Post by jno on Apr 13, 2015 9:05:45 GMT
Link to episode on minder.org: www.minder.org/episodeguide/S01E03_TheSmallerTheyAre.htm
The scenes at the Winchester at the start of this one are great - Terry & Arthur out on a Saturday afternoon enjoying a couple of jugs together. Interesting dialogue during these scenes Arthur seems just as much into a bid of 'birding' as Terry is. His "don't suppose you get up the White City?" comment to the TWA assistant is also evidence of this. Dave also has a male assistant in the club in this episode.
Up to Scotch Harry's drum, which looks well run down and Arthur's reaction to Terry opening up a can a SKOL is fantastic. The villains in this one are nasty and very cut throat and Phil McCall plays a drunk Scotch Harry very very well - "geeus one a they lagers".
As has been mentioned elsewhere on the forum Phil McCall sadly hanged himself in 2002 ( link ) but I have to say I thought he was excellent in both his appearances in Minder.
This might also be the first time we hear the words Light Ale in Minder too. Sometimes I wonder if Minder was sponsored by ‘Light Ale’ - it gets a fair few mentions throughout the series! I am not sure what the cans are on the bedside table next to Harry r
Also the first time we see Rycott who is much different in this episode to the others as in this one he is portrayed as mildly bent. Having watched this many times, he is clearly not entirely ‘straight’ in this one but his actual involvement with the team is never actually given in too much detail and we only know he has handed Scotch Harry to them on a plate.
There is some good humour in this one, like at the cheap hotel where Arthur tells them they are all incognito when in fact the hotel owner knows every one of them! A little dig at the Scottish football team too with Terry saying mentioning Scotch Harry could have gone to Spain and then adding "Mind you, he'll be the only Scot there!" It is hard to imagine that Scotch Harry would be able to remember the name of the hotel where Arthur & Terry had him and Stan hold up and I suppose he must have had a right kicking off of Eric to have spoken up. I can't help feel a bit of satisfaction after Terry gives Eric a pasting at the end.
Arthur is also very cut throat himself at the end of this one, dipping his hand in the suitcase to make sure he gets his share of the dodgy wedge, very funny to watch!
This is a classic Minder story in my opinion, with it all coming to a natural useless conclusion at the end for Arthur as Dave says “that’s nine fivers Arthur”. Interesting that Terry also calculates in “fivers” in “Monday Night Fever” and maybe this was commonplace at the time to do so, I don’t know.
Some classic Arthur in this one including:
- At Scotch Harry's bedsit: "Obviously there'll be some disbursements involved."
- To Terry in the car: "We don't want to reveal out hand!"
Light Ale Mentions Counter: 2
10/10 for this one from me