This episode in particular is an excellent case study in the criticality of not slipping into informal “harmless shortcuts” because one shortcut, with time, always begets another. And while each, taken individually, seems unnecessary, very quickly every single redundant mode of protection, which statistically provide the real safety, is eroded.
On top of that, the informal “white lie” alternative procedure is inevitably based on a fragile tower of assumptions, which collapses invisibly with the slightest unexpected change or lapse.
Strong content warnings for this (necessarily intense) episode include: semi-graphic description of mass death, described suicide under duress, and painful death of young children. Nevertheless, it’s not played for gore points.
If that’s a bit much (it certainly took me a bit to process), give the Doncaster 1951 episode a try.
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