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Season 2 Episode 7


Aired Unknown Dec 30, 1999 on BBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Friday 31st December 1999: Philippa is getting in a flap over the factory's millennium dinner and transporting all the staff and equipment to the venue on time. But the discovery of something on the fire escape diverts everyone's attention.

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  • A bit too melodramatic

    This brilliant show was near perfection in the first series. In the second series, however, a story arc was introduced and the character of Bren became the center of the show. Before, Bren had been an observer, with a life of her own. If anything was weak in that first series, it was the (unrealistic) character of Petula, which took Bren out of the story. In this second series a charming side plot, the Tony-Bren love story takes up too much time, and - as things tend to go wrong - turns the sitcom in a drama. This particular episode brings a resolution to a mystery that has been building for some time, but ... it just isn't funny. Perhaps I find it difficult to see Victoria Wood upset so much of the time.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The baby on the fire escape is found, at the very end of the episode, to be Anita's. For those who pay close attention, they could have worked this out earlier - when there's a close-up of the baby after it's found, it is wearing the knitted hat Anita was showing her work-mates in the episode 'Catering'.

    • The baby on the doorstep is Anita's.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Phillipa: I'm trying new contact lenses.
      Dolly: I liked you in glasses.
      Phillipa: Thanks.
      Dolly: They diminished your nostrils.

    • Bren: I wish I'd met you twenty years ago. Well, not twenty years ago, I had a perm back them.
      Tony: Twenty years ago, I think I did!

    • Jean: I'll tell you about the time Keith's Aunty Betty from Cockermouth found two albino gerbils under the spare bed.
      Phillipa: Awww... Did they mate?
      Jean: Well they didn't, what with them being two angora bed socks.

    • Tony: Did you drive in Anita? How was the traffic?
      Anita: The traffic?
      Tony: Yeah, you know, cars on the road, passing each other?
      Anita: Didn't come that way.
      Tony: Yeah, of course you didn't.

    • Stan: (on being asked what his Millennium regrets are) I failed to exploit the potential of the cross-head screwdriver. It was publicly pretty shameful.

    • Tony: I can just see Jean in a PVC catsuit.
      Dolly:It would have to be off a big cat!

  • NOTES (2)