“Broadchurch” Season 2 Episode 1 aired on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on ITV in the UK. The season premiere presented a few surprises, including someone from Alec Hardy’s past. Find out what happened in the recap below.
The episode opens with the show’s main characters preparing for the court hearing of Joe Miller (Matthew Gravelle). As he admitted to killing young Danny Latimer in the previous season, even his lawyer thinks this will be quite an uneventful day in court. The Latimers, as well as Ellie (Olivia Colman), Joe’s estranged wife and one of the detectives on the case of Danny’s murder, are also present for the sentencing. They all think they will finally be able to put this behind them when Joe is permanently sent to prison. However, in an unexpected turn of events, Joe enters a plea of not guilty. He’s determined not to go to jail for this and would like to have his time in court.
Joe’s plea baffles his defender. The Latimers are pissed, and Ellie is beyond disgusted as to why her husband would do such a thing. She’s been seeing a therapist to come to terms with the sad events of her life. She admits that, short of stabbing Joe for killing Danny, she thought she could finally move on when he’s rotting in prison. She thought she could go back to her old house in Broadchurch, and the stares and glares would finally stop. Now, that’s not going to happen yet as there will be a trial for Joe’s case.
Mark (Andrew Buchan) and Beth (Jodie Whittaker) Latimer are in the same boat as Ellie. Going to trial for the murder of their son will be like reliving their loss all over again. As it is, the couple is still struggling, especially Beth. On top of Danny’s death, she’s pregnant, and she’s still dealing with the aftermath of Mark’s infidelity. She’s still not assured, particularly since Mark seems to be spending more and more time in secret. Is he with his other woman?
It turns out, Mark is actually spending time with his son’s best friend, Tom, Ellie and Joe’s son. They’re playing video games together, and it looks like, with Tom, Mark is more relaxed and comfortable. Mark’s former mistress, Becca (Simone McAulley), on the other hand, is briefly shown kissing Pastor Paul Coates (Arthur Darvill). Apparently, the two have started dating.
With the trial happening, Joe’s public defender hands over his case to her colleague, Sharon Bishop (Marianne Jean-Baptiste). The Latimers turn to Jocelyn Knight (Charlotte Rampling), a retired QC (Queen’s Counsel) for help. Bishop and Knight have history together as the former was once the latter’s protégé. With this latest case, the two will be squaring off in court, and it should make for a good courtroom drama.
Bishop is aggressive and immediately orders to exhume the body of Danny for further evidence gathering, much to the grief of the Latimers. They are all at the cemetery and Ellie, who tries to apologize to her former neighbors, is rudely rebuffed by Beth. It’s a highly emotional scene.
Meanwhile, Alec Hardy (David Tennant) is still popping pills for his heart problem. He also remains in Broadchurch. It’s revealed that the real reason why he moved to this town last season in the first place, is because he’s watching over Claire Ripley (Eve Miles), his witness in the Sandbrook case, whose main suspect is Claire’s husband Lee (James D’Arcy).
Now, there seems to be a problem. Lee has apparently surfaced and is stalking Claire. He could’ve been accessing Hardy’s house and personal belongings. So, she comes out of her low profile existence and calls on Hardy so that he can do something about this.
As Danny’s body is being exhumed, not far off, Hardy spots Lee from the horizon, who is observing what is going on in the cemetery. What will this guy bring to Broadchurch? Will Hardy be able to solve the Sandbrook case this time around? And what about Joe’s trial? What will both lawyers pull off in court?
So there you have it with the recap of “Broadchurch” Season 2 Episode 1, which aired on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on ITV in the UK. The US broadcast will begin on March 4, 2015 on BBC America.
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