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Happy Valley: 10 things we learned from episode three

WARNING: This blog contains spoilers for the third episode of Happy Valley series two — do not read until after you have watched

A calmer episode of Happy Valley this week — but an installment full of reveals, complications and intrigue nonetheless.

It's been two weeks since the last episode, where John became a murderer, Catherine played with fire and Clare fell off the wagon — and this week saw Sgt Cawood dealing with the fallout of her own decisions, while other characters frantically tried to cover up theirs.

Themes from the first series are coming to the fore, especially with John, who seems to be this series' Kevin Weatherill.

Here's what we learned from episode three:

Catherine saw a psychologist

If there's anyone in need of some support to deal with the trauma she's been through, it's Catherine — but the Sgt had to be threatened with medical retirement before she'd accept professional help. Catherine would rather take matters into her own hands than simply talk them through with a counsellor, and it was clear she wasn't taking the session seriously. She confessed to feeling sad, to having had a breakdown and almost admitted murderous intent when it came to Tommy Lee Royce. Will she accept the help offered or just go through the motions to please her bosses?


Her family's under threat

It's not just work applying pressure, either. Clare has got back on the wagon, after an eventful night in the pub, where she bumped into old pal Spike — clearly a face from her days as a heroin addict. 'Spike', charmer that he was, told Catherine she looked like a 'right bitch' of a copper, and the Sgt's enjoyable evening was rounded off with Clare throwing up in an empty marketplace. Catherine put her to bed — in the recovery position — and left a note saying she wasn't cross. It was a routine she'd clearly done many times before.

Elsewhere, Daniel has confessed to cheating on his pregnant wife with a work colleague, and has been served divorce papers, meaning he'll be crashing at his mum's for longer than first thought. Yet still has the cheek to complain about other visitors to Catherine's house.

And finally, Clare has now met creepy Frances, or 'Miss Wheland', and heard from Ryan that she's been asking him about his dad. Can Catherine watch him closely with everything else happening?

John covered his tracks

As predicted, John decided to make use of the serial killer on the prowl to covering up his own mess. As soon as the report of the Ripponden flat fire came in, the penny dropped — and of course the tenant is missing. Was arson wise, when it draws so much attention? It's not like the serial killer has form for burning down his victims' homes — or even murders them there.

John Wadsworth (KEVIN DOYLE), Andy Shepherd (VINCENT FRANKLIN)
John Wadsworth (KEVIN DOYLE), Andy Shepherd (VINCENT FRANKLIN)

Vicky's body was found

It didn't take long for Vicky's body to be found, in what looked like an abandoned building or mill in Brighouse ( do you recognise it? Click here and tell me where it is ). John went all the way in creating a copycat killing — even breaking a bottle to do the unthinkable after he'd strangled Vicky. So being asked by Andy Shepherd to accompany him to the post-mortem was the last thing he needed. As they uncovered the body and passed her shoes, nails and more to John, the colour drained from his face. "I just haven't done this for a while," he told a concerned colleague. Done what, John? Been to a post-mortem or murdered a mistress?

Amanda's been cheating too

Then there was the horrible realisation that John probably didn't need to go to such extreme lengths to protect his marriage, and his wife — because she's been doing the dirty too. And he discovered Amanda's affair probably less than an hour after bumping off Vicky and burning her flat down. Amanda felt neglected — and she figured out he wasn't always on observation shifts, like he said. But John, amazingly, decided to take full offence and demand she move out, before calling her a string of hideous names. I have a feeling Amanda may have the last laugh here.

Frances Drummond (SHIRLEY HENDERSON), Tommy Lee Royce (JAMES NORTON)
Frances Drummond (SHIRLEY HENDERSON), Tommy Lee Royce (JAMES NORTON)

Tommy Lee Royce wants his son

Frances went back down to the Big Smoke to visit Tommy Lee Royce in prison, and we discovered he's either deluded himself into thinking he isn't a horrible rapist/murderer, or he's just lying his bum off to win France's sympathy. I presume the latter, but he was eerily confident in spouting off about everything being Lewis' fault and talked about bringing kidnapped Ann Mars bars. Even creepier was Frances insistence (and more Grade A lying) that Ryan was fondly recalling his days on the canal boat with daddy, and totally wasn't scarred for life after being covered in petrol. Tommy is still obsessed with Catherine, convinced that she's a serial killer and determined to somehow get Ryan back.

And of course Catherine can't let Tommy go, either. At dinner with Joyce (where was the 'Angeliki' restuarant'?), she said the only reason she didn't murder him was because he wanted her to. They both obsessed with each other, in seriously unhealthy ways.

The trafficker is dead

From being Tasered in the nether regions to hanging from a tree. Grim. Catherine took Ann on a call-out to a suspected suicide called in by nuns in Crow Wood Park, Sowerby Bridge, and discovered the suicide was a trafficker from the raid two weeks ago. In dark comic moment, Catherine was more concerned about discovering the nicknames her team had for her than panicking too much about a trafficker that had decided to end it all. But as Illinka pointed out, the apparent suicide might not be what it seems — did the Knezovitch family pay the traffickers bail so they could silence him for good?


Catherine's got nicknames... and an alibi

While Catherine's still in the dark about her nicknames, we managed to find them out thanks to a conversation between Ann and John — 'Brunnhilde' and Miss Trunchbull'. Do you think these are fair? I think Miss Trunchbull's a bit harsh, to be honest — but I suppose in a work environment, when you don't see her homelife, Catherine's demeanour can be intimidating. Even Clare flapped around this week asking Catherine not to scare Neil — but as Catherine said, you only need to fear her if you've done something you shouldn't have. Gulp.

But the good news is, Catherine can now eliminate herself from CID enquiries after Joyce remembered they went to see Rocky Horror together on one of the key dates. Saved by the musical.

Ann's got a keen eye

Ann, gushing about her first suicide case, certainly made an impression on CID officer Jodie Shackleton (Katherine Kelly) this week — while her description of bulging eyes and hanging tongues raised eyebrows, her quick thinking in connecting the flat fire the the body found in Brighouse impressed. Of course, John isn't so grateful for her amateur detective skills...

Dr Carol Fowler (KAREN BRYSON), Andy Shepherd (VINCENT FRANKLIN)
Dr Carol Fowler (KAREN BRYSON), Andy Shepherd (VINCENT FRANKLIN)

John's not off the hook

While he may have burned the flat and stashed the body elsewhere, Vicky's body has been identified, and linked straight back. The post-mortem has also revealed that she's not like the other victims — she's British, was not a prostitute and a bit of an anomaly in the case so far. Let's face it, cases like John's rarely end well — how long before his DNA, prints or something else connecting him to the flat or to Vicky is found? What if Amanda knew more about where he was than he realised? John is like the Kevin of series one — a rash decision has led to some further, scarier decisions and now he's going to sweat until everything comes crashing down around him. Serves him right.

Sassy Catherine one-liner of the week

"You just hear yourself talking w*nk. It's dripping from the ceiling and running down the walls. You need your wellies to get out." Catherine's rather crude take on counselling.

Questions for next week

Are we meant to like and trust Neil now, or will he spring up as a proper wrong 'un? Same for Sean — where's he gone?

How long before the school realises the TA is asking a vulnerable child wildly inappropriate questions?

Has the trafficking trail gone cold now the Tasered trafficker is dead? (Try say that five times fast...)

How long before everything goes Pete Tong for John?

See you next week!

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