A detective from the north of England comes down south in order to trap a fence who is trying to buy some diamonds. He gains the aid of Grisham and co. in order to trap the man. They succeed, and Grisham places the diamonds in the safe in her office. Alas the following day, the diamonds are gone, and all the evidence points to Slade. Slade maintains his innocence, as he was drugged and taken to the park the night before, and was no where near the office or his flat when the robbery occurred!
The detective turns out to be Slade's father's old partner. Slade's father (Jack) was a policeman who was framed for taking some evidence from a bank robbery, and sentenced to ten years in prison. It would appear that the same thing is happening to Slade, for a large sum of money has been found in his account, and some diamonds in the ice tray of his freezer. Knowing he has been set up, Slade runs, and Turner agrees without him asking to use the time machine to find out who has framed him. Just as Grisham and co. arrive at Turner's flat Slade and Turner travel back in time.
First stop is to visit Slade's father in prison, where upon they see the similarities between Slade and Jack situations. Slade and Turner then hide out at the office to see who took the diamonds. A slip by Grisham earlier (later?) allows Slade to open the safe (she gave him the combination!) when no one shows. Alas the diamonds had already been taken before they were put in the safe. Slade is then able to put two and two together and realises that his father's old partner is in league with the fence, and have planned the fraud between them. Eventually with the help of Grisham, Slade is able to catch him. He tries to do a runner, but a car comes out of nowhere and stops him. It's Jack who broke out of jail looking for revenge!
Jack, Slade and Turner then have a meal round Turner's house, where Jack asks about Turner's father. Apparently there was a book he had written in the prison library about time travel...and Jack can't understand how Slade was supposedly knocked out and left on a park bench, but at the same time was visiting him in prison..? Perhaps he should read the book?
by Nicola and Siân Hoggart
Sins Of The Father is one of the best episodes as far as we're concerned, because they time travel together- something which is quite rare in the last few episodes.
The basic story is as follows: Slade is framed for stealing some diamonds. He and Holly then travel back and try to work out who has set him up. They discover it was Gareth Oldroyd, Jack Slade's old partner. Oldroyd had also set up Jack in the past, and he had spent 5 years in jail. Slade proves Jack innocent and he is set free.
Slade and Holly appear to be very close in this episode- but strictly friends! It is almost the opposite of 'Death In The Family', as this time they are trying to prove Slade is innocent instead of Holly.
At the beginning of the episode, we see them having a glass of wine together after work. Holly knows something is bugging Slade about Oldroyd but he won't tell her anything about it. Later, they time travel 24 hours and spend the night at Slade's flat. However, they do not get into the same sort of situation they did in Fashion Shoot. They are more relaxed with each other by this point and so, are acting as friends. Slade even lets Holly have the bed, whereas the last time she stayed there she had to sleep on the sofa! Unfortunately, Slade does not go with her, but stays downstairs by himself!
At the end of the episode, Slade, Holly and Jack are all having dinner at Holly's house (although Slade is cooking!). Holly is worried that Jack will find out about the machine and says, "We should have done this at your place." Slade replies: "3 people, 2 plates", suggesting that even though Holly does not have to be there, he wants her to be.
The story in "Sins Of The Father" is really good. It keeps you guessing until the end and has lots of 'paradox' situations where things don't make sense until they time travel. In our opinion, these are one of the best points of the show!
"Sins Of The Father" is one of the best episodes and uses the "original" idea for Crime Traveller: i.e. They go back in time in order to solve a crime. These, in our opinion, are the best, and we give "Sins Of The Father"' 8/10!