This is Set Two of eleven "Inspector Morse" Sets. Each Set has three episodes/discs. Don't confuse these eleven "Sets" with the previously issued (but still available) "Collection Sets". Each of the six "Collection Sets" cost more, as each has more episodes/discs than these Sets.
This Set has three episodes, all from Series 2 (what we call seasons in the U.S.). They originally aired December 1987 and March 1988 in this same order. The British Series 2 series included one more episode, "Last Bus to Woodstock", which has been moved to the next Set Three of these Inspector Morse DVD sets.
In "The Story of Morse" a 50 minute documentary about Inspector Morse, Colin Dexter says this: "If you're going to write right about forensics and pathology and ballistics and so on, obviously you've got to know your onion. But I know nothing. Absolutely nothing about that. And if you write who-done-its, in other words, the central idea of the author is to dangle half a dozen people in front of you, so you always guess the wrong one; never the one you thought of; never the butler, and all these sorts of things, the less you know of police work, the better! And you just want to mystify everybody, don't you?!"
The Wolvercote Tongue
Last Seen Wearing
The Settling of the Sun
THE WOLVERCOTE TONGUE:
A tour bus pulls into Oxford. It's a high-end tour with only 12 participants, lead by the tired and disaffected guide, Sheila Williams (played by Roberta Taylor). She rushes from the bus to meet Dr. Simon Kemp - whose name should be Dr. Shallow - only to have him tell her his wife says he can't see her anymore.
Laura and Eddie Poindexter are on the tour. The Oxford stop is important, because the wealthy Laura is donating the Wolvercote Tongue to the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the first university museum in the world, established 1677. The tongue is part of an ornate two piece belt buckle, somehow separated after they were dug up together. The Ashmolean already has the buckle.
Eddie returns to their Randolph Hotel room to find Laura dead and the Wolvercote Tongue gone. Was it really just a heart attack?
Trivia: This episode was written by Julian Mitchell, based on a short story by Colin Dexter. In 1992, well after the TV episode first aired, Dexter expanded the short story into a novel titled "The Jewel That Was Ours", though there are differences between the novel and the show. Dexter's walk-on is when he appears as the man behind Morse in The Chapter Bar of the Randolph. This episode is full of lovely wry humor, especially in the interactions between Morse, Lewis and Max de Bryn, the pathologist.
LAST SEEN WEARING:
Morse is grumpy when he's given a new file. It's Valerie Craven, a teenager missing for six months. The only reason he's given this missing persons case is that Valerie's father, construction magnate George Craven, is not just rich, but on the Police Committee. Lewis is raring to go, trying to give Morse the 3 files compiled on the missing girl, but Morse isn't interested: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, Lewis, but she's dead.... They put me onto these things when they can smell a corpse. One file - Anybody. Two files - Ainsley or McCay. I'm the three-file man. No, she's dead."
Another reason Morse is disgusted with handling the case. He's supposed to solve it, but he's not supposed to bother the family. He interviews the father anyway (which gets him in trouble). Lewis: "The thing with you is, if somebody tells you you can't do something, you go right on and do it, don't you?"
Morse: "I make it a rule."
This is a murder mystery, so there's going to be a body. But will it be Valerie's?
Trivia: This episode was written by Thomas Ellice, based on the 2nd Colin Dexter novel of the same name, published in 1976.
THE SETTLING OF THE SUN:
An Oxford school has a welcoming dinner for its summer international students. Morse is at the head table, next to his friend, Dr. Jane Robson. At her request, he created a crossword puzzle for the summer attendees. He's there to give a prize to the student who does the best on the crossword. Morse gives a little speech before awarding the prize: "On the whole, crosswords are far more exotic and exciting than police work. Most murders, for example, don't require solving because they haven't been planned. Thought a lot about, perhaps, over the years. Not as murders, but as silence. The silence of a wife, a husband, a son or a daughter, even. No more words, talk, screams, arguments, insults. Insults more often lead to murder than anything else in my experience."
During the dinner, a student from Japan suddenly takes ill, and leaves the hall for his room. He shortly turns up murdered, his body laid out as if a crucifix. Is this hatred left over from WWII?
Another doomed love for Morse. And his speech is prophetic - in the breach.
Trivia: This episode, written by Charles Wood, is based on the characters created by Colin Dexter. Dexter's walk-on is when he appears as the doctor sitting on the bed next to Jane's bed, in the very last scene.