DCS Foyle and Sgt. Milner investigate a series of strange events at a local manor house that has been converted to a hospital to treat RAF pilots suffering from extensive burns. Most of the incidents verge on the side of bad jokes, but when a more serious attempt is made on the life of an RAF Group Captain, they take a more serious interest. They learn that an RAF Sergeant with a criminal record, Gordon Drake, is living on a cottage on the estate and has a connection with the estate's owner, Sir Michael Waterford who may not appreciate the way the RAF has commandeered his home. Foyle also learns that Drake was having an affair with the wife of a doctor, Brian Wrenn, who also works at the burn hospital. Foyle's son Andrew, an RAF pilot, has also had several run-ins with Drake. Andrew is also suffering from fatigue and goes AWOL ending up at Sam's flat.
Did You Know?
The specialist hospital for burned pilots is based on the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead which specialised in experimental reconstructive plastic surgery during the war. The social club and mutual support network of the burned pilots was called the Guinea Pig Club. See more
When fixing the fuse in Dr Wrenn's house, Gordon Drake refers to it as a ring main fuse. Ring mains did not start to be introduced in the UK until after World War II. In February 1941 (when this episode is set) it was at least a year before the ring main concept was even being discussed in the government's Electrical Installations Committee, which was convened in 1942 and reported in 1944. But as it was a lighting fuse, a ring main would not be used even now. Also, a 3 amp fuse was very unlikely for a lighting circuit - the common fuse for a radial lighting circuit would have been 5 amps. See more
Please don't make me go back.