Frost also investigates a missing child case and comes across a thirty-year-old skeleton manacled to a metal box. Meanwhile, Frost has mislaid his jackpot-winning lottery ticket, and has to get Ernie Trigg to search the station for it. Mullett assigns her to sorting the mess left behind by Frost while he was on extended compassionate leave. At the farm he finds a crocodile and cages full of endangered species, as well as a severed leg. The dead man in the reservoir is identified as Reginald Molloy, a one-time resident of Denton.
She was brilliant in her field but was disliked by virtually everyone at the hospital so there is no shortage of possible suspects if in fact anything is amiss. Frost, solid writing, great acting, and a good dose of humor. The conductress is diabetic and needs her insulin shots and, after a television appeal, she is dumped, alive, in town, not far from an alley where a clown is found dead. Frost starts looking into her background. Caldwell is not only a seedy little man but an extremely provocative one who taunts the police. Berland arranges alibis for the boys and, though initially appalled, his wife Sally colludes with him as he has always run her life. Massie has previously been charged, but never convicted of reckless driving.
One is arrested but the other, Roman Cassell, gets back to his office where, the next day, he is found beaten to death. Turns out the thief travels from club to club, stealing cars as he goes along. Compton is killed in a house fire, Frost quickly has a prime suspect. Jeanette's husband, Jack Barr, is known to Frost from when he investigated the murder of his first wife 10 years previously. Frost also determines that the case may be related to a recent suicide. Ever the maverick, Frost enjoys crossing swords with James Callum, an unpleasant local business man who is going to tear down the local youth club to make way for new offices. However, he has a piece of good fortune when Salmond, Berland's cocky solicitor, has his car stolen by joy-riding colleagues and Salmond's large, personal stash of cocaine is found in the car.
Could these two meek little souls be capable of murder? In fact, there is an investigation into an abnormally large number of post-operative deaths at Denton General but as Frost learns, everyone who dies seems to have done so while occupying bed 5. Her cousin disappeared on the same day and he was also accused of killing her. The man also carries with him a list with four sets of mysterious numbers, and the keys to two different cars. Fortunately for Frost, he sees a number of holes in Maud's case, leading him to the real killer. Ever wondered what a day in our life is like? Frost then goes and arrests the quarry owner's partner for the double murder and finds the other boy safe and sound in a removals depot. A girlfriend thought she saw a man in an upstairs window but assumed it was her dad and thought nothing more of it. First, however, he must get past Callum's adoring personal assistant, Michael.
She soon, however, finds herself in grave danger - and Frost's pursuit leads to a confrontation above the power station. Frost must understand the family's tangled web of personal relationships in order to find who is doing the threatening. He gets Hazel to look into some burglary's that have been occuring just after removal jobs have been completed. Frost and Dorridge are called to investigate the murder of a young regional crime squad police detective, Tim Fox. He is convinced that they have the culprits in custody but is frustrated by the limits placed on his ability to gather evidence. The ensuing investigation leads to a tragedy that will long affect the police and Frost in particular.
Superintendent Mullett asks Frost to investigate a series of burglaries on homes that have been recently occupied, and drafts him in some help, in the form of Det Sgt Hazel Wallace, who sometimes has to bring her new baby Emma into work. The other is a more cruelly deceptive one, in which a man is killed, and his son and one of his daughters go missing: Frost tracks them down to Blackpool, where she has gone for an abortion - but who was the father? When Callum's fitness instructress mistress, Rosemary, is found dead on her houseboat, and evidence also suggests that another of Callum's girlfriends died in suspicious circumstances some years earlier Frost cannot wait to pounce. The payment is made but the police operation is botched and they have to go back a few steps in order to get on the right track. Mullett is concerned that Frost is on a witch hunt but Frost soon realises there is a connection between Massie and the casino, in the form of Massie's girlfriend, Julia King. As for Bobby, kidnappers demand a half-million-pound ransom from a major supermarket chain or the boy will be killed. The last person to see her alive was 19-year-old Billy Conrad who has and. Meanwhile, Frost eliminates suspect after suspect in the surgeon murder, and ends up saving several lives.
It is noteworthy that an alternate ending was filmed, where Frost is killed instead of George, but David Jason chose the 'happier' ending over this one. The quarry owner then turns up dead in a brook a small way from the quarry. He denies murder but confesses that he was shocked to realise what she did as she was a student friend of his daughter. They had moved away some 13 years ago after she witnessed a bank robbery and was required to give evidence in court. Meanwhile, the star player of local soccer team Denton F. He requests the help again of Sergeant Terry Reid, because of his contacts in the underworld, where Flynn comes from. He regularly played with children of that age and seems to be keeping a secret.
Was he high, or did Frost´s lookalike have anything to do with it? The first is the tragically straightforward murder of a cantankerous old man by his wife. When Frost makes an arrest on the local housing estate, Mullett's only concern is the culprit's racial background as he's concerned that the area not become a racial powder keg. While Frost is contending with this a note arrives from a secret admirer and Mullet tries to push Frost into a promotion he doesn't want. When the assistant bank manager is murdered with the same gun used to kill the bank clerk, Frost must determine who else might have been implicated in the robbery. Then a seven-year-old child of divorced parents goes missing, and the father is unable to account convincingly for his whereabouts in the hours afterwards. Because the lorry's mechanism was faulty he was acquitted of dangerous driving but the Heals are not happy and Andy Heal goes to the bus depot for a confrontation. In the course of searching for the girl, they uncover human remains that have been buried for 30 years or more.
A local small-time crook hiding out in Denton after a failed bank robbery is the prime suspect and, with police suspicion heavily upon him, Frost appears alone in his view that the case might not be so straightforward. He was gagged and the pathologist determines he had been chloroformed and had choked on his own vomit. Care and Protection is the 2 and a half hour first episode of A Touch of Frost. The police had initially thought the young boy was Bobby Kirby who had gone missing that evening, but they determine it's not the same child so they have both a murder victim and a missing child. Frost is certain it has to do with his earlier investigation of Tim Hamilton. Frost soon determines the motive and the identity of the killer, but is later forced to juggle this with moving out of the flat above the restaurant, after the owner complains his presence is scaring away his customers. Retnick from whom she was demanding a letter of resignation.
The same evening, 17-year-old Alison Cook has gone missing. Perhaps a spot of breaking and entering would help Frost find the clues he is after. The well-meaning Frost does have a big heart, and cares about the people around him. Law was essentially a gigolo and a paid male escort who spent a great deal of time with a great many women. Meanwhile, Frost is invited to a reunion in London for all and holders and the Chief Constable lets it be known that he expects Jack to attend. He also looks into an attack on the very pretty Helen Tudor who was pushed down the stairs at her university.