“Broadchurch” Season 2 Episode 4 aired on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on ITV in the UK. Detective Hardy learns something new about the Sandbrook case, while the defense in the Broadchurch case drops another bomb. Find out what happened in the recap below.
Alec Hardy (David Tennant) wakes up badly. He’s having difficulty breathing and his health has been bothering him. As he’s on the phone with his doctor to discuss this, Olly (Jonathan Bailey) walks inside his house to tell him that he has seen Lee (James D’Arcy) at the newspaper’s office. Realizing who he is, Olly gives Hardy the courtesy of telling him that he’s going to write about the Sandbrook case, and it upsets the detective. Later, Olly does publish a story on Lee on the paper’s website. It’s only the morning, and a long day is still ahead of them as trial for Joe (Matthew Gravelle) proceeds.
At the trial, Ellie’s sister gives her testimony, confirming that she indeed saw Joe with Danny’s body. This surprises everyone because in her statement with the police early on, Ellie’s sister said that she didn’t recognize the man she saw that night. But on the stand, she says that she actually told the police this; they probably forgot to take her statement properly. Like the defense, Hardy wonders why she changed her story and upon seeing her outside the courthouse, Ellie refused to talk to her sister.
The prosecution presents another witness, an old colleague of Joe’s, who establishes that he has violent tendencies. The defense is starting to get irritated by these two witnesses, with Sharon (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) admitting that she’s thrown off by their testimonies. The question now is: Should they put Joe Miller on the stand? Sharon decides to test him out. But Joe is a disaster, who couldn’t hold his own when it came to the questions. Sharon has to find a way to discredit his guilt and prove his innocence.
Meanwhile, Beth (Jodie Whitaker) visits Jocelyn (Charlotte Rampling), the prosecutor, to ask her if they have a chance of winning against Joe. She’s also curious as to why Jocelyn took on the case, and the lawyer admits that the defense has a Rottweiler in their team (referring to her protégé Sharon), and this has been challenging for her. She also mentions that Danny used to deliver her newspaper and knows he’s a good boy. Jocelyn believes that someone has to speak for Danny.
Speaking of the Latimers, things seem to be moving on pretty well now with baby Lizzy in their lives. Mark (Andrew Buchan) has been relishing time alone with his new daughter, and he’s committed to becoming a better father and husband. He tells Beth that that missed out a lot on Chloe and Danny’s childhood; he’s not going to make the same mistake with the baby this time.
Beth is pleased at this thought. She’s also planning on setting up a charity in Danny’s name. But when Rev. Paul (Arthur Darvill) suggests helping out sex offenders so that they can rehabilitate, preventing them from victimizing other children, Beth holds back. She wants to help people, but she thinks this is beyond her capacity to forgive.
In deciding to devote time to Lizzy, Mark has to come clean with Tom (Adam Wilson), his son’s best friend and Ellie’s son, whom he has been spending a lot of time with. He tells Tom that with the baby around, he can’t be coming by to see him anymore. Tom cries upon hearing this and thinks that everyone in his life — his father, his best friend, his mother and now Mark — abandons him.
Tom, by the way, is apparently staying over at Ellie’s sister. He spends a lot of his time hanging out Susan Wright’s (Pauline Quirke) property though. But she discovers the boy in her trailer when she comes back to Broadchurch.
Why is Susan actually back in town? She’s the defense’s latest witness, who, once again, makes the claim, this time in court, that she didn’t see Joe with Danny’s body that night by the beach. She saw Nigel, her son, who wouldn’t want to acknowledge her as his mother.
While this is going on at Broadchurch, Hardy and Ellie (Olivia Colman) drive to Sandbrook so that they could talk to an officer who could reopen the Gillespie the case. What Lee said in the previous episode (Season 2 Episode 3 air date: Jan. 19, 2015), may be true; that he’s innocent of the accusations despite his DNA being everywhere in the Gillespie house.
As Ellie drives, Hardy recounts how he found Pippa Gillespie’s rotting body in the river. It’s very emotional for him. They pass by the house where the Sandbrook case started, and later on, Hardy visits Cate Gillespie (Amanda Drew) to tell her that her former neighbor Lee is back from France. She’s still mad and hurting. What happened to her daughter hurt her marriage with Ricky (Shaun Dooley).
Hardy learns new information from this visit with Cate in that Ricky and Claire (Eve Myles) were actually having an affair before the murder and kidnapping happened. He promises Cate she will give him justice, if she will be willing to have the case opened again.
Claire, it seems, has a shadier background than her ex-husband. The day Hardy left for Sandbrook, she meets up with Lee, and they have sex. It’s hinted that Claire is quite the dominatrix as well.
Hardy and Ellie finally get to speak to a Sandbrook officer, and Ellie realizes it’s Hardy’s ex-wife. She refuses to look into the matter anymore, insisting that it’s a dead end. Later, as they are having dinner with their daughter, Ricky Gillespie barges at them and warns Hardy to lay off the case. Hardy wonders — why wouldn’t Ricky want to find out what really happened to his own daughter?
The detectives return to Broadchurch, and Ellie updates Hardy about Claire’s phone activities. She only had two numbers. They recognize one and rules this out. When they call the other number, it rang and rang. The detectives would have yet to know that this number is actually Ricky’s, and it is show that he’s got access to bluebell flowers. He’s the one who sent that envelope to Claire! Can Ricky actually be the real culprit behind the Sandbrook murder and kidnapping?
And what about Joe Miller’s trial? With Susan’s damning testimony, could the jury rule in favor of Joe?
"We're going to get it right this time." – Mark pic.twitter.com/HHJqTR6LeB
— Broadchurch (@BroadchurchTV) January 19, 2015
That’s the recap for “Broadchurch” Season 2 Episode 4, which aired on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on ITV in UK. In the United States, the second series will start March 4, 2015 on BBC America. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for more about this show.
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