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Using his wealth and power, Max has placed Caden in a military hospital in its mission to get its soldiers healthy and well enough, both physically and mentally, to return to the field. ... See full summary »


Charles Sturridge


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sinéad Cusack ... Maggie Barns
Heather Craney ... Emily
Pippa Bennett-Warner ... Lauren Elgood
Paul Ready ... Nick Caplan
Tony Pitts ... Lennox
Helen McCrory ... Kathryn Villiers
Orton O'Brien Orton O'Brien ... 10-Year Old Caden
Samuel Leakey ... 7-Year Old Caden
Billy Howle ... Caden Finch
Steven Cree ... Andrew
Clare Holman ... Colonel Reese
Richard Gere ... Max Finch
Roberto Mateos ... Felipe Alarcón
Fanny Gautier Fanny Gautier ... Patricia Magana
Quique Medina Quique Medina ... Ignacio Cortes


Using his wealth and power, Max has placed Caden in a military hospital in its mission to get its soldiers healthy and well enough, both physically and mentally, to return to the field. While Max conveniently heads to Mexico on a mixed business/personal trip, he leaves Kathryn to do the heavy lifting with the hospital, Colonel Reese, the hospital's administrator, who believes Caden's presence there undermines the ethos of the hospital and the military itself, and with Caden, who is not dealing well emotionally with what has happened to him and what he believes his future looks like. Regardless, some caring people among the hospital staff and patients, all who know who Caden is, may be able to provide some glimmer of hope for his recovery. Upon Max's return, something that he and Lauren orchestrate may undo all the positive work in Caden's recovery. Meanwhile, Tonia's dead body has been found. While Maggie asks some tough questions at a news conference on the issue, Nick, after ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Thriller







English | Spanish

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20 March 2019 (UK) See more »

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Orla Green: [talking to Caden in the garden] Can you keep a secret?
Caden Finch: Not really.
[Orla kisses Caden on the face and then leaves]
Caden Finch: [shouting back at Orla] What was the secret?
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Episode 3
29 March 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

MotherFatherSon still intrigues in its heightened reality of the the struggles of the rich and successful.

Max tells Kathryn that she has got what she always wanted. Custody of Caden. What she has got is trying to rehabilitate her brain damaged grown up son.

Max is in Mexico, working on his next big deal and speaking Spanish badly. He might be just trying to get away from Caden. At least he realises that Caden will never match his own business acumen and is prepared to tell him that. However Max never recognises his own shortcomings as a dad and he is the one running away.

It is Kathryn who oversees Caden's rehabilitation in an army camp. Something Max has arranged by pulling a few favours.

The drama so far still toys with the viewer about Max. Is there a lurking monster beneath him or is he just cold and calculating? It is interesting that Max communicates without it never being needed to be said or asked. A theme that goes back to the first episode. Caden's mistake was asking his dad how well he did after the press conference.

Max's duplicitous attitude is also shown in the probing of the murdered investigator by Nick and Maggie which they think has been covered up. The newspaper executives know about this, Nick has been offered a promotion in America, to get him out of the way. We also see the dirty tricks employed by the staff of the newspaper, planting evidence on a suspect of the murdered girl found in episode 1.

When it comes to the politics and even the murder mystery angle, I have not found the drama that exciting. It comes alive when we see the fractured relationship between Max, Caden and Kathryn.

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