Post by jno on Aug 19, 2015 11:20:35 GMT
After unwanted intervention from the drugs squad during Curtis & Keel's collection of witness Franco Cardulucci, Cardulucci escapes an attempt on his life and is left compromised and to his own devices on the streets of London. Unable to trust anyone, the only person he really trusts is his sister, a university lecturer who is on holiday. As Curtis & Keel are responsible for the foul-up, Malone orders them to undo the disaster that is ultimately down to CI5 - the protection of a witness that could bring down crime syndicates both in Europe and the US.
Due to the importance of the witness stateside, the FBI are keen to assist and send over their own agent for observation, agent Abigail Prentice played by the gorgeous Emma Woollard. Her character is far from lovely in this episode though and is in fact a ruthless killer working undercover for the mob, quite happy to kill anyone to get to Franco Cardulucci. I think the spelling of the title of this episode is probably referring to her character. As well as Lexa Doig (who is very much like an extra in this one) and Emma Woollard shown above, there are two other very lovely actresses in this - Natalie Roles playing a nurse (just like she did in Minder's 'Opportunity Knocks and Bruises') and Jane Garioni who plays Cardulucci's sister Gina.
I am really not so sure about Colin Wells as Curtis in this one - he just seems to lack something when trying to play the tough guy for me, particularly when they go around to see the drugs squad officer and starting throwing his classic record collection about Sweeney-style trying to get the name of his snout.
This one is not bad effort, but Curtis & Keel seem to be more like Laurel & Hardy as they are very slow to pick up on what is really going on. Keel yet again comes out as the one who seems to 'get it' and has the better lines, while Curtis has clearly been sucked in my the charms of Agent Prentice. As in the previous episode 'Choice Cuts' (which also features the FBI), this has a very credible plot though with this one the pace is more moderate and it is low on action. That said, there is still a significant kill count with probably more suspense than action scenes as we wonder what will become of Cardulucci.
The final scenes in the CI5 office are a bit of a let down for me - the smiles on some of those faces look way too put on for me (particularly Colin Wells). This whole bit looks like it could well be one of the scenes 'added in' by Brian Clemens as the original production fell short of filming time (mentioned on the DVD commentary).
Nevertheless, a good effort with a truly great looking female cast. 7/10.