This episode was similar to that of the book and was as ever an enjoyable romp to watch. The great accomplishment this episode achieved was how beautiful the Isle of Man was and still is.
The episode started with Gimbert asking (in looses of terms) Lovejoy where his rent was? To me this was comical and also an insight into how the relationship between the two operates, where at one point Gimbert is pointing his shotgun straight at Lovejoy to the next scene where they are having a cup of tea together.
After the banter between the two, the episode cuts to Lovejoy sitting on the bus and going in on infamous monologue. This rant was brilliant as he talks about the low-brow work that has be done that is often over-shadowed by the glitz and glam of the auction room, and showing the dirty and dark side of the antique trade.
In this episode, it seems that Lovejoy is more hard-up than ever using his cunning to the max, trying desperately to stay in the race. But when the mystery of the false picture arrives this becomes his main priority simply for his curiosity, plus with the two Americans who are all smiles at first then becomes aggressive especially towards poor Dandy Jack, does it become a race. With the race taken Lovejoy to the picturesque Isle of Man, whilst leaving behind a trail of angry and wronged people, you find a countryside that is not too similar to that of East Anglia. So overall the episode was easily compelling with a mixture of beauty, humour & good old story-telling.
My favourite moment in the episode was Lovejoy's monologue on the bus, followed closely with Gimbert's 'Where's my rent?' moment.