The Sting

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 1/20/86
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  • Episode Description
  • Lovejoy sets out to help a young woman to trace a pair of valuable Meissen figures which she sold to raise cash for her drug habit. Then he comes across evidence of a double-cross by Charlie Gimbert, and he decides to get even.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dudley Sutton

    Tinker Dill

  • Ian McShane


  • Phyllis Logan

    Jane Felsham

  • Chris Jury

    Eric Catchpole

  • Malcolm Tierney

    Charlie Gimbert

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • The best episode in the first series.

    By Steerforth, Mar 09, 2010

  • As the series develops so does the depth of the characters. I love one of the lines that Gimbert has, he basically says that since his wife has died, that he needs someone to hate.

    By QuakertownBob, Nov 05, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Gimbert: It's got nothing to do with it, Lovejoy. Don't you understand anything about our relationship? Lovejoy: Yeah. I know you think I'm a feckless irresponsible turd. Gimbert: Exactly, Our relationship sport is based on mutual loathing. But its a living thing, it needs nurturing. Has to be sustain by continuing conflict and abuse. Pull! (Shoots the discs) I want those figures, because I know how much you want them. And screwing you lifts my heart. Lovejoy: That's sick, you need a shrink. Gimbert: I'm not a happy man Lovejoy. I'm not well liked. I drink too much, the doctors say I shouldn't. I have a sister with green hair, who slags it off, with any stud in the parish, you can testify to that. I need you Lovejoy. Since my wife died, I need someone to hate.

    • David: Bit of a long shot, it's not a large place, do you know anyone by the name of Lovejoy? He's in antiques or something. Lovejoy: Name rings a vague bell. Tinker: Lovejoy? Eric: Strange name, Lovejoy. Eric laughs and then gives a scared side glance towards Lovejoy.

    • Lovejoy: (To the audience) Gimbert's is a typical auction, such as you'll find in any quaint sleepy English country town. Behind that august classical exterior beats the scowl of emotion of pure greed. I'm afraid when antiques come into the door, morality exits through the window. It's no ones fault really, its just the way we're made. If I wasn't made the way I am, I wouldn't have taken the gig, then I wouldn't have met the girl.

    Notes (1)

    • Lovejoy has one daughter, from his failed marriage to Susan, but his daughter has a tendency to change her name. In the first season she is Kate and is played by Charlotte Edwards. In the third season she is called Vicky and is played by Amelia Shankley. In the sixth season she changes the spelling of her name to Viki, and is played by Amelia Curtis. Despite Amelia Curtis and Amelia Shankley being alike, they are not the same person.

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