Season 1 Episode 4

Nelson the Stroke Virgin

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jul 13, 2010 on BBC Three
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Episode Summary

Marion performs an act of heroism, but Destiny ends up taking the credit. Meanwhile, Nelson sets out to get his first stroke, and Kali's infatuation with a crow goes sour when she finds out that it is female, and a lesbian at that.

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    Ruth Bratt

    Ruth Bratt


    Guest Star

    Margaret Cabourn-Smith

    Margaret Cabourn-Smith


    Guest Star

    Malcolm Rogers

    Malcolm Rogers

    Old Man

    Guest Star

    Lewis Macleod

    Lewis Macleod

    Additional Voices

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Episode 4 Songs:
        "Smooth Operator" - Sade
        "I Want to Break Free" - Queen
        "Bright Eyes" - Art Garfunkle
        "Rags to Riches" - Tony Benett
        "I Kissed a Girl" - Katy Perry
        "The Marriage of Figaro"
        "Everyone Loves a Lesbian" - Cassandra
        "Underdog" - Kasabian

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Bernie: Hold up., where's Bobby?
        Vince: Who? Oh what, you mean the big twitchy BLEEP?
        Lucky: Oh, I say!
        Destiny: Um, Vince? Apparantly, they prefer the word "retard".
        Vince: Eh? Oh, how very quaint.

      • Cassandra: Kali, just hear me out. See, ever since we kissed...
        Destiny: Hold up, hold up... Lesbianism?
        Kali: Okay, okay, you try telling a male crow from a female one! It's like playing "Spot The Belgium" at the International Incest Convention!

      • Nelson: (trying to get out of the petting zoo) Anyone, please? I'm not supposed to be here!
        Marion: Come, come. This could be worse.
        Nelson: Marion, we are getting stroked day in, day out, whether we consent to it or not! How could it possibly be any worse?
        Marion: Well, we could literally be being forced into having sex with people.
        Nelson: Oh, that's right, you just blow the whole subtext.

      • Marion: Where am I? Crap on walls, scent of dying animals... Christ Jesus, it's a Premier Inn! I demand to speak to Lenny Henry!

      • Marion: I am here to publically challenge you to swimming contest, to prove that I am real hero.
        Lucky: What's this, what's this?
        Destiny: (laughs nervously) Marion, you big idiot! Have you been drinking again?
        Marion: No. I never touch the liquid, not since what happened to Oliver Reed.
        Destiny: What happened to Oliver Reed?
        Marion: He got cirrhosis of the liver and died.
        Destiny: Right.

      • Nelson: I've never been stroked.
        Marion: Jesus Christ, you're a stroke virgin! (laughs) Not that there's anything weird about that. (to himself) Ah, so that's what they look like...

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • The "idol" that Nelson meets is an allusion to Basil Brush, long-time star of BBC children's TV.



      • When Destiny brutally and repeatedly stomps on Marion, the song "Rags to Riches" by Tony Benett starts playing.

        This is a reference to the opening of Goodfellas, where Jimmy Conway (DeNiro) and Tommy DeVito (Pesci) repeated stab and shoot Billy Batts and the very same song starts playing.

      • Several scenes in the petting zoo parody the film The Shawshank Redemption, such as the Morgan Freeman-sounding lamb providing narration, and Nelson trying to dig a tunnel to freedom, the mouth of which is hidden behind a poster.

      • There are several references to the Watership Down book/film/TV series; Bobby the rabbit is said to suffer from "Watership Down Syndrome", and the Art Garfunkel song Bright Eyes (which was used as the film/TV series' theme) is heard when Nelson is put in the petting zoo.