Appellate Judge James A. Stewart finds the best way to spare a souffle's feelings is to eat pizza instead.
Our reviews of Pie In The Sky: Series 1 (published May 21st, 2009), Pie In The Sky: Series 2 (published January 27th, 2010), Pie In The Sky: Series 4 (published January 19th, 2011), and Pie In The Sky: Series 5 (published July 14th, 2011) are also available.
"Don't be ridiculous, Henry! Souffles don't have feelings!"—Margaret Crabbe, to her husband
Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), policeman and souffle psychologist (restaurateur/chef, actually), is back in Pie in the Sky: Series 3. As this series of the British detective dramedy begins, he's having nightmares about Hooperman, the bad guy who shot him and got away. Worse yet, his troubles with the bank could end his days in the kitchen of Pie in the Sky, and he's in hot water at the station for missing meetings.
Facts of the Case
Pie in the Sky: Series 3 has six episodes on two discs:
• "Game Pie"
• "Irish Stew"
• "This Other Eden"
• "Coddled Eggs"
As usual, coincidences are on the menu at Pie in the Sky, with only one case this series completely unrelated to Henry's restaurant. In previous seasons, that gimmick was a lot more fun, with Margaret and the restaurant crew getting involved in Henry's cases, with amusing results. Series 3 feels more like a regular cop show with a gimmick rather than the well-blended souffle of the first two series.
Maggie Steed (Lipstick on Your Collar) as Margaret is missing altogether from two episodes, and only gets one really good story: "Irish Stew," which brings a childhood crush back into her life. Viewers get a glimpse of a Margaret who wasn't always so straitlaced and get to see her protective side as she watches out for the bride-to-be. Her reduced role is felt, as is the reduced emphasis on the restaurant.
While Pie in the Sky is starting to look more like a procedural, it's still got some nicely daft touches. The show's humor is at its best in "This Other Eden," thanks to the two tough guys put in charge of horticultural detail. Their walkie-talkie talk and destructive chase through a garden during a stakeout are hilarious. There's also some fun in "Doggett's Coat and Badge," which actually puts Henry's wine knowledge to the test in the resolution. Pie in the Sky's other side, drama, comes out excellently in "Game Pie" as Fisher, normally a weasel, takes on the responsibility for a shooting and considers resigning from the force.
The picture has a lot of flecks and spots, showing the show's age, and some night scenes are hard to read. The sound's okay. There are no extras.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
This is a short series, with only six episodes. While it can still be fun, this batch of Pie in the Sky is not quite as good as in past series. Even with a dream sequence that catches viewers up on backstory in the opener, this isn't the place to dig in for new viewers.
While Series 3 isn't quite as tasty as in the past, it's still good enough that those of you who've already seen the past two series will want another helping of Crabbe's souffle of detection and food preparation.
Pie in the Sky may be guilty of slipping a bit, but it's still a fun
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