Newly appointed communications chief Liz Garvey tries to coach London Police Force Commissioner Richard Miller to improve his public profile. Liz squares off with her predecessor-turned-deputy Finn, who opposes Liz’s strategies of radical transparency in favor of carefully guarding police secrets.
The armed police celebrate the return of Banjo, Tony and Robbie back from suspension. Inglis and Finn watch Sharon announce the end of the shooting investigation and roll out her new initiative to make all civilian Police Community Support Officers into full members of the force.
Banjo, Tony and Warwick, on suspension after the shooting, let off steam massacring a group of unsuspecting actuaries in paintball. Meanwhile, Robbie visits the site of the shooting and stares at the victim’s bloodstain.
Police drag Commissioner Miller’s body out of the Thames, while Liz’s voicemail threats to the reporter poised to bring Richard’s affairs to light play in voiceover.
On Robbie’s first day at Specialist Firearms Command, the guys haze him by faking a suicide jump and he wets his pants.
A terrorist calls an emergency dispatcher and warns of a bomb planted at the Thameside Exhibition Center. The commissioner meets with Liz and the team to decide how seriously to take the threat.
Miller calls an unidentified woman and warns her to stay away from the possible bomb site.
Zionist arms dealer Eli Stein is assassinated in front of his children Nessa and Ephra.
29 years later, Nessa Stein is running her father’s company, having shifted its focus from weapons to communications in pursuit of the peace process. Nessa awards a contract to Palestinian Samir Meshal, who is promptly murdered.
Kasim, the young son of Atika, Ephra’s nanny and mistress, is abducted.
MI6 spy Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle investigates Meshal’s death.
During a training exercise, Robbie is reprimanded for failing to “shoot” an armed and dangerous female.
Liz meets ex-boyfriend Granger at a bar and ends up going home to his flat and getting high on cocaine.
Commissioner Miller asks Liz to obtain a retraction from a his favorite newspaper after spotting an article which calls one of his legendary acts of heroism into question –the article suggests that Miller only saved two, rather than three, men from a fire bombing early in his career. Liz agrees without getting details and proposes her new idea: the Metwork, a Metropolitan Police Service news division, which would air both positive and negative police-related stories instead of feeding the information to unpredictable press.
Liz and her team prepare Commissioner Miller for an upcoming hearing with the deputy mayor, barraging him with tough questions and insults. Miller grows annoyed and storms out.
Liz surprises Mia by accepting her invitation to get drinks after work and complains about Miller’s intractability.
A representative from private penal contractor Securamax reviews time-lapsed footage of an ongoing violent uprising at a nearby youth prison with Met top brass. Assistant Commissioner Inglis agrees to classify the situation as a “disturbance” rather than a full-blown “riot” to avoid calling in police aid and triggering costly contractually-mandated penalties.
To prepare for her role as hostess, Mei puts on a cocktail dress and Qianyi does her makeup. Lin and Qianyi wait in the car as Mei heads into a complex. A gangster leads Mei past other women into a private room where he tells her to do whatever his clients ask.
The gangster tells Mei to strip. She protests that she’s a hostess, not a prostitute, but when the gangster angrily offers to show her the door, she complies. He gives Mei a kimono. Mei tries to spy on the proceedings as guests arrive but the gangster catches her and herds her back into place. Mei has sex with several older clients. As the criminals are closing up at the end of the day, Mei asks them to sell her cocaine.
Ajun’s unhelpful lawyer tells Mei and Qianyi that the case is unwinnable. Mei asks for help at the British consulate, but the official in charge tells her they can’t get involved.
Back at the apartment, still communicating through Qianyi, Mei tells her mother she believes Ajun is innocent, recognizes him as her brother and intends to fight for him. Overwhelmed by gratitude, Mei’s mother tells Mei that her father forced her to give her up and that abandoning Mei was the saddest moment of her life. She asks to see the burn she marked Mei with all those years ago and Mei shows her. Mei’s mother shows her a box of prized possessions, including family photos, Ajun’s childhood toys, and a tiny lock of baby Mei’s hair.
Outside a club in Guangzhou, China, young DJ Ajun watches a well-dressed Chinese youth stab an African immigrant during a drunken argument. Ajun returns home to his mother’s apartment, where police take him into custody, asking him to provide testimony about the murder.
Six months later, London university student Mei Ashley receives an e-mail from Chinese journalist and activist Qianyi Pan, who tells Mei that Ajun, her biological brother, has been sentenced to death for the murder of the African. Qianyi identifies a birthmark on Mei which she says is actually a wax burn made by her mother in hopes that they might someday be reunited. Qianyi begs Mei to come to Guangzhou and help appeal her brother’s sentence, mentioning that Mei’s mother is desperate to see her and asking Mei not to tell anyone about the case.
I was teaching at a variety of schools in New York City when I caught wind of an interesting opportunity called DREAM SCHOOL that seemed exciting in a number of ways.
The end is always sweet when you can see the change — when you can feel it. The kind of holistic experience DREAM SCHOOL offers works in mysterious ways.
Perception. Often how people see things when not given the full picture is a skewed reality that they can either run with or investigate more.
Your judgment can change when you have a month instead of a week to make a difference.
Issues. There are a lot that can be found in this episode, from staff to student, that reflect today’s educational system.
The tardy issue that seemed to start with Camille eventually trickled down to a good deal of the students. I bring this up because this would start to cause division among them as students, as well as the staff. It also points to the process and how the students adapted to it.
The true moment DREAM SCHOOL: NYC started, in retrospect, is quite easy to pin down. When the students were gathered in a circle, sitting on the floor, with Chuck D and myself facilitating, they began to open up and share a deeper part of themselves. There was emotion, truth, pain and the beginnings of an initial trust that they could share things with each other. To reach deeper meaning and understanding, that wall of protection and distance needs to come down. For this group it happened rather quickly, which would eventually prove to be a positive and a negative.
Sir Hugh shares his theories with Dame Julia, suggesting that Samir Meshal was a go-between for the US and the Palestinians. Hugh proposes that when Meshal called a Palestinian contact to confirm the Secretary of State’s agreement to an unknown plan, he inadvertently alerted the Israelis to the plan’s existence via the wiretap on Shlomo’s cables. Since the CIA was piggybacking on the Israeli tap, Hugh theorizes, they were able to take out Meshal before the Israelis could abduct and interrogate him. Dame Julia suggests that the Secretary of State might have been agreeing to Nessa’s assassination, but Hugh expresses doubt, guessing that Monica Chatwin independently arranged the attack on Nessa to curry favor with the CIA, ultimately gunning for Julia’s job.
These days marriage is outdated, sex is reshaped by porn, cigarettes are forbidden, weed is legal and the Pope can be barely considered Catholic.
The burned man and the mysterious contact who came to his aid, revealing herself as Monica Chatwin, rendezvous in a hotel room. When MI6 agents bug the room, Chatwin starts a fire and the duo escapes.
Sir Hugh tells Nessa he knows she’s collaborating with the terrorists to get Kasim back. She tells him the Israeli national MI6 spotted Monica meeting with is actually a Palestinian terrorist (the burned man) and then confesses the truth about Kasim’s parentage.
What you didn’t see in Monday’s episode but which you will see in the 45-minute version of THE APPROVAL MATRIX “#WorstPeopleEver”, which airs on Thursday night at 11:15/10:15c, is Mandy Stadtmiller predicting the future: “Someday we’re going to elect a president who… [pause] we’ve seen his d**k.”
Nessa is bludgeoned and raped by a sadistic stranger during a one-night-stand. Her MI6 tail brings her to a discrete medical facility, where Sir Hugh meets with her and asks if she wants the man arrested. She says no to avoid publicity.
Sir Hugh tells Nessa an Israeli extremist group has claimed the killing of the whistleblower who exposed the Stein Foundation academy’s selection process as biased. When Nessa denies the corruption, Sir Hugh theorizes aloud that Ephra made a deal with the Israelis to hide military intelligence programs in the academy without her knowledge.
“Who’s cooler–” Neal asks in an un-aired segment from THE APPROVAL MATRIX, “Taylor Swift or Daft Punk?”
In their Gaza cell, Nessa mourns her ruined future, knowing the scandal of her pregnancy will infect any work she tries to do to aid the peace process. Atika tells Nessa to give her the child and allow Atika to raise it as her own as thanks for saving her life.