This is an excellent episode where two young boys are involved. An elderly man becomes a prime suspect but Frost must be very careful not to upset the applecart. He was gagged and the pathologist determines he had been chloroformed and had choked on his own vomit. His mother returns to Denton to identify the body and hasn't a clue as to how or why her son would be there. All during this time, Frost's wife is dying of cancer and he must juggle the increasing workload with being by her side.
Suspicion falls on many, including the local hunt organisers and some of the saboteurs themselves as there was a schism within the group. Two alternate endings were written and filmed for the series finale. Frost realises the two men know each other but decides to bide his time. In one alternate ending, Mullett dies instead of George Toolan as in the original release of the episode. Frost is teamed up this time with an ambition young female detective who sees her time in Denton as a stepping stone to a promotion.
Looking to make amends to her sister, Pauline decides to have Linda, a shop employee, take her to a deserted farmhouse to buy Sue a Labrador puppy for her birthday, something she's always wanted. Frost and Dorridge are called to investigate the murder of a young regional crime squad police detective, Tim Fox. It matches the dark, gritty tone of the episode beautifully with atmospheric lighting and the stylish way it's shot. The interaction between the two mothers is poignant. Frost is rightfully angry about the death of the girl. It's a case of too many coincidences and too much cover-up.
Could these two meek little souls be capable of murder? Frost wonders if there is a coincidental link between him and the first series of burglaries. We are introduced to a tertiary character; the husband of Frost's new found love. Also, the victim was very difficult and disliked by many, including neighbours and community volunteers. What he learns about her shows that she had a far more complex life than anyone imagined. The autopsy reveals that although she drowned, it more likely happened in her bathtub and not in the river. Meanwhile, the star player of local soccer team Denton F.
Frost soon determines the motive and the identity of the killer, but is later forced to juggle this with moving out of the flat above the restaurant, after the owner complains his presence is scaring away his customers. However the fact that she has a book to promote and reports of unrest among local Eastern European immigrant workers suggest that the murders are not mystical at all. Meanwhile, a local power station worker, Cocroft, is burgled. Their first case is that of a woman, eventually identified as Sylvia Carter, whose remains are found on the railroad tracks after being run over by several trains. Massie has previously been charged, but never convicted of reckless driving. The first concerns a man found dead on a waste tip with no identity beyond an empty wallet, seemingly a mugging victim.
Then a seven-year-old child of divorced parents goes missing, and the father is unable to account convincingly for his whereabouts in the hours afterwards. Things go awry when Pauline is brutally kidnapped by Linda's accomplice, Graham McCardy , who binds Pauline and demands £30,000 in ransom. The ensuing investigation leads to a tragedy that will long affect the police and Frost in particular. Frost now needs to connect these events to identify the murderer. A glamorous profiler joins the team and suggests that they are dealing with a serial killer. Frost is also investigating a series of smash-and-grab robberies in the commercial district.
Things take an interesting twist when the Mercedes is recovered the next day, with Dearne's body in the boot. Production values still look great. Retnick from whom she was demanding a letter of resignation. He is he prime suspect for the murder of a little girl. Frost feels sorry for him however and concludes that he can't be the person they're after.
We meet some pretty despicable people along the way as well. Frost finally finds himself a flat but also gets some unexpected lodgers. . Mullett advises him that he will have no choice but to advise the Chief Constable and that it will likely lead to a disciplinary hearing. Frost is also his usual self, which doesn't help matters. His father, retired after a long career in the army, is a demanding patriarch and his oldest children hate him. S George Toulan and most of the police station hunt down the towns seemingly endless scumbags.