Prime Suspect “The Great Wall of Silence” Review


Prime Suspect got off to a really interesting start as we see Regis attending work-mandated therapy resulting from his shootout a few episodes in which he discharged his gun and killed someone. The few minutes I spent listening to him share his fear of having people judge him as the type of person who leaves their underwear on the floor was already more intriguing than the hour I spent watching this show last week. Even better was discovering that he referred to his underwear as his “dun dun dun da,” which sounds like a superhero theme when said out loud. I loved getting a moment of vulnerability and levity from Regis. Personally speaking, I fancy the word britches for my dun dun dun das.

The second sign of an improvement from last week’s episode was pairing Jane with Velerio. His laid back demeanor is a great balance to Jane’s aggression. It was interesting to see that Jane does not like listening to death notifications. Although I would imagine it is not what anyone would want to hear, I wondered if it was tied to her mother’s death.

Jane and Velerio are investigating a murder in Chinatown where James, a businessman, has been shot dead in a restaurant. As they wonder if the murder is connected to a poker on the second floor of the restaurant, Jane realizes that the main dining area has become eerily quiet. The patrons have left after the restaurant owner’s attorney shows up. This same attorney represents a benevolent gangster in the Chinese community, Mr. Lin. Despite Mr. Lin’s stated benevolent intentions, it appears that he is the gatekeeper of the wall of silence that is immediately erected to control the dissemination of information.

The murder, however, was not the central theme of tonight’s episode as it ultimately became more about the personal issues facing Jane and some of her colleagues. The great wall of silence, although tied to the murder investigation, ultimately ended up being about the silence exercised by the detectives in their personal lives. We learned last week that Velerio is separated from his wife and this week, we learned that Auggie got a vasectomy without telling his wife.

Velerio receives an award for his savvy detective work at which point we learn that he is now ending his THIRD marriage. With alcohol flowing, the evening is certainly not going to bode well for anyone. Enter drunk Regis chatting up Matt at the bar. Just when I thought that Regis was done making Jane’s life difficult, he spills the beans to Matt about Jane and Costello. Great. This untimely revelation comes right at the moment that Matt catches Jane looking at Costello.

Based on previous episodes of Prime Suspect, I was under the impression that Jane did not share much about work with Matt, in particular details about how horribly the guys (Regis) treated her at times. A few episodes ago when Matt visited Jane at work, he was so nice and so open with everyone I figured she kept him in the dark. We learned tonight that Jane has indeed been telling Matt about how crappy the guys treat her but conveniently left out the tidbit about her affair with Costello as a catalyst for the crappy treatment. The fact that Matt was so nice to everyone at his visit was way more shocking to me than the fact that Jane withheld the details of her affair from him.

It turns out that the murder victim, James, was a good guy trying to help the feds. Thankfully this served as a consolation to his widow and son, who were steadfast in their belief that James had not returned to his gambling addiction from the very start. As usual, Jane excels at her job but the prospects do not look so good for her now strained relationship with Matt.

What did you think about Prime Suspect? Did you know that labyrinthine was a word until the sketchy lawyer said it? I certainly did not!