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Season 2 Episode 1

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Aired Friday 9:30 PM Feb 23, 2001 on Channel 4
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Daisy returns from her Eastern travels to find Mike has been living in her room, and that the enigmatic stranger she met on the way may have been even more mysterious than she thought. Turns out that he swapped bags with her, and she's now being followed by secret agents keen to get to the contents.moreless

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  • A slow restart for the new season.

    7.5
    Coming off of some good episodes from the season before, and compared to the really cool tightly developed first episode, this one is kind of blah. It starts with a very quick overview of the characters, for those who have not seen the show before, and also clues us into what has been happening, mostly with Daisy, as this episode really revolves around her character. So if I say nothing happened, this can't be exactly true, right? So what did happen?



    Daisy came back after a vacation to Asia. However, from the time she steps out of the taxi, there is a strong sense of apathy for her return, at least where she was hoping to find warmth and elation. She returns to find that her position in Tim's life has been filled by Mike, since Mike has moved in with them. The two guys are spending time hanging out together, watching 'Daisy and Tim's' skate video together, and wrestling, while she just looks on. Turning her attention from place to place, she finds that Brian is most happy to see her, and only because she is responsible for his relationship with Twist. Even the dog is apathetic to her return, and as soon as she puts him down, he scurries out of the room.



    This does touch on an area of fairly global proportions, at least socially. Not just vacations, but almost anything that one experiences cannot be placed onto another as their own experience. What I mean is, if Person A does something or has something happen to him/her, Person B cannot have a similar emotional reaction. Yet Daisy, Person A, is saddened by the continuation of life without her, and only perks up when she hears Tim say that he has missed her, and things haven't been the same without her. I think this is a universal feeling on Daisy's part, and it's done very well.



    The other part of the story is a take on The Matrix. Personally, I think parodying something that has already been parodied to death is not so funny, and that's certainly true for this episode. I remember one Phoenix Nights episode, they referenced Tenko, and I laughed so hard, perhaps only because I was so surprised to hear something relatively obscure referenced. Yet, as soon as I saw the Mr. Smith style men, everything that happens is easy to foresee. I just thank God they didn't go so far as to do the flying kick, like so many others have done! This apparent lack of creativity was a bit of a let down.moreless
Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss

Agent Smith

Guest Star

Kevin Eldon

Kevin Eldon

Agent Jones

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John Simm

John Simm

Stephen Edwards

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Agent Jones: Don't even think about leaving the country!
      Daisy: Don't worry, I won't …I can't afford it.

    • Mike:Right, I'm off to point the pink pistol at the porcelain firing range.

    • Marsha: Its nice to have ya back safe, Daisy. You look really well. A lot of people lose weight when they're travelling.

    • Mike: I shot the cat up the **** hole.

    • Daisy: So how are you, ya big bloody man?
      Tim: I'm good, I'm good, I'm good. I have had a few things to work through…
      Daisy: With Sarah?
      Tim: No, with George Lucas
      Daisy: …I didn't think The Phantom Menace was that bad.

    • Tim: How was Asia?
      Daisy: It was great, I had a wonderful time. It was beautiful, it was like being in another country, I mean, I was in another country…it was like a different world, another universe. I feel very different, I feel very Zen. I don't know where to start…
      Tim: Near the end?

  • NOTES (1)

    • When filming the scene where Brian falls backwards and puts the video tape into the machine, actor Mark Heap banged his head hard on the prop TV.

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • The two agents look nearly identical to Agents Smith and Jones from The Matrix.

    • When Daisy explains her knowledge of martial arts, she is seen training using the 'Crane stance', popularized by the film The Karate Kid.

    • In the pub, when Mike pulls a gun on the two Agents, he says "Say hello to my little friend." This is a quote from the film Scarface.

    • Daisy's voice over at the start of the episode, along with the music and b&w photography are all allusions to Woody Allen's film Manhattan.

    • Mike: I got through to the quarter finals in Robot Wars.

      Robot Wars is a popular British TV show where contestants build robotic machines and battle them against one another in an arena until one of the machines comes out victorious.

    • Mike reads 'Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit' by Jeannette Winters.

    • Tim's voiceover explaining what has happened since series one is similar to that of John Simm's in Human Traffic. John Simm also plays Daisy's 'friend' who sets her up at the airport.

    • The gentlemen who are after Daisy look and act like Agent Smith from the Matrix movies


      When Tim is talking about his disappointment in Phantom Menace, there is a scene, where he is dreassed all in black and seen lighting on fire box of Star Wars stuff; this is like from Return of the Jedi, when Luke Skywalker lights the funeral pyre for Anakin Skywalker.


      Also, when Daisy and Tim get back from night at the bar, they are confronted by the black suited agents, and there was Brian, talking about how they arrived just before Tim and Daisy got back; Tim turns to him and says "You Lando". This is in reference to Lando's betrayal of Han and Leia to Darth Vader, and Boba Fett, in Empire Strikes Back.

    • Daisy returns and loads pop tarts in toaster, then notices machine gun on counter, bog flushes and out wanders Vincent Vega, toaster pops .. No Sorry it was Mike, nice Pulp Fiction homage

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