Written by Hannah Dunleavy

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Duty Calls

Secrets, secret handshakes and never mind that: what the hell did Denton record on her phone? Hannah Dunleavy talks Line of Duty episode 4. Contains SPOILERS.

Matthew 'Dot' Cottan (Craig Parkinson) and DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure). All photos: Steffan Hill/World Productions.

Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan (Craig Parkinson) and DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure). All photos: Steffan Hill/World Productions.

“God give me strength”

Denton’s return to the outside world started with a bang as she schooled our heroes in AC-12 on the art of apologising (Donald J Trump could certainly learn something here). Then she shocked everyone – even me, frankly – with the reveal that she had evidence that sexy times of an unspecified sort did indeed take place between her and Steve.

Whatever it is she has on that phone is apparently as embarrassing for her as it is for him, so my current best guess is that Steve couldn’t perform in the Simon Cowell mask she made him wear.

The sort of audacity I so admire her for led Denton to attempt to rejoin the police force, a scene which ended with a cheeky smash cut to her mopping the floor at Asda. If this is a case of getting what she deserves, what’s more indicative of the luck she has is the predatory case worker who keeps turning up at her new – and much overdecorated – gaff.

But, Denton’s not giving up yet and I’m thoroughly enjoying watching her grab her adversaries by the balls, literally and metaphorically.

We need to talk about Steve

Denton’s revelation couldn’t have come at a worse time for Steve, as it’s damaged him in the eyes of Fatherly Ted, just as Dot’s casting about for someone to fit up as The Caddy.

Gill’s on Ted’s case about moving Steve to another department – among other things – Kate’s temporarily taken leave of her senses regarding Dot, and Steve’s girlfriend (who I’m sure has a name, but I’m not going to learn it until they give me a reason to think of her as anything other than Stroppy McEyebrows), well, she’s not happy either, but I’m little interested in it.

Who can he turn to? Well…

Of all the fruit aisles in all the world

The potential repairing of Denton and Steve certainly has potential, particularly as this series can now only really end in two ways – with Steve in handcuffs or with him unveiling…

The bad bastard

Great week for Dot and his outright bastardry, although he’s got a lot of balls in the air and it seems almost inevitable he’s going to drop one. Even if he has kept a tight rein on the surprisingly abundant evidence thrown up by things like the envelope Danny left the list in for Steve.

“Whatever it is Denton has on that phone is apparently as embarrassing for her as it is for Steve, so my current best guess is that he couldn’t perform in the Simon Cowell mask she made him wear.”

There’s loads of stuff still floating around that could sink Dot, including the duplicate phone and SIM card left casually sitting on the passenger seat. But there’s all kinds of other factors to consider, like the Masonic handshake with Former Chief Superintendent Sideburns, and WPC Maneet Bindra, who’s quietly going about her own business but might yet pass on info to Steve which Dot is currently denying him.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the interlinked fates of Dot and Steve is Gill’s statement about how the recruitment of people to AC-12 reflects on Ted’s judgement. So, I’m sad to say, it seems he might be fucked all ways. Well, maybe not all ways, he’s a married man after all.

The numbers

Neil Morrissey sightings: Several

References to The Caddy: Many + 1 PowerPoint presentation

Requests to be questioned by an officer one rank superior: 1

The big questions

Real-life police can’t spend as much time talking about retirement/their pensions as fictional cops, surely?

Gill’s choice of restaurant was fancy, but Dot’s choice to have his meeting with Morrissey in a restaurant was just odd, right?

Who does Dot call on his Union Jack phone?

Read all of Hannah’s Line of Duty blogs here and catch up on previous episodes via BBC iPlayer here.

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Written by Hannah Dunleavy

Hannah Dunleavy is the deputy editor of Standard Issue. She likes whisky and not having to run anywhere.

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