Post by dscarter1975 on Jul 7, 2017 23:13:42 GMT
I was thinking recently of a great way in which Roy could have been written out of the show (possibly could have been a two parter). He gets a call about his ex-wife Kate and daughter Julia being involved in a serious car smash. He goes to the hospital only to find out that Kate has died and Julia is in a coma as is the driver of the car who is Kate's current boyfriend. Devastated, Roy takes leave while Ted Roach acts as DI in his place. Roy waits anxiously for Julia to wake up as well as Kate's man. He then himself goes to the scene of the crash being the detective he is and discovers from the dents and lacerations around the rear as well as the front which was smashed into by an oncoming lorry that it was no accident, Kate's car was rammed into from behind causing it to lose control and get into a head-on collision (shades of Ringer). Roy investigates further trying to dig out information about Kate's man and asking people who know him. He then finds out he was boasting to some of his mates about making money on the side so once he regains consciousness, being DI Galloway, he starts grilling him at his bedside asking him what exactly he was involved with. In the meantime, Julia starts talking but the doctor warns Roy she may lose the use of her legs. This makes him even more angrier like he used to be in series 1 and so he threatens Kate's man with a charge of obstructing the course of justice if he doesn't explain the truth. He then admits that he had a failing business so a mate started telling him about a businessman he used to work for who had a sideline in dodgy dealing (drugs, you know what, underage sex trafficking, fraud, extortion, etc.) and that he had proof of this and that he could use it to blackmail him for cash. Kate's bloke decided to go ahead with this being driven by greed and gave the businessman an ultimatum. After the first of his payments, this geezer got his own back by hiring someone to cause the accident which killed Kate. Roy confronts the businessman, telling him that he's living on borrowed time and that he had better get himself a good lawyer as he has evidence of his shady dealings. Afterwards Roy is followed, beaten up and kidnapped, thinking this will be the end of him until Roach, Dashwood, Carver, Cryer and some of the other Sun Hill bobbies race to his rescue and nick his attackers in a major confrontation. The businessman is arrested, Kate's man is charged with blackmail / trying to illicitly obtain cash and Roy is satisfied despite bruises and broken ribs. But he receives a reprimand from Chief Supt. Brownlow who accuses him of entrapment and states that he went over the line as a policeman, endagering himself and getting emotionally involved with a case that wasn't his (shades of The Sweeney's Abduction). Add to that Julia's condition despite still being alive (the doctors say she will be able to walk after all, but she has been left traumatized by the accident and the fact her mum is dead) and the fact that his ex-wife is gone (he wonders if this could have been avoided had he not put his job before his marriage) and Roy is a depressed man. As a result, he takes up Brownlow's suggestion of being demoted and getting a transfer to another station as a DS. He will be supervising a group of CID trainees who were once under the tutelage of a certain Alan Rockliffe who now has a post in the Westcountry.