“The Honourable Woman” Season 1 Episode 3 “The Killing Call” aired on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on BBC Two. Nessa’s chief security had recovered after getting shot during Kasim’s kidnapping. He went on a crusade to find the boy and his kidnapper. The police got to the bottom of Kasim’s father’s identity, as this may be linked to the incident. The kidnappers continued to harass Nessa (Maggie Gyllenhaal) with phone calls. Read on to know what happened in this week’s episode.
Nathaniel Bloom (Tobias Menzies), Nessa’s chief security, had recovered from the gunshot wounds he sustained trying to save Nessa during Kasim’s abduction. He immediately got to work in locating leads that would point to the kidnappers and somehow traced this to the family of the driver of the kidnapper’s accomplice. He’s good, and he’s careful. But Nessa was worried for him and hoped that Bloom would let the police handle it. When Nessa saw how determined he was and how his instincts were always right about the leads, Nessa allowed him to go after the kidnappers with a request that whatever Bloom planned to do, there should never be any trace back to the Stein family.
While Nessa was genuinely worried for Bloom’s safety, she also hesitated allowing her chief security to go after the kidnappers because they have been harassing her with phone calls all along. Confessing to the kidnappers that her “secret” was no longer safe and fearing for Kasim’s life, Nessa had to cooperate. She told the man on the phone that he was being tracked down by her security. This episode gave a face and an identity to the perpetrator, sort of actually revealing a name. But Nessa knew who he was, and the guy did actually have a connection to her Gaza abduction eight years ago. Was this kidnapper also connected with Kasim’s real father?
Speaking of Kasim’s father, the police looked into the boy’s paternity, thinking that this may have a connection to the case. They came to Ephra’s house for a paternity test. Ephra (Andrew Buchan) was already having doubts about who Kasim’s father really was, learning through Detective Hoyle (Stephen Rae) that Atika (Lubna Azabal) had not been upfront with the details of the father’s identity or even the details of the Gaza incident. Ephra wondered if Kasim was actually his son. The paternity test turned out negative for any traces. The police used Kasim’s toothbrush to lift DNA samples, and Ephra saw that before the police came, Atika replaced Kasim’s toothbrush with a new one, which she used before giving to the police. Why was Atika trying so hard to hide the father’s identity?
Back at the Stein Company, Shlomo Zahary (Igal Naor), one of Nessa’s father’s old business associates, continued to convince Nessa to give Meshal’s contract to him. He also said that she was being manipulated into granting the contract to a Palestinian associate. But despite his relationship with the Stein family, where he’s almost like a godfather to both Nessa and Ephra, Nessa still refused his pleas. Nessa’s decision was a fair assessment, especially after learning that Zahary was allegedly part of shady deals before. She had to protect the company’s reputation. But Detective Hoyle gave Zahary papers proving that he had nothing to do with those questionable contracts. Despite showing these papers, Nessa still wouldn’t budge.
So what was Hoyle up to? Why was he giving proofs and papers to Ephra and Zahary? Did he intend to draw Nessa out into admitting the truth about Gaza so that she would also reveal the perpetrators behind Meshal’s suicide and Kasim’s kidnapping? Hoyle also found out that before Nessa headed Stein Company, it was actually Ephra who took charge. Why did that change? Meanwhile, Hoyle had to also deal with a personal crisis. He had been sleeping with his boss, and yet he continued to stalk his ex-wife.
By the end of the episode, Bloom had already tracked his lead. But before he could do anything else or find out more, he was shot in the head by the guy who had been calling and harassing Nessa.
So there you have it for our recap of “The Honourable Woman” Season 1 Episode 3 “The Killing Call,” which aired on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on BBC Two. There were even more questions than answers now. Do you have a theory about Nessa’s connection to all of these?
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