Spooks: The One With The Spade

Driving Lucas (Richard Armitage) crazy

“YOU have a name, a life, that were never meant to be yours.

“You’ve got no friends, no family, no past. You’re not a real person.”

Spooks series nine, episode six finds Lucas / John caught on a hook.

Reeled in by Vaughn to the point of risking everything for Maya.

And capable of shocking behaviour.

Lucas is tasked with collecting American civilian Danielle Ortiz, played by Irish-born actress Fiona Glascott, from her CIA escort.

Then taking her to MI5 HQ at Thames House.

Danielle is a trailer trash computer genius who hacked the Pentagon and is now a cryptogropher for the US government.

Ms Ortiz has the crucial codes needed to connect Britain with America’s more secure Cybershell network.

But Lucas has other matters on his mind.

As does Danielle. “Nice tatts by the way,” she tells him.

Lucas and Danielle

Back at The Grid, it’s Tariq tantrum time.

Throwing a laptop to the floor and screaming: “I can’t take it anymore.”

We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

But all is not as it seems.

Sir Harry and his team are under surveillance and everything they say and do is being recorded.

Just as the government in the real world warn again about the threat of cyber attacks.

Some fans will know about the twist in the tale this week.

But I won’t spoil it for others by revealing it here.

In other news, Ruth’s suspicions about Lucas are further developed.

But can the clever one convince Harry?

Any American readers in Ohio may also like to comment on the view of the CIA boss in London.

He tells Harry: “I’m from Cleveland. Grey skies, freezing rain, empty factories. It’s like Britain plus.”

Episode six ends in memorable fashion.

With the “Next Week” teaser trail a classic example of ramping up the excitement for the final two episodes.

Yes, just two left after this one.

Where does the time go?

Vaughn Edwards played by Iain Glen

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10 responses to “Spooks: The One With The Spade

  1. Michael Forde

    Due to the government announcement of the threat of cyberwar.
    I wonder again if the writers have more access to government workings
    Than what they are letting on?

  2. Jodie

    Well this seems to be an interesting episode that I can’t wait for.
    YAY for the mention of Ohio as it is my home state and yes the Cleveland bit is accurate just that they also get a ton of snow and laugh at us from Central Ohio (Columbus) for not being used to it. This proves yet again that Ohio get’s mentioned so many times in film and television.
    Looking forward to the twist in this ep.
    Finally it seems we are going to get some progression on the whole Lucas/John bit.
    Too many thoughts about this ep at the moment. Must settle down a bit before next Monday

  3. Sarah

    Tariq having a tantrum? He’s always appeared so calm and collected, so it must be something big to make him crack.

    Feels like there have already been more twists in the story arc for this series than any series of Spooks before. Kudos to Iain Glen for his performance so far. And to the make up/costume people. He looked and acted totally different at the end of ep 5 and I’m curious to see how his character is going to drive the rest of the series.

  4. Spookette

    I must say I am looking forward to seeing Tariq throw a hissy fit! It’s about time we saw a bit more emotion from him in my opinion. I wonder if Harry will bring someone in to replace him…..

  5. Leslie

    As always I’m excited for a new episode – but I’m so looking forward to that twist you’ve mentioned!

    I know you mentioned in last weeks blog about the clip with Ruth and Harry – but I’m not getting my hopes up. I know how Kudos works and they’re just toying with my emotions . . .

    Speaking on emotions – Looks like Lucas is about to go right off the rails! I can’t believe how fast this series is flying past!

    Thanks for your blogs!

  6. Julie

    I am American and haven’t seen the new season of MI-5. I just discovered it and I really love it. I am currently working my way through season 7 on netflix and enjoying every minute of it. However; I need to ask why does the show have to make American out to be the devil? It seems like we are the necessary evil, that does everything wrong, unethical and immoral. Can you give us a break? There is already too much hate in the world.

    • Nick

      Julie, I do not think people would judge the Americans that way except that they (the stereotype/government, not individual persons) generally hold themselves to be what is right, ethical and moral in the world.

      Great episode, good to see you-know-who (+ mum) outwit one of our dear protagonists

  7. Jules

    The Americans aren’t the evil one in this one!

    Tariq scared the hell out of me at first – I’d missed the first minute due to cooking dinner and about 2 seconds after I sat down the furst thing I really saw was when Tariq ‘flipped’ and I was just thinking, oh hell, something is BAD!! Well it is bad, but Tariq’s actually being a clever boy… I won’t spoil it for anyone. But the quiet geek flipping out nicely kickstarted an absolutely awesome episode. Frenetic and adrenaline pumping, Spooks doing extreme well. Richard Armitage’s performance as tortured John/Lucas is excellent! Ruth was good as always and Harry, for want of a better word – PWNS. His personality, actions and just *being* is just epic.
    Fantastic episode and I can’t wait for next week’s – staying away from all spoilers – trailer was scary enough!


    I want to comment on episode #161 showing in the US at PBS.
    A Czech banker backed up by the Russian mafia is not only taking down a failing UK bank, but his wish is to jump start the collapse of capitalism itself.
    Rose has infiltrated this financial tycoon’s inner circle and listens to his explanation as to why he despises the bankers who are at the service of the world’s oligarchs and have no heart for the masses of people. He explains he appears as “one of them” but inside is waiting to find the right moment to take all the Capitalist corrupt, selfish system down and this is the moment.

    BBC seems more than once to be in the business of “vaccinating” the audience using true valid arguments for the “bad” characters in some of episodes, but twisting and spinning it in order to always find a way to present the Status Quo as the “good” guys, even if the “bad” characters are actually proposing something valid.

    For BBC to do this especially on the wake of the scandalous behavior by the blood sucking financial sector, IS INADMISSIBLE!!

    The truth is as described by the “bad” character who explained Capitalism will destroy itself, don’t matter how much BBC spins it and attempts to brain wash its audience.

    For anyone who understands how the fractional reserve system works, understands this current system of creating currency as debt is absolutely unsustainable, and it’s the root of the bubbles and crashes orchestrated at will by the Money Masters, the international financial oligarchs who control the PRIVATE central banks in UK and the US and more.

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