|Season 3, Episode 5|
|Air date||June 2, 2016|
|Written by||Steven Knight|
|Directed by||Tim Mielants|
|Episode 3.4||Episode 3.6|
As the Russians test the Peaky Blinders, Tommy realises that he is seriously outmanoeuvred. But he has an ace up his sleeve.
After his brutal beating by Father Hughes’ henchmen, Thomas Shelby spends the next three months convalescing in hospital. Towards the end of his stay, he gets visited from his cousin. Michael insinuates that he was abused by the priest while in care as a child, and asks if he can be the one to shoot him. The leader of the Peaky Blinders quietly agrees. After Thomas is allowed to return home, he soon dumps the morphine he’s been prescribed down the sink, because it gives him bizarre dreams about his elderly housekeeper.
Meanwhile, Thomas starts to piece together the plan he formulated whilst recuperating. The Blinders remove all the firing pins from the tanks rendering them inert, to smooth things over with the Soviets. Johnny Dogs is ordered to set up camp on a portion of land Thomas has bought, which will cover a tunnel through to the Georgians’ strong-room, to be dug by Thomas’s first world war veteran buddies. Thomas also enlists Alfie Solomons who promptly starts pushing all of Arthur’s buttons, offering a half-hearted apology for having him beaten during their previous dealings, and then mocking him for “finding Jesus”.
Thomas, Arthur and John go to the Georgians’ stately home, which is being guarded by Cossack soldiers. After enduring a humiliating inspection by Princess Tatiana and Grand Duchess Izabella to check for any Russian tattoos, the boys indulge in an orgy, complete with lots of vodka. Meanwhile, Solomons accompanies Thomas to the strong-room, where he acts as his appraiser and sets about accumulating enough jewelry and other valuables to cover the payment for the robbery of the tanks. All the while, Solomons antagonizes the Royals revealing that his mother fled Russia hunted by dogs. When the trinkets, including a Fabergé egg, totaled £70,000, it is set aside until the tanks are delivered.
Elsewhere, Polly and Michael visit Ada in London so she can officially join the family business, now called Shelby Company, Limited, as Head of Property and Acquisitions. Michael’s mind is elsewhere, however, as he nervously books an appointment with the local abortionist after getting his heiress fling, Charlotte, pregnant. Polly’s mind is also preoccupied, and after some encouragement from her niece, she goes to see Ruben Oliver, the artist whom she had commissioned to paint her portrait. After viewing the finished work, she finally throws caution to the wind, and they have sex. Afterwards, she advises her new lover to call the painting ‘Fuck them all!’, before divulging that she once killed a policeman.
Back at the orgy, Thomas goes to Tatiana’s room where she engages him in erotic asphyxiation, cutting off his air until he hallucinates seeing Grace. In the meantime, Arthur has consumed enough vodka to have sex with one of the maids, during which he self-loathingly removes his wedding ring. John still finds the time between Cossack dancing, to meet with their spy on the inside. The man is struggling to stay calm in the “mad house”, even getting propositioned by the Grand Duke himself. John gives him a pep talk along with a cash bonus for his troubles.
The following day, Polly learns that Michael plans to kill Father Hughes. She furiously demands Thomas speak with her about it. He initially refuses to tell her why, suggesting she doesn’t want to know, but she eventually pries out details about the abuse Michael suffered at the priest’s hands. With stone cold conviction, Polly tells Thomas that she’ll bring his whole empire down if her boy pulls the trigger.
- The Georgians are paying the Blinders £70,000, which is the equivalent of £3.6 million today. They get the Fabergé egg for £32,400, which is the equivalent of £1.7 million today. It's true that some eggs are now valued at £20 million today.
- Alfie Solomons: "You're fucking about with Russians, in't you? You silly boy."
- Alfie Solomons: "I’m guessing that all the bad ideas round here, they’re you. They are you, aren't they?”
- Arthur Shelby: "I’m Old Testament”
- Polly Shelby: "I swear to God if my son pulls the trigger, I will bring this whole fucking organisation down around your ears."
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