A strange episode this one as I've often commented. Arthur and Terry seem to be at each throats a bit throughout this one...for example when Arthur blows up inside Albert's flat after Albert predicts his star sign..and goes outside and lets Terry know he's not welcome back in...but still I maintain I'm not sure what Arthur did wrong in this one....he's bunked Albert up somewhere nice and comes back to find Albert gone and Terry on the sofa more interested with his latest conquest...but its not the first time we see a bitter falling out between them though of course....Monday Night Fever for example...but, and I have no evidence of this of course, I feel there were clearly strains between GC and DW during this series, perhaps due to pressures in DWs personal life at the time, ....I personally think its evident also in Give Us This Day Arthur Daleys Bread...
Umbrella re-watch - seems Terry in particular is on Arthurs back throughout this one - starting at the opening in the bank....seems Arthur can hardly say a word throughout the whole episode, without some remark by Terry....strange undercurrent all the way through this one...
As others have said, an odd episode, this..but not too odd, to make you never want to re-watch it.
Leon Griffiths' final script of the entire series..says it all, really. Only it doesn't..we may never know if he ever thought of doing more, after this.
Much was said of Arthur and Tel being at each other's throats in this one. What I had noticed seeing this, was that they started and ended off on the same argument..about Tel's not being there when he was needed. They argue in the middle, of course..but the overlying point of Arthur's in this seems to have stuck with him throughout.
Mel Martin was cute enough in her first scene. Terry may have overreacted a bit towards her attitude, perhaps due to his trouble with Arthur being on his mind. That said, he's right..who says "they" are nicer people.
Scooter is quite an amusing character, and one we might well have done with another appearance of, given a chance.
The edgy nature of this Griffiths episode doesn't account for too much levity and one liners, but the best of the latter must be Tel's, "Does it say anything in there about how he's obsessed about 80 sovs?"
Love how Arthur goes straight from a barney with Tel into "In the pink, Albert", the minute Goddard appears outside.
Arthur's innocent, almost Bambi eyes when he asks Goddard if he trusts him, is something I've never seen Cole do in the entire Terry years..nice touch.
Funny little moment when Goddard arrives at the new digs, and, when told about the air hostess neighbours, claims he hates aeroplanes...to which Daley simply says, "Well they don't park it outside".
What kind of monster would do that, asks Chisholm..he's then asked if he knows a chap called Arthur Daley..he's a monster, Chisholm replies...good stuff.
17 years of Dave knowing Arthur Daley, at this point..just imagine the true length of his slate..mind boggling.
The last scene is curious, and generally interesting enough. "Renegade", Arthur says, when Tel steps in. As I said before, Arthur still seems peeved about Tel's not being there, and not so concerned with the other business with Tel letting Goddard go. The scene is like some we've seen elsewhere in the Tel years, where their arguments are more like something out of Eastenders...there's at least one I can think of offhand..in the series seven finale, Tel asking him how much all their years of friendship was worth, in a packed Winchester..and yet this scene here has a sense of uniqueness to it, one of genuine grievance on Arthur's part, and possibly a final straw situation. I had felt that Arthur thought he was let down here, and it shows..he makes you believe he has a point. Tel's had the hump with Arthur many times, but this barney was very two sided..if not leaning more towards Arthur, with his bashing of Tel. Still..I reckon all the best of friends have fights now and then..this episode just shows me they cared for each other enough to do so. It would take another series though, until Tel finally had had enough of his long time pal. As noted, great acting from both GC and DW in this scene in the lockup.
To me, this seemed to have a most bizarre ending, not just for a Minder episode, but the sixth series..and very hard to contemplate the idea of this being a finale to the show overall.