Great start to series 5. Can’t decide on the ‘best Terry series’ vote, but 5 is certainly decent. I always enjoy epsisodes of any program where it’s almost all out on location rather than the usual haunts, as those are the ones which stick in your mind. Same goes for the caravan to Brighton, and the racehorse stables episodes. Arnie’s attempts at getting friendly with the lady, and her obvious preference of Terry was a highlight.
I love this episode. One of the very best ones for me. Feels like it's much shorter than it actually is because it's crammed full of funny situations and dialogue and just seems to fly by.
I agree entirely. Interestingly before Minder was repeated and DVDed, people tended to talk about things/objects/locations in the show (Orient Express/3 phone boxes etc.) - this episode has really presented itself as a fans' favourite over the years solely through its acting and its excellent dialogue.
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
Superb episode. Terry is in rare form here, having loads of fun. I like the way he looks at Arnie when he introduces himself to Penny as Arnold. Penny later calls him Arnie, though. Script flub or is it implying that she and the boys have been spending so much quality time together, she's heard Terry call him that enough to now use it? Lots of great moments seeing the boys vie for time with Penny.
Penny also gets one of the best one-liners of the episode to Arthur, "I'm afraid boats can be difficult for the older person" with Terry snickering right after.
My favorite Arnie line is "what's he on about Tel" after Arthur tells them they need to take the spikes off the trainers. Seeing him sulking alone later with the trainers after Terry sneaks off with Penny is a great scene, which needs no dialogue to be humorous.
It seems they can back to open series 5 with a bang, pulling out all the stops that makes Minder a one of a kind show.