Boon

Season 1 Episode 11

Billy the Kid

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Aired Unknown Mar 25, 1986 on ITV
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Harry is organising a charity football match between the firemen and the All Stars. Billy "The Kid" Buchan, an out-of-work Scottish footballer, has flown over from Hong Kong to play in the match. Harry organises a press conference at The Grand, where Billy will be staying. Billy is a notorious alcoholic, so his manager, Peter Grant, asks Ken to act as his minder and prevent him from drinking. This is particularly important because Wally Patterson, manager of the Saudi Arabian national team, and Abdul Ibrahim, one of the team's sponsors, are coming to the match. They want Billy to act as captain and coach for the Arabian team. Grant, who has an agreement to take 25% of Billy's takings, threatens him: "If you screw this up for me, I'll see you never play for another British club". Ken collects Patterson and Ibrahim from the airport and takes them to the hotel, but meanwhile Billy has drunk a whole bottle of vodka and is in no state to meet them, particularly in view of the Saudis' disapproval of alcohol. Harry plays for time by pretending that Billy has gone out, while Ethel tries to sober him up - but to no avail. Since Patterson is also staying at The Grand, it is too risky for Billy to remain there in his present state in case Patterson sees him. So Ken takes him on the back of his bike to The Ponderosa. They find that three young lads have been larking about in Ken's greenhouse. They have knocked over the trays of flowers, turned on the water and flooded the place. Ken has lost his entire winter stock. The boys have a whip-round and present Ken with the proceeds: just a few pence - "Not enough to buy a plant-pot", as Ken comments. When Ken and Billy return to The Grand, a chirpy blonde Liverpudlian called Gloria is waiting for Billy. Patterson and Ibrahim catch them locked in passionate embrace, so Billy thinks quickly and introduces Gloria as his wife. However after a malicious phone call, Rhoma, Billy's real wife, comes down by train from Glasgow and interrupts dinner at The Grand, accusing billy of having yet another affair. Wally describes Billy as "just an alcoholic playboy". Grant disassociates himself from Billy. The deal between Billy and Ibrahim is off. Billy storms off on Ken's bike. Acting on a hunch, Ken follows Billy to The Ponderosa and finds him giving an impromptu football lesson to the lads who destroyed his greenhouse. Ken manages to convince Billy to turn up at the charity match. Back at The Grand, Ethel and Doreen persuade Rhoma to give Billy one more chance. It emerges that Patterson had phoned Gloria and said that Billy wanted to see her; he then tipped-off Rhoma. Ken accuses Patterson of trying to blacken Billy's name because he feels that his own position with the team is being threatened by the prospect of a younger and more talented coach. Ken takes Ibrahim to the match to watch Billy's performance and to judge his talents for himself. Ibrahim offers Billy the job as manager (having sacked Patterson), but Billy turns him down when Rhoma agrees to have him back.moreless

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