Who Done It?

Murder mysteries are difficult for me to follow. when reading them, I’m constantly flipping back and forth through pages, trying to keep it all straight. when watching them, I make my guess on “who done it” fairly early, but then spend the rest of the time hopelessly lost! so when I happened upon an old notebook recently and found a set of notes I took while watching Miss Marple: ordeal by innocence, I had a hard time making heads or tails of them. adding pictures may help.

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-Gwenda, the secretary, longs for her boss.

while he dreams of a galaxy Far, Far Away

 

-Jacko (the villain) implores his Mother for money.

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-Family, relaxing by the fire, hear argument but seem relatively(puns are fun!) unconcerned.

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-Jacko tries to kill Mother, but family saves her. Mother wonders if she’s done right by her children, then tells Jacko’s brother (Bobby) that she shouldn’t have bothered adopting him & his brother.

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oh, burn!

 

-meanwhile: Housekeeper runs into Philip, who’s been behind closed doors with a woman who is not his wife.

finger porn

finger porn

 

eyelash porn

eyelash porn

 

-Housekeeper finds Mother dead.

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cause of death: reading Dr. Quinn fanfiction

 

-Phillip calls police.

more finger porn

more finger porn

 

-Jacko suspected of murder, yet he seems unconcerned. trusts his alibi of hitchhiking, claiming he can describe the driver. gets arrested anyway.

house porn

house porn

 

*Two Years Later*

-Gwenda the secretary writes to Miss Marple, inviting her to a wedding (her and the bossman are getting married). Gwenda is glad to have Marple with her because the family doesn’t like her.

shlemiel, schlemazel, hasenpfeffer incorporated!

shlemiel, schlemazel, hasenpfeffer incorporated!

 

-Philip is now in a wheelchair.

*sad panda*

*sad panda*

 

-family plays charades together, Phillip makes a correct guess.

Phillip has smiled. this is truly a momentous day!

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-a rambling Professor shows up with an alibi for Jacko. too bad he’s already been executed.

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*Break for Backstory* 

Mother adopted a bunch of kids. she tried to make it a happy family, but she was more indulgent than loving. the family’s oldest daughter married Phillip, who was a pilot but now suffers from Polio. Bobby (the good son) & Jacko (the bad son) are twins. Hester seems simple minded and possibly unstable. Tina is the youngest, a bit wild, and especially close with her brother Mickey.

Angsty porn

Angsty porn

*Break over*

-Philip cynically asks which one of the children killed their mother.

dinner conversation Fail

dinner conversation Fail

 

-Wife takes Phillip back to their house. he taunts her and says he always knew she was capable of killing.

wet forelock porn

wet forelock porn

 

*Information Drop*

Housekeeper tells Miss Marple that Jacko had a secret wife. she came looking for money from the family while he was in jail. she said she knows Jacko committed the murder because he was found with the stolen money.

Bobby tells Miss Marple that he & sis visited Jacko while he was in jail. Bobby lamented that he should have been more like his brother; taking the blame for the murder was the best thing Jacko ever did.

Hester tells Prof that Mom & Brother’s death was a good thing.

me, wondering WTF is going on!

me, wondering WTF is happening

 

-an Inspector is brought in to question everyone. Phillip smirks when his wife doesn’t mention him being with another woman during the night in question.

slightly greasy forelock porn

greasy forelock porn

 

-Housekeeper is overheard discussing Gwen’s motive with Husband/Father. she says Gwen had a fight with the Mother because she wanted the house & money. Tina suggests that it was Gwen as well. Micky tells Prof that Bobby is the good son. Miss Marple influences the Inspector.

good to know I'm not the only one who is lost

good to know someone knows what’s going on!

 

-Gwen searches for evidence in Mother’s room and finds a business card. Mom was having Phillip investigated, she suspected he was only married for the money. Mother had list with names of other women connected to Phillip.

ohhh, Fuuudddge

ohhh, Fuuudddge

 

-Prof is now convinced that Phillip is guilty and tells Gwen. they find Jacko’s wife to question her. she said he made a habit of conning older women out of their money.

how would one go about doing that? asking for a friend...

‘how does one go about doing that? asking for a friend…’

 

-Bobby won’t hand over control of his sister’s money, which makes Phillip angry(er).

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-a neighbor boy says Tina’s motorbike was at the house the night of the murder. Tina is questioned about the discrepancy, Mickey flips out. Dad is trying to stay positive through it all but Housekeeper is trying to turn all of the children against Gwen. she says Mother gave Phillip an ultimatum to leave, but wife doesn’t believe it.

if you love him, be proud of him, 'cause after all he's just a man...

if you love him, be proud of him, ’cause after all he’s just a man

 

-Dad breaks up with Gwen, asks her to leave. Bobby contemplates suicide. Phillip searches through papers in the Study…and someone kills Gwen.

-Police find weapon, arrest Dad. Miss Marple finds wheel tracks in Study. Phillip talks privately with Hester saying, “they might be onto us”. wife sees.

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-Prof finds out Jacko did not con older women out of their money. their pants, on the other hand…

Nice!

‘Nice!’

 

-Phillip argues with Bobby about money. Bobby drops a case filled with family silver, runs away. Prof finds Hester, seems suicidal. Bobby won’t help him calm her down. Bobby leaves in a rowboat instead and throws himself in the lake. he drowns.

that's a clue

‘I feel a monologue coming’

 

-Miss Marple tells everyone that Bobby was involved in fraud and was about to be caught. Hester was the girl Phillip had an affair with. Mickey and Tina fell in love, Mother knew and was protecting them. meanwhile, Housekeeper was in love with Jacko. he told her to kill Mother.

*Plot Twist*

 

-Housekeeper let Jacko die in prison because he didn’t tell her he was married.

Every cliche about hired help

every cliche about hired help

*THE END*

Bonus Pic because: connections

"Star Wars" alums, Ewan McGregor & Uncle Denis

Ewan McGregor & Uncle Denis

 

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10 thoughts on “Who Done It?

    • I remember things better if I write them down. I’ll keep notes if I know I’m going to write about what I’m watching- I just scrap half of them b/c I prefer simple summaries. I’m much more serious minded than I let on 😉

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  1. Cill says:

    If you think you’re confused now, try re-watching it and then reading the book.
    I watched it as a bonding experience with some AC-loving relatives, then (in a burst of ill-advised enthusiasm for Doing Things Right) got the book and read it. I don’t remember a whole lot of the book, but the original plot was definitely not much like the tv ep. There might not even be a Bobby character in the book, and the Hester character has a fiancee and isn’t getting it on with Philip iirc. Arthur Calgary (the prof) didn’t give Jacko an alibi for a different reason (I think he was in an accident and had a concussion or something). He shows up and they turn him away thinking he’s press, not let him in to start telling them stuff.
    Despite all this, I think that they should have RA read it as an audiobook.
    (Sorry it’s taken forever to get around to leaving a comment, but my computer hates me. )

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