Since The Escape Artist is a three-parter, I suppose we could call this episode the quiet movement. After the horror and shocks of last week’s opener, this one dealt with the aftermath of Kate’s death and its effect on Will and his son.
With Liam Foyle charged with the murder but very little actual evidence against him, it was going to take the finest legal mind in the country to get a conviction. The finest legal mind is, of course, Will – but as he’s a witness, he isn’t allowed to be part of the legal team.
Will is good at finding loopholes and he found a way round this problem as well. By secretly passing information to and fro a less high-flying member of his Chambers, he can be involved in the case without seeming to be involved.
Meanwhile Maggie Gardner, the second finest legal mind in the country, defending Foyle, gets the court to grant him bail. Like Will before her, she takes no pleasure in seeing Foyle go free and spends the rest of the episode being spooked by random sounds around her home.
The random sounds may have been Foyle, or they may not. He did have a busy episode, following Will’s son around in one very scary sequence and having a deranged rant at his solicitor in another. His alibi has been provided by a woman who seems to be completely in his thrall, and his treatment of her wasn’t nice at all.
But nobody died, because this was the quiet middle episode. Judging by the trailer for the final part, it looks like it’s all going to kick off next week. Will might get the justice he wants, but possibly not by legal means.