In what may be John Thaw's most powerfully acted episode in the Inspector Morse series, Inspector Morse (John Thaw) investigates the alleged suicide of Henry Fallon, an Oxford don who has been suffering from a fatal neurological illness. Morse soon discovers that the man's widow is Susan Fallon (Joanna David), his former fiancée, the woman who jilted him and left him unable to love anyone else.
Several issues arise during the investigation, one of which involves the Dignity Society, a group which believes in suicide as a dignified death when there is no hope left. Morse, however, believes that this was no suicide, and as he investigates what he believes is a murder, he focuses on Susan Fallon's son-in-law, a young man who owed Henry Fallon a great deal of money and who was responsible for the car crash which killed the Fallons' only daughter and grandson.
The drama here is largely internal, as Morse becomes more and more involved with Susan and less and less objective about the case. Sgt. Lewis (Kevin Whately), sympathetic to what he is discovering about his usually taciturn boss, tries to keep the case on track without interfering with Morse's renewed feelings for Susan.
As always, the acting is superb, but here there are powerful confrontations involving Morse and those around him, and much more attention is paid to the personal aspects of Morse's life. The conclusion, involving Sgt. Lewis, highlights Lewis's sensitivity and empathy toward Morse. A powerful, dramatic insight into the inner life of Inspector Morse, and arguably the best acted episode of this outstanding series. n Mary Whipple