Last week's episode of Unforgotten Season 5 ended with the hilarious shot of DCI Jess James muttering "Dick" under her breath at Sunny Khan, and it's hard to disagree she's wrong. With all sympathies to his grieving, James' assessment of Sunny's behavior is not incorrect. Until someone smacks him upside the head and tells him to either pull it together or get himself to therapy, it's not looking like this week's going to be much better, considering he walks right by the pregnant Sal as if she's not even there on his way out the door.
Jess: One more thing: Can we lose the Ma'am, everyone? Guv is just fine, thanks.
Not that James' life is any better. Her sister, Debbie (Sinead Keenan's real-life sister, Gráinne Keenan, playing her on-screen sister), is in town, and the two seem to communicate about as well as James does with her new partner. After being steamrolled into agreeing to dinner at 6, James holds her second meeting with the team, again smushing into her office. A check on Ebele turns up a host of arrests, including one for a firearm where she tried to get into the City Stockbrokers. The team hasn't put together Jay's arrest and "Joseph," but that's probably a matter of time. And Sunny, bless him, has the probable date of death: July 12, 2016.
Ebele is shown the body and starts immediately ranting about how men abuse and kill women and get away with it in front of Jess before asking her to leave. While she's watching Ebele, Sunny's back at the house talking to Josef about the blood the team found under the floorboards, which trails toward the fireplace and has enough DNA for testing. (FYI: Jess was right; the whole fireplace was 1960s-era plasterboard, as the addicts were too cheap to buy new.) He's interrupted by Jess calling to say she's put Ebele in the interrogation room if Sunny would like to join her.
As for our suspect, we start in France, with Karol talking to his work buddy, Szymon, about living in London and how miserable he was there. He's also working on buying a place for him and Lise and their planned baby, though she's not really into the plan, and they wind up arguing. Shaken by the news he's not long to live, Tony Hume instinctively decides to visit Mustafa, the kid he mentors, at home with his mother, Alaya (Yusra Warsama). he says "Mus" has impressed him and offers to support them. Alaya, unimpressed, tells him to take his offer of money and shove it, along with his Tory party.
Jay is in an interrogation room, "No commenting" his way through his interview with DC Pill Welling (Paul Garner) as he detoxes beside his lawyer, Keith Mitcham (Andrew Taylor). As Sunny returns, Ebele is also in an interrogation room (like grandmother, like son). Ebele now claims the last time she saw Precious was January 15, 2016, the girl's birthday, when she cut her off. She also claims Precious was "abducted by a cult" at 15, The Family of Blessed Light; the leader, David Bell, was Joseph's father. What Ebele does not say is Precious suffered from FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), but social worker Judy Mexbury (Hayley Tamaddon) supplies that detail to Fran.
Ebele denied it, but the girl's size and learning disabilities don't lie. Judy looked after Precious until March 2016, when she went on maternity leave. Her cover during her absence: Karol Wojski, tying in our third suspect. Three things: Karol was the last to visit Precious on June 26, his notes prove Ebele was lying, she had "roughed up" Precious that week, and Precious' son wanted his mum to return to sex work. Oh, and a fourth: Karol never typed up those notes, as he quit the following day and left social work (and England!) for good. Judy also adds in Ebele's history of physical abuse. However, before that can get to Sunny and Jess, Ebele's gone, leaving over being asked about the weapons charge.
Seeing Jess soften up, Sunny suggests getting a coffee, but she misses it in her haste to demand a status report from Murray, along with Willets and Fran's whereabouts, before declaring them all too slow. Sunny asks him to look into the cult before going to big boss DSI Clive Andrews, demanding Jess be removed. He winds up having that coffee with Balcombe, who blessedly suggests therapy. Upon Fran's return, Jess asks Sunny to go to Paris to interview Karol. He was the last person known to see Precious alive and out of the country by July 12, so it seems prudent. Sunny isn't sure he likes this but acquiesces, only to get a call that Sal is miscarrying just as he reaches the Chunnel.
Willets identifies Lord Anthony Hume as the house contact "L.A." who had the squatters kicked out. Jess is no fan of his either (he had their local library shuttered), but asks for his address and Willets to see if the usual connection between lordship and sex worker applies here. She bails on Debbie to drive out to Hume's as he's putting his affairs in order. Lady Emma lets her in, and Tony invites Jess to grill him "in comfort." He claims he paid the squatters £1000 to leave since there was already a legal battle over the house. However, his dates are five weeks off from the locks changing, and Jess can tell he's lying about the squatters being "dangerous."
When she leaves, he makes a call demanding to know, "What did you do?" Emma's face says she also knows what he's not admitting when he mentions the "squatters" in the house. Meanwhile, Karol starts eying the Amazon stock for petty thievery. Keith, Jay's lawyer, pops over to see Cheryl, only to discover she's moved on to the next man, while his client is making calls of his own, ready to use his mother's death to bend some levers and get him out of the joint.