There is a bidding war for a Ming Dynasty vase which Gene Bradley outbids the many bidders and takes home the chinese treasure. This vase has a secret that holds greater value than its reputation as an antiquity. Gene looks like he’s playing a double game after a foreign scientist goes missing and Bradley isn’t willing to divulge any information to Mr. Parminter. The auction of the vase was a ruse concocted to instead transfer some very important scientific formulas. Bradley seeks to get his money back and to solve the mystery of the Ming Vase.
I must admit that I will be kinder to this episode. Going, Going.. works in some ways most of the preceding episodes have not by incorporating a more complex storyline, one about a scientist who embeds his formula on a fake Ming dynasty vase, this is by far more creative. Burt Kwouk, guest appears in this episode as a Japanese goverment official and an unfortunate stereotype of asian businessmen. A good episode worth a watch.
An art collection of an exiled African General is stolen which was to be used for a charity auction. The Zoo Gang have connections that could help the General find the thieves. Narrowing down their search, the gang finds a twist to these robberies that spark their curiosity. The General still needs the auction to take place to help his countrymen by in Africa. It becomes clear that the auction was not the priority and that the money would be used for other unknown reasons.
In this episode, is the adventure of an art heist with a pool dipping African general. The story is thinly veiled but fun to watch. Kieron Moore , an ITC regular, adds to the already amazing cast. There is a play on stereotypes with the gun smuggling african general but I believe the characters, particularly the General’s, are strong and demand respect. A great episode.
On the auction block is a mirror with many potential buyers, the unique thing about the auction is that the mirror sales for a higher than expected price and a buyers battle ensued to obtain the “prized” mirror. When the man who won the auction is found dead Department S is called in to sort out the mess. There must be a devious reason for these excessively priced auctions. Jason finds himself a beautiful lady, who has some vital information but also finds a jealous man that comes with the package. There is a hidden jewel behind the mirror which doesn’t show in its reflection.
This episode coincides with Department S’s producers love for everything French. The storyline is a familiar one but still with an intrigue that would stimulate a mystery buff. Mirrors or paintings have aways been used to front a surprise “filling”, especially when hiding a stolen piece of art and this story is no different. I enjoyed this episode for a few reason but mainly for Sir Curtis Seretse larger role within the episode. Up to this point, he has always remained the mysterious head of the department who’s comings and goings are not really visually accounted for.