One Foot in the Grave

Season 3 Episode 4

The Beast in the Cage

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Feb 23, 1992 on BBC
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The Beast in the Cage
The Meldrews and Mrs Warboys are stuck in Bank Holiday traffic. Victor complains about being stuck behind a horse's bottom (literally), the pub over the hill has lots of smoky bacon crisps (but Mrs. Warboys thought Victor wanted salt & vinegar), and a dead wasp frozen in an ice cube is the only thing that could've saved Victor from starvation...but he threw it out the window already. Even worse, a salon owner is hitting on two young ladies through Victor's air space, and the car mechanics have taped over his music tape with a song about some guy who's always "on the bleeding moan". Wonder who that could be...moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • After Victor inserts the cassette into the car's player, the display shows '1089', indicating that a radio station, and not the cassette, is being played.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Victor: I wish I was dead!
        Margaret: I wish you were dead. Then we might get some peace.

      • Victor: The first 50 miles on the go all the way - a sense of direction - bowling along. Get past 60 and everything slows down to a sudden crawl and you realise you're not going anywhere any more. All the things you thought you were going to do that never came to anything. You can't turn the clock back. It's one way traffic just gradually grinding to a complete halt.

      • Car Mechanics: (singing on tape to the tune of the hymn 'Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer')
        There's a bloke we can't stand any longer,
        Always on the bleedin' moan.
        Every time we mend his bloody Honda,
        He starts groaning on the phone.
        First, we fixed his car's ignition,
        Checked his brakes and clutch and then,
        Overhauled his whole transmission.
        He just brought it back again.
        Victor Meldrew, Victor Meldrew
        He can stick it up his bum (up his bum).
        He can bugger off to kingdom come.

    • NOTES (1)

      • One scene: This entire episode features only one location - the Meldrew's car. No time shifting occurs either so the whole episode is consistantly in 'real time'.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)