To answer the question in the headline, it’s hard to know, given the differences between what people are saying and what flashbacks are showing in “Broadchurch” season 2 episode 5. The Wednesday, April 1 episode shows Ellie fully committing to the Sandbrook case (while fully ignoring sleep and her son’s distance), while Jocelyn goes after Susan on the stand.
This “Broadchurch” episode begins on quite the depressing note for Ellie, who finally gets to see her son, but Tom doesn’t want to be there and isn’t looking to come home anytime soon, if ever. She has to ask her own son for a hug, and then it seems like he can’t get out of there fast enough. To make matters worse, he later approaches Abbie about giving evidence for the defense.
As for the trial, following Susan’s testimony that she saw Nige that night, Jocelyn pretty much rips her apart on the stand, beginning with the fact that apparently for Susan, eating carrots is the equivalent of a vision test. Susan claims that Nige never said what he did in his statement about her and blames the police for “getting it wrong.” The judge takes offense to that – and to the fact that it seems that according to Susan, everyone lies but her. When Jocelyn asks why the jury should believe her, Susan says, “You ain’t all that.” Big point for Jocelyn.
Nige then takes the stand as the prosecution’s rebuttal witness, but it doesn’t help that he doesn’t have anyone to corroborate his story for that night (except the pheasants, he says). That’s when they find out that Sharon is just suggesting that he put Danny’s body on the beach, not that he killed him. A later conversation between Mark and Jocelyn reveals that Sharon’s argument is that Mark killed Danny and had Nige dispose of his body. Mark wants to take the stand, even though there is an hour missing in his account of that night, because someone needs to speak up for Danny.
As for Sandbrook, Alec and Ellie look into Ricky’s story about being with a bridesmaid that night, only to find out that she kicked him out after he followed her back to her room with a hip flask. That prompts them to wonder if he was going to drug her, like Lee did with Claire, and if that was a regular thing with these people. Claire does come clean with Alec and Claire about having sex with Lee while they were gone, but she still claims it’s because he’s like a drug to her. When Ricky shows up at Alec’s to apologize, Ellie uses that opportunity to ask him a few questions, including if he fancied his niece, a question he doesn’t think she had to ask. All the while, Lee’s watching them and remembering playing in the woods with the girls and Ricky. Their suspect list is only growing.
Ellie really commits herself to going over the case files, spending all night reading everything and even finding a scribble on the back of a form that no one seemed to have looked into: Thorp Agriservices. She also has another theory about what happened: Lisa, who last accessed her bank account at 3:54 p.m. and called her mother at 5:17 p.m. the day she disappeared (though her phone was on for 18 more hours, last in Portsmouth, via which she could have gotten to France, which is where Lee was), accidentally killed Pippa and went on the run and is still alive.
After Alec intervenes when Ricky beats up Lee, he asks Lee if he ever used Rohypnol (once), where he got it from (Ricky), if he ever heard of Thorp Agriservices (maybe a business Cate did the books for) and if he ever slept with Cate (he says no, but flashbacks suggest yes). Thorp turns out to be a business in Sandbrook only five miles from the Gillespie house, and when Alec and Ellie check it out, it appears to be out of business. Inside, they find a furnace, and ashes inside seem to suggest that the possibility of Lisa being alive is slim.
Also in this episode, Beth tries to go through with the plan to do something in Danny’s name (which Mark cannot do), but once she’s faced with the sex offenders, she runs out of the church. Alec goes to Jocelyn to do his will after he collapses again, and he’s leaving everything to his daughter (held until she’s 18). Paul comes clean to Becca about going to see Joe in prison after Sharon tries to guilt him into being a character witness for him.
“Broadchurch” season 2 airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on BBC America. What did you think of episode 5?