The Gold – Season 1 Episode 3 “The Consequences Are Mine” Recap & Review

The Consequences Are Mine

Episode 3 of The Gold begins in the arid desertland of Sierra Leone in West Africa. The military waltzes to a spot in the middle of the land where two men are peacefully resting. They place a board in the ground that says “gold.”

Boyce’s team is now surveilling Noye’s house. They want to get a clearer idea of everyone who is involved with him. Brian Reader is the one moving Noye’s gold. Nicking him would be key to establishing the chain and eventually figuring out where the money is going. Fordham is given a tracker to be put on Reader’s car.

Palmer is exhausted owing to his recent stints in the smelter. He has been working day and night to morph the Brink’s-Mat gold. Marnie declares that she is going to Tenerife with their children, irrespective of Palmer accompanying them.

Some more detective work has yielded an important discovery. Noye has potentially stored the gold from the robbery in one of the many underground bunkers beneath the vast acres of land he owns. Jennings and Brightwell are tasked with following Reder for the day to figure out where the smelted gold is going. But Noye has a whiff of doubt after Reader mentions someone on the pole. He decides to change his route and cleverly heads to the railway station to evade the detectives.

Gordon and Cooper marvel at the sight of the docks they have just bought. Unfortunately, because the money has to keep moving, they will sell the land in the coming weeks. Osbourne figures out that Palmer’s companies are involved in the process. His investments have yielded significant sales for the quarter. Boyce directs Osbourne to pay him a visit and find out more information.

We find out the significance of the opening scene. In Palmer’s official papers filed with Customs, Sierra Leone is listed as the source of the gold. A single mine is operative and that is how they procure it. Noye is taking no chances. He asks Jeannie to change the banks where she makes the deposits of cash. Jeannie is nervous and messes up when she loses a bundle of 10k pounds. Unsure what to do, Jeannie reports the missing money to the police, thinking that since it is a posh neighbourhood, anyone who finds it will report it. Noye is furious with her decision-making, remarking that she might as well have lost it than reported it. 

Osbourne reports to Boyce. He tells him that the only way to prove that the gold isn’t being imported from Sierra Leone is to prove that there is no mine there. Boyce sends Jennings and Brightwell to West Africa to inspect the lands. The pair confirms Obsurce’s theory. But before they can take pictures of credible evidence, the military storms the place and even shoots at their car.

As Jeannie and Noye retrieve the lost bundle from the station, we see Garth, Palmer’s associate, withdrawing money from another bank. The teller is constantly suspicious since Garth has made withdrawals of almost 10 million in the past four months. The bank still hasn’t reported these transactions, which keeps allowing Noye’s gang to get away with it.

Sienna and Edwyn Cooper begin a romantic affair as he keeps buying real estate around London to keep the money moving. Boyce wants to make his final move soon. He stations men in four places – Kent, London, Bristol, and Somerset – to nab all the links in the chain. He will exhaust his budget if he chooses to do so within the next three days. But he is willing to take the risk; he knows they’re close. The catch is that he doesn’t want to inform the local police. People like DI Neville, who are connected to Cooper and Noye through the Freemason’s establishment, will vitiate the mission.

Isabelle and Edwyn decide to divorce each other given the latter’s absence from the house and rebellious nerve.

While visiting her father, Jennings notices a car with men parked outside it. The house is being watched. It is a veiled threat to Jennings, who is investigating the robbery.

That night, Noye and Brenda come back from a function where Noye entertains his friends on the police force and local politicians. Brenda feels uncomfortable with his dealings and how he brings himself to their level. But Noye assures her he has to do it for their gig to work.

Boyce decides that the next day is when the special task force takes the chain down. “Anything that happens, the consequences are mine,” he quips to his men. The four teams will be targeting Noye’s house, Palmer’s house, Constantino’s Import office, and Scadlynn Gold Merchants, Pamer and Garth’s front. The results are mixed. Garth and Constantino are arrested. But Palmer isn’t at home; he has taken Marnie’s offer and “absconded” to Tenerife on a vacation. The real tragedy happens on Noye’s land where Detective John Fordham is murdered by Noye.

The Episode Review

Episode 3 is cleverly crafted to give a decisive shape to the story. All the moving parts of Boyce’s investigation are brought into motion as the task force makes its final move. Hugh Bonneville’s work has been stellar as Boyce and it keeps getting better with every episode. The more we learn about this ethical cop, the firmer our belief grows in the change that good policing work can bring.

BBC’s The Gold seems borderline obsessed with making a bold statement about the social divide between the haves and the have-nots. A lot of effort is spent in episode 3 to continue the momentum. The robbery gives a chance to the latter to assert themselves and rid their lives of fear and vulnerability. The heist’s significance has been brought out on a more granular level. Its individualized impact takes the focus away from the larger picture that perhaps would have been more agile as a television show. 

All the episodes till now have taken a glaring look at how this new feeling has settled into their discourse and how it has elevated or devolved these men. Although the episode is a little obtusely made, the creatives do a fairly decent job of making the events easier to absorb for us. 

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