Slow Horses season 1, episode 4 recap – “Visiting Hours”

By Adam Lock
Published: April 15, 2022 (Last updated: January 26, 2024)
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Slow Horses season 1, episode 4 recap – “Visiting Hours”


Clever plotting allows for some shocking reveals and plenty of double crossings in this continually exciting series from Apple TV+.

We recap the Apple TV+ series Slow Horses season 1, episode 4, which contains spoilers.

All good spy thrillers involve at least one double-crossing. In Slow Horses this deception comes as quite the surprise when the good guys end up being the true villains of the show. Isn’t this always the way, will I ever stop falling for it? In episode four, “Visiting Hours”, the Slow Horses fight for their survival, whilst MI5 try to frame them and capture the missing terrorists in another electrifying installment.

Slow Horses season 1, episode 4 recap

Jackson Lamb exits the terrorist’s stronghold and throws all his team’s phones down the drain, barking the order, “we need to disappear”. It seems our disgraced agents have just been set up and must now take the fall. Lamb has other ideas though and tells the gang to round up the remaining members from Slough House before Diana gets to them. It’s a tense concept, which makes for more thrilling drama as the gang fight off the law and makes their escape.

Struan is the first casualty of the siege. The cowardly joker of the pack is thrown in an interrogation room and manipulated by Diana into testifying on her behalf. Meanwhile, River tracks down Roddy, and Lamb goes for Catherine Standish. The narrative allows for some much-needed camaraderie, giving the team that all-important underdog spirit. These are characters you’ll root for, desperate to become victorious. They evade capture as more intense action ensues.

The terrorists are also on the run, with one member having just beheaded a teammate. The three remaining nationalists are covered in blood, still reeling from the massacre and our poor hostage is in the boot. “Visiting Hours” delivers its second twist, the writers really conjuring one shocking deception after another. The beheaded terrorist, now revealed to be Alan Black, was the actual mole. Slow Horses went all-in on that tantalizing red herring, a proper sleight of hand that had me fooled, again.

As the gang fends off agents and struggles to escape Diana’s slippery clutches, Slow Horses continues to pile on the pressure. There’s less room for humor this time around, but the double-crossing and surprising revelations more than make up for any laugh-out-loud moments. Oldman leads by example, fronting the stunning cast through another suspenseful chapter. With two episodes to go, you can clearly see the endgame of the show. Will the gang manage to prove their innocence or will they be locked away as Diana’s scapegoats?

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