Death in Paradise fans were feeling a mixture of emotions this evening; sad that JP Hooper (played by Tobi Bakare) had accepted Commissioner Selwyn Patterson’s (Don Warrington) promotion and would, therefore, be leaving Saint Marie police station, warm and fuzzy after the Sergeant took the blame for assaulting a victim so Police Officer Trainee Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles) could keep his position, and infuriated by the final scene which saw DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little) race to DS Florence Cassell’s (Josephine Jobert) house with the plan to tell her how he really felt. But just as he was about to confess his true feelings for his colleague, the episode cut, meaning fans will have to wait an entire year to find out what happens next.
Having watched how happy JP was with his wife, Catherine Bordey (Elizabeth Bourgine) told Neville: “You only have yourself to blame with Florence.”
“I tried Catherine!” The Detective Inspector replied. “Besides, it’s only one date, it’s not like she’s marrying the guy.”
“More excuses,” the Mayor commented and when Neville asked for suggestions about what to do, she added: “If you like her, go and tell her. When will you ever find the courage to do it? Tonight there is only one man who will get to spend the evening sitting across with Florence enjoying her company, and it is the man who is brave enough to ask her out.
“For once, try being bold,” and with that comment, Neville darted off to Florence’s house.
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On the way in the car, viewers saw him give himself a pep talk: “Just go and tell her you like her, it’s no big deal, no big deal at all. Just knock on the door and say what you want to say.”
It took Neville a moment or two to pluck up the courage to knock on the door and Florence came rushing to see who it was.
“Hi Florence,” he breathlessly said. “What time was your…” And she explained: “He’s picking me up in 20 minutes.
“Was there something you wanted?” Florence asked. “And what was it?”
Those watching at home were not pleased they have to wait a whole year to find out what Neville was going to tell Florence.
Taking to Twitter to comment, one said: “Nooooooo did you really just do that #DeathInParadise.”
“We need the next series of #DeathInParadise, pronto! That ending was infuriating!” Someone else mentioned.
A third added: “#DeathInParadise no! How can they leave us dangling for a year?”