Broadchurch Recap: Season 2 Episode 6
“Broadchurch” Season 2 Episode 6 aired on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on ITV in the UK. The defense present their new witness, Tom Miller, and Mark Latimer finally takes the stand for the prosecution. Meanwhile, Hardy addresses the health problem that has been bothering him. Find out what happened in this episode in the recap below.
Following last week’s discoveries on the Sandbrook case, Detectives Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) study the premises around the river where Pippa Gillespie’s body was found. They also discuss Claire (Eve Myles), who is becoming less trustworthy and later, Hardy decides to cut ties with her. He demands that she moves out of her safe house within 40 hours since it’s clear she won’t stop seeing Lee, even as Hardy tells him not to. Because of this, he no longer has to protect her. Claire panics and vandalizes the house.
It’s court day once again, and the defense has Tom Miller (Adam Wilson) testifying. He reveals that he did not see his father act differently following what happened to Danny. He also reveals he has been secretly meeting with Mark Latimer (Andrew Buchan) after Danny’s death. Tom claims that Mark told him of his guilt. At this point, Mark is crying at the sidelines as he watches his son’s friend pin him for the murder.
Beth confronts Mark about his secret meetings in private, and he admits that he did this because he aches for his son. The prosecution, which didn’t know about Mark meeting with Tom, tells them of her tactics to discredit the young boy’s testimony.
Jocelyn Knight (Charlotte Rampling) questions Tom this time and suggests he’s only lying for his father. Tom almost breaks and cries on the stand. He apologizes for misinterpreting what Mark said. It’s an emotional moment for everyone that even Beth (Jodie Whitaker) and Joe (Matthew Gravelle) are crying.
In Sandbrook, Hardy meets with his ex-wife Tess to talk about the Gillespie case. She hands him more files but advises not to discuss with forensics yet. On a personal note, he tells her that he’s going to get a pacemaker the next day. She wishes him luck, and he tells her how much he misses her.
Ellie is at the Gillespie’s house to ask the couple more questions. Hardy arrives, and they step in the backyard, where he discovers that the gate opens up to Claire and Lee’s backyard. Why did the Gillespie couple allow this?
Next, Ellie returns to Broadchurch to talk to a very upset Claire. Did she know Hardy threw her out? Can she come live with Ellie? Aren’t they friends? Ellie tells her that if they are, she would tell her the truth about Sandbrook, and then maybe, she will help her soothe things over with Hardy. Claire agrees and offers to do Ellie’s hair as well.
At court, Sharon (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) is on the phone talking to someone about her son’s case in prison. She’s pissed about this, but quickly shifts her mood when she learns that Mark will be taking the box in court today.
In his testimony, Mark admits to meeting Tom after Danny’s death. He, of course, denies he’s guilty of murdering his own son, but he admits he harbors feelings of guilt. He wasn’t around when Danny went missing. He was having sex with Becca, the hostel manager. It was their first time together. He further reveals that after this rendezvous, he drove around town and started writing a letter for his wife. That time, he planned on leaving her. This is the first time Beth is hearing everything, and she’s in so much shock, she leaves the court house. Ellie rushes to console her.
Later, Mark and Beth argue about what just transpired in the trial. And just like before, their marriage is once again in trouble. Meanwhile, Ellie accosted her son in public because his testimony only made things worse for the Latimers. She’s raging mad, demanding for Tom to come home with her. Tom’s face registered so much fear. It’s the first time he sees his mother really angry at him.
The defense cross examines Mark next, implying that because Danny knew of his tryst with Becca, he strangled his son to silence him. Then Sharon throws another surprise — how did Mark get to see Joe while he was in jail? Is it true that he once bribed a cop? With this, the defense pushes to dismiss the case, saying that because the police was not observing proper procedure during the initial investigations, their client may not be given a fair trial. The prosecution asks for more time to address the claims of the defense. The judge grants them this.
As this was going on, Hardy is at the hospital for his pacemaker procedure. He later wakes up to the sound of a woman’s voice. It’s Ellie, and she’s mad at him for not telling her he’s getting the procedure done. She only finds out after he sent her a text, coz he needed someone to drive him home. But his ex-wife arrives, and she’s the one who brings him home.
Tess tells Hardy that she came to see him because she would like to tell him things he should know, just in case he won’t make it. But he’s alright, and the procedure went fine. They get a call from their daughter, and Hardy tells her that he doesn’t have a broken heart anymore. Is this family on the way to reconciliation?
Claire is with Lee, and once again, they can’t take their hands off each other. Later, they hunt for a new place, one that closely resembles their digs in Sandbrook. But Lee tells her that he thinks they should not be doing this.
Rev. Paul (Arthur Darvill) talks to Joe one last time to tell him that he’s no longer going to visit him in prison. He knows he’s guilty and he still sees there is no remorse in Joe’s heart.
Jocelyn reveals to her apprentice that she’s going blind. Her condition is getting worse. She’s getting treatment for it, and she can still work on the case. But it’s better if her apprentice knows of what is happening.
Back in court, Jocelyn argues that the police evidence hasn’t been compromised and that the process of justice can still flow for this case. The defense can still get a fair trial. Thus, the judge rules that it will continue. Later on, Jocelyn receives a call from the retirement home. Her mother is dead.
Ellie is having that talk and getting that haircut from Claire, as promised. She sees her portfolio and goes through it but stops short when she notices a photo of her friend. In it, Claire is wearing the necklace that was taken from the evidence stash in the Gillespie’s case. Why does she have it? Ellie mentions this to Tess on the phone later, and a flashback played out. It’s true that the necklace was stolen from Tess’ briefcase while she was handling the Sandbrook case. Someone broke into her car and took it from among her things. And that someone, it turns out, was Claire.
That’s the recap for “Broadchurch” Season 2 Episode 6 aired on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on ITV in the UK. For those in America, mark your calendars for the show’s premiere on BBC America on March 4, 2015. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for more about this show.
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