This episode is one of the most memorable of the bunch for me, helped along nicely by the casting of the very lovely Jayne Wisener as Maria. She steals the show in this episode for me which tends to feature a bit more Jamie than Archie.
With a chase or two, some unfriendly villainous behaviour at the start, a hunt for some diamonds, Jamie falling for Maria and a bit of double cross there is a lot going on in this one with twists and turns a plenty this not such a bad episode.
The only downside of this one for me is 'Vlad The Imposter' - who sadly takes this tale well outside the realms of believability. Love him or loathe him in the story I think actor Steve Pemberton is great and plays him excellently. That aside, it's an ok episode which I always enjoy when I watch it.
A great performance by Jayne Wisener as Maria, the grief stricken widow of Harry Grant.
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
I quite liked this except for Vlad. I don't mind that it features an alleged psychic I just think Vlad was stupid. Nice to see Jamie taking center stage. Archie is especially well written and Shane Ritchie makes the most of it.
By this time, I adapted to season 11 being the Minder it wanted to be. I was a bit bothered about the guy that was chasing and sucking punching Jamie and I kind of knew it was going to be over because of how ridiculous Jamie kept getting on the other end of the punch and how it ended being the silly guy just sucking punching people and being outed.
I do agree with the Vlad character. The character and scenes felt extremely out of place. I think he was used to prepare the audience for the ending because it gets rather sightful towards the end but still, it was tough to wash off. If I saw the scenes again, I would say to myself 'why was that scene in there again?!'
It's just another contrast of Minder Season 11 having a more horror/dark perspective to it in this episode but at least the story holds up in my opinion.