Ashes to Ashes, Series 3

Ashes to Ashes is a 2008 British television drama series, which serves as a sequel to the 2006 series Life on Mars.

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[After a bomb has gone off at the South African embassy]

Jim Keats:
I don't like it any more than you, but this is now an international incident. NOt something Fenchurch East really needs at this moment.

Gene Hunt:
You know, I don't care about your report, Keats!

Jim Keats:
Yes you do. That's what all this posturing's about!

Alex Drake:
Guv, this is bigger than a spat with Special Branch; this is another state, another country.

Gene Hunt:
"Gene Hunt versus another country"!? I rather like the sound of that!

Jim Keats:
You know, you make my job so easy!

Alex Drake:
Why haven't you gone home, Shaz?

Shaz:
I did, but I couldn't sleep, Ma'am. Thought I'd see how Chris was.

Gene Hunt:
Right, where is the Caped Crusader? [Chris walks in]

Chris Skelton:
Here I am, Guv.

Gene Hunt:
Go and bring Tobias up from the cells.

Chris Skelton:
I can't do that.

Gene Hunt:
Why not?

Chris Skelton:
[noncommittally] He's not there. [looks away]

Gene Hunt:
What do you mean, he's not there!?

Alex Drake:
Where is he, Chris?

Chris Skelton:
I don't know. [Gene rolls his eyes in exasperated annoyance]

Gene Hunt:
You know, I realise it's been a long night and you're not the brightest button on the planet...!

Chris Skelton:
I let him go. [everyone is shocked into silence]

Jim Keats:
You let him go!? You idiot! You've released a murderer! A terrorist!

Gene Hunt:
Hang on, you let him go? Although I expressly gave you orders to the contrary?

Chris Skelton:
Guv, he was never going to get a fair trial in South Africa, probably no trial at all. So...

Jim Keats:
[coldly] This is the ship you run, Hunt. No discipline, no loyalty, no clue!

Ray Carling:
Chris, what on earth were you thinking of?

Alex Drake:
[trying to calm things] Maybe Chris shouldn't have done it, but now that he has, let's...

Gene Hunt:
[furious and ignoring her] You dared to disobey me!?

Chris Skelton:
I didn't join the police force, Guv, to be a party to state murder!

Gene Hunt:
No, you joined the police force to wipe my arse, Skelton! You joined the police force because nobody else would BLOODY HAVE YOU!

Chris Skelton:
You released Tsitsi, Guv, because you wanted a big score! She killed the Special Branch guy, she set off the bomb!

Gene Hunt:
Don't you talk back to me, you useless piece of shit!

Alex Drake:
Come on now, that's enough.

Gene Hunt:
[still ignoring her] You don't have an opinion, you don't make decisions! Do you understand me!?

Chris Skelton:
I understand you, Guv, but I don't happen to agree with it.

Ray Carling:
Ok, Chris. Listen Guv, we can get in touch with uniform...

Gene Hunt:
[ignoring everyone but Chris] What do you mean you don't agree with it!?

Chris Skelton:
I don't agree with you, sir!

Jim Keats:
[furious] You can phone the Commissioner! You can tell him why you've let a terrorist loose on the streets of London!

[Gene snarls at Keats and then turns on Chris, punching him in the gut]

Alex Drake:
Oh, for God's sake!

Shaz:
Stop it!

Chris Skelton:
Bastard! BASTARD!

[Chris and Gene fight, slamming into desks, eventually ending up on the floor. Ray and Shaz move to intervene, but Alex holds them back]

Alex Drake:
Ray, just leave it! Ray, just - ! Just let them get it out of their systems.

[Gene slams Chris to the floor and is about to pummel him, when he realises just what he is doing]

[After all the other members of Gene's team pass over Alex is left alone with Gene]

Alex Drake:
So thats it?! I help bring them here with you. It's over! I've done it! I can go home Gene!

[Gene stares Alex blankly in the face. Alex realises but doesn't quite believe him]

Alex Drake:
Gene? No. No! I'm lying in a hospital bed!

Gene Hunt:
[attempts to console Alex] Come here Bolls.

Alex Drake:
No! It's not true!

[DCI Jim Keats appears behind the pair in the darkened street]

Jim Keats:
Of course it's not true. He wants you to give up on your life. I told you he'd trick you. [He pulls a scarf from around his neck and hands it to Alex] Here Alex...

Alex Drake:
It's Molly's! [Sniffs it] It's hers.

Jim Keats:
She's waiting for you. I can take you to her Alex.

[Gene shakes his head telling her not to listen to Keats]

Alex Drake:
What time is it?

Jim Keats:
What?

Alex Drake:
What time is it? Show me, show me your watch!

[Alex takes Jim's arm]

Jim Keats:
No, No! It's erm...broken.

[Alex examines the time on the watch and discovers what the time is and what it means]

Alex Drake:
It's 9:06. It's always 9:06 [Flashbacks show various clocks from the series indicating the time 9:06] That was the time in my hospital room. That was the time when I...

Jim Keats:
Look Alex wait, just listen I...

[Gene steps in front of Keats]

Gene Hunt:
Hello Jimbo. [He punches Keats who falls to the floor] Goodbye Jimbo.

Alex Drake:
[Holding the scarf out to Gene indicating Molly] My baby?!

Gene Hunt:
I know, I know! [Pause] It's the way of the world Alex. She'll be fine.

Alex Drake:
[Breaking down into tears] No...Please listen to me. I can stay here with you. You can't do this on your own. You need me Gene. Please! I cannot go in there! [She points in the direction of the brightly lit Railway Arms]

Gene Hunt:
Yes you can! They've got a saloon bar. Can't have you in my stride can I? You'll have me questioning whether I'm right all the time and we can't have that. [Pause] We weren't bad though were we?

[Alex finally accepts her fate and hands Gene his former uniform identity number]

Alex Drake:
Here.

Gene Hunt:
See you around, Bolly-Kecks.

[Alex and Gene finally embrace and share a kiss.]

Alex Drake:
Goodbye guv.

Gene Hunt:
Go...

[Alex slowly walks off alone towards the Railway Arms. Just by the door she stops briefly. She then enters and disappears into a bright white light.]

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