Patricia Carmichael ‘confirms’ she’s H as Line of Duty fans spot clue ‘Tapped 4 times!’

Line of Duty: Carmichael taps her pen during interrogation

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Line of Duty fans have only one episode left to try and find out who the ‘fourth man’ or H is and they think DCS Patricia Carmichael (played by Anna Maxwell Martin) could be the bent copper pulling the strings of the OCG. It came when Acting DSU Joanne Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) was being interviewed by Carmichael, Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) and DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) following her arrest. During the questioning, Carmichael tapped her pen four times and those watching at home believe this was Morse Code for H – similar to Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan’s (Craig Parkinson) tapping out when he died. 

Steve said: “Document six in you folders and on screen. Document six is Acting DSU Davidson’s police personnel record. Next of kin is given as Samantha Davidson.” 

Carmichael asked: “What is your relationship to Samantha Davidson?” to which Jo replied: “No comment.” 

Hastings jumped in and remarked: “Oh, God give me strength, it’s going to be a long day,” and it was at this point when Carmichael tapped her pen on the paper in front of her. 

Steve continued: “We carried out checks on Samantha Davidson. The passport show in Document 22 is the last one on record. An interim death certificate was issued for Samantha Davidson on the 5th of January 1996 by Glasgow City Coroner. The subsequent inquest into Samantha Davidson’s death recorded a finding of suicide.” 

This information touched a nerve with Jo and the officers leading the interview went onto reveal her father was Tommy Hunter, the man she thought was her uncle. 

Those watching at home took to Twitter to point out Carmichael’s actions, one said: “Don’t mean to alarm anyone but at Carmichael’s pen? Tapped four times and H in Morse code is • • • •.” 

“PATTY C JUST TAPPED 4 TIMES MORSE CODE FOR H??” Someone else shouted. 

#lineofduty I’m going to watch the interview of Jo Davidson again. This time looking to see if Carmichael was giving signals – what Jo could answer or not. There was a suspicious tapping of the pen at one point and after dot’s finger pinching, anything goes,” another fan added. 

One more mentioned: “Anyone notice #carmichael 4 taps on the table with her pen? 4 taps, H.  #LineofDuty.” 

“So then, Carmichael’s four pen taps is ‘H’ in Morse Code. We all get that. But then she says to Kate “Double tap eh?” – referring to the controlled pair of shots of a trained shooter? Half an H as it were. Two bent coppers having secret comms? #LineofDuty #NeedToGetOutMore,” a tweet read. 

The latter tweet is in reference to the comments Carmichael made when she visited DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) in a interview room after she was also arrested. 

“As you were,” Carmichael said to Kate after opening the door. “The Crown Prosecutor’s gullible enough to consider proceedings against Jo Davidson, alone, in the death of Ryan Pilkington.” 

“Thank you very much, ma’am,” Kate replied.

Carmichael began to walk out before commenting under her breath: “Two shots to the chest.. double tap. Like a firearms trained officer.”

She turned around and asked Kate: “Davidson’s not fire armed trained is she? You are though aren’t you Kate

“That’s correct ma’am,” Kate confirmed and Carmichael continued: “So you’ll provide a first account for my team and then you’re free to go. I’m not gullible Kate, but I am pragmatic.” 

It seems Carmichael does not believe Jo’s version of events which detail PC Ryan Pilkington’s (Gregory Piper) death. 

Line of Duty fans know Jo struck a deal with Kate to take the blame for shooting the OCG member, when in fact it can be presumed Kate was the one who fired the shots. 

In the interview, Jo said Ryan held Kate at gunpoint before convincing her to hand over her gun and she shot Ryan. 

To strengthen this argument, viewers saw Jo put her hand on Kate’s gun to ensure her fingerprints were on the murder weapon. 

As for what is going to happen in episode seven of season six, time is running out for AC-12 to attempt to unmask H. 

They are on the hunt for the commanding individual who is leading the corrupt officers behind the murder of Gail Vella. 

However, sinister and powerful forces appear intent on orchestrating a cover-up.

Viewers will also see a guest appearance from Steve Oram. 

Line of Duty seasons one to five are available to watch on the BBC iPlayer now and season six concludes at 9pm on BBC One next Sunday. 

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