Jonathan Creek has always been a favorite of mine. Season 3 is a little different. In season 1 and 2, Maddy is a well-known mystery writer who usually introduces the mysteries then brings Jonathan in to solve them. In season 3, Jonathan is the famous one and Maddy, who is still very visable, responds by being present, but not really there. The outrageous Maddy is gone and so is part of the fun.
I will pull a Jonathan Creek and surmise that Maddy asked for a raise. After all, the show was called "Jonathan Creek," but the Maddy character was as important as Jonathan. Perhaps the producers felt the actress was asking for too much, and subordinated the character to fit her salary. Since Caroline Quentin had to fulfill her contract, she showed her uphappiness by not bringing anything to the part. I haven't seen subsequent shows and so I don't know how that worked out for them.
1. "The Curious Tale of Mr. Spearfish." Maddy does bring Jonathan into this one and so the new Maddy isn't fully evident, yet. The seemingly supermatural mystery is absorbing, but the solution is a little disappointing since it depends on a scientific "fact" that most modern people know is wrong. And the focus of the plot seems to be on the wrong person.
2. "The Eyes of Tireseas." More supernatural doings with a complex solution that is very down to earth. In this one, Jonathan has a scene standing at the window where he displays an absolutely perfect rear end. It has to be a body double with a curly haired wig.
3. "The Omega Man." A skeleton that supposedly belongs to an extraterrestrial being disappears. Oddly, the author wants to depict an army that steals valuable artifacts, puts people in jail without charges, and bullies civilians. Of course, the English wouldn't act like that, and so he makes the army American. I didn't know we acted like that or had that kind of power in England. I found this device odder than the plot.
4. "Ghosts Forge." This is a good mystery with an unexpected solution. One thing that made it so appealing is the attractive, and outrageous female writer who is a friend of Maddy's. Maybe they were auditioning her for Maddy's role. She didn't get the part, however, because Julia Sawalha, the outrageous Lydia from "Pride and Prejudice," did.
5. "Miracle in Crooked Lane." This is an eerie mystery with an eerie solution. Another good one.
6. "The Three Gamblers." Really scary in parts with a simple, but unexpected solution, and a story with a heart.
Jonathan's outrageous cousin, the magician, is still evident and the mysteries couldn't be solved by anyone except Jonathan Creek.