We left episode three just as River Cartwright, Jack Lowden (“Fighting with My Family”, “Dunkirk”), was turning to find Andre Chernitsky, Marek Vasut (“Alpha Code”, “Treadstone (TV)”), the man he’s been looking for, staring right at him.
But we’ll come back to that, for now we are with Jackson Lamb, Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”, “Killers Anonymous”), as he gets the information he wants from Rebecca Mitchell, Emily Bruni (“Intergalactic (TV)”, “Soulmates (TV)”), the woman involved in Min Harper’s accident, but he is being given the run around by his Russian ‘comrade’ Nikolai Katinsky, Rade Serbedzija (“Strange Angel (TV)”, “Proud Mary”).
Lamb calls up Shirley Dander, Aimee-Ffion Edwards (“Peaky Blinders (TV)”, “Blithe Spirit”), and they head to Nefsky’s(?) house, the boss of Arkady Pashkin, Alec Utgoff (“Stranger Things (TV)”, “San Andreas”). But all is not as it seems, neither is Chernitsky, who has looked better, the pair leave sharpish.
Louisa Guy, Rosalind Eleazar (“The Personal History of David Copperfield”, “Uncle Vanya”), heads to a bar where she meets Pashkin, surprises him. She wants information, she’s trying to learn all she can before she puts her nefarious plans into action, but she’s thwarted before that can happen.
Catherine Standish, Saskia Reeves (“Us (TV)”, “Belgravia (TV)”), tries to get in on the action, talking to the man who set up the setup between Webb and the Russians, but she learns little and is left frustrated by a conversation with Lamb, as usual.
Meanwhile, back with River, and it looks like he’s managed to get through the dinner with Chernitsky intact, some not-so-subtle suggestions from the big man are thrown his way, but he bats them back. As he’s leaving River slips one of his phones into Chernitsky’s pocket and follows him, which shows his hand to all and everyone.
Obviously they are all headed to the airfield, but when he gets there River, once again, shows why he’s in Slough House and things don’t go well for him.
With two episodes to go we are leaving a lot of people either frustrated, in a spot of trouble or both. It is, however, all beginning to slot into place and, as suspected, it’s all related in some way or another from the way things are turning out now.
It does feel like, unless there’s a surprise in store, this season of Slow Horses hasn’t been on the same par as season one. There’s still two episodes to go though so, fingers crossed, it goes out with a bang, excuse the pun.
16th December 2022
THE QUICK SELL
Louisa makes her move on Pashkin. Catherine makes moves of a different kind when she plays high-stakes chess with a sinister stranger.
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