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Happy Valley - S02E02

Crime . Drama

While she remains a suspect in the Lynn Dewhurst investigation, Catherine focuses on a human trafficking case.Following a successful police raid, Catherine ensures all the women are taken to safe houses. Ilinka, who has vital information on those behind the trafficking, is given refuge with Catherine's neighbour Winnie and reluctantly agrees to speak to the police. But has Catherine inadvertently put her in danger?As Vicky's threats continue, John struggles to get a handle on the murder case. Feeling under pressure at work and at home he takes drastic measures to save both his marriage and reputation.When Tommy is granted special leave to attend his mother's funeral, Catherine has an inexplicable compulsion to attend - bringing him face to face with him once more. Meanwhile Clare, feeling vulnerable at Helen's funeral, turns to an old friend for comfort.

Episode Title: Episode 2
Airs: 2016-02-16 at 21:00
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Happy Valley is so effective at what it sets out to do, and so neat in fitting all its pieces together (up to the way the story's climax evokes a much milder incident from early in the series), that I'm a bit ambivalent about the fact that a second season has already been ordered. Lancashire is so good that I won't necessarily mind getting to watch more of her in this role, but this particular story is so unique to her in a way that no sequel season can be.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Catherine's "patch" in Happy Valley may be more limited than the big chunks of Baltimore covered by Bunk and McNulty, but morally and emotionally, this fantastic drama goes deep.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    There’s enough depth and complication in the performances alone to buoy the six-episode run, and given the intensity of the criminal specifics, the slow burn feels more like a feature than a bug.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Emily Nussbaum

    At six episodes, Happy Valley is satisfyingly compressed.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    [A] gritty and entrancing British import.

    Slate Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Happy Valley, in addition to being a smart and absorbing thriller, is a morality play, one in which the mystery is secondary (we know who did what all along).

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    It’s hard to do the show justice, honestly, based strictly on a description. But the characters are so sharply drawn and the situation so suspenseful that Netflix’s famous binge function will likely be put to good use here.

    Variety Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    For all its emotional agony and slow pacing at times, Happy Valley is always moving forward and the fifth episode explodes off the screen.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    The Brit-speak can be a wee bit difficult to decipher at times but the show is good enough to warrant giving your remote’s rewind button a workout.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review