4 Reasons To Love Lynley | Inspector Lynley Mysteries | Drama Channel
From the very first moment they meet - when a scowling Havers barges in on an irritated Lynley at a wedding - their working relationship is fraught with issues of. In this latest doorstop of a book, Havers' career is once again on the line. Lynley's troubled new love relationship with Daidre the veterinarian. It's worth noting that Lynley and Havers' relationship is utterly platonic in the of ' confessor' – someone who could always be trusted to keep your secrets and.
Say it with me now Lynley very nearly killed himself when he was at school, after learning that his father had died and he'd inherited the title. This is how Lynley "copes" with Helen's death until Barbaraafter six months of trying, finally snaps him out of it in " Limbo ".
No-one calls me Thomas! In "Well Schooled In Murder" a young boy is found dead, covered in yellow paint. Though it's explained by the end of the episode, the really strange thing is that throughout the investigation, no one ever mentions it.
Lynley goes through this in " Natural Causes ", realizing he wants to make it work with Helen. He does it while "undercover" at a center that's a cross between a rehab clinic and a Church of Happyology. It turns out the head of the center is behind a real estate land-grab, not the murders. Lynley certainly has the "ruggedly handsome" thing going on, and Barbara Havers is adorableness incarnate. During the pilot and the first four series, Barbara has short hair and goes around in baggy sweaters and coats.
In series five and six, her hair has lengthened dramatically and she's wearing clothes that are much more form-fitting. Finishing Each Other's Sentences: In " Natural Causes ", Lynley and Havers go back and forth like this when they solve the Mystery of the Weekupon which DI Fiona Knight, temporarily partnered with Havers, remarks, "You really are a double act, aren't you!
Their superior officers were counting on this, hoping they would do something outrageous enough to get themselves fired when forced to work together. By the end of " A Great Deliverance ", their plan has backfired quite spectacularly In " In Divine Proportion " when Barbara is held hostage at gunpoint. Her flashback is to the previous series' finalein which she was shot in the abdomen; she shows obvious signs of PTSD throughout the episode and goes a little nuts at the end.
It takes — who else? No actual flashback occurs; because the triggering event happens in the previous episode, however, the audience is quite clearly supposed to draw the parallel. Part of the reason Barbara is so hostile to Lynley in early episodes is because she is absolutely convinced this trope is in play. It is made fairly clear, however, that she is a great deal more concerned by the class differences between them than he is. She gets better eventually. Friend to All Children: Barbara Havers may be difficult to work with, but she has a real gift for getting children to talk to her.
Many between Lynley and Havers, right from the middle of the pilot. From Bad to Worse: In the final episode of series 3his wife is involved in a car accident that results in her miscarriage, a hospital stay, and their separation.
As if that's not bad enough, days later his partner is shot in the line of duty, resulting in yet another hospital stay, months of recovery time and PTSD. Though he did work his way there.
Lynley, oh so very much, which makes him an excellent match for the equally snarky Barbara. Getting Crap Past the Radar: For instance, during the episode " For The Sake Of Elena " after one of their suspects has, er, exposed himself: How shall I phrase that in my notes, sir?
Would "hung" and "donkey" cover it? If Barbara Havers feels uneasy around someone, that person is either shady or an outright villain or aristocratic, which in Barbara's mind is pretty much the same thing. The only times this fails, the characters involved are working-class, like Barbara, and being kicked down by society, also like Barbara, which blinds her to their true natures. Lynley and Havers give Mulder and Scully a run for their money in terms of just how charged these moments could get.
These looks between them spoke volumes about the depths of their relationship. In fact, during many of the most critical moments of their relationship, the words coming out of their mouths were completely incidental to the conversation they were having with their eyes. Anytime a dog shows up onscreen, expect Lynley to get chummy with it. It is, quite frankly, adorable.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Yeah, that worked out well Especially since Lynley realised this was the plan, and was doing his best not to give in, because while he didn't like her yetHavers was a good copper. In the Season 2 Finale Havers acknowledges that her career is at an end because she shot a flare gun at another officer. However, considering that it was the only way to stop said officer from leaving Lynley and a young girl to drown, literally no one in their right mind would try and prosecute her for that - you're allowed to hurt a person if that's what's necessary to save lives.
If nothing else, it would be a PR disaster, considering that the girl she saved is the daughter of an influential member of the local community, and cops generally don't look too kindly on people who leave other cops to die. Barbara to Lynley again; she can get away with saying things no one else could, because she has earned his trust a thousand times over.
He might bark at her for whatever she says, but he always listens to what she has to say, even if he ignores her advice five minutes later.
In the pilot episode, Barbara goes on a long diatribe about everything she thinks is wrong with Thomas Lynley as a man and as a detective. When Lynley's old partner shows up and levels a number of those very same accusations at him just hours later, she immediately jumps to his defense, completely ignoring her earlier complaints.
This sets up the entire precedent of their relationship: Although it's not seen as much, this works in reverse as well — Lynley has no problems calling Barbara outbut will immediately and fiercely defend her from anyone else who dares to try the same thing.
I Am Very British: Barbara Havers decidedly does not hers appears to be Estuary English with a hint of East Londonand never hesitates to mock him for it whenever the opportunity presents itself. I Have Your Partner: A couple of perps try and pull this on Lynley with Havers.
This is a universally bad move. I Need a Freaking Drink: Or rather, "D'you fancy a drink? What happens once Lynley manages to administer the above-mentioned Cooldown Hugalthough we don't see the evidence as her face is buried against his shirt. Barbara in general is not a pretty crier, but then, neither is Lynley. In Love with Love: Lynley believes his feelings for Helen were this.
Averted in " Payment In Blood ", where a single stab through the throat is enough to kill the victim, but only because it impales her to a mattress, allowing a bleed-out. Yes, she is and always will be a blunt, outspoken, cranky, Deadpan Snarker Sarcastic Devoteebut by and large, her harsh personality is a defense mechanism against a lifetime of torment and ridicule.
Arguably the most critical moment of her first case with Lynley is him catching on to the fact that it is a facade and telling her she doesn't have to do it any more; he knows she's a good person, and in fact he genuinely cares about her. This freaks Barbara the hell out, but she gets used to it. Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Seems to be the killer's motive in the episode " In Divine Proportion ". The killer is a police officer. Years ago, he murdered a rapist after the rapist's victim committed suicide.
In the episode, he kills the victim's sister, and at the end of the episode is ready to kill everyone who helped him kill the rapist. Lynley and Havers are this, with a couple of exceptions. This is lampshaded in " In The Guise Of Death " when Lynley wants her help on a local murder investigation; he wakes her up at an ungodly hour of the morning, briskly saying, "Come on, Havers! Now you want my help, it's bye-bye 'Barbara' and hello 'Havers'! Like an Old Married Couple: Once they get on even footing with each other, their bickering takes on a hefty shading of this.
It really becomes apparent after the events of " In Divine Proportion "; the next episode in particular " In The Guise Of Death " is especially notable for this vibe. And even they aren't seen hanging out with the main duo outside of work to any great extent. And finally, they can't be apart for any great length of time. Lynley goes to Cornwall for vacation? Lynley calls her in on every case he can.
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Let's face it; at the end of the day, they just keep coming back to each other. As spikewriter on LJ put it, Lynley and Havers are " Once they find and lock on to each other, the worst of their flaws are slowly but surely mitigated.
Something that Lynley experiences again and again and again in his life. Goes along with Living Emotional Crutchalthough it's not openly romantic. Barbara sticks with Lynley even though he is, at first, a frankly high-handed and often arrogant berk to pretty much everyone, even when he later takes all his pain out on her because she's the only safe outlet he has. In addition, both have a Dark and Troubled Past with a cartload of baggage and family issues galore.
Any sane person would have gone running, and in fact all of their previous partners did just that. Fortunately for them both, they find exactly what they need — although not always exactly what they want — in each other.
No romantic interest is ever overtly expressed on either side between Lynley and Havers, but the series ends with both of them unattached, reunited as partners, and the most important person in each others' lives.
Now keep in mind that these same two characters had explicitly acknowledged each other as their reason to get up in the morning. Cue post-series headcanon galore. British or not, they're still cops. She was still worried about him, but the strain of being able to do nothing for the most important person in her life — the centre of her world really — was gone. But they didn't do anything about it, not for months — two and a half years, or thereabouts, and I think it was a good thing, too.
He was still hurting over his wife — she was one of his closest friends, if nothing else — and the sergeant had enough to do anchoring him that first year, when he'd slip into those black moods, without adding the guilt he would sure have felt if they'd let themselves acknowledge it.
But she became his anchor, his North Star. It was like working with her — hell, just being with her — was the only reason he could get up, most days. And so even if they didn't let themselves know it, they were already together by then, more than married far as I could see. I know a dozen men or more who don't even trust their wives the way he trusted her, the way he leaned on her.
They weren't apart much at all, morning till night. And I knew she was just waiting and hoping he'd wake up one day; part of her, she told me once, never believing it would happen and a much smaller part dead certain he would. Well, obviously, he did, and I remember the day it happened, too.
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It was that crazy case at Paddington, when someone dumped a body on the tracks. And they walked in, and I swear to God, I could see the happiness radiating off them like light, and I knew.
It was in the way his eyes sparkled like they hadn't for three years, the way her smile was just a little bit brighter when she looked at him, the way he took any excuse to touch her, the way anytime their eyes locked the rest of the world seemed to vanish as far as they were concerned. Oh, they were masters of discretion. They never did anything that couldn't be explained with, "Well, sir, they've been partners for ten years," or, "They've been through a lot together, and they're very close.
And then came the bombshell, about three months after they'd started glowing like fireflies around each other. I should have seen it coming; the Inspector and Barbie spend all of lunch in a heated discussion where Barbie chokes on her tea, they spend the rest of the day trembling every time they touch and then he vanishes into Hillier's office without her? I really should have seen that something was up. Well, I found out just what I didn't see was up the next day. Right before we broke for lunch, the Inspector tugged his very red-faced sergeant up in front of the room, cleared his throat and, in a 'This is uncomfortable for me because it has to do with my personal life, but I'm going to tell you anyway' sort of tone I'd rarely heard him use before, said, "Ah, Sergeant Havers and I have an announcement to make.
We're, ah, we're getting married. Well, they were glowing in a way I'd never seen them glow before. And the Sergeant, she looked up at him, and he — well, he bent his head and kissed her.
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It wasn't that kind of kiss you see in the movies, where the girl's bent back and the guy's snogging on her like it's going out of style. No, it wasn't anything like that — Barbie's too shy and the Inspector too private to do that in front of people. No, it was the tenderest thing I'd ever seen — he had his hands cupping her face, and she was cupping his, like he was telling her with his lips and hands how much he loved her and respected her, needed her and relied on her, and she — she was giving it back to him, all of it, telling him she'd follow him anywhere and sacrifice everything for him.
All without saying a word. That was always the thing about them, yeah?
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They could say so much without ever saying a word at all. Like Mulder and Scully, or those two detectives — who were they again — oh yeah, Goren and Eames from that American show, Criminal Intent or something. That was how they were, you know? They weren't complete without each other. And they're still the best team I've ever worked with. The wedding was — well, it was perfect. Barbie was simply radiant; didn't have fuss or feathers, just a plain, creamy, long-sleeved satin gown that suited her so perfectly it took my breath away.
I near about cried walking her down the aisle. I knew as I handed her over that she was marrying the one man in the world who could possibly deserve her, and if I ever had any doubts — which I didn't — they would have vanished when I saw the way he was looking at her, like it was every dream he'd ever had coming true as she walked toward him.
And the hell of it is, he still looks at her that way. I remember the first time he tried to keep her safe, to order her out of the line of fire. I've never heard anyone swear the way she did at that — just swore a blue streak and ranted that she was his partner and if he was going somewhere then so was she, and if he thought otherwise she was having him committed. He never won a single one of those arguments — not ever.
And it was just as well, with the way they worked together. I've said it before and I'll say it again — there's never been a team like them, and they keep on proving it every day. They gave up future promotions for each other, you know — Hillier called them in, just a couple weeks after they got married, and told them he'd promised they could stay together and he wasn't backing out, but — well, he'd promote her to Inspector because she'd earned it, and keep them together, but after that they'd both have to stay where they were.
And I wasn't there, but I'd bet a week's pay they just looked at each other and said they wanted to stay together, no matter what. Hillier was obviously relieved — they're the best team of the past few decades, sure as shooting, and nobody'll say different except them. He did promote her, a few months after that — six or so months after they got married, I think, and Inspector Lynley was all but bursting with pride for her. Things got a mite confusing around the station after that, until it finally worked out that he was 'Inspector Lynley' and she was 'DI Lynley' unless they had to go out of town, and then she was just 'Inspector Havers'.
Hillier's about to retire now, and I'm a DS with a different team to work with. But when the murder's big enough, they'll call us in, and then I'm just plain old DC Nkata, following their lead as always, 'cause they're still the very, very best. It's been nearly fifteen years since they were first partnered, and they're still as gung-ho as ever; I don't think they're anywhere close to slowing down. Even after that case a couple years back where she went down in the line of fire — and oh, he was a mess after that, only held himself together because his mum came racing up from Cornwall to stay and keep him from throwing himself off London Bridge, or something, and told him the Sergeant — Inspector by then, actually — would be well and truly furious if he did anything foolish — he still trusts her to fight for him and guard his back.
And it's not like he has any room to talk, not after that one time with the knife-wielding maniac in Whitechapel. The plain fact is there's never been another team like them, not in the history of Scotland Yard. They call it 'synergy' — "We are far more together than we could ever be apart," they always say when asked about their extraordinary partnership, and although they caution that what they did wouldn't work for just anyone, it's turned out amazing for them.
They say that it's because they had so many years together as partners before they acknowledged any romantic feelings, so once they did finally acknowledge those feelings, there was no change in the way they acted on the job — whether they were involved or not, they'd still take bullets for each other, go to the wire for each other, risk it all for each other.