S12 E3: Hercule Poirot is visiting Istanbul, having solved a complex case for the British Army, when he witnesses an act of brutal justice on the streets. Relieved when a new case calls him back to London, Poirot's old acquaintance Xavier Bouc, who is director of the Orient Express, secures him a last minute ticket. Among the eclectic range of passengers are Princess Dragomiroff and her nervous maid Hildegarde Schmidt, English governess Mary Debenham and Swedish missionary Greta Ohlsson. During the journey Poirot is approached by ruthless American businessman Samuel Ratchett who offers him ten thousand dollars to watch his back, but Poirot refuses. Could Ratchett be fearful of the Italian Antonio Foscarelli, English Colonel John Arbuthnot, pushy American Mrs Hubbard or Hungarian diplomat Count Andrenyi and his wife? Poirot awakes the following morning to find the train stuck in a snowdrift and Ratchett dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times.