Post by jno on Jun 24, 2015 10:46:35 GMT
Link to episode on minder.org: www.minder.org/episodeguide/S08E12_TheCoachThatCameInFromTheCold.htm
This is a fantastic episode with a great script and some very witty lines - a real challenge to anyone who might say that Ray Daley episodes aren't a patch on the Terry McCann years. Substitute Ray for Terry and rewind a few years and this would have worked just as well there.
Arthur is clearly doing his best to get full membership in order to get some contacts at the golf club, with 'Previous' (Trevor Peacock) doing all he can to scupper Arthur's chances. Then there is the local nutter Denny Willis, who is after Arthur for a deal that when badly wrong and left him well out of pocket. Then there's the old bill, desperate to sell the police bus to Arthur, who after purchasing it starts 'Daley Tours' which soon proves to be more aggro than it's worth. We soon discover there are serious shenanigans regarding property development at the golf club and that Morley is in serious shtook after the sale of the bus to Arthur turns sour with his superior.
What I really like about this one, is Ray really has to be a minder and fair play to him, he is willing to stick his neck out for Arthur and go up against Denny and his heavies. When Arthur takes the bus back the police station and impersonates some sort of Special Branch type officer in order to save Morley's bacon - this is priceless. Also Previous recording "Can you get me bail?" as Denny arrives at the end is great timing. Also, the picture on the right above - Arthur's face as Ray seems to consider Denny's offer at the end is truly superb.
A few anorak points - the extra who asks Arthur to take his shoes at the pool off was called 'Gary' and although Stephen Tompkinson is credited at the start he fails to appear. This has all the ingredients of a great Minder episode to me - a con, dody motor, a villain, a foreign type that Arthur can't handle, a punch up, a bird and a bit of corruption going on. Lorraine even gives Ray the same story about "loyalty to Arthur" as we've heard elsewhere in Minder too.
Top episode well worthy of 9/10 from me.
Some great lines in this one:
Perkins: Quite frankly, a round wouldn't do your chances any harm.
Arthur: What, another one? I bought so many since I been coming here I'm thinking of taking out a second mortgage.
Arthur: You are still sadly lacking Raymond in Euro vision. This place is stuffed full with foreigners, all members of the EEC. It's just as well you have me grooming you for single currency decade.
Ray: You can say that again I am nearly down to single currency now.
Arthur: Next time you see me here, don't know me, right?
Previous: Fair enough Arthur, shall we say a tenner?
Superintendent: It comes with a full service history.
Arthur: I assume that naturally, Mr Morley knows my standards!
Dave: This is well out of order. You do not ruck in a boozer!
Arthur: They wanted me to play golf!