An interesting opportunity for Carlos arrives from Texas which involves an Irish castle and moonshine. However the Irish myths and custom agents make this a more challenging proposition.
Who would of thought of moving a castle across an ocean? Of course Carlos is the right import and export agent to make it happen. The fascinating part of this episode to me is the amazingly terrible Texan accents and the deep rooted stereotypes at play in the writing of this show such as a crazed Irish playwright and hard whiskey.
A client has come to Carlos for help. On an ocean cruise, her parents lost all their money on a series of cards games. This is not so strange except that it is suspected that card cheats are on the cruise ship. So Carlos decides to take the cruise with his client and win back the money.
The cards are stacked against Carlos and the game is not one he is an expert at. Never Play Cards with Strangers has a wonderfully rich cast of old and new stars and brings a new light into the game of bridge. One of those old stars, Bessie Love, was a silent film actress who worked with D.W Griffith and performed the first ever recorded “Charleston Dance”. Others in the cast like Donald Stewart and Burt Kwouk really make this episode so far my favourite.
Travelling through Poland, Carlos is harassed by the authorities far too often. Whilst being troubled he meets with Katrina whom is trying to escape the regime by heading to Vienna. After getting himself in trouble he begins to suspect that things are not what they seem with Katrina or with his own safety. He decides to take the express train to Vienna to get out of this mess but does he?
In a world of suspicious types, there may be nowhere to turn. Carlos is off again trying to get more business for his company when he becomes unnerved by the treatment he receives. His only solace is a young woman whom is trying to escaped from the terror as well. Finally fed up, he leaves for Vienna on the express train and has some suspicious followers.
Carlos gets a call from an old friend named Farrell, when the phone line goes dead he suspects foul play. Upon his arrival he is faced with a reminder of his past and a future under suspicion by greedy unsavories. Carlos is believed to possess a missing key to a safe deposit box owned by Farrell which has some substantial secrets inside. There are many faces around but very few trustworthy for Carlos to depend on since he is Farrell’s beneficiary.
A slowly built up storyline of an old wartime friend and a specific symbol of that friendship playing a strong role in this episode. The Sentimental Agent’s charisma and extensive knowledge allows him to stay safe even when greedy villains are all around him. This episode has a couple of guest appearances that peak my interest such as Aubrey Morris and Derek Francis, both being throughout their careers stereotypical criminal types.
A jazz group the Arthur Rogers Modern Jazz Quintet are having their London debut. They are frustrated that the compositions they play are organised already for them for their shows. The mysterious band manager provides the compositions and often with very little time beforehand. Carlos Varela stumbles across the hidden reason for these songs being curated for the band, it may have something to do with the important people attending the concerts.
Off the banks of the Thames near the Wharf Pier lies Mercury International where Carlos Varela begins his story in this series. Carlos’s intelligence and charm plays to his spy-like coolness and bachelor style all make this character a great cover for whatever he is up to. This first episode sets the scene for a series of mysterious and chivalrous action.