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Slush Fund and van Neikerk

I've just rewatched Slush Fund, which is one of my favourite episodes. Doyle looks absolutely gorgeous throughout (although your mileage may vary on the pullover, I like it). Bodie's Scouse, van Niekerk's skin *g*.

On the question of van Neikerk, I decided to take a good look at the ending. Conventional fannish wisdom has it that Bodie kills him with a shot to the head, something which is often lamented because he's an excellent villain. I decided to find out for myself. Screencaps below the cut, but first a poll. Answer before peeking *g*.

Poll #1522012 Is Piet van Neikerk dead?

Well, is he?

100% dead. He died when Bodie shot him
2(10.0%)
He didn't die immediately but with his injuries he probably died soon afterwards
6(30.0%)
He didn't die immediately and if they got him to a hospital in time he probably survived
4(20.0%)
He didn't die immediately, he survived and will come looking for revenge at some time in the future
8(40.0%)




Not a lot to see here but smoke and rapid movement.

van Neikerk falls.Can't see the damage yet, even on closeup.

van Neikerk lying still, eyes closed. Is that a trickle of blood forming beside his ear? I've highlighted a spot on his forehead for reasons that will become obvious in a minute.

He opens his eyes briefly before closing them again.

In this scene you can see the blood around his ear quite clearly. It appears to be trickling down from his temple rather than from inside the ear itself. Also, this cap is the only one that has a dark spot at the front of the skull above the right eye. Is it the bullet entry point, or just a shadow on the film? Remember this part of the scene is one very fast shot.

Out in the foyer. Doyle walks beside the ambulancemen who are just about to lift the stretcher carefully over the carpet at the entrance (note to all - please do not be using their lifting techniques!). Presumably van Neikerk is still breathing as his face is uncovered. Also the pillow obscures our view of his temple, but his forehead is bare and there are a lot of onlookers.

'Ello, there's someone else standing by the ambulance. Doyle's noticed him.

The stretcher goes back down on the ground. Does that other bloke look like CI5 to you? Unlikely to be a reporter, he's just standing there, hand in front of jacket. And Doyle's looking at him again.

Case over, they stop (and Bodie pulls on the headband) while the ambulancemen carry on.


Forget reality, brain trauma, the lack of blood etc, we're talking television medicine here. Consider this: if Piet were already dead, would they be wheeling him out with his face uncovered? Would the ambulancemen be taking such care to lift him over the entrance carpet? And would they send a CI5 agent in the ambulance with a corpse "just in case"?

If you guessed that the possibility of Piet coming back to annoy our Lads doesn't entirely displease me, you'd be right!. But have I done enough to convince you all that he may be alive?

Care to try that poll again? Of course you would!
ETA - IF YOU HAVEN"T DONE THE ENTRY POLL, WHICH ASKS THE SAME QUESTIONS PLEASE GO BACK AND DO THAT ONE FIRST _ THIS IS THE EXIT POLL (sorry if my original instructions were obscure)

Poll #1522013 Post-poll: Is Piet van Neikerk dead?

Well, is he?

100% dead. He died when Bodie shot him
1(6.7%)
He didn't die immediately but with his injuries he probably died soon afterwards
4(26.7%)
He didn't die immediately and if they got him to a hospital in time he probably survived
3(20.0%)
He didn't die immediately, he survived and will come looking for revenge at some time in the future
7(46.7%)

Tags: pros background research, the_professionals, tmi
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