Let's deal with the rumpy-pumpy first. After celebrating his birthday with the rest of the newsroom down at a frisky London bar (who knew such places existed in the '50s?), Freddie ended up doing the dirty with the delightfully domineering Lix under someone's desk at the Beeb. Let's hope such frolics still don't go on down at TVC.
Why was Freddie so eager for a smooch with his co-worker? It was probably due to the fact that Hector inadvertently spilled the beans on his affair with Bel. Freddie, heartbroken that the love of his life had got it on with the new guy in town, decided 'if you can't beat them, you might as well join them' and made a pass on the office booze-hound.
Hector and Bel's affair went up a couple of notches as well. Freddie knows. Hector's wife clearly knows (and is struggling badly with the early stages of denial). And we've all seen more than enough of Dominic West's bottom now to know for sure quite how far the pair have taken their dirty little secret.
More seriously, things took several sinister turns as Freddie got on the front foot in his search for the truth behind the death of Ruth Elms. All sorts of people look shifty and suspicious and pretty much everyone's a suspect right now.
Ruth Elms's mother (Juliet Stevenson) cuts an incredibly good villain and came to the fore this week. Her patronising manner and avoidance under questioning from Freddie was steely and devilish. Hector continues to drop hints that he has a shady past (he knows an awful lot about the secret service and has plenty of connections), but these sorts of glaring clangers in the script are so pointed and obvious, they feel like they must be red herrings. He's clearly hiding something, but he doesn't strike us as nasty. He'll break Bel's heart in two if we're wrong.
Our current suspicions are centred on Clarence, the man who has given Bel and Freddie control of The Hour. Bel's fuming because she found out that Clarence only gave her the job because she is a woman (she was informed with an evil moustache twizzle by McCain) and he thought she would be easy to push around. His casual sexism aside, we also think Freddie was foolish to reveal so much to his boss about his secret investigations.
Clarence ended up burning some of Freddie's evidence and told him to stay hush and pretend nothing is happening. Of course, he could be playing the Good Samaritan and trying to help. But there's got to be more to this chap than meets the eye. He's got an ice-cold stare and looks like he could turn nasty at any moment. His guff about the late Kish hunting down Russian agents at the BBC didn't wash with us. Our Columbo-senses smell a rat with this guy.
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