forgive me.

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Sid had a regular route he'd follow, I just let the horse have its head.

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What was he doing here?

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Well, scrap metal. Helping himself, I think.

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Is this his blood?

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I don't think so.

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Sid had one bullet wound and that bullet was still in his skull.

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This...

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..this was used on someone else.

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What's that, a 38?

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Looks like it, eh?

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Sir.

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Have a look.

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Bullet mark.

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Must've nicked at the edge.

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Drag marks here...

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..and blood.

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Here...and here.

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Sid fell somewhere here, they dragged the body this way.

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What else have you found?

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Nothing.

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I just feel a little crook.

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HE WHEEZES

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Yes?

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I was going to compliment you on your lovely notice for Sid Bartel

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but I'm having second thoughts.

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Jean, I'm sorry.

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You all right?

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Nothing a cup of tea wouldn't cure.

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You know we found traces of Sid's blood

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outside an old run-down shed out past the highway.

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There was also blood on the floor inside - someone else's.

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-Another body?

-Yes.

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-Well, where is it?

-We don't know.

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Miriam Tucker's burying her husband this afternoon.

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Just the one husband, is it?

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Apparently.

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It is the same funeral home, but...

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well, that would be ridiculous, wouldn't it?

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Is she Catholic?

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Why on Earth would that be important?

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Would there have been a viewing?

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-Was the coffin open?

-No, she's Anglican.

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Get Lawson on the phone, tell him to meet me there.

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Do it, please, Jean.

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Miss Callow.

0:24:540:24:56

-Is Mrs Tucker here?

-No.

0:24:590:25:02

Right, I need you to open this coffin.

0:25:020:25:05

Doctor, this is unforgivable.

0:25:050:25:07

Two men are dead, we've only found one body.

0:25:070:25:08

Now, please, I need you to open this coffin.

0:25:080:25:10

You have no business coming here.

0:25:100:25:12

But I do.

0:25:120:25:14

Miss Callow,

0:25:140:25:15

we're in the middle of conducting a missing persons investigation.

0:25:150:25:18

Would you be so kind as to open the lid on this coffin?

0:25:180:25:21

I know it's a long shot.

0:25:320:25:34

-Satisfied?

-I am sorry.

0:25:460:25:49

Thank you, Miss Callow.

0:25:490:25:51

Who do you think you are?

0:25:520:25:55

You know there are people just waiting for you to stuff up

0:25:550:25:58

and you pull a stunt like this?

0:25:580:25:59

-Matthew...

-Shut up.

0:25:590:26:01

I don't know what the hell's wrong with you

0:26:020:26:04

but you better sort it out

0:26:040:26:05

before you even think about resuming your duties.

0:26:050:26:07

-Is that clear?

-Yes.

0:26:070:26:10

KNOCK AT DOOR Lucien?

0:26:310:26:33

Just give me a moment, would you, Jean, please?

0:26:330:26:35

Yes?

0:26:380:26:40

-Dinner's in a quarter of an hour.

-Good. Thank you.

0:26:430:26:47

Ah, Dr McKenzie rang from the hospital.

0:26:470:26:50

Apparently he's concerned about my blood tests.

0:26:500:26:53

My liver function's down.

0:26:530:26:55

Well, I haven't had any blood tests lately.

0:26:560:26:59

-Any idea what he's talking about?

-No.

0:26:590:27:01

Jean, how well do you know Miriam Tucker?

0:27:010:27:05

-Not that well, why?

-We may have to send flowers.

0:27:050:27:08

-You didn't go...

-Yes, I did, do you think we could...?

0:27:080:27:12

Yes, I think that's the least we could do.

0:27:120:27:14

Thank you.

0:27:140:27:15

Quarter of an hour.

0:27:150:27:17

Yes. Yes, of course.

0:27:180:27:21

Thank you.

0:27:220:27:24

JEAN SIGHS

0:27:370:27:38

Come on, Mattie.

0:27:390:27:41

OK, what's going on?

0:27:420:27:44

Your guess is as good as mine.

0:27:450:27:48

Is he drinking?

0:27:480:27:49

No. I keep an eye on the levels of his bottles

0:27:490:27:52

and he's not drinking at all.

0:27:520:27:54

-Well, what about the club?

-He hasn't been to the club in weeks.

0:27:540:27:57

-He seems to be...

-Rather more impossible than usual?

0:27:590:28:02

-Yes.

-Matthew Lawson said the same thing.

0:28:020:28:05

In fact...

0:28:050:28:07

Lucien!

0:28:070:28:08

What did the Superintendent say?

0:28:080:28:10

He said to keep an eye on him.

0:28:100:28:13

CAR APPROACHES

0:28:210:28:24

Glad to see you've taken my advice.

0:28:400:28:43

What's the thinking here?

0:28:460:28:48

Well...we're looking for a second victim,

0:28:480:28:51

it's reasonable to assume the body came through the funeral home.

0:28:510:28:55

Maybe it didn't.

0:28:550:28:57

Of course, that is a possibility.

0:28:570:28:59

Say you're right.

0:29:010:29:04

Why this one here?

0:29:040:29:06

Look...we checked a coffin today, didn't we?

0:29:060:29:10

Nothing.

0:29:100:29:12

Now, if the body wasn't disposed of after Sid's was,

0:29:120:29:16

then it must have been before.

0:29:160:29:17

And this...

0:29:170:29:20

this was the only other non-Catholic funeral

0:29:200:29:22

in the past two weeks.

0:29:220:29:24

Where are you going?

0:29:290:29:30

Got another shovel in the car.

0:29:310:29:34

Oh!

0:29:530:29:54

Give us a hand.

0:29:570:29:59

Thank you...Matthew.

0:29:590:30:02

THEY PANT

0:30:040:30:07

It's funny, isn't it?

0:30:090:30:11

What's that?

0:30:110:30:13

That sooner or later, one way or another, we all end up here.

0:30:140:30:20

LUCIEN WINCES

0:30:250:30:27

You all right there?

0:30:270:30:29

Oh...I'd kill for a drink.

0:30:290:30:33

What if there's only one body?

0:31:020:31:05

We cover it up.

0:31:050:31:07

Yeah. Yeah, we cover it up.

0:31:090:31:12

THUDS

0:31:120:31:14

Oh!

0:31:250:31:27

It's 3:00 in the morning.

0:31:340:31:36

And you started without me.

0:31:380:31:40

Who is he?

0:31:420:31:43

Andrew Morgan, 28.

0:31:430:31:46

Otherwise known as Handy Andy.

0:31:460:31:48

That's almost funny.

0:31:480:31:50

Some contusions to the face, the arms.

0:31:520:31:56

-What about the scratches?

-Fingernails, most likely.

0:31:560:31:59

Yes, there's been a fight.

0:31:590:32:01

Fairly desperate, I'd say.

0:32:010:32:03

Ligature marks around the wrists,

0:32:030:32:05

the ones we saw around the ankles,

0:32:050:32:07

suggest he was bound pre-mortem.

0:32:070:32:11

Cause of death - single shot to the back of the head, 38.

0:32:110:32:16

-Like Bartel?

-Well, not quite.

0:32:160:32:19

-Minimal damage to the vertebrae...

-Yes.

0:32:190:32:21

..which means full flexion of the neck at the time of death.

0:32:210:32:25

Sid was shot as he was running away.

0:32:250:32:28

This poor chap was kneeling, head bowed,

0:32:280:32:32

with hands and wrists bound.

0:32:320:32:34

The gunman would have been standing over him

0:32:340:32:37

and the bullet has passed right through the skull.

0:32:370:32:41

Like an execution?

0:32:410:32:43

His blood type matches the blood we found in the shed.

0:32:430:32:46

What?

0:32:470:32:49

Andrew Morgan, long record. General thug for hire.

0:32:490:32:52

Anti-union and intimidation,

0:32:520:32:54

usually accompanied by his brother, Victor.

0:32:540:32:56

So?

0:32:560:32:57

Morgan went missing four days ago, so did Victor.

0:32:570:33:00

He hasn't been found yet.

0:33:000:33:03

I see.

0:33:030:33:04

So we might be looking for one more body.

0:33:040:33:06

Hmm.

0:33:060:33:08

I'll leave you to it.

0:33:080:33:10

Good night.

0:33:100:33:13

No biting my head off tonight.

0:33:130:33:15

Um...

0:33:160:33:18

would you mind terribly doing me a favour?

0:33:180:33:21

Could you conduct some bloods for me?

0:33:210:33:24

Of course. What am I looking for?

0:33:240:33:26

Not for him.

0:33:270:33:29

Morning. I didn't wake you, did I?

0:34:030:34:05

A little difficult to sleep, all things considered.

0:34:050:34:08

What happened?

0:34:080:34:10

Well, we found the body, now we're looking for another one.

0:34:100:34:12

Cup of tea?

0:34:120:34:14

-I don't think Sid was meant to die.

-Why do you say that?

0:34:150:34:18

Well, he was running away.

0:34:180:34:22

This shed's part of an old abandoned property,

0:34:220:34:25

he was stealing from it.

0:34:250:34:27

Oh, and someone finally caught him?

0:34:270:34:29

But if it's abandoned, it doesn't belong to anyone, does it?

0:34:290:34:33

So why would someone shoot him

0:34:330:34:36

for stealing something that doesn't belong to anyone anymore?

0:34:360:34:38

What about the man with the, um...

0:34:380:34:40

Oh, the chap with the finger missing, yes.

0:34:400:34:44

Whoever he was...

0:34:440:34:46

they took him to that shed to kill him.

0:34:460:34:49

Imagine it.

0:34:490:34:51

Ah, it's just awful.

0:34:520:34:53

Adrenaline flooding the system.

0:34:550:34:58

Probably hyperventilating by that point.

0:34:580:35:01

Fight or flight.

0:35:010:35:03

Of course, he could do neither, just...

0:35:050:35:08

just awful.

0:35:080:35:10

And of course maybe, maybe that's what Sid saw,

0:35:100:35:14

someone being murdered.

0:35:140:35:16

And he tried to run.

0:35:180:35:19

Didn't get very far.

0:35:190:35:21

It makes sense, doesn't it?

0:35:210:35:23

Mmm! Did I tell you...

0:35:260:35:29

I found a new home for Sid's horse.

0:35:290:35:30

-Oh!

-Mm! Local family, with children.

0:35:300:35:34

Which is ironic, really.

0:35:340:35:36

Why ironic?

0:35:360:35:38

Well, when I was a child, I threw crackers at Sid's horse.

0:35:380:35:42

Different animal back then, of course, but...

0:35:420:35:45

Oh, I thought Sid was going to give me such a thrashing.

0:35:460:35:49

And?

0:35:490:35:51

He sat me down...

0:35:520:35:54

and he carved a little wooden horse.

0:35:540:35:58

And he gave it to me.

0:35:580:36:00

Oh, I've never felt so ashamed.

0:36:010:36:03

Anyhow, I'm going to see if I can get some sleep.

0:36:040:36:08

Good night, you two.

0:36:090:36:11

BELL TOLLS

0:36:160:36:18

-Hey, Lyd.

-Can't you see we're busy?

0:36:270:36:29

I got deliveries.

0:36:290:36:31

Not now, for God's sake. Half an hour.

0:36:310:36:34

Morning. Lawson, um, I was wondering,

0:36:410:36:45

how do the Callows fit in with the Morgans?

0:36:450:36:48

Well, Martin and Lydia Callow never met the Morgans.

0:36:480:36:52

Never heard of them.

0:36:520:36:53

They don't know how this could possibly have happened.

0:36:530:36:56

And you believe them?

0:36:560:36:57

-Oh, remains to be seen.

-Ah, right.

0:36:570:37:00

Only two sets of keys, father and daughter,

0:37:000:37:03

and no sign of forced entry.

0:37:030:37:06

I see. Well...

0:37:060:37:07

Anything else you need?

0:37:090:37:11

No, we'll be right.

0:37:110:37:12

Very good.

0:37:120:37:14

Sir?

0:37:170:37:19

You know Melbourne sent me up here to keep an eye on things?

0:37:200:37:23

I did know that.

0:37:230:37:25

Well, they're reining in most of the larger country stations

0:37:250:37:29

but they've got their eye on Ballarat in particular.

0:37:290:37:32

And they've heard the Doctor's out of control.

0:37:320:37:35

Hm. Wonder who they heard that from?

0:37:350:37:37

So, what do you reckon?

0:37:390:37:42

Well, I reckon he's a liability.

0:37:420:37:44

I reckon you think so too.

0:37:440:37:46

Would you have dug up a grave in the middle of the night?

0:37:480:37:51

-No.

-Me neither.

0:37:510:37:54

Most of the time, he's helping me do my job

0:37:550:37:58

so it's just a question of managing him.

0:37:580:38:02

Same as you.

0:38:020:38:04

Got everything?

0:38:040:38:07

-Think so.

-Let's go.

0:38:090:38:12

These premises will remain locked until further notice

0:38:170:38:19

and you will report daily down at the station

0:38:190:38:21

while the investigation is ongoing.

0:38:210:38:23

Is that understood?

0:38:230:38:25

HE SIGHS

0:39:310:39:33

-Doc.

-Steven.

0:41:160:41:19

-You after a lift?

-No. No, no, no. I'm fine.

0:41:190:41:23

But I would like to know how long you've had a key to the storeroom.

0:41:230:41:27

I don't.

0:41:270:41:28

-Really?

-Yes.

0:41:280:41:30

Then you won't mind if I take a look at those keys of yours.

0:41:300:41:32

It's a busy day, Doc. I should head...

0:41:320:41:34

-Steven, please, show me your keys.

-Dunno what you're talking about.

0:41:340:41:37

You killed those men and used your truck to bring the bodies here.

0:41:370:41:40

-You leave it alone.

-Then you put them in the coffins.

0:41:400:41:42

-So just show me your keys...

-I said leave it alone!

0:41:420:41:44

HE GROANS

0:41:440:41:46

TYRES SCREECH

0:41:500:41:53

Steven!

0:41:540:41:56

Steven!

0:41:560:41:57

HE COUGHS

0:42:030:42:06

Charlie, where's Lawson?

0:42:110:42:13

Town Hall.

0:42:130:42:15

They're asking questions about you.

0:42:150:42:16

I need to talk with him.

0:42:160:42:18

You are not going up there.

0:42:180:42:20

-Charlie.

-Doc. Doc!

0:42:200:42:22

You really don't want to go around making a nuisance of yourself

0:42:220:42:25

right now.

0:42:250:42:26

Lydia Callow is having a fling with Steven Morris.

0:42:260:42:29

-Who?

-The delivery driver.

0:42:290:42:31

He has a key to the storeroom where the bodies are kept.

0:42:310:42:33

He may well be that...unidentified set of prints you found.

0:42:330:42:38

There's only supposed to be two sets of keys.

0:42:380:42:39

That's right.

0:42:390:42:40

And he was very violent with me when I confronted him.

0:42:400:42:43

You what?

0:42:430:42:44

I confronted him, he threatened me and then he drove away.

0:42:440:42:47

-Oh, brilliant.

-What?

0:42:470:42:49

Well, you've given him a chance to destroy all the evidence.

0:42:490:42:52

Well, no-one else was asking him anything, Charlie.

0:42:520:42:56

I'll get the boss, tell him what happened.

0:42:560:42:58

-You sit in that chair.

-No.

0:42:580:43:00

You leave this room and I'm charging you

0:43:000:43:02

with interfering with a police investigation.

0:43:020:43:04

-Is that clear?

-It'll never stick, Charlie.

0:43:040:43:07

I'm not doing this for your benefit.

0:43:070:43:09

METALLIC CLUNK

0:44:260:44:28

Victor.

0:45:320:45:34

Victor Morgan, can you hear me?

0:45:340:45:37

Don't be alarmed, I'm a doctor. Let's get you out of here.

0:45:370:45:40

What have they done to you?

0:45:430:45:45

Throw an arm over. All right.

0:45:460:45:49

Harold Morris.

0:46:050:46:07

And I'm guessing that's your ex-service 38.

0:46:070:46:10

You don't sound surprised, Doc.

0:46:100:46:12

Well, the bottles of home-distilled whiskey down there gave it away.

0:46:120:46:16

So what do you reckon?

0:46:160:46:18

Mmm. Could do with a little more ageing.

0:46:180:46:21

VICTOR CHUCKLES

0:46:210:46:23

Funny bloke.

0:46:230:46:25

Always liked that about you.

0:46:250:46:27

Ah, stay there.

0:46:270:46:29

Oh, come on, Harold.

0:46:320:46:34

You don't want to do this.

0:46:340:46:35

-Do you have a better idea?

-Look, I...

0:46:350:46:38

I figure you've had it in for the Morgan brothers for quite some time.

0:46:380:46:42

No. Never met them before.

0:46:420:46:44

I had some dealings with their old man though,

0:46:440:46:47

when I was working for the union.

0:46:470:46:48

He ended up with his legs broken.

0:46:480:46:51

My guess is...

0:46:510:46:53

the boys got old enough

0:46:530:46:55

and decided to square things up.

0:46:550:46:58

That right, son?

0:46:580:47:00

They came looking for me.

0:47:000:47:02

-But I got the drop on them.

-I see.

0:47:020:47:05

And that brought on the heart trouble.

0:47:050:47:06

Never used to worry me before.

0:47:060:47:09

Righto...time's up.

0:47:090:47:11

No hard feelings, Doc.

0:47:140:47:16

-Oh!

-GUNSHOT

0:47:160:47:17

Oh...

0:47:290:47:31

now this is interesting.

0:47:310:47:33

You look like you've used one of those before.

0:47:330:47:35

Once or twice.

0:47:350:47:37

On the floor, Harold, hands on your head.

0:47:370:47:39

I can't do that, Doc.

0:47:390:47:42

You know, it's one thing to shoot someone in the middle of battle,

0:47:420:47:45

but it's another thing to do it cold.

0:47:450:47:48

And to someone you know, too.

0:47:480:47:50

Most blokes don't have it in them. but that's all right, you know.

0:47:500:47:55

You're a doctor. You spend most of your life fixing blokes like me.

0:47:550:48:00

Don't feel bad if you don't want to shoot me.

0:48:000:48:03

And you really don't want to shoot me, do you, Doc?

0:48:030:48:05

-Stop.

-So just hand it back...

0:48:050:48:07

Stop.

0:48:070:48:08

..and you've got nothing to worry about.

0:48:080:48:10

Come on, Doc.

0:48:100:48:11

GUNSHOT

0:48:150:48:16

How'd you first meet the Morgans?

0:48:240:48:26

I opened the front door and those two brothers were there

0:48:280:48:31

and they both had coshes.

0:48:310:48:33

They'd come for Dad.

0:48:330:48:35

So what happened?

0:48:350:48:37

They walked me into the living room.

0:48:370:48:40

Dad must have heard something, he got the first one with a golf club,

0:48:400:48:44

fought with the other, and it got nasty.

0:48:440:48:47

Then I dropped the bloke and that's, ah...

0:48:470:48:49

when Dad's heart played up.

0:48:490:48:51

So you took your father to the hospital?

0:48:510:48:54

No. He said that there was work to do.

0:48:540:48:57

I put the brothers in the truck, took them to that shed,

0:48:570:49:00

and Dad had, ah...

0:49:000:49:02

he'd just shot the first one when that old bloke appeared.

0:49:020:49:07

Sidney Bartel.

0:49:070:49:08

Yes.

0:49:080:49:10

He must've seen everything, so Dad did what he had to.

0:49:100:49:14

Ah, we buried Andy Morgan first

0:49:160:49:18

and then had to wait a couple of days to get rid of old Sid.

0:49:180:49:22

And what about Victor Morgan?

0:49:220:49:24

There was another Anglican funeral in three days' time.

0:49:270:49:31

Most of the homicides I've seen, people just dig a big hole.

0:49:310:49:35

Weren't you taking a risk with coffins?

0:49:350:49:37

Have you ever dug a grave before?

0:49:370:49:39

Me neither.

0:49:410:49:43

But I've dug some bloody big holes and it's hard work.

0:49:430:49:47

Anyway, ah, I'd checked the ledger in the storeroom

0:49:470:49:51

and that old bird was supposed to be cremated.

0:49:510:49:55

And we'd already gotten rid of the first one.

0:49:550:49:58

Your girlfriend reckons it was a book-keeping error.

0:49:580:50:01

'The old man's going to be pretty disappointed.'

0:50:020:50:05

Ah.

0:50:170:50:19

Here he is.

0:50:190:50:22

How's the leg?

0:50:220:50:24

Bloody killing me.

0:50:240:50:27

I guess the boy's telling them everything?

0:50:270:50:29

He is.

0:50:290:50:31

You know, you surprised me back there.

0:50:310:50:33

I just didn't see it coming.

0:50:330:50:36

You were going to kill me, weren't you?

0:50:360:50:38

I saw a fair bit of action when I was in New Guinea.

0:50:410:50:45

Didn't worry me.

0:50:450:50:46

Not like most blokes.

0:50:460:50:49

Actually discovered I was quite good at it.

0:50:490:50:51

KNOCK AT DOOR

0:50:510:50:52

Mr Morris? Is there anything else that...?

0:50:520:50:54

No, thanks, love. All good, thank you.

0:50:540:50:57

I was lucky when I came back home.

0:51:010:51:03

The unions needed someone who didn't get squeamish

0:51:030:51:07

and the work suited me.

0:51:070:51:10

But it's not for everyone.

0:51:100:51:12

You ever have to kill a bloke, Doc?

0:51:120:51:15

-Then we've got more in common than I thought.

-No.

0:51:180:51:21

You and I...

0:51:210:51:24

we have nothing in common.

0:51:240:51:26

Whatever happened up in New Guinea, you had a choice when you came back.

0:51:260:51:31

You didn't have to do all this.

0:51:310:51:34

Sermon over, Doc?

0:51:340:51:36

Sid Bartel was at Fromelles.

0:51:400:51:44

The worst single day in a battle Australia's ever seen.

0:51:440:51:49

He had more reason than any of us to go bad, and he didn't.

0:51:520:51:57

And you shot him in the back.

0:52:000:52:03

Hey, Doc.

0:52:080:52:10

You might as well drink the scotch I left down in that basement.

0:52:100:52:15

Don't reckon I'll be getting back to it.

0:52:150:52:17

You're sure?

0:52:230:52:25

No, I asked the lab to send back the wrong results.

0:52:250:52:28

You see, this is why you should never mix with living patients.

0:52:280:52:31

-I thought you'd be glad.

-I am. Of course I am.

0:52:310:52:34

It's...

0:52:340:52:35

It's a relief. It's just hepatitis.

0:52:350:52:38

You thought it was cirrhosis of the liver, didn't you?

0:52:380:52:41

Liver enzymes raised, bilirubin high,

0:52:410:52:45

symptoms comparable with the onset of influenza.

0:52:450:52:48

Irritability?

0:52:480:52:50

I thought I was dying.

0:52:510:52:53

It's fairly simple to diagnose.

0:52:530:52:56

What about these tremors? Look.

0:52:580:53:01

Getting older.

0:53:010:53:02

Difficulty controlling my temper?

0:53:020:53:05

You're right. They're not usual symptoms.

0:53:050:53:08

Hmmm.

0:53:080:53:09

Have you made any major changes lately?

0:53:090:53:12

Diet? Routine?

0:53:120:53:15

Well...well, I stopped drinking.

0:53:150:53:20

What?

0:53:200:53:21

That's actually quite funny.

0:53:210:53:24

Considering you misdiagnosed yourself.

0:53:240:53:26

You're right, it is, rather. Thank you, Alice.

0:53:290:53:33

You'll need to stay off alcohol until you're better.

0:53:330:53:36

HE SIGHS

0:53:360:53:38

Do you think you can do that?

0:53:380:53:39

Jean? Time to break out the whiskey.

0:53:390:53:42

Oh? What's the occasion?

0:53:420:53:44

Well, I've just been chatting with Dr Harvey and, um...

0:53:440:53:48

Ah, yes - and apparently...

0:53:480:53:51

apparently, according to the good doctor...

0:53:510:53:55

Oh!

0:53:550:53:57

..I have hepatitis.

0:53:580:54:00

Right. Is that such a good idea then?

0:54:000:54:03

You drink it for me.

0:54:030:54:04

Please, Jean.

0:54:040:54:06

You do worry me.

0:54:060:54:08

Ah, ah, ah. You sip it.

0:54:110:54:13

And you savour it.

0:54:130:54:16

That is appalling.

0:54:210:54:23

I have no idea how you can drink that.

0:54:230:54:25

Ah, ah, ah!

0:54:250:54:28

Not quite the reaction I was hoping for.

0:54:280:54:30

How are you feeling?

0:54:320:54:34

Honestly?

0:54:380:54:40

Just glad to be alive.

0:54:410:54:44

Do you still require me as your next of kin?

0:54:440:54:47

For your funeral?

0:54:470:54:49

Well, if that's still acceptable?

0:54:490:54:51

Yes, I suppose it is.

0:54:510:54:54

Jean attends a local funeral where the coffin is dropped, revealing not one but two bodies. Blake's investigations lead him to a previously unsuspected criminal underworld in Ballarat.


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