Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

Season 1 Episode 3

Skipper the Eye Child

Aired Thursday 10:30 PM Feb 12, 2004 on Channel 4
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Skipper the Eye Child
Somewhere on the wards of Darkplace Hospital, a man gives birth to a giant eyeball which brings out paternalistic instincts in Dr Rick Dagless, still grieving for the loss of his half-human, half-grasshopper son. But could the eyeball be a potential killer? Well, what do you think? Duh!moreless

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Alice Lowe

Alice Lowe

Madeleine Wool / Dr Liz Ascher

Matthew Holness

Matthew Holness

Garth Marenghi / Dr Rick Dagless, M.D.

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade

Dean Learner / Thornton Reed

Matt Berry (II)

Matt Berry (II)

Todd Rivers / Dr Lucien Sanchez

Lydia Fox

Lydia Fox

Rick's wife in flashback

Guest Star

Lewis Palmer

Lewis Palmer

Anonymous hospital worker #2

Guest Star

Kevin Hudson

Kevin Hudson

Anonymous hospital worker #1

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Another Authenticity note: It's hard to be absolutely certain, but when Rick gives Sanchez a pound, it looks like he actually gives him a pound coin. If so, then in Garth Marenghi's universe this episode must have been made after June 1983, since that's when pound coins were introduced.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Garth: When I impregnated my wife, Pam, she dutifully gave birth to twins; a huge relief. Though for years I couldn't shake off the fear that one of them might eat the other.

    • Thornton Reed: Dag! Any thoughts?
      Rick Dagless: I... don't know anything about it. Besides, i think there are more important matters at present.
      Thornton Reed: Could you give me an example?
      Rick Dagless: Like hospital bloody hygiene, I went into the gents and there was a big pube stuck to the pipe so i had to use the one in 'E' wing.
      Lucien Sanchez: It's true! I went there two month-back and there was a piece of shit stuck to the seat!
      Rick Dagless: Well someones gonna have to pick that pube off the pipe and it ain't gonna be me!
      Liz Asher: Come on, surely we can talk about something more sanitary!
      Rick Dagless: As if your fanny never graced a pan!
      Lucien Sanchez: Whats crawled up your crack?
      Rick Dagless: She has! Shes so up herself!
      Lucien Sanchez: You shut your mouth, or so help me god i'll punch your lights out!
      Lucien Sanchez: Dunno what the hell's gotten into him! Come on Liz, i'll help you apply some more make-up.

    • Thornton Reed: (After Rick goes mad trying to save Skipper and in a completely monotonous tone) Look out, he's got a stick!

    • Dr. Rick Dagless: What I couldn't work out was how he'd managed to make another man pregnant. I guess we'll never know. So, just to restate, that is something we'll never know, you're not going to find out later.

    • Rick Dagless: When you're different, people fear you. Look at Michael Jackson.

    • Liz Asher: What are you reading?
      Rick Dagless:Oh nothing just some horror novel by this guy, Garath Marungi.

    • Rick Dagless: At least he would be at peace now, on account of being dead.

    • Garth Marenghi: Other times I copied the storylines from dead authors whose copyright had expired. Bite me.

    • Garth Marenghi: She knew babies were meant to kick. But were they meant to scratch? No, they weren't.

    • Rick: He has born half boy, half grasshopper. He never had a chance.

      Rick: He was different too, and when you're different, people fear you. Just look at Michael Jackson - or The Krankies, although I think they're quite shrewd.

      Sanchez: She's a good girl. You're too hard on her, Dag.
      Rick: I know. I just don't find her physically attractive.

      Rick picks up a Garth Marenghi paperback and starts reading.
      Rick: "Romford is the cruelest of cities." Good start. "Beneath its skyline's tattered shards lay a million broken dreams." This is good. I've misjudged the genre like so many.

      Rick: Nothing could take the place of my son. Not even a pet, though I would like a Jack Russell - they're very clever dogs.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Lots of back-story in this episode: we learn that Garth is married to Pam and has four daughters, the eldest of which are twins. And in the show-within-the-show, we learn that Rick fought in Vietnam, and is (was?) married and had a son named Skipper.