This episode was primarily the pilot to what would lead to six successful series. At the beginning of the episode when the settles down upon Lovejoy's yellow Volvo as it is driven up to the quaint cottage, you can't help but fall in love with sun-kissed rural countryside in which the show is based. When Lovejoy's starts off on his first rant towards the camera is nothing short of sublime. Of all of Lovejoy's speeches this is one of his finest, taking you into the dark conniving world of the antique trade, which is not often shown through the Antique Roadshow.
During the action scenes in this episode, it was comedy aspect that the episode more cherishing to the heart. Mostly with all comedy occurring through or around Eric, with the introducing of Lady Jane and the ford sequences being an example, which by the way is one of best character introduction that has been made.
The one good thing the first series has over the other five is the sense of a community. I mean that throughout the first season there were recurring characters often reappearing, with example of Dandy Jack & Mr. Bigelow, which added more depth to the show.
The finest moment in the episode was Lovejoy's monologue and the auction shortly afterwards.