Spooks: The One With The Lift

Ruth and Harry

“HARRY!” Ruth has urgent news for the head of Section D in Spooks series nine, episode two.

But first, a recap.

Among other things, we learned in episode one that Ruth is still wild about Harry but doesn’t want to marry him.

Lucas was once someone called John.

And never accept a drink from a former star of The Double Deckers.

I’m sure there was also some sort of Spooks’ relevance to the pie Robert Glenister’s ex-Home Secretary was baking, but I’ve yet to figure it out.

If you watched the trail for episode two, you’ll know about The Lift.

The action begins at London’s Maybury Hotel and comes to a sudden halt on the 25th floor.

Beth (Sophia Myles) is undercover as an oil trader, shadowed by Lucas (Richard Armitage).

In an interesting twist, we see events unfold first from his point of view and then hers.

Sophia Myles as Beth

Back at The Grid, Harry (Peter Firth) receives a late night phone call from Ruth (Nicola Walker).

The issue of their relationship was expertly dealt with in scenes which bookended episode one.

But it’s clear the Spooks’ scriptwriters aren’t finished with it just yet.

Story of the week is focused on British oil billionaire Robert Westhouse (James Faulkner), who is more important than ever to the government following “the BP disaster”.

Home Secretary William Towers (Simon Russell Beale) orders Harry to leave the influential Westhouse alone, despite concerns about his dealings in Africa.

And, of course, Sir Harry always does what he’s told…

Episode two also sees the introduction of Laila Rouass as A&E consultant Maya, who hasn’t seen Lucas for 15 years.

Or is it John?

There’s the little matter of Ruth’s fingerprint.

Plus a heart-stopping moment for Harry fans.

Along with that lift.

It may be stuck half way up to the penthouse suite.

But I’m happy to report that Spooks series nine is still very much on the up.

Spooks episode two is on BBC1 at 9pm next Monday.

James Faulkner as Robert Westhouse

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