Jonathan Creek

Season 2 Episode 3

The Scented Room

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 07, 1998 on BBC
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The Scented Room
A priceless painting is stolen by an invisible thief. Jonathan quickly solves the mystery, but refuses to tell as he dislikes the victim.

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    Bob Monkhouse

    Bob Monkhouse

    Sylvester Le Fley

    Guest Star

    Christine Kavanagh

    Christine Kavanagh

    Lady Theresa Cutler

    Guest Star

    Sam Bradley

    Sam Bradley


    Guest Star

    Stuart Milligan

    Stuart Milligan

    Adam Klaus

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • As his wife is making him a nettle sandwich, Sylvester LeFley is on a sunlounger, on his front, having his legs massaged. His wife is watching him. She turns to walk the few paces to him, proffers the plate and he is suddenly miraculously on his back now, looking up at her.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Maddy: You can't believe really a couple like that would ever stay together, considering there was actually no communication between them of any kind.
        Jonathan: What I can't understand is his complete lack of any embarrassment about it. To turn up at Buckingham Palace with a dozen cage birds concealed about your person has got to be a major error, wouldn't you say?
        Maddy: Cause that's the death of any relationship, wouldn't you say, when people stop listening to each other?
        Jonathan: I mean since when has the royal family been noted for its puckish sense of humour?
        Maddy: Especially when there's a child involved. There's no excuse.
        Jonathan: You just know one of them's going to escape and you know exactly where it's going to go.
        Maddy: That's why if we ever had a son, it would work out. We'd make sure it did.
        Jonathan: So now it's going to be the first time in living memory the Queen's presented an MBE with a live canary up her skirt. Somehow, I don't think he'll be topping the bill at the Royal Command this year.

      • Maddy [ of the smell in the scented room] : That's right, it was coming from the bowl of pot pourri on the table.
        Jonathan: What, you mean pot pourri? One of the biggest cons of the twentieth century? People pick it up in a shop. What's the first thing they always do? [ mimes putting bag to nose ] Mmm, smell this one, that's sensational. Oh, I'll have some of that. 'Course it is if you shove your face in it. Put some in a bowl in the middle of a room you can't smell a bloody thing! There should be a label on the packet: 'only effective when inserted up nostril'!

      • Sylvester LeFley: Edgar Flint's latest effort at the Cottesloe, Upload, Download, is billed as "A Hilarious New Comedy". Of these four words only the first is accurate. While neither hilarious, new or comic, it is most certainly an indefinite article. Battling through maniacal laughter from the brainless hyenas around me only confirms my long held belief that quality theatre is too precious to be wasted on audiences.

    • NOTES (4)

      • In this episode we learn a little more about Maddy's history. Her father ran out on her and her mother when she was a child. Maddy's mother was accused of shoplifting and committed suicide when Maddy was 17. Maddy discovered her body.

      • The painting that is stolen is described as an original work by El Greco. In fact it is no such thing. However, if you look at El Greco's work, The Disrobing of Christ (El Espolio), you can clearly see where the writers and designers took their inspiration from, as the middle part of this altar piece is an almost identical replica of the supposed painting, with Christ's face facing the opposite way.

      • Cicada Park, the supposed home of Sylvester Le Fley, was actually Losely House in Surrey. However, the gallery and El Greco room were constructed at the Pinewood Studios.

      • The shots of Maddy's old house being knocked down were actually recycled from an old episode of A Touch of Frost because there were no suitable demolitions scheduled for the time of shooting.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • El Greco: The painter of the missing work.
        El Greco ('the Greek') is probably the best known Greek painter ever. He was born in 1541 in Crete and died in 1614 in Toledo, Spain, where he had moved in 1577. His real name was Domenicos Theotocopoulos and he signed his works thus (in Greek letters). His work is very specialised – usually depicting characters with elongated features or fantastic colouring.