Black Books

Season 2 Episode 3

The Fixer

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 15, 2002 on Channel 4
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Episode Summary

Bernard and Manny need to teach a psychotic ex-con to read in three days after agreeing to host his reading and book-signing in the shop. Fran gets a new job and all seems to be going well until some miscommunication when Manny calls in a favour...

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Goof: How did Gus know that Fran was working for Nugent when he obviously doesn't know her?

      • Goof: In the first scene where Manny is taking a phone call he is wearing a wedding ring. This must be Bill Bailey's actual wedding ring as he's never seen wearing it in any previous episodes so must have just forgotten to take it off.

      • When Manny is taking his bath, while handling the toast, Manny drops the hair dryer into the bath and dips his right hand into the water to retrieve it. When his hand emerges, it is covered in bubbles, however, when he reaches over to take the toast from his left, it is dry. He then rubs his already dry hand with the cloth, and reaches to put jam on his toast with the dispenser, his hand is then instantly covered in bubbles again.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Bernard: Dreadful people.. the Gucci dwarf. And that drongo Danny. As if you could ever teach a thing like that.
        (Danny has entered the shop with a menacing look, seen by Fran and Manny but not Bernard)
        Fran: Bernard.. shut up.
        Bernard: Gus, I grant you, was genuine underworld because he has to get on a stepladder to pee, but that huge gunk.
        Manny: Bernard.. Bernard..
        Bernard: I wish I could see him again actually because I'd have him.. like that. (closes his hands in a crushing motion as Danny lays both hands on his shoulders)
        Danny: Feel a bit woozy. Always get dizzy before the screams. (Bernard mouths "oh no" with an agonised face)
        Danny: Before the air is full of gizzards and tendons. The hair. The blood.

      • Manny: We're not quitters!
        Bernard: I am a quitter! I come from a long line of quitters. It's amazing I'm here at all.

      • Bernard: (reading extract from Danny Spudge's novel) "...I kept his ear in my pocket for a month. I used to chew it at parties. Gets you noticed, I can tell you..." He's INSANE! This is insane! Reading is just one of those... things. It can't be taught.
        Manny: Oh no, you remember your early books. Peter likes Jane, Jane likes Peter. Peter has a ball...
        Bernard: Jane has no thumbs.

      • Bernard: Look at that face! I bet his Corn Flakes tried to climb out of the bowl!

      • Bernard: He's a midget. A tiny midget.
        Manny: What if he overheard?
        Bernard: He won't. His ears are too small!

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