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Season 1 Episode 4

Battles

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Aired Friday 9:30 PM Oct 15, 1999 on Channel 4
9.2
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After being dumped by her boyfriend, Daisy decides she needs companionship and heads to the pound to get herself a dog, not realising that Tim is scared of dogs. Meanwhile, Tim and Mike go paintballing, and meet up with Duane Benzie, the man who Tim's ex girlfriend Sarah left him for.moreless

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  • WOW!!! This episode is one of my favourite one's. It really is excellent. It features a heroic rescue and some paint balling. oh and a new character....in the form of a dog.moreless

    10
    Simon Pegg and the rest of the cast continue to act very well and give hilarious performances(intentionally!). This episode is good because Tim(Simon Pegg)comes face to face with the man who stole his girlfriend. It is a very amusing face/off(Get it?)because of the way the actors deliver their lines. And when Mike(Nick Frost)comes to the rescue, I had exploded with laughter. The side plot of this episode is about Daisy and Twist buying a dog. This side of the episode also features some hilarious scene's. So overall this episode is one of the best episode's of spaced. Hilarious!!moreless
  • More of the same craziness mixed with reality.

    8.5
    Romance: Let the gates open. The tearful breakup between Daisy and her boyfriend as the episode opens is tempered by her discussion with Tim shortly afterwards and we can quickly see that she isn't so terribly distraught. Going to talk to Marsha about the situation, she lands herself into hot water for a moment, but gets out of it with an idea of getting a dog. Anyway, the path is now open for Daisy and Tim to get together as they are now both single.



    Dog: a new cast member comes, a miniture Schnauzer named Colin, the same name as the box Daisy used to pretend was a dog. Not much happens with the dog except Brian's revelation of having a beloved canine when he was younger and Tim's childhood phobia of dogs. In the first episode with the dog, it doesn't add nor take away from the show.



    The other part is the paintball scenes. Here Tim and Mike do some bonding, and we see once again almost the same side of Mike: military. However, we also catch a glimpse of their loyalty and devotion to each other. Tim faces the man who 'stole' his girlfriend ('Stole' in quotations for my personal belief that a person cannot be 'stolen' rather willfully leaves.) and gets his revenge on him by shooting him in the privates with a relatively close range painball... I mean paintball.



    By the end of the episode it seems something has happened for the better... as if some old feelings and issues have been resolved. Everyone seems upbeat and hopeful about the future, or at least immediate future. That feeling coupled with the continuation of the funny visuals and dialogue, particularly the referencing, makes it a generally good episode, despite the fact that not much really happened with regard to plot.moreless
Richenda Carey

Richenda Carey

Clerk at Dog Pound

Guest Star

Paul Putner

Paul Putner

Paintball Player

Guest Star

Peter Serafinowicz

Peter Serafinowicz

Duane Benzie

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Daisy: (holding the dog in her arms as they rush out of the pound) Come on Colin! We're taking you away from this place!
      Twist: Colin?
      Daisy: That's what I called my box!

    • Daisy: You're so damaged. Just cos Sarah hurt you, you feel justified in wreaking your petty vengeance on womankind.

      Tim: (nodding) Yes. Yes. And I'd do it again I tell you! I'd do it again in an instant!! Ahahahahaaa! Ahahahahahahaha! (turns, jumps out of window causing it to smash)

    • Paint ball player: I've always fancied myself as a bit of a soldier.
      Tim: I've always fancied myself.
      Mike: I've always fancied you.
      Tim: Not here!

    • Paintball Player: You've seen combat?
      Mike: Yes. Yes I have
      Paintball Player: Where?
      Mike: Um. On the television

  • NOTES (2)

    • In all credits for seasons one and two, as well as all official press relaeases and press packs, Ada the dog's name is spelled incorrectly, as Aida.

    • Recurring guest star Peter Serafinowicz provided the voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace.

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • The scene where Tim and Duane face off against each other, at close range and guns crossed, is similar to several John Woo films, like The Killer and Hard Boiled.

    • The scene where Daisy thinks Brian is sitting on her dog and he counts to three before getting up is similar to Lethal Weapon 2, when Danny Glover is sitting on the toilet-bomb.

    • Mike's line "There's a storm coming" is taken from the last words in 'The Terminator'.

    • The line "We put them down. All of them" spoken by the woman at the dogs' home is an allusion to the line 'Wipe them out. All of them." from Star Wars Episode 1 : The Phantom Menace.

    • When Daisy is seen dragging her box around, the music that accompanies is the theme from 'Animal Magic', a children's show where Johnny Morris voiced films of animals in zoos.

    • The music which introduces the dogs' home sequence is the theme from 'Head and Tails', a children's show featuring short films about animals presented by Derek Griffiths.

    • The music which accompanies Tim being chased by the dogs is the theme from the cartoon show Rhubarb and Custard.

    • The ghostly faces which appear over Daisy's shoulder are an allusion to images of demons from The Exorcist. Very similar images were also used by Sam Raimi in Evil Dead 2.

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