Gave this a watch tonight. Thoroughly enjoyable episode, lots of good dialogue in here and a few good moments between Arthur and Terry. Imagine getting car insurance through Arthur Daley. Mr Chisholm is good in this episode and the character Mickey (The Fish) Metcalf was played very well by David Calder, great fight scene at the end in the snooker hall.
Sheila Ruskin is very easy on the eye, especially when down to her under garments
Post by syrupapplesnpears on Jul 1, 2016 18:19:18 GMT
Still ploughing through the boxset and don't know where to start with this. Fantastic. A great bit of Welsh accent from Terry to Jones on the stairs, a classic Daleyism in the legal office('Fona bide') and yes, the lady in her underwear is a bonus - not to mention a bruising fight sequence at the end. It's still grittier and more menacing than I remember but it's nice to see Dave getting more air-time and the script bristles with great lines: Chisholm: Arthur, the last time you made an innocent enquiry, you were still waiting for your teeth to come through so that you could start lyin' through them.
Oh yeah - puzzled by the 'tom' reference (Tom n Dick - sick?) til I looked it up. Tomfoolery - jewellery!!!
Post by syrupapplesnpears on Sept 16, 2016 19:02:47 GMT
Yeah - that's one of the things I find so enjoyable about watching the series now - in my early teens I didn't get a lot of the slang. There's a Cockney dictionary online that comes in handy occasionally, but I can usually suss most of it out. I thought that 'Moby' meant sick as well. Anyway - LOVE Minder! And thanks.
Great episode with a gangland feel thanks to Mickey The Fish's presence. David Calder's threat to Arthur was chilling, especially when he talked about separating his toes and speaking of which, the next shot was that of those of Mickey's lady friend who was now Terry's. This did definitely have an earlier series feel and the pool hall fight at the end was top-notch. Could have easily been a Sweeney action scene.
"What was I thinking of, hitting him? Nothing. No, I know. I hate him! I hate his guts, I hate everything he stands for with his PACE and his plus and his statements of purpose and his smiling at the punters and his have a nice day! I mean when was the last time he ever nicked anybody, eh? A real villain! When was the last time he ever put himself on the line?"
After Senior Citizen Caine, I was craving a grittier episode and this didn't disappoint. The title is one of the best puns of a film in the series. David Calder and Sheila Ruskin were top guest stars and the first appearances of Chisholm and Jones in series 4 were welcome. Chisholm's line about Arthur waiting for his back teeth to come through...so he could lie through them was an absolute classic. The punch up at the snooker hall was a corker too.
Another great episode. I'm back on them on ITV4 - now it's on without the early morning sign language Series 4 is better than I remember- despite watching many of these episodes,some more than others - this was better than I remember & don't think I've seen it for a few years. Chisholm was on fine form - "Oh dear,oh dear - the plot thickens".....😆
David Calder is very good as Micky (The Fish) Metcalfe.
I always find it amusing when Arthur arrives at the Winchester and Dave is looking at page 3 of his newspaper and then Dave remarks "You could hang your hat on one of them!"
The fight at the end is good and I notice at one point Terry tells Micky to duck and then Terry hits one of Micky's heavies with a snooker cue! I also like it when the police have broken up the fight and Terry & Micky emerge from behind the snooker table and Terry says to Micky "You sure you don't want a game?"
An absolute cracker of an episode this one , with Chisholm at his best
Watched this again last night and have to agree. Loads of brilliant lines e.g his total lack of respect to Mickey when interviewing him, "horrible Harbutt" and cheerfully acknowledging that his treatment of Arthur in the car lot is tantamount to intimidation. Rest of the cast are good too but Patrick Malahide just about steals the show.
Just read through the posts and I can't say anything which hasnt already been said about this episode. Wonderful one liners, not necessarily in the right order. Topped out by that man Malahide who was the star IMO.
Saw this today, it's one of those episodes I've always loved, due to everyone from George Cole, to Patrick Malahide, as usual..and very much so the guest actors, David Calder and Sheila Ruskin both well cast..and then some...
Not too sure I buy Tel The Chauffeur here..in a whistle, if not the cap and all..but this was something he did not want to do, even briefly, for Arthur, in Senior Citizen Caine. Instead of looking peeved, he offers The Fish some wit.
Good line about Arthur's teeth, but for me, I've gotta say I liked the line from Tel, about it being almost impossible to look Arthur in the eye, because they never stop sliding about...great stuff.
As mentioned, a bit of a moment for Dave, getting to enjoy his "Standard", at his leisure behind the bar.
Really good scenes at the insurance brokers, starting with Arthur first mistaking Mandeville-Singer as being one bloke, and then when the secretary asked "Which one", thought she'd "meant mutton Jeff"..she did quite well, the actress..as did Mandeville's actor too.
As mentioned, great juxtaposing of scenes, with Mickey's threat with the toes followed by his bird's.
Some great lines from Chisholm, no real room for poor Meic Povey to slip any of his own in, this time.
The idea of Arthur selling insurance, for motors or otherwise, is a great premise..and that running gag of the punter, a Mr. Mikabwe, constantly chasing him up was great..funny bit of comic relief, when his second call catches Daley just after his pull from Chisholm..and then there was the comical ending..with Mikabwe turning up himself..great stuff, topping off one of the fourth series' finer offerings.