Let alone the theft of the Eastfield Depot, the bent-down copper, the brothel raid, the harvested DNA, the bloody shooting and the defeating car accident caused by lubricating oil on the road. (Was it a virgin? Only for the ridiculous.)
By far the most sensational event in the Line Of Duty on Sunday evening (BBC1) was that it ended with Chief Inspector Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) and brought police-legal adviser Gill Biggeloe (Polly Walker) back to his hotel. Old Testament Ted with a woman in his bed? Holy columns of salt!
Poor Ted now lives in limited circumstances, in a Travelodge room with a broken toilet and a photo of his beloved wife on the bedside table. His hot date overlooked the lack of romance and greyness.
Superintendent Ted Hastings, played by Adrian Dunbar, is an unlikely modern hero – and an even more unlikely sex symbol – but there is no doubt about his appeal
& # 39; I'm just going to use your bathroom, & # 39; Gill smiled as her Jessica Rabbit walks through the trouser press and goes to the bathroom to take advantage of the free toiletries and free mints included in the room rate.
But before she could return, violent events elsewhere suggested a quick end to every pocket-like flashlight that our darling Ted would certainly regret. Heaven knows what will happen.
While Line of Duty has quickly become the hit drama of the year, there is no doubt who the shining, true blue star of the show is.
DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) are admirable sidekicks who perform their duties to the letter of the law. However, it is their boss, Hastings, that millions of fans love the most.
In an unlikely turn, Ted Hasting took Gill Biggeloe (Polly Walker) Legal Counsel back to his hotel – but violent happenings elsewhere quickly put an end to every bag-like bag
SuperTed is an unlikely modern hero – and an even more unlikely sex symbol – but there is no doubt about its appeal. When he threatened to bind a suspect to a chair in the final of the final series, large numbers of women went to the social media to proclaim that if treasure Ted was determined to throw handcuffed people around furniture, he could certainly count on them to be willing accomplices.
What do they see in the middle-aged, no-nonsense buyer whose granite personality, whimsical profile and humorless charm come wrapped in a police blouson and a dinosaur dose of old-fashioned sexism?
He is certainly proof that substance and a commanding air can be so sexier than purely beautiful looks. And although Hastings has just promoted Fleming, he still sees her in lovely but reactionary terms.
& # 39; She's a great little girl doing a job & # 39 ;, that's how he sets out her career path to date. Feminists, look away now.
Yet women and men still love him. Perhaps it is because in these uncertain times he represents the trustworthy good man and the kind of urgent authority that seems so absent in blundering public life?
Adrian Dunbar, who plays Ted Hastings, is proof that substance and an impressive sky can be so much more sexy than just beautiful looks
Certainly for more than 20 episodes in four previous TV series, Hastings has always been the real north in the Line Of Duty moral compass. A man of principle and honor, excellent at being an upright officer, someone you can trust to do the right thing. OR CAN YOU?
As a senior investigating officer of the AC-12 anti-corruption unit, he is responsible for investigating misconduct in the police ranking.
Over the years he has become a popular hero for his blunt language, his Northern Irish aphorisms (& # 39; now we suck diesel & # 39;) and his unassailable honesty. No, we are asked to believe that he might be the criminal mastermind behind everything.
I'm not sure how much more I can take. It would be the same as discovering that Santa Claus did not exist.
Dunbar was at the BBC screening launch of the new series a few weeks ago and when fans asked him if we could still trust Ted, he was adamant. & # 39; Yes you can! & # 39; he cried, looked neat in a black T-shirt and fashionable specs, while blowing kisses into the audience. But did he mean it? I mean, are you serious?
For this 60-year-old actor, playing Hastings was a & # 39; game-changer & # 39 ;, making him the big breakthrough – finally! – what every actor wants.
Joiner & # 39; s son Adrian was born in Enniskillen, later he moved to Portadown, where his father was looking for work. He moved to London in his twenties to look for work as an actor and everyone knew he would be a success.
One of his teachers at Drumcree College said: & # 39; He was always destined for the stage. It is no surprise that he has made it big. He was a brilliant kid. & # 39;
Over the years he has played in various TV programs such as Cracker, Inspector Morse, Ashes To Ashes and A Touch Of Frost and has appeared in hit films, including The Crying Game and My Left Foot.
He also co-wrote and played in the 1991 film, Hear My Song, based on the Irish tenor Josef Locke.
The murderers of Ted Hastings are on guard
Give me strength.
Now we suck diesel.
That wee girl / you witch.
Lawyer police or no, you will address me as a gentleman.
What are you waiting for? The bus no. 19?
If we descend, we will fight.
I'm calm! I'm completely damn calm!
Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
It's a great little girl who does a job.
This department has been watertight for years, dude, and now it is leaking!
I didn't float the Lagan on a bubble.
Holy Mother of God!
I can guarantee that 110 percent of people would not plant evidence. They know I would throw the book at them – followed by the bookshelves.
Right, back to the coalface, unless you have more egg sucking tips for your grandma.
This is starting to feel like a life's work.
However, this is his longest running role and he sees Hastings as someone who & # 39; very moral and loyal & # 39; is.
Inspired by Hastings from football managers Bill Shankly and Sir Alex Ferguson, Dunbar describes him as someone who, like all of us, struggles to be good.
It is that dark struggle that concerns us here.
Because somewhere in the city, his estranged wife Roisin (Andrea Irvine) was taken hostage by the increasingly loose John Corbett (Stephen Graham).
When the episode came to an end, we left Ted on the bed with his hands on his head. His seed may not be known by the ringing tone of a telephone. Another blow to lower us in this head-spinning show.
Because should we really believe that not only Ted Hastings is the bent buyer behind the organized crime gang who has committed every murder and theft since series one, but this godly Ulsterman is now also committing adultery?
Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Have we forgotten that he takes marital vows seriously?
& # 39; I am a married man, & # 39; he said to Biggeloe when she tried to seduce him in series three in a wine bar. & # 39; We have taken vows, & # 39; he growled when his wife told him last week that she wanted a divorce.
Give me strength, dude. Ted was always a full bar of goodness, now he is low and vulnerable; sneaking around, destroying his laptop and acting suspiciously.
Line Of Duty is always about moral ambiguity, which can be trusted or not, in or from a uniform.
However, if Ted turns out to be the black pit in the course of bad apples? We never get over it.