For those of you just tuning in, Scott & Bailey is a British police drama full of women kicking ass and taking charge, currently in its third season. I’m specifically covering the storyline this season of a troubled lesbian played by Nicola Walker whose mother has been murdered, although the entire show really deserves our attention. For one thing, not only are all the lead characters women, but EVERY SINGLE episode has been written by women (mainly Sally Wainwright), and in this most recent season thus far, every episode has also been directed by women. Now that deserves a huzzah.
For those of you in the US who may have never heard of this show, luckily for you, PBS has also started airing the first season on Friday nights at 9. (Double check your local listings.) You can watch all the episodes they’ve aired so far for free on their website. Just watch the title sequence, and you may be hooked.
Since Nicola Walker’s character didn’t appear in the last two episodes, here’s a quick recap of what we’ve missed since last time:
In the second episode, we get to see the continuation of the storyline that dominated the end of last season, the murder of Rachel’s ex-boyfriend by her brother. It is overall a bummer of a time for Rachel, as she 1) agonizes over turning her brother in, 2) then gets arrested herself on suspicion of connection with the murder, and 3) also decides to get married when all this is happening, which is perhaps not the best decision. But man, does everyone look cute at her wedding! Except for, perhaps, her drunken mother.
This episode also includes Gill Murray defending Rachel to the police board in a both passionate and effective speech that helps dismiss charges against her. It also made me wonder if Gill Murray is in love with Rachel, or if Gill Murray is simply in love with everyone. On a related note, I am in love with Gill Murray.
The third episode returned to a classic episodic mystery, this one a murder of a rich man in his kitchen while he was still in his bathrobe. Rachel and Janet also spend a bit of time in their favorite alley complaining about the men in their lives, the new husband and the ex-husband respectively, and then they wonder why they don’t just move in together and cuddle every day and every night. Okay, so they don’t actually say the last bit, but you can pretty much insinuate what they’re really thinking.
The Rachel and Janet Alley of Bitching/Alley of Love.
The fourth episode begins with Nicola Walker’s character, Helen, finally showing her face once again, this time somewhat creepily at Janet’s doorstop. This interrupts a game of Monopoly Janet had been playing with her mother and her two daughters, which is unfortunate because I was really enjoying hearing what all the properties in British Monopoly are called. But instead of finding out whether Janet will snag Trafalgar Square or not, we just get to discover that Helen helped her father bury her older brother’s body in the floor of her cellar when she was 13.