“Broadchurch” Season 2 Episode 3 aired on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on ITV in UK. The defense pulls a card that shocks everyone in the court room. Meanwhile, Claire is found, and Lee provides Hardy with more leads to the Sandbrook abductions. Find out what happened in this episode below.
The episode immediately follows the events from last week (Season 2 Episode 3 air date: Jan. 12, 2015), with Lee (James D’ Arcy) escaping with Claire (Eve Miles) even when Detectives Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) are just a few feet away from them. Hardy is raging mad, blaming his partner for the slip up. The two detectives argue, and Hardy drives off in Ellie’s car, hoping to catch his witness and Lee.
Meanwhile, Beth (Jodi Whitaker), still in labor, also argues with Ellie. She doesn’t want the wife of her son’s killer near her. But she has no choice; the baby is coming. Beth is going with a home birth.
At the prosecutor’s residence, Jocelyn Knight (Charlotte Rampling) talks with a staff, confident that they have the facts of Danny’s murder case on their side. But what about Ellie Miller? Can she be a good witness for them? This is the same question the defense is asking themselves, and Joe Miller’s attorney Sharon Bishop (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) thinks she has damaged her first testimony, and they can use that in their favor.
Hardy drives up to Claire’s house and finds her there with Lee. He knows he was filming them at the meeting. He’s pissed off at Hardy for this. Before he leaves Claire, he gives his wife a kiss, and Hardy gets ballistic at Claire.
Claire explains that she went with him because she was terrified of what Lee might do. They argue about trusting each other, and Hardy pulls the envelope that Claire has been keeping from him. It contains a twig of bluebell, which she has been keeping in her house. She claims she knows nothing about who sent it. Hardy demands Claire to tell him everything about Sandbrook, and a scene flashes with what looks like Claire slapping Lee. She rudely asks Hardy to leave her house.
A midwife has already taken over Beth’s labor, while her daughter Chloe and Ellie wait in the hall. Chloe takes this time to ask Ellie about her husband. Didn’t she really know? It seems the daughter is more forgiving than the mother. Mark (Andrew Buchan) arrives, and Beth is screaming about where he’s been. Later on, Beth gives birth to a girl. Ellie congratulates her, but Beth asks her, coldly, to leave her house. Mark has his moment with his new daughter, Elizabeth or Lizzy, promising Beth they will get it right this time.
It is dawn, and Sharon is already up, preparing for the trial. But first, she heads to prison to visit her son, who’s apparently incarcerated. Meanwhile, Jocelyn is at a nursing home, feeding an old invalid. A staff at the home discusses bills with her, but she leaves without settling it.
The staff at the Broadchurch Echo, the town’s newspaper, are preparing for today’s trial when Lee walks in, saying he’d like to place a small ad. Ollie thinks he’s seen his face before, but as he’s running late for court, he lets this be.
At the trial, the defense wants to establish that the computer evidence the police gathered from Joe could have been tampered with by Ellie.
Meanwhile, Lee files a complaint at the police that he was harassed and illegally videotaped by Hardy. They settle the matter face to face with an attending officer. Hardy claims he’s been under a lot of pressure with the Miller court case and acknowledges that he shouldn’t have done what he did. Lee demands an apology, and Hardy says sorry under gritted teeth.
Ellie visits Claire and invites her for drinks, where they bonded over stories of past romances. The truth is, Hardy wants Ellie to get close to Claire and find out if she’s still getting in touch with Lee. While Claire visits the bathroom, Ellie checks her phone and discovers the calls. When Claire gets back, she encourages Ellie to get cozy with a couple of men eyeing them at the bar.
Ellie gets tipsy later and engages in sex with one of them. They are at Claire’s house. When the guy leaves, Claire goes to Ellie’s, room and they talk some more about Sandbrook. Claire claims the night the girls disappeared, Lee seemed to have drugged her. So, the events of what happened was not clear to her. Ellie tells Hardy later that she notices a lot of inconsistencies with Claire’s stories. Hardy confesses to Ellie that on top of protecting Claire, he’s keeping her close because he also has his suspicions about her.
That night, Hardy sees Lee outside his house. He brings him notes of interviews he has done with people he talked to about the Sandbrook incident. He’s been looking into the case himself, once again reminding Hardy that he is innocent. But the detective refuses to believe him. Before Lee leaves, Hardy asks about sending Claire the bluebell. He doesn’t know anything about it.
It’s another day at the trial, and the counsels argue whether or not to bring Ellie to the witness stand. Jocelyn prepares Ellie, reminding her not to be drawn to emotions. The prosecution wants to establish her credibility as a betrayed wife, while the defense wants to destroy her image by suggesting that she was not a good cop. She failed to detect her husband’s crime.
Then the defense drops a bomb by asking Ellie about her affair with Hardy. It shocks everyone inside the court house, including Joe. What is the defense talking about? The defense argues that Ellie colluded with her lover Hardy that night to frame Joe.
The episode ends with Ellie shouting back to Sharon that she is not the guilty party in this trial.
There you go with the recap of “Broadchurch” Season 2 Episode 3, which aired on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on ITV in UK. Viewers in the US can start watching the second season beginning March 4, 2015 on BBC America. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for more about this series.
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