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Defective Detective: Lynley and Havers, both of them. . up the entire precedent of their relationship: Barbara can call Lynley out just as much as she pleases. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley is — says Detective Sergeant Barbara And, as always, the relationship between Lynley and Havers takes. Barbara Havers is a fictional detective in The Inspector Lynley series created by American Their relationship is a complicated, multi-layered one that not only.
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/ Havers - Love story
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. Let's face it; at the end of the day, they just keep coming back to each other.
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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. It's not uncommon to see one or the other of them with two paper coffee cups in hand — one for their partner, and one for them. Whether the substance inside is coffee or tea, however, is anybody's guess. When not on the job, they tend to drink alcohol. And they need it, poor things.
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Again, British detective drama. It's never just one murder. Billy, a young rookie DC who shows up twice in Series 3. He's well meaning, but still very young and boyish. Barbara takes a shine to him. Lynley works at Scotland Yard though he's both rich and the eighth Earl of Asherton. Barbara is deeply uncomfortable with his wealth, being a Working-Class Herobut is noticeably less uptight when she visits Howenstow in the fourth series than she was in the second and generally less likely to flee when any hint of it comes up as the show goes on.
As the series goes on, it's revealed that despite being Oxford-educated, Lynley worked his way up the ranks from Constable to Detective Inspector. Not a Morning Person: Most obvious in " In The Guise Of Death ", when Lynley finds out the hard way that a Havers awakened too early and denied caffeine is not exactly the most pleasant creature to be around. The results are amusing. As has been demonstrated time and time again, no one will ever be as important to Thomas Lynley or Barbara Havers as they are to each other.
1. THE BRILLIANT BICKERING
Havers has a knack for pulling the "I'm just an uneducated working-class bumpkin" or the "I'm just a silly little girl" front when she needs to trick suspects into confiding in her. Whose bright idea was it to pair an Eton-and-Oxford-schooled hereditary Lord with a cranky, sarcastic working-class sergeant?
A geniusof course. They were, and remained, very different people, but this only seemed to strengthen the bond between them. Of course, the person doing the pairing didn't exactly have that outcome in mind Multiple times, considering the nature of their work.
One of the most notable comes when Lynley realises that Barbara is trapped inside a pub at gunpoint and that this is going to trigger her like nothing else. The only thing that stops him from going in on the spot is an armed assault team holding him back.
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Havers, during the same scene, takes this trope to even higher levels, going chalk white with absolute fear. Considering she's on the wrong end of the exact same kind of gun that put her in hospital at the end of the last episode, she has every reason to be terrified, but the kicker is that she doesn't make a production of it.
She stops viewers' hearts in pure terror with nothing more than a facial expression and the words, "He's here. Old Cop, Young Cop: One of a very few British detective series not to follow this trope, in yet another example of this show breaking the mold. Although their ages are never given in-series, Nathaniel Parker is only five years older than Sharon Small. One of Our Own: Barbara Havers has no intention of letting her partner get convicted of murder. Cranky, has-class-issues working-class Sergeant paired with an Oxford-educated Inspector who happens to be a hereditary Lord?
Violence waiting to happen, right? Done midway through the third series. Lynley is an Oxford alum, and this plays a plot-important role in several episodes. One tug on the old school tie and you come running. Both Lynley and Havers are hounded by these: Havers has spent much of her life reminding her parents that they failed to care properly for her brother - their younger son - while he was dying of cancer.
Now that both parents are mentally unwell, Havers has a raging Guilt Complex. Lynley is tormented by the fact that his mother cheated on his father with the family doctor while his father lay dying. This makes for some interesting confrontations with Barbaraas their fights often consisted of her yelling and him using sarcasm to lethal effect. The Power of Trust: The hard-earned building of this is entire foundation of the show, and what makes watching it worthwhile.
There is nothing Barbara Havers will not do to protect children — probably because of her dead little brother. She'll also stop at nothing to rescue her partner. Meanwhile, Lynley is protective of quite a few things — mostly children and his wife. But there is no single faster way to make Thomas Lynley lose his cool than putting Barbara Havers in danger - any semblance of reason usually goes out the window when she's threatened. As in, it takes an armed assault team to keep him from bursting into the pub where Barbara is being held hostage at gunpoint in " In Divine Proportion ".
Barbara's large, expressive green eyes are more than capable of this, and clue the audience in to her vulnerability when she's covering it up with a scathing remark. He's tough on the outside and soppy soft on the inside, in that way that can make some men so irresistible, and he's not afraid to put fools in their place. As he once said to an obnoxious, resentful fellow officer: I'd enjoy saving the taxpayers the cost of your pension. You'll often see them among the various suspects - without warning, the brilliant Bill Nighy's face might suddenly appear.
Or you might catch a young and rather cherubic Brendan Coyle in his pre-Downton pomp. Or the darkly handsome Richard Armitage, perfectly cast as a landowner with sinister secrets. In one episode set in a posh private school we see future Hollywood superstar Henry Cavill, and even as a teenager, even in blazer and tie, he has the square-jawed, matinee idol looks that would later get him cast as Superman. But perhaps the most enjoyable star-spotting moment comes in an episode about a murdered playwright, which sees a young, pre-fame Idris Elba playing a cocky womanizing actor who gets punched in the face by a young, pre-fame James McAvoy.
There is a class divid between Lynley and Havers through out the series. A lot of that is down to the huge class divide between them. Lynley, after all, is an actual, literal aristocrat, while Havers hails from an ordinary working class family, and has clearly been badly affected by her rocky upbringing.
The issue of social gulfs is a big one in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries - after all, how often do you get a detective who is so rich he doesn't even have to work for a living? He does it because he wants to right wrongs and crusade for justice, but his privileged, pampered life can't be ignored, and has other characters accuse him of having a silver spoon in his mouth. It adds a whole added layer of complexity to the cop show shenanigans, and - unlike many other whodunits - there's a real story arc to follow across the episodes, as both Lynley and Havers learn to come to terms with their places in the world.
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