Season 1 Episode 3

The Sting

Aired Unknown Jan 20, 1986 on BBC
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The Sting
Lovejoy sets out to help a young woman to trace a pair of valuable Meissen figures which she sold to raise cash for her drug habit. Then he comes across evidence of a double-cross by Charlie Gimbert, and he decides to get even.

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  • The best episode in the first series.

    To me this was the best episode of the first series. The reason being if you stripped this episode down to its basic elements, you would find that is was simply a Lovejoy versus Gimbert episode. And nothing can be finer than seeing these two be at log heads with each other. The famous Gimbert line "Since my wife's death, I needed someone to hate" perfectly describes the relationship of the two. It is not of pure loathing, but more of one up men ship, trying to get one over the other (similar to Del-Boy and Boycie in Only Fools and horses). And this episode emphasised it.

    The episode itself was small and self-contained and had little action compared to the rest of the episodes in the first series, and to me that was a good thing. You had a chance to see recurring characters (such as Dandy Jack and Helen) becoming more integral to the show and for the first time we get to see Lovejoy's daughter (who in my opinion is my favourite out the of the three), so with this self-contained episode, you can really feel the sense of a community and again to me that was a good thing. The sting itself was beautifully played and it also gave us insight it the principles of forgery or copyist (if you're not caught)

    My favourite moment in this episode was the scene with Lovejoy and Gimbert discussing their relationship in the field when Gimbert is clay-shooting.moreless
  • As the series develops so does the depth of the characters. I love one of the lines that Gimbert has, he basically says that since his wife has died, that he needs someone to hate.moreless

    Oh Charley Gimbert, the scorn of Lovejoy's life screws him on a deal and then lies about it. Lovejoy was trying to get back some figures that were sold when the damsel in distress with a drug habit. When Gimbert is caught in his lie, Lovejoy makes it his life's sole purpose to get even and does he ever.

    Lovejoy knows Gimbert's weaknesses and exploits them, women, money and jade. With a little help from the damsel in distress, Lady Jane and the rest of his friends they get the figures back, make a profit and have a drink on Charley. What a way to make a living.moreless
Cassie Stuart

Cassie Stuart

Amanda Gimbert

Guest Star

Leslie French

Leslie French


Guest Star

Ellis Dale

Ellis Dale


Guest Star

Pavel Douglas

Pavel Douglas

Alexander Felsham

Recurring Role

Denys Graham

Denys Graham


Recurring Role

Geoffrey Bateman

Geoffrey Bateman

Dandy Jack

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Gimbert: It's got nothing to do with it, Lovejoy. Don't you understand anything about our relationship?

      Lovejoy: Yeah. I know you think I'm a feckless irresponsible turd.

      Gimbert: Exactly, Our relationship sport is based on mutual loathing. But its a living thing, it needs nurturing. Has to be sustain by continuing conflict and abuse. Pull! (Shoots the discs) I want those figures, because I know how much you want them. And screwing you lifts my heart.

      Lovejoy: That's sick, you need a shrink.

      Gimbert: I'm not a happy man Lovejoy. I'm not well liked. I drink too much, the doctors say I shouldn't. I have a sister with green hair, who slags it off, with any stud in the parish, you can testify to that. I need you Lovejoy. Since my wife died, I need someone to hate.

    • David: Bit of a long shot, it's not a large place, do you know anyone by the name of Lovejoy? He's in antiques or something.

      Lovejoy: Name rings a vague bell.

      Tinker: Lovejoy?

      Eric: Strange name, Lovejoy. Eric laughs and then gives a scared side glance towards Lovejoy.

    • Lovejoy: (To the audience) Gimbert's is a typical auction, such as you'll find in any quaint sleepy English country town. Behind that august classical exterior beats the scowl of emotion of pure greed. I'm afraid when antiques come into the door, morality exits through the window. It's no ones fault really, its just the way we're made. If I wasn't made the way I am, I wouldn't have taken the gig, then I wouldn't have met the girl.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Lovejoy has one daughter, from his failed marriage to Susan, but his daughter has a tendency to change her name. In the first season she is Kate and is played by Charlotte Edwards. In the third season she is called Vicky and is played by Amelia Shankley. In the sixth season she changes the spelling of her name to Viki, and is played by Amelia Curtis. Despite Amelia Curtis and Amelia Shankley being alike, they are not the same person.