The Worst Episodes of Line of Duty: Uncovering the Most Disappointing Moments

As a dedicated fan of the hit British crime thriller ‘Line of Duty’, I’ve spent countless hours glued to my screen, eagerly watching the AC-12 unit take on corrupt cops and unravel complex conspiracies. But let’s be honest, not every episode can be a winner. Whether it’s a lackluster plotline or cringe-worthy dialogue, even the best shows have their missteps. So, for all my fellow ‘Line of Duty’ fans out there, I’ve compiled a list of the absolute worst episodes that you might want to skip. Get ready to cringe, groan, and maybe even throw something at your TV as we dive into the worst that this beloved show has to offer.
Episode 1

Episode 1

Season 6 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2021-03-21

DCI Jo Davidson receives new information about the whereabouts of a suspect in the unsolved murder of investigative journalist Gail Vella. En route to raid the property, she spots an armed robbery in progress and stops the convoy. Suspicious of her motives, AC-12 launch an investigation. Still dealing with the fallout from their explosive investigation into undercover officer John Corbett, AC-12 soon realise they are facing their most enigmatic adversary yet.

Fahrenheit

Fahrenheit

Season 1 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2012-06-26

When Steve Arnott is transferred to a police anti-corruption unit, he finds his target is the city’s top detective, Tony Gates. Can Gates really be as good as he appears? Arnott must engage in a cat-and-mouse struggle to uncover Gates’ secret.

Shut Out

Shut Out

Season 1 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2012-07-17

Desperate for proof of Gates’s corruption, Fleming pushes her relationship with him to the limit. But her behaviour causes Morton to question if she might not be such a loyal colleague after all.

Episode 2

Episode 2

Season 6 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2021-03-28

Having opened an official inquiry into DCI Jo Davidson and Operation Lighthouse, AC-12 begin to suspect a cover up. Steve and Chloe dig into Gail Vella’s controversial reporting for clues to her murder, and find links to previous AC-12 cases. Their investigation takes a shocking turn when they begin to scrutinise Jo’s personal life.

No Criminal

No Criminal

Season 1 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2012-07-10

Arnott is convinced Gates played a part in Jackie’s disappearance. With Fleming’s help, the anti-corruption team tries to trap Gates into revealing his involvement in covering up Jackie’s crimes.

Episode 7

Episode 7

Season 6 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2021-05-02

With time running out, AC-12 attempt to unmask ‘H’, the Fourth Man (or Woman) commanding the network of corrupt officers behind the murder of Gail Vella. But sinister and powerful forces appear intent on orchestrating a cover-up.

Lost

Lost

Season 1 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2012-07-03

Having been duped into covering up Jackie’s crime, Gates is desperate to sever ties with her. But, as Arnott and Fleming close in on his secret, Gates is plunged into an even more dangerous situation than he first thought.

A Better Way

A Better Way

Season 1 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2012-07-24

With Gates on the run, the anti-corruption team come under pressure to close the case once and for all. Arnott is forced to make some tough decisions about where his loyalties lie. Fleming and Hastings go all out to catch Gates, leading to a shattering conclusion.

Episode 6

Episode 6

Season 6 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2021-04-25

As AC-12 struggle to deal with the repercussions of tragic events, Hastings makes one final bid to uncover institutionalised corruption before his time runs out.

Episode 2

Episode 2

Season 3 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2016-03-31

After the shooting at the drugs house, DC Fleming increases the pressure on Danny Waldron.

Episode 2

Episode 2

Season 4 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2017-04-02

AC-12 crank up their investigation into Operation Trapdoor. Kate makes progress in her undercover role.

Episode 3

Episode 3

Season 6 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2021-04-04

On the strength of evidence from a new witness, DCI Jo Davidson brings Terry Boyle back in for questioning about Gail Vella’s murder. Kate is torn between loyalty to Jo and wanting to assist AC-12’s investigation, and tensions increase when Kate encounters a face from the past with links to organised crime.

Bail Hearing

Bail Hearing

Season 2 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2014-02-26

Lindsay is denied bail and finds herself targeted in prison.

Rest in Peace

Rest in Peace

Season 2 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2014-03-19

Dryden claims that Denton was at the car park when he was photographed in the car with Carly. Steve gets closer to Denton but reveals to Kate that he is undercover, as she was earlier. Steve finds the pay-off money hidden among the possessions Denton took from her mother’s room.

Episode 3

Episode 3

Season 3 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2016-04-07

DS Steve Arnott believes there is a dark secret in Danny Waldron’s past.

Episode 1

Episode 1

Season 4 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2017-03-26

DCI Roz Huntley is under intense pressure from her superiors to apprehend a serial murderer after months of fruitless investigation.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Season 2 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2014-03-05

Lindsay is granted special dispensation to visit her dying mother.

Taste of Freedom

Taste of Freedom

Season 2 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2014-03-12

Lindsay fights for her life against the conspiracy of corrupt police officers.

Episode 1

Episode 1

Season 3 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2016-03-24

Sergeant Danny Waldron and his armed response team shoot dead a hardened criminal.

Episode 4

Episode 4

Season 3 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2016-04-14

Fresh testimony launches AC-12 back on the trail of a corrupt officer.