“Broadchurch” Season 2 Episode 7 aired on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on ITV in the UK. The trial wraps up for the Latimer case, and the facts start falling in their proper places in the Gillespie murder. Find out what happened in the episode in the recap below.
The trial of Joe Miller (Matthew Gravelle) finally comes to a stop. All that’s left is for the jury to deliberate and for the community to hear their verdict on whether or not they find Miller guilty. But before this has to happen, both the prosecution and the defense give their final statements in court.
Jocelyn (Charlotte Rampling) from the defense points out that Joe has never actually stood at the box to profess his innocence. If he had nothing to hide, he would’ve been willing to talk, wouldn’t he? But why has his team of lawyers not made him take the stand, and instead, they offer the jury all these red-herring, keeping focus away from the real issue, which was that Joe killed young Danny Latimer.
Sharon (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) from the prosecution cites the incompetence of the police in their investigation of the murder, as well as the suspicious circumstances surrounding Mark Latimer’s (Andrew Buchan) behavior the night his son was murdered. She digresses that despite what the defense claims, there’s a strong possibility that Mark is the one who killed his own son because the boy knew of his affair, and he has enlisted the help of his workmate Nigel (Joe Sims) to get rid of the body.
Who would the jury believe? For a while, the Latimers worry that the jury may be siding with the defense because they came out of the room to ask a few more questions about Mark and the police.
Beth Latimer (Jodie Whittaker) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) share a moment together in this episode, suggesting that this friendship may, in fact, be on the mend. But Beth confesses to her friend and former neighbor that it looks like her marriage to Mark is really over. She’s thinking of separating from him when all this is done.
Alas, the jury’s verdict will have to wait another week as the episode closes with a cliffhanger, just as the jury foreman is about to make her statement.
Meanwhile, Jocelyn and Sharon are each struggling with personal matters even as they press on with work in court. Jocelyn is grieving for her mother’s death and finds solace in an old love, Maggie Radcliffe (Carolyn Pickles), the paper’s editor. She declares that she has always loved Maggie and then they kiss. But Maggie tells her that she’s only saying these things because she’s feeling vulnerable for the loss of her mother. Sharon, on the other hand, learns that her son has been denied in prison, and it’s not clear where this part of the story will go from here.
As for the Sandbrook case, with Ellie’s help, Alec Hardy (David Tennant) slowly figures out more facts pointing to Claire (Eve Myles) and Lee (James D’Arcy) as the guiltiest suspects. However, they question a Gary Thorp (Tom Rosenthal) first, who admits to stalking Lisa, the Gillespie’s niece who’s still missing. Yet Gary’s statement still leads Hardy and Ellie back to Claire and Lee.
Perhaps to break them down, Hardy divulges to Lee one of Claire’s biggest secrets. Did he know that she got pregnant while Lee was hiding in France at the height of the Sandbrook investigations? She had an abortion, and it was Hardy who helped her through it. Lee gets so mad at Claire when he learns this and almost drowns her at the beach. She fights him off and then later, when things have calmed down between them, he tells her that perhaps it’s better if he goes back to France. No one knows him there except for this one other girl. Is he alluding to Lisa? Are they protecting her?
Claire makes a confession. She did take Pippa’s necklace from the evidence stash, but only because the item is originally hers. It’s a gift from her grandmother, which she gave to her neighbor Pippa. She swings by the court house to hand Hardy the necklace, but it doesn’t seem to be important now because he and Ellie have figured out Lee is really hiding something.
Next week, the show’s second season will lay down everything in the finale.
The sun is almost setting on both of Hardy’s cases. Has he done enough?
— Broadchurch (@BroadchurchTV) February 16, 2015
That’s the recap for “Broadchurch” Season 2 Episode 7, which aired on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on ITV in the UK. BBC America will premiere the show on March 4, 2015 in the United States. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for more about this show.
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