Watched this last night and I thought it was a very good episode. You know if you are going to rip off Arthur you have to get up very early in the morning, these guys didn't set their alarms early enough.
Loved the scene when they discovered the dog might be homosexual, great to see David Jackson appear in Minder again, playing a rather more upmarket character this time, rather than the down on his luck characters he played twice previously.
A very enjoyable episode showing Ray to be picking up the ropes nicely.
One of very few shows to feature a Trabant! I like this one, the early 90s vibe is turned up to the max. Compared to other Ray episodes I think there are probably better plots than this but it's always enjoyable to watch. This episode is clearly showing that Ray still has a lot to learn and others out there take pleasure scamming Arthur.
I might be wrong but I don't think at any other point (apart from with Terry in series 1 maybe) do we see Arthur playing cards, or do we?
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
I thought it odd to see Arthur playing cards for money. At the point in his life when the series starts, Arthur seems to love money too much to risk loosing any by gambling. I'm sure in his younger days Arhur played Poker and probley engaged in other forms of gambling.
Watched this one again only last night. Some cracking dialogue all the way through this one. The scene where Arthur and Ray take Bertie to the lake is classic.
"That'd be just my luck wouldn't it? A bent greyhound with failing eyesight!"
"Your crazed animal just assaulted my prize bitch! And she wasn't even in season!!"
Also the scenes at the stud farm are pretty funny too...
"We simply tie the bitch up, then offer it to the dog..." "It don't give the bitch much chance, do It?" "We try not to leave a great deal to chance, Mr Daley!"
Allie Byrne (or Allie Esiri as she is now) is also quite lovely as Ray's love interest Lucy in this episode. "Now that you've got your clothes on young lady, I recognise you!" Pity she was only in two episodes. Still a fine looking lady today:
Post by winchesterclub on Mar 26, 2020 20:42:41 GMT
Just re watched this episode
Arthur's face when the Trabant car arrives " they are big in East Germany", " no wonder they put a wall up if that"s the best they can do '! and also the Homosexual Greyhound Lightning Bertie I noticed Jonny Lee Miller played Albert the auctioneers assistant !,
So, I will give this one a 5/5. Having been suitably harsh on other Ray Daley episodes. It is a good show. Allie Byrne was gorgeous here. Good to see David Jackson here in a very different role from Big Stan and Marion.
Arthur still looked very fresh at the start playing the cards, he would have been coming up to 65 when this was filmed, but he could still operate as a shifty beggar for a few more years. Only thing that bugs me, is Arthur handing over the 2 grand without even looking at the log book of the car. Of course this was necessary for the plot, but surely a dealer like Arthur would be instantly curious of the make and model of motor.
This must be the episode where Arthur makes the most amount of money in one go. So he can actually pay off Dave. GC often said that Arthur never made any real money from his wheeling and dealing schemes, the implication that he only survived off his car sales and 'straight' business interests, but here is a rare exception.