A Discerning Eye
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This is one of my very favourites, a wonderfully affectionate love story with the added bonus of the splendid Marge Harper being depicted as she deserves. She's such a shrewd woman, so strong and sympathetic despite the ridiculous antics the scriptwriters make her perform a propos Doyle, that HG's take on the events of that episode ('Backtrack') made me cheer. It's difficult to write about without giving too much away but the basis of the story is that Doyle is being forced, by an unsympathetic Cowley, to keep up the connection with Marge because of her usefulness as a source of information. His discomfort, and Bodie's amusement can be imagined; but the situation isn't quite what they think... There are lots of moments I treasure but I'll confine myself to mentioning just one: the touching scene where an endearingly drunken Doyle is sprawled on Marge's bathroom floor, tearing sheets off the loo-roll and mournfully intoning, "He loves me, he loves me not.. .* Then Bodie appears at the door and Doyle, startled, complains that Bodie has made him lose his place. And Bodie looks at him and says, "Don't worry. He loves you." Not a dry eye in the house.
- from DIAL #8