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05/10/2014

 
Looking After Our Own
 An episode of Spooks.
Writer
David Wolstencroft
Director
Bharat Nalluri
Series
1
Episode
2
Length
59 minutes
Preceded by
Thou Shalt Not Kill
Followed by
One Last Dance
IMDb profile (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0707335/)
Looking After Our Own (Spooks)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Looking After Our Own
isthe second episodeof the first series of British television series
Spooks
. It first aired on 20 May 2002 on BBCOne.
Contents
1 Plot2 Irregular cast3Reaction4 References5 External links
Plot
Attempts to obtain intelligence on believed right-wing leader Robert Osbourne had been unsuccessful.Osbourne's awareness of MI5's interest in him was such that his house was equipped with high-levelsecurity equipment that Section B's teams had been unable to penetrate.Intelligence did learn that Osbourne had a violent temper of which his wife, Claire, was on the receivingend. Anywomanunder that pressure was vulnerable for recruitment. A runner was in place, handling twocontactsposing as computer tutors at a class at Chadbridge Community College, Romford. Claire Osbourneattended these classes, with the contacts instructed to befriendher. Vetting had not picked up on therunner's alcoholism, and after she had a road traffic accident while over the limit, Harry suggested thatTom step in, and Helen Flynn was recruited to pose as Tom's wife to aid his cover for 'OperationGreensleeves'.Installedas teachers,Tom and Helen befriended Claire Osbourne. Despite an unfriendly meeting with Claire's husband one evening, Tom and Helen were invited by Claireto join her and her husband for dinner. Though she had rehearsed her joint-back stories meticulously, Osbourne caught Helen out byaddressing Tom as her 'boyfriend' rather than husband. Helen improvised a way out of the situation, but asthey later discovered, the damage was already done.Simultaneously, a cargo of illegal immigrants from Chechnya was intercepted by HM Customs. Thetraffickers panicked and threw the illegals overboard; all drowned. Tessa Phillips suspected the traffickerswould change their routes, and the operation to catch them would have to be started again. Harry authorisedthe loan of Zoe to Tessa's team which resulted in one of Zoe's contacts in Ostend informing her that thetraffickers were using old heroin routes. Inspecting surveillance photographs of a meeting with a manknown as 'Bora', Zoe identified one other man at the meeting as Robert Osbourne. Piecing togetherinformation that Tom had recovered from 'Operation Greensleeves', the connection was clear - Osbournewas behind the trafficking of illegal immigrants who would overcrowd the UK's holding centres, chokingthe system. Once his followers had stirred up race riots, Osbourne would then encourage his friend Bill 
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Watson (an independent MP for Chigwell whose views on immigration matched Osbourne's own, but weremade to look moderate to win public support) to raise the issue of asylum seekers in the House of Commons. Although Tessa's agents found out the new routes, by then Robert Osbourne was aware his planhad been exposed.After investigations into his background, it was discovered Osbourne's contact, Nick Thomas, was afreelance journalist called Keiran Harvey, and had been secretly recording conversations with Osbourne.When Tom Quinn met 'Thomas', he urged him to hand over all information he had.Convinced she had gained Claire Osbourne's trust, Helen told her she knew about Robert's abusivetemperament. Helen promised to introduce Claire to 'someone' who could help her. Tom met Claire at anagreed location and revealed that he works for a 'government department'. He assured her he and Helen hadgone to such lengths because they wanted to help her, and that they knew she would tell them what Robertwas up to. As a sweetener, he offered her £600 a week. After thinking about the matter, she agreed to givehim what he wanted.Tom and Helen prepared to pull out, but Osbourne was too suspicious of them; he sent his right-hand man,Bryon Lyndon, to kidnap them at gunpoint. Tom and Helen were taken to a kitchen at Osbourne's plant -along with the dead body of Keiran Harvey. When Osbourne arrived with his wife, Tom protested theirinnocence, but Osbourne knew Tom was lying due to Helen's lie about her 'boyfriend', although he hadbeen aware someone had been trying to infiltrate him for months. Holding Helen next to a vat of boilingoil, he then demanded information on MI5 operations trying to infiltrate far-right groups, including sources.To force Tom to talk, he plunged Helen's hand in the oil. Tom tried to convince him Bryan Lyndon wasbehind a betrayal of his boss, but Osbourne failed to believe him; he pushed Helen face-first into the oilbefore shooting her dead.When Claire, horrified by Osbourne's brutality, creates a distraction, Tom is able to escape. When he ispicked up and taken to safety, he is disgusted to learn from a government official that Osbourne is avaluable asset - keeping him alive will make it easier to track the movements of far-right groups throughoutthe country - and no action will be taken against him. During Helen's funeral, Tom and Harry enact afurther operation to bring Osbourne down. As Osbourne drives to work, a motorcyclist pulls alongside himand shoots him dead. At the episode's end, Bill Watson receives news of his co-conspirator's demise at thesame time as a collection of photographs of dead refugees washed up on a beach, presumably sent by MI5,along with a note reading, "
 ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR WASH?
"
Irregular cast
ActorRole
Lisa FaulknerHelen FlynnKevin McNallyRobert OsbourneDebra StephensonClaire OsbourneDaniel ChenerySammy OsbourneShane AttwoollBryan LyndonTom Goodman-Hill'Nick Thomas'/Kieran HarveyJasper JacobBill WatsonRod HallettAndrew Dorland
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