Season 2 Episode 6

Episode 6: Jonathan Ross

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 19, 2006 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

Andy has a new celebrity pal, chat show host Jonathan Ross. However, his friendship with Maggie is under strain and he's just about had enough of his useless agent, who's more interested in a pen than Andy's career.

When Andy is pressed into visiting a sick child in hospital by his pushy mum, Andy meets Robert Lindsay who is less than impressed when the child and his mum fail to recall his 70s sitcom, Citizen Smith.

Just as Andy is ready to fire his agent, Darren offers him a chance to meet his idol Robert De Niro. But will Andy abandon his real friends to meet his hero?moreless

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  • This episode was hysterical and just what you'd expect from the excellent, sometimes under-appreciated team of Gervais and Merchant.

    As usual, the writers/producers and stars of this show, Ricky Gervais and Steven Merchant, know how to end a series properly. They always go out way on top. If it were not for these two fantastic minds, we would have never had the British version of 'The Office,' which was adapted for American television and now brings Steve Carrel many accolades. But just as the same recipe for their original British 'Office,' 'Extras' consisted of two 6 episode 'seasons' plus a 'special.' The 'Extras' special will, I'm assuming follow the same path: a one and a half hour long episode to send the show into forever oblivion. I love this show 'Extras,' and cannot wait to see what the next project will be for these two wonderful contributors to entertainment, Gervais and Merchant. This final episode, although at times a little more drama than comedy, was still incredible and hysterical. Cheers.moreless
  • A sick boy's mother wants minor celebrity Andy to come to her child's bedside. Andy makes friends with a British talk show host. What's-her-name goes home with a man who lives with his parents and embarrassment ensues, although not much humor.moreless

    I have wildly conflicting feelings about this show. Sometimes I think it's absolutely hilarious and other times I am too offended to laugh. This episode fell into the latter category. For me, there's not too much comic mileage you can get out of a dying boy. I understand the desire to push the edge of the envelope, but both this scenario and the one where both Andy's agent and the agent's assistant are masturbating behind their desks put me off too much to enjoy the show. I felt the same way about the David Bowie episode. Then just when I'm about to stop watching they'll do a really funny one like the episode with Daniel Ratcliife. For an American, obviously the least effective episodes are when a person whose celebrity is confined to Great Britain sends himself up -- I have no idea who he is and therefore don't get the jokes. Jonathan Ross falls into this category, as does the TV actor who thought the dying boy should have approached him. Perhaps the show will gain enough recognition to attract people I know, or they'll do an American version as they did with The Office. Until then, it's very much hit or miss with me.moreless
  • A good end of series episode.

    I really liked this end of series episode. The sequence with Robert Lindsay going mad at the young sick kid for not knowing about Citizen Smith (from the 1970's) was great yet wrong at the same time. Its a shame that Gervais is not going to make anymore having gone on record saying its good to finish on a high and not drag it out. Mind you he said that about The Office so expect a Christmas special next year.moreless
  • Oh my god how uncomfortable was that that dieing kid was pretty boring

    Ricky and johny sitting in a tree K I S S I NG The montage between wossy and gervais was the funniest thing i ve have ever seen in my entire life ever.

    It maybe inappropriate to laugh at a dieing child and robert linsay but god it was fantastic.

    "Is there something wrong with your brain\"

    "ohh f*ck off ,Waste off space\"

    When playing operation ,maggie makes a trade mark classic gaff

    she states that the pieces in operation are alot smaller than the tumour in his head.

    oh jesus help us your children have strayedmoreless
  • Ohmigod - Gervais/Merchant and the mother of all cameos! Travis Bickle does TV!

    Fantastic - I thought I\'d spontaneously combust when Darren Lamb (useless agent) says to De Niro - \'so in real life, have you ever driven a taxi?\'

    He follows that with his pen that displays a nude woman - and De Niro asks if he can keep it. The excruciating line that Maggie comes up with in the hospital, when she\'s playing a game of Operation with a really sick boy, who\'s a massive fan of Andy\'s, when the boy says I hope my surgeon is better than you, after the games buzzes. \'It\'s okay, these are really small, but I\'ve heard your tumour is massive....\"

    I just thought the writing of the show is sublime...

    I really, really hope they do another series!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Andy is in the taxi driving to the meeting with Robert De Niro, his phone beeps from the message Maggie sends. But when he reads the message, you can see his Motorola phone is on silent.

    • The song featured in this episode is, 'Wouldn't it be good' by, Nik Kershaw - it reached No. 4 in the U.K. Top 40 in January 1984.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • [After Mother with sick son gets Andy to promise to visit him in hospital]
      Robert Lindsay: Bit weird isn't it?
      Andy: Bit presumptuous.
      Robert Lindsay: No, I mean it's a bit weird she didn't ask me.

    • Robert Lindsay: I'm on the set of GBH, I'm in my trailer, knock on the door, guess who it is. Go on, guess.
      Sick child: Um...
      Robert Lindsay: Alan Bleasdale.
      Sick child: I don't know who that is.
      Robert Lindsay: Aw, fuck off!

  • NOTES (0)


    • Singin' in the Rain

      At the hospital, Robert Lindsay sings two songs from the 1952 film [and later a musical] Singin' in the Rain. The songs are 'Make 'em laugh' and 'Broadway rhythm'.

    • Agent: (to Robert De Niro) Have you... ever driven a taxi for real?

      Andy's agent is referring to the film 'Taxi Driver' in which Robert de Niro played the character Travis Bickle.

    • Alan Bleasdale's GBH

      The anecdote Robert Lindsay is trying to tell at the hospital is supposedly from the TV show GBH. Alan Bleasdale is that show's creator/writer.